Agenda (start time / minutes)
• Call to order (6:00 / 2)
• Agenda review (6:02 / 5)
• Approve last meeting minutes (6:07 / 3)
• Announcements (6:10 / 5)
• Topic: Officer elections (6:15 / 20)
• Topic: Committee policy to discuss or not discuss charter change items – vote, from John Kennedy (6:35 / 5)
• Topic: Sub-committee on finance – vote, from Rikki Risatti (6:40 / 5)
Elayne always has her finger on the pulse of social justice, women’s rights and gender issues, and she keeps us up-to-date with her clear and incisive writing and commentary. She also talks about the joys of being a birth Doula and how travel connects her with others world-wide in powerful ways.
The Brattleboro Selectboard is easing into budget season while wrestling with the safety of retuning to in-person meetings. They got an update on the Water Treatment Plant upgrade, paid for some emergency repairs, gave out a liquor license, and discussed Town Manager Elwell’s final Long Term Financial Plan.
There was more – there will be new stop signs coming to some corners, a discussion of ARPA fund possibilities was quick, and a discussion of blinking crosswalks took quite a while.
1. Minutes – August 18, 2021
2. Public Participation
3. Monthly Report on Pedestrian and Bicycle Incidents
4. Monthly Report on Traffic Data Collection
5. Street and Sidewalk Safety Policy Safety Action Requests
(a) Speed Concerns on Elliot Street
(b) Speed Concerns on Grove Street
(c) Speed Concerns on Pine Street
(d) Request to Close Bullock and Whipple Streets + Provide Downtown Pedestrian-Only Zones
On Friday September 17th, the Brattleboro VFW Post #1034 located at 40 Black Mountain Road will be offering free hamburgers, natural casing hotdogs, chips and sodas for any Vietnam veteran who come to the VFW from 5pm -7pm. The public is also welcome to come in and purchase burgers and dogs. Again, if you are a Vietnam Vet, this will be free. All others are welcome to come in and purchase food. You do not have to be a member.
BRATTLEBORO, VT — In recognition of increased COVID case numbers, the Empty Bowls Steering Committee has opted to go virtual again this year as opposed to returning to an in-person dinner. For 18 years now, local potters have created and donated beautiful and functional bowls to raise funds for the food shelf that has now grown to be Foodworks. In that regard, this year is no different.
“We experienced incredible support last year, putting on Empty Bowls in the time of COVID,” explains Groundworks Board Member and Empty Bowls Co-Chair Beth Kiendl. “The tweaks we made last year—shifting to selling bowls in local storefronts—were so successful due to the community support for our work providing emergency food to all who need it in our community.”
The Climate Crisis Committee of the Windham Southeast School District is advocating bold legislation..
Two years ago BCS started a Climate Crisis Committee in the school district in order to create a standing forum for climate issues and to keep climate issues in the board directors’ attention. The school district is larger than Brattleboro, and people are more sensitive and protective about it. So, it is a good venue.
In steady times the purpose of education is the transfer of culture and society. The Greta Thunberg Resolution addresses climate crisis through the schools. Realistically, scientifically, in the ultimate crisis the purpose of education must be to prepare students for life in that crisis, and to encourage serious action for survival and rescue. Since we all recognize Greta Thunberg as an exemplary influence on our students and society the WSESD should reduce the school week to four days, so that students have time to pursue climate rescue following Greta Thunberg’s exemplary activism. Many people who say they admire and support Greta Thunberg will oppose the resolution. So, the resolution illuminates latent denial.
The Town of Brattleboro is looking for citizens to serve on the following committees and boards:
Agricultural Advisory committee
Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC)
Meeting Minutes Review
BCTV Channel 1085 schedule for the week of 9/13/21
Monday, September 13, 2021
4:00 am West River Education District – WRED Bd Mtg 8/30/21
6:00 am Brattleboro Selectboard – Brattleboro SB Special Mtg 8/31/21
8:00 am The David Pakman Show – The David Pakman Show – Weekly Broadcast
9:00 am Energy Week with George Harvey – Energy Week #435 – 9/9/2021
10:00 am Brattleboro Planning Commission – Brattleboro PC Mtg 9/8/21
12:15 pm Dummerston Selectboard – Dummerston SB Mtg 9/8/21
1:00 pm Vernon Selectboard – Vernon SB Mtg 9/7/21
IMPORTANT INFORMATION AT THE BOTTOM OF THE MENU
Sept. 13 Caesar Salad w/Chicken & Croutons
Learn something new and have fun in HatchSpace’s introduction to working classes.
Introduction to Woodworking: Build a Side Table
Through the creation of a side table, this class introduces students to the fundamentals of building furniture, the safe use of power tools such as the jointer, planer and table saw, a wide range of hand tools and techniques, and numerous design possibilities. Instructor Doug Finkel has many years of experience teaching in schools and at craft centers. Tuesdays, September 21 – November 9 (8 sessions); 6-9 pm.