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.

  1. Review and Approve Minutes of September 25, 2019. Approved with a date change for the October meeting to October 30, 2019
  2. Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public.  No members of the public attended.
  3. Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. It was noted that OCSD only provided 4.5 hours in September.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. October Public Safety Message. M Stoddard to send a draft of the November Safety Message to L Stowell soon.
  12. Setting the Next Meeting.  November 20, 2019
  13. Inviting 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.
  14. 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.

May 282019
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY MAY 22, 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 with Kate Forrer, Town Forester.
1. Review and Approve Minutes of April 24, 2019. Approved
2. Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public. None Attended.
3. Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. As of April 30, OCSD has 138 patrol hours (53%) remaining in the contract. L Stowell spoke with LT Clouatre on 5/20/19 whether there was a new policy about charging for meeting attendance. LT Clouatre is to check with Sherriff Bohnyak and get back to L Stowell. L Stowell to attend the next Select Board meeting to request that any unspent OCSD contract monies be used to purchase additional traffic signs and discuss other issues.
4. Continuing Review of Parking and Speed Enforcement on Brookfield Roads.
There were two written traffic citations and two written Warnings issued in April 2019. R Peck completed a reconnaissance of the Town Office parking lot. It can be nearly doubled in size. More planning to include possible parking lot layouts is needed.
5. Review of Radar Speed Cart Deployments in 2019. LT Clouatre stated on 5/20/19 that the Speed Cart data from 2018 had been lost in downloading. He said that the schedule is achievable. He will deploy the cart as soon as he gets a trailer hitch on his cruiser. He will be in charge of the cart this year. There will be no charge for moving the speed cart.
6. Developing and implementing the Draft Emerald Ash Borer Threat Plan. L Stowell reported that R Peck, Town Tree Warden is willing to assist with Ash tree removal efforts but would prefer to not be involved in meetings and decision-making efforts. K Forrer recommended having Russ Barrett be a guest at the next committee meeting. Russ, a retired County Forrester, has been in charge of Northfield’s ROW tree removal. It was decided to complete inventories of roads with likely high numbers of Ash trees in June. S Shaffer and P Mercier will be asked to assist. Other committee members may also assist.
7. E-911 Sign Status. Only a few signs remain to be picked up. M Rutkovsky to call to remind the property owners who ordered signs to pick them up. L Stowell to contact R Peck and K Wheatley about putting the signs on the Town Garage and the Town Fire Station respectively.
8. Traffic Sign Status. R Peck will inventory and install the remaining traffic signs as soon as the East Hill Project is completed.
9. Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use. S Edson reported that Google Analytics will be installed on the Town Website soon to improve the data about usage of the site.
10. June Public Safety Message. Reviewed and approved as revised.
11. Setting the Next Meeting. June 19, 2019.
12. Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting. Russ Barrett, Washington County Forester, Retired.
13. Adjournment. At 7:00 PM

Apr 292019
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY APRIL 24, 2019, 5:30 PM
BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE,
40 RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT
UNAPPROVED MINUTES
The following members attended: Dan Mason, Stuart Edson, Michael Rutkovsky and Lew Stowell.
 

Review and Approve Minutes of March 20, 2019. Approved
Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public. Dan Mason as a member of the public represented himself and his neighbors on the East end of Taylor Hill Road. He stated that the road was unpassable despite efforts by the town road crew.  Fire trucks and ambulances would not be able to get to the houses on that end of the road because of the lack of needed ditches and culverts.  This is a safety hazard.  There is concern that their taxes have not gone down but the road condition has deteriorated.  There are several families living in that area with multiple children.  The committee will pass this on to the Select Board but recommended that Dan and /or his neighbors attend the next Select Board meeting.
Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. There was a discussion of billing and the fact that only 38.91 % of the patrol hours have been conducted for the FY 2019 year so far.  L Stowell will discuss this and other matters with LT Scott Clouatre, OCSD.  There have been a number of traffic citations issued on Ridge Road in recent months.
Continuing Review of Parking and Speed Enforcement on Brookfield Roads.  A draft list of roads in Brookfield to receive special interest for traffic enforcement was revised and approved.  This list will be sent to LT Clouatre, OCSD.
Review of radar speed cart locations and schedule in 2019. The Speed Cart Plan was reviewed and approved. It will be sent to LT Clouatre, OCSD.
E-911 Sign Order Results. L Stowell to place a notice on Front Porch Forum that the signs in the second order are in.  Persons ordering should stop by the Town Office to pick them up.
Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use. S. Edson provided a report on the activity for the last 12 months on the Public Safety Advisory Committee page on the town web site. Among other data there were 1571 page views.  S Edson to find out if more data can be obtained and if Google Analytics would be helpful.
Developing and implementing the Draft Emerald Ash Borer Threat Plan. There was a discussion about organization and having a meeting with possible vendors to get input.
May Public Safety Message. The draft message was reviewed, revised and approved.
Setting the Next Meeting. May 22, 2019
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting. Dan Mason will invite a Motor Vehicle Inspector and advise L Stowell.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:00 PM.

Mar 302019
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY MARCH 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.
Kate Forrer attended as a guest, Steve Schaefer and Dennis Laroque attended as members of the public.
1. Review and Approve Minutes of February 27, 2019. Approved unanimously
2. Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public.
Steve Schaefer asked why TH 56 Church Street has traffic signs. He also suggested that the ash trees that are cut because of the EAB Plan be turned into lumber to be used in town construction projects such as the Town Garage addition. Both items were discussed and will be considered in the future.
3. Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. The OCSD Patrol Reports were discussed along with the monthly spread sheet showing hours and costs to date. It was noted that there is $7,791 remaining to be spent in the FY 2019 OCSD contract in the next 4 months. It was also noted that there were 7 traffic stops made on Ridge Rd for speeding.
4. Continuing Review of Parking and Speed Enforcement on Stone Road. There was discussion of the traffic hazard at 2141 Stone Rd and the June 26, 1990 Brookfield Board of Adjustment Minutes. It was agreed to recommend to the Select Board that an attorney, perhaps the new Town Attorney, determine the enforceable legal strategy to guide any survey conducted to determine the Town ROW and other significant aspects of the issue.
5. Discussion of radar speed cart locations and schedule in 2019. The Draft Speed Cart Plan was discussed and approved. It was hoped that the cart would be deployed beginning in April.
6. New E-911 Sign Order. It was agreed that the signs will be advertised on Front Porch Forum by L. Stowell and the order submitted before the end of March.
7. Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use. S. Edson to do more research on analytics.
8. Developing and implementing the Draft Emerald Ash Borer Threat Plan. The draft Task List was discussed. Kate Forrer made suggestions which were approved. Kate Forrer to ask members of the Conservation Commission whether they wanted to have a member participate on the EAB Task Force. Steve Schaefer’s suggestion on Ash to be included for consideration. M. Rutkovsky and M. Stoddard willing to assist with inventories.
9. April Public Safety Message. April Safety Tips message to be placed on the Public Safety page of the Town Website by S. Edson and on Front Porch Forum by L. Stowell.
10. Setting the Next Meeting. April 24, 2019 at 5:30 PM
11. Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting. No special guests to be invited but it was hoped that LT Scott Clouatre, OCSD might be able to attend.
12. Adjournment. Meeting adjourned at 6:58 PM.

Mar 162019
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY MARCH 20, 2019 5:30 PM
BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE,
40 RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT
AGENDA
1. Review and Approve Minutes of February 27, 2019. [02/27/19 Minutes]
2. Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public.
3. Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. [OCSD Patrol Hours]
4. Continuing Review of Parking and Speed Enforcement on Stone Road
5. Discussion of radar speed cart locations and schedule in 2019 [2018 Data?]
6. New E-911 Sign Order.
7. Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use.
8. Developing and implementing the Draft Emerald Ash Borer Threat Plan.
9. April Public Safety Message. [Draft Message]
10. Setting the Next Meeting.
11. Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting.
12. Adjournment.

Mar 032019
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 27, 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.
LT Scott Clouatre, OCSD attended as a guest.
1. Review and Approve Minutes of January 23, 2019. Reviewed and approved unanimously.
2. Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public. None attended.
3. Joy Kacik’s resignation received and accepted. The committee appreciated the work she has done and acknowledged her busy work schedule out of state.
4. Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. The Committee requested that all of Stone Road be included in patrols. OCSD is planning to provide the Speed Cart for more times but shorter periods in 2019 with quicker turn around for data. The PSAC will provide a list of likely sites for the Speed Cart to LT Clouatre. Lt Clouatre’s cruiser parked at his new house on the edge of Pond Village may also be a deterrent to speeding in the village. Patrols will be more focused on drive times when possible. Patrol reports are to be more readable. The committee requested that bills and reports be sent out earlier in the month.
5. Continuing Review of Parking and Speed Enforcement on Stone Road- Deep snow has made a bad situation worse.
6. Discussion of movable radar speed display signs and the data that they produce. – Speed Cart data from 2018 still not available. There may be some second hand permanently mounted radar signs available soon.
7. New E-911 Sign Order- L Stowell to contact Vermont Correctional Industries (VCI) for pricing and shipping information for a new purchase opportunity to be offered at Town Meeting.
8. Public Safety Advisory Committee Participation in the Town Meeting- All of the committee members present will attend Town Meeting. A request will be made for additional members.
9. Public Safety Advisory Committee Email Group Use. S. Edson to add D. Mason and M. Rutkovsky to the list.
10. Continuing discussion of the of the Emerald Ash Borer threat and Draft Plan. Kate Forrer to make a short presentation and handouts will be on the chairs at Town Meeting.
11. March Public Safety Message. The draft message to be finalized by L. Stowell with assistance from LT Clouatre.
12. Setting the Next Meeting. March 20, 2019 at 5:30 PM at the Town Office.
13. Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting. None to be invited.
14. Adjournment. Meeting adjourned at 7:10 PM.