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Selectboard Meeting Notes - Panhandling, and A Big Ol' Meeting To Catch Up

The Brattleboro Selectboard returned from summer break to a full agenda and long meeting. A continued discussion of panhandling provided updates on efforts now underway as well as a new suggestion for a sign explaining “the rules.”

The panhandling discussion led some to a discussion of drug use on Flat street, which the Chief of Police says is on the rise and spreading to adjacent areas.

Other matters included grants, proposed parking and speed limit changes, bigger acts possibly coming to the Latchis, new bus routes and schedules, and much more.

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Brattleboro Storm Damage Report

At approximately 4:15pm a strong thunderstorm moved through the area with very gusty winds. The storm brought down numerous trees and power lines, mostly centered in an area of Putney Rd from the Veterans Bridge north to the town line.

The Brattleboro Fire Department answered 15 calls for assistance during and immediately after the storm, including trees and wires down, fire alarms and an odor of smoke. Areas that sustained tree damage as well as isolated power outages included but are not limited to Stockwell Drive, Black Mountain Rd, Kipling Road, Cedar St, Upper Dummerston Rd, Cresent Drive and several areas along Putney Rd. There was no property damage or injuries reported.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - September 5, 2017

The Brattleboro Selectboard will meet again on September 5, returning to business and signifying the end of summer break for all of us. There’s quite a bit of business, too.

The board will discuss water and sewer issues, the police and fire facilities, farm taxes, panhandling, and parking changes. They’ll deal with a pile of grant applications, hear from both the bus company and downtown organization, and make committee appointments. And you can bring up other issues not on the agenda during public participation.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, September 8, 2017, at 10:00am in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

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Brattleboro Labor Day Closings

In observance of Labor Day, all Town offices will be closed on Monday, September 4, 2017, with the exception of emergency services.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Sunday, September 3, and Monday, September 4. All other violations will be enforced.

Brooks Memorial Library will be closed on Sunday, September 3, and Monday, September 4.

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There Be Toxicity

In many online comment sections you can expect to find nasty comments. It’s not an accident that many online sites with comments are populated with people who post using a pseudonym. Being anonymous undoubtedly emboldens people to speak their minds. No one should use comments sections unless they are prepared accept a variety of comments good, bad and ugly. According to Wired.com, “The proportion of crummy comments is higher in Vermont than in any other state.” Wired.com teamed with Disqus.com to nationally survey thousands of websites to find out which state makes the most snarky comments.

Vermont has the distinction of having the highest percentage of toxic comments at 12.2 percent. Wired.com “analyzed 92 million comments over a 16-month period, written by almost 2 million authors on more than 7,000 forums that use the Disqus software.” Iowa at 10.3 percent has the second highest percentage of toxic comments online.

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*Not* Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast - But Might Be of Interest

[There have not been any Citizens' Breakfasts - http://bit.ly/YkYQBx - for awhile ... due to a complexity of reasons ... if you have an interest in continuing or reformulating the Breakfast, please contact me directly.] 

But here is something I wanted to share that you might find of interest: On March 23, I sent a letter to Vermont Chief Justice Reiber. Anticipating his appearance on Vermont Edition this past Friday, I re-posted the content of the letter as a question to Vermont Edition and it was posed by Bob Kinzel in his interview. The interchange can be heard beginning at about 9:05, at the following link:http://digital.vpr.net/post/chief-justice-paul-reiber-vermont-supreme-court-and-justice-our-state

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, August 28, 2017, at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center. NOTE: This meeting replaces the regular meeting that would normally have taken place on September 4 (Labor Day).

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, August 28, 2017, at 5:30pm in the Brooks Memorial Library Meeting Room.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street, Suite 208
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 251-8100

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of August 28, 2017

I-91

All traffic (northbound and southbound) has been shifted onto the new bridge structure, with two available lanes of traffic in both directions.

Punchlist work requiring lane closures for northbound and southbound traffic will continue. Please follow advanced warning signs.

Route 30

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 may be reduced to a single lane intermittently, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.

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Williams Street Closure(s)

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

On Thursday, August 24th, 2017, Williams Street will be closed to through traffic from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm from the Union Street intersection to Brannan Street to replace a stormwater pipe. Vehicle traffic will need to find alternate routes.

If you have any questions, please contact Hannah Tyler, Highway and Utilities Superintendent at (802) 254 – 4255 or htyler@brattleboro.org.

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NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

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