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.

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.