Nov 212022
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE
WEDNESDAY 11/16/2022 5:30 PM
MEETING UNAPPROVED MINUTES

The following members attended: Michael Rutkovsky, Stuart Edson, Dan Mason and Lew Stowell.

  • 5:30: Call To Order. There were no additions or deletions to the agenda. Review, revise or approve the October 21, 2022 meeting minutes. Reviewed and approved 4-0-0
  • Questions or issues brought by members of the public. No members of the public attended.
  • Review and Discussion of OCSD activities including patrol hours, bills and reports. There was discussion of the possible impacts of the Orange County Sheriff’s election to the town of Brookfield and surrounding towns. No action was taken pending the results of the recount.
  • E-911 House Number Signs Project Status. The order has been sent in and we are awaiting receipt of the signs. The next order should be done after the Brookfield E-911 House Number System is reviewed and corrected if needed.
  • Vehicle, Pedestrian, Horse and Bicycle Safety. There was discussion about how to reduce speeding on town highways such as Ridge Road and Stone Road and how to mitigate possible road rage. Public education was considered the best option at this time.
  • Traffic Sign Deployment Status. S. Edson to request a status report from K. Sprague about the number of traffic signs on hand, installed this year and the number still missing or damaged.
  • Traffic Ordinance Approval Status. The new Traffic Ordinance has been approved by the Select Board. Town Website Improvement Status. The web site is being improved and S. Edson will provide a demonstration at next month’s meeting.
  • November Public Safety Message. The message was approved and L Stowell will put it on Front Porch Forum and S. Edson will put it on the town website.
  • L. Stowell requesting safety video links from AOT Setting the time and date of the next meeting.
  • The December meeting will be on the 21st at 5:30 PM at the Town Office.
  • Inviting a guest(s) to the next meeting. Because of the holidays no guests will be invited. Final Public Comment.
  • No members of the public attended.
  • Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting. The meeting was adjourned at 7:04 PM by a vote of 4-0-0.
Nov 132022
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEEBROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICEWEDNESDAY 11/16/2022 5:30 PM MEETING AGENDA

5:30 Call To OrderAdditions or deletions to the agendaReview, revise or approve the October 21, 2022 meeting minutesQuestions or issues brought by members of the publicReview and Discussion of OCSD activities including patrol hours, bills and reportsE-911 House Number Signs Project StatusVehicle, Pedestrian, Horse and Bicycle SafetyTraffic Sign Deployment StatusTraffic Ordinance Approval StatusTown Website Improvement StatusNovember Public Safety MessageSetting the time and date of the next meetingInviting a guest(s) to the next meetingFinal Public CommentEntertain a motion to adjourn the meeting.

Oct 242022
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 19, 2022 5:30 PM
UNAPPROVED MINUTES
The following members attended: Dan Mason, Michael Rutkovsky, Stuart Edson, Mike Stoddard, and Lew Stowell.
5:30 PM: Call to Order:  There were no additions or deletions to the agenda.

Review, revise or approve the September, 20 2022 meeting minutes. Approved 5-0-0
Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public-No members of the public attended.
Speed Cart Deployments: OCSD & VSP. None reported.
Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills-8.25 hours of patrols for a cost of $429.00 noted with 3 different deputies working.
FEMA Model Review Letter. Noted as good background information.  No action by the Committee.
Upcoming Events Involving Brookfield: None reported.
E-911 House Number Signs Project. Currently there are 18 persons ordering a total of 37 signs.  More orders are expected before the deadline of October 31, 2022.
E-911 Coordination. No further action reported.
Traffic Sign Deployment Status. The road crew is installing traffic signs town wide including “No Parking” signs near Hippo Park.
Vehicle, Pedestrian, Horse, and Bicycle Safety. Discussion revealed the need for further education to mitigate likely conflicts between vehicle drivers and other modes of transportation.
Town Website Update Status. The Select Board is developing solutions for the up-grade.
Traffic Ordinance Approval Status. After discussion it was decided to recommend that the revised ordinance without the addendum be approved by the select Board at its next meeting.  It was noted that because the Judicial Bureau Waiver penalties change often that it could be a significant burden for the committee and the Select Board to make frequent changes to the addendum.  Approved 5-0-0.
Front Porch Forum Posting Limits. Because it has been difficult to discover if there is a policy for how many posts can be made in a given period of time, posts will be made as needed.
Parking Issues & Improvements in Brookfield- The expansion of the Town Office parking lot with improved drainage was noted.
October Public Safety Message- Approved 5-0-0. S. Edson to post on town website and L. Stowell to post on Front Porch Forum.
Setting the Location and Date/Time of the Next Meeting- The committee will meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. For November that will be 11/16/2022 at the Town Office.  Edson to ask the Select Board about the current Covid Policy/guidance for meetings.
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting- None to be invited because of the upcoming holidays.
Final Public Comment- No members of the public attended

Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Approved 5-0-0 and adjourned at 6:46 PM.

Oct 172022
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 19, 2022 5:30 PM
MEETING AGENDA
5:30 PM: Call to Order:
 

Additions or deletions to the agenda
Review, revise or approve the September 20, 2022 meeting minutes.
Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public
Speed Cart Deployments: OCSD & VSP
Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills
FEMA Model Review Letter
Upcoming Events Involving Brookfield
E-911 House Number Signs Project
E-911 Coordination
Traffic Sign Deployment Status
Vehicle, Pedestrian, Horse, and Bicycle Safety
Town Website Update Status
Traffic Ordinance Approval Status
Front Porch Forum Posting Limits
Parking Issues & Improvements in Brookfield
October Public Safety Message
Setting the Location and Date/Time of the Next Meeting
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting
Final Public Comment

Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting.

Sep 262022
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
BROOKFIELD CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, FIRST FLOOR
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 20, 2022  5:30 PM
UN-APPROVED MINUTES
5:30 PM: Call to Order:  There were no additions or deletions to the agenda.

Review, revise or approve the August, 23 2022 meeting minutes.  Approved as written. 5-0-0.
Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public- No members of the Public attended.

Speed Cart Deployments: OCSD & VSP- VSP Speed Cart needs repair. No OCSD deployments reported.
Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills- S. Edson to check into June bill.  August bill and report discussed.
VSP “Survivermont” Status- No training opportunities reported.
Upcoming Events Involving Brookfield– Morgan Mile Horse Race, October Fest Road Races and the Grinder Bike Race. Some Special Safety Tips may be issued.  D. Mason to check into the Grinder. S. Edson to check into the Morgan Horse Race.
E-911 House Number Signs Project- L. Stowell reported that T. Godfrey is contacting persons already requesting signs and 19 new E-911 house number signs have been requested and paid for.
E-911 Coordination:  The committee supports the efforts to provide accurate house numbers.
Traffic Sign Deployment Status- S, Edson reported meeting with K. Sprague, Road Commissioner and that the town road crew is putting up needed traffic signs in areas where they are already working.  More “No parking” signs will be placed on the West side of Stone Road in Pond Village.
Vehicle, Pedestrian, Horse, and Bicycle Safety- Focused on in the September Safety Tips.
Town Website Update Status- S. Edson reported that proposals for an update are being reviewed by the Select Board.

Traffic Ordinance Status- The proposed ordinance may still be at the Town Attorney’s for review.  S. Edson to check on the status of the proposed Traffic Ordinance.
Front Porch Forum Posting Limits- L Stowell reported some of the limitations and will get more information.

Parking Issues & Improvements in Brookfield- S. Edson to talk with T. Elzey about Stone Road entrance.
September Public Safety Message- Approved L Stowell to publish September tips.  M Stoddard to write October Tips.

Setting the Location and Date/Time of the Next Meeting-Brookfield Town Office on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 5:30 PM.  M Rutkovsky to send the Brookfield Congregational Church a thank you letter for hosting our meetings during the latter part of the pandemic.
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting- None invited.
Final Public Comment- None

Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting. Motion made by D. Mason and seconded by M. Rutkovsky. Approved 5-0-0 at 6:43 PM.

Sep 182022
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
BROOKFIELD CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, FIRST FLOOR
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 20, 2022 5:30 PM
MEETING AGENDA
5:30 PM: Call to Order:

Additions or deletions to the agenda
Review, revise or approve the August, 23 2022 meeting minutes.
Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public-
Speed Cart Deployments: OCSD & VSP
Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills-
VSP “Survivermont” Status
Upcoming Events Involving Brookfield:
E-911 House Number Signs Project
E-911 Coordination
Traffic Sign Deployment Status
Vehicle, Pedestrian, Horse, and Bicycle Safety
Town Website Update Status
Traffic Ordinance Status-
Front Porch Forum Posting Limits
Parking Issues & Improvements in Brookfield-
September Public Safety Message-
Setting the Location and Date/Time of the Next Meeting-
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting-
Final Public Comment-

Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting.

Aug 282022
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2022, 5:30 PM
The Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee met in person as warned.
UNAPPROVED MINUTES
The following members attended: Dan Mason, Mike Stoddard, Michael Rutkovsky, S. Edson and Lew Stowell.  No members of the public attended.
5:30 PM: Call to Order:  No additions or deletions to the agenda were made.

Review, revise or approve the July 27, 2022 meeting minutes. Reviewed as an unofficial meeting. Edson to check with VLTC on the proper use of “Other Business” in an agenda.
Speed Cart and Patrol Deployments: OCSD & VSP- OCSD July RTE 14 deployment discussed.
Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills- S. Edson to check with Select Board about the billing for patrols conducted in June 2022.
VSP “Survivermont” Status: No events known at the moment in the Brookfield area.
Upcoming Events Involving Brookfield: Several events discussed as background information.
E-911 House Number Signs Project: We are awaiting the reopening of the town office and hoping for a speedy recovery of staff from Covid.
Traffic Sign Deployment Status: L. Stowell to send a priority list of signs to S. Edson. S. Edson to discuss with K. Sprague
Vehicle, Pedestrian, Horse, and Bicycle Safety: The Committee urges the public to wear reflective gear while walking or riding bicycles or horses.
Town Website Update Status: Project in progress. S. Edson has learned how to create “tabs”.
Traffic Ordinance Status- S. Edson to check with the Select Board on the status of the proposed ordinance.
Front Porch Forum Posting Limits: L. Stowell to check further.
Parking Issues & Improvements in Brookfield- S. Edson to check with K. Sprague on placing additional “No Parking” signs near Hippo Park to correct a safety hazard.
September Public Safety Message- August Safety tips to be revised by L. Stowell. OCSD Speed Cart Deployments to be published separately.  Stowell to create September Safety Tips.  L. Stowell to send material for October Safety Tips to M. Stoddard.
Setting the Location and Date/Time of the Next Meeting- After discussion, decided to meet at the Congregational Church on Tuesday September 20, 2022 at 5:30 PM. Approved: 5-0-0.
Starting with the October meeting, the committee will meet at the Town Office on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 5:30 PM. Approved: 5-0-0. S. Edson to confirm that there are no scheduling conflicts.
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting- None.

Entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Approved 5-0-0

Jun 282022
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2022, 5:30 PM
The Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee met in person as warned.
UNAPPROVED MINUTES
The following members attended: Mike Stoddard, Michael Rutkovsky and Lew Stowell.  Curtis Koren, Select Board Member and Captain Scott Clouatre, OCSD attended as guests.
5:30 PM: Call to Order: There were no additions or deletions to the agenda.

Review, revise or approve the May 11, 2022 meeting minutes. Approved as written. 3-0
Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public- No members of the public attended.
Hippo Park Needle Status: OCSD- S. Clouatre stated that no needles have been reported recently. The Health Dept needle poster to be placed at the Floating Bridge Porta Potty, the Old Town Hall and the three official bulletin boards.
Speed Cart and Patrol Deployments: OCSD & VSP- VSP cart to be deployed on Rte. 14 soon. OCSD cart at Old Town reported 85.97% vehicles at 30MPH or less.  Clouatre stated that is a very good compliance rate.  The OCSD cart is now deployed at the Brookfield School.
Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills- S. Clouatre reported that there will be a modest increase in staffing this Summer at OCSD and that the FY2023 OCSD contract has been signed by the Brookfield Select Board and returned to OCSD. More stationary radar to be deployed during patrols.
VSP “Survivermont” Status- C. Koren to check with Old Town Hall folks about including it in their offerings. With the increase of nationwide of mass shootings, this is important information.
Upcoming Events Involving Brookfield: L. Stowell to check on posting limits on Front {Porch Forum and news policy at the Herald.
Traffic Sign Deployment- M. Rutkovsky to contact the 5 owners of house number signs not yet picked up. Godfrey has about 20 more orders for house number signs.  L. Stowell to contact sign co.
Vehicle, Pedestrian, Horse and Bicycle Safety- We are there more off-road alternatives.
Town Website Update- To be made more inclusive and user friendly soon.
Traffic Ordinance Status- At the Town Attorney’s office.
Parking Issues in Brookfield-The Town Office parking lot will be expanded this Summer by a contractor.
June Public Safety Message- L. Stowell to prepare.
Setting the Next Meeting-July 27th at 5:30 PM at Congregational Church.
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting- None scheduled.
Final Public Comment- None

Entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting- Made and approved 3-0 at 7:18 PM.

May 152022
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2022, 5:30 PM
The Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee met in person as warned.
 
UNAPPROVED MINUTES
 
The following members attended: Mike Stoddard, Stuart Edson and Lew Stowell.  Dennis LaRocque, Select Board Member and Road Commissioner, Kevin Wheatley, Fire Chief, LT Hugh O’Donnell, VSP, Sheriff William   Bohnyak, OCSD and Starr Strong, Health Officer attended as guests.

5:30 PM: Call to Order There were no additions or deletions to the agenda.
Review, revise or approve the April 06, 2022 meeting minutes. Approved with one correction. “L. Stowell attended the April 11, 2022 Select Board meeting.” 3-0.
Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public- No members of the public attended.
Hippo Park Needle Discussion: After a thorough discussion by all present, It was agreed to recommend to the Select Board that Hippo Park be observed by law enforcement officers and others to determine if the needle discoveries were an isolated incident and if not, what action(s) might be taken. L. Stowell to send needle disposal directions to S. Edson.

Survivermont Presentation: LT Hugh O’Donnell, VSP- LT O’Donnell explained that “Survivermont” is a statewide active shooter public safety training program presentation to the general public lasting about 1 to 1.5 hours.  This might be a good program to be presented at the Old Town Hall.  L. Stowell to provide LT O’Donnell contact information for the Old Town Hall Committee.

Speed Cart and Patrol Deployments: OCSD & VSP- LT O’Donnell agreed to place the VSP Speed Cart on Route 14 for two weeks this Summer. L. Stowell to provide Clotilde Hryshko’s contact info to LT O’Donnell. The OCSD Speed Cart was deployed to the Ridge Road.

Upcoming Events Involving Brookfield: S. Edson to approach Green Mountain Gravel for more information about their October bike race to travel through a part of Brookfield.
Highway Dept Coordination and Traffic Sign Deployment Plan: Dennis Larocque, Road Com. D. LaRocque to find out if all of FY 2022 traffic sign money has been spent and if not, to do so.

Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills- Sheriff Bohnyak explained that his Dept. was down several officers but was making every effort to provide patrols in Brookfield, particularly in the summer months.
Vehicle, Pedestrian, Horse and Bicycle Safety- Grant Exploration-L Stowell to contact people known to ride or drive horses on town highways about ways to increase their safety.
Town Meeting Preparation (May 21, 2021)- L. Stowell to present a brief PSAC Report.
Traffic Ordinance Status- D. LaRocque suggested that L. Stowell send a corrected version to the Select Board for adoption. LT O’Donnell pointed out that the Judicial Bureau Waiver Penalty Schedule is revised annually and that the traffic ordinance should cite it as the “current” Waiver Penalty Schedule.  Edson to check with the Town Treasurer about traffic ticket income.

Parking Issues in Brookfield- L. Stowell to talk with the local VTRANS person about signs.

May Public Safety Message- M. Stoddard to create and send a draft to L. Stowell
Setting the Next Meeting- June 22, 2022
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting- CPT Scott Clouatre, OCSD to be invited.
Final Public Comment- None

Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting. Approved at 6:59. 3-0.

Apr 102022
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2022, 5:30 PM
The Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee met in person as warned.
 
UNAPPROVED MINUTES
The following members attended: Mike Stoddard, Michael Rutkovsky, Stuart Edson, Dan Mason and Lew Stowell.  CPT Scott Clouatre, OCSD attended as a guest.

5:30 PM: Call to Order There were no additions or deletions to the agenda
Review, revise or approve the March 02, 2022 meeting minutes. Approved with one correction; Charlie Ballou attended as a guest, not Charlie Isham.  5-0.
Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public- No members of the public attended.
Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills- OCSD reports were discussed and Scott Clouatre offered that more data including incident location will be provided in future reports. Scott Clouatre also brought the committee up to date with OCSD staffing shortages and steps taken to improve the situation.
Speed Cart and Patrol Deployments- The Speed Cart will be deployed in early May and kept mostly to main roads. Paved roads are safer for the Speed Cart but some gravel roads such as Stone Road can be made safer by the positioning of the cart.
Upcoming Events Involving Brookfield: The Northeast Back Country Discovery Route (motorcycle tour route) June to October, the Green Mountain Gravel bicycle race in October and the re-pavement of I-89 South were all discussed. Stowell to contact Green Mountain Gravel for more information.
Vehicle, Pedestrian, Horse and Bicycle Safety- Grant Exploration- L. Stowell will contact Chelsea Sprague and Sarah Isham to identify Brookfield roads with frequent horse traffic.
Town Meeting Preparation (May 21, 2021)- L. Stowell will prepare a draft presentation for the May Committee meeting.
Traffic, Road Name and Weight Limit Sign Status- With improving road conditions and weather, it is hoped that more progress can be made installing signs.
Traffic Ordinance Status-L. Stowell will attend the May 11 Select Board meeting. There may be an ordinance version mix up.
Parking Issues in Brookfield- It was noted that parking and trash can placement by a home owner on the West side of the Floating Bridge needs to be modified. Scott Clouatre to contact them.
April Public Safety Message- L. Stowell to create and publish.
Setting the Next Meeting- Wednesday May 11, 2022 at 5:30 PM at the Brookfield Congregational Church ground floor.
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting- Dennis Larocque, Brookfield Select Board Member and Road Commissioner will attend.
Final Public Comment- No members of the public attended.
Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting. Mason made the motion and M. Stoddard seconded.  Motion passed 5-0 at 7:11 PM.