Franklin Selectboard Meeting
2020 @ 7:00 p.m.
Zoom virtual meeting
Call to order
At 7:00 p.m. Peter Magnant called
the meeting to order. The Pledge of Allegiance was said.
Magnant, Dave Bennion, Yvon Dandurand, Brooks Sturtevant, Andy Godin, Lisa
Larivee, Town Clerk.
Barnum, Highway foreman; Kim Gates Maynard; Linda Blash, NRPC; Tyler Mumley,
Ruggiano Engineering; Oliver Pierson, DEC; John Tucci, EverBlue Lakes
Agenda amendments: Add to New Business-Enosburgh Ambulance; Add
to Town Clerk concerns-with truck loan docs, new truck invoice and LCCA Army
Band. All members in favor of amendments
as read and agenda set.
Public comment period: None
Approval of minutes: Brooks S/Yvon
D made a motion to approve the minutes of October 7th
regular meeting as written. All members
voted in favor 5-0; motion passed.
Linda Blash-Pidgeon Hill local concerns: Linda
did a broad overview of the project with a power point presentation. Tyler-recommends a concrete box culvert,
understands cost is a factor, working on a comparison of cost with the previous
culvert done. Construction time line
with a box vs. metal arch is less.
Yvon-alignment needs to be addressed.
Linda advised with the long term schedule of work for completion out to
2023; cost may become much more. Tyler
states he recently did two culvert projects of 12x9 by 30 long and cost
approx. $150K; a 12x9 by 90 long was approx. $260K. Concern of price is understood and will move
it along as quickly as possible. Tyler
working on survey now and will have more idea on design and cost soon. Amy Gilman, resident at end of Pidgeon Hill
Rd questions access if culvert fails before its completed? Jeremy advised should not fail, it is not
that bad yet; would have to do a temporary bridge is so. Linda thanked and exited the meeting.
School snow plowing: Peter advised the school board went out to bid for the plowing for the
upcoming winter. Got four bids; was
awarded to R&M lawn care for $10,200 plus $140 for salt. Peter offered that the town was still
available to do the work, last year cost the school $4800; SU needed to bid
publically so the town was not able to bid against public entities. Yvon-another example of consolidation not
saving money. Also plan to buy a new
tractor, mower and blower this fall and will sell current to the town for
Salt contract: reviewed the contract with
Cargill for $75/ton for FY21 season.
Last year paid $86.51/ton; reflection of the lower fuel prices. Andy G/Brooks S made a motion to accept the
Cargill contract for FY21 for $75/ton.
All members voted in favor; motion passed.
Rte 236 project engineer selection:
Discussion of committee interviews and
rankings done on three firms: Ruggiano 142 pts; KAS 131 pts; Dubois & King
125 pts. Choose Ruggiano-local firm
already doing a project with town; satisfied with previous work done; lowest
cost is acceptable with the town; positive with scope and performance. Tyler spoke about ability to do the project
with a good simple plan and design to achieve a good product with the
contractor during construction and supervise to the end.
report: reviewed the activity of the zoning office.
report: reviewed September activity
Ambulance: The Enosburgh Selectboard has invited area
communities that are contracted with them to an informational discussion
regarding a regional service. Need to
start the conversation on possibilities for moving forward to continue service
Review warrants for approval of bills: three members will come into the office to
review and sign warrants.
Town Clerk Concerns:
Town Hall grant: notice has been received that we were not awarded the grant for the sound
system and curtains. Discussed the
handicap ramp needing upgrades to meet ADA standards. Kim mentioned that the inside of the town
hall needs to be repainted; Yvon will get price quotes for next years
budget. Cemetery policy and procedures: Board agrees to warn for next meeting for
further review of the entire policy with the Franklin Cemetery Commisioners.
Truck loan documents: The board reviewed the loan documents for
signature. Brooks S/Dave B made a motion
to accept and sign the loan documents with Community National Bank for $145,000
at 1.7% for five years. All members
voted in favor; motion passed. Yvon
advised the truck is expected to be here the second week of November. Yvon advised the invoice for the chassis to
Clarks of $116,000 needs to be paid now per the contract; the balance for the
dump body and accessories due on delivery.
Elections COVID grant award: Lisa advised she has gotten a Tech & Civic Life grant due to COVID of
$5,000 for support of anything related to elections and their carry out. The ramp may be eligible under these funds to
get done before year end. Intend to
purchase a new laptop for elections, storage totes, and dolly. Will also plan to use funds for town meeting
changes for 2021.
LCCA-Army Band: Pete Benevento has inquired about using the town green to hold a concert
with the Army Band on July 10, 2021.
Brooks S/Andy G made a motion to allow LCCA to sue the town green on
July 10 for the Army Band. All members
voted in favor; motion passed.
Aeration system update: John Tucci and Oliver
Pierson were welcomed to the meeting.
John advised he needs to get all the data on performance of the system
to analyze the season-there was a negative effect on water quality early on due
to the system being done due to electrical issues. Replace the drive controls. John wants to do another informational call
in early spring to share data of the season.
Once drives were replaced the systems operated flawlessly. Oliver discussed the system data of the lake
flow into and out of the lake; warmer water temperatures with low rains. Peter had not seen a lot of issues this
summer. There is funding of a $10K grant
for utilities at a 50% share for three years.
Also $1,000 for legal fees/administration to submit to Oliver for
reimbursement. Working on $36K for a two
year contract with EverBlue for 2021 and 2022 to maintain the system. After two
years town can take over and be trained to operate in this time frame. John-plan to stock a new compressor and
control drives in case an issue comes up next year, though its not expected. Brooks-could we use solar to operate the
system? John-would need batteries and
back-ups to assist with usage; would need a large size location to
supplement. Oliver-are looking for funds
to continue use of the buoy monitor for one more summer.
ZBA review/hearing discussion: Lisa has sent info to Joe McLean, town
attorney, on the affidavit from the Hutchins regarding year round
conversion. Awaiting opinion for legal
discussed the notice to residents of recommendations of the board to
hold town meeting by Australian ballot for one year change due to pandemic
safety. Lisa will speak with VLCT on rules for public informational meetings
and petition of elected officers.
Virtual meeting equipment: need for equipment to continue to hold board
meetings and town meeting for large gatherings.
Purchase a web-cam, desktop microphones, headsets/mics for board
members. Have grant funding to
purchase. Jeremy needs a new
printer/copier/fax machine for the garage.
Weed harvester update: Jeremy advised it is out of the water;
nothing done yet, needs to be cleaned and stored. Need to do hydraulic system tests before
putting back in the water in spring.
LCCA has gotten the invoice for the new motor; awaiting price for the
hydraulic conversion kit, to reimburse the town. The town will expend $1,000 toward the cost
of the engine installation.
3rd election counters-most members available.
has been installed and is running in the garage; Jeremy stated the humidity
dropped from 80% to 60% in 24 hours.
meeting will be in the church basement; need to bring supplies to clean after
use. Will start working on budgets and
Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to
adjourn the meeting. All members voted in
favor; motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 9:45 p.m.
Next meeting will be November 18th
at 6:00 pm in the church basement.
Larivee, Town Clerk
These minutes are not official until approved at the next regular Selectboard