Brookfield Selectboard Meeting of July 28, 2014
Town Clerk’s Office on Ralph Road
Selectboard: John Benson (Chair), Cory Haggett, Jeff Kimmel
Public Attendees: Teresa Godfrey (Recorder), Justin Poulin
- Call to Order:
Mr. Benson called the meeting to order at 7:00 p. m.
- Public Presentation:
Mr. Poulin questioned why the roadside, in front of his property on West Street, was not mowed for the last 2 years. The Board was not aware of this and will check into it.
- Old Business:
On motion by Mr. Haggett, seconded by Mr. Benson, the minutes from Town Meeting 2014 were approved with a minor correction to the year the Floating Bridge will be completed. Vote 3-0-0
On motion by Mr. Haggett, seconded by Mr. Benson, the minutes from June 23, 2014 were approved as written. Vote 3-0-0
On motion by Mr. Haggett, seconded by Mr. Benson, the minutes from July 16, 2014 were approved as written. Vote 2-0-1 Mr. Kimmel abstained because he was not able to attend the meeting.
- New Business:
The Board calculated the new tax rate for the fiscal year July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015. There is a question on what the State will be paying for PILOT. Mrs. Godfrey will contact the tax department to confirm the amount.
On motion by Mr. Kimmel, seconded by Mr. Benson, the Board voted to approve the Brookfield 2014 tax rate as presented on the tax rate document provided the PILOT amount is accurate. Vote 3-0-0 The tentative rates are as follows:
Municipal tax rate 0.4872
Total residential tax rate 1.7107
Total non-residential rate 1.7214
Mr. Haggett updated the Board about the AT & T cell tower meeting held July 24, 2014 at the Town Library with the Brookfield Planning Commission. The attendees were in agreement with Two Rivers Ottauquechee about minimizing the tower height so it will be in closer compliance with the Town Plan concerning cell towers. They are in agreement with the Fire Department having space on the tower for Town communication equipment.
The Board received a request from Green Mountain Development Corporation asking them to join as members. The Board has not been a member in the past, however if the corporation is interested in coming to Town Meeting and presenting to the Town, it could be voted on at Town Meeting on whether to become members.
- Accounts Payable:
On motion by Mr. Kimmel, seconded by Mr. Haggett, the Board voted to pay the warrants in the amount of $194.00. Vote 3-0-0
- Other Business:
Aaron Adler, Planning Commission Chair, sent the Board a memorandum concerning the AT & T meeting discussed above to confirm the Board is in agreement with the memorandum. See the attached copy.
On motion by Mr. Kimmel, seconded by Mr. Benson, the Board voted to approve the memorandum from Mr. Adler stating they are in agreement with the recommendations from the Planning Commission concerning the installation of the cell tower at 366 West Street. Vote 3-0-0
On motion by Mr. Kimmel, seconded by Mr. Haggett, the Board voted to adjourn at 9:10 p. m. until the next meeting on August 11, 2014 at 7:00 p. m.
Teresa Godfrey, Recorder