Town Manager’s Column – (February 2017)

ALL ABOUT TOWN
Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager

At its upcoming February 28th meeting, the Select Board and School Boards will present the combined FY 2018 budgets. This year, the Town’s combined General, Highway and Fire Fund budget as proposed, and if approved, will result in a tax rate increase of $0.0265 or 2.43%. On the ballot are 13 agencies seeking funding from the taxpayers totaling $336,759. If all are approved this will raise the tax rate an additional $0.0331 bringing the total increase to $0.0596. The largest request comes from the first-time petitioner, the Bennington Rescue Squad at $207,459. At this writing, the school tax rate impact is estimated to increase $0.008 providing the property yield remains at $10,076.

This year, the ballot will include an article requesting tax exempt status for the Rescue Squad as well. This question has been before the voters in the past and routinely approved.

The ballot will also include an article seeking approval for the Town to bond in the amount of $3.2 million to purchase and retrofit 78 Bowen Road, a Plasan property, for a Public Works Facility. The Town first planned to construct a new facility in 2011, but Tropical Storm Irene forced the plans to the shelf. Resurrected this year, it was determined that constructing a new facility would cost $6.2 million. Town staff looked at existing buildings that might work instead. This led us to the 78 Bowen Road property, a real find in that it is in good shape, is energy efficient, centrally located, and provides sufficient space to house all Highway and Water Department employees and much of the equipment. It will allow the Town to consider the sale of its Orchard Road and Depot Street properties. After reviewing bond costs, it was determined that the existing proposed Highway Fund budget need not be increased, but simply restructured to accommodate the cost.

March Town Meeting is just around the corner. The Floor Meeting will be held March 6th at 7 pm at the Bennington Fire Facility. For those interested in the schools, MAU begins the evening at 6 pm, followed by the CDC, and the BSD. The vote will be held the following day from 7 am until 7 pm. There are two Select Board seats and four BSD seats available.

The Town of Bennington Annual Report should be available soon. It contains some information derived from the Citizen Survey recently completed as well as the annual department reports and the FY2016 Audit.

The Select Board has begun to explore a Tax Increment Financing District, a voter approved means to generate monies for infrastructure improvements without raising taxes which will stimulate development from the private sector and enhance the community at large. It is early in the process and does require legislative action this year to allow our efforts to proceed.

In this same vein, it is important to note that the Putnam Redevelopment Group received support from the Select Board to seek a Vermont Community Development Block (VCDB) grant of $1.25 million to move forward with the redevelopment of the Putnam Block properties, a very important project for Bennington’s downtown.

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.

Bennington Select Board Meeting Rescheduled – February 20, 2017

Due to inclement weather the Select Board meeting that was scheduled for Monday, February 13, 2017 has been rescheduled until Monday, February 20, 2017.

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E

BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Monday, February 20, 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 (6:05 PM – 6:10 PM)
    A. Minutes – January 23, 2017
    January 30, 2017
    B. Warrants
    C. 2017 Liquor License Renewals
  3. Citizens/Board discussion (6:10 PM – 7:10 PM)
  4. Other Business (7:10 PM – 7:20 PM)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consider Article 2 on Town Meeting Day: New Public Works Garage

Bennington Select Board Meeting – February 13, 2017

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Monday, February 13, 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 (6:05 PM – 6:10 PM)
    A. Minutes – January 23, 2017
    January 30, 2017
    B. Warrants
    C. 2017 Liquor License Renewals
  3. Citizens/Board discussion (6:10 PM – 7:10 PM)
  4. Other Business (7:10 PM – 7:20 PM)

 

 

 

 

 

Historic Preservation Commission – Agenda – 2/3/2017

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

Friday, February 3, 2017 @ 4:00 p.m.

AGENDA

1. Bennington Station, Addition Review, 150 Depot Street                                   25 minutes
2. VFW Post, Addition Review, 137 North Street                                                    25 minutes
3. Road Toad Auction Services, Sign Permit Review, 190 North Street                 5 minutes
4. Other Preservation Issues                                                                                            5 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amended Public Hearing Notice – February 1, 2017

AMENDMENT TO PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

January 31, 2017

For immediate posting on Town of Bennington Web Site

The Town of Bennington held a public hearing at 6:00 p.m. on January 23, 2017 at the Selectboard

Meeting Room, 205 South Street, Bennington, VT to consider making an application to the State of

Vermont for a VCDP Implementation Grant 2016 under the Vermont Community Development Program. The purpose of the hearing was to obtain the views of citizens on community development, to furnish information concerning the amount of funds available and the range of community development activities that may be undertaken under this program, the impact to any historic and archaeological resources that may be affected by the proposed proj ect, and to give affected citizens the opportunity to examine the proposed statement of projected use of these funds.

The proposal is to apply for a multi-year grant in the amount of  in VCDP Funds. The purpose of this amendment is to revise the project description. These funds will be used to accomplish the following activities:

As part of the proposed Putnam Block Redevelopment Project, the Bennington County Industrial Corporation intends to use $1,250,000 for property acquisition and/or soft costs associated with the redevelopment. These funds will target economic development by creating jobs for persons at or below 80% of Area Median Income (National Objective: Low-to Moderate-income Job Creation).

Copies of the proposed application are available at 205 South Street, Bennington, VT 05201 and may be viewed from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Should you have any question or comments concerning this amendment, please contact Michael McDonough, Development Director, at 802-442-

Legislative Body for the Town of Bennington

 

Notice: 2017 Annual Town Meeting Public Warning (3/6/2017)

-WARNING-

 

TOWN OF BENNINGTON

2017 ANNUAL TOWN MEETING

The residents of the Town of Bennington qualified by law to vote in Town Meeting are hereby notified and warned to meet at the Bennington Fire Facility on River Street (Lincoln Street entrance) in said Town on Monday, March 6, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., or immediately following the Bennington School District’s Annual meeting should that run over, to transact the business specified to be done from the floor.      

If you are a resident of the Town of Bennington, intend to be present at the meeting and are hearing impaired, arrangements will be made for a sign interpreter to be present at this meeting. For necessary arrangements, please contact Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager at the Bennington Town Offices, 205 South Street, P.O. Box 469, Bennington, VT – (802) 442-1037 no later than Friday, February 17, 2017. 

Following the completion of such business, the Meeting will stand adjourned to Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at The Bennington Fire Facility on River Street (Lincoln Street entrance). The Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. for the election of officers and voting on all ballot articles specified. However, those on the checklist to vote in the Village of North Bennington shall vote for the election of officers and on all ballot articles at the North Bennington Village Office on Main Street in North Bennington. The Bennington Fire Facility above mentioned, is hereby established as the central polling place for those on the checklist to vote in said Bennington. Residents of Bennington and North Bennington may register to vote at the Town Clerk’s Office, 205 South Street, Bennington, Vermont. Eligible residents registering on Election Day must do so at the polling place where they will cast their Town Meeting ballot. 

BUSINESS TO BE TRANSACTED FROM THE FLOOR

Monday, March 6, 2017                                                                                                                                                                 7:00 P.M.

ARTICLE 1.  TOWN REPORT: To hear the report of Town Officers and to take appropriate action thereon. 

ARTICLE 2.  SELECT BOARD MEMBERS COMPENSATION: To determine what compensation shall be paid to the Town Select Board Members.                                                             

ARTICLE 3.  OTHER BUSINESS: To transact such other proper business when met.

BUSINESS TO BE TRANSACTED BY BALLOT

TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 2017

THE POLLS TO BE OPEN FROM 7:00 A.M. TO 7:00 P.M.

             AT THE POLLING PLACES SPECIFIED ABOVE                     

 SELECT BOARD ELECTION. Two Select Board Members residing in the Town shall be elected for terms of three (3) years.

 ARTICLE 1. Shall the Town appropriate for the next fiscal year,   July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018, the total sum of $12,450,600.00 consisting of the following: $3,996,990.00 for the laying out, maintaining, and repairing of the highways and bridges of the Town; and $8,453,610.00 for the payment of the following: Any indebtedness not otherwise specifically provided for, interest on indebtedness, legally authorized State and County taxes, the prosecution and defense of the common rights and interests of the inhabitants of the Town, and for other necessary incidental  expenses.                                                                                                                                                                        

The proposed budget includes $60,000.00 for fire equipment, $20,000.00 for parking improvements, $5,000.00 for regional economic development, and $402,750.00 for healthcare reserve and workers compensation insurance, any unexpended portion of which will be reserved to subsequent years for that purpose.   

 YES    o

  NO    o

 ARTICLE 2. Shall the bonds of the Town of Bennington in an amount not to exceed $3.2 million be issued for the purpose of purchasing and renovating a public works facility at 78 Bowen Road in the Town of Bennington?

 YES    o

NO      o

 

ARTICLE 3. Shall the Town of Bennington grant tax exempt status as provided in T.32 §3840 to the Bennington Rescue Squad, Inc. for its property #49514600 for the tax listing years April 1, 2017, through and including March 31, 2022?

YES    o

NO      o

 

ARTICLE 4. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2018 General Fund by the sum of

                     $2,500.00 for Bennington County Association Against Child Abuse?

 YES    o

 NO      o

 

ARTICLE 5. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2018 General Fund by the sum of

                       $2,500.00 for Turning Point Center of Bennington?

   YES    o

   NO      o

 

ARTICLE 6. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2018 General Fund by the sum of

                       $5,000.00 for Project Against Violent Encounters?

 YES    o

 NO      o

 

ARTICLE 7. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2018 General Fund by the sum of

                     $7,000.00 for Vermont Center For Independent Living?

 YES    o

 NO      o

 

ARTICLE 8. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2018 General Fund by the sum of

                          $7,200.00 for Green Mountain Retired and Senior Volunteer Program?

 YES    o

 NO      o

 

ARTICLE 9. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2018 General Fund by the sum of

                     $7,500.00 for Bennington Free Clinic?

       YES    o          

NO      o

 

ARTICLE 10. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2018 General Fund by the sum of 

$7,500.00 for BROC – Community Action In Southwestern Vermont?

 YES    o

 NO      o

 

ARTICLE 11. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2018 General Fund by the sum of $7,500.00 for Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging, Inc.?

YES    o

NO      o

 

ARTICLE 12. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2018 General Fund by the sum of

                       $10,000.00 for The Tutorial Center?

  YES    o

  NO      o

   

ARTICLE 13. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2018 General Fund by the sum of $11,000.00 for Bennington Project Independence?

YES    o

NO      o

 

ARTICLE 14. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2018 General Fund by the sum of

                       $15,000.00 for Sunrise Family Resource Center?

  YES    o

  NO      o

 

ARTICLE 15. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2018 General Fund by the sum of $21,600.00 for Bennington Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice?

 YES    o

 NO      o

 

ARTICLE 16. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2018 General Fund by the sum of $25,000.00 for Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless?

 YES    o

 NO      o

 

ARTICLE 17. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2018 General Fund by the sum of $207,459.00 for the Bennington Rescue Squad?

YES    o

NO      o

                                                            BY THE SELECT BOARD

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Thomas H. Jacobs, Chair                                    Michael A. Keane, Vice Chair

 

 

                                                                                                                                                    

Donald A. Campbell                                              Jim Carroll

 

 

                                                                                                                                                      

Jeanne Conner                                                       Justin J. Corcoran

 

 

                                                             

Jeannette Jenkins

 

 

Dated at Bennington, Vermont this    30th day of January, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bennington Select Board Meeting – (January 30, 2017)

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Monday, January 30, 2017
Bennington Fire Facility
Multi-Purpose Room – 3rd Floor
130 River Street
Bennington, VT 05201

A G E N D A
5:30 PM

1. Bennington Rescue Squad Discussion (5:30 PM – 6:00 PM)
2. Sign Annual Town Meeting Warning (6:00 PM – 6:10 PM)

 

 

 

 

 

Bennington Select Board Meeting – (January 23, 2017)

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Monday, January 23, 2017
Bennington Fire Facility
Multi-Purpose Room – 3rd Floor
130 River Street
Bennington, VT 05201

A G E N D A
5:00 PM

  1. Site Visit to 78 Bowen Road (5:00 PM – 5:50 PM)

Reconvene at the Bennington Fire Facility to continue with Meeting (6:00 PM)

  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Consent Agenda (6:05 PM – 6:10 PM)
    A. Minutes – January 9, 2017
    Minutes – January 14, 2017
    B. Warrants
  3. Vermont Economic Progress Council–TIF Discussion (6:10 PM – 6:40 PM)
  4. Public Hearing – CDBG Putnam Redevelopment Group (6:40 PM – 6:55 PM)
  5. Citizens (15 Minutes Maximum) (6:55 PM – 7:10 PM)
  6. Sign Annual Town Warning (7:10 PM – 7:15 PM)
  7. 2017 Liquor License Applications (7:15 PM – 7:20 PM)
  8. Manager’s Report (7:20 PM – 7:30 PM)
  9. Other Business (7:30 PM – 7:45 PM)
  10. Executive Session
    A. Contracts

 

 

Town of Bennington Board of Civil Authority – (January 30, 2017)

Town of Bennington
BOARD OF CIVIL AUTHORITY
Town Clerk’s Office
205 South Street, Bennington, VT

Monday, January 30, 201 7

5:00 PM

Agenda

  1. Oaths of Office, reorganization
  2. To discuss March 7th Town & School Meetings