Franklin Selectboard Meeting
February 6, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.
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
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.
made the motion to approve the January 24, 2019 minutes as written. Brooks, Yvon and Dave voted in favor, Andy
abstained, motion passed.
entered the meeting at 7:20 p.m.
Liquor Control Board:
made the motion to enter the liquor control hearing.
Applicant 1: Due North
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
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.
the motion to exit the liquor control hearing at 7:25 p.m; all members voted in
favor, motion passed.
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
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.
Town Meeting Warning: The board spoke with Tim Magnant via speaker phone and
reviewed the warning.
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.
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
$17,600 and Guilmette’s $15,000. The board recommends that FWC rebid the
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
Rainville, Assistant Town Clerk
These minutes are not official until
approved at the next regular selectboard meeting.
These minutes were approved at the
March 6, 2019 Selectboard meeting.