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 NewsMONTPELIER — The state and its contractor for Vermont Health Connect operations and development... Full Story
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: Capt. James Cook discovers and names Christmas Island, Brits develop and test H-bombs there in 1957-58; 100 years ago today, Christmas truce takes hold on Western Front in France, combatants observe the holiday.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: Gen. Wm. T. Sherman concludes March to the Sea, secures Savannah, Ga., offers the city as Christmas gift to Pres. Lincoln; N.Y.'s Lincoln Tunnel opens in 1937; first gorilla born in captivity, Colo, celebrates 58th birthday today.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Brent Curtis reports on the probe into a city bar fight involving police officers; Vt. Yankee has its last media day event before final shutdown next week; Depot Park hosts annual vigil to raise awareness of plight of homeless.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Vermont Gas Systems puts Phase 2 on hold as the latest estimate for Phase 1 takes a 27 percent leap upward, to a total of $157 million; U.S. Attorney Tristram Coffin quits for job with private firm; police cite man in pot bust.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: In 1972, Christmas bombing of North Vietnam ordered by President Richard Nixon, most lethal strikes of the war; in 1989, U.S. invades Panama to depose, arrest and charge Gen. Manuel Noriega with drug trafficking, racketeering.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Gov. Peter Shumlin announces demise of his single-payer health insurance initiative; convicted first-degree murderer Alan Prue sentenced to 50 years for killing teacher Melissa Jenkins; veterans chafed about park naming snub.