Vt. gets OK to demolish state office complexLISA RATHKE
The Associated Press | May 09,2013MONTPELIER — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has given Vermont verbal approval to start demolition of the state office complex in Waterbury that was flooded by Tropical Storm Irene. The work should begin this summer, Administration Secretary Jeb Spaulding announced Wednesday.
The state expects to get written approval for the demolition this week.
“We’ve been waiting for this authorization, so we’re ready to rock,” Gov. Peter Shumlin said. Still up in the air is the amount FEMA will reimburse the state for the $124 million project to demolish some of the damaged buildings, renovate others and build new flood-proof structures.
The flooding from Irene on Aug. 28, 2011, forced the state to abandon much of the complex. The only building still in use houses the Department of Public Safety. Thousands of state employees who had worked in Waterbury are now working elsewhere.
Spaulding said the administration expects to learn more details within weeks on reimbursement after rules are drawn up following passage of a federal Superstorm Sandy bill that includes a section that could be applicable to Vermont.
“We think it will provide us the ability to spend our money more efficiently, and will have some influence on maximizing the amount of assistance we’ll get from them so it’s definitely worth waiting,” Spaulding said.
The state has been working on a deal for reimbursement from FEMA for months. The project will be paid for with FEMA funds, state money, and insurance payments.MORE IN Vermont NewsThe former superintendent of the Caledonia Central Supervisory Union involved in the... Full Story
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: Workers on this day in 1984 in a Cheshire, England, peat bog find well-preserved human remains at least 2,000 years dead, born this day in 1843, Robert Todd Lincoln, eldest son of the president, present at three assassinations.
- TODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: Rutland Herald content editor Rich Alcott shares local weather information and easily digestible news tidbits: A fiery pit nicknamed the 'Gate of Hell' in the Karakum desert in Turkmenistan has been burning for 40 years.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: osh O'Gorman reports on the impact of state budget cuts on state colleges, Rutland Town welcomes Donna Zeller as town clerk, Bryanna Allen in Killington for chili cookoff and Haley talks up the big Shrine game with N.H. and Vt.
- TODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: Rutland Herald content editor Rich Alcott shares local weather information and easily digestible news tidbits: Teddy Roosevelt makes Americans believe the poor, peace-loving, misunderstood piranha is a vicious, dangerous animal.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa disappears on this day in 1975, on this day in 2003, the last Volkswagen Type I, the Beetle, rolls off the assembly line in Mexico, Ambrose Bierce on the classifications of homicide.
- TODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: Seals have figured out fish they like to eat gather in schools around turbines in offshore wind farms. But the environment is not without hazards, maintenance vessels and noise pollution.