Archives for July 2015

Public Works Project List (August 3 – August 7, 2015)

Town of Bennington Project List

August 3 – August 7, 2015

Water Department

Throughout the week-Water Crews will be doing Fire Hydrant maintenance. Motorist should use caution when moving through these work zones.

Wednesday & Thursday-Shultz Construction will be digging on Monument Avenue near the SVC Athletic Field entrance to make a new water connection. One-lane traffic will be accommodated. On Wednesday night at 9:00pm, water will be shut down on Monument Avenue from Elm Street to the rear entrance of SVMC. This outage is expected to last for 4-6 hours. Affected properties will be notified in advance of the shut down. Although Monument Avenue will have one-lane traffic motorists should expect delays during this night work and may want to seek an alternate routes.

Wastewater

Monday-WW crews will be on Chime St. near the dead end portion of the street.
Tuesday
-WW crews will be working at the intersection of Norton St. and Cutler St. This work will require road closure to through traffic on Norton St. 
Wednesday
-Wastewater crews will be working at the intersection of West Main Street and Harrison Avenue. This will require one-lane traffic on Harrison Avenue. 
Thursday
-WW Crews will be working on Eastview Drive. One-lane traffic will be accommodated.

Highway Department

Throughout the week – Highway crews will be painting crosswalks. Highway crews will be on Elm Street between Dewey Street and Monument Avenue completing driveway entrance work and sidewalk work.

Please use caution when entering these construction zones, men and equipment will be in the traveled portion of the road. All work is weather dependent.

Notice:

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

 

Board of Civil Authority – Agenda (8/10/15)

Town of Bennington

BOARD OF CIVIL AUTHORITY

Town Clerk’s Office

205 South Street, Bennington, VT

Monday August 10, 2015

4:30 PM

Agenda

1.      Hear Committee Reports on assessment grievances.

Downtown Bennington Area Wide Plan – Public Comment (August 1, 2015)

Downtown Bennington Area Wide Plan – Greenberg Properties Conceptual Redevelopment Scenarios
Public Comment Opportunities – Saturday, August 1, 2015

 

On Saturday, August 1st, the consulting team of Greenman-Pedersen Inc. and Centerline Architects will have booths set up at the Bennington Farmers Market (10:00am-1:00pm) and the Bennington Home Brew Festival (2:00pm-5:00pm) to solicit public input on a variety of conceptual redevelopment scenarios for the Greenberg properties located along West Main Street, South Street, Washington Avenue and Franklin Lane.

This work is part of the Downtown Bennington Area Wide Plan the Town of Bennington is undertaking. This component of the project is designed to envision various possible redevelopment scenarios for the critical southwest quadrant of downtown Bennington. There is no developer in place at this time, but rather this work is intended to identify what may be possible at the site with an eye toward sparking interest from prospective developers in the future. Much of the work completed in this project is the type of pre-development work any interested party would need to complete in order to acquire and revitalize the target properties.

A key element of any successful redevelopment is public buy-in and support and this outreach is designed to bring the public in at the very outset of this effort to attract a developer to this important downtown site. We hope you will consider stopping by and offering your thoughts.

 

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TOB Public Works Project List (July 27 – July 31, 2015)

DPW PROJECT LIST
July 27 – July 31, 2015

WATER DEPARTMENT 

Monday-Water Crews will be on BenMont Avenue near the intersection of County Street to make water line repairs.  One-lane traffic will be accommodated and traffic control will be on site to assist motorist through the work zone.  

Throughout the week-Shultz Construction will be digging on Monument Avenue near the SVC Athletic Field entrance preparing to make new water connections.  One-lane traffic will be accommodated.  Some of this work will be at night.

 WASTE-WATER DEPARTMENT

Monday-Wastewater crews will be working on School Street in No Benn.  This will require that the road be closed during this work. (7:30am-2:00pm)

Tuesday-WW Crews will be working on Coolidge Ave. One-lane traffic will be accommodated.

Wednesday-WW crews will on Chime St. near the dead end portion of the street.

Thursday-WW crews will be working at the intersection of Norton St. and Cutler St.  This work will require road closure to through traffic on Norton St.

**Please use caution when approaching these work zones.  All work is weather dependent.

 

HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT

Monday-Friday

Highway crews will be painting stop bars and road markings on newly paved roads, highway will also be adding gravel to the shoulders of the newly paved roads throughout the week.

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

 

Bennington Select Board Meeting – (July 27, 2015)

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E

BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD

Monday, July 27, 2015

Bennington Fire Facility

Multi-Purpose Room – 3rd Floor

130 River Street

Bennington, VT 05201

A G E N D A

5:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

5:30 P.M.

1.Executive Session (30 Minutes)

A. Interviews – Bennington Historic Preservation Commission

6:00 P.M.

2. Pledge of Allegiance

3. (A – B. Consent Agenda 5 Minutes)

A. Minutes – July 13, 2015

B. Warrants

4. Citizens (15 Minutes Maximum)

5. Dimitri Garder (20 Minutes)

6.          First Public Hearing (30 Minutes)

                        Town Plan

7. Parks Design – Better Bennington Corporation (20 Minutes)

8. Neighborworks CDBG Grant Request – 2nd Meeting (15 Minutes)

9. Verizon Cell Tower Contract Amendment (15 Minutes)

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

11. Other Business (15 Minutes)

12. Executive Session

           A. Contract         

Bennington Battle Day Weekend – (Friday, August 14th – Sunday, August 16th)

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Bennington Fire Department
“Proudly Serving for Over 150 Years”

FRIDAY AUGUST 14th

11 am – 2 pm – Hot Sausage, Burgers, Hot Dog Lunch will be available to purchase at the Bennington Fire Station. (served by members of the Bennington Fire Department)

4 pm – Until gone – Chicken Barbecue Dinner, $10.00 per person at the Bennington Fire Station

6 pm -10 pm – Las Vegas Night with DJ Ben Patten from Magic 590 AM. Open to public – at the Bennington Fire Station

SATURDAY AUGUST 15th

8 am – Vendors – Bennington Fire Station

8 am – Pre-registration – Battle Day 5k Road Race at Bennington Monument – Old Bennington

9 am – 3 pm – Car Cruise – Judging will take place between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Awards will be given out at 3:00 pm. Open to public – at Lower Willow Park

9:30 am – 5k Road Race to start and end at the Bennington Monument – Old Bennington

10 am-12 noon – Kids’ Day – Bennington Willow Park. Sponsored by the Bennington Fire Department

12:00 pm – USS Bennington Memorial Service – Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Ship’s Bell – Bennington Town Office, 205 South Street. Public is welcome

6:30 pm – Softball game between Bennington Firefighters and Bennington Police – Willow Park

SUNDAY AUGUST 16th

9 am – Judges’/Officers’ Breakfast – Jensen’s Restaurant – 332 North Street.

8 am – Vendors – Bennington Fire Station

10 am – 12:30 pm – Parade Lineup

12:30 pm – Battleday Parade begins. Main & Safford Street to Depot Street, North on Depot Street to River Street, River Street to Fire Station. Reviewing at intersection of Route 7 & Route 9. Length of marching route is one mile

4 pm – Trophies presented and raffle winners drawn

 

 

Public Works Project List – July 20 – July 24, 2015

Town of Bennington Project List

July 20 – July 24, 2015

 

Water Department

Tuesday-Water Crews will be on Anthony Drive to repair a water leak near #10 Anthony Drive. Anthony Drive will be closed to through traffic during this repair.

Wednesday-Water Crews will be on Spring Street to repair a water leak near # 119 Spring Street. Spring Street will be closed to through traffic during this repair.

 

It may be necessary to shut water off to those residents in these two areas so residents should make arrangements for a temporary water outage.

Please use caution when approaching these work zones.

 

Highway Department

Monday-Thursday

Highway crews will be working with a private contractor cleaning downtown storm water drainage. Highway crews will be cutting trees and roadside mowing at numerous locations. Highway crews will be following behind the private contractor paving crew adjusting driveway approaches to the new pavement.

 

Monday- Thursday

A private contractor will begin paving in various locations throughout town, if possible, please avoid the areas mentioned below on corresponding days, lane restrictions and hold ups will occur between 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

  • Monday – Houghton Lane and East Road, one lane traffic will be available.
  • Tuesday – Monument Avenue, lane and road closures will be in place from Route 7 to Dewey Street.
  • Wednesday –Monument Avenue to be completed, lane and road closures will be in place.
  • Thursday – Elm Street – Elm Street will be closed from Dewey Street to Monument Avenue. South Street will be patched from Park Lawn Cemetery to Prospect Street.

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.

 

Town Manager’s Column: All About Town – (July 2015)

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Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager

In my last column, I summarized the eight (8) pathway projects now “on the drawing board”. At the July 13th Select Board meeting, the Board approved the Projects Implementation Plan for the six (6) highest priority projects. First up, the Ninja Trail, so-called. The approval allows the staff to begin seeking funding to carry out this project. Permits must be obtained from the State of Vermont for that portion of the pathway that runs parallel to Route 67A within the State right of way from Hannaford to the Bennington College entrance. We hope to have the roughed in trail open by next year.

The Board was updated on the Downtown Area Wide Plan approved last year. With funding in place through a grant from the Agency of Natural Resources and the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, this plan has been in development. It’s now focused on the Greenberg block, the property chosen for a market study and a more detailed redevelopment and feasibility analysis. The goal is to develop the Area Wide Plan and Implementation Document. It will contain a vision for re-use of brownfields sites within the study area, a complete inventory of all properties within the area, re-use strategies and a market strategy for the Greenberg block, a timeline for implementation, and potential funding available for implementation of the Plan. The initial offering will be available for viewing on August 1 of this year at the Farmers’ Market and the Brew Fest. The formal document is scheduled for completion in November of this year.

Bennington’s paving projects are underway. South Stream Road, Monument Road, and Elm Street are the first in line. We also plan to pave portions of Houghton Lane, East Road, and the reconstructed portion of River Road when that is completed. Sidewalk reconstructions and repairs are scheduled for portions of Benmont Avenue, Main Street from Gage to Bradford Street, a portion of Dewey Street, a portion of Pleasant Street, and a portion of Washington Avenue. There will, of course, be other minor paving and sidewalk repairs as needed throughout the community.

The Benmont Bridge project, overseen by the State, is moving along. A new water main to improve service to Northside Drive and beyond is being installed as part of the project. It is expected that this project will continue into the winter months. It has created some traffic confusion and delays; however, it is a very necessary project given the deteriorated condition of the bridge.

Many people are asking when the Walmart project might start. We continue to hear that August is the planned start date. Building permits have been submitted and the roundabout design has been approved by the State.

New State-mandated licensing requirements are now in effect for all trash haulers doing business in Bennington. As of this writing, those in compliance are Casella Waste Management, TAM Inc, and Tom Sweet. Those not in compliance will be reported to the State. Their ability to do business in Vermont may be jeopardized. Licenses may be obtained by contacting the Bennington Town Offices at 802-442-1037.

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 – (July 13 – July 17, 2015)

Town of Bennington Project List
July 13 – July 17, 2015

Water Department
Monday through Friday-Water Crews will be flushing water valves and performing water leak detection surveys throughout town. Please use caution when approaching these work zones.

Wastewater
Monday through Thursday-Wastewater Crews will be rebuilding manholes on East Road in preparation for road paving. One-Lane traffic will be necessary to perform this work. Road signs will be posted and traffic control will be provided if necessary. Drivers should use caution when approaching these work zones.

Highway
Monday-Thursday- Highway Crews will be rebuilding catch basins on Elm Street from the Old Bennington line to Dewey Street, the road will remain closed. Highway crews will be working with a private contractor cleaning debris out of stormwater catch basins in numerous locations, please use caution when entering a these Work Zones. Highway Crews will be patching pot holes, milling pavement and trimming branches to prepare for new pavement in number locations throughout town.

Monday – Road Closure
Monument Avenue will be closed from Carpenter Hill to Dewey Street to all through traffic. A highway crew will be replacing a culvert.

Tuesday – Friday
A private contractor will begin paving in various locations throughout town, if possible, please avoid the areas mentioned below on corresponding days, lane restrictions and hold ups will occur between 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday– South Stream Road from Beech Street to the Pownal Line.
Thursday – Houghton Lane from Rt7A to East Road.
Thursday and Friday – Houghton Lane from Rt7A to East Road, East Road from the Shaftsbury town line to Kocher Drive.
Friday –East Road from the Shaftsbury town line to Kocher 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.

Bennington Select Board Agenda – (July 13, 2015)

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

BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD

Monday, July 13, 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 – B. Consent Agenda 5 Minutes)

A. Minutes – June 22, 2015 & June 29, 2015

B. Warrants

C. ADA 25th Anniversary Resolution

3. Citizens (15 Minutes Maximum)

4. Better Bennington Corporation Work Plan & Budget Approval

(30 Minutes)

5. “Greenbergs” Area Wide Plan (10 Minutes)

6. Neighborworks CDBG Grant Request (20 Minutes)

7. Bike/Pedestrian Implementation Plan Review (20 Minutes)

8. South End Water Project Borrowing (15 Minutes)

9. Boards & Commissions

Historic Preservation Commission Appointment

10. Manager’s Report (If Any) (15 Minutes)

11. Other Business (15 Minutes)

12. Executive Session

A. Contract

B. Litigation