23rd Annual Garlic and Herb Festival

23rd Annual Garlic Fest
Saturday and Sunday, September 1st and 2nd, 2018

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Camelot Village.

Please view the link for more information: https://www.bennington.com/garlicfest/

Labor Day- Office Closure

Bennington Town Offices will be closed Monday, September 3, 2018
in observance of Labor Day.  We will reopen Tuesday, September 4th at 8:00 a.m.

Town Water & Sewer Payments due – October 5, 2018

Water and Sewer payments are due by Friday, October 5, 2018 by 5:00 PM to the Town’s Collection’s Office.
For more information, contact the Collection’s Office at (802) 442-1047

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 Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 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 13th, 2018 at 5:00 P.M., or such payment shall be deemed delinquent.    Stuart A. Hurd, Collector of Taxes

 

Select Board Meeting – August 27, 2018

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

Monday, August 27, 2018
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 – August 13, 2018
B. Warrants

3. Public Hearing
CDBG
Hale Resources

4.    Final Approval Splash Pad Design (20 minutes)
Zirwat Chowdhury
5.    Citizens Comments (15 minutes)
6.    Rules of Procedure – Adoption (10 minutes)
Board
7.    Manager’s Report (10 minutes) Stuart Hurd
8.    Liquor License – Mincer’s (735 Main Street) (5 minutes)
9.    Other Business  – (10 minutes)
10.  Executive Session
A. Contracts

 

 

 

 

 

DPW Roadwork, August 27-31, 2018

Town of Bennington Project List
Week of August 27 – 31, 2018

STATE PROJECT:  Rte 7 North-South / Rte 9 East-West: VTrans/State Highway Paving Project continues this week in Bennington.   PFOA Water Line Extensions work continues as well as Town DPW Projects and State Paving Project work.  These may require road closures or lane reductions.  Please see below.

Rte 67A / North Bennington Road will be reduced to One-lane traffic from Hanaford Plaza to Water Street as this section continues with PFOA Water Line Extension Work.  Local traffic (including buses) WILL be accommodated.  Men and equipment will be in the roadway.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays.

Dewey Street will be reduced to One-Lane Traffic between Elm St and Weeks St.  Highway Department will be repairing the sidewalks.  Wednesday the road will be CLOSED for culvert repair.  Men and equipment will be in the roadway.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays.

Gypsy Lane continues to be CLOSED from Rte 9/West Road to Walloomsac Road to through traffic for PFOA Water Line Extension Work through August 31st.  Local traffic (including buses) WILL be accommodated.  Men and equipment will be in the roadway.  Please find alternate route.

Harrington Road (North Benn) will be reduced to One Lane between the Henry Bridge and the Wastewater Plant to through traffic for PFOA Water Line Extension Work through Aug 31st, 2018.  Local traffic (including buses) WILL be accommodated.  Men and equipment will be in the roadway.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays

Harwood Drive will be CLOSED all week between Dewey St and Bennington Health & Rehab to through traffic.  A private contractor will be assisting the Water Department with Water Main upgrades.  Men and equipment will be in the roadway.  Please find alternate route.

Murphy Road will be reduced to One-Lane Traffic from Austin Hill to Henry Bridge for PFOA Water Line Extension Work through Aug 31st, 2018.  Local traffic (including buses) WILL be accommodated.  Men and equipment will be on edge of the roadway.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays.

Murphy Road will be reduced to One-Lane Traffic from Austin Hill to Paper Mill Bridge for PFOA Water Line Extension Work through Aug 31st, 2018.  Local traffic (including buses) WILL be accommodated.  Men and equipment will be on edge of the roadway.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays.

Red Pine Road will be reduced to One-Lane Traffic for PFOA Water Line Extension Work through Aug 31st, 2018.  Local traffic (including buses) WILL be accommodated.  Men and equipment will be on edge of the roadway.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays.

River Road to Orebed Road will be reduced to One-Lane Traffic for PFOA Water Line Extension Work through Aug 31st, 2018.  Local traffic (including buses) WILL be accommodated.  Men and equipment will be on edge of the roadway.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays.

Royal Street (North Benn) will be reduced to one-lane traffic for PFOA Water Line Extension Work through Aug 31st, 2018.  Local traffic (including buses) WILL be accommodated.  Men and equipment will be on edge of the roadway.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays.

Scott Street continues to be CLOSED all week to through traffic while Highway crews continue to excavate, remove & replace sidewalks, curbing and Sewer crews rebuild manholes.  Men and equipment will be in the roadway.  Please use find Alternate Route.

Susan Taylor Lane & Asa Way (North Bennington) will be reduced to one-lane traffic for PFOA Water Line Extension Work through Aug 31st, 2018.  Local traffic (including buses) WILL be accommodated.  Men and equipment will be on edge of the roadway.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays.

TOWNWIDE:

Highway Crews continue Roadside Mowing, sign replacements, and road patching due to water digs around town.  Water Department Crews will also be working on valve boxes across town in many areas.  Many roads may be reduced to One-lane.  Men and equipment will be in, or on the edge of the roadway.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays.

STATE PROJECT:  Rte 7 North-South / Rte 9 East-West:

The Bennington Paving Project continues along Route 9 in the vicinity of the 4 Chimneys Inn and continues east for approximately 2 miles through downtown Bennington and ends at the state highway limits, near (Bakkerij Krijnen).  The Route 7 portion of the project begins near the Park Lawn Cemetery and continues north for approximately 1.5 miles to Veteran’s Memorial Drive (near the Chamber of Commerce).

Work to be performed includes cold planning of the existing pavement, surface preparation, paving with a leveling course and a wearing course, drainage, line striping and stop bar detection.  The primary focus for milling through August 24th will be Route 7 SOUTH.  Crews will continue adjusting manholes and storm drain structures throughout the rest of this week and next week along Route 9. Depending on the location of these structures, at times it becomes necessary to temporarily restrict parking in these areas. 

Crews work as diligently as possible to reopen these parking areas as quickly as possible.  Please be advised that cars remaining in temporary no parking areas when work commences each morning will be towed at the owner’s expense. This is necessary in order to allow construction activities to progress.   As soon as parking can be safely re-opened, the contractor will do so.  Crews are scheduled to begin paving the milled portion of Route 7 on Friday, 8/24. Paving is weather dependent, and inclement weather and wet conditions result in changes to the proposed schedule.

Motorists are urged to use caution when driving on milled surfaces and pay close attention to raised structures in the roadway.  Please take caution as men and equipment will be in the roadway.  Expect Delays.

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

 

Town Manager’s Column – August 2018

ALL ABOUT TOWN
Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager

The paving project along Routes 9 and 7 through the downtown is fully underway. It has created delays throughout the downtown in spite of the efforts of the traffic control crews and the Sheriff’s presence. If one pauses long enough to think about this, it is an incredibly complex project. This is a State led and financed project. These roads are considered Class I town highways. Essentially, the State controls

the design and construction of the entire roadway. The Town is charged with winter maintenance and minor maintenance and repair of the surface when the below grade infrastructure (water, sewer, or drainage) has problems. I have found the State employees and the contractor to be as helpful and cooperative as possible when addressing issues that arise during the project. So please be patient; let us know of your concerns: work with us; and we’ll get through this together.

Battle Day is now behind us. Thankfully, the road surface wasn’t too bad, and the weather was fantastic. The Bell Memorial ceremony was incredibly touching this year. The list of those who have passed during the year grows longer with time. The USS Bennington served in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War and for a time thereafter. Shipmates come every year to gather and remember.

The Putnam Redevelopment Project moves ever closer to fruition. We continue to hear very positive things from those involved. There is an incredible will to see this through. A Fall closing continues to be projected. I tip my hat to Bennington College, the Bank of Bennington, Global Z, Southwestern Vermont Health Care, Southern Vermont College, BCIC and BCRC, plus many local investors and funding organization. The combined effort has been a joy to behold. As I’ve said before, this will be a transformative project.

Two new projects are underway. The pump track at Stark Street playground, sponsored by the Bennington Area Trail System (BATS), may be the catalyst to the revitalization of this recreational asset that has for some time lay dormant and little used. The splash pad, a water feature, has found a home in Merchants Park. The design of this park has been altered to accommodate this feature. A final design is being prepared to present to the Select Board, perhaps before month end.

The Park at 336 Main Street, although alive and well, awaits its groundbreaking. The contractor who has agreed to oversee the project has been very busy this year. This is a very good thing for him and his business, but it has slowed the groundbreaking effort. A late summer start is still planned.

As you all know, Tracy Knights, long term Recreation Director, recently passed away. Tracy brought joy and laughter to just about everyone she touched. She was kind and generous to a fault. She was loved by her staff and those who were close to her. When engaged in her battle with cancer, she created a circle of support. I was pleased to have been invited into that circle. I intend to remain a member of that circle and will keep her ever in my thoughts. We all need a little laughter in our lives. Thank you, Tracy.

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 Recreation Center Annual Shutdown – August 25th – September 9th

Our  Annual shutdown for cleaning and maintenance will be August 25th – September 9th.
We will re-open on Monday, September 10th at 6:00 a.m.

Anyone interested in reserving a pavilion at Willow Park or buying Great Escape, Six Flags or Bromley
tickets please contact the Bennington Town Office at 205 South Street or by calling 802-442-1037
between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

 

DPW Roadwork Aug 20 – 24, 2018

Town of Bennington Project List

Week of August 20 – 24, 2018

 

STATE PROJECT:  Rte 7 North-South / Rte 9 East-West: VTrans/State Highway Paving Project continues this week in Bennington.   PFOA Water Line Extensions work continues as well as Town DPW Projects and State Paving Project work.  These may require road closures or lane reductions.  Please see below:

 

Rte 67A / North Bennington Road will be reduced to One-lane traffic from Hanaford Plaza to Water Street as this section continues with PFOA Water Line Extension Work.  Local traffic (including buses) WILL be accommodated.  Men and equipment will be in the roadway.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays.

Bard Road will be reduced to One-lane traffic for PFOA Water Line Extension Work (service line connections) through Aug 31st, 2018.  Local traffic (including buses) WILL be accommodated.  Men and equipment will be on edges of the roadway.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays.

Dewey Street TUESDAY will be reduced to One-Lane Traffic between Elm St and Weeks St.  Water Department will be repairing a service valve.  Men and equipment will be in the roadway.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays

Gypsy Lane continues to be CLOSED from Rte 9/West Road to Walloomsac Road to through traffic for PFOA Water Line Extension Work through August 31st.  Local traffic (including buses) WILL be accommodated.  Men and equipment will be in the roadway.  Please find alternate route.

Harrington Road (North Benn) will be reduced to One Lane between the Henry Bridge and the Wastewater Plant to through traffic for PFOA Water Line Extension Work through Aug 31st, 2018.  Local traffic (including buses) WILL be accommodated.  Men and equipment will be in the roadway.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays

Harwood Drive will be CLOSED all week between Dewey St and Bennington Health & Rehab to through traffic.  A private contractor will be assisting the Water Department with Water Main upgrades.  Men and equipment will be in the roadway.  Please find alternate route.

Murphy Road will be reduced to One-Lane Traffic from Austin Hill to Henry Bridge for PFOA Water Line Extension Work through Aug 31st, 2018.  Local traffic (including buses) WILL be accommodated.  Men and equipment will be on edge of the roadway.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays.

Murphy Road will be reduced to One-Lane Traffic from Austin Hill to Paper Mill Bridge for PFOA Water Line Extension Work through 31st, 2018.  Local traffic (including buses) WILL be accommodated.  Men and equipment will be on edge of the roadway.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays.

North Bennington Road/ Rte 67A will be reduced to One-lane traffic from Hanaford Plaza to Water Street as this section begins PFOA Water Line Extension Work.  Local traffic (including buses) WILL be accommodated.  Men and equipment will be in the roadway.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays.

Park Street (North Bennington) will be reduced to One-Lane Traffic for PFOA Water Line Extension Work Local traffic (including buses) WILL be accommodated.  Men and equipment will be in the roadway.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays.

Red Pine Road will be reduced to One-Lane Traffic for PFOA Water Line Extension Work through Aug 31st, 2018.  Local traffic (including buses) WILL be accommodated.  Men and equipment will be on edge of the roadway.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays.

River Road to Orebed Road will be reduced to One-Lane Traffic for PFOA Water Line Extension Work through Aug 31st, 2018.  Local traffic (including buses) WILL be accommodated.  Men and equipment will be on edge of the roadway.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays.

Royal Street (North Benn) will be reduced to one-lane traffic for PFOA Water Line Extension Work through Aug 31st, 2018.  Local traffic (including buses) WILL be accommodated.  Men and equipment will be on edge of the roadway.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays.

Scott Street continues to be CLOSED all week to through traffic while Highway crews continue to excavate, remove & replace sidewalks, curbing and Sewer crews rebuild manholes.  Men and equipment will be in the roadway.  Please use find Alternate Route.

Susan Taylor Lane & Asa Way (North Bennington) will be reduced to one-lane traffic for PFOA Water Line Extension Work through Aug 31st, 2018.  Local traffic (including buses) WILL be accommodated.  Men and equipment will be on edge of the roadway.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays.

Walloomsac Road will be OPEN but reduced to One-lane traffic through August 31st, 2018.  Local traffic (including buses) WILL be accommodated.  Men and equipment will be on edge of the roadway.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays.

**William H. Morse Airport may be accessed by way of Dermody Road

 

TOWNWIDE:

Highway Crews continue Roadside Mowing, sign replacements, and road patching due to water digs around town.  Water Department Crews will also be working on valve boxes across town in many areas.  Many roads may be reduced to One-lane.  Men and equipment will be in, or on the edge of the roadway.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays.

 

STATE PROJECT:  Rte 7 North-South / Rte 9 East-West:

The Bennington Paving Project continues along Route 9 in the vicinity of the 4 Chimneys Inn and continues east for approximately 2 miles through downtown Bennington and ends at the state highway limits, near (Bakkerij Krijnen).  The Route 7 portion of the project begins near the Park Lawn Cemetery and continues north for approximately 1.5 miles to Veteran’s Memorial Drive (near the Chamber of Commerce).

Work to be performed includes cold planning of the existing pavement, surface preparation, paving with a leveling course and a wearing course, drainage, line striping and stop bar detection.  The primary focus for milling through August 24th will be Route 7 SOUTH.  Crews will continue adjusting manholes and storm drain structures throughout the rest of this week and next week along Route 9. Depending on the location of these structures, at times it becomes necessary to temporarily restrict parking in these areas.  Crews work as diligently as possible to reopen these parking areas as quickly as possible.  Please be advised that cars remaining in temporary no parking areas when work commences each morning will be towed at the owner’s expense. This is necessary in order to allow construction activities to progress.   As soon as parking can be safely re-opened, the contractor will do so.  Crews are scheduled to begin paving the milled portion of Route 7 on Friday, 8/24. Paving is weather dependent, and inclement weather and wet conditions result in changes to the proposed schedule.

Motorists are urged to use caution when driving on milled surfaces and pay close attention to raised structures in the roadway.  Please take caution as men and equipment will be in the roadway.  Expect Delays.

 

Reminder:

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

 

Board of Civil Authority Agenda – August 21, 2018

Town of Bennington
BOARD OF CIVIL AUTHORITY

Town Clerk’s Office
205 South Street, Bennington, VT

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

5:00 PM

 Agenda

  1. Hear committee report of grievance
  2. Discuss November 6th General Election