Archives for August 2016

Notice: Final Benmont Bridge Closure – 9/12 thru 9/17

Project Update, 8/30/16, Bennington BRF 1000(16) [Benmont Ave. Bridge]

 

FINAL BRIDGE CLOSURE:

THE BENMONT AVENUE BRIDGE IS SCHEDULED TO CLOSE TO THROUGH TRAFFIC ON MONDAY, 9/12/16 THROUGH SATURDAY, 9/17/16

Weather permitting, all remaining work on the bridge and the approach roadway will be completed during this time period

WHEN THE BRIDGE REOPENS IT WILL BE REOPENED FULLY TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC.

 

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.

CLOSURE: The Benmont Avenue bridge is scheduled to close MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2016 at 7:00 AM. This means that there will be no through traffic on Benmont Ave. throughout this closure period. Access to all businesses along Benmont Ave. will be maintained throughout the closure.

BRIDGE WORK: During the closure period, crews are scheduled to complete the installation of the membrane on the bridge deck concrete. The membrane will protect the concrete from water and salt intrusion and once in place cannot be driven on.  It is estimated that the installation of the membrane will take two work days.  After the membrane is completed, crews will complete the final paving of the bridge and approaches – which is planned to take two more work days.  After paving, expansion joints will be installed at each end of the bridge.  These joints extend across the full width of the roadway and cannot be driven over until completed.  This work should be completed in one day.  Once this is completed final pavement markings will be placed.  When all of this is completed, the bridge will be opened to two-way traffic.

All of the above described work must be done in dry conditions.  If the weather cooperates, the bridge should be re-opened as indicated above.  If any time is lost due to rain, the closure may last a little longer.

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.

Contact Natalie Boyle, Project Outreach Coordinator, GPI, Inc. with any questions or concerns in regard to this project at 802-310-7822, or nboyle@gpinet.com. For additional information regarding the construction project occurring on the Benmont Avenue Bridge this summer please go to our regional Facebook page entitled “VTrans Rutland Region Construction Contracts”. Periodic updates and pictures may be posted from time to time.

Bennington County Household Hazardous Waste Collection – Oct 1, 2016 (Dorset)

The Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance will hold a household hazardous waste collection event on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Dorset School, 130 School Drive in Dorset, VT. The event is free for residents of the towns of Arlington, Bennington, Dorset, Glastenbury, Manchester, Pownal, Rupert, Sandgate, Searsburg, Shaftsbury, Stamford, Sunderland and Woodford. Small businesses from those towns may also bring materials but must pre-pay for the cost of disposal and must register by September 23rd. Visit www.bcswavt.org or visit us on Facebook for details. Contact Michael Batcher at 802-442-0713 or email at mbatcher@bcrcvt.org for more information or for business registration.

This event is funded by the 13 member towns of the Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance along with grant funding from the Agency of Natural Resources and the Agency of Agriculture and Markets.

State of Vermont – PFOA Contamination Update – August 15, 2016

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PFOA Contamination Response: Community Updates
Week of August 15, 2016
You are receiving this e-mail because you have requested to be updated on Vermont’s PFOA response efforts, or because your well was recently sampled. If you wish to stop receiving these updates, you may unsubscribe at any time using the link at the bottom of this e-mail. 

 NOTE: Because the news pace has slowed down, we will now be sending community updates

every other week. 

 Thank you.

After sampling over 500 wells, DEC staff Richard Spiese and John Schmeltzer have become familiar figures in North Bennington. Another familiar face some residents may be starting to recognize is that of Jon Kim, a State geologist with the DEC. Kim has been working in the Bennington area with three student interns from Bennington College, Middlebury College, and the University of Vermont. Together, they are using science and mapping technologies to start identifying how underlying geologic features and drilled well infrastructures play a role in how PFOA has traveled underground in the past decades.

Next week, Kim will be meeting with U.S. Geologic Survey scientists to scope out a project focused on using natural chemical tracers to essentially “date” how long ago existing groundwater supplies took to work its way down from the surface.

Please welcome Jon Kim and his student pros if you see them working in town!

North Bennington & Bennington Update
Sampling your own well? Lab recommendations for you —

Several residents living outside of the area of concern have proceeded with testing private well water for perfluorinated compounds (PFOA, PFOS, etc.). Although we have a national list of labs that test for PFCs posted on the DEC website, we have heard from residents using this list that not all labs will accept individual water samples. Apologies for any frustration this may have caused—we are learning! Below is the name of one lab on the list that has accepted samples from Bennington area residents:

  • South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority
    90 Sargent Drive. New Haven, CT 06511
    (203) 562-4020 | www.rwater.com

If you have had success using another lab, please let DEC know! We will spread the word.

Property values after an environmental pollution event — A major concern of local residents recently is potential impact of PFOA contamination on property values in the area. While there is no simple answer to this concern, DEC staff are committed to sharing any resources or studies found related to the issue.

A U.S. EPA sponsored paper released this year (March 2016) looked at 17 high-profile chemical pollution cases in the U.S. and the impacts on property values in nearby areas. The results suggest that on average, house values depreciated 3% to 6% after the discovery of a contamination issue, but appreciated by the same rate  (3% to 6%) after a clean-up and remediation effort took place. The average effects on property value diminished with distance from the site of contamination.

Updated PFOA Sampling Results — A total of 524 wells have been sampled to date. 259 wells contain PFOA in concentrations above 20 parts per trillion. 71 wells are below 20 parts per trillion, and 194 wells are non-detect.  An updated summary of these testing results will be available on the website next week.

Pownal Update
None this week.
Shaftsbury Update
Private well testing update — Sampling of the residential supply wells within the area of interest occurred between August 8-10th and have been submitted for laboratory analysis.  Results are expected within the next few weeks and homeowners will be contacted with their results as soon as possible.  Sample results will also be posted online when available.
Information Resources Available
For general PFOA questions and concerns:
Call 802-828-1138.
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 – August 22, 2016

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Monday, August 22, 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 – August 8, 2016
B. Warrants
3.Citizens – For Matters Not On Agenda (15 Minutes Maximum)              (6:05 PM – 6:20 PM)
4.Timed Limit Parking Expansion – Main Street (6:20 PM – 6:30 PM)
5.Citizen Survey Discussion (6:30 – 7:00 PM)
6.Updated Conflict Of Interest Policy   (7:00 PM – 7:30)
7.  Bennington Station Lot Line Correction (7:30 PM – 7:45 PM)
8. Manager’s Report (7:45 PM – 7:50 PM)
9. Other Business (7:50 PM – 8:00 PM)
10. Executive Session
A. Contract
B. Real Estate
C. Personnel

 

 

DPW Project List Aug 22-26, 2016

Town of Bennington Project List
Week of August 22 – August 26, 2016

Water Department
Tuesday – Thursday
The Water Department Crew will be assisting a private contractor with new water connections to Applegate Apartments. It will be necessary to close Orchard Road to through traffic Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 7:30am and 5:00pm. Local traffic will be accommodated.

Wastewater Department
All activities for the Wastewater crews this week are expected to be out of the roadway.

Highway Department
Monday – Friday
Main Street between Bradford and Branch Street will again be reduced Single lane traffic as work continues on curbing; Expect minor delays. Please use caution, as men and equipment will be in the roadway.
Branch Street will be closed all week between Main Street and Gage St to continue work on curbing, sidewalk and roadway repairs. Local Traffic will be accommodated when necessary.
Roadside mowing continues throughout town. Please use caution when approaching these areas.

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.

DPW Roadwork Aug 15-19, 2016

Town of Bennington Project List

Week of August 15 – August 19, 2016

 Please Be Advised: Town Offices will be CLOSED on Monday August 15th, 2016 in Observance of the Bennington Battle Day Holiday.

 Water & Wastewater Department

All activities for the Water & Wastewater crews this week are expected to be out of the roadway.

 

Highway Department

Tuesday – Friday

– Main Street between Bradford and Branch Street will be reduced Single lane traffic to work on curbing; Expect minor delays. Please use caution, as men and equipment will be in the roadway.

– Branch Street will be closed all week between Main Street and Gage St to continue work on curbing, sidewalk and roadway repairs. Local Traffic will be accommodated when necessary.

– Construction on the Walking/Bike Path continues between Bennington College and Hannaford Plaza. Please use caution when approaching Silk Road at the Route 67A intersection.

– Roadside mowing continues throughout town. Please use caution when approaching these areas.

– Highway personnel continue to work with a private contractor cleaning numerous catch basins throughout town. Please use caution when approaching as men and equipment may be in the roadway.

 

Private Contractor Work – Paving:

A private contractor is scheduled to begin paving Monument Avenue, Corey Drive and Houran Rd. These areas will be reduced to one-lane traffic; expect minor delays.

A private contractor is also scheduled to mill blacktop on Rte 67A near Silk road and in the Pleasant Street area. Expect Traffic Delays.

 

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.

PRESS RELEASE: BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

The following is a list of the Town of Bennington Boards and Commissions and includes a brief description of the duties of each office and those positions that are available. Bennington residents interested in these positions must submit a letter of interest for the position desired to the Bennington Select Board and send it to the Town Manager’s Office, 205 South Street, P.O. Box 469, Bennington, Vermont 05201, no later than noon on Monday, August 29, 2016.

DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD – The Development Review Board hears and decides upon permit applications regarding development in the Town of Bennington including, Variance Requests, Conditional Use Requests, Site Plans, Design Plans, Planned Unit Developments, Planned Residential Developments, Subdivisions, and Appeals of the Zoning Administrator=s decisions. Board members will be expected to attend at least one training session annually to develop and maintain the skills and knowledge necessary to perform their powers and duties on the Board.

(Appointed to 3 year term)           Term Expires

1 POSITION OPEN                                      5/19

HOUSING AUTHORITY – An autonomous body appointed for terms of five years by the Select Board which acts as the Board of Directors for Housing Authority properties (Willowbrook, Brookside Apartments, Beech Court, and Walloomsac Apartments) and oversees the staff and sets policies for operation.

(Appointed to 5 year term)           Term Expires

1 POSITION OPEN                                      3/18

1 POSITION OPEN                                      3/19

BOARD OF LISTERS – An appointed position with a term of two years. Meetings are held once or twice per month or as needed. The Listers inspect properties, approve assessments developed by the Assessor’s Office and hear and act upon appeals by property owners.

(Appointed to 2 year term)           Term Expires

1 POSITIONS OPEN                                 3/18

PLANNING COMMISSION – An appointed position with a term of four years. Meetings will be established when the Commission meets. This is a five member board. The Planning Commission drafts, revises, updates and upholds the provisions of the Town Plan; makes recommendations to the Select Board regarding amendments to the Zoning Bylaw, sign ordinance, and subdivision regulations; actively participates in the preservation of historic sites and agricultural lands; and is charged with the overall planning of Bennington.

(Appointed to a 4 year term)        Term Expires

1 POSITION OPEN                                  5/20

 

Property Maintenance Ordinance as adopted by the Bennington Select Board on August 8, 2016:

TOWN OF BENNINGTON, VERMONT
ARTICLE 30: PROPERTY MAINTENANCE ORDINANCE

 Article 30-1: Purpose
The purpose of this Civil Ordinance is to abate public nuisances, and to prevent, reduce and eliminate dangers to health, safety and/or welfare associated with neglected or abandoned properties, by regulating the use and maintenance of property within the Town of Bennington.

 Article 30-2: Authorization 

By authority of 24 V.S.A. ch. 59 (§§ 1971, et seq.), municipalities are authorized to adopt and enforce municipal ordinances and rules;

By authority of 24 V.S.A. § 2291(13), municipalities may adopt ordinances to compel cleaning or repair of premises dangerous to public health and safety;

By authority of 24 V.S.A. § 2291(14), municipalities may adopt ordinances to provide procedures for abatement or removal of public nuisances for public health, safety, and/or welfare;

By authority of 24 V.S.A. ch. 83 (§§ 3101, et seq.), municipalities are authorized to adopt building codes; and

By authority of Bennington’s Charter, § 102(b), the Town is authorized to adopt ordinance relating to the use of buildings.

 Article 30-3: Definitions

 A) Building Inspector shall mean the municipal official authorized to administer and enforce the provisions of this Ordinance, or a duly appointed agent of such official.

B) Owner shall mean the owners of record of any Property (as defined in this Ordinance) or their trustees or agents.

C) Public Nuisance shall mean any building, structure or part thereof that is structurally unsafe or hazardous, or which otherwise poses a threat to public health, safety, and/or welfare.

D) Registry shall mean the Registry of Vacant Buildings and Vacant Spaces maintained by the Building Inspector.

E) Vacant Building shall mean any structure or building, including any single family dwelling or two family dwelling, that is unoccupied by any person or is occupied by persons not authorized by the owner for more than 90 days, except for structures under construction pursuant to the terms of a building and/or zoning permit, or under substantial rehabilitation for a period of up to one year from the date that such permit(s) was issued, whichever is later.

F) Vacant Space shall mean any 500 sq. ft. or greater portion of a public building (as defined in the State of Vermont Building Code), other than dwellings or basements, attics or utility rooms, that is unoccupied by any person or is occupied by persons not authorized by the owner for more than 90 days, except for space under construction pursuant to the terms of a building and/or zoning permit, or under substantial rehabilitation for a period of up to one year from the date that such permit(s) was issued, whichever is later.

G) Public Building shall mean any public building as defined in the State of Vermont Building Code, but excluding single family and two family dwelling rentals.

 H) Property shall mean any parcel of real property on which a Public Building or Vacant Building is located and inclusive of all buildings and other improvements thereon and any vacant parcel of real property located in the Central Business zoning district.

Article 30-4: Property Maintenance Obligations

  1. Jurisdiction
    This Ordinance shall apply to Public Buildings and Vacant Buildings and the Property on which they are located within the town of Bennington, and any vacant parcel of real property located in Bennington’s Central Business zoning district. This Ordinance shall not be applicable to single family or two family, owner-occupied dwellings that are not Vacant Buildings, or the property on which such single family or two family dwellings are located.
  2.  General Provisions
    An Owner of any Property within the Town of Bennington shall:
    A)Properly maintain the exterior of all buildings thereon including, but not limited to, finishes, roofing, windows, trim, etc. so as to address and minimize deterioration, blight, and dilapidation;
    B)Promptly correct significant, visible deterioration of building materials including, but not limited to, rotting wood, crumbling brick, chipped paint, etc.;
    C) Maintain such property and all buildings thereon clean and free of rubbish, debris, and graffiti;
    D)Keep such property free from vegetation overgrowth;
    E)Ensure that the structural integrity of all buildings is not compromised by weather conditions;
    F)Ensure that the interior of all buildings remain free from standing water, and to the extent that it is not a significant health hazard, free from mold;
    G)Ensure all buildings have adequate, interior lighting, as well as exterior lighting necessary for public safety;
    H)Promptly install an authorized on-site, emergency access key box (i.e. Knox Box) on any vacant commercial building for emergency access by police and fire professionals;
    I)Ensure that all buildings remain in continued compliance with all applicable building, fire prevention, zoning or other applicable codes, regulations or laws for the current occupancy, or, if such building(s) or portion(s) thereof are vacant, ensure that the Vacant Buildings or Spaces comply with all applicable building, fire prevention, zoning or other applicable code, regulation or law for the previous or intended occupancy;
    J)Keep Vacant Buildings or Spaces secured so as to prevent entry by unauthorized persons;
    K)Remove or remediate any unsafe condition present in any Vacant Building or Space including, but not limited to, removal of combustible waste or refuse in or around the Vacant Building or Space;
    L)If a structure is removed, reclaim as greenspace the land on which the structure was located until a time when re-development occurs.
  3. Broken Windows
    Plywood is permitted to cover broken windows for a period of up to 30 days, after which it must be replaced by new glass windows or, by appropriate building materials painted in a manner that imitates the original window design.

 Article 30-5: Notice and Inspection of Property

1. Inspection

 A. The Building Inspector may inspect the exterior and interior of any Property, Public Building, Vacant Building or Vacant Space and render a determination as to:
i. Whether the Owner is in compliance with all Property Maintenance Obligations as set forth in this ordinance and/or
ii. Whether the building constitutes a Public Nuisance as defined herein.

B. Where access is necessary for inspection, the Building Inspector shall notify the Owner or designated local agent of the date and time of any such inspection, which notice shall be mailed at least 10 days prior to such inspection. Such notice shall be deemed received by the Owner if it is sent by certified mail to the address on file with the Town for real estate tax purposes, or such other address as the Owner may designate by written notice to the Building Inspector. The Owner or designated local agent shall arrange for the Building Inspector’s entry into the building at the designated time, or shall contact the Building Inspector to arrange for a different, mutually convenient time within the 10-day period following the inspection date first noticed under this section. Inspections may take place without 10 days prior notice if the Building Inspector determines that an imminent danger may exist to public health, safety or welfare, but in such instance the Building Inspector shall attempt to contact the owner or the owner’s agent immediately upon determining that an inspection is warranted with less notice than 10 days prior notice, and shall specify in such contacts the date and time of the inspection.

2. Inspection Report

A.Following any inspection made under this Article, the Building Inspector may issue a written Inspection Report stating:

i. Whether the Owner is in compliance with all Property Maintenance Obligations as set forth in this Ordinance; and/or

ii. Whether the building constitutes a Public Nuisance; and/or

iii. Any conditions that must be met or remediation that the Owner must complete to bring the Property or Vacant Space into compliance with this Ordinance.

 Article 30-6: Registration of Vacant Building and Spaces

  1. Registration
    A)On a form approved by the Building Inspector (Vacant Building Form), an Owner of a Vacant Building or Vacant Space shall register the Vacant Building or Space with the Building Inspector within 60 days of the effective date of this Ordinance, or of the building or space becoming a Vacant Building or Space as defined herein.
    B) Registration of a Vacant Building or Space shall:
    i. State the Owner’s name, address, and telephone number; and
    ii. For an Owner residing more than 40 miles from Bennington, designate and provide the name, address, and telephone number of a local agent   with access to the Vacant Building or Space who is authorized to act on behalf of the Owner; and
    iii. List all persons authorized to be present in the building or on the premises; and
    iv.Certify that the Owner of the Vacant Building or Space is in compliance with this Ordinance, or state the areas of non-compliance; and
    v.Grant consent for the Building Inspector to inspect the premises; and
    vi. Provide floor plans and square footage of the Vacant Building or Space and any other property information required by the Building Inspector.

C) A Vacant Building or Vacant Space registration decal shall be provided by the Building Inspector. Such decal shall indicate, at a minimum, the  property owner’s name, or designated representative’s name and phone number, and shall be placed in a conspicuous location on the property, which is visible from the public right-of-way.
D) An Owner of a Vacant Building or Space shall notify the Building Inspector of any change in the occupancy of a building or space registered as a Vacant Building or Space, upon which notice the subject premises shall be removed from the Registry.
E) An Owner of a Vacant Building or Space shall notify the Building Inspector within 30 days of any change in the Owner’s name, address, or telephone number, and/or of any change of the name, address, or telephone number for the Owner’s local agent, if applicable.
F) The Building Inspector may deem a building or space to be a Vacant Building or Space for purposes of this Ordinance and add it to the Registry if, in his or her reasonable judgment, the building or space meets the definition set forth in this Ordinance. The Building Inspector shall provide notice of such designation (Vacant Building Notice) along with a request to complete a Vacant Building Form to the Owner by certified mail to the address on file with the Town for real-estate tax purposes.

Article 30-7: Remediation and Enforcement
1. Remediation 
A) An Owner shall have 30 days from receipt of the Inspection Report to satisfy the conditions as set forth in the Inspection Report and/or complete such remediation as may be necessary to satisfy all Property Maintenance Obligations set forth in this Ordinance, unless otherwise ordered by the Building Inspector.
B) Upon the Building Inspector’s determination that each condition has been satisfied and that all such remediation has been completed in satisfaction of this Ordinance, the Building Inspector shall issue a Certificate of Remediation to the Owner.

2. Enforcement
A) Upon a determination that the Owner has failed to take action as required pursuant to this Ordinance, the Building Inspector shall serve a        notice    of violation upon the Owner pursuant to the procedure set forth in Bennington Housing, Building and Life Safety Ordinance, directing compliance with this Ordinance.

B)If the Owner shall fail to comply or to remedy a violation within seven (7) days of a notice of violation, or has failed to register a Vacant Building or Space as required herein, the Building Inspector may:

i. Impose a civil fine of up to $250.00 per day; and/or
ii.Commence an enforcement action before the Judicial Bureau or the Vermont Superior Court, as applicable pursuant to 24 V.S.A. § 1974a, or seek any other remedy at law or equity, including injunctive relief. If an action is commenced pursuant to this Article, the Town shall be entitled to recover reasonable enforcement costs, including attorneys’ fees.

C) Nothing herein shall impair the authority of the Town to seek a court order on a more expedited basis if the Building Inspector determines that more prompt action is required due to specific risks or conditions associated with a property, or to secure collection of fines accrued or accruing hereunder. All remedies provided under this section are cumulative to other remedies at law and equity. Failure to adhere to the procedure prescribed in this section shall not bar relief or remedy if such failure does not prejudice a person interested and merely constitutes harmless error. 

Article 30-9: Severability and Other Ordinances

Each section of this Ordinance and every part of each section is an independent section or part of a section. If any section or part of a section should be held unconstitutional, void, or ineffective for any reason, it shall not affect the validity or constitutionality of any other section or part hereof. Nothing in this Ordinance shall be deemed to supersede or limit any other ordinance, rule, law or regulation, but shall be considered supplemental to other ordinances, rules, laws or regulations. If another ordinance, rule, law or regulation imposes stricter or more restrictive requirements or obligations upon an Owner, such stricter or more restrictive requirements or obligations shall apply. 

THIS ORDINANCE IS HEREBY ADOPTED by the Select Board of the Town of Bennington this 8th day of August, 2016 and shall, unless a petition is filed as provided by law, become effective upon the expiration of 60 days after said date.

Select Board

Town of Bennington, Vermont

 

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Thomas H. Jacobs, Chair

 

 

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Michael A. Keane, Vice Chair

 

 

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Donald Campbell

 

 

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Jim Carroll

 

 

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Jeanne Conner

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Justin J. Corcoran

 

 

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Jeannette Jenkins

 

 TOWN OF BENNINGTON, VERMONT

For questions or comments on the above Town of Bennington’s – Article 30 ordinance, please contact Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager at (802) 442-1037 or mail at 205 South Street, P. O. Box 469, Bennington, VT 05201

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Town Manager’s Column: (August 2016)

IMG_3585ALL ABOUT TOWN

by Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager 

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 in the lower Chapel Road area. The Town and the North Bennington Water Board have been asked to contact impacted property owners to determine interest in connecting to municipal water. If you wish to have your well tested, please go to http://dec.vermont/commissioners-office/pfoa. 

For Bennington, letters to all those living in impacted areas have been mailed. A postage pre-paid postcard is included for property owners’ response. We ask that you return the postcard no later than August 31, 2016. It is very important that you respond. It will help the State and the Town gauge property owner interest in connecting to municipal water. This documentation will play an important role in future negotiations with the potentially responsible party(s). If you have had your well tested but don’t have the results, please fill out the postcard anyway indicating your desire to connect or not and return it. Please fill in your return address. Some folks have not included their return address. We can’t know who you are or where you are without it. As if this writing, I have received 238 responses out of 450 mailings.

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. This Committee is discussing the potential consolidation of the various elementary school districts within the SVSU. If completely successful, a new governing entity will be created replacing the SVSU and MAU with a combined K – 12 education board. There is a potential for a reduction in the educational tax rate as well for all districts over the next 5 years. The next meeting of this committee is scheduled for August 16th at the SVSU offices. 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.

The Bennington Select Board has voted to sell the approximately 6 acre Barney Road parcel to the State of Vermont for a truck chain up area. Required by law, a notice of the sale should be posted soon. The State will pay the Town $40,000 and meet certain site conditions such as landscaping and parking for access to the Roaring Branch River for recreational purposes. The monies will be placed in the Pathway reserves to provide local match funding for several pathway projects now underway.

The Select Board also passed the Property Maintenance Ordinance (Article 30). Its purpose is to abate public nuisances and prevent, reduce, and eliminate dangers to the health, safety, and welfare of the community associated with neglected or abandoned properties. It excludes owner-occupied single family and two family homes.

This coming weekend celebrates Bennington Battle Day. Members of the USS Bennington will be in Town Saturday to conduct the Memorial Service ceremony at the Bell Memorial on the lawn of the Town Offices at noon. A donated US Flag flown from the Bennington during the Apollo 4 retrieval will fly this weekend.

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.

 

Bennington Battle Day 2016 Event Schedule

IMG_1326FRIDAY AUGUST 12th
11 am-2 PM – Hot Sausage, Burgers, Hot Dog Lunch will be available to purchase at the Bennington Fire Station. (Served by members of the Bennington Fire Department)
4 PM – Until gone – Chicken Barbecue Dinner, $10.00 per person at the Bennington Fire Station
4:00 PM-9:00 PM Silent Auction Bennington Fire Station
5:00 PM-VSFA Executive Board Meeting – Bennington Station Restaurant, 150 Depot Street, Happy Hour and Dinner
6:00 PM-8:00 PM – Car Cruise. Bennington Fire Station. Parade down Main Street at 8:15 PM. Open to the Public
6:00 PM-10:00 PM – Las Vegas Night with DJ Ben Patten from Magic 590 AM & 100.5 FM. Open to public – at the Bennington Fire Station

SATURDAY AUGUST13th
7:30 AM – 12:00 PM VSFA Registration. Bennington Fire Station
8:00 AMVendors – Bennington Fire Station
8:00 AMPre-registration – Battle Day 5k Road Race at Bennington Monument – Old Bennington
8:30 AMVSFA Memorias Service. 3rd Floor of the Bennington Fire Station
9:15 AMVSFA Annual Meeting. 3rd Floor of the Bennington Fire Station
9:30 AM5k Road Race to start and end at the Bennington Monument – Old Bennington
10 AM-12 PM (Noon) – Kids’ Day – Bennington Rec Center, 655 Gage Street. Sponsored by the Bennington Fire Department.
11:15 AM VSFA Sports Committee Judges’ and Captain Meeting. (To Be Annouced)
11:30 AMVSFA Sports Parade lineup. (To Be Annouced)
12:00 PM – 12:15 PM – VSFA Sports Parade and Opening Ceremonies. (To Be Annouced)
12:00 PMUSS Bennington Memorial Service – Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Ship’s Bell – Bennington Town Office, 205 South Street. Public is welcome
12:30 PM(approximate) Until Done. VSFA Sports Games. Awards immediately after the games
6:00 PM – Softball game between Bennington Firefighters and Bennington Police – Willow Park
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – VSFA Annual Awards Banque Social Hour – Mount Anthony Country Club 108 Country Club Drive
7:00 PM – VSFA Annual Dinner and Awards Presentation Mount Anthony Country Club 108 Country Club Drive

SUNDAY AUGUST 14th
8:00 AM
– Vendors. Bennington Fire Station
8:00 AM – Judges’/Officers’ Breakfast – Jensen’s Restaurant – 332 North Street
10:00 AM – VSFA Apparatus Judging ( VSFA Departments only ) Bennington Fire Station back parking lot
10:00 AM-12:30PM – Parade Lineup
12:30PM – Battleday Parade begins. Main & Safford Street to Depot Street, North on Depot Street to River Street, River Street to Fire Station. Reviewing at intersection of Route 7 & Route 9. Length of marching route is one mile
4:00 PM – Trophies presented and raffle winners drawn