Brookfield Selectboard Meeting of June 13, 2016
Town Clerk’s Office on Ralph Road
Selectboard: John Benson (Chair), Jeff Kimmel, Cory Haggett
Public Attendees: Teresa Godfrey (Recorder), Ray Peck (Highway Foreman)
- Call to Order:
Mr. Benson called the meeting to order at 7:15 p. m.
2. Adjustment to Agenda:
Mr. Benson made an adjustment to the agenda to include an email received from Perry Kacik about receiving a parchment copy from the State for reopening the Floating Bridge. Mr. Kacik is going to frame it and it will be on display at the Town Office.
3. Public Presentation:
No public was present.
4. Old Business:
On motion by Mr. Haggett, seconded by Mr. Kimmel, the Board voted to approve the minutes of May 23, 2016 as amended. Vote 3-0-0
On motion by Mr. Benson, seconded by Mr. Kimmel, the Board voted to approve the Pike Industries contract for paving the balance of Ridge Road and Northfield Road between West Street and Stone Road. The Board also approved a payment of $50,000 to be sent with the signed contract towards the paving, coming out of the 2015-2016 budget. Vote 3-0-0
The Board received a letter from Mr. & Mrs. Craig Russell concerning Ms. Patricia Mercier’s mailbox location. The Board reviewed the letter and Mr. Benson will write a letter in response to their concerns.
The Board received a draft permit application for Barre Septic, from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, for public comment. The draft permit is available at the Town Office for the public to review.
The Board reviewed information, concerning worker’s compensation insurance, they received from Kasey Peterson, Administrative Assistant, covering the requirements for contractors. The Board is concerned that any contractor hired by the Town, who doesn’t carry worker’s comp., will have to be covered by the Town. Most sole proprietors do not carry worker’s comp. insurance.
5. Highway Report:
Mr. Peck reported roadside mowing will begin the last week in June. The paving on Ridge Road and Northfield Road will begin the last week in July or the first week of August.
The Road Crew is working on road grading and fixing culverts. They purchased the material for bridge repairs. The Road Crew will be taking vacation time over the next couple of months.
The property owner on Taylor Hill Road is concerned with the bank of the river, at the bridge, near Route 14 and Taylor Hill Road. Mr. Peck has been in contact with the State and when Route 14 is paved they will work with the Town to fix the river embankment.
Mrs. Peterson spoke with Thomas Young, the property owner behind the Town Garage, about possibly purchasing ½ acre to expand the Town Garage property. Mr. Young would like the Town to purchase the full 17 acres. The Board asked Mr. Peck to check to see if the property would be of any use beyond the ½ acre to the Town or if there can be a right-of-way, through the garage driveway, to access the property for Mr. Young so it isn’t land-locked.
The Board reviewed the end of the year budget and the balance for the highway department is mostly spent.
6. New Business:
The Board received an invitation to the Green Mountain Economic Development Corporation, GMEDC, for their annual meeting and membership appreciation event on June 23rd at 5:30 p.m.
The Board received the Planning Commission/Verizon Agreement concerning raising the Verizon tower 10’ on Ridge Road.
The Board received 2 Public Assemblage Permit requests from Perry Kacik for rental requests of the Old Town Hall. The permits did not address parking for 75 and 120 possible attendees. Mr. Kimmel will contact Mr. Kacik to have him amend the request to include parking.
On motion by Mr. Benson, seconded by Mr. Kimmel, the Board voted to adopt the Town of Brookfield 2015 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan. Vote 3-0-0
7. Policy and Ordinance Review:
The Board tabled reviewing the Drug and Alcohol Policy and Jobs for Bid Policy until a future meeting.
8. Accounts Payable:
On motion by Mr. Haggett, seconded by Mr. Kimmel, the Board voted to pay the warrants in the amount of $143,348.82. This amount included payments to R. E. Tucker for $56,000.00, a payment deposit to Pike Industries for $50,000.00, a payment to E. J. Prescott for $7321.00, and a payment to WRVA for $6,457.85. Vote 3-0-0
On motion by Mr. Kimmel, seconded by Mr. Haggett, the Board voted to adjourn at 9:20 p.m. until the next meeting on June 27, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Vote 3-0-0
Teresa Godfrey, Recorder