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

Jan 232020
 

Minutes

Brookfield Planning Commission

Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Present:

Nancy Jacques, Gwynn Zakov, Jon Jickling, Tim Gershon, William White

Public:

Jon Binhammer

Zakov called the meeting to order at 7:07 p.m.

Public to be heard:

Jon Binhammer, representing the Nature Conservancy, which is purchasing a conservation easement on a piece of property in Brookfield off of West St which is part of the Taplin/Brown farm. The easement will be around 60 acres. The easement would include public access from West St. Zakov motioned that the chair will draft a letter of support that will be warned for a vote at the February 11th Planning Commission meeting. Second by Jickling, approved unanimously. The town plan supports this on pages 48 through 54.

Jon Binhammer, as chair of the Conservation Commission, informed the Planning Commission that they are active and ready to work with the Planning Commission. He gave an update on what they’ve been working on, specifically identifying and mapping forest blocks and connectors.

Jickling/Gershon moved to approve the minutes of the Nov 13, 2019 meeting. Unanimously approved.

The Planning Commission reviewed the progress on Bylaw update.

The Planning Commission continued to work on revisions to the town Bylaws.

The date of the next meeting was set for 7:00 PM Tuesday February 11th.

White/Jacques moved to adjourn.  The meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

William White

Jan 212020
 

Minutes
Brookfield Planning Commission
Date:  Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Present:
Geoff Girard, Martha Judy, Nancy Jacques, Gwynn Zakov, Jon Jickling
Zakov called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.
Girard/Jickling moved to approve the minutes of the Oct 16, 2019 meeting. Unanimously approved.
Jickling,  member of the Brookfield Conservation Commission (CC), expressed the CC’s interest in supporting the Planning commission work revising the town bylaws.  Ideas for coordination between Commissions to follow.
The Planning Commission continued to work on revisions to the town Bylaws.
The date of the next meeting was set for Wednesday December 11th.
Judy/Girard moved to adjourn.  The meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Jon Jickling

Jan 192020
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 15, 2020, 5:30 PM
BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE,
40 RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT
The sequence may be varied to accommodate members of the public and guests.
UNAPPROVED MINUTES
The following members attended: Stuart Edson, Michael Rutkovsky and Lew Stowell.

Review and Approve Minutes of December 18, 2019. Approved.
Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public. None attended.
Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. Nine hours of patrolling at a cost of $423.00 were performed with 3 Written Citations and 6 Written Warnings issued in Brookfield in December 2019.  S. Edson to check with VSP Royalton to update the committee’s awareness of VSP availability for patrols.
Site Visit at 2141 Stone Road Continued Discussion.  No further action
Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project Progress: L. Stowell presented his presentation to the January 13, 2020 Select Board and the Select Board’s requests of the Committee.  A revision of the current overweight permit system was discussed and agreed upon.  L. Stowell to prepare town highway priorities for weight limit signs erection following guidance agreed upon by the committee to include bridges in Brookfield to have the first priority.  S. Edson to contact contractors with sign erection experience to obtain rough estimates of the cost to erect signs if the town provides the materials.
 E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status. M. Rutkovsky reported that persons who have not yet picked up their E-911 signs have been called.
FY 2021 Budget Items.  The Select Board has closed the draft FY 2021 Budget for new requests.
 Brookfield Fire Department Smoke & CO2 alarm program: No further action.
Emerald Ash Borer Progress. K. Forrer to lead an Ash tree inventory on East Hill Road area, East Street, West Street, Ridge Road and Stone Road.  M. Rutkovsky to assist K. Forrer with inventories.  K. Forester to obtain information on EAB trap costs and prepare a request for estimates for contractors to remove Ash trees.  Traps placed on East Hill and West Street in 2019 had negative results.  K. Forrer to look into other EAB response options.
Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use.  S. Edson reported that Google Analytics is now operating on the Public Safety Page of the Town Website and will provide data on activity on the Public Safety Page.
February Public Safety Message. L. Stowell to provide the Safety Tip message for February.
Setting the Next Meeting:  February 26, 2020
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting.  No guests to be invited.
Adjournment. 7:03 PM.

Jan 142020
 

Town of Brookfield
Selectboard Meeting
December 9, 2019 at 6:30 P.M.
Town Clerk’s Office
Minutes
Present: John Benson (Chair), Cory Haggett, Jeff Kimmel, Ray Peck (Highway Dept.), Dawn Conant, Jon Binhammer, Curtis Koren
1. Call to Order – 6:30 p.m.
2. Adjustments to Agenda – None
3. Public Comment
 Mr. Binhammer spoke, representing the Town’s Conservation Commission. The Commission is discussing and finalizing their Bylaws at their next meeting and plan to approve them. The Commission would like the Selectboard to take a look at the proposal and let the Commission know of any edits.
 They have included statutory requirements for public meetings and what the Commission would be doing; these items incorporated approaches by other Commissions in Vermont.
 Mr. Binhammer inquired whether the Commission needed the Selectboard to sign off, as they are an advisory board to the Selectboard and would need Board approval to carry out plans.
 Mr. Benson mentioned that any funds raised/donations established by the Town, should be maintained in the Town bookkeeping system. The Board will continue the discussion with the Commission at the next meeting.
4. New Business:
A. Public Assemblage Permit – Ice Harvest
 Same preparation and activities as in past years.
 Bathroom at the Town Offices for use, while the library is open, then the Town Hall after that.
 Need to make sure there is help for parking/police to keep traffic moving and avoid parking on both sides of the road in Pond Village.
 Mr. Benson asked Mr. Binhammer to include in advertising for the event that there will be help with parking and it will be restricted to one side.
 Mr. Binhammer is hoping to have broomball at the event and asked if the Board (Town) could donate $200 for equipment. Mr. Benson needs to call VLCT to see if there is a liability risk for the Town if we buy/donate (provide funding) money for the equipment. Would there also need to be a certificate of insurance for the event? Mr. Kimmel will contact the Town’s attorney to check as well.
 Mr. Haggett made a motion to grant the Ice Harvest assemblage permit, Mr. Kimmel second. Mr. Benson asked if there was any discussion (none). 3-0-0.
B. Curtis Koren – Grant for Economic Development
 The Working Communities Challenge grant would qualify the Town to participate in the program and potentially qualify for funding. The White River Consortium of towns would like to apply for it and see where it goes. The Consortium is looking for representatives from all towns: at this point they are asking Brookfield’s Board to approve a resolution from the Town to pursue the process.
 Mr. Haggett made a motion to sign up for the preliminary step, Mr. Kimmel second. Mr. Benson asked if there was any discussion (none). 3-0-0.
C. Highway
1. Highway Credit Card Limit: after discussion, Mr. Benson made a motion that the Board approve a $3,000 limit on the Highway Credit Card, Mr. Kimmel second. Mr. Benson asked there was any discussion (none). 3-0-0.
2. Road Erosion and Highway Grant: Mr. Benson made a motion that the Town apply for the culvert inventory and road erosion inventory grant through Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission, Mr. Kimmel second. Mr. Benson asked if there was any discussion (none). 3-0-0.
3. Other Highway
 Mr. Benson stated that the latest garage proposal can fit up to 3 pieces of
large equipment without changing the physical layout. He will contact the
designer and get the changes/differences to them and get pricing numbers to the Selectboard.
 Tomorrow morning a Pike paving person will review the Ridge Road
conditions. The Board concurs with Mr. Peck that we need to have some
guidance from the paving person, Vtrans, etc. to figure out how to proceed
with fixing it and costs. Mr. Peck will ask questions and take notes; the Town will follow up with a letter to Pike regarding this matter. The Board and Mr. Peck will also look into reimbursement from the State for the continued repair.
 Mr. Benson made a motion to execute a grant request for culvert
repair/replacement on Bear Hill and Taylor Hill, Mr. Kimmel second. Mr.
Benson asked if there was any discussion (none). 3-0-0.
 Issues have arisen with a Bear Hill landowner and stakes (metal) in the Town right-of-way that could be an impediment and safety problem for plowing or travel. The Board agreed to send the landowner a letter and will copy the Town’s Attorney for review. The Town proposes allowing the landowner 2 weeks to repair the problem; if it is still not remedied, the Board will ask the Town Attorney to commence formal proceedings.
D. Barre Town Ambulance Contract: the Contract is up this year from last year to $29,474.64. Mr. Benson made a motion that the Board approve/execute the Emergency Medical Services Contract with Barre Town Ambulance, Mr. Kimmel second. Mr. Benson asked if there was any discussion (none). 3-0-0.
5. Old Business:
A. Personnel Policy Changes – Holiday Overtime/Summer Hours: the Board had noted that Summer Hours for the Road Crew are over now. The Board needs to establish a set period for when the hours shift from 5-day work weeks to 4-day weeks. Mr. Kimmel will incorporate this into the revised Policy as appropriate.
B. Approve Amended Meeting Minutes of October 28, 2019 Board meeting: Mr. Haggett made a motion to approve the October 28, 2019 meeting minutes, Mr. Benson second. Mr. Benson asked if there was any discussion (none). 2-0-0.
C. Approve Meeting Minutes of November 25, 2019 Board meeting: Mr. Haggett made a motion to approve the November 25, 2019 meeting minutes, Mr. Kimmel second. Mr. Benson asked if there was any discussion (none). 3-0-0.
6. Payroll/AP Warrants: Mr. Haggett made a motion to pay the warrants totaling $41,668.97 with large bills that include VLCT PACIF (insurance): $26,501.00; Brookfield Public Library (library budget): $4,795.71; Town of Randolph (radio rental): $700.00. Mr. Kimmel second. Mr. Benson asked if there was any discussion (none). 3-0-0.
7. Other Proper Business:
Kevin Wheatley, Brookfield Fire Chief, came and dropped off the Fire Department numbers for the budget. They need to replace the roof at the Fire Department building as the roof is leaking and screws are coming out; a standing seam roof would be preferred. The Department has some new recruits, so up to 15/16 members. Mr. Benson reminded him that the Board needs the Department’s report for the upcoming Town Report.
8. Mr. Benson made a motion to adjourn at 7:51 p.m., Mr. Kimmel second. 3-0-0.

Jan 112020
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
 
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 15, 2020, 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 December 18, 2019. [12/18/19 Minutes]
Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public.
Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. [OCSD Patrol Hours]
Site Visit at 2141 Stone Road Continued Discussion.
Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project Progress
E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status.
FY 2021 Budget Items.
Brookfield Fire Department Smoke & CO2 alarm program.
Emerald Ash Borer Progress.
Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use.
February Public Safety Message. [Draft Message]
Setting the Next Meeting.
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting.
Adjournment

Jan 072020
 

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

Present: John Benson, Cory Haggett, Larry Brassard, Steve Brassard,

1 .Call to Order – 6:30 pm

2. Adjustments to Agenda – none

3. Public Comments – Larry Brassard was present to discuss the post that has been driven into the ground in front of his house on the Town Right-of-way. While he acknowledged the risk of a post in the Right-of-way, he presented pictures that show that the post is placed one foot from the edge of the road. The Board was unsure is a letter had been sent asking him to remove the post. The Selectboard will follow-up with the Highway Dept.

4. New Business

A. Highway Report 1. Harmony Electric has submitted a quote for upgrading the lighting in the town garage. There is no money in the current budget. That project has been table until next fiscal year. 2. The Safety Committee submitted suggestions for changes to the way Brookfield posts weight limits for the roads and to the wight limit permitting process. These changes would be decided at Town Meeting and a submission for the Warning is due in February. It was suggested that the Safety committee be invited to the next Selectboard meeting on 13 January 2020. 3. Pike Bill for Ridge Road paving – Pike Industries is putting together a proposal to have the town pay part of the invoice now and the remainder in the spring after the road has been repaired

B. Budget 1. The Lister Budget was added to the overall town budget 2. The increased licensing fee for NEMRC to $7500.00 per year seems appropriate. Mr. Benson moved to make the change to the Budget, Mr. Haggett seconded. 2-0-0.

5. Old Business

A. Personnel Policy Changes – tabled as Mr. Kimmel is not present

B. Approve Minutes of 9 December 2019 meeting – tabled due to unavailability.

6. AP and Payroll Warrants – John Benson made a motion to pay the Warrants in the amount of 47,337.30

7. Other Proper Business

A. Ray Peck is working with Caterpillar for a price on a new loader B. Several of the organizations Brookfield donates to have not submitted their funding requests C. Fothergill Segale and Valley submitted a proposal to audit FY-19. The cost is well within the budget for this fiscal year. Mr. Benson made a motion to accept the proposal, Mr. Haggett seconded 2-0-0. D. Mr. Benson made a motion to approve the addition of the Town of Roxbury to the Mountain Alliance. Mr. Haggett seconded. 2-0-0.

8. Adjournment – Mr. Haggett made a motion to adjourn. Mr Benson seconded 2-0-0.

Dec 242019
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 18, 2019, 5:30 PM
BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE, 40 RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT
UNAPPROVED MINUTES
The following members attended: Mike Stoddard, Stuart Edson, Michael Rutkovsky and Lew Stowell.

Review and Approve Minutes of November 20, 2019. Approved unanimously.  There was discussion that the agenda was not posted as soon as usual but the meeting was held.
Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public. No members of the public attended.
Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. The November bill was for 7.5 hours of patrol costing $352.50.  L Stowell to send an email to OCSD inquiring about obtaining more results of patrols in sensitive areas.
Review of Radar Speed Cart Deployment Data. The data for the October – November deployment at the Brookfield Elementary School showed 43.2% of the vehicles coming North past the school were exceeding the 30 MPH limit.  No data was available from the Northfield road deployment.  The Speed Cart has been put away for the Winter.
Site Visit at 2141 Stone Road Continued Discussion. John Benson informed the committee by email that the Select Board has sent a letter to Sid Cushing as requested but no significant action has been observed so far.  Perhaps there will be in the Spring.

Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project Progress. The committee reviewed and suggested revisions of a draft report to the Select Board on how to make Brookfield town highways and bridges enforceable for weight limits.  L Stowell to make the changes and send to the Select Board.  S Edson reported that Brookfield currently does not have an account with the DMV road and bridge restrictions data base.  S Edson is willing to help set it up once the Select Board assigns someone to be in charge of the account and make changes as needed.
E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status. M Rutkovsky to call people who have not picked up their house number signs yet.
FY 2021 Budget Items. L Stowell to email Select Board and request that sufficient funds be budgeted for FY2021 for the needed weight limit signs and a contractor to erect them.  Additionally, an amount should be budgeted for any missing and damaged traffic signs that need to be ordered and a contractor hired to erect them.
Brookfield Fire Department Smoke & CO2 alarm program. Deferred.
Emerald Ash Borer Progress. L Stowell to meet with K Forrer to compete plans.
Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use. Google Analytics installed to measure traffic on Town website including Public Safety page. S Edson to proceed further with reports.
January Public Safety Message. M Stoddard to draft a safety message and send to L Stowell.
Setting the Next Meeting. January 15, 2020 at 5:30 PM.
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting. No guests to be invited.
Adjournment at 6:33 PM.

Dec 172019
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 18, 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 November 20, 2019. [11/20/19 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 Deployment Data.
Site Visit at 2141 Stone Road Continued Discussion.
Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project Progress
E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status.
FY 2021 BUDGET ITEMS.
Brookfield Fire Department Smoke & CO2 alarm program.
Emerald Ash Borer Progress.
Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use.
January Public Safety Message. [Draft Message]
Setting the Next Meeting.
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting.
Adjournment

Dec 122019
 

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 16th day of December,
2019 at 6:00 o’clock in the evening, at the Town Office in Brookfield.

                                                             
Board of Abatement

                                                            
By Teresa Godfrey      Date
_11/26/2019__

                                                                    
Chair/Clerk

Copy:
Three Public Places

           Board Members

           Appellants

Constance
Karalekas                                                        6:00 p.m.  
December 16, 2019

Joanna
Doerfer for Jane Doerfer’s Estate                         6:30 p.m.   December 16, 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.

Dec 122019
 

Brookfield
Conservation Commission

December 16, 2019
7:00 pm

Meeting Agenda

Review 
Agenda

Public Comment

Approval of Minutes of the November meetingReport on sharing Bylaws with Selectboard

Planning Commission collaboration re: Forest
Fragmentation

 Our
presence on the town website

Emerald Ash Borer and Brookfield PSC

Green-Up Day

Brainstorm session – projects for 2020

Other business

 Adjourn