Franklin Selectboard Meeting

August 1, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Town Clerk’s Office


Call to order

At 7:02 pm the meeting was called to order by Peter Magnant. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.


PRESENT: Peter Magnant, Yvon Dandurand, Dave Bennion, Brooks Sturtevant and Sandi Murphy.


GUESTS: Corinna Stanley, Trooper Lamothe from VT State Police, Norman Kern, John Ho, Jay Denault.


AGENDA AMENDMENTS: add resignation of Auditor under Item #7 and Brooks S has a funding request to be addressed under New Business.


Public comment period

Trooper Lamothe introduced himself and asked the SB if they have any concerns for him. Peter M asked if the Town was liable for any ATV accidents. Ans. Not sure, but this can be asked of the VLCT folks or insurance folks. State Police are not allowed to chase ATV’s. Peter M asked if distracted driving is an increased problem. Ans. YES. Trooper Lamothe thanked the SB for their time and encouraged them to call if any concerns come up at a later time.


Kevin Lothian - lake zoning violations

Kevin Lothian was not present. On June 14, 2018 the Robert Irish,  ZA sent a follow-up letter to Larry Tittemore. It appears the violations are still present. A Notice of fines was given in the letter.


Highway Department

ERP Grant - Towle Neighborhood Road culverts

The Grant needs to be signed. Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to sign the Grant.  Motion carried. Peter M signed the Grant. (This is a partnership with the Franklin Watershed Committee).


Pike paving price change notice – Peter M read aloud a letter from Pike concerning price increases. The SB will review the contract to see if it affects Franklin.


Junk ordinance follow-up/Norm Kern

Norm Kern reported that he has taken several more loads of junk away. Vegetation is hiding stuff more now. Mr. Kern stated he is willing to work with someone one on one if that is what the SB wants. The SB thanked him for his cooperation and efforts.


Approve minutes - July 11, 2018 and July 23, 2018

Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to accept the minutes of July 11, 2018 with one correction. Yvon D stated that line 62 should say a Model 524K was priced, not Model 524G. Motion carried. Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to approve the minutes of July 23, 2018 as presented. Motion carried. (Loader loan package was signed at this meeting).


Town clerk concerns

·         Rec Dept. reappointment of three members – Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to reappoint Stephanie Ho, Bridget Thompson and Bridgette Favreau for two year terms to the Recreation Committee. Motion carried.

·         St. Albans City/ Central Dispatch contract – Peter M read a letter aloud to all present. Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to sign the contract. Motion carried. Peter M signed the contract.

·         Resignation of Auditor – Peter M read aloud a letter of resignation from Carole Richards. Yvon D/Dave B made a motion to accept her resignation. Motion carried. The SB will send a Thank - You letter to Carole for her service.


Old business

Rec. Dept. - Blue spruce tree removal. Yvon D has offered to replace the tree if that is what is decided. Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to cut the tree down. The SB will explore the options as to who will do the job. Motion carried.


New business

Northwest Solid Waste Representative - the SB needs to find a new Rep. to this Board. Dave B was the former rep. He stated it’s very interesting and one can learn a lot.


John Ho - solar project – John H was present to explain his solar project at his residence (4.3 acre lot / using .5 acres for solar project). He’s asking the SB to approve the location of the project. Peter M invited John H to the upcoming Public Hearing the SB is having on the proposed Town Plan changes, August 15, 2018 at the Franklin Homestead in the Dining Room.


Babe Ruth funding needed - this is for 12-15 year olds. The Franklin Rec. Dept. donated $85. Peter M asked Brooks S to take this up with the Franklin Rec. Committee.


School merger options discussion - Jay Denault was present and explained what he has been doing. He went over how funding will work for Independent Schools. Peter M suggested meeting with the School Board to formulate a plan going forward.


Review and sign bills

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


Selectboard folder

Peter M went through the folder.


Member concerns

Brooks S - None

Yvon D -  ATV issue - we really should check out the liability issue. He will check with Lisa.

Dave B - the Town field has been mowed. There is a request for a lease for next year.

Peter M - asked how the weed harvester work was going. Andy G was doing a repair on the harvester this week. Otherwise it appears to be going well.


Next meeting date is August 15, 2018 at the Franklin Homestead in the dining room at 7:00 pm


At 9:40 pm Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried.


Respectfully submitted,

Sandi Murphy, minute taker

August 6, 2018


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

These minutes were approved at the August 15, 2018 Selectboard meeting.