Archives for November 2016

Reminder: Citizen Survey Closes November 30th

Be sure to take the 2016 Citizen Survey!

CLICK HERE (www.benningtonvt.org/surveys/)

 

Bennington Select Board Agenda – November 28, 2016

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E

BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Monday, November 28, 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 – November 14, 2016
B. Warrants

3. Citizens – For Matters Not On Agenda (15 Minutes Maximum)          (6:05 PM – 6:20 PM)

4. Housing Authority (6:20 PM – 6:50 PM) (Unconfirmed at this time)

5. Homeless Coalition (6:50 PM – 7:20 PM)

6. Manager’s Report, if any.

7. Other Business

8. Executive Session
A.Personnel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Town Manager’s Column: (November 2016)

shurd3ALL ABOUT TOWN
Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager

The Citizen Survey is out. It is available on line at http://benningtonvt.org/surveys/. It is also available at the Bennington Free Library and the Bennington Town Offices. To date, nearly 400 citizens have taken the survey. It closes on November 30th allowing staff time to collate the responses for release to the public prior to FY 2018 budget development. This will also be used in conjunction with the last year’s business survey to provide a baseline for the new Annual Report Card, commonly called the Scorecard. It will be part of the Town’s Annual Report.

I have been heartened by recent news stories regarding progress on the SVSU”s Act 46 study group. Although I’ve been unable to attend the last couple of meetings, it appears that common ground is being established and all the districts are moving in a similar direction. This is good news for all. It will be good for our education system if we continue to work together. Good job folks.

At the last Select Board meeting, the Board adopted a new Sidewalk Seating Policy which will be used to allow greater use of the public space on sidewalks by commercial businesses. It is hoped that this will add vitality and interest to the downtown experience.

Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation is moving forward with final design for the municipal water line extensions and improvements in Bennington and North Bennington. 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 completed. Negotiations continue with Saint-Gobain to determine its role in these very necessary projects. Currently, the State is committed to funding projects and project design.

This week, the Town of Bennington Wastewater Treatment Facility is fully compliant with 24 RBC’s back on line. Two additional units will be on line soon. This will allow the staff to shut down a complete row and perform necessary cleaning and inspections. The plant has 32 units, each row containing 8 units. We are fortunate to have such a talented group of employees at the Plant. They’ve worked very hard to get us through the breakdowns recently suffered.

At the Board’s October 24th meeting, it approved moving forward with a study proposal for a downtown hotel. The study will be funded from the Town’s Economic Development Fund at a cost of $10,500 should the Select Board decide to complete Phase II of the study. It will only move forward if Phase I provides some positive outcomes. 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.

The Town’s department heads are preparing Fiscal Year 2018 department budgets for my review. I asked my staff to target a 2% increase in all budgets. In some cases, this may not be possible given trends in certain materials costs. I will then present the total budget to the Select Board, hopefully in early December. The Board will finalize its budget by the end of January for a vote in March 2017.

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.

Notice: Bennington Board of Abatement Meeting Agenda – 12/5/16

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

Monday, December 5 , 201 6
5:00 PM

AGENDA

 

  1. To hear requests for abatement
  2. To hear Treasurer ‘s report for abatement

Town Offices Closed – November 24th & 25th, 2016

The Bennington Town Offices will be closed on Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th for the Thanksgiving holiday.

DPW Project List Wk Nov 21-25

Town of Bennington Project List

Week of November 21-25, 2016

 

 REMINDER: Town Office will be CLOSED both Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

 

** Remember: Overnight Parking Ban in Effect

The Winter Overnight Parking Ban for all streets within the town will be is now in effect. From November 15 to March 31 between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m NO overnight parking is allowed. Police will enforce this ban by ticketing individuals who leave unattended vehicles on the street during that time.

 **Please Be Advised:

Please DO NOT rake or blow leaves into Town streets or Highways as this clogs storm drains and creates flooding and driving hazards for the entire community.

To BOTH Residents and Contractors – When taking leaves or brush to the transfer station, Please make sure all loads are covered!!. Also, when disposing of leaf bags you MUST empty the bags into the pile.

 

 

 

Notice: Bennington Transfer Station Updated Fee Structure

Bennington Transfer Station Pricing

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday 8 a.m. – 1p.m.

Approved by Bennington Select Board 11-14-16, Effective 12-01-16

(CLICK HERE FOR FEE STRUCTURE)

Bennington Historic Preservation Commission – Agenda – November 14, 2016

BENNINGTON HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION
TOWN OFFICE – Conference Room
205 SOUTH STREET, BENNINGTON, VT

Monday, November 14, 2016 @ 4:00 p.m.

AGENDA

  1. Sign Application – The Gift Garden, 431 Main Street                              20 minutes
  2. Sign Application – Bennington Armory LLC, 447 Main Street              20 minutes
  3. November 7, 2016 HPC Minutes                                                                     5 minutes
  4. Other Preservation Issues                                                                                 5 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bennington Select Board Agenda – November 14, 2016

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Monday, November 14, 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 24, 2016
B. Warrants
C. Proclamation – Small Business Saturday
3. Citizens – For Matters Not On Agenda (15 Minutes Maximum)          (6:05 PM – 6:20 PM)
4. Interfaith Council Activities (6:20 PM – 6:35 PM)
5. Senior Center Non-Resident Fee Proposal (6:35 PM – 6:50 PM)
6. Policy Regarding Agencies On March Ballot (6:50 PM – 7:10 PM)
7. Sidewalk Seating Policy – 2nd Reading (7:10 PM – 7:20 PM)
8. Manager’s Report (7:20 PM – 7:30 PM)
9. Other Business (7:30 PM – 7:45 PM)
10. Executive Session
A. Personnel

 

DPW Project List Nov 14-18, 2016

Town of Bennington Project List
Week of November 14-18, 2016

** Remember: Overnight Parking Ban begins November 15th

The Winter Overnight Parking Ban for all streets within the town will be in effect from November 15 to March 31 between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.  Police will enforce this ban by ticketing individuals who leave unattended vehicles on the street during that time.

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.  When disposing of leaf bags you MUST empty the bags into the pile

Please DO NOT rake or blow leaves into Town streets or Highways as this clogs storm drains and creates flooding and driving hazards for the entire community.