Kathy Kinter

Jun 272022
 

Meeting Minutes of the Brookfield Conservation Commission         6-20-22

 

Present: Sue Shea, Jon Binhammer, Jon Jickling   Absent: Starr Strong

Zoom meeting came to order at 7:09 PM

 

  1. Review Agenda
  2. Public Comment: There was no one from the public in attendance.
  3. Approval of Minutes of the May 2022 meeting:  May minutes pending – to be reviewed at July meeting.
  4. Membership:  Sue, Jon and Kathy contacted possible candidates who declined.  Holly Dustin, Beth Urie, and East Hill folks who went on hikes are other potential candidates. Jon B. will contact them. In July, we will decide whether to advertise on FPF.
  5. Field Trips:  Proposed visit to Town Forest September 24 or 25 with County Forester AJ Follensbee to introduce forest managment plan and discuss other activities.

Hikes on Class 4 roads are other possible field trips. Potential locations are Cram Hill Road or Class 4 road between East St. and Rt. 65.

  1. Presentation of Community Values Mapping:  Jens Hilke sent Jon B. a link to download all the data, a bit challenging technically.   Jon will ask Jens if he is willing to present the findings to the community.
  2. Solar Preferred Site Discussion:  Should we develop criteria for preferred sites for solar projects? We should find out if the Planning Commission is working on this.  Jon B. will reach out to Gwynn Z.
  3. Schoolyard Habitat: Jon B. sent an e-mail to Brookfield School principal regarding the new outdoor classroom and opportunities for restoration work.  There doesn’t seem to be much interest from them in  collaboration but if we can find a motivated teacher we may continue to pursue.
  4. Town Forest Plan: Reviewed map and preliminary harvest schedule prepared by AJ Follensbee.  Discussed desire that AJ participate in next CC meeting in July to review full draft plan and to discuss possible September public hike in the Town Forest.
  5. I-89 Underpass Wildlife Corridor Update: Jens Hilke was supposed to do a site inspection with VTRANS, no word yet whether it happened and result. Jens was interested that Williamstown had land adjacent to Brookfield which would improve wildlife corridor in northern part of town.
  6.  Adjourn: Meeting adjourned at 8:20 PM.

Next meeting:  July 25, with focus to review Town Forest Plan with AJ Follensbee.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

Jon Jickling

Jun 172022
 

AGENDA

Brookfield Conservation Commission Meeting

June 20, 2022

7:00  Regular meeting at Brookfield Town Office/Library, and via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89067546827?pwd=Y0docjBuWk9EdHRwVTdxVzBRZTR0dz09

 

  1. Review Agenda

 

  1. Public Comment

 

  1. Approval of Minutes of the May 2022 meeting.

 

  1. Membership

 

  1. Summer Activities

 

  1. Presentation of Community Values Mapping

 

  1. Solar Preferred Site discussion

 

  1. Schoolyard Habitat

 

  1. Adjourn – next meeting is July 18, 2022
May 042022
 

AGENDA

Brookfield Conservation Commission Special Meeting

May 9, 2022

7:00 PM

Special meeting via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89067546827?pwd=Y0docjBuWk9EdHRwVTdxVzBRZTR0dz09

  1. Review Agenda
  2. Public Comment
  3. Approval of Minutes of the April, 2022 meeting.
  4. Annual meeting – election of officers
  5. Town meeting
  6. Green-Up Day
  7. Adjourn – next meeting is June 20, 2022

 

May 032022
 

Meeting Minutes of the Brookfield Conservation Commission 4-18-22

Present: Sue Shea, Starr Strong, Jon Jickling, Kathy Kinter    Absent: Jon Binhammer

Zoom meeting came to order at 7:06 PM

March minutes were unanimously approved as presented.

There was no one from the public in attendance.

Community Values Mapping Debrief: It was felt by most that there wasn’t enough time to map all that folks wanted. Some folks were unable to connect or manage Miro. Question was raised, should we try for another in-person experience in the fall? There is a sense of urgency to get the results from the recent event (even with low turnout) so that we can apply them to the town plan, zoning and conservation delineations. Kathy will speak to Jens to get his input on all this and if we should still plan for a town-wide meeting in June.

Kathy reminded everyone that we meet with Jens and the Planning Commission on May 18 via zoom to discuss results and look at maps.

It was noted that turtle crossings were discussed: rte 65 where culvert under road. No. and So. Ponds are relatively close. Also, in the village near where the stream flows from the pond and the Brookfield side of Baker’s Pond. We may want to look into signage.

Vtrans: They responded to Sue and Jon’s letter and will go out with Jens to look at the wildlife crossing under 89 on Northfield Rd. If they don’t do it within 2 months, someone from the commission will follow up.

Town Meeting: Jon J and Kathy won’t be there. Jon will give EAB info to Jon B to share. Starr will give report on Green Up Day.

Jon B. is to get reflective window stickers to repel birds to hand out to folks.

Green Up: Starr is waiting for Kate to return her call about bags, etc. She has begun outreach. Sue will post on FPF. Kathy said it is important that people know that electronics and toxics must be disposed of by the people who pick them up. Starr is considering a washing station for returnables at the town garage the day of. Garage open 9-4 that day. Jon J and Starr will person the collection at the garage.

Other Business: Kathy announced that she will be stepping off the commission after the May meeting. A replacement needs to be found.

Given that Jon B is gone when we are to next meet, May 9 was suggested as an alternative. Starr leaves May 23.

Next meeting: TBD

Meeting Adjourned at 8:15 PM

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy Kinter

Apr 162022
 

AGENDA
Brookfield Conservation Commission

April 18, 2022

7:00 Regular meeting via Zoom:
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/74400503789?pwd=TZbJVczF5o6SQORM64P779F3xmYaKo.1

1. Review Agenda

2. Public Comment

3. Approval of Minutes of the March, 2022 meeting.

4. Community Values Mapping debrief

5. Dept of Transportation letter

6. Town meeting

7. Green-Up Day

8. Adjourn – next meeting is our Annual Meeting- date to be determined

Apr 052022
 

Minutes

Brookfield Conservation Commission Meeting

March 21, 2022

7:00 Regular meeting via Zoom

Meeting called to order at 7:02.

  1. Review Agenda – two items added – VT AOT and Natural Resource Inventory
  2. Public Comment – none
  3. Approval of Minutes of the February, 2022 meeting. Moved by Starr Strong, Seconded by Sue Shea. All approved
  4. Discussion of Brookfield Town Forest Management Planning, with County Forester, AJ Follansbee – AJ said that Orange and Windsor Counties have the largest enrollment in Current Use of any other counties, with about 5,000 enrollments in each. He explained how he would start to craft a management plan for the town forest, and then put it out for public input. The Cons Comm could be involved in the whole process, including field visits. All agreed that we wanted the Town Forest management to be different from the surrounding landscape, emphasizing quality and possible old forest characteristics in some parts, recognizing that the town forest is not unique, but management could be exemplary. Recreation was something we wanted to consider more fully. Commissioners thanked AJ for joining us and helping us think about possibilitie
  5. Community Values Mapping
  • List of contacts for the event – Commissioners have been talking up the event and trying to get a diverse representation of Brookfield people to show up. There were several questions about how to get better representation of the diverse opinions of residents.
  • Confirm date for first meeting with Jens and come up with some dates for our second meeting where we discuss overlays. May 18th was confirmed for the date to discuss the findings and the ‘heat map’ of the town.
  • Read Mapping VT’s Natural Heritage pp 87-106 to help determine what maps we want Jens to overlay the heatmap on.
  • Approve Kathy’s expenditure for the first month of Miro: $20 This was moved by Jon Jickling and seconded by Starr Strong. All voted in favor.
  1. Other business

Dept of Transportation – Sue reported that she has not heard back from her letter to VTrans about the wildlife crossing                       upgrade.

Natural Resource inventory – talked about an inventory of the town forest, and the cost of an inventory of the whole town                 ($20,000+). This was tabled for a future discussion.

  1. Adjourn – next meeting is April 18, 2022

    Respectfully submitted,

    Jon Binhammer

 

Mar 172022
 

AGENDA

Brookfield Conservation Commission

March 21, 2022

7:00 PM

Regular meeting via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89067546827?pwd=Y0docjBuWk9EdHRwVTdxVzBRZTR0dz09

 

  1. Review Agenda
  2. Public Comment
  3. Approval of Minutes of the February, 2022 meeting.
  4. Discussion of Brookfield Town Forest Management Planning, with County Forester, AJ Follansbee
  5. Community Values Mapping
    • List of contacts for the event
    • Confirm date for first meeting with Jens and come up with some dates for our second meeting where we discuss overlays.
    • Read Mapping VT’s Natural Heritage pp 87-106 to help determine what maps we want Jens to overlay the heatmap on.
    • Approve Kathy’s expenditure for the first month of Miro: $20
  1. Other business
  2. Adjourn – next meeting is April 18, 2022

 

Feb 202022
 

AGENDA
Brookfield Conservation Commission
February 21, 2022

7:00 PM

Regular meeting via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89067546827?pwd=Y0docjBuWk9EdHRwVTdxVzBRZTR0dz09

1. Review Agenda

2. Public Comment

3. Approval of Minutes of the January, 2022 meeting.

4. Values Mapping

5. Other business

6. Adjourn – next meeting is March 21 , 2022

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Jan 262022
 

Minutes Brookfield Conservation Commission
Jan 17, 2022 Zoom Meeting

Present: Sue Shea, Starr Strong, Kathy Kinter, Jon Jickling, Jon Binhammer

1. Review Agenda

2. Public Comment – none

3. Approval of minutes of the December meeting

4. Starr completed Environmental Leadership training 1 and 2 given by VT Agency of Natural
Resources. She reported to commission contents of training in anticipation of Community
Values Mapping (CVM).

5. Kathy reports on meeting, along with the Jon B and Jon J, with the planning commission to
garner their support in the CVM project. They voted to formally co-host the event. Keven
Ring, their new member, will join Kathy and Sue to coordinate promotions for the event
occurring March 23.

CVM Preparedness Discussion:
a. Asynchronous opportunity as well as poster of town map for mark up will be
available after the in-person event. Possibly place poster outside or inside town office
or school vestibule.
b. Community groups to be invited: churches (Pond Village and E. Brookfield), public
safety committee, W. Brookfield list serve, Old Town Hall list, Historical Society,
Masons (?)
c. PR to Herald, FPF
d. Both Jons will attend the selectboard meeting to inform them of CVM

6. Other business

a. Jon B’s concern of enormous loss of birds in last decades. Proposed that we make UV
stickers available to folks at town meeting to put on their windows to repel birds, since
so many die upon impact. Commission voted in support of Jon purchasing 200 stickers
at $40 and to also make information available to pass out with the stickers.
b. Winter field trip discussed. Will make decision at next meeting whether we will do a
hike along Sunset Lake late winter.
c. Ice harvest 1/29
d. Jon J. announced that the town forest management plan is due for an update and is in
the process of being done. Typically county foresters oversee this process. Discussion
proceeded RE: focus of plan to include other focuses than harvesting of trees. Bethel
Town Forest Plan is available as template for us to review. Members will review and
discuss at the next meeting.
e. Prior to meeting, Sue circulated a draft letter she had written to AOT about a wildlife
crossing project at the Northfield Rd overpass that would facilitate safe passage. The
letter was in response to the fact that AOT had not responded to earlier contacts.
Members provided additional input.

7. Next meeting is 2/21/22

Adjourned 8:45

Respectfully Submitted,
Starr Strong

Jan 132022
 

AGENDA

Brookfield Conservation Commission

January 17, 2022

7:00

Regular meeting via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86732547221?pwd=STZxUG50aS9CU0hnbTRkaGkyWk93Zz09

  1. Review Agenda
  1. Public Comment
  1. Approval of Minutes of the December, 2021 meeting.
  1. Starr’s learning
  1. Values Mapping
  1. Bird collision stickers for Town Meeting?
  1. Winter field trip?
  1. Other business
  1. Adjourn – next meeting is February 21 , 2022

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