Holly Jarvis

Jul 152019

Attending:      Tom Cooch, Sandy Stephens, Linda Morse, Paul Shriver, Joan Richmond-Hall

Convened at 7:05 pm

  • Minutes of the March meeting approved.
  • Setting work dates:
    • Controlling poison parsnip along Route 12
      • Sunday 23 June, 9 am at the end of Peth Road; bring lunch!
    • Invasives control at Thayer Brook Rd.
      • Friday 31 May, 9 am at Thayer Brook site (rain date on Monday)
  • Planning commission – proposal to help identify wildlife crossing areas in the Riford Brook, Thayer Brook area
    • Joan:
      • Work with Holly to identify landowners along the loop and map them to plots.
      • Overlay with conservation easements.
      • List of names
      • Coordinate with current (?) orthophoto
      • Article on Act 171 for the newsletter – work with Monica
  • Newsletter in good shape
    • Act 171 article – Joan

Adjourned at 8:05 pm

Next meeting: 26th June at 7 pm

Jul 052019

Unapproved Minutes 

Braintree Selectboard Meeting

July 2, 2019 


Megan O’Toole, Selectboard Chair Jody Benoir – Re: Sault Road

Charlie McMeekin, Selectboard Member Holly Benoir – Re. Sault Road

Loren Bent, Selectboard Member Bill Bohayak, Orange County Sheriff

Daniel Burson, Selectboard Member Richard Arms, ATV club

Keegan Haupt, Selectboard Member Tessa Partlow, ATV club

Jacob Partlow, ATV club

Jeff Masterson, Road Commissioner Chris Blanchard, ATV club

Holly Jarvis, Admin. Assistant John Rose, ATV club

Julia Haupt, resident Niklaas Sargent, ATV club

Michael Gaidys, resident

Ms. O’Toole called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm. 

The Board reviewed the agenda. Mr. Burson added a conversation about flooding mitigation under the highway report.  

On motion of Mr. Burson, seconded by Ms. O’Toole, the Board unanimously approved the minutes of June 18, 2019.

Citizens’ comments:

  • Jody and Holly Benoir, came to ask about building up the class 4 road they live on. They are asking permission to do so under the Class 4 Roads and Trail Policy item 3.a.d. The Board asked Mr. Masterson to work out the details with them. It will be on the next agenda for Selectboard review. 
  •  A number of Lost Nation ATV Club members attended the meeting. The ATV ordinance was discussed, and will be on the next agenda. 


  • The Orange County Sheriff, Bill Bohnyah, attended the meeting to discuss a possible contract with Braintree. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department can be quite flexible regarding a contract. It can be mainly patrol based, or complaint driven. Sheriff Bohnyak will provide the Selectboard with a copy of a contract to review at their next meeting. 


  • Highway report: flood work was discussed, part of which was regarding mitigation of future flooding. A number of grant projects were talked about briefly. Spraying of knotweed was also briefly talked about. 
  • New Road and Bridge Standards were reviewed. They will be on the next agenda. 

Old business

  • The Tannenburg bridge contract was briefly discussed. It will be on the next agenda. 
  • Mr. Bent will talk to his contact at auction international more about selling the tractor and truck. They will want to meet someone at the garage to look at the equipment. Mr. Burson will meet them.  

New business

  • On motion of Ms. O’Toole, seconded by Mr. McMeekin, the Board unanimously approved the written “allowance” for the designation of Pent Road, designating Morse Road (TH-41) as a pent road. It was read, signed, and will be recorded in the Town Record Books.

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

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

Respectfully submitted,

Holly Jarvis

Jul 052019

Paving is scheduled for Thresher Road and Riford Brook Road, July 10, and July 11th. Riford Brook Road will be closed at the railroad crossing from 6:00 am – 5:00 pm both days. Please avoid Thresher Road between those times from Route 12A to 255 Thresher Road. 

Jul 012019

Present:  Tom Cooch, Linda Morse, Joan Richmond–Hall, Paul Shriver

Mr. Cooch called the meeting to order at 7:07

No Public comments

The minutes for the May 22, 2019, meeting were approved as written.

2019 Knotweed Spraying Inspection

The Selectboard had forgotten that Mr. Cooch met with them on April 2 and declared the Conservation Commission’s willingness to make recommendations for knotweed spraying this summer on the condition that its members view with Jerold Kinney the areas he sprayed last summer. Jerold and Jeff Masterson are already working on a plan.

Megan met recently with Mr. Cooch and agreed that we should be able to view the areas sprayed, even though a spraying plan is already being developed.

Mr. Cooch will contact Jerold again and ask for either dates on which he would be willing to show us the areas. If this does not work out, we will request a list of the sites he sprayed and visit them on our own.

Poison Parsnip Progress on Route 12

Ms. Richmond-Hall, Mr. Stephen, and Mr. Cooch met with knotweed expert Mike Bald on June 26th, along with Jenny David from the Randolph Conservation Commission and Jon Binhammer from the Brookfield Conservation Commission. The team of six pulled approximately 1000 plants along Route 12 between Farm All Fix and Peth Road. Mr. Cooch has subsequently pulled another 300.

Wildlife Corridors

Ms. Richmond-Hall is planning to involve some of her students in preparing a database of property owners in the southern section of Town between Riford Brook and Thayer Brook  Roads. Some properties may be rezoned as Conservation and others may keep their present zoning but receive waivers for development in return for conservation easements for corridors.

There is no need for the Conservation Commission to get involved at this time.


A draft of an article on the three-commission poison parsnip work party is the only one so far for the next issue of the newsletter. Mr. Shriver said he thought we should go with the issue even if it was short on content. Mr. Cooch suggested picking one of the topics for the first two month of July highlighted in the Northland Woodlands calendar. He will send out these possible topics to commission members to see if anyone is willing to write this up.

Next Meeting Date

Our July meeting will be on the 24th.

Meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Tom Cooch

Jun 232019

Unapproved Minutes

Braintree Selectboard Meeting

June 18, 2019


Megan O’Toole, Selectboard Chair                                                         Rob Young, from VTrans

Loren Bent, Selectboard Member                                                           Laura Stone, from VTrans

Daniel Burson, Selectboard Member                                    Lou Helmuth, for the ATV ordinance

Keegan Haupt, Selectboard Member                               Jessie Brassard, Town Clerk & Treasurer

                                                                                                Jeff Masterson, Road Commissioner

                                                                                                          Holly Jarvis, Admin. Assistant

Ms. O’Toole called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.

The Board reviewed the agenda, adding a review of Gene Bianco’s access permit.

On motion of Mr. Burson, seconded by Ms. O’Toole, the Board unanimously approved the minutes of June 4, 2019.


  • Laura J. Stone of VTrans presented the regional concerns meeting for bridge 14 over Ayers Brook on Route 12 in Snowsville. The State’s plan, which following this meeting will move into the design phase of the project, calls for a partial replacement of the superstructure. This will require a 21 day detour. The construction of the bridge will be either in 2021 or 2022. More about the project can be found on the State website at http://www.aot.state.vt.us/FactSheet/default.aspx?pin=12C578.
  • The ATV ordinance review & renewal was discussed. Mr. Helmuth would prefer if ATV’s were not permitted to travel in the road by his house. He did see some out of time violations. He has talked to his neighbors about the ATV use of the road. Heinz Rathmann and Ellen Fox have seen some use of Connecticut Corners Road on the way into Roxbury where the ATVs are not supposed to be. Mr. Masterson doesn’t feel ATV’s should be using Thresher Road because of the narrow, curvy nature of the road. After some discussion the Board decided to take no action on the renewal of the ATV ordinance at this time. 
  • Jessie Brassard – Town Clerk and Treasurer
    • The State Legislature updated the Town Clerk fee schedule. The new fee schedule was noted.
    • On motion of Mr. Burson, seconded by Ms. O’Toole, the Board unanimously approved the Internal Controls Checklist as completed.
  • Reports
    • Highway report
      • On motion of Ms. O’Toole, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board unanimously approved the access for Gene Bianco on Braintree Hill Road.
      • Mr. Masterson indicated that there have been problems with lawn clippings in the roads, and chervil being left in the roads when people pull it. When grass clippings mix into the gravel in the road it can cause the road to be slimier especially when it rains, which is bad for bikes and motorcycles. As for the chervil, if the grader operator encounters chervil in the road he has to get out and remove it before he can grade. Debris like chervil or any other vegetation will get caught in the grader blade causing the newly graded road to have an uneven surface, nullifying the work. Also, the cars traveling on the road pick up the seeds from plants and spread them down the road. The best way to dispose of pulled chervil plants are to bag them and bring them to the transfer station.
      • On motion of Ms. O’Toole, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board unanimously approved and signed the letters of intent to participate in the “grant in aid” program to purchase the haybale shredder, and a road work project, the location of which is to be determined.
      • The status of mowing, flood work, paving, and other projects were briefly talked about.
  • Old business
    • Old Truck(s): When the Board approved the purchase of the new Mack, they had thought that the difference in the cost of the truck and the amount planned to spend in the vehicle fund would be made up by selling the truck it was replacing. There has not been any anticipated income in the vehicle fund for the sale of the old truck. Since then there has been some discussion about if it would be best to sell the old truck. It has been decided to sell the 2006 truck. Hopefully the income from the sale of the truck will cover the difference between the estimated cost of the new truck and the actual costs, and some/all of the repairs that the 2001 chloride truck needs. The method of selling the truck and the continued attempts to sell the tractor was discussed. Mr. Bent will look into how Auctions International works.
    • Tannenburg bridge contract. The contract will be sent to Kolby Haupt to see if he has any questions.
  • New business 
    • The Board discussed taking over the costs of the microcell in Braintree so that it will be turned on. It is 2G technology and will only carry voice and text communications. It won’t do data. It would cost around a thousand dollars a year for the one currently in Braintree to operate (it is installed but not activated). The Board did not feel this old technology would be a good use of town funds.
    • The Planning Commission recommended appointing Paul Kendall to the open seat on the Commission. On motion of Ms. O’Toole, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board appointed Mr. Kendall to the Planning Commission. (Ms. O’Toole, Mr. Burson and Mr. Haupt voted in favor of the motion, Mr. Bent abstained from the vote).
    • Written permission to gate Morse Road was tabled until the next meeting.
    • The vehicle warranties were discussed again. It was agreed to have it on the agenda of the second meeting in July.

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

On motion of Ms. O’Toole, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board unanimously when into executive session under the exemption of 1 V.S.A. § 313(a)(1)(E), for personnel reviews.

On motion of Ms. O’Toole, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board came out of executive session. No decisions were made.

Mr. Masterson had forgot to mention in his Highway report that Bent Hill Road will be closed Wednesday, June 19th for ditch work. He mentioned it after the executive session. 

On motion of Ms. O’Toole, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board unanimously adjourned the meeting at 8:25 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Holly Jarvis

Jun 182019

Wednessday, June 19, Bent Hill Road will be closed between 1032 Bent Hill Road and 1060 Bent Hill Road for ditch work from 7:00 am – 3:30 pm. There will be no thru traffic between those addresses.

For address including and below 1032 Bent Hill Road, assess Bent Hill Road from 12A.

For address including and above 1060 Bent Hill Road, access Bent Hill Road from Braintree Hill Road, or Thresher Road.

Jun 102019

Attention all Braintree Property Owners: A reappraisal of ALL BRAINTREE PROPERTY is starting in July 2019

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO? Nothing yet! You will be contacted in the coming weeks by the Braintree Board of Listers with more information on the reappraisal. Eventually the listers will contact you in order to schedule a time to visit your property and reappraise its value.

WHY IS THIS HAPPENING? It has been over 10 years since our last town wide reappraisal. In that time, the real estate market has changed. This reappraisal will insure that all property is being assessed as its current fair market value, as required by Vermont State Law.

WHEN IS IT HAPPENING? Most reappraisal work will be conducted over the summer and fall of 2019 with new values assessed for the 2020 Grand List.

How do I get more information? Contact the listers during their regular office hours, Tuesday mornings 8 – noon at the Braintree Town Office, either in person or by phone 728-9787. You can also email the listers at braintreelisters@gmail.com. The town website will have additional information as we get closer to the start of the reappraisal: www.braintreevt.com

Thank you, 
Braintree Board of Listers 
Jackson Evans 
Derek O’Toole 
Heather Fernandes

Jun 072019

Unapproved Minutes

Braintree Selectboard Meeting

June 4, 2019


Megan O’Toole, Selectboard Chair Paul Kendall, Re: LaRocque Road

Charlie McMeekin, Selectboard Member Jessie Brassard, Treasurer

Daniel Burson, Selectboard Member Holly Jarvis, Admin. Assistant

Loren Bent, Selectboard Member Jeff Masterson, Road Commissioner

Keegan Haupt, Selectboard Member

Ms. O’Toole called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.

The Board reviewed the agenda. They added a discussion about who might want to serve on the Fire Advisory Board. An executive session to discuss personnel evaluations was also added to the agenda.

On motion of Mr. McMeekin, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board unanimously approved the minutes of May 21, 2019.

Citizen’s comments – none.


  • Highway report:
    • Update on Morse Road: the class 3 road can have an unlocked gate on it with written permission of the Selectboard. Mr. Burson will write up a draft.
    • The road work on Braintree Hill Road was mentioned.
    • The Board reviewed the paving quote [the paving projects when out to bid twice with no bidders, so this bid is a direct bid]. With just the paving projects that were budgeted the bid came in at $51,964.25. There was $77,465.40 allotted for the projects. So the Board considered paving a section of the Town Office parking lot. They also considered an apron to wash the truck on, at the Garage to reduce the amount of mud being brought into the Garage by the trucks which will in turn reduce the amount of dust which must be swept back out. This is important because the silica in airborne dust is a health hazard. With both of those items added the paving estimate is $71,641.00. On motion of Ms. O’Toole, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board unanimously approved Woodchuck Property Improvement’s doing the various paving projects that were previously planned along with the paving around the Town Office and the Garage for about $71,640.  
  • Update on LaRocque Road: the Board reviewed the land survey fee schedule for Paul Hannan. He is recommended by our Town Attorney. Mr. Hannan thought it would cost two to three thousand to do the work. Ms. O’Toole also talked to a surveyor that Mr. Burson suggested, but he is retiring. On motion of Ms. O’Toole, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board unanimously approved hiring Paul Hannan to survey legal trail #10, using the sole source provision of the purchasing policy.
  • Update on Jackson Road: Randolph intends to reclassify the road. Mr. Bailon has not responded to Ms. O’Toole’s latest request to continue discussing concerns about the road.

Old business

  • Old Truck(s): Mr. Burson, Mr. Haupt and Mr. Masterson met to discuss the trucks. Mr. Burson will write up the thoughts of the group.
  • Mr. Bent and Mr. Burson have looked at the oil tank at Town Hall. It looks fine to them. The Board saw no reason to be concerned about the tank at this time.
  • Tannenburg bridge contract was discussed. There is a little more rewriting to do.

New business

  • The ATV ordinance was reviewed and tabled until the next meeting. The board invited anyone with comments about the ordinance to attend the next meeting to provide comments. People may also provide comments in writing to the board before the next meeting.
  • NRCS participation letter. On motion of Ms. O’Toole, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board agreed to participate in the program, if any residents wish to participate in the program.
  • Vehicle warranties were discussed.
  • There was no information available yet about a possible contract with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. It was tabled until the next meeting.
  • On motion of Ms. O’Toole, seconded by Mr. Haupt, the Board unanimously approved Sullivan, Powers’ scope of services.
  • Who might serve as Braintree Fire Advisory Board representative was discussed. Mr. Bent agreed to attend the next meeting.

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

On motion of Ms. O’Toole, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board unanimously approved going into executive session to discuss annual personnel reviews under the exemption in 1 V.S.A. § 313(A) (3).

The Board came out of executive session at 7:20 pm. No decisions were made.

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

Respectfully submitted,

Holly Jarvis

Administrative Assistant

Jun 052019

Thursday, June 6 from 6am-5pm Braintree Hill Road will be closed between 1020 and 1197 Braintree Hill Road.

1020 Braintree Hill Road and below can be accessed from Braintree Hill Road. 1197 Braintree Hill Road and above can be accessed from Flint Road and Bent Hill Road

Jun 042019

To Hear Grievances for the 2019-2020 Tax Year

Braintree Town Office

932 Route 12A

Braintree, VT 05060

Saturday June 1, 2019

8am – 1pm

  1. Call to order – 8:05am. Heather Fernandes, Derek O’Toole and Jackson Evans present.
  1. Scheduled Hearing for Brittany Ciampi – North Road – 8:06am. Ms Ciampi did not appear for the scheduled hearing (as she indicated she may not) nor did she submit objections in writing. Therefore the listers took no action regarding her parcel.
  1. Public Comment / To hear other unscheduled Grievances – none.
  1. Scheduled Hearing for Robert and Tay Simpson – Peth Road – 9:45am. Mr Simpson appeared before the board and offered his objections in writing. He also furnished the board with a bank appraisal of his property as well as a list of changes made to the property since that appraisal was completed. He contends that the town’s assessment of his property is too high and would like a reassessment. Following Mr Simpson’s hearing the listers entered a deliberative session to discuss his case.  
  1. Adjournment 1:00pm – no other property owners appeared before the listers during the scheduled grievance time and the meeting was adjourned by a motion of Ms Fernandes and a second by Mr O’Toole.

Respectfully submitted,

Jackson Evans