Notice – Important update

'Important Update: The @[116588481825211:274:Town of Bennington] playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts will be CLOSED starting today. Signs will be posted. Thank you for understanding! (We still hope you're able to get some fresh air and do as much as possible for your mental and physical health during this time) Stay safe & well.'

The Town of Bennington Playgrounds/basketball courts/tennis courts are closed – signs will be posted.
The pavilions at Willow Park remain closed and the Willow Park playgrounds will not be opened until further notice.
Use of the athletic fields for practices/games/etc. is not permitted until further notice.
Use of parks/fields to walk/jog, etc., so long as proper social distancing is practiced is permitted and encouraged.

April Bennington Community News

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Green Mountain Guide for Emergency Planning

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NOTICE OF INFORMATIONAL MEETING – COVID-19 RESOURCES

NOTICE OF
INFORMATIONAL MEETING
COVID-19 RESOURCES

The Bennington Select Board Chairperson, Donald Campbell, and Vice Chairperson, Jeannie Jenkins, will host an informational meeting by videoconference on March 30, 2020 at 11:00 AM. The purpose of the meeting is to inform the public of resources for businesses and individuals dealing with the impacts of COVID-19.  Bill Colvin, Bennington County Regional Commission Assistant Director, and Shannon Barsotti, Bennington Community Development Director, will join the meeting. The videoconference will be broadcast live on CAT-TV and streamed live on Cat-tv Bennington Facebook-Live.

 

 

 

DPW Roadwork Mar 30-Apr 3, 2020

Town of Bennington Project List

Week of March 30 – April 03, 2020

 

**Remember: Overnight Parking Ban is STILL in Effect through March 31st 

 

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

Apple Hill: contractor crews continue setting up for the next phase of PFOA water line extension work.  Men and equipment will be on edges of the roadway.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays.

Cortland Ln: contractor crews will be setting up for the next phase of PFOA water line extension work.  Men and equipment will be on edges of the roadway.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays.

Harwood Hill Road -between Northside Drive and Rte 7 Connector contractor crews will be begin the next phase of PFOA water line extension work.  Men and equipment will be on edges of the roadway.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays.

Houghton Lane will be reduced to One-Lane Traffic for the next several weeks for PFOA Water Line Extension Work.  Men and equipment will be in or on edges of the roadway.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays.

Michael’s Drive: contractor crews continue setting up for the next phase of PFOA water line extension work.  Men and equipment will be on edges of the roadway.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays.

Squaw Hill: contractor crews will be setting up for the next phase of PFOA water line extension work.  Men and equipment will be on edges of the roadway.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays.

 

TOWNWIDE: – SPRING CLEANING

Highway crews continue cleaning sidewalks throughout town.  Some street may be temporarily closed or reduced to one-lane to accommodate necessary cleaning equipment.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays.

Highway Street Sweeper will also be throughout town.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays

 

** Remember: Overnight Parking Ban in Effect

The Winter Overnight Parking Ban for all streets within the town is STILL effect.  From November 15 to March 31 between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m NO overnight parking is allowed.  Police will enforce this ban by ticketing individuals who leave unattended vehicles on the street during that time.

 

 

Department of Taxes – Frequently Asked Questions

On Monday, March 23, the Vermont Department of Taxes announced that it will not assess penalties or interest for those businesses that are unable to meet the March 25, 2020, or April 25, 2020, sales and use tax or meals and rooms tax deadlines due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have heard questions from many businesses asking exactly what this means, so we have released a list of frequently asked questions that we hope you find helpful.

The most up to date information can always be found on our website at www.tax.vermont.gov

 

Town Clerk’s Closure Update

Closure Update:

We wish to respect the public’s health in this troubled time and address the concerns of community members. The Bennington Town Clerk’s Office will be complying with the most recent statement from Gov. Phil Scott issuing a “Stay Safe” order and in addition to being closed to the general public, will be closing the vault to all research effective today, March 26, 2020 at 5:00 PM until further notice. 

We have been, and will continue to conduct business via phone, fax, email and the drop box at the side entrance, which is checked several times throughout the day.

Although we are unable to search records due to liability issues, if you have a specific book and page, we will be happy to provide copies and an invoice for any records.

Relevant Contacts:

Clerk’s Office:   (802)442-1043

kthompson@benningtonvt.org

Lister’s Office (802)442-1042

Grand list information:  http://benningtonvt.org/departments/assessors-listers-office/grand-list-2/

Property Tax information:  (802)442-1046, (802)442-1047

Be well,

Cassandra Barbeau
Bennington Town Clerk

 

Disposable Wipes are NOT Disposable

Keep Your Wastewater System Working: DO NOT flush Disposable Disinfectant wipes, dispose of them in the trash! DO NOT flush paper towels! Sewer systems throughout Vermont are reporting pump clogs due to overloads of wipes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Press Release – Governor Phil Scott Issues A “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Order

Please click the link below for the Press Release from Governor Phil Scott:

https://governor.vermont.gov/press-release/governor-phil-scott-issues-%E2%80%9Cstay-home-stay-safe%E2%80%9D-order-directs-additional-closures

 

Bennington Community Resources for COVID-19

The most comprehensive community resource list is on Bennington County Regional Commission’s website: http://www.bcrcvt.org/covid-19-resources.html

 

BCRC is frequently updating this page with information from organizations in the community and from state agencies. If you have information that should be listed here, please email Allison Strohl at astrohl@bcrcvt.org

 

Health guidelines and resources:

 

Vermont Department of Health: https://www.healthvermont.gov/response/infectious-disease/2019-novel-coronavirus

 

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center COVID-19 Hotline: https://svhealthcare.org/COVID-19/Hotline/

 

 

Food Resources:

 

Bennington County food pantries, SVSU school meal deliveries, food pick-ups and deliveries:

https://sites.google.com/view/benningtonfoodconnections/home

 

Food Assistance Programs: http://www.bcrcvt.org/uploads/1/1/1/8/111899771/covid-19-handout_updated.pdf

 

 

Economic Resources:

 

Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development Guidance for Vermont Businesses:

https://accd.vermont.gov/about-us/disaster-planning/covid-19-guidance-vermont-businesses

 

Southwestern Vermont Chamber COVID-19 Resource Guide for Businesses:

https://www.bennington.com/corona-virus-covid-19-resource-guide

 

Vermont Department of Labor online application for unemployment insurance benefits: https://appengine.egov.com/apps/vt/dol/unemploymentinsuranceclaim

 

Vermont Small Business Development Center Disaster Recovery Guide:

http://vtsbdc.org.customers.tigertech.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/VtSBDC-cover-and-pages-clientdisasterguide.pdf

 

Small Business Administration Federal Disaster Loans:

https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Information/EIDLLoans

 

Ways you can help:

 

Bennington County Mutual Aid- organization connecting volunteers with those in need

http://www.bcrcvt.org/uploads/1/1/1/8/111899771/bcma_final.pdf

 

Donate non-perishable food to your local food pantries-contact GBICS Kitchen Cupboard 802-447-3700 or HIS Pantry at 802-442-3141.

 

Deliver meals to Seniors- call Meals on Wheels at 802-442-8012.

 

Call a Senior Citizen through The Phone Tree Project for Elderly Community Members- contact CAROL ADINOLFI CAROLADINOLFI1@GMAIL.COM

 

Grow an Extra Row of produce in your garden to donate to the local food pantries-will be coordinated later in the spring with the help of the food pantries and Bennington College.

 

Support local restaurants by buying gift certificates and ordering take-out meals:

https://www.bennington.com/restaurantweek

 

Preorder boxes of food from the Bennington Farmers Market or from local farmers:

https://mailchi.mp/461ff58bce34/bennington-farmers-market-pre-order-drive-through-market?e=66380811cc

 

Donate blood to the American Red Cross (this is a critical need right now):

The American Red Cross Blood drive scheduled 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 2020 at SVMC has been moved to the First Baptist Church on Main Street in Bennington. There is critical need, so please consider donating. To make an appointment to donate, visit www.redcrossblood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text bloodapp to 90999 to download the app to your smartphone. As always, walk-ins will be accommodated as well. Those who are unfamiliar with the SVMC campus may stop at the information desk in the main lobby for directions to the drive. Contact Susan Gallina at 802-447-5345.

 

Sew masks for to support the production and distribution of reusable cloth masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

http://www.averywoodmd.net/green-mountain-mask-makers.html