Threat at Representative Town School Meeting

On 3/20/19 at around 6:30PM the Brattleboro Police Department responded to a report of a shooting at the Representative Town Meeting school information night at Green Street School. Multiple BPD officers responded and were assisted by the Vermont State Police and Windham Sheriff’s office. Approximately ten officers were involved in the response to this incident.


Selectboard Meeting Notes – Going Through The Motions

Brattleboro Selectboard

The Brattleboro Selectboard gathered for their last regular meeting under the current configuration of board members – Chair Kate O’Connor and Shanta Lee Gander are about to return to civilian life. 

The Country Club was reprimanded for a liquor infraction, causing the board to offer them time to do some free promotion. (Note to other liquor license holders – minor infractions will lead to publicity!) Bids were accepted, the Energy Committee was reduced in size, and representative town meeting motions were assigned.


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 1:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Thursday, March 21, 2019, at 8:00am in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Trustees of Public Funds will meet on Friday, March 22, 2l019, at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.


Brattleboro Selectboard – Agenda and Notes March 19, 2019

The Brattleboro Selectboard will wrap up its year with lease agreements and tire removal. They will also hear from the Brattleboro Country Club regarding a recent liquor violation before giving them a new liquor license.

The Energy Committee might be reduced in size, Experienced Goods will extend their lease at the parking garage, motions will be assigned, and you might be appointed to a committee. You can always bring up other matters during public participation.


Change Your Smoke Detector Batteries When You Adjust Clocks

smoke alarm note

The Brattleboro Fire Department is reminding everyone of this simple life-saving habit of changing the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms when adjusting your clocks for daylight saving time.

According to fire officials, every year there are roughly 2,200 deaths and 11,000 ER injuries due to the more than 350,000 house fires throughout the nation.


Brattleboro Committee Vacancies

 The Town of Brattleboro is looking for citizens to serve on the following committees and boards: 

Agricultural Advisory Board

ADA Advisory Committee 

Arts Committee 

Conservation Commission 

Design Review Committee (Alternate) 


Vermont Senate Committee on Finance – Vermont Telecommunications Plan

If you want to learn how Vermont is going to have 100Mbps broadband available to most residents by 2020 (or actually why it very probably will not), which was the goal of Vermont’s 10 year Telecommunications Plan in 2014, watch this video. The second speaker, starting at around 50
minutes in, is particularly interesting and he provides a lot of researched results on the failings of the previous “plan” (which seems to have basically been a legal requirement to develop a plan, which was ignored due to a lack of legal enforcement and funding):


Brattleboro Unofficial Election Results – Article 2 Passes

Good evening,

Please see attached and the below link for the “unofficial results” for Brattleboro Town Meeting. The attached is formatted to show the unofficial winners for each race in bold. These are the results from the ballot tallies, not including write-in votes.

https://www.brattleboro.org/(click on “Unofficial Results 3-5-2019 Election” on the right hand side).


Selectboard Meeting Notes – Steve Barrett Night

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The Brattleboro Selectboard met on Town Meeting Day 2019 and spent most of the time discussing issues of water and sewer.

This included a rather substantial presentation by an apartment owner requesting a reduction in an abnormally high water bill, some discussion of the Hinsdale Bridge, some notes on odors and energy, and a hint that water and sewer ates may hold steady for a year.


Windham County Senator Becca Balint and Lt. Governor David Zuckerman Endorse The Brattleboro Youth Vote

On Tuesday, March 5th’s Brattleboro town ballot (on the back side) is a ballot measure – “Article II” – that will grant 16- and 17-year-olds the right to vote on town issues and candidates, be elected to and serve on local school boards (up to 2 on each), and be elected as Town Representatives. The measure has received the endorsement of Brattleboro resident and Senator Becca Balint, and Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman.

Lt. Governor Zuckerman endorsed the measure last Summer, before it had even gotten on the ballot. Writing an endorsement for the campaign’s website, he said “Engaging youth in local decisions is a great way to instill a commitment to their community, bring in new ideas and energy, and to recognize the value they add to the region.”


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes – March 5, 2019

Water & Sewer issues will be the bulk of the Brattleboro Selectboard’s next meeting. They’ll talk about rates, repairs, reservoirs, energy use, odors, and improvements.

They’ll also approve liquor licenses, announce committee vacancies, apply for a grant and more. You can add other items during Public Participation.


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, March 4, 2019, at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, March 8, 2019, at 9:00am in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.


Brattleboro Town School Board Candidates Unanimously Endorse the Youth Vote Charter Amendment

In a candidates forum on Monday, February 25th, the candidates for Brattleboro Town School Board were asked how they felt about students being elected to school boards and having an equal vote to theirs. Every one of the five candidates voiced their support for it, and each expressed a different benefit of the change.

The Brattleboro Youth Vote is a town charter amendment that will be voted on as part of the March 5 election ballot. It will give 16 and 17-year old Brattleboro citizens the right to vote on town issues and candidates, be elected and serve on school boards (up to 2 on each), and be elected as a Town Representatives.


Youth Vote Charter Amendment on the March 5th Town Ballot

On the March 5th Brattleboro town elections ballot, there will be a proposed town charter amendment.

The amendment would lower, to 16, the legal age for

— Voting on town issues and candidates,

— Being elected to and serving on school boards,

— Being elected to and serving in Representative Town Meeting.


Helpful Election Information for March 5 and Sample Ballots

Below is information that might be helpful to know for March 5th local elections.

Attached is a sample ballot from each of Brattleboro’s three districts. All districts’ ballots are the same except for Town Meeting Members for each district. Absentee ballots are currently available at the Town Clerk’s Office and may be requested until 5:00 pm on Monday, March 4. Sample ballots can also be found on our website at www.brattleboro.orgunder Elections.