Stuart Edson

Nov 242020
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2020, 5:35 PM

The Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee met remotely by electronic means as warned.

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

 

The following members attended: Stuart Edson, Michael Rutkovsky, Mike Stoddard and Lew Stowell with guest Sheriff William Bohnyak OCSD.  No members of the public attended.

 

5:35 PM: Call to Order- No additions or deletions were made to the agenda.

Review and approve previous October 28, 2020 meeting minutes- Reviewed and approved 4-0.

Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. No bills have been received for September or October.  Sheriff Bohnyak said that there had been staffing and quarantine problems but the bills were being sent today.

Patrol Hours and Budget-Discussion. Sheriff Bohnyak said that the virus and staffing issues had made meeting patrol hour targets difficult.  Sheriff Bohnyak provided a summary of law enforcement events that impacted Brookfield in the last few months and said that the patrol reports would improve.

2021 Contract Discussion with Sheriff Bohnyak-. Possible budget targets of $15,000 and $20,000 were suggested for discussion purposes.  Sheriff Bohnyak agreed to contact L. Stowell on 11/24/2020 with possible proposals.  The committee urged that patrol hour goals need to be met much more closely than in the past.  L. Stowell to present proposals to committee at the December meeting.

Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project Progress- Culverts VS Bridges report approved and to be sent to the Select Board. 4-0.

E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status- T. Godfrey has told L. Stowell that there were not enough house number signs requested yet to justify an order.

Traffic Ordinance Review- There was discussion about adding cautionary signs to some roads, changing two Stop signs arrangements and extending the speed limit on a couple of roads.  L. Stowell to finalize suggestions made for final review at the December meeting.

Emerald Ash Borer Progress- M. Stoddard and M. Rutkovsky volunteered to help in the Spring.

Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use- No Change

December Public Safety Message M. Stoddard to prepare and send to L. Stowell.

Setting the Next Meeting- 5:35 PM on December 16, 2020, to be held remotely

Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting- None to be invited in December.

Entertained a motion to adjourn meeting- Adjourned at 7:08 PM.  Approved- 4-0.

Nov 172020
 

NOTICE AND AGENDA FOR REMOTE MEETING

 

The Public Safety Advisory Committee for the Town of Brookfield, VT will meet remotely by electronic means on November 18, 2020 at 5:35 PM

 

Information on how to access the remote meeting:

 

By telephone: Dial [(701) 802-5217

[When prompted enter the meeting Access Code]. 3053801

 

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 Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee at publicsafety@brookfieldvt.org

 

To ensure smooth access, we recommend that you test your remote meeting software in advance of the meeting. If you have difficultly accessing the meeting, please email publicsafety@brookfieldvt.org

 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 18, 2020, 5:35 PM

All times will depend upon the amount of public participation and committee discussion.

REMOTE MEETING AGENDA

 

  • 5:35 PM: Call to Order
  • 5:36 PM: Additions or deletions to the agenda
    • Public comment
  • 5:40 PM: Review and approve previous of October 28, 2020 meeting minutes
    • : Open public comment
  • 5:45 PM Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills.
    • Patrol Hours and Budget-Discussion
      • Public comment
    • 2021 Contract Discussion with Sheriff Bohnyak
      • Public comment
    • 6:15 PM: Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project Progress
      • Public comment
    • 6:25PM: 6:35 PM: E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status
      • Public comment
    • 6:30 PM: Traffic Ordinance Review
      • Public comment
    • 6:50 PM: Emerald Ash Borer Progress
      • Public comment
    • 6:55 PM:] Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use
      • Public comment
    • 7:00 PM: December Public Safety Message
      • Public comment
    • 7:05PM: Setting the Next Meeting
    • 7:10 PM Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting
      • Final Public Comment
    • 7:15: Entertain motion to adjourn meeting

 

 

INFORMATIONAL HANDOUT FOR REMOTE MEETINGS

Remote Public Meetings

All public body meetings for the [insert name of municipality] will be conducted remotely via electronic means for the duration of Governor Scott’s State of Emergency declaration. Whenever feasible, the public will also be able to access and participate in the remote meetings by dialing in through telephone.

Accessing a Meeting

Please refer to each public body’s notice and agenda for information on how to access a remote meeting. Please note that whether you join by telephone, computer, or device, you may be put on hold or in a waiting “room” until granted access to the meeting. You also may be muted or restricted from using any chat function until the public comment portion of the meeting.

Participation

All meetings will be conducted in accordance with the respective “Rules of Procedure” of each public body, to the extent practicable. The public body will follow its agenda and allow public attendees to participate through voice (audio) means where feasible or alternatively using any chat function during the designated public comment periods on the agenda and at other applicable times as needed.

Initially, the meeting’s host/organizer will mute all participants that are not members of the public body. This is necessary to control background noise. The host/organizer will then unmute participants or allow participants to unmute themselves when invited to speak by the Chair of the public body.

Please review the following guidelines:

  • The Chair will invite comment:
    • during the time designated on the agenda for public comment;
    • after the public body discusses each agenda item;
    • before the public body takes action;
    • during any open public comment period, if applicable; and
    • other times as determined by the public body.
  • When a participant/attendee is unmuted, they must state their name before commenting.

If the public body successfully moves to enter an executive session, the meeting’s host/organizer will then place everyone that is not part of the executive session on hold or a virtual waiting “room.” This will prevent attendees from hearing or participating in the meeting during the duration of the executive session. When the public body exits executive session, the host/organizer will then grant access back to the remote meeting.

When the public body adjourns the meeting, the host/organizer will end the electronic meeting by turning off/closing the remote meeting software. Attendees will be automatically disconnected.

Minutes and other public records that were part of the meeting will be made available in accordance with VT’s Open Meeting and Public Records Laws.

 

To learn more about Remote Public Meetings and the Open Meeting Law, please visit the Secretary of State’s Municipal Assistance webpage at https://sos.vermont.gov/municipal-division/laws-resources/covid-19-response/.

Nov 042020
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2020, 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD CONGREGATION CHURCH (Corner of RT 65 and Ridge Rd, Basement)

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

 

The following members attended: Stuart Edson, Michael Rutkovsky, Mike Stoddard and Lew Stowell.

  • 5:30 PM: Call to Order- No additions or deletions were made to the agenda
  • Review and approve of Unapproved Minutes September 30, 2020 meeting. Approved 4-0.
  • Open public comment period- No members of the public attended.
  • Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills to include:
    • Patrol Hours and Budget- No report available for September.
    • Speed Cart Results- West Brookfield Road Northbound deployment reviewed.
    • Committee to meet with Sheriff Bohnyak about improved contract for FY2022.
  • Parking in Pond Village- No change.
  • Town Traffic Enforcement Capability
    • Over Weight and Over Sized Status- Procedure reviewed and approved with one change. Change to be sent to the Select Board.
    • Traffic Sign Status- Status reports and recommendations presented to the Select Board on October 12,2020 by L. Stowell. Town road crew completing an inventory of traffic signs on the 14 town roads with speed limits.  Traffic signs to be ordered.  There was discussion about looking into contractors installing traffic signs if the road crew is unable to bring the town roads into compliance with traffic signs.
    • Traffic Studies-No further action.
    • Ordinance Review- L Stowell to find out if cautionary signs are required to be in ordinance. Additional roads for speed limits being considered.
  • E-911 Sign Status- M. Rutkovsky has made 10 calls and most house number signs not yet picked up belong to property owners from out of state unable to come to Brookfield because of the virus. A new sign order may be requested.  Stowell to check with T. Godfrey.
  • Emerald Ash Borer Progress-Kits minus bait stored at L. Stowell’s workshop. Forrer to prepare plan for deploying the kits in the Spring of 2020.
  • Public Safety Advisory Committee Website and Email Use. Edson installed message advising that emergencies should be directed to response agencies and not the committee.
  • November Public Safety Message- M. Rutkovsky to create message for November.
  • Setting the Next Meeting- November 18, 2020 at 5:30 PM at the Congregational Church.
  • Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting- Sherriff Bohnyak and Select Board member Dennis LaRocque will be invited.
  • Entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting- Approved 4-0. Adjourned at 7:15PM.
Oct 272020
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 28, 2020, 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD CONGREGATION CHURCH (Corner of RT 65 and Ridge Rd, Basement)

All Members and Guests will wear face masks and observe social distancing.

Meeting progress will depend upon the amount of public participation and committee discussion.

 

AGENDA

  • 5:30 PM: Call to Order
  • Additions or deletions to the agenda
  • Review and approve of Unapproved Minutes September 30, 2020 meeting.
  • Open public comment period
  • Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills to include:
    • Patrol Hours and Budget-
    • Speed Cart Results
  • Parking in Pond Village
  • Town Traffic Enforcement Capability
    • Over Weight and Over Sized Status
    • Traffic Sign Status
    • Traffic Studies
    • Ordinance Review
  • E-911 Sign Status
  • Emerald Ash Borer Progress
  • Public Safety Advisory Committee Website and Email Use
  • November Public Safety Message
  • Setting the Next Meeting
  • Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting
  • Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting
Oct 052020
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2020, 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD CONGREGATION CHURCH (Corner of RT 65 and Ridge Rd, Basement)

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

 

The following members attended: Stuart Edson, Michael Rutkovsky, Mike Stoddard and Lew Stowell.

  • 5:30 PM: Call to Order -No additions or deletions were made to the agenda
  • Review and approve of Unapproved Minutes August 26, 2020 meeting. -Approved 4-0.
  • Open public comment period- No members of the public attended.
  • Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills to include:
    • Patrol Hours and Budget-12.5 hours of patrols in August costing $600.00, $11,216 remaining in budget. Committee to look at different language in FY 22 OCSD contract that might provide higher priority to patrols in months requested.
    • Speed Cart Results-1deployment completed and 1 in progress this month in West Brookfield. A total of 9 deployments have been completed in 2020 with another one underway.  If possible, this Fall, Ralph Rd. East bound may have a deployment as speeding has been reported there.
  • Parking in Pond Village- No change.
  • Town Traffic Enforcement Capability:
    • Over Weight and Over Sized Status- L Stowell to complete recommendations and provide to Select Board.
    • Traffic Sign Status- Recommendations approved and will be sent to Select Board-4-0.
    • Traffic Studies- Recommend new Traffic Study of Northfield Rd by TRORC in 2021-4-0. TRORC results on East St., West St. and Stone Rd. being reviewed.
    • Ordinance Review- underway with models from VLCT and Local Roads provided to committee members with recommendations due at November meeting.
  • E-911 Sign Status- Some are still not picked up by out-of-state property owners because of the pandemic, maybe in 2021. Rutkovsky to make calls to be sure.
  • Emerald Ash Borer Progress- EAB Test Kits stored.
  • Public Safety Advisory Committee Website and Email Use- Caveats to be drafted by S. Edson warning users to use E-911 or other means to report emergencies.
  • October Public Safety Message- L. Stowell to prepare a Fire Safety Message.
  • Setting the Next Meeting- 5:30 PM on October 28, 2020 at the Brookfield Congregational Church.
  • Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting- None to be invited, public welcome.
  • Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting- Adjourned at 6:55 PM. 4-0.
Sep 272020
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 30, 2020, 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD CONGREGATION CHURCH (Corner of RT 65 and Ridge Rd, Basement)

 

All Members and Guests will wear face masks and observe social distancing.

Meeting progress will depend upon the amount of public participation and committee discussion.

 

AGENDA

 

  • 5:30 PM: Call to Order
  • Additions or deletions to the agenda
  • Review and approve of Unapproved Minutes August 26, 2020 meeting.
  • Open public comment period
  • Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills to include:
    • Patrol Hours and Budget-
    • Speed Cart Results
  • Parking in Pond Village
  • Town Traffic Enforcement Capability
    • Over Weight and Over Sized Status
    • Traffic Sign Status
    • Traffic Studies
    • Ordinance Review
  • E-911 Sign Status
  • Emerald Ash Borer Progress
  • Public Safety Advisory Committee Website and Email Use
  • October Public Safety Message
  • Setting the Next Meeting
  • Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting
  • Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting
Aug 312020
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 26, 2020, 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD CONGREGATION CHURCH (Corner of RT 65 and Ridge Rd, Basement)

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

The following members attended: Stuart Edson, Michael Rutkovsky, Mike Stoddard, Dan Mason and Lew Stowell.

  • 5:30 PM: Call to Order No additions or deletions made to the agenda.
  • Review and approve of Unapproved Minutes July 29, 2020 meeting. Approved 5-0.
  • Open public comment period No guests or members of the public attended.
  • Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills to include:
    • Patrol Hours and Budget- 14.25 patrol hours performed for $684.00.
    • Speed Cart Results- Two deployments: West Street and Stone Road.
    • Other-N/A
  • Parking in Pond Village- Town Office Parking Lot expansion not started yet because of Road Crew priority issues.
  • Town Traffic Enforcement Capability
    • Over Weight and Over Sized Status- L. Stowell to send recommendations to Select Board on Overweight Permit Process.
    • Traffic Sign Status- L. Stowell to send recommendations to Select Board on a sustainable traffic sign program.
    • Traffic Studies- The Two Rivers- Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC) is conducting four traffic studies in Brookfield; on West Street, East Street, Northfield Road and Stone Road which should provide valuable traffic data.
    • Ordinance Review- L. Stowell to send members electronic versions of the latest Local Roads or VLCT model for Traffic Ordinances.
  • E-911 Sign Status- M. Rutkovsky to check on E-911 signs that have not been picked up yet.
  • Emerald Ash Borer Progress- L. Stowell to contact J. Kimmel about the storage of the EAB traps.
  • Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use-The group email was used by a resident to report a broken tree threatening traffic vicinity Route 14 and Mckeage Road.
  • September Public Safety Message- School openings require increased driver vigilance.
  • Setting the Next Meeting- September 30, 2020 at the Congregational Church at 5:30 PM.
  • Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting- No guests to be invited.
  • Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting- S Edson & M Rutkovsky. Approved 5-0.
Aug 242020
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 26, 2020, 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD CONGREGATION CHURCH (Corner of RT 65 and Ridge Rd, Basement)

All Members and Guests will wear face masks and observe social distancing.

 

Meeting progress will depend upon the amount of public participation and committee discussion.

 

AGENDA

  • 5:30 PM: Call to Order
  • Additions or deletions to the agenda
  • Review and approve of Unapproved Minutes July 29, 2020 meeting.
  • Open public comment period
  • Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills to include:
    • Patrol Hours and Budget-
    • Speed Cart Results
    • Other
  • Parking in Pond Village
  • Town Traffic Enforcement Capability
    • Over Weight and Over Sized Status
    • Traffic Sign Status
    • Traffic Studies
    • Ordinance Review
  • E-911 Sign Status
  • Emerald Ash Borer Progress
  • Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use
  • September Public Safety Message
  • Setting the Next Meeting
  • Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting
  • Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting
Aug 032020
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY JULY 29, 2020, 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD CONGREGATION CHURCH (Corner of RT 65 and Ridge Rd, Basement)

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

 

The following members attended: Stuart Edson, Michael Rutkovsky, Mike Stoddard and Lew Stowell; Guests: Jeff Kimmel, Select Board Member and Road Commissioner, Cpt Scott Clouatre, OCSD.

  • 5:30 PM: Call to Order No additions or deletions made to the agenda
  • Review and approve of Unapproved Minutes June 24, 2020 meeting. Approved 4-0-0
  • Open public comment period- No members of the public attended.
  • GUEST: Jeff Kimmel, Brookfield Select Board: In addition to the big picture view of the Select Board of the Highway Department and its function, Jeff provided the plan forward for the Road Crew after the loss of Ray Peck. Rob Wheatley is the interim Foreman and a successor is being actively sought.  Counseling for the staff is available through the VLTC.
  • Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills to include:
    • Patrol Hours and Budget-CPT Clouatre said that OCSD is down 5 officers and is making active efforts to recruit and retain officers. He suggested that the Select Board could negotiate a more precise contract for FY2022 with the Sheriff.
    • Speed Cart Results- There have been 6 deployments already this year. The Speed Cart manufacturer is sending a technician out to check out the recent data anomalies provided by the cart.  The cart will be deployed on West Street next.
    • Other- More active traffic enforcement can be expected now that “the Spigot” has been opened a little bit more.
  • Parking in Pond Village- The expansion of the Town Office parking lot should be completed this Summer.
  • Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project Progress- Northfield Road is to be entered on the DMV weight restriction website soon.
  • E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status- Signs purchased with FY 2020 funds and signs to be purchased with FY 2021 funds to be used mostly to properly post roads with speed limits listed in the Town Traffic Ordinance. The committee will be tasked to review the Traffic Ordinance and bring it up to date.
  • Emerald Ash Borer Progress- Jeff Kimmel to check on a good storage area for the EAB traps.
  • Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use- The Public Safety page of the town website has had 121 hits in the last 6 months.
  • August Public Safety Message- Will include mandatory mask usage.
  • Setting the Next Meeting- August 26, 2020 at 5:30 PM at the Congregational Church.
  • Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting- None to be invited.
  • Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting- Adjourned at 6:55 PM.
Jul 262020
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY JULY 29, 2020, 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD CONGREGATION CHURCH (Corner of RT 65 and Ridge Rd, Basement)

All Members and Guests will wear face masks and observe social distancing.

Meeting progress will depend upon the amount of public participation and committee discussion.

 

AGENDA

  • 5:30 PM: Call to Order
  • Additions or deletions to the agenda
  • Review and approve of Unapproved Minutes June 24, 2020 meeting.
  • Open public comment period (if applicable).
  • GUEST: Jeff Kimmel, Brookfield Select Board: The big picture view of the Select Board of the Highway Department and its function.
  • Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills to include:
    • Patrol Hours and Budget
    • Speed Cart Results
    • Other
  • Parking in Pond Village
  • Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project Progress
  • E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status
  • Emerald Ash Borer Progress
  • Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use
  • July Public Safety Message
  • Setting the Next Meeting
  • Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting
  • Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting