Franklin Selectboard Meeting
March 20, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Town Clerk’s Office
Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at
6:00 pm by Chair Peter M. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Peter Magnant, Yvon Dandurand, Brooks Sturtevant, and Dave Bennion. Lisa
Larivee (Town Clerk) arrived later. Andy Godin was absent.
Talley from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Mike Lawyer from the Franklin
Fire/Water Commission, Kevin Lothian concerning the Dick Wright property Right
AGENDA AMENDMENTS - Under New Business add discussion on lease of property for the
aeration system. And add review of letter of resignation from Jordy Fraties.
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD - No comments.
Franklin County sheriff - Roger
Sheriff Langevin was not able to be
present. Deputy Sheriff Paul Talley (second in command) was present to share
what is going on at the Sheriff’s Office. The new plan is to focus on the
community, getting out of our cars and mingling with the Town folk; researching
Grants to help pay for new equipment. They contract with six Franklin County
communities for coverage. Paul Talley said they need to continue open lines of
communication. There was some discussion about the Fourth of July activities
and the traffic issues. They plan to work with the LCCA to keep it safe. The SB
thanked Paul Talley for coming in.
Kevin Lothian - Dick Wright property
Peter M spoke about a 22 foot Right
of Way across the Dick Wright property. Mr. Lothian is not aware of the ROW. He
has not closed on the property yet. He will stay in touch. Dave B suggested
maybe a property line adjustment could be worked out to swap some other town
Approve Minutes of March 6th and
March 5th Town meetings
Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to approve
the minutes of March 6th with one small change on line 55 and a spelling
correction on line 63. The motion carried with all in favor.
Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to
accept the minutes of the 2019 Town Meeting held March 5. There were no
changes, errors or omissions noted. The motion carried with all in favor.
Municipal Roads General Permit
annual report – this is to report to the State that we are in compliance with
the new general roads permit. Brooks
S/Yvon D made a motion to approve the above mentioned report. No further
discussion. Motion carried. Peter M signed the report.
Winter Operations Policy - Lisa
updated the equipment list. Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to adopt the amended
policy. The motion carried.
Sidewalk Bid opening - Two bids were
received. Bid #1 was from Daniel V. Rexford/Rexford Sitework. He bid to do 420
feet by 5 feet of sidewalk for the $32,000. Bid #2 was from Berlinghoff. He bid
to do 300 feet by 5 feet of sidewalk for the $32,000. Peter M asked where we
were with the permits. Lisa has talked with Jim Cota from VTRANS, there is a
guide wire that VELCO needs to address and there is an ADA question for
crosswalks Lisa is checking on, the 1111 permit to work in the State RIW has
been submitted. Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to accept Bid#1 and proceed when
the permits are in order and after a preconstruction meeting is held. The
motion carried with all in favor.
Water Operator position - Jeremy B
wanted to do this work as an Independent Contractor. Lisa reached out to VLCT
for advice. It was suggested to her that as an employee, Jeremy cannot be paid
as a contractor for this additional department and that overtime hours would
need to be utilized with a max of $4200 annually. The job description still
needs to be fine-tuned.
Selectboard Rules of Procedure – Brooks
S/Yvon D made a motion to adopt the SB Rules of Procedure. No further discussion.
Motion carried with all in favor. Peter M signed the Rules of Procedure.
Hay Land Bid - There were no bids
last year. Peter M suggested it be rebid or maybe offered to Gerald Domina
again. Yvon D prefers to rebid. Lisa will use the same RFP used before. Lisa
will put this in the Messenger, website and facebook.
School zero-turn and tractor
discussion – Peter M said the SB needs to talk with the school to re-examine
Discussion of lease of camp lot property
for the aeration system - the proposed lease sould be reviewed by an attorney.
Who pays for this? No clear answer.
Letter of resignation from Jordy
Fraties from the Planning Commission - the letter was read aloud. He is moving
out of town. Yvon D/Dave B made a motion to accept the letter of resignation.
No further discussion. Motion carried with all in Favor.
Review and sign Bills
All SB members reviewed and signed
off on the bills and orders.
Town Clerk concerns
Emergency dispatch - The St. Albans City
Police Department sent over a contract for FY20, starting July 1, 2019 for
review and signature. Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to sign the contract for
$13,676. No further discussion. Motion
carried with all in favor. Peter M signed the contract.
NRPC Officers List - They want an
updated list of all the Franklin Town Officers. Lisa prepared a list and Peter
M signed it.
Electric Vehicle charging station -
Lisa will pursue the Grant, but we need a location established before it can be
sent in. It was decided to table discussion on this until a later date.
Personnel Policy review - the SB
members went over the policy, changes were discussed; schedules/work shifts,
holidays, overtime, DOT physical requirement, remove family leave portion. Members will review further for necessary
updates. All agreed to keep a closer
watch over the implementation.
Peter M went through the folder.
Member concerns/other business
Yvon D - Road crew overtime needs to
be watched. There is a tree on Bouchard’s property that needs to come down.
Brooks S - No concerns
Dave B - Treasure Island theater
production was excellent. Need better sound system as many folks could not hear
everything well. John Mercy has the necessary parts for the duct work and will
be putting them in soon.
Peter M. - The meeting with Jim Cota
will be 4-19-2019 and Peter M will put an agenda together.
The next meeting date will be April
3rd, 2019 at 7:00pm at the Town clerk’s Office
Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to
adjourn at 9:43 pm. No discussion. Motion carried with all in favor.
Sandi Murphy, Minute Taker
March 25, 2019
These minutes are not official until approved at the next regular
These minutes were approved at the
April 3, 2019 selectboard meeting.