Franklin Selectboard Meeting
May 15, 2019 @ 6:00 p.m.
Call to order
At 6:05 p.m. Peter Magnant called
the meeting to order. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Present: Peter Magnant, Andy Godin, Dave
Bennion, Yvon Dandurand, Brooks Sturtevant and Lisa Larivee, Town Clerk
Guests: Wesley Kempton, John Rainville,
Dennis Demar, Animal Control; Chris Ferland, Health Officer; John Vorse,
Malissa Willequer, Anthony Vorse
amendments: add Lake Aeration VEC
user agreement to Town Clerk concerns; if necessary move new business items to
after the dog bite hearing. All members
comment period: None
Approval of minutes: Brooks S/Yvon
D made the motion to approve the April 19, 2019 minutes as written. All members
voted in favor, motion passed.
D made the motion to approve the May 1, 2019 minutes as written. All members voted in favor, motion passed.
Sidewalk contract/permits, schedule- discussed and reviewed the contract
written by the town clerk for Rexford Sitework to do the sidewalk project on
the east side of Main St. Brooks S/Yvon
D made a motion for Peter M to sign the sidewalk contract for Rexford Sitework
once final approval of the state is received.
Lisa discussed the email from Peter Pochop from VTrans, awaiting the
clearance from the state and the tree stipulations. Need to have a preconstruction meeting with
Rexford Sitework and invite Mark Racine.
Highway Stormwater project- discussed the need for a DEC
subcontractor agreement for the rain gutter work to be done for the project by
an outside firm. Brooks S/Yvon D made a
motion for Peter M to sign the DEC subcontractor agreement for the stormwater
project with Bronson Johnson for $1360.
All members voted in favor, motion passed. Discussed the need to extend the cleanwater
block grant terms from July 31 to December 31 with NRPC for the stormwater
project. Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion
to extend the date of the cleanwater block grant to December 31, 2019. Peter M signed the authorization. All members voted in favor, motion passed.
Hay land contract- John Rainville was present as the awarded bidder of
the mowing for 2019-2021 for $250 per year for a three year contract to be
renewed annually. Peter M read the
contract aloud; discussed the nutrient management needs/options. John will speak with his organic crop guy
about the land. All in agreement of the
contract, John Rainville and Peter signed and copy given to Mr. Rainville.
Greenup Day- discussed the abuse and cost to the town to get rid of the
553 tires and excess waste that the state would not be responsible for, cost
the town almost $3,000 for this expense.
Reviewed options of not participating in the future; adding a budget
line for town meeting vote; or have a stricter schedule of collection times or
events for tire collection.
NWSWD- a Franklin representative on the board is needed, if anyone
Demar and Chris Ferland entered the meeting as this time.
Act 46 Court appeal fundraising- the group that is working on the school
court appeal to the Act 46 case is asking for each town/school community to
donate $500 to assist with the cost of the case. The Attorneys are working for free but there
are court costs and filing fees and travel expenses that must be covered. The board discussed the request; school funds
are not able to be used for this expense, so are looking for town funds
donation for this cause. Brooks S/Yvon
made a motion for the town to donate $500 to the court appeal fundraising
effort. All members voted in favor,
Recreation Dept & LCCA Triathlon- Polly has spoken with Yvon for
board permission to close Rte 120 for a Triathlon on June 29 for 5 hours. They have spoken with the Sheriff office
about patrol. The board needs more
information about the time of closure, route, and plans. Lisa will speak with VTrans about the rules
and notice needed for a closure.
DOG BITE HEARING @ 7:00 PM
S/Yvon D made a motion to enter into the dog bite hearing at 7:00 pm. All members voted in favor, motion passed.
Peter welcomed John Vorse,
Malissa Willequer, and Anthony Vorse to the hearing and reviewed the
rules. Lisa swore in the participants of
the hearing and asked them to sign in if giving testimony. Lisa spoke with the driver and his supervisor
on May 10 and advised of the requirement to hold a hearing and participation of
both parties. She also advised Mr.
Boyce, driver, at the time to send written documentation of the event. Peter read the emailed complaint aloud from
Mr. Boyce, FedEx driver (not present).
John Vorse stated he did not leave the garage at the time the driver
drove in. The dog was loose in the area
of the garage. The driver got out and
delivered the package to Mr. Vorse and turned to return to his truck. The dog
followed him back out and jump on him just before he got in the truck, Mr. Vorse
came out and commanded the dog into his kennel.
The driver lifted his shirt to look at his side and Mr. Vorse saw no
marks on his mid-section. The dog is a
jumper on people but has never bitten.
Anthony Vorse was working on a boat trailer on the other side of the
garage and did not hear any screams or concerns of a dog bite. The FedEx driver did not contact Mr. Vorse
with any concerns and did not attend the hearing as requested. There was no further evidence presented to
the board. The board thanked the Vorse
family for attending and advised they would discuss and advise of their
decision. The Vorse’s exited the
meeting at 7:20 pm. Chris, Health
Officer, feels with the lack of information from the doctor visit and evidence
of a bite from Mr. Boyce there is no issue. The board will do a letter to Mr.
Vorse with no evidence of a bite and lack of further information, no action
will be taken against his dog. Brooks
S/Yvon D made a motion to exit the dog hearing at 7:25 pm. All members voted in favor, motion passed.
Review and sign bills: Members reviewed and signed bills.
Town Clerk Concerns:
Jenny’s Barn catering permits- Lisa reviewed the several catering
permit requests from the Abbey Group for Jenny’s Barn. Yvon D/Brooks S made a motion to approve all
the permits for Jenny’s Barn. All
members voted in favor, motion passed.
Lisa signed the permits and submitted to DLC.
June 11 MVSD vote- Lisa wanted to make the board aware of the next merged
school-MVSD Australian budget and board member vote, June 11 from 7 am-7pm at
the town hall.
FY19 Budget review- reviewed the status of the current budget that
closes June 30th to date.
Looks like we will be about as projected over the budget for the highway
with the winter weather. Have grant
funds to receive that have been paid out.
Lake Aeration-VEC agreement- the board reviewed the VEC member
service agreement for two new accounts for the two generator locations of the
aeration project. Need to warn for the
June 5th meeting for board approval.
Personnel Policy- Board reviewed the changes and updates that have been
made to the 2016 personnel policy.
Brooks S/Andy G made a motion to approve the personnel policy with
changes made. All members voted in
favor, motion passed. Town Clerk will
get copies to the board members and highway crew.
School zero-turn/tractor- the board discussed and reviewed the
bill of sale for the school zero-turn and tractor. Need to add the loader attachment to the
tractor. Discussed the price of
purchase. Will meet with the school board on May 21st to
School deed- reviewed the current draft deed for the transfer of the
land to the school and the easements of use of the school. Will discuss with the school board May 21st.
Selectboard Folder: letter to
Heidi, Manager, in Highgate about reclassification of Hanna Rd. Meeting/hearing notice of the Planning
Commission on May 21st for the Mark St. Pierre
notice of the ZBA for Greg and Megan Hamilton-Piercy to build a year round home
on Mullen Shore Rd. Notice of workshops
for planning and development.
Brooks concern with the library and keeping their
librarians; can the hours and compensation be increased? Town clerk replied there is not a need for 40
Yvon inquired about the ROW at the D. Wright property
Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to
adjourn the meeting. Vote taken; all in favor; motion carried. Meeting
adjourned at 8:40 p.m.
Next meeting will be June 5th
at 7 pm
Larivee, Town Clerk
These minutes are not official until
approved at the next regular selectboard meeting.
These minutes were approved at the
June 5, 2019 Selectboard meeting.