Nov 242020



The Brookfield Public Safety Advisory Committee met remotely by electronic means as warned.



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.