BDCC Offers Squarespace Workshop

A workshop, sponsored by the Brattleboro Development and Credit Corporation, will help small businesses and nonprofits launch their own websites. This six-hour workshop, presented by Putney-based Sustainable Digital founder Bob Lawson, will be held in Brattleboro on June 5 and 12 from 5:30 to 8:30 each evening.


Brattleboro Memorial Day Closings

 In observance of Memorial Day, all Brattleboro Town offices will be closed on 

Monday, May 28, 2018, with the exception of emergency services. 

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Sunday, May 27 and Monday, May 28, 2018. All other violations will be enforced. 


2018 Coworking Space in Brattleboro

We’re interested in forming a small coworking space in Brattleboro for the rest of us who live in or near Brattleboro. Coffee shops have become too loud for us and we’d like to have our own space that is quiet and dependable for working.


Seeking Local Wedding and Party Businesses… For VFW

The Brattleboro VFW located at 40 Black Mountain Road sometimes hosts weddings and parties in their facility. I would like to start a binder of local businesses that are into the wedding or parties business…..do you make cakes, take professional photos, DJ, do flower arrangements, make decoarations, etc? Please mail your contact information to the VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road, PO Box 8233 Brattleboro VT 05304. Some photos of your work would be perfect too, along with contact information of satisfied customers.


Clark Street Closing for Sewer Repairs

Clark ST will be closed on Friday, May 18, 2018, beginning at 7:00 a.m. The road will be closed in the area of 81 Clark ST while Utilities crews repair a sewer line. Local residents can access residences at the northern end of Clark ST via Lawrence ST.

Motorists should plan to use alternate routes during the construction period. Signage will be in place to remind motorists of the road closure.


Selectboard Meeting Notes – Town Plan Adopted, Fire Truck Financed, Meters Put On Pause

Brattleboro’s Town Plan revision was adopted by the Brattleboro Selectboard at Tuesday’s meeting. It was one of many items in a packed agenda that included financing of the new fire truck, preliminary design work on a possible police carport, and likely train station improvements.

The usually dull Parking Fund overview was spiced up by a request for a comprehensive look at the parking system, with public discussions, prior to approving any capital improvements. The FY19 Solid Waste Budget was introduced, finances were discussed, goals were adopted, and we learned that Brattleboro has a new Indian restaurant.

Finally, Brattleboro’s two confidential employees received a 2% raise, along with other non-union positions.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes – May 15, 2018

The Brattleboro Selectboard has a full agenda for their next meeting, having postponed a number of matters from their previous meeting. Financing of the fire truck purchase, improvements to the new police station and Union Station, and reviewing Solid Waste and Parking budgets are among the topics.

Brattleboro’s Town Plan gets a second public hearing and possible adoption if no one objects. You can bring up other items not on the agenda during Public Participation.


Brattleboro Taxes & Utilities Due

The fourth installment of the 2017 Real Estate and Personal Property Taxeswill be due onMay 15, 2018 by 5:00 PM.  Payments made after May 15, 2018 will have an additional 1% interest, as well as an 8% penalty added to the unpaid balance.

The utility billing is also due on May 15, 2018 by 5:00 PM. Payments made after May 15, 2018 will have an additional 1% interest, as well as an 8% penalty added to the unpaid balance.


Whetstone Walk-About + Open House

On Friday, May 18 the community is invited to explore the floodplain restoration of a 12-acre parcel of land along the Whetstone Brook at a pair of events. At 5:15 P.M., the Brattleboro Conservation Commission and Vermont River Conservancy will host a site walk of the property which is located at 250 Birge Street in Brattleboro. The public is invited to walk the site and learn more about the floodplain restoration project and site conditions from Sue Fillion, Brattleboro Town Planner and Steve Libby, Executive Director at the Vermont River Conservancy.


Hamilton Road Closing For Excavation

Hamilton Road will be closed on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, from 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. This closure will be weather permitting. The road will be closed between house # 146 Hamilton Rd and #311 Hamilton Rd to replace culverts. No through traffic will be allowed as the Highway Division will be excavating across the street to install the culverts.


Brattleboro Water Quality Report Available

The Town of Brattleboro Water Department’s annual Consumer Confidence Report / Water Quality Report for 2017 is now available. This report can be viewed on-line at www.brattleboro.org or written copies are available at the Brattleboro Municipal Center in the offices of the Town Manager and in the hallway near the Town Clerk’s Office.


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, May 7, 2018 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 6:30pm in theMezzanine Conference Room at Brooks Memorial Library.  (Note the new location)

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 9:00am in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.  (Note the new time)


Brattleboro Board of Listers Meeting

The Brattleboro Board of Listers will meet on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 4:00pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager’s Office
230 Main Street, Suite 208
Brattleboro, VT  05301
(802) 251-8100


Selectboard Meeting Notes – Downtown Parking, Utility Rates, Town Plan, and a Mouse

The Brattleboro Selectboard scheduled too many weighty issues for their Tuesday meeting at the Municipal Center. As the meeting went on, agenda items were jettisoned in repeated attempts to keep the length of the meeting somewhat reasonable.

Those issues that were discussed were discussed in detail. The board learned about the Utilities Fund budget and possible rate changes in coming years, discussed goals for the coming year, received a presentation on the results of a Downtown Parking Survey, and held a public hearing on the Town Plan revision. They attended to Department of Transportation paperwork, settled a lawsuit, changed the name of a street, applied for grants, and more.

Also, a mouse.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes – May 1, 2018

Brattleboro’s Police Department might be getting a carport. It’s one of the final recommendations of the Police-Fire Facilities Committee and will be up for discussion at Tuesday’s meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard.

The board will learn of improvements to the Union Station train station in the near future. They will discuss the FY19 Utilities Budget, initiate final designs for the waste process water line at Pleasant Valley, hold a public hearing on the revised Town Plan, learn about the downtown parking study, review the Solid Waste budget for FY19, and more. You can bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation, too.


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, April 23, 2018 at 5:30pm in the Brooks Memorial Library Meeting Room.

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 5:30pm at the Brattleboro Tennis Club Meeting Room, located at 202 Cedar Street.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager’s Office
230 Main Street, Suite 208
Brattleboro, VT  05301


Brattleboro Selectboard Meeting Notes – Ladder Truck Ordered, $32.5m Dairy Processing Plant Coming, Skatepark Update

It was a night of big things for the Brattleboro Selectboard – a big, new fire truck was ordered, and plans for a possible big $32.5m dairy processing facility were presented.

The board got an update on skatepark finances and schedule, tires in the wetlands will be cleaned up next fall, a letter about Act 46 stalled, the leaf pickup schedule is being re-examined, and goals and plans for the coming year were discussed. The board discussed energy matters, compassion, and diversity.

Oh, and for anyone seeking to get a message to Board Chair, don’t send email…


Adapting Corporate Apologies For Use By Children

Corporate America seems to have a new formula for “apologizing” when they’ve done something bad and need to improve their PR.  We’ve seen it recently with Facebook and Starbucks.

“Even though we’ve done wrong,” they say, “trust us to make it better. You should expect more.” Note that this only comes after being caught.

It sounds great, doesn’t it? They realize the error and will make sure it never happens again.

If it works for CEO’s, then it should work for children.