The team behind Brattleboro’s $23 million Brooks House restoration and Bennington’s $30.7 million Putnam Block revitalization is juggling a Covid budget crunch and post-pandemic “pipeline of work larger than anything we’ve ever seen.”
The state will soon classify groundwater in parts of Bennington as undrinkable, and residents have a number of concerns about what the designation will mean for them.
Residents can weigh in on the procedures that will guide the conduct of Bennington police officers, based on seven new policies the Selectboard approved last fall.
A complaint to the federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration details concerns raised by an in-house lawyer for the company responsible for mass pollution in the Bennington area.
After a couple submitted complaints about a number of incidents they had with Bennington police, the Selectboard presented both their complaint and their personal information during a public meeting.
“People come out, because they know that the NAACP is going to try their best to do right by them,” said Steffen Gillom, president of the Windham County NAACP.
Chair Jeannie Jenkins and vice chair Jeanne Connor were unanimously elected to their positions of town leadership Thursday night.
Some local residents weren’t fully covered in a settlement with Saint-Gobain, a company responsible for polluting underground water, and may have to foot the cost of drilling new wells or connecting to the town water system.
Tenants began moving into the downtown Bennington building in December, and business owners are signing contracts and preparing to design their spaces.
In a move that has drawn some criticism from residents, town officials have asked the state to stop sending more homeless Vermonters to area motels, saying it’s overburdening the town’s resources.
Jim Carroll and Tom Haley won the most votes for seats on the board, while Gary Corey narrowly beat Tina Cook, who would have been the first Black person to serve on it.
Candidates have a broad spectrum of ideas about how the town’s leadership should act and function.
‘The hospital system can’t keep expanding the number of patients with Covid,’ a chief medical officer said. ‘It’s very important that the community understands that.’
Stories of Black women leaving southern Vermont are forcing the overwhelmingly white state to face the reality that some of its citizens of color don’t feel welcome within its bounds.