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Selectboard Meeting Notes: Panhandling Sign Defeated, Budget Season Approaches

There will be no Town panhandling sign. That was the split decision of the Brattleboro Selectboard Tuesday evening.

The board had an active and long night. Much of it had to do with financial matters and planning, such as approving a letter of intent to rent space in the Municipal Center, reviewing long term financial plans, buying a fire truck, debating the thickness of single use plastic bags, and contemplating energy issues.  

Budget season starts officially at the next meeting, but it peeked its head in and said hello this week.

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Revised Revised Panhandling Sign Text

The Selectboard will be taking up the matter of a possible panhandling sign at tonight's meeting, and for the momentous occasion a new draft of proposed language has been given to the board for consideration:

“Brattleboro is a compassionate community and recognizes that it is legal for people to carry signs or to ask for money in public places. We are also committed to the safety of every resident and visitor in our town and recognize that aggressive or threatening behavior can cause legal activites to become illegal. If you feel threatened, you can call the Police at 802-257-7950 or dial 9-1-1 in an emergency. If you need food, shelter, or other assistance, you can call 2-1-1 for referral to local service agencies.”

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - October 17, 2017

Brattleboro will be renting a "substantial portion" of Municipal Center to the State of Vermont.

The Brattleboro Selectboard will also take up grants for the skatepark, a revised Long Term Financial Plan, a first reading of a ban of single-use plastic bags, energy matters including an update on the Energy Coordinator position, a temporary ladder truck, and more. You can bring up other matters not on the agenda if you want, during public participation.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Thursday, October 19, 2017, at 8:00am in the Selectboard 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 ADA Meeting Cancelled

The October meeting of the Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee previously scheduled on Friday, October 13, has been cancelled.

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

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Next West Brattleboro Association Meeting 7pm on Oct 12th at MamaSezz

The West Brattleboro Association will hold its next monthly meeting at 7pm on Thursday, October 12th, at MamaSezz, 127 Marlboro Road.  This will be a potluck, with MamaSezz providing chili and bread and other attendees bringing complementary items.

For the first time in its official non-profit history, the association's membership will be electing a slate of Trustees.  Anyone who attends can vote.

The association will also be discussing potential uses for the unspent money in the Sign Fund:  Historic site marker?  Banners on poles?  Holiday lights?  The meeting may also wrap up a decision on WBA t-shirts.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 5:15pm in the Brooks Memorial Library Local History Room. NOTE: the new time and location.

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, October 13, 2017 at 10:00am in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

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Indigenous Peoples' Day Closings

In observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, all Town offices will be closed on Monday, October 9, 2017, with the exception of emergency services.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Sunday and Monday, October 8 and 9, 2017.

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Selectboard Meeting Notes - Panhandling Sign Discussed Further, Tabled For Further Discussion

A three member Brattleboro Selectboard postponed a few issues on their agenda for the return of a full board, but took up the issue of a revised panhandling sign without them. After another long and involved discussion, the matter was tabled for when the full board returns.

A box of syringes served as an unexpected centerpiece to the board’s meeting table, placed there by a frustrated resident. A bid for pump station improvements at the Welcome Center was approved, SeVEDS gave an annual update, and committee appointments were made.

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Brattleboro Human Services Funding FY19

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee is accepting applications for FY19 Human Services Funding. The Application, as well as Instructions and Guidelines, will be posted on the Brattleboro Town website – www.brattleboro.org. The deadline to submit applications to the Brattleboro Town Manager’s Office is Monday, October 30, 2017 at 12:00pm.

The information session regarding human services funding is scheduled on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center. Applicants are encouraged to attend. For more information regarding the application process, contact Jan Anderson in the Brattleboro Town Manager’s Office at 802-251-8151.

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The New Panhandling Sign Up For Discussion

So that everyone will be informed about the proposed panhandling sign being discussed at Tuesday's Selectboard meeting, here is the latest draft under consideration. (text below). This is the official Town version, unrelated to the one proposed by the downtown organization.

What say ye? An abomination? An improvement?

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - October 3, 2017

The Brattleboro Selectboard will be discussing at their next meeting, once again, a potential sign for public properties explaining panhandling laws and rights.

They'll also hear an update on work being done by BDCC and SeVEDS, go over financial information, consider replacing our old ladder truck at the Fire Department, and more. You can bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation, too.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, October 2, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Building.

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 Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, September 25, 2017 at 5:30pm in the Brooks Memorial Library Meeting Room.

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 6:00pm at the River Garden located at 156 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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Brattleboro Board and Committee Vacancies

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

Agricultural Advisory Board ADA Advisory Committee
Arts Committee
Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC)
Design Review Committee (Alternate)
Development Review Board
Development Review Board (Alternate)
Fence Viewer (by statute, must be legal voters of the Town)

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Selectboard Meeting Notes: Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, Signs, & Climate

Brattleboro’s Town Manager revealed the results of his summer explorations of issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity. He got generally good reviews for the summary of his report, but more than a few requested some additional specifics be included. Brattleboro seems to be in a good position to make progress over the long term, but benchmarks and budgets might help.

The pesky panhandling sign returned in a semi-uncertain form, with wording in question and sponsoring organizations and services asking for their logos to be removed. The private effort was to be a collaboration, but appears to have offended a few too many.

The board also signed a statement in support of other climate agreements being signed around the globe.  (For Kate O’Connor’s sake, I’ll say here that Brattleboro has been working on climate issues for a long time, is committed to action, and will continue to be so.)

All this, and possibly more.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - September 19, 2017

Diversity in Town government and the banning single-use plastic bags will be front and center at the next Brattleboro Selectboard meeting.

The board will also hear a suggested Climate Accord Resolution, hold a public hearing on parking changes, approve wording of a sign to educate people about asking for money on the streets, oversee financial reports, and more.

You can participate in all of this by attending, and can bring up other items not 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 Monday, September 18, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room.

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 4:00pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

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Next West Brattleboro Association Meeting September 14th

The next monthly meeting of the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will be held on Thursday, September 14th at 7:00 PM at the Hayes Court Community Room on Garfield Drive.

After a review of the treasury report and the 2017 budget, there will be updates on the Neighborhood Fund and a discussion of possible Trustee elections and by-law changes.

On the agenda also will be the question of whether to go ahead with the Chicken Barbecue planned for Columbus Day weekend on October 7th.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will hold a special meeting on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 8:00am in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will hold a regular meeting on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

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