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Select Board Meeting – October 21, 2019

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E

BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD

Monday, October 21, 2019
Bennington Town Office
Conference Room 2
205 South Street
Bennington, VT 05201

A G E N D A*

5:30 PM

REMINDER: MEMBERS PLEASE MUTE PHONE DURING SESSION

1. Executive Session Personnel

 

Select Board Meeting

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Monday, October 14, 2019
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 of September 23, 2019
B. Warrants
3. Public Comment (6:05 PM – 6:20 PM)
4. Berkshire Y Proposed New Management Agreement (6:20 PM – 6:50 PM)
5. Charter Review for 2020 (6:50 PM – 7:10 PM)
6. Borrowing Lead Line Grant (7:10 PM – 7:20 PM)
7. Errors and Omissions (7:20 PM – 7:25 PM)
8. Manager’s Report (7:25 PM – 7:35 PM)
9. Upcoming Agenda (7:35 PM – 7:45 PM)
10. Other Business (7:45 PM – 7:55 PM)
11. Executive Session
A. Contracts
B. Personnel

Please click the following link for the Select Board Packet – October 14, 2019

Town Office Closure – October 14th, 2019

BENNINGTON TOWN OFFICES
WILL BE CLOSED
Monday, October 14, 2019
In observance of
Indigenous Peoples’  Day
We will reopen, Tuesday, October 15th at 8:00 a.m.

Town of Bennington Cemetery Clean-Up

Town of Bennington
Cemetery Clean-up

The Town of Bennington will be clearing White Chapel Cemetery, Hinsdillville Cemetery and the Village Cemetery of all items on October 21st – October 25th, 2019. We will not remove any cement urns. If you have items that you wish to keep, please have them removed prior to Monday, October 21st, 2019.  If you have any questions please call Kayla at the Town Office 442-1044.

 

Town of Bennington Notice of Public Hearing

September 30, 2019

Town of Bennington Notice of Public Hearing
Re: Bennington BF 1000(20) – Town Highway 2, VT Route 9, Bridge 6 over Walloomsac River

An Alternatives Presentation on the project listed above will be held on Monday, October 28th, 2019 beginning at 6:20 PM at the Bennington Fire Station, located at 130 River Street, 3rd Floor, Bennington, VT.  The meeting will be held jointly between the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) and the Town of Bennington Select Board.  The preferred alternative includes a full bridge replacement with traffic maintained on an off-site detour for 60 days.

The intent of the meeting is to provide an overview of this bridge replacement project to Town Officials, local residents and businesses, emergency services and other interested parties.  The presentation will include a review of the existing site conditions, proposed work, and overall schedule followed by a question and answer period.  Representatives from both VTrans and the Town of Bennington will be available at the meeting to address public concerns about the project.

A copy of the Scoping Report for this project may be seen at the Bennington Town Clerks Office or at the Structures Section of the Agency of transportation’s office in Montpelier, Vermont.

An electronic copy of the Scoping Report is available online at:https://outside.vermont.gov/agency/vtrans/external/Projects/Structures/12J606
A project factsheet can be viewed at the following location: http://www.aot.state.vt.us/FactSheet/default.aspx?pin=12J606

If you have any questions, comments or concerns please feel free to contact  the VTrans Scoping engineer, Laura Stone, at laura.stone@vermont.gov or by phone at (802) 917-4996.

 

 

Water and Sewer payments due Friday, October 4, 2019

Water and Sewer payments are due by Friday, October 4, 2019 by 5:00 PM to the Town’s Collection’s Office.
For more information, contact the Collection’s Office at (802) 442-1047

DPW Project List – September 23 – September 27, 2019

Week of September 23, 2019 – September 27, 2019

Please be Advised: The Next Phase of PFOA Water Line extensions has begun.

Autumn Acres will be CLOSED for the next several weeks to through traffic for PFOA Water Line Extension Work.  Local traffic ONLY will be allowed.  Men and equipment will be in the roadway. Please find alternate route.

Harwood Hill Road -between Orchard Rd and Rte 7 Connector will be reduced to One-Lane Traffic for the next several weeks for PFOA Water Line Extension Work.  Men and equipment will be on edges of the roadway. Please use Caution and Expect Delays.

River Street continues to be CLOSED to through traffic from 7:00a.m – 3:30p.m while several crews work on its rehabilitation. Local traffic ONLY will be allowed.  Men and equipment will be in the roadway. Please find alternate route.

Willow Roadwill be CLOSED for the next several weeks to through traffic for PFOA Water Line Extension Work.  Local traffic ONLY will be allowed.  Men and equipment will be in the roadway. Please find alternate route.

TOWNWIDE:

Water Department will be repairing curb stops and installing flushing hydrants in various areas. PLEASE USE CAUTION when approaching these areas.

Weed eating continues across town at various locations. PLEASE USE CAUTION when approaching these areas and expect delays.

Highway will be repairing and or signs. PLEASE USE CAUTION when approaching these areas and expect delays.

All Work will be dependent on weather conditions. Please use caution when entering a construction zone, men and equipment will be in the traveled portion of the road.

REMINDER:

Residents and Contractors – Please make sure ALL LOADS ARE COVERED when taking leaves and or brush to the Transfer Station.

Select Board Meeting – September 23, 2019

MEETING NOTICE
BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Monday, September 23, 2019
Bennington Fire Facility
Multi-Purpose Room -3rd Floor
130 River Street
Bennington, VT 05201

AGENDA
6:00 PM

1. Pledge of Allegiance
2. Consent Agenda (6:00 PM – 6:05 PM)
A. Minutes of September 9, 2019
B. Warrants
3. Public Comment (6:05 PM – 6:20 PM)
4. Housing Presentation (6:20 PM – 6:50 PM)
5. Revised Purchasing Policy (6:50 PM – 7:00 PM)
6. Manager’s Report (7:00 PM – 7:10 PM)
7. Upcoming Agenda (7:10 PM – 7:15 PM)
8. Other Business (7:15 PM – 7:30 PM)
9. Executive Session
A. Real Estate
B. Contracts
C. Personnel

 

Town Manager’s Column – September 2019

ALL ABOUT TOWN

Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager

Work continues at the Stark Street playground. Employees from Home Depot are providing volunteer hours over two days to help construct the natural playground equipment. Materials are being donated as well. The walking pathway is finished leaving only the bathrooms as the last major improvement to be undertaken. Visit the Park. It’s a great little neighborhood park. Relax, play, and get some exercise.

The Town of Bennington’s new Vermont Begins Here website has launched.  Vermont Begins Here is the town sponsored marketing campaign for Bennington with a focus on tourist attractions and events.  Eight Oh Two Marketing, a Bennington-based digital marketing firm, built the website, with creative support from local business leaders.  The new website is a comprehensive listing of cultural activities, outdoor recreation, and downtown attractions.  Additional sections highlight upcoming events, dining, lodging, shopping, weddings, local necessities, and themed blog posts, as well as links to the Vermont Begins Here Facebook and Instagram posts.

At the Wastewater Treatment facility, I am pleased to announce that the first primary digester cover is now in place. There are a few punch list items to complete before it can be put on line. It does provide more storage capacity. The compost facility is fully operational. Overall, the odor problems should begin to deescalate. The second primary digester cover is now being worked on and hopefully this will be on line by month’s end. Our neighbors have had a difficult few months. We do appreciate your patience and understanding.

The Police Department Assessment consultant, IACP (the International Association of Chiefs of Police), visited the Select Board to provide the kick off meeting for the Police Department assessment. The cost for this assessment is $66,000, an amount not budgeted. Working with our Finance Director, Melissa Currier, we have managed to set aside these funds using a portion of the solar settlement funds from the last fiscal year. The assessment is expected to take 4 months. IACP will be in town for an extended period twice in the coming weeks. People interested in participating, being interviewed, or submitting information should contact IACP through this email address, BenningtonVT@theIACP.org. I have passed on the names submitted to me.

At the Select Board last Monday, Jess Rumlow presented her 8-month review of the current one-year transition management agreement. In conclusion, she is recommending a new three-year management agreement to continue this transition process. The Town will continue to own and maintain the building and set and collect all fees. The Berkshire Y will manage the facility and develop and operate all programs at the site. The parks, the pavilions and the Senior Center will remain in the control of the Town. The Y will continue to provide programming and assistance to the Senior Center. The Select Board must review and approve the new agreement, once developed, at a regular board meeting.

The Town now owns 747 Main Street, the site of the proposed Morgan Spring delivery system. Working with MSK Engineering, we designed the new system to minimize impacts on our neighbors. The design provides for drive through service eliminating backing movements. We continue discussions on how to fund the construction. And remember, we sell the water to commercial bottlers for approximately twice the cost per gallon that we charge our ratepayers. The revenue generated from these sales, approximately $100,000 last year, lowers the rates we charge to our ratepayers.

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.