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.


Present: Peter Magnant, Yvon Dandurand, Andy Godin, Brooks Sturtevant, Dave Bennion, Sandi Murphy and Lisa Larivee, Town Clerk.


Guests: Rob 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


Public Comment:



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.


Highway Department

     * 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, motion carried.


     * 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 abstention.


Review and sign Bills

All SB members reviewed and signed off on the Bills.


Old Business

Personnel policy review/updates - The SB went over the recent draft changes. Peter M said they would look at these again next meeting.


New Business

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.


Selectboard Folder

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 this meeting.


Next meeting date will be April 19th, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in the Haston Library.



Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to adjourn at 9:40 pm. Motion carried.


Respectfully submitted,

Sandi Murphy

Minute taker

April 8, 2019


These minutes are not official until approved at the next regular Selectboard meeting.

These minutes were approved by the Selectboard at their April 19, 2019 meeting.