Planning Board Agenda – 12/8/15



Tuesday, December 8, 2015

7:00 PM


Roll Call – Appointment of alternates if needed

Minutes – Review minutes of the November meeting.

Old Business:

Public Hearing for a Site Plan Review – (continued from October meeting)    Ruggiero Processing Facility, LLC, 32  Industrial Park Road, Map 1, Lot 10-1,  Zoning District Industrial – wishes to add another 2,500 square-foot pole barn, new access road, trailer for employee break room and a scale near the entrance to the property. Joe Ruggiero owner, Rob Hitchcock of SVE Associates, Tom Hanna, lawyer.

Hubbard Farms LLC, 195 Main Street, Request for a Public Hearing for a  Subdivision, Map 22, Lot 5. There will be three subdivisions of the 13.7 acre property – 7.86 acres for the office building, 3 acres for the barbecue pit, which will be donated to the town, and  5.54 acres for the two outbuildings used for storage and maintenance. Chip O’Brien


New Business:

William and Elizabeth Silverstein of 70 Reservoir Road would like to request a Public Hearing for a Subdivision of the property. Map 10, Lot 33, Rural/Agricultural District.

Approval of Old Dominion Lighting.


Next meeting Tuesday, Jan. 12 2016.


Giving Tuesday

It is Giving Tuesday. There are a lot of worthy non-profits in our community struggling to feed, house, educate, advocate, and enrich the lives of folks in the area. One of those programs is Walpole Art After School, an independent nonprofit art enrichment program for kids in first through sixth grades. We’re in our tenth year of encouraging imaginations and building community. Over two dozen kids are registered this semester. Walpole Art After School makes it possible for the kids to learn how to live with diversity, collaborate with others, and problem solve, as well as giving them the opportunity to create masterpieces and have fun.
This tenth year presents Walpole Art After School with challenges and opportunities. We have never charged tuition because we don’t want to turn a child away or have a program that is available only to those with financial means. For several years, Walpole Art After School was the beneficiary of a very generous grant that funded two-thirds of the annual costs. The grant has concluded due to the death of the donor. At the same time, we are growing and there is interest in starting a second weekly session that will target older kids and offer more intensive art instruction. The cost per student for a semester is $200, which is equivalent to about $6.50 an hour. This great program is a bargain and is one of the activities that makes Walpole so attractive to families.

On this Giving Tuesday, please consider sponsoring a young artist with a donation to Walpole Art After School, P.O. Box 179, Walpole, NH. For more information, contact Susan Kershaw, Executive Director, To see photos of the program activities, check out our website:

Conservation Commission Meeitn Minutes – 11/2/15

Minutes for the regular meeting of the

Walpole Conservation Commission

Monday, November 2, 2015 

Present:  Gary Speed, Tom Beaudry, Sharyn Tullar (alt.), Kelli Wilson, Lewis Shelley, Alicia Flammia, Whit Aldrich (SelectBoard representative)

Not Present:  John Peska, Peter Palmiotto (alt.), Myra Mansouri (alt.), and Duncan Watson

Guests:  Peggy Pschirrer and Steve Dalessio

Mr. Beaudry, chair, called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.

Non-Public session: 

As Mr. Shelley & Ms. Flammia arrived after the meeting was called to order, Ms. Tullar was seated to provide quorum.


Mr. Speed moved to accept the minutes for the October 5, 2015 meeting as presented. Ms. Wilson seconded, and the motion passed with all in favor.

Treasury/Budget Report

As of September 30, 2015, the balance in the Conservation account is: $53,175.07 and in the Forestry account: $10,345.99.


  1. Cheshire County Conservation District 70th Annual meeting will be at the Keene Country Club on November 5, 2015. John McGee, Habitat Biologist will be the Keynote Speaker. Tracie’s Community Farm is the 2015 Cooperator of the Year. Susan Meehan is the 2015 Educator of the Year.
  2. Forest Laws for Municipal Officials will be Nov. 9th in Auburn and Nov. 10th in Lancaster.

New Business

  1. Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio are present as Hooper Trustees to give an update on the sale of the Hooper Golf Course. Bob Kimball went to the Trustees because most of his investors have pulled out.  He has some ideas of trying to get the additional monies needed and has an excellent business plan for the property.  In the meantime, the Hooper Trustees would like to present to Terry Knowles a plan to close on the Conservation Easement before the sale.  Mr. Speed moved to have Mr. Beaudry draft a letter from the Walpole Conservation Commission in support of having the Hooper Trustees complete the Hooper Conservation Easement prior to the sale of the property. Ms. Flammia seconded, and the motion passed with all in favor.
  2. Marcia Galloway has noticed a beaver dam at the causeway at Mill Pond. Speed has been asked to take care of it.

Old Business

  1. Garland Lumber has sent in a deposit. They will be waiting for the ground to freeze.  They will work on the road and landing in the next couple of weeks. When this is finished, then the Hooper Forest will be marked.


  1. Per Mr. Shelley, Nancy Sloan on Barnet Hill Road has put 50+ acres into Conservation Easement through Monadnock Conservancy. They will email the file to Mr. Palmiotto so he can update the Conservation Land Map. Also the Perley Lund property is to close very soon.
  2. Shelley submitted an invoice for repair to the brush cutter. The chain saw was not worth repairing.  Both are locked up in the Town Shed.
  3. Shelley was approached by Emily Haig, Monadnock Conservancy about an illegal camp that was discovered on the Merriam Forest. Although it was quite elaborate, it has been dismantled.
  4. There will be a Public Hearing on December 3, 2015 on Emergency Lanes. Although Eaton Lane/Maple Grove Road, Derry Hill Road, and the end of Reservoir Road are acknowledged as Emergency Lanes, there had not been a Public Hearing designating them as such.  This Hearing is merely procedural to finish off the process.
  5. The gates are up on both ends of Cold River Road.
  6. Speed discovered that there is some Town owned land in North Walpole off of E Street behind Dunning. It is 55 acres.
  7. Tullar attended a Pollinator Summit. It was very well attended with 250 participants and very well put together. The focus was on bees although there are other pollinators. A statement was made that New Hampshire has too many trees.  Landowners should be encouraged to plant more shrubs and native plants for the pollinators.
  8. On November 14, 2015, the Monadnock Conservancy is having a program at the Hastings House on Farms and Community Connections.
  9. DES is having a couple of Hearings on permitting. A session in Keene will be the 2nd.


The next meeting will be Monday, December 7, 2015.

Mr. Speed moved that the meeting be adjourned at 8:32pm.  Ms. Flammia seconded, and the motion passed with all in favor.


Respectfully submitted,

Elaine Heleen, Recording Secretary

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

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 11/19/15



NOVEMBER 19, 2015


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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mr. Dalessio called this Selectboard meeting to order at 6:20 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.


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 6:51 PM.


Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Accounts Payable check register and manifest in the amount of $35,252.87 for checks dated November 20, 2015.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.


Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Payroll voucher for the week ending November 14, 2015, in the amount of $19,503.28 for checks dated November 20, 2015.  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 $4,174.53 for the week ending November 14, 2015.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.


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

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – November 12, 2015:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of November 12, 2015, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  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 – November 10, 2015.


PALMER, Barnett Hill, Map & Lot #009-048-001:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve Building Permit No. 2015-49 for Robert and Margaret Palmer to “Construct a 22’ x 27’ 1 story, covered ‘3 season room’ addition at 42 Barnett Hill Road.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.


HUBBARD, County Road, Map & Lot #005-019-000:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve Building Permit No. 2015-50 for Dale P. Hubbard to “Construct a 20’ x 12’ storage shed” at 485 County Road.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.


Water and Sewer Billing: Mrs. Clough reported that the new meter reader is much more efficient.  She spoke to Mr. Mark Houghton about their target date.  There are some meters that they have a lot of problems with; some are fixed but some are not.  Mr. Dalessio asked if they could do partial billings.  Mrs. Clough explained that they used to do a full billing knowing that quite a few bills would be wrong but when that happens they have to do corrections and abatements.  They do North Walpole and Walpole separate.  She explained the billing procedure.  Mrs. Edkins wrote a summary of the steps she takes when billing for the Selectboard’s information.  When they believe there are reading problems they send those back out to be re-checked. There was discussion pertaining to shortening the time period between reading the meters, checking the readings, sending questionable ones back to Mr. Houghton, and then doing the billing.  In the future, the person doing water and sewer billing, will have that as a priority so bills go out in a timely manner. They work closely with Mr. HoughtonMr. Dalessio would eventually like to see a report on exactly where the users are in terms of where they are financially. They will look at re-structuring the billing process.  Mrs. Clough said bills will go out before the Thanksgiving week-end.

Police Request from the Town of Alstead:  Mr. Dalessio will check with Chief Paquette to see if he did a follow-up with the Town of Alstead Selectboard.

Walpole’s Oldest Citizen:  This is scheduled for the Selectboard meeting on December 3rd, 2015.

Letter to the Cheshire County Commissioners: Mrs. Pschirrer is working on this letter.

Public Hearing–Designating Emergency Lanes: This Public Hearing is scheduled for December 3rd, 2015.

Public Hearing – Acceptance of Land: This Public Hearing is scheduled for December 3rd, 2015.

Town Ordinance, Procedure and Policy Manual: The Selectboard continue to work on this.

NEXT SELECTBOARD MEETING:  The next Selectboard meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 25, 2015, at 8:00 AM.  There will be no public business.


Cemetery Deed – Winters, Lot D441 & D442:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Cemetery Deed for Wayne & Margaret Winters to purchase Lots D441 and D442.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Mrs. Edkins had an inquiry about having a payment plan for a Cemetery Deed.  Mr. Woodward said the Cemetery Trustees would hold the Deed until it was paid in full.  The Selectboard approved letting Mr. Woodward know this arrangement would be acceptable with them.

Employee Disability InsuranceMrs. Clough forwarded an email to the Selectboard from Davis and Towle Insurance Group who are the Town’s Agent.  Mr. Dalessio would like to know more about switching from the current STD elimination period to a 14 day elimination period.  Mrs. Clough asked for this information and they will send it to this office.


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 7:19 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:55 PM.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of November 19, 2015, be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.


Mr. Aldrich moved to adjourn this meeting.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With all in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:57 PM.


Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary


The Walpole Clarion is Available

THE WALPOLE CLARION December 2015 issue is now posted online. In PDF format, each issue is now posted for your advance reading when it goes to press.
Follow this link — — and, then click on the image to open the PDF.
To get notice of issue postings directly as posted, you are encouraged to “sign up to follow the blog” just as you have done with THE WALPOLEAN. As time permits, more will be added to this website.
Remember that you will also find a link to The Clarion on the blogroll on The Walpolean homepage. By hook or by crook you can get there! – Lil

Holiday Giving – an Opportunity to Give and to Receive

While the Christmas Carol has been cancelled for this year, the need at the Fall Mountain Food Shelf and Our Place Drop In Center continues.  Thanks to the Walpole Players there is still a way to continue our support. And, who knows?  You just might be the lucky winner! – Lil

The Walpole Players are making it fun to give this holiday season.

We know that you will one again be donating to your favorite needy charity this year. But, if you give your contribution via the Walpole Players to the Fall Mountain Food Shelf or Our Place Drop In Center, the Walpole Players will enter your name in a drawing to win a $250 shopping spree provided by an anonymous donor at the many participating shops and restaurants in Walpole and Bellows Falls. Donations may be made (and entry forms filled out) at the locations listed below.


The winner’s entry will be picked at a fun event with entertainment and Christmas merriment at Joanie Joan’s Baked Goods Company on Saturday, December 12th at noon. You don’t have to be present to win. The winner will have until January 31, 2016, to shop until they drop (or until the $250 is gone, whichever comes first!)

So get a thrill out of giving this year. Donate before December 12th at one of the following locations: Joanie Joan’s Baked Goods Company, The Village Blooms, Galloway Real Estate and Costume Ladies. Help the Walpole Players continue their annual campaign of giving to those in our community in need. And, as Tiny Tim said, ‘God bless us everyone!’

Thanksgiving Market 9-2
on the Common Tomorrow

On Saturday November 21, 2015 Walpole New Hampshire is the place to be for Localvores, Foodies, and those of you looking for “Just the Perfect Holiday Gift”. Our community brings out its finest handmade treasures and locally produced foods, and gift items. The Walpole Farmers Market, 1st Congregational Church, and St. John’s Church will be open around the Walpole Common from 9 to 2. Come shop for those special locally grown ingredients that will make your Holiday Meals even more special. There will be handmade gift items and greens, trees, and wreaths too.

BUT that’s not all; The Orchard School’s 20th Annual Crafts Fair will fill the Walpole Town Hall, come visit with artisans from across the region, do a little holiday shopping and support a wonderful organization too. The same can be said for crafters and local sales at the Sugar Plumb Shoppe at the Walpole Village School, just down Westminister Street from the Town Hall. Finally, the Walpole Historical Society will open its gift shop where you can find the most perfect hostess gift to bring to holiday parties and the like.

At this point we will have local breads, cheese, maple syrup and maple products, grassfed beef and lamb, honey and wax products. As well as jams, jellies and other condiments. The French Club from the Grammar School in Putney will be with us fundraising for a trip to France, they will be serving both sweet and savory crepes.

Shoppers that visit each venue will be able to sign up for a FREE raffle door prize at some locations, chances to win some fabulous gift items for yourself or to share with others.

So come to Walpole on Saturday November 21st, in the morning, shop, enjoy a light snack or lunch, treat yourself to a prepared meal for family dinner. Enjoy the start of this wonderful season, shopping locally, supporting local farmers, and local organizations that help our community year round.

For more information about the Walpole Farmers Market, contact Holly Gowdy, Market Manager at holly@walpolefarmersmarket. com or at 445-5104, or like us on facebook .


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