Proposed Work Schedule, Week of 5/21/18, Bennington-Wilmington NH SURF (51) [Route 9 Paving Project]

Memorial Day Holiday: In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, crews will be off of the road by noon on Friday, 5/25/18 with work resuming on Tuesday, 5/29 at 7:00 AM.

PROJECT LOCATION:   The Bennington-Wilmington paving project begins in the town of Bennington along Route 9 just west of the junction of Route 279 and Route 9 and continues easterly along Route 9 for approximately 16 miles. This paving project will include the towns of Bennington, Woodford, Searsburg and Wilmington, and ends at the Wilmington-Marlboro town line. A minor amount of work will be performed in Wilmington this year.

Work to be performed includes cold planing of the existing pavement, surface preparation, (including crack sealing, pothole repair and patching), a new layer of asphalt paving, installation of rumble strips in designated areas, pavement markings, and other related highway items.

PAVING: Paving is scheduled to continue throughout the week of 5/21/18 from Searsburg to Woodford. Side roads and driveway aprons will continue to be paved ahead of the paving of travel lanes. Crews will be off the road by noon on 5/25 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

COLD PLANING: Milling operations will continue west toward Bennington throughout the week of 5/21/18. It is anticipated that cold planing will be finished by the end of the week.

DRAINAGE STRUCTURES: Work on drainage structures will continue toward Bennington throughout the week of 5/21/18.

POT HOLE REPAIR: Pot hole repair continue throughout the week of 5/21/18.

TRAFFIC DELAYS:  Work on all listed operations may require lanes shifts and/or single lane closures in the areas of active construction resulting in one way alternating traffic at times. Flaggers and uniformed traffic officers will be on site directing the flow of traffic. Minor delays may occur. Please plan your travel time accordingly. Motorists are advised that they will encounter several active operations along Route 9 between Bennington and Wilmington.

Please focus on safety when driving through the construction work zone and remember, it is against the law to use a hand held cell phone while driving in Vermont.

Contact Natalie Boyle, Project Outreach Coordinator, EIV Technical Services, with any questions or concerns in regard to this project at 802-855-3893 or at For additional information regarding the construction project occurring along Route 9 this summer please go to our regional Facebook page entitled “VTrans Rutland Region Construction Contracts”. Periodic updates and pictures may be posted from time to time.


Town of Bennington Bid Announcement

The Town of Bennington is requesting bids for the construction of the Bennington STP EH 08(11): Pleasant and School Street Enhancement Project as described in the contract documents and plans.

Work to be performed under this project generally includes the following:

Installation of new curbs and sidewalks, installation of underground electrical service, light poles and fixtures, new planters, additional landscaping and related incidentals. Relocation of power poles by Green Mountain Power.

This is a federal aid project, and federal requirements shall apply. Sealed bids from pre-qualified contractors shall be accepted until 2 p.m., E.S.T. on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at the Bennington Town Office, 205 South Street, Bennington, VT 05201. Bid opening will occur immediately after the bid submittal deadline in the town office conference room. A non-mandatory pre-bid conference will be held for the project on Thursday, June 7 at 8 A.M. in the parking lot behind TD Bank located at the corner of Pleasant and School Streets. Electronic (PDF) copies of the contract documents are available at no charge, and Contractors are permitted to make their own arrangements for printing needs. Please contact Cory Frehsee from Stevens and Associates to request electronic copies. Printed sets of plans and specifications may be obtained from Stevens & Associates, 95 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05302 (Phone: 802-257-9329) at a cost of $100 per set made payable to Stevens & Associates. Plans are not returnable. Contractors are also asked to contact Mr. Frehsee via email at and calling 802-257-9329 x110 to confirm that they have been added to the bidders list.

Stark Street Pop-Up Park

Stark Street Pop-Up Park
Saturday & Sunday, June 17 – June 18, 2018

See linked site for more details:




Select Board Meeting – May 21, 2018

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
Monday, May 21, 2018
Bennington Fire Facility
Multi-Purpose Room -3rd Floor
130 River Street
Bennington, VT 05201

5:30 PM

  1.   Executive Session                           (5:30 PM – 6:00 PM)
    Interviews – Boards and Commissions

1. Pledge of Allegiance
2. Consent Agenda (6:00 PM – 6:05 PM)
A. Minutes – May 14, 2018, if available
3. Citizens Comments (6:05 PM – 6:20 PM) – sign-up sheet provided
(For items not on the Agenda)
4. Appointments to Boards and Commissions (6:20 PM – 6:25 PM)
5. Grow Bennington Initiative Presentation (6:25 PM – 6:55 PM)
6. Manager’s Report (6:55 PM – 7:00 PM)
7. Other Business (7:00 PM – 7:10 PM)





Bennington Historic Preservation Commission

TOWN OFFICE -Conference Room
205 South Street, Bennington, VT

Friday, May 18, 2018
3:30 PM


  1. Manes House, Holly Baker 20 minutes
  2. Other Preservation Issues 10 minutes

Town Clerk’s Office/ Early Office Closure – May 16, 2018

The Town Clerk’s office will close at 4:00 PM today, Wednesday, May 16, 2018.  All other departments are open until 5:00 PM.

Town Manager’s Column – May 2018

Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager

Last night, May 14, a citizen, Sean Marie Oller, raised a question about the Charter ballot not including the concise summary. I indicated that may place the vote in question. This morning Cassie Barbeau, Town Clerk, spoke with the Secretary of State’s Office. It was determined that our ballot is correct, and the vote may go forward. My confusion arose during last night’s meeting because the law differentiates between what must appear in the Warning (my responsibility) and what may appear on the ballot (the Clerk’s responsibility). As it turns out we were both right. The Select Board has set June 5, 2018 for the vote on the complete recommended revised Charter put forth by the Charter Review Committee. Two public hearings have now been held. The first hearing was scheduled for Monday April 23; the second for Monday May 14, both at 6 PM in the public room of the Fire Facility. Both nights were regularly scheduled Select Board meetings, so they were televised live by CAT TV. The Board made no changes to the Warning after the first meeting and voting has begun. Many of the revisions modernize the document, strengthen the role of the Select Board, and enhance the relationship between the Board and the Town Manager. An important change is the inclusion of language which allows the Board to put the question of local option taxes before the voters. This language does not approve any new taxes. It simply allows for a future action should the Board determine that it’s warranted. A second important change extends the downtown improvement district tax to non-owner occupied residences in the district. This will increase the grand list for the district thereby reducing the tax rate to those in the district. However, it will add a tax to some properties that are currently exempt. The thought is that all properties in the district benefit by the district tax and therefore by including rental housing units the tax will be spread over a greater number of properties. If you have questions on the specific changes, please feel free to contact me. A complete copy of the Charter document is available on the Town’s web site, , at the Town Clerk’s Office, and will be placed in each voting booth on June 5th. A copy of the concise summary is available at the Town Offices as well. Following last night’s meeting, Tom Jacobs, Chair of the Board, is now considering a meeting at 6 pm June 4th at the Fire Facility to once again review the changes in the proposed Charter.

On Monday May 14, the Vermont DEC was in Town to conduct two meetings with residents regarding PFOA. The first with those on the easterly side of Town; the second with the general population. Unfortunately, I could not attend those meetings and thus can’t accurately report what happened.

The Summer Program, Camp Green Mountain, provided by the Berkshire Y at the Bennington Recreation Center is accepting applications for camp. This is its second year. The program runs from July 2 until August 24, Monday through Friday, 9 AM until 4:30 PM. and is for grades 1-8. For more information, contact Kathy Mancini at or call 413-663-6529, ext. 245. Information will also be available at the Bennington Recreation Center.

I have recently completed my work on the FY 2019 Water and Sewer Fund budgets including rate increase projections if the budgets are adopted. Rates are projected to increase 2% in the Water Fund and 4% in the Sewer Fund. A full presentation of the budgets will be provided to the Board and the public soon. The Board has tentatively scheduled a work session for Saturday morning June 2 at the Fire Facility to review and possibly adopt both budgets.

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.



Select Board Meeting – May 14, 2018

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
Monday, May 14, 2018
Bennington Fire Facility
Multi-Purpose Room -3rd Floor
130 River Street
Bennington, VT 05201

6:00 PM

  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Public Hearing
    Charter Amendments             (6:00 PM)
  3. Public Hearing
    Finding of No Significant Impact
    Wastewater Treatment Facility
  4. Consent Agenda (5 minutes)
    A. Minutes – April 23, 2018
    B. Warrants
    C. Proclamation EMS Week, May 20-May 26, 2018
  5. Citizens Comments (15 minutes) – sign-up sheet provided
    (For items not on the Agenda)
  6. MHG Solar Project Shields Drive (30 minutes)
  7. Garages RPF (30 minutes)
  8. Trail System Update (15 minutes)
  9. Appointments to Boards & Commissions (20 minutes)
  10. Liquor License Applications
  11. Manager’s Report (if any) (10 minutes)
  12. Other Business (10 minutes)



Town of Bennington 2018 Summer Seasonal Positions

The Town of Bennington is seeking qualified candidates for two Summer seasonal positions. A Highway Division – Summer Maintenance Laborer and a Public Works Summer Data Collector/Computer Technician.

Qualifications include license in good standing.

The job descriptions for both positions are available below.   Applications may be obtained at and 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 May 18th, 2018.

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.

Highway Division – Job Description

Public Works – Job Description

Select Board Meeting – April 30, 2018

The Select Board Meeting scheduled for today at 5:00 PM, April 30, 2018, has been cancelled.