NO. 95. AN ACT RELATING TO THE CLASS 2 TOWN HIGHWAY REHABILITATION PROGRAM.
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. CLASS 2 TOWN HIGHWAY REHABILITATION PROGRAM;
A class 2 town highway shall have a sufficiency rating of 60 or less to be eligible for participation in the class 2 town highway rehabilitation program.
Sec. 2. STUDY COMMITTEE ON CONSOLIDATING AND
SIMPLIFYING TOWN PROGRAMS ADMINISTERED THROUGH
THE VERMONT AGENCY OF TRANSPORTATION
(a) A committee shall be established to study the feasibility and advisability of combining certain town transportation grant programs. The committee shall evaluate all town programs and determine which, if any, when combined would provide a comprehensive program that better meets the needs of municipalities, including increasing the flexibility of eligible activities and simplifying the application processes. The committee shall review the local match requirements of each town highway grant program to determine if they are reasonable and equitable. The committee shall review the current application processes and eligibility criteria for all town highway grant programs and make recommendations to simplify and standardize these areas. The committee shall also study the feasibility of including the rehabilitation of causeways located on town highways in the bridge maintenance programs.
(b) The committee shall consist of the Vermont secretary of transportation, or a designee, who shall chair the committee; two representatives appointed by the Vermont league of cities and towns, one from a municipality with a population of less than 10,000 persons and one from a municipality with a population of more than 10,000 persons; one representative appointed by the Vermont local roads program; and two representatives from the regional planning commission appointed by the Vermont association of planning and development agencies and one representative appointed by the metropolitan planning organization. The secretary of transportation or the secretarys designee shall convene the first meeting of the committee.
(c) The secretary of transportation shall provide staff support to the committee. The committee shall report its findings and recommendations to the senate and house committees on transportation by January 15, 2001.
Sec. 3. 19 V.S.A. § 306(h) is amended to read:
(h) There shall be an annual appropriation for grants to municipalities for rehabilitation of paved or unpaved class 2 town highways that are rural major connectors. The appropriation shall be allocated by the secretary after consideration of applications submitted by the municipalities.
Approved: May 4, 2000