Franklin Selectboard Meeting

February 6, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.
Town Clerk’s Office


Call to order

At 7:11 p.m. Yvon Dandurand called the meeting to order. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. 


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


Guests: Jean Richard, Auditor; Jeremy Barnum, Highway Foreman; and Sara Rainville, Assistant Town Clerk., Tim Magnant by phone.


Agenda amendments:  none


Public comment period:  None


Approval of minutes: Brooks/Dave made the motion to approve the January 21, 2019 minutes as written. All four members voted in favor, motion passed.


Brooks/Dave made the motion to approve the January 24, 2019 minutes as written.  Brooks, Yvon and Dave voted in favor, Andy abstained, motion passed.


Peter M entered the meeting at 7:20 p.m.


Liquor Control Board:

Brooks/Dave made the motion to enter the liquor control hearing.

Applicant 1: Due North Vineyard

Application reviewed, primary use hours 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., in good standing with the State of Vermont and all requirements have been meet.  Brooks/Yvon made the motion to approve the 2019 liquor license renewal for Due North. No questions had, all five members voted in favor, motion passed.


Applicant 2: Franklin General Store

Application reviewed. Brooks/Dave made the motion to approve the 2019 liquor license renewal for the Franklin General Store. No questions had, all five members voted in favor, motion passed.


Andy/Dave made the motion to exit the liquor control hearing at 7:25 p.m; all members voted in favor, motion passed.


Highway Department:

·                       Winter Operations Policy: Peter noted that the Town equipment listed needs to be updated. Yvon noted that the times of operation should also be reviewed and possibly updated. All members agreed to table item.

·                       Road weight restrictions: Permit reviewed; all Town roads are posted as of March 15-May15, 2019. Roads restricted as posted on VTrans site and on permit attachment.  Special permission can be granted as needed. Milk and grain trucks must get permits to travel town roads. Brooks/Yvon made the motion to approve the Road Restriction Permit Application; all five members voted in favor, motion passed.

·                       Certificate of highway mileage: Changes were made to the mileages; reduced class 4 by .30 miles, increased legal trails by .30 miles due to reclassification of TH#33 in August 2018.  Members reviewed and all five approved of the chair signing. Peter signed certificate of highway mileage.

·                       Road& Bridge Standards: Members reviewed. It was noted that the highway department employees didn’t complete the needed training in 2018 as required. Peter stated that this is a requirement and they must attend & track their trainings as well as provide copies to the Town Clerk’s Office. Brooks/Yvon made the motion to approve and adopt the 2019 Road & Bridge Standards; all five members voted in favor, motion passed. All members signed as adopted.


Town Clerk Concerns:    

·                       Treasure Report-Highway budget: Lisa noted concerns with the FY19 budget for overtime, pensions, sand/salt, repairs & maintenance, miscellaneous, supplies, gas & fuel anticipated to be well over budget by year end.  Areas to save on were discussed. Yvon/Andy noted the possibility of budgeting for overtime with its own line, not lumping it with salaries as we currently do.  Sara mentioned utilizing the spare drivers we have during storms and when there are vacations planned.  A letter from the board about the highway budget being overspent for FY19 will be put in all the Town Reports once they are received back from print. 

·                       VLCT Insurance-ballfields: Discussion had on coverage of new land once owned by the town.  Need to look into the requirements of playground equipment before any installation.

·                       Aquatic Nuisance Grant: Lisa stated we are applying for $10,309, Town match is $2350. Brooks/Yvon made the motion to approve the aquatic nuisance grant application, all five members voted in favor, motion passed.

·                       Franklin Watershed Committee: Email received from Emily Porter-Goff was reviewed. FWC has received a grant for culvert extensions and inlet and outlet erosion control work on some culverts on Towle Neighborhood Road.  Two bids have been received on the project, but concerns over the costs and FWC not having funds for any extra work that may need to be done.  Emily was looking for board input and if there were town funds available if necessary.


Review and sign bills:  Members reviewed and signed bills.


Old Business:

·                       Town Meeting Warning: The board spoke with Tim Magnant via speaker phone and reviewed the warning.


New Business:

·                       Zoning Complaint: The Town Clerk’s Office has received a written complaint from a property owner on Hill Road. The complaint was reviewed by the board and the zoning administrator has been notified.

·                       MVU Substance Free party letter:  Letter was read aloud, no decision made.


Selectboard Folder: Selectboard will be attending the February 13, 2019 school board meeting at 8:00 p.m. to discuss school land transfer details.





Member Concerns:

·                       Dave shared concerns of a resident  about the Park & Ride signs, contact will be made with Jim Cota about consolidating the signs.  Dave stated that there will be a Franklin Central School Playground Fundraiser held April 5 at the Abbey Restaurant from 6:00-8:00 p.m., more details to follow.

·                       Andy had questions about the Town Clerk’s Office hours and if they will be reduced.

·                       Yvon informed the board that Jordy Fraties has resigned from the Northwest Regional Planning Commission Board.

·                       Peter read bids for the FWC requested project on Towle Neighborhood Road:

Larivee’s $17,600 and Guilmette’s $15,000. The board recommends that FWC rebid the project.

·                       The selectboard will review the personnel policy regarding how overtime is calculated and if it should be revised.



Yvon/Andy made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Vote taken; all in favor; motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 9:40 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Sara Rainville, Assistant Town Clerk

February 7, 2019


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

These minutes were approved at the March 6, 2019 Selectboard meeting.