TOWN OF BERLIN
WINTER PREPAREDNESS COMMITTEE
FOOD, FUEL AND TRANSPORTATION
September 18, 2008
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Ride Share/Volunteer Driver
Cutting and Delivering Wood
Helping at a Temporary Shelter
Gathering, donating or delivering food
The Berlin Winter Preparedness Committee (BWPC) met on
September 18th to continue its preparation for
the upcoming winter months.
Committee members were joined by David Beatty from
the State Agency of Administration.
Attendance: Bruce Richardson, Andrea Chandler, Fred Doten,
Paul Irons, Pat McDonald, Nancie Austin-Bradley, Jonathan
Goddard and Nick Garbacik.
Guest: David Beatty.
The meeting was called to order by Bruce Richardson at 7:00
As a result of the meeting, there are several key items that
need to be highlighted:
The BWPC will be hosting a free Home Energy
Savings Workshop produced by the Central Vermont
Community Action Council to be held on October 28, 2008
at the Berlin Elementary School
from 7 to 9 p.m.
Please email Andrea Chandler at
or Pat McDonald at
if you would like to
help in getting the word out and in setting up for the
event. The Berlin Fire Department has offered to provide a
spaghetti dinner on October 28th starting at 5
p.m. with proceeds going to a Winter Fuel Fund prior to the
BUTTON Up Vermont event!
is considering becoming a site for the State’s Wood Warms
Program, which means that
Berlin’s highway garage area would
be used as a drop off facility for short length logs. Pat
McDonald and Andrea Chandler participated in a conference
call with State representatives. The primary issue was
liability and we believe that it has been resolved.
Pat and Andrea also met with Jeff Schulz and Richard
(Tate) Tetreault to confirm details of the program.
All agreed that there needs to be a “champion” that
is willing to organize all of the details of the program.
We will see if any Berlin resident might be
willing to take on the program or whether the Central
Vermont Food Fuel and Transportation Coalition can identify
a “champion”. We
want to thank Tate for his willingness to work with the
program and to use the maintenance garage area for this
purpose. The Committee will also be talking about how to
accept donations of hard wood trees from residents and
others who might want to contribute separate from the Wood
meeting of the Berlin Winter
Preparedness Team is scheduled for October 16th
at 7:00 p.m. (place t/b/d).
It is truly imperative that as many people as
possible attend this important meeting.
There is a lot to do and we definitely need all the
help we can get! The
Committee will be requesting that people indicate whether
they are planning on attending the next meeting so that we
can better plan for an appropriate meeting space.
Barre Fuel and
sponsored by the Barre Fire Department on October 2nd
from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Barre Auditorium. More information
will be forthcoming as plans are finalized.
Cut Your Fuel
sponsored by The Barre LIONS Club on Saturday, November 8th
from 8 to 5 p.m. at The Canadian Club, Barre.
A special note of thanks to Andrea Chandler who is working
to coordinate both the Wood Warms and Button Up Vermont
Other topics discussed at the meeting are as follows:
Nick Garbacik and Pat McDonald met with the Fire
Department to ask for their assistance in holding a
fundraising dinner prior to the Button Up Vermont event on
October 28th. The Department agreed to hold a
spaghetti dinner at 5 p.m. Proceeds will go to the
Winter Fuel Fund.
THANK YOU!!! The Committee is also considering a fundraising
drive to area residents and businesses to solicit donations
towards the fund.
Additional research needs to be done regarding the
creation of the fund and whether it can be done through
Central Vermont Community Action or other entity and what
criteria would apply.
As an example the Barre Rotary Club is collecting
funds through a “Give A Gallon” drive – proceeds to go to
the CVCAC Flexible Fuel Assistance Program.
A brief discussion was also held on how to support a
food collection drive proposed to be held statewide on
Martin Luther King Day (1/19/09) in support of food banks
We are working on creating a list serve for all those
interested in being kept informed about Berlin’s Winter Preparedness efforts and
hopefully getting involved in areas of specific interest.
website now contains information regarding energy efficiency
and will soon have a list of the food banks and other
Members of the Central Vermont Food Fuel and
Transportation Coalition (Pastor Ralph Howe, Pat McDonald
and Tawnya Kristen, GMTA) will be on the Bill Doyle Show to
be filmed Friday, September 19th
to update the
Central Vermont region on all the various
activities taking place. The World is running a weekly
feature on all the activities happening around the area.
The Montpelier Bridge
is also interested in providing the same information to its
We received very few responses from the survey that
was sent out in the Town Newsletter and is on the Town’s
We are going to have copies made available at
upcoming public hearings and our polling site in an effort
to get a better response.
The survey was geared to understanding the possible
issues that we may have to deal with and also who might want
to volunteer to help.
Winter Preparedness Card:
The Winter Preparedness Card that was produced
through the Central Vermont Food Fuel and Transportation
Coalition has been circulated throughout the State.
It contains key numbers to call on a state, regional
and town specific level. The Card has produced very positive
reactions from door-to-door handouts. Efforts are being
pursued to ensure that the Card is available at schools,
municipal offices, libraries, and other places where
The Committee will be checking with the Department of
Agriculture to follow up on additional canning workshops and
the production of CDs for dissemination to residents.
In addition the Berlin Elementary School
has advised that it has surplus perishable food on occasion
and members will be checking with area churches, the Good
Samaritan Haven and other places to arrange for the food to
be used. As a
follow up, we were advised that GSH will be closing soon for
renovations through January.
In addition to the efforts noted above, there is a
3-hr long DVD that has been produced regarding energy
committee is researching the availability of the DVD and how
it can make the DVD available to those interested.
Other areas that were discussed in general but now need to
be researched in more detail:
If the stay is longer term, the facility needs to
have access to showers, bathroom and kitchen facilities,
discussions need to happen with the Red Cross and others.
We need to discuss this issue in more detail with the
Town’s service officer, Muriel Morse.
Paul Irons who had been our service officer in years
past has offered to assist in this endeavor.
Question was raised whether we could create a website
of who might want to share rides, etc.
There are numerous pamphlets and other information
available. Some are as follows:
Preserving the Harvest – Principles of Home Canning at
Vermont Heat and Energy Resource Guide – Vermont Department
of Public Service (available soon)
Green Mountain United Way
Guide to Food Shelves and Community Food Sites –
Central Vermont Community Action Council at
Finally, the Emergency Management Committee has obtained two
pagers: One to
be used by individuals involved in emergency management
response to winter issues (and other emergency issues) –
240-1948 and the other to be used by Berlin’s town service
officers and others willing to help in this regard –
numbers have now been activated.
In order to be able to do the projects noted above,
volunteers will be needed. We sincerely hope that the word
will spread about our efforts and neighbors and friends will
come forward to offer their assistance to the extent
The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 p.m.