Brattleboro Town Manager Friday COVID-19 Update – What’s New

WHAT IS NEW TODAY 

• Governor Scott’s updated executive order earlier today includes the following: 

“All businesses, not-for-profit entities, and municipal entities in the State shall reinstitute, to the maximum extent possible, … telecommuting or work from home procedures… [A]ll meetings should be held by telephone or electronically to avoid in person meetings whenever possible.” 

In furtherance of this directive, Town of Brattleboro administrative offices will transition next week back to the almost entirely remote operations that we put in place during the Stay Home Stay Safe period last March and April. Starting Monday, November 16, some Town offices will be unoccupied. By Friday, November 20, most Town offices will be unoccupied most of the time. As was true last spring, some employees will come to the offices on some days just to perform tasks that cannot be performed from remote locations. We found last spring that we could adequately meet the public’s needs while performing the vast majority of our work online, via email, and by phone. 


Town of Brattleboro COVID-19 Update October 30, 2020

Here’s what’s new in this week’s COVID-19 update from Brattleboro’s Town Manager:

WHAT IS NEW TODAY 

• The Presidential/General election is coming up on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Due to the pandemic, there is no in-person early voting in Brattleboro. All active registered voters were automatically mailed a ballot. Please make sure to follow the instructions included with your ballot, including signing the certificate envelope and making sure your ballot is inside that envelope, as well as using a black pen or pencil (not a marker). If you have not yet received your ballot, or if you have any questions about your ballot, please call the Town Clerk’s Office at 251-8157. 


Noticed Around Brattleboro – Fall 2020

Time once again to notice little things around town. It’s the easy add-a-comment diary designed so you can just jot a sentence or two rather than write entire paragraphs or stories. Simple!

To get you started:

Renaissance Antiques has a sign saying it is closing.

Amy’s Bakery has a sign saying it is for sale.

The West River water level is very very low.

The Fish & Chips parklet seems larger than the actual restaurant. And what a huge sign!


Brattleboro Food Co-op Announces Voter Registration Event on September 22

According to their recent press releasee, the Brattleboro Food Co-op will be participating in National Voter Registration Day on Sept 22. They’ll be in front of the Co-op from 10 am – 2 pm with both paper and touchless options for those who would like to register to vote. Staff are being trained by the Brattleboro Town Clerk.

Says the Co-op: “Did you know that 1 in 4 people are not registered to vote? Did you know that many young folks, people who have moved and those who recently changed their name have issues with registering?”

The Co-op plans to do its bit in this annual effort to help people register to vote.


Masks for Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford, Putney & Vernon Schools

Masks are needed for schools in Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford, Putney & Vernon

Cloth masks will be needed for students, teachers, school staff and bus drivers for the reopening of school in late August. 
Hundreds of masks are needed in all sizes, from kindergarten through adult. 
Can you sew masks for this need?
Can you donate tightly woven 100% cotton quilting fabric or ⅛-¼ in. woven elastic?
Can you make a monetary donation to help purchase needed materials?


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 8:00am in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Board of Listers will meet on Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 10:30am in the Assessors’ Office (Suite 109) at the Municipal Center.


Guilford Town Meeting includes Childcare & More!

The Town of Guilford will hold its annual Town Meeting on Tuesday, March 3 at the Guilford Central School gym. The Meeting will be convened at 10:00 am, at which time polls will open for Australian balloting.

This year, balloting will take place both for local offices and for the U.S. Presidential Primary. Polls will close at 7:00 p.m.

Free childcare will be provided starting at 9:30 am, and continuing until 1:30 p.m. So that the providers will know about how many children to expect, it is requested that parents contact Laura Lawson Tucker ahead of time to give an idea of how many will be using the service.


Youth Vote?

This Letter to Editor was written by Martha Healey-Nelson
Justice of the Peace and a member of the Board of Civil Authority and posted with permission

Many of you have marched in the streets; here is another way to change what matters to you. Have you ever been frustrated that your elders choose candidates? A barrier has been removed. Did you know that VT is one of 21 states allow underage voting in presidential primaries and 16 states allow it in congressional
primary voting?


Open Primaries in Vermont

The Scene: Presidential primary election, March 3 in Vermont.

Election official: “Which ballot do you want? Democratic or Republican?”

Vermont voter: “Why do I need to tell you which ballot I want?”

“Well, umm, it’s the law . . . .“


How to Watch Harris Hill on BCTV?

Big front page story in Ref this am about all the prep for & equipment & etc to “broadcast” today’s Harris Hill Ski Jump o BCTV.  Many of us, of course, aren’t on cable (not available here) so I thought I’d try the online live stream.  Clicked on the link given in the Reformer article & got an error message.

Been poking around on the BCTV site — found the 2019 jump!  But can’t find today’s — if it’s really there.


Brattleboro Snow and Ice Removal Tonight

The Town of Brattleboro would like to remind everyone that the snow emergency ban is in effect.

Snow and ice will be removed from the streets in the downtown area this evening. This will include Canal Street and parts of Western Ave.

Parked vehicles in the downtown district must be removed by 11:00pm or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.