Jan 072021
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting 
NOTICE AND AGENDA FOR REMOTE MEETING
 The Town of Brookfield Selectboard will meet remotely on ZOOM on 
11 January 2021 at 6:30pm.
To access the remote meeting:
Use this link
OR
 Go to zoom.us and Join a Meeting. 
The Meeting ID is  340 560 8428
Passcode: 955883
Please review our “Informational Handout for Remote Public Meetings” to understand how these electronic meetings will be managed. If you wish to make a public comment but do not have the ability to comment remotely during the meeting, please email your comment(s) to the Administrative Assistant at admin@brookfieldvt.org.
 
Town of Brookfield
 Selectboard Meeting
Brookfield Town Office 
11 January 2021 at 6:30 PM 
AGENDA 
A. Call To Order
B. Adjustments to Agenda
C. Public Comments
D. Highway
1. Gravel Pit
2. Certificate of Highway Mileage
E. New Business
1.  Zoning Requests
a. Krisch
b. Schmechel/Barden
c. Brock/Benedict
F. Old Business
1. Solar Project
2. Budget and Town Meeting
G. Approve Minutes from the 28 December 2020 Meeting
H. Payroll and AP Warrants
I. Other Proper Business
J. Adjournment

Jan 042021
 

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD
Selectboard Meeting
Held by Zoom
28 December 2020 at 6:30 PM
Those present: John Benson, Chair (by telephone); Dennis LaRocque, Board Member; and Jeff Kimmel, Board Member; Kasey Peterson, Assistant Town Clerk; Tim Higgins, Road Crew Foreman, Betty Lord, Secretary; Jim Merriam (all by Zoom) and Lew Stowell (by telephone).
A. Call to Order: the meeting was called to order by the Chair, Mr. Benson, at 6:30 pm.
B. Adjustments to Agenda – None
C. Public Comments – None
D. Highway
1. Internet Access at Town Garage
Ms. Peterson reported that she had looked into the internet problem at the Town garage and felt it was not a problem of speed but rather of distance. She felt the problem could be corrected by buying a small booster box which would make the service available around the garage property. Mr. Benson made a motion to allow Ms. Peterson to purchase a booster box for the Town Garage up to the amount of $50. Mr. LaRocque seconded and the motion was unanimously approved. 3-0-0.
Mr Higgins reported that he had talked with a couple of companies regarding the purchase of a new truck and was expecting to have pricing by the end of the week. Mr. Higgins was asked to provide the figures to the members the Board as soon as they are available.
Mr Higgins also related to the Board that Larry Hebert may not have enough sand for the Town’s use and if he found that he did have enough, the price would be increased by 25 cents per yard. Mr. Higgins was asked to check other sources and get their pricing for 5,000 to 6,000 yards of sand for the coming winter. He was also asked to contact Mr. Doug Haggett and see what he is charging for sand by the yard although Mr. Haggett’s sand pit is approved under Act 250 which limits the amount of sand that he can remove at any one time.
Mr Higgins reported that he had been getting pricing for stripping top soil on the Sprague property relating to the proposed sand pit project.
Mr. Kimmel asked about a nearby cherry tree that Mr. Bill Grady wishes to have removed that is across from his property. Mr. Higgins said he had talked with the landowner of the property on which the tree is located, who agreed with the Town taking whatever action is needed. Mr Higgins reported that the tree is in a precarious position and would require a professional tree company to remove it rather than having the Town Road Crew remove it. Mr. Benson said there is a line item in the budget for professional tree removal and there is a history of having done so before.
E. New Business
1. Public Safety Advisory Committee
a. FY 2022 Contract with Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD)
Mr. Lew Stowell met with the Board (by telephone) and spoke for the Public Safety Advisory Committee. Mr. Stowell presented a proposal from Orange County Sheriff Bohnyak regarding the contract with OCSD for patrolling in the Town of Brookfield. The Board reviewed the report and asked Mr. Stowell to contact OCSD and ask them to prepare a contract to be signed by the Board as follows:
Contract $15,000 annual: $49.00 per hour, 306 hours per year.
January, February, March, October, November, December: 17 hours per month.
April, May, June, July, August, September: 34 hours per month.
b. Town Over-Weight and Over-Sized Vehicles Signage/Permitting Project
Mr. Stowell was asked to prepare a draft outline of the proposal for changes of speed limit signs and Over-Weight and Over-Sized vehicle signage to be placed on Northfield Road. The information would be included in the next meeting agenda; anyone who wishes may join the Board Meeting by telephone conferencing or Zoom. There are five signs that will need to be installed by mud season of 2021. The Town will order the signs to have them ready for installation in the spring. The Board gave Mr. Higgins the authority to buy the equipment needed to install the signs.
c. Inter-Departmental and Committee Protocol Request
Mr. Stowell asked for clarification on whom PSAC members should contact when questions arise regarding the various areas of the Town’s business. The Board instructed the Committee to contact the person who would be most capable of answering the questions, i.e.: if questions occur regarding the roads, Mr. Higgins should be contacted. If Committee members are unsure as to whom they should direct their questions, Mr. Kimmel can be contacted to either answer their questions or direct them to the proper source.
d. Traffic Ordinance Final Review
Mr. Stowell reported that a final draft of the proposed traffic ordinance amendments will be presented to the Selectboard at the meeting of January 25, 2021. Mr. Benson stated that all changes to the ordinance must be warned and a public hearing held before any changes can be approved. A summary of the proposed changes will be posted in three places in Town as well in the Randolph Herald and on Front Porch Forum. The draft ordinance will include the highlighted changes in the document. It was requested that the proposed changes be sent to the members of the Selectboard at least two days before the meeting to allow time for the Selectmen to become familiar with the material. Mr. Higgins agreed to send any comments he may have to Mr. Stowell.
Mr. Kimmel, Mr. LaRocque, and Mr. Higgins will attend the next PSAC meeting on January 20, 2021. Ms. Peterson will set up Zoom training for anyone on the committee who needs help, and she will post the meeting on Zoom.
2. Solar Project on Ridge Road
Mr. Jim Merriam of Norwich Technologies came before the Board (by Zoom) to present information regarding a solar project being proposed by Sprague Farms on the old Smith property on Ridge Road. He asked that a letter be signed by the Chair of the Selectboard and the Chair of the Planning Commission to the Public Service Board of Vermont in which the site is “deemed preferred.” Mr. Benson said that the members of the Selectboard will review the proposal by the January 11, 2021 meeting and if finding the proposal in keeping with all Town rules and regulations, it will be signed and if not further information will be requested.
3. Mapping Contract with Cartographic Associates
This new contract was proposed by Mr. Stuart Edson at the Board Meeting on December 14. The proposal was reviewed by the Board and Mr. Benson signed the contract on behalf of the Town.
F. Old Business
1. Budget
Mr. Benson asked Mr. Higgins to get him the pricing on the proposed new Town Highway Department truck as soon as possible for the new budget. The on-going reappraisal costs will be split into two years. As the Town financial audit was limited this year, $9,500 will be paid at the end of the fiscal year and $18,000 will be budgeted for next year with an in-depth audit.
2. Town Meeting
The Board did not take any action as the Legislature will not be meeting until early January when they will vote on whether to allow towns to move Town Meeting Day due to COVID-19 precautions, along with the procedures for doing so.
G. Approval of Minutes from 14 December 2020 Board Meeting
In reviewing the minutes, Mr. LaRocque said he did not remember being asked by Mr. Benson to check the Traffic Ordinance to ascertain which roads need to be warned. There being no objection, the line was struck from the minutes. Mr. Kimmel made a motion to accept the minutes as presented with one correction. Mr. Benson seconded the motion which carried unanimously. 3-0-0.
H. Mr. LaRocque made a motion to accept the Accounts Payable report with a total of $10,075.88 and the highest payment being made to White River Valley Ambulance Service of $3,425.00 as presented. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion which carried unanimously. 3-0-0.
I. Other Proper Business
Mr. Benson advised that several requests for zoning permit variances should be considered for “deemed approval” based on extensive delays in processing the requests. Mr. Kimmel will follow up with the applicants (Krisch, Schmeckel, and Brock).
J. Adjournment: there being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 8:15 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Betty T. Lord
Secretary

Dec 282020
 

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD
Selectboard Meeting
Held by Zoom
14 December 2020 at 6:30 PM
Those present: John Benson, Chair – by telephone conferencing, and Jeff Kimmel, Board Mem-ber; Dennis LaRocque, Board Member; Kasey Peterson, Assistant Town Clerk; Tim Higgins, Road Crew Foreman, Betty Lord, Secretary; with Greg Wight, Town Moderator; Shawn Krisch, Alyce Brouillard, Dan Childs (all by Zoom) and Stuart Edson by telephone conferencing.
A. Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by the Chair, Mr. Benson, at 6:30 p.m.
B. Adjustments to Agenda
As there were those waiting to make presentations to the Board, the Agenda was adjusted as folows:
D. 2. Mapping Proposal- Cartographic Associates—
Mr. Stuart Edson suggested changing mapping companies from Avatar/Terra Map to Cartograph-ic Associates. He said he had met with the owner of Cartographic Associates, Mr. Franco Rossi, and was impressed with what he was told. After the initial set-up cost of $5,350, which can be paid out of the reappraisal monies provided by the state (Mr. Edson will verify this with Barbara Schinger of PVR, the state advisor to Town Listers) and following this initial set-up/conversion of data cost, the budget for the April 1, 2021 update cycle would be $2,800, followed by $1,500 an-nually for the April 1, 2022 and April 1, 2023 updates. Mr. Edson proposed increasing the annual budgeted amounts accordingly, and would provide a new set of maps for the Town by April 2021.
Mr. Kimmel made a motion to use the monies in the reappraisal budget to pay for the set-up/conversion costs to work with Cartographic Associates and to raise the amount annually budgeted for mapping costs from $1,500 to $2,800 a year (as described above). Mr. LaRocque seconded and the motion carried unanimously. 3-0-0.
C. Public Comment
Mr. Dan Childs made a request to the Board to add the name of Dan O’Brien as a second repre-sentative to ECFiber for the Town of Brookfield. At present there is only one other alternate. Mr. Benson made a motion to add Mr. O’Brien as an alternate for ECFiber for the Town of Brookfield. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion which carried unanimously. 3-0-0.
Mr. Benson also asked Mr. Childs to provide him with a budget proposal for the Brookfield Public Library for the upcoming year. Mr. Childs agreed.
Mr. Shawn Krisch spoke to the Board asking why his request for a variance is taking so long. He stated that he had first applied for the variance on September 9 as the property on which he wants to build a camp is three acres instead of five acres. He pointed out that the current property owner had missed a tax opportunity by not closing on the property before the end of the year. The owner, Alyce Brouillard, was also present by Zoom to discuss her concerns about the time that it has taken to bring this variance request to fruition. Mr. Krisch stated that he had received a notice of meeting for January 4 at 6:30 p..m and that he would be ready and present for that meeting.
D. 3 – Town Meeting Guidelines
Mr. Greg Wight, Town Moderator, appeared by Zoom to discuss whether or not Town Meeting 2021 should be moved out from its regular meeting day on the first Tuesday in March. While the Vermont legislature has not yet authorized moving Town Meeting dates, it is reasonably certain that due to COVID-19 restrictions, it will be left to the Town to decide on the date of the meeting. Mr. Benson said that moving the meeting date out would not affect the financial year as the new budget would not come into effect until the first of July. He also stated that by May the chances of having the meeting at an outdoors venue would be much better than in March. Mr. LaRocque said he would be in favor of moving the meeting to May and holding the meeting outside with an ap-propriate audio/speaker system. Mr. Kimmel suggested waiting to see how the legislature will proceed and it was agreed that an initial approach would be proposed by the next Board meeting on December 28.
F. Highways
Mr. Tim Higgins, Road Crew Foreman, said an inventory of the Town roads with erosion prob-lems amounted to about 13 miles of road that needed work. This number represents about 16% of the Town roads. Mr. Higgins was asked to contact Rita Seto at Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Re-gional Commission to ascertain when the erosion grants will be available.
Mr. Higgins reported that he had talked with Mr. Bill Grady about a tree with which Mr. Grady has concerns. Mr. Higgins stated the tree is on a neighbor’s property and he would be consulting with the landowner in the near future and would get back to Mr. Grady.
Mr. Higgins also reported that work would continue with ditching and culverts until the roads begin to freeze up. He met with Mr. Tucker concerning crushing stone. On the open market crushing is $9.50 a yard and $13.50 if they have to haul it. There is still a lot of work to do at the Sprague property and there is still another year to work with Mr. Larry Hebert. Mr. Higgins was asked to make sure Mr. Hebert knows the Town wants another 6,000 yards of sand priced ac-cordingly. Mr. Benson said he had met with Keith Sprague and had given him a copy of the plans. Mr. Sprague said he intended to work fairly with the Town and the supply of sand should last from 15 to 20 years.
It was reported that a car had gone off the Ridge Road and damaged some memorial stones in the Brookfield cemetery. Ms. Peterson said the Town’s insurance does not cover the cost of the stones but that the driver’s insurance should cover the cost.
Mr. Benson asked Ms. Peterson to check on the cost of including damage to memorial stones in the Town’s policy and also to see if there was flood insurance to cover the Fire Station.
Mr. Benson asked Ms. Peterson if all the compensation for Rob Wheatley’s work for the Town Highway Department had been settled and Ms. Peterson stated that it had been completed.
D. New Business
1. Public Safety Advisory Committee – Traffic Ordinance Review
The report of the Committee recommended several changes be made by putting up yield signs and MPH signs on various roads in Town. Some of the signs will have to be warned before they can be put up. Mr. LaRocque will check the ordinance to see which roads need to be warned. Mr. LaRocque will also ask the Sheriff about vehicles encroaching at a residence on Stone Road. Mr. Higgins will review the Committee’s report and report back at the next meeting.
2. Mapping Proposal – Cartographic Associates (See above)
3. Town Meeting Guidelines (See above)
4. Local Hazard Mitigation Plan – Mr. Benson signed on behalf of the Board.
F. Old Business – None
G. Approve Minutes from the 23 November 2020 Board Meeting
After a review of the minutes of November 23, Mr. LaRocque moved to approve the minutes as presented. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion and the minutes were unanimously approved. 3-0-0
H. Payroll and AP Warrants
Mr. LaRocque made a motion to accept the payroll and accounts payable warrants as presented with the total amount being $72,711.90 and highest amount being paid to the Town of Barre Am-bulance Service in the amount of $31,536.90. Mr.Kimmel seconded the motion. There being no objection, the motion passed unanimously.
I. Other Proper Business
Ms. Peterson brought up the issue of the invoice for the Town Audit which included the amount for two years’ audit which will bring the amount to be paid over budget. Mr. Benson suggested the Town wait until June to pay the invoice. Mr. LaRocque and Mr. Kimmel agreed.
J. Adjournment – Mr. Benson asked if there was any further business. Everyone wished each other a Merry Christmas. There being no further business to come before the Board, Mr. Kimmel moved for adjournment. Mr. LaRocque seconded and the meeting was adjourned at 7:56 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Betty T. Lord, Secretary

Dec 232020
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting
NOTICE AND AGENDA FOR REMOTE MEETING
The Town of Brookfield Selectboard will meet remotely on ZOOM on
28 December 2020 at 6:30pm.
To access the remote meeting:
Go to zoom.us and Join a Meeting.
The Meeting ID is 340 560 8428
Passcode: 955883
Please review our “Informational Handout for Remote Public Meetings” to understand how these electronic meetings will be managed. If you wish to make a public comment but do not have the ability to comment remotely during the meeting, please email your comment(s) to the Administrative Assistant at admin@brookfieldvt.org.
Town of Brookfield
Selectboard Meeting
Town Clerk’s Office
28 December 2020 at 6:30 PM
AGENDA
A. Call To Order
B. Adjustments to Agenda
C. Public Comments
D. Highway
1 Internet at the Garage
E. New Business
1 Public Safety Committee – Lew Stowell
2 Solar Project on Ridge Road
3 Mapping Contract – Cartographic Associates
F. Old Business
1 Budget and Town Meeting
G. Approve Minutes from the 14 December 2020 Meeting
H. Payroll and AP Warrants
I. Other Proper Business
J. Adjournment

Dec 222020
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2020, 5:35 PM
The Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee met remotely by electronic means as warned.
UNAPPROVED MINUTES
The following members attended: Stuart Edson, Michael Rutkovsky, and Lew Stowell.  No members of the public attended.

5:35 PM: Call to Order: No additions or deletions were made to the agenda.
Review and approve of November 18, 2020 meeting minutes-Reviewed and approved 3-0.
Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills. L Stowell to check with OCSD about many patrol hours were performed in November and correct the bill. Also L. Stowell will confirm with OCSD that no patrols were performed in September and therefore there was no September bill.
2021 Contract Options Provided by Sheriff Bohnyak- The Committee recommends the $15,000 option proposed by Sheriff Bohnyak. 3-0. L Stowell to present the recommendations to the Select Board at an upcoming meeting.
Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project Progress- A public meeting is required.
Traffic Sign Status: More signs have gone missing including the 25 MPH sign at the North End of Pond Village. The committee is awaiting the status of ordering signs from the current budget.
Traffic Ordinance Final Review: S. Edson reported on his research of ordinances in nearby towns. Stowell reported that according to the Local Roads Program at the Agency of Transportation caution signs do not require listing in the ordinance.  The committee will review and approve additional language in the draft ordinance at the January meeting.
Budget Recommendations to the Select Board- The Committee recommends that the Select Board increase the sign budget from $6500 to $8500 for FY 22. We need to make more progress to catch up with replacing missing and damaged signs to make our traffic ordinance enforceable.  L Stowell to present the recommendations to the Select Board at an upcoming meeting.  Approved 3-0.
Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use- No Change.
January Public Safety Message- L Stowell to send message models to M. Rutkovsky for reworking into the January message.
Setting the Next Meeting- Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 5:35 PM. It will be a virtual meeting.
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting-Tim Higgins, the new Road Foreman, will be invited.
Motion entertained and made to adjourn meeting. Approved 3-0. Adjourned at 6:20.

Dec 152020
 

NOTICE AND AGENDA FOR REMOTE MEETING
The Public Safety Advisory Committee for the Town of Brookfield, VT will meet remotely by electronic means on December 16, 2020 at 5:35 PM
Information on how to access the remote meeting:
By telephone: Dial [(701) 802-5217].
When prompted, enter the meeting Access Code]. 3053801
Please review our “Informational Handout for Remote Public Meetings” to understand how these electronic meetings will be managed. If you wish to make a public comment but do not have the ability to comment remotely during the meeting, please email your comment(s) to Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee at publicsafety@brookfieldvt.org
To ensure smooth access, we recommend that you test your remote meeting software in advance of the meeting. If you have difficultly accessing the meeting, please email publicsafety@brookfieldvt.org
 
BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 16, 2020, 5:35 PM
All times will depend upon the amount of public participation and committee discussion.
REMOTE MEETING AGENDA
 
By telephone: Dial [(701) 802-5217].When prompted, enter the meeting Access Code]. 3053801
 

5:35 PM: Call to Order
5:36 PM: Additions or deletions to the agenda

Public comment

5:40 PM: Review and approve previous of November 18, 2020 meeting minutes

: Open public comment

5:45 PM Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills.

Public comment

6:00 PM 2021 Contract Options Provided by Sheriff Bohnyak

Public comment

6:15 PM: Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project Progress

Public comment

6:25PM: 6:25 PM: Traffic Sign Status

Public comment

6:30 PM: Traffic Ordinance Final Review

Public comment

6:40 PM: Budget Recommendations to the Select Board

Public Comment

6:55 PM: Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use

Public comment

7:00 PM: January Public Safety Message

Public comment

7:05 PM: Setting the Next Meeting
7:10 PM Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting

Final Public Comment

7:15: Entertain motion to adjourn meeting

 
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Dec 102020
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting
NOTICE AND AGENDA FOR REMOTE MEETING
The Town of Brookfield Selectboard will meet remotely on ZOOM on
14 December 2020 at 6:30pm.
To access the remote meeting:
Go to zoom.us and Join a Meeting.
Or dial 1 929 205 6099    (Please note this is a TOLL call)
The Meeting ID is 340 560 8428
Passcode: 955883
or Click Here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3405608428?pwd=M1N0OWxxeDdZUy9ma0tEcW1hbFhIQT09
Please review our “Informational Handout for Remote Public Meetings” to understand how these electronic meetings will be managed. If you wish to make a public comment but do not have the ability to comment remotely during the meeting, please email your comment(s) to the Administrative Assistant at admin@brookfieldvt.org.
Town of Brookfield
Selectboard Meeting
Town Clerk’s Office
14 December 2020 at 6:30 PM
AGENDA
A. Call To Order
B. Adjustments to Agenda
C. Public Comments
D. Highway
1. Extension for Bear Hill Road Culvert
E. New Business
1. Public Safety Committee – Traffic Ordinance Review
2. Mapping Proposal – Cartographic Associates
3. Town Meeting Guidelines
4. Local Hazard Mitigation Plan
F. Old Business
G. Approve Minutes from the 23 November 2020 Meeting
H. Payroll and AP Warrants
I. Other Proper Business
J. Adjournment

Dec 012020
 

Town of Brookfield
Selectboard Meeting
Town Clerk’s Office
23 November 2020 at 6:30 PM
Those present: John Benson, Chair – by telephone conferencing, and Jeff Kimmel, Board Member; Dennis LaRocque, Board Member; Kasey Peterson, Administrative Assistant; Tim Higgins, Road Crew Foreman; Betty Lord, Secretary; and Shawn Krisch; all attending by Zoom.
A. Call To Order -The meeting was called to order by the Chair, Mr Benson, at 6:37 pm.
B. Adjustments to Agenda – None
C. Public Comments – Mr. Krisch appeared before the Board with a request that someone from the Board of Adjustment respond to his request for a variance pertaining to his property. He requested a Zoning permit in September which was rejected due to the fact that his property, on which he wishes to build a camp, is only three acres instead of the required five acres. He said the property was under contract and he only had a limited amount of time to work things out with the seller. Mr. Kimmel stated that he was a member of the Board of Adjustment and would be in touch with Mr. Krisch to go over the steps necessary to finish the process. Mr. Kimmel will also provide information on the steps the seller needs to take.
D. New Business
1. COVID Guidelines – Mr. Benson, Mr. Kimmel, and Mr. LaRocque reported they had read the guidelines and had no questions. Mr. Benson said he would contact the Town Health Officer asking her to forward any updated material relating to the guidelines. In the meantime, he asked Mrs. Peterson to act as a second Health Officer until all the guidelines had been met. All other entities of the Town, i.e. the Library, Fire Department, Town Garage, and all Boards that represent the Town will have to be self-policing. Mr. Benson asked Mrs. Peterson to send a copy of the COVID guidelines to all the various boards and offices along with an acknowledgment form to be returned to the Town Clerk’s Office confirming that everyone included in each organization or board had read and will conform to the guidelines and has had the necessary training conforming to the Town’s policies.
The Board agreed that a plexiglass shield be placed in front of the Town Clerk’s desk. Mrs. Peterson was asked to be responsible for ordering the plexiglass. Also, beginning the next day of business following the Board Meeting, the Town Clerk’s office would be responsible for keeping a record of everyone entering the office for contact tracing. Anyone visiting the Town Clerk’s Office will sign in with their name, address, and phone number.
2. Cloud-based NEMRC – Mr. LaRocque made a motion to move to a “Cloud- based” NEMRC system in the amount of $600 annually. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion, which was passed unanimously. (3-0-0)
3. MVP Health Care premiums – Mrs. Peterson reviewed the advantages of signing with MVP Health Care to provide health care coverage for employees of the Town. One of the main reasons for the change from BC/BS to MVP is a savings of $10,000 a year. Employees would continue to have basically the same coverage, as required by the Affordable Care Act.
Open enrollment for the MVP plan begins December 1, 2020. Mr. LaRocque made a motion to change the Town’s health care insurance to MVP. Mr. Kimmel seconded and the motion was carried unanimously. (3-0-0)
4. Notice of Heavy Cut – Twombley and Benedict Property – Mr. LaRocque reported to the Board that the property in question is being cut according to Current Use guidelines and is being watched over by a forester.
E. Highway
1. Mr. Higgins, Road Crew Foreman, reported that work continues on clearing out ditches and culverts and preparing for winter. Discussion ensued regarding paid leave for employees who miss work due to COVID. The guidelines indicate that if an employee either has tested positive or is caring for a spouse who has tested positive, that employee will be paid during the time they are away from their job. If an employee is absent from work waiting for testing, that employee can take vacation time or sick time but will not be paid for the time away from the job.
Mr. Higgins said the new time sheet program was up and working and should make payroll operations much easier. Mrs. Peterson was asked to check with ECFiber to verify if the computers at the Town Garage could be connected to the network including computers at the Town Offices.
The Board asked Mr. Higgins to research the costs of purchasing a new Town truck minus the trade-in value on the old truck that is to be sold.
Mr. Higgins was also asked to contact Randolph and ask what they are paying for sand; this would help establish a fair market value for operations at the proposed Sprague Sand Pit. He was also asked to find out the cost of the bulldozer work to clear the site for procuring the sand and also site recovery after the sand has been gathered.
2. Mutual Aid Templates – COVID – Mrs. Peterson stated that Mr. Higgins and she will have a report for the Board by the first meeting in December.
It was suggested that a list needs to be made of people, who with their approval, would be willing to be on call in the event of a number of illnesses or other emergencies to fill in on the road crew. Mr. Higgins will reach out to neighboring towns to see if they would have any interest in a reciprocal agreement in supplying help in times of an emergency.
3. Wage paperwork and Interim Foreman compensation – The Board signed the paperwork and agreed upon compensation for Mr. Rob Wheatley, who served as Interim Foreman after the untimely passing of the Road Crew Foreman.
4. Highway Laptop Replacement – Mr. Higgins also reported that the laptop at the Town Garage needs to be replaced. The Board asked Mrs. Peterson and Mr. Higgins to research the replacement cost(s). Mr. LaRocque made a motion giving Mrs. Peterson and Mr. Higgins approval to purchase a new laptop in an amount up to $800.00. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion which carried unanimously. (3-0-0)
5. MRGP Amendment Form – the Board approved and Mr. Benson signed off on the Municipal Roads General Permit – Road Erosion Inventory form.
F. Old Business – None
G. Approve the Minutes of the 9 November 2020 Meeting – Mr. LaRocque noted that it was Mr. Kimmel who made the motion to appoint Mr. LaRocque as a temporary member of the Board of Adjustment, and Mr. Benson who seconded the motion (not the other way around). There being no further corrections, the minutes were unanimously approved as corrected. (3-0-0)
H. Payroll and AP Warrants – Mr. LaRocque moved to accept the list of Payroll Accounts in the amount of $77,852.30 with the largest payment being to Western Star (Highway Department truck) in the amount of $65,501.78. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion which carried unanimously. (3-0-0)
I. Other Proper Business – Mr. Kimmel reported the draft agreement between the Town and Sprague Farms regarding the proposed Sand Pit had been received and he asked the other Board Members to read the agreement and make their recommendations. Mr. Kimmel noted that the technical status of Sprague Farms (and its formal business entities) is incomplete and that the Board also needs to know who has the authority to sign for the sand pit.
Mr. Kimmel reported that a license agreement is still needed from ECFiber for an installation on East Street, along with a license for emergency work done by the Town at the north end of West Street.
Mrs. Peterson was asked provide the Selectboard with a list of grant funds the Town had received, including the grant for East Hill, to be included in the upcoming Town Report (2020).
Mrs. Peterson confirmed that at present the Town has only one auditor: Ginny Brees. Mrs. Peterson was also asked to list the positions open for employment by the Town and to post it in The Herald and on Front Porch Forum.
J. Adjournment – There being no further business to come before the Board, Mr. Kimmel made a motion to adjourn, Mr. LaRocque seconded, and the meeting was adjourned at 8:09 p.m. (3-0-0)
Respectfully submitted,
Betty Lord, Secretary

Nov 242020
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2020, 5:35 PM
The Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee met remotely by electronic means as warned.
UNAPPROVED MINUTES
 
The following members attended: Stuart Edson, Michael Rutkovsky, Mike Stoddard and Lew Stowell with guest Sheriff William Bohnyak OCSD.  No members of the public attended.
 
5:35 PM: Call to Order- No additions or deletions were made to the agenda.
Review and approve previous October 28, 2020 meeting minutes- Reviewed and approved 4-0.
Review of OCSD Activities, Reports and Bills. No bills have been received for September or October.  Sheriff Bohnyak said that there had been staffing and quarantine problems but the bills were being sent today.
Patrol Hours and Budget-Discussion. Sheriff Bohnyak said that the virus and staffing issues had made meeting patrol hour targets difficult.  Sheriff Bohnyak provided a summary of law enforcement events that impacted Brookfield in the last few months and said that the patrol reports would improve.
2021 Contract Discussion with Sheriff Bohnyak-. Possible budget targets of $15,000 and $20,000 were suggested for discussion purposes.  Sheriff Bohnyak agreed to contact L. Stowell on 11/24/2020 with possible proposals.  The committee urged that patrol hour goals need to be met much more closely than in the past.  L. Stowell to present proposals to committee at the December meeting.
Town Over Weight and Over Sized System Project Progress- Culverts VS Bridges report approved and to be sent to the Select Board. 4-0.
E-911 Sign and Traffic Sign Status- T. Godfrey has told L. Stowell that there were not enough house number signs requested yet to justify an order.
Traffic Ordinance Review- There was discussion about adding cautionary signs to some roads, changing two Stop signs arrangements and extending the speed limit on a couple of roads.  L. Stowell to finalize suggestions made for final review at the December meeting.
Emerald Ash Borer Progress- M. Stoddard and M. Rutkovsky volunteered to help in the Spring.
Public Safety Advisory Committee Website Use- No Change
December Public Safety Message M. Stoddard to prepare and send to L. Stowell.
Setting the Next Meeting- 5:35 PM on December 16, 2020, to be held remotely
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting- None to be invited in December.
Entertained a motion to adjourn meeting- Adjourned at 7:08 PM.  Approved- 4-0.

Nov 212020
 

Meeting Minutes of the Brookfield Conservation Commission 11-16-2020
Present: Jon Binhammer, Sue Shea, Jon Jickling, Kathy Kinter, Star Strong, Kate Forrer, Town Forester.
Zoom Meeting to order at 7:05 PM
Public Comment: none.
Motion to approve October minutes as presented was made by Jon J, seconded by Starr. No comments, all approved.
Emerald Ash Borer update was provided by Kater Forrer, Town Forester. This included the history of the pest’s spread in VT and its current identified locations throughout the state. While it has been found north of Brookfield, as yet it has not been found in town. Only 2 traps were set this year. Plans for 2021 are to deploy 15 BioForest prism traps around town. Star and Jon J. have offered to help and more folks will be needed. Kate will be in touch with the commission this winter to discuss a plan of action.
Forest fragmentation: Sue spent more time exploring the maps and photos VTrans uses to assess location and condition of bridges and culverts. She focused on interstate 89 culverts. Off of Northfield Rd the culvert is 6’ wide and 258’ long with a stream thru it. West of Pond village, the culvert is 7’ wide by 206’ long with a stream. Given the results of the study Kathy received from Robert Long in WA, she suggested the commission focus on bridges, as long culverts are not likely to be utilized by many animals. She suggested a focus on the passage under the bridges near Lamson Pond Rd. but first doing an assessment of utilization by tracking once we get snow. If it is determined the area is used, we can commit to regular monitoring perhaps with a camera. Jon B is going to speak with someone from TNC about best use of a camera. We would need to find out about whether the Taplains still use the fence for the cattle. Starr has offered to do preliminary monitoring of this area as well as Cross Over Rd. and report back at the next meeting.
Schoolyard Habitat: We unanimously voted, after Jon J motioned and Star seconded, to support the submission of the proposal to the principal as written by Jon B. Jon will ask him what the next steps are.
Sunset Natural Area Bridge: Jon B , Jon J and Mike F. created plank boardwalks with the purchased 2x10x10s. The poles are on site but still need to get moved to the bridge to repair it. Discussion followed about use of horses to move the poles. Jon B will check with the bridge builder for suggestions on how best to move the poles and repair the bridge. The picnic tables should be moved so they can be better utilized. Jon J suggested future programming on the site given its rich wildlife.
Winter Programming: With the new covid restricions it was decided to forgo plans for programs. Folks can still do the Xmas bird count at their homes. Sue suggested that perhaps we can create a self guided trial somewhere for the public to experience on their own.
Other Business: None.
Next meeting will be on zoom on winter solstice, Dec. 21.
Adjourned meeting at 8:20 PM.
Respectfully submitted,
Kathy Kinter