$800,000 In State Grants Available For Planning Projects

first_img$800,000 In State Grants Available For Planning ProjectsMunicipal Grants Program Now Administered Entirely OnlineMONTPELIER, Vt. – The state is making more than $800,000 in grants available to communities across the state for municipal planning and other special projects.Officials at the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA) announced the Municipal Planning Grants of up to $15,000, which can be used for a variety of planning projects.”These grants help Vermont’s cities and towns craft plans that promote economic and housing development in our downtowns and village centers, while protecting Vermont’s working landscape from sprawl,” said Kevin Dorn, Secretary of Commerce and Community Development, whose agency includes DHCA.Through a competitive process, towns can be awarded grants for such traditional planning activities as updating town plans, maps and zoning bylaws.As part of Governor Jim Douglas’ E-State Initiative, these grants will now be applied for, approved, and administered completely on-line.”This is an excellent example of how we can use technology to be more efficient in state government,” Douglas said. “By eliminating the paper involved in applying for and administering grants, we make the process faster, less costly, and less time-consuming.”The Municipal and Regional Planning Fund was first established in 1988 and funds technical assistance for town planning, zoning bylaws, implementation of town plans, encouragement of citizen participation and education, and innovative demonstration planning projects.Municipalities may apply for any amount up to $15,000 or $25,000 for multi-town “consortia” projects. Funds for the municipal planning grants are allocated by the Vermont Legislature from revenue generated by the property transfer tax.With no local matching funds required, this is one of the few state grant programs accessible to even the smallest of Vermont municipalities. Communities have 18 months to complete their planning projects.The application deadline for this program is October 31, 2008. The Municipal Planning Grant site went live on September 2nd, and can be accessed at: www.dhca.state.vt.us/Planning/MPG.htm(link is external)last_img read more

Science, Enforcement Lag as Car Accidents, Claims Rise in Legal Cannabis States

first_imgInsurance Journal 18 November 2019Family First Comment: “Colorado, Oregon, and Washington saw a combined 5.2% increase in the rate of police-reported crashes after legalizing recreational marijuana, compared with neighboring states where such sales are illegal, according to data compiled and analyzed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.”Car crashes in the first three states to legalize recreational marijuana have soared as law enforcement and regulators struggle to define driving high, let alone determine how to fight it.Colorado, Oregon, and Washington saw a combined 5.2% increase in the rate of police-reported crashes after legalizing recreational marijuana, compared with neighboring states where such sales are illegal, according to data compiled and analyzed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Researchers tallied crash rates between 2012 and 2016.Auto-insurance collision claims in the three states have also increased a combined 6% since legalization, compared with neighboring western states without legal weed, the Highway Loss Data Institute found. Analysts controlled for variables such as driver population, car model, weather, and driving environment.The increases have caught Congress and federal regulators off guard as states with legalized marijuana seek answers. Unlike with alcohol, scientifically there’s neither a proven definition of marijuana-impaired driving nor a method of detecting it, making it difficult to police and prosecute. Insurance companies say driving under the influence statistics don’t separate out marijuana and can’t be used to set rates, taking away another potential deterrent to driving high. And Congress has impeded regulator efforts to collect more information on the subject.“Drunk driving is still the No. 1 killer on our roads,” said Helen Witty, president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. “But drugged driving, as it’s legalized across this country, is a huge, emerging issue.”Scientists know that drivers who are high tend to drive at lower speeds, have more difficulty staying in their lanes, and are slower to brake in an emergency than drunk drivers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported.READ MORE: https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2019/11/18/548752.htmlast_img read more

Swansea to discuss manager Francesco Guidolin’s future at board meeting

first_img1 Francesco Guidolin has steadied the ship since his appointment as Swansea boss in January Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has confirmed Francesco Guidolin’s future will be on the agenda at a board meeting this week.Guidolin has guided Swansea to safety since his surprise appointment as head coach in January, with Saturday’s 4-1 win at West Ham taking them to 11th place in the Premier League.The Italian has made no secret of his desire to extend his short-term deal at Swansea, but there have been no public guarantees made by the club.And Jenkins has said the situation would be discussed at the end of the season.“We have got our normal monthly board meeting on Wednesday and, yes, we will be discussing the managerial situation,” Jenkins told the South Wales Evening Post.“We are talking things through this week and we will give out a further update when we can.“It could be this week or it could be next week when a decision is made.“There’s lots to talk through. We will talk about the season we have had, where we have finished and what we feel we need in the summer.”Former Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers has been heavily linked with a return to the Liberty Stadium this summer.Rodgers took Swansea into the Premier League in 2011 before leaving for Liverpool in 2012 for a three-and-a-half-year spell on Merseyside.The Northern Irishman disclosed in January that he had been approached by Swansea to succeed the sacked Garry Monk, but he said that he wanted to take a break from football until the summer.Since then Guidolin, the former Parma and Udinese manager, has done his chances of holding on to the job no harm with seven wins and three draws from his 15 games in charge.“He [Guidolin] has brought exactly what he thought he would bring to us,” said Jenkins.“He has adjusted in his time here – he has got to know the squad and got used to the Premier League.“He has brought in a bit of common sense and a bit of simplicity, as well as experience.“I don’t think those simple things are highlighted enough in the modern world of football.“Sometimes other things are given too much prominence and some over-analysing goes on.”last_img read more