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Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Thursday, December 14, 2017, at 6:15pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center. ASL interpreters will be available for deaf and hard-of-hearing community members.

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

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Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 6:30pm in the Gibson Aiken Center conference room (207 Main Street).

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

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West Brattleboro Association Holiday Party is December 14th

On Thursday, December 14th, at 6:00 pm, the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will host its annual Holiday Party at Dalem's Chalet, 78 South Street. This is a time for people and businesses in West Brattleboro to get together socially and to celebrate the village's past year. The evening will feature a cash bar with hors d’oeuvres prepared by the restaurant. The WBA suggests a voluntary donation of $5 toward the food, although no one will be turned away.

At the gathering the West Brattleboro Community Leader of the Year Award will be presented to a deserving person or organization.  Previous winners have been Nancy Barber (2016), the staff and board of Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center (2015), Bill and Judy Daley of the Vermont Country Deli (2014),  Ahmad and Kat Rashed of Rashed's Garden Center (2013), the staff and board of the Brattleboro Housing Authority (2012), and Todd Darrah of the Chelsea Royal Diner (2011), each for their many contributions to our community.

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Connie Snow's Retirement Speech

Connie Snow's retirement speech, made at the large party at the River Garden this evening (Thursday, December 7) honoring her retirement after 30 years as Executive Director of the Windsor and Windham Housing Trust (originally the Brattleboro Community Land Trust):

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Selectboard Meeting Notes - The (Almost) Million Dollar Fire Truck

The Brattleboro Selectboard heard from the Fire Department concerning a request for a new aerial ladder truck. This would be to replace a used truck, which is replacing an out-of-service truck. The board was sympathetic to the request and need, but had some concerns about the cost and how best to pay for it.

Brattleboro will be sending a letter to VTrans with a request for safety improvements along Putney Road, Central Fire Station has a ribon-cutting scheduled, and more budget meetings are on the way.

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Watch the Brattleboro Selectboard Special Budget Meeting 12/2/17

It's not nearly as good as Chris' write-ups, but here's the "fresh off the edit station" recording of last Saturday's budget meeting. It's four hours of fun!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRlLRWRjbr8

And to be able to follow along with the numbers at home, here's the current proposed budget document too:

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Brattleboro Committee Agenda

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 5:30pm in the Maple View Conference Room at the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.

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

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - December 5, 2017

At their next regular meeting, the Brattleboro Selectboard will discuss the probable purchase of a million dollar fire truck, and how best to pay for it. It's part of their ongoing look at the proposed FY19 budget. (Don't forget you can attend a special Saturday morning meeting to learn about all the departments, their staffing, and any proposed changes to their operations on Dec 2.)

The board will also consider a letter to VTrans requesting pedestrian and bike safety improvements on Putney Road.

You can bring up other items, not on the agenda, during public participation.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

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

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

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Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee Second Revised Warning

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee CHANGED THE START TIME of its meeting on Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm AND THE LOCATION OF THE MEETING. The Committee will meet at the Winston Prouty Campus (formerly Austine School), 209 Austine Drive, Holton Hall, 2nd Floor, on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 7:00pm. It is anticipated that the committee will enter into executive session at 7:05pm to discuss agencies’ financial records exempt from the access to public records. (See REVISED2 agenda)

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

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Brattleboro Committee Vacancies

The Town of Brattleboro is looking for citizens to serve on the following committees and boards:

Agricultural Advisory Board
Arts Committee
Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC)
Design Review Committee (Alternate)
Development Review Board (Alternate)
Fence Viewer (By statute, must be a legal voter of the Town)
Honor Roll
Inspector of Lumber, Singles & Wood
Planning Commission

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Brattleboro Selectboard and Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 9:00am in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center. Please note that the Board will discuss a portion of the FY19 Proposed Budget which is a separate document and can be found on the homepage of the Town’s website under “News” and on the Selectboard page under “Draft Minutes and Supporting Documents.” ASL interpreters will be available for deaf and hard-of-hearing community members.

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee CHANGED THE START TIME of its meeting on Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in the Brooks Memorial Library Mezzanine Meeting Room. It is anticipated that the committee will enter into executive session at 7:05pm to discuss agencies’ financial records exempt from the access to public records. (See REVISED agenda)

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, November 27, 2017 at 5:30pm in the Brooks Memorial Library Meeting Room.

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee will meet on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Brooks Memorial Library Mezzanine Meeting Room. It is anticipated that the committee will enter into executive session at 5:05pm to discuss agencies’ financial records exempt from the access to public records.

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

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Selectboard Meeting Notes - Brattleboro Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags, FY19 Revenue and Capital Discussed, and Happiness

Brattleboro became the first town in the state to ban single use plastic bags under 2.25 mil in thickness. It was the culmination of nearly a year-long effort of citizens and officials, and was adopted by a split-decision of the Brattleboro Selectboard.

The Library plans to end late fees and fines. FY19 budget revenue, capital projects and purchases, a new step for alcohol license holders to comply with, abatement of some past due taxes, and happy moments were all part of this pre-Thanksgiving meeting.

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Brattleboro Thanksgiving Closings

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, all Brattleboro Town offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 23 and 24, 2017, with the exception of emergency services.

Brooks Memorial Library will close at 6:00pm on Wednesday, November 22, and will be closed on Thursday, November 23. It will be open for regular hours on Friday and Saturday, November 24 and 25.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Thursday and Friday, November 23 and 24. Parking will resume regular enforcement hours on Saturday, November 25. All other violations will be enforced.

Trash, recycling and composting WILL NOT be picked up on Thursday, November 23. Trash, recycling and composting normally picked up on Thursday will be picked up on Friday, November 24.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - November 21, 2017

A revised ordinance to ban single-use plastic bags will be taken up by the Brattleboro Selectboard at their next regular meeting. If there aren’t objections, a 2.25 mil bag limit will be adopted.

Much of the remaining meeting time is related to money. The board will get a monthly finance report and begin discussing revenues, capital, and capital projects in the FY2019 proposed budget. The million dollar fire truck under consideration as a capital purchase will be discussed in early December.

Some taxes will be abated, committee vacancies announced, and a new step for liquor license applicants will also be up for discussion. You can also bring up other items not already on the agenda during public participation.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 5:00pm at the Brooks Memorial Library in the Mezzanine Meeting Room. It is anticipated that the committee will enter into executive session at 5:05pm to discuss agencies’ financial records exempt from the access to public records.

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

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Emergency Outage In Brattleboro Needed This Evening

COLCHESTER, VT…Green Mountain Power will need to interrupt power for up an hour to customers in some areas of Brattleboro this evening at 6 p.m. in order to safely repair a damaged transmission line.

The areas affected include:

· Portions of downtown Brattleboro west of Main St.

· Western Ave. towards West Brattleboro as far as Orchard Street, including connected neighborhoods

· Williams Street area

· West River Road (Route 30) north of Park Place

· Upper Dummerston Road, including connected neighborhoods

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Brattleboro Winter Parking Ban Starts Friday

The Brattleboro Parking Department would like to advise everyone that the winter parking ban will go into effect, starting Friday, November 17, 2017. Overnight parking is forbidden on all streets in the town of Brattleboro. Vehicles parked for longer than one (1) hour between 11:00pm and 07:00am may be ticketed and towed at the owners expense.

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Brattleboro Taxes Due

The second installment of the 2017 Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes will be due on November 15th, 2017 by 5:00 PM. Payments made after November 15th, 2017 will have an additional 1% interest added to the unpaid balance.

The utility billing is also due on November 15th, 2017 by 5:00 PM. Payments made after November 15th, 2017 will have an additional 1% interest, as well as an 8% penalty added to the unpaid balance.

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