Sep 042014
 

Brookfield is a town in Orange County, Vermont, United States. It was created by Vermont charter on August 5, 1781. Brookfield is best known for its floating bridge which spans Sunset Lake buoyed by pontoons. The bridge, which is the only floating bridge east of the Mississippi River, was originally built in 1820 by Luther Adams and his neighbors. Sunset Lake is also the site of an annual ice harvesting festival. Brookfield boasts that it has Vermont’s oldest continually operating library dating back to 1791.

Brookfield Town Offices

Brookfield Town Offices

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.
Phone: 802-276-3352
Mailing address: P. O. Box 463, Brookfield, VT 05036

townclerk@brookfieldvt.org

Nov 142019
 

Town of Brookfield

P. O. Box 463

Brookfield, VT 05036

Phone: 802-276-3352

NOTICE OF BOARD OF ABATEMENT HEARING

Pursuant to the provisions of 24 V.S.A. §1535 notice is hereby given that the Board of Abatement, within and for the Town of Brookfield, will meet on the 18th day of November, 2019 at 6:00 o’clock in the evening, at the Town Office in Brookfield.

                                                              Board of Abatement

                                                             By Teresa Godfrey      Date _11/6/2019__

                                                                     Chair/Clerk

Copy: Three Public Places

           Board Members

           Appellants

Joanna Doerfer for Jane Doerfer’s Estate                        6:00 p.m.   November 18, 2019

Constance Karalekas                                                        6:30 p.m.   November 18, 2019

                Appellant                                                            Time                      Date

* 24 V.S.A. §1535 states: the board may abate in whole or part taxes, interest, or collection fees accruing to the town in the following cases:

(1) Taxes of persons who have died insolvent;

(2) Taxes of persons who have removed from the state;

(3) Taxes of persons who are unable to pay their taxes, interest, and collection fees;

(4) Taxes in which there is manifest error or a mistake of the Listers;

(5) Taxes upon real or personal property lost or destroyed during the tax year;

(6) the exemption amount available under 32 V.S.A. § 3802(11) to persons otherwise eligible for exemption who file a claim on or after May 1 but before October 1 due to the claimant’s sickness or disability or other good cause as determined by the board of abatement; but that exemption amount shall be reduced by 20 percent of the total exemption for each month or portion of a month the claim is late filed.

(7), (8) [Repealed.]

(9) taxes upon a mobile home moved from the town during the tax year as a result of a change in use of the mobile home park land or parts thereof, or closure of the mobile home park in which the mobile home was sited, pursuant to 10 V.S.A. § 6237.

Nov 132019
 

Town of Brookfield

Selectboard Meeting

October 14, 2019 at 6:30 P.M.

Town Clerk’s Office

Minutes

Present: John Benson (Chair), Cory Haggett, Jeff Kimmel, Ray
Peck (Road Crew Foreman); Public Present: James Godfrey, Teresa Godfrey (Town
Clerk/Treasurer), Robert Godfrey, Sam Dilcer, Gene Parent, Van Parent ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

1.  Call to Order –
6:30 p.m.

2.  Adjustments to
Agenda – None

3.  Public Comment (included
in New Business)

4.  New Business:

A. Highway

1. Horner Road Fence: Mr. Peck contacted the State Garage, and they will proceed with repairing the fence. Associated barriers and/or guard posts are the Town’s responsibility. Mr. Peck noted that the area also needs some trees to be cleared, the Town will try to clear more snow towards the end of the road, and culverts will also need to be checked and cleaned. The Town, as part of the ongoing review of traffic/road policies, will be trying to address speed and vehicle weight issues.

2. Northfield Road: TRORC placed traffic monitors on the road and will be reporting on the data collected. Appropriate signs were installed on the road, which will allow the Orange County Sheriff’s Department to conduct monitoring/enforcement activities. OCSD will also have a chance to review the TRORC data. There was continued discussion on potential approaches to vehicle regulation, including: working with the State Department of Motor Vehicles on the proper process, and limits on Town regulation of agricultural vehicles.

3. Howe Road: similar concerns were raised about traffic on Howe Road, along with the need for appropriate signs. Other issues on the road include blind corners and trees in need of trimming/removal.

4. New One-Ton Truck: Ms. Godfrey raised concerns about the purchase, including: whether the Town needed to purchase it at this time, the extent of review and testing of the vehicle, and past issues with vehicle purchases. Mr. Peck reported that, as it was a wholesale purchase, test driving was limited to the dealer’s facility grounds. Mr. Peck indicated he researched the truck and accessories; it had 30,000 miles and the frame, body, and equipment appeared to be in very good condition. He also contacted a local supplier regarding a plow/sander, which would be paid for in the next fiscal year (2020/2021).

Mr. Haggett noted that the Board directed Mr. Peck to find/research
a truck for the Town; the Board agreed that Mr. Peck and Mr. Haggett have the
requisite knowledge and expertise to recommend the purchase within the Town’s
budgetary constraints. Mr. Peck will make arrangements to pick up the vehicle,
bring it back to the Town Garage, and get it ready for the season. Ms. Godfrey
can prepare the check for the final payment (at truck pick-up), and Mr. Peck will
work with Administrative Assistant Kasey Peterson on registration and insurance
documents.

Mr. Peck reported that the new truck is a gas truck and that
the Highway Department will need to arrange for a system to track and pay for
fuel purchases.

5. Fuel Policy: Ms. Peterson is looking into developing a Town policy regarding fuel (gas) purchases (such as through a bank-issued debit card). Issues will include which Road Crew members would have access to a card; keeping a log of mileage, costs, and receipts; and complying with Town Auditor standards.

6. Stone Road Site Visit: the Board is setting a tentative date of October 24, 5:00 p.m. for the visit. The Board, site surveyor, OCSD representatives, local property owner, Town Public Safety Advisory Committee, and members of the public would be invited. Public notices will be posted.

7. Equipment Grant for Hale Bale Shredder: the shredder was purchased on September 25. The Town expects to be reimbursed by the VT Agency of Transportation, with the Town paying a 10 percent share. Ms. Godfrey will be asked to verify the grant conditions.

8. Stone Road Mitigation Grant: as in the past, the Board will apply for the grant. The Board discussed the allocation of costs and reimbursement over the course of the current budget and the next fiscal year.

9. Cargill Salt Contract: the Board authorized Mr. Peck to proceed with arrangements for the contract.

B. EC Fiber Update: Mr. Childs did not attend the meeting, so the Board tabled the matter.

C. Blue Cross/Blue Shield Rate Increase: the new rate is $4,500.65, which is a 14.4% increase.

5. Old Business:

A. Personnel Policy Changes: deferred.

B. Approve Minutes of August 26, 2019 Selectboard meeting: Mr. Haggett made a motion to approve the Meeting Minutes of August 26, 2019, Mr. Kimmel second; Mr. Benson asked for discussion (none): 3-0-0.

C. Approve Minutes of September 9, 2019 Selectboard meeting: Mr. Haggett made a motion to approve the Meeting Minutes of September 9, 2019, Mr. Kimmel second; Mr. Benson asked for discussion (none): 2-0-1.

D. Approve Minutes of September 23, 2019 Selectboard meeting: Mr. Benson made a motion to approve the Meeting Minutes of September 23, 2019, Mr. Kimmel second; Mr. Benson asked for discussion (none): 2-0-1.

6. Payroll/AP Warrants: Mr. Kimmel made a motion to pay the warrants totaling $43,336.02 with large bills that include: R.E. Tucker (gravel): $12,413.10; R.E. Tucker (gravel): $9,084.60; Champlain Valley Equipment (Bale Chopper): $6,450.00; White River Valley Ambulance (October Ambulance): $3,596.25; Mr. Haggett second; Mr. Benson asked for discussion (none): 3-0-0. 

7. Other Proper Business – Town Garage renovation:

Mr. Benson will contact some architects to solicit plan and pricing proposals. The Board will then need to meet with candidate firms to review the current site dimensions and structures and discuss possible approaches. The Board needs a proposed set of numbers, based on potential levels of renovation, to present for review and vote at Town Meeting 2020. The Board has until January 2020 to prepare the proposal for the upcoming Town Meeting Warning.

The Town would like to increase the insurance assessment for the Town Garage structures. The Vermont League of Cities and Town established a value in 2018; Mr. Benson suggested that, based on the assessment, that VLCT bump it up 5% on the two buildings.

8.   Mr. Kimmel made a motion to adjourn at 8:24 p.m., Mr. Haggett second: 3-0-0.        

Nov 072019
 

Town of Brookfield

Selectboard Special Meeting

November 4, 2019 at 6:30 P.M.

Town Clerk’s Office

Draft Minutes

Present: John Benson (Chair), Cory Haggett, Jeff Kimmel, Teresa Godfrey (Town Clerk/Treasurer)­­­­­­­­­­­­­

Call to Order – 6:30 p.m.Town of Brookfield Debit Card Policy: the Board reviewed the proposed policy, including creation of a dedicated account with Bar Harbor Bank and Trust and the purpose and procedures for use of up to 4 debit cards for the Road Crew to purchase fuel, track transactions, and log additional information (name, date, truck mileage, gallons, and dollar amount). The proposed policy covers:

A. Issuance of Debit Cards

B. Use of the Debit Card

C. Cardholder Record Keeping

D. Cardholder Security

E. Cardholder Separation

In addition, the proposed policy requires participating Road
Crew employees to review the policy and sign and date a “Cardholder Employee
Acknowledgement” (attached to the policy).

On motion of Mr. Benson, Mr. Kimmel second, the Board voted
3-0-0 to approve the Town of Brookfield Debit Card Policy.

3. Other reports:

Mr. Benson reported that Connor Contracting Inc. and Black River Design have submitted initial design and potential costs options regarding the Town Garage renovation project.

Ms. Godfrey reported on the progress of this season’s
collection of Brookfield property taxes.

4. Mr. Benson made a motion to adjourn at 7:05 p.m., Mr. Haggett second: 3-0-0.

Nov 062019
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY OCTBER 30, 2019, 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE, 40 RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

The following members attended: Dan Mason, Mike Stoddard,
Stuart Edson, Michael Rutkovsky and Lew Stowell. Teresa Godfrey assisted with
recent developments as Town Clerk.

Review and Approve Minutes of September 25, 2019. Approved with a date change for the October meeting to October 30, 2019Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public.  No members of the public attended.Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. It was noted that OCSD only provided 4.5 hours in September.Review of Radar Speed Cart Deployments. The cart has been moved from the Brookfield Elementary School to the East end of Northfield Road.  It will be moved soon to the West end of Northfield Road.  No data from the Elementary School deployment has been received yet.Site Visit at 2141 Stone Road Discussion.  After discussion, the committee voted unanimously to have L Stowell send an email to the Select Board recommending that the board take Sid Cushing Jr up on his offer to move vehicles and other obstacles back so that town snow plows can move snow out of the traveled portion of the road onto the town right of way.Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project Progress. After discussion the committee approved continuing to gather information and to have S Edson contact the DMV Town Highway & Bridges weight Restrictions website to learn more about the site.  L Stowell to send an email to likely sources of information about how the town should set up a proper program.  There was also discussion about the TRORC traffic studies conducted on Northfield Rd.E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status. Orders for 60 signs have been received and more will be received as taxes are paid.  L Stowell to create a spread sheet and coordinate with T Godfrey so that the order goes out next week.Brookfield Fire Department Smoke & CO alarm program. L Stowell to check with Kevin Wheatley to see if the Fire Department needs any help on their project.Emerald Ash Borer Progress.  Washington Electric won’t be able to help until next year.  L Stowell to check with Larry Gilbert to see when “next year” begins.Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use. S Edson to set up a gmail account for the town and consult with the website tech to arrange a Google Analytics account.October Public Safety Message. M Stoddard to send a draft of the November Safety Message to L Stowell soon.Setting the Next Meeting.  November 20, 2019Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting.  If available, a DMV Truck Enforcement Inspector will be invited to explain how his or her unit fits into the overall law enforcement process.Adjournment. Adjourned at 6:53 PM

Oct 272019
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 30, 2019, 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE

40 RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT

The sequence may be varied to accommodate members of the public and guests.

AGENDA

 Review and Approve Minutes of September 25, 2019. [09/25/19 Minutes]Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public. Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. [OCSD Patrol Hours] Review of Radar Speed Cart Deployments.Site Visit at 2141 Stone Road Discussion.Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project ProgressE-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status.Brookfield Fire Department Smoke & CO2 alarm program.Emerald Ash Borer Progress.Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use.October Public Safety Message. [Draft Message]Setting the Next Meeting.Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting.Adjournment.

Oct 162019
 

Town of Brookfield
Selectboard Meeting
September 23, 2019 at 6:30 P.M.
Town Clerk’s Office
Minutes

Present: John Benson, Jeff Kimmel, Jack Zebora, Lew Stowell (Public Safety Advisory Committee), Robert Godfrey, James Godfrey, Sidney Cushing, Sidney Cushing Jr., Rob Townsend, Bill Bohnyak (OCSD Sheriff), Scott Clouatre (OCSD), Richard Pecor Jr., Gene Parent, Van Parent, Ray Peck (Road Crew Foreman)

1.  Call to Order –
6:31 p.m.; Mr. Kimmel agreed to take minutes.

2.  Adjustments to Agenda: initial items will be 4) B) Stone Road Survey and 3) Public Comment – Northfield Road discussion.

3.  Public Comment: (see below).

3. New Business

B. Stone Road Survey

At the request
of the Town, Mr. Townsend conducted a survey of a portion of Stone Road
including the Cushing property, and appeared at this meeting to present his
findings and associated documents.

He reported
that his investigation included a search of property records, including
Right-of-Way records and surveys for adjoining properties. He also did an
on-site search for iron and stone physical boundary markers. These items
provided evidence for determining the RoW. Mr. Townsend noted that the RoW area
included one iron pipe that was 6 feet off the “travel portion” on the East
side of the property, and is identified on the survey document. He said the
travel portion is closest to the RoW on that East side.

Mr. Cushing
commented that the road has shifted over the years, that a well is now closer
to the road, and that the Town has not taken action to remove encroaching
ledge.

Mr. Benson
said that the next step is to have Mr. Townsend return to the site and
physically mark the RoW and the associated roadway and travel lane. The Board
will then schedule a site visit.

Mr. Townsend
noted that the travel lane is independent of the RoW, based on physical
marking. Mr. Benson observed that the Town should determine both the RoW and
travel lane for the sake of clarity. Mr. Townsend added that, based on his
research, the travel lane is consistently within the RoW.

Mr. Benson inquired whether OCSD would have enough information to identify the travel lane. Mr. Bohnyak indicated that the issue is whether people are parking within the travel way. Mr. Cushing reported that he had placed a white barrel to discourage people from parking improperly. It also appears that Mr. Cushing’s garage is outside of the RoW.

3. Public comment – Northfield Road

Mr. Benson
said that the Board has been reviewing VT statutes and rules, along with
contacting relevant agencies regarding what the process is for revising,
implementing, and enforcing speed limits and weight limits. Specific issues
included:

Placing vehicle counting equipment on Northfield Road to help assess vehicle quantity, speed, and number of axles.

As for vehicle weight regulation, Mr. Bohnyak reported that OCSD doesn’t have scales. This would likely be an item that VT DMV would monitor. Mr. Peck inquired as to how the Town might deal with heavier vehicles (85,000+ lbs.), and would they be covered under the regulatory and permit system. Mr. J. Godfrey asked whether the Town can decline to issue permits or withdraw permits. Mr. Stowell reported that the Town should be able to pull a permit if there is a violation; Mr. Benson indicated that it isn’t clear what authority the Town has to stop vehicles. Mr. Pecor said that, when he was driving the school bus, he could be stopped from driving on Town roads during mud season. Mr. Benson said these are items the Board will need to address in working with the State to develop an acceptable system.

Ms. Parent reported that Northfield Road is now properly posted at 35 mph; this should allow OCSD to start monitoring the area. Mr. Stowell commented that positioning an OCSD speed cart at various points on the road may help drivers be more aware of the proper speed.

Mr. J Godfrey asked about repairs to Horner Road; Mr. Peck is following up with the State.

3. Public Comment – Other items

Mr. Zebora asked about what authority is exercised by the Town Conservation Commission. Mr. Kimmel said that the commission advises the Planning Commission and Selectboard. Mr. Zebora also inquired about plans for the Town Garage, and suggested that the Board look into creating a volunteer committee for the design project. Mr. Benson noted that the Board has already issued an RFP for the design/build stage. Lastly, Mr. Zebora reminded Mr. Peck about potential problems with local culverts in West Brookfield.

4. New Business

A – Flint Performance Review: the Board completed the required personnel form.

Highway Other :

Mr. Peck is researching a potential replacement for the 1-ton truck. He is looking at both diesel and gas vehicles, and will report back to the Board.

Town Garage: Kasey Peterson (Administrative Assistant) reported that there was no response to the RFP request. Mr. Benson said that he would contact additional architects for the design/build RFP, noting that the potential bid price is within the parameters of the Town’s bidding policy.

C. VLCT PACIF Building Schedule: the Board reviewed the schedule, and will follow up with PACIF about property/building valuations.

5. Old Business:

A. Approve Minutes of August 26, 2019 meeting: deferred.

B. Approve Minutes of September 9, 2019 meeting: deferred.

C. Personnel Policy Changes: deferred.

6. Payroll/ AP Warrants: Mr. Kimmel made a motion to pay the warrants totaling $31,328.12, with large bills that include McCullough Crushing (Gravel)): $6,916.00; Gorman Group LLC (Summer Calcium): $4,140.00; BCBS VT (Health Insurance): $3.934.00; Mr. Benson second: 2-0-0

7. Other Proper Business Mr. Kimmel made a motion to approve the appointment of Timothy Gershon to the Planning Commission, Mr. Benson second: 2-0-0.

8. Mr. Kimmel made a motion to adjourn at 9:00 p.m., Mr. Benson second: 2-0-0.

Oct 162019
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting September 9, 2019 at 6:30 P.M. Town Clerk’s Office Minutes

Present: Cory Haggett, Jeff Kimmel, Lew Stowell (Public Safety Advisory Committee), Robert Godfrey, Al Wilder, Carl Bushey, Richard Pecor, Ray Peck (Road Crew Foreman)­­­­­

1.  Call to Order –
6:35 p.m.; Mr. Haggett agreed to act as Chair for the meeting, Mr. Kimmel
agreed to take minutes.

2.
 Adjustments to Agenda – None.

3.  Public Comment: incorporated in the general discussion regarding Highway – Excess Weight.

4.  New Business:

A. Highway

Excess Weight

Mr. Stowell made an initial presentation regarding the PSAC and his own review of the State and Town attempts to regulate excess weight vehicles and their travel on local roads. He commented that he doesn’t have all the answers, but he contacted the Department of Motor Vehicles to start understanding the system. Areas covered included:

The current common vehicle weight
limit identified in the Town Ordinance is 24,000 lbs. on Town roads. However,
DMV and other authorities won’t enforce the limits unless/until the Town registers
with the DMV system and lists weight limits for each affected road. Mr. Stowell
commented that the Town will need further instruction on how to work with the
system.

The Town has issued excess weight
permits for years and collects administrative fees, which appears to be
adequate for insurance purposes.

Mr.
Stowell noted an issue with the Town attempting to actually catch vehicles (and
drivers/owners) who have allegedly caused damage to the roads and
right-of-ways, before any potential damages can be assessed and follow-up
compensation is sought.

Public comments included concerns
that vehicles over 24,000 lbs. (and continuing up to 80,000+ lbs.) were
currently transiting the Town. The combination of excess weight and sheer
vehicle size is a bad combination. The Town would need to widen many of the
Class 3 roads to accommodate such vehicles. In addition, if speed limits aren’t
clearly posted, many drivers simply assume that they can drive at the base
State speed limit of 50 mph. These issues have been ongoing for many years.

Additional comments were made
about the highway wear and tear created by large vehicles. This includes excess
dust and damage caused by material leeching into local brooks and waterways.
These problems are also affecting property values.

Mr. Peck reported that more speed
limit signs will be posted around Town in the next couple of weeks.

Mr.
Haggett confirmed that the signs are a priority. He also contacted the
Department of Agriculture, which referred to and provided copies of several State
statutes (23 VSA 1400, 23 VSA 1400a, 23 VSA 370), to indicate Town authority
and limits regarding agricultural and excess weight vehicles. Mr. Haggett
observed that the Town could also remove some trees in the ROW to help improve
travel lanes and line-of-sight conditions.

Other questions arose over whether
limiting Town roads to 24,000 lbs. would pose interstate commerce issues;
whether the Town could require lead vehicles for oversize vehicles; whether the
Town could restrict larger vehicles on specific portions of dirt roads (such as
Pond Village).

Northfield Road will be the subject of a traffic study within a week or so.

2. Other Highway Issues

Mr. Wilder asked if the Town could replace the
sign missing at the end of his drive. Mr. Peck said he would follow up.Mr. Stowell inquired whether the survey of a
portion of Stone Road had been finished. The Board hadn’t heard yet.Mr. Peck reported on various Highway Department
projects:Taylor Hill repairs: it will take 4 days with
Town trucks to get about 300 yards of material moved for the project. A local
landowner at the west end is amenable to the Town also shifting some berm
material for the work.Mr. Peck is getting quotes for a new loader,
including arranging for a “test run” of equipment.The Department is stockpiling material for the
upcoming Winter and mud season conditions. In addition, he is assessing the
need for new tires and chains. The fueld supply is in good condition.Pike Co. will be starting paving on Ridge Road
in early October.

B. Errors and Omissions – Listers: on motion of Mr. Haggett, Mr. Kimmel second, the Board voted 2-0-0 to approve the request to correct errors in the 2019 Grand List (Tassie property).

5. Old Business

A. Approve Minutes of 26 August 2019 meeting: deferred

B. Personnel Policy Changes: deferred.

6. Payroll/ AP Warrants: Mr. Kimmel made a motion to pay the warrants totaling $750.83, with large bills that include Freightliner of NH (Truck 4): $274.17; TENCO New England Inc. (Stock Parts): $114.73; Lowell McLeods Inc. (Truck 3): $102.04; Mr. Haggett second: 2-0-0. 

7. Other Proper Business: none

8. Mr. Kimmel made a motion to adjourn at 7:55 p.m., Mr. Haggett second: 2-0-0.

Oct 162019
 

Town of Brookfield
Selectboard Meeting
August 26, 2019 at 6:30 P.M.
Town Clerk’s Office
Amended Minutes

Present: John Benson (Chair), Cory Haggett, Jeff Kimmel, Dawn Conant, Ray Peck (Road Crew Foreman), James Godfrey, Teresa Godfrey, Robert Godfrey, Richard Pecor, Gene Parent, Van Parent, Erik Nielson, Mike Lefebvre, Carl Bushey Jr., Steve Schaeffer, Ron Lovejoy

1.   Call to Order – 6:30 p.m.

2.   Adjustments to
Agenda – None

3.   Public Comment: a group of
residents along Northfield Road raised a series of concerns about various types
of vehicle traffic, speed limits, weight limits, and other issues:

The Public Safety Advisory Committee recommended
posting the road for 35 mph. While the state general speed limit for roads is
50 mph, the Town will need to review steps to revise the current Road Ordinance
to change the speed limit, including posting meeting and warning notices to do
so.In addition, the Town will need to assess how
many signs should be installed along the road.The Orange County Sheriff’s Department (along
with Vermont State Police , the VT Agency of Transportation, and other state
agencies) will also need to be contacted regarding proper steps ensure
appropriate posting and enforcement of speed limits. The Town should also
coordinate with OCSD to have a speed cart placed at various sites to notify
drivers about their travel speeds.The Town has to order additional signs, as we do
not just have them on hand.Weight limits for the roads also need to be
reviewed, along with measures to ensure compliance. While the Town currently
applies the 24,000 lbs. state standard, with the common permit application
process for overweight vehicles, the process and standards for Brookfield roads
need to be reassessed. This issue arises with both agricultural and commercial
vehicles.One particular concern was the transport
activities deriving from the Ridge Road quarry operation and the effect on
Brookfield roads commonly used as routes. Northfield Road appears to be one of
the major routes. The Town will need to consider additional restrictions on
commercial vehicle activities, including stricter weight limits and enforcement
of permit conditions.Landowners along Northfield Road cited instances
and continuing concerns with damage to the road and Right-of-Way, linked to
commercial and agricultural activities. They also reported problems with
sight-lines along the road; the Town will need to consider clearing obstructive
trees within the RoW.Logging trucks and oversized/overwidth vehicles
also pose a problem, particularly when they lack precautions such as warning signs,
flags, or lights.The Board will need to follow up on all these
issues, along with contacting relevant local and State agencies about
appropriate measures and the required process to institute an effective traffic
control system.

4. New Business

A. Highway

Fence on Horner Road: it is a damaged State Highway
fence. This is the second time it is down, so it needs to be fixed/secured. Mr.
Haggett will contact the State to see what the Town can do or if repair is the
State’s responsibility.Mr. Peck will proceed with work on a list of culverts
that need repair/replacement in various locations.Taylor Hill Road: the Board toured the area prior to
the meeting, observing areas where ditching and materials work needs to be done
to improve travel conditions. Mr. Peck will also review and repair potential
drainage issues along the road. The Board will try to set up a meeting with a landowner
in West Brookfield regarding agricultural vehicle activities and potential
issues with road conditions.

A. Letter from Ruth Goodale: Mr. Haggett will talk to the Garden Club to see what they are looking for. If they are requesting money, this item will need to be warned for the next Town Meeting.

B. Computer Server: Mr. Benson made a motion to authorize the expenditure of $600 towards the repair of the Town’s computer server system, Mr. Haggett second; Mr. Benson asked for discussion (none): 3-0-0.

C. Personnel Policy Changes: deferred until next meeting.

6. Payroll/AP Warrants: Mr. Haggett made a motion to pay the warrants totaling $40,355.20 with large bills that include: Global Montello Group Corp (diesel): $15,345.00; Gorman Group, LLC. (chloride): $4,140.00; BCBSVT (healthcare): $3,934.30; White River Valley Ambulance (August Ambulance): $3,596.25; Mr. Kimmel second; Mr. Benson asked for discussion (none): 3-0-0. 

7. Other Proper Business: Mr. Benson reported that he would likely be absent from the next Selectboard Meeting on September 9, 2019; Mr. Haggett and Mr. Kimmel plan to hold the meeting as scheduled.

8. Mr. Haggett made a motion to adjourn at 7:43 p.m., Mr. Kimmel second: 3-0-0.        

Sep 302019
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 25, 2019, 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE, 40 RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

The following members attended: Dan Mason, Mike Stoddard, Michael Rutkovsky and Lew Stowell. Teresa Godfrey assisted with recent developments as Town Clerk.

Review and Approve Minutes of August 21, 2019. Approved Unanimously.Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public. No members of the public attended.GUEST: DMV Truck Enforcement. No one from DMV able to attend.  May be able to attend in November if meeting date provided soon.Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. 29 patrol hours provided.  1 written citation for speeding and three written warnings for speeding and following too close.  20% of budget spent so far.Review of Radar Speed Cart Deployments.  Currently deployed at the Elementary School.  Soon to be deployed on Northfield Road.Continuing Review of Parking & Law Enforcement on Brookfield Roads.  L Stowell briefed members on developments at two recent Select Board Meetings.  Rob Townsend has completed the survey of the northern end of Stone Road and has determined the edges of the Town ROW and the “traveled Portion” in the vicinity of 2141 Stone Road.  A site visit is planned in the future to view the location of each.  The Select Board has taken action in response to complaints of Northfield Road property owners.  35 MPH signs have been ordered and placed on Northfield Road.  OCSD will place the Speed Cart in two deployments to warn motorists of the perceived change in speed limit.  OCSD and VSP have been alerted to the change.  The Select Board has requested that the Committee to research and develop a plan for large vehicles for all town roads by Town Meeting.  After discussion, the committee voted unanimously to accept the project with the understanding that the committee would not be determining weight limits of bridges, culverts or roadways.  That information will come from competent authorities to include the Town Highway Foreman. E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status. 19 Property owners have requested a total (to date) of 32 reflective house number signs.  An order date will be determined soon.Brookfield Fire Department Smoke & CO Alarm Program.  The Fire Department through an anonymous donor is providing battery operated, combined smoke and CO alarms for property owners who do not have them and have limited means to purchase them.  Persons desiring the alarms should contact Fire Chief Kevin Wheatley at 802-281-5882.Emerald Ash Borer Progress. Efforts to meet with GMP and WEC are continuing.Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use. Tabled until next meetingOctober Public Safety Message. The October message will be about planning for Winter weather events and was approved for publication on the Town Website and Front Porch Forum.Setting the Next Meetings.  October 23 and November 20 were set as the next meetings.Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting. DMV Enforcement to be invited to the November meeting.Adjournment. The meeting was adjourned at 6:48 PM.