ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. – Federal and state officials announced today that they hope to complete the funding arrangements for the Waterbury State Office Complex by the end of the month.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency and State of Vermont said that the final determination of how much of the cost of reconstructing the Waterbury campus – flooded by Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011 – will be eligible for federal reimbursement is still uncertain.
“The partnership between FEMA and the State of Vermont has been highly productive in the last few months, resulting in our providing a funding blueprint for the reconstruction of the state’s mental health system,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Mark Landry, the head of FEMA’s mission in Vermont. “The next step is doing the same for Waterbury, and I also want to clarify a recent news report that indicated this information would be provided this Friday. Our current plan is to provide funding information to Vermont by the end of this month.”
“We want to ensure that we have a high degree of confidence in the funding levels as we prepare our capital bonding budget,” said Deputy Administration Secretary Michael Clasen. “This is a critical project for both the state and Waterbury, and the Shumlin administration is committed to taking the time to do this right.”
In January, FEMA provided the state with formal grant documents – Project Worksheets – for the reconstruction of the flooded-out Vermont State Hospital that detailed the level of federal funding available for a new psychiatric hospital in Berlin as well as the construction of several community-based facilities.
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