August 15, 2018 @ 7:00
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.
Peter Magnant, Yvon Dandurand, Andy Godin, Dave Bennion, Brooks Sturtevant,
Lisa Larivee-Town Clerk/Treasurer.
Stanley, Claudette Carswell, Karen Quintin, Rolland Rainville, Dan Favreau,
John Ho, Jay Denault.
amendments: Add to Town Clerk-sidewalk study grant award
to be signed/approved; Silva estate update
Member concerns-water commission discussion. Peter reviewed agenda.
comment period: None
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
folder: Lake Champlain Basin Deicing conference on Oct 10 if interested.
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.
Lisa Larivee, Town Clerk
August 20, 2018
These minutes are not official until approved at the next regular