Kasey Peterson

Apr 172018

Mountain Alliance & Casella Waste Management, Inc.
This year’s HHW Collection Events will be held on:
Saturday, May 5, 2018
From 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
At the Closed Landfill past the Randolph Transfer Station
Saturday, July 28, 2018
From 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
In Northfield at a location to be announced
Saturday, November 3, 2018
From 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
At the Closed Landfill past the Randolph Transfer Station

This event is for the residents of:
Randolph, Braintree, Brookfield & Northfield

Materials Accepted at the Event:
Acids, Adhesives, Aerosols, Antifreeze, Brake Fluid, Cements, Charcoal Lighters, Chlorine,
Cleaning Fluid, Degreasers, Disinfectants, Drain Cleaners, Dry Gas, Epoxies, Dyes,
Fiberglass Resins, Flea Powders, Furniture Strippers, Hair Removers, Herbicides, Insect
Repellents, Lacquers, Lubricants, Mothballs or Flakes, Nail Polish Removers, Oven
Cleaners, Oil Based Paints, Paint Removers, Paint Thinners, Permanent Solutions,
Pesticides, Photo chemicals, Rat Poisons, Rug & Upholstery Cleaners, Rust Solvents, Wood
Preservatives, Spot Removers, Toilet Bowl Cleaners, Tub and Tile Cleaners, Turpentine,
Varnish, Weed Killers, Wood Polishes, Wood Stains, Mercury containing products.

Materials NOT Accepted at the Event:
Asbestos, Automotive Paint, Automotive and Marine Batteries, Tires, Used Oil, Explosives or
Shock-Sensitive Materials, Ammunition, Radio-Active Wastes, Pathological Wastes, Infectious
Waste, Medicines, Dioxins, Compressed Gas Cylinders, Fluorescent Light tubes, Electronic
equipment, TV’s, Computers.

If you have any questions about the event or acceptable materials
please call Denise King at Casella 802-356-9094 or 802-888-2797
Check out website: www.mtalliance.org

If you want to register with CESQG please
call Krista Gloden at Clean Harbors (860)583-8917 Ext 351

Recycle all other materials check out VTrecycles.org
If you qualify as a small quantity (CESQG) business, and wish to dispose of your hazardous waste,
arrangements for disposal and payment must be made with Clean Harbors at least seven days in

Mar 152018

Town of Brookfield

Selectboard Meeting

February 26, 2018 at 6:30 P.M.

Town Clerk’s Office



Present: Cory Haggett (Acting Chair), Jeff Kimmel, Ray Peck (Road Crew Foreman), Dawn Conant, Dennis Larocque, Jon Binhammer


  1. Call to Order – 6:30 p.m.


  1. Adjustments to Agenda – Mr. Binhammer and Mr. Larocque attending (see public comment section below).


  1. Public Comment


  • Larocque – asked about the Public Safety Advisory Committee and Extra Vehicle Parking and if that issue has been addressed/taken care of.
  • Peck said speed signage went up today and need to continue to follow up with the Orange County Sheriff. Mr. Kimmel said the Selectboard is not handing out tickets, leaving that to the Sheriff and qualified law enforcement officials to do. Mr. Haggett mentioned that John Benson (Selectboard Chair) was plannning to follow up with the Sheriff and was unsure at this time if he had.
  • Haggett suggested that Mr. Larocque attend the next Public Safety Meeting, which is being held on February 28th at 5:30 p.m.


  • Binhammer wanted to know if the Selectboard had looked at his proposal regarding establishing a Conservation Commission for the Town of Brookfield. He met with the Planning Commission who voted to establish the Conservation Commission.
  • Does the Selectboard need to establish the entity? Does it need to go before the voters? Mr. Kimmel needs to check the state statutes and Town charter for the information on the mechanics of establishing and operating a commission.
  • Binhammer hopes to have the Commission advise the Selectboard about conservation issues in the Town and education for managing the Town Forest and other Town properties. Brookfield has money from logging at the Town Forest which could go towards this issue.
  • Kimmel said Mr. Binhammer could raise the proposed creation of a Conservation Commission with voters at Town Meeting and see what they thought, as “other proper business” towards the end of the meeting.
  • Larocque asked if there would be any cost to the Town to establish this Conservation Commission. Mr. Binhammer said that it varies among other towns that have created such commissions and sought money through the town budget approval process. This depends on what the Town envisions the proposed Commission would do. At this time he does not envision anything needed in the short- or possible long-term.


  1. New Business:


  1. Town Budget Informational Meeting: All set for Town Meeting. Other than Mr. Binhammer’s inquiry, no other questions came up.


  1. Highway Department:


  1. Roads and Bridges Standards Certificate of Compliance: it was suggested that the item be tabled until Mr. Benson is back (at the next Selectboard meeting).


  1. Grant Application
  • Chelsea Mill Road – ¼ mile of paving.
  • Ray is checking potholes.
  • Ray is getting quotes – the submission is due April 15th.


  1. Letter from Pat Mercier
  • Received another letter from Ms. Mercier. The Selectboard has decided to schedule another site visit with her to discuss ongoing issues with the Town’s maintenance practices on her road.


  1. Ray Peck – Additional Highway Information


  • One of the trucks has a continuing problem with its fan. The truck is going to Lebanon this week to be fixed again.
  • Hoping to have a quote on March 2nd or 3rd for the new truck (as proposed in the Warning for Town Meeting). If Mr. Peck has the information ready we will be able to order it as soon as possible, as he is concerned with the time frame for truck delivery. Mr. Peck cited another town had those issues, plus we are still going to get $15,000 at trade-in time for our current truck and he wants to make sure it still is working.
  • He ordered fuel from Global for $2.28 a gallon; other quotes were for $2.33.
  • Mud Season – The Highway Department is halfway through the pile of sand/salt. Seasonal usage is looking good so far.
  • Peck asked about the property next to the Town Garage and if all is legally surveyed etc. Mr. Kimmel said the markers are there and that there should be a map/plat in the Town records describing the property.
  • Haggett asked if all the roads had been posted: Mr. Peck indicated that the Highway Department had been taking care of it.
  • Bill Grady is logging on Taylor Hill. Mr. Peck will visit with him to make sure he understands the posting rules etc.


  1. Repairs/Painting Town Office Building
  • We have one quote for painting.
  • The Board will ask Mrs. Peterson (Administrative Assistant) to get the RFQ distributed for potential contractors for possible siding of the building. This will include posting on the Town website and possibly in the Herald.


  1. Public Assemblage Permit – Randolph Area Food Shelf: regarding a fundraising walk in May. Mr. Kimmel made a motion to approve the application as presented; Mr. Haggett seconded: 2-0-0.


  1. Old Business:


  • Approve Minutes of January 8th meeting: Mr. Kimmel made a motion to approve the January 8th meeting minutes; Mr. Haggett seconded: 2-0-0.
  • Approve Minutes of February 12th meeting: table approval of February 12th minutes until next meeting.


  1. Warrants: Haggett made a motion to pay the warrants totaling $75,634.29. Large bills include Orange County Treasurer (annual fee): $35,164.10; VT League of Cities & Towns (annual insurance/fees): $33,572.00; Blue Cross/Blue Shield (insurance): $3,759.60; Mr. Kimmel seconded: 2-0-0.


  1. Other Proper Business:


  • Trash at the former Smith house on Ridge Road is increasing; the Town Health Officer has been unavailable, so not sure if this has been addressed yet.
  • Need to have Mrs. Peterson provide information to WRVA regarding splitting the ambulance services in the Town with Barre Town.
  • It was noted that a recent article in the Herald of Randolph reported that Randolph is considering establishing their own ambulance service. The Board will need to monitor this potential development.


  1.       Mr. Kimmel made a motion to adjourn at 7:26 p.m., Mr. Haggett seconded: 2-0-0.


Mar 012018

Town of Brookfield

Selectboard Meeting

February 12, 2018 at 6:30 P.M.

Town Clerk’s Office

Draft Minutes


Present: John Benson (Chair), Jeff Kimmel, Cory Haggett, Ray Peck (Road Crew Foreman), Dawn Conant


  1. Call to Order – 6:30 p.m.


  1. Adjustments to Agenda – Discussed Moorcroft Letter below first.


  1. Public Comment – No public attendees.


  1. New Business:


  1. Highway Department:


  1. Weight Limit Posting
  • Peck to work with Kasey Peterson (Administrative Assistant) on getting the signs done and ready to post especially with this current warm weather trend..
  • Haggett made a motion to post the roads from now until May 15, 2018, Mr. Kimmel seconded: 3-0-0.


  1. Security at the Town Garage
  • Peck mentioned that security cameras at the garage were malfunctioning.
  • Peck will work with Kasey to research what systems are available. Mr. Kimmel asked about looking into cameras that we can link to a smartphone app for ease of monitoring.
  • Most camera need the controller for security to be in a “clean room.” Once we get the new system, this should go in Mrs. Peterson’s office.
  • They will work on this and get back to the Board with recommendations etc. at the next meeting.


  1. Peck asked about the roads and if we need to plow more often. Mr. Peck mentioned the heavy use of the sand pile this year, and asked what the plan is if we need more this year. He has made some calls, but wanted to know look at the budget available for sand/gravel purchases. The Board will review and verify the numbers as part of the budgeting process for presentation at Town Meeting 2018.
  2. Benson received a letter from Pat Mercier regarding her mailbox being hit twice already this year.


  1. Moorcroft Letter: Jim Moorcroft submitted a written request for a potential Board of Abatement hearing regarding the status of his delinquent taxes. The Selectboard will ask Town Clerk Teresa Godfrey to contact Mr. Moorcroft and arrange possible dates and times for a BoA hearing.


  1. Town Office Painting/Siding
  • The Board will consider costs of painting versus siding installation, and how long either option lasts.
  • Painting quote is $8,000 and that is for half of building (lasting 5-7 years).
  • Siding could run $27,000+/- which includes all trim and a layer of insulation; one estimate indicated that this option lasts a lot longer, but the Board will need more information.
  • Kimmel suggested that we put a proposal out (RFP/RFQ) for siding the building and see what we get. The same process could be used for the sake of comparing painting options.
  • Haggett asked if there would be any issues with voters about using siding and the historic look etc. of the building.
  • Benson to put together with Mrs. Peterson the RFQ/RFP(s) and get a sense of the Board’s options in a reasonable amount of time.


  1. Old Business:


  1. Approve Minutes of January 8th meeting: table approval of January 8th minutes until next meeting.


Approve Minutes of January 22nd meeting: Mr. Haggett made a motion to approve the minutes, Mr. Benson seconded: 3-0-0.


  1. Barre Town EMS Contract
  • Benson asked if there were any problems with the Contract?
  • Haggett mentioned that it runs from January 1, 2018 to June 30, 2018.
  • Kimmel will speak with Kasey to make sure we have copies of the Services Division Map and get it posted to website. Plan to have Kasey get information out regarding when it took place and where the services are.
  • Kimmel made a motion to sign the contract as is, Mr. Haggett seconded: 3-0-0.


  1. Warrants: Kimmel made a motion to pay the warrants totaling $25,888.81: large bills include Town of Barre (ambulance contract services): $12,874.05; WRVA (ambulance contract services): $3,425.00; Kardel, Inc. (salt): $1,610.79. Mr. Haggett seconded. 3-0-0. Note: a Tenco invoice is listed but the supporting paperwork is missing; Mrs. Peterson can verify the invoice and then process the warrants.


  1. Other Proper Business:


Trash at the former Smith residence on Ridge Road is accumulating. The Town (through the Health Officer) will continue monitoring conditions, and contact the residents about removal as necessary.


Town Report preparation is nearing its end, and as one of the last steps Mr. Kimmel will ensure that the Town is all set with the budget spreadsheet information before the report goes to printing.


  1.       Mr. Kimmel made a motion to adjourn at 7:32 p.m., Mr. Haggett seconded: 3-0-0.
Feb 272018

Town of Brookfield

Selectboard Meeting

January 8, 2018 at 6:30 P.M.

Town Clerk’s Office

Draft Minutes

 Present: John Benson (Chair), Jeff Kimmel, Cory Haggett, Ray Peck, Dawn Conant, Lew Stowell (PSAC), Stuart Edson (PSAC), Chuck Barnum


  1. Call to Order – 6:30 p.m.


  1. Adjustments to Agenda – New Business – Public Safety Advisory Committee Members to discuss FY2019 Budget Recommendations.


  1. Public Comment – Chuck Barnum regarding new 911/EMS Services.


  • Benson asked Mr. Barnum where we are on this process. Mr. Barnum needs copies of all documentation.
  • Barnum brought to the Board’s attention that as of Friday the green light to go ahead was given for the new 911 EMS Service division of Brookfield between Barre Town Ambulance and WRVA, and it will be live. He inquired whether the Town received confirmation of this activity.
  • Peck talked with someone from Barre Town and Mr. Benson sent a note to the person in charge to have them plan to come to a Selectboard meeting and report on service status.
  • Barnum commented he would have liked to have been included more often in this process with WRVA etc.
  • Stowell asked if Barre Town responds; do you end up going to Central Vermont Hospital? The understanding is that if a transportee says where they want to go (CVMC or Gifford), then the service will take you there, but if you are incapacitated or do not say, you will be taken to CVMC.
  • Benson mentioned the Board needs to get a notice out updating Brookfield residents about the changes in ambulance service (posting in paper/website etc.)
  • Barnum will put a report together for the meeting in 2 weeks.
  • Barnum also inquired about submitting a petition regarding the Masonic Hall and Municipal tax abatement in the amount of $185 for 5 years. The petition would need 50 signatures. Mr. Kimmel to check to see if the Town can do it for 5 years instead of the normal 3 years.


  1. New Business:


  1. Highway Department:


Mr. Benson asked Mr. Peck about how the Town is doing on sand and equipment. We are running through the supply and are about the same as in years past.


Budget for Highway Department:


  • Grants with Two Rivers.
  • What is in Bridge Budget and what bridges still need to be done?
  • What is the cost for the proposed new tandem truck: $199,015 covers everything; a 6-wheeler would be $185,145; and the Town would get about $15,000 (trade-in) for the green truck.
  • New backhoe/loader for future: rough estimate would be $110,000 with trade. Mr. Peck noted that as time passes, equipment costs rise and existing equipment adds more usage hours; so there is a balancing that needs to be considered.
  • Building and maintenance repair: potential cost for shed to be rebuilt is perhaps $25,000±.; Mr. Peck will do some figuring for the next meeting. The Town is still waiting for an adjoining landowner to sign off on paperwork regarding the proposed transfer of a portion of land.
  • Keep eyes open for a grant to help with possibly building of a new Town Garage in the future.


  1. Vault Repair/Door Repair (Library)


Vault: Ms. Godfrey (Town Clerk/Treasurer) reported that other towns use electronic access; vendors include Paul Vercillian at Branch Services or Roger with Moesler in VT. Need e-mail/billing address to contact; Administrative Assistant Mrs. Peterson will contact both with an estimate of what we need.


Door: contact contractor Jeff Brassard for an estimate for the new door. The Board recommended that we go ahead and have him order it. Mr. Brassard is also working on an estimate/price for vinyl siding for the Town Offices.


  1. PSAC Budget Recommendations


  • Stowell suggest that we deal with the first priority signs first.
  • Most new signs need to be up to MUTCD Standards.
  • List represents all roads with speed ordinances with the exception of Ridge Road as that is going to be done next year by the State. East Hill is lacking though.
  • Peck mentioned it is about $30± a post. Mr. Benson roughly estimated $60/70 per sign. Mr. Haggett asked about a sign shop that makes them or just the State.
  • Draft Budget: $4,000 to cover signs that are critical.
  • Peck mentioned that $2,500 per year is spent on upgrading/fixing and replacing stolen ones.


Next Mr. Stowell provided a brief overview of the items listed on the Public Safety Advisory Committee Budget Recommendations handout as follows:


  1. Removal of speed zone times signs at Brookfield Elementary School.
  2. Resolve Town right-of-way impingement involving vehicles at Cushing residence; requires both Selectboard and Orange County Sheriff’s Department coordination. In addition, Stone Road speed limit signs should be updated to comply with the new Town ordinance.
  3. Road Crew should continue to inventory speed limit and road name signs, and can work with the Board to prioritize replacement schedules.
  4. PSAC has submitted a study of road/speed signs and has suggested priorities for updating and replacement, depending on budget etc.
  5. Keep the annual budgeted amount for OCSD at $12,000.
  6. The Board should review the use and placement of School Bus Stop signs, and their potential priority in the general road sign strategy.
  7. Potential use of mobile and stationary speed (radar) monitoring devices.


  1. Old Business: approval of the minutes from the December 28, 2017 Selectboard meeting. Haggett made a motion to approve, Mr. Kimmel seconded: 3-0-0.


  1. Warrants: There were no warrants left for the Board to approve and pay at this time.


  1. Other Proper Business: no other business discussed.


  1. Mr. Kimmel made a motion to adjourn at 8:33 p.m., Mr. Haggett seconded: 3-0-0.


Jan 302018

Town of Brookfield

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – Draft

January 22, 2018

Town Clerk’s Office, Brookfield, VT


Present: John Benson (Chair), Cory Haggett, Ray Peck (Highway Foreman), and Eric Ward


  1. Call to Order – 6:30 p.m.


  1. Adjustments to Agenda – None


  1. Public Comment – None


  1. New Business:


Eric Ward: Mr. Ward presented the Board with a survey map of his property adjacent to West Brookfield Road and extending to Blanchard Road. The Board reminded Mr. Ward that the Town has a right of way through his property and asked him to make sure that it was properly noted in the final survey map presented to the Town.




  • Benson noted that the Highway Department had $6,143 left in the maintenance and repair budget for the period between February 1st and June 30th.
  • Benson reported that the reimbursement from FEMA for the July 2017 storm had hit a snag due to a perceived lack of detail in the Town’s recording of hours spent repairing each specific problem area.
  • Peck reported the grader is fixed and no longer leaking antifreeze. The leak was apparently caused, according to Milton CAT, by a shrinking of one or more rubber coolant hoses during the recent cold weather.
  • Peck reported to that the green International truck had to be towed to S.D Reed to have some motor work performed. There were several bad injectors and the turbo was stuck. The total repair bill is expected to be between $3,800 and $5,500 including the tow.
  • Peck reported that he was able to purchase sand from Larry Pickett for the sander in the F-350 and it works fine. Mr. Pickett is going to calculate a price for the sand and set a flat rate per yard or load moving forward.


Assemblage Permit: Jon Binhammer applied for a public assemblage permit for the annual Brookfield Ice Harvest. A motion to accept the permit as submitted was made by Mr. Haggett and seconded by Mr. Benson. The motion carried 2-0.


WRVA Invoice: The Board reviewed the January 2018 invoice for EMS service from WRVA. It was determined that the invoice was correct as submitted in the amount of $3,425. The invoice reflects the post-spilt price per month given WRVA now serves 53% of the Town’s population.


Cemetery Bids: It was decided that bids would be need to be received no later than March 3, 2018 for cemetery care for the summer. Bids would be reviewed and a vender would be chosen at the March 12, 2018 Board meeting.


Barre Town EMS: The Board tabled finalizing the details of the new EMS service contact with Barre Town EMS until the February 12, 2018. Tabling this issue would allow input from the full Board.


  1. Warrants: A motion to pay the warrants in the amount of $28,532.66 was made by Mr. Benson and seconded by Mr. Haggett. The motion carried 2-0. The three largest warrants included: Cargill, Inc. in the amount of $4,646.48 for road salt, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont in the amount of $3,759.60 for employee health insurance, and Fothergill, Segale and Valley in the amount of $3,700.00 for the Town’s 2016 – 2017 audit.


A motion was made to adjourn the meeting by Mr. Benson and seconded by Mr. Haggett. The motion carried 2-0.


Meeting adjourned at 7:31 p.m.


Jan 242018

The Town of Brookfield is seeking cemetery mowing services. Responsibilities include mowing and weed trimming in five Brookfield cemeteries, the Town Clerk’s Office, Hippo Park, and around the monument on Stone Road. Contract to run April through October, with options for multiple years. Bids may be submitted at the office or by e-mail at admin@brookfieldvt.org by 8 March 2018.

Jan 162018

The Town of Brookfield has recently made changes to our ambulance services.

As of January 1, 2018 ambulance coverage for the Town has been split at Steele Hill Road/VT Route 65/East Hill Road/Chelsea Road.

Residents living on the South side of that line will still be covered by White River Valley Ambulance, but residents living on the North side of that line will be now covered by Barre Town EMS.

You will still call 911 in case of emergency and the dispatcher will send the appropriate ambulance service.

Patients that require hospitalization will be taken to Central Vermont Medical Center by Barre Town EMS or Gifford Medical Center by White River Valley Ambulance. However, a patient has the right to request transport to whichever hospital they would prefer.

Please see  the  Brookfield 911  map to determine which ambulance service covers your area of Town.

If you have further questions please call the Brookfield Town Clerk’s Office (276-3352).

Jan 102018

Town of Brookfield

Selectboard Meeting

December 28, 2017 at 6:30 P.M.

Town Clerk’s Office



Present: John Benson (Chair), Jeff Kimmel, Cory Haggett, Melanie Rodjenski (FSV Auditor), Brenda Flint and Ginny Brees (Town Auditors), Teresa Godfrey (Town Treasurer)


  1. Call to Order – 6:30 p.m.


  1. Adjustments to Agenda – New Business – Audit Discussion will be moved to first in order, as relevant parties are present.


  1. Public Comment – None, as no public at meeting.


  1. New Business:


  1. Audit: Ms. Rodjenski, Ms. Brees, Ms. Flint, and Ms. Godfrey attended the Selectboard meeting to review and discuss the findings from a Fothergill, Segale, and Valley audit report covering Brookfield’s FY 2016-2017 period. Topics covered included:


  1. The Town Library is doing fine with its financial recordkeeping, and there has not been much activity with its various investments (such as CDs). The Town should still consider having the Library Committee migrate their financial records into the Town’s NEMRC accounting system.
  2. Rodjenski recommended that the Town Treasurer and Audit Committee develop a methodology for brief manual reconciliation to help confirm that NEMRC records are checking out.
  3. Due to the Veteran’s Exemption in the state property tax system, the Town is shorted by approximately $5,000 in tax receipts annually. The NEMRC system doesn’t include a corrective mechanism. So Ms. Rodjenski suggested that the Town consider a “special agreement rate” to adjust the tax rate to reflect the difference.
  4. FSV expressed an “adverse opinion” on a portion of the financial statements, which led to a discussion as to the impact. The sense was that, as the Town does not seek state aid for funding equipment, there is unlikely to be an effect. Ms. Rodjenski noted that full compliance with GASB accounting principles is more critical for larger municipalities; Brookfield could pursue full compliance, which would result in a lengthier audit report, but the benefit would probably be minimal. The Town could also consider producing a full liability listing for the sake of VMERS insurance reporting, but the insurance system is fully funded.
  5. The Town is working on implementing a credit card policy, including identifying potential users and card limits. The policy will likely be adjusted as conditions warrant.
  6. The Board and auditors also discussed whether to have audits performed on an annual or biennial basis. There appears to be a slight cost advantage to a biennial process. There is also the possibility of doing a shortened audit version in off years to check consistency. Before making a decision, the Town will need to check with its banks for their preferences.


  1. Highway Department:


  1. Ray Peck (Road Crew Foreman) was unavailable for the meeting. Mr. Haggett reported that the new part-time employee is working out well, and has been working with the crew during the on-going Winter conditions.
  2. The state Agency of Transportation sent the Town a letter inquiring about measurements at several intersections. The Board will follow up and provide relevant documentation.
  3. Larry Brassard had concerns about Town plowing in his section of Bear Hill Road. As previously agreed, Board members and Mr. Peck will meet with Mr. Brassard in Spring 2018 to review site conditions and discuss remedial measures.


  1. Budget: Mr. Benson is updating the proposed budget for FY 2018/2019 in preparation for Town Meeting 2018. Board discussion included a proposed 2.5% increase in wages for Town employees, obtaining quotes for the scheduled replacement of one of the Town’s trucks, and the costs of repairs at the Town Offices. In addition, the Board will continue budget discussions with the contractor who maintains the Town’s cemeteries.


  1. Old Business: approval of the minutes from the December 11, 2017 Selectboard meeting is deferred.


  1. Warrants: Haggett made a motion to pay the warrants totaling $16,692.67. Large bills include BCBS VT: $3,759.60; Capitol One: $2,490.44; Cargill Inc. (salt): $2,336.98. Mr. Kimmel seconded. 3-0-0.


  1. Other Proper Business: no other business discussed.


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


Jan 102018

Town of Brookfield

Public Hearing: Proposed Traffic Ordinance

December 11, 2017 at 6:00 P.M.

Town Clerk’s Office



Present: John Benson (Chair), Jeff Kimmel, Cory Haggett, Dawn Conant, Lew Stowell (PSAC), Stuart Edson (PSAC), Joy Kacik (PSAC), Michael Stoddard (PSAC), Betsy Hale


Call to Order – 6:06 p.m.


Mr. Kimmel gave a brief overview of the Traffic Ordinance history and the steps towards the current public hearing. Members of the Public Safety Advisory Committee were present, and provided comments:


  • The PSAC received comments on the current version of the proposed ordinance (Revision 8), and summarized them for the Selectboard.
  • Linda Kelly would like to see the speed limit in Pond Village set at 15 mph. The proposed ordinance retains the limit of 25 mph. Additional commenters were in favor of the 25 mph limit, but requested additional speed postings within the Village.
  • Stowell asked if it is standard to get comments/discussion via e-mail. Mr. Benson said that comments should be submitted in writing to the Town Clerk’s Office, as stated in the hearing notice.
  • Hale inquired whether the limit was supposed to be 25 all along; Mr. Edson stated that is was posted wrong at 35 mph.
  • Benson mentioned that we need to prioritize where the new signs are put up first. Ms. Hale asked if Pond Village could be done first, due to public safety and the large number of people frequenting the Town Hall and young families visiting in the summer.
  • Benson noted that the Town would look into potential grant money for road signs and speed warning devices, so the funding discussion will continue.
  • Stowell noted that he was surprised the proposal was able to be completed within 8 sets of revisions.


After the Board inquired whether there were and other comments or objections to the proposed ordinance, Mr. Benson closed the public comment period.


A motion was made by Mr. Haggett to adopt as presented the final draft of the proposed Traffic Ordinance, Mr. Kimmel seconded. The motion was carried 3-0-0.


Mr. Benson stated that the Board appreciated all the hard work that the Public Safety Advisory Committee put in on this document, and the Board will look forward to further suggestions and discussion with the committee as the ordinance is implemented.



Town of Brookfield

Selectboard Meeting

December 11, 2017 at 6:30 P.M.

Town Clerk’s Office



Present: John Benson (Chair), Jeff Kimmel, Cory Haggett, Dawn Conant


  1. Call to Order – 6:30 p.m.


  1. Adjustments to Agenda – None.


  1. Public Comment – None, as no public at meeting.


  1. New Business:


  1. Highway Department:


  1. Town Garage Property Boundary Adjustment: Mr. Benson has not seen final documents from Town Attorney Pam Stafford yet. The proposed deed agreement goes to Tom Young and the Town does not need to sign as Mr. Young is only conveying a portion of land to Brookfield. Mr. Benson approved pending receipt of final agreement for the lot line adjustment. A motion was made by Mr. Benson to accept the land transfer from Mr. Young for $1,600, Mr. Kimmel seconded; 3-0-0.
  2. Road Status Inventory – Administrative Assistant Kasey Peterson reported that completion of the inventory could increase the Town’s reimbursement from FEMA projects for future disaster responses. Mr. Benson observed that the road conditions described in an inventory would likely be temporary, and likely to change with seasonal conditions. However, delaying the inventory would impact the Town’s ability to seek reimbursement, and the State will likely continue requiring paperwork as part of the stormwater management program. Mr. Benson will contact Rita Zeto (TRORC) to determine what documentation will satisfy the State for the foreseeable future. Mr. Haggett also noted that the Better Back Roads Grant is still an option.
  3. Miscellaneous: Mr. Haggett reported that he did not expect Road Crew Foreman Ray Peck to attend the meeting due to an impending storm and that Mr. Peck and the Town Crew had been working on the truck bed chain issues and other items all day as part of Winter preparation.


  1. Audit Report: deferred to next meeting.


  1. Budget:


  1. Town Treasurer Teresa Godfrey gave Mr. Benson fiscal year and current year budget numbers. Mr. Benson has started on the proposed budget and is awaiting further information from Town and external groups regarding budget requests for FY 2018-2019. Mr. Benson will ask Ms. Peterson to follow up with the groups.
  2. The Board discussed the potential addition of an internet line at the Town Garage, including the potential benefits and whether it is really needed at this time. Another issue is the possibility of expanded fiber optic service coverage being offered throughout Brookfield by September 2018.
  3. We still have not heard from the Orange County Sherriff’s Department regarding the placement of a radio repeater at the Elementary School.
  4. Haggett asked about Ridge Road and any indications when contractors are going to be doing that project; to be determined.
  5. Benson asked if anyone knows of any contractors/contacts that service Town vaults. There is $10,000 allocated n the budget, but we need to know if the lock is serviceable or do we need to replace the door. Mr. Haggett is going to contact a local locksmith, and he asked if the Board approves spending the money for a service call; all agreed to go ahead.


  1. I-9 Forms:


We are missing a number of them from different folks (Highway Department, elected officials, Fire Department). If people want to get paid, we need these forms turned in. Mr. Benson will have Ms. Peterson follow up with remaining.


  1. Old Business:


  1. Approve Minutes of 27 November Meeting: Mr. Haggett made a motion to approve the meeting minutes, Mr. Kimmel seconded; 3-0-0.


  1. WRVA/BEMTs Split – Emergency Worksheet: Mr. Benson thought that this was dealt with previously, and all parties are okay with it after discussion. The approved modified Emergency Service Zone areas would delineate the split of Town coverage by the 2 services.


  1. Payroll/AP Warrant:


  1.        AP and Payroll Warrants


Mr. Haggett made a motion to pay the warrants totaling $15,619.19. Large bills include $6,460.00 White River Valley Ambulance (ambulance); $2,400.00 Chappell Tractor Service (truck parts); $1,600.00 Mr. Thomas Young; (boundary line adjustment), Mr. Benson seconded; 3-0-0.


Mr. Benson amended the motion to include holding the $1,600 payment to Mr. Young until the transfer deed is received by the Town.




  1. Other Proper Business:


Mr. Benson brought up the Dispatch Service Contract. The agreement encompasses the Randolph/Brookfield area, with the Orange County Sherriff.  We should have a separate agreement for Brookfield and Randolph with Sheriff Bill Bohnyak. The annual fee is $7,500 as indicated in the current budget. Mr. Benson made a motion to execute the agreement as amended, Mr. Kimmel seconded; 3-0-0. The Board will have Ms. Peterson send a copy to Sheriff Bohnyak.


Mr. Benson asked if any other business.  Nothing else was discussed.


  1. Mr. Kimmel made a motion to adjourn at 7:16 p.m., Mr. Haggett seconded; 3-0-0.