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Observer staff report

July 11, 2013

After the Selectboard in June opted to postpone closing on a parcel of land off Oak Hill Road for a new public works facility, the town is asking for other location ideas.

Town Manager Rick McGuire told the Observer on Wednesday morning that he met recently with the Public Works Facility Task Force. The task force decided to issue a request for proposals, asking property owners and real estate agents to propose properties for the public works facility.

Residents in March approved a $5.9 million bond for a new public works facility. After the town announced plans to purchase a parcel on Oak Hill Road in May, a group of residents—many of them from the neighboring Partridge Hill Road—expressed concern with the environmental and cultural impacts of the location. A group, “Right Place Williston: Keep Oak Hill Rural!,” has started a petition online, so far reaching 110 signatures as of Wednesday morning.

McGuire said the task force will use the same criteria for judging sites as it has throughout the process, but noted that, “no site will meet 100 percent of the criteria.” The criteria will be included on the formal request for proposals.

McGuire said he hopes to get all the proposals in by early August, then begin the review process.

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