Franklin Selectboard Meeting
January 21, 2019 @ 10:00 am
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,
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 clerks 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 clerks 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,
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?
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.
Larivee, Town Clerk
These minutes are not official until
approved at the next regular selectboard meeting.
These minutes were approved at the
February 6th, 2019 Selectboard meeting.