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Governor Douglas announces $630,000 in grants for five Vermont communities

first_imgMunicipalityVCDP Funds AwardedOther ResourcesBrief DescriptionBristol$50,000 $771,200 Grant to provide accessibility to the historic Holly Hall and bring it into full ADA compliance with state and federal regulations.Georgia$32,885 $32,885 Grant to provide accessibility to the Georgia Town Office building and bring it into full ADA compliance with state and federal regulations.Vergennes City$500,000 $5,584,481 Deferred loan to Housing Vermont to construct 25 unit elderly apartment building off Armory Lane which will include services for the tenants. The project will also extend sidewalks that will connect to downtown and nearby shopping center.Montpelier City$17,500 $24,444 Grant to conduct a study to review the combined capacity of the existing Senior Center at 58 Barre Street and the Recreation Center at 55 Barre Street to meet the existing and future needs of the Senior Center. In addition, the study will explore the feasibility of adding senior housing in the 58 Barre Street building.South Burlington City$30,000 $64,632 Grant to assist with the predevelopment and design of a new Burlington Aviation Technical Training Center at the Burlington airport.  Work includes architectural services, civil design services and permit applications and fees. Grand Total                    $630,385           $6,477,642      Source: Governor’s office. 3.5.2010center_img Governor Jim Douglas today awarded more than $630,000 in Community Development Block Grants to South Burlington, Montpelier, Vergennes, Georgia and Bristol.  At a ceremony at the American Legion Post 14 in Vergennes, the Governor announced funding for an affordable housing project for the elderly, as well as money for improvements to make the Georgia and Bristol municipal buildings handicapped accessible. This project will provide much-needed housing for seniors in Vergennes, with on-site services and easy access to nearby services and the community, Governor Douglas said. These kinds of projects are an important part of Vermont s housing stock, particularly as more of our population seeks to remain in their communities as they age. (See list below)The $500,000 Community Development Block Grant will be given to the City of Vergennes, then loaned to Housing Vermont, which will construct the new building and infrastructure improvements that together total nearly $6 million on the 12-acre site.  The building will have 20 one-bedroom units and 5 two-bedroom units, and will also feature a common area; community kitchen; private examination rooms; a meals on wheels storage area; and a business office for a part time resident service coordinator.This project is part of a planned development that also includes the initial permitting of a new daycare center and additional residential development proposed for the future. Five of the units are market rate; the remaining 20 will be affordable housing.  In addition to connecting to the city water and sewer systems and construction of a storm water treatment system, the site work will also include new sidewalks that extend to Monkton Road; pedestrian pathways that connect to city sidewalks; parking; and landscaping.  This site is conveniently located within walking distance of downtown Vergennes and will provide seniors with access to many amenities, social opportunities and community services.Another grant of $17,500 will be used by the City of Montpelier to study the capacity of the former Senior Center at 58 Barre Street, which was damaged in a December fire, and the existing municipal Recreation Center at 55 Barre Street, for their respective uses.  In addition, the feasibility of adding senior housing in the 58 Barre Street Senior Center building will be studied. Both of these buildings are presently underutilized and are extremely expensive to heat due to the inefficiency of the energy systems and the poorly insulated building envelopes, the Governor remarked. This analysis will be helpful as residents of Montpelier contemplate how these important services will be provided in the future.And two towns, Bristol and Georgia, received grants of $50,000 and $32,885 to make their municipal buildings handicapped accessible under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Built in 1885, Holley Hall serves as both the Town of Bristol s town hall and town offices and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Governor said. This historic building is a vital part of civic and cultural life in Bristol.The first floor of the building, which also hosts town meetings, public hearings, recreational programs, performing arts and other events, will be completely renovated to accommodate the town offices and will include a new vault, electrical upgrades, and energy improvements. The second floor a large auditorium will be made ADA accessible; its floor will be completely renovated and restored; the roof system and balcony will be repaired; and the doors, windows and the bell tower will be weatherized.The Town of Georgia will receive $32,885 to help pay for handicapped accessibility modifications to the Georgia Town Office, which is the town s meeting space as well as its public records repository featuring a vault in the basement. These funds will help install a lift to make the building handicapped accessible to both floors, and complete other improvements to ensure that the bathroom, parking lots, entry ways, and other features of the building are ADA compliant, including way-finding signage; changing handrails; and reconfiguring parking spaces to accommodate side-loading vans, Governor Douglas said.In February, Douglas presented a $30,000 grant to officials from the City of South Burlington to fund preliminary work on a new Burlington Aviation Technical Training Center.Vermont receives about $7 million annually in federal CDBG funds, which are used principally to benefit persons of low and moderate income. The state awards the competitive grants based on recommendations of the Vermont Community Development Board and approval of Commerce and Community Development Secretary Kevin Dorn. These grants are important because they leverage other financial resources and help address critical needs in our communities, the Governor remarked. The $630,385 we are awarding will leverage more than $6.4 million in other funds from private and public sources.For information about the Vermont Community Development Program, please see the Agency of Commerce and Community Development website at: http://www.dhca.state.vt.us/VCDP/index.htm(link is external)last_img read more

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The deadline for making a decision on the amount of the tourist tax for 2020 has expired

first_imgWhat is the tourist tax for next year in your city or municipality? Attachment: RULEBOOK ON THE MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF TOURIST FEE According to the new Ordinance on the lowest and highest amount of tourist tax, the decision on the amount of tourist tax for 2020 should have been made by September 15, 2019.  Tourist tax through two seasonal periods  If the County Assembly, ie the City Assembly of the City of Zagreb does not make a decision on the amount of tourist tax per person per night and / or on the amount of the annual lump sum tourist tax until September 15. 2019, the lowest amount of tourist tax is applied, ie the lowest lump sum amount of tourist tax determined by the Ordinance. Most cities and municipalities have decided to keep the lump sum at the lowest amount of 350 kuna, while few cities and municipalities have decided to increase the tourist tax.  In accordance with the new Ordinance on the lowest and highest amount of tourist tax, the amount of tourist tax can be determined for the highest two seasonal periods (instead of the previous three), with one seasonal period lasting from April 1 to September 30 of the current year. Also, the amount of the tourist tax from 1 January 2020 is no longer determined by tourist classes. Thus, in the city of Zagreb, the increase of the annual flat rate per bed from 345 to 400 kuna, while in Dubrovnik it remained at the same level as this year, although a significant increase was announced, especially in the old town to the maximum amount. To remind, the news from this year is that the decision on the amount of the flat tax for renters is no longer made by the Ministry of Tourism but by the representative body of local self-government units. According to the Ordinance on the lowest and highest amount of tourist tax, it is defined that the tourist tax for persons providing catering services in the household or on a family farm per bed may not be less than 350 kuna or more than 1.500 kuna. Finally, it is important to point out that 65 percent of the money from the tourist tax remains with the local community for tourism development, and the rest is shared with the regional and national community, which means that there will be money for arranging and developing tourist destinations. So, if the city or municipality has not made a decision for 2020 by September 15, 2019, the amount of tourist tax will be 350 kuna. last_img read more

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Canada at ‘crossroads’ as COVID-19 cases surge

first_imgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau will appear in a rare evening national broadcast at 6:30 p.m. (2230 GMT) on Wednesday to talk about “the urgency of fighting COVID-19 as we face down the prospect of a second wave of the virus,” the prime minister’s office said.Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, outlined three scenarios for the spread of the new coronavirus between now and January 2022, with the most favorable being a slight uptick now and then a “slow burn” through next year.That result requires active case detection and tracing, plus individuals taking the necessary health precautions. However, if action is not taken, the outcome could be disastrous, Tam said.”With minimum controls, the virus is capable of surging into a very sharp and intense peak … (that) could overwhelm our health system capacity and significantly impact our social and economic systems as well,” she said. COVID-19 infections have surged in Canada and if people do not take stringent precautions, they could balloon to exceed levels seen during the first wave of the pandemic, health officials warned on Monday.”Canada is at a crossroads and individual action to reduce contact rates will decide our path,” the Public Health Agency said in a statement.According to a worst-case scenario outlined by the agency, cases could rise more than 1,000 per day to 155,795 by Oct. 2, with the death toll hitting 9,300. On Monday, Canada had reported 145,415 total cases and 9,228 deaths. Even with enhanced detection and tracing, people must take precautions or else cases could “far” exceed the spring peak, Tam said.Tam’s are the latest in a series of warnings from health officials across Canada that the spread of the disease is gaining momentum.Tam said this surge is different from the first because young people are behind the spread, but she cautioned that eventually “that is going to spill over into high-risk populations”.Procurement Minister Anita Anand also announced new agreements in obtaining eventual coronavirus vaccines for Canada, and a first purchase of 150,000 vials of remdesivir, an anti-viral medication produced by Gilead Sciences Inc .Anand said Canada had signed a deal with Sanofi and GSK for up to 72 million doses of their potential adjuvanted COVID-19 vaccine, and had increased by up to 14 million doses a previous agreement for the Moderna vaccine candidate.Separately, Doug Ford, premier of Canada’s largest province Ontario, said he would begin implementing a six-point plan “to tackle a potentially more challenging second wave of COVID-19.”The first step is what Ford called the “largest flu immunization campaign” in Ontario’s history. The province invested C$70 million ($52.6 million) in 5.1 million flu vaccines, 700,000 more than last year.Getting a flu shot will help “take the load and the burden off the backs of the hospitals and doctor’s offices” during a surge in the coronavirus, Ford said. center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Over $1M in cash prizes on offer for Boyce/Jefford Relay Festival

first_imgOVER $1M in cold hard cash will be up for grabs at this year’s edition of the Boyce and Jefford Relay Festival and Family Fun, which will feature an addition of two new relays and two cycle races and an increase in the cash prizes.The event, which is set for April 30 at the Police Sports Club ground, Eve Leary, was officially launched yesterday morning at Palm Court Restaurant, with remarks from the organisers Edison Jefford and Colin Boyce, representatives from a few of the sponsors: STAG Brand Manager Lindon Henry, Director of Sport Christopher Jones, and Palm Court Manager Sasha Lewis.This year marks the second edition of the annual event which began last year. Jefford noted that the organisation was even more encouraged to continue the event after last year’s turnout.“We exceeded all expectations last year, where we filled the Police Sports Club ground to capacity. This year we expect similar patronage from sports fan and enthusiasts,” Jefford said.This year the event will see two additions – 4x200m and 4x400m mixed relays – which will involve teams each comprising two males and two females. These two events will add to the other eight events already on the card of the annual event.The other events are the 4x100m, 4x400m, sprint medley, and distance medley male and female relays.A total $500 000 in prize money will be doled out in the races, with each race carrying a $50 000 purse divided up with $25 000 for first place, $15 000 for second and $10 000 for third. This marks a growth from the $40 000 per race last year.The two cycle races will also carry prizes of $50 000 each with the same breakdown. The two races will be a male Devil-takes-the-Hindmost and a female 2 000m.Complementing the races will be the dominoes, cricket and football competitions, as well as two novelty events. There will also be a ‘Kid Zone’ with bouncy castles, trampolines, face-painting and other attractions. This year will see the introduction of four gate prizes ranging from $20 000 cash to household hampers.“All in all you can see that this year there is additional entertainment. Apart from the main events we had some other activities to entertain a wider cross section of spectating public. And we are encouraging one and all to come out. The gate prizes alone would encourage persons to buy more than one ticket,” Boyce said, as he urged patrons to come out in support.Henry and Lewis also commended organisers for catering to a wide cross section of patrons.“There’s no better way to come together and have some fun than through sports, and that’s the reason for this event. And when you come together to have fun there’s no better way to do that, than with STAG, and that’s the reason for this collaboration,” Henry said with a smile.“The package that is offered in this event is the reason for STAG being on board with the event. There’s the track event, the football, there’s some grassroots stuff, there’s some high end, there’s the cycling, and for those who are not athletic there’s the dominoes game. No doubt there is something in here for everybody. We could agree that this is a recipe for a fun event.”The event is being sponsored by Ansa McAl under their Lucozade Energy Drink and STAG brands, the National Sports Commission, Jude Cycle Shop, and Star Party Rentals.last_img read more

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