Calendar

 

Feb
24
Mon
Emergency Management Team Meeting @ Braintree Town Office Conference Room
Feb 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Feb
26
Wed
Conservation Commission @ Braintree Town Office
Feb 26 @ 7:00 pm

Braintree Conservation Commission

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 – 7:00 PM

 Braintree Town Clerk’s Office

 

 

  1. Public Comment
  2. Approval of Minutes from December 11 meeting

 

  1. Discuss Presentation Partnership with RCC

 

  1. Next Year’s Commission Membership

 

  1. Wood Duck Box Project

 

  1. Other Business
Feb
29
Sat
Town Meeting – Braintree Elementary School @ Braintree Elementary School
Feb 29 @ 10:00 am
Mar
3
Tue
School Budget & Presidential Primary Voting @ Braintree Town Office Conference Room
Mar 3 @ 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Selectboard Meeting – Moved To March 4th @ Braintree Town Office
Mar 3 @ 6:00 pm

Braintree Selectboard

Regular Meeting Minutes – Unapproved

February 4, 2020 at 6:00 pm

 

Present:

Megan O’Toole, Chair                                                                          Jessie Brassard, Town Clerk

Daniel Burson, Selectboard Member                                  Jackson Evans, ECFiber Representative

Charlie McMeekin, Selectboard Member                                      Janice Russell, Admin. Assistant

Loren Bent, Selectboard Member

Keegan Haupt, Selectboard Member

 

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

 

The Board reviewed the agenda, with Ms. O’Toole adding a discussion about the Certificate of No Appeals and Executive Session after Payment Orders for Personnel Matters under Statute 313 A.1.B and Ms. Brassard requested adding a discussion of Town Report delivery.

 

On motion made by Ms. O’Toole, seconded by Mr. Haupt, the Board unanimously approved the minutes of January 21, 2020 (Ms. O’Toole, Mr. Burson, Mr. McMeekin, Mr. Bent and Mr. Haupt approved the motion).

 

Citizen’s comments – There were no Citizen’s Comments.

 

Jeff Masterson, Road Commissioner, was unable to attend the meeting tonight but did provide a copy of the Highway Report which was distributed to the Selectboard Members.  Mr. Masterson had noted that two Highway Personnel attended a Weight Permit and Posting Training that was hosted by Vermont Local Roads. Ms. O’Toole asked if there were any questions, concerns or discussion regarding the report.  There were no questions, concerns or discussion regarding the Highway Report.

 

Guests –

 

Jackson Evans, ECFiber Representative presented the Semi-Annual ECFiber Report.  The Town of Braintree is a town transitioning from “being built” to a town now “being built out.”  The Service Cost and what is being provided for Speed are now more of the focus and there are now 41 miles of fiber on poles all around the town.  ECFiber counted 748 premises in Braintree, places that have 911 addresses, not including camps that are too remote, and of those premises 127 are active subscribers.  ECFiber’s goal is to get 50% of the town premises as subscribers.  Currently some subscribers are not being hooked up because of the need for underground connections that cannot be done during the winter. The Town of Braintree’s number of subscribers is typical for the towns built out in the ECFiber area.  ECFiber is now lowering the cost of Basic Service and has increased the speed, although the cost of the phone service is going up.  The benefit to ECFiber for keeping the phone services is being able as a 911 provider to receive federal and state grants.  ECFiber’s bond rating is presently very sound and keeps going up.  ECFiber is looking at surrounding towns, outside the original 23 towns, to see if said towns would like to join because the original 23 towns will all be built out by the end of the year.  Governor Scott is touting ECFiber as a great model for Community Based Internet Service (CBIS) and the State is putting more money into these small CBIS’ to get VT connected to the Internet.

 

Old business

 

  • VLCT Cannabis Resolution Relating to S.54 – Ms. O’Toole gave an update that the bill is on the House of Representatives Notice Calendar for Wednesday, February 5th. There have been many changes to the bill since VLCT sent out the information notification.  In the revised version of the bill municipalities are now required to have a Town Wide Vote before a commercial cannabis facility can open within a municipality.  This would require a Special Town Meeting to be held in order for approval for a commercial cannabis facility to open within the town.  But at the same time towns are not allowed to write any Ordinances specifically prohibiting a commercial cannabis facility setting up shop.  The bill gives towns more control much like the sale of alcohol.

New business

  • Certificate of No Appeals – after a brief description by Jackson Evans, in his role as a Town Lister, about what the Certificate of No Appeals is and how every year a Certificate needs to be signed by the Selectboard Members and the Listers. The Certificate indicates that there were no appeals from last year’s Grand List; that the Town is not waiting for anything else and last year’s Grand List can now be put to bed.
  • On Motion of Ms. O’Toole to sign the Certificate of No Appeals, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board unanimously agreed to sign the Certificate of No Appeals.

 

  • Draft Braintree Local Hazard Mitigation Plan – Ms. O’Toole confirmed that all Selectboard Members have skimmed the draft created by Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission and Tim Caulfield. There were no comments from the Selectoboard regarding the draft.  O’Toole will inform Two Rivers_Ottauquchee Regional Commission that the Town has no questions or concerns.

 

  • Town Report Delivery – Ms. Brassard announced that the Town Report has to be delivered by February 19th and volunteers to do the house to house delivery were needed. A brief discussion ensued between Ms. Brassard, the Selectboard Members and Ms. Russell about how many routes and people were required to get the reports delivered. Ms. O’Toole will send out an e-mail to the Commission Members asking for volunteers.

 

Payment orders – On Motion of Ms. O’Toole, seconded by Mr. Burson, the payment orders were unanimously approved.

Executive Session for Personnel Matter Under Statute 313 A.1.B- Ms. O’Toole made a motion at 6:30 p.m. to enter into Executive Session, seconded by Mr. Haupt.  No decision was made in the Executive Session.

 

Adjournment – On Motion of Ms. O’Toole, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board unanimously adjourned the meeting at 6:37 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Janice R. Russell, Administrative Assistant

Mar
4
Wed
Cemetery Commission Meeting @ Town of Braintree
Mar 4 @ 7:00 pm

Braintree Cemetery Commissioners Meeting

Mar
12
Thu
Zoning – Planning Commission Meeting @ Braintree Town Office
Mar 12 @ 7:00 pm

Braintree Planning Commission Agenda for 12 March 2020
Approval of minutes
Review of:
 information from TRORC;
 and latest draft work on revised town plan.

 

 

 

Braintree Planning Commission meeting of 13 Feb 2020
Attending: Jenn Phipps, Paul Kendall, Jackson Evans, Joan Richmond-Hall
Convened at 7:10 pm
We reviewed the goals of the Town Plan in light of our simplification of the draft plan.
Goals:
 Eliminate redundancy;
 Fill holes; and
 Write for simple clarity.
Questions for TRORC:
 Are water resources a required element. Does drinking water have to be included?
 Do we have to have a mineral resources section? And can we just say gravel rather than
mineral resources?
 Is ‘Use good planning practices within designated Flood Hazard Areas and Fluvial Erosion
Hazard Areas’ a required boilerplate goal for all plans?
 Snowsville now a Hamlet. We’d still like to seek Village Center status. Should that goal
go in the plan’s village or hamlet section?
 What are the likely planning implications for Braintree and other TRORC towns if H.926
(changes to Act 250) passes?
Paul will work on drafting sections of the plan.
Adjourned at 8:40 pm
Next meeting: Thursday 12 March at 7 pm
/s/ Joan Richmond-Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mar
17
Tue
Selectboard Meeting @ Braintree Town Office
Mar 17 @ 6:00 pm

Braintree Selectboard

Regular Meeting Agenda

February 18, 2020 at 6:00 pm

 

  • Call to order

 

  • Review of agenda

 

  • Approve minutes of February 4, 2020

 

  • Citizen’s comments limited to 3 minutes per person with a 15 minute maximum

 

  • Guests
    • Jeff Masterson for the Highway Report

 

  • Old business
    • Budgeting

 

  • New business
  • Health Advocate Services Through Hickok & Boardman HR Intelligence
  • TROC – FY’22 Transportation Capital Projects Prioritization List
  • March 3rd Selectboard Meeting Conflict With School Board and Election Voting
  • Putney Press Discount Sale of Vermont ACT 250 Handbook & 2019 Vermont Government Directory
  • VLCT Cybersecurity and Emerging Technology Committee
  • Bid Process For New Truck

 

  • Payment orders

 

  • Adjournment
Mar
25
Wed
Conservation Commission @ Braintree Town Office
Mar 25 @ 7:00 pm

Braintree Conservation Commission

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 – 7:00 PM

 Braintree Town Clerk’s Office

 

 

  1. Public Comment
  2. Approval of Minutes from December 11 meeting

 

  1. Discuss Presentation Partnership with RCC

 

  1. Next Year’s Commission Membership

 

  1. Wood Duck Box Project

 

  1. Other Business
Apr
1
Wed
Dog Registrations Due @ Braintree Town Office
Apr 1 all-day