Franklin Selectboard Meeting

May 15, 2019 @ 6:00 p.m.
Town Clerk’s Office


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


Agenda 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 in favor.


Public 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.  


Brooks S/Yvon D made the motion to approve the May 1, 2019 minutes as written.  All members voted in favor, motion passed.


Highway Department:

·                       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.


New Business: 

·                       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 is interested. 


6:45 Dennis 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, motion passed. 

·                       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.



                   Brooks 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.


Old Business:

·                       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 finalize. 

·                       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 subdivision/development.  Meeting/hearing 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.


Member Concerns:

·                       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 hours.

·                       Yvon inquired about the ROW at the D. Wright property with Lothian.



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


Respectfully submitted,

Lisa Larivee, Town Clerk

May 21, 2019


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

These minutes were approved at the June 5, 2019 Selectboard meeting.