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/

PFOA Claim Filing Workshops for Class Action Settlement Claims

CLAIM FILING WORKSHOP FOR CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT CLAIMS

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

Two Workshops:

Thursday MAY 26, 2022  •  5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

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


Childcare is available during the workshops 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.


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

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

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.

Time to Renew your Dog Licenses

time to renew your dog licenses by April 1, 2022

2022 Dog licenses are now available at the Bennington Town Clerk’s Office at 205 South Street.

The Clerk’s office is open Monday to Friday, from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm. Please bring a current rabies vaccination certificate signed by your vet.

The cost for a dog license is $9 if spayed/altered, and $13 if intact.

All dogs must be licensed by April 1st, 2022. Give us a call if you have any questions! 802-442-1043

Election Results 2022

Click HERE to view election results.

Low Income Household Water Assistance Available

What is LIHWAP?

It is a Federally Funded ‘limited’ Emergency Assistance Program, to help support water accessibility to low-income Vermonters, to ensure that they have access to drinking water and wastewater.

Learn more by DOWNLOADING THIS PDF FILE or by visiting their website:
https://dcf.vermont.gov/benefits/water-assistance

Public Comment on Safety and Equity Task Force Final Report

The public is encouraged to comment on the final report presented to the Select Board by the Safety and Equity Task Force.

To comment and to read details on the Task Force including, the final report, and all previous documents, minutes, and links to videos of meeting, CLICK HERE.

Vermont 211 – Get Health and Human Services Help!

VT 211 - Get Connected. Get help!Get Connected. Get Help.

Help navigating health and human services for information and resources is only 3 digits away… 211. Vermont 211 is a statewide Information and Referral program of the United Ways of Vermont. The Vermont 211 system is at the fingertips of every resident and every phone 24/7. 211 is cost-effective, high-quality, personal, flexible and community-based.

To contact 211:

Dial 211 or 1-866-652-4636
www.vermont211.org or text your zip code to 898211, Monday-Friday 8:00am-10:00pm

Can’t find what you need?
You can always reach one of our trained Information & Referral Specialists by phone or by text. Vermont 211 is here to offer help and to offer hope.

• One call gives you access to resources across your community. 211 is efficient, fast and easy to use.

• No more wrong numbers; no more wasted time trying to find the right resource(s).

• 211 is a private and confidential call; most often the name of the caller is not even taken.

• 211 maintains the integrity of the 9-1-1 system; saving that vital community resource for life-and-death emergencies.

• 24/7 availability every day of the year; 211 is always there for you by phone, at www.vermont211.org, and by texting your zip code to 898211 Monday-Friday 8:00am-10:00pm.

• 211 is an easy way to find or give help in your community.

• Language translation services are also available.

In times of disaster, Vermont 2-1-1 plays a critical role in bringing information to the people most affected by the events and relaying the needs of callers back to the government officials and the first responders.

What are the needs in your community?
Vermont 211 collects town, county and statewide data and feeds it back to communities to help make systemic change. Monthly reports showing the needs of your county are available on our website.

In Fiscal Year 2021, residents of Bennington County contacted 211 by phone or text 1,468 times. There were 488 searches of 211’s database conducted by people identifying themselves as Bennington County residents.

The top areas of need were: Basic Needs, Income Support and Employment, Organizational and Community Services, Health Care, and Environmental and Public Health/Safety. The top services sought were housing/shelter; public assistance; and public health and safety, primarily related to COVID-19 concerns.

Agencies receiving the greatest number of referrals included: Department for Children and Families—Economic Services Division; Vermont Department of Health; Vermont Foodbank; BROC Community Action; Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services; Help Me Grow Vermont; Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging; and Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless.

Want to subscribe to our monthly newsletter?
Our e-newsletter shares monthly statistics on the needs of Vermonters, highlights resources and keeps you up-to-date on new initiatives. To see or subscribe to our newsletter, go to: http://www.vermont211.org/news/monthly-newsletter


Vermont 211 Partners with Help Me Grow Vermont
Help Me Grow VT provides a centralized resource center that promotes family well-being by connecting children and their families to community-based services and resources for children birth through age eight. They offer care coordination and help with navigating services to ensure families connect to the resources and services they need. Help Me Grow Child Development Specialists also answer questions about children’s behavior and development and offer developmental screenings to help identify children who are at risk for delays, so that services can begin as early as possible. Help Me Grow Child Development Specialists are available from 8:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday by dialing 211, extension 6. You may also text HMGVT to 898211, or email: info@helpmegrowvt.org.

FY 2022-2023 Proposed Budget Presentation & Ballot Requests

The town of Bennington has posted its proposed Budget Presentation and Agency Allocation Requests for the ballot.

You can find all the information on the Select Board page (CLICK HERE).