Franklin Selectboard Meeting

January 21, 2019 @ 10:00 am
Town Clerk’s Office


Call to order

At 10:10 a.m. Peter M called the meeting to order. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. 


Present: Peter Magnant, Andy Godin, Dave Bennion, Lisa Larivee, Town Clerk; Yvon Dandurand phoned in @ 11:20-12:00

Guests: Jean Richard & Michelle Guilmette, Auditors

Agenda amendments:  none

Public comment period:  None


Final budget review:  Highway budget-gas and fuel line discussed; usage up and price increase will overspend budget for FY19, changed anticipated to $24,000 and FY budget set at $23,000.  Discussed paving for FY20; Gallup not a priority, finish Hanna Rd and Stanley/Swamp if grant is received.   Reviewed tool list requests from highway crew and what is priority needs; budgeted $2,800 to purchase what can. 

                   General budget-discussed the school fiscal services and the changes in the clerk’s office work.  With the merger scenario the fiscal services will automatically move to the Unified District office.  If the merger is stopped or delayed, the decision needs to be made with the Treasurer of these duties.  Lisa discussed the many changes and requirements in payroll/human resources and necessary reporting for the school, the software and chart of accounts change over and the extra time needed for the school work.  The town clerk’s office has taken on more tasks with the Rec Dept and Water District and has decided to relinquish the school fiscal services to the Supervisory Union as of June 30, 2018.


Sidewalks: discussed the options of the approved sidewalk article funds from FY18.  With the bids being way over expected last summer the project was put on hold.  Need to put the $11,000 from the specific article on reserve for this project to match the awarded grant of $16,000.  The job will be rebid next month with a cap of $32,000 of funds available and see how much can be done.  Look at possible community project.  The scoping study project for the Hanna Rd to Square Rd sidewalks, in front of the businesses will be done this summer if the article is approved at town meeting for the match funds of $6,600. 


ROW: discussed the existing ROW to the town land on the Dick Wright property thought to be by the Benjamin garage for agricultural use.  Need to research to find location. 


Town meeting and Warning review:  Board reviewed the warning and approved.  Discussed time to start the meeting with the minimal school business; agreed to start at 10 am.  Discussed the possible school articles and the obligation of the auditors for the necessary school business.  Lisa will speak with VLCT or the Secretary of State.  Also need to check on the petition from Jay Denault submitted on December 28th.  The board is willing to put in the town warning.  Jay may rescind pending the outcome of the Articles of Agreements written; but what are the requirements to rescind?


Public Budget meeting discussion:

·                       Michelle reviewed the needs of the board for the slide presentation at the public budget meeting.  Decided on what they wanted to present.  Discussed the separate Lake Carmi water quality fund to track the project expenses and funding needed. 


Next meeting date is January 24th @ 7:00 pm at the School Library for the public budget input.



At 12:52 pm Andy G/Dave B made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Vote taken; all in favor; motion carried.


Respectfully submitted,

Lisa Larivee, Town Clerk

January 26, 2019

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

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