Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro RTM Human Services Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 1, 2023 at 4:00pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center, 230 Main Street, Suite 212.

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Thursday, November 2, 2023 at 4:14 in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

Pool Your Ideas… Continued!

The Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Department is inviting the community to participate in an interactive session to share ideas about improvements to the pool and aquatics facilities at Living Memorial Park.

The session will occur on Thursday, Nov. 2 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Brattleboro Municipal Center at 230 Main Street, Brattleboro, in the Selectboard Meeting Room.

This upcoming session, which will be led by the Town’s contracted design consultant team, builds upon the work of a previous session that took place during the summer of 2023.

Brattleboro’s Big Shift To… ???

Brattleboro is undergoing a major shift, with many long-running and well-known entities exiting stage left, and some new projects are bubbling up. Here are just a few examples:

– Sam’s closing. 

– MT Bank closing.

– Josh Davis leaving Groundworks.

– Cor Trowbridge leaving BCTV.

– Lee Bradford leaving Co-op.

Groundworks’ Director Josh Davis To Step Down – Leaving Strong Leadership To Carry The Transition

BRATTLEBORO—Josh Davis, Executive Director of Groundworks Collaborative for the past 11+ years, has announced that he will be leaving the organization in the coming weeks to become the Executive Director of SEVCA—Southeastern Vermont Community Action—at the start of the new year.

“Groundworks has been incredibly fortunate to have Josh at the helm for over a decade; during which the organization has grown tremendously to meet the increasing needs of our state and community,” said Board Chair Rita Ramirez. “Although this news is difficult and bittersweet, we are happy for Josh and excited about this next phase for Groundworks.  With the dedication of the Board and our Leadership Team and staff, we will move into this next phase from a position of calm and strength.”

“Josh is leaving Groundworks with a vibrant and impactful legacy, felt most deeply through the leadership and organizational culture he has built together with staff,” said Director of Development & Communications Libby Bennett. “We will miss Josh immensely, but his presence will always be felt here alongside evidence of all we’ve built together.”

Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Citizens Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at 5:30pm at the Brooks Memorial Library.

The Brattleboro Charter Review Commission will meet on Thursday, October 26, 2023 at 6:15pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room (230 Main Street) and over Zoom.

Regional Emergency Medical Services Coordination Study

** Virtual Meeting – October 30, 2023 **

The State of Vermont, Department of Health, Division of Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Injury Prevention has engaged Emergency Management Matters, LLC (EMM,) to design and implement a Regional Emergency Medical Services (EMS) coordination study culminating in a written report to be submitted to the Vermont State Legislature.

This study will focus on identifying issues and provide recommendations for legislative considerations that will sustain and improve the provision of EMS for Vermont. This includes but is not limited to:

Sunset Lake Road Closure Update

Impending weather has forced the road closure to move to the rain dates. Please see below.

Beginning on Wednesday October 18, 2023, BELLCO Construction will be replacing a large culvert on Sunset Lake Road approximately 500 feet west of Kelly Road. The work is expected to take two weeks, and the road will be closed from 08:00am on Monday, October 23 through Tuesday, October 24 at 5:00pm. During the remainder of the project, expect one lane alternating traffic along with minor delays.

Selectboard Meeting Notes – We Said We Wanted Public Input on ARPA Funds, But Not Really

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The board discussed many things Tuesday but their extended ARPA discussion seemed more like an extended discussion about problems they had with public input on ARPA possibilities.

“I don’t care what the public thinks or the town staff think,” declared Franz Reichsman. “I have a problem having this list from the public be our starting point,” said Liz McLoughlin repeatedly.  Chair Ian Goodnow tried in vain to remind them that they had promised an open public process.

Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro RTM Human Services Committee will meet on Wednesday, October 18, 2023 at 4:30pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room (230 Main Street) for a Q and A session with potential applications.

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee meeting will meet on Thursday, October 19, 2023 at 8:00am over Zoom.

Brattleboro Fall Paving 2023

Beginning Tuesday, October 10, Northeast Paving (a contractor of the town) will be milling and paving on Flat Street, Frost Street, Elm Street and Lynde Place.  This work is expected to take four days to complete, weather permitting.

Crews will be working between 6:00am and 6:00pm (please see schedule below).  There will be no on-street parking during this project and motorists should expect delays in the area and seek alternate routes.  

VT Regional Emergency Medical Services Coordination Study

The “Big Bill,” also known as the state’s funding bill, directed the VT Department of Health to conduct a study on coordinating local and regional emergency medical services. They have hired Emergency Management Matters out of New York to assist in the study that considers:

• Issues related to costs of service, cost effectiveness of various current service models, and cost-effective alternative service models;
• Existing funding models and identify long-term sustainable funding strategies;
• Challenges and opportunities related to local and regional emergency response coordination; and
• EMS district structure, authority, duties, and the number of districts.

Brattleboro Indigenous Peoples’ Day Closings

In observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, all Town offices will be closed on Monday, October 9, 2023, 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 8 and 9, 2023. All other violations will be enforced.

The Return of Office Hours: Selectboard Member to Resume Public Meetings

Brattleboro selectboard member Franz Reichsman will resume drop-in meetings with members of the public twice a week beginning Wednesday, October 4 and continuing each Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning. Office Hours will take place at The Works Cafe at 118 Main Street from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and from 8:00 to 10 a.m. on Fridays. No appointment is needed. Topics will include any issues related to town government in Brattleboro or otherwise of general interest.

Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes – October 3, 2023

The Brattleboro Selectboard will delay Town work on Community Safety Review items until the state completes work on Phil Scott’s public safety initiative during their next regular meeting.

They’ll hear about their new website, buy winter sand, plan to realign Melrose Street, consult with the school board, announce committee vacancies, and more. You can bring up other items not on the agenda as long as the Chair doesn’t decide to cut you off as you begin talking.

Brattleboro Curbside Trash, Recycling and Compost Update

This spring, Casella Waste Services took over trash, recycling and compost removal for the Town of Brattleboro.  During this change, residents have not experienced any interruption in service.  

Going forward your pickup schedule will not change, however the title will change. If you were previously following the “A week” schedule it has been renamed to “B week” and if you were previously following the “B week” schedule, it has been renamed to “A week”.  (In other words if you were an “A” you’re now a “B” and if you were a “B” you’re now an “A”)