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

Oct 182017

 Town of Brookfield

Selectboard Meeting

October 9, 2017 at 6:30 PM

Town Clerk’s Office

Draft Minutes


Present: John Benson (Chair), Jeff Kimmel, Corey Hagget, Ray Peck (Road Crew Foreman), Bill Behuniak


  1. Call to Order – 6:30 p.m.


  1. Adjustments to Agenda – none.


  1. Public Comment – none.


  1. New Business:


  1. Bill Behuniak – Blanchard Road: Mr. Behuniak was not present at the start of the meeting, so the issue was postponed pending his arrival.


  1. Highway Department


  1. The personnel discussion was tabled, pending completion of necessary paperwork.
  2. Cargill contract: Mr. Peck reported that the contract was ready to be signed, and that questions regarding pricing options had been resolved. On motion of Mr. Benson, Mr. Kimmel second, the Board voted unanimously to approve the purchase of 250 tons of deicing material at $72.33 per ton for a total of $18,082.50.
  3. Pike Industries contract: on motion of Mr. Benson, Mr. Haggett second, the Board voted unanimously to approve the contract for road surfacing services for a total of a $46,342.50.
  4. VTrans paperwork on Bridge 23 (Old Post Road): Mr. Peck explained that the Town needs to certify compliance with various state VTrans requirements, including proper posting of weight limits on Old Post Road and the bridge. After discussion, on motion of Mr. Benson, Mr. Haggett second, the Board voted unanimously to certify that the Highway Department was in compliance with the requisite VTrans standards as of October 9, 2017.
  5. Lucky’s Trailer estimate for potential sander for the 1-ton truck: Mr. Peck reported that he had obtained an estimate of approximately $6,500, but he would also look into other options, including purchase of a used sander. As the Board is currently reviewing applicants for a part-time Highway Department position, the sander issue will be tabled until the new position is resolved.
  6. Other Highway Department Items:


  1. Peck said that he would be meeting with FEMA on October 11 to observe and discuss the status of the continuing Northfield Road project. One of the issues will be to determine whether work will be done this construction season or next year.
  2. Peck will also be meeting with Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission on October 13 to discuss the status of grant funding for storm repairs.
  3. The Road Crew will be tackling ditch cleanup and repair over the next week, as winter road preparation looms.


(Return to Item A. Bill Behuniak – Blanchard Road): at this point, Mr. Behuniak had arrived and was invited to present his issue. He reported that questions have arisen about the status of Blanchard Road (West Brookfield), and that one of the landowners along the road may be trying to subdivide portions of their property. One of the issues for a potential subdivision could be the road’s status and access to any subdivided parcels. The state’s Highway Map for Brookfield indicates that a 0.06 mile portion of TH 43 (Blanchard Road) is designated Class 3, and the remaining 0.64 mile is designated Class 4/Impassable or Untravelled. Mr. Peck reported that the road’s condition was consistent with the state map. The Board suggested that the Town could send a letter to the landowners to confirm the road’s status. The Board also noted that, if the landowners intended to pursue a subdivision, they would need to contact the Town’s Administrative Officer and submit the appropriate zoning application and supporting documentation.


  1. Old Business

Mr. Haggett made a motion to approve the minutes of the September 25, 2017 meeting, Mr. Kimmel seconded. 3-0-0


  1. Warrants: Mr. Haggett made a motion to pay the warrants totaling $28,308.65. Large bills include White River Valley Ambulance: $6,460.00; R.E. Tucker (gravel): $6,210.44 and $3,973.20. Mr. Benson seconded. 3-0-0. A subsequent motion was made by Mr. Benson to authorize the Town Treasurer to pay a $200.00 fee to the Vermont State Treasurer regarding “Civil Marriage License Quarterly Return,” Mr. Haggett seconded. 3-0-0.


  1. Other Proper Business


  1. Benson reported that Town Attorney Pam Stafford is continuing work on the documents pertaining to the purchase and transfer of additional land for the Town Garage. Ms. Stafford is working with the two adjoining landowners towards completing the process.
  2. The Board reviewed the proposed Town Highway Ordinance submitted by the Public Safety Committee. Areas discussed included road and bridge load limits, enforcement authorities, and including Town Highway numbers in the listings. Further review will occur at the next Board meeting.


  1. Mr. Kimmel made a motion to adjourn at 7:51 p.m., Mr. Haggett seconded. 3-0-0


Oct 052017

BROOKFIELD SELECTBOARD Town Clerk’s Office 40 Ralph Road Brookfield, Vermont Draft MINUTES Meeting of MONDAY, 25 September 2017   The meeting was called to order at 6:30 P.M.   Members present: John Benson, Chair; Jeff Kimmel, and Cory Haggett.   Staff present:  Carla Preston, Alternate Administrative Assistant.   Others present:  John Helfant and Ray Peck, [Read more…]

Sep 212017

Call to Order Adjustments to the Agenda Public Comment New Business Highway Washington Electric Permit Job Applications Access Permit-Kirby Cemetery Deed Old Business Approve Minutes of 11 September Meeting Payroll/AP Warrant AP and Payroll Warrants Other Proper Business Adjournment

Sep 192017

 Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting September 11, 2017 at 6:30 PM Town Clerk’s Office Draft Minutes   Present: John Benson (Chair), Jeff Kimmel, Corey Hagget, Ray Peck (Road Crew Foreman), Rose Baier, Tom Young   Call to Order – 6:30 p.m.   Adjustments to Agenda – as there are no general public participants, the Selectboard [Read more…]

Sep 182017

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE Wednesday JULY 13, 2017 5:30 PM, Brookfield Town Clerk’s Office, Ralph Road, Brookfield, VT Unapproved Minutes Attending were the following PSAC members: Stuart Edson, Kevin Joyal, and Lew Stowell.   Review and Approve Minutes of July 19, 2017 Meeting.  Unanimous Approval. Questions or Issues Brought by Members of The Public: [Read more…]

Sep 122017

Minutes DRAFT Brookfield Planning Commission Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Present: Mardee Sanchez, Chair, Geoff Girard, Martha Judy, Jon Lemieux,William White Chair Sanchez called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m. Commissioners White/Judy moved approval of the minutes of June 13, 2017. The minutes were unanimously approved. The planning commission tabled discussion of certificates of [Read more…]

Sep 102017


Sep 072017

The Town of Brookfield Highway Department will be repairing the intersection of Northfield Road and West Street between 11 September and 21 September. The road will be closed at that intersection on 11 September and possibly 12 September. There will be one-way traffic for the remaining days.  Motorists should expect delays on those days.

Sep 062017

MINUTES OF THE BROOKFIELD FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY, September 7, 2017 present and voting: Kym Anderson, Amy Borgman, Dan Childs, Emily Noyes present and not voting: Laura Rochat, Librarian, Ruth Goodale, community member not present: Cat Wright, Board Member Minutes of meeting from May 22, 2017 were accepted. Public Comment: Ruth Goodale, lifelong Brookfield resident, talked [Read more…]

Sep 052017

The Town of Brookfield is seeking an experienced driver and equipment operator for part-time, on-call winter road maintenance. Responsibilities will include, plowing, sanding, and loading material into trucks at the Town Garage. Must have a valid CDL with no violations in the last 3 years; employee will also be subject to random drug testing. Must [Read more…]