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.  


New household hazardous waste depot coming to Windham Solid Waste Management District

Household hazardous waste collection in Vernon, June 2019

By Bob Spencer, Executive Director WSWMD

One of the most expensive waste materials to collect, recycle, and dispose of is household hazardous waste, or HHW. According to Vermont DEC, HHW “includes any household products labelled ‘caution, toxic, danger, hazard, warning, poisonous, reactive, corrosive, or flammable’. Many of these products are very common and can be purchased from local hardware, automotive, and grocery stores to be used in our houses, garages, lawns, and gardens. Because these products are so common and easy to purchase, many people forget that HHW can be extremely harmful to their health or the environment.”

WSWMD and other districts are required by DEC to provide at least four HHW collection events per year to member towns. As shown below, WSWMD’s most recent collection in Vernon, in June 2019, served 36 Vernon households, about 4% of the 856 households in Vernon, a relatively high rate of participation compared to other towns.

Vernon residents regularly participate in District HHW collection events, including those held each fall at the District’s Old Ferry Road location. Here are the total number of Vernon households served for the past 8 years:

2012 –   8 households                                            

2012 –  8 households
2013 – 59 households (one event in Vernon)
2014 – 23 households
2015 – 16 households
2016 –  4 households
2017 –  4 households
2018 –  9 households
2019 – 36 households (one event in Vernon)
2020 –  4 households  

Total Vernon Households: 2012 – 2020 = 163

It is very expensive to hire licensed contractors to operate the collection events. The cost to collect and process HHW from 36 Vernon households in 2019 was $14,654, not including promotion, or District staffing, with an average cost of about $407 per household. If the Town were not a member of WSWMD, the Town would be responsible for providing a minimum of two HHW collections per year, or to operate a permanent HHW collection site.

New HHW Depot- In an effort to reduce the costs of HHW event collections and increase convenience for residents, WSWMD applied for and received a state grant to construct a permanent HHW collection facility at Old Ferry Road, Brattleboro. The facility is a special storage cabinet with three compartments for various types of waste, and has a dry fire suppression system. Once the required permit is received the depot will open in Spring of 2021 for certain hours each week to serve all District residents. Small businesses will also be able to use the site by appointment.

It is anticipated that the depot will reduce the cost of HHW collection since an outside contractor will not have to be hired to operate each event. A contractor will still be used to pickup the HHW at the depot once or twice per year.

Four district staff members now have the required training to manage such a HHW depot, and will sort and package material dropped off by residents for storage in the special container until the waste is collected.

Member towns will be notified by WSWMD once the HHW depot is ready to open, and publicize the days and hours it will be open.

There will be a minimum charge of $10/household to utilize the HHW depot. Fortunately, DEC provides some funding each year to solid waste districts to help off-set the cost of managing HHW, but that too is less than the actual costs.