Holly Jarvis

Dec 082017
 

Unapproved Minutes

Braintree Selectboard

December 5, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

 

Present:

Richard Bowen, Selectboard Chair Brian Jones, Resident

Loren Bent, Selectboard Member Bob Moyer, DRB & PC Chair

Daniel Burson, Selectboard Member Jessie Brassard, Treasurer and Town Clerk

Megan O’Toole, Selectboard Member Jeff Masterson, Road Commissioner

Keegan Haupt, Selectboard Member

 

Mr. Bowen called the Hearing for Town Plan to order at 6pm.  All Selectboard Members were present. Ms. O’Toole was in attendance via speaker phone.

 

Mr. Moyer summarized that the revision to the Town Plan involved the State’s required flood resiliency standards and the energy siting provisions. The Planning Commission is hoping to do another revision to the Town Plan next year to refine the two items added and making some other changes. The Municipal Planning Grant that the Town applied for was not awarded. The Planning Commission, with Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission, will continue trying to find a funding source to help with the rewrite.

 

Approving the revised Town Plan tonight will put a Town Plan in place to replace the expired one. There were no citizens’ comments. On motion of Mr. Haupt, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board unanimously approved the revised Town Plan.

 

On motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded by Mr. Haupt, the Board unanimously adjourned the Hearing.

 

Mr. Bowen called the regular meeting to order.

 

The Board reviewed the agenda and added a discussion of two agreements between the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers, Inc. (VAST) and the Town.

 

On motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board unanimously approved the minutes of November 21, 2017 with a change in the last paragraph regarding the Tree Warden’s pay. The word “call” was changed to “site visit”.

 

Citizen’s Comments – none

 

Reports

  • Highway Report: the Highway Department has been working with the Tree Warden to remove dead trees along the roadside. They have also been sanding the roads and doing winter maintenance.
  • Financial – there will be financials at the next meeting.
  • Budget Review- budget numbers are still coming in. The Board will review them again at the next meeting.

Old Business

  • TRORC and Connectivity Reps. – no new information.
  • The used New Holland Tractor which the Town is considering purchasing, was discussed. Mr. Masterson had looked into the value of the Town’s current tractor. It is between $20,000 and $25,000. Ms. Brassard advised that there is enough money in the vehicle equipment fund to purchase the proposed tractor for $40,000.  This tractor has a road side mower attachment. Currently the Town is paying $12,000 a year to rent a road side mower for a month. There are also a number of other attachments which will come with it. Some of those attachments  the Highway Department will find useful, some they may want to sell.  It would take two years for the tractor to pay for itself, with the sale of the current tractor factored into the calculation. On motion of Ms. O’Toole, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board unanimously approved purchasing the tractor as indicated in the letter from Milton Cat dated Nov. 20, 2017, at a cost not to exceed $40,000.
  • Town Office Projects
    1. Telephone System update: the request for a scope change has been requested for the grant, and we are supposed to learn if it has been approved the middle of this week. Harmony Electric will install the conduit next week.
    2. Window/Door Replacement was discussed. No quotes have come in.
    3. Heat – The painting should happen Wednesday, after that the heater can be installed.

New Business

  • The Board reviewed the VAST contracts for the bridge on the class 4 section of Lemery Road and use of the road itself as a snowmobile trail. On motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board unanimously agreed to sign the contracts and add “Lemery Road Th15” to the descriptions.  
  • It had come to Mr. Bowen’s attention that for a number of years the rate agreed on by the Selectboard as the Town’s share of the Health Insurance Premiums and the contribution to the Health Reimbursement Account has been more like a stipend than a percent share. The employees could use those set amounts toward any of the qualified health plans offered by the insurance company selected by the Board. This year an employee has selected a plan which costs less than the plan the Board based their contributions on, which means that the employee’s share is less than 10% of the premiums, as the Town’s share does not change. The Town’s share to be contributed to the HRA also didn’t change even though the out of pocket max of that plan is much higher than the plan the Board based their contributions on. The Board agreed to discuss this more for future years, but didn’t feel a change would be appropriate at this point in time.  

 

  • On motion of Mr. Bent, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board unanimously approved the payment order.  
  • On motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded by Mr. Haupt, the Board unanimously voted to go into Executive session as per 1 V.S.A. 313(a)(3) to Discuss Personnel Issues.
  • On coming out of executive session, on motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board approved offering Dylan Pratt the position in the Highway Department. Mr. Bent abstained from the vote all others voted in favor.
  • On motion of Mr. Bent, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board unanimously adjourned the meeting.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Holly Jarvis

Nov 262017
 

Unapproved Minutes

Braintree Selectboard Meeting

November 21, 2017

Present:

Richard Bowen, Selectboard Chair Brian Jones, Resident

Keegan Haupt, Selectboard Member Jeff Masterson, Road Commissioner

Loren Bent, Selectboard Member Holly Jarvis, Admin. Assistant

Daniel Burson, Selectboard Member

Megan O’Toole, Selectboard Member

 

Mr. Bowen called the meeting to order at 5:55 pm.

The Board reviewed the agenda, adding a letter from a Braintree resident, and an update about the search for an ECFiber representative and TRORC representative.

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

On motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded by Mr. Haupt, the Board unanimously approved the minutes of November 7, 2017.

Citizen’s Comments-none

 

Reports

  • The Cemetery Commission’s report was tabled until the Selectboard meeting on Dec. 19th, as requested by the Chair of the Commission.
  • Financial Report- there were none to review at this meeting.
  • Mr. Masterson reported that grant requests for three Better Road Grants have been submitted. He asked the Board if they wish to pursue a State Structures Grant for Tannenburg Road Bridge. The Board discussed other possible uses for such a grant and agreed with Mr. Masterson that the State Structures Grant application for this year should be for the Tannenburg Bridge replacement. Mr. Masterson reported that the Highway Department is still trying to change the backup alarm for the new loader. The factory installed alarm is loud and nearby residents have complained about the noise. The dealer has yet to come up with a quieter alarm which works with this loader’s system. The Board also discussed with Mr. Masterson the possibility of purchasing a different tractor.
  • There were no suggestions for an ECFiber representative, or a TRORC representative.

 

Old Business

  • Town Office Projects
  1. The telephone system was discussed. The Board agreed to wait and see if the change order for the grant is approved before going forward with the telephone system installation. It will be discussed at the next meeting.
  2. A contractor to do the door replacements has not been selected.
  3. There has not been much progress on the heating system. Mr. Haupt will inquire about the status of the elements of the project with the contractors. The propane tanks have been installed.
  • On motion of Mr. Haupt, seconded by Ms. O’Toole, the Board unanimously approved staying with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont this year. The cost shares will be the same as presented at the last meeting, with the Blue Rewards Gold CDHP plan being the base plan.  The cost share being a 90/10 split of the premiums, and the contributions to the Health Reimbursement Account being 2/3 of the out of pocket max of that plan.
  • A letter to the Select Board members, which was delivered via the drop box at the clerk’s office, indicating that it is from “A concerned Braintree Resident” was read, and discussed.  It was regarding a camper at Lucinda Brown’s property. The Listers and the Zoning Administrator have been made aware of the concerns. The proper State officials will also be made aware of the resident’s concerns regarding the septic system. Mr. Masterson has reviewed the situation, and does not feel it will cause issues with road maintenance.  
  • The Board reviewed the current draft of the FY19 budget.

 

New Business

 

  • On motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board unanimously approved going into Executive Session as per 1 V.S.A. 313(a)(3) to Discuss Personnel Issues.
  • On motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded by Ms. O’Toole, the Board unanimously agreed to consider Bernard Lefebvre temporarily full-time until a new full-time Highway Department member can be hired.
  • On motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board unanimously approved paying Larry Benoir, the Tree Warden, $15 per call regarding a tree.
  • On motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded by Ms. O’Toole, the Board unanimously adjourned the meeting at 8:20 pm.

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Holly Jarvis, Admin. Assistant

Nov 142017
 

Braintree Planning Commission Meeting of 9 November 2017

 

Attending: Bob Moyer, Jenn Phipps, Joan Richmond-Hall

 

Convened at 7:05 pm.

 

 

Touched base about the select board meeting to approve the revised town plan on Tuesday, 5th December.

 

We should be hearing about the municipal planning grant in the next week or two.

 

Reminder that Bob will be resigning from the PC.  Jackson Evans may be interested.

 

 

Adjourned at 7:49

 

Next meeting: Thursday, 14 December at 7pm

 

/s/ Joan Richmond-Hall

Nov 092017
 

Unapproved Minutes

Braintree Selectboard Meeting

November 7, 2017

 

Present:

Richard Bowen, Selectboard Chair                                                                                            Brian Jones, Resident

Keegan Haupt, Selectboard Member                                                                          Bob Moyer, PC & DRB Chair

Loren Bent, Selectboard Member                                                                                    Jessie Brassard, Treasurer

Daniel Burson, Selectboard Member                                                                        Holly Jarvis, Admin. Assistant

 

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

On motion of Mr. Haupt, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board unanimously approved the minutes of Oct. 3, 2017.

On motion of Mr. Haupt, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board unanimously approved the minutes of Oct. 17, 2017.

There were no citizen’s comments.

Mr. Moyer reported that the Planning Commission has held their hearing for the Town Plan revision. It was noted that the Selectboard hearing will be Dec. 5th  at the beginning of the normal Selectboard Meeting. This revision of the Town Plan has two new sections; the new flood resiliency standards, and the updated State energy program. They did not have time to do both an in-depth look at the current language and add the two new sections, as the Plan has expired. The Town has applied for another Planning Grant to do an in-depth look at the plan this coming year.

Mr. Bowen read the highway report. The Thayer Brook Road grant and the Bent Hill Road grant are done. The Class 2 Road Grant project is done for the season. There will be more work to do on Braintree Hill Road next year.  The new loader has had some issues. Those were discussed some by the Board. In the report, Mr. Masterson asked the Board about applying for two Better Road Grants for Bowen Hill Road. One is for $60,000 to upgrade a 4’ culvert, and the other is $20,000 for stone lined ditches. Both sections have been highlighted in the Act 64 road inventory. The Board agreed that these grants should be applied for.  Mr. Bent had some questions/comments about the recent road projects. He will talk with Mr. Masterson about them.

The Board briefly talked about the vacancy on the Highway Department. There are currently six applications.

The Board talked about the town office projects. The heating project is partly done.

Mr. Haupt has asked three contractors for quotes to install the conduit in the attic at the office. Two contractors have declined. Harmony Electric provided a quote. On motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded by Mr. Haupt, the Board unanimously accepted the Harmony Electric quote to install the conduit in the attic of the town office.

Ms. Brassard asked about the doors at the office. The front door has quite a lot of air space at the top, and problems with the locks, and the side door has problems with its threshold, locks, and rust. Both have been getting quite a lot worse. There is money in the budget to replace them. The heating system had taken priority, but the Board agreed that the doors really should be replaced soon. Mr. Haupt will call a number of contractors and try to get the doors replaced soon.

Ms. Brassard reported that she and Mr. Cooch spoke about the Conservation Commission’s tools. He has brought them home for now, and they will talk about the tools again in the spring.

There are some old culverts that the Town will not be able to reuse. A resident would like to use some in a woods road. On motion of Mr. Haupt, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board unanimously agreed that if the Town cannot reuse culverts that the Highway Foreman can give them away to residents who can reuse them.

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

On motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board voted unanimously to go into executive session for personnel issues.

At 7:34 pm the Board come out of executive session. No decisions were made.

On motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 7:34 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

 

Holly Jarvis

Nov 032017
 

Braintree Cemetery Commission  – November 1, 2017

DRAFT Minutes of Meeting

 

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

 

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

 

  1. Minutes for October 2017 meeting – Moved by Linda Morse, Seconded by Jason Kuhn.

 

  1. Minutes for September tabled until next meeting.

 

  1. Agenda items for December 6 meeting: Budgets for mowing contracts – need the numbers from Jason; game plan for updating cemetery maps- request help from Janice Thresher

 

  1. New business:
    – Four corner stones installed for $165 by Green Valley Memorials
    –  Need clarification on the regulations for the cemetery lots – Linda agreed to contact the VT  League of Cities and Towns for more information.

–  Bills have already been signed.

 

  1. Citizens comments – none
  2. Old business – None.

 

Ed moved to adjourn; Kris seconded; motion approved. Meeting adjourned at 7:21pm
Submitted by Linda Morse, Secretary, Braintree Cemetery Commission

 

Next Meeting is December 6 at 7pm at the Braintree Town Clerk’s Office

Nov 032017
 

Braintree Conservation Commission

Unapproved Minutes– Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Submitted by Linda Morse, Secretary

 

Present:  Tom Cooch, Sanders Stephen, Joan Richmond-Hall, Linda Morse

 

  1. minutes approved
  2. No Public comments
  3. Focus area discussions:

 Clean Water: Sandy commented that there are no funds now available for Clean Water projects – funds have all been allocated.
-– For Braintree culvert funding – Jeff has applied for funds, particularly for West Street and Bear Hill where there is lots of erosion.
— Joan commented that these are not a “road issue”. Heavy rain causes brooks to make a new path and this has happened repeatedly. But there may not be funds available. Tom noted another one on West St. and that culvert replacements are very expensive

Invasive species – Joan has reviewed a State of VT report on the use of herbicides and did not think that the report was useful or provide new information. Other issues were: danger of use of glycophosphate., including human health
ACTIONs:

  • Joan will write up her notes and provide feedback to the State
  • Tom will contact the Vermont Center for Ecodiversity to learn more about the effects on biodiversity
  • Based on further information the BCC will make recommendations to the Select Board on whether the Town should go ahead with use of this pesticide.

Renewable Energy – Joan has a copy of the revised plan if anyone wishes to review.  

 

4  BCC Budget for 2019: Ideas included:

  • Workshop on Vermont Black bears. Ideas included retaining Sue Morse, the expert wildlife tracker; that could include inviting the VT Dept. of Natural Resources expert. Another idea was to invite other towns to participate, e.g. Randolph and Brookfield. An amount of $250 was suggested.
  • $500 was suggested as next years budget.

5   Other business:
Online newsletter  – about 70 online newsletters are currently being sent out via email

Check out of tools – there have been Braintree residents using weed puller
The meeting was adjourned at 8:15pm
Next Conservation Commission meeting: Wed., November 29, 7pm at Town offices.

Oct 202017
 

Unapproved Meetings

Selectboard Meeting

October 17, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Present:

Richard Bowen, Selectboard Chair Brian Jones, Resident

Megan O’Toole, Selectboard Member Linda Lubold, WRVA Rep.

Keegan Haupt, Selectboard Member Jessie Brassard, Treasurer

Daniel Burson, Selectboard Member Holly Jarvis, Admin. Assistant

Loren Bent, Selectboard Member Jeff Masterson, Road Commissioner

 

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

 

Review of Agenda: the Board added Lemery Road Bridge under the highway report, and removed “approved the town plan” from the agenda.

 

Citizen’s Comments – none.

 

Reports

  • Ms. Lubold, the White River Valley Ambulance Rep. (WRVA), provided the Board with the semi-annual report. WRVA is hosting EMT classes. The have hired an executive director and an administrative assistant. The new Rochester Board member is retired from hospital administration and is going to become the new president of the WRVA Board.  
  • Highway Report: Mr. Bent brought up that Lemery Road Bridge’s center is getting torn up by the snowmobiles. Mr. Masterson will talk with the snowmobile club about putting some planks down the center.  
      • The Highway Department is installing underdrain and replacing culverts on Braintree Hill Road between Rose Road and Rolling Rock Road. Mr. Masterson mentioned a spring in the road, they dug down eight feet and hasn’t found any pipes. They put rock in place under the road. The work doesn’t seem to have disturbed the water running into the pond. Mr. Masterson advised the Board that the culvert installation on Thayer Brook Road could occur next Monday and Tuesday. He has collected three direct bids. JL Smith was the lowest at $2,500. Which is under the amount which would require a formal bid process. Mr. Masterson plans to contract with J.L. Smith to do the work on Monday.
      • There was some money left in the grant-in aid program on Bent Hill Road. Mr. Masterson has received permission to use some of it to install band rail along that section. It will cost about $2,560.
      • The 2009 International Truck is at Clarks’ Truck Center have some minor work done on it before winter.
      • Mr. Masterson is seeking paving estimates for around Thresher Road Bridge, and Riford Brook Road Bridges to go in next year’s budget.
      • Mr. Masterson and Mr. Haupt talked some about work that is needed on Rocky Farm Road.
  • Financial Report: the Board reviewed the financials.

Ms. Brassard asked the Board about the tools the Conservation Commission has purchased.  The tools have been left with her, and she doesn’t want to manage them. Ms. O’Toole will talk with Mr. Cooch about it.

 

Old Business

 

  • On motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board unanimously appointed Mr. Caulfield as the Fire Advisory Representative.

 

  • TRORC Representative is needed.
  • EC Fiber Representative is needed.
  • Town Office Projects
  1. Telephone System- tabled until the next meeting.
  2. On motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded by Ms. O’Toole, the Board unanimously approved installing a 400 series window in the Clerk’s office so that the hearing system can be installed.

 

  • FY 2019 Budget discussed briefly

 

 

New Business

 

  • On motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded by Mr. Haupt the Board voted to accept Mr. Palmer’s retirement from the Highway Department. They thanked him for his many years of service to the Town with all the many positions he has served in and wish him well.
  • On motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded by Ms. O’Toole, the Board voted to advertise the open position in the newspaper. Mr. Bent abstained, the other four members voted in favor of the motion.
  • On motion of Ms. O’Toole, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board unanimously approved applying for the grant though the state for the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan.
  • As Zoning Administrator Ms. Jarvis asked if she could ask the Town Attorney for advice or questions. The Board agreed.
  • Mr. Masterson suggested that the Town Hall parking lot should have a top coat of pavement to stop the cracks that are starting to form. An estimate for the work may be available for the next meeting.
  • 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 approved going into executive session as per 1 V.S.A. 313(a)(3)  to discuss personnel issue.
  • On motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded by Ms. O’Toole, the Board unanimously approved coming out of executive session at 7:17pm. No decisions were made.
  • On motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded by Ms. O’Toole, the Board unanimously adjourned the meeting at 7:17 pm.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Holly Jarvis

Oct 112017
 

NOTICE

 

The Braintree Selectboard has promulgated an ordinance limiting the use of Stagecoach Road, a Town Trail, that runs northerly from the Randolph town line to Flint Road where it joins with Braintree Hill Road, in accord with the December 2016 decision to lay out Stagecoach Rd as a trail.  The ordinance will become effective on the 60th day following the vote unless a petition signed by five percent of the voters is submitted to the Selectboard within 44 days of the vote by the Selectboard, requesting a vote on the question of whether the ordinance shall be disapproved.

 

If a petition is received within those 44 days, the Selectboard will call a special meeting of the voters to consider the question of whether the ordinance shall be disapproved.  If the vote is to disapprove the ordinance, the ordinance will not take effect; if the vote is against disapproval, the ordinance shall take effect immediately.

 

More information can be obtained about the ordinance from Holly Jarvis, who may be reached by writing her c/o the Selectboard, 932 VT-12A, Braintree, Vermont 05060 ((802) 728-9787).

 

Oct 062017
 

Approved Minutes

Braintree Selectboard Meeting

October 3, 2017

 

Present:

Richard Bowen, Selectboard Chair Brian Jones, Resident

Keegan Haupt, Selectboard Member Paul Kendall, Stagecoach Representative

Megan O’Toole, Selectboard Member Holly Jarvis, Admin. Assistant

Daniel Burson, Selectboard Member Jeff Masterson, Road Commissioner

 

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

 

The Board reviewed the agenda, adding the Highway Report, the WRVA Representative Report was tabled, and Mr. Doane’s resignation was added.

 

On motion of Mr. Haupt, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board unanimously approved the minutes of September 19, 2017.

 

Citizen’s Comments- none.

 

Reports

  • Mr. Kendall, the Stagecoach Representative, provided the semi-annual report. He advised that the merger between Stagecoach and ACTR has gone smoothly. Stagecoach is working on making some changes in new routes/schedules. They are also starting to move away from a taxi-type service to a deviated fixed-route service. The latter allows people to call and schedule a pick-up at a time that fits into the deviated fixed route, or be at the bus stop when the bus will be there. There will be a maximum wait time of five minutes, so riders should be ready and attentive to the arrival of the bus.  This change may take some time for people who used the old service to get used to, but with the new schedules, previous users should be able to make the schedules work most of the time. They welcome feedback about the changes and want to make their services most effective.  Ms. O’Toole commented that the new commuter route schedule works with her schedule and that she, along with a number of her co-workers, enjoys riding the bus to work now.
  • Highway Report: Braintree Hill Road between Rose Road and Rolling Rock Road will be closed starting Oct. 10th. The work on Bent Hill Road with the Grants In-Aid Pilot Program is done. The Highway Department will soon be working on Walker Road. Mr. Masterson asked the Board if he should close out the Thayer Brook Road Grant now and apply for another one next year, try and get it done this year, or try and get an extension. The Board agreed that continuing to try and get it done this year makes sense. Mr. Bowen read Kevin Hall’s letter in support of Mr. Masterson and the Highway Department.

Old Business

 

  • On motion of Ms. O’Toole, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board unanimously approved the Stage Coach Road Ordinance.

 

      • The Surveyor asked if it is ok to put survey markers along the center of the road (they will be flush with the road). He also asked if the 1 rod (16.5 feet) trail will be centered along the original center of the road. The Board agreed to both points.

 

  • Town Office Project

 

    • Ms. Brassard joined the meeting via speakerphone for heating system conversation. The Board reviewed the estimates from David Royce for $5,615, and Randolph Coal and Oil for $4,940. The work in both proposals is exactly the same.  Ms. Brassard asked about the window where the heater will need to be installed. Mr. Haupt will get some estimates and select a contractor to replace the window in the front office with a smaller one. It was agreed to install the propane tank behind the Office instead of running a line from the Garage tanks to the Office. There is uncertainty about the location of the leach field for the Office. It seemed wise to avoid any chance of digging into it. On motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board approved contracting with David Royce for the heater installations (Mr. Bowen, Mr. Burson, and Ms. O’Toole approved the motion, Mr. Haupt abstained).
    • The phone system was briefly discussed. Mr. Haupt talked to the phone system contractor about the possibility of installing the conduit in the attic. They won’t be doing that additional part of the job. A different contractor will be selected for it.  
  • Nathan Cleveland is considering if he would be willing to be the TRORC Representative.
  • Nathan Cleveland is considering if he would be willing to be the EC Fiber Alternate.
  • Mr. Doane resigned as the Fire Advisory Repressive. The Board talked briefly about who might be willing to fill the position.

 

New Business

  • The Board reviewed the Insurance – Property & Worker’s Compensation renewal information.
  • The Board discussed speeding on Murphy Road and if changing the speed limit might help. A speed study for 2007 showed that most drivers drove at a reasonable speed on the road, but there were a few outliers who drove over 60 mph. This is likely to still be the cause. There will be no change to the existing speed limit of 35 MPH.
  • The Board briefly discussed the FY 2019 Budget. Ms. O’Toole and Mr. Bowen will work on it. Mr. Masterson will start to get together a highway budget.

 

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.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Holly Jarvis, Admin. Assistant

Oct 032017
 

Braintree Conservation Commission

Unapproved Minutes– Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Submitted by Tom Cooch

 

Present:  Tom Cooch, Joan Richmond-Hall, Paul Shriver

 

No public comment
August minutes approved
Focus area discussions:

 

Water – Tom read Sandy’s report on the most recent Water Quality Discussion at TRORC in September, which he attended. The list of identified projects that the State maintains online does not appear to have changed in the past two months. Tom will contact Jeff to identify the culvert projects that have already been completed and notify the DEC.

 

Jeff and Holly seem to be acquiring Back Roads grant money to fund many of their projects. Is there any point to the Conservation Commission applying for grant money independently? Sandy will contact the DEC and/or TRORC to see if there are funds available to conservation commissions that are not available to other town organizations.

 

Joan said she felt we could be taking some steps to promote best agricultural practices for farmers and other landowners. Riparian buffer zones are not being maintained along streams – cows can graze right up to the edge of the water, which leads to increased manure and fertilizer effluent into the water basin.

 

Possible solutions to this problem include education, enforcement of existing regulations, and possibly grant money to offset implementation costs to the property owner. Sandy will contact both DEC and TRORC and get their opinions.

 

Invasive Species  – The information from VTRANS on the use of glyphosphate that Gerald Kinney provided has been read by Tom and Sandy, and is now in Joan’s hands. The other commission members will try to read it over the next month. Our decision as to whether or not to recommend spraying of some roadside infestations of Japanese Knotweed will be made at our November meeting. Tom and Joan will compile a list of points from all the information sources we have identified and circulate the list between the October and November meetings.
Trees:  Paul has not yet been able to look over the roadside tree cutting on Brainstorm Road. Joan will be present at the next Selectboard meeting and will try to verify that this work was all done according to Town and State protocols.

 

Renewable Energy: Joan reported that the Planning Commission will be recommending provisional adoption of the preferred areas for soar development as per the maps provided by TRORC. A public hearing will be warned for sometime later in the fall.

 

Budget – There is no need to budget for more tools this year. The CC budget can revert to the $250 for training and meetings as in previous years.
Newsletter – Approval was given for sending out the next issue (#5) of the newsletter. Tom indicated he thought there might not be more issues this calendar year. Joan thought that perhaps a shorter newsletter could be used to help publicize the public hearing on solar project siting.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 7:42pm
Next Conservation Commission meeting:

Wed., October 25, 7pm at Town offices.