Franklin Selectboard Meeting

February 19, 2020 @ 6:00 p.m.
Town Clerk’s Office


Call to order

At 6:07 p.m. Peter Magnant called the meeting to order. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. 


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


Guests: Linda Blasch, NRPC; Tim Magnant     


Agenda amendments:  remove from highway dept-road and bridge standards until later date; add to old business-generator at school discussion.


Public comment period: none


Linda Blasch-NRPC: Linda was welcomed to the meeting; here to review the contract for the Municipal Project Manager (MPM) of the Pidgeon Hill culvert project and the process of federal funded grants as well as the flow chart of work.  Linda advised the NRPC will bill for work as completed by the MPM up to the agreed amount of $16,000.  Discussed the need to appoint a committee of key people as contacts for Linda and for day time meetings as needed.  All invoices will be paid by the town and submitted to Linda for approval; then submitted to VTrans for reimbursement.  Reviewed the Design Consultant process and the options for choosing an engineer or firm.  Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to join into a contract with NRPC for the work of MPM with the town in the amount of $16,000 for the Pidgeon Hill project.  All members voted in favor; motion passed and Peter signed the contract.  Linda will take the contract to the office for complete execution and signature of the NRPC Executive director and will forward a copy to Town Clerk.  Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to nominate Andy Godin, Dave Bennion, Jeremy Barnum and Lisa Larivee to be the committee for the project. All members voted in favor; motion passed.  Discussed the engineer project RFP process and using an At-The-Ready design firm.  Linda will proceed to the next step of the At-The-Ready design process and coordinate a project kick-off meeting.  Linda was thanked and exited the meeting.


Approval of minutes: January 23rd, public budget meeting and January 28th, Rte 236 informational meeting with State. Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to approve the minutes of the meetings as written.  All members voted in favor; Andy abstained; motion passed. 


Review and sign bills: done by board members.


Highway Dept:  Mailbox complaint from T. McFadden about snow plow damaging their mailbox; Jake stopped and offered to help repair at the time.  Town Clerk will confirm with Jake if it was hit or just from the snow.  Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to reimburse McFadden’s up to $50 to replace the mailbox per the policy.  All members voted in favor; motion passed.


Liquor Control Board:  Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to enter into Liquor Control Board meeting.  All members voted in favor; motion passed. 

·                   Due North Vineyard-Outside consumption permit.  Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to approve the permit.  All members voted in favor; motion passed

·                   Franklin General Store-Second Class liquor license.  Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to approve the permit.  All members voted in favor; motion passed. 

Andy G/Dave B made a motion to exit the Liquor Control Board meeting.  All members voted in favor; motion passed.


Town Clerk Concerns:

·                   Town hall phone: discussed the request to have a phone line at the town hall for outgoing calls.  Cost would be approx. $360 year for local calls only.  Suggest updating the use form to include a fee if the phone is wanted.  Town Clerk will speak with Franklin Telephone Co further. 

·                   Aeration System Grant:  The State has given a two-year grant to the town of $21,000 over the two years to fund 50% of the utility/maintenance costs.  Bills will be submitted on a monthly basis to be reimbursed at 50%.  The Town Clerk is working with Efficiency VT on options to reduce the town’s cost of the electrical consumption. 

·                   2020 Census:  Boundary validation of the town lines needs to be certified by the board chair.   Reviewed by the board and Peter signed. 

·                   2019 Grand List:  Need to certify the final 2019 grand list; reviewed that there are not suits pending against the town and listers.  Brooks S/Andy G made a motion to approve the 2019 grand list and sign to certify.  All members voted in favor; motion passed. 


Old Business: 

·                   Town meeting schedule review:  Tim Magnant was present; Peter reviewed the warning and discussed the articles and details of each.  Discussed start time.  Informational meeting Monday, March 2nd at 7 pm in the school library regarding the State Rte 236 culvert work and loan on Australian ballot.  Oliver Pierson and Jim Cota will be here from the state with information. 

·                   St. Albans Central Dispatch contract:  Mike Lawyer, Fire Dept Chief, suggested we sign the contract.  There are really no other options for emergency 911 dispatching at this time.  There is ongoing discussion of the county for changes.  Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to approve and sign the contract with St. Albans Central Dispatch for $17,004 for FY21.  All members voted in favor; motion passed.

·                   School Generator:  Yvon looked at the generator to check for anti-freeze leaks as had been advised.  The oil is good and clean and has no anti-freeze in it; water pump looks good; for a 2001 engine it is very good and clean with low hours; exhaust is clean.  Sees no evidence of any external leak, not sure where it is going, but the engine is an easy rebuild if needs to be done.  Look for grants for funding of a future replacement as necessary.


New Business:  

·        Brown’s Corner Rd stop sign:  An area resident has concerns with the excess speed and folks not stopping at the intersection of Brown’s Corner and Barnum/Durkee Rds in the morning hours between 5:30 and 7.  He has seen many near accidents and wants to have something done before an accident does happens.  Yvon will speak with the Franklin County Sheriff regarding patrol a few days a week in this area to stop the bad practice. 

·       Water project bid and funding:  Discussed the project and bids that were received; Water board and John Kiernan recommend Desroches Construction Services at $155,360.  Project is expected to begin late spring before the summer dry season.  Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to approve the contract for Desroches Construction Services in the amount of $155,360 to do the water system project.  All members voted in favor; motion passed.   The next water board meeting on March 11th will be with the Selectboard to approve the loan funding. 


Selectboard Folder:

·                   Summary of permits for February by Zoning Administrator.  

·                   VT State Police letter regarding town county meetings to discuss issues of concern in the area.

·                   Selectboard trainings.

·                   First Net newsletter regarding cell towers.


Member Concerns:

·                   Dave brought up concerns of the Planning Commission with folks in the village, on Main St, living in a camper and waste water discharge.  Dave will speak with the Zoning Administrator and Health officer about a visit and report back to the boards.

·                   Peter asked about the notice of the informational meeting on the Rte 236 project.  Send to email list, posted on facebook, school newsletter, FTC stickers. 






Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  All members in favor; motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 8:56 p.m.


Next meeting will be March 18th at 6:00 pm at the Town Clerk’s Office.


Respectfully submitted,

Lisa Larivee, Town Clerk

February 25, 2020


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

These minutes were approved at the regular Selectboard meeting on March 18, 2020.