Memorial Avenue/School Street, MEMS presentation available online

The Manchester School District and the Town of Manchester jointly hosted a public meeting on Wednesday, May 20 in the Jackie Parks Room at the Manchester Elementary Middle School (MEMS). The meeting focused on alternatives and sought public comments on the comprehensive reconfiguration of the MEMS property and Town-owned Memorial Avenue and School Street, including:

  • Creation of a new parent drop-off configuration
  • Reconfiguration of the school bus drop-off area
  • Expansion and relocation of MEMS employee and visitor parking
  • Realignment of the intersection of Memorial Avenue and School Street
  • Enhancement of pedestrian access and expanded sidewalk network around MEMS, including wider sidewalks and sidewalks along School Street to Bonnet Street
  • Improvement of the crosswalk on Main Street at the intersection of Memorial Avenue
  • Reconfiguration of MEMS athletic fields
  • Relocation and expansion of MEMS playgrounds

 The presentation at the meeting is available online at: MEMS-Town Presentation dated May 20, 2015

Public Safety Study Released; Public Meeting Scheduled

The Town of Manchester and Town of Dorset agreed to jointly study public safety functions and opportunities for greater collaboration and cooperation.

Municipal Resources Inc., the consultant selected by the Town of Manchester and Town of Dorset, has issued it final reports:

Police FINAL report

Fire and EMS Services FINAL report

The Manchester Selectboard has scheduled a public meeting for Wednesday, May 6 at 5:00 PM at Manchester Town Hall (6039 Main Street, Manchester Center, VT) in the Kilburn Meeting Room.

Town Meeting Warning and Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Ready For Town Meeting

The Selectboard unanimously approved the Fiscal Year 2016 budget, which is now ready for consideration by the 2015 Town Meeting. Click here to view a copy of the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget as approved by Selectboard.

The Selectboard, at its January 22, 2015 meeting approved the Warning for the 2015 Town Meeting. Below is an UNOFFICIAL copy of the 2015 Town Meeting warning.

WARNING

TOWN OF MANCHESTER ANNUAL TOWN MEETING (2015) 

Legal Voters of the Town of Manchester, County of Bennington, State of Vermont, are hereby warned and notified of the following events relating to the Annual Meeting of the Town:

 Floor Meeting:            Beginning at 1:00 P.M. on the 28th day of February (Saturday), 2015 the so-called floor portion of the annual Town Meeting will convene at the Manchester Elementary-Middle School gymnasium (80 Memorial Avenue) to transact any business not involving voting by Australian ballot or voting required by law to be by ballot.

ARTICLE 1.   To hear and act upon the report of the Town Officers, acknowledgments and presentation of awards.

ARTICLE 2.   To determine by vote the day taxes shall be payable and what discount, if any, shall be allowed, if paid on or before the time specified, and what interest shall be charged for delinquency.

ARTICLE 3.   Shall the Town vote $4,692,920 to defray expenses of the Town for the ensuing year, less anticipated non-property tax revenue, plus any voted appropriations?

ARTICLE 4.   Shall the Town vote to transfer all Fiscal Year 2016 local option tax revenues in excess of $1,140,000 into the Property Tax Relief Reserve Fund; provided that, in the case of a deficiency in local option tax revenues, funds from the Property Tax Relief Reserve Fund may be used to offset the deficit; provided further, the amount transferred from the Property Tax Relief Reserve Fund to the General Fund and Fiscal Year 2016 local option tax revenues shall not exceed a total of $1,140,000?

ARTICLE 5.   Shall the Town vote to authorize the use of up to $100,000 in Fiscal Year 2016 from the Capital Improvement Reserve and Contingency Fund for the purpose of purchasing a work truck for the department of public works?

ARTICLE 6.   Shall the Town vote to appropriate $6,000 to the Town’s parks and recreation department for the Fourth of July fireworks celebration during Fiscal Year 2016?

ARTICLE 7.   Shall the Town vote to appropriate $4,000 to the Town’s parks and recreation department for two street festivals on Main Street during Fiscal Year 2016?

ARTICLE 8.   Shall the Town vote to appropriate an additional $10,000 to the Town’s economic development office for the marketing initiative during Fiscal Year 2016?

ARTICLE 9.   Shall the Town vote to exempt from taxation, for a period not to exceed five (5) years, the real estate of the Masonic Lodge Temple, located at 138 Spruce Street in the Town of Manchester?

ARTICLE 10. Shall the Town vote to appropriate $420 for the support of the Vermont Center for Independent Living?

ARTICLE 11. Shall the Town vote to appropriate $500 for the support of the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired?

ARTICLE 12. Shall the Town vote to appropriate $1,000 for the support of The Collaborative?

ARTICLE 13. Shall the Town vote to appropriate the sum of $1,500 to support Neighbor to Neighbor?

ARTICLE 14. Shall the Town vote to appropriate $1,811 for the support of the Community Action in Southwestern Vermont?

ARTICLE 15. Shall the Town vote to appropriate $1,850 for the support of the Project Against Violent Encounters?

ARTICLE 16. Shall the Town vote to appropriate $2,000 for the support of the Center for Restorative Justice? 

ARTICLE 17. Shall the Town vote to appropriate $2,000 for the support of the Greater Northshire Access Television?

ARTICLE 18. Shall the Town vote to appropriate $2,400 for the support of the Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity?

ARTICLE 19. Shall the Town vote to appropriate $2,500 for the support of the Tutorial Center?

ARTICLE 20. To transact any other business appropriate to come before Town Meeting.

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Voting by Ballot:        Between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M. on the 3rd day of March (Tuesday), 2015 the polls will be open at the Manchester Town Hall (6039 Main Street) to transact any business involving voting by Australian Ballot or voting required by law to be by ballot.

ARTICLE 21. Shall the Town vote to appropriate $3,250 for the support of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program?

ARTICLE 22. Shall the Town vote to appropriate $4,000 for the support of the Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging?

ARTICLE 23. Shall the Town vote to appropriate $198,000 for the support of the Manchester Community Library?

ARTICLE 24. To elect Town Officers for the ensuing year.

Warning adopted by the Selectboard and posted by Town Clerk on January 22, 2015:

Ivan C. Beattie, Chair                       

Wayne E. Bell, Vice-Chair                

Carol M. Lattuga                           

Steven A. Nichols

Lisa A. Souls

Town Accepting Employment Applications

The Town of Manchester is accepting employment applications for the following positions: Executive Assistant, Finance Assistant, part-time Emergency Dispatcher and part-time seasonal Recreation Assistant.

For more information visit: http://manchester-vt.gov/employment/employment-opportunities/. Please direct questions to Leslie Perra, Human Resources and Operations Administrator, at l.perra@manchester-vt.gov or 802-362-1313, option 2.

Water Department Consumer Confidence Report Now Available

The Town of Manchester Water Department is committed to providing a safe and dependable supply of drinking water for our residents.

Federal EPA regulations require that water departments throughout the country issue an annual Consumer Confidence Report to all water system customers.  This Water Quality Confidence Report is designed to inform our customers about water quality, supply and service and it is a snapshot of the quality of water that the Town of Manchester provided for January 1 through December 31, 2013.  It also includes the date and results of any contaminants that were detected within the past five years, along with the date of detection and concentration.

2013 Town Report Now Available

The 2013 Town Report – Part A and 2013 Town Report – Part B  are now available online.

This year’s Town Report is dedicated to Sylvia Jolivette. She is a consistent presence at Town board meetings and in particular the Town Meeting. She attends meetings to listen, to ask questions, and “to speak openly and honestly as a voice for the common person and for common sense.”

The 2014 Town Floor Meeting will take place on Saturday, March 1st starting at 1:00 PM at the Manchester Elementary-Middle School.

The 2014 School Floor Meeting will take place on Monday, March 3rd starting at 7:00 PM also at the Manchester Elementary-Middle School.

The 2014 Australian Balloting portion of the 2014 Town Meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 4th from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

 

Town Hosts Downtown Wi-Fi Network

The Town of Manchester is pleased to host a robust downtown Wi-Fi network that extends from the large Roundabout at the intersection of Main Street and Depot Street east on Depot Street to RK Miles, on Main Street from south of Wyman Lane to approximately Rite Aid and in the historic Depot District.

Downtown Wi-Fi Map

3rd Quarter 2013 Tax Revenues Increase 6.24%

The Town of Manchester released local option revenue figures for third calendar quarter of 2013.

Sales tax revenue was $186,121.36, up from $173,161.04 for the same quarter in 2012. The represents an increase of $12,960.32 or 7.48%. Meals, rooms, alcohol tax revenue was $116,777.98, up from $111,940.20 for the same quarter in 2012. This represents an increase of $4,837.78 or 4.32%.

The combined local option revenues increased 6.24% compared to the same quarter in 2012. This is something to celebrate, since it equates to a real upturn in economic activity on Main Street.

Unsung Heroes Celebrated (2014)

Do you know a community volunteer who has made an extraordinary contribution to the quality of life in our greater Manchester community?

One of the positive annual events associated with our community is the recognition of volunteerism through the Manchester and the Mountains Community Service “Unsung Hero” Award. This grassroots event began twenty years ago. Originally sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, it has recognized the contributions of local heroes. Today the Community Recognition Committee of the Manchester Selectboard accepts nominations for the annual award. Letters of nomination will be accepted by mail or email until November 30, 2016. The Town plans to hold a ceremony in early December.

The Community Service Award began in 1989. While sitting around the family table over breakfast at the Quality Restaurant a conversation between some regulars went something like this: “Isn’t it a shame that the people that do all the work usually don’t get the credit. We ought to have an award for those people.” This random observation was the genesis of what became known as the “Unsung Hero Award”.

Each year since 1991 a committee has accepted nominations and chosen those they felt best exemplified selfless community service. Some years it was one person, some years as many as five. The names of all these heroes, these recipients of the Manchester and the Mountains Community Service Award appear on a plaque which hangs in our Town Hall Meeting Room.

These are the people who work quietly, often behind the scenes. These are the people our community counts on to make happen all the ideas that spawn the events that make these valley and mountain towns such wonderful places to live and raise families. These are your volunteers, your chairpersons, your coaches, board members, the plain-clothes soldiers who do the grunt work and don’t often get their picture in the paper.  These are the people who when you ask for help put their hand up, step forward, or quietly make things happen without a motive other than helping their neighbors and their community

The Selectboard, recognizing that this is an important event identified with our Town and community, assumed guardianship of this annual recognition in 2008. They created the Community Recognition committee that coordinates this and associated tasks involving citizen recognition. 

Please consider nominating a worthy candidate by send a letter or email to:

Wayne E. Bell, Chair

Town of Manchester, VT

Manchester Selectboard Community Recognition Committee

6039 Main Street

Manchester Center VT 05255

or bell.w@manchester-vt.gov

Past award recipients include:

1989 – Gordon and Beatty Gill; Linda Spence; Dick Rizio

1990 – Wayne Bell; Don Johnson; Ray and Lesley Purdy

1991 – Pete Cobb; Betty Clayton; Huguette Peck; Bill Drunsic

1992 – Helen Eaton; Fred Hansen; Clarence Decker; Ann Pierce

1993 – Rabbi Michael Cohen; Mary Nevin; Brian Hill

1994 – Marion Gaudette; Howard Wechsler; Gerrit Kouwenhoven

1995 – Maggie Ellis

1996 – Patti Barnes; Marshall Peck; Bill Weeks

1997 – Tara Dowden; Martha Roth Stevenson; Terry Tyler; Carol Lattuga

1998 – Donald Dorr; Patty Bourhill; Zoe Dailey; Jim Hand; Gail Busl

1999 – Seth Bongartz; Jenny Davis; Geoff Chapman

2000 – Patricia Carmichael; Paul Beaulieu; Joanna  Taylor

2001 – Dom Penge; Bonnie Kilburn

2002 – Jack Clark

2003 – Dave Pardo

2004 – Martha Thompson

2005 – Len and Becky Kotler

2006 – No Presentation

2007 – No Presentation

2008 – Ray and Marie Ferrarin; Mary Miner

2009 – Kaki Fisher

2010 – Emmy McCusker; David Bentley

2011 – Lou and Patty Midura; Joe Charbonneau

2012 – Roger and Penny Preuss; Lani Lovisa

2013 – Karen Allen; Lysa Cross; Beverly Van Sickle

2014 – Bill and Becky Burke; Carl Molenhoff; Fred Hilliard; Robert W. Thompson

2015 – Shawn Harrington