Charter Review Committee – Public Forum

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E

Thursday, October 26, 2017

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


5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

  1. Public Discussion of the Bennington Town Charter
    Ground Rules

Select Board Meeting – October 23, 2017

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
Monday, October 23, 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 – October 9, 2017
B. Warrants
3. Citizens (6:05 PM – 6:20 PM)- sign-up sheet provided (For items not on the Agenda)
4. RBC Construction Loan and Authorization to Engage Engineer (6:20 PM – 6:30 PM)
5. Seedling Program (6:30 PM – 6:45 PM)
6. Act 46 Update (6:45 PM – 7:00 PM)
7. VCDP Municipal Policy Adoption (7:00 PM – 7:15 PM)
8. Amendment to Municipal Solid Waste and Variable Pricing Ordinance (7:15 PM – 7:25 PM)
9. Manager’s Report (7:25 PM – 7:35 PM)
10. Other Business (7:35 PM – 7:45 PM)
11. Executive Session
A. Contracts




November 7, 2017 BSD Special School District Meeting

Sample Ballots

Charter Review Committee – October 17, 2017

W O R K M E E T I N G   N O T I C E


Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

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

4:30 PM – 7:30 PM

  1. Public Comments – 15 minutes
  2. Discussion of any Public Comments rec’d – 10 minutes
  3. Approve Minutes of October 11, 2017 – 5 minutes
  4. Review of Chapter 4 – Town Manager; discussion to include applicability of sections to
    publicly elected position – 45 Minutes
  5. Other Forms of Town Government, Further discussion – 30 minutes
  6. Discussion of “Local Option Tax” – 30 minutes
  7. Review of Chapter 5 – Taxation – 45 minutes

   Next meeting, October 25, 2017 – 11: 45 AM – 1:00 PM

Town Manager’s Column – October 2017

Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager

I want to thank the voters who took the time from busy schedules to vote on the recent
waste water facility improvement bond. The turnout was light. We anticipated that because October 10th is not a normal voting day. As you all know, the bond passed by a two to one margin. We now begin the two year task of completing the planned upgrades and bringing the Facility into the 21st Century. Thank you all for your support.

On Wednesday, October 18, the Vermont Economic Progress Council (VEPC) will visit Bennington to hear from local officials and others about the Town’s now filed Tax Increment Financing (TIF) application. This very important application, if approved, will allow the Town to bond for necessary improvements in the identified district and allow those bonds to be paid back by the incremental increase in the Grand List using State Education Tax monies generated by the new developments. In this way, there is no impact on local taxpayers. It will aid in the development of the former Greenberg property and should spur development throughout the District.

Contractors are getting ready to start construction on the extension of the North Bennington and Bennington municipal water systems to provide uncontaminated water to hundreds of homes. This set of projects, known as Phase 1, will not reach every contaminated home. Testing continues in the area known as Phase 2 in an attempt to verify, to the extent possible, contamination sources other than Saint-Gobain. Of course, Saint-Gobain is funding this investigation as part of its agreement with the State. Identifying locations for soils spoil sites, excess soils from the various digs, continues to be difficult. The State, with some assistance from the Town, is working to identify additional sites that can be used to address the impact on surrounding properties. It is not an easy task.

Work continues on the new home for the Public Works Department. We continue to plan on a late Fall occupancy. Much work remains. Staff are focused on getting everything in place. The two old garages will then be available for reuse. You will recall that the Town plans to develop a Request for Proposals (RFP) to gain an understanding of the interest in the buildings and what uses might be planned.

The Charter Review Committee continues its work. This Committee is giving the Charter a very thorough review. A three hour work session is scheduled for Tuesday October 17 from 4:30 pm until 7:30 pm at the Town Offices. The next public forum is scheduled for October 26 at the Bennington Fire Facility from 5:30 pm until 7:00 pm. Weekly noon work sessions will continue as well. The schedule and agenda are posted on the Town’s website and its Facebook page. Minutes are published on the website only.

The Public Utilities Commission (PUC), formerly the Public Service Board (PSB), recently denied Allco Energy’s request to reconsider the Chelsea Solar project’s denial. The Town sought this denial for several reasons and was successful. The revised Apple Hill Solar project continues to be heard by the PUC. The Supreme Court appeal of the Chelsea Solar Project’s original denial continues.

Please don’t forget the upcoming November 7th vote on the Act 46 solution to school governance.

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.


Vote Today – Wastewater Treatment Facility Bond Vote -Polls are open 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. October 10, 2017


The Wastewater Treatment Facility Bond Vote will be voted on today, Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at the
Bennington Fire Facility, River Street, (Lincoln Street entrance) and at the North Bennington
Village Office on Main Street in North Bennington.  The Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Please click the links below for information on the Bond Vote and the Wastewater Treatment Facility Upgrades.

Please contact Town Manager, Stuart A. Hurd, with any questions, call: 442-1037, or Email:

Wastewater Treatment Facility
Bond Vote Information

Town of Bennington
Wastewater Treatment
Wastewater Treatment Upgrades

Town of Bennington – Board of Civil Authority

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

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
5:00 PM


1. Discuss November 7, 2017 School Governance Merger Vote

Office Closed- October 9, 2017

The Bennington Town Offices will be
closed on Monday, October 9, 2017
for Columbus Day.  Town Offices will
re-open on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.

Charter Review Committee – October 11, 2017

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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


11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

  1. Public Comments – 5 minutes
  2. Public Comments rec’d – 5 minutes
  3. Review Chapter 3 Section 304 – Absenteeism and Barlow comments – 10 minutes
  4. Chapter 3 Section 304 – Term Limit discussion, if any, from Barlow comments – 10 minutes
  5. Chapter 4 Section 401 – Town Manager appointment and conditions – 10 minutes
  6. Remainder of Chapter 4

   Next meeting, October 17, 2017 – 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM

State of Vermont – Proposed Use of Incremental Property Tax


Proposed use of Incremental Property Tax Revenue for Tax Increment Financing District,
Town of Bennington

Public Comment Invited

On October 18, 2017, the Vermont Economic Progress Council (VEPC) will meet in Bennington to begin consideration of an application submitted by the Town of Bennington to utilize future incremental municipal and education property tax revenues to finance debt, if approved by the voters and incurred, for infrastructure to serve expected real property developments within the Tax Increment Financing District that was established by the Town of Bennington on September 11, 2017.

VEPC invites the public to comment on the consideration of this application by the Vermont Economic Progress Council. Comments can be made:

  • In person: On October 18, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Oldcastle Theater Company, 331 Main Street, Bennington. Please arrive between 12:45 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to sign up to speak. Comments are limited to 7 minutes per person. Please bring a written copy of your comments.
  • In writing: By November 16, 2017, email comments to