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.

Town Releases Proposed Food Cupboard Lease

The Town of Manchester’s proposed lease of space at Town Hall to the Community Food Cupboard (CFC) can be viewed at: Proposed Town CFC Lease

Below is a a summary of the proposed Town lease:

  • Lease begins with factual “whereas” clauses in order to provide the public some frame of reference, including:
    • A description of the space (600 square feet) provided by the Town of Manchester to CFC.
    • An estimate of the cost of the electricity being provided by the Town of Manchester to the CFC (estimated at $4,800 per year).
    • An estimate on the fair market value of the space provided by the Town of Manchester to the CFC (approximately $7,200 per year).
    • A list of the 15 communities served by the CFC, and the percentage (26%) that Manchester represents in the larger CFC service area.
    • And finally, the fact that the Town of Manchester is the only community that provides direct or in-kind aid to the CFC.
  • The proposed Town lease runs through June 30, 2018, a three year agreement.
  • Maintains the current monthly lease of $100.00 through June, 2016, contingent upon the CFC not accept a voted appropriation from Town Meeting.
  • Provides for a modest $25 per month rent increase (to $125.00) in July, 2016 and another $25 a month increase (to $150.00) in July 2017 (the Town has not increase the CFC lease payment in 22 years).
  • The agreement maintains the CFC access to electricity paid by the Town of Manchester.
  • The lease requires the CFC to maintain its interior space (Town maintains exterior space and common systems) and the hallway and bathrooms “whenever its operation specifically causes dirt or debris to accumulate in the hallway or bathroom or otherwise requires cleaning.”
  • The lease requires CFC to maintain the back walkway used by CFC, including removal of snow and ice.

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