Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes – November 19, 2019

It is a night for lawyers at the next regular meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard. They plan to enter into one or more opioid-related lawsuits, settle a lawsuit with Penny Witherbee, and even start off the night with an executive session that has additional pending or probable civil litigation.

Green Street parking changes, financial updates, a review of proposed FY21 capital projects and equipment, some grants, and appointments will fill out the agenda. You can bring up other items during public participation.


Brattleboro Overnight Winter Parking Ban Starts November 15

 The Brattleboro Parking Department would like to advise everyone that the winter parking ban will go into effect, starting Friday, November 15, 2019. Overnight parking is forbidden on all streets in the town of Brattleboro. Vehicles parked for longer than one (1) hour between 11:00pm and 07:00am may be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense. 

THIS BAN IS IN EFFECT EVEN IF THERE IS NO SNOW ON TOWN STREETS. 


Selectboard Special Meeting Notes – FY21 Budget Overview

The Brattleboro Selectboard got a first look at the FY21 proposed Town Budget. Your taxes will be going up. By how much exactly will be determined over the next several meetings.

The board heard more about opioid lawsuits, learned about the Department of Public Works and Recreation and Parks Department budgets, heard about marketing Brattleboro generally and possibly to “homosexual couples,” and learned of doings at the downtown organization.


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

selectboard nov 5 2019

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. 


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.


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.


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.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes – October 15, 2019

At their next meeting, the Brattleboro Selectboard will decide if the Town will be joining Bennington in a lawsuit “to recover costs and damages from manufacturers, distributers, and retailers who have profited from the sale of opioids.” Town Attorney Bob Fisher will summarize the 175 page complaint and answer questions.

Health Insurance will be renewed for 2020, winter sand and road salt will be purchased, bulletproof vests will be funded, goals will be reviewed and an update from the solid waste district will be delivered. You can deliver your own items, not already on the agenda, during public participation.


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee will meet and hold an application informational session on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at 5:00pm, in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Thursday, October 17, 2019, at 8:00am, in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.


Brattleboro Indigenous Peoples’ Day Closings

 In observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, all Town offices will be closed on Monday, October 14, 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, October 13 and 14, 2019. All other violations will be enforced. 


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, October 7, 2019, at 5:00pm, in the Community Room at the Brattleboro Food Co-Op, located at 2 Main Street.

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, October 11, 2019, at 9:00am, in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.


Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee Accepting Applications

 The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee is accepting applications for FY21 Human Services Funding. The Application, as well as Instructions and Guidelines, are posted on the Brattleboro Town website – www.brattleboro.org. The deadline to submit applications to the Brattleboro Town Manager’s Office is Monday, November 4, 2019, at 12:00noon. 


Selectboard Meeting Notes – Broadband, A Tale of Five Cities

Brattleboro Selectboard oct 1 2019

The Brattleboro Selectboard learned the tales of five nearby municipal broadband projects and expressed varying levels of support for something local, along with many questions. Some answers will come at their next meeting.

The Work Today program is being delayed until spring 2020, the parking garage will get a new elevator cab, the DPW will get their generator, and the Town hopes to get some volunteers for committees.