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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, October 10, 2015. There has been a lot of progress at the I-91 Brattleboro Bridge project site, which will be shared with attendees. 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 William Johnson, Senior Quality Engineer for FIGG (bridge designer).

Interested participants should meet the PCL+FIGG Team at the West River Trail trailhead on Saturday, October 10, 2015, 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.


Selectboard Meeting Notes - Brattleboro North End Police Station Discussion and Special Meetings Galore

The Brattleboro Selectboard had their first discussion of an option to buy the Reformer building on Black Mountain Road to use for a new police station, as well as the process to decide if the property should be purchased at all. Nothing specific was decided, except that public input was required before the Selectboard could feel confident to make a recommendation. Public comment is expected to come at special meetings to be scheduled, and via other informal feedback. 

The Our Town grant was awarded, other grants were accepted and applied for, and other special meetings requesting your input will be scheduled to focus on the FY17 budget and the adoption of new Land Use Regulations.


Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast Invitation

Restorative Justice

"Community ... is made from conflict as much as from cooperation; the capacity to resolve conflict is what gives social relations their sinew."  David Cayley, The Expanding Prison 1998 (quoting Nils Christie, "Conflicts as Property," 1977)

The next Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast is planned for Friday, October 16, 2015 at the Gibson Aiken Center, downstairs, hosted by Senior Meals. Doors open at 7:30am.

We plan to hear from and meet with Darah  Kehnemuyi, the new Executive Director of the Brattleboro Community Justice Center.


This Thursday's West Brattleboro Association Meeting Canceled

Because of schedule conflicts for a great many of the regular West Brattleboro Association folks, the monthly meeting previously scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 8th is canceled.

The next monthly WBA meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 12th.  More info will follow as that day
draws nigh.


Brattleboro To Consider Purchase of Reformer Building for Police Station

The north end "mystery property" has been revealed. According to documents on the town web site, Brattleboro will be considering an option to purchase the Brattleboro Reformer's building at 62 Black Mountain Road to renovate as a police station.

The north end option would be secured initially through March 31 with a $20,000 payment. Total cost, if the town decides to make the purchase, would be just under $750,000. Total cost with renovations would be just over $4 million.

The Brattleboro Selectboard will be discussing options for going forward with the Police and Fire facility upgrades at their regular meeting Tuesday night.


Vermonter Derails

"The news" is reporting that the Vermonter, our Amtrak connection, derailed about near Northfield/Roxbury, VT, 10 miles or so south of Montpelier. Minor injuries, no fatalities reported. 98 people on board. Brattleboro rescue folks going to help.


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of October 4

Brattleboro Time Trade: Exchanging services, creating connections, strengthening communities, one hour at a time.  See below for more exciting Upcoming Events and learn what Time Trade can do for you!

How Time Trade Works: You do something for someone and earn
time credits for your "bank," which you can then put towards someone
else doing something for you! It's that simple - and amazing!

This week's fabulous listings, brought to you from a cozy fall eve:

OFFERS (i.e. things people could do for you):

Brattleboro Food Coop Member Hours
Books Available
Working Microwave Available for Time Trade
Girls Youth Bike Available
Genealogical Research


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of October 4

To reduce congestion on I-91, both Exit 3 on ramps will be closed on Sunday, October 4 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. I-91 will remain open. Sunday closures will continue through October to manage leaf-peeping traffic.


Please see above re Sunday closures of Exit 3 on ramps.

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. The new bridge will be 104’ wide and is designed to carry all four lanes of traffic –two northbound and two southbound.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - October 6, 2015

The Brattleboro Police and Fire Facilities Project will be a featured topic of the next regular Selectboard meeting at the Municipal Center on Main Street. You can attend to participate in that discussion, or the FY17 budget schedule, Land Use Regulations, the NEA Our Town selection, bulletproof vests, a grant application for the skatepark, and more. You may also bring up other items not on the agenda during Public Participation.


Brattleboro Energy Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, October 5, 2015, 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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