TOWN OF WALPOLE
MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD
JUNE 18, 2015
Selectboard Present: Steven Dalessio (Chair); Whitney Aldrich; Peggy Pschirrer
CALL TO ORDER: Mr. Dalessio 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 three people in attendance.
These are unapproved Minutes.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to enter into a Non-Public Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel and (c) Reputations. Mr. Aldrich seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with all in favor, the motion was approved.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:36 PM.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Accounts Payable check register and manifest in the amount of $585,149.52. This includes a monthly payment in the amount of $488,319.18 to the Fall Mountain Regional School District. The following check will be held: to the Central Chrysler Jeep Dodge which is for the police cruiser in the amount of $27,320.00 until the appropriate deposit is made in the Capital Reserve Fund. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Payroll voucher for the week ending June 13, 2015, in the amount of $20,234.55 for checks dated June 19, 2015. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. 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 $4,527.13 for the week ending June 13, 2015. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:
SELECTBOARD MEETING – June 11, 2015: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of June 11, 2015, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.
NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – June 11, 2015: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of June 11, 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 meetings:
- Walpole Town Library Board of Trustees – June 9, 2015;
- North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – June 16, 2015; and
- Zoning Board of Adjustment – June 17, 2015.
PROPERTY TAX ABATEMENTS AND REFUND:
KINGSBURY, Kingsbury Road, Map & Lot #008-117-000: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve that the Property Tax Abatement be refunded for Mr. Justin Kingsbury in the amount of $348.80. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
TIMBER TAX WARRANTS & YIELD TAXES ASSESSED:
GALLOWAY-LECLERC, 721 County Road, Map & Lot #002-012-000: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Timber Tax Levy for the Tax Year April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015, Operation #14-461-03-T, for Jan Galloway-Leclerc in the amount of $81.78. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
KELLER, Drewsville, NH, Map & Lot #015-024-000: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Timber Tax Levy for the Tax Year April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015, Operation #14-461-07-T, for Alicia Keller and Paul Keller in the amount of $571.31. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
RAY BOAS PROPOSAL: Mr. Jim Terrell is waiting for an estimate. There was a consensus of the Selectboard to accept Mr. Boas’ gift this year subject to budget appropriations for the installation next year.
LETTER FROM LEN TEX WALLCOVERINGS: The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the letter from Mr. Charles Lennon, VP at Len Tex. Mr. Dalessio reported that Mr. Lennon went to the Planning Board meeting on June 9th, 2015. Everything he is objecting to is a Zoning Board matter in North Walpole. It was recommended that he go to the North Walpole Zoning Board first. The Walpole Planning Board will not act until they have something from the North Walpole Zoning Board.
VPN NETWORK IN TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE: Mr. Dalessio has been assisting Mrs. Smith who has to switch over to the VPN Network. It has to be done by September to meet the State’s requirements. Thanks to Mr. Kreissle and Mrs. Clough they were able to get a second phone line in that office. Mrs. Smith is happy to have the second phone line.
WEEKLY VEHICLE COUNT, May 26 – June 2, 2015 – School Street: Mrs. Pschirrer requested that they wait until they have the data from the other two streets so it can be done all together.
AUDIT UPDATE: Mr. Dalessio reported that the audit is going well.
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. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved at 7:59 PM.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:04 PM.
WALPOLE LIBRARY: Mrs. Pschirrer reported that the Library is moving close to offering the job to a candidate. They did interviews two times.
TOWN ORDINANCES: Mr. Dalessio advised that going forward they will have a policy to hold a Public Hearing on all proposed ordinances.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to adjourn this meeting. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved at 8:14 PM.
Regina Borden, Recording Secretary
Cathy White asked that i do what I can to assure that people are aware of the hearing that is being held on July 13th. Eric Merklein had written an article for the Clarion that I would call to your attention in case you missed it. – Lil
Costume Ladies was recently announced as one of 40 stores across the United States which will participate in the first-ever Colossal Coachman Contest — a hat design contest presented by headwear manufacturer and distributor, elope Inc.
On Friday, July 3, contestants 18 years of age and older are invited to Costume Ladies’ shop to fill out an application and receive a free Coachman top hat to decorate however they please. The Kick-off Party begins at 2 pm and will last until 6. There will be door-prizes and Walpole Creamery coupons, as well as fresh popcorn from Ray Boas’ old-time popcorn cart. Contestants must return to the store by Friday, July 17, to submit their original coachman designs. These designs will be judged based on their use of the elope hat style, creativity, overall effect, and crowd appeal. The panel of 5 judges will include local notables of acknowledged creativity and artistic appreciation.
On Monday, July 20, 3 of our local contestants will be chosen as our store winner and national semi-finalist, along with 2 runners-up who will receive 2nd and 3rd place prizes. The semi-finalist will then be in the running for the grand prize, which is a $1100 prize package of elope hats and party-planning supplies.
elope Inc. is a leading distributor of costumes and accessories. “We love costuming and creating original designs. Our goal with this contest is to share that DIY and maker sensibility with our retailers,” said CEO Kevin Johnson. “We want to inspire creative costume parties that are about fun and friends – and not just on Halloween!”
The grand prize winner will be announced on or around August 19, 2015. Full details and national contest rules are available at elope.com/colossal.
The Walpole Library has hired Justine Rogers as new library director, starting August 1st.
Ms. Rogers is finishing her Master’s Degree of Library Science at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania this July. She has been working as an intern at the Carnegie Library of Homestead in Pittsburgh as well as part time at the Murrysville Community Library, also in the Pittsburgh area.
Because of the distance involved, the library’s search committee originally interviewed her on Skype. Then in mid-June, she came to Walpole for a final interview and introduction to the town.
Trustee Chairman Carole Zachary observed that, “Justine’s credentials and recommendations were excellent. Last week she came to visit Walpole and meet the search committee. Julie Rios gave her a great tour of the library. Lyn Cooke provided a delightful lunch for several of us. After lunch we took her on a walking tour of the village and then a short drive further afield. We were all very impressed with her demeanor and personality.”
The library extended her an offer on the following Monday, which Ms. Rogers accepted. She met, again by Skype, with the library staff late in June.
“I am very excited to join the team at the Walpole Library,” Ms. Rogers said, on accepting the position. ”I look forward to getting to know the community and finding ways for the library to meet their needs.” She will be moving to the area shortly after she finishes her degree in July.
Photo caption: Justine Rogers met with current Walpole Library Trustee Chair Carole Zachary and past Chair Lyn Cooke in mid-June.