Welcome to April 2021, our one year anniversary of daily COVID-19 dashboard numbers from the Vermont Department of Health, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, and MA and NH counties that surround Brattleboro. Scroll down the new comments for the latest.
A new “Fossil Fuel Free Facilities Fund” will be up for discussion at the next regular meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard. The 5F is intended to set aside money each year to help cover costs to the Town of switching away from fossil fuels. The latest revision, by Sustainability Coordinator Stephen Dotson, sets out the purpose and operation of the new fund.
Planning Services Director Sue Fillion will join the meeting to provide an update on the Tri-Park Master Plan, the updated Local Emergency Management Plan will be adopted, the board will continue to discuss their goals for the new year, some financial matters will be dealth with, and more. You can always bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.
The RTM Steering Committee will meet on Monday, April 19, 2021 at 7:00pm using zoom (with no physical location due to the ongoing social distancing requirements of COVID-19). The attached agenda contains information on how to access the meeting remotely, including the required “passcode.”
Imagine what the state of gun violence in this country would be like if we put as much effort into establishing sensible restrictions on the sale and ownership of guns as we have put into the COVID pandemic. Although that kind of effort will never happen on a national level it is possible that individual states could do more to make it harder to own a gun.
The debates have raged for years. Those who hide behind the second amendment are nothing more than a bunch of selfish crybabies who have always lived in a world where they think everything revolves round their needs and wishes. Whenever we hear their cries for their brand of freedom we need to counter with some facts about gun violence.
It removes sales tax on guns.
If I buy a cap pistol, I must pay sales tax but if I buy a .357 magnum I don’t.
Utilities Division crews will start Spring Flushing of the Town water mains on Thursday April 22, 2021 at 10:00 p.m. and continue through Saturday May 8, 2021
NOTE: Some daytime flushing will continue throughout the weeks of May 10th and 17th
Customers are asked to check the flushing schedule closely as flushing causes water discoloration, low water pressure and in some areas, intervals of no water.
Please note that water main flushing will occur at night and during the day.
BCTV Channel 1085 schedule for the week of 4/12/21
Monday, April 12, 2021
4:30 am Vermont State House – House Comm. on Corrections and Institutions 3/19/21
5:00 am Newfane Selectboard – Newfane SB Mtg 3/15/21
6:00 am West River Education District – WRED Info Mtg 3/23/21
6:35 am Townshend Selectboard – Townshend SB Mtg 3/23/21
Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center is offering seven weeks of Nature Explorers Summer Camp for children ages 5 to 11 from June 28th through August 13th. BEEC is also offering one week of Nature Photo Explorers for ages 12 to 18 on August 2 – 6 in collaboration with the In-Sight Photography Project.
BEEC’s Nature Explorers Summer Camps are for the young person who enjoys the natural world. Our goal is to foster children’s love of nature in a fun, safe, and supportive environment. Campers spend most of each day outdoors, in small groups, exploring the forests, meadows and waters of our 60 acres.
We all received encouraging news earlier this week when Governor Scott released his “Vermont Forward Plan” that described a phased reduction in restrictions for both indoor and outdoor activities. It is important to note that the Governor and other State officials have stated that this schedule is subject to change. It is based on certain assumptions regarding increased vaccination numbers and decreased new case numbers. If those targets are not met, the schedule will be adjusted. We will continue to closely monitor that data and public health experts’ advice.
We intend to be cautious in reopening Town facilities to ensure that we do not move too quickly and endanger Town employees or the public we serve. Please read these weekly COVID updates from the Town and other information released by Town departments to stay up to date on Town decisions and actions as COVID-related restrictions are eased. Based on local conditions and expert advice, we may decide not to move as fast as was indicated in the Governor’s plan.
1. Minutes – February 18, 2021
2. Public Participation
3. Monthly Report on Pedestrian and Bicycle Incidents
4. Monthly Report on Traffic Data Collection
5. Updates/Continued Discussion on Ongoing Matters
(a) Route 9 Bike Lane Scoping Study
When I was a wee lad in Chicago, my parents took me to a parade and Prince Philip waved to me. I have no recollection of it, but I now claim it as a close personal connection. I must, then, say goodbye to my close personal friend, the Duke. : )
The Brattleboro Parking Department would like to announce the lifting of the winter parking ban. Starting tonight, 04/08/2021, at midnight, overnight parking will be allowed on all streets EXCEPT in the downtown area. The following streets are never available for overnight parking:
Elliot Street (from School St to Main St)
Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu April 5 to April 9
IMPORTANT INFORMATION AT THE BOTTOM OF THE MENU
Apr. 5 BBQ Chicken