Stuart Edson

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
Nov 192019
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 20, 2019, 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE,

40 RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT

AGENDA

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

  1. Review and Approve Minutes of October 30, 2019. [10/30/19 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 Deployments.
  5. Site Visit at 2141 Stone Road Discussion.
  6. Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project Progress
  7. E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status.
  8. Brookfield Fire Department Smoke & CO2 alarm program.
  9. Emerald Ash Borer Progress.
  10. Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use.
  11. October Public Safety Message. [Draft Message]
  12. Setting the Next Meeting.
  13. Inviting Guests to the NextMeeting.
  14. Adjournment.
Nov 062019
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY OCTBER 30, 2019, 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE, 40 RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

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

  1. Review and Approve Minutes of September 25, 2019. Approved with a date change for the October meeting to October 30, 2019
  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. It was noted that OCSD only provided 4.5 hours in September.
  4. Review of Radar Speed Cart Deployments. The cart has been moved from the Brookfield Elementary School to the East end of Northfield Road.  It will be moved soon to the West end of Northfield Road.  No data from the Elementary School deployment has been received yet.
  5. Site Visit at 2141 Stone Road Discussion.  After discussion, the committee voted unanimously to have L Stowell send an email to the Select Board recommending that the board take Sid Cushing Jr up on his offer to move vehicles and other obstacles back so that town snow plows can move snow out of the traveled portion of the road onto the town right of way.
  6. Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project Progress. After discussion the committee approved continuing to gather information and to have S Edson contact the DMV Town Highway & Bridges weight Restrictions website to learn more about the site.  L Stowell to send an email to likely sources of information about how the town should set up a proper program.  There was also discussion about the TRORC traffic studies conducted on Northfield Rd.
  7. E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status. Orders for 60 signs have been received and more will be received as taxes are paid.  L Stowell to create a spread sheet and coordinate with T Godfrey so that the order goes out next week.
  8. Brookfield Fire Department Smoke & CO alarm program. L Stowell to check with Kevin Wheatley to see if the Fire Department needs any help on their project.
  9. Emerald Ash Borer Progress.  Washington Electric won’t be able to help until next year.  L Stowell to check with Larry Gilbert to see when “next year” begins.
  10. Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use. S Edson to set up a gmail account for the town and consult with the website tech to arrange a Google Analytics account.
  11. October Public Safety Message. M Stoddard to send a draft of the November Safety Message to L Stowell soon.
  12. Setting the Next Meeting.  November 20, 2019
  13. Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting.  If available, a DMV Truck Enforcement Inspector will be invited to explain how his or her unit fits into the overall law enforcement process.
  14. Adjournment. Adjourned at 6:53 PM
Oct 272019
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 30, 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 September 25, 2019. [09/25/19 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 Deployments.
  5. Site Visit at 2141 Stone Road Discussion.
  6. Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project Progress
  7. E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status.
  8. Brookfield Fire Department Smoke & CO2 alarm program.
  9. Emerald Ash Borer Progress.
  10. Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use.
  11. October Public Safety Message. [Draft Message]
  12. Setting the Next Meeting.
  13. Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting.
  14. Adjournment.
Sep 302019
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 25, 2019, 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE, 40 RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

The following members attended: Dan Mason, Mike Stoddard, Michael Rutkovsky and Lew Stowell. Teresa Godfrey assisted with recent developments as Town Clerk.

  1. Review and Approve Minutes of August 21, 2019. Approved Unanimously.
  2. Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public. No members of the public attended.
  3. GUEST: DMV Truck Enforcement. No one from DMV able to attend.  May be able to attend in November if meeting date provided soon.
  4. Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. 29 patrol hours provided.  1 written citation for speeding and three written warnings for speeding and following too close.  20% of budget spent so far.
  5. Review of Radar Speed Cart Deployments.  Currently deployed at the Elementary School.  Soon to be deployed on Northfield Road.
  6. Continuing Review of Parking & Law Enforcement on Brookfield Roads.  L Stowell briefed members on developments at two recent Select Board Meetings.  Rob Townsend has completed the survey of the northern end of Stone Road and has determined the edges of the Town ROW and the “traveled Portion” in the vicinity of 2141 Stone Road.  A site visit is planned in the future to view the location of each.  The Select Board has taken action in response to complaints of Northfield Road property owners.  35 MPH signs have been ordered and placed on Northfield Road.  OCSD will place the Speed Cart in two deployments to warn motorists of the perceived change in speed limit.  OCSD and VSP have been alerted to the change.  The Select Board has requested that the Committee to research and develop a plan for large vehicles for all town roads by Town Meeting.  After discussion, the committee voted unanimously to accept the project with the understanding that the committee would not be determining weight limits of bridges, culverts or roadways.  That information will come from competent authorities to include the Town Highway Foreman.
  7. E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status. 19 Property owners have requested a total (to date) of 32 reflective house number signs.  An order date will be determined soon.
  8. Brookfield Fire Department Smoke & CO Alarm Program.  The Fire Department through an anonymous donor is providing battery operated, combined smoke and CO alarms for property owners who do not have them and have limited means to purchase them.  Persons desiring the alarms should contact Fire Chief Kevin Wheatley at 802-281-5882.
  9. Emerald Ash Borer Progress. Efforts to meet with GMP and WEC are continuing.
  10. Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use. Tabled until next meetingOctober
  11. Public Safety Message. The October message will be about planning for Winter weather events and was approved for publication on the Town Website and Front Porch Forum.
  12. Setting the Next Meetings.  October 23 and November 20 were set as the next meetings.
  13. Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting. DMV Enforcement to be invited to the November meeting.Adjournment.
  14.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:48 PM.
Sep 222019
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 25, 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 August 21, 2019. [08/21/19 Minutes]

2. Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public.

3. GUEST: DMV Truck Enforcement (Doubtful).

4. Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. [OCSD Patrol Hours]

5. Review of Radar Speed Cart Deployments.

6. Continuing Review of Parking & Law Enforcement on Brookfield Roads.

7. E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status.

8. Brookfield Fire Department Smoke & CO2 alarm program.

9. Emerald Ash Borer Progress.

10. Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use.

11. October Public Safety Message. [Draft Message]

12. Setting the Next Meeting.

13. Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting.

14. Adjournment.

Aug 262019
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Draft Minutes

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 21, 2019, 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE,

40 RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT

Mike Stoddard, Stuart Edson, Michael Rutkovsky and Lew Stowell and LT Barbara Kessler, VSP, Guest. Teresa Godfrey, James Godfrey, Robert Godfrey, Richard Pecor JR, Ron Lovejoy, Erik Nielsen, Lynn Lampson, Carl Bushey, Gene Parent, Evangeline Parent and Mike Lefebvre, Members of the Public.

  1. Review and Approve Minutes of July 24, 2019. Approved unanimously.
  2. Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public. Eleven residents of the Northfield Roadpresented safety concerns about truck and large agricultural vehicle traffic on Northfield Road.  They stated that there was a high volume of vehicles exceeding the 24,000 pound weight limit, traveling very fast, making considerable noise, often so wide it was unsafe to meet them and causing a great deal of dust.  There was also concern expressed about the odor of the liquid manure being spread and the lack of covers on trucks carrying harvested forage and crushed stone.  James Godfrey provided photos of vehicles causing them distress and of repairs that needed to be made on the Northfield Road.  A State Trooper had told James Godfrey that the Brookfield weight limits were not posted on the VTrans website and were therefore unenforceable.  LT Kessler recommended that the committee contact the DMV truck unit (LT Giolito) for enforcement of truck weight issues and clarification of laws.  L Stowell will contact DMV.  Efforts by residents to request safer and better behavior of the equipment operators and owners have been so far unsuccessful.  L Stowell stated that the town ordinance specifies 35 MPH but that there were no signs currently posted.  He promised to contact R Peck to see the status of speed sign replacement.  Committee members encouraged the residents to attend a future Select Board Meeting and promised to send recommendations to the Select Board.
  3. Review of Radar Speed Cart Deployments.  Three deployments, Route 65 near the Post Office, Route 14 in East Brookfield and Stone Road at the I-89 emergency entrance were discussed.  Drive times had a significant number of speeders and were more likely for enforcement efforts. 
  4. GUEST: VSP LT Barbara Kessler, Station Commander, Royalton Barracks.  Lt Kessler explained the VSP statewide and at her barracks was experiencing a shortage of personnel.  At this time accidents and other emergencies often meant that there were not many troopers to patrol rural towns.  However, the Speed Cart data was helpful and She would urge patrols on roads where Speed Cart data suggested excessive speed.  She also promised to send information on legal requirements for pedestrians for the safety message.  She suggested that the committee look into walking paths.
  5.  Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills.  OCSD has increased the patrol hour rate from $46 to $47.  This Summer patrol hours have increased as requested.  June had 37 hours and July had 31.5.
  6. Continuing Review of Parking & Law Enforcement on Brookfield RoadsThe survey of the Stone Road Town ROW is proceeding.  The parking sign at the East end of the Floating Bridge has disappeared.  Cars are parking illegally.  Some thought will be given to a noise ordinance.
  7. E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status.  The new price for E-911 signs from Vermont Correctional Industries is $5.25 which includes shipping to the town office.  The order form for Brookfield property owners to buy signs will go out with the tax bills soon.  Persons wanting to have their signs shipped instead of picking them up at the Town Office will incur an additional shipping charge
  8. Emerald Ash Borer Progress.  Inquiries to GMP and WEC for joint efforts are being made.
  9. Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use. Efforts are continuing.
  10. September Public Safety Message. There was discussion of the draft and S Edson will review the draft and make suggestions.
  11. Setting the Next Meeting:  September 25, 2019
  12. Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting.  L Stowell will see if LT Giolito, DMV Truck Team, or one of his officers is available to attend as a guest.
  13. Adjournment. Was at 7:10 PM.
Aug 182019
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 21, 2019, 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE

40 RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT

AGENDA

  1. Review and Approve Minutes of July 24, 2019. [07/24/19 Minutes]
  2. Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public.
  3. GUEST: VSP LT Barbara Kessler, Station Commander, Royalton Barracks.
  4. Review of Radar Speed Cart Deployments.
  5. Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. [OCSD Patrol Hours]
  6. Continuing Review of Parking & Law Enforcement on Brookfield Roads.
  7. E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status.
  8. Emerald Ash Borer Progress.
  9. Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use.
  10. September Public Safety Message. [Draft Message]
  11. Setting the Next Meeting.
  12. Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting.
  13. Adjournment.
Jul 282019
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

(unapproved minutes)

WEDNESDAY JULY 24, 2019, 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE,

40 RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT

Mike Stoddard, Stuart Edson, Michael Rutkovsky and Lew Stowell and William Bohnyak, Orange County Sheriff, Guest.

  1. Review and Approve Minutes of June 19, 2019.  Approved unanimously.
  2. GUEST: Orange County Sheriff William Bohnyak outlined his plans to more fully provide patrol and response coverage according to the Brookfield contract in FY 2020.  He pointed out that they provided 37 hours of patrols in June, have a good start already in July and will continue to provide more hours during the Summer months and use the resources provided in FY 2020.
  3. Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public.The email from Gene & Evangeline Parent about speeding was read and discussed along with the fact that Lt Clouatre, OCSD has contacted the Parents and efforts to reduce speeding on Northfield Road are underway.
  4. Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. The OCSD completed 64.78% of the $12,000 FY 2019 contract.
  5. Review of Radar Speed Cart Deployments in 2019. LT Clouatre is following the 2019 Speed Cart Plan and has had three deployments already: Brookfield Elementary School, Pond Village and Route 65 near the Post Office.  A common thread among all three is excessive speed.  Patrols are alert to this trend.  L Stowell to send speeding locations to The VSP in Royalton.
  6.  Continuing Review of Parking & Law Enforcement on Brookfield Roads. It was noted that The Select Board has selected a surveyor to determine the town ROW on Stone Road.
  7. Public Safety Developments: There is a new alerting platform being rolled out in Orange County in the Fall.  L. Stowell will obtain more information.
  8. Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)Progress.  It was voted to designate an EAB Subcommittee consisting of both Public Safety Committee Members and non-members to plan and implement strategies to mitigate the effects of  the spread of the EAB in conjunction with town officials such as the Town Forester and Road Foreman/Tree Warden.  The Sub Committee will keep the Public Safety Committee informed of progress.
  9. E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status. There are 7 individuals wishing to order signs now.  Order forms will be sent out in the tax bills to encourage further orders.  Brookfield property owners wishing to order for non-Brookfield property owners will be provided another choice.  L Stowell will send the E911 Sign Order Form to T Godfrey and W Bohnyak. L Stowell to contact Vermont Correctional Industries (VCI) about the shipping costs bill.
  10. Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use.  Interest in Statistics was continued.
  11. August Public Safety Message. L Stowell to submit to S Edson for the website and to Front Porch Forum for publication.  Committee group email to be displayed for comments.
  12. Setting the Next Meeting. August 21, 2019
  13. Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting. L Stowell to invite LT Barbara Kessler, VSP
  14. Adjournment.  7:02 PM
Jul 222019
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY JULY 24, 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 June 19, 2019. [06/19/19 Minutes]
  2. Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public. [Parent Email]
  3. GUEST: Orange County Sheriff William Bohnyak on OCSD plans for FY 2020 in Brookfield.
  4. Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. [OCSD Patrol Hours]
  5.  Continuing Review of Parking & Law Enforcement on Brookfield Roads. [Traffic Ordinance]
  6. Review of Radar Speed Cart Deployments in 2019. [Speed Cart Plan 2019]
  7. Public Safety Developments:
  8. Emerald Ash Borer Progress.
  9. E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status.
  10. Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use.
  11. August Public Safety Message. [Draft Message]
  12. Setting the Next Meeting.
  13. Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting.
  14. Adjournment.