Stuart Edson

Apr 262021
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 2021, 5:35 PM

The Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee met remotely by electronic means as warned.

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

The following members attended: Michael Rutkovsky, Mike Stoddard, Dan Mason, Stuart Edson and Lew Stowell.  Guests: Jon Jickling and Kate Forrer.  No members of the public attended.

  • 5:35 PM: Call to Order- No additions or deletions were made to the agenda.
  • Review and approve the March 24, 2021 meeting minutes- Approved 5-0.
  • Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Planning- Kate Forrer and Jon Jickling. Approximately 16 traps will be installed town wide by Memorial Day and removed by Labor Day. Bait and traps to be provided to J. Jickling by early May.  The Committee recommends to the Select Board that a new committee be formed for the sole purpose of responding to the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Threat.  Should be led by the Town Forester and have close coordination with the Conservation Commission and the Public Safety Advisory Committee, perhaps through representation on the new committee.  The PSAC will still be interested in the effect of EAB on Ash trees in the town highway ROWs but leadership of the EAB project will be in the new committee.
  • Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills- OCSD is down 2 full time deputies. Starting soon deputies will perform patrols 10 hours per week in Brookfield.  West Street speeding to be addressed by more patrols.  Pedestrians and bicyclists have a duty of care while traveling on public highways.  Pedestrians only have the right of way in marked and signed crosswalks.  Radar deployment will have an increased use of short duration stationary radar at likely speeding locations.
  • 2021 Speed Cart Plan- Will start in late April and follow Speed Cart Plan until snow flies.
  • Traffic Sign and Weight Limit Status- Sign vandalism on Northfield Rd investigated. No arrests yet.
  • Traffic Ordinance Status- Committee agreed with S. Clouatre that Waiver Penalty Schedule should either be referenced in the ordinance or a short list of penalties applicable to the ordinance be attached.
  • Parking in Pond Village- OCSD has been busy educating and correcting the parking issues at the Floating Bridge recently. “Education” will be followed by citations to repeat offenders.  Overflow parking areas are not designated.  It would be useful for signs pointing to overflow parking areas such as the Town Office.  The Floating Bridge has become even more popular with Covid 19 and may not decrease in popularity soon.  It was noted that the expansion of the parking lot at the Town Office has been staked out.  More research on parking options to be done by the Committee.
  • 2141 Stone Road Parking Issues- The Committee requests a status update from the Select Board.
  • Public Safety Advisory Committee Future Role and Responsibilities- It was agreed that periodic review and discussion of the committee’s roles and responsibilities are useful.
  • May Public Safety Message- L. Stowell to write based on S. Clouatre’s suggestions.
  • Setting the Next Meeting- May 19, 2021 at 5:35 PM. Manner may be remote or in person.
  • Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting- None.
  • 6:50: PM- Entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting- Approved 5-0
Apr 182021
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY APRIL 21, 2021, 5:35 PM

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

REMOTE MEETING AGENDA

By telephone: Dial [(1-701) 802-5217]. when prompted, enter the meeting Access Code]. 3053801

5:35 PM: Call to Order
5:36 PM: Additions or deletions to the agenda
Public comment
5:38 PM: Review and approve the March 24, 2021 meeting minutes
Open public comment
5:42 PM: Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Planning- Kate Forrer and Jon Jickling.
Public comment
6:05 PM: Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills.
Public comment
6:10 PM: 2021 Speed Cart Plan-
Public comment
6:15: Traffic Sign and Weight Limit Status
Public comment
6:20 PM: Traffic Ordinance Status
Public comment
6:25 PM Parking in Pond Village
Public comment
6:35 PM Stone Road Parking Issues
Public Comment
6:45 PM Public Safety Advisory Committee Future Role and Responsibilities
Public Comment
7:00 PM: March Public Safety Message
Public comment
7:05 PM Setting the Next Meeting
7:10 PM Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting
Final Public Comment
7:15: PM Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting.

Mar 302021
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 2021, 5:35 PM

The Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee met remotely by electronic means as warned.

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

The following members attended: Michael Rutkovsky, Mike Smith, Stuart Edson and Lew Stowell.  Guests: Jon Jickling and Kate Forrer.  Member of the public: Greg Wight attended.

  • 5:35 PM: Call to Order: There were no additions or deletions to the agenda.
  • Review and approve the February 24, 2021 meeting minutes. Approved 4-0
  • Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Planning: Jon Jickling and Kate Forrer. Jon Jickling is to run for the soon to be vacant Town Forester position.  Traps to be deployed by June 1 and recovered by September 1.  Approximately ½ to be deployed this year and remainder next year.  Property owners will be recruited to host a trap.  Jon and Kate to develop a location list for traps as well as the over all plan.  EAB Surveillance plan to be presented at the April 21, 2021 meeting.  Kate to bring EAB outreach material to the Town Meeting in May.  The State Entomologist will provide identification of insects trapped and other technical assistance as needed.  GPS coordinates of trap locations will be shared with the Agency of Agriculture.
  • Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills: Only 8 hours were performed in February.   Stowell reported that $15,000 is in the FY 2022 Budget for OCSD Law Enforcement Services.  It was suggested that patrols stop occasionally at appropriate locations and conduct stationary radar surveillance for short periods of time in addition to moving radar while patrolling.  S. Edson to contact C. Taplin and M. Rutkovsky to contact L.E. Smith for more detail to include times occurring about speeding observed on West Street and Pond Village respectively.
  • 2021 Draft Speed Cart Plan: Approved without priorities assigned 4-0.  L Stowell to send the plan to Cpt. Clouatre.
  • Traffic Sign Status: Stowell reported that T. Higgins, Town Road Foreman ordered but has not yet received.50 traffic signs and posts.
  • Traffic Ordinance Status: Stowell reported that the proposed Traffic Ordinance is still at the Town Attorney’s office for review.  J. Kimmel is following up.
  • Parking in Pond Village: Stowell reported that J. Benson is meeting with T. Higgins soon to plan the expansion of Town Office parking lot this year. The Committee is looking at the parking situation on East side of Floating Bridge.
  • Weight Limit Status: Stowell reported that D. LaRocque is assisting K. Peterson to make entries in the State DMV data base for town roads with mud season weight restrictions.
  • Public Safety Advisory Committee Website and Email Use: No activity.
  • April Public Safety Message: Stowell will create it using past Spring messages as a guide.
  • Setting the Next Meeting: Wednesday, 4/21/2021 at 5:35 PM.  It will probably be a remote meeting.
  • Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting: Jon Jickling, Kate Forrer and Scott Clouatre will be invited by L. Stowell.
  • 6:59 PM Entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting. Passed 4-0.
Mar 212021
 

NOTICE AND AGENDA FOR REMOTE MEETING

 

The Public Safety Advisory Committee for the Town of Brookfield, VT will meet remotely by electronic means on March 24, 2021 at 5:35 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 email publicsafety@brookfieldvt.org

 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY MARCH 24, 2021, 5:35 PM

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

REMOTE MEETING AGENDA

By telephone: Dial [(1-701) 802-5217]. when prompted, enter the meeting Access Code]. 3053801

 

  • 5:35 PM: Call to Order
  • 5:36 PM: Additions or deletions to the agenda
  • Public comment
  • 5:38 PM: Review and approve the February 24, 2021 meeting minutes
  • : Open public comment
  • 5:42 PM: Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Planning- Jon Jickling and Kate Forrer
  • Public comment
  • 6:05 PM: Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills.
  • Public comment
  • 6:15 PM: 2021 Draft Speed Cart Plan- Scott Clouatre
  • Public comment
  • 6:30: Traffic Sign Status
  • Public comment
  • 6:35 PM: Traffic Ordinance Status
  • Public comment
  • 6:40 PM Parking in Pond Village
  • Public comment
  • 6:50 PM Weight Limit Status
  • Public Comment
  • 6:55 PM Public Safety Advisory Committee Website and Email Use
  • Public Comment
  • 7:00 PM: March Public Safety Message
  • Public comment
  • 7:05 PM Setting the Next Meeting
  • 7:10 PM Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting
  • Final Public Comment
  • 7:15: PM Entertain a motion to adjourn the 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/.

Feb 222021
 

NOTICE AND AGENDA FOR REMOTE MEETING

 

The Public Safety Advisory Committee for the Town of Brookfield, VT will meet remotely by electronic means on February 24, 2021 at 5:35 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 email publicsafety@brookfieldvt.org

 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 24, 2021, 5:35 PM

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

REMOTE MEETING AGENDA

By telephone: Dial [(1-701) 802-5217]. when prompted, enter the meeting Access Code]. 3053801

 

  • 5:35 PM: Call to Order
  • 5:36 PM: Additions or deletions to the agenda
  • Public comment
  • 5:38 PM: Review and approve the January 20, 2021 meeting minutes
  • : Open public comment
  • 5:42 PM Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills.
  • Public comment
  • 6:00 PM 2021 Draft Speed Cart Plan
  • Public comment
  • 6:10 PM: Traffic Sign Status
  • Public comment
  • 6:15 PM: Traffic Ordinance Status
  • Public comment
  • 6:20 PM EAB Update
  • Public comment
  • 6:30 PM Parking in Pond Village
  • Public comment
  • 6:40 PM Public Safety Advisory Committee Website and Email Use
  • Public Comment
  • 6:50 PM: March Public Safety Message
  • Public comment
  • 7:00 PM Setting the Next Meeting
  • 7:05 PM Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting
  • Final Public Comment
  • 7:10: PM Entertain a motion to adjourn the 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/.

Jan 252021
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2021, 5:35 PM

The Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee met remotely by electronic means as warned.

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

The following members attended: Stuart Edson, Michael Rutkovsky, Mike Smith, Dan Mason and Lew Stowell.  Guests: Jeff Kimmel, Tim Higgins and Jon Jickling.  No members of the public attended.

  • 5:35 PM: Meeting Called to Order. There were no additions or deletions to the agenda.
  • Review and approve December 16, 2020 unapproved meeting minutes. Approved 5-0.
  • Results of December 28 Select Board Meeting: Kimmel reported that $8500 was planned for sign replacement in FY2022.  L. Stowell reported that Sheriff Bohnyak has been requested to send a draft Law Enforcement Services contract for FY 2022 to the committee for review soon.
  • Traffic Sign Status Tim Higgins & Jeff Kimmel. There was discussion regarding the purchase of a jack hammer to install sign posts. Higgins reported that there is a sign post base available that can be installed with a sledge hammer without damage to the base.  This would save approximately $1500 and perhaps even save time.  T. Higgins reported that based on the current sign inventory the town needs over 200 signs to replace damaged or missing signs.  He is placing an order for at least 55 signs soon.  He stated that a sign with post and accessories costs approximately $100 each.  Therefore, with $6500 in FY 2021 (current FY {Fiscal Year}) and $8500 in FY 2022 (FY starting July1 this year) available, the town should purchase and replace about 150 signs.  This is a shortfall of 50+ signs.  Based upon recent history more signs will be damaged or stolen during that time period.  It may be FY 2024 before we are caught up to where the budget may cover annual damaged and stolen signs.
  • Traffic Ordinance Final Review: the draft ordinance was approved with the removal of two Yield sign changes and the addition of some regulatory language. Mason recommended that a number of road intersections with existing Stop or Yield signs should be looked at in the future with more public input.  It was requested that the draft ordinance be reviewed by town attorney, Michael Monte.  The ordinance, as revised, was approved 5-0.  L. Stowell will send the revised ordinance and a list of revisions to J. Kimmel.
  • Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills. It was noted that OCSD may be back on track having performed 18.5 patrol hours in December, 2020.
  • January Public Safety Message: Stowell will create the February safety message.
  • EAB Update: Jickling, a member of the town Conservation Commission and a trained forester, said that public education about the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was going to be very important.  The insect is in Williamstown and either is already in Brookfield or soon will be.  He urged continued coordination between the Town Forester, the Town Conservation Commission and the Public Safety Advisory Committee to deal with the threat.  The Conservation Commission is concerned with having the response conducted in an environmentally friendly manner and the Public Safety Committee is concerned with the danger of dying Ash trees in the town right of way.  The Town Forester, K. Forrer, is organizing the surveillance efforts and will recommend response action when needed.  K. Forrer will be asked to check on any available Federal or State funding for EAB prevention or recovery.
  • Setting the Next Meeting: The February 24th, 2021 at 5:35 PM meeting will be virtual by phone.
  • Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting: None to be invited
  • Entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting at 6:49 PM. Approved 5-0.
Jan 172021
 

NOTICE AND AGENDA FOR REMOTE MEETING

The Public Safety Advisory Committee for the Town of Brookfield, VT will meet remotely by electronic means on January 20, 2021 at 5:35 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 email publicsafety@brookfieldvt.org

 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 20, 2021, 5:35 PM

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

REMOTE MEETING AGENDA

By telephone: Dial [(1-701) 802-5217].When prompted, enter the meeting Access Code]. 3053801

  • 5:35 PM: Call to Order
  • 5:36 PM: Additions or deletions to the agenda
    • Public comment
  • 5:40 PM: Review and approve previous of December 16, 2020 meeting minutes
    • : Open public comment
  • 5:45 PM Results of December 28 Select Board Meeting
    • Public comment
  • 6:00 PM: Traffic Sign Status Tim Higgins & Jeff Kimmel
    • Public comment
  • 6:10 PM: Traffic Ordinance Final Review
    • Public comment
  • 6:40 PM Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills.
    • Public comment
  • 7:00 PM: January Public Safety Message
    • Public comment
  • 7:05 PM: EAB Update
  • 7:10 PM Setting the Next Meeting
  • 7:15 PM Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting
    • Final Public Comment
  • 7:20: PM Entertain a motion to adjourn the 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/.

Dec 222020
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2020, 5:35 PM

The Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee met remotely by electronic means as warned.

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

The following members attended: Stuart Edson, Michael Rutkovsky, and Lew Stowell.  No members of the public attended.

  • 5:35 PM: Call to Order: No additions or deletions were made to the agenda.
  • Review and approve of November 18, 2020 meeting minutes-Reviewed and approved 3-0.
  • Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills. L Stowell to check with OCSD about many patrol hours were performed in November and correct the bill. Also L. Stowell will confirm with OCSD that no patrols were performed in September and therefore there was no September bill.
  • 2021 Contract Options Provided by Sheriff Bohnyak- The Committee recommends the $15,000 option proposed by Sheriff Bohnyak. 3-0. L Stowell to present the recommendations to the Select Board at an upcoming meeting.
  • Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project Progress- A public meeting is required.
  • Traffic Sign Status: More signs have gone missing including the 25 MPH sign at the North End of Pond Village. The committee is awaiting the status of ordering signs from the current budget.
  • Traffic Ordinance Final Review: S. Edson reported on his research of ordinances in nearby towns. Stowell reported that according to the Local Roads Program at the Agency of Transportation caution signs do not require listing in the ordinance.  The committee will review and approve additional language in the draft ordinance at the January meeting.
  • Budget Recommendations to the Select Board- The Committee recommends that the Select Board increase the sign budget from $6500 to $8500 for FY 22. We need to make more progress to catch up with replacing missing and damaged signs to make our traffic ordinance enforceable.  L Stowell to present the recommendations to the Select Board at an upcoming meeting.  Approved 3-0.
  • Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use- No Change.
  • January Public Safety Message- L Stowell to send message models to M. Rutkovsky for reworking into the January message.
  • Setting the Next Meeting- Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 5:35 PM. It will be a virtual meeting.
  • Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting-Tim Higgins, the new Road Foreman, will be invited.
  • Motion entertained and made to adjourn meeting. Approved 3-0. Adjourned at 6:20.
Dec 152020
 

NOTICE AND AGENDA FOR REMOTE MEETING

The Public Safety Advisory Committee for the Town of Brookfield, VT will meet remotely by electronic means on December 16, 2020 at 5:35 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 email publicsafety@brookfieldvt.org

 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 16, 2020, 5:35 PM

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

REMOTE MEETING AGENDA

 

By telephone: Dial [(701) 802-5217].When prompted, enter the meeting Access Code]. 3053801

 

  • 5:35 PM: Call to Order
  • 5:36 PM: Additions or deletions to the agenda
    • Public comment
  • 5:40 PM: Review and approve previous of November 18, 2020 meeting minutes
    • : Open public comment
  • 5:45 PM Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills.
    • Public comment
  • 6:00 PM 2021 Contract Options Provided by Sheriff Bohnyak
    • Public comment
  • 6:15 PM: Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project Progress
    • Public comment
  • 6:25PM: 6:25 PM: Traffic Sign Status
    • Public comment
  • 6:30 PM: Traffic Ordinance Final Review
    • Public comment
  • 6:40 PM: Budget Recommendations to the Select Board
    • Public Comment
  • 6:55 PM: Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use
    • Public comment
  • 7:00 PM: January Public Safety Message
    • Public comment
  • 7:05 PM: Setting the Next Meeting
  • 7:10 PM Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting
    • Final Public Comment
  • 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.

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Nov 242020
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2020, 5:35 PM

The Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee met remotely by electronic means as warned.

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

 

The following members attended: Stuart Edson, Michael Rutkovsky, Mike Stoddard and Lew Stowell with guest Sheriff William Bohnyak OCSD.  No members of the public attended.

 

5:35 PM: Call to Order- No additions or deletions were made to the agenda.

Review and approve previous October 28, 2020 meeting minutes- Reviewed and approved 4-0.

Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. No bills have been received for September or October.  Sheriff Bohnyak said that there had been staffing and quarantine problems but the bills were being sent today.

Patrol Hours and Budget-Discussion. Sheriff Bohnyak said that the virus and staffing issues had made meeting patrol hour targets difficult.  Sheriff Bohnyak provided a summary of law enforcement events that impacted Brookfield in the last few months and said that the patrol reports would improve.

2021 Contract Discussion with Sheriff Bohnyak-. Possible budget targets of $15,000 and $20,000 were suggested for discussion purposes.  Sheriff Bohnyak agreed to contact L. Stowell on 11/24/2020 with possible proposals.  The committee urged that patrol hour goals need to be met much more closely than in the past.  L. Stowell to present proposals to committee at the December meeting.

Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project Progress- Culverts VS Bridges report approved and to be sent to the Select Board. 4-0.

E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status- T. Godfrey has told L. Stowell that there were not enough house number signs requested yet to justify an order.

Traffic Ordinance Review- There was discussion about adding cautionary signs to some roads, changing two Stop signs arrangements and extending the speed limit on a couple of roads.  L. Stowell to finalize suggestions made for final review at the December meeting.

Emerald Ash Borer Progress- M. Stoddard and M. Rutkovsky volunteered to help in the Spring.

Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use- No Change

December Public Safety Message M. Stoddard to prepare and send to L. Stowell.

Setting the Next Meeting- 5:35 PM on December 16, 2020, to be held remotely

Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting- None to be invited in December.

Entertained a motion to adjourn meeting- Adjourned at 7:08 PM.  Approved- 4-0.