Selectboard Meeting Notes – Parking Rates Hiked, Free Sunday Parking To End, and Solid Waste Collection Questions

selectboard june 18 2024

A Juneteenth eve Selectboard meeting stated late and went long. The board raised parking rates – 44% by one member of the public’s estimates – and voted to end free downtown parking on Sundays. They also voted to make it easier and quicker to raise rates in the future.

Winston-Prouty campus housing was discussed as was public feedback on trash, recycling and compost.

Brattleboro Selectboard Meeting – Agenda and Notes – June 18, 2024

The Brattleboro Selectboard will raise your parking fees at their next regular meeting. How much they go up will be the primary discussion.

They’ll also hear about some projects that received grants, get an update on Winston-Prouty housing, and begin wading into the solid waste discussion of what to do about trash, recycling, and compost. Specifically, they will be discussing the results of their public feedback.   You can also bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.

Selectboard Meeting Notes – Trash Talk

The Brattleboro Selectboard heard two overviews at their short Tuesday meeting. The first was regarding the very long process of relicensing the dams along the Connecticut River. They got the overview and agreed to send a letter to FERC outlining local desires for the relicensing plan.

The second overview was about the major changes to trash, recycling and organic waste collection in Brattleboro after July 1. The sole bidder for the collection contract, Casella, wants to use one-person trucks that use joystick-controlled grabbers to pick up new, special trash receptacles. Town staff will be gathering information from residents about how much more they are willing to pay, and if they’d like to contract directly with Casella, if all waste should be picked up every other week, what to do about already-bought bags and containers, and other important issues.

Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes – April 16, 2024

Th Brattleboro Selectboard has a low impact agenda planned for the next regular meeting. One of the two big issues will be approving a letter regarding their opinion of relicensing the Vernon Dam.

The other issue is, heh heh,  who will pick up the trash? The board only got one bid, from current provider Casella.  Assistant Town Manager Patrick Moreland will suggest they punt this one down the road and gather input from the community before making any decisions.

You can bring up other items not on the agenda (as long as you are respectful) during Public Participation.

Selectboard Meeting Notes:  Brattleboro Municipal Property Tax Rate at $1.2762, Project CARE Community Cookout Announced

Taxes are going up, as they always seem to do. The Brattleboro Selectboard adopted the FY19 tax rates for property owners that were approved by Representative Town Meeting representatives earlier this year.  The $14.8 million budget includes both the essential items suggested by the Selectboard as well as some optional extras added in by the representatives.

There’s also a new community collaboration that you can be a part of. Project Care is a new effort in Brattleboro to help addicts recover and do well.

And, in case you are curious, setting the tax rate during a heat wave calls for casual attire.