Archives for January 2016

Notice: Board of Civil Authority Agenda (2/9/16)

Town of Bennington
BOARD OF CIVIL AUTHORITY
Town Clerk’s Office
205 South Street, Bennington, VT

Tuesday February 9, 2016
4:30 PM

Agenda

  1. Discussion of March 1, 2016 Elections

 

For more information, contact the Bennington Town Clerk’s Office at (802) 442-1043.

Notice: 2016 Annual Town Meeting Public Warning (2/29/16)

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TOWN OF BENNINGTON 2016 ANNUAL TOWN MEETING

The residents of the Town of Bennington qualified by law to vote in Town Meeting are hereby notified and warned to meet at the Bennington Fire Facility on River Street (Lincoln Street entrance) in said Town on Monday, February 29, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., or immediately following the Bennington School District’s Annual meeting should that run over, to transact the business specified to be done from the floor.

If you are a resident of the Town of Bennington, intend to be present at the meeting and are hearing impaired, arrangements will be made for a sign interpreter·to be present at this meeting. For necessary arrangements, please contact Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager at the Bennington Town Offices, 205 South Street, P.O. Box 469, Bennington, VT – (802) 442-1037 no later than Friday, February 19, 2016.

Following the completion of such business, the Meeting will stand adjourned to Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at The Bennington Fire Facility on River Street (Lincoln Street entrance). The Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. for the election of officers and voting on all ballot articles specified. However, those on the checklist to vote in the Village of North Bennington shall vote for the election of officers and on all ballot articles at the North Bennington Village Office on Main Street in North Bennington. The Bennington Fire Facility above mentioned, is hereby established as the central polling place for those on the checklist to vote in said Bennington. The deadline for registering to vote is February 24, 2016 at 5:00 P.M. at the Bennington Town Clerk’s Office.

 

BUSINESS TO BE TRANSACTED FROM THE FLOOR
Monday, February 29, 2016
7:00 P.M.

ARTICLE 1. TOWN REPORT: To hear the report of Town Officers and to take appropriate action thereon.

ARTICLE 2. SELECT BOARD MEMBERS COMPENSATION: To determine what compensation shall be paid to the Town Select Board Members.

ARTICLE 3. OTHER BUSINESS: To transact such other proper business when met.

 

BUSINESS TO BE TRANSACTED BY BALLOT
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Polls Open: 7:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.

TOWN TREASURER ELECTION. A Town Treasurer residing in the Town shall be elected for term of three (3) years.

TOWN MODERATOR ELECTION. A Town Moderator residing in the Town shall be elected for terms of three (3) years.

SELECT BOARD ELECTION. Three Select Board Members residing in the Town shall be elected for terms of three (3) years.

ARTICLE 1. Shall the Town appropriate for the next fiscal year, July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017, the total sum of $12,020,560.00 consisting of the following: $3,902,050.00 for the laying out, maintaining, and repairing of the highways and bridges of the Town; and $8,118,510.00 for the payment of the following: Any indebtedness not otherwise specifically provided for, interest on indebtedness, legally authorized State and County taxes, the prosecution and defense of the common rights and interests of the inhabitants of the Town, and for other necessary incidental expenses?

The proposed budget includes $50,000.00 for fire equipment, $20,000.00 for parking improvements, $15,000.00 for regional economic development, $50,000.00 for bridge repair/replacement and $344,160.00 for healthcare reserve and workers compensation insurance, any unexpended portion of which will be reserved to subsequent years for that purpose.

ARTICLE 2. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2017 General Fund by the sum of$2,500.00 for Bennington County Association Against Child Abuse?

ARTICLE 3. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2017 General Fund by the sum of$2,500.00 for Turning Point Center of Bennington?

ARTICLE 4. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2017 General Fund by the sum of$5,000.00 for Project Against Violent Encounters?

ARTICLE 5. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2017 General Fund by the sum of$7,000.00 for Vermont Center For Independent Living?

ARTICLE 6. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2017 General Fund by the sum of$7,200.00 for Green Mountain Retired and Senior Volunteer Program?

ARTICLE 7. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2017 General Fund by the sum of$7,500.00 for Bennington Free Clinic?

ARTICLE 8. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2017 General Fund by the sum of$7,500.00 for BROC – Community Action In Southwestern Vermont?

ARTICLE 9. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2017 General Fund by the sum of $7,500.00 for Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging, Inc.?

ARTICLE 10. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2017 General Fund by the sum of$10,000.00 for Sunrise Family Resource Center?

ARTICLE 11. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2017 General Fund by the sum of$10,000.00 for The Tutorial Center?

ARTICLE 12. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2017 General Fund by the sum of $11,000.00 for Bennington Project Independence?

ARTICLE 13. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2017 General Fund by the sum of $21,600.00 for Bennington Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice?

ARTICLE 14. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2017 General Fund by the sum of $25,000.00 for Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless?

**View signed copy of Warning**

Notice: Stark Street – Temporary Water Shut Off on 1/26/16

Tuesday – January 26, 2016

The Bennington Water Department will repair a leaking water main on Stark Street Tuesday, January 26, 2016. Therefore it will be necessary to shut off water service temporarily.  The anticipated timeframe for water shut down will be from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

Please be aware of men and equipment will be in the roadway; Local traffic will be accommodated.

When service is restored, if the water is dirty, flush a cold-water tap until it clears.   We apologize in advance for any inconvenience that we may create.  If you are in need of further assistance please feel free to contact the Bennington Water Department at (802) 442-1037.

Town Manager’s Column: All About Town (January 2016)

IMG_3585ALL ABOUT TOWN
Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager

On January 18th, the Select Board completed its work on the FY2017 General, Highway and Fire Fund budgets. After approving several agency requests adding $44,100 to the General Fund to support the Bennington Free Library, the John McCullough Library, BCRC, Paran Recreation, including a one-time donation of $15,000 to support the completion of the new Lake House, and North Bennington Recreation. The Board also finalized salaries for the Manager, the Town Clerk, and the Treasurer. The total budget is up 3.13%. This year, the Board added funds for marketing and regional economic development initiatives. In the first instance, the Board added $10,000 to the Economic and Community Development budget expressly for marketing Bennington. It also placed $15,000 in a new line item within that budget as a reserve for future regional development opportunities. The Vermont Legislature will hear from the Southern Vermont Economic Development Zone Committee soon. It is an opportunity to foster collaboration between Bennington County and Windham County “to establish an integrated investment strategy for retaining businesses within and recruiting business to the Zone”.

After projecting anticipated revenues and estimating the Grand List impact, we expect the combined General, Highway and Fire Fund tax rate to increase by only $0.015.

The March ballot will include 13 agency requests for funding totaling $124,300. If all these ballot articles are approved it will add an additional $0.012 to the tax rate. I am told the BSD budget will produce a $0.04 reduction in the education tax rate. At this writing, I have not heard how the MAU budget will impact The BSD.

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, March Town Meeting is just around the corner. Three Select Board seats are open. Two incumbents, Sharyn Brush and John McFadden are not seeking re-election. Sharyn has served 19 years, first elected in March 1997. John is leaving after one term to take a job outside the area. Tom Jacobs, current Board Chair, is seeking re-election. Several others have taken out the necessary paperwork, but have not yet filed. Please remember that school board seats and school budgets will also be on ballots. The Floor Meeting for the various boards will be Monday evening February 29th. The vote will take place the following day, Tuesday March 1st.

One issue that may not be on the ballot is that of consolidation of the SVSU individual districts. The committee, established to study this question raised by the passage of Act 46, continues to meet. I understand that the majority of board members on the committee oppose full consolidation. This is an opportunity to reduce the education tax rate for our communities by $0.30 over 5 years. I believe those who we elect to the school boards have the best of intentions, but I must tell you I do not understand the reticence in this particular matter. It streamlines the efforts of the Superintendent’s office; it creates an elected body that hires the Superintendent; it opens up school choice; and it allows for efficient movement of teachers within the system, all while reducing the tax rate. How can one oppose this?

We have survived the Holidays; Winter has been kind to us, although a major storm may impact our region this coming weekend; and fuel costs remain low. I look forward to what 2016 has to offer.

Finally, have you noticed the early morning and late evening light? Can Spring be far behind?

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.

Select Board Meeting Agenda – 01/25/2016

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Monday, January 25, 2016
Bennington Fire Facility
Multi-Purpose Room – 3rd Floor
130 River Street
Bennington, VT 05201

A G E N D A
6:00 PM

  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Consent Agenda (6:01 PM – 6:05 PM)
    A.  Minutes – January  9, 2016
    Minutes – January 11, 2016
    Minutes – January 16, 2016
    Minutes – January 18, 2016
    B.  Warrants
  3. Citizens (5 Minutes Maximum)(6:05 PM – 6:15 PM)
  4. Audit Presentation (6:15 PM – 6:45 PM)
  5. Headwaters Park Management Plan – 1st Reading (6:45 PM – 7:00 PM)
  6. Vacant Building Maintenance Ordinance (7:00 PM – 7:15 PM)
    -Preliminary Discussion
  7. FY 2017 Budget – Board Action (7:15 PM – 7:20 PM)
  8. 2016 Annual Town Meeting Warning Adoption (7:20 PM – 7:30 PM)
  9. 2016 Liquor License Applications (7:30 PM – 7:35)
  10. Manager’s Report (IF any) (7:35 PM – 7:45 PM)
  11. Other Business (7:45 PM – 7:50 PM)                     

   

 

 

Notice: Special Select Board Budget Session Agenda – Monday (1/18/16)

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Monday, January 18, 2016
Bennington Police Department – Conference Room
118 South Street
Bennington, VT 05201

A G E N D A

6:00 P.M.

  1. F.Y. 2017 Budget Work Session
  2. General Fund Misc. Budgets
  3. Special Requests
  4. Executive Session
  5. Personnel
  6. Finalize Salaries & Budget

Select Board Meeting Agenda – 1/16/2016 (Special Budget Session)

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

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Bennington Town Office – Conference Room
205 South Street
Bennington, VT 05201

A G E N D A
8:00 A.M.

  1. F.Y.’17 Budget Work Session
    A. Recreation Budget
    B. General Fund Misc. Budgets
    C. Bennington Free Library (9:00 AM – 9:30 AM)
    D. Better Bennington Corporation (9:30 AM – 10:00 AM)
    E. Paran Recreations, Inc. (10:00 AM – 10:30 AM)
    F. Executive Session
    A.Personnel
    G.Set Salaries for Town Manager, Town Clerk, Town Treasurer & Conclude Budget Discussion

Official Statement: String of Recent Robberies – Update #1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 12, 2016

Recent String of Robberies
Update #1

BENNINGTON, VERMONT (January 12, 2016 @ 15:30 EDT) – Over the past 5 days, the Bennington Police Department has responded to three separate reports of robberies in progress involving three separate businesses in the Town of Bennington and the Village of North Bennington. The first robbery occurred on January 8, 2016 at the local Subway Restaurant on North Street in Bennington, the second at Paulin’s Gas Station and Laundromat in North Bennington on January 10, 2016, and the third on January 11, 2016 on West Main Street in Bennington involving Martin’s Mobil.

In response to this issue, the Bennington Police Department (BPD) has implemented a modified assignment schedule with directed patrols in key locations. In addition, the Town Manager and Chief of Police have authorized additional overtime to increase the number of officers on-duty during specific shifts. On Monday, officers went to a number of local convenient stores to visit with clerks and shared some safety tips.

Local merchants are urged to take extra care during hours of operation and especially when handling money. Businesses should consider the following safety recommendations:

  1. Keep entrance doors locked before and after hours of operation,
  2. Make multiple bank deposits throughout the day,
  3. Limit the amount of money kept at the business,
  4. Change regular routines to minimize predictability.

It is important to note that these robberies have all involved businesses, and at this time, there is no reason to believe that local residents and pedestrians are at risk. Should any merchants feel unsafe transporting money out in the open, the police department is willing to provide an escort to and from deposit boxes, vehicles and banks.

As the Bennington Police Department continues to investigate these robberies, the public is urged to contact the police department, using the information below, with any information about these crimes or others.

BPD Dispatch:  (802) 442-1030
Anonymous Tip Line(voicemail):  (802) 445-3937
Emergency:  9-1-1

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For more information about this press release:
Lt. David Dutcher
Bennington Police Department
802-442-1030

Select Board Meeting Agenda – 01/11/2016

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

Monday, January 11, 2016
Bennington Fire Facility
Multi-Purpose Room – 3rd Floor
130 River Street
Bennington, VT 05201

A G E N D A
6:00 PM

  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Consent Agenda (6:05 PM – 6:10 PM)
    A. Minutes – December 28, 2015
    B. Warrants
  3. Citizens (5 Minutes Maximum)(6:10 PM – 6:25 PM)
  4. EXPOsion Bennington 2016 (6:25 PM – 6:35 PM)
  5. Balanced Scorecard Discussion (6:35 PM – 7:00 PM)
  6. 2016 Liquor License Applications (7:00 PM – 7:05) 
  7. Manager’s Report (7:05 PM – 7:10 PM) 
  8. Other Business (7:10 PM – 7:20 PM)

 

 

 

NOTICE: 2016 Dog licenses available at Town Clerk’s office – Due by April 1st

All dogs residing in Bennington must be licensed. 2016 Dog licenses are available at the Town Clerk’s Office (205 South Street, Bennington VT), Mon-Fri from 8am-5pm. The deadline for licensing is April 1, 2016.

Cost:
$9 – Altered (spayed/neutered)
$13 – Intact

For more information, contact the Bennington Town Clerk’s Office at 802-442-1043.

*Special Note: If it is difficult for you to come in during normal business hours, you can also renew your license through the mail by mailing the rabies certificate along with a check for the appropriate fee and we will be happy to mail your new license back to you.

 

Dog License 2016