Franklin Selectboard Meeting

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.


PRESENT: Peter Magnant, Yvon Dandurand, Brooks Sturtevant, Andy Godin, Dave Bennion, Lisa Larivee-Town Clerk/Treasurer


GUESTS: Dawn Fournier, Stephanie Ho, Bridget Thompson-Rec Department


Agenda amendments:  None


Public 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 weather. 


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 them.   


OLD 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

·        Brooks-would like to work at getting younger members involved in the community and attend town meeting to have input.  Maybe a social media avenue.

·        Dave-he spoke 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.

            One 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. 

·        Pete-Thank you 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.


Respectfully submitted,

Lisa Larivee, Town Clerk

April 5, 2018