Comment on Playground Designs

Picture of closed sign by old playground, with images of new playground designs next to it.

Public Comment on the new playground designs ends Sunday, April 24. We want to hear from you!

The old playgrounds will not be opened or maintained this year pending their removal which will be happening soon. We are working as quickly as possible on the timing of this project to minimize the amount of time we are without the playgrounds.

If you have not already provided input; you can find detailed information, large images of the designs, and an online input form at: https://benningtonvt.org/willow-park/

Over 1,400 people have provided input so far!

Printed copies of the input form are available at the Town Office and at the Bennington Community Center (Rec Center). You can also email, call, or write us with any specific comments or suggestions that you may have. We greatly appreciate your input.

You can watch the Willow Park Playground Public Presentation video online: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=426361065922028

A main focus of the presentation is how the new playgrounds incorporate current universal design principles to address inclusivity and accessibility issues so that all children can play together.

As soon as public input is complete next Monday, a final design based on the results of public input and comments we have received will be created and the components ordered.

Our timeline is to have this completed by late summer, but like all construction work we are aware of possible delays due to supply chain or workforce issues. We are doing everything possible on our end of things to get this done as soon as possible and get our kids back to playing!

Campfire and Brush Burning Permits

There is no burn ban currently in effect for Bennington.

Thinking of having a campfire or doing some brush burning as part of your spring cleaning?

For a campfire, you need to stop by the Town Office for a permit. Cost is $10 and the permit is good for the entire year.

For a brush pile burning, you need to stop by the Town Office for a permit. Cost is $5 and the permit is good for two weeks.
The town offices are open Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Notice Of Public Hearing – Amendment to Bennington Town Plan and Land Use & Development Regulations

BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS

AMENDMENT TO BENNINGTON TOWN PLAN
AND LAND USE & DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS

The Bennington Select Board will conduct Public Hearings on May 9, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. and on May 23, 2022 at 6:00 pm at the Town of Bennington Fire Facility, 3rd Floor, 130 River Street, Bennington, Vermont, to consider an amendment to the Bennington Town Plan and the Bennington Land Use & Development Regulations (LUDR).

A. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:
The purpose of the amendment is to modify zoning requirements applicable to a portion of the former Southern Vermont College Campus to allow and encourage appropriate development and re-development of the property. The proposed amendment will expand the Institutional/Professional District to include a portion of the former Southern Vermont Campus. The bylaw amendment includes protections that will ensure all development and re-development do not negatively impact historic and scenic resources.

B. AREA COVERED
The proposed amendment impacts the portion of the former Southern Vermont College Campus that is not located within the Forest District.

C. SECTIONS OF PROPOSED AMENDEMENT
Table 2.8 – Institutional & Professional District – of the LUDR and Land Use Maps of the Town Plan and Zoning Maps of the Land Use & Development Regulations.

D. WHERE THE FULL AMENDMENT MAY BE EXAMINED:
Copies of the proposed amendment, and accompanying reports, are available for examination at the Bennington Town Office at 205 South Street, in Bennington, Vermont.

Jeanie Jenkins, Chairperson, Town of Bennington Select Board

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Benn-Hi Development Project Architectural Services RFP

Town of Bennington Old Benn High Development Project Request for Proposals for Architectural Services

The deadline for proposals is Friday April 29, 2022 by 2 pm.

The Town of Bennington (Town or Owner) is seeking proposals from architectural firms for design services related to the rehab and retrofit construction of 30,000 square feet of space within the 100,000 sg. ft. former Bennington High School Building at 650 Main Street in Bennington.

This proposal requests services to determine overall project feasibility and schematic design development for the purpose of securing project funding. Project feasibility includes: determining the scope of work for the rehab and retrofit construction of 30,000 square feet of space within the 100,000 sg. ft. former Bennington High School Building into a gymnasium, locker rooms, auditorium, senior center facility, offices for non-profits, commercial kitchen and dining room and offices for Meals on Wheels, workshops, and other municipal uses to ascertain projected costs. A phased design and construction approach is anticipated where the Phase I consists of the Senior Center area; Meals on Wheels Commercial Kitchen; Meals on Wheels Dining Area; public restrooms; and all supporting office areas for the Senior Center and Meals on Wheels. Phase I construction must be completed no later than June 30, 2023. Preliminary cost estimates have been obtained by the Town and will be supplied to the chosen architectural firm.

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BPD Receive Mental Health First Aid Training

Bennington Police Department members are receiving Mental Health First Aid Training as part of ongoing efforts to improve policing in our community.

All members of the Bennington Police Department will be participating in Mental Health First Aid for Law Enforcement training over the next two days.

Mental Health First Aid training will assist members of the Bennington Police Department with our efforts in dealing with community members in crisis as well as co-workers involved in public safety.

Mental Health First Aid training instructs members of the Bennington Police Department on how to safely use de-escalation techniques with people in mental health or addictions crisis.

Members will also receive training in use of support services and how to guide people in crisis in the direction of support services.
Bennington Police Department Officers and staff often act as first responders for people in mental health and addictions crisis in Bennington. Training is vitally important to ensure department members know how to interact with people in crisis. Being able to recognize signs and symptoms, and being able to effectively communicate with people in crisis, can lead to a better outcome for everyone involved.

Mental Health First Aid training for Law Enforcement will also instruct members of the Bennington Police Department to look out for one another. Bennington Police Officers and Communications staff are more likely to experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Mental Health First Aid will instruct Officers and staff on how to recognize signs of a mental health issue in their peers as well as themselves.

Willow Park Playground PUBLIC FEEDBACK REQUESTED

Public Input NOW OPEN April 8-24, 2022

Public comment on the proposed playground designs is now open. The iconic playgrounds at Willow Park that have been a beloved feature for decades will now be entirely rebuilt with new accessible and inclusive play structures that the community will be able to help choose. The new playgrounds will be on the same sites as the old structures and will be of similar overall size.

If you have any trouble using the online form please email jspivak@benningtonvt.org. You may also pick up a printed version at the Town Offices or the Bennington Community Center (Rec Center). We look forward to your input on which design and color scheme you like best!

For more information on the Willow Park renewal, visit our Willow Park web page.

To submit your feedback online, use this link or click the button below.

Willow Park Playgrounds Closed for Renewal

 

Our beloved playgrounds at Willow Park have served us well but it is time for them to be replaced and they will be removed shortly.

So while Willow Park is in the process of opening for the year, the old playgrounds will remain closed.

Town staff have been working on renewal plans for the new playgrounds since last year and we are on a fast track to getting new playgrounds built this summer.

Public input on designs and color schemes for the new playground begins this Friday. Starting on April 8, you will be able to provide your input online at benningtonvt.org/willow-park, pick up a form at the Town Office, or come to a special public presentation on the new designs at the MAUHS Auditorium on Wednesday, April 13, at 6:30 pm.

That does not make it any easier in the short term when we want to play on the playground! You can learn about alternative recreational opportunities at benningtonvt.org/recreation.

Notice of Conveyance of Interest In Real Estate

NOTICE OF CONVEYANCE OF INTEREST IN REAL ESTATE PURSUANT TO 24 V.S.A. § 1061

The Town of Bennington intends to convey approximately .61 acres located at 124 Pleasant Street, known as the Senior Center, to Bennington High, LLC, a Vermont limited liability company with a principal place of business in Bennington, Vermont. The conveyance is in partial consideration of the Town’s acquisition of the real property located at 650 Main Street, Bennington, Vermont, known as the Bennington High School building. The conveyance is contemplated to take place on or before September 30, 2023.

The Senior Center is located at 124 Pleasant Street in Bennington, Vermont. The Parcel ID is 50-55-60, and the property is composed of one parcel currently held in ownership by the Town of Bennington.

As directed by Vermont law, this notice will be posted in three public places within the Town of Bennington, including at the Bennington Town Office, and will be published in one newspaper of general circulation, at least thirty days prior to the date of conveyance. If a petition signed by five percent of the legal voters of the Town objecting to the conveyance of the property is presented to the Town Clerk within thirty days of the date of the posting or the date of the publication, whichever is later, the Select Board will present the question of whether the Town shall convey the property as proposed to a special or annual Town meeting.

More information about the proposed sale and about the location of the Senior Center may be inspected in the Bennington Town Office. Individuals with questions may contact Dan Monks, Planning Director, at (802) 442-1037 or dmonks@benningtonvt.org.

Recovery Job Access Rides Available

Is transportation a challenge for your Staff?

The Recovery and Jobs Access Rides may be able to help.
This transportation assistance program can provide rides for employees or potential staff in recovery or dealing with other significant job access barriers.

Need help accessing a job?
Call Green Mountain Express (GMX) 802-447-0477

Eligible rides can be for:
Interviews
Trainings
Commute support (for up to 10 business days)

Same Day Appointment Transportation Options:
There are limited resources for transportation needs identified as short notice. The program Manager(s) at Turning point will work with GMX to accommodate as many of these trips as possible. These options may include Turning point or GMX providing the trip or providing a gas card for patients that have a working vehicle and need financial assistance.

People having special circumstances may qualify for certain transportation services:

Visual Impairment:
The Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired may be able to provide transportation for medical appointments, social services, and shopping. Call them at 802-775-6452.

Over 6O years of age or disabled:
Call Green Mountain Express at 802-447-0477.
Reach Up recipients: Call 1-800-479-6151

Vermont 211:
Dial 2-1-1 for help with transportation for destinations outside our area.

Ride Allotment:
Rides for Treatment and Recovery should be capped to three days while medicaid and other programs are evaluated for rider eligibility. Rides for Job Access should be
capped to two weeks (10 days). Additional days can be provided on a case by case basis.

Medicaid Special Circumstances:
People may be eligible for transportation under Medicaid if they have a vehicle, but it is not in working condition. They may need to get a letter from a licensed auto mechanic stating what is wrong with their vehicle and send the letter to Medicaid. If approved, GMX may be able to provide transportation.

People may also be eligible for mileage reimbursement if they cannot afford gas. There are requirements and restrictions that apply.

For more information call Green Mountain Express (GMX) 802-447-0477

Water & Sewer Bills Due Friday

Reminder: water & sewer bills are due this Friday, April 8th.

You can pay online through the town website ($4.95 convenience fee added), or you can drop by the town offices to pay in person, or you can mail your payment to the Town of Bennington, P.O. Box 469, Bennington, VT, 05201.

https://benningtonvt.org/departments/collections/