8/09/2016: Utility Undergrounding Initiative Project (Status Update #6)

August 9, 2016

Utility Undergrounding Initiative Project

Status Update #6
August 9, 2016
Straw Poll Results 

The ballots for the Utility Undergrounding Initiative Project were counted in a public meeting beginning at 2:00 pm on Monday, August 8, 2016.  A committee validated and counted all ballots received by the 5:00 pm, August 5th deadline.  The committee included Evyonne Browning, Town Clerk; Keith Davis, Town Attorney and William Kisker, representing our Town Auditor, Nowlan, Holt & Miner.  A number of Town residents observed the proceedings.

The official count results are as follows:

  • Number of ballots mailed:  943
  • Number of ballots received: 501 or 53.1%
  • Ballots marked in favor of the project:  327 or 65.3%
  • Ballots marked against the project: 166 or 33.1%
  • Spoiled Ballots: 8 or 1.6% (Damaged, property not identified) 

The official acceptance of the Straw Poll Ballot results will be on the agenda at the regular Town Commission Meeting scheduled for 7:00 pm, August 15, 2016.

Following the acceptance of the results, the Town Commission will discuss next steps including a contract with Brannon & Gillespie, our chosen project engineer.  The contract should extend for the life of the project including the initial required survey work, project design and construction supervision. 

Your Town Commission thanks all of our property owners for their thoughtful participation in the voting process.  We promise to do everything in our power to make the project successful and as cost effective as possible.  We will be back to you with more details as they develop.