Select Board Meeting – December 9, 2019

MEETING NOTICE
BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Monday, December 9, 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 November 25, and November 27, 2019
B. Warrants
3. Public Comment (6:05 PM – 6:20 PM)
4. Bridge 6 Route 9 (Final) (6:20 PM – 6:40 PM)
5. Communication Union District (6:40 PM – 7:10 PM)
6. Manager’s Report (7:10 PM – 7:20 PM)
7. Upcoming Agenda (7:20 PM – 7:25 PM)
8. Other Business (7:25 PM – 7:30 PM)
9. Executive Session
A. Personnel

Click the following link for the upcoming Select Board packet – December 9, 2019

Select Board Meeting – December 2, 2019

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Monday, December 2, 2019
Bennington Town Office
Conference Room 1
205 South Street
Bennington, VT 05201
A G E N D A
6:00 PM
1. Executive Session (6:00 PM)
A. Personnel

Board of Abatement – December 3, 2019

Town of Bennington

BOARD OF ABATEMENT
Bennington Town Office
Conference Room #1
205 South Street, Bennington, VT

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

5:00 PM 

Agenda

  1. Requests for abatement
  2. Treasurer’s report for abatement

 

 

Public Hearing Notice – November 27, 2019

TOWN OF BENNINGTON
NOTICE OF A HEARING

Under Article 9-10 of the Town of Bennington Municipal Ordinances, the Town of Bennington Select Board hereby notifies the parties that a vicious dog complaint has been filed by Jennifer and Hans Krijnen, 1001 Main Street against Tracy Dumas, 43 Burgess Road all of Bennington, Vermont.

The Board will hold a special meeting to hear this complaint. The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday November 27, 2019 at 6 pm in Conference Room I at the Bennington Town Offices, 205 South Street, Bennington, Vermont.

This is a quasi-judicial hearing. Witnesses and parties shall be sworn before testifying. The parties may have representation. The failure of any party to attend shall not prevent the hearing from proceeding.

A copy of the complaint and Article 9-10 are included herein.

Dated at Bennington, Vermont, November 21, 2019

For the Bennington Select Board

Stuart A. Hurd

Town Manager

 

Bennington Energy Committee Meeting – November 26, 2019

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
BENNINGTON ENERGY COMMITTEE
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Bennington County Regional Commission
Room 203, 2nd Floor
111 South Street
Bennington, VT 05201
A G E N D A
7:00 PM
1. Review Minutes of October 29, 2019
2. Review Energy Section of Town Plan
3. Determine Areas of Focus
4. Presentation by BCRC Director, Jim Sullivan
5. Public Comment
6. Set Agenda and Meeing Date for December Meeting

Select Board Meeting – November 25, 2019

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Monday, November 25, 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 November 11, 2019
B. Warrants
3. Citizens Comments (6:05 PM – 6:20 PM)
4. Bennington Marketing/Economic Development (6:20 PM – 6:50 PM)
5. Final Hearing Bridge 6 Route 9E (6:50 PM – 7:10 PM)
6. Manager’s Report (7:10 PM – 7:20 PM)
7. Upcoming Agenda (7:20 PM – 7:30 PM)
8. Other Business (7:30 PM – 7:40 PM)
9. Executive Session
A. Contract

 

Click the following link for the upcoming Select Board packet, November 25, 2019.

Town of Bennington Property Taxes are due Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Reminder:

Town of Bennington Property Taxes are due Tuesday, November 12, 2019.  The Town Office Building is open on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, 2019.

Select Board Meeting – November 11, 2019

MEETING NOTICE
BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD

Monday, November 11, 2019

  1. Corcoran’s Way – Site Visit (5:30 PM – 6:00 PM)
    Bennington Fire Facility
    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 October 28, 2019
    B. Warrants
    3. Public Comment (6:05 PM – 6:20 PM)
    4. PUBLIC HEARING Corcoran’s Way Acceptance (6:20 PM – 6:30 PM)
    5. Climate Change Resolution (6:30 PM – 6:40 PM)
    6. Upcoming Budget Season Discussion (6:40 PM – 6:50 PM)
    7. Manager’s Report (6:50 PM – 7:00 PM)
    8. Upcoming Agendas (7:00 PM – 7:10 PM)
    9. Other Business (7:10 PM – 7:25 PM)
    10. Executive Session
    A. Contracts

Please click the following link for the Select Board Packet – November 11, 2019

Town Manager’s Column – October 2019

ALL ABOUT TOWN

Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager

At last Monday night’s Select Board meeting, two important actions took place. First, the Town and the Berkshire Y agreed to enter into a management agreement for the operation and program development at the Bennington Recreation Center. The first year transition plan went very well. New programs have been created for the users of the Recreation Center and the Senior Center. The new agreement is for three (3) years at a cost equivalent to or less then what the Town was paying its equivalent staff when it was at full staff prior to the passing of our former Director. Eventually all part-time Town staff will be transitioned over to the Y. Our remaining full-time staff person will be relocated to the Town Offices. This is an exciting opportunity for the residents and non-residents of Bennington. The second important action the Select Board took was to freeze all Recreation Center fees and rates for the coming year. Next October/November, the Board will take a look at all rates and fees with an eye to reducing the current taxpayer subsidy of the Center and its operations. If program fees and memberships continue to increase, the Town will be able to reduce what the taxpayers now pay towards this facility and the programs. That’s the goal. The Board also asked that Town management reach out to surrounding communities who’s residents currently use the Center to see if there is any interest in providing funding to support their residents use of the Center thus helping reduce the overall need to raise rates and fees to support the Center.

The Stark Street playground and the Park at 336 Main have been substantially completed. Both sites are wonderful additions to the community’s recreational and contemplative assets.

The Police Department Assessment conducted by IACP (the International Association of Chiefs of Police) has begun in earnest and is expected to be completed in 4 months. IACP was in Town in October to conduct interviews with officers and with the public. It will return the week of November 3rd to conclude individual interviews and conduct focus groups within the Department and on Tuesday November 5th and Thursday November 7th conduct two focus groups for the public at the Second Congregational Church from 6 pm until 8 pm. The date for the completion of the on-line survey has been extended until Saturday November 16th. You will find the survey at https://www.surveymonkey/r/IACPBennington.

At last Monday’s Select Board meeting, the Board and the public heard in detail about the repair/replacement of Bridge 6 (the one adjacent to The Miller’s Toll) now scheduled for 2023. You may wonder why we’re talking about this so early in the process. The Select Board needs to make a decision on whether to repair or replace the bridge before design can begin. It appears that total replacement is the best engineering and the most economical solution for the long term. Total replacement means that Route 9 will be closed to through traffic for a maximum 60 days. The Board will discuss again at its November 11th meeting. The Town’s share is 5% or about $160,000. If you have any ideas, concerns, or comments, please contact me at the address and phone number below.

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. 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.

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