At this Monday's Bennington City Council meeting, my fellow Ward 1 representative, Chris Foltz, will announce that he is moving outside of the city and therefore has to resign his Council seat. We owe Chris our gratitude for his service since being elected in 2016 and for seeing the city through plenty of challenges during that time.
Mayor Matt John will now have the opportunity to nominate a resident of Ward 1 to complete Chris's term. Would you be interested in serving? Do you know someone else who would? Please let me know or reach out to the mayor directly.
Don't delay: The mayor will recommend a new member at the May 13 Council meeting. He or she will be sworn in after a vote of the Council that evening.
In other business this Monday, April 8:
- We'll take further steps toward building a sidewalk connector between Ridgewood and the rest of the city, increasing pedestrian safety along Bennington Road at Tim Ohrt Park.
- We'll approve the final sale of the former city office building for $146,750.
- We'll discuss the installation of new stop signs on C.W. Hadan Drive, where it connects to 160th Avenue and incoming traffic from the highway.
- We'll continue to track progress on the 156th Street project.
- We'll finalize the city's financial contribution for prep work in Prairie Hollow, the new development east of North Molley Street.
- Finally, we'll discuss potentially charging fees on new home construction in Bennington's zoning authority. This discussion has been postponed a couple times due to other business. For my thoughts on the pros and cons of ASIP fees, as they're known, read my previous City Council update here.
Monday's meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the city office building. Read the full agenda here. As always, if you have questions or comments in advance of the meeting, please let me know.