MINUTES OF THE FRANKLIN SELECTBOARD

MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2008 AT 7:00P.M.

FRANKLIN CENTRAL SCHOOL

 

PRESENT:  Peter Kittell, Lynn Paradis, Jamie Boudreau, Harvey Bushey, Scott Choiniere, Lisa Larivee, Town Clerk/Treasurer

 

     Peter called meeting to order at 7:03 p.m.

 

TOWN CLERK CONCERNS:

 

      The 2007 Grand List needs to be signed.  There are no suits pending or tax appeals.  Need to approve and sign the Town Meeting minutes.  Ernest Lamson has asked if he was needed to work at the Household Hazardous Waste Day on May 3, 2008 at the Highgate transfer station.  Board approved Mr. Lamson to work at the HHW day on May 3rd.

 

MINUTES:

 

     Motion by Scott/Jamie to approve the minutes of the Town Meeting as written. Peter asked if anyone had changes and there were none.  All members voted in favor/minutes approved as presented. 

 

      Motion by Scott/Lynn to approve the February 11, 2008 selectboard meeting minutes.  Peter asked for any discussion or changes and there was none.  All members voted in favor/minutes approved.

 

      Motion by Scott/Lynn to approve the  March 5 organizational meeting minutes.  Peter asked for any discussion or changes and there was none.  All members voted in favor/minutes approved.

 

BILLS AND ORDERS:

 

     Bills were approved and signed.

 

FINANCIAL REPORT:

 

     Lynn handed out the financial budget reports to all other members for their review.

 

ZONING ADMINISTRATOR:

 

     Robert Irish entered the meeting at 7:40 for review and updates on the status of zoning violations and activity.    

     Mr. Irish discussed that he was taking a strict interpretation of the zoning rules in regards to seasonal camps.  He said that the Planning Comm. is beginning the rewrite of the zoning regulations at Tuesday nights meeting.  They are going over the first 10 sections which deal with ZBA.  He went over sections that the Selectboard may want in the zoning regulations as they pertain to septic regulations (see attached).  Bob also mentioned that the Town can still continue to enforce permits that were issued under their sewer ordinances.

     Mr. Irish exited the meeting at 8:30.

 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT:

 

     Tim Smith from Franklin County Development Corp entered the meeting at 8:00.  He talked about the energy forums that FCIDC has been doing.  He talked about VT Yankee providing 34% of the state's energy and Hydro Quebec 27%.  He said that the state has been negotiating with HQ for power when the contracts expire.  He mentioned the gas Peaker project going into Swanton.  Mr. Smith advised Franklin County is doing well with employers.  Finding employees is the problem they are facing.  Big companies in the County would continue to expand if they could find the help needed.   Fonda is tearing down part of the building.  Redstone has purchased the Warehouse.  To see the website for job postings can go to, VTjoblinks.com.  Mr. Smith was thanked for his update and exited the meeting at 9:00.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

   No new business.

 

SELECTBOARD FOLDER:

 

     Mapping photos will be done this summer.  Plastic targets will be placed for the pictures.  VTrans will pick them up when done.  

 

     Regional Planning has approved our Town Plan.

 

Motion made by Scott/Jamie to adjourn.  All members in favor/motion passed.  Adjourned at 9:14pm

 

 

 

Respectfully, Lisa A Larivee

March 18, 2008

These minutes are not official until approved at the next meeting April 14, 2008