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.

Upcoming Selectboard – School Board Meeting Regarding Memorial Avenue / School Street / MEMS Greenspace Project

The Manchester Selectboard and the Manchester School District Directors are holding a joint meeting at the Manchester Elementary Middle School (80 Memorial Avenue) in the Jackie Parks Room to discuss a proposed plan to reconfigure and reconstruct the public infrastructure around the Manchester Elementary School owned by the Town of Manchester and the Manchester School District, which may possibly includes (but is not limited to): relocation and reconfiguration of public roadways; reconstruction and construction of sidewalks; installation of street lighting; relocation of public parking facilities; relocation of playgrounds; construction of designated drop-off and pick-up areas; reconstruction and realignment of athletic fields; and other landscaping and streetscaping elements.

Residents, parents, students, business owners and other interested parties are strongly encouraged to attend this public meeting. For more details, visit www.manchester-vt.gov/mems-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.