Apr 142021
 

Minutes DRAFT

Brookfield Planning Commission

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Present:

Gwynn Zakov, Chair, Tim Gershon, Christina Harlow, Nancy Jacques, Jon Jickling, Martha Judy, Will White

Public Present:  None

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

White/Jacques moved to approve minutes from the 3/9/21 meeting as amended by Martha Judy.  The minutes were approved unanimously.

The planning commission considered updates to the Development Bylaws sections 4.13 and 4.14.

For the next meeting the commission will review Sections 4.15 and Gun Ranges.  As before members will review these sections before the next meeting in May.

Next meeting will be May 11, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

Chair Zakov adjourned the meeting at 8:36 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Martha Judy

Apr 082021
 

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA
Location: Virtual ZOOM Meeting (see below)
MEETING: Tuesday, April 13th 2021 TIME: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
TOPICS:

Public to be heard
Approve minutes of 3/9/2020 meeting
Review progress on zoning bylaw update and continue review of bylaws of sections 4.13, 4.14, 4.15. If time permits, discussion of regulation of guns ranges will also be discussed. Will go as far as time permits.
Any other new/old business
Set date of next meeting

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Mar 212021
 

NOTICE AND AGENDA FOR REMOTE MEETING
 
The Public Safety Advisory Committee for the Town of Brookfield, VT will meet remotely by electronic means on March 24, 2021 at 5:35 PM
 
Information on how to access the remote meeting:
 
By telephone: Dial [(701) 802-5217].
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BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY MARCH 24, 2021, 5:35 PM
All times will depend upon the amount of public participation and committee discussion.
REMOTE MEETING AGENDA
By telephone: Dial [(1-701) 802-5217]. when prompted, enter the meeting Access Code]. 3053801
 

5:35 PM: Call to Order
5:36 PM: Additions or deletions to the agenda
Public comment
5:38 PM: Review and approve the February 24, 2021 meeting minutes
: Open public comment
5:42 PM: Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Planning- Jon Jickling and Kate Forrer
Public comment
6:05 PM: Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills.
Public comment
6:15 PM: 2021 Draft Speed Cart Plan- Scott Clouatre
Public comment
6:30: Traffic Sign Status
Public comment
6:35 PM: Traffic Ordinance Status
Public comment
6:40 PM Parking in Pond Village
Public comment
6:50 PM Weight Limit Status
Public Comment
6:55 PM Public Safety Advisory Committee Website and Email Use
Public Comment
7:00 PM: March Public Safety Message
Public comment
7:05 PM Setting the Next Meeting
7:10 PM Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting
Final Public Comment
7:15: PM Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting.

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Mar 182021
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting
NOTICE AND AGENDA FOR REMOTE MEETING
The Town of Brookfield Selectboard will meet remotely on ZOOM on
08 March 2021 at 6:30pm.
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AGENDA
A. Call To Order
B. Adjustments to Agenda
C. Public Comments
D. Highway
1. Debit Card for Fuel
2. Grants
E. New Business
1. EC Fiber Appointments
2. LEMP 2021 – review and sign
3. LHMP – Two Rivers inquiry
F. Old Business
1. Ridge Road Cemetery
G. Approve Minutes from the 8 March 2021 Meeting
H. Payroll and AP Warrants
I. Other Proper Business
J. Adjournment

Mar 182021
 

Meeting Minutes of the Brookfield Conservation Commission
3-15-21
Present: Jon Binhammer, Sue Shea, Jon Jickling, Kathy Kinter, Starr Strong
Zoom Meeting to order at 7:10 PM
Public Comment: none.
Motion to approve January minutes as presented was made by Starr, seconded by Jon J. No comments, all approved.
I-89 Wildlife Crossings:  Starr made 5 trips to Northfield St where it joins West St. Saw deer prints once on north side, under highway, opposite the fenced side. Cross Over Rd had fair bit of activity each time. Many rabbits, fox, coyote on both sides of the road. She didn’t get to rte. 65 where it crosses over 89.
Sue stopped at all 3 sites once in late Feb. and saw tracks in all places. Northfield Rd.: maybe skunk under highway, east side. Thought we could see about removing fence and replacing rip rap with a grassy shelf or more favorable surface. Rte. 65 overpass near village: Many tracks on east side near woods/conifers near lake. Canine or feline tracks, weasel, squirrel and maybe coon. Overpass isn’t long, road is closed all winter. Crossover Rd.: not many on west side but down in wetland area were older tracks. In between highway over and underpass, possible fox.
It was decided that Sue will contact Jens and ask him to meet us this spring to visit each location and discuss options for making them more inviting to and safer for wildlife. Jon J will talk to the Taplins about the fence and use of land in proximity to it.
Emerald Ash Borer: Jon J presented a recap of his involvement thus far. He will attend the next Safety Comm. meeting, talk with Kate Forrer about her plans for town meeting, as well as research possible handouts from the state for us to make available to attendees. We all agreed that it was important to distribute information to the public in an effort to dispel any panic around having to engage in a wholesale removal of ash trees. For now our involvement with the Safety Committee will be limited to Jon J as our liaison.
Webinars: Sue attended Fish and Wildlife’s webinar on town planning, which was mostly a recap of the fragmentation presentation we watched last year with Jens. It would, however, be informative to the planning commission as it speaks to Act 171. She shared that Jens is doing Community Values Mapping on line and towns are responding with much participation. Sue suggested we consider this for late summer depending on where we are with covid. Sue asked Jon B to go on Biofinder and look for wildlife crossing information. She found little, but may have missed it. Sue and Kathy will attend this Friday’s webinar on natural resource inventories.
Green Up Day: Starr spoke with Bonnie and will follow up to get more information. Jon B reported that the state is promoting it this year. We can keep efforts simple with PR in FPF, school news, posters, etc. Someone will need to be posted at the town garage. On the website Starr and Bonnie are listed as contacts.
Town Meeting: Kathy suggested we announce a bit about what we plan to do and have been doing—green up, school habitat, wildlife crossings, the natural area and upcoming programs. It is important to have a sign- up sheet to get people’s email addresses for future programs and projects.
Programming: We will all think about possible programs for summer into fall and discuss at next meeting.
Other Business:
Schoolyard Habitat: Jon B will contact David Roller to follow-up on the earlier discussion and to confirm plans to move ahead with the assurance this will be a lasting project.
Brookfield Solar Project: Jon B brought us up to date on the recent planning commission meeting and withdrawal of the application to the PUC.
Next meeting will be on zoom 4/19/21 at 7:00 PM
Adjourned meeting at 8:20 PM.
Respectfully submitted,
Kathy Kinter

Mar 132021
 

Brookfield Conservation Commission Meeting Agenda
3/15/21
7:00 pm
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3. Approval of Minutes of the January 18, 2021 meeting
4. I-89 Wildlife Crossing monitoring – reports from field visits (Sue and Starr)
5. Emerald Ash Borer – BCC interface with Brookfield Public Safety Committee and education for Town Meeting
6. Town Planning Webinar (Sue)
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8. Town meeting – things to bring to the attention of the public
9. Programming for the year??
10. Other business
11. Adjourn
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Mar 102021
 

 
Brookfield Planning Commission (draft minutes)
Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Present: Gwynn Zakov, Chair, Christina Harlow, Martha Judy, Will White, Tim Gershon, Nancy Jacques, Jon Jickling
Public Present:  Gary Lord, Kevin Dunwoody, Andreyevs, Aaron Adler, Jon Binhammer
Chair Zakov called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.
Judy/White moved to approve minutes from February 9, 2021. The minutes were approved unanimously.
Chair Zakov invited members of the public to be heard. None was heard.
Chair Zakov welcomed Christina Harlow to the Commission.
Jon Binhammer expressed his wish for the Planning Commission to update the Brookfield Town Plan to include greater clarity around local energy development.
Kevin Dunwoody, while not recommending any specific policy language, referred to Randolph as an example of a municipality that has taken on this issue.
Gary Lord saw value in having the PC identify specific places in town that could be designated “scenic” or part of “viewsheds”.
Chair Zakov pointed out that, according to state statute, The Brookfield Town Plan will have to include provisions around energy if the town is to maintain its eligibility for grant funding. She cautioned, however, that the Planning Commission has other priorities as well.
Jon Jickling asked whether there was precedent for amending a Town Plan prior to their standard revision schedule.
Chair Zakov said she is aware of such a precedent in other places.
Martha Judy expressed her opinion that the Planning Commission has already done much work in the area of development that bears on the issue of local energy development.
Jon Binhammer and Rachel Andreyev, in turn, expressed their support for the work of the PC.
Andreyev offered help in an unofficial capacity assisting the PC in its work developing a plan around energy.
The PC then resumed its work reviewing bylaws, nearly completing section 4.13.
Next meeting will be held on March 9th, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. At this meeting — following a brief update from Gershon/Jickling on their takeaways from the TROC meeting they attended in February — the PC will complete its review of bylaws sections 4.13, and begin their review of 4.14, 4.15. Time permitting, the Commission would begin to consider the issue of gun ranges. As before members will review relevant sections in advance.
The meeting was called to close by Chair Zakov at 8:51 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Tim Gershon

Mar 092021
 

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA
Location: Virtual ZOOM Meeting (see below)
MEETING: Tuesday, March 9th 2021 TIME: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
TOPICS:

Public to be heard
Approve minutes of 2/9/2020 meeting
Welcome newest member, Christina Harlow.
Discuss with Jon Binhammer Brookfield’s Town Plan and Solar Siting language and requirements therein.
Review progress on zoning bylaw update and continue review of bylaws of sections 4.13, 4.14, 4.15. Will go as far as time permits.
Any other new/old business
Set date of next meeting

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