Central Vermont Fiber

Jeremy Hansen, founder and chair of the governing board of CV Internet, which is currently rebranding as CV Fiber (CVF) recently provided a presentation to CVRPC’s Executive Committee.  Currently CVF is in a heavy organizational phase and hopes to initiate a pilot project in the Central Vermont region by the end of 2019. Jeremy noted that vast areas of Central Vermont do not have good internet access.  CVF has created a communications union district which  towns within our region may join.

It was noted by Bonnie Waninger, Executive Director of CVRPC, that those towns who join CVF would also need to integrate this into future town plans.

Executive Committee Chair Julie Potter requested that when CVF is nearing the launch of a pilot project that they participate in a full Board meeting to advise the Commissioners of the status of the organization and proposed project.

A copy of CVF’s presentation can be accessed here.

 

Why Brownfield Redevelopment is Important

CVRPC and VT DEC recently hosted realtors and other business community members for a Brownfields and Bagels Workshop.  This workshop was held to educate stakeholders about the importance of Brownfield redevelopment.  Outlining not only the environmental benefits, but also the economic and societal benefits.  The full presentation can be accessed here

Emerald Ash Borer
Preparedness & Management
for Central Vermont Communities
November 28, 2018 – 4:00 – 6:00 pm
UVM Extension Office
327 US Route 302, Berlin, VT
Emerald ash borer (EAB) is a destructive and invasive forest pest that feeds on and kills all species of ash trees. EAB is now confirmed in Washington, Caledonia, Orange, Bennington, and Grand Isle counties and communities are encouraged to prepare for the impacts of the pest. This training, led by staff from the VT Urban & Community Forestry Program , is intended to teach participants about EAB, introduce management options, and to help towns assess risk and establish a plan. Participants will engage in an activity to strategize an approach to EAB management and will leave the training with action steps to take back to their community.
This training, scheduled   for November 28 th , is intended for municipal staff; Selectboard members; Conservation Commission, Planning Commission, and Tree Committee members; Tree Wardens; Forest Pest First Detectors; and anyone else who may be engaged in planning for EAB at the local level in Central Vermont communities .
This training is free but registration is required. Space is limited.  To register: centralvteabtraining.eventbrite.com 
Or visit the Events section on VTcommunityforestry.org
Questions? Contact Elise Schadler, Technical Assistance Coordinator with VTUCF at Elise.Schadler@vermont.gov.

Public Transit Regional Forums & Survey

Do you ride the bus?  Carpool?  Uber?  We want your input!  VTrans is updating the Vermont Public Transit Policy Plan (PTPP).  The PTPP will quantify Vermont’s transit needs, as well as recommend programmatic and policy initiatives to strengthen the statewide transit system- outlining a 10-year vision for transit service in Vermont.  How will this impact the rider?  The PTPP will identify  funding priorities for future years. Statewide public transportation funding priorities can impact funding and resources available to your local transit services — which can impact frequency of service, days of service, and location of service.   VTrans will be holding regional forums throughout the state this fall to gather input on existing services, service gaps and challenges, and potential solutions from stakeholders and transit riders.   Mark your calendar for Wednesday, November 28th @ 2:00 pm at the Waterbury Town Office, Steele Room, 28 No. Main St., Waterbury, VT.  (Public Transit Flyer)  The State of Vermont views public transportation as “an important matter of State concern, essential to the economic growth of the State and to the public health, safety, and welfare and present and future generations of Vermonters.” Come share your experiences and help us shape the future of public transportation in your region.  Questions?  Find out more on the project webpage:  http://vtrans.vermont.gov/planning/PTPP

Brownfields & Bagels

Across Central Vermont former commercial and industrial sites are being transformed into housing, commercial space and public amenities.

 

Whether you are a commercial lender, realtor, property owner, prospective purchaser or municipal official, join us at this upcoming event to:

  • Learn about how to approach any commercial or industrial property.
  • Understand liability and due diligence responsibilities.
  • Understand the environmental assessment and clean up process.
  • Hear about the Brownfields Reuse and Environmental Liability Limitation Program (BRELLA).
  • Discuss funding & technical assistance resources.
  • Enjoy complimentary bagels and coffee.

 

November 13th – 8:00 – 10:00 am

Blanchard Block, Barre, VT

 

 

This event is presented by VT DEC and hosted by CVRPC. For additional information please contact Clare Rock at rock@cvregion.com or at 229-0389.

CVRPC Seeking Proposals for Transportation Planning and Studies

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission (CVRPC) is seeking ideas for transportation planning projects to be completed in 2019. Help us make getting around easier, safer, and more convenient for everyone by contributing your transportation planning and study ideas.
The full request for ideas is available at: 2018 Transportation Planning & Study Letter
Projects might include, but are not be limited to:
  • rail, transit, park & ride, or airport studies;
  • road surface, sign, culvert/bridge, road erosion, & sidewalk inventories;
  • intersection improvements; bicycle or pedestrian improvements;
  • increasing infrastructure resilience; transportation capital budgets;
  • traffic circulation analysis; traffic calming planning;
  • applying green infrastructure to streets;
  • multi-town road improvement plans; active transportation plans;
  • streetlight or traffic signal analysis; Complete Streets practices
Project ideas should be submitted in writing to Daniel Currier, Program Manager, currier@cvregion.com by November 13, 2018. Please describe the type and location of the project and describe why the project is needed.
Last year, CVRPC completed one planning studies for Waterbury VT. The study focused on the bridge on Stowe St. near the intersection of Stowe St. and Lincoln St. The resulting Existing Conditions report will help the Town of Waterbury identify the best solution for fixing or replacing the bridge and what faculties the bridge should carry.
The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission is a planning organization established by the 23 municipalities in the Central Vermont Region. We leverage the power of people working.

Water Wise Woodlands

Whether you have 5 or 500 acres of woodland, you can help prevent flood damage and produce one of Vermont’s most important forest products—clean water! Healthy woodlands can absorb, slow down, and filter rain and storm water. Starting at the waters’ source, woodland owners in the Winooski Headwaters can be good stewards of the landscape, ensuring a healthy environment.
WALKS
Join fellow woodland owners for a walk in the woods to learn more about forest stewardship activities taking place in the Upper Winooski Watershed.
Saturday October 13, 2018 | Marshfield | 8:30am – noon
Walk through northern hardwood forest being managed as a large-scale maple, beech and birch sugarbush. Meet at Old Schoolhouse Common parking lot at 8:30 am to carpool to the site near the railroad bed.
Contact: Steve Fiske, stevefiskevt@gmail.com
Saturday October 20, 2018 | Cabot | 9:00 am – noon
Walk through fields and forest that are managed for wildlife habitat and as a certified Tree Farm. From Cabot Village, take Danville Hill Rd 1.5 miles to Bermingham Lane (private road on right)
Contact: Gary Gulka, gulka@fairpoint.net
Sunday October 28, 2018 | Plainfield | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Walk through a 9-acre hardwood forest to learn about what techniques can make a water wise woodland. From village take Brook Road 2.4 miles to property at 2351 Brook Road.
Contact: Clare Rock, rock@cvregion.com.
Rain or Shine
RSVP’s appreciated but not required.
Project partners: Vermont Woodlands Association, Friends of the Winooski River, Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission, Winooski Headwaters Community Partnership.
With funding from the High Meadows Fund

Press Release from Agency of Natural Resources

For Immediate Release: October 1, 2018

Contacts:

Karen Bates, Department of Environmental Conservation

(802) 490-6144 | Karen.Bates@vermont.gov

PUBLIC INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN LAKE CHAMPLAIN CLEAN WATER IMPLEMENTATION MEETINGS

 MONTPELIER – Whether it’s a favorite swimming hole, an iconic stream running through town, or a fishing spot along the shores of Lake Champlain, thousands of people use the Winooski River Watershed’s lakes, ponds, wetlands, and streams. Every one of the watershed’s residents can also play a meaningful role protecting or cleaning up Winooski’s waterways.

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) invites residents with connections to Vermont’s waterways to attend public meetings to weigh in on water quality improvement projects and hear updates on the overall restoration plans.

“The Winooski River Tactical Basin Plan is an important tool in protecting this valued watershed,” said Charlie Baker, Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission Executive Director. “We’re asking Vermonters from all corners of the Winooski watershed to join us in reviewing the draft plan. Their ideas and feedback will help guide our work over the next five years and, ultimately, reach our clean water goals.”

DEC and associated Regional Planning Commissions are hosting a series of public meetings to provide updates and gather feedback on the Draft Winooski River Tactical Basin Plan. The Winooski River Basin includes all of Washington County, a little less than half of Chittenden County and small parts of Lamoille and Orange Counties. The plan outlines a series of actions the State, towns, and local organizations will take to improve the Winooski River watershed. It also provides information about how landowners, organizations, and communities can access clean water funding and technical assistance.

“Using this plan as our guide, we’ll be able to protect and restore water quality throughout the entire Winooski watershed – from the lakes and ponds to the rivers and wetlands,” said Karen Bates, DEC watershed planner. “The Plan lets us get a pulse on the current health of the Winooski River Basin and allows us to determine which actions will deliver the greatest return on our investments.”

One of the most important pieces of the plan are the Basin’s phosphorus reduction targets across landuse types over the next 20 years. At the upcoming public meetings, DEC staff will share targets as well as regulatory and non-regulatory actions to achieve them. This reduction will translate to fewer algal blooms in the Basin as well as Lake Champlain. The plan also addresses other high-priority stressors like channel erosion and invasive species such as Eurasian water milfoil.

These plans are the result of collaboration with local, State, federal and non-profit partners. Public meetings over the next two months will bring these and other key watershed partners together with members of the public to discuss clean water implementation plans. Meetings will take place in the evening at the following locations:

Winooski  |  October 2 at 6:00-7:30pm

Williston Police Department Conference Room

7928 Williston Road

Berlin  | October 9th at 7:00-9:00 pm

the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce Main Conference Room

33 Stewart Rd.

Essex Junction |  October 17th 5:00 -6:30 pm

Agency of Natural Resources Regional Office

Act 250 conference room in the Fish and Wildlife Building

111 West Street

For those unable to participate in the meetings, more information on both plans can be found at http://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/map/basin-planning/basin8

Transportation Is Changing – Make It Work For You

Central Vermont Medical Center – Conference Room 1
October 4, 2018, 4:00 – 5:30 pm

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission (CVRPC), in partnership with the Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL), the Central Vermont Council on Aging (CVCOA), Barre Project Independence, VT Agency of Transportation, and Green Mountain Transit (GMT) are holding a forum to explore how a Paratransit System should operate in the Barre-Montpelier area.

Paratransit is for persons who are unable to use the fixed route bus system due to a disability. These services are provided within three-quarters of a mile on either side of the fixed route bus service, during the operating hours of the fixed route.

If you are an older adult, person with disabilities, or a caregiver to someone who is an older adult or person with disabilities, we want to hear from you.

Currently, GMT uses deviated fixed route service to accommodate people with disabilities. GMT’s plan is to switch from deviated fixed routes to a separate paratransit service for users that qualify.

Peter Johnke, Deputy Director at VCIL, said, “We were excited to partner with CVRPC on this project because it gives people with disabilities a voice in the planning process, concerning changes in transportation that will affect them.”
“Many older adults in the Barre-Montpelier area rely on GMT to get them to medical appointments and elsewhere. Their concerns need to be heard and addressed whenever there are any changes to the system and service delivery,” stated Jeanne Kern, CVCOA Director of Community & Volunteer Services.

CVRPC received an Inclusive Transportation Planning Framework Grant. “Although this grant is focused on more inclusive transportation planning, we hope to learn from this, so that all of CVRPC projects are more inclusive”, said Daniel Currier, Transportation Manager for CVRPC.

Please come to this meeting to learn how to get involved. The meeting will be on Thursday, October 4th, from 4:00 – 5:30 pm at Central Vermont Medical Center, Conference Room 1, 130 Fisher Road, Berlin, VT. For any questions, please contact Dan Currier @ CVRPC – 802-229-0389 | currier@cvregion.com

Municipal Class 4 Road Erosion Remediation Project Workshops

OVERVIEW:

The primary objective of this project is to reduce sediment and phosphorus runoff by implementing road Best Management Practices (BMPs) on hydrologically-connected municipal road segments, specifically Class 4 roads, within the Lake Champlain watershed. Hydrologically-connected road segments are those sections of road at high risk to impact adjacent surface waters, lakes, ponds, perennial and intermittent streams, and wetlands. The State has developed a hydrologically-connected road segment GIS layer that is available on the VT ANR Natural Resources Atlashttp://anr.vermont.gov/maps/nr-atlas. Secondary benefits of implementing road BMPs are improved flood resiliency and road safety. This project demonstrated the importance of municipalities addressing significant erosion sources from Class 4 roads.

BMPs implemented during the project include drainage and driveway culvert upgrades, turn out installations, culvert outlet stabilizations, culvert headwall stabilizations, grass and stone-lined drainage ditch installations, roadside berm removal, and road resurfacing. All of these practices promote road stormwater disconnection, infiltration and conveyance stability.

Two workshops highlighting the completed Municipal Class 4 Road Erosion Remediation and Demonstration Projects were held in late August. The workshops focused on the BMP utilized to address significant erosion sources from Class 4 roads, the cost and time expended for the specific BMP installed by road and segment, and how each road segment now meets the Municipal Roads General Permit standards. By sharing the project remediation and demonstration components and having a “lessons learned” discussion, other municipalities across the state will learn how to replicate the Class 4 erosion BMP. Site visits to the specific demonstration project areas helped to showcase the work that has been completed.

 LESSONS LEARNED:

Many Class 4 roads have been minimally maintained for years with the occasional grading and/or maintenance of the culverts and bridges. CVRPC found many towns reluctant to work on these roads even with funding available. The reasons for their reluctance included other priority roadway projects to work on; Class 4 roads in town serve very few residents; off-road and 4 wheeler use would ruin the work; the remote erosion location would require upgrading the road in order to reach the area in need of fixing, costing more than fix itself.

This project’s success was at identifying locations where the town had a strong need or desire to have the roadway in better condition. For instance, Apple Hill in Calais is a short cut between two roads in Calais, providing a convenience for residents to reduce travel time and distance. Hancock Brook in Worcester is an emergency access to the north east part of town if Hampshire Hill Rd washes out. These and other reasons are why the sites were selected and work was performed by the towns.

BY THE NUMBERS:

28 Segments of road were addressed over 1.7 total miles in 4 towns.

Grant Award was $100,000 with a local match of $20,000 for a total construction value of $120,000.

Actuals as of 8/22/18:  $72,131 municipal reimbursement from grant with local match of $18,033 for a total construction value of $90,164.

NOTE:  All costs outlined are estimates and individual town costs may differ         

 *This project was funded with a grant from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and the Lake Champlain Basin Program