Throughout the study, the Vergennes PEL Study team will consult with technical and policy committees that will provide topic-specific input and play a role in guiding the direction of the study. Members of the committees include but are not limited to representatives from municipalities, the Addison County Regional Planning Commission (ACRPC), state agencies and local businesses and organizations. Committees will be notified of the availability of draft study results that are relevant to their jurisdiction and expertise and will be given appropriate opportunities to provide comments and consultation at various stages throughout the planning process. The goal is to identify, collectively, a focused and reasonable range of alternatives for potential environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

The ground rules that will guide committee decision-making processes include:

  • Quorum is 50% of appointed members
  • Consensus when possible
  • Voting when consensus not possible
  • Document dissenting views

Technical Committee

Assembled to guide, review and validate data collection methods, analysis, findings and recommendations brought forth by the consultant team.

Members include:

  • Chair – Joe Segale, VTrans
  •  Andrea Wright, VTrans
  •  Ashley Bishop, VTrans
  •  Bruce Martin, VTrans
  • Chris Jolly, FHWA
  • David Raphael, Panton
  • Fred Kenney, Addison County Economic Development
  • Jeff Ramsey, VTrans
  • Jim Larrow, Vergennes
  • John Bull, Ferrisburgh
  • Jon Kaplan, VTrans
  • Katie Raycroft-Meyer, ACRPC
  • Mike Winslow, ACRPC
  • Nick Wark, VTrans
  • Partrick Kirby, FHWA
  • Rick Cloutier, Panton
  • Shannon Haggett, Vergennes

Policy Committee

Assembled to review and endorse study findings and make a recommendation to VTrans on planning decisions to be carried forward into a future environmental review.

Members include:

  • Chair – Adam Lougee, ACRPC
  • Bill Smith, Vermont Truck and Bus Association
  • Brian Shupe, VNRC
  • Chris Jolly, FHWA
  • Clark Hinsdale, Ferrisburgh
  • Diane Lanpher, State Representative from Vergennes
  • Dickie Austin, Vergennes
  • Harvey Smith, State Representative from New Haven
  • Ian Huizenga, Vergennes
  • Jeff Nelson, Addison
  • Jesse Devlin, VTrans
  • Mary Rudd, Panton
  • Matt Birong, State Representative from Vergennes
  • Mike Audy, New Haven
  • Patrick Kirby, FHWA
  • Renny Perry, Vergennes Partnership
  • Rob Carter, Addison County Chamber of Commerce
  • Tim Glassberg, Waltham
  • Will Sipsey, ACRPC