Archives for July 2016

Notice: Democratic Town Caucus to Elect Nominees to Serve as Justice of the Peace – 7/31/2016

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE DEMOCRATIC TOWN COMMITTEE OF BENNINGTON WILL HOLD A CAUCUS FOR THE PURPOSES OF: (1) ELECTING   NOMINEES TO STAND FOR ELECTION AS JUSTICE OF THE PEACE ON THE 2016 GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT; AND (2) ELECTION OF A TOWN DEMOCRATIC PARTY TREASURER. THE MEETING WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2016 AT 2:00PM AT 423 MAIN STREET, THE PARTY OFFICES.  IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS CONCERNING THIS NOTICE PLEASE CONTACT MARY GERISCH, DEMOCRATIC TOWN CHAIR OF BENNINGTON, AT (802) 379-6311 OR BY EMAIL AT retiredinvermont@hotmail.com.

 

AGENDA

TOWN OF BENNINGTON DEMOCRATIC PARTY CAUCUS

SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2016

  1. Call meeting to order
  2. Introduction of those present
  3. Explanation of Justice of the Peace Duties
  4. Call for nominations for Justice of the Peace
  5. Statements by candidates for Justice of the Peace
  6. Election of Justices of the Peace for Bennington
  7. Call for nominations for Town of Bennington Democratic Party Treasurer
    1. Statements by candidates for
    2. Election of Treasurer
  8. Other Business
  9. Update volunteer lists for August primary
  10. Close of

Public Works Project List – August 1 – August 5, 2016

Town of Bennington Project List
Week of August 1 – August 5, 2016

Wastewater Department
Throughout the week wastewater crews will be raising manholes on Corey Lane for final paving.

Highway Department
Monday-Friday
Branch Street will be closed from Main Street to Gage Street, highway crews will be installing drainage, curb, sidewalks and pavement.

Henry Bridge will be closed to all traffic, a private contractor will be replacing the roof, the bridge will be closed throughout the week.

A crew will be working on the new walking trail from the Bennington College entrance to Hannaford Plaza, no traffic delays will happen this week.

Road side mowing will be taking place in many downtown areas, please use caution when you meet this equipment.

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: Northside Dr Construction, Traffic Pattern Update – 7/26/2016

Walmart Announces Traffic Changes Due to Store Construction

The Northside Drive roundabout work is slated to go into the Fifth and final Phase of construction starting July 27, 2016.  A “No Trucks” detour will be deployed to route larger vehicles around the Rt. 7a work zone in front of the Walmart / Monument Plaza.

Northbound Trucks will be directed from North Street to the Bennington Bypass, VT 7, VT 279 and VT 67a.  Southbound Trucks from VT 67a and VT7a will be directed to the Bennington Bypass and VT7.

Limited turning movements into the Walmart / Monument Plaza will be permitted as this Phase includes the center median island of the roundabout.  The duration of this Phase is approximately 2 weeks long.

Traffic Control Flaggers along with additional temporary signage will be deployed to direct traffic flow.  Expect delays.

For more information, contact Al Maiorino at 860-343-3771.

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Select Board Agenda – July 25, 2016

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Monday, July 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 – 6:10 PM)
A. Minutes – July 11, 2016
Minutes – July 20, 2016
B. Warrants
C. Proclamation – Ride 4 Gabe
3. Citizens (15 Minutes Maximum) (6:10 PM – 6:25 PM)
4. Block Party (6:25 PM – 6:45 PM)
5. Article 30 – Property Maintenance Ordinance
1st Reading (6:30 PM – 7:00 PM)
6. Set FY 2017 Property Tax Rates (7:00 PM – 7:10 PM)
7. Borrowing (F-350, Gator, & Mower) (7:10 PM – 7:20 PM
8. Manager’s Report (If Any) (7:20 PM – 7:30 PM)
9. Other Business (7:30 PM – 7:45 PM)
10.Executive Session
A. Contracts 

 

 

 

 

Public Works Project List – July 25th – July 29th, 2016

Town of Bennington Project List
Week of July 25th – July 29th, 2016

Water Department
On Tuesday water crews will be replacing a water main valve on North Branch Street. North Branch Street will be closed to through traffic from County Street (Brooklyn Bridge) to Chapel Road between 7:30am and 3:00pm. Local residents will be accommodated.

Wastewater Department
Throughout the week wastewater crews will be raising manholes on Corey Lane for final paving.

Highway Department
Monday and Tuesday
Morgan Street will be closed from Main Street to Imperial Avenue, highway crews will be finishing the retaining wall.

Monday-Friday
Branch Street will be closed from Main Street to Gage Street, highway crews will be installing drainage, curb, sidewalks and pavement.

Henry Bridge will be closed to all traffic, a private contractor will be replacing the roof, the bridge will be closed throughout the week.

A crew will be working on the new walking trail from the Bennington College entrance to Hannaford Plaza, no traffic delays will happen this week.

Road side mowing will be taking place in many downtown areas, please use caution when you meet this equipment.

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: Board of Civil Authority Agenda (7/25/2016)

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

Monday July 25, 2016

4:30 PM

Agenda

  1. To Hear Committee Reports on Assessment Grievances

 

Cassandra Barbeau
Town Clerk
Bennington, VT

Notice: Update to Senior Center Hours (July-August)

Beginning Monday July 18 until August 29, the Bennington Senior Center will be closed on Mondays. Beginning Tuesday July 19, the Center will be open 8 am until noon, Tuesday through Thursday, except on August 16, the Battle Day holiday, when it will be closed. Beginning Friday July 22, the Center will be open Fridays 9 am until 3 pm. It will return to regular hours on Monday  August 29.

 

July 18 – August 29

  • Monday – Closed
  • Tuesday – 8am-12pm (noon)
  • Wednesday – 8am-12pm (noon)
  • Thursday – 8am-12pm (noon)
  • Friday – 9am-3pm
  • Saturday – Closed
  • Sunday – Closed

Notice: Select Board Training Session – July 20, 2016

 

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

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Bennington Fire Facility, 3rd Floor
130 River Street Bennington, VT 05201

10:00 AM

A G E N D A

  1. Select Board Training Session – Vermont League of Cities & Towns
    • 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM Understanding and Following Vermont’ s Open Meeting Law
    • 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Quasi-Judicial Roles and Responsibilities of Select Board
    • 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM Managing Conflicts of Interest

Public Works Project List – July 18 – July 22, 2016

Town of Bennington Project List
Week of July 18 – July 22, 2016

Highway Department
Monday – Friday
Morgan Street will be closed from Main Street to Imperial Ave.  A highway crew will be building a new retaining wall along the Cemetery.

Roadside mowing will take place all week, use caution when mowing equipment is in the road.

Monday –
Corey Lane will be paved by a private contractor, lane closure will be in place.

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.

 

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

ALL ABOUT TOWN

by Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager 

The big news is the Putnam Block Redevelopment. A group of investors, including local institutions, local businesses, and individuals has stepped forward to take on this very important project. The group includes the Bank of Bennington, Southwestern Vermont Health Care, Bennington College, Southern Vermont College, Global Z International, Brian McKenna, Anthony and Jacqueline Marro, a group of investors who wish to remain anonymous, and M&S Development, a Brattleboro firm that headed up the major redevelopment of the Brooks House in Brattleboro. There is much work to do before this dream is realized. The Town’s role will be important. It involves grant funds, perhaps tax stabilization, monies from the Town’s economic development fund, cooperation on parking, and infrastructure improvements timed to match the project’s development along Franklin Lane and Washington Avenue. This is a very exciting time.

I note the lawsuit filed against the Town and its Police Department headlined in Tuesday’s Banner (July 12). In instances like this, my staff and I never comment publically on the allegations or the facts in the case. That is standard practice. However, it is interesting to note that the Banner had knowledge of the suit before the Town was served. I leave it to the reader to speculate on that fact.

A second story alleging conflicts of interest in bid awards is off base. The Manager awards contracts for all major projects, those using federal and state funds. Minor contracts are negotiated at the department level with the Manager’s consent. The Select Board and its members are not involved.

Now focusing on projects…the Hunt Street bridge project continues on pace. The last I heard, the State and the contractor were planning on two lane traffic sometime in August. August is also the month that Walmart expects to open its new store and the roundabout at the entrance will be completed. We’ll all breathe a collective sigh of relief when, at last, we can travel Benmont Avenue and Northside Drive unimpeded. Have you noticed the new retaining wall going up along Morgan Street? It is massive and masterful in its construction. Town personal are doing a great job moving the project along. We will gain two to three feet along the road’s shoulder providing much needed space for bicyclists and pedestrians. Within the next few weeks, the Town will begin construction of the Ninja Pathway running from the Bennington College entrance to Hannaford. Sometime later this year, the Town will construct a parking lot for the White Rocks Trail just off North Branch Street.

The PFOA contamination issue and response continues. Personnel from the VT Department of Conservation reported to the Select Board at the June 27th Select Board meeting. A subsequent public meeting was held at Bennington College. Testing continues. The Town and the North Bennington Water Board have been asked to contact impacted property owners to determine interest in connecting to municipal water. For Bennington, it will be via letter to all those impacted with a request for a response as soon as possible. Look for this letter by month end.

The SVSU Act 46 Study Committee has expanded to include community members. Donald Campbell, Anne Mook, and Marie Shutts have been invited to join the BSD contingent. I encourage all residents of the SVSU to follow these proceedings. This is one of the most important discussions undertaken in decades concerning our education system and its governance.

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.