Archives for April 2016

Public Works Project List – May 2 – May 6, 2016

Town of Bennington Project List
Week of May 2 – May 6, 2016

Highway Department

Monday and Tuesday

Monument Avenue will be closed from 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. between Dewey Street and the rear entrance to the hospital on Monument Avenue. A crew will be replacing culverts to prepare for paving.

Monday – Friday

Both Eastside Drive and Westside Drive will be closed to through traffic, a crew will be finishing up storm drainage and preparing the streets for pavement.

A crew will be rebuilding drainage catch basins on Grandview Street, East of Silver Street, please use caution.

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.

 

Notice: Oral Health Commission Agenda – May 4, 2016

Oral Health Commission
May 4, 2016
5:30 p.m.
Town Office Conference Room
205 South Street, Bennington, VT

Agenda

  1. Minutes
  2. Speaker
  3.  Recent news of legislation
  4.  Criteria for programs
  5.  Next meeting

Notice: Select Board Special Meeting Agenda – May, 2, 2016

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E

BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Monday, May 2, 2016
Bennington Town Office – Conference Room
205 South Street
Bennington, VT 05201

A G E N D A

5:15 P.M.

1.Executive Session
A. Interviews – Boards & Commissions
2. 2016 Liquor License Application – Two Brews Café LLC

 

 

State of Vermont: PFOA Update (4/25/2016)

VermontPFOA Contamination Response: Community Updates
Week of 04/25/2016
This Saturday, April 30: last day to register for blood draw
More than 300 residents of Bennington area have registered for blood draw clinics to begin this Friday, April 29th. If you wish to participate and have not signed up yet, you have two more days register!

Eligibility – A person is eligible for the blood test if:

  1. The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation tested the well of the home in North Bennington/Bennington where you live now, or where you lived any time in the past eight years. – and/or –
  2. You worked or lived at the former Chemfab/Saint-Gobain site at 940/1030 Water Street in North Bennington, or you work or live there now.

Registration and Scheduling – To begin the registration process, complete the online survey by April 30 at: http://survey.healthvermont.gov/s3/PFOA-Blood-Draw-Registration.

The Health Department will then contact eligible participants to schedule appointments. Before having blood drawn at the scheduled appointment, a health and exposure questionnaire must be completed for each participant regarding age, water consumption patterns, diet and exercise, work history, health and medical history.

PFOA Blood Draw Clinic for College Students — The Health Department is offering a special PFOA blood draw clinic for students from eligible households who have been away at college. The clinic will be held at the Health Department district office in Bennington on the morning of Tuesday, May 24. To register your student for this clinic, call the Health Department at 800-439-8550.

PFOA Photography Project
Photograph from Peter Crabtree’s PFOA Project.

Peter Crabtree is regional photographer who has taken interest in capturing the response to local PFOA well contamination in Bennington and Pownal, VT, and Hoosick Falls, NY. His black and white photographs are offer a raw expression of how a lack of clean water can so easily disrupt our day to day lives. View photos at http://petercrabtreephoto.com.

Additional photos can be viewed in Peter’s blog.
If you are interested in becoming part of the project, send Peter an e-mail.

Agency of Agriculture Answers Gardening Questions in FAQ
 In case you missed one of the community meetings last week, the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets has packed in answers to questions about growing crops and livestock after PFOA concerns into a handy 2-page handout. View the FAQ now.
North Bennington Update
Citizen’s Advisory Group — There has been interest from the community to organize discussions directly with Saint-Gobain to advance citizens’ concerns and compensation issues. If you are interested in participating or have questions, please contact Shaina Kasper at (802) 233-4099 or e-mail her at shaina@toxicsaction.org.

Drinking water sampling nearby old Bennington Landfill and southeast of Chemfab property — Please review the updated area of interest map one more time to make sure that you are signing up for water testing if you live within one of the additional sampling areas drawn on the map. Many private wells have been sampled in this area, but there are still a few missing households that the Department would like to reach. Sign-up to have your well tested using this online form.

If your well has been tested, knock on a neighbors’ door to make sure he/she is signed-up!

EPA Testing at Bennington Landfill — The EPA will be sampling deeper groundwater monitoring wells at the former Bennington Landfill site this week to determine how much deeper PFOA may have leached into groundwater. This testing follows sampling done by the EPA earlier in the month, where five monitoring wells surrounding the old landfill were  tested and showed PFOA levels ranging from 18ppt to 140ppt.

Point-of-entry-treatment System Testing Well Underway — Of the 100+ point-of-entry-treatment systems (POETs) that have been installed on homes, approximately 95 have received follow-up water sampling weeks after installation. Preliminary results have been received by Saint-Gobain’s water sampling contractor for about three-quarters of the samples taken, and dozens of systems are effectively removing PFOA to below detection limits. DEC will be contacting residents about their POET systems results as the official results are received.

Bottled water — If PFOA was detected in your well in any concentration level, DEC contractor W.B. Mason should be delivering bottled water to your home by now. If this isn’t happening, please contact W.B. Mason directly at 508-436-8869.

If your well is currently being tested and you are waiting for results, you may pick-up bottled water from D’s Market & Deli, 1404 East Road, Bennington.

Pownal Update
Carbon filtration to be installed on Fire District #2 supply — The Pownal Fire District #2 Prudential Committee met last Friday, April 22nd, and voted to have an activated carbon filter installed on the Fire District #2 municipal supply well. The carbon filtration system will act as a temporary solution to treat the town’s water supply. APU is expected to cover the costs for this system. The Fire District #2 Prudential Committee will be continuing to work with an engineer to explore alternative solutions for the town’s water supply, which could include a connection to a new water supply.

Bottled water delivery to begin next week —  Starting next week (Mon. May 2), all residents on the on the Pownal Fire District #2 municipal system will be receiving bottled water delivery straight to their homes. Unicorn Management Consultants, LLC (UMC), which is a contractor for APU, will be arranging and paying for home water deliveries. Please view the notice with information that UMC began distributing today for details.

Bottled water pick-up at the Pownal Rescue Squad building will no longer be available after Monday, May 2. For questions on bottled water delivery, contact Michael O’Connor at UMC at (203) 205-9000 ext. 13.

 

Information Resources Available

 

For general PFOA questions and concerns:
Call 2-1-1.
Visit: Vermont DEC PFOA Response PageFor questions about potential health effects of PFOA:
Call the Vermont Department of Health toll-free at 800-439-8550.
Visit: Vermont Department Health PFOA PageYou may also reply to this e-mail with general questions.

 

 

You are receiving this e-mail because you have requested to be updated on Vermont’s PFOA response efforts. Weekly updates are sent out on Thursdays. If you wish to stop receiving these updates, you may unsubscribe at any time using the link at the bottom of this e-mail. Thank you.

 

 

Notice: Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day – May 14, 2016

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Notice: Benmont Avenue Bridge Closure – May 2, 2016

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Project Update: 4/28/16

UPCOMING ONE-DAY BRIDGE CLOSURE SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY, MAY 2, 2016, 7:00 AM-7:00 PM.

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.

UPCOMING CLOSURE: Crews are preparing to install the new girders on phase two of the new bridge. Due to the length of the girders and the equipment required to get them into place, the Benmont Avenue bridge is scheduled to be closed on Monday, May 2, 2016  from  7:00AM to 7:00 PM (Rain Day May 3rd) to unload and install girders. This means that there will be no through traffic on Benmont Ave. for this closure period. Access to all businesses along Benmont Ave. will be maintained throughout the closure period.

A message board will be placed at the south end of the bridge to advise northbound traffic of the closure. On the day of the closure there will be a Sheriff stationed at the south approach throughout the day to assist with traffic control.

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.

Notice: Spring Hydrant Flushing

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Semi-Annual
HYDRANT FLUSHING
Monday through Friday
7:00am thru 5:00pm

MAY 2nd – 6th
and
MAY 9th – 13th

 

  • Bennington’s Hydrant Flushing is a STATE Mandated Program that occurs every April and October.
  • It ensures higher Water Quality and allows for proper Hydrant Maintenance for Fire Protection.
  • You may experience low water pressure.
  • You may also experience discolored water.
  • These are normal and unavoidable side effects of the program.
  • We recommend you schedule clothes washing and other cleaning projects after daily flushing hours and once your water has run clear.
  • If you experience discolored water Run Your Cold Water Until It Is Clear.

Any further questions please call the Bennington Town Offices at 442-1037

Public Works Project List – April 25 – April 29, 2016

Highway Department

Monday
Fairview Street will be closed from 7:00 am-12:00 pm to all through traffic, a crew will be patching excavation with blacktop.

Monday –Friday
Eastside Drive will be closed to through traffic between Crescent Boulevard and Norton Street, a crew will be installing storm drainage infrastructure.

A crew will be doing downtown maintenance in numerous locations throughout the week.

Tuesday – Thursday
A crew will be patching excavations in numerous locations on Vail road, and Austin Hill, lane restrictions and closures may apply.

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.

 

State of VT Southernwestern Vermont Water Update

Gov. Shumlin Announces Positive Developments This Week

 

Gov. Peter Shumlin announced several positive developments this week, including:

  • The potentially-responsible party for the former Warren Wire manufacturing facility in Pownal, APU, has agreed to step forward and cover costs related contamination.
  • Test results from South Hero municipal water supply show no PFOA contamination.
  • Saint-Gobain has agreed to cover costs for two engineering studies in Bennington and North Bennington to explore expansion of municipal water supply infrastructure.
  • Majority of preliminary soil testing results show concentrations of PFOA less than 10 parts per billion. Vermont’s soil screening level is 300ppb.

Read the full press releases here Monday and Tuesday here:
4/18 –
Gov. Shumlin Announces Engineering Study and PFOA Soil Sample Results
4/19 –
APU to Cover Pownal Costs and South Hero Tests Clean

 

Share Your Drinking Water Results With Us

 

If you live outside one of the areas of concern in Bennington, North Bennington, Shaftsbury, or Pownal, and have had your well tested for PFOA in the last two months, consider sharing your analytical report with Department of Environmental Conservation staff. Sharing your results can aid the Department in building a data set that will be used to determine the extent and source of the PFOA release.

Attach your results to an e-mail and send to the one of the following contacts based on where you live:

 

Bennington and North Bennington:
Richard Spiese
richard.spiese@vermont.gov
Pownal:
Trish Coppolino
patricia.coppolino@vermont.gov

 

New set of webpages for Vermont PFOA information

 

The Department of Environmental Conservation is currently transitioning to a new website platform. We apologize for any inconvenience in accessing information as this transition occurs.

The new PFOA webpage can be

accessed here. By clicking on the icon to the left, users can view well sampling information & more for their community.

 

 

North Bennington Update

 

Reminder: Register for Blood Draw Clinics by April 30! — Blood test clinics will be held April 29 through mid-May. You are eligible for the clinics, if:

  1. DEC tested the well of the home in North Bennington/Bennington where you live now, or where you lived any time in the past eight years, and/or –
  2. You worked or lived at the former Chemfab/Saint-Gobain site at 940/1030 Water Street in North Bennington or you work or live there now.

To begin the registration process, complete the online survey by April 30.

 

PFOA Blood Draw Clinic for College Students — The Health Department is offering a special PFOA blood draw clinic for students from eligible households who have been away at college. The clinic will be held at the Health Department district office in Bennington on the morning of Tuesday, May 24. To register your student for this clinic, call the Health Department at 800-439-8550.
Saint-Gobain creates new website for Bennington community —  Saint-Gobain developed a website to specifically outline its response efforts to date in Bennington and North Bennington, and to foster public dialogue between the company and the community. Check it out at www.benningtonwater.com.

 

Advice for gardeners — Based upon the preliminary soil results showing very low concentrations of PFOA in soils, the Agency of Agriculture does not anticipate significant uptake of PFOA into plants and vegetables from garden soils. Gardeners are encouraged to proceed with their plantings and follow two recommendations: 1) Use water containing less than 20 ppt PFOA in your garden and 2) Add clean compost to amend garden soils.

Bottled water pick-up at new location — Residents within expanded areas of concern can now pick up bottled water from D’s Market & Deli at 1404 East Road in Bennington.

Citizen’s Advisory Group — DEC has initiated the possible forming of a Citizen’s Advisory Group to advance citizen’s concerns directly with Saint-Gobain.  The make-up is yet to be determined but would include delegate representatives from citizens, representatives from Saint-Gobain, and could include technical assistance from the Toxics Action Center and DEC.  If you are interested in participating in the formation of this group, please contact Shaina Kasper (Toxics Action Center) at (802) 223-4099.

 

Sample count to-date — More than 300 private drinking water wells in the areas of concern in Bennington and North Bennington have been sampled to date. Results have been received for 232 wells in North Bennington, with 126 containing PFOA above the 20ppt health advisory limit. An additional 64 samples were collected last week from expanded areas of concern near Old Bennington and south of the Old Bennington Landfill.

Drinking water sampling nearby old Bennington Landfill — Private wells continue to be sampled around the closed landfill, mostly in suspect areas in down gradient direction from the landfill. Sampling will continue over the next couple of weeks. If you live in this area (just east of Route 7, north of Routh 279, and west of East Road), sign-up to have your well tested.

 

Reminder! Sign-up for well testing online if within expanded area of concern — View the updated area of interest map. If you have a private well and live within the outlined areas of concern, and have not had your well sampled yet, register now using this online form.

 

Bennington Update

 

Impacted home in Bennington now connected to municipal water — One home that tested positive for PFOA contamination in their well on Northside Drive has officially been connected to the Bennington municipal water supply. This solution may be considered for other nearby homes, pending the outcome of test results this week.

 

Pownal Update

 

More sampling to occur in Pownal — Additional sampling will be occurring at private drinking wells in the following areas.

1. East of the old Pownal Tannery site along Route 346. There are a few homes clustered in this area.

2. North of Church Street in the main village.

This was announced at the community meeting on Tuesday, April 19th. If you have a private well and live in one of these areas, sign-up to have your well sampled using the sign-up reminder info below.

Do you know someone that worked at General Cable? — The Department is interested in speaking directly with former employees at the General Cable facilities in Pownal to collect more details about processes used at the plant. If you or someone you know worked at the plant, please have them contact Trish Coppolino at patricia.coppolino@vermont.gov.
Reminder! Sign-up for well testing online if within area of concern — View the Pownal area of interest map. If you have a private well and live within the outlined area of concern, and have not had your well sampled yet, register now using this online form.

 

Information Resources Available

 

For general PFOA questions and concerns:
Call 2-1-1.
Visit: Vermont DEC PFOA Response Page

For questions about potential health effects of PFOA:
Call the Vermont Department of Health toll-free at 800-439-8550.
Visit: Vermont Department Health PFOA Page

You may also reply to this e-mail with general questions.

Select Board Meeting Agenda – April 25, 2016

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

Monday, April 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 (6:00 PM – 6:05 PM)
    A. Minutes – April 11, 2016
    B. Warrants
  3. Citizens (15 Minutes Maximum) (6:05 PM – 6:20 PM)
  4. Otter Creek Solar LLC Projects Review (6:20 PM – 7:00 PM)
    Battle Creek 1, 2, & 3
  5. Lending Incentive Discussion (7:00 PM – 7:20 PM)
  6. Set Boards & Commissions Schedule (7:20 PM – 7:30 PM)
  7. 2016 Liquor License Applications (If Any) (7:30 PM – 7:35 PM)
  8. Manager’s Report (If Any) (7:35 PM – 7:45 PM)
  9. Other Business (7:45 PM – 7:55 PM)   
  10. Executive Session (7:55 PM)
    A. Real Estate