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

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

townclerk@brookfieldvt.org

Apr 282016
 

Brookfield Selectboard Meeting of April 25, 2016

Town Clerk’s Office on Ralph Road

Selectboard: John Benson (Chair), Jeff Kimmel, Cory Haggett

Public Attendees: Teresa Godfrey (Recorder), Ray Peck (Highway Foreman), J. Keith Sprague

  1.  Call to Order:

Mr. Benson called the meeting to order at 7:05 p. m.

2.  Adjustment to Agenda:

No adjustments were needed.

3.  Public Presentation:

Mr. Sprague came in to sign any paperwork needed to officially turn the gravel pit over to him from the Town now that the restoration is complete. Mr. Kimmel has the new “deed” to send to Pamela Stafford, Town Attorney, for her to complete before being signed.  Mr. Sprague hired an excavator to help with the completion at a cost of $4,500.00.  He would like to be reimbursed for all or part of the bill if the Selectboard will approve it.  He will provide the Board with an invoice.  Mr. Benson said they would look at the year-end budget to see how much is available to help with reimbursement because it helped expedite the restoration.

4.  Old Business:

On motion by Mr. Haggett, seconded by Mr. Kimmel, the Board voted to approve the minutes of April 11, 2016 as amended. Vote 3-0-0

The Board discussed the Town website and having links to area events. The Board may require a request form, updated annually, indicating the applicant acknowledges the Board’s policy for having a link from the Town website and maintaining their own site.  This would help prevent outdated links.

On motion by Mr. Benson, seconded by Mr. Kimmel, the Board voted to adopt the Local Emergency Operation Plan, LEOP, as updated.   Vote 3-0-0

The Board discussed the possible purchase of ½ acre of land behind the Town garage.

On motion by Mr. Kimmel, seconded by Mr. Haggett, the Board voted to approve the proposed letter of inquiry with amendments. Vote 3-0-0

The Board discussed the update for worker’s comprehensive insurance required for contractors. For each contractor, they need to have worker’s comp insurance or sign a “non-employee hold harmless” agreement.

5.  Highway Report:

Mr. Peck reported the line item for vehicle maintenance is over budget because of repairs on the trucks but there is still money available in the total highway budget.

He also reported some minor issues he has been having with the new 2015 truck. One of the harnesses wore a hole in the radiator, the radio has a crackle noise when on, and the installed armrest won’t stay attached.  He has a list of issues.  He would like a letter sent to Freightliner Inc. of NH concerning these issues to see if they can be resolved.

Mr. Peck is happy with the grading work Rich Hamblin, one of the road crew, is doing. The Highway Department has started summer hours of 4-10 hour days.

The Board will be sending a letter to Vermont Tree Experts and Green Mountain Power concerning the debris left from their tree clearing for the power lines last fall/winter along Bear Hill Road.

On motion by Mr. Benson, seconded by Mr. Kimmel, the Board approved the minutes of April 5, 2016 for the special meeting for the intersection of VT RT 65 and West St.   Vote 2-0-1 Mr. Haggett abstained because he was not able to attend the meeting.

On motion by Mr. Benson, seconded by Mr. Haggett, the Board went into executive session at 8:45 p.m. to discuss performance reviews. Vote 3-0-0

The Board came out of executive session at 8:55 p.m.

On motion by Mr. Benson, seconded by Mr. Kimmel, the Board adopted the VTrans Roads and Bridges Standards. Vote 3-0-0

6.  Policy and Ordinance Review:

The Board tabled reviewing the Drug and Alcohol Policy and Jobs for Bid Policy until a future meeting.

7.  Accounts Payable:

On motion by Mr. Haggett, seconded by Mr. Kimmel, the Board voted to pay the warrants in the amount of $15,944.45. This amount included a payment to BC/BS for $3,283.15, to WRVA for $6,457.85 and to Orange County Sheriff‘s Dept. for $684.00 Vote 3-0-0

8.  Other Business:

Mr. Benson said he spoke to Jessie Devilen, a representative from VTrans, concerning using a shingle/gravel mix on VT RT 65. He said he would like Brookfield to participate in an evaluation review at 1 year and 5 years on how it is holding up. Mr. Devilen agreed that it would be a good idea.

9.  Adjournment:

On motion by Mr. Haggett, seconded by Mr. Kimmel, the Board voted to adjourn at 9:45 p.m. until the next meeting on May 9, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Vote 3-0-0

Respectfully submitted,

Teresa Godfrey, Recorder

 

 

 

 

 

Apr 272016
 

Brookfield Selectboard Meeting of April 5, 2016 Town Clerk’s Office on Ralph Road The Selectboard held a duly-warned site visit (6:30 p.m.) and public hearing (7:00 p.m.) to review a proposed reclassification of a segment of the intersection of State Route 65 and Town Highway No. 3 (West Street). The state Agency of Transportation is [Read more…]

Apr 192016
 

Please be advised. Due to the extremely mild and dry winter, fire hazard is of particular concern this spring. Information on current red flag warnings and other safety recommendations can be found here at the State of Vermont’s website. Please obtain a burn permit from the Town Fire Warden before burning brush or other wooden [Read more…]

Apr 132016
 

Present and voting: Cat Wright, Dan Childs, Amy Borgman Present and not voting: Laura Rochat (librarian) Not present (and, by default, not voting): Emily Noyes, Kym Anderson -Minutes were accepted -Treasurer’s Report: Dan reports minimal change in our financial status. This was confirmed when he and Amy Borgman reviewed the on-line financial reports. -Librarian’s Report: [Read more…]

Apr 132016
 

Brookfield Selectboard Meeting of April 11, 2016 Town Clerk’s Office on Ralph Road Selectboard: John Benson (Chair), Jeff Kimmel, Cory Haggett Public Attendees: Teresa Godfrey (Recorder), Dan Childs (Brookfield ECFiber Representative), Ray Peck (Highway Foreman), Richard Fink  Call to Order: Mr. Benson called the meeting to order at 7:00 p. m. 2.  Adjustment to Agenda: [Read more…]

Apr 092016
 

Brookfield Planning Commission Brookfield Town Office April 6, 2016 Minutes (DRAFT) Members present:  Aaron Adler, Chair; Martha Judy; Jeff Girard; Will White Call to Order The meeting of the Brookfield Planning Commission commenced at 7 p.m. On motion of commissioner White, the Commission unanimously approved the minutes of March 8, 2016. The Commission discussed the [Read more…]

Apr 092016
 

Brookfield Planning Commission April 2, 2016, 9:00 A.M. Minutes (Draft) Members Present:  Aaron Adler; Jeff Girard; Martha Judy; William White Others Present:  Representatives of Verizon Wireless – Louis Hodgetts, engineer, and Brian Sullivan, Esq. The Planning Commission met representatives of Verizon Wireless at the site of the existing telecommunications facility at 2382 Ridge Road for [Read more…]

Apr 062016
 

Brookfield Selectboard Meeting of March 28, 2016 Town Clerk’s Office on Ralph Road Selectboard: John Benson (Chair), Jeff Kimmel, Cory Haggett Public Attendees: Teresa Godfrey (Recorder), Kevin Joyal (Constable), Sandra Cutler, Herbert Cutler, Michael Stoddard, Julie Benedict (Brookfield Representative for WRVA), Stuart Edson, Lew Stowell, Nancy Jacques, Joy Kacik  Call to Order: Mr. Benson called [Read more…]

Apr 032016
 

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA Location: Town Office, Ralph Road, Brookfield MEETING: Wednesday, April 6, 2016 TIME: 7:00 p.m. TOPICS: Call to order; adjustments to agenda Minutes of prior meetings Verizon Ridge Rd. Sec. 248a application, Docket 8688 (possible executive session) Opportunity for public comment