REGIONAL NOTES
June 2019
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CCRPC Calendar of Events

All events held at the CCRPC unless otherwise noted. 


JULY 

7/2, 9:00am: Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting [Note: This is a conference call meeting. More details will be posted on the TAC page.]

7/2, 11:00am: Clean Water Advisory Committee Meeting

7/2, 12:00pm: Clean Water Advisory Committee MS-4 Sub-Committee Meeting

7/4: CCRPC Office Closed

7/9, 9:00am: Local Emergency Planning Committee Meeting (LEPC-1)

7/17, 5:00pm: CCRPC Executive Committee Meeting

7/17, 6:00pm: CCRPC Board Meeting

 

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2019 Chittenden County Traffic Alert Program

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United Way of Northwest Vermont Volunteer Opportunities

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Efficiency Tips: 3 Ways to Save Money at Your Business

Tackling the three biggest energy users can help you start saving at your business today. Here are three low-risk, high-reward projects that will get you off and running.

 

Neighbor Rides Program & Volunteer Opportunities

Neighbor Rides is a strategic initiative of United Way of Northwest Vermont supported by a dynamic group of community partners that brings people and places together to help meet the transportation needs of seniors and persons with disabilities.

 
CCRPC  Staff

Charlie Baker, Executive Director

Dan Albrecht, Senior Planner

Pam Brangan, GISP, GIS Data & IT Manager

Jason Charest, PE, Senior Transportation Planning Engineer

Eleni Churchill, Transportation Program Manager

Forest Cohen, Senior Business Manager

Bryan Davis, AICP, Senior Transportation Planner

Marshall Distel, Transportation Planner

Chris Dubin, Transportation Planner

Bernie Ferenc, Transportation Business Manager

Christine Forde, AICP, Senior Transportation Planner

Amy Irvin Witham, Business Office Associate

Peter Keating, Senior Transportation Planner

Regina Mahony, AICP, Planning Program Manager

Melanie Needle, Senior Planner

Emily Nosse-Leirer, Senior Planner

Sai Sarepalli, PE, Transportation Planning Engineer

Emma Vaughn, Communications Manager

For bios and contact information,  click here.
 
Good morning,
 
On June 19th, the CCRPC held its Annual Meeting to celebrate the closing of another fiscal year, begin looking forward to new projects for the coming year, and celebrate two long-time CCRPC staff members who are retiring this year: Bernie Ferenc and Peter Keating.
  
At the meeting, the Board elected the following officers for FY20:
 
Chair: Mike O'Brien (Winooski)
Vice-Chair: Catherine McMains (Jericho)
Secretary-Treasurer: John Zicconi (Shelburne)
At-Large for Towns over 5,000: Chris Shaw (South Burlington)
At-Large for Towns under 5,000: Barbara Elliott (Huntington)
Immediate Past Chair: Chris Roy (Williston)
 
We're grateful for the commitment of these municipal leaders in taking on more responsibilities and guiding us in a positive, thoughtful, and inclusive way.
 
At the meeting, we also celebrated Bernie Ferenc and Peter Keating and their many contributions to the CCRPC/CCMPO.
 
Bernie has been with the CCRPC/CCMPO for 35 years, and will be retiring on June 21. Bernie has been an essential part of our organization and its day-to-day and overall operation for as long as she's been part of it, and we are grateful for her outstanding work, dedication, professionalism, and support.
 
Peter has been with the CCRPC/CCMPO for 31 years, and will be retiring this fall - so we still have a few months with him! During his tenure, Peter has made outstanding efforts in providing transportation planning support to the CCRPC/CCMPO board, municipalities, partner agencies, and staff.
 
We extend our heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to Bernie and Peter on their retirement. They will be greatly missed!
 
Enjoy the summer weather!

Best regards,

Charlie Baker
Executive Director, CCRPC
 
Of Note
CCRPC's Seasonal Traffic Alert Program is Back for the 2019 Construction Season
The CCRPC provides a weekly Traffic Alert email service, the source for all roadway and construction work in Chittenden County Learn More & Sign Up »
 
Transportation
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
GMT Urban Route Service Changes Effective as of June 17
Green Mountain Transit (GMT) has launched the largest route re-design in their history. On April 16, 2019 their Board of Commissioners voted to move forward with the implementation of the urban NextGen Service Plan, including a fare increase. 
Highlights of the NextGen Service Plan include:
* Service every 20 Minutes from 6AM to 6PM on major routes;
* Service every 30 Minutes from 6AM to 6PM on most other routes;
* Interlining routes to reduce transfers and make way finding easier;
* More evening and weekend service, including dedicated Sunday service;
* All-day service to the airport from downtown;
* Improved Commuter schedules;
* More service, all day long;
* Technology Improvements.
  Learn More »
Bike Me Out to the Ballgame Event: June 30
Free entry to everyone who bikes to the Lake Monsters game at Centennial Field! Join two bike trains and ride in a group: Ethan Allen Shopping Center, North Avenue, Burlington, and Sports & Fitness Edge, Eastwood Drive in South Burlington (both leave at 3:15 pm).  Free helmets to the first 400 kids through the gates, free $10 Monster Money to the first 100 riders, and free bike evaluation for bikes left at the free bike valet. See you at the ballgame!   Learn More »
Winooski Avenue Transportation Study Update & Survey
Thanks to everyone who participated in the June 4 Open House. The online survey highlighting the draft alternatives is still live and we encourage you to check it out. To learn more about the project and explore the 3D visualization tool, visit: www.tiny.cc/WinooskiAveStudy.
Bike Parking Lunch & Learn: July 10
Join Local Motion and Dero for a lunch (included!) and workshop on creating functional and friendly bike parking. This free workshop is oriented toward architects, planners, designers, property managers, and anyone else who wants to know how to design or build highly useful, functional, and good looking bike parking -- both indoors and out. Thanks to Dero for providing lunch! Workshop will be held on July 10, 11:30 am - 1 pm at the South End City Market, 207 Flynn Ave, Burlington.   Learn More »
2019 Vermont Highway Safety Corridors 
The State Highway Safety Office of the Vermont Agency of Transportation (AOT) has announced the locations of the 2019 Operation Safety Corridor that will be the focus of a public awareness campaign now through the end of August.  AOT, Vermont State Police, and DMV Enforcement created Operation Safety Corridor in 2017 after noticing that certain sections of roadways were providing safety challenges for law enforcement and maintenance crews due to high traffic volumes, high vehicle speeds, and/or high crash numbers. Each year, Operation Safety Corridor identifies several stretches of road throughout the state to emphasize with an increased police presence and additional signing in an effort to educate drivers. In Chittenden County, this includes:
Interstate 89 from Exit 13 to Exit 16
High vehicle volumes, a hazardous high speed differential, and aggressive driving behavior.  Learn More »
Transportation Project News & Updates
For a full list of transportation projects, visit the CCRPC Transportation Advisory Committee website; a full project list is provided in every TAC agenda and is updated regularly. View the latest TAC agenda »
 
Economy
Implementing ECOS Strategy 1
LCRCC's LaunchVT Startups Net $135K in Cash & Services
Three female founded startups were selected to receive cash awards totalling $35,000 at Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce's seventh annual LaunchVT Demo Night. All eight startups in the 2019 cohort have been partnered with local businesses and will receive professional services worth over $100,000. Learn More »
Save the Date - Women Can Do 2019 Conference: October 17
Women Can Do is Vermont's largest one-day career immersion experience for high school girls and gender non-conforming youth. It features dozens of hands-on workshops and action stations highlighting careers in the skilled trades and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. Learn More »
Chittenden County Brownfields Program Accepting Applications
If you own or wish to develop a property that is contaminated or suspected to be contaminated, please apply. To get started, read the information on different types of assistance and fill out and send us a site nomination/assistance request form. Learn More »
 
Energy & Natural Resources
Implementing ECOS Strategies 3 & 4
Drive Electric VT Richmond Electric Vehicle Expo: June 29
Join the Richmond Climate Action Committee, Drive Electric Vermont, Green Mountain Power and the Vermont Electric Coop for an afternoon exploring electric cars and bikes, including the wide variety of models available, incentive programs, charging at home and more. We'll have experts and owners available to cover the basics and answer questions about plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) in Vermont. All are welcome - we'd love to see you even if you are not a Richmond resident!  
Efficiency Vermont Weatherization Survey
Weatherization is important for your home. A well-insulated home keeps you comfortable and your bills lower. Help shape the future of the weatherization programs Efficiency Vermont offers you by taking this survey.
Save the Date: REV2019 Conference: October 10-11
For more than a decade, the Renewable Energy Vermont Conference has been the leading event for the renewable energy sectors in Northern New England. This annual forum brings together business leaders, system operators, architects, builders, manufacturers, engineers, scientists, policy makers, and regulators.
 
Emergency Preparedness
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
Sign Up for VT-ALERT
Spring flooding season is here. Be sure to stay up to date on all the latest weather advisories! VT-ALERT is used by the state and local responders to notify the public of emergency situations. Those include, but are not limited to, evacuation information; chemical spills; shelter-in-place alerts; severe weather advisories; boil water advisories, and roadway interruptions. Residents can tailor the alerts to specific locations, types of alerts and on which devices they will be notified. Learn More »
Flood Training Website
FloodTraining.vermont.gov is available for administrative officers (AO) of municipal flood hazard and river corridor bylaws. The site features tools and case studies for AOs, members of Development Review Boards and other community officials. The new site complements FloodReady.vermont.gov with its focus on community planning for flood resilience, and the technical materials available at the DEC Rivers page. Learn More »
 
Quality of Place
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
Huntington Town Plan Public Hearing: June 25
The Huntington Planning Commission will host a public hearing on the draft 2019 Huntington Town Plan on June 25, 2019. The draft plan describes Huntington's desired path for the next eight years, and it includes an energy chapter that meets the state requirements for enhanced energy planning. For more information on the hearing and to read the plan, visit the Town of Huntington's website.
2020 Municipal Planning Grants - Online Application Opens August 1
For state fiscal year 2020, the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development will grant approximately $450,000 to municipalities to promote planning, revitalization, and development activities that maintain Vermont's land use goal of compact settlements separated by rural lands. Learn More »
 
Social Community
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
Webinar Opportunity: Aging in Place: Improving Mobility for Older Adults: July 24
Aging in place can simply be defined as staying in your home as you age; aging in place concerns include mobility, social activities, safety, accessibility, and long term supports and services in one's neighborhood and society. In order to facilitate aging in place, organizations in Salt Lake County, Utah and the City of Portland, Oregon, provided home modifications to income-qualified older adults that intended to enable aging in place. Such modifications alter individuals' life-space mobility - a concept recently used by gerontologists and that we introduced to planners - from within one's home to the broader community.   Learn More »
Vermont Places 8th in Senior Health Rankings
Vermont placed 8th in the 2019 senior health rankings, a six-place improvement from last year. According to the study, Vermont has improved in behavioral rankings (high activity levels, dental visits, and low smoking rates) and increased food security among the elderly.  Learn More »
 
If you have any questions, feedback, or suggested content for upcoming issues, please contact Emma Vaughn, Communications Manager: evaughn@ccrpcvt.org or (802) 846-4490 x *21.