Archives for February 2016

Benmont Ave Bridge Construction Update – 2/25/16

Project Update, 2/25/16, Bennington BRF 1000(16) [Benmont Ave. Bridge]

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.

BRIDGE WORK:  The contractor has completed setting and driving the remaining piles.  This project is now on temporary shutdown, and will resume pending the arrival of warmer weather.  It is currently anticipated that work will resume in early to mid-March.

PRESIDENT’S DAY HOLIDAY: Crews will not be working on Monday, 2/15/16 in observance of President’s Day. Work will resume on Tuesday, 2/16/16.

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

Notice: State of VT Update on No. Bennington Water Issue – 2/29/16

Update on North Bennington Situation

MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin today provided an update on the situation in North Bennington. Test results received last Thursday indicated that while there is no contamination of the public water source, five private wells in North Bennington showed varying levels of a potentially harmful chemical called PFOA.

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) plans to test an additional 80 to 100 private wells located in a 1.5 mile radius surrounding the former Chem Fab plant in North Bennington. Officials are still working to determine the exact cause of the contamination, but concerns in North Bennington were sparked by reports of contamination caused by a similar plant in Hoosick Falls N.Y.

Vermont DEC officials will travel door to door to collect testing samples in the coming days. The test to determine PFOA levels takes approximately two weeks.

Residents with wells being tested should not drink the water while results are pending. Bottled water will be provided and a delivery schedule will be worked out in the coming days. In the meantime, residents can pick up bottled water at the Village Variety Store located at 9 Route 67 West in North Bennington.  In addition, starting this afternoon there will be two water tanks from which residents can draw water on the corner of Scary Lane and Rt 67 and McCaters Park at the Henry Bridge.

The Health Department is committed to arranging blood tests for PFOA for people who have contaminated wells, but stresses that the number one priority is to stop the exposure and consult with your health care provider.

“If your well is contaminated, do not use the water for drinking, preparing food, cooking, or brushing teeth,” said Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD. “We recommend that you talk with your health care provider to consider having the routine blood tests for health conditions that may be treatable now.”

The Health Department has alerted and provided guidance to health care providers in the Bennington and Rutland area. The Health Department has produced a fact sheet about PFOA and potential health impacts, which is attached to this release.

Vermont officials held a public meeting Friday in North Bennington. Officials will also be on hand this evening at 6 p.m. during Bennington’s Town Meeting.


PFOA Health Fact Sheet

Notice: State of VT Offers Assistance to No. Benn Residents Effected by PFOA

Members of the State of Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Health speak to residents of No. Benn and Bennington Friday night after wells tested positive for PFOA.

State plans more testing and bottled water is being provided to all residents living within 1.5 miles of the old ChemFab Plan on Water St (No. Bennington).

Residents can call the state at 802-828-1138 for more information.

**Both the Bennington and No. Bennington municipal water systems tested negative for the contaminant.


Notice: Bennington Water System PFOA Free

BENNINGON, VT (February 26, 2016 @ 6:40PM EST) – Notice was given to the Town of Bennington today, that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had tested the Town’s municipal water system in 2015, and that the system was virtually PFOA free.

PFOA is a carcinogenic chemical, that was recently found in private water sources (well water) around the former ChemFab plant that operated on Water Street in North Bennington.

The Bennington municipal system was tested at both its water treatment facility, as well as Morgan Spring, which provides a significant portion of the town’s water from an underground aquifer. Both sites resulted in ‘non-detect’ indications for PFOA.

Town Clerk: Office Open Saturday, Feb 27 10am-12pm for Early Voting

Town of Bennington
Town Clerk’s Office
Early Voting Hours
Saturday, February 27, 2016
205 South Street, Bennington


Press Release: North Bennington Wells Test Positive for PFOA: No. Benn Municipal System Clean

February 25, 2016

Local Wells Test Positive for PFOA
Update #1

BENNINGTON, VERMONT (February 25, 2016 @ 5:50PM EST) – In a recent press release by Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, he indicating that the chemical known as PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic) was found in some isolated locations in North Bennington and Bennington, Vermont. Communities that border New York, and which are within miles of Hoosick Fall, NY, where the recent discovery of PFOA in the Town’s drinking water has been linked to a local manufacturer.

Earlier this month the State of Vermont performed tests on a number of area wells near the former location of the ChemFab manufacturing facility on Water Street in North Bennington. These tests also included the municipal water system of North Bennington. Of the wells tested, only five came back positive for PFOA, one of which was a non-drinking well located at the Town of Bennington’s wastewater treatment facility on Harrington Road. The municipal system showed negative results for the chemical.

In response to this news, the State of Vermont’s Department of Environmental Conservation has scheduled two community meetings to be held at the North Bennington Fire Station located on Prospect Street, in North Bennington. The first meeting is scheduled for Friday, February 26th at 4PM and the second for Monday, February 29th at 6PM. Representatives from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation will be onsite to answer any questions from the public.

Further testing is expected to occur in the coming weeks to ensure the full scope of the situation is understood.

Again, residents who draw water from the North Bennington municipal system should be assured that their water is clean and drinkable.



Bennington Select Board Meeting Agenda – 02/25/2016

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E



Thursday, February 25th, 2016


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

4:30 P.M.

  1. Renewable Energy Resolution



Town Meeting Day: Floor Meeting (Feb 29) and Voting Day (Mar 1)

Bennington Town Meeting – Floor Meeting
Monday, February 29, 2016
Bennington Fire Facility (130 River Street)
6PM – Schools7PM – Municipal


Bennington Town Meeting – Voting Day
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Bennington Fire Facility (130 River Street, Bennington)
No. Bennington Village Trustees Office / Train Station (2 Depot Street, N. Bennington)
7AM – 7PM


Public Hearing: Proposed Amendment to Bennington Town Plan – 3/28/16

Bennington Select Board
Notice of Public Hearing
Bennington Town Plan
March 28, 2016 – 6:00 p.m.
Bennington Fire Facility, 3rd Floor
130 River Street
Bennington, Vermont

The Bennington Select Board will conduct Public Hearings on March 28, 2016 at 6:00 PM and on April 11, 2016 at 6:00 PM at the Bennington Fire Facility, 3rd Floor Assembly Room, 130 River Street, Bennington, Vermont for the purpose of adopting an amendment to the Town Plan for the Town of Bennington.

The proposed amendment to the Bennington Town Plan establishes criteria for the siting of solar electricity generation facilities for the purpose of maintaining Bennington’s scenic views and traditional settlement pattern of a compact downtown center surrounded by rural countryside.

The proposed amendment to the Town Plan impacts all areas of the Town of Bennington.

Community Standards
Plan Conformance
Solar Facility Siting
Siting Requirements
Preferred Areas
Prohibited Areas
Mass and Scale

Copies of the full text of the proposed amendment to the Bennington Town Plan, and accompanying report, are available for examination at the Bennington Town Office at 205 South Street, in Bennington, Vermont.

Town of Bennington
Thomas Jacobs, Chair
Town of Bennington Select Board


**click here to view the complete amendment**

Public Hearing: Proposed Amendment to Land Use and Development Regulations – 3/14/16

Notice of Public Hearing
Proposed Amendment
Bennington’s Land Use and Development Regulations
March 14, 2016 – 6:00 p.m.
Bennington Fire Facility
3rd Floor
130 River Street
Bennington, Vermont


The Select Board of the Town of Bennington will conduct a Public Hearing on March 14, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the Bennington Fire Facility, Third Floor, 130 River Street, Bennington, Vermont, to consider an amendment to Bennington’s Land Use and Development Regulations.

  1. Statement of Purpose:

The proposed bylaw amendment updates the Town’s Urban Mixed Use (UMU) District regulations to allow additional uses in the UMU District consistent with the Town Plan.

  1. Area Covered:

The proposed amendment affects the UMU District (Benmont Avenue corridor).

  1. Sections of Land Use and Development Regulations Amended:

Table 3.4.

  1. Copies of the proposed amendment and the Planning Commission report regarding the proposed amendment are available at the Bennington Town Office Building, Office of the Planning Director, 205 South Street, Bennington.


The Town of Bennington
Thomas Jacobs, Chair
Bennington Select Board


**click here to view the complete amendment**