Aug 242018

Approved Minutes

Braintree Selectboard Meeting

August 21, 2018


Richard Bowen, Selectboard Member                                                     Janice Thresher, Resident

Megan O’Toole, Selectboard Chair                                                                Julie Haupt, Resident

Daniel Burson, Selectboard Member                                                            Justin Poulin, Resident

Loren Bent, Selectboard Member                                                    Holly Jarvis, Admin. Assistant

Keegan Haupt, Selectboard Member                           Jackson Evans, ECFiber Rep. for Braintree

Carole Monroe, ECFiber

Dannielle Mumma, ECFiber

Tim Caulfield, EMD

Jeff Masterson, Road Commissioner

Jessie Brassard, Treasurer

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


Review of agenda: the Board added the phone system under old business.


On motion of Mr. Haupt, seconded by Mr. Bowen, the Board unanimously approved the minutes from August 7, 2018.


Citizens’ comments

  • Caulfield asked about the Town’s policy regarding removal of rock walls or preservation of them when completing road work. This was discussed with the Board and the Road Commissioner. The Road Commissioner explained that removal of historic rock walls is avoided when possible.
  • Caulfield asked about tree cutting beyond the Town’s right of way when completing road work. This was discussed with the Board and Road Commissioner. The Road Commissioner explained that tree cutting beyond the ROW only occurs with the landowners permission and when such work is directly related to improvement of a town road.
  • Poulin advised that there are two survey pins below the Sherman’s camp on the Stagecoach Trail, the tops of which are flush with the surface of the road. Mr. Haupt will contact the surveyors and ask that the pins be moved 6 inches below the surface of the road.



  • Caulfield and the Board agreed that Braintree Emergency Management should accept the invitation to participate in an upcoming Randolph / Vermont Emergency Management tabletop exercise.
  • The Braintree Emergency Operations Center now has a weather station radio, but the reception in this area is particularly bad. Mr. Caulfield is planning on looking into a radio antenna for it. He will bring a proposal back to the Board.
  • Caulfield asked the Board about talking to Randolph to see if a plan to have each other’s emergency operations centers be the other Town’s backup (can be agreed on). The Board was in favor of the conversation starting and Mr. Caulfield will contact Randolph about this idea.



  • Evans and Ms. Monroe provided the ECFiber semi-annual report. It will likely be the end of the year before more Braintree residents are connected.
    • On motion of Mr. Bent, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board unanimously approved the ROW permit application for ECFiber to install poles on Riford Brook Road.
  • Masterson provided the Highway Report.


Old business

  • It was noted that the cars on West Street now seem to be parked out of the road , for the most part. They may still cause problems with plowing this winter because they are still very close to the travel way. Ms. Brassard brought up a new concern about cars being parked in the road on Bent Hill Road. A letter will be written to the owners asking that the cars be removed.
  • The Board discussed the status of the draft winter maintenance policy. A draft of the policy will be discussed at the next meeting.
  • O’Toole shared with the Board what she had learned about ticketing by the Town Constable to enforce Town ordinances. She will continue working to get him a ticket book.
  • The phone issues were discussed.
  • The office projects were discussed.


New business  – none


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


On motion of Mr. Bowen, seconded by Mr. Haupt, the Board adjourned the meeting at 7:00 pm.


Respectfully submitted,


Holly Jarvis