Farmers to Families Food Box Distributions

 

The Vermont Foodbank continues partnering with The Abbey Group, the State of Vermont, and the Vermont National Guard and to provide boxes of chicken, produce, dairy products, and non-perishable food at distributions held throughout the state. For the most up-to-date information visit:  https://www.vtfoodbank.org/coronavirus-services-for-individuals/coronavirus-food-distributions

Please note that the May 22nd Morristown site has been relocated from the airport to Lamoille Union

Vermonters Without COVID-19 Symptoms Can Get Tested at Pop-Up Sites

Eleven sites are currently scheduled to collect specimens from asymptomatic Vermonters, health care workers, first responders (EMS, fire, and law enforcement), child care providers currently serving essential workers, and people returning to Vermont – such as college students, people who winter out of state and second home owners. The sites are led by Health Department teams, with support from EMS units and members of the Vermont National Guard.
Make an appointment online for the site near you (all clinics operate from 9am to 3pm):  humanresources.vermont.gov/popups
Washington County:
  • Tuesday, May 19: Barre Memorial Auditorium, 16 Auditorium Hill
Vermonters with symptoms – no matter how mild – should contact their health care provider to get referred to a nearby testing site.
People who do not have a health care provider can call 2-1-1 to be connected with a local community or hospital-connected clinic for referral to a test site.
For up-to-date information and guidance for staying healthy and preventing the spread of COVID-19 go to: healthvermont.gov/covid19.

CVRPC is holding a Municipal Leadership Roundtable for Selectboards, Town Managers and Town Administrators related to COVID-19 and looking to the future.  Participation by phone or computer.  View Log In Information & Agenda.
Two sessions (same agenda) will be held to accommodate evening and daytime availability. Wednesday 5/6 – 6:00 to 8:00 pm and Friday 5/8 – 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

Save the Date(s) – Town Leadership and Management Roundtable 

CVRPC will be holding a Town Leadership and Management Roundtable for Selectboards, Town Managers and Town Administrators related to COVID-19 and looking to the future.
Two sessions (same agenda) will be held to accommodate evening and daytime availability. Wednesday 5/6 – 6:00 to 8:00 pm and Friday 5/8 – 2:00 to 4:00 pm.
An agenda will be available soon. Contact Nancy Chartrand, chartrand@cvregion.com, if you’d like to recommend specific topics for discussion.

CVRPC Planning and Zoning Roundtable: COVID over Coffee – Municipal Planning during COVID-19 – Friday, April 17th

Join us for a virtual Friday coffee-break!

Do you have questions about municipal planning during COVID-19? Were you planning on adopting your municipal plan this Spring? Are you worried about public engagement during a time without physical meetings?

We’ve got good news: CVRPC is holding a Planning and Zoning Roundtable on April 17th at 10:00am to discuss municipal planning during COVID-19. CVRPC will provide an update on Open Meeting Law changes, followed by a roundtable to allow for participants to discuss approaches to continuance of meetings, plan adoption and best practices for e-meetings during this turbulent time. 

We hope that you can attend this time for conversation and coordination in the region! Please RSVP to maia@cvregion.com so we know who we can expect. The meeting information can be found below:

Planning and Zoning Roundtable: COVID over Coffee

Fri, Apr 17, 2020 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (EDT)

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/193151157

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (669) 224-3412

Access Code: 193-151-157

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/193151157

Plainfield Stormwater Mitigation

For Immediate Release – March 30, 2020

The Health Center, Plainfield Stormwater Mitigation

The Central Vermont Stormwater Master Plan for Barre Town, Barre City, and Plainfield was completed in 2018 and identified The Health Center in Plainfield as a priority. Before The Health Center was constructed, there was evidence of a gully which has since gotten deeper, wider, and longer. It sits between the existing stormwater pond and the Winooski River floodplain. The gully developed from a combination of stormwater runoff from Routes 214, Route 2 and other impervious surfaces in the neighborhood.  Despite the installation of a stormwater pond at the Health Center to treat impervious surfaces on that property, stormwater from the roads could still enter the gully area exacerbating the problem.  The Health Center received a conceptual design as part of the stormwater master planning process, and in February 2020, Milone and MacBroom, Inc. completed a final design for the site through an Ecosystem Restoration Program grant from the Department of Environmental Conservation.

The final design proposed by Milone and MacBroom, Inc. includes re-grading a stormwater settling area below the existing detention pond, and adding a stone rip-rap filtering berm. Due to site constraints, Milone and MacBroom, Inc. decided to prioritize detention using the existing stormwater pond and use the settling area to slow the volume of stormwater entering the gully.  A stone rip-rap filtering berm will prevent the existing stormwater pipes from becoming backwatered. Gully stabilization has also been proposed and would utilize placement of on-site wood and other bio-engineering features to stabilize areas that are currently unstable, while maintaining those that have already stabilized. Native plantings are included in the design and would replace the invasive species already present in the gully.

Site constraints were important to consider for the final design creation, but also were important to consider for construction and operation and maintenance of the treatment. The landowner has granted access to the gully for construction and future maintenance. This access is located off of Route 2 and will minimize any disruption to the operations of The Health Center, avoid further landscaping costs, and prevent the removal of any trees for the purpose of access. It is important to recognize the collaboration and commitment between the Town, the Health Center, and the adjacent landowner, as their teamwork will result in the best outcome for water quality in the region.

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission assists its member municipalities to provide effective local government and work cooperatively to address regional issues.  The Commission also works with area non-profits, other regional organizations, State and Federal agencies, and the public to implement projects and programs tailored to Central Vermont and statewide needs.

For more information on the project, please visit www.centralvtplanning.org or contact:

Pam DeAndrea, Senior GIS Planner

Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission

deandrea@cvregion.com

Phone: (802) 229-0389