Archives for May 2015

Press Release: Local Profile Videos Showcase Bennington’s Entrepreneurial Spirit

Town of Bennington
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May 28, 2015

Local Profile Videos Showcase Bennington’s Entrepreneurial Spirit

The Town of Bennington is launching its second round of promotional videos for the area. Titled “Profiles in Bennington,” these in-depth interviews showcase business and community leaders in Bennington. Most of the interviews are between 8-12 minutes long and discuss what it’s like to experience Bennington either as a community member or business owner. Each video has its own tone, but the overarching theme is that Bennington is a great place to build a business and raise a family.

Current interviewees include Sheela Harden, President and CEO of Bennington Potters; Tom Dee, President and CEO of Southwestern Vermont Health Care; Dimitri Garder, Vice President of Global Z International; Mariko Silver, president of Bennington College; Stuart Hurd, Bennington’s town manager; Paul Doucette, Bennington’s chief of police and Michael Harrington, Bennington’s economic and community development director.

Profiles in Bennington is part of the “Vermont Begins Here” campaign that was launched by Bennington’s Office of Economic and Community Development at the start of the year, and is designed to highlight Bennington’s entrepreneurial spirit as Vermont’s first chartered town and the gateway to the state. In addition, the campaign focuses on the community, culture, business, and recreational aspects of the area. “Bennington has so much to offer and our goal is to have the ‘Vermont Begins Here’ campaign tell that story,” said Harrington. “By adding the profile interviews of local residents, and businesses and community leaders, we increase the personal nature of our appeal, which will in turn cause viewers to see Bennington as a destination,” he went on to say.

Each community profile will be launched separately over the next few months and will bring attention to a particular aspect of the community (i.e. health care, education, business, etc.). Additional interviews are in the planning stage and will be conducted over the course of the next year.  Harrington’s long-term vision for the project is to continue to add to the campaign, by branding Bennington as Vermont’s southern entrepreneurial hub. “Our hope is to have an entire arsenal of marketing material and videos that we can pull from when we need to highlight a particular aspect of our community. These interviews tell a tremendous story and we believe that makes a difference in people’s decision to make Bennington their home.”

The Vermont Begins Here campaign is housed at www.vermontbeginshere.com, which offers visitors the ability to explore Bennington’s community, culture and business environment.

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For more information contact:

Michael Harrington
Economic and Community Development Director
802-447-9710
mharrington@benningtonvt.org

NOTICE: Water System Construction at SVC – Use Caution

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Important Notice to the Public

Water System Improvements at Southern Vermont College (May 2015 – Oct 2015)

The Town of Bennington is currently in the process of making major improvements to the Town’s Water System.  Much of this work is taking place on or near the Southern Vermont College Campus.  Our construction company has asked that we notify and ask the public to please refrain from using the Southern Vermont College’s Upper Campus to access hiking trails over the next few months.  There will be Heavy Equipment movement and Ledge Blasting taking place above the upper campus for a new water tank.  Local emergency services have been notified and will continue to be kept informed when blasting is to occur.

The Town’s contractor has made multiple attempts to fence off the areas of concern, only to have the fencing removed during evening hours.  Please be respectful of work zone safety fencing and obey warning signs identifying all danger zones.  This is being done for your safety and protection.  If you have concerns or questions about this project please call the Bennington Town Offices at 442-1037 and ask to speak with Terry.

 

Terrance A. Morse
Bennington Water Resourcse Superintendent

ASSESSOR’S OFFICE: Change of Value Notices Sent Out to Select Property Owners

Change in Appraisal of Real Estate notices were mailed out Thursday May 14 to all affected property owners in which there were substantive changes in land area and/or improvement size (new construction/additions/demolitions/sub-divisions etc.) that took place from April 1, 2014 to April 1, 2015. In addition, properties in which an error or an omission was found that changed assessed value were also sent a notice. Owners of properties in which no substantive changes have taken place over the last year will have their assessed valuations unchanged for the 2015 Grand List.

Property owners who feel aggrieved by their assessed value must submit a grievance letter to the Board of Listers at 205 South Street, Bennington by May 28, 2015.

For more information, contact the Assessor’s Office at 802-442-1042.

Town-wide Burn Ban Lifted (May 20, 2015 @ 2:40pm)

The Town of Bennington Fire Warden has lifted the burn ban for the town of Bennington. Residents with burn permits may now have controlled burns. For more information, contact the Town Offices at 205 South Street, Bennington, VT. 802-442-1037.

Town Manager’s Column: All About Town (May 2015)

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by Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager

One year ago, this column welcomed LaFlamme’s Furniture to downtown Bennington. Chris and Angela and their staff have created a wonderful addition to our downtown. It is so nice to see that space filled and, at night, lit for all to view. Across the street, Dollar General always appears busy.   Now we understand that TJ’s Fish Fry is coming back. That section of Main Street is coming alive. A number of new businesses have opened throughout the downtown. I dare not try to name them all for fear of leaving someone off the list, but to name a few: Cake, Owl’s Nest, Downtown Lost and Found, Bringing you Vermont/Café’ New England, Follow Your Heart. VSECU, a credit union, Here We Grow expanded, and a little further up the street, Donovan’s opened in the former Ryan’s. Two venerable businesses changed hands: Bennington Bookshop and the Gift Garden.

The signals at the Four Corners are working properly. It sure moves things along in a more efficient way. I’ve had one complaint that the pedestrian signal warnings are louder than before. We are looking into that. We continue to research better, more efficient options for those signals.

We are moving toward Mayfest, Bennington’s premier downtown event. Memorial Day follows and soon thereafter, Bennington in Bloom will, once again, brighten up the downtown streetscape thanks to Sweet William Garden Design.

The Town’s construction season kicks off with the beginning of the water tank installation and water system improvement project up above SVC. The contractors should be on site very soon. The Town’s paving projects are scheduled to start soon after July 1, 2015. We hope to pave approximately 9.5 miles of road. And yes, the projects include upper Elm Street. We are awaiting word on a State Class II paving grant to determine the maximum number of miles we can pave. Some of you may have noticed some manhole work on Northside Drive. I’m told that the State will be paving most of that road very soon. The area where the roundabout at Walmart will be left alone since that project looks to begin this summer. Of course, when these kinds of projects get into full swing, delays and road closings are sure to occur. Please exercise due care and patience when approaching and moving through any construction site or work zone.

The Select Board has begun learning about a process called the Balanced Scorecard, a performance measuring process originally developed for the corporate world. Some time ago, it was modified to be used by municipalities, a Municipal Report Card if you will. It will be used by the Board working with the staff to identify performance standards, develop appropriate ways to measure our successes and failures and report that to the community annually. So often, the Annual Report looks only ‘in the rearview mirror”. This process will not only do that, but look at how well we’re doing in the present and provide a direction for where we’d like to be in the future. It’s a long and involved process. It will be the one of the most in depth, collaborative ventures undertaken by a sitting Select Board in my memory.

On a more exasperating note, I see that tag sale signs are being nailed to street trees and telephone poles. Both actions are illegal. I am authorizing Town staff to remove these signs as soon as they are up. Please respect the law.

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.

Public Works Project List – (May 18-May 22, 2015)

May 18 – May 22, 2015

Water Department

Throughout the Week-The Water Department will continue flushing fire hydrants throughout town this week.  This is done in the spring and fall of each year to rid the water system of any debris and rust that tends to form in some of Bennington’s Old Cast Iron water mains.  Every precaution is taken to maintain a safe and potable drinking water during this process. Some residents will see a slight discoloration of their tap water, which can be taken care of by running a cold-water tap for a short period of time.

Wastewater Department

Monday & Thursday-Wastewater crews will be rebuilding manholes on Northside Drive Monday and Thursday of next week.

Highway Department

Throughout the Week-Highway Crews will finish top soiling along last years’ sidewalk projects; including Bradford Street and Safford Street.

A painting crew will complete downtown painting, lanes will be restricted with road cones.

Highway Crews will be installing new road signs throughout town.

Monday-The Coleville Road bridge will be closed, Highway Crews will be installing a membrane on the bridge deck.  Please use the detour through the Fish Hatchery, this bridge will remain closed until the pavement is in place.

Tuesday-A culvert will be reset on Fox Hill Road, traffic flow should not be disturbed.

Wednesday-Houran Road will be closed to through traffic from Pucker Hill Road to the Vail Road, the Highway Department is replacing a culvert.

All Work will be dependent on weather conditions.

Please use caution when entering a construction zone,

men and equipment will be in the traveled portion of the road.

 

Notice:

Residents and Contractors – Please make sure all loads are covered when taking leaves and or brush to the transfer station.

 

 

Bennington Select Board – (Agenda) May 18, 2015

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

BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD

Monday, May 18, 2015

Town Office Conf. Room

205 South Street

Bennington, VT 05201

A G E N D A

5:30 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.

1.   Executive Session – Personnel (40 min)

2.   Minutes – May 11, 2015

3.   Warrants

4.  Citizens (10 Minutes Maximum)

5.  Appointments to Boards and Commissions (10 min)

6.  Select Board Rules of Procedure (20 min)

7.  Manager’s Report (if any) (5 min)

8. Other Business

9. Executive Session (if needed)

A. Personnel Contract

 

 

 

Bennington Select Board (Agenda) May 16, 2015

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E

 

BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Bennington Town Office – Conference Room

205 South Street

Bennington, VT 05201

A G E N D A

8:00 a.m.

1. Work Session

 

 

 

Select Board Meeting – (Agenda) May 11, 2015

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E

BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD

Monday, May 11, 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. A.  Minutes – April 27, 2015

B.   Warrants                            (A – D. Consent Agenda 5 Minutes)

C.   2015 Liquor License Applications

D.   Proclamation / EMS Week – May 17-23

3. Citizens (15 Minutes Maximum)

4. Select Board Rules of Procedure (15 Minutes)

5. Economic Development Fund Program / 2nd Reading (15 Minutes)

6. Amendment to Article 25. Bennington Water/Sewer Regulatory Code Ordinance /2nd Reading (10 Minutes)

7. Appointments To Boards & Commissions

8. Booth Terrace Quit Claim

9. Manager’s Report (If Any) (10 Minutes)

10.Other Business (10 Minutes)

11. Executive Session

A. Contract

B. Personnel Contract

 

 

Public Works Project List – (May 11- May 15, 2015)

Town of Bennington Project List

May 11 – May 15, 2015

Water Department

Throughout the Week

The Water Department will begin flushing fire hydrants throughout town this week.  This is done in the spring and fall of each year to rid the water system of any debris and rust that tends to form in some of Bennington’s Old Cast Iron water mains.  Every precaution is taken to maintain a safe and potable drinking water during this process. Some residents will see a slight discoloration of their tap water, which can be taken care of by running a cold-water tap for a short period of time.

Wastewater Department

Monday-Friday

Throughout the Week

Wastewater crews will be rebuilding manholes on Northside Drive.

Friday

Wastewater crews will rebuilding a manhole at the intersection of Northside Drive and Orchard Road, traffic control will be provided.

Highway Department

Throughout the Week

Coleville Bridge project will resume, the detour will be opened back up through the Fish Hatchery during work hours.

Highway crews will be painting crosswalks throughout town and installing street signs.

Monday

Orebed Road will be closed between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to through traffic, highway crews will be performing tree work.

Highway crews will be rebuilding a catch basin on North Branch Street near the Brooklyn Bridge, there will be lane restrictions on the west side of North Branch Street.

Tuesday – Friday

Highway crews will be washing bridges on the outside roads, please use caution in these work zones.

Highway crews will be patching around rebuilt manholes along Northside Drive.

All Work will be dependent on weather conditions.

Please use caution when entering a construction zone,

men and equipment will be in the traveled portion of the road.

Notice:

Residents and Contractors – Please make sure all loads are covered when taking leaves and or brush to the transfer station.