Feb 222021
 

NOTICE AND AGENDA FOR REMOTE MEETING

 

The Public Safety Advisory Committee for the Town of Brookfield, VT will meet remotely by electronic means on February 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

 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 24, 2021, 5:35 PM

All times will depend upon the amount of public participation and committee discussion.

REMOTE MEETING AGENDA

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 January 20, 2021 meeting minutes
  • : Open public comment
  • 5:42 PM Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills.
  • Public comment
  • 6:00 PM 2021 Draft Speed Cart Plan
  • Public comment
  • 6:10 PM: Traffic Sign Status
  • Public comment
  • 6:15 PM: Traffic Ordinance Status
  • Public comment
  • 6:20 PM EAB Update
  • Public comment
  • 6:30 PM Parking in Pond Village
  • Public comment
  • 6:40 PM Public Safety Advisory Committee Website and Email Use
  • Public Comment
  • 6:50 PM: March Public Safety Message
  • Public comment
  • 7:00 PM Setting the Next Meeting
  • 7:05 PM Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting
  • Final Public Comment
  • 7:10: PM Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting.

 

 

INFORMATIONAL HANDOUT FOR REMOTE MEETINGS

Remote Public Meetings

All public body meetings for the [insert name of municipality] will be conducted remotely via electronic means for the duration of Governor Scott’s State of Emergency declaration. Whenever feasible, the public will also be able to access and participate in the remote meetings by dialing in through telephone.

Accessing a Meeting

Please refer to each public body’s notice and agenda for information on how to access a remote meeting. Please note that whether you join by telephone, computer, or device, you may be put on hold or in a waiting “room” until granted access to the meeting. You also may be muted or restricted from using any chat function until the public comment portion of the meeting.

Participation

All meetings will be conducted in accordance with the respective “Rules of Procedure” of each public body, to the extent practicable. The public body will follow its agenda and allow public attendees to participate through voice (audio) means where feasible or alternatively using any chat function during the designated public comment periods on the agenda and at other applicable times as needed.

Initially, the meeting’s host/organizer will mute all participants that are not members of the public body. This is necessary to control background noise. The host/organizer will then unmute participants or allow participants to unmute themselves when invited to speak by the Chair of the public body.

Please review the following guidelines:

  • The Chair will invite comment:
    • during the time designated on the agenda for public comment;
    • after the public body discusses each agenda item;
    • before the public body takes action;
    • during any open public comment period, if applicable; and
    • other times as determined by the public body.
  • When a participant/attendee is unmuted, they must state their name before commenting.

If the public body successfully moves to enter an executive session, the meeting’s host/organizer will then place everyone that is not part of the executive session on hold or a virtual waiting “room.” This will prevent attendees from hearing or participating in the meeting during the duration of the executive session. When the public body exits executive session, the host/organizer will then grant access back to the remote meeting.

When the public body adjourns the meeting, the host/organizer will end the electronic meeting by turning off/closing the remote meeting software. Attendees will be automatically disconnected.

Minutes and other public records that were part of the meeting will be made available in accordance with VT’s Open Meeting and Public Records Laws.

 

To learn more about Remote Public Meetings and the Open Meeting Law, please visit the Secretary of State’s Municipal Assistance webpage at https://sos.vermont.gov/municipal-division/laws-resources/covid-19-response/.

Feb 182021
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting
NOTICE AND AGENDA FOR REMOTE MEETING

The Town of Brookfield Selectboard will meet remotely on ZOOM on
22 February 2021 at 6:30pm.

To access the remote meeting:
Go to zoom.us and Join a Meeting
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.

AGENDA

A. Call To Order

B. Adjustments to Agenda

C. Public Comments

D. Highway

E. New Business
1.  Ira Day Historic Sign
2.  Cemetery RFP’s
3.  Roadside Mowning RFP
4.  Planning Commission Appointment – Christina Harlow
5.  Public Wi-fi equipment grant
6.  Lister Certificates
7.  Nemrc Contracts
8.  Northfield Savings Bank CD Renewal

F. Old Business
1.  Cemetery Repairs

G. Approve Minutes from the 8 February 2021 Meeting

H. Payroll and AP Warrants

I. Other Proper Business

J. Adjournment

Feb 172021
 

Minutes of the
Meeting of
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD
SELECTBOARD
by Zoom and Telephone Conferencing
February 8, 2021
THOSE PRESENT: John Benson, Chair; Jeff Kimmel and Dennis LaRocque, Selectmen; Tim Higgins, Road Foreman; Kasey Peterson, Assistant Town Clerk; Betty Lord, Secretary; and Da-vid Pattison, Elizabeth Templeton, Chelsea and Keith Sprague, Alexis McLean, Kevin and Marie Dunwoody, Matt Denzen, Jon Binhammer, Jim Merriam, Pamela Krausz, Dan O’Brien, Curtis Koren, Gary Lord, and Kym Anderson, Town Residents.
A. CALL TO ORDER: The Chair, John Benson called the meeting to order at 6:34 p.m.
B. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA: As many Town residents were present to discuss the solar array proposed for the Sprague property off of the Ridge Road, Item F1 Solar Project was moved forward on the agenda.
Mr. Benson stated that at the last Selectboard meeting of January 25, 2021, Mr. Merriam of Nor-wich Solar Technologies had been asked to report back to the Board how the placement of the solar array complied with the Town Plan and how the site was selected.
Mr. Merriam reported that he was meeting with the Town Planning Commission the following evening (February 9, 2021) and he would report back to the Selectboard following that meeting. Mr. Benson then asked the community members if they had anything to say regarding the issue.
There was much discussion by the attending members of the community (most being residents whose land abuts the said solar array site). One of the concerns raised was the number of panels that would be in the array. Some of the residents wanted to know why the land had been deemed a “preferred” site by the applicant. Other topics at issue were the aesthetics, and putting the array in an area that had primarily been used for residential and agricultural use.
Mrs. Dunwoody asked if the neighbors were so opposed to the project, why was it was still on the table? Could the array be placed in a better location? Mrs. Krausz asked to whom the residents’ concerns should be addressed and she said they must be done right in order to benefit the com-munity interests.
Mr. Benson said the Selectboard does not have the authority to approved or disapprove a Section 248 process before the Public Service Board and the only issue for the Selectboard is whether the land is a “preferred” site. The Selectboard is only asked to sign a letter stating that site is in keeping with the Town Plan. He says he has no intention of signing the letter until he receives a report from the Planning Commission stating the site is in compliance with the Town Plan.
Mr. Dunwoody stated he had information regarding the site and will email to anyone who requests it before the Planning Commission Board meeting the following evening at 7:00 p.m.
C: PUBLIC COMMENTS: None
D. HIGHWAYS
l. Excess Weight – Mr. Higgins and Mrs. Peterson reported they had reviewed the suggestions from the Public Safety Committee but found that the process Brookfield is using to grant permits is already in compliance with state law. An inventory will be taken of bridges and culverts in Town, but to-date all are in compliance.
2. Bear Hill Culvert Grant Amendment – Mr. Benson will sign the amendment for the Board and Mrs. Peterson will contact VTrans and remind them that the timing for completion is dependent on them submitting a design of the culvert so it can be constructed this summer.
Mr. Higgins related to Mr. Keith Sprague that the Board is still in the process of going over pricing and a meeting will be set up soon to talk about the Sprague sand pit.
Mr. Higgins reported that W. B. Rogers will sell the Town sand at $12.50 per yard with the Town screening, loading, and hauling it. Mr. Rogers could provide samples in the spring.
Mr. Higgins also reported that a new AWD Freightliner truck with a belly scraper, back-up grader, radio, heater, and plow wing would be $188,242 (with a trade-in).
The Road Crew will have every road completely plowed throughout the Town by the end of the week.
A letter has been sent to Mr. Larry Brassard notifying him that his mailbox protrudes into the road.
All speed and excess weight signs to be installed on Northfield Road in the Spring have been or-dered.
E; NEW BUSINESS
Audit Contract – The Board reviewed the Audit Contract and will request a clarification regard-ing the Town paying for the audit in installments. Mr. Benson made a motion to authorize Mr. Kimmel to confer with Mrs. Godfrey, Town Clerk, to confirm terms, and allowing Mr. Kimmel to able to sign on behalf of the Board and to have the audit contract revised. Mr. LaRocque seconded the motion which was unanimously approved: 3-0-0.
F. OLD BUSINESS
1. Solar Project – See Above
2. Town Meeting Date and Location – Mr. Benson reported the Brookfield Elementary School Principal had agreed to allow the Town Meeting to be held on the school ballfields on Saturday, May 22 at 10:00 a.m. Mr. LaRocque stated he would contact Mr. Perry Armstrong of Rain or Shine Tent Company to discuss the costs of tents. The best scenario would be a large tent to cover all those attending the meeting, but if the cost is prohibitive, then the tent should at least cover the voting booth area.
The printed draft of the Town Report should be ready in March and the warning printed and post-ed by April 10, 2021.
G. APPROVAL OF MINUTES of JANUARY 25, 2021 MEETING – Mr. LaRocque said that he was not included in the group who would be going to talk with Mr. Sprague about the sand pit and asked that the minutes be adjusted. Mr. LaRocque made a motion to accept the minutes as amended in Item 3, paragraph 2. Mr. Kimmel seconded, and the minutes were unanimously ap-proved.
H. PAYROLL AND WARRANTS – Mr. LaRocque moved to accept the warrants in the total amount of $50,009.63 with the highest payment being $38,220.89 payable to Orange County Treasurer. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion which was unanimously approved: 3-0-0.
BUDGET – Mr. Benson said the budget would be for seven months instead of six months and as soon as he had the figures for the price of sand and the pricing from Northfield Savings Bank for financing the loan of the truck, he would have a final draft and would send it out to the other Se-lectboard members to peruse.
There being no further business to come before the Board, Mr. Kimmel made a motion to adjourn. Mr. LaRocque seconded the motion and the meeting was adjourned at 8:03 p.m.: 3-0-0.
Respectfully submitted,
Betty Lord, Secretary

Feb 162021
 

Minutes DRAFT
Brookfield Planning Commission
Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Present:Gwynn Zakov, Chair, Martha Judy, Will White, Tim Gershon, Nancy Jacques, Jon Jickling
Public Present:  Gary Lord, Kevin & Marie Dunwoody, Katie Bancroft, Andreyevs, David Pattison , Christina Harlow, Aaron Adler, Jon Binhammer, Wayne Fontanella, Pamela and Gary, Elizabeth Templeton , Alexis McQueen, Greg Wight, Wayne Mcginnes, 2 phone in (unidentified)
Chair Zakov called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m.
White/Gershon moved to approve minutes from the January 9, 2021 meeting.  The minutes were approved unanimously.
Norwich Solar Proposal regarding the preferred site application for 150 kw solar array on Ridge Road property owned by Keith and Chelsea Sprague:  Zakov communicated to the numerous members of the public on the call that Norwich Solar representatives sent notice that they would not participate in this meeting.  White clarified for participants that the Planning Commission has no formal role in the approval of the solar project.  In response to a neighbor who requested a letter from the Planning Commission to take before the PUC, to which Zakov clarified that the Planning Commission’s role is not to take a stand on this.
Many of the public voiced concerns over the solar project and urging the Planning Commission to take a position on the project.  No action was taken on the Ridge Road solar project by the Planning Commission at this meeting.
Planning Commission discussed two candidates (Christina Harlow and Katie Bancroft) to nominate to fill the vacant seat on the Planning Commission, both of whom were seen to be very strong candidates and would bring value to the board. Judy puts forward motion to nominate Christina Harlow for the Planning Commission vacancy.  White seconded the nomination.  Approved by unanimous vote.
Chair Zakov stated she will notify both candidates and forward the nomination to the selectboard before the Planning Commissions next meeting in March.
The commission continued review of Brookfield Bylaws focusing on Section 4.13.
Other business:
The Planning Commission debriefed after comments received from the public on the solar project and the decision to take no action by no signing a preferred siting support letter to the PUC for the project.
White updated the board about changes in composition of the Board of adjustment.
Next meeting to be held on March 9th, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
Next meeting will continue review of the bylaws sections 4.13, 4.14, 4.15, As before members will review these sections before the meeting
The meeting was called to close by Chair Zakov at 8:47 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Jon Jickling
 

Feb 112021
 

The Brookfield Selectboard has voted to shift the annual Town Meeting to Saturday, May 22, 2021, at 10 a.m., to be held at the Brookfield Elementary School (1725 Ridge Road) recreation field. The change is in response to COVID pandemic concerns, and is in accordance with recent Vermont legislative and gubernatorial requirements.
There is no rain date for this meeting.

Feb 042021
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting
NOTICE AND AGENDA FOR REMOTE MEETING
The Town of Brookfield Selectboard will meet remotely on ZOOM on
8 February 2021 at 6:30pm.
To access the remote meeting:
Go to zoom.us and Join a Meeting
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.
Town of Brookfield
Selectboard Meeting
Brookfield Town Office
8 February 2021 at 6:30 PM
AGENDA
A. Call To Order
B. Adjustments to Agenda
C. Public Comments
D. Highway
1. Excess weight
2. Bear Hill Road Culvert Grant Amendment
E. New Business
1.  Audit Contract
F. Old Business
1.  Solar Project
2.  Town Meeting Location
G. Approve Minutes from the 25 January 2021 Meeting
H. Payroll and AP Warrants
I. Other Proper Business
J. Adjournment

Feb 042021
 

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA
Location: Virtual ZOOM Meeting (see below)
MEETING: Tuesday, February 9th 2021 TIME: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
TOPICS:

Public to be heard
Approve minutes of 1/12/2020 meeting
Meet with Norwich Solar Technology representatives and Keith and Chelsea Sprague to discuss the potential solar project on the Spragues’ Ridge Road property. They would like to share additional project information and learn whether the Planning Commission would support signing the letter for a preferred site designation based upon the application filed at the Public Utility Commission.
Review and choose a potential nominee for vacant Planning Commission seat. Names before the committee for consideration: Katie Bancroft, Christina Harlow. Recommendation will be forwarded to the selectboard.
Review progress on zoning bylaw update and continue review of bylaws of sections 4.13, 4.14, 4.15 and 4.16. Will go as far as time permits.
Any other new/old business
Set date of next meeting

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Feb 022021
 

Minutes of the
Meeting of
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD
SELECTBOARD
January 25, 2021
Meeting conducted by Zoom
THOSE PRESENT: John Benson, Chair; Jeff Kimmel, and Dennis LaRocque, Board members; Tim Higgins, Road Crew Foreman; Kasey Peterson, Assistant Town Clerk; and Betty Lord, Sec-retary
A. Call to Order: The Chair, John Benson called the meeting to order at 6:34 p.m.
B. Adjustments to the Agenda: None
C. Public Comments: None
D. Highway
1. Certificate of Highway Mileage: Mr. Benson and Mr. Kimmel signed the Certificate, which will also be signed by the Town Clerk and forwarded to the VT Agency of Transportation for review and approval.
2. Excess Weight: the Public Safety Advisory Committee (Lew Stowell, Chair) provided a set of recommendations regarding Town procedures for processing requests for excess weight permits for large vehicles, based on a tiered system of weights. The Town Administrative Assistant would be the initial contact person; the Road Crew Foreman and/or Road Commissioner would also be consulted when circumstances warrant. PSAC is also reviewing the Town’s Traffic Ordinance, and has recommended several changes be made by putting up yield signs and MPH signs on various roads in Town.
3. Other Highway Business: Mr. Higgins stated that the Road Crew had been busy plowing and sanding following the recent snow storms. He is still waiting for a couple of return calls regarding the price of a truck chassis.
Mr. Benson, Mr. LaRocque and Mr. Sprague will talk with Mr. Keith Sprague regarding the price of sand from the proposed Sprague sand pit and will be discussing a contract.
Mr. Higgins further stated that Stan Wheatley will be willing to work with the Town once a contract is worked out with the Spragues.
E. New Business
1. SWIP Representative
Mr. Benson made a motion to appoint Mr. Kimmel as the SWIP Representative on a temporary basis. Mr. LaRocque seconded the motion which carried unanimously. 3-0-0
F. Old Business
1. Budget and Town Meeting
Mr. Benson reported that with the exception of the price of sand and the trucks for the garage, the budget is almost complete and a draft copy has been sent to Mr. Kimmel and Mr. LaRocque for their perusal and comments.
a. Ballot mailing – Voting will take place at the Town Meeting but those voters who wish to do so, may request an absentee ballot from the office of the Town Clerk.
b. Town Meeting – Mr. Benson made a motion that the Town Meeting for 2021 be moved from the first Tuesday in March to Saturday, May 22 commencing at 10:00 a.m. with the location to be announced at a later date. Mr. Kimmel seconded and the motion carried unanimously. 3-0-0.
2. Upgrade to Town Office Lighting – A clarification was made that replacing the lights in the Town Office would also include replacing the lights in the vault. Mrs. Peterson will notify Harmony Electric to change the lights in the vault was well as the lights in the office space.
G. Approval of Selectboard Minutes of January 11, 2021.
Mr. LaRocque made a motion to approve the minutes of January 11, 2021 as read. Mr. Kimmel seconded and the minutes were unanimously approved. 3-0-0.
H. Payroll and AP Warrants
Mr. LaRocque made a motion to accept the Accounts Payable in the amount of $13,346.88 with the highest payment in the amount of $4,637.72 payable to MVP Healthcare.
There being no further business to come before the Board, Mr. Kimmel made a motion to adjourn, Mr. LaRocque seconded, and the meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Betty Lord,
Secretary to the Board

Jan 282021
 

Due to safety concerns regarding Covid-19 and in compliance with H.48, signed by Governor Scott on 19 January, the date of Brookfield Town Meeting has been moved to 22 May 2021.
Australian ballot voting for Town Officers will begin at 9AM
Town Meeting will begin at 10 AM
Location still to be determined.
The Town report and Meeting Warning will be forthcoming.

Jan 282021
 

Brookfield Board of Adjustment
Notice of Public Hearing
 
The Brookfield Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing on February 13, 2021 at 7 p.m. by ZOOM meeting ID: 876 4143 3958 Password: 177656 or by phone 929-205-6099 using the same ID and Password, to review the following request submitted under the Brookfield Development Bylaws:
Scott Brock/Julie Benedict request a potential variance under Section 3.10 of the Development Bylaws. The proposed variance would be for construction of a 12’ x 20’ storage shed located on their property at 2835 VT Route 14 N, East Randolph, VT 05041 with less than the required setback(s) established under Section 2.1(E)(4) of the Bylaws. The Board of Adjustment will need to review the proposed site and plans, with a site visit scheduled for Saturday, February 6th 2021 at 2:30 p.m.
Copies of the application are available for review at the Brookfield Town Clerk’s Office. Hours are Tuesday to Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.