The Brattleboro Selectboard returned from summer break to take up issues such as refugees and a new police chief. BDCC explained why they think the refugee program is a must, ECDC explained what their program was, and Brattleboro can look forward to up to 75 refugees a year and the anticipated financial and housing challenges, as well as the hoped-for benefits to the community and economy.
The board also swore-in new Police Chief Norma Hardy. The entire department showed up in support.
• Call to order
• Agenda review
• Open meeting law review for committee workgroups
• Problems identified for RTM day
External Issues Working Group Meeting
August 5, 5:00 pm
Outdoor patio at the Brattleboro Food Coop
The agenda is to review suggestions concerning items related to the lead-up and preparation for Representative Town Meeting.
The public is invited to attend this discussion on issues concerning Representative Town Meeting.
The Brattleboro Selectboard returns from their summer break to take up issues of new people in the community. They will swear in our new Police Chief Norma Hardy in a welcoming ceremony. They’ll also hear a presentation about the possibility of welcoming refugees to the area.
The Solid Waste Fund’s final transfer from the General Fund occurs, liquor permits will be given out, water and sewer repairs will be considered, and committee members will be appointed. You can also bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.
Guidelines for Memorial Trees
The taxpayers of the Town of Brattleboro are hereby notified and warned that Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes assessed upon the Grand List of 2021 are now due and payable to the Town Treasurer at the Treasurer’s Office in the Brattleboro Municipal Center, 230 Main Street, Suite 111, Brattleboro, Vermont, in four equal installments as follows:
1st Installment due August 23, 2021
Agenda (120 min)
Call to order
Agenda review (3)
Approve last meeting minutes (3)
Roles for this meeting (3)
The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 7:00pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center. Please see the attached agenda.
Town of Brattleboro
The first “hybrid” meeting using a combination of in-person and zoom participants had no real technical issues to speak of, but many interesting details to discern.
Big news was the agreement being worked out with owners of the nearby Connecticut River dams. They will be changing their operations to create a more natural water flow, which is good news for the river banks, all sorts of critters, recreation, and even the company’s plans for the future.
New land use amendments were approved, as was a mural project. The board also heard of two new places in town to get drinks more easily – Retreat Farm and craft experiment at the River Garden.
At their first meeting in July, the Brattleboro Selectboard will make it easier to buy liquor downtown and at Retreat Farm with the granting of two new liquor licenses. They will also buy pick-up trucks, approve a new mural for a parking lot, contemplate repairs on the Elliot Street bridge, adopt new Land Use regulations, discuss their summer meeting schedule, review their goals, approve of dams, and more.
You can bring up other items not on the agenda during hybrid public participation.
The Brattleboro Town Offices Will Be Closed Monday, July 5, 2021, in Observance of the July 4th Holiday.
In observance of the July 4th holiday, all Town offices will be closed on Monday, July 5, 2021, with the exception of emergency services.
Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Monday, July 5. All other violations will be enforced.
The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Monday, June 28, 2021 at 4:30pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center. The public can also connect to the public session of the meeting using zoom. The Board will convene at 4:30pm and is expected to immediately enter into executive session to discuss the appointment or employment or evaluation of a public officer or employee. The Board will reconvene after the executive session and immediately adjourn. No action will be taken.
The Brattleboro Citizens Police Communication Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, June 28, 2021 at 5:30pm in the Brooks Memorial Library Main Reading Room. The RTM Finance Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 6:00pm at the Brattleboro Co-op Outdoor Café. The Brattleboro Tree Committee will meet at 6:30pm at 9 Southern Avenue in Brattleboro.
It’s the summer 2021 edition of “Noticed Around Brattleboro” – your seasonal catch-all for little things not worthy of a full story but certainly worthy of making note of for the history books.
• Exit 2 I-91 bridge work is ongoing. Looks like a new surface for the upper level.
• Hermit Thrush Brewery has a sign up where Silver Moon used to be.
Update to the Community from Brattleboro Town Manager Peter Elwell:
There is no longer a COVID-19 State of Emergency in Vermont.
All Town of Brattleboro government facilities have reopened for public visitation without an appointment. Some offices will still require face coverings or other special precautions until further notice. For example, masks will be optional in the public spaces throughout the Municipal Center, but anyone who needs to go behind the counter or into the vault at the Town Clerk’s Office will be required to wear a mask.
The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Friday, June 18, 2021 at 3:30pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center. The Board will convene at 3:30pm and is expected to immediately enter into executive session to discuss the appointment or employment or evaluation of a public officer or employee. The Board will reconvene after the executive session and immediately adjourn. No action will be taken.
The Brattleboro Selectboard held their final Zoom meeting Tuesday night. Their next meeting, July 6, will be in person (with a hybrid mix) at the Municipal Center in the Selectboard Meeting Room. The Governor says it must be so.
Water shutoff will resume, in November. The board also approved of a financing plan for the water treatment plant on quite favorable financial terms, Tri-Park finances were re-financed, a process for gathering information for a new town website was presented, and committee members were appointed.
The Brattleboro Selectboard will be discussing water and sewer finances, including paying for the new water treatment plant, at their next regular meeting. They’ll also consider reinstating water shutoffs for delinquent accounts and Tri-Park loan refinancing.
There will also be COVID matters, committee members, and a process for creating an RFP for a new town website. You can bring up other matters not on the agenda during public participation.
Due to additional necessary work, the closure of the lower floor of the Brattleboro Transportation Center will be extended until Saturday, June 11, 2021. The Brattleboro Transportation Center was due to open on Saturday, June 5, 2021, but due to the additional work the closure has been extended. The Flat Street entrance/exit to the Transportation Center will be closed to all traffic. Vehicles will be allowed to enter and exit through the Elliot Street entrance only.
1. Call to Order
2. Agenda Review
3. Approve minutes
4. Announcements 1a. Town webpage
5. Reports: 5a) Subcommittee on Survey 5b) Subcommittee on Internal Rules