Sep 042014

Brookfield is a town in Orange County, Vermont, United States. It was created by Vermont charter on August 5, 1781. Brookfield is best known for its floating bridge which spans Sunset Lake buoyed by pontoons. The bridge, which is the only floating bridge east of the Mississippi River, was originally built in 1820 by Luther Adams and his neighbors. Sunset Lake is also the site of an annual ice harvesting festival. Brookfield boasts that it has Vermont’s oldest continually operating library dating back to 1791.

Brookfield Town Offices

Brookfield Town Offices

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8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.
Phone: 802-276-3352
Mailing address: P. O. Box 463, Brookfield, VT 05036

Sep 222014

DRAFT Brookfield Planning Commission Meeting Minutes
September 16, 2014 7:00 p.m.
Brookfield Library

Members Present: Aaron Adler, Chair; Jeff Girard; Martha Judy; Clay Purvis, Secretary; Will White
Select Board Members Present: John Benson, Chair; Cory Haggett

The meeting commenced at 7:00 p.m.

Chair Adler reviewed the agenda and made adjustments. The Planning Commission reviewed the minutes of the meeting held on September 9, 2014. On motion of Jeff Girard, the Commission voted to approve the minutes of September 9. The motion carried unanimously.

Chair Adler invited John Benson to speak about two items.

Mr. Benson informed the Commission that Brookfield needs to have a hazard mitigation plan by next year. Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC) was given a grant to help towns put together hazard mitigation plans. The Selectboard would like the Commission to take the lead on developing a plan. Mr. Benson asked if he could invite TRORC members to come a planning commission meeting to get the process started. Brookfield takes advantage of FEMA assistance every couple of years and having such a plan in place is a requirement for continued participation.

Chair Adler noted that hazard mitigation planning is not something the Commission has done before, but every member agreed that the Commission would be willing to meet with TRORC.

Next, Mr. Benson spoke about Solarize the Upper Valley. Solarize the Upper Valley is trying to help organize communities to purchase solar facilities on a larger scale. There will be a community wide meeting sometime in October. A vendor will be selected before then. The idea is to try to lower the cost of purchasing and installing solar facilities. The meeting will be held sometime in October. Will White informed the Commission that his company was one of the vendors responding to the RFP. Chair Adler noted that the town plan supports net metering.

The next item on the agenda concerned municipal planning grants. The Commission had previously expressed interest in applying for a grant to update the Town Plan. Applications for municipal planning grants are due by September 30. Chair Adler contacted Chris Sargent at TRORC about developing a grant proposal, and Mr. Sargent responded with a completed draft application. The Commission will review the grant application and make a proposal to the Selectboard.

Last on the agenda was to review a decision of the Public Service Board regarding the definitions of “good cause” and “substantial deference” as those terms are used in 30 V.S.A. 248a(c)(2).  The Brookfield Planning Commission was one of seven towns that submitted responses to the Board’s request for comments. Chair Adler wished to discuss litigation options in relation to the Board’s decision. Clay Purvis disclosed to the Commission that he works for the Department of Public Service. Mr. Purvis disclosed that he took part in the drafting of the Department’s comments to the Board. Mr. Purvis recused himself from this discussion and any resulting vote.

On motion of Chair Adler, the Planning Commission voted to hold an executive session to discuss potential civil action in relation to the Public Service Board’s order of Sep. 5, 2014. After discussion, on motion of Chair Adler, the Commission voted unanimously to close the executive session. The Commission took no further action.

Respectfully Submitted,

Clay Purvis
September 20, 2014

Sep 172014

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Sep 152014

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Sep 112014

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Sep 102014

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Sep 102014

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Sep 102014

Joint Public Meeting of the Brookfield Selectboard and Planning Commission Brookfield Elementary School July 15, 2014   In Re: Review of a proposed AT&T telecommunications facility at 366 West Street Planning Commission Members Present: Aaron Adler, Chair, Jeff Girard, Martha Judy, Clay Purvis, Secretary, and Will White Selectboard Members Present: John Benson, Chair, and Cory [Read more...]

Sep 082014

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