Archives for June 2016

Board of Civil Authority – Agenda – July 11, 2016

Town of Bennington

BOARD OF CIVIL AUTHORITY

Town Clerk’s Office

205 South Street, Bennington, VT

Monday July 11, 2016

5:00 PM

Agenda

  1. To Hear Assessment Grievances

 

Press Release: Town of Bennington Offers New Lending Options to Foster Downtown Growth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 29, 2016

Town of Bennington Offers New Lending Options
to Foster Downtown Growth

BENNINGTON, VERMONT (June 29, 2016)– In May the Bennington Select Board adopted three new business and residential incentive programs that will directly impact the community’s downtown core. The three programs use funds already earmarked for economic and community development efforts, but put a fine point on a broad brush as to how a portion of these funds can be applied.

“These programs are designed to achieve three objectives for Bennington,” said Michael Harrington, the Town’s economic and community development director. “The first, to facilitate the timely opening or expansion of a business; second, to encourage property owners to reinvest in their buildings; and finally, to increase residential density in the downtown.”

The programs identified below focus on Bennington’s Historic Design Review District and include additional sections along the Route 7 and Route 9 corridors. Harrington shared the Town’s overall goal for this effort by saying, “quality infrastructure, strong community support, and more feet on the street are the cornerstones to a vibrant downtown, and that is what we are hoping to facilitate with the implementation of these programs.”

  1. Matching Grant / Forgivable Loan Program

The goal of this program is to encourage property owners to undertake, and complete, capital improvement projects that will enhance critical infrastructure within Bennington’s Historic Design Review District, including portions of Main Street from Convent Avenue to Branch Street, and Route 7 from County Street, south to Weeks Street. The source of funding for these projects will come from the Bennington Economic Development Fund. To be considered eligible for this program, applicants must complete a pre-screening process by the Office of Economic and Community Development, which will assess overall impact of the project based on a variety of factors (job creation, community impact, financial viability, etc.). The owner’s investment in the project must be at least equal to, if not greater than, the funding request. Applications must receive select board approval and focus on capital improvements of a downtown building (i.e. façade, interior redevelopment, code improvement, etc.). Funds will be assigned in the form of a secured, deferred loan with accruing interest as part of a highly competitive review process. The decision to forgive both principal and accrued interest will be at the discretion of the Select Board if/when the project is completed and all conditions of the loan have been met. Failure to meet these conditions will result in the activation of the amortization pay-back schedule and repayment required as set forth in the loan agreement.

  1. Low Interest Business Facilitation Loan Program

The goal of this program is to remove roadblocks that would otherwise prevent the timely opening or expansion of a business in Bennington’s Historic Design Review District, including portions of Main Street from Convent Avenue to Branch Street, and Route 7 from County Street, south to Weeks Street. Funds earmarked for this program will come from the Bennington Revolving Business Loan Program. To be considered eligible for this program, applicants must complete a pre-screening process by the Office of Economic and Community Development, which will assess overall impact of the project based on a variety of factors (job creation, community impact, financial viability, etc.). The owner’s investment in the project must be at least equal to, if not greater than, the loan request. Funds will be offered with terms that are highly competitive with regards to amortization and interest (i.e. This rate would be lower than the standard municipal loan interest rate, which is ½ of the prime interest rate, plus two points.). Funds for this project shall be used for façade improvements, lighting, ventilation, code improvements, or other capital building improvements. This loan is borne by the business owner, who could also be the property owner, and would require collateralization, as determined by Bennington Select Board.

  1. Upper Floor Residential Loan Program

The goal of this program is to increase housing density in Bennington’s Historic Design Review District, including portions of Main Street from Convent Avenue to Branch Street, and Route 7 from County Street, south to Weeks Street. Funds earmarked for this program will come from the Bennington Revolving Housing Loan Program and will be used to supplement the owner’s capital expenditures to renovate and/or convert upper floor space to market-rate housing or above. The owner’s investment in the project must be at least equal to, if not greater than, the loan request. To be considered eligible for this program, applicants must complete a pre-screening process by the Office of Economic and Community Development, which will assess overall impact of the project based on a variety of factors (Unit size and capacity, community impact, financial viability, etc.). Funds will be offered with terms that are highly competitive with regards to amortization and interest (i.e. This rate would be lower than the standard municipal loan interest rate, which is ½ of the prime interest rate, plus two points.). This loan is borne by the property owner, and requires collateralization, as determined by the Bennington Select Board.

Property owners looking to participate in one or more of these programs are encouraged to contact Michael Harington at the Office of Economic and Community Development at 802-442-1037 or mharrington@benningtonvt.org.

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 Attachment:    Downtown Map - Google (with loan boundry)


For more information about this press release:
Michael Harrington
Economic and Community Development Director and Communications Liaison
Town of Bennington, Vermont
802-447-9710
mharrington@benningtonvt.org

Notice: PFOA Community Meeting – Wednesday, June 29th at Bennington College

Vermont

Community Meeting
Wednesday, June 29th
Bennington College – CAPA Lecture Hall5:30PM

State officials, local officials, and contracted engineers will host a public meeting to discuss preliminary engineering reports for municipal drinking water line extensions in North Bennington and Bennington. State officials will also provide updates on the blood clinics and water sampling results.  Residents of North Bennington and Bennington are encouraged to attend.  The meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 5:30 PM, at Bennington College’s Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA) Symposium Room. DEC staff will be available starting at 4:30 to meet with residents individually to discuss their concerns.  Click here for the press advisory for the community meeting.

PFOA Update: Bennington and North Bennington (6/27/2016)

PFOA Contamination Response: Community Updates

Week of 06/20/2016

Community Meeting on Wednesday, June 29th at 5:30 PM at Bennington College
State officials, local officials, and contracted engineers will host a public meeting to discuss preliminary engineering reports for municipal drinking water line extensions in North Bennington and Bennington. State officials will also provide updates on the blood clinics and water sampling results.  Residents of North Bennington and Bennington are encouraged to attend.  The meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 5:30 PM, at Bennington College’s Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA) Symposium Room. DEC staff will be available starting at 4:30 to meet with residents individually to discuss their concerns.  Click here for the press advisory for the community meeting.
North Bennington & Bennington Update
Revised preliminary engineering study for Bennington — A revised preliminary engineering study for extending the Bennington drinking water distribution lines is available here. The preliminary engineering study for North Bennington is available here. The DEC is expecting to receive a revised study for North Bennington next week and will publish it as soon as it is received.

Sampling efforts and point-of-entry treatment system results —  Since June 1, the DEC has received sampling results from 38 more private wells. A list of the results is available here, as well as an updated map here. This map shows an expanded area of interest to the east and southeast.  A total of 213 point-of-entry-treatment (POET) systems have been installed to date on impacted homes in the area. Twenty-one more are scheduled for installation.

Reminder! Sign-up for well testing online — Residences with private wells within the expanded area of interest east and southeast of the landfill, including those on Chapel Road, Furnace Brook Road, Reed Drive and Bradley Drive are encouraged to sign-up online to schedule drinking water sampling. Also, any residence located within the area of interest in Bennington or North Bennington that has not yet had a private well sample collected should also sign-up.  This includes those residences on Harwood Hill Road south of the Shaftsbury Town Line Road, Settlers Road, Spring Hill Road, Town Line Road, Rocky Lane, and East Road.

Site investigation at Chemfab facility — Site investigators finished drilling last week at the former Chemfab facility on 1030 Water Street to establish on-site monitoring wells. They will begin sampling next week.

Pownal Update
Water filtration units delivered — Four Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) units have been installed at the site in Pownal.  Over the next week, Unicorn Consulting will assemble the treatment system components, disinfect and flush the filters, and test the water quality processing system.

Well sampling in North Pownal to continue —  DEC would like to sample private drinking water wells located south of Cedar Hill Road, and north of North Pownal Road, Deer Hill Road, and Murphy Lane.  DEC is sending letters  to property ownwers in these areas to let them know they are elibile to have their drinking water tested at no cost.  If you live in this area and have not had your well sampled, please sign-up online to arrange a sample date or call Trish Coppolino at (802) 249-5822.

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.

Invitation to Bid: 2002 GMC Sierra 2500 For Sale (Bids due by July 1, 2016)

Town of Bennington
Invitation to Bid

2002 GMC SIERRA 2500 PICK-UP

The Town of Bennington’s Building & Grounds Department is accepting sealed bids for the sale of a town service truck by Friday, July 1st, 2016, until noon at the Bennington Town Offices located at 205 South Street, P.O. Box 469, Bennington, VT 05201.  The vehicle for sale is a 2002 GMC Sierra 2500, extended cab, 4-WD Pick-Up Truck.  The truck is equipped with a V-8 gas motor and an automatic transmission with approximately 74,000 miles.  A minimum bid of $2,000.00 will be required to be considered a viable bid.  The successful bidder must pay with a certified bank check.  This truck is being bid as is/as seen with no warrantees of any type express or implied.  The Town also reserves the right to reject any or all bids.  For more information on this vehicle or to make an appointment to view the vehicle, please contact Mark Sawyer at the Bennington Town Offices at (802) 447-9717.

Notice: Bennington Town Fireworks – July 4th, Willow Park, at Dusk

The Town of Bennington will be holding its Independence Day fireworks celebration on July 4, 2016 at Willow Park, beginning at dusk (approximately 9:30).

For more information, contact the Bennington Town Offices at 802-442-1037.

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

IMG_3585ALL ABOUT TOWN

by Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager

Last year at this time, I outlined all the pedestrian and bike path projects the Town was working on. I am pleased to tell you that, in every instance, but the Franklin Lane project, we’ve made headway.

Kocher Drive, from Aldi to East Road: This project involves a shared use bike path with signalized intersection improvements at Route 7/Kocher Drive. We are in the final design phase.

The Ninja Trail, from Hicks Avenue to Bennington College entrance: this proposed path is 2.12 miles long beginning at the pedestrian bridge on Hicks Avenue and running along the Walloomsac River behind Walmart and Hannaford to the entrance to Bennington College. Within a matter of weeks the Town will construct the portion from the Bennington College entrance to Hannaford. The Walmart segment is completed. We are working with Hannaford and Gordon Development to finalize an easement along the river. We are negotiating with the Federal Highway Administration to allow the trail to pass under Route 279. Federal funds have been secured for this project. It is planned to be phased in over the next 3 years.

Benmont Avenue Bike/Ped Improvements, from the Holden/Leonard Mill complex to Hunt Street: A state and federal grant has been secured. A design consultant will be selected this month.

Bennington Rail/Trail, at long last, the final design is moving forward incorporating the run around rail at the western terminus of the trail. Construction is projected to begin in 2018.

Applegate to Willowbrook Path: This project will connect these two developments with a shared use path that will provide safe passage to Northside Drive. Design is complete. Fund raising for the local share, now 20% thanks to the Legislature, is underway. Schedule for completion 2017.

Pleasant Street/School Street Enhancements, focusing only on Pleasant Street this year, this project is ready to go. Sidewalks are in. Paving will take place soon. The School Street portion still requires some easements before proceeding.

Franklin Lane: This project is on hold until new owners of the Putnam complex are in place and a plan for development in place.

Greenberg Headwaters Park Trail Network: This recently acquired parcel already has an existing network of trails. The Park is now open. Kiosks and trails are in. Parking areas are installed. The kayak launch is in design. The permitting process has begun for the bog bridges. Schedule for completion: 2017 The Management Plan has been approved.

The PFOA contamination issue and response continues. Personnel from the VT Department of Conservation will be at the June 27th Select Board meeting with a full report. Testing continues. The Town and the North Bennington Water Board have been asked to expand the preliminary engineering studies. Negotiations on payment are underway.

The SVSU Act 46 Study Committee is expanding to include community members. Donald Campbell, Anne Mook, and Marie Shutts have been invited to join the BSD contingent. While this committee continues to move forward without much media coverage or public participation, I dare say it is one of the most important discussions about our education system and its governance undertaken in decades.

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 (June 20 – June 24, 2016)

Town of Bennington Project List

Week of June 20 – June 24, 2016

Highway Department

Monday –Friday Crews will be regrading driveways and lawns along the newly paved streets, Oakes Street, Rockwood Street, Crescent Blvd., Eastside Drive, Westside Drive and Transportation Drive, please use caution as highway personnel and equipment will be in the road.

  • A crew will be starting the sewer/stormwater /paving project on Corey Lane, residents will be allowed to enter and exit their residences with little delay.
  • A crew will be finishing pavement markings this week, use caution when entering the work zones.
  • Roadside mowing will take place all week, use caution when mowing equipment is in the road.

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:

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

 

 

 

Notice: Planning Commission Meeting Agenda (6/20/16)

TOWN OF BENNINGTON
PLANNING COMMISSION

Bennington Town Clerk’s Office
205 South Street, Bennington, Vermont

Monday, June 20, 2016
5:00 p.m.

AGENDA

 

  1. Review of plan for solar array proposed for parcel located east of North Bennington Road and west of Route 7A (behind Home Depot and Carbone Auto Dealerships)
  1. Other Business

Notice: Water Quality Report 2016

To view Bennington’s 2016 Water Quality Report, click here.