Brookfield Selectboard Meeting of September 8, 2014
Town Clerk’s Office on Ralph Road
Selectboard: John Benson (Chair), Cory Haggett
Public Attendees: Teresa Godfrey (Recorder), Ray Peck (Highway Foreman)
1. Call to Order:
Mr. Benson called the meeting to order at 7:00 p. m.
2. Public Presentation:
There were no public attendees with concerns.
3. New Business:
The Board received a letter from Blue Cross/ Blue Shield with new rates and terms for employees and employers with different plans.
The Board received a reminder to adopt an Emergency Response Plan that included the Local Emergency Operation Plan (LEOP).
On motion by Mr. Benson, seconded by Mr. Haggett, the Board voted to adopt the LEOP. Vote 2-0-0
The Board will be working on developing an Emergency Mitigation Plan to be adopted in the future.
The Board received a draft of VLCT’s Municipal Policy. Mr. Haggett will review the draft and report back to the Board with any concerns to discuss.
4. Highway Report:
The Board has been discussing the removal of “Slow Children at Play” signs and the Town’s liability if they had been installed by the Road Crew. After contacting VLCT, the Board agreed the Road Crew will remove any signs that appear to have been installed by current or prior Road Crews.
The Board received notification that the Town will be granted the funds to replace and change signs on the Ridge Road from the intersection of Route 65 to the Town line. This is a grant through the High Risk Rural Roads Program. The original request from the Town was to use the grant to correct the slope of the road, at the corner, just past the church.
On motion by Mr. Benson, seconded by Mr. Haggett, the Board voted to approve and adopt the High Risk Rural Roads Program with the retention of the “School Bus Stop” sign near Mr. Haggetts because of the location being a blind stop. Vote 2-0-0
The Board signed the revised salt contract from Cargill. The new lower rate is $75.52/ton.
Mr. Peck reported the 2008 International is still not fixed right. He has sent it down to Reeds Trucking 3 times.
The Road Crew is working on completing the FEMA work with ditching and stone lining along the roads. They will be working on resurfacing West Street. They plan on completing Cemetery Street next week.
Mr. Peck spoke to Ralf Bullock, the representative from AOT for FEMA, about an extension of time to complete replacing the culvert on Old Cross Road.
After Mr. Peck spoke to Keith Sprague concerning the restoration of the gravel pit, he feels it might need to be built up and then have top soil put on it. He is waiting for a reply from Lyn Wheatley who is the executor of Janet Wheatley’s estate.
5. Accounts Payable:
On motion by Mr. Haggett, seconded by Mr. Benson, the Board voted to pay the warrants in the amount of $17,014.47. This amount included a payment to WRVA in the amount of $6,457.52, to E. J. Prescott for $4,721.20, and Sullivan & Powers for the start of the 2013-2014 audit for $2,071.00. Vote 2-0-0
On motion by Mr. Benson, seconded by Mr. Haggett, the Board voted to adjourn at 8:15 until the next meeting on September 22, 2014 at 7:00 p. m. Vote 2-0-0
Teresa Godfrey, Recorder