by Ed Eilersten
The zoning board of adjustment's decision to grant a conditional use permit for the conversion of the existing firehouse to an automotive repair shop paved the way for the select board to sign a purchase and sales agreement with Robert and Patricia Benjamin for the property.
There were no challenges filed in the appeal period of the ZBA decision, which ended July 16. The Benjamins have offered to purchase the existing firehouse for $75,000, which the select board has accepted, as provided by vote in March town meeting.
The fire department will continue using the existing structure until the new facility is complete. According to Dan Perry III, clerk of the works, construction will begin the first week in August.
In other business, the select board met jointly with the Bradford village trustees to pass resolutions in order to apply for a $570,000 grant from the Vermont Community Development Program. The funds will be used to renovate the Bradford Academy building in terms of fire code and Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. The select board is being assisted with the grant application by Jim Saudade, executive director of the Green Mountain Economic Development Corporation.