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

Jul 162015
 

Brookfield Selectboard Meeting of July 13, 2015

Town Clerk’s Office on Ralph Road

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

Public Attendees: Teresa Godfrey (Recorder), Ray Peck (Highway Foreman), Jon Binhammer, Amy Borgman, Keith Sprague, Andy Courville

1.  Call to Order:

Mr. Benson called the meeting to order at 6:55 p. m.

2.  Adjustments to Agenda:

Mr. Benson requested that Mr. Courville present his report from attending the WRVA meeting as the Brookfield representative.

3.  Public Presentation:

Mr. Courville spoke to the Board, concerning the WRVA meeting he had attended, concerning utilizing mutual aid with other EMS communities to cover portions of Brookfield. He showed the Board a map with the number of calls over the last 12 months and how mutual aid would help with the response times until WRVA could arrive. The WRVA representatives would like to try using mutual aid for 6 months to see how it affects the calls. The Board gave Mr. Courville a copy of a letter they had sent to WRVA with the Boards concerns. (Copy available in the Town vault). Mr. Courville will be attending the next WRVA meeting on July 27th.

Mr. Sprague wanted to discuss the gravel pit that he had purchased from the Wheatley Estate that the Town had been using for gravel. He would like to have it restored to useable land as soon as possible. The Board discussed with him what needed to be done and where the land grade should be above the water table. The plan is to cut into the bank some to restore the grade and then cover it with top soil from the Farnsworth Lane road building project. Mr. Peck will meet with Mr. Sprague to agree on where the markers should be for the grade.

Mr. Binhammer, Town Forester, spoke of the 100th anniversary of the Town Forest. He would like to have a sign made for $100.00-$150.00. Money reserved from the sale of the lumber in 2012/2013 would be used to cover the cost. He would also like to create a more formal parking area at the marsh site on Route 65 and at the Town Forest.

Mr. Binhammer asked the Board about rebuilding the bank along Ridge Road between the Church property and Al Wilkers’ property. During Tropical Storm Irene, it had washed out and the bank was not restored.

Mr. Binhammer was concerned with drivers spinning their wheels on the new Floating Bridge to the extent that you couldn’t see through the smoke from their tires.

Mr. Binhammer suggested the Board meet in West Brookfield, at the Community Church, once in a while.

Ms. Borgman, Library Trustee, presented to the Board a request from the Library Trustees that they would like to offer the use of the Library to groups as a place to meet. She spoke to a few other Town Libraries on a use policy to set ground rules. The Boards main concern is who has access to the Town Clerk’s office when the office is closed. Anyone using the Library has to have the restroom available so the adjoining door cannot be locked. Ms. Borgman will include in the policy that the use of the Library be during normal Town Clerk hours or that one of the trustee’s will be involved in the group using the Library.

4.  Old Business:

The Board received a completion report for the tree trimming project to fill in and sign.

On motion by Mr. Haggett, seconded by Mr. Kimmel, the Board voted to approve the minutes of June 22, 2015 as amended. Vote 3-0-0

5.  Highway Report:

Mr. Peck wanted to know if the uniform policy for the Road Crew included boot purchases. It is not included but can be added as an amendment to the policy.

The Road Crew will be attending training for chainsaw use.

Mr. Peck has been researching the accurate length of Old Stage Road. It should measure .27 miles. The end of the class 3 road is approximately 300 feet too short.

On motion by Mr. Haggett, seconded by Mr. Benson, the Board went into executive session at 8:25 p.m. to discuss a personnel matter.

On motion by Mr. Benson, seconded by Mr. Haggett, the Board came out of executive session at 8:30 p.m.

6.  New Business:

The Board received public assemblage permit requests from the Old Town Hall for August.

On motion by Mr. Haggett, seconded by Mr. Kimmel, the Board approved the 10 public assemblage permits listed below for the Brookfield Partnership. Vote 3-0-0

-July 27, 2015         Family Fun Day #3 Blueberries Brunch and Cooking Class

-August 5, 2015     Community Bingo Night

-August 12, 2015   Community Bingo Night

-August 16, 2015     Floating Bridge Food and Farms Coop Market Day

-August 19, 2015  Community Bingo Night

-August 21, 2015     No Strings Marionettes

-August 25, 2015     Extempo

-September 13, 2015    Family Fun Day #4 Pasghetti Western movie and dinner

-September 26, 2015 “Souper Supper” with Randolph Area Food Shelf

-October 2, 2015           Myra Flynn Concert

7.  Accounts Payable:

On motion by Mr. Benson, seconded by Mr. Haggett, the Board voted to pay the warrants in the amount of $125,569.03. This amount included a payment to Nicom Coatings for $7,200.00, a payment to Brookfield Gravel for $54,600.00, a payment to Treeworks for $34,350.00, a payment to WRVA for $6,457.85, and $8,500.00 is approved for the roadside mowing after confirmation on the party to receive the payment, the owner under contract with Brookfield or the purchaser of that business.

The Board discussed a pay rate for Carla Preston for training for Admin. Assistant.

8.  Adjournment:

On motion by Mr. Kimmel, seconded by Mr. Haggett, the Board voted to adjourn at 9:45 p.m. until the next meeting on July 27, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. Vote 3-0-0

Respectfully submitted,

Teresa Godfrey, Recorder

 

 

 

Jul 072015
 

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA Location: Town Office, Ralph Road, Brookfield   MEETING:     Tuesday, July 28, 2015 TIME:             7:00 p.m. TOPICS:             Call to order  Adjustments to agenda  Minutes of prior meetings  Opportunity for public comment  Meeting with Two Rivers, town plan revisions  Proposed facilities subject to Public Service Board jurisdiction (if needed)

Jul 012015
 

Brookfield Selectboard Meeting of June 22, 2015 Town Clerk’s Office on Ralph Road Selectboard:  John Benson (Chair), Jeff Kimmel, Cory Haggett Public Attendees:  Teresa Godfrey (Recorder), Ray Peck (Highway Foreman), Stuart Edson (EC Fiber, Lister), Dan Childs (EC Fiber) 1.  Call to Order: Mr. Benson called the meeting to order at 7:00 p. m. 2.  [Read more…]

Jun 282015
 

Brookfield Listers Minutes for the 2015 Grievance Hearings Held (unapproved) Grievance Hearings Held on June 18 (5 to 7pm) and June 20 (8am to 12pm), 2015, Brookfield Town Office Listers in attendance on both dates: Stuart Edson, Teresa Godfrey, Phyllis Humez Thomas Heed, guardian to Joseph Heed, grieved the assessed value of Joseph Heed’s property: [Read more…]

Jun 182015
 

Randolph STP 2932(1) Route 66 Roadway Rehabilitation Construction Update (6/18):   Project Area East of I-89 Overpass The contractor will be complete with their calcium chloride reclaim activities on the east end of the project area by early next week.  These activities will create a hard, smooth surface. Cold mix pavement activities begin today near Rand [Read more…]

Jun 172015
 

Brookfield Selectboard Meeting of June 8, 2015 Town Clerk’s Office on Ralph Road Selectboard:  John Benson (Chair), Jeff Kimmel, Cory Haggett Public Attendees:  Teresa Godfrey (Recorder), Ray Peck (Highway Foreman), Adam Lane (Lost Nation ATV Club), Al Wilder, Jim Caputo, Jason Cone 1.  Call to Order: Mr. Benson called the meeting to order at 7:00 [Read more…]

Jun 122015
 

Brookfield Planning Commission Meeting of June 9, 2015 (DRAFT) Brookfield Library   Members Present:  Aaron Adler; Jeff Girard; Martha Judy; Will White Others Present: Dee Montie; Chris Sargent, TRORC 1.  Call to Order Chair Adler commenced the meeting at 7:00 p.m. 2.  Prior Meeting Minutes On motion of member White, the Planning Commission unanimously approved [Read more…]

Jun 112015
 

Brookfield Board of Listers Grievance Hearings Thursday June 18th, 5:00 – 7:00 PM Saturday June 20th, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Agenda To hear grievances of persons, co-partnerships, associations or corporations aggrieved by any of their appraisals or by any of their acts as such Listers  

Jun 082015
 

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA Location: Town Office, Ralph Road, Brookfield   MEETING:     Tuesday, June 9, 2015 TIME:             7:00 p.m. TOPICS:             Call to order  Adjustments to agenda  Minutes of prior meetings  Opportunity for public comment  Meeting with Two Rivers, town plan revisions  Telecommunications facility proposals, West St. (if needed)

Jun 042015
 

Special Meeting June 2, 2015 5:30 PM Town Clerk’s Office   Present:  John Benson (Chair), Jeff Kimmel, Cory Haggett, Ray Peck, Kasey Peterson Call to Order  5:30 Public Comments – none Paving Bids – Bids from Pike Industries and Blaktop were compared.  Final decision tabled until we have confirmation of the grant from Vtrans. Motion [Read more…]