Topics under review include changing from a selectboard-and-manager form of government to a mayoral system.
Topics under review include changing from a selectboard-and-manager form of government to a mayoral system and tax changes including local option tax.
Selectboard members in Bennington voted to drop their opposition to one solar project and to continue to fight another.
The state argues “it was reasonable for an officer” to believe that not seeking medical attention earlier for a child “was a willful act of neglect that endangered the child’s health.”
The town’s attorney recommends continuing to fight one project, but not opposing another proposed by the same developer.
The developer has hired a canvasser to conduct a door-to-door survey of local support for the solar arrays proposed in Bennington.
“It’s a package of all those places we have all walked by and said, ‘Gee, if only … . Now, here is an opportunity for that ‘if’ to come to fruition,” said one person involved.
Bernie Barriere, of Vermont Green Grow, said the area is underserved because of the lack of a local dispensary. He is one of apparently two applicants in the area.
The parcels provide connections to existing conserved areas and recreational resources, including the Taconic Crest Trail, as well as protection for wildlife habitat.
The tax financing application is tied to plans for redevelopment of downtown Bennington, including the Putnam Block.
The results of test borings were encouraging. The landowner said he is open to use of the site, but will wait to hear more about the requirements for protecting a public water source.
The company has offered a revised site plan and $200,000 if the town drops its opposition. Nearby residents say officials should continue the fight to avoid setting a precedent about ignoring town plans.
“It is important for me to point out that I am joining this lawsuit not as a state senator, but as a resident of North Bennington,” he said. The senator lives in the designated contamination zone.
The agreement calls for inspections and cleanup of the former ChemFab plant, testing of wells and expansion of the town water system.