Town of Bennington
Please note that Local Law #1 of 1983 prohibits overnight parking on the streets and roads in the Town from November 1st through May 1st, during the hours of 2 am to 7 am. This law was adopted to assist Town, County and State snow removal equipment access to the roads and shoulders and to prevent both slower operations and damage to private vehicles. Now that snow and ice removal is occurring, please make sure to park off the streets and roads. The Law also prohibits parking on sidewalks.
Wyoming County Clerk Rhonda Pierce advises that the County DMV Office is open for business, with both appointments available as well as walk-in service. Residents can also use a DMV drop box located at the Attica Village Office for transactions (papers are collected daily by Sheriff's Deputies), or contact the DMV for an appointment. Their page on the County website (www.wyomingco.net) includes a tab for scheduling an appointment, which is the most efficient way to contact them. Your call may be received by their new answering machine and staff will return your call with information and an appointment.
Schoellkopf Road bridge is now closed for replacement and will be rescheduled to open in the Spring. Alternate route via Burrough Road and Folsomdale Road is posted. The old iron bridge was removed from the site and will be refurbished and reconstructed at the County Fair grounds in Pike. Construction on the new covered bridge on Schoellkopf Road is underway and will continue during the early part of winter and, following a work shutdown of approx. 2 months, will resume to complete the final stages.
See the Town Clerk's Page for information on how you can purchase, at her office, an E-ZPass for thruway travel.
NOTICE - the Transfer Station is closed and not accepting any materials. Papers can be recycled weekly with your trash to Waste Management. Waste oil is not accepted - it can be returned to the store that you purchased it from. Home Depot also accepts waste oil, old fluorescent bulbs (the smaller kind that gets screwed into a lamp, not the tubes) as well as rechargeable batteries. The former Transfer Station site has been posted CLOSED and anyone dumping any materials on site is trespassing, will be reported to law enforcement and fined.
Waste Management is asking that all residents place their trash inside plastic bags and tie them shut as a precaution against spreading the COVID virus. Also note that latex gloves are considered trash and not recyclables. Please dispose of them in your regular garbage.
If you have any questions or problems with trash collection, please contact Wyoming County Planning Dept at 585-786-8820 between 9 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday.
Town of Bennington is looking for residents interested in serving in the following position:
Zoning Board of Appeals: A Member for meetings held to review variance applications and zoning interpretations. Meetings are held monthly when needed.
ZBA Secretary: Prepare paperwork and mailings for members, attend meetings and prepare minutes. Approx. 5 meetings per year.
Letters of interest or applications can be mailed to: Town of Bennington, 905 Old Alleghany Road, Attica NY 14011 or email to: email@example.com
Local information on COVID-19 is available on the Wyoming County website at www.wyomingco.net Regular press releases can be found with updated numbers and information to help businesses and residents navigate through all of the regulations and Executive Orders that have been declared by the Governor. The July 17, 2020 update includes information on the County Dept of Motor Vehicles Office - hours, services, appointments and area drop boxes, or see below.
Wyoming County Office for the Aging offers many services for our senior residents including home delivered meals, respite services, the Monday nutrition program at the Pine Lounge, education and advocacy, and Alzheimer support services. They also offer a Personal Emergency Response Service - Response 4 Help Button - similar to a life line. Information is available by calling 585-786-8833 and ask for Paula. Even if you aren't able to qualify for the subsidized program, you can participate through the same company for a discounted monthly rate that depends on the level of services you want ($27.50/month basic up to $39.50/month for a GPS service that monitors falls.) There are no contracts and no equipment to purchase, with cancellation anytime.
Due to Covid-19, any person entering the Town Hall who hasn't received a cornovirus vaccination must wear a mask and practice social distancing. If you have been vaccinated, please continue to practice social distancing, respect the space of others in the building. Hand sanitizer and masks are available.
Senior Citizen Nutrition is every Monday except holidays from 11am until 2pm (Pine Lounge Restaurant)
Town Clerk is available every Monday and Wednesday from 5 to 7:30pm and Saturday from 9am to Noon
The Transfer Station is Closed. No further trash or recycling accepted. Trash collection is held on Wednesday each week, with the exception of weeks with a national holiday. In that event, collection will be held on the following day.
Zoning Board of Appeals meets the first Tuesday of the month, if needed, at 7:00pm
The Town Board meets the second Wednesday of the month at 7:30pm - The Town Board is holding in person meetings effective 6/10/2020.
The Planning Board meets the third Wednesday at 7:00 pm.
2021 Town Hall Holiday Schedule
Town offices will be closed the following dates in 2021:
January 18 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Town Court and Town Clerk
February 15 - Presidents Day - Town Court and Town Clerk
April 5 - Easter (Observed) - Town Court only
May 31 - Memorial Day - Town Court and Town Clerk - Town Clerk's Office also closed Saturday May 29th.
July 3 & 5- Independence Day (Observed) - Town Clerk and Town Court
September 6 - Labor Day - Town Court and Town Clerk
October 11 - Columbus Day - Town Court and Town Clerk
December 25 - Christmas - Town Clerk
THE TOWN OF BENNINGTON, NEW YORK
The Town of Bennington was formed in 1818 and celebrated our bi-centennial in 2018. According to the United States Census Bureau, the Town of Bennington has a total area of 55.3 square miles, of which 55.0 square miles is land and 0.2 square miles (0.40%) is water. The west town line is the border of Erie County, New York, and the north town line is the border of Erie County and Genesee County. The population was 3,349 during the 2000 census. The town was named after Bennington, Vermont.
Geographically, the town of Bennington is the largest in Wyoming County, occupying a significant portion of the county's northwest corner. There are no incorporated cities or villages in the town, with two hamlets - Bennington Center and Cowlesville - that serve as community centers. Town offices and services are located in Bennington Center, as well as the Bennington Fire Company, two churches and several businesses. Cowlesville has the Cowlesville Fire Company, one church, several businesses, the Town's Historical Museum and Town Park. Other rural areas of the Town contain cemeteries, and there is also a church in Folsomdale.
Local students attend school at Attica Central School, Alden Central School, Alexander Central School and Iroquois Central School Districts, all located outside the Town's boundaries. There is no post office in the Town, but residents are served through the following post office/zip codes: Cowlesville (14037 - no longer a physical post office); Attica (14011); Alden (14004); Darien Center (14040); Varysburg (14167) and Strykersville (14145.)
The Town is governed by the Town Council or Town Board, made up of one Town Supervisor (2 year term), and four Councilmen (4 year terms.) The Board meets monthly on the second Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. to conduct Town business - pay claims, review the financial status of the Town, review the work of the various departments, approve actions such as contracts for services, appointing members to committees and boards, and planning future activities and projects. Each member of the Board has one vote and actions must be approved by a majority of the Board.
The Town Supervisor also serves as the Town's representative to the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors. There the Supervisor has voting authority by weighted vote - following each US Census, the Town's population is apportioned against the total County population and receives a number of votes for actions on the County level.
Other elected officials for the Town include two Town Justices, who each serve four year terms. The Justices receive training and operate under the direction of the New York State Office of Court Administration.
The Town Clerk serves a two year term and provides many of the services the Town offers to residents - hunting and fishing licenses, handicapped parking permits, birth and death certificates, marriage licenses, dog licenses, etc. The Clerk also takes and maintains minutes of the official proceedings of the Town Board at their meetings.
The Town Highway Superintendent serves a two year term, and oversees the operations of the Town Highway Department., including planning and carrying out maintenance, repairs, snow removal operations, removal of fallen trees, and road improvements.
Town officials and employees, other than the Highway Superintendent and the Highway employees, serve as part-time employees.