Bennington Select Board Meeting – 03/27/2017

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Monday, March 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 (6:05 PM – 6:10 PM)
    A. Minutes – March 13, 2017
    B. Warrants
    C. 2017 Liquor License Renewals
  3. Citizens (6:10 PM – 6:25 PM)
  4. Bennington County Industrial Corporation Contract – 2nd Reading  (6:25 PM – 6:35 PM)
  5. Manager’s Report (If Any) (6:35 pm – 6:45 PM)
  6. Other Business (6:45 PM – 6:55 PM)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Historic Preservation Meeting – March 20, 2017

BENNINGTON HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION
TOWN OFFICE – Town Clerks Office
205 SOUTH STREET, BENNINGTON, VT
Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 4:00 p.m.

AGENDA

  1. The Scarlett Creation, Sign Permit, 626 Main Street                          25 minutes
  2. Other Preservation Issues                                                                         10 minutes

 

 

YMCA Community Visits, March 21, 2017

YMCA Staff will be available to community members at the following locations and times to listen to questions, hopes and concerns.

Bennington Senior Center- 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. – 124 Pleasant Street
Bennington Recreation Center – Noon – 1:00 p.m. – 655 Gage Street
Dept. of Health/CCV – Community Room – 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. – 324 Main Street

You can also reach the Town of Bennington’s email for comments regarding the YMCA:  info@benningtonvt.org
and the Vermont Department of Health’s Bennington Facebook page also has a place to make comments about the YMCA :https://www.facebook.com/vdhbennington/

 

Bennington Select Board Meeting – March 13, 2017

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Monday, March 13, 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 (6:05 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. Northern Berkshire “Y” (6:25 PM – 7:00 PM)
  5. Bennington County Industrial Corporation contract (7:00 PM – 7:30 PM)
  6. Downtown Transportation Fund Grant Resolution (7:30 PM – 7:45 PM)
  7. Manager’s Report (7:45 pm – 7:55 PM)
  8. Other Business (7:55 PM – 8:05 PM)
  9. Executive Session
    A. Contracts
    B. Litigation

Oral Health Commission – Agenda (March 21, 2017)

Oral Health Commission
March 21, 2017
5:30 p.m.
Town Hall Conference Room

Agenda

  1. Minutes
  2. Discuss rough draft of Report circulated by Don in January
  3.  Presentation on Fluoridation, Robin Miller
  4.  Next meeting

Notice: 2017 Annual Town Meeting – Public Warning

-WARNING-

 TOWN OF BENNINGTON

2017 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 6, 2017, 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 17, 2017.

 

Following the completion of such business, the Meeting will stand adjourned to Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 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 6, 2017                                                                       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 7, 2017

                              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.

 

ARTICLE 1. Shall the Town appropriate for the next fiscal year,   July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018, the total sum of $12,450,600.00 consisting of the following: $3,996,990.00 for the laying out, maintaining, and repairing of the highways and bridges of the Town; and $8,453,610.00 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, $5,000.00 for regional economic development, and $402,750.00 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 $3.2 million be issued for the purpose of purchasing and renovating a public works facility at 78 Bowen Road in the Town of Bennington?

                                                                                                                                    YES    o

                                                                                                                                    NO      o

 

ARTICLE 3. Shall the Town of Bennington grant tax exempt status as provided in T.32 §3840 to the Bennington Rescue Squad, Inc. for its property #49514600 for the tax listing years April 1, 2017, through and including March 31, 2022?

YES    o

NO      o

 

 

ARTICLE 4. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2018 General Fund by the sum of

                     $2,500.00 for Bennington County Association Against Child Abuse?

                                                                                                                                  YES    o

                                                                                                                                  NO      o

 

ARTICLE 5. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2018 General Fund by the sum of

                       $2,500.00 for Turning Point Center of Bennington?

                                                                                                                                  YES    o

                                                                                                                                  NO      o

 

ARTICLE 6. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2018 General Fund by the sum of

                       $5,000.00 for Project Against Violent Encounters?

                                                                                                                                  YES    o

                                                                                                                                 NO      o

 

ARTICLE 7. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2018 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. 2018 General Fund by the sum of

                            $7,200.00 for Green Mountain Retired and Senior Volunteer Program?

                                                                                                                                    YES    o

                                                                                                                                    NO      o

 

ARTICLE 9. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2018 General Fund by the sum of

                     $7,500.00 for Bennington Free Clinic?

                     YES    o          

              NO      o

 

ARTICLE 10. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2018 General Fund by the sum of                                            $7,500.00 for BROC – Community Action In Southwestern Vermont?

                                                                                                                                    YES    o

                                                                                                                                    NO      o

 

ARTICLE 11. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2018 General Fund by the sum of $7,500.00 for Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging, Inc.?

                                                                                                                                    YES    o

                                                                                                                                    NO      o

 

ARTICLE 12. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2018 General Fund by the sum of

                       $10,000.00 for The Tutorial Center?

                                                                                                                                    YES    o

                                                                                                                                   NO      o

 

 

 

ARTICLE 13. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2018 General Fund by the sum of $11,000.00 for Bennington Project Independence?

                                                                                                                                    YES    o

                                                                                                                                    NO      o

 

ARTICLE 14. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2018 General Fund by the sum of

                       $15,000.00 for Sunrise Family Resource Center?

                                                                                                                                    YES    o

                                                                                                                                   NO      o

 

ARTICLE 15. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2018 General Fund by the sum of $21,600.00 for Bennington Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice?

                                                                                                                                    YES    o

                                                                                                                                   NO      o

 

ARTICLE 16. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2018 General Fund by the sum of $25,000.00 for Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless?

                                                                                                                                    YES    o

                                                                                                                                     NO      o

 

ARTICLE 17. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2018 General Fund by the sum of $207,459.00 for the Bennington Rescue Squad?

                                                                                                                                    YES    o

                                                                                                                                   NO      o

  

                                                            BY THE SELECT BOARD

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Thomas H. Jacobs, Chair                                    Michael A. Keane, Vice Chair

                                                                                                                                                                                    

Donald A. Campbell                                              Jim Carroll

                                                                                                                                                                                      

Jeanne Conner                                                       Justin J. Corcoran

                                                             

Jeannette Jenkins

  

Dated at Bennington, Vermont this    30th day of January, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bennington Select Board Meeting – 02/27/2017

M E E T I N G N O T I C E
BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Monday, February 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 (6:05 PM – 6:15 PM)
A. Minutes – January 30, 2017
February 20, 2017
B. Warrants
C. 2017 Liquor License Renewals
D. Proclamation – Church Pension Fund 100th Anniversary
E. Resolution – Dr. Michael Mugits
3. Citizens (6:15 PM – 6:30 PM)
4. Battle Creek 1 Solar 45-day notice review (6:30 PM – 6:50 PM)
5. Town Audit presentation FY2016 (6:50 PM – 7:20 PM)
6. School/Town Budget presentation (7:20 PM – 7:50 PM)
7. Manager’s Report (7:50 PM – 7:55 PM)
8. Other Business (8:00 PM – 8:05 pm)
9. Executive Session
A. Contracts

Ballots are now available for the March 7, 2017 Town and School Meetings

Ballots are now available for the March 7, 2017 Town and School Meetings. If you wish to vote by early absentee ballot, please stop by the Town Clerk’s Office, 205 South Street, to pick up your ballot or vote in person. If you prefer to have a ballot mailed to you, please call (802) 442-1043 or email cbarbeau@benningtonvt.org

Sample ballots are also available for viewing below.

Voter Registration
Sample Ballots
Absentee Ballots
Election Results

Town Manager’s Column – (February 2017)

ALL ABOUT TOWN
Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager

At its upcoming February 28th meeting, the Select Board and School Boards will present the combined FY 2018 budgets. This year, the Town’s combined General, Highway and Fire Fund budget as proposed, and if approved, will result in a tax rate increase of $0.0265 or 2.43%. On the ballot are 13 agencies seeking funding from the taxpayers totaling $336,759. If all are approved this will raise the tax rate an additional $0.0331 bringing the total increase to $0.0596. The largest request comes from the first-time petitioner, the Bennington Rescue Squad at $207,459. At this writing, the school tax rate impact is estimated to increase $0.008 providing the property yield remains at $10,076.

This year, the ballot will include an article requesting tax exempt status for the Rescue Squad as well. This question has been before the voters in the past and routinely approved.

The ballot will also include an article seeking approval for the Town to bond in the amount of $3.2 million to purchase and retrofit 78 Bowen Road, a Plasan property, for a Public Works Facility. The Town first planned to construct a new facility in 2011, but Tropical Storm Irene forced the plans to the shelf. Resurrected this year, it was determined that constructing a new facility would cost $6.2 million. Town staff looked at existing buildings that might work instead. This led us to the 78 Bowen Road property, a real find in that it is in good shape, is energy efficient, centrally located, and provides sufficient space to house all Highway and Water Department employees and much of the equipment. It will allow the Town to consider the sale of its Orchard Road and Depot Street properties. After reviewing bond costs, it was determined that the existing proposed Highway Fund budget need not be increased, but simply restructured to accommodate the cost.

March Town Meeting is just around the corner. The Floor Meeting will be held March 6th at 7 pm at the Bennington Fire Facility. For those interested in the schools, MAU begins the evening at 6 pm, followed by the CDC, and the BSD. The vote will be held the following day from 7 am until 7 pm. There are two Select Board seats and four BSD seats available.

The Town of Bennington Annual Report should be available soon. It contains some information derived from the Citizen Survey recently completed as well as the annual department reports and the FY2016 Audit.

The Select Board has begun to explore a Tax Increment Financing District, a voter approved means to generate monies for infrastructure improvements without raising taxes which will stimulate development from the private sector and enhance the community at large. It is early in the process and does require legislative action this year to allow our efforts to proceed.

In this same vein, it is important to note that the Putnam Redevelopment Group received support from the Select Board to seek a Vermont Community Development Block (VCDB) grant of $1.25 million to move forward with the redevelopment of the Putnam Block properties, a very important project for Bennington’s downtown.

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.

Bennington Select Board Meeting Rescheduled – February 20, 2017

Due to inclement weather the Select Board meeting that was scheduled for Monday, February 13, 2017 has been rescheduled until Monday, February 20, 2017.

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E

BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Monday, February 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

  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Consent Agenda (6:05 PM – 6:10 PM)
    A. Minutes – January 23, 2017
    January 30, 2017
    B. Warrants
    C. 2017 Liquor License Renewals
  3. Citizens/Board discussion (6:10 PM – 7:10 PM)
  4. Other Business (7:10 PM – 7:20 PM)