Regional Groups with Essex Representatives

CHITTENDEN COUNTY METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION (CCMPO)
30 Kimball Avenue
So. Burlington, VT 05403
802-660-4071
www.ccmpo.org 

The Chittenden County Metropolitan Planning Organization is the transportation policy and planning agency for Chittenden County, and is responsible under federal law for developing the region’s 20 year Metropolitan Transportation Plan and annually-updated three year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The CCMPO includes representation (appointed by the Selectboard) as well as the State Agency of Transportation, the Chittenden County Transportation Authority, the Regional Planning Commission, Burlington International Airport, the railroad industry, and the US Department of Transportation. 

Specific Roles of Representatives:
   ~ Develop transportation plans
   ~ Coordinate and prioritize transportation projects
   ~ Monitor and participate in transportation policy issues at the state and federal level.
   ~ Develop annual work program and budget.
   ~ Develop Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) and Twenty-Year Plan.
   ~ Develop public transit plans.

Term: 2 years
Nineteen members representing 18 municipalities (Bolton, Burlington, Charlotte, Colchester, Essex Junction, Essex, Hinesburg, Huntington, Jericho, Milton, Richmond, St. George, Shelburne, South Burlington, Underhill, Westford, Williston, Winooski) and the Agency of Transportation.

CHITTENDEN COUNTY REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION (CCRPC)
110 West Canal Street, Suite 202
Winooski, VT  05404
802-846-4490
www.ccrpcvt.org

The mission of the Commission is to educate, forge and strengthen community partnerships to achieve a vision for the County through a strong regional planning process. The Commission is also responsible for preparation and implementation of a regional plan and providing technical assistance to communities on a variety of planning issues.

The Commission’s main purpose is to foster communication, cooperation and coordination among the 19 local units of government in Chittenden County.  The Commission promotes coordinated development of the region and prepares and adopts plans, policies and strategies for the region.

Specific roles of Commissioners:
   ~ Determining CCRPC’s annual budget and program.
   Review and comment on federal funds allocated to the region.
   Set regional policies and approve local plans in accordance with state statutes.
   Decide on CCRPC’s applications for federal and state funds.
   Recommend changes in Vermont and/or federal laws.
   Work with staff and/or through committees on special regional or local projects and studies.
   Review applications under Vermont’s Land Use and Development Law (Act 250, Section 248) by setting policies.
   ~ Participates in Council of Regional Commissions

Term: 2 years
Village has a separate appointee
Twenty-four members with five at large representing 19 towns: Bolton, Buels Gore, Burlington, Charlotte, Colchester, Essex, Essex Junction, Hinesburg, Huntington, Jericho, Milton, Richmond, St. George, Shelburne, So. Burlington, Underhill, Westford, Williston, Winooski.

CHITTENDEN COUNTY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY (CCTA)
15 Industrial Parkway
Burlington, VT   05401
802-864-0211
www.cctaride.org

Operates a public transit system in the communities of Burlington, South Burlington, Winooski, Essex, Essex Junction and Shelburne.

The Chittenden County Transportation Authority was created in 1973 by the Vermont General Assembly and four founding communities: Burlington, Essex, South Burlington and Winooski, with the town of Shelburne becoming a CCTA member in 1997. The CCTA operates with a  member board appointed by their respective municipalities. CCTA is a full service public transportation provider, offering multi-modal transportation services including: fixed bus route service; parking lot, supermarket and school shuttles, a county-wide ridesharing program, transportation for Medicaid recipients and contracted ADA service for people who cannot use the bus with a board of ten members representing the communities of Burlington, South Burlington, Winooski, Essex, Essex Junction and Shelburne.

Village and Town have one commissioner each.  All others have two commissioners.

Specific Roles of Commissioners:
   ~ Policy making board for the Authority on issues such as fares, operating hours, expansion, capital expenditures, labor contracts and routes.
   ~ Promote transit use and awareness.

Term:  3 years

CHITTENDEN SOLID WASTE DISTRICT (CSWD)
209 Redmond Road
Williston, VT 05495
802-872-8100
www.cswd.net 

The Chittenden Solid Waste District comprised of 17 area communities working collectively to provide for the county’s efficient, economical and environmentally sound management of solid waste owns and oversees 12 solid waste or recycling facilities in Chittenden County. A Board of Commissioners, who sets policy and oversees financial matters, governs CSWD.  One Commissioner is appointed by each member community. 

Specific Roles of Commissioners:
   ~ Identify the needs of those served by the District, and to represent the municipality’s interest in regional and state solid waste affairs.
   ~ Approve all district contracts.
   ~ Accept the budget for ratification by member municipalities.

Term: 2 years ending in May
Sixteen members representing 16 municipalities:  Bolton, Burlington, Charlotte, Colchester, Essex, Essex Junction, Hinesburg, Huntington, Jericho, Milton, Richmond, St. George, Shelburne, South Burlington, Westford, Williston, Winooski.
Village has a separate appointee

CHAMPLAIN WATER DISTRICT (CWD)
403 Queen City Park Road
South Burlington, VT
802-864-7454
www.cwd-h2o.org

A union of nine municipalities whose purpose is to provide water to its members.

Specific Roles of Commissioners:
   ~ Make policy on operations and water rates.
   ~ Authorizes the borrowing of funds.
   ~ Approve budget.
   ~ Approve union and personnel contracts.
   ~ Hire and fire General Manager.

Term: 3 years
Village has a separate appointee
Twelve systems in nine communities located in South Burlington, Shelburne, Williston, Essex, Essex Junction, Colchester, Winooski, Milton and the Village of Jericho. 


GREEN MOUNTAIN TRANSIT 

One member and one alternate representative for a 3 year term. There is currently 1 vacancy to be appointed as the Essex Alternate Representative to Green Mountain Transit. This is a volunteer position that is appointed by the Town of Essex Selectboard. 

More information can be found at: https://ridegmt.com/board-of-commissioners/ 

If would like to send a letter of interest please apply here: https://essexvt.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=33&source=essexvt



WINOOSKI VALLEY PARK DISTRICT (WVPD)
Ethan Allen Homestead
Burlington, VT 05401
802-863-5744
www.wvpd.org

The Winooski Valley Park District is a regional land trust whose mission is to preserve natural areas that are a short walk or bike from where people live and work. The District oversees 16 parks offering 28 miles of trails, picnic and gardening sports, canoe and fishing accesses and over 12 miles of shoreline. The Selectboard appoints one Trustee from Essex.

Specific Roles of Trustees:
   ~ Policy making board for park district staff on goals, planning, acquisition of lands, facilities development, outreach programs and budgeting.

Term: 1 year
Seven Members of Board of Trustees represent 7 municipalities:  So. Burlington, Williston, Winooski, Colchester, Jericho, Essex, Burlington
Village does not have a separate appointee

CHANNEL 17 GOVERNMENT ACCESS CHANNEL
294 North Winooski Ave.
Burlington, VT 05401
802-862-3966
www.chanel17.org

A cable television service for area municipalities for the purpose of televising public meetings and activities of the public boards and bodies.

Specific Roles of Trustees:
   ~ Attend monthly trustees meetings.
   ~ Serve on Programming or Finance Committees.
   ~ Cast votes on behalf of member municipality.
   ~ Make policy on operations and programming.
   ~ Represent Channel 17 to constituents.

Seven members represent seven communities:  Essex, Colchester, Burlington, Winooski, Williston, Essex Junction and So. Burlington.
Essex Junction has a separate appointee.