Roadwork Week of June 6 – June 10, 2022

Town of Bennington ROADWORK
Week of June 6th – June 10, 2022

Bradford St: will be closed from Main to Coolidge while a Contractor continues work on the Morgan Springs relocation project. Please use caution when approaching, expect delays or find an alternate route.

Main St: between Bradford and Safford (only) may be reduced to ONE LANE while a Contractor continues work on the Morgan Springs relocation project. Please use caution when approaching, expect delays or find an alternate route.

Soule St: Thursday will be one lane Water Department works on a valve repair. Please use caution when approaching, expect delays.

Jefferson Ave and Observatory: will be reduced to ONE LANE on Monday while a Highway crew work on drainage and topsoiling/lawn repairs effected by the rehabilitation project last fall. Please use caution when approaching, expect delays or find an alternate route.

Highway Crews will be rebuilding catch basins throughout town: Affected areas may be reduced to One Lane Please use caution when approaching, expect delays or find an alternate route.

Stark St: Tuesday will be one lane Highway Department will be installing a new catch basin. Please use caution when approaching, expect delays.

Maple St: Road rehabilitation will begin the week of June 13th; Maple St will be closed to through traffic. Local traffic will have access to homes. Please use caution when approaching, expect delays.

TOWNWIDE: – SPRING CLEANING

Downtown Sidewalk Sweeping will now be every THURSDAY morning

Town highway crews will be working on roadside mowing throughout town.

A Highway Crew will be permanently patching past water and sewer digs as well as potholes in various locations across town. Please use caution when approaching and expect delays

A Highway Crew will also continue painting & refreshing “Safety Markings” in various locations. This includes crosswalks, parking spots and “Stop” bars, & arrows. Please use Caution when approaching and Expect Delays

NORTH BENNINGTON: – SPRING CLEANING

The North Bennington Highway crew will be Grading the road on Park Street (North Bennington). Please expect delays or find an alternate route.

All Work will be dependent on weather conditions. Please use caution when entering a construction zone, men and equipment will be in the traveled portion of the road.

 

REMINDER – Spring Cleanup:

Please DO NOT rake or blow leaves into Town streets or Highways as this will clog storm drains and create both 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. When disposing of leaf bags, you MUST empty the bags into the pile.

Select Board MEETING NOTICE – June 1st

There will be a Select Board meeting on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at the Bennington Fire Facility on 130 River Street in the Multi Purpose room located on the 3rd floor.

DOWNLOAD THE AGENDA HERE.

Ben-Hi Redevelopment Project – Request for Proposals

Town of Bennington
Old Benn High Re-Development Project

Request for Proposals for Construction Management Services as Constructor
May 26, 2022

Project Overview
The Town of Bennington (Town or Owner) intends to rehab and retrofit 30,000 square feet of space within the 100,000 sq. ft. former Bennington High School Building at 650 Main Street in Bennington, Vermont 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. A phased design and construction approach is anticipated where 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. Phase II consists of the remainder of the 30,000 sq. ft. to be re-developed by the Town. Shires Housing plans to develop approximately 40 senior, affordable, and/or market-rate multi-family housing units in the balance of the space in the building (approximately 70,000 sq. ft.). The Town and Shires Housing have separately engaged the services of Goldstone Architecture to perform feasibility, design, and construction administration services for their respective portions of the former Bennington High School redevelopment project.

The Town is seeking Construction Management Services for the project described above. The Construction Manager (CM) will become a member of the project team including the Owner, the Owner’s Architect, Engineers, and other consultants. Preconstruction services are expected to commence immediately upon award of contract. In submitting proposals, please address all the items and include any relevant information regarding your firm and the proposal.

DOWNLOAD THE RFP

DOWNLOAD THE ATTACHMENTS 

PLEASE NOTE:

Addendum #1 for the Town of Bennington Construction Management Services RFP – Old Benn High Redevelopment.

Changes are annotated in Red Font and are in Project Overview Section; CM Selection Schedule Section; General Information and Construction Management Proposal Submission Section.

The proposal submittal deadline has been changed to Friday June 17, 2022 at 3:00 PM to provide additional preparation time due to the Addendum Changes.

DOWNLOAD ADDENDUM #1

 

Bennington Energy Committee Meeting – Wednesday, June 1

MEETING NOTICE:
BENNINGTON ENERGY COMMITTEE

Wednesday, June 1st, 2022 – 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Bennington Fire Dept Multi-Purpose Rm, 3rd Floor, 130 River St, Bennington

Zoom Link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82566910612?pwd=WUpqOUpnZEZtejJaR1cvVXpadDBIQT09

Meeting ID: 825 6691 0612
Passcode: 773529
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/khfDiE6Oa

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE AGENDA

Memorial Day Parade – Monday May 30th

There will be a Memorial Day Parade in Bennington this coming Monday at noon.

Memorial Day is in honor of all U.S. military personnel who have died while serving in the United States armed forces.

This year’s parade is organized by the Bennington VFW Post 1332 and Rick Knapp. The parade will step off at noon from in front of the Ben-Hi building (formerly the Middle School) just east of Stewarts.

The route will continue west along Main Street to four corners. From there the parade will head north on North Street, pausing at the VFW Post 1332 at 137 North Street, then continuing on to the Vermont Veterans Home for the laying of wreaths.

The public is encouraged to attend the parade along the route, at the VFW, and at the Vermont Veterans Home. Groups interested in being a part of the parade may arrive at the Ben-Hi building at 11:00 am to take part.

We thank and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Please join us in honoring their memory.

Finishing Touches for Washington Avenue

Town workers put finishing touches on Washington Avenue in Bennington

Town crews were busy this week putting final touches on Washington Avenue that had a major re-do last year. We are very grateful to the patience of town residents as we finish this work!

You can learn about planned road work on the town website under “notices” on the home page. We don’t always stay on schedule due to sickness, weather, or other issues, but that will give you a good idea of what is next on the schedule.

As always, let us know if you have thoughts or concerns or if you see a problem in your neighborhood that we should know about. We greatly appreciate your feedback!

POSTPONED: Willow Park Playground Presentation


POSTPONED: Willow Park Final Playground Design Presentation

The Willow Park presentation of the final playground design scheduled for May 19 has been POSTPONED due to illness.

A new date will be announced towards the end of next week and will be scheduled to coincide with the ground breaking of the project which should be towards the end of June.

We have been following an aggressive timeline to minimize the amount of time before the new playgrounds are installed and this postponement of the presentation of the final playground designs does not affect timing of the project in any way.

Because things are moving smoothy and quickly so far, the date of the rescheduled presentation would have been very close to when the work will start — so it makes sense to combine the two events together.

We will share a new date for the combined presentation and groundbreaking as soon as it is available. We thank everyone for their understanding and we are very excited to see this work starting in late June.

For more information about the Willow Park playgrounds renewal project and process please visit the Town website page on Willow Park located at: https://benningtonvt.org/willow-park/

REMINDER: Town of Bennington Cemetery Clean Up This Week

REMINDER: Town of Bennington Cemetery Clean-up May 11-13

 
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.

JUNE 9 – PFOA Claim Filing Workshop for Class Action Settlement Claims

CLAIM FILING WORKSHOP FOR CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT CLAIMS

AT THE BENNINGTON FIREHOUSE located at 130 River Street, 3RD FLOOR

NEXT Workshop:

Thursday JUNE 9, 2022  •  5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


Childcare is available during the workshop for $3 per child

You must call 802-442-1053 to register prior to the date of the workshop you wish to attend.


What is the Class Action About?

In the Spring of 2016, residents in Bennington and North Bennington learned about a water contamination problem: PFOA, a “forever chemical.” The Vermont Department of Conservation stepped in quickly and began testing wells.  A group gathered, planned, and filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of the residents of Bennington and North Bennington. The claims were simple: medical monitoring for conditions because of exposure to PFOA, and compensation for the loss of property values, and for the annoyance, upset, and inconvenience the contamination caused.

In December, the Court announced preliminary approval of the $26.2 million Property Settlement, and another $6 million for 15 years of medical monitoring. This settlement provides eligible class members with significant benefits – money damages and long-term medical monitoring.

The PFOA Class Action Settlement is now final, Property Settlement checks will soon be paid to all eligible Class Members who have filed claims, and the Medical Monitoring Program at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center will soon be up and running. The Claims Administrator, KCC, began processing claims as of May 23, 2022. You have until August 22, 2022 to file a claim. If you have already filed a claim, then you have met the deadline. If you have not filed a claim, please do so as soon as possible but before August 22, 2022. For anyone needing assistance with the claims filing process, there is a Claims Filing Workshop scheduled for June 9, 2022 from 5:00-7:30, at the Bennington Fire Hall, at 130 River Street in Bennington, VT.

If there is a problem with your claim, and we need additional information or clarification, you will be contacted by email, phone, or mail to supply the additional information or clarification. If you have provided all the information and your claim is approved, we hope to begin distributing checks shortly. Many have asked when to expect the check; we cannot give you an exact date, but if there is not a problem with your claim we hope to mail your check before the end of June. If there is a problem, you will be contacted and after you respond with the additional information, we hope to send your checks soon after the information is received and approved.

Please refer to the website www.benningtonvtclassaction.com to file a claim or print claim forms. You will also find the answer to many of your questions on the website. We appreciate your patience as we process these claims and move forward with the distribution of the settlement proceeds.


How do I file a claim? PROPERTY CLASS

You are a member of the PROPERTY CLASS if you owned property in the zone of concern on March 14, 2016. Even if you were always on town water; even if you did not sign up for the class action lawsuit; you are entitled to a settlement payment.

To see a map of the Zone, CLICK HERE

Each property owned by a person (not a business or corporation) on March 14, 2016 in the Zone of Concern will be entitled to a payment, whether you had a well or not, whether your property got hooked up to town water or not, and even if you were always on town water or owned a vacant lot.

But you must file a claim to get paid, and to receive medical monitoring.

If you are not certain if you are entitled to payment or if you want to learn the approximate amount of your payment based on the formula preliminarily approved by the Court, you can call David Silver at 802-442-6341 anytime, or you can attend one of two workshops to receive direct assistance in filling out your claim.

BRING YOUR DOCUMENTS to either workshop AND WE WILL FILE YOUR CLAIM ONLINE FOR YOU
To see what documents to bring CLICK HERE

YOU MUST FILE A CLAIM TO OBTAIN A SETTLEMENT PAYMENT. EVEN IF YOU SIGNED UP WITH AN ATTORNEY, YOU STILL NEED TO FILE A CLAIM TO RECEIVE A SETTLEMENT PAYMENT.

Settlement payments will be a minimum of:

• $1,000 for vacant lots;
• $4,000 for homes always on town water;
• $10,000 for homes with wells less than 20 ppt;
• $20,000 for homes with wells at or above 20 ppt;
• $30,000 for homes with wells at or above 20 ppt, but unfeasible to connect to town water

YOU MAY ALSO FILE A CLAIM FOR A DECEASED PERSON WHO OWNED PROPERTY IN THE ZONE ON MARCH 14, 2016 IF YOU ARE A LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE DECEASED PERSON’S ESTATE. For more information call David Silver at 802-442-6341.


EXPOSURE CLASS: Medical Monitoring Program

You are a member of the EXPOSURE CLASS if you consumed water from a well contaminated by PFOA and you have more than 2.1 ppb of PFOA in your blood system as reflected in a blood test.

As a member of the EXPOSURE CLASS you are entitled to free medical monitoring administered at our local hospital. You will receive a $100 incentive payment for making an exposure class claim, if you are eligible.

PLEASE BRING WITH YOU A COPY OF YOUR BLOOD TEST.

IF YOUR BLOOD WAS TESTED AND YOU DO NOT HAVE A COPY OF YOUR BLOOD TEST:
You can email AHS.VDHEnvHealth@vermont.gov or contact Monique Beaudry at 802-652-0357 to request a copy of your blood test results.

If you do not have a blood test but consumed water from a contaminated well, you may file a claim as an EXPOSURE CLASS member and a free blood test will be offered sometime in June.

MATERIALS

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.