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Town Government

Events put on by the Town from forums to fun activities

Guilford Pre-Town Meeting

Date & Time: 
Feb 22 2018 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

 Selectboard & School Board present their budgets & answer questions about proposed articles.  Meet the candidates for town & school boards, including possible write-in candidates.    Refreshments, too!  Sponsored by Broad Brook Grange.

WSWMD Hazardous Waste Collection

Date & Time: 
Nov 4 2017 - 8:00am - 12:00pm

2 Locations:

1. Windham Solid Waste Management District, 327 Old Ferry Road, Brattleboro

2. Old School Enrichment Center, 1 School Street, Wilmington

Fees/Limits: $5 per household/10-gallons

The collection is open to residents and businesses in the following towns: Brattleboro, Brookline, Dover, Dummerston, Guilford, Halifax, Jamaica, Marlboro, Newfane, Putney, Readsboro, Somerset, Stratton, Townshend, Vernon, Wardsboro, Westminster, Whitingham & Wilmington.

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) can be identified by key words on the container label: danger, warning and caution. The container may also describe the health or environmental hazard of the product by using the following words: flammable, combustible, poison, caustic, and irritant.

Brown Bag Lunch Series: Downtown Parking Plan Update

Date & Time: 
Oct 20 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Andy Hill, the Town of Brattleboro's Parking Consultant, presents preliminary findings from the ongoing downtown parking study and survey effort and leading a discussion on how parking will play a role in downtown commerce and vitality. Andy is the Director of Consulting Services for Desman Design Mgt. and has been studying parking in downtown Brattleboro since June.

Brown Bag Lunch Series: Downtown Parking Plan Update

Date & Time: 
Sep 14 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Andy Hill, the Town of Brattleboro’s Parking Consultant, presents  preliminary findings from the ongoing downtown parking study and survey effort and leading a discussion on how parking will play a role in downtown commerce and vitality. Andy is the Director of Consulting Services for Desman Design Mgt. and has been studying parking in downtown Brattleboro since June.

Brattleboro Selectboard Candidate's Forum

Date & Time: 
Feb 11 2016 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

WKVT and Brattleboro Community Television will co-produce a candidate’s forum on Thursday, February 11 for voters to learn more about the three candidates vying for two seats on the Brattleboro Selectboard.

Current Chair David Gartenstein, former chair Richard DeGray and businessman Avery Schwenk are all seeking election to one-year terms when Brattleboro residents go to the polls on Tuesday, March 1. No other elected position in the town has more than one candidate. 

VT Secretary of State's Transparency Tour

Date & Time: 
Nov 9 2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos is continuing his third biennial Transparency Tour with a stop in Brattleboro on Monday, November 9, 2015. The presentation, focusing on laws about open and transparent government, will be held at Brattleboro Town Hall at 6pm.

Brattleboro is the eighth location on a 12-stop statewide tour. Secretary Condos will discuss best practices in open and transparent government and answer questions that attendees may have regarding the nuances of these laws.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend any of the Transparency Tour events. For more information or for other dates and locations, visit www.tinyurl.com/Transparency2015.

Representative Town Meeting for the Town of Brattleboro

Date & Time: 
Mar 21 2015 - 8:30am - 6:00pm

The Town of Brattleboro's 2015 Representative Town Meeting will be held Saturday, March 21, 2015, from 8:30am to 6:00pm (or such time as the business session concludes), at Brattleboro Area Middle School, on Sunny Acres Road, in the School's Multi-Purpose Room. This room is reached via the Middle School's eastern-most entrance facing Sunny Acres Road.

Interested members of the general public are welcome to attend and observe, but will be seated separately from the voting members of Representative Town Meeting. [Because there remain some empty delegates' seats, it may be possible to be appointed temporarily to serve your election district - kindly contact the Town Clerk for details.]

Brattleboro Schools' Pre- Town Meeting Budget Informational Session

Date & Time: 
Mar 18 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm


In preparation for Brattleboro'ws Representative Town Meeting, which is scheduled for this Saturday, March 21, 

the Town Schools' budget informational meeting is being held tonight, March 18, at Academy School. It is hosted by the Brattleboro Town School Board, assisted by Windham Southeast Supervisory Union.

Town School District Budget Informational Meeting
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Academy School Music Room

5:30 pm   Regular School Board meeting

6:00 pm   Program Exhibits

6:30 pm   School Board Presentation of Budget and Discussion

Official Hearing - Pro Democracy Amendments

Date & Time: 
Jan 29 2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

This is the second of two official hearings as provided by statute for public discussion of amendments to the town charter.  Start time is actually 6:15.  The full text of the amendments is available through the town clerk or through the petitioners:  Brattleboro Common Sense.

In 2011 representative town meeting (RTM) voted to restrict traditional rights of free speech: to call for official votes, and the referendum power.  The amendments are propoesed for the purposes of:

Official Hearing - Pro Democracy Amendments

Date & Time: 
Jan 20 2015 - 6:00pm

This is the first of two public hearings as provided by statue for the public to discuss proposed charter changes.  The hearing had been legally warned and a full text of the amendments is available via the town clerk and from the petitioner, Brattleboro Common Sense.  Hearing starts at 6:15 (not 6:00)

RESTORING PETITION RIGHTS to call for votes on resolutions and laws, provide


A STRONGER REFERENDUM to override excessive spending by the RTM,

PAID VOTING LEAVE so that low-wage earners can afford to vote, and

UNIFIED ELECTIONS in November to save money and enhance voter turnout.

RESTORING town grand juror

Developmental Review Board Meeting - ZB Properties

Date & Time: 
Jan 21 2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Retroactive Site Plan Review - ZB Properties

Using Town Election and Petition Processes

Date & Time: 
Jan 18 2015 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Many town charters in New England provide for direct democracy, self-governance and citizen initiatives.  Brattleboro is unique in that its town charter has a major section, Article 3 "Powers of the People", which enshrines your traditional rights of free speech.   Kurt Daims of Brattleboro Common Sense will explain the petition and election process under these free speech rights, and also explain the restrictions on them that quietly took effect in 2012 and the Pro-Democracy Amendments that can restore them if voters approve them March 3.  Meet and greet at 1PM, presentation at 1:20. Discussion follows. Sunday January 18 at Roots Center 28 Williams Street, Brattleboro

Professionals Breakfast - Land Use

Date & Time: 
Jan 23 2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am

This meeting on the proposed revisions to the town's land use regulations is open to anyone but will be oriented towards professionals that are involved in real estate, land development, housing or otherwise regularly interact with the town’s zoning and subdivision regulations. It will include a brief presentation and ample opportunity for questions and comments from participants.

Land Use Brown Bag Lunch at Brooks Memorial Library

Date & Time: 
Jan 23 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

This meeting is open to anyone but will be oriented towards those who serve on various town boards and committees, or who are members of other organized groups that have an interest in the town’s land use regulations. It will include a short presentation focused on relevant components of the proposed regulations such as historic district design review, natural resource protection standards, agricultural enterprises, rural subdivision standards and energy efficiency and conservation measures. There will be opportunity for questions and discussion from participants.

Land Use Revision Kick-Off Presentation

Date & Time: 
Jan 22 2015 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

This will be a more formal presentation beginning with why the Planning Commission is proposing changes to the zoning and concluding with a virtual walking tour along selected corridors to explain how proposed zoning changes would affect these areas.

Land Use Revision Open House

Date & Time: 
Jan 22 2015 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Anyone interested is welcome to drop in at any time during the open house to learn more about the proposed changes to the land use regulations. Town staff, planning consultant and planning commission members will be available to answer questions and discuss any concerns related to the proposed changed. This is a great venue if you are concerned about whether changes to the town’s zoning may affect your property or business, but you aren't very familiar with the town’s current regulations or aren’t really sure what you need to know.

WSWMD Hazardous Waste Collection Event

Date & Time: 
Nov 1 2014 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

The Windham Solid Waste Management District (WSWMD) will be holding its annual hazardous waste collection event on Saturday, November 1st from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the WSWMD facility located at 327 Old Ferry Road, Brattleboro, VT 05301. Additional collections are being held, on the same day, in Halifax, Wardsboro and Winhall from 9:00 am - 11:00 am. Please call (802) 257-0272 for additional information.

Open House "Meet and Greet" with Joan Bowman, Candidate for Vermont State Senate

Date & Time: 
May 6 2014 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Joan Bowman is running for the Vermont State Senate as a Democrat to represent Windham County. She will be hosting a Candidate "Meet and Greet" Open House on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014. The event will take place from 5:00pm – 8:00pm in the Glass Room at the Marlboro College Graduate Center (located at 28 Vernon St., Brattleboro, VT). Attendees are invited to come and go as they please. Some light refreshments will be provided.

Presentation On Brattleboro's Proposed New Subdivision Regulations

Date & Time: 
Apr 30 2014 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Come hear about the proposed new regulations that will protect our rural countryside by:

1. Permitting flexible lot sizes
2. Changing how we calculate the number of lots in a subdivision
3. Utilizing a 4-step design process that accounts for natural features
4. There will be time for Q&A and feedback.

The Draft Subdivision Regulations are available for review on the Town’s website at www.brattleboro.org. Copies are available at the Planning Services Department. Questions? Call the Planning Services Department at 251-8154 or email sfillion@brattleboro.org

Special Election - Budget Referendum

Date & Time: 
Apr 17 2014 - 9:00am - 7:00pm

Referendum by Australian ballot. All registered voters in the Town are eligible to vote.

Voting will be held in the Selectboard Meeting Room (Rm 212) of the Municipal Center, 230 Main Street. Polling hours will be from 9:00 A.M. until 7:00 P.M.

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