The continuing thread for the little things that are worthy of noting, but maybe not worth writing a full paragraph to explain. What have you noticed around Brattleboro this fall?
Construction at Amy’s – the former bakery space is getting a makeover.
The following dates have been scheduled for Brattleboro’s curbside Fall Leaf Collection. All locations will be picked up each Friday:
Leaf Pick Up Date
ALL RESIDENTS Friday, October 22, 2021
ALL RESIDENTS Friday, November 5, 2021
Questions for Peter Elwell, Bob Fisher, and Lawrin Crispe for 10/13/21 Meeting 6-7:30pm (allcounted.com)
The elected district represenatives of Brattleboro’s Steering Committee members are asking the municipal manager, lawyer, and moderator about the annual representative municipal meeting. Which of the following questions do you prioritize our collective hour and half of time together being focused on?
BRATTLEBORO, VT—As the third and final phase of Groundworks Collaborative’s South Main Street capital project, the former Groundworks Drop-In Center at 60 South Main Street will be deconstructed this fall in preparation for the construction of a new building in its place. The design will allow for adequate space for Groundworks’ growing program staff, many of whom have worked without offices since the start of the pandemic.
The new 60 South Main Street building will be home to Groundworks’ Case Management team, Representative Payee program, and the team of embedded providers from Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, the Brattleboro Retreat, and HCRS—known as Healthworks.
Call to Order
Review and Approve Minutes of previous meeting.
Review of Cases/Public Hearings to be reviewed under the Brattleboro Land Use Regulations.
2021-139 Jason P. Doubleday; Rural Residential District; request for minor subdivision approval off of Rice Farm Road; Tax Map Parcels #30002.000 & 30003.000 continued from 9.15.2021
The Brattleboro Citizens Police Communication Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, September 27, 2021 at 5:30pm in the Brooks Memorial Library Main Reading Room.
The Brattleboro Human Services Committee will meet on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 1:00pm in the Brattleboro Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center (230 Main Street).
Utilities Division crews will start Fall Flushing of the Town water mains on Thursday September 23, 2021, at 10:00 p.m. and continue through Saturday October 9, 2021.
Some users have recently noticed discoloration of their water. Unprecedented rainfall has added color from dissolved organics in the source water. Additional organics accumulated in the distribution system is the cause of the discoloration. The water is safe to drink. Public Works tests the water throughout the distribution system daily. Flushing the water mains will improve the situation. Brattleboro is currently constructing a new water treatment facility which will improve our ability to treat the water supply during unusual conditions in the future.
The Brattleboro Selectboard met on the last evening of summer, and heard big news. Steve Barrett, long-time employee of the Town, will be retiring and Dan Tyler will be taking his place. The switch happens in December.
There was discussion of racism in the community, COVID safety at the Stone Church, stormwater plans, designs for and objections to a new bridge on Western Ave, and more.
A new bridge near Melrose Street will be one focus of attention for the Brattleboro Selectboard at their next meeting. VTrans reps will be on hand to explain the details and answer questions.
The board will also hear more about the creation of a stormwater utility and master plan for the town, will renegotiate tax payments for the Retreat, explore grants for a health program and for a water and sewer capacity study, and more. You can always bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.
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)
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
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
The Brattleboro Selectboard willl take up a number of water treatment plant issues at their next regular meeting. This includes emergency replacement of a blower and other emergency repairs for wells, a project update, and a loan application. The board will continue discussion of adjusting COVID rules, hear an update on ARPA funding, consider some traffic safety measures, and contemplate Town Manager Elwell’s final Long Term Financial Plan, FY23-27.
The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 7:45am at the Brattleboro Municipal Center (230 Main Street). The Board will convene at 7:45am and is expected to immediately enter into executive session to discuss the appointment or employment or evaluation of a public officer.
The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 8:00am. The Board will convene at 8:00am and is expected to immediately enter into executive session to discuss the appointment or employment or evaluation of a public officer or employee.
The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 1:00pm. The Board will convene at 1:00pm and is expected to immediately enter into executive session to discuss the appointment or employment or evaluation of a public officer or employee, collective bargaining agreements with employees, the negotiation of a real estate purchase or lease and contracts.
On Friday, September 10, 2021, all Town offices in the Brattleboro Municipal Center will be closed from 10:00am until 11:00am for a staff meeting. This closure includes the Assessor’s Office, Finance Department, Planning Department, Town Clerk’s Office, Town Manager’s Office, and Treasurer’s Office.
RE: Overgrown Vegetation
Please be advised. Property owners are responsible for trimming and maintaining vegetation on their property if it may interfere with the public right of way. Overgrown vegetation creates an unsafe situation for pedestrians who may have to walk in the roadway to get by. It also impacts the sight distance for vehicular traffic. Please inspect and trim your vegetation accordingly. The town ordinance reads as follows:
I like to listen to Vt Public Radio. I live downtown in a brick building, and I can’t get good reception.
Does anybody have an old FM radio that uses an external antenna?
The members of the Agenda Subcommittee are hereby notified and warned to meet in the Hannah Cosman Room of the Brattleboro Municipal Center at 8:00 AM to consider the articles listed below.
approval of minutes from August 25 (5 minutes)
amendment to our terms of reference re: PURPOSE of the subcommittee (5 minutes)
remarks of the chair (5 minutes)
law and bylaw re handling and control of agenda and scheduling (60 minutes) reducing restrictions on people’s initiatives Article III