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The film noire series featuring D.O.A. at Wallingford Town Hall on Thursday, Jan. 26 has been rescheduled to Thursday, Feb. 16th due to weather. Stay safe.

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2023 Baseball Registration
The upcoming season is upon us and the Wallingford Recreation Committee would like
to share with Wallingford residents some helpful information to assist with the cost of
registering your children to play.
● Rutland County Little League is offering a $10 discount on registration until
February 9th
● T-Mobile Little League® Call Up Grant: The T-Mobile Little League Call Up Grant
offers a simple-to-use application to assist families in need with registration fees.
Our goal is to provide resources to get and keep children on the field. Families
interested in applying for a grant should click the button below:
https://www.littleleague.org/call-up-grant-program/
● Wallingford Rec Committee can also help with your registration dues, please
contact the town office at 802-446-2872, 802-446-2336 or email townadmin@wallingfordvt.com for more information.
Here is an update from Rutland County Little League:
Dear Rutland County Baseball Families,
The annual meeting took place last week. We are getting ready for the season and if you are
wondering what information was shared at the meeting, please see the information on our
website under Board Meetings. The meeting minutes are posted there. We would like to let all
families know that we are offering $10.00 off your registration for the next month until February
9th. We would like to encourage you to register your player for the upcoming season. We will
also be opening the indoor facility next week on Tuesday and Thursday nights to start. In order
to participate at the indoor facility you must be a registered player or volunteer with the league.
The sign ups will be coming out later this week.
https://www.rutlandcountylittleleague.com
Feel free to reach out with any questions at all.
Thanks,
Mike Robilotto
RCLL President

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NEW!! Thanks to efforts by the Conservation Commission, the transfer station has partnered with the Trex Plastic Film Recycling Program to provide special bins to accept:  grocery bags, bread bags, bubble wrap, dry cleaning bags, newspaper sleeves, ice bags, plastic shipping envelopes, zip-lock and other re-closable food storage bags, cereal bags, case overwrap, salt bags, pallet wrap and stretch film, wood pellet bags, produce bags.  As with all recycling, the materials should be relatively CLEAN. These items must go in the specially marked bins and NOT mixed with Zero Sort. Trex does NOT accept pet food bags, mesh/net produce bags, pool covers, frozen food bags, candy bar wrappers, chip bags, six pack rings, vinyl shower curtains (see transfer station employees if you have questions).

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Flood Resilient Communities Fund

Flood Resilient Communities Fund (FRCF) was established by the Vermont Legislature under Act 74 with the intent of improving landscape and community resilience and reducing the future public safety and water quality impacts of climate-related flood hazards in Vermont, focusing on buyouts of flood-vulnerable properties. This is a voluntary program that will prioritize projects in communities and/or for homeowners with greatest economic need and projects that mitigate repetitive loss among low-income and marginalized portions of the population. 

  • Application Period: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis as funding allows. 
  • Funded By:  American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
  • Eligibility Requirements: 
    • Projects must reduce future flood risk and must have the co-benefit of improving water quality. Projects that will improve water quality over time are those that:  
      • results in greater floodplain storage to reduce flood flows,  
      • allows room for future natural river channel changes in ways that don’t threaten property,  
      • re-establishes floodplain and riparian vegetation and functions to help hold riverbanks and shade water, and  
      • Improves filtration of flood waters.  
    • Projects for town and/or public infrastructure within a community will require that community to have a currently approved Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP). 
  • Available Funding: An additional $14,750,000 was allocated by the Vermont Legislature in FY23. This is in addition from the $4.6 million obligated in fiscal year 2022. 
  • Cost Share: Applicants can apply for up to 100% of project costs. Larger restoration projects will rate higher if they are leveraging other funding sources. 
  • Example Projects: home buyouts, vacant lot purchases, restoring natural floodplain access to improve floodplain function, dam removal projects that have the benefit of reducing flood risk, natural infrastructure and nature-based solutions for flood storage or improved floodplain and river functions, green infrastructure, and low-impact development to manage stormwater and reduce future flooding.  

For more information or an application, visit Flood Resilient Communities Fund | Vermont Emergency Management

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Public Hearings on Proposed Rule to Update Vermont Wetland Maps

Montpelier, VT, September 30, 2022 – The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will hold public hearings in October and November on a proposed rule to adopt edits to the state’s wetland maps.

The DEC has a map which identifies the general location of some protected wetlands (Class I and II) called the Vermont Significant Wetlands Inventory (VSWI). From 2020 to 2022, the DEC completed more mapping of wetlands in the northwestern portion of Vermont in the Missisquoi River Basin. The new maps more accurately reflect wetland locations and need to be officially added to the VSWI.

“Wetlands – such as swamps, marshes, and bogs – are found throughout Vermont. They store flood water, protect clean water, and provide homes for wildlife,” said DEC Commissioner John Beling. “By updating these maps, we can help landowners avoid impacts to significant wetlands.” 

From May to July 2022, the DEC received public comments on the updated VSWI. The DEC then reviewed comments and provided a responsiveness summary (bit.ly/3CK5IA0). By late August, the DEC decided to start rulemaking to formally adopt the edits to the VSWI. The Secretary of State placed the rulemaking filing on formal public notice on September 28, 2022.

Members of the public are invited to submit comments by November 12, 2022, to Laura Lapierre at Laura.Lapierre@vermont.gov and attend the upcoming public hearings:

“If the State formally adopts the updated wetland maps, we can better protect these special places and their benefits,” said Beling. “However, even with the updates, we know not all protected wetlands will be mapped. You should still contact your District Wetlands Ecologist if you are proposing construction activities near a wetland, whether the wetland is mapped or not.”

Members of the public can find contact information for their District Wetlands Ecologist online (bit.ly/contactwetlands). They can also use the interactive map (bit.ly/draftwetlandmap) to view the updated VSWI.

Landowners can use the DEC’s Wetland Screening Tool (bit.ly/wetlandscreeningtool) to find out if they might have a wetland on their property. Farmers, realtors, non-profits, and towns are also encouraged to use the screening tool when making land management decisions.

Activities within protected wetlands and their 50-foot buffers often require a permit. Any unauthorized activity or construction in a significant wetland prior to its mapping is still a violation of the Wetland Rules (bit.ly/VTwetlandrules).

To learn more, view the rulemaking webpage (bit.ly/wetlandsrulemaking). If Laura Lapierre is not available, contact Julie Follensbee at Julie.Follensbee@vermont.gov or 802-490-6177.

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Good News!
The Town of Wallingford just received word the VTrans Bicycle and Pedestrian Program’s Selection Committee approved the Town’s grant application to upgrade School Street sidewalks!!
The Town will receive $435,000 in federal funds for the project. Wallingford’s application was selected from among 20 applications statewide to receive the funding.
The sidewalk committee consisted of Kathy Luzader, Bruce Dobbins, Peg Soule and Town Administrator Sandi Switzer. Rutland Reg. Planning Commission’s Devon Neary assisted with the application and the Wallingford Selectboard supported the application and project.

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Transfer station employees want to remind residents to bring recyclables to the facility in clear bags or clear containers so employees can see what is being deposited into the Zero Sort bin.
Too much garbage is being mixed in with recyclables. By using clear plastic bags or clear containers to haul your recyclables, employees will be able to see what is being deposited before it is dropped in the bin. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Right-of-Way. Wallingford’s Highway Department personnel reminds property owners Vermont Statute, Title 19, Section 702 defines the highway right-of-way as follows: “the right-of-way for each highway and trail shall be three rods wide unless otherwise properly recorded.”  A rod is a unit of measure equaling 16.5 feet, so the assumed minimum width of the right-of-way is 49.5 feet. This total minimum width extends evenly (24.75 feet) on both sides of the highway centerline. Please bear this in mind before building a fence, rock wall or anything with the right-of-way otherwise you may be asked to move it if it interferes with highway maintenance or projects.