Stuart Edson

Sep 262022
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

BROOKFIELD CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, FIRST FLOOR

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 20, 2022  5:30 PM

UN-APPROVED MINUTES

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

  • Review, revise or approve the August, 23 2022 meeting minutes.  Approved as written. 5-0-0.
  • Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public- No members of the Public attended.
  • Speed Cart Deployments: OCSD & VSP- VSP Speed Cart needs repair. No OCSD deployments reported.
  • Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills- S. Edson to check into June bill.  August bill and report discussed.
  • VSP “Survivermont” Status- No training opportunities reported.
  • Upcoming Events Involving Brookfield– Morgan Mile Horse Race, October Fest Road Races and the Grinder Bike Race. Some Special Safety Tips may be issued.  D. Mason to check into the Grinder. S. Edson to check into the Morgan Horse Race.
  • E-911 House Number Signs Project- L. Stowell reported that T. Godfrey is contacting persons already requesting signs and 19 new E-911 house number signs have been requested and paid for.
  • E-911 Coordination:  The committee supports the efforts to provide accurate house numbers.
  • Traffic Sign Deployment Status- S, Edson reported meeting with K. Sprague, Road Commissioner and that the town road crew is putting up needed traffic signs in areas where they are already working.  More “No parking” signs will be placed on the West side of Stone Road in Pond Village.
  • Vehicle, Pedestrian, Horse, and Bicycle Safety- Focused on in the September Safety Tips.
  • Town Website Update Status- S. Edson reported that proposals for an update are being reviewed by the Select Board.
  • Traffic Ordinance Status- The proposed ordinance may still be at the Town Attorney’s for review.  S. Edson to check on the status of the proposed Traffic Ordinance.
  • Front Porch Forum Posting Limits- L Stowell reported some of the limitations and will get more information.
  • Parking Issues & Improvements in Brookfield- S. Edson to talk with T. Elzey about Stone Road entrance.
  • September Public Safety Message- Approved L Stowell to publish September tips.  M Stoddard to write October Tips.
  • Setting the Location and Date/Time of the Next Meeting-Brookfield Town Office on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 5:30 PM.  M Rutkovsky to send the Brookfield Congregational Church a thank you letter for hosting our meetings during the latter part of the pandemic.
  • Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting- None invited.
  • Final Public Comment- None

Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting. Motion made by D. Mason and seconded by M. Rutkovsky. Approved 5-0-0 at 6:43 PM.

Sep 182022
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

BROOKFIELD CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, FIRST FLOOR

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 20, 2022 5:30 PM

MEETING AGENDA

5:30 PM: Call to Order:

  • Additions or deletions to the agenda
  • Review, revise or approve the August, 23 2022 meeting minutes.
  • Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public-
  • Speed Cart Deployments: OCSD & VSP
  • Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills-
  • VSP “Survivermont” Status
  • Upcoming Events Involving Brookfield:
  • E-911 House Number Signs Project
  • E-911 Coordination
  • Traffic Sign Deployment Status
  • Vehicle, Pedestrian, Horse, and Bicycle Safety
  • Town Website Update Status
  • Traffic Ordinance Status-
  • Front Porch Forum Posting Limits
  • Parking Issues & Improvements in Brookfield-
  • September Public Safety Message-
  • Setting the Location and Date/Time of the Next Meeting-
  • Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting-
  • Final Public Comment-

Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting.

Aug 282022
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2022, 5:30 PM

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

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

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

5:30 PM: Call to Order:  No additions or deletions to the agenda were made.

  • Review, revise or approve the July 27, 2022 meeting minutes. Reviewed as an unofficial meeting. Edson to check with VLTC on the proper use of “Other Business” in an agenda.
  • Speed Cart and Patrol Deployments: OCSD & VSP- OCSD July RTE 14 deployment discussed.
  • Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills- S. Edson to check with Select Board about the billing for patrols conducted in June 2022.
  • VSP “Survivermont” Status: No events known at the moment in the Brookfield area.
  • Upcoming Events Involving Brookfield: Several events discussed as background information.
  • E-911 House Number Signs Project: We are awaiting the reopening of the town office and hoping for a speedy recovery of staff from Covid.
  • Traffic Sign Deployment Status: L. Stowell to send a priority list of signs to S. Edson. S. Edson to discuss with K. Sprague
  • Vehicle, Pedestrian, Horse, and Bicycle Safety: The Committee urges the public to wear reflective gear while walking or riding bicycles or horses.
  • Town Website Update Status: Project in progress. S. Edson has learned how to create “tabs”.
  • Traffic Ordinance Status- S. Edson to check with the Select Board on the status of the proposed ordinance.
  • Front Porch Forum Posting Limits: L. Stowell to check further.
  • Parking Issues & Improvements in Brookfield- S. Edson to check with K. Sprague on placing additional “No Parking” signs near Hippo Park to correct a safety hazard.
  • September Public Safety Message- August Safety tips to be revised by L. Stowell. OCSD Speed Cart Deployments to be published separately.  Stowell to create September Safety Tips.  L. Stowell to send material for October Safety Tips to M. Stoddard.
  • Setting the Location and Date/Time of the Next Meeting- After discussion, decided to meet at the Congregational Church on Tuesday September 20, 2022 at 5:30 PM. Approved: 5-0-0.
  • Starting with the October meeting, the committee will meet at the Town Office on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 5:30 PM. Approved: 5-0-0. S. Edson to confirm that there are no scheduling conflicts.
  • Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting- None.

Entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Approved 5-0-0

Aug 262022
 

Town of Brookfield Board of Civil Authority Meeting

August 22, 2022
6:15 pm
Town Office

Present: Stuart Edson, Curtis Koren, Betty Lord, John Benson

A. Call to Order – Mr. Edson called the BCA meeting to order at 615 pm

B. New Business – Mr. Edson made a motion to appoint Mrs. Koren as chair of
the Board of Civil Authority, Mr. Benson seconded the motion and it was carried
forward unanimously 3-0-0
1. Mr. Edson made a motion to recess the BCA hearing until September 10, 2022
at 9:00 am, Mrs. Lord seconded the motion and it was carried forward
unanimously 4-0-0

C. Adjournment –
1. Mrs. Koren made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 6:30 pm, Mr. Edson
seconded the motion and there being no further business to come before the
Board, the meeting was unanimously adjourned.

Aug 212022
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

BROOKFIELD CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, FIRST FLOOR

TUESDAY AUGUST 23, 2022 5:30 PM

MEETING AGENDA

5:30 PM: Call to Order:

  • Additions or deletions to the agenda
  • Review, revise or approve the July 27, 2022 meeting minutes.
  • Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public-
  • Speed Cart and Patrol Deployments: OCSD & VSP
  • Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills-
  • VSP “Survivermont” Status
  • Upcoming Events Involving Brookfield:
  • E-911 House Number Signs Project
  • Traffic Sign Deployment Status
  • Vehicle, Pedestrian, Horse, and Bicycle Safety
  • Town Website Update Status
  • Traffic Ordinance Status-
  • Front Porch Forum Posting Limits
  • Parking Issues & Improvements in Brookfield-
  • September Public Safety Message-
  • Setting the Location and Date/Time of the Next Meeting-
  • Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting-
  • Final Public Comment-

Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting.

Jul 242022
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

BROOKFIELD CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, FIRST FLOOR

WEDNESDAY JULY 27, 2022 5:30 PM

MEETING AGENDA

5:30 PM: Call to Order:

  • Additions or deletions to the agenda
  • Review, revise or approve the June 22, 2022 meeting minutes.
  • Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public-
  • Speed Cart and Patrol Deployments: OCSD & VSP
  • Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills-
  • VSP “Survivermont” Status
  • Upcoming Events Involving Brookfield:
  • E-911 House Number Signs Project
  • Traffic Sign Deployment Status
  • Vehicle, Pedestrian, Horse, and Bicycle Safety
  • Town Website Update Status
  • Traffic Ordinance Status-
  • Front Porch Forum Posting Limits
  • Parking Issues & Improvements in Brookfield-
  • August Public Safety Message-
  • Setting the Next Meeting-
  • Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting-
  • Final Public Comment-

Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting.

Jul 222022
 

Brookfield, VT – Lister Minutes

2022 Grievance Hearings

 

7/11/22

9:00  J. Parker – Concerns: Value of house on west side of Rt.14 next to the church. Unhappy with figures because interior not seen yet. Only the garage is sound.

Results: Interior inspection; adjusted “church” to be “dry-storage outbuilding”; adjusted depreciation.

11:00 A. Hermsen (Kauffman) – Concerns:  What’s the functional depreciation for porch extent? Water drains down outside of chimney. The neighbors in Williamstown have rough buildings and lifestyle – adjust the neighborhood grade?

Results: Market values are changing. Explained that if the water from the chimney isn’t entering the house, it’s not something we can deduct for. Explained neighborhood rate.

12:00 M. Garbitelli (represented by Neal Ferenc, Esq.) – Main house – Concerns:  Appraisal does not reflect the true market value.

Results: Referred to Marshall & Swift 2019 tables, explaining how they work. Reduced quality for simplicity of construction.

12:20 M. Garbitelli (rep. Neal Ferenc, Esq.) – 1506 West St – Concerns:  Mistake on prior cost sheet regarding renovation status.

Results: Removed mobile home site-improvements. Noted 88% complete. Listers will visit the site.

3:00 G. Matthews – Concerns:  Questioning valuation. Taxes.

Results: Explained how the tax is computed. Explained that valuation is based on Marshall & Swift 2019 tables. Increased physical depreciation, increased condition, removed one (of 2) rough-ins. (see example at bottom of minutes)

4:40 J. Mattote – Concerns:  Cost of materials & labor unrealistic. Tax rate.

Results: Addressed costs of rebuilding. Explained how setting the tax rate works. Adjusted subfloor from wood to concrete slab.

6:00 J. Poulin – Bear Hill camp – Concerns:  The well cannot be accessed – no pump, no electricity. Cabin is in Current Use.

Results: Lowered value of camp, and of water.

6:20 J. Poulin – West St. – Concerns:  What’s the $ 5100 listed twice on the Cost Sheet? Please remove the 336 sq ft. outbuilding. Window & siding replacements – revisit condition & quality.

Results: Answered the $ 5100 question. Removed the 336 sq ft. outbuilding. Adjusted the % good for outbuildings.

6:40 A. Ferguson – Concerns:  Comparable valuation by Northfield Savings Bank was  $ 310,000, which was much lower than the Brookfield appraisal.

Results: Explained why bank evaluations are often different from town valuations. Decreased quality to 4.5, to match more closely the square footage and the age of the building. Changed “carport” to “porch #4”.  Increased depreciation from 14%. Decreased condition to “average”.

 

7/12/22

3:00 W. Clodgo – Concerns:  Square footage on 2nd floor is incorrect. Roof shingles are broken; the whole block needs replacing. Basement sill is rotting.

Results: Adjusted 2nd floor square feet. Removed finished basement. Adjusted quality back to 3.0

3:20 R. Rilling – Concerns:  Please explain the Cost Sheet.

Results: No action. Explained the Cost Sheet.

3:40 D. Leonard – Concerns:  Baths are 1.5. Shed split into 2. Porch & deck are all one, and rotting. Furnace is not used; using pellet stoves instead.

Results: Adjust porches, heat and landscape.

4:00 L. Kelly – Concerns:  Land value different from bank appraisal 2019.

Results:  Addressed bank appraisal issue. Adjusted site grade and quality grade.

4:20 J. Stewart – Concerns:  7 rooms should be 6. Values for septic and pond.

Results: Changed room count to 6. Explained landscaping (septic, pond, water). Changed quality grade back to 3.5.

4:40 D. Doda – Concerns:  House is built on a concrete slab. It’s a one-bedroom (with closet) house. There are 2 baths. The “garage” structure on the farm is actually a “barn”. Are all farm buildings in Current Use?

Results: Changed the sub-floor to concrete pad. Added 3% functional depreciation to house because of only one bedroom. Changed the farm structure from a garage to a barn. Yes, all farm buildings are in Current Use.

5:00 J. Mayotte – Concerns – The furnace isn’t working. Pellet stove and wood stove are used instead. Moisture in basement. The sills on one side are spongy. The roof needs replacing. There is no bath on 2nd floor. Shed building.

Results: Removed central heat value. Removed bath from 2nd floor. Condition is the argument. Increased physical depreciation to 40%.

5:20 P. Hatch – Concerns:  Explanation needed. Concerned about taxes.

Results: Reviewed Cost Sheet. Removed one equipment shed <100 sf. Adjusted energy to Average. Explained that when the grand list goes up, taxes will lower or stay the same as last year. (see bottom of minutes)

5:40 H. McCall – main house – Concerns:  There are only 3 bedrooms; the total rooms should be set back to 7. Neighbor’s house is run-down.

Results: Adjusted room counts.

6:00 Real Cap (H. McCall) – Concerns:  There are 3 bedrooms, not 4.

Results: Changed number of bedrooms. Added square footage for 2nd floor overhang above porch, and for a dormer larger than what was stated (increased living area by 57 sq ft total). Updated exterior wall. Added depreciation.

6:20 J. Zebora – Concerns:  Property is both field and woods. Property improvements needed. Septic is okay. Received quote of $ 2560 to replace water.

Results: Adjusted quality to entire house. Changed the attached garage to a shed. Added depreciation.

6:40 K. Sikora – Concerns: Adjust for ponds because one is State-owned? House has 4.5 baths. The front porch is off; roof is still there. Entire house could be “average/fair”. Square footage of basement, 1st floor, 2nd floor needs adjusting. Porch #2 square footage is overstated.

Results: Researched ponds, and adjusted. Adjusted bath and fixture counts. Adjusted drawing of basement, 1st floor, 2nd floor, and changed square footage everywhere needed. Adjusted functional depreciation to average/fair. Removed porch #1’s floor; adjusted porch #2. “Super adequacy” value decreases with square footage decrease. House is oversize to quality grade.

7:00 R. Brownstein – Concerns:  Sheds to left should be taken off? Barn. Roof drainage problem on pond side of house.

Results: Adjusted living area, depreciation and fixture count. Adjusted finish on 1st floor. Attached garage.

Email from L. Smith-Frailey – Concerns:  Landlocked, very small parcel.

Results: Site grade lowered due to limited access.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Teresa Godfrey, Brookfield Lister

Phyllis Humez, Brookfield Lister

Sean Boyce, Site Appraiser (from VT Appraisal Co.)

Ted Nelson, Appraiser, VT Appraisal Co.

 

 

Example of How Taxes Could Stay the Same or Go Down, When the Grand List Goes Up

 

Pretend:        100,000        Amount we voted on at Town Meeting for the Budget this year.

500,000        Total value of properties in Brookfield.

 

100,000 / 500,000 =  0.20 tax rate

 

Town-Wide Reappraisal happens. The new total value of properties goes up 200,000.

 

100,000        Amount we voted for the Budget this year.

700,000        New total value of properties in Brookfield.

 

100,000 / 700,000 =  NEW  0.14 tax rate

 

Jun 282022
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2022, 5:30 PM

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

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

The following members attended: Mike Stoddard, Michael Rutkovsky and Lew Stowell.  Curtis Koren, Select Board Member and Captain Scott Clouatre, OCSD attended as guests.

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

  • Review, revise or approve the May 11, 2022 meeting minutes. Approved as written. 3-0
  • Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public- No members of the public attended.
  • Hippo Park Needle Status: OCSD- S. Clouatre stated that no needles have been reported recently. The Health Dept needle poster to be placed at the Floating Bridge Porta Potty, the Old Town Hall and the three official bulletin boards.
  • Speed Cart and Patrol Deployments: OCSD & VSP- VSP cart to be deployed on Rte. 14 soon. OCSD cart at Old Town reported 85.97% vehicles at 30MPH or less.  Clouatre stated that is a very good compliance rate.  The OCSD cart is now deployed at the Brookfield School.
  • Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills- S. Clouatre reported that there will be a modest increase in staffing this Summer at OCSD and that the FY2023 OCSD contract has been signed by the Brookfield Select Board and returned to OCSD. More stationary radar to be deployed during patrols.
  • VSP “Survivermont” Status- C. Koren to check with Old Town Hall folks about including it in their offerings. With the increase of nationwide of mass shootings, this is important information.
  • Upcoming Events Involving Brookfield: L. Stowell to check on posting limits on Front {Porch Forum and news policy at the Herald.
  • Traffic Sign Deployment- M. Rutkovsky to contact the 5 owners of house number signs not yet picked up. Godfrey has about 20 more orders for house number signs.  L. Stowell to contact sign co.
  • Vehicle, Pedestrian, Horse and Bicycle Safety- We are there more off-road alternatives.
  • Town Website Update- To be made more inclusive and user friendly soon.
  • Traffic Ordinance Status- At the Town Attorney’s office.
  • Parking Issues in Brookfield-The Town Office parking lot will be expanded this Summer by a contractor.
  • June Public Safety Message- L. Stowell to prepare.
  • Setting the Next Meeting-July 27th at 5:30 PM at Congregational Church.
  • Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting- None scheduled.
  • Final Public Comment- None

Entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting- Made and approved 3-0 at 7:18 PM.

Jun 192022
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

BROOKFIELD CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, FIRST FLOOR

WEDNESDAY JUNE 22, 2022 5:30 PM

MEETING AGENDA

5:30 PM: Call to Order:

  • Additions or deletions to the agenda
  • Review, revise or approve the May 11, 2022 meeting minutes.
  • Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public-
  • Hippo Park Needle Status: OCSD
  • Speed Cart and Patrol Deployments: OCSD & VSP
  • Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills-
  • VSP “Survivermont” Status
  • Upcoming Events Involving Brookfield:
  • Traffic Sign Deployment
  • Vehicle, Pedestrian, Horse and Bicycle Safety
  • Town Website Update
  • Traffic Ordinance Status-
  • Parking Issues in Brookfield-
  • June Public Safety Message-
  • Setting the Next Meeting-
  • Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting-
  • Final Public Comment-
  • Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting.
May 152022
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2022, 5:30 PM

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

 

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

 

The following members attended: Mike Stoddard, Stuart Edson and Lew Stowell.  Dennis LaRocque, Select Board Member and Road Commissioner, Kevin Wheatley, Fire Chief, LT Hugh O’Donnell, VSP, Sheriff William   Bohnyak, OCSD and Starr Strong, Health Officer attended as guests.

  • 5:30 PM: Call to Order There were no additions or deletions to the agenda.
  • Review, revise or approve the April 06, 2022 meeting minutes. Approved with one correction. “L. Stowell attended the April 11, 2022 Select Board meeting.” 3-0.
  • Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public- No members of the public attended.
  • Hippo Park Needle Discussion: After a thorough discussion by all present, It was agreed to recommend to the Select Board that Hippo Park be observed by law enforcement officers and others to determine if the needle discoveries were an isolated incident and if not, what action(s) might be taken. L. Stowell to send needle disposal directions to S. Edson.

Survivermont Presentation: LT Hugh O’Donnell, VSP- LT O’Donnell explained that “Survivermont” is a statewide active shooter public safety training program presentation to the general public lasting about 1 to 1.5 hours.  This might be a good program to be presented at the Old Town Hall.  L. Stowell to provide LT O’Donnell contact information for the Old Town Hall Committee.

  • Speed Cart and Patrol Deployments: OCSD & VSP- LT O’Donnell agreed to place the VSP Speed Cart on Route 14 for two weeks this Summer. L. Stowell to provide Clotilde Hryshko’s contact info to LT O’Donnell. The OCSD Speed Cart was deployed to the Ridge Road.

Upcoming Events Involving Brookfield: S. Edson to approach Green Mountain Gravel for more information about their October bike race to travel through a part of Brookfield.

Highway Dept Coordination and Traffic Sign Deployment Plan: Dennis Larocque, Road Com. D. LaRocque to find out if all of FY 2022 traffic sign money has been spent and if not, to do so.

  • Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills- Sheriff Bohnyak explained that his Dept. was down several officers but was making every effort to provide patrols in Brookfield, particularly in the summer months.
  • Vehicle, Pedestrian, Horse and Bicycle Safety- Grant Exploration-L Stowell to contact people known to ride or drive horses on town highways about ways to increase their safety.
  • Town Meeting Preparation (May 21, 2021)- L. Stowell to present a brief PSAC Report.
  • Traffic Ordinance Status- D. LaRocque suggested that L. Stowell send a corrected version to the Select Board for adoption. LT O’Donnell pointed out that the Judicial Bureau Waiver Penalty Schedule is revised annually and that the traffic ordinance should cite it as the “current” Waiver Penalty Schedule.  Edson to check with the Town Treasurer about traffic ticket income.
    • Parking Issues in Brookfield- L. Stowell to talk with the local VTRANS person about signs.
  • May Public Safety Message- M. Stoddard to create and send a draft to L. Stowell
  • Setting the Next Meeting- June 22, 2022
  • Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting- CPT Scott Clouatre, OCSD to be invited.
  • Final Public Comment- None

Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting. Approved at 6:59. 3-0.