Feb 132014
 

This is the Official Municipal and Community Website for the
Town of Braintree, Vermont, established November 28, 2005

To reach the Town Clerk’s Office
call 802.728.9787 or fax 802.728.9742

932 VT Route 12A  Braintree, VT  05060

The Town Clerk and Treasurer’s hours have resumed a normal schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 9am-4pm, or by appointment. When visiting the town office you must wear a mask and practice physical distancing. If you need to use the vault, please make an appointment, as the space is too small to allow for appropriate physical distancing. Thank you for your patience please call 728-9787 if you have any questions.

All Braintree Residents – the Town Office is open for property tax payments and dog licensing (and anything else you might need).  Property Tax Payments need to be made by March 15!  Dogs need to be licensed by April 1st.  Please stop by or call with questions – 802-728-9787 x3

Dog licenses are now available. Stop by any time before April 1st to register your dog. A current rabies certificate is required. I can mail your tags if you prefer. Altered Dogs – $9/Un-altered Dogs – $13. Feel free to call if you have any questions. 802-728-9787×3.  The Selectboard unanimously approved the waving of Dog License Late Penalty Fees until the Governor’s COVID Executive Order has ended.

Property Taxes are due March 15, 2021. Mail a check, drop it off or stop in any time.

“IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RECENT AMENDMENTS TO VERMONT’S OPEN MEETING LAW, AND IN LIGHT OF THE ONGOING PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS, MEETINGS WILL BE HELD VIA CONFERENCE CALL.  YOU CAN ACCESS THE MEETINGS AT THE SCHEDULED TIME BY CALLING 802-210-4472 or signing on to uberconference.com/braintreesbmotoole.

Covid-19 Resources – Go to Braintree Emergency Response page

May 072021
 

Unapproved Minutes

Braintree Selectboard Meeting

May 4, 2021 at 6:00 pm

 

“In accordance with the recent amendments to Vermont’s open meeting law, and in light of the ongoing public health crisis, this meeting will be held via conference call. You can access the meeting at the scheduled time by calling 802-210-4472.”

 

Present via Remote Conference Calling:

Daniel Burson, Vice Selectboard Chairperson                             Robert Moyer, DRB Chairperson

Janice R. Russell, Administrative Assistant                                Gary Blatz, Zoning Administrator 

Jackson Evans, Lister/Green Up Day Coordinator                          Paul Kendall, Braintree Citizen

Janice Thresher, Braintree Citizen

 

Present at the Town Office:

Megan O’Toole, Selectboard Chairperson                                        Loren Bent, Selectboard Member

Charlie McMeekin, Selectboard Member                         Keegan Haupt, Selectboard Member

 

Ms. O’Toole called the meeting to order at 6:00pm.  A roll call was done to confirm what members and citizens were in attendance via teleconferencing.  

 

The Board reviewed the agenda with Mr. Haupt requested the addition of trash on Riford Brook Road under New Business and brush left in a ditch on Fletcher Brook Road under Highway.

 

On motion of Mr. McMeekin, seconded by Ms. O’Toole, the Board approved the minutes from the Regular Selectboard Meeting on April 20, 2021 and the Special Selectboard Meeting on April 27, 2021.

 

Citizen’s comments limited to 3 minutes per person with a 15 minute maximum – Janice Thresher questioned why the Executive Session minutes always reflect “No Decision Was Made” instead of “the topic was tabled at this time,” especially if the next Executive Session is regarding the same topic. 

 

Reports

  • Highway Report – The provided report was brief and explained what work the Highway Crew has been completing on the Town Roads.  The grant funded Peth Road Ditch Work began on Monday and will continue through the week.  

 

On Green-Up Day Mr. Haupt discovered that a property on Fletcher Road had cut brush and trees along their fence line and tossed it into the ditch. He did try to remove the materials from the ditch.  The Selectboard will send a letter to the property owner requesting the removal of any materials still in the ditch and a reminder of flood hazards caused by clogged ditches.  

  • Development Review Board Chairperson Report – Mr. Moyer stated that there hasn’t been anything referred to DRB from the Zoning Administrator, Gary Blatz.  DRB would like to meet in person with Mr. Blatz to discuss his position and how it relates to the DRB.
  • Zoning Administrator Report – Mr. Blatz reported that he has approved seven permits already this year.  Permits were for one deck, two garages, two houses and one long term container on a property.  Kevin Hall’s minor sub-division permit application was also completed this year. 

 

Old business

  • RAMAN Update – As of May 1st, Tim Caulfield stepped back from RAMAN and the Town has no official representative at this time.  Messrs. Haupt and Bent and Ms. O’Toole reviewed the information provided at the Governor’s Press Briefing which informed the public that the daily rates of infections in the State have lowered.   
  • Parcel of forest land for sale in Braintree – Ms. O’Toole has reached out to the Conservation Fund but has not received an answer back.  The broker handling the sale of the property is Fountains Land.

 

New business

  • Town Hall Rental to WindowDressers.org for Community Build – Although the Selectboard believes this is a very worthy effort it believes the Town Hall is not the right venue for the Community Build.  Ms. Russell will inform Jenn Phipps of the decision and will provide other possible venues she can pass on to WindowDressers.org. 
  • Additional Cost for Admin. Assistant’s Computer Transfer & Installation – When the approval of the purchase of a new computer for the Administrative Assistance occurred, Ms. Russell stated that there would be additional cost associated with the data transfer and installation and setup of the new computer.  For transparency purposes, said costs were provided to the Selectboard for review.
  • Garage Floor Bid from Hook Construction –The original Hook Construction bid was for $14,700 but due to an increase in the cost of materials caused by COVID-19 and other factors an additional $1,500.00 needs to be added to the bid.  Ms. Brassard had already informed the Selectboard that the total cost is still within the budgeted amount for the project.  

 

On motion of Ms. O’Toole, seconded by Mr. Bent, the Board unanimously approved the Hook Construction’s amended bid for the last stages of the garage floor project for a total of $16,200.00.

 

  • After Green-up Day Follow-up – Mr. Evans reported that Green-up Day went well and he looks forward to coordinating next year’s event.  He has ideas about possibly providing a free breakfast or lunch, have residents commit to clean up specific areas and to hold a contest or provide Litter Bug prizes to children and possibly adults.  Several residents did provide payment for the removal of tires and the use of Town dump trucks to collect the trash and metal worked very well.  A discussion ensued on how the disposal of materials next year should be free at the Tri-Town Alliance Transfer Station.   Mr. Burson thanked Mr. Evans for volunteering to be the coordinator again next year.
  • Trash on a Riford Brook property.   A property owner on Riford Brook reported that there is trash located on a property that animals are spreading into the woods.  Mss. O’Toole and Russell will draft a letter to the property owner and include a copy of the current Trash Ordinance. 

Executive Session to discuss a personnel matter pursuant to 1 V.S.A. Section 313 (a)(3) and a legal matter pursuant to 1 V.S.A. Section 317(a).

On motion of Ms. O’Toole, seconded by Mr. Haupt, the Board unanimously voted to enter into an Executive Session at 6:53 P.M. for a discussion on a personnel matter pursuant to 1 V.S.A. Section 313 (a)(3) and legal matter pursuant to 1 V.S.A. Section 317(a). 

 

At 7:19 pm the board came out of the Executive Session. Relating to the Personnel Matter, no decision was made.  The Legal Matter was discussed and tabled for discussion at a future meeting. 

 

Payment orders – Messrs. Bent, Haupt and McMeekin and Ms. O’Toole reviewed the Payment Orders.

 

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

 

Adjournment

On motion of Ms. O’Toole, seconded by Mr. Bent, the Board unanimously adjourned the meeting at 7:19 p.m.  

 

Respectfully submitted,

Janice R. Russell

Administrative Assistant

 

Apr 302021
 

Minutes Special Meeting Braintree Selectboard Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 5:30pm   “In accordance with the recent amendments to Vermont’s open meeting law, and in light of the ongoing public health crisis, this meeting will be held via conference call. You can access the meeting at the scheduled time by calling 802-210-4472.”   Present via Remote … Read more >>

Apr 262021
 

Minutes Braintree Selectboard Meeting April 20, 2021 at 6:00 pm   “In accordance with the recent amendments to Vermont’s open meeting law, and in light of the ongoing public health crisis, this meeting will be held via conference call. You can access the meeting at the scheduled time by calling 802-210-4472.”   Present via Remote Conference … Read more >>

Apr 092021
 

Minutes Braintree Selectboard Meeting April 6, 2021 at 6:00 pm   “In accordance with the recent amendments to Vermont’s open meeting law, and in light of the ongoing public health crisis, this meeting will be held via conference call. You can access the meeting at the scheduled time by calling 802-210-4472.”   Present via Remote Conference … Read more >>

Mar 262021
 

Minutes Special Meeting Braintree Selectboard Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 6 p.m.   “In accordance with the recent amendments to Vermont’s open meeting law, and in light of the ongoing public health crisis, this meeting will be held via conference call. You can access the meeting at the scheduled time by calling 802-210-4472.”   Present via … Read more >>

Mar 192021
 

Minutes Braintree Selectboard Meeting March 16, 2021 at 6:00 pm   “In accordance with the recent amendments to Vermont’s open meeting law, and in light of the ongoing public health crisis, this meeting will be held via conference call. You can access the meeting at the scheduled time by calling 802-210-4472.”   Present via Remote Conference … Read more >>

Mar 122021
 

Braintree Residents – Property taxes are due Monday, March 15th.  The office will be open from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm.  We have a drop box, drop slot, we accept postmarks and credit cards.  There is a charge to you for using a credit card but it is less than going delinquent.  Call or email … Read more >>

Mar 112021
 

Braintree Residents Comments needed on ATV Ordinance The Selectboard is requesting comments from citizens on the current ATV Ordinance that is up for discussion at the 6p.m. Selectboard Meeting on Tuesday, March 16, 2021. To participate in this discussion please attend the meeting via conference call at 802-210-4472 (No access code required) or send a … Read more >>

Mar 092021
 

Minutes Braintree Selectboard Meeting March 3, 2021 at 6:00 pm   “In accordance with the recent amendments to Vermont’s open meeting law, and in light of the ongoing public health crisis, this meeting will be held via conference call. You can access the meeting at the scheduled time by calling 802-210-4472.”   Present via Remote Conference … Read more >>