Stuart Edson

May 252020
 

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 27, 2020 at 5:40 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 call [insert phone number] or email publicsafety@brookfieldvt.org

 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY MAY 27, 2020, 5:40 PM

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

AGENDA

 

  • 5:40 PM: Call to Order
  • 5:42 PM: Additions or deletions to the agenda
    • Public comment
  • 5:45 PM: Review and approve previous of April 29, 2020 meeting minutes
    • Public comment
  • 5:50 PM: Open public comment period (if applicable)
  • 6:00 PM Review of Select Board Actions at Previous Meeting(s)
    • Public comment
  • 6:15 PM: Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills.
    • Public comment
  • 6:30 PM: Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project Progress
    • Public comment
  • 6:35 PM: E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status
    • Public comment
  • 6:40 PM: Emerald Ash Borer Progress
    • Public comment
  • 6:50 PM:] Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use
    • Public comment
  • 7:00 PM: June Public Safety Message
    • Public comment
  • 7:05PM: Setting the Next Meeting
  • 7:10 PM Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting
  • 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/.

May 032020
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY APRIL 29, 2020, 5:40 PM

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

 

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

  • 5:40 PM: Call to Order
  • Additions or deletions to the agenda: None required.
  • Review and approve previous of February 26, 2020 meeting minutes: Approved. There was no March meeting because of the Covid 19 virus and the Governor’s order.
  • Open Public Comment Period: No members of the public attended this meeting.
  • Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills: The patrol hours were discussed.  L Stowell to contact OCSD about the Speed Cart plan for 2020.  West Street is to be included as an additional site.  The events of the previous weekend at the Floating Bridge were discussed.  Illegal parking, lack of social distancing, absence of masks and rowdy behavior may continue to be experienced in the future as fishing has become even more popular because of the Virus and parking is an issue at the Bridge.  Dan Mason as Constable was also contacted and will check with the residents on the West side of Sunset Lake.  L Stowell to contact VSP Royalton and the Select Board.
  • Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project Progress: L Stowell to contact the Select Board on what option(s) they want to follow with the purchasing and erecting of vehicle weight signs on town highways.
  • E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status: Some E-911 signs have not been picked up because of being ordered by Summer residents who have not returned to their Brookfield homes yet. L Stowell to contact T Godfrey about E-911 signs.  L Stowell to present a request to the Select Board for more traffic signs to be purchased and erected.  It was agreed that if the signs could be brought into full compliance that maintaining them in the future would be manageable.  The Road Crew should develop a routine of erecting and repairing signs each month on designated days or half days in the Spring, Summer and Fall months.
  • Emerald Ash Borer Progress: The virus has limited progress with the EAB activities. L Stowell to confer with K Forrer before contacting the Select Board.
  • Discuss Needed or Likely Projects for FY 2021: Parking in Pond Village, particularly because of the Floating Bridge, needs more attention.  There may need to be additional signage and an increase in the Town Office Parking Lot.  L Stowell to combine issues for the Select Board into one list.  The Morgan Horse Races on Snow Road in August were discussed.
  • Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use: S Edson reported no additional progress.
  • May Public Safety Message: It will cover traffic sign compliance to include speed limits and stop signs.
  • Setting the Next Remote Meeting: May 27, 2020 at 5:40 PM by conference call.
  • Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting: No guests will be invited in May.
  • Entertained motion to adjourn meeting: Moved, seconded and approved at 6:45 PM.
Apr 272020
 

NOTICE AND AGENDA FOR REMOTE MEETING

The Public Safety Advisory Committee for the Town of Brookfield, VT will meet remotely by electronic means on April 29, 2010 at 5:40 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 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 call (844) 844-1322 or email publicsafety@brookfieldvt.org

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY APRIL 29, 2020, 5:40 PM
All times will depend upon the amount of public participation
AGENDA

• 5:40 PM: Call to Order
• 5:42 PM: Additions or deletions to the agenda
o Public comment
• 5:45 PM: Review and approve previous of February 26, 2020 meeting minutes
o Public comment
• 5:50 PM: Open public comment period (if applicable)
• 6:00 PM Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. [OCSD Patrol Hours]
o Public comment
• 6:10 PM: Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project Progress
o Public comment
• 6:20 PM: E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status
o Public comment
• 6:25 PM: Emerald Ash Borer Progress
o Public comment
• 6:30 PM : Discuss Needed or Likely Projects for FY 2021
o Public comment
• 6:45 PM:] Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use
o Public comment
• 6:50 PM: May Public Safety Message
o Public comment
• 7:00PM: Setting the Next Meeting
• 7:05 PM Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting
• 7:10: Entertain motion to adjourn meeting

 

INFORMATIONAL HANDOUT FOR REMOTE MEETINGS

Remote Public Meetings
All public body meetings for the Brookfield, VT Public Safety Advisory Committee 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:
o during the time designated on the agenda for public comment;
o after the public body discusses each agenda item;
o before the public body takes action;
o during any open public comment period, if applicable; and
o 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/.

Mar 012020
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 26, 2020, 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE, 40 RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT

The sequence may be varied to accommodate members of the public and guests.

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

The following members attended: Stuart Edson, Michael Rutkovsky and Lew Stowell.  Member of the public: Gabe Freitag.

  1. Review and Approve Minutes of January 15, 2020. Approved unanimously.
  2. Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public. Gabe Freitag, a local logger, wanted to know where the town was going with vehicle weight limits.  He has no large trucks of his own but depends upon large logging trucks to get his logs to mills.  He urged that the town allow trucks up to the state special limits with local permits.  He complimented Ray Peck as being reasonable to work with on weight limit issues.  The committee explained that the 24,000 pound weight limit on town class 2, 3 & 4 roads is a State law and the progress the committee has made in understanding the laws surrounding weight limits.
  3. Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills.  OCSD conducted 8 hours of patrols costing $376.00 and resulting in 2 speeding citations for 11 to 20 MPH over the limit.  S. Edson has not been able to contact VSP Royalton yet.
  4. Road Maintenance and Right of Way Issues. No new issues reported.
  5. Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project Progress. The most recent results of continuing research into weight limits have been passed on to the Select Board Chair and were discussed by the committee.
  6. E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status. T. Godfrey will take the un-picked-up E-911 House Number Signs to the Town Meeting in the hopes of getting some more home owners to pick their order up. S. Edson has received one estimate of the cost of installing traffic signs from Lafayette Highway Specialties.  The cost was $235.00 per sign with them providing all materials.  It is not known what the cost would be with the Town of Brookfield providing the materials (signs, posts, etc.).
  7. Emerald Ash Borer Progress.  Additional “windshield” inventories of Ash trees have been conducted.  A draft request for information has been written.  L. Stowell to meet Tom Johnston of Trees Inc from Rutland this Friday morning to tour the five roads inventoried to get recommendations and a quote to remove Ash trees on these five roads
  8. Town Meeting Preparation.  The Town Meeting Agenda appears full.  The Committee will be prepared to answer questions if they are asked.  K. Forrer to provide EAB maps and info.
  9. Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use.  S. Edson to continue working on website metrics.
  10. March Public Safety Message. The draft message was approved with a little editing by L. Stowell to be done if needed.  This message will be on the website and Front Porch Forum.
  11. Setting the Next Meeting.  March 25, 2020 at 5:30.
  12. Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting.  None to be invited.
  13. Adjournment. At 7:08 PM.
Feb 232020
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 26, 2020, 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE,

40 RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT

The sequence may be varied to accommodate members of the public and guests.

AGENDA

  1. Review and Approve Minutes of January 15, 2020. [1/15/20 Minutes]
  2. Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public.
  3. Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. [OCSD Patrol Hours]
  4. Road Maintenance and Right of Way Issues.
  5. Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project Progress.
  6. E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status.
  7. Emerald Ash Borer Progress.
  8. Town Meeting Preparation.
  9. Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use.
  10. March Public Safety Message. [Draft Message]
  11. Setting the Next Meeting.
  12. Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting.
  13. Adjournment.
Jan 192020
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 15, 2020, 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE,

40 RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT

The sequence may be varied to accommodate members of the public and guests.

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

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

  1. Review and Approve Minutes of December 18, 2019. Approved.
  2. Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public. None attended.
  3. Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. Nine hours of patrolling at a cost of $423.00 were performed with 3 Written Citations and 6 Written Warnings issued in Brookfield in December 2019.  S. Edson to check with VSP Royalton to update the committee’s awareness of VSP availability for patrols.
  4. Site Visit at 2141 Stone Road Continued Discussion.  No further action
  5. Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project Progress: L. Stowell presented his presentation to the January 13, 2020 Select Board and the Select Board’s requests of the Committee.  A revision of the current overweight permit system was discussed and agreed upon.  L. Stowell to prepare town highway priorities for weight limit signs erection following guidance agreed upon by the committee to include bridges in Brookfield to have the first priority.  S. Edson to contact contractors with sign erection experience to obtain rough estimates of the cost to erect signs if the town provides the materials.
  6.  E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status. M. Rutkovsky reported that persons who have not yet picked up their E-911 signs have been called.
  7. FY 2021 Budget Items.  The Select Board has closed the draft FY 2021 Budget for new requests.
  8.  Brookfield Fire Department Smoke & CO2 alarm program: No further action.
  9. Emerald Ash Borer Progress. K. Forrer to lead an Ash tree inventory on East Hill Road area, East Street, West Street, Ridge Road and Stone Road.  M. Rutkovsky to assist K. Forrer with inventories.  K. Forester to obtain information on EAB trap costs and prepare a request for estimates for contractors to remove Ash trees.  Traps placed on East Hill and West Street in 2019 had negative results.  K. Forrer to look into other EAB response options.
  10. Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use.  S. Edson reported that Google Analytics is now operating on the Public Safety Page of the Town Website and will provide data on activity on the Public Safety Page.
  11. February Public Safety Message. L. Stowell to provide the Safety Tip message for February.
  12. Setting the Next Meeting:  February 26, 2020
  13. Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting.  No guests to be invited.
  14. Adjournment. 7:03 PM.
Jan 112020
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

 

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 15, 2020, 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE,

40 RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT

The sequence may be varied to accommodate members of the public and guests.

AGENDA

  1. Review and Approve Minutes of December 18, 2019. [12/18/19 Minutes]
  2. Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public.
  3. Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. [OCSD Patrol Hours]
  4. Site Visit at 2141 Stone Road Continued Discussion.
  5. Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project Progress
  6. E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status.
  7. FY 2021 Budget Items.
  8. Brookfield Fire Department Smoke & CO2 alarm program.
  9. Emerald Ash Borer Progress.
  10. Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use.
  11. February Public Safety Message. [Draft Message]
  12. Setting the Next Meeting.
  13. Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting.
  14. Adjournment
Dec 242019
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 18, 2019, 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE, 40 RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

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

  1. Review and Approve Minutes of November 20, 2019. Approved unanimously.  There was discussion that the agenda was not posted as soon as usual but the meeting was held.
  2. Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public. No members of the public attended.
  3. Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. The November bill was for 7.5 hours of patrol costing $352.50.  L Stowell to send an email to OCSD inquiring about obtaining more results of patrols in sensitive areas.
  4. Review of Radar Speed Cart Deployment Data. The data for the October – November deployment at the Brookfield Elementary School showed 43.2% of the vehicles coming North past the school were exceeding the 30 MPH limit.  No data was available from the Northfield road deployment.  The Speed Cart has been put away for the Winter.
  5. Site Visit at 2141 Stone Road Continued Discussion. John Benson informed the committee by email that the Select Board has sent a letter to Sid Cushing as requested but no significant action has been observed so far.  Perhaps there will be in the Spring.
  1. Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project Progress. The committee reviewed and suggested revisions of a draft report to the Select Board on how to make Brookfield town highways and bridges enforceable for weight limits.  L Stowell to make the changes and send to the Select Board.  S Edson reported that Brookfield currently does not have an account with the DMV road and bridge restrictions data base.  S Edson is willing to help set it up once the Select Board assigns someone to be in charge of the account and make changes as needed.
  2. E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status. M Rutkovsky to call people who have not picked up their house number signs yet.
  3. FY 2021 Budget Items. L Stowell to email Select Board and request that sufficient funds be budgeted for FY2021 for the needed weight limit signs and a contractor to erect them.  Additionally, an amount should be budgeted for any missing and damaged traffic signs that need to be ordered and a contractor hired to erect them.
  4. Brookfield Fire Department Smoke & CO2 alarm program. Deferred.
  5. Emerald Ash Borer Progress. L Stowell to meet with K Forrer to compete plans.
  6. Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use. Google Analytics installed to measure traffic on Town website including Public Safety page. S Edson to proceed further with reports.
  7. January Public Safety Message. M Stoddard to draft a safety message and send to L Stowell.
  8. Setting the Next Meeting. January 15, 2020 at 5:30 PM.
  9. Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting. No guests to be invited.
  10. Adjournment at 6:33 PM.
Dec 172019
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 18, 2019, 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE,

40 RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT

The sequence may be varied to accommodate members of the public and guests.

AGENDA

  1. Review and Approve Minutes of November 20, 2019. [11/20/19 Minutes]
  2. Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public.
  3. Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. [OCSD Patrol Hours]
  4. Review of Radar Speed Cart Deployment Data.
  5. Site Visit at 2141 Stone Road Continued Discussion.
  6. Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project Progress
  7. E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status.
  8. FY 2021 BUDGET ITEMS.
  9. Brookfield Fire Department Smoke & CO2 alarm program.
  10. Emerald Ash Borer Progress.
  11. Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use.
  12. January Public Safety Message. [Draft Message]
  13. Setting the Next Meeting.
  14. Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting.
  15. Adjournment
Nov 262019
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 20, 2019, 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE, 40 RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

The following members attended: Mike Stoddard, Stuart Edson, Michael Rutkovsky and Lew Stowell. Teresa Godfrey assisted with recent developments as Town Clerk/Treasurer.

  1. Review and Approve Minutes of October 30, 2019. Approved
  2. Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public. No members of the public attended.
  3. Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. 13 hours of patrol provided.
  4.  Review of Radar Speed Cart Deployments. Two deployments; no data received yet.  Early Winter weather prevented deployment to West end of Northfield Road.
  5. Site Visit at 2141 Stone Road Discussion. Awaiting action by the Select Board
  6. Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project Progress. Concern was expressed that there are still quite a few missing or damaged traffic and road name signs. It was noted that Brookfield has spent $18,533.93 on traffic and road name signs since 2011. An annual sign inventory is needed. Options were discussed for how the road crew could perform that inventory as part of their normal duties.  Confirmation is being sought to find a statute or regulation that the town must place weight limit signs in addition to State weight limit signs at intersections with state paved highways.  Edson following up with VTRANS Town Highway and Bridge Restrictions data base group on how the data base works.  L Stowell continuing research on statutes and regulations.  The Select Board will be presented options in how to enforce weight limits.  There was discussion about whether to purchase and erect all the weight limit signs in a single year or to spread it over two or three years.
  7. E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status. The sign order from Vermont Correctional Industries has been received. M. Stoddard to put all 90 signs in numerical order to assist T. Godfrey in issuing the signs.
  8. Brookfield Fire Department Smoke & CO2 alarm program. No action taken.
  9. Emerald Ash Borer Progress. More work needed to identify an appropriate site.
  10. Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use. Further work needed.
  11. November Public Safety Message. M Rutkovsky to prepare draft and send to L Stowell.
  12. Setting the Next Meeting. December 18, 2019.
  13. Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting. No Guests to be invited in December.
  14. Adjourned at 6:49 PM