Jan 212020
 

Minutes

Brookfield Planning Commission

Date:  Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Present:

Geoff Girard, Martha Judy, Nancy Jacques, Gwynn Zakov, Jon Jickling

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

Girard/Jickling moved to approve the minutes of the Oct 16, 2019 meeting. Unanimously approved.

Jickling,  member of the Brookfield Conservation Commission (CC), expressed the CC’s interest in supporting the Planning commission work revising the town bylaws.  Ideas for coordination between Commissions to follow.

The Planning Commission continued to work on revisions to the town Bylaws.

The date of the next meeting was set for Wednesday December 11th.

Judy/Girard moved to adjourn.  The meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Jon Jickling

Jan 192020
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 15, 2020, 5:30 PM
BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE,
40 RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT
The sequence may be varied to accommodate members of the public and guests.
UNAPPROVED MINUTES
The following members attended: Stuart Edson, Michael Rutkovsky and Lew Stowell.

Review and Approve Minutes of December 18, 2019. Approved.
Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public. None attended.
Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. Nine hours of patrolling at a cost of $423.00 were performed with 3 Written Citations and 6 Written Warnings issued in Brookfield in December 2019.  S. Edson to check with VSP Royalton to update the committee’s awareness of VSP availability for patrols.
Site Visit at 2141 Stone Road Continued Discussion.  No further action
Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project Progress: L. Stowell presented his presentation to the January 13, 2020 Select Board and the Select Board’s requests of the Committee.  A revision of the current overweight permit system was discussed and agreed upon.  L. Stowell to prepare town highway priorities for weight limit signs erection following guidance agreed upon by the committee to include bridges in Brookfield to have the first priority.  S. Edson to contact contractors with sign erection experience to obtain rough estimates of the cost to erect signs if the town provides the materials.
 E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status. M. Rutkovsky reported that persons who have not yet picked up their E-911 signs have been called.
FY 2021 Budget Items.  The Select Board has closed the draft FY 2021 Budget for new requests.
 Brookfield Fire Department Smoke & CO2 alarm program: No further action.
Emerald Ash Borer Progress. K. Forrer to lead an Ash tree inventory on East Hill Road area, East Street, West Street, Ridge Road and Stone Road.  M. Rutkovsky to assist K. Forrer with inventories.  K. Forester to obtain information on EAB trap costs and prepare a request for estimates for contractors to remove Ash trees.  Traps placed on East Hill and West Street in 2019 had negative results.  K. Forrer to look into other EAB response options.
Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use.  S. Edson reported that Google Analytics is now operating on the Public Safety Page of the Town Website and will provide data on activity on the Public Safety Page.
February Public Safety Message. L. Stowell to provide the Safety Tip message for February.
Setting the Next Meeting:  February 26, 2020
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting.  No guests to be invited.
Adjournment. 7:03 PM.

Dec 122019
 

Town
of Brookfield

P. O.
Box 463

Brookfield,
VT 05036

Phone:
802-276-3352

NOTICE OF
BOARD OF ABATEMENT HEARING

Pursuant
to the provisions of 24 V.S.A. §1535 notice is hereby given that the Board of Abatement,
within and for the Town of Brookfield, will meet on the 16th day of December,
2019 at 6:00 o’clock in the evening, at the Town Office in Brookfield.

                                                             
Board of Abatement

                                                            
By Teresa Godfrey      Date
_11/26/2019__

                                                                    
Chair/Clerk

Copy:
Three Public Places

           Board Members

           Appellants

Constance
Karalekas                                                        6:00 p.m.  
December 16, 2019

Joanna
Doerfer for Jane Doerfer’s Estate                         6:30 p.m.   December 16, 2019

                Appellant                                                            Time                      Date

* 24 V.S.A. §1535 states: the board may abate in whole or part taxes, interest,
or collection fees accruing to the town in the following cases:

(1) Taxes of persons who have died insolvent;

(2) Taxes of persons who have removed from the state;

(3) Taxes of persons who are unable to pay their
taxes, interest, and collection fees;

(4) Taxes in which there is manifest error or a
mistake of the Listers;

(5) Taxes upon real or personal property lost or destroyed
during the tax year;

(6) the exemption amount available under 32 V.S.A. §
3802(11) to persons otherwise eligible for exemption who file a claim on or
after May 1 but before October 1 due to the claimant’s sickness or disability
or other good cause as determined by the board of abatement; but that exemption
amount shall be reduced by 20 percent of the total exemption for each month or
portion of a month the claim is late filed.

(7), (8) [Repealed.]

(9) taxes upon a mobile home moved from the town
during the tax year as a result of a change in use of the mobile home park land
or parts thereof, or closure of the mobile home park in which the mobile home
was sited, pursuant to 10 V.S.A. § 6237.

Dec 122019
 

Brookfield
Conservation Commission

December 16, 2019
7:00 pm

Meeting Agenda

Review 
Agenda

Public Comment

Approval of Minutes of the November meetingReport on sharing Bylaws with Selectboard

Planning Commission collaboration re: Forest
Fragmentation

 Our
presence on the town website

Emerald Ash Borer and Brookfield PSC

Green-Up Day

Brainstorm session – projects for 2020

Other business

 Adjourn

Dec 042019
 

DRAFT 
     Meeting Minutes of the Brookfield Conservation
Commission             Nov. 25, 2019

Present:
Jon Binhammer, Starr Strong, Kathy Kinter, Sue Shea, Jon Jickling

Meeting came to order at 7:00 PM

Review of October minutes which were unanimously
approved as presented.

There was no one from the public in attendance.

Bylaws: We reviewed the second draft, amended
it and voted unanimously to adopt it as amended.  Jon B will make the agreed upon changes and
email us the final draft. He will also give it to the Select Board for their
review.  We will sign the bylaws at our
December meeting.

Open meeting law: Kathy reviewed
open meeting law.

Forest Fragmentation:  Sue presented a recap of the webinar she
watched concerning Act 171, the purpose of which is to maintain and improve
ecological integrity of forest blocks and connectors throughout the state by
incorporating such goals into town plans and zoning.  We agreed that given the Planning
Commission’s current reassessment of Development Bylaws, we have a role to play
in researching and providing input towards meeting the aforementioned goals of
Act 171.

Needed Actions: 

Jon B. will attend
the next Planning Commission meeting if there is time on their agenda. 

Sue will send our
commission the link to the webinar so that we can watch prior to our next
meeting. She will also contact Jens Hilke, wildlife biologist with VT Fish and
Wildlife, to request that he attend our next meeting to discuss Act 171and
BioFinder in detail.  Members of the
Planning Commission will be invited to join us.

Development Bylaws:  Jon J. of the Planning Commission asked
for input regarding the current regulations on setbacks along shorelines of
town waterways.  After discussion that
touched on current and best practices, the regional planning commission and
state regulations, it was decided that our commission needs to first familiarize
ourselves with the Development Bylaws. 
Kathy suggested that the Planning Commission look to state regs for
guidance as well.

Needed Actions:

Prior to the next
meeting we will all review the Development Bylaws Jon J sent us.

Jon B will check
with Two Rivers Regional Planning for their recommendations.

Other business: It was agreed that
we need a visible presence on the town website, i.e, a Conservation Commission
designated tab. 

            Need
Action:

 We will look at other town websites to see what they have done and discuss this at the next meeting.

Next meeting:  Dec 16, 2019

Meeting Adjourned at 8:45 PM. 

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy Kinter

Dec 042019
 

Approved 
 Meeting Minutes of the Brookfield
Conservation Commission             Oct.
21, 2019

Present:
Jon Binhammer, Starr Strong, Kathy Kinter, Sue Shea, Jon Jickling

Meeting came to order at 7:03 PM

Review of August and September minutes.  Both were unanimously approved as presented.

There was no one from the public in attendance.

Bylaws: We began the review process.  Jon B will make the agreed upon changes and
email another draft to review at the next meeting.

Open meeting law: The bylaws took so
long it was decided to table this review until next meeting.

Programs:

A
brief recap of the Baker Pond Paddle and Brookfield Town Forest Hike was
made.  Seven were present at the paddle
and 4 at the hike. Kathy suggested always having a sign-up sheet to get
participants’ emails to add to the list she has begun.  This can be used to garner volunteers when
needed as well as announce programs and projects.

EAB subcommittee:

Kate
F, the town forester asked Jon B. if anyone from the commission wanted to serve
on a sub-committee concerning ash borer. 
Jon J. will contact her about serving on the committee.

Other business:

Sue
will attend the forest fragmentation webinar by VT F&W tomorrow and share
what she learned.  Jon B said Two Rivers
has also addressed forest blocks and connectivity.  This issue is relevant to the Planning
Commission as well as the Conservation Commission.

Meetings:  Kathy informed members that Teresa has
posted our meetings and minutes on the town website.  All agreed that the commission needs a
dedicated presence on the site.  Discussion of this will be added to the
next agenda.   

Next
meeting has been moved to Monday, Nov. 25th.

The rest of the agenda was tabled until
next meeting.

Meeting Adjourned at 8:45 PM. 

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy Kinter

Dec 042019
 

Minutes

Brookfield Planning Commission

Date:  Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Present:

Geoff Girard,
Martha Judy, Nancy Jacques, Gwynn Zakov, Jon Jickling

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

Girard/Jickling moved to approve the minutes of
the Oct 16, 2019 meeting. Unanimously approved.

Jickling, 
member of the Brookfield Conservation Commission (CC), expressed the CC’s
interest in supporting the Planning commission work revising the town bylaws.  Ideas for coordination between Commissions to
follow.

The Planning Commission continued to work on
revisions to the town Bylaws.

The date of the next meeting was set for
Wednesday December 11th.

Judy/Girard moved to adjourn.  The meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Jon Jickling

Nov 192019
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC
SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY
NOVEMBER 20, 2019, 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD
TOWN OFFICE,

40
RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT

AGENDA

The
sequence may be varied to accommodate members of the public and guests.

Review and Approve Minutes of October 30, 2019. [10/30/19 Minutes]Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public.Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. [OCSD Patrol Hours]Review of Radar Speed Cart Deployments.Site Visit at 2141 Stone Road Discussion.Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project ProgressE-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status.Brookfield Fire Department Smoke & CO2 alarm program.Emerald Ash Borer Progress.Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use.October Public Safety Message. [Draft Message] Setting the Next Meeting.Inviting Guests to the NextMeeting.Adjournment.

Nov 182019
 

To all private snow plow contractors and residents of Brookfield,
please be advised that depositing by blowing or plowing onto the traveled way
or shoulder of a class 1, 2 or 3 town highway violates Vermont Statute Title
19, Section 1105 and Title 23, Section 1126a. Depositing snow onto any highway
may cause slippery conditions or snow berms that result in increased
maintenance costs and can pose a danger to travelers and town road workers.
Private parties who violate this statute will be given a written warning from
the Brookfield Selectboard. Further violations may result in the issuance of a
traffic ticket.

Nov 142019
 

Town
of Brookfield

P. O.
Box 463

Brookfield,
VT 05036

Phone:
802-276-3352

NOTICE OF
BOARD OF ABATEMENT HEARING

Pursuant
to the provisions of 24 V.S.A. §1535 notice is hereby given that the Board of Abatement,
within and for the Town of Brookfield, will meet on the 18th day of November,
2019 at 6:00 o’clock in the evening, at the Town Office in Brookfield.

                                                             
Board of Abatement

                                                            
By Teresa Godfrey      Date
_11/6/2019__

                                                                    
Chair/Clerk

Copy:
Three Public Places

           Board Members

           Appellants

Joanna
Doerfer for Jane Doerfer’s Estate                        6:00 p.m.  
November 18, 2019

Constance
Karalekas                                                       
6:30 p.m.   November 18, 2019

                Appellant                                                            Time                      Date

* 24 V.S.A. §1535 states: the board may abate in whole or part taxes, interest,
or collection fees accruing to the town in the following cases:

(1) Taxes of persons who have died insolvent;

(2) Taxes of persons who have removed from the state;

(3) Taxes of persons who are unable to pay their
taxes, interest, and collection fees;

(4) Taxes in which there is manifest error or a
mistake of the Listers;

(5) Taxes upon real or personal property lost or destroyed
during the tax year;

(6) the exemption amount available under 32 V.S.A. §
3802(11) to persons otherwise eligible for exemption who file a claim on or
after May 1 but before October 1 due to the claimant’s sickness or disability
or other good cause as determined by the board of abatement; but that exemption
amount shall be reduced by 20 percent of the total exemption for each month or
portion of a month the claim is late filed.

(7), (8) [Repealed.]

(9) taxes upon a mobile home moved from the town
during the tax year as a result of a change in use of the mobile home park land
or parts thereof, or closure of the mobile home park in which the mobile home
was sited, pursuant to 10 V.S.A. § 6237.