Franklin Selectboard Meeting

February 21, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Franklin Town Clerk’s Office


Call to Order

At 7:00 pm Peter Magnant called the meeting to order. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.


Present: Peter Magnant, Yvon Dandurand, Andrew Godin, Brooks Sturtevant, Sandi Murphy (minute taker) Guests: Dave Bennion, Trooper Lamothe, Jake Dandurand, Jeremy Barnum, Polly Gadbois, Rob Evans, Jay Denault, Jim Jewett


Agenda Amendments: There are two agenda amendments. Add sidewalk bid reposting under item #4 Highway Dept. and add baby changing table under item #6, Town Clerk concerns.


Public Comment Period

State Trooper Lamothe stopped to check in with the Selectboard. He talked about the school threat issues going on in other towns.


Approve minutes of February 7th, 2018

Brook S/Yvon D made a motion to approve the minutes of February 7th, 2018 as presented. No further discussion. Three voted yes, one abstained, motion carried.


Highway Department

·         Approve and adopt Road and bridge standards - these must be reviewed and adopted annually. Peter M asked Andy G if he had a copy. Answer: Yes. Brook S/Yvon D made a motion to adopt and sign the standards. Vote taken, all in Favor, motion carried. All SB members signed.

·         Discussion of loader options – Peter M asked Jeremy what options he would like on the loader. Jeremy said the hydraulic quick attach is the most important and the hydraulics needed to use it. The cost is just under $5000. They have quotes from John Deere and from Case. The funding must be approved by the voters at Town Meeting.

·         Sidewalk Bid reposting - the bids received in January were too high for the budget. The SB will request bids again in March. Jeremy asked about the mailbox policy. The SB will check with the Post Office on making sure the mailboxes meet requirements before paying to replace them when damaged by town equipment.


LCCA - Water Quality

Rob Evans and Polly Gadbois were present to address this. Rob E said concerning Article #12 at Town Meeting the State DEC will decide the needs in the end. The State will provide funding for the aeration. The LCCA and SB approach is to be a collaborative effort. Peter M mentioned LCCA having a table at Town Meeting to provide information to the voters. Yvon D asked about the boards at Mill Dam. Rob E said it’s the state’s call and they prefer the boards are not removed.  Rob E appreciates the continued communication between all parties. Polly Gadbois made a suggestion to the SB for Town Moderator.


Town Clerk concerns

Baby changing table is being offered by the Library thru RiseVT. The town will incur the cost of installation. Dave Bennion will give the SB a quote to install.


Liquor Control Board

Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to enter into the Liquor Control Board Meeting. Motion carried.

Two Permits are up for review. Both were approved by unanimous vote and signed by the board. Brooks S/Andy G made a motion to exit the Liquor Control Board Meeting. Motion carried.


Review and Sign Bills

All SB members reviewed and signed off on the bills and orders.


Old Business

Customs and Border Project letter of approval was read aloud by Peter M. Brook S/Yvon D made a motion for Peter M to sign the letter as read. Andy G reviewed the project site and saw no problem or issues. The motion carried.


New Business

Town Meeting and Moderator review - Jay Denault and Jim Jewett were present to comment. Jay D addressed the Article #5 to be voted on at Town School District Meeting. Jay D gave some background information on this. He is concerned about several things, but mostly whether or not a Superintendent Emergency Meeting was properly warned and if protocol was followed by all parties involved. Jim Jewett asked the SB if they could check with VLCT on this matter.

The SB members went over the Articles for Town Meeting. The Moderator still has not been determined.


Selectboard Folder

Peter M went through the folder.


Member Concerns

Andy G - None


Brooks S - None


Yvon D- wanted Andy G’s opinion on the loader purchase


Peter M - wants everyone to be ready for Town Meeting


Next meeting date is March 21, 2018 @ 6:00 pm at the Town Clerk’s Office


At 9:34 pm Brook S/ Yvon D made a motion to adjourn. Motion carried.


Respectfully submitted,

Sandi Murphy, minute taker


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