New members sworn in: This was the final meeting for Mayor Matt John, and Council Member Zach Johns was sworn in as the new mayor of Bennington. Clint Adams joined Kaye Bridgeford in representing Ward 2 (roughly the south half of the city). Joshua Dowding joined me in representing Ward 1. You can find contact information for all of your city officials here.
Officer honored: Bennington Police Officer Don McGuire was recognized for his alertness and emergency response to a distressed resident who had fallen, was unable to get back on his feet, and had been calling for help for hours in the cold. The man's wife credited Officer McGuire with saving her husband's life.
156th Street update: Bennington Road has reopened, and 156th Street is open to the south, marking the completion of a major, and perhaps the most complex, phase of the project. 156th Street will be opened to the north temporarily before Christmas. Once the weather warms, likely in late March, work will resume on rebuilding the roadway and sidewalks to the north, all the way to the highway. The latest timeline and map are available here.
Library Board opening: If you or anyone you know is looking for a new way to contribute to the community, please consider serving on the Bennington Public Library Board of Trustees. Any resident from within city limits is eligible. This is a chance to learn more about the library, local government, and how we can best serve Bennington's residents. If you're interested or want to know more, e-mail City Clerk Mindi Laaker before December 22.
C.W. Hadan Drive improvements: The Council approved the final design and bid letting for adding a lane of parking to the north side of C.W. Hadan Drive in front of Cubby's and the adjacent strip mall. This will accommodate trash trucks and other industrial vehicles, relieve congestion, make the area safer, and pave over the mud pit where trucks park now. This roughly $50,000 project will be completed sometime in 2021, and it will be scheduled to avoid coinciding with nearby work on 156th Street.
Contact me if you have questions, ideas, or concerns about these issues. Have a fun and safe holiday season, and please do what you can to keep your fellow community members safe, too.
Bennington City Council, Ward 1
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