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.

May 122022
 

Minutes DRAFT
Brookfield Planning Commission
Date: May 10, 2022
Present: Gwynn Zakov, Chair, Martha Judy, Keven Ring, Christina Harlow
No public present.
Chair Zakov called the meeting to order at 7:07 p.m.
Harlow/Ring moved to approve minutes from the April meeting.  The minutes passed unanimously.
The planning commission considered updates to the Development Bylaw section dealing with General Provisions.
The Commission discussed a possible development issue and an enforcement issue.
Commissioner Ring updated us on his work with the Conservation Commission.
Chair Zakov adjourned the meeting at 8:00 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Martha Judy