Stuart Edson

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.
Aug 202018
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY August 22, 2018 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE

RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT

AGENDA

  1. Review and Approve Minutes of July 25,2018. [7/25/18 Minutes]
  2. Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public.
  3. Guest: Enforcement & Safety Division, VT DMV.
  4. Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. [OCSD Patrol Hours]
  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 [Form]
  10. Discussion of movable radar speed display signs and the data that they produce.[Data]
  11. September Public Safety Message. [Draft Message]
  12. Setting the Next Meeting.
  13. Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting.
  14. Adjournment.
Jul 302018
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY JULY 25, 2018 AT 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.

  1. Review and Approve Minutes of June 27,2018: Approved unanimously.
  2. Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public: No members of the public attended.
  3. Guest: Enforcement & Safety Division, VT DMV: No one was available to attend.
  4. Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills: June bill and report reviewed. Stowell to send an email requesting patrol logs each month, and request patrolling during at least a few of the Old Town Hall events.
  5. Continuing Review of Parking Enforcement on Stone Road: Stowell to send a report on Committee efforts to research the problem to J. Benson, Select Board Chair. M. Rutkovsky to speak with an engineer at AOT.
  6. Keeping in Touch with the Select Board and Highway Department: L. Stowell to discuss possible methods with J. Benson, Select Board Chair.
  7. Increasing Parking in Pond Village: Edson to research Zoning Bylaws. L. Stowell to query Select Board on next steps.
  8. Reflective E-911 House Number Signs Project: D. Mason presented Rule Sign sample. Niebling unable to attend. D. Mason to query Vermont Correctional Industries (VCI) whether their signs have holes. If so, to go with VCI signs.  S. Edson to create a spreadsheet with the names of residents who want signs to provide to T. Godfrey.  L. Stowell to send him one as well wit additional names.  The project needs to be completed soon.
  9. Discussion of movable radar speed display signs: Unanimous agreement that having OCSD provide their “Speed Cart” from time to time at locations with up to date signs was a cost-effective way to encourage safe speeds. The Committee will continue to stay informed of current speed display sign technology. Stowell will provide a current list of requested sites for the “Speed Cart” to OCSD.
  10. August Public Safety Message: The safety message to be combined with the E-911 House Number Sign request for other people wanting signs. E-911 House Number Sign request to be put on Front Porch Forum.
  11. Setting the Next Meeting: August 22, 2018.
  12. Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting: D. Mason to invite someone from DMV Enforcement & Safety Division. If not confirmed by August 15, another guest may be invited.
  13. Adjournment: 7:12 PM.
Jul 242018
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY July 25, 2018 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE

RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT

AGENDA

  1. Review and Approve Minutes of June 27,2018. [6/27/18 Minutes]
  2. Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public.
  3. Guest: Enforcement & Safety Division, VT DMV.
  4. Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. [OCSD Patrol Hours]
  5. Continuing Review of Parking Enforcement on Stone Road. [Draft Report]
  6. Keeping in Touch with the Select Board and Highway Department.
  7. Increasing Parking in Pond Village.
  8. Reflective E-911 House Number Signs Project
  9. Discussion of movable radar speed display signs.
  10. August Public Safety Message. [Draft Message]
  11. Setting the Next Meeting.
  12. Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting.
  13. Adjournment
Jul 022018
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY June 27, 2018 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE

RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

The following members attended: Stuart Edson, Mike Stoddard, Dan Mason, Joy Kacik, Michael Rutkovsky and Lew Stowell.  Dennis Larocque attended as a member of the public.

  1. Review and Approve Minutes of May 23, 2018. Approved unanimously.
  2. Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public. Dennis Larocque expressed his concern that the parking situation at 2141 Stone Road was unsafe and if not resolved soon could result in a serious accident either between vehicles and pedestrians or between vehicles.
  3. Guest: To Be Determined. No guest from DMV was available.
  4. Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. The increase of the OCSD hourly rate from $40.00 per hour to $46.00 per hour will result in a reduction of the patrol hours of 40.1 to a new total of 260.9 hours per year. The FY 2019 budget amount of $12,000 remains the same.  OCSD has been placing their Radar Speed Display (Speed Cart) in locations in Brookfield where speed limit signs have changed such as at the Elementary School and Stone Road in Pond Village.  When the new OCSD web site is completed there will be a way for the town to access more detailed records of OCSD patrols
  5. Continuing Review of Parking Enforcement on Stone Road. The committee agrees that there must be a resolution to this situation to reduce the risk of accidents at 2141 Stone Road.  As requested by the Select Board the committee will research entities performing “Traffic Studies”, the legal authority for the Select Board to proceed and to determine the exact location of Stone Road in that locality.
  6. Increasing Parking in Pond Village. Stuart Edson met with Ray Peck, Road Foreman, at the Town Office Parking Lot. Ray pointed out the town boundary which could provide approximately 40 additional feet of parking in a Northerly direction on Ralph Road. Ray estimated that if he did not hit substantial ledge, he could cut the trees and add fill in approximately 3 days.  There was one big tree that would be left or cut by Washington Electric Coop.  Because there is no acquisition of land, this could be done this year with Select Board approval.  The parking lot could be increased further by about 100′ in the future by purchase or lease of land from the MacBruces.  Additional signs at the floating bridge are being worked on by Dan Mason.
  7. Reflective E-911 House Number Signs. Dan Mason will work with Theresa Godfrey, Town Clerk, to register with Vermont Correctional Industries, to determine the specific inclusive price and receive the first batch of orders.
  8. Discussion of movable radar speed display signs. The committee will continue to look in to purchase of a radar speed display unit but in the meantime the OCSD Speed Cart is filling the need.  The location of the Speed Cart is limited to where valid speed limit signs are posted.
  9. July Public Safety Message. Will be posted on the Town Website and Front Porch Forum.
  10. Setting the Next Meeting. July 25, 2018 at 5:30 PM.
  11. Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting. Dan Mason will invite DMV again.
  12. Adjournment. 7:12 PM.
Jun 252018
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Wednesday June 27, 2018 5:30 PM

Brookfield Town Office

Ralph Road, Brookfield, VT

AGENDA

  1. Review and Approve Minutes of May 23, 2018. [5/23/18 Minutes]
  2. Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public.
  3. Guest: To Be Determined.
  4. Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. [OCSD Patrol Hours]
  5. Continuing Review of Parking Enforcement on Stone Road.
  6. Increasing Parking in Pond Village.
  7. Reflective E-911 House Number Signs
  8. Discussion of movable radar speed display signs.
  9. July Public Safety Message. [Draft Message]
  10. Setting the Next Meeting.
  11. Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting.
  12. Adjournment
Jun 242018
 

2018 Lister’s Grievance Hearings

June 20, 2018

The Board of Listers grievance hearing was brought to order at 4:35 p. m. on June 20, 2018.  In attendance were Listers Stuart Edson, Teresa Godfrey and Phyllis Humez.  There was one scheduled hearing with David Von Holden and Allison Belisle whose property is located at 932 East Hill Rd.

The property owners presented their concerns regarding the value of the property. The Listers explained the changes to the values they had made as a result of their spring 2018 site visit to the property. The Listers will review all information and discuss making further changes to the value. Result of hearing will be mailed to the property owners within 7 days per state statute.

There were no other scheduled hearings nor were there any walk-in requests for hearings.

The Board of Listers 2018 grievance hearing adjourned at 6:45 p. m.

Respectfully submitted,

Stuart Edson

Teresa Godfrey

Phyllis Humez