Feb 162021
 

Minutes DRAFT
Brookfield Planning Commission
Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Present:Gwynn Zakov, Chair, Martha Judy, Will White, Tim Gershon, Nancy Jacques, Jon Jickling
Public Present:  Gary Lord, Kevin & Marie Dunwoody, Katie Bancroft, Andreyevs, David Pattison , Christina Harlow, Aaron Adler, Jon Binhammer, Wayne Fontanella, Pamela and Gary, Elizabeth Templeton , Alexis McQueen, Greg Wight, Wayne Mcginnes, 2 phone in (unidentified)
Chair Zakov called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m.
White/Gershon moved to approve minutes from the January 9, 2021 meeting.  The minutes were approved unanimously.
Norwich Solar Proposal regarding the preferred site application for 150 kw solar array on Ridge Road property owned by Keith and Chelsea Sprague:  Zakov communicated to the numerous members of the public on the call that Norwich Solar representatives sent notice that they would not participate in this meeting.  White clarified for participants that the Planning Commission has no formal role in the approval of the solar project.  In response to a neighbor who requested a letter from the Planning Commission to take before the PUC, to which Zakov clarified that the Planning Commission’s role is not to take a stand on this.
Many of the public voiced concerns over the solar project and urging the Planning Commission to take a position on the project.  No action was taken on the Ridge Road solar project by the Planning Commission at this meeting.
Planning Commission discussed two candidates (Christina Harlow and Katie Bancroft) to nominate to fill the vacant seat on the Planning Commission, both of whom were seen to be very strong candidates and would bring value to the board. Judy puts forward motion to nominate Christina Harlow for the Planning Commission vacancy.  White seconded the nomination.  Approved by unanimous vote.
Chair Zakov stated she will notify both candidates and forward the nomination to the selectboard before the Planning Commissions next meeting in March.
The commission continued review of Brookfield Bylaws focusing on Section 4.13.
Other business:
The Planning Commission debriefed after comments received from the public on the solar project and the decision to take no action by no signing a preferred siting support letter to the PUC for the project.
White updated the board about changes in composition of the Board of adjustment.
Next meeting to be held on March 9th, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
Next meeting will continue review of the bylaws sections 4.13, 4.14, 4.15, As before members will review these sections before the meeting
The meeting was called to close by Chair Zakov at 8:47 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Jon Jickling
 

Feb 042021
 

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

Public to be heard
Approve minutes of 1/12/2020 meeting
Meet with Norwich Solar Technology representatives and Keith and Chelsea Sprague to discuss the potential solar project on the Spragues’ Ridge Road property. They would like to share additional project information and learn whether the Planning Commission would support signing the letter for a preferred site designation based upon the application filed at the Public Utility Commission.
Review and choose a potential nominee for vacant Planning Commission seat. Names before the committee for consideration: Katie Bancroft, Christina Harlow. Recommendation will be forwarded to the selectboard.
Review progress on zoning bylaw update and continue review of bylaws of sections 4.13, 4.14, 4.15 and 4.16. Will go as far as time permits.
Any other new/old business
Set date of next meeting

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Jan 202021
 

Meeting Minutes of the
Brookfield Conservation Commission 1-18-21
Present: Jon Binhammer, Sue Shea, Jon Jickling, Kathy Kinter  Absent: Starr Strong
Zoom Meeting to order at 7:07 PM
Public Comment:  none.
Motion to approve November minutes as presented was made by Jon J, seconded by Sue.  No comments, all approved.
Two topics were added to the agenda: EAB and Sunset Brook bridge update
I-89 Wildlife crossings: Sue has been out once to check the underpass by Lamson Pond. No tracks.  Starr had reported in an earlier email that she had seen numerous tracks at Cross Over Rd. but was not here for an update.  Tracks will continue to be monitored. The overpass up from the floating bridge should be checked as well.
Schoolyard Habitat:  Jon B met with David Roller, the principal of the school. David said VTC has about $3000 it is making available to the school as part of a mitigation settlement and David would like to have an outdoor structure built behind the windbreak to serve as an outdoor classroom.  There was no detailed discussion of our proposal.  Commission members discussed proposing other options for the expenditure of the funds and concluded that the structure is a fine option.  In April we will visit the site to ascertain the appropriateness of creating a wet area in the swale as part of a multi-year, phased project.
Winter Programming:  Options discussed included zoom programming as well as a self guided trail. Given covid restrictions, it was decided to forgo programming this winter.  Jon B mentioned the beaver blind North Branch Nature Center built and suggested that we might do something similar at some point.
Brookfield Solar Project: Jon B brought us up to date on details, having attended both the select board and planning commission meetings where the issue was discussed at length. Commission members concluded that given the likelihood of more solar proposals in the future, it is important that both the town plan and by-laws address appropriate siting. Jon J will bring this to the attention of the planning commission.
Other Business:
Emerald Ash Borer: Jon J will attend the safety committee meeting this week and report back to us about what they are intending. Townspeople need to be educated about the pest, the traps and what to do if insects are found so as not to react out of fear.  Working with Kate Forrer, we will create a handout for town meeting. There was no decision regarding the role the commission will play concerning the hanging of traps.
Sunset Natural Area Bridge:  No update at this time.
Next meeting will be on zoom 2/15/21 at 7:00 PM
Adjourned meeting at 8:24 PM.
Respectfully submitted,
Kathy Kinter

Jan 192021
 

 
Due to safety concerns relating to Covid-19 the annual Brookfield Ice Harvest has been cancelled.
We all hope that the coming months will provide some relief from current circumstances and that town functions such as these will take place in the near future.
Stay Safe and Be Well.
 

Jan 132021
 

Minutes DRAFT
Brookfield Planning Commission
Date: Tuesday, January 12th, 2021
Present:Gwynn Zakov, Chair, Martha Judy, Will White, Tim Gershon, Nancy Jacques
Public Present:  Gary Lord, Kevin & Marie Dunwoody, Jim Merriam, Katie Bancroft, Matt Dezan, Ze Andreyevs, Zoe Newmarco, Christina Harlow, Sarah & Nathan Shaw, Aaron Adler, Jon Binhammer
Chair Zakov called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m.
Public to be heard after each topic.
White/Gershon moved to approve minutes from the 12/8/2020 meeting.  The minutes were approved unanimously.
The planning commission opened the floor for the two potential nominees for the vacant Planning Commission seat to introduce themselves.  Both Christina Harlow and Katie Bancroft provided summary backgrounds and their interest to serve their community.  No decision on nomination was made at this meeting.
The planning commission and attendees were walked through a presentation by Jim Merriam of Norwich Solar regarding the preferred site application for 150 kw solar array on Ridge Road property owned by Keith and Chelsea Sprague. This was a Public Utilities Commission application for an issuance of a Certificate of Good for preferred site designation of the solar siting location.  Jim Merriam graciously allowed questions throughout the presentation as well as at the conclusion.  The Shaw’s provided feedback on their support for the project.  Several area residents noted they were not in favor of the project.
White made a motion to accept Norwich Solar’s request to grant preferred siting designation to their proposed 150 kW solar array on Ridge Rd. Also, to encourage the select board to grant preferred siting. We grant this approval with the intention of thoroughly reviewing the projects compliance with town bylaws once the act 248 application and supporting documentation has been submitted to the Public Utilities Commission.  With no second the motion failed.
For the next meeting the commission will review Sections 4.13, 4.14, 4.15, and 4.16.  As before members will review these sections before the meeting.
No other new/old business was covered.
Next meeting will be February 9th, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
Due to the late hour the meeting was called to close by Chair Zakov at 9:04 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Nancy Jacques

Jan 122021
 

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA
Location: Virtual ZOOM Meeting (see below)
MEETING: Tuesday, January 12th 2021 TIME: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
TOPICS:

Public to be heard
Approve minutes of 12/8/2020 meeting
Meet and greet potential nominees for vacant Planning Commission seat. No decision on nomination will be made at this meeting.
Preferred site application for 150 kw solar array on Ridge Road property owned by Keith and Chelsea Sprague. This is not a local development permit application but rather a Public Utilities Commission application for an issuance of a Certificate of Good for preferred site designation of the solar siting location.
Review progress on zoning bylaw update and continue review of bylaws of sections 4.13, 4.14, 4.15 and 4.16. Will go as far as time permits.
Any other new/old business
Set date of next meeting

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Dec 152020
 

NOTICE AND AGENDA FOR REMOTE MEETING
The Public Safety Advisory Committee for the Town of Brookfield, VT will meet remotely by electronic means on December 16, 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 DECEMBER 16, 2020, 5:35 PM
All times will depend upon the amount of public participation and committee discussion.
REMOTE MEETING AGENDA
 
By telephone: Dial [(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

5:40 PM: Review and approve previous of November 18, 2020 meeting minutes

: Open public comment

5:45 PM Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills.

Public comment

6:00 PM 2021 Contract Options Provided by Sheriff Bohnyak

Public comment

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

Public comment

6:25PM: 6:25 PM: Traffic Sign Status

Public comment

6:30 PM: Traffic Ordinance Final Review

Public comment

6:40 PM: Budget Recommendations to the Select Board

Public Comment

6:55 PM: Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use

Public comment

7:00 PM: January 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: 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 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/.