Select Board Meeting – Agenda – January 13, 2018

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E

Saturday, January 13, 2018
Bennington Fire Facility
Multi-Purpose Room – 3rd Floor
130 River Street
Bennington, VT 05201

8:00 A.M.

1.  F.Y. 19 Budget Work Session
A.  Bennington Free Library
B.  J. McCullough Library
C.  Agency Funding Discussion
D. Budget Wrap-up

2. Executive Session
A. Personnel

Select Board Meeting – January 2, 2018

Meeting Notice
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Bennington Town Office
Conference Room
205 South Street
Bennington, VT 05201

6:00 PM

  1. Executive Session
    A. Personnel

Select Board Meeting – December 27, 2017

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

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


9:00 AM

  1. Review Charter Review Final Report (9:00 AM – 10:00 AM)
  2. Other Business (10:00 AM – 10:10 AM)
  3. Executive Session
    A. Litigation


Update – Town of Bennington/Hinsdillville Cemetery

Bennington Banner
12/22/2017 – Page A01


Banner staff

NORTH BENNINGTON — A two man crew from the Shea Monument Co. worked yesterday to repair seven grave markers at Hinsdillville Cemetery damaged when a car went off the road last week.

“We feel it’s important to get things back up for the holidays,” said Mark Shea. He and Tyler Crane worked to liberate the toppled headstones from the frozen earth.

Two of the headstones, Shea said, were damaged beyond repair. They will be cleaned and put back into place for the time being, and replaced when spring comes.

“This is for the peace of mind for the people who have loved ones here,” he said. “This is a place of rest, and it’s upsetting when something like this happens.”

Shea said the damage was done Dec. 13, when a car driven by a woman who had been visiting her family’s graves skidded off the road and traveled down a short embankment. She was uninjured. Town officials are looking into whether her insurance will pay for the repairs.

Hinsdillville Cemetery is town-owned, located off Heaven’s Way to the north of Route 67A.


PRESS RELEASE – Town of Bennington/Hinsdillville Cemetery

For Immediate Release

Date:              December 20, 2017

Contact:        Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager

Phone:          442-1037

Fax:                442-1068

Town of Bennington/Hinsdillville Cemetery

On Tuesday, December 12, 2017, a vehicle went off of the roadway within Hinsdillville Cemetery. A number of headstones were damaged. The town is working with Shea Monuments to have them repaired.

If you have any questions, please call the Town Office at 442-1044.



Charter Review Meeting – December 20, 2017

W O R K M E E T I N G   N O T I C E

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

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


4:30 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.

  1. Public Comments – 5 minutes, more if needed
  2. Review any public comments received – 5 minutes, more if needed
  3. Approve Minutes of 12/13/17 – 5 minutes
  4. Fire Department Language discussion
  5. Discussion of Comments from Jim Barlow
    a. Constable
    b. Size of Board of Listers
    c. Pet Regulation Ordinance
    d.  Requiring Select Board Rules of Policy and Procedure
    e.“Legislative Body” and “Board of Adjustment” language in Section 603
  6. Discuss Final Report
  7. Other


Select Board Meeting – December 19, 2017

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Bennington Rescue Squad Facility
Community Room
120 McKinley Street
Bennington, VT 05201

4:30 PM

  1. Consent Agenda (4:30 PM – 4:35 PM)
    A. Minutes – December 11, 2017
    B. Warrants
  2. Bennington Rescue Squad Budget Discussion
    (4:35 PM – 5:30 PM)
  3. Other Business (5:30 PM – 5:45 PM)

Bennington Town Office – Holiday Closure

Bennington Town Offices will be closing at 12:00 Noon Friday, December 22nd
and will be CLOSED Monday, December 25th, in observance of the Holiday.
We will reopen Tuesday, December 26th at 8:00 a.m.

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Waterline extension connection update – December 11, 2017

Waterline extension finally connected to first home in Bennington
Mon, 12/11/2017 – 4:01pm —

Vermont Business Magazine – Today, Governor Scott, Attorney General Donovan, Legislators representing Bennington and North Bennington, and community leaders connected the first home affected by perfluorooctanic acid (PFOA) contamination to the newly constructed waterline extension. This marks a significant milestone in Vermont’s response to the contamination that impacted hundreds of homes across the two communities. Construction will continue in North Bennington and the western portion of Bennington through the next year while the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) oversees an expedited investigation in eastern Bennington.

“Today marks significant progress, and I’m proud that the state and communities have come together to reach this important day,” said Governor Phil Scott. “That said, we will not stop until all impacted residents have safe, clean drinking water.”

In early February 2016, PFOA was discovered in wells across Bennington and North Bennington. The chemical has been tied to numerous health problems including low birth weight, thyroid disease, and kidney cancer. Over 300 water supplies have been found to contain PFOA above the Vermont Groundwater Standard of 20 parts per trillion. In response to the contamination from the former Chemfab plant in North Bennington, legislators, state officials, community leaders, and construction contractors have worked together to bring safe, reliable drinking water back to Bennington and North Bennington as quickly as possible.

“I want to thank the Bennington delegation for their partnership and their advocacy on behalf of their constituents,” said Attorney General TJ Donovan. “I also want to thank the residents of Bennington county for their patience, and I want them to know we are going to keep working for them until the job is done. This is a significant step in the right direction for the Bennington community, but there is more work to do.”

RELATED STORY: North Bennington wells test positive for PFOA

On October 2, 2017, the settlement agreement between the State and Saint-Gobain became effective, which obligated Saint-Gobain to pay for the extension of municipal waterlines to affected homes and businesses in North Bennington and the western side of Bennington. Construction on the waterlines began in mid-October. Approximately 30 percent of the water mains in the project area have been installed. Before the construction pauses for the Winter, 17 additional homes will be connected to municipal water.  This portion of the waterline extension project includes approximately 14 miles of new water mains, will connect approximately 220 homes and businesses, and will be completed in less than a year.

“It has been a long journey to get to where we are today, celebrating this home being connected to municipal water,” said Senator Dick Sears on behalf of the legislative delegation. “I am incredibly encouraged by the progress we’ve made and I’m more committed than ever to make sure the eastern Bennington residents get connected to municipal drinking water.”

ANR will also hold a community meeting in January to provide residents with a status report on the progress of construction work and the ongoing investigation for the eastern portion of the impacted area in Bennington.  The evidence ANR has collected to date indicates that Saint-Gobain is responsible for all PFOA contamination in the two communities.  Saint-Gobain will provide the state with additional investigative data by the end of the week, which will be used to develop an understanding of the contamination and its source or sources. If Saint-Gobain is found responsible, ANR will require Saint-Gobain to pay for the same long-term drinking water solution in the eastern portion as well.

To address and prevent future releases of emerging contaminants, Governor Scott formed the Interagency Committee on Chemical Management (ICCM) via Executive Order 13-17.  The ICCM will work with a citizen advisory panel to develop recommendations to improve Vermont’s management of chemicals and protect Vermonters.

Charter Review Meeting – December 13, 2017

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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


11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

  1. Public Comments – 5 minutes, more if needed
  2. Review any Public Comments rec’d – 5 minutes, more if needed
  3. Approve Minutes of 12/6/17 – 5 minutes
  4. Discuss Local Option Tax – 15 minutes
  5. Review Jim Barlow’s comments – 15 minutes
  6. Discuss Final Report

Next meeting date: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 – 4:30 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.