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.

Job Posting: Community Development Director

Town of Bennington
Community Development Director

The Town of Bennington seeks a qualified individual for the position of Community Development Director. This position reports directly to the Town Manager and is a member of the Town’s management team. The Community Development Director provides oversight of the municipality’s efforts related to the advancement of the Bennington community including media programming and use, marketing, and community public relations. The Director implements community-based initiatives and policies that contribute to the overall advancement of the following areas: thriving schools, healthy homes, safe neighborhoods, and vibrant streets and economic vitality.

Qualified applicants must possess, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree in a related field, a minimum three (3) years of experience in the field of community development, economic development, municipal planning, and/or public relations and a working knowledge of municipal government or government operations. He/she must be highly-motivated with excellent writing and speaking skills, be team oriented and be fluent in PowerPoint, Excel, and website/social media development and use.

A complete job description is available on the Town of Bennington’s website www.benningtonvt.org . The Town provides an attractive salary and benefits package and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please send resume with three character references to the Town Manager’s Office, P.O. Box 469, Bennington, VT 05201 no later than May 19, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bennington Select Board Meeting – April 10, 2017

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

Monday, April 10, 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. Reorganization (6:01 PM – 6:15 PM)
  3. Consent Agenda (6:15 PM – 6:20 PM)
    A.  Minutes – March 27, 2017
    B.  Warrants
    C.  2017 Liquor License Renewals
    D. National Library Week Proclamation
  4. Citizens (6:20 PM – 6:35 PM)
  5. Appointments to Boards/Commissions (6:35 PM – 6:45 PM)
    Process and Schedule
  6. Manager’s Report (6:45 PM – 6:55 PM)
  7. Other Business (6:55 PM – 7:15 PM)
  8. Executive Session
    A. Contracts

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compost Bin Sale

composterCompost Bin Sale

The Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance is selling two types of composting containers. This offer is for residents of the Towns of Arlington, Bennington, Dorset, Glastenbury, Manchester, Rupert, Pownal, Sandgate, Searsburg, Shaftsbury, Stamford, Sunderland and Woodford.

Soil Saver Composter ($57.24) The Soil Saver provides an easy way to convert common yard and food waste into an effective fertilizer that you can use in your garden, flowerbeds or to fertilize trees. It has a large capacity (28″ wide by 28″ deep by 32″ high) so it can serve a household of up to five people. In addition, the locking lid helps to keep animals out of the compost. They have two sliding doors for easy removal of compost and a self-watering lid feature.

We are also selling the Busch Kitchen Composter ($10.48) which has a filter for eliminating odors and a capacity of 1.3 gallons. This can be used to store food scraps in the kitchen until you can take them to your back yard composter.

We are taking orders now for distribution at the shed north of the Dorset Highway Garage on Village Street in East Dorset on Greenup Day, May 6, 2017 from 10 AM to 12 PM.

You must pick up your order on May 6th.

Discount for Workshop Participants: We will hold a workshop on composting at the Dorset Town Hall, 112 Mad Tom Road, in East Dorset on May 6, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM. If you participate in the workshop, we will reimburse you $25.95. This reimbursement only applies to the purchase of a Soil Saver, with one reimbursement given per person upon confirmation of workshop attendance.

You can find ordering information at http://www.bcswavt.org/compost-bin-sale/. If you have questions, please contact Michael S. Batcher at www.bcrcvt.org or call (802) 442-0713 x 2.

 

Electronic Recycling – Dorset School – April 29, 2017

For more information, please contact Phyllis Tate at ptate@brsu.org. The Dorset School is located at 130 School Drive, Dorset, VT 05251. Visit their website at dorsetschool.us.

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Bennington Select Board Meeting – 03/27/2017

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Monday, March 27, 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 – March 13, 2017
    B. Warrants
    C. 2017 Liquor License Renewals
  3. Citizens (6:10 PM – 6:25 PM)
  4. Bennington County Industrial Corporation Contract – 2nd Reading  (6:25 PM – 6:35 PM)
  5. Manager’s Report (If Any) (6:35 pm – 6:45 PM)
  6. Other Business (6:45 PM – 6:55 PM)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Historic Preservation Meeting – March 20, 2017

BENNINGTON HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION
TOWN OFFICE – Town Clerks Office
205 SOUTH STREET, BENNINGTON, VT
Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 4:00 p.m.

AGENDA

  1. The Scarlett Creation, Sign Permit, 626 Main Street                          25 minutes
  2. Other Preservation Issues                                                                         10 minutes