The Trustees will meet remotely on Tuesday, July 7 at 7:00 pm. Instructions on how to access the meeting are included in the agenda. As noted on the Agenda, the Trustees will consider whether to conduct this year's Annual Meeting by Australian Ballot as permitted by Section 4 of Act 92 (2020).
In short, the Village would mail ballots to all registered voters. Voters could return the ballots by mail or drop them off at a temporary polling station on election day. Voters could also pick up and cast ballots at the temporary polling station on election day. The Trustees would hold an informational meeting via Zoom before election day to hear the reports of officers usually presented at the Annual Meeting and to discuss the fiscal year 2020-2021 budget.
The Trustees have postponed the Annual Meeting until such time as the governor or secretary of state deem it safe to resume holding large public gatherings. At that time, we will hold the meeting as soon as practicable given reporting and notification requirements for annual meetings and elections. In the interim, we will continue to incur and pay routine expenses as well as any additional expenses required to maintain the safety of the village. As specified by state law, all existing officials may continue to serve until their successors are elected at the Annual Meeting.
Government in Bennington. The Village of Old Bennington represents the original center of Bennington. Samuel Robinson and a band of religious separatists from Connecticut and Massachusetts founded it in 1761. During the past 256 years the focus of industrial, commercial and residential development has shifted to the valley below and Old Bennington has become a small, incorporated Village within the Town of Bennington. Its character has become a historical single family residential community.
Old Bennington is situated on a height of land approximately one-half mile west of the center of the Town of Bennington, which lies in the Walloomsac River valley below. Looming over the Village to the southwest is Mount Anthony. A ridge called Monument Hill elevates the northern third of the Village, but along the eastern edge of the Village the land falls sharply away in a steep slope toward the river below. The remainder of the Village is fairly level. Many large, well-spaced houses are surrounded with lawns and gardens. We still enjoy the luxury of some open land with beautiful vistas.