FRANKLIN ANNUAL TOWN MEETING
Jean Richard called the School meeting to order at 10:03 a.m. Pledge of allegiance was recited. Miriam Edele was invited to sing the Vermont State song.
Always state your name, unregistered voters were identified and vote rules were reviewed. Meeting will follow Roberts Rules.
TOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT MEETING
1. To elect a moderator for the ensuing year.
Gilbert Dewing/Bryant Reynolds nominated Tim Magnant for moderator.
Jay Denault nominated Jean Richard, Jean Richard recused herself.
Voice vote taken, all in favor. Tim Magnant elected moderator for school district meeting.
2. To received and discuss the reports of the school directors.
· Superintendent, Principal, School Directors pages 59-62
Marilyn Hackett-page 62, reps working in Montpelier on bills- what bills are being presented? Robert Berger, school board chair responded-bill that recently went through house delaying merger by one year for a certain class of school in which Franklin is eligible for, senate has not voted on yet. Robert and Devin Bachelder testify next week at the State House in front of the Senate Ed Committee. Randy Brock made a proposal that would abolish the Board of Education. Alternative governance structure reviewed and meetings that were held discussed, Franklin would maintain local representation, not one board running all schools. Alternative governance was not approved by the State Board of Education. Court ruling March 4, 2019 denied injunction to put merger on hold until court case has been decided. School board needs to meet to review what the next steps will be since court ruling, will likely work on two budgets, a single school and unified district pending the final outcome.
Peter Magnant questioned do we have to elect a new board member and when will the new entity becomes effective. Robert stated the existing board remains in effect for six months after July 1, 2019. He will be reappointed by the existing members for the Franklin board. New unified board and elections, staggered terms, three Franklin member seats will be voted on by the unified district in the future.
· Cross Roads After School Program pages 63-64
No discussion had.
· FNWSU Treasurer, Library & Student Activities, Combined balance sheet, Franklin’s Treasurer report pages 68, 69, 70.
No discussion had.
3. As per Title 24 section 1061 (2) we the undersigned legal voters of the Town of Franklin object to the sale/conveyance of our Franklin School Districts assets as described in the Vermont Agency of Education Articles of Agreement number 6. Article 6 states as follows; “No later than June 30, 2019 the forming Districts shall convey to the new Union District for the sum of one dollar, and subject to the encumbrances of record, all of their school related real and personal property including all land, buildings and content.”
Jay Denault/Jean Richard made the motion to object to the sale/conveyance of our Franklin School Districts assets as described in the Vermont Agency of Education Articles of Agreement number 6. Article 6 states as follows; “No later than June 30, 2019 the forming Districts shall convey to the new Union District for the sum of one dollar, and subject to the encumbrances of record, all of their school related real and personal property including all land, buildings and content.”
Clarification, a yes vote means we object to sale, no vote means we approve the sale.
Kim Gates-Maynard asked for board position on this article. Robert Berger, the unified district has the legal right of ownership once the merger in complete. Once the existing entity is dissolved, then who owns it? It goes back to the community it came from? The new Articles of Agreement would be voted on by town’s people later. Articles of Agreement have been written to protect us from closure and the sale of our property. Not opposed to article but has concerns. Devin Bachelder-agrees with Robert but has reservations. Jonathon Gates-disappointed in yesterday’s injunction ruling and entire process, keep fighting and voicing our displeasure
Kim Gates-Maynard-if we vote on article, is there another meeting that it can brought up again for discussion before the June 30th deadline? Robert Berger-prepare for both courses-remain as we are and merged entity; a special meeting would be warned with a proposed budget in Franklin.
Paulette Tatro questioned what happens if this article is tabled today. Tim says basically kills it until another time, but there is no other time set for a special Town Meeting. Jay Denault spoke about this article being left out of the Article of Agreement due to class action law suit and not wanting it to hurt the existing court case. Jay also spoke on the March 4, 2019 court ruling and it is now prudent to protect ourselves.
Gerald Gates spoke of existing sale of ball fields from school to the Town. Will this article affect that sale if it’s not done by June 30, 2019? Tim stated article is for NOT selling property to the unified district. Robert Berger spoke about existing sale; the land sale will not affect this article or current lawsuit due to preexisting sale agreement.
Marilyn Hackett asked about encumbrance statement, does that mean there is debt that will be incurred? Robert Berger stated the article that is quoted is from the State’s set of Articles of Agreement, any existing school debt becomes part of the new unified school district, becomes responsibility of new unified school district.
Jes Alexant stated that encumbrances usually mean easements or sometimes monetary debts. Can new board dictate who can use the school for meetings, events, etc. such as the Town using the gym for Town Meeting? Robert Berger stated school is also the Town’s emergency shelter, he doesn’t believe that the new board could change that designation.
Pierrette Bouchard questioned the word object and if we follow through with vote, who owns the school on July 1, 2019 if we are a new unified school district? Jay Denault read Vermont State Statue on the conveyance.
Marilyn Hackett spoke about losing local control and erring on the side of caution and selling to the Town. Robert Berger stated that regardless of what happens with this article, there will be a vote on the new articles of agreement; vote was postponed until legal challenge is ruled on. Protecting school and representation is in the articles of agreement.
Peter Magnant clarified that the articles of agreement will be voted on by all three merged towns; next reorganizational meeting vote will be on March 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at MVU High school theater, Peter encourages everyone to attend to support Franklin.
George Godin noted article is mostly an opinion poll.
Jean Richard/Gilbert Dewing moved the question, voice vote taken, all in favor.
Jean Richard requested paper ballot; seven people supported that request.
Paper ballot - yes: 85, no: 12, blank:1. Article passed.
4. To transact any other business legally authorized to be transacted; considered appropriate and necessary when met.
Kim Gates-Maynard thanked the school board and Franklin School staff for all their hard work in this difficult year.
School meeting adjourned at 11:10 a.m.
CLOSE TOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT MEETING AND ENTER REGULAR TOWN MEETING
Jean Richard called Town meeting to order at 11:10 a.m.
5. To elect a moderator for the ensuing year.
Gilbert Dewing/Michelle Guilmette nominated Tim Magnant as moderator; voice vote taken, all in favor. Tim Magnant elected moderator for Town Meeting. .
6. To receive and discuss the reports of the town officers.
· Auditors page 9
Jean Richard stated there is a vacant auditor position that needs to be filled today.
· Selectboard, Road Commissioner, Paving Progress and road maintenance reports pages 10-13
Greg Machia noted that there is not any 2018 Road Maintenance Reports available. Andy Godin stated reports are generated by the highway crew and given to the Town Clerk’s Office, no information was available at Town Report print time. Jeremy Barnum, Road Forman, stated there was computer program problems when creating the new year sheets.
Jes Alexant-aeration project: DEC looking for money from Town for operational costs, what will total operational costs be per year. Peter Magnant stated project was put out to bid, project was awarded but no contract yet. Peter stated there will be more in-depth discussion that will occur when get to that article on the warning.
Marilyn Hackett-Clean Water Block Grant at highway garage site to address runoff issues, what are the issues? Andy Godin-roof runoff, building gutters go directly into the underground drainage system and the board would like to send it into a grass swale behind the garage; regrading the garage lot to divert water to a swale by where the metal dumpster is located in the summer months.
Robert Irish commended the highway department for all their work this winter with maintaining the bad winter roads.
Kim Gates-Maynard questioned how much salt and sand has been purchased in the last several years.
Yvon Dandurand responded Sand FY16 1506 yds $5700, FY17 2070 yds $7700 FY18 1940 yds $7300, FY19 2814 yds $10, 500; Salt FY16 139 tons $11200 FY17 189 tons $15,000 FY18 190 tons $13,485 FY19 285 tons $23,600 $11 increase per ton on salt for FY19.
Jes Alexant sidewalk scoping study price seems high, what does the cost of the study entail? Peter Magnant noted there is an article that will be voted on later in the meeting; study is for the west side of Main Street. Difficult area in front of the store and apartments with parking/pedestrian safety.
Jes Alexant questioned the electric vehicle charging stations. How many charging stations and what locations? Stations would be maintained by Town government. Peter Magnant stated this is in the very preliminary stages of planning, the project was brought to the Town by Northwest Regional Planning. There will be someone attending a future Selectboard meeting to discuss the idea further.
· Zoning Administrator, Zoning Board of Adjustment and Planning Commission pages 14-15
Marilyn Hackett-Planning Commission: questioned solar energy project. Dave Bennion, Planning Commission member, spoke about the resident that is working on a solar project in Town on Dewing Road. The resident has been working with the State for the past two years and has now encountered road blocks; Northwest Regional Planning has also been involved in this project.
Jay Denault questioned if the Zoning Administrator has been reviewing any of the Act 250 amendments. Robert stated that the State has not contacted the local zoning office and he was not aware of the changes.
· Cemetery Commissioner’s, Health Officers, Enhanced 911, Emergency Management Coordinator, pages 15-16
Marilyn Hackett –Health Officer: asked about State Beach and Town Beach being posted when it’s unsafe to swim. Peter Magnant stated signs are posted when necessary, testing is done weekly around the lake and the State notifies the Town of results.
· Franklin Homestead Inc., Vermont Community Development Block Grant page 17
No discussion had.
· Franklin Historical Society and Lake Carmi Campers Association pages 18-19
Peter Magnant asked the historical society for an update on plans for this year. Bryant Reynolds thanked the town’s people for all their support; new flags donated and put up at the Town Hall. Historical Society always welcomes volunteers.
Tim invited the State Reps to talk.
Charen Fegard on Ag & Forestry Committee. Record year for introduction of bills. Left information of bills that are being reviewed
Lisa Hango newly appointed rep. for Franklin 5; on General Housing and Military Affairs Committee. Left a survey for town’s people to complete and contact information.
Meeting adjourned for lunch at 12:20 p.m. by moderator Tim Magnant, will reconvene at 1:00 p.m.
Meeting convened at 1:05 p.m. by moderator, Tim Magnant.
Corey Parent, State Senator, invited to speak; on Senate Education Committee.
· Franklin Watershed Committee and financial report pages 20-21
Kim Gates-Maynard questioned $5000 town appropriation to FWC, does it go to something specific or just into account. Emily Porter-Groff, FWC Coordinator, stated donations and appropriations primarily go towards administration for grant writing.
Marilyn Hackett questioned the grant donation from Northrop Grumman Corp. Emily responded the family owns camp on Lake Carmi and have an invested interest in the quality of the lake.
· Library trustees report, Haston library treasurers report and budget, Haston Library & Eben Racine Memorial funds, pages 22- 24
Deb Grennon thanked town’s people and selectboard for all the support of the library. Always welcome new trustees to the board. Deb introduced the new librarian, Molly McGinty. Molly thanked everyone for the warm welcome since her & her family moved into Town; looking forward to a great year ahead at the library.
Marilyn Hackett - library trustee report (last paragraph) shift in hours?? What would that look like? She’s concerned with the need for more nighttime hours. Molly stated library is open 26 hours per week, looking at shifting hours to work better with the community needs. Library trustees meet the second Thursday of every month at 6:00p.m., everyone are always welcome to attend.
· Delinquent tax collectors report page 25
Johanna Crane-Godin, current delinquent tax collector, spoke about current outstanding balance being larger than past years.
· Franklin Water District and financial report pages 26-27
No discussion had.
· Franklin Recreation and financial report pages 28-29
Marilyn Hackett questioned the scholarship fund and what it’s used for. Bridget Thompson, Recreation Chair, noted it’s for families that want to participate in sports/activities but don’t have the financial funds to do so.
Jes Alexant questioned the status of a storage building for all the recreation departments’ equipment. Bridget replied that is a work in progress, as well as new playground equipment for the ball fields.
Bridget Thompson thanked all the towns’ people for their support of the recreation department. Spoke about change in director salary and purchase of new recreation software to stream line calendars, registrations, schedules, etc.
· Equipment fund and dog licenses page 30
No discussion had.
· Treasurer’s report, comparative balance sheet, Reserve/Liabilities account changes, and Long-term debt, pages 31, 34, 35, 36
Peter Magnant, Selectboard chair, spoke about long-term debt on equipment, the two trucks will be paid off in FY19, leaving just the loader payment.
Jean Richard spoke on the comparative balance sheet and the highway fund balance being over spent previously and this year as well. Peter Magnant spoke about the fiscal year budget process. Peter spoke about overtime this year and compared to previous 3 years. Difficult year with snow and ice, all affect the budget ie. Overtime, pension, sand & salt, gas. The Selectboard is thinking they will need to add an additional $18,000 to highway budget for FY20, due to the current FY19 budget being overspent.
· Selectboard general orders pages 42-47
No discussion had.
· Selectboard highway orders and weed harvester orders pages 48-52
No discussion had.
· Franklin Rescue, Franklin Fire Department and financial report pages 53-55
Kim Gates-Maynard commended the FFD for fire call breakout table. Equipment Tool-purchase – what equipment was purchased? Marshall/Sara answered that thermal imaging cameras, air packs and masks were purchased and was offset by a FEMA Grant. Was an upgrade to some equipment and replacement of others that were outdated. Kim would like trust accounts labeled as to who donated in the financial report.
7. Will the voters of the Town of Franklin appropriate a sum of $16,000 for the operation/management of the Franklin Recreation Department?
Jean Richard/Gilbert Dewing made the motion to appropriate a sum of $16,000 for the operation/management of the Franklin Recreation Department.
Peter Magnant stated that the recreation committee came to the Selectboard almost 4 years ago looking for support from the Town with an article at Town Meeting. Peter noted that if this article passes for this third year, this item would then become a line item in the annual budget going forward; it would not a separate article. Bridget Thompson spoke about the recreation department’s involvement in town and thanked the Selectboard for their support. Bridget noted that there is a vacant recreation director position.
Jes Alexant asked about an alternate pedestrian access to the Town owned land. Peter Magnant stated nothing is being worked on that he knows of. He also thanked the recreation department for their work in Town.
Marilyn Hackett spoke in support of creating access to the Town land and her support of the recreation department.
Voice vote taken: all in favor, motion passed.
8. Will the voters of the Town of Franklin appropriate a sum of $10,000 for water quality management for Lake Carmi in conjunction with the support of Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation?
Jean Richard/Gilbert Dewing made the motion to appropriate a sum of $10,000 for water quality management for Lake Carmi in conjunction with the support of Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.
Peter Magnant asked for permission for Perry Thomas, DEC Lakes Program Manager, Robert Evans, Lake Carmi Campers Association Vice Chair & Franklin Watershed Committee Chair, and Emily Porter-Goff to speak on the project.
Perry spoke about the project and the TMDL. Yvon Dandurand asked about what system was approved for the project. Perry stated there was a large committee that reviewed the five proposals. There will be two locations at the State Park for the main units, approximately 80 diffusers across bottom of the lake.
Michelle Guilmette long term funded project? Could Franklin be double taxed? Perry stated could be regionally funded. The successful bidder has developed a very efficient system, parts of it can be used as needed; system is expected to be used for 10 years. Robert Evans stated people at State level are aware of potential tax burden to residents of Franklin.
Robert Irish questioned if there is a map of where the aerators will be located as well as main units at State Park? Will there be any limits on recreational activity on the lake during the use of the aerators? Perry stated there are maps and they will be available in the weeks to come and will be shared with the public. They are aware of concerns and Fish & Wildlife has been involved in scoping of the project. This project should not affect fish life or prohibit any recreational activity.
Jes Alexant questioned what percent of the lakes surface would be impacted by the aerators? Perry stated unlikely that much will be seen on the surface, most of the aeration will be in the deeper parts of the lake. Jes is concerned with noise and if the diffusers will be used at night. Perry stated they are very quiet as that was a noted concern at past meetings.
Emily Porter-Goff spoke about the project and how it hasn’t been done in many places worldwide, this project will be closely tracked and monitored by UVM professors.
Kim Gates-Maynard questioned the dollar amount in this article for $10,000 vs. what was in the selectboard report of $15,000 per year and what was previously approved. Peter Magnant spoke about the timeline in which the money will be used and that a special account is going to be set up just for this project to more easily track expenses and donations.
Kim Gates-Maynard comments on the need for more money each year to operate and having it not as an article but as a budget line item.
Marilyn Hackett spoke about the project and how it could aggravate the problem and not alleviate it; she also noted concerns with using alum as it has been linked to cancer. Perry state it is unusual to use a system like this on a whole lake like Lake Carmi, but many studies have been done on the lake and she is encouraged by the design of this system. There are always risks with a project of this magnitude and there could also be more good algae growing as a result of the aeration. Emily stated years of research have been done on the lake. There will definitely be a change in the ecosystem of the lake; there should be a significant decrease in the health risks with the toxic blue green algae decreasing.
Wayne Fiske talked about the amount that was approved last year and the amount that is being asked for this year, is that annual amount going to continue to be increased? Peter talked about what the board’s intent was with the article and using money from FY19 that was not fully expended. Jean Richard, auditor, stated the unused money would be reserved at the end of the FY. Wayne doesn’t feel the Town should be responsible for the increase in the States budget increase.
Robert Irish spoke about the annual allocation and wanting to see proven results. He would like to vote on this amount annually.
Bryant Reynolds concerned with the Town beach impact from this project. Perry stated it is whole lake treatment; State Park is housing two on-land compressors with lines that reach across the lake.
Jean Richard, lister, spoke about campers concerns with algae blooms and potential tax dollars, almost one-third of the tax base, that could be lost if something at the lake doesn’t change. Campers will board up their camps and walk away.
Peter Magnant was involved in the interview process from RFP’s. Spoke about the longevity of the system; plan is for use for 10 years but the life expectancy is much more than that. Perry spoke about maintenance of the system, the awarded contractor will pay all maintenance for the first two years. Peter has spoken with bid winner about having a public meeting in Town on the system this spring.
Johanna Crane-Godin/Bryant Reynolds called the question. All in favor, discussion ended.
Voice vote taken, majority in favor, motion passed.
9. Will the voters of the Town of Franklin appropriate a sum of up to $18,000 for the installation of curtains and sound system at the Town Hall to be offset by possible grant funding?
Jean Richard/Gilbert Dewing made the motion to appropriate a sum of up to $18,000 for the installation of curtains and sound system at the Town Hall to be offset by possible grant funding.
Johanna Crane-Godin questioned the dollar figure and who is applying for the grant. Dave Bennion responded with recent work that has been done and current uses of the building. Hope to make the hall more energy efficient and encourage more use. Breakdown on curtain costs and audio system reviewed. Lisa Larivee spoke about the grant they are applying for from Cultural Facilities that has a 50% match.
Kim Gates-Maynard/Wesley Kempton made a motion to amend the original motion-to appropriate the sum of up to $9,000 for the installation of curtains and sound system at the Town Hall to match possible grant funding.
Voice vote taken on the motion to amend the original motion: majority in favor, amendment passed.
Bryce Bachelder questioned if the cost of the sound system also include professional acoustic design. Dave Bennion replied that it does.
Michelle Guilmette questioned when grant is available, what is match, what would it cover? Lisa Larivee state grants usually are due in May. We have been successful the past three years when we have applied. It is a 50% match grant for historic buildings to enhance cultural/arts use.
Susan Clark stated many community groups would be very happy with potential project and could help with expenses.
Voice vote taken on amended motion: all in favor, motion passed.
10. Will the voters of the Town of Franklin appropriate a sum of up to $2,500 for the set-up of a plow truck with a tailgate liquid sprayer?
Jean Richard/Gilbert Dewing made the motion to appropriate a sum of up to $2,500 for the set-up of a plow truck with a tailgate liquid sprayer.
Johanna Crane-Godin questioned what the sprayer sprays. Andy Godin stated it would spray liquid magnesium chloride, would be more efficient then having to return to the garage and dump the trucks and reload with different materials for dirt road vs paved road. It wets the sand as it’s being spread so it does not blow off the road and works at a lower temperature. The magnesium is slightly more corrosive then the salt currently being used.
Kim Gates-Maynard questioned where it would be stored and at what point do we stop buying salt. Andy Godin stated it would be stored in the same tanks we use for calcium chloride and we would reduce our purchasing of salt.
Peter Magnant reached out to the State for their feedback. They state is would be better for the environment as it would ideally reduce salt treatment to the roads.
Marilyn Hackett questioned if there is a less corrosive or less toxic chemical that could be used. Andy replied salt is the best option.
Marshall Ploof stated this sounds like it would be a much more efficient use of product and time.
Voice vote taken: majority in favor, motion passed.
11. Will the voters of the Town of Franklin appropriate a sum of $6,600 as the 20% required match of a Sidewalk Scoping Study grant awarded from VTrans Bike and Pedestrian Program?
Jean Richard/Johanna Crane-Godin made the motion to appropriate a sum of $6,600 as the 20% required match of a Sidewalk Scoping Study grant awarded from VTrans Bike and Pedestrian Program.
Wayne Fiske wanted to clarify the entire cost of the study is $33,000. Peter Magnant confirmed it is. Peter stated once the study is done, we will know the construction cost of the project itself. There are safety concerns for pedestrian traffic and parking.
Michelle Guilmette spoke about the other sidewalk project that has been approved for the east side of Main Street.
Janet Norcross questioned the Towns liability if someone gets hit by the store because there is not a sidewalk. Peter Magnant advised he does not know as this is on a State highway. Michelle Guilmette asked if this is really a town issue or a state issue?
George Godin and Wayne Fiske spoke about the need for a curb at the store.
Jes Alexant spoke about the items that should be included in the scoping study.
Vote taken: 17 yes, 22 no, motion failed.
12. Shall the voters of the Town of Franklin establish a reserve fund to be called the “Haston Library Reserve Fund” to be used for donations, fundraising, and grants earmarked for a specific purpose in accordance with 24 V.S.A. § 2804?
Jean Richard/Gilbert Dewing made the motion to establish a reserve fund to be called the “Haston Library Reserve Fund” to be used for donations, fundraising, and grants earmarked for a specific purpose in accordance with 24 V.S.A. § 2804.
Deb Grennon stated the purpose of this article is to be more transparent with the library budget; these additional funds and expenses would be kept separate from the regular operating budget. If passed we will also revamp the library’s gifting policy.
Voice vote taken: all in favor, motion passed.
13. Shall the voters of the Town of Franklin transfer $3,500 from the library general fund to the “Haston Library Reserve Fund”; as such funds previously received were for a specific purpose?
Gilbert Dewing/Jean Richard made the motion to transfer $3,500 from the library general fund to the “Haston Library Reserve Fund”; as such funds previously received were for a specific purpose.
Jay Denault questioned if the $3500 is public money. Deb Grennon responded no, it’s from fundraisers & donations for specific purposes.
Voice vote taken: all in favor, motion passed.
14. To see if the voters will vote an adequate sum of money to meet current expenses, deficit, and debt payment of the town, as indicated in the proposed municipal budget. Pages 38-40 in the amount of $717,668.
Gilbert Dewing/Jean Richard made the motion to approve the sum of money to meet current expenses, deficit, and debt payment of the town, as indicated in the proposed municipal budget in the amount of $717,668.
Peter Magnant/Bryant Reynolds made an amendment to the motion, to increase the amount to $736,000 with the increase being added to the highway budget in the following expense lines-salaries, FICA/Medicare, Pension, gas & fuel, sand/salt and repair & maintenance ($18,332.00).
Voice vote taken on amending the original motion: majority in favor, motion to amend passed.
Marilyn Hackett spoke about the need for a sidewalk by the store, could a better roads grant be used. Peter Magnant stated no funds in the budget with the previous article failing.
Sue Clark questioned if we have taken into account the new salt sprayer in the budget with decreasing salt and being more efficient. Peter stated they have not at this point.
Sue Clark questioned what has happened with the previously approved article for sidewalks on the east side of Main Street. Peter Magnant stated the project is currently out to bid, set a cap of a dollar amount and will get however much sidewalk we can for set dollar amount.
Voice vote taken: all in favor, motion passed to approve the sum of money to meet current expenses, deficit, and debt payment of the town, as indicated in the amended proposed municipal budget in the amount of $736,000.
15. To elect the following town officers:
A. Town Clerk for a term of three years. (by ballot)
Bryant Reynolds/Jean Richard nominated Lisa Larivee. Jean Richard motion to cast one ballot. All in favor, Lisa Larivee elected Town Clerk for three year term.
B. One selectboard member for a term of three years. (by ballot)
Michelle Guilmette/Bryant Reynolds nominated Peter Magnant.
Johanna Crane-Godin/Jean Richard nominated Andrew Godin.
Peter Magnant declined his nomination.
Jean Richard motion to cast one ballot. All in favor, Andrew Godin elected Selectboard for three year term.
C. One selectboard member for a term of two years. (by ballot)
Jean Richard/Johanna Crane-Godin nominated Peter Magnant.
Pierrette Bouchard motion to cast one ballot. All in favor, Peter Magnant elected Selectboard for two year term.
D. One lister for a term of three years. (by ballot)
Jean Richard/Gilbert Dewing nominated Sara Rainville.
Jean Richard motion to cast one ballot. All in favor, Sara Rainville elected Lister for three year term.
E. One auditor for a term of three years. (by ballot)
Michelle Guilmette/Kim Gates-Maynard nominated Martine Gates.
Jean Richard/Gilbert Dewing nominated Wendy Sargeant.
Wendy spoke on her background.
Michelle spoke on behalf of Martine and her background.
Ballot vote taken: Martine Gates 31, Wendy Sargeant 22. Martine Gates elected auditor for a three year term.
F. A trustee of public money for a term of one year.
George Godin/Bryant Reynolds nominated Sue Clark.
All in favor, Sue Clark elected as trustee of public money for three year term.
G. A trustee of the Haston Library Fund for a term of one year.
Bryant Reynolds/George Godin nominated Kim Gates-Maynard.
All in favor. Kim Gates-Maynard elected trustee of the Haston Library Fund for a one year term.
H. Two Haston Library trustees for three year terms.
Paula Tremblay/Bryant Reynolds nominated Pam Deuso
Paula Tremblay/Bryant Reynolds nominated Linda Hartman
Peter Magnant closed nominations. All in favor, Pam Deuso and Linda Hartman elected as library trustees, each for a three year term.
I. A collector of delinquent taxes for a term of one year.
Michelle Guilmette/Jean Richard nominated Johanna Crane-Godin.
All in favor, Johanna Crane Godin elected delinquent tax collector for a one year term.
J. A constable for a term of one year.
Brooks Sturtevant/Jean Richard nominated Burt Maynard.
Andy Godin/Dan Sartwell nominated Wesley Kempton. Wesley declines nomination.
All in favor, Burt Maynard elected constable for one year term.
K. A town agent to prosecute and defend suits in which the town is interested.
Johanna Crane-Godin/Bryant Reynolds nominated George Godin.
All in favor, George Godin elected town agent for a one year term.
L. One or more grand jurors.
Johanna Crane-Godin nominated Stacie Kittell-Godin.
George Godin nominated Doug Clark.
All in favor, Stacie Kittell-Godin and Doug Clark elected grand jurors for one year term.
M. One representative to serve on the Franklin Homestead, Inc. Board of Directors for a term of three years.
Jean Richard/Jay Hartman nominated Kay Papazoni.
All in favor, Kay Papazoni elect to Franklin Homestead Inc Board of Directors for a three year term.
16. To elect a person, or persons, to act as cemetery commissioner(s) to care for the cemeteries in town where there is no one responsible to act in such a capacity.
Bryant Reynolds/George Godin nominated Nancy Wilson, Howard Vanselette, Jennifer Dewing and Ellen Magnant. All in favor, Nancy Wilson, Howard Vanselette, Jennifer Dewing and Ellen Magnant elected as cemetery commissioners, each for a one year term.
17. To see if the voters will set the date of payment of property taxes paid to the treasurer to be October 15, 2019 before close of business.
Jean Richard/Gilbert Dewing made the motion to set the date of payment of property taxes paid to the treasurer to be October 15, 2019 before close of business.
All in favor, motion passed.
18. To see if the town will vote to publish the names of all delinquent property taxpayers and amounts due and owed to the town as of December 31, 2019.
Jean Richard/Gilbert Dewing made the motion to publish the names of all delinquent property taxpayers and amounts due and owed to the town as of December 31, 2019.
Marilyn Hackett would like the town to discontinue this practice; publicly shaming people is not an ethical manner. Marilyn would like to amend the motion to make available in accordance with public records law the names of all delinquent property taxpayers and amounts due and owed to the town as of December 31, 2019.
Johanna Crane-Godin spoke about the list being published and that it encourages some tax payers to pay before the town report is published.
Yvon Dandurand questioned if other surrounding towns publish a similar list. Johanna replied that they do.
Voiced vote taken on motion to amend the original motion. Majority opposed, motion to amend original motion failed.
Voice vote taken: majority in favor, motion passed.
19. To elect any town officers to fill any town office that may be vacant at this time.
Peter Magnant spoke about vacant appointed positions in Town that will be addressed at the March 6, 2019 selectboard meeting.
20. To transact any other non-binding business thought proper when met.
Wayne Fiske commented on the condition of Vermont Route 120 from Franklin village to Route 105; he has spoken to the local VTrans office and there is not plans in the next two years for work to be done on 120 in Sheldon and Franklin. Wayne suggested doing a joint meeting and possibly a letter from the Sheldon & Franklin Selectboard to State of Vermont about road condition. Peter Magnant is on the Transportation Advisory Committee with NRPC and he has voice the need for this road as a priority; the road is beyond resurfacing, it needs reconstruction.
Sue Clark suggested the Selectboard should attend legislative meetings in Montpelier to voice highway concerns.
Wesley Kempton spoke about the recent Act 46 injunction ruling. Read a proposed resolution; 46-1 in favor of supporting Wesley’s proposal. Jean Richard encourages sending it into State.
Marilyn Hackett encourages the Town hosting the annual rabies clinic.
Jean Richard/Gilbert Dewing made the motion to adjourn, all in favor. Meeting adjourned at 4:33 p.m.
Franklin Selectboard Franklin School Directors
Peter Magnant Robert Berger
Yvon Dandurand Devin Bachelder
Brooks Sturtevant Jonathon Gates
Attest: ___________________________Lisa Larivee, Town Clerk
These minutes were approved by the Selectboard on March 20, 2019
These minutes were approved by the School Board on May 21, 2019