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Brattleboro Snow Removal From Downtown District

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 streets in the downtown area this evening.

Parked vehicles in the downtown district must be removed by 11:00pm or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.

If vehicles are going to remain in Town overnight they should park in the Brattleboro Transportation Center. If you use the Transportation Center, do not park in a Reserved Permit space without a permit. Pay and Display is in effect after 9:00 a.m.

Contact the Brattleboro Police Department at 257-7950 for any questions.

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Brattleboro Parking Lot Snow Removal

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.

If vehicles are going to remain in Town overnight they should park in the Brattleboro Transportation Center. If you use the Transportation Center, do not park in a Reserved Permit space without a permit. Pay and Display is in effect after 9:00 a.m.

Contact the Brattleboro Police Department at 257-7950 for any questions.

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Winter Farmers' Market Open Today, December 23rd!

There will be a market today!  Weather forecast looks to have the worst of the storm ending by 10.  

Hope to see you there.  

If not, we'll be open next week as well, Dec 30th.  And every Saturday through March 2018.

Safe Travels and Happy Holidays to all,

Sherry Maher, 
Market Manager
802-869-2141

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Selectboard Meeting Notes - Number of Things, The Annual Hurting Of Feelings, and Climate Action

The Brattleboro Selectboard had numbers on the agenda for their final meeting of 2017. Budget numbers, audit numbers, financial reports, grants, and even dates on the calendar. They talked about numbers, reviewed numbers, noted errors and omissions, and made calculations.

They also had the annual visit from the designated downtown organization to hear about workplans and budgets. If you were expecting this to go smoothly, think again. Traditions must be kept...

In other matters, Brattleboro is taking action regarding climate action by joining the Vermont Climate Action Coalition.

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Brattleboro Holiday Closures

In observance of the Christmas holiday:

Brattleboro Town offices will close at 12:00 noon on Friday, December 22, and will be closed through Monday, December 25, 2017, with the exception of emergency services.

Brooks Memorial Library will be open for regular hours on Friday, December 22. It will close at 12:00 noon on Saturday, December 23, and will remain closed through Monday, December 25, 2017.

All Recreation & Parks programs scheduled after 1:30pm on Friday, December 22 will be held as scheduled. The Nelson Withington Skating Facility will be closed on Sunday and Monday, December 24 and 25.

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Monday Night Snow Removal on Western Avenue

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 streets in the downtown area this evening.

Parked vehicles in the Western Ave area and side streets must be removed by 11:00pm or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.

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Brattleboro Town Manager FY19 Budget Memo

The Brattleboro Selectboard will meet tomorrow (12/19 at 6:15pm) as previously warned. Town Manager Peter Elwell was asked to provide the Selectboard with a summary of Unfinished Business in connection with the FY19 Budget discussions. Attached is a copy of his memorandum (which has also been posted to the Town’s website under Selectboard Supporting Documents, New Business Part 2).

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 19, 2017

The Brattleboro Selectboard will have their regular meeting on Tuesday, and will take up quite a few financial matters. They'll review their FY17 budget additions, review errors and omissions to the Grand List, consider financial reports, close out a grant, review Downtown Alliance workplans and budget, join a climate action effort, and more. You can bring up other matters not on the agenda during public participation.

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Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Thursday, December 21, 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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Selectboard Special Meeting Notes: The 12 Items of Budget-mas

The Brattleboro Selectboard had a special Thursday meeting to discuss other items not currently in the FY19 budget. This list included possible new employees, equipment, training, funding, and even some consideration of a donation to the skatepark project.

You can sing along at home. See below.

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Brattleboro Parking Lot Snow Removal Tuesday Night

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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Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee Meeting Cancelled

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee meeting previously scheduled for this evening has been CANCELLED due to the snow storm.

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 of Listers Special Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Board of Listers will hold a special meeting on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 9:00am in the Assessor’s Office (Suite 109) 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 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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