April 4, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Franklin Town Clerk’s Office
Call to order
At 7:00 p.m. Peter M called the
meeting to order. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Peter Magnant, Yvon Dandurand, Brooks Sturtevant, Andy Godin, Dave Bennion,
Lisa Larivee-Town Clerk/Treasurer
Fournier, Stephanie Ho, Bridget Thompson-Rec Department
comment period: None
Approve minutes oF March 6th,
town meeting and March 21
Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to
accept the minutes of March 6, town meeting as written. Vote taken, all in favor, motion passed
Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to
accept the minutes of March 21 with changes, line 118 remove “Russsin”. Vote taken, all in favor, motion passed.
VTrans Annual Financial Plan-Lisa reviewed the annual financial
plan document that is submitted to the VTrans District 8 office for the town to
receive State aid to highway funding.
This is a breakdown of the winter vs. non-winter expenses and the income
of state funding and taxes to be raised for the FY19 budget. Brooks S/Yvon made a motion to approve the
town annual highway financial plan. Vote
taken, all in favor, motion passed
Class 2 paving grant: Lisa discussed with the board if
they wanted to apply for grant funding for paving on Stanley Rd again as did
last year, funding was not received.
Board agrees to apply for grant funding for paving on Stanley Rd again.
Loader: Andy advised they have tried out a John Deere; that it is
here now. The crew is not impressed
with the power of this machine. Yvon has
been speaking with many towns about what kind of loader they have; many have J.
Deere and have been happy with them.
When speaking with Milton’s selectboard chair, he advised they have Case
and had concerns with service. A Case
loader will be tried out by the crew before making a final decision.
Snow plow purchase:
Andy advised they have not had time to go look at this used plow, will
report back to the board when they do.
Septic at town garage:
Lisa advised we pumped the 2500 gal tank in August and again in
January. It was pumped again last week,
concerned there is water seepage again into the tank that needs to be looked at
right away so we don’t have to pump again next month with the wet spring
Town Clerk's concerns:
Sidewalk bid review: discussed the changes to the bid proposal/scope of work with
need for a 5ft wide sidewalk for ADA complaint and noted no tree removal to be
done. Dates changed to allow more time
for bids to be submitted. Post to St.
Albans Messenger and County Courier as well as website, FB and around town.
Town hall policy: reviewed needed changes to the policy; add “that trash must
be taken home, do not put trash in the dumpster near the church, it is not town
property”. Add “you are liable and will
be billed for any damages”. Rec
Department was present to discuss their use of the town hall for activities, as
they are part of the town do not feel they should have to pay a rental fee to
the town for using the building. The
board discussed and will use their discretion on a per function basis. Rec group asked about storing soccer and
baseball equipment in the basement until they can get a shed built; the board
is fine with that.
MVP HRA plan:
Lisa presented the board with the HRA plan documents and agreement. The board needed to adopt the resolution,
agreement and appoint Lisa Larivee as the administrator of the plan. Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to adopt and
approve the resolution and appoint Lisa Larivee as plan administrator. Vote
taken, all in favor, motion passed.
Resolution signed by members.
Review and sign bills
All SB members reviewed and signed
the bills. Pete inquired on a few budget line items with Lisa, Treasurer. There are funds allocated for flashing speed
notice signs on Rte 120 at the north end of the lake; Lisa advised these beacon
signs have be banned by the State/Federal MUTCD, so we are not able to install
BUSINESS: Junk complaint regarding the Russin and
Kern properties on Hanna Rd was discussed.
Need to clean up the junk cars and other discarded items. The board reviewed the ordinance and the
fines for violations. The board agreed
to send letters to the two property owners of details of the ordinance with a
copy of such; request to meet with the board to set a plan and agreement of
both parties on the steps for cleaning up the properties.
New business: None
Selectboard folder: None
Member concerns/other business
like to work at getting younger members involved in the community and attend
town meeting to have input. Maybe a
social media avenue.
with a resident about the Solid Waste Commission position; they were not
interested. Maybe Chris Wagner or Scott
Korhonen would be interested; they will be contacted.
of the town hall storm windows on the front of the building blew off last weekend and is smashed; Dave advised these
two windows do not have the correct
size storm windows and the storms should be replaced; would need two sets, one for each side. Lisa will look
at available grants with historic preservation. Need to get an estimate for the cost.
Yvon asked about
hosting a household hazardous waste event in Franklin. We have never hosted one here, just joint
with Highgate there. Lisa will look into
with Northwest Solid Waste District.
to Eric Gerrard for his time in being keeper of the clock.
Next meeting date is TBD at the Town
clerk’s office, to meet with jim cota, vtrans.
At 9:20 pm Brooks S/Yvon D made a
motion to adjourn the meeting. Vote taken; all in favor; motion carried.
These minutes are not official until approved at the next regular
selectboard meeting. These minutes were approved at the
April 27, 2018 Selectboard meeting.
Lisa Larivee, Town Clerk
April 5, 2018