Mar 102021
 

 
Brookfield Planning Commission (draft minutes)
Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Present: Gwynn Zakov, Chair, Christina Harlow, Martha Judy, Will White, Tim Gershon, Nancy Jacques, Jon Jickling
Public Present:  Gary Lord, Kevin Dunwoody, Andreyevs, Aaron Adler, Jon Binhammer
Chair Zakov called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.
Judy/White moved to approve minutes from February 9, 2021. The minutes were approved unanimously.
Chair Zakov invited members of the public to be heard. None was heard.
Chair Zakov welcomed Christina Harlow to the Commission.
Jon Binhammer expressed his wish for the Planning Commission to update the Brookfield Town Plan to include greater clarity around local energy development.
Kevin Dunwoody, while not recommending any specific policy language, referred to Randolph as an example of a municipality that has taken on this issue.
Gary Lord saw value in having the PC identify specific places in town that could be designated “scenic” or part of “viewsheds”.
Chair Zakov pointed out that, according to state statute, The Brookfield Town Plan will have to include provisions around energy if the town is to maintain its eligibility for grant funding. She cautioned, however, that the Planning Commission has other priorities as well.
Jon Jickling asked whether there was precedent for amending a Town Plan prior to their standard revision schedule.
Chair Zakov said she is aware of such a precedent in other places.
Martha Judy expressed her opinion that the Planning Commission has already done much work in the area of development that bears on the issue of local energy development.
Jon Binhammer and Rachel Andreyev, in turn, expressed their support for the work of the PC.
Andreyev offered help in an unofficial capacity assisting the PC in its work developing a plan around energy.
The PC then resumed its work reviewing bylaws, nearly completing section 4.13.
Next meeting will be held on March 9th, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. At this meeting — following a brief update from Gershon/Jickling on their takeaways from the TROC meeting they attended in February — the PC will complete its review of bylaws sections 4.13, and begin their review of 4.14, 4.15. Time permitting, the Commission would begin to consider the issue of gun ranges. As before members will review relevant sections in advance.
The meeting was called to close by Chair Zakov at 8:51 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Tim Gershon

Mar 092021
 

TOWN OF BROOKFIELD PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA
Location: Virtual ZOOM Meeting (see below)
MEETING: Tuesday, March 9th 2021 TIME: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
TOPICS:

Public to be heard
Approve minutes of 2/9/2020 meeting
Welcome newest member, Christina Harlow.
Discuss with Jon Binhammer Brookfield’s Town Plan and Solar Siting language and requirements therein.
Review progress on zoning bylaw update and continue review of bylaws of sections 4.13, 4.14, 4.15. Will go as far as time permits.
Any other new/old business
Set date of next meeting

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Mar 042021
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting
NOTICE AND AGENDA FOR REMOTE MEETING
The Town of Brookfield Selectboard will meet remotely on ZOOM on
08 March 2021 at 6:30pm.
To access the remote meeting:
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The Meeting ID is 340 560 8428
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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.
AGENDA
A. Call To Order
B. Adjustments to Agenda
C. Public Comments
D. Highway
1. Projects for 2021 Grants from VTrans
2. Weight Limit Letter – Vtrans
3. Twin Pond Road
E. New Business
F. Old Business
1. Cemetery Contracts
G. Approve Minutes from the 22 February 2021 Meeting
H. Payroll and AP Warrants
I. Other Proper Business
J. Adjournment

Mar 012021
 

Minutes of the
Meeting of
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD
SELECTBOARD
by Zoom and Telephone Conferencing
February 22, 2021
THOSE PRESENT: John Benson, Chair; Jeff Kimmel, and Dennis LaRocque, Selectmen; Tim Higgins, Road Crew Foreman; Kasey Peterson, Administrative Assistant; Betty Lord, Secretary; and Christina Harlow and Richard Doolan.
A. CALL TO ORDER: Chair John Benson called the meeting to order at 6:32 p.m.
B. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA: Mrs. Christina Harlow was present at the meeting to of-fer her services as a candidate for an open position on the Town Planning Commission. Mr. Kimmel made a motion to appoint Mrs. Harlow to the Commission. Mr. Benson seconded the mo-tion and asked Mrs. Harlow to tell the Board something about herself. She stated that she had lived in Brookfield for 6.5 years, had two young children (one in the Brookfield Elementary School and another soon to follow) and that she had a desire to be involved in Town activities. Mr. Ben-son called for a vote on the motion on the floor and it was passed unanimously: 3-0-0.
Mr. Richard Doolan, Director of Emergency Management for Brookfield, came to discuss the sta-tus of the Town Hazard Mitigation Plan and the related Local Emergency Management Plan. It was agreed the topic would be put on the agenda for the next Selectboard meeting of March 8, 2021. Mr. Kimmel will represent the Board in discussion with Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission while working on plans. Other personnel that should be included in developing the plan are an officer from the Fire Department, the Road Crew Foreman, and Mrs. Peterson will contact the Planning Commission to ask which of their board members would like to be involved. Mr. Doolan reported a generator had been installed at the Brookfield Elementary School and, alt-hough plans have not been completed due to the pandemic, the school could be opened up as needed on a storm-by-storm basis.
C. PUBLIC COMMENTS: None
D. HIGHWAYS: Mr. Benson reported that information regarding the price of sand, loading, and hauling had been received and a meeting will now be set up with Mr. Keith Sprague regarding the proposed Sprague Sand Pit and the feasibility of a contract with the Town for the purchase of sand.
Mr. Benson talked with Northfield Savings Bank to discuss a loan for the financing of a new truck for the Town. He is waiting for the figures for financing for two years at the commercial rate.
Mr Larocque will contact Mr. Gilman at W. B. Rogers to ask how many years remain for providing sand from his pit.
Mr. Benson pointed out the new truck cannot be ordered until after Town Meeting of May 22, 2021.
E. NEW BUSINESS
1. Ira Day Historic Sign: the Board was asked by the State and petitioner Joshua Blouin to ap-prove the wording on a historical sign honoring Major Ira Day to be placed on Route 14 in the Brookfield/Williamstown section; and to provide notice of approval by providing a copy of the relevant Brookfield Selectboard meeting minutes to the State and petitioner. Mr. Kimmel read the proposed wording to the Board, a copy of which is attached and made a part of these minutes. Mr. LaRocque made a motion to approve the proposed wording for the Major Ira Day historical marker as of February 22, 2021, and that a copy of the minutes be sent (as indicated above); Mr. Kimmel seconded and the motion passed unanimously: 3-0-0.
2. Cemetery RFP – Mr. Benson made a motion to extend the maintenance contract for Town cemeteries for another year to Mr. Joseph Mangan of Kirkland Services, LLC.; Mr. LaRocque se-conded the motion which was unanimously passed: 3-0-0.
Mr. Benson made a motion to extend the yearly contract to Mr. Mangan as Town Cemetery Sex-ton for another year; Mr. Kimmel seconded and the motion was unanimously passed: 3-0-0.
3. Roadside Mowing – Mr. Higgins was asked by the Board to contact Mr. Brandon Stephens of Total Lawn Care to ascertain costs and scheduling for roadside moving for the coming summer.
4. Planning Commission Appointment – Christina Harlow (see above).
5. Public WiFi Equipment Grant – The Board agreed that ECFiber was doing a good job of providing WiFi coverage in Brookfield and there appeared to be little interest in additional public WiFi at this time. Currently the Town Library in Pond Village provides public access.
6. Lister Certificates – Members of the Board signed the Lister Certificates. Mr. LaRocque made a motion to accept the Lister Certificates for the years 2018, 2019, and 2020; Mr. Kimmel se-conded and the motion was unanimously approved: 3-0-0.
7. NEMRC Contracts – Mr. Benson made a motion to renew the annual financial software con-tract with NEMRC. Mr. LaRocque seconded the motion which was unanimously approved: 3-0-0. Mr Benson signed the contract on behalf of the Selectboard.
8. Certificate of Deposit Renewal – Mr. LaRocque made a motion to allow the certificate of deposit with Northfield Savings Bank coming due on February 25, 2021 to roll over for automatic renewal for an additional year; Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion which was unanimously approved: 3-0-0.
F. OLD BUSINESS
Cemetery Repairs – Mrs. Peterson reported that Kirkyard Services and Custom Manufacturing of Quality Memorials are ready to start repair/replacement work on the memorial stones that were damaged in the Ridge Road Cemetery when a car went off the road. Mr. LaRocque made a mo-tion to authorize the two companies to begin work with the proviso that VLCT Insurance verifies that there are no risks in beginning the work and that VLCT (and/or the vehicle driver’s insurer) are willing to reimburse once the work is completed; Mr. Benson seconded the motion which was carried unanimously: 3-0-0.
G. APPROVAL OF MINUTES of February 8, 2021 MEETING – Mr. Kimmel moved that the minutes of the meeting of February 8, 2021 be approved as presented; Mr. LaRocque seconded, and the minutes were unanimously approved: 3-0-0.
H. PAYROLL AND WARRANTS – Mr. LaRocque moved to accept the warrants in the total amount of $31,181.70 with the highest payment being $15, 378.35 payable to Evans Group for diesel oil. Mr. Benson seconded the motion which was unanimously approved: 3-0-0.
I OTHER PROPER BUSINESS:
1. Variances – Mr. LaRocque reported that all three outstanding requests for variances before the Board of Adjustment had been settled in favor of the applicants.
2. Car Parked in Town Office Parking Lot – Mrs. Peterson was asked to draft a letter to Mr. Ed Koren asking that he find another place to park his son’s car as it was disrupting the plowing of the Town Office’s parking lot; and to send a copy of the letter to the Selectboard for review.
3. License Agreements – Mr. Kimmel reported that all the license agreements for utility crossings on Old Cross Road, East Street, and Bear Hill Road had been signed, with the exception of the Taplin work on West Street. Mr. Benson asked Mr. Higgins to check on a source for stakes or other appropriate markings to warn of utility crossings.
There being no further business to come before the Board, Mr. LaRocque made a motion to ad-journ. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion and the meeting was adjourned at 7:44 p.m.: 3-0-0.
Respectfully submitted,
Betty Lord, Secretary

Feb 222021
 

NOTICE AND AGENDA FOR REMOTE MEETING
 
The Public Safety Advisory Committee for the Town of Brookfield, VT will meet remotely by electronic means on February 24, 2021 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 FEBRUARY 24, 2021, 5:35 PM
All times will depend upon the amount of public participation and committee discussion.
REMOTE MEETING AGENDA
By telephone: Dial [(1-701) 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
5:38 PM: Review and approve the January 20, 2021 meeting minutes
: Open public comment
5:42 PM Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills.
Public comment
6:00 PM 2021 Draft Speed Cart Plan
Public comment
6:10 PM: Traffic Sign Status
Public comment
6:15 PM: Traffic Ordinance Status
Public comment
6:20 PM EAB Update
Public comment
6:30 PM Parking in Pond Village
Public comment
6:40 PM Public Safety Advisory Committee Website and Email Use
Public Comment
6:50 PM: March Public Safety Message
Public comment
7:00 PM Setting the Next Meeting
7:05 PM Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting
Final Public Comment
7:10: PM Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting.

 
 
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Feb 182021
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting
NOTICE AND AGENDA FOR REMOTE MEETING
The Town of Brookfield Selectboard will meet remotely on ZOOM on
22 February 2021 at 6:30pm.
To access the remote meeting:
Go to zoom.us and Join a Meeting
Or Call +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
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.
AGENDA
A. Call To Order
B. Adjustments to Agenda
C. Public Comments
D. Highway
E. New Business
1.  Ira Day Historic Sign
2.  Cemetery RFP’s
3.  Roadside Mowning RFP
4.  Planning Commission Appointment – Christina Harlow
5.  Public Wi-fi equipment grant
6.  Lister Certificates
7.  Nemrc Contracts
8.  Northfield Savings Bank CD Renewal
F. Old Business
1.  Cemetery Repairs
G. Approve Minutes from the 8 February 2021 Meeting
H. Payroll and AP Warrants
I. Other Proper Business
J. Adjournment

Feb 172021
 

Minutes of the
Meeting of
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD
SELECTBOARD
by Zoom and Telephone Conferencing
February 8, 2021
THOSE PRESENT: John Benson, Chair; Jeff Kimmel and Dennis LaRocque, Selectmen; Tim Higgins, Road Foreman; Kasey Peterson, Assistant Town Clerk; Betty Lord, Secretary; and Da-vid Pattison, Elizabeth Templeton, Chelsea and Keith Sprague, Alexis McLean, Kevin and Marie Dunwoody, Matt Denzen, Jon Binhammer, Jim Merriam, Pamela Krausz, Dan O’Brien, Curtis Koren, Gary Lord, and Kym Anderson, Town Residents.
A. CALL TO ORDER: The Chair, John Benson called the meeting to order at 6:34 p.m.
B. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA: As many Town residents were present to discuss the solar array proposed for the Sprague property off of the Ridge Road, Item F1 Solar Project was moved forward on the agenda.
Mr. Benson stated that at the last Selectboard meeting of January 25, 2021, Mr. Merriam of Nor-wich Solar Technologies had been asked to report back to the Board how the placement of the solar array complied with the Town Plan and how the site was selected.
Mr. Merriam reported that he was meeting with the Town Planning Commission the following evening (February 9, 2021) and he would report back to the Selectboard following that meeting. Mr. Benson then asked the community members if they had anything to say regarding the issue.
There was much discussion by the attending members of the community (most being residents whose land abuts the said solar array site). One of the concerns raised was the number of panels that would be in the array. Some of the residents wanted to know why the land had been deemed a “preferred” site by the applicant. Other topics at issue were the aesthetics, and putting the array in an area that had primarily been used for residential and agricultural use.
Mrs. Dunwoody asked if the neighbors were so opposed to the project, why was it was still on the table? Could the array be placed in a better location? Mrs. Krausz asked to whom the residents’ concerns should be addressed and she said they must be done right in order to benefit the com-munity interests.
Mr. Benson said the Selectboard does not have the authority to approved or disapprove a Section 248 process before the Public Service Board and the only issue for the Selectboard is whether the land is a “preferred” site. The Selectboard is only asked to sign a letter stating that site is in keeping with the Town Plan. He says he has no intention of signing the letter until he receives a report from the Planning Commission stating the site is in compliance with the Town Plan.
Mr. Dunwoody stated he had information regarding the site and will email to anyone who requests it before the Planning Commission Board meeting the following evening at 7:00 p.m.
C: PUBLIC COMMENTS: None
D. HIGHWAYS
l. Excess Weight – Mr. Higgins and Mrs. Peterson reported they had reviewed the suggestions from the Public Safety Committee but found that the process Brookfield is using to grant permits is already in compliance with state law. An inventory will be taken of bridges and culverts in Town, but to-date all are in compliance.
2. Bear Hill Culvert Grant Amendment – Mr. Benson will sign the amendment for the Board and Mrs. Peterson will contact VTrans and remind them that the timing for completion is dependent on them submitting a design of the culvert so it can be constructed this summer.
Mr. Higgins related to Mr. Keith Sprague that the Board is still in the process of going over pricing and a meeting will be set up soon to talk about the Sprague sand pit.
Mr. Higgins reported that W. B. Rogers will sell the Town sand at $12.50 per yard with the Town screening, loading, and hauling it. Mr. Rogers could provide samples in the spring.
Mr. Higgins also reported that a new AWD Freightliner truck with a belly scraper, back-up grader, radio, heater, and plow wing would be $188,242 (with a trade-in).
The Road Crew will have every road completely plowed throughout the Town by the end of the week.
A letter has been sent to Mr. Larry Brassard notifying him that his mailbox protrudes into the road.
All speed and excess weight signs to be installed on Northfield Road in the Spring have been or-dered.
E; NEW BUSINESS
Audit Contract – The Board reviewed the Audit Contract and will request a clarification regard-ing the Town paying for the audit in installments. Mr. Benson made a motion to authorize Mr. Kimmel to confer with Mrs. Godfrey, Town Clerk, to confirm terms, and allowing Mr. Kimmel to able to sign on behalf of the Board and to have the audit contract revised. Mr. LaRocque seconded the motion which was unanimously approved: 3-0-0.
F. OLD BUSINESS
1. Solar Project – See Above
2. Town Meeting Date and Location – Mr. Benson reported the Brookfield Elementary School Principal had agreed to allow the Town Meeting to be held on the school ballfields on Saturday, May 22 at 10:00 a.m. Mr. LaRocque stated he would contact Mr. Perry Armstrong of Rain or Shine Tent Company to discuss the costs of tents. The best scenario would be a large tent to cover all those attending the meeting, but if the cost is prohibitive, then the tent should at least cover the voting booth area.
The printed draft of the Town Report should be ready in March and the warning printed and post-ed by April 10, 2021.
G. APPROVAL OF MINUTES of JANUARY 25, 2021 MEETING – Mr. LaRocque said that he was not included in the group who would be going to talk with Mr. Sprague about the sand pit and asked that the minutes be adjusted. Mr. LaRocque made a motion to accept the minutes as amended in Item 3, paragraph 2. Mr. Kimmel seconded, and the minutes were unanimously ap-proved.
H. PAYROLL AND WARRANTS – Mr. LaRocque moved to accept the warrants in the total amount of $50,009.63 with the highest payment being $38,220.89 payable to Orange County Treasurer. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion which was unanimously approved: 3-0-0.
BUDGET – Mr. Benson said the budget would be for seven months instead of six months and as soon as he had the figures for the price of sand and the pricing from Northfield Savings Bank for financing the loan of the truck, he would have a final draft and would send it out to the other Se-lectboard members to peruse.
There being no further business to come before the Board, Mr. Kimmel made a motion to adjourn. Mr. LaRocque seconded the motion and the meeting was adjourned at 8:03 p.m.: 3-0-0.
Respectfully submitted,
Betty Lord, Secretary