Archives for April 2017

Roadwork May 01-05, 2017

Town of Bennington Project List

Week of May 01 – 05, 2017


Construction Notice:

Please be advised beginning Monday May 8th, 2017 Dewey Street will be closed to through traffic between Monument Avenue and Blackberry Lane (only).  This construction project is expected to run through July 7th.  Local traffic only will be accommodated Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 5:00pm



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.


Residents and Contractors – Please make sure all loads are covered when taking leaves and or brush to the transfer station.



2017 Summer Camp Programs Available

is now accepting applications for their Summer programs.

Camp Green Mountain is located at the Bennington Recreation Center,
655 Gage Street, Bennington, VT.

The camp is open for youth and teens entering 1st-9th grades July 3- August 18.

Click below for the flyer and application:

YMCA Flyer

YMCA Application


PFOA Community Meeting April 27, 2017

Bennington and North Bennington


Thursday, April 27th at 7:00 p.m.
Tishman Lecture Hall
Bennington College Campus
1 College Drive, Bennington, VT 05201

Call the Vermont Department of Environmental
Conservation at (802) 828-1138

Vermont dot gov


View Flyer

HPC Meeting – April 25, 2017

TOWN OFFICE – Conference Room

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 @ 1:00 p.m.


  1. Serenty Rising, Sign Permit, 477 Main Street                                      20 minutes
  2. Other Preservation Issues                                                                         10 minutes




Burn Ban LIFTED As of 4/23/17

Please be advised as per the Bennington Fire Warden, the Bennington Burn Ban has been lifted.  However, please proceed with caution.

Any further questions please contact the Town Offices at (802) 442-1037.

Bennington Select Board Meeting – (April 24, 2017)

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E

Monday, April 24, 2017
Bennington Fire Facility
Multi-Purpose Room – 3rd Floor
130 River Street
Bennington, VT 05201


6:00 PM

  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Consent Agenda (6:05 PM – 6:10 PM)
    A. Minutes – February 27, 2017
    B. Warrants
    C.  2017 Liquor License Renewals
  3. Citizens (6:10 PM – 6:25 PM)
  4. Bennington County Habitat for Humanity (6:25 PM – 7:00 PM)
  5. Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce (7:00 PM – 7:30 PM)
  6. Solar Siting update (7:30 PM – 7:45 PM)
  7. Manager’s Report (7:45 pm – 7:55 PM)
  8. Other Business 97:55 PM – 8:05 PM)
  9. Executive Session
    A. Contracts
    B. Litigation



Green Up Day May 6th, 2017

Green Up Day is on its way! 

Thousands of volunteers across Vermont will take part in cleaning their own communities’ roadsides, public places and waterways. Always the first Saturday in May, Green Up Day will mark 47 years on May 6th, 2017

Did you Know: Vermont was the first state in the nation to designate one special day for cleaning the entire state. 

Call the Town Office (802) 442-1037 before Wednesday May 3rd to register who and where you’ll be cleaning up.  Learn where to pick up the special Green Up Day trash bags and how to properly dispose of them.  It’s Free, It’s Fun and it’s GREEN!!





Please Be Advised:  The Town of Bennington Fire Warden Matt Hathaway has issued a TOWNWIDE BURN BAN for ALL Bennington residents. There are NO outside fires of any kind permitted to burn until further notice.  Those with existing burn permits must cease all outside burning.  NO NEW permits will be issued at this time.  Dry and warm conditions coupled with variable winds make outdoor burning hazardous.  Contact the Fire Warden directly for questions or information.

Town Manager’s Column – (April 2017)

Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager

At its first meeting in April, the Select Board re-elected Tom Jacobs as Chair and elected Donald Campbell as Vice Chair. Carson Thurber and Chad Gordon took their seats at the Board. The Board set up the process for appointments to Boards and Commissions. If you are interested in serving your community in this manner, please contact my office. We can let you know what openings there are and help you understand the process. A very brief application form has been developed for those folks who are not incumbents. It should help move the process along.

Last year, at this time, my column focused on the newly emerging problem of PFOA contamination in private wells. Now a year later, we are nearly finished with the design of municipal water system expansions, and the State is making headway in negotiations with Saint-Gobain. I remain hopeful.

The Town recently entered into a contract with BCIC to have it become the primary economic development driver in this region. For too many years, the Town, BCIC, the Bennington Downtown Alliance (BDA, formerly BBC), and others all struggled to develop clear and concise roles for our organizations to make our economic development activities focused and worthwhile. With the newly reinvigorated BCIC, we feel comfortable handing the reins over to its staff to lead the way. Our search for a new Community Development Director is now underway. The redefined position focuses on community improvements, marketing, grants, and assistance to improve the housing stock and to new and expanding businesses through the Town’s various loan programs. The individual selected will, of course, work closely with the staff at BCIC, BDA, and the Chamber on economic development strategies.

Fund raising is underway to support the Town’s annual Bennington in Bloom effort. Every year, we work with Sweet William Garden Design to fill the planting beds, urns, and hanging baskets to make Bennington come alive with the color and beauty flowers provide. Donations are welcome and may be made payable to the Town of Bennington, Bennington in Bloom.

In other news, the Putnam Redevelopment Group is planning an “open house” for the Putnam Block. It is planned for Thursday May 4th at the Oldcastle Theater. The Group is nearing the purchase of the entire block with plans to renovate the historic structures and construct new buildings where the former Greenberg’s hardware and lumber yard existed. This massive revitalization project is a most important economic development boost for the entire region. It is sure to spur other developments.

On the education front, the SVSU is, once again, appointing a formal study committee to develop a plan for the consolidation of the elementary school districts and MAU into a K–12 school district. This new effort formalizes the work of an informal group with representation from all the districts. It is exciting to see this effort coming to fruition. The plan now being formalized is based on the Mount Anthony model, a consolidated Board that has worked well for 50 years.

On May 20th, a Saturday, the Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance will hold its Spring Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day from 8 AM until 1 PM at the Bennington transfer station on Houghton Lane. On that same day, at Willow Park, Youth Appreciation Day will take place.

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.

Easter Egg Hunt @ Willow Park – April 15, 2017, 11:00 a.m.

The Bennington Parks & Recreation Department is sponsoring their annual Easter Egg Hunt at Willow Park, Bennington, VT on Saturday, April 15, 2017 starting promptly at 11:00 a.m. Rain or Shine. Upper Willow Pavilion, East Road. For Ages 2-10 years.