Brattleboro Committee Vacancies

The Town of Brattleboro is looking for citizens to serve on the following committees and boards: 

Agricultural Advisory Board

Arts Committee 

Brattleboro Housing Partnership Board of Commissioners 

Cemetery Committee 


Selectboard Meeting Notes – Aggressive Panhandling, Skatepark Design Firm Hired, Francis Moves On

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The biggest news of the Tuesday meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard came not from the agenda but introductory remarks. The Town manager announced that Planning Services Director Rod Francis was leaving Brattleboro in the next couple of weeks.

This was followed by an unscheduled but surprisingly active discussion of aggressive panhandling in the downtown area.

Beyond those matters, the skatepark hired a design firm and got some extra cash, contracts and grants were approved, the utility budget passed, a long resolution was adopted, and more.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes – June 19, 2018

It’s happening. At their next regular meeting, the Brattleboro Selectboard will hire a company to do the designs for the skatepark at Living Memorial Park.

The board will discuss repairs at the Waste Water Treatment Plant, discuss parking, talk about loans and grants, approve an annual contract with Rescue, Inc., and proceed with the loan for the new fire truck. You can bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.


This is What a Thief Looks Like

She lives in apartment 306 on 9 Canal St in Brattleboro. Her guests like to buzz random apartments late at night (short in and out visits typical of drug sales) and are suspected of stealing my $130 blue Adidas EQT size 10 sneakers. Videos below show her getting caught stealing $40 of bait money I left for a moronic thief who wouldn’t notice the camera on my door.


Putney Road Improvements in Brattleboro

VTrans is out today on Putney Road, in the stretch from the West River bridge to NECCA, working on improving the sides of the road for pedestrians and bike riders. They are clearing brush and adding fill dirt this morning.

Traffic delays in the area, so plan ahead.


Brattleboro Fire Department Named 2018 First Responder Service of the Year

The Brattleboro Fire Department is proud to announce that we have been named the recipient of the 2018 First Responder Service of the Year Award by the Vermont Department of Health, Emergency Medical Services.

The criteria for this award reads; “This award is intended to recognize Vermont based and licensed EMS organizations for their excellence in operations and service to their communities.


Grove Street Hydrant Installation

Beginning on Wednesday June 13, the Grove ST entrance to the Municipal Center and Vermont State Building will be closed while Utilities crews install a new hydrant in the area. During the closure, there will be signs indicating that traffic can enter the lot from the Linden ST/Main ST end. The project is anticipated to be completed by Friday June 15, including the repaving of ditches.


Elm Street Closing For Road Work

Elm ST near #15-17 will be closed on Monday, June 11 and Tuesday, June 12 from 6:30 am – approximately 5:00 pm both days while Utilities crews work in the area.

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 – Solid Waste and Parking Budgets Approved, Homelessness and Energy Discussed

Groundworks Collaborative gave the Brattleboro Selectboard a report on the seasonal overflow shelter. They admitted they don’t have the resources to develop a temporary work program, though a new effort by Youth Services might be able to pull it off, perhaps by fall. Youth Services might get a new name, too, but that’s for another time.

The board adopted the FY19 Solid Waste and Parking Budgets, but left some decisions about parking meters, apps, and credit cards for a later discussion. Progress on energy audit matters was detailed, citizens pressed for more to be done, the skatepark is close to the fundraising finish line, grants have been applied for, and citizens were appointed to various Brattleboro committees and boards.

Also, two mentions of John Allen.


New Funding Round for Windham County Renewable Energy Program Announced

Request for Proposal- Funds available for renewable energy installations in Windham County!

Windham Regional Commission’s Windham County Renewable Energy Program is looking for project proposals of renewable energy installations in Windham County.  The projects require a minimum of 50% cash or in kind match. This program has funded 9 projects within Windham County.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes – June 5, 2018

The Brattleboro skatepark project will receive $15,000 from the Thomas Thompson Trust, and Brattleboro Goes Fourth will get a permit for a parade at the next regular meeting of the selectboard.

The board will continue with the FY19 parking budget, hear a report from Groundworks Collaborative, review energy efficiency projects and town investments in renewables, and hire a roofer and a tree remover. Grants for child protection services, Bradley House, and intralibrary loans will be discussed, and annual committee appointments and dog warrants will be announced. You can add to the fun by bringing up other items not on the agenda during Public Participation.


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, June 4, 2018 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, June 8, 2018 at 9:00am in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.


Cedar Street Lane Shift Helps Walkers, Bikers

The lower end of Cedar Street in Brattleboro will be getting new line striping. The Department of Public Works isn’t just painting over the old lines, though. They’ve marked it out so the driving lanes will shift slightly to allow for wider edges.

The wider area is at the lower end of Cedar Street, and mostly creates a better walking and biking space on the ski jump side of the road.


Save the Date(s)! Brattleboro Citizens’ Breakfast & Energy Resource Fair

It all started when a supporter recently asked that a “candidate [running in the Democratic primary for Governor]… speak at the Brattleboro Senior Center. . . . [and added] …. I understand for equity all candidates must receive the same invitation”

As of this writing, James Ehlers, Christine Hallquist, Brenda Siegel and Ethan Sonneborn * have all agreed to attend a Candidates’ Forum at the Gibson-Aiken Center, Senior Meals, on Friday, July 6th at 8:00am (as always, “doors open” at 7:30am for informal networking).


East Orchard Street Closing For Paving

East Orchard Street will be closed on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, beginning at 7:00 am and will remain closed until the paving is complete. The road will be closed between Upper Dummerston Rd and Gibson Rd while crews pave the roadway.

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


Eating Crow?

Anyone have updates on a possible date for the opening of a new restaurant which might be called The Fat Crow in Newfane? It’s being built by the owners of the eatery on that site on Route 30, just south of the village, where their former place was lost in a fire. The new building looks close to being ready.