Community Policing Working Drafts Policy List

Working Drafts Policy List:
Please email any comments/suggestions to the Working Drafts no later
than Monday, December 7, 2020 to Bruce Lee-Clark – bleeclark@benningtonvt.org
Use of Force
Duty to Intervene
Use of Electrical Weapons

Police Department Policy Advisory Committee Meeting – December 2, 2020

Notice – Bennington Senior Center (Upstairs) Closure

Vermont COVID-19 Arrearage Assistance Program

Bennington Town Offices – Thanksgiving Holiday Closure, November 26th-27th, 2020

Select Board Meeting – November 23, 2020

To view the Select Board packet for the meeting of November 23, 2020, please click here: current Select Board packet

Revised Meeting Notice- Police Department Policy Advisory Committee Meeting

DPW Roadwork Nov 16-20, 2020

Town of Bennington Project List

Week of November 16 – 20, 2020

 **Remember: Overnight Parking Ban begins Sunday November 15th

 

East Road (Upper) : PFOA Contractors will continue new service line connection work. Men and equipment will be on the edges of the roadway.  Please use Caution when approaching these areas and expect minor delays.

Jack’s Dr (Private) : PFOA Contractors will continue new service line connection & pump station work. Men and equipment will be on the edges of the roadway.  Please use Caution when approaching these areas and expect minor delays.

TOWNWIDE:

Highway Crews continue to be in various locations across town conducting and completing smaller tasks from the construction season, this includes Street Sweeping roadways.  PLEASE USE CAUTION when approaching these areas men & equipment may be on the edge or in the roadway.  Delays may be possible.

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 – LEAF SEASON :

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.

** Remember: Overnight Parking Ban Begins SUNDAY NOVEMBER 15TH
The Winter Overnight Parking Ban for all streets within the Town and Village of North Bennington will begin this weekend.  From November 15 to March 31 between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. NO overnight parking is allowed on the streets.  Police will enforce this ban by ticketing individuals who leave unattended vehicles on the street during that time.
 

 

Select Board Meeting – November 16, 2020

SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE
BENNINGTON SELECT BOARD
November 16, 2020
A G E N D A
6:00 PM
       For public health reasons, Select Board members will participate
       in the meeting by videoconference. 
 
1. Executive Session 6:00 PM
A. Personnel

Town Manager’s Column – November 2020

ALL ABOUT TOWN

Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager

At its October 26th meeting, the Select Board unanimously adopted the new policy on Displays, Signs, and Art on Public Property. The policy, originally drafted by municipal counsel, Merrill Bent, is a very detailed document which outlines the process one must take to get permission to create public art and/or statements on public property. It is not intended to control such works on private property. It allows for a petition to also bring the desired work before the Board. It provides very specific guidance on design and installation and maintenance requirements after installation. It makes clear that the decision to approve the work rests solely with the Board.

The Board has continued working with Police Department leadership and the community to implement improvements recommended by the IACP Report. The Community Policing Working Group has created a process in which a Policy Advisory Committee made up of 4 citizens, a Select Board member, a Police Officer, and a Town staff member develop and recommend policies to the Select Board and Chief of Police. Officer Ferrara is a committee member. Dan Monks, Assistant Manager also serves on the committee as does Bruce Lee Clark, who acts as Chair. Four different community members meet with the three members listed above to review each designated policy. The work is scheduled to conclude in April 2021. It is expected that the first three policies reviewed will come before the Select Board on November 23. They are Use of Force, Duty to Respond, and Use of Electronic Weapons. Meanwhile, the Police leadership (all supervisors) will get more training from the Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity before this year is out.

On the PFOA front, we are seeing light at the end of the tunnel for most of the remaining work. Contract 5 (Harwood Hill) is substantially complete except for the Sky Top units which are being worked on this week. Contract 6 (Apple Hill area) is substantially complete except for a road crossing on Route 7. Contract 7 (Willow Road. Marion Lane, Autumn Acres, and Carpenter Lane) is substantially complete. Contracts 8 and 9 remain to be completed (East Road, Chapel Road). Construction projects throughout the community began back in 2017. When concluded, Bennington will have brought municipal water to 352 affected properties.

The Governor has now restricted travel for leisure activity requiring travelers who enter the State or return to the State to quarantine. Please check the ACCD website for further details. The virus remains very active and the numbers of infected are increasing. We read every day of a new cluster of infections. As an employer, the Town of Bennington is exercising care in the decision to reopen. The Town Office remains on an appointment only visitation protocol. We are monitoring our employees’ travel plans to ensure that all safety protocols are followed upon an employee’s return. We, in Vermont, have done a pretty good job keeping the virus somewhat at bay. Unfortunately, it’s not over so be careful; stay safe; stay healthy.

There is a new program started by the State with CARES funds. It recognizes that some residents and businesses may have been unable to pay their utility bills (for the Town, its water and sewer bills) since March 2020. If you are in that category and can show a COVID connection, the State may pay your arrearage to the Town. Please find the press release for more information: https://benningtonvt.org/vermont-covid-19-arrearage-assistance-program/.

And finally, a petition has been filed with the Town Clerk’s office asking the Town to again consider the mayoral question through a Charter change. The wording is the same as was defeated in 2018.

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.