Franklin Selectboard Meeting
July 15, 2020
@ 6:00 p.m.
Franklin United Church basement
Call to order
At 6:10 p.m. Peter Magnant called
the meeting to order. The Pledge of Allegiance was said.
Peter Magnant, Dave Bennion, Yvon Dandurand, Lisa Larivee, Town Clerk, Andy
Godin (joined at 7:03 pm)
Richard, Mary Lou Booth
Agenda amendments: Add to Old Business-Town hall roof update and
town water district update. Add to New
Business-Rte 120 paving/resurfacing plan.
All members in favor of amendments.
Public comment period: none
Approval of minutes: Yvon D/Dave B made a motion to approve the minutes of June 17th,
regular meeting as written. Peter
advised he had requested a small change.
All members voted in favor; motion passed. Yvon D/Dave B made a motion to approve the
minutes of June 25th, TAN approval and July 6th, weed
harvester interviews as written. All
members voted in favor; motion passed.
Town Clerk Concerns: Vote
tabulator- Lisa spoke with the Secretary of State Elections about borrowing a
vote tabulator for the November election to try one out and due to the
pandemic. Absentee ballots will be
mailed to all active voters by the state for the November election. There
should be very little traffic at the polls.
The board discussed and agreed that we can count safely and do not need
Driveway permit: Joseph Barney
has submitted a permit to upgrade an ag driveway on Middle Rd for property
recently purchased, discussed location. Yvon D/Dave B made a motion to give
permission for Jeremy B and Andy G to sign off on the permit based upon their
approval of the permit for Joseph Barney.
All members voted in favor; motion passed.
Yield sign Richard Rd/Gallup Rd: Carole Richard
and Mary Lou Booth entered the meeting.
Peter advised he spoke with Tyler of VTrans and the concerns about installing
yield signs. Bethany, NRPC, also
reviewed the intersection and has concerns with Gallup Rd traffic having to
yield to Richard Rd traffic; with little traffic and Gallup Road being the
through road; would not recommend this flow.
Should consider reconfiguring the triangle corner; remove tree in the
center of curve and make into a “Y” intersection by removing one leg of the
intersection. Mary Lou asked about a
yield sign on Richard Rd traveling south onto Gallup Rd. May need to consider a “curve” sign as many
people go off the road going around the corner from Richard onto Gallup Rd
here. Carole asked about comments to
reclassifying the Richard Rd after the intersection to a class 4 road; Peter
advised it was mentioned, but is not in the best interest of the board. Carole asked about grading/gravel on the
road, in bad shaped and needs work; also snow plowing is done minimally. Border Patrol go to the end of the road which
abuts the border, daily to watch the area.
Garage humidity concern: Yvon has been
researching options for dehumidifiers to remedy the humidity issue. The quote he had gotten with Uline in the
spring is the best option for capacity and area of coverage. Dave will assist the highway crew to mount
the unit up on the wall and drain with sump pump and float. Yvon D/Dave B made a motion to purchase the
dehumidifier for the highway garage as quoted and installation with sump pump
and float switch to pump water outside.
All members voted in favor; motion passed.
Weed harvester update: Andy advised
Yvon the harvester is still down; Ken Bocash came and looked at it and has
ordered a new carburetor; bad due to ethanol fuel, need to use non-ethanol gas. Should be here next week and get
running. Yvon spoke with Aquamarine
about our issues with the machine and they advised they recently have found the
hydraulic system valves are moving over time and need to be adjusted; they have
sent him info on this adjustment to be made.
Yvon asked for a price to replace the gas engine with a diesel one and
the mounting plates needed. Yvon also
asked for a quote from Champlain Valley Equipment for a new diesel engine.
Review and approve bills: board members reviewed and signed
Dog complaint/ Middle Rd: Dennis, ACO and Deputy Rainville
visited the residents on Friday, July 10th and advised they need to
keep the dogs from barking constantly.
They have anti-bark collars and will work to control the barking. Owner stated they did not receive the
violation tickets. The issue is being
Aquatic Nuisance Grant award:
Lisa advised we have been awarded a grant of $1695 from the State for
operation of the weed harvester. Andy
G/Yvon D made a motion to authorize Peter to electronically sign the aquatic
nuisance grant award. All members voted
in favor; motion passed.
Sidewalk policy: Peter suggested an addition to the parking concern;
add- if there is not sufficient green space between the sidewalk and the road,
temporary parking on a portion of the sidewalk is allowable. This parking should be for less than an hour
for unloading vehicles or quick visits.
This is not to be considered regular parking and should be avoided
whenever possible. Lisa will update for
final review and adoption at the next board meeting.
Park & Ride line stripping: Lisa spoke with VTrans about
maintenance of the lot and who’s responsible for stripping. They advised it is on the town to maintain
Town hall roof update: Peter asked
Dave on the progress. The north side has
been stripped, sheathed and ready for tin.
Rob from LCCA wants to use the town hall on July 25th for a
director meeting, in case of rain. Will
contact the town clerk’s office to schedule.
District update: Peter advised the district has put out a
conserve water notice as levels were below the overflow; until the level is
back up. Work will begin on the upgrades
next week. Some work on the valve system
may wait until spring if needed as tanks need to be drained.
appraisal notice: The listers have given a notice for change of
ownership of the ballfields to the town and the assessment of 60,300. The town is tax exempt, but this now reflects
as town property on the grand list.
Rights Day Proclamation: Dec 10, 2020 would be the celebration of
Human Rights Day. Peter read the
proclamation aloud as drafted by a PhD student from Durban University; he has
asked every community to adopt the proclamation in awareness and support of
human rights for all. Yvon D/Dave B made
a motion for Franklin to proclaim Dec 10, 2020 as Human Rights Day. All members voted in favor; motion passed.
paving update: State Transportation has forwarded a plan for
resurfacing 5.1 miles of Rte 120 from Sheldon to Franklin. NRPC TAC committee has made comments and
input for this action. Waiting for the
boring results of the frost heave that happens below Rice Hill Rd intersection
for repairs before paving.
Dave- a resident was upset about having the monuments cleaned as it removes
the historic value. Conduit is broken at
meter outside town clerk’s office, Lisa will call VEC.
Lisa-discussed the Census participation; Franklin is only at about 50%. Need to spread the word for people to go
on-line and report if they haven’t done so.
These results are important for the community. The education tax rates have been received
and are up.
Yvon- town sign is
complete except for the plexi-glass that can not be found anywhere right
Peter- asked if the highway truck delivery is on schedule for Oct; Yvon advised yes.
Yvon D/Dave B made a motion to
adjourn the meeting. All members voted in
favor; motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 8:22 p.m.
Next meeting will be August 5th
at 7:00 pm.
Larivee, Town Clerk
These minutes are not official until approved at the next regular Selectboard