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.

Jul 192021
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY, JULY 14, 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 and Lew Stowell.  No members of the public attended.
5:30 PM: Call to Order- There were no additions or deletions to the agenda.

Review and approve the June 23, 2021 meeting minutes: Approved 3-0.
Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills.  No bill and report received yet.
Speed Cart Deployments- The Pond Village deployment appeared to reduce speeding.  8:00 AM appears to be the busiest traffic time.  There were 4551 vehicles passing through Pond Village southbound from 8:00 AM June 24 to 12:00 PM (Noon) July 1, 2021.  Only 332 were above the speed limit of 25 MPH.
Stone Road Parking Issues: Sheriff Bohnyak has informed Sid Cushing that the damaged truck in the traveled portion of Stone Road at 2141 Stone Road must be removed from the road.  Failure to do so will result in towing at owner’s expense.
Brookfield Town Road Work Plan: Tim Higgins not able to attend.
Traffic and Weight Limit Sign Status: Progress being made.  More signs to be ordered in July.
Traffic Ordinance Status: The committee discussed the draft addendum containing selected entries from the Judicial Bureau Wavier Penalties.  Town Attorney Monte recommended attaching entire document.  L. Stowell to send committee members the draft ordinance, the draft addendum and the Judicial Bureau Wavier Penalties for assistance in ensuring that all relevant entries are included.  This will be a much smaller document and more relevant to the Traffic Ordinance.
Parking in Pond Village: Most days the parking is under control.  OCSD is continuing to monitor.
August Public Safety Message: S. Edson to prepare a draft and send to L. Stowell.
Setting the Next Meeting: August 25, 2021 at the Brookfield Congregational Church at 5:30 PM.
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting: Tim Higgins and the Road Commissioner and new members of the Select Board.
Entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting. M. Rutkovsky made the motion, seconded by S. Edson, approved 3-0.  Adjourned at 6: 23, 2021.

Jun 282021
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 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.  No members of the public attended.

5:30 PM: Call to Order- There were no additions or deletions to the agenda.
Reviewed and approved the May 19, 2021 meeting minutes: 4-0.
Review the Revised COVID-19 Workplace Guidelines and complete the Form. Members who had not received the form in another town office completed the forms.  Stowell to turn them in to the Town Office.
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Update: Jon Jickling, Town Forester provided a list of the 16 locations of the 2021 Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) traps installed this Spring throughout Brookfield.
Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills. OCSD provided 23.25 patrol hours in May.  Because of Covid-19 and staffing issues it is unlikely that OCSD will use all of the FY 2021 hours.
Speed Cart Deployments- The late May, early June deployment of Northbound traffic at the Elementary School indicated 41% were over the 30 MPH speed limit with a top speed of 76 MPH recorded. OCSD patrols will frequent Ridge Road more in the future.
Traffic Control and Weight Limit Sign Status: Tim Higgins, Road Crew Foreman provided a list of signs that the road crew have installed this Spring in an effort to bring our traffic and road name signs into full compliance. 6 Speed Limit signs, 10 Stop signs, 2 Yield signs and 11 Street Name signs were installed.  There are many more to do and Tim will be ordering more signs in early Fiscal Year 2022.
Traffic Ordinance Status: The draft ordinance will be looked at again in preparation for a Select Board Special meeting to approve it.
Parking in Pond Village: OCSD education efforts appear to be working in having people park properly and safely.
Stone Road Parking Issues: L Stowell reported on the June 22, 2021 Special Select Board meeting with Sheriff William Bohnyak and Captain Scott Clouatre, OCSD concerning parking enforcement at 2141 Stone Road. Sheriff Bohnyak and Captain Clouatre agreed to visit the Cushings and resolve the issue of vehicles parked in the traveled portion of the town road.
July Public Safety Message: Mike Stoddard offered to draft the July message and send it to L. Stowell.
Setting the Next Meeting: Wednesday July14, 2021 at 5:30 PM in-person at the Brookfield Congregational Church.
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting: Tim Higgins, Road Foreman and the current/interim Road Commissioner are cordially invited. Stowell to send an email to that effect..
Entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting. Passed 4-0.

May 232021
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY, MAY 19, 2021, 5:35 PM
The Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee met remotely by electronic means as warned.
 
UNAPPROVED MINUTES
The following members attended: Michael Rutkovsky, Mike Stoddard, Dan Mason, Stuart Edson and Lew Stowell.  Guest: Jon Jickling…  No members of the public attended.

5:35 PM: Call to Order. There were no additions or deletions to the agenda.
Review and approve the April 21, 2021 meeting minutes. Approved 5-0
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Update. Jon Jickling said traps are to be deployed in the next two weeks.  Landowners hosting traps will be contacted soon with instructions.  A brief explanation will be provided at the Town meeting.  Hand out materials are in short supply.
Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills. April had the largest number of patrol hours of the year at 20.
2021 Speed Cart Deployments- The cart was deployed twice in April. Once at the Elementary School on Ridge Road and on Stone Road in Pond Village.  There was a significant number of vehicles exceeding the speed limit in both locations.  Further patrols with radar may be needed to reduce the speeding.
Traffic and Weight Limit Sign Status: After discussion, a motion was made and seconded to request a status on sign replacement and urge the Select Board to place the replacement of missing traffic control signs to a higher priority. For example, there is a missing stop sign at the intersection of West Street and Holman Drive and a missing speed limit sign at the North end of Pond Village and many other similar missing or damaged signs that pose a safety risk to drivers and present difficulty in enforcing speed limits.  Approved 5-0.
Traffic Ordinance Status: It is with the Select Board awaiting a special meeting to approve.
Parking in Pond Village: We look forward to the expansion of the Town Office Parking lot.  The OCSD effort of educating persons parking near the Floating Bridge appears to be improving the situation.
Stone Road Parking Issues. After discussion, a motion was made and seconded to recommend that the Select Board invite Sheriff Bohnyak to an upcoming Select Board meeting to discuss what if anything the town needs to do to enable OCSD deputies to enforce parking in the traveled portion of Stone Road in the vicinity of 2141 Stone Road.  A survey has been done and either maps or measurements can be provided to OCSD.  Placement of vehicles and other items in the traveled portion continues to present a traffic hazard when vehicles meet at that location.  It could be an issue should fire trucks, ambulances or large farm vehicles try to pass other vehicles there.  It is further recommended that the Town Attorney should be consulted to determine what steps can be taken to move vehicles and other items now located within the Town Right of Way back from the edge of the road.  5-0.
June Public Safety Message Stoddard will prepare one on road safety.
Setting the Next Meeting: 5:30 PM on June 23, 2021.  It will hopefully be in-person and at the Congregation Church.
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting: Tim Higgins and Jeff Kimmel are invited to provide Tim’s assessment of Town highway issues.

A motion to adjourn the meeting was made and seconded.  Approved 5-0.  Adjourned at 6:34 PM.

Apr 262021
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 2021, 5:35 PM
The Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee met remotely by electronic means as warned.
UNAPPROVED MINUTES
The following members attended: Michael Rutkovsky, Mike Stoddard, Dan Mason, Stuart Edson and Lew Stowell.  Guests: Jon Jickling and Kate Forrer.  No members of the public attended.

5:35 PM: Call to Order- No additions or deletions were made to the agenda.
Review and approve the March 24, 2021 meeting minutes- Approved 5-0.
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Planning- Kate Forrer and Jon Jickling. Approximately 16 traps will be installed town wide by Memorial Day and removed by Labor Day. Bait and traps to be provided to J. Jickling by early May.  The Committee recommends to the Select Board that a new committee be formed for the sole purpose of responding to the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Threat.  Should be led by the Town Forester and have close coordination with the Conservation Commission and the Public Safety Advisory Committee, perhaps through representation on the new committee.  The PSAC will still be interested in the effect of EAB on Ash trees in the town highway ROWs but leadership of the EAB project will be in the new committee.
Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills- OCSD is down 2 full time deputies. Starting soon deputies will perform patrols 10 hours per week in Brookfield.  West Street speeding to be addressed by more patrols.  Pedestrians and bicyclists have a duty of care while traveling on public highways.  Pedestrians only have the right of way in marked and signed crosswalks.  Radar deployment will have an increased use of short duration stationary radar at likely speeding locations.
2021 Speed Cart Plan- Will start in late April and follow Speed Cart Plan until snow flies.
Traffic Sign and Weight Limit Status- Sign vandalism on Northfield Rd investigated. No arrests yet.
Traffic Ordinance Status- Committee agreed with S. Clouatre that Waiver Penalty Schedule should either be referenced in the ordinance or a short list of penalties applicable to the ordinance be attached.
Parking in Pond Village- OCSD has been busy educating and correcting the parking issues at the Floating Bridge recently. “Education” will be followed by citations to repeat offenders.  Overflow parking areas are not designated.  It would be useful for signs pointing to overflow parking areas such as the Town Office.  The Floating Bridge has become even more popular with Covid 19 and may not decrease in popularity soon.  It was noted that the expansion of the parking lot at the Town Office has been staked out.  More research on parking options to be done by the Committee.
2141 Stone Road Parking Issues- The Committee requests a status update from the Select Board.
Public Safety Advisory Committee Future Role and Responsibilities- It was agreed that periodic review and discussion of the committee’s roles and responsibilities are useful.
May Public Safety Message- L. Stowell to write based on S. Clouatre’s suggestions.
Setting the Next Meeting- May 19, 2021 at 5:35 PM. Manner may be remote or in person.
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting- None.
6:50: PM- Entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting- Approved 5-0

Mar 302021
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 2021, 5:35 PM
The Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee met remotely by electronic means as warned.
UNAPPROVED MINUTES
The following members attended: Michael Rutkovsky, Mike Smith, Stuart Edson and Lew Stowell.  Guests: Jon Jickling and Kate Forrer.  Member of the public: Greg Wight attended.

5:35 PM: Call to Order: There were no additions or deletions to the agenda.
Review and approve the February 24, 2021 meeting minutes. Approved 4-0
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Planning: Jon Jickling and Kate Forrer. Jon Jickling is to run for the soon to be vacant Town Forester position.  Traps to be deployed by June 1 and recovered by September 1.  Approximately ½ to be deployed this year and remainder next year.  Property owners will be recruited to host a trap.  Jon and Kate to develop a location list for traps as well as the over all plan.  EAB Surveillance plan to be presented at the April 21, 2021 meeting.  Kate to bring EAB outreach material to the Town Meeting in May.  The State Entomologist will provide identification of insects trapped and other technical assistance as needed.  GPS coordinates of trap locations will be shared with the Agency of Agriculture.
Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills: Only 8 hours were performed in February.   Stowell reported that $15,000 is in the FY 2022 Budget for OCSD Law Enforcement Services.  It was suggested that patrols stop occasionally at appropriate locations and conduct stationary radar surveillance for short periods of time in addition to moving radar while patrolling.  S. Edson to contact C. Taplin and M. Rutkovsky to contact L.E. Smith for more detail to include times occurring about speeding observed on West Street and Pond Village respectively.
2021 Draft Speed Cart Plan: Approved without priorities assigned 4-0.  L Stowell to send the plan to Cpt. Clouatre.
Traffic Sign Status: Stowell reported that T. Higgins, Town Road Foreman ordered but has not yet received.50 traffic signs and posts.
Traffic Ordinance Status: Stowell reported that the proposed Traffic Ordinance is still at the Town Attorney’s office for review.  J. Kimmel is following up.
Parking in Pond Village: Stowell reported that J. Benson is meeting with T. Higgins soon to plan the expansion of Town Office parking lot this year. The Committee is looking at the parking situation on East side of Floating Bridge.
Weight Limit Status: Stowell reported that D. LaRocque is assisting K. Peterson to make entries in the State DMV data base for town roads with mud season weight restrictions.
Public Safety Advisory Committee Website and Email Use: No activity.
April Public Safety Message: Stowell will create it using past Spring messages as a guide.
Setting the Next Meeting: Wednesday, 4/21/2021 at 5:35 PM.  It will probably be a remote meeting.
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting: Jon Jickling, Kate Forrer and Scott Clouatre will be invited by L. Stowell.
6:59 PM Entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting. Passed 4-0.

Jan 252021
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2021, 5:35 PM
The Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee met remotely by electronic means as warned.
UNAPPROVED MINUTES
The following members attended: Stuart Edson, Michael Rutkovsky, Mike Smith, Dan Mason and Lew Stowell.  Guests: Jeff Kimmel, Tim Higgins and Jon Jickling.  No members of the public attended.

5:35 PM: Meeting Called to Order. There were no additions or deletions to the agenda.
Review and approve December 16, 2020 unapproved meeting minutes. Approved 5-0.
Results of December 28 Select Board Meeting: Kimmel reported that $8500 was planned for sign replacement in FY2022.  L. Stowell reported that Sheriff Bohnyak has been requested to send a draft Law Enforcement Services contract for FY 2022 to the committee for review soon.
Traffic Sign Status Tim Higgins & Jeff Kimmel. There was discussion regarding the purchase of a jack hammer to install sign posts. Higgins reported that there is a sign post base available that can be installed with a sledge hammer without damage to the base.  This would save approximately $1500 and perhaps even save time.  T. Higgins reported that based on the current sign inventory the town needs over 200 signs to replace damaged or missing signs.  He is placing an order for at least 55 signs soon.  He stated that a sign with post and accessories costs approximately $100 each.  Therefore, with $6500 in FY 2021 (current FY {Fiscal Year}) and $8500 in FY 2022 (FY starting July1 this year) available, the town should purchase and replace about 150 signs.  This is a shortfall of 50+ signs.  Based upon recent history more signs will be damaged or stolen during that time period.  It may be FY 2024 before we are caught up to where the budget may cover annual damaged and stolen signs.
Traffic Ordinance Final Review: the draft ordinance was approved with the removal of two Yield sign changes and the addition of some regulatory language. Mason recommended that a number of road intersections with existing Stop or Yield signs should be looked at in the future with more public input.  It was requested that the draft ordinance be reviewed by town attorney, Michael Monte.  The ordinance, as revised, was approved 5-0.  L. Stowell will send the revised ordinance and a list of revisions to J. Kimmel.
Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills. It was noted that OCSD may be back on track having performed 18.5 patrol hours in December, 2020.
January Public Safety Message: Stowell will create the February safety message.
EAB Update: Jickling, a member of the town Conservation Commission and a trained forester, said that public education about the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was going to be very important.  The insect is in Williamstown and either is already in Brookfield or soon will be.  He urged continued coordination between the Town Forester, the Town Conservation Commission and the Public Safety Advisory Committee to deal with the threat.  The Conservation Commission is concerned with having the response conducted in an environmentally friendly manner and the Public Safety Committee is concerned with the danger of dying Ash trees in the town right of way.  The Town Forester, K. Forrer, is organizing the surveillance efforts and will recommend response action when needed.  K. Forrer will be asked to check on any available Federal or State funding for EAB prevention or recovery.
Setting the Next Meeting: The February 24th, 2021 at 5:35 PM meeting will be virtual by phone.
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting: None to be invited
Entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting at 6:49 PM. Approved 5-0.