Town Manager’s Column – August, 2017

ALL ABOUT TOWN
Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager

At its first meeting in May, the Select Board announced the formation of a seven (7) member Charter Review Commission. The Committee is made up of the following: Jon Cohen, Robert Ebert, Lynn Green, Michael Keane, Dan Malmborg, Sean Marie Oller, and Rob Plunkett. The Committee has held two meetings to date. It is establishing a comment page for the web site. The Committee wants to hear from the community. It will hold a forum as well. Its first presentation will be at the August 28th Select Board meeting. Please let your voice be heard. If you’ve got an idea or a suggestion on how Bennington’s Charter should be revised, let the Committee know. One may also get comments to the Committee through my office.

The work on the development of a Tax Increment Financing District (TIF) is well underway. A recent public forum was held to introduce the District map and plan to the community. It is now on the Town’s web site and on its Facebook page. We are working with the consulting firm, White and Burke, the pre-eminent firm for this type of work. I heard recently that the TIF will raise taxes for all. That is not the case. The TIF uses the incremental increase in the Grand List (assessed values for real estate) created by new development to pay for the new public improvements such as improved lighting, public parking, new plantings and parks. The Bennington home owner will not see an increase in his/her taxes if the TIF is approved. I have also heard that the TIF is being confused with a 1% increase in the State sales tax. That, too, is not the case. It is important in this process that the community understand the impacts of the District and what it offers. To restate: The approval sought is to allow the Town to incur debt for the identified infrastructure improvements, roads, lighting, sidewalks, storm sewers, parking, etc., which will then stimulate development in the District. The debt incurred is then paid off utilizing a portion of the increased education taxes raised by the incremental increase in the Grand List due to the new development. There is no impact on the taxpayers.

The negotiations between Saint-Gobain and the State have resulted in a partial settlement. Phase 1 is a resolution for those wells contaminated and located west of the railroad tracks that run to North Bennington from Bennington. Municipal water will be extended to all home owners in the area encompassing the Village of North Bennington and the northwestern part of Bennington, Jennings Drive, Gypsy Lane, Silk Road, Bard Road, Austin Hill Road, Murphy Road, and North Bennington Road. There is disagreement between the State and Saint-Gobain for those properties east of the railroad tracks. Saint-Gobain continues to point to the former Houghton Lane landfill which was closed under EPA guidelines in 1999. Saint-Gobain’s engineering firm has developed plans to test soils and ground water in this area, including the former landfill. The Town is awaiting a review of those plans by the State and EPA before signing on.

We continue to move forward with necessary work at the Wastewater Treatment Facility to get ready for the bond vote on October 10th, 2017. A presentation by the Town’s engineers will be made at the August 28th Select Board meeting. A second public hearing will be held on October 2. The current estimated cost for the entire project is just under $10 million. Should the vote be successful, the necessary work will begin as soon as possible. It will most likely take two construction seasons to complete all the work.

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.

 

Notice to Taxpayers

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 Friday, November 10th, 2017 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 10th, 2017 at 5:00 P.M., or such payment shall be deemed delinquent.    Stuart A. Hurd, Collector of Taxes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charter Review Committee – Agenda – August 23, 2017

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E

TOWN OF BENNINGTON
CHARTER REVIEW COMMITTEE
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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

A G E N D A

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

1. Public Comments
2. Approve Minutes of August 16, 2017
3. Review Bennington Town Charter Chapters 2-4
4. Continued discussion re: communication
5. Appearance at Select Board Meeting on August 28

Next meeting, August 30, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Historic Preservation Commission – Meeting – Agenda 25, 2017

BENNINGTON HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION
TOWN OFFICE – Conference Room
205 SOUTH STREET, BENNINGTON, VT

Friday, August 25, 2017 @ 4:00 p.m.

AGENDA

  1. Redevelopment of Historic Putnam Block, 371 Main Street,
    335 Main Street – 115 South Street                                    25 minutes
  2. Tri-State Area Credit Union – Washington Avenue       25 minutes
  3. Other Preservation Issues                                                    10 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

DPW Roadwork Aug 21-25, 2017

Town of Bennington Project List

Week of August 21 – 25, 2017

 

 Bank Street (North Benn): Monday Bank Street in North Bennington will have lane restrictions.  Sewer Crews will be rebuilding a manhole.  Men and equipment will be in the roadway.  Please use caution.

Chapel Road: Will be reduced to One-lane on Friday between Crossover Rd and Chapel Road MHP for a valve repair.  Please use caution when approaching.  Men & equipment will be on the edge of the road.

Division PLACE: Will be Closed Tuesday to ALL vehicles.  Resident vehicles with intended use on Tuesday must remove your car by 7:00am.  Local traffic cannot be accommodated. Water crews will be repairing a valve at the intersection of Division Place and Division Street.  Please find alternate parking from 7:00am – 3:00pm

Division Street remains Closed to through traffic all week.  Local traffic WILL be accommodated.  Water crews continue replacing valves and Highway Crews will be replacing storm drains in preparation for paving.  Men and equipment will be in the roadway.  Please find alternate route.

Imperial Avenue remains closed 6:30am – 3:00pm to through traffic.  Local traffic will be accommodated.  Highway & Sewer Crews continue working on Imperial Avenue rebuilding manholes and storm drains in preparation for paving this summer.  Please find alternate route.  Men & equipment will be in the roadway.  Please use caution.

Monument Circle – Thursday will be Closed between #3 Monument Circle and Monument Ave from 7:00am – 3:00pm for water valve repair.  Local Traffic will be accommodated.  Please use caution as men & equipment will be on the edge of the road

North Branch Street – Wednesday will be Closed between Furnace Brook Road and Bowen Road from 7:00am – 3:00pm for water hydrant repair.  Local Traffic will be accommodated.

Park Street – will be CLOSED to through traffic between Gage St & Scott St as Highway & Sewer will be replacing storm drainage and manhole rehabilitation.  Local Traffic will be accommodated. Please use caution when approaching as men and equipment will be in the roadway.

Townwide Work:

Roadside mowing, tree trimming and weeding also will continue in numerous areas in Bennington.  Please use caution when approaching these areas and leave plenty of room for the tractor and men or equipment on side of the road.

Reminder:

Please DO NOT rake or blow grass and/or leaves into Town streets or Highways as these clogs storm drains and creates flooding and driving hazards for the entire community.

Residents and Contractors – Please make sure all loads are covered when taking leaves and or brush to the transfer station.

 

Notice: BENNINGTON-WILMINGTON Route 9 Paving

PROJECT LOCATION: The Bennington-Wilmington paving project begins in the town of Bennington along Route 9 just west of the junction of Route 229 and Route 9 and continues easterly along Route 9 for approximately 23.5 miles. This paving project will include the towns of Bennington, Woodford, Searsburg and Wilmington, and ends at the Wilmington-Marlboro town line. 

Work on the Wilmington area of the project will begin at the Wilmington-Marlboro Town line (near the Horizon Inn) and end at Lind Lane in Searsburg. This section of work has a completion date of 10/13/17.

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

SHOULDER WIDENING: Shoulder widening operations are completed for now, and are scheduled to resume at the end of August.

COLD PLANING: Crews are scheduled to begin cold planing (grinding up the top layer of the road surface) in the early part of the week, either Monday or Tuesday (8/21-8/22). Milling operations will begin near Chimney Hill Rd. and progress easterly through the town of Wilmington. Milling should be completed in town by Thursday, 8/24.

CRACK SEAL/POTHOLE REPAIR:  Crack sealing and pothole repair on milled surfaces is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, 8/24-8/25.

PAVING: Intermediate course of pavement is scheduled to be put down beginning Monday, 8/28. Paving in town will take approximately 3 days. Please note that paving operations are weather dependent, and inclement weather will change this proposed time frame.

PARKING: While crews are conducting milling and paving operations, temporary parking restrictions will be in place along the work zone within the town limits. Parking restrictions apply during construction hours only.

TRAFFIC DELAYS: Milling and paving operations will require lane closures in the location of these operations. One-way alternating traffic will be required. Flaggers and uniformed traffic officers will be on site directing the flow of traffic. Delays are expected.

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, GPI, Inc. with any questions or concerns in regard to this project at 802-310-7822.

 

Job Posting – Assistant Public Works Director

Town of Bennington
Assistant Public Works Director

The Town of Bennington seeks a qualified individual for the position of Assistant Public Works Director. This position reports directly to the Public Works Director and is a member of the Town’s management team. The Assistant Public Works Director assists in the direction of all activities in the public works fields.

Qualified applicants must possess, a degree in Civil Engineering or Construction Management or have a minimum three (3) years of experience in a similar field. He/she must be highly-motivated with excellent computer skills, and be team oriented.

A complete job description is available below. The Town provides an attractive salary and benefits package and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please send resume with three references to the Town Manager’s Office, ATTN: Human Resources, P.O. Box 469, Bennington, VT 05201 no later than August 31, 2017.

Job Description – Assistant Public Works Director

 

 

 

 

Charter Review Committee – August 16, 2017

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
TOWN OF BENNINGTON
CHARTER REVIEW COMMITTEE

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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

A G E N D A

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

  1. Public Comments
  2. Approve Minutes of August 9, 2017
  3. Review Bennington Town Charter Chapters 1-4
  4. Continued discussion re: communication
    a. Review automatic response to public input from the web

Next meeting, August 23, 2017.

 

USS Bennington Annual Memorial Service

USS Bennington Annual Memorial Service
August 12, 2017 at Noon
Front Lawn, Town Office
205 South Street, Bennington, VT 05201

 

DPW Roadwork Aug 14-18, 2017

Town of Bennington Project List

Week of August 14 – 18, 2017

 

Please Be Advised: Town Offices will be CLOSED on Monday August 14th, 2017 in Observance of the Bennington Battle Day Holiday.

 

Bank Street (North Benn): Thursday Bank Street in North Bennington will have lane restrictions.  Sewer Crews will be rebuilding manholes.  Men and equipment will be in the roadway.  Please use caution.

Berard Street will remain Closed.  Highway Crews continue road upgrades.  Please use Phyllis Lane or alternate route.

Church Street (North Benn): Church St in North Bennington will have lane restrictions in place.  Sewer Crews will be rebuilding manholes.  Men and equipment will be in the roadway.  Please use caution.

Division Street remains Closed to through traffic all week.  Local traffic will be accommodated.  Water crews continue replacing valves and Highway Crews will be replacing storm drains in preparation for paving.  Men and equipment will be in the roadway.  Please find alternate route.

East Road: Will be CLOSED WEDNESDAY between Willow Road and Hewitt Drive for Hydrant & Water line repairs

Imperial Avenue remains closed 6:30am – 3:00pm to through traffic.  Local traffic will be accommodated.  Highway & Sewer Crews continue working on Imperial Avenue rebuilding manholes and storm drains in preparation for paving this summer.  Please find alternate route.  Men & equipment will be in the roadway.  Please use caution.

North Branch Street – Thursday will be Closed between Brooklyn Bridge and Chapel Road from 7:30am – 3:00pm for water main leak repair.  Local Traffic will be accommodated.

Park Street – Highway crews will replacing storm drainage on Park St between Scott St and Gage St. This will require lane restrictions and some road closures. Local Traffic will be accommodated. Please use caution when approaching as men and equipment will be in the roadway.

Townwide Work:

Roadside mowing, tree trimming and weeding also will continue in numerous areas in Bennington.  Please use caution when approaching these areas and leave plenty of room for the tractor and men or equipment on side of the road.

Additionally, Highway Crews will be fixing driveway aprons on the newly paved roads across town.

 

Reminder:

Please DO NOT rake or blow grass and/or leaves into Town streets or Highways as these clogs storm drains and creates flooding and driving hazards for the entire community.

Residents and Contractors – Please make sure all loads are covered when taking leaves and or brush to the transfer station.