Here are a few highlights from the November meeting of the Bennington City Council (full minutes here):
Prairie Hollow: This project has fallen pretty far behind schedule, causing erosion and other issues for neighboring homeowners. Fortunately, we saw significant progress in the past month. Contractors completed the new street connecting N. Molley and Allen, allowing the intersection of 2nd and Allen to be reopened. With completion of the street, contractors can now do the final grading and install erosion control measures. If these issues affect you directly, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Police officer interviews: Chief Hilscher delivered his second monthly report. He and a panel of law enforcement colleagues from neighboring departments were planning to conduct first-round interviews of nine candidates for the vacant sergeant and officer positions. The hiring and vetting process is thorough and may take some time. Once complete, the city will phase out its formal agreement with the Douglas County Sheriff for regularly patrolling the city.
156th Street: The Council approved a resolution that clears the way for bid letting, scheduled for January 2020. Most of the necessary right-of-way notifications and agreements have been completed, and utilities are being moved. The goal remains to complete this project in the summer of 2020.
Other projects: Maintenance on Bennington Road by the soccer fields was completed on a single Saturday in October. This preservation effort is expected to last for a few years before a total resurfacing is required. We're hoping this experiment proves effective so we can use the same process to preserve other roads in the future. On 4th Street, a more thorough resurfacing was also completed.
West of the ball fields, final work was completed on the new rock-covered parking lot, which resolves congestion and safety issues before next season. The city completed this work with financial contributions from the school and the baseball clubs.
As always, please drop me a message or give me a call if you have any questions or ideas.
I hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving!