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.

Jan 272019
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
UNAPPROVED MINUTES
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 23, 2019 5:30 PM
BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE,
40 RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT
The following members attended: Mike Stoddard, Stuart Edson, Michael Rutkovsky and Lew Stowell.
1. Review and Approve Minutes of December 19, 2018. Approved unanimously
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. The OCSD bill for December has not been received yet.
4. Continuing Review of Parking Enforcement on Stone Road- Further action is up to the Select Board. The committee will be prepared to answer questions at the March Town Meeting.
5. Annual Report to the Select Board- Discussed and approved.
6. Public Safety Advisory Committee Report for the Town Annual Report- after discussion it was approved to submit the “Annual Report to the Select Board” in its entirety to Jeff Kimmel who is the editor of the town report.
7. Continuing Discussion of the of the Emerald Ash Borer threat. The draft EAB Plan was reviewed. It was agreed that it needed further work and would be handed out at the town meeting as a “draft”. The windshield inventory conducted by the RTCC Environmental Resource Management class and Kate Forrer on 1/23/2019 was discussed and it was hoped that the class might conduct further inventories. It was mentioned that if there is widespread assault of Ash trees by the Emerald Ash Borer in Brookfield as forecast, heavy equipment will be needed to cut and remove trees. If the cut trees could be chipped as biofuel, the cost to Brookfield taxpayers could be reduced substantially. There will need to be a presentation at the town meeting and it was hoped that Kate Forrer would be able to do at least the forestry portion. A request for additional volunteers to help on this project will be made at the meeting.
8. Discussion of movable radar speed display signs and the data that they produce. Captain Kyle Kapitanski, OCSD has been unable to get into the Speed Cart because the locks are frozen but will send the data as soon as he can gain entry.
9. February Public Safety Message. The February message will be about Winter safety around the home.
10. Setting the Next Meeting. Wednesday February 27, 2019 at 5:30 PM.
11. Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting. OCSD was unable to attend this meeting but plans to attend on February 27, 2019.
12. Adjournment. Adjourned at 6:36 PM.

Dec 292018
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 19, 2018 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.

Review and Approve Minutes of November 14, 2018: Approved unanimously.
Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public: No Members of the Public attended.
Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills: Reviewed the bill for the October period of patrols.  OCSD provided patrol logs for review.
Continuing Review of Parking Enforcement on Stone Road:  Determined that L. Stowell & S. Edson will present the Select Board with written recommendations to include placing it upon the March 5, 2019 Town Meeting Warning.
Annual Report to the Select Board: Agreed that both this report and the one for the Town Annual Report be substantially the same.
Public Safety Advisory Committee Report for the Town Annual Report: The draft circulated at the meeting will be revised by L. Stowell & S. Edson in places as discussed by the committee.
Continuing discussion of the of the Emerald Ash Borer threat: Agreed to recommend to the Select Board that this issue should be on the March 5, 2019 Town Meeting Warning.  Experts in the field could be invited to make presentations at the Town Meeting.  One or more “windshield” inventories need to be performed to determine roads in Brookfield with the highest concentrations of Ash trees in the Town highway right of way.  The option of hiring a contractor with a “Feller-Buncher” and other associated equipment should be recommended to the Select Board.  Also, it is recommended that the option of having the contractor harvest all trees regardless of specie in the right of way which could lower the cost substantially be presented at the Town Meeting.
Increasing Parking in Pond Village: Tabled until Spring 2019 because of the early Winter.
Discussion of movable radar speed display signs and the data that they produce: More data is requested from OCSD on Speed Cart deployments in 2018.  Stowell to request again.
January Public Safety Message: Winter Back Road Safety Tips discussed. Stowell to write and send to S. Edson.
Setting the Next Meeting: Wednesday January 23, 2019 at 5:30 PM.
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting: Captain Kyle Kapitanski, OCSD will be invited by L. Stowell.
Adjournment:  Meeting adjourned at 6:43 PM.

Oct 022018
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY September 26, 2018  5:30 PM
BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE
RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT
UNAPPROVED MINUTES

Review and Approve Minutes of August 22,2018: Approved unanimously.
Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public: None attended.
Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills: Only 18.5 hours of patrols performed in this fiscal year. Dan Mason to explore an alternative provider or law enforcement services and report to committee at October meeting.
Traffic Law Enforcement: Members received complaints about speeding and offers for places to place the speed cart or a cruiser with radar.  L Stowell to contact OCSD.
Continuing Review of Parking Enforcement on Stone Road: Committee awaiting second traffic study report from Two Rivers Ottaquechee Regional Commission (TRORC). S. Edson to contact Braintree for their experience with a similar situation. L Stowell to contact TRORC on likely report date.
Keeping in Touch with the Select Board and Highway Department: L Stowell to brief J. Benson. See below.
Discussion of the threat of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) on Town Roads and power lines. Received draft EAB plan from Randolph.  That plan estimates healthy Ash tree removal by contractors at $300.00 each and unhealthy or dead Ash trees between $375.00 and $750.00 each.  Stowell to send link to members. L. Stowell contacted GMP and will get their plan soon.  L Stowell to contact Washington Electric Coop for their plan.
Increasing Parking in Pond Village: S. Edson to contact R. Peck for status on exploration of town and MacBruce land adjacent to existing Town Office parking lot.
Reflective E-911 House Number Signs Project Progress: Godfrey received a new lower price quote. D. Mason to check with provider (VCI) and confirm price and reflectivity and report to committee.  Committee may have to contact purchasers and have checks replaced with new lower amounts.
Discussion of movable radar speed display signs and the data that they produce: No recent data received. L Stowell to contact OCSD.
October Public Safety Message. Stowell to write and send to S. Edson for website.
Setting the Next Meeting: Wednesday October 24, 2018 at 5:30 PM.
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting: None invited, may have members of the public attend.
Adjournment at 7:00 PM.

Jul 302018
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY JULY 25, 2018 AT 5:30 PM
BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE
RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT
UNAPPROVED MINUTES
The following members attended: Stuart Edson, Mike Stoddard, Dan Mason, Michael Rutkovsky and Lew Stowell.

Review and Approve Minutes of June 27,2018: Approved unanimously.
Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public: No members of the public attended.
Guest: Enforcement & Safety Division, VT DMV: No one was available to attend.
Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills: June bill and report reviewed. Stowell to send an email requesting patrol logs each month, and request patrolling during at least a few of the Old Town Hall events.
Continuing Review of Parking Enforcement on Stone Road: Stowell to send a report on Committee efforts to research the problem to J. Benson, Select Board Chair. M. Rutkovsky to speak with an engineer at AOT.
Keeping in Touch with the Select Board and Highway Department: L. Stowell to discuss possible methods with J. Benson, Select Board Chair.
Increasing Parking in Pond Village: Edson to research Zoning Bylaws. L. Stowell to query Select Board on next steps.
Reflective E-911 House Number Signs Project: D. Mason presented Rule Sign sample. Niebling unable to attend. D. Mason to query Vermont Correctional Industries (VCI) whether their signs have holes. If so, to go with VCI signs.  S. Edson to create a spreadsheet with the names of residents who want signs to provide to T. Godfrey.  L. Stowell to send him one as well wit additional names.  The project needs to be completed soon.
Discussion of movable radar speed display signs: Unanimous agreement that having OCSD provide their “Speed Cart” from time to time at locations with up to date signs was a cost-effective way to encourage safe speeds. The Committee will continue to stay informed of current speed display sign technology. Stowell will provide a current list of requested sites for the “Speed Cart” to OCSD.
August Public Safety Message: The safety message to be combined with the E-911 House Number Sign request for other people wanting signs. E-911 House Number Sign request to be put on Front Porch Forum.
Setting the Next Meeting: August 22, 2018.
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting: D. Mason to invite someone from DMV Enforcement & Safety Division. If not confirmed by August 15, another guest may be invited.
Adjournment: 7:12 PM.

Jul 022018
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY June 27, 2018 5:30 PM
BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE
RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT
UNAPPROVED MINUTES
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.

May 282018
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Wednesday May 23, 2018 5:30 PM
Brookfield Town Office
Ralph Road, Brookfield, VT

UNAPPROVED MINUTES
The following members attended: Stuart Edson, Mike Stoddard, Dan Mason, Joy Kacik, Michael Rutkovsky and Lew Stowell.  Deputy Kevin Wilson, OCSD attended as invited guest.

Review and Approve Minutes of April 25, 2018. Approved unanimously.
Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public. None attended.
Acknowledgment of Gwynn Zakov’s resignation. Noted and accepted.
Guest: Deputy Kevin Wilson, OCSD. Made no opening remarks but participated in the meeting.
Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. Deputy Wilson explained that OCSD is expecting a new Website from which Brookfield could obtain patrol logs. L Stowell requested that until that website is operational that those logs be provided either on paper or digitally.
OCSD Contract Recommendations: L Stowell will send modified recommendations to the Select Board.
Continuing Review of Parking Enforcement and Pond Village Traffic Signs on Stone Road. M Rutkovsky to check with WEC about Power line ROW. S Edson to check I-89 surveys.
Increasing Parking in Pond Village: Discussed the MacBruce property. L Stowell measured approximately 150′ by 75′ that might be useful. S Edson to go with R Peck to look at the property to see how much work it would take.  D Mason to talk with AOT District Engineer about parking signs at the floating bridge.
Reflective E-911 House Number Signs: D Mason reported that reflective E-911 house signs are 4″ by 14″ and cost $8.90 each. There are no volume discounts. Proposed and approved that the signs all be green. Signs may be have numbers horizontal or vertical at homeowner’s option. L Stowell will talk with T Godfrey and J Benson about the ordering process.
Discussion of movable radar speed display signs: Deputy Wilson offered to have the OCSD Speed Cart placed at Brookfield Elementary School for a few days and once the 25 MPH signs are in place to place it North of Pond Village on Stone Road for a few days. Other possible locations for the Speed Cart not to be used until and unless appropriate signs are in place.
June Public Safety Message: Original message to be used in July. New message to be written by L Stowell explaining new speed limits at Elementary School and Pond Village and also explaining details of the E-911 House Sign availability.  S Edson to post on Front Porch Forum.
Setting the Next Meeting: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 5:30 PM at the Town Office.
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting: D Mason to talk with DMV Enforcement about a guest.
Adjournment: At 6:56 PM.

Apr 292018
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Wednesday April 25, 2018 5:30 PM
Brookfield Town Office
Ralph Road, Brookfield, VT
UNAPPROVED MINUTES
The following members attended: Stuart Edson, Mike Stoddard, Dan Mason, Gwynn Zakov, Michael Rutkovsky and Lew Stowell.

Review and Approve Minutes of March 28, 2018: Reviewed and approved unanimously.
Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public: None attended.
Acknowledgment of Kevin Joyal’s resignation and past service to the committee and the town: Accepted with understanding of his new job schedule and thanks for his service to the committee and town.
Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills: No March report and bill was available. Existing OCSD contract provided to members. Zakov recommended that Select Board be more specific about expectations of OCSD next year.  There was a discussion of what the new contract might say. Committee to send suggestions on additions to new contract with OCSD to the Select Board.
Continuing Review of Parking Enforcement and Pond Village Traffic Signs on Stone Road: Edson advised that Deputy Kevin Wilson is researching the situation. There was discussion of what laws or regulations are being violated. G. Zakov to send applicable portions of VSA to members.  S. Edson to look at deeds and surveys along Stone Road and the AOT website.
Increasing Parking in Pond Village: S. Edson and L Stowell to visit the McBrides.
Discussion of movable radar speed display signs: Northfield P.D. interview presented by L. Stowell. L. Stowell to email Sheriff Bohnyak on OCSD experience with radar speed display signs and availability of OCSD using theirs in Brookfield.
Familiarity with Brookfield Ordinances and plans: Ordinances and plans provided to members.
May Public Safety Message: Approved with improvements after discussion. Residents to be offered reflective metal E911 House Number Signs at cost. Mason to research details.
Ridge Road Sign Project: Completed last week to include removal of time signs at the school.
Setting the Next Meeting: May 23, 2018 at 5:30 PM.
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting: L. Stowell to invite OCSD Deputy Kevin Wilson to be a guest on May 23.
Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 7:30 PM.

Mar 312018
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY MARCH 28, 2018   5:30 PM
BROOKFIELD TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE  RALPH ROAD, BROOKFIELD, VT
UNAPPROVED MINUTES
The following members and guests attended: Stuart Edson, Kevin Joyal and Lew Stowell (members). Martin Prevost, Director of Licensing, Department of Liquor Control (Guest Speaker),  Dan Mason, Gwynn Zakov and Michael Rutkovsky (prospective members).

Review and Approve Minutes of February 28, 2018. Approved unanimously.
Explanation to Possible New Members with Materials. Brief background statement made by L. Stowell and distribution of copies of “A Guide to Open Meetings”- VT Secretary of State.
Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public. None attended.
Guest from the Vermont Department of Liquor Control, Martin Prevost, Director of Licensing. A very interesting presentation with questions and answers about the role of the Department of Liquor Control in both licensing and enforcement and how it could play in Brookfield. He emphasized the value of the role of local Select Boards in placing limitations on liquor licenses to fit local needs. His department is also charged with enforcement of under age drinking.
Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. The February OCSD bill was reviewed and discussed. Stowell will scan and email the current OCSD contract to the members.
Continuing Review of Parking Enforcement and Traffic Signs in Pond Village and on Stone Road. No visible improvement in the Stone Road parking situation yet.
Discussion of the March 6 Town Meeting as it Relates to the PSAC. L.. Stowell gave a brief report about the appreciation expressed in the Town Report and at the meeting by the Select Board for the Committee’s work in 2017.
Discussion of movable radar speed display signs. Interviews with Randolph Police Department and Traffic Safety Solutions were discussed but more research needs to be done.
Familiarity with Brookfield Emergency Plans. Local Emergency Operations Plan & Disaster Mitigation Plan were discussed briefly and members are to review them for next meeting.
April Public Safety Message. The message was approved and L Stowell will send a copy in Word to S. Edson to be put on the town website and to G. Zakov to put on Front Porch Forum.
Approval of Possible New Members willing to Serve. Dan Mason, Gwynn Zakov and Michael Rutkovsky were all willing to serve and were approved unanimously.
Setting the Next Meeting. April 25, 2018 at 5:30 at the Town Clerk’s Office.
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting. None to be invited.  Committee needs time to work on existing issues.
 Adjournment.  The meeting was adjourned at 8:03 PM.

Mar 072018
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Wednesday February 28, 2018 5:30 PM
Brookfield Town Office
Ralph Road, Brookfield, VT
UNAPPROVED MINUTES
The following members and guests attended: Kevin Joyal, Stuart Edson, Lew Stowell, Dennis Larocque (Member of the Public) and Keith Gallant, Dept of Fish & Wildlife (Invited Guest).

Review and Approve Minutes of January 24, 2018. Approved unanimously.
Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public. Dennis Larocque asked what the status of the parking problem on upper Stone Road was. He was told that the Select Board had directed the Road Foreman to place 35 MPH signs at the intersection of Schoolhouse and Stone Roads and at the Williamstown Town Line, that those signs were now in place and that the Select Board would be requesting the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) to enforce both speed limits and parking violations on that portion of Stone Road as well as other roads.
The guest from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, Warden Keith Gallant described his role in law enforcement as being focused on laws concerning fish and wildlife and safety but enforcing other laws when he observed them while conducting his normal duties. He has good working relationships with other law enforcement agencies to include the Agency of Natural Resources with Environmental law enforcement. Fish and Wildlife Wardens are a resource available during disasters through the State EOC or a local Incident Commander. He urged people who hear, see or suspect fish or wildlife violations such as poaching to contact him as soon as possible while physical evidence may still be collected.
Continuing Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills- It was reported that OCSD spent 36.5 hours in January resulting in 2 vehicle citations and 3 vehicle warnings.
Discussion of Goals and Objectives for Law Enforcement in Brookfield- Continued to the next meeting.
Continuing Review of Parking Status and Traffic Signs in Pond Village and on Stone Road was sufficiently covered in the discussion with Dennis Larocque above.
Preparation for the March 6 Town Meeting- It was decided not to create or issue handouts.
Discussion of movable radar speed display signs– Stowell handed out a Draft Comparison Sheet for discussion. Lew will call Randolph P.D. to learn more of their experience with these signs and to call Two Rivers Planning Commission about a possible traffic study.
February Public Safety Message- L Stowell presented a draft message which was approved and placed on the Town Website.
Setting the Next Meeting. The next meeting will be on March 28, 2018 at 5:30 PM.
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting. Stowell will contact Martin Prevost to see who in Liquor Control should be a guest at the March meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at 6:53 PM unanimously.