Fire Department RFP: REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL FOR VERNON FIRE STATION FINISH WORK AND PAINTING Town of Vernon, Vermont   The Town of Vernon, Vermont, (“Town”) is soliciting proposals from qualified companies or individuals for Vernon Fire Station-Finish work, painting of all exterior walls, doors, windows, soffits and trim. Sealed Bids are due by December 6, 2021 at 4:00 pm to: Inquiries and submissions to: Vernon Selectboard, c/o: Shelly Walker Town Administrator, Town of Vernon 567 Governor Hunt Rd., Vernon, VT 05354 (802) 257-2138 Email: Bid opening: Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 6:30 PM during the Select board meeting. Proposal requirements are available at the Town Clerks office during business hours or via email This bid request invites responses from experienced and professional contractors to complete finish work on exterior wall around rear garage doors, resurfacing/stucco on cement block walls where needed, repair/replace exterior trim and soffits where needed, caulking around doors and windows as needed, paint the exterior walls, doors, windows, trim, soffits of the Town of Vernon Fire Station located at 2842 Fort Bridgman Rd., Vernon, VT. Submit questions concerning this RFP via email per the schedule outlined above.   The Town reserves the right to reject any or all bids submitted. Bids will be evaluated by the Town based on experience and reputation, understanding of Town requirements, clarity, completeness and price. During the evaluation process, the Town reserves the right, where it may serve in the Town's best interest, to request additional information or clarification from bidders.  


Vernon Trash Talk: About those compost bins

By Sandra Rulewich, Chair, Vernon Solid Waste Committee

Since the new state mandate to recycle residential food scraps took effect on July 1st, there’s been an increase in the volume of organic materials brought to the two dumpsters at the town highway garage.  Before being emptied each week, the bins are more than full.  The hot weather speeds up spoilage of food scraps.  It really stinks. The flies move in, working to ensure the survival of their species, adding to the disgust of residents trying to do the right thing for the town, the state, and the planet.  Thanks to David Walker, highway foreman, an odor control agent is now being added to the dumpsters each day, and it appears to help.

So far, you might not know that your Solid Waste Committee has been hard at work to improve the situation, but we have.  We’ve made requests and recommendations.  We’ve been monitoring the local opinion forums, so we’re aware of the complaints.  And we’re still working with the Vernon Selectboard exploring more options to make the program meet the needs of the residents who have supported this program for many years now, and for the newer users who are joining the effort.

When problems arise, the Solid Waste Committee’s role is to inform and advise the Selectboard on matters of solid waste recycling and disposal.  We gather information and try to make appropriate recommendations aimed at solving problems, always taking costs into consideration.  In this particular situation there have been glitches and honest mistakes, some of which have been slow to reveal themselves, thus slowing down the whole process.  It may take a bit longer, but we are still on the case, determined to make this work for you. 

One thing you can do right now to save space in the bins for more stinky stuff is to PLEASE PUT ALL  CLEAN CORRUGATED CARDBOARD OUT ON THE CURB WITH YOUR RECYCLING.  There’s been a lot of it in the bins lately.

NEVER put any of these materials in the dumpsters:

  • NO PLASTICS (Bags can go in the tall square black bin beside the dumpsters)

Plastics, glass, metals, and ceramics are not compostable and must be kept separate from the organic materials that do go into making compost. 

We thank you all for your participation in this program.