Minutes of the
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD
by Zoom and Telephone Conferencing
March 8, 2021
THOSE PRESENT: John Benson, Chair; Jeff Kimmel and Dennis LaRocque, Selectmen; Tim Higgins, Road Crew Foreman; Kasey Peterson, Assistant Town Clerk; Betty Lord, Secretary; and Lewis Stowell.
A. CALL TO ORDER: The Chair, John Benson called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.
B. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA: None
C. PUBLIC COMMENTS: None
D. HIGHWAYS – Mr. Benson reported the Board had received a letter from VTrans asking if the Town would be making any requests for grants for the year 2021. The Board asked Mr. Higgins and Mrs. Peterson to pursue a grant proposal with VTrans to cover the cost of repairing or replacing a damaged culvert on Halfway Brook Road.
The Town has received a letter from the State to be posted in at least two public places regarding weight limits on roads, i.e.: 15,000 lbs for 2 axle units, 18,000 lbs for 3 axle units, and 20,000 lbs. for tractor/trailer units. The Town will post the roads and the postings will be listed on the State website. Mr. Higgins said the signs had just been received from the State and would be posted the following day.
Mr. Stowell asked what work was planned for Twin Pond Road this spring and summer. Mr. Higgins stated that they would be stone lining some the ditches for water control and work would be done on some of the culverts.
Mr Benson reported that all the information has been gathered on the costs of sand ($2 a yard) and hauling ($2 a yard) and he would be setting up a time during the coming week for Mr. Hig-gins and him to meet with Mr. Keith Sprague to discuss a possible contract with Sprague’s sand pit.
E. NEW BUSINESS: None.
F. OLD BUSINESS: The Cemetery maintenance contract and the contract for sexton made with Mr. Joe Mangan of Kirkland Services are ready for signing by members of the Board. Mrs. Peter-son will be the witness. The contracts are being extended for an additional year.
Mrs. Peterson reported that she had contacted VLCT Insurance about covering the repairs to be made at the Brookfield cemetery on Ridge Road. She was assured that as long as the Town had pictures of the damage done to the stones and fencing, the repair work could commence and the costs would be covered.
G. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES: Mr, LaRocque asked that the draft minutes be amended in Article D, Paragraph 3, from “will contact Mr. Gilman” to “asked Mr. Higgins to contact Mr. Gil-man”. Mr. LaRocque made a motion to accept the minutes as amended, Mr. Kimmel seconded, and the motion carried: 3-0-0.
H. PAYROLL AND WARRANTS: Mr. LaRocque made a motion to accept the warrants in the total amount of $2,072.38 with the highest amount paid being $602.12 payable to NEMRC. Mr. Kimmel seconded the motion which passed unanimously: 3-0-0.
I. OTHER BUSINESS – Mr.Kimmel reported to the Board that Mrs. Lord will be away but as long as the meetings are held on Zoom she will be able to continue to take the minutes. It was agreed that as long as the minutes could be done efficiently by this method, Mrs. Lord would continue to take the minutes. If this does not prove to be satisfactory, other arrangements will be made.
There being no further business to come before the Board, Mr. Kimmel made a motion to adjourn at 7:07 p.m., Mr. LaRocque seconded the motion which was unanimously approved: 3-0-0.
Betty Lord, Secretary