Franklin Selectboard Meeting
2020 @ 7:00 p.m.
Zoom virtual meeting
Call to order
At 7:02 p.m. Peter Magnant called
the meeting to order. The Pledge of Allegiance was said.
Magnant, Dave Bennion, Yvon Dandurand, Brooks Sturtevant, Andy Godin, and Lisa
Larivee, Town Clerk
Barnum, highway foreman
Agenda amendments: Peter read agenda; Brooks would like to move
the Class 4 road policy up to highway business from Old Business. All members in favor of amendments.
Public comment period: none
Approval of minutes: Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to approve the minutes of August 5th
as written. Yvon advised need to correct
the spelling of spring on line 39. All members voted in favor; motion passed.
Town Clerk Concerns:
Tax Rate: FY20 billing was $.392 for municipal
budget and articles. Anticipated at town meeting a rate of $.445. Set FY21 rate at $.389 for municipal budget
and approved articles, approx. $.06 lower than expected; plus education
rates. Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to
approve the FY21 tax rates of $1.864 residential and $2.0693
non-residential. All members voted in
favor; motion passed.
ATV complaint: Mr. Sweetser has submitted a complaint about excessive
speed, recklessness, and almost hitting pedestrians on Apple Tree Lane and Main
St. The town will not get involved with
matters on a private road. The board will send a letter to Mr. Sweetser and Mr.
Leach of the concern and the need to follow the ATV ordinance, which will be
enforced on town roads. Will also post notice
to facebook of the ordinance for the respect and safety of the village and
Class 4 road policy: amended #3 maintenance to add no work is done on
private roads. Peter emailed Polly
Gadbois regarding application of chloride on camp roads. The town will not do applications of
products but will sell to the campers at cost, can not use town trucks or crew
to do work. Requests must be made
through the Selectboard. Brooks S/Andy G
made a motion to amend the class 4 road policy as written. All members voted in favor; motion passed.
Rte 236 RFP proposal: for design and engineering of the culvert project on
Rte 236 south of Dewing Rd with the State.
Peter read in brief the main points.
Need to set the date for job site showing/review. Reviewed the schedule; would like to be able
to advertise for construction be January 15th rather than March 15th,
would like to get out as soon as possible for the construction season. Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to move forward
with the RFP for the Rte 236 project upon final approval of the State.
Line stripping-Hanna & Stanley Rds:
Jeremy spoke with a vendor about stripping Hanna Rd; quoted $2,000 to
do the work, can do next week. Stanley
Rd will be done by the State. Jeremy has
scheduled shoulder work/gravel fill to be done on shoulders of Stanley Rd by a
contractor for approx. $2,000. Cracking
sealing budget line funds will be used for these projects and one day of
sealing will be done with the balance.
Resident concern of Main St/Morses Line Rd safety: Jeremy has spoken with Eric Beauregard
regarding a vehicle that went through the stop sign coming from Lake Rd onto
Morses Line. They did not make the
corner and went across the lawn stricking the basketball pole. Would like the town to install large boulders
on the edge of his lawn to slow traffic and keep from crossing his yard. Discussion of the options to remedy the
Water level: Jeremy advised
the water level is at 7.4 and still dropping, even after shutting off the
water for a home water leak. In the
spring time, were getting 16 gpm and today at 12 gpm of water feeding into the
Review and approve bills: board members will be in to review and
department personnel: Thank you note
done for Bridgette Favreau that resigned as a board member. Yvon D/Brooks S made a motion to accept the
letter of resignation form Dawn Fournier as Recreation Director. All members voted in favor; motion
passed. The job will be posted for Rec
Street trees: Peter advised there
are two trees by Memorial Park that are dead and should be removed. Yvon agreed that they will become a
hazard. Lisa will contact Vermont
Electric as the power lines are adjacent to the trees about removal. The church will take the wood and clean
VSP letter of service: Brooks called
Lt Partin and left a message about Franklin support of services and to discuss
concerns; no return call yet.
Town racism: Declaration of
Inclusion was discussed; Brooks read the amendments made. Peter would like it sent to all town boards
for discussion and input at the September 16th meeting.
Weed harvester update: Yvon asked if
Jeremy has installed the old engine yet to test the hydraulics. Jeremy advised it has to be done at the lake
landing as they can not lift the head to remove from the lake. Peter asked about pricing for a new Kabota
engine; Yvon is working on prices and availability. Would like to present to the LCCA at the Sept
16th meeting the cost for a new engine and trailer.
Executive session: Peter asked to
enter executive session to discuss the purchase of the Dick Wright property
from Kevin Lotion, as public discussion would be a disadvantage at this
time. Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to
enter executive session to discuss the Dick Wright property purchase and invite
Lisa to join. All members vote in favor;
D made a motion to exit executive session. All members voted in favor; motion
No action was
taken. Board would like to invite Kevin
to meet on September 2nd at 7:00 pm to discuss purchase price.
Dave- Letter done for Clark Hubbard regarding membership on Plannning
Commission and well wishes for good health.
Yvon- town sign is
complete and will be installed this weekend.
what town meeting will look like this coming March with the covid crisis. Spoke will Anson Tebbits from Dept of Ag and
VTrans reps regarding the heavy ag traffic on town roads that require more
application of chloride and gravel. The
State is looking into aiding towns with additional funding for farm equipment
Peter - invite the
LCCA to the Sept 16th meeting at 6:00 pm in the church basement to
discuss the weed harvester.
Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to
adjourn the meeting. All members voted in
favor; motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 9:07 p.m.
Next meeting will be September 16th
at 6:00 pm in the Methodist church basement.
Larivee, Town Clerk
These minutes are not official until approved at the next regular Selectboard