Franklin Selectboard Meeting
June 19, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.
Call to order
At 7:00 p.m. Yvon Dandurand called
the meeting to order. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Present: Andy Godin, Dave Bennion, Yvon
Dandurand, Brooks Sturtevant and Lisa Larivee, Town Clerk
amendments: add to town clerk
concerns – Bike/Ped grant for radar speed signs on Lake Rd/Rte 120. All members in favor.
comment period: None
Lake Carmi Aeration project:
Yvon reviewed the update received this week from
Everblue and the status of the project.
The generators and manifolds are installed, the lines into the lake were
being buried and the water lines and diffusers were ready to go into the lake
Discussed the insurance coverage of the equipment
being installed. Pete had advised upon
speaking with the State that it was covered for two years while Everblue
manages the project. The town policy
covers the liability of the equipment on the Evans property through the lease
agreement. The concern is of vandalism
of the equipment; Lisa with check into this further.
Sidewalk approval/walk through:
Lisa advised the sidewalk is complete; she will speak with Dan Rexford
for confirmation and contact Michael Chrastina from VTrans Dist 8 and Peter
Pochop with the State for a final inspection and review. Need to complete the grant reimbursement
paperwork for payment.
Highgate meeting regarding Hanna Rd:
July 18th at 7:00 in Highgate there will be a public hearing
regarding the reclassification of Hanna Rd from class III to class II. The boards will need to do a site visit also
after this hearing. Reclassification
will allow for greater aid to highway funding and other grant funding available
from the State.
Grader training: Jeremy has confirmed with Stu from VT Local Roads for
June 27th weather permitting.
He will come on site and review methods and tips of proper grading.
Andy advised the road side mowing will be done this
week. The weed harvester has been put
into the lake this week as well.
Town Clerk Concerns:
Franklin Center Cemetery:
The board has reviewed the deed and is fine with it. John Hubbard and Dwight Tatro were reviewing
it as well and will have an association meeting soon to sign off on the
transfer to the town. Mr. Tatro was
going to check on the mowing at this time, as Paul Greenwood, who had been
mowing has passed away.
Maplegrove Cemetery easement: this has been approved by the town; the
Maplegrove Cemetery Association was meeting to sign off on the easement for the
town to access the school land being transferred to us. Hugh Gates is looking into the layout of
School St as there seems to be some concern over the accuracy on a survey.
Financial Management Questionaire:
Lisa advised this is requested of the State Treasurer annually to be
completed by the Treasurer and signed off by the Selectboard. It is to cover transparency and best
practices of the town treasurer. The
board reviewed and Yvon signed off.
Fingerprint checks: The library trustees are looking for a method to
request federal fingerprint checks on the librarians as they deal with
vulnerable individuals. Lisa spoke with
VLCT and was advised there is not a simple method other than the individual
requesting for themselves on behalf of the library trustees. The library should reimburse for the cost if
it is required as part of the hiring process.
Yvon states these are a pass or fail notice that is on special paper and
has a federal seal so it cannot be tampered with.
Radar speed signs: Lisa is working on a grant through the VTrans
Bike/Pedestrian program for funding of two signs on Lake Rd/Rte 120 near the
beach area. These signs are a digit
flashing notice of your speed as you approach them, as this is a reduced speed
area it will make the driver more aware of their speed. The quote is for two
signs and special posts for $8580; grant match is 50%. Suggested that they be installed in May and
removed in October of each summer rather than leave for the entire winter.
Approval of minutes: Brooks S/Dave
B made the motion to approve the June 5 and 12, 2019 minutes as written. All members voted in favor of the June 5th;
Andy abstained from the June 12th, motion passed.
Review and sign bills: Members reviewed and signed bills. Motion made by Brooks S/Dave B to pay the
invoice to Meehan Tree Service in the amount of $825 for the sidewalk project
arborist work. All members voted in
favor, motion passed.
Town hall roof leak: Dave spoke with Billado Roofing about the repair and
was given a quote; to repair the south side that is leaking and coat the entire
roof it would cost $13,100. They
suggested to submit an insurance claim as it appears to be wind damage that has
lifted the tin. To replace the south side of the roof with standing seam it
would be $16,950; strip, plywood and standing seam tin; $33,900 to replace the
entire roof. It is starting to come
apart at the seams near the bottom and will need to be replaced in the near
future. Dave has researched and found
that the roof was put on in 1929. The
board approved of the town clerk to inquire about an insurance claim for the
Dumpster: Lisa had pricing
from Wetherby ($60 month), Sylvester ($90) and Soule ($85) on a two yard
dumpster for the town to be located at the town garage. Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to enter into
an agreement with Wetherby’s for a two yard dumpster at $60 month with every
other week pickup; one time in the winter months at a lower price. All members voted in favor, motion
Selectboard Folder: none
Andy discussed the fence being erected on Middle Rd at
the Studabaker property (formerly Martha Jane Olmstead); he has spoken with
them about moving the fence back away from the road as there is concern with
the snow plow damaging it in the winter.
They advised they would move it back.
Yvon would like to send out a “thank you” to all the
donors and those involved in the efforts of the new school playground. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony and
cake & ice cream on June 28th at 6:00 pm to present the “new”
Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to
adjourn the meeting. Vote taken; all in favor; motion carried. Meeting
adjourned at 8:28 p.m.
Next meeting will be July 17th
at 6 pm
Larivee, Town Clerk
These minutes are not official until
approved at the next regular selectboard meeting.
These minutes were approved at the
July 17, 2019 Selectboard meeting.