Brookfield Selectboard Meeting of August 10, 2015
Town Clerk’s Office on Ralph Road
Selectboard: John Benson (Chair), Cory Haggett
Public Attendees: Teresa Godfrey (Recorder), Darline & Roger Hache, Ray Peck (Highway Foreman)
1. Call to Order:
Mr. Benson called the meeting to order at 7:00 p. m.
2. Adjustments to Agenda:
There were no adjustments to the Agenda.
3. Old Business:
On motion by Mr. Benson, seconded by Mr. Haggett, the Board voted to approve the minutes of July 27, 2015 as amended. Vote 2-0-0
Mr. & Mrs. Hache asked for an update on the research for Old Stage Road as discussed at the July 27, 2015 meeting. Mr. Benson said he spoke with Pam Stafford, the Town Attorney, about researching the length of the road to determine why it ends before their property boundary. Mr. Peck said a VTrans spokesman said from what they could tell is that when I-89 went through and Act 63, the roads were reassessed and the State confirms the length of Old Stage Road is .27 miles. Mr. Hache said that it is approximately 102 feet to his boundary pin from the “painted tree”. Mr. Benson said there is no clear action on how the mileage changed. Mr. & Mrs. Hache would like follow-up information when it becomes available.
4. New Business:
On motion by Mr. Benson, seconded by Mr. Haggett, the Board voted to appoint Jeff Brassard as the Town Fire Warden. Vote 2-0-0
5. Highway Report:
The Board received a salt quote from Cargill. The Board discussed the RT 65 contract from the State.
Mr. Peck reported that he had spoken with Ralf Bullock about the paving grants and the State isn’t sure when they will be processing approval for the grants.
The box culvert for Old Cross Road will not be delivered until after September 17th which is after the extension from State.
The “stump dump” will be closed to property owners because it is getting full and the Road Crew needs to have it available for any tree or brush clean-up they do for the Town.
Property owners can get a burn permit for burning brush through the Town Fire Warden, Jeff Brassard, or dispose of their brush at the Randolph Transfer Station at no cost.
On motion by Mr. Haggett, seconded by Mr. Benson, the Board voted to go into executive session at 8:00 p.m.
On motion by Mr. Benson, seconded by Mr. Haggett, the Board came out of executive session at 8:15 p.m.
6. New Business:
On motion by Mr. Haggett, seconded by Mr. Benson, the Board voted to adopt the Civil Ordinance Variable Rate Pricing by Volume or Weight for Municipal Solid Waste Collection. Vote 2-0-0
On motion by Mr. Benson, seconded by Mr. Haggett, the Board voted to set the municipal tax rate at .4250 to cover the financial needs of the Town for FY16 pending review and acceptance by Mr. Kimmel who was not able to attend the meeting. Vote 2-0-0
The new education tax rates are 1.3282 for the residential rate and 1.3756 for non-residential rate.
The total residential rate is 1.7532 and the total non-residential rate is 1.8006.
The Board received the Two Rivers Regional Plan for review.
7. Accounts Payable:
On motion by Mr. Haggett, seconded by Mr. Benson, the Board voted to pay the warrants in the amount of $13,744.29. This amount included a payment to WRVA for $6,457.85, R. E. Tucker for $1,478.40, and to Randolph Auto for $1,233.55. Vote 2-0-0
8. Other Business:
Mrs. Godfrey reported she will not be at the next meeting to record the minutes. She is preparing to meet with the Board of Civil Authority the first week of September, as required by statute, to review the voter checklist. She has 129 voters listed that might not belong on the checklist and would like to send challenge letters to them, with the approval of the BCA.
On motion by Mr. Haggett, seconded by Mr. Benson, the Board voted to adjourn at 9:35 p.m. until the next meeting on August 24, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. Vote 2-0-0
Teresa Godfrey, Recorder