Another Shopping Stop – 11/22/14

Andrea from Village Blooms (not Country Flowers as I previously called it) called to ask me to mention that she is having an Open House from 12:00 to 5:00 on Saturday.  Snacks, special gifts and a drawing will be part of the shopping stop. – Lil

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 11/13/14

TOWN OF WALPOLE
MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD
NOVEMBER 13, 2014

Selectboard Present: Chas Street (Chair); Whitney Aldrich, Steven Dalessio

CALL TO ORDER: Mr. Street called this meeting of the Selectboard to order at 6:00 PM in the Walpole Town Hall. He advised that this meeting is being tape recorded and asked anyone wishing to speak to identify themselves for the record. There were six people in attendance.
These are unapproved Minutes.

PUBLIC BUSINESS:
GRANITE STATE RURAL WATER ASSOCIATION: Mrs. Jennifer Palmiotto, Executive Director, and Andrew Madison were present. Mrs. Palmiotto advised that they have what they call a “circuit rider” they spend a lot of time in the Town of Walpole and working with Mr. Mark Houghton and his staff. They assist with looking at the water and wastewater distribution system, regulations, mapping, source water help, etc. They also do work in North Walpole. There is a lot of history. Walpole has been a member of their association since 2005. Granite State Rural Water Association was previously the Northeast Rural Water Association. Lobbying is done at the State and Federal level on behalf of water and wastewater systems. The systems in Walpole are getting older and sources of funding are drying up therefore they are lobbying and hopeful to establish a Water Trust Fund. They have a Democratic sponsor who happens to be Senator Martha Fuller Clark and they are working with Senator Sanbornton.
They are here tonight to officially congratulate the Town of Walpole Water and Wastewater Department for winning their first drinking water taste test. They presented a plaque to Mr. Mark Houghton. This is the first time they did the contest; there were thirteen entries. The judges were from the EPA, Sarah Pillsbury, who is the administrator for drinking water and ground water at the NH DES, and the USDA Rural Development. Walpole won and it is pretty special. Walpole now qualifies to enter into the Great American Taste Test which takes place in Washington, DC. Mrs. Palmiotto will go to Washington, DC and hopes someone representing Walpole with a water sample will go. Mr. Houghton pointed out that they have lobbied for Granite State Rural Water Association over the years for funding as he cannot stress how important this funding and resource is. The services they get from Granite State Rural Water Association far surpass the annual dues of $250.00. Mr. Houghton said this is truly an honor. The Town of Walpole has old infrastructure, some of it was put in in 1902; we have been fortunate in the past but there are problems.
Mrs. Palmiotto presented Mr. Houghton with the “2014 Best Tasting Drinking Water in the State of New Hampshire to the Town of Walpole” plaque.

RECYCLING CENTER – Paul Colburn: Mr. Colburn distributed and explained the “Daily Weight Report and Five Year to Date Comparison” report. This is for the recycling in the month of October in comparison for the past five years for the same month. It should be noted that this year out of the five years is the only year they did not weigh the glass because of their new system. From history it was about 120,000/pounds a year. This is the lowest month of the five years.
Mr. Colburn also distributed and explained the “2014 Summary Monthly Comparison – 10th Month Ending October 31, 2014” which is the revenue side. The totals are down in part because the vendor is paying different on the returnables. Instead of paying as they take the returnables (about every two weeks) they are now paying by check every quarter. With returnables it will be about even. Some months are better than others. Markets are down but plastics are up.
Mr. Colburn is thankful for the volunteers. Recently he had a young person at the facility for a half day to learn the process and to do some hands-on work. He now knows there is more to the job than just taking away the yellow bags. It was a project for him. He also has a volunteer that comes once a week from school with an aide who does various jobs. Mr. Dalessio felt this type of volunteer work would make a good article to put in the Walpole Clarion.
The re-use clothes took in $3,273.00 which is up about $500.00 from the last report. The clothes are now being tagged with a minimum amount plus the quality of the clothes has been better.
He turned in his proposed budget. They are looking Warrant Articles; one will be for the burn pit. Mr. Taylor looked at it and they talked about doing some work; Mr. Colburn is waiting for a price. The burn pit has been there for a long time; it is now time to move ahead and make the repairs.
Mr. Colburn reported that their mixed paper has been in gaylords but they have had problems with that so they are looking at other alternatives and possibly baling paper. They would have more vendors if they could bale it however they have about a year’s supply of gaylords. The budget will have more lines in it next year because of the glass. Tire disposal goes through the NRA.
The Recycling Center has about 60 volunteers. The Selectboard approved having Mr. Colburn use the stipend to do something for the volunteers in recognition of their service. There was discussion relative to inviting the regular volunteers to the Employee Appreciation Dinner on Saturday, December 20th. Mr. Colburn will refer making the list to the WRAP Committee.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:
Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Accounts Payable check register and manifest in the amount of $31,392.31 for checks dated November 14, 2014. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

PAYROLL:
Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Payroll voucher for the week ending November 8, 2014, in the amount of $19,295.94 for checks dated November 14, 2014. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the electronic transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes for Withholding, MEDI, and FICA taxes in the amount of $4,244.38 for the week ending November 8, 2014. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:
SELECTBOARD MEETING – November 6, 2014: Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of November 6, 2014, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – November 6, 2014: Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of November 6, 2014, as submitted. The 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 meetings:
 Planning Board – November 11, 2014;
Selectboard Meeting –November 13, 2014- Page 3
 Recreation Committee – November 10, 2014; and
 North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – November 11, 2014.

NOTICE OF INTENT TO CUT WOOD OR TIMBER:
CASERTA, Wentworth Road, Map & Lot #005-001-000: Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Notice of Intent to Cut Wood or Timber, No. 14-461-13-T, for Charles Caserta, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

TIMBER TAX LEVY WARRANT & CERTIFICATION OF YIELD TAXES ASSESSED:
LANE CONSTRUCTION, Whitcomb Road, Map & Lot #014-013-000 and Map & Lot #015-011-000: Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Timber Tax Levy Warrant for Lane Construction, for Map & Lot #014-013-000 and Map & Lot #015-011-000 for a total of $4,241.71. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

LANE CONSTRUCTION, Whitcomb Road, Map & Lot #014-013-000: Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Certification of Yield Taxes Assessed in the amount of $2,613.96 for Lane Construction. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

LANE CONSTRUCTION, Whitcomb Road, Map & Lot #015-011-000: Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Certification of Yield Taxes Assessed in the amount of $1,627.75 for Lane Construction. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

SUPPLEMENTAL TIMBER TAX LEVY WARRANT:
FAULKNER, Priest Road, Map & Lot #003-003-000, Cut #13-461-05-T: Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Supplemental Timber Tax Levy Warrant for Windgate Woodland Associates, William Faulkner, in the amount of $1,434.91. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

TROW, County Road, Map & Lot #005-031-003, Cut #13-461-11-T: Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Supplemental Timber Tax Levy Warrant for Rick Trow and Judy Trow, in the amount of $150.27. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

RICCI, March Hill, Map & Lot #009-012-002-001, Cut #13-461-04-T: Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Supplemental Timber Tax Levy Warrant for Chris Ricci in the amount of $38.05. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

NEW BUSINESS:
TAX RATE: Mrs. Clough distributed copies of the unofficial Tax Rate that the Selectboard reviewed. She contacted Jamie Dow at the Department of Revenue Administration for confirmation. There was discussion relative to the Fund Balance and how much should be retained. The State recommends retaining between $700,000 and $800,000. Mr. Dalessio pointed out that a portion of the Town’s taxes is used to offset the School District. Mr. Aldrich noted that the school population is going down therefore the State gives the Town less money.
Mr. Aldrich moved to retain the Fund Balance at $750,000. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Mr. Aldrich moved to authorize the Selectboard Chair to sign the Overlay and Budgetary Fund Balance Retention form. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Mr. Dalessio moved that the Selectboard will come into the office on an individual basis to sign the Tax Warrant when completed. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

BUDGET MEETINGS: There was a consensus of the Selectboard to set dates for budget meetings when Mr. Kriessele thinks the department budgets are finalized. Mr. Kriessele will be asked to email the Selectboard with dates and times (early morning is preferred). Mrs. Clough was asked to contact Jamie Dow at the DRA relative to the Warrant Article for the Wellhead Protection Ordinance; can it be done in one Article or will two be required.

OSJL REQUEST: Ocean State Job Lots is requesting that the Selectboard allow their store in the Ames Plaza be open from 7:00 AM on Thursday, November 27th through 11:00 PM on Friday, November 28th for their Black Friday sales.
Mr. Aldrich moved to allow the Ocean State Job Lots to extend their operating hours on November 27th and 28th, 2014, as requested. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:
AVITAR MAPPING: Mr. Dalessio recommended that a meeting be scheduled with Chad at Avitar Associates as soon as possible, in the evening, to work on the mapping.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:
Mr. Aldrich moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (e) Pending Claims or Litigation. Mr. Dalessio seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with all in favor, the motion was approved at 7:28 PM.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:36 PM. No announcements were made.

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:
Mr. Aldrich 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.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:12 PM.

ADJOURNMENT:
Mr. Dalessio moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved at 8:14 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Selectboard Meeting – 10/16/14

TOWN OF WALPOLE
MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD
OCTOBER 16, 2014

Selectboard Present: Chas Street (Chair); Whitney Aldrich, Steven Dalessio

CALL TO ORDER: Mr. Street called this meeting to order at 8:00 AM in the Walpole Town Hall with five people in attendance.
These are unapproved Minutes.

PUBLIC BUSINESS:
ACCOUNTS PAYABLE: Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Accounts Payable check register and manifest for checks dated October 17, 2014, in the amount of $524,889.65. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
The above amount includes a monthly payment in the amount of $460,493.39 to the Fall Mountain Regional School District.

PAYROLL:
Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the payroll voucher for the week ending October 11, 2014, for checks dated October 17, 2014, in the amount of $21,568.11. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Mr. Dalesssio moved to approve the electronic transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes for Withholding, MEDI and FICA taxes in the amount of $4,881.62, for checks dated October 17, 2014. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:
SELECTBOARD MEETING – October 9, 2014: Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of October 9, 2014, with one correction on page 1 under Recycling Center: “it takes 1,000 years rather than hours to break that bag down”. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – October 9, 2014: Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of October 9, 2014, as submitted. The 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:
 Trustees of Trust Funds – September 22, 2014; and
 Conservation Commission – October 6, 2014.
With regards to the Conservation Commission, Mr. Dalessio was asked by a member to have a copy of the Conservancy Easement on the Hooper Property. Mr. Street and Mr. Aldrich felt it would be best to wait until the Hooper Trustees receive the next draft copy as changes were made to the previous draft.

BUILDING PERMIT:
NEW HAMPSHIRE PUBLIC TV/VERIZON WIRELESS, Scovill Road, Map & Lot #003-082-000:
Mr. Dalessio advised that there is a Communications Ordinance therefore he recommended that this go before the Planning Board for a review because there is a change to the cell tower. It is commercial and the estimated cost is $80,000. Following a discussion it was agreed to approve this Building Permit as it was to only add equipment on the existing tower.

Mr. Dalessio moved to approve Building Permit #2014-35 for the New Hampshire Public TV / Verizon Wireless to add equipment to the telecommunication towers. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:
Mr. Dalessio moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel, (c) Reputations and (e) Pending Claims or Litigation. Mr. Aldrich seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with all in favor, the motion was approved at 8:18 AM.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:51 AM. No announcements were made.

NEW BUSINESS:
CHESHIRE COUNTY TAX BILL: The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the letter from the Cheshire County Treasurer. He advised that the Town of Walpole’s portion of the Cheshire County budget is $1,379,306.00. Mrs. Clough noted that last year’s portion was $1,409,987.00.

OLD BUSINESS:
LETTER TO THE NH DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION:
Mr. Dalessio moved to send the letter from the Selectboard to the NH Department of Transportation regarding concerns with the deteriorating condition of some of the State controlled roads in Walpole. The deterioration of County Road has been a problem for several years and two additional roads have become the focus of our citizens, namely, South Street and Prospect Hill Road. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:
Mr. Dalessio 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 8:58 AM.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 9:29 AM.

ADJOURNMENT:
Mr. Aldrich moved to adjourn this meeting. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 9:30 AM.

Respectfully submitted,
Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Rides Requested – More info

This post initiated more interest/response than most.  Since the Reply doesn’t go directly to your email, I wanted to bring your attention to it.  (Click the icon at the top,of the post.). 

Donna Droiun, in her reply, mentioned Connecticut River Transit. I have seen the bus but never knew much about it.  I would encourage you to visit the website crtansit.org for more information.  The map seems to indicate that they come across the river only to make a stop by Shaw’s but other services are listed on the website.  I wonder what mountains would have to be moved to get VT and NH to cooperate on expanding this much needed service?

Marti Harrington‘s reply indicates that she is willing to lend a hand on an occasional basis and I certainly would be as well.  I’ll bet there are more of us out there but we need a way to coordinate our needs with that willingness.

Rides Requested

The following question was approved this morning for posting under comment.  I wanted to bring it to your attention because it is the question of this type that I have received in as many weeks.  Would seem to be a need out there.  What do you think? – Lil

 

WordPress.com

Apartment Available

Know anyone looking for an apartment?  I was asked if I would post this and decided even though it was the usual type of post, it could be helpful if someone was looking. – Lil

 

Walpole, NH: newly constructed 1 bedroom apt, Wi-Fi, hard wood floors, granite counter tops, fully furnished, W/D, DW, heat, HW, electricity, trash disposal, snow removal, parking included in rent. References required: deposit, 1st and last months rent, long or short term lease. Call 603-756-3589 to arrange to see it.

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 11/6/14

TOWN OF WALPOLE
MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD
NOVEMBER 6, 2014

Selectboard Present: Chas Street (Chair), Whitney Aldrich, Steven Dalessio

CALL TO ORDER: Mr. Street called this meeting to order at 6:04 PM in the Walpole Town Hall with two people in attendance. He advised that this meeting is being tape recorded and asked anyone wishing to speak to identify themselves for the record.
These are unapproved Minutes.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:
Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Accounts Payable check register and manifest for checks dated November 7, 2014, in the amount of $37,908.80. This includes a payment in the amount of $25,563.98 to the Health Trust. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

PAYROLL:
Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the payroll voucher for the week ending November 1, 2014, for checks dated November 7, 2014, in the amount of $19,874.98. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the electronic transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes for Withholding, MEDI and FICA taxes in the amount of $4,354.59 for checks dated November 7, 2014. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:
SELECTBOARD MEETING – October 30, 2014: Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of October 30, 2014, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With Mr. Dalessio and Mr. Aldrich in favor, the Minutes were approved. Mr. Street abstained as he was not present.
NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION #1 – October 30, 2014: Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session #1, of October 30, 2014, as submitted. The Minutes will remain sealed. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With Mr. Dalessio and Mr. Aldrich in favor, the Minutes were approved. Mr. Street abstained as he was not present.
NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION #2 – October 30, 2014: Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session #2, of October 30, 2014, as submitted. The Minutes will remain sealed. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With Mr. Dalessio and Mr. Aldrich in favor, the Minutes were approved. Mr. Street abstained as he was not present.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meetings:
 North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – October 28, 2014; and
 North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – November 4, 2014.

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:
Mr. Dalessio 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 6:10 PM.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:56 PM.

PUBLIC BUSINESS:

MR. RED SMITH: Mr. Smith was present on behalf of the Walpole Foundation. Since they bought the house on 19 Elm Street the attorneys have walked that street a number of times. They are requesting that the Town look into the possibility of repairing the sidewalk between Westminster and Main Street. Mr. Street advised that Mr. Terrell is finishing the sidewalks in North Walpole this year and will do some sidewalk work in Walpole next year. Mr. Terrell will identify the worst areas that should be done first.
Mr. Smith mentioned that Mrs. Raynie Laware had talked to the Selectboard about the plastic bags for dogs. It was discussed at one of the Walpole Foundation’s regular meetings. Mrs. Laware walks around the Common on a regular basis. Mr. Dalessio asked who gets to maintain that. Even with the bags some people will not use them.

NON-PUBLIC SESSION:
Mr. Dalessio moved to enter into a Non-Public Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel. Mr. Aldrich seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with all in favor, the motion was approved at 8:02 PM.
The regular Selectboard resumed at 8:39 PM.

HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT: Mr. Dalessio moved to hire Richard D. Searles as an employee for the Highway Department. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

BUILDING / DEMOLITION PERMIT:
DEMOLITION:
RASCAL BABY, LLC, 141 Rascal Mountain Lane, Map and Lot # 011-033-000: Mr. Dalessio moved to grant Building Permit No. 2014-41 for Rascal Baby, LLC to “Demolish a 36’ x 30’ 2 Story Home”, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

NEW BUSINESS:
THANKSGIVING DAY HOLIDAY: Mr. Aldrich moved to cancel the Selectboard meeting on November 27, 2014, Thanksgiving Day, and to authorize the Administrative Assistant to do the Payroll and Accounts Payable. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

STATE PROCLAMATION: Mr. Aldrich will do the State Proclamation on November 26, 2014, at a Walpole Church Ecumenical service.

OLD BUSINESS:
TOWN HALL RENOVATIONS: Mrs. Clough distributed an up-dated report on the budget figures for the Town Hall repairs. Mr. Rohr Cook will do the stairs. Another contractor will be sanding down the windows and doing the wainscoting. The doors toward the church will be sanded down to look better. After that work is completed there will be $28,980 left to renovate the kitchen.
Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the contract with Rohr Cook to do the north and south stairwells for a cost of $13,639.00. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Mr. Dalessio asked Mrs. Clough to ask Mr. Mark Houghton for a figure on replacing the lights with LED lights in the Town Hall. There should be quite a savings.

ADJOURNMENT:
Mr. Dalessio moved to adjurn this Selectboard meeting. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved at 9:11 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

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