Nov 242020
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2020, 5:35 PM

The Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee met remotely by electronic means as warned.

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

 

The following members attended: Stuart Edson, Michael Rutkovsky, Mike Stoddard and Lew Stowell with guest Sheriff William Bohnyak OCSD.  No members of the public attended.

 

5:35 PM: Call to Order- No additions or deletions were made to the agenda.

Review and approve previous October 28, 2020 meeting minutes- Reviewed and approved 4-0.

Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. No bills have been received for September or October.  Sheriff Bohnyak said that there had been staffing and quarantine problems but the bills were being sent today.

Patrol Hours and Budget-Discussion. Sheriff Bohnyak said that the virus and staffing issues had made meeting patrol hour targets difficult.  Sheriff Bohnyak provided a summary of law enforcement events that impacted Brookfield in the last few months and said that the patrol reports would improve.

2021 Contract Discussion with Sheriff Bohnyak-. Possible budget targets of $15,000 and $20,000 were suggested for discussion purposes.  Sheriff Bohnyak agreed to contact L. Stowell on 11/24/2020 with possible proposals.  The committee urged that patrol hour goals need to be met much more closely than in the past.  L. Stowell to present proposals to committee at the December meeting.

Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project Progress- Culverts VS Bridges report approved and to be sent to the Select Board. 4-0.

E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status- T. Godfrey has told L. Stowell that there were not enough house number signs requested yet to justify an order.

Traffic Ordinance Review- There was discussion about adding cautionary signs to some roads, changing two Stop signs arrangements and extending the speed limit on a couple of roads.  L. Stowell to finalize suggestions made for final review at the December meeting.

Emerald Ash Borer Progress- M. Stoddard and M. Rutkovsky volunteered to help in the Spring.

Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use- No Change

December Public Safety Message M. Stoddard to prepare and send to L. Stowell.

Setting the Next Meeting- 5:35 PM on December 16, 2020, to be held remotely

Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting- None to be invited in December.

Entertained a motion to adjourn meeting- Adjourned at 7:08 PM.  Approved- 4-0.

Nov 212020
 

Meeting Minutes of the Brookfield Conservation Commission 11-16-2020

Present: Jon Binhammer, Sue Shea, Jon Jickling, Kathy Kinter, Star Strong, Kate Forrer, Town Forester.

Zoom Meeting to order at 7:05 PM

Public Comment: none.

Motion to approve October minutes as presented was made by Jon J, seconded by Starr. No comments, all approved.

Emerald Ash Borer update was provided by Kater Forrer, Town Forester. This included the history of the pest’s spread in VT and its current identified locations throughout the state. While it has been found north of Brookfield, as yet it has not been found in town. Only 2 traps were set this year. Plans for 2021 are to deploy 15 BioForest prism traps around town. Star and Jon J. have offered to help and more folks will be needed. Kate will be in touch with the commission this winter to discuss a plan of action.

Forest fragmentation: Sue spent more time exploring the maps and photos VTrans uses to assess location and condition of bridges and culverts. She focused on interstate 89 culverts. Off of Northfield Rd the culvert is 6’ wide and 258’ long with a stream thru it. West of Pond village, the culvert is 7’ wide by 206’ long with a stream. Given the results of the study Kathy received from Robert Long in WA, she suggested the commission focus on bridges, as long culverts are not likely to be utilized by many animals. She suggested a focus on the passage under the bridges near Lamson Pond Rd. but first doing an assessment of utilization by tracking once we get snow. If it is determined the area is used, we can commit to regular monitoring perhaps with a camera. Jon B is going to speak with someone from TNC about best use of a camera. We would need to find out about whether the Taplains still use the fence for the cattle. Starr has offered to do preliminary monitoring of this area as well as Cross Over Rd. and report back at the next meeting.

Schoolyard Habitat: We unanimously voted, after Jon J motioned and Star seconded, to support the submission of the proposal to the principal as written by Jon B. Jon will ask him what the next steps are.

Sunset Natural Area Bridge: Jon B , Jon J and Mike F. created plank boardwalks with the purchased 2x10x10s. The poles are on site but still need to get moved to the bridge to repair it. Discussion followed about use of horses to move the poles. Jon B will check with the bridge builder for suggestions on how best to move the poles and repair the bridge. The picnic tables should be moved so they can be better utilized. Jon J suggested future programming on the site given its rich wildlife.

Winter Programming: With the new covid restricions it was decided to forgo plans for programs. Folks can still do the Xmas bird count at their homes. Sue suggested that perhaps we can create a self guided trial somewhere for the public to experience on their own.

Other Business: None.

Next meeting will be on zoom on winter solstice, Dec. 21.

Adjourned meeting at 8:20 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy Kinter

Nov 192020
 

Town of Brookfield
Selectboard Meeting
Town Clerk’s Office
23 November 2020 at 6:30 PM
AGENDA
A. Call To Order
B. Adjustments to Agenda
C. Public Comments
D. New Business
1. Covid Guideline
2. Cloud based NEMRC
3. MVP Health Care premiums
4. Notice of Heavy Cut – Twombley and Benedict Property – FYI only
E. Highway
1. Highway Report
2. Mutual Aid Templates – Covid
2. Wage paperwork and Interim Foreman Compensation
3. Highway Laptop replacement
4. MRGP Amendment Form
F. Old Business
G. Approve Minutes from the 9 November 2020 Meeting
H. Payroll and AP Warrants
I. Other Proper Business
J. Adjournment

Nov 182020
 

 
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Nov 172020
 

NOTICE AND AGENDA FOR REMOTE MEETING
 
The Public Safety Advisory Committee for the Town of Brookfield, VT will meet remotely by electronic means on November 18, 2020 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
 
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BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 18, 2020, 5:35 PM
All times will depend upon the amount of public participation and committee discussion.
REMOTE MEETING AGENDA
 

5:35 PM: Call to Order
5:36 PM: Additions or deletions to the agenda

Public comment

5:40 PM: Review and approve previous of October 28, 2020 meeting minutes

: Open public comment

5:45 PM Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills.

Patrol Hours and Budget-Discussion

Public comment

2021 Contract Discussion with Sheriff Bohnyak

Public comment

6:15 PM: Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project Progress

Public comment

6:25PM: 6:35 PM: E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status

Public comment

6:30 PM: Traffic Ordinance Review

Public comment

6:50 PM: Emerald Ash Borer Progress

Public comment

6:55 PM:] Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use

Public comment

7:00 PM: December Public Safety Message

Public comment

7:05PM: Setting the Next Meeting
7:10 PM Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting

Final Public Comment

7:15: Entertain motion to adjourn meeting

 
 
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Remote Public Meetings
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Participation
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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.
 
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Nov 162020
 

Town of Brookfield
Selectboard Meeting
Town Clerk’s Office
9 November 2020 at 6:30 p.m.
Those Present: John Benson, Chair; Jeff Kimmel, Board Member; Dennis LaRocque,
Board Member; Tim Higgins, Road Crew Foreman; and Betty Lord, Secretary
A. Call to Order: the meeting was called to order by Mr. Benson at 6:32 p.m.
B. Adjustments to the Agenda: none
C. Public Comments: none
D. Audit Report: the Board reviewed the Town financial report prepared by Fothergill, Segale & Valley dated June 30, 2019. Mr. Benson made a motion to accept the report as presented. Mr. Kimmel seconded and the report was accepted unanimously.
E. Highway
1. Highway Report: Mr. Higgins reported the Road Crew has been busy clearing ditches and preparing the roads for winter. He also asked for a clarification on a number of roads as to their classification and maintenance.
2. Highway Department Debit Card: Mr. Higgins was advised to talk with Ms. Peterson in the Town Clerk’s Office to arrange for a debit card to be used mainly for the purchase of gasoline.
3. Highway Department Phone: Mr. Higgins was advised to arrange for a phone for his use in Town business. The phone should include access to weather reports and have a camera.
F. Old Business
LEMP Adoption Form: the Board members signed the adoption form for the Local Emergency Management Plan for the Town which had previously been updated by Mr. Richard Doolan, Director of Emergency Management for Brookfield, and approved by the Board.
The Board signed off on a utility license/work permit for Washington Electric Cooperative Inc. for activities on Old Cross Road. ECFiber has requested approval for a utility license for previous work on East Street. A West Street site is also under review for a utility license for previous work.
G. Approval of the Minutes from the 26 October 2020 Meeting: Mr. Kimmel made a motion to accept the minutes as presented. Mr. LaRocque seconded and the minutes were approved as presented.
H. Payroll and AP Warrants
Mr. LaRocque moved to accept the Accounts Payable Warrants in the amount of $15,439.58 with the largest amount being payable to BCBS/VT in the amount of $8,819.83. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion which was unanimously approved
I. Other Proper Business
Mr. Benson made a motion to appoint Mr. LaRocque, on a temporary basis, to work with the Brookfield Board of Adjustment to help with the workload of that Board. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion which was unanimously approved.
Mr. Higgins was asked to contact the Town of Randolph to find out what they are paying for sand; the Board is investigating fair market rates for sand as part of planning for a potential sand pit operation at the Sprague Farm. Mr. Higgins was also asked to get a cost estimate for clearing an acre of land at the proposed Sprague pit and then recovering it after the sand is harvested.
J. There being no other business to come before the Board the meeting was unanimously adjourned at 7:56 p.m.

Nov 152020
 

Brookfield Conservation Commission Meeting Agenda
November 16, 2020 7:00 pm
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3. Approval of Minutes of the October meeting
4. Emerald Ash Borer and Brookfield PSC – Town Forester update
5. Update on access issue off Twin Ponds Road
6. I-89 Wildlife Crossing monitoring
7. Working with the Brookfield School on schoolyard habitat enhancement – proposal
8. Sunset Brook Natural Area boardwalk/bridge/trail update
9. Winter program ideas in Covid time?
10. Other business
11. Adjourn
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Nov 122020
 

Minutes DRAFT
Brookfield Planning Commission
Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Present:
Gwynn Zakov, Chair, Tim Gershon, Jon Jickling, Martha Judy, Will White
Public Present:  None
Chair Zakov called the meeting to order at 7:06 p.m.
White/Gershon moved to approve minutes from the 10/12/2020 meeting.  The minutes were approved unanimously.
The planning commission discussed town standards of roads and bridges in the context of  Development Bylaws sections 4.2.   Discussion continued
For the next meeting the commission will review Sections 4.10, 4.11 and 4.12.  As before members will review these sections before the next meeting in Dec.
Next meeting will be December 8th, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
Commissioners White/Gershon moved for adjournment and the motion passed unanimously.  The meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Jon Jickling
 

Nov 052020
 

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA
Location: Virtual ZOOM Meeting (see below)
MEETING: Tuesday, November 10th 2020 TIME: 7:00 p.m.
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Public to be heard
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Set date of next meeting

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Nov 052020
 

 
Town of Brookfield
Selectboard Meeting
Town Clerk’s Office
26 October 2020 at 6:30 PM
AGENDA
A. Call To Order
B. Adjustments to Agenda
C. Public Comments
D. New Business
Audit report
E. Highway
1. Highway Report
2. Highway Dept. Credit Card
3. Highway Dept Phone
F. Old Business
1. LEMP Adoption form
G. Approve Minutes from the 26 October 2020 Meeting
H. Payroll and AP Warrants
I. Other Proper Business
J. Adjournment