Worcester Draft Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Town of Worcester has been in the process of updating the local hazard mitigation plan and a draft is available for public review and comment.  The Town of Worcester, VT 2017 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan is developed to recognize the hazards facing the community and identify strategies  to reduce risks from these acknowledge hazards thereby reducing the loss of life and property during times of hazardous events.  Having a local hazard mitigation plan allows Worcester to access state hazard mitigation grant funds and federal relief assistance for specific mitigation projects designed to reduce and/or eliminate vulnerabilities resulting from the occurrence of disaster events. Work under this plan update process is supported by the CVRPC and funded by a grant award under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

The Worcester Hazard Mitigation Plan will be reviewed by the Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security prior to submittal to FEMA for final approval.  Any comments received during the review process will be considered by the Board of Selectmen for inclusion into a final draft plan.  Prior to FEMA approval, the Board of Selectmen must adopt the final plan by resolution.  Prior to plan adoption, the Board will hold a public hearing to gain public comment. The adopted plan and certificate of adoption will be sent to FEMA and upon their review, FEMA will issue a formal Letter of Approval.  The plan will be effective for five years from the date of FEMA approval at which time the plan will need to be updated and adopted again.

Worcester Draft LHMP

Winooski NRCD Hosting Required Agricultural Practices Workshop

To assist farmers and the public in understanding the new Required Agricultural Practices, the Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District is holding a free workshop on the new RAP’s Tuesday February 21 from 10am – noon at the Waterbury Congregational Church.  All are welcome to attend this presentation featuring staff from the VT Agency of Ag and Markets and displays on farmer’s resources and technical assistance provided by local and regional organizations. There will be a Q and A following the presentation. For more information or to request to setup a display please email: info@winooskinrcd.org  or visit: www.winooskinrcd.org

WNRCD District Manager, Corrina Parnapy says: “The numbers of small and non-traditional farms are on the rise throughout Vermont, including within the Lake Champlain Basin. With the increased regulatory focus on phosphorus reduction to meet the requirements of the phosphorus TMDL and the Required Agricultural Practices (RAP’s), it is essential that all farmers understand not only the regulations that will be required of them, but that they acquire knowledge on the most successful Best Management Practices (BMPs) that protect water quality and achieve phosphorus reductions We at the Conservation District are here to help.”

The Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District is one of 14 conservation districts throughout Vermont. It encompasses all of Chittenden and Washington County as well as parts of Orange County (Orange, Williamstown and Washington). The district relies on grants and individual donations to complete its conservation work. The WNRCD focuses its resources on completing conservation projects within the areas of agricultural assistance, forestland enhancement, urban conservation and watershed stewardship.

Curious About Wood Heating?

Beyond Heating with Cord Wood Workshop – February 22nd in Barre:  Wood pellet boilers have emerged as a promising technology for Vermont–with all the conveniences of other home heating systems. This workshop will cover how modern wood heating works, the relative cost and savings compared to other fuel sources and systems, and the financial incentives available. The workshop will be held on February 22nd from 5:30-7:30 PM. at the Aldrich Library at 6 Washington Street in Barre, Vermont. The workshop will be led by Dave Keefe, Energy Consultant with Efficiency Vermont.  Wood pellet boiler distributors will be on-site to share information. Doors open at 5:30 pm. A light dinner will be provided. The workshop is co-sponsored by Efficiency Vermont in partnership with the Barre City Energy Committee.  For more information, contact:  Elaine Wang at 802-249-5978.

ModernWoodHeatingWorkshopFlyer - Barre

Local Emergency Operations Plan (LEOP) updates

Information for updating the Local Emergency Operations Plan (LEOP) for 2017 has been released and is available on the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) website found at:

http://demhs.vermont.gov/plans/local

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commissions is available to assist you in completing your Local Emergency Operations Plan.  If you would like assistance contact Laura Ranker at 802-229-0389 or by email at ranker@cvregion.com

 

As a reminder, the annual deadline for submitting the LEOP is from March 8th (day after Town Meeting) to May 1st.  Please submit your plan to the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission no later than the May 1 deadline.  We will review the plan for completeness and forward it to DEMHS for acceptance.

Municipalities with an approved adopted plan increase their rating under the Emergency Relief and Assistance Fund giving them access to greater grant funding in the event of a federally declared disaster.

All certifying individuals signing the plan must have successfully completed the ICS 402 or ICS 100 training.  CVRPC will be holding an ICS 402 class on March 18th from 9 am to 12 noon.  The Saturday class will take place at the offices of CVRPC in Montpelier. Please save the date and plan to register for the class if you have not yet taken it. CVRPC can assist you with the registration process.    For other course dates and offerings go to the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security website: http://demhs.vermont.gov/calendar

 

Many municipalities choose to enhance their local emergency operations plan with appendices.  This year, DEMHS added additional appendices to the resource list found on their website.  The use of appendices is optional and should be developed to meet the needs of the individual community.  The CVRPC can help you identify which appendices would benefit your community and then help you develop them.

The additional appendices identified in 2017 are as follows and can be found on the DEMHS website in both pdf and word format downloads.  The appendices can and should be modified to meet your particular needs and situation.

  • B8 Continuity of Operations Plan- This document assists local jurisdictions with planning for continuity events, including identifying essential functions, facilities, personnel, and resources. This template includes fillable charts and lists to capture the town data/information so that it is readily accessible and retrievable.
  • B9 Evacuation Plan – This document assists local jurisdictions with planning for municipal evacuations, including access control & security, roles & responsibilities, and documenting available resources. (Courtesy of Local Emergency Planning Commission 6 – Windham Region).  The RPC can assist with the development of evacuation route maps.
  • B10 Debris Management Plan- This document assists local jurisdictions with planning for debris management, including identifying a Debris Manager, Debris Monitor, and Temporary Debris Storage and Reduction Site. Submission of this plan may make the municipality eligible for a one-time benefit of an additional 2% federal share towards eligible debris management costs during a federally-declared disaster.

      Of special note:  During this 2017 submission cycle, if a town submits a Debris       Management Plan (Appendix B10) to the RPC, the RPC must forward that plan     to your DEMHS Regional Coordinator (Emily Harris).  Once DEMHS has the    Debris Management Plan, they will forward it up to FEMA for the potential one- time benefit noted above.

  • C6 Shelter Inspections – This document provides information to local jurisdictions on how shelters will be inspected by the Division of Fire Safety during a disaster.
  • C7 Municipal Guidance for Flood Emergencies – This document assists all types of Vermont town officials, boards, staff, volunteers and others, with considerations and resources related to flooding disasters. The Flood Guide shares actions and steps to be taken by each role at each stage: proactive and advance preparations when a major storm is forecast, actions to be taken during the storm, as well as during recovery. (Courtesy of the Windham Regional Commission, in partnership with Deerfield Watershed Creating Resilient Communities and the University of Massachusetts RiverSmart Communities)

 

Please be advised, Emily Harris, Vermont Department of Public Safety Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security reachable by phone at 1-800-347-0488, is our regions DEMHS contact for LEOPs.

 

Thank you and I look forward to working with you on your 2017 LEOP after March 7th and before May 1st.  Your efforts last year gave our region 100% LEOP compliance, together let’s make 2017 a repeat.

TRAINING OPPORTUNITY FOR LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIRECTORS, Emergency services personnel and volunteers, and municipal employees.

Did you say, “Yes” when asked to volunteer as the local EMD or EMC and later wonder what you said yes to?  You are not alone. 

 Take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about your role as the Local Emergency Management Director (EMD) for your community and how best to interact with the other emergency service providers and municipal officials while preforming your job as EMD.

When: December 7, 2016

5:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Where: Agency of Transportation Facility, 2178 Airport Road, Unit A, Berlin, VT (across from the Knapp Airport in Berlin)

This class is being offered by the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security “as a cornerstone for the new Vermont EM Certification Program.”  As taken from the course description, “the Vermont Local Emergency Management Course incorporates many different aspects of “emergency management” to include its partnership with emergency services. The course describes the realistic responsibilities of the job here in Vermont. The course includes all mission areas of emergencies and disasters, the core capabilities that make up the responsibilities, the integration and communications needed to be successful. And finally the course strongly emphasizes the teamwork between emergency management, emergency services and the municipal leadership.”

Target Audience: The audience for this fundamental course includes local emergency management directors, coordinators and staff, emergency services personnel and volunteers, and municipal employees.

A Certificate of Attendance will be given to those who complete the four hour course.  There is no prerequisite for the course and there is no fee for attending.

Registration is required by completing a registration form which can be downloaded at:

http://demhs.vermont.gov/sites/demhs/files/pdfs/training/DEMHS%20General%20Registration%20%20Form.pdf

Send Completed forms to: DPS.EMHSTraining@vermont.gov

Contact Laura Ranker for more information or if you need assistance with registration at ranker@cvregion.com or by phone at 802-229-0389.

CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED SO REGISTER NOW.

Energy Planning Standards Training for Municipalities

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission will host an informational training session on the new Energy Planning Standards that were released on November 1st.  These standards will allow municipalities to receive “Substantial Deference” when the Public Service Board is reviewing Certificates of Public Good.

The training will be held on December 14th, 2016 from 6-8PM

at the Brown Public Library in Northfield, Vermont

Please see the flyer below for additional information.

RSVP to Marian Wolz, wolz@cvregion.com, (802) 229 0389

Energy Standards Training Flyer

“Slash Your Energy Bill” – Workshop scheduled in Barre on November 16th

The Barre City Energy Committee, in partnership with Efficiency Vermont, invites Central Vermont residents to the workshop “Slash Your Energy Bills” scheduled for Wednesday, November 16th at the Aldrich Library (Milne Room) starting at 5:30.  The workshop will focus on the wide range of actions that Central Vermonters can take to lower their energy costs and improve comfort in their homes.  Energy improvement options that will be covered during the workshop include: no-cost/low-cost energy efficiency, comprehensive weatherization, heat pumps, modern wood heat, and solar. The workshop will be led by Dave Keefe, an Energy Consultant with Efficiency Vermont.  A light dinner will be provided starting at 5:30 pm, with the workshop scheduled for 6:00-7:30 pm.

The workshop is part of the 2016-2017 Barre Energy Workshop Series. Two additional workshops are scheduled for 2017, including one focused on heat pumps for January 18th and one on modern wood heating for February 22nd.   This workshop series is brought to you by Barre Saves Energy Initiative, a joint effort of the Barre Partnership, City of Barre, Barre Area Development Corporation, Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Barre City Energy Committee and Efficiency Vermont.  For more information, contact: Elaine Wang, Barre City Energy Committee at ekaube@gmail.com (802 249 5978) or Paul Markowitz, Efficiency Vermont, pmarkowitz@veic.org (802 540 7608). For more information, see the flyer below.

Workshop Flyer

Vermont Department of Public Service Issues Final Energy Planning Standards

The Department of Public Service yesterday (11/02) released the final energy planning determination standards and recommendations called for in Act 174, the Energy Development Improvement Act. The final standards and recommendations, along with an overview, can be found here – http://publicservice.vermont.gov/content/act-174-recommendations-and-determination-standards.

These standards will be used by the Department and Regional Planning Commissions to make determinations as to whether regional and municipal plans are consistent with state energy policy. Plans that receive an affirmative determination will receive substantial deference for their land conservation measures and specific policies when the Public Service Board considers orderly development in its review of siting applications. Act 174 details a set of planning requirements to receive a determination, including consistency with Vermont’s energy and climate goals and the inclusion of energy analysis across the building, transportation, and electrical sectors.

The standards published today consist of a checklist of required analyses, goals, and actions. The checklist approach is intended to enable municipal and regional planners to conduct planning with a determination of energy compliance in mind.

Act 174 establishes three pathways for a plan to receive a determination of energy compliance: 1) regional plans will be evaluated by the Department; 2) once their region’s plan has received an affirmative determination, municipal plans will be evaluated by their regional planning commission; and 3) until July 1, 2018, a municipality in a region that has not received a determination may apply to the Department for evaluation.

The standards build upon regional energy planning work already underway at all Regional Planning Commissions under contract with the Department. Regions will furthermore be providing analyses and maps that will enable municipalities to easily meet the Analysis & Targets and Mapping standards. Regions will also conduct at least two trainings in each region, will each be offering in-depth technical assistance to at least three municipalities, and will be compiling best practice language from those efforts, which will aid future municipalities in meeting the Pathways standards.

LAMOILLE RIVER TACTICAL BASIN PLAN OPEN FOR COMMENT NOVEMBER 1 TO NOVEMBER 30

The 2016 DRAFT Lamoille Tactical Basin Plan is now available for public comment.  A series of public comment meetings will be held in November to gather feedback on the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources’ Draft Lamoille River Tactical Basin Plan. The public is encouraged to attend the meetings, hear a presentation and offer their comments and suggestions. Meetings will take place in the evening in the following locations:

  • November 7th Jericho, Jericho Town Hall, 67 Route 15, 6:30-8PM
  • November 9th Georgia, Georgia Fire Station, 4134 Ethan Allen Highway, 6-8PM
  • November 14th Hyde Park, Green Mountain Technical and Career Center, 738 Route 15, 7-8:30PM
  • November 15th Hardwick, Hardwick Town Hall, 20 Church Street, 6-7:30PM

The Lamoille River Tactical Basin Plan (TBP) was developed with the purpose of both improving and protecting water quality and aquatic habitats, and presents the recommendations of State and Federal resource agencies, watershed partner organizations, planning commissions, municipalities, and individual citizens.

The Plan provides an overall assessment of the health of the Lamoille River basin and defines on-going and future actions and strategies to address high-priority stressors. An additional goal of the plan is to set priorities for meeting targets for phosphorus loading from the Lamoille River and all of the waters in its drainage basin that contribute to Mallets Bay in Lake Champlain.

The central component of the Tactical Basin Plan is an implementation table summary with targeted actions to protect very high quality waters and to address the water quality issues in the Lamoille watershed. Over 140 actions are identified in the plan with over 1000 individual related projects included in the VT Watershed Projects database.

Copies of the draft plan may be obtained on November 1st, 2016, on-line by clicking this link or by requesting a copy from Danielle Owczarski by email at danielle.owczarski@vermont.gov or (802) 490-6176.  Comments can be directed to Danielle Owczarski by email or by mail at 1 National Life Drive, Main 2, Montpelier VT 05620-3522. Comments will be accepted through end of business day (4:30 pm) on December 2, 2016. Comments received by this date will be addressed in a responsiveness summary.