Aug 102022
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting

August 8, 2022

6:30 PM

Town Office

DRAFT Minutes

Present: John Benson, Chair; Betty Lord, Curtis Koren, Stuart Edson, Keith Sprague, members; Vicki Blanchard, Administrative Assistant; Amy Ingrassia, Assistant Treasurer; David Christensen, Ben Koren.

A. Call To Order – Mr. Benson called the Selectboard meeting to order at 6:30 pm

B. Adjustments to Agenda – Move Permit to Oktoberfest from New Business to before Public Comments and move David Christensen – Wind Turbine right after.

1. Permit to Oktoberfest – Mr. Ben Koren attended to discuss the October 8, 2022 Oktoberfest setup. Mr. Benson said that any signs used should be larger than last year and Mr. Koren said this would be done. The village will only be closed during the 5 mile race and that the sheriff will be present as well as other security measures. Mr. Edson made a motion to accept the October 8 Public Assemblage Permit for the Oktoberfest, Mr. Sprague seconded the motion and it was carried unanimously 3-0-2 Mrs. Lord and Mrs. Koren abstained as they are both members of the Board of the Brookfield Community Partnership that is requesting the permit.

2. David Christensen – Wind Turbine on 734 Old Post Road – Mr. Christensen said this would be a 100 foot tower to be used for his energy source on his property only. He approached the Selectboard to have his site a preferred site for the turbine. Mr. Edson made a motion that the Selectboard approve Mr. Christensen’s location as a preferred site for a wind turbine, Ms. Lord seconded the motion and it was carried unanimously 5-0-0

C. Public Comments

1. Chris White – Cannabis discussion – Mr. White did not attend.

D. Payroll and AP Warrants – Ms. Lord made a motion to approve the AP Warrants as presented with a total $20,178.10 with the highest payment being made to RE Tucker in the amount of $15,407.00. Ms. Koren seconded the motion which carried unanimously 5-0-0

E. Highway Report – Mr. Sprague reported that the new truck arrived last week. The crew graded in West Brookfield and Stone Road as well as took care of some maintenance and stockpiled some hard pack from RE Tucker. Some chloride was put down on the dusty spots on Stone Road. There will be a delivery of chloride this week and depending on weather will put down more chloride and then get back to more grading. The well at the garage has gone dry again but hopefully over the weekend has recovered. The site for the new well is prepped and ready for the well driller. This has been pushed back until September due to weather. Ms. Lord will call the well driller to let them know the about the problem with the old well and hopefully can get them here sooner. Mr. Higgins has Radio North coming this week to install a radio in new truck as well as looking at the school to place a repeater for better reception for the highway department. Mr. Higgins is looking for some guide lines on chloride usage and Mr. Sprague will ask Mr. Higgins to prepare a proposal regarding chloride usage. Mr. Sprague mentioned that a third person needs to be hired soon to make sure that winter road maintenance is able to be done. Ms. Koren made a motion to have Mr. Sprague come up with an advertising strategy to obtain a full or part time road crew person, Mr. Edson seconded the motion which was carried unanimously 5-0-0

Mr. Sprague will contact WB Rogers regarding getting a schedule on the four different projects he will be doing starting with Eagle Peak Road. Mr. Benson made a motion to have Mr. Sprague sign an Exemption Certificate on the new truck, Ms. Lord seconded the motion which was carried unanimously 5-0-0.

F. New Business

1. David Christensen – Wind Turbine on 734 Old Post Road – moved to B.

2. Permit for Oktoberfest – moved to B.

3. Four Public Assemblage Permits to approve – The Selectboard reviewed four permits scheduled for the next few weeks and then Mr. Edson made a motion to approve all the Public Assemblage Permits, Mr. Sprague seconded the motion which carried unanimously 5-0-0

G. Old Business – none

H. July 25, 2022 Meeting Minutes – A correction was offered under the Other Proper Business section. Mr. Benson made a motion to accept the July 25, 2022 minutes as amended, Mr. Sprague seconded the motion which carried unanimously 4-0-0

I Other Proper Business

1. White River Valley Consortium Working Communities Challenge report from June 30 – Ms. Koren reported that she attended a meeting with the WRV Consortium Working Communities and said that funding for housing is available thru the Federal Bank of Boston. Their purpose is to help towns to get funding for small businesses looking for housing for their workers. The Selectboard felt this group would work better in a larger city or town but talked about having a committee to discuss the need.

2. Heat Pump – There were two quotes that came in on the Heat Pump for the Town office and the Board is waiting for a change on one of them so this will be discussed at the next meeting.

3. Route 14 Notice to Cease and Desist letter – There is no action that the Selectboard needs to take.

4. Cannabis – Mr. Benson reported that the VLTC attorney said if anyone wants to do retail sales then there would have to be a Town vote at town meeting. Anyone that wants to do this would have have to get a license first, the town would have to opt in and then it would have to go to zoning for approval.

5. Art on the Farm Public Assemblage permit was presented by Mr. Sprague which is happening on August 27, 2022 at the Sprague Farm. After reviewing the permit Mr. Benson made a motion to approve the permit, Ms. Koren seconded the motion which was carried unanimously 4-0-1 with Mr. Sprague abstaining.

J. Adjournment – Ms. Lord made a motion to adjourn at 9:41 pm, Mr. Sprague seconded the motion and there being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was unanimously adjourned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jul 272022
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting
July 25, 2022
6:30 PM
Town Office
DRAFT Minutes
Present: John Benson, Chair; Betty Lord, Curtis Koren, Keith Sprague, members; Vicki Blanchard, Administrative Assistant, Mr. and Mrs. Scott Warren. Stuart Edson was not present.
A. Call To Order – Mr. Benson called Selectboard meeting to order at 6:36 pm.
B. Adjustments to Agenda – none
C. Public Comments
1. Scott Warren who lives on West Brookfield Road which is a dirt road approached the Selectboard to try to find a solution to prevent the amount of dust he says is very unhealthy and unsafe. Mr. Sprague was told this week that there is a pintle ring which accomodates the pintle hitch on truck 4. As soon as this arrives chloride will be able to be applied to his road as well as other roads in town.
D. Payroll and AP Warrants – Ms. Lord made a motion to accept the AP and Warants as presented with a total of $25,984.01, with the highest payment being made to Work Safe Traffic Control Industries in the amount of $5,995.27. Ms. Koren seconded the motion which carried unanimously 4-0-0
E. Highway Report – Mr. Sprague reported that last week the crew hauled hard pack to stockpile and some ditch stone. Mr. Higgins has been in touch with HP Fairfield/Tenco who are working on the new truck and was told it was headed out to be painted last week so we should be seeing the new truck this week or early next week. Mr. Higgins also asked about purchasing more crushed gravel and crushed stone from WB Rogers. This week they plan to finish installing culverts on Eagle Peak Road for which we have a grant. Mr. Higgins said he met with Jeff Gilman on the ditching to be done for this project and he should have prices sometime this week along with bridge repair prices. Ms. Lord made a motion to have Mr. Benson give WB Rogers approval to move ahead with work on Eagle Peak providing his estimate is within the grant requirements. Mr. Sprague seconded the motion which carried unanimously 4-0-0
F. New Business – none
G. Old Business
1. Heat Pump – The Selectboard is waiting to hear back from the two vendors that gave a quote on the heat pump work with answers to a few extra questions they had on the project work.
H. Meeting Minutes
1. July 11, 2022 – Mr. Sprague made a motion to accept the July 11, 2022 minutes as presented; Ms. Lord seconded the motion which carried unanimously 3-0-0. Ms. Koren had to leave just before the motion.
I Other Proper Business –
1. Oktoberfest – Ms. Lord discussed with the Board the assemblage permit for an event for Oktoberfest and a 5K race to be held on October 8, 2022 in Pond Village. The Board asked for a map of the roads to be closed for the race as well as other information regarding Oktoberfest. Ms. Lord will present the application for permit at the next meeting of the Selectboard.
2. Hippo Park – Ms. Lord reported the Mr. Ted Elzy purchased all the material to fix the fence and that Mr. James Parent came to look at the trees and gave his recommendation. Mr. Jon Bindhimmer will do the work on the trees with the exception of the weeping willow which needs a professional arborist to do the work.
3. VLCT Inspection report (for Town Office, Town Garage and the Fire House) – Mr. Benson will go over the report and report on the results at the next meeting.
J. Adjournment – Mr. Benson made a motion to adjourn at 8:25 pm., Mr. Sprague seconded the motion, and there being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was unanimously adjourned.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jul 152022
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting
July 11, 2022
6:30 PM
Betty and Gary Lord’s home on
419 West Street, Brookfield
DRAFT Minutes
Present: John Benson, Chair; Betty Lord, Stuart Edson, Dennis LaRocque; members, Curtis Koren was not present; Vicki Blanchard, Administrative Assistant; Amy Ingrassia, Assistant Treasurer; Donald and Tamara West, Keith Sprague.
A. Call To Order – Mr. Benson called the Selectboard meeting to order at 6:30 pm
B. Adjustments to Agenda – Mr. Benson suggested that New Business (F) be moved to come after Public Comments (C)
C. Public Comments
1. Donald West – regarding Old Stage Road (TH45) Mr. West attended the meeting to discuss the Old State Road (TH 45). Mr. Benson stated he had a letter from the town’s attorney recommending the section under discussion be settled by a Quick Claim Deed. The deed would be signed by the four property owners whose land abuts that section of Old Stage Road. Mr. Benson made a motion to get the Quick Claim Deed done and signed so when the next Town May comes out it can be corrected. Ms. Lord seconded the motion which was carried unanimously 4-0-0
F. New Business
1. Vacancy – Mr. LaRocque submitted his resignation to the Selectboard and Mr. Benson and the other members wished him well and expressed the hope that in the future he would consider running again. Mr. LaRocque recommended that Keith Sprague take his place. Mr. Benson made a motion to appoint Mr. Sprague to fill the position for Mr. LaRocque. Mr. Edson seconded the motion which carried unanimously 3-0-0. Mr. Sprague will serve the rest of Mr. LaRocque’s term which is until the next Town Meeting Day in 2023.
D. Payroll and AP Warrants –
1. Mr. Benson made a motion to sign a contract for fuel and propane for the next heating season with Gillespie’s. Ms. Lord seconded the motion which was carried unanimously 3-0-0.
2. Ms. Lord made a motion to approve the AP warrants as presented with a total of $56,957.95 and with the highest payment being made to The Town of Barre in the amount of $34,775.01 for EMS services. Mr. Edson Seconded the motion which carried unanimously 3-0-0.
E. Highway Report
1. Amendment #3 to Memorandum of Agreement – MU0227 – The Agreement was signed and will be sent back to the state.
2. The road crew has been ditching, hauling stone, tree work on various roads. Some brake work has been done on the large truck. Stone for next mud season was purchased from WB Rogers.
3. The Parker Road bridge will be worked on by Charlie Gilman. There is FEMA money available which the town will apply to this project.
4. Mr. Gilman gave a quote of $18,000 to do improvement work on the Town office parking lot and to make a rain garden from the water runoff in that area. Mr. Benson made a motion to authorize WB Rogers to move forward with the updates above. Mr. Edson seconded the motion which carried unanimously 3-0-0.
F. New Business – moved above.
1. Vacancy
G. Old Business – none
H. Meeting Minutes June 27, 2022 – Ms. Lord made a motion to accept the June 27, 2022 minutes as presented; Mr. Edson seconded the motion, which carried unanimously 3-0-0.
I Other Proper Business
1. Agreement EM0165 – Town of Brookfield/Town Highway Emergency Fund – Mr. Benson made a motion to execute the Town Highway Emergency Grant. This money will cover work on roads and ditches from the July 21, 2021 storm. Mr. Edson seconded the motion, which carried unanimously 3-0-0.
2. Personnel Policy – In the Personnel Policy the Town’s health care company needed to be changed to MVP and a couple of typo’s that needed to be corrected. The Policy is now current.
3. Over the weekend there was a gathering on Route 14 and Mike Ferillo was asked to see if there was anything in the Town Ordinance that was not being followed. It appeared that no laws were being broken and there was no issue that should come before the Selectboard.
4. It was noted that someone on East Hill is putting in a road as well as a site for a mobile home. As no request for permitting has been made in the Town Clerk’s Office, Mr. Ferillo will contact the owner and offer to help him with getting the necessary permits.
J. Adjournment – Ms. Lord made a motion to adjourn at 8:45 pm., Mr. Edson seconded the motion and there being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was unanimously adjourned.

Jun 302022
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting
June 27, 2022
6:30 PM
Town Office
Unapproved DRAFT Minutes
Present: John Benson, Chair, Betty Lord, Stuart Edson, Dennis LaRocque, Curtis Koren, Members; Vicki Blanchard, Administrative Assistant, Amy Ingrassia, Assistant Treasurer; Steve Hill, Larry Brassard, Sarah Danly.
A. Call To Order – Mr. Benson called the Selectboard meeting to order at 6:35 pm.
B. Adjustments to Agenda – Sarah Danly from the White River Valley Consortium, Old State Road (TH45), and Larry Brassard to Public Comments.
C. Public Comments
1. Sarah Danly explained updates to the White River Consortium regarding
being awarded a three-year implementation grant to work on increasing housing that is affordable for entry-level workforce and beginning entrepreneurs. Ms. Danly will send Ms. Koren more information on this project.
2. Old Stage Road (TH45) – Mr. Benson explained that according to VLCT there are several potential ways to fix this problem. The most direct is to first find a copy of the town map that shows the road extension post July 2015. Secondly, if there is no map, then the town could approach the owners and get them to sign a descriptive document. Third is to go through the right-of-way process and fourth is if they are not willing sellers it would become a court issue. Mr. Benson will review the Town Highway maps on file with Vtrans.
3. Mr. Brassard brought up a road side mowing issue. He feels that the contractor is not cutting the grass back far enough from the road. Mr. LaRocque is also going to contact Mr. Higgins to discuss this issue and also to have him check on a tree that Mr. Brassard says is too close to the road.
D. Payroll and AP Warrants – Ms. Lord made a motion to approve the AP Warrants as presented with a total of $148,345.05 with the highest payment being made to WB Rogers for sand in the amount of $87,087.00. Mr. Edson seconded the motion which carried unanimously 5-0-0
E. Highway Report – Mr. LaRocque reported that the road crew had finished hauling sand and were working on culverts. Mr. Higgins went to Maine to meet with the dealer of the new truck to discuss its final assembly. Next, the road crew is gong to work on culverts on Eagle Peak Road. Mr. Higgins has purchased salt for next year. Mr. Benson met with Mr. Gilman regarding projects to be worked on under the Vtrans SFY23 Grants-in-Aid Program. Mr. Benson made a motion to authorize Ms. Lord to followup and make sure that invoices for stone, bridge material, signs and plate compactor are received and paid for by June 30, 2022. Mr. LaRocque seconded the motion and it was carried unanimously 5-0-0
Mr. Benson felt the town should apply for a grant to be able to fix the Parker Road Bridge since it is a large job. Mr. LaRocque will work with Mr. Higgins to get that grant filed.
F. New Business
1. Upgrade Parker Road Bridge – this was discussed under Highway.
2. Certification of Vtrans Map – On June 23, 2003 at a former Selectboard held a public hearing for review and comment on a proposal by Henry Barron that his driveway be discontinued as a Town Road. The driveway is currently designated a Class 4 road (TH 62, 01.2 mile). When the new Vtrans map comes in, this will be changed accordingly.
G. Old Business
1. Old Stage Road (TH45) – discussed under Public Comments.
2. Update on Act 250 permit for Haggett Gravel Pit – A new permit will be issued unless, on or before July 11, 2022 a person notifies the Commission of an issue or issues requiring the presentation of evidence at a hearing.
H. Meeting Minutes
1. June 13, 2022 – Ms. Lord made a motion to accept the June 13, 2022 minutes as presented; Mr. Benson seconded the motion, which carried unanimously 5-0-0
I Other Proper Business
1. Update on Vtrans SFY23 Grants in Aid Letter due 6/24 – discussed under Highway. Mr. Benson made a motion that a Letter of Intent to Participate in the SRY23 Municipal Roads Grants-in-Aid program on June 21, 2022 be sent. Mr. LaRocque seconded the motion which was carried unanimously 5-0-0
2. 2022 FY2023 Building Communities Grants Funded – Mr. Edson will look into this more in detail.
3. The town has received one quote for a heat put for the town office and library.
J. Adjournment – Mr. Benson made motion to adjourn at 8:30 pm, Ms. Koren seconded the motion and there being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was unanimously adjourned.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jun 282022
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting
June 13, 2022
6:30 PM
Town Office
DRAFT Minutes
Present: John Benson, Chair, Betty Lord, Dennis LaRocque, Stuart Edson, Curtis Koren, members; Vicki Blanchard, Administrative Assistant; Amy Ingrassia, Assistant Treasurer; Jack Zebora, David Doda
A. Call To Order – Mr. Benson called Selectboard meeting to order at 6:30 pm
B. Adjustments to Agenda – Town office network and server moved from Old Business to here. Mr. Edson introduced Mr. Doda who is President of Earthcare Technologies, Inc. and has help fix a few issues with the Town system. Mr. Doda gave an overview of the system and said we do not need a new server. Mr. Benson made a motion for Mr. Doda to go through the equipment and then come back with recommendations on any improvements that might be needed. The Board signed a contract with Mr. Doda beginning June 4, 2022 through June 30, 2023 to be the Town’s IT Support person. Mr. Edson seconded the motion which was carried unanimously 5-0-0
C. Public Comments
1. Cram Hill Road – Mr. Benson talked to VLCT (Vermont League of Cities and Towns) attorney regarding a right-of-way situation there. Mr. LaRocque will go over and take a look at the site and see if he can see any thing else that might be able to be done. Mr. Benson is waiting to hear back from the attorney with more information.
D. Payroll and AP Warrants – Ms. Lord made a motion to accept the AP and Warrants as presented with a total of $29,276.72, with the highest payment being made to Vermont League of Cities and Towns Property and Casualty in the amount of $7,249.25. Ms. Koren seconded the motion which carried unanimously 5-0-0
E. Highway Report – Mr. LaRocque said the road crew has been grading and hauling sand all week. He also reported that the new truck is now in Maine and hopefully it will be done sooner. Mr. LaRocque and Mr. Higgins met with an possible candidate for the road crew position and reported that he has a lot of knowledge with large equipment. Currently he does not have a CDL but the Town would be willing to send him for training and Mr. LaRocque will look into this. The roadside mowing has been completed. The Town is looking into purchasing more sand and salt this summer since it will be going up in price next year.
F. New Business – none
G. Old Business
1. Old Stage Road (TH45) – Mr. Benson talked with VLCT regarding this matter also and Ms. Lord is going to contact Steve Hill to get the map he has and then get the Town map updated correctly. Mr. Benson also heard from Dennis Hill requesting that the road be graded and maybe have some gravel added to fix it.
2. Hippo Park – Ms. Lord reported that the cost to fix Hippo Park was probably going to cost $6,000. They plan to use the money that has been set aside to do this. Mr. Edson made a motion to authorize the money of up to $6000. be used for Hippo Park and Ms. Koren seconded the motion which carried unanimously 5-0-0
3. Town office network and server – moved to Adjustment to Agenda see above.
4. Sign Personnel Policy – this was signed and filed.
H. Meeting Minutes
1. May 23, 2022
2. May 31, 2022 – Ms. Lord made a motion to accept both meeting minutes, Mr. Edson seconded the motion which carried unanimously 5-0-0
I Other Proper Business
1. Mr. Edson brought to the Board’s attention that Mike Fiorillo who is the Administrative Officer for the Zoning Board has fulfilled his 3 year term and needs to be reappointed so Mr. Benson made a motion to reappoint Mr. Fiorillo as Zoning Administrative Officer for another 3 year term. Mr. LaRocque seconded the motion which carried unanimously 5-0-0
2. Mr. Benson spoke to Ted Elzy regarding the stormwater and water garden project near the Town office and they plan to walk the area and scope out what needs to be done. Ms. Koren will talk with Ted to setup a good time to meet.
3. Mr. Benson is going to meet with Charlie Gilman to get going on some project in town because summer is going to fast.
4. Mr. Benson spoke to VLCT about what the Town should do regarding Chris White wanting to sell cannibus. Mr. Edson is going to do more research on this cannibus bill. The Town needs to get something in the Towns bylaws soon.
J. Adjournment – Mr. Benson made a motion to adjourn at 9:00pm., Mr. LaRocque seconded the motion, and there being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was unanimously adjourned.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jun 182022
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting
June 13, 2022
6:30 PM
Town Office
DRAFT Minutes
Present: John Benson, Chair, Betty Lord, Dennis LaRocque, Stuart Edson, Curtis
Koren, members; Vicki Blanchard, Administrative Assistant; Amy Ingrassia,
Assistant Treasurer; Jack Zebora, David Doda
A. Call To Order – Mr. Benson called thee Selectboard meeting to order at 6:30 pm.
B. Adjustments to Agenda – Town office network and server moved from Old
Business to here. Mr. Edson introduced Mr. Doda who is President of Earthcare
Technologies, Inc. and has help fix a few issues with the Town system. Mr. Doda
gave an overview of the system and said we do not need a new server. Mr.
Benson made a motion for Mr. Doda to go through the equipment and then come
back with recommendations on any improvements that might be needed. The
Board signed a contract with Mr. Doda beginning June 4, 2022 through June 30,
2023 to be the Town’s IT Support person. Mr. Edson seconded the motion which
was carried unanimously. 5-0-0
C. Public Comments
1. Cram Hill Road – Mr. Benson talked to VLCT (Vermont League of Cities and
Towns) attorney regarding a right-of-way situation there. Mr. LaRocque will go
over and take a look at the site and see if he can see any thing else that might be
able to be done. Mr. Benson is waiting to hear back from the attorney with more
information.
D. Payroll and AP Warrants – Ms. Lord made a motion to accept the AP and
Warrants as presented with a total of $29,276.72, with the highest payment being
made to Vermont League of Cities and Towns Property and Casualty in the
amount of $7,249.25. Ms. Koren seconded the motion which carried unanimously
5-0-0
E. Highway Report – Mr. LaRocque said the road crew has been grading and
hauling sand all week. He also reported that the new truck is now in Maine and
hopefully it will be delivered soon.. Mr. LaRocque and Mr. Higgins met with a possible
candidate for the road crew position and reported that he has a lot of knowledge
with large equipment. Currently he does not have a CDL but the Town would be
willing to send him for training and Mr. LaRocque will look into this. The roadside
mowing has been completed. The Town is looking into purchasing more sand and
salt this summer since it will be going up in price next year.
F. New Business – none
G. Old Business
1. Old Stage Road (TH45) – Mr. Benson talked with VLCT regarding this matter
also and Ms. Lord is going to contact Steve Hill to get the map he has and then get
the Town map updated correctly. Mr. Benson also heard from Dennis Hill
requesting that the road be graded and maybe have some gravel added to fix it.
2. Hippo Park fence – Ms. Lord reported that the cost to fix Hippo Park was
probably going to cost $6,000. They plan to use the money that has been set
aside to do this. Mr. Edson made a motion to authorize the money of up to $6000.
be used for Hippo Park and Ms. Koren seconded the motion which carried
unanimously. 5-0-0
3. Town office network and server – moved to Adjustment to Agenda see
above.
4. Sign Personnel Policy – this was signed and filed.
H. Meeting Minutes
1. May 23, 2022
2. May 31, 2022 – Ms. Lord made a motion to accept both meeting minutes,
Mr. Edson seconded the motion which carried unanimously. 5-0-0
I Other Proper Business
1. Mr. Edson brought to the Board’s attention that Mike Fiorillo who is the
Administrative Officer for the Zoning Board has fulfilled his 3 year term and needs
to be reappointed. Mr. Benson made a motion to reappoint Mr. Fiorillo as Zoning
Administrative Officer for another 3 year term. Mr. LaRocque seconded the
motion which carried unanimously. 5-0-0
2. Mr. Benson spoke to Ted Elzy regarding the stormwater and water garden
project near the Town Office and they plan to walk the area and scope out what
needs to be done. Ms. Koren will talk with Ted to setup a good time to meet.
3. Mr. Benson is going to meet with Charlie Gilman to get going on some
projects in town because summer is going to fast.
4. Mr. Benson spoke to VLCT about what the Town should do regarding Chris
White wanting to sell cannibus. Mr. Edson is going to do more research on this
cannibus bill. The Town needs to get something in the Towns bylaws soon.
J. Adjournment – Mr. Benson made a motion to adjourn at 9:00pm., Mr.
LaRocque seconded the motion, and there being no further business to come
before the Board, the meeting was unanimously adjourned.

Jun 022022
 

Special Selectboard Meeting
May 31, 2022
Town Office
DRAFT Minutes
Present: John Benson, Chair, Betty Lord, Curtis Keron, Stuart Edson, Dennis LaRocque, members. Vicki Blanchard, Administrative Assistant
1. Call to Order – Mr. called the Selectboard meeting to order at 6:04 pm
2. Discuss Personnel Business –
Mr. LaRocque made a motion to go into Executive Session at 6:05 pm to discuss personnel issues. Mr. Benson seconded the motion which was unanimously approved 5-0-0. After the discussion, Mr. Benson made a motion to come out of Executive Session at 6:48 pm., Ms. Keron seconded the motion, which was unanimously approved. 5-0-0
3.  Other Proper Business – Mr. Benson reported that The Town now has to apply for a permit to do the fracking at the Town office and getting the permit is a complicated procedure. Ms. Lord made a motion to contract with Mr. Tim Dall to complete the permitting application. Ms. Koren seconded the motion, which was unanimously approved 5-0-0
4.  Adjournment – Mr. Benson made a motion to adjourn at 7:28pm., Mr. Edson seconded the motion, and there being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was unanimously adjourned.

May 272022
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting
May 23, 2022
6:30 PM
Town Office
DRAFT Minutes
Present: John Benson, Chair, Betty Lord, Dennis LaRocque, Stuart Edson, C. Curtis Koren, members; Vicki Blanchard, Administrative Assistant; Amy Ingrassia, Assistant Treasurer; Teresa Godfrey, Town Clerk; Jack Zebora, Steve Hill, Chris White.
A. Call To Order – Mr. Benson called the Selectboard meeting to order at 6:35 pm.
B. Adjustments to Agenda – Mr. Benson asked to move from Old Business the TH45 (Old Stage Road) subject and Highway Ordinance.
1. Mr. Benson would like Mr. Kimmel to assist with the TH45 (Old State Road) issue. Ms. Lord made a motion to have Mr. Kimmel assist the Selectboard with the TH 45 (Old State Road) and the Highway Ordinance issue. Ms. Koren seconded the motion which was carried unanimously.
5-0-0
2. Mr. Hill reported that Mr. Kimmel and he had walked the TH45 road and it is now in the hands of the Town’s legal advisor. In 2016 the town reclassified the road from Class 3 to Class 4 so now there are two parcels that are land locked. Mr. Hill says there is roughly 100 feet that is in question.
C. Public Comments
1. Chris White came before the Board to ask if he can sell cannibus on Eagle Peak Road in Brookfield. He came in to ask the town to opt into the state program that allows towns to due this. He wants to apply for a retail license to sell cannibus but can’t until the town opts in. He also wants to be the one to instruct people on how to use cannibus. Mr. Benson told him that he will talk with the League of Cities and Towns before making any decisions. Mr. Benson wants to know what the Towns legal rights are.
D. Payroll and AP Warrants – Mr. Benson make a motion to add to the AP warrants a partial payment for the new dump truck in the amount of $68,000. The truck will probably not be here until after July 1, 2022 and if that is the case it would be to late because the loan for the truck is due before July 1, 2022. Ms. Lord seconded the motion which was carried unanimously 5-0-0. Ms. Lord made a motion to approve the AP warrants as presented with a total of $96,350.84 and with the highest payment being $68,000 to ATG. Mr. Edson seconded the motion, which carried unanimously. 5-0-0
E. Highway Report – Mr. LaRocque reported that Mr. Higgins said they almost have the gate to the Town Garage finished which will help them to monitor the amount of sand that goes out. The gate will be open during the day and locked at night. The public will still be able to get 3 – 5 gallon buckets for your home driveway in the winter. Mr. Higgins met with Rita Sevo from TRORC regarding work to be done on Eagle Peak. More grading was done this week and again next week until they are finished. There was some work done on the well line done at the Town Clerk’s office.
F. New Business
1. Selectboard Organization – Ms. Lord made a motion to elect Mr. Benson as the Chair for the Selectboard again. Ms. Koren seconded the motion which carried unanimously. 4-0-0.
Mr. Benson gave a brief review of the Selectboard duties. Ms. Koren and Mr. Edson will meet with Ms. Threlkeld and Mr. Kimmel to learn more about the work they did and how they can fulfill those duties.
2. Town Meeting Discussion – Mr. Benson discussed a few topics from the Warning in the Town Report and also how ARPA money would be spent.
G. Old Business
1. TH 45 (Old State Road) – moved to Adjustment to Agenda.
2. Highway Ordinance – same as above
3. Sign LEMP contract – Mr. Benson made a motion to accept the LEMP (Local Emergency Management Plan) for another year. Ms. Lord seconded the motion, which was carried unanimously. 5-0-0
4. Haggett – renewal/extension of expired extraction permit – The Act 250 application for Mr. Haggett’s gravel pit was submitted for renewal and it will posted on the bulletin board outside the Town Office building.
H. Meeting Minutes
1. 9 May 2022
2. 16 May 2022 (Special Meeting) – Ms. Lord made a motion to accept the May 9th and the May 16, 2022 minutes as presented; Mr. LaRocque seconded the motion, which carried unanimously 3-0-2
I Other Proper Business
1. Steve Nonemacher wants to be notified about any bidding or installation regarding the Heat Pump if approved at the Town Meeting. Ms. Blanchard will contact him to get more information for the Board.
2. Mr. Edson reported that he submitted his resignation as a Lister because he was elected as a Selectboard member. Mr. LaRocque made a motion to accept Mr. Edson’s resignation as Lister for the Town of Brookfield and then the Selectboard appoint Mr. Edson as a contractor to work with the Listers through the completion of the town wide reappraisal process and that during that period Mr. Edson will recuse himself from the Selectboard decision that bear upon any Lister decision or activity. Mr. Benson seconded the motion, which carried unanimously
4-0-1
3. Mr. LaRocque and Mr. Mangan from Kirkyard Services agreed that there is not enough room out back of the cemetery and that the hedge row should be removed. Mr. LaRocque will talk with Mr. Mangan and see if he has time to work on that or if the road crew will have to do it. This might not be able to be done until next year.
Mr. LaRocque made a motion to go into Executive Session at 9:35 pm to discuss personnel issues. Mr. Benson seconded the motion, which carried unanimously 5-0-0 After this discussion, Mr. Benson made a motion to come out of Executive Session at 9:50 pm, Mr. LaRocque seconded the motion which was carried unanimously 5-0-0
J. Adjournment – Ms Lord made a motion to adjourn at 9:55 pm., Ms. Koren seconded the motion and there being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was unanimously adjourned.

May 242022
 

Special Selectboard Meeting
16, May 2022
Town Office
Approved Minutes
Present: John Benson, Chair, Jeff Kimmel, Betty Lord, Dennis LaRocque, Kate Threlkeld (via zoom) members, Vicki Blanchard, Administrative Assistant and Amy Ingrassia, Assistant Town Clerk. Kevin Wheatley.
A.Call to order – Mr. Benson called the Selectboard meeting to order at
6:30 p.m.
B. Extending reappraisal contract – The Listers presented the Selectboard with a letter to be signed from Commissioner, Craig Bolio to extend the reappraisal for another 60 days. Mr. Benson signed the letter and then made a motion to extend the contract. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion which carried unanimously. 5-0-0
C. Informational meeting on Town Budget – Mr. Wheatley told the Selectboard that his current budget was actually over by $4,000. He had submitted an annual budget of $39,600 but the Town Report said it was $26,585. Mr. Benson reported that it may vary because the insurance portion for the trucks goes into a separate category.
D. Ms. Ingrassia reported a problem with the server in the Town office. Mr. Benson made a motion to purchase a new server and backup system because the current one is failing. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion which carried unanimously. 5-0-0
E. Mr. Benson asked Mr. Kimmel if he would be a liaison regarding the Old Stage Road project since he had been a part of it since the beginning. Mr. Kimmel agreed.
F. Mr. Benson reported that he had received the certificate to dig the well at the garage.
G. Adjournment – Mr. Benson made a motion to adjourn at 8:15 p.m., Mr. LaRocque seconded the motion, and there being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was unanimously adjourned.
 

May 242022
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting
9 May 2022
6:30 P.M.
Town Office
Approved Minutes
Present: John Benson, Chair, Jeff Kimmel, Betty Lord, Kate Threlkeld, Dennis LaRocque (via Zoom) members; Vicki Blanchard, Administrative Assistant; Amy Ingrassia, Assistant Treasurer; Jack Zebora, Alexander and Julia Assur, Amy Borgman.
A. Call To Order – Mr. Benson called the Selectboard meeting to order at 6:30 P.M.
B. Adjustments to Agenda – none
C. Public Comments
1. Library – beautification and attracting customers – Amy Borgman, Library President reported that the Library received ARPA funds and to date they were used to purchase a new printer and computer and were now in the process of contacting furniture makers so they could purchase outdoor furniture for the Town Clerk’s Office as well as for the Town Hall for the public to use. They are also working with VTC students to come up with landscape suggestions for the Town Hall.
2. Utility Easement – Alexander and Julia Assur are planning on building on a Brookfield property that they purchased, and will need help to install an ECFiber line to the house. Mr. Kimmel recommended they talk to Mr. Tim Higgins (Road Crew Foreman) as well as a contractor; once they have a plan in place ECFiber can proceed with that installation.
D. Highway Report – Grading was done this week as well as cleanup at the Town Garage. The new truck is on its way, and there will be further updates. Mr. Higgins got a quote on a rubber tire excavator, which was $250,000 for a new one that could be used for 15 years, and he is looking to get a quote on a used one also. Mr. Higgins and Ms. Seto from TRORC are working on getting a ditching grant done for Eagle Peak. Mr. Benson would like to have W.B. Rogers get started on the grant portion. Mr. LaRocque would encourage Mr. Higgins to start attending Selectboard Meetings now that winter is over.
1. Road Crew Open Position report – Ms. Threlkeld got information about the Indeed service for advertising for and potentially hiring new employees, but you need to have an account with them to work with you. Ms. Lord looked into Seven Days also, along with the Valley News. Ms. Lord will also contact The World. Mr. Benson felt WCVR would also be a good way to get the word out about the open Road Crew position. The Selectboard will proceed with ads in the Valley News, The World, and WCVR.
2. Mr. Benson talked about what the rates for Town work done on VT 65 should be, and will send the new rates that were discussed to the State for approval.
3. Brandon Stevens Mowing contract – Mr. Benson made a motion to approve the contract with the price not to exceed $11,000 and Ms. Threlkeld seconded which carried unanimously: 5-0-0.
4. Pending Grants – There are four that are pending: the Bear Hill Project, the July 21, 2021 storm damage, the Halfway Brook Culvert project, and a Ditching Grant.
E. New Business – Public Safety (Town Traffic Ordinance) – Ms. Threlkeld said Lew Stowell seems to think that the 2017 Town Traffic Ordinance is the most recent approved version; Mr. Kimmel reported Town Attorney Mr. Monte is reviewing a proposed 2021 version. There is a Public Safety meeting coming up soon so this may be sorted out then.
F. Old Business
1. ARPA – Mr. Benson, Ms. Lord and Ms. Blanchard are meeting Wednesday on 5/11 to try once again to submit the quarterly report.
2. Mr. LaRocque mentioned reversing the former Ariel property fence so the finished portion faces the Hippo Park to make the park look better.
3. Mr. Benson said Mr. Kimmel asked about the budget on the Town Garage repairs, upgrades, and associated paperwork and fees. The cost so far is $3,600. There are other fees that will be coming up. There was $25,000 put aside from the Town. There are an architect fee and a permit fee that will have to be paid this week.
4. Mr. Benson asked Mr. LaRocque about a second, smaller tent for the Town Meeting coming up 5/21/22 and Mr. LaRocque is still working on that.
G. Meeting Minutes 25 April 2022 – Ms. Lord made a motion to accept the 25 April 2022 minutes as presented; Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion, which carried unanimously: 5-0-0.
H. Payroll and AP Warrants – Ms. Lord made a motion to approve the AP warrants as presented with a total of $16,131.35 and with the highest payment being made to DuBois & King in the amount of $2,595. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion, which carried unanimously: 5-0-0.
I. Other Proper Business
Mr. Benson thanked both Mr. Kimmel and Ms. Threlkeld for their service on the Selectboard and that they will be missed.
Mr. LaRocque made a motion to go into Executive Session at 8:08 p.m. to discuss personnel issues. Mr. Benson seconded the motion which was unanimously approved. After the discussion, Mr. Benson made a motion to come out of Executive Session at 8:20 p.m., Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion, which was unanimously approved: 5-0-0.
J. Adjournment – Ms. Lord made a motion to adjourn at 8:21 p.m., Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion and there being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was unanimously adjourned.