Archives for January 2017

Bennington Select Board Meeting – (January 30, 2017)

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Monday, January 30, 2017
Bennington Fire Facility
Multi-Purpose Room – 3rd Floor
130 River Street
Bennington, VT 05201

A G E N D A
5:30 PM

1. Bennington Rescue Squad Discussion (5:30 PM – 6:00 PM)
2. Sign Annual Town Meeting Warning (6:00 PM – 6:10 PM)

 

 

 

 

 

Bennington Select Board Meeting – (January 23, 2017)

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Monday, January 23, 2017
Bennington Fire Facility
Multi-Purpose Room – 3rd Floor
130 River Street
Bennington, VT 05201

A G E N D A
5:00 PM

  1. Site Visit to 78 Bowen Road (5:00 PM – 5:50 PM)

Reconvene at the Bennington Fire Facility to continue with Meeting (6:00 PM)

  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Consent Agenda (6:05 PM – 6:10 PM)
    A. Minutes – January 9, 2017
    Minutes – January 14, 2017
    B. Warrants
  3. Vermont Economic Progress Council–TIF Discussion (6:10 PM – 6:40 PM)
  4. Public Hearing – CDBG Putnam Redevelopment Group (6:40 PM – 6:55 PM)
  5. Citizens (15 Minutes Maximum) (6:55 PM – 7:10 PM)
  6. Sign Annual Town Warning (7:10 PM – 7:15 PM)
  7. 2017 Liquor License Applications (7:15 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. Contracts

 

 

Town of Bennington Board of Civil Authority – (January 30, 2017)

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

Monday, January 30, 201 7

5:00 PM

Agenda

  1. Oaths of Office, reorganization
  2. To discuss March 7th Town & School Meetings

 

Town Manager’s Column – (January 2017)

ALL ABOUT TOWN

Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager

The January 9th Select Board meeting was one of the most exciting meetings in terms of new initiatives. It was also the unveiling of the results of the Citizen Survey. A second meeting is being planned by the Board in February to discuss the written comments many of you added to the Survey. Those, too, have now been released to the public. The Board also discussed local reaction to the downtown Hotel Study now underway.

It is not surprising that some local hotel/motel owners and others are concerned about the study. It is important to understand what we hope to gain from the study. Phase II, the “meat” of what was requested, will provide the consultant’s opinion on the viability of a downtown hotel, its size and likely rate structure and the amenities that may help support it. That’s all we seek. Is it possible? What could it look like? There is no intent on our part to take it any further. We do think this information has value. If Bennington is to seek a Tax Increment Financing district (TIF), new development potential must be understood.

This leads me to the first exciting news. Bennington has tentatively agreed to join a consortium of six or seven municipalities to lobby the Vermont Legislature to eliminate the cap on TIF districts. How is this a benefit? TIF’s provide an infrastructure improvement financing opportunity where voters approve the monies for specific infrastructure improvement projects (street scape, sidewalk, parking facilities are examples) within an identified district that help stimulate private monies development. The increase in the Grand List brought about by the development can then be used to pay down the publicly voted incurred debt. The community gains new development that then helps repay the community’s debt. It is a true win-win proposal.

The next piece of exciting news is the Select Board’s authorization for staff to pursue an option on the Plasan property at 78 Bowen Road for a new Department of Public Works Facility (DPW). Staff have been exploring options for a new facility truly since 2010. A design had been completed and a cost estimate developed, but Tropical Storm Irene (2011) forced the community to spend monies to recover from the storm and strengthen the protection from future storms. This year the Select Board asked the staff to revisit the original design to determine an estimated cost in today’s dollars after visiting the Depot Street facility and viewing the incredibly cramped and deteriorating space. That estimate is $6.7 million. Following that, the staff pursued purchasing an existing building that could accommodate our employees and equipment recognizing this may be an affordable alternative. The Bowen Road property was recently renovated by Plasan making it more energy efficient and modern. We have estimated the cost to acquire the building and construct necessary improvements to be $3.2 million. At current interest rates, the annual bond payment can be entirely accommodated within the FY 2018 Highway Fund budget by restructuring projects costs. The Water Fund would also be restructured to help repay that portion of the debt assigned to the Water Fund from moving Water Department employees and equipment into the new facility. We do not anticipate any rate increase associated with this move. This is a tremendous opportunity for the Town. Our current facilities on Depot Street and Orchard Road are too small, very old, and not worthy of major investment. I note that if this vote is successful, several Town properties will become marketable to help offset the cost of the bond.

If anyone has any questions or suggestions arising from this column or on any town matters, please contact me at 442-1037, at shurd@benningtonvt.org, 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.

2017 Dog Licenses Available at Town Clerk’s Office

2017 Dog Licenses are now available at the Bennington Town Clerk’s Office.  Please bring a current rabies certificate signed by your vet.  The fee is $9.00 for a spayed/neutered dog and $13.00 if intact.  Dog licenses are due by April 1st every year.  If you have any questions, please contact the Town Clerk’s Office at (802) 442-1043.

Bennington Select Board – Special Meeting Agenda – January 14, 2017

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

Saturday, January 14, 2017
Bennington Fire Facility
Multi-Purpose Room – 3rd Floor
130 River Street
Bennington, VT 05201

A G E N D A

8:00 A.M.

  1. F.Y. 18 Budget Work Session Minutes – January 7, 2017
  2. F.Y. 18 Budget Work Session
    A. Bennington Free Library
    B. BBC Budget and Work Plan
    C. Rescue Squad Funding Request
    D. Executive Session
    A. Personnel
    E. Finalize Salaries & Budget

 

Amended Bennington Select Board Agenda – January 9, 2017

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

Monday, January 9, 2017
Bennington Fire Facility
Multi-Purpose Room – 3rd Floor
130 River Street
Bennington, VT 05201

AMENDED
A G E N D A
6:00 PM

  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Consent Agenda (6:05 PM – 6:10 PM)
    A. Minutes – December 19, 2016
    B. Warrants
  3. Citizens (15 Minutes Maximum)(6:10 PM – 6:25 PM)
  4. Citizen Survey Results Initial Discussion (6:25 PM – 7:00 PM) 
  5. Tax Increment Financing District Discussion (7:00 PM – 7:30 PM) 
  6. 2017 Liquor License Applications (7:30 PM – 7:35 PM)
  7. Public Works Facility Discussion (7:35 – 7:55 PM) 
  8. Manager’s Report (7:55 PM – 8:00 PM)                                
  9. Other Business (8:00 PM – 8:10 PM)
  10. Executive Session
    A. Real Estate

 

 

Bennington Select Board Agenda – January 9, 2017

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

Monday, January 9, 2017
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 (6:05 PM – 6:10 PM)
    A. Minutes – December 19, 2016
    B. Warrants
  3. Citizens (15 Minutes Maximum) (6:10 PM – 6:25 PM)
  4. Citizen Survey Results Initial Discussion (6:25 PM – 7:00 PM)
  5. Tax Increment Financing District Discussion (7:00 PM – 7:30 PM)
  6. 2017 Liquor License Applications (7:30 PM – 7:35 PM)
  7. Manager’s Report (7:35 PM – 7:40 PM)
  8. Other Business (7:40 PM – 7:50 PM)
  9. Executive Session
    A. Real Estate

 

 

 

 

Notice: Request for Qualification – Construction Inspection and Testing Services

Pleasant Street and School Street Sidewalk Installation
Request for Qualifications
Construction Inspection and Testing Services

The Town of Bennington, VT, is soliciting Statements of Qualifications for Construction Inspection Services for the above referenced project.  The project consists of the addition of an 8’ wide sidewalk, lighting, and landscaping along a portion of School Street and Pleasant Street. Construction includes new concrete sidewalk and curbing, lighting, landscaping, and other incidental items.

Construction Inspection Services for this project will be procured through a qualifications-based selection process (QBS) as determined by the Brooks Act (Public Law 92-582). This RFQ is a solicitation for a Statement of Qualifications from qualified firms.

To read the full Request for Qualifications for Construction Inspection and Testing Services pertaining to this project, go to: www.benningtonvt.org/reports, or contact Michael Harrington at the Town of Bennington at 802-442-1037 or by email at mharrington@benningtonvt.org. Final Statements of Qualifications are due by 3:00PM on January 24, 2017.

Town Water and Sewer Payments Due Friday, Jan 6, 2017 by 5PM

Water and Sewer bills are due by Friday, January 6, 2017 by 5PM to the Town’s Collection’s Office. For more information, contact the Collection’s Office at (802) 442-1046.