DPW Road Work – August 26, 2019 – August 30, 2019

Town of Bennington Project List – Revised

Week of August 26, 2019 – August 30, 2019

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

Brooklyn Bridge – County St to Chapel Rd will be CLOSED to ALL traffic during the hours of 7:00am and 3:30pm while a contractor repairs and repaves the decking.   PLEASE FIND ALTERNATE ROUTE such as Park Street bridge to access &/or exit North Branch Street locations.

Dewey Street – Elm St. to Weeks St. will be reduced to One-Lane Traffic only on Tuesday. Men and equipment will be in the roadway.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays.

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 – Benmont Ave to Lincoln St continues to be CLOSED to through traffic 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 from Duffy Dr to East Rd 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.


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

Manhole sealing and Road Patching across town resumes. 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.


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

Select Board Meeting – August 26, 2019


M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
Monday, August 26, 2019
Bennington Fire Facility
Multi-Purpose Room – 3rd Floor
130 River Street
Bennington, VT 05201
6:00 PM
1. Pledge of Allegiance
2. Consent Agenda (6:00 PM – 6:05 PM)
A. Minutes of August 12, 2019
B. Warrants
3. Public Comment (6:05 PM – 6:20 PM)
4. BCIC Quarterly Presentation (6:20 PM – 6:40 PM)
5. Vermont’s 250th Anninversary (6:40 PM – 7:00 PM)
6. Manager’s Report (7:00 PM – 7:05 PM)
7. Future Agenda (7:05 PM – 7:10 PM)
8. Other Business (7:10 PM – 7:15 PM)
9. Executive Session
A. Contracts

Notice to Taxpayers


Pursuant to T. 32 VSA § 4772, notice is hereby given that Bennington School District Taxes and Town of Bennington Property Taxes are due and payable by Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 at 5:00 P.M.

Payment may be made in person at the Collections Department, Bennington Town Offices, 205 South Street in Bennington or by mail to the Collections Department, Town of Bennington, P.O. Box 469, Bennington, VT 05201.  Payments by mail must be received no later than November 12th, 2019 at 5:00 P.M., or such payment shall be deemed delinquent.

Stuart A. Hurd
Collector of Taxes

Check the pulse on the new community center addition – August 21, 2019

Meetings will be held every third Wednesday of the month from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm at the Bennington Senior Center, 124 Pleasant Street, Bennington.

This Wednesday join UCH, Y and Rec Center staff to “check the pulse” on the new community center addition! Get updates on construction and programming,  as well as answers to any burning questions you may have. Please click the following link for Pulse meeting details .


Town Manager’s Column – August


Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager

The Putnam Redevelopment Project is underway! Work is proceeding very quickly. At the rear of the building demolition is taking place while in the historic block interior demolition and clean-up is happening.

Work continues at the Stark Street playground. Employees from Home Depot will be providing volunteer hours over two days later this month to help construct the natural playground equipment. Materials are being donated as well. The walking pathway is nearly finished leaving only the bathrooms as the last major improvement to be undertaken.

The splash pad problems at Merchants Park have yet to be resolved with the vendor/contractor. It now looks like court action will be necessary to get things resolved. It’s too bad, but the Town has little choice. The bathroom and stage are nearly ready for use. Landscaping and final grading will not be finished until the splash pad problems are resolved. We will it look more presentable in the meantime.

At the Wastewater Treatment facility upgrade, we are experiencing odor problems due to the construction upgrade. The primary digesters are off line while being upgraded causing a gap in the treatment process. This is creating odors. We are working with our engineers and the State to find a way to mitigate this problem. We are also pushing the contractor to move faster on the upgrades. We believe this problem will be resolved once at least one of the primary digesters is back on line.

The Police Department Assessment consultant has been selected with the assistance of Curtiss Reed, Vermont Partnership for Diversity and Fairness. The firm selected is the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). The cost for this assessment will be $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 perform the assessment and report to the Board and the public when it has completed its tasks. People interested in the process are invited to contact the Town through selectboard@benningtonvt.org or by contacting me directly at the Town Offices. Names and contact information will be provided to the consultants.

At the Select Board meeting when this was discussed, a resident mentioned that when the Town conducted a neighborhood picnic event on Pleasant Street, police officers showed up in uniform. Most likely they were on duty and dropped by the event to participate for a time. Many officers and Town employees volunteered to host this event.

The Town is scheduled to close on the Main Street property which will be used to relocate the Morgan Spring delivery system. We are working with MSK Engineering and Premium Waters to design the new system to minimize impacts on our neighbors. The design provides for drive through service eliminating backing movements. A resident has complained of 12,000 gallon tankers using the current location on Bradford Street. I’ve been told there are no tanker trucks this large in use here. 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 lowers the rate we must charge to 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.


Select Board Meeting – August 19, 2019

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
Monday, August 19, 2019
Town Offices
Conference Room #1
205 South Street
Bennington, VT 05201
5:15 PM
1. Executive Session
A. Boards & Commissions Interviews

Job Posting – Highway Division – Laborer

Town of Bennington

Open Position

The Town of Bennington is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Highway Division – Laborer. This position primarily involves maintenance and repair of the highway system and related rights-of-way including snow removal, sanding, paving, sidewalk construction, tree and brush clearing, culvert construction, and general upkeep. Experience operating highway equipment is preferred.  Must possess a Vermont Commercial driver’s license maintained in good standing with 2 years of driving experience.  Class B license is required.  Class A must be obtained within (6) months of employment.

A complete job description and application are available below.  They are also available at the Bennington Town Offices – Reception.  Applications should be sent to the Town  Offices, ATTN:  Human Resources, 205 South Street, P.O. Box 469, Bennington, Vermont, 05201.  Closing date for applications is Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 4 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

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Police Department Assessment

Please click the link for the company selected by the Town of Bennington to perform the Police Department Assessment.
To participate please contact: mail to:selectboard@benningtonvt.org.

Updated Purchasing Policy proposed for adoption by the Select Board on September 9, 2019

Please click the following link for the Updated Proposed Purchasing Policy.