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

2014 Capital Improvement Program Approved

The Selectboard approved the 2014 Capital Improvement Program on September 30, 2014. The Board of Water Commissioners previously approved the plan on September 26, 2014.

The approved plan can be downloaded as two separate documents at:

2014 Capital Improvement Program (plan spreadsheet)

2014 Capital Improvement Program (plan text)

The approved plan will be incorporated into the Fiscal Year 2016 budget, which will be considered by the Selectboard and Town Meeting.

Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact John P. O’Keefe, Town Manager, at (802) 362-1313 (option 2) or j.okeefe@manchester-vt.gov.

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.

The Civil War and the Equinox Guards historic presentation

The 2014 Fourth of July presentation, “The Civil War and the Equinox Guards,” is dedicated to Manchester’s long-serving Town Clerk Linda Spence, who passed away this year. The presentation was debuted on July 4, 2014 as part of the Town of Manchester’s annual Fourth of July celebration.  Funding for this project came from an Education and Outreach grant from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership.

ACTING CREDITS:

Cyrus Hard – Louis Bronson

Douglas Dyer – Ace Burtonboy

Levi C. Orvis, Jr. – Connor Eastman (Long Trail School student)

George Sessions – David Quesnel

Capt. Charles Dudley – Wayne E. Bell

The Manchester Journal Editor – Andrew McKeever

MUSIC CREDITS:

“Battle Hymn of the Republic” – The Dorset Church Choir

“When Johnny Comes Marching Home” – Will Mosheim and Jamie Lee

“Battle Cry of Freedom” – Jane Wood

PRODUCTION CREW: 

Produced by the Town of Manchester

Written and Directed by John O’Keefe

Narration and Sound Editing by Greg Cutler and Birchtree Productions

Final Sound Editing, Music Recording and Sound Effects by Ryan McBride and McBride Sound Design

Director of Historic Research Richard Smith

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

Hildene and Brian L. Knight, Jim Brangan and the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership, The Manchester Journal, Long Trail School, the Manchester Police Department and Chief Michael Hall, Manchester Fire Department and Chief Philip Bourn, Ioana Drew and Tricia Hayes, the Manchester Parks and Recreation Department and its employees, Manchester VFW Post 6471, Liana Van De Water, Atlas PyroVision, the Dorset Church, and the Manchester Historic Society.

2014 First Quarter Local Option Tax Revenues Increase Again

The Town of Manchester released local option tax revenue figures for the first calendar quarter of 2014.

Overall, revenues increased $12,978 or 5.95% compared to the same quarter in 2013. For 2014 the Town collected $230,930 in local option tax revenues, compared to $217,951 for the same quarter in 2013. This comes after a 3.78% increase in the last quarter of 2013 and a 6.24% increase in the third quarter of 2013.

Sales tax revenue was $160,814, up from $146,266 for the same quarter in 2013. This represents an increase of $14,548, or 9.95%. Meals, rooms, alcohol tax revenue was $70,116, down slightly from $71,685 for the same quarter in 2013 after ten consecutive quarters of positive growth compared to the same quarter in the previous year. The decrease is $1,569, or 2.19%.

The increase in local option tax revenues is good news for two reasons. First, revenues help to reduce the local property taxburden. For the current fiscal year Manchester has the 19th lowest municipal tax rate in Vermont. Second, increases in tax revenues mean increases in economic activity on Main Street (and Depot Street).

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.