Save on Energy with Weatherization

 

While we still remember how cold winter was…

…and while it is still warm enough to do something about it before next winter! Here are three great organizations that will help you with weatherizing your home or apartment to save energy. Help do your part to fight climate change and save money in the process.

Heat Squad (heatsquad.org) is a program of NeighborWorks of Western VT (nwwvt.org) that offers low-cost energy audits for homes and businesses of all incomes. Heat Squad also assists with weatherization project coordination and accessing financing and state energy rebates from Efficiency Vermont.
BROC (broc.org) provides weatherization assistance to low-income households in Bennington and Rutland Counties. They also have several other programs for low-income households including tax assistance, food & nutrition, and housing/fuel/utility assistance.

WindowDressers (windowdressers.org) is a nonprofit organization based in Maine, with local chapters all over New England, that provides low-cost insulating window inserts that are assembled at community build events. Currently the local chapter has raised enough funds to entirely cover the cost for people who otherwise would not be able to afford it. Contact: 802-234-3050 – benningtoncountywd@gmail.com

THANK YOU to Callie Fishburn, our Regional Energy Coordinator at BCRC for providing this information and to Bill Karis and the Town of Bennington Energy Committee for their work promoting these resources and getting it out to the community.

Select Board – NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING – TIF District Substantial Change

TOWN OF BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

TIF DISTRICT SUBSTANTIAL CHANGE

The Bennington Select Board will conduct a Public Hearing on Monday, May 23, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. at the Town of Bennington Fire Facility, Third Floor, 130 River Street, Bennington, Vermont, to consider an update to the Town of Bennington TIF District plan including an extension of the deadline to incur bonded indebtedness to fund improvements within the TIF District (a substantial change by TIF Rule).  This hearing is held in accordance with TIF Rule 1003.1 and 1003.2.1. Additional Information may be obtained from the Bennington Planning Department, Bennington Town Office, 205 South Street, in Bennington, Vermont, 802-442-1037

–Jeannie Jenkins, Chairperson, Town of Bennington Select Board

MATERIALS
District Plan Summary
TIF Substantial Change Financial Workbook
Bennington TIF District Map

Green Up Day is this Saturday!

Join in Green Up Day!

Call us at 802-442-1037 and let us know where you want to pick up, how many bags you want, and where you will leave the bags for town crews to pick up. THANK YOU everyone who participates!

Town Clerk Office Closing Early Friday May 6

NOTICE:

The Town Clerk’s Office ONLY will be closing at 11 AM on Friday, 5/6/22 to attend a training. All other town offices and departments will be open normal hours.

Open Seats for Boards and Commissions – Deadline May 16

Get Involved in Your Town Government!

Available positions on Town Boards and Commissions are filled on an annual basis by the Bennington Select Board. Information about all positions on Town Boards and Commissions are noted in the Annual Town Report and open positions are listed below. Anyone interested in serving on a board and/or commission is encouraged to send a letter of intent stating which board or commission you are interested in serving on to the address below. The deadline for for submitting a letter of intent is May 16, 2022.

Bennington Town Office Building
c/o Stuart Hurd
205 South Street
Bennington, VT 05201

You can find more information about how to get involved on the town website: https://benningtonvt.org/boards-commissions/get-involved/

BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
The following list of the Town of Bennington Boards and Commissions includes a brief description of the duties of each office and those positions that will become available June 2022.


DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD – The Development Review Board hears and decides upon permit applications regarding development in the Town of Bennington including, Variance Requests, Conditional Use Requests, Site Plans, Design Plans, Planned Unit Developments, Planned Residential Developments, Subdivisions, and Appeals of the Zoning Administrator’s decisions. Board members will be expected to attend at least one training session annually to develop and maintain the skills and knowledge necessary to perform their powers and duties on the Board.

(Appointed to 3-year term) – Term Expires
2 POSITIONS OPEN 1 POSITION OPEN – 6/25 6/24


HOUSING AUTHORITY – An autonomous body appointed for terms of five years by the Select Board which acts as the Board of Directors for Housing Authority properties (Willowbrook, Brookside Apartments, Beech Court, and Walloomsac Apartments) and oversees the staff and sets policies for operation.

(Appointed to 5-year term) – Term Expires
1 POSITION OPEN – 6/27


BOARD OF LISTERS – An appointed position with a term of two years. Meetings are held once or twice per month or as needed. The Listers inspect properties, approve assessments developed by the Assessor’s Office and hear and act upon appeals by property owners.

(Appointed to 2-year term) – Term Expires
2 POSITIONS OPEN – 6/24


PLANNING COMMISSION – An appointed position with a term of four years. Meetings will be established when the Commission meets. This is a five-member board. The Planning Commission drafts, revises, updates, and upholds the provisions of the Town Plan; makes recommendations to the Select Board regarding amendments to the Zoning Bylaw, sign ordinance, and subdivision regulations; actively participates in the preservation of historic sites and agricultural lands; and is charged with the overall planning of Bennington.

(Appointed to 4-year term) – Term Expires
1 POSITION OPEN – 6/26


REGIONAL COMMISSION – An appointed position with a term of two years. The Regional Commission, part of a county-wide planning commission charged with development of the overall regional planning policies, is empowered to develop budgets, employ staff, and assist in development of a regional plan.

(Appointed to 2-year term) – Term Expires
1 POSITION OPEN – 6/24


ENERGY COMMITTEE – A committee established by the Select Board to pursue implementation of the Town’s Energy Plan, advocate for energy conservation and renewable energy projects, and report on a regular basis to the Select Board. The committee shall be comprised of seven (7) members.

(Appointed to 2-year term) – Term Expires
1 SELECT BOARD MEMBER 2 POSITIONS OPEN – 6/23 6/23


COMMUNITY POLICING ADVISORY REVIEW BOARD – This is an appointed position for a three-year term. The Board will consist of a minimum 5 members but not more than 7 members from the community. Community is defined as a resident of the Town of Bennington, Old Bennington or North Bennington or someone who works or has demonstrated a significant (8 hours per week or more) commitment to volunteerism in Bennington. All members must be Vermont residents. In collaboration with the Bennington Police Department (BPD), the Bennington Select Board, and Town staff, this Board will make recommendations on police training and community collaboration efforts, review proposed policies and procedures of the BPD, review anonymized data on complaints and compliments, analyze data focused on equity and areas of need and compare it to other local, state, and national trends, and foster collaborative efforts within the community.

7 POSITIONS OPEN

In year one, three CPARB members will be appointed to hold (3) year terms and four members to hold (2) year terms. In year two, two members will be appointed to (3) year terms and two members will be appointed for (2) year terms. Beginning in year three, all terms will be for three years. No member may serve more than seven consecutive years on the board. Former members are eligible to apply after not serving for one year.


HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION was not included in announcement as there are no openings.

Hydrant Flushing Happening Now Through May 6

Hydrant flushing is happening now!

The semi-annual hydrant flushing began the week of April 25 and will continue until May 6, 2022. This is a requirement that the town must follow – but for good reason; it keeps the water system from having sediment buildup and makes sure that all hydrants are functioning properly in the case of an emergency.

Please remember to run your cold water until clear if your water is discolored… that will prevent sediment from being introduced into your hot water heater!

We recommend scheduling use of clothes washers after the hydrant flushing in your neighborhood and after your water has cleared.

Shout out to Dan Stall and the rest of the Bennington Water Department team for getting this important work done!

Spring Cemetery Clean Up Notice

Town of Bennington Cemetery Clean-up

The Town of Bennington will be clearing White Chapel Cemetery, Hinsdillville Cemetery, and the Village Cemetery of all items on May 11th – May 13th, 2022. We will not remove any cement urns. If you have items that you wish to keep, please have them removed prior to Wednesday, May 11th, 2022. If you have any questions please call Kayla at the Town Office 442-1044.

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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