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.

Selectboard approves new PAYT ordinance and amendments to Sign Ordinance (legal notice)

LEGAL NOTICE

TOWN OF MANCHESTER, VERMONT

The Manchester Selectboard, at its July 14, 2015 meeting, approved the establishment of the following Town ordinance and amendments to an existing Town ordinance:

TITLE: Municipal Solid Waste Variable Rate Pricing and Hauler Registration and Reporting Ordinance

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: Establishes an ordinance to regulate the disposal of solid waste in the Town of Manchester.

PRINCIPAL PROVISIONS: Ordinance implements a variable rate pricing system in the Town of Manchester and requires haulers and facilities to charge rates based on weight or volume. The ordinance requires haulers and facilities to register with the Town of Manchester and establishes penalties for failure to comply. The ordinance was mandated by the State of Vermont Agency of Natural Resources as part of the Town’s Solid Waste Implementation Plan (SWIP).

SECTION HEADERS: PURPOSE; STATUTORY AUTHORITY; DEFINITIONS; VARIABLE RATE PRICING; FLAT FEE; FILING OF PRICING SYSTEM; REGISTRATION AND REPORTING; PENALTIES AND CIVIL ENFORCMENT; DESIGNATION OF ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL; REPEAL OF INCONSISTENT PROVISIONS; SEVERABILITY; EFFECTIVE DATE.

Interested parties may contact Town Manager John P. O’Keefe, 6039 Main Street, Manchester Center, VT 05255, at (802) 362-1313 or j.okeefe@manchester-vt.gov. A paper copy of the ordinance can be obtained in the Town Clerk’s Office at 6039 Main Street, Manchester Center, VT 05255 during regular business hours.

Pursuant to State law, citizens have the right to petition for a vote on the ordinance at an annual or special meeting as provided in Title 24, chapter 59, section 1973. Unless a petition is filed in accordance with said section 1973, this ordinance shall become effective 60 days after the date of its adoption. If a petition is filed in accordance with section 1973 of this title, the taking effect of the ordinance shall be governed by section 1973(e) of Title 24.

TITLE: Various amendments to the Town’s existing Sign Ordinance

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: Amends the Town’s existing Sign Ordinance to provide a more streamlined process, add definitions and make minor grammatical and spelling corrections.

PRINCIPAL PROVISIONS: Allows administrative approval for some signs and changes to some existing signs after recommendation by the Design Review Board. Under the proposed amendment, a permit would be issued by the zoning administrator after recommendation from the Design Review Board. The permit would have a 15‐day notice and appeal period, just like every other zoning permit that is issued by the zoning administrator.

Other amendments add definitions and regulatory provisions for restaurant menu boards, vending kiosks, and automated teller machines. These types of sign structures, or structures with sign elements to them, were not fully addressed by the ordinance previously. Each of these would require DRB‐level review and approval.

Clarifications to temporary sign permitting are also proposed. Specifically, categories of temporary signs are consolidated along with their procedure for application and approval. The amendments also include various grammatical and spelling related amendments.

Interested parties may contact Zoning Administrator Janet Hurley, 6039 Main Street, Manchester Center, VT 05255, at (802) 362-1313 or j.hurley@manchester-vt.gov. A paper copy of the ordinance can be obtained in the Town Clerk’s Office at 6039 Main Street, Manchester Center, VT 05255 during regular business hours.

Pursuant to State law, citizens have the right to petition for a vote on the sign ordinance at an annual or special meeting as provided in Title 24, chapter 117, section 4442(d). Unless a petition is filed in accordance with said section 4442(d), this ordinance shall become effective 20 days after the date of its adoption. If a petition is filed in accordance with section 4442(d) of this title, the taking effect of the ordinance shall be governed by the same procedures as specified in section 1973(e) of Title 24.

Pay As You Throw Ordinance – approved by Selectboard July 14, 2015

Amendments to Sign Ordinance – approved by Selectboard July 14, 2015