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Jun 262017

Approved Minutes

Braintree Selectboard Meeting

June 20, 2017


Richard Bowen, Selectboard Chair Linda Grimes, Resident

Keegan Haupt, Selectboard Member Holly Benoir, Resident

Megan O’Toole, Selectboard Member Jody Benoir, Resident

Daniel Burson, Selectboard Member Stuart Kinney, Resident

Loren Bent, Selectboard Member Tom Cooch, Conservation Commission update

Brian Jones, Resident

Jessica Brassard, Treasurer/Town Clerk

Tim Caulfield, EMD Report

Janice Thresher, Resident

Jeff Masterson, Road Commissioner

Holly Jarvis, Admin. Assistant


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


The Board reviewed the agenda. An access permit was added to the agenda under new business.


On motion of Mr. Haupt, seconded by Ms. O’Toole, the Board unanimously approved the minutes of June 6, 2017.


Citizen’s Comments

  • Mr. Kinney commented that Bent Hill Road is going to survive the latest round of mud. He also encouraged any Selectboard members who have not seen the temporary Tannenberg Bridge to see it. He feels it is adequate as a permanent bridge.



  • Conservation Commission: Tom Cooch advised that the Conservation Commission is learning more about knotweed. He cut a few patches of it throughout the summer last year, and is cutting it again this summer. He confirms that it would take a long time to eradicate it just by cutting it. Round-up or something similar should kill the plant if used at the appropriate time of year just after the plant goes to seed, though it may take a couple years of applications. That sort of chemical treatment is not allowed in the right of way of the road, except by someone who is certified to apply it , and even then only with a plan which has been approved by the State. The Conservation Commission will be discussing it at their next meeting and plan to make a recommendation to the Selectboard regarding the knotweed in the right-of ways of the road.
  • Mr. Caulfield is working on emergency planning and preparation.
    • The Town has been awarded a telephone system grant. He received the final approval this afternoon.
  • Mr. Caulfield advised that the Mountain Alliance (the four town alliance for solid waste that Braintree is a part of) is working on getting their bylaws set up. Braintree’s share of what this year is $1,516. The Alliance is asking for input from the four Selectboards as to if that money should be paid for out of the town budget, or be raised by bag fees at the transfer station. It will be on the next agenda.
  • Mr. Caulfield provided an update on the Connectivity Committee activities.
  • Financial Report: over all the financials look good. The total expenses are at 88% of the total budget at the end of May.
    • The Board reviewed and signed the Capital Budget Loan paperwork.
    • Ms. Brassard and the Selectboard discussed how to complete the Annual Update of the Internal Control Checklist. On motion of Mr. Haupt, seconded by Ms. O’Toole, the Board appointed Mr. Bowen as the signer on the checklist. Ms. Brassard and Ms. Jarvis will fill it out and Mr. Bowen will review and sign it on behalf of the Board.
  • Highway Report: road side mowing is almost done. The mower goes back on Friday the 23rd. Mr. Masterson did not think there would be time to mow the fields on both sides of Mountain View Cemetery this year.

Old Business

    • The Class 4 Road and Trail Policy was reviewed. A few more changes were talked about. A final draft will be reviewed at the next meeting.  


  • On motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded by Ms. O’Toole, the Board unanimously approved Sullivan and Powers Scope of Services for the FY 2017 audit.


  • The Category D BRG Grant was tabled until the next meeting.
  • The Board reviewed the Town Office Building Insulation RFP. There are a few more details to work out. It will be reviewed again at the next meeting.

New Business


  • On motion of Ms. O’Toole, seconded by Mr. Haupt, the Board unanimously approved moving the next Selectboard meeting from July 4th to Wednesday, July 5th, at 6pm.
  • On motion of Mr. Haupt, seconded by Mr. Bent, the Board unanimously approved the Municipal Roads Grant. The letter of intent was signed.
  • On motion of Mr. Bent, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board unanimously approved the 2018 Better Roads Planning Services Agreement for project 10-432.
  • The Board reviewed the access permit for David Bent onto Bent Hill Road for agricultural use. On motion of Mr. Haupt, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board approved the access permit (Loren Bent abstained from the vote because he is related to David Bent. The motion carried).
  • On motion of Mr. Haupt, seconded by Ms. O’Toole, the Board unanimously approved the payment orders.



On motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded by Mr. Haupt, the Board unanimously approved going into Executive Session to Discuss Personnel Issue per 1 V.S.A. 313(a)(3) & Legal Issue per 1 V.S.A. 313 (a)1. Mr. Masterson and Ms. Jarvis were invited into the executive session for the legal issue part of the discussion.


On motion of Ms. O’Toole, seconded by Mr. Bowen, the Board voted unanimously to come out of executive session.


On motion of Ms. O’Toole, seconded by Mr. Bowen, the Board unanimously approved the salary increases as noted in the salary worksheet, and will submit the salary amounts to Ms. Jarvis for the file.


On motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded by Ms. O’Toole, the Board unanimously approved advising the party to the legal issue, to work with Ms. Jarvis to fill out a claim with the Town’s insurance provider.  


On motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded by Mr. Haupt, the Board unanimously adjourned the meeting at 8:05 pm.  


Respectfully submitted,


Holly Jarvis

Jun 092017

Approved Minutes Braintree Selectboard Regular Meeting June 6, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.   Richard Bowen, Selectboard Chair                                          Robert Cruickshank, Class 4 Roads Loren Bent, Selectboard Member                                                       Holly Benoir, Class 4 Roads Keegan Haupt, Selectboard Member                                                   Jody Benoir, Class 4 Roads Megan O’Toole, Selectboard Member                                           Michael Porzio, Class 4 Roads Daniel Burson, Selectboard Member                                   Jackson Evans, … Read more >>

Jun 062017

Braintree Board of Listers Warning of Special Meetings to Hear Grievances Wednesday June 07 3 – 6pm Saturday June 10 8:00 – noon Braintree Town Office Agenda   Call to order Public Comment Hearing of Grievances (call 728-6170 to make appointment) Adjournment  

May 232017

Pursuant to the provisions of Title 32, Section 4111 Vermont Statutes Annotated, notice is hereby given that the undersigned listers within and for the TOWN OF BRAINTREE have this day completed the abstract of individual lists of persons, co-partnerships, associations, and corporations owning taxable property in said Town on the first day of April, 2017. … Read more >>

May 232017

MINUTES OF SPECIAL MEETING OF THE BRAINTREE BOARD OF LISTERS TO LODGE THE GRAND LIST Braintree Town Office – May 22, 2017 6:30PM MINUTES The meeting was called to order at 6:34pm. In attendance were Jackson Evans, Derek O’Toole and Heather Fernandes.   Approval of Minutes from Previous Meeting – minutes were approved as written … Read more >>

May 202017

Approved Minutes Braintree Selectboard Normal Meeting May 16, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.   Present: Richard Bowen, Selectboard Chair                                                                 Brian Jones, Resident Loren Bent, Selectboard Member                                         Paul Kendall, Stagecoach Reparative Keegan Haupt, Selectboard Member                                                               Kris Haupt, Resident Megan O’Toole, Selectboard Member                                               Robert Cruikshank, Resident Bob Moyer, Planning Commission/DRB Jeff Masterson, Road Commissioner                                           Holly Benoir, Class 4 … Read more >>

May 192017

The Braintree Connectivity Committee is working to bring high speed internet to all of Braintree. The Connectivity Committee has held information meetings for specific areas where coverage is poor or nonexistent. Now they are appealing to town residents as a whole, asking them to subscribe. ECFiber is the only entity planning potential Braintree-wide service. Unlike … Read more >>

May 192017

Public Hearing Called by the Braintree Tree Warden To receive public comments regarding an application submitted by the Vermont State Housing Authorities to cut five public shade trees on Mobile Acres Road. When: Thursday, June 1 at 7:00 PM Where: The Braintree Town Office For more information contact Larry Benoir 431-3324