July 6, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m.
Zoom virtual meeting
Call to order
At 7:18 p.m. Peter Magnant called
the meeting to order, late due to technical issues.
Present: Peter Magnant, Dave Bennion,
Brooks Sturtevant, Yvon Dandurand, Lisa Larivee, Town Clerk, Andy Godin joined
Guests: Rob Evans, LCCA; Paula Tremblay,
Bridget Thompson, Dawn Fournier, Stephanie Ho, Bridgette Favreau, Recreation
Committee; Keith Graham, Marty Whittemore, Joe Craig
· Bridget T reviewed the Rec Dept
safety measures and protocols with Covid-19 for the little league season that
will play in July and August. Nine
players from Franklin will be playing with the Highgate and Swanton teams. The league wants to be able to use our ball fields. Paula T is the safety officer for NWLL and
has been actively writing the safety protocol for the league. A Franklin board member will be present at
all Franklin field games to ensure distancing, port-a-potty use, max 150 in
attendance, no use of dugouts, ect.
Franklin Rec supports NWLL but want to make sure everyone is safe
playing. Peter M supports the measures
as long as they are being followed.
Documents have been sent to all players of the teams of the measures and
a Covid waiver. Peter advised there
should be a strict one strike rule and if not followed will not be allowed to
play on Franklin fields. The board
agrees with the measures.
· Bridget advised the Rec board would
like to change the director contract that renews July 1 from salary to hourly
to be conscientious of the Covid crisis and fiscal responsibility to the
town. The board is fine with that and
feel it is a vote of the Recreation Board to change the contract terms.
· Town welcome sign was
discussed. The Selectboard would like
the Rec Board to find some local talent to repaint a new sign.
Weed Harvester operator: Interviews
for operators. Joe Craig and Keith
Graham welcomed to the meeting. Joe has
still been operating the machine, but it is tough going as it is not running
Keith Graham introduced himself
and has lived in Franklin since 1988; is a self-employed carpenter by
trade. Has much mechanical experience
from military background. Loves to fish
and boat on the lake; has a vested interest to keep the lake healthy. Peter advised looking for someone with
patience and light fingers as the machine is slow and need to let it work at
its pace. Yvon advised that the engine
is gas and it works very differently than a diesel engine; were advised when
purchased to go gas by the vendor. This
engine is underpowered for the machine.
Joe advised he has changed the spark plugs; disconnected the electric
fuel pump and tested it-not sure of the problem. Upon reading the manual feels the valves need
to be adjusted as it is back firing fuel into the carburetor. No pressure gauge on the fuel pump. Engine is too small for the hydraulic
system. Keith asked what kind of engine
it is; a Subaru engine. Board discussed
looking into a diesel engine to replace it.
Keith states he has flexibility and time to operate in the summer;
exited the meeting.
Marty Whittemore introduced
himself and lives in Franklin. Worked at
Standard Registry Co; a printing press co for 27 years, the plant closed and he
had to retire. Drove bus for 12 yrs,
Champlain Country Club grounds keeper and equipment operator. Interested in keeping the lake healthy and
loves to fish. Discussed the system
operation, Yvon states is 100% hydraulic operated. Marty is retired and has a very flexible
schedule; exited the meeting.
Rob Evans discussed the need
to replace the engine with a diesel one.
Asked what the cost is; Yvon stated when it was ordered was a $8-9,000
difference for a diesel engine, now he thought about $13,000. Rob wants to speak with LCCA about assisting
to purchase a diesel engine to replace the gas.
Selectboard is in agreement and willing to replace is funding becomes
available. Joe asked if someone can look
at the machine, to make adjustments to valves.
Rob updated the board on the aeration system operation. State Park system is down and has been for
about a week, the power supply is under powered. Vendor is going to replace the compressor
control head; thank you to John Tucci and Oliver Pierson for all their support
of the system operation. Results show a
41% reduction in phosphorus levels in the lake over the last 3 years. Thank you to everyone within the watershed
and the farmers for doing a great job to reduce the phosphorus loading.
Executive session: Brooks S/Andy G made a motion to
enter executive session at 8:17 pm to discuss candidate interviews. All members in favor; motion passed. Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to exit
executive session at 8:25 pm. All members in favor; motion passed. Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to hire Keith
Graham and Marty Whittemore at the current rate of pay to be a cohesive team to
run the weed harvester for the allowed hours.
All members voted in favor; motion passed. Lisa will be in touch with the gentleman.
Yvon asked if Jake can do the valve service work/adjustments. Dave asked if it could be out of time. Yvon-the keyway could be the issue or it
could be out of time. Andy-Ken Bocash
has been recommended to look at the engine.
Brooks will give him a call.
Brooks inquired about the Middle Rd dog issue; the barking continues to
be a concern of neighbors.
Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to
adjourn the meeting. All members voted in
favor; motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 8:37 p.m.
Next meeting will be July 15th at
6:00 pm at the Franklin United Church basement.
Larivee, Town Clerk
These minutes are not official until
approved at the next regular Selectboard meeting.
minutes were approved at the July 15, 2020 Selectboard meeting.