Fourth quarter 2016 Local Option Tax revenue figures reported

The Town of Manchester received Local Option Tax (LOT) revenues from the State of Vermont Department of Taxes for the fourth calendar quarter of 2016 on February 15, 2017.

For meals, rooms and alcohol local option tax revenues, collections increased $10,876 from $93,747 in 2015 to $104,623 in 2016. This represents an increase of 11.6% between 2015 and 2016.

For sales tax, collections decreased $8,747 from $206,692 in 2015 to $197,945 in 2016. This represents a decrease of 4.2% between 2015 and 2016.

Overall, local option tax revenues (meals, rooms and alcohol, as well as sales tax) increased $2,219 between 2015 and 2016 for the fourth calendar quarter.

For more information about local option taxes visit http://tax.vermont.gov/business-and-corp/sales-and-use-tax/local-option-tax.

Planning Commission working on 2017 Town Plan

The 2012 Manchester Town Plan expires in May 2017. An update of the Plan has been drafted by the Planning Commission and is ready for review by the public.

The intent of this update is to: (1) reorganize the Plan to offer better logical flow and an action oriented format; (2) update the Plan by incorporating new data and the results of recent public planning efforts, (3) improve map and other visual planning resources; (4) reflect public sentiment expressed throughout the comprehensive rezoning effort, and (5) meet statutory requirements for new sections on flood resilience and renewable energy resource planning.

The Planning Commission will hold a hearing on March 13, 2017, beginning at 7:00 p.m. to receive public comment on the draft Plan. Below are links to the draft Plan and a supporting memorandum.

Please direct questions and comments to Janet Hurey at j.hurley@manchester-vt.gov or 802-362-1313, option 3.

Manchester Town Plan 2017 for March 13 Hearing

Planning Commission Report March 13, 2017

Water Board to host meeting about proposed solar project

MEETING CANCELLED! THIS MEETING WILL BE RESCHEDULED.

The Manchester Board of Water Commissioners is hosting a public meeting to discuss a proposed solar project at the Town well site, located near the intersection of Richville Road and Union Street in Manchester Center, Vermont on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 6:00 PM at Town Hall in the Kilburn Meeting Room (6039 Main Street, Manchester Center, VT 05255).

The Town well site is located near the intersection of Richville Road and Union Street in Manchester Center, Vermont. The proposed project involves a contractual and financial relationship between the Town of Manchester Water Department and Hand and Sun Solar, and would include the installation of solar panels at the Town well site, screening (landscaping) and security fencing around the panels and the Town well site. Click here to view the current proposal.

Ivan Beattie, Doug Kilburn and Lambert “Chops” Zoller serve on the Board of Water Commissioners and will be present at the meeting. John O’Keefe (Town Manager), David Sheldon (Water Superintendent) and Christina Haskins (Town engineer) will also be present at the meeting as well as representatives from Hand and Sun Solar to collect public input on the proposed project.

Alliance seeks input on recycling through survey

The Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance represents 13 towns in Bennington County, including the Town of Manchester, and is dedicated to encourage residents, businesses and institutions to recycle, reuse and reduce materials that would otherwise be sent to landfills.

The Alliance would appreciate you completing the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WQ7JC6H. The purpose is to help the Alliance and its members determine how you currently manage your solid waste and your knowledge of the Universal Recycling Law.

The Alliance greatly appreciate your time and effort to help us.

Town releases draft Hazard Mitigation Plan, announces public meetings

The Town of Manchester recently release the draft Hazard Mitigation Plan. To view the plan, click here.

The Town’s emergency management planning committee has scheduled two public meetings to solicit comments from the public on Thursday, March 17, 2016 and Thursday, March 24, 2016. Both meetings will start at 5:30 PM at Town Hall (6039 Main Street, Manchester Center, VT 05255) in the Kilburn Meeting Room.

The Manchester Selectboard has tentatively scheduled a public meeting to discuss the Hazard Mitigation Plan for Tuesday, April 5 at 7:00 PM, also at Town Hall in the Kilburn Room.

For more information, contact John P. O’Keefe, Town Manager, at j.okeefe@manchester-vt.gov or 802-362-1313, option 2. For more information about the FEMA hazard mitigation planning process, visit https://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-planning.