Oct 262020

Minutes of the Meeting of


Town Clerk’s Office
October 12, 2020

THOSE PRESENT: John Benson, Chair; Jeff Kimmel, Dennis LaRocque, Board members, Tim Higgins, Rob Wheatley, Scott Brock, Chris Bunt, Lew Stowell, Richard Doolan, Theresa Godfrey, Town Clerk; and Betty Lord, Secretary

A. CALL TO ORDER: The Chair, Mr. Benson called the meeting to order at 6:33.


C. PUBLIC COMMENTS: Mr. Scott Brock appeared before the Board to ask his name be corrected in the minutes of September 14, 2020. His main purpose in appearing was to request that he be considered as a member on the Board of Adjustment. He agreed that he had read the by-laws of the Board. Mr. Benson made a motion to accept Mr. Brock as the fifth member of the Board of Adjustment. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion and Mr. Brock was unanimously elected as a member of the Board of Adjustment.


1. FY19 Audit. Ms. Theresa Godfrey, Town Clerk, reported to the Board that the paper work of the audit for 2019 was completed by the auditors after July 1st; therefore, the changes to the audit have to be put in the beginning of the 2020 audit. Payment for the 2019 audit will have to come out of the 2020 budget. Mr. Benson moved to accept these terms of a letter from the auditor, Mr. Kimmel seconded and the motion was unanimously approved.

2. Local Emergency Plan Update. Mr. Richard Doolan, Director of the Emergency Management Plan of the Town of Brookfield appeared before the Board to present changes he had made to the EMP. A copy of these changes is attached and have been made a part of these minutes. Mr. Benson introduced Mr. Lew Stowell to Mr. Doolan and stated that Mr. Stowell had considerable training in emergency management and might be of help to the committee. Mr. Benson moved to accept the emergency plan as outlined by Mr. Doolan. Mr Kimmel seconded the motion which carried unanimously.

3. Public Safety Committee – Lee Stowell appeared before the Board to present a status report from the Brookfield Public Safely Advisory Committee. He reported there were fourteen roads in town with speed limits. He stated there was $6,500 in the budget that has not been used to-date. He suggested that $4,000 of the budget line item could be used to replace destroyed or stolen signs now and the additional monies be used in May to replace those destroyed over the winter. Mr. Rob Wheatley reported there are quite a few signs in the Town Garage but that many of the signs are also missing posts. Mr. Benson asked that a plan be made to include what is needed in the way of traffic signs, what is on hand, what is needed to be purchased, and the costs of what is needed to get the post in the ground. Mr. Wheatley said it would be more cost effective to rent the equipment for the post holes rather than buying it. Mr. Benson also said replacing signs that still have poles should not be a problem, but for those requiring poles, the road crew is busy preparing for winter and those signs may have to wait for installation.

Mr. Stowell also discussed the over-weight permit processing procedure. A copy of the report for (1) Traffic Sign Recommendations and (2) for Vehicle Over-weight Permit Processing Procedures is attached and made a part of these minutes.

Mr. Stowell also reported that although the threat of the Emerald Ash Bore is still prevalent, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused most efforts to be put aside this year. The Lure/Bait kits and the traps have been stored and there are plans for a more concentrated effort in 2021.

Mr. Stowell asked that a No Parking sign be placed at the turn-around on his property as people are parking in the space making it impossible to use the turn-around . He also talked about the contract that is made with the Sheriff’s Department. Mr. Benson said the contract was coming up again in the spring and he suggested that Mr. Stowell talk with the Sheriff or his second-in-command to discuss the fee schedule to see if an increase in the contract might be necessary or to ascertain that the Town is already getting the services set out in the present contract.

E. Highway – Mr. Rob Wheatley reported the East Hill grant has been paid off. The grant requires that photographs before and after the completed project be taken.

Mr. Aaron Mace on West Street is seeking to install a driveway. Mr. Wheatley will get in touch with him to start the process.

Bear Hill Road Culvert – Mr. Chris Bunt of the State of Vermont, Agency of Transportation attended the meeting to discuss ways in which the culvert on Bear Hill might be repaired. After much discussion, Mr,. Benson asked Mr. Bunt to prepare a report of the costs for having the State do the pilings, what the other costs and the timing of the project would be.

The Board approved two license agreements for ECFiber installations within the Town right of way: one is for Old Cross Road and the other is for Bear Hill Road. Mr. Benson made a motion to approve the license agreements. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion and it was carried unanimously. Copies of both license agreements are to be held at the Town Garage and the Town Clerk’s office.

Washington Electric. A utility pole has been installed on Old Cross Road by Washington Electric. Mr. Benson stated they will be held to the same provisions as those of ECFiber, i.e., if the Town needs to have the pole moved for any reason, Washington Electric will move it and be responsible for the cost. Mr. Kimmel made a motion that it is the condition of this license that after working within the highway ROW, Washington Electric shall restore the surface of the highway ROW to its present condition, including removal of tree stump remnants created during the course of the construction . Once the utility is installed, Washington Electric shall install and maintain at the edge of the ROW on both sides of each underground line road crossing, permanent markers with the words “Underground Utility” on them denoting the utility crossing location. Mr. LaRoque seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

Mr. Benson presented to the other members of the Board a draft of a lease agreement for the sand pit project. He asked Mr. Kimmel and Mr. LaRoque to review the draft and after any changes to forward a copy to the Town’s attorney.

Executive Session: Mr. Kimball moved that the Board go into Executive Session to discuss personnel matters at 8:30 pm. Mr. LaRoque seconded the motion. At 8:48 the Board voted unanimously to come out of Executive Session.

F. Old Business
1. Amendments to the 14 September Meeting Minutes The secretary was asked to
make the necessary adjustments of changing Mr. Brock’s first name to Scott.

2. Approve Minutes of the September 28 Minutes. Mr. Kimmel made a motion to accept the Town of Brookfield, Selectboard minutes of September 28, 2020 as presented. Mr. Benson seconded the motion and the minutes were approved unanimously.

G. Payroll and AP Warrants. Mr. LaRoque moved to accept the Payroll and Accounts Payable Warrants in the amount of $13,913.70 with the largest payment being to Gorman Group in the amount of $4,107.80. Mr. Benson seconded and the motion was unanimously approved.

H. Other Proper Business. Mr. LaRoque reminded everyone the Garage Committee would be holding an Open House at the Town Garage for the General Public on Saturday, October 17, 2020.

There being no further business to come before the Board, Mr. LaRoque moved for adjournment. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion and the meeting was adjourned by unanimous vote at 9:10 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Betty Lord, Secretary