Franklin Selectboard Meeting
August 21, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.
Call to order
At 7:18 p.m. Yvon Dandurand called
the meeting to order. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Present: Dave Bennion, Yvon Dandurand, Andy
Godin, Brooks Sturtevant and Lisa Larivee, Town Clerk
Guests: Kim Gates Maynard, Chris Ferland,
Health Officer; Clark Hubbard, Planning Commission; Joanne Rosploch, Peter
comment period: Kim has concerns
with the electrical outlet that has been installed on the front lawn of the
clerk’s office; are there plans to hide it, as it detracts from the building
and may be a safety concern. Dave
advised it will be discussed in member concerns later.
Development Regulation review/updates: Clark, Planning Commission Chair, was
present to discuss some zoning violations and development regulation reviews
with the board. The description of
seasonal dwelling in the regulations is pretty clear on seasonal use being less
than 180 days per year. Need to review
the leases with the land owner and campers of the camps in violation of living
year round in the shoreline district.
Page 11, section 2.8 of the regulations speaks of violations and how to
handle them; need to follow the rules.
Zoning Admin needs to initiate the process. Planning Commission, Selectboard and ZBA
should review the desired requirements of the town for change of use and
conditional use to convert a camp from seasonal to year-round use; such as
septic, potable water, parking, year-round emergency access. As the ZBA makes the decisions on these matters,
need to have guidelines to follow.
Mrs. Rosploch advised many of these
trailers have been there since the 1960’s and they live there year-round. The leases state seasonal use, she follows
the rules. She has spoken with Ted
Meunier and he is going to look into further.
Yvon advised the board will continue to look into.
Chris was present to update the board on the Vorse dog issue and the
conditions made by the board. He and
Dennis have made a visit to the Vorse residence, not in compliance with the
letter of requests made. No harness or
leash on the dog, the doggie door has a removable cover that was not
permanently installed, no signs yet they have apparently been ordered. Still have concerns with safety of the public
that come to his business. Chris was
thanked and exited the meeting.
Highway Department: none
Town Clerk Concerns:
PACIF grant: Lisa reviewed the
amended grant from April to resubmit for the Sept round of funding, there were
safety violations that needed attention at the town garage before the grant
could be approved; vendors and pricing was adjusted for better funding as
requested by the PACIF group. Board
approved the grant and Yvon signed.
Town office-hot water heater:
the town clerk’s office water heater has sprung a leak and needs to be
replaced. The 2.5 gal on demand heaters
are pricey and it is located inside the wall, which is not convenient. Get a quote to install a larger heater in the
back office, so it is not within the wall.
Will discuss further at Sept meeting.
Water district vote: the water district has set Nov 5th as the
vote for the approval of funding for the upgrades to the water system. They need to confirm a term for the note and
wording details for the warning at the next meeting. An informational meeting will be held on Oct 30th. The Selectboard will need to sign the
warning. Must be posted 30-40 days
before the vote.
Approval of minutes: Brooks S/Dave
B made a motion to approve the August 7th minutes with changes. All members voted in favor, motion
Review and sign bills: Members reviewed and signed bills.
Town hall painting east side:
Yvon spoke with JA Roberts about the job. They were going to call and stop by to give a
quote. Lisa will contact a few others
for a quote.
Hill Road zoning violation: The Selectboard, Planning Commission
and ZBA will meet to discuss expectation on changes of use with conditions and on
enforcement as needed. Lisa will speak
with Wendy Sargeant, ZA and Ted about meeting to discuss the leases and
Dog ordinance review: The board will review and discuss updates
needed to protect the public on
property of the dog owner when bites occur.
Lisa will check with
the VLCT staff attorney on the town’s jurisdiction for enforcement.
Selectboard Folder: none
Dave updated that Rainville Electric has completed
their work at the office and town hall. The electrical outlet post on the
office lawn needed to be above ground to meet code. Need to cover to make more eye appealing, maybe
a wishing well over it. Dave will speak
with Kim on suggestions.
Andy advised the harvester has moved back to the south
end of the lake. The highway crew is
going to need the tractor for the road side mowing next week, so the harvester
will be coming out of the water.
discussed town clerk pay for extra days worked over her scheduled days for
coverage of the assistant. The board is
ok with paying for the extra worked days if comp time is not wanted.
Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to
adjourn the meeting. Vote taken; all in favor; motion passed. Meeting adjourned
at 9:00 p.m.
Next meeting will be September 18th
at 6 pm
Larivee, Town Clerk
These minutes are not official until
approved at the next regular selectboard meeting.
These minutes were approved at the
September 18, 2019 meeting of the Selectboard.