By Lisa Loomis
When the votes on the Waitsfield water project were recounted, the initial victory announced last week was reversed. The project failed by 13 votes, with the recount showing 219 no votes and 206 yes votes.
The board of civil authority recounted the votes on June 16 and released the new totals that same day.
The project was to have served Waitsfield Village, Irasville, the Tremblay Road and the Old County Road. The project would have cost $7.5 million and the town had obtained $3.6 million in grants. All the operating costs of the system were to be borne by users. The project would have provided fire protection to the service area with hydrants.
The June 10 vote followed a Town Meeting vote where voters turned down the project by a vote of 442 to 398.