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Sep 222017

Unapproved Minutes

Braintree Selectboard Meeting

September 19, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.


Present: Brian Jones, Resident

Richard Bowen, Selectboard Chair Tom Cooch, Conservation Committee

Loren Bent, Selectboard Member Holly Jarvis, Admin. Assistant

Keegan Haupt, Selectboard Member Jeff Masterson, Road Commissioner

Daniel Burson, Selectboard Member

Megan O’Toole, Selectboard Member


Mr. Bowen called the meeting to order at 6 pm.


The Board reviewed the agenda, added the loan paperwork for the Loader, and a discussion about a potential law regarding law enforcement, to the agenda.  


Approve Minutes: On motion of Mr. Haupt, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board unanimously approved the minutes of September 5, 2017 as correct.


Citizen’s Comments- none  



  • Mr. Cooch provided the Board with the semi-annual report for the Conservation Commission. One main goal has been to improve communication with the public. They now have information on the Town website, a bulletin board in the Town Office and publish an email newsletter monthly. Anyone who wants to sign up for the newsletter can do so on the Town website.  A second focus of the Commission is on invasive species. They have purchased two tools that residents can borrow from the Town to help them combat buckthorn and Japanese Knotweed. They will also be continuing to consider how the Highway Department should combat Japanese Knotweed in the right of way of the roads. The third focus of the Commission is in coordination with the Planning Commission’s efforts to incorporate solar and wind requirements into their Town Plan.
  • The financial report was reviewed.
  • The Highway Department is back on an 8 hour day schedule. They are finishing up some grant work. They are putting some gravel on roads, and smoothing some of the transitions from the road to the driveway in those areas. Mr. Masterson asked if the “No motorized vehicles beyond this point between March 15th to May 15th” sign for Braintree Mountain Road is ok.  The snowmobile club may put up a sign indicating that snowmobiles using the VAST trail are exempt from this closure. Mr. Haupt will talk to them so they are aware of this.  Mr. Haupt asked about the underdrain project on Braintree Hill Road. Mr. Masterson hopes to work on it this year.
  • Mr. Bowen advised that Mr. Caulfield has called an emergency management meeting for Thursday the 21st. For the Emergency Zone Coordinators.  An Emergency Zone Coordinator for Mobile Acres is still needed.
  • The Monument on North Road will be moved to the Town Hall shortly.

Old Business

  • The Board discussed the Town Office heating project.
  • The Board reviewed the Stage Coach Road Ordinance. Ms. O’Toole has redrafted the ordinance to incorporate the necessary elements of the settlement agreement into it.
  • EC Fiber Alternate is still needed.
  • TRORPC Representative is still needed.


New Business


  • On motion of Ms. O’Toole, seconded by Mr. Haupt, the Board approved the loan paperwork for the new loader.


  • The Board briefly discussed bill S.27, which if passed would mean as it currently states “each town shall provide its own primary police coverage, either as set forth in this chapter or pursuant to a contract for the provision of primary coverage.” The bill doesn’t seem to have much support, and therefore doesn’t seem like a major concern for Braintree at this point.  If it does move forward it would be important to learn what is meant by “primary police coverage” which is not defined.

On motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded by Ms. O’Toole the board unanimously approved the payment orders.


On motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded by Mr. Haupt, the Board unanimously adjourned the meeting at 6:48 pm.


Respectfully submitted,


Holly Jarvis

Sep 202017

Pursuant to the provisions of 24 VSA 4384 and 4444 of the Vermont Statutes, the Braintree Planning Commission will hold a public hearing October 26th at 7:00 PM, at the Braintree Town Office, to consider a proposed Town Plan. The Braintree Planning Commission is recommending two additions to the existing Town Plan, designed to comply … Read more >>

Sep 192017

Braintree Conservation Commission Approved Minutes– Wednesday, June 28, 2017 Submitted by Linda Morse, Secretary   Present:        Tom Cooch, Sanders Stephen, Joan Richmond-Hall, Linda Morse Absent:          Paul Shriver Guest:            Jeff Masterson, Town Roads Dept., Gerald Kinney, Supervisor VTrans   May minutes approved Invasive species – Tom noted that he is seeing wild parsnip, identifiable by yellow … Read more >>

Sep 152017

Braintree Planning Commission: 14 September 2017   Attending:        Bob Moyer, Malcolm Fitzpatrick, Jenn Phipps, Nathan Cleveland, Joan Richmond-Hall   The meeting convened at 7:08 pm.   Energy siting revisions: We will submit the revised plan with the language proposed by TRORC. We could address additional issues during the period of the MPG. Scale of solar … Read more >>

Sep 142017

Braintree Conservation Commission Unapproved Minutes– Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Submitted by Linda Morse, Secretary   Present:  Tom Cooch, Sanders Stephen, Joan Richmond-Hall, Linda Morse, Paul Shriver   No public comment July minutes approved Focus area discussions: Water – Sandy and Linda agreed to do an article on water for Sept. newsletter. Ideas included fish access … Read more >>

Sep 082017

Approved Minutes Braintree Selectboard Meeting September 5, 2017   Present: Richard Bowen, Selectboard Chair                                                                 Brian Jones, Resident Daniel Burson, Selectboard Member                                                             Julia Haupt, Resident Keegan Haupt, Selectboard Member                                          David Atkinson, Former Resident Loren Bent, Selectboard Member                                                           Janice Thresher, Resident Megan O’Toole, Selectboard Member                            Bob Moyer, Planning Commission Chair Holly Jarvis, Admin. Assistant Jeff Masterson, Road … Read more >>

Aug 282017

VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SERVICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON THE TWO RIVERS-OTTAUQUECHEE REGIONAL COMMISSION’S REQUEST FOR A DETERMINATION OF ENERGY COMPLIANCE PURSUANT TO 24 V.S.A. § 4352 September 5, 2017 – 7:00 PM The Vermont Department of Public Service invites the public to a hearing to provide input on the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Plan, … Read more >>

Aug 182017

Unapproved Minutes Braintree Selectboard Meeting August 15, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.   Present: Richard Bowen, Selectboard Chair                                                               Brian Jones, Resident Daniel Burson, Selectboard Member                                                    Janice Thresher, Resident Loren Bent, Selectboard Member                                                             Linda Grimes, Resident Keegan Haupt, Selectboard Member                                       Larry McEnany, from Nortrax Inc. Megan O’Toole, Selectboard Member                                                     Jim Barlow, an attorney Holly Jarvis, Admin. Assistant … Read more >>

Aug 112017

  Braintree Planning Commission Meeting of 10 July 2017   Attending:          Bob Moyer, Jenn Phipps, Nathan Cleveland, Joan Richmond-Hall   Guests:                                Holly Jarvis   Convened: 7:10 pm   Minutes of the last meeting were approved.   MPG Our planned guest from TRORC was not able to attend. We will try to meet with her … Read more >>