Selectboard Meeting Notes – Rental Housing, Day Work, Sustainability

Brattleboro Selectboard

The Brattleboro Selectboard held their only meeting of July. Despite objections from many landlords, the board approved a new rental housing inspection program, and despite numerous statements of support they put off deciding on how best to deal with issues of sustainability.

New tax rates for FY20 were set, a 3-month day work pilot program was funded, Groundworks received $100,000 for housing, and more.


Brattleboro Selectboard – Agenda & Notes July 9, 2019

Brattleboro’s new “Work Today” program for day labor will be explained and partially funded at Tuesday’s meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard. Youth Services is taking the lead on this attempt to employ members of the community that have trouble finding steady work.

The board will take up the question of whether to create a Sustainability Officer position within town government, enact a rental housing inspection program, the town pool needs more repairs, tax rates will be set, goals will be reviewed, the library will get grants to help with local history, we’ll buy another pick-up truck, goals will be reviewed, committee members will be appointed, and more.

You can bring up other matters not on the agenda during public participation.


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Thursday, July 11, 2019, at 6:30pm at the Brattleboro Food Co-Op in the Community Room (located at 2 Main Street).

NOTE:  The meeting of the Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee that was previously scheduled on Friday, July 12, 2019, has been RESCHEDULED to Friday, July 19, 2019, at 9:00am in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.


Brattleboro Fourth of July Closures & Schedule

In observance of the July 4th holiday, all Town offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4, 2019, with the exception of emergency services. 

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Thursday, July 4. All other violations will be enforced.


CPCC Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, June 24, 2019, at 5:30pm in the Meeting Room at Brooks Memorial Library.


Brattleboro Tree Board Needs a New Member

Do you like trees? They reduce energy use, provide erosion control, and help control storm water runoff. The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Board is short-handed and needs a new member. If you are a resident of Brattleboro, and want to help us look after the Town’s trees, fill out the online application at the Town’s website: www.brattleboro.org > Serving the Community > Boards and Committees > Application. (Don’t be intimidated by the application; it’s an all-purpose document. If you have questions about it, Jan Anderson at 251-8100 can help.)


Selectboard Meeting Notes – Day Work Program Coming, Landlords Facing Inspections

Brattleboro Selectboard June 2019

The Brattleboro Selectboard took up a full agenda, though with only three members present, they themselves were not quite full.

The big discussion of the evening centered on landlords and a new rental housing inspection system soon to take effect, but the exciting news came during public participation when it was announced that a day work program, legal and with dignity, will soon be getting started.


Brattleboro Selectboard Meeting Agenda & Notes – June 18, 2019

Paving and pickups are a focus at the next regular meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard.

The board will also begin the start-up of rental housing registrations and inspections, Groundworks will see an increase in Town funds for a housing project, the Brooks House will get a modification of their tax stabilization agreement, a Charter Review process may start up soon, and more. You can, as always, bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation near the start of the meeting.


Selectboard Meeting Notes – FY20, Goals, and Raises

Brattleboro Selectboard June 2019

The Brattleboro Selectboard held their first meeting of June, spending most of the time discussing goals, but also approving Utility and Parking budgets for FY20.

Firefighters, administrators and office staff of Local 98 all got raises, and a new downtown design process will be getting underway.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes – June 4, 2019

The Brattleboro Selectboard will spend over $40,000 for a new Downtown Design Plan and give out annual employee raises at their next regular meeting. 

The board might also approve Utility Fund and Parking Fund budgets for FY20, they’ll appoint volunteers to boards and committees, continue consideration of their goals for the coming year, approve a parade, and punish Brattleboro dogs for the negligence of their owners to get them a licenses. You can participate, and bring up other items not on the agenda during Public Participation.


Selectboard Meeting Notes – FY20 Water & Sewer, Parking, Solid Waste Budgets

selectboard may 21 2019

Vice Chair Tim Wessel led the board through the second regular meeting in May. It was a night of numbers, with Water & Sewer, Parking, and Solid Waste FY20 budgets being discussed in detail. One member compared the evening to math class, but budgets can be revealing, and many new town projects and plans were listed. The projects have timelines and costs, hence their inclusion in budget talks.


Filing Brattleboro’s 2019 Abstract Grand List & Warning of Grievances by Listers

The Town of Brattleboro announces the filing of the 2019 Abstract Grand List.  The Brattleboro Board of Listers will hold grievance hearings at the Municipal Center (Hanna Cosman Meeting Room), located at 230 Main Street, starting on Monday, June 3, 2019.  Applications to schedule a hearing are available at the Assessors Office (230 Main Street, Suite 109, telephone – 251-8156).


Brattleboro Memorial Day Closings

 In observance of Memorial Day, all Brattleboro Town offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2019, with the exception of emergency services. 

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 27, 2019. All other violations will be enforced. 


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes – May 21, 2019

The Brattleboro Selectboard will be reviewing a number of budgets at their next meeting. FY20 approaches with talk of Utilities, Parking, and Solid Waste budgets.

The contract with Rescue Inc. is up for renewal, a new handicapped parking space is set for approval, the board will continue to discuss goals for the coming year, the battle against knotweed will continue, and you will be asked to volunteer for the Town. You can also bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.