Notice to Taxpayers

NOTICE TO TAXPAYERS

 

 

 

AGREEABLY TO THE PROVISIONS OF TITLE 32, SECTION 4111 VERMONT STATUTES ANNOTATED, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE UNDERSIGNED LISTERS WITHIN AND FOR THE TOWN OF BENNINGTON HAVE THIS DAY COMPLETED THE ABSTRACT OF THE INDIVIDUAL LISTS OF PERSONS, CO-PARTNERSHIPS, ASSOCIATIONS AND CORPORATIONS OWNING TAXABLE PROPERTY IN SAID TOWN OF THE FIRST DAY OF APRIL, 2017, THAT THEY HAVE THIS DAY LODGED THE SAME IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF SAID TOWN FOR THE INSPECTION OF TAXPAYERS; THAT SAID LISTERS WILL MEET, BY APPOINTMENT, FROM JUNE 1, 2017     , UNTIL ALL ARE HEARD, AT THE ASSESSOR’S OFFICE, 205 SOUTH STREET, IN SAID TOWN TO HEAR THE GRIEVANCES OF PERSONS, CO-PARTNERSHIPS, ASSOCIATIONS, OR CORPORATIONS AGGRIEVED BY ANY OF THEIR APPRAISALS OR BY ANY OF THEIR ACTS AS SUCH LISTERS, WHOSE OBJECTIONS THERETO IN WRITING SHALL HAVE BEEN FILED WITH THEM BY JUNE 1, 2017 , AS PRESCRIBED BY STATUTE, AND TO MAKE SUCH CORRECTIONS IN SAID ABSTRACT AS SHALL UPON HEARING OR OTHERWISE BE DETERMINED BY THEM; AND THAT UNLESS CAUSE TO THE CONTRARY BE SHOWN, THE CONTENTS OF SAID ABSTRACT WILL, FOR THE YEAR 2017 BECOME THE GRAND LIST OF SAID TOWN AND OF EACH PERSON, CO-PARTNERSHIP, ASSOCIATION OR CORPORATION THEREIN NAMED.

 

 

GIVEN UNDER OUR HANDS AT BENNINGTON, IN THE COUNTY OF BENNINGTON, THIS     19    of May 2017   .

 

 

 

 

_______________________                              

Carol Holm                                  LISTERS OF THE

                                          TOWN OF BENNINGTON

Robert Ebert

_______________________                                

Assessor’s Change of Value Notice

Assessor’s Office

Notice to Bennington Property Owners

 

Change in Appraisal of Real Estate notices were mailed out Friday May 19 to all affected property owners in which there were substantive changes in land area and/or improvement size (new construction/additions/demolitions/sub-divisions etc.) that took place from April 1, 2016 to April 1, 2017. In addition, properties in which an error or an omission was found that changed assessed value were also sent a notice.

Owners of properties in which no substantive changes have taken place over the last year will have their assessed valuations remain the same for the 2017 Grand List.

Property owners who feel aggrieved by their assessed value must submit a grievance letter to the Board of Listers by June 1, 2017.

 

 

 

DPW Road Work May 22-26, 2017

Town of Bennington Project List

Week of May 22 – 26, 2017

 

Construction Notice: DEWEY STREET PARTIAL CLOSURE

Please be advised Dewey Street will be closed to through traffic between Monument Avenue and Blackberry Lane (only).  This construction project is expected to run through July 14th. Local traffic only will be accommodated Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 5:00pm

 Coleville Road: A crew will be replacing a culvert on Coleville Road in preparation for upcoming paving.  This will require lane restrictions as men and equipment will be in the roadway.  Please use caution when approaching

Main St / Washington Ave: A highway crew will be repairing the intersection of Main Street & Washington Avenue on Wednesday May 24th.  Work will begin at 6:30am and will require Traffic Control. Please expect delays and/or find an alternate route.  Men and equipment will be in the center of both roads.

Townwide: Across at various locations the Highway Department will be pouring and curing concrete sidewalks as well as painting road markings.  Please use caution when approaching these areas.


TOWNWIDE HYDRANT FLUSHING

As a reminder, the Town’s Semi-Annual Hydrant Flushing continues Monday May 22nd through Friday May 26th.   This is a State-Mandated program executed every Spring and Fall.  Some residents may experience low water pressure and/or discolored water temporarily.  These are normal side effects of the program and cause no harmful effects.   If you are experiencing these issues, please refrain from doing light colored laundry and run your cold-water tap (only) until water is clear.

 

Reminder:

Please DO NOT rake or blow leaves into Town streets or Highways as this 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Select Board Meeting – May 22, 2017

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD

Monday, May 22, 2017
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 – May 8, 2017
    B. Warrants
  3. Citizens (6:05  PM – 6:20 PM)
  4. Property Sales (6:20 PM – 7:00 PM)
    A. Woodlot (Niles Road)
    B. Highway properties (Depot St. & Orchard Rd.)
    C.Tax Sale acquired properties
  5. Bond Anticipation Borrowing (7:00 PM – 7:20 PM)
  6. Manager’s Report (7:20 PM – 7:30 PM)
  7. Other Business 97:30 PM – 7:45 PM)

 

 

 

 

Select Board Meeting – May 17, 2017

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E

BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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

AMENDED
A G E N D A

     5:30 P.M.                         

  1. Interviews – Boards & Commissions (5:30 PM – 6:00 PM)
  2. Executive Session (6:00 PM – 6:15 PM)
  3. Appointments to Boards & Commissions (6:15 PM)

 

 

Job Posting-Administrative Assistant/Reception and Permits

The Town of Bennington is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Administrative Assistant/Reception and Permits. This position requires excellent clerical skills, initiative, and decision making ability. It includes office organization, typing, filing, telephone skills, as well as computer knowledge and experience. A copy of the job description is available on the Town’s website:   http://benningtonvt.org/departments/human-resources/ .

Qualifications include an Associate’s Degree in a business related field or a minimum of two (2) years job experience in a similar position.

Cover letter and resume may be sent to the Town Manager’s Office, ATTN: Human Resources Administrator, 205 South Street, P.O. Box 469, Bennington, Vermont, 05201. Cover letter and resume must be received by May 30th, 2017.

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.

DPW Roadwork Week May 15-19, 2017

Town of Bennington Project List

Week of May 15 – 19, 2017

 Construction Notice: DEWEY STREET PARTIAL CLOSURE

Please be advised beginning Monday May 15th, 2017 Dewey Street will be closed to through traffic between Monument Avenue and Blackberry Lane (only).  This construction project is expected to run through July 14th.  Local traffic only will be accommodated Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 5:00pm

 Division Street Closure:  Tuesday May 16 from 6:00am – 4:00pm Division Street will be closed to through traffic from Scott Street to Gage Street.  A private Contractor will be conducting roof repair for Energizer that will require a large crane for lifting supplies.  Please find alternate route.

 Gore Road: Shoulder work all week (roadway work and roadside trimming).  Please use caution when approaching as Men and equipment may be in the travelled portion of the road.

 Grant Street Closure: Grant Street will be closed to through traffic (only) Wednesday May 17th from 7:00am – 3:00pm.  Highway crews will be replacing a culvert.  Local Traffic (only) will be accommodated.  Please find alternate route.

 

 TOWNWIDE HYDRANT FLUSHING

As a reminder, the Town’s Semi-Annual Hydrant Flushing begins Monday May 15th and runs for a two-week period ending May 26th.   This is a State-Mandated program executed every Spring and Fall.  Some residents may experience low water pressure and/or discolored water temporarily.  These are normal side effects of the program and cause no harmful effects.   If you are experiencing these issues, please refrain from doing light colored laundry and run your cold-water tap (only) until water is clear.

 

Reminder:

Please DO NOT rake or blow leaves into Town streets or Highways as this 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Town Manager’s Column – May 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. Applications may be obtained from the Town’s web site or from the Town Offices. Applications should be submitted to the Manager’s Office at 205 South street no later than May 22nd. Although the Select Board has not worked out its charge to the Commission, the areas of the Charter that may be reviewed include the Select Board’s powers and authority, whether current elected officers, the Town Clerk, the Treasurer, and the Moderator, should remain as elected or changed to appointed as now allowed by State law, the Manager’s duties and responsibilities, whether the Downtown Taxing District purposes and powers should be amended and whether the Map should become set by the Select Board or as by Charter, whether the Town’s current governing structure should be changed, and whether a 1% local option sales tax should be adopted for Bennington. The Select Board retains the final authority on what changes should be put before the voters in March 2018.

The Board also voted to hire a consulting firm to assist with development of a Tax Increment Financing District (TIF). The consulting firm, White and Burke, is the pre-eminent firm for this type of work. Although the Legislature has not formally approved more districts above the current cap, we are optimistic that this will happen. We wish to be ready to go so as to identify a TIF District within our downtown and develop the necessary data and documentation to support the creation of a TIF District here. Under current legislation, an application for a TIF District must be presented to the Vermont Economic Progress Council (VEPC). It is important in this process that the community understand the impacts of the District and that the viability of the District can be shown to VEPC. I am told the process and review are rigorous and detailed. Once approved by VEPC, the Town must seek approval from the voters. 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. It is a lengthy process. You’ll be hearing and reading much more on this should the Legislature remove the current cap.

The negotiations between Saint-Gobain and the State continue. It now appears that there may be movement towards a resolution for those homes contaminated and located west of the railroad tracks that run to North Bennington from Bennington. There is disagreement for those homes east of the railroad tracks. Saint-Gobain continues to point to the former Houghton Lane landfill which was closed under EPA guidelines in 1999. I remain hopeful that some work will start in 2017. I also firmly believe that the former landfill plays no role in the PFOA contamination. I am happy to say that the State agrees with me and is working with EPA to confirm that.

On May 20th, the Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance will hold its Spring Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day from 8 AM until 1 PM at the Bennington transfer station on Houghton Lane. On that same day, at Willow Park, Youth Appreciation Day will take place from noon to 4 pm.

The town-wide Hydrant Flushing begins Monday May 15th and runs until Friday May 26th. This is a State-mandated program which must be done every Spring and Fall. Some resident may experience low water pressure and/or discolored water. These are normal side effects that do not cause any health concerns. If you experience any of these, it is recommended that you refrain from doing any light-colored laundry (between 7:00am-5:00pm) and run your Cold Water ONLY until it runs clear.

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.

 

Townwide Semi-Annual Hydrant Flushing

Town of Bennington’s Semi-Annual

Water Main HYDRANT FLUSHING

2 Week Period

MAY 15 – 19, 2017

AND

MAY 22 – 26, 2017

Monday through Friday

7:00am thru 5:00pm

 

  • Bennington’s Hydrant Flushing is a STATE Mandated Program that occurs every May and October.
  • It is ensures higher Water Quality and allows for proper Hydrant Maintenance for Fire Protection.
  • You may experience low water pressure.
  • You may also experience discolored water.
  • These are normal and unavoidable side effects of the program.
  • We recommend you schedule clothes washing and other cleaning projects after daily flushing hours and once your water has run clear.
  • If you experience discolored water Run Your Cold Water Until It Is Clear.

 

Any further questions please call the Bennington Town Offices at 442-1037.

 

Charter Committee Application

The Town of Bennington has established a Charter Review Committee,
applications are being accepted through May 22, 2017.

Please complete the application below and submit to:

Town of Bennington
Town Manager’s Office
205 South Street
Bennington, VT 05201
or email the application  to:

Town of Bennington: Stuart A. Hurd

Charter Committee Application