Jul 312021

PRESENT and voting: Amy Borgman, Dan Childs, Emily Noyes, Starr Strong
PRESENT and not voting: Laura Rochat, librarian
-MINUTES were approved
-TREASURER’s REPORT: Dan reminds us that we are into our new fiscal year as of July 1, 2021. Funds have been disbursed by the Town to the Library and we are on budget. Dan will arrange for Emily to review the Financials.
-LIBRARIAN’s REPORT: Laura and the Brookfield Historical Society have set up the Floating Bridge 200th Celebration exhibit in a case to the rear of the Library. It is a part of the larger Town celebration with other Floating Bridge exhibits at the Bridge itself and at the Marvin Newton House. People can visit this during regular Library Hours.
We have our Library Passes to a number of Museums, sites and Parks available to be borrowed by patrons and local residents. Laura reviewed the process to borrow these, which involves a sign-out procedure and a 3 day loan. Although the Passes cannot be reserved there is not a current demand for them. It was suggested that Laura run a notice in Front Porch Forum to inform folks they are available.
Laura let the Board know that the Little Library is being used. She has been replenishing books and making sure the collection is updated regularly.
-OLD BUSINESS: Town Resident Ruth Goodall had been the original painter of the Library Drop Box. She pointed out to Amy Borgman that the box needed a cleaning which led us to realize that it really needed to be repainted. Thanks to new Board member Starr who has volunteered to do this task.
The Library Board is pursuing only one Library sponsored program at this time, due to the continuing disruption of Covid. Laura will be contacting the presenter of the Amphibian program to finalize a date for this.
Vermont and the Institute for Museum and Library Services has money from the American Rescue Plan to be allocated to Libraries. We can apply for up to $2,000 of these funds. What a good time to update our 13 year old computer and it’s younger cousin, the printer! Laura and Dan will pursue this opportunity.
-NEXT MEETING: SEPTEMBER 22, 2021 @ 6:30 pm at our beloved Library.

Jul 272021

Considering the time frame for this election, middle of the Summer, we had a great turn-out!!  174 registered Brookfield voters cast their ballot for this Special Election on Saturday.  (67 absentee + 107 in person votes).
1-year term:
Dennis Boggs 40
Katheryn Threlkeld  111
G. Jack Zebora    19
Brenda Flint (write-in)  1
Blank  3
2-year term:
Brenda Flint   126
Robert Godfrey   48
Teresa Godfrey, Brookfield Town Clerk

Jul 202021

Minutes DRAFT
Brookfield Planning Commission
Date: Tuesday July 13, 2021
Gwynn Zakov, Chair, Tim Gershon, Christina Harlow, Martha Judy, Will White, Jon Jickling
Public Present:  None
Chair Zakov called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.
Harlow moved to approve minutes from the 6/08/21 meeting seconded by White.  The minutes were approved unanimously.
The planning commission discussed the inquiry by the select board to respond to the possibility of Brookfield changing from a Zoning Board of Adjustment model to a Development Review Board model.   Following discussion Chair Zakov, put forward a motion that the PC position is that the ZBA planning model is working at this time and moving to a DRB model is not warranted.    Second by Harlow.  Passed unanimously.
Nancy Jacques resigned from PC.  Zakov will notify Selectboard and post on front porch forum for new candidate.  Jickling and White also notified that they may withdraw from the PC in coming months.
Discussed bylaws and developed new section 3.3, Certificate of compliance.
Any other new/old business discussed.
Next meeting will be September 21, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. (no August meeting planned)
Next meeting will cover:  Definitions including Accessory Dwelling Unit.  Conservation commission will also provide input/comments on the bylaws.
Chair Zakov adjourned the meeting at 8:24 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Jon Jickling

Jul 112021

The Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee will meet in person at the Brookfield Congregational Church on the first floor at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.
The space at the church is sufficient for social distancing.  Interested members of the public may attend.
The following guidelines that pertain to meetings have been adopted by the Brookfield Select Board on June 15, 2021.
–  Masks will no longer be mandatory for vaccinated individuals. If for any reason you are more comfortable wearing a mask, then you are more than welcome to do so.
–  Please be advised that by not wearing a mask you are attesting to the fact that you are “fully vaccinated”.
–  The term “fully vaccinated” indicates that you have received your second shot of vaccine, or your single dose vaccine, at least 14 days ago.
–  All attendees, regardless of vaccination status should continue to monitor their health status and potential symptoms and not attend if they are unwell.
–  If you are not “fully vaccinated”, you must continue to  practice all safety protocols including wearing a mask in the presence of others and socially distancing.
–  If you have questions regarding the meeting, please email publicsafety@brookfieldvt.org.
WEDNESDAY JULY 14, 2021, 5:30 PM

5:30 PM: Call to Order
Additions or deletions to the agenda
Review and approve the June 23, 2021 meeting minutes
Brookfield Town Road Work Plan
Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills
Speed Cart Deployments
Stone Road Parking Issues
Traffic and Weight Limit Sign Status
Traffic Ordinance Status
Parking in Pond Village
August Public Safety Message
Setting the Next Meeting
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting
Final Public Comment
Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting

Jul 082021

Location: Virtual ZOOM Meeting (link below) and in-person at the town office at 40 Ralph Road
MEETING: Tuesday, July 13th 2021 TIME: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Public to be heard
Approve minutes of 6/8/2021 meeting
Discuss merits of moving from a Zoning Board of Adjustment and Planning Commission model to a Development Review Board and Planning Commission model. Selectboard may budget in the 2022-2023 budget to use TROCC to assist in moving the town in that direction – if needed. Vermont law related to this topic can be found here: https://legislature.vermont.gov/statutes/section/24/117/04460
Review progress on zoning bylaw update. In June we covered sections 4.17 (enforcement) and 18 (cost of technical review) and began review of the definitions section and continue review of the definition section. We will review accessory dwelling units and certificates of occupancy/use. Commissioners will find definition examples from two other towns for reference during the definition discussion. Members will review these sections before the next meeting. Vermont law related to certificate of occupancies/use can be found here: https://legislature.vermont.gov/statutes/section/24/117/04449
Any other new/old business
Set date of next meeting

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Jun 232021

2021 Lister’s Grievance Hearing Meeting Minutes
June 19, 2021
The Board of Listers grievance hearings were brought to order at 9:30 a.m. on June 19, 2021. In attendance were Listers Stuart Edson, Phyllis Humez, and Teresa Godfrey.  There were no hearings scheduled for this.  We had received two phone call messages concerning the “Use Value Report” that was mailed to all parcel owners who have their land in land use.  Steve Stocking and Larry Brassard did not understand what the report represented. Mr. Edson contacted each of them and explained what the report showed.
Steve Hill, removing 8.7 acres from land use, wanted Mr. Edson to explain how he came up with the value.  Mr. Hill agreed to meet with Mr. Edson on June 15 to discuss the valuation.  After explaining the process, Mr. Hill was ok with the value on the removed acreage.
Roger LaRocque called grieving the amount of acreage he was taxed on.  Per his deed, the acreage was 5 acres more or less and he felt it was on the less side.  He had a lot line adjustment with an abutting property, gaining 0.3 acres and now owns 4.19 acres not 5.3 as the Listers had him in for. The Listers had just received their new tax maps and as indicated on Mr. LaRocque’s parcel, per measurement, his acreage is actually 4.16 acres.  Upon calling Mr. LaRocque to discuss the acreage, the Listers have lowered his acreage to 4.16 acres.
John Hrubovcak, new owner on Bear Hill, called concerning a value on his septic for the mobile home on his property.  The mobile home is a shell for storage and upon searching for a septic, he found it was a “wooden box” out back and nothing he would use.  After confirming with a previous owner, the Listers agreed to remove the value of the septic.
Justin Poulin contacted the Listers concerning a pump-house that was located on L. Brassard’s property, but owned by Mr. Poulin.  He called to let us know that had been removed and sold.  He would like the value removed from his property.  The Listers agreed.
On motion by P. Humez, seconded by T. Godfrey, the Board of Listers adjourned at 11:30 a.m. on June 19, 2021.
Respectfully submitted,
Stuart Edson
Phyllis Humez
Teresa Godfrey

Jun 182021

Agenda Brookfield Conservation Commission Meeting
June 21, 7:00 pm
Brookfield Library
1. Review Agenda
2. Public Comment
3. Approval of Minutes of the May, 2021 meeting
4. Forest blocks – Kevin Geiger
5. Strategic planning
6. Programs and/or field trips
7. Other business
8. Adjourn

Jun 112021

6:30 pm June 3, 2021
PRESENT and voting: Amy Borgman, Dan Childs, Emily Noyes, Starr Strong
PRESENT and not voting: Laura Rochat, Librarian
-TREASURER’S REPORT: Dan reminds us that we are near the end of our current fiscal year (as of 6/30/21) and notes we are still owed some Town funds. He will contact the Town Clerk’s office re: this. We are very close to our budgeted projections and our investments are sound, as well.
*Our numbers remain surprisingly consistent and, as restrictions lift and summer visitors arrive we expect our number of visitors and borrowers to increase.
*Laura will contact Cat Wright about shampooing the library rug.
*Per Laura the Library will have passes (some free, some reduced rate) for: Shelburne Farms, ECHO, Vt State Parks, State Historic Sites, VINS, Fairbanks Museum and the Vermont History Museum.
*The BFPL has been following conservative measures during the Covid shut-down with shorter hours, limited capacity and mandatory mask wearing. We are awaiting newer guidance as restrictions lift and will follow Town guidelines, based on State guidance. For now no changes will be made to hours, capacity or mask wearing.
*The Brookfield OC Playgroup is still not active but Laura continues to bring books to local daycare centers.
*The BFPL has been the beneficiary of books for youth from the Dept of Libraries as well as a donation of 8 books from a former patron. Laura has been processing these for our collection and has used this opportunity to weed some books from our existing collection.
*No surprises at Town Meeting, our budget passed. Dan Childs was re-elected and Starr Strong was elected to serve on the Board of Trustees (Welcome Starr!) The community gathered was officially informed of the 2 Little Libraries placed earlier this year.
*Summer Programming: We are planning to schedule an animal program/petting zoo at a time mutually agreed upon by the presenter and our library. As circumstances will depend on weather and temperature an inside option will be the Brookfield Town Hall. Further plans will depend on the scheduled time for the presentation.
*The Brookfield Historical Society is planning on some locally sited exhibits this summer around our community. One will be placed in our Library. Further details await.
*The annual Library summer reading program will proceed with limited programming. Laura and Christine Gilbert have coordinated on this and will distribute the materials.
*Scholarship Fund: The Board has decided to postpone initiating the Scholarship Fund this year, allowing another year of interest to accrue and establishing a process to decide on a recipient.
*NEXT MEETING: July 28, 2021 @ 6:30

Jun 092021

Minutes DRAFT
Brookfield Planning Commission
Date: Tuesday June 8, 2021
Gwynn Zakov, Chair, Tim Gershon, Christina Harlow, Martha Judy, Will White
Nancy Jacques, John Jickling
Public Present:  None
Chair Zakov called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.
White/Gershon moved to approve minutes from the 5/11/21 meeting as submitted by Will White.  The minutes were approved unanimously.
The planning commission discussed the town of Brookfield’s local emergency plan which is currently being updated. Current bylaws will be congruous with the town’s FEMA emergency plan. Meetings for this will be the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6 pm.
Martha Judy will ask Aaron Adler to come to discuss Telecommunications at a future meeting.
Discussed 4.17 Enforcement and 4.18 Costs of Technical Review
Judy/Zakov suggests adding Certificate of Use 3.17.to agenda next meeting.
Discussed Definitions, we will go back to definition of Accessory Dwelling Unit to allow more time to review.
Any other new/old business discussed.
Next meeting will be July 13, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
Chair Zakov adjourned the meeting at 8:28 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Christina Harlow

Jun 082021

The Brookfield Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing on June 30, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at 3286 VT Route 65, Brookfield, VT to review the following request submitted under the Brookfield Development Bylaws:
Stephen Reid requested a potential variance under Section 3.10 of the Development Bylaws.  The proposed variance would be for construction of a 860 Square foot addition on the property owned by Josey Hastings and Gabriel Archdeacon located at 3286 VT Route 65, Brookfield, VT with less than the required setback established under Section 2.1(E)(4) of the Bylaws.  The Board of Adjustment will need to review the proposed site plans, with a site visit scheduled for June 30, 2021 at 6:00p.m.
Copies of the application are available for review at the Brookfield Town Clerk’s Office.  Hours are Tuesday to Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.