Brattleboro Selectboard Special Organizational Meeting

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special organizational meeting on Monday, March 24, 2014, at 8:00am in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center. The purpose of the meeting is to swear in the new board members and elect officers.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager’s Office
(802) 251-8100


Strolling of the Heifers Welcomes Merchants Bank as 2014 Presenting Sponsor

Strolling of the Heifers has announced thatMerchants Bank will continue as Presenting Sponsor of the upcoming Strolling of the Heifers Weekend, Slow Living Summit and Tour de Heifer.

Stroll Weekend takes place June 6-8, with the world-famous Strolling of the Heifers Parade as its centerpiece on Saturday, June 7, followed by the all-day, 11-acre Slow Living Expo, all taking place in downtown Brattleboro.

The Slow Living Summit, a conference on mindful, artful living and connected, resilient communities, takes place just before the weekend on June 4-6, while the Tour de Heifer, a set of 15, 30 and 60-mile farm-to-farm cycling tours, happens on Sunday, June 8.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Project Update: Week of March 23 and RT 30 Closure

I-91

Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction on I-91 until completion of the new bridge in the Fall of 2015.

Weather permitting, night work will be conducted Sunday night, March 23rd through Friday night, March 29th.

Route 30

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. This reduction will remain in effect through the Spring of 2016.

Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 will be reduced to a single lane intermittently both day and night, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.


Selectboard Meeting Notes: Brattleboro Begins Work To Recognize Martin Luther King Day

It’s not official yet, but the Brattleboro Selectboard promised that the town will take steps to recognize Martin Luther King Day as a town holiday, despite concerns of complexity voiced by the Interim Town Manager and the results of an informal poll of town staff. 

Sidewalk plowing on Cedar Street was debated, but with the snow season coming to an end the board decided to contemplate the issue for a while longer before making any decisions.

Duo gets a loan, CRT gets a memo of understanding, and the Fire Department is staffed well. All this and more follows below.


Skatepark Site Selection Committee Minutes Draft – March 13, 2014

Meeting called to order: at 5:20 PM

Members present: Joe Bushey, Marty Fitzgerald, Betsy Gentile, Elizabeth McLouglin, Jacob Roberts, Andrea Watkins. Others present: Jeff Clark, Francine Vallario, Howard Weiss-­‐Tisman, Linda Whelihan, Patty Fitzgerald

Agenda:

  • Public Participation

    Jeff Clark, the chair of BASIC informed the SSSC members that there might be vacancies coming up on their committee. He thought some members from SSSC might be interested in seeing the skate park project through to completion (possibly a new design, fund raising and building) and would be welcome to serve on BASIC as members or consultants. Chair, Betsy Gentile, replied that it would be a very good idea and a logical step for members to consider when their work on the site selection committee was completed.


  • Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition Community Survey: Price Chopper/Rite Aid

    During the month of March, Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition (BAPC)  is doing a community survey to determine if people are bothered by second-hand smoke in front of Price Chopper and/or Rite Aid on Canal Street.

    BAPCwill be hosting a community Facebook chat in early April to discuss the results and determine the next step. Please complete the survey, pass it along, and join us for the Facebook chat on April 8th from 7-8 PM. 


    Items to Cost More if 1% Local Option Tax Passes

    From the for the 1% local option tax. 

    Clothing

    • Belt buckles sold separately
    • Costume masks sold separately
    • Patches and emblems sold separately
    • Sewing equipment and supplies including knitting needles, patterns, pins, scissors, sewing machines, sewing needles, tape measures and thimbles.
    • Sewing materials such as buttons, fabric, lace, thread, yarn, and zippers
    • Briefcases

    Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes – March 18, 2014

    Will Brattleboro recognize Martin Luther King Day as a holiday by 2015? The Brattleboro Selectboard will debate the issue at their next regular Tuesday meeting at the Municipal Center. You are welcome and encouraged to attend.

    There will also be discussions of farm tax stabilization, a loan for the new Duo restauarnt, a public hearing on Utility rate changes (speak now or forever pay your increases), sidewalk plowing for some of Cedar Street, and more. You can also bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.

    Watch on BCTV, and read about it hear the day after.


    Brattleboro I-91 Bridge Replacement Project: Week of March 16

    I-91

    Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction on I-91 until completion of the new bridge in the Fall of 2015.

    Weather permitting, night work will be conducted Sunday night, March 16th through Friday night, March 21st.


    A Breakfast Meeting the Day Before Representative Town Meeting

    A number of folks viewing this are likely Town Meeting Members ~ maybe a few more will be after tomorrow’s caucus  (Wed., Mar. 12 – Town Meeting Informational Meeting & Caucus preceding meeting to fill vacant Town Meeting Representative seats – Academy School, 5:00pm)

    Do you want another opportunity to discuss the issues?  What about the Local Option Sales Tax?  


    Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Stakeholder Update, Week of March 9

    I-91

    Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction on I-91 until completion of the new bridge in the Fall of 2015.

    Weather permitting, night work will be conducted Sunday night, March 9th through Friday Night, March 14th.

    Route 30

    The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. This reduction will remain in effect through the Spring of 2016.


    Brattleboro Farmers’ Market New Member Meeting this Wednesday!

    The Brattleboro Area Farmers’ Market is now accepting applications for new members to vend their products at the Saturday and/or Wednesday Markets. The Farmers’ Market is the region’s largest and oldest open-air Market and supports local agriculture, prepared foods and crafts. The Market features over 50 diverse vendors from the local area and attracts thousands of visitors annually.

    The Brattleboro Area Farmers’ Market is a not-for-profit, membership organization and welcomes applications from those who grow and/or create their own high-quality products, especially those working with local ingredients/materials to bring variety to the Market’s offerings.


    Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee Meeting

    The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 10:00am at Marlboro College Graduate Center in the VCIL conference room.

    Jan Anderson
    Executive Secretary
    Brattleboro Town Manager’s Office
    (802) 251-8100


    Public Invited To ‘Trail Talk’ To Be Held For I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Project

    The PCL+FIGG Team will conduct the next on-site “trail talk” for the Public on Saturday, March 8, 2014.

    These trail talks will discuss the status of the I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Project and allow the public to ask questions. The talks will originate at the West River Trail near the marina. The trail talk will be led by Caleb Linn, Project Manager for PCL (lead contractor), and Garrett Hoffman, Design Manager for FIGG (bridge designer).

    Interested participants should meet the PCL+FIGG Team at the West River Trail trailhead on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 8 a.m. and the talk will begin at 8:15 a.m. Participants will walk the trail to the I-91 bridge site, so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.


    Selectboard Meeting Notes: Preliminary Police Fire Plans Approved

    Despite having major objections to aspects of the plans, the Brattleboro Selectboard unanimously approved designs for the Police and Fire facilities at their Tuesday meeting on Election Day.

    The long meeting began with a string of liquor license approvals. Utility rate increases had a first reading, Brattleboro is applying for funds to install two electric vehicle charging stations at the Transportation Center, and the search for a new Town Manager begins again. Read on for all the details, and then some.


    Brattleboro Town Election Results – Everybody Wins – 1% Sales Tax Squeaks By

    According to unofficial results from the Town Clerk’s office, 881 people voted in Town Elections today affirming the candidacies of everyone on the ballot. Since no one was running unopposed, no official candidates lost and everybody won. Rare when that happens. (The sole exception being Kathryn Turnas II, who was a write-in candidate for Selectboard.} The environmental question passed. The 1% Local Option Sales Tax squeaked by in a very close vote of 438 in favor and 402 against. The vote is only advisory and the number of voters low, but if the result tells us anything, it’s that there seems to be no clear concensus on this issue.


    West Brattleboro Association To Meet With District 1 Town Meeting Members

    The West Brattleboro Association is inviting all the District 1 Town Meeting members to meet with the West B community on Thursday, March 6 for a Q&A/discussion session.  This will be at 7 pm in the Hayes Court Community Room on Garfield Drive, just west of the Post Office and Richards Building.

    The focus will be on the warrant for the upcoming Town Meeting on March 22, but the questions and conversation will go wherever the attendees take them. The actual warrant can be found on the town’s website – – by following the Election Info link.


    Skatepark Site Selection Committee – Draft Minutes Jan 20, 2014

    Skatepark Site Selection Committee Minutes Draft

    Thursday February 20, 2014 Meeting called to order: at 5:16 PM by Betsy Gentile
    Members present: Joe Bushey, Marty Fitzgerald, Betsy Gentile, Elizabeth McLoughlin, Jacob Roberts, Andre Watkins. Others present: Carol Lolatte, Rod Francis, Jeff Clark, Les Montgomery, Howard Weiss-­Tisman, Francine Vallario, Patty Fitzgerald.

    Agenda:

    1. Public Participation
    None