Jul 312021
 

PRESENT and voting: Amy Borgman, Dan Childs, Emily Noyes, Starr Strong
PRESENT and not voting: Laura Rochat, librarian

-MINUTES were approved
-TREASURER’s REPORT: Dan reminds us that we are into our new fiscal year as of July 1, 2021. Funds have been disbursed by the Town to the Library and we are on budget. Dan will arrange for Emily to review the Financials.
-LIBRARIAN’s REPORT: Laura and the Brookfield Historical Society have set up the Floating Bridge 200th Celebration exhibit in a case to the rear of the Library. It is a part of the larger Town celebration with other Floating Bridge exhibits at the Bridge itself and at the Marvin Newton House. People can visit this during regular Library Hours.
We have our Library Passes to a number of Museums, sites and Parks available to be borrowed by patrons and local residents. Laura reviewed the process to borrow these, which involves a sign-out procedure and a 3 day loan. Although the Passes cannot be reserved there is not a current demand for them. It was suggested that Laura run a notice in Front Porch Forum to inform folks they are available.
Laura let the Board know that the Little Library is being used. She has been replenishing books and making sure the collection is updated regularly.
-OLD BUSINESS: Town Resident Ruth Goodall had been the original painter of the Library Drop Box. She pointed out to Amy Borgman that the box needed a cleaning which led us to realize that it really needed to be repainted. Thanks to new Board member Starr who has volunteered to do this task.
The Library Board is pursuing only one Library sponsored program at this time, due to the continuing disruption of Covid. Laura will be contacting the presenter of the Amphibian program to finalize a date for this.
Vermont and the Institute for Museum and Library Services has money from the American Rescue Plan to be allocated to Libraries. We can apply for up to $2,000 of these funds. What a good time to update our 13 year old computer and it’s younger cousin, the printer! Laura and Dan will pursue this opportunity.
-NEXT MEETING: SEPTEMBER 22, 2021 @ 6:30 pm at our beloved Library.

Jul 302021
 

Minutes of the
Meeting of
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD
SELECTBOARD
Town Clerk’s Office
July 26, 2021

THOSE PRESENT: John Benson, Chair; Jeff Kimmel, Dennis LaRocque, Brenda Flint, Kathryn Threlkeld, Board Members; Tim Higgins, Road Crew Foreman; Mike Lints, Auditor; Kasey Peterson, Administrative Assistant (by teleconferencing); Betty Lord, Secretary

A. CALL TO ORDER: The Chair, John Benson called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm.

B. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA: None

C. ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING: Mr. Benson explained to the new Board Members, Mrs. Flint and Mrs. Threlkeld, the way the Board is organized and the various roles that are filled by the members. He also explained the members’ working relationship with the Administrative Assistant to the Board, Mrs. Peterson.
The roles of the Board members were then assigned by vote:
• Mr. Kimmel made a motion to appoint Mr. John Benson as Chair of the Board. Mr. LaRocque seconded and the motion was unanimously approved: 5-0-0.
• Mr. Benson made a motion to appoint Mr. LaRocque as the Road Commissioner, working with the Highway Department. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion which was unanimously approved.: 5-0-0.
• Mr. Benson made a motion to appoint Mr. Kimmel as the member to oversee miscellaneous issues (including legal issues) that are not covered by the other appointments. Mr. LaRocque seconded the motion which was unanimously approved: 5-0-0.
• Mr. Kimmel made a motion to appoint Mrs. Flint as Financial Advisor to the Board. Mr. LaRocque seconded the motion which was unanimously approved: 5-0-0.
• Mr. Benson made a motion to appoint Mrs. Threlkeld as Town representative to the Mountain Alliance Solid Waste District and TRORC Transportation Advisory Committee. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion which was unanimously approved: 5-0-0.

D. PUBLIC COMMENTS: None

E. HIGHWAY REPORT:
a. Storm Damage Report: Mr. Higgins reported that the recent storm had done considerable damage, with the worst of it being done on Eagle Peak Road. Other roads affected were Chelsea Road, Halfway Brook Road, Kibbee Road and West Street. Mr. Higgins has met with a representative from VTrans who stated they would have grant funding available to cover 90% of the road repair costs. Mr. Higgins also stated that a new pump was needed for clearing some of the plugged culverts. Mr. LaRocque made a motion to authorize Mr. Higgins to purchase a new pump not to exceed a cost of $1,000. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion which carried unanimously: 5-0-0.
Mr. Higgins also reported that the equipment owned by the Town was insufficient to clear out some of the roads and ditches in Brookfield. The Board asked Mr. Higgins to get some pricing for hiring an outside party to do the work.
Mr Higgins also reported that 2,142 yards of sand had recently been purchased.
Mr. LaRocque reported that an account was opened with the NAPA store in Northfield and no limit had been set on purchases. Mr. Higgins stated that a representative from VTrans had visited the Bear Hill culvert site to observe what needs to be done and will now be going forward with the project design. Mr. Benson asked Mr. Higgins to get the final figures and estimated delivery date for the planned new truck in order to set the financing interest rate with Northfield Savings Bank. Mr. Higgins indicated the likely delivery date would be between the beginning of March and the middle of April, 2022.
b. Nicom Proposal for crack sealing: Mr. Benson made a motion to have Nicom spend one day on Ridge Road sealing cracks. The amount in the budget for crack sealing is $4,350.00. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motions which carried unanimously: 5-0-0.
F. NEW BUSINESS
Auditors:
a. The Board accepted the resignation letter of Rachel Rose.
b. Mr. Mike Lints, Auditor, attended the meeting to get a better sense of how the Town business transpires. Mr. Lints pointed out that two auditors are needed int order to properly audit the accounts. Mr. Benson stated that the Town Clerk does a review of the accounts and an outside auditor firm is also hired to review the Town’s accounts.
G. OLD BUSINESS:
1. Cemetery Budget Question: Mr. Joe Mangan, Town Cemeteries Sexton, has requested that the insurance money for the repair of stones in the Ridge Road Cemetery also be used to repair the fencing. Mr. Mangan will be requested to present the Board with an overall plan for his work on the cemeteries for the remainder of the year. Mr. Mangan’s budget for the year is $26,000.
Mr. Benson, Mr. LaRocque, and Mr. Kimmel, along with Mr. Mangan, met in a special meeting on July 13 to review proposed updates and revisions to the Town’s Cemeteries Rules and Regulations. Mrs. Peterson had obtained versions from other towns and prepared a preliminary draft for Brookfield. Copies of the draft document have been given to Mrs. Flint and Mrs. Threlkeld, allowing all Board members to review it and be ready to vote on it at the next Board meeting on August 9th. The draft proposal will be posted for public review and comment.
2. ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act of 2021): The State of Vermont has earmarked $70,000 a year for a two-year period for to be used for projects supporting public health. The Town must follow certain guidelines and restrictions in order to qualify for funding. A public meeting must be held to get ideas from the constituents of Brookfield and the meeting must be facilitated by a third party. Mrs. Peterson will contact Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission to ask them about facilitating a public meeting.

G. MEETING MINUTES
1. Regular meeting of 12 July 2021: Mr LaRocque made a motion to accept the minutes of the meeting of July 12, 2021 as presented. Mr. Kimmel seconded and the motion was carried: 3-0-2. As new members of the Board, Mrs. Flint and Mrs. Threldkeld abstained as they did not attend the meeting.
2. Special Meeting 13 July 2021: Mr. Benson made a motion to accept the minutes of the Special Meeting of July 13, 2021 as presented. Mr. Kimmel seconded and the motion carried: 3-0-2.

H. PAYROLL AND AP WARRANTS: Mr. LaRocque moved to accept the accounts payable report for a total of $26,084.54 with the largest expense being Northeast Delta Dental in the amount of $4,637.92. Mr. Kimmel seconded and the motion was unanimously approved.
Mr. LaRocque moved to accept the second accounts payable report in the total amount of $2,227.00 with the largest expense being payable to Radio North Group, Inc. in the amount of $1,407.00. Mr. Kimmel seconded and the motion which was unanimously approved.

I. OTHER PROPER BUSINESS: Mr. Bob (Doc) Conniff appeared before the Board to discuss repairs to be made to the roof of the Town Clerk’s Office. He reported he would do some small repairs now in the amount of $500 and would present the Board with an estimate of costs by December 2021 for repairs to be done at a later time.

J. ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business to come before the Board, Mr. Benson made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Kimmel seconded and the meeting was adjourned at 8:40 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Betty Lord

Jul 272021
 

Considering the time frame for this election, middle of the Summer, we had a great turn-out!!  174 registered Brookfield voters cast their ballot for this Special Election on Saturday.  (67 absentee + 107 in person votes).
1-year term:
Dennis Boggs 40
Katheryn Threlkeld  111
G. Jack Zebora    19
Brenda Flint (write-in)  1
Blank  3
2-year term:
Brenda Flint   126
Robert Godfrey   48
 
Teresa Godfrey, Brookfield Town Clerk

Jul 222021
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting
26 July 2021 at 6:30pm
Town Office
AGENDA
A. Call To Order
B. Adjustments to Agenda
C. Organizational Meeting
D. Public Comments
E. Highway Report
1. Storm Damage Report
2. Nicom Proposal for crack sealing
F. New Business
1. Auditors
a. Resignation of Rachel Rose
b. Mike Lints to discuss auditor procedures
F. Old Business
1. Cemetery Budget Question
2. Arpa Update and Next Step
G. Meeting Minutes
1. Regular Meeting 12 July 2021
2. Special Meeting 13 July 2021
H. Payroll and AP Warrants
I. Other Proper Business
J. Adjournment

Jul 202021
 

Minutes DRAFT
Brookfield Planning Commission
Date: Tuesday July 13, 2021
Present:
Gwynn Zakov, Chair, Tim Gershon, Christina Harlow, Martha Judy, Will White, Jon Jickling
Public Present:  None
Chair Zakov called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.
Harlow moved to approve minutes from the 6/08/21 meeting seconded by White.  The minutes were approved unanimously.
The planning commission discussed the inquiry by the select board to respond to the possibility of Brookfield changing from a Zoning Board of Adjustment model to a Development Review Board model.   Following discussion Chair Zakov, put forward a motion that the PC position is that the ZBA planning model is working at this time and moving to a DRB model is not warranted.    Second by Harlow.  Passed unanimously.
Nancy Jacques resigned from PC.  Zakov will notify Selectboard and post on front porch forum for new candidate.  Jickling and White also notified that they may withdraw from the PC in coming months.
Discussed bylaws and developed new section 3.3, Certificate of compliance.
Any other new/old business discussed.
Next meeting will be September 21, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. (no August meeting planned)
Next meeting will cover:  Definitions including Accessory Dwelling Unit.  Conservation commission will also provide input/comments on the bylaws.
Chair Zakov adjourned the meeting at 8:24 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Jon Jickling
 
 

Jul 192021
 

The Town of Brookfield
Special Selectboard Meeting
July 13, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.
2473 East Street
THOSE PRESENT: John Benson, Chair; Jeff Kimmel, Dennis LaRocque (Selectboard Members); Joe Mangan (Cemetery Sexton), Kaira Mangan
A. Call To Order – 6:30 p.m.
B. Adjustments to Agenda – None
C. Public Comments – (See D. Cemetery Policy below)
D. Cemetery Policy: the meeting was scheduled to allow the Selectboard, joined by Mr. Mangan and Ms. Mangan, to conduct a work session focused on reviewing and updating the Town’s Cemetery Policy. The Policy sections under review included:
Section I. Definitions
Section II. General Rules and Regulations
Section III. Burial Rights
Section IV. Procedure and Forms
Section V. Cemetery Lots
Section VI. Cremation Garden
Section VII. Interments, Dis-interment and Removals
Section VIII. Foundations
Section IX. Memorials, Monuments, and Markers
Section X. Work and Labor in Town of Brookfield Cemeteries
Section XI. Miscellaneous
Based on the discussion, the Board will propose revisions in an updated draft version of the policy. The Board will post the proposal (on the brookfieldvt.org website and public notice locations) for public review and comment. After receipt and review of public comments, the Board will publish a formal warning and notice of the proposal, and schedule a date for a public hearing (and potential Board vote on adoption) for the revised Cemetery Policy.
E. Adjournment – 7:45 p.m.

Jul 192021
 

Minutes of the
Meeting of
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD
SELECTBOARD
Town Clerk’s Office
July 12, 2021
THOSE PRESENT: John Benson, Chair; Jeff Kimmel and Dennis LaRocque, Board members; Tim Higgins, Road Crew Foreman; Kasey Peterson, Administrative Asst. (by teleconferencing); Kate Bancroft, and Betty Lord, Secretary.
A. CALL TO ORDER – Mr. Benson called the meeting to order at 6:33 p.m.
B. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA – None
C. PUBLIC COMMENTS – None
D. HIGHWAY REPORT – Mr. Higgins reported the Road Crew has been busy grading and ditching. To-date approximately 1,000 yards of sand has been moved and stockpiled. Culverts have been ordered but have not been received. Markers are now in place indicating utility wiring that is placed under West Street at the Taplin property. Mr. Higgins stated that he had contacted NI-COM regarding a price for paving the cracks on the Ridge Road and is waiting for an answer. Mr. Higgins was asked to look into having someone inspect the five bridges in Town with an average span of 16 ft. There may be American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) federal funding for work done on the bridges.
Mr. Higgins will contact VTrans to get a date on when they will come to discuss the work to be done on Bear Hill Road. It was noted that the grant for the work to be done expires on December 31, 2021. Mr. Higgins was also asked to update the list of the Town’s vehicles and equipment.
E. NEW BUSINESS –
1. Justin Poulin – Driveway Culvert – Mr. Higgins reported that the culvert issue with Mr. Poulin had been resolved.
2. Zoning Board of Adjustment – Mr. Benson made a motion to appoint Mr. Dennis LaRocque and Ms. Kate Bancroft as members of the Board of Adjustment. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion which was unanimously approved. 3-0-0.
3. Auditor Appointment – Mr. Kimmel made a motion to approve the appointment of Rachel Rose to the open position for Town Auditor. Mr. Benson seconded the motion which was approved unanimously. 3-0-0.
4. CAI Technologies Contract – Mr. Benson made a motion to accept the contract presented to the Board by CAI Technologies. Mr. LaRocque seconded the motion which was unanimously approved. 3-0-0.
5. Personnel Policy Re: Juneteenth – The Board will defer making a decision on the issue of making Juneteenth a Town paid holiday until further direction is provided on the State level.
6. Sanel Application – NAPA – Action on the application from Sanel was tabled. Mr. LaRocque will ask Mr. Higgins to contact the NAPA stores in Northfield and Barre to inquire about their application process.
7. Gillespie Fuel Contracts (4) – The contracts include two for the Town fire station, one for the Town garage, and one for the Town Clerk’s office. The prices offered are $2.52 a gallon for pre-buy and $2.56 to purchase monthly for eleven months. Mr. LaRocque made a motion to pre-buy the fuel needed for the above named contracts. Mr. Benson seconded and the motion was unanimously approved. 3-0-0. Mr. Benson will sign the contracts on behalf of the Town.
8. Old Town Hall Public Assemblage Permits. – It was noted that events in Pond Village for fewer than fifty people do not require a permit. Mr. Kimmel made a motion to approve the pro-posed permit for the Community Pot Luck event to be held at the Old Town Hall on July 13. Mr. LaRocque seconded and the motion carried unanimously. 3-0-0. Mr. Benson made a motion to approve the assemblage permit for the Sprague Farm Day to be held on July 17, 2021. Mr. Kimmel seconded and the motion was unanimously approved. 3-0-0.
9. Village Dog Complaint – Mr. Kimmel will contact Mr. Dan Mason (Town Constable) to discuss the complaint in Pond Village. It was also suggested that if neighbors would keep a log of what they witness, it would be easier for the Board to act on such complaints.
F. OLD BUSINESS
l. Stone Road Parking – Mr. Kimmel will contact Mr. Mason to set a time to visit a site on Stone Road to determine whether or not a vehicle is parked in the right-of-way. Mr. Kimmel will also notify the resident that a visit will be forthcoming.
2, Sprague Farm Day – See above under assemblage permits.
G. MINUTES OF JUNE 28, 2021 Selectboard meeting – Mr. Kimmel made a motion that the Board approve the minutes of the meeting of June 28, 2021 as presented. Mr. LaRocque seconded and the minutes were approved unanimously. 3-0-0.
H. PAYROLL AND AP WARRANTS – Mr. LaRocque made a motion to accept the accounts pay-able report in the total amount of $22,197.02 (closing out FY 2020/2021) with the largest payment being made to R. E. Tucker in the amount of $19,845.00. Mr. Kimmel seconded and the report was approved unanimously. 3-0-0. Mr. LaRocque also made a motion to accept the accounts payable report in the total amount of $19,755.58 (FY 2021/2022) with the highest payment being made to Gorman Group, LLC in the amount of $8,022.46. Mr. Kimmel seconded and the report was unanimously approved. 3-0-0.
I. OTHER PROPER BUSINESS – Mr. Benson reported to the Board that he would be meeting with a representative from the office of VT Senator Sanders on July 28th to discuss the possibility of funding for a new fire house.
J. ADJOURNMENT – There being no further business to come before the Board, Mr. LaRocque made a motion to adjourn at 7:35 p.m. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion and the meeting was unanimously adjourned. 3-0-0.
Respectfully submitted,
Betty Lord, Secretary

Jul 192021
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY, JULY 14, 2021, 5:30 PM
The Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee met in person as warned.
UNAPPROVED MINUTES
The following members attended: Michael Rutkovsky, Stuart Edson and Lew Stowell.  No members of the public attended.
5:30 PM: Call to Order- There were no additions or deletions to the agenda.

Review and approve the June 23, 2021 meeting minutes: Approved 3-0.
Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills.  No bill and report received yet.
Speed Cart Deployments- The Pond Village deployment appeared to reduce speeding.  8:00 AM appears to be the busiest traffic time.  There were 4551 vehicles passing through Pond Village southbound from 8:00 AM June 24 to 12:00 PM (Noon) July 1, 2021.  Only 332 were above the speed limit of 25 MPH.
Stone Road Parking Issues: Sheriff Bohnyak has informed Sid Cushing that the damaged truck in the traveled portion of Stone Road at 2141 Stone Road must be removed from the road.  Failure to do so will result in towing at owner’s expense.
Brookfield Town Road Work Plan: Tim Higgins not able to attend.
Traffic and Weight Limit Sign Status: Progress being made.  More signs to be ordered in July.
Traffic Ordinance Status: The committee discussed the draft addendum containing selected entries from the Judicial Bureau Wavier Penalties.  Town Attorney Monte recommended attaching entire document.  L. Stowell to send committee members the draft ordinance, the draft addendum and the Judicial Bureau Wavier Penalties for assistance in ensuring that all relevant entries are included.  This will be a much smaller document and more relevant to the Traffic Ordinance.
Parking in Pond Village: Most days the parking is under control.  OCSD is continuing to monitor.
August Public Safety Message: S. Edson to prepare a draft and send to L. Stowell.
Setting the Next Meeting: August 25, 2021 at the Brookfield Congregational Church at 5:30 PM.
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting: Tim Higgins and the Road Commissioner and new members of the Select Board.
Entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting. M. Rutkovsky made the motion, seconded by S. Edson, approved 3-0.  Adjourned at 6: 23, 2021.

Jul 112021
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
NOTICE AND AGENDA FOR IN PERSON MEETING
The Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee will meet in person at the Brookfield Congregational Church on the first floor at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.
The space at the church is sufficient for social distancing.  Interested members of the public may attend.
The following guidelines that pertain to meetings have been adopted by the Brookfield Select Board on June 15, 2021.
–  Masks will no longer be mandatory for vaccinated individuals. If for any reason you are more comfortable wearing a mask, then you are more than welcome to do so.
–  Please be advised that by not wearing a mask you are attesting to the fact that you are “fully vaccinated”.
–  The term “fully vaccinated” indicates that you have received your second shot of vaccine, or your single dose vaccine, at least 14 days ago.
–  All attendees, regardless of vaccination status should continue to monitor their health status and potential symptoms and not attend if they are unwell.
–  If you are not “fully vaccinated”, you must continue to  practice all safety protocols including wearing a mask in the presence of others and socially distancing.
–  If you have questions regarding the meeting, please email publicsafety@brookfieldvt.org.
 
 
BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
BROOKFIELD CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, FIRST FLOOR
WEDNESDAY JULY 14, 2021, 5:30 PM
MEETING AGENDA

5:30 PM: Call to Order
Additions or deletions to the agenda
Review and approve the June 23, 2021 meeting minutes
Brookfield Town Road Work Plan
Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills
Speed Cart Deployments
Stone Road Parking Issues
Traffic and Weight Limit Sign Status
Traffic Ordinance Status
Parking in Pond Village
August Public Safety Message
Setting the Next Meeting
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting
Final Public Comment
Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting

Jul 082021
 

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA – JULY, 2021
Location: Virtual ZOOM Meeting (link below) and in-person at the town office at 40 Ralph Road
MEETING: Tuesday, July 13th 2021 TIME: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
TOPICS:

Public to be heard
Approve minutes of 6/8/2021 meeting
Discuss merits of moving from a Zoning Board of Adjustment and Planning Commission model to a Development Review Board and Planning Commission model. Selectboard may budget in the 2022-2023 budget to use TROCC to assist in moving the town in that direction – if needed. Vermont law related to this topic can be found here: https://legislature.vermont.gov/statutes/section/24/117/04460
Review progress on zoning bylaw update. In June we covered sections 4.17 (enforcement) and 18 (cost of technical review) and began review of the definitions section and continue review of the definition section. We will review accessory dwelling units and certificates of occupancy/use. Commissioners will find definition examples from two other towns for reference during the definition discussion. Members will review these sections before the next meeting. Vermont law related to certificate of occupancies/use can be found here: https://legislature.vermont.gov/statutes/section/24/117/04449
Any other new/old business
Set date of next meeting
Adjourn

Topic: Brookfield Planning Commission
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