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Town of Bennington

New York
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Anti-Rabies Vaccination Clinic - Wyoming County will be offering their final 2022 anti-rabies vaccinations for dogs, cats and ferrets on October 1st at the Wyoming Co. Highway Dept on Rt. 19 south of the Warsaw in the hamlet of Rock Glen.  Times are from 9 am to 11:30 am.  Pre-registration is encouraged  at www.wyomingco.net/activities.  Dogs & cats must be over 3 months in age.  Initial vaccines are good for one year only.  The clinic is free, with donations accepted, for County residents.  Out of County individuals must pay $10 per animal.  Call 585-786-8894 for more information.

The Town Clerk's Office will be closed on Mon. Aug. 15th.  The Office will be open again on Wed Aug 17th and Sat. Aug 20th.  For those looking for hunting & fishing licenses prior to Wednesday, you may purchase them locally at Sugarbush Armory on Maxon Road, or at sporting goods stores.

Bridge Paved

The Cannon Covered Bridge on Schoellkopf Road is open to
traffic.   Please note, as posted, the bridge is a single lane bridge as was the previous one and you should yield to traffic that is in or is already entering the bridge.  Thank you to the Wyoming Co. Hwy Dept, NYS DOT, LaBella Engineers, LC Whitford and the many subcontractors who made this project a reality.  After 50+ years, we have a covered bridge back in the Town! 

Additional photos are at the bottom of this page.

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             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.

Vacancies

             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 benn-clerk@rochester.rr.com or benn-supervisor@rochester.rr.comNote:  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: benn-clerk@rochester.rr.com

Senior Services
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.

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  • 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

ABOUT

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.) 

GOVERNMENT

                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.

 
 

TOWN CLERK

Town Clerk hours are Mondays and Wednesdays 5pm to 7:30pm and Saturdays 9 am to Noon

 

OTHER SERVICES

Trash Service
Water Department
Town Offices
Tax Assessor
Highway Department
Town Historian
Zoning Office
Town Court
Pine Tree Park
 

Event Calendar

Town News

The Cannon Covered Bridge was opened to traffic on June 1st.  The bridge is located on Schoellkopf Road and is on the site of a previous covered bridge that was removed almost 100 years ago - the Mosier Bridge.  On June 9th a ceremony was held to officially open the bridge and acknowledge those who contributed to the project.  Then the bridge was formally named and dedicated in memory of Sgt. Charles Cannon of Cowlesville, killed in action in WWII.  Sgt. Cannon was a member of the 35th Engineering Battalion, constructing roads and bridges in both the Pacific Northwest and in Europe.  Members of the Harder-O'Donnell and the Walter Klein American Legion Posts, as well as the Patriot Guard, participated in the dedication.
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