Franklin Selectboard Meeting
January 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Call to order
At 7:00 p.m. Peter M called the
meeting to order. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Present: Peter Magnant, Yvon Dandurand,
Dave Bennion, Brooks Sturtevant, Lisa Larivee, Town Clerk
Guests: Jean Richard & Michelle Guilmette,
Auditors; Bridget Thompson and Stacey Godin, Rec Dept; Jay Denault, Phil and
Pierrette Bouchard, Westley Kempton, Deb Grennon, Library Trustee; Pam Greene.
amendments: Pete read the agenda
aloud, no amendments
comment period: None
Peter reviewed the General fund budget
Salaries increase of approx. 2% but have been
reduced due to the change in Lisa, Town Clerk, hours as of June 30th. She will no longer do the books for the
school. With the software changes again,
the payroll requirements and reporting, changes at the Supervisory Union, they
will take over these duties. Town clerk
will reduce her hours and there is more demand on the clerk for town work such
as grant writing and additional responsibilities.
Insurance is down as there have been no claims
and a change in rating.
Sheriff increased due to the rate from $48 to
$49 and additional hours.
Building Maintenance down as the projects are
caught up, much town hall work has been completed.
Cemeteries are needing funds from the town to
maintain, the East Franklin Cemetery Association has been funding in the past;
also will be taking over the Protestant cemetery in town next summer.
Watershed same funding.
Highway budget review:
Salaries increase of 3% and increase in needed
overtime and an extra driver when needed.
Equipment rental-same funding just split for
Gas and fuel-have had a real increase this year
with price and usage.
General Rd permit-two pieces necessary with the
State, one is annual, the other every five years.
Miscellaneous- $3,500 for a sand pusher to get
more sand into the shed, with the ends it is difficult to dump when it gets
filled up. They will purchase the
attachment and build themselves.
Salt and sand-salt cost is up and more usage.
Telephone-up due to internet for the garage,
needed for the work of the crew with repairs, ect.
Tools-need to purchase items to do maintenance
of the equipment themselves.
Grants/NRPC and Better Roads-match funding
needed to these annual grants.
Deb Grennon asked about the highway crew having
the proper safety/reflective wear to keep them from injury. The board responded they have gear, will need
to be reminded they have to wear it.
Westley Kempton asked about the expenses being below budget. The board responded that the harvester has
had mechanical engine issues and therefore the hours operated are down. Hope to have it resolved and operate more
hours next summer.
Reviewed the prior articles and the expiration
dates. Plow and fire truck will be paid
in FY20; Loader in FY22. Snowblower was
purchased in Nov 2017.
Reviewed FY20 articles:
Recreation Dept-third year of $16,000, after this year
approval will go directly into the budget as a line item. Bridget review some highlights; reduce the
hours of the director to purchase a website platform “my rec” for registration,
schedules, pay fees; will make this much more streamline and organized. Have been working with RiseVT and regional
rec departments for programs. Need a storage
shed for gear and equipment.
Lake Aeration project-week of January 24th
the State was picking a vendor from the bids received. GZA needs 3-phase power and cost is $1.6M to
install and energy cost is $32K and $12K to maintain. Ever Blue is $800K-1.0M and energy is $17,500
and $12K maintenance of compressors, offering a two year maintenance free of
service. The State is requesting that
the Town of Franklin share in the annual energy and maintenance expense of the
system at a cost of $15,000; planned to be installed by June 2019. The town will open a separate fund for the project
to keep a cleaner accounting of expenses and funds needed to operate. Will also make it easier for donations to be
made by groups or individuals if wanted.
Should not affect lake usage as little as possible as it sits at the
bottom. No known effect on fish
population. The phosphorus needs to be
stopped from entering the lake and reduce the current levels in the lake, than
further treatment can be done. The
aeration project is a stop gap until such time.
This is expected to be a ten year project.
Town hall- would like to install a sound system to
include curtains for echo reduction and light blocking. The town hall is being used more by the
community and would like to continue to increase opportunities for it use.
Would consider quilts or some sound absorbing device on the back wall to
prevent echo as well. Curtains cost
$9500 as they need to be fire rated and able to open/close. Sound system is $8500. Pete states “this building is a town treasure
and like to see the continued use.”
Would like to set up one of the trucks with this feature. At the current time, the truck returns to the
shop with a sand/salt mix for the paved roads, dumps and refills with just sand
for the dirt roads. This would be used
for paved vs. dirt. Would turn on to
spray over the sand on paved roads and not on the dirt roads in which we do not
apply salt to. Pete spoke with an
Environmental Scientist at the State about pros/cons. Positive with the use to keep sand on the
road, keeps working longer at lower temps.
Needs to be kept calibrated to keep the proper mix with the sand. Would use less product over the season and
cut fuel usage with no return trips.
Sidewalk scoping study- there are safety and
congestion concerns on the west side of the street from Hanna Rd to Square Rd
in front of the businesses. Would like
to study for suggestions of parking and pedestrian traffic. Have been awarded a grant of $26,400 with a
20% match needed of $6,600. Looking for
voter approval to make it a safer and less congested area.
Haston Library-Deb spoke of the budget and the
memorial donations that have been significant over the recent years and for a
specific purpose of programs and grant awards.
Having a reserve fund would make these funds more transparent and easier
to track as they would be outside of the regular budget. They are also working on updating the gifting
policy to meet the purpose of this fund.
Warning review: Pete read the warning and articles
aloud. Important note that town meeting
will start at 10:00 A.M. this year. Need
to add an article for a town moderator, was deleted in error. Change article 10 to read “liquid
sprayer”. Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion
to add the article to elect a moderator and accept the warning as read. Westley noted the change to article 10 as
well. Yvon rescinded his second to the
motion. Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to
add an article for a town moderator and change the language of Article 10 to
read “liquid sprayer” and accept the warning as written. All members voted in favor, motion
of Minutes: January 3rd
minutes-Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to approve the minutes as written. All members voted in favor, motion passed. January 8th minutes of emergency
meeting for the resolution of waiver for Act 46 judge. Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to approve the
minutes as written. All members voted in
favor, motion passed.
Clerk concerns: none
Review and sign bills: Members reviewed and signed bills.
Selectboard folder: none
Member concerns/other business: Brooks would
like to publicly say “Thank you” to the Towns of Berkshire, Sheldon and
Highgate for their assistance with Sunday/Monday storm last week with both of
our trucks broke down. Lisa and Andy
will do letters to the towns. Yvon asked
about the use of ¾” pee stone on the icy dirt roads, seems a bit large and
protrudes from ice.
Next meeting date is February 6th
@ 7:00 pm at the Town Clerk’s office.
There will be no February 20th meeting.
At 8:41 pm Brooks S/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.