Franklin Selectboard Meeting
August 1, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Town Clerk’s Office
Call to order
At 7:02 pm
the meeting was called to order by Peter Magnant. The Pledge of Allegiance was
recited by all.
Peter Magnant, Yvon Dandurand, Dave Bennion, Brooks Sturtevant and Sandi Murphy.
Corinna Stanley, Trooper Lamothe from VT State Police, Norman Kern, John Ho,
AMENDMENTS: add resignation of Auditor under Item #7 and Brooks S has a funding
request to be addressed under New Business.
Public comment period
Lamothe introduced himself and asked the SB if they have any concerns for him.
Peter M asked if the Town was liable for any ATV accidents. Ans. Not sure, but
this can be asked of the VLCT folks or insurance folks. State Police are not
allowed to chase ATV’s. Peter M asked if distracted driving is an increased
problem. Ans. YES. Trooper Lamothe thanked the SB for their time and encouraged
them to call if any concerns come up at a later time.
Kevin Lothian - lake zoning
was not present. On June 14, 2018 the Robert Irish, ZA sent a follow-up letter to Larry Tittemore.
It appears the violations are still present. A Notice of fines was given in the
ERP Grant -
Towle Neighborhood Road culverts
needs to be signed. Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to sign the Grant. Motion carried. Peter M signed the Grant.
(This is a partnership with the Franklin Watershed Committee).
price change notice – Peter M read aloud a letter from Pike concerning price
increases. The SB will review the contract to see if it affects Franklin.
Junk ordinance follow-up/Norm Kern
reported that he has taken several more loads of junk away. Vegetation is
hiding stuff more now. Mr. Kern stated he is willing to work with someone one
on one if that is what the SB wants. The SB thanked him for his cooperation and
Approve minutes - July 11, 2018
and July 23, 2018
B made a motion to accept the minutes of July 11, 2018 with one correction. Yvon
D stated that line 62 should say a Model 524K was priced, not Model 524G.
Motion carried. Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to approve the minutes of July
23, 2018 as presented. Motion carried. (Loader loan package was signed at this
Town clerk concerns
Rec Dept. reappointment of three members – Brooks
S/Dave B made a motion to reappoint Stephanie Ho, Bridget Thompson and
Bridgette Favreau for two year terms to the Recreation Committee. Motion
St. Albans City/ Central Dispatch contract –
Peter M read a letter aloud to all present. Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to
sign the contract. Motion carried. Peter M signed the contract.
Resignation of Auditor – Peter M read aloud a
letter of resignation from Carole Richards. Yvon D/Dave B made a motion to
accept her resignation. Motion carried. The SB will send a Thank - You letter
to Carole for her service.
Rec. Dept. -
Blue spruce tree removal. Yvon D has offered to replace the tree if that is
what is decided. Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to cut the tree down. The SB
will explore the options as to who will do the job. Motion carried.
Solid Waste Representative - the SB needs to find a new Rep. to this Board.
Dave B was the former rep. He stated it’s very interesting and one can learn a
John Ho -
solar project – John H was present to explain his solar project at his
residence (4.3 acre lot / using .5 acres for solar project). He’s asking the SB
to approve the location of the project. Peter M invited John H to the upcoming
Public Hearing the SB is having on the proposed Town Plan changes, August 15,
2018 at the Franklin Homestead in the Dining Room.
funding needed - this is for 12-15 year olds. The Swanton Rec. Dept. donated
$85. Peter M asked Brooks S to take this up with the Franklin Rec.
options discussion - Jay Denault was present and explained what he has been
doing. He went over how funding will work for Independent Schools. Peter M
suggested meeting with the School Board to formulate a plan going forward.
Review and sign bills
SB members reviewed and signed off on the bills and orders.
Peter M went
through the folder.
Brooks S -
Yvon D - ATV issue - we really should check out the
liability issue. He will check with Lisa.
Dave B - the
Town field has been mowed. There is a request for a lease for next year.
Peter M -
asked how the weed harvester work was going. Andy G was doing a repair on the
harvester this week. Otherwise it appears to be going well.
Next meeting date is august 15,
2018 at the franklin homestead in the dining room at 6:00 pm
At 9:40 pm Brooks
S/Dave B made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried.
Sandi Murphy, minute taker
August 6, 2018