Kasey Peterson

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 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 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.

Jan 282021
 

Brookfield Board of Adjustment

Notice of Public Hearing

 

The Brookfield Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing on Saturday, February 20, 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:

Shawn Krisch/Alyce Brouillard request a potential variance under Section 3.10 of the Development Bylaws. The proposed variance would be for construction of a 480 sq. ft. camp located at parcel ID 11-065.000 a proposed site on Eagle Peak Road with less than the required minimum 5 acres established under Section 2.1(E)(4)(a) of the Bylaws. The Board of Adjustment will need to review the proposed site and plans, with a site visit scheduled for Saturday, February 14, 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.

Jan 282021
 

Brookfield Board of Adjustment

Notice of Public Hearing

 

The Brookfield Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, February 17th 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:

Nathaniel Schmechel/Rori Barden request a potential variance under Section 3.10 of the Development Bylaws. The proposed variance would be for construction of a 10’ x 23’ porch attached to their residence located at 37 Cram Hill Road, Randolph VT with less than the required setback 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 4 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.

Jan 212021
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting
NOTICE AND AGENDA FOR REMOTE MEETING
The Town of Brookfield Selectboard will meet remotely on ZOOM on
25 January 2021 at 6:30pm.
To access the remote meeting:
Go to zoom.us and Join a Meeting.
The Meeting ID is 340 560 8428
Passcode: 955883 (This has been confirmed)
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
25 January 2021 at 6:30 PM
AGENDA

A. Call To Order

B. Adjustments to Agenda

C. Public Comments

D. Highway
1. Certificate of Highway Mileage
2. Excess Weight

E. New Business
1. Swip representative

F. Old Business
1. Budget and Town Meeting
a. Ballot Mailing
b. Meeting Date
2. Upgrade to Town Office Lighting

G. Approve Minutes from the 11 December 2020 Meeting

H. Payroll and AP Warrants

I. Other Proper Business

J. Adjournment