2019 Annual Town Meeting – Warning – Monday, March 4, 2019, 7:00 PM

-WARNING –
TOWN OF BENNINGTON
2019 ANNUAL TOWN MEETING

The residents of the Town of Bennington qualified by law to vote in Town Meeting are hereby notified and warned to meet at the Bennington Fire Facility on River Street (Lincoln Street entrance) in said Town on Monday, March 4, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., or immediately following the Bennington School District’s Annual meeting should that run over, to transact the business specified to be done from the floor.    

If you are a resident of the Town of Bennington, intend to be present at the meeting and are hearing impaired, arrangements will be made for a sign interpreter to be present at this meeting. For necessary arrangements, please contact Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager at the Bennington Town Offices, 205 South Street, P.O. Box 469, Bennington, VT – (802) 442-1037 no later than Friday, February 15, 2019.

Following the completion of such business, the Meeting will stand adjourned to Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at The Bennington Fire Facility on River Street (Lincoln Street entrance). The Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. for the election of officers and voting on all ballot articles specified.  However, those on the checklist to vote in the Village of North Bennington shall vote for the election of officers and on all ballot articles at the North Bennington Village Office on Main Street in North Bennington.  The Bennington Fire Facility above mentioned, is hereby established as the central polling place for those on the checklist to vote in said Bennington.  Residents of Bennington and North Bennington may register to vote at the Town Clerk’s Office, 205 South Street, Bennington, Vermont. Eligible residents registering on Election Day must do so at the polling place where they will cast their Town Meeting ballot.

                            BUSINESS TO BE TRANSACTED FROM THE FLOOR

Monday, March 4, 2019                                                                       7:00 P.M.

 

ARTICLE 1.  TOWN REPORT: To hear the report of Town Officers and to take appropriate action thereon.

ARTICLE 2.  SELECT BOARD MEMBERS COMPENSATION: To determine what compensation shall be paid to the Town Select Board Members.                                                    

ARTICLE 3.  OTHER BUSINESS: To transact such other proper business when met.                 

                                  BUSINESS TO BE TRANSACTED BY BALLOT

                                                          TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 2019

                              THE POLLS TO BE OPEN FROM 7:00 A.M. TO 7:00 P.M.

                                       AT THE POLLING PLACES SPECIFIED ABOVE
                                                                                   

                       SELECT BOARD ELECTION. Three Select Board Members residing
in the Town shall be elected for terms of three (3)    years.

                       TOWN MODERATOR ELECTION. Town Moderator, an individual residing
in the Town shall be elected for term of three (3) years.

                       TOWN TREASURER ELECTION. Town Treasurer, an individual residing in
the Town shall be elected for term of three (3) years.

 ARTICLE 1. Shall the Town appropriate for the next fiscal year, July 1, 2019 through June 30,
2020, the total sum of $13,222,500.00 consisting of the following: $4,135,250.00
for the laying out, maintaining, and repairing of the highways and bridges of the Town;
and $9,087,250.00 for the payment of the following:  Any indebtedness not otherwise
specifically provided for, interest on indebtedness, legally authorized State and County taxes,
the prosecution and defense of the common rights and interests of the inhabitants of the Town, and for other necessary incidental expenses?
                                                                                                                                                                     

The proposed budget includes $60,000.00 for fire equipment, $20,000.00 for parking improvements, and $463,610.00 for healthcare reserve and workers compensation insurance, any unexpended portion of which will be reserved to subsequent years for that purpose.             

YES    o

NO      o

ARTICLE 2.  Shall the bonds of the Town of Bennington in an amount not to exceed $1.2 million be issued for the purpose of purchasing a ladder truck for the Bennington Fire Department to replace the current 1997 Smeal ladder truck?                                                                                                                                                      

YES    o

NO      o

ARTICLE 3. §103-407. Mayoral form of government
(a) In lieu of a town manager, the voters may adopt a mayoral form of government, by vote at a duly-warned annual meeting, warned pursuant to a petition signed by five percent of the voters or on the Select board’s own motion.  Once a vote in favor of this form of government is successful, the voters shall elect a mayor at the next annual meeting for a three-year term.  Once the mayor takes office, the Town Manager system of governance shall end for Bennington.

(b) The mayor shall be responsible for the management of the administrative affairs of the Town, in the same manner and with the same powers and responsibilities as the Town Manager, as stated in statute and this charter.

(c) The mayor shall have the power to veto any action of the Select board.

(d) The Select board shall have the authority to override the mayor’s veto by a vote of five members of the board taken at a regular meeting.  Within 30 days of the vote to override, voters may petition for a binding referendum on the issue by a petition signed by five percent of the voters.  At a special meeting held within 60 days of the receipt of the petition, the voters shall decide whether to uphold the mayor’s veto.

(e) The compensation for the mayor shall be set by the Select board based on comparable salaries and benefits for a town manager.

(f) The mayor shall serve as the voice of the Town of Bennington, taking responsibility for implementing the policies of the Select board, leading the Town toward greater prosperity and a healthy economy, and a better life for all its residents.

 YES    o

 NO      o 

 

ARTICLE 4. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2020 General Fund by the sum of  $5,000.00 for Bennington County Association Against Child Abuse?

 YES    o

 NO      o

 

ARTICLE 5.  Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2020 General Fund by the sum of $5,000.00 for Project Against Violent Encounters?

YES    o

NO      o

 

ARTICLE 6. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2020 General Fund by the sum of $5,500.00 for Green Mountain Retired and Senior Volunteer Program?

YES    o
NO      o 

ARTICLE 7.  Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2020 General Fund by the sum of $6,750.00 for BROC – Community Action In Southwestern Vermont?

 YES    o

 NO      o 

ARTICLE 8. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2020 General Fund by the sum of $7,000.00 for Vermont Center for Independent Living?

 YES    o

 NO      o

  

ARTICLE 9. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2020 General Fund by the sum of $7,500.00 for Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging, Inc.?

YES    o

NO      o

 

 ARTICLE 10. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2020 General Fund by the sum of  $10,000.00 for The Tutorial Center?

YES     o
NO      o

 

ARTICLE 11. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2020 General Fund by the sum of $11,000.00 for Bennington Project Independence?

YES o
NO o

 

ARTICLE 12. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2020 General Fund by the sum of $12,500.00 for Bennington Free Clinic?

YES    o          

NO      o

ARTICLE 13. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2020 General Fund by the sum of  $15,000.00 for Sunrise Family Resource Center?

YES    o

NO      o

 ARTICLE 14. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2020 General Fund by the sum of $21,600.00 for VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region?

YES    o
NO      o 

ARTICLE 15. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2020 General Fund by the sum  of $25,000.00 for Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless?

YES    o
NO      o

BY THE SELECT BOARD

Thomas H. Jacobs, Chair
Donald A. Campbell, Vice Chair
Jim Carroll
Jeanne Conner
Chad Gordon
Jeannette Jenkins
Carson Thurber
   

Dated at Bennington, Vermont this 28th day of January, 2019.