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June 6, 2020
Meeting this Monday

Dear ,

The June meeting of the Bennington City Council is this Monday at 6:30. The city clerk has posted not only the agenda, but all of the supporting materials on the city's website. Here are a few of the major discussion items:

156th Street project: We'll get our monthly update on this project, which is now well behind the original schedule as a result of delays in moving utilities. A revised schedule should be posted soon, and I will pass that along to you.

In the meantime, residents of Bennington can join this Facebook group to get updates directly from the contractor, K2 Construction. (It is a "private" group, meaning you have to submit a request to join and state that you are a resident of Bennington.)

Purchase of new parkland: The Council will discuss a couple options for moving forward with stakeholder input and design for the proposed park and youth sports fields south of Bennington Road at Johns-Bohn Park. We'll likely discuss the city's current financial position and the best timing for the purchase of that parkland as well.

In related business, the Council will vote on an agreement between the city and the developer of the adjacent housing subdivision to the south. This subdivision has seen delays amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and we'll get an update on when work may get underway.

Pedestrian safety on N. Molley and Stark: We'll briefly return to the discussion of placing sidewalks or new traffic control devices on N. Molley and Stark, two streets that are seeing increased traffic as a result of the Prairie Hollow subdivision.

If you live on these streets, I want to hear from you!  I have talked to many of you already, but not everyone. Do you want a sidewalk? Speed tables? Reduced speed limit? Please let me know what you think.

Restarting baseball: The Council will vote on a resolution that describes the rules, roles, and responsibilities regarding the restart of baseball practice and games on the city's fields. The state's Directed Health Measures allow baseball games to resume this month, as long as players and families take specific precautions to limit the spread of virus.

Again, the full agenda is available here. As always, if you have ideas, questions, or concerns about any of the topics above, please let me know.

If you haven't already, check out the Bennington Daze schedule of events here. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Shane Pekny
Bennington City Council, Ward 1
Bennington City Council, Ward 1

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Shane Pekny, Bennington City Council, Ward 1

418 N. Molley Street, Bennington
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