The May meeting of the Bennington City Council is this Monday at 6:30. The full agenda, along with supporting materials, is posted here. It includes a conference call number so that anyone can join remotely. The agenda is a full one:
156th Street project: Construction is underway. A one-page summary and map of the project and its phases has been posted here. Monday evening we'll get an update on progress.
Purchase of new parkland: We'll discuss the city's planned purchase of the low-lying ground south of Bennington Road at Johns-Bohn Park. This purchase has been delayed as a result of the pandemic. The mayor and council members continue to be concerned about the economy and its impact on the city budget. However, at this time, it's too early to predict the full impact with much precision.
Pedestrian safety on N. Molley and Stark: At my request, the Council will discuss pedestrian safety on these two residential streets. Along with a small section of N. 2nd, these are the only streets in Bennington without sidewalks. They will see increased traffic as new homes in Prairie Hollow become occupied.
Other business: Other items include:
- A permit from the Bennington Chamber of Commerce to hold its car show downtown June 6. (This may become a cruise-only event depending on public health guidelines at the time.)
- A public hearing regarding a resident's application to operate an online firearms dealership from his home address. (The application states that there will be little to no inventory kept at the home.)
- Regulations related to the deployment of 5G devices in Bennington.
- A public hearing on egress window structures in side yards and the distance requirements from neighboring properties.
- A new ordinance determining when abandoned vehicles can be towed.
As always, if you have questions about any of the topics above, please let me know.
I hope you are all staying safe and healthy.