Bennington Battle Day Weekend of Events – August 11- August 13th, 2017

FRIDAY • AUGUST 11th

Hot Sausage, Burgers, and Hot Dog Lunch
11:00 AM-2:00 PM – Will be available to purchase at the Bennington Fire Station. Served by members of the Bennington Fire Department.
Chicken Barbecue Dinner
4:00 PM until gone – $10 per person. At the Bennington Fire Station.
Silent Auction
4:00 PM-8:00 pm – At the Bennington Fire Station.
Car Cruise
6:00 PM-8:00 PM – At the Bennington Fire Station. Parade down Main Street at 8:15 pm. Open to the public.
Las Vegas Night
6:00 PM-10:00 PM – At the Bennington Fire Station. DJ Ben Patten from Magic 590 AM. Open to the public.

SATURDAY • AUGUST 12th
Battle Day 5k Road Race
8:00 AM – Pre-registration. Bennington Monument, Old Bennington.
9:30 AM – Race starts and ends at The Bennington Monument, Old Bennington.
Kids’ Day
10:00 AM-12:00 NOON – At the Bennington Rec Center, 655 Gage Street. Sponsored by the Bennington Fire Department.
Living History Encampment
10:00 AM-5:00 PM – Ongoing event. With cannon muster and military drills. At the Bennington Battlefield.
USS Bennington Memorial Service
12:00 NOON – Wreath-laying ceremony at the Ship’s Bell, Town of Bennington Office, 205 South St. Public is welcome.
Firefighters’ Challenge
12:00 NOON-4:00 PM – A Firefighters’ Challenge at Willow Park. Call 802-442-1050 for more information, and leave contact information for Deputy Chief Jeff Barry.

SUNDAY • AUGUST 13th
Judges’ and Officers’ Breakfast
9:00 AM – At Jensen’s Restaurant, 332 North Street.
Parade Lineup
10:00 AM-12:30 PM – Parade Lineup.
Living History Encampment
10:00 AM-3:00 PM – With cannon musters and military drills. At the Bennington Battlefield.

Battle Day Parade Begins
12:30 PM – Main and Safford Street to Depot Street • North on Depot Street to River Street • River Street to Fire Station.
Reviewing stand at intersection of Routes 7 and 9. Marching route is one mile long.

Trophies and Raffle Drawing
4:00 PM – Trophies presented and raffle winners drawn.

 

Tax Increment Financing and District – Public Forum – August 7, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meeting Notice

Town of Bennington
Public Forum

Public Notice

The Town of Bennington will be hosting a
Public Informational Meeting
Concerning the Town’s application for
Tax Increment Financing and District
Proposed for Downtown Bennington.

When: Monday, August 7, 2017
Where: Bennington Fire Facility, River Street, 3rd Floor
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm

The meeting will be an opportunity for the Town and its consultant, White & Burke, to report on the process to date in developing the application for a local TIF District and the proposed application schedule, including the purpose of TIF and the proposed boundary of the TIF District. There will be an opportunity for questions and input from the public.

For additional information, contact:

Dan Monks
Assistant Town Manager
Town of Bennington
205 South Street
Bennington, VT 05201
802 442-1037
dmonks@benningtonvt.org

 

Charter Review Committee – August 2, 2017

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
CHARTER REVIEW COMMITTEE
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Bennington Fire Facility Multi-Purpose Room – 3rd Floor
130 River Street Bennington, VT 05201

A G E N D A 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM

  1. Minutes – July 21, 2017
  2. Presentation by Jim Barlow
    a.  Overview of Town Charters
    b.  Specifics related to Bennington Town Charter
    c.  Process for amending a Town Charter
    d.  Role of committee to review Charter

3.Questions    Please hold questions until the end of the presentations

Please Note: Next meeting August 9, 2017
Agenda for August 9, 2017: Set Agendas for next 2 months

 

 

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 10, 2017.

Job Description – Assistant Public Works Director

Select Board Meeting – July 31, 2017

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Monday, July 31, 2017
Bennington Town Office
Conference Room
205 South Street
Bennington, VT 05201

AGENDA

5:30 PM

  1.  Executive Session
    A. Litigation

 

 

Select Board Meeting – July 24, 2017

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
Monday, July 24, 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 – July 10, 2017
B. Warrants
C. Second Class Liquor License Application–Beshara’s 99 Cents & Up
3. Citizens (6:05 PM – 6:20 PM) – sign- up sheet provided
4. Bennington Oral Health Coalition Presentation (6:20 PM – 6:40 PM)
5. Plantation Lot Sale Proposal (6:40 PM – 6:50 PM)
6. Encore Redevelopment (Former Landfill Solar Farm)(6:50 PM – 7:20 PM)
7. Hazard Mitigation Plan Review (7:20 PM – 7:30 PM)
8. Set Tax Rates (7:30 PM – 7:40 PM)
9. Manager’s Report (7:45 PM – 7:55 PM)
10. Other Business (7:55 PM – 8:05 PM)
11. Executive Session
A.Litigation

 

 

DPW Roadwork July 24-28, 2017

Town of Bennington Project List

Week of July 24 – 28, 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).  A private contractor will be cleaning up construction debris and paving this section. Local traffic only will be accommodated Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 5:00pm

Berard Street will be Closed Wednesday through Friday.  Highway Crews will be installing drainage, subbase and new pavement.

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

Harrison Avenue & Imperial Avenue: Roads will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday 6:30am – 3:00pm to through traffic.  Local traffic will be accommodated.  Highway & Sewer Crews will be working on both Harrison Avenue & 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.

Jefferson Avenue, Jefferson Heights, Stonedhedge Drive, Greenview Drive: A Private Contractor will be paving all of the above-mentioned areas and side streets.  Lane restrictions will be in place; Men & equipment will be in the roadway.  Please use caution.

Rice Lane – will be Closed to through traffic; Local traffic will be accommodated.  The Highway crew will be replacing culverts in preparation for paving.  Please find alternate route.  Local traffic should 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.

Town Manager’s Column – July 2017

ALL ABOUT TOWN

Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager

At its first meeting in July, the Select Board voted to select the Charter Review Committee members. They are Jon Cohen, Robert Ebert, Lynn Green, Michael Keane, Dan Malmborg, Sean Marie Oller, and Bob Plunkett. The Select Board has not yet worked out its charge to the Committee. The Committee will elect its own Chair. The Town will supply a secretary and handle all meeting notices, postings, etc.

The Committee will meet soon to organize and begin its work.

The work on the development of a Tax Increment Financing District (TIF) has begun in earnest. Dan Monks and Michael McDonough are handling the lion’s share of the staff effort. Working with the consulting firm, White and Burke, we must identify the boundaries of the District, identify potential developments, identify infrastructure and its estimated cost, and analyze the potential Grand List growth. The formal Letter of Intent was signed by the Chair and the Manager and mailed today. Under current legislation, once the District is identified and an application for a TIF District developed, it 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. The debt incurred is then paid off utilizing the tax revenue generated by the incremental increase in the Grand List resulting from the new development within the District. There is no impact on the taxpayers because the TIF allows the Town to use increased education tax revenue that would normally flow to the State to pay off local bonds.

The negotiations between Saint-Gobain and the State continue. There continues to be positive movement towards a resolution for those wells contaminated and located west of the railroad tracks that run to North Bennington from Bennington. That is the good news. For those properties east of the tracks, Saint-Gobain is preparing a plan to test soils, surface waters, and subsurface waters to identify to its satisfaction the source of PFOA in this area. The Town is awaiting a final 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 in October. The plans are at the 90% stage. The focus of our efforts will be on replacing the RBC’s, a new pre-screening facility to remove debris at the Headworks, upgrading the anaerobic digestion by upgrading both the Primary and Secondary Digesters, and Control Building upgrades including a small addition and electrical work. We hope to unveil the plans and cost estimates very soon to get the community behind this very necessary project.

I am pleased to announce that we have hired a new Community Development Director. She is Zirwat Chowdhury, a Bennington resident, with an impeccable educational background in economics and art history. She will begin her tenure with the Town on July 31, 2017. I am also pleased that our current interim Director, Michael McDonough, will stay on in a contract capacity to continue work on several very important projects including the TIF District application and the Request for Proposals on the two highway garages once our new Public Works Facility can be occupied.

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.

 

Charter Review Committee Meeting – Agenda – July 21, 2017

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E

TOWN OF BENNINGTON
CHARTER REVIEW COMMITTEE
Friday, July 21, 2017

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

A G E N D A

12:00 NOON

  1. Introductions & Organization of Committee
  2. Determine Method of Public Communication
  3. Establish Meeting Dates & Times
    Including Possible Forums & Hearings
  4. Information the Committee May Want to Gather
  5. Resources Available to Committee
  6. Other Business

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DPW Roadwork July 17-21

Town of Bennington Project List

Week of July 17 – 21, 2017

 Bank Street (Bennington): Bank Street will be CLOSED to through traffic Wednesday 6:30am-3:00pm so Highway crews may repair storm damage on Bank Street (Bennington).  Local traffic will be accommodated. Please find alternate route during those hours.

 Grant Street: Sewer Crews will be rebuilding Manholes.  Lane restrictions will be in place.  Men & equipment will be in the roadway.  Please use caution.

 Harrison Avenue & Imperial Avenue: Highway & Sewer Crews will be working on both Harrison Avenue & Imperial Avenue rebuilding manholes and storm drains in preparation for paving this summer.  Lane restrictions will be in place; Men & equipment will be in the roadway.  Please use caution.

Jefferson Avenue, Jefferson Heights, Stonehedge Drive, Crestwood Drive Greenview Drive Prospect Street (West): Water & Sewer Crews will be working on of the above-mentioned areas rebuilding manholes and storm drains in preparation for paving.  A private contract MAY begin paving mid-week.  Lane restrictions will be in place; Men & equipment will be in the roadway.  Please use caution.

Mt. Anthony Road: Damage Repairs – The Highway crew will be finishing repairs due to recent storm.  Please use caution when approaching as men and equipment will be in the roadway.  Gravel will be spread in numerous locations along Mt. Anthony Road.

Orebed Road – A private contractor will finish paving Orebed road

 

Townwide Work:

Crews will continue to repair storm damaged roads across town.  Please yield to traffic and use caution when approaching these areas.

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.