Nov 022022
 

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA – November 8th, 2022
Location: Virtual ZOOM Meeting and in-person at the Town Offices at 40 Ralph Road (link below)
MEETING: Tuesday, November 8th, 2022 TIME: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
TOPICS:

Public to be heard
Approve minutes of 9/13/2022 meeting
Review zoning bylaws – Continue review of Article 2: Development Districts and “Permitted Uses” in Village Districts.
Any other new/old business.
Adjourn

Topic: Brookfield Planning Commission
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Nov 012022
 

Meeting Minutes of the Brookfield Conservation Commission        
 Present: Sue Shea, Jon Jickling, Starr Strong    Absent: Jon Binhammer
F2F and Zoom meeting came to order at 7:00 PM
 

Review Agenda
Public Comment  There was no one from the public in attendance
Approval of Minutes of the June 2022 meeting.  Approved.
Town forest plan- AJ Follensbee, County forester and the Conservation Commission members discussed the draft forest management plan recently developed by AJ .  The CC supported the proposed forest management on the bulk of the forest.   The CC were complimentary to the written plan format and content which provides clear description of the forest, management goals and specific recommendations.  CC supported the creation of reserve areas proposed and suggested creating a connection between the two reserve blocks.  The proposed harvest of the declining pine plantation was supported with suggestion of retaining larger healthy pine throughout the forest to enhance stand structure.  CC also suggested establishment of oaks in appropriate areas to anticipate changing climatic conditions.   AJ is going to produce a new version for the review of the CC and for discussions with the Selectboard and the public.
Fall field trip – Given changing weather and upcoming hunting season, it was decided to not organize a field trip in the fall, but rather look to organizing a wintertime outing e.g. snowshoeing.
Adjourn – Meeting Adjourned at 8:20 PM  next meeting on November 21st,

 
Respectfully submitted,
Jon Jickling
 

Oct 292022
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting
October 24, 2022
6:30 PM
Town Office
MINUTES
Present: John Benson, Chair; Stuart Edson, Curtis Koren, Keith Sprague, members; Vicki Blanchard, Administrative Assistant; Amy Ingrassia, Assistant Treasurer; Jeff Kimmel, Connor Rigney (Reg. Planning Commission), Gwynn Zakow, Jocelyn Bolduc and James Bolduc, Lew Stowell. Betty Lord was not present.
A. Call To Order – Mr. Benson called the Selectboard meeting to order at 6:34 pm.
B. Adjustments to Agenda – none
C. Public Comments
1. Grant request from Planning Commission – Gwynn Zakow and Connor Rigney are working with the Brookfield Planning Commission on getting a grant application together to look at modernizing the zoning bylaws for housing. They approached the Selectboard for input on the application and approval. Mr. Benson made a motion to approve the submission of the grant by the Planning and Zoning Board, Ms. Koren seconded the motion which was carried unanimously 4-0-0.
2. Abutting property issue – Jocelyn Bolduc approached the board and said this was not an abutting property issue but an issue of concern to her and her husband due to the property next to them, which has four people living there without any water or septic system in place. They have put up two more buildings without any permits she believes and is wondering if there is any enforcement that can be taken. They are concerned about their well system due to trash, plastics and other toxic materials being burnt and dog issues. Mr. Benson asked Mr. Edson to contact the Town’s attorney and see what other action could be taken with this situation.
3. Lew Stowell wanted clarification about sending emails to the highway garage and Mr. Sprague suggested that he should address emails to himself as well at the Highway foreman.
D. Payroll and AP Warrants – Mr. Edson made a motion to approve the AP Warrants as presented with a total of $60,350.54 with the largest payment being made to Caterpillar Financial in the amount of $19,817.12. Mr. Benson seconded the motion which carried unanimously 4-0-0
E. Highway Report – The road crew worked on grading, clearing leaves out of ditches and helping with the Town office water problem. The water line has been replaced. Mr. Benson suggested that a map be put into place to know where it is located as well as a map for the septic system. Mr. Higgins also worked on the fuel tank permit that is due.
1. Update on interviews
2. Mr. Higgins review
F. New Business – none
G. Old Business
1. Doug & Kasey Pixley – A letter is being sent to the Pixley’s regarding a historic trail/road on property they currently own. Unfortunately, the Vermont Agency of Transportation highway maps (1956-2020) for Brookfield and also the lack of any identification of such a road on their property. If they have further questions or need additional information they can contact the Selectboard.
2. Montgomery Road (TH54) -Mr. Benson reported that there was no permit to get the intersection corrected. Mr. Kimmel is working on getting all the paperwork together to get this resolved.
3. Website Update – Mr. Edson reported that work is being done to make changes to the town’s website and is asking for suggestions from the group that post to the website.
4. Old Stage Road (TH45) – Letters went out to residents on that portion of road but there were two errors: One being the wrong road name and the second the wrong town was used. This is being corrected and are not waiting for all parties involved to respond.
H. Meeting Minutes
1. October 10, 2022 – Ms. Koren made a motion to accept the October 10, 2022 minutes as presented, Mr. Edson seconded the motion which carried unanimously 4-0-0
I. Other Proper Business
1. Update on “Show Up For Brookfield” – Mr. Edson and Ms. Koren reported that over 30 people attended the “Show Up For Brookfield” event on October 16, 2022 and said there were many that are very interested to volunteer for the town for both elected positions and volunteer jobs that were not. They have started an email list to keep the momentum going.
J. Status Report
1. Health Care rates and Life Insurance – Since it is time to renew health care plans the town is researching different plans for 2023.
Mr. Benson made a motion to go into Executive Session at 8:30 pm to discuss personnel issues. Mr. Edson seconded the motion which carried unanimously 4-0-0. After the discussion Mr. Benson made a motion to come out of Executive Session at 9:26 pm, Mr. Sprague seconded the motion which carried unanimously 4-0-0.
K. Adjournment – Mr. Benson made a motion to adjourn at 9:28 pm., Mr. Edson seconded the motion and there being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was unanimously adjourned.

Oct 292022
 

Adoption of the Revised Traffic Ordinance
October 24, 2022
6:20 PM
                                                                                      Town Office
                                                                                         Minutes
Present: John Benson, Chair, Stuart Edson, Keith Sprague, Curtis Koren, members; Vicki Blanchard, Administrative Assistant; Jeff Kimmel. Betty Lord was not present
A. Call to Order – Mr. Benson called the Special Traffic Ordinance meeting to order at 6:25 pm
B. Adoption of the Updated Traffic Ordinance – Mr. Benson stated that this revision had been in the works for sometime and that Mr. Kimmel and the Public Safety Committee worked on it together. There were two revisions made which were number one under Speed Regulations on Chelsea Road (TH 9): A maximum of 35 m.p.h. from the eastern end of East Hill Road (TH 9) easterly to the Chelsea Town Line and number two under Parking Regulations Section one: There will be no parking of unattended vehicles at any time between December 1 and April 15 in the traveled portion of Brookfield Town Highways or in the Town Right of Way where it obstructs or interferes with road maintenance or snow removal operations at any time during the year. Mr. Benson made a motion to approve the proposed revisions to the Traffic Ordinance, Mr. Edson seconded the motion which carried forward unanimously 4-0-0.
C. Adjournment – Mr. Benson made a motion to adjourn at 6:30 pm, Mr. Sprague seconded the motion which carried unanimously 4-0-0.

Oct 242022
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 19, 2022 5:30 PM
UNAPPROVED MINUTES
The following members attended: Dan Mason, Michael Rutkovsky, Stuart Edson, Mike Stoddard, and Lew Stowell.
5:30 PM: Call to Order:  There were no additions or deletions to the agenda.

Review, revise or approve the September, 20 2022 meeting minutes. Approved 5-0-0
Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public-No members of the public attended.
Speed Cart Deployments: OCSD & VSP. None reported.
Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills-8.25 hours of patrols for a cost of $429.00 noted with 3 different deputies working.
FEMA Model Review Letter. Noted as good background information.  No action by the Committee.
Upcoming Events Involving Brookfield: None reported.
E-911 House Number Signs Project. Currently there are 18 persons ordering a total of 37 signs.  More orders are expected before the deadline of October 31, 2022.
E-911 Coordination. No further action reported.
Traffic Sign Deployment Status. The road crew is installing traffic signs town wide including “No Parking” signs near Hippo Park.
Vehicle, Pedestrian, Horse, and Bicycle Safety. Discussion revealed the need for further education to mitigate likely conflicts between vehicle drivers and other modes of transportation.
Town Website Update Status. The Select Board is developing solutions for the up-grade.
Traffic Ordinance Approval Status. After discussion it was decided to recommend that the revised ordinance without the addendum be approved by the select Board at its next meeting.  It was noted that because the Judicial Bureau Waiver penalties change often that it could be a significant burden for the committee and the Select Board to make frequent changes to the addendum.  Approved 5-0-0.
Front Porch Forum Posting Limits. Because it has been difficult to discover if there is a policy for how many posts can be made in a given period of time, posts will be made as needed.
Parking Issues & Improvements in Brookfield- The expansion of the Town Office parking lot with improved drainage was noted.
October Public Safety Message- Approved 5-0-0. S. Edson to post on town website and L. Stowell to post on Front Porch Forum.
Setting the Location and Date/Time of the Next Meeting- The committee will meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. For November that will be 11/16/2022 at the Town Office.  Edson to ask the Select Board about the current Covid Policy/guidance for meetings.
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting- None to be invited because of the upcoming holidays.
Final Public Comment- No members of the public attended

Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Approved 5-0-0 and adjourned at 6:46 PM.

Oct 212022
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting
October 24, 2022
6:30 PM
Town Office
AGENDA
A. Call To Order
B. Adjustments to Agenda
C. Public Comments
1. Grant request from Planning Commission – Gwynn Zakov
2. Abutting property issue – Jocelyn Bolduc
D. Payroll and AP Warrants
E. Highway Report
1. Update on interviews
2. Mr. Higgins review
F. New Business
G. Old Business
1. Doug & Kasey Pixley – letter
2. Montgomery Road (TH54)
3. Website Update
4. Old State Road (TH45)
H. Meeting Minutes
1. October 10, 2022
I. Other Proper Business
1. Update on “Show Up For Brookfield” – Curtis and Stuart
J. Status Report
1. Health Care rates and Life Insurance
K. Adjournment
 
 
 
 
 
 

Oct 172022
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
BROOKFIELD TOWN OFFICE
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 19, 2022 5:30 PM
MEETING AGENDA
5:30 PM: Call to Order:
 

Additions or deletions to the agenda
Review, revise or approve the September 20, 2022 meeting minutes.
Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public
Speed Cart Deployments: OCSD & VSP
Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills
FEMA Model Review Letter
Upcoming Events Involving Brookfield
E-911 House Number Signs Project
E-911 Coordination
Traffic Sign Deployment Status
Vehicle, Pedestrian, Horse, and Bicycle Safety
Town Website Update Status
Traffic Ordinance Approval Status
Front Porch Forum Posting Limits
Parking Issues & Improvements in Brookfield
October Public Safety Message
Setting the Location and Date/Time of the Next Meeting
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting
Final Public Comment

Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting.

Oct 132022
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting
October 10, 2022
6:30 PM
Town Office
DRAFT MINUTES
Present: John Benson, Chair; Betty Lord, Curtis Koren, Stuart Edson, members; Vicki Blanchard, Administrative Assistant; Amy Ingrassia, Assistant Treasurer. Keith Sprague was not present.
A. Call To Order – Mr. Benson called the Selectboard meeting to order at 6:35 pm
B. Adjustments to Agenda – none
C. Public Comments – none
D. Payroll and AP Warrants – Ms. Lord made a motion to approve AP Warrants as presented with at total of $24,279.23 with the largest payment being made to Benedini Artisan Well Company in the amount of $10,489.47. Mr. Edson seconded the motion which carried unanimously 4-0-0.
E. Highway Report – The new well at the garage is done and seems to have more pressure than the old one. Parker Road Bridge is complete with new planking. More road sign work was done over the past two weeks and the road crew has been dealing with more beaver problems at Twin Pond Road and Steve Allen Road. Since Mr. Edson is liasson with Public Safety he plans to consult with Mr. Stowell regarding emails to the road crew. The Town has received seven employee applications through Indeed and so far two interviews are setup for next Monday and two are promising. Two more arrived today and hopefully more interviews will be able to be setuup. There was one interview already but it was for parttime and he does not have a CDL for standard transmission.
F. New Business – none
G. Old Business
1. Quit Claim deeds for Old Stage Road (TH45) – The letters and deeds have been mailed out.
2. Town Garage bid update – Two addendums have been posted so far and there is a third one coming soon. Since the bid date is October 21st the Town is hoping for bids to start arriving soon.
H. Meeting Minutes
1. Ms Lord made a motion to accept the September 26, 2022 minutes as presented, Ms. Koren seconded the motion which carried unanimously 4-0-0
I.  Other Proper Business
1. Adoption of the Updated Traffic Ordinance – will be tabled until 6:20pm at next meeting on October 24, 2022.
2.  Show up for Brookfield – Ms. Koren gave an update on “Show Up for Brookfield” and gave out the flyer she created to the Board and said Mr. Edson and she were passing out as many as possible. This informal meeting will take place on October 16, 2022 in the Old Town Hall at 4 pm. Cider and doughnuts will be served.
J. Status Report – none
K. Adjournment – Ms. Lord made a motion to adjourn at 7:35 pm, Mr. Edson seconded the motion and there being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was unanimously adjourned.

Oct 132022
 

Meeting of the
BOARD OF CIVIL AUTHORITY
Town Clerk’s Office
October 1, 2022
THOSE PRESENT:  Curtis Koren, Chair; John Benson, Beth DeForge, Stuart Edson, Linda Runnion and Betty Lord
The Board met to make a final decision on the appeals which were made by individuals who wished to have property values lowered from the appraised values set by the town-wide appraisal.
The Chairman called the meeting to order at 9:05 am.  As Mr. Edson was a Lister at the time the appraisals were made, he recused himself from voting on decisions made by the Board.
It was determined that those Board members who attended the various inspections, would sign the inspection reports.  The Board agreed to review and vote on each appeal, one at a time.
Mr. Benson read the inspection report written for the home of Mr. Justin Poulin at 3302 West Street.  Discussion ensued on the request made by Mr. Poulin to reduce the value listed for his personal dwelling.  Despite some maintenance being needed on the house, it is still considered to be in Average condition.
Mr. Benson made a motion that as the Board agrees the evaluation of the house to be as appraised, the value should remain as presented.  Ms. Runnion seconded the motion which was approved 5-0-1. (5 for, 0 against, 1 abstention.)
Ms. DeForge read the inspection review for the dwelling of Mr. Max Ferris.  The Board agreed the house is not Average quality, but a Fair quality level.  The rating of Fair was determined by design, materials and workmanship.
Ms. Runnion made a motion to change the qualification of the Ferris dwelling from Average (3.0) to Fair (2.0) asking the Listers to calculate the new value.  Ms. DeForge seconded the motion which was approved 5-0-1.
Ms. Lord read the inspection review for the property owned by Mr. John Parker at 6332 VT Route 14.  Reviewing the former church first, the Board, using comparables reduced the cost of square feet from $20 to $16 per sq ft. The dwelling quality was reduced from Average to Poor.
Ms. Runnion made a motion to increase the amount of depreciation to 65% and change the quality of Average to Poor on the dwelling; and to reduce the value of the amount per sq ft on the former church building from $20 to $16 per sq ft.  Ms. DeForge seconded the motion which was approved 5-0-1.
Mr. Edson read the inspection report on the property owned by Michael & Joseph Garbitelli at 1506 West Street.  After some discussion, Ms. DeForge made a motion to reduce the quality rating from 3.00 to 2.50, and to change the complete figure from 88% to 80% complete; and the condition of the dwelling to be increased from 30% to 40% physical depreciation.  Ms. Runnion seconded the motion which passed 5-0-1.
Mr. Edson also read the inspection report on the property owned by Michael Garbitelli ,et al. at 1680 West Street. After much discussion, Ms. Runnion moved to let the appraised value of $979,800 stand as presented.  Ms. DeForge seconded the motion which was approved 5-0-1.
There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 10.55 am.
Respectfully presented,
Betty T. Lord
BCA Member and
Acting Secretary