The Mad River Valley Emergency Response Team has organized in an effort to respond and keep operations rolling smoothly as well as support local community, organizations, manage volunteers and help establish an emergency management chain of command. Fred Messer of Waitsfield is the Emergency Management Director and Incident Commander. He is collaborating with his counterparts. Jeff Campbell, Emergency Management Director and Deputy Incident Commander, in Warren. Craig Snell, Emergency Management Director, in Fayston and Stefan Pratt, Emergency Management Director, in Moretown. The Mad River Valley Emergency Response Team includes efforts to manage information and volunteers as well as respond to emergencies and events as they arise.
Anna Nasset, of Stand Up Resources, will serve as Public Information Officer. Rebecca Baruzzi, Mad River Valley Community Fund, will serve as Operations Chief. The volunteer efforts will be supported by Baruzzi and local nurse Jessica Tompkins. Carla Messer will serve as Planning Chief. Fred and Carla Messer report to the select board, to keep them informed and receive their guidance. Additionally, Baruzzi and Tomkin will connect volunteers with representatives of Meals on Wheels, Free Wheelin’ the food shelf and other social support groups.
Nasset is creating and implementing a comprehensive communication plan utilizing and working with; The Valley Reporter, Front Porch Forum, Facebook, Chamber of Commerce, MRVTV, WMRW, WDEV as well as state representatives to communicate community, state and national information. This plan will be rolled out and communicated to the public in the next few days.
As for emergency organization and volunteer efforts, “we are working to make sure that our seniors, those with compromised immune systems and those in the workforce (food service and tourism) have systems and resources in place and that they are well cared for, this is why we are creating a system to streamline our safety net efforts,” said Baruzzi.
“We have tremendous assets in our Meals and Wheels program, Free Wheelin’ and our food shelf. These programs have consistently preformed beyond expectations and we are reassured that their operations will continue with the addition of health protocols necessary in this situation,” she added.
The programs that exist are currently short-staffed due to the age of the current volunteer base. The volunteer coordinators have asked that the public that are able to help go to The Valley Reporter’s website and access the google doc that is posted there. Those without internet access can call Jess Tompkins 802-793-1116 to be added to the list of volunteers.
“We will be supplying this information directly to the coordinators who will use the list to call volunteers, then train and schedule them,” Baruzzi said.
To receive Meals on Wheels call Chrissy Rivers at the Mad River Valley Senior Center 496-2543. Those who need help getting groceries or medicines, please call Michael Bransfield with Free Wheelin’ at 249-3427. The Food Shelf is open from 10-12 on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. For off hours access, please call Johnnye Euyre at 496-9709
The Mad River Valley Emergency Response management team and volunteer coordinators are in constant contact with the towns of Waitsfield, Fayston, Moretown, Warren and the Valley Reporter. Be kind, be safe and know that we are here and working for each community member.
The meetings of the Fayston Planning Commission are postponed until April 13, 2020.
COVID-19 FAQs from the Vermont Department of Health can be found COVID-19-FAQs-31120
Please find the Town Report for 2019 here.
Please find the warning for the 2020 Town meeting here.
See you March 3, 2020 at the Robert Vasseur Town Hall!
The Fayston Planning Commission has begun the process of reviewing the 2014 Fayston Town Plan, which sets policies for development and town initiatives. To remain valid, the Town Plan must be updated every five years, which means an amended version must be adopted in 2019. This is the last time that Fayston will have a five-year timeline; future updates will take place on an eight-year schedule. Thus, the responses to this survey are important as we plan for a longer timeframe of town planning.
The Town Plan is important for a number of reasons, including:
– It is necessary for developing and revising zoning, subdivision, and other regulations.
– It guides community initiatives in areas such as affordable housing, child care, recreation facilities, and conservation.
– It provides a standard for review at the state and regional levels, including Act 250.
– It provides a source of information for local boards, commissions, citizens and businesses.
The Town Plan is a reflection of the town’s vision for itself as it grows. The policies that are developed and set forth in the next Town Plan will determine how this growth will occur. For this Town Plan to be most effective, it needs to reflect the desires of Fayston’s residents and property owners.
Please help ensure that the new Town Plan will truly reflect the town’s priorities by filling out this survey, which asks for your opinions and attitudes on a wide variety of topics. All responses are anonymous, but if there are any questions that you feel uncomfortable answering, please just skip those questions. It should take approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete the survey and the survey must be completed in one session. When filling out the survey, do not use your back browser button. The deadline for for survey completion is March 29, 2019.
Thanks for your help.