Holly Jarvis

May 262017

Braintree Cemetery Commission – May 3, 2017
Draft Minutes of Meeting

Attendees: Jason Kuhn, Kris Haupt, Ed Smith, Linda Morse, Norm Illsley

Jason Kuhn called the meeting to order at 7:00pm

1. Minutes of April 19, 2017 meeting – a motion was made by Jason and seconded by Ed to approve the minutes as corrected was accepted.

2. No citizens comments
3. Spring/fall cleanup of cemeteries – Jason spoke with the mowing contractor. A later mowing in the fall was recommended and less cleanup in the spring. The estimated cost was $1100 – this is not a fixed price. The contractor has not yet submitted a proof of the workers compensation; it needs to be sent to Jessie. The mowing will be paid monthly. The first mowing will be before Mothers’ Day. The next one will be before Memorial Day. Next will be before July 4th. The next will be before Labor Day. The five big cemeteries get nine mowings; this is up from seven. Ed is assigned to the Ford and Connecticut Corners. The small cemeteries used to get three mowings. The question was posed of whether this should be increased to five mowings. It was agreed that there is a need to clarify the fall cleanup and also get a copy of the insurance from the contractor. Also the Commission needs an estimate from the contractor. A brief discussion of the Commission’s budget – the interest from the bequest fund (fund is $70,000) and the allocated Town budget for the Cemetery Commission make up the budget.
4. Old Business: Stone repair – Linda needs to contact Green Mountain Memorials to arrange for repair of two broken stones in the Braintree Hill Cemetery. It was noted that the Commission has a 3 year plan with Green Valley Memorials for stone repair. Also confirm that the price for the corner posts is still $185.50
5. Old business – It was noted that the Commission does the repair on the cemetery fencing as needed. It was confirmed that the Commission meets monthly starting with April through November of the year. The meeting date is the first Wednesday of the month at 7pm at the Town Clerk’s Office.
6. Citizens comments – none
7. It was moved and approved that the meeting adjourn at 7:31pm.

Submitted by Linda Morse, Secretary, Braintree Cemetery Commission

Next Meeting is Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 7pm at the Braintree Town Clerk’s Office

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. Furthermore, there will be Grievance Hearings, by appointment on Wednesday June 07, 2017 between the hours of 3:00 and 6:00 P.M. and Saturday June 10, 2017 between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and noon.  Appointments may be made by contacting Jackson Evans, Chair of the Board of Listers at (802) 728-6170.


Title 32, Vermont Statutes Annotated, section 4111(g) reads as follows:  “A person who feels aggrieved by the action of the listers and desires to be heard by them, shall, on or before the day of the grievance meeting, file with them his objections in writing and may appear at such grievance meeting in person or by his agents or attorneys.  Upon the hearing of such grievance the parties thereto may submit such documentary or sworn evidence as shall be pertinent thereto.”


The Listers will meet at the Braintree Town Clerk’s office in said Town to hear grievances of persons, co-partnerships, associations or corporations aggrieved by their appraisals whose objections thereto in writing shall have been filed with them as prescribed by statute, and to make such corrections in said abstract as shall upon hearing or otherwise be determined by them; and that unless cause to the contrary be shown, the contents of said abstract will, for the year 2017, become the grand list of said town and of each person, co-partnership, association or corporation therein named.


Given under our hands at Braintree in the County of Orange this 24th day of May, 2017.


Listers of the TOWN OF BRAINTREE:

Jackson Evans

Derek O’Toole

Heather Fernades

May 232017



Braintree Town Office – May 22, 2017 6:30PM


  1. The meeting was called to order at 6:34pm. In attendance were Jackson Evans, Derek O’Toole and Heather Fernandes.


  1. Approval of Minutes from Previous Meeting – minutes were approved as written on a motion by Fernendes and a second by O’Toole.


  1. Public Comments – there were no pubic comments.


  1. Lodging of Grand List: Paper were signed to formally lodge the grand list with the Town Clerk in preparation for mailing of change of appraisal notices and grievance hearings in June.
  2. Having no further business to conduct, the meeting was adjourned on a motion from Fernandes and a second from O’Toole. Adjourned at 6:43pm.


Respectfully Submitted,


Jackson Evans

May 202017

Unapproved Minutes

Braintree Selectboard Normal Meeting

May 16, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.



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 Road Policy

Holly Jarvis, Admin. Assistant Jody Benoir, Class 4 Road Policy

Michael Porzio, re: ATV’s

Adam Lane, LNAC

Danny Hale, VASA

Zac Freeman, re: a gravel grinder

Nathan Cleveland, Resident

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


The Board reviewed the Agenda. They added mower rental under new business.  


Approve Minutes


  • On motion of Mr. Keegan Haupt, seconded by Mr. Bent, the Board unanimously approved the minutes of May 2, 2017 as written.


Citizen’s Comments

  • Mr. Zac Freeman advised that he would like to host the Gravel Grinder bike race again this year. They are looking at doing it Saturday, October 7th. The name will be changed from the Braintree 5 to the Braintree 357, if they can add a route on Cram Hill Road in Roxbury. The Braintree 357 will be made up of 3 route options.  One with three hills, one with five hills and one with seven hills. They already have permission from Randolph to host the event at Ayers Brook Farm, and they will be talking with Roxbury soon. On motion of Mr. Keegan Haupt, seconded by Ms. O’Toole, the Board unanimously approved the Gravel Grinder Bike Race on Braintree’s roads again this year.
  • Mr. Kris Haupt: commented that the roads have been graded now, and it has rained, the roads have become muddy again. He asked how that problem is going to be corrected. He also asked why extra help is being hired, and what the project in the yard of the town garage is about.

Mr. Masterson advised that the roads are greasy this year. With a few of the worst spots being where good quality gravel had been put down in the last five years. He will be looking into what the problem might be. A skim coat of gravel will not do much, so he plans on focusing on the worst spots. Mr. Bent suggested that some of the road material be tested, both from the roads themselves, and the materials being used. It was suggested that the amount of sand that needed to be used this winter might be causing the greasy roads [high level of really small particles, referred to as ‘fines’ can trap water]. Mr. Bowen also noted that he drove on four of the local town’s roads in the last few days, and Braintree’s are some among the best.

As for the project in the garage’s yard – The State hasn’t liked how close to route 12A the Town’s sand pile has always been. Now that the Town owns a little more property, the bank and pile of sand can be pushed back some. As for why the crew is working on this project instead of road projects: it was raining.



  • Cemetery Commission – Mr. Kris Haupt filled in for the Chair of the Cemetery Commissioners, giving a semiannual report. Everything is going fine. Jason’s Handiworks has been hired again this year. His rate went up because he had to get workman’s comp. coverage. This year is the third, and final year of stone repair for Lower Branch Cemetery.
  • Planning Commission/Development Review Board/Zoning Administrator – Bob Moyer. In the rewrite of the Town Plan this time around, good siting locations for solar farms, and wind farms must be designated in high enough quantities for the State’s goal to be met in Braintree. If that is not achieved in the Town Plan the State Service Board will not seriously consider what the Town’s Plan says when reviewing a siting application.  The Planning Commission is likely to ask for an extension to finish the rewrite. It is currently due on August 25, 2017. The Commission is likely to do an interim amendment so that some of the changes can be implemented sooner. The Development Review Board has had very little activity again this year. There have been four zoning applications so far this year for accessory structures, a junk car issue was dealt with, and there is another one to look into.

Ms. Doane has resigned from the Planning Commission, and the Planning Commission is recommending Nathan Cleveland to fill her seat. This will be on the Selectboard’s next agenda.

  • Stagecoach Report – Paul Kendall: advised that Actor and Stagecoach have merged. It will be effective July, 1st. It will be virtually invisible to the people using the service. The employees will not change, and the names on the buses will not change. The new name for the combined organization is Tri-Valley Transit. The new board is a 50/50 board, six from both groups. Mr. Cleveland asked about the new schedule for interstate 89. It will be finished and implemented in the next 3 to 4 weeks.
  • The Financial Report was reviewed. It was noted that the Heavy Equipment line is over budget. On motion of Ms. O’Toole, seconded by Mr. Keegan Haupt, the Board unanimously approved up to $500 more can be expended out of that budget line between this meeting and June 30th so that small repairs can be done without a special meeting.
  • Highway – Jeff Masterson advised that we have been awarded two grants. One for Dump Loks, and one for the inventory of roads and road structures. He also advised that he and the Tree Warden learned quite a lot at the tree conference.
  • Peth Road trees were discussed. The board agreed that the project had been discussed by the board last fall, and since the landowners have no problem with the project, that Mr. Masterson can go ahead with the project.

Old Business

  • ATV Signs were discussed. Mr. Bowen advised that he has looked at the recommendations for the signs again. Five of the signs are to communicate with motorists. The other signs are for communications with the ATV operators. He does not believe that those would have to meet MUTCD standards. Ms. O’Toole agreed with that assessment and noted that the signs being recommended by Mr. Miller are the gold standard. The Town, can choose to accept something different, and should really look at who the intended audience is, what kind of roads they are on, and what needs to be done to adequately communicate to the users of the roads. Mr. Bent pointed out that the ATV’s will not be operating on the roads after dark, so reflectivity of the signs should not be necessary. The ATV club was agreeable to purchasing those five signs using the MUTCD size requirements and to use their smaller sings for communicating with the ATV operators.
  • Town Office Projects- tabled until the next meeting
  1. Telephone System
  2. Window/Door Replacement
  3. Heat
  4. Insulation

New Business

    • Mr. Masterson asked the Board if the mower should be rented on June 1st, since road side growth is late this spring. The mower has been scheduled for quite some time and others will have scheduled it for after us. So we might not get the rental for some time if we delay it. It will be next budget year if it is delayed.  It was agreed to rent the mower for June 1st.  The Cemetery Commission would appreciate it if the mower could mow the two fields on both sides of Mountain View Cemetery. The Board agreed to stay on the current mowing schedule and rent the mower on June 1st.


  • On motion of Ms. O’Toole, seconded by Mr. Bowen, the Board approved the Connectivity Committee spending $200 more than budgeted for stamps. It was approved with a three/one vote.


  • On motion of Ms. O’Toole, seconded by Mr. Keegan Haupt, the Board unanimously approved signing the Better Roads Grant for the road inventory.
  • The Board reviewed the Road Foreman Job Description.  Mr. Bowen noted a few edits he had made to it.


  • On motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded by Mr. Keegan Haupt, the Board unanimously approved the payment orders.
  • On motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded by Ms. O’Toole, the Board unanimously approved going into Executive Session per 1V.S.A. 313(a)(1)(E) for a legal issue.
  • On motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded by Mr. Keegan Haupt, the Board came out of executive session at 7:45.
  • On motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded by Mr. Keegan Haupt, the Board appointed Ms. O’Toole as the Town’s mediation liaison. Ms. O’Toole abstained, the other three members voted in favor.
  • On motion of Ms. O’Toole, seconded by Mr. Keegan Haupt, the Board appointed Mr. Bowen as the backup to Ms. O’Toole as the Town’s mediation liaison. Mr. Bowen abstained, the other three voted in favor.
  • On motion of Mr. Bent, seconded by Mr. Bowen, the Board unanimously adjourned the meeting at 7:46 pm.



Respectfully Submitted,
Holly Jarvis

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 all other service providers in the area, ECFiber is a non-profit, community owned internet service provider whose mission is to deliver high speed internet to its’ member towns – not make a profit for shareholders.

What residents do will influence ECFiber’s decision about where to build out their service in 2018. To try to get ECFiber to install service in Braintree sooner rather than later, the Connectivity Committee needs interested residents to go to ECFiber.net and subscribe their house (or houses) to ECFiber before the end of May. If they don’t have a way to sign up over the internet, they can call EC Fiber at 802-763-2262 and they will help. While the subscribing process can take some time and may sound like a commitment, it isn’t the commitment it may seem. There is no cost to subscribe, and there is no obligation to sign up or pay for service once it becomes available.

Here are a few of the advantages of helping to bring ECFiber to Braintree:

  • EC Fiber supplies truly high speed internet service at the same speeds uploading and downloading. Minimum speed is 10 MBPS, and is available up to 500 MBPS.
  • Once you get a high speed connection, you can also install a cell phone extender so you can have cell phone reception in and immediately around your house.
  • Their optical fiber landline telephone service, if you choose to use it, has excellent sound quality, and is probably better than your current service.
  • Even if you already have high speed internet service, ECFiber availability will offer you alternatives for equal or much higher speed service.
  • Truly high speed service benefits you and your neighbors by making our town more livable in this increasingly digital era and potentially increases resale value.

If you have questions, or simply want to hear the discussion about signing up for ECFiber, the Connectivity Committee will be holding an information meeting on Monday May 22th at 7 PM at the Braintree Town Hall.

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



May 162017



Braintree Town Office – May 22, 2017 6:30PM


  1. Call to Order


  1. Approval of Minutes from Previous Meeting


  1. Public Comments


  1. Lodging of Grand List
  2. Adjournment


May 152017

Braintree PC meeting of 11 May 2017


Attending: Malcolm Fitzpatrick, Joan Richmond-Hall, Bob Moyer, Linda Doane, Jenn Phipps


Guest: (& prospective new member) Nate Cleveland


Convened: 7:24 pm


We used this meeting to catch up on pending business, plan for our next work and to introduce ourselves and our work to Nate Cleveland.


Linda announced that this would be her last meeting, though she’ll continue to serve on the DRB. Linda has generously reached out to find her own replacement and invited Nate to come and see whether he’d be interested. And fortunately, he is! Bob also announced that he’ll be stepping down from the PC at the end of his current term, though he too will continue to serve on the DRB.


We discussed the timing our upcoming revisions of the Town Plan, due in 2017. Our revisions focus on energy planning and stormwater / flooding issues. The energy planning must align with TRORC’s energy plan that has been submitted for approval but is not yet approved. The TRORC plan sets renewable energy targets for Braintree and provides us with data and sample language. We may prohibit large renewable energy installations from some areas as long as we allow them in other parts of town in a way that will allow us to meet our targets. Braintree, along with Randolph and Bethel, are the first three towns to work on energy planning and we are meeting with TRORC and the other towns to work on energy planning. We are wondering whether we’d be wise to apply for an extension and will discuss this with our meeting with the larger energy planning group on 24 May.


Meanwhile, TRORC has provided us with maps that show optimal areas, optimal areas within one mile of three-phase power, and areas eliminated by environmental, agricultural and other issues. Joan will distribute:

  • Those maps for solar and wind power;
  • Target and energy planning information from TRORC; and
  • The latest news from Kevin Geiger at TRORC.


The PC would like to meet jointly with the Conservation Commission and representatives from the Braintree Historical Society (Jackson Evans?) in June for input into energy planning.

We’d also like to speak to Catamount Solar, though they may attend the energy planning meeting on 24 May.


We may plan a summer meeting at the college where we could compare energy planning maps with other useful layers from Vermont ANR and Braintree zoning.


Next PC meeting: June 8th @ 7 pm to discuss amendments to the 2010 Zoning Ordinance to improve language on 6 month siting of RVs and motor homes, equalizing side and rear setbacks, and determining / measuring road right-of-way.


/s/ Joan Richmond-Hall


May 092017


Monday May 08, 2017 at 7:00pm

Braintree Town Office



  1. Meeting was called to order at 7:03pm. In attendance were Jackson Evans, Heather Fernandes and Derek O’Toole.
  2. The bids were opened and each was read aloud. Bids were received from Steven Twombly, Real Estate Appraiser and Analyst of Roxbury, Vermont and from the Vermont Appraisal Company of Plainfield, Vermont.
    1. Steven Twombly’s bid was in the amount of $80,520 ($111.37 per parcel for 723 parcels).
    2. Vermont Appraisal Company’s bid was in the amount of $84.50 per parcel for “710 or more parcels”. (This excludes the tax exempt parcels.) At this rate, their total bid would come out to $59,995.
  3. After evaluating each bid with a careful comparison of cost, what was being proposed and how the costs and duties of the reappraisal were to be broken out between the appraisers and the listers, it was voted unanimously to select Vermont Appraisal Company as the winning bidder.
  4. Having no further business to conduct, a motion to adjourn was made by Heather Fernandes, seconded by Derek O’Toole and voted on in the affirmative.
  5. Meeting adjourned at 7:45pm.


Respectfully submitted,

Jackson Evans, Lister chair