Brookfield Selectboard Meeting of March 23, 2015
Town Clerk’s Office on Ralph Road
Selectboard: John Benson (Chair), Jeff Kimmel, Cory Haggett
Public Attendees: Teresa Godfrey (Recorder), David Mahoney (Vermont Connections), Ray Peck (Highway Foreman)
1. Call to Order:
Mr. Benson called the meeting to order at 7:00 p. m.
2. Adjustment to Agenda:
Mr. Benson moved Public Presentation to the next item on the agenda.
3. Public Presentation:
Mr. Mahoney, Vermont Connections, presented the Board with information about what Vermont Connections does for towns concerning community WIFI. He was aware that ECFiber was coming through some portions of town soon.
Mr. Kimmel stated that it was going to start in the Kibbee neighborhood and most homes currently have DSL through Fairpoint Communications.
The Board discussed with Mr. Mahoney the possible length of time before ECFiber will be available to all in town. Mr. Mahoney said there are rural grants available for improving WIFI and his company can help with IT issues.
4. Old Business:
On motion by Mr. Haggett, seconded by Mr. Benson, the Board voted to approve the minutes of March 9, 2015 as amended. Vote 3-0-0
5. Highway Report:
The Board received a letter from Kim Canarecci concerning the FEMA paperwork needing the correct date and Mr. Peck will correct the date.
Mr. Peck is having trouble loading the material for putting on the muddy roads due to the pile being frozen. Mr. Peck attended a meeting that discussed OSHA standards for safety at the garage. Several of the power tools do not come with 3 prongs for ground. They may need to build a shed extension for safe storage of items.
Mr. Peck will be applying for Better Back Roads and paving grants. The deadline for these grants is April 15th. Mr. Peck and the Board discussed Northfield, Ridge, and West Street roads. The sand at Haggett’s gravel pit is $10.50/yd. at the pit but he can have it delivered at the same rate from someone else.
Mr. Peck would like to get some shelves for organizing in preparation for an OSHA inspection.
On motion by Mr. Kimmel, seconded by Mr. Haggett, the Board voted to go into executive session at 7:55 p.m. Vote 3-0-0
On motion by Mr. Benson, seconded by Mr. Haggett, the Board voted to come out of executive session at 8:10 p.m. Vote 3-0-0
The Board received from Kasey Peterson, Administrative Asst., a bill to be submitted to the State for February’s winter maintenance of VT Rte. 65.
Mr. Peck told the Board that he spoke with Sid Cushing concerning one of the plows hitting the tail light on Mr. Cushing’s truck and that Mr. Cushing would like it replaced.
6. Other Business:
The Board received a request to add Northfield to the Tri-Town Alliance for the garbage and recycle program. The Board tabled the motion until Mr. Haggett attends a meeting on March 26th and April 1st and he will report back to the Board at the next Selectboard meeting.
7. Accounts Payable:
On motion by Mr. Benson, seconded by Mr. Kimmel, the Board voted to pay the warrants in the amount of $19,369.71. This amount included a payment to WRVA for $6,457.52, Sullivan & Powers for $4,102.00 and BC/BS for $2,378.13. Vote 3-0-0
On motion by Mr. Kimmel, seconded by Mr. Haggett, the Board voted to adjourn at 9:05 p.m. until the next meeting on April 13, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. Vote 3-0-0
Teresa Godfrey, Recorder