Annual Meeting

Emergency Management Director Roundtable @ Royalton State Police Barracks
Feb 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  1. Introductions and grab dinner
  2. What should an EMD be doing? Job description, expectations, authority.
  3. How TRORC and VEM can be of assistance to you.
  4. The Local Emergency Management Plan
  5. Grants and budgeting.
  6. Training needs.
  7. Best practices.
  8. Adjournment by 8 p.m.



Next EMD Roundtable to be held in Fall 2019

LEPC12 @ Bethel Town Hall
Feb 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  1. Call to order – Mark Warner, Chair
  2. Introductions
  3. Approval of minutes for 12/20/18 (attached)
  4. Action on TRORC invoice ($2,626.99).
  5. Treasurer’s report – John Durkee, Treasurer
  6. Hartford’s Tier II System – Scott Cooney, Hartford Fire Chief
  7. CERT Update – Brad Salzmann
  8. Other Business/Upcoming Trainings
    1. TRORC Housekeeping
  1. Tabletop Exercises
  2. Reminder: LEMP’s due May 1st
  • Tier II Reporting for Municipalities
  1. SEOC Training Curriculum
  2. ISC 402 Course, April 17 at King Farm in Woodstock, VT from 6-8pm.
    1. Other comments – members


LEPC12 Next meeting – April 18, 2019 in Fairlee: suggestions for a presentation welcome!


Regional Plan Working Session @ Bethel Town Hall
Mar 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Regional Plan Working Session @ The Space on Main
Mar 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
TAC Meeting @ Hartford Town Hall, Room 312
Mar 14 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

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Two Rivers-Ottauquechee RPC Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting

Thursday March 14, 2019 Hartford Town Hall, Rm 312, 171 Bridge St, WRJ, 9:30AM – 11:00AM

1. Introductions.
2. Approval of November 8 minutes
3. FY2021 Project Prioritization / Pre-Candidate Bridges presentation/discussion and TAC final ranking – Rita
4. Review and Comment on draft Town Road and Bridge Standards 2019 (incorporated with MRGP standards) – Rita
5. Better Road awards / upcoming field season
6. Other business
Future meeting topics? Next meeting on Thursday May 9, 2019

Public Hearing: Keys to the Valley
Apr 10 @ 8:00 am – 8:30 am

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The Town of Woodstock is/are considering making application to the State of Vermont for a VCDP Planning Grant 2018 under the Vermont Community Development Program. A public hearing will be held at 8:00 AM on 4/10/2019 at 31 The Green, Woodstock, VT 05091 to obtain the views of citizens on community development, to furnish information concerning the amount of funds available and the range of community development activities that may be undertaken under this program, the impact to any historic and archaeological resources that may be affected by the proposed project, and to give affected citizens the opportunity to examine the proposed statement of projected use of these funds.

The proposal is to apply for $60,000 in VCDP funds which will be used to accomplish the following activities: To help fund the Keys to the Valley Initiative, a bi-state regional housing assessment that will develop actionable items to emphasize the way our homes fit into the puzzle of this place through transportation, regulation, environment, community, health, employment, and more. The Initiative will undertake community engagement and participation, thorough data analysis and develop implementable strategies for creating (or recreating) homes that are needed by our community members.

Copies of the proposed application are available at TRORC, 128 King Farm Road, Woodstock, VT 05091 and may be viewed during the hours of 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Should you require any special accommodations, please contact Phil Swanson, Town Manager at 802-457-3456 to ensure appropriate accommodations are made. For the hearing impaired please call (TTY) #1-800-253-0191.

Vermont Creative Network All-In Gathering @ The Engine Room
Apr 17 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Are you connected to the creatives in your region? Would you like to be more connected to the creatives across Vermont? Join the Cornerstone Creative Community (3CVT) and artists from around the state, in this BIG social gathering for all working in the Creative Economy of Vermont. We welcome everyone from around the state for a night of networking, great food, discussion and information.

The aim of this All-In Gathering, sponsored by 3CVT, is to discuss possible marketing and branding strategies to help grow the Creative Economy sector of our individual communities and Vermont.

The evening will start with a Meet and Greet complete with cash bar and catering from the Engine Room in White River Junction. We’ll hear brief presentations from the two zones that have completed their Creative Economy Impact Studies, and learn about the opportunities they hope to encourage. The evening will end with a 45 minute panel discussion focused on new ideas for Marketing & Branding the Creative Economy of Vermont with representatives from the VT Arts Council, the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing, the Vermont State Curators Group, with background context provided by consultants on the VT Creative Economy Impact Studies.

Your input at the end will be critical in helping to shape our next steps! This event is intended to create space for meaningful dialogue, information, and brainstorming. YOUR ideas are wanted to build a bold vision for the future of Vermont’s Creative class.

Feel free to pass this event on to your network of Vermont Creatives, and we hope to see you there! RSVPs are encouraged, so please make sure to register for this free event by April 10, 2019 at


Contact Kimberly at [email protected] with any questions.

To view the event agenda, click here

West Fairlee Hazard Mitigation Plan Kick-Off Meeting @ Community Building, Lower Level
Apr 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

West Fairlee Hazard Mitigation Plan

Kick-Off Meeting

Join the West Fairlee Selectboard and TRORC as we update the Town’s Local Hazard Mitigation Plan!


When: Monday, April 22, 2019 at 6PM

Where: Community Building (Lower Level)


What are we doing?

  • Updating the Town’s Local Hazard Mitigation Plan
  • Ranking the potential impact of naturally occurring hazards

How does this happen?

  • Rank potential impact of naturally occurring hazards
  • Identify projects that can mitigate these hazards

What’s in it for you?

  • Reduction in property loss and human injuries
  • A safer community!
TAC Meeting @ Bethel Town Hall
May 9 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am


1. Introductions.

2. Approval of Mar. 14 minutes

3. Emerald Ash Borer: Impacts to Ash Trees and to Municipalities – Mike Parisio, Forest Health Specialist, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation
Dead and dying ash trees along the public right-of-way and in public places, such as parks and schools, pose a significant risk to public safety. Municipalities will bear the responsibility and costs of removing and/or treating public ash trees, as well as any replanting efforts. Mike will present on signs & symptoms and information on how to identify these, municipal planning for EAB and some management options for municipalities, with some info on budgeting and infested wood disposal and some case studies of communities already working on or implementing response plans here in VT.

4. Emergency Relief Assistance Funds refresher/Federal Aid Secondary Roads – Rita

5. Other business
• Better Road awards (anticipate announcement early May hopefully)
• Municipal Roads Grants in Aid Year 3 & Equipment Grants
• VTrans Bike Ped Grant
• VTrans Municipal Highway & Stormwater Mitigation Grant

Future meeting topics? Next meeting on Thursday July 11, 2019
Municipal Bridge Maintenance & Management
o A town’s legal management responsibilities
o An explanation of the state’s inspection program, process and reports.
o Safety related to bridge maintenance, working over water, dust, lead, and paint
o Routine maintenance practices, cleaning, deck and structure
o Weight limits, posting, enforcement, signage

View the official pdf agenda here

Public Hearing Notice – TRORC Regional Plan @ Damon Hall
Jul 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Notice is hereby given by the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission of two Public Hearings to be held for the purpose of hearing comments on the proposed amendments to the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Plan. The Regional Plan covers all lands within the towns of Barnard, Bethel, Bradford, Braintree, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Chelsea, Corinth, Fairlee, Granville, Hancock, Hartford, Hartland, Newbury, Norwich, Pittsfield, Plymouth, Pomfret, Randolph, Rochester, Royalton, Sharon, Stockbridge, Strafford, Thetford, Topsham, Tunbridge, Vershire, West Fairlee, and Woodstock. A copy of the proposed amendments to the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Plan are available for review at the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission’s office during normal business hours and on the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission’s website:

Hearing Dates:

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 6:00PM: Damon Hall, 1 Quechee Road, Hartland, VT

Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 6:00PM: Royalton Town Offices, 2460 VT Route 14, South Royalton, VT

Outlined below is a list of section headings of the Regional Plan chapters that have amendments proposed:

  1. Introduction
  2. Healthy Communities
  3. Land Use
  4. Transportation
  5. Working Landscape
  6. Natural Resources
  7. Historical, Cultural, Archeological and Scenic Resources
  8. Homes in the Region
  9. Utilities, Facilities and Services
  10. Emergency Management
  11. Energy
  12. Economic Development
  13. Relationship of TRORC Regional Plan to Neighboring Plans
  14. Plan Implementation
  15. Definitions

Also proposed for adoption is the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Energy Implementation Plan (to be adopted as part of the Regional Plan).