Franklin Selectboard Meeting

March 21, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Franklin Town Clerk’s Office


Call to order: pledge of allegiance at 6:03 pm.


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

Guests: Corinna Stanley, jordy fraties, Jeremy Barnum (road foreman), Harvey bushey and Kim gates.


Agenda amendments - none


Public Comment PeriOd

Corinna Stanley has concerns about the Town of Franklin’s web page. The location of the LCCA tab, the member login and the language is offensive to her. Mrs. Stanley asked the SB to review this with her concerns in mind. Peter agreed to follow through on this.


Approval of minutes from 2-21-2018 Meeting and from the Town Meeting

Yvon D/Brooks S made a motion to approve the minutes of 2-21-2018 as presented. One abstention, motion carried.


Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to approve the minutes of the Town Meeting, March 6, 2018. The SB agreed to pass over this until Lisa can get them a clean copy. Brook S withdrew his motion.


Reorganization of officers

Andy G/Brooks S made a motion to nominate Peter M as chairman of the SB. Motion carried.


Brooks S/Andy G nominates Yvon D as Vice Chair. Motion carried.


Brooks S/Dave B nominates Andy G as Road Commissioner. Motion carried.


ADOPT BOARD RULES OF PROCEDURE - Dave B stated he has read these rules. Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to adopt the Board Rules of Procedure. Motion carried.



Brooks S/Yvon D nominates Robert Irish for a one year term as Zoning Administrator. Motion carried.


Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to nominate Dave Bennion as keeper of the clock. Motion carried. The SB will write a Thank You note to Eric Gerard for his past service.


The NW Solid Waste representative will be decided at a later date.


Brooks S/Andy G nominated Yvon D and Jordie Fraties as Franklin’s Regional Planning Commissioners. Motion carried.


Brooks S/Yvon D nominates Marshall Ploof as Water Commissioner for a three yr. term. Motion carried.


Brooks S/Yvon D nominates Jordy Fraties and Dan Larivee as Franklin Planning Commissioners for a three yr. term. Motion carried.


Yvon D/Brooks S nominates Polly Gadbois  for a three year term to the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Motion carried.



Dennis Demar as Animal Control Officer.

Burton Maynard as Tree and Fire Warden.

Chris Ferland as Health Officer.

Donald Gates as Keeper of Street Lights.

Polly Gadbois as Town Service Officer.

Mark Toof as Emergency Mgmt Coordinator.

Sara Rainville as 911 Coordinator.

Burton Maynard as Constable as elected at Town Meeting.

Peter Magnant as T.A.C. Member.

Yvon Dandurand as Clean Water Advisory Committee (CWAC).


Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to nominate all of the above. Motion carried.


Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to raise the Town Hall rental to $50 for non- profits/residents; to change mileage rates up to .545 per mile as per IRS published rate; and minimum wage to $10.50 for Listers and Auditors. Motion carried.


The SB set their meeting schedule for the ensuing year as follows: one time a month on the third Wednesday on the odd months at 6:00 pm; the first and third Wednesday of the month on the even months at 7:00 pm..


Highway department

LOADER REVIEW - This expenditure was approved at Town Meeting. Now the SB needs to make a decision. Jeremy Barnum would like to try out the loader before purchasing. Peter M suggested Yvon D, Jeremy B and Andy G get together to make a decision after Jeremy B and crew have a chance to try out the loaders, then report back to the SB. Harvey Bushey  said he had a poor experience with Case equipment and repairs.


SIDEWALK BID POSTING REVIEW - Lisa rewrote the Bid language. Peter M read it aloud. The dates were discussed. May 16th was agreed upon for the bid opening and October 19th for work completion. The SB will hold up on posting the request for bids until the April 4th meeting.


USED SNOWPLOW PURCHASE - Jeremy Barnum suggested the SB consider purchasing this used snowplow as a spare. Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to have Andy G look at the plow and make a decision.


MAILBOX POLICY REVIEW – Jeremy B said frequently people request new mailboxes. He suggests the Town only pay for the ones the town trucks actually damage. Peter M read aloud the new proposed policy. Brook S/Dave B made a motion to adopt the new Policy with $50 maximum reimbursement. Motion carried.




Town Clerk concerns

BABY CHANGING TABLE - the installation bid is $40 from Dave B. Jeremy suggested the road crew could do this job. The SB was fine with this as long as the proper hardware is used.


Review and sign bills

All SB members reviewed and signed off on the bills. Dave B suggested a Congratulations Card be sent to Joyce Hakey (Principal )for her recognition award. The SB members signed a Thank You Card going to Jean Richards for moderating the Town Meeting.


Old Business

PARK AND RIDE AGREEMENT - Kim Gates is here to discuss. The most recent draft was reviewed. Pam at the Homestead has a copy of this draft. The next Homestead Board Meeting is 3-28-2018. Andy G, Dave B and Brooks S will attend the Homestead meeting. Lisa will need to properly warn this as a SB Meeting for that date.


New business

RUSSIN/HANNA ROAD junk clean-up concerns – Yvon D and Peter M will check out the concern and report back to the SB; maybe talk to the property owner.


STEPS TO STAGE at Town Hall – Dave B said these steps do not have railings. He would like these steps to go away. He suggests they be stored downstairs and see if anyone misses them.


Selectboard folder


VLCT is having their training sessions. Dave B will go this year. Peter M went through the folder.


Member concerns

Dave B asked who is responsible for notifying the Boards when someone steps down. Answer: Lisa does.

Andy G - no concerns.

Brooks S - asked about the quick attach for the loader. The committee will consider this.

Yvon D - wants Thank you notes sent to Monique Rainville, Dorothy Lothian, Avery Feeley, Rachael Dumeny, Miriam Edele and the Fire Department. The former for helping at Town Meeting and the later for the many years of Pancake Breakfasts that saved the town money. Also, Yvon D asked why Franklin is no longer hosting the Household Hazardous Waste day.

Peter M – Peter M read the Aquatic Nuisance Grant award of $2147 which is a matching Grant (50/50). Peter M talked about the water quality meetings and farmers and watershed issues.  The State has set aside the funding for the aeration project. The land lease needs to be redone.


Next meeting date is April 4, 2018 at the Town clerk’s office at 7:00 pm


At 8:21 pm Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to adjourn. Motion carried.


Respectfully submitted,

Sandi Murphy (minute taker)


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