Hotel Pharmacy Going Out of Business Soon!

I just learned this sad fact. Even if it’s been posted here already it’s worth saying again. The insurance system doesn’t support independent pharmacies–they don’t pay Hotel what medications cost, for cryin’ out loud. Hotel’s hung on as long as it could; word is we’ll lose their welcoming downtown presence in about 2 weeks. Many of us support our local vendors and producers. It’s a sorry state of affairs to see any of these businesses go. We’ll miss all the folks who were part of that fabric.

Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Agenda January 10, 2023

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 at 5:15pm and is expected to enter immediately into executive session to discuss contracts and labor relations agreements with employees. The Selectboard will reconvene the business part of the meeting at 6:15pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Brattleboro Municipal Center at 230 Main Street. The public may also participate in the meeting over Zoom. The attached agenda contains information on how to access the meeting remotely, including the required “passcode.”  ASL interpreters will be available for deaf and hard-of-hearing community members.

Brattleboro Committee Vacancies

The Town of Brattleboro is looking for citizens to serve on the following committees and boards:
ADA Committee
Arts Committee
Brattleboro Housing Partnerships
Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC)
Conservation Commission
Design Review Board (Alternate)

Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Charter Review Commission will meet on Thursday, January 12, 2023 at 6:00pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center (230 Main Street).

The Brattleboro RTM Finance Committee will meet on Monday, January 16, 2023 at 6:00pm in the Central Fire Station Meeting Room (103 Elliot Street).

Selectboard Meeting Notes – In-Person Representative Town Meeting, Alcohol Rules Relaxed

selectboard jan 3 2023

The Brattleboro Selectboard held their first regular meeting of the new year, and new Town Manager John Potter was on hand to answer questions and advise the board.

They discussed changes to the liquor license application requirements, backing off a previous BAPC suggestion that hasn’t had the desired results. They also had an extended discussion about the type of Representative Town meeting to hold this year, and heard from the public about homeless people and cold weather.

Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee Meeting – Shade Tree Ordinance

The regular meeting will be preceded, in the same room, by a public hearing of the tree removals at Pliny Park at 3:30 followed by the first public input, if any, concerning the Shade Tree Ordinance at 4:15. All board members are encouraged to attend these
hearings. The regular Board meeting will immediately follow the completion of public input on the Shade Tree Ordinance.

Noticed Around Brattleboro – Winter 2023

Another edition of “Noticed” where you can make note of little things you’ve seen in and around Brattleboro. 

Retreat Meadows had ice before xmas, but it has warmed up and skaters are being warned to stay off.
Theory Wellness opened up.
Goodwill opened up.
Add your observations below. (And thanks!)

Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes – January 3, 2023

The format for the next Representative Town Meeting – in-person, online, or hybrid – will be up for discussion at the Brattleoro Selectboard’s first regular meeting of 2023.  They will also revise the liquor license process and review flagged items on their FY24 General Fund budget list.

You can bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation throughout the New Year!

Ice Condition at the Retreat Meadows

The Brattleboro Fire Department is advising you to stay off the ice on the Retreat Meadows for the Last Night Celebration and Fireworks display on Saturday, December 31, 2022.

The ice thickness at the Retreat Meadows on Wednesday, December 28, 2022, ranged between 3 to 4 inches with extremely thin ice along the edges and westerly portion of the Meadows. The National Weather Service of Albany has advised that daytime temperatures starting Thursday will be in the mid-forties for the next several days and at night the temperature is going to stay above freezing.

Theory Wellness Announces Brattleboro Recreational Dispensary Opening on Friday, December 30th

Theory Wellness (“Theory” or “the Company”) will open its doors to their adult-use dispensary in Vermont this Friday, December 30th at 9 am. The new retail location is located at 768 Putney Road in Brattleboro, in the Fairfield Plaza Shopping Center. This newest location will be their eighth location, but will have a different approach from their operations in Massachusetts and Maine.

“Vermont is one of the most interesting regulatory models on the East Coast for cannabis,” states Brandon Pollock, CEO of Theory Wellness.  “The emphasis on streamlined licensing for craft farmers will allow for a terrific mix of top-quality products in our dispensary. By focusing on retail, we look forward to showcasing  this unique network of local cultivators, many of which have been producing high-quality flower for years.”

Brattleboro Fire Department Warns Incoming Potential of Inclement Weather

The weather forecast for Thursday night into Saturday morning is for our area to potentially receive 2-3 inches of rain along with southwest winds from 20-30 miles per hour(mph) and gusts 60 to 70 mph. At the conclusion of this weather event, temperatures are expected to drop into the low teens.

The Brattleboro Fire Department and Department of Public Works are monitoring the weather closely and preparing for fallen trees, downed wires, extended power outages, streams to rise out of their banks, and icing on roadways.

Selectboard Meeting Notes – AP Triton Brattleboro EMS Report Presentation

The Brattleboro Selectboard held their final regular meeting of 2022, taking up issues of finance, cannabis, and EMS services. The AP Triton report gave the board four options of EMS services. The top recommendation of the consultants, though, was to get Brattleboro Fire Department up to national performance standards asap.

The board also heard a well argued critique of their recent police budget discussions.

Brattleboro EMS Feasibility Report Available

The AP Triton EMS Feasibility Report is available:

As expected it presents four options for possible EMS services going forth:

Brattleboro Holiday Closures

In observance of the Christmas holiday:

Brattleboro Town offices will close at 12:00pm (noon) on Friday, December 23, 2022.

In observance of the Christmas holiday all Town Offices will be closed on Monday, December 26, 2022. Brooks Memorial Library will be open on Friday, December 23. The Library will be closed on Saturday, December 24 and Monday, December 26, 2022.

Trash, recycling and composting will NOT be affected by the holiday. Collections will be picked up on the regular schedule.

High Grove Parking Lot Lights and Meters Broken

Due to a vehicle crash in the High Grove Parking Lot the overhead lights are not currently working. Local electricians will be working to secure and install replacement parts. Expect the lights to be out and the lot to be unlit until further notice.

As a result of the incident the pay-and-display stations have also been affected. Those stations are powered by solar with an electrical backup. Use of the pay-and-display stations may be interrupted occasionally during this time.

Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes – December 20, 2022

The AP Triton EMS Feasibility Study and its (expected) four options for Brattleboro EMS services will be made available for the next regular meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard.

The board will also look at financial statements and audits, appoint members to the Charter Review Commission, and more.  You can bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.

Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Selectboard will meet on Wednesday, December 14, 2022 at 6:15pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Brattleboro Municipal Center at 230 Main Street. The public may also participate in the meeting over Zoom. The attached agenda contains information on how to access the meeting remotely, including the required “passcode.”  The Selectboard will then meet in executive session at the conclusion of the meeting.

Walnut Street Water Shut-Off

Notice of Water Service Interruption

Crews have discovered a leak in the water main on Walnut Street near the intersection with Terrace Street.  Repairs will be made on Tuesday, December 13 beginning at 3:00pm and continuing through approximately, 7:00pm.  During this work water service will be shut off to all residents and businesses on Walnut Street.  

Once the water is restored, you may experience a short period of discolored water or air in the water lines after the repair is complete.  Running the cold water for a few minutes should clear the lines if this happens.