Welcome to 2022 and the January dashboard summary. We continue daily and limited-weekend COVID-19 dashboard numbers from the Vermont Department of Health, and MA and NH counties that surround Brattleboro. Scroll down the new comments for the latest.
When divisions reign between the people, and there are sides, and each side hates the other, things can get very heated. Consider the old truism that the worst feuds are family feuds. Well, here in America, we used to be Americans but now we’re Good Americans and Bad Americans, and, if news media is any indication, we despise each other. Moreover, we have had four straight years of this hatred. I lived through the entire 1960s, but even during that similarly divided time, I never feared for the Republic. Today, people are evoking the Civil War as a comparable period.
Now cynics know that America’s current division does not have to lead to civil strife. Our hatred for each other could be united into hatred for a third party somewhere else — a Russia, for instance, which Americans are accustomed to hating from at least the time of the Bolshevik Revolution, if not before.
Call to Order
Review and Approve Minutes of previous meeting.
Review of Cases/Public Hearings to be reviewed under the Brattleboro Land Use Regulations.
2021-197 Robert Thibault and Hannah Parker; Residential Neighborhood District; request for Dimensional Waiver approval for existing side yard setbacks between 25 Brook Street & 29 Brook Street; Tax Map Parcel 325077.000
The Brattleboro Selectboard will meet on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at 6:15pm in the Second Floor Meeting Room at the Central Fire Station (103 Elliot Street). Everyone will be required to wear a face covering and maintain social distance. The public is encouraged to participate in the meeting over Zoom. The attached agenda contains information on how to access the meeting remotely, including the required “passcode.” ASL interpreters will be available for deaf and hard-of-hearing community members.
The RTM Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 6:00pm in the Brattleboro Co-op Meeting Room and over Zoom. Information regarding how to access the meeting remotely are included in the attached agenda.
A. 5:15: Call to Order
B. 5:15-5:20: Approve December 28, 2021 Meeting Minutes
C. 5:20-5:25: Announcements
D. 5:25-6:00: Public Comments
I. CALL TO ORDER – 6:00 p.m. – David Schoales, Board Chair
II. Executive Session (approximately 20-30 minutes) – 1 V.S.A. §313(F) – Confidential attorney-client communications made for the purpose of providing professional legal services to the body.
III. Unfinished Business
• Sexual Abuse Investigation Update
1. Approval of Minutes
2. Executive Session: Title 1 V.S.A. § 313(a)1B – Labor Relations with Employees (if needed)
3. FY23 Budget Planning & Development
• Budget assumption updates
• Preparation for Public Information Meeting & Annual Report
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I. Call to Order
II. Discussion of Report Writing Timeline and Assignment of Responsibilities
III. Other Business
The Brattleboro Town Clerk’s office would like to remind those interested in running for Brattleboro Town Officers, Windham Southeast School District (WSESD) Board Members, and Town Meeting Members, that Consent of Candidate forms are available at our office. Please call or email our office to request the form. Due to the pandemic, petition requirements were recently waived for candidates to have their names placed on the ballots for this election. Town elections will be Tuesday, March 1 at the American Legion – 32 Linden Street, and the Annual Representative Town Meeting , Saturday, March 19, location and format will be announced at a later date. Consent of Candidate forms must be filed in the clerk’s office no later than 5:00 P.M. on Monday, January 24 in order to have their name placed on the ballot.
I had the opportunity to talk with Brattleboro’s new Town Manager, Yoshi Manale, last week via Zoom. What follows is a rough transcription of our conversation which wanders through topics such as Brattleboro’s downtown space, NJ politics, DC, Vermont, climate, housing, moving to a new place and fitting in, celebrities, and more.
I thought I’d do a little introductory story about you since you are new to to most people in Brattleboro. I thought I’d start with your name. Octavian is a really cool name. How did you get that name?
The Brattleboro Selectboard did some final tinkering with remaining FY23 budget items, with a discussion about bike paths and whether waiting six months is worth $16,000.
They approved some sidewalk improvements, Human Services requests, and a tax stabilization idea to encourage solar projects on already-developed land was discussed and sent along to RTM.