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…

Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes – April 17, 2018

The Brattleboro Selectboard will receive an update on the skatepark financing and schedule from members of BASIC at their next regular meeting. They’ll also accept a $15,000 challenge grant for the project.

The board will order a new fire truck, discuss dumped tires and clean rivers, consider a letter regarding tax implications of an Act 46 merger, set goals, review rules of conduct, adopt an emergency operations plan, and more. You can bring up other items not on the agenda during Public Participation.

Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee Warning

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 8:00am 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

Brattleboro Winter Parking Ban Lifting

The Brattleboro Parking Department would like to announce the lifting of the winter parking ban.  Starting 04/15/18, at midnight, overnight parking will be allowed on all streets EXCEPT in the downtown area.  The following streets are never available for overnight parking:

Main Street

High Street

Elliot Street (from School St to Main St)

Brattleboro Water Main Flushing Schedule


Utilities Division crews will start Spring Flushing of the Town water mains on Thursday April 26, 2018 at 10:00 p.m. and continue through Saturday, May 12, 2018

NOTE: Some daytime flushing will continue throughout the weeks of May 14 and 21

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.

Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Police-Fire Facilities Building Committee will meet on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 2:00pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 6:30pm in the large conference room at the Gibson Aiken Center.

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, April 13, 2018 at 10:00am in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

Noticed Around Brattleboro – Spring 2018

Shall we try another “noticed around Brattleboro?”

I’ll start us off with something I saw downtown. There’s new curbing being put in at the north entryway to Harmony Lot. This is the entry that goes under the building. The new curb replaces the former driveway-like entrance, signaling to drivers that it is officially no longer an option to enter through that way.

Selectboard Meeting Notes – Permits, Plans, and Policies

Brattleboro Selectboard

Permits, plans, and policies dominated the first regular meeting of the newly-formed Brattleboro Selectboard. 

Flood plain models and measurements were at issue for a significant portion of the meeting, with little that could be done except make a federal case of the matter. In the end, an agreement to reach an agreement with a property owner was agreeable enough to allow the board to acknowledge the project they have no say in. It was that sort of an evening.

The skatepark approaches, but has not crossed, the fundraising finish line. A revised Town Plan is nearing completion, a re-application for the Downtown Improvement District relies on the Town Plan being approved, and the Heifers have permits to go strolling again this year.

Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes – April 3, 2018

The Brattleboro Selectboard will get an overview of the revised Town Plan at their first regular meeting with newly-elected members. Public hearings to discuss the plan will be scheduled, too.

Permits for Strolling of the Heifers will be considered, the renewal of the designated downtown district, floodplains, cemeteries, and grants related to housing and the skatepark will be discussed as well. You can bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.

Brattleboro Energy Committee Agenda

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, April 2, 2018 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman 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

High St & Green St

From the (newly renovated) Brattleboro Police website (

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Officer Washburn

On March 25, 2018 at approximately 9:09 am. Officers from the Brattleboro Police Department were dispatched to the intersection of High St. and Green St. for a tractor trailer truck that had struck a building on High St. and became stuck. High St. was shut down for approximately 1 hour. A’s towing arrived on scene and removed the vehicle from the roadway.

Representative Town Meeting 2018 Thoughts

The following is an excerpt from some replies I made on an FBIbook thread.  I want to share them here in part to also mention an invitation to discuss Town Meeting more deeply.  you will see the invitation at the end.

…Without making any claims about whether or not we came up with the right or wrong answers, overall I believe the decisions (at this year’s Representative Town Meeting) closely reflected the knowledge, experience and traditions of this town meeting and its attendees. The citizens in this exercise of democracy gave a very honest, sincere and respectful rendering of what they knew and what was in their hearts. There was a very powerful sense of community present. Not all of it evaporates at the end when we scatter. A few of the new people will have left feeling like they have drawn closer to their neighbors. They will feel a stronger sense of belonging and responsibility. There are good reasons that many people return for ten and twenty and thirty years. In this way Representative Town Meeting is invaluable.

Representative Town Meeting 2018

RTM 2018

It’s Representative Town Meeting Day in Brattleboro. 

Representatives are filing in and getting settled, as are those of us who plan on covering today’s event. I have to say, I’m pretty tired from all the work on the new site, so I especially apologize in advance for spelling errors and such.

Usually, however, as they get into the more interesting debates of the day, this becomes less of a chore and more fun. I’m counting on it today.

Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Monday, March 26, 2018, at 5:30pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.  The new Selectboard members will be sworn in and the Board will elect officers.  An ASL interpreter will be available for deaf and hard-of-hearing community members.

Selectboard Meeting Notes – Brattleboro Firefighters Retroactive Raise, Final Meeting For John Allen

The Brattleboro Selectboard approved a new contract with Brattleboro firefighters Tuesday evening. Negotiations began in 2016, stalled, resumed, and just recently wrapped up. Firefighters will be getting a retroactive raise going back to when the process began.

Liquor licenses, a finance report, a grant for bulletproof vests, and an update on Windham Regional Commission were all punctuated by news that this meeting was John Allen’s final regular selectboard meeting.

Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 6:00pm in the gymnasium at the Academy School. It is anticipated that the Board will enter into executive session at 6:00pm to discuss labor relations agreements with employees. No further Selectboard business will be conducted.