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Design/Implementation Block Grant Request for Applications Due January 15, 2021

Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission (SWCRPC) has released its 4th round of requests for applications under the Design/Implementation Block Grant. This funding is to support the design and implementation of clean water improvement and protection projects. Funding is provided by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VT DEC) Clean Water Initiative Program (CWIP). SWCRPC seeks proposals for preliminary engineering design, final engineering design, and construction of clean water projects.No local match is required under this program (with the exception of MS4 stormwater projects, which require 50% local match).

Applications are due January 15, 2021 by 4:30PM EST and anticipated notification of award is February 19th, 2021. All application materials can be found on our webpage under Application Materials (Round 4 Request). Please address any questions to cwbg@swcrpc.org.

COVID-19 Community Development Resources

http://accd.vermont.gov/community-development/funding-incentives/vcdp

During COVID-19 outbreak, please check the Agency’s web site for the Recovery Resource Center for available tools including financial assistance programs, unemployment information and a Frequently Asked Questions to help businesses and individuals navigate available resources.
•       Recovery Resource Center: https://accd.vermont.gov/
•       Resources for Business: https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/business
•       Resources for Individuals: https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/individuals
•       Resources for Community: https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/community
•       For phone: 1-877-214-3330

AOT Announces Guidance for Demonstration Projects in State Highway Right-Of-Way

New guidance is now available from the Agency of Transportation for demonstration projects in the State Highway right of way. Demonstration projects are temporary changes to the roadway, such as adding a bike lane or pedestrian parklet. Demonstration projects allow a community to test out these changes without having to make permanent and often expensive investments. The guidance document is intended for use by municipalities, businesses, and community groups. It describes the options available, issues that need to be considered, the state approval processes, and provides links to resources with additional information. The document provides an orientation on the topic and is not a design guide or standard.

Guidance Document: Demonstration Projects in State Highway Right-of-Way

Demonstration Project Phase 1 Pre-Application
Phase 1 Contact: Amy Bell, Planning Manager, amy.bell@vermont.gov, 802-279-0783

Demonstration Project Phase 2 Section 1111 Permit Application Supplement
Phase 2 Contact: Permitting Services

Free Step Up to Button Up Webinar with Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission

 Looking to get answers to your questions about weatherization? Want to know what savings and incentives are available for all sorts of energy efficiency projects? Join this informational webinar hosted by your regional planning commission, in coordination with Efficiency Vermont and Vital Communities, which will bring together residents across southern Windsor County to share information about how to take advantage of energy savings in your home. Topics will include general weatherization concepts and resources and an introduction to heating with heat pumps. Representatives from Vital Communities will discuss and answer questions on their Energy Savings Project partnering with town energy committees to connect manufactured home residents with immediate and long-term solutions to reduce their energy expenses. 

Join SWCRPC, Efficiency Vermont, and Vital Communities for the Southern Windsor County Step Up to Button Up webinar on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 6:00 pm.  

Register in advance for this webinar: 

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wKKbA4ryRo6oeT3NG5MZHA

To attend more Button Up events on a variety of subjects and access recordings of past events go to the Button Up Vermont Events page: https://buttonupvermont.org/events  

Springfield IM 091-1(83) Interstate-91, Bridges 28 N&S over US Route 5 – Regional Concerns Meeting

A Public Informational Meeting on the project listed below will be held on Monday November 9, 2020 beginning at 7:00 PM during the regularly scheduled selectboard meeting.  The meeting will be held by the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) and Town of Springfield.  Directions with a link to the online zoom meeting can be found on the Town’s website prior to the meeting.  

Bridge replacement project:

  • Springfield IM 091-1(83) – Interstate 91, Bridges 28 N&S over US Route 5

The selected alternative includes a full bridge replacement with traffic maintained on a temporary bridge during construction. 

The intent of the meeting is to provide an overview of this bridge rehabilitation project to Town Officials, local residents and businesses, emergency services and other interested parties. There will be a review of the existing site conditions, proposed work, and overall schedule followed by a question and answer period.  Representatives from both VTrans and the Town of Springfield will be available at the meeting to address public concerns about the project.

An electronic copy of the Scoping Report is available online at:  https://outside.vermont.gov/agency/vtrans/external/Projects/Structures/12A574

Click here to view the full meeting notification.

GUV Photovoltaic Solar Facility Request for Proposals

The Greater Upper Valley Solid Waste District (“District” or “GUVSWD”) requires the services of a professional, qualified solar energy developer (“Developer”). For the ease of communication regarding this Request for Proposal (RFP), the term “Developer” shall be used for all references to responding entities, including all suppliers, installers, and sub-contractors that may be required to fully design, complete construction of, and operate the proposed facility and its proposed financial structure.

Proposals are for a solar energy facility between 550 KW -1 MWAC at the Site; however, it is the developer’s responsibility to determine the optimum size facility for the Site. It is the District’s intent to solicit responses to the RFP in accordance with the terms, conditions, and other specifications contained herein.

Developers to this RFP shall furnish all financing, engineering, supervision, professional services, analysis, engineering design, engineering drawings and specifications, construction management, supervision, labor, materials, equipment, supplies and other items of expense, project sustainment and operations required to perform the work specified in this RFP.

It is the intent of this RFP that as part of the implementation of the proposed system that there will be a sharing of generated revenues of the system with the GUVSWD in exchange for the use and occupation of the project site for the duration of the operational life of the proposed system, e.g., 25 years.

Click here for the full RFP.

State Rail Plan and State Freight Plan Updates

VTrans is currently updating both the State Rail Plan as well as the State Freight Plan.  These updates are coordinated given the importance to Vermont of freight moved by rail.  For more information, click the following hyperlinks for the coordinated project newsletter and the Rail Plan project webpage.

The SWCRPC Has Office Space for Rent!

For additional information or to arrange a viewing, contact us at 802-674-9201 and ask to speak with Chris Titus.