Brattleboro cancels unique ‘representative’ Town Meeting - Brattleboro Reformer

Unlike virtually every other Vermont municipality, Brattleboro has a “representative Town Meeting’ - meaning that it is more like a mini-legislature than a gathering of all interested town voters. But like so many other public gatherings, this year’s RTM has been cancelled.

""It would actually violate the governor's order at this point that no public gatherings exceed 50 people," Town Manager Peter Elwell said during a board meeting Tuesday, recommending that the meeting be held May 9 if it is safe to do so. The board approved a motion to allow recipients of town's Small Business Assistance Program loans to cease paying until further notice. It also suspended shutting off water services due to nonpayment.
Select Board Vice Chairman Tim Wessel, acting as chairman for the meeting because board chairwoman Brandie Starr was one of two board members absent, started off by calling the current times "turbulent." He compared COVID-19 to "a long, rolling snowstorm we can't see."

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