Towns adjust services amid virus worries
Town adjusts services due to pandamic
The town of Brattleboro announced the following changes due to the COVID-19 outbreak:
- All town facilities will be closed to the public beginning Wednesday, March 18.
- All town departments will continue to be available to the public via telephone and email.
- Some employees will work from home. Other employees will continue to report to work.
- All regularly scheduled town board, committee, and commission meetings are canceled until further notice.
- All reservations for use of town facilities by non-town organizations are canceled until further notice.
- The Planning Services Department will be accepting zoning permit and development applications by mail or email. Any application that can be administratively issued will be processed. Any application requiring a hearing will be delayed until such time as public meetings resume.
- Police Officers will be responding to medical calls only when there is an in-progress safety concern (e.g. a situation in which someone is threatening to hurt themselves or other people).
- The Police Department is not performing Vehicle Identification Number verifications until further notice.
- The Police Department is not receiving parking fines until further notice.
- The Town Clerk's Office has extended the deadline for dog licensing until further notice.
- The Recreation and Parks Department is taking mail-in registration for Spring Youth Sports. Participants will receive a credit on their account for program cancellations.
- Water and sewer crews will not enter private buildings until further notice. People who experience service problems should call the Department of Public Works, as usual. A DPW crew will address the situation on the outside of the building. If that does not resolve the issue, then the owner/customer will need to hire a private plumber to address the issue on the interior of the building.
- Due to the Governor's order prohibiting gatherings of more than 50 people, town staff is recommending to the Select Board that the Representative Town Meeting scheduled for March 21 be canceled and that it be re-warned when it becomes legal and prudent to do so.
Town offers free parking
The town will immediately suspend the collection of all parking fees and cease issuing parking fines until further notice. All meters and parking kiosks will message "Free Parking." No further permits will be sold until paid parking is resumed. All previously issued citations must be paid by mail or online at brattleboro.org. The Parking Enforcement Office at 77 Flat St. is also closed until further notice.
This measure is intended to be temporary and will be reviewed as COVID-19 conditions change. Once a decision to reinstate parking fines and fees is made, the public will be notified well in advance of the renewed enforcement activities.
All other parking restrictions will remain in effect during this period. For example, while meters and kiosks will not require payment, parking in front of a fire hydrant or in a crosswalk will not be permitted. Parking in the Reserved Section of the Brattleboro Transportation Center will still be limited to holders of BTC Reserve Permits only. Brattleboro Police Department will continue to patrol the streets and parking lots of Brattleboro and will address such infractions.
Direct questions or concerns to Assistant Town Manager Patrick Moreland at 802-251-8101.
BCTV Response to COVID-19
BCTV has made the decision to close its facilities and restrict activities in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The closure took effec on Tuesday, March 17 and will be re-evaluated on Monday, March 30.
During this period, the office, edit suites, and studio will be closed to members and the public. Staff will continue to cover municipal meetings for viewing on cable and online and will accept videos submitted remotely.
"We do not take lightly the disappointment and inconvenience this decision will cause to our dedicated producers and viewers," BCTV said in a statement. "It is out of concern for the health of our members and staff, their families, and everyone who comes into contact with BCTV that we have chosen this path.
Meanwhile, visit brattleborotv.org and the Facebook page @brattleborotv for updates and local videos. For more information, or if you have a video or PSA to submit, email email@example.com.
Latchis suspending operations
The Latchis Theatre has decided to suspend operations effective immediately and running at least until April 6. For more information, call Jon Potter at 802-254-1109, ext. 3 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library closing, adjusting services
Lydia Taft Pratt Library will be closing beginning Wednesday, March 18, due to the Coronavirus. The library will be offering home delivery and curbside pickup services. Call or email the librarian at 802-258-9878 to request library materials while the library is closed.
Easter service canceled
The Easter sunrise service scheduled for April 12 at the Marlboro Meeting House has been canceled.
Library closing for three weeks
The Townshend Public Library at 1971 Route 30 will be closed from March 18 through April 6 due to the coronavirus outbreak.
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