Archives for November 2015

Notice: Board of Abatement Meeting Agenda (12/7/2015)

Town of Bennington
BOARD OF ABATEMENT

Town Clerk’s Office
205 South Street, Bennington, VT
Monday December 7, 2015
4:30 PM

Agenda

  1. Requests for abatement
  2. Treasurer’s list for abatement

 

 

Cassandra Barbeau
Town Clerk
Bennington, VT
mailto:cbarbeau@benningtonvt.org

Public Works Project List – (November 23-November 27, 2015)

Town of Bennington Project List
Week of November 23 – November 27, 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 the next 2-weeks.  The entrance at Hospital Drive and Southern Vermont College will remain accessible by way of Monument Avenue through the rest 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.

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.

 

Bennington Select Board Agenda (November 23, 2015)

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

Monday, November 23, 2015

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

A G E N D A
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Consent Agenda (6:05 PM – 6:10 PM)
    A. Minutes – November 9, 2015
    B. Warrants
  3. Citizens (5 Minutes Maximum)(6:10 PM – 6:15 PM)
  4.                  6:15 PM
    Public Hearing
    Acceptance of Roads – Country Terrace
  5.                    Public Hearing
    Housing Vermont Applegate CDBG application (6:30 PM – 6:45 PM)
  6. Assessor’s Office – Errors and Omissions (6:45 PM – 6:50 PM)    
  7. Other Business (6:50 PM – 7:00 PM)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notice: American Express Credit Card No Longer Accepted By Town as of 12/1/15

In an effort to reduce costs, effective December 1st, 2015, American Express will no longer be accepted for online and telephone payments of water, sewer and property taxes made through Official Payments to the Town of Bennington.  Discover, Mastercard and Visa (both credit and debit) are still accepted.

To make a payment on a municipal bill, go to: www.officialpayments.com and enter Judicial Code 5507.

Public Works Project List – (November 16 – November 20, 2015)

Town of Bennington Project List
Week of November 16 – November 20, 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 the next 3-weeks.  The entrance at Hospital Drive and Southern Vermont College will remain accessible by way of Monument Avenue through the rest 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
Tuesday-The highway department will be repairing the road on East Main Street between Branch Street and Burgess Road. Traffic control will be provided but motorist should expect minor delays and may want to seek alternate routes of travel. The highway department will be repairing the road on South Street on the south end, one lane traffic will be accommodated.

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.

 

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

IMG_3585ALL ABOUT TOWN
Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager
November 2015

Have you been following the coverage of the SVSU merger/consolidation committee? You should. This is a very real opportunity to reduce the education taxes in the communities that make up the SVSU. If our towns were to accept a merger to the “preferred model”, that is one board in a pre K through 12 school district with one budget, and vote to do so by July 1, 2016, the newly formed district would see its education tax rate reduced $0.10 in the first year, $0.08 in the second, $0.06 in the third, $0.04 in the fourth, and $0.02 in the fifth year. The new district charter could be written to prevent closing of a local school without a vote of that town thereby maintain our local schools. A concern voiced in the latest meeting was how would money be raised to fund new schools if there was a need. Given that the education tax rate is being reduced each year for five years, the new district could establish a reserve to set monies aside for future needs without increasing the rate over the current level. It is a truly important opportunity for all the SVSU. Using the “preferred model”, it would be helpful if the Superintendent’s office could provide a comparative analysis by town using current Grand Lists, current budgets, and current student populations. I’m sure there are many hurdles to overcome, but the Committee, working with the Superintendent, has the knowledge and the ability to get over them.

At the recent Select Board meeting, the Board adopted an Ordinance regulating, to the extent allowed by law, the screening of ground-mounted solar arrays. It will not take effect for 60 days and will not have any standing in those solar proposals already in the Public Service Board’s (PSB) pipeline, but it brings Bennington up to speed with what the Vermont Legislature allowed in its last session. It does give the town a greater say in how future proposals are considered at the PSB level.

In my last column, I discussed how the Town would move forward when considering the debt of $1.5 million arising from T.S. Irene and FEMA’s denial of the Town’s final appeal. The Select Board has authorized the Manager and Finance Director to seek proposals in the Spring of 2016 for paying off the debt over 15 years. In developing the FY2017 budget, now underway, we will be using an estimated cost of $140,000. The 15 year term minimizes the interest the Town must pay and provides for a manageable cost addition to the budget.

Putting on one of my other hats, as a member of the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce Board and a member of its Executive Committee, I am pleased to let you know that the search for a new Executive Director is proceeding according to plan. We hope to have a new Director employed before the New Year. I take my hat off to those employees at the Chamber’s office and to the Executive Committee members who have been lending a hand keeping the Chamber functioning at a high level. The Chamber Board is made up of a hard working group of business people. We are always seeking new members to the Chamber organization. If your business is not a member, please contact Marie Shutts at the Chamber office (802-447-3311). She’ll help you through the process. It will make the Chamber stronger and even more diverse.

I want to take a moment to recognize the efforts of the Park and School Streets neighborhood. Residents gathering together to form a Neighborhood Watch. We, here at the Town Offices, will help any way we can.

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 – (November 9, 2015 – November 13, 2015)

Town of Bennington Project List

Week of November 9 – November 13, 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 the next 4-weeks.  The entrance at Hospital Drive and Southern Vermont College will remain accessible by way of Monument Avenue through the rest 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.

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday-The water department will making a water main repair on East Main Street between Branch Street and Burgess Road. This work will require that the eastbound lane be closed.  Traffic control will be provided but motorist should expect minor delays and may want to seek alternate routes of travel.

Thursday & Friday-The Highway Department may be repairing this same section of roadway. The same conditions will apply when this road restoration occurs.

Highway Department

Monday -Wednesday

Guard rails will be installed on River Road and will be closed to all through traffic, River Road will reopen on Wednesday to all traffic.

Throughout the Week

Highway crews will be patching previous water digs throughout town along with ditches and road grading. Highway crews will be tree trimming in various locations.

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.

 

Bennington Select Board Meeting Agenda – (November 9, 2015)

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Monday, November 9, 2015
Bennington Fire Facility
Multi-Purpose Room – 3rd Floor
130 River Street
Bennington, VT 05201

A G E N D A
5:40 PM

  1. Executive Session
    A. Interview

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Consent Agenda (6:05 PM – 6:10 PM)
    A. Minutes – October 26, 2015
    Minutes – October 31, 2015
    B. Warrants
    C. Proclamation Small Business Saturday
  3. Citizens (15 Minutes Maximum) (6:10 PM – 6:25 PM)
  4. Bennington Area Trails (BATS) (6:25 PM – 6:45 PM)
  5. Housing Vermont Applegate CDBG application (6:45 PM – 7:00 PM)
  6. Solar Screening Ordinance 2nd reading (7:00 PM – 7:20 PM)
  7. Bennington Police update (7:20 PM – 7:40 PM)
  8. Appointments to the Oral Health Commission  (7:40 PM – 7:45 PM)
  9. Manager’s Report (7:45 PM – 7:50 PM)
  10. Other Business (7:50 PM – 8:00 PM)
  11. Executive Session (If Necessary)

 

 

 

 

 

Press Release: VT Sec. of State to Present on Open Meeting Law (11/16/15)

November 5, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State of Vermont
Secretary of State’s Office

PRESS RELEASE: Secretary of State Jim Condos Brings Transparency Tour to Bennington Monday, November 16th at 6pm Montpelier, VT—Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos is continuing his third biennial Transparency Tour with a stop in Bennington on Monday, November 16, 2015. The presentation, focusing on laws about open and transparent government, will be held at the Bennington Fire Facility (130 River Street) at 6pm.

“Since taking office, one of my main priorities has been transparency in government. I am pleased to have the opportunity to visit communities all over the state and discuss open meeting and public records laws with municipal and state officials, local government boards, and the public,” stated Condos.

Bennington is the eleventh location on a 12-stop statewide tour. Secretary Condos will discuss best practices in open and transparent government and answer questions that attendees may have regarding the nuances of these laws.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend any of the Transparency Tour events. For more information or for other dates and locations, visit www.tinyurl.com/Transparency2015.

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