Stuart Edson

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
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.