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Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Agenda - FY19 Budget, Town Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 6:15pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center. An ASL interpreter will be present 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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Selectboard Meeting Notes: FY19 Budget Finale - Tax Increase of 3.6 Cents

At their special meeting Tuesday night, the Brattleboro Selectboard finalized the FY19 budget. They agreed on the amount of fund balance to tap, set a final property tax rate, and reviewed draft warnings for Town Meeting on March 6 and Representative Town Meeting on March 24.

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Brattleboro Street Closures for Tree Removal

The Town of Brattleboro has authorized Renaud Tree Care to temporarily close two streets to remove hazardous trees, as follows:

Monday, January 22, 2018 – Chapin Street will be closed to thru traffic between Linden Street and Oak Street from 9:30am to 2:00pm. Inclement weather date is Wednesday, January 24.

Thursday, January 25, 2018 – Vine Street will be closed to thru traffic between Pleasant Street and Locust Street from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Inclement weather date is Wednesday, January 26.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Agenda - FY19 Budget

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 6:15pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center. ASL interpreters will be present 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 Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee will meet on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 5:30pm in the Brooks Memorial Library Meeting Room.

The Brattleboro ADA Committee will hold a special meeting Brown Bag Lunch on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 12:00pm at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden located at 157 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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Parking Lot Snow Removal in Brattleboro Wednesday Evening

The Town of Brattleboro would like to remind everyone that the snow emergency ban is in effect.

Snow and ice will be removed from the parking lots in the downtown area this evening.

Parked vehicles in the downtown parking lots must be removed by 1:00am or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.

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Selectboard Meeting Notes - The Passing of Timothy O'Connor

Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Selectboard began on a rather sad note, with John Allen explaining that Tim O’Connor had passed away earlier in the day. 

With both Kate O’Connor and Tim Wessel absent for family matters, the small board raced through their agenda and ending before 7 pm.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - January 16, 2018

During their next regular meeting the Brattleboro Selectboard will begin filling in the warnings for Representative Town Meeting 2018. Numerous items will be considered to be placed before representatives, including tax exemptions and appointments.

The fire department will ask to apply for a grant to pay for a portion of the new aerial ladder truck, liquor licenses will be granted, and goals and finances will be reviewed. You can, as always, bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 8:00am in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 5:30pm in the Tyler Conference Room at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 5:00pm 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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Selectboard Meeting Notes: Tax Storm Forecast - Tough FY19 Decisions, For Town Meeting Representatives

The Brattleboro Selectboard held a special meeting Tuesday to make some final decisions regarding the FY19 budget. Vice-Chair Brandie Starr led the meeting in Kate O’Connor’s absence.

Over the course of several recent meetings, the board has added, subtracted, increased and decreased various budget items for a total FY19 budget of $14,653,643, or $57,795 more than what was initially presented to them. As it stands, this would require a 3.16% increase (3.92 cents) in the property tax rate, and assumes a use of $770,000 from the unassigned General Fund balance for capital expenses (the ladder truck, paving, sidewalk repair, skating rink energy savings, roofing for Gibson-Aiken, computers, and replacement vehicles and trucks.)

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Brattleboro Closures for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, all Brattleboro Town Offices will be closed on Monday, January 15, 2018, with the exception of emergency services.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Monday, January 15. All other violations will be enforced.

Brooks Memorial Library will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 15.

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Call To Action: WSESU Proposes To Eliminate Diversity Director Position

CALL TO ACTION!

At a time when the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union grows more diverse in its student population and educators clamor for tools to engender relevant cultural inclusion and equity, the WSESU School Board has proposed to cut Mikeala Simm’s position as Director of Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice. The proposal to cut her position was just announced today before the upcoming board meeting tonight. Let come out in force this evening at the Windham Regional Career Center Conference room at 6:30 p.m.

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Brattleboro Winter Farmers' Market CANCELLED for Saturday, Jan. 6th

MARKET CANCELLED - Due to extreme cold weather, the Brattleboro Winter Farmers' Market will not open tomorrow Saturday Jan 6th.

We urge folks to stay indoors, safe and warm, and take care of animals, infrastructure, and your homes! 

SEE YOU NEXT WEEK!

Contact - Sherry Maher 802-869-2141 or farmersmarket@postoilsolutions.org

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - January 9, 2018

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 6:15pm 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 Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 6:30pm in the conference room at the Gibson Aiken Center.

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, January 12, 2018 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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Selectboard Meeting Notes - FY19 Budget Decisions Continue, New Bank Account, NECCA Loan

The first meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard in 2018 was almost entirely about money. They continued their discussion of remaining FY19 budget issues, narrowing the list of undecided items by saying yes to some and maybe to others. It makes for a rather high potential tax increase, but many decisions remain that could bring the proposed rates down again. More budget meetings are planned.

The board approved of a planning grant for Tri Park and bulletproof vest purchases for police officers. And, just like many of you, Brattleboro will be depositing $5 million in a new money market account to earn a bit more interest.

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Municipal Center Boiler Fails, Selectboard Meeting Relocated

Good Morning –

The Municipal Center has two boilers. Under normal conditions, one boiler is enough to heat the building. However when its gets really cold, both boilers are needed to maintain a proper temperature. One of the boilers has failed. We are obtaining the part that is needed for the repair, but that may not get completed today. Even if we get the second boiler back online this afternoon, we won’t be able to overcome the extreme cold to heat the building to a normal inside temperature before 5:30pm tonight.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - January 2, 2018

The Brattleboro Selectboard will consider depositing $5 million into a new money market account as part of their first regular meeting of the new year.

The board will continue their discussion of the FY19 budget, consider a loan to New England School for Circus Arts, approve a tax stabilization agreement, spend some grant funds, and appoint new committee members. Also, for the first time in a long time, there is no need for an update on the police or fire facilities.

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

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Winter Farmers' Market Saturday Dec 30

Happy Almost 2018~

Stop by the Winter Farmers' Market this Saturday and wish Happy New Year to your favorite farmers, bakers and pickle makers!

We have a great line up of vendors for you who have you covered from cabbage to chocolate, syrup to soap, potatoes to pottery and more in between.  

Bundle up, and come be part of the warm community gathering that happens every Saturday, November thru March 10-2 at the River Garden in the heart of downtown Brattleboro. 

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 5:30pm in the Tyler Conference Room at 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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