Archives for March 2015

Regional Commission – Compost Bins for Sale!

 Compost Bin Sale

The Bennington County Regional Commission will be selling several composting containers:DSC02986_small-300x266

Soil Saver Composters for $46.00. These provide an easy way to convert common yard and food waste into an effective fertilizer that you can use in your garden, flowerbeds or to fertilize trees. The Soil Saver has a large capacity (28” wide by 28” deep by 32”) so it can serve a household of up to five people. In addition, the locking lid helps to keep animals out of the compost. They have two sliding doors for easy removal of compost and a self-watering lid feature.
We are also selling two types of bins for the kitchen for $10.00. The Busch Kitchen Composter has a filter for eliminating odors and has a capacity of 1.3 gallons. The Sure Close Kitchen Composter has a capacity of 1.9 gallons. Both can be used to store food scraps in the kitchen until you can take them to your composter.

We are taking orders now for distributing in Dorset on Greenup Day, May 2, 2015. This offer is for residents of the Towns of Arlington, Bennington, Dorset, Glastenbury, Manchester, Rupert, Pownal, Sandgate, Searsburg, Shaftsbury, Stamford, Sunderland and Woodford. If you are interested, contact Pete Domine at 802-442-0713 x 6 or email



Dog Licenses Due April 1, 2015

Town Clerk:

Dog licenses are due April 1, 2015. Please provide a current rabies certificate signed by your veterinarian. If registered before the deadline, fees are $8 if the pet is spayed or neutered and $12 if they are not. After the April 1st, the cost is $10/$16 respectively. Dog licenses can be obtained at the Bennington Town Clerk’s Office, 205 South Street, Bennington VT. For more information, contact Town Clerk Cassandra Barbeau at (802) 442-1043.



Town of Bennington Launches New Marketing Campaign

March 26, 2015

  Town of Bennington Launches New Marketing Campaign Showcases Best of Bennington


BENNINGTON – For most traveling into Vermont from the south or west, Bennington is the first town they pass through of a significant size. It is considered the hub of business, culture and community in the southwestern portion of the state, and is known for its deep-rooted history as the first chartered community in the state of Vermont.  It was with this in mind that a small group of individuals began an effort to design, develop and implemented a three-part marketing strategy aimed at promoting Bennington as the place where Vermont begins.Brochure Cover

In late 2013 the marketing subcommittee of the Bennington Economic Development Partners, applied for and received a $13,000 grant from the United State Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program. It was this funding that moved the project from concept to action. “There’s only so much brainstorming you can do before you have to start spending money to move a project forward,” said Michael Harrington, Bennington’s Economic and Community Development Director. “The funding from this grant allowed us to develop three critical components that have long been missing from our ‘marketing toolbox.’ These include a marketing brochure, a recruitment folder and an up-to-date promotional video series,” Harrington went on to say. These three components were the foundation to the grant application, and focused the group’s energy on the creation of very tangible objectives.

Over a year was spent developing templates and designing the brand, but the most significant effort was the collection of both video and photographs to be used in the material. “We found that there was a severe lack of current, high-quality photos and video for us to use, and it required us to go out and create most of our own content. We used some photos from local photographers, but all our video was shot specifically for this project, and encompasses a year-full of events and seasons.” Said Harrington.

The brochure, recruitment folder and videos will be used to share the vitality and uniqueness of Bennington’s culture, community and business opportunities.  These elements become increasingly necessary when at tradeshows, business expos, or when doing targeted business recruitment to showcase the best of Bennington.  All of these components link back the creation of a very simple and clean promotional website strategically titled   It is the belief that Vermont truly begins in Bennington that guided this group through the development of this material, and which will serve as the guiding vision for future efforts. Harrington sees this effort as the launching point for a more comprehensive outreach campaign. “The Town is regularly asked about its business recruitment and retention efforts, and for so long we have needed to qualify our response because we were operating without the fundamental components of a good marketing and recruitment strategy. This project has given us to the tools we need and I’m proud to have been able to work with the team to develop such high quality material to enhance our ability to bring new families, business people and visitors to Bennington.”

The Town of Bennington launched a teaser video with a link to the website with the full video on their Facebook page on Tuesday evening and within 12 hours the post had received over 2,000 views, 221 likes, and 832 clicks.  The rollout for this marketing campaign will continue through the summer of 2015, and the updating of the website and expansion of the video content will be ongoing.



For more information contact:
Michael Harrington
Economic and Community Development Director



Bennington Select Board (Agenda) – March 23, 2015

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E


Monday, March 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 – March 9, 2015

3. Warrants

4. Applegate Block Grant Deferral Request

5. Oral Health – Final Discussion

6. Fire Department – Private Alarm Ordinance / First Reading

7. Fire Department – Service Reimbursement Ordinance / First Reading

8. Municipal Solid Waste Variable Rate Pricing and Hauler Registration

Reporting Ordinance /First Reading

9. Alliance Agreement /First Reading

10.Poclamation – National Library Week

11. 2015 Liquor License Applications

12. Citizens

13. Manager’s Report (If Any)

14. Other Business

15. Executive Session

A. Contract

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


Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager

March Town Meeting is concluded. We welcome Jim Carroll back to the Select Board, and we welcome Donald Campbell as our new Select Board member. On a brief historical note, Donald is the son of Duncan A. Campbell. Duncan was a member of the Bennington Planning Commission that offered me the Zoning Administrator’s position back in 1973. And as they say, the rest is history.

The voters approved the Town’s budget 2.7 to 1. We all thank you for your very strong support. I believe it is a measure of how the voters feel about town government. All agencies received positive support from the voters except two, One World Conservation Center and WBTN. The advisory vote on the question of adding fluoride to the municipal system failed. One can’t say that the question wasn’t well vetted. In the end, in my opinion, for some it was a matter of opposition and for others, a matter of choice.

Last month, I wrote about positive economic signs that are beginning to take hold only to learn the very next day that Plasan North America was relocating to Michigan. We have met with Plasan’s leadership and understand their need to consolidate operations. We also learned about the current contract fulfillment that is continuing here in Bennington. The company, once again, plans to treat its remaining employees very well. Given the current job market, I believe most will find employment when the closure occurs. I know that the State Department of Labor and Commerce and Community Development Agencies are ready to offer assistance when it’s needed. At the local level, the Town and BCIC are also making plans to assist any way we can.

The Benmont Avenue bridge project is now underway. 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. The State is considering additional measures to address the confusion drivers are experiencing as they move in the southerly direction.

The fund drive for Bennington in Bloom 2015 is now underway. The Banner has agreed, once again, to sponsor a donation form in its paper. The Town will be mailing forms to those who have donated in the past. This year’s downtown planting design prepared by Sweet William Garden Design looks stunning and vibrant. Bennington in Bloom is also planning to re-plant the island at Benmont Avenue and Northside Drive and has successfully helped design the plantings in the new roundabout at the entrance to Monument Plaza. Redstone Development will fund this effort. The Town will maintain it. The committee’s design will work for all public plantings along Northside Drive to further enhance the traveler’s experience. It will take time and money to complete.

Now that temperatures are rising, the Town and its residents are experiencing water line and sewer line freeze ups. Why now? Apparently, the warmer surface temperatures drive the frost deeper. We appreciate the patience and understanding of those we are attempting to help. We are not the only community suffering from this problem. Of course, many of us will now see water in the basement or ice dams backing water into interior spaces. Do your best to get snow away from the exterior walls and remove as much of the roof ice and snow as you can…above all be careful and be safe.

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.

ALERT: Benmont Ave Bridge Closed to South-bound Traffic

March 10, 2015
Benmont Avenue Bridge Construction


BENNINGTON – Motor vehicle operators are reminded that the Benmont Avenue Bridge is closed to south-bound traffic (traffic heading toward Main Street). This is due to construction on the bridge. There have been several motorist who have tried to circumvent the one-way traffic since the closure began on Monday, March 9th, which has led to some close-calls.

If you are traveling on Northside Drive, remember to use Rt 7 to access Benmont Avenue.

Construction is planned through October 2016, and police will be conducting routine traffic stops for those who do not follow the displayed traffic signs.

Bennington Select Board (Agenda) – March 9, 2015

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


Monday, March 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 – February 23, 2015

3. Warrants

4. Citizens (30 Minutes Maximum)

5. Applegate Block Grant Deferral Request

6. Shires VDCP Deliberation

7. Bald Mountain Trail Head / Parking Area Grant Resolution

8. Delinquent Tax Sale Properties – Real Estate Decisions

9. 2015 Liquor License Applications

10. Manager’s Report (If Any)

11. Other Business

12. Executive Session

A.  Contract Negotiations

Benmont Ave Bridge Construction Update – Week of March 9, 2015

Proposed Work Schedule, Week of 3/9/15, Bennington BRF 1000(16) [Benmont Ave. Bridge]benmont bridget

Please note that schedule changes occur regularly due to inclement weather and work on other projects. Inclement weather can delay all projects in an area, which may affect the Bennington BRF 1000(16) timeline as well. Thank you for your patience as we do our best to adhere to the proposed work schedule each week.

PROJECT LOCATION: Benmont Ave. Bridge

Work to be completed on the Benmont Ave. bridge will begin approximately 400 ft. north of the intersection with Hunt St. and extend northerly along Benmont Ave. for approximately 300 ft.

LANE CLOSURE:  It is anticipated that beginning Monday, 3/9/15, one lane of the Benmont Ave. bridge will be closed for construction on the bridge. Southbound traffic will not be permitted to travel across the bridge for the duration of the project. Northbound traffic will be able to cross the bridge for the entirety of the construction project.

DETOUR INFORMATION: Signed detours will direct southbound traffic south on Route 7A (Northside Dr.) to US Route 7 South, turning right onto County St., connecting traffic back to Benmont Avenue. Traffic may turn right at the intersection of County St. and Benmont Ave., and will able to access all businesses on Benmont Ave.

PEDESTRIAN DETOUR: Pedestrian traffic will be directed along Hunt St., across the pedestrian bridge, to Hicks Ave.



Please focus on safety when driving through the construction work zone and remember, it is now against the law to use a hand held cell phone while driving in Vermont.


Contact Natalie Boyle, Project Outreach Coordinator, GPI, Inc. with any questions or concerns in regard to this project at 802-310-7822.