BRATTLEBORO -- Except for the mild earthquake that shook Town Hall for about 10 seconds, the Selectboard held a relatively quiet meeting Tuesday night.
The quake hit at around 7:12 p.m. and shook the water in the glasses on the board's table, but the board plowed through the light agenda and kept the meeting to under one and one-half hours.
Dora Bouboulis and Ken Schneck both missed Tuesday night's meeting, leaving only three members to vote on the agenda items.
The board approved a $40,000 grant application from the Vermont Department of Homeland Security for the Brattleboro Police Department to purchase a license plate reader machine.
BPD Chief Gene Wrinn said the machine will allow officers to read license plates and track drivers who have outstanding warrants or traffic infractions.
He said officers would be trained in the appropriate use of the technology.
The board officially finalized the water system agreement with Guilford which will deliver Brattleboro water to the village of Algiers. Under terms of the agreement, which the towns have been working on for more than two years, Guilford will bill its customers and then pay Brattleboro a lump sum each month.
Guilford owns the system but Brattleboro will maintain the pipes and hydrants and bill Guilford for the work if there is a problem.
Canal Street will be receiving three new meters near the new Brattleboro Food Co-op after the board approved a new
Michael Bosworth of the West Brattleboro Association told the board about the problems that some West Brattleboro residents have been having with the new Connecticut River Transit bus schedules.
Bosworth told the board that while he understands that the town no longer runs the bus service, they should know that the new schedule has been causing hardships for people who rely on the service to get to and from work.
Acting as the town Liquor Commissioners, the board approved a new liquor license for the owners of Metropolis, who want to open a second bar they are calling Arkham in the former Brattleboro Area Hospice store on Flat Street.
The board also continued to hear from residents who live near Crowell Park who are opposed to the proposed skatepark that is slated for the property.