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.


Present: Peter Magnant, Yvon Dandurand, Brooks Sturtevant, and Dave Bennion. Lisa Larivee (Town Clerk) arrived later. Andy Godin was absent.


Guests: Paul Talley from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Mike Lawyer from the Franklin Fire/Water Commission, Kevin Lothian concerning the Dick Wright property Right of Way.


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.




Franklin County sheriff - Roger Langevin

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 ROW

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 land.


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.


Highway Department

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.


New business

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 this issue.


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.


Old business

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.


Selectboard folder

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.


Respectfully submitted,


Sandi Murphy, Minute Taker

March 25, 2019


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

These minutes were approved at the April 3, 2019 selectboard meeting.