Bennington town manager: Grant rejection didn’t affect salt shed project

This article by Ed Damon originally appeared Jan. 10 in the Bennington Banner.

BENNINGTON — Last fall, when Bennington was informed it had received a $340,000 share of $6 million in state and federal grants distributed by the state Agency of Transportation, it did something that none of the other 17 towns awarded grants did: It turned the money down.

Wikimedia Commons/Dirk Vorderstrabe

Stock photo of a salt shed similar to one being built in Bennington.

Joel Perrigo, project manager for the VTrans, told the Banner on Wednesday that the town turned down the grant in a telephone call, and later an email, explaining that construction had already begun. “Their project had advanced to a point that it was no longer eligible for the funds that had been awarded,” he said.

“It would have meant starting over”

Town Manager Stuart Hurd said on Wednesday that the federal grant was not originally included in the project’s construction cost. Hurd, who said earlier this week that he ordered construction to begin without a required wetland permit, said town officials applied for the grant in August. Construction activities began in June at the Bowen Road site destined for the town’s new public works facility and adjacent 6,400-square-foot salt and sand shed.

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