Franklin Selectboard Meeting

October 2, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.
Town Clerk’s Office


Call to order

At 7:00 p.m. Peter Magnant called the meeting to order. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. 


Present: Peter Magnant, Dave Bennion, Andy Godin, Brooks Sturtevant, Yvon Dandurand by phone


Guests: none


Agenda amendments:  none


Public comment period:  none 


Highway Department:

·                       Paving bids:  Andy advised Jeremy has not received any bids yet.  Jeremy has requested from Pike, ECI and J Hutchins.  No one has come to look at the work yet.  Peter would like to get the bids in soon, to anticipate the budget.  Yvon states he spoke with Jim Cota about 3 weeks ago and they have been very busy completing fall jobs.  We will anticipate bids for the November meeting.

·                       The highway lot job is being done now and should be completed soon.  Andy advised the swales are bigger/deeper then he envisioned, they will need to put up guard rails or some barrier so they are not driven into in the winter.  Sand shed is full.

·                       Weed harvester has been removed from the lake and cleaned up and winterized, ready to be put in storage.  Yvon has advised they have been in touch about bringing to his storage. 


Town Clerk Concerns:

·                       E&O 2019 Grand list:  reviewed the error made by listers on the Franklin United Church, are tax exempt.  They acquired a new piece of land, therefore needed to be merged together, 6,000 value, $60 on grand list.  Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to approve to correct the errors and to change the grand list for the United Church properties. All members voted in favor and signed the correction made.

·                       Board Resolution of Cemetery account:  New account with People’s Trust for the Franklin Center cemetery account.  Brooks S/Andy G made a motion to approve the board resolution for the new bank account with People’s Trust on the cemetery.  All members voted in favor, motion passed.  The board signed the resolution.

·                       Clerk computer:  Lisa has advised the approx cost of the new computer and necessary software is $1300.  Needs to be replaced soon as it is faulting on a regular basis.  The board discussed that it is a necessary need and should be done sooner than later.  Peter would like to give the clerk an amount of up to an amount to replace the system.  Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to approve an amount of up to $1500 to replace the clerk computer system.  Yvon states he would like to see a bit more of an amount as not to restrict the purchase depending on what the price will really be.  Brooks S/Dave B rescinded the original motion and made a new motion to approve the replacement of and purchasing of a clerk computer up to the amount of $2,000.  All members voted in favor, motion passed.  Discussed the website and upgrades.  Brooks spoke with Rusty Gregory from the SU and he can give advice on the website and assist the office.

·                       Letter of ZA resignation: not yet received


Approval of minutes: September 18, Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to approve the minutes of the meeting.  All members voted in favor, motion passed


Review and sign bills:  Members reviewed and signed bills. .  Discussed the VEC power bills for the aeration system, two meters are read.  Lisa spoke with Dave from VEC about changing the plan to save the town money on the billing.  Dave advised they will change classification going forward to an on-demand class which will save about $2500 per year.  John Tucci is planning to come to the November meeting.  Andy questioned the Wetherby trash billing on the dumpster, will need to look into it.


Old Business:

·                       Town hall:  painting of the east side of the town hall, Marc Vinci would be interested in finishing the project.  Dave feels that staging can be erected safely on the lower roof without affecting the steel, to get up to paint the upper side. Marc gave a quote of less than $1,000 to complete the project.  Brooks S/Andy G made a motion to approve an amount of up to $1,000 to complete the painting, supplies and materials to erect staging within this year, and have a pre-meeting to review to job.  Andy inquired about insurance coverage for Marc, need to be sure he is covered, Dave asked about making a motion as to insurance coverage.  Brooks S/Andy G amended the motion to include that Marc has to proof insurance coverage before completing the project.  Board will look into coverage with the town if need be.  All members voted in favor, motion passed. 

·        Year round use of camps: Saturday the 12th of Oct is the best date for most, however Wendy, ZA will not be here on that date.  Discussed dates that will work for most groups, Oct 26th was discussed.  Lisa will check with others on this date.

·        Dog Ordinance:  Reviewed the definition of “vicious dog” in model ordinance.  Fees reviewed; first offense is currently a warning, do we want to instill a fee of the first offense and fees increase if offenses continue.  Brooks will inquire about the fees charged by other towns. 


New Business:  

·        Snow shoveling:  of the library steps and walks.  Discussed the needs and Andy will talk to the highway crew about doing the sidewalk with the tractor snow blower, steps can be done by employees. 


Selectboard Folder: VLCT conference


Member Concerns:

·                       Brooks asked about the hot water heater of the town office, not yet done.

·                       Andy asked about the transfer of the school ball fields to the town. Peter advised that was been completed before June 30. 

·                       Yvon asked about status of brine sprayer that was approved for the town truck.  Andy has not heard anything but will follow up with the crew.  Yvon also asked about the water district vote and notices to voters.

·                       Pete asked about Recreation Dept; glow run and truck or treat scheduled for October, tree lighting has been scheduled, Brooks has a tree donor.  School snow plowing was not discussed at the school meeting last night, will be on the next agenda.  Lisa and Jeremy gave an estimated cost of $5,080 to Pete; although Jeremy suggested that we bill at the end of the season, depending on the times done and materials used.  The board discussed a rate per plowing each time of $100.  All members in agreement and Pete will discuss with the school board.   



Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Vote taken; all in favor; motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.


Next meeting will be October 16th at 7 pm


Respectfully submitted,

Lisa Larivee, Town Clerk

October 3, 2019


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

These minutes were approved at the October 16, 2019 Selectboard meeting.