Franklin Selectboard Meeting
April 27, 2018 at 11:00 am
order: pledge of allegiance at 11:15 A.m.
Present: Dave Bennion, Brooks
Sturtevant, Andy Godin, Peter Magnant, Lisa Larivee, Town Clerk
Guests: Jeremy Barnum and Jake Dandurand,
Highway Dept; Kirk Artus, Beauregard Equipment; Bethany Remmers, NRPC,Jim Cota and Steve Stanley, VTtrans Dist #8
amendments: Town clerk concerns: add Jenny’s Barn permits, Karen Bates from
ANR and M. Silva Estate.
Public Comment Period: None
of minutes from April 4th; Brooks/Andy made a motion to approve minutes
as written. All members voted in favor,
REVIEW AND SIGN BILLS: All members reviewed and signed bills.
LOADER REVIEW – Kirk Artus from Beauregard Equipment was welcomed to
discuss the Case loader. Jeremy and Jake
shared their thoughts on the Case vs. John Deere loaders that they tried
out. The John Deere seemed to be under
powered; Case was easy to run, rides well and easy to service as everything was
in one compartment unit. Kirk states as
a resident he also wants the best value for the town as well. Has worked for Beauregard’s since 1984 and
selling equipment since 1999; they have been in business for 50 years, this
year. They have a new line of screens and stone crushers coming to the company
as well as clear air street sweepers as loader attachments. Equipment specs: best visibility with clear
site line; Fiate power train engine; better fuel economy; emissions compliant
with stage 5 standards; best standard warranty with Case care- 3 years/3000
hours with free service and inspection; reviewed service costs vs. coverage of
warranty; automatic limited slip axel; external brakes. If there is a breakdown, will be fixed within
24 hours or will get a lender to use, realize we are small and only have one
loader on site. Discussed price of the
base model 521G as we tried out, with options that can be added as needed. Peter advised Kirk, when the entire board is
present they will review all the information given and price options and be in
touch with him.
Operation Plan (EOP) - Lisa reviewed the plan that needs to be updated annually
and adopted by the board. This is the
plan that would be followed if there was a town wide emergency and the local
support/mutual aid available as needed.
Brooks/Dave made a motion to adopt the 2018 EOP and Peter to sign off on
it. All members voted in favor, motion
passed and signed by Peter.
parcel mapping-the State is funding a state wide parcel mapping GIS project to
get all the towns in a data base and using the same standards for parcel
mapping. We will take part in this
summer’s project to update what we currently have in place at no cost to the
Hall user agreement-Lisa advised of the updates that were made; do not put
trash in the church dumpster and taking care not to damage town property as you
are liable and will be billed for damages.
Brooks/Dave made a motion to accept the updates and have Peter sign the
agreement. All members voted in favor,
motion passed and Peter signed.
LCCA-Memorial Park use for the Army band concert on
July 7th at the end of the Celebrate Lake Carmi events. The board is fine with the use of Memorial
Park by the LCCA and advised that the Recreation Dept may want to be involved
in the event as well. Lisa will notify
the Rec Dept and do a letter to LCCA for Peter to sign.
Barn has submitted six catering/liquor permits for weddings this summer. Lisa advised she is able to approve and sign
them, just likes the board to be aware of the events. They are following the conditions imposed on
the barn location.
Bates with ANR has been in touch about doing erosion control work on TH#33 off
of State Park Rd. This is an untraveled class 4 road that leads toward the lake just north of the State Park
entrance. Karen has also spoken with the
Larose’s about permission to do work and they are fine with it. The board advised they have no concerns with
work being done on the TH#33 by ANR.
Clerk has been contacted by an attorney handling the Estate of Margaret Silva,
whom lived at the Homestead
for about three years before her death.
She leaves no heirs to her estate and there are funds remaining. The attorney advised statute reads that when
no heirs are left, the funds are donated to the school in the town which they
last resided. The board will need to
petition the court for the funds once it is settled and expenses are paid. The board approves of petitioning for the
remaining funds. The Town Clerk will be
in touch with the attorney.
Ordinance letters sent: Lisa advised
that Mr. Kern has been in to speak with her about meeting with the board. He will be at the May 16 meeting. Lisa has not heard from Ms. Russin, but will
reach out to her to invite her to the May 16 meeting as well.
Park & Ride Ordinance: the
park and ride has been reopened per the agreement with Franklin Telephone and
the Town. Need to contact Wayne Davis at
VTrans to advice of the opening. An
ordinance needs to be written as requested by Franklin Telephone. We have added an article to the Road/Traffic
ordinance as follows:
ARTICLE 10: PARK AND
The public Park and Ride
facility located at the end of Homestead Drive shall be for daily
commuter parking only. This ordinance
shall prohibit overnight
parking, abandoned vehicles and any vehicles located on the Park and Ride
lot being used as residences (camping) by any person. There shall be
no loitering by any group of people in the Park and
The board reviewed the
language and will warn for public comments/review at the next meeting on May 16th before
adopting the ordinance.
Remmers-NRPC-Systemic Safety Program: Bethany advised this State program is looking for a town
recommended by NRPC to participate in making dangerous curves better. They send out an engineer to review suggested
curves and install necessary signs. The
town needs to do a letter of intent for take over and
maintenance of the signs. Brooks/Andy
made a motion to participate in the 2018 program and Peter signed the agreement
for Bethany-NRPC. All members voted in
favor, motion passed. Jeremy will
review with Bethany a project to complete the Grant-In-Aid funding from NRPC on road erosion control.
HIGHWAY REVIEW: Jim Cota and Steve Stanley
from VTrans Dist #8 were welcomed to the meeting.
Peter asked Jim about the gravel/stone pit that the town
has been researching in town for our use. Jim advised the
state would be willing to buy stone from the town. MSHA certification for mines/pits would need
to be acquired by the highway crew guys.
Need fencing around the pit for safety, VOSHA
inspection, McCulla is a company that crushes stone. Need to look at Act
250 permits needed and be sure to review with the Town attorney before
committing to purchase or lease.
Rte 120 needs much work and is not on the list for work by
2020. Jim advises to review the
“VTransparency” website for town updated info.
Bethany Remmers has spoken with the TAC group
about rating the project for
funding. Jim advised we need to push our
State Reps to get funding for this repair as it needs to be
Morses Line Rd culvert discussion. Bethany will look
at ranking of bridge over 20 ft and request a hydraulic study. Transportation and water
quality concerns of projects over $250,000 or more; do
letter for request with water quality concerns, failed due to being too small
and erosion concerns. Need to acquire a Federal charge # for the project. It was repaired to maintain culvert for now
but will eventually need to be replaced.
Hanna Rd culvert-email to Jim Cota to request a hydraulic
study. We should apply for a structure
grant with the State for replacement. Were denied a Transportation alternative
grant this spring.
Class 4 roads with culverts- speak with Bethany for NRPC
funding on replacements of these culverts if needed.
Sidewalks on Main St.-have gotten a grant to do resurfacing
on East side to town hall. Would like to do engineering study or
something with safety on Main St in front of the store and apartment
house. Peter advised this is a safety
concern. Bethany advised to speak with Sue Scribner at VTrans for sidewalk
work. Grants are due June 22 for a feasibility study with an 80/20 match. There is an web training
on May 8 from 1-3 pm. Bethany will
send info to the office.
Main St/Middle Rd/Lake Rd intersection continues to be a
concern. It was discussed on what to do
here; Jim stated a study was done and some changes
need to be made. Need to keep asking for
funding for this project as well. E-mail
to Jim regarding the traffic safety concerns.
Bethany advised NRPC may have funding for a feasibility study to be
done. Jim advised need to get an 1111 permit for the town to do work
Jim will speak with Tylor at VTrans to do a sign review of
the changes on Lake Rd for speed concerns.
Park and Ride signs-need to get an 1111 permit to Jim to
install open signs on the State Rd/Rte 120.
Grader training-speak with Stu Johnson at VT Local Roads to
set that up.
Jim advised the highway crew must document
everything done on the town roads and take pictures when doing all work;
culverts, digging and stone lining ditches, applying gravel or
stone to roads, ect. This is to cover
the town should there be a FEMA disaster and the town looks for assistance to
cover costs; need to prove to them what our roads looked like and their
Paving projects-reviewed Hanna Rd
from corner of Browns Corner past A Davis and from
Highgate line back to Beaver Meadow Rd and Gallup Rd from Lake Rd to the
4-corners. Have budgeted for approx.
1500 tons for paving. Will not get any
paving grants this year.
Dave B has been
working on the town clock, it is working know and he will continue to monitor
Next meeting date is may 16, 2018 at the Town
clerk’s office at 6:00 pm
At 2:10 pm Brooks
S/Dave B made a motion to adjourn. Motion carried.
May 3, 2018
These minutes are not
official until approved at the next regular Selectboard meeting.
These minutes were approved at the May 16, 2018 Selectboard