The April meeting of the Bennington City Council is this Monday at 6:30. The full agenda will be posted here. It will include a conference call number so that anyone can join remotely. Major topics of discussion will include:
156th Street project: As you have seen, MUD is moving water lines in advance of road demolition and construction. The city will be issuing special highway bonds to finance part of this project's cost, which has increased significantly from earlier estimates. On the bright side, the cost of borrowing right now is low.
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. We're reviewing the timing of this purchase as we seek to better understand the financial impact of the pandemic. We're likely to see a significant decline in sales tax revenue. On the bright side, we budgeted very conservatively for that revenue, so we might be OK. We'll know more every month as the economic data and the trajectory of the pandemic itself become clearer.
Amended ordinances: We'll discuss changes to the city's policies regarding abandoned vehicles and egress window wells located in narrow side-yards.
Finally, we'll also get updates from the Police, Library, and Parks departments, including how they are adapting to the pandemic.
If you have ideas, questions, or concerns about any of the topics above, or if you want to know more about the city's response to the coronavirus, please let me know.