Select Board Meeting – July 9, 2018

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Monday, July 9, 2018

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 – June 25,2018
    B. Warrants
  3. Citizens Comments                        (6:05 PM – 6:20 PM)
  4. Rise VT Presentation                     (6:20 PM – 6:30 PM)
  5. Manager’s Report                           (6:30 PM – 6:40 PM)
  6. HVAC Engineering RFP                (6:40 PM – 7:00 PM)
  7. Borrowing for FY2019 (2)             (7:00 PM – 7:15 PM)
  8. Other Business                                 (7:15 PM – 7:30 PM)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parks and Recreation Department – Theme Park Discounted Tickets

The Bennington Recreation Center is selling discounted tickets to Great Escape,
Six Flags New England and Bromley Adventure Park.

Great Escape: $40.00 Six Flags: $40.00 Bromley Adventure Park $35.00
Money Orders ONLY payable to V.R.P.A. for exact amount will be accepted.
Tickets may be purchased anytime.

For questions or more information, please contact the Recreation Center at 802-442-1053

Fireworks – Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

Bennington Town Fireworks – Wednesday, July 4th, 2018 – Willow Park, at Dusk

The Town of Bennington will be holding its Independence Day fireworks celebration on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at Willow Park, beginning at dusk (approximately 9:30 p.m.). Rain date is Saturday, July 7, 2018, beginning at dusk.

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For more information contact the Bennington Town Offices at 802-442-1037

Bennington Town Offices will be closed Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in observance of Independence Day. Bennington Town Offices will reopen Thursday, July 5, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.

Week of 7/2/18 Bennington-Wilmington Paving Project

Proposed Work Schedule, Week of 7/2/18, Bennington-Wilmington NH SURF (51) [Route 9 Paving Project]

PROJECT LOCATION:   The Bennington-Wilmington paving project begins in the town of Bennington along Route 9 just west of the junction of Route 279 and Route 9 and continues easterly along Route 9 for approximately 16 miles. This paving project will include the towns of Bennington, Woodford, Searsburg and Wilmington, and ends at the Wilmington-Marlboro town line. A minor amount of work will be performed in Wilmington this year.

Work to be performed includes cold planing of the existing pavement, surface preparation, (including crack sealing, pothole repair and patching), a new layer of asphalt paving, installation of rumble strips in designated areas, pavement markings, and other related highway items.

PAVING: Side roads and drives will continue to be paved throughout the week of 7/2.

BRIDGE JOINTS: Crews are scheduled to work complete the bridge joints in Searsburg early next week, and will progress west working in Woodford later in the week next week.

RUMBLE STRIPS: Rumble strips have been installed. Crews will be sealing the rumble strips early next week. There is a 14-day cure for the fog seal before permanent lines can be painted.

MISCELLANEOUS:  Shoulder clean up from Searsburg to Bennington will continue throughout the week of 7/2.

TRAFFIC DELAYS:  Work on all listed operations may require lanes shifts and/or single lane closures in the areas of active construction resulting in one way alternating traffic at times. Flaggers and uniformed traffic officers will be on site directing the flow of traffic. Minor delays may occur. Please plan your travel time accordingly. Motorists are advised that they will still encounter more than one active operation along Route 9 between Bennington and Wilmington.

Please focus on safety when driving through the construction work zone and remember, it is against the law to use a hand held cell phone while driving in Vermont.

Contact Natalie Boyle, Project Outreach Coordinator, EIV Technical Services, with any questions or concerns in regard to this project at 802-855-3893 or at nboyle@eivtech.com. For additional information regarding the construction project occurring along Route 9 this summer please go to our regional Facebook page entitled “VTrans Rutland Region Construction Contracts”. Periodic updates and pictures may be posted from time to time.

Week of 6/25/18 Bennington – Wilmington Paving Project

Proposed Work Schedule, Week of 6/25/18, Bennington-Wilmington NH SURF (51) [Route 9 Paving Project]

PROJECT LOCATION:   The Bennington-Wilmington paving project begins in the town of Bennington along Route 9 just west of the junction of Route 279 and Route 9 and continues easterly along Route 9 for approximately 16 miles. This paving project will include the towns of Bennington, Woodford, Searsburg and Wilmington, and ends at the Wilmington-Marlboro town line. A minor amount of work will be performed in Wilmington this year.

Work to be performed includes cold planing of the existing pavement, surface preparation, (including crack sealing, pothole repair and patching), a new layer of asphalt paving, installation of rumble strips in designated areas, pavement markings, and other related highway items.

PAVING: Side roads and drives will continue to be paved throughout the week of 6/25. Crews will be working from Bennington towards Searsburg.

BRIDGE JOINTS: Crews are scheduled to work on the joints for the bridges throughout the project next week progressing from Searsburg to Bennington.

RUMBLE STRIPS: Crews are scheduled to install center line rumble strips throughout the week of 6/25 in designated areas along the project.

MISCELLANEOUS:  Crews are scheduled to complete shoulder clean up from Searsburg to Bennington throughout the week of 6/25.

TRAFFIC DELAYS:  Work on all listed operations may require lanes shifts and/or single lane closures in the areas of active construction resulting in one way alternating traffic at times. Flaggers and uniformed traffic officers will be on site directing the flow of traffic. Minor delays may occur. Please plan your travel time accordingly. Motorists are advised that they will still encounter more than one active operation along Route 9 between Bennington and Wilmington.

Please focus on safety when driving through the construction work zone and remember, it is against the law to use a hand held cell phone while driving in Vermont.

Contact Natalie Boyle, Project Outreach Coordinator, EIV Technical Services, with any questions or concerns in regard to this project at 802-855-3893 or at nboyle@eivtech.com. For additional information regarding the construction project occurring along Route 9 this summer please go to our regional Facebook page entitled “VTrans Rutland Region Construction Contracts”. Periodic updates and pictures may be Work to be performed includes cold planing of the existing pavement, surface preparation, (including crack sealing, pothole repair and patching), a new layer of asphalt paving, installation of rumble strips in designated areas, pavement markings, and other related highway items.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bennington Select Board Meeting – June 25, 2018

 

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Monday, June 25, 2018
Bennington Fire Facility
Multi-Purpose Room -3rd Floor
130 River Street
Bennington, VT 05201

A G E N D A
5:30 PM

  1. Executive Session – Interviews              (5:30 PM – 6:00 PM)

6:00 PM
1. Pledge of Allegiance

2. Consent Agenda                            (6:00 PM – 6:05 PM)
A. Minutes – June 2,2018, June 4, 2018 and June 11, 2018
B. Warrants
3. Citizens Comments                        (6:05 PM – 6:20 PM)
4. John McCullough Library Presentation       (6:20 PM – 6:35 PM)
5. Monument View Grant Agreement Resolution (6:35 PM – 6:50 PM)
(amended)
6. Manager’s Report                          (6:50 PM – 7:00 PM)
7. Chester Knoll Water/Sewer Main Acceptance (7:00 PM – 7:15 PM)
8. Appointments  – Board of Listers          (7:15 PM – 7:20 PM)
9. Other Business                          (7:20 PM – 7:25 PM)

 

 

 

Town Water & Sewer Payments Due – June 27, 2018

Water and Sewer payments are due by Wednesday, June 27, 2018 by 5:00 PM to the Town’s Collection’s Office.
For more information, contact the Collection’s Office at (802) 442-1047

Summer 2018 Swim Lessons

Please click the following link for the Summer 2018 Swim Lessons Schedule

 

Bennington Parks & Recreation
Bennington Recreation Center
655 Gage Street
P.O. Box 469
Bennington, VT 05201
Recreation Center: 802-442-1053

Summer Pool Schedule

Please click the link for the Summer Pool Schedule: June 25 – August 24, 2018

Bennington Parks & Recreation
Bennington Recreation Center
655 Gage Street
P.O. Box 469
Bennington, VT 05201
Recreation Center: 802-442-1053

 

 

Town Manager’s Column – June 2018

ALL ABOUT TOWN
Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager

At the June 11 Select Board meeting, the Board approved the FY 2019 water and sewer rates. The water rate increase, 2% or $11.00 annually for those customers on the flat rate, was unanimously accepted by the Board. The sewer rate increase, 4% or $15 annually, was unanimously approved by the Board. The total annual increase in water/sewer fees is approximately $26. The Board and staff noted that the sewer rates will likely increase substantially next year due to the new upgraded plant coming on line thereby increasing depreciation and the first bond payment will become due as well. The Board tasked the staff with working hard to keep costs as low as possible to mitigate the impact of these new costs.

At this same meeting, the Board approved the second phase of the WWTF (Waste Water Treatment Facility) upgrade. This portion of the total project will be contracted out via a formal bid process., The estimated cost for this work is $5.37 million. Remember, the bond approved was for $9.85 million.

Here it is June 18th. The construction season is in full swing. The contractors working on the water system expansion dealing with the PFOA contamination are moving along with an October/November end date in mind. The Town’s crews are busy preparing for the Routes 7 and 9 State paving project. This project, scheduled to start after July 30, will pave from the Kocher Drive intersection with Route 7 south to the Park Lawn Cemetery. It will pave from the 4 Chimneys Inn through Old Bennington on east to the intersection of Route 279 and Route 9. The project is a mill and pave project. One lane traffic will be maintained, and no night work is contemplated. Add to this the Town’s regularly scheduled paving projects, sidewalk projects, and maintenance projects and you can see why so many roads are being worked on. Please bear with us. This will be a very busy summer.

The Summer Program, Camp Green Mountain, provided by the Berkshire Y at the Bennington Recreation Center is accepting applications for camp. This is its second year. The program runs from July 2 until August 24, Monday through Friday, 9 AM until 4:30 PM. and is for grades 1-8. For more information, contact Kathy Mancini at kmancini@bfymca.org or call 413-663-6529, ext. 245. Information is available at the Bennington Recreation Center.

I am looking forward to the Putnam Block redevelopment project. I understand that the Bennington Redevelopment Group (BRG) is closing in on its financing goals. This is such an important project for Bennington. The first phase will preserve and upgrade three historic structures in the heart of our downtown. A mix of retail, retail service, a restaurant, and housing are planned. Several existing businesses are also planning to relocate into our downtown. The second phase involves the lands and buildings of the former H. Greenberg and Son. New construction is planned here, and even though plans exist, nothing is yet cast in stone. When completed, this project will bring vibrancy, new aesthetics, and excitement to our community.

The Charter amendments approved June 5th have been sent on to the Secretary of State’s office. After this review, the amendments are forwarded to legislative council and drafted as a bill for consideration by the Legislature next January 2019.

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.