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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - February 7, 2017

The Brattleboro Selectboard will take up some energy topics Tuesday night, at their first regular meeting in February at the Municipal Center on Main Street. A potential net metering agreement and a job description for a (volunteer) energy coordinator are on the agenda.

The board will also learn about TIF districts, accept and apply for grants, appoint committee members, and more. You can also bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.

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Brattleboro 2017 Town and Town School Meeting Warnings - Full Text

Here's the complete set of meeting warnings for Brattleboro 2017 Town, School, and Representative Town meetings.

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ANNUAL TOWN AND TOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT MEETING March 7, 2017

The legal voters of the Town of Brattleboro and the Town School District of Brattleboro, are hereby notified and warned to meet at the polling places designated for the three districts in said Brattleboro, on Tuesday, the seventh day of March, 2017, to act on the following articles:

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

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

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

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Brooks Memorial Library Children's Room will be Closed!

Due to rennovations, the Brooks Memorial Library Children's Room will be closed from Monday, February 6th through Saturday, February 11th. The rest of the library will be open, and patrons can drop off books downstairs throughout the week. Thank you for your patience as we work on building a better library.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Notes - Town Meeting Warnings, Drinking Event Approved

The FY18 municipal budget and related issues have been written up in the form of official meeting warnings, and have been approved by the Brattleboro Selectboard. This wraps up their recent FY18 budget discussions and prepares the town for March voting.

The board also approved of a special event permit for a downtown drinking and shopping event, learned of a farm expansion, and voted to send Peter Elwell to a meeting.

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Brattleboro Police-Fire Facilities Building Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Police-Fire Facilities Building Committee will meet on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 4:30pm at the West Brattleboro Fire Station for a site visit and meeting.

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

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Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Agenda - Town and Representative Town Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 5:30pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Building. An ASL interpreter will be available for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community members.

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

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Town Manager Peter Elwell Interview - Part 2: About Town

We continue our series of occasional interviews with Town Manager Peter Elwell with some general questions about towns and governing.

What is a town? What turns an empty plot of land into a town?

In Vermont, the practical answer to your question is complicated by the fact that there is no unincorporated territory so even very rural areas (that lack a concentration of people and buildings) are part of Vermont towns. Legally, in all states, towns (like cities and villages and, in some states, townships and boroughs) are municipal corporations formed by states to do the public’s local business in a defined geographic area.

However, if we put aside the statutes and textbooks, I think it is reasonable in most cases to equate “town” with “community.” While there are communities that are not towns, I believe all towns do (or at least should) strive to create a sense of community among their inhabitants. For that reason, my philosophical answer to your question is as follows: A concentration of people and buildings turns an empty plot of land into a town and the behavior of those people, the arrangement and character of those buildings, and the combined impact of endless individual and group choices determine what kind of community the place becomes.

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Brattleboro Downtown District Snow Removal Thursday 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 streets in the downtown area this evening. This will also include Western Ave from High St to I-91 Bridge and Canal Street from Elm St to John Seitz Drive.

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

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Brattleboro Street Snow Removal Wednesday

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.

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Brattleboro 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.

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.

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Noticed Around Brattleboro - Winter 2017

It is time once again to list the little things that have caught your eye around town as you go about your day.

What have you noticed lately?

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- NECCA's circus school building on Putney Rd is looking good. The steel frame is up, and there's a really nice sign out in front of it all.

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Town of Brattleboro Notice of Availability of Auditors' Reports

NOTICE is hereby given that the Brattleboro Town and Town School District Auditors’ Reports for fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, are available upon request and may be picked up at the Brattleboro Town Clerk’s office, 230 Main Street, Brattleboro, Vermont.

The Auditors’ Reports will also be available as part of the Town and School District Annual Report which will be available at the Town Clerk’s office no later than February 24, 2017.

Based on vote at Representative Town Meeting, March 20, 2010, the Town will no longer mail the Auditors’ Reports to all voters of the Town.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, January 23, 2017 at 5:30pm in the Brooks Memorial Library community room.

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

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

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Brattleboro Snow Removal Wednesday 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 10:30pm or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.

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Selectboard Meeting Notes: FY18 Budget Approved, IT Plan To Understand Earthlink Accounts Before Ending Them

Brattleboro’s FY18 budget was approved by the Brattleboro Selectboard for presentation to Representative Town Meeting in March, ending a nine week process of review and adjustment. Your municipal taxes will increase 3.5 cents if approved by representatives.

A new IT plan will streamline Town networks and allow staff to use 2017 technology. Commonwealth Dairy and Hermit Thrush Brewery were assisted with land and loans, a new Mexican restaurant will open soon, Town audits show a clean bill of financial health, and mobile homes will be protected from future flooding.

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Tim Wessel Running for Selectboard Seat - One Year

Hello to all iBrattleboro readers!

As some of you may have heard, last week I announced my candidacy for the Brattleboro Selectboard.  I will be on the ticket for one of the two available one-year seats.

I feel that this is a good time to inject a little energy and positive ideas into our town, and I hope to be part of that effort.  I think I’ll be able to bring a straightforward voice to the board, balancing the desire to try some new directions and also be firmly planted in fiscal responsibility - important to all hard-working taxpayers (like myself!).

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I Am Running For Selectboard

Hello! I wanted to take a moment to announce my run for Selectboard. I am excited to embark on this run and welcome any questions you might have. Feel free to email me: bstarr@brattbank.com. I have started a Facebook page facebook/brandiestarrforselectboard and will post questions and answers there as well. 

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - January 17, 2017

After many a meeting to discuss the details, the FY18 Municipal Budget will likely be approved for presentation to Representative Town Meeting at Tuesday’s meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard.

An $80,000 IT plan will be presented. The board also will hear about financial audits, work out an easement arrangement with Commonwealth Dairy, loan some money to Hermit Thrush Brewery, and more.

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Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Thursday, January 19, 2017 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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