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After nearly two decades on the Executive Committee, Peter Daniels, Commissioner from Weathersfield, has stepped down from the committee.  While Peter will continue to serve on the Board of Commissioners, the RPC would like to thank him for many years of attending endless meetings and providing guidance to the Commission. I would like to personally thank Peter for his support and counsel over the years, it is greatly appreciated.   He will be sorely missed in the Executive Committee.

With Peter's departure, we would like to welcome Joe Wilson, Commissioner from Springfield, as our newest Executive Committee member.  Tom Bock, from Chester will be the new Chair and Carol Lighthall, from Baltimore, will be the Vice Chair.
 

Bruce McEnaney, a familiar face in the planning world in southern Windsor County, has joined the staff at the Cavendish Town Office. Bruce has been involved in local and regional planning for many years in Cavendish and Chester.  Bruce will be assisting Rich Svec, Cavendish's Town Manager.


Congratulations to Bob Flint and the Springfield Regional Development Corporation (SRDC) who were recently awarded $200,000.00 Cleanup Grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The funds will be used to remediate contamination at the Bryant Building, which is located on Clinton St in Springfield.

 
I would like to recognize Dan Potter, a staff member at the RPC, for all his time and effort in writing this grant application and the many others he has drafted over the years. To date, through Dan's efforts, the southern Windsor County region has received over $1,000,000.00 dollars in grant funds. The RPC is thankful that Dan doesn't work on a commission basis!!! 


Sincerely,

Thomas Kennedy

Executive Director

Named VPA "Plan of the Year"

The Vermont Planning Association has awarded both the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission and the SWCRPC with their Plan of the Year Award for the two RPC's work on developing the "East Central Vermont: What We Want" Plan.  The Plan explicitly acknowledges regional challenges, and aims to create a more sustainable 40-town region.  The plan covers the 40-town combined region, and it represents a consortium of dozens of organizations, towns, agencies, and citizens that worked on developing it.   Congratulations to all those who participated in this effort over many years!
Brownfields
Bryant Grinder Cleanup Grant
T he Springfield Regional Development Corporation was awarded a $200,000 EPA Cleanup Grant to remediate the former Bryant Grinder site and building located on Clinton Street in Springfield.  The remediation work builds upon the significant amount of assessment work the SWCRPC has funded at the site and will enable the site to be re-used.  Please contact Dan with any questions.
Downtown

Draft Plan for the Future of Downtown Springfield

The ongoing process to update the 1995 Downtown Master Plan is nearing the end. A new plan is being developed to guide local economic development efforts and infrastructure improvement projects in downtown Springfield. A revised draft has been developed in an attempt to address comments received to date.  Click  here  for more information.
Energy
State Comprehensive Energy Plan - Update

The Public Service Department will be holding a series of four public forums around the state in July to solicit Vermonters' thoughts on how the state can meet its energy goals - and energy needs - in the coming years. The input will inform the next revision of Vermont's long-range, Comprehensive Energy Plan. A final plan is due to the Legislature in December.  The forums run from 5:30 pm to 8 pm.  The forum in our region is scheduled for July 9th in Woodstock at the Billings Farm and Museum.  For more information on the CEP and to comment, visit here  or contact VECAN Coordinator Johanna Miller at 802-223-2328 ext. 112.

Natural Resources
Mill Brook Study Completed!
The Phase II Stream Geomorphic Assessment Report of the Mill Brook Watershed is now finished!  The report contains detailed information on the health of the Mill Brook and opportunities to promote flood resiliency within the watershed.  Please click here to review a copy of the report.  Contact Dan with any questions.
Transportation News
State Rail Plan
Do you want to see more passenger trains and freight on our railroads?  The draft state rail plan is available for public comment, with a public meeting in White River Junction on 7/15. For more information about the plan and the meeting, see here  or contact Katharine.
New Interactive Crash Map Online

VTrans recently completed the building of a new online interactive map of highway crashes.  The building of the Public Crash Data Query Tool was a collaborative effort by members of the Vermont Highway Safety Alliance (VHSA) Data Focus Group and a Joint Application Team.  The goal of this project was to build a user friendly, interactive, online data query tool that could be used by local officials, highway safety advocates, and the general public to access the non-personal Vermont motor vehicle crash data.  The tool was built to provide for simple filtering, sorting, and grouping on standard reports as well as to provide an option for ad-hoc report creation.  The Tool can be found here.  If you have questions about this tool or other highway safety efforts and data collection in the Region, contact Katharine.

Funding Opportunities - Grants & Loans

Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Program

Due: July 17, 2015

More info:   http://vtransengineering.vermont.gov/bureaus/mab/local-projects/bike-ped


2016 Municipal Park-and-Ride Grants

Due: August 31, 2015


Transportation Alternatives Grant

Application released: mid summer 2015

Due: Early Fall 2015

More info: http://vtransengineering.vermont.gov/bureaus/mab/local-projects/transportation-alternatives


Municipal Planning Grants

Application released: mid summer 2015

Due: September 30, 2015

More info: http://accd.vermont.gov/strong_communities/opportunities/funding/overview/municipal_planning_grants


Vermont Community Development Grants
 


Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association (VWMA)

Due: No formal application process, projects considered on a first-come, first-served basis

More info: Contact Steve Rohde at (603) 229-0679 or e-mail 

The Vermont Farm Fund

Due: Ongoing

More info:  http://www.vermontfarmfund.org/loan-programs 

Federal Grant Opportunities

More info:  www.reconnectingamerica.org/resource-center/federal-grant-opportunities


Brownfield Funding Opportunities

http://accd.vermont.gov/sites/accd/files/Documents/strongcommunities/cpr


Historic Preservation Funding Directory

More info: http://accd.vermont.gov/strong_communities/preservation/grants 

Brownfields
Downtowns
Energy
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Natural Resources
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Publications
SWCRPC Calendar 
Upcoming Events
7/22 Regional Transportation Committee Meeting
  
7/28   Brownfields Steering Committee Meeting,  11:30 a.m.
RPC Board Meeting
12:00 p.m., Martin Memorial Hall, Ascutney,VT

8/12 LEPC Meeting
6:00 p.m., location TBD

8/16 RPC Board Meeting
12:00 p.m., Martin Memorial hall, Ascutney, VT

8/26 
Regional Transportation Committee Meeting
6:00 p.m., RPC Office, Ascutney, VT
Mapping

New GIS/ mapping resources

Online mapping is changing fast!  Check this site out for information about some useful online mapping tools for zoning, town planning, forest stewardship, employment data, and many other things.  If you have any questions, contact Katharine.

SW/WC Solid Waste District
The District's household hazardous waste events in May were a resounding success, based upon the numbers of participants and the volumes of materials collected. At Springfield Transfer Station, there were 214 participants, including 2 small businesses; in Windsor, there were 133 participants. We will host two more collections on September 12 in Springfield and at Bellows Falls Union High School.

The Springfield Transfer Station is accepting sewing machines all summer to donate to Pedals 4 Progress which will host its annual collection event on September 26 in South Burlington.

For more information about this organization visit here.

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Ascutney, VT 05030
Telephone: 802-674-9201
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