July 11, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Franklin Town Clerk’s Office
Call to order
At 6:02 p.m. Peter M called the
meeting to order. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Peter Magnant, Yvon Dandurand, Andy Godin, Dave Bennion, Lisa Larivee-Town
Clerk/Treasurer; Brooks Sturtevant by phone at 6:45.
Dandurand & Jeremy Barnum, Highway crew; Kirk Artus, Beauregard Equipment,
Bill Mayo, Emily Porter-Goeff, Franklin Watershed Coordinator; Peter Benevento,
LCCA; Corinna Stanley,
amendments: Add to Town Clerk-Education tax rate review;
Betty Rainville concern at Morses Line Border Crossing. Add to old business-hay land discussion. All members approve of the amendments.
comment period: Corinna Stanley “Thank you” for the support of the
selectboard with the school Act 46 issue.
lake/dam: Peter M asked
Pete Benevento to give his opinion of the aeration system that is being
proposed by the state. Pete stated the
presentation recently of the system and how they work was very
informative. Emily said the model that
was designed does not work well for blue/green algae reduction, just to reduce
the phosphorus release. The chlorophyll
A reduction does not so much matter, just the phosphorus. ANR is making some adjustments and changes
based on studies and will have a final report on August 10th of the
system to be installed. Bill Mayo asks how many years will the system
operate-Emily replied the life span of a system is 15-20 years so it is
expected that it will be used for that long.
Additional sensors at the buoys have been installed to gauge the oxygen
levels at different depths.
There is a
“Crisis response plan” TMDL meeting on July 19th at 4:45 in the
Homestead Felco Rm to discuss the plan of the Act 260-Lake in Crisis.
advised the Celebrate Lake Carmi was a great success and went well. Thanks to the Franklin Fire Dept for their
assistance and for the town allowing the Army Band to perform on the village
Emily asked if
the situation of the weeds coming back off the conveyor belt of the harvester
had been addressed from last year. Andy
advised it has and is much better this year.
Peter M asked
about the Millpond dam. Pete B advised
the boards have been secured to not be removed and it is at 435 ft above sea
level. There was a hydrologic study done
recently by the State. Funds were
available to clean the spillway but were used for this study instead. The staff
gauge at the Dewing bridge was also installed to measure the level of the lake;
it has not changed too much since spring.
of June 20th:
Yvon D/Andy G made a motion to
accept the minutes of June 20 as written.
Vote taken, all in favor, motion passed
Review and sign
All Selectboard members reviewed and
signed the bills.
Town highway #33 reclassification from the current
class 4 to a legal trail. Need to post a
30 day warning for a hearing of the public regarding the change. Lisa will warn with the town plan amendment
adoption update for August 15th and notice the land owners.
Brooks S called in via phone at 6:45
pm to participate in the meeting.
Loader: Yvon has been working with both Case
and John Deere to get a final
price on comparable machines to meet
the needs of the town to present to the board.
Priced a model 521G/524K respectively with radial tires, A/C, quick
connect feature and halogen lights. Both
will be approximately 90 days to ship after order. Case priced at $104,700 with 3 yr warranty
and 3 yr service agreement and John Deere at $104,440 with 5 yr warranty. Kirk
was present and advised they had just received in stock this same machine with
some additional options: reverse cooling fan, cold weather package, led plus
light package, rear backup camera that could be delivered immediately for
$109,500. Discussion ensued; Kirk
offered the stock machine with the quick-connect attachment and specs as quoted
with the extra options and a 5 yr warranty/3 yr maintenance for $107,000. After discussion, Yvon D/Brooks S made a
motion to purchase the 2018 Case 521G loader, stock #NL4601 as quoted with
additional options and 5 yr warranty at no extra cost for $107,000; all members
voted in favor, motion passed. Lisa will
do a letter of intent to Beauregard’s Equipment to be eligible for the
municipal discount. Discussed the
funding for payment of the machine; Equipment fund has $20,000 available and
$7,000 from FY19 equipment fund budget line will be used, voters approved
$80,000 for no more than 5 years. Lisa
will borrow $64,000 for 4 years with the 5th year ($16,000) from
this year’s tax billing. Payment will be
made on August 1st .
asked about the NRPC grant for equipment purchases; Franklin ordered a shoulder
scraper blade for removing road shoulders through this program with an 20/80
match. Peter will check on the status of
the equipment with Bethany at NRPC.
Brooks exited the meeting by phone.
windows: Lisa discussed the need to
replace the storm windows on the front of the building since one has broken. There was no grant available at this time, as
it was used for the furnace room work.
If the grant is awarded for the furnace room there will be money in the
budget for window work. Discussed the
furnace room work and the scope of the project; needs to be determined so it
can be put out to bid.
contract: the contract was read and reviewed for the $5,800 in coverage as
budgeted beginning July 2018 through June 2019 with the same coverage as last
year. Yvon D/Dave B made a motion to
approve and sign the Franklin County Sheriff contract for FY19 at $5,800. Board members all in favor and signed the
Recreation Director contract reviewed by
board. Board is fine with it, need to
add the salary figure of $10,000.
advised the Education tax rates have been received and they are approx. $.05
less than anticipated at town meeting time.
Total rates will be calculated for the August board meeting.
Rainville has concerns with the bikers that cross the Morses Line border and
using their land as a bathroom. Lisa
will contact the Swanton Border Sector office about installing a port-o-let at
The pine tree in
front of the office has been requested to be removed as it is in poor
condition. Warn for the next board
meeting on August 1 for community input before its removal.
Kennel fees were
discussed; currently at $50 for first day and $20 each day thereafter for as
long at the animal control officer holds the dog. Peter M/Andy G made a motion to keep the same
as last year, all members in favor, motion passed.
spoke with Gerald Domina who cuts the hay from the Dick Wright lot. He is willing to cut for this year for the
hay; would like a 3 yr agreement with the town to continue to cut in the
future. We will review next year for a 3
yr agreement. Lisa will write a contract
for this year at zero dollars for liability purposes.
amendments: Dave spoke about the amendments to the town plan-need to have an
enhanced energy plan included to have some say with the Vermont Public Service
board hearings. May not have the final
say, but at least we can have input.
Meeting will be warned for Aug 15 in the Homestead dining room for final
review and adoption.
from R Williams regarding incessant barking of neighbors dogs. Lisa will do a letter to Mr. Clark to warn of
dog ordinance rules in the village and ask Dennis to pay a visit.
ordinance-was reviewed by the board and discussed as to changes that may need
to be made. The question of what it the
town’s liability for allowing atv use on town roads needs to be addressed. Will discuss further at next meeting.
rental for weed harvester-a resident asked about needing a rental at the lake
for use with the weed harvester. Andy
stated the tractor is back at the lake and we have use of it when needed.
Resolution to State Board of Education:
Peter read aloud the resolution written from the board to the Secretary
of Education and Ed Board regarding the town’s disapproval of the school merger
plan and support of our school. Members
all in favor of the resolution and signed.
folder: Info about an Energy Conference
the weed harvester was running badly again but got it going and trained Joe
Craig. It wouldn’t start at the end of
the week; changed the diaphragm fuel pump with a new pump and is working like a
top with full power. Asked about making
a mowed trail around the hay land for a walking trail and maybe a picnic table
on the hill. Could be used for cross
country skiing in winter as well.
has asked about the cement around the band stand and ideas to repair it; would
like to update its appearance.
letter to Mandi Gates for painting the band stand was signed.
trees on Pidgeon Hill Rd that should be cut before winter by the Fournier farm.
Lisa states there are also some on Stanley Rd.
Will contact VEC about cutting as they are adjacent to power lines.
Lisa will email
to the newsletter list information about the State Board of Education school
merger plan meeting on July 18th in Newark.
date is august 1 @ 7:00 pm at the Town clerk’s office.
At 8:58 pm Yvon D/Dave B made a
motion to adjourn the meeting. Vote taken; all in favor; motion carried.
Lisa Larivee, Town Clerk
July 13, 2018
These minutes are not official until approved at the next regular
These minutes were approved at the August 1, 2018