Dec 012021
 

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA – December 7th, 2021

Location: Virtual ZOOM Meeting (link below) and in-person at the town office at 40 Ralph Road

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

*** NOVEMBER’S MEETING WAS CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF QUORUM ***

TOPICS:

  1. Public to be heard
  2. Approve minutes of 10/12/2021 meeting.
  3. Chair Zakov update on Municipal Planning Grant Application for Town Plan renewal.
  4. Appoint replacement planning commissioner(s) to forward to selectboard for approval. During October meeting commissioners met Keven Ring and Jack Zebora who both expressed interest in joining.
  5. Review progress on zoning bylaw update. Continue discussing definition section. Commissioners will find definition examples from two other towns for reference during the definition review.
  • In September we covered: definitions “accessory dwelling units” and “agriculture”
  • In October we covered: definitions “alteration” through “camp”
  1. Any other new/old business
  2. Set date of next meeting – tentatively Tuesday January 11th, 2022.
  3. Adjourn

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Nov 142021
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
NOTICE AND AGENDA FOR AN IN-PERSON MEETING
The Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee will meet in person at the Brookfield Congregational Church on the first floor at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, November 17, 2021.
The space at the church is sufficient for social distancing which is recommended.  Interested members of the public may attend.
The following guidelines that pertain to meetings have been adopted by the Brookfield Select Board on June 15, 2021.
–  Masks will no longer be mandatory for vaccinated individuals. If for any reason you are more comfortable wearing a mask, then you are more than welcome to do so.
–  Please be advised that by not wearing a mask you are attesting to the fact that you are “fully vaccinated”.
–  The term “fully vaccinated” indicates that you have received your second shot of vaccine, or your single dose vaccine, at least 14 days ago.
–  All attendees, regardless of vaccination status should continue to monitor their health status and potential symptoms and not attend if they are unwell.
–  If you are not “fully vaccinated”, you must continue to practice all safety protocols including wearing a mask in the presence of others and socially distancing.
If there are any further recommendations/guidelines from the state or the select board a notice about this meeting will be posted including Front Porch Forum.
–  If you have questions regarding the meeting, please email  publicsafety@brookfieldvt.org.
 
BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
BROOKFIELD CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, FIRST FLOOR
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 17, 2021, 5:30 PM
MEETING AGENDA
5:30 PM: Call to Order

Additions or deletions to the agenda
Review, revise or approve the October 20, 2021 meeting minutes
Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public
Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety- Developing a list of options
Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills
Speed Cart Deployments
Traffic, Road Name and Weight Limit Sign Status
Traffic Ordinance Status
Parking Issues in Brookfield
December Public Safety Message-
Setting the Next Meeting
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting
Final Public Comment
Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting

Nov 042021
 

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA – November 9, 2021
Location: Virtual ZOOM Meeting (link below) and in-person at the town office at 40 Ralph Road
MEETING: Tuesday, November 9th 2021 TIME: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
TOPICS:

Public to be heard
Approve minutes of 10/12/2021 meeting.
Chair Zakov update on Municipal Planning Grant Application for Town Plan renewal.
Appoint replacement planning commissioner(s) to forward to selectboard for approval. During October meeting commissioners met Keven Ring and Jack Zebora who both expressed interest in joining.
Review progress on zoning bylaw update. Continue discussing definition section. Commissioners will find definition examples from two other towns for reference during the definition review.

In September we covered: definitions “accessory dwelling units” and “agriculture”
In October we covered: definitions “alteration” through “camp”

Any other new/old business
Set date of next meeting – tentatively Tuesday December 14th, 2021.
Adjourn

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Oct 182021
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
BROOKFIELD CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, FIRST FLOOR
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 20, 2021, 5:30 PM
MEETING AGENDA
5:30 PM: Call to Order

Additions or deletions to the agenda
Review, revise or approve the September 22, 2021 meeting minutes
Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public
Presentation: Resources and Ideas for Safety on Town Roads Todd Eaton, Branch Manager, Vermont Local Roads (VLR), Vermont Agency of Transportation
Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety
Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills
Speed Cart Deployments
Traffic, Road Name and Weight Limit Sign Status
Traffic Ordinance Status
Parking Issues in Brookfield
November Public Safety Message-
Setting the Next Meeting
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting
Final Public Comment
Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting

Oct 132021
 

Minutes DRAFT
Brookfield Planning Commission
Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Present: Gwynn Zakov, Chair, Christina Harlow, Jon Jickling, Martha Judy, Will White
Public Present: Kevin Ring, Jack Zebora
Chair Zakov called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m.
White/Harlow moved to approve minutes from the September meeting. The minutes passed
unanimously.
Chair Zakov introduced two individuals interested in joining the planning commission for the
current one opening. Jack Zebora spoke first about his interest in joining the planning
commission. Kevin Ring (Brian) also shared information about his interest in the planning
commission. The planning commission will consider appointments at the next meeting.
The planning commission considered updates to the Development Bylaws Definitions. The
Planning Commission will continue to work on the definitions at the next meeting.
Chair Zakov will talk with TROC about funding to help with plan maps, revisions and
distribution. Chair Zakov will provide an update at the next meeting.
The next meeting will be November 9, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
Chair Zakov adjourned the meeting at 8:48 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Martha Judy

Oct 062021
 

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA – October 12, 2021
Location: Virtual ZOOM Meeting (link below) and in-person at the town office at 40 Ralph Road
MEETING: Tuesday, October 12th 2021 TIME: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
TOPICS:

Public to be heard
Approve minutes of 9/21/2021 meeting
Meet with interested candidates for vacant seat on the Planning Commission. Any interested individual is welcome to attend.
Review progress on zoning bylaw update. Continue discussing definition section. Commissioners will find definition examples from two other towns for reference during the definition review.

In July we covered: definitions including accessory dwelling units and certificates of occupancy/use. We discussed the merits of moving from a Zoning Board of Adjustment to a Development Review Board.
In September we covered: definitions “accessory dwelling units” and “agriculture”

Any other new/old business
Set date of next meeting – tentatively Tuesday November 9th, 2021.
Adjourn

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Sep 222021
 

Minutes DRAFT
Brookfield Planning Commission
Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Present:
Gwynn Zakov, Chair, Tim Gershon, Christina Harlow, Jon Jickling, Will White, Martha Judy
Public Present:  Jon Binhammer
Chair Zakov called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m.
Jickling/White moved to approve minutes from the 7/13/21 meeting.  With amendments, the minutes were approved unanimously.
Commissioners heard a presentation from Jon Jickling and Jon Binhammer about the ongoing work of the Brookfield Conservation Commission.
Commissioners reviewed and revised definitions of Accessory Dwelling Unit and Agriculture.
No new/old business was discussed.
Next meeting will be October 12, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
Chair Zakov adjourned the meeting at 8:20 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Tim Gershon
 
 

Sep 202021
 

Town of Brookfield
Special Selectboard Meeting
September 22, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.
Brookfield Town Office
 
Notice and Agenda
 
The Town of Brookfield Selectboard will hold a Special Meeting at the Brookfield Town Office at 6:00 p.m., September 22, 2021
 
AGENDA:
 

Call to Order
Public Comment
Personnel – Administrative Assistant
Other Proper Business
Adjournment

Sep 202021
 

Minutes of the Meeting of
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD SELECTBOARD
Town Clerk’s Office
September 13, 2021
THOSE PRESENT: John Benson, Chair; Jeff Kimmel, Dennis LaRocque, Brenda Flint, and Kate Threlkeld, Members; Tim Higgins, Road Crew Foreman; and Betty Lord, Secretary.

CALL TO ORDER: The Chair, Mr. Benson called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.
ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA: None
PUBLIC COMMENTS: None
HIGHWAY REPORT:
Access Permits – (1) Jacob Apel of Barre, VT, and (2) Jennifer and Thomas Buchino, Jr. of Milford, CT each requested the installation of culverts on class 4 roads in Brookfield on property which they own. The policy is that those requisitioning a permit will pay for the culverts and the Town will then maintain them. Mr. Benson made a motion to approve both requests as noted. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion which was approved unanimously. (5-0-0)
Bear Hill Culvert – Mr. Benson made a motion to approve the application for a proposed replacement of a culvert on Bear Hill Road. Mr. Kimmel seconded and the motion carried. (5-0-0)

3 John Rice Culvert – Mr. Higgins will contact Mr. Rice of Chelsea Road to let him know that a study is being done to determine what size culvert is needed and once that study is completed, action will be taken to replace the culvert.

Emergency Grant for 21 July Storm – Mr. Benson made a motion to submit an Emergency Grant request to VTrans to help cover the costs of damage to roads during the storm of July 21. Mr. Kimmel seconded and the motion was unanimously approved. (5-0-0) The Board signed a letter to VTrans making this request.

Mr. Higgins also reported that the road crew has been ditching and will be starting work on Twin Pond Road tomorrow (September 14).
Mr. Benson talked with Mr. Doug Haggett regarding purchase of sand at his site on VT Route 14. Samples were taken to determine if the sand would meet the Town’s needs. Mr. Haggett also said that he had some gravel for sale. Site assessment, along with discussion of potential pricing and timing of activities, will continue.
Mr. LaRocque made a motion to go into Executive Session. Mr. Kimmel seconded and the Board went into Executive Session at 7:19 p.m. Mr. Benson made a motion to come out of Executive Session. Mr. Kimmel seconded and the Board came out of Executive session at 7:25 p.m. The nature of the session was informational, and no decisions were made.
The Board agreed to ask Harmony Electric P.C. to put the Town on their work schedule to upgrade electrical outlets and related items at the Town garage. It is estimated this work will cost approximately half of the budget in the line item “Highway Building and Grounds” that has a total budgeted amount of $15,000.

NEW BUSINESS:
LHMP Extension – Mr. Benson made a motion to approved the extension of amendment #1 for the Town Local Hazard Mitigation Plan with Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission to August 23, 2022. Mr. Kimmel seconded and the motion was passed unanimously. (5-0-0)
Assemblage Permit – Myra Flynn Concert – Event had already taken place before the Board met.
Assemblage Permit – October 3, 2021 Market Day – Mr. Kimmel made a motion to approve the proposal for Market Day to be held on October 3, 2021 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Mrs. Flint seconded and the motion carried unanimously. (5-0-0)
Halfway Brook Grants – Mrs. Threlkeld made a motion to make an application to VTrans for a grant to help with scoping and design as well for doing the repair work on the bridge on Halfway Brook Road. Mr. Kimmel seconded and the motion was unanimously approved. (5-0-0)
OLD BUSINESS:

Audit Report – Mrs. Flint reported that she had spoken with Braintree and other towns of similar size to Brookfield regarding their accounting practices. The Board agreed that Mrs. Flint will contact alternative accounting firms regarding potential bids and scopes of work for auditing services, and will coordinate with the Town Clerk/Treasurer to determine how the Board will move forward on working with an approved firm.

MEETING MINUTES OF AUGUST 23, 2021:

Mr. Kimmel made a motion to accept the minutes of the August 23, 2021 Selectboard meeting as presented. Mrs. Flint seconded and the motion was approved with Mr. LaRocque abstaining as he did not attend that meeting. (4-0-1)

PAYROLL AND AP WARRANTS:

Mrs. Flint made a motion to approve the accounts payable report as presented with a total amount of $78,336.37 and with the largest amount being $48,825.00 being paid to W.B. Rogers for sand. Mr. Benson seconded and the motion was unanimously approved. (5-0-0)

OTHER BUSINESS:

The Board signed the Lease Agreement/Utility Easement for West Street for under-road wiring repair work that was previously conducted near the Taplin property.
Mr. Kimmel has made notations on the recent Cemetery Rules document for suggested duties the potential Cemeteries Sexton (and other Town officials) might be responsible.
Mr. Benson reported that a fire hydrant installed a number of years ago near the Floating Bridge is not functioning properly. The Fire Department has applied to VTrans for a permit as it is sited adjacent to a state highway (VT Route 65). The Town Selectboard will need to sign the application as the Fire Department comes under the auspices of the Town. Mr. Benson made a motion to allow Mr. Kimmel to act as representative of the Board to sign the application when it is completed. Mr. LaRocque seconded the motion which was unanimously approved. (5-0-0)

ADJOURNMENT:

There being no further business to come before the Board, Mr. LaRocque made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion and the meeting was unanimously adjourned at 8:30 p.m. (5-0-0)

Sep 152021
 

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA – SEPTEMBER, 2021
Location: Virtual ZOOM Meeting (link below) and in-person at the town office at 40 Ralph Road
MEETING: Tuesday, September 21st 2021 TIME: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
TOPICS:

Public to be heard
Approve minutes of 7/13/2021 meeting
Conservation Commission input into the Brookfield Development bylaws
Review progress on zoning bylaw update. Continue discussing accessory dwelling units and move through definition section as time allows. Commissioners will find definition examples from two other towns for reference during the definition discussion.

In June we covered: sections 4.17 (enforcement), 4.18 (cost of technical review) and began review of definitions.
In July we covered definitions including accessory dwelling units and certificates of occupancy/use. We discussed the merits of moving from a Zoning Board of Adjustment to a Development Review Board.

Any other new/old business
Set date of next meeting
Adjourn

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