May 272022
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting

May 23, 2022

6:30 PM

Town Office

DRAFT Minutes

Present: John Benson, Chair, Betty Lord, Dennis LaRocque, Stuart Edson, C. Curtis Koren, members; Vicki Blanchard, Administrative Assistant; Amy Ingrassia, Assistant Treasurer; Teresa Godfrey, Town Clerk; Jack Zebora, Steve Hill, Chris White.

A. Call To Order – Mr. Benson called the Selectboard meeting to order at 6:35 pm.

B. Adjustments to Agenda – Mr. Benson asked to move from Old Business the TH45 (Old Stage Road) subject and Highway Ordinance.

1. Mr. Benson would like Mr. Kimmel to assist with the TH45 (Old State Road) issue. Ms. Lord made a motion to have Mr. Kimmel assist the Selectboard with the TH 45 (Old State Road) and the Highway Ordinance issue. Ms. Koren seconded the motion which was carried unanimously.

5-0-0

2. Mr. Hill reported that Mr. Kimmel and he had walked the TH45 road and it is now in the hands of the Town’s legal advisor. In 2016 the town reclassified the road from Class 3 to Class 4 so now there are two parcels that are land locked. Mr. Hill says there is roughly 100 feet that is in question.

C. Public Comments

1. Chris White came before the Board to ask if he can sell cannibus on Eagle Peak Road in Brookfield. He came in to ask the town to opt into the state program that allows towns to due this. He wants to apply for a retail license to sell cannibus but can’t until the town opts in. He also wants to be the one to instruct people on how to use cannibus. Mr. Benson told him that he will talk with the League of Cities and Towns before making any decisions. Mr. Benson wants to know what the Towns legal rights are.

D. Payroll and AP Warrants – Mr. Benson make a motion to add to the AP warrants a partial payment for the new dump truck in the amount of $68,000. The truck will probably not be here until after July 1, 2022 and if that is the case it would be to late because the loan for the truck is due before July 1, 2022. Ms. Lord seconded the motion which was carried unanimously 5-0-0. Ms. Lord made a motion to approve the AP warrants as presented with a total of $96,350.84 and with the highest payment being $68,000 to ATG. Mr. Edson seconded the motion, which carried unanimously. 5-0-0

E. Highway Report – Mr. LaRocque reported that Mr. Higgins said they almost have the gate to the Town Garage finished which will help them to monitor the amount of sand that goes out. The gate will be open during the day and locked at night. The public will still be able to get 3 – 5 gallon buckets for your home driveway in the winter. Mr. Higgins met with Rita Sevo from TRORC regarding work to be done on Eagle Peak. More grading was done this week and again next week until they are finished. There was some work done on the well line done at the Town Clerk’s office.

F. New Business

1. Selectboard Organization – Ms. Lord made a motion to elect Mr. Benson as the Chair for the Selectboard again. Ms. Koren seconded the motion which carried unanimously. 4-0-0.

Mr. Benson gave a brief review of the Selectboard duties. Ms. Koren and Mr. Edson will meet with Ms. Threlkeld and Mr. Kimmel to learn more about the work they did and how they can fulfill those duties.

2. Town Meeting Discussion – Mr. Benson discussed a few topics from the Warning in the Town Report and also how ARPA money would be spent.

G. Old Business

1. TH 45 (Old State Road) – moved to Adjustment to Agenda.

2. Highway Ordinance – same as above

3. Sign LEMP contract – Mr. Benson made a motion to accept the LEMP (Local Emergency Management Plan) for another year. Ms. Lord seconded the motion, which was carried unanimously. 5-0-0

4. Haggett – renewal/extension of expired extraction permit – The Act 250 application for Mr. Haggett’s gravel pit was submitted for renewal and it will posted on the bulletin board outside the Town Office building.

H. Meeting Minutes

1. 9 May 2022

2. 16 May 2022 (Special Meeting) – Ms. Lord made a motion to accept the May 9th and the May 16, 2022 minutes as presented; Mr. LaRocque seconded the motion, which carried unanimously 3-0-2

I Other Proper Business

1. Steve Nonemacher wants to be notified about any bidding or installation regarding the Heat Pump if approved at the Town Meeting. Ms. Blanchard will contact him to get more information for the Board.

2. Mr. Edson reported that he submitted his resignation as a Lister because he was elected as a Selectboard member. Mr. LaRocque made a motion to accept Mr. Edson’s resignation as Lister for the Town of Brookfield and then the Selectboard appoint Mr. Edson as a contractor to work with the Listers through the completion of the town wide reappraisal process and that during that period Mr. Edson will recuse himself from the Selectboard decision that bear upon any Lister decision or activity. Mr. Benson seconded the motion, which carried unanimously

4-0-1

3. Mr. LaRocque and Mr. Mangan from Kirkyard Services agreed that there is not enough room out back of the cemetery and that the hedge row should be removed. Mr. LaRocque will talk with Mr. Mangan and see if he has time to work on that or if the road crew will have to do it. This might not be able to be done until next year.

Mr. LaRocque made a motion to go into Executive Session at 9:35 pm to discuss personnel issues. Mr. Benson seconded the motion, which carried unanimously 5-0-0 After this discussion, Mr. Benson made a motion to come out of Executive Session at 9:50 pm, Mr. LaRocque seconded the motion which was carried unanimously 5-0-0

J. Adjournment – Ms Lord made a motion to adjourn at 9:55 pm., Ms. Koren seconded the motion and there being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was unanimously adjourned.

May 262022
 

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD 2022 ANNUAL MEETING Draft Minutes

The legal voters of the Town of Brookfield met for the annual Town Meeting behind the Brookfield Elementary School at 1725 Ridge Road, Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. to transact the following business:

Call to Order at 10:05 a.m.

Moderator, Gregory Wight, opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Article 1:  To elect all officers as required by law for the ensuing year by Australian ballot.  For this purpose, the polls will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Article 2:  To hear and act on reports of the Town Officers.

Lew Stowell, Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) Chair, recognized the current members, Mike Stoddard, Dan Mason, Stuart Edson, and Mike Rutkovsky.  PSAC meets on issues concerning the Town and recommends to the Selectboard a course of action.  They invite guests i.e. Law Enforcement.  Recent issues included traffic through the Village, needles at Hippo Park, walking on roads.

Amy Borgman asked how concerning is the needle situation at Hippo Park.  L. Stowell stated they are not sure when the needles appeared, whether it was during the winter or recently.  Starr Strong attended the meeting as Health Officer and they are waiting to see if it continues.

John Benson, Selectboard Chair, spoke about having Town Meeting outside in May again.  It has been a challenging year with COVID and with the increase to a 5 member board they welcomed Kate Threlkeld and Brenda Flint last July.  With Brenda’s life taken too early, Betty Lord stepped in.  J. Benson recognized Kasey Peterson moving on and D. Vicki Blanchard stepping in.  David Flint moved on after being on the road crew for around 20 years.  The Selectboard hired a replacement for a short time but the road crew is back down to 2.  Rob Wheatley has pitched in to help.  They have advertised but there have been no responses but it is the same in surrounding Towns.  If anyone knows anyone that is interested, let us know.  Kate Threlkeld has decided not to run again and we are going to miss her.  Jeff Kimmel is also not running after 19+ years on the Board.   S. Strong, Green-Up Day Coordinator, wasn’t available to report so J. Benson reported that Green-Up Day was successful with 115 green-up bags turned in and 40 cars came through to deposit trash so there were about 100 people participating through-out the day.  There were 620 cans recycled for $31 that was contributed to the Conservation Committee.  There were only 13 tires picked up.

Charlie Keeler asked what the timeline is for reappraisal completion.

Phyllis Humez, Lister, stated the Lister’s have applied for a 60 day extension through the State because of everything like mud-season and COVID.  The notices should go out by July and we just went through office computer issues.

Dennis Boggs asked if we expected taxes to go down and if there was any concern with taxes and the million found from the audit.

No other reports were presented.

Representative P. Jay Hooper spoke about this being his 3rd term and being on the House Education Committee. Rep. Hooper spoke about the Clean Heat Standard not passing with a veto override but feels that they can make a cleaner & stronger bill for the next session.  The Education Committee had 3 strong victories with universal school meals for breakfast and lunch; there is a $100 million surplus and they are updating the per pupil spending and considering income based education funding.

Kathleen Newbrough asked if there are still incentives for buying “green” cars and is there a replenishment of the funds.  Rep. Hooper said yes.  There will be gathering at the Old Town Hall on June 16th at 7:00 p.m. for a Legislative update for those who would like to attend. Rep. Larry Satcowitz introduced himself.

Article 3:  To see if the Town will authorize the Selectboard to borrow money in anticipation of revenues.

Motion by Linda Runnion, seconded by C. Keeler.

J. Benson stated that in the last 5-6 years we have not needed to borrow money since collecting taxes twice a year. This is put in as a precaution, in case it is needed.

Call to vote.  Motion carried.

Article 4:  To see if the Town will vote to have all taxes paid into the Treasury as provided by law in two installments, and if so, to set the dates.

Motion by Ted Elzey, seconded by L. Runnion.

No discussion.

Call to vote.  Motion carried.

On motion by Perry Kacik seconded by Kym Anderson, the Voters voted to have the first installment for 2022/2023 due Nov. 5, 2022 and second installment due May 6, 2023.  Motion carried.

Article 5:  To see if the Town will authorize the contribution of $100.00 to support the Child Advocacy Center for Orange County.

Motion by K. Anderson, seconded by Betsy Hale.

L. Runnion asked if there was anyone from Child Advocacy Center in the audience to speak about what they do.

K. Anderson said she isn’t from there but works with them and can comment. The Center works with and helps kids with issues such as trauma or abuse. There has been an escalation in the number of kids with trauma.  It is based in Tunbridge and covers all of Orange County and she hoped the voters would support it for such a small amount.

Call to vote.  Motion carried.

Article 6:  To approve a 12-month budget for the financial year of July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023 to meet the expenses and liabilities of the Town General Fund and authorize the Selectboard to set a tax rate sufficient to provide the same.

Motion by L. Runnion, seconded by B. Hale.

Call for discussion and there was none.

Call to vote.  Motion carried.

Article 7:  To approve a 12-month budget for the financial year of July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023 to meet the expenses and liabilities of the Town Highway Fund and to authorize the Selectboard to set a tax rate sufficient to provide the same.

Motion by A. Borgman, seconded by Joy Kacik.

Susan Shea asked about the budget for bridges, located on page 21 of the Town Report, if there was a plan for ones to be replaced.

J. Benson stated there wasn’t a plan to replace bridges but inspections had been done by the State requested by Tim Higgins, Road Foreman. There are concerns with 4 smaller bridges; Parker Road, Lower Maloney, Witts Bridge, and Eagle Peak. S. Shea asked if West Brookfield residents could give input and be updated concerning the Eagle Peak Road Bridge. She would like to have it maintain the current character for the neighborhood.

Bonnie Fallon stated the road sign on Lamson Pond Road was stolen and needs to be replaced.

J. Benson replied that every year a number of signs are taken and the road crew has tried several different things to prevent this. PSAC did a complete inventory and listed missing yield, stop, and street signs. The State requirements include the size of the signs along with the sign post needs to break off if it is hit.

Beth Flint questioned why the increase in Highway wages went up only $3,000 last year but increased $25,000 this year.

J. Benson explained the wages are going up and several other Towns are also looking for road crews. We have to be competitive for hiring. The last 4 candidates they interviewed were asking for more than the current crew is making per hour.

After no more discussion, there was a call to vote.  Motion carried.

Article 8:  To see if the Town will authorize the Selectboard to expend excess revenues from the July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 financial year in the following manner:  Purchase and installation of radio repeaters for the Town Highway and Fire Department at the Brookfield Elementary School, approx. 10%; Fracking of the well at the Town Office and installation of a well at the Town Garage, approx. 16%; Brookfield’s portion of the upgrade to the Dispatch Center radio equipment, approx. 8%; cold Climate Heat Pump System for Town Office & Library, approx. 6%; Roadway improvements, approx. 20 %; First phase of Road Side Swale stabilization work as required under the State General Permit, approx. 20%; Reduction in revenues to be raised by taxes in 2022-2023 financial year, 20%; for a total of $250,000.

Motion by L. Runnion, seconded by Marylou Maeder.

J. Kacik asked for an explanation of each of the above recommendations.

J. Benson said that when they were getting the budget together in December, the Auditor said there was $250,000 unencumbered funds from the previous year. The Selectboard discussed how it would be best spent.

  1. The radio repeaters help with truck to truck and fire truck to dispatch communications. Currently there are a number of dead spots and if the Town is plowing and a truck gets stuck, it might take a while to get help.  The system picks up from 1 truck to the repeater to the 2nd truck.  It magnifies the signal.
  2. About 4-5 years ago the well at the office was not doing very well and because the office doesn’t get used as a normal household, it was able to recover between the dry spells. It was recommended that we have hydrofracking done to “open” the veins of water. The Town Garage water is not potable so they use bottled water.  We should have potable water at the garage.
  3. The Dispatch Center radio equipment is jointly owned with Randolph. The equipment is getting old and has been repaired but replacement is needed.  1/4 of the cost would be covered by Brookfield.
  4. The installation of a heat pump is due to the price of fuel going up and we want to do our part to reduce greenhouse gas. An option is heat pump split using oil during the middle of winter. We could also use AC if needed.
  5. Additional money into highway improvements would be used on Eagle Peak for this year.
  6. The State passed a law a number of years ago concerning run-off erosion on the side of roads. Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC) identified roads needing swale and it will take a number of years to complete.
  7. Put some towards the tax burden for this coming year.

The reason the numbers are in percent is because we couldn’t get a firm cost until we are ready to sign.

J. Kacik asked, with the issue with the radios, is there a system that would address the dead spots.

J. Benson said an analysis of radio coverage would most likely be more than needed. They would have to approach land owners and install a tower with a small building to house equipment. Currently they send someone from the site to where they have signal to pass information to dispatch and back.

Aaron Adler, in the case of the cold climate heat pump, asked if we were looking at “green star” heat pumps and if Efficiency VT or Green Mountain Power had incentives.

J. Benson said yes but we need approval first then we can have one installed. We would contact Efficiency VT to see if there was anything available.

Ginny Brees asked about the tax portion of the money being set aside.

Teresa Godfrey, Treasurer, answered that with the balance left from 2020-2021 was in excess of $378,000 and we credited $128,000 towards the 2021-2022 tax year but didn’t want to apply it all unless the voters wanted us to.  It affects escrow accounts.  The 20% was not part of the $128,000 already credited towards taxes.

D. Boggs asked if there was money set aside for working on the Town website.

J. Benson said the Board discussed at the last meeting to make it more user friendly and planned to talk to the provider so if anyone has input to let the Board know. They would like to have folders for different parts of Town committees.

D. Boggs questioned if it is part of this funding.

J. Benson said it would be out of the ARPA funds.

D. Boggs stated it really needs to be a tool to outbound information to let everyone know what is going on similarly to Front Porch Forum. We could use 1% of the $250,000.

A. Borgman agreed communication needs improvement and in using ARPA money.

Chris White suggested using “Mailchimp” and that it is free to create an account and everyone could sign up for it.

G. Wight said we can’t discuss more without an amendment.

L. Runnion called the question, 2nd by M. Maeder.

G. Wight re-read the article.

Call to vote.  Motion carried.

Article 9:  To transact any other proper business.

Dan Mason, State Environmental Officer, wanted to let the residents know that the State has ARPA money available for owner occupied homes that have a failed water/wastewater system.  It is based on different income brackets. Most of the money this year has been allocated though.  He gave his work email for anyone who might need assistance. Dan.mason@vermont.gov.

T. Elzey raised the concern that the “stump dump” is no longer available for residents to bring yard debris.

J. Benson said the road crew approached the Selectboard a while ago with concern of lack of space and recommended a gate be put up.

T. Elzey said the mowing at Hippo Park left tree brush that needs to be cleaned up and J. Benson said the Town will clean up that debris.

J. Benson discussed how ARPA funds are coming in and there were no rules on how to spend. The 1st allocation of $200,000 has come in but they haven’t been able to get on line to report how they intend to use it so they sent a letter to the Senators and Representatives that the portal will not accept their log-in.

The Selectboard has discussed how to use the money: updating the town website, storm water management, and shore up the shed at the town garage.  Until we can file the paperwork, we are stuck.

Jack Zebora asked about what happened to the plan that was discussed 2 years ago for presenting to the town options for a new garage.  Now we are spending for a new shed.  The road crew needs to put the grader in the garage to be able to start it in the winter. Where are we with the garage?

J. Benson said there was a committee set up and met on a regular basis and identified the needs. They went to work with options and had a meeting at the garage then COVID hit. When they met with the committee the price tag was over $1.2 million and that was a year and half ago.  Now it is over $1.5 million.  The Selectboard is trying to affect the immediate concerns with the shed.

J. Zebora asked if the Fire Department was part of the $1.2 million.

J. Benson said not part of it but asked what could be done. They are not pursuing a garage at this time due to cost.

Amy Ingrassia recommended they re-measure for the equipment to be worked on vs the vehicles.  The equipment is not going to fit in the shed.

Perry Kacik, Historical Society, wanted to recognize the contributions Bonnie Fallon has made to the Community.  She has relocation plans and will be moving.  He recognized her dedication to being a poll officer, working with the Historical Society, and Green-Up Day.  She is always cheerful and a welcoming smile.  She always has challenging questions. He wished her God-Speed with her next journey.

T. Godfrey announced that she and her husband will be moving after her terms are up next March 2023. S. Edson will be stepping down as a Lister when town-wide reappraisal is complete. So we would really like to get someone trained to take both Lister positions for an easier transition when we step down.  If anyone is interested in the position, please let us know.

Motion by M. Stoddard, seconded by L. Runnion, the meeting adjourned at 11:50 p.m.

Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted: Teresa Godfrey, Town Clerk

May 252022
 

Minutes DRAFT Brookfield Planning Commission
Date: May 24, 2022
Present: Gwynn Zakov, Chair, Martha Judy, Keven Ring, Christina Harlow, Will White, Tim Gershon
Public present: Michael Fiorillo Administrative Officer, David Christensen
Chair Zakov called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m.
Judy/Ring moved to approve minutes from the May 10th meeting. The minutes passed unanimously.
The commission met with Michael Fiorillo, Brookfield Zoning Administrative Officer, to discuss current development bylaws, suggestions for future development bylaw revisions, any current or pending applications or development review issues and any other topic related to the work of the Planning Commission and Zoning Administrative Officer.
David Christensen presented information to the commission about his planned wind turbine installation on Old Post Rd. The commission discussed the rules and regulations that apply to an installation of this type. David Christensen will submit a request for preferred site designation which will be discussed in the next warned commission meeting.
No other new/old business
Date of next meeting set for Tuesday July 12th, 2022
Chair Zakov adjourned the meeting at 8:25 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, Will White

May 242022
 

IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR Brookfield Library LISTEMUP VERMOMT USERS
On Wednesday May 25th there will be a change made to the Overdrive service of GMLC / Listen Up Vermont. Users will now need not only their library patron number but also a password. Your password will be the first letter of your first name followed by the first 4 letters of your last name, all in capital letters. For example, the password for Laura Rochat will be LROCH. If you encounter difficulties using this updated service please give me a call at the Brookfield Library 802 276-3358.

May 242022
 

Special Selectboard Meeting
16, May 2022
Town Office
Approved Minutes
Present: John Benson, Chair, Jeff Kimmel, Betty Lord, Dennis LaRocque, Kate Threlkeld (via zoom) members, Vicki Blanchard, Administrative Assistant and Amy Ingrassia, Assistant Town Clerk. Kevin Wheatley.
A.Call to order – Mr. Benson called the Selectboard meeting to order at
6:30 p.m.
B. Extending reappraisal contract – The Listers presented the Selectboard with a letter to be signed from Commissioner, Craig Bolio to extend the reappraisal for another 60 days. Mr. Benson signed the letter and then made a motion to extend the contract. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion which carried unanimously. 5-0-0
C. Informational meeting on Town Budget – Mr. Wheatley told the Selectboard that his current budget was actually over by $4,000. He had submitted an annual budget of $39,600 but the Town Report said it was $26,585. Mr. Benson reported that it may vary because the insurance portion for the trucks goes into a separate category.
D. Ms. Ingrassia reported a problem with the server in the Town office. Mr. Benson made a motion to purchase a new server and backup system because the current one is failing. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion which carried unanimously. 5-0-0
E. Mr. Benson asked Mr. Kimmel if he would be a liaison regarding the Old Stage Road project since he had been a part of it since the beginning. Mr. Kimmel agreed.
F. Mr. Benson reported that he had received the certificate to dig the well at the garage.
G. Adjournment – Mr. Benson made a motion to adjourn at 8:15 p.m., Mr. LaRocque seconded the motion, and there being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was unanimously adjourned.
 

May 242022
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting
9 May 2022
6:30 P.M.
Town Office
Approved Minutes
Present: John Benson, Chair, Jeff Kimmel, Betty Lord, Kate Threlkeld, Dennis LaRocque (via Zoom) members; Vicki Blanchard, Administrative Assistant; Amy Ingrassia, Assistant Treasurer; Jack Zebora, Alexander and Julia Assur, Amy Borgman.
A. Call To Order – Mr. Benson called the Selectboard meeting to order at 6:30 P.M.
B. Adjustments to Agenda – none
C. Public Comments
1. Library – beautification and attracting customers – Amy Borgman, Library President reported that the Library received ARPA funds and to date they were used to purchase a new printer and computer and were now in the process of contacting furniture makers so they could purchase outdoor furniture for the Town Clerk’s Office as well as for the Town Hall for the public to use. They are also working with VTC students to come up with landscape suggestions for the Town Hall.
2. Utility Easement – Alexander and Julia Assur are planning on building on a Brookfield property that they purchased, and will need help to install an ECFiber line to the house. Mr. Kimmel recommended they talk to Mr. Tim Higgins (Road Crew Foreman) as well as a contractor; once they have a plan in place ECFiber can proceed with that installation.
D. Highway Report – Grading was done this week as well as cleanup at the Town Garage. The new truck is on its way, and there will be further updates. Mr. Higgins got a quote on a rubber tire excavator, which was $250,000 for a new one that could be used for 15 years, and he is looking to get a quote on a used one also. Mr. Higgins and Ms. Seto from TRORC are working on getting a ditching grant done for Eagle Peak. Mr. Benson would like to have W.B. Rogers get started on the grant portion. Mr. LaRocque would encourage Mr. Higgins to start attending Selectboard Meetings now that winter is over.
1. Road Crew Open Position report – Ms. Threlkeld got information about the Indeed service for advertising for and potentially hiring new employees, but you need to have an account with them to work with you. Ms. Lord looked into Seven Days also, along with the Valley News. Ms. Lord will also contact The World. Mr. Benson felt WCVR would also be a good way to get the word out about the open Road Crew position. The Selectboard will proceed with ads in the Valley News, The World, and WCVR.
2. Mr. Benson talked about what the rates for Town work done on VT 65 should be, and will send the new rates that were discussed to the State for approval.
3. Brandon Stevens Mowing contract – Mr. Benson made a motion to approve the contract with the price not to exceed $11,000 and Ms. Threlkeld seconded which carried unanimously: 5-0-0.
4. Pending Grants – There are four that are pending: the Bear Hill Project, the July 21, 2021 storm damage, the Halfway Brook Culvert project, and a Ditching Grant.
E. New Business – Public Safety (Town Traffic Ordinance) – Ms. Threlkeld said Lew Stowell seems to think that the 2017 Town Traffic Ordinance is the most recent approved version; Mr. Kimmel reported Town Attorney Mr. Monte is reviewing a proposed 2021 version. There is a Public Safety meeting coming up soon so this may be sorted out then.
F. Old Business
1. ARPA – Mr. Benson, Ms. Lord and Ms. Blanchard are meeting Wednesday on 5/11 to try once again to submit the quarterly report.
2. Mr. LaRocque mentioned reversing the former Ariel property fence so the finished portion faces the Hippo Park to make the park look better.
3. Mr. Benson said Mr. Kimmel asked about the budget on the Town Garage repairs, upgrades, and associated paperwork and fees. The cost so far is $3,600. There are other fees that will be coming up. There was $25,000 put aside from the Town. There are an architect fee and a permit fee that will have to be paid this week.
4. Mr. Benson asked Mr. LaRocque about a second, smaller tent for the Town Meeting coming up 5/21/22 and Mr. LaRocque is still working on that.
G. Meeting Minutes 25 April 2022 – Ms. Lord made a motion to accept the 25 April 2022 minutes as presented; Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion, which carried unanimously: 5-0-0.
H. Payroll and AP Warrants – Ms. Lord made a motion to approve the AP warrants as presented with a total of $16,131.35 and with the highest payment being made to DuBois & King in the amount of $2,595. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion, which carried unanimously: 5-0-0.
I. Other Proper Business
Mr. Benson thanked both Mr. Kimmel and Ms. Threlkeld for their service on the Selectboard and that they will be missed.
Mr. LaRocque made a motion to go into Executive Session at 8:08 p.m. to discuss personnel issues. Mr. Benson seconded the motion which was unanimously approved. After the discussion, Mr. Benson made a motion to come out of Executive Session at 8:20 p.m., Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion, which was unanimously approved: 5-0-0.
J. Adjournment – Ms. Lord made a motion to adjourn at 8:21 p.m., Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion and there being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was unanimously adjourned.

May 232022
 

The results are in. I want to congratulate the incumbents who won re-election: Greg Wight-Moderator, Betty Lord-1 year term Selectman, Jon Jickling-Town Forester, Phyllis Humez-Lister, Teresa Godfrey-Delinquent Tax Collector. For the Selectboard race, the winners are C. Curtis Koren with 105 votes and Stuart Edson with 104 votes. Marc Emerson received 26 votes and George “Jack” Zebora received 21 votes. For the Library Trustee race, the winners are Amy Borgman with 108 votes and Susan O’Brien with 77 votes. Greg Sauer received 51 votes. There were a total of 145 votes cast.

May 212022
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting
23 May 2022
6:30 PM
Town Office
AGENDA
 
A. Call To Order
B. Adjustments to Agenda
C. Public Comments
1. Chris White – Wants to know if he can sell cannibus in Brookfield
D. Payroll and AP Warrants
E. Highway Report
F. New Business
1. Selectboard Organization
2. Town Meeting Discussion
G. Old Business
1. TH 45 (Old State Road)
2. Highway Ordinance
3. Sign LEMP contract
4. Haggett – renewal/extension of expired extraction permit
H. Meeting Minutes
1. 9 May 2022
2. 16 May 2022 (Special Meeting)
I Other Proper Business
1. Steve Nonemacher wants to be notified about any bidding or installation
regarding the Heat Pump if approved at the Town Meeting.
J. Adjournment
 
 
 
 
 
 

May 182022
 

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA – May 24th, 2022
Location: Virtual ZOOM Meeting and in-person at the Town Offices at 40 Ralph Road (link below)
MEETING: Tuesday, May 24th, 2022 TIME: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
TOPICS:

Public to be heard
Approve minutes of 5/10/2022 meeting
Meet with Michael Fiorillo, Brookfield Zoning Administrative Officer, to discuss current development bylaws, suggestions for future development bylaw revisions, any current or pending applications or development review issues and any other topic related to the work of the Planning Commission and Zoning Administrative Officer.
Any other new/old business
Set date of next meeting – tentatively Tuesday July 12th, 2022
Adjourn

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May 152022
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2022, 5:30 PM
The Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee met in person as warned.
 
UNAPPROVED MINUTES
 
The following members attended: Mike Stoddard, Stuart Edson and Lew Stowell.  Dennis LaRocque, Select Board Member and Road Commissioner, Kevin Wheatley, Fire Chief, LT Hugh O’Donnell, VSP, Sheriff William   Bohnyak, OCSD and Starr Strong, Health Officer attended as guests.

5:30 PM: Call to Order There were no additions or deletions to the agenda.
Review, revise or approve the April 06, 2022 meeting minutes. Approved with one correction. “L. Stowell attended the April 11, 2022 Select Board meeting.” 3-0.
Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public- No members of the public attended.
Hippo Park Needle Discussion: After a thorough discussion by all present, It was agreed to recommend to the Select Board that Hippo Park be observed by law enforcement officers and others to determine if the needle discoveries were an isolated incident and if not, what action(s) might be taken. L. Stowell to send needle disposal directions to S. Edson.

Survivermont Presentation: LT Hugh O’Donnell, VSP- LT O’Donnell explained that “Survivermont” is a statewide active shooter public safety training program presentation to the general public lasting about 1 to 1.5 hours.  This might be a good program to be presented at the Old Town Hall.  L. Stowell to provide LT O’Donnell contact information for the Old Town Hall Committee.

Speed Cart and Patrol Deployments: OCSD & VSP- LT O’Donnell agreed to place the VSP Speed Cart on Route 14 for two weeks this Summer. L. Stowell to provide Clotilde Hryshko’s contact info to LT O’Donnell. The OCSD Speed Cart was deployed to the Ridge Road.

Upcoming Events Involving Brookfield: S. Edson to approach Green Mountain Gravel for more information about their October bike race to travel through a part of Brookfield.
Highway Dept Coordination and Traffic Sign Deployment Plan: Dennis Larocque, Road Com. D. LaRocque to find out if all of FY 2022 traffic sign money has been spent and if not, to do so.

Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills- Sheriff Bohnyak explained that his Dept. was down several officers but was making every effort to provide patrols in Brookfield, particularly in the summer months.
Vehicle, Pedestrian, Horse and Bicycle Safety- Grant Exploration-L Stowell to contact people known to ride or drive horses on town highways about ways to increase their safety.
Town Meeting Preparation (May 21, 2021)- L. Stowell to present a brief PSAC Report.
Traffic Ordinance Status- D. LaRocque suggested that L. Stowell send a corrected version to the Select Board for adoption. LT O’Donnell pointed out that the Judicial Bureau Waiver Penalty Schedule is revised annually and that the traffic ordinance should cite it as the “current” Waiver Penalty Schedule.  Edson to check with the Town Treasurer about traffic ticket income.

Parking Issues in Brookfield- L. Stowell to talk with the local VTRANS person about signs.

May Public Safety Message- M. Stoddard to create and send a draft to L. Stowell
Setting the Next Meeting- June 22, 2022
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting- CPT Scott Clouatre, OCSD to be invited.
Final Public Comment- None

Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting. Approved at 6:59. 3-0.