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: vernonta@vernonvt.org 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 vernonta@vernonvt.org. 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.  

TEST TW WEATHER

More tons of recycling than tons of trash! Vernon marks a 59% recycling rate.

By Bob Spencer, Executive Director, WSWMD, and Sandra Rulewich, Vernon Representative to WSWMD

A presentation to the Vernon Selectboard on February 16 documents that total tons of trash collected from Vernon households declined significantly in three years, from 250 tons in 2018 to 198 tons in 2020, a reduction of 52 tons, or 21%. This reduction is primarily attributable to Pay-As-You-Throw, which started in 2014. The intent of PAYT is to provide residents with a financial incentive to reduce their trash generation, and to divert recyclable materials from the trash, thereby reducing tons of materials going to landfill.

Vernon is one of only three towns out of 18 in Windham Solid Waste Management District (WSWMD) that offer residential curbside trash and recycling services (Brattleboro and Westminster are the other two towns). The Vernon program costs about $140,000 per year, and is approved by town meeting.

The Town started a 3-year contract with Triple T on July 1, 2020, to service the Town’s approximately 960 households, as well as the Town office, highway garage, and recreation center.

Vernon’s residential curbside program exceeds the state’s overall recycling goal of 50% by 2024. The recycling rate was 56% in 2018, 59% in 2019, and 59% in 2020.  In 2020 more tons of recyclables were collected than trash (214 tons vs 198 tons).

A major contributor to the high recycling rate was the food waste/organics drop-off program at the highway garage, which increased the recycling rate by 15% to 20%. That program was discontinued by the Selectboard in August 2020 for a number of reasons.

Each food waste dumpster held 2 cubic yards, and when both were full, a total of 4 cubic yards was collected each week. Triple T did not separately weigh the Vernon dumpsters since they were collected by a truck with other customer’s organics, and hauled to Martin’s Farm in Greenfield to be composted.

Based on weights of similar food waste dumpsters at WSWMD, it is estimated that 1 ton per week of organics was collected for composting in Vernon, for an estimated 52 tons per year.

The WSWMD analysis also shows that the cost per ton of food waste/organics collection is significantly less than either trash or recyclables, due to much lower tip fees for food waste than for trash or recyclables.

Seven towns in WSWMD have their own transfer stations for trash, recycling, and compost. A number of towns offer no municipal solid waste services, leaving it up to residents to contract with private haulers, or self-haul to WSWMD’s transfer station in Brattleboro (www.windhamsolidwaste.org), or Triple T’s transfer station in Brattleboro (www.tttvt.com).

The next phase of the WSWMD analysis will review Vernon’s PAYT program costs and revenue, including the price paid for both the small and large bags. Vernon residents spend approximately $75,000 per year purchasing the required PAYT bags, and this new evaluation will be used to update the total costs for trash and recycling.

Questions about recycling and composting can be addressed to Bob Spencer at his email: director@windhamsolidwaste.org.