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.
You can return your ballot using the postage paid envelope provided, or use the secure drop box that says “Ballots Here” in the Municipal Center parking lot. The drop box is checked numerous times per day. Or you can return your ballot at the American Legion on Election Day. You can vote in person at the American Legion on November 3 from 7am-7pm. You can vote in person at the American Legion on November 3 from 7am-7pm. If you opt not to vote the received ballot and choose to vote at the polling place on November 3rd, bring the received ballot with you (you will not be turned away without it, but it will save time) and please allow plenty of time as social distancing rules will be in effect. If you need to register to vote, you can do so at olvr.vermont.gov or at the polls on Election Day.
• The Selectboard will meet on Zoom on Tuesday, November 3, beginning at 6:15pm.
Here is how the public can watch and/or participate in that meeting:
Join the meeting from your computer, tablet, or smartphone using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86067892659
You also can call in using your telephone
by dialing any of these toll-free numbers in the United States:
or you can access a list of non-toll-free numbers
for locations around the world using this link:
The “Meeting ID” for this meeting is:
860 6789 2659
The Passcode for this meeting is:
The meeting will be carried live on BCTV:
On Cable TV: Channel 1085 or Channel 10
Streaming Online: https://www.brattleborotv.org/channel-10-stream
Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/brattleborotv/
Here is a link to the agenda for the October 27 Selectboard meeting:
Here is a link to the administrative report for the October 27 Selectboard meeting:
Here is a link to the backup materials for the October 27 Selectboard meeting:
• Three important updates from the Recreation and Parks Department:
1) The Annual Horribles Parade / Brattleboo has been canceled. However … The Recreation and Parks Department in collaboration with the Brooks Memorial Library will be hosting drive-thru Trick-or-Treating at the Municipal Center Parking Lot. This event will be held on Saturday October 31, between 4:00 – 6:00 PM. We ask all ghouls and goblins to enter the Municipal Center Parking Lot from the Grove Street entrance. There will be a walk-up table for those who wish to walk vs drive. A special thanks goes out to the Brattleboro Police and Fire Departments for their assistance with the event. We hope you all have a Spooktacular Halloween. Remember to wear a mask (a cloth face covering, not a Halloween costume mask), remain socially distant, wash your hands, and limit your contact with high touch surfaces.
2) The State of Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development has strengthened the Youth League and Recreational Sports Guidance to reduce the risk of COVID-19 outbreaks. The update includes “No out-of-state travel; spectators limited for indoor sports; and social events strongly discouraged”. Additionally, Individuals from bordering states who belong to a Vermont-based team, club, organization, or league, or routinely utilize a training facility in Vermont may participate if they reside in counties eligible for quarantine-free travel to Vermont (if they reside in a “green county”) based on the Vermont cross-state travel map https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/restart/cross-state-travel.
3) The Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Department is now taking rolling registration for Winter Youth Activities & Sports (Basketball, Chess and Gymnastics). You may stop by the Gibson Aiken Center Main Office Monday through Friday, 9am-Noon and 1pm to 5pm. On Tuesday, November 10, and Thursday, November 12, registration hours will be extended to 6pm. In addition, you may fill out a registration form and email to email@example.com or mail it to the following address with payment: Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Department, PO Box 513, Brattleboro, Vermont 05301. You may also call the Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Office at (802) 254-5808 to schedule an appointment. If you would like to schedule an appointment with staff, please note the following guidelines:
A. Anyone who is not a Town Employee will be met at the front door of the Gibson Aiken Center by a Town Employee and escorted to the office and then escorted out of the building at the end of the appointment.
B. Making an appointment in advance is strongly encouraged for two reasons.
i. Since offices are being staffed by only one employee at a time, there are unscheduled times each day when any particular office is not available to the public. Those will be announced to the public in advance.
ii. Since only one visitor is allowed in any office at any given time, visitors who do not make an appointment in advance may have to wait outside the building until it is their turn to enter.
C. During every visit, the one employee and one visitor will: i. Wear masks at all times covering both the nose and the mouth and fitting snugly under the chin. The Town will provide a mask to any visitor who does not have one.