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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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Brattleboro Martin Luther King Jr. Day Closings

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, all Brattleboro Town offices will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2017, with the exception of emergency services.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Monday, January 16. All other violations will be enforced.

Brooks Memorial Library will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 16.

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Selectboard Special Meeting - FY18, Solar at the Landfill, DeGray Not Running Again

Dick DeGray will be joining David Gartenstein at the proverbial Selectboard retirement center, announcing his intentions not to run at Tuesday’s special meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard.

The meeting had two focal points and one interesting diversion. The FY18 budget and tax rate is very close to being finalized, a new era of solar net-meter credits has dawned, and a citizen wonders how to get attention for a dangerous stretch of road.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Agenda - FY18 Budget, Solar

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at 5:30pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center. ASL interpreters 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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