March 2018
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CCRPC Calendar of Events

All events held at the CCRPC unless otherwise noted. 


3/28, 5:45pm: CCRPC Finance Committee Meeting


4/3, 9:00am: CCRPC Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting

4/3, 11:00am: CCRPC Clean Water Advisory Committee Meeting

4/3, 12:30pm: CCRPC MS-4 Sub-Committee Meeting

4/4, 5:45pm: CCRPC Executive Committee Meeting

4/10, 9:00am: Local Emergency Planning Committee Meeting

4/18, 6:00pm: CCRPC Board Meeting
Around the County: Photo of the Month
   Snow on the beach in Charlotte, VT.
Photo by Lee Krohn

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How to lower your monthly electricity costs

Control your usage and reduce your monthly bill using this guide. It covers four drivers of high energy costs and describes simple steps you can take on your own.


GMT Transit Alerts

Occasionally, GMT makes service modifications due to weather, road conditions, construction, special events, etc. Check the Service Alerts page for current service modifications and updates.


Volunteer opportunities with United Way of Northwest VT

View current and upcoming volunteer activities with the United Way of Northwest Vermont. Search all volunteer needs, or search by date, family-friendly opportunities, and more.


Bolton: Sharon Murray

Buel's Gore: Garret Mott

Burlington: Andy Montroll

Charlotte: Jim Donovan

Colchester: Jeffrey Bartley

Essex: Jeff Carr

Essex Junction: Dan Kerin

Hinesburg: Andrea Morgante

Huntington: Barbara Elliott

Jericho: Catherine McMains

Milton: Tony Micklus

Richmond: Bard Hill

Shelburne: John Zicconi

South Burlington: Chris Shaw

St. George: Jeff Pillsbury

Underhill: Brian Bigelow

Westford: Dave Tilton

Williston: Chris Roy, Chair

Winooski: Michael O'Brien, Vice Chair

For more information, including Commission agendas and minutes, schedule and resources, click here.
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

Peter Keating, Senior Transportation Planner

Lee Krohn, AICP, Senior Planner

Regina Mahony, AICP, Planning Program Manager

Melanie Needle, Senior Planner

Emily Nosse-Leirer, Planner

Sai Sarepalli, PE, Transportation Planning Engineer

Michelle Thibault, Finance Assistant

Emma Vaughn, Communications Manager

For bios and contact information, click here.
Good morning,

At Town Meeting earlier this month, voters in six Chittenden County municipalities passed a ballot item to establish the Chittenden County Public Safety Authority (CCPSA), a new union municipal district to provide improved regional emergency dispatch services to the community. Voters in Burlington, Colchester, Milton, South Burlington, Williston and Winooski all passed the ballot item. It did not pass in Shelburne.  The CCRPC helped support this process over the last 18 months. Learn more on the regional dispatch webpage .
Public safety dispatch is complex and multidimensional. Blending independent systems and staff into a regional operation will take time and must be done in a thoughtful manner. A Board of Directors will soon be appointed with representation from each of the six municipalities. The board, and municipalities acting through their directors, will work to develop a framework for the regional dispatch center to become operational using input from the public safety community, including dispatchers.
The CCPSA will improve dispatch operations and support for our residents and first-responders in this combined effort. The Town Meeting vote was an exciting first step, but there is still a lot of work ahead of us. After the CCPSA works out more of the details over the next year or two, each municipal elected body will have to make a separate decision about whether to commit staff and funding. For additional information and resources, please visit:
Best regards,

Charlie Baker
Executive Director, CCRPC
Of Note
CCRPC Seeking Summer Interns
The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission seeks interns for the summer months (June-August) of 2018. Applications are due Friday, April 6, 2018. Learn More  »
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
Register Now for the Vermont Walk/Bike Summit: May 4
The 2018 Vermont Walk/Bike Summit will be held on May 4 in White River Junction at the Barrette Center for the Arts.  This year's Summit will include interactive mobile workshops, peer exchanges, a highly-acclaimed keynote Russ Roca, co-owner of The Path Less Pedaled - a bike travel blog-turned-business - and a variety of dynamic presentations and topics including advocacy and education, safe and healthy communities, economic development, and the built environment.  Learn More & Register »
Bikeshare System Comes to Burlington Area
A bike share system, greenride bikeshare, with a fleet of 105 7-speed bicycles serviced by 17 hubs is planned for Burlington, South Burlington and Winooski. More than a decade in the planning, the membership-based system will, for starters, add the high-tech bikes to some of Chittenden County's busiest, short-range commuter routes.  
Seven Chittenden County Communities are Awarded Over $1.7M for Transportation Stormwater Projects
Seven Chittenden County Communities are awarded over $1.7 million in federal funds for transportation stormwater projects under the Transportation Alternatives program. These funds will be used to address stormwater management, control, and water pollution prevention in the applicant community. The projects are:
  • Implementation of Stormwater Best Management Practices in Moorings Stream Watershed, Colchester - $295,200
  • Stormwater System Retrofits with Infiltration Systems and Stabilized Outfalls for Three Cul-De-Sacs, Essex - $271,139
  • Purchase Vacuum Flusher/ Pipeline Truck, Essex Junction - $283,000
  • Purchase Vactor Truck, Milton - $300,000
  • Construction of Sub-surface Stormwater Infiltration and Detention System, South Burlington - $242,000
  • Expansion of Kennedy Drive Stormwater Pond, South Burlington - $300,000
  • Allen Brook Watershed Culverts Scoping Study, Williston - $15,000
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 »
Implementing ECOS Strategy 1
Made in Vermont Marketplace: April 7-8
The Made in Vermont Marketplace showcases a wide variety of quality products made right here in the Green Mountains .   Learn More »
35th Vermont Tourism Summit: April 11-12
The Vermont Tourism Summit draws one of the largest gatherings of tourism professionals in the state including owners, managers and employees of the many businesses connected to this important segment of the economy.  Learn More »
Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility 28th Annual Spring Conference: May 15
Join the VBSR for a full day of education, inspiration, and networking on May 15, 2018, at the University of Vermont.  Learn More »
Vermont Chamber of Commerce Business Expo 2018: May 24
The Expo is the region's largest business-to-business trade show and hosts 150 exhibitors, showcasing the latest in cutting edge products and services for the 3,000 business people who visit the one-day show.  Learn More »
Official Launch of ExporTech 2018
ExporTech is an export assistance program sponsored by the Agency of Commerce and Community Development and delivered by the  Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center, which helps Vermont companies enter or expand in global markets.  This year's program will be supporting a number of Vermont businessesLearn 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
Clean Water Initiative Lecture Series - Lake Champlain Restoration Plan Progress Report: March 29, 11:00am-12:00pm
Join Kari Dolan, Clean Water Initiative Program Manager, and Mike Middleman, Agency of Agriculture's Water Quality Partner Liaison, to learn about the State of Vermont's progress completing milestones necessary to clean up Lake Champlain.  Learn More »
Winooski NRCD Annual Tree and Shrub Sale (Orders due March 30) & Pick-Up Event (April 21)
The Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District is accepting orders for its annual Tree and Shrub sale, Trout sale and brand new sale featuring art to benefit the environment. This year the Tree/Shrub pick-up date (4/21) will be in combination with an educational event showcasing conservation projects, activities you can do on your own property, partner organizations, displays and local perennial vendors on hand for you to purchase plants from.  Learn More »
Hinesburg Energy Committee 2-Part Workshop: April 11
The Hinesburg Energy Committee has announced an upcoming two-part workshop series: The Path to Greater Home Comfort and Energy Savings - Moving Towards Zero EnergyEach workshop will cover two topics and attendees are welcome to come for part or all of each session. Networking begins at 6:30pm and the presentations will be 7:00-9:00pm. NRG Systems is hosting the workshop series at 110 Riggs Rd., Hinesburg, VT, 05461. Everyone is welcome and attendance is free. For more information, call the Hinesburg Energy Committee at 802-482-3295.  Learn More »
Request for Proposals for Renewable Energy Vermont Conference & Expo - RFPs Due May 18
The theme of REV2018 is "REVitalize: Transforming Energy Further, Faster, Together." On October 18th & 19th, leaders in energy, policy, finance, and planning will come together in Burlington to share, learn, and network, around revitalizing our clean energy transformation. Topics of interest include: Comprehensive energy planning, codes, renewable integration, grid modernization, transportation electrification, and more.  Learn More »
Quality of Place
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
Milton Public Works Supervisor Dustin Keelty Nets National Award
At a Milton selectboard meeting in December, Dustin Keelty received a 2017 Special Achievement Award from the American Public Works Association for his skillful management of the town department. The award is presented to public works personnel up to the titles of foreman and supervisor who exude excellence. Read the Milton Independent article or page 17 of the American Infrastructure Magazine for the full story!
Elm Place in Milton Wins National Awards for Energy Efficiency
Elm Place, an apartment building in Milton that was developed with support from Vermont Housing Finance Agency, won three national awards for its use of energy efficient design. The 30-unit building, which opened its doors last spring, is managed by Cathedral Square and provides affordable rental housing for seniors. Learn More »
73rd Town Officers' Education Conferences: April 3 & 10 
Each year, TOEC provides training for more than 300 municipal officials and citizen volunteers in two Vermont locations. The conferences, going into their 73rd year, are organized by University of Vermont Extension in partnership with several participating organizations. They are designed to help town clerks, planners, listers, select board members and other officials do their jobs more effectively by providing updates on tax laws and regulations, municipal recordkeeping and effective strategies for handling planning, zoning and other town issues.  Learn More »
2018 AARP Community Challenge Grant Program Accepting Applications Through May 16
The 2018 AARP Community Challenge is now accepting applications to fund "quick-action" projects in communities across the country. Grants can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to several thousand for larger projects. The program is now in its second year and is part of AARP's nationwide work on Livable Communities, helping neighborhoods, towns and cities to become great places for all ages Learn More »
NEW: 2017 ECOS Annual Report: The State of Chittenden County
In an effort to track progress made on all goals in the Chittenden County ECOS Regional Plan, the ECOS Partnership monitors 90+ indicators over the year and compiles the ECOS Annual Report: The State of Chittenden County, a summary that highlights a number of regional trends and accomplishments.  The 2017 Annual Report is the fifth edition. For the third year in a row, highlighted trends and data are displayed visually in an infographic.  Learn More »
Emergency Preparedness
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
National Stop the Bleed Day hosted by UVM Rescue: March 31
The top cause of preventable death in trauma is bleeding. 20% of people who have died from traumatic injuries could have survived with quick bleeding control. Join UVM Rescue in the Dudley H. Davis Student Center Center Atrium anytime between 12pm and 4pm on March 31 to learn more about the Stop The Bleed Campaign and participate in a hands on training session.  Learn More »
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Application Period Open Through April 30
Following the damages across the State in late June-early July, Vermont received a Federal Disaster Declaration to assist in our recovery from the disaster. With this declaration, a new Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding period is open through April 30, 2018. Learn more »
Local Emergency Operations Plans Due Before May 1
Vermont Emergency Management and local partners are currently in the process of redesigning the LEOP template . The new plan template will be more practical and action-oriented than in the past and will guide towns through the planning process more clearly.
It is expected that the new LEOP template will incorporate changes from the community and be finalized in late February 2018.  Communities may use the current LEOP template or the new one for this year's plan, which must be submitted after town meeting day and before May 1, 2018. Both can be found at:
Please  contact Lee Krohn, CCRPC Senior Planner, for further information or for assistance with updating your LEOP.
Social Community
Implementing ECOS Strategies 5, 6 & 8
Peace & Justice Center Social Justice Symposium: April 14
The symposium is a day-long event that will allow community members to find ways to get involved in the good work happening in our community. This is a public event open to all; youth, adults, and seniors are all encouraged to attend.  Learn More » 
If you have any questions, feedback, or suggested content for upcoming issues, please contact Emma Vaughn, Communications Manager: or (802) 846-4490 x *21.