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Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Agenda - Visiting Streets

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 and will conduct site visits at three locations (see agenda). The Board will convene at 5:15pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center then recess and move to each of the three sites to hold site visits. At the conclusion of the site visits, the Board will reconvene the special meeting in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center (approximately 7:30pm) and hold public hearings pertaining to each site.

ASL interpreters will be available for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community members when the Board reconvenes at the Municipal Center after the site visits.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
(802) 251-8100

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, June 27, 2016 at 5:30pm at the Brooks Memorial Library in the community room.

The Brattleboro Police-Fire Facilities Building Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 4:00pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
(802) 251-8100

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Selectboard Meeting Notes - Successful Union Negotiations and General Goodness For Solstice

The Brattleboro Selectboard approved of contracts for most of the town’s union and non-union employees, with a range of raises, salary adjustments, and benefits packaged at minimal additional cost to taxpayers over the next three years. The negotiating process went smoothly, with cooperation on all sides, pleasing those involved.

Brattleboro’s 4th of July parade permit was approved, finances are looking good, tax bills will be delayed, Bradley House got lots of money, paving will be done under budget, grants were accepted, the town is suing over a breached contract, citizens were appointed to committees, a property will be demolished, Brattleboro businesses will face fines, and more.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - June 21, 2016

Raises and benefits for town employees will be among the various items the Brattleboro Selectboard plans to discuss at their next regular Tuesday meeting at the Municipal Center.

Attend in person or watch on BCTV, and you’ll learn more about grants, paving, finances, parade permits, Business Property Tax Fines, and more! You can bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.

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Brattleboro Energy Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 5:00pm in the Planning Services Department at the Municipal Center. NOTE: This meeting replaces the meeting that was previously scheduled on July 4.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
(802) 251-8100

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Brattleboro Committee Meetings and Agendas

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 7:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 8:00am in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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Selectboard Meeting Notes: Something Borrowed

It took the Brattleboro Selectboard less time to approve of a $7.8 million bond application than it did to learn about the Southern Vermont Dance Festival. Both were equally approved and proclaimed at Tuesday’s meeting.

Gibson Aiken gym windows will be replaced, paving projects have been funded, Brattleboro aims to buy property along the Whetstone to help with flood prevention and water quality, the cemetery committee and ordinance are evolving, and the annual dog warrant has been issued.

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West Brattleboro Association Monthly Meeting June 9th

Hi, all -

The next West Brattleboro Association monthly meeting will be held on Thursday, June 9th at 6 pm at the Hayes Court Community Room on Garfield Drive.

The agenda is below the dotted line.

- Michael B.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, June 6, 2016 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, June 10, 2016 at 11:15am at Marlboro College Graduate Center in the VCIL conference room.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - June 7, 2016

Brattleboro will be applying for federal funds to purchase land along the Whetstone as part of ongoing flood mitigation plans for the town. It’s on the agenda for the next regular meeting of the Selectboard at the Municipal Center.

The board will also sign off on applying for a Bond to pay for for police and fire projects, accept $200,000 from the state for I-91 detour impact paving, issue the annual dog warrants for canines without licenses, and more. You can bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.

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Brattleboro Memorial Day Closings

In observance of Memorial Day, all Brattleboro Town offices will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2016, with the exception of emergency services.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Sunday, May 29 and Monday, May 30, 2016. All other violations will be enforced.

Brooks Memorial Library will be closed on Sunday, May 29 and Monday, May 30, 2016.

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The Heifers Will Stroll Again In Brattleboro!

Stroll Slider 2016

The 15th annual Strolling of the Heifers Weekend, featuring a parade of flower-bedecked heifer calves led by future farmers up the historic Main Street of Brattleboro, Vermont takes place June 3, 4 and 5. Organizers promise many special surprises for the occasion.

The centerpiece of the weekend is the world-famous Strolling of the Heifers Parade, which starts promptly at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 4. The signature heifer calves lead the parade and are followed by other farm animals, tractors, bands, floats and much more.

The crowd then follows the parade to the all-day Slow Living Expo to enjoy food, family fun, entertainment and exhibits. The Expo stretches over 11 acres on the Brattleboro Common and the Brattleboro Retreat grounds.

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Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, May 23, 2016 at 5:30pm at the Brooks Memorial Library in the community room.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
(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
ADA Committee
Arts Committee
Brattleboro Housing Partnerships
Cemetery Committee
Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC)

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Selectboard Meeting Notes - Put $7.8 Million On The Card, Please

At their regular meeting on Tuesday, the Brattleboro Selectboard approved of new plans for the West Brattleboro fire station as well as $7.8 million in financing from a bond bank for completing all three facility projects.

Enterprise budgets and selectboard goals were approved, the board held a discussion of public and private roads, the contract with Rescue Inc. has been renewed, new liquor fees were adopted, and Whetstone Brook is getting a close look to inspire discussions of redevelopment and flood protection.

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Brattleboro Water Department's Consumer Confidence Report and Water Quality Report for 2015

The Town of Brattleboro Water Department’s annual Consumer Confidence Report / Water Quality Report for 2015 is now available. This report can be viewed on-line at www.brattleboro.org or written copies are available at the Brattleboro Municipal Center in the offices of the Treasurer or Town Clerk. The Water Quality Report can also be obtained at the Brooks Memorial Library and the Department of Public Works on Fairground Road.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - May 17, 2016

Recently discussed enterprise fund budgets will be adopted at the next regular meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard. New liquor license fees will also be up for adoption.

Police officers will be sworn-in, Selectboard goals will be discussed, public vs. private roads will be debated, grants and contracts approved, and plans for the West Brattleboro Fire Station will be reviewed on Tuesday at the Municipal Center on Main Street. You can attend in person and participate, even bringing up other items not on the agenda during public participation.

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Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee Meeting Cancelled

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee meeting previously scheduled on May 19 has been CANCELLED. The next meeting is scheduled on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 8:00am in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
(802) 251-8100

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Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Notes - Enterprise Fund Explorations

The Brattleboro Selectboard came out of an executive session to hold special meeting about three of the Town’s fund budgets. The FY17 Utility, Parking, and Solid Waste budgets were up for review, along with updated plans for capital improvements within each enterprise fund.

Before the funds fun could get underway, Chair David Gartenstein congratulated and thanked a third grade class at Academy School for their study of West Brattleboro and how well town services meet the needs of the students. He said they wrote letters with their recommendations. Top of their list, he said, was concern about sidewalks and how close traffic is to edges of the road in some places. In addition to the safety concerns, they hoped for more clothing stores and restaurants.

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Brattleboro Taxes and Utilities Due

The fourth installment of the 2015 Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes will be due on May 16, 2016 by 5:00 PM. Payments made after May 16, 2016 will have an additional 1% interest, as well as an 8% penalty added to the unpaid balance.

The utility billing is also due on May 16, 2016 by 5:00 PM. Payments made after May 16, 2016 will have an additional 1% interest, as well as an 8% penalty added to the unpaid balance.

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