Kathy Kinter

Sep 022020

Present: Jon Binhammer, Sue Shea, Jon Jickling Absent: Star Strong, Kathy Kinter
Zoom Meeting to order at 7:04 PM

There was no one from the public in attendance.

Motion to approve May minutes presented was made by Jon J, seconded by Sue. No comments, all approved.

Emerald Ash Borer update was not possible as Kate Forrer, Town Forester could not make this meeting.

Continued discussion on Forest fragmentation. Discussion of the Planning Commission’s decision to not support the Conservation Commission’s (CC) letter of concern to the Selectboard over the proposal to extend a class 4 road which goes into the woods off Twin Ponds road. It was disappointing to see little consideration of the adopted town plan in this process.

Sue emphasized that the forest fragmentation issue needs to be a long term project. The CC needs to better understand the important ecological resources (e.g., put up game cameras to identify where wildlife is crossing interstate). Option to check with Jens, VT Fish and Wildlife, to see what information exists about these sites. Look at other information using Biofinder about unique areas in the north of the town.

Jon B indicated that Kathy and Starr were appointed to new 4-year terms by the Selectboard.

Jon B provided a overview of the CC field trip to the Fen led by Jon B was a success but logistically a bit. 15 participants total; 60-70% were from Brookfield, rest from Randolph and Braintree. Good story presented in the Herald.

Discussion of other ideas for CC field trips. Brookfield Town forest option: challenging due to no open trails. Decision was made to organize a nature walk at Allis state park on Sunday Sept. 27th from 3-5pm. Continued theme “Get to know Brookfield resources”. 25 limit… Jon J to organize. Put on FPF 10 days in advance (Sept 17th) .

Next meeting will be 21st of September. We will meet at school to see the natural area behind the School and later stop by the Sunset Brook natural area boardwalk.

No new business.

Adjorned meeting at 7:41 by Zoom time limit shutdown
Respectfully submitted,
Jon Jickling

Jun 222020

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

Meeting outside at Town Office came to order at 7:00 PM

May minutes were unanimously approved as presented.  Kathy informed the group that she is now posting the minutes on the town site and they will no longer be labeled “draft” or “final”.  If they need to be amended, they will be posted as such on the site. There is now a drop down tab for agendas and minutes for the committees and commissions.

There was no one from the public in attendance.

Jon J will invite Kate F. to the next meeting for an EAB update.

Annual Meeting –Jon B informed us that we had missed the annual meeting in May since it was on Zoom. Starr and Kathy agreed to 4 yr.- terms and Jon will make the recommendation to the Selectboard to appoint them as such.  Officers were elected and no changes were made.

Chair-Jon Binhammer

Vice Chair-Sue Shea

Treasurer-Jon Jickling

Secretary-Kathy Kinter

Green Up Day:  Starr spoke to Bonnie Fallon and presented what she had learned regarding prior history. We voted unanimously to adopt it as a Commission project for next year.  Discussion followed about involving the school and families, as well as how to handle returnables.  We will begin planning at our Feb. or March meeting.

Our meetings in the time of Covid:  We agreed to continue to meet outside the town office as long as weather was cooperative.  Jon B will speak with Ted about using the Old Town Hall in event of darkness, rain or cold. Should we need to meet there, we can put a sign on the town office door directing folks across the street.

Lamson Pond Fen Conservation Project: Closing on the property occurred.  Discussed hosting a field trip to the fen for a small group of 10-12, with prior registration and face masks required. Sue will do publicity. Jon B will send her the information.  Trip to be Aug. 9, 3 PM.

Planning Commission collaboration RE: Act 171/Forest Fragmentation:  Jon J shared that the commission has not been meeting and has no plans to at present.  He did share information with them regarding Biofinder but does not know if anyone accessed it.

We discussed the need to familiarize ourselves (and perhaps invite members of the Planning Commission) with parcels that have been identified on Biofinder as being of high ecological importance.  Sue looked at the maps Jon B sent her but was unable to print them. She did ascertain that these areas warranted investigation: 1). north of rte. 65, on the west side of 89 and a bit where rte. 65 meets rte. 12; 2). north of rte. 12 to the Roxbury line (calcareous wetland) 3). around Sunset Lake and the wetland north of it.  Starr suggested we look at wildlife crossings near the interstate as well as the marsh between Cross Over Rd, 89 and West St.   We will do a field trip on Tu. July 7 at 3:00 PM and meet at Baker Pond.  Kathy suggested we have maps from Biofinder and that if Jens would send his power point, we could perhaps print those maps. Jon B and Sue will reach out to Jens again.

Jon B mentioned that there is a current proposal to extend a class 4 road which goes into the woods near the rte. 14 side of Twin Pond Rd.  The proposal is for a 700 ft. road with possible development, both of which would contribute to fragmentation.

Brookfield School Habitat Enhancement- Jon B spoke with the principal and head maintenance person about our doing a plan to do Native plantings with the kids that would augment the Four Winds program, as well as the surrounding habitat of the school.  It would be shared with the superintendent.  Staff were supportive of the idea. We will plan an outing to the school in September. Kathy will talk with Kathleen Sauer about how best to coordinate with Four Winds.

Sunset Brook Natural Area: Jon B and Jon J surveyed the bridge and board walk.  Nancy MccCall has phone poles that could be used to repair the bridge, as it is listing to one side. Jon J would donate wood for the boardwalk repair. Jon B reached out to the Scout leader whose boys helped with repairs after Irene; 10-15 people would be needed.  We voted unanimously to make this a Commission project.  Jon B. will ask if the road crew might help with transporting the poles. We could visit the area in Sept. when we visit the school grounds.

 Next meeting:  THERE WILL NOT BE A JULY MEETING.   Next meeting is Monday, August 17 7:00 PM   Town Office, if weather conducive

Meeting Adjourned at 8:35 PM

Respectfully submitted,
Kathy Kinter



Jun 112020

Meeting Minutes of the Brookfield Conservation Commission         5-18-20

Present: Jon Binhammer, Kathy Kinter, Sue Shea, Jon Jickling.

Zoom meeting came to order at 7:05 PM

January minutes were unanimously approved as presented.  February’s meeting was cancelled due to weather and we did not meet March or April due to covid 19.

There was no one from the public in attendance.

Lamson Pond Fen Conservation Project: Closing is proceeding and should be finalized in the next couple weeks. All agreed a hike open to a limited number of the public with physical distancing will be planned for summer. Some trail clearing may need to occur.  Public access routes were discussed.

Planning Commission collaboration RE: Act 171/Forest Fragmentation:  Jon J will share a summary of Jens Hilke’s presentation  at the upcoming meeting.  We agreed to all learn more about the high priority areas as designated and what might be done to protect them so that we can create a proposal. Sue will reach out to Jens again for information.  We agreed that field trips to some of the areas would be helpful.

Tabled Website and ash borer discussions.  Town forester will be invited to the next meeting.Green Up Day: Bonnie will do it this year for the last time.  We will discuss our adoption of it for next year.  Jon B will ask the selectboard at the next meeting if they will approve the town truck coming to W Brookfield to pick up trash.  If so, he will get bags, and Sue or Kathy will pick them up.  Sue will reach out to village residents about helping on May 30.

Zoom meeting came to abrupt end, as we ran out of time.

Tabled: Brainstorming and prioritizing projects for 2020

Next meeting:  Monday, June 15   7:00 PM   Town  Library, if weather conducive or Zoom

Meeting Adjourned at 7:40  PM

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy Kinter