Select Board Meeting – December 19, 2017

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Bennington Rescue Squad Facility
Community Room
120 McKinley Street
Bennington, VT 05201

4:30 PM

  1. Consent Agenda (4:30 PM – 4:35 PM)
    A. Minutes – December 11, 2017
    B. Warrants
  2. Bennington Rescue Squad Budget Discussion
    (4:35 PM – 5:30 PM)
  3. Other Business (5:30 PM – 5:45 PM)

Bennington Town Office – Holiday Closure

Bennington Town Offices will be closing at 12:00 Noon Friday, December 22nd
and will be CLOSED Monday, December 25th, in observance of the Holiday.
We will reopen Tuesday, December 26th at 8:00 a.m.

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Waterline extension connection update – December 11, 2017

Waterline extension finally connected to first home in Bennington
Mon, 12/11/2017 – 4:01pm —

Vermont Business Magazine – Today, Governor Scott, Attorney General Donovan, Legislators representing Bennington and North Bennington, and community leaders connected the first home affected by perfluorooctanic acid (PFOA) contamination to the newly constructed waterline extension. This marks a significant milestone in Vermont’s response to the contamination that impacted hundreds of homes across the two communities. Construction will continue in North Bennington and the western portion of Bennington through the next year while the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) oversees an expedited investigation in eastern Bennington.

“Today marks significant progress, and I’m proud that the state and communities have come together to reach this important day,” said Governor Phil Scott. “That said, we will not stop until all impacted residents have safe, clean drinking water.”

In early February 2016, PFOA was discovered in wells across Bennington and North Bennington. The chemical has been tied to numerous health problems including low birth weight, thyroid disease, and kidney cancer. Over 300 water supplies have been found to contain PFOA above the Vermont Groundwater Standard of 20 parts per trillion. In response to the contamination from the former Chemfab plant in North Bennington, legislators, state officials, community leaders, and construction contractors have worked together to bring safe, reliable drinking water back to Bennington and North Bennington as quickly as possible.

“I want to thank the Bennington delegation for their partnership and their advocacy on behalf of their constituents,” said Attorney General TJ Donovan. “I also want to thank the residents of Bennington county for their patience, and I want them to know we are going to keep working for them until the job is done. This is a significant step in the right direction for the Bennington community, but there is more work to do.”

RELATED STORY: North Bennington wells test positive for PFOA

On October 2, 2017, the settlement agreement between the State and Saint-Gobain became effective, which obligated Saint-Gobain to pay for the extension of municipal waterlines to affected homes and businesses in North Bennington and the western side of Bennington. Construction on the waterlines began in mid-October. Approximately 30 percent of the water mains in the project area have been installed. Before the construction pauses for the Winter, 17 additional homes will be connected to municipal water.  This portion of the waterline extension project includes approximately 14 miles of new water mains, will connect approximately 220 homes and businesses, and will be completed in less than a year.

“It has been a long journey to get to where we are today, celebrating this home being connected to municipal water,” said Senator Dick Sears on behalf of the legislative delegation. “I am incredibly encouraged by the progress we’ve made and I’m more committed than ever to make sure the eastern Bennington residents get connected to municipal drinking water.”

ANR will also hold a community meeting in January to provide residents with a status report on the progress of construction work and the ongoing investigation for the eastern portion of the impacted area in Bennington.  The evidence ANR has collected to date indicates that Saint-Gobain is responsible for all PFOA contamination in the two communities.  Saint-Gobain will provide the state with additional investigative data by the end of the week, which will be used to develop an understanding of the contamination and its source or sources. If Saint-Gobain is found responsible, ANR will require Saint-Gobain to pay for the same long-term drinking water solution in the eastern portion as well.

To address and prevent future releases of emerging contaminants, Governor Scott formed the Interagency Committee on Chemical Management (ICCM) via Executive Order 13-17.  The ICCM will work with a citizen advisory panel to develop recommendations to improve Vermont’s management of chemicals and protect Vermonters.

Charter Review Meeting – December 13, 2017

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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


11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

  1. Public Comments – 5 minutes, more if needed
  2. Review any Public Comments rec’d – 5 minutes, more if needed
  3. Approve Minutes of 12/6/17 – 5 minutes
  4. Discuss Local Option Tax – 15 minutes
  5. Review Jim Barlow’s comments – 15 minutes
  6. Discuss Final Report

Next meeting date: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 – 4:30 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.

New Pool Schedule – December 2, 2017 – March 31, 2018

Please click the link below for the Updated Pool Schedule:

Pool Schedule – December 2, 2017 – March 31, 2018

Select Board Meeting – December 11, 2017

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
Monday, December 11, 2017
Bennington Fire Facility
Multi-Purpose Room – 3rd Floor
130 River Street
Bennington, VT 05201

6:00 PM

1.Pledge of Allegiance
2.Consent Agenda (6:00 PM – 6:05 PM)
A. Minutes – November 20, 2017 and November 27, 2017
B. Warrants
3. Citizens Comments (6:05 PM – 6:20 PM) – sign-up sheet provided
(For items not on the Agenda)
4. HeartSAFE Community Plaque Presentation (6:20 PM – 6:30 PM)
5. BCIC/Workforce and Education Presentation (6:30 PM – 7:00 PM)
6. Downtown Designation Renewal Application (7:00 PM – 7:15 PM)
7.  Manager’s Report (7:15 PM – 7:30 PM)
8. Other Business (7:30 PM – 7:45 PM)






Bennington Downtown Alliance 2017 Calendar of Holiday Events

Bennington Downtown Alliance 2017 Calendar of Holiday Events

Holiday Art & Craft Show and Sale – Dec 1st–31st Bennington Library – Large selection of gift items created by local artisans 442-9051

The Festival Gala–Dec 1st (7pm) – Bennington Museum – The premiere gala event of the season 447-1571

Snowball Bazaar – Dec. 1st (6-8:30pm) & Dec. 2nd (10-3) Second Congregational Church – Thousands of items and bargain prices.  442-2559

Holiday Farmers’ Markets – Dec. 2nd (10-2) & Dec 16th (10-2) First Baptist Church – Bennington Farmers’ Market moves indoors for the winter, and extends their hours for the holiday season.  Visit for more information.

Holiday Bazaar – Dec 2nd (10am -3pm) Molly Stark School – Crafts, gifts, Santa, and children’s activities 442-2692

Holiday Bake Sale– Dec. 2nd-3rd (after services) St. Francis/Sacred Heart de Sales – After service, pick up lots of homemade specialties.  442-3141

Shakespeare on Main St. – Dec. 2nd Oldcastle Theatre. Call for details   447-0564

Mozart Great Mass in C Minor – Dec. 2nd (7:30pm) & Dec. 3rd (3pm) at Mt. Anthony Middle School – An annual holiday performance by the Bennington County Choral Society. Pre-concert talks available. 802-733-7670

Santa at the Oasis – Dec 3rd (1-4) Green Mtn. Oasis Day Spa – Santa visits, snacks, crafts, surprises, Free. Sponsored by Restored Balance 379-6400

Sunday Brunch with Santa – Dec. 3rd  Mt. Anthony Country Club – Bring letters to Santa.  Reservations highly recommended.    442-2617

Vets Home Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony – Dec. 6th (5pm) VT Vets Home – Live entertainment and refreshments.  442-6353

The Biggest Little Holiday Party – Dec. 9th (7:30pm) Mt. Anthony Country Club – A big party for small groups of family or associates. 442-2617

77th Annual Christmas Tea -Dec. 9th (3-5:30) St. Peter’s Church – Formal tea service, baked items, live music, specialty gift shop.  442-2911

Festival Family Day – Dec. 9th (10-5) Bennington Museum – Bake sale, children shopping, photos with Santa.  447-1751

Green Mountain Christmas – Dec. 15th (7-9pm) & Dec. 16th (12-2) Green Mountain Christian Center – Free presents for children, gingerbread house   building.  By reservation only!   447-7224

Senior Holiday Dinner – Dec 15th (12Noon) St. Peter’s Church – US Senator Bernie Sander’s office invites you to this free event 442-8012 ext. 1

Party at Powers – Dec 15th (7pm) Powers Market.  Live music, food and beverage.  Admission – bring non-perishable food item to support those in need.

Holiday Radio Variety Show – Dec. 16th (7pm) Oldcastle Theatre – Set in the style of years gone by. A sell-out every year!   447-0564

Service of Lessons and Carols – Dec. 17th (5pm) Sacred Heart/St Francis de Sales – The Gaudete Sunday celebration.  442-3141

Pulp Cutter’s Nativity—December 17th (7:30pm) Oldcastle Theatre Company  447-0564

Bennington’s Got Talent – Dec. 17th (3-6) Oldcastle Theatre Company  447-0564

Winter Memorial Service Dec. 17 (3pm) VNA & Hospice at UU Meetinghouse –tribute loved ones through music, poetry, art, fellowship. 442-5502

Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols – Dec. 17th (7pm) Old First Church    447-1223

New Year’s Eve Dinner – Dec. 31st Mt. Anthony Country Club     442-2617

Party with a Purpose— Dec 31st (8 pm) Greenwall Auditorium at Bennington College – Live music, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar.  Benefit for Bennington Coalition for the Homeless and PAVE. 440-2487

This Calendar of Holiday Events was prepared by the:     







Charter Review Committee – December 6, 2017

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

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


11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

  1. Public Comments – 5 minutes, more if needed
  2. Review any Public Comments rec’d – 5 minutes more if needed
  3.  Approve Minutes of 11/28/17 & 11/29/17 – 5 minutes
  4. Acknowledge final report format – 15 minutes
  5. Review Jim Barlow’s comments – 15 minutes
  6. Review Chapter 5, including Local Option Tax – 15 minutes
  7. Discuss/list parking lot items and any topics members feel they want to revisit – 15 minutes
    December Meeting dates:
    Wednesday, December 13, 2017 – 11:45 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
    Wednesday, December 20, 2017 – 11:45 A.M.– 1:00 P.M.

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

Town of Bennington

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

Monday December 11, 2017

5:00 PM


  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

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

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


5:30 PM – 7:00 PM 

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