Town of Bennington
The Town Clerk's Office will be closed on Wednesdays & Saturdays during the month of May. Office hours will be limited to Mondays 5 - 7:30 pm or by appointment. Inquires for services/licenses, etc., can be made by calling 585-591-2157 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trash & Recycling collection: Waste Management will change to the automated tote collection will start 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 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.
Please make sure the totes are placed with a foot or two of space between them, with the wheels facing your home and the front metal grab bar facing the road. Totes should be about 2 or 3 feet away from the edge of the road.
Town of Bennington Memorial Day Observance will occur on Monday, May 30th. The Attica High School Marching Blue Devils Band will parade from Pine Tree Park on Lapp Road to the Cowlesville Cemetery. A ceremony will be held with salute to the flag, readings, patriotic music and a roll call of deceased veterans from the Town.
Following the ceremony, the band will march to the Historical Museum where there will be a short musical program, as well as an Open House and Hot Dog Lunch by the Historical Society. Veterans are invited to a free lunch. If you know of any veterans from the Town who have died in the past three years, please either call 585-813-1082 or email email@example.com to have them included on the roll.
Town Clerk Carolyn Busch is resigning 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.
Youth Swimming & Crafts Program will be held in July and August. To inquire about signing up for the program, fees, etc. please call 585-591-2157 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and the Coordinator will contact you with details.
Schoellkopf Road bridge remains closed for construction of the covered bridge. Paving has been completed and remaining work includes installing the metal roof and staining touch-ups. As soon as work is complete the bridge will be open to traffic and a dedication ceremony will be held soon after that. Please be aware that the site is an active construction site closed to the public to protect everyone's safety. The old iron bridge was removed from the site and has been refurbished and reconstructed at the County Fair grounds in Pike.
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.
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
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 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.