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.

Button Up Day of Action is Coming – November 12th

Button Up Vermont of Action is coming on November 12th and we are hoping you will participate.  Button Up Vermont is a multi-media awareness campaign culminating in a statewide day of action where neighbors help neighbors prepare their homes for winter, and save energy. Throughout the campaign, Vermonters are encouraged to do things large and small to save energy and live more sustainably. Specifically, they are encouraged to generate custom Button Up check-lists online, complete their energy-saving tasks throughout the campaign, send photos of completed tasks or check-lists, and participate in a community event on November 12. We’re also alerting retail partners and inviting them to participate by stocking weatherization products, lighting, and other efficient products.

How can Efficiency Vermont support you?

Efficiency Vermont is prepared to support your efforts in a number of ways. First, we have a number of educational materials and resources available for you to complement your Button Up efforts. We can provide hard copies of Button Up checklists,  Button Up poster, and Button Up business cards.   We have also developed a Guide to Community Energy Engagement Activities that includes step-by-step guides for how to organize the following: home energy parties, phone-a-thons, workshops, home energy visits, door-to-door campaigns, and partnerships with contractors.

What is your role?

As community partners we need your help in spreading the word and engaging your neighbors.   We are seeking your help in engaging residents in your community – whether it is through setting up a table at Election Day or holding a Button Up workshop or one of the other myriad of ways that you have selected to do so.   At a minimum, we are asking town energy committees and other local energy groups to:

  • Visit the Button Up Vermont website and post your event. Please ask your neighbors to visit the site as well to build a Button Up checklist, complete a task, and submit a photo—and be entered into a raffle to win prizes.
  • Visit the Button Up Facebook page. Like and share it; say you’re going to attend the event on Facebook; and invite friends to like the page and attend the event on Facebook.
  • Community Energy Dashboard: After you have built your check-list, completed the tasks, and submitted a photo on the Button Up website, add your action to the Community Energy Dashboard.

Statewide partners include: Efficiency Vermont, Capstone Community Action, Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network, Energy Action Network, Green Mountain Power, and Burlington Electric, and Vermont Energy Education Program.   If you have questions or are interested in support from Efficiency Vermont around Button Up Vermont, please contact Kathleen Brown at kbrown@veic.org  (888 921 5990 x7740).

TOWN OF EAST MONTPELIER – Road Foreman Position

The Town of East Montpelier is seeking qualified applicants for its Road Foreman position. This is a full-time position. The road foreman performs and supervises road maintenance operations year-round. The person filling this position must be available to work nights, weekends and holidays through the winter and in any emergency, with a reasonably short commute time. The foreman is responsible for safety compliance, work plan development, road & culvert inventories, and budget management to ensure a high level of maintenance for town roads and properties.

Requirements: Vermont CDL with medical certification required by the end of the six month probation & training period; good driving record; knowledge of highway heavy equipment; willingness and physical capacity to work long hours; ability to maintain road maintenance & equipment logs; possess mechanical abilities, good communication skills, and basic computer skills.  If offered the position, candidate must comply with the town’s CDL drug/alcohol policy and any testing requirements. Pay is commensurate with knowledge and experience. There is a generous benefit package.

For more information, including a job description, contact Bruce Johnson ((802) 223-3313 x 204; eastmontadmin@comcast.net) or visit: http://eastmontpeliervt.org/east-montpelier-seeking-road-foreman/.

For consideration, submit a cover letter, resume detailing work history, and three references by 5:00 p.m., Friday, November 4, 2016 to:

Town of East Montpelier

Attn: Bruce Johnson

PO Box 157

East Montpelier, VT  05651.

East Montpelier is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

MRV Moves Final Plan Presentation

The final MRV Moves Active Transportation Plan will be presented to the community on October 20th, 7 PM, at the Waitsfield School.

For the last year, the Mad River Valley Planning District has led an effort to articulate a unified, multi-town, watershed-wide vision for recreational trails and non-motorized transportation facilities, identify how they integrate with economic development, enhance visitor experiences, enhance residents’ quality of life, and improve transportation choices. After analyzing the MRV’s current conditions and environmental constraints, updating trail counts, creating economic impact projections, undertaking a community survey, attending a series of community events, holding two public workshops, and convening numerous stakeholder and Advisory Committee meetings…the team has arrived at a final plan for active transportation in the Mad River Valley.

The MRV Moves Active Transportation Plan envisions a consistent, cohesive and connected regional system of trails, roads and sidewalks that provide a range of transportation options and recreational experiences for diverse user groups in the MRV, all while connecting users to the natural landscape and respecting the resources that make the Valley so special.

Come hear about the final plan, the findings, and the recommendations for implementation on Thursday, October 20, 7 PM, at the Waitsfield School Gymnasium. The presentation will take place as part of the monthly Mad River Valley Planning District Steering Committee Meeting. Don’t miss it and tell all your friends!

The project has been led by MRVPD and funded in partnership by the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) Strong Communities, Better Connections Program, Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD), Towns of Fayston, Moretown, Warren, & Waitsfield, the Mad River Valley Rotary Club and the Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce. More info at www.mrvmoves.org. See below for flyer.

Flyer

Northfield Draft Local Hazard Mitigation Plan 2016

The Town of Northfield would like to invite comment on its Draft 2016 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan.  Hazard Mitigation Planning is a measure that municipalities can take to reduce local losses to life or property as a result of a natural disaster.  Download the Plan here:

Draft Northfield Hazard Mitigation Plan – Sept. 28, 2016

Northfield has identified projects that will help prevent future damage and losses due to flooding, water supply contamination, railroad accidents, severe storms, and severe winter weather. Highlights from the projects identified in the plan include:

  • outreach and analysis process to determine if the town will alter its Floodplain Zoning Regulation to include a River Corridor regulation in conformance with State criteria
  • Participate in the next Rail Car Incident Response Course offered by the State Fire Academy
  • Develop project scope(s) of work for flood modeling between Cross Bros. Dam and the Dog River Drive Facilities, to define potential project components, their products, and their uses.
  • seek voter approval at Town Meeting 2017 to construct a new ambulance facility in a location removed from flooding risks
  • Restore floodplain parallel to Water Street to reduce future flooding in that neighborhood

Comments may be submitted to Gail Aloisio, Assistant Planner, at aloisio@cvregion.com, or to Jeff Schulz, Northfield Town Manager, at jschulz@northfield.vt.us or 802-485-6121.

HUD Manufactured Home Installation Program Brochure Available for Municipal Download

On May 1, 2016, enforcement of  the Manufactured Home Installation Program by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) began throughout Vermont. The purpose of the Manufactured Home Installation Program is to implement regulations 24 CFR 3285 and 24 CFR Part 3286 to ensure that states have in place a minimum installation standard and an operating installation program.

All new mobile homes must be inspected. If a municipality issues a certificate of occupancy, it must be in conjunction with installation of the home by a licensed installer under this program. The HUD Installation Program includes, but is not limited to, requirements for installer training and licensing, 100% inspection of new manufactured homes by qualified inspectors, and information reporting by retailers.

In Vermont, the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administers the Manufactured Home Installation Program. HUD will ensure that Vermont’s installation trainers are registered with HUD, and that persons planning to install homes in HUD-administered states are licensed by HUD.

Information for manufactured homeowners has been compiled in a brochure that municipalities can print for distribution to manufactured homeowners. Brochures can also be customized for towns upon request. The brochures are available for download below in both color and black/white.

For more information or to request a customized brochure, contact Marian Wolz, wolz@cvregion.com.

HUD Manufactured Home Installation Program Brochure – Generic Color

HUD Manufactured Home Installation Program Brochure – Generic B&W

 

Join the Northfield Economic Development Committee to Learn About Redevelopment Plans for Four Downtown Northfield Properties

Join the Northfield Economic Development Committee to learn about redevelopment plans for four properties in Downtown Northfield

on

Wednesday September 28th

6 PM at the Northfield Police Station

The Committee will present plans to bring more economic activity back to East St. & the Mayo/Northfield Savings Block, the Gateway Block and Frieghtyard Way. Come learn the details for revitalizing downtown Northfield.

Northfield Downtown Development Flyer