Thursday December 20, 2012

BRATTLEBORO -- The West Brattleboro Association was originally formed to strengthen community connections along the Route 9 corridor and advocate for more comprehensive municipal services in West Brattleboro.

And after a particularly challenging year that included flood recovery, pedestrian and traffic safety issues, a devastating house fire, housing studies busy and the West Brattleboro Association celebrated a busy and successful year at its annual meeting last week.

The Brattleboro Housing Authority was presented with the West Brattleboro Association’s second Community Leader of the Year Award at the annual holiday party which was held Thursday night at The New England House

The housing authority was recognized this year for the work it did in including the greater West Brattleboro community in its long range study of future housing needs.

Following Tropical Storm Irene the Brattleboro Housing Association sought to develop about 150 new housing units to remove its residents from future flood events.

West Brattleboro Association Trustee President Michael Bosworth said BHA reached out to West Brattleboro residents throughout the process and made sure the local community members were involved in the planning.

"They held several well publicized, well attended public meetings to gather community input and made a concerted effort to listen to what was said," said Bosworth. "Community members, including tenants of its own housing but also residents of Glen Park and Mountain Home Park and the West Brattleboro community at large were invited to participate.


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Along with honoring BHA, the West Brattleboro Association also looked back on a busy year in 2012.

The group continues to work with the town to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety along Route 9.

West Brattleboro Association member Stewart McDermet serves on the Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee, which has been responsible for helping bring traffic calming cones to the Academy School area as well as winning the grant funding for a scoping study of Route 9 from the school to Greenleaf Street.

The West Brattleboro Association also focused on building stronger ties among the people who live in the area, including holding its second annual West Brattleboro Village Day this summer which brings focus to the group’s drive to establish a village green in front of the West Brattleboro Fire Station.

Howard Weiss-Tisman can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 279, or hwtisman@reformer.com.