Franklin Selectboard Meeting

June 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

Town Clerk’s Office


At 7:01 pm the meeting was called to order by chairperson, Peter Magnant. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all present.


Present: Peter Magnant, Yvon Dandurand, Andy Godin, Dave Bennion, BrookS Sturtevant and Sandi Murphy



Caleb Basa, Dick Benton, Peter Benevento, Sharon and Bill Sorensen, Diane Larose, Hilda Hendrickson, Ruth Ann Krayesky, Perry Thomas (VT DEC), Kirk Artus, Jake Dandurand, Jeremy Barnum, Harvey Bushey, Tim Pudvar, Kim Gates, Dan Favreau, Jim Jewett, Jay Denault.


Agenda amendments:

Under Article 4 add Letter to VTRANS; under Article 9 add weed harvester.


Public Comment Period - None


Perry Thomas - Lake Carmi projects and funding application

·         Perry Thomas has been helping the Town Clerk, Lisa, do an application for a $25,000 Grant to do a Pilot Study of groundwater around Lake Carmi to test for phosphorous levels. Perry referred the SB to a handout. The Town would be reimbursed for the money expended on the project. The State and the Town would own the results of the study. The study involves wells being drilled in certain locations. Kirk Artus asked if these wells would be on private property. The answer is yes, on camp owners land with permission. Peter M said the application is here on the table and he went over it aloud. Yvon D/Brooks S made a motion to sign the application. No further discussion, vote taken, motion carried. Peter M signed the application.

·         Mill Pond Dam - Perry Thomas passed out a copy of a study that was done to determine what is best for this Dam going forward. Dick Benton gave his thoughts, but said he is happy to see what the results of the study are. Pete Benevento asked if dredging was an option. No one is sure what will be recommended until the study is completed. The staff gauge has been installed at the Dewing Rd bridge to monitor the lake level.

·         Perry Thomas said S.260 has been signed by the Governor and funding is secure for the aeration project.


Highway department

•     Loader discussion/ review - Tim Pudvar from John Deere introduced himself and gave out packets to the SB members. He also looked at Franklin’s loader today. He went over the specs, pricing and servicing options. Jeremy and Jake from the road crew are present to listen and ask any questions they may have. After the presentation, they said they like the Case loader better. Peter M asked Yvon D, Andy G, Jeremy B and Jake D to serve on a committee to meet and come up with a recommendation to the full SB. They agreed to do this.

•     Municipal Roads Grants-in-aid NRPC - a letter of intent needs to be signed by the SB to continue working with NRPC for FY19 funding of road erosion projects. Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to sign the letter. Motion carried. And a letter of intent for Equipment purchases from this grant funding needs to be signed. Yvon D/Dave B made a motion to sign this letter. Motion carried.

•     Clean Water Block Grant - this is the highway storm water project at the Town garage ($38,400). We need to track and document all work the Town crew does on this project. The Grant Agreement needs to be signed. Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to sign the agreement. Motion carried. Peter M signed the agreement.

•     Paving bid/contract FY19 work - Jeremy has a bid from Pike for $73 per ton (ECI’s bid was $73.25 per ton) It is estimated we need 1227 ton x 73 equals $89,571. This is below the allocated budgeted amount. Andy G/Yvon D made a motion to accept the Pike bid. Vote taken, Motion carried. Paving will be done in the fall. Peter M wants the SB to meet the new Pike representative and Jeremy needs to get a copy of the Pike bid to Lisa.

•     Letter to VTRANS - at the intersection of Route 120 and Morse’s Line Road the SB wants a four way stop and have drafted a letter to VTRANS. The SB agreed to revisit this at a later time.


Vast trail work/ TH#33

Dan Favreau was present to explain the need for a bridge to be built for the VAST trail for snowmobiles on TH#33 and permission to do so. It will cost them less than $2500. Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to allow VAST to build the bridge on TH #33 and have Peter M sign a letter of approval. Motion carried. Peter M signed the letter. Peter M asked the SB if TH#33 should be changed to a legal trail. The SB will take this up at a later meeting.


Approve minutes of May 16, 2018

Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to approve the minutes of May 16, 2018 as presented. Motion carried.


Town Clerk concerns

•     Hayland bid review - no bids were received. Andy G will revisit this with the former tenant.

•     Deuso dog complaint - the dogs have not yet been registered.

•     Efficiency VT energy audit – we had an energy audit done in 2011 and Efficiency VT is now doing free energy assessments for businesses. The SB is OK with having the energy assessment done on the municipal buildings.

•     Mailbox reimbursement - the SB and the road crew are in agreement that the damage was not done by the Town snowplow. No reimbursement will be paid.

•     Governor candidate event posting to town website - Judy McLaughlin asked permission to post a political candidate event on the town website. The SB will not honor this request, so not to support any particular candidate.


Review and sign bills

All SB members reviewed and signed off on the bills and orders.


Old Business

weed harvester - there is a letter from Pam Greene on behalf of the Sandy Bay Association stating they agreed to allow the harvester to empty the weeds on their beach area this summer. The weeds need to be removed timely. Brooks S and Andy G will be making up the harvester schedule starting around June 15, 2018.


New business

The dog impound fee per day Ordinance - the SB needs to set a per diem fee to hold the dogs. The SB will talk to Dennis Demar and take this up at the next meeting in two weeks.


Dog warrant/ unlicensed list – Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to sign the Dog Warrant. Motion carried. Peter M signed the warrant.


Selectboard folder

Peter M went through the folder.


Member concerns/ other business

There were no member concerns at this time from Peter M, Andy G, Brooks S, and Yvon D. Dave B asked about having flag holders on either side of the stage at the Town Hall. The SB is OK with this as long as no undesirable flags are posted. Dave B asked about the Honeysuckle bush next to the bandstand, should it be cut down? Yes, was the response.


Under other business Jay Denault and Jim Jewett were present and went over proposed School District mergers. When this happens local school boards will be dismissed and a new Board will be formed. (Small School Support Grants will no longer be available). They explained a way the Franklin School District can stay independent. Further discussion will be had with the Franklin School board regarding holding a special town meeting to inform the residents of the school merger status.


Next meeting date is June 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the Town Clerk’s office.


At 10:13 pm Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried.



Respectfully submitted,

Sandi Murphy, minute taker

June 8, 2018


These minutes are not official until approved at the next Selectboard meeting.

These minutes were approved at the June 20, 2018 Selectboard meeting.