Archives for November 2017

Town of Bennington – Board of Abatement (December 11, 2017)

Town of Bennington
BOARD OF ABATEMENT

Town Clerk’s Office
205 South Street, Bennington, VT

Monday December 11, 2017

5:00 PM

 Agenda

  1. Hear citizen request for Abatement
  2. Hear Treasurer’s requests for Abatement

 

 

Charter Review Meeting – Public Forum, November 28, 2017

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
PUBLIC FORUM
TOWN OF BENNINGTON
CHARTER REVIEW COMMITTEE

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

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

A G E N D A

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM 

  1. Review Charter Committee’s Work to Date
  2. Review Process
  3. Public Comments
  4. Listen

Charter Review Meeting – November 29, 2017

W O R K M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
TOWN OF BENNINGTON
CHARTER REVIEW COMMITTEE

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

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

A G E N D A

4:30 PM – 7:00 PM

  1. Review Agenda
  2. Public Comments – 5 minutes, more if needed
  3. Review any Public Comments rec’d – 5 minutes, more if needed
  4. Approve Minutes of last meeting – 3 minutes
  5. Review Draft final report format – 30 minutes
  6. Questions for or from Jim Barlow – 15 minutes
  7. Continue Charter Review, Chapter 6, 7 & 8 – 1 hour
  8. Fire Department Language – 30 minutes
  9. Other
    Next meeting date: December 6, 2017 11:45 A.M. – 1:00

DPW Project List – November 27 – December 1, 2017

Town of Bennington Project List

Week of November 27 – December 01, 2017

 Construction Notice: PFOA Water Line Extensions work continues.  This will require road closures.  Please see below.

Bard Road will remain Closed to through traffic for PFOA Water Line Extension Work.  Local traffic (including buses) WILL be accommodated.  Men and equipment will be in the roadway.  Please find alternate route.

Fairview Street will be reduced to One Lane Traffic all week as PFOA Water Line Extension Work continues.  Local traffic WILL be accommodated.  Men and equipment will be in the roadway.  Expect minor delays.

 Jennings Drive will remain Closed to through traffic for PFOA Water Line Extension Work.  Local traffic (including buses) WILL be accommodated.  Men and equipment will be in the roadway.  Please find alternate route.

 Murphy Road will remain Closed from Austin Hill Rd to Route 67A to through traffic for PFOA Water Line Extension Work.  Local traffic WILL be accommodated.  Men and equipment will be in the roadway.  Please find alternate route.

Silk Road will remain Closed from Route 67A to the Silk Road Bridge to through traffic for PFOA Water Line Extension Work.  Local traffic (including buses) WILL be accommodated.  Men and equipment will be in the roadway.  Please find alternate route.

Vail Road will be Closed from Silk Road to Red Pine Road to through traffic for PFOA Water Line Extension Work.  Local traffic (including buses) WILL be accommodated.  Men and equipment will be in the roadway.  Please find alternate route.

Woodford Road: Monday will be reduced to One Lane Traffic in the area of 600 Woodford Rd/VT Rte 9 for water valve repair.  Local traffic WILL be accommodated.  Men and equipment will be in the roadway.  Expect minor delays.

 Townwide Work: Highway Crews will be patching potholes in various areas around town.  This will require men and equipment in the roadway.  Please use caution when approaching.  Expect minor delays.

Please Be Advised:

To BOTH Residents and Contractors – Please make sure all loads are covered when taking leaves and or brush to the transfer station.  When disposing of leaf bags, you MUST empty the bags into the pile

Please DO NOT rake or blow leaves into Town streets or Highways as these clogs storm drains and creates flooding and driving hazards for the entire community.

** 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.

 

 

 

Select Board Meeting – November 27, 2017

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

Monday, November 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 (6:00 PM – 6:05 PM)
A. Minutes – November 13, 2017
B. Warrants
3. Citizens Comments (6:05 PM – 6:20 PM)- sign-up sheet provided
(For items not on the Agenda)
4. Aldrich & Elliott Step II WWTF Upgrade (6:20 PM – 6:40 PM)
Wayne Elliott, Stuart Hurd
5. Hazard Mitigation Plan Adoption Dan Monks(6:40 PM – 6:50 PM)
6. Agency Funding Policy and Budget Review for Agencies Select Board(6:50 PM – 7:05 PM)
7. Deliberative Session – Battle Creek 1 and Chelsea Solar Projects, Select Board (7:05 PM – 7:35 PM)
8. Manager’s Report (if any) Stuart Hurd (7:35 PM – 7:45 PM)
9. Other Business (7:45 PM – 8:00 PM)
10. Executive Session – Contract
 

 

 

 

 

 

Town Manager’s Column – November, 2017

ALL ABOUT TOWN

Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager

It’s budget building season. Town departments have begun the arduous process of developing budgets
for the coming fiscal year, July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 (FY2019). These department budgets are due in the Manager’s office by mid-November. Most will be in by the time this is published. I then go through each budget as does the Finance Director, Melissa Currier, first to confirm accuracy of each line item, and then to determine if the proposals are to be included in the budget I send on to the Select Board in mid-December. I will generally meet with each department head to review the final product. The Select Board generally sets two to three work sessions (3-4 hours each) in January to go over each major budget with the department head and the Manager. The final budget, once approved by the Board, is then warned for the vote at March Town Meeting.

On Friday November 17th, a small contingent of people will be heading to Montpelier to present at the second Vermont Economic Progress Council (VEPC) hearing regarding Bennington’s application for a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district. This very important application, if approved, will allow the Town to bond for necessary improvements in the identified district and allow those bonds to be paid back by the incremental increase in the Grand List using State Education Tax monies generated by the new developments. The first hearing held here in Bennington was very well received by the VEPC Board. There will be a third meeting wherein the final decision should be made.

Contractors are well underway on the extension of the North Bennington and Bennington municipal water systems to provide municipal water to hundreds of homes. Testing has been completed in the area known as Phase 2. The results are to be released at the end of December if all goes as planned.

Work continues on the new home for the Public Works Department. We are now shooting for a mid-December occupancy. Much work remains. Staff are focused on getting everything in place and preparing for Winter. The two old garages will then be available for reuse. You will recall that the Town plans to develop a Request for Proposals (RFP) to gain an understanding of the interest in the buildings and what uses might be planned.

The Charter Review Committee continues its work. The Committee has made its way through the first five (5) sections of the Charter which include the Select Board make up and powers, the Manager, elected officers such as the Town Clerk and the Treasurer, and taxation. The next public forum is scheduled for November 28th at the Bennington Fire Facility from 5:30 pm until 7:00 pm. Following that on November 29th, the Committee will hold another 3 hour work session from 4:30 pm until 7:30 pm at the Town Offices. Weekly noon work sessions will continue as well. The schedule and agenda are posted on the Town’s website and its Facebook page. Minutes are published on the website only.

On Monday, November 20th, the Bennington Planning Commission and the Select Board will hold a joint public meeting to receive comments on two solar projects, Battle Creek 1, a project in a “preferred” location behind Carbone and Chelsea adjacent to the Apple Hill project. Having revised the project from its original size, the developer has asked the Public Utilities Commission to consider it anew. The Supreme Court appeal has been withdrawn.

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 Project List – November 20 – November 24, 2017


Town of Bennington Project List

Week of November 20 – 24, 2017 

REMINDER: Town Office will be CLOSED both Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving Holiday. 

Construction Notice: PFOA Water Line Extensions work has begun. This will require road closures. Please see below. 

Bard Road will remain Closed Monday through Wednesday to through traffic for PFOA Water Line Extension Work. Local traffic (including buses) WILL be accommodated. Men and equipment will be in the roadway. Please find alternate route. 

Dewey Street will be Closed Monday through Wednesday to through traffic for paving and road repair from 7:00am – 3:00pm. Local traffic WILL be accommodated. Men and equipment will be in the roadway. Expect minor delays. 

Grove St will be closed Monday through Wednesday to through traffic crews will be finishing road work. Local traffic WILL be accommodated. Men and equipment will be in the roadway. Expect minor delays. 

Jennings Drive will remain Closed Monday through Wednesday to through traffic for PFOA Water Line Extension Work. Local traffic (including buses) WILL be accommodated. Men and equipment will be in the roadway. Please find alternate route. 

Main Street crews will be working on sidewalks Monday and Tuesday in front of Lucky Dragon. Men and equipment will be in the roadway. Please use caution.

118 West Main Street crews will be working on sidewalks Monday and Tuesday. Men and equipment will be in the roadway. Please use caution. 

Murphy Road will remain Closed Monday through Wednesday from Austin Hill Rd to Route 67A to through traffic for PFOA Water Line Extension Work. Local traffic WILL be accommodated. Men and equipment will be in the roadway. Please find alternate route.  

South Street 116 South Street and the corner of Franklin Lane crews will be working on sidewalks Monday and Tuesday. Men and equipment will be in the roadway. Please use caution.

Silk Road will remain Closed from Route 67A to the Silk Road Bridge to through traffic for PFOA Water Line Extension Work. Local traffic (including buses) WILL be accommodated. Men and equipment will be in the roadway. Please find alternate route.

Vail Road will be Closed Monday through Wednesday from Silk Road to Red Pine Road to through traffic for PFOA Water Line Extension Work. Local traffic (including buses) WILL be accommodated. Men and equipment will be in the roadway. Please find alternate route. 

Townwide Work: Highway Crews will be patching potholes in various areas around town. This will require men and equipment in the roadway. Please use caution when approaching. Expect minor delays.

Please Be Advised:

To BOTH Residents and Contractors – Please make sure all loads are covered when taking leaves and or brush to the transfer station. When disposing of leaf bags, you MUST empty the bags into the pile.

Please DO NOT rake or blow leaves into Town streets or Highways as these clogs storm drains and creates flooding and driving hazards for the entire community.

** Remember: Overnight Parking Ban in Effect
The Winter Overnight Parking Ban for all streets within the town 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.

 

 

Office Closure – Thanksgiving Day Holiday

Bennington Town Offices will be closed
Thursday, November 23, 2017 and Friday, November 24, 2017
We will reopen Monday, November 27th at 8:00 A.M.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Town of Bennington – Public Works – Water Division – Water/Distribution System Operator

Town of Bennington
Open Position

The Town of Bennington is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Water Division – Water/Distribution System Operator. This position primarily involves maintenance and repair of the water distribution system which includes a water filtration plant and several pump stations.

Qualifications include, at a minimum, a high school diploma, a Class 4C Vermont Water Certification or the ability to obtain one within 24 months following date of hire, and must possess a Vermont Commercial driver’s license maintained in good standing with 2 years of driving experience. Class B license is required. Class A must be obtained within (6) months of employment.

A complete job description is available below. Applications may be obtained at the Bennington Town Offices, Reception. Applications and resumes should be sent to the Town Manager’s Office, ATTN: Human Resources, 205 South Street, P.O. Box 469, Bennington, Vermont, 05201. Closing date for applications is November 27, 2017 at 5 PM.

Bennington is an EOE employer. The Town of Bennington does not discriminate against a qualified individual with a disability in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities.

Job Description Water Division – Water Distribution System Operator

 

Bennington Select Board/Planning Commission – November 20, 2017

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
PLANNING COMMISSION
Monday, November 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

Joint Public Hearing

1.Take Public Comments and Discussion on Solar Projects (6:00 PM – 8:00 PM)
A. Battle Creek 1
B. Chelsea