Many village residents recently received a notice from Green Mountain Power concerning planned vegetation management activities in the power line right-of-way within the village. The vegetation management plan may result in significant clearing/cutting/trimming of trees and shrubs within the right-of-way. GMP has contracted with Davey Tree Expert Company to perform the work. While GMP’s primary concern is maintaining safe and reliable power for its customers, the company is aware of the aesthetic concerns of individual property owners and the village as a whole. If you have concerns about trees on your property within the right-of-way, the trustees suggest that you contact Jason Leck at 617-285-7335 or Jason.firstname.lastname@example.org discuss the situation. If you still have concerns after talking with Jason, you could call Jarod Wilcox at GMP at 802-770-3396 or email@example.com.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Village will once again conduct its Annual Meeting business by Australian Ballot. The election will take place on Tuesday May 11. There will be an informational meeting via Zoom on Tuesday May 4 at 7:00. The trustees will provide additional details in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, we encourage qualified voters to consider becoming a village official. While you can run for any position, we currently need a volunteer to run for clerk.
The Trustees will meet via Zoom on Tuesday, April 6 at 7:00 pm. See the Agenda, Minutes, Notices tab for agenda.
An application from Anne Slattery, 1 Monument Avenue, to replace existing railing systems and decking on the North side of the house was approved administratively. See Planning/Zoning Boards tab for more details.
Two applications from Dale Cobb, 5 Catamount Lane, to temporarily erect a dining canopy, classroom canopy, bedroom tent, and bathroom trailer in his yard as accommodations for the summer camp were approved administratively. See Planning/Zoning Boards tab for more details.
An application from John K. Runnette, 110 Monument Avenue, to remove an existing sliding glass door, move two windows, and put up cedar clapboard where needed was approved administratively. See Planning/Zoning Boards tab for more details.
An application from Joseph Holt, 4 Monument Avenue, to replace the existing siding on his home with natural cedar shingles was approved administratively. See Planning/Zoning Boards tab for additional details.
An application from Johnny & Mary Randell, 11 West Road, to replace the windows in their home was approved administratively. See Planning/Zoning Boards tab for additional details.
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.