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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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Bring back the Annual Kashif and Shanghai football tournament

first_img(Letter to the Sports Editor)FOOTBALL is considered the most exciting sport in the world with viewership of football matches unmatchable. At venues where seating is in excess of 60 000 and more, most times all tickets are sold out. When there is the World Cup millions of people watch TV and the list goes on.This phenomenal viewership comes with good marketing strategies, comprehensive advertisements, committed personnel and knowledgeable and competent strategists.Mr President, this was lacking with your organisation’s feeble attempt to run off a year-end tournament. The business of the GFF is to promote and organise football. To do this, Sir, you must have a strong team of competent and efficient persons to conduct such activity. The many deficiencies that marred the tournament were an embarrassment to the present GFF.It was brought to my attention that the Competition Director thinks that he is God’s gift to football. He is arrogant, intrusive, self-opinionated and abrasive and not too people-friendly. He listens to few and takes advice from little. He is not good for future football development. Take note Mr President, this guy will cause you and your executive further and continued embarrassment. You just got to get amongst the Association’s executives, club officials, players and spectators and hear the negative comments that are meted out towards him and the GFF.Sir, can you imagine playing a game at the Buxton Community Centre ground at night when the few lights that were available were so dim that it made a mess of a tournament of this magnitude! I was told that the place was so dark that even the players could not recognise their teammate whilst on the field if he was a distance away.The crowd attendance was deplorable and atrocious and that comes with poor strategy and improper match up against teams. This was the worst attended year-end tournament since it commenced approximately more than two decades ago.A previous administration of the GFF unilaterally killed the most anticipated period of the football calendar and since then the year-end football is like a whimper.I can recall during the K&S football tournament the excitement, hype and enthusiasm that is associated when the tournament is scheduled.The banners around the country, the TV, radio and newspaper ads, the radio and TV interviews, the newspapers articles, the many sponsors trying to get on board, players wanting to be a part of the tournament, overseas guests coming to Guyana for Xmas and the tournament, people using the opportunity to visit Guyana during the period just because they have an activity to keep them well occupied.I can recall the MSC ground being filled to capacity and overflowing with a cage being built around the playing area to keep people off the pitch.The hotels, boutiques, hairdressers, barbers, vendors, supermarkets, bars and every conceivable business relishing the K&S tournament because they made tons and tons of dollars. Sadly, the finals outgrew the community and it was moved to the National Stadium.That was such a feat, the Stadium sold out, the crowd was massive and the first time the stadium was filled to capacity and overflowing was that January 1 experience.Mr President, I think that your executive should bite the bullet, mend the fences, forget politics and think football and its development and invite the Kashif & Shanghai Organisation back into the football arena.They did a lot for football and contributed to the development of many players and helped put Guyana on the football map. We need such boost to ignite excitement back into local football.The attendance at the last year-end tournament and Elite League is evident that something is lacking. Remember football is a spectator sport and spectators only attend when they have something proper to attend.Shemroy AlexanderFootball Enthusiastlast_img read more

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