Brookfield Selectboard Meeting of February 23, 2015
Town Clerk’s Office on Ralph Road
Selectboard: John Benson (Chair), Cory Haggett, Jeff Kimmel
Public Attendees: Teresa Godfrey (Recorder), Charlie Keeler
1. Call to Order:
Mr. Benson called the meeting to order at 7:00 p. m.
2. Old Business:
On motion by Mr. Kimmel, seconded by Mr. Haggett, the Board voted to approve the February 9, 2015 minutes as amended. Vote 3-0-0
3. Public Presentation:
The Board received a letter from Ruth Goodale concerning having a dog leash law in the Village. The dog ordinance for the Town is the same as the State dog ordinance. Mr. Kimmel will respond to Ms. Goodale’s letter.
Mr. Keeler wanted to speak to the Board concerning Article 5 on the Warning for Town Meeting which states: To see if the Town will vote to increase the oversight of our roads by authorizing and funding a Patrol Officer, part time, already trained, who will respond to our needs.
Mr. Keeler wanted to know what amount would be budgeted if this article passes.
Mr. Benson said he spoke to Sheriff Bill Bohnyak, Orange County Sheriff, and was told if the article passed, it would take approximately 2 years to complete the process. The current Town Constable is mainly used for animal control. The Board did not have an estimated cost that would be added to the budget.
4. Other Business:
The Board received a copy of the 2013-6 month audit from Sullivan and Powers for review.
The Board received a copy of the Orange County Budget with a slight increase of approximately $851.00.
The Board received a letter from Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission for the FY17 Project Prioritization and the only road for Brookfield on the list was I-89 resurfacing between Bethel and Brookfield.
The Board was cc’d a letter from the State of Vermont, Department of Public Service concerning AT&T Mobility Telecommunications Facility in Brookfield, Vermont: Town of Brookfield Planning Commission’s Motion to Reconsider and Second Motion to Strike.
On motion by Mr. Kimmel, seconded by Mr. Benson, the Board voted to sign the PACE forms as titled: 1. Program Administrator Agreement, 2. PACE Program Description and 3. Guidelines and Resolution Re: Adoption of PACE Program Description & Guidelines. Vote 3-0-0
5. Highway Report:
Mr. Haggett reported that Ray Peck spoke to Sid Cushing about moving his vehicles off the Town ROW.
On motion by Mr. Haggett, seconded by Mr. Benson, the Board voted to go into executive session at 7:55 p.m. to discuss a personnel issue.
On motion by Mr. Haggett, seconded by Mr. Kimmel, the Board voted to come out of executive session at 8:15 p.m.
6. Accounts Payable:
On motion by Mr. Haggett, seconded by Mr. Benson, the Board voted to pay the warrants in the amount of $14,105.79. This amount includes a payment to Cargill in the amount of $4,234.41, BC/BS in the amount of $2,378.13, and to Kofile Preservaion in the amount of $1,681.85.
7. New Business:
Mr. Benson will be attending the WRVA board meeting on February 24th at 5:15 to find out who the Barre Town Ambulance director needs to meet with to move forward with EMT coverage for Brookfield.
Mr. Benson said the Committee for Floating Bridge opening is moving forward with the celebration plans. The scheduled dates are May 23rd & 24th. They questioned whether the Town would entertain closing a portion of the “main street” for a period of time. The next meeting for the Committee will be on March 5, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at Perry Kacik’s home.
The Board discussed the options for purchasing a new truck or trucks after Town Meeting.
On motion by Mr. Kimmel, seconded by Mr. Haggett, the Board voted to adjourn at 9:05 p.m. until the next meeting March 9, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. Vote 3-0-0
Teresa Godfrey, Recorder