Archives for February 2015

Bennington Residents – Freeze Up Warning



DATE:      February 24, 2015

FROM:     Terrance A. Morse, Bennington Water Resources Superintendent

Due to the extreme cold weather over the past few months Bennington residents have seen a substantial number of frozen water and sanitary sewer lines.  The Water Department crews are trying to address these freeze-up as quickly as possible.  If your home has a history of frozen water service (Even if it was many years ago), you should run a cold water tap enough to have a steady stream of water.  This will help the service line from freezing solid.  If you are one of those with a frozen water or sanitary sewer line please call the Bennington Town Offices located at 205 South Street, Telephone 442-1037 for assistance and direction.  We will make arrangements to work with you and your plumber to restore services as soon as possible.  All calls will be addressed in the order that they are received.


PRESS RELEASE – Area Residents


Town of Bennington  205 South Street  Bennington, VT 05201 

For Immediate Release                                                                

Date:      February 19, 2015                                                                                      

Contact:Larry McLeod, Building Inspector, Fire Marshal 

Kevin Goodhue, Building Inspector, Fire Marshal                                            


Fax:        442-1068


All area residents are advised of the following:

With the amount of snow currently on roofs and predictions of more to come, some of it heavy, building owners should inspect barns and other buildings especially low sloped roofs of residences for signs of weakening or collapse.  Safe practices should be utilized when removing snow build-ups on roofs. Qualified building and roofing contractors should be contacted who have experience with roof snow removal.

Check the vents for your heating system to make sure they are not blocked by snow; take a close look at direct vents that are located lower down on exterior walls. A blocked vent can lead to Carbon Monoxide backing up into your home.

If there is a fire hydrant near your home, assist the local Fire Department by helping to get it shoveled out, hydrants should be clear for three feet in every direction.  Building owners with private hydrant systems do the same.  Many thanks to those that have helped so far.  



Bennington Select Board (Agenda) – February 23, 2015

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E


Monday, February 23, 2015
Bennington Fire Facility
Multi-Purpose Room – 3rd Floor
130 River Street
Bennington, VT 05201

6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

1.   Pledge of Allegiance
2.   Minutes – February 9, 2015
3.   Warrants
4.   Citizens (30 Minutes Maximum)
5.   FY 2016 Budget Presentation
6.   Shires Housing VDCP Grant Application
7.   EXPOsion Bennington 2015 Sponsorship
8.   2015 Liquor License Applications
9.   Manager’s Report (If Any)
10. Other Business
11. Executive session (If needed)
A. Contract(s)
B. Real Estate
C. Personnel

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


Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager

March Town Meeting is within reach. Last night, Monday February 16th, I attended the first of two public forums with the candidates for Select Board. A second forum is planned for February 26th at 6:30 pm at the Bennington Fire facility, 3rd floor public room. Last night’s forum was an opportunity to hear from the candidates answering a number of questions posed by the two moderators, John Likakis and Jackie Prue. The questions were very general in nature. It was unclear to me, although I arrived late, who drafted the questions. One question, in particular, confused me. The question asked what the candidates thought about the fact that youth programs at the Rec Center and senior programs at the Senior Center had been cut over the last few years. I know that the school system was unfortunately denied the renewal of the Mosaic grant, a youth program. I don’t know of any programs cut by the Town. There may, in fact, be some programs that have been discontinued for lack of attendance or lack of interest, but those are decisions made by the respective directors in their job. It was a question not based on fact. Many of the questions seemed to take a negative bent. I was pleased when the candidates began to turn their answers to a positive note. I noticed that in campaigns some candidates focus on the things perceived wrong or not working; that change is a must; that, somehow, no one currently working on the solutions we seek is doing enough. It makes for negative discourse, puts a negative spin on the campaign, and perpetrates the negative image of Bennington. Remember, much of the preliminary work in economic development is confidential at the request of potential developers.

I am sure that we all see positive signs; that some solutions are in hand or within reach. This long-lived recession has been most difficult to overcome. I assure you that current employees are working very hard to make Bennington the best place it can be. We look forward to working with the next Select Board to continue those efforts.

If you have access to cable, please tune in to the February 23rd Select Board meeting. You can attend as well. The combined school boards, BSD, CDC, and MAU, and the Town have prepared a presentation of all budgets impacting the Bennington taxpayer. It’s brief and to the point. And of course, I ask that you support the budgets when you vote.

The Benmont Avenue bridge project is now beginning. You will see signs being put in place to direct traffic through and around the site. Remember, one way traffic will be maintained. It will be that traffic coming from the south heading north. Southbound traffic will be detoured to Route 7 and County Street or other streets with connections back to Route 9, Benmont Avenue, and points west. Construction will not start in earnest until mid-March, weather permitting.

Keep your eyes open for news of the first “EXPOsion Bennington 2015”. This event will highlight the latest news in the arts and culture industry that thrives here in Bennington. Exhibitors will unveil the area’s visual arts attractions, performances, craft events, museum exhibits, and happenings all planned for 2015. Conceived by the Bennington Cultural Planning Committee, this first effort will be held at the Mt. Anthony Country Club on April 15, 2015, from 11 am to 3 pm.

This long, very cold Winter has been very trying to those who must work out in it. I want to thank all who work tirelessly to maintain the streets and sidewalks. I think we’re all ready for a break.

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.

Snow Removal to Begin Wednesday Night, Feb. 11th (Street Closures)

HIGHWAY DEPT: The highway department will begin removing snow Wednesday night, Feb. 11th, beginning at 11:00PM. Crews will start on Main Street from Depot Street and head toward North Street. From there they will finish Main Street and Beech Street, with South Street and Elm Street to follow. Beginning after 7:00AM on Thursday, Feb. 12th, crews will remove snow on the County Street, Gage Street , and School Street areas.


Thank you in advance for your cooperation

Bennington Select Board (Agenda) – February 9, 2015

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E


Monday, February 9, 2015
Bennington Fire Facility
Multi-Purpose Room – 3rd Floor
130 River Street
Bennington, VT 05201


6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
1.    Pledge of Allegiance
2.    Minutes – January 26, 2015
3.    Warrants
4.    Citizens (30 Minutes Maximum)
5.    Public Hearing
VCDP Implementation Grant
Shires Housing
6.    White Rocks Trailhead Parking (Grant)
7.    Microloan Program Re-designation
8.    Formation of Town Manager’s Performance Review Committee
9.    2015 Liquor License Applications
10.  Manager’s Report (If Any)
11.  Other Business
12.  Executive Session
A. Contract Negotiations
B. Contract