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Brattleboro Skatepark Site Selection - On Site Visits

The Skatepark Site Selection Committee is starting site visits this Thursday (rain or shine). Here's the agenda; come to part or all.

Thursday April 10, 2014
1. 5:15 P.M. Site Visit Elliot St. Park–190 Elliot St.
2. Recess
3. 5:45 P.M. Site Visit Elm Street Park Lot–At the Corner of Elm St & Flat St
4. Recess
5. 6:15 P.M. Meeting Gibson Aiken Center–207 Main St.
6. Public Input via E-Mail – skateparkideas@brattleboro.org
7. Report on Act250 Properties (Cedar St.)
8. Review Site Visits
9. Next Meeting Wednesday April 16, at 5:15 P.M.
10.Other business

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Union Hill Safety Improvements Public Meeting

Residents and Business Owners:

The Town, working along with a private consultant, is engaging in a project study for safety improvements on Western Avenue in the area of Union Hill. This study is funded by the State of Vermont, Agency of Transportation, Local Transportation Facilities Division. As part of the process, the Town is holding a public meeting to present design concepts.

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I-91 Project Update: Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project: Week of April 6, Including RT 30 Closure Info

I-91

Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction on I-91 until completion of the new bridge in the Fall of 2015.

Weather permitting, night work will be conducted Sunday night, April 6th through Saturday night, April 12th.

Route 30

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. This reduction will remain in effect through the Spring of 2016.

Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 will be reduced to a single lane intermittently both day and night, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.

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Heavy Rains Delay Closing Rt. 30 for Bridge Repair Work

Good Morning:

The heavy rains we’re getting have resulted in a slow down on the project. We now anticipate that we won’t be ready to do the work that necessitates the closing of VT RT 30 until April 9 or later. I will let everyone know as soon as we’ve set the new dates.

When it rains, it pours,

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A Local Gas Tax?

Brattleboro is in a very tough spot. The town has suffered three severe economic blows in the past 5 years, in cascading order from national to state to local: The Mortgage Crisis, Tropical Storm Irene and the Brooks House Fire. Each event had a multiplying effect on the Town as revenue and equity evaporated from the region.

The mortgage crisis sapped equity from our homes and crippled real estate values which, in turn, crimped the tax revenue and town budgets. Tropical Storm Irene washed untold millions of equity downstream and cost millions more in repairs and rebuilding. And when the central block of your downtown lies vacant for three years, the economic scars seem fairly tangible.

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Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Note RT Closure Scheduled for April 4-11

I-91

Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction on I-91 until completion of the new bridge in the Fall of 2015.

Weather permitting, night work will be conducted Sunday night, March 30th through Saturday night, April 5th.

Route 30

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. This reduction will remain in effect through the Spring of 2016.

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Brattleboro Police-Fire Facility Building Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Police-Fire Facility Building Committee will meet on Thursday, March 27, 2014 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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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Project Update: Week of March 23 and RT 30 Closure

I-91

Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction on I-91 until completion of the new bridge in the Fall of 2015.

Weather permitting, night work will be conducted Sunday night, March 23rd through Friday night, March 29th.

Route 30

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. This reduction will remain in effect through the Spring of 2016.

Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 will be reduced to a single lane intermittently both day and night, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.

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Skatepark Site Selection Committee Minutes Draft - March 13, 2014

Meeting called to order: at 5:20 PM

Members present: Joe Bushey, Marty Fitzgerald, Betsy Gentile, Elizabeth McLouglin, Jacob Roberts, Andrea Watkins. Others present: Jeff Clark, Francine Vallario, Howard Weiss-­‐Tisman, Linda Whelihan, Patty Fitzgerald

Agenda:

  • Public Participation

    Jeff Clark, the chair of BASIC informed the SSSC members that there might be vacancies coming up on their committee. He thought some members from SSSC might be interested in seeing the skate park project through to completion (possibly a new design, fund raising and building) and would be welcome to serve on BASIC as members or consultants. Chair, Betsy Gentile, replied that it would be a very good idea and a logical step for members to consider when their work on the site selection committee was completed.

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    Brattleboro I-91 Bridge Replacement Project: Week of March 16

    I-91

    Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction on I-91 until completion of the new bridge in the Fall of 2015.

    Weather permitting, night work will be conducted Sunday night, March 16th through Friday night, March 21st.

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    Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Stakeholder Update, Week of March 9

    I-91

    Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction on I-91 until completion of the new bridge in the Fall of 2015.

    Weather permitting, night work will be conducted Sunday night, March 9th through Friday Night, March 14th.

    Route 30

    The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. This reduction will remain in effect through the Spring of 2016.

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    Public Invited To 'Trail Talk' To Be Held For I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Project

    The PCL+FIGG Team will conduct the next on-site “trail talk” for the Public on Saturday, March 8, 2014.

    These trail talks will discuss the status of the I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Project and allow the public to ask questions. The talks will originate at the West River Trail near the marina. The trail talk will be led by Caleb Linn, Project Manager for PCL (lead contractor), and Garrett Hoffman, Design Manager for FIGG (bridge designer).

    Interested participants should meet the PCL+FIGG Team at the West River Trail trailhead on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 8 a.m. and the talk will begin at 8:15 a.m. Participants will walk the trail to the I-91 bridge site, so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

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    Skatepark Site Selection Committee - Draft Minutes Jan 20, 2014

    Skatepark Site Selection Committee Minutes Draft

    Thursday February 20, 2014 Meeting called to order: at 5:16 PM by Betsy Gentile
    Members present: Joe Bushey, Marty Fitzgerald, Betsy Gentile, Elizabeth McLoughlin, Jacob Roberts, Andre Watkins. Others present: Carol Lolatte, Rod Francis, Jeff Clark, Les Montgomery, Howard Weiss-­Tisman, Francine Vallario, Patty Fitzgerald.

    Agenda:

    1. Public Participation
    None

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    I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of March 2, 2014

    I-91

    Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction on I-91 until completion of the new bridge in the Fall of 2015.

    Weather permitting, night work will be conducted Sunday night, March 2nd through Friday night, March 7th.

    Route 30

    The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. This reduction will remain in effect through the Fall of 2015.

    Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 will be reduced to a single lane intermittently both day and night, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.

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    I-91 Pothole Repair on Saturday

    The project team will be repairing potholes in both the northbound and southbound lanes of I-91 in the workzone (between Exits 2 and 3) on Saturday morning, February 22, during low traffic periods. Minor traffic delays are possible while the potholes are being repaired.

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    Brattleboro Police-Fire Facilities Upgrade - Input On Designs

    The Brattleboro Police-Fire Facilities Building Committee invites the public to attend a display of design plans for the renovation of the Police Department, Central Fire Station, and West Brattleboro Fire Station on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 5:30pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center, 230 Main Street.

    Following the display, the Police-Fire Facilities Building Committee will reconvene its meeting at 6:00pm and take public input on the design plans. For more information, contact the Town Manager’s office at 251-8151, tmsecretary@brattleboro.org.

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    I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of February 23rd, 2014

    I-91

    Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction on I-91 until completion of the new bridge in the Fall of 2015.

    Weather permitting, night work will be conducted Sunday night, February 23rd through Friday night, February 28th.

    Route 30

    The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. This reduction will remain in effect through the Fall of 2015.

    Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 will be reduced to a single lane intermittently both day and night, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.

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    January 30th Skate Park Selection Committee Minutes - Draft

    Skatepark Site Selection Committee Minutes Draft
    Meeting: January 30, 2014

    Meeting called to order:at 5:17PM by Betsy Gentile

    Members present: Joe Bushey, Marty Fitzgerald, Betsy Gentile, Elizabeth McLoughlin, Jacob Roberts, Dan Sontag, Andrea Watkins

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    I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update - Week of February 16th, 2014

    I-91
    Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction on I-91 until completion of the new bridge in the Fall of 2015.
    Weather permitting, night work will be conducted Sunday night, February 16th through Friday night, February 21st.

    Route 30
    The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. This reduction will remain in effect through the Fall of 2015. Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 will be reduced to a single lane intermittently both day and night, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.

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    I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update - Week of February 9th, 2014 - RT 30 Closing

    I-91

    Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction on I-91 until completion of the new bridge in the Fall of 2015.

    Weather permitting, night work will be conducted Sunday night, February 9th through Friday night, February 14th.

    Route 30

    The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. This reduction will remain in effect through 2016.

    Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 will be reduced to a single lane intermittently both day and night, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.

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