Deadline for March Issue of The Clarion – 2/19/16

Yes, time goes too fast, and once one issue goes “to bed” work begins on the next. The closing date for the March issue of the CLARION is Friday, February 19th. A short month, but also we have been on a good schedule to have the CLARION in the mail by, or on the first of each month.

The March issue will be a packed “election issue.” There are 11 candidates running for 3 town positions, and we offer them the opportunity to tell our readers why they should get the vote. Also, information will be provided about the town budget, and warrant articles that will be voted upon on Town Meeting Day, Saturday, March 12.

And, many articles of interest are already in, or in the works. The Conservation Easement on the Hooper property closed, Meeting Waters YMCA is announcing their summer programs, update on the Vilas Bridge (never to happen); and hopefully an update on some businesses in town.

So, remember, get your input to me now, or very soon, thank you, RAY
( rayboas@comcast.net )

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 1/28/16

TOWN OF WALPOLE

MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD

JANUARY 28, 2016

 

Selectboard Present:     Steven Dalessio (Chair); Whitney Aldrich; Peggy Pschirrer

CALL TO ORDER:  Mr. Dalessio called this Selectboard meeting to order at 6:05 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 three people in attendance.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $77,871.64 for checks dated January 29, 2016.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

PAYROLL:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Payroll voucher for the week ending January 23, 2016, in the amount of $19,634.77 for checks dated January 29, 2016.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes for Withholding, MEDI and FICA taxes in the amount of $4,219.78 for the week ending January 23, 2016.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – January 21, 2016:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of January 21, 2016, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.

SELECTBOARD STAFF MEETING – January 21, 2016:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the Selectboard Staff meeting of January 21, 2016, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – January 14, 2016:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session #1 of January 14, 2016, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – January 21, 2016:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of January 21, 2016, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – January 22, 2016: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of January 22, 2016, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meetings:

  • Zoning Board of Adjustment – January 20, 2016;
  • Library Trustees Meeting – January 12, 2016;
  • Conservation Commission – January 4, 2016. 

BUILDING PERMIT:

UNITY BUILDING TECHNOLOGIES, Wentworth Road, Map & Lot #017-053000:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve Building Permit No. 2016-01 for Unity Building Technologies, Inc. to “Construct a 24’ x 32’ 1 Story Garage” at 6 Blackjack Crossing Road.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

NOTICE OF INTENT TO CUT WOOD OR TIMBER:

NEAL, Aldrich Lane, Map & Lot #008-053-000:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Notice of Intent to Cut Wood or Timber, Operation #15-461-16-T, for Christine Neal, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

Transfer of Hubbard Property to the Town of Walpole: The Selectboard received the paperwork on the gift of the BBQ Pit area from Hubbard, LLC. The fees for Attorney Kinyon will be charged to the Town’s legal expenses.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve and sign the documents received from Hubbard, LLC for transfer of the BBQ property to the Town of Walpole.  (PA-34 Property Transfer and CD-57P Transfer Tax Form). Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

NH Department of Labor Audit and Inspection Report: Mr. Dalessio reviewed his responses on the violations found by Inspector Perry during his administrative audit on December 11, 2015.   The Selectboard will sign the letter and document next week.  Mr. Dalessio thanked everyone for getting their responses in on this Labor Audit and Inspection Report.

2016 Warrant Articles:  Mr. Dalessio reported that the 2016 Warrant Articles are almost ready.  The wording in the Recreation Department’s Article for the pool will be changed and they are waiting for a few more figures from Mr. Kreissle.

Department Reports for the 2015 Town ReportMrs. Clough continues to work on the 2015 Town Report.

Server Update:  Mr. Dalessio signed the up-dated contract for the server with True North Networks to change the date from February 1st to March 1st, 2016 subject to appropriations.

Library BuildingMrs. Pschirrer moved to authorize the Chair of the Selectboard, Steven Dalessio, to sign the contract with ABS Consulting who removed the asbestos from the Town Library for the amount of $5,800.00.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Town Ordinance, Procedure and Policy Manual:  This is an on-going project for the Selectboard.

NH Dept. of Revenue Administration; Community Action ReportMrs. Clough is waiting for more information from the Department of Revenue Administration.  They will let her know exactly what they need.  For Current Use they will pick out 30 of the approximately 200 that the Town has; it will require all up-dated information on the maps, etc.

PUBLIC BUSINESS: 

Mr. Jack Franks:  Mr. Franks advised that construction will begin on the 26 housing units next Tuesday.  It will continue for about 8 days.  After that sub-contractors will be working on the project.  He invited the Selectboard members to visit the site and see the process.  There will be a ribbon cutting sometime in May.  Mr. Franks has been in contact with Mr. Mark Houghton at the Fire Department.  He will be meeting with the Management Company soon to start advertising.  The Selectboard office has had some inquiries.  When Mr. Franks has some more information on the rentals he will drop that off in the Selectboard’s office.

NEW BUSINESS:

SWRPC, Winter Meeting Invitation:  An invitation was received from the Southwest Region Planning Commission to attend their Winter Meeting on Tuesday, February 16th, at Papagallos Restaurant in Swanzey, NH.  The topic of discussion will be NH’s 2016 Legislative Session.  Contact Mrs. Clough to make a reservation if anyone plans to attend.

Savings Bank of Walpole – 2016 Concerts on the Green Request:  A request was received from the Savings Bank of Walpole to announce that they are again sponsoring their Concerts on the Green series this summer.

Mr. Aldrich moved to approve the request of the Savings Bank of Walpole to use the town green on consecutive Sunday evenings beginning at 6:30 pm and concluding at 8:00 pm.  The first concert will take place on Sunday, June 26th and then every Sunday thereafter through August 14, 2016.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Letter from Pamela Howard:  A request was received from Pamela Howard and David Howard to extend the sewer line up Colonial Drive.  The letter states that Mr. Tom Murray and John and Linda Burroughs have also expressed an interest in connecting.  This has been forwarded to Mr. Mark Houghton who will figure the cost of the project and handle the negotiations.  All costs will be paid for by the property owners being connected.  The Selectboard supports their connections to the sewer line.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD BUSINESS:

Mr. Aldrich moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel and (c) Reputations.  Mrs. Pschirrer seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with all in favor, the motion was approved at 6:55 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:08 PM.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard session of January 28, 2016, be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Elderly ExemptionMrs. Pschirrer moved to grant an Elderly Property Tax Exemption for a person in the Town of Walpole.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:

Mr. Aldrich moved to recess this Selectboard meeting.  The Selectboard will enter into a meeting as the Hooper Trustees.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:28 PM.

NH Municipal Association Mrs. Pschirrer read the NH Municipal Association web-site and there is legislation coming up that she would like to do some research on.  One will increase the fees for cars that get high mileage because they are not using enough gas; the State is losing income.  There was another one about towns, by Town vote, having the ability to attach a fee that would go into their Highway and Bridge Funds. The State keeps cutting back on what they send the towns.

Accessory Dwelling UnitsMrs. Pschirrer has been reading about Accessory Dwelling Units.  Mr. Dalessio noted that it is pending legislation.  It would not go into effect until 2017.  The Selectboard discussed some property owners who wanted to put an apartment/room above their unattached garage but they were voted down by the Zoning Board because the garage and house were not on a common foundation.  They feel there has to be a way to make this work as many families need extra room when their children/friends come back to visit or for a caretaker.  The Zoning Board feels the big concern is the fact that people will rent them.  Mr. Dalessio felt that the Zoning Board could make it contingent upon not renting the unit.  The State feels this is important enough to spend time on it. At one time it may have been an unreasonable request but it is no longer unreasonable.

ADJOURNMENT:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to adjourn this meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:48 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

 

Planning Board Agenda – 2/9/16

Marilou Blaine added a comment when she sent the minutes to remind people that the meeting will probably be held downstairs because if Primary voting. – Lil

 

PLANNING BOARD AGENDA

WALPOLE TOWN HALL

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

                               7 p.m.                         

 

Roll Call – Appointment of alternates if needed

Minutes – Review minutes of the December meeting and Petition Hearing minutes.

Old Business:

Edward Potter – Public Hearing for a Lot Line Adjustment for Map 7, Lots 21 and 22-1     Old Keene Road, Rural/Agricultural District.  Number of acres proposed: Lot 21 3.9 acres and lot 22-1  1.4 acres with road frontage 37.29 feet on Macri Lane and 229.55 feet for 22-1 on Old Keene     Road.

New Business:

                Matt Blanc and the Potato Barn: project: Blanc has been to NH DOT but road plan was rejected.  He’s got some ideas for other options. Also, revisit fire code and sprinklers. Someone from the Walpole Fire Dept. will attend the meeting.

Greg Gay, Building in North Walpole.

 

Next meeting Tuesday, March 8, 2016.

Walpole Unitarian Church:
Rev. Lisa Mobayed will be with us this Sunday, January 31, 2016.

Out of Our Depth: What if being out of our depth is a good thing? Some of the most creative and innovative people are those who discover that place of being just a bit uncomfortable—and do their best work from there.

 

Our young ones will be in the kitchen working on their monthly meal for the Warming Shelter. Thank you to all who participate in this meaningful and much appreciated activity.

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 1/21/16

TOWN OF WALPOLE

MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD

JANUARY 21, 2016

 

Selectboard Present:     Steven Dalessio (Chair); Whitney Aldrich; Peggy Pschirrer

 

CALL TO ORDER:  Mr. Dalessio called this Selectboard meeting to order at 6:15 PM in the Walpole Town Hall.  Prior to this meeting the Selectboard had a monthly meeting with the Staff.  He advised that this meeting is being recorded and asked anyone wishing to speak to identify themselves for the record.  There were six people in attendance.

PUBLIC BUSINESS:

TARA SAD: Mrs. Tara Sad and Mr. Ray Boas were present.  Mrs. Sad explained that the Historical Society is making plans for a special event.  Mrs. Sad thought it would be a great idea to include a walk to the Louisa May Alcott Falls. Unfortunately since 2005 this area is not suitable for walking, there is no longer a bridge, and no pathways as they were all washed out.  This property was deeded to the Town in the 1930s for the sole purpose of recreation, a park for the Town’s people and it should be maintained.  They distributed copies of the background history of the Academy Ravine Recreational Area and Bellows Knapp Memorial Trail that was written by William Beer in June 1976.  She requested that the Selectboard give approval to have work done on the property to open up the trails so it can be usable once again. Most work will be done with volunteers.  Mrs. Sad talked to Mr. Tom Beaudry and Mr. Lew Shelley of the Conservation Commission; last month the Conservation Commission talked about doing this work.  Mr. Shelley is qualified, a resident of the Town and could do the work but would like to be paid.  There is a question as to whether he can be hired by the Town if he is on the Conservation Commission.  Is it a conflict of interest? Mrs. Sad envisions fixing this area up to the foot of the falls; there could be a picnic area with a view.  Mr. Dalessio felt that because the property is Town-owned it could fall under the work done by the Conservation Commission.  They have money for this specific type of work; that is not an issue.  Mr. Boas advised that the Historical Society was recently gifted with Louisa May Alcott’s petticoat that she wore when she was 14 years old; it will be a piece of their exhibit.  The Falls were her favorite place.  Mr. Dalessio feels it is a great idea.  Mrs. Sad noted that in 1976 when the work was done for the Bi-centennial the cost was $2,500; they had a Warrant to do the work.  She would hope that the Town would let them use some smaller equipment that might be needed.  Mrs. Pschirrer recommended that they ask the Conservation Commission to fund it up to $5,000.00.  There was discussion relative to getting a quote from Mr. Shelley and someone else; perhaps from the Monadnock Conservancy as they also do a lot of trail work.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:

Mr. Aldrich moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel and (b) Hiring.  Mrs. Pschirrer seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with all in favor, the motion was approved at 6:30 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 6:56 PM.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of January 21, 2016, be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

PUBLIC BUSINESS (Continued):

PHIL HICKSMr. Hicks was present to discuss the Pleasant Valley Hockey Club and to ask why their funding was taken out of the 2016 budget.  They were funded by the Town since 1980.  The President of the Club received an email from Mr. Justin Cassarino of the Recreation Department informing him that their funding was going to be used for the ice skating rink instead of the Hockey Club.  The Selectboard had not been informed of this change in the budget or of the email.  Mr. Dalessio mentioned that the Selectboard had expressed concern that the Hockey Club only had a few youth from Walpole as members.  They felt it better to fund a few Walpole youth rather than the entire league.  Mr. Hicks explained that the number varies year-to-year.  They offer scholarships.  Mr. Hicks started this program in Walpole but they now play at Vermont Academy.  They have two teams; one is a traveling team and the other team does not travel.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked for some background on the league and the numbers of youth from Walpole; information for the file.  By researching paperwork on the proposed budget the Selectboard discovered that the Hockey Club was in the Recreation Department budget for $500.00 but the Recreation Department renamed the line item to maintenance of the ice skating rink.  Mr. Dalessio will follow-up and talk to Mr. Cassarino about this reallocate of funds.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Accounts Payable check register and manifest in the amount of $120,388.86 for checks dated January 22, 2016.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

PAYROLL:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Payroll voucher for the week ending January 16, 2016, in the amount of $22,063.54 for checks dated January 22, 2016.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes for Withholding, MEDI and FICA taxes in the amount of $5,083.00 for the week ending January 16, 2016.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – January 14, 2016:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of January 14, 2016, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION #2– January 14, 2016:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session #2 of January 14, 2016, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION #1 – January 14, 2016:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to table the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session #1 of January 14, 2016 until the next Selectboard meeting on January 28, 2016.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meeting:

  • Planning Board – January 12, 2016.

It was noted that the heading should indicate that they are minutes from the “Walpole Planning Board” rather than “Walpole Town Hall”.  Mr. Dalessio will mention this change at the next Planning Board meeting.

NOTICE OF INTENT TO CUT WOOD OR TIMBER:

 

Simonds, Sawmill Lane, Map & Lot #013-034-000:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Notice of Intent to Cut Wood or Timber, No. 15-461-06-T, off Sawmill Lane for Rita Simonds.  This is a supplement to the previous Intent to Cut to increase the amount to be cut.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

Updated Primex Membership Application:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to authorize the Selectboard Chair, Mr. Steven Dalessio, to sign the final Primex Membership Agreement to be effective July 1, 2016.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Mr. Dalessio received an email from Primex asking if the Selectboard want to change their renewal effective date from July 1st to January 1st.  It would be in line with the budget.  They would pay for six months in 2016 and start a new full year on January 1, 2017.  It would be nice to have everything renew at the same time.  The Selectboard will take this under advisement.        

Southwest Regional Planning Commission Nomination:  Mr. Aldrich moved to appoint Alicia Flammia to fill a vacancy on the Southwest Regional Planning Commission, Natural Resource Advisory Board.  Such office will be for a period of three years; January 21, 2016 through Town Meeting, March 2019.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Citizens Report Form – Nancy Sloan:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to sign and send the letter to Nancy Sloan, dated January 21st, acknowledging all her concerns and comments about the ditch on her abutter’s property.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

NH Department of Labor Audit and Inspection ReportMr. Dalessio advised that this will be ready for review next week.  He has all the responses so can start to fill in the report.

2016 Warrant Articles:  The Warrant Articles are all set.  One change was the increased amount for the pool repairs from $25,000 to $30,000.

Special Selectboard Meeting:  A notice was posted that the Selectboard will have a Special Non-Public Meeting on January 22, 2016, at 10:30 AM at the E.E. Houghton building.

Department Reports for the 2015 Town ReportMrs. Pschirrer proof-read all the reports and there are just minor typographical things that she will give to Mrs. CloughMr. Dalessio is working on the Selectboard Report.

Server UpdateMr. Dalessio reported that the server update will be done in early February.  Mrs. Smith’s computer is on order.  The plan is to get all the office computers working together and then bring this new computer into the network.  This project is still on-target.

Town Ordinance, Procedure and Policy Manual:  This is an on-going project for the Selectboard.

NEW BUSINESS:

NH Department of Revenue Administration; Community Action Report: Mrs. Pschirrer explained that the DRA will come in to be sure everything is being done properly.  It includes a review of the Veteran’s Exemptions, Elderly Exemptions, etc.  Mrs. Edkins advised that it was in the report that Mrs. Clough did.  It occurs every five years.

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:  Mr. Aldrich moved to recess this Selectboard meeting.  The Selectboard will enter into a meeting as the Hooper Trustees.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With all in favor, the motion was approved at 7:38 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:05 PM.

OFFICE VACANCYMr. Dalessio advised that there is a vacancy in the office for a 20 hour a week part-time position.

ADJOURNMENT:  Mr. Aldrich moved to adjourn this meeting.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With all in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:08 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Good News From Hooper

Are you ready for some good news?  It has been a long process, full of ups and downs but many have persevered and made it happen!  “It takes a village”.  Thank you to you all. – Lil

 

The Trustees of the George L. Hooper Trust (Selectmen) are pleased to inform the community that on January 28, 2016 the Conservation Easement on the Golf Course Property was signed and the Hooper Educational Trust enriched by $450,500.00. The course and surrounding woodlands are now protected !

Without the support of the many donors this milestone would not have been possible. Thank you !

A special thanks to Ryan Owens and Ann McBride from the Monadnock Conservancy, Peggy Pschirrer and the Hooper Study Committee and Hooper Preservation Committee for all their
hard work and leadership in making this all happen.

Conservation Commission Meeting Minutes – 1/4/16

Minutes for the regular meeting of the

Walpole Conservation Commission

Monday, January 4, 2016

 

Present:  Gary Speed, Tom Beaudry, John Peska, Kelli Wilson, Myra Mansouri (alt.), Peter Palmiotto (alt.), Lewis Shelley, and Alicia Flammia

Not Present:  Sharyn Tullar (alt.), Duncan Watson, Whit Aldrich (SelectBoard representative)

Mr. Beaudry, chair, called the meeting to order at 7:31 PM.

Non-Public session: 

No alternates were needed to achieve quorum.

Minutes

Mr. Speed moved to accept the minutes for the December 7, 2015 meeting as presented. Ms. Mansouri seconded, and the motion passed with all in favor.  It was noted that Mr. Peska was listed as both Present and Non-Present.  He was indeed Present at the December meeting.

Treasury/Budget Report

As of November 30, 2015, the balance in the Conservation account is: $53,183.96 and in the Forestry account: $12,347.88 which includes a deposit of $2,000.00.

New Business

  1. Mr. Palmiotto is stepping down from his position on the SWRPC. Ms. Flammia is interested in the position.  Mr. Speed moved to recommend Ms. Flammia as the representative to the SWRPC. Mr. Peska seconded, and the motion passed with all in favor. Mr. Beaudry will present the recommendation to the Selectboard.
  2. Michael Nerrie of Distant Hill Gardens spoke about vernal pools documentation in the Monadnock region. The Ashuelot Valley Environmental Observatory (AVEO) has created a map of currently documented vernal pools: https://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=00813910980f4b1a931697e2a27c58d6
  3. Mr. Nerrie will be holding a class on 4/29/16 to teach how to recognize the obligatory species (mole salamander, wood frog, fairy shrimp).  Details can be found on his website: http://www.distanthillgardens.org/2016-hours-events/2016-workshops  Additional locations of vernal pools are needed.
  4. The Stoddard Conservation Commission is against the opening of a trapping, hounding, and baiting season on bobcats by the NH Fish and Game Commission. The SCC invites the Walpole Conservation Commission to join them in protesting this action. Speed, as a member of the group recommending the season, added information:

In 1989, the number of bobcats had decreased so much that a moratorium was put on trapping them. Five to six years ago, the numbers of calls complaining of bobcats attacking bird feeder & pets had increased so much that Fish & Game was asked to do a survey to determine the actual population. The study was done by Fish & Game, UNH, and NH Trappers Association. Although Walpole was not in the original study which caught 24 cats in Cheshire County, a 37lb adult cat was trapped on Brewery Road.  The cats were tagged, had a tooth removed for aging, and released.  The tags broadcast to UNH every time the cat passed a cell tower.  Fish & Game determined that there were sufficient numbers for a limit of 70-75 cats in a season. Since there is never 100% in a hunt, it is likely that only 50 cats of the more than 1,000 in the state will be killed. Every surrounding state has a bobcat season. The cat from Brewery Road ended up being killed 2 years later in Vermont.

The letter from Stoddard had additional references.  Ms. Flammia moved to table the discussion until the next meeting to investigate all the information.  Mr. Peska seconded, and the motion passed with all in favor (except Mr. Speed who recused himself).

Old Business

  1. Academy Ravine behind the Town Garage would not make a good Scout project. It has been worked on in the past and gets flooded out.  The soils are not conducive to good trails due to the shale slopes. Mr. Shelley will discuss this further with Ms. Tullar.
  2. No activity yet in the Water Co. Forest. The deadline is April 1st.
  3. The Vose Conservation Easement is moving forward.

Other

  1. Monadnock Conservancy letter about the Reservoir Town Forest regarding the Hooper Hoppers snowmobile trail. They want to relocate the trail to avoid some wet areas.
  2. Per a Selectboard member, the Jack Franks/Avenru Development Current Use money will be paid and the Conservation Commission will get $25,000 for 2015. The $25,000 for 2014 is in question because it was paid in 2015 but it seems likely that WCC should get some of the 2014 money.
  3. Tullar wants to start a process of putting an Easement on property that will be coming up for sale on Prospect Hill. This property would almost connect the Academy Ravine with Hooper.
  4. Annual dues for NH Association of Conservation Commissions was previously approved for payment and will be submitted to the Town for payment. Nick Coates has resigned as Executive Director; his interim Director Emily Lord has also moved on.
  5. The Hooper Institute has taken down a gate and is offering it to the Conservation Commission. Shelley and Mr. Palmiotto believe that it would be useful at the Fanny Mason Forest. The Trustees will be notified of this opportunity; as well as the building of a kiosk at Fanny Mason.
  6. Research on Class 6 roads has revealed that Scoville Road was discontinued from Society Gate to the Surry line in 1928 by Maryanne Tatum. Also the Stage Road was discontinued quite a long time ago.
  7. Merriam Farms was sold and closed 12/31/15 to Dan Morgan, abutter, except for two 3 acre lots in Surry. He put it all under Conservation Easement.

Mr. Speed moved that the meeting be adjourned at 8:59pm.  Mr. Peska seconded, and the motion passed with all in favor.

 

The next meeting will be Monday, February 1, 2016.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Elaine Heleen, Recording Secretary

NOTE:  These are unapproved minutes with corrections to be found in the minutes of the next meeting.

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