Franklin Selectboard Meeting
September 18, 2019 @ 6:00 p.m.
Call to order
At 6:00 p.m. Peter Magnant called
the meeting to order. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Present: Peter Magnant, Dave Bennion, Yvon
Dandurand, Andy Godin, Brooks Sturtevant and Lisa Larivee, Town Clerk
Guests: Lisa Hango & Charen Fegard,
Representatives; Corey Parent, Senator.
amendments: Add to Highway
business-school lot snow plowing; all in favor.
Peter wants to move to BCA hearing at 7:30 if we are on other business,
ok to amend time slots.
comment period: none
Peter welcomed, Lisa, Charen and Corey to the meeting.
Discussed the status of Rte 120 and thanked Lisa
for her work on getting answers regarding the project; however, it is
unacceptable that it is not on a 10 year plan to reconstruct. Corey has spoken with the Secretary of
Transportation for input and forwarded complaints of other state
representatives that have traveled Rte 120.
He is working with other committees to push to get it on the 10 yr
plan. Peter advised they have also ranked
it as priority with NRPC Transportation Advisory Committee. Jim Cota with District 8 has been working to
get work budgeted as it affects the winter plowing maintenance and equipment as
Peter discussed Green-up Day and the very large
concern with tire dumping. Corey spoke
of the “wheels for warmth” program and how that is an avenue to get rid of
usable tires that pass inspection. Yvon
discussed options of what could be done in conjunction with other local towns
for a “tire redemption” event; speak with NWSWD on options or programs. Need to consider if Franklin will participate
in Green-up next year as there was also a very large dumping of other trash;
that was not road side trash.
Lake aeration project; John Tucci will be here
in November to meet with the board on an update of the project, Ever Blue will
maintain the system for two years, then it will become the responsibility of
the town. The town pays the electric
bills for the two systems; the cost is higher than budgeted, to date we have
paid $9072 and there is still two months, Sept-Oct, of operation before it is
turned off for the winter. Town Clerk
advised that we can apply for assistance with the cost through the Aquatic
Nuisance grant funds, per Perry Thomas, that funding has been allocated to this
project; not sure how long the funding will be available. Corey will look at the language and policy to
aid the lake with this project costs, as it has been marked as a pilot program
and should have the ongoing support of the State. Legislature is reallocating budgets for
Watersheds to the local NRPC to aid in local towns’ individual funding where
needed. Maybe reach out to Efficiency VT
about exempting this project from their charges as it is for the public good,
to help reduce utility costs.
Brooks would like to see better cell phone
coverage in the area. Corey has attended
board meetings in other towns with Clay Pervus to aid with State and Federal
resources and assessing the cell coverage gaps; need to get a study done of the
entire town by each road to prove that there is no coverage in most areas.
Peter spoke of the school choice policy of the
new district and the discussions with the AOE and MVSD school board. Corey was thanked and exited the meeting.
Approval of minutes: Brooks S/Dave
B made a motion to accept the Aug 21, regular board meeting minutes as
read. All members voted, Peter
abstained, 4 in favor, motion passed.
Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to accept the Aug 31, special meeting with
the Zoning Admin and the Meuniers. All
members voted, Andy abstained, 4 in favor, motion passed.
Highway storm water project update: Andy advised the highway crew has
been working on it and Goodhue Excavating is coming for the lot drainage next
FY20 highway storm water mitigation grant-no projects to apply for at this
VEC road crossing request- Mark St. Pierre has asked to cross
Noble Hill/Stanley Rd with overhead power lines to the Colton Rd. Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to approve of
the request of M. St. Pierre to cross over the road with power lines by
VEC. All in favor, motion passed.
Salt contract: Cargill prices for
FY20 at $86.51; up almost 5% over last year.
We are limited as there are no other suppliers that deliver to northern
Vermont. Yvon D/Brooks S made a motion
to accept the Cargill contract price and for Peter to sign the contract. All members voted in favor, motion passed.
TAP grant-Pigeon Hill culvert:
with the Federal funded grant that has been awarded there are timelines
to follow; the State is looking for the town’s submission of a Municipal
Project Manager (MPM). Lisa advised that
NRPC has members that can be MPM already approved by the State. She will contact Bethany from NRPC for this
task. We also need to have a committee
to choose a design engineer. There is an
“at-the-ready” process in which you can choose three from a list of preapproved
engineers by the state and rank them to interview one at a time for the job;
this saves time from the bid posting process.
We have used Stantec and Hoyle Tanner in the past that are on the
list. The Selectboard and Jeremy will be
the committee and will discuss the engineer list at the next meeting.
Paving bids: Andy advised Jeremy
has not received all the bids yet, they will be presented at the Oct 2nd
School lot snow plowing: Peter advised
that Swanton contracts their lot and Highgate road crew is no longer do, they
are going out to bid. Franklin has not
discussed and are still planning that the highway crew will plow. With the sharing of resources now and the
other schools using contracted services, Franklin should be compensated as well
for doing the plowing in house. Need to
discuss at the next school board meeting.
Town Road naming-Ponderosa Drive: Sara, 911 Coordinator, has requested the
approval of the board for a new road name, off of Lake Rd for Ponderosa Drive. Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to accept the
new road name of Ponderosa Drive and authorize Peter to sign the request. All members voted in favor, motion passed. Lisa also advised she got a request of a
resident of Kennison Rd; they are getting many visits from law enforcement and
rescue calls that are meant for Kennison Dr. in Enosburg village, Franklin’s
addressing also have a Enosburg Falls 911 address. They are concerned with not getting the
proper response when needed; Town Clerk will look into.
Lake Carmi Beach area radar signs-the
grant that was applied for to aid in the funding was not awarded. The board would like a traffic study done by
NRPC in the early summer next year to get an actual count of speeding traffic;
we can get the sheriff speed cart installed mid-summer to aid in traffic speed
calming. The board will not make any
purchases at this time until they have approved funding.
VLCT annual meeting voting delegate-board
members are not available to attend the annual meeting in Oct; at this time we
will not elect a voting delegate.
Laroche methane digester-notice from the State
of VT Public Service of the project and the public comment period if the town
wants input. The board has no concerns
with the project and has no input.
Review and sign warning of Water District
vote November 5th-Peter read the warning aloud for the November 5th
Australian Ballot vote for the State mandated upgrades to the water
system. Voting will take place at the
Town Clerk’s office from 7 am to 7 pm. Informational meeting will be Oct 30th
at 6 pm in the Homestead Felco Rm.
D made a motion to suspend the Selectboard meeting and enter into the BCA
hearing at 7:30. All members in favor,
present: Lisa Larivee, Peter Magnant,
Yvon Dandurand, Brooks Sturtevant, Dave Bennion, Andy Godin.
Chair, opened the hearing at 7:33 and discussed the request to move the
location of the November 5th Water District Australian Ballot vote
to the Town Clerk’s office for this one special vote. The clerk’s office will post notices around
town so the voters know of the change.
Peter M/Brooks S made a motion to approve moving the location for the
special Water District vote on Nov 5th to the town clerk’s office from
7 am to 7 pm. All members voted in
favor, motion passed.
D made a motion to exit the BCA hearing at 7:40 and reenter the regular
Selectboard meeting. All members in
favor, motion passed.
Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to accept and sign the
warning for the special vote of the Water District on Nov 5th. All members voted in favor, motion
passed. Board members signed the
Town Clerk Concerns:
Town office-hot water heater:
Lisa discussed the quotes for replacing the 2.5 gal in the wall as it
exists ($509) or moving to a 6 gal heater and installing it in the back office
to get it out of the confined space of the bathroom ($1450). Andy G/Yvon D made a motion to replace as is
with a 2.5 gal as quoted for $509 with John Mercy. All members voted in favor, motion
passed. Dave also suggests to expand the
casing of the opening with a spacer to allow a bit more room for the water
heater; the board approves of Dave doing that.
Clerk computer: Lisa advised that
the clerk’s computer is approx. 10 years old and has been having issues with
hard drive. Prices will be presented to
the board at their next meeting for upgrading the computer and also for the
website upgrade to keep it up to date.
With the state request for computerization of land records, we need to
upgrade the system. Brooks has spoken
with a resident about assisting with the website upgrade.
Letter of ZA resignation: not yet received
PACIF-VLCT letter of insurance bids:
Lisa presented a letter written to PACIF-VLCT regarding seeking outside
bids for town insurance coverage; board approves.
Franklin Center Cemetery: with the dissolution and transfer of the cemetery
and the association’s funds to the town, board approval for opening a new
checking account and the signers is needed.
Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to open a new checking account to encumber
the funds of the cemetery and authorize Lisa Larivee and Sara Rainville to be
the signers on the account with People’s Trust Co. All members voted in favor, motion
passed. VLCT has been notified that the
property was acquired, no additional coverage is needed for fences, signs ect
at this time. Need to go out to bid
for the mowing for summer 2020 during the winter; consider a spring clean-up
Municipal planning grant (MPG): Lisa discussed with the board the MPG
and the option to apply for funding to study the feasibility of the “Dick
Wright” building for expansion and rehabilitation for an option as possible
future relocation of the town clerk’s office. The board will need to meet with
Kevin Lothian to get permission to study the building before accepting the
grant. Would allow for the contracting
of an architect/engineer to assess the building and give options and prices of
what the project would entail. The grant
is a 10% match from the town. Brooks
S/Yvon D made a motion to approve the application for the MPG to study the
“Dick Wright” building site. All in
favor, motion passed.
Review and sign bills: Members reviewed and signed bills.
Town hall roof insurance claim:
Lisa is still awaiting a reply on the insurance claim for the wind
damage to the roof. If it is rejected,
there is a Historic Preservation grant funding application available for roof
replacement/repair of the town hall due Oct 7th. It requires a 50% match and funding of up to
$20,000. The board is in approval of
applying for the grant if the claim is denied to replace the roof with standing
seam, as is there now.
Year round use of camps: Discussed the email letter from Judith
McLaughlin. Reviewed and discussed the
draft letter from Wendy, Asst. Zoning Administrator, to the Hill Rd residents;
required to apply and obtain the proper documentation for a change of use to
year-round. Would also require state
approved potable water and waste water permits.
The board approves of Wendy sending the letter to all Hill Rd residents
at this time. Want to have a meeting of
the Planning Commission, Selectboard, Zoning Board of Adjustment and Zoning
administrator to discuss a plan of action.
Dog Ordinance: discussed the board’s authority to order
the restraining of dogs on personal property.
Only allowed to act on bit incidences that happen if a dog is running at
large, otherwise do not need to hold a dog hearing. Will review further the VLCT policy and amend
to meet the town needs. Review further at their next meeting.
- FEMA flood map updates of the
Missisquoi River, does not really affect Franklin.
- Tick study
being done by UMass Institute.
- VT State
Police notice of change of Commander.
Dave-is meeting with a painter for a quote to
finish the back (east) side of the town hall on Sept 28th.
Andy-sand shed is full. Not sure if the harvester is out of the water
Yvon-will not be here for the Oct 2nd
meeting, may call in.
Peter-should get the Town Cemetery Commissioners
and Dwight Tatro together with the board to discuss the newly acquired cemetery
and the mowing, cemetery care, and available plots.
Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to
adjourn the meeting. Vote taken; all in favor; motion passed. Meeting adjourned
at 9:03 p.m.
Next meeting will be October 2nd
at 7 pm
Larivee, Town Clerk
These minutes are not official until
approved at the next regular selectboard meeting.
These minutes were approved at the October 2, 2019 Selectboard meeting.