Like me, you may have been wondering just exactly the variance given by the Zoning Board to Ruggerio Trash Removal. Thanks to Sheila Lannon I was given a copy and then France Menk helped me get it to a format that could be inserted here. (The quality of the fax isn’t the best but I hope you can read it.) It remains to be seen what it will mean but at least we know what it said. – Lil
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Beautifully-preserved, hand-written notes stored at Meeting Waters YMCA’s administrative office in Bellows Falls tell the story of the founding of their organization back in 1895. The meeting minutes show that several organizational meetings were held throughout 1894 and 1895 leading up to a vote among more than 100 founding members on September 2, 1895. That night, the Bellows Falls YMCA, as it was called back then, was born.
“We’re so fortunate to have the notes from those original meetings,” says Steve Fortier, the organization’s Executive Director since 1998. “They show a very thoughtful process led by dozens of volunteers, including many business and civic leaders. They tell us that our first Board Chair was Lyman Hayes who, twelve years later, would publish “The History of the Town of Rockingham, Vermont.” The notes also reveal the bidding process to secure our first storefront program center, which happened to be in the recently-renovated Howard Block, right across the street from our current headquarters.”
According to the regional Y’s Program Director, Susan Fortier, a common theme over the past 120 years is the organization’s response to community needs of the time. “In our first 20 years of operations, we offered skill-building classes like calligraphy, photography and job training. We also provided opportunities for physical activity such as a women’s fitness class, a bicycle club, and a running race. And, we were partnering with other organizations to bring together strengths and needs. A good example of this is a mentoring program where our Y trained and supported Vermont Academy students who served as mentors of children at Kurn Hattin Homes.” Fortier adds, “This community responsiveness and collaboration are still the hallmarks of our efforts to strengthen the foundations of community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.”
Meeting Waters YMCA is a charitable, social service organization serving the Brattleboro, Bellows Falls, Springfield and Fall Mountain regions. It strengthens the foundations of community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. For more about the Y, visit http://www.meetingwatersymca.org or their facebook page.
Photo: The minutes from the September 2, 1895 meeting.
TOWN OF WALPOLE
MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD
AUGUST 20, 2015
Selectboard Present: Steven Dalessio (Chair); Peggy Pschirrer; (Absent: Whitney Aldrich)
CALL TO ORDER: Mr. Dalessio called this Selectboard meeting to order at 6:15 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 ten people in attendance.
These are unapproved Minutes.
NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (c) Reputations. Mr. Dalessio seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with all in favor, the motion was approved.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 6:22 PM.
PUBLIC BUSINESS: Mr. Jerry Galloway.
RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to recess this Selectboard meeting. The Selectboard will enter into a meeting as the Hooper Trustees. Mr. Dalessio seconded the motion. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 6:38 PM.
PUBLIC BUSINESS (Continued):
RUGGIERO PROCESSING FACILITY: Mr. Frank Anderson is worried about the on-going process on the Ruggiero Facility. He feels they are sliding things in like building an illegal barn. It seems that the Planning Board members feel it is all up to the State. That is not the case as the Town has the right to deny them the right to do this. Mrs. Tabatha Anderson submitted a packet of information that included Minutes of previous Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment meetings, the RSA 149-M:9 Permit Required, and a copy of an email between her and Paul Gildersleeve at the Department of Environmental Services. The RSA information indicates that even “The issuance of a facility permit by the department shall not affect any obligation to obtain local approvals required under all applicable, lawful local ordinances, codes, and regulations not inconsistent with this chapter. Local land use regulation of facility location shall be presumed lawful if administered in good faith, but such presumption shall not be conclusive.” Mr. Dalessio feels there are two separate issues. Ruggiero will probably have to go back to the ZBA for discussion. Mrs. Mansouri, Chair of the ZBA, said their members have copies of the meeting Minutes from 2011. The DES is aware of the fact that Ruggiero has to go back to the ZBA for their modifications. Mrs. Pschirrer was on the ZBA when the conditions were set. Mr. David Edkins clarified that the Selectboard is saying that Ruggiero needs both – the State and Local Permits. Mr. Dalessio noted that if the DES says they can do their project and the Town says they will not approve the Site Plan; he is not sure if they can bring trash into their existing facility without doing the modifications. The Selectboard will deal with the issue of Ruggiero’s illegal building. The other issue is that if the building is worth less than $10,000.00 because they used all recycled materials it brings the value down. If they built without a Building Permit they are subject to a $500.00 fine. The Selectboard now has to validate if Ruggiero put up the building without a Building Permit. Mr. Dalessio will check with Mr. Jeff Miller, Chair of the PB, to see if they needed a Site Plan Review. Mr. Dick O’Brien asked for clarification in that Ruggiero said the ZBA gave him a Special Exception on the property. The land is zoned Industrial with a Special Exception for commercial activities. The conditions of approval are in the ZBA letter of approval dated February 11, 2011. Mr. Edkins questioned if they did a Voluntary Merger of the two properties. The Selectboard were not certain if they merged the two parcels or not but will check on this. Mr. Dalessio explained that if the second lot is a separate lot of record then the conditions that were granted for the first lot do not apply to the second lot. Responding to a question from Mr. O’Brien regarding Municipal Solid Waste, Mr. Dalessio noted that the original permit was for construction debris and recyclables. They have filed for a modification to their DES permit. The DES had a Public Hearing. There is still time for the citizens to raise their issues with the ZBA and PB. Mr. O’Brien advised that, at this time, the Selectboard will discuss the pole barn and there is a gray area as to whether or not the Town has a legal right to stop this project. Mr. Dalessio said the Selectboard will do their due diligence. Mrs. Pschirrer summarized that the Selectboard has to do their research, find out when the second lot was purchased, was there a merger of the two lots and then ask the Town attorney for his legal opinion. They will start the process tomorrow. The ZBA will not rule on the Site Plan but they will rule on the use of the property. There are two separate issues.
BOSTON POST CANE: Mrs. Clough advised that Mr. Bushway passed on and his great-grandson, Brian Gay, returned the cane to the office. Mr. Dalessio recommended that an advertisement be placed in the Clarion and Walpolean stating that the Selectboard is looking for the oldest Walpole citizen. He will ask Mr. Ray Boas about writing a research article on the history of the Boston Post Cane and to help locate the oldest citizen in Walpole.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Accounts Payable check register and manifest in the amount of $516,008.40 for checks dated August 21, 2015. This includes a check in the amount of $488,319.18 to the Fall Mountain Regional School District. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Payroll voucher for the week ending August 15, 2015, in the amount of $20,500.19 for checks dated August 21, 2015. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the electronic transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes for Withholding, MEDI and FICA taxes in the amount of $5,863.23 for the week ending August 15, 2015. Seconded byu Mr. Dalessio. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:
SELECTBOARD MEETING – August 13, 2015: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of August 13, 2015, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.
NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – August 13, 2015: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of August 13, 2015, as submitted. These Minutes will remain sealed. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.
The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meeting:
- North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – August 18, 2015.
PALMER, Barnett Hill Road, Map & Lot # 009-048-001: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve Building Permit No. 2015-33 for Robert and Margaret Palmer to “Cover front walkway and create a covered parking area by the garage”. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
RECREATION CENTER HANDICAP ACCESSIBILITY: Mrs. Pschirrer reported that Mr. Terrell has the signs and he worked with Mr. Justin Cassarino on where to place them.
TERRA MAP’S: Mrs. Edkins reported that the new maps, both large and small, are in and have been put in the books.
TOWN ORDINANCE, PROCEDURE AND POLICY MANUAL: Mr. Dalessio looked at the “Emergency Roads or Lanes”, “Memorial Contributions” and the “Solid Waste Fee Schedule” policies and has no issues with them. They will be held until the next meeting when Mr. Aldrich is present. Mrs. Pschirrer met with Mr. Terrell and they went through the “Snow Removal” policy but it has not yet been re-written.
RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:
Mrs. Pschirrer 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 7:26 PM.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:48 PM.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to adjourn this meeting. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With all in favor, the motion was approved at 7:50 PM.
Regina Borden, Recording Secretary
I would like to thank the Selectbaord and the Staff for meeting and sharing this information. I am a firm believer that too much coommunication is much better than too little. – Lil
TOWN OF WALPOLE
AUGUST 20, 2015
Selectboard Present: Steven Dalessio (Chair); Peggy Pschirrer; (Absent: Whitney Aldrich)
Staff Attending: Police Chief Michael Paquette, Jim Terrell (Highway Department); Justin Cassarino (Recreation Department); Sandra Smith (Town Clerk/Tax Collector); Justine Rogers (Library Director); Rich Kreissle (Bookkeeper); Linda Edkins (Office)
Excused: Paul Colburn (Recycling Facility); Eloise Clark (Hooper Institute); Mark Houghton (Water / Wastewater Department); Janet Clough (Administrative Assistant)
CALL TO ORDER: Mr. Dalessio called this Staff Meeting to order at 5:00 PM in the Walpole Town Hall.
Welcome New Team Member:
Mr. Dalessio welcomed Miss Justine Rogers as the new Director at the Library. He explained that, at this monthly meeting, they talk about things that are beneficial plus they bring new items to the table. She can then report back to the folks that work for her. Each department does a brief report that is submitted to the office, in writing, in advance of the meeting to allow time for copies to be made for distribution.
Highway Department: Mr. Jim Terrell reported that paving took up a lot of their time but they are finished for the year. Trucks and equipment were cleaned after the paving. They have also been doing the following jobs:
- Lawn and Roadside Mowing;
- Finished work on the Salt Shed;
- Installed basketball hoops at the Recreation Park;
- Picked up downed trees;
- Cold patching;
- Hauled in winter sand;
- Fixed fallen headwall.
This year they did 6.379 miles of road paving and 1,458 feet of sidewalk was replaced.
He has been talking with Mr. Warren Stevens who has been working on the red-listed bridges. Because of the wetlands he has been trying to get permits. They hoped to get this project done this year however it might not happen without the permits. He talked to Mr. Randy Rhoades, who has taken over for Mr. Stevens, about doing some drilling for ledge close to the Sheldon Sawyer property. Mill Pond is red-listed but not a major issue. March Hill will require a lot of work so they are not looking to get anything fixed this year. They are not quick fixes. Mr. Terrell will budget for engineering work. The salt shed work done this year totaled $29,739.00 which is well under the $50,900.00 budgeted amount. Mr. Dalessio suggested getting a price to do the second side and if it can be done for the balance of the money budgeted to get it done this year. If not, get a price for next year. Mrs. Pschirrer mentioned that they ordered a lot of new signs this year. Mr. Terrell said the signs are in and they will be installed next week. Mr. Dalessio advised that the Town got a donation for curbing in front of the Town Hall to the Boas property line. It is a small job but they want to cover it in the next budget.
Police Department: Police Chief Paquette reported that arrests have increased. In July there were: Arrests – 61; Traffic Crashes – 35; Incidents – 102; Calls for Service – 2,121; and Motor Vehicle Stops – 680. Over-all Old Home Days went well but there were a few Open Container, Disorderly Conduct and Disobeying orders arrests. The fireworks bring a lot of people to both sides of the river but it is getting better than past years. They always have to hire more people. Officers are using their vacation time. Ms. Katrina Lee has helped him set up a juvenile diversion program for minor offenses vs putting them right in the court system. They want the County Attorney to approve it; it is looking good. There are a number of different organizations that will participate. Waivers will need to be signed by both the youth and parents to participate. They had the NH State Police Bomb Squad and the US Navy in yesterday to remove some old items from the river. Periodically divers find items under the bridge. The items are taken away and the Bomb Squad / US Navy do a mass detonation. A lot of it is WW II miscellaneous items. They submitted an application for a grant from Walmart as they need additional equipment for the new cruiser. Department members completed a Tactical Medical course. They learned how to treat serious medical issues that they might encounter. The department has almost completed the Special DUI Details and radar enforcement through the grant.
Walpole False Alarm Policy: Chief Paquette recommended that after the third alarm the Town increase the fee from $25.00 to $75.00. The officers quite often get called out in the middle of the night so they need to cover their expenses. After the sixth time they should increase the fee to $150.00. After the first alarm the owner gets a courtesy letter. He would like the Police Department to be able to use discretion when companies put in new alarm systems until the problems are fixed. Mr. Dalessio referenced the last paragraph. It would be nice to have a master list of all businesses and residents with alarms. Mrs. Pschirrer recommended sending a letter to state that they must register and give the Police Department the critical information. A notice will be sent to the Clarion.
Mr. Dalessio advised that the Selectboard is in the process of reviewing all the ordinances and policies. Some will be reaffirmed as is, some are outdated and will either be rescinded or re-written.
The Westminster Bridge project will not go out for bid until November. They were notified of the delay. Mr. Terrell heard they backed up the paving on Church Street in North Walpole by about two months.
Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Mr. Dalessio reported that they are in the middle of a major computer network change. It is a hectic time for Mrs. Smith. The old equipment is being finicky so this office is not fully up and running with two computers to handle all the vehicle registrations. He has been busy trying to get all the details in place. They hired a company called True North Network so it looks like it is now moving forward. Mrs. Smith should be connected with Virtual Private Network soon as the State mandated they use this system before the end of September. The State feels this will result in faster transactions. Mrs. Smith advised that last Thursday they were down from approximately 11:30 am until 4:45 pm; she stayed until after 6:00 pm processing registrations that people had left. Registrations are now taking a lot longer as they have to check driver’s licenses, etc. On Tuesday she processed 37 registrations and collected $3,821.00 for the Town and $1,427.00 for the State of NH. They processed two Marriage Licenses last Tuesday, each one takes over 45 minutes; the Town receives $7.00 and the State receives $43.00 for each license. The Town Clerk/Tax Collector collected $459,799.87 from January 1st to July 31st; collected $25,995.00 from August 1st to August 18th and collected $5,215,578.93 from January 1st to July 31st. They collected $31,019.24 during August. The total uncollected is $673,162.12 as of August 18th. This is a small amount compared to most towns. Some people make regular partial payments.
Dogs are a small part of the revenue. Chief Paquette reported that they are doing research to hire an Animal Control Officer on a per diem basis.
Recreation Department: Mr. Justin Cassarino reported that it was a great season at the pool. He submitted a breakdown of the figures for daily attendance from July 16, 2015 to August 19, 2015; it does not include food. They are continuing to grow especially this season with non-residents who say our facility / staff is so much more welcoming, the facility is clean and they enjoy their swim. Twenty+ girls are coming from Keene for their end of the year softball get-together. They had the State inspection with the water and the inspector said they had one of the best pools he had tested. Three canopies are up and the public is very happy with them. Two basketball hoops were installed. They want to continue to monitor for security. Mr. Dalessio feels the WiFi should be turned off when they close for the season. Mr. Cassarino and Mr. Terrell talked about where the handicapped parking signs should go. People want to bring back the Basketball League next year. They averaged about 110 spectators. He is writing an article for the Clarion. Pool closing will be on Sunday at 5:00 pm and then they will clean and get it ready for the winter season. The water will be shut off on September 12th; both Mr. Cassarino and Mr. Houghton will be taking care of this. Mr. Dalessio mentioned that they talked about starting a Capital Reserve Fund for future projects. He thanked Mr. Cassarino for doing a great job and having a great year.
Selectboard Office: The Selectboard reviewed the Selectboard Office Window Activity and Office Phone Activity reports for the period of July 16, 2015 to August 19, 2015. The office phone was answered 250 times in 26 days and the window activity resulted in 168 people in a 26 day period. Mr. Dalessio pointed out that they need to evaluate the Town Hall rental fees. They will consider putting enough data / information on the web site, for example the tax cards, plus having a hand-out in the office to cut down on the office staff time when people are asking questions. Based on these reports the Selectboard now has enough data to see what they can put in place to make things run smoother. The web site is getting about 75 people a day. He estimates making changes in approximately 20 minutes. Within eight weeks he will turn it over to the office staff. Department Heads will be able to enter their own information.
Mr. Kreissle will be attending several workshops in September and October.
Recycling Center: Mr. Paul Colburn was unable to attend this meeting but did submit two reports on the “Daily Weight Report and 5 Year to Date Comparison” on recyclables and a “Summary Monthly Comparison”.
Budget Schedule: Mr. Dalessio reported that by the second Tuesday of September Mr. Kreissle will have the department reports ready on the spending. By the third Tuesday of September he would like everybody to have a first shot at the budget. By the middle of October they would like a first glance on the proposed 2016 budget for the tax rate. He is more concerned about the expense side rather than salaries, etc. They want to get an early start and then refine the numbers. About mid October the Selectboard will start to meet with individual departments. Warrant Articles should be submitted by the beginning of November.
Safety or Joint Loss Committee: Mr. Colburn has agreed to head-up this committee. They will be asking non-advisory folks to be on the committee. They will probably meet once a month.
The Town will be switching insurance companies next year. They will want to inspect buildings / equipment to see what they are insuring. Primex is geared toward preventing accidents. The Town has to address any problem areas.
Mr. Dalessio thanked everyone for coming to this meeting. If any questions or concerns come up do not hesitate to contact one of the Selectboard members.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to adjourn this Staff Meeting. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With all in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 6:00 PM.
Regina Borden, Recording Secretary
Sheila Lannon asked me to:
“Please let the residents of Walpole know that there is still time to submit Comments to DES Waste Management Division re: any concerns or comments they have about the Ruggiero Trash Collectors request to modify their current permit to Operate a Commercial Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling Facility, adding Municipal Solid Waste processing, (Household Trash/Garbage), on Industrial Drive in Walpole.
The deadline is this Friday, 8/28/15 at 4PM.
Comments should be emailed to: PAUL.GILDERSLEEVE@DES.NH.GOV and to: SOLIDWASTEINFO@DES.NH.GOV
(Please refer to the 8/19/15 and the 8/21/15 Walpolean posts for more information about this matter.)”