Teresa Godfrey

Feb 062018
 

 

 

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD ANNUAL MEETING

 

WARNING

 

The legal voters of Brookfield are hereby warned to meet for the annual Town Meeting at the Brookfield Elementary School auditorium at 1725 Ridge Road, Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. to transact the following business:

Article:

  1. To elect all officers as required by law for the ensuing year by Australian ballot. For this purpose, the polls will be open from 9:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.
  2. To hear and act on reports of the Town Officers.
  3. To see if the Town will authorize the Selectboard to borrow money in anticipation of revenues.
  4. To see if the Town will vote to have all taxes paid into the Treasury as provided by law in two installments, and if so, to set the dates.
  5. To see if the Town will vote to contribute five hundred ($500) to Central Vermont Adult Basic Education (CVABE)
  6. To approve a 12 month budget for the financial year of July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 to meet the expenses and liabilities of the Town General Fund and to authorize the Selectboard to set a tax rate sufficient to provide the same.
  7. To see if the Town will vote to approve purchase of a new Highway Department truck for up to $198,000, to be financed and paid for over a term of up to three (3) years.
  8. To approve a 12 month budget for the financial year of July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 to meet the expenses and liabilities of the Town Highway Fund and to authorize the Selectboard to set a tax rate sufficient to provide the same.
  9. To transact any other proper business.

 

Dated at Brookfield, Vermont, this 29th day of January 2018.

 

Attest: Teresa Godfrey, Town Clerk

 

There will be an informational meeting about the Town Budget on Monday evening, February 26, 2018 at 6:30 P.M. at the Town Clerk’s Office

Jan 032018
 

The following positions will be on the ballot for election this year:

For a one year term: Town Moderator, Town Clerk, Treasurer, Del. Tax Collector, 1st Constable, 2nd Constable, Grand Juror, Agent to Deed Land and Town Forester.

For a three year term: Selectboard Member, Union School District Officer, Lister, Auditor, and Library Trustee (2 positions).

If you are interested in running for any of these positions, please come by the Town Office and pick up a petition for nomination. You will need 10 signatures from Brookfield registered voters and the form must be returned to the office no later than January 29th at 5:00 p.m. V.S.A. 17:2681 (a)

Nov 212017
 

Town of Brookfield

Board of Abatement Hearing

November 15, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

Board Members: Stuart Edson, Bonnie Fallon, Curtis Koren, Robert “Jake” Stewart, Elizabeth DeForge, Phyllis Humez, Teresa Godfrey (Recorder)

Appellants: Mark Council & Bill Council for the Estate of Margaret Council, not present Paul Council

Mrs. Godfrey called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. and swore in the Board and Appellants. Mrs. Godfrey presented to the Board a copy of the current year’s tax bill.  She reported to the Board that the Lister’s have gone to the property for a site visit but explained that the only way to affect the current taxes was through a Board of Abatement.  The Council brothers requested the BOA because of their Mother dying insolvent. The entire year for taxes is in the amount of $2,877.72. There are no delinquencies for this property.

Public Presentation:

Mr. Mark Council presented to the Board copies of the Bank of America home equity account balances, checking account balances at the time of his mother’s stroke, and at the time of her death on April 3, 2015. Mr. Bill Council stated that since their mother’s death, they have emptied the house of 4 dumpsters of accumulated stuff, with at least 2 more to go, and it is becoming a financial burden. Mark Council said that their Mom liked her stuff.  She owned a used book store in Pennsylvania and moved the books with her.  The house needed work before she passed and at this time it is in no condition for renting.  They are requesting an abatement to keep the property in their names and finding the right buyer isn’t easy.

Mr. Edson asked what the plan was down the road.

Mark Council said their Mom left the 3 brothers with no disposable income. There needs to be a lot of work done to either sell or rent.  The shed needs emptying. The only source of heat is 2 propane space heaters.  There used to be a wood stove in the main living area.  The water froze the first winter so the holding tank is ruined.  There are broken windows.

Mrs. Godfrey asked if there was a mortgage. Bill Council said yes, with a $37,000 balance and he has been only able to pay the interest which is upwards of $125 per month.

Mark Council and Bill Council stated they are not looking for full abatement but some type of consideration for the current taxes.

The Board discussed the above and voted without any further discussion.

On motion by Mrs. Koren, seconded by Mr. Edson, the Board voted to abate the whole tax amount for the entire tax year of 2017-2018. Vote 7-yes, 0-no, 0-abstain.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Teresa Godfrey, Brookfield Town Clerk

Sep 212017
 
  1. Call to Order
  2. Adjustments to the Agenda
  3. Public Comment
  4. New Business
    1. Highway
      1. Washington Electric Permit
      2. Job Applications
    2. Access Permit-Kirby
    3. Cemetery Deed
  5. Old Business
    1. Approve Minutes of 11 September Meeting
  6. Payroll/AP Warrant
    1. AP and Payroll Warrants
  7. Other Proper Business
  8. Adjournment
Jun 172017
 

2017 Lister’s Grievance Hearings

June 15, 2017

The Board of Listers met at 4:30 p. m. on June 15, 2017 to begin the process for 2017 grievances. In attendance were Stuart Edson, Teresa Godfrey and Phyllis Humez.  There were no property owners scheduled for a grievance hearing for today and there were no walk-in requests.

The Listers discussed a phone call received by the Town Clerk, Teresa Godfrey, concerning the combining of 2 parcels owned by Karl Weller which are contiguous. He was concerned with the property maintaining the 2 deeds in case he chose to sell one of the parcels.  He wanted to be sure there wouldn’t be an issue in dividing the tax bill.  Mrs. Godfrey was able to assure him that the combining was for tax purposes only and that the 2 parcels remained as 2 separate deeds.

The Board of Listers adjourned at 7:00 p. m. to meet again on June 17, 2017 at 9:00 a. m. until noon.

June 17, 2017

The Board of Listers met at 9:00 a. m. to hear grievances. In attendance were Stuart Edson, Phyllis Humez, and Teresa Godfrey.  There were no walk-ins or scheduled grievance hearings.

The Listers discussed the scheduling of a town-wide reappraisal. No decision was made on timing or funding. This will be discussed at a future scheduled date and time.

The Board of Listers adjourned at noon with no future dates set for grievance hearings.

Respectfully submitted,

Stuart Edson

Phyllis Humez

Teresa Godfrey

Apr 192017
 

Special Town Meeting                                                                                                               April 17, 2017

Attendees: Charles Keeler (Moderator), John Benson (Selectboard Chair), Jeff Kimmel (Selectboard member), Teresa Godfrey (Town Clerk, Recorder), Dale Benson, Clare Kimmel, Perry Kacik, Joy Kacik, Brenda Flint, Amy Ingrassia, George Zebora (observer)

C. Keeler called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.

C. Keeler read the warning and notice of the Special Town Meeting as written and posted in the March 16, 2017 Herald of Randolph.

“The legal voters of Brookfield are hereby warned: the Town of Brookfield Selectboard will hold a joint special Selectboard Meeting and special Town Meeting on Monday April 17, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Clerk’s Office, 40 Ralph Road, to allow public comment and a public vote on the following question:

Shall the actions taken at the Annual Meeting of this Town held on March 7, 2017, in spite of the fact that the Warning for that meeting was not published in the local paper of record, and any act or action of the municipal officers or agents pursuant thereto be readopted, ratified, and confirmed? (pursuant to 17 VSA 2662).”

Motion by J. Kacik, seconded by P. Kacik.

C. Keeler opened for debate or questions.

B. Flint, Town Auditor, asked if she could present an auditor’s report because the Auditors didn’t present one at Town Meeting on March 7, 2017 and they would like to have it included in the minutes.

C. Keeler agreed.

B. Flint said the Town had an outside audit covering FY15 that showed recommendations for making improvements. The Town Auditors are working with the Treasurer, Selectboard, and Administration Assistant to improve the records to meet these recommendations.

C. Keeler called the motion. Motion carried.

Motion by P. Kacik, seconded by C. Kimmel to adjourn at 6:45 p.m. Motion carried.

 

Respectfully submitted:

Teresa Godfrey, Town Clerk

Mar 232017
 

Brookfield Selectboard

Warning and Notice of Special Town Meeting

 

The legal voters of Brookfield are hereby warned: the Town of Brookfield Selectboard will hold a joint special Selectboard Meeting and special Town Meeting on Monday, April 17, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Clerk’s Office, 40 Ralph Road, to allow public comment and a public vote on the following question:

 

Shall the actions taken at the Annual Meeting of this Town held on March 7, 2017, in spite of the fact that the Warning for that meeting was not published in the local paper of record, and any act or action of the municipal officers or agents pursuant thereto be readopted, ratified, and confirmed? (pursuant to 17 VSA 2662)