Archives for October 2015

NOTICE: Property Taxes Due Tuesday, November 10, 2015

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
October 30, 2015

PROPERTY TAXES DUE NOVEMBER 10, 2015

Please be advised that property taxes are due on TUESDAY November 10th, 2015. The Town Offices are open Monday – Friday from 8:00am – 5:00pm. Payments may be made in person at the Town Offices by personal check, bank check, money order or cash ONLY. The Town Office is located at 205 South Street. If you require a receipt, you MUST bring both portions of the bill for a stamped receipt. Credit cards are not accepted at the Bennington Town Offices. If you wish to pay by credit card, you must call the phone number at the bottom of your bill (Official Payments) or go to the officialpayments.com website.

For more information, please contact the Collections Department at 802-442-1046.

 

 

Public Works Project List – November 2 – November 6, 2015

Town of Bennington Project List
Week of November 2 – November 6, 2015

Water Department
Ongoing-The Water Department will be closing Monument Avenue to all through traffic between Hospital Drive and Dewey Street. This road closure will last approximately 6-weeks.  The entrance at Hospital Drive and Monument Avenue will remain open through much of this project.  The closure is necessary to accommodate the installation of a new water main along this section of Monument Avenue.

As always, we apologize in advance for any inconvenience that this may cause and appreciate your cooperation during this process.

Wastewater Department
Monday-A private contractor will be making an emergency sewer line repair on Union Street. A one-lane road closure will be necessary for the day to complete this work.

Highway Department
Ongoing –The Highway Department will continue the River Road bank stabilization project, the road will be closed to all through traffic until further notice, please take alternate routes.

A crew will be patching pot holes and cross ditches at numerous locations throughout town.

Overnight Parking Ban begins November 15, 2015
The Winter Overnight Parking Ban for all streets within the town will be in effect from November 15 to March 31 between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. Police will enforce this ban by ticketing individuals who leave unattended vehicles on the street during that time.

PLEASE do not rake your leaves into the Town Streets and Highways, it clogs the drains and presents driving and flooding hazards for the community. 

The Town of Bennington Transfer Station will accept leaves for no charge. If you bring in bags you must empty the bags of leaves into the leaf pile. Residents and Contractors- Please make sure all loads are covered when taking leaves and or brush to the transfer station.

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.

 

Bennington Select Board – November 2, 2015 Meeting Agenda

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD

Monday, November 2, 2015
Bennington Town Offices – Conference Room
205 South Street
Bennington, VT 05201

A G E N D A
5:30 P.M.

1.Executive Session
Interviews

 

 

 

 

NOTICE: Benmont Ave. Bridge Work – Lane Shift Nov. 9th – Traffic Direction Unchanged

PROJECT UPDATE
10/29/15
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 SHIFT SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2015**
There will be NO change to traffic patterns or detour information

LANE SHIFT: The contractor is scheduled to switch the travel lane over to the new portion of the bridge on Monday, November 9. The bridge will continue to be open to northbound traffic only. The flow of traffic will merely take motorists over the new portion of the bridge so that crews can begin work on the old (currently traveled) portion of the bridge. Detours, traffic patterns and road closure details will not change or be affected in any way once the shift to travel on the new portion of the bridge occurs. Electronic message boards have been put into place in order to advise the public of this lane shift.

BRIDGE WORK:  Once the lane shift has occurred, the contractor will start demolishing the remaining portion of the old bridge.

TRAFFIC DELAYS: Periodic closures will result in slightly increased travel time for motorists. Please allow extra time in your travel plans when traveling through the project area.

DETOUR INFORMATION: This is just a reminder that when traveling EAST on Northside Dr. (heading towards Route 7), the only businesses accessible via the slip lane are Taco Bell/KFC and/or Gardner’s Motorsports. To access points south of the bridge on Benmont Ave., through-traffic should continue on Northside Drive and proceed to Route 7 South and follow the detour.

The Benmont Ave bridge will continue to remain closed to southbound traffic for the duration of this project. Motorists may not travel across the bridge going southbound at any time during this project, either during construction hours or after hours. Please observe all construction and detour signs. Thank you.

PEDESTRIAN DETOUR:  The pedestrian detour will remain in place until the end of construction. Please note sidewalk closures and adhere to the signed pedestrian detour route.

Drivers are warned to exercise extreme caution on granular surfaced roadways in a work zone. Punctured tires and windshield damage could occur if material flies up from the surface of the road. Maintain a safe distance between vehicles and obey the speed limit.

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, or nboyle@gpinet.com.

Bennington Select Board, October 31, 2015 – Meeting Agenda

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E

BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Bennington Town Offices – Conference Room
205 South Street
Bennington, VT 05201

                                                    A G E N D A

                                                      8:00 A.M.

  1. Executive Session – Personnel

 

 

 

Public Works Project List – October 26 – October 30, 2015

Town of Bennington Project List
Week of October 26 – October 30, 2015

Water Department
The Water Department will be closing Monument Avenue to all through traffic between Hospital Drive and Dewey Street. This road closure will last approximately 6-weeks.  The entrance at Hospital Drive and Monument Avenue will remain open through much of this project.  The closure is necessary to accommodate the installation of a new water main along this section of Monument Avenue.

As always, we apologize in advance for any inconvenience that this may cause and appreciate your cooperation during this process.

Highway Department
Throughout the Week
A highway crew will continue the River Road bank stabilization project, the road will be closed to all through traffic during the day and the evening until further notice, please take alternate routes.

A highway crew will be working on Pleasant Street, Pleasant Street will be closed to all through traffic between 6:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Highway crews will be patching previous water digs throughout town.

Overnight Parking Ban begins November 15, 2015
The Winter Overnight Parking Ban for all streets within the town will be in effect from November 15 to March 31 between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. Police will enforce this ban by ticketing individuals who leave unattended vehicles on the street during that time.

The Town of Bennington  Transfer Station will accept leaves for no charge.  If you bring in bags you must empty the bags of leaves into the leaf pile.  Residents and Contractors – Please make sure all loads are covered when taking leaves and or brush to the transfer station.

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

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.

 

 

 

Monument Avenue Road Closure

IMPORTANT NOTICE 

ROAD CLOSURE 

Monument Avenue Road Closure

6 Weeks beginning – Tuesday October 27, 2015 

PLEASE BE ADVISED:
Monument Avenue will be closed to all through traffic between Hospital Drive and Dewey Street beginning on Tuesday October 27, 2015.
This will continue for a 6-week period and ending in mid December 2015. This road closure is necessary to complete a new water main installation in this area.

Signs announcing “Road Closed Ahead” will be posted at:

  • Monument Avenue and Elm Streets
  • Mansion Drive
  • Monument Avenue and Dewey Street.

The Hospital entrance from Monument Avenue will remain open through most of this project.  When it is necessary to close this entrance, additional Detour signs will be placed at the Monument Avenue and Elm Street intersection.

The Town of Bennington Water Department will notify all emergency services. If there are special circumstances that arise please contact Terrance Morse at the Bennington Town Offices Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 5:00pm at (802) 442-1037.

After hours or weekends Mr. Morse may be contacted through the Bennington Police Department at (802) 442-1030. As always, we apologize in advance for any inconvenience that this may pose to the traveling public.

Bennington Select Board, October 26, 2015 – Meeting Agenda

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Monday, October 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. Consent Agenda (6:05 PM – 6:10 PM)
A. Minutes – October 5, 2015
– October 6, 2015
– October 12, 2015
– October 19, 2015 (Work Session)
B. Warrants
3.  Citizens (15 Minutes Maximum)(6:10 PM – 6:25 PM)
4.  Mike Pieciak, Securities Commission, Dept. of Financial Regulation (6:25 PM – 6:45 PM)
5.  Storm Water Infrastructure Mapping Project (6:45 PM – 7:00 PM) – Dana Allen, Watershed    Consulting   Associates
6. Solar Net Metering Proposal–Encore Redevelopment
(7:00 PM – 7:20 PM) – Derek Moretz and Dan Monks
7.  Solar Screening Ordinance 1st reading (7:20 PM – 7:30 PM) –  Dan Monks
8.  Manager’s Report (7:30 PM – 7:40 PM) – Stu Hurd
9.  Other Business (7:40 PM – 7:50 PM)
10.Executive Session (if needed)

 

 

 

 

 

NOTICE: Benmont Ave Bridge Closure – Oct 27, 2015

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.

SCHEDULED BRIDGE CLOSURE, TUESDAY OCTOBER 27, 2015

BRIDGE CLOSURE:  The contractor has received approval from the Town of Bennington to close the Benmont Avenue bridge to all traffic TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2015  from  6:30AM to 7:00 PM in order to install drainage pipes and water service across the road at the north end of the bridge. In order for this work to be completed, the contractor will need to shut down all travel across the Benmont Avenue bridge. Access to all businesses along Benmont Ave. will be maintained throughout the closure period.

Message boards will be in place throughout the construction zone in order to inform the traveling public of this closure. On the day of the closure a uniformed officer will be stationed at the bridge to assist with traffic control. Traffic control personnel will also be present to help assist with the flow of traffic as deemed necessary.

TRAFFIC DELAYS: Periodic closures will result in slightly increased travel time for motorists. Please allow extra time in your travel plans when traveling through the project area.

DETOUR INFORMATION: This is just a reminder that when traveling EAST on Northside Dr. (heading towards Route 7), the only businesses accessible via the slip lane are Taco Bell/KFC and/or Gardner’s Motorsports. To access points south of the bridge on Benmont Ave., through-traffic should continue on Northside Drive and proceed to Route 7 South and follow the detour.

The Benmont Ave bridge will continue to remain closed to southbound traffic for the duration of this project. Motorists may not travel across the bridge going southbound at any time during this project, either during construction hours or after hours. Please observe all construction and detour signs. Thank you.

PEDESTRIAN DETOUR:  The pedestrian detour will remain in place until the end of construction. Please note sidewalk closures and adhere to the signed pedestrian detour route.

 Drivers are warned to exercise extreme caution on granular surfaced roadways in a work zone. Punctured tires and windshield damage could occur if material flies up from the surface of the road. Maintain a safe distance between vehicles and obey the speed limit.

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, or nboyle@gpinet.com.

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

IMG_3585ALL ABOUT TOWN

Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager 

As you all probably know by now, FEMA denied the Town’s final appeal for reimbursement of monies expended following Tropical Storm Irene. The appeal was for $1.3 million. The total outstanding debt is $1.5 million due to the local share requirement. We are now investigating options to set up a plan to pay off the debt. We are looking at 10, 15, and 20 year possibilities. Interest rates and other variables will, of course, influence our recommendation and the ultimate decision by the Select Board. It is worth noting that the Town spent a total of $6.4 million recovering from T.S. Irene. All, but the final $1.5 million, was covered by FEMA grants and town insurance.

As a follow up to the denial, our Congressional delegation arranged for a conference call with FEMA representatives to help us better understand the factual reasoning and analysis that went into the negative decision by FEMA. During the call, it became clear to me that the analysis we hoped for was not performed. After the myriad detailed questions the Town continued to answer throughout the year long appeal, one would have thought this analysis was necessary. Apparently not. The written decision was, in a sense, a reiteration of the denial of the first appeal. One must conclude that the process is flawed. There is no option to explore a third party, objective review. I have encouraged our delegation to take a hard look at this process in order to introduce objectivity into the process at some level. It won’t help Bennington in this instance, but it may help others in the future.

The recent Select Board review of the potentials for the Benn Hi property is concluded. The study indicated that rental housing will not succeed in covering the cost to renovate and maintain this structure. Rental housing was the main focus because it can command a greater cost per square foot return on investment than either office or commercial uses. The Select Board committed up to $18,000 from its Economic Development Fund, a fund established over the years from State and Federal economic development grants and loans wherein the Town is allowed to retain funds for continuing economic development through business loans or grants to create jobs or retain historic structures. No local tax dollars were used to create or maintain this Fund. The study was suspended at $11,000 once the outcome was clear. Although, this effort by the Board and Hale Resources to work in a public/private partnership to bring this building back into productive use did not yield the conclusion we all hoped for, it did provide a better understanding of the complexities one faces when renovating a large space such as a school. Hale Resources continues to explore alternatives. We wish them every success. This historic structure is worth retaining.

On a more festive note, both Garlic Fest and Oktoberfest were successful. The weather for both events was fantastic. Even though a bit warm for Labor Day weekend, Garlic Fest thrived. The colors in the foliage that could be viewed from Colgate Park during Oktoberfest drew many raves. Congratulations to all who put forth the effort to make these events a reality.

The Town’s annual audit is underway. The independent auditors, Love, Cody and Company hope to conclude their efforts and report to the Select Board and the public in November, just as our budget process for the next fiscal year begins in earnest. The audit looks at all revenue and expenditures by the Town over the last fiscal year, in this instance, July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. The auditors undertake a critical look at purchasing processes, expenditures, billings, and accounting practices.

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.