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 with new State of Vermont statutes.

  1. A section new required by 24 VSA Chapter 17, on Flood Resiliency affects properties that lie within Flood Hazard and River Corridor areas in the Town.
  2. A recently enacted State Regulations require the Town to incorporate planning for Alternative Energy development.

The sections headings in the plan are: Introduction, Demographics, Economic Development, Housing, Education, Utilities and Facilities, Health and Emergency Services, energy, Natural, Scenic and Cultural Resources, Recreation, Land Use, Transportation, Flood Resilience,  Relationship to other Plans, and Implementation. A copy of proposed Town Plan can be reviewed here or at the Braintree Town Office. Questions may be directed to Holly Jarvis, who may be reached by writing to her at the Town of Braintree, 932 Vermont Route 12A, Braintree VT 05060 or calling 802-728-9787.

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


  1. May minutes approved
  2. Invasive species – Tom noted that he is seeing wild parsnip, identifiable by yellow blossoms, and that they are flowering now. He contacted Randolph to learn whether they have this invasive plant. Also discussion on Japanese Knotweed – Tom met with Doug Johnson about the use of Roundup. He confirmed that repeated cuttings will not work, but need to apply glyphosate at the end of summer. Property owners can use it, but not in Town or state RoW. Town has to get a permit for usage and the person has to be certified. Gerald Kinney noted that there is a specific time for local application; it will be successful during flowering, but not after. Other methods include fogger application. The exam for qualifying is very hard. Gerald could work for Braintree, if relicensed as a businessman, or could be on loan to Braintree from VTrans. Tom asked about the best approach to the adjacent landowner. Tom moved that there be a test case this summer. Seconded by Sandy and approved unanimously. Town ownership of road and right of way was clarified – it is 24’ 9” from centerline of road. Jeff agreed to talk to residents, as Town will be required to notify adjacent landowner. It was noted that the resolution should be sent to the next Selectboard meeting.
  3. Sandy reported on the Clean Water program. Danielle of the Clean Water program would like to meet with Commission. She will be invited for July or August meeting. It was noted that the Ayers Brook Management plan is on the web.


  1. Newsletter – No comments on the first issue. It includes a picture of wild parsnip. We ask people to contact the BCC if it is seen. Tom requested content for next issue, including on energy planning


  1. The meeting was adjourned to reconvene as a joint meeting with the Braintree Planning Committee on the energy planning being done by TROQ.



Next Conservation Commission meeting:

Wed., July 26, 7pm at Town offices.



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 installations in different areas.
    • We could look at strengthening the protections of the viewshed in our rural scenic areas with language.


Water / flood portion of the revised Town Plan:

  • Malcolm wonders whether this section is using the word ‘heavy’ appropriately.
  • We agreed to revisit this once we are working with the Municipal Planning Grant. For now, we agree on the current changes.
    • Identify sections of town identified by Irene and the amount of rainfall per hour during the storm.
      • What FEMA projects were done in Braintree?


  • Old Bass & Spear’s Bridges have been designated as ‘archeologically significant’ after survey by the state. We should note this in the revised town plan.


Motion was made, and passed, to recommend the current revisions to the select board for adoption.


Adjourned at 8:15 pm.


Next PC meeting and public hearing on the Town Plan revisions:             12 October 2017


Select board meeting would probably follow on 7 November 2017.


/s/ Joan Richmond-Hall

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


  1. No public comment
  2. July minutes approved
  3. Focus area discussions:

Water – Sandy and Linda agreed to do an article on water for Sept. newsletter. Ideas included fish access on the White River. Tom to contact Greg Russ of White River Partnership. Of interest is the Bethel dam and fish passage. Also to contact Brenden Barden of the Randolph Conservation Commission on removal of the dam in Randolph. Mary Russ had submitted an application on culvert improvement on the third branch, but it was not accepted.  An important question for Braintree is what could Town be doing beside culvert replacement – Sandy and Linda to investigate.
Invasive Species  – Tom reported that Select Board postponed decision on use of glyphosate on knotweed. BCC is requested to report to the SB late in 2017 on this approach. Tom will review material on the subject and report to the BCC in Nov. to refine recommendations. It was noted that the VTrans report might be of use. Tom is mapping roadside knotweed. Joan has seen recent reviews on the effects on human health. Oct. or Nov. may be time to make decisions on its use. Tom – review the Xerxes publication on insecticides and will send out electronic link to CBB members.
Trees:  Paul reported on the removal by the power company of a roadside ash tree and suggested further discussion on the idea of a roadside survey of trees, perhaps starting with one small stretch. There was agreement that there is a need for clarification on the process of roadside tree removal. Resources include the VLCT Conflict of Interest Policy. Sandy will talk to Megan O’Toole on this topic.  

Renewable Energy: Joan reported that the draft of the Town Renewable Energy Plan prepared by TROQ has been completed. The SB will be asked for approval of a new planning grant at the Sept. 5 meeting. There will be an Oct. 12 hearing on the new Town plan, including a flood resiliency section.

  1. Bears – Linda reported on talk in Waitsfield, given by the VT Dept of Fish and Wildlife on bears. It was agreed that the BCC will pursue a joint presentation with Randolph and Brookfield in the future. Linda to follow up.
  2. Newsletter – Articles for next issue: Bears – Linda; VT Biofinder Atlas – Tom; Water issues – Sandy; Bike usage in Braintree Mountain, interview with Zack Freeman – Tom
  3. The meeting was adjourned at 8:32pm

Next Conservation Commission meeting:

Wed., September 27, 7pm at Town offices.

Sep 082017

Approved Minutes

Braintree Selectboard Meeting

September 5, 2017



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 Commissioner

Jessie Brassard, Treasurer

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


Review of Agenda: Mr. Bowen added emergency management and the phone grant under Reports. Mr. Haupt asked that there be an executive session for personnel matters added to the end of the meeting.


Approve Minutes: On motion of Mr. Haupt, seconded by Ms. O’Toole, the Board unanimously approved the minutes of August 15, 2017.


Citizen’s Comments

  • Haupt asked about a deep ditch across from Tannenburg Road, on the inside corner of Riford Brook Road by her house. Mr. Masterson will take a look at it. She asked about the potholes along Riford Brook Road. The Highway Department has plans to add gravel.



  • Haupt provided a report on behalf of Lindsay Haupt, the Health Officer regarding the tenant/landlord she has been working with on Duclos Road. The State Fire Marshall and Electrical Inspector have been called and inspected the rental unit, adding to the list of necessary repairs. The home owner is cooperating,  currently working on making the needed repairs.
  • Highway Report: The Highway Department would like to start 8 hour days again next week. The Board agreed. All that is needed to finish the intersection of Route 12 and Farnsworth Brook Road is the paving markers for the stop sign. The ditch work on Bent Hill Road by Stockwell’s, being done through the Grant in Aid Program, has been started.
  • Bowen advised that he and Mr. Caulfield have talked about the Town’s Emergency Planning status. Mr. Caulfield is currently looking for a few more Zone Coordinators. Once those positions have been filled Mr. Caulfield and the Board will meet with them to make sure everyone is on the same page about their duties/roles. The Zone Coordinators, along with Selectboard Members who have not already done so will need to take the ICS-100 class. The Emergency Operating plan is up to date. Mr. Caulfield is also going to talk with the new school maintenance person about the Braintree Elementary School as a shelter. Mr. Caulfield is interested in getting a drill set up when a few more of the details are in order. Mr. Caulfield is working on the phone system currently.
  • Caulfield has resigned as the Braintree’s Alternate Representative to ECFiber. For now Mr. Evans will continue as Braintree’s Representative, but he is finding it difficult to make the meetings, so a new Representative will be needed.


Old Business

  • The Board reviewed Jim Barlow’s agreement for legal services. Mr. Bowen signed the agreement on behalf of the Board.
  • Stagecoach Trail update: O’Toole has contacted Mr. Townsend about the survey but has not heard back yet. The “NO MOTORIZED VEHICLES BEYOND THIS POINT” signs have come in. Ms. O’Toole will update the ordinance for the Board’s review.
  • Town Office Projects – Heat. Colder weather is coming and the new heating system needs to be installed. A couple of bids will be solicited, and a contractor picked, instead of going out to bid for the heating system again.
  • The Class 3&4 Roads issue was tabled.

New Business

  • Planning Commission Grant: the Town Plan expired a week and half ago. The Planning Commission is close to having the energy plan and flood resiliency section ready for the plan update. They have not been able to do an overall update of the plan the way they would like to. So they are asking the Board to apply for a Municipal Planning Grant for next year. The Town share of the grant will be about $1,000. They anticipate holding a hearing next month to hear comments about the current draft of the plan, likely passing it along to the Selectboard for a hearing the following month (November). On motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board unanimously approved the application for the Municipal Planning Grant.
  • Brainstorm Road was discussed. Ms. O’Toole will talk with Jim Barlow about what needs to be done about the corner which was unofficially changed more than 20 years ago.
  • Someone is needed as Braintree Representative to Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC).
  • 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 went into executive session to discuss personnel issues [per 1 V.S.A. 313(a)(3)]. There was no action taken upon coming out of executive session.
  • On motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded by Ms. O’Toole, the Board unanimously adjourned the meeting at 7:05 pm.


Respectfully Submitted,


Holly Jarvis

Admin. Assistant

Aug 282017


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, including the TRORC Energy Implementation Plan. These plans are available for review on the Department’s website at http://publicservice.vermont.gov/. The TRORC is seeking a certification from the Department that these plans comply with energy planning requirements set forth in statute. Hearing location: The public hearing will be conducted in the Chase Center at Vermont Law School, 164 Chelsea Street, South Royalton, Vermont. Public comment: The public is encouraged to submit written comments regarding this request to the Department via email at PSD.PlanningStandards@vermont.gov. Please include TRORC’s Determination Request Comments in the subject line. The hearing site is accessible for individuals with disabilities. Please contact Sunni Eriksen regarding accessibility at (802) 828-5871.

Aug 182017

Unapproved Minutes

Braintree Selectboard Meeting

August 15, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.



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

Lindsay Haupt, Town Health Officer                              Jessie Brassard, Treasurer & Town Clerk

Jeff Masterson, Road Commissioner


Mr. Bowen called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.


The Board reviewed the agenda, adding a report by Ms. Lindsay Haupt under reports.


Approve Minutes

  • On motion of Mr. Bent, seconded by Mr. Haupt, the Board unanimously approved the minutes of August 1, 2017.


Citizen’s Comments – none



  • Ms. Lindsay Haupt advised that as the Town Health Officer, she received a call from a tenant on Duclos Road regarding mold in the home they are renting. Mr. Haupt went with her to the residence as a member of the Selectboard and as a contractor to help identify the issues and where the mold is coming from. Ms. Haupt completed the home inspection on Sunday, Aug. 13th. She met with both the landlord and the tenant Monday Aug. 14th. The landlord does not feel he can remedy the problems in 30 days. The landlord and the tenant are in agreement that the tenant should seek alternative housing at this time. Ms. Haupt is unsure of the exact procedure going forward. The hearing process to condemn the structure might be necessary, although since the landowner is willing to have it condemned until the issues are resolved, there might be a different process. The people Ms. Haupt needs to speak to at the Health Department are on vacation this week. Hopefully she can get more answers from them before the next meeting. She will provide an update at that meeting.


  • Mr. Jim Barlow: is a lawyer who practices municipal law. He, the Board and Ms. Brassard talked about the services he could provide Braintree.
  • Ms. Brassard provided an update regarding financials. Tax bills are out, and money is starting to come in.
  • Mr. Masterson provided the Highway Report. The Highway Department is working on ditching. The Intersection of Farnsworth Brook Road and Route 12 is working well and has been paved. The school has a new radio frequency for its busses. It will cost $425.00 to put the new frequency in the Highway Department’s radios. A radio is also broken and will need to be fixed or replaced.
  • Ms. O’Toole provided an update regarding the Stagecoach Trail. A sign needs to be installed at the top of the Stagecoach Trail where it meets Flint Road which indicates that there is no motorized access on the trail. The ordinance needs updating, and the survey finalized. Justin Polin is to take down the second gate on the Stagecoach Trail. Mr. Bent volunteer to check and see if it has been removed.


Old Business

  • Class 3 & 4 Roads discussion: tabled.
  • The Town Office Project bids were due last Friday. No bids came in. Mr. Haupt will change the request for proposals to have just the heating system in it.
  • At the last meeting the Board had voted to purchase a John Deere loader. Before the contract was signed Mr. Bowen learned a few things about the warranty and service agreement which he felt the Board should discuss; thinking that they may want to reconsider their decision. There was a lengthy discussion about the merits of both the John Deere and the Komatsu, the warranty, the service agreements, and the price of the machines. The Highway Department tried out all three machines. They liked the Caterpillar the best, with the Komatsu second, and the John Deere least. They understand that the Caterpillar isn’t in the running because its price is so much higher than the other two, but really do prefer the Komatsu over the John Deere. After more discussion Haupt made a motion, seconded by Mr. Bent, to uphold the decision from the last meeting to purchase the John Deere Loader, but to remove the option  for heated mirrors. Before the vote was taken Ms. O’Toole stated that she thinks the opinion of the Highway Department is very valuable, but that she doesn’t feel like the new information presented regarding the warranty and service agreement make a big enough difference for her to change her vote. The motion was restated. Mr. Bent, Mr. Haupt, and Ms. O’Toole voted in favor of the motion, Mr. Bowen voted against the motion, Mr. Burson abstained from the vote since he was not at the last meeting.


On motion of Mr. Bent, seconded by Mr. Haupt, the Board unanimously agreed that any purchase will go out to bids and come to the Board to be opened at a meeting from now on, with all the information needed to make the decision. Ms. O’Toole reiterated that the road crew does a great job, and their opinions should be taken into consideration regardless of how equipment purchases are handled in the future.


New Business

  • On motion of Ms. O’Toole, seconded by Mr. Bowen, the Board revised the Town Hall Rental Contract as discussed. Smoking will no longer be allowed on Town Hall premises, including outside areas.


On motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board unanimously approved the payment orders.


On motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded by Ms. O’Toole, the Board unanimously adjourned the meeting at 7:20 pm.


Respectfully submitted,


Holly Jarvis,

Admin. Assistant

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.



Our planned guest from TRORC was not able to attend. We will try to meet with her on the 24th of August at 7 pm in the Town Offices to discuss the MPG.

  • MPG application is due 2 October.
  • We need to let the select board know that we are planning to apply; select board meeting on the September 5th .
  • We need to let the select board know that, beginning in 2019, MPGs will require towns to pony up a 10% match for grants of up to $10,000 and 20% for larger grants. The select board may want to budget funds in a reserve fund or line item. It would mostly carry over.


Town plan revisions

Next available PC meeting for a hearing to approval of the revised town plan is 12 October. Holly will warn that meeting as a public hearing.

  • We may revise this revised town plan if there is more input or reaction from citizens.


Upcoming work:

24th August:  Tory from TRORC about floodplain revisions

5th September: Approval of new MPG at select board meeting

14th September:  PC meeting to cover anything

12th October:  Hearing for revised town plan

  • Forwarded to next open select board meeting; or
  • Back to work at the November PC meeting.


Adjourned at 8:15 pm


Next meeting: 24th August at 7 pm at the town offices



/s/ Joan Richmond-Hall




Aug 032017

Unapproved Minutes

Braintree Selectboard Meeting

August 1, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.


Richard Bowen, Selectboard Chair Brian Jones, Resident

Loren Bent, Selectboard Member Janice Thresher, Resident

Keegan Haupt, Selectboard Member Linda Grimes, Resident

Megan O’Toole, Selectboard Member Jessie Brassard, Resident

Tim Caulfield, Connectivity Committee Chair

Larry McEnany, from Nortrax Inc.

Mr. Bowen called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.


The Board reviewed the agenda. They moved the purchase of the loader nearer the beginning of the agenda.  Added the US Department of Commerce update of Census addresses, and a discussion about the possibility of reclassifying short class 3 roads.


Approve Minutes


  • On motion of Mr. Haupt, seconded by Ms. O’Toole, the Board unanimously approved the Minutes of July 18, 2017.



Citizen’s Comments

  • Ms. Thresher mentioned that a number of years ago when a previous Board had considered discontinuing some roads, the Town attorney at the time advised that all similar roads should be considered if one was to be discontinued.  The Board briefly discussed this with Ms. Thresher and it was thought that this advice was given to encourage equal treatment of equal situations, not having anything specific to do with road laws. It was thought that each road could be evaluated on its own merits for the public good, but the Board will investigate this idea further.
  • Mr. Caulfield asked if there has been any progress on the project to install the guardrail out on Hockman Hill Road. The state program which is going to do the project has notified the Town that the project is out to bid.
  • Mr. Caulfield asked about the road work out on Braintree Hill Road between Rose Road and Rolling Rock Road. More of the project will be done this year, but it will not be finished until next year.


After a lengthy discussion, on motion of Mr. Haupt, seconded by Mr. Bent, the Board unanimously approved purchasing the John Deere loader for $126,285.




  • The Connectivity Committee had been formed to bring high speed internet and cell coverage to Braintree. With ECFiber’s plan to build out the Town, the trunk line now in Town, and Comcast, FairPoint, and VTell’s current coverage, that goal is met, at least as well as possible.  Cell phone companies have not paid any attention to the Committee’s attempts to communicate with them regarding expanding coverage in Braintree, but with high-speed internet throughout the area, residents can achieve coverage at their homes. Ms. Doane has just recently resigned from the Committee due to health reasons. On motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded by Mr. Haupt, the Board unanimously accepting Ms. Doane’s resignation, and to disband the Connectivity Committee [because their goal has been met].


  • Highway Report: The Highway Department has been ditching, grading, putting down some gravel, and working on the intersection of Farnsworth Brook Road and Route 12.


Old Business

  • The request for proposals for the Town Office air sealing and insulation project was in the newspaper this week. The bids are due on Aug. 11th.


New Business


  • On motion of Mr. Bent, seconded by Mr. Bowen, the Board approved the purchase of a new 50 gallon B.W. heat pump hot water heater for the Town Hall for $1,100.00.  Mr. Haupt abstained, the other three members voted in favor of the motion. The motion carried.
  • The Board briefly discussed the request for an updated mailing list for the 2020 Census. Ms. O’Toole offered to work on it.


  • The Board considered discussing reclassifying some of the short class 3 roads in town which only serve one house. Mr. Masterson will look into how much it costs the Town to plow, sand and maintain these roads.


On motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded 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 7:45 pm.


Respectfully Submitted,


Holly Jarvis