Franklin Selectboard Meeting

October 3, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Town Clerk’s Office


Call to order/pledge of allegiance/agendA amendments

At 7:04 pm Peter Magnant called the meeting to order. All present recited the Pledge of Allegiance. There were no Agenda amendments.


Present: Peter Magnant, Yvon Dandurand, brook Sturtevant, Dave bennion, Sandi Murphy. 

Guests: Pam mccarthy


Public Comment Period -

Pam McCarthy was present and introduced herself as a Candidate for the Senate. She talked about Act 46; water issues; cell phone issues; cost of living in VT and our aging population.


Highway department

·         Cargill salt contract – last winter was at $71.10; FY19 price of $82.77 per ton. Yvon D/Brooks S made a motion to sign the contract. Vote taken, all in Favor. Motion carried. Peter M signed the contract.

·         TAP Grant for Pidgeon Hill Road – applying for a $240,000 Grant with a 20% match ($48,000 Town share). Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to approve applying for the Grant, giving Peter M and or Yvon D the power to sign the application and bringing the 20% match to the voters at Town Meeting. No further discussion. Vote taken, all in favor. Motion carried.


ATV Ordinance review

All Selectboard members have draft copies of the Ordinance for their review. Yvon D is concerned with Town’s liability. The SB agreed to post this draft on the Town site and fb for the residents to review and offer input.


Approve minutes - August 20, 2018 and September 19, 2018

Brooks S/Dave B made the motion to approve the minutes of August 20, 2018 as presented. Vote taken, all in Favor. Motion carried.

Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to approve the minutes of September 19, 2018 as presented. Vote taken, all in Favor. Motion carried.


Town Clerk concerns

M. Silva estate filing - Lisa was advised to discuss with the town attorney, but needs the SB permission to do so. Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to give Lisa permission to contact the Town Attorney to get help with filing the petition with Probate Court. Peter M wants Lisa to be sure not to spend more than the amount being received. Vote taken, all in Favor. Motion carried.


Old business

·         Act 46 - school merger discussion - Insurance. Peter M said the School Board has contacted their Attorney to draft a Purchase and Sales Agreement for the transfer of the fields, gardens and Right of Way. Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion for Peter M to sign the contract. There was discussion on whether or not to have our Town Attorney review the contract before signing. Vote taken, all in Favor. Motion carried.

·         Electric vehicle charging station Grant - the town needs to decide where these stations would be set up.


New business

·         FY20 budget review for Highway Department - the Highway crew needs to present their budget at the next SB Meeting, October 17, 2018.

·         Christmas tree pad at Town Clerk Office building – Yvon D explained how the pad would be constructed for multiple uses. Dave B and Yvon D will check with the Recreation Committee and will contact Dig Safe before beginning construction.


Review and sign bills

All SB members reviewed and signed off on the bills and orders.


Selectboard folder

Peter M looked through the folder. VLCT notice of upcoming Seminar.


Member concerns/Other business

Peter M – will be out of town October 7th thru the 14th. Peter M said Rob Evans has called with LCCA updates.

Yvon D - the road crew needs to pull the weed harvester and clean it up now. Yvon D mentioned there was a complaint about the road crew not wearing proper safety gear while on the job. Peter M said the SB will have a discussion with the road crew about this. OSHA rules must be followed.   Asked if the water at the Town Hall should be turned back on? Answer is yes.

Brooks S - Act 46 issues – Brooks S wants to keep fighting.

Dave B - can the Historical Society event be sent out to the town’s e-mail list? Answer is yes. Should the town buy Dick Wright’s? The SB will have Lisa inquire what the asking price is.


Other business

Dave B and Yvon D reported on the Water Meeting they attended with Jerrod Wiley. Operating and Maintenance costs associated with the aeration project may well exceed $10,000 annually.


Next meeting is October 17, 2018 at 7:00 pm at town clerk’s office


At 9:01 pm Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried.


Respectfully submitted,

Sandi Murphy

Minute taker


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