Franklin Planning Commission

March 19, 2019

Town Clerk Office



Members Present: Clark Hubbard, Cyrus Grennon, Dave Bennion, Jordie Fraties, Maureen Sodaro (Secretary)




Meeting Called to Order at 7:35 pm.


Approval of Minutes: Dave made a motion to approve the February minutes.  The motion was seconded by Jordie.  All members approved the minutes. 


Old Business: Clark signed the letter for John Ho.  The letter was sent to the agencies involved with John Ho’s solar power request.  Dave stated that others have encountered the same issue with the VEC that John Ho has had.  Dave said that the legislators are interested in that issue with VEC. 

The large visual monitor is now hooked up in the Town Clerk’s office.  (Thank you Dave!)


New Business: Dave moved that the PC purchase a new wireless keyboard and mouse to use for meetings. The motion was seconded by Clark.  All PC members approved the motion.  The funds are left over from those that were allotted by the Selectboard for the purchase a screen that can be used for the purchase of a monitor, brackets, connections, wires.  Dave stated that Pete Magnant had concerns regarding the letter that was sent to the groups involved in John Ho’s solar power issues.  Pete wondered if it would appear that the changes and approval occurred outside of a warned meeting.  Dave assured Pete that it was a decision of the PC in the February meeting. The PC agreed that Clark could approve any suggested changes to the letter Maureen would draft after the February meeting.  Clark would then sign the letter once is was completed if all members agreed to the changes.  Dave told Pete that in the future, any similar issues would be made through a motion and agreed by a majority of  PC members. The PC agreed with Dave’s suggestion and will make sure that a motion is made in the future.  On another topic, Dave stated that Bob Irish is training Wendy Sargent his assistant.  Selectboard agreed that since Bob was just elected to his position, he could train Wendy for a year.  If voted in next year, she could take over as Zoning Administrator.  

This month was supposed include the election of officers.  Dave made a motion to have Clark continue as chairperson of the PC.   Due to the absence of a few members, Clark felt the PC should wait one more month for a full board before PC Officers are nominated. All PC present agreed.   Jordie stated that he needs to resign from the PC as he and his family will be moving.  He will most likely attend next month for the last time.   The PC will miss Jodie’s active participation in our meetings.  Dave will let the selectboard know about Jordie’s resignation. 


Dave spoke about the possibility of future recreational use of the town land if the townis able to obtain a right of way to the land. 

Dave told the PC that Wesley Kempton has joined the NWRPC.  Wesley is also on the VBA. 



Public Comments: No public comments. 


 Clark made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:06 pm.  The motion was seconded by Dave. All approved the motion to adjourn. 



The next regular meeting of the Franklin Planning Commission will be held on April 16, 2019 at the Franklin Town Clerk Office. 


Respectfully Submitted,

Maureen Sodaro, Secretary

March 20, 2019


Minutes are not final until approved by the Planning Commission at the next regular meeting.