BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY June 27, 2018 5:30 PM
BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE
RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT
The following members attended: Stuart Edson, Mike Stoddard, Dan Mason, Joy Kacik, Michael Rutkovsky and Lew Stowell. Dennis Larocque attended as a member of the public.
Review and Approve Minutes of May 23, 2018. Approved unanimously.
Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public. Dennis Larocque expressed his concern that the parking situation at 2141 Stone Road was unsafe and if not resolved soon could result in a serious accident either between vehicles and pedestrians or between vehicles.
Guest: To Be Determined. No guest from DMV was available.
Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. The increase of the OCSD hourly rate from $40.00 per hour to $46.00 per hour will result in a reduction of the patrol hours of 40.1 to a new total of 260.9 hours per year. The FY 2019 budget amount of $12,000 remains the same. OCSD has been placing their Radar Speed Display (Speed Cart) in locations in Brookfield where speed limit signs have changed such as at the Elementary School and Stone Road in Pond Village. When the new OCSD web site is completed there will be a way for the town to access more detailed records of OCSD patrols
Continuing Review of Parking Enforcement on Stone Road. The committee agrees that there must be a resolution to this situation to reduce the risk of accidents at 2141 Stone Road. As requested by the Select Board the committee will research entities performing “Traffic Studies”, the legal authority for the Select Board to proceed and to determine the exact location of Stone Road in that locality.
Increasing Parking in Pond Village. Stuart Edson met with Ray Peck, Road Foreman, at the Town Office Parking Lot. Ray pointed out the town boundary which could provide approximately 40 additional feet of parking in a Northerly direction on Ralph Road. Ray estimated that if he did not hit substantial ledge, he could cut the trees and add fill in approximately 3 days. There was one big tree that would be left or cut by Washington Electric Coop. Because there is no acquisition of land, this could be done this year with Select Board approval. The parking lot could be increased further by about 100′ in the future by purchase or lease of land from the MacBruces. Additional signs at the floating bridge are being worked on by Dan Mason.
Reflective E-911 House Number Signs. Dan Mason will work with Theresa Godfrey, Town Clerk, to register with Vermont Correctional Industries, to determine the specific inclusive price and receive the first batch of orders.
Discussion of movable radar speed display signs. The committee will continue to look in to purchase of a radar speed display unit but in the meantime the OCSD Speed Cart is filling the need. The location of the Speed Cart is limited to where valid speed limit signs are posted.
July Public Safety Message. Will be posted on the Town Website and Front Porch Forum.
Setting the Next Meeting. July 25, 2018 at 5:30 PM.
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting. Dan Mason will invite DMV again.
Adjournment. 7:12 PM.