Jul 092022
 

The Brookfield Library trustees will be meeting on Monday July 11th at 6:30 pm in the library. Members of the public are welcome to attend. On the agenda will be programming, and planning for an outdoor patio or reading space.

Jul 082022
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting
July 11, 2022
6:30 PM
Betty and Gary Lord’s home on
419 West Street, Brookfield
AGENDA
A. Call To Order
B. Adjustments to Agenda
C. Public Comments
1. Donald West – regarding Old Stage Road (TH45)
D. Payroll and AP Warrants
E. Highway Report
1. Amendment #3 to Memorandum of Agreement – MU0227
F. New Business
1. Vacancy
G. Old Business
H. Meeting Minutes
1. June 27, 2022
I Other Proper Business
1. Agreement EM0165 – Town of Brookfield – Town Highway Emergency Fund
2. Personnel Policy
J. Adjournment
 
 
 

Jul 082022
 

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA – July 12th, 2022
Location: Virtual ZOOM Meeting and in-person at the Town Offices at 40 Ralph Road (link below)
MEETING: Tuesday, July 12th, 2022 TIME: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
TOPICS:

Public to be heard
Approve minutes of 5/24/2022 meeting
Meet with Stu Edson from the Selectboard to talk about current and potential cannabis regulations as they may apply to Brookfield bylaws.
Meet with David Christensen to discuss preferred siting designation for a potential wind turbine(s) on his Brookfield property.
If time permits begin review of Sections 2 in Brookfield bylaws.
Any other new/old business
Set date of next meeting – tentatively Tuesday September 13th, 2022
Adjourn

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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 282022
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2022, 5:30 PM
The Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee met in person as warned.
UNAPPROVED MINUTES
The following members attended: Mike Stoddard, Michael Rutkovsky and Lew Stowell.  Curtis Koren, Select Board Member and Captain Scott Clouatre, OCSD attended as guests.
5:30 PM: Call to Order: There were no additions or deletions to the agenda.

Review, revise or approve the May 11, 2022 meeting minutes. Approved as written. 3-0
Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public- No members of the public attended.
Hippo Park Needle Status: OCSD- S. Clouatre stated that no needles have been reported recently. The Health Dept needle poster to be placed at the Floating Bridge Porta Potty, the Old Town Hall and the three official bulletin boards.
Speed Cart and Patrol Deployments: OCSD & VSP- VSP cart to be deployed on Rte. 14 soon. OCSD cart at Old Town reported 85.97% vehicles at 30MPH or less.  Clouatre stated that is a very good compliance rate.  The OCSD cart is now deployed at the Brookfield School.
Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills- S. Clouatre reported that there will be a modest increase in staffing this Summer at OCSD and that the FY2023 OCSD contract has been signed by the Brookfield Select Board and returned to OCSD. More stationary radar to be deployed during patrols.
VSP “Survivermont” Status- C. Koren to check with Old Town Hall folks about including it in their offerings. With the increase of nationwide of mass shootings, this is important information.
Upcoming Events Involving Brookfield: L. Stowell to check on posting limits on Front {Porch Forum and news policy at the Herald.
Traffic Sign Deployment- M. Rutkovsky to contact the 5 owners of house number signs not yet picked up. Godfrey has about 20 more orders for house number signs.  L. Stowell to contact sign co.
Vehicle, Pedestrian, Horse and Bicycle Safety- We are there more off-road alternatives.
Town Website Update- To be made more inclusive and user friendly soon.
Traffic Ordinance Status- At the Town Attorney’s office.
Parking Issues in Brookfield-The Town Office parking lot will be expanded this Summer by a contractor.
June Public Safety Message- L. Stowell to prepare.
Setting the Next Meeting-July 27th at 5:30 PM at Congregational Church.
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting- None scheduled.
Final Public Comment- None

Entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting- Made and approved 3-0 at 7:18 PM.

Jun 272022
 

Meeting Minutes of the Brookfield Conservation Commission         6-20-22
 
Present: Sue Shea, Jon Binhammer, Jon Jickling   Absent: Starr Strong
Zoom meeting came to order at 7:09 PM
 

Review Agenda
Public Comment: There was no one from the public in attendance.
Approval of Minutes of the May 2022 meeting:  May minutes pending – to be reviewed at July meeting.
Membership:  Sue, Jon and Kathy contacted possible candidates who declined.  Holly Dustin, Beth Urie, and East Hill folks who went on hikes are other potential candidates. Jon B. will contact them. In July, we will decide whether to advertise on FPF.
Field Trips:  Proposed visit to Town Forest September 24 or 25 with County Forester AJ Follensbee to introduce forest managment plan and discuss other activities.

Hikes on Class 4 roads are other possible field trips. Potential locations are Cram Hill Road or Class 4 road between East St. and Rt. 65.

Presentation of Community Values Mapping:  Jens Hilke sent Jon B. a link to download all the data, a bit challenging technically.   Jon will ask Jens if he is willing to present the findings to the community.
Solar Preferred Site Discussion:  Should we develop criteria for preferred sites for solar projects? We should find out if the Planning Commission is working on this.  Jon B. will reach out to Gwynn Z.
Schoolyard Habitat: Jon B. sent an e-mail to Brookfield School principal regarding the new outdoor classroom and opportunities for restoration work.  There doesn’t seem to be much interest from them in  collaboration but if we can find a motivated teacher we may continue to pursue.
Town Forest Plan: Reviewed map and preliminary harvest schedule prepared by AJ Follensbee.  Discussed desire that AJ participate in next CC meeting in July to review full draft plan and to discuss possible September public hike in the Town Forest.
I-89 Underpass Wildlife Corridor Update: Jens Hilke was supposed to do a site inspection with VTRANS, no word yet whether it happened and result. Jens was interested that Williamstown had land adjacent to Brookfield which would improve wildlife corridor in northern part of town.
 Adjourn: Meeting adjourned at 8:20 PM.

Next meeting:  July 25, with focus to review Town Forest Plan with AJ Follensbee.
 
 
Respectfully submitted,
Jon Jickling

Jun 242022
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting
June 27, 2022
6:30 PM
Town Office
AGENDA
A. Call To Order
B. Adjustments to Agenda
C. Public Comments
1. Sarah Danly – Information about the White River Valley Consortium
D. Payroll and AP Warrants
E. Highway Report
F. New Business
1. Upgrade Parker Road Bridge
2. Certification of VTrans Map – (see June 23, 2003 Selectboard minutes)
G. Old Business
1. Old Stage Road (TH45)
2. Update on Act 250 permit for Haggett Gravel Pit
H. Meeting Minutes
1. June 13, 2022
I Other Proper Business
1. Update on VTrans SFY23 Grants in Aid Letter due 6/24
2. 2022 FY2023 Building Communities Grants Funded
J. Adjournment

Jun 192022
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
BROOKFIELD CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, FIRST FLOOR
WEDNESDAY JUNE 22, 2022 5:30 PM
MEETING AGENDA
5:30 PM: Call to Order:

Additions or deletions to the agenda
Review, revise or approve the May 11, 2022 meeting minutes.
Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public-
Hippo Park Needle Status: OCSD
Speed Cart and Patrol Deployments: OCSD & VSP
Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills-
VSP “Survivermont” Status
Upcoming Events Involving Brookfield:
Traffic Sign Deployment
Vehicle, Pedestrian, Horse and Bicycle Safety
Town Website Update
Traffic Ordinance Status-
Parking Issues in Brookfield-
June Public Safety Message-
Setting the Next Meeting-
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting-
Final Public Comment-
Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting.

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.