Archives for October 2016

Roadwork Week Oct 31 – Nov 4

Town of Bennington Project List

Week of October 31 – November 04, 2016

 ** Monday is Halloween – Please be aware of

“Trick or Treaters” and Pedestrians.

  • Beech Street – Highway crews will be finishing concrete work. Road Closures and/or lane restrictions may apply. Local traffic will be accommodated.
  • Barber Street – Wednesday Water Crew will be repairing a water main leak. One lane traffic. Expect delays.
  • Gage Street (Upper) – Thursday Water Crew will be repairing a water leak. Upper Gage Street will closed from Branch Street to Cross Street. Local traffic will be accommodated.
  • Lyons Street – Friday Water Crews will be repairing a water leak. One lane traffic. Expect delays.
  • Marilyn Street – Highway crews will be preparing the road and paving. Local traffic will be accommodated.
  • Main Street – Crews will be finishing concrete work in the area between Bradford St and South Branch. Road Closures and/or lane restrictions may apply. Local traffic will be accommodated.
  • 421 Main Street – Monday a Private Contractor will be conducting roof & crane work. The sidewalk will be closed on the south side of Main Street between School Street and South Street for a 4-hour period. Please use caution.
  • North Street – Tuesday Water Crews will be repairing a leaking water main in the right-of-way. Crews and equipment will be on the edge of the road. Sheriff’s will assist the flow of traffic. There may be delays.
  • Rutter Road – Monday the Water Crew will be repairing a leaking water main. Rutter Road will be closed from Tel Rd to Filmore Street between 7:30am – 3:00pm. Local Traffic will be accommodated.
  • South Branch Street– crews will be finishing concrete work. Road Closures and/or lane restrictions may apply. Local traffic will be accommodated.
  • Woodward Drive – crews will be preparing the road and paving. Local traffic will be accommodated
  • – Roadside mowing continues throughout Town. Please use caution when approaching these areas.
  • – Sign work & Road markings along the Ninja Trail will finish up this week. As well as other numerous replacement and new sign installations throughout town.
  • – A Private Contractor will be painting road lines all week during both the Day and Night. Please use caution when approaching.

 

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.

 

Remember: Parking Ban begins November 1

Oral Health Commission Agenda

Oral Health Commission
November 1, 2016
4:30 p.m.
Town Hall Conference Room

Agenda

  1. Minutes
  2. Discuss Report from Don summarizing current information
  3. Report on J. Culkeen thoughts
  4. Presentation on Fluoridation, part 1.
  5. Next meeting

 

Town Clerk’s Office Open Saturday for Early Voting

The Bennington Town Clerk’s Office will be open Saturday 10/29/16 and Saturday 11/5/16 from 10:00 AM to Noon for early voting. For more information, contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 802-442-1043.

Cassandra Barbeau, Town Clerk

DPW Roadwork Oct 24-28

Town of Bennington Project List
Week of October 24 – 28, 2016

  • Townwide Hydrant Flushing begins continues through Friday October 28th.   Some may lose pressure or experience discolored water. These are normal side effects. Please run the Cold Water ONLY to restore water.
  • Crews will also be building shoulders along Middle Pownal Road, Niles Road, Morgan Street (extension) and Hewitt Drive. Please use caution when approaching.
  • South Branch Street will be closed to through traffic only between 7:30am – 3:30pm each day, as Highway crews will continue rehabilitation work. Local Traffic will continue to be accommodated during those hours.
  • Roadside mowing continues throughout Town. Please use caution when approaching this end of Town.

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.

Remember: Parking Ban begins November 15th

 

Bennington Select Board Agenda – October 24, 2016

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Monday, October 24, 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 – October 10, 2016
    Minutes – October 12, 2016
    B. Warrants
  3. Citizens – For Matters Not On Agenda (15 Minutes Maximum)          (6:05 PM – 6:20 PM)
  4. Sidewalk Seating Policy (6:20 PM – 6:30 PM) 
  5. Citizen Survey Review (6:30 PM – 6:50 PM) 
  6. Hotel Feasibility Study Discussion (6:50 PM – 7:10 PM)
  7. Manager’s Report (7:10 PM – 7:20 PM) 
  8. Other Business (7:20 PM – 7:30 PM)
  9. Executive Session
    A. Contract

 

 

Town Manager’s Column: (October 2016)

shurd3ALL ABOUT TOWN
by Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager

Vermont DEC has decided to move forward with final design for the municipal water line extensions and improvements. This is a massive undertaking considering the close to 100,000 lineal feet of line extensions, pump stations, possible small water tanks, hydrants and connections for the affected homes and businesses. The small water main extension along Northside Drive and Waite Drive is underway. The State is planning to pay for all projects and seek recovery from Saint-Gobain.

The SVSU Act 46 meeting on September 27th, moderated by the Town, went well in my opinion. There was a healthy exchange of information including financial impacts using various options. The financials did not include revenue projections, and were, therefore, consider incomplete. However, it is clear that if the SVSU/MAU schools stay together in some form, there will be a cost benefit to all. If any of the elementary school districts seek to leave MAU, the remaining districts must unanimously approve that. There is much work to do before these necessary votes can happen.

This week, the Town of Bennington WWTF was scheduled to have up to 24 RBC’s back on line. Unfortunately, at this writing, I don’t know how things went. I was out of the office most of the day in Montpelier. I know the gear drives were installed and ready to be started. The contractor was to have a crew in town this week to help with the start up. Once operational, it will take time for the Plant to get back to peak operation. We will meet the State’s compliance deadline of October 30th.

On Monday, October 10th, the Select Board heard a presentation for a solar array on lands north of and adjacent to Murphy Road in Bennington. The owners of the property, the Randall Estate, hope to lease the 4 acres for the array and set the remaining 52 acres aside in perpetuity with a conservation easement and possible connection to the Riverwalk along the Walloomsac River. SVMC is to be the beneficiary of the generated electricity. The Board tabled action until a site visit later in the week. That visit proved most beneficial, and the Board voted to send a letter of no adverse impact to the PSB with the caveat that a continuous review of the screening be included to insure that the project is screened from the east and south along Murphy Road for the life of the project. The PSB must still review the plans and rule on the project.

The Board tabled a study proposal for a downtown hotel. Opposition from two current motel/B&B owners caused some Board members to pause on the idea. The study was to be funded from the Town’s Economic Development Fund at a cost of a maximum $10,000. We, at the staff level, continue to believe that the data gathered could be helpful in answering the question as to whether or not a hotel is even feasible in our downtown. That information would be helpful as we move forward with plans to improve our downtown and our community.

At an upcoming Board meeting, the Board will review a draft citizen survey which is planned for distribution in November/December of this year. When coupled with the responses to the business survey done last year, it should provide a pretty good picture of where we are now. The results will be complied and become the basis for the Annual Report Card planned for the Town’s Annual Report to be released in February 2017. The goal is to measure the Town’s performance on a number of fronts to indicate how we’re doing as a community and then track those measures going forward.

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.

DPW Roadwork Oct 17-21

Town of Bennington Project List

Week of October 17 – 21, 2016


  • Townwide Hydrant Flushing begins Monday October 17th and runs through Friday October 28th.   This program generally begins on the East side of Town and works it’s way West during the two-week period. Some may loose pressure or experience discolored water. These are normal side effects. Please run the Cold Water ONLY to restore water.
  • A Private Contractor will be painting road lines throughout Town all week during the nighttime hours. Please use caution when in that area.
  • South Branch Street will remain closed all week, as Highway crews will continue rehabilitation work. Local Traffic will continue to be accommodated.
  • – Roadside mowing continues West Side of Town. Please use caution when approaching this end of Town.
  • Grading of Dirt Roads in numerous locations throughout town will continue. Please use caution when traveling.
  • – Crews will also be building shoulders along all newly paved roads throughout Town. Please use caution when approaching.

 

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.

Remember: Parking Ban begins November 15th

Hydrant Flushing Begins October 17, 2016

Town of Bennington’s Semi-Annual

Water Main HYDRANT FLUSHING

2 Week Period
Monday through Friday
7:00am thru 5:00pm

OCTOBER 17 – 21, 2016
AND
OCTOBER 24 – 28, 2016

 

  • Bennington’s Hydrant Flushing is a STATE Mandated Program that occurs every April and October.
  • It is 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.

Please see Hydrant Flushing FAQ’s below for answers to your most common questions.

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

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White Cane Safety Awareness Day Celebration – Oct 14, 2016

BENNINGTON, Vt. – Bennington will celebrate this year’s 52nd annual White Cane Safety Awareness Day on Friday, October 14th at the VT Department of Health (CCV Building) at 324 Main Street, Suite 2.

The white cane is a symbol of strength and independence for blind and visually impaired people. This year’s celebration, which begins at 11 a.m. in the Community Room, will include an experiential walk. Participants of all ages and backgrounds will have the opportunity to use the white cane as they walk through downtown Bennington, learning first-hand what it is like to make their way in the world as a blind or visually-impaired person.  The walk will be followed by a reception in the Community Room.  Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

The walk and celebration are being sponsored by the State of Vermont Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBVI) and the Vermont Association for the blind and Visually Impaired (VABVI).

According to the American Council of the Blind, the white cane was first introduced in the United States in 1931 by a member of Lions Club International after he saw an individual crossing a busy street with a black cane that seemed to be extremely difficult for motorists to notice.  On October 6, 1964, Congress passed a joint resolution to grant the President of the United States the power to proclaim October 15th of each year as White Cane Safety Awareness Day.  President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed the first White Cane Safety Day within hours of the passage of the resolution. Since its inception, White Cane Safety Day has both celebrated the white cane and brought awareness to those who are not familiar with what it is like to travel under the guidance of the white cane.

For more information about this year’s White Cane Day celebration in Bennington, contact:  Carol Wood, Vermont Division for the Blind & Visually Impaired, 802-786-5822 or carol.wood@vermont.gov.

Bennington Select Board Agenda – October 12, 2016

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E

 

BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

 

Bennington Town Office – Conference Room
205 South Street
Bennington, VT 05201

A G E N D A

                                                       4:30 P.M.

  1. Site Visit to Murphy Road

To view potential solar array site