2015 Vermont Communities Caring for Canopy Grants Announced

$40,000 is available in 2015 for Vermont Urban & Community Forestry’s Communities Caring for Tree Canopy Grants. These grants should be considered seed money to help communities care for tree canopy by taking the necessary actions to developing and sustaining a community‐wide tree program. These grants allow for multiple program components (e.g., tree planting, tree inventory, tree maintenance, plan development, public outreach and program development) to be merged into one grant application for ease and flexibility.

Proposals are due April 10, 2015. Don’t miss this opportunity for VT Urban & Community Forestry to help and invest in the future of your community’s trees.

Plainfield, VT Bridge Alternatives Analysis

The Town of Plainfield is soliciting proposals to conduct alternatives analyses for the two bridges in the lower village of Plainfield, VT. This study will help the Town understand the existing conditions that make the bridges susceptible to debris jams and the village susceptible to flooding and will suggest alternatives to solve the problems. Proposals are due March 9, 2015 by 9:00 AM. The full request for proposal can be accessed by emailing Dan Currier at currier@cvregion.com.

FEMA Disaster Declaration for December 2014 storm– Applicant Briefings

Applicant briefings will be held during the week of February 9th for communities in Addison, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Rutland, Washington, and Windsor counties included in the Public Assistance disaster declaration that was signed this week. The declaration covers damages which resulted from the severe winter storm from December 9-12, 2014.

The Public Assistance disaster declaration allows communities and public utilities in those counties to receive 75% reimbursement for storm response and recovery. Eligible costs include debris removal from public rights of way and repairs to public utilities.

The Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security will begin the application process with applicants’ briefings on February 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13 (applicants only need to attend one meeting). It is strongly recommended that towns send an attendee to one of the briefings if they intend to apply for assistance for this event, especially if they have not worked with FEMA since Tropical Storm Irene. Under federal statute, applicant communities will have 30 days from the declaration date (until March 6) to submit Requests for Public Assistance. The briefings will outline the requirements for receiving federal awards and maximizing eligibility of repairs. The briefing schedule is:

February 9 – Hyde Park, Green Mountain Tech and Career Center, 738 VT 15 W, 1:00 p.m.
February 10 – Hinesburg, Town Hall, 10632 VT Route 116, 1:00 p.m.
February 11 – White River Junction, Veterans Administration Medical Center, 1 Veterans Drive, 1:00 p.m.
February 12 – Rutland, Rutland Regional Medical Center, CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center, 160 Allen Street, 10:00 a.m.
February 13 – Berlin, VTrans Training Center, 1716 US Route 302, 1:00 p.m.
For more information, contact DEMHS Public Assistance Officer Kim Canarecci at 800-347-0488.