Town of Bennington
Update - Due to the winter storm and the Governor's State of Emergency/Road Closures, Waste Management was not able to do trash collection last week. The next scheduled collection will be Sat. Nov. 26th - due to the Thanksgiving holiday. WM realizes that there will be 2 weeks of trash and they will be collecting both what you have in your tote as well as up to 3 additional garbage bags placed near the tote for the extra week's trash. You do not need stickers for the additional bags.
They are going to try to collect the recycling for both the east and west sides of the Town this Saturday. That being said, with having two weeks of trash collection as well as double the normal area of recycling to collect, they will be stretched thin for manpower and trucks. Please make sure you leave your trash & recycling out the full day as it may take extra time and trucks to accomplish what they can. If your recycling doesn't get picked up by the end of Saturday, please either send an email to our "Contact Us" on this website or leave a phone message at the Town Hall - 585-591-2157, so we can put a list together for WM for the roads/areas missed. In all likelihood, any missed recycling from this Saturday will be collected on 12/2. Updated 11/23/22
Take the time to take the following steps toward having a safe winter: Check your chimneys now and make sure they are clean for winter use. Check your furnace vent to be sure it is not blocked and is venting properly. Change the batteries in your smoke and CO detectors.
Notice to Bidders The Bennington Town Highway Dept has been approved to solicit bids for the purchase of a new Tractor with Mower and Broom attachments. Bids are due to the Town Clerk no later than 6 p.m. on Nov 28, 2022 and will be opened at 6:30 p.m. Nov 28 2022. Bids must be in a sealed envelope and include a non-collusive bidding certificate. The Town reserves the right to reject and or all bids. Copies of the bid specifications and non-collusive bid certificate are available from the Town Clerk, Highway Superintendent or by clicking here. More information can be obtained by speaking to the Highway Supt at 585-591-2664.
There will be a Special Session of the Town Board on Monday November 28th at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Hall for the purpose of awarding bid for the purchase of Highway equipment and any other business as comes before the Board.
Trash & Recycling collection: Waste Management changed to the automated tote collection the first week of May. Please note: Our collection day will change to Fridays, starting May 6th. There are separate trucks for garbage, recycling and large items, so if one stops and not everything is picked up, keep the remaining items out for the next trucks to come by. Recycling is collected every other week. If you live east of, but not on Rt. 77, your recycling will be collected May 6th (Green.) Those living on Rt. 77 and to the west, your recycling will be collected the following Friday (Gold.) A corrected list of streets and which week it is collected is located on this website under Forms & Information. A calendar has also been mailed out showing the alternating green and gold weeks for the year. If you have any questions, you can go to the County's website - www.wyomingco.net and check out the curbside collection site under County News.
For additional information on services, such as additional totes, bulk items, stickers for additional bags, click here. For the guidelines on bulk item collection, click here. For the 2022 schedule for recycling and bulk collection, click here.
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.
The Bennington Senior Citizens Group meets monthly at the Pine Lounge on the 3rd Monday of the month prior to the lunch at the Pine Lounge. Activities and outings are planned by members and the organization is open to seniors from Bennington and surrounding Towns in our County.
Town Clerk Carolyn Busch has resigned her position with the Town effective April 30th due to scheduling conflicts with her full-time employment. The Town is accepting letters of interest and resumes for the position of Town Clerk and/or Deputy Clerk. If you have any questions about the duties & responsibilities, skills needed and time requirements, please contact either the Town Clerk or Town Supervisor at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Note: due to this vacancy, Town Clerk Office hours in the near future may vary. Updated schedules will be posted at the Town Hall, on Facebook and on this website. Deputy Clerk Dee Nikiel will be staffing the office on a weekly basis.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to Covid-19, any person attending Town Court must wear a mask.
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 until the first of May when it will change to Friday collection, 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 7:00 pm
The Town Board meets the second Wednesday of the month at 7:30 pm.
The Planning Board meets the third Wednesday at 7:00 pm.
2022 Town Hall Holiday Schedule
Town offices will be closed the following dates in 2022:
January 17 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Town Court and Town Clerk
February 21 - Presidents Day - Town Court and Town Clerk
April 18 - Easter (Observed) - Town Court only
May 28 & 30 - Memorial Day - Town Court and Town Clerk
July 2 & 4- Independence Day (Observed) - Town Clerk and Town Court
September 5 - Labor Day - Town Court and Town Clerk
October 10 - Columbus Day - Town Court and Town Clerk
December 24 & 26 - Christmas - Town Court and 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.