Select Board Meeting – October 22, 2018

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD

Monday, October 22, 2018
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 (6:00 PM – 6:05 PM)
A. Minutes – October 8, 2018
B. Warrants
3.New MAU Principal Introduction (6:05 PM – 6:10 PM)
4.Citizen Public Comments (6:10 PM – 6:25 PM)
5.Citizen Survey – Preliminary Review (6:25 PM – 6:55 PM)
6.Manager’s Report (6:55 PM – 7:05 PM)
7.Other Business (7:05 PM – 7:15 PM)
8.Executive Session
A. Contracts

 

 

 

 

 

Town Manager’s Column – October 2018

ALL ABOUT TOWN
Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager

The paving project along Routes 9 and 7 through the downtown is nearing completion. The rainy weather delayed the project somewhat. Work remaining includes striping, repair of some deficiencies in the paving, concrete and sign installations and general clean up. Thank you all for your patience and understanding. It was a massive and complex undertaking. It will be nice to have the congestion over.

The Putnam Redevelopment Project has now entered the demolition phase. It is expected that construction in Phase 1, the historic buildings including the Pennysaver building, the Putnam building and the Winslow building, will begin soon. This activity is a welcome change to the intense effort that it took to pull the necessary funding together. Congratulations to all the partners. Thank you for your perseverance and commitment to our community.

The State DEC was in Town October 17th at the Middle School to update the community on the PFOA projects and planning. While the water line extensions in the westerly portion of the community, Phase 1, are nearing completion, negotiations for water line extensions in the easterly portion of the community continue. We heard last night that Saint-Gobain has agreed to fund the final design for this area known as Phase 2. That is great news and indicates that negotiations are moving in a positive direction. The PFOA crisis rocked this community. Thankfully, the State of Vermont, through the Department of Environmental Conservation, reacted quickly and effectively to help us find a solution.

Three park projects are underway. The pump track at Stark Street playground, sponsored by the Bennington Area Trail System (BATS), is now in the construction phase. I understand they are looking for material to get underway. The splash pad, a water feature, is soon to be constructed at Merchants Park. Initial site work is nearing completion. The splash pad contractors should begin work soon. Additional funding is still being sought to complete the park’s amenities, including a stage, a public restroom, landscaping, benches, and walkways. And at long last, the Park at 336 Main Street is underway. We look forward to the completion of these projects most likely in the Spring.

At its October 22nd meeting, the Select Board will review the revised citizen survey scheduled for release this Fall. The Board is committed to surveying the community every other year to gain an understanding of the community’s concerns and desires. The results will help us define goals moving forward and provide a measure of how we’re doing.

The Select Board has invited the Bennington Opiate Group to its November 12th meeting. This group, made up of a number of partners, is working together to identify possible solutions to the opioid crisis. We’ve long known we can’t arrest our way out of this terrible problem. Addiction is a disease. We need to treat the disease, not condemn those who suffer from it.

Out at the Waste Water Treatment Facility (WWTF), work has now begun on the upgrade to the remainder of the Plant. Town staff completed the RBC portion of the work in a timely and professional manner. Many, at the State, thought it was too complex an undertaking for a municipal employee team. Our team proved them wrong.

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.

 

 

 

 

Town of Bennington – Open Position

The Town of Bennington is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Water Resources/Sewer Division – Operator.  This position involves performance of duties in the operations of a secondary sewerage treatment plant and maintenance of the collection system.

Qualifications include, at a minimum, a high school diploma or equivalent (technical college desired), a Grade 1 Vermont Wastewater Certification or the ability to obtain one within 24 months following date of hire and must possess a valid driver’s license maintained in good standing with 2 years of driving experience. A CDL Class B license must be obtained within 6 months of employment.

A complete job description is available below.  Applications may be obtained at the Bennington Town Offices, Reception.  Applications and resumes 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 Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 5 PM.

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.

Job Description Water Resources – Sewer Division – Operator

Cemetery Clean-up

Town of Bennington
Cemetery Clean-up

The Town of Bennington will be clearing the White Chapel Cemetery,
Hinsdillville Cemetery and the Village Cemetery of all items on October 15th & 16th, 2018.
We will not remove any cement urns. If you have items that you wish to keep, please have
them removed prior to Monday, October 15th, 2018.  If you have any questions please call
the Town Office at 442-1044.

 

 

Select Board Meeting – October 8, 2018

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Monday, October 8, 2018
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 (6:00 PM – 6:05 PM)
A. Minutes – September 24, 2018
B. Warrants
C. Rotary Week Resolution
3.  Citizen Public Comments   (6:05 PM – 6:20 PM)
4.  Bennington Tennis Center (6:20 PM – 6:30 PM)
Classroom Structure Proposal
5.  Bennington Redevelopment Group (6:30 PM – 7:00 PM)
w/BCIC Update
6.  Report on RFP for Former Highway Garages   (7:00 PM – 7:20 PM)
7.  Permission to sell property taken at tax sale(2017)209 Pleasant Valley Road (7:20 PM – 7:30 PM)
8.  Errors and Omissions (7:30 PM – 7:35 PM)
9.   Manager’s Report (7:35 PM – 7:45 PM)
10. Other Business(7:45 PM – 7:55 PM)
11. Executive Session
A. Litigation

 

 

 

Bennington Senior Center Calendar – October – December 2018

Bennington Senior Center
124 Pleasant Street, P.O. BOX 469
Bennington, VT 05201

Phone: 802-442-1052
Hours: Monday- Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Susan Hoag
Senior Center Director
shoag@benningtonvt.org

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Please view the Senior Center Calendar links below for a variety of services and activities from October – December 2018:

October 2018

November 2018

December 2018


Bennington Senior Center is a Senior Center. Senior centers are often lively places that bring together older adults who want to be engaged in their communities and with their peers. Senior centers provide the services older adults need to be healthy, happy and as independent as they can be. More than 10 million Americans take part in activities through the 15,000 senior centers around the country. Senior centers offer a wide range of services and activities for older adults. At most senior centers, you can have a meal, make friends, get fit, take a class, be creative, get a ride, get help, have fun, help out and more.

Senior Centers play a vital role. They help create and environment that encourages a senior to interact with others, get out of the house on a regular basis, and enjoy themselves. They can be an important element of a healthy aging-in-place strategy for an aging loved one.


 

FREE Dance – Sponsored by the Bennington Senior Center – October 6, 2018

 

THE BENNINGTON SENIOR CENTER

IS HAVING A FREE DANCE AT THE MOOSE LODGE

BAND “CHAMPAGNE JAM”

Country Music & Oldies

SATURDAY OCTOBER 6TH

1-4pm

FOR SENIORS AGE 50+

Rsvp 442 -1052 for sign up if you need transportation

in the Bennington & North Bennington area

 it will be provided by “Green Mountain Express

THERE WILL BE A 50/50 RAFFLE

BASKET RAFFLE FULL OF GOODIES

DOOR PRIZE

IF YOU LIKE TO COME DRESSED IN WESTERN CLOTHES

THERE WILL BE PRIZES FOR BEST DRESSED, ETC.

OR COME AS YOU ARE

 

 

Select Board Meeting – September 24, 2018

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Monday, September 24, 2018
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                             (6:00 PM – 6:05 PM)
A. Minutes – September 10, 2018 & September 12, 2018
B. Warrants
3. Public Comment Period                 (6:05 PM – 6:20 PM)
4. Prospect Mountain Community Ski Area (6:20 PM – 6:45 PM)
Donation Consideration
5. Opioid Issues in Bennington – Part 1 (6:45 PM – 7:15 PM)
6. Municipal Planning Grant Application (7:15 PM – 7:25 PM)
Bylaw Update – Form Based Standards
7. Bond Documents for Approval (7:25 PM – 7:35 PM)
Wastewater Treatment Facility
8.Manager’s Report, if any (7:35 PM – 7:40 PM)
9. Other Business (7:40 PM – 7:45 PM)
10.Executive Session – Real Estate

Select Board Meeting – September 12, 2018

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
EMERGENCY SPECIAL MEETING
BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
CAPA Symposium Room
Bennington College
Bennington, VT 05201

A G E N D A

6:00 PM

  1. Settlement Proposal – Chelsea and related projects 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bennington Vermont’s Annual Food Truck Festival-Saturday, September 15, 2018

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Green Mountain Concessions and It’s Heavenly HolyCow Frozen Yogurt are pleased to present a Food Truck Festival to Downtown Bennington Vermont.

Food trucks and vendors from Vermont and beyond will be serving a wide variety of dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner such as:
-Thai, Jamaican, Mexican, international fare
-Classic treats, unique sandwiches, maple items, wings, bacon dishes, more comfort foods
-Smoothies, slushees, bubble tea, desserts
-Craft distillery with cocktails and cash bar & more!
-Beer garden sponsored by J.C’s Tavern and Brown’s Brewery
Free yoga class in the Lucky Dragon parking lot 9:45-10:45am by the Yoga Place (bring your own mat-all levels welcome)
Local musicians, craft vendors, corn hole and free face-painting for children will make for a fun, family-friendly event.
Hours are 11am to 6pm, entrance to this event is free. Trucks and vendors will be set up in the green space between Shaffe’s and Hoisington Realty and on School St. between Main and Pleasant St.
Yoga: 9:45-10:45 am
Face Painting: 12-5 pm
Music by Vice Versa 12-2 pm
Cooking Demo by Ryan Scutt: 2-3 pm
Music by The Throwbacks 3-5 pm
Corn Hole: All day