Franklin Selectboard Meeting

August 19, 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. 


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


Guests: Jeremy 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 community residents.


Highway Dept: 

·                   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 situation.  

·                   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 reservoir. 


Review and approve bills:  board members will be in to review and sign warrants.


New Business:

·       Recreation 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 Director. 

·       Main 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 up. 


Old Business:

·                   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; motion passed. 

Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to exit executive session. All members voted in favor; motion passed. 

No action was taken.  Board would like to invite Kevin to meet on September 2nd at 7:00 pm to discuss purchase price.


Member Concerns:  

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.   

Andy – questioned 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 traffic. 

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.


Respectfully submitted,

Lisa Larivee, Town Clerk

August 26, 2020


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

These minutes were approved at the September 16, 2020 Selectboard meeting.