Oct 272019
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 30, 2019, 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE

40 RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT

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

AGENDA

  1.  Review and Approve Minutes of September 25, 2019. [09/25/19 Minutes]
  2. Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public.
  3. Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. [OCSD Patrol Hours]
  4. Review of Radar Speed Cart Deployments.
  5. Site Visit at 2141 Stone Road Discussion.
  6. Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project Progress
  7. E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status.
  8. Brookfield Fire Department Smoke & CO2 alarm program.
  9. Emerald Ash Borer Progress.
  10. Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use.
  11. October Public Safety Message. [Draft Message]
  12. Setting the Next Meeting.
  13. Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting.
  14. Adjournment.
Sep 302019
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 25, 2019, 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE, 40 RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

The following members attended: Dan Mason, Mike Stoddard, Michael Rutkovsky and Lew Stowell. Teresa Godfrey assisted with recent developments as Town Clerk.

Review and Approve Minutes of August 21, 2019. Approved Unanimously.Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public. No members of the public attended.GUEST: DMV Truck Enforcement. No one from DMV able to attend.  May be able to attend in November if meeting date provided soon.Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. 29 patrol hours provided.  1 written citation for speeding and three written warnings for speeding and following too close.  20% of budget spent so far.Review of Radar Speed Cart Deployments.  Currently deployed at the Elementary School.  Soon to be deployed on Northfield Road.Continuing Review of Parking & Law Enforcement on Brookfield Roads.  L Stowell briefed members on developments at two recent Select Board Meetings.  Rob Townsend has completed the survey of the northern end of Stone Road and has determined the edges of the Town ROW and the “traveled Portion” in the vicinity of 2141 Stone Road.  A site visit is planned in the future to view the location of each.  The Select Board has taken action in response to complaints of Northfield Road property owners.  35 MPH signs have been ordered and placed on Northfield Road.  OCSD will place the Speed Cart in two deployments to warn motorists of the perceived change in speed limit.  OCSD and VSP have been alerted to the change.  The Select Board has requested that the Committee to research and develop a plan for large vehicles for all town roads by Town Meeting.  After discussion, the committee voted unanimously to accept the project with the understanding that the committee would not be determining weight limits of bridges, culverts or roadways.  That information will come from competent authorities to include the Town Highway Foreman. E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status. 19 Property owners have requested a total (to date) of 32 reflective house number signs.  An order date will be determined soon.Brookfield Fire Department Smoke & CO Alarm Program.  The Fire Department through an anonymous donor is providing battery operated, combined smoke and CO alarms for property owners who do not have them and have limited means to purchase them.  Persons desiring the alarms should contact Fire Chief Kevin Wheatley at 802-281-5882.Emerald Ash Borer Progress. Efforts to meet with GMP and WEC are continuing.Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use. Tabled until next meetingOctober Public Safety Message. The October message will be about planning for Winter weather events and was approved for publication on the Town Website and Front Porch Forum.Setting the Next Meetings.  October 23 and November 20 were set as the next meetings.Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting. DMV Enforcement to be invited to the November meeting.Adjournment. The meeting was adjourned at 6:48 PM.

Sep 222019
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC
SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER
25, 2019, 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD
TOWN OFFICE,

40 RALPH
ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT

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

AGENDA

Review and Approve Minutes of August 21, 2019. [08/21/19 Minutes]

2. Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public.

3. GUEST: DMV Truck Enforcement (Doubtful).

4. Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. [OCSD Patrol Hours]

5. Review of Radar Speed Cart Deployments.

6. Continuing Review of Parking & Law Enforcement on Brookfield Roads.

7. E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status.

8. Brookfield Fire Department Smoke & CO2 alarm program.

9. Emerald Ash Borer Progress.

10. Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use.

11. October Public Safety Message. [Draft Message]

12. Setting the Next Meeting.

13. Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting.

14. Adjournment.

Sep 192019
 

Saturday, September 21, 2019 From 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

At the Closed Landfill past the Randolph Transfer Station

This event is for the residents of: Randolph, Braintree, Brookfield & Northfield ONLY!

Materials Accepted at the Event: Acids, Adhesives, Aerosols, Antifreeze, Brake Fluid, Cements, Charcoal Lighters, Chlorine, Cleaning Fluid, Degreasers, Disinfectants, Drain Cleaners, Dry Gas, Epoxies, Dyes, Fiberglass Resins, Flea Powders, Furniture Strippers, Hair Removers, Herbicides, Insect Repellents, Lacquers, Lubricants, Mothballs or Flakes, Nail Polish Removers, Oven Cleaners, Oil Based Paints, Paint Removers, Paint Thinners, Permanent Solutions, Pesticides, Photo chemicals, Rat Poisons, Rug & Upholstery Cleaners, Rust Solvents, Wood Preservatives, Spot Removers, Toilet Bowl Cleaners, Tub and Tile Cleaners, Turpentine, Varnish, Weed Killers, Wood Polishes, Wood Stains, Mercury containing products.

Materials NOT Accepted at the Event:

Asbestos, Automotive Paint, Automotive and Marine Batteries, Tires, Used Oil, Explosives or Shock-Sensitive Materials, Ammunition, Radio-Active Wastes, Pathological Wastes, Infectious Waste, Medicines, Dioxins, Compressed Gas Cylinders, Fluorescent Light tubes, Electronic equipment, TV’s, Computers.

If you have any questions about the event or acceptable materials, please call Denise King at Casella 802-356-9094 or 802-888-2797.

Also check out the Mountain Alliance website: www.mtalliance.org If you want to register with CESQG, please call Krista Gloden at Clean Harbors (860) 583-8917 Ext 351.

To recycle all other materials check out VTrecycles.org.

If you qualify as a small quantity (CESQG) business, and wish to dispose of your hazardous waste, arrangements for disposal and payment must be made with Clean Harbors at least seven days in advance.

Aug 272019
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting August 12, 2019 at 6:30 P.M. Town Clerk’s Office Minutes Present: John Benson (Chair), Cory Haggett, Jeff Kimmel, Theresa Godfrey (Town Clerk/Treasurer), Ray Peck (Road Crew Foreman), Scott Wakefield

Call to Order – 6:30 p.m.Adjustments to Agenda – None.Public Comment  Mr. Wakefield inquired about a right-of-way issue that had arisen regarding paths for their farm equipment, along with a related question about excess weight vehicles on the Town roads.  Mr. Benson asked if there was damage: as of now only grass was trampled down.  Mr. Benson mentioned that if damage is done to the right-of-way by loggers, etc., they must pay for it to be fixed, hence the need for the weight certificate.  Mr. Peck will review whether the road has been posted and what weight restrictions apply.New Business: A. Highway

1. Certificate of highway
mileage: Mr. Kimmel reported that the documentation was submitted to AOT
several weeks ago; he will contact the agency to confirm the status.

2. Excess Weight Permits: the
Town has been issuing the permits once applications are submitted along with
the proper fee. Administrative Assistant Kasey Peterson provided of the written
description of the process along with permit samples from other towns. The Town
should check with VLCT to see what they recommend for permit protocol. Mr. Peck
can also check with Chris Bump (AOT) to verify the posted limit for Northfield Road.
There is also a question as to who would administer and enforce the weight
limit policy. The Board will review the material and continue discussion at a
subsequent meeting.

3.
Other Highway


Mr. Peck received a call from a concerned citizen asking that the Road Crew
clear and open up a Class 4 road. The cost (preliminary estimate to make it up
to standards) could be upwards of $100,000. Mr. Peck will begin reviewing the
Town’s Class 4 roads and inventory which need to be cleared and possibly opened
and the potential costs for doing so.


The sand pile will be done before long. The Crew plans to tackle ditch work
next.

 The Board would like to meet
with Mr. Grady on East Hill to review and discuss culverts and ditch lines at
the eastern end of Taylor Hill Road. Mr. Peck will contact

Town of Brookfield Selectboard
Meeting Minutes Page 2 of 2 August 12, 2019

Mr. Grady about arranging a meeting on August 26, prior to
the regular Board meeting.

 Mr. Benson and Mr. Peck will also meet regarding the Town
Office parking lot and potential improvements, which will also be discussed at
the next Selectboard meeting.

 Mr. Benson asked if the Town had advertised the 1-ton truck for sale yet. Mr. Peck will work with Ms. Peterson to get the process going. Mr. Benson mentioned that the Town needs to sell the old truck before we can purchase a “new/used” truck for the Town.

B. Records
Management and Retention Policy: Ms. Godfrey reported that the Town needs to
have a policy in place in order to shred/recycle paperwork. Ms. Godfrey
submitted copies of a potential records retention policy provided by the VT
Secretary of State’s office for the Board to review and discuss at the next
meeting.

C. Set the Tax Rate: Ms. Godfrey Theresa presented a proposed listing and calculation of municipal and total rates for Fiscal Year 2019/2020. Mr. Kimmel made a motion to approve the tax rates for FY 2019-2020, Mr. Haggett second; Mr. Benson asked for discussion (none): 3-0-0. The Municipal rate is $0.5040. Education rates are: Homestead rate: $1.4649; Non-Homestead rate: $1.4862. D. Town Office Building Repair: the Town received an invoice for $2,250, which was approved in the warrants.

D. Town Office Building Repair: the Town received an invoice for $2,250, which was approved in the warrants.

5. Old Business:

A. Approve
Minutes of July 22, 2019 meeting: Mr. Haggett made a motion to approve the
Meeting Minutes of July 22, 2019 as amended, Mr. Kimmel second; Mr. Benson
asked for discussion (none): 3-0-0.

B. Personnel Policy Changes: Mr. Kimmel will review with Ms. Peterson.

6. Payroll/AP Warrants: Mr. Kimmel made a motion to pay the warrants totaling $20,030.21, with large bills that include R E Tucker (road reconstruction): $9251.20; Pike Industries Inc. (paving): $2,264.27; Arcadia Restoration LLC, (building maintenance): $2,250.00; Mr. Haggett second; Mr. Benson asked for discussion (none): 3-0-0.

7. Other Proper Business:

 Trash issue at Ridge Road property: trash is now filling
the shed and dumpster. Letter from the Town attorney was sent.

 Mr. Benson
requested comments from Mr. Kimmel and Mr. Haggett regarding the RFP for the
Town Garage project. Would like to get it posted by this Friday or the timing
will get pushed back and not allow enough time for the Selectboard to warn the
project for Town Meeting 2020. The Board decided to allocate up to $15,000 for
this RFP Design/Build Phase.

8. Mr. Kimmel made a motion to adjourn at 7:54 p.m., Mr. Haggett second: 3-0-0

Aug 202019
 

DRAFT Meeting Minutes of the Brookfield
Conservation Commission             August 19, 2019

Present: Jon Binhammer, Jon Jickling, Susan Shea, Kathy Kinter      Absent: Starr Strong

Jon B reviewed minutes from the June meeting for approval. 

They were unanimously approved after discussion about our commission’s role regarding EAB.

Sue will read Safety Committee’s minutes
to keep abreast of their plans.

There was no meeting in July.

Bylaws: Jon B. will email out a draft to members, highlighting areas of import, to be discussed at the September meeting.  At that time we will vote to adopt the bylaws.

Programs:

The Rood Pond Paddle was rescheduled and revamped due to scheduling conflicts. We will do a natural history interp  paddle on Bakers Pond Sept. 22 from 3-5. Sue will be away. Kathy will do publicity. Jon B will announce at OTH program on the 19th.

OTH  9/19 Jon B will do a slide show of Brookfield’s Hidden Gems, discuss the commission and ask for input for program ideas. Jon will contact Ted to let him know this.

Brookfield Town Forest Hike  Oct 6 
3-5    Remind folks to wear bright
colors.

Open meeting law: At next meeting Kathy
will a present brief outline.

Briefly
discussed our role regarding Hippo Park.
Will revisit at next meeting.

Meetings:  Will be held when possible the 3rd
Monday of each month in the library from 7-8:30 PM.  Next meeting is September 16.  Sue will be away.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy Kinter

Aug 182019
 

BROOKFIELD
PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY
AUGUST 21, 2019, 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD
TOWN OFFICE

40
RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT

AGENDA

Review and Approve Minutes of July 24,
2019. [07/24/19 Minutes]Questions or Issues Brought by Members of
the Public. GUEST: VSP LT Barbara Kessler, Station
Commander, Royalton Barracks.Review of Radar Speed Cart Deployments.Continuing Review of OCSD Activities,
Reports and Bills. [OCSD Patrol Hours]Continuing Review of Parking & Law Enforcement
on Brookfield Roads.E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status.Emerald Ash Borer Progress.Public Safety Advisory Committee Website
Use.September Public Safety Message. [Draft
Message]Setting the Next Meeting.Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting.Adjournment.

Aug 072019
 

Minutes
Brookfield Planning Commission
Date: Tuesday August 6, 2019
Present: Jickling, Zakov, Judy, White
Absent: Girard
White called the meeting to order at 7:01PM.
Judy moved, Jickling seconded to approve minutes. Approved on unanimous vote.
Discussed the Brookfield RPC appointment process. Zakov will look to see if she was officially appointed to as the RPC representative at the last Selectboard meeting.
Discussed the open seats on the Planning Commission. The board has two open seats. Tim Gershon expressed interest to join. White moved, Zakov seconding appointing Tim Gershon to the PC and letting the Selectboard know so they can make the appointment. Approved by unanimous vote. White will post about the second opening on the board to Front Porch Forum.
White moved, Jickling seconding appointing Zakov as Planning Commission Chair. Approved by unanimous vote.
General discussion moved to general Zoning Bylaws. Discussed flood, shoreland and telecom regulations. Board thinks moving back to the current Zoning Bylaws and editing them directly in the current regulations would be appropriate.
White moved to adjourn, Jickling seconded to adjourn. Approved unanimously.
Adjourned at 8:03PM.

Jul 222019
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC
SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY JULY
24, 2019, 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD
TOWN OFFICE,

40 RALPH
ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT

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

AGENDA

Review and Approve Minutes of June 19, 2019. [06/19/19 Minutes]Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public. [Parent Email]GUEST: Orange County Sheriff William Bohnyak on OCSD plans for FY 2020 in Brookfield.Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. [OCSD Patrol Hours] Continuing Review of Parking & Law Enforcement on Brookfield Roads. [Traffic Ordinance]Review of Radar Speed Cart Deployments in 2019. [Speed Cart Plan 2019]Public Safety Developments:Emerald Ash Borer Progress.E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status.Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use.August Public Safety Message. [Draft Message]Setting the Next Meeting.Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting.Adjournment.

Jun 252019
 

Meeting Minutes of the Brookfield Conservation Commission   May 20, 2019
Present: Jon Binhammer, Jon Jickling, Starr Strong, Susan Shea, Kathy Kinter
Jon Binhammer reviewed terms of office for newly appointed commission as approved by the Select Board at their April 8 meeting:
Jon Jickling: 3 yrs.   Sue Shea: 2 yrs.   Starr Strong: 1 yr.   Jon Binhammer: 4 yrs.   Kathy Kinter: 1 yr.
Open meeting law was discussed concerning the agenda, public attendance and minutes.
State statutes were briefly reviewed regarding jurisdiction of the commission. The Statute language:
“administer the lands, properties and other rights which have been acquired by the municipality for the purposes of this chapter” appears to imply that the Sunset Brook Natural Area on Rt. 65 and the town forest fall under our purview. Any financial commitment or receipt of land interest needs to be approved by the Selectboard.   Members are encouraged to familiarize ourselves with the statute – Title 24, Chapter 118.
Finances:  Jon B will ask Select Board for the account balance of the town Conservation and Recreation Fund.
Officers are as follows:
Jon B Chair
Sue S Vice Chair
Jon J Treasurer
Kathy K Secretary
Bylaws: Sue, Starr and Jon J. will review bylaws from other towns of similar size and email samples and recommendations for us to consider at the next meeting. All agreed to not reinvent the wheel.  Key is understanding principal functions.
Assessment:  It was agreed that we assess the information already compiled by the town that would be relevant to our charge, then identify what information is still needed.  A natural resource inventory was suggested, along with use of Bio Finder and VT Conservation Design sites.
Meetings: Will be held when possible the 3rd Monday of each month in the library from 7-8:30 PM.  Three are needed for a quorum.  Next meeting is June 17th.
Projects: Jon B is waiting for confirmation from the school regarding tree planting on June 4 with 34 3rd-6th graders.  Hardwood volunteers will be dug in advance to be planted by teams of 2 kids.  It was suggested that the kids be given information about the conservation commission to take home and or ask that something run in the school newsletter, if there is one.
Randolph and Braintree commissions have been in touch with Sue and asked if we want to join them in a poison parsnip removal project in the coming weeks. She will be in touch with them and report back.
The Commission will be presenting at the Old Town Hall in September. Content to be decided.
Several ideas were shared, as was the importance of educating the community, not only about our existence as a commission, but the importance of the mission. Building an inclusive constituency early is important.  It was agreed that we would try to do an activity each season, along with projects.  It was suggested that we get clear on our purpose and vision for the organization as a means of guiding future decisions.
Respectfully submitted,
Kathy Kinter