May 122022
 

Full-Time Road Crew Position
The Town of Brookfield, Vermont is seeking qualified applicants for the position of full-time road crew member.
Responsibilities:
Keeping classified town roads safe and usable at all times (snow and ice removal in a timely manner; repairing, filling and grading roads; clearing debris, maintaining culverts and cleaning ditches).
Keeping town equipment in good working order, including minor maintenance.
Identifying and responding to new road issues.
Performing work in a safe and responsible manner.
Working cooperatively with a small crew, the Selectboard, and Brookfield residents.
Requirements are:
A valid Vermont driver’s license and CDL.
Good driving record (no violations within the previous three years).
Experience using and maintaining heavy equipment.
The ability to work in adverse weather.
The ability to work odd hours and some long weekends, particularly in the winter.
This is a full-time position with benefits. Interested applicants should submit their resumé (or equivalent contact information and experience listing) to:
Admin@brookfieldvt.org.
Applications are available at the Town Clerk’s office, 40 Ralph Rd. (The Town Clerk Office is open Tuesday – Thursday, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm)
The Town of Brookfield is an equal opportunity employer and is offering the following INCENTIVE PACKAGE:
A $500.00 bonus at signing, $500.00 after three months of working and $500.00 at six months depending on performance.
All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

May 082022
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
BROOKFIELD CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, FIRST FLOOR
WEDNESDAY MAY 11, 2022, 5:30 PM
MEETING AGENDA

5:30 PM: Call to Order:
Additions or deletions to the agenda.
Review, revise or approve the April 06, 2022 meeting minutes.
Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public.
Hippo Park Needle Discussion: Dennis LaRocque, Sherriff Bohnyak, LT O’Donnell, Starr Strong.
Survivermont Presentation: LT Hugh O’Donnell, VSP.
Speed Cart and Patrol Deployments: OCSD & VSP/
Upcoming Events Involving Brookfield.
Highway Dept Coordination and Traffic Sign Deployment Plan: Dennis Larocque, Road Com.
Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills.
Vehicle, Pedestrian, Horse and Bicycle Safety- Grant Exploration.
Town Meeting Preparation (May 21, 2021).
Traffic Ordinance Status.
Parking Issues in Brookfield.
May Public Safety Message-.
Setting the Next Meeting.
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting.
Final Public Comment.
Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting.

May 062022
 

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA – May 10th, 2022
Location: Virtual ZOOM Meeting and in-person at the Town Offices at 40 Ralph Road (link below)
MEETING: Tuesday, May 10th, 2022 TIME: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
TOPICS:

Public to be heard
Approve minutes of 4/12/2022 meeting.
Review progress on zoning bylaw update. Begin review and edits to Article 1. Commissioners should be prepared to begin review of Article 2, if time permits. Commissioners should will find zoning bylaw examples from two other towns for reference during bylaw review.

In February we covered: definitions “lot” to “parking space”
In March we covered: definitions “planned commercial development” to “structure”
In April we finished the remained of the definition section of the bylaws

Any other new/old business
Set date of next meeting – tentatively Tuesday April 12th, 2022.
Adjourn

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May 062022
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting
9 May 2022
6:30 PM
Town Office
AGENDA
A. Call To Order
B. Adjustments to Agenda
C. Public Comments
1. Library – beautification and people attraction – Amy Borgman
D. Highway Report
1. Road Crew report
2. Brandon Stevens Mowing contract
3. Pending Grants
E. New Business
1. Public Safety (Town Traffic Ordinance)
F. Old Business
1. ARPA
G. Meeting Minutes
1. 25 April 2022
H. Payroll and AP Warrants
I Other Proper Business
J. Adjournment
 
 
 

May 042022
 

AGENDA
Brookfield Conservation Commission Special Meeting
May 9, 2022
7:00 PM
Special meeting via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89067546827?pwd=Y0docjBuWk9EdHRwVTdxVzBRZTR0dz09

Review Agenda
Public Comment
Approval of Minutes of the April, 2022 meeting.
Annual meeting – election of officers
Town meeting
Green-Up Day
Adjourn – next meeting is June 20, 2022

 

May 032022
 

Meeting Minutes of the Brookfield Conservation Commission 4-18-22
Present: Sue Shea, Starr Strong, Jon Jickling, Kathy Kinter    Absent: Jon Binhammer
Zoom meeting came to order at 7:06 PM
March minutes were unanimously approved as presented.
There was no one from the public in attendance.
Community Values Mapping Debrief: It was felt by most that there wasn’t enough time to map all that folks wanted. Some folks were unable to connect or manage Miro. Question was raised, should we try for another in-person experience in the fall? There is a sense of urgency to get the results from the recent event (even with low turnout) so that we can apply them to the town plan, zoning and conservation delineations. Kathy will speak to Jens to get his input on all this and if we should still plan for a town-wide meeting in June.
Kathy reminded everyone that we meet with Jens and the Planning Commission on May 18 via zoom to discuss results and look at maps.
It was noted that turtle crossings were discussed: rte 65 where culvert under road. No. and So. Ponds are relatively close. Also, in the village near where the stream flows from the pond and the Brookfield side of Baker’s Pond. We may want to look into signage.
Vtrans: They responded to Sue and Jon’s letter and will go out with Jens to look at the wildlife crossing under 89 on Northfield Rd. If they don’t do it within 2 months, someone from the commission will follow up.
Town Meeting: Jon J and Kathy won’t be there. Jon will give EAB info to Jon B to share. Starr will give report on Green Up Day.
Jon B. is to get reflective window stickers to repel birds to hand out to folks.
Green Up: Starr is waiting for Kate to return her call about bags, etc. She has begun outreach. Sue will post on FPF. Kathy said it is important that people know that electronics and toxics must be disposed of by the people who pick them up. Starr is considering a washing station for returnables at the town garage the day of. Garage open 9-4 that day. Jon J and Starr will person the collection at the garage.
Other Business: Kathy announced that she will be stepping off the commission after the May meeting. A replacement needs to be found.
Given that Jon B is gone when we are to next meet, May 9 was suggested as an alternative. Starr leaves May 23.
Next meeting: TBD
Meeting Adjourned at 8:15 PM
Respectfully submitted,
Kathy Kinter

May 022022
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting
25 April 2022
6:30 PM
Town Office
Meeting Minutes
Those Present: John Benson, Chair; Jeff Kimmel, Dennis LaRocque (via zoom), Betty Lord (via zoom), Kate Threlkeld (via zoom) Members; Vicki Blanchard, Administrative Assistant, Amy Ingrassia, Assistant Town Clerk
A. Call To Order – Mr. Benson called the Selectboard meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.
B. Adjustments to Agenda – Move Warrants to after the Highway Report.
C. Public Comments – none
D. Highway Report
1. Mr. Benson and Mr. Higgins will meet with Rich Tatro (VT AoT) – the Town Bridges Engineer, on May 6th in regards to work on Eagle Peak Road to scope out the work details for a grant application to be prepared. Mr. Kimmel can then work on the contract.
2. Mr. Benson asked the Board about thoughts on how to pursue a new hire for the Road Crew. They talked about offering a bonus to start and the possibility of offering $500.00 upon hire, a $500.00 bonus after 3 months of work, and then an additional $500.00 at 6 months, pending performance review. Ms. Threlkeld suggested that Mr. Benson write a letter to the Governor’s Office in hopes that office might be able to help. Ms. Threlkeld is going to look into finding potential places to advertise and post the job opening. Ms. Ingrassia also mentioned going onto the State website to advertise. Mr. Kimmel is going to look into The World and Seven Days weekly papers.
3. Contract MU0227 (Seasonal Maintenance on VT 65 Time/Pay Agreement with the Town of Brookfield). Mr. LaRocque suggested increasing rates for both equipment and labor by $20.00 per hour.
4. Mr. LaRocque reported that Mr. Higgins said they have been trying to get around roads and smooth them up and put material where it is needed. Since we are over on the gravel budget we are limited as to what we can cover. Last week we took Truck 2 down to ATG and got the lights fixed. It turned out there were broken wires in the wire harness. They changed tires last week in preparation for summer hauling activities. The new truck is out of the factory waiting to be shipped to the dealership; more to come soon.
This week Mr. Higgins graded when weather permitted and plowed when it didn’t. As it was just Mr. Wheatley and Mr. Higgins this week, the crew worked a summer schedule of 4 10-hour days and will continue this schedule through the fall. Mr. Higgins ordered chloride as the price will most likely be going up at the end of the month. On another note, Mr. Hamblin reported that his mom had passed away, and he will be out on bereavement Monday and Tuesday of this week. Board members offered their condolences.
H. Payroll and AP Warrants – Mr. Kimmel made a motion to approve the AP Warrants as presented with a total of $23,781.05 with the highest payment being made to R.E. Tucker for Plant Mix and Stone in the amount of $10,850.00. Mr. Benson seconded the motion which carried unanimously: 5-0-0.
E. New Business
1. Planning Town Meeting – The Brookfield Elementary School has been reserved along with other equipment for the day.
2. Kirkyard – An updated copy of the Mowing Contract and the Sexton Contract for the next two years of 2022 and 2023 has been received. Mr. LaRocque made a motion to accept the Kirkyard Cemetery mowing services contract from April until October of 2022 and 2023; Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion, which carried unanimously: 5-0-0. Mr. LaRocque made a motion to accept the Kirkyard Sexton services contract for July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023 as presented; Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion, and it was carried unanimously: 5-0-0.
3. Discussion on computers – There is a concern about the age of the server and a replacement computer is needed. Presently the Town is waiting for a quote on both but this purchase will have to wait until next budget year unless circumstances allow activity sooner. Mr. Benson did make a motion to authorize the Listers to replace their computer as soon as possible. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion, and it was carried unanimously: 5-0-0.
F. Old Business
1. ARPA – We are still waiting for information from the Treasury to complete the registration process. Ms. Lord made a motion that The Town of Brookfield make the one-time irrevocable decision to elect the “Standard Allowance” approach for our ARPA award in the amount of $400,859.82, to spend on the provision of government services throughout the period of performance of the grant. Ms. Threlkeld seconded the motion, and it was carried unanimously: 5-0-0.
2. ARPA Funds
A. Based on the review of the published information and communications with VLCT, the ARPA funds received are attributed to lost revenues.
B. The lost revenues shall be allocated to the following tasks:
a. Replacement of the deteriorating shed at the Town Garage with a new, fully enclosed and heated structure.
b. Update of the Town Website to be more inclusive and user friendly.
c. Stormwater management improvements at the Town Office and adjacent segment of Ralph Road. Improvements may include: grading, swale improvements/stabilization, installing a stormwater garden, removal of the steep, eroding, connector road between Ralph Road and Stone Road, and improvement of the Stone Rd./Ralph Rd. intersection.
d. Down payment on a replacement backhoe or excavator for Town Highway maintenance.
3. Hippo Park – Nothing has happened yet, and won’t until May. Ms. Threlkeld will contact Lew Stowell to see if the Public Safety Advisory Committee (with the Town) would plan to purchase a camera for the park. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is also going to do more patrols of the area. Mr. LaRocque suggested that a sign be put up and Mr. Benson said that Mr. Kimmel will look into the legal side of this.
G. Meeting Minutes
1. 11 April 2020 – A correction was offered under the Public Comments section. Mr. Kimmel made a motion to accept the minutes as amended, Ms. Threlkeld seconded the motion, which carried unanimously: 5-0-0.
I. Other Proper Business – None
J. Adjournment – Mr. Benson made a motion to adjourn at 8:12 p.m., Mr. LaRocque seconded the motion, and there being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was unanimously adjourned.

Apr 262022
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting
11 April 2022
6:30 PM
Town Office
Approved Meeting Minutes
Those Present: John Benson, Chair; Jeff Kimmel, Dennis LaRocque (via zoom), Betty Lord (via zoom) Kate Threlkeld (via zoom) Members; Vicki Blanchard, Administrative Assistant, Amy Ingrassia, Assistant Town Clerk, Jack Zebora, Jon Jickling, Lew Stowell, Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee.
A. Call To Order – Mr. Benson called the Selectboard meeting to order at 6:39 p.m.
B. Adjustments to Agenda – None
C. Public Comments
1. Brian Lafayette – (did not attend the SB meeting).
2. Lew Stowell – Mr. Stowell (on behalf of the PSAC) presented recommendations regarding review and updating of the Town Traffic Ordinance. The PSAC has developed draft lists of potential regulatory changes, including speed limits, stop and yield intersections, parking regulations, penalty provisions, and repeal of prior regulations. The Board will review the proposals, along with consulting with the PSAC regarding changes to the ordinance.
3. Jon Jickling – Mr. Jickling said that he was going to continue to monitor the area for Emerald Ash Borer. He will work on trying to keep the Town informed through meetings on the insect also. He is looking to manage the forest going forward also. He will be putting up traps and has most everything with the exception of a lure and wondered if the Town could help: the Board recommended he contact the Conservation Commission.
4. Jack Zebora – Annual Town Meeting Warning. Mr. Zebora brought up Article 8 of the Annual Town Meeting Warning, asking for a reason why percentages were used and not monetary amounts, and felt others would question this also. Mr. Benson explained why it was done this way and then stated that at Town Meeting day he will give a full explanation to everyone.
D. Highway Report
1. The Road Crew have been out grading, hauling, and ditching and the roads seem to be in fairly good condition. Mr. LaRocque stated the Mr. Stowell called him praising Mr. Higgins for responding quickly to a beaver dam on Twin Pond Road and that Mr. LaRocque will try and locate someone who will either trap the offending beavers or come up with a way to keep them from clogging the culvert again.
E. New Business
1. Planning Town Meeting – Ms. Blanchard will check on tables and chairs and a small tent from the Brookfield School. A larger tent from Rain or Shine will need to be rented out also. The Board will work with the OSSD school board on a backup plan in case it rains, and see if the meeting can be inside the Brookfield School if conditions warrant.
F. Old Business
G. Meeting Minutes
1. 28 March 2022 – Mr. Benson made a motion to accept the minutes, Mr. Kimmel seconded, and it passed unanimously: 5-0-0.
H. Payroll and AP Warrants – Mr. Kimmel made a motion to approve the AP warrants as presented with a total of $42,753.24, with the highest payment being made to R. E. Tucker for dense gravel in the amount of $9,150.00. Ms. Lord seconded the motion which carried unanimously: 5-0-0.
I. Other Proper Business – Mr. Kimmel reported that he and Steve Hill had reviewed the conditions of TH45 – Old Stage Road. After going over some of the history paperwork and waiting for the end of mud season, Mr. Kimmel and Mr. Hill walked the length of TH45. Mr. Hill brought along a surveyor’s wheel and they took several measurements along the way. The Westerly portion of the road is, at best, Class 4. It is also somewhat obstructed around the point where the road shifts from Class 3 to Class 4 (and/or Trail status). The goal would be to classify (or re-classify) the relevant portions of TH45 to accurately reflect actual road conditions. Which will likely trigger an update of the annual road mileage certification report.
J. Adjournment – Mr. Benson made a motion to adjourn at 7:50 p.m., Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion, and there being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was unanimously adjourned.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Apr 262022
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting
11 April 2022
6:30 PM
Town Office
Amended Draft Meeting Minutes
Those Present: John Benson, Chair; Jeff Kimmel, Dennis LaRocque (via zoom), Betty Lord (via zoom) Kate Threlkeld (via zoom) Members; Vicki Blanchard, Administrative Assistant, Amy Ingrassia, Assistant Town Clerk, Jack Zebora, Jon Jickling, Lew Stowell, Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee.
A. Call To Order – Mr. Benson called the Selectboard meeting to order at 6:39 p.m.
B. Adjustments to Agenda – None
C. Public Comments
1. Brian Lafayette – (did not attend the SB meeting).
2. Lew Stowell – Mr. Stowell (on behalf of the PSAC) presented recommendations regarding review and updating of the Town Traffic Ordinance. The PSAC has developed draft lists of potential regulatory changes, including speed limits, stop and yield intersections, parking regulations, penalty provisions, and repeal of prior regulations. The Board will review the proposals, along with consulting with the PSAC regarding changes to the ordinance.
3. Jon Jickling – Mr. Jickling said that he was going to continue to monitor the area for Emerald Ash Borer. He will work on trying to keep the Town informed through meetings on the insect also. He is looking to manage the forest going forward also. He will be putting up traps and has most everything with the exception of a lure and wondered if the Town could help: the Board recommended he contact the Conservation Commission.
4. Jack Zebora – Annual Town Meeting Warning. Mr. Zebora brought up Article 8 of the Annual Town Meeting Warning, asking for a reason why percentages were used and not monetary amounts, and felt others would question this also. Mr. Benson explained why it was done this way and then stated that at Town Meeting day he will give a full explanation to everyone.
D. Highway Report
1. The Road Crew have been out grading, hauling, and ditching and the roads seem to be in fairly good condition. Mr. LaRocque stated the Mr. Stowell called him praising Mr. Higgins for responding quickly to a beaver dam on Twin Pond Road and that Mr. LaRocque will try and locate someone who will either trap the offending beavers or come up with a way to keep them from clogging the culvert again.
E. New Business
1. Planning Town Meeting – Ms. Blanchard will check on tables and chairs and a small tent from the Brookfield School. A larger tent from Rain or Shine will need to be rented out also. The Board will work with the OSSD school board on a backup plan in case it rains, and see if the meeting can be inside the Brookfield School if conditions warrant.
F. Old Business
G. Meeting Minutes
1. 28 March 2022 – Mr. Benson made a motion to accept the minutes, Mr. Kimmel seconded, and it passed unanimously: 5-0-0.
H. Payroll and AP Warrants – Mr. Kimmel made a motion to approve the AP warrants as presented with a total of $42,753.24, with the highest payment being made to R. E. Tucker for dense gravel in the amount of $9,150.00. Ms. Lord seconded the motion which carried unanimously: 5-0-0.
I. Other Proper Business – Mr. Kimmel reported that he and Steve Hill had reviewed the conditions of TH45 – Old Stage Road. After going over some of the history paperwork and waiting for the end of mud season, Mr. Kimmel and Mr. Hill walked the length of TH45. Mr. Hill brought along a surveyor’s wheel and they took several measurements along the way. The Westerly portion of the road is, at best, Class 4. It is also somewhat obstructed around the point where the road shifts from Class 3 to Class 4 (and/or Trail status). The goal would be to classify (or re-classify) the relevant portions of TH45 to accurately reflect actual road conditions. Which will likely trigger an update of the annual road mileage certification report.
J. Adjournment – Mr. Benson made a motion to adjourn at 7:50 p.m., Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion, and there being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was unanimously adjourned.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Apr 222022
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting
25 April 2022
6:30 PM
Town Office
AGENDA
A. Call To Order
B. Adjustments to Agenda
C. Public Comments
D. Highway Report
1. Contract MU0227 (Seasonal Maintenance on VT 65 Time Ext with Town of Brookfield
E. New Business
1. Planning Town Meeting
2. Kirkyard
3. Discussion on computers
F. Old Business
1. ARPA
2. Hippo Park
G. Meeting Minutes
1. 11 April 2022
H. Payroll and AP Warrants
I Other Proper Business
J. Adjournment