Archives for January 2015

2015 Annual Town Meeting Warning

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-WARNING-
TOWN OF BENNINGTON
 2015 ANNUAL TOWN MEETING

 The residents of the Town of Bennington qualified by law to vote in Town Meeting are hereby notified and warned to meet at the Bennington Fire Facility on River Street (Lincoln Street entrance) in said Town on Monday, March 2, 2015, at 7:00 p.m., or immediately following the Bennington School District’s Annual meeting should that run over, to transact the business specified to be done from the floor.

If you are a resident of the Town of Bennington, intend to be present at the meeting and are hearing impaired, arrangements will be made for a sign interpreter to be present at this meeting.  For necessary arrangements, please contact Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager at the Bennington Town Offices, 205 South Street, P.O. Box 469, Bennington, VT – (802) 442-1037 no later than Friday, February 20, 2015.

Following the completion of such business, the Meeting will stand adjourned to Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at The Bennington Fire Facility on River Street (Lincoln Street entrance).  The Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. for the election of officers and voting on all ballot articles specified.  However, those on the checklist to vote in the Village of North Bennington shall vote for the election of officers and on all ballot articles at the North Bennington Village Office on Main Street in North Bennington.  The Bennington Fire Facility above mentioned, is hereby established as the central polling place for those on the checklist to vote in said Bennington.  The deadline for registering to vote is February 25, 2015 at 5:00 P.M. at the Bennington Town Clerk’s Office.

 

BUSINESS TO BE TRANSACTED FROM THE FLOOR
MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2015
7:00 P.M.

ARTICLE 1.  TOWN REPORT: To hear the report of Town Officers and to take appropriate action thereon.

ARTICLE 2.  SELECT BOARD MEMBERS COMPENSATION: To determine what compensation shall be paid to the Town Select Board Members.

ARTICLE 3.  OTHER BUSINESS: To transact such other proper business when met.

 

BUSINESS TO BE TRANSACTED BY BALLOT
TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2015
THE POLLS TO BE OPEN FROM 7:00 A.M. TO 7:00 P.M.
AT THE POLLING PLACES SPECIFIED ABOVE

  • SELECT BOARD ELECTION.  Two Select Board Members residing in the Town shall be elected for terms of three (3) years.
  • TOWN CLERK ELECTION.  A Town Clerk residing in the Town shall be elected for a term of three (3) years.

 

ARTICLE  1. Shall the Town appropriate for the next fiscal year,    July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016, the total sum of $11,652,340.00 consisting of the following: $3,818,550.00  for the laying out, maintaining, and repairing of the highways and bridges of the Town; and $7,833,790.00 for the payment of the following:  Any indebtedness not otherwise specifically provided for, interest on indebtedness, legally authorized State and County taxes, the prosecution and defense of the common rights and interests of the inhabitants of the Town, and for other necessary incidental expenses?

The proposed budget includes $40,000.00 for fire equipment, $20,000.00 for parking improvements and $326,240.00 for healthcare reserve and workers compensation insurance, any unexpended portion of which will be reserved to subsequent years for that purpose.

YES    o
NO     o

 ARTICLE  2.  Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2016 General Fund by the sum of $2,500.00 for One World Conservation Center?

YES    o
NO      o

 ARTICLE  3.  Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2016 General Fund by the sum of $2,500.00 for Turning Point Center of Bennington?

YES    o
NO      o

ARTICLE  4.  Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2016 General Fund by the sum of $5,000.00 for Project Against Violent Encounters?

YES    o
NO      o

ARTICLE  5.  Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2016 General Fund by the sum of $7,000.00 for Vermont Center For Independent Living?

YES    o
NO      o

ARTICLE  6.  Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2016 General Fund by the sum of $7,200.00 for Green Mountain Retired and Senior Volunteer Program?

YES    o
NO      o

ARTICLE  7.  Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2016 General Fund by the sum of $7,500.00 for Bennington Free Clinic?

YES    o
NO      o

ARTICLE  8.  Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2016 General Fund by the sum of $7,500.00 for BROC – Community Action In Southwestern Vermont?

YES    o
NO      o

ARTICLE  9. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2016 General Fund by the sum of $7,500.00 for Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging, Inc.?

YES    o
NO      o

ARTICLE 10. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2016 General Fund by the sum of $7,500.00 for WBTN 1370 AM?

YES    o
NO      o

ARTICLE 11.  Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2016 General Fund by the sum of $10,000.00 for The Tutorial Center?

YES    o
NO      o

ARTICLE 12. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2016 General Fund by the sum of $11,000.00 for Bennington Project Independence?

YES    o
NO      o

ARTICLE 13. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2016 General Fund by the sum of $21,600.00 for Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice?

YES    o
NO      o

ARTICLE 14. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2016 General Fund by the sum of $25,000.00 for Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless?

YES    o
NO      o

ARTICLE 15. Shall the Town of Bennington adjust the natural level of fluoride in the Bennington water system to a level recommended for preventing tooth decay (advisory only)?

YES    o
NO      o

 

 

BY THE SELECT BOARD
Greg Van Houten, Chair
Sharyn L. Brush, Vice Chair
Jim Carroll
Justin J. Corcoran
Thomas H. Jacobs
Michael A. Keane
John C. McFadden

 Dated at Bennington, Vermont this    26th   day of January, 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan 27, 2015 – Winter Storm Update and Town Facilities Closures

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 26, 2015

 

  January 27, 2015 Winter Storm Update

BENNINGTON (4:00PM EST) – The Town of Bennington has begun preparations for the possibility of an extreme winter storm that could impact the town over the next 36 hours. According to the National Weather Service, Bennington and the surrounding areas are expected to see between 10-18 inches of snow beginning Monday evening and continuing thru late Tuesday evening. It is likely that higher elevations could see up to 24 inches of snow during this time.

Town officials are asking travelers to stay off the roads and sidewalk to the best of their ability throughout the morning on Tuesday, while road crews work to clear the heaviest of snow. No vehicles should be parked on town streets during this weather event, especially between the hours of 2am-6am.

Additionally, Bennington’s Senior Center and Recreation Center will be closed on Tuesday, January 27th.

Town highway crews are fully prepared for the possibility of an extreme storm, and will work to the best of their ability to ensure safe travel conditions.  Emergency personnel have also begun the necessary planning to provide continued services for the areas.

Members of the public can get updates to this announcement online at www.benningtonvt.org or on the Town and Police Department Facebook pages as the situation progresses.

 

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Bennington Select Board (Agenda) – January 26, 2015

                                     M E E T I N G   N O T I C E

BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Monday, January 26, 2015
Bennington Fire Facility
Multi-Purpose Room – 3rd Floor
130 River Street
Bennington, VT 05201

A G E N D A
6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

1.   Pledge of Allegiance

2.   Minutes – January 10, 2015
Minutes – January 12, 2015
Minutes – January 17, 2015

3.  Warrants

4.   Citizens (30 Minutes Maximum)

5.  Sister City Presentation – Tagum City, Mindanao, Philippines

6. Wetlands Purchase Authorization

7. Microloan Program Re-designation

8. Town Manager’s Evaluation Process Adoption

9.  Approve 2015 Annual Town Warning

10. 2015 Liquor License Applications

11.  Manager’s Report (If Any)

12. Other Business

 

 

 

 

Town Manager’s Column: All About Town (January)

ALL ABOUT TOWNStuart Hurd

Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager

At its last meeting, January 12th, the Board reversed its decision to reduce the 8% delinquent tax penalty to 4%. This decision will allow the Town to continue a practice that has been in place for decades. It will also not force the Board to increase taxes to offset the loss in revenue or force the Board to cut necessary services.

On January 17th, the Board completed its work on the FY2016 General, Highway and Fire Fund budgets. After approving several agency requests adding $25,690 to the General Fund to support the Bennington Free Library, the John McCullough Library, BCRC, Paran Recreation, and North Bennington recreation and finalizing salaries for the Manager, the Town Clerk, and the Treasurer, the Board voted to accept the FY2016 budget for the March vote. The total budget is up 1.03%. The March ballot will include 13 agency requests for funding totaling just over $122,000. It will also include an article asking the voters if the Town should “adjust the natural level of fluoride” in the Town’s water system as a means of preventing tooth decay. Two forums have been scheduled to address the issue; one on February 12th in the evening, a panel discussion with questions to follow; the other on February 19th also in the evening, the format has not yet been disclosed.

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, March Town Meeting is just around the corner. Two Select Board seats are open. One of the incumbents, Greg Van Houten, has decided not to seek re-election. His family and business needs must come first. The other incumbent, Jim Carroll, is circulating petitions for re-election. Three others have filed petitions as of this writing, Don Campbell, Don Miller, and Rick Pembroke. Several others have taken out the necessary paperwork, but have not yet filed. It will certainly be an interesting election. Please remember that school board seats and school budgets will also be on ballots. The Floor Meeting for the various boards will be Monday evening March 2nd. The vote will take place the following day, Tuesday March 3rd.

The Joint Municipal Survey Committee continues its work on developing an inter-municipal agreement to form an Alliance to collaborate on solid waste management solutions.  Thirteen towns have joined this group. In review are the Alliance agreement and a new licensing ordinance that must be adopted in each town to identify waste haulers and collectors to insure pricing for collection conforms to the new State law. Pricing for services must be unit based.

The State of Vermont Agency of Transportation recently approved a planting plan for the Walmart roundabout suggested by the Bennington in Bloom committee. The Town has agreed to maintain the plantings at the request of Redstone Development. Redstone will, of course, pay to construct and landscape the roundabout. This is a great step forward in bringing beatification efforts to Northside Drive.

I am encouraged by the growing economic development possibilities now under discussion and development. While I can’t disclose specifics due to requested confidentiality, I am hopeful that Bennington has finally turned the corner on the recession that slowed new growth dramatically.

Finally, have you noticed the early morning and late evening light? Can Spring be far behind?

Remember, if anyone has any questions or suggestions arising from this column or on any town matters, please contact me at 442-1037 or stop in at the Town Offices on South Street.

Stuart Hurd is Bennington’s Town Manager. He writes a monthly column on town issues.

Board of Civil Authority – Agenda 02/02/15

Town of Bennington
BOARD OF CIVIL AUTHORITY

Town Clerk’s Office
205 South Street, Bennington, VT

Monday February 2, 2015
4:30 PM

 

Agenda

  1. Reorganization of Board
  2. Discussion of March Town/School Meetings

 

Bennington Select Board (Agenda) – January 17, 2015

 

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E

BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD

Saturday, January 17, 2015
Bennington Town Office – Conference Room
205 South Street
Bennington, VT 05201

A G E N D A
8:00 A.M.

1. F.Y. 16 Budget Work Session
A. Agency Interview – Bennington Free Library
B. Highway Fund Budget
C. Recreation Budget
D. Finish General Fund Budget
E. Executive Session
Personnel – Set Salaries
For Town Manager, Town Clerk & Treasurer
F. Finalize Budget Work

 

 

Bennington Select Board (Agenda) – January 12, 2015

 

                                       M E E T I N G   N O T I C E

                                  BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD

                                           Monday, January 12, 2015

                                             Bennington Fire Facility

                                       Multi-Purpose Room – 3rd Floor

                                                  130 River Street

                                              Bennington, VT 05201

                                                    A G E N D A

 

6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

 

 

  1. Pledge of Allegiance

 

  1. Minutes – December 22, 2014

 

  1. Warrants

 

  1. Citizens (30 Minutes Maximum)

 

  1. Bennington Economic Development Partners Presentation

 

  1. Delinquent Tax Penalty Discussion

 

  1. Town Manager’s Evaluation Process Discussion

 

  1.   Manager’s Report

 

  1. Other Business