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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.

Windsor County COVID-19 Recovery Forum

Please join us on Thursday, October 8th from 6:30-8:30 pm for the Windsor County COVID-19 Recovery Forum. Visit www.vtrural.org/recovery/windsor to register for the virtual forum.

Local Government Expense Reimbursement Grant (LGER) Program

The Local Government Expense Reimbursement Grant program (LGER) is a grant program to help units of local government cover unexpected expenses due to the COVID-19 Public Health emergency. This program is a catch-all for expenses that other programs such as FEMA Public Assistance do not cover, therefore applicants will have to show they’ve explored relevant alternatives, or have expenses under $3,300 that won’t be covered by other programs. However there is money available for a wide range of eligible expenses.

Eligible applicants include:

  • Counties
  • Cities/towns/gores
  • Incorporated villages
  • Fire districts
  • Consolidated water districts
  • Consolidated sewer districts
  • Solid Waste management districts

Applications are due by 11:59 PM, October 15th.

For more information about the program and application process, view the informational presentation below.

Mount Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) Funding Announcement

Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) is releasing grant awards to community organizations that address substance misuse through their work. This can be through addressing Social Determinants of Health or building protective factors for a healthy environment. 

MAHHC is currently requesting proposals: Community agencies that impact populations across Vermont’s Windsor and Orange counties may apply for funds to build infrastructure and capacity or plan and implement strategies to decrease the initiation or general misuse of any substance by any age group. Funding is provided by the VT Department of Health, Prevention Network Grant. Anyone interested in a grant opportunity must apply — current PNG grantees included.

To download an application and for resources and information to support an application, visit: mappvt.org/PNGgrant

2021 Municipal Planning Grants

Vermont’s communities face tough challenges responding to and recovering from COVID-19, and the State’s flexible Municipal Planning Grants are ready to support projects for long-term recovery.  Now is a great time to consider proposals that boost resilience in your community.  Municipal Planning Grants have helped communities just like yours implement town plan recommendations and jump start initiatives like zoning updates to welcome new homes, plans for a state designated area, or economic recovery strategies.  A quarter of the funding has been approved to date, and a total of approximately $450,000 will be awarded to municipalities to promote planning, revitalization, and development activities if the legislature level funds.

Towns may apply for up to $22,000 and joint applications from several municipalities (a consortium) may apply for up to $35,000.  A wide range of municipal planning and implementation activities are eligible for funding. Strong grant applications demonstrate a clear need and community partnership.  I encourage you to reach out to stakeholders now and discuss local needs, opportunities and strategies for change.  

Please review the Program Description for eligibility requirements and use the new Application Guide and the criteria for successful applications.  Even the smallest Vermont towns can write a winning application and open doors to new opportunities.  

Application Schedule for the 2021 Grants: 

  • Online application (GEARS) opens for use: August 1, 2020
  • Training webinar: August 19, 2020 (Register here)
  • RPC confirmation of municipal planning process (for eligibility): September 30, 2020
  • Application Deadline: October 1 @ 6:00 p.m., 2020
  • Award Decisions: Early December 2020

We look forward to helping you develop creative solutions to improve your community.  If you have any questions about the Municipal Planning Grants or wish to talk through project ideas, please do not hesitate to contact Jennifer.Lavoie@vermont.gov, or 802-828-1948. 

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.

Development Review Training for Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodations

Materials from the June 23rd development review presentation as well as a recording of the training are now available:

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.

Elders and Persons with Disabilities (E&D) Transportation Survey Results

The E&D Transportation program assists older adults and persons with disabilities in getting to medical appointments, to the local adult day facilities, to senior meal sites, and essential shopping. In January and February of this year, Southeast VT Transit together with SWCRPC and the Windham Regional Commission surveyed riders who used this service in 2019. The results of the survey will help to inform future changes and improvements to the E&D program in our region. The summary results of the survey and an accompanying list of action items can be found here. This document will be mailed to survey participants. For more information on the E&D program in Vermont, visit VTrans’ E&D web page.