Kasey Peterson

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

Jan 192021
 

 

Due to safety concerns relating to Covid-19 the annual Brookfield Ice Harvest has been cancelled.

We all hope that the coming months will provide some relief from current circumstances and that town functions such as these will take place in the near future.

Stay Safe and Be Well.

 

Jan 192021
 

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD
Selectboard Meeting
Held by Zoom
11 January 2021 at 6:30 PM

Those present: John Benson, Chair; (telephone conferencing) Dennis LaRocque, Board Member; Jeff Kimmel, Board Member; Kasey Peterson, Assistant Town Clerk; Tim Higgins, Road Crew Foreman, Betty Lord, Secretary; Jim Merriam, Kevin and Marie Dunwoody, Jose´ Luzardo, Gwynn Zakov (Brookfield Planning Commission Chair), Timothy Kirsher, Chris LaPointe, Scott Brock, Shawn Krisch, Wayne Fontanella, Will White, Zoe Newmarco, Jon Binhammer, Nancy Jacques, Don Dobeck, and Wayne Meginnes.

A. Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by Chair John Benson at 6:41 p.m.

B. Adjustments to the Agenda
Mr. Benson acknowledged there were quite a number of people present who wished to speak to the Solar installation issue, as well as to the zoning requests, and the agenda was adjusted accordingly.

Sprague Sand Pit: Chris LaPointe asked for a clarification of where the Sprague sand pit is located. Mr. Benson stated the site is along Route 14, on the west side of the valley across from the Woodruff residence. Mr. Benson further stated the Town needed a source for winter sand as the source that is presently being used is only adequate for perhaps one more year. If terms can be reached with the Spragues, indications are the new site could be used for 15 to 20 years. As the sand is taken, the topsoil would be replaced on the site making the land available for agricultural use again.

Solar Array: Mr. Benson explained that Mr. Merriam of Norwich Solar Technologies attended the last Board meeting by Zoom to ask that the Chair of the Board, along with the Chair of the Planning Commission, sign a letter to the Public Service Board of Vermont in which the proposed site for a solar array on the old Smith Farm (on the Ridge Road), presently owned by Sprague Farms, be “deemed preferred.” Questions ensued by members of the community and especially those who own properties that abut the proposed project land.

Mr. Merriam was informed that at least four landowners whose properties abut the Sprague land have not been notified of the proposed plan. It was also pointed out that solar arrays should not affect historic sites and the land to be used abuts the property of the Marvin Newton House, owned and operated by the Brookfield Historical Society, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites.

It was also pointed out that in 2017 the Two Rivers-Ottaquechee Regional Commission prepared an Energy Plans Packet with a map of potential solar sites and the property in question did not appear on that map for the Town of Brookfield.

There was some question of whether or not approving the property as a “deemed preferred site” would be binding for the Town, or whether changes could be made subsequently, such as a vote “no” on the project, after these letters had been submitted.

Kevin and Marie Dunwoody expressed concerns as owners of property which would abut the solar array; i.e., the effect on property values, the land has been designated for residential and agricultural use, and with the panels being 10 feet high the array will be seen from the road and a deterrent to the view and the beauty of the landscape. Mr. Dunwoody further commented the project would “benefit a few people and affect many people.”

When asked about the need to have the letters to the Public Service Board by February 2, Mr. Merriam explained that new guidelines would go into effect on all applications filed after that date, so that the fee for filing a full application would increase by 15%. Up until February 2, the cost of filling a complete application is $30,000. These points will be further discussed on January 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the Planning Commission Meeting.

Zoning Requests: Mr. Kimmel stated there were three cases awaiting decisions on requests for variances: (1) Mr. Krisch is requesting a variance on a three-acre lot to build a camp. The minimum required acreage in that zoning district is five acres; (2) Mr. Schmechel is requesting the building of a handicap access ramp from a porch that will be 25 ft from the road instead of the required 65 ft, and (3) Mr. Brock is requesting to build a shed which will be less than the minimum 50 ft from the property boundary.

Discussion ensued in which a request was made that a better process be put into place to handle these variance requests in a timely manner and that the names and email addresses of the members of the Selectboard, Board of Adjustment, and the Planning Commission be put on the Town website so that if there is no response from one member, another member could be contacted.

Mr. LaRocque made a motion to consider the three requests for variances to be deemed approved due to the amount of time that had transpired since the requests were made. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion.

The question arose as to whether the Selectboard had the authority to move that the request be “deemed approved.” After discussion, Mr. LaRocque withdrew his motion and the Board will refer this issue to the Town’s attorney for further information.

C. PUBLIC COMMENT: See above.

D. HIGHWAY

1. Gravel Pit: Mr. Higgins, Road Foreman, said the southern bridge across from the Woodruff driveway would be the best of two bridges to use to get into the gravel pit. He stated it would need to be widened and reinforced by another piece of steel.

Mr. Benson asked Mr. Higgins to give him further information about what the costs would be for buying sand on the open market. Mr. Higgins said that the Hebert operation would charge $6.00 a yard if the Town does the hauling. Mr. Higgins was also asked to call other vendors to get additional comparative pricing.

Mr. Higgins reported that Mr. Larry Brassard had contacted him about a post that had been knocked down in front of his house. The Town installed a new post off the travel way. Said post has now been moved into the travel way. Mrs. Peterson was asked to send a letter to Mr. Brassard asking him to move the post back out of the travel way. A copy of the letter is to be sent to the Town’s attorney.

With regard to people clearing snow out onto the road, Mr Kimmel will contact the Town’s attorney about the issue and Mr. Higgins will contact VTrans to see what action can be taken by the Town.

Mr. Higgins stated that a road signs inventory had been taken at the Town Garage. He has also talked with someone at WorkSafe about ordering Weight Limit signs for Northfield Road.

2. Certificate of Highway Mileage: Mr. Kimmel will review and confer with Mr. Higgins. Initial conclusion is that no changes have been made to road classifications during the past year.

E. NEW BUSINESS

1. Zoning requests: See above.

F. OLD BUSINESS

1. Solar Project: See above.

2. Budget and Town Meeting: Mr. Benson reported that he had updated the budget with all information received and had sent a copy to the Selectboard members.

There has been no final action yet by the legislature giving towns the option of changing the date of their Town Meetings to a later time in the year due to COVID-19 concerns. If permitted, Brookfield’s Town Meeting could potentially be moved to sometime in May.

Mr. Benson made a motion to hire Harmony Electric for $1,900 to upgrade the lighting in the Town Clerk’s office. Mr. Kimmel seconded and the motion was carried unanimously: 3-0-0. Mrs. Peterson will contact Harmony Electric to schedule the work.

G. APPROVE MINUTES OF 28 DECEMBER MEETING

Mr. Kimmel made a motion to accept the minutes as presented. Mr. Benson seconded the motion, which carried unanimously: 3-0-0.

H. PAYROLL AND AP WARRANTS

Mr. LaRocque made a motion to accept the accounts payable/warrants in the amount of $16,131.43 with the largest amount being paid to Conniff’s Custom Builders in the amount of $9,000. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion, which carried unanimously: 3-0-0.

I. OTHER BUSINESS

Mr. Richard Cox notified the Board that he would be doing a heavy cut.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to come before the Board, Mr. LaRocque made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion, which was unanimously approved (3-0-0) and the meeting was adjourned at 9:18 p.m.

Jan 082021
 

Public Notice

Town of Brookfield

Depositing Snow On Public Roadways: To all private snow plow contractors and residents of Brookfield, please be advised that depositing by blowing or plowing onto the traveled way or shoulder of a class 1, 2 or 3 town highway violates Vermont Statute Title 19, Section 1105 and Title 23, Section 1126a. Depositing snow onto any highway may cause slippery conditions or snow berms that result in increased maintenance costs and can pose a danger to travelers and town road workers. Private parties who violate this statute will be given a written warning from the Brookfield Selectboard. Further violations may result in the issuance of a traffic ticket. Thank you for your cooperation.

Jan 072021
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting 

NOTICE AND AGENDA FOR REMOTE MEETING

 The Town of Brookfield Selectboard will meet remotely on ZOOM on 

11 January 2021 at 6:30pm.

To access the remote meeting:

Use this link

OR

 Go to zoom.us and Join a Meeting. 

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 

11 January 2021 at 6:30 PM 

AGENDA 

A. Call To Order

B. Adjustments to Agenda

C. Public Comments

D. Highway
1. Gravel Pit
2. Certificate of Highway Mileage

E. New Business
1.  Zoning Requests
a. Krisch
b. Schmechel/Barden
c. Brock/Benedict

F. Old Business
1. Solar Project
2. Budget and Town Meeting

G. Approve Minutes from the 28 December 2020 Meeting

H. Payroll and AP Warrants

I. Other Proper Business

J. Adjournment