Franklin Selectboard Meeting
January 3, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Call to order
At 6:03 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; Jake Dandurand and Jeremy Barnum, highway crew; Devin
amendments: Dave asked to add to Old
business the quote for the town hall furnace duck work from John Mercy. All in favor.
comment period: None
of Minutes: December 13th
dog hearing minutes-Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to approve the minutes as
written. Three members voted in favor,
Peter abstained, motion passed
19th minutes Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to approve the minutes
as written. All members voted in favor,
Act 46 discussion: Devin Bachelder
reviewed the discussions of the Supervisory Union Board meeting on January 2;
David Kelley, Attorney of the lawsuit has asked the judge for an emergency
hearing before January 9 in hopes of an injunction for all involved in the
lawsuit. The default articles of
agreement will be in place if we do not draft our own. January 10th the four school
boards (Franklin, Highgate, Swanton, MVU) will meet to appoint a committee to
draft our own articles of agreement.
Devin would like to discuss some legal strategies of our local school
board regarding the merger. Peter asked
for a motion to enter into executive session; Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to
enter into executive session at 6:13 p.m. and invite Devin and Lisa to
join. Three members in favor, Yvon
abstained; entered into executive session.
Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to exit executive session at 6:29
p.m. No action was taken. Devin was thanked for updating the board and
left the meeting.
Highway budget reviewed: Tools-need a list from the guys of needed
tools/costs to do the necessary repairs to equipment. Gas and fuel increased to $21,000 due to
price increase and consumption, watch to see if this is adequate before the Jan
24 budget meeting; telephone to $900 with internet ($240); Blacktop for Gallup,
Hanna and anticipate grant funding to do the rest of Stanley and Swamp Rds. Jeremy would like to hold off on doing paving
if we get a grant until June 2020 and use two years (FY20 & 21) funds to do
a larger job, as we would get a better price per ton.
The highway crew would like to set-up Jakes
truck with a liquid calcium tank for winter road salt application. The cost for the equipment is $2,500 and we
would install; this would save on two trips back to garage to change sand/salt
mix to just sand for the dirt roads vs. blacktop, on the east side of
town. Would use less fuel and salt, save
on overtime. The board would like to put
it in as an article for the voters input, Lisa will add to the warning.
Jeremy advised the chloride trailer we currently
have is very rotted and no longer road safe.
They have found a used dual axel trailer for $2,500 that needs a new
deck, would like to purchase now (FY19 budget) to get ready for the summer
season. Brooks S/Dave B made a motion
giving authority to Jeremy and Jake to inspect the trailer and purchase if
meets their approval and replace the deck for up to $3,000 for a new chloride
trailer. All members voted in favor,
Reviewed the general budget-discussed the school
merger issue and how this would affect the fiscal services that are done in
this office. That job would be moved to
the Supervisory Union office. The salary
and benefits budget would be adjust as well as the projected revenue school
reimbursement. Town hall heating fuel
use was discussed as the building seems to be using a lot of fuel compared to
the past; maybe due to the new furnace room work, there has been a change in
furnace operation. Dave and Yvon will
look into it.
Peter would like a power point presentation of
the old and new proposed articles to explain the payments and impacts, for the
public budget meeting on January 24th. Michelle will work on putting that
Recreation Dept-this is the third year that the
Recreation budget has been an individual article; if the article passes again this year, moving
forward it will be included in the general budget.
Lake Carmi water quality project will be a
minimum of a 10 year commitment for the town.
Peter read the articles on the warning-need to
reword the library article of the reserve funds and that they were previously
received and need to be held for a specific purpose.
Review and sign bills: Members reviewed and signed bills.
Warning review: Board reviewed the warning draft.
Dave got a quote from John Mercy for the town hall
duct work to reduce the noise level at the registers; quote is $1,400. Will need to be discussed and looked into
further for other options as well.
New Business: none
Selectboard folder: -land trust
letter on behalf of Mike & Denna Benjamin
CLA and COD notice from Property Valuation; we are
maintaining at a very good level from our 2012 reappraisal.
Franklin County court budget/assessment meeting notice
if interested in attending
Member concerns/other business: Yvon-with town
meeting coming up, he would like to make it known that he will be looking to
get off the board; will try to finish his term (2021) but
has his hands full with his personal schedule and needs to get off the boards.
Next meeting date is January 24th
@ 7:00 pm at the School Library for the public budget input.
At 8:38 pm Brooks S/Yvon D 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.