Brookfield Selectboard Meeting of August 25, 2014
Town Clerk’s Office on Ralph Road
Selectboard: John Benson (Chair), Cory Haggett, Jeff Kimmel
Public Attendees: Teresa Godfrey (Recorder), Ray Peck (Highway Foreman), Stuart Edson
1. Call to Order:
Mr. Benson called the meeting to order at 7:00 p. m.
2. Public Presentation:
Mr. Edson updated the Board concerning EC Fiber installations. He presented the Board with the financial report from last year, a fact sheet, and a list of towns that are involved with EC Fiber. EC Fiber was awarded a Broadband Business Improvement Districts (BBID) grant to install fiber on Kibbee Road next spring.
Mr. Edson is planning a public meeting on September 25, 2014 at Brookfield Elementary School from 7-9 p. m. for discussion and information on concerning the plans for EC Fiber installation.
Mr. Edson updated the Board on how the new website is coming along. If the Board is ok with the how the site looks, he would like to have the designer put it on the web. The Board thanked Stuart for all of his work in getting the new website up and going. They gave him the ok to put the new site on line.
Mr. Edson is interested in putting an item in town for “Geocaching” and would like the Boards permission. Geocaching is a treasure hunting game that has different items hidden through the world that you use your GPS to locate then sign a paper at that location as proof of being there. The Board didn’t have an issue with his request.
3. New Business:
The Board reviewed the Brookfield Pet Ordinance. There are sections that need updating. Mr. Kimmel is going to go over it and offer changes for the Board to consider.
Mr. Kevin Joyal will no longer be plowing for the Town due to job demands. The four areas of Town that are plowed by other than the Road Crew will be put out for bid. The bid request will be in the Herald newspaper beginning on September 4th and run through September 18th. The bids will include the Town Office parking with shoveling in front of the 2 doors, the emergency access onto I 89, the Fire Station, and Witts Bridge Road which will include sanding as needed. The bid will need to include a Certificate of Insurance. Bids will be required to be in the Town Office by September 22nd. The bid will be for the 2014-2015 snow season only per event. Bids can be for all 4 locations or for Witts Bridge or the 3 remaining locations.
4. Highway Report:
Mr. Peck reported they are working on ditching Cemetery Road to attempt to improve the quality of the road during mud season. They are almost done bringing the gravel pit up to “tillable” condition so the property can be deeded back to the Wheatley Estate.
Mr. Peck will be requesting an extension for the completion of replacing the culvert on Old Cross Road with FEMA. They will be completing all other FEMA projects to stay within the 18 month requirement.
The Board received the State notification for the salt bid from Cargill. This is the same contractor the Town has been using. The bid is for $83.52 per ton which is slightly higher than last year. The Board signed the contract.
5. Accounts Payable:
On motion by Mr. Haggett, seconded by Mr. Kimmel, the Board voted to pay the warrants in the amount of $14,922.79 which included a payment to Blue Cross/Blue Shield in the amount of $2,803.22, to Gorman Group for $4,173.12, and to Barre City in the amount of $1,751.25. Vote 3-0-0
6. New Business:
On motion by Mr. Kimmel, seconded by Mr. Haggett, the Board voted to approve the minutes of August 11, 2014 as amended. Vote 3-0-0
On motion by Mr. Haggett, seconded by Mr. Kimmel, the Board voted to adjourn at 8:20 p. m. until the next meeting on September 8, 2014 at 7:00 p. m. Vote 3-0-0