Read on for coverage of the Brattleboro Selectboard’s regular December 4th meeting. The mini-trial in the middle of the meeting regarding Dozer the Dangerous Dog took a turn when the owner made claims that it was not Dozer, but Buddy, her other dog. This led to much confusion in the courtroom.
In more substantial and long term news, the Department of Public Works got the go-ahead to do a feasibility study to see what new facilities would entail. Nothing will be built anytime soon.
Beginning Wednesday, December 5th, the Highway Division will be cutting bushes and overhanging limbs along the sidewalk tractor route and along several other snowplow routes throughout town. This work is being done in an effort to reduce maintenance costs. Bushes and overhanging limbs cause a lot of damage to the lights, antennas, mirrors and windshields on our equipment.
Is Dozer a dangerous dog? Must Dozer be contained, leashed and muzzled? The Chief of Police says yes, the owner says no, and the Brattleboro Selectboard will get to decide at their next regular meeting on Tuesday.
The DPW will begin looking at options for improvements to their facilities on Fairground Road, the shiny discs on the parking garage will become a permanent installation, SeVEDS will review their year and ask for money, the Assessor’s Office will talk FY20 budget, and the board will approve some grants. You can bring up other items, of course, during public participation.
The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 6:15pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center. ASL interpreters will be available for deaf and hard-of-hearing community members.
On Monday, November 19, Utilities Crews will be working at the intersection of High Street and Whipple Street to replace a valve nut. During this time, Whipple Street will be closed and there will be restricted traffic on High Street in the area of Whipple and Oak Streets.
On Wednesday, October 24, Utilities Crews will be working in the junction of lower Main Street and Canal Street. The work will begin at 10:00 pm and continue through 5:00 am Thursday morning, October 25. Traffic will be restricted in that area during the scheduled time while the Utilities Division works to replace a valve nut in the middle of the roadway.
Motorists should plan to use alternate routes during this time period.
On Tuesday, October 16, weather permitting, the Highway Department will be replacing a culvert on Black Mountain Road between the intersections of Fox Farm and Rice Farm Roads. This section of roadway will be closed from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.
At their next regular meeting, the Brattleboro Selectboard will take some early steps toward work on the next Hinsdale Bridge. The new bridge begins with relocation of some utility lines near the project and some signing of agreements, at least as far as Vermont is concerned. NH is building it.
Vehicles for hire will again be on the agenda. New vehicles will be purchased, financial reports will be heard, litigation with Retreat Farm will be resolved, Hermit Thrush will get a break on loan payments due to their product recall, bulky waste collection will be discussed, and more. You can bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.
On Sunday night, September 16, 2018, the Brattleboro Department of Public Works Highway Division will begin their annual fall line striping. Painting is planned for crosswalks in school zones and in the more traveled sections of Town as well as the double yellow lines on the freshly paved parts of Maple ST and Hinesburg Rd. The work is scheduled for Sunday through Thursday nights and is expected to take about two weeks to complete, contingent on the weather.
WATER MAIN FLUSHING TO START
Utilities Divisioncrews will start Fall Flushing of the Town water mains on Thursday September 20, 2018 at 10:00 p.m. and continue through Saturday October 6, 2018
NOTE: Some daytime flushing will continue throughout the weeks of October 8thand 15th
Beginning on Tuesday, September 4, The Brattleboro Department of Public Works Highway Division will be working on Flat St. Crews will be installing new drainage on Flat ST in the area of the Boys and Girls Club. The work is estimated to take approximately two weeks to complete. During that time, the sidewalk on the north side of Flat ST (near Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters and the Boys and Girls Club) will be closed and the parking spaces on the other side of the street will be hooded off.
On behalf of Public Works, I was able to take a few aerial views of Lester Powers’ funeral procession earlier today. Lester served the town for 50 years from 1945 to 1995 and operated a road grader for the majority of that time. As such, Mr. Powers’ family requested one to lead the procession.
A new Brattleboro ordinance for Uber and Lyft types of vehicles for hire will get a First Reading at the next meeting of the Selectboard. There are also changes to parking in front of the Boys and Girls Club to be discussed.
The board will hear about changes to Brattleboro’s bus routes, the Fire Department will recieve an award, multiple dump trucks will be purchased, a bridge will be scheduled for repair, and odors shall be tested. You can also bring up other items or smells not already on the agenda during Public Participation.
Mitchell Sand & Gravel, LLC will be paving several streets in Brattleboro. The paving is tentatively scheduled to begin on Tuesday, August 21. These paving projects are expected to take approximately a week to complete. The streets that will be affected are Jenny Ln, Glen ST, lower Green Meadow, part of Hinesburg Rd and part of Maple ST.
Because it is summer, and hot, and we’re all tired, this week’s selectboard meeting notes will be provided to you in traditional 5-7-5 haiku form. Same news, just barely any details! Your overview:
Hot summer night in August
Nickels and dimes ya
The Brattleboro Selectboard will be altering the parking system at their next regular meeting at the Municipal Center. Rates are going to go up to help cover the costs of credit card service fees. Parking changes comes after a parking survey that gave them feedback on parking-related issues, and special requests by the downtown organization.
The board will also consider licensing of transportation network companies, requiring app-based ride services to comply with modified local taxi regulations.
Brattleboro will also buy a bunch of trucks, protect us all from the evils of liquor, buy heating oil, and replace Rod Francis on various boards and commissions.
You can bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.
Utilities crews are still working on repairing the water main break on John Seitz Dr (Exit One Industrial Park.) During this work, it is necessary to shut off water service to Old Guilford Rd and the I91 Guilford Welcome Center. Utilities crews are on the scene working to fix the issue and restore water service to the affected area as soon as possible. It is estimated that the water service should be back in service within 2-3 hours. We apologize again for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience while we work to fix the problem.
Due to a water main break on John Seitz Dr (Exit One Industrial Park) there is currently no water service to Old Guilford Rd and the I91 Guilford Welcome Center. Utilities crews are on the scene working to fix the issue and restore water service to the affected area as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience while we work to fix the problem.
Horton Place and Homestead Place will be closed to through traffic beginning on Tuesday, June 26, the roadway will continue to be closed overnight and through the day on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. During this time, D&E Tree Company will be removing trees from the area. Residential traffic will be the only traffic allowed in the area. Residents of Horton Pl will enter and exit via Horton Pl. Residents of Homestead Pl will enter and exit via Homestead Pl.
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.