Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Nov 12, 2019 – Agenda and Notes

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.  It is anticipated that the Board will enter into executive session at 5:30pm to discusspending or probable civil litigation or a prosecution to which the public body is or may be a party  The Board will reconvene at 6:15pm for the business meeting.  ASL interpreters will be available for deaf and hard-of-hearing community members.


Brattleboro Taxes & Utilities Due

The second installment of the 2019 Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes will be due on November 15th, 2019 by 5:00 PM.  Payments made after November 15th, 2019 will have an additional 1% interest added to the unpaid balance.

The utility billing is also due on November 15th, 2019 by 5:00 PM. Payments made after November 15th, 2019 will have an additional 1% interest, as well as an 8% penalty added to the unpaid balance.


Selectboard Meeting Notes – Agenda Placed On Next Agenda

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The Brattleboro Selectboard started their meeting a bit late and ended it quite early, with a rare move of taking nearly everything major off of the agenda and moving it to next week. The reason? Two absent board members.

Almost the entire agenda will be added to next week’s agenda, making next week’s special meeting a whopper.


Brattleboro Veterans’ Day Closures

 In observance of Veterans’ Day, all Brattleboro Town Offices will be closed on Monday, November 11, 2019, with the exception of emergency services. 

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Sunday and Monday, November 10 and 11. All other violations will be enforced. 


$2.6 Million Initiative Calls for Proposals to Support New Markets for Wood Products

CONCORD, NH — The Future Forest Economy Initiative is looking for new ideas, products and markets to increase demand for wood across the northern New England and New York. The deadline for concepts to considered in the first round of funding in 2020 is Dec. 2, 2019. 

The initiative — a cooperative effort of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), U.S. Endowment for Forestry & Communities, and the Northern Forest Center — grew out of a congressional mandate to support the development of markets for wood products. Over the next three years, the Initiative cooperators will invest $2.6 million in sub-grants to expand innovation, create market demand and create conditions that will allow businesses and communities to benefit from these innovations. 


The Brookline Go-Getter Launches Just in Time for the Holidays

There’s a new business in town, but that Town is Brookline, Vermont. Living 25 minutes away from Brattleboro may not seem like an inconvenience, but life happens. Especially during the winter, living in a rural part of the state can be incredibly scenic, but not necessarily convenient. The Brookline Go-getter offers customers a new way to free up some time and have peace of mind. The goal here is to encourage folks to have more time to make memories and live, and focus less time on running errands and rushing around.


Brattleboro Sub Station Fire Press Release

At 10:25am Engine 2 & Utility 8 responded to the Power Sub Station just south of the Veterans’ Bridge for a reported transformer fire. Upon arrival they had a significant fire in a large power vault and transformer. An attack line was stretched to the area but the decision was made to let the fire burn due to high voltage electric equipment. Green Mountain Power arrived on the scene shortly after the arrival of the 1st fire apparatus and got the power killed to the sight and the fire burned out approximately 15 minutes after that.


Brattleboro Selectboard Meeting Agenda and Notes – November 5, 2019

Town Manager Peter Elwell will give the board a first look at the proposed FY21 budget at the next regular meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard.

The  board will also hear an update on the community marketing plan, learn about the downtown alliance work plan for the next year, join a opioid-related lawsuit, consider changes for Green Street traffic safety, upfit a pair of police vehicles, and more. You can bring up other things not currently on the agenda during public participation.


Brattleboro Committee/Board Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, November 4, 2019, at 5:00pm in the Community Meeting Room at the Brattleboro Food Co-Op, located at 2 Main Street.

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Thursday, November 7, 2019, at 7:15pm in the Community Meeting Room at the Brattleboro Food Co-Op, located at 2 Main Street.  NOTE the change in the time for this meeting.


New Errand and Task Business Starting, from Brattleboro to Brookline!

Have you heard? The Brookline Go-Getter is officially opening its doors November 4, 2019, just in time for your holiday needs. Based in Brookline, Vermont, services offered will include, grocery shopping, personal shopping, errand running, appointment setting, and other services. You can hire the Brookline Go-Getter to run errands and perform tasks between the Brookline/Newfane area and Brattleboro Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. They do not, however, transport people or pets. 


Brattleboro Downtown Merchants

Quote: “I’m no economist, but when I hear about downtown businesses blaming their financial woes on the presence of people on the sidewalk asking for spare change, I’m left scratching my head. It seems like if you’re going to run a business, you’d want to know the basics of supply and demand… Like, if you want to make money, you need to offer goods and services that people want at a price they can pay. Sell things people need and can afford. Three-thousand-dollar rugs not flying off the shelves? Rethink your business strategy. I can buy an 80-dollar bouquet of flowers downtown, but I have to drive somewhere else to buy a pair of underwear.”


Western Avenue Fire – Press Release

At 7:38am Central Dispatch received a call reporting smoke in the building at 929 Western Ave. A 1stalarm assignment consisting of Eng 2, Eng 4, Ladder 1 and Car 1 & 2 responded. At 7:41am Eng 4 reported there had been a fire in the bathroom of Apt 202 which was out, and they had a burn victim and requested an ambulance.


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Monday, October 28, 2019, at 5:00pm in the Mezzanine Room at the Brooks Memorial Library.

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, October 28, 2019, at 5:30pm in the Meeting Room at Brooks Memorial Library.


Marlboro Road Water Service Interruptions

 The DPW Utilities crew is working to correct a leak on a 16” water valve located on Marlboro Rd. Service interruptions were expected and warned for yesterday. Unanticipated circumstances will result in water service interruption today, October 22nd between 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM. The area of water service interruption will be between #254 and #1205 Marlboro Rd. 

Water service interruptions should be expected between the hours of 8 A.M. and 3 P.M. 


Excerpt from The Hidden History of the Planet Earth

This is an edited excerpt from The Hidden History of the Planet Earth by Robert Morning Sky.

Morning Sky describes President Eisenhower meeting in 1954 with an emissary from another planet named “KRLL”.

The grey Being is nearly six feet tall. His head is an oddity; it is very large and possesses two large black eyes that dominate his face. His nose is large; his mouth, ears and chin disproportionately small.


Selectboard Meeting Notes – Opioid Lawsuit May Include Local Pharmacies

A Brattleboro Selectboard quartet decided Tuesday night to proceed on a path toward suing opioid manufacturers and providers. The board didn’t see any need to spare local pharmacies from potential litigation, and wasn’t sure about suing local doctors.

The board continued their discussion of municipal broadband, bought winter salt and sand, heard a report on progress at WSWMD, and got a final financial report from retiring John O’Connor.