Archives for December 2016

DPW Project List January 02-06, 2017

Town of Bennington Project List

Week of January 02 – 06, 2017

Please Be Advised:  Town Offices will be CLOSED Monday January 02, 2017 in observance of the New Year Holiday.

**REMINDER:  Please keep children away from roadside or parking lot Snow Piles and Snow Banks.  These are not play areas and can be dangerous.


** Overnight Parking Ban Remains in Effect

The Winter Overnight Parking Ban for all streets within the Town of Bennington remains in effect until March 31st.  This means NO overnight parking is allowed 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.




Bennington Select Board – Special Meeting Agenda – 1/7/2017

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E


Saturday, January 7, 2017
Bennington Fire Facility
Multi-Purpose Room – 3rd Floor
130 River Street
Bennington, VT 05201


8:00 A.M.

  1. F.Y. 18 Budget Work Session
    A. Police Budget
    B. Fire Budget
    C. Highway Budget

Oral Health Commission – Agenda (January 3, 2017)

Oral Health Commission
January 3, 2017
5:30 p.m.
Town Hall Conference Room


  1. Minutes
  2. Discussion of last presentation on history
  3.  Discussion of draft of potential problems with fluoridation
  4.  Recruits for openings
  5.  Next meeting


Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance – A Year In Review (2016)

Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance
Year in Review (2016)

Universal Recycling Law:  In December of 2015, the Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance adopted a solid waste implementation plan or “SWIP” to comply with Act 148, now known as the Universal Recycling Law. The SWIP describes how the member towns will increase recycling and reduce the types and amounts of materials being sent to landfills. The Alliance members include Arlington, Bennington, Dorset, Glastenbury, Manchester, Pownal, Rupert, Sandgate, Searsburg, Shaftsbury, Stamford, Sunderland, and Woodford.

Solid Waste Implementation Plan:  The SWIP outlines an extensive outreach program for residents, schools, businesses and institutions to assist them in recycling. This includes information on the Alliance website ( and Facebook page as well as materials in local newspapers. Since January of 2016, the Alliance contacted all 25 schools as well as 300 businesses within the area and completed on-site outreach to three schools and 80 businesses to provide information on ways to increase recycling, manage food scraps, and properly dispose of hazardous materials.

Funding and Grants:  The member towns provide most of the funding for programs. This year the Alliance applied for and received over $28,000 in grants from the Agency of Natural Resources for business outreach and for household hazardous waste events. The Agency of Agriculture and Markets provided an additional $4,400.00 for pesticide collection at HHW events. We also teamed up with the Windham County Solid Waste Management District and the Londonderry Group to share an Eco AmeriCorps member to help with outreach.

Programs and Events:  The Alliance sponsors and supports many programs to assist residents, businesses, schools and institutions to properly dispose of materials. The following are some of our major programs. You can find out more by visiting the Alliance website at and searching under Programs and Projects.

  • Household Hazardous Waste Events: The Alliance held two household hazardous waste (HHW) events in the spring and fall of 2016. The spring event was sponsored by the Town of Bennington and held at the Bennington Transfer Station. The fall event was managed by the Bennington County Regional Commission and held at the Dorset School. In 2017, the Alliance will again hold two everts for the 13 Alliance towns. One will be held in Bennington and a second, in the northern part of the county. Dates will be posted well in advance at and in local newspapers and media.
  • Electronics Collections: The Vermont E-Cycles program provides for free disposal of electronic devices including computers, monitors, printers, computer peripherals, and televisions, regardless of brand, age, or condition, for consumers, charities, school districts, and small businesses. Free collection locations in Bennington County include the Bennington, Northshire (Dorset), Pownal, and Sunderland Transfer Stations and other sites listed at
  • Fluorescent Bulbs: Vermont ANR has also implemented a plan to accept used fluorescent bulbs and compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL’s) at various retail. These bulbs contain mercury, which is a hazardous substance. Residents can dispose of bulbs at several hardware stores and other retail establishments and at several of the transfer stations. Information on this program is available at
  • Paint Collections: PaintCare Inc. is a non-profit organization established to assist paint manufacturers to plan and operate paint stewardship programs in the United States, including Vermont.  Both latex and oil-based paint have been collected at HHW events and at special PaintCare events, and several local hardware stores accept paint. To find a location, residents may visit
  • Battery Recycling: Primary (alkaline) batteries and rechargeable batteries are now accepted at many retailers and at the Bennington, Northshire, Sunderland and Pownal Transfer Stations. These can be recycled rather than disposed in the trash. For more information, visit Call2Recycle at
  • Textiles: The Bennington, Northshire, Sunderland, Shaftsbury and Pownal transfer stations have textile boxes where residents can donate clothing and shoes. Boxes are also located throughout the Alliance area. Visit for locations. Goodwill in Bennington also accepts clothing donations as well as other household items, books and used electronic devices. Visit them at
  • Construction and Demolition Debris: All transfer stations accept construction and demolition debris from builders and do-it-yourself homeowners. The TAM Pownal facility also accepts construction and demolition debris from residents and businesses.
  • Prescription Drugs: Prescription drugs should be properly disposed when they are no longer needed as they can make their way into water sources and can pose a hazard in the home. The Bennington Police Department, the Manchester Police Department and the Bennington County Sheriff accept prescription drugs. Go to for more information.


Public Works Project List – Week of Dec 27-30, 2016

Town of Bennington Project List
Week of December 27-30, 2016

REMINDER: Town Office will be CLOSED Monday December 26th, 2016 in observance of the Christmas 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 keep children away from roadside or parking lot Snow Piles/Banks.  These are not play areas and can be dangerous.




Bennington Select Board Agenda – December 19, 2016

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
Monday, December 19, 2016

Bennington Town Office
Conference Room – 1st Floor
205 South Street
Bennington, VT 05201

6:00 PM

  1. Consent Agenda (6:01 PM – 6:05 PM)
    A. Minutes – December 12, 2016
    B. Warrants
  2. Bennington Project Independence (6:05 PM – 6:35 PM) 
  3. Other Business (6:35 PM – 6:50PM)


Town Manager’s Column: (December 2016)

Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager 

At the December 12th Select Board meeting, a group of citizens asked about our Morgan Spring sale of water. Historically, Morgan Spring has surfaced in the Recreation Center lands for hundreds of years. The overflow runs beneath the Recreation Center lands and under Safford Street where it surfaces as a stream. It disappears into Energizer where it can be used as non-contact cooling water. It flows under the Bennington Elementary School property and the former Catamount School property entering the Walloomsac River just east of the North Street Bridge. When the Town decided to formally add the Spring to our water system as a secondary source, although it had been used informally for years, the State mandated that the Spring be capped to avoid surface contamination. At that time, the State was convinced that the aquifer for the Spring was fed from the Green Mountains to the east. A study performed by the Town’s engineers determined that the aquifer is actually fed from the eastern and southern slopes of Mt. Anthony. It is capable of generating 2.1 million gallons of water /day. In 2002, the Town sent out a Request for Proposals (RFP) to determine if sale of the water had potential. In January 2003, Vermont Pure, the only vendor to express an interest, and the Town entered into a 20 year agreement for the sale of a maximum 100,000 gallons/day. Vermont Pure has slowly ramped up its purchase of water to the point where we project $80,000 in revenue this fiscal year. This money is used to mitigate the rates we charge. 

The Citizen Survey is complete. Town staff are pulling together the results and hope to present to the Select Board and the community at the first January meeting (Jan 9). As I stated last month, the results will be coupled with 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. 

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation has authorized the final design for the municipal water line extensions and improvements in Bennington and North Bennington. Negotiations continue with Saint-Gobain. Currently, the State is committed to funding all projects and project design. The estimated cost remains at $31 million. 

At the December 12 Board meeting, the Putnam Redevelopment Group, through Bill Colvin, presented an update on the Greenberg block project. The project, estimated at $40 to $50 million to complete, is moving forward. If everything works out, a closing on the sale could take place early next year. This is the most important redevelopment project in Bennington’s history. The Town will be asked to support two Community Development Block Grant applications to assist with the project. The Town may also be asked to support the project through a Tax Increment Funding district (TIF) that will require some legislative action in Montpelier. There may be other requests for support as the project moves forward. I believe the Town should enthusiastically support this redevelopment proposal. The long-term health and well-being of the community may depend on it. 

The first part of the downtown hotel study, Phase I, performed by the Pinnacle Group and authorized at the Board’s October 24th meeting, is complete. The results are encouraging. Phase II has now been authorized. We anticipate an early January final report. This second phase will provide detail about a proposed hotel such as number of rooms, pricing, market potential, and the like.  

If anyone has any questions or suggestions arising from this column or on any town matters, please contact me at 442-1037, at, 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 Agenda – December 12, 2016

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E

Monday, December 12, 2016

Bennington Fire Facility
Multi-Purpose Room – 3rd Floor
130 River Street
Bennington, VT 05201


6:00 PM

1. Pledge of Allegiance
2. Consent Agenda (6:01 PM – 6:05 PM)
A. Minutes – November 28, 2016
B. Warrants
3. Citizens – For Matters Not On Agenda (15 Minutes Maximum)          (6:05 PM – 6:20 PM)
4. Housing Authority Discussion (6:20 PM – 6:40 PM)
5. Vermont Community Development Block Grant – Putnam Redevelopment Project -1st Hearing (6:40 PM – (7:10 PM)
6. Bennington Rescue Squad Funding Request (7:10 PM – 7:40 PM)
7. Manager’s Report          (7:40 PM -7:45 PM)
8. Other Business (7:45 PM – 7:55 PM)








12/07/16 State of Vermont – PFOA Update for Bennington, No. Bennington, and Pownal

North Bennington & Bennington Update

Final design phase work now taking place in Bennington and North Bennington — 

Last week, Governor Peter Shumlin announced that the first phase in final design for water line extensions to PFOA-impacted drinking water wells in North Bennington and Bennington has begun. Contracts to begin the final design process were signed with Otter Creek Engineering and MSK Engineering & Design. The firms will analyze and estimate all expenses and logistics associated with a preliminary layout for municipal line extensions. This phase of final design work includes fly-overs to conduct aerial imagery, historic preservation assessment, assessing environmental conditions, and evaluating potential water quality impacts.

The costs associated with the first phase of final design are estimated at $444,000 and will be paid for by the State of Vermont. Negotiations with Saint-Gobain, the potentially responsible party, continue.

To view the full press release, go to the Governor’s Newsroom. 

Maintenance Manual for POET Testing In Development: Point-of-entry treatment (POET) system sampling being performed by Saint-Gobain’s contractor, CT Male, is continuing until all POETs have been sampled three times to prove that they are working correctly. Once these sampling events have been completed, future sampling will be performed in accordance with a POET Operations & Maintenance (O&M) Manual being completed by CT Male. The State has received and commented on the Draft Manual. Once these comments have been addressed in a final POET O&M Manual, the final document will be posted on the DEC web page. A link for this document will be provided in a future community update when available.

Testing of Groundwater Monitoring Wells Continues at Other Closed Landfills
Monitoring wells at other closed landfills tested for perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) — 

Since September, the DEC has requested for seven closed landfills in Bennington and Windham counties to test for PFCs within groundwater on the landfill properties. They are:

  • Burgess Brothers Landfill* (Bennington)
  • Putney Paper Landfill* (Putney)
  • Sunderland Landfill* (Sunderland)
  • Halifax Landfill
  • Pownal Landfill
  • Dover Landfill
  • Windham Solid Waste District Landfill (Brattleboro)

*privately owned

Three landfills in Bennington county have already been tested for PFCs because of their proximity to the former Chemfab facility in Bennington (Shaftsbury Landfill, Bennington Landfill, and Kocher Drive Dump). In the interest of assessing possible impacts from PFCs at other landfills in the State, the DEC expanded sampling to the rest of Bennington county and Windham county, bringing the total number of closed landfills tested to date to ten (10).

Testing results received to date show the combined sum of PFOA and PFOS was found above 20 parts per trillion–the Vermont health advisory level for drinking water–at three of the seven closed landfills recently tested. Halifax Municipal landfill and the closed landfill at Putney Paper contained low concentrations of PFOA/PFOS combined at 29 and 28 parts per trillion, respectively. The Burgess Brothers landfill in Bennington had a maximum combined groundwater concentration of 1,040 parts per trillion.

Results from Windham Solid Waste District landfill are still pending.

No drinking water wells were found at immediate risk of contamination. Precautionary follow-up testing of several nearby private wells nearby in Halifax, Putney, and Bennington will take place. The Department has been in direct contact with the individuals that own these wells.

Pownal Update
Private Well Testing for PFOA Continues in:

Pownal Center

In August 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) installed five groundwater monitoring wells and three soil borings at the former Warren Wire Plant #3 facility located on Center Street in Pownal, VT.  On August 23, 2016 EPA collected groundwater, soil and surface water for perfluorinated compound (PFC) analyses. Testing results from this sampling event indicated:

  • Groundwater monitoring wells: PFOA was present in groundwater at concentrations that ranged from 4.5 to 320 parts per trillion.
  • Surface water: PFOA was detected in surface water samples at concentrations that ranging from 2.8 to 22 parts per trillion.
  • Soils: PFOA was non-detect in all three soil samples.

EPA will conduct residential drinking water samples at 20 select locations near Center Street in January, due to a backlog of samples at the EPA lab. Four residential wells already tested very near the plant were non-detect for perfluorinated compounds like PFOA and PFOS.  Most drinking water wells are deep bedrock wells, which appear to show less risk for PFOA/PFOS contamination.

North Pownal (near former Pownal Tannery)

The DEC has sampled drinking water wells 40 additional residences in the North Pownal area. Three results received on November 28 showed combined concentrations of PFOA and PFOS that were over the 20 parts per trillion Vermont health advisory limit. The remaining 37 results are expected this week. Bottled water and point-of-entry treatment systems (POETs) are to be provided for impacted residents. So far, the DEC has funded the installation of 10 POETs and have provided bottled water to residences impacted in this area. There has not been an identified potentially responsible party in this area.

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

Notice: Historic Preservation Commission Agenda – 12/08/16

TOWN OFFICE – Conference Room

Thursday, December 8, 2016 @ 4:00 p.m.



  1. November 14, 2016 HPC Minutes                                                                       5 minutes
  2. Sign Application–Neighborworks of Western VT, 136 N. Street                        5 minutes
  3. National Register Discussion                                                                                 20 minutes
  4. Proposed Telecommunications Facility Discussion – Depot St. and Walloomsac Pathway                           20 minutes
  5. Other Preservation Issues                                                                                    10 minutes