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Who Says Lightning Doesn't Strike Twice!!

The efforts of the SWCRPC have literally been paying dividends to members of the Regional Planning Commission this year.  SWCRPC staff prepared grant applications for the towns of Springfield and Windsor with assistance from town staff and the engineering firms Aldrich and Elliot, Fuss and O'Neil, and GeoDesign.  As a result, the Town of Windsor was awarded a grant of $995,000 to go towards the repair the Ascutney Dam, and four months ago, the Town of Springfield was awarded $300,000 to install a storm water system on Meadow Drive.

A special note of thanks goes out to Cindy Ingersoll and John Broker Campbell for their work on these projects.  Funding for these projects was made available through the Vermont Community Development Block Grant Program through a special program that funds infrastructure repair as a result of Tropical Storm Irene.

Brownfields Update
EPA Grant Announcement

The Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission was recently awarded $250,000 in Supplemental Revolving Loan Fund monies from the Environmental Protection Agency to assist towns, property owners, or prospective purchasers of properties contaminated or suspected of being contaminated by hazardous waste.
 

The RPC is a cooperative agreement recipient of a previously awarded RLF grant and has significantly depleted existing available funds.  The RPC is also authorized to make subgrants and loans not only to the ten towns comprising southern Windsor County, but also to towns outside of the area.  Projects that have benefited from this low/no interest loan or subgrant opportunity include the Proctorsville Green Housing Project in Cavendish, the Windsor Waypoint Welcome Center, the Bellows Falls Historical Society, and the 100 River Street project in Springfield, VT. For more information or if you have any questions, contact Dan Potter at (802) 674-9201 or dpotter@swcrpc.org.

Municipal Planning Grants

Municipal Planning Grants in High Demand

There is significant demand for Municipal Planning Grant funds to assist local planning efforts this year; nearly $42,000 is being applied for by five towns this year.  Last year $28,645 were awarded for three projects in the Region last year.  


The FY 2015 applications that were submitted this year include the following projects:

  • Update Baltimore's Town Plan for $6,000;

  • Update Chester's Town Plan for $9,960;

  • Update Springfield's Town Plan for $10,080;

  • Update Weathersfield's Zoning Bylaws for $8,160; and,

  • Update Windsor's Zoning Bylaws for $7,680.

For more information or if you have any questions, contact Jason Rasmussen at (802) 674-9201 or at Jason Rasmussen
Regional Plan
Updates to SWCRPC's 2009 Regional Plan

The Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission (SWCRPC) has developed proposed amendments to its 2009 Regional Plan. The Natural Resources, Education, Plan Relationship and Implementation, Recreation, and Transportation chapters are being circulated for review and comment.  SWCRPC is seeking general comments and specific comments with respect to the extent to which the proposed amendments are consistent with the goals contained within Chapter 117 24 V.S.A. �4302.  

 

The first public hearing regarding the proposed amendments is scheduled for Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 12:00 noon at Martin Memorial Hall in Ascutney, VT.  The draft chapters are available on the SWCRPC's website at www.swcrpc.org and upon request.  Please contact Chris Titus with any questions, comments, or concerns.

Staff News
Off to Alaska!

On October 10th, we say goodbye to John Broker-Campbell as he and his wife Kelly head off to the last frontier; Juneau, Alaska.  John will be joining the Emergency Management staff with the City of Juneau where his primary responsibility will be working with the University of Alaska system in developing emergency management programs.  For the past seven years at the RPC, John has worked in many different capacities and a very long list of accomplishments during his tenure. In the last four years, John has been working as the Emergency Management  Planner for the region. Additionally, he had a leadership role in Vermont in the areas of hazard mitigation and emergency planning post Tropical Storm Irene. John is a skilled planner and these skills will be sorely missed, but more than his technical abilities, John's great conversational style and contrarian views that kept us pondering or laughing can't be replaced.  He will be greatly missed. We wish him and Kelly the best of luck as they embark on their new adventure.

Please join us for a farewell celebration at Harpoon Brewery on October 10th from 4:00-6:00 p.m.  Just let Chris Titus know if you can attend.

Seeking a Planner to Join our Professional Staff

The Commission seeks a planner who will have a lead role in the emergency management planning program.  In addition to emergency management, the planner will be expected to provide technical assistance to member towns including the preparation of local and regional plans, conduct regional studies, and community development.
 

This position involves working closely with local, state and federal officials in a variety of capacities. The Planner may need to provide staff assistance to various boards and committees as deemed necessary by the Executive Director.
 

The position requires a Bachelor's or Master's degree in planning or a related field.  Experience in regional or local planning is desirable.  The candidate must have excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; experience using Microsoft products is required.  The ability to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is preferred.
 

Salary is commensurate with ability.  The SWCRPC has an excellent benefits package which includes: medical, dental, vision, short and long-term disability insurances and retirement in the Vermont Municipal Employees Retirement System.
 

If interested in this position, please send resume and cover letter to:

Thomas Kennedy, AICP

Executive Director

PO Box 320

Ascutney, VT 05030
or

to: Tom Kennedy

 

For more information about the region, go to www.swcrpc.org. Applications will be accepted until October 17, 2014. 

The SWCRPC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Transportation News

Local Transit Companies to Merge

On August 6th, Connecticut River Transit (CRT/ The Current) announced it will be merging with Deerfield Valley Transit Association (DVTA/ The Moover).  Key details of the merger are still to be worked out.  Over the short-term, passengers will not see any changes, and they will continue to use the same buses, routes, route names, route times, and drivers. Once the new organization becomes established, it will place a greater emphasis on improving service. For more information see http://crtransit.org/news/

Vermont Transportation Board Hearings

Each fall the Vermont Transportation Board (T-Board) travels around the state to engage Vermonters in a face-to-face dialogue, as well as solicit comments via its website about transportation issues.  This year, the Board plans to focus its attention on the thoughts of young people (age 18-35), particularly focusing on transportation policy and Vermont's future. Hearings will be held at a variety of places across the state in October and November.  For more information see the calendar, contact Katharine Otto (SWCRPC) or John Zicconi (T-Board Secretary)

Higher speed rail to come to Vermont?

Several New England Departments of Transportation are conducting a study to examine the opportunities and impacts of more frequent and higher speed intercity passenger rail service on two major rail corridors known as the Inland Route and the Boston to Montreal Route. The study of these two rail corridors has been designated the Northern New England Intercity Rail Initiative. The second public information meeting for the project will be held on November 17th at 6:30 in White River Junction.  For more information contact Katharine Otto, see the calendar or visit the project webpage at

www.massdot.state.ma.us/northernnewenglandrail/Home.aspx

In this issue....
Brownfields Update
Regional Plan
Municipal Planning Grants
Staff News
Transportation News
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Publications
SWCRPC Calendar 
Upcoming Events
10/6: LEPC 3 Meeting
6:00 p.m., MAHHC, Windsor, VT

 


10/10: Buildings and General Services deadline
Killington, VT

10/16: Transportation Alternatives Grant deadline

10/21: RPC Board Meeting
12:00 p.m., Martin Memorial Hall
Ascutney, VT

10/22:  Regional Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting
6:00 p.m., SWCRPC Conference Room, Ascutney, VT
 
11/3 - Historic Barn and Agricultural Buildings Grant Program deadline
For more details go here

10/10: Ecosystem Restoration Program's Grant Deadline
for more details click here

11/12: LEPC 3 Meeting
6:00 p.m.
Location TBD

11/13 Municipal Day
6:30 p.m.
WRJ, VT

 
11/18:  RPC Board Meeting
12:00 p.m., Martin Memorial Hall
Ascutney, VT
On October 21, 2014 will be the final meeting for the East Central Vermont Consortium at the Hotel Coolidge in downtown White River Junction, VT beginning at 9:30 a.m.

SW/WC Solid Waste District
Household Hazardous Waste Collection

The District held household hazardous waste events in Springfield and Weathersfield on September 13 for the residents of its thirteen towns. Over 300 people brought in everything from a quart of liquid mercury to a tank of Freon. The most common item, however, was paint. The District now takes latex, as well as oil-based paint and people brought it in by the carload.

Our next collections will be held on May 9, 2015 but if you have unwanted paint between now and then, there are local retailers that will take it for free:  Bibens Home Center in Springfield, Sherwin-Williams in Springfield, and LaValley's Building Supply in Ludlow.  Visit us at  www.vtsolidwastedistrict.org.
It's Official!  The park and ride at exit 9 (Windsor/ Hartland) re-opened on October 2nd.  More spaces, all paved, lighting, a shelter, and more! 
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Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission 
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38 Ascutney Park Road
Ascutney, VT 05030
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