Nov 182020
 

 

Remote Public Meetings

All public body meetings for the Town of Brookfield will be conducted remotely via electronic means for the duration of Governor Scott’s State of Emergency declaration. Whenever feasible, the public will also be able to access and participate in the remote meetings by dialing in through telephone.
Accessing a Meeting

Please refer to each public body’s notice and agenda for information on how to access a remote meeting. Please note that whether you join by telephone, computer, or device, you may be put on hold or in a waiting “room” until granted access to the meeting. You also may be muted or restricted from using any chat function until the public comment portion of the meeting.

Participation
All meetings will be conducted in accordance with the respective “Rules of Procedure” of each public body, to the extent practicable. The public body will follow its agenda and allow public attendees to participate through voice (audio) means where feasible or alternatively using any chat function during the designated public comment periods on the agenda and at other applicable times as needed.
Initially, the meeting’s host/organizer will mute all participants that are not members of the public body. This is necessary to control background noise. The host/organizer will then unmute participants or allow participants to unmute themselves when invited to speak by the Chair of the public body.

Please review the following guidelines:
The Chair will invite comment:
o during the time designated on the agenda for public comment;
o after the public body discusses each agenda item;
o before the public body takes action;
o during any open public comment period, if applicable; and
o other times as determined by the public body.
When a participant/attendee is unmuted, they must state their name before commenting.

If the public body successfully moves to enter an executive session, the meeting’s host/organizer will then place everyone that is not part of the executive session on hold or a virtual waiting “room.” This will prevent attendees from hearing or participating in the meeting during the duration of the executive session. When the public body exits executive session, the host/organizer will then grant access back to the remote meeting.
When the public body adjourns the meeting, the host/organizer will end the electronic meeting by turning off/closing the remote meeting software. Attendees will be automatically disconnected.

Minutes and other public records that were part of the meeting will be made available in accordance with VT’s Open Meeting and Public Records Laws.

To learn more about Remote Public Meetings and the Open Meeting Law, please visit the Secretary of State’s Municipal Assistance webpage at:

https://sos.vermont.gov/municipal-division/laws-resources/covid-19-response/

Nov 172020
 

NOTICE AND AGENDA FOR REMOTE MEETING
 
The Public Safety Advisory Committee for the Town of Brookfield, VT will meet remotely by electronic means on November 18, 2020 at 5:35 PM
 
Information on how to access the remote meeting:
 
By telephone: Dial [(701) 802-5217
[When prompted enter the meeting Access Code]. 3053801
 
Please review our “Informational Handout for Remote Public Meetings” to understand how these electronic meetings will be managed. If you wish to make a public comment but do not have the ability to comment remotely during the meeting, please email your comment(s) to Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee at publicsafety@brookfieldvt.org
 
To ensure smooth access, we recommend that you test your remote meeting software in advance of the meeting. If you have difficultly accessing the meeting, please email publicsafety@brookfieldvt.org
 
BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 18, 2020, 5:35 PM
All times will depend upon the amount of public participation and committee discussion.
REMOTE MEETING AGENDA
 

5:35 PM: Call to Order
5:36 PM: Additions or deletions to the agenda

Public comment

5:40 PM: Review and approve previous of October 28, 2020 meeting minutes

: Open public comment

5:45 PM Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills.

Patrol Hours and Budget-Discussion

Public comment

2021 Contract Discussion with Sheriff Bohnyak

Public comment

6:15 PM: Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project Progress

Public comment

6:25PM: 6:35 PM: E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status

Public comment

6:30 PM: Traffic Ordinance Review

Public comment

6:50 PM: Emerald Ash Borer Progress

Public comment

6:55 PM:] Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use

Public comment

7:00 PM: December Public Safety Message

Public comment

7:05PM: Setting the Next Meeting
7:10 PM Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting

Final Public Comment

7:15: Entertain motion to adjourn meeting

 
 
INFORMATIONAL HANDOUT FOR REMOTE MEETINGS
Remote Public Meetings
All public body meetings for the [insert name of municipality] will be conducted remotely via electronic means for the duration of Governor Scott’s State of Emergency declaration. Whenever feasible, the public will also be able to access and participate in the remote meetings by dialing in through telephone.
Accessing a Meeting
Please refer to each public body’s notice and agenda for information on how to access a remote meeting. Please note that whether you join by telephone, computer, or device, you may be put on hold or in a waiting “room” until granted access to the meeting. You also may be muted or restricted from using any chat function until the public comment portion of the meeting.
Participation
All meetings will be conducted in accordance with the respective “Rules of Procedure” of each public body, to the extent practicable. The public body will follow its agenda and allow public attendees to participate through voice (audio) means where feasible or alternatively using any chat function during the designated public comment periods on the agenda and at other applicable times as needed.
Initially, the meeting’s host/organizer will mute all participants that are not members of the public body. This is necessary to control background noise. The host/organizer will then unmute participants or allow participants to unmute themselves when invited to speak by the Chair of the public body.
Please review the following guidelines:

The Chair will invite comment:

during the time designated on the agenda for public comment;
after the public body discusses each agenda item;
before the public body takes action;
during any open public comment period, if applicable; and
other times as determined by the public body.

When a participant/attendee is unmuted, they must state their name before commenting.

If the public body successfully moves to enter an executive session, the meeting’s host/organizer will then place everyone that is not part of the executive session on hold or a virtual waiting “room.” This will prevent attendees from hearing or participating in the meeting during the duration of the executive session. When the public body exits executive session, the host/organizer will then grant access back to the remote meeting.
When the public body adjourns the meeting, the host/organizer will end the electronic meeting by turning off/closing the remote meeting software. Attendees will be automatically disconnected.
Minutes and other public records that were part of the meeting will be made available in accordance with VT’s Open Meeting and Public Records Laws.
 
To learn more about Remote Public Meetings and the Open Meeting Law, please visit the Secretary of State’s Municipal Assistance webpage at https://sos.vermont.gov/municipal-division/laws-resources/covid-19-response/.

Nov 122020
 

Minutes DRAFT
Brookfield Planning Commission
Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Present:
Gwynn Zakov, Chair, Tim Gershon, Jon Jickling, Martha Judy, Will White
Public Present:  None
Chair Zakov called the meeting to order at 7:06 p.m.
White/Gershon moved to approve minutes from the 10/12/2020 meeting.  The minutes were approved unanimously.
The planning commission discussed town standards of roads and bridges in the context of  Development Bylaws sections 4.2.   Discussion continued
For the next meeting the commission will review Sections 4.10, 4.11 and 4.12.  As before members will review these sections before the next meeting in Dec.
Next meeting will be December 8th, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
Commissioners White/Gershon moved for adjournment and the motion passed unanimously.  The meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Jon Jickling
 

Nov 052020
 

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA
Location: Virtual ZOOM Meeting (see below)
MEETING: Tuesday, November 10th 2020 TIME: 7:00 p.m.
TOPICS:

Public to be heard
Approve minutes of 10/13/2020 meeting
Review progress on zoning bylaw update and continue review of bylaws of sections 4.7 – 4.9.
Any other new/old business
Set date of next meeting

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Nov 042020
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2020, 5:30 PM
BROOKFIELD CONGREGATION CHURCH (Corner of RT 65 and Ridge Rd, Basement)
UNAPPROVED MINUTES
 
The following members attended: Stuart Edson, Michael Rutkovsky, Mike Stoddard and Lew Stowell.

5:30 PM: Call to Order- No additions or deletions were made to the agenda
Review and approve of Unapproved Minutes September 30, 2020 meeting. Approved 4-0.
Open public comment period- No members of the public attended.
Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills to include:

Patrol Hours and Budget- No report available for September.
Speed Cart Results- West Brookfield Road Northbound deployment reviewed.
Committee to meet with Sheriff Bohnyak about improved contract for FY2022.

Parking in Pond Village- No change.
Town Traffic Enforcement Capability

Over Weight and Over Sized Status- Procedure reviewed and approved with one change. Change to be sent to the Select Board.
Traffic Sign Status- Status reports and recommendations presented to the Select Board on October 12,2020 by L. Stowell. Town road crew completing an inventory of traffic signs on the 14 town roads with speed limits.  Traffic signs to be ordered.  There was discussion about looking into contractors installing traffic signs if the road crew is unable to bring the town roads into compliance with traffic signs.
Traffic Studies-No further action.
Ordinance Review- L Stowell to find out if cautionary signs are required to be in ordinance. Additional roads for speed limits being considered.

E-911 Sign Status- M. Rutkovsky has made 10 calls and most house number signs not yet picked up belong to property owners from out of state unable to come to Brookfield because of the virus. A new sign order may be requested.  Stowell to check with T. Godfrey.
Emerald Ash Borer Progress-Kits minus bait stored at L. Stowell’s workshop. Forrer to prepare plan for deploying the kits in the Spring of 2020.
Public Safety Advisory Committee Website and Email Use. Edson installed message advising that emergencies should be directed to response agencies and not the committee.
November Public Safety Message- M. Rutkovsky to create message for November.
Setting the Next Meeting- November 18, 2020 at 5:30 PM at the Congregational Church.
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting- Sherriff Bohnyak and Select Board member Dennis LaRocque will be invited.
Entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting- Approved 4-0. Adjourned at 7:15PM.

Oct 212020
 

Brookfield Conservation Commission Meeting Minutes
10-19-2020
Present: Jon Binhammer, Sue Shea, Jon Jickling, Kathy Kinter Absent: Star Strong
Zoom Meeting to order at 7:08 PM
Public Comment: none.
Motion to approve August minutes as presented was made by Jon J, seconded by Sue. No comments, all approved.
Forest fragmentation: Sue received tools from Jens that VTrans uses to assess location and condition of bridges and culverts. She looked at the maps as they pertained to interstate 89 and Brookfield. There are 3 sets of bridges: Cross Over Rd, rte. 65 and Lamson Pond Rd. There are 2 culverts under 89: one off of Northfield Rd where we visited on our summer field trip and the other just south of crossing of 65 west of Pond Village. While the culverts looked big, they don’t appear friendly to wildlife as they are very long and the bottoms are ridged metal. Might they be improved and how? Sue explained that platforms can be put inside for animals to walk on. Riprap of stone can be covered with native soil so larger mammals are more comfortable walking on it. Jon B suggested we might focus on the passage under the bridges near Lamson Pond Rd. We would need to find out about whether the Taplains still use the fence for the cattle. Discussion followed concerning the viability of this. It was determined that more information is needed before we commit to attempting to monitor wildlife this winter with tracks and a game cam. Kathy and Sue will do some research and report back next meeting.
Emerald Ash Borer update was not possible as Kate Forrer, Town Forester could not make this meeting. Jon B. will be in touch with her prior to the next meeting for an update to share with us at November’s meeting.
Schoolyard Habitat: Jon B will send draft proposal to us prior to next meeting so we can ratify it then. He recapped the general idea—to plant native trees near forested areas behind windbreak and a native wildflower meadow in center of same area or perhaps next to road where soils aren’t as rich. Kathy asked about maintenance, and that will need to get worked out. Jon J. stressed the importance of a trail to help delineate the planted areas so they are not inadvertently mowed. There are grants for school habitat creation. Maybe do small wetland habitat in future.
Sunset Natural Area Bridge: Jon B ordered 2x10x10s for walkway. Still plan to lift bridge out of water and to get the phone poles Nancy offered several months ago. Town road crew had agreed to move them. Nancy may have someone to do it. Jon B. will contact her again. He hopes to work on the project in Nov.
Surficial Geology Mapping by Norwich University: George Springston, a geology professor, wants to map the Brookfield quadrangle which would include peatlands, cliffs, rock outcroppings and surface deposits like glacial till, sand and gravel. He needs a letter of support from the Commission. Jon J moved to support the request and Sue seconded the motion. Jon B will write the letter. These findings could be included in our natural resources inventory. Kathy suggested they produce a map overlay that can be used with the Biofinder maps of the area. It was suggested to ask George to lead a geology walk next year.
Allis State Park field trip: Jon J reported that he, Jon B and Starr co-led about 15 people through the park to engage in tree ID and discuss the CCC’s contribution to the infrastructure. There was much interest in trees and we decided to offer a tree program in the future. We will come to the next meeting with additional ideas for winter field trips.
Other Business: Laurel McEwen brought us up to date on what has transpired thus far on the proposed Baker development near Twin Ponds on town highway 14. The McEwens hired a wetlands specialist who identified a class 2 wetland on both sides of the road, and the State wetlands staff concurred. A permit will be required to build.
Next meeting will be on zoom on the 16th of November.
Adjourned meeting at 8:30 P.M.
Respectfully submitted,
Kathy Kinter

Oct 212020
 

Board of Abatement Hearing October 1, 2020
Attendees:  Teresa Godfrey (Town Clerk), Linda Runnion, Phyllis Humez, John Benson, Dennis LaRocque, Robert Jake Stewart, C. Curtis Koren
Mrs. Godfrey opened the meeting at 6:30 p.m. Mrs. Godfrey explained the reason for a request of abatement of a portion of taxes for Richard and Alice Kempe.  On February 15, 2020 the Kempe’s house burned to the ground.  They requested a portion of their taxes for the balance of the year be abated.  Mrs. Godfrey, as a Lister, was able to calculate the portion relating to the house.  Replacement cost new less depreciation value: $156,500 X tax rate 1.9689 equals total taxes paid for home and garage at $3,081.33.  Per Diem rate $3,081.33/365 = $8.442/day
Balance of year from Feb 15th: February 14 days, March 31 days, April 30 days, May 31 days, June 30 days =136 days.  $8.442 X 136 = $1,148.11 requested abatement amount to be applied to the new tax year.
On motion by Linda Runnion, seconded by John Benson, the Board voted to abate $1,148.11 from the 2019-2020 tax year allowing the Kempe’s to apply to the new tax year.
Motion carried.
 
The second Board of Abatement concerned a Lister’s error.  While the Lister’s were preparing for a State Appraisal Hearing, they used the property sale value of Ronald Halterman and Jill Irvine as a comparable.  They inadvertently left the land acreage at 147 acres vs the 30 the Halterman’s owned. This error was not discovered when the Grand List for 2019-2020 was “frozen”.  This caused an over payment of $2,688.76 in taxes for the Halterman’s.
On motion by Linda Runnion, seconded by John Benson, the Board voted to refund the owners $2,688.76.  Due to their taxes being paid by escrow, it didn’t make sense to credit them forward.
Motion carried.
On motion by C. Curtis Koren, seconded by Linda Runnion, the Board of Abatement adjourned at 6:45 p.m.
 
Respectfully submitted
Teresa Godfrey, Town Clerk

Sep 272020
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 30, 2020, 5:30 PM
BROOKFIELD CONGREGATION CHURCH (Corner of RT 65 and Ridge Rd, Basement)
 
All Members and Guests will wear face masks and observe social distancing.
Meeting progress will depend upon the amount of public participation and committee discussion.
 
AGENDA
 

5:30 PM: Call to Order
Additions or deletions to the agenda
Review and approve of Unapproved Minutes August 26, 2020 meeting.
Open public comment period
Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills to include:

Patrol Hours and Budget-
Speed Cart Results

Parking in Pond Village
Town Traffic Enforcement Capability

Over Weight and Over Sized Status
Traffic Sign Status
Traffic Studies
Ordinance Review

E-911 Sign Status
Emerald Ash Borer Progress
Public Safety Advisory Committee Website and Email Use
October Public Safety Message
Setting the Next Meeting
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting
Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting

Sep 232020
 

Quick BCA Meeting
September 17, 2020 @ 1:30 p.m. at the Brookfield Town Office
Attendees:  Jeff Kimmel, Phyllis Humez, Robert “Jake” Stewart, C. Curtis Koren, Bonnie Fallon, Linda Runnion, Teresa Godfrey
The meeting was called to order at 1:30 p.m.
The Board of Civil Authority met at the Brookfield Town Office to move the voting location for the November 3, 2020 General Election due to the Brookfield Elementary School not being available because of COVID 19.
On motion by Curtis, seconded by Jeff, the BCA voted to move the voting location to the Old Town Hall at 93 Stone Road for the November 3, 2020 General Election.
Motion carried.
On motion by Jeff, seconded by Linda, the meeting adjourned at 1:35.
 
Recorded by Teresa Godfrey, Town Clerk
 

Sep 092020
 

 
Brookfield Planning Commission Minutes
Tuesday September 8, 2020 DRAFT
Members Present: Gwynn Zakov, Chair, Jeff Girard, Timothy Gershon, Jon Jickling, Martha Judy, William White, Nancy Jacques
Public Present: Shawn Krisch
Zakov called the meeting to order at 7:06 p.m.
Zakov inquired about any input from the public to be heard.  Mr. Kirsch introduced himself as a potential buyer of land in Brookfield, interested in learning about town zoning regulations.
Jickling/Judy moved to approve minutes from 7/22/2020. Unanimously approved.
After a brief review of previous work, work continued in the review of development bylaws. Sections 4.1, 3.16  and 4.2 were covered.
It was agreed that members would review sections 4.2 – 4.4 prior to next meeting.
Next meeting scheduled for Tuesday October 13th, 2020 at 7:00.
Zakov/Judy moved to adjourn.  The meeting adjourned at 8:27 p.m.
 
Respectfully submitted,
Timothy Gershon