ID-4 asphalt repair project going to vote

MIDDLEBURY — Voters in the ID-4 school district in April will be asked to approve a major drainage, grading and resurfacing project for the asphalt-based playground areas and emergency vehicle route at Mary Hogan Elementary School.
Tom Buzzell, associate principal at Mary Hogan Elementary School, said he had received preliminary designs for a project that will focus on repairs to the asphalt surface on the playground areas east and north of the school buildings, as well as to the emergency vehicle access route leading to the back of the building.
Buzzell explained the surface in question has been deteriorating for the past several years.
Cost of the repairs is being placed at between $170,000 and $190,000, according to Buzzell, who stressed the project would not add to Middlebury’s education property tax rate. That’s because the school has adequate reserves in two separate accounts to cover the project, though voters will have to give permission to release the money.
They will be asked to do so at the ID-4 annual meeting, slated for April 14.

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