Important bond vote for Berlin
On Wednesday, Feb. 13, Berlin voters have a game-changing opportunity to participate in a bond vote for a town water system. Voting will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the town offices on Shed Road. The planned system will provide high-quality water at a significantly lower cost than would be provided by connection to the Montpelier system. The service area for the water system is essentially our commercial/industrial zoned area referred to as the plateau area. If the town can offer water and sewer in this area it will not only encourage growth where we have planned for expansion but will also increase taxable property. The most important thing to remember is that only water users will pay for the system and that connection to the system is purely voluntary. Having a water system will solve many existing contaminated private and public water systems included our own municipal building and will provide fire protection to a large portion of town, potentially lowering insurance rates. Our water committee has been working on this initiative for many years, with the support of the Berlin Select Board, and is now at a pivotal point where a formal show of commitment from voters is important.
Please go to the town website at http://www.berlinvt.org where you will find a map of the proposed system and a summary of the project. This is an important bond vote. I would encourage you to read about the project and to vote “yes.”
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