Jan 172021
 

NOTICE AND AGENDA FOR REMOTE MEETING

The Public Safety Advisory Committee for the Town of Brookfield, VT will meet remotely by electronic means on January 20, 2021 at 5:35 PM

Information on how to access the remote meeting:

By telephone: Dial [(701) 802-5217].

When prompted, enter the meeting Access Code]. 3053801

Please review our “Informational Handout for Remote Public Meetings” to understand how these electronic meetings will be managed. If you wish to make a public comment but do not have the ability to comment remotely during the meeting, please email your comment(s) to Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee at publicsafety@brookfieldvt.org

To ensure smooth access, we recommend that you test your remote meeting software in advance of the meeting. If you have difficultly accessing the meeting, please email publicsafety@brookfieldvt.org

 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 20, 2021, 5:35 PM

All times will depend upon the amount of public participation and committee discussion.

REMOTE MEETING AGENDA

By telephone: Dial [(1-701) 802-5217].When prompted, enter the meeting Access Code]. 3053801

  • 5:35 PM: Call to Order
  • 5:36 PM: Additions or deletions to the agenda
    • Public comment
  • 5:40 PM: Review and approve previous of December 16, 2020 meeting minutes
    • : Open public comment
  • 5:45 PM Results of December 28 Select Board Meeting
    • Public comment
  • 6:00 PM: Traffic Sign Status Tim Higgins & Jeff Kimmel
    • Public comment
  • 6:10 PM: Traffic Ordinance Final Review
    • Public comment
  • 6:40 PM Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills.
    • Public comment
  • 7:00 PM: January Public Safety Message
    • Public comment
  • 7:05 PM: EAB Update
  • 7:10 PM Setting the Next Meeting
  • 7:15 PM Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting
    • Final Public Comment
  • 7:20: PM Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting.

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Jan 142021
 

Brookfield Conservation Commission Zoom Meeting
November 18, 2020 7:00 pm

Via Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83046795356?pwd=V0VLOEwxUytvT1FTUnk1TjdaSk03QT09

Meeting Agenda

1. Review Agenda

2. Public Comment

3. Approval of Minutes of the November 16, 2020 meeting

4. I-89 Wildlife Crossing monitoring – reports from field visits

5. Working with the Brookfield School on schoolyard habitat enhancement – update

6. Winter program ideas in Covid time (continued)

7. Brookfield Solar project – former Smith farm on east side Ridge Road near intersection with Crossover Rd.

8. Other business

9. Adjourn

Jan 132021
 

Minutes DRAFT
Brookfield Planning Commission
Date: Tuesday, January 12th, 2021
Present:Gwynn Zakov, Chair, Martha Judy, Will White, Tim Gershon, Nancy Jacques
Public Present:  Gary Lord, Kevin & Marie Dunwoody, Jim Merriam, Katie Bancroft, Matt Dezan, Ze Andreyevs, Zoe Newmarco, Christina Harlow, Sarah & Nathan Shaw, Aaron Adler, Jon Binhammer
Chair Zakov called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m.
Public to be heard after each topic.
White/Gershon moved to approve minutes from the 12/8/2020 meeting.  The minutes were approved unanimously.
The planning commission opened the floor for the two potential nominees for the vacant Planning Commission seat to introduce themselves.  Both Christina Harlow and Katie Bancroft provided summary backgrounds and their interest to serve their community.  No decision on nomination was made at this meeting.
The planning commission and attendees were walked through a presentation by Jim Merriam of Norwich Solar regarding the preferred site application for 150 kw solar array on Ridge Road property owned by Keith and Chelsea Sprague. This was a Public Utilities Commission application for an issuance of a Certificate of Good for preferred site designation of the solar siting location.  Jim Merriam graciously allowed questions throughout the presentation as well as at the conclusion.  The Shaw’s provided feedback on their support for the project.  Several area residents noted they were not in favor of the project.
White made a motion to accept Norwich Solar’s request to grant preferred siting designation to their proposed 150 kW solar array on Ridge Rd. Also, to encourage the select board to grant preferred siting. We grant this approval with the intention of thoroughly reviewing the projects compliance with town bylaws once the act 248 application and supporting documentation has been submitted to the Public Utilities Commission.  With no second the motion failed.
For the next meeting the commission will review Sections 4.13, 4.14, 4.15, and 4.16.  As before members will review these sections before the meeting.
No other new/old business was covered.
Next meeting will be February 9th, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
Due to the late hour the meeting was called to close by Chair Zakov at 9:04 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Nancy Jacques

Jan 122021
 

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA
Location: Virtual ZOOM Meeting (see below)
MEETING: Tuesday, January 12th 2021 TIME: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
TOPICS:

Public to be heard
Approve minutes of 12/8/2020 meeting
Meet and greet potential nominees for vacant Planning Commission seat. No decision on nomination will be made at this meeting.
Preferred site application for 150 kw solar array on Ridge Road property owned by Keith and Chelsea Sprague. This is not a local development permit application but rather a Public Utilities Commission application for an issuance of a Certificate of Good for preferred site designation of the solar siting location.
Review progress on zoning bylaw update and continue review of bylaws of sections 4.13, 4.14, 4.15 and 4.16. Will go as far as time permits.
Any other new/old business
Set date of next meeting

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Jan 082021
 

Public Notice
Town of Brookfield
Depositing Snow On Public Roadways: To all private snow plow contractors and residents of Brookfield, please be advised that depositing by blowing or plowing onto the traveled way or shoulder of a class 1, 2 or 3 town highway violates Vermont Statute Title 19, Section 1105 and Title 23, Section 1126a. Depositing snow onto any highway may cause slippery conditions or snow berms that result in increased maintenance costs and can pose a danger to travelers and town road workers. Private parties who violate this statute will be given a written warning from the Brookfield Selectboard. Further violations may result in the issuance of a traffic ticket. Thank you for your cooperation.

Jan 072021
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting 
NOTICE AND AGENDA FOR REMOTE MEETING
 The Town of Brookfield Selectboard will meet remotely on ZOOM on 
11 January 2021 at 6:30pm.
To access the remote meeting:
Use this link
OR
 Go to zoom.us and Join a Meeting. 
The Meeting ID is  340 560 8428
Passcode: 955883
Please review our “Informational Handout for Remote Public Meetings” to understand how these electronic meetings will be managed. If you wish to make a public comment but do not have the ability to comment remotely during the meeting, please email your comment(s) to the Administrative Assistant at admin@brookfieldvt.org.
 
Town of Brookfield
 Selectboard Meeting
Brookfield Town Office 
11 January 2021 at 6:30 PM 
AGENDA 
A. Call To Order
B. Adjustments to Agenda
C. Public Comments
D. Highway
1. Gravel Pit
2. Certificate of Highway Mileage
E. New Business
1.  Zoning Requests
a. Krisch
b. Schmechel/Barden
c. Brock/Benedict
F. Old Business
1. Solar Project
2. Budget and Town Meeting
G. Approve Minutes from the 28 December 2020 Meeting
H. Payroll and AP Warrants
I. Other Proper Business
J. Adjournment

Jan 042021
 

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD
Selectboard Meeting
Held by Zoom
28 December 2020 at 6:30 PM
Those present: John Benson, Chair (by telephone); Dennis LaRocque, Board Member; and Jeff Kimmel, Board Member; Kasey Peterson, Assistant Town Clerk; Tim Higgins, Road Crew Foreman, Betty Lord, Secretary; Jim Merriam (all by Zoom) and Lew Stowell (by telephone).
A. Call to Order: the meeting was called to order by the Chair, Mr. Benson, at 6:30 pm.
B. Adjustments to Agenda – None
C. Public Comments – None
D. Highway
1. Internet Access at Town Garage
Ms. Peterson reported that she had looked into the internet problem at the Town garage and felt it was not a problem of speed but rather of distance. She felt the problem could be corrected by buying a small booster box which would make the service available around the garage property. Mr. Benson made a motion to allow Ms. Peterson to purchase a booster box for the Town Garage up to the amount of $50. Mr. LaRocque seconded and the motion was unanimously approved. 3-0-0.
Mr Higgins reported that he had talked with a couple of companies regarding the purchase of a new truck and was expecting to have pricing by the end of the week. Mr. Higgins was asked to provide the figures to the members the Board as soon as they are available.
Mr Higgins also related to the Board that Larry Hebert may not have enough sand for the Town’s use and if he found that he did have enough, the price would be increased by 25 cents per yard. Mr. Higgins was asked to check other sources and get their pricing for 5,000 to 6,000 yards of sand for the coming winter. He was also asked to contact Mr. Doug Haggett and see what he is charging for sand by the yard although Mr. Haggett’s sand pit is approved under Act 250 which limits the amount of sand that he can remove at any one time.
Mr Higgins reported that he had been getting pricing for stripping top soil on the Sprague property relating to the proposed sand pit project.
Mr. Kimmel asked about a nearby cherry tree that Mr. Bill Grady wishes to have removed that is across from his property. Mr. Higgins said he had talked with the landowner of the property on which the tree is located, who agreed with the Town taking whatever action is needed. Mr Higgins reported that the tree is in a precarious position and would require a professional tree company to remove it rather than having the Town Road Crew remove it. Mr. Benson said there is a line item in the budget for professional tree removal and there is a history of having done so before.
E. New Business
1. Public Safety Advisory Committee
a. FY 2022 Contract with Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD)
Mr. Lew Stowell met with the Board (by telephone) and spoke for the Public Safety Advisory Committee. Mr. Stowell presented a proposal from Orange County Sheriff Bohnyak regarding the contract with OCSD for patrolling in the Town of Brookfield. The Board reviewed the report and asked Mr. Stowell to contact OCSD and ask them to prepare a contract to be signed by the Board as follows:
Contract $15,000 annual: $49.00 per hour, 306 hours per year.
January, February, March, October, November, December: 17 hours per month.
April, May, June, July, August, September: 34 hours per month.
b. Town Over-Weight and Over-Sized Vehicles Signage/Permitting Project
Mr. Stowell was asked to prepare a draft outline of the proposal for changes of speed limit signs and Over-Weight and Over-Sized vehicle signage to be placed on Northfield Road. The information would be included in the next meeting agenda; anyone who wishes may join the Board Meeting by telephone conferencing or Zoom. There are five signs that will need to be installed by mud season of 2021. The Town will order the signs to have them ready for installation in the spring. The Board gave Mr. Higgins the authority to buy the equipment needed to install the signs.
c. Inter-Departmental and Committee Protocol Request
Mr. Stowell asked for clarification on whom PSAC members should contact when questions arise regarding the various areas of the Town’s business. The Board instructed the Committee to contact the person who would be most capable of answering the questions, i.e.: if questions occur regarding the roads, Mr. Higgins should be contacted. If Committee members are unsure as to whom they should direct their questions, Mr. Kimmel can be contacted to either answer their questions or direct them to the proper source.
d. Traffic Ordinance Final Review
Mr. Stowell reported that a final draft of the proposed traffic ordinance amendments will be presented to the Selectboard at the meeting of January 25, 2021. Mr. Benson stated that all changes to the ordinance must be warned and a public hearing held before any changes can be approved. A summary of the proposed changes will be posted in three places in Town as well in the Randolph Herald and on Front Porch Forum. The draft ordinance will include the highlighted changes in the document. It was requested that the proposed changes be sent to the members of the Selectboard at least two days before the meeting to allow time for the Selectmen to become familiar with the material. Mr. Higgins agreed to send any comments he may have to Mr. Stowell.
Mr. Kimmel, Mr. LaRocque, and Mr. Higgins will attend the next PSAC meeting on January 20, 2021. Ms. Peterson will set up Zoom training for anyone on the committee who needs help, and she will post the meeting on Zoom.
2. Solar Project on Ridge Road
Mr. Jim Merriam of Norwich Technologies came before the Board (by Zoom) to present information regarding a solar project being proposed by Sprague Farms on the old Smith property on Ridge Road. He asked that a letter be signed by the Chair of the Selectboard and the Chair of the Planning Commission to the Public Service Board of Vermont in which the site is “deemed preferred.” Mr. Benson said that the members of the Selectboard will review the proposal by the January 11, 2021 meeting and if finding the proposal in keeping with all Town rules and regulations, it will be signed and if not further information will be requested.
3. Mapping Contract with Cartographic Associates
This new contract was proposed by Mr. Stuart Edson at the Board Meeting on December 14. The proposal was reviewed by the Board and Mr. Benson signed the contract on behalf of the Town.
F. Old Business
1. Budget
Mr. Benson asked Mr. Higgins to get him the pricing on the proposed new Town Highway Department truck as soon as possible for the new budget. The on-going reappraisal costs will be split into two years. As the Town financial audit was limited this year, $9,500 will be paid at the end of the fiscal year and $18,000 will be budgeted for next year with an in-depth audit.
2. Town Meeting
The Board did not take any action as the Legislature will not be meeting until early January when they will vote on whether to allow towns to move Town Meeting Day due to COVID-19 precautions, along with the procedures for doing so.
G. Approval of Minutes from 14 December 2020 Board Meeting
In reviewing the minutes, Mr. LaRocque said he did not remember being asked by Mr. Benson to check the Traffic Ordinance to ascertain which roads need to be warned. There being no objection, the line was struck from the minutes. Mr. Kimmel made a motion to accept the minutes as presented with one correction. Mr. Benson seconded the motion which carried unanimously. 3-0-0.
H. Mr. LaRocque made a motion to accept the Accounts Payable report with a total of $10,075.88 and the highest payment being made to White River Valley Ambulance Service of $3,425.00 as presented. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion which carried unanimously. 3-0-0.
I. Other Proper Business
Mr. Benson advised that several requests for zoning permit variances should be considered for “deemed approval” based on extensive delays in processing the requests. Mr. Kimmel will follow up with the applicants (Krisch, Schmeckel, and Brock).
J. Adjournment: there being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 8:15 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Betty T. Lord
Secretary

Dec 282020
 

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD
Selectboard Meeting
Held by Zoom
14 December 2020 at 6:30 PM
Those present: John Benson, Chair – by telephone conferencing, and Jeff Kimmel, Board Mem-ber; Dennis LaRocque, Board Member; Kasey Peterson, Assistant Town Clerk; Tim Higgins, Road Crew Foreman, Betty Lord, Secretary; with Greg Wight, Town Moderator; Shawn Krisch, Alyce Brouillard, Dan Childs (all by Zoom) and Stuart Edson by telephone conferencing.
A. Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by the Chair, Mr. Benson, at 6:30 p.m.
B. Adjustments to Agenda
As there were those waiting to make presentations to the Board, the Agenda was adjusted as folows:
D. 2. Mapping Proposal- Cartographic Associates—
Mr. Stuart Edson suggested changing mapping companies from Avatar/Terra Map to Cartograph-ic Associates. He said he had met with the owner of Cartographic Associates, Mr. Franco Rossi, and was impressed with what he was told. After the initial set-up cost of $5,350, which can be paid out of the reappraisal monies provided by the state (Mr. Edson will verify this with Barbara Schinger of PVR, the state advisor to Town Listers) and following this initial set-up/conversion of data cost, the budget for the April 1, 2021 update cycle would be $2,800, followed by $1,500 an-nually for the April 1, 2022 and April 1, 2023 updates. Mr. Edson proposed increasing the annual budgeted amounts accordingly, and would provide a new set of maps for the Town by April 2021.
Mr. Kimmel made a motion to use the monies in the reappraisal budget to pay for the set-up/conversion costs to work with Cartographic Associates and to raise the amount annually budgeted for mapping costs from $1,500 to $2,800 a year (as described above). Mr. LaRocque seconded and the motion carried unanimously. 3-0-0.
C. Public Comment
Mr. Dan Childs made a request to the Board to add the name of Dan O’Brien as a second repre-sentative to ECFiber for the Town of Brookfield. At present there is only one other alternate. Mr. Benson made a motion to add Mr. O’Brien as an alternate for ECFiber for the Town of Brookfield. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion which carried unanimously. 3-0-0.
Mr. Benson also asked Mr. Childs to provide him with a budget proposal for the Brookfield Public Library for the upcoming year. Mr. Childs agreed.
Mr. Shawn Krisch spoke to the Board asking why his request for a variance is taking so long. He stated that he had first applied for the variance on September 9 as the property on which he wants to build a camp is three acres instead of five acres. He pointed out that the current property owner had missed a tax opportunity by not closing on the property before the end of the year. The owner, Alyce Brouillard, was also present by Zoom to discuss her concerns about the time that it has taken to bring this variance request to fruition. Mr. Krisch stated that he had received a notice of meeting for January 4 at 6:30 p..m and that he would be ready and present for that meeting.
D. 3 – Town Meeting Guidelines
Mr. Greg Wight, Town Moderator, appeared by Zoom to discuss whether or not Town Meeting 2021 should be moved out from its regular meeting day on the first Tuesday in March. While the Vermont legislature has not yet authorized moving Town Meeting dates, it is reasonably certain that due to COVID-19 restrictions, it will be left to the Town to decide on the date of the meeting. Mr. Benson said that moving the meeting date out would not affect the financial year as the new budget would not come into effect until the first of July. He also stated that by May the chances of having the meeting at an outdoors venue would be much better than in March. Mr. LaRocque said he would be in favor of moving the meeting to May and holding the meeting outside with an ap-propriate audio/speaker system. Mr. Kimmel suggested waiting to see how the legislature will proceed and it was agreed that an initial approach would be proposed by the next Board meeting on December 28.
F. Highways
Mr. Tim Higgins, Road Crew Foreman, said an inventory of the Town roads with erosion prob-lems amounted to about 13 miles of road that needed work. This number represents about 16% of the Town roads. Mr. Higgins was asked to contact Rita Seto at Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Re-gional Commission to ascertain when the erosion grants will be available.
Mr. Higgins reported that he had talked with Mr. Bill Grady about a tree with which Mr. Grady has concerns. Mr. Higgins stated the tree is on a neighbor’s property and he would be consulting with the landowner in the near future and would get back to Mr. Grady.
Mr. Higgins also reported that work would continue with ditching and culverts until the roads begin to freeze up. He met with Mr. Tucker concerning crushing stone. On the open market crushing is $9.50 a yard and $13.50 if they have to haul it. There is still a lot of work to do at the Sprague property and there is still another year to work with Mr. Larry Hebert. Mr. Higgins was asked to make sure Mr. Hebert knows the Town wants another 6,000 yards of sand priced ac-cordingly. Mr. Benson said he had met with Keith Sprague and had given him a copy of the plans. Mr. Sprague said he intended to work fairly with the Town and the supply of sand should last from 15 to 20 years.
It was reported that a car had gone off the Ridge Road and damaged some memorial stones in the Brookfield cemetery. Ms. Peterson said the Town’s insurance does not cover the cost of the stones but that the driver’s insurance should cover the cost.
Mr. Benson asked Ms. Peterson to check on the cost of including damage to memorial stones in the Town’s policy and also to see if there was flood insurance to cover the Fire Station.
Mr. Benson asked Ms. Peterson if all the compensation for Rob Wheatley’s work for the Town Highway Department had been settled and Ms. Peterson stated that it had been completed.
D. New Business
1. Public Safety Advisory Committee – Traffic Ordinance Review
The report of the Committee recommended several changes be made by putting up yield signs and MPH signs on various roads in Town. Some of the signs will have to be warned before they can be put up. Mr. LaRocque will check the ordinance to see which roads need to be warned. Mr. LaRocque will also ask the Sheriff about vehicles encroaching at a residence on Stone Road. Mr. Higgins will review the Committee’s report and report back at the next meeting.
2. Mapping Proposal – Cartographic Associates (See above)
3. Town Meeting Guidelines (See above)
4. Local Hazard Mitigation Plan – Mr. Benson signed on behalf of the Board.
F. Old Business – None
G. Approve Minutes from the 23 November 2020 Board Meeting
After a review of the minutes of November 23, Mr. LaRocque moved to approve the minutes as presented. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion and the minutes were unanimously approved. 3-0-0
H. Payroll and AP Warrants
Mr. LaRocque made a motion to accept the payroll and accounts payable warrants as presented with the total amount being $72,711.90 and highest amount being paid to the Town of Barre Am-bulance Service in the amount of $31,536.90. Mr.Kimmel seconded the motion. There being no objection, the motion passed unanimously.
I. Other Proper Business
Ms. Peterson brought up the issue of the invoice for the Town Audit which included the amount for two years’ audit which will bring the amount to be paid over budget. Mr. Benson suggested the Town wait until June to pay the invoice. Mr. LaRocque and Mr. Kimmel agreed.
J. Adjournment – Mr. Benson asked if there was any further business. Everyone wished each other a Merry Christmas. There being no further business to come before the Board, Mr. Kimmel moved for adjournment. Mr. LaRocque seconded and the meeting was adjourned at 7:56 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Betty T. Lord, Secretary

Dec 232020
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting
NOTICE AND AGENDA FOR REMOTE MEETING
The Town of Brookfield Selectboard will meet remotely on ZOOM on
28 December 2020 at 6:30pm.
To access the remote meeting:
Go to zoom.us and Join a Meeting.
The Meeting ID is 340 560 8428
Passcode: 955883
Please review our “Informational Handout for Remote Public Meetings” to understand how these electronic meetings will be managed. If you wish to make a public comment but do not have the ability to comment remotely during the meeting, please email your comment(s) to the Administrative Assistant at admin@brookfieldvt.org.
Town of Brookfield
Selectboard Meeting
Town Clerk’s Office
28 December 2020 at 6:30 PM
AGENDA
A. Call To Order
B. Adjustments to Agenda
C. Public Comments
D. Highway
1 Internet at the Garage
E. New Business
1 Public Safety Committee – Lew Stowell
2 Solar Project on Ridge Road
3 Mapping Contract – Cartographic Associates
F. Old Business
1 Budget and Town Meeting
G. Approve Minutes from the 14 December 2020 Meeting
H. Payroll and AP Warrants
I. Other Proper Business
J. Adjournment

Dec 222020
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2020, 5:35 PM
The Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee met remotely by electronic means as warned.
UNAPPROVED MINUTES
The following members attended: Stuart Edson, Michael Rutkovsky, and Lew Stowell.  No members of the public attended.

5:35 PM: Call to Order: No additions or deletions were made to the agenda.
Review and approve of November 18, 2020 meeting minutes-Reviewed and approved 3-0.
Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills. L Stowell to check with OCSD about many patrol hours were performed in November and correct the bill. Also L. Stowell will confirm with OCSD that no patrols were performed in September and therefore there was no September bill.
2021 Contract Options Provided by Sheriff Bohnyak- The Committee recommends the $15,000 option proposed by Sheriff Bohnyak. 3-0. L Stowell to present the recommendations to the Select Board at an upcoming meeting.
Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project Progress- A public meeting is required.
Traffic Sign Status: More signs have gone missing including the 25 MPH sign at the North End of Pond Village. The committee is awaiting the status of ordering signs from the current budget.
Traffic Ordinance Final Review: S. Edson reported on his research of ordinances in nearby towns. Stowell reported that according to the Local Roads Program at the Agency of Transportation caution signs do not require listing in the ordinance.  The committee will review and approve additional language in the draft ordinance at the January meeting.
Budget Recommendations to the Select Board- The Committee recommends that the Select Board increase the sign budget from $6500 to $8500 for FY 22. We need to make more progress to catch up with replacing missing and damaged signs to make our traffic ordinance enforceable.  L Stowell to present the recommendations to the Select Board at an upcoming meeting.  Approved 3-0.
Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use- No Change.
January Public Safety Message- L Stowell to send message models to M. Rutkovsky for reworking into the January message.
Setting the Next Meeting- Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 5:35 PM. It will be a virtual meeting.
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting-Tim Higgins, the new Road Foreman, will be invited.
Motion entertained and made to adjourn meeting. Approved 3-0. Adjourned at 6:20.