Teresa Godfrey

Jan 132021
 

Minutes DRAFT

Brookfield Planning Commission

Date: Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

Present:Gwynn Zakov, Chair, Martha Judy, Will White, Tim Gershon, Nancy Jacques

Public Present:  Gary Lord, Kevin & Marie Dunwoody, Jim Merriam, Katie Bancroft, Matt Dezan, Ze Andreyevs, Zoe Newmarco, Christina Harlow, Sarah & Nathan Shaw, Aaron Adler, Jon Binhammer

Chair Zakov called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m.

Public to be heard after each topic.

White/Gershon moved to approve minutes from the 12/8/2020 meeting.  The minutes were approved unanimously.

The planning commission opened the floor for the two potential nominees for the vacant Planning Commission seat to introduce themselves.  Both Christina Harlow and Katie Bancroft provided summary backgrounds and their interest to serve their community.  No decision on nomination was made at this meeting.

The planning commission and attendees were walked through a presentation by Jim Merriam of Norwich Solar regarding the preferred site application for 150 kw solar array on Ridge Road property owned by Keith and Chelsea Sprague. This was a Public Utilities Commission application for an issuance of a Certificate of Good for preferred site designation of the solar siting location.  Jim Merriam graciously allowed questions throughout the presentation as well as at the conclusion.  The Shaw’s provided feedback on their support for the project.  Several area residents noted they were not in favor of the project.

White made a motion to accept Norwich Solar’s request to grant preferred siting designation to their proposed 150 kW solar array on Ridge Rd. Also, to encourage the select board to grant preferred siting. We grant this approval with the intention of thoroughly reviewing the projects compliance with town bylaws once the act 248 application and supporting documentation has been submitted to the Public Utilities Commission.  With no second the motion failed.

For the next meeting the commission will review Sections 4.13, 4.14, 4.15, and 4.16.  As before members will review these sections before the meeting.

No other new/old business was covered.

Next meeting will be February 9th, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

Due to the late hour the meeting was called to close by Chair Zakov at 9:04 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy Jacques

Jan 122021
 

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA

Location: Virtual ZOOM Meeting (see below)

MEETING: Tuesday, January 12th 2021 TIME: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

TOPICS:

  1. Public to be heard
  2. Approve minutes of 12/8/2020 meeting
  3. Meet and greet potential nominees for vacant Planning Commission seat. No decision on nomination will be made at this meeting.
  4. Preferred site application for 150 kw solar array on Ridge Road property owned by Keith and Chelsea Sprague. This is not a local development permit application but rather a Public Utilities Commission application for an issuance of a Certificate of Good for preferred site designation of the solar siting location.
  5. Review progress on zoning bylaw update and continue review of bylaws of sections 4.13, 4.14, 4.15 and 4.16. Will go as far as time permits.
  6. Any other new/old business
  7. Set date of next meeting

Topic: January Brookfield Planning Commission Meeting

Time: Jan 12, 2021 07:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Nov 122020
 

Minutes DRAFT

Brookfield Planning Commission

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Present:

Gwynn Zakov, Chair, Tim Gershon, Jon Jickling, Martha Judy, Will White

Public Present:  None

Chair Zakov called the meeting to order at 7:06 p.m.

White/Gershon moved to approve minutes from the 10/12/2020 meeting.  The minutes were approved unanimously.

The planning commission discussed town standards of roads and bridges in the context of  Development Bylaws sections 4.2.   Discussion continued

For the next meeting the commission will review Sections 4.10, 4.11 and 4.12.  As before members will review these sections before the next meeting in Dec.

Next meeting will be December 8th, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

Commissioners White/Gershon moved for adjournment and the motion passed unanimously.  The meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Jon Jickling

 

Nov 052020
 

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA

Location: Virtual ZOOM Meeting (see below)

MEETING: Tuesday, November 10th 2020 TIME: 7:00 p.m.

TOPICS:

  1. Public to be heard
  2. Approve minutes of 10/13/2020 meeting
  3. Review progress on zoning bylaw update and continue review of bylaws of sections 4.7 – 4.9.
  4. Any other new/old business
  5. Set date of next meeting

Time: Nov 10, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Oct 212020
 

Board of Abatement Hearing October 1, 2020

Attendees:  Teresa Godfrey (Town Clerk), Linda Runnion, Phyllis Humez, John Benson, Dennis LaRocque, Robert Jake Stewart, C. Curtis Koren

Mrs. Godfrey opened the meeting at 6:30 p.m. Mrs. Godfrey explained the reason for a request of abatement of a portion of taxes for Richard and Alice Kempe.  On February 15, 2020 the Kempe’s house burned to the ground.  They requested a portion of their taxes for the balance of the year be abated.  Mrs. Godfrey, as a Lister, was able to calculate the portion relating to the house.  Replacement cost new less depreciation value: $156,500 X tax rate 1.9689 equals total taxes paid for home and garage at $3,081.33.  Per Diem rate $3,081.33/365 = $8.442/day

Balance of year from Feb 15th: February 14 days, March 31 days, April 30 days, May 31 days, June 30 days =136 days.  $8.442 X 136 = $1,148.11 requested abatement amount to be applied to the new tax year.

On motion by Linda Runnion, seconded by John Benson, the Board voted to abate $1,148.11 from the 2019-2020 tax year allowing the Kempe’s to apply to the new tax year.

Motion carried.

 

The second Board of Abatement concerned a Lister’s error.  While the Lister’s were preparing for a State Appraisal Hearing, they used the property sale value of Ronald Halterman and Jill Irvine as a comparable.  They inadvertently left the land acreage at 147 acres vs the 30 the Halterman’s owned. This error was not discovered when the Grand List for 2019-2020 was “frozen”.  This caused an over payment of $2,688.76 in taxes for the Halterman’s.

On motion by Linda Runnion, seconded by John Benson, the Board voted to refund the owners $2,688.76.  Due to their taxes being paid by escrow, it didn’t make sense to credit them forward.

Motion carried.

On motion by C. Curtis Koren, seconded by Linda Runnion, the Board of Abatement adjourned at 6:45 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted

Teresa Godfrey, Town Clerk

Oct 212020
 

Minutes DRAFT

Brookfield Planning Commission

Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Present:

Gwynn Zakov, Chair, Tim Gershon, Nancy Jacques, Martha Judy, Will White

Public Present:  None

Chair Zakov called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

White/Jacques moved to approve minutes from the 9/8/2020 meeting.  The minutes were approved unanimously.

The planning commission considered updates to the Development Bylaws sections 4.2 thru 4.4.

For the next meeting the commission will review Sections 4.7, 4.8 and 4.9.  As before members will review these sections before the next meeting in November.

Next meeting will be November 10, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

Commissioners White/Gershon moved for adjournment and the motion passed unanimously.  The meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Martha Judy

Sep 232020
 

Quick BCA Meeting

September 17, 2020 @ 1:30 p.m. at the Brookfield Town Office

Attendees:  Jeff Kimmel, Phyllis Humez, Robert “Jake” Stewart, C. Curtis Koren, Bonnie Fallon, Linda Runnion, Teresa Godfrey

The meeting was called to order at 1:30 p.m.

The Board of Civil Authority met at the Brookfield Town Office to move the voting location for the November 3, 2020 General Election due to the Brookfield Elementary School not being available because of COVID 19.

On motion by Curtis, seconded by Jeff, the BCA voted to move the voting location to the Old Town Hall at 93 Stone Road for the November 3, 2020 General Election.

Motion carried.

On motion by Jeff, seconded by Linda, the meeting adjourned at 1:35.

 

Recorded by Teresa Godfrey, Town Clerk

 

Sep 092020
 

 

Brookfield Planning Commission Minutes

Tuesday September 8, 2020 DRAFT

Members Present: Gwynn Zakov, Chair, Jeff Girard, Timothy Gershon, Jon Jickling, Martha Judy, William White, Nancy Jacques

Public Present: Shawn Krisch

Zakov called the meeting to order at 7:06 p.m.

Zakov inquired about any input from the public to be heard.  Mr. Kirsch introduced himself as a potential buyer of land in Brookfield, interested in learning about town zoning regulations.

Jickling/Judy moved to approve minutes from 7/22/2020. Unanimously approved.

After a brief review of previous work, work continued in the review of development bylaws. Sections 4.1, 3.16  and 4.2 were covered.

It was agreed that members would review sections 4.2 – 4.4 prior to next meeting.

Next meeting scheduled for Tuesday October 13th, 2020 at 7:00.

Zakov/Judy moved to adjourn.  The meeting adjourned at 8:27 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Timothy Gershon

 

Jul 232020
 

Minutes DRAFT

Brookfield Planning Commission Date: Wednesday July 22, 2020 DRAFT

Present: Gwynn Zakov, Chair, Timothy Gershon, Jon Jickling, Martha Judy, William White, Nancy Jacques

Public: Susan Shea – Conservation Commission, Laurel Mcewen

Chair Zakov called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m.

Inquired about public to be heard.  No public attended.

White/Judy moved to approve minutes from 2/11/2020. Unanimously approved.

Commission discussed potential action on a permit to develop a single-family home on Twin Ponds Road and associated concerns brought forward by the Brookfield Conservation Commission to the Brookfield Planning Commission. No motions were made and no actions were taken.

Next meeting schedule for Tuesday September 8th, 2020 at 7:00 via

White/Jickling moved to adjourn.  The meeting adjourned at 7:48 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

William White

Mar 262020
 

Brookfield Selectboard Meeting of March 23, 2020

Draft Minutes

Town Clerk’s Office on Ralph Road

Selectboard:  John Benson (Chair), Jeff Kimmel, Dennis LaRocque

Public Attendees:  Teresa Godfrey (Recorder), Steve Schaefer

  1. Call Meeting to Order: J. Benson called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.
  2. Loader:

J. Kimmel reported that he had talked to Ray Peck, Road Foreman, concerning the bids and trade-in value for the loader. J. Kimmel provided a chart and information with the results of the 4 bids. R. Peck had previously reviewed the bids and tested some of what was offered with the Road Crew.  They were all in agreement that the loader presented by Milton CAT was the preferred purchase.  Quotes included the following:

A. Beauregard (CASE 621G Wheel Loader)-$166,075-Trade-in $38,600=$127,475 Payments of $21,039/7 yr. annual payment

B. Beauregard (CASE 721G Wheel Loader)-$196,175-Trade-in $38,600=$157,575 Payments of $25,852/7 yr. annual payment

C. NORTRAX (John Deere 544L Wheel Loader)-$197,900-Trade-in $49,000=$148,900  Payments range from $32,019.94-5 yrs. /$27,163.76-6 yrs. /$23,699.79-7 yrs. annual payment

D. NORTRAX (John Deere 624L Wheel Loader)-$215,900-Trade-in $49,000=$166,900 Payments range from $35,890.72-5 yrs. /$30,447.46-6 yrs. /$26,564.77-7 yrs. annual payment

E. NORTRAX (John Deere 544L Wheel Loader)-$193,338-Trade-in $39,500=$153,838 Extended Warranty + Preventative Maintenance Options Inc.

F. NORTRAX (John Deere 624L Wheel Loader)-$213,619-Trade-in $39,500=$174,119 Extended Warranty + Preventative Maintenance Options Inc.

G. Anderson Equipment (KOMATSU WA 270-8 Wheel Loader 3V)-$186,926-Trade-in $60,000=$126,926 Payments range from $33,397-4 yrs. / $27,144-5 yrs. / $22,979-6 yrs. annual payment

H. Milton CAT (CATERPILLAR 930M Wheel Loader)-$200,000-Trade-in $60,000=$140,000 Payments of $22,300/7 yr. annual payment

J. Benson said Milton CAT would not require any payment until after the July 1, 2020 fiscal year began. S. Schaefer questioned if the Highway Department was going to adjust hours or have lay-offs due to COVID-19. J. Benson said no, they will continue to operate.

T. Godfrey, Treasurer, presented to the Board the current financial balance of $1,069,635.49 in the checking accounts. Her concern was, with the financial difficulties families are having with the current situation, the balance would just cover the payment to OSSD for the May 22, 2020 school payment, leaving little in the accounts to run the Town. Other towns are also looking at this issue, Randolph included.

After further discussion, the Board decided they should delay the agreement with Milton CAT.

On motion by J. Benson, seconded by J. Kimmel, the Board voted to postpone actual enactment of the agreement as provided by Milton CAT until we have further information on the economy.   Vote 3-0-0

  1. Review and approval of Warrants:

On motion by D. LaRocque, seconded by J. Kimmel, the Board voted to pay the warrants in the amount of $4,091.14.  This amount included the payment of $3,425.00 to White River Valley Ambulance.   Vote 3-0-0

  1. Review and approval of March 9, 2020 Selectboard meeting minutes:

On motion by J. Kimmel, seconded by D. LaRocque, the Board voted to approve the March 9, 2020 minutes with some minor amendments.   Vote 3-0-0

  1. Other business:

J. Benson said they have requested that Kasey Peterson, Admin. Asst. write a RFP for Cemetery Sexton and mowing for the upcoming year.

The Board each received additional information from both Jon Binhammer and Stuart Edson concerning the Conservation Commission purchasing the development rights from a portion of land owned by Theresa & Charlie Taplin as discussed in the March 9, 2020 Selectboard meeting minutes.

J. Benson received a call concerning 4-wheel ATV’s being driven on the Town roads. He said he suggested the concerned citizen try to get pictures of this and report it to the State Police for them to investigate.

The Board discussed the ever changing directives from the Governor’s Office and how we will proceed with future Selectboard meetings and Open Meeting Law concerns.

D. LaRocque submitted his resignation as Town Auditor dated March 23, 2020 due to being Selectboard member and being Auditor are not being compatible offices per State Statute.

    6. Adjournment:

On motion by J. Benson, seconded by D. LaRocque, the Board voted to adjourn at 7:00 p.m.   Vote 3-0-0

Respectfully submitted,

Teresa Godfrey, Recorder