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
 

Sep 012020
 

Minutes of the Meeting of
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD SELECTBOARD
Town Clerk’s Office August 24, 2020
THOSE PRESENT: John Benson (Chair), Jeff Kimmel, Dennis LaRocque, Betty Lord (Secretary), William White, Michael Fiorillo, Amy Borgman, Charles and Theresa Taplin, Kevin LaRocque, Rob Wheatley (Interim Road Crew Foreman)
The meeting was called to order at 6:31 p.m. by the Chair, Mr. Benson.
Due to the number of people waiting to meet with the Board, Mr. Benson suggested the Agenda be adjusted to hear those waiting, which suggestion was agreed upon by Mr. Kimmel and Mr. LaRocque.
ECFiber—Mr. William White of 433 Old Cross Road, requested information about ECFiber services being available for his property. Mr. Kimmel reported that he had emailed ECFiber but to-date had not received a reply. Mr. Benson said that a switching facility has already been installed in a conduit at a 90 degree angle across the road and now the question is where to install the ECFiber cable so it will not be in jeopardy of being hit by the regular roadway operations. It was concluded that something could be done to accommodate everyone.
Harmony Electric Bill—Ms. Theresa Taplin, Mr. Charlie Taplin and Mr. Kevin LaRocque appeared to discuss the $450 bill presented to them by Harmony Electric. While doing maintenance work on the Town right-of-way on West Street, an electrical line was severed. Harmony Electric was called to reconnect the line. In determining who was responsible for paying Harmony Electric, Mr. LaRocque reported there is nothing in the Town land records to indicate that the Taplins had been granted an easement to run the electrical line in the ditch. After discussion, it was agreed the Town will write and record an easement for the electrical line with a clause that says the Taplins have the line at the privilege of the Town. The Town will pay 2/3 of the bill and the Taplins will pay the other 1/3. Monies will be paid directly to Harmony Electric.
Little Library—Ms. Amy Borgman, President of the Brookfield Town Library, reported that the Little Library, a small box being built by Dan Childs, is ready to be installed by the row of mailboxes across from the Old Town Hall. (These free Little Libraries are appearing all over the country with the idea of “Take a book or bring a book”). Ms. Borgman reported the library would be completely responsible for overseeing the maintenance of this Little Library. She also stated that people in West Brookfield would also be contacted to see if they are interested in having a Little Library there and where they would like it to be placed.
Administrative Officer—Mr. Michael Fiorillo requested a change in the process of how zoning permits and variances are issued or denied and how that information is then conveyed to the property owners. Mr. Benson suggested that a meeting of the Board of Adjustment, Planning Commission, and Selectboard be held to devise a process that works best in the interest of all concerned.
Tax Rate—The Brookfield Tax Rate for 2020-2021 was presented and is made a part of these minutes: Total Municipal Tax Rate: .5338; Education Tax Rates: Homestead Rate: 1.5746, Non- Homestead Rate: 1.5909; Total Homestead Tax Rate: 2.1084, Total Non-Homestead Tax Rate: 2.1247.
Highway—Rob Wheatley reported the Road Crew was doing some tree trimming on East Hill, some stones were being set in a washout on Churchill Road, and planks have been purchased to repair Witts Bridge. He also stated that he will get a price for rims and wheels for a dump truck and that a new full set of chains was needed. Mr. Wheatley also reported that Morgan Mile Road had been graded and was ready for the dedication of the Justin Morgan sign on Saturday, August 28th.
As discussed in previous minutes, DuBois and King have submitted a base plan for the proposed new gravel pit and it has not yet been determined what permits will be needed.
Mr. Benson will talk with Administrative Assistant Kasey Peterson regarding the Hebert and Tucker invoices and will report back to the Board.
Personnel Policy— Mr. Benson will meet with Ms. Peterson at the Town Clerk’s office to bring the personnel policies up to date and determine if a salaried or hourly rates would be best for various positions on the Town payroll. Mr. Benson stated that two applicants for the position of Highway Department Foreman would be interviewed on the evening of Wednesday, August 26 with one interview from 6:30-7:15 pm and the other from 7:30-8:00 pm. If neither applicant meets the criteria for the position, other applicants would be called in to be interviewed. Mr.
Wheatley was asked to join the interview meeting and he agreed.
Minutes of the August 10 meeting—Mr. Benson made a motion to accept the minutes as presented, Mr. LaRocque seconded, and the minutes were unanimously approved.
AP/Warrants— Mr. LaRocque made a motion to accept the Accounts Payable Warrants as presented for a total of $13,642.29 with the largest amount to be paid to Blue Cross Blue Shield in the amount of $4,500.65. Mr. Benson seconded and the motion was unanimously approved.
There being no further business to come before the Selectboard, Mr. LaRocque moved to adjourn at 8:15 p.m. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion and it was unanimously approved.
Respectfully submitted, Betty Lord, Secretary

Aug 172020
 

The Vermont Transportation Board on September 14, 2020 beginning at 7:30 p.m. will conduct a public hearing on a petition to name VT Route 14 from its intersection with Chelsea Road in Williamstown south to its intersection with VT Route 65 in Brookfield “The Major Ira Day Memorial Highway.” The public hearing will commence at the Williamstown Public Safety Building, which is located at 249 Meadow Street. in Williamstown, VT. At the hearing, the Board will hear from the Petitioner, which is Joshua Blouin, and any member of the general public interested in the petition and potential naming.
The portion of VT Route 14 that is under consideration to be named is owned, controlled and maintained by the State of Vermont and the Vermont Agency of Transportation and runs through the Vermont towns of Brookfield and Williamstown. State and local records indicate this segment of Route 14 has no known designation other than VT Route 14. The hearing will be run pursuant to 19 V.S.A. § 5(b)(1)(2) as well as the Vermont Transportation Board’s rules for naming Transportation Facilities. The Board’s rules, as well as a copy of the petition, can be found on the Board’s website at tboard.vermont.gov. Written comments will be accepted through the website until October 17, 2020, or they can be mailed to 67 Aspen Circle, Shelburne, VT 05482.
For more information, contact John Zicconi at 802-828-2942

Jul 282020
 

The town of Brookfield is seeking a Highway Dept Foreman.
This is a full time, year-round position. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: Summer/Winter maintenance of Town roads; leadership and supervision of three-person crew; and coordination with Selectboard and Road Commissioner.
Qualifications include: a clean CDL, clean driving record, clean pre-employment drug/alcohol test, knowledge and working experience with range of road equipment, previous managerial and budgeting experience. Competitive salary plus benefits. A CDL application is required for this position. 
CDL Job Application
Applications may be e-mailed to admin@brookfieldvt.org or mailed to Town of Brookfield PO BOX 463 Brookfield, VT 05036
 
 

Jul 262020
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY JULY 29, 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 June 24, 2020 meeting.
Open public comment period (if applicable).
GUEST: Jeff Kimmel, Brookfield Select Board: The big picture view of the Select Board of the Highway Department and its function.

Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills to include:

Patrol Hours and Budget
Speed Cart Results
Other

Parking in Pond Village
Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project Progress
E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status
Emerald Ash Borer Progress
Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use
July Public Safety Message
Setting the Next Meeting
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting
Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting

Jul 232020
 

Minutes DRAFT
Brookfield Planning Commission Date: Wednesday July 22, 2020 DRAFT
Present: Gwynn Zakov, Chair, Timothy Gershon, Jon Jickling, Martha Judy, William White, Nancy Jacques
Public: Susan Shea – Conservation Commission, Laurel Mcewen
Chair Zakov called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m.
Inquired about public to be heard.  No public attended.
White/Judy moved to approve minutes from 2/11/2020. Unanimously approved.
Commission discussed potential action on a permit to develop a single-family home on Twin Ponds Road and associated concerns brought forward by the Brookfield Conservation Commission to the Brookfield Planning Commission. No motions were made and no actions were taken.
Next meeting schedule for Tuesday September 8th, 2020 at 7:00 via
White/Jickling moved to adjourn.  The meeting adjourned at 7:48 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
William White