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.

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

 Review and Approve Minutes of September 25, 2019. [09/25/19 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 Next Meeting.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.