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Whetstone Brook hydrology analysis contract amended

BRATTLEBORO—BRATTLEBORO — The Selectboard has approved a modification to the town’s contract with Dubois & King for an additional $15,000.

This amount will cover a data gap in the hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, which will provide information for the Tri-Park Housing Cooperative’s master plan and owners of downstream properties seeking to redevelop.

At the Dec. 18 regular Selectboard meeting, Town Manager Peter B. Elwell told the Board this small increase would provide good and helpful information.

Town gets $22,000 for downtown design plan

BRATTLEBORO — The Selectboard voted on Dec. 18 to accept and appropriate a $22,000 municipal planning grant from the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development.

This funding will help the Planning Services Department create the downtown design plan. During the next year, the public will have multiple opportunities to learn about, and comment on, the downtown design plan. For more information, contact the Planning Services Department at 802-251-8154.

Town to get portion of Sheriff’s Dept. highway safety grant

The Windham County Sheriff’s Department has received a grant from the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, and Brattleboro is a subgrantee.

The $31,850 funding will help pay for supplemental traffic enforcement related to occupant protection and impaired driving, as well as law enforcement support equipment. At the Dec. 18 regular Selectboard meeting, the Board voted to accept and appropriate the grant.

Bonnyvale Road to get dry hydrant

BRATTLEBORO — At the Dec. 18 regular Selectboard meeting, the Board voted to accept and appropriate a $5,000 grant to purchase a dry hydrant for Bonnyvale Road.

In the summer of 2019, property owners will construct a pond on their land. They developed an agreement with the Brattleboro Fire Department to use the water in their pond to feed the hydrant, which will help with firefighting efforts in that neighborhood.

The grant came from the Vermont Rural Fire Protection Task Force. Town Manager Peter B. Elwell explained the term “dry hydrant.” Unlike typical hydrants, which are pressurized and connected to public water supplies, similar to a home-based faucet, dry hydrants convey water from a source only when activated.

Library to get courier grant

BRATTLEBORO — The Brooks Memorial Library received a $292.50 grant from the Vermont Department of Libraries to help pay for a courier to transfer lending materials between Brooks and other participating Vermont libraries.

This allows Brooks patrons extra access to books, DVDs, and other items. At the Dec. 18 regular meeting, the Selectboard voted to accept and appropriate this grant.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #492 (Wednesday, January 9, 2019). This story appeared on page A3.

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