Brattleboro Selectboard – Agenda and Notes July 5, 2022

A packed agenda of important items awaits the Brattleboro Selectboard for their first regular meeting of July. It’s going to be a long meeting.

There will be new liquor licenses, Commonwealtth Dairy wants to nearly double its water and sewer use, rental housing fines will be set, and the board will choose a bridge design for Melrose. There will be a discussion of downtown safety and a new mural for High Street. The board will discuss a woman’s right to choose. There are emergency repairs to authorize.

The firefighters get a “recently concluded additional collective bargaining agreement,” and the Fire Chief would like the board to approve additional funds to meet requirements of becoming a paramedic-level service.

But wait, there’s more!  There will be a first reading of a new ordinance regarding wastewater allocation approvals, there will be a new contract for the Interim Town manager, a new street name will be approved, and the FY23 tax rate will be set.

Brattleboro Planning Commission July 6 Agenda

6:00 Call to Order

6:00 – 6:10 Introductions and Announcements

6:10-6:50 Organizational Meeting
• Elect Chair, Vice-Chair, and Clerk
• Review Bylaws & Rules of Procedure. Proposed amendments as necessary. Proposed amendments need be submitted to each member at least five days before the meeting.
• Overview of Open Meeting Law

Brattleboro Independence Day Closings

In observance of the July 4th holiday, all Town offices will be closed on Monday, July 4, 2022, with the exception of emergency services.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Sunday and Monday, July 3 and July 4, 2022. All other violations will be enforced.

Brooks Memorial Library will be closed on Monday, July 4th, 2022.

Trash, recycling and composting materials are NOT affected by the holiday.

Brattleboro June 23 Letter To Rescue Inc

Chief Hazelton & Members of the Rescue Inc. Board, 

On behalf of the Town of Brattleboro, I am writing to follow up from the meeting on June 6, 2022, regarding EMS Mutual Aid. The Town appreciates the many years of excellent service Rescue Inc. has provided to Brattleboro and wishes continued award-winning success for Rescue Inc.’s service to other communities in our region.  We look forward to rebuilding a healthy working relationship between the two entities towards our shared goal of maintaining the health and safety of the people we serve. 

Below our FY23 service plan is outlined, in hopes that this information will clarify the capacity at which we are asking Rescue Inc. to engage in Mutual Aid.  

Brattleboro Heat Advisory

For Immediate Release:

The Town of Brattleboro urges everyone to drink plenty of water, wear light clothing and stay out of the heat as much as possible during the current heat wave.

People who need some cool air can visit the Brooks Memorial Library (224 Main Street) and the Central Fire Station (103 Elliot Street).

Overturning Roe v. Wade – Some of the Dissent

I did a quick read through of the dissent in today’s decision and they don’t mince words. Here are a few highlights to get you going…


The first problem with the majority’s account comes from JUSTICE THOMAS’s concurrence—which makes clear he is not with the program. In saying that nothing in today’s opinion casts doubt on non-abortion precedents, JUSTICE THOMAS explains, he means only that they are not at issue in this very case. See ante, at 7 (“[T]his case does not pre- sent the opportunity to reject” those precedents). But he lets us know what he wants to do when they are. “[I]n future cases,” he says, “we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell.” Ante, at 3; see also supra, at 25, and n. 6. And when we reconsider them? Then “we have a duty” to “overrul[e] these demonstrably erroneous deci- sions.” Ante, at 3. So at least one Justice is planning to use the ticket of today’s decision again and again and again.

Brattleboro Arts Committee Meeting

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in the Community Meeting Room of the Brooks Memorial Library.

Jessica Sticklor (she/her/hers)

Executive Assistant

Town of Brattleboro

Union Street Closure on Monday June 27

For Immediate Release:
The lower half of Union Street, near Elliot Street Terrace will be closed to traffic with a detour provided on Monday, June 27th, 2022 from 8:00am to 8:00pm due to sewer pipe maintenance work.

Selectboard Meeting Notes – Free Ambulance Offer Accepted

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The Brattleboro Selectboard agreed to the Golden Cross contract addendum of a free 90-day extra staff and ambulance offer, which the Fire Chief explained came at his suggestion.

They also held a first reading about fines and penalties for rental housing violations, heard public comments about cameras, announced a possibility of a downtown police substation, learned about Tri-Park’s current situation, and more.

Noticed Around Brattleboro – Summer 2022

What have you noticed around Brattleboro recently? The little things that aren’t worthy of a full story, but caught your eye?

NECCA circus tent is back up. It’s been up for a couple of weeks now, and again I say that this really marks the location well. Nothing like a circus tent to say “circus!”
Brooks Memorial Library has their new tool-sharing shed and sign up, located between the library and the municipal center.

New Hydrant for Elliot Street Tuesday

On Tuesday, June 21, the Utilities Division will be installing a new hydrant in the area of 195 Elliot ST.  Elliot ST will be closed in the area beginning at 7:00 am through approximately noon.  Stewart Place and Elliot ST addresses up to #186 can be accessed from the east end of Elliot ST and addresses #190 and higher can be accessed from the west end of Elliot ST. 

Motorists should plan to use alternate routes during this time.

Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes – June 21, 2022

Golden Cross is back on the agenda with a limited-time offer that will only cost $50,000 a year after the initial 90 day free trial. The Brattleboro Selectboard will, by approving this, “expand the second AEMT provider to 24 hours per day and situate a third ambulance (to be housed at Station 2.)”

They will also discuss liquor licenses, fines for rental housing inspection program violations, Waste Water Treatment Plant and water pump improvements, and more. You can bring up other issues not on the agenda during public participation.

Brattleboro Planning Commission Special Joint Meeting: Monday, June 20, 2022

6:00 – 6:10 Announcements

6:10 – 6:20 Roles Of These Government Bodies
Possible Presentation of Supporting Documentation; Q & A

6:20 – 7:00 Land Use Regulations Concerns and Proposals
Parts 1, 2, 3, & 5: Discuss suggestions for Cannabis land use classifications, Setbacks, Historic Resource Overlay District, Pets vs. farm animals, Parking, Signs, Noise, Demolition Standards, and more

Street Closing Tuesday For New Hydrant for Elliot Street

On Tuesday, June 14, the Utilities Division will be installing a new hydrant in the area of 195 Elliot ST.  Elliot ST will be closed in the area beginning at 7:30 am through approximately 4:00 pm.  Stewart Place and Elliot ST addresses up to #186 can be accessed from the east end of Elliot ST and addresses #190 and higher can be accessed from the west end of Elliot ST. 

Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Executive Session

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at 6:15pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center (230 Main Street). The Board will convene at 6:15pm and is expected to immediately enter into executive session to discuss labor relations agreements with employees and contracts. The Board will reconvene after the executive session and immediately adjourn. No action will be taken.

VTrans Issues Traffic Alert For Route 9 Between Brattleboro and Wilmington


Wilmington-Brattleboro VT-9 Resurfacing Project

DATE: Thursday, June 9, 2022 

TRAFFIC IMPACT AND DURATION: Due to heavy rain causing unfavorable roadway conditions, motorists are advised to travel with caution along Vermont Route 9 between Wilmington and Brattleboro. Crews are on site working to minimize impacts to travelers.