Money requested for Newfane, Whitingham projects
SOUTHERN VERMONT - Sen. Bernie Sanders recently announced more than $42 million, that he requested on behalf of 51 Vermont projects, has been included in the annual Senate appropriations bills released last week. Sanders’ congressionally-directed spending requests for the fiscal year 2023 would meet needs across the state and across a number of issue areas, including child care, infrastructure, clean energy and water, farming and agriculture, education, health care, and housing.
These requests include $750,000 to the new Vermont EMS Academy in Newfane. This funding will establish the academy to serve as an educational partner for Vermont EMS and provide high quality, financially- and geographically-accessible enhanced training to help rebuild the EMS workforce across the state.
Also requested was $100,000 to support afterschool and summer programming for students of the Windham Central Supervisory Union in the West River Valley.
With $1 million in funds, the town of Whitingham will complete required safety upgrades to its two wastewater treatment facilities.
With $4,220,000 in funds, Springfield Medical Care Systems - newly renamed North Star Health - will integrate with Windham County Dental Center on the campus of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital allowing 1,500 to 3,500 Vermonters to access dental care. North Star Health will also build a new facility in Windham County to provide much-needed primary medical and behavioral health care.
Last, the Rockingham Historic Preservation Commission will use $360,000 in funds to restore and conserve the historic Rockingham Meeting House for safe public use.
The bills have to be negotiated before being passed by both the House and Senate and signed into law by the president.