Franklin Selectboard Meeting

September 2, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m.
Zoom virtual meeting




Call to order

At 7:00 p.m. Peter Magnant called the meeting to order.


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


Guests: Kevin Lothian, Kim Gates, Paulette Tatro


Agenda amendments: none


Public comment period: Kim surprised with this meeting, as not much discussion has taken place with townsfolks.  Pete stated it is still preliminary in discussion with Kevin on a price, to see if it’s feasible to take to the voters, no decisions will be made without voter approval.  Kim understands the board’s authority and position and that the town owns four properties that should be looked at more.  Kim feels with a business currently in this space, it is a good thing for a business on Main St and should support that.  Also, the library board had sent a letter to the selectboard with concerns and had asked for information; they have not gotten a response. Pete will have to inquire about that letter, have not responded to the letter yet with more information.  Are still looking at the Dick Wright building option, as well as other options.  Kim states as a tax payer she feels left out of the conversations.  Paulette states she is just catching up on this discussion as she was not here for town meeting.  Will a notice of the discussion be made known?  Pete states not necessarily after this meeting as options are still being sought.


Dick Wright property discussion: 

Pete would like to enter into executive session to discuss price with Kevin.  Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to enter executive session to discuss the Dick Wright property and invite Kevin to join.  All members voted in favor 6-0; motion passed. 

Exited executive session. 

Pete stated no decision is being made at this point, still reviewing all the options; this one is still open. 

Yvon has spoken with contractors about a new building; would be far less expensive and more energy efficient to build new.  With Dick Wrights will need a new heating system, a/c system and other upgrades to make the building usable.  Will continue to discuss further the option for a new building. 




Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  All members voted in favor; motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 7: 45p.m.


Next meeting will be September 16th at 6:00 pm.


Respectfully submitted,

Lisa Larivee, Town Clerk

September 4, 2020


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

These minutes were approved at the September 16, 2020 Selectboard meeting.