Feb 182020

Minutes DRAFT
Brookfield Planning Commission Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 DRAFT
Present: Gwynn Zakov, Chair, Timothy Gershon, Jon Jickling, Martha Judy, William White
Chair Zakov called the meeting to order at 7:12 p.m.
Inquired about public to be heard.  No public attended.
Approved letter of support for the Charles and Theresa Taplin conservation project to be submitted to the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board.
The Planning Commission continued to work on revisions to the Development bylaws.
White/Jickling moved to adjourn.  The meeting adjourned at 8:27 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Martha Judy

Feb 122020

Brookfield Conservation Commission
February 18, 2019 7:00 pm
Brookfield Public Library
Meeting Agenda

Review Agenda

Public Comment

Approval of Minutes of the January meeting

Lamson Pond Fen Conservation Project update

Planning Commission collaboration re: Forest Fragmentation discuss next steps

Brookfield  town website update

Emerald Ash Borer and Brookfield PSC – Town Forester update

Green-Up Day report

Prepare for Town Meeting

Brainstorm session continuation – projects for 2020

March 11 presentation by Rudy Rudell of White River Partnership about the watershed – proposal to co-sponsor this presentation with Braintree and Randolph CCs.

Other business


Feb 022020

A statewide Presidential Primary will be held on TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2020 to vote for candidates for the following offices:
The polls will open at a.m. and will close at 7:00 p.m. The polling place(s) is/are located at:

Town (or City) Clerk
EARLY or ABSENTEE BALLOTS: You can request early/absentee ballots at any time during the election year. The latest a ballot can be requested
in _ is
(Town) (date and time office closes prior to election)
You or a family member can request early ballots in person, in writing, by telephone, or on your My Voter Page at mvp.sec.state.vt.us. An authorized person can request ballots for you in person or in writing.
CHECKLIST: posted at town clerk’s office by Sunday, February 2, 2020. If your name is not on it, then you must register to vote.
SAMPLE BALLOTS POSTED: Wednesday, February 12, 2020.
REGISTER TO VOTE: There is no deadline to register to vote. You will be able to register to vote on the day of the election. Please register early by visiting the town clerk’s office or going online to olvr.sec.state.vt.us.
Methods of voting early/absentee in the 45 days before the election (ballots available by January 17, 2020):

Vote in the town clerk’s office prior to the election.Voter may take the ballots out of the clerk’s office and return in the same manner as if the ballots were received by mail.Have ballot mailed to you and return it to clerk’s office before Election Day or to the polling place before 7 p.m. on Election Day.If you are in the military, live overseas, or are ill or disabled you may receive your ballot electronically and utilize our accessible online ballot marking tool, but you must print your ballot and return it by mail.If you are ill or disabled, you may ask the town clerk, on or before the deadline to request an absentee ballot, to have two justices of the peace bring a ballot to you at your home on any day preceding the day of the election (once ballots are prepared) or the day of election.
Identification Required for First Time Registrants by Mail: If you are registering individually for the first time by mail or online, you must provide a copy of identification along with your registration: current valid photo I.D., or a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document showing your name and current address. If you do not provide I.D. or other documentation with your registration and do not have it when you come to the polls, you will be offered a provisional ballot.
CASTING A PROVISIONAL BALLOT: If you accept the offer to vote a provisional ballot, you must complete a sworn affidavit on the provisional ballot envelope swearing that you are qualified to vote in Vermont and in the polling place where you are, and that you submitted an application to register to vote before the deadline. You will be given a card explaining how you can find out if your ballot was counted one week after the election by calling the Vermont Secretary of State’s Office at 1-800-439-8683.
If your name was dropped from the checklist in error or has not been added even though you submitted an application: Explain the situation to your town clerk or presiding officer and ask that your name be added to the checklist. The town clerk or presiding officer will investigate the situation and then either have you complete a registration form and then add your name to the checklist or explain why you cannot be added.
If the town clerk or presiding officer and BCA members present cannot determine that you are entitled to be added to the checklist on Election Day, you may appeal to a superior court judge, who will give you a decision on Election Day OR you may vote a provisional ballot.
Any voter who wants assistance for any reason may bring the person of their choice into the voting booth to help or may ask for assistance from two election officials.
Voters who cannot get from the car into the polling place may have a ballot brought to a car outside the polls by two election officials.
Any U. S. citizen and resident of a Vermont town or city who submitted an application to register to vote on or before election day is entitled to vote regardless of race or physical ability.
• Vote more than once per election, either in the same town or in different towns.
• Mislead the board of civil authority about your own or another person’s eligibility to vote.
• Socialize in a manner that will disturb other voters.
• Offer a bribe, threaten, or intimidate a person to vote for a candidate.
• Hinder or interfere with the progress of a voter going into or out of a polling place. Vermont law provides that a person cannot campaign within a polling place but does NOT specify any number of feet that campaigners need to be away from the polls outside. The presiding officer will set reasonable rules for where campaigners can stand.
The Election Officials at the polling place are here to serve you.
If you have any questions, or need assistance while voting, ask your town clerk or any election official for help.
If you do not understand something, or you believe a mistake has been made that has not been corrected, or you have a question that cannot be answered to your satisfaction at the polling place:
Call the Elections Division, Office of the Secretary of State
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If you believe that any of your voting rights have been violated, you may call the Elections Division at 800-439-8683 or (802) 828-2363. You may also file an Administrative Complaint with the Secretary of State’s Office, 128 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05633-1101.
If you believe you have witnessed efforts to commit any kind of fraud or corruption in the voting process, you may report this to your local United States Attorney’s Office, the County State’s Attorney or the Vermont Attorney General.
If you have witnessed actual or attempted acts of discrimination or intimidation in the voting process, you may report this to the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice at (800) 253-3931.
• Go to the entrance checklist table, give your name, and if asked, your street address to the election official in a loud voice.
• Wait until your name is repeated and checked off by the official.
• If you want to use the accessible voting system tell the entrance checklist official at this time. An election official will take you to the accessible ballot marking device, enter a security code, and then leave you to mark and print your ballot privately. More details about our new accessible ballot marking device are available on our website at http://www.sec.state.vt.us. Click on Elections>Voters>Accessibility.
• You must ask for a major party ballot (Democratic or Republican). This is required by Vermont law for the Presidential Primary. (17 V.S.A. §2704.)
• Take the ballot from the election official and enter a voting booth. Once inside the voting booth, mark your ballot for each race.
• To vote for a candidate, fill in the oval to the right of the name of the candidate. Do not vote for more candidates than the “Vote for not more than #” for each office. If you vote for more than the “Vote for not more than #,” your vote will not count for that race.
• WRITE-IN candidate(s). To vote for someone whose name is not
printed on the ballot, use the blank “write-in” line on the ballot and either write in the name or paste on a sticker, then fill in the oval.
• If you make a mistake or change your mind, DO NOT try to erase. Return your ballot and ASK an election official for a new ballot. If you make a mistake again, you may ask for another ballot. Each voter may have up to 3 ballots.
• To cast your voted ballot: either insert your voted ballot into the tabulator machine, or in a hand count town, insert it into the ballot box.
• Go to the exit checklist table, if any, and state your name. Wait until your name is repeated and checked off by the official.
• Leave the voting area immediately by passing outside the guardrail.
All voters who are in line at the polling place at 7p.m. will be permitted to vote. No voter can enter the polling place to vote after 7p.m.

Feb 022020



The legal voters of Brookfield
are hereby warned to meet for the annual Town Meeting at the Brookfield
Elementary School auditorium at 1725 Ridge Road, Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at
10:00 A.M. to transact the following business:


elect all officers as required by law for the ensuing year by Australian
ballot. For this purpose, the polls will be open from 9:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.To
hear and act on reports of the Town Officers.To
see if the Town will authorize the Selectboard to borrow money in anticipation
of revenues.To
see if the Town will vote to have all taxes paid into the Treasury as provided
by law in two installments, and if so, to set the dates.To
see if the Town will authorize the Selectboard to engage the firm of Vermont
Appraisal Company to complete a Town-wide reappraisal of all properties within
the Town. The cost for which shall not exceed $81,000; the funds for which are
already in place.To
see if the Town will vote to contribute $300.00 to the Randolph Area Mentoring
Program (RAMP), a community-based mentoring program serving the communities of
Brookfield, Braintree, and Randolph.To
see if the Town will vote to contribute $250.00 to the Vermont Family Network,
to provide services for families of children with special needs.To
approve a 12 month budget for the financial year of July 1, 2020 to June 30,
2021 to meet the expenses and liabilities of the Town General Fund and to
authorize the Selectboard to set a tax rate sufficient to provide the same.To
see if the Town will authorize the Selectboard to approve the construction of a
new Town Garage building (or another option as presented and discussed at Town
Meeting). The cost not to exceed $1,075,000, to be financed over a 25 to 30 year

10. To see if the Town will
authorize the Selectboard to enter into a lease/purchase Agreement to replace
the Town Highway Department Loader. The cost, allowing for the trade-in value
for the current Loader, not to exceed $140,000 (plus finance charges), to be
paid for over a 7-year period.

11. To approve a 12 month budget
for the financial year of July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 to meet the expenses
and liabilities of the Town Highway Fund and to authorize the Selectboard to
set a tax rate sufficient to provide the same.

12. To see if the Town will vote
to have 5 members on the Selectboard by floor vote at Town Meeting. (17 VSA
Sec. 2650(b)(1))

13. To transact any other proper

Dated at Brookfield, Vermont, this 30th day of January

Attest: Teresa Godfrey, Town
Clerk: _______________________________

There will be an informational
meeting about the Town Budget on Monday evening, February 24, 2020 at 6:30 P.M.
at the Town Clerk’s Office

Jan 282020

DRAFT    Meeting Minutes of the Brookfield Conservation Commission         1-20-20
Present: Jon Binhammer, Starr Strong, Kathy Kinter, Sue Shea, Jon Jickling. Town Forester Kate Forrer came late.
Meeting came to order at 6:55PM
December minutes were unanimously approved as presented.
There was no one from the public in attendance.
Bylaws: Jon B. will have the bylaws for us to sign at the next meeting. He was unable to print them due to printer malfunction.
Act 171:  Jens Hilke, from VT Fish and Wildlife Dept., came to the meeting to explain Act 171, which became law 1/18.  His job is to work with towns to implement the act, the purpose of which is to maintain and improve ecological integrity of forest blocks and connectors throughout the state by incorporating such management goals into town plans and zoning. All towns are required to incorporate into their town plans land development that minimizes forest fragmentation and promotes health, viability and ecological function.  Town plans are now updated every 8 years.
He emphasized the importance and benefits of large blocks of forest, not only for ecological function, but for recreation, economics, scenic beauty, intrinsic worth and more.  In planning, the goal is to maintain economic, ecological and community function values, which are sure to overlap.
Brookfield is primarily a piedmont town with relatively small (several hundred acres) forest blocks, but because of their current connectedness and proximity to one another, they act ecologically like larger blocks.  The town is surrounded by much larger blocks to the east and west and it is critical to maintain connectivity to these blocks.  Our town has a fair bit of fragmentation due to all the roads, farmland and development.
Biofinder 3 (biofinder.vermont.gov) was just released.
Biofinder is an online mapping tool that allows VT citizens to explore the land and waters
in VT that are most important for supporting ecosystems, natural communities, habitats and species.
We looked at several maps of the town, each focusing on a particular feature such as forest blocks, riparian areas, physical landscapes rich in calcium, culverts and wildlife road crossings.  Jens mentioned the importance of the town adopting VTrans orange book standards for culverts.  These culverts are larger than those currently used and would be replaced by FEMA in event of severe flood damage.  He gave commission members copies of Mapping VT’s Natural Heritage, along with a CD of maps of the state and has offered to do a computer lab training with us.
Jens also facilitates community values mapping and suggested we consider this as a first step.  He offered to provide guidance as we move forward with implementation of Act 171.
Land conservation:  We discussed the potential of a land conservation plot.
Next meeting:  TUESDAY, Feb. 18, 2020   7:00 PM   Town  Library
Meeting Adjourned at 9:15 PM
Respectfully submitted,
Kathy Kinter

Jan 232020

Brookfield Planning Commission
Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Nancy Jacques, Gwynn Zakov, Jon Jickling, Tim Gershon, William White
Jon Binhammer
Zakov called the meeting to order at 7:07 p.m.
Public to be heard:
Jon Binhammer, representing the Nature Conservancy, which is purchasing a conservation easement on a piece of property in Brookfield off of West St which is part of the Taplin/Brown farm. The easement will be around 60 acres. The easement would include public access from West St. Zakov motioned that the chair will draft a letter of support that will be warned for a vote at the February 11th Planning Commission meeting. Second by Jickling, approved unanimously. The town plan supports this on pages 48 through 54.
Jon Binhammer, as chair of the Conservation Commission, informed the Planning Commission that they are active and ready to work with the Planning Commission. He gave an update on what they’ve been working on, specifically identifying and mapping forest blocks and connectors.
Jickling/Gershon moved to approve the minutes of the Nov 13, 2019 meeting. Unanimously approved.
The Planning Commission reviewed the progress on Bylaw update.
The Planning Commission continued to work on revisions to the town Bylaws.
The date of the next meeting was set for 7:00 PM Tuesday February 11th.
White/Jacques moved to adjourn.  The meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
William White

Jan 212020

Brookfield Planning Commission
Date:  Wednesday, November 13, 2019
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

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

of Brookfield

P. O.
Box 463

VT 05036



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


Three Public Places

           Board Members


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

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

Conservation Commission

December 16, 2019
7:00 pm

Meeting Agenda


Public Comment

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

Planning Commission collaboration re: Forest

presence on the town website

Emerald Ash Borer and Brookfield PSC

Green-Up Day

Brainstorm session – projects for 2020

Other business