Aug 222021
 

BROOKFIELD PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
BROOKFIELD CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, FIRST FLOOR
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 25, 2021, 5:30 PM
MEETING AGENDA
 

5:30 PM: Call to Order
Additions or deletions to the agenda
Review, revise or approve the July 14, 2021 meeting minutes.
Questions or Issues Brought by Members of the Public-
Review and Discussion of OCSD Activities including Patrol Hours, Reports and Bills.
Speed Cart Deployments-
Stone Road Parking Issues-
Communication with the Select Board-
Traffic and Weight Limit Sign Status-
Traffic Ordinance Status-
Parking in Pond Village-
September Public Safety Message-
Setting the Next Meeting-
Inviting Guests to the Next Meeting-
Final Public Comment-
Entertain a motion to adjourn the meeting.

Aug 192021
 

Town of Brookfield Public Hearing
23 August 2021 at 6:30pm
Town Office
Discussion and possible adoption of
Revised Cemetery Policies
Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting
23 August 2021
Immediately Following the Public Hearing
Town Office
AGENDA
A. Call To Order
B. Adjustments to Agenda
C. Public Comments
D. Highway Report
1. Personnel Issue
E. New Business
1. Adding Zoom option to Selectboard Meetings
2. Public Assemblage Permit Godfrey/Robinson
F. Old Business
1. Ben Koren – Oktoberfest
2. Audit Letter
G. Meeting Minutes
1. 9 August 2021
H. Payroll and AP Warrants
I. Other Proper Business
J. Adjournment

Aug 192021
 

Minutes of the Meeting of
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD SELECTBOARD
Town Clerk’s Office
August 9, 2021
THOSE PRESENT: John Benson, Chair; Jeff Kimmel, Dennis LaRocque, Kate Threlkeld, and Brenda Flint, Board Members; Teresa Godfrey, Town Clerk; Tim Higgins, Road Foreman; Betty Lord, Secretary; and Kasey Peterson, Administration Assistant to the Board (by teleconferencing); and Ben Koren.
A. CALL TO ORDER: The Chair, John Benson called the meeting to order at 6:35 p.m.
B. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA: None.
C. PUBLIC COMMENTS: Mr. Ben Koren appeared before the Board to discuss the closing of some Brookfield roads for a 5k road race. The race is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 9, in conjunction with the Oktoberfest being held at the Old Town Hall on the same date. Mr. Koren requested that portions of Northfield Road, West Street, Stone Road, and Route 65 be closed. Permission has been granted by the State for the closure of a portion of state highway Route 65. The Sheriff’s Department has offered two patrol cars and two officers to help with the race. The named roads would be closed from 9 a.m. until 11a.m., with the race starting at 10 am and lasting approximately one and one half hours. The Board requested that Mr. Koren return to the Board with a complete plan showing the route of the race. He was also advised that proper signage should be placed at the beginning of the roads to prevent people from driving up to the race and having to turn around. Mr. Koren agreed to return to the Board with a complete plan and a Request for Permit(s).
D. HIGHWAY REPORT:
Grants in Aid Agreement for summer of 2022 – This is an award from the Vermont Agency of Transportation in the amount of $14,800 to be used mainly for culverts, ditching, and water quality improvements. The amount to be contributed by the Town for this project will be $3,700. Mr. Higgins will go over the plan with Rita Seto of Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission to determine which projects will be included in the plan. Mr LaRocque made a motion, which was seconded by Mrs. Flint, to accept the Agreement as stated above. The motion was unanimously approved. 5-0-0.
Mr. Higgins reported all roads have been checked for repairs following the recent storm. He will contact VTrans to get an idea of time and materials for road repairs. He also reported that there are approximately 1,500 yds of sand remaining to be moved. The paving of cracks on the Ridge Road is complete. Mr. Higgins said that he continues to look for reasonable pricing for a new pump.
E. NEW BUSINESS:
1. Ben Koren – Oktoberfest (See above)
2. Covid-19 Memorial Service – On Sunday, September 19, 2021 at 3 p.m. there will be a statewide memorial service to honor Vermonters lost to COVID-19. All Vermonters are invited to attend and to bring their healing spirits. For other information regarding the event, contact Vermont Interfaith Action at 802-651-8889.
3. Teresa Godfrey -Town Clerk/Treasurer
a. Tax Rate – Mrs. Godfrey met with the Board to discuss the tax rate for the coming year. Mr. Benson moved to accept the tax rate based on the Fiscal Year Adjustment (credit) amount of $128,450.51 at the recommendation of the Town Treasurer, Mrs. Godfrey. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion which passed unanimously. 5-0-0.
b. Town Report – Mr. Benson reported that Mrs. Godfrey had volunteered to prepare the Town Report for the coming year of 2021-2022 at no cost to the Town. The Board thanked Mrs. Godfrey for her generous offer.
4. Audit Letter – Mrs. Flint was asked to review the audit letter sent by Fothergill, Segale, and Valley. It was the decision of the Board to table the audit letter until the next meeting, allowing time for any questions by the members of the Board to be raised.
5. Purchase of the New Truck – Mr. Benson stated that payment for the chassis and cab would be due by January while the completed truck will not be delivered until the end of March 2022. The amount needed in January is $137,000. He reported that Mrs. Godfrey had suggested this money be taken out of the $250,00 surplus that is on the books. This way the financing for the total truck could be activated by the bank at the end of the March when the truck is delivered. The amount of $137,000 would be repaid to the surplus account when the total loan is issued, thereby saving the interest on same from January to March.
Mr. Benson made a motion to go into Executive Session for a personnel issue. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion which carried unanimously (5-0-0) and the Board went into Executive Session at 7:25 p.m. At 7:30 p.m. Mr. Kimmel made a motion to come out of Executive Session. Mrs. Threlkeld seconded the motion which carried unanimously. 5-0-0. The nature of the session was informational, and no decisions were made.
6. Cyber-Security – VLCT has sent out a survey to ascertain the risk of towns in a cyberattack. Board members were reminded to back up data and secure information that comes in and goes out of their computers to the Town Clerk’s Office. All employees who have not done so must take a training course which outlines the steps to secure personal computers. Mrs. Peterson was asked to prepare a letter to come from the Board making it clear that if the course is not taken and computers are not backed up properly, VLCT may not pay the insurance covering the costs of a loss to the Town; this could result in a great expense to the Town. Mrs. Peterson was also asked to set up a training schedule.
7. Assemblage Permit – Mr. Dennis Tatro submitted a public assemblage permit application for the Morgan Mile Trotting Races to be held on September 25, 2021. Snow Road is to be closed from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. for the trotting races. Mr. Benson made a motion to approve the assemblage permit as presented by Mr. Tatro. Mr. LaRocque seconded the motion which carried unanimously. 5-0-0.
F. OLD BUSINESS:
1. ARPA – (American Rescue Plan Act, a $1.9 trillion Federal stimulus package)
a. Public Meeting – The Town is slated to receive from the State of Vermont $70,000 per year for two years towards public health measures. A public meeting is to be held to give constituents an opportunity to address their wishes as to how the money should be used. There will be specific rules of how the money can be used and the public meeting will not be held until the rules have been issued and the Town has the opportunity to prepare the required documents.
b. Payment – The ARPA payment of $70,193.00 was received August 9.
G. APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF JULY 26 – Mr. LaRocque made a motion to approve the Selectboard minutes of July 26, 2021 as presented. Mrs. Threlkeld seconded the motion which was approved unanimously. 5-0-0.
H, PAYROLL AND AP WARRANTS – Mrs. Flint moved to accept the accounts payable report for a total of $37,963.70 with the largest expense being payable to the Town of Barre Ambulance Service in the amount of $33,116.76. Mr. Kimmel seconded and the motion was unanimously approved. 5-0-0.
I. OTHER PROPER BUSINESS:
Mr. Benson stated that he had the following items to bring before the Board.
1. The draft for the Cemetery Ordinance is now posted for public review. The draft will be warned for the next Board Meeting for consideration.
2. A letter had been received from TRORC thanking the Town for payment of the annual dues.
3. Mr. Kimmel will contact the Town Attorney to ask about the progress of payment from the insurance company insuring the individual who damaged the grave markers in the Ridge Road cemetery in November 2020.
4. Mr. Mangan presented a plan for the work he intended to do in the Town cemeteries this fiscal year. The Board agreed that Mr. Mangan could move forward with repair and maintenance work at the West Brookfield Cemetery.
5. Capital Plan – Mr. LaRocque will coordinate with Mr. Higgins in reviewing the equipment at the garage, what payments are being made, and an estimate of time and cost for replacements.
Mr. Benson made a motion to go into Executive Session for a personnel/salary question. Mr Kimmel seconded the motion which was unanimously approved (5-0-0) and the Board went into Executive Session at 9:35 p.m. Mr. Benson made a motion to come out of Executive Session. Mrs. Threlkeld seconded the motion which was unanimously approved (5-0-0) and the Board came out of Executive Session at 9:40 p.m. The nature of the session was informational; no decisions were made.
There being no further business to come before the Board, Mr. LaRocque made a motion to adjourn. Mrs. Flint seconded the motion which was unanimously approved (5-0-0) and the meeting was adjourned at 9:41 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Betty Lord, Secretary

Aug 052021
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting
9 August 2021 at 6:30pm
Town Office
AGENDA
A. Call To Order
B. Adjustments to Agenda
C. Public Comments
D. Highway Report
1. Grants in Aid for 2022
E. New Business
1. Ben Koren – Oktoberfest 5K
2. Covid-19 Memorial Service
3. Teresa Godfrey – Town Clerk/Treasurer
a. Tax Rate
b. Town Report
4. Audit Letter
5. Cyber-Security
6. Assemblage Permit – Tatro
F. Old Business
1. ARPA
a. Public Meeting
b. Payment
G. Meeting Minutes
1. 26 July 2021
H. Payroll and AP Warrants
I. Other Proper Business
J. Adjournment

Aug 052021
 

Brookfield Selectboard
Notice of Public Hearing
As part of its regularly scheduled meeting, the Brookfield Selectboard will hold a public hearing on Monday, August 23, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. at the Brookfield Town Office on 40 Ralph Road, to review proposed revisions to the Brookfield Cemeteries Rules and Regulations.
The proposed revisions address:
Section I. Definitions
Section II. General Rules and Regulations
Section III. Burial Rights
Section IV. Procedure and Forms
Section V. Cemetery Lots
Section VI. Interments, Dis-interments, and Removals
Section VII. Foundations
Section VIII. Memorials, Monuments and Markers
Section IX. Work and Labor in Town of Brookfield Cemeteries
Section X. Miscellaneous
Copies of the proposed revisions to the rules are available for review at the Brookfield Town Clerk’s Office. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In addition, the proposed revisions are available online at: www.brookfieldvt.org
Written comments on the proposed revisions may also be submitted by August 19, 2021 to the Brookfield Selectboard, P.O. Box 463, Brookfield, VT 05036.

Jul 312021
 

PRESENT and voting: Amy Borgman, Dan Childs, Emily Noyes, Starr Strong
PRESENT and not voting: Laura Rochat, librarian
-MINUTES were approved
-TREASURER’s REPORT: Dan reminds us that we are into our new fiscal year as of July 1, 2021. Funds have been disbursed by the Town to the Library and we are on budget. Dan will arrange for Emily to review the Financials.
-LIBRARIAN’s REPORT: Laura and the Brookfield Historical Society have set up the Floating Bridge 200th Celebration exhibit in a case to the rear of the Library. It is a part of the larger Town celebration with other Floating Bridge exhibits at the Bridge itself and at the Marvin Newton House. People can visit this during regular Library Hours.
We have our Library Passes to a number of Museums, sites and Parks available to be borrowed by patrons and local residents. Laura reviewed the process to borrow these, which involves a sign-out procedure and a 3 day loan. Although the Passes cannot be reserved there is not a current demand for them. It was suggested that Laura run a notice in Front Porch Forum to inform folks they are available.
Laura let the Board know that the Little Library is being used. She has been replenishing books and making sure the collection is updated regularly.
-OLD BUSINESS: Town Resident Ruth Goodall had been the original painter of the Library Drop Box. She pointed out to Amy Borgman that the box needed a cleaning which led us to realize that it really needed to be repainted. Thanks to new Board member Starr who has volunteered to do this task.
The Library Board is pursuing only one Library sponsored program at this time, due to the continuing disruption of Covid. Laura will be contacting the presenter of the Amphibian program to finalize a date for this.
Vermont and the Institute for Museum and Library Services has money from the American Rescue Plan to be allocated to Libraries. We can apply for up to $2,000 of these funds. What a good time to update our 13 year old computer and it’s younger cousin, the printer! Laura and Dan will pursue this opportunity.
-NEXT MEETING: SEPTEMBER 22, 2021 @ 6:30 pm at our beloved Library.

Jul 302021
 

Minutes of the
Meeting of
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD
SELECTBOARD
Town Clerk’s Office
July 26, 2021
THOSE PRESENT: John Benson, Chair; Jeff Kimmel, Dennis LaRocque, Brenda Flint, Kathryn Threlkeld, Board Members; Tim Higgins, Road Crew Foreman; Mike Lints, Auditor; Kasey Peterson, Administrative Assistant (by teleconferencing); Betty Lord, Secretary
A. CALL TO ORDER: The Chair, John Benson called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm.
B. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA: None
C. ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING: Mr. Benson explained to the new Board Members, Mrs. Flint and Mrs. Threlkeld, the way the Board is organized and the various roles that are filled by the members. He also explained the members’ working relationship with the Administrative Assistant to the Board, Mrs. Peterson.
The roles of the Board members were then assigned by vote:
• Mr. Kimmel made a motion to appoint Mr. John Benson as Chair of the Board. Mr. LaRocque seconded and the motion was unanimously approved: 5-0-0.
• Mr. Benson made a motion to appoint Mr. LaRocque as the Road Commissioner, working with the Highway Department. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion which was unanimously approved.: 5-0-0.
• Mr. Benson made a motion to appoint Mr. Kimmel as the member to oversee miscellaneous issues (including legal issues) that are not covered by the other appointments. Mr. LaRocque seconded the motion which was unanimously approved: 5-0-0.
• Mr. Kimmel made a motion to appoint Mrs. Flint as Financial Advisor to the Board. Mr. LaRocque seconded the motion which was unanimously approved: 5-0-0.
• Mr. Benson made a motion to appoint Mrs. Threlkeld as Town representative to the Mountain Alliance Solid Waste District and TRORC Transportation Advisory Committee. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion which was unanimously approved: 5-0-0.
D. PUBLIC COMMENTS: None
E. HIGHWAY REPORT:
a. Storm Damage Report: Mr. Higgins reported that the recent storm had done considerable damage, with the worst of it being done on Eagle Peak Road. Other roads affected were Chelsea Road, Halfway Brook Road, Kibbee Road and West Street. Mr. Higgins has met with a representative from VTrans who stated they would have grant funding available to cover 90% of the road repair costs. Mr. Higgins also stated that a new pump was needed for clearing some of the plugged culverts. Mr. LaRocque made a motion to authorize Mr. Higgins to purchase a new pump not to exceed a cost of $1,000. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion which carried unanimously: 5-0-0.
Mr. Higgins also reported that the equipment owned by the Town was insufficient to clear out some of the roads and ditches in Brookfield. The Board asked Mr. Higgins to get some pricing for hiring an outside party to do the work.
Mr Higgins also reported that 2,142 yards of sand had recently been purchased.
Mr. LaRocque reported that an account was opened with the NAPA store in Northfield and no limit had been set on purchases. Mr. Higgins stated that a representative from VTrans had visited the Bear Hill culvert site to observe what needs to be done and will now be going forward with the project design. Mr. Benson asked Mr. Higgins to get the final figures and estimated delivery date for the planned new truck in order to set the financing interest rate with Northfield Savings Bank. Mr. Higgins indicated the likely delivery date would be between the beginning of March and the middle of April, 2022.
b. Nicom Proposal for crack sealing: Mr. Benson made a motion to have Nicom spend one day on Ridge Road sealing cracks. The amount in the budget for crack sealing is $4,350.00. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motions which carried unanimously: 5-0-0.
F. NEW BUSINESS
Auditors:
a. The Board accepted the resignation letter of Rachel Rose.
b. Mr. Mike Lints, Auditor, attended the meeting to get a better sense of how the Town business transpires. Mr. Lints pointed out that two auditors are needed int order to properly audit the accounts. Mr. Benson stated that the Town Clerk does a review of the accounts and an outside auditor firm is also hired to review the Town’s accounts.
G. OLD BUSINESS:
1. Cemetery Budget Question: Mr. Joe Mangan, Town Cemeteries Sexton, has requested that the insurance money for the repair of stones in the Ridge Road Cemetery also be used to repair the fencing. Mr. Mangan will be requested to present the Board with an overall plan for his work on the cemeteries for the remainder of the year. Mr. Mangan’s budget for the year is $26,000.
Mr. Benson, Mr. LaRocque, and Mr. Kimmel, along with Mr. Mangan, met in a special meeting on July 13 to review proposed updates and revisions to the Town’s Cemeteries Rules and Regulations. Mrs. Peterson had obtained versions from other towns and prepared a preliminary draft for Brookfield. Copies of the draft document have been given to Mrs. Flint and Mrs. Threlkeld, allowing all Board members to review it and be ready to vote on it at the next Board meeting on August 9th. The draft proposal will be posted for public review and comment.
2. ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act of 2021): The State of Vermont has earmarked $70,000 a year for a two-year period for to be used for projects supporting public health. The Town must follow certain guidelines and restrictions in order to qualify for funding. A public meeting must be held to get ideas from the constituents of Brookfield and the meeting must be facilitated by a third party. Mrs. Peterson will contact Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission to ask them about facilitating a public meeting.
G. MEETING MINUTES
1. Regular meeting of 12 July 2021: Mr LaRocque made a motion to accept the minutes of the meeting of July 12, 2021 as presented. Mr. Kimmel seconded and the motion was carried: 3-0-2. As new members of the Board, Mrs. Flint and Mrs. Threldkeld abstained as they did not attend the meeting.
2. Special Meeting 13 July 2021: Mr. Benson made a motion to accept the minutes of the Special Meeting of July 13, 2021 as presented. Mr. Kimmel seconded and the motion carried: 3-0-2.
H. PAYROLL AND AP WARRANTS: Mr. LaRocque moved to accept the accounts payable report for a total of $26,084.54 with the largest expense being Northeast Delta Dental in the amount of $4,637.92. Mr. Kimmel seconded and the motion was unanimously approved.
Mr. LaRocque moved to accept the second accounts payable report in the total amount of $2,227.00 with the largest expense being payable to Radio North Group, Inc. in the amount of $1,407.00. Mr. Kimmel seconded and the motion which was unanimously approved.
I. OTHER PROPER BUSINESS: Mr. Bob (Doc) Conniff appeared before the Board to discuss repairs to be made to the roof of the Town Clerk’s Office. He reported he would do some small repairs now in the amount of $500 and would present the Board with an estimate of costs by December 2021 for repairs to be done at a later time.
J. ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business to come before the Board, Mr. Benson made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Kimmel seconded and the meeting was adjourned at 8:40 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Betty Lord

Jul 272021
 

Considering the time frame for this election, middle of the Summer, we had a great turn-out!!  174 registered Brookfield voters cast their ballot for this Special Election on Saturday.  (67 absentee + 107 in person votes).
1-year term:
Dennis Boggs 40
Katheryn Threlkeld  111
G. Jack Zebora    19
Brenda Flint (write-in)  1
Blank  3
2-year term:
Brenda Flint   126
Robert Godfrey   48
 
Teresa Godfrey, Brookfield Town Clerk

Jul 222021
 

Town of Brookfield Selectboard Meeting
26 July 2021 at 6:30pm
Town Office
AGENDA
A. Call To Order
B. Adjustments to Agenda
C. Organizational Meeting
D. Public Comments
E. Highway Report
1. Storm Damage Report
2. Nicom Proposal for crack sealing
F. New Business
1. Auditors
a. Resignation of Rachel Rose
b. Mike Lints to discuss auditor procedures
F. Old Business
1. Cemetery Budget Question
2. Arpa Update and Next Step
G. Meeting Minutes
1. Regular Meeting 12 July 2021
2. Special Meeting 13 July 2021
H. Payroll and AP Warrants
I. Other Proper Business
J. Adjournment

Jul 202021
 

Minutes DRAFT
Brookfield Planning Commission
Date: Tuesday July 13, 2021
Present:
Gwynn Zakov, Chair, Tim Gershon, Christina Harlow, Martha Judy, Will White, Jon Jickling
Public Present:  None
Chair Zakov called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.
Harlow moved to approve minutes from the 6/08/21 meeting seconded by White.  The minutes were approved unanimously.
The planning commission discussed the inquiry by the select board to respond to the possibility of Brookfield changing from a Zoning Board of Adjustment model to a Development Review Board model.   Following discussion Chair Zakov, put forward a motion that the PC position is that the ZBA planning model is working at this time and moving to a DRB model is not warranted.    Second by Harlow.  Passed unanimously.
Nancy Jacques resigned from PC.  Zakov will notify Selectboard and post on front porch forum for new candidate.  Jickling and White also notified that they may withdraw from the PC in coming months.
Discussed bylaws and developed new section 3.3, Certificate of compliance.
Any other new/old business discussed.
Next meeting will be September 21, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. (no August meeting planned)
Next meeting will cover:  Definitions including Accessory Dwelling Unit.  Conservation commission will also provide input/comments on the bylaws.
Chair Zakov adjourned the meeting at 8:24 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Jon Jickling