Meeting Waters YMCA Celebrates 120 Years – 8/13/15

Public Event Will Bring Guests Back to the 1890s

Beautifully-preserved, hand-written notes tell the story of the founding of Meeting Waters YMCA back in 1895. 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 was born.

 

september 2 notes

 

Photo: The minutes from the September 2, 1895 meeting.

On Thursday, August 13th, hundreds of current Y leaders, volunteers, participants, and staff, along with others from the past, will gather at the regional Y’s Lewis Day Camp facility to celebrate the early years of the organization’s rich history. The event is free and open to the public. It begins at 7:00 pm.

“An organizing task force of volunteers and staff has planned a fun evening,” said Meeting Waters YMCA’s Executive Director, Steve Fortier.  “Participants will get to learn about our first couple of decades of impacts through interactive activities. We’re excited to celebrate this important milestone with volunteers, donors, staff members and program participants—all of whom have played important roles in sustaining and growing our organization over the years.”

Meeting Waters YMCA’s 52-acre Lewis Day Camp facility is located on Missing Link Road (Route 5) in Springfield, VT. It is just one-half mile off of Route 91 at Exit 7. For more information, contact the Y at your local phone number (Brattleboro area: 246-1036; Bellows Falls/Fall Mountain area: 802-463-4769; or Springfield area: 885-8131) or by emailing info@meetingwatersymca.org.

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.

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 7/16/15

TOWN OF WALPOLE

MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD

JULY 16, 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 seven people in attendance.

PUBLIC BUSINESS:

PAULA GALLAGHER – Handicapped Parking:  Mrs. Paula Gallagher and her daughter, Ms. Erin Gallagher, were present.  Mrs. P. Gallagher recently had an incident when she parked near the pool as she is unable to walk from the parking lot.  Mr. Cassarino spoke to her granddaughter and advised that parking was not allowed by the pool; a few days later a lifeguard told her the same thing.  Mrs. Gallagher then called Mrs. Pickering who said it was only used for emergencies.  When she contacted Fire Chief Hurlburt he stated that there is enough room for a vehicle that has a handicapped plaque.  Mr. Dalessio advised that this was previously discussed with Mr. Cassarino.  The Selectboard is not opposed to having her park there but they have to research the road situation as the Town does not own that road.  He is not sure what the terms of the agreement are that were made many years ago with the Hubbard family.  Emergency access has never been an issue.  If they opened up that space it would have to be restricted and kept under control.  The Selectboard will get back to Mrs. Gallagher after the research has been done.  Ms. E. Gallagher explained that her mother’s car is parked close to the fence.  She displayed pictures of other employee’s cars parked in that area; they would be blocking the emergency access.  Mrs. Gallagher also feels that the ramp is not ADA compliant.  Mr. Dalessio said they would also check on the ramp.  In the meantime the Selectboard felt she could park in that area.

BRUCE BLANCHETTE– Re: Main Street and Prospect Hill Junction:  Mr. Blanchette had submitted an email regarding an accident his friend, Ruth Venezia, had at the intersection of Main Street and Prospect Hill; it is a cut-through that was recently paved.  It is very hard to see the ditch when you are in a vehicle and there is no indication that it is there. He displayed some pictures.  Mr. Dalessio acknowledged that the Selectboard did receive an email and also his letter.  Mr. Blanchette is aware of at four other vehicles that have gone into that ditch.  Ms. Venezia was parked on the south side of the connector road from about 5:00 to 8:00 PM.  Mrs. Pschirrer explained that they discussed this with Mr. Terrell of the Highway Department.  He had signs there before but they disappeared.  A decision was made that he will put more signs up to mark the culvert plus a distinct new sign that says “No Right Turn”.  That cut-off was designed so people could avoid the intersection by coming down Wentworth Road or the Old Keene Road and turning right to go up Prospect Hill or for the people to come down Prospect Hill and cut over to Wentworth Road or Old Keene Road.  It was never meant for anybody to come around to the Main Street intersection.  Mr. Blanchette feels this is a fine solution.  Mr. Dalessio advised that they are waiting for a copy of the Police report, after that they will have another discussion about it and will let Ms. Venezia know what their decision is relative to payment of her damages.

ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT:  Mrs. Myra Mansouri reported that there is no zoning violation with reference to the batting cage matter.  It is in a Residential A Zone and it is not a permanent structure.  It was placed there as it is a level section on the property.  Both property owners were present at the ZBA meeting.  Mrs. Pschirrer requested that Mrs. Mansouri write a response letter to the Selectboard to acknowledge that this matter was brought up at a ZBA meeting and to state what their decision was so the Selectboard can write a letter to the neighbor who brought this to their attention.

Mrs. Mansouri advised that another issue is the painter signs and the internet signs that are around Town but do not conform to the zoning regulations.  They are occasionally picked up on Route 12 but a few days later the signs are back again.  It was suggested that the Town pick up a few on the Town roads and contact the advertiser to request that they pick up their signs.  There are phone numbers on the signs.

Mrs. Mansouri will be on the Agenda for the next meeting to discuss an issue in a Non-Public Session.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION #1:

Mr. Aldrich moved to enter into a Non-Public Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (c) Reputations.  Mrs. Pschirrer seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with all in favor, the motion was approved at 6:28 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 6:56 PM.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Accounts Payable check register and manifest in the amount of $567,139.01 for checks dated July 17, 2015.  This includes a 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:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Payroll voucher for the week ending July 11, 2015, in the amount of $23,771.99 for checks dated July 17, 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 $5,305.73 for the week ending July 11, 2015.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – July 9, 2015:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of July 9, 2015, as submitted.  This includes the attachment for the NH Department of Transportation meeting on the Westminster Bridge.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION #2– July 9, 2015:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session #2 of July 9, 2015, as submitted.  The Minutes will be sealed.  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 – July 7 and July 14, 2015;
  • Walpole Planning Board – July 14, 2015.

BUILDING PERMIT:

McGILL, 530 Wentworth Road, Map & Lot #004-047-001:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve Building Permit No. 2015-29 for Kenneth McGill and Hope McGill to “Construct a 34’ x 20’  1 Story Bedroom, Bathroom and Playroom Addition”, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

TERRA MAP’S – The Terra maps are expected to arrive soon.

TOWN ORDINANCE, PROCEDURE AND POLICY MANUAL:  Mrs. Pschirrer continues to work on this manual.

BOARD OF SELECTMEN OPERATION GUIDELINES:  Mr. Dalessio will have a draft ready for review at the next meeting.

PIANO – Town Hall: Mr. Dalessio reported that they need to have both the Highway Department and Recycling Center get the piano down from the second floor.  It will cost $.30 a pound to dispose of it.  They will ask Mr. Terrell and Mr. Colburn to work together on this project.  Mr. Dalessio pointed out that they need to move the other piano away from the light switches.

NEW BUSINESS:

“CHICKENS ON THE LOOSE” 5K REQUEST: A request was received from Ms. Emily Frithsen and Ms. Sarah Manning of the Walpole Parent Teacher Group, requesting that they be allowed to hold their 2nd annual “Chickens on the Loose” 5K run on Saturday, October 17th, 2015 at 10:00 AM.  This is the main fundraiser for the group and it was very successful last year.  They provided their course directions and will contact Police Chief Paquette and the Walpole EMS for their assistance that day.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the request from the Walpole Parent Teacher Group to hold their “Chickens on the Loose” 5K run on Saturday, October 17th, 2015.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

NORTH WALPOLE REQUEST FOR FUNDS:  A request was received from the North Walpole Village District for $150,000.00 from the Town’s General Fund.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the North Walpole Village District’s request for $150,000.00 for deposit into the General Fund account to cover their operating expenses.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

GRANT WRITING SEMINAR Mr. Kreissle expressed an interest in attending a Grant Writing seminar.  There was a consensus of the Selectboard that they appreciate his interest in attending this seminar however they would prefer to put this on his list for next year as he still has not gone through a full financial cycle for the Town.

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 7:13 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:35 PM.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION #2:

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.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:55 PM.

ADJOURNMENT:

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

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Conservation Commission Meeting Minutes – 7/6/15

Minutes

For the regular meeting of the

Walpole Conservation Commission

Monday, July 6, 2015

 

Present:  Tom Beaudry, John Peska, Duncan Watson, Myra Mansouri (alt.), Kelli Wilson, Sharyn Tullar (alt.)

Not Present:  Alicia Flammia, Lewis Shelley, Gary Speed, Peter Palmiotto (alt.), Whit Aldrich (SelectBoard representative)

Guests: Peter Bergstrom

Mr. Beaudry, chair, called the meeting to order at 7:34 PM.

Non-Public session: 

Ms. Mansouri was seated for Ms. Flammia.

Minutes

Mr. Watson moved to accept the minutes for the June 1, 2015 meeting as presented. Mr. Peska seconded, and the motion passed with all in favor.

Treasury/Budget Report

As of 5/31/15, the total amount in the Forestry account was $10,342.54, and in Conservation account was $53,157.30.

Correspondence

  1. Farm Service Agency notification re crop insurance for Stonehome Farm, LLC.
  2. DES Wetland Routine Roadway and Railway Notification; replacing 24”culvert with plastic pipe next to Pole 21.
  3. Public Informational Meeting to be held Thursday, July 9, 2015 5pm in the Town Hall to discuss the Westminster Bridge Repair, up to 16 weeks of one lane alternating traffic.

New Business

  1. Peter Bergstrom, Rockingham Conservation Commission, was present to give more information regarding the waterfall next to Village of Bellows Falls. The Abenaki name “Kitchee Pontegu” means Great Falls. The VT State Library Board must approve any name as well as the US Board of Geographic Names. Mr. Peska will check with the Walpole Historical Society to be sure that they approve “Great Falls” as well.

Old Business

  1. Adam Terrell met with Mr. Beaudry and was told to contact Mr. Shelley to confirm the Eagle Project work at Mill Pond.
  2. Welcome to new members: Kelli Wilson and Sharyn Tullar.
  3. Water Co Timber Harvest – Mr. Beaudry met with Peter Rhoades, Roger Garland, and Jack Pratt. The Class 6 road goes past Mr. Pratt’s barn & apartment and it was pointed out the trees that needed trimming. The road will need some upgrading and Garland will get a letter to the SelectBoard regarding this. Work is anticipated to begin August 1st (depending on weather) and is expected to take 30-45 days.

Other

Minimum Expedited Permits for Wetlands

  1. Ken Burns wants to put up a Solar Array past the orchard behind his house. A conduit is needed that will go through 60’ stretch of Wetlands. The conduit will be buried and the wetlands restored.  Watson moved to approve the Expedited Wetlands application.  Mr. Peska seconded, and the motion passed with all in favor.
  2. Ken Burns wishes to put in a culvert 12” x 30’ across the swale to allow better access to the field. Peska moved to approve the Expedited Wetlands permit. Mr. Watson seconded, and the motion passed with all in favor.

Mr. Watson moved that the meeting be adjourned at 8:09pm.  Mr. Peska seconded, and the motion passed with all in favor. 

The next meeting will be Monday, August 3, 2015.

Respectfully submitted,

Elaine Heleen, Recording Secretary

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

 

Letter to You from Real to Reel

real to reel

July 27th, 2015

To all our friends & customers:

On July 27th, 2015, after 30 years in business, Real to Reel, Inc. will be ending its video rental business, as well as closing Churchill’s Fine Cigars.

Starting on Thursday, July 30th, at 10am and throughout the month of August and into early September, we will be selling off our huge inventory of over 20,000 DVD movies as well as our inventory fine handmade cigars.

US Cellular has indicated to us their desire to continue to maintain a location here in Walpole.  We expect that a US Cellular agency will remain open in Walpole to serve our many US Cellular customers, but this will be done under new management.  Throughout August and into early September, Real to Reel’s US Cellular department will remain  open for business as usual.

Real to Reel leased it’s first storefront back in 1984 and opened for business in March of 1985.  At the time, we shared a building with a shoe store and Montgomery Wards.  Growth came so quickly that by 1987 we had to build our own 5000 sq/ft building just up the road, at what is now North Meadow Plaza.  At it’s peak, Real to Reel, Inc. had its main store in Walpole and six satellite video rental departments in general stores in various surrounding towns.

It has been an exciting and enjoyable thirty years bringing the best of Hollywood, the BBC, foreign cinema and documentaries to our friends and neighbors.  For many year we were also one of the regions largest exclusive Panasonic/Technics dealers.  We shared in the excitement of introducing VHS players, video cameras, CD Players and DVD players to the area and had the pleasure of representing Onkyo, Boston Acoustics, and Polk audio equipment. Real to Reel was also the first to bring cell phones to the area over 15 years ago.

Like so many businesses today, the digital age finally caught up with Real to Reel.  Real to Reel, Inc. is now the last standing video rental store in Cheshire County, our friends at Video Headquarters in Keene, having closed this July.

We’d like to thank the many people who supported our business over the years and also our current wonderful loyal staff and alumni. Gale and I are now looking forward to a relaxing retirement.

Thanks so much for your help in our success. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Our Best Regards to All,

Phil & Gale Davis,

Real to Reel, Inc.

Phil and Gale – know that, even with “the digital age”, you will be missed.  I’m sure I am not alone in wishing you well in your retirement! – Lil

Re: Petition to the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority Board on the matter of the state subsidy for Residences at Abenaki Springs

Marina Coneeny asked that the following reminder be brought to your attention.  If you wish to have input, remember that the deadline is this Friday. – Lil

Following the public hearing held in the Walpole Town Hall on July 13, 2015, at the request of the public, the entire Market Survey, commissioned by the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority (NHHFA) was made available for review online.

The petition highlights the serious flaws in the project as noted in the survey, and will be submitted to the board for the NHHFA but the Friday deadline..

The project flaws, as well as the unsafe location on Route 12 for families with children, bring into question whether this allocation is the best use of NH taxpayer resources.

If you would like to read the entire market survey document, go to:

http://www.nhhfa.org/news/notices/AbenakiSpringsMarketStudy.pdf

The NHHFA is mandated to receive public comments only until Friday, July 24, 2015.

Please express your views on this matter URGENTLY by email to:

multifaminfo@nhhfa.org

Meeting Minutes Up-date

For those who, like me, are awaiting the minutes from NHHFA, I wanted to let you know that I did check in again so that I could be assured that I was looking for them in the right section of the website.  The following response was received from Julian Morgan so we’d best not “hold our breath”.  – Lil

“The transcript of the hearing will be publicly available after the public comment period closes and when we’ve compiled all public comments and made them available to members of our Board.”

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 7/9/15

PUBLIC HEARING

NEW HAMPSHIRE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

WESTMINSTER BRIDGE

JULY 9, 2015

 

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mr. Dalessio called this Public Hearing on the Westminster Bridge to order at 5:00 PM in the Walpole Town Hall.  This meeting was scheduled by the State of New Hampshire, Department of Transportation, and it is a combined Public Officials/Public Information meeting.  He then turned the meeting over to Mr. David Scott, P.E., In-House Design Chief, Bureau of Bridge Design.

  1. DAVID SCOTT, PE, NH Department of Transportation – Westminster Bridge Project: Mr. Scott advised that the intent of this meeting will be to present details for the project scheduled to rehabilitate the bridge deck in Walpole, NH carrying NH 123 over the Connecticut River (BR # 132/062) (a/k/a Westminster Bridge).  The work will require up to 16 weeks of one-lane alternating two-way traffic day and night.  Historical properties may exist within the project area.  This meeting is to present citizens and public officials with information regarding the proposed project and to solicit public input in order to ensure that project decisions meet public transportation needs, community goals, and protect and enhance the environment.  Accordingly, NH DOT assures that this project will be administered according to the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and all related statutes to ensure nondiscrimination.

This bridge is approximately 462 feet long and is 31-1/2 feet wide.  During construction the bridge lanes will be narrowed to 11-feet but trucks will be able to pass through well.  After one lane is finished the traffic lane will be changed over.  There will be traffic signal lights and flaggers to control the traffic. The bridge is in good condition as their inspectors rated it as a “7” but it is in need of deck maintenance.  State engineers look at each bridge every two years.  This bridge was constructed in the early 1900s; the deck was replaced in 1989.  The average life span is 25 years.  They want to keep salt from getting down to the abutments from the expansion joints. Requests for bids will go out this year but they will not begin construction until the spring of next year.  Cost of the project is anticipated to be $750,000.00.  It is being split as follows: NH – 92% and VT – 8%.

State Representative Tara Sad questioned the research they did into the amount of traffic.  How long will the wait be at the light?  Mr. Smith pointed out that about 8,600 vehicles cross the bridge per day.

Someone in attendance expressed a concern that at some point in the future there will be two bridges that cross the Connecticut River that are going to be under construction: Westminster Bridge and Cheshire Bridge in Charlestown.  The third bridge, the Vilas Bridge, is closed to traffic and pedestrians.  That leaves only the former Arch Bridge in Bellows Falls.  Mr. Scott noted that this bridge project will not affect the other bridges.  It might be a nuisance crossing at busy times.

Ms. Mary Ellen Hawthorne from the Bellows Falls Downtown Development Association questioned the back-up.  Mr. Scott will check on the numbers again but he does not believe there will be a significant back-up to the bridge. There was discussion about the traffic flow. They do not anticipate any long delays.

State Representative Lucy Weber felt the other issue is there are quite often 4-to-5 vehicles waiting to go under the railroad bridge and then there will be the issue of the lights at the Westminster Bridge.  We have all seen the traffic back-up in this area.  She questions if there will be enough room for back-up traffic especially for vehicles from Route 12 turning onto the bridge.  Mr. Scott will verify that this will not affect the railroad tunnel traffic or cause a safety concern.

Mr. Russell Hodgkins, Westminster Town Manager, asked if there will be any night work.  Mr. Scott confirmed that there will not be any night work.

State Representative Lucy Weber pointed out that on occasion trucks start across on Route 123 and find out that they cannot get through the railroad tunnel.  Mr. Scott advised that they will do additional signage for this.

Mr. Paul Banik, Westminster Selectboard, Vice-Chair, advised that this is a critical bridge between NH and VT for the emergency services.  Will there be any provisions for this apparatus.  Mr. Scott will be sure this is taken care of.

Mr. David Deen, Connecticut River Watershed Council, asked if there will be special protection for the River.  How are they going to keep all the decking and metals out of the River?  Mr. Scott said there will be no metals.  As they are doing the full deck there will be a catch system to catch the debris.  This is something they are capable of doing.  Mr. Kevin Belanger and Mr. Dan Landry from the NH DOT were present and provided answers to several issues that were brought up.

State Representative Tara Sad is concerned with frequency of the lights.  How will they accommodate for traffic volume at different times of the day.  Mr. Scott believes they will put loops into the pavement to control that.

Mr. Scott advised that there are towns that have regulations relative to when anyone is doing work in the roadway the Town will supply their own police.  The NH DOT understands State statute that when they are doing a project they are responsible for the traffic control therefore they ask the Selectboard to enter into a Work Zone Agreement.  They can do traffic control at a lower cost by using flaggers but in certain instances they contact the local police. Mr. Dalessio advised that a notice went out to Walpole’s various Department Heads regarding this agreement so it will take another week or so before they have their input.  It is clear what the State wants to accomplish.

Mr. Deen mentioned that down-stream of the bridge on the Vermont shore there is an area where the river is eating into the land.  NH could ask the VT people to take a look at that area; he would urge them to do so.  Mrs. Annette Spaulding, Connecticut River Watershed Council, does diving in that area under the bridge therefore is familiar with this area.  She would be happy to show NH divers where it is. Mr. Scott advised that every bridge gets looked at every two years and divers look at them every five years.

State Representative Tara Sad asked where the staging area will be.  Mr. Scott responded that the contractor has to make their own arrangements.  This project will go out for bid on either August 25th or September 1st.

There were twenty-one people in attendance.

There was no other public comment therefore Mr. Scott adjourned this Public Hearing at 5:35 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

 

TOWN OF WALPOLE

MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD

JULY 9, 2015

 

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mr. Dalessio called this Selectboard meeting to order at 5:45 PM in the Walpole Town Hall.  Prior to this meeting the Selectboard attended the Public Hearing on the Westminster Bridge deck project that was scheduled by the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.  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.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION #1:

Mr. Aldrich moved to enter into a Non-Public 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.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 5:59 PM.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Accounts Payable check register and manifest in the amount of $125,890.55 for checks dated July 10, 2015.  This includes a check in the amount of $125,111.89 for F.W. Whitcomb for paving materials.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Mr. Dalessio will talk to Mr. Kreissle about a procedure for reimbursing the Town monthly for Hooper Trust bills that have been paid by the Town.

PAYROLL: 

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Payroll voucher for the week ending July 4, 2015, in the amount of $27,875.82 for checks dated July 10, 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 $6,230.60 for the week ending July 4, 2015.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – July 2, 2015:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of July 2, 2015, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – July 2, 2015:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard session of July 2, 2015, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION #2:

Mr. Aldrich moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (c) Reputations.  Mrs. Pschirrer seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with all in favor, the motion was approved at 6 :07 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 6:15 PM.

WARRANTS:

PROPERTY TAX SUPPLEMENTAL:  Map & Lot #008-061-000, Hooper Golf Course, leased by the Hooper Golf Association: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Supplemental Tax Warrant, Tax Year 2015 1st Issue, Town of Walpole, State of New Hampshire, to Sandra J. Smith, Collector of Taxes for Walpole, to collect the sum of $4,252.50 with an interest of 12% per annum from the due date and on all sums not paid on or before that day.  This is for the Hooper Golf Course at 166 Prospect Hill, in the Town of Walpole.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Supplemental Tax Warrant, Tax Year 2015, 1st Issue, Town of Walpole, State of New Hampshire, to Sandra J. Smith, Collector of Taxes for Walpole, to collect the sum of $4,233.00 with an interest of 12% per annum from the due date and on all sums not paid on or before that day.  This is for the Hooper Golf Course at 166 Prospect Hill, in the Town of Walpole.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

TERRA MAP’SMrs. Clough had nothing new to report on the Terra Maps.  They are expected to be here in mid-July.

TOWN ORDINANCE, PROCEDURE AND POLICY MANUAL:  Mrs. Pschirrer continues to work on the Town Ordinance, Procedure and Policy Manual.

BOARD OF SELECTMAN OPERATION GUIDELINES: Mr. Dalessio had drafted a “Board of Selectmen – Operation Guidelines” document.

Mrs. Pschirrer made the following recommendations:

(6) – “Voting to reaffirm the Town of Walpole Code of Ethics” – Mrs. Pschirrer would like to see this include a “Conflict of Interests Policy”;

Under Duties of Selectmen

(7) The Selectmen need to be sure they have an official viewpoint.

Page 3:

Top:  “The Board’s primary duty is to “manage the prudential affairs of the Town”.  Mrs. Pschirrer felt they should look at the RSAs – could “prudential” be changed to “prudent credentials”.

Public Sessions:  Mrs. Pschirrer will check the RSAs.

Page 5:

Disqualifications:  Mrs. Pschirrer felt this is where the “Conflict of Interests” comes in.  She has been working on the language.

Job Descriptions:  Reference is made to Job Descriptions therefore they need to have all of them.

Page 6:

  1. Political Issues: Mrs. Pschirrer would like to talk about this. How will they define what political issues will impact the Town and to what level.  There was a consensus to delete the word “political”.
  2. Appointments Of Town Officials: Delete the word “ideology”.

Mrs. Pschirrer pointed out that in a number of places it talks about the Town Manager.  That should be deleted.

Code of Ethics:  There is one in the Policy Book that Mrs. Pschirrer is working on.  It could be a separate policy.

Page 7:

Selectmen’s Meetings:  (8) Mrs. Pschirrer will re-write this section.

Mrs. Pschirrer asked Mrs. Clough to obtain a copy of the Peterborough “Operational Guidelines” for their information.  Mr. Dalessio will make corrections to this draft document and they will continue to work on it.  This will help new Selectmen when they come on-board in the future.

NEW BUSINESS:

“MINIMUM EXPEDITED PERMIT:  Copies of the “Minimum Expedited Permit – Solar Project for Kenneth L. Burns” that was prepared by Beaver Tracks were distributed. This will impact the wetlands to bury the cables; Mr. Burns will restore the area.  Mr. Dalessio gave the copies back to Mrs. Clough who will research where they came from and to see if the Selectboard has to take any action on it.

RECREATION DEPARTMENTMrs. Clough advised that Mr. Justin Cassarino is having EMS training at the pool for the lifeguards and receptionists.  The question will come up that if you are a Town employee you and your family are given a free membership to the pool.  The Fire Department and EMTs have been asking if they are given this free membership as they are also employees of the Town.  At this time there was a consensus to have Mr. Cassarino respond that he has to check with the Selectboard.  Mr. Dalessio will check with Mr. Houghton to see what the history has been.

TOWN HALL – Second Floor: Mr. Dalessio met with Mr. Ray Boas for a walk-thru that included going behind the curtain on the second floor.  Mr. Boas would like to lock the power panel with a cage to stop people from using things they should not be using; it would be for protection of the Players expensive equipment.  Mr. Dalessio can understand their concern but he is concerned with locking that power panel is that if the circuit breaker goes while an event is going on someone will have to come in to re-set it.  Under no circumstances should the Town Hall be rented with the use of those lights unless the Walpole Players specifically approve the use, in writing.  If someone wants to use the lights the Players should have somebody present and the renter will have to pay for that person to be there.  The rental rates would need to be adjusted accordingly.  Mrs. Clough explained that extra space was made available to the Players so they could store their equipment off stage so it could be used for bands.  There is not enough room in front of the curtains.  There was discussion relative to renters having to clean-up and put things away properly.  There are a lot of things involved with rentals including keeping things in good condition or else they should be disposed of, etc.

Another issue is the two pianos upstairs.  The one in the hallway / closet should be scrapped.  They want to keep the one by the stage.  Mrs. Clough will get a price on disposing of the one piano.

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:

Mr. Aldrich moved to recess this Selectboard meeting.  The Selectboard will enter into a meeting as the Hooper Trustees.  Mrs. Pschirrer seconded the motion.  With all in favor, the motion was approved at 6:58 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:15 PM.

NEW BUSINESS:

PUBLIC HEARING: Mrs. Pschirrer reminded everyone that there will be a Public Hearing for the Avanru Development Group scheduled for Monday, July 13th at 7:00 PM in the Town Hall.

ADJOURNMENT:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Mr. Aldrich seconded the motion.  With all in favor, the motion was approved at 7:18 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

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