Apr 152021

Present and Voting: Kym Anderson, Amy Borgman, Dan Childs, Emily Noyes
Present and Not Voting: Laura Rochat, librarian

-Minutes were accepted
-Treasurer’s Report: Financials are good, no news to report.
-Librarian’s Report: Library patronage has been good as new families have moved into Brookfield and are discovering the Library. Lots of Inter-library loans are requested so despite decreased hours our Library is busy. No current plans to open more hours at this time.
-New Business: The Board has agreed to move forward with summer programming by contacting both the Southern Vermont Museum of Natural History and a more local person to set up 2 separate live animal presentations this summer for our Brookfield population, time and place to be decided. Other programming sponsored by the Library may be possible as well, to be decided at a future date as life under the Covid pandemic continues to adapt. 2 boxes of books discarded by our Library for children and teens have been delivered to a grateful Department of Children and Families in Barre. These will be distributed to Foster Families.
-Old Business: Dan has installed a new OOMA phone system to replace the more expensive ECFiber line. This seems to be working well. The West Brookfield Library Book Shuttle is running on schedule. Amy will contact Tina to ask her to remind W Brookfield residents of our time frame for pick up of books on the first and third Saturday of the month. The Brookfield Scholarship fund is designated for Brookfield HS Grads heading off as first generation College attendees. Kym Anderson, in her swan song for the Library, has agreed to contact the person who is responsible for coordinating Scholarships offered through RUHS, about this new opportunity.
-Anything Else?
THANK YOU KYM ANDERSON FOR YOUR TIME, ENERGY, WISDOM AND AMAZING HAIR in your years of service to our community. You will be missed. Now go read a book.

Next Meeting is scheduled for June 2, 2021 @ 6:30pm. Stay well.

Apr 152021

The ballots for Town Officers (only) are available for early or absentee voting.  Voting at Town Meeting is also an option.  I will not be automatically sending them out to all registered voters.  If you would like one before the May 22nd Town Meeting, please let me know.


A reminder Brookfield Town Meeting will be held on May 22nd this year beginning at 10:00 a.m., behind the Brookfield Elementary School.  Masks will be required and please bring a chair or a blanket to sit on.  If it’s raining, an umbrella.  🙂  A great time to see those you haven’t been able to see over the last year (and to vote on the Town budget.)  The Town Reports are not yet available and the warning will be published in a couple of weeks.


Apr 142021

Minutes DRAFT
Brookfield Planning Commission
Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Gwynn Zakov, Chair, Tim Gershon, Christina Harlow, Nancy Jacques, Jon Jickling, Martha Judy, Will White
Public Present:  None
Chair Zakov called the meeting to order at 7:06 p.m.
White/Jacques moved to approve minutes from the 3/9/21 meeting as amended by Martha Judy.  The minutes were approved unanimously.
The planning commission considered updates to the Development Bylaws sections 4.13 and 4.14.
For the next meeting the commission will review Sections 4.15 and Gun Ranges.  As before members will review these sections before the next meeting in May.
Next meeting will be May 11, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
Chair Zakov adjourned the meeting at 8:36 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Martha Judy

Apr 122021

Minutes of the
Meeting of
Virtual Meeting
March 22, 2021
THOSE PRESENT: John Benson, Chair; Jeff Kimmel, and Dennis LaRocque, Board Members; Tim Higgins, Road Crew Foreman; Kasey Peterson, Assistant Town Clerk; Betty Lord, Secretary; Lewis Stowell, Public Safety Advisory Committee Chair; Joe Mangan of Kirkland Services, Cem-etery Sexton; and Dan Childs.
A. CALL TO ORDER: Chair John Benson called the meeting to order at 6:33 p.m.
1. ECFiber Appointments – Mr. Benson made a motion to appoint Mr. Dan Childs as the Brookfield representative of the Town, and Mr. Dan O’Brien as the alternate representative, to ECFiber. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion which was unanimously approved: 3-0-0. The Board wishes to thank Mr. Stuart Edson for his many years of service representing the Town with ECFi-ber.
2. LEMP 2021 – Mr. Benson made a motion, which was seconded by Mr. Kimmel, to ac-cept the updated Local Emergency Management Plan for 2021 prepared by Mr. Richard Doolen, Director of Emergency Management for the Town of Brookfield. The motion was unanimously ap-proved: 3-0-0.
3. LHMP 2021 – Mr. Kimmel will coordinate with Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission to obtain funding and set up a workgroup to update the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan. Mr. Stowell and Mr. Higgins will also be consulted as to suggested changes or amend-ments for the 2021 version of the LHMP.
F. OLD BUSINESS: Ridge Road Cemetery – Mrs. Peterson reported that VLCT insurance wants to know whether the Town or individual site purchasers own the graves sites and memorial mark-ers, before VLCT would reimburse potential site repairs. It was the consensus of the Board that repair expenses should be covered by the insurance of the person who caused the damage. The Board also concurred that the cemetery bylaws should be adjusted to clarify who has ownership of the memorials and grave sites.
Mr. Stowell, PSAC Chair, asked about the placement of traffic signs within the Town. Mr. Higgins reported that approximately 50 signs had been ordered, as well as the equipment needed to in-stall them, in an amount totaling approximately $6,000.
Mr. Stowell also asked about the status of the Town Office parking lot in Pond Village. Mr. Ben-son said he would be meeting with Mr. Higgins and the parking lot would be put on the list of pro-jects for this coming Summer.
It was also noted that $15,000 was in the 2021-2022 budget for the Orange County Sheriff’s De-partment as recommended by the Public Safety Advisory Committee.
Mr. Stowell was told the status of the traffic ordinance was still pending.
Mr. Benson noted the weight limit signs are up but in order to be legal they must be listed on the state Agency of Transportation website. Mrs. Peterson will begin submitting each road in Town and its weight limit. Mr. LaRocque offered to help with some of the listing.
1. Debit or Credit Card for Fuel – Mr. LaRocque made a motion that a credit card with a limit of $5,000 be obtained for Mr. Higgins, Road Crew Foreman, to be used for the Highway Department purchase of fuel and unforeseen emergencies. Mr. Benson seconded the motion which carried unanimously: (3-0-0). Once the credit card is received, the three debit cards currently used for fuel purchases will be canceled.
2. Grants – There is a VTrans grant being used at the present time for work on Bear Hill Road. The Board will pursue a grant with VTrans for the installment of a culvert or a small bridge on Halfway Brook Road; and with Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission for the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan. TRORC will also be asked about potential funding for an erosion hazards grant. There may also be a construction grant available from the Federal Government in 2022.
Mr. Higgins reported he was is looking for another source for sand. Mr. Benson said he and Mr. Higgins had met with Mr. Keith Sprague about using the Sprague sand pit, but after considera-tion, Mr. Sprague withdrew from negotiations as he concluded that he will need the resource for his farm in the future.
G. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF MARCH 8, 2021: Mr. LaRocque moved to accept the minutes as presented. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion which was passed unanimously: 3-0-0.
H. PAYROLL AND AP WARRANTS: Mr. LaRocque made a motion to approve the warrants in the total amount of $13,544.34 with the highest amount being paid to NEMRC in the amount of $4,637.72. Mr Kimmel seconded the motion which carried unanimously: 3-0-0.
J. ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business to come before the Board, Mr. LaRocque made a motion to adjourn at 7:53 p.m.; Mr. Benson seconded and the motion was carried unani-mously: 3-0-0.
Respectfully submitted,
Betty Lord, Secretary

Apr 082021

Location: Virtual ZOOM Meeting (see below)
MEETING: Tuesday, April 13th 2021 TIME: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Public to be heard
Approve minutes of 3/9/2020 meeting
Review progress on zoning bylaw update and continue review of bylaws of sections 4.13, 4.14, 4.15. If time permits, discussion of regulation of guns ranges will also be discussed. Will go as far as time permits.
Any other new/old business
Set date of next meeting

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Apr 082021

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting
The Town of Brookfield Selectboard will meet remotely on ZOOM on
12 April 2021 at 6:30pm.
To access the remote meeting:
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The Meeting ID is 340 560 8428
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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.
A. Call To Order
B. Adjustments to Agenda
C. Public Comments
D. Highway Report
E. New Business
Personnel (Possible executive session)
F. Old Business
Local Hazard Mitigation Plan – TRORC Proposal
Town Report
G. Approve Minutes from the 22 March 2021 Meeting
H. Payroll and AP Warrants
I. Other Proper Business
J. Adjournment

Mar 302021

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 2021, 5:35 PM
The Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee met remotely by electronic means as warned.
The following members attended: Michael Rutkovsky, Mike Smith, Stuart Edson and Lew Stowell.  Guests: Jon Jickling and Kate Forrer.  Member of the public: Greg Wight attended.

5:35 PM: Call to Order: There were no additions or deletions to the agenda.
Review and approve the February 24, 2021 meeting minutes. Approved 4-0
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Planning: Jon Jickling and Kate Forrer. Jon Jickling is to run for the soon to be vacant Town Forester position.  Traps to be deployed by June 1 and recovered by September 1.  Approximately ½ to be deployed this year and remainder next year.  Property owners will be recruited to host a trap.  Jon and Kate to develop a location list for traps as well as the over all plan.  EAB Surveillance plan to be presented at the April 21, 2021 meeting.  Kate to bring EAB outreach material to the Town Meeting in May.  The State Entomologist will provide identification of insects trapped and other technical assistance as needed.  GPS coordinates of trap locations will be shared with the Agency of Agriculture.
Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills: Only 8 hours were performed in February.   Stowell reported that $15,000 is in the FY 2022 Budget for OCSD Law Enforcement Services.  It was suggested that patrols stop occasionally at appropriate locations and conduct stationary radar surveillance for short periods of time in addition to moving radar while patrolling.  S. Edson to contact C. Taplin and M. Rutkovsky to contact L.E. Smith for more detail to include times occurring about speeding observed on West Street and Pond Village respectively.
2021 Draft Speed Cart Plan: Approved without priorities assigned 4-0.  L Stowell to send the plan to Cpt. Clouatre.
Traffic Sign Status: Stowell reported that T. Higgins, Town Road Foreman ordered but has not yet received.50 traffic signs and posts.
Traffic Ordinance Status: Stowell reported that the proposed Traffic Ordinance is still at the Town Attorney’s office for review.  J. Kimmel is following up.
Parking in Pond Village: Stowell reported that J. Benson is meeting with T. Higgins soon to plan the expansion of Town Office parking lot this year. The Committee is looking at the parking situation on East side of Floating Bridge.
Weight Limit Status: Stowell reported that D. LaRocque is assisting K. Peterson to make entries in the State DMV data base for town roads with mud season weight restrictions.
Public Safety Advisory Committee Website and Email Use: No activity.
April Public Safety Message: Stowell will create it using past Spring messages as a guide.
Setting the Next Meeting: Wednesday, 4/21/2021 at 5:35 PM.  It will probably be a remote meeting.
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting: Jon Jickling, Kate Forrer and Scott Clouatre will be invited by L. Stowell.
6:59 PM Entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting. Passed 4-0.

Mar 212021

The Public Safety Advisory Committee for the Town of Brookfield, VT will meet remotely by electronic means on March 24, 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
WEDNESDAY MARCH 24, 2021, 5:35 PM
All times will depend upon the amount of public participation and committee discussion.
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
5:38 PM: Review and approve the February 24, 2021 meeting minutes
: Open public comment
5:42 PM: Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Planning- Jon Jickling and Kate Forrer
Public comment
6:05 PM: Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills.
Public comment
6:15 PM: 2021 Draft Speed Cart Plan- Scott Clouatre
Public comment
6:30: Traffic Sign Status
Public comment
6:35 PM: Traffic Ordinance Status
Public comment
6:40 PM Parking in Pond Village
Public comment
6:50 PM Weight Limit Status
Public Comment
6:55 PM Public Safety Advisory Committee Website and Email Use
Public Comment
7:00 PM: March Public Safety Message
Public comment
7:05 PM Setting the Next Meeting
7:10 PM Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting
Final Public Comment
7:15: PM Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting.

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Mar 182021

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting
The Town of Brookfield Selectboard will meet remotely on ZOOM on
08 March 2021 at 6:30pm.
To access the remote meeting:
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Or Call +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
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.
A. Call To Order
B. Adjustments to Agenda
C. Public Comments
D. Highway
1. Debit Card for Fuel
2. Grants
E. New Business
1. EC Fiber Appointments
2. LEMP 2021 – review and sign
3. LHMP – Two Rivers inquiry
F. Old Business
1. Ridge Road Cemetery
G. Approve Minutes from the 8 March 2021 Meeting
H. Payroll and AP Warrants
I. Other Proper Business
J. Adjournment

Mar 182021

Meeting Minutes of the Brookfield Conservation Commission
Present: Jon Binhammer, Sue Shea, Jon Jickling, Kathy Kinter, Starr Strong
Zoom Meeting to order at 7:10 PM
Public Comment: none.
Motion to approve January minutes as presented was made by Starr, seconded by Jon J. No comments, all approved.
I-89 Wildlife Crossings:  Starr made 5 trips to Northfield St where it joins West St. Saw deer prints once on north side, under highway, opposite the fenced side. Cross Over Rd had fair bit of activity each time. Many rabbits, fox, coyote on both sides of the road. She didn’t get to rte. 65 where it crosses over 89.
Sue stopped at all 3 sites once in late Feb. and saw tracks in all places. Northfield Rd.: maybe skunk under highway, east side. Thought we could see about removing fence and replacing rip rap with a grassy shelf or more favorable surface. Rte. 65 overpass near village: Many tracks on east side near woods/conifers near lake. Canine or feline tracks, weasel, squirrel and maybe coon. Overpass isn’t long, road is closed all winter. Crossover Rd.: not many on west side but down in wetland area were older tracks. In between highway over and underpass, possible fox.
It was decided that Sue will contact Jens and ask him to meet us this spring to visit each location and discuss options for making them more inviting to and safer for wildlife. Jon J will talk to the Taplins about the fence and use of land in proximity to it.
Emerald Ash Borer: Jon J presented a recap of his involvement thus far. He will attend the next Safety Comm. meeting, talk with Kate Forrer about her plans for town meeting, as well as research possible handouts from the state for us to make available to attendees. We all agreed that it was important to distribute information to the public in an effort to dispel any panic around having to engage in a wholesale removal of ash trees. For now our involvement with the Safety Committee will be limited to Jon J as our liaison.
Webinars: Sue attended Fish and Wildlife’s webinar on town planning, which was mostly a recap of the fragmentation presentation we watched last year with Jens. It would, however, be informative to the planning commission as it speaks to Act 171. She shared that Jens is doing Community Values Mapping on line and towns are responding with much participation. Sue suggested we consider this for late summer depending on where we are with covid. Sue asked Jon B to go on Biofinder and look for wildlife crossing information. She found little, but may have missed it. Sue and Kathy will attend this Friday’s webinar on natural resource inventories.
Green Up Day: Starr spoke with Bonnie and will follow up to get more information. Jon B reported that the state is promoting it this year. We can keep efforts simple with PR in FPF, school news, posters, etc. Someone will need to be posted at the town garage. On the website Starr and Bonnie are listed as contacts.
Town Meeting: Kathy suggested we announce a bit about what we plan to do and have been doing—green up, school habitat, wildlife crossings, the natural area and upcoming programs. It is important to have a sign- up sheet to get people’s email addresses for future programs and projects.
Programming: We will all think about possible programs for summer into fall and discuss at next meeting.
Other Business:
Schoolyard Habitat: Jon B will contact David Roller to follow-up on the earlier discussion and to confirm plans to move ahead with the assurance this will be a lasting project.
Brookfield Solar Project: Jon B brought us up to date on the recent planning commission meeting and withdrawal of the application to the PUC.
Next meeting will be on zoom 4/19/21 at 7:00 PM
Adjourned meeting at 8:20 PM.
Respectfully submitted,
Kathy Kinter