Archives for June 2017

Select Board Meeting – July 5, 2017

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Bennington Town Office
Conference Room
205 South Street
Bennington, VT 05201

AGENDA

5:15 PM

 

  1.  Executive Session
    A. Charter Application Review Interview

 

 

 

 

 

DPW Roadwork July 3-7, 2017

Town of Bennington Project List

Week of July 03 – 07, 2017

 

REMINDER: Town Office will be CLOSED Tuesday July 4th, 2017 in observance of the Independence Day Holiday.  Please have a Safe & Happy 4th of July!!!

 

Construction Notice: DEWEY STREET PARTIAL CLOSURE

Please be advised Dewey Street will be closed to through traffic between Monument Avenue and Blackberry Lane (only).  This construction project is expected to run through July 14th. Local traffic only will be accommodated Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 5:00pm

Jefferson Avenue: Highway & Sewer Crews will be working on Jefferson Avenue (and side streets south of Weeks St) in preparation for paving this summer.  Lane restrictions will be in place; Men & equipment will be in the roadway.  Please use caution.

Orebed Road will be Closed to through traffic Wednesday through Friday 6:30am – 3:00pm each day.  Local Traffic will be accommodated.  The Highway crew will be finishing culvert work for paving.  Please use caution when approaching.

 

Townwide Work:

Crews will be rebuilding catch basins town wide in preparation for paving. Some lanes therefore will be restricted.  Please yield to traffic and use caution when approaching these areas.

Crews will be painting lines in the town parking lots this week.  Please avoid overnight parking if possible.

Roadside mowing also continues of Bennington.  Please use caution when approaching these areas and leave plenty of room for the tractor.

 

Reminder:

Please DO NOT rake or blow grass and/or 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.

 

Fireworks – July 4th, 2017

Bennington Town Fireworks – Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 – Willow Park, at Dusk

The Town of Bennington will be holding its Independence Day fireworks celebration on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at Willow Park, beginning at dusk (approximately 9:30 p.m.). Rain date is Saturday, July 8, 2017, beginning at dusk.

For more information contact the Bennington Town Offices at 802-442-1037

Bennington Town Offices will be closed Tuesday, July 4, 2017 in observance of Independence Day. Bennington Town Offices will reopen Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.

TIF – Tax Increment Financing

TIF – Tax Increment Financing for Bennington

With the passage of legislation this term, the Vermont Legislature has made it possible for six additional communities to apply for and establish a Tax Increment Financing District to incentivize and support private development investment in downtown’s.  Bennington intends to take advantage of this opportunity by applying for one of the available TIF programs to support development in Bennington Downtown.  This page will provide you with information about Tax Increment Financing and the steps being taken by the Town to establish a Bennington downtown TIF district.

Information will be posted here as this process moves forward.  We invite you to stay abreast of a TIF for Bennington.  The public can and will play an important role.  Your knowledge and understanding of TIF is important.

Please feel free to contact the Town with your questions and ideas at: info@benningtonvt.org 

Tax Increment Financing (TIF)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DPW Roadwork June 26-30, 2017

Town of Bennington Project List

Week of June 26 – 30, 2017


Construction Notice: DEWEY STREET PARTIAL CLOSURE

Please be advised Dewey Street will be closed to through traffic between Monument Avenue and Blackberry Lane (only).  This construction project is expected to run through July 14th. Local traffic only will be accommodated Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 5:00pm

 

Orebed Road will be Closed to through traffic Monday through Friday 7:00am – 3:00pm each day.  Local Traffic will be accommodated.  The Highway crew will continue culvert work in preparation for paving.  Please use caution when approaching.

 

Townwide Work:

Roadway patching continues townwide. Some lanes therefore will be blocked or restricted.  Please yield to traffic and use caution when approaching these areas.

Crews will continue traffic markings in town as well, again lanes may be blocked or restricted.  Please yield to traffic and use caution when approaching these areas.

Roadside mowing also continues of Bennington.  Please use caution when approaching these areas and leave plenty of room for the tractor.

 

Reminder:

Please DO NOT rake or blow grass and/or 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.

 

Select Board Meeting – June 27, 2017

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E

BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD

Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Bennington Town Office
Conference Room
205 South Street
Bennington, VT 05201

AGENDA

5:00 PM

1. Charter Application Review Interviews 5:00 PM – 5:40 PM

 

 

 

 

Select Board Meeting – June 26, 2017

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Monday, June 26, 2017
Bennington Fire Facility
130 River Street
Bennington, VT 05201

2nd Floor Conference Room

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

  1.  Charter Application Review Interviews

Multi-Purpose Room – 3rd Floor

A G E N D A

6:00 PM

  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Consent Agenda (6:00 PM – 6:05 PM)
    A. Minutes – June 12, 2017
    B. Warrants
  3. Citizens (6:05 PM – 6:20 PM) (sign up sheet provided)
  4. Chelsea/Apple Hill Solar Projects– Revised Presentation(6:20 PM – 7:05 PM)
  5. Tax Anticipation Borrowing (FY18) (7:05 PM – 7:20 PM)
  6. Water/Sewer Fund Budgets Adoption, set rates (7:20 PM – 7:30 PM)
  7. Manager’s Report, if any (7:30 PM – 7:35 PM)
  8. Other Business (7:35 PM – 7:45 PM)
  9. Executive Session
    A. Litigation
    B. Contracts

Town Manager’s Column – June 2017

ALL ABOUT TOWN

Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager

 

At its first meeting in May, the Select Board announced the formation of a seven (7) member Charter Review Commission. Applications now total twelve (12). The Board has planned on a seven-member committee. The process to select appointees has not been set just yet. Although the Select Board has not worked out its charge to the Commission, the areas of the Charter that may be reviewed include the Select Board’s powers and authority, whether current elected officers, the Town Clerk, the Treasurer, and the Moderator, should remain as elected or changed to appointed as now allowed by State law, the Manager’s duties and responsibilities, whether the Downtown Taxing District purposes and powers should be amended and whether the Downtown Improvement District Map should become set by the Select Board, whether the Town’s current governing structure should be changed, and whether a 1% local option sales tax should be adopted for Bennington. The Select Board retains the final authority on what changes should be put before the voters in March 2018 or beyond.

The work on the development of a Tax Increment Financing District (TIF) will begin later this month. The consulting firm, White and Burke, is the pre-eminent firm for this type of work. We wish to develop a TIF District within our downtown and gather the necessary data and documentation to support it. Under current legislation, once the District is identified and an application for a TIF District developed, it must be presented to the Vermont Economic Progress Council (VEPC). It is important in this process that the community understand the impacts of the District and that the viability of the District can be shown to VEPC. I am told the process and review are rigorous and detailed. Once approved by VEPC, the Town must seek approval from the voters. The approval sought is to allow the Town to incur debt for the identified infrastructure improvements, roads, lighting, sidewalks, storm sewers, parking, etc., which will then stimulate development in the District. The debt incurred is then paid off utilizing the incremental increase in the Grand List due to the new development which then allows for the use of increasing education tax funds so that there is no impact on the taxpayers.

The negotiations between Saint-Gobain and the State continue. It now appears that there may be movement towards a resolution for those wells contaminated and located west of the railroad tracks that run to North Bennington from Bennington. There is disagreement between the State and Saint-Gobain for those properties east of the railroad tracks. Saint-Gobain continues to point to the former Houghton Lane landfill which was closed under EPA guidelines in 1999. Saint-Gobain’s engineering firm is developing plans to test soils and ground water in this area, including the former landfill. The Town is awaiting a review of those plans by the State and EPA before signing on.

You may have noticed work on a new solar farm progressing on the easterly side of Route 7 south just across from the Sheriff’s Department. This development by Encore Redevelopment will provide reduced cost electricity to the Town’s Wastewater Treatment Plant. When completed, all of the Town’s electricity will be provided by two renewable energy sources through net-metering agreements. The other source is the hydro facility at the Papermill Bridge operated by Bill Scully. Pretty cool, if you ask me.

We continue to move forward with necessary work at the Wastewater Treatment Facility to get ready for the bond vote in October. When successful, we will then complete the necessary upgrade of the Plant. Some of the work underway may create odors from time to time. We are working hard to mitigate that and avoid any other problems this work may create.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DPW Roadwork June 19-23, 2017

Town of Bennington Project List

Week of June 19 – 23, 2017


Construction Notice: DEWEY STREET PARTIAL CLOSURE

Please be advised Dewey Street will be closed to through traffic between Monument Avenue and Blackberry Lane (only).  This construction project is expected to run through July 14th. Local traffic only will be accommodated Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 5:00pm

Orebed Road will be Closed to through traffic Monday through Friday 7:00am – 3:00pm each day.  Local Traffic will be accommodated.  A Highway crew will be installing culverts to prepare for paving.  Please use caution when approaching.

Townwide Work:

Across at various locations in town the Highway Department will be patching utility repair digs.  Some lanes therefore will be blocked or restricted.  Please yield to traffic and use caution when approaching these areas.

Crews will continue traffic markings in town as well, again lanes may be blocked or restricted.  Please yield to traffic and use caution when approaching these areas.

Roadside mowing will continue on the West side of Bennington.  Please use caution when approaching these areas and leave plenty of room for the tractor.

Reminder:

Please DO NOT rake or blow grass and/or 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.

Select Board Meeting – June 19, 2017 & June 20, 2017

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Monday, June 19, 2017 & Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Bennington Free-Library – Rotary Room
101 Silver Street
(Please use night entrance)
Bennington, VT 05201

A G E N D A

5:15 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.

Monday, June 19, 2017

  1. Executive Session
    a. Litigation
  2. FY 2018 Water & Sewer Budget Work Sessions

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

  1. FY 2018 Water & Sewer Budget Work Sessions