Archives for February 2017

Bennington Select Board Meeting – 02/27/2017

M E E T I N G N O T I C E
BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Monday, February 27, 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 – 6:15 PM)
A. Minutes – January 30, 2017
February 20, 2017
B. Warrants
C. 2017 Liquor License Renewals
D. Proclamation – Church Pension Fund 100th Anniversary
E. Resolution – Dr. Michael Mugits
3. Citizens (6:15 PM – 6:30 PM)
4. Battle Creek 1 Solar 45-day notice review (6:30 PM – 6:50 PM)
5. Town Audit presentation FY2016 (6:50 PM – 7:20 PM)
6. School/Town Budget presentation (7:20 PM – 7:50 PM)
7. Manager’s Report (7:50 PM – 7:55 PM)
8. Other Business (8:00 PM – 8:05 pm)
9. Executive Session
A. Contracts

Inv to Bid – John Deere Loader/Backhoe

Town of Bennington

Invitation to Bid

Is accepting bids on a 1991 John Deere 710C 4×4 Loader/Backhoe. It will be sold in “AS-IS” condition with no warrantees of any type. The Town also reserves the right to reject any or all bids.

 1991 John Deere 710C 4×4 Loader/Backhoe with 4-buckets and a Frost Hook, 4375 Hours (VIN#7071OCJ780065).

The minimum bid for this vehicle is set at $16,000 with hammer ($14,000 without Hammer).

Viewing date will be Monday February 27th, 2017 from 9:00am-10:00am 581 Burgess Road Water Shop.

All sealed bids will be due on Thursday March 2nd, 2017 at 2:00pm at the Bennington Town Offices at 205 South Street.  Sealed Bids must be marked “710 Backhoe” and include a check in the amount of the proposed bid.  Checks will be cashed within 48 hours.  Bids will opened and read aloud.

 

Ballots are now available for the March 7, 2017 Town and School Meetings

Ballots are now available for the March 7, 2017 Town and School Meetings. If you wish to vote by early absentee ballot, please stop by the Town Clerk’s Office, 205 South Street, to pick up your ballot or vote in person. If you prefer to have a ballot mailed to you, please call (802) 442-1043 or email cbarbeau@benningtonvt.org

Sample ballots are also available for viewing below.

Voter Registration
Sample Ballots
Absentee Ballots
Election Results

DPW Reminders February 20 – 24, 2017

Town of Bennington Project List

Week of February 20 – 24, 2017

 REMINDER:

Town Office will be CLOSED Monday February 20, 2017 in observance of the President’s Day Holiday.


Notice:

Please keep children away from Roadside or Parking lot Snow Piles/Banks.  These are not play areas and can be dangerous.


Please also do not leave trash cans on sidewalks or edge of road during snow events.


** 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.

 

                                                                                   

 

 

 

Town Manager’s Column – (February 2017)

ALL ABOUT TOWN
Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager

At its upcoming February 28th meeting, the Select Board and School Boards will present the combined FY 2018 budgets. This year, the Town’s combined General, Highway and Fire Fund budget as proposed, and if approved, will result in a tax rate increase of $0.0265 or 2.43%. On the ballot are 13 agencies seeking funding from the taxpayers totaling $336,759. If all are approved this will raise the tax rate an additional $0.0331 bringing the total increase to $0.0596. The largest request comes from the first-time petitioner, the Bennington Rescue Squad at $207,459. At this writing, the school tax rate impact is estimated to increase $0.008 providing the property yield remains at $10,076.

This year, the ballot will include an article requesting tax exempt status for the Rescue Squad as well. This question has been before the voters in the past and routinely approved.

The ballot will also include an article seeking approval for the Town to bond in the amount of $3.2 million to purchase and retrofit 78 Bowen Road, a Plasan property, for a Public Works Facility. The Town first planned to construct a new facility in 2011, but Tropical Storm Irene forced the plans to the shelf. Resurrected this year, it was determined that constructing a new facility would cost $6.2 million. Town staff looked at existing buildings that might work instead. This led us to the 78 Bowen Road property, a real find in that it is in good shape, is energy efficient, centrally located, and provides sufficient space to house all Highway and Water Department employees and much of the equipment. It will allow the Town to consider the sale of its Orchard Road and Depot Street properties. After reviewing bond costs, it was determined that the existing proposed Highway Fund budget need not be increased, but simply restructured to accommodate the cost.

March Town Meeting is just around the corner. The Floor Meeting will be held March 6th at 7 pm at the Bennington Fire Facility. For those interested in the schools, MAU begins the evening at 6 pm, followed by the CDC, and the BSD. The vote will be held the following day from 7 am until 7 pm. There are two Select Board seats and four BSD seats available.

The Town of Bennington Annual Report should be available soon. It contains some information derived from the Citizen Survey recently completed as well as the annual department reports and the FY2016 Audit.

The Select Board has begun to explore a Tax Increment Financing District, a voter approved means to generate monies for infrastructure improvements without raising taxes which will stimulate development from the private sector and enhance the community at large. It is early in the process and does require legislative action this year to allow our efforts to proceed.

In this same vein, it is important to note that the Putnam Redevelopment Group received support from the Select Board to seek a Vermont Community Development Block (VCDB) grant of $1.25 million to move forward with the redevelopment of the Putnam Block properties, a very important project for Bennington’s downtown.

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 Rescheduled – February 20, 2017

Due to inclement weather the Select Board meeting that was scheduled for Monday, February 13, 2017 has been rescheduled until Monday, February 20, 2017.

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E

BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Monday, February 20, 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 – January 23, 2017
    January 30, 2017
    B. Warrants
    C. 2017 Liquor License Renewals
  3. Citizens/Board discussion (6:10 PM – 7:10 PM)
  4. Other Business (7:10 PM – 7:20 PM)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consider Article 2 on Town Meeting Day: New Public Works Garage

Bennington Select Board Meeting – February 13, 2017

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Monday, February 13, 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 – January 23, 2017
    January 30, 2017
    B. Warrants
    C. 2017 Liquor License Renewals
  3. Citizens/Board discussion (6:10 PM – 7:10 PM)
  4. Other Business (7:10 PM – 7:20 PM)

 

 

 

 

 

Historic Preservation Commission – Agenda – 2/3/2017

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

Friday, February 3, 2017 @ 4:00 p.m.

AGENDA

1. Bennington Station, Addition Review, 150 Depot Street                                   25 minutes
2. VFW Post, Addition Review, 137 North Street                                                    25 minutes
3. Road Toad Auction Services, Sign Permit Review, 190 North Street                 5 minutes
4. Other Preservation Issues                                                                                            5 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amended Public Hearing Notice – February 1, 2017

AMENDMENT TO PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

January 31, 2017

For immediate posting on Town of Bennington Web Site

The Town of Bennington held a public hearing at 6:00 p.m. on January 23, 2017 at the Selectboard

Meeting Room, 205 South Street, Bennington, VT to consider making an application to the State of

Vermont for a VCDP Implementation Grant 2016 under the Vermont Community Development Program. The purpose of the hearing was to obtain the views of citizens on community development, to furnish information concerning the amount of funds available and the range of community development activities that may be undertaken under this program, the impact to any historic and archaeological resources that may be affected by the proposed proj ect, and to give affected citizens the opportunity to examine the proposed statement of projected use of these funds.

The proposal is to apply for a multi-year grant in the amount of  in VCDP Funds. The purpose of this amendment is to revise the project description. These funds will be used to accomplish the following activities:

As part of the proposed Putnam Block Redevelopment Project, the Bennington County Industrial Corporation intends to use $1,250,000 for property acquisition and/or soft costs associated with the redevelopment. These funds will target economic development by creating jobs for persons at or below 80% of Area Median Income (National Objective: Low-to Moderate-income Job Creation).

Copies of the proposed application are available at 205 South Street, Bennington, VT 05201 and may be viewed from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Should you have any question or comments concerning this amendment, please contact Michael McDonough, Development Director, at 802-442-

Legislative Body for the Town of Bennington