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State tells city to sign project agreement, city sues

January 16, 2019

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Transportation says Rutland should sign an agreement with the state that would require the city to assume costs related to potential damages in a project.

Rutland is suing the state, saying it was refusing to cooperate in a project to replace pipes under a railway crossing unless the city signed a “master license agreement.” The Rutland Herald reports the agreement would require the city to assume all liability to damages, even if they were the result of the state or Vermont Railway.

The agreement would also give the state and Vermont Railway the ability to veto any other water and sewer work without cause and no chance of appeal for Rutland.

State officials haven’t discussed the reasoning behind the agreements publicly. A hearing’s been scheduled.

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Information from: Rutland Herald, http://www.rutlandherald.com/

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