Franklin Selectboard Meeting

August 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Franklin Homestead Dining Room


Call to order

At 7:08 p.m. Peter M called the meeting to order. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.


Present: Peter Magnant, Yvon Dandurand, Andy Godin, Dave Bennion, Brooks Sturtevant, Lisa Larivee-Town Clerk/Treasurer.


Guests: Corinna Stanley, Claudette Carswell, Karen Quintin, Rolland Rainville, Dan Favreau, John Ho, Jay Denault.


Agenda amendments:  Add to Town Clerk-sidewalk study grant award to be signed/approved; Silva estate update

Member concerns-water commission discussion.  Peter reviewed agenda.


Public comment period:  None


TH#33 reclassification:  Peter explained with the new state regulations (municipal roads general permit) for water quality and the need for towns to maintain class 4 roads, we would  have to take care of TH#33 which is .3 miles long.  The board has requested to reclassify this road to a legal trail so that it is not required to be taken care of by the town for water quality.  This road is used by VAST as part of the snowmobile trail system, the rest of the trail runs on State Park land.  Claudette Carswell asked if it is reclassified, who is responsible for water quality?  Still a town road, just does not fall under the state regulations any longer.  Dan Favreau-VAST, advised they are doing a small bridge on the road rather than replace the culvert that is failing and no state permit is needed to do so.  Rolland Rainville is concerned with the septic for La Chalet/Andersen property that runs under the road to this side, it is very close the TH#33.  The State approved the septic in 1986 and there is a deed from Larose’s to La Chalet of requirements and easements. It should not hinder the town road in any way.  Dave B/Yvon D made a motion to reclassify TH#33 from a class 4 town road to a legal trial.  All members in favor, motion passed.


Town plan-enhanced energy adoption:  The amendments were approved by the Planning Commission in July and sent to the Selectboard for approval.  Dave B gave a general overview of the amendments to add the enhanced energy section to the town plan.  This meets the approved plan of NRPC with the State requirements.  Pete advised this gives the town a say of what is preferred with solar or wind projects with having an approved enhanced energy plan.  Corinna S likes the town having preferred flexibility for support of the town plan.  John H states the town is not involved in small projects under 15kw.  Interested in what the town’s plan is for specific locations for projects-designate favorable areas.  Dave states we do not want to designate specific areas, but let folks make that judgement.  Large solar project should be in areas where they cannot be seen.  Rolland advised need to have three-phase power lines, so there is a limited infrastructure.  Dave B/Brooks S made a motion to accept the Chapter 9-Enhanced energy plan as part of the Town of Franklin Town Plan.  All members voted in favor, motion passed.   Corinna S-thank you to the planning commission for all their work done on the amendments. 

            John Ho asked for the towns support of his project; with the VEC incentives the project needs to be on an approved “preferred site”.  Get plus $.01 is so or less $.03 is not preferred.  Need a letter from the municipality/Planning Commission and NRPC of support for a “preferred site”.  Dave B spoke that the PC has approved the project at a previous meeting.  Need a joint letter of selectboard and planning commission in support of a 150 kw, ˝ acre project on west/south boundary as a “preferred site”.  Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to approve a letter for a “preferred site”.  All members voted in favor, motion passed. 


ATV ordinance:  Pete states we want to update the ordinance to be sure to follow the laws of the roads.  Trooper Lamothe, State Police, stated at his recent visit that their hands are tied with enforcement.  He stated if the violator is known they can go to the residence to ticket or take action based on the complaint.   Want to keep it respectful; the ordinance is a formality which is difficult to enforce but aids with the liability of the town.  Pete read some sections aloud; need to review details further to discuss at the next board meeting. 




Approve minutes of August 1st: 

Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to accept the minutes of August 1 as written with the following changes.  Line 70-should read “Franklin” Rec and line 90 s/b 7:00 meeting,  Vote taken, all in favor, motion passed


Town Clerk's concerns:

·        Tax rate approval-Lisa reviewed the education tax rate that is down about $.05 from projected at town report time.  The fund balance/carry over for FY18 was up from projected at budget time.  To amount to be raised by taxes based on the approved budget vs. income is $484,327.  Discussed the rates compared to town meeting estimates.  Residential rate $1.7033 and Non-resident $1.9335.  Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to approve the FY19 tax rate of residential $1.7033 and non-resident $1.9335. All members voted in favor, motion passed. 

·        Town Hall bid-Dave explained what the scope of work is for this project with construction/remodel of the furnace room to make it fire proof.  Yvon opened the one bid received from Kadence Construction/Dave Bennion; the bid will be approved and finalized at the board meeting on Monday, Aug 20th at 7:00 at the town clerk’s office. 

·        Sidewalk grant-for scoping study of the west side sidewalk along Main St in front of the store and apartment complex. Will need to warn the approval and sign the grant at the next meeting on Aug 20th. 

·        Silva estate- Lisa gave an update on the funds of approx. $3500 that will be coming to the town for the school as a result of settling an estate of a resident of Franklin that has no heirs.


Old business:  Act 46 meeting on Monday, Aug 13 with Lt. Governor Zuckerman at the Abbey Restaurant; Dave attended the meeting and Zuckerman advised he would speak with people because he did not feel something was right.  Yvon spoke of support for going independent and saving our school because he is not confident that the State will save us.  Jay Denault-John Carol asked about closing our schools..yes, we are adamant of going independent if necessary.  Pete read the petition #1 language aloud with approx. 80 signatures; Jay explained the need to save our assets by the town buying the school assets for $1; but this will not save our children.  Petition #2 is to protect our children with closing the school, essentially allowing school choice.  We will get vouchers per pupil to tuition our children to school.  Our School board will stay as is.  There was a press release in Montpelier on Wed, Aug 15th of facts from the Sec of Ed plan with Franklin noted with many errors made in the plan.  Pete read petition #2 aloud.  Jay spoke of MVU equity of Franklin being transferred to Franklin-transfer of MVU board-to give school choice for 7-12.  The articles of agreement from 1969 may become nule/void. Need language of each board with rite of first refusal of this vote.  Jay states would need to develop a lease agreement between the town and school to lease the property with school; could maintain the current contracts with teachers.  This needs to happen before October 17, 2018 to act on the petitions before the state makes a final decision. 


New business:  Dewing Shore Rd concerns of camp owner at 287 Dewing Rd parking in the road and putting cones in the middle of the traveled lane to obstruct travel.  Board agreed to do a letter stating the law and enclose a copy of with the letter. 


Review and sign bills:  None


Selectboard folder:  Lake Champlain Basin Deicing conference on Oct 10 if interested.


Member concerns/other business

·        Yvon has concerns with the water commission and the continued coliform positive test hits.  State requirements are to retest immediately and does not think that is being done.  These positive tests stay on our record forever.  John Kiernan has not yet updated our project plan and is afraid these positive tests will force a constant chlorination method.  Do we have a spare driver for the winter?

·        Pete asked for an update on the culverts/hydraulic study.  Lisa advised John from VTrans is working on the Hanna Rd one and Bethany has not gotten back to us on the Morses Line Rd.

·        Lisa advised we need to do a letter to the Library Trustees about cleaning out the attic space.  This is a fire hazard and has become an issue.  Lisa will contact VEC regarding the spruce tree removal at the town office. 


Next meeting date is September 19th @ 6:00 pm at the Town clerk’s office.



At 9:38 pm Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Vote taken; all in favor; motion carried.



Respectfully submitted,

Lisa Larivee, Town Clerk

August 20, 2018

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