Franklin Selectboard Meeting
2020 @ 7:00 p.m.
Zoom virtual meeting
Call to order
At 7:03 p.m. Peter Magnant called
the meeting to order. The Pledge of Allegiance was said.
Peter Magnant, Dave Bennion, Yvon Dandurand, Brooks Sturtevant, Andy Godin (at
7:49), Lisa Larivee, Town Clerk.
Barnum, Highway foreman; Bryce Bachelder, Kim Gates Maynard, Paula Tremblay
& Bridget Thompson, Rec Dept; Josh Worman & Stacie Tremblay, Library;
Mike Lawyer, Water Board.
Agenda amendments: Add to old business-weed harvester engine
update and review Selectboard report to town report. All in favor.
Public comment period: none
Approval of minutes: Brooks S/Yvon
D made a motion to approve the minutes of December 2nd
regular meeting as written. All members
voted in favor 3-0; motion passed.
Municipal General Roads permit (MGRP): Lisa reviewed the annual permit
for the State on erosion control of dirt roads and inventory road status
tracked by NRPC. NRPC submitted the
inventory to ANR. Brooks S/Yvon D made a
motion to approve the MGRP and authorize Peter Magnant to sign with inventory
submitted by NRPC. All members voted in
favor 3-0; motion passed.
Review: salaries were discussed and will be reviewed
later in executive session.
General- most lines
approved as discussed at last meeting. Building Maintenance line-do we need to
budget for generator repair? Yvon will
discuss status later in meeting.
o chloride-4500 gal/load x5 loads @ $1.02/gal, should increase to $22,950
with winter use as well.
o General roads permit-every three years there is an administrative fee of
$850 including the $1350 annual fee
o Salt/sand-reduced due to use of chloride in winter and price drop of
o Repair and maintenance-list a breakdown by each piece of equipment in
narrative. Massey tractor will need to
front tires for $700; grader needs much work, estimate is $10,000 to rebuild
center ring. Lisa advised the FY21
budget may have funds to do the work this spring. Jeremy no worth fixing this
machine, it’s a 1982 and more could go on it.
Caterpillar quote for new machine, can finance for 10 years at $32,000/yr. Brooks-can we rent or lease a machine if not
able to buy this year if it’s not worth the repair? Peter would like to repair
and get several more years from it; would like to pay off the loader before
another large purchase. Yvon-how is the transmission and engine, are they
strong? Jeremy-yes seem to be right now; why not let the voters decide if it’s
too much. Peter-not comfortable with
bringing to the voters this year.
o Weed harvester-Yvon has gotten prices to build a new trailer to transport
the machine; materials only, steel, wheel/axels, platform for approx.
$2800. Have been researching
options. Budget in repair and
maintenance $5,000 to build a trailer.
Jeremy will get Lisa an
equipment breakdown for the narrative within the repair and maintenance
line. Peter asked about humidity issue;
Jeremy advised are filling a 55-gal drum in 24 hours, so its working well so
Stacie were present; Stacie stated still asking for town assessment of $39,000,
mostly for salaries; the overage of funds from this year will cover the health
insurance again for next year. Following
that may need to request more funds to cover health insurance. Josh-book budget will be a bit off due to
delays with orders this spring, expense got pushed back to current fiscal
year. Not as many visits in person but
on-line books steady. Stacie-fundraising
was off this year with no in person; have ideas for next year. Brooks asked Josh if he is getting community
support and plans to stay a while?
Josh-yes he’s very happy here and enjoys the job in assisting residents
coming to the library. Josh and Stacie
were thanked and exited the meeting.
and Bridget were present; Bridget advised the budget was the same and the
request from the town at $16,000. Budget
lines had to be adjusted with change in activities and reduced program
income. With change in director and move
to hourly pay vs. salaries, hope to get a better feel of use of time. Little League went well, thanks to Paula for
the protocol policy and control. Soccer
went well also. Halloween Spooktacular
was a success. Got a grant from Rise VT
or outdoor family activities; purchased an outdoor movie projector and
inflatable screen for movies on the green.
No winter carnival or polar express this year. Yvon and Peter thanked the Recreation board
for all their work.
Dept: Mike was present to discuss the need for drilling a well for a second
village water source. State requirements
are looking for data for one year of usage and volume, feels the State will
probably mandate a second source due to the water shortage for the past few
years. Drilling a well will cost approx.
$100,000; need to have chlorination, testing, connect to current system. A study of options to locate will cost
approx. $8,500; $38,000 to monitor, state permits, ect before the final
drilling location is set. Mike is
looking at a 0% deferred loan until the construction occurs; then there is some
loan forgiveness for the loan. Yvon-how
many sites are being considered?
Mike-will look around the current spring site; but concern to also
affect the current supply source. Behind
Dick Wright’s on the town property would be the ideal location, rather than
having to purchase more land and close to the current system. Cost would be paid by the current users; do
not want to have to do, but the State is pushing. Peter-it is important to have a good water
supply for the village. Do not want to
have to haul water again and have the tight restrictions on usage. John Kiernan has started the preliminary
study and will continue with the blessing of the board. The current project is almost complete, need
to install the overflows. The real time
data ability shows usage of 14 gallons per minute and the source is producing
45 gal/minute. The Board concurs and is
good with proceeding on the study for the well drilling. Mike exited the meeting.
Review bills for approval of warrants: three members will come into the office to
review and sign warrants. Peter inquired
what the Recordsforce payment of $13,340 is: Lisa advised that is the scanning
and uploading of land records for on-line research with the digitization
grant. There will be approx. $4,000 more
of cost to complete 40 years of records access on-line; will use reserve
Town Clerk Concerns:
Cemetery policy: Dwight Tatro is
willing to join the Cemetery Commission and making the village cemetery his
care. He has reviewed the policy and
made a few recommendations. Kim-the VT
Cemetery Assoc might be a good resource for the policy as well. Robert Gates is the sextant of the Maple
Grove cemetery, may have some input on the policy. Will wait until next meeting for further
VT Rte 236 project loan: reviewed the
loan documents with the VT Bond Bank for the engineering of the project in the
amount of $13,960. Brooks S/Yvon D made
a motion to approve the loan of $13,960 for the State revolving loan funds with
the VT Bond Bank for Rte 236 project.
All members voted in favor 5-0; motion passed.
Town meeting article/officers: the grand
juror position is no longer needed.
There are no special articles this year, just the basic items as
usual. For the budget would like to list
the general fund and highway fund to be voted on separately.
ZA report: reviewed
Wendy’s Dec report
follow up with NRPC and ANR on town action
ACO discussion: review the
request to be the back up for Dennis, current ACO, when needed and should we
consider funding for an assistant. Board
does not want to add to budget at this time, will review more at later date.
Yvon spoke with Dana, he has serviced the generator, replaced the temp
gauge, circulation pump, and filter/oil change.
He will do a pressure test soon and will get back on the status of the
machine. Yvon contacted Shaun Coleman,
NRPC, about state funding for emergency shelter generators; state has done away
with funding for these. Would rather fix
if needed then replace.
Weed harvester update: Yvon advised the new engine is
being fabricated as we speak with our accessories and should ship to us by Dec
22nd. Got a quote from
Aquamarine for the conversion kit at $1800 but this does not include the bell
housing and coupler to join the equipment; still working on that.
Lisa-Letter in folder from St. Albans Police Dept regarding update of the cell
tower being installed on Georgia Mt.
Brooks-concern with the smooth transition with two new board members and the
bank of knowledge that board will be losing.
Peter states they will pass along all info needed to continue.
Kay Cook from the Homestead wants to continue to do
blood drives at the town hall; board is ok with that. Rutland Herald ran an article about our
inclusion statement that they are encouraging their county to adopt.
Peter- we can go
into executive session to discuss salaries.
Executive Session: Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to enter in to
executive session at 9:29 pm to discuss salary raises for FY22. Lisa exited the meeting at this time.
session. Board approved raises of $.60
for highway crew, clerk and assistant for FY22.
Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to
adjourn the meeting. All members voted in
favor; motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 9:46 p.m.
Next meeting will be January 6, 2021
@ 6:00 pm via Zoom
Larivee, Town Clerk
These minutes are not official until approved at the next regular Selectboard