Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 2/19/15

TOWN OF WALPOLE
MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD
FEBRUARY 19, 2015

Selectboard Present: Chas Street (Chair); Whitney Aldrich, Steven Dalessio

CALL TO ORDER: Mr. Street called this Selectboard meeting to order at 6:20 PM. He advised that meetings are tape recorded therefore asked anyone wishing to speak to identify themselves for the record. There were six people in attendance.
These are unapproved Minutes.

PUBLIC BUSINESS:
JB MACK, Southwestern Regional Planning Commission (SWRPC): Mr. Mack from the SWRPC was present to discuss the Southwest Region Brownfields Assessment Program that has been available for about ten years. Mr. Kimball had approached them recently about the program as he is interested in purchasing the former Central Plating Site at 12 Westminster Street for an office building. SWRPC took on this program as they are looking for ways to address environmental issues plus economic development as it will get properties back on the tax rolls, make improvements and create new jobs. It opens the door to other sources of grants. This program is free to the towns unless the town was to take on the property themselves. He distributed copies of the Site Selection Criteria and a brochure on the program. He is here tonight to get the support of the Town for this program; they ask for a letter of support from the town just stating that they think this is a good idea. Mr. Mack has not yet talked to the property owner but if he says “yes” they can move forward with the assessment. There was discussion relative to the history of the property that included when the EPA went over that property several years ago but the Town did not get a report. The Selectboard and Mrs. Mansouri, on behalf of the Zoning Board of Adjustment, feel this is a good option for the property.
Mr. Aldrich moved to send a letter to the SWRPC to support their Brownfields Assessment Program for the former Central Plating Site at 12 Westminster Street. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:
Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Accounts Payable check register and manifest in the amount of $502,297.85 for checks dated February 20, 2015. This includes a monthly payment in the amount of $488,319.18 to the Fall Mountain Regional School District. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

PAYROLL:
Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Payroll Voucher for the week ending February 14, 2015, in the amount of $24,531.53 for checks dated February 20, 2015. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the electronic transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes for Withholding, MEDI and FICA taxes in the amount of $6,100.63 for the week ending February 14, 2015. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:
SELECTBOARD MEETING – February 12, 2015: Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of February 12, 2015, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meetings:
 Conservation Commission – February 16, 2015;
 Planning Board – February 10, 2015;
 North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – February 10, 2015;
 North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – February 17, 2015.

NEW BUSINESS:
PERSONNEL FORM – Police Department: Mr. Aldrich moved to approve the recommendation of Police Chief Paquette to hire Dean Wright as a part-time police officer to be effective on February 24, 2015. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

SAVINGS BANK OF WALPOLE “Concert on the Green Request”: A request was received from the Savings Bank of Walpole to use the Town Common for their 2015 concerts on consecutive Sunday evenings beginning at 6:30 pm and concluding at 8:00 pm. The first concert will take place on Sunday, June 28, 2015 and then every Sunday thereafter through August 16, 2015.
Mr. Aldrich moved to approve this request from the Savings Bank of Walpole to use the Town Common for their 2015 concerts. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
The Selectboard further agreed to waive all fees for these events. The Town Hall will be open for use of the bathroom facilities.

MS-6: The MS-6 form is the Budget of the Town as reported to the NH Department of Revenue Administration. Mr. Dalessio moved to accept and sign the MS-6 report as presented. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

NON-PUBLIC SESSION:
Mr. Dalessio moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel. Mr. Aldrich seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with all in favor, the motion was approved at 7:02 PM.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:24 PM.

OLD BUSINESS:
WALPOLE PLAYERS: Mr. Dalessio moved to accept and sign the letter to the Walpole Players with regards to posters on the walls. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

ADJOURNMENT:
Mr. Aldrich moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With all in favor, the motion was approved at 7:28 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Cold River Local Advisory Council Meeting Minutes – 1/27/15

Cold River Local Advisory Council
January 22th, 2015

Next meeting: February 26th , 2015

Present: Kim Lewis, Debby Hinman, Fred Ernst, Cathy MacDonald, Sam Sutcliff, Gary Speed, Carol Wallace

Absent: Mike Heidorn, Mitch Harrison

Meeting called to order at 7:11 PM.

Minutes from December 4, 2014 meeting were reviewed and approved.

Getting Our Minutes Out
Debby created a cover letter for the chairs of planning boards, conservation commissions, DES, and town officials of Walpole, Langdon, Alstead, Acworth, and Lempster. Kim sent approved minutes to the town offices and ask them to please post to the websites and outside the offices. Several people responded that they appreciated receiving them.

Treasurer’s Report
Balance, 2015​​​​$ 8877.29
Income Interest​​​$0.75 in Dec
Expenditures ​​​​None
Balance , December 31, 2014​$8878. 04

CRLAC has received an anonymous gift for which we are very grateful. It will be reflected in the next month’s treasurer’s report.

Membership
Membership is up for:
Cathy 3/23/15
Michael 3/23/15
Gary 6/6/15
Fred 11/7/15

Vilas Pond
The issue of maintenance of Vilas Pool is under discussion. There will be two warrant articles on the ballot in Alstead in March. One is to get the gate operable and a second is to get an engineering inspection of the footbridge.

Warren Brook
KAStevens, Inc, one of the original bidders on the Warren Brook restoration project, has been contacted to rebid their plan. Scheduling of a meeting between our hydrologist, Sean Sweeney, KA Stevens, CRLAC and the Town of Alstead is underway. The meeting is now expected to take place the week of January 26th.
Mitch has contacted Cold River Materials and they have confirmed that they will still honor their commitment to donate rock and they have been informed of the anticipated construction schedule.

Sam contacted the Town of Alstead road agent to confirm they will honor their commitment to provide trucking services.

Sam will contact landowners affected by the project to let them know the new construction schedule once it has been determined.

Sam, Mitch, and Mike (the Alstead contingency) will monitor contract timing in the spring to ensure the work is completed within the specified time period. There are concerns about completing $35,000.00 worth of work before the DES funds expire.

Sean will review the various grants to determine required submittals and prepare those submittals.

Wetland Permit in South Acworth
Debby has not heard any response after contacting Travis Royce by email about CRLAC’s concerns. The Conservation Commission has received the same plan without any revisions and is now looking at it as well. DES will inform CRLAC of any decision on the application. Debby will contact Travis Royce again.

River Quality
No new news.

Have we overlooked the funding of plantings along Warren Brook?

John McGee had commented that the lack of riparian trees along the Warren Brook is not good for water temperature, stability of the floodplain or for the long-term in stream habitat benefits of riparian trees. He recommends that someone (and he offered to help) plant native saplings where landowners provide permission. DOT may be one of the major landowners. Mitch thinks the trees are doing OK, just not yet maturing enough to provide shade. We will investigate but plantings will probably not be done until in the spring of 2016. Students from Walpole and Alstead may be used.

Bower Brook Bridge

We have been notified that DOT plans to begin work on Bower Brook Bridge. Fred emailed Sean to inform him of the proposed work, and we have communicated to Acworth that Sean’s design and engineering work is the standard to which the project should be done. Debby will restate this at the public meeting when it is held.

East Acworth Wetlands
Approximately 5 acres have been offered for inclusion in the conservation easement of East Acworth wetlands pending approval of this gift at Town Meeting. The land is located on Keyes Hollow Road along the Cold River.

Next Meeting: February 26; March meeting will be on March 26 at Fred and Ellie’s house in Walpole. Sean will be invited.

Meeting adjourned at 7:54 PM

Respectfully submitted,

Kim Lewis

Music and Dancing – 3/21/15

Tell all your friends!

There is going to be a fun night of music and dancing on Saturday March 21st at the Walpole Town Hall.

Purchase your tickets at Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls, Real to Reel or Galloway Real Estate in Walpole, or contact Our Place. Or take your chance at the door.

Dance lesson 6:00 PM-7 PM: $20 per person, lessons to be provided by Richard and Pamela Clough of Keene Fusion Studios.

Or, you may prefer to use your own moves on the dance floor (and skip the lesson) the band/dance begins at 7:00 for $15 per person.

Rob Fletcher and Ballroom Blitz will provide live dance music- guaranteed to get your toes tapping.

This is a BYOB event- so your own snacks and beverages are encouraged. Get a carpool together and make a party of it!

Groovy attire is encouraged, but not required. There will be prizes.

Proceeds to support Our Place Drop-In Center.

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 2/12/15

TOWN OF WALPOLE
MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD
FEBRUARY 12, 2015

Selectboard Present: Chas Street (Chair); Whitney Aldrich, Steven Dalessio
CALL TO ORDER: Mr. Street called this Selectboard meeting to order at 6:00 PM in the Walpole Town Hall. He advised that this meeting is being recorded and asked anyone wishing to speak to identify themselves for the record. There were four people in attendance.
These are unapproved Minutes.

PUBLIC BUSINESS:
PAUL COLBURN – Recycling Center: Mr. Colburn distributed copies of the “Daily Weight Report and 5 Year to Date Comparison” for the recyclables and provided an explanation on the numbers. The figures reflect what is brought in by both the public and private sector. Their main vendor for cardboard lost one of their contracts therefore it has lowered the amount of cardboard that comes in. It usually brings in about $35,000 a year. Weather has affected the January figures. Many volunteers worked on re-organizing and getting ready to do some summer projects early. They have not burned in almost a month; normally this time of the year they burn every week because of the Christmas trees.
Mr. Colburn also distributed and explained the report on Revenue. This is also a five year comparison for 2015 compared to 2010 for the various commodities. They have not as yet received a check for returnables; that equates to about $1,200. He does not add this into the figures until he receives the check. Basically everything is down which is partially due to the weather. They did ship out various metals and aluminum cans which will be on this year’s revenue and not last year because of the fact that they were running out of storage space and the price looked like it was at a pretty good level.
Mr. Colburn reported that the schedule is out for the Household Hazardous Waste collection dates and it is on the Town of Walpole Recycling Center website and Mr. Mark Houghton has a copy to be enclosed with the water bills. They have also been pushing back the snow banks to get them out of the travel lane. There is a food shelf box in the center; there was an article in the Keene Sentinel about it. Mr. Colburn will be attending a First Aid class this Saturday. Everybody is CPR trained. It will cost about $300 for repairs to the glass crusher; that will be covered under their old oil grant. There is about $1,000 in the George Watkins Fund to be used for the garden. Due to the fact that Tom Fitzgerald was not at the Employees Appreciation Dinner/Dance, the WRAP Committee made a decision to have Mr. Colburn mail out their gift certificate to him. He would also like to give a gift certificate to Jill Robinson for doing the web site to show their appreciation for all her work.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:
Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Accounts Payable check register and manifest in the amount of $106,246.39 for checks dated February 13, 2015. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

PAYROLL:
Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Payroll voucher for the week ending February 7, 2015, in the amount of $21,763.92 for checks dated February 13, 2015. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the electronic transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes for Withholding, MEDI and FICA taxes in the amount of $5,250.52 for the week ending February 7, 2015. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:
SELECTBOARD MEETING – January 29, 2015: Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of January 29, 2015, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – January 29, 2015: Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of January 29, 2015. The Minutes will remain sealed. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING – February 4, 2015: Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of February 4, 2015, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.

2015 PROPOSED BUDGET AND WARRANT ARTICLES – Public Hearing – February 5, 2015: Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Minutes of the 2015 Proposed Budget and Warrant Articles Public Hearing of February 5, 2015, with the following change: Page 2, second paragraph, change 1.5% to 1%. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
The Selectboard received and reviewed the Minutes of the following meetings:
 North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – February 3, 2015;
 Source Water Protection Committee – February 4, 2015.

VETERANS CREDIT:
AVORY / MELENDEX, March Hill Road, Map & Lot #009-041-000: Mr. Dalessio moved to grant the Veterans Credit for Sarah Melendez at 418 March Hill Road, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

BUILDING PERMIT:
DURGIN, 14 Hogan Lane MH04, Map & Lot #016-005-MH04: Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Permit for Removal and Building No. 2015-02 for Kenneth & Susan Durgin to “Remove existing mobile home and replace with new mobile home” at 14 Hogan Lane, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

ABATEMENT – SEWER:
FALL MOUNTAIN REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT, 17 Cray Road, Map & Lot #028-128-000: Mr. Dalessio moved to grant the Sewer Abatement for the Fall Mountain School District in the amount of $2,367.12 for an incorrect meter reading. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

NEW BUSINESS:
PERSONNEL FORM: Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the recommendation of Mr. Jim Terrell to hire Mr. Adam Muchmore as a full-time employee of the Highway Department subject to his signing the employment offer letter and meeting the conditions set forth. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

2015 TOWN WARRANT: The Selectboard reviewed the 2015 Town Warrant.
Mr. Aldrich moved to sign the 2015 Town Warrant. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

INSURANCE SERVICE OFFICE: Mr. Aldrich received a Public Protection Classification Summary Report that the ISO did in conjunction with Mr. Mark Houghton and Fire Chief Richard Hurlburt. It will be reviewed by the Selectboard. Mrs. Clough will notify Mr. Houghton and Chief Hurlburt that it was received and is in the Selectboard office.

BUDGET – Highway Department: Mr. Dalessio asked Mr. Kreissle and Mr. Terrell to look at the Highway Department budget because of all the snow storms, over-time, etc. At this time they have used more than 50% of the over-time budget. Mr. Dalessio suggested that they look at this figure before Town Meeting to see if it should be adjusted. Mr. Terrell thinks the salt budget will be okay.

WATER SHUT-OFFS: The Selectboard discussed two properties where the water had been shut-off. There is concern regarding health issues, fire protection, etc.

OLD BUSINESS:
PLAYERS REQUEST: During the last meeting the Selectboard voted to table a request from the Walpole Players to hang past posters of The Walpole Players by securely fastening them to the walls in both the north and south stairways. The Selectboard talked about a less permanent display of the posters. It was suggested that the posters could be displayed during productions on both sides of the room plus have some in the hallways. An option could be to display them on easels.
Mr. Aldrich moved to not have any posters on the walls in the foyer and entryways of the Town Hall at the present time. The Chair will generate a response letter to Mr. Boas regarding his request. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:
Mr. Dalessio moved to recess this Selectboard meeting. The Selectboard will enter into a meeting as the Hooper Trustees. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved at 7:36 PM.
The regular meeting resumed at 7:52 PM.

ADJOURNMENT:
Mr. Dalessio moved to adjourn this meeting. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved at 7:54 PM.
Respectfully submitted,
Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Selectboard Public Hearing – 2/5/15

TOWN OF WALPOLE
PUBLIC HEARING
2015 PROPOSED BUDGET AND WARRANT ARTICLES

Selectboard Present: Chas Street (Chair); Whitney Aldrich, Steven Dalessio
CALL TO ORDER: Mr. Street called this Public Hearing on the 2015 Proposed Budget and Warrant Articles to order at 6:00 PM in the Walpole Town Hall. There were eight people from the public present.
These are unapproved Minutes.

Introduction: Mr. Street introduced the Selectboard and Mr. Rich Kreissle who is the new Full Charge Bookkeeper…

Copies of the proposed 2015 Warrant Articles, General Fund Expenditure Detail Budget and an Expenditure Comparison Summary were available. These will all be put into the Annual Town Report.

Article 3 – Budget: Mr. Street reported that the major increase was a 2% cost-of-living for the employees; the cost-of-living across the country was 1.75%. The costs associated with labor also went up this year, line items like the Workers Compensation sky-rocked by almost 50%. A meeting will be scheduled in the near future to discuss what is causing this with the Town’s insurance carrier. The rate is based on salaries and past claims. It is a slow process to get the points from claims down.

The Warrant Articles are down this year; there are five money articles but none of them are super large.
Article 4: This Warrant Article is $10,000 for the Recycling Center. The top of the burn pit is old and needs to be addressed as it is ready to collapse or cave-in. A majority of it is salvageable. Mr. Colburn explained that it is for the expanded metalwork. They are estimating $10,000 or less for the repairs.
Article 5: The Police Department is requesting about $15,460 for special protective gear. Some of their standard gear expires every five years. They were called and showed up for duty at the Keene Halloween Pumpkin Fest but did not have the required ballistic body armor. Police Chief Paquette explained that this includes trauma plates, helmets, etc. When a call comes in for help it is better if they have the gear available.
Article 7: This Warrant Article is for $15,000 for a police cruiser. They discussed going to a lease option this year but right now they made a decision to save and then buy the cruiser. In past years they were able to do $10,000 each year for three years but the prices have gone up. The $15,000 will bring them up to the $37,000 needed to purchase the new cruiser, associated equipment, and installation. (Ref. Article 6)
Article 8: This Warrant Article is a little more expensive as they are requesting $50,900 for a wall replacement and major repairs to the Salt Sand Shed at the Walpole Highway Department. This figure is based on one estimate received however they are still waiting for two more estimates. Mr. Dalessio pointed out that one side of the shed is all rotted out. Mr. Vose asked what the cost would be to build a new shed. Mr. Dalessio responded that it would be in excess of $100,000. Mr. Street noted that these repairs should last for many years. The current structure has probably been there since the 1960s.
The above Warrant Articles total $128,360; last year the Warrant Articles totaled $193,622.
Article 3 – Budget (Continued): Mr. Street advised that the General Fund is up 3.9%. In addition to the labor costs the electric rates went up so they had to budget for that. Police Chief Paquette pointed out that his last electric bill went up .47%. Mr. Dalessio mentioned, on the positive side, the Selectboard signed on with UMG for lower electric rates however it does not go into effect until March but the bills should be lower after that. Mr. Aldrich noted that they did not lower gas for the vehicles because even though it is down substantially it has started to slowly go back up. Mr. Dalessio said a minor change was made to the Health Insurance; they went from a $5 to $20 co-pay but it was a cost savings to both the Town and the employees. Mr. Street noted that the Dental insurance also went up.
Mr. Street advised that if the Budget and Warrant Articles all pass the over-all increase is less than 1.5%. They all tried to be realistic about the Budget. The Department Heads were prudent with their requests. Mr. Dalessio stated that in the Highway Department they were in the process of replacing the Loader this year for a price of approximately $250,000 but instead opt to put in $30,000 for repairs, if needed, as they felt the loader could be used for another year. There was discussion relative to staying within the State’s recommendations for the Reserve Fund. This year they anticipate being able to add about $59,000.
Last year there was a part-time employee in the Highway Department but now he will be full-time because he is working for the Highway Department plus working in the Town Hall and at the Library.
 The Recreation Department Committee asked to give the Recreation Director more time to do his job and the Selectboard agreed to do so. He has taken on some more duties, programs, etc.
Mr. Kreissle was hired therefore the additional costs were added in for a full year. With Mr. Kreissle on-board there is a much better break-down of duties and responsibilities in the office.
Mrs. Smith, Town Clerk/Tax Collector, had requested adding a full-time position in that office however the Selectboard made a decision to increase the hours for the part-time employee as she worked more hours than budgeted for in 2014.
 The Conservation Commission budget went up a little because the dam off Reservoir Road needs attention and they will address it this year.
 The Zoning Board of Adjustment asked for more money in their budget for their Secretary as the position recently required more work. Mr. Vose noted that they increased their fees so this should be a “wash”.
Mr. Street asked if there were any questions or comments from the public present.
Mrs. Pschirrer said most every year at the Town Meeting somebody asks if the Town is getting estimates for the new cruiser. Chief Paquette advised that they buy the cruiser through the State Contract / bid process; it is always substantially less. In the past they were able to transfer the equipment but now a lot of it does not fit plus there is less free-of-charge equipment available.

Adjournment:
Mr. Aldrich moved to adjourn this Public Hearing. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With all in favor, the motion was approved at 6:27 PM.
Respectfully submitted,
Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 2/4/15

TOWN OF WALPOLE
MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD
FEBRUARY 4, 2015

Selectboard Present: Chas Street (Chair); Whitney Aldrich; Steven Dalessio
CALL TO ORDER: Mr. Street called this Selectboard meeting to order at 6:00 PM in the Walpole Town Hall. He advised that this meeting is being recorded and asked anyone wishing to speak to identify themselves for the record. There were four people in attendance.
These are unapproved Minutes.

PAYROLL:
Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Payroll Voucher for the week ending January 31, 2015, in the amount of $23,965.62 for checks dated February 6, 2015. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the electronic transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes for Withholding, MEDI and FICA taxes in the amount of $5,546.20 for the week ending January 31, 2015. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:
Due to the fact that very few Accounts Payable checks were due this week they will be carried over until next week.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:
SELECTBOARD MEETING – January 29, 2015: Mr. Dalessio moved to table the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of January 29, 2015, until the next regular meeting. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

REFUNDS:
Mr. Dalessio moved to grant the following over-payment refunds for property taxes as proposed by the Tax Collector:
Houghton (Edward), Map & Lot #021-002-000 in the amount of $9.95;
Durnford (Thomas), Map & Lot #009-058-000 in the amount of $29.70;
DiBernardo (Joseph), Map & Lot #028-135-000 in the amount of $293.56;
Scadova, Map & Lot #001-009-000, in the amount of $14.12.
The total amount is $347.33 plus interest. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

NEW BUSINESS:
REQUEST FROM THE WALPOLE PLAYERS: Mr. Street read the letter received from Ray Boas, dated February 3, 2015. They are requesting permission to hang past posters of The Walpole Players for the public to enjoy in the stairwells leading to The Helen Miller Theater. It is their intent to have them appropriately framed and securely fastened to the walls in both the north and south stairways. The Selectboard discussed having the posters fastened securely to the walls as they felt the posters should be easily removed if an occasion warrants that. Some renters like to take pictures in the stairwells, such as weddings, proms, etc. There was a consensus to table this request until their meeting next week for further discussion.

TOWN HALL KITCHEN: Mrs. Clough was asked to obtain an opinion from the Town’s insurance carrier as to whether they consider the Town Hall Kitchen a commercial kitchen.

MEET THE CANDIDATES NIGHT: Meet The Candidates Night will be hosted by the Walpole Grange on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015, at 7:00 PM in the Town Hall. It is open to the public.

OLD BUSINESS:
WARRANT ARTICLES: The Selectboard reviewed the draft document of the 2015 Warrant Articles.
Mr. Aldrich moved to approve the 2015 Warrant Articles as drafted with the exception of the edit to No. 11 on the RSA number that should be changed to “NH RSA 35:9-A”. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Mrs. Pschirrer advised that the Trustees of Trust Funds voted to not recommend Article No. 11.

PROPOSED BUDGET: The Selectboard went through the proposed budget page-by-page with Mr. Kreissle and Mrs. Clough. Following are the line items discussed:
Mrs. Clough recommended that the percentages be clarified on all the pages prior to the Public Hearing tomorrow night.
Page 4 – Municipal Building – Equipment Purchases & Repairs/Maintenance/Improvements: Mrs.
Clough has a list for these expenditures. It will be available for the meeting tomorrow night.
Page 4 – Advertising & Regional Memberships: Mrs. Clough advised that they are waiting for the 2014
bill from the NHMA; that is the reason for the zero. She will contact them again.
Page 5 – Financial Administration: This shows an increase due to the fact that there is now funding for a
full time employee.
Page 5 – Police: There was a consensus to have two lines – 1) Equipment Purchases; and 2) Equipment
Repairs/Maintenance. The $9,500 will be split up between the two lines.
Page 5 – Police – Special Detail: At one time Police Chief Paquette had wanted to increase this figures
because the State is going to start working on Route 12 and they will put in a bid for the project. This will be off-set with Revenue from the State.
Page 5 – Police – Special Articles: This is just there to reflect history.
Page 6 – Highway: Mr. Kreissle advised that a bill for salt just came in.
Page 7 – Health & Human Services: Mrs. Clough pointed out that the Selectboard had kept $2,000 in the
budget for The Fall Mtn Emergency Food Shelf but did not include $1,000 for the Fall Mtn. Friendly Meals which cut their appropriation to zero. During this past year the Recycling Center collected over $4,000 for the Emergency Food Shelf plus they get all the cardboard for their food boxes. The Selectboard requested that Mary Lou Huffling attend a meeting to talk to them about the programs. Mr. Dalessio recommended that this funding not be issued until after they have the meeting with Mrs. Huffling.
Mr. Aldrich moved to split the $2,000 as follows: $1,000 to the Fall Mtn Emergency Food Shelf and $1,000 to the Fall Mtn Friendly Meals. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Page 8 – Parks & Recreation: Mrs. Clough will get information from Justin Cassarino relative to what
their plans are for the increase in Maintenance and Repair.
Page 9 – Administration & Operation – Library: Third line down correct the spelling from “Salaire” to
“Salaries”.
Page 10 – Total Transfers To Capital Reserve Funds: This line item will be eliminated as it reflects
“zeros” since 2013.
Mrs. Clough mentioned that at the Public Hearing the Selectboard should present the Operating Budget first, then the Water and Sewer and Special Articles should be last.
Following a discussion, Mr. Kreissle will prepare a one-page Expenditure Comparison Summary for the Public Hearing.
Mr. Kreissle discussed the Auditor’s recommendation to have a “2015 Town Budget – Management Decision and Analysis” document. It will be in the Town Report but does not need to be distributed at the Public Hearing. A draft will be reviewed at the next meeting.
The Selectboard asked Mr. Kreissle to schedule a meeting with the Workers Compensation representative to talk about the rates and experience modification before Town Meeting. They will then be able to address it if it comes up at Town Meeting. Mr. Dalessio felt that detail is needed about how do they drive the rates down and what do they need to do to accomplish this.
Mr. Kreissle will be meeting with Mr. Boas next week to continue their work on the reconciliation.
Mrs. Clough asked the Selectboard if they had any suggestions about who they would like to dedicate the Town Report to. A decision should be made at the next meeting. She is also looking for pictures from this past year. Next week she will give the Selectboard a report on what she has and what is still missing. The Town Report needs to be sent to the printer by February 18th.

ADJOURNMENT:
Mr. Aldrich moved to adjourn this meeting. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With all in favor, the motion was approved at 7:52 PM.
Respectfully submitted,
Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 1/29/15

TOWN OF WALPOLE
MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD
JANUARY 29, 2015

Selectboard Present: Chas Street (Chair); Whitney Aldrich, Steven Dalessio
CALL TO ORDER: Mr. Street called this Selectboard meeting to order at 6:00 PM in the Walpole
Town Hall. He advised that this meeting is being recorded and asked anyone wishing to speak to identify
themselves for the record. There were five people in attendance.
These are unapproved Minutes.

PUBLIC BUSINESS:
CHIEF MICHAEL PAQUETTE and OFFICER DEAN WRIGHT: Police Chief Michael Paquette
introduced Officer Dean Wright who will be working part-time for the Town. Mr. Street, on behalf of the
Selectboard, welcomed Officer Dean Wright. Officer Wright brings a lot of experience to the Police
Department as he has a total of eighteen years working in law enforcement. He has known Chief
Paquette since 2001 and is certified by the State. Officer Wright will help the department tremendously
with part-time work as he will primarily be working week-end shifts.

Chief Paquette reported that they had a major motor issue with the Dodge. The vehicle was taken to
Lambert Auto who looked at it and thought it would still be under a recall. It is three years old and has
less than 100,000 miles on it. They hope to have it back by the end of next week. The department has
been very busy.

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING: Mr. Aldrich moved to recess this Selectboard meeting. The
Selectboard will enter into a meeting as the Hooper Trustees. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With all in
favor, the motion was approved at 6:09 PM.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 6:45 PM.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:
Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Accounts Payable check register and manifest in the amount of
$98,292.81 for checks dated January 30, 2015. This includes a payment to the Walpole Fire District in
the amount of $40,518.00. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

PAYROLL:
Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Payroll Voucher for the week ending January 24, 2015, in the amount
of $23,989.97 for checks dated January 30, 2015. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the
motion was approved.
Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the electronic transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes for Withholding,
MEDI and FICA taxes in the amount of $6,060.17 for the week ending January 24, 2015. Seconded by
Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:
SELECTBOARD MEETING – January 22, 2015: Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Minutes of the
regular Selectboard meeting of January 22, 2015, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in
favor, the Minutes were approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
The Selectboard received and reviewed the Minutes of the following meeting:
 Cold River Advisory Council – December 4, 2014.

NEW BUSINESS:
NEXT SELECTBOARD MEETING: There will be a Selectboard meeting on Wednesday, February 4th, 2015, at 6:00 PM. There will be no public business. Mr. Kreissle will be asked to attend.

PUBLIC HEARING: There will be a Public Hearing on the proposed 2015 Budget and Warrant Articles on Thursday, February 5th, 2015, at 6:00 PM.

OLD BUSINESS:
WARRANT ARTICLES: The Selectboard reviewed the draft copy of the 2015 Warrant Articles.

ARTICLE I: “To elect the necessary Town officers for their respective terms”.
ARTICLE 2: “Are you in favor of the adoption of the following changes to the Town’s Well Source Protection Ordinance as proposed by the Walpole Planning Board.” Mr. Dalessio advised that the wording in this Article needs to be changed. Following a phone discussion with Mrs. Blaine, Planning Board Secretary, a phone call was made to Mr. Jeff Miller, Chair of the Planning Board, who had finalized this Warrant Article. He came into the meeting shortly after the phone call was made. Following a discussion it was agreed to clarify the wording as follows: “Are you in favor of the adoption of the following changes to the Town’s Well Source Protection Ordinance as proposed by the Walpole Planning Board and that it be incorporated into the Zoning Ordinance as Article IV, Section K?”
ARTICLE 3: Budget: The Selectboard will meet with Mr. Kreissle next week to finalize all the numbers. At this point the budget represents a 3.98% increase. The Selectboard reviewed the budgets and various line items submitted by the Department Heads and discussed their increases or decreases. There was a consensus to ask the Workers Compensation insurance carrier representation to attend a meeting to provide an explanation on the rating and experience modification. A Water and Sewer operating budget needs to be presented; this budget is paid through water/sewer users only.
NON-PUBLIC SESSION:
Mr. Dalessio moved to enter into a Non-Public Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel. Mr. Aldrich seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with all in favor, the motion was approved at 7:34 PM.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:42 PM. No announcements were made.

OLD BUSINESS (Continued):
FOLLOW-UP LETTER ON B&B ESTABLISHMENT AT 94 Alstead Center Road: As a follow-up
to the discussion at the last meeting, it was pointed out that RSA 175:1 states: “Bed and Breakfast” means a building or buildings regularly used and kept open as such in a bona fide manner for the feeding and lodging of transient guests. A Bed and Breakfast shall have at least 4 rentable rooms and an area of dining capable of accommodating the number of registered guests and whose posted room rates shall include breakfast.” There was a consensus of the Selectboard that the property owner is clearly not operating a Bed and Breakfast but it appears they are, periodically, renting the house. Mrs. Clough will call Mr. Bauer to advise that the property owner is not running a B & B.

ADJOURNMENT:
Mr. Dalessio moved to adjourn this meeting. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved at 8:00 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

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