Barre Town interested in public/private stormwater projects

6/6/2019 – Times Argus:

BARRE TOWN — Local officials have expressed interest in entering into a public/private partnership for stormwater projects.

At its regular meeting Tuesday night, the Select Board heard from Town Manager Carl Rogers. Rogers told the board the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission (CVRPC) reached out to the town Friday to see if it would be interested in being selected for a stormwater project where public and private entities would work together.

Pam DeAndrea, a senior planner at CVRPC, sent out an email Friday to area towns talking about the project. DeAndrea said CVRPC has been subcontracted by Watershed Consulting Associates (WCA), out of Burlington, to conduct outreach to local communities to see if they would be willing to participate. She said the project is part of the state’s effort to reduce runoff entering Lake Champlain and WCA has been hired by the Department of Environmental Conservation to head it up.

DeAndrea said the focus of the project is impervious surfaces that are 3 acres or larger that were built before 2002, when the state changed its stormwater development requirements for projects of that size.

WCA selected 45 towns that meet the criteria for the project, including having the larger, older impervious surfaces and documented water quality concerns. Of those 45 towns, 12 are in Washington County and include Barre City, Montpelier and Berlin.

DeAndrea said in her email WCA wants to narrow the list down to 10 towns and a total of about 10 to 15 sites. The company would then work with the municipalities and property owners to develop partnerships to come up with a plan to address stormwater issues at those sites. WCA will also provide preliminary design work for the proposed projects.

Rogers told the board Tuesday the regional planning commission needed an answer by Wednesday if the town is interested in the project. He said the list is expected to be reduced June 12.

Rogers said if Barre Town is picked, town staff would sit down with people from WCA and the regional planning commission later this month to figure what sites would best be served by a public/private partnership.

He said after the list of sites is compiled, the town would have a chance to say if it wants to move forward or not.

“A public/private partnership could have many different forms,” Rogers said.

He said the town could decide to build and maintain a facility to address stormwater at a certain site, with the property owner agreeing to give the town some money to build it. Or he said the town could send some of its stormwater into a treatment facility built by the property owner and the property owner would be compensated for it.

Board members said they didn’t see any downside from expressing interest at this point since the project is in its preliminary stages and they wouldn’t be locked into anything by doing so. They voted unanimously to express interest in the project.

eric.blaisdell @timesargus.com

 

Building Communities Grants Program

The Recreational Facilities Grant Program, Regional Economic Grant Program, and Human Services and Educational Facilities Grant Program are all now open for FY2020. Grants support the construction and capital improvements to support and strengthen Vermont towns and regions.

Public Hearing Notice – Town of Waterbury Energy Determination

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission will hold a second public hearing on June 13, 2019 beginning at 5:00pm in the Steele Community Room at the Waterbury Municipal Center located at 28 North Main Street, Waterbury, Vermont.

The purpose of this hearing is to consider issuance of a determination of energy compliance under 24 V.S.A. §4352 for the Waterbury Municipal Plan, adopted December 3, 2018.

 

Copies of the Waterbury Municipal Plan, adopted December 3, 2018 can be reviewed at the Town of Waterbury Municipal Office or at the offices of Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission, 29 Main Street, Suite 4, Montpelier, during normal business hours. Phone: 802-229-0389.

Mad River and Kingsbury Branch Watersheds Stormwater Master Plans

For Immediate Release - May 13, 2019

Mad River and Kingsbury Branch Watersheds Stormwater Master Plans

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission (CVRPC), in partnership with the Friends of the Mad River (FMR) and Watershed Consulting Associates (WCA), has completed the process for Stormwater Master Planning for eight municipalities – five in the Mad River and three in the Kingsbury Branch watersheds. Stormwater runoff is rain and snow melt which runs off the land, carrying pollutants and eroded sediment into our waterways. Runoff decreases the quality of streams and lakes and contributes to flooding damages. Communities and landowners have the opportunity to reduce these negative impacts with “green stormwater infrastructure” that aims to manage runoff close to its source and using techniques that imitate natural hydrologic processes.

Through funding provided by the Ecosystem Restoration Grant Program at the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the CVRPC retained WCA to complete two Stormwater Master Plans (SWMPs): one for the Kingsbury Branch Watershed including chapters for the towns of Calais, East Montpelier and Woodbury; and one, with Friends of the Mad River, for the Mad River Watershed including chapters for the towns of Moretown, Waitsfield, Warren, Fayston, and Duxbury. The CVRPC, WCA, and FMR team worked to engage municipal stakeholders for each town so that the results of the process were understood and the products were of local value. WCA created online story maps for each of the towns to provide information on stormwater, solutions to stormwater mitigation using green stormwater infrastructure, and results of the stormwater master planning process. The results include the top five priority sites for each of the eight municipalities, along with 30% engineering designs and artistic renderings for projects to address water quality and quantity issues at these sites. By completing the initial engineering designs for these priority sites, each municipality can focus on securing funds for final engineering designs and project implementation, which will help the state advance goals to reduce phosphorus loading in the Lake Champlain basin.

“Our Mad River Valley communities have been working together for four years through our Ridge to River coalition to keep our water clean and reduce our vulnerabilities to flooding, “ said Corrie Miller, Friends of the Mad River Director. “We’re excited to have these stormwater master plans be one important outcome of this work.”
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

Vermont Distracted Driving Safety Day – AAA Walk to End Distracted Driving

Friday May 10th  from 11:00 to 2:00 on the Vermont State House Lawn.

What: Highway Safety Activities and Outreach

Where: Vermont State House Lawn

Who: VHSA partners and the public

 11:45 – AAA Walk to End Distracted Driving

AAA Northern New England in conjunction with the Vermont Highway Safety Alliance and Project RoadSafe invites you to join us for the “AAA Walk to End Distracted Driving” and Safety Event at the Vermont State House.  There will be refreshments, tee shirts for the distracted driving walk, and following the walk, interactive activities on the State House lawn.  This is a free event.

 

Participants include:  Vermont Youth Safety Council, Vermont State Police, Vermont Agency of Transportation, Local Motion, Operation Lifesaver, Vermont Department of Health, American Association of Retired Persons, Federal Highways Administration US Department of Transportation, Work Safe Traffic Control Industries, 3M, Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, AT&T, Text Less Live More, UVM Text U L8R, and Hallstrom Motor Sports.

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Marshfield Firefighter Honored at Vermont Legislature

Marshfield Fire Department honored Tom Maclay during a recognition ceremony at town meeting day on March 5, 2019.

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The Vermont Legislature also recognized Tom at the Vermont Statehouse on March 19, 2019.  “The citizens of Marshfield and all Vermonters are most fortunate that Tom Maclay has dedicated much of his life to volunteer public service of a caliber and longevity that few persons are privileged to achieve.”  Tom Maclay’s firefighting journey began in September 1962 when he joined the Marshfield Volunteer Fire Department, and has spent more than 55 years with that department, including serving a decade of those years as chief.  Besides his role on the department, Tom served in many other roles on behalf of the community such as serving as the town moderator, emergency management director, fire warden, and many others.  Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission congratulates Tom on his successes, and wish him well in his future endeavors.
Read the full resolution here.

Construction Update – Interstate 89 Ledge Removal – Exit 6

LOCATION: Town of Berlin, Interstate 89 Exit 6 Northbound

 

PROJECTED COMPLETION: November 2019

 

TRAFFIC IMPACTS: It is anticipated that I-89 Northbound to be reduced to one lane by the 1st week in May. Exit 6 will remain open until the closure period begins in June.

 

CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES:

TREE CUTTING: Clearing of trees and brush at the top of the ledge will continue for the remainder of this week and continue into next week.

 

SIGNAGE: Construction signs have been installed throughout the project and message boards will be in place by the end of the week.

 

ACCESS ROAD: The contractor has finished building the access road to the top of the slope in order to mobilize equipment in preparation for the start of construction activities.

 

CONCRETE BARRIER: The contractor is scheduled to begin installation of concrete barrier today, Wednesday 5/1/19 weather permitting. Once temporary line striping has been completed and barrier has been installed, I-89 Northbound will be reduced to a single lane of travel. Exit 6 will remain open.

 Project Fact Sheet

 

Better Connections Transportation & Community Development Grants Awarded

 

Congratulations to Northfield on their receipt of a Better Connections Transportation & Community Development Grant. along with towns of Fairlee and Middlebury. CVRPC staff worked in collaboration with the Town of Northfield to write the grant application and we are excited to announce their award.

 

 

The Town of Northfield will create a master plan to better connect Northfield’s villages to each other, Norwich University and their recreational centers by enhancing the streetscape and improving the water quality of the Dog River.

 

 

Additional details regarding the program can be found in Governor’s full press release.