Bennington Select Board to discuss audit, town garage proposals

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BENNINGTON — A regularly-scheduled Select Board meeting will begin tonight with the second of two required public hearings regarding the proposed amendment that could allow Bennington a switch to a mayoral form of government.

Following the hearing and a public comment period, the meeting will consist of an approximately 20-minute discussion on the 2018 town audit, followed by a 15-minute TIF (Tax Increment Financing) annual report certification discussion.

Additionally, a discussion will be held regarding proposals for the Depot Street garage. The town put out an initial request for proposals in June 2018, with the deadline set on Aug. 6, 2018. Green Mountain Lines and Madison Brewing Company both showed interest in the building and set forth proposals, but the town was hesitant to accept either offer and decided to put out another request.

Also on the agenda is an "implicit bias training discussion," and a brief liquor license discussion, followed by Town Manager Stu Hurd's five-minute report.

The Feb. 4 public hearing on the proposed amendments to Bennington's charter for a mayoral form of government lasted approximately 15 minutes, with the majority of the dialogue from petition leader Nancy White and a brief comment from another Bennington resident who voiced his support for the current town manager form of government. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the multi-purpose room of the firehouse.

— Banner staff

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