WEST BRATTLEBORO >> The West Brattleboro Association has put up its new "Welcome to West Brattleboro" signs. These signs are now displayed at the borders of the village on Route 9. One is viewable heading west on Western Avenue, on the sign post a little past the Creamery Bridge. The other stands at the intersection of Marlboro Road and Cooke Road, on land owned by the Whetstone Valley Farm.
The installation of these signs — one last fall and one this spring — was the culmination of several years of effort. The Association first had to raise the money, and numerous persons and businesses gave large and small donations. Brattleboro Area Affordable Housing acted as the fiscal sponsor for these contributions. The WBA now has its own federal non-profit status.
Dennis Tier of Dummerston was hired to make both of the signs. The design itself is based on a graphic created for the WBA by Lauren Henry, used in the Association's letterhead and on various fund raising documents in the past. Brian Bannon of the Planning Services Department expeditiously processed both permits.
For the eastbound sign at the Cooke Road and Marlboro Road intersection, George and Ed Martin of Wayside Fence were instrumental in mounting this sign on posts and then installing it. The Hamiltons at the Whetstone Valley Farm were very generous in letting it be located on their land.
For the westbound sign — on the signpost near the Creamery Bridge — Town Manager Peter Elwell was supportive and very helpful in picking the location. When this second sign was ready, the Department of Public Works happily and capably installed it.
State Senator Jeanette White and the Vermont Agency of Transportation also played roles. White advocated for a change to the state's roadside sign laws that allows villages like West Brattleboro, which aren't separate municipalities but which do have their own identities, to put up such non-commercial welcome signs. And VTrans sent out a person to specify the appropriate distance from the state highway at Cooke Road.