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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, May 22, 2017, at 5:30pm at Brooks Memorial Library in the Meeting Room.

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 5:30pm 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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Annual Brattleboro Water Quality Report Available

The Brattleboro Water Department’s annual Water Quality Report for 2016 is now available on-line at www.brattleboro.org. Printed copies can be obtained at the Town of Brattleboro’s Municipal Center, in the offices of the Treasurer and the Town Clerk, at the Department of Public Works on Fairground Road, and the Brooks Memorial Library on Main Street.

Cheryl (Petrin) Dyer
Office Manager
Dept of Public Works
Town of Brattleboro
802-254-4255
fax 802-257-2316

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Town of Brattleboro Committee and Board Positions Open

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

Agricultural Advisory Board
ADA Committee
Arts Committee
BASIC (Brattleboro Area Skatepark Is Coming) - Must be Brattleboro resident
Brattleboro Housing Partnerships
Cemetery Committee
Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC)

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Selectboard Meeting Notes - Budgets, Wood Pellets, Parking, PAYT, and Pool Repair

The Brattleboro Selectboard examined and approved the FY18 Utilities, Parking, and Solid Waste budgets on Tuesday night. There was ample discussion about a wide range of energy-related issues throughout, from wood boilers and pellet prices to energy improvements in town facilities.

PAYT bag costs will not be increased. The board also approved of studying downtown parking, is looking at water treatment facility improvements, has approved of the emergency operations manual, set their goals, approved grants, and acted quickly to spend money on repairing the repairs at the pool, so that all may swim by opening day in June. 

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Japanese Knotweed Workshop in Brattleboro, May 23

The Brattleboro Conservation Commission is hosting a free workshop for people interested in learning about Japanese knotweed and participating in a town-wide mapping exercise on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at the West River Park from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Participants will learn about the plant biology, how to identify it and management options from Elizabeth Spinney, Invasive Plant Coordinator from VT Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. A project database will also be introduced.

This workshop is open to the public and anyone interested in attending should meet at the end of the parking lot near the trail that leads to the West River at 4:00 PM.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - May 16, 2017

Energy efficiency at the the Wastewater Treatment Plant and Drinking Water Asset Management will be among the issues taken up by the Brattleboro Selectboard at their next regular meeting at the Municipal Center.

A parking study will get underway, various grants and agreements will be discused and signed, and the FY18 Parking and Utility Budgets will be up for review. There's also a little issue with Pay As You Throw bag revenue being less than expected.

You can bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation, and can stay and discuss any of the agenda items as they are presented.

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Brattleboro Property Taxes, Utilities Due May 15

The fourth installment of the 2016 Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes will be due on May 15, 2017 by 5:00 PM. Payments made after May 15, 2017 will have an additional 1% interest, as well as an 8% penalty added to the unpaid balance.

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

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Brattleboro Committee Agendas

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at 7:00pm 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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Next WBA Meeting, May 11th, with Cassandra Holloway of Prevention Coalition

The next monthly meeting of the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will be held on Thursday, May 11th at 6:00 PM in the Hayes Court Community Room on Garfield Drive (just west of the West Brattleboro Post Office). Postponed from April will be guest speaker Cassandra Holloway's talk on the Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition.

The meeting will begin with brief reviews of the treasury report, the Neighborhoods Fund, and BizUp/Commercial Spaces activities.  This will be followed by planning for the May 27th chicken barbeque.  There will then be continued discussion of uses for the remaining money in the Sign Fund, particularly the idea for a historic sign or site marker. 

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Selectboard Meeting Notes - Roundabouts and Compassion

Slightly revised and streamlined plans for Putney Road improvements were presented to the Brattleboro Selectboard at Tuesday’s meeting. Bike paths, sidewalks, and traffic circles are all part of the proposed plans, but work won’t start for years and faces many a challenge.

Brattleboro proclaimed adoption of principles set forth for Compassionate Cities. We will all try to be a bit better.

We also have a new Energy Coordinator, the board applied for grants for the skatepark, paving and wall contracts were approved, the pumper rescue is ordered and will be here in a year, goals and operations were discussed, and marching bands galore are expected next week on Main Street.

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2nd Annual Safer Streets Community Forum

2d annual Safer Streets Community Forum

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - May 2, 2017

At their first regular meeting in May, the Brattleboro Selectboard will adopt a “Resolution for Compassion in Brattleboro,” and discuss diversity of Town staff. There will be a presentation by VTrans on reconstructing Putney Road, a pumper-rescue truck will be purchased, paving will be approved, an Energy Coordinator will be appointed, and another $70,000 in grant applications for for the Brattleboro skatepark will be pursued.

The board will also return to more routine business such as board rules and goals, festival permits, and reviewing the Comprehensive Review of Town Operations. You can participate by attending, at the Municipal Center on Main Street.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 10:00am in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center. NOTE the date change for this month’s meeting only.

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

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Noticed Around Brattleboro - Spring 2017 Edition

Time once again for you to point out the little changes you see in your neighborhood and around town. Here are a few:

- First Baptist Church will have living spaces above, a concert hall below, and meeting space in the back.

- NECCA's new building on Putney Road look almost finished. I like the way the dip in the roof slightly suggests a tent shape.

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Spanish Exchange Students Coming In June - Host Families Needed!

HOST A SPANISH STUDENT FOR JUST 3 WEEKS

Host families are urgently needed for a group of Spanish students will be spending 3 ½ weeks in southern Vermont this summer to improve their English and experience American family life. These boys and girls, who range in age from 15 to 17, arrive June 25 and depart on July 20.
They are all from the Basque region of Spain and come with their own spending money and medical insurance.

Host families provide a warm and safe home environment for the student, as well as meals and transportation to a meeting spot on the days there are field trips to Boston, and Six Flags. It’s fine for a student to share a room with a host sibling, and students have their own spending money and medical insurance.

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Green Up Day is Coming!

Green Up Day is coming!

Always the first Saturday in May, this year May 6 marks 47 years of proudly continuing Vermont’s unique Green Up Day tradition. Volunteers statewide will come together in their communities to tackle trash and litter along roadsides, in public spaces, natural landscapes and waterways. Vermont was the first state in the nation to designate one special day for cleaning the entire state. Many thanks to the hardworking state employees at the Vermont’s Agency of Transportation who clean Vermont’s Interstates and state highways, some 2,707 miles every spring. Now we depend on you to help clean town roads. Together, Vermonters clean up their communities for the community of Vermont. Come on out and take part!

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will hold a special meeting on Monday, April 24, 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, April 24, 2017, at 5:30pm at the Brooks Memorial Library in the Meeting Room.

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

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Full Text - Brattleboro's Indigenous Peoples' Day Proclamation

Here's the full text of the resolution adopted Tuesday night by the Brattleboro Selectboard.

"RESOLUTION FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DAY

WHEREAS, at the Town of Brattleboro 2017 Annual Representative Town Meeting, the Town unanimously approved a petitioned article to advise the Selectboard to proclaim the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead of Columbus Day; and

WHEREAS, the Town of Brattleboro Selectboard heeds said advice and desires to recognize the Indigenous People of Wantastegok in Sokwakik - the immediate area now known as Brattleboro, Vermont – dwelling here prior to and during the colonization begun by Christopher Columbus in the Western Hemisphere; and

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Selectboard Meeting Notes - Brattleboro Adopts Indigenous Peoples' Day, Buys Hydraulic Hammer

With two Brattleboro Selectboard members absent, Tuesday night’s agenda was both shortened of items and extended by additional background information for the benefit of new members.

The board adopted a resolution proclaiming the second Monday in October to be Indigenous Peoples’ Day, making Brattleboro one of the first in the state to make such a proclamation. It was not without controversy, however. Rebel Pete expressed concern.

Grants were accepted, a loan was approved, financials were reported, and Brattleboro bought a hydraulic hammer attachment and a water slide. Contracts were approved and amended. 

Oh, and by the way, there will also be an emergency preparedness drill on Thursday, so don’t freak out. We’re especially looking at you, area around Oak Grove School.

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Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee Meeting

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Thursday, April 20, 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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