Elliot St. Fire

There is a huge fire in one of the Elliot St buildings, near Union Hill. I’m hearing skuttlebutt but so far nothing confirmed except that the fire is more than one floor. By the vid Joe Bushey posted on FB, it looks like most of the back of the building is involved. I hope everyone is safe, pets included.

I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update – Week of October 20, 2013


Single lane closure of the passing lanes on I-91 Northbound and Southbound will continue for the week of October 20. The lanes will remain closed over the weekend.

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 August 2016. Truck activity on Route 30 will continue for the week of October 20. Route 30 will be reduced to a single lane intermittently. Flaggers will regulate traffic flow.

Selectboard Meeting Notes – PACE Slows, Liquidated Damages Likely For Waste Water Treatment Project

A trio of Brattleboro Selectboard members kept town business flowing while simultaneously monitoring the scores of a Red Sox game Tuesday night.

The board heard that liquidated damages might be considered for the Waste Water Treatment Plant project delays, the proposed PACE program guidelines have lingering legal and accounting questions, and signs of climate change might be showing up during public participation.

This plus the latest scores and more, below.

Smart Zone Tools Will Provide Public with Real Time Information re Travel Conditions for 1-91 Bridge Replacement in Brattleboro

MONTPELIER, Vt.—October 14, 2013–

The PCL+FIGG Team that is working under contract to the Vermont Agency of Transportation to reconstruct I-91 bridges in Brattleboro is using a full array of “Smart Zone” tools, including Portable Changeable Message Signs (PCMS), Wavetronics radar traffic sensors, and video cameras that will broadcast live data to a public website devoted to the project. The site’s traffic sensors will continuously monitor traffic volumes in the work zone. This information will be used to automatically post messages on project signs regarding potential delays and expected travel times.

Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes – October 15 and 18, 2013

The Brattleboro Selectboard will have another discussion about the PACE program with at their next regular Tuesday meeting. This discussion will focus on adopting the program guidelines.

The board will continue their discussions about negotiations with the Waste Water Treatment Plant contractor, PC, over unapproved change orders, and will hear about the results of the environmental review of the plans for the Black Mountain gravity sewer.

A number of grants will be approved and/or accepted and spent, including a Windham and Windsor Housing Trust grant, and funds for fixing the retaining wall on Washington Street. The Police would also like to apply for a last-minute grant to help prevent terrorism – by getting new radio and dispatch equipment. There will also be second readings of ordinance changes to parking on Elliot and Linden Streets.

You can attend in person or watch on BCTV. If you go, you can speak to any issue, and bring up other topics not on the agenda during public participation. Full coverage here, too, the very next day.

Brattleboro Town Manager Citizen Search Committee Meeting and Agenda

The Brattleboro Town Manager Citizen Search Committee will meet on Friday, October 18, 2013 at 4:00pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center. It is anticipated that the Committee will enter into executive session at 4:00pm to discuss a personnel matter.

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

Interstate Lanes Associated with I-91 Bridge Reconstruction to be Reopened for Columbus Day Weekend

MONTPELIER, Vt.—October 11, 2013–The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) will remove the temporary lane closures on Interstate 91 in Brattleboro over Columbus Day weekend to accommodate holiday traffic. The temporary closures are associated with construction to replace the interstate bridges between exits 2 and 3.

The northbound passing lane that is currently closed will be opened for the weekend starting at approximately 1:00 PM Friday, and the southbound passing lane will be opened at approximately 5:00 PM Friday. The northbound lane closures will go back in effect on Monday morning and the southbound lane closures will be re-established Tuesday morning.

Elm Street Bridge Re-Opened

The Brattleboro Department of Public Works has now re-opened the Elm Street Bridge to regular traffic effective immediately. Motorists may now use this street without restrictions.

Cheryl Petrin
Office Manager
Dept of Public Works
Town of Brattleboro
fax 802-257-2316

Sunnyside Solar Returns! The Gentle Electric Company is Back, Bringing Good Things From Light!

By Dave Bonta, President of USA Solar Store

Carol Levin and Richard Gottlieb ran Sunnyside Solar for 30 years out of their home in Guilford selling their first PV panel in 1983! They have helped over 600 folks get solar; either as students, installers or customers.

Their remarkable story started in the Chelsea House Folklore Center, a Red Barn on the edge of West Brattleboro where Richard met Carol during  one of her famous country dances. Back in 1979 folks used to come from all over to “promenade” the night away at the Chelsea house. Today the Chelsea Royal diner still sports the name, which Carol used, inspired by the Joni Mitchell song of the 1960’s. Carol & Richard married at the Chelsea House in 1979.

Brattleboro Columbus Day Closings

In observance of Columbus Day, all Town offices will be closed on Monday, October 14, 2013, with the exception of emergency services.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Sunday and Monday, October 13 and 14, 2013. All other violations, including extended parking, will be enforced.

Brooks Memorial Library will be closed on Sunday and Monday, October 13 and 14, 2013.

I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update – Week of October 13, 2013


Single lane closure of the passing lanes on I-91 Northbound and Southbound will continue for the week of October 13. The lanes will remain closed over the weekend.

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 August 2016. Truck activity on Route 30 will continue for the week of October 13. On Wednesday, October 16 and Thursday, October 17, Route 30 will be reduced to a single lane. Flaggers will regulate traffic flow.

Town of Brattleboro Fall Leaf Collection Schedule

The following dates have been scheduled for Brattleboro’s curbside Fall Leaf Collection. Whereas in the past leaf pickup was determined by scheduled day of rubbish pickup, all locations will be picked up each Friday:

Leaf Pick Up Date

ALL RESIDENTS Friday, October 25, 2013

ALL RESIDENTS Friday, November 8, 2013

State Office Building Open House in Brattleboro

The state office building at 232 Main Street in downtown Brattleboro re-opened in September after being closed for renovations.

Members of the community are invited to an open house to see the improvements to the building on Monday, October 21 from 4-6 PM.

State employees will be available to provide tours of the various departments.

Videoconference with Economist-Entrepreneur Michael Shuman

Brooks Memorial Library is pleased to announce that Michael Shuman, author of several books including “Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity,” will be featured at the first annual “New Economy Lunch at the Library” to discuss how buying local can positively impact the economy. The lunch talk will be at noon on Friday, October 11th in the library’s meeting room on the 2nd floor. The event is free and open to the public, and a brown bag lunch may be brought into the meeting room. The Library will be using the new videoconferencing equipment received as part of the Vermont Department of Libraries/Google grant. 

War Legacies Project Director to Speak

Sue Hammond of the War Legacies Project is speaking Tues., Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Putney Public Library. The WLP focuses on the long-term impacts of war to develop a fuller understanding of the costs of war, increase public understanding of these costs, foster public dialogue about the impacts of war and conduct programs that help mitigate the impacts of war at home and abroad.

Currently, their work is primarily focused on the long-term health and environmental impacts of the use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War and the on-going impacts of unexploded ordinance. The talk is sponsored by the Brattleboro branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and is open to all.

-American Association of University Women

Windham Regional Career Center Offers Fall Community Education and Training Programs

The Windham Regional Career Center at Brattleboro Union High School is pleased to announce their Community Education and Training Programs for this fall. Betsy Gentile, Workforce Development Manager and Adult Education Coordinator has developed 15 community education and training programs to meet the needs of area employers and their employees as well as providing personal and professional enrichment opportunities for all community members.

Irene Business Recovery Grants: Workshops Scheduled for Funding Assistance

Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation and Springfield Regional Development Corporation have received an additional $500,000 in Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds through the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) to assist businesses with “unmet disaster recovery needs” related to Tropical Storm Irene. The two groups have scheduled free, mandatory, workshops in October for those interested in applying for funding through this program.