16, 2018 at 6:00 pm
order / pledge of allegiance
Peter M called the meeting to Order and all recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
Agenda amendments are as follows: under item #8 Town Clerk concerns add Dog
complaint and Fiscal Services school contract; under item #10 add Gauge at
Dewing Bridge outlet.
Present: Peter Magnant, Andy Godin, Brooks Sturtevant, David Bennion,
Yvon Dandurand and Lisa Larivee and Sandi Murphy (minute taker)
Guests: Corey Parent (State Rep); Pam Greene (Historical Society); Jordy
Fraties; Kevin Russin; Rusty Russin; and Norman Kern
talked about the County wide Historical Society meeting that was featured in
the St. Albans Messenger newspaper held in Franklin. It was a huge success and
there was some unsolicited praise for the Town and the Selectboard. Someone
mentioned how well maintained the Town buildings were, warranting kudos for the
Franklin Selectboard. Pam also asked if the SB wanted her to ask the Sandy Bay
Association if the weed harvester can empty their weeds in the Sandy Bay beach
area. The SB said they would be in touch with her after further discussion.
minutes of April 27th, 2018
Dave B made a motion to approve the minutes of April 27th, 2018 as presented.
Yvon abstained, motion carried and the minutes are approved.
Parent - State Representative
introduced himself. He asked the SB what they look for in a State Senator. He explained S- 260 (water quality bill) and the State Budget Bill and the Gun Bills.
Peter M asked Rep. Parent if he drove to Franklin via Route 120. He said, yes.
Peter M told him how the SB has been trying to get this road repair work on the
State list with no results. Rep. Parent said he would talk with Transportation
Committee folks about it. Also the SB said Franklin needs cell service. Rep Parent thanked the SB for their time and
and sign bills
members reviewed and signed off on the bills.
ordinance violations- parties involved
Rusty Russin were present and Norman Kern. The SB had received a written
complaint from a town resident concerned about junk at certain properties. Peter M explained that the SB has an
obligation to respond to all written complaints. (And the Town of Franklin does
have a Junk Ordinance.) Peter M explained that the SB would like to see the
parties make an effort to clean up and store unregistered vehicles inside or
out of sight from the road. Everyone was invited to come back to the June 20th
SB Meeting to report their progress. Mr. Kern said he is working on picking up
his place over time. He plans on planting a vegetative style fence for cover.
He has taken three loads to the transfer station so far. He agreed to continue
Loader review - the Road Commissioner and the
road crew favors the Case loader. The SB went over the specs list. The SB
decided to have the John Deere salesperson come and present his product. They
will take this up again at the next meeting.
Sidewalk Bid opening/ review - one bid was
received from Messier Concrete for $48,500. Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion to
deny the bid. All were in favor and the motion carried. Lisa asked for
permission to apply for the feasibility grant to study the other side of the
street which is a 20% matching grant. Brooks S/ Dave B made a motion to apply
for the VTRANS grant. Peter signed a letter of support to attach with the
grant. All were in favor, motion
Hay land bid opening - no bids received.
Highway lot storm drainage - Northwest Regional
Planning Commission has funding for the project. Lisa will call some gutter businesses to get
quotes; she is also working with Amanda at NRPC on spec/design to bid the front
lot work. The highway crew will do some
of the work themselves.
Paving bids - contract - Jeremy was asked to
reach out to Pike for a new contract without the sections that were applied for
the grant; which was not awarded. Table this until the June meeting when Jeremy
Driveway permits - K Yandow (a developer) is
doing 6 lots with 3 driveways. The Planning Commission approved the driveways
designs with 24 inch culverts. Andy signed off on the approval of the driveway
permits. Brooks S/Yvon D made a motion
to name the driveway/road, accessing three homes, Mountain View Drive. All were
in favor and the motion carried.
Bike/Pedestrain grant for sidewalk feasibility - this was decided earlier under
Rec.Dept.- Summer Camp - K Rouleau and Town Hall
use. The SB decided the $25 a day town hall use fee needs to be charged. The Rec Dept will also be responsible for
paying the w/c exposure fee for Kathy.
Mandy Gates - Volunteer/ community project-
Mandys sister is getting married and for the bridal shower she asked the
guests to pitch in to do a Town community project. They are asking the Town
what needs to be done. The SB decided the Bandstand could be painted or the
flower bed at the Town garage could be cleaned up. Lisa will let them know.
Dog complaint- from the FedEx truck driver.
There is a boxer type dog at 52 Rock Maple Road that is aggressive and needs to
be kept contained on the property. The dog is not licensed. Peter M said a
letter will be sent to the dog owner and ask the animal control officer to make
Fiscal services school contract - Lisa went over
this with the SB members. The contract needs to be signed before July 1,
2018. Will be warned for the next board
meeting to take action.
Park and Ride
ordinance review/ adoption - this draft was discussed at the last meeting.
Peter M read it aloud. Brooks S/Dave B made a motion to adopt Article 10 to the
Road Ordinance. All were in favor and the motion carried.
Town Plan and Energy - review
changes/amendments; Dave B said the Planning Commission had a hearing and now
the SB needs to have a Public Hearing. The SB will look into this.
Weed Harvester operators Brooks S and Andy G
will work out a schedule.
John Ho - solar net metered system Dave B
explained the status.
Gauge at Dewing Bridge outlet Andy G said
permission is needed for State DEC to set the gauge to monitor the level of the
lake. The SB is OK with the setting of the gauge.
Peter M went
thru the folder.
Andy G - none
Brooks S -
wants to see better cell phone service in Franklin
Dave B -
Septic tank issue at the Town garage - has it been fixed?
Yvon D - does
the state know where we are on the Park and Ride? Peter M said yes they do.
Also, the boards at the dam - where are we with that? Are we looking at trees
that may need to be cut? Has anyone talked with Jim Cota on the Quarry
Peter M- a
hydraulic study may be needed on the Hanna Road.
meeting date is June 6, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the Town clerk office
At 9:17 pm
Brooks S/ Dave B made a motion to adjourn. All were in Favor and the motion
May 18, 2018
These minuets are not official until
approved at the next regular Selectboard meeting.