State office workers to be moved soon


BENNINGTON — Plans to move state office workers from the Veterans Drive complex starting next week are moving forward.

Weekly memos have been issued to keep workers up to date.

"The Health Department will provide guidance about what can be moved (papers and other fibrous materials) in advance of the move," according to the memo.

Health investigators also found unusually high instances of physician-diagnosed cases of asthma, and asthma-like symptoms in the workers.

The memo alerted employees to the possibility that more asthma might be found.

While some of the workers will be moved to large mobile office trailers at the current site, a snag was hit earlier in the week for the others.

Essentially, according to state and local officials, the intended locations on Benmont Avenue and Morse Road are zoned for industrial use, not office space.

"The sites are not in the purview of the regulations," said Bennington Town Manager Stuart Hurd said at the time.

"We're actively looking into other sites."

Buildings and General Services Commissioner Tasha Wallis said the state met with town officials Monday.

"We sat down and understood what needed to happen," Wallis said.

"We were clear about our hope that the employees would be in the downtown area, and agreed that there would be advertising in area papers."

Hurd said there were between 12 and 15 possible sites for relocation.

"The goal is to have weekly updates so that the state sand the town can know where the employees are going," he said.

"We all agreed to work aggressively together to get this accomplished."