Annual Town Meeting Warning – 2018

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TOWN OF BENNINGTON
  2018 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 5, 2018, 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 16, 2018.

Following the completion of such business, the Meeting will stand adjourned to Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 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 5, 2018                                                             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 6, 2018
THE POLLS TO BE OPEN FROM 7:00 A.M. TO 7:00 P.M.
AT THE POLLING PLACES SPECIFIED ABOVE
                                                                     

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

TOWN CLERK ELECTION. A Town Clerk residing in the Town shall be elected for a term of three (3) years.

ARTICLE 1. Shall the Town appropriate for the next fiscal year,   July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019, the total sum of $12,893,030.00 consisting of the following: $4,087,120.00 for the laying out, maintaining, and repairing of the highways and bridges of the Town; and $8,805,910.00 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, $7,500.00 for regional economic development, and $451,600.00 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 Town of Bennington amend the Town Charter to add Section 407 as follows:

§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 Selectboard’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. 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 make or break a tie, and shall have the power to veto any action of the Selectboard.

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

                                                                                                            YES           o

                                                                                                               NO           o


ARTICLE 3. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2019 General Fund by the sum of $2,500.00 for Turning Point Center of Bennington?

                                                                                                            YES           o

                                                                                                               NO           o

                                                                                                             

ARTICLE 4. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2019 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. 2019 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. 2019 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. 2019 General Fund by the sum of

                     $7,000.00 for Vermont Center for Independent Living?

                                                                                                              YES           o

                                                                                                               NO           o

 

 

ARTICLE 8. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2019 General Fund by the sum of                      $7,500.00 for Bennington Free Clinic?

                                                                                                           YES           o

                                                                                                              NO           o

 

 

 

ARTICLE 9. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2019 General Fund by the sum of  $7,500.00 for BROC – Community Action In Southwestern Vermont?

                                                                                                              YES           o

                                                                                                              NO           o

 

ARTICLE 10. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2019 General Fund by the sum of $7,500.00 for Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging, Inc.?

                                                                                                              YES           o

                                                                                                               NO           o

 

ARTICLE 11. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2019 General Fund by the sum of

                       $10,000.00 for The Tutorial Center?

                                                                                                              YES           o

                                                                                                               NO           o

 

ARTICLE 12. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2019 General Fund by the sum of $11,000.00 for Bennington Project Independence?

                                                                                                              YES           o

                                                                                                               NO           o

 

ARTICLE 13. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2019 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. 2019 General Fund by the sum of $21,600.00 for Bennington Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice?

                                                                                                              YES           o

                                                                                                               NO           o

 

ARTICLE 15. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2019 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    29th day of January, 2018.