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Selectboard Meeting Notes: Necessary PAYT Fees & The Question of Human Services

The Pay As You Throw Working Group is leaning toward high fees for Act 148 compliance, the Brattleboro Selectboard learned Tuesday evening. The “necessary fee” isn’t yet calculated, but is suggested to be calibrated to cover the costs of all tipping fees, program costs, and program materials, and no sliding scale for low income residents is planned.

The board also contemplated cuts to human service funding, and asked for citizen input on the question. The Police received a grant to improve their abilities to unlock and look at everything on your phone, tablet, or GPS device. (Your silly passwords are useless.)

Other grants were received and community members stepped up to serve on town committees and boards. All this and more, below.


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of September 14

Brattleboro Time Trade:

Exchanging services, creating connections, strengthening communities, one hour at a time.

See below for exciting Upcoming Events and learn what Time Trade is all about!

This week's fabulous listings, brought to you from a view:


Citizen's Awareness Breakfast at the Senior Center
FREE Garden Bed Edging
Learn to Sell on E-Bay
Borrow My Chimney Brush
Guitar or Piano/Keyboard Lessons
Computer Assistance - Brattleboro/Townshend/Newfane
Tutoring in Biology, Chemistry, or English
Resume Revision/Composition


It's Business License Renewal Time in the Town of Brattleboro!

For your convenience a form is now available to renew or obtain your 2015 General Business License through the town of Brattleboro. This license will be valid until December 31, 2015! You can also choose to be listed in our FREE online Business Directory when you fill out the application!


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - September 16, 2014

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hear a preliminary report from the Pay As You Throw working group at their next regular Tuesday meeting. The police and fire departments will receive grants and a number of people will be appointed as delegates and committee members.

Tune in and watch on BCTV, or attend in person. You can bring up items not otherwise on the agenda during Public Participation, and you can read all about the meeting the next day right here.



Brattleboro Pay-As-You-Throw Advisory Committee/Working Group

The Brattleboro Pay-As-You-Throw Advisory Committee/Working Group will hold a special meeting to meet with the Selectboard on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 6:15pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center. 

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


Brattleboro Entergy Settlement Funds Working Group Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Entergy Settlement Funds Working Group will meet on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 12:00pm in the Planning Services Department at the Municipal Center.

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


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of September 14


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.

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.


Brattleboro Town Offices Closing For Employees Picnic

The Brattleboro Town offices (with the exception of emergency services) will be closed on Friday, September 12, 2014 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm for the employees picnic.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
(802) 251-8151


Elm Street - The Sacred Cow is Untouched

What is really behind the battlelines over this park? Is any decision a good decision? Over time the amount of skatepark comments on iBrattleboro really overwhelmed its readership; it also exposed one of the deepest rifts seen in this microcosm of our community.

How could such a small community be so glaringly and bitterly divided for so long over what should have been a relatively simple matter?Two recent columns in the Reformer make the case for Elm Street as well as I’ve read anywhere on this topic of a skatepark site. Is it too late, or will we really putting this park out at Living Memorial?


Lower Green Street Closed

The Department of Public Works has closed Lower Green Street from Retting Place to High Street until further notice. An exception of the Lower Green Street entrance from High Street will temporarily be two way traffic only to allow entrance to the side of the building located at 22 – 26 High Street. There will be no through traffic allowed.

A stone retaining wall below lower Green Street is failing and the roadway is being closed for public safety.

Today (Monday) a section of Harmony Parking Lot will be closed so D&E Tree can remove trees on the bank between the Harmony Lot and Green Street. The parking lot is expected to be fully opened by noontime today.

The Green Street road closing and tree removal are all part of an immediate public safety plan.


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