Select Board Meeting – May 22, 2017

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

Monday, May 22, 2017
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 – May 8, 2017
    B. Warrants
  3. Citizens (6:05  PM – 6:20 PM)
  4. Property Sales (6:20 PM – 7:00 PM)
    A. Woodlot (Niles Road)
    B. Highway properties (Depot St. & Orchard Rd.)
    C.Tax Sale acquired properties
  5. Bond Anticipation Borrowing (7:00 PM – 7:20 PM)
  6. Manager’s Report (7:20 PM – 7:30 PM)
  7. Other Business 97:30 PM – 7:45 PM)

 

 

 

 

Select Board Meeting – May 17, 2017

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E

BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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

AMENDED
A G E N D A

     5:30 P.M.                         

  1. Interviews – Boards & Commissions (5:30 PM – 6:00 PM)
  2. Executive Session (6:00 PM – 6:15 PM)
  3. Appointments to Boards & Commissions (6:15 PM)

 

 

Town Manager’s Column – May 2017

ALL ABOUT TOWN

Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager

At its first meeting in May, the Select Board announced the formation of a seven (7) member Charter Review Commission. Applications may be obtained from the Town’s web site or from the Town Offices. Applications should be submitted to the Manager’s Office at 205 South street no later than May 22nd. Although the Select Board has not worked out its charge to the Commission, the areas of the Charter that may be reviewed include the Select Board’s powers and authority, whether current elected officers, the Town Clerk, the Treasurer, and the Moderator, should remain as elected or changed to appointed as now allowed by State law, the Manager’s duties and responsibilities, whether the Downtown Taxing District purposes and powers should be amended and whether the Map should become set by the Select Board or as by Charter, whether the Town’s current governing structure should be changed, and whether a 1% local option sales tax should be adopted for Bennington. The Select Board retains the final authority on what changes should be put before the voters in March 2018.

The Board also voted to hire a consulting firm to assist with development of a Tax Increment Financing District (TIF). The consulting firm, White and Burke, is the pre-eminent firm for this type of work. Although the Legislature has not formally approved more districts above the current cap, we are optimistic that this will happen. We wish to be ready to go so as to identify a TIF District within our downtown and develop the necessary data and documentation to support the creation of a TIF District here. Under current legislation, an application for a TIF District must be presented to the Vermont Economic Progress Council (VEPC). It is important in this process that the community understand the impacts of the District and that the viability of the District can be shown to VEPC. I am told the process and review are rigorous and detailed. Once approved by VEPC, the Town must seek approval from the voters. The approval sought is to allow the Town to incur debt for the identified infrastructure improvements, roads, lighting, sidewalks, storm sewers, parking, etc., which will then stimulate development in the District. It is a lengthy process. You’ll be hearing and reading much more on this should the Legislature remove the current cap.

The negotiations between Saint-Gobain and the State continue. It now appears that there may be movement towards a resolution for those homes contaminated and located west of the railroad tracks that run to North Bennington from Bennington. There is disagreement for those homes east of the railroad tracks. Saint-Gobain continues to point to the former Houghton Lane landfill which was closed under EPA guidelines in 1999. I remain hopeful that some work will start in 2017. I also firmly believe that the former landfill plays no role in the PFOA contamination. I am happy to say that the State agrees with me and is working with EPA to confirm that.

On May 20th, the Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance will hold its Spring Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day from 8 AM until 1 PM at the Bennington transfer station on Houghton Lane. On that same day, at Willow Park, Youth Appreciation Day will take place from noon to 4 pm.

The town-wide Hydrant Flushing begins Monday May 15th and runs until Friday May 26th. This is a State-mandated program which must be done every Spring and Fall. Some resident may experience low water pressure and/or discolored water. These are normal side effects that do not cause any health concerns. If you experience any of these, it is recommended that you refrain from doing any light-colored laundry (between 7:00am-5:00pm) and run your Cold Water ONLY until it runs clear.

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.

 

Charter Committee Application

The Town of Bennington has established a Charter Review Committee,
applications are being accepted through May 22, 2017.

Please complete the application below and submit to:

Town of Bennington
Town Manager’s Office
205 South Street
Bennington, VT 05201
or email the application  to:

Town of Bennington: Stuart A. Hurd

Charter Committee Application

 

Bennington Select Board Meeting – (May 8, 2017)

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E

BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Monday, May 8, 2017
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 (6:05 PM – 6:10 PM)
    A. Minutes – April 24, 2017
    B. Warrants
    C. Liquor License Application – Pizza Hut
    D. Proclamation – Emergency Services Week
  3. Citizens (6:10 PM – 6:25 PM)
  4. Youth Appreciation Day Proclamation & Presentation(6:25 PM – 6:40 PM)
  5. TIF Development Proposal (6:40 PM – 7:10 PM)
  6.  SeVeds Board Action (7:10 PM – 7:30 PM)
  7. Charter Review Committee Discussion (7:30 PM – 8:00 PM)
  8.  Manager’s Report (8:00 PM – 8:10 PM)
  9.  Other Business (8:10 PM – 8:30 PM)

 

 

 

2017 Summer Camp Programs Available

BERKSHIRE FAMILY YMCA’S CAMP GREEN MOUNTAIN
is now accepting applications for their Summer programs.

Camp Green Mountain is located at the Bennington Recreation Center,
655 Gage Street, Bennington, VT.

The camp is open for youth and teens entering 1st-9th grades July 3- August 18.

Click below for the flyer and application:

YMCA Flyer

YMCA Application

 

HPC Meeting – April 25, 2017

BENNINGTON HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION
TOWN OFFICE – Conference Room
205 SOUTH STREET, BENNINGTON, VT

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 @ 1:00 p.m.

AGENDA

  1. Serenty Rising, Sign Permit, 477 Main Street                                      20 minutes
  2. Other Preservation Issues                                                                         10 minutes

 

 

 

Bennington Select Board Meeting – (April 24, 2017)

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

Monday, April 24, 2017
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 (6:05 PM – 6:10 PM)
    A. Minutes – February 27, 2017
    B. Warrants
    C.  2017 Liquor License Renewals
  3. Citizens (6:10 PM – 6:25 PM)
  4. Bennington County Habitat for Humanity (6:25 PM – 7:00 PM)
  5. Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce (7:00 PM – 7:30 PM)
  6. Solar Siting update (7:30 PM – 7:45 PM)
  7. Manager’s Report (7:45 pm – 7:55 PM)
  8. Other Business 97:55 PM – 8:05 PM)
  9. Executive Session
    A. Contracts
    B. Litigation

 

 

Town Manager’s Column – (April 2017)

ALL ABOUT TOWN
Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager

At its first meeting in April, the Select Board re-elected Tom Jacobs as Chair and elected Donald Campbell as Vice Chair. Carson Thurber and Chad Gordon took their seats at the Board. The Board set up the process for appointments to Boards and Commissions. If you are interested in serving your community in this manner, please contact my office. We can let you know what openings there are and help you understand the process. A very brief application form has been developed for those folks who are not incumbents. It should help move the process along.

Last year, at this time, my column focused on the newly emerging problem of PFOA contamination in private wells. Now a year later, we are nearly finished with the design of municipal water system expansions, and the State is making headway in negotiations with Saint-Gobain. I remain hopeful.

The Town recently entered into a contract with BCIC to have it become the primary economic development driver in this region. For too many years, the Town, BCIC, the Bennington Downtown Alliance (BDA, formerly BBC), and others all struggled to develop clear and concise roles for our organizations to make our economic development activities focused and worthwhile. With the newly reinvigorated BCIC, we feel comfortable handing the reins over to its staff to lead the way. Our search for a new Community Development Director is now underway. The redefined position focuses on community improvements, marketing, grants, and assistance to improve the housing stock and to new and expanding businesses through the Town’s various loan programs. The individual selected will, of course, work closely with the staff at BCIC, BDA, and the Chamber on economic development strategies.

Fund raising is underway to support the Town’s annual Bennington in Bloom effort. Every year, we work with Sweet William Garden Design to fill the planting beds, urns, and hanging baskets to make Bennington come alive with the color and beauty flowers provide. Donations are welcome and may be made payable to the Town of Bennington, Bennington in Bloom.

In other news, the Putnam Redevelopment Group is planning an “open house” for the Putnam Block. It is planned for Thursday May 4th at the Oldcastle Theater. The Group is nearing the purchase of the entire block with plans to renovate the historic structures and construct new buildings where the former Greenberg’s hardware and lumber yard existed. This massive revitalization project is a most important economic development boost for the entire region. It is sure to spur other developments.

On the education front, the SVSU is, once again, appointing a formal study committee to develop a plan for the consolidation of the elementary school districts and MAU into a K–12 school district. This new effort formalizes the work of an informal group with representation from all the districts. It is exciting to see this effort coming to fruition. The plan now being formalized is based on the Mount Anthony model, a consolidated Board that has worked well for 50 years.

On May 20th, a Saturday, the Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance will hold its Spring Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day from 8 AM until 1 PM at the Bennington transfer station on Houghton Lane. On that same day, at Willow Park, Youth Appreciation Day will take place.

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.

Easter Egg Hunt @ Willow Park – April 15, 2017, 11:00 a.m.

The Bennington Parks & Recreation Department is sponsoring their annual Easter Egg Hunt at Willow Park, Bennington, VT on Saturday, April 15, 2017 starting promptly at 11:00 a.m. Rain or Shine. Upper Willow Pavilion, East Road. For Ages 2-10 years.