Archives for September 2016

DPW Roadwork Oct 03 – 07, 2016

Town of Bennington Project List
Week of October 03 – 07, 2016

Paving Locations this week by private contractor (expected in this order):

Intersection 67A & Silk Road

  • Morse Road
  • Orchard Road
  • Morgan Street
  • Branch Street
  • South Branch St

 

Additionally…..

  • Branch Street will remain closed to through traffic all week between Main and Gage Streets; Wastewater and Highway crews will be preparing the roadway for final paving by a private contractor (later in the week). Local Traffic will continue to be accommodated.
  • Gage Street – On Tuesday Water Crews will be repairing a water line on Upper Gage Street. One-lane traffic will be accommodated. No service interruption is expected. Please use caution, as men and equipment will be in the roadway.
  • Lyons Street – On Monday Water Crews will be repairing a water leak on Lyons Street. One-lane traffic will be accommodated. No service interruption is expected. Please use caution, as men and equipment will be in the roadway.
  • Main Street (North Side) between Bradford and Branch Streets highway crews will be pouring new sidewalks. Additionally on Tuesday a contractor will be transferring the traffic light at Main St and Branch St to a new pole. One-lane traffic will be accommodated during this time, please use caution and expect delays.
  • North Street – will be closed to all through traffic beginning at 8:00PM Thursday night between Main Street and Gage Street. Water crews will replace a leaking water valve. Officers will be detouring traffic to Depot Street during this time. Water Service in this area may be affected. Prior Notification will be given to those expected to be affected.
  • South Street – will be closed to all through traffic beginning at 8:00PM Tuesday night between Main Street and Union Street. Water crews will replace a leak. Officers will be detouring traffic to Union Street during this time. Water Service in this area may be affected. Prior Notification will be given to those expected to be affected.
  • South Branch Street will remain closed to through traffic all week, as Wastewater and Highway crews will be preparing the roadway for final paving by a private contractor (later in the week). Local Traffic will continue to be accommodated.
  • 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.

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

Oral Health Commission – Agenda (10/05/2016)

Oral Health Commission
October 5, 2016
5:30 p.m.
Town Hall Conference Room

Agenda

  1. Minutes
  2. Discuss and summarizing of opportunities
  3. Discussion of letter to Select Board
  4.  Next meeting

Notice: Water and Sewer Bills Due by Friday, Oct 7, 2016

Town of Bennington water and sewer bills are due to the Collections Office by the end-of-day on Friday, October 7, 2016. For more information, contact the Bennington Collections Office at 802-442-1046.

Collections (Taxes)

Notice: County Solid Waste Alliance Public Meeting – Oct 11, 2016 – Arlington Town Hall

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Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance Meeting
The Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the Arlington Town Hall, 3828 VT Route 7A, Arlington, VT 05250. The purpose of the meeting is to develop a budget for the period July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 and to offer members of the public an opportunity to discuss programs and activities of the Alliance with the Alliance board. The mission of the Alliance is to reduce the amount of waste disposed in landfills, by incineration or similar means by reducing the amount of waste generated, conserving resources and promoting recycling and reuse. The Alliance consists of the towns of Arlington, Bennington, Dorset, Glastenbury, Manchester, Pownal, Rupert, Sandgate, Searsburg, Shaftsbury, Stamford, Sunderland and Woodford. For more information, please visit www.bcswavt.org or contact Michael S. Batcher at (802) 442-0713 x 2 or mbatcher@bcrcvt.org.

Notice: Early Absentee Ballots for Nov 8th Election Available at Town Clerk’s Office

Early absentee ballots are now available for the November 8th General Election.  You can vote in person at the Town Clerk’s Office during regular business hours or request one be mailed to you by calling (802) 442-1043 or emailing cbarbeau@benningtonvt.org.  Sample ballots are also available for viewing by logging on to the Statewide My Voter Page at  https://mvp.sec.state.vt.us/  or the Town Clerk’s page at http://benningtonvt.org/departments/town-clerk/elections/sample-ballots/ .  As we approach Election Day, there will be additional weekend hours available for absentee balloting as well. 

Bennington Select Board Meeting Agenda – (September 26, 2016)

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Monday, September 26, 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 – September 12, 2016
    Minutes – September 19, 2016
    B. Warrants
  3. Citizens – For Matters Not On Agenda (15 Minutes Maximum)          (6:05 PM – 6:20 PM)
  4. Madison’s Sidewalk Seating Design Request (6:20 PM – 6:50 PM) 
  5. Hotel Study Proposal (6:50 PM – 7:20 PM) 
  6. Revised Town-Wide Housing Loan Program
    Final Reading (7:20 PM – 7:40 PM) 
  7. Appointments to Boards & Commissions (7:40 PM – 7:45 PM)
    Development Review Road
    Planning Commission
  8. 2016 Grand List – Errors & Omissions (7:45 PM – 7:50 PM)
  9. Manager’s Report (7:50 PM – 8:05 PM) 
  10. Other Business (8:05 PM – 8:20 PM)

 

 

 

DPW Project list – Sept 26-30, 2016

Town of Bennington Project List
Week of September 26 – September 30, 2016

 

  • Benmont Avenue Bridge is now OPEN in both directions
  • Branch Street will remain closed between Main and Gage Streets, crews will be pouring sidewalks and grading for blacktop.
  • Roadside mowing continues throughout town.  Please use caution when approaching these areas.
  • A crew will be patching water digs at numerous locations most of the week.
  • South Branch Street will be closed to through traffic on Tuesday, a private contractor will be milling the road surface.
  • A crew will be working on Main Street, between Bradford and Branch Streets, preparing for new sidewalk and patching curb.

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: Bennington Community Forum on School Consolidation – Sept 27th at 6PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 19, 2016

Town and SVSU to Co-Sponsor School Consolidation Forum As Act 46 Committee Chooses to Disband

BENNINGTON – The Town of Bennington and the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union will hold a community-wide forum on school consolidation on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 6:00PM at the Bennington Fire Station located at 130 River Street, Bennington.

The decision to hold this forum comes on the heels of the local Act 46 Study Committee’s decision to disband earlier this month as a way to allow the North Bennington Graded School the opportunity to pursue other consolidation alternatives.

Tuesday’s forum will include panelists from the school system and Town, as well as a specialist from the Vermont Agency of Education, and will be moderated by Bennington’s Town Manager, Stuart Hurd. “Our hope is to provide the public with fact-based information on possible solutions for consolidation, while also clarifying some questions surrounding the law itself,” said Hurd.

This event is the first in a series of forums aimed at moving Bennington and surrounding school districts through the consolidation process. All interested individuals from Bennington, Pownal, Woodford, North Bennington, and Shaftsbury are encouraged to attend.

[Vermont] Act 46 is a new education law that encourages and eventually requires school districts to merge into larger units over the next four years in an effort to better serve students and better manage costs. – VTDigger (Decoding Act 46: What it Means, How it Works, 2015)

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Town Manager’s Column: (September 2016)

shurd3ALL ABOUT TOWN
by Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager
September 2016

The PFOA contamination issue and response continues. Vermont DEC has planned another public meeting for Wednesday September 28th at Bennington College’s CAPA at 6 pm. Bids have been received for the first project to connect those with contaminated wells where the municipal service is directly available. This project does include a small water main extension along Waite Drive to pick up an additional three homes. Currently, the State is planning to pay for this, but negotiations are on-going with Saint-Gobain to have them pay for this project. The Town’s survey responses continue to trickle in. Of 435 mailings to those in affected areas, 368 have been returned. Of those 293 seek connection to the municipal system; 53 have indicated they do not wish to connect. Some were already connected; some responses were open land with no buildings.

The SVSU Act 46 Study Committee has voted to disband in order to allow North Bennington to pursue its K-12 choice option. After several conversations, Superintendent Jim Culkeen and I thought it would be beneficial to put on a forum wherein several consolidation options and their financial impacts could be shown. It is a way to keep the conversation alive while the individual districts decide a next course of action. It is scheduled for 6 pm, September 27th, at the Bennington Fire Facility public space. We are hoping for a good turnout from all the districts and hope to generate continuing discussions. I am told an individual from the Agency of Education is planning to attend. We hope to have CAT TV film it. Of course, the Banner, BNN, and WBTN will be welcome as well.

On another front, the Town of Bennington continues its efforts to correct mechanical failures at its Waste Water Treatment Plant on Harrington Road. Several process units (RBC’s) failed within a short time frame creating a very bad odor problem and causing several permit exceedances. Vermont DEC visited the site and sent the Town an order seeking compliance and repair within a 45 day time frame. The Town is already ahead of that schedule. We have ordered 10 new drive units at a cost of $187,000, the monies taken from the equipment reserves established some time ago. An additional 4 units were nearly ready to go back on line last week. We have hired an engineer to guide us through the compliance process. The company that manufactures the drive units will be on site this week to install start-up mechanisms to avoid continuing failure of the units. I’ve stayed away from a very technical discussion here. Suffice it to say that this particular process is key to an effective treatment process. We have sent letters outlining our plan for compliance to adjoining property owners. We hope to have the system functioning properly by the end of September, a full month ahead of the compliance deadline. Our staff at the Facility, and those from other Town departments called upon to help them, have worked tirelessly to rectify the problems. This is an aging facility in need of upgrades. Our plan was to ask for bond support in March, 2018. Given the recent events, we may be forced to move forward in March of 2017. The repairs and their effective operation will guide us.

On a more pleasurable note, at its last meeting, the Select Board gave the nod to Polly Van Der Linde of Sonatina to paint the crosswalks at the 4 corners as piano keys. It is a way to bring art and culture to the streetscape. It is also an ambitious project given the high volume of traffic we see through the 4 corners on a daily basis.

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 Select Board Meeting Agenda (September 19, 2016)

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

Monday, September 19, 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. Personnel