Teresa Godfrey

Mar 142019
 

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD 2019 ANNUAL MEETING

The legal voters of the Town of Brookfield met for the annual Town Meeting, at the Brookfield Elementary School auditorium at 1725 Ridge Road, Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. to transact the following business:

Call to Order at 10:00 a.m.

Moderator, Gregory Wight, opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Lunch will be served supporting the Brookfield School Club with donations.

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.

Article 2:  To hear and act on reports of the Town Officers.

John Benson, Selectboard Chair, recognized that Charlie Keeler and Dee Montie have both stepped down from their respective town offices and thanked them both for their years of service. He also thanked the current town officers for the work they are doing. J. Benson remarked that because Stuart Edson, Zoning Administrator, was stepping down that the office is open if anyone is interested in filling the position.

J.Benson commended the Road Crew for their work this winter keeping the roads clear and that it hasn’t been an easy winter. They have had to “dip” into the new budget for sand. He also commended Ray Peck, Road Foreman, for looking after the Town with a quick response to the Witts Bridge dam repair. 90% of the repair will be refunded through emergency grants.

J.Benson informed the Town that new town trucks will need to be ordered a year in advance so they can be built to the Town specifications. Currently, Brookfield replaces a truck every 3 years so the age of each truck at trade-in is 9 years.

J.Benson stated that the Town will be starting a town wide reappraisal July 1, 2020. With the money the Town receives from the State, we have 100% of the financing so it won’t add to our tax burden.

Lew Stowell, Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC), showed an example of the e-911 signs available for purchase at $5.02 each. Forms are available in the back room. They are looking for volunteers who might be interested in joining the committee.

 

Dan Childs spoke about ECFiber being strung along the Brookfield roads. He wasn’t able to specify when it would be turned on.  ECFiber is aware of mud season coming up and will work around it.  The Hub has a stand-by generator that has a 6-hour battery.

G. Wight brought to everyone’s attention the dedication in the Town Report recognizing Elinor Gray for her love of Brookfield and her knowledge of the history of the Town.

Article 3:  To see if the Town will authorize the Selectboard to borrow money in anticipation of revenues.

Motion by Linda Runnion, seconded by L. Stowell.

J. Benson stated that since collecting twice a year, we haven’t had to borrow in anticipation of taxes.

Call to vote. Motion carried.

Article 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.

Motion by L. Stowell, seconded by Marylou Maeder that the first payment of 2019/2020 property taxes to be due November 2, 2019; the second payment due May 2, 2020. Motion carried.

Article 5:   To see if the Town will vote to allocate $5000 for ash tree removal from Town Highway rights-of-way.

Motion by L. Stowell, seconded by Mike Stoddard.

Kate Forrer, UVM Community Forester Specialist, presented a map showing at least 5 counties in VT have an infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and the infestation is moving through-out VT. There are 3 choices in dealing with the EAB. (1) Proactive by removing ash trees is cheaper. After the trees become infested, it becomes a safety issue and the utility companies won’t send employees out for tree removal.  (2) Treatment with insecticides for home owners becomes expensive.  (3) Or we can do nothing but it will be more expensive.  K. Forrer, R. Peck, and the PSAC members have identified over 700, larger than 10” in diameter, ash trees in the public right-of-way. The logging community is interested in harvesting trees but they would also want to harvest other species of trees at the same time.

Eric Nielson stated the Town has the right to cut but the land owner owns the tree. It the tree is felled and not cleaned up, the pest will remain.

The discussion then included the State being in a quarantine, a possible replanting plan, huge loss of canopy over the roads, hanging traps, not cutting around homes, and not knowing where the insects will show up next. The $5000 will not cover the cost.  The general concession is to be proactive and there will need to be additional public hearings concerning the cutting of trees.  The Road Crew is not a logging crew and not trained to be.  The trees along some of the roads prevent the roads from sliding down embankments. A snapshot of roads show it will cost between $100-$350/tree.

The discussion turned to possibly amending the motion to vote on the 3 options of proactive, treatment, or do nothing and after much more discussion, it was decided that the current motion shows proactive with the dollar amount. The $5000 is just an amount for resources.

Perry Kacik requested a call to question. Motion carried.

Call to vote. Motion carried.

Article 6: To see if the Town will vote to allocate $5000 for a survey of a portion of Stone Road to establish the road center-line and Town right-of-way.

Motion by L. Stowell, seconded by Billie Gosh.

J. Benson reviewed the history of the area in question. A number of individuals came to the Selectboard concerning vehicles encroaching the Town right-of-way (ROW) and the Board had the Orange County Sheriff check into it. They said the 4 tires are out of the travel lane and according to the property owners, they did not have any vehicles in the road way. The survey is to show if the travel lane has shifted and where the center line is actually located.  Al Wilder remembered, that before the garage was built, a meeting was held for the permit and the agreement was that there would be no parking between the garage and Town ROW.  The Sheriff cannot take any action until a survey is done which will establish a travel lane and the width of the road.

Call to vote. Motion carried with a few nays.

Article 7: To see if the Town will vote to establish a Conservation Committee, as an advisory committee to the Selectboard.

Motion by E. Nielson, seconded by Kym Anderson.

Jon Binhammer made a motion to amend the article to state “establish a Conservation Commission.”. This was seconded by Susan Shay.

S. Shay stated that with a Commission vs. a Committee, they would be able to apply for grants. Over 100 towns have a Conservation Commission. Call to vote on the amendment. Motion carried as amended.

Article 8: To see if the Town will vote to contribute $100 to the Vermont Association of Conservation Districts-Rural Fire Protection Program.

Motion by Charlie Keeler, seconded by L. Runnion.

J. Kimmel reported that these are dedicated technicians for management of rural dry hydrants etc. for municipalities. They award grants up to $5000. Brookfield received grants for an Old Post Road project and the dry hydrant at the Floating Bridge.

With no more discussion, there was a call to vote. Motion carried.

Article 9: To see if the Town will vote to stabilize the Municipal tax rate at 50% of normal for the Mystic Star Lodge No. 97 for a period of five (5) years.

Motion by Julie Benedict, seconded by Sam Dilcer.

Brian Locke, former Master of the Free Masons, said there are only 50 members and the number is declining. He explained it is a men’s group and there is the Eastern Star for women. The Masons recently supported the Girl Scouts with 2 dozen scouts camping in the building.  They support local ball teams but are struggling with dues to keep the taxes paid.  J. Benson reminded the voters that prior to the addition to the school, Town Meeting was held at the Masonic Temple.

Call to vote. Motion carried with a few nays.

Article 10: To approve a 12-month budget for the financial year of July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020 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.

Motion by Dan Childs, seconded by E. Nielson.

(The budget will include an additional $10,100 from articles 5, 6, & 8 being approved)

With no discussion, call to vote. Motion carried.

Article 11(a): To see if the Town will vote to establish a new line item in the Highway Department budget to allocate the remainder Highway Department funds from the FY2018/2019 budget to provide a continuing capital fund for major structural repairs and/or replacement at the Town Garage.

Motion by E. Nielson, seconded by M. Stoddard.

J. Benson discussed the garage has issues with fitting all the equipment in it and there is no room for making repairs. The grader, one-ton truck, and bucket loader are stored in the shed but are not completely covered.

With no more discussion, motion carried.

Article 11(b): To see if the Town will vote to set aside $25,000 in the FY2019/2020 budget to provide a continuing capital fund for major structural repairs and/or replacement at the Town Garage.

Motion by M. Stoddard, seconded by E. Koren

With no discussion, motion carried.

Article 12:   To approve a 12-month budget for the financial year of July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020 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.

Motion by E. Nielson, seconded by Dennis LaRocque.

(The budget will have $25,000 added due to article 11(b) being approved)

With no discussion, motion carried.

G. Wight turned the meeting over to Representatives Ben Jickling and Jay Hooper.

Rep. Jickling is part of the House Health Care Committee. He reported the Committee is following market stability and how the insurance markets are affecting the cost share limits until age 26 and also the State mandate of insurance/penalty where reform is needed.  They are being proactive in supporting the struggling rural hospitals.

Rep. Hooper is part of the Education Committee. He reported that Act 46 consolidation final year is approaching in July and there are 40 Towns suing the State concerning the requirement of consolidation. They are hoping to see the expected savings in the next few years.  There are 17 members representing minority groups for diversity in education streamlining standards for ethnic studies.  Also, they are following up on lead testing in school drinking water.

Reps. Jickling and Hooper are co-chairing the Youth Caucus this year.

Article 13:  To see if the Town will vote to expand the term of office for Town Clerk from the existing 1 year to a proposed 3 years (17V.S.A §2646(2)), effective as of Town Meeting/Election 2020.

Motion by S. Edson, seconded by M. Maeder.

E. Nielson questioned why the Town would do this.

Teresa Godfrey, current Town Clerk and Treasurer, explained that it takes longer than 1 year to learn the job, continuity of the work being done, and some requirements are only an annual job, i.e. elections, Town Meeting, so it takes multiple years to be successful in the position.

Paul Flint questioned what if the person in office doesn’t work out. T. Godfrey replied you can vote them out or if it is something egregious, then through attorney’s you can have them removed from office.

Motion carried.

Article 14:   To see if the Town will vote to expand the term of office for the Town Treasurer from the existing 1 year to a proposed 3 years (17 V.S.A §2646(3)), effective as of Town Meeting/Election 2020.

Motion by L. Stowell, seconded by M. Maeder.

With no discussion, motion carried.

Article 15:  To transact any other proper business.

J. Benson said the Town of Braintree is looking for a Committee of the 3 Towns to work on locating a shelter in the event of a disaster. Currently VTC is the designated shelter but the need might not rise to what the Red Cross sees as a need during a disaster.

 With S. Edson stepping down as the Zoning Administrator, the Town is looking for someone to step up.

Gail from the Clara Martin Center wanted to thank the Town for their continued support.

L. Runnion as a representative for Safeline thanked the voters for their continued support.

P. Kacik, Brookfield Historical Society, stated the lake is frozen and they are selling a chance to win part of the money from tickets for guessing when Dunkin will sink into the lake.

Laura Rochat is now the coordinator for a Mentoring program. They are looking for volunteers to commit to spending time with kids ranging from 5th – 7th grade.  They would like a year long commitment of investing in a young person with common interests.

J. Binhammer asked for volunteers to serve on the new Conservation Commission.

Ed Koren asked for volunteers for the Fire Department as they are looking for new members.

Kristina Emmons, 4 Winds Program at the school, is also looking for volunteers wanting to share their knowledge of the outdoors.

Kym Anderson thanked the voters for contributing to the diversion program.

M. Maeder, Orange County Parent/Child Center, thanked the voters for support and commented that a lot of parents use the playgroup.

Betsy Hale, Old Town Hall, said they are working on events to consider for this year.

D. Childs, Old Town Hall, wanted to let everyone know that the South and North sides of the hall will be painted this summer thanks to a donation from Dee Montie and Murray Evans which will complete the painting of the whole building. There will be a celebration when they come up.

Bonnie Fallon, Green-Up Day representative, said when we get through mud season, she would like to get more people to participate. Richard Hayward, History teacher at Brookfield Elementary School, is encouraging the kids to get out for Green-Up and he and Bonnie are working on an incentive for the kids.

J.Benedict, representative for Brookfield for White River Valley Ambulance (WRVA), stated that at a recent meeting Randolph was requesting they pay a lower rate per capita than the other towns covered by WRVA.

Motion by M. Maeder, seconded by M. Stoddard to adjourn at 1:00 p.m.

Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted:

Teresa Godfrey, Town Clerk

Jul 252018
 

BCA Hearing

Brookfield Town Office

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

6:00 p.m.

Subject property: 932 East Hill Road, Brookfield, VT

Attendees:

BCA members: Robert “Jake” Stewart, Beth DeForge, Cory Haggett, Jeff Kimmel, Bonnie Fallon

Listers: Phyllis Humez, Stuart Edson

Appellants: Allison Belisle, David VonHolden

Town Clerk: Teresa Godfrey

The meeting opened with the Town Clerk swearing in the BCA members, Listers, and Appellants.

The Board appointed Jeff Kimmel as Chair of the Board.

Teresa Godfrey recused herself from presenting testimony due to also being a Lister.

Mr. Kimmel explained the process of the BCA hearing.

He then asked the Listers to present their documents and testimony.

The following documents were presented by Stuart Edson and numbered as Lister 1, 2, etc.:

  1. Cost sheet dated 11/16/2017
  2. Cost sheet dated 06/19/2018
  3. Letter to Brookfield Listers from the Appellants dated 6/7/2018
  4. Property tax assessment review dated 3/2018 from Appellants
  5. Result of grievance day appeal dated 6/27/2018
  6. Special circumstances codes for non-valid sales dated 7/28/2016
  7. Cost sheet comparable Parcel ID 01-016.000 1138 East Hill Road, Brookfield
  8. Cost sheet comparable Parcel ID 03-039.000 320 Cross Brook Lane Ext., Brookfield
  9. MLS cost sheet for 482 Royalton Hill Road, Bethel sold 12/1/2016

Mr. Edson explained the process the Listers had taken since the property was purchased on October 25, 2017. He explained the above documents and the result of the grievance.  The final result being the property value went from $955,900 down to $578,000.  The Appellants were not satisfied with the result and requested a BCA hearing.

Mr. Kimmel asked the Appellants to present their documents and testimony.

The following documents were presented by Allison Belisle and numbered as App. I, II, etc

  1. Letter to Board of Civil Authority dated 7/2018
  2. Email printout from Terry Owen (auctioneer) dated 7/10/2018
  3. Page 4 & 5 of Attorneys Report and Opinion on Title (number App. III-A) Email printout complete Attorneys Report and Opinion on Title (numbered App. III-B) submitted with permission of Board and Listers on 7/19/2018.
  4. Sale & Purchase agreement dated 10/12/2017
  5. Home Details printout dated 6/27/2018

Ms. Belisle stated they maintain the value of their home at $415,000 and the auction was properly advertised and warned. They consider this an “arms-length transaction” and this was not a bankruptcy auction.  She presented an email from Terry Owen with the final listings and auction.  The property was on the market to sell for 2 years at $675,000 and there was no sale.  Only one offer of $400,000 was not accepted.  Ms. Belisle said the former Mayor of Barre stopped bidding at $410,000.  There were no banks involved.  All liens were from family.  There was no transfer of ownership.

Mr. Kimmel requested the full Attorneys report to be submitted to the Board via email the following day. (This was done through the Town Clerk’s email and sent to all involved.  Numbered as App. III-B above).

Ms. DeForge asked what the definition of “arms-length transaction”.

Ms. Belisle answered with it being an agreement between 2 parties making it a “fair market value” transaction.

Mr. Edson wanted to inform all that when the annual sales study is done by the State, they do not consider an auction a valid sale. The State will not consider this sale as valid per our District Advisor.

Mr. Kimmel said that without documentation for this, we won’t consider this for this hearing.

Mr. Edson conceded that the sales study has not been done for this property. The Listers presented a listing numbered #6 as a document supporting his statement of non-valid sales.

Ms. DeForge asked the Listers if the items on Listers #4 and not checked were addressed in the revaluation. Mr. Edson said yes.

Ms. DeForge asked the Appellants if during the 2 hour open house, if they attended. They said yes and twice before.  They made their own determination of what they would pay as a high end.

Ms. Fallon asked why they bought the home when they had all these concerns. Ms. Belisle said it was worth what they paid.

Mr. Haggett asked what they meant about “creative selling”. Mr. VonHolden said that Mr. Lacerte put the property into a LLC to declare bankruptcy with it protecting his other properties.

When asked who the attorney was for the sale, Ms. Belisle replied with Ray O’Buchowski.

Mr. Haggett asked if they had an appraisal done and Ms. Belisle replied that they didn’t see a reason to at this point.

Mr. Kimmel asked if either side had any comparables for recent sales. The Listers presented 3 different ones. The Appellants did not have any.

Mr. Haggett asked if there were mortgages totaling $540,000 why they didn’t consider this a distressed sale. Mr. VonHolden said the mortgages were with Mr. Lacerte’s family members and so the Appellants did not feel this would make is a distressed sale.

Mr. Haggett said the Board of Abatement did abate some of his taxes for financial trouble and it is now public record. Mr. VonHolden felt it was an assumption.

Mr. Haggett questioned the difference between housesite and homestead. At the Town Clerks suggestion, Mr. Edson explained the breakdown of the cost sheet and what the different depreciations meant.

Mr. Kimmel asked if there was any rebuttals from the Listers.

Mr. VonHolden stated they would like to reach common ground and Mr. Edson asked if they felt the Listers were not looking for a common ground. Ms. Belisle said the first pass, not really but the 2nd pass it was closer.

Mr. Kimmel asked for at least 3 volunteers for the house inspection. Ms. Fallon, Ms. DeForge, and Mr. Haggett volunteered.

July 21st at 9:00 a.m. is the set date and time for them to see the house.

Mr. Kimmel set the follow-up hearing with a report back from the inspection for August 9th at 6:00 p.m. at the Brookfield Town Office.

On motion by Mr. Kimmel, seconded by Mr. Haggett the meeting was adjourned at 7:20 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

Jun 212018
 

The Town of Brookfield

Selectboard Meeting

25 June 2018

 Town Clerk’s Office

Agenda

        1.  Call to Order 

       2  Adjustments to the Agenda

       3.  Public Comment

       4.  New Business

              A. Highway Report

              B. Public Assemblage Permit – Brookfield Community Partnership

              C.Orange County Sheriff’s Contract

       5.  Old Business

             A.  Approve Minutes of 11 June 2018 Meeting

       6.  Payroll/AP Warrant

             A.  AP and Payroll Warrants  

        7.  Other Proper Business

         8.  Adjournment  

 

 

 

 

Apr 182018
 

The 2nd installment of taxes is due Saturday, May 5th.  I will be open Friday, May 4th from 4:30-7:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 5th from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  Postmarks do count if you mail it in and I will send you a receipt.

 

Mar 212018
 

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD 2018 ANNUAL MEETING

The legal voters of the Town of Brookfield met 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:

Call to Order at 10:00 a.m. The pledge was recited.

Moderator Charlie Keeler stated the Orange Southwest School District met Monday, March 5, 2018.

Lunch will be served supporting the Brookfield School Club with donations.

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.

Article 2:  To hear and act on reports of the Town Officers.

John Benson, Selectboard Chair, thanked the voters for the purchase of the new grader last year. The week of Town Meeting 2017, the motor went in the old grader and CAT provided the new grader early less the trade-in value.

  • EMS in Brookfield, as of January 1, 2018, is now been split with most northern residents covered by Barre Town and southern residents covered by White River Valley Ambulance.
  • The lot line adjustments at the town garage, which were approved last year have been moving forward. The first section has been completed. A partial release from the bank for the other portion has been approved.
  • Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) has been doing a great deal of work. They have inventoried the signs creating a data base. They have recommended updates for the traffic ordinances and enforcement has started.
  • The condition of VT RT 65 did not hold up well so VTrans resurfaced the gravel portion this past October.
  • VTrans and Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC) have grants available for erosion control. This will require sediment transport from cleaning ditches and water quality issues are a concern. A culvert will be replaced on West Street.
  • A storm in July took out a portion of the newly paved section of Northfield Road leaving a crater. Some of the cost will be covered by FEMA funding.

J. Benson thanked C. Keeler for his years as Moderator. C. Keeler did not run for office this year. He has done a great job.

Aaron Adler questioned the Auditors report stating an “adverse opinion” from the auditing firm Fothergill Segale & Valley. He stated it is the worst opinion you can receive and asked if one of the Town Auditors can address this concern.

Ginny Brees, Town Auditor, said this has been for a number of years and it is primarily about the Pension Plan and we would have to revise the report adding about 4 pages. We are in compliance and always contribute the amount needed. This would increase the audit cost and we are not exposed to any loss. The office has improved a number of the procedures. We will be having full audits every 2 or 3 years with minimal audits in the off years.

Dan Childs, ECFiber representative for Brookfield, stated a lot of residents signed up for ECFiber after last year’s Town Meeting and Brookfield will be receiving fiber in October or November. The process takes time to get the lines on poles and hooking up each home. His cost for TV, telephone, and internet is roughly $100/month. There is a $90 installation fee if you are 400’ from the pole or you pay by the foot if you are greater than 400’. The cost for underground is different. West Brookfield will have fiber installed during the same time period. If you are “off grid”, that is a different issue.

Article 3: To see if the Town will authorize the Selectboard to borrow money in anticipation of revenues.Motion by Marylou Maeder, seconded by Lew Stowell to approve authorization.

A Adler questioned if the adverse opinion from the audit will affect borrowing.

J. Benson said this is in case we need to borrow but haven’t had to since we went to collecting taxes twice a year. We put this in, because a few years ago, we didn’t have the money to pay the vendors.

Call to vote. Motion carried.

Article 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.

Motion by Linda Runnion, seconded by Eric Nielson that the first payment of 2018/2019 property taxes to be due November 3, 2018; the second payment due May 4, 2019. Motion carried.

Article 5:  To see if the Town will vote to contribute five hundred ($500) to Central Vermont Adult Basic Education (CVABE).

Motion by E. Nielson, seconded by C. Curtis Koren to contribute $500 to CVABE.

Joanne Fitzgerald, representative for CVABE, said they cover Washington, Orange, and Lamoille Counties. There are at least 4 Brookfield residents per year ages 16 and up using this service.  It is used for high school completion, receiving a diploma or GED, English as a second language, literacy education, changing jobs, financial and computer training.  The classes are free of charge and confidential.  It costs about $3100/year/student which is paid through contributions, grants, Rotary Clubs, and individuals.  There are paid educators who train and manage volunteers. Classes held are individualized depending on what is needed.

Call to vote. Motion carried with one “no” vote.

Article 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.

Motion by Billie Gosh, seconded by L. Stowell.

C. Keeler opened for discussion. There was none so the motion was called.

Motion carried.

C. Keeler turned the discussion over to Senator Mark MacDonald.

Sen. MacDonald discussed the energy issues that are being discussed within the Energy Committee in Montpelier. He discussed that Vermont has one of the highest electric rates in the country.  Efficiency Vermont is helping to improve energy efficiency for Vermonters.  Because of this, Vermont has the lowest bills in New England. The Energy Committee plans on copying the Efficiency Vermont model keeping the money in Vermont by employing Vermonters to do the work.  There is a surcharge on electric bills that goes to support Efficiency Vermont.

Article 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.

Motion by L. Runnion, seconded by M. Maeder.

J. Benson said every 3 years we replace one of the trucks. We run it for 9 years then retire them. This is the last of the Internationals. It has been a problem since we bought it.  They are too light for the work needed in Town.  The tandems hold a lot of material and covers the route with 1 load vs 2 saving time and retains its value.  L. Stowell asked if there was difficulty on the narrow roads and J. Benson replied that has not been a problem.

Some of the West Brookfield residents were concerned with the size of the trucks and the weight of them. They have hit the signs and mailboxes.  The roads are narrow and so they have trouble when they meet the trucks.  There are no pull over areas when they do meet them.  The ditches are deep.

J. Benson said the tandem trucks are the same plow width as the single axle trucks. There is no demand for single axle per truck companies.

Ben Hickin asked if the $15,000 trade-in was a set amount or if the Town had checked into the State vehicle auctions.

J. Benson said with trading in the vehicle, we are never down a truck. The first payment is included in the budget presented on page 22.

Call to vote. Motion carried.

Article 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.

Motion by E. Nielson, seconded by Beth Urie.

Brenda Flint questioned the $25,000 budget for paving and if we had any paving left.

J. Benson said we own a small section (9/10ths mile) on Chelsea Mountain Road and we have an aggressive crack sealing process on the paved roads.

Dennis LaRocque wondered if there is a benefit to pave when Randolph or Chelsea pave their sections but both have paved recently. Northfield tore up one of their roads and non-paved roads are cheaper to maintain.  You can’t salt unpaved roads.

Authorization for posting the roads for mud season was approved in February at a Selectboard meeting.

Discussion turned to road sign theft and how to prevent it. The road through town needs grading.  We are one truck down.  It was suggested the Town look into putting crushed ledge rock down to help with draining and the sun heats it so it melts ice off quicker.  The Road Crew is working on segments of road throughout the year.

Call to vote. Motion carried.

C. Keeler turned the meeting over to Chris LaMonda, Barre Town EMS Director.

C. LaMonda confirmed that Barre Town is now covering most of VT RT 65 North due to reduced response times. They have paramedics on staff Monday-Friday 95% of the time. There are 18 new personnel due to the additional towns using their services. There are 2 providers on the truck per response. You have choice of hospital depending on the emergency.

C. Keeler turned the meeting over to Representatives Ben Jickling and Jay Hooper.

Rep. Jickling is part of the House Health Care Committee. He reported they have several measures to pass to keep up with the Federal actions on health care.  Concerns included mental health care, inpatient beds, health care insurance, and rate increases. There was a discussion about treatment options for Vermont children and Medicaid such as the Brattleboro Retreat.

Rep. Hooper is part of the House Agriculture and Forestry Committee. He reported milk prices are in a decline.  There are pilot programs to help farmers with regenerative or organic programs.  Discussions included protecting the pollinators, untreated seeds being available, inspections for amusement rides at State Fairs, Emerald Ash Borer, and other Vermont invasive species (both plant & insect) and how to eliminate them.

Article 9:  To transact any other proper business.

Bonnie Fallon promoted Green-Up Day. She stated we are losing volunteers and to bring the kids. Don’t touch the needles.

L. Stowell, member of PSAC, said they are losing one member. They hold one meeting a month and advise the Selectboard in public safety. They are working on less expensive ways for law enforcement. They meet with Orange County Sheriff.  They are working on the missing highway signs because if there are no signs, we can’t enforce speeds.  We have helped rewrite the traffic ordinance.

D. LaRocque was concerned about parking in the town right-of-way.

J. Benson said this has been brought attention to the Sheriff’s department. We had to be sure the Town ordinances are the same as requirements that the State has.

Perry Kacik informed the voters that the Brookfield Historical Society is selling “ice-out” tickets and Floating Bridge pamphlets.

Martina O’Donnell said the West Brookfield Village Trust is putting together programing. They are selling tickets for a quilt Alice Wakefield made to help off-set costs of building maintenance.

Jon Binhammer is looking into forming a conservation commission. He is looking for volunteers interested in being a part of the commission.

Motion by L. Stowell, seconded by Julie Benedict to adjourn at 12:15.

Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted:

Teresa Godfrey, Town Clerk

 

 

 

 

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

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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)