As part of our 2020 vision for the future of our community, Stowe Vibrancy supports the sidewalk and power line relocation projects in historic Stowe Village. Please check out this great video produced by a hardworking group of dedicated community leaders who endorse these Stowe Village improvements.
Additionally, our letter to the editor, appears in the October 11, 2018 edition of the Stowe Reporter asking for the community to vote in favor of the bonds needed to finance the Main Street sidewalk improvement and utility line relocation:
–Letter to the Editor, Stowe Reporter–
Click here to read the letter from the Stowe Reporter
Stowe Vibrancy was formed by a small group of dedicated residents in 2009 with a mission “to increase the vibrancy of the Town of Stowe through the enhancement of social, recreational, cultural, economic, and physical characteristics of the Village”. Since then numerous prominent buildings in the historic Village have been improved or totally renovated, and literally hundreds of activities have enhanced the vibrancy of resident and tourist activity. Great progress has been made!
Significant key infrastructure needs remain, however. Our sidewalks and crosswalks are in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a hazard to pedestrians, and a potential liability. Additionally, utility poles have become unsightly and overloaded, as we have added necessary communications, media and internet services. We now have an opportunity to ensure both of these important infrastructure needs are addressed in a cost-effective way, and we ask for the support for these projects from the voters of Stowe.
The Town of Stowe Select Board is putting forward two articles for consideration on the November ballot to both make the critical improvements to the sidewalks, crosswalks, and road surfaces, and to, simultaneously, relocate our utility lines off of Main Street in the core village. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to relocate the utility lines, since we will be doing the sidewalks at the same time. The Town is proposing a fair, cost-effective way to fund both projects. The sidewalk replacement will be paid by a slight increase in the municipal property tax (approximately $8.50 per $100,000 of home valuation). And the utility line relocation will be funded entirely through the 1% local option tax already being collected.
Like the Town of Stowe itself, Stowe Vibrancy is committed to helping Stowe meet the needs and growing expectations of our residents and visitors alike. We believe strongly that this investment is a sound one and should be approved.
We support this project. Stowe residents and visitors deserve to have the downtown and historic Main Street consistent with the image, expectations and capabilities of the world class destination and beautiful little town that it is!
Please vote in favor of Article 1 and Article 2 on November 6th.
Stowe Vibrancy Inc.
Board of Directors