Stuart Edson

Dec 172018
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 19, 2018 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE

40 RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT

AGENDA

  1. Review and Approve Minutes of November 14, 2018. [11/14/18 Minutes]
  2. Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public.
  3. Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. [OCSD Patrol Hours]
  4. Continuing Review of Parking Enforcement on Stone Road
  5. Annual Report to the Select Board
  6. Public Safety Advisory Committee Report for the Town Annual Report
  7. Continuing discussion of the of the Emerald Ash Borer threat.
  8. Increasing Parking in Pond Village.
  9. Discussion of movable radar speed display signs and the data that they produce. [Data?]
  10. January Public Safety Message. [Draft Message]
  11. Setting the Next Meeting.
  12. Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting.
  13.  Adjournment.
Dec 042018
 

DECEMBER 2018 BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY MESSAGE

This message was supposed to be about safe driving in the upcoming Winter months.  Brookfield has a lot of unpaved back roads which pose a number of additional hazards in the Winter.  Thoroughly cleaning your car off before starting your journey and a number of other good suggestions were planned.  Then Winter struck.  Many of us have lost power several times already and some of us have not had power restored yet from the November 26/27 storm.  While the utility crews work to restore our power, please exercise caution.

  • If you are fortunate enough to have a generator or the use of one, place it outdoors well clear of doors and windows. Never run a generator in your house or garage.  Consult with an electrician if your house has not already been wired for a generator.
  • Be extra careful of your woodstove. Do not use a make shift wood stove or stove pipe that could catch your house on fire.
  • If you are elderly or disabled and out of power, please contact a neighbor, family, friends or dial 211 and alert them to your situation.
  • This may not be the last of the power outages this Winter. Start planning now for the next one.  Do you need your house wired for a generator?  Do you need a generator?  If so, how large and what type?  What normal or special functions should you plan for that depend upon electricity.  Water for your animals, starting your snow blower or tractor, charging your cell phone(s), etc.?

Good luck with your response to our early Winter and think about the possible consequences of your actions before you take them.

The Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee

Nov 142018
 

ECFiber has made some inroads into Brookfield during the past two years.  High-speed internet arrived in the Kibbee neighborhood in August 2016 courtesy of a grant from the state to fund a Business Broadband Improvement District. West Brookfield also now has ECFiber through the village and up to parts of Eagle Peak Road. Over the past couple of months ECFiber has been doing the preparatory work that will enable it to provide high speed internet to our town.  During the summer, ECFiber borrowed the money it needed to finance the Brookfield build.  In the fall, the Brookfield Hub was built, and just recently ECFiber received the final licenses that will allow it to put its fiber on the utility poles throughout the entire town.  By the end of the year ECFiber will start to put its fiber on those poles, and shortly after that it will start to hook up subscribers.  It is the stated goal of ECFiber to provide high speed internet access to all Brookfield residents who want it by the end of the first quarter of 2019.

Nov 122018
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 14, 2018 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE,

40 RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT

AGENDA

  1. Review and Approve Minutes of October 24, 2018. [10/24/18 Minutes]
  2. Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public.
  3. Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. [OCSD Patrol Hours]
  4. Traffic Law Enforcement and TORC Traffic Study. Rita Seto’s Clarification
  5. Continuing Review of Parking Enforcement on Stone Road.
  6. Reflective E-911 House Number Signs Project Progress.
  7. Continuing discussion of the of the Emerald Ash Borer threat. Ray Peck, BHD Interview
  8. Increasing Parking in Pond Village.
  9. Keeping in Touch with the Select Board and the Highway Department.
  10. Discussion of movable radar speed display signs and the data that they produce. [Data?]
  11. December Public Safety Message. [Draft Message]
  12. Setting the Next Meeting.
  13. Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting.
  14. Adjournment
Oct 302018
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY October 24, 2018 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE

40 RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

The following members attended: Stuart Edson, Mike Stoddard, Dan Mason, Michael Rutkovsky and Lew Stowell. Kara Lake attended as member of the public. Kate Forrer attended as a project advisor. Captain Kyle Kapitanski attended as a representative of OCSD.

  1. Review and Approve Minutes of September 26, 2018. Approved unanimously.
  2. Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public. Kara Lake appeared with a progress report on determining sentiment in East Brookfield for lowering and extending the speed limit in East Brookfield.  She will have more signatures next month.
  3. Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. Captain Kyle Kapitanski, OCSD answered questions about OCSD activities. There are efforts to hire more Deputies.  He promised to send patrol logs with the monthly bill.  The new OCSD website to have more services available soon.  He agreed to increase patrols during drive-times on Stone Rd, Ridge Rd, West street and others. He was appreciative of offers by Brookfield residents to have either the speed cart or a cruiser parked on their property.to reduce speeding
  4. Traffic Law Enforcement and TORC Traffic Study L Stowell to send the TORC traffic Study to Captain Kapitanski and to clarify some terms with Rita Seto of TORC.
  5. Continuing Review of Parking Enforcement on Stone Road.  Kate Forrer asked if there could be more signs and movable “Green Men” found to warn motorist of increased pedestrians including children during events at the Old Town Hall.
  6. Reflective E-911 House Number Signs Project Progress. Signs have been ordered. Dan Mason will pick them up when they are ready.
  7. Continuing discussion of the of the Emerald Ash Borer threat. Green Mountain Power and Washington Electric discussed as resources where power lines and town toads co-exist.  Kate Forrer mentioned the availability of grants through UVM Extension to plan, inventory, compile data, etc. She will send the grant application to L. Stowell.  There will be about 30 days to respond.  Preparation of a grant application approved and to be passed on to the Select Board.   Stowell and S. Edson to co-ordinate with R. Peck, tree warden about grant goals. M. Rutkovsky willing to participate in the EAB Project.
  8. Increasing Parking in Pond Village. Edson to follow up with R. Peck, Road Foreman.
  9. Keeping in Touch with the Select Board and the Highway Department. L. Stowell sending Agendas and Minutes to key town officials with occasional phone calls.
  10. Discussion of movable radar speed display signs and the data that they produce. Captain Kapitanski to get data to L. Stowell from most recent placement of Speed Cart and to provide a briefing on the different report styles available.
  11. November Public Safety Message. Message approved to be placed on the town website and Front Porch Forum.
  12. Setting the Next Meeting. Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 5:30 PM
  13. Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting. Participants or advisors in on-going projects may attend.
  14. Adjournment at 7:15 PM
Oct 222018
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 24, 2018 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE,

40 RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT

AGENDA

  1. Review and Approve Minutes of September 26, 2018. [9/2618 Minutes]
  2. Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public.
  3. Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. [OCSD Patrol Hours]
  4. Traffic Law Enforcement and TORC Traffic Study.
  5. Continuing Review of Parking Enforcement on Stone Road
  6. Reflective E-911 House Number Signs Project Progress.
  7. Continuing discussion of the of the Emerald Ash Borer threat. Dan Weston, WEC Interview
  8. Increasing Parking in Pond Village.
  9. Keeping in Touch with the Select Board and the Highway Department.
  10. Discussion of movable radar speed display signs and the data that they produce. [Data?]
  11. November Public Safety Message. [Draft Message]
  12. Setting the Next Meeting.
  13. Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting.
  14. Adjournment
Oct 022018
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY September 26, 2018  5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE

RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

  1. Review and Approve Minutes of August 22,2018: Approved unanimously.
  2. Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public: None attended.
  3. Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills: Only 18.5 hours of patrols performed in this fiscal year. Dan Mason to explore an alternative provider or law enforcement services and report to committee at October meeting.
  4. Traffic Law Enforcement: Members received complaints about speeding and offers for places to place the speed cart or a cruiser with radar.  L Stowell to contact OCSD.
  5. Continuing Review of Parking Enforcement on Stone Road: Committee awaiting second traffic study report from Two Rivers Ottaquechee Regional Commission (TRORC). S. Edson to contact Braintree for their experience with a similar situation. L Stowell to contact TRORC on likely report date.
  6. Keeping in Touch with the Select Board and Highway Department: L Stowell to brief J. Benson. See below.
  7. Discussion of the threat of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) on Town Roads and power lines. Received draft EAB plan from Randolph.  That plan estimates healthy Ash tree removal by contractors at $300.00 each and unhealthy or dead Ash trees between $375.00 and $750.00 each.  Stowell to send link to members. L. Stowell contacted GMP and will get their plan soon.  L Stowell to contact Washington Electric Coop for their plan.
  8. Increasing Parking in Pond Village: S. Edson to contact R. Peck for status on exploration of town and MacBruce land adjacent to existing Town Office parking lot.
  9. Reflective E-911 House Number Signs Project Progress: Godfrey received a new lower price quote. D. Mason to check with provider (VCI) and confirm price and reflectivity and report to committee.  Committee may have to contact purchasers and have checks replaced with new lower amounts.
  10. Discussion of movable radar speed display signs and the data that they produce: No recent data received. L Stowell to contact OCSD.
  11. October Public Safety Message. Stowell to write and send to S. Edson for website.
  12. Setting the Next Meeting: Wednesday October 24, 2018 at 5:30 PM.
  13. Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting: None invited, may have members of the public attend.
  14. Adjournment at 7:00 PM.
Sep 242018
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY September 26, 2018 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE

RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT

AGENDA

  1. Review and Approve Minutes of August 22,2018. [8/2218 Minutes]
  2. Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public.
  3. Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. [OCSD Patrol Hours]
  4. Traffic Law Enforcement
  5. Continuing Review of Parking Enforcement on Stone Road.
  6. Keeping in Touch with the Select Board and Highway Department.
  7. Discussion of the threat of the Emerald Ash Borer on Town Roads and power lines.
  8. Increasing Parking in Pond Village.
  9. Reflective E-911 House Number Signs Project Progress.
  10. Discussion of movable radar speed display signs and the data that they produce. [Data]
  11. October Public Safety Message. [Draft Message]
  12. Setting the Next Meeting.
  13. Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting.
  14. Adjournment
Aug 272018
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY August 22, 2018 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE

RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

The following members attended: Stuart Edson, Mike Stoddard, Dan Mason, Michael Rutkovsky and Lew Stowell.  Andrew and Kara Lake and Robert and Deborah Beaulieu attended as members of the public. Jon Binhammer and Kate Forrer attended as invited guests.

  1. Review and Approve Minutes of July 25,2018.] Approved unanimously.
  2. Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public. Andrew and Kara Lake and Robert and Deborah Beaulieu stated that the current speed limit of 45 MPH on Route 14 in East Brookfield is too high. They explained that there were several intersections, a school bus stop, Fire Department entrance/ exit, children and pets and that the current reduced speed zone is too short.  The committee suggested that the Lakes and Beaulieus circulate a petition among the residents of East Brookfield and immediate environs to determine support for a speed reduction.
  1. Guests: Enforcement & Safety Division, VT DMV was unavailable. Jon Binhammer, Brookfield Town Forester and Kate Forrer, UVM Extension Forester attended instead. K Forrer and J Binhammer described the threat of the Emerald Ash Borer(EAB).  They recommended that Brookfield create a response plan and that a first step might be to inventory the ash trees on part or all of the town roads.  Forrer will provide model plans and training for Ash inventory personnel.  L  Stowell will check with RTCC for help in conducting an inventory.
  2. Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. Committee members are thinking about what budget amount to recommend to the Select Board in December, 2018.
  3. Continuing Review of Parking Enforcement on Stone Road. The committee recommends to the Select Board that the TRORC redo the traffic count on Stone Road.
  4. Keeping in Touch With the Select Board and Highway Department. L Stowell to talk with Select Board Chair and S Edson to keep in touch with Road Foreman.
  5. Discussion of the threat of the Emerald Ash Borer on Town Roads and power lines. See above.
  6. Increasing Parking in Pond Village. L Stowell or S Edson to contact the MacBruces about permission for road crew to explore their land near the Town Office for suitability for parking.
  7. Reflective E-911 House Number Signs Project. The VCI green sign was chosen. Final availability to be advertised with a deadline of September 15, 2018. Town Clerk to accept orders soon.
  8. Discussion of movable radar speed display signs and the data that they produce. The committee agreed to have OCSD provide this service with applicable data for now.
  9. September Public Safety Message. Use for activation of the sign project and schools opening.
  10. Setting the Next Meeting. September 26, 2018
  11. Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting. Mason to determine if DMV is available.
  12. Adjourned at 7:12 PM.