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.

Mar 072022
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 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 and Lew Stowell. The following members of the public attended: Sarah Isham, Charlie Isham and Clotilde Hryshko.

5:30 PM: Call to Order There were no additions or deletions to the agenda
Review, revise or approve the January 19, 2021 meeting minutes. Approved as written 4-0.
Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public followed the agenda.
Vehicle, Pedestrian, Horse and Bicycle Safety- Grant Exploration- S. Isham suggested the following as possible grant sources: VT Horse Council, Kingdom Trails and Covid funds. L Stowell reported that TRORC will assist towns in applying for grants and he will to continue to research grant sources. Members were provided grant documents for VTRANS Bicycle/Pedestrian grants.  Isham pointed out that riding or driving horses on West Street and Crossover Road could be hazardous because of speeding vehicles.
Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills- It was noted that only five hours of patrols were conducted in January.
Town Meeting Preparation (May 21, 2021)- As home-work the committee will come up with matters that should be presented at the town meeting in May.
Speed Cart Deployments-Review-C. Hryshko brought up the high speed that some cars and trucks traveled at on Route 14 South of East Brookfield. She requested either a speed cart or stationary radar or both set up near her home. Members were asked to work on drafting the 2022 Speed Cart plan. S. Edson suggested that OCSD patrols set up more stationary radar positions.  Stowell reported that the VSP Royalton Barracks has a speed cart that can be deployed to locations with speeding or traffic issues.
Traffic, Road Name and Weight Limit Sign Status- S. Isham said there were missing signs on West Street. S. Edson said there was an incorrect Stop sign at West Street and Northfield Rd.
Traffic Ordinance Status-L. Stowell to ask K. Threlkeld for the status of the draft Traffic Ordinance presented to the Select Board in early 2021.
Parking Issues in Brookfield-There are issues with parking near Hippo Park and a trash can and porta potty should be placed on the West side of the floating Bridge in April.
April Public Safety Message- L. Stowell to create the April message on pedestrian safety. The March safety message created by M. Stoddard will be posted soon.
Setting the Next Meeting-Wednesday April 6, 2022 at 5:30 PM at the Congregational Church.
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting- Either Scott Clouatre or Bill Bohnyak. L. Stowell to approach Dennis Laroque about being a guest on a more favorable day of the week for May.
Final Public Comment-S. Isham requested that horse warning signs be posted on West Street and Crossover Roads. Isham to send L. Stowell the link to the horse statue in the VSA.

Entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting. Motion made by M. Stoddard and seconded by M. Rutkovsky.  Passed 4-0 at 7:04 PM.

Jan 242022
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 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, Stuart Edson and Lew Stowell.
5:30 PM: Call to Order No additions or deletions to the agenda

Review, revise or approve the December 15, 2021 meeting minutes. Approved 4-0
Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public- None attended.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety- Grant and participation exploration- Members brought clothing and devices that they use to wear in conditions of reduced visibility to compare and discuss.  There are a number of workable solutions to being seen at night and other times of reduced visibility.  It was noted that seeing people walking at night in dark clothes and no light on town roads is common.  This is a dangerous situation.  L Stowell to pursue information about grants with TRORC and AOT.
Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills- The info provided for December 2021 may be incorrect. Stowell to confirm hours and cost.
Review of Public Safety 2021 Annual Report- After discussion the report was approved to be sent to the Town Clerk for inclusion in the Town Report.  It was noted that the Brookfield Town Meeting has been postponed until May 21, 2022.
Speed Cart Deployments-Review- A new Speed Cart Plan for 2022 will be created soon.
Traffic, Road Name and Weight Limit Sign Status-Tim Higgins report on the sign inventory currently at the Town Garage was discussed. It was hoped that significant progress can be made this year in replacing missing or damaged signs.
Traffic Ordinance Status- The new ordinance has been tabled until next meeting by the Select Board.
Parking Issues in Brookfield- The 2022 Ice Harvest and Mid-Winter Fest on January 29 may increase the number of vehicles needing to park on both sides of the floating bridge.  There is a missing “No Parking” sign near Hippo Park.  The fence at Hippo park has been damaged recently.  Parking may also be limited on the West end of the Floating Bridge.
February Public Safety Message- L Stowell to provide the message. It was decided that there will be alternating tag lines between Pedestrian and Bicycle safety and other safety subjects each month to keep the safety tips message length manageable when posted on the town website and Front Porch Forum and still have some mention of pedestrian/bicycle safety in every message
Setting the Next Meeting-March 2, 2022 at 5:30 PM at the Brookfield Congregational Church.
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting- A grants person from TRORC, AOT or other organizations providing grants for public safety efforts, particularly public education will be invited if available.
Final Public Comment- No members of the public attended.

Entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting which was approved 5-0 at 6:37 PM.

Dec 242021
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2021, 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, Stuart Edson and Lew Stowell. Katherine Threlkeld, Select Board Member and LT Hugh O’Donnell, Vermont State Police also attended
5:30 PM: Call to Order-There were no additions or deletions to the agenda.

Review, revise or approve the November 17, 2021 meeting minutes. Approved as written. 5-0
Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public. No Members of the Public attended.
Guest Presentation: LT Hugh O’Donnell, VSP Royalton Barracks- Providing Law Enforcement Services to Rural Communities. LT O’Donnell provided a brief presentation in which he said the Vermont State Police (VSP) was more in a response mode than that of providing patrols. He urged the public to report suspicious behavior promptly. He provided a detailed report on the 109 “Calls for Service” received by his station from Brookfield from 12/01/2020 to 12/1/2021. His station has a shortage of troopers but is hopeful that the next two graduating Law Enforcement Academy classes will help bring his station up to full staffing.  VSP is not taking on new town contracts for law enforcement services at this time.  He offered to check with his sources about possible grants, particularly public education grants.  He also answered questions from the committee and pointed out that he is a native Vermonter with local ties.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety- Further Discussion. The committee is awaiting a response from the Select Board on the committee’s recent recommendations. Public education is felt to be of prime importance. The wearing of bright and reflective clothing is very important.

Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports, Bills and Budget Recommendation. S Edson moved and M Rutkovsky seconded a motion to recommend that the Select Board continue the FY 2023 OCSD contract at 312.5 hours which will cost $16,250.00. Motion approved 5-0.
Traffic, Road Name and Weight Limit Sign Budget Recommendation-S. Edson moved and M. Stoddard seconded a motion to recommend that the traffic Control Sign portion of the FY 2023 budget be level funded at $8500.00. Motion approved 5-0. The committee is requesting to know how many and what kind of traffic control signs are on hand at the highway department at this time.
Traffic Ordinance Status- The committee is awaiting word from the Select Board. K Threlkeld to check.
Parking Issues in Brookfield-It was noted that the fence at Hippo Park has been damaged.
January Public Safety Message- L Stowell will send M. Rutkovsky suggestions for the January 2022 Safety Tips. Stowell to prepare the Pedestrian/Bicycle Safety portion.
Setting the Next Meeting- Wednesday, 1/19/2022 at 5:30 PM.
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting- L. Stowell to invite a grants knowledgeable person.
Entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting. Approved 5-0 at 7:09 PM.

Nov 232021
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2021, 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 and Lew Stowell.
5:30 PM: Call to Order:  There were no additions or deletions to the agenda

Review, revise or approve the October 20, 2021 meeting minutes. Approved as written. 4-0.
Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public- No members of the public attended.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety- Developing a list of options. The committee discussed the draft options and added some new ones.  They then divided the options into two categories:  ones that could be accomplished in the near term and those that either needed more research or would take a longer time to accomplish.  L Stowell to rearrange the Options as determined by the committee and to submit to the Select Board as recommendations for action.
Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills. The OCSD has performed 82 hours of patrols costing $ 3852.00 in the July to October time period which is approximately 30% of the FY 2022 budget.  The committee also received a letter from Sheriff Bohnyak documenting why he was increasing the cost of a patrol hour in FY 2023 from $48.00 to $52.00.  L Stowell to thank Sherriff Bohnyak for providing advance warning of the price increase so the committee has time to make recommendations to the Select Board for a OCSD budget in FY 2023.  The committee will take the matter up in their December meeting.
Speed Cart Deployments- There were no new deployments. L Stowell to contact Cpt Clouatre as to whether the Peed Cart season is over.
Traffic, Road Name and Weight Limit Sign Status- L Stowell to contact Dennis Larocque and Kate Threlkeld about obtaining a detailed traffic sign inventory of what is in place, what is ordered and what is still needed so that the Committee can make recommendations on the FY 2023 budget.
Traffic Ordinance Status- No change.
Parking Issues in Brookfield- Still being reviewed.
December Public Safety Message- S. Edson to work on a pedestrian bicycle safety portion and Mike Stoddard to work on Covid 19 and holiday safety tips.
Setting the Next Meeting-December 15, 2021 at 5:30 PM at the Brookfield Congregational Church
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting- LT Hugh O’Donnell, Royalton Barracks Commander, VSP is tentatively scheduled.  L Stowell will confirm.
Final Public Comment- No members of the public attended.
Entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting at 6:48 PM. Approved 4-0.

Oct 242021
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2021, 5:30 PM
The Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee met in person as warned.
UNAPPROVED MINUTES
 
The following members attended: Mike Stoddard, Dan Mason, Michael Rutkovsky, Stuart Edson and Lew Stowell.  Kate Threlkeld, Select Board Member and Todd Eaton, Program Manager Vermont Local Road Program also attended.

5:30 PM: Called to Order. There were no additions or deletions to the agenda or members of the public attending.
The September 22, 2021 meeting minutes were approved as written. 5-0-0 in favor.
Presentation: Resources and Ideas for Safety on Town Roads Todd Eaton, Branch Manager, Vermont Local Roads (VLR), Vermont Agency of Transportation. Todd explained his program as a federally mandated program for the State to assist municipal highway departments.  They are primarily focused on training and technical assistance for municipal highway crews however have provided resources for the Public Safety Committee in the past and will in the future.  L Stowell will check with Tim Higgins and Dennis LaRocque to be sure that the Highway Department is receiving timely information about courses, technical assistance and other opportunities being offered.  In particular was a software program to document resources such as bridges, culverts, equipment, etc. There could be some Covid-19 funds for safety programs.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety. The committee members were saddened by the recent pedestrian accident on Churchill Road.  Stowell presented Jon Binhammer’s email.  The pedestrian and bicycle safety effort initially focused on Pond Village will be expanded to all the town and State roads in Brookfield.  A draft pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Improvement Suggestion List will be reviewed and added to by committee members for the November meeting. The future monthly safety messages will include at least one tip relating to pedestrian and bicycle safety.  The safety tips will include educating the public on State laws that may have changed since they took the driver’s exam.
Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills. The September bill was reviewed.  L Stowell to check on the August bill.
Speed Cart Deployments. The East Brookfield deployment was reviewed.  Stowell to contact Scott Clouatre about using the data to patrol during probable times and places of high-speed offenders.
Traffic, Road Name and Weight Limit Sign Status. Not aware of action from the Select Board.
Traffic Ordinance Status. Not aware of action from the Select Board.
Parking Issues in Brookfield. The committee is continuing to explore the best solutions for parking at the Floating Bridge.
November Public Safety Message. Stowell to create the message with a focus on educating the public about pedestrian and bicycle safety.
Setting the Next Meeting. November 17, 2021 at the Brookfield Congregational Church at 5:30 PM
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting. Stowell will invite either Tim Higgins, Road Crew Foreman or the new VSP Lieutenant in Royalton depending upon availability.
Entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting. Approved adjourning meeting at 6:58 by 5-0-0.

Sep 262021
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2021, 5:30 PM
The Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee met in person as warned.
UNAPPROVED MINUTES
The following members attended: Michael Rutkovsky, Stuart Edson, Mike Stoddard and Lew Stowell.  Jon Kaplan, guest speaker and Skip Smith, member of the public attended.
5:30 PM: Called to Order. There were no additions or deletions to the agenda.
Review, revise or approve the August 25, 2021 meeting minutes.  Approved 4-0.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Presentation by Jon Kaplan, P.E. | Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, Operations and Safety Bureau, Vermont Agency of Transportation.
Jon Kaplan presented a power point presentation on bicycle and pedestrian safety along with three handouts.  He answered questions from Skip Smith and members of the committee.  He left the meeting with a list of questions to research and get back to the committee.  The discussion during and after the presentation focused on possible solutions to improving pedestrian and bicycle safety in Pond Village specifically and roads in Brookfield generally.  The Committee will gather as many solutions as possible and then determining their likely pros and cons before making recommendations to the Select Board.
Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills.  No bill or report has been received for August so far.
Speed Cart Deployments- The reports from the September Southbound Ridge Road deployment was reviewed and discussed.
Communication with the Select Board- Chairperson Stowell will send an email to the Select Board members requesting that a Select Board member be assigned as liaison to the Public Safety Committee to improve communication between the board and the committee.
Traffic, Road Name and Weight Limit Sign Status- Chairperson Stowell has spoken with Road Foreman Tim Higgins and because of road projects such as the Southern end of Twin Pond Road no additional signs have been installed.
Traffic Ordinance Status- The ordinance is awaiting a public meeting which is made problematic by the increase in the Delta Variant of Covid-19.
Parking Issues in Brookfield- The Summer Season concluding has reduced the number of vehicles to needing to be parked.
October Public Safety Message- L. Stowell will send some previous safety messages to M. Stoddard as assistance in preparing the next Safety Message.
Setting the Next Meeting- October 20, 2021 at 5:30 PM at the Brookfield Congregational Church.
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting- Todd Eaton of the Local Roads Program, AOT will be invited.
A motion to adjourn the meeting was entertained at 6:42 PM.  Approved 4-0.

Aug 302021
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2021, 5:30 PM
The Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee met in person as warned.
UNAPPROVED MINUTES
The following members attended: Dan Mason, Michael Rutkovsky, Stuart Edson and Lew Stowell.  The following members of the public attended: Megan Clouatre, Alex Clouatre (age 5), Skip Smith and Greg Wight.
5:30 PM: Called to Order. There were no additions or deletions to the agenda.
Review, revise or approve the July 14, 2021 meeting minutes. Approved 5-0.
Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public- An email from Nancy McCall with two attachments was received on 8/25/2021 and shared with the committee members prior to the meeting because Nancy could not attend.  It concerned pedestrian safety in Pond Village, particularly between the Floating Bridge and the Post Office.  Skip Smith spoke about his difficulties in trying to erect a temporary barrier to protect pedestrians on VT Route 65.  He stated that the barriers had been thrown over the steep bank across the road by two persons and that he had a threatening confrontation with them.  He has reported that incident to the Vermont State Police.  He stated that the 30 MPH speed limit was too fast.  He has contacted two officials from the Vermont Agency of Transportation who said there was nothing that could be done.  He provided a copy of his notes to L. Stowell.  Skip is afraid that someone will be killed before proper steps are taken.  He suggested that the branches on the tree in front of the John’s house could be trimmed to give drivers greater sight distance.  Greg Wight who walks from his house to the Post Office regularly suggested that Brookfield might apply for an AARP grant to have a painted side walk, lower the speed limit to 25 MPH and erect pedestrian signs.  Megan Clouatre said there was no safe place for her children to ride their bicycles or walk to the Floating Bridge.  She said that although a lot of residents and visitors walked on the road, it was not safe.  She suggested that the pavement be extended to at least the floating Bridge, movable speed bumps be installed, the speed limit lowered below 25 MPH and a side walk or walking path be built.  She said the State of Vermont should do more to protect pedestrians.  The PSAC agreed to look into various solutions.  L. Stowell to send a link to S. Edson for the current MUTCD.
Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills. The June and July bills were reviewed.  11.25 hours of patrols were performed in June and 25.5 hours in July.
Speed Cart Deployments- There have been three Speed Cart deployments affecting Brookfield Roads since the July PSAC meeting.  Two of them were at the Old Town Hall.  Northbound traffic in July had 7.3% speeding while Southbound traffic in August had 36.42% speeding.  The deployment just North of the Town line on Stone Road in late July and early August had 41.47% speeding.
Stone Road Parking Issues- There has been a big improvement observed.
Communication with the Select Board- The committee requests that a member of the Select Board be designated to be a liaison to the Public Safety Advisory Committee to facilitate two-way communication between the Committee and the Select Board.
Traffic and Weight Limit Sign Status- No change reported.
Traffic Ordinance Status- No change reported.
Parking in Pond Village- Observed to be generally adequate with some violations.
September Public Safety Message- M. Rutkovsky to prepare a draft on preparation for Winter weather.
Setting the Next Meeting-September 22, 2021 at 5:30 at the Congregational Church, Covid 19 permitting.
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting-Todd Eaton of the Local Road Program, VT Agency of Transportation.
A motion to adjourn the meeting was approved at 6:53 PM, 5-0.