Stuart Edson

Sep 192021
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

BROOKFIELD CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, FIRST FLOOR

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2021, 5:30 PM

MEETING AGENDA

 

  • 5:30 PM: Call to Order
  • Additions or deletions to the agenda
  • Review, revise or approve the August 25, 2021 meeting minutes
  • Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Presentation by Jon Kaplan, P.E. | Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, Operations and Safety Bureau, Vermont Agency of Transportation
  • Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills
  • Speed Cart Deployments
  • Communication with the Select Board
  • Traffic, Road Name and Weight Limit Sign Status
  • Traffic Ordinance Status
  • Parking Issues in Brookfield
  • October Public Safety Message
  • Setting the Next Meeting
  • Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting
  • Final Public Comment
  • Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting
Aug 302021
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2021, 5:30 PM

The Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee met in person as warned.

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

The following members attended: Dan Mason, Michael Rutkovsky, Stuart Edson and Lew Stowell.  The following members of the public attended: Megan Clouatre, Alex Clouatre (age 5), Skip Smith and Greg Wight.

5:30 PM: Called to Order. There were no additions or deletions to the agenda.

Review, revise or approve the July 14, 2021 meeting minutes. Approved 5-0.

Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public- An email from Nancy McCall with two attachments was received on 8/25/2021 and shared with the committee members prior to the meeting because Nancy could not attend.  It concerned pedestrian safety in Pond Village, particularly between the Floating Bridge and the Post Office.  Skip Smith spoke about his difficulties in trying to erect a temporary barrier to protect pedestrians on VT Route 65.  He stated that the barriers had been thrown over the steep bank across the road by two persons and that he had a threatening confrontation with them.  He has reported that incident to the Vermont State Police.  He stated that the 30 MPH speed limit was too fast.  He has contacted two officials from the Vermont Agency of Transportation who said there was nothing that could be done.  He provided a copy of his notes to L. Stowell.  Skip is afraid that someone will be killed before proper steps are taken.  He suggested that the branches on the tree in front of the John’s house could be trimmed to give drivers greater sight distance.  Greg Wight who walks from his house to the Post Office regularly suggested that Brookfield might apply for an AARP grant to have a painted side walk, lower the speed limit to 25 MPH and erect pedestrian signs.  Megan Clouatre said there was no safe place for her children to ride their bicycles or walk to the Floating Bridge.  She said that although a lot of residents and visitors walked on the road, it was not safe.  She suggested that the pavement be extended to at least the floating Bridge, movable speed bumps be installed, the speed limit lowered below 25 MPH and a side walk or walking path be built.  She said the State of Vermont should do more to protect pedestrians.  The PSAC agreed to look into various solutions.  L. Stowell to send a link to S. Edson for the current MUTCD.

Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills. The June and July bills were reviewed.  11.25 hours of patrols were performed in June and 25.5 hours in July.

Speed Cart Deployments- There have been three Speed Cart deployments affecting Brookfield Roads since the July PSAC meeting.  Two of them were at the Old Town Hall.  Northbound traffic in July had 7.3% speeding while Southbound traffic in August had 36.42% speeding.  The deployment just North of the Town line on Stone Road in late July and early August had 41.47% speeding.

Stone Road Parking Issues- There has been a big improvement observed.

Communication with the Select Board- The committee requests that a member of the Select Board be designated to be a liaison to the Public Safety Advisory Committee to facilitate two-way communication between the Committee and the Select Board.

Traffic and Weight Limit Sign Status- No change reported.

Traffic Ordinance Status- No change reported.

Parking in Pond Village- Observed to be generally adequate with some violations.

September Public Safety Message- M. Rutkovsky to prepare a draft on preparation for Winter weather.

Setting the Next Meeting-September 22, 2021 at 5:30 at the Congregational Church, Covid 19 permitting.

Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting-Todd Eaton of the Local Road Program, VT Agency of Transportation.

A motion to adjourn the meeting was approved at 6:53 PM, 5-0.

Aug 222021
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

BROOKFIELD CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, FIRST FLOOR

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 25, 2021, 5:30 PM

MEETING AGENDA

 

  • 5:30 PM: Call to Order
  • Additions or deletions to the agenda
  • Review, revise or approve the July 14, 2021 meeting minutes.
  • Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public-
  • Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills.
  • Speed Cart Deployments-
  • Stone Road Parking Issues-
  • Communication with the Select Board-
  • Traffic and Weight Limit Sign Status-
  • Traffic Ordinance Status-
  • Parking in Pond Village-
  • September Public Safety Message-
  • Setting the Next Meeting-
  • Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting-
  • Final Public Comment-
  • Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting.
Jul 192021
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY, JULY 14, 2021, 5:30 PM

The Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee met in person as warned.

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

The following members attended: Michael Rutkovsky, Stuart Edson and Lew Stowell.  No members of the public attended.

5:30 PM: Call to Order- There were no additions or deletions to the agenda.

  • Review and approve the June 23, 2021 meeting minutes: Approved 3-0.
  • Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills.  No bill and report received yet.
  • Speed Cart Deployments- The Pond Village deployment appeared to reduce speeding.  8:00 AM appears to be the busiest traffic time.  There were 4551 vehicles passing through Pond Village southbound from 8:00 AM June 24 to 12:00 PM (Noon) July 1, 2021.  Only 332 were above the speed limit of 25 MPH.
  • Stone Road Parking Issues: Sheriff Bohnyak has informed Sid Cushing that the damaged truck in the traveled portion of Stone Road at 2141 Stone Road must be removed from the road.  Failure to do so will result in towing at owner’s expense.
  • Brookfield Town Road Work Plan: Tim Higgins not able to attend.
  • Traffic and Weight Limit Sign Status: Progress being made.  More signs to be ordered in July.
  • Traffic Ordinance Status: The committee discussed the draft addendum containing selected entries from the Judicial Bureau Wavier Penalties.  Town Attorney Monte recommended attaching entire document.  L. Stowell to send committee members the draft ordinance, the draft addendum and the Judicial Bureau Wavier Penalties for assistance in ensuring that all relevant entries are included.  This will be a much smaller document and more relevant to the Traffic Ordinance.
  • Parking in Pond Village: Most days the parking is under control.  OCSD is continuing to monitor.
  • August Public Safety Message: S. Edson to prepare a draft and send to L. Stowell.
  • Setting the Next Meeting: August 25, 2021 at the Brookfield Congregational Church at 5:30 PM.
  • Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting: Tim Higgins and the Road Commissioner and new members of the Select Board.
  • Entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting. M. Rutkovsky made the motion, seconded by S. Edson, approved 3-0.  Adjourned at 6: 23, 2021.
Jul 112021
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

NOTICE AND AGENDA FOR IN PERSON MEETING

The Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee will meet in person at the Brookfield Congregational Church on the first floor at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.

The space at the church is sufficient for social distancing.  Interested members of the public may attend.

The following guidelines that pertain to meetings have been adopted by the Brookfield Select Board on June 15, 2021.

–  Masks will no longer be mandatory for vaccinated individuals. If for any reason you are more comfortable wearing a mask, then you are more than welcome to do so.

–  Please be advised that by not wearing a mask you are attesting to the fact that you are “fully vaccinated”.

–  The term “fully vaccinated” indicates that you have received your second shot of vaccine, or your single dose vaccine, at least 14 days ago.

–  All attendees, regardless of vaccination status should continue to monitor their health status and potential symptoms and not attend if they are unwell.

–  If you are not “fully vaccinated”, you must continue to  practice all safety protocols including wearing a mask in the presence of others and socially distancing.

–  If you have questions regarding the meeting, please email publicsafety@brookfieldvt.org.

 

 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

BROOKFIELD CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, FIRST FLOOR

WEDNESDAY JULY 14, 2021, 5:30 PM

MEETING AGENDA

  • 5:30 PM: Call to Order
  • Additions or deletions to the agenda
  • Review and approve the June 23, 2021 meeting minutes
  • Brookfield Town Road Work Plan
  • Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills
  • Speed Cart Deployments
  • Stone Road Parking Issues
  • Traffic and Weight Limit Sign Status
  • Traffic Ordinance Status
  • Parking in Pond Village
  • August Public Safety Message
  • Setting the Next Meeting
  • Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting
  • Final Public Comment
  • Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting
Jun 282021
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 2021, 5:30 PM

The Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee met in person as warned.

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

The following members attended: Mike Stoddard, Michael Rutkovsky, Stuart Edson and Lew Stowell.  No members of the public attended.

  • 5:30 PM: Call to Order- There were no additions or deletions to the agenda.
  • Reviewed and approved the May 19, 2021 meeting minutes: 4-0.
  • Review the Revised COVID-19 Workplace Guidelines and complete the Form. Members who had not received the form in another town office completed the forms.  Stowell to turn them in to the Town Office.
  • Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Update: Jon Jickling, Town Forester provided a list of the 16 locations of the 2021 Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) traps installed this Spring throughout Brookfield.
  • Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills. OCSD provided 23.25 patrol hours in May.  Because of Covid-19 and staffing issues it is unlikely that OCSD will use all of the FY 2021 hours.
  • Speed Cart Deployments- The late May, early June deployment of Northbound traffic at the Elementary School indicated 41% were over the 30 MPH speed limit with a top speed of 76 MPH recorded. OCSD patrols will frequent Ridge Road more in the future.
  • Traffic Control and Weight Limit Sign Status: Tim Higgins, Road Crew Foreman provided a list of signs that the road crew have installed this Spring in an effort to bring our traffic and road name signs into full compliance. 6 Speed Limit signs, 10 Stop signs, 2 Yield signs and 11 Street Name signs were installed.  There are many more to do and Tim will be ordering more signs in early Fiscal Year 2022.
  • Traffic Ordinance Status: The draft ordinance will be looked at again in preparation for a Select Board Special meeting to approve it.
  • Parking in Pond Village: OCSD education efforts appear to be working in having people park properly and safely.
  • Stone Road Parking Issues: L Stowell reported on the June 22, 2021 Special Select Board meeting with Sheriff William Bohnyak and Captain Scott Clouatre, OCSD concerning parking enforcement at 2141 Stone Road. Sheriff Bohnyak and Captain Clouatre agreed to visit the Cushings and resolve the issue of vehicles parked in the traveled portion of the town road.
  • July Public Safety Message: Mike Stoddard offered to draft the July message and send it to L. Stowell.
  • Setting the Next Meeting: Wednesday July14, 2021 at 5:30 PM in-person at the Brookfield Congregational Church.
  • Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting: Tim Higgins, Road Foreman and the current/interim Road Commissioner are cordially invited. Stowell to send an email to that effect..
  • Entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting. Passed 4-0.
Jun 202021
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

NOTICE AND AGENDA FOR AN IN-PERSON MEETING

 

The Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee will meet in person at the Brookfield Congregational Church on the first floor at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, June 23, 2021.

The space at the church is sufficient for social distancing.  Interested members of the public may attend.

The following guidelines that pertain to meetings have been adopted by the Brookfield Select Board on June 15, 2021.

–  Masks will no longer be mandatory for vaccinated individuals. If for any reason you are more comfortable wearing a mask, then you are more than welcome to do so.

–  Please be advised that by not wearing a mask you are attesting to the fact that you are “fully vaccinated”.

–  The term “fully vaccinated” indicates that you have received your second shot of vaccine, or your single dose vaccine, at least 14 days ago.

–  All attendees, regardless of vaccination status should continue to monitor their health status and potential symptoms and not attend if they are unwell.

–  If you are not “fully vaccinated”, you must continue to  practice all safety protocols including wearing a mask in the presence of others and socially distancing.

–  If you have questions regarding the meeting, please email publicsafety@brookfieldvt.org.

 

 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

BROOKFIELD CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, FIRST FLOOR

WEDNESDAY JUNE 23, 2021, 5:30 PM.

 

MEETING AGENDA

 

  • 5:30 PM: Call to Order
  • Additions or deletions to the agenda
  • Review and approve the May 19, 2021 meeting minutes
  • Review the Revised COVID-19 Workplace Guidelines and complete the Form
  • Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Update
  • Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills.
  • Speed Cart Deployments-
  • Traffic Control and Weight Limit Sign Status
  • Traffic Ordinance Status
  • Parking in Pond Village
  • Stone Road Parking Issues
  • July Public Safety Message
  • Setting the Next Meeting
  • Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting
  • Final Public Comment
  • Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting.
Jun 022021
 

Agreeably to the provisions of Title 32 VSA, Sec. 4111, notice is hereby given that the undersigned Listers within and for the Town of Brookfield have completed the abstract of individual lists of persons, co-partnerships, associations or corporations owning taxable property in said town on April 1st 2021, and that they have lodged the same in the office of the clerk of said town for the inspection of taxpayers.

We encourage you to call the office to discuss your value changes to help limit face to face meetings. If you would like to grieve the value after discussing, please submit in WRITING your request to the Town Office prior to June 18th at 4:30 PM. Please include a phone number. Grievance hearings will be June 19th by appointment only.

Please call the Lister’s office at 802-276-3352 to arrange an appointment time for your grievance hearing.

Dated June 1st, 2021

Listers: Stuart Edson, Teresa Godfrey, Phyllis Humez

May 232021
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY, MAY 19, 2021, 5:35 PM

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

 

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

The following members attended: Michael Rutkovsky, Mike Stoddard, Dan Mason, Stuart Edson and Lew Stowell.  Guest: Jon Jickling…  No members of the public attended.

  • 5:35 PM: Call to Order. There were no additions or deletions to the agenda.
  • Review and approve the April 21, 2021 meeting minutes. Approved 5-0
  • Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Update. Jon Jickling said traps are to be deployed in the next two weeks.  Landowners hosting traps will be contacted soon with instructions.  A brief explanation will be provided at the Town meeting.  Hand out materials are in short supply.
  • Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills. April had the largest number of patrol hours of the year at 20.
  • 2021 Speed Cart Deployments- The cart was deployed twice in April. Once at the Elementary School on Ridge Road and on Stone Road in Pond Village.  There was a significant number of vehicles exceeding the speed limit in both locations.  Further patrols with radar may be needed to reduce the speeding.
  • Traffic and Weight Limit Sign Status: After discussion, a motion was made and seconded to request a status on sign replacement and urge the Select Board to place the replacement of missing traffic control signs to a higher priority. For example, there is a missing stop sign at the intersection of West Street and Holman Drive and a missing speed limit sign at the North end of Pond Village and many other similar missing or damaged signs that pose a safety risk to drivers and present difficulty in enforcing speed limits.  Approved 5-0.
  • Traffic Ordinance Status: It is with the Select Board awaiting a special meeting to approve.
  • Parking in Pond Village: We look forward to the expansion of the Town Office Parking lot.  The OCSD effort of educating persons parking near the Floating Bridge appears to be improving the situation.
  • Stone Road Parking Issues. After discussion, a motion was made and seconded to recommend that the Select Board invite Sheriff Bohnyak to an upcoming Select Board meeting to discuss what if anything the town needs to do to enable OCSD deputies to enforce parking in the traveled portion of Stone Road in the vicinity of 2141 Stone Road.  A survey has been done and either maps or measurements can be provided to OCSD.  Placement of vehicles and other items in the traveled portion continues to present a traffic hazard when vehicles meet at that location.  It could be an issue should fire trucks, ambulances or large farm vehicles try to pass other vehicles there.  It is further recommended that the Town Attorney should be consulted to determine what steps can be taken to move vehicles and other items now located within the Town Right of Way back from the edge of the road.  5-0.
  • June Public Safety Message Stoddard will prepare one on road safety.
  • Setting the Next Meeting: 5:30 PM on June 23, 2021.  It will hopefully be in-person and at the Congregation Church.
  • Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting: Tim Higgins and Jeff Kimmel are invited to provide Tim’s assessment of Town highway issues.

A motion to adjourn the meeting was made and seconded.  Approved 5-0.  Adjourned at 6:34 PM.

May 172021
 

NOTICE AND AGENDA FOR REMOTE MEETING

The Public Safety Advisory Committee for the Town of Brookfield, VT will meet remotely by electronic means on May 19, 2021 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 May 21, 2021, 5:35 PM

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

REMOTE MEETING AGENDA

By telephone: Dial [(1-701) 802-5217]. when prompted, enter the meeting Access Code]. 3053801

 

  • 5:35 PM: Call to Order
  • 5:36 PM: Additions or deletions to the agenda
  • Public comment
  • 5:38 PM: Review and approve the April 21, 2021 meeting minutes
  • : Open public comment
  • 5:42 PM: Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Update
  • Public comment
  • 6:05 PM: Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills.
  • Public comment
  • 6:10 PM: 2021 Speed Cart Deployments-
  • Public comment
  • 6:15: Traffic and Weight Limit Sign Status
  • Public comment
  • 6:20 PM: Traffic Ordinance Status
  • Public comment
  • 6:25 PM Parking in Pond Village
  • Public comment
  • 6:35 PM Stone Road Parking Issues
  • Public Comment
  • 6:45 PM
  • Public Comment
  • 7:00 PM: June Public Safety Message
  • Public comment
  • 7:05 PM Setting the Next Meeting
  • 7:10 PM Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting
  • Final Public Comment
  • 7:15: PM Entertain a motion to adjourn the 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/.