October 17, 2018 @ 7:00
Town Clerk’s Office
Call to order
At 7:00 p.m. Peter M called the
meeting to order. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Peter Magnant, Yvon Dandurand, Andy Godin, Dave Bennion, Brooks Sturtevant,
Lisa Larivee, Town Clerk
comment period: None
Department: Better Roads Grant-spoke with Jeremy on the work needed
on Colton Road for culverts identified in the stormwater/erosion inventory done
by Stone Environmental several years ago.
Board agreed with this project and Lisa will work with Jeremy to
complete the grant application.
ATV Ordinance review: A notice for community and public input was posted on the website and
Facebook. The board would like comments
before a final approval is made; review will be done at the November 21st
meeting. The main concern of the board
is the liability to the town with ATV use on town roads.
Approval of Minutes: October 3rd minutes-Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to approve
the minutes as written. Peter asked
about clarification of the salt contract; submission of the TAP grant. All members voted in favor, Andy
M. Silva estate-an estate petition was drawn up by the town attorney for the court,
asking for the funds to be turned over to the town of a resident who passed
with no heirs. By statute the town is
the recipient of the estate. Brooks
S/Dave B made the motion for the Town of Franklin to petition for the estate of
M. Silva and for Peter to sign the necessary paperwork. Appoint Yvon as the representative to attend
a hearing if necessary. All members
voted in favor.
Highway garage fire-2006 – Lisa has been contacted by John O’Brien of NH Primex which insures the
Town of Wolfeboro, NH who sustained a garage/truck fire and is looking for the
authorization to obtain our complete fire investigators report from our fire in
2006. There are similar issues of
concern with vendors of the truck’s plow equipment. Dave will review the complete fire
investigators report before giving authorization to send to Mr O’Brien.
Dog complaint: Lisa advised she has received several verbal complaints from a resident
of Hill Rd regarding the dog of Vaillancourt’s being on their property
constantly. Dennis has also been
contacted by the property owner and spoken with the Vaillancourts.
Business: Electric vehicle charging station grant – discussed the location of such
a system. The school parking lot, behind
the fire station, ect. Will need to
discuss further at the next meeting; Lisa will review the details of necessary
available utilities for the operation of the stations.
budget review- discussed needs of the highway for next year; employee reviews
will be discussed at the November meeting.
The fire truck and plow truck payments will be done in FY20.
system contact form- changes for the contacts of the water system are
needed. Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to
change contacts to Town of Franklin office/Sara Rainville and Marshall Ploof as
operator; remove Jes Alexant and Mark Brouillette. All members in favor, Peter signed the change
Homestead and Carriage House – emergency evacuation plan submitted to the board
and Mark Toof-Emergency Management Coordinator, for review and notice.
Ford building – Lisa contact the owner of the building to inquire about the
sale price. Mark is asking the assessed
value of $326,300 for the property. Dave
spoke of the CDBG-Community Development Block Grant, if there were options on
purchasing and converting it into useful property for the community. The board does not feel they are in a
position for such a purchase at this time.
Review and sign
bills: Members reviewed and signed bills.
Brooks has had a
resident voice concern over living in Franklin but having an 911 address of
Enosburg; Lisa responded that is part of the State 911 system set up and there
is nothing that can be done.
on salt price comparisons with Apalachee LLC vs. Cargill.
Dave – the town
hall gutter is clogged and causing the water to drip onto the sidewalk; he will
look to use Curtis or Burt’s lift truck to clean them out. We should look to replace the town hall chair
protector feet so the floor does not get scratched; cost to replace all is
about $145. Lisa will look to order with
Dave. Furnace room work has been
completed. Dave suggests looking into a
sound system for the town hall and drapes for the windows so the echo is
less. Franklin Telephone is willing to
contribute to the cost of the sound system.
Dave will get quotes for next year’s budget.
Yvon wants to be
sure the highway crew is wearing proper safety gear at all times to meet OSHA
standards. Andy will remind them of this
Peter – inquired
about the Christmas tree pad/stand. Yvon
has built the stand for the temporary tree and for use for a sign post as well
for the town office. Dave spoke with the
Rec group and they were happy with the decision made. It will be installed at the corner of the
office by Main St. Lisa will check with
the State on the ROW width of Rte 120 to be sure we are not within it. Yvon will get the cement for the pad. Highway crew will be asked to seed the spot
of the old tree.
The Franklin Watershed team
meeting is Thursday at 4:45 if members want
school purchase and sale agreement was signed with the School board at Oct 16th
meeting. A decision was made by the
State on the 17th to merger
MVU, Swanton, Highgate and Franklin.
Next meeting date
is November 21st @ 6:00 pm at the Town clerk’s office.
At 8:40 pm Brooks S/Dave B made a
motion to adjourn the meeting. Vote taken; all in favor; motion carried.
Lisa Larivee, Town Clerk
October 18, 2018
These minutes are not official until approved at the next regular
These minutes were approved at
the November 14, 2018 selectboard meeting.