Jan 182022
 

Trustees of the Brookfield Free Public Library will meet on Thursday January 20th at 6:30 pm.
This meeting will be held via Zoom, and will be recorded.

Agenda:
Acceptance of the minutes
-Treasurer’s Report
-Librarian’s Report
-Old Business (is there any?)
-New Business
* Evaluation of the By-Laws
-Anything else?
-EXECUTIVE SESSION
*Librarian Evaluation

Jan 162022
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

NOTICE AND AGENDA FOR AN 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, January 19, 2022.

The space at the church is sufficient for social distancing which is recommended.  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 there are any further recommendations/guidelines from the state or the select board, a notice about this meeting will be posted including Front Porch Forum.  If Covid conditions change and an in-person meeting is not advisable, we will revert to a remote meeting.  If that occurs, you will be informed and the meeting info will be provided.

 

–  If you have questions regarding the meeting, please email  publicsafety@brookfieldvt.org.

 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

BROOKFIELD CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, FIRST FLOOR

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 19, 2022, 5:30 PM

MEETING AGENDA

5:30 PM: Call to Order (5:35 PM if the meeting has to be held remotely.)

  • Additions or deletions to the agenda
  • Review, revise or approve the December 15, 2021 meeting minutes.
  • Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public-
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety- Grant and participation exploration-
  • Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills-
  • Review of Public Safety 2021 Annual Report-
  • Speed Cart Deployments-Review-
  • Traffic, Road Name and Weight Limit Sign Status-
  • Traffic Ordinance Status-
  • Parking Issues in Brookfield-
  • February Public Safety Message-
  • Setting the Next Meeting-
  • Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting-
  • Final Public Comment-

Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting.

Jan 142022
 

Minutes of the Brookfield Selectboard Meeting
10 January 2022
Held at the Town Clerk’s Office
 
Those present: John Benson, Chair, Jeff Kimmel, Betty Lord, members; Vicki Blanchard, Administrative Assistant; Amy Ingrassia, Assistant Town Clerk. Attending by phone: Kate Threlkeld, member. Mr. LaRocque was absent.
 
A.     CALL TO ORDER – Mr. Benson called the Selectboard Meeting to order at 6:33pm
B.     ADJUSTMENT TO THE AGENDA – None
C.     PUBLIC COMMENTS – None
D.    HIGHWAY REPORT
1.      Traffic Ordinance Update – (Public Safety Advisory Committee) This subject was tabled till the next meeting.
2.      Mr. Higgins (Road Crew Foreman) and Mr. LaRocque (Road Commissioner) had reported normal seasonal plowing, sanding and ditching activities, along with continuing grader work done by the Road Crew. Mr. Higgins was working on grant project report and is considering contracting out work on the Bear Hill Road. Mr. Kimmel will verify the annual Highway Mileage Report with Mr. Higgins.
E.      NEW BUSINESS
1.      Halfway Brook Culvert Application – Mr. Benson said the Local Hazard Plan needs to be in place before 1/14/2022.
2.      Designated Representative Authority/ Selectboard Assistant – Mr. Benson would like Mr. LaRocque to check with Mr. Higgins that he verifies with the Board before he purchases and signs for items. Also, Ms. Blanchard is to get approval for any purchases or signing any paperwork that might need to be submitted in a timely manner.
3.      2022 Mileage Certification – Mr. Benson made a motion that after Mr. Kimmel reviews the Certification with Mr. Higgins that he can sign the 2022 Mileage Certification form; Ms. Lord seconded the motion which was unanimously approved 4-0-0.
4.      Amendment #1 on the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Services that Mr. Kimmel is reviewing with the Two Rivers – Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC). Mr. Kimmel said Victoria Littlefield has the plan ready to sign off on.
5.      Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (TRORC) – Review and Adoption – Mr. Kimmel presented to the Selectboard the proposed LHMP prepared by TRORC. The Board had a brief discussion about the plan and Mr. Benson made a motion that the Board adopt the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan as prepared by TRORC. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion which was unanimously approved 4-0-0
6.      ARPA Funds final guidance – Mr. Benson suggest that the board come up with a list of possible uses for the funds. If we do not use the funds it will need to be sent back.
F.      OLD BUSINESS
1.      Brookfield Cemeteries – Sexton Duties – Tabled again.
2.      Preliminary Budget Discussion – Review the preliminary budget
G.     MEETING MINUTES
1.      27 December 2021 – Mis Lord made a motion to accept the 27 December 2021 minutes and Ms. Threlkeld seconded the motion which was unanimously approved. 4-0-0
H.    PAYROLL AND AP WARRANTS
1.      Ms. Lord made a motion to approve the AP Warrants as presented with a total of $33,959.18 with the highest payment being paid to Everett J. Prescott for culverts in the amount of $8,442.00. Ms. Threlkeld seconded the motion which carried unanimously. 4-0-0
I.        OTHER PROPER BUSINESS
1.      Ms. Lord went over the progress on the in color cover for the Annual Report.
2.      Mr. Benson reported that VTC sent a letter thanking the Town for Brenda Flint memorial scholarship fund donation.
3.      Mr. Benson made a motion to accept the Orange County Sheriff Department’s contract fees for the next fiscal year. The total is not to exceed $16,250.00. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion which carried unanimously. 4-0-0
4.      Mr. Benson asked the board if the members thought they should go back to using zoom for upcoming meetings; the board decided that in-person for Board members only would be fine and that any in-person public or persons that wanted to attend would have to be admitted one at a time and have to wear a mask.
5.      Mr. Benson reported that he contacted the Orange Southwest School District Superintendent regarding Town Meeting day in March and was told we could use the Brookfield school site if COVID calmed down, but with this new outbreak it did not seem like enough time to have it safely held inside. The Selectboard decided that May would be the better time to have it held outside. Ms. Lord made a motion to move the Town Meeting to 21 May, 2022 outside at the Brookfield elementary school. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion which carried unanimously 4-0-0
6.      Mr. Benson also suggested installing a radio repeater in at the school; the school is willing to entertain it and there is adequate money in the budget.
7.      Mr. Benson wants to remind anyone running for a seat on the Selectboard and planning to be at the Town Meeting on 21 May, 2022 that they need to wear a mask.
8.      Mr. Benson made a motion to go into Executive Session at 8:12pm to discuss personnel issues. Ms. Lord seconded the motion which was passed unanimously 4-0-0 After the discussion, Mr. Kimmel made a motion to come out of Executive Session at 8:50pm, Mr. Benson seconded the motion which was unanimously approved 4-0-0
 
J.       ADJOURNMENT
1.      Mr. Benson made a motion to adjourn at 8:55pm and Ms. Lord seconded the motion and there being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was  unanimously adjourned.
 
 

Jan 132022
 

Minutes DRAFT
Brookfield Planning Commission
Date: Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Present: Gwynn Zakov, Chair, Christina Harlow, Martha Judy, Will White, Tim Gershon, Keven Ring
Public Present: None other than BCC
Chair Zakov called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m.
Will White/Keven Ring moved to approve minutes from the December meeting. The minutes passed unanimously.
Brookfield Conservation Commission representatives Jon Binhammer, Kathy Kinter, Jon Jickling are present. Members of the Conversation Commission addressed the Planning Commission about partnering to gather information relating to Act 171.
Motion by Zakov to add planning commission to the forum on March 23rd seconded by Harlow. Unanimous vote by planning commission to approve this motion. Keven Ring volunteers to be liaison and Will White to attend select board meeting.
The planning commission considered updates to the Development Bylaws Definitions. The Planning Commission will continue to work on the definitions at the next meeting.
Annual update – tried for municipal planning grant and we did not receive the grant.
The next meeting will be February 15th at 7:00 p.m.
Chair Zakov adjourned the meeting at 8:21 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Christina Harlow

Jan 132022
 

AGENDA
Brookfield Conservation Commission
January 17, 2022
7:00
Regular meeting via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86732547221?pwd=STZxUG50aS9CU0hnbTRkaGkyWk93Zz09

Review Agenda

Public Comment

Approval of Minutes of the December, 2021 meeting.

Starr’s learning

Values Mapping

Bird collision stickers for Town Meeting?

Winter field trip?

Other business

Adjourn – next meeting is February 21 , 2022

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Jan 072022
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting
10 January 2022
6:30 PM
Town Office
AGENDA (Revised)
A. Call To Order
B. Adjustments to Agenda
C. Public Comments
D. Highway Report
1.  Traffic Ordinance Update
E.  New Business
1  Halfway Brook Culvert Application
2. Designated Representative Authority – Selectboard Assistant
3. 2022 Mileage Certification
4. Amendment #1 on the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Services that Mr. Kimmel is reviewing with the Two Rivers – Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC).
5. Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (TRORC) – Review and Adoption
6. ARPA Funds final guidance
F. Old Business
1. Brookfield Cemeteries – Sexton Duties
2. Preliminary Budget Discussions.
G. Meeting Minutes
1. 27 December 2021
H. Payroll and AP Warrants
I   Other Proper Business
J.  Adjournment

Jan 072022
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting
10 January 2022
6:30 PM
Town Office
AGENDA
A. Call To Order
B. Adjustments to Agenda
C. Public Comments
D. Highway Report
1.  Traffic Ordinance Update
E.  New Business
1  Halfway Brook Culvert Application
2. Designated Representative Authority – Selectboard Assistant
3.  2022 Mileage Certification
4. Amendment #1 on the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Services that Mr. Kimmel is reviewing with the Two Rivers – Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC).
5. ARPA Funds final guidance
F. Old Business
1. Brookfield Cemeteries – Sexton Duties
2. Preliminary Budget Discussions
G. Meeting Minutes
1. 27 December 2021
H. Payroll and AP Warrants
I   Other Proper Business
J.  Adjournment
 

Jan 062022
 

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA – January 11th, 2022
Location: Virtual ZOOM Meeting (link below) and in-person at the town office at 40 Ralph Road
MEETING: Tuesday, January 11th, 2022 TIME: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
TOPICS:

Public to be heard
Welcome our newest member of the Planning Commission, Keven Ring.
Approve minutes of 12/7/2021 meeting.
Meet with members of the Brookfield Conservation Commission to discuss community mapping and the mapping of conservation districts.
Review progress on zoning bylaw update. Continue discussing definition section. Commissioners will find definition examples from two other towns for reference during the definition review.

In October we covered: definitions “alteration” through “camp”
In December we covered: definitions “commencement of construction” through “hotel/inn”

Any other new/old business
Set date of next meeting – tentatively Tuesday February 8th, 2022.
Adjourn

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Dec 312021
 

MINUTES of the Brookfield Selectboard Meeting
December 27, 2021
6:30 p.m.
Held at the Town Clerk’s Office
Those Present: John Benson, Chair; Dennis LaRocque, Kate Threlkeld, and Betty Lord,
Members; Vicki Blanchard, Administrative Assistant; Amy Ingrassia, Assistant Town Clerk. Jeff
Kimmel was not present. Jon Binhammer was present for the Public Assemblage permit.
A. CALL. TO ORDER – Mr. Benson called the Selectboard meeting to order at 6:31 p.m.
B. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA – None
C. PUBLIC COMMENTS – None
D. HIGHWAY REPORT
1.Mr. LaRocque reported that the crew sanded roads, new tires were put on equipment and the
grader is getting a new pump. Also they were building a gate and working on a sign to be able to
monitor the sand and secure the garage area. A question on AirB&B’s was raised as to whether
they could take sand and since they are a residence they are allowed.
E. NEW BUSINESS
1. Preliminary Budget discussion: The Selectboard reviewed the preliminary budget and will
continue discussion at the next meeting.
2. Public Assemblage Permit: Mr. Jon Binhammer attended to find out if the Selectboard
would approve the Public Assemblage Permit for the Brookfield Ice Harvest on January 29,
2022 from 10:00am to 3:00pm which will be held at the Floating Bridge/Hippo Park/Sunset
Lake. Ms. Lord made a motion the Public Assemblage Permit be approved and Mr. Benson
seconded and it was passed unanimously: 4-0-0
F. OLD BUSINESS
1. Brookfield Cemeteries – Sexton Duties – This item was tabled until next meeting when Mr.
Kimmel would be present.
G. MEETING MINUTES
1. 13 December, 2021 – Mr. LaRocque made a motion to accept the minutes and Ms. Lord
seconded it and it passed unanimously 4-0-0
H. PAYROLL and AP WARRANTS
1. Ms.Lord made a motion to approve the AP warrants as presented with a total of $28,803.11
with the highest payment being made to MVP Insurance for payment for December and January
in the amount of $9,346.96. Ms. Threlkeld seconded the motion which carried unanimously.
4-0-0.
I. OTHER PROPER BUSINESS
1. Ms. Threlkeld gave a briefing on the Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvement
recommendation list from a Public Safety Advisory Committee meeting she attended. It was
recommended the Selectboard improve pedestrian and bicycle safety in Brookfield as soon as is
practical. Brookfield does not have pedestrian facilities to warrant some of the changes.
Decisions will be made according to the budget.
J. ADJOURNMENT
1. Mr. Benson made a motion to adjourn at 7:30 p.m. and Ms. Lord seconded the motion and
there being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was unanimously
adjourned. The motion was unanimously approved 4-0-0

Dec 242021
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2021, 5:30 PM
The Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee met in person as warned.
UNAPPROVED MINUTES
The following members attended: Dan Mason, Mike Stoddard, Michael Rutkovsky, Stuart Edson and Lew Stowell. Katherine Threlkeld, Select Board Member and LT Hugh O’Donnell, Vermont State Police also attended
5:30 PM: Call to Order-There were no additions or deletions to the agenda.

Review, revise or approve the November 17, 2021 meeting minutes. Approved as written. 5-0
Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public. No Members of the Public attended.
Guest Presentation: LT Hugh O’Donnell, VSP Royalton Barracks- Providing Law Enforcement Services to Rural Communities. LT O’Donnell provided a brief presentation in which he said the Vermont State Police (VSP) was more in a response mode than that of providing patrols. He urged the public to report suspicious behavior promptly. He provided a detailed report on the 109 “Calls for Service” received by his station from Brookfield from 12/01/2020 to 12/1/2021. His station has a shortage of troopers but is hopeful that the next two graduating Law Enforcement Academy classes will help bring his station up to full staffing.  VSP is not taking on new town contracts for law enforcement services at this time.  He offered to check with his sources about possible grants, particularly public education grants.  He also answered questions from the committee and pointed out that he is a native Vermonter with local ties.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety- Further Discussion. The committee is awaiting a response from the Select Board on the committee’s recent recommendations. Public education is felt to be of prime importance. The wearing of bright and reflective clothing is very important.

Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports, Bills and Budget Recommendation. S Edson moved and M Rutkovsky seconded a motion to recommend that the Select Board continue the FY 2023 OCSD contract at 312.5 hours which will cost $16,250.00. Motion approved 5-0.
Traffic, Road Name and Weight Limit Sign Budget Recommendation-S. Edson moved and M. Stoddard seconded a motion to recommend that the traffic Control Sign portion of the FY 2023 budget be level funded at $8500.00. Motion approved 5-0. The committee is requesting to know how many and what kind of traffic control signs are on hand at the highway department at this time.
Traffic Ordinance Status- The committee is awaiting word from the Select Board. K Threlkeld to check.
Parking Issues in Brookfield-It was noted that the fence at Hippo Park has been damaged.
January Public Safety Message- L Stowell will send M. Rutkovsky suggestions for the January 2022 Safety Tips. Stowell to prepare the Pedestrian/Bicycle Safety portion.
Setting the Next Meeting- Wednesday, 1/19/2022 at 5:30 PM.
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting- L. Stowell to invite a grants knowledgeable person.
Entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting. Approved 5-0 at 7:09 PM.