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

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