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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, July 24, 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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NECCA Announces New Leadership

July 20, 2017

Brattleboro, VT—The New England Center for Circus Arts has announced that effective July 20, 2017, the board of directors has elected seven new members and hired an interim executive director and an operations director. The board has also rescinded the termination letters sent to founders and artistic directors Elsie Smith and Serenity Smith Forchion, and invited the return of those coaches who resigned in protest recently.

The changes come in the wake of two weeks of uncertainty following the abrupt termination of the founders, a coaches strike in response, and a significant outpouring of community support for the coaches and the founders in Brattleboro and throughout the international circus community.

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Brattleboro Board of Civil Authorities To Hear Property Tax Appeals

The Brattleboro Board of Civil Authorities will meet in the Hanna Cosman Room of the Municipal Center on Wednesday, August 9th, at 6:00 PM and Thursday, August 10th, at 6:00 to hear property tax assessment appeals.

Hilary Francis
Brattleboro Town Clerk
230 Main Street, Suite 108
Brattleboro. VT 05301

hfrancis@brattleboro.org
ph 802-251-8129
fax 802-257-2312

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A Few Thoughts From Elsie and Serenity Smith

I sent a few questions to Elsie and Serentity Smith, founder of New England Center for Circus Arts. While wishing to stay out of the fray, they did have a statement and a few answers to some of the questions I sent them.

First, their statement:

“The NECCA Board and Executive Director leadership, who are our superiors in position at the organization we founded, have let us down and are making decisions we do not believe are in the best interest of NECCA. We have attempted to carry on under their leadership, but they have different goals and we are unable to support the NECCA leadership as it currently stands. We are enormously grateful for the outpouring of support from our community and hope a future for NECCA can be found.”

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Draft Agreement Between NECCA Coaches and Board of Trustees

Jamie Hodgson, a NECCA coach, said that on Saturday several coaches of the New England Center for Circus Arts met with a 3rd party representing the board, Gordon Bristol, in an attempt to work out an agreement for going forward.  

"They discussed several things in detail and Gordan (sic) expressed confidence that the agreement would be well received by the board," she said by email, "and that he felt some version of this agreement may be signed by the board by the next morning.

"The coaches were contacted by Mel, the board president, this morning 7/16. While he expressed interest in talking and optimism that we could move forward, he did not agree to any of the terms of the agreement."

Here's the draft agreement up for discussion:

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Brattleboro Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes Due

Notice to Taxpayers

The taxpayers of the Town of Brattleboro are hereby notified and warned that Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes assessed upon the Grand List of 2017 are now due and payable to the Town Treasurer at the Treasurer’s Office in the Brattleboro Municipal Center, 230 Main Street, Suite 111, Brattleboro, Vermont, in four equal installments as follows:

1st Installment due August 15, 2017

2nd Installment due November 15, 2017

3rd Installment due February 15, 2018

4th Installment due May 15, 2018

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 5:30pm 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: Brother, Can You Spare A Circus School?

Big news, not from the board but from the public, at the most recent Brattleboro Selectboard meeting: there is internal turmoil that threatens NECCA, the New England Center for Circus Arts. Founders were forced out, and resignations of board and staff followed. More fallout is expected.

Many summer public works projects were pushed along by board action. The board also held a discussion of panhandling in Brattleboro accompanied by at least four ideas for changing the situation, including one to consider a program to give panhandlers temporary jobs.

Board members received a skatepark update, set property tax rates, and made a dance festival proclamation in their only July meeting.

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Town Manager Peter Elwell Interview - Part 3: Brattleboro and the Future

We continue our series of occasional interviews with Town Manager Peter Elwell with some general questions about towns and governing. This time, we look at "the future."

I suppose we should define “future.” What year do you generally think of as “the future”? (I generally think about 2050 or 2100 as markers of “the future.”)

Your markers are out further than mine. Beyond 5 or 10 years, projections involve more and more speculation and carry more and more risk. I think longer term futuristic thinking can be stimulating as an intellectual pursuit, but I don’t think it practically informs most municipal government actions. There is one important exception to that: capital infrastructure (especially utilities). Our investments in physical infrastructure are both very expensive and very durable. These facilities typically last 30 to 50 years or even longer. It is important for us to use the best available information and reasonable future forecasts to ensure that we are sizing facilities appropriately and building them to last.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - July 11, 2017

A discussion of issues related to panhandling in Brattleboro is scheduled for the next meeting of the Selectboard. It is likely to be a starting point for the board, as no definitive action is being proposed.

The board will be busy as Water & Sewer Commissioners, approving a few big, expected projects. They will hear an update on progress toward building a skatepark at Living Memorial Park, set property tax rates, buy stuff for the new fire and police buildings, review their goals, approve some paving and celebrate dance in the region. All this and more, and you are invited to attend and participate.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, July 10, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 4:00pm 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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Next West Brattleboro Association Meeting July 13th

The next monthly meeting of the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will be held on Thursday, July 13th at 6:00 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 BizUp/Commercial Spaces.

On the agenda also is a recap of the Chicken Barbecue held over Memorial Day weekend, including deliberating
whether the group should think about approaching it differently in the future.

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Brattleboro Reminds Residents to Keep All Sidewalks Clear

The Town of Brattleboro reminds all property owners, residents, and business operators to keep sidewalks clear and free from any obstructions. This is necessary to maintain open and safe use of all sidewalks by all people, and it is especially important for people using wheelchairs, walkers, or strollers.

Town ordinances require that owners keep vegetation from encroaching on or over sidewalks. Residents also are required to keep garbage cans, recycling bins, and compost containers off of sidewalks and to bring those items back onto their property (away from curb) after Triple-T has collected the contents at curbside.

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Noticed Around Brattleboro - Summer 2017

Another edition of "what have you noticed recently," in which you can report on the smallest of small things. You know, those things that make you stop for a second look, or that you mention to others when you get back from errands. No detail is too small.

As always, I shall get you started:

- NECCA is using their new circus building.

- Harmony Lot is getting refinished.

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Brattleboro Town Closures, Parade and Fireworks Schedule for 4th of July

In observance of the July 4th holiday, all Town offices will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, with the exception of emergency services.

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

Brooks Memorial Library will be closed on Tuesday, July 4.

Trash, recycling and composting materials will be picked as normal on Monday, July 3. However, they will NOT be picked up Tuesday, July 4 and collections will then be delayed by one day for the rest of the week. This is also a reminder that curbside single stream recycling is available as of July 3.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will hold a special meeting on Monday, June 26, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, June 26, 2i017 at 5:30pm in the Brooks Memorial Hospital 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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Selectboard Meeting Notes - Energy, Diversity, Plastic Bags, and New Trails

The energy of the Brattleboro Selectboard was spent on many issues of energy - from a demonstration of carbon use during a fuel oil purchase to appointing, oddly, multiple weighers of coal. Energy improvements were contemplated, but not firm enough to take hold quite yet.

The conversation about diversity continued, with a status report and a plan to survey experts and others in the community before jumping in with decided plans. Green Street and surrounding areas will get a new network of trails. And the board asked for an ordinance to ban single use plastic bags from retail outlets.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - June 20, 2017

The Brattleboro Selectboard will continue working on diversity issues at their next regular meeting at the Municipal Center. They'll also start discussing the possibilities of plastic bag ban options for the town.

David Schoales has a suggestion to transfer funds to address energy and conservation projects. The board will lock in a price for heating oil, approve bids for parking lot paving, accept grants, and the dog park will be approved for fencing. (En garde, Snoopy!) All this and more.

You can bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation, and you are welcome to participate throughout the meeting.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 5:30pm 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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Summer Programming at Brooks Memorial Library

For libraries, summer time means summer reading. This year’s theme is “Build A Better World,” and the Children’s Room will be busy providing new programs and continuing with previous popular summer programs.

This year we will offer a summer challenge for kids, ages 4-12. (Teen programs and programs for littler ones will also be available.) This program offers kids the chance to earn points for reading, being read to, or listening to audiobooks. Kids can also earn points by attending library programs. All these points are recorded a specific form that can be picked up in the Children’s Room. When a child earns 25 points, they can progress to the next level to earn more points and more prizes; the higher the level, the better the prizes. There will also be special tasks throughout the summer to earn bonus points. Prizes include free books, free snacks at local establishments, and free passes to other fun activities. Children can sign up starting Monday, June 19th, and then all the way through the summer. The completed forms have to be turned in by Saturday, August 12th to be able to win any prizes.

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