Mar 012020
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 26, 2020, 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE, 40 RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT

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

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

The following members attended: Stuart Edson, Michael Rutkovsky and Lew Stowell.  Member of the public: Gabe Freitag.

  1. Review and Approve Minutes of January 15, 2020. Approved unanimously.
  2. Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public. Gabe Freitag, a local logger, wanted to know where the town was going with vehicle weight limits.  He has no large trucks of his own but depends upon large logging trucks to get his logs to mills.  He urged that the town allow trucks up to the state special limits with local permits.  He complimented Ray Peck as being reasonable to work with on weight limit issues.  The committee explained that the 24,000 pound weight limit on town class 2, 3 & 4 roads is a State law and the progress the committee has made in understanding the laws surrounding weight limits.
  3. Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills.  OCSD conducted 8 hours of patrols costing $376.00 and resulting in 2 speeding citations for 11 to 20 MPH over the limit.  S. Edson has not been able to contact VSP Royalton yet.
  4. Road Maintenance and Right of Way Issues. No new issues reported.
  5. Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project Progress. The most recent results of continuing research into weight limits have been passed on to the Select Board Chair and were discussed by the committee.
  6. E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status. T. Godfrey will take the un-picked-up E-911 House Number Signs to the Town Meeting in the hopes of getting some more home owners to pick their order up. S. Edson has received one estimate of the cost of installing traffic signs from Lafayette Highway Specialties.  The cost was $235.00 per sign with them providing all materials.  It is not known what the cost would be with the Town of Brookfield providing the materials (signs, posts, etc.).
  7. Emerald Ash Borer Progress.  Additional “windshield” inventories of Ash trees have been conducted.  A draft request for information has been written.  L. Stowell to meet Tom Johnston of Trees Inc from Rutland this Friday morning to tour the five roads inventoried to get recommendations and a quote to remove Ash trees on these five roads
  8. Town Meeting Preparation.  The Town Meeting Agenda appears full.  The Committee will be prepared to answer questions if they are asked.  K. Forrer to provide EAB maps and info.
  9. Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use.  S. Edson to continue working on website metrics.
  10. March Public Safety Message. The draft message was approved with a little editing by L. Stowell to be done if needed.  This message will be on the website and Front Porch Forum.
  11. Setting the Next Meeting.  March 25, 2020 at 5:30.
  12. Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting.  None to be invited.
  13. Adjournment. At 7:08 PM.
Jan 112020
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
 
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 15, 2020, 5:30 PM
BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE,
40 RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT
The sequence may be varied to accommodate members of the public and guests.
AGENDA

Review and Approve Minutes of December 18, 2019. [12/18/19 Minutes]
Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public.
Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. [OCSD Patrol Hours]
Site Visit at 2141 Stone Road Continued Discussion.
Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project Progress
E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status.
FY 2021 Budget Items.
Brookfield Fire Department Smoke & CO2 alarm program.
Emerald Ash Borer Progress.
Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use.
February Public Safety Message. [Draft Message]
Setting the Next Meeting.
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting.
Adjournment

Dec 242019
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 18, 2019, 5:30 PM
BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE, 40 RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT
UNAPPROVED MINUTES
The following members attended: Mike Stoddard, Stuart Edson, Michael Rutkovsky and Lew Stowell.

Review and Approve Minutes of November 20, 2019. Approved unanimously.  There was discussion that the agenda was not posted as soon as usual but the meeting was held.
Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public. No members of the public attended.
Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. The November bill was for 7.5 hours of patrol costing $352.50.  L Stowell to send an email to OCSD inquiring about obtaining more results of patrols in sensitive areas.
Review of Radar Speed Cart Deployment Data. The data for the October – November deployment at the Brookfield Elementary School showed 43.2% of the vehicles coming North past the school were exceeding the 30 MPH limit.  No data was available from the Northfield road deployment.  The Speed Cart has been put away for the Winter.
Site Visit at 2141 Stone Road Continued Discussion. John Benson informed the committee by email that the Select Board has sent a letter to Sid Cushing as requested but no significant action has been observed so far.  Perhaps there will be in the Spring.

Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project Progress. The committee reviewed and suggested revisions of a draft report to the Select Board on how to make Brookfield town highways and bridges enforceable for weight limits.  L Stowell to make the changes and send to the Select Board.  S Edson reported that Brookfield currently does not have an account with the DMV road and bridge restrictions data base.  S Edson is willing to help set it up once the Select Board assigns someone to be in charge of the account and make changes as needed.
E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status. M Rutkovsky to call people who have not picked up their house number signs yet.
FY 2021 Budget Items. L Stowell to email Select Board and request that sufficient funds be budgeted for FY2021 for the needed weight limit signs and a contractor to erect them.  Additionally, an amount should be budgeted for any missing and damaged traffic signs that need to be ordered and a contractor hired to erect them.
Brookfield Fire Department Smoke & CO2 alarm program. Deferred.
Emerald Ash Borer Progress. L Stowell to meet with K Forrer to compete plans.
Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use. Google Analytics installed to measure traffic on Town website including Public Safety page. S Edson to proceed further with reports.
January Public Safety Message. M Stoddard to draft a safety message and send to L Stowell.
Setting the Next Meeting. January 15, 2020 at 5:30 PM.
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting. No guests to be invited.
Adjournment at 6:33 PM.

Dec 172019
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 18, 2019, 5:30 PM
BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE,
40 RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT

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

Review and Approve Minutes of November 20, 2019. [11/20/19 Minutes]
Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public.
Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. [OCSD Patrol Hours]
Review of Radar Speed Cart Deployment Data.
Site Visit at 2141 Stone Road Continued Discussion.
Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project Progress
E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status.
FY 2021 BUDGET ITEMS.
Brookfield Fire Department Smoke & CO2 alarm program.
Emerald Ash Borer Progress.
Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use.
January Public Safety Message. [Draft Message]
Setting the Next Meeting.
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting.
Adjournment

Nov 262019
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 20, 2019, 5:30 PM
BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE, 40 RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT
UNAPPROVED MINUTES
The following members attended: Mike Stoddard, Stuart Edson, Michael Rutkovsky and Lew Stowell. Teresa Godfrey assisted with recent developments as Town Clerk/Treasurer.

Review and Approve Minutes of October 30, 2019. Approved
Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public. No members of the public attended.
Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. 13 hours of patrol provided.
 Review of Radar Speed Cart Deployments. Two deployments; no data received yet.  Early Winter weather prevented deployment to West end of Northfield Road.
Site Visit at 2141 Stone Road Discussion. Awaiting action by the Select Board
Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project Progress. Concern was expressed that there are still quite a few missing or damaged traffic and road name signs. It was noted that Brookfield has spent $18,533.93 on traffic and road name signs since 2011. An annual sign inventory is needed. Options were discussed for how the road crew could perform that inventory as part of their normal duties.  Confirmation is being sought to find a statute or regulation that the town must place weight limit signs in addition to State weight limit signs at intersections with state paved highways.  Edson following up with VTRANS Town Highway and Bridge Restrictions data base group on how the data base works.  L Stowell continuing research on statutes and regulations.  The Select Board will be presented options in how to enforce weight limits.  There was discussion about whether to purchase and erect all the weight limit signs in a single year or to spread it over two or three years.
E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status. The sign order from Vermont Correctional Industries has been received. M. Stoddard to put all 90 signs in numerical order to assist T. Godfrey in issuing the signs.
Brookfield Fire Department Smoke & CO2 alarm program. No action taken.
Emerald Ash Borer Progress. More work needed to identify an appropriate site.
Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use. Further work needed.
November Public Safety Message. M Rutkovsky to prepare draft and send to L Stowell.
Setting the Next Meeting. December 18, 2019.
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting. No Guests to be invited in December.
Adjourned at 6:49 PM

Nov 062019
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY OCTBER 30, 2019, 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE, 40 RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

The following members attended: Dan Mason, Mike Stoddard,
Stuart Edson, Michael Rutkovsky and Lew Stowell. Teresa Godfrey assisted with
recent developments as Town Clerk.

Review and Approve Minutes of September 25, 2019. Approved with a date change for the October meeting to October 30, 2019Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public.  No members of the public attended.Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. It was noted that OCSD only provided 4.5 hours in September.Review of Radar Speed Cart Deployments. The cart has been moved from the Brookfield Elementary School to the East end of Northfield Road.  It will be moved soon to the West end of Northfield Road.  No data from the Elementary School deployment has been received yet.Site Visit at 2141 Stone Road Discussion.  After discussion, the committee voted unanimously to have L Stowell send an email to the Select Board recommending that the board take Sid Cushing Jr up on his offer to move vehicles and other obstacles back so that town snow plows can move snow out of the traveled portion of the road onto the town right of way.Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project Progress. After discussion the committee approved continuing to gather information and to have S Edson contact the DMV Town Highway & Bridges weight Restrictions website to learn more about the site.  L Stowell to send an email to likely sources of information about how the town should set up a proper program.  There was also discussion about the TRORC traffic studies conducted on Northfield Rd.E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status. Orders for 60 signs have been received and more will be received as taxes are paid.  L Stowell to create a spread sheet and coordinate with T Godfrey so that the order goes out next week.Brookfield Fire Department Smoke & CO alarm program. L Stowell to check with Kevin Wheatley to see if the Fire Department needs any help on their project.Emerald Ash Borer Progress.  Washington Electric won’t be able to help until next year.  L Stowell to check with Larry Gilbert to see when “next year” begins.Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use. S Edson to set up a gmail account for the town and consult with the website tech to arrange a Google Analytics account.October Public Safety Message. M Stoddard to send a draft of the November Safety Message to L Stowell soon.Setting the Next Meeting.  November 20, 2019Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting.  If available, a DMV Truck Enforcement Inspector will be invited to explain how his or her unit fits into the overall law enforcement process.Adjournment. Adjourned at 6:53 PM

Aug 262019
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Draft Minutes

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 21, 2019, 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE,

40 RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT

Mike
Stoddard, Stuart Edson, Michael Rutkovsky and Lew Stowell and LT Barbara
Kessler, VSP, Guest. Teresa Godfrey, James Godfrey, Robert Godfrey, Richard
Pecor JR, Ron Lovejoy, Erik Nielsen, Lynn Lampson, Carl Bushey, Gene Parent,
Evangeline Parent and Mike Lefebvre, Members of the Public.

Review and Approve Minutes of July 24, 2019. Approved unanimously.Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public. Eleven residents of the Northfield Roadpresented safety concerns about truck and large agricultural vehicle traffic on Northfield Road.  They stated that there was a high volume of vehicles exceeding the 24,000 pound weight limit, traveling very fast, making considerable noise, often so wide it was unsafe to meet them and causing a great deal of dust.  There was also concern expressed about the odor of the liquid manure being spread and the lack of covers on trucks carrying harvested forage and crushed stone.  James Godfrey provided photos of vehicles causing them distress and of repairs that needed to be made on the Northfield Road.  A State Trooper had told James Godfrey that the Brookfield weight limits were not posted on the VTrans website and were therefore unenforceable.  LT Kessler recommended that the committee contact the DMV truck unit (LT Giolito) for enforcement of truck weight issues and clarification of laws.  L Stowell will contact DMV.  Efforts by residents to request safer and better behavior of the equipment operators and owners have been so far unsuccessful.  L Stowell stated that the town ordinance specifies 35 MPH but that there were no signs currently posted.  He promised to contact R Peck to see the status of speed sign replacement.  Committee members encouraged the residents to attend a future Select Board Meeting and promised to send recommendations to the Select Board.Review of Radar Speed Cart Deployments.  Three deployments, Route 65 near the Post Office, Route 14 in East Brookfield and Stone Road at the I-89 emergency entrance were discussed.  Drive times had a significant number of speeders and were more likely for enforcement efforts.  GUEST: VSP LT Barbara Kessler, Station Commander, Royalton Barracks.  Lt Kessler explained the VSP statewide and at her barracks was experiencing a shortage of personnel.  At this time accidents and other emergencies often meant that there were not many troopers to patrol rural towns.  However, the Speed Cart data was helpful and She would urge patrols on roads where Speed Cart data suggested excessive speed.  She also promised to send information on legal requirements for pedestrians for the safety message.  She suggested that the committee look into walking paths. Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills.  OCSD has increased the patrol hour rate from $46 to $47.  This Summer patrol hours have increased as requested.  June had 37 hours and July had 31.5.Continuing Review of Parking & Law Enforcement on Brookfield Roads.  The survey of the Stone Road Town ROW is proceeding.  The parking sign at the East end of the Floating Bridge has disappeared.  Cars are parking illegally.  Some thought will be given to a noise ordinance.E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status.  The new price for E-911 signs from Vermont Correctional Industries is $5.25 which includes shipping to the town office.  The order form for Brookfield property owners to buy signs will go out with the tax bills soon.  Persons wanting to have their signs shipped instead of picking them up at the Town Office will incur an additional shipping chargeEmerald Ash Borer Progress.  Inquiries to GMP and WEC for joint efforts are being made.Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use. Efforts are continuing.September Public Safety Message. There was discussion of the draft and S Edson will review the draft and make suggestions.Setting the Next Meeting:  September 25, 2019Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting.  L Stowell will see if LT Giolito, DMV Truck Team, or one of his officers is available to attend as a guest.Adjournment. Was at 7:10 PM.

Jul 282019
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

(unapproved minutes)

WEDNESDAY JULY
24, 2019, 5:30 PM

BROOKFIELD
TOWN OFFICE,

40 RALPH
ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT

Mike Stoddard, Stuart Edson, Michael Rutkovsky and Lew
Stowell and William Bohnyak, Orange County Sheriff, Guest.

Review and Approve Minutes of June 19, 2019.  Approved unanimously.GUEST: Orange County Sheriff William Bohnyak outlined his plans to more fully provide patrol and response coverage according to the Brookfield contract in FY 2020.  He pointed out that they provided 37 hours of patrols in June, have a good start already in July and will continue to provide more hours during the Summer months and use the resources provided in FY 2020.Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public.The email from Gene & Evangeline Parent about speeding was read and discussed along with the fact that Lt Clouatre, OCSD has contacted the Parents and efforts to reduce speeding on Northfield Road are underway.Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. The OCSD completed 64.78% of the $12,000 FY 2019 contract.Review of Radar Speed Cart Deployments in 2019. LT Clouatre is following the 2019 Speed Cart Plan and has had three deployments already: Brookfield Elementary School, Pond Village and Route 65 near the Post Office.  A common thread among all three is excessive speed.  Patrols are alert to this trend.  L Stowell to send speeding locations to The VSP in Royalton. Continuing Review of Parking & Law Enforcement on Brookfield Roads. It was noted that The Select Board has selected a surveyor to determine the town ROW on Stone Road.Public Safety Developments: There is a new alerting platform being rolled out in Orange County in the Fall.  L. Stowell will obtain more information.Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)Progress.  It was voted to designate an EAB Subcommittee consisting of both Public Safety Committee Members and non-members to plan and implement strategies to mitigate the effects of  the spread of the EAB in conjunction with town officials such as the Town Forester and Road Foreman/Tree Warden.  The Sub Committee will keep the Public Safety Committee informed of progress.E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status. There are 7 individuals wishing to order signs now.  Order forms will be sent out in the tax bills to encourage further orders.  Brookfield property owners wishing to order for non-Brookfield property owners will be provided another choice.  L Stowell will send the E911 Sign Order Form to T Godfrey and W Bohnyak. L Stowell to contact Vermont Correctional Industries (VCI) about the shipping costs bill.Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use.  Interest in Statistics was continued.August Public Safety Message. L Stowell to submit to S Edson for the website and to Front Porch Forum for publication.  Committee group email to be displayed for comments.Setting the Next Meeting. August 21, 2019Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting. L Stowell to invite LT Barbara Kessler, VSPAdjournment.  7:02 PM

Jun 262019
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY JUNE 19, 2019, 5:30 PM
BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE,
40 RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT

UNAPPROVED MINUTES
The following members attended: Dan Mason, Mike Stoddard, Stuart Edson, Michael Rutkovsky and Lew Stowell with Kate Forrer, Town Forester and Russ Barrett, Northfield Tree Warden, Guest
1. Review and Approve Minutes of May 22, 2019. Approved unanimously.
2. Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public. No members of the public attended.
3. GUEST: Russ Barrett-Developing and implementing the Draft Emerald Ash Borer Threat Plan. Russ explained how Northfield got into removing trees from the Town ROW. The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) had not been discovered four years ago when Northfield began clearing the Town ROWs. It was led by the Town Highway Foreman, Trent Tucker as a means of making the rural roads more passable in bad weather and easier to maintain. The removal of trees in the Town ROW was just the first step. Once the trees had been removed, the stumps and debris were also removed, ditches installed or improved and the shoulders of the road final graded. Almost all of the property owners agreed to have all of their trees harvested by Limlaw Chipping & Land Clearing Inc. Limlaw provided the service free of charge in exchange for the chips which they sell to wood fired heating plants. Limlaw removed the trees during periods when they could not get into the woods because of wet or unfrozen ground. Many land owners were eager to see their roads improved. All species of trees were removed, not just Ash trees. The Select Board held several open meetings to obtain agreement and Mr. Tucker and Russ visited each land owner, some more than once. The priority of improving the ROW was based upon the road condition, worst first. The committee thanked Russ for his presentation.
4. Select Board Meeting of June 10, 2019. L Stowell related the results of his presentation of the status report to the Select Board.
5. Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. The OCSD bill and report had not been received for May so there were no updates.
6. Continuing Review of Parking and Law Enforcement on Brookfield Roads. The sketch of the parking area was discussed and it was noted that J Benson has volunteered to plan the layout of an improved parking area this Summer.
7. Review of Radar Speed Cart Deployments in 2019. The Speed Cart has been deployed in Brookfield this Spring but no data from those deployments has been provided yet by OCSD.
8. E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status. A few E911 signs have not been picked up yet. A number of people have expressed interest in E911 signs in the next bulk purchase of signs.
9. Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use. S. Edson to check on progress.
10. July Public Safety Message. Several ideas were suggested and L. Stowell will form them into a safety message with assistance from OCSD.
11. Setting the Next Meeting. July 24, 2019
12. Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting. Sheriff William Bohnyak will be invited.
13. Adjournment. At 6:49 PM.

Jun 182019
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY JUNE 19, 2019, 5:30 PM
BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE,
40 RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT
The sequence may be varied to accommodate members of the public and guests.
AGENDA
1. Review and Approve Minutes of May 22, 2019. [05/22/19 Minutes]
2. Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public or Guests.
3. GUEST: Russ Barrett-Developing and implementing the Draft Emerald Ash Borer Threat Plan.
4. Select Board Meeting of June 10, 2019. [Status Report]
5. Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. [OCSD Patrol Hours]
6. Continuing Review of Parking and Law Enforcement on Brookfield Roads.
7. Review of Radar Speed Cart Deployments in 2019. [Speed Cart Plan 2019]
8. E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status.
9. Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use.
10. July Public Safety Message. [Draft Message]
11. Setting the Next Meeting.
12. Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting.
13. Adjournment.