Jul 302021
 

Minutes of the
Meeting of
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD
SELECTBOARD
Town Clerk’s Office
July 26, 2021

THOSE PRESENT: John Benson, Chair; Jeff Kimmel, Dennis LaRocque, Brenda Flint, Kathryn Threlkeld, Board Members; Tim Higgins, Road Crew Foreman; Mike Lints, Auditor; Kasey Peterson, Administrative Assistant (by teleconferencing); Betty Lord, Secretary

A. CALL TO ORDER: The Chair, John Benson called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm.

B. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA: None

C. ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING: Mr. Benson explained to the new Board Members, Mrs. Flint and Mrs. Threlkeld, the way the Board is organized and the various roles that are filled by the members. He also explained the members’ working relationship with the Administrative Assistant to the Board, Mrs. Peterson.
The roles of the Board members were then assigned by vote:
• Mr. Kimmel made a motion to appoint Mr. John Benson as Chair of the Board. Mr. LaRocque seconded and the motion was unanimously approved: 5-0-0.
• Mr. Benson made a motion to appoint Mr. LaRocque as the Road Commissioner, working with the Highway Department. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion which was unanimously approved.: 5-0-0.
• Mr. Benson made a motion to appoint Mr. Kimmel as the member to oversee miscellaneous issues (including legal issues) that are not covered by the other appointments. Mr. LaRocque seconded the motion which was unanimously approved: 5-0-0.
• Mr. Kimmel made a motion to appoint Mrs. Flint as Financial Advisor to the Board. Mr. LaRocque seconded the motion which was unanimously approved: 5-0-0.
• Mr. Benson made a motion to appoint Mrs. Threlkeld as Town representative to the Mountain Alliance Solid Waste District and TRORC Transportation Advisory Committee. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion which was unanimously approved: 5-0-0.

D. PUBLIC COMMENTS: None

E. HIGHWAY REPORT:
a. Storm Damage Report: Mr. Higgins reported that the recent storm had done considerable damage, with the worst of it being done on Eagle Peak Road. Other roads affected were Chelsea Road, Halfway Brook Road, Kibbee Road and West Street. Mr. Higgins has met with a representative from VTrans who stated they would have grant funding available to cover 90% of the road repair costs. Mr. Higgins also stated that a new pump was needed for clearing some of the plugged culverts. Mr. LaRocque made a motion to authorize Mr. Higgins to purchase a new pump not to exceed a cost of $1,000. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion which carried unanimously: 5-0-0.
Mr. Higgins also reported that the equipment owned by the Town was insufficient to clear out some of the roads and ditches in Brookfield. The Board asked Mr. Higgins to get some pricing for hiring an outside party to do the work.
Mr Higgins also reported that 2,142 yards of sand had recently been purchased.
Mr. LaRocque reported that an account was opened with the NAPA store in Northfield and no limit had been set on purchases. Mr. Higgins stated that a representative from VTrans had visited the Bear Hill culvert site to observe what needs to be done and will now be going forward with the project design. Mr. Benson asked Mr. Higgins to get the final figures and estimated delivery date for the planned new truck in order to set the financing interest rate with Northfield Savings Bank. Mr. Higgins indicated the likely delivery date would be between the beginning of March and the middle of April, 2022.
b. Nicom Proposal for crack sealing: Mr. Benson made a motion to have Nicom spend one day on Ridge Road sealing cracks. The amount in the budget for crack sealing is $4,350.00. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motions which carried unanimously: 5-0-0.
F. NEW BUSINESS
Auditors:
a. The Board accepted the resignation letter of Rachel Rose.
b. Mr. Mike Lints, Auditor, attended the meeting to get a better sense of how the Town business transpires. Mr. Lints pointed out that two auditors are needed int order to properly audit the accounts. Mr. Benson stated that the Town Clerk does a review of the accounts and an outside auditor firm is also hired to review the Town’s accounts.
G. OLD BUSINESS:
1. Cemetery Budget Question: Mr. Joe Mangan, Town Cemeteries Sexton, has requested that the insurance money for the repair of stones in the Ridge Road Cemetery also be used to repair the fencing. Mr. Mangan will be requested to present the Board with an overall plan for his work on the cemeteries for the remainder of the year. Mr. Mangan’s budget for the year is $26,000.
Mr. Benson, Mr. LaRocque, and Mr. Kimmel, along with Mr. Mangan, met in a special meeting on July 13 to review proposed updates and revisions to the Town’s Cemeteries Rules and Regulations. Mrs. Peterson had obtained versions from other towns and prepared a preliminary draft for Brookfield. Copies of the draft document have been given to Mrs. Flint and Mrs. Threlkeld, allowing all Board members to review it and be ready to vote on it at the next Board meeting on August 9th. The draft proposal will be posted for public review and comment.
2. ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act of 2021): The State of Vermont has earmarked $70,000 a year for a two-year period for to be used for projects supporting public health. The Town must follow certain guidelines and restrictions in order to qualify for funding. A public meeting must be held to get ideas from the constituents of Brookfield and the meeting must be facilitated by a third party. Mrs. Peterson will contact Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission to ask them about facilitating a public meeting.

G. MEETING MINUTES
1. Regular meeting of 12 July 2021: Mr LaRocque made a motion to accept the minutes of the meeting of July 12, 2021 as presented. Mr. Kimmel seconded and the motion was carried: 3-0-2. As new members of the Board, Mrs. Flint and Mrs. Threldkeld abstained as they did not attend the meeting.
2. Special Meeting 13 July 2021: Mr. Benson made a motion to accept the minutes of the Special Meeting of July 13, 2021 as presented. Mr. Kimmel seconded and the motion carried: 3-0-2.

H. PAYROLL AND AP WARRANTS: Mr. LaRocque moved to accept the accounts payable report for a total of $26,084.54 with the largest expense being Northeast Delta Dental in the amount of $4,637.92. Mr. Kimmel seconded and the motion was unanimously approved.
Mr. LaRocque moved to accept the second accounts payable report in the total amount of $2,227.00 with the largest expense being payable to Radio North Group, Inc. in the amount of $1,407.00. Mr. Kimmel seconded and the motion which was unanimously approved.

I. OTHER PROPER BUSINESS: Mr. Bob (Doc) Conniff appeared before the Board to discuss repairs to be made to the roof of the Town Clerk’s Office. He reported he would do some small repairs now in the amount of $500 and would present the Board with an estimate of costs by December 2021 for repairs to be done at a later time.

J. ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business to come before the Board, Mr. Benson made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Kimmel seconded and the meeting was adjourned at 8:40 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Betty Lord

Jul 222021
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting
26 July 2021 at 6:30pm
Town Office
AGENDA
A. Call To Order
B. Adjustments to Agenda
C. Organizational Meeting
D. Public Comments
E. Highway Report
1. Storm Damage Report
2. Nicom Proposal for crack sealing
F. New Business
1. Auditors
a. Resignation of Rachel Rose
b. Mike Lints to discuss auditor procedures
F. Old Business
1. Cemetery Budget Question
2. Arpa Update and Next Step
G. Meeting Minutes
1. Regular Meeting 12 July 2021
2. Special Meeting 13 July 2021
H. Payroll and AP Warrants
I. Other Proper Business
J. Adjournment

Jul 192021
 

The Town of Brookfield
Special Selectboard Meeting
July 13, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.
2473 East Street
THOSE PRESENT: John Benson, Chair; Jeff Kimmel, Dennis LaRocque (Selectboard Members); Joe Mangan (Cemetery Sexton), Kaira Mangan
A. Call To Order – 6:30 p.m.
B. Adjustments to Agenda – None
C. Public Comments – (See D. Cemetery Policy below)
D. Cemetery Policy: the meeting was scheduled to allow the Selectboard, joined by Mr. Mangan and Ms. Mangan, to conduct a work session focused on reviewing and updating the Town’s Cemetery Policy. The Policy sections under review included:
Section I. Definitions
Section II. General Rules and Regulations
Section III. Burial Rights
Section IV. Procedure and Forms
Section V. Cemetery Lots
Section VI. Cremation Garden
Section VII. Interments, Dis-interment and Removals
Section VIII. Foundations
Section IX. Memorials, Monuments, and Markers
Section X. Work and Labor in Town of Brookfield Cemeteries
Section XI. Miscellaneous
Based on the discussion, the Board will propose revisions in an updated draft version of the policy. The Board will post the proposal (on the brookfieldvt.org website and public notice locations) for public review and comment. After receipt and review of public comments, the Board will publish a formal warning and notice of the proposal, and schedule a date for a public hearing (and potential Board vote on adoption) for the revised Cemetery Policy.
E. Adjournment – 7:45 p.m.

Jul 192021
 

Minutes of the
Meeting of
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD
SELECTBOARD
Town Clerk’s Office
July 12, 2021
THOSE PRESENT: John Benson, Chair; Jeff Kimmel and Dennis LaRocque, Board members; Tim Higgins, Road Crew Foreman; Kasey Peterson, Administrative Asst. (by teleconferencing); Kate Bancroft, and Betty Lord, Secretary.
A. CALL TO ORDER – Mr. Benson called the meeting to order at 6:33 p.m.
B. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA – None
C. PUBLIC COMMENTS – None
D. HIGHWAY REPORT – Mr. Higgins reported the Road Crew has been busy grading and ditching. To-date approximately 1,000 yards of sand has been moved and stockpiled. Culverts have been ordered but have not been received. Markers are now in place indicating utility wiring that is placed under West Street at the Taplin property. Mr. Higgins stated that he had contacted NI-COM regarding a price for paving the cracks on the Ridge Road and is waiting for an answer. Mr. Higgins was asked to look into having someone inspect the five bridges in Town with an average span of 16 ft. There may be American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) federal funding for work done on the bridges.
Mr. Higgins will contact VTrans to get a date on when they will come to discuss the work to be done on Bear Hill Road. It was noted that the grant for the work to be done expires on December 31, 2021. Mr. Higgins was also asked to update the list of the Town’s vehicles and equipment.
E. NEW BUSINESS –
1. Justin Poulin – Driveway Culvert – Mr. Higgins reported that the culvert issue with Mr. Poulin had been resolved.
2. Zoning Board of Adjustment – Mr. Benson made a motion to appoint Mr. Dennis LaRocque and Ms. Kate Bancroft as members of the Board of Adjustment. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion which was unanimously approved. 3-0-0.
3. Auditor Appointment – Mr. Kimmel made a motion to approve the appointment of Rachel Rose to the open position for Town Auditor. Mr. Benson seconded the motion which was approved unanimously. 3-0-0.
4. CAI Technologies Contract – Mr. Benson made a motion to accept the contract presented to the Board by CAI Technologies. Mr. LaRocque seconded the motion which was unanimously approved. 3-0-0.
5. Personnel Policy Re: Juneteenth – The Board will defer making a decision on the issue of making Juneteenth a Town paid holiday until further direction is provided on the State level.
6. Sanel Application – NAPA – Action on the application from Sanel was tabled. Mr. LaRocque will ask Mr. Higgins to contact the NAPA stores in Northfield and Barre to inquire about their application process.
7. Gillespie Fuel Contracts (4) – The contracts include two for the Town fire station, one for the Town garage, and one for the Town Clerk’s office. The prices offered are $2.52 a gallon for pre-buy and $2.56 to purchase monthly for eleven months. Mr. LaRocque made a motion to pre-buy the fuel needed for the above named contracts. Mr. Benson seconded and the motion was unanimously approved. 3-0-0. Mr. Benson will sign the contracts on behalf of the Town.
8. Old Town Hall Public Assemblage Permits. – It was noted that events in Pond Village for fewer than fifty people do not require a permit. Mr. Kimmel made a motion to approve the pro-posed permit for the Community Pot Luck event to be held at the Old Town Hall on July 13. Mr. LaRocque seconded and the motion carried unanimously. 3-0-0. Mr. Benson made a motion to approve the assemblage permit for the Sprague Farm Day to be held on July 17, 2021. Mr. Kimmel seconded and the motion was unanimously approved. 3-0-0.
9. Village Dog Complaint – Mr. Kimmel will contact Mr. Dan Mason (Town Constable) to discuss the complaint in Pond Village. It was also suggested that if neighbors would keep a log of what they witness, it would be easier for the Board to act on such complaints.
F. OLD BUSINESS
l. Stone Road Parking – Mr. Kimmel will contact Mr. Mason to set a time to visit a site on Stone Road to determine whether or not a vehicle is parked in the right-of-way. Mr. Kimmel will also notify the resident that a visit will be forthcoming.
2, Sprague Farm Day – See above under assemblage permits.
G. MINUTES OF JUNE 28, 2021 Selectboard meeting – Mr. Kimmel made a motion that the Board approve the minutes of the meeting of June 28, 2021 as presented. Mr. LaRocque seconded and the minutes were approved unanimously. 3-0-0.
H. PAYROLL AND AP WARRANTS – Mr. LaRocque made a motion to accept the accounts pay-able report in the total amount of $22,197.02 (closing out FY 2020/2021) with the largest payment being made to R. E. Tucker in the amount of $19,845.00. Mr. Kimmel seconded and the report was approved unanimously. 3-0-0. Mr. LaRocque also made a motion to accept the accounts payable report in the total amount of $19,755.58 (FY 2021/2022) with the highest payment being made to Gorman Group, LLC in the amount of $8,022.46. Mr. Kimmel seconded and the report was unanimously approved. 3-0-0.
I. OTHER PROPER BUSINESS – Mr. Benson reported to the Board that he would be meeting with a representative from the office of VT Senator Sanders on July 28th to discuss the possibility of funding for a new fire house.
J. ADJOURNMENT – There being no further business to come before the Board, Mr. LaRocque made a motion to adjourn at 7:35 p.m. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion and the meeting was unanimously adjourned. 3-0-0.
Respectfully submitted,
Betty Lord, Secretary

Jul 082021
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting
12 July 2021 at 6:30pm
Town Office
AGENDA
A. Call To Order
B. Adjustments to Agenda
C. Public Comments
D. Highway Report
E. New Business
1. Justin Poulin – Driveway culvert
2. Zoning Board of Adjustment Appointment
a. Dennis Larocque
b. Kate Bancroft
3. Auditor Appointment – Rachel Rose
4. CAI Technologies Contract
5. Personnel Policy re: Juneteenth
6. Sanel application
7. Gillespie Fuel Contracts
8. Old Town Hall Public Assemblage Permits
9. Village Dog Complaint
F. Old Business
1. Stone Road Parking
2. Sprague Farm Day
G. Meeting Minutes
1. 28 June Meeting
H. Payroll and AP Warrants
I. Other Proper Business
J. Adjournment

Jun 302021
 

The Town of Brookfield
Special Selectboard Meeting
June 22, 2021 at 6:00 PM
Town Office and Zoom
Present: Dennis LaRocque and Jeff Kimmel (Selectmen); Sheriff Bill Bohnyak and Scott Clouatre (Orange County Sheriiff Department); Lew Stowell (Public Safety Advisory Committee)
1 – Call to Order – 6:08 p.m.
2 – Public Comment – none
3 – Stone Road Traffic and Parking:
Mr. Bohnyak said that if vehicles are in the Town travel-way and right-of-way, the Town can have such vehicles towed. Mr. Clouatre commented that the Town may need to update its Traffic Ordinance to specify what types of vehicle infractions are subject to enforcement and penalties. Mr. Stowell reported that the PSAC has been in the midst of reviewing and revising the ordinance, and will try to address speed and parking problems (and Town responses) during the process. Mr. Bohnyak confirmed that vehicles with 2 wheels in the Town’s travelway are problematic.
Mr. LaRocque noted that there are likely liability issues triggered with improper vehicle parking on that portion of Stone Road, including the potential for accidents with 2-way traffic patterns passing through the site.
Mr. Bohnyak added that if vehicles are towed away, the towing company can charge a storage fee. If there is no recovery of fees, the towing company may have the option to either salvage or sell the offending vehicle. The Town will need to figure out which towing company to hire for services. For vehicles parked in the travel portion of the highway, the Town may want to consider establishing a maximum number of days the vehicle can remain, the process for ticketing the vehicle, and when it might be towed.
Mr. Bohnyak and Mr. Clouatre also recommended that the Town refer to the pertinent Vermont ordinance (23 VSA 1101) for guidance on the Traffic Ordinance revisions, along with reviewing another Town’s ordinance (such as Randolph) for further suggested approaches. As an additional precaution, the Town should ask the Town Attorney (Michael Monte) to review the final draft version of the revised Traffic Ordinance.
Mr. Bohnyak indicated that he and/or Mr. Clouatre, after reviewing conditions at the Stone Road site, would stop by and speak with the landowner. It was also suggested the Selectboard meet with the landowner to confirm Stone Road boundaries at the site, based on a survey that was previously commissioned for the site.
4 – Other Proper Business – none
5 – Adjournment – 7:20 p.m.

Jun 302021
 

Minutes of the
Meeting of
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD
SELECTBOARD
Town Clerk’s Office
June 28, 2021
THOSE PRESENT: John Benson, Chair; Jeff Kimmel, Dennis LaRocque (Board Members); Bet-ty Lord (Secretary); and Kasey Peterson (Administrative Assistant) by telephone.
A. CALL TO ORDER: The Chair, John Benson called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.
B. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA: None
C: PUBLIC COMMENTS: None
D. Highways: Mr. Tim Higgins, Road Crew Foreman, is on vacation. Mr. LaRocque gave the highway report. He stated that the road crew continues to do grading, ditching, and replacement of culverts. He also reported that roadside mowing should be completed by the 4th of July.
1. Access Permit for James Infurna: Mr. Higgins had reported it appears that no culvert will be necessary and the property needs to be leveled up in order to allow access from School House Road. Mr. Benson made a motion to approve an access permit for Mr. Infurna with conditions as noted by the Road Foreman. Mr. Kimmel seconded and the motion carried unanimously. 3-0-0.
E. NEW BUSINESS:
1. Town Report Budget Item: The question was asked whether the $2,000 approved at the Town Meeting for contracting for the preparation for the Town Report should be listed under salaries or the Town Report budget item. It was agreed that the $2,000 should be listed as a sub-item under the Town Report and that if a salaried person was hired to prepare the Town Report, that person would be contracted to do so and the work on the report would be done separate and apart from any work required by a salaried position.
2. Stone Road Property: It was agreed that one or two members of the Board will join with the Sheriff and a deputy to meet with Mr. Cushing to discuss whether or not his truck is parked in the right-of-way or traveled way. A survey map will be used and a measurement will be taken to determine the answer to this question. If it is not parked in the RoW or traveled way, no action will be taken. If it is in the RoW or traveled way, Mr. Cushing will be notified (including the potential for fines) and then offered the opportunity to move the truck. If the truck is not moved, further action will be taken.
3. Personnel Policy Addendum for COVID-19 – Mr. Kimmel made a motion for the Selectboard to approve the addendum regarding COVID-19 and carried over as an addendum to the Personnel Policy, Mr. Benson seconded and the motion passed unanimously. 3-0-0.
4. Brandon Stephens Contract – Mr. Benson made a motion to execute the contract with Bran-don Stephens for roadside mowing. Mr. Kimmel seconded and the motion passed unanimously. 3-0-0.
5. Schedule Cemetery Special Meeting – A special meeting for the review of the cemetery policy has been set for Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. Mrs. Peterson will contact Mr. Joe Mangan to ask if he is available to attend the meeting on that date.
F. Old Business – No action taken.
G. Minutes – Mr. Benson made a motion to accept the minutes of the Special Meeting of June 10, 2021 as presented. Mr. LaRocque seconded and the minutes were unanimously approved. 3-0-0.
Mr. Kimmel made a motion to approve the minutes of the Selectboard meeting of June 14 as pre-sented. Mr. LaRocque seconded and the minutes were unanimously approved. 3-0-0
Mr. LaRocque made a motion to accept the minutes of a Special Meeting of the Board on June 22, 2021. Mr. Kimmel seconded and the minutes were approved. Mr. Benson abstained as he did not attend the meeting. 2-1-0.
H. PAYROLL AND AP WARRANTS – Mr. LaRocque moved to accept the accounts payable report for a total of $11,034 payable to Kirkyard Services – Cement and Stone. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion which was unanimously approved. 3-0-0.
Mr. LaRocque moved to accept the accounts payable report for a total of $20,309.99. with the largest expense being paid to R. E. Tucker for gravel in the amount of $6,993.00. Mr. Benson seconded and the motion was unanimously approved. 3-0-0.
I OTHER PROPER BUSINESS – Mr. LaRocque reported that the Board of Adjustment had met last week. Ms .Kym Anderson was sent a letter by the Chair, Mr. Tom Allen, asking her to commit to meetings or to resign. Ms. Anderson stated that she was sorry not to have been able to honor her commitment but that she needed to resign at this time. Mr. LaRocque will send her an email and ask for her resignation in writing.
Mr. LaRocque stated that he has been an interim member of the Board of Adjustment and re-quested that he now be made a permanent member of the Board. His name will be warned for the next meeting stating his interest in being appointed to a permanent position on the Board of Adjustment.
Mr. Benson made a motion to make an application to the American Rescue Plan Act in the amount of $70,000 with himself as the Authorized Representative and Mrs. Peterson as the Primary Contact; authorizing Mrs. Peterson to file the application on the part of the Town of Brookfield and indicating the Town’s interest in pursuing money from the fund. Mr. LaRocque seconded the motion which carried unanimously. 3-0-0.
There being no further business to come before the Board, Mr. Kimmel made a motion to adjourn at 7:40 p.m. Mr. LaRocque seconded the motion which was carried unanimously. 3-0-0.
Respectfully Submitted,
Betty Lord, Secretary

Jun 232021
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting
28 June 2021 at 6:30pm
Town Office
AGENDA
A. Call To Order
B. Adjustments to Agenda
C. Public Comments
D. Highway Report
1. Access permit James Infurna
E. New Business
1. Town Report Budget Item
2. Stone road property
3. Personnel Policy Addendum for Covid-19
4. Brandon Steens Contract
5. Schedule Cemetery Special Meeting
F. Old Business
G. Meeting Minutes
1. Special Meeting 10 June 2021
2. 14 June Meeting
3. Special Meeting 22 June 2021
H. Payroll and AP Warrants
I. Other Proper Business
J. Adjournment

Jun 232021
 

Minutes of the Meeting of
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD SELECTBOARD
Held: June 14, 2021
THOSE PRESENT: John Benson, Chair; Jeff Kimmel and Dennis LaRocque, Board members; Tim Higgins, Road Crew Foreman; Kasey Peterson, Administrative Assistant; and Betty Lord, Secretary
A. CALL TO ORDER: The Chair, Mr. Benson called the meeting to order at 6:34 p.m.
B. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA: None
C: PUBLIC COMMENTS: None
D. HIGHWAY REPORT:
Mr. Higgins reported the road crew had been busy grading, ditching, changing culverts, and put-ting up new signs and replacing old ones. There has been some beaver activity on Twin Pond Road and Mr. Bill Sprague is taking charge of that.
VTrans is taking two borings at the Bear Hill site and if they do not hit ledge, a design will be drawn up and put out to bid. It is possible the work could start this year. New culverts are in place for Horner, Churchill, and Halfway Brook Roads. Twin Pond Road is scheduled for a new culvert after the 4th of July.
Roadside mowing will begin next week and should be completed by July 4th. Mr. Benson asked Mrs. Peterson to contact Mr. Stephens of Brandon Stevens Mowing LLC to make sure that all paper work is in place before they start mowing.
Mr.Higgins was asked to prepare a capital plan of equipment and length of time of ownership for replacing equipment.
Mrs. Peterson noted that Two Rivers-Ottaquechee Regional Commission needs a Letter of Intent from the Board by the deadline of June 25, 2021 for the funding of erosion control measures. The survey will be done by TRORC and all work must be completed on the project by September 30, 2022.
Mr. Benson asked Mr. Higgins to provide a copy of a purchase and sales agreement for the new truck so Northfield Savings Bank can set the interest rate for the loan.
1. License Agreement for Utilities Under Highways – Mr. Benson asked Mr. Higgins to prepare a sketch of the Taplin electrical repair site on West Street to show where the wiring crosses under the road and to install posts with signs to mark the underground utility.
2. Long-Term Highway Strategy – Mr. LaRocque discussed the need for a long term plan for roads. Mr. LaRocque, Mr. Kimmel, and Mr. Higgins will meet to identify five top issues for road work.
E. NEW BUSINESS
1. Barre Town Ambulance Service – Mr. Benson made a motion to execute the contract with Barre Town Ambulance Service to provide emergency medical service for the Town of Brookfield. Mr. Kimmel seconded and the motion which passed unanimously. 3-0-0
2. Orange County Sheriff Contract – Mr. Benson made a motion to execute the contract with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department to provide law enforcement services for the Town of Brookfield. Mr. LaRocque seconded the motion which was unanimously approved. 3-0-0
3. Budget Items – Mrs. Peterson had some questions about proper placement of budget items all of which were clarified including a question regarding the $1,500 which was added to the budget at Town Meeting for hiring someone to prepare the Town Report which will be a budget item un-der “salaries.”
4. Town Office Roof – Mr. LaRocque noted that while he was shoveling the roof on the Town Clerk’s Office this winter, he noticed that some of the shingles were loose. Mr. LaRocque was asked to call Mr. Bob Conniff to inspect the roof and provide an estimate for repairs.
5. Transportation Advisory Committee – Mr. Benson volunteered to serve on the Transportation Advisory Committee in the short term until two new members are elected to the Board. He will notify Two Rivers of his commitment.
6. Covid Workplace Guidelines and Public Meeting Formats- Discussion ensued regarding Governor Scott’s rescinding of the COVID-19 mandates for vaccinated individuals. Mr. Kimmel made a motion to sunset the current policy set by the Brookfield Selectboard at midnight, June 15, 2021; however, it does not remove VOSHA employees from complying with COVID require-ments. Mr. LaRocque seconded the motion which was unanimously approved. 3-0-0
7. Road spur across from Koren property – Mr. Kimmel spoke with Mr. Koren regarding said property and Mr. Kimmel will do a further search of the town records.
F. OLD BUSINESS
1. Joe’s Custom Memorial Bill – Mr. Kimmel sent the material regarding the repairs at the Ridge Road Cemetery to the Town’s attorney. The attorney will contact the driver who caused the de-struction of the cemetery memorials in order to get the name of his insurance company. Mr. Ben-son made a motion to pay Joe’s Custom Memorial’s invoice in the amount of $11,034.00 out of this year’s budget. Mr. LaRocque seconded and the motion carried unanimously. 3-0-0
2. Cemetery Policy – The Board made a decision to hold a separate meeting to work on the doc-ument stating the cemetery policy.
G. Approval of the Minutes 24 May 2021 Meeting – Mr. Kimmel made a motion to approve the minutes of the meeting of May 24, 2021 as presented. Mr. LaRocque seconded the motion which was unanimously approved. 3-0-0
H. PAYROLL AND AP WARRANTS – Mr. LaRocque moved to accept the accounts payable re-port for a total of $20, 472.21 with the largest expense being paid to Gorman Group for $4,013.90. Mr. Benson seconded and the motion was unanimously approved. 3-0-0
I. Other Proper Business – The Selectboard Meeting of Monday, June 28, 2021 will be held in person at the Town Clerk’s Office.
J. ADJOURNMENT – There being no further business to come before the Board, Mr. LaRocque made a motion to adjourn at 8:17 p.m. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion and the meeting was unanimously adjourned. 3-0-0
Respectfully submitted,
Betty Lord, Secretary