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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - December 5, 2017

At their next regular meeting, the Brattleboro Selectboard will discuss the probable purchase of a million dollar fire truck, and how best to pay for it. It's part of their ongoing look at the proposed FY19 budget. (Don't forget you can attend a special Saturday morning meeting to learn about all the departments, their staffing, and any proposed changes to their operations on Dec 2.)

The board will also consider a letter to VTrans requesting pedestrian and bike safety improvements on Putney Road.

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

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, December 8, 2017 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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Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee Second Revised Warning

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee CHANGED THE START TIME of its meeting on Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm AND THE LOCATION OF THE MEETING. The Committee will meet at the Winston Prouty Campus (formerly Austine School), 209 Austine Drive, Holton Hall, 2nd Floor, on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 7:00pm. It is anticipated that the committee will enter into executive session at 7:05pm to discuss agencies’ financial records exempt from the access to public records. (See REVISED2 agenda)

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 Vacancies

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

Agricultural Advisory Board
Arts Committee
Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC)
Design Review Committee (Alternate)
Development Review Board (Alternate)
Fence Viewer (By statute, must be a legal voter of the Town)
Honor Roll
Inspector of Lumber, Singles & Wood
Planning Commission

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Brattleboro Selectboard and Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 9:00am in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center. Please note that the Board will discuss a portion of the FY19 Proposed Budget which is a separate document and can be found on the homepage of the Town’s website under “News” and on the Selectboard page under “Draft Minutes and Supporting Documents.” ASL interpreters will be available for deaf and hard-of-hearing community members.

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee CHANGED THE START TIME of its meeting on Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in the Brooks Memorial Library Mezzanine Meeting Room. It is anticipated that the committee will enter into executive session at 7:05pm to discuss agencies’ financial records exempt from the access to public records. (See REVISED agenda)

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, November 27, 2017 at 5:30pm in the Brooks Memorial Library Meeting Room.

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee will meet on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Brooks Memorial Library Mezzanine Meeting Room. It is anticipated that the committee will enter into executive session at 5:05pm to discuss agencies’ financial records exempt from the access to public records.

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 - Brattleboro Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags, FY19 Revenue and Capital Discussed, and Happiness

Brattleboro became the first town in the state to ban single use plastic bags under 2.25 mil in thickness. It was the culmination of nearly a year-long effort of citizens and officials, and was adopted by a split-decision of the Brattleboro Selectboard.

The Library plans to end late fees and fines. FY19 budget revenue, capital projects and purchases, a new step for alcohol license holders to comply with, abatement of some past due taxes, and happy moments were all part of this pre-Thanksgiving meeting.

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Brattleboro Thanksgiving Closings

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, all Brattleboro Town offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 23 and 24, 2017, with the exception of emergency services.

Brooks Memorial Library will close at 6:00pm on Wednesday, November 22, and will be closed on Thursday, November 23. It will be open for regular hours on Friday and Saturday, November 24 and 25.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Thursday and Friday, November 23 and 24. Parking will resume regular enforcement hours on Saturday, November 25. All other violations will be enforced.

Trash, recycling and composting WILL NOT be picked up on Thursday, November 23. Trash, recycling and composting normally picked up on Thursday will be picked up on Friday, November 24.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - November 21, 2017

A revised ordinance to ban single-use plastic bags will be taken up by the Brattleboro Selectboard at their next regular meeting. If there aren’t objections, a 2.25 mil bag limit will be adopted.

Much of the remaining meeting time is related to money. The board will get a monthly finance report and begin discussing revenues, capital, and capital projects in the FY2019 proposed budget. The million dollar fire truck under consideration as a capital purchase will be discussed in early December.

Some taxes will be abated, committee vacancies announced, and a new step for liquor license applicants will also be up for discussion. You can also bring up other items not already 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 Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 5:00pm at the Brooks Memorial Library in the Mezzanine Meeting Room. It is anticipated that the committee will enter into executive session at 5:05pm to discuss agencies’ financial records exempt from the access to public records.

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

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Emergency Outage In Brattleboro Needed This Evening

COLCHESTER, VT…Green Mountain Power will need to interrupt power for up an hour to customers in some areas of Brattleboro this evening at 6 p.m. in order to safely repair a damaged transmission line.

The areas affected include:

· Portions of downtown Brattleboro west of Main St.

· Western Ave. towards West Brattleboro as far as Orchard Street, including connected neighborhoods

· Williams Street area

· West River Road (Route 30) north of Park Place

· Upper Dummerston Road, including connected neighborhoods

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Brattleboro Winter Parking Ban Starts Friday

The Brattleboro Parking Department would like to advise everyone that the winter parking ban will go into effect, starting Friday, November 17, 2017. Overnight parking is forbidden on all streets in the town of Brattleboro. Vehicles parked for longer than one (1) hour between 11:00pm and 07:00am may be ticketed and towed at the owners expense.

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Brattleboro Taxes Due

The second installment of the 2017 Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes will be due on November 15th, 2017 by 5:00 PM. Payments made after November 15th, 2017 will have an additional 1% interest added to the unpaid balance.

The utility billing is also due on November 15th, 2017 by 5:00 PM. Payments made after November 15th, 2017 will have an additional 1% interest, as well as an 8% penalty added to the unpaid balance.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 5:00pm at the Brooks Memorial Library in the Mezzanine Meeting Room. It is anticipated that the committee will enter into executive session at 5:05pm to discuss agencies’ financial records exempt from the access to public records.

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 6:30pm in the conference room at the Gibson Aiken Center. NOTE: new time and location.

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 8:00am in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Building.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street, Suite 208

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Emerging Women Leaders To Speak

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. – A bumper sticker reads “It’s a man’s world…unless women vote.”

EmergeVermont would add “…and run for office.”

The state branch of a national organization, EmergeVermont is working to identify, train and encourage women who identify as Democrats or progressives to run for office at all levels of government, get elected, and serve their communities and state. Currently, there are branches in 24 states.

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Selectboard Meeting Notes: Plastic Bag Ban Thickness Increased, FY19 Budget Overview

The Brattleboro Selectboard decided to revise their proposed plastic bag ban ordinance bag thickness, increasing it from 1 mil to 2.25 mil. This came after some special demonstrations and displays were presented and comments taken.

They also got a peek at the FY19 budget, with a review by the Town Manager that sets a course for in-depth analysis at a series of upcoming meetings. The board learned of continued steps in the realm of diversity, inclusion and equity. Groundworks received grant funds for operation of their new shelter, and results of the panhandling survey were reviewed. 

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Brattleboro FY19 Draft Budget

Hello Community Members, here is the Town Manager's Cover memo (attached) summarizing the draft of the FY19 Budget that we will be reviewing tonight. Meeting is at 6:15, and is in the Library!

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Brattleboro Veterans' Day Closings

In observance of Veterans’ Day, all Brattleboro Town Offices will be closed on Friday, November 10, 2017, with the exception of emergency services.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Friday, November 10. All other violations will be enforced.

Brooks Memorial Library will be closed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 10, 11 and 12, 2017.

The skating rink at Living Memorial Park will remain open normal hours throughout the weekend, with additional skating from 12:30pm to 2:30pm on Friday, November 10. All Recreation & Parks programs scheduled after 1:30pm on Friday, November 10,will be held as planned. All programs scheduled on Saturday, November 11, are NOT affected by the holiday.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - November 7, 2017

A short agenda with big topics is on hand for the Brattleboro Selectboard at their next regular meeting. They'll be at the library, not the Municipal Center, due to voting.

The plastic bag ban, FY19 Proposed Budget, and an update on diversity, equity and inclusion are featured. They’ll also appoint committee members, approve a grant, and discuss the downtown survey.

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

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, November 6, 2017 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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