Franklin Selectboard Meeting
April 3rd, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Town Clerk‘s Office
Call to order:
At 7:02 pm Peter M called the
meeting to order. All present recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
Peter Magnant, Yvon Dandurand, Andy Godin, Brooks Sturtevant, Dave Bennion,
Sandi Murphy and Lisa Larivee, Town Clerk.
Evans with LCCA, Perry Thomas with DEC/Lakes Program and via phone John Tucci,
President/ CEO of Ever Blue LLC.
Agenda amendments: under Article #9 add Review Sheriff’s Contract
Lake Carmi Aeration Project
* Lease agreement – Peter M has new
lease draft and suggested the SB go into executive session to discuss it. Rob
Evans summarized the changes (reduced fee and a 5 year extension to be renewed
to 10 years). Yvon D/Andy G made a motion to go into Executive Session at 7:05.
Motion carried. At 7:16 pm Yvon D/Dave B made a motion to leave Executive
Session. Motion carried.
Peter M asked Rob Evans if Ever Blue
has seen the new lease draft. Answer is yes. Rob Evans mentioned if Ever Blue
ever needed to remove the equipment during winter, they would need 60 day
notice and time to remove weather permitting. Peter M said the town attorney needs
to review the new draft lease. Need to discuss how the lease will be paid for after
the first two years, in which Ever Blue may include in their maintenance
contract; maybe aquatic nuisance grant money can be used. Perry Thomas says the
state is committed to this project, along with watershed projects to reduce
phosphorus over time. Peter M called John Tucci from Ever Blue via phone and
put him on speakerphone and asked him to explain the overall project to
everyone at the meeting. John T went over the details of the aeration project.
There was a Q and A period. John T suggested there be a sentence or two in the
proposed lease to address removal of the equipment for whatever reason during
whatever time of year. Peter M asked if the first two years lease payments can
be covered by the management agreement. John Tucci answered yes it can be. John
T said they can do the maintenance over the next 10 years or they can train local
folks to do the maintenance.
* Lake encroachment Permit Application (LEP) – Peter M has reviewed this
permit application and there is a Shoreline Protection Permit needed, as well.
Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to approve the LEP application. No further
discussion, motion carried. Andy G asked if these systems have been installed
on lakes that use a weed harvester. Ans. - yes.
Perry Thomas would encourage the harvester to continue to be operated as
it has in the past with the same schedule and locations, as they want
activities to continue as usual at the lake.
The only areas of concern are where the manifolds are located. Rob Evans
made a comment on how incredibly impressed he is with how quickly all the
parties involved have collaborated to make this $1.6 million project come to
fruition. Peter M thanked Rob Evans and
Perry Thomas for their involvements.
* State of VT highway annual plan/budget - Lisa went over the highway
budget with the SB for the State aid to transportation plan; annual plan needs
to go to Jim Cota by the 15th. Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to approve the
highway annual plan for the Town of Franklin for FY20. No further discussion,
* Certification of compliance of road and bridge standards – Brooks S/Yvon
D made a motion to approve the above standards. No further discussion, motion
carried. Peter M signed the standards.
* The SB agreed to approve the paving grant for a total of $177,000 with
a 20% match.
* TAP grant- Pigeon Hill culvert - this has been applied for and
approved. The match is $55,000. No money was approved in this year’s budget.
Lisa will check on the timeline in the Grant.
Town Clerk concerns
NRPC intermunicipal service
agreement- this agreement allows NRPC to work with towns on several issues.
Lisa went over the next few agenda items to be sure the SB knew what needs to
be addressed. Then Lisa left the meeting.
Approve minutes of March 20th, 2019
Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to
accept the minutes of March 20, 2019 with no changes. Motion carried with one
Review and sign Bills
All SB members reviewed and signed
off on the Bills.
Personnel policy review/updates -
The SB went over the recent draft changes. Peter M said they would look at
these again next meeting.
Emergency Operations Management Plan
adoption - NRPC assists to update the document, that is then submitted to the State once
approved. Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to adopt the EOP for 2019. Motion
carried. Peter M signed the plan.
Sheriff‘s Contract- the SB went over
the contract and made some hourly changes. Lisa will get this back to the
Sheriff for changes.
Peter M went through the folder.
Member Concerns/Other Business
Brooks S - concerned about Route
120, as it’s really bad.
Yvon D- concerned about the school
generator (does it need to be certified?) And the tree by Bouchard’s property
will be taken care of by Bouchard’s. The school assets such as the zero turn
and the tractor should be turned over to the town.
Dave B - none.
Andy G- Harvester use, time and
employee. Andy G will check with the person that did most of it last summer.
Peter M- the Quitclaim deed has been
drafted on the school land. The SB agreed to have the town attorney review it.
Peter M went over the agenda for the next meeting. Jeremy and Jake should be at
Next meeting date will be April 19th, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in the Haston
Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to
adjourn at 9:40 pm. Motion carried.
April 8, 2019
These minutes are not official until approved at the next regular
These minutes were approved by the
Selectboard at their April 19, 2019 meeting.