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Brattleboro Committee Meetings Scheduled

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 4:00pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 4:30pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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Selectboard Meeting Notes: Solar Farming, Quick Fix for Brattleboro Rink

At Tuesday’s long meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard the new solar farm was explained in detail and public support for the project appears to be substantial. The board also approved a “quick fix” approach to ice rink repairs in order to be able to open the season on schedule. It also gives them more time to consider long-term options for the facility. 

The Fire Department presented an overview of their operations, a store on Guilford Road was again denied a liquor permit, tax rates were set, Patrick Moreland was named the interim Town Manager when Barb Sondag officially resigns, and much more was packed into the over three hour meeting.

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Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee - Special Meeting: Downtown Sidewalk Project

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee may hold a special meeting on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 2:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center. The Committee has been invited to a meeting with other parties to discuss the Main Street Sidewalk project.

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

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Brattleboro Independence Day Schedules and Closings

In observance of the July 4th holiday, all Town offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4, 2013, with the exception of emergency services.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on July 4. All other violations, including extended parking will be enforced.

Brooks Memorial Library will be closed on July 4, 2013.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - July 2, 2013

The Brattleboro Selectboard would like to know what you think about the proposed solar farm along I-91. They've carved out time during Tuesday's meeting to listen to your ideas.

If you go, you'll also be able to participate in discussions of the skating rink compressor, local hiring, the town website, the Town Manager search process, various grants and permits, and other issues. 

The proceedings are broadcast and streamed by BCTV, and you can read a wrap-up here the day after.

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Brattleboro Energy Committee Meeting Scheduled

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, July 1, 2013 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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Pine Street Vandalism

Many cars (at least 5) in the Pine Street area are were spray painted on Wed. night this week between 9:30-11pm, they also vanalized the granite pillars leading to Morningside Cemetery.  More disturbing than that is the racial slur sprayed on a house on Pine St. the same night. I doubt it was directed at the home owner, as I think the house is vacant. What a shame to our neighborhood and community.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting - Contractual & Personnel Matters

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 5:00pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center. It is anticipated that the Board will enter into executive session to discuss a contractual matter and personnel matter.

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

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Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee Meeting & Agenda

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, June 24, 2013 at 5:30pm in the Brooks Memorial Library community room.

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

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Brattleboro Police-Fire Facility Building Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Police-Fire Facility Building Committee will meet on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 4:00pm 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 Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee Meeting

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 4:30pm 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 Traffic Safety Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 8:30am 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 Trash Recycle & Compost Pick-Up

Trash, recycling and curbside composting are now picked up weekly on your regularly scheduled day. If you have questions, call Calista (in the Town office) at 251-8103. 

- Town Manager’s Office 

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Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting - VLCT & Town Manager Search Process

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Monday, June 24, 2013 at 5:30pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center. It is possible that the Selectboard will enter into executive session following the business meeting.

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

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Donna Macomber Joins Brattleboro Selectboard

Donna Macomber was unanimously selected to fill the vacancy on the Brattleboro Selectboard at a special meeting Thursday evening.

She and Michael Bosworth were nominated after being interviewed; Ian Kiehle and Steve Cormier were not nominated. Kate O'Connor thanked all who applied. "We were really lucky to have four really good people interested."

During her interview Macomber said she hoped to bring energy and excitement to the board, as well as humility, emotional intelligence, a "beginner's mind," and an ability to make decisions.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Executive Sessions

It is anticipated that the Brattleboro Selectboard will enter into executive session at one or both of the special meetings scheduled on Thursday, June 20, 2013, at 5:00pm and 6:30pm, to discuss contractual and personnel matters.

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

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Selectboard Meeting Notes: Town Manager Resigns, 8,000 Solar Panel Farm Planned Near I-91

The Brattleboro Selectboard bid farewell to Ken Schneck, whose resignation is effective this week, but in a surprise announcement it was learned that Town Manager Barb Sondag will be resigning as well.  Sondag said that she’ll be taking a position in Missouri to be closer to family, and so the board must find a replacement. 

The Brooks House’s complex funding may be in place by next week, with construction beginning in late July. Skating rink repairs have been put on ice until the board’s next meeting. And the public is invited to comment on a proposal to put 8,000 solar panels near the Holiday Inn, viewable from I-91.

And much, much more. Read on for the details.

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Brattleboro Town Manager Barb Sondag Resigning

Selectboard Chair David Gartenstein just announced that Barb Sondag, Town Manager, will be resigning effective July 23rd. She's taking a job in Missouri.

More in the full Selectboard report later on.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - June 18, 2013

Overpriced ice rink compressors will be a topic of conversation at the next regular Tuesday meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard. The single bid received for fixing the ice rink came in more than $100,000 over what was anticipated to be a $364,000 project, and the Town can't afford a $471,000 price tag, says the Finance Director.

The Town also plans to purchase a new dump truck and brush chipper, BaBB will give the board a status update, Brooks House owners Mesabi, Inc. will return to ask for an additional $50,000 in loans from the Town of Brattleboro, and much more. Tune in to watch on BCTV, attend in person at the Municipal Center, and read full coverage here the day after.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meetings - Interviews and Appointment

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold two special meetings on Thursday, June 20, 2013 in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.  The first meeting will commence at 5:00pm.  The second meeting will commence at 6:30pm.  Agendas for both meetings are attached.

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

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