Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 5/14/15

TOWN OF WALPOLE

MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD

MAY 14, 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 five people in attendance.

These are unapproved Minutes.

PUBLIC BUSINESS:

KAREN HARPERMs. Karen Harper was unable to attend this meeting therefore Ms. Judy St. Laurent was present with Mrs. Teresa Ross.  They explained that there are dead limbs coming down on Mrs. Ross’s garage roof at 39 Maplewood Circle.  She needs a new roof on the garage but is waiting to see if the Conservation Commission will cut the limbs first.  These trees are on Walpole Conservation Commission land and in the past they did cut some limbs.  Mr. Tom Beaudry of the Conservation Commission came to look at the trees but they are not sure what decision was made.  Mr. Dalessio mentioned the Conservation Commission talked about this at their last meeting.  He will contact Mr. Beaudry to find out what they will do and then let Mrs. Ross know what their decision is.

NON-PUBLIC SESSION:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to enter into a Non-Public Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (b) Hiring 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 6:06 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 6:35 PM.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Accounts Payable check register and manifest in the amount of $332,344.76 for checks dated March 15, 2015.  This includes a payment of $272,971.78 to the Town of Walpole Tax Collector for the 2014 Tax Liens.  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 May 09, 2015, in the amount of $20,401.62 for checks dated May 15, 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 $4,569.00 for the week ending May 09, 2015.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – May 7, 2015:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of May 7, 2015, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – May 7, 2015:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard session of May 7, 2015, 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:

  • Hooper Institute Committee – May 12, 2015;
  • North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – April 28, 2015;
  • North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – May 5, 2015;
  • Recreation Committee – May 3, 2015.

ABATEMENT AND ABATEMENT REFUND:

WALLACE AND CURVEN, 48 Westminster Street, Map & Lot #020014-000:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to grant the Property Tax Abatement Refund in the amount of $367.01 for Kristyn Wallace and Christopher Curven.  The changed value of property was reduced from $639,000 to $623,200 creating a reduction of $15,800 abatement resulting in a refund for Tax Year 2014.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

BUILDING and DEMOLITION PERMITS:

BUILDING:

PRATT, 17 Sargent Hill Road, Map & Lot #010-029-000:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve Building Permit No. 2015-19 for John M. Pratt to “Construct a 10’ x 10’ 1 story bathroom addition”, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

BYINGTON, 178 Wentworth Road, Map & Lot #008-009-011:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve Building Permit No. 2015-20 for Robert L. and Trijntje Byington to “Construct a 50’ x 7’ lean-to off the existing garage”, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

FILLION, 64 Bookseller Road, Map & Lot #004-035-002:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve Building Permit No. 2015-21 for Marc and Susan Fillion to “Construct a 10’ x 14’ 1 story shed”, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

VETERAN’S CREDIT:

BAILEY, 84 Whitcomb Road, Map & Lot #025-008-000:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to grant the Veteran’s Credit for Steven Bailey, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

NEW BUSINESS:

SELECTBOARD MEETING DATE CHANGE: Mr. Dalessio moved to start the June 25, 2015, Selectboard meeting at 5:00 PM and to recess if necessary.  This will allow the Selectboard the opportunity to attend the Public Hearing scheduled by the Department of Environmental Services on the Ruggiero Facility.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

SAVINGS BANK OF WALPOLE APPRECIATION:  The Savings Bank of Walpole will be 140 years old this year.  They would like to have a Town-wide BBQ on June 26th and have invited the Governor, State Representatives and other government officials.  The Selectboard had previously approved their use of the Common.  Mrs. Pschirrer recommended that the Selectboard give them a letter of appreciation for all they do for the Town plus present them with a plaque.  These would be presented at the appropriate time.

REQUEST FROM THE FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH and the WALPOLE VILLAGE SCHOOL:  The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of a letter from Ms. Jennifer McCalley and Ms. Andrea Sivret, Co-Chairs of the Summer Party Planning Committee, advising that the First Congregational Church of Walpole and the Walpole Village School are working together to bring a fun new event to our town this summer!  Mrs. Clough explained that the Common is booked for a wedding on June 20th and the Town does not allow the use of bouncy houses on their property due to liability issues.  Ms. McCalley then approached Mr. Justin Cassarino at the Recreation area requesting use of the chicken BBQ pits near the parking lot as well as the recreation grounds for activities and a bouncy house.  Mrs. Clough sent her an email advising that the land next to the parking lot belongs to the Hubbards.  If they wanted to use the recreation area space they would need to write a letter to the Selectboard requesting use of the area.  Mrs. Clough researched the issue and the insurance company does not cover events at the pool / recreation grounds that are being held / sponsored by an outside group.  Following a discussion Mr. Dalessio did not have an issue with the event provided they present a Certificate of Insurance a week ahead of time and coordinate it with the Recreation Director.  There would be a $50.00 deposit.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to indicate that permission will be granted for the Walpole Congregational Church and the Walpole Village School to use the recreation area space on June 20th, 2015, provided they comply with the following: 1) Submit evidence of a Certificate of Insurance, 2) pay a $50.00 deposit that will be returned to them if the site has been left clean; and 3) to coordinate the event with the Recreation Director.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

INVITATION TO THE SOUTHWEST REGION PLANNING COMMISSION (SWRPC) ANNUAL MEETING: The Selectboard received an invitation to attend the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Region Planning Commission on Tuesday, June 16th, 2015, at the Keene State College.  Mr. Dennis Delay, Economist at the NH Center for Public Policy Studies and the NH Forecast Manager for the New England Economic Partnership, will be the guest speaker.

WORKSHOP EXPERIENCE PROGRAM: Mrs. Clough met with Becky Holland the Southwest Community Service representative who works toward putting people back to work in places to enhance their work skills.  It is a 16 week minimum program where the person would come in and work for 20 hours a week.  The program pays the person for their work, makes sure they have child care and transportation.  It is to get people back into the job market.  Mrs. Clough feels it will be a great opportunity for extra help in the office; it would give this person municipal experience.  She gave them a list of tasks that person could do to assist.  Mr. Dalessio recommended that it be subject to a background check and drug test.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to grant permission to go forward with this Workshop Experience Program.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

EMAIL FROM SWRPC, Re:  CT River Bikeway Signs:  The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of an email from J.B. Mack, Principal Planner at the Southwest Region Planning Commission, regarding an effort to promote the tri-state area as a destination for recreational bicyclists.  The NH Department of Transportation has a policy that leaves sign maintenance and liability with the sponsors therefore recommended that the SWRPC contact municipalities along the route to see if the towns are willing to sponsor the signs and maintain them through highway departments.  There was a consensus of the Selectboard to put a decision “on-hold” until their next meeting to allow time to do more research.

PUBLIC BUSINESS (Continued):

JACK FRANKS: Mr. Franks advised that they were going to construct the units from north to south but every construction firm seemed to think they would be better building south to north.  He spoke to Mr. Jeff Miller, Chair of the Planning Board, who referred him back to the Selectboard.  A copy of the plans was left at the Fire Department; there was concern with the turn-around.  Mr. Dalessio pointed out that he needs to submit the plan to the Planning Board to amend the change in the Site Plan and then come back to the Selectboard to have them amend the Building Permit.  There needs to be a paper-trail.

OLD BUSINESS:

KITCHEN RENOVATIONS:  Mrs. Clough reported that the Kitchen Renovation Committee met on Tuesday and they discussed different options on stoves.  There was a consensus to put a 60-inch stove in that space.  Mr. Mark Houghton is doing research on the suppression system.  Mrs. Clough advised that a dishwasher will be donated to the Town.

PROPERTY AND LIABILITY INSURANCE UPDATE:  Mr. Dalessio spoke with Primex who is picking up most of the towns now covered under PLT.  He will be able to schedule a meeting with them next week as this week they are in a conference.  In the meantime the committee will continue to discuss renewal insurance with different companies however the cost is usually less in the pool.

WATER AND SEWER BILLS:  Mrs. Clough advised that North Walpole bills are going out on Monday and Walpole will probably be going out at the beginning of the next week.  Mr. Dalessio hopes that they will be able to do the fall reading and then go forward with quarterly meter readings and bills.

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 7:29 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:57 PM.

ADJOURNMENT:     

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to adjourn this meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved at 7:58 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Road Work Alert – 5/20-6/19/15

Janet Clough thought you might be interested in this notification about the road work from the Vilas Bridge.  thanks for the heads up, Janet – Lil

Pike Industries, Inc.

3 Eastgate Park Road

 Belmont, NH 03220

603-527-5100

Established in 1872

May 14, 2015

Town Administrator
Town of Walpole, NH
34 Elm Street
Walpole, NH 03608
RE: Pike Industries Resurfacing

To Whom It May Concern:
As part of NHDOT’s District Resurfacing Program, Pike Industries will tentatively be paving and performing road work on the following sections on the dates listed below. During this time, there will be times where alternating one-way traffic is necessary to perform the required work.

Roadway Section and Tentative Construction Dates:
Vilas Bridge to Main Street: 5/20/2015 – 6/19/2015

Please let me know if you have any additional questions or concerns related to this matter. I can be reached at (603) 312-6848 or ggorman@pikeindustries.com

Sincerely,
Gregory Gorman, Project Manager
Pike Industries, Inc.

Distant Hill Gardens Workshop – 7/1/15

Newly Added Native Pollinator Workshop

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Native Pollinator ID Workshop … a very special mid-week event!

Bumblebee With a Full Pollen Basket

WHEN: Wednesday July 1, from 11 am to 2:30 pm
WHERE: Distant Hill Gardens 507 March Hill Road, Walpole, NH

Distant Hill Gardens has partnered with the Cheshire County Conservation District to bring you a very special Native Pollinator Identification Workshop. Join Jarrod Fowler, Instructor of Entomological Horticulture and Departmental Assistant at Stockbridge School of Agriculture, University of MA, Amherst, to learn about pollinator ecology and how to identify and attract the many species of bees, butterflies, and other pollinators to your garden. This is an introductory level workshop, with no experience necessary.

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NOTE: Space is limited to 25 people so please register early

To Register: Call 603.756.2988 ext.116

or email amanda@cheshireconservation.org

What to Bring:
‐ bagged lunch and water
‐ binoculars/hand lens
‐ hat and sunscreen
‐ notebook and pen

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Visit www.distanthillgardens.org for more information and Directions

There is a $10.00 suggested donation for this workshop.

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This workshop is supported by funds from the NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the sale of the Conservation License Plate (Moose Plate) through the NH State Conservation Committee Conservation Grant Program.

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More News from the Walpole Library

Find out what’s happening at the Walpole Library

The Walpole Library now has an email newsletter that provides patrons with updates about weather closings, speakers, meetings and other events. If you’d like to subscribe, contact Julie Rios at jrios@walpoletownlibrary.org

Walpole Library Announces Summer Reading Program

The Walpole Library will be offering programs for kids of all ages during its “Bam, Pow, Read!: Every Story Needs a Hero” Summer Reading program. From crafts to puppets to the ever-popular zoo animal visit, this summer’s events offer something for everyone. All programs are free. Call the library at 756-9806 to sign up or for more information.

Thursday, June 25: Mad Science, 2 pm

Saturday, June 27: Duct Tape, Drop-in anytime between 10 am and noon

Wednesday, July 8: Regal Eagles with the Grafton Museum, 10 am

Thursday, July 9: The Zoo, 2 pm

Saturday, July 11: Crafts with Allegra Pickering, Drop-in anytime between 10 am and noon

Wednesday, July 15: Butterflies with the Grafton Museum, 10 am

Thursday, July 16: Fairy Houses with the Grafton Museum, 2 pm

Saturday, July 18: Crafts with Allegra Pickering, Drop-in anytime between 10 am and noon.

Wednesday, July 22: Pups & Chicks with the Grafton Museum, 10 am

Thursday, July 23: Children’s Museum, 2 pm

Saturday, July 25: Make Your Own Super Hero Cape, Drop-in anytime between 10 am and noon

Wednesday, July 27: Flowers with the Grafton Museum, 10 am

Thursday, July 30: Lindsay and her Puppets, 2 pm

Saturday, August 1: End of Program Party, Drop-in anytime between 10 am and noon

Open House to Honor Mary Farrell – 6/6/15

Here’s your chance to say thank you and good-bye to a special person. – Lil

On June 6th, the Walpole Library will be hosting a two-hour open house in honor of Mary Farrell, the library director for the last four years, who is retiring in June. The event will celebrate Mary’s work at the library, where she has fostered a welcoming space for the community, as well as enhanced access to both physical and digital information.

The Open House is from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Walpole Library. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Bring photos of Mary or library activities if you have them.

During Mary’s time as library director, the library has expanded programs for both children and adults. It has added evening hours for working patrons, championed technologies including digital books, databases and wi-fi service, and kicked off an initiative to reorganize the library’s use of space.

“We know that so many people in town love Mary and all she’s done for the library, and we wanted to give them a chance to say goodbye and wish her well,” said Carole Zachary, Chairman of the Walpole Library’s Board of Trustees. Mary will be moving to Maine with her husband, Ian, in June.

Zoning Brad Meeting Agenda – 5/20/15

Agenda for Zoning Board of Adjustment

Wednesday,  May 20, 2015

Walpole Town Hall – 7:30 p.m.

 

Roll Call: Appointment of alternates if needed

Minutes: Review minutes of April

Correspondence: New Excavation Reports

Request for George Graves 2014 Gravel Inspection by Patricia Rodrigues

New Selectmen Office hours as of May

Old Business:

Public Hearing Signage: Special Exception for Signage at Burdick Restaurant. Signs indicate entrances to the restaurant and chocolate shop and tea room. Special Exception because the signs are not 100 feet from other signs.

Shawn Doyle from Burdick will represent Burdick & Burns.

New Business:

Snow Frye: Signage for her therapeutic massage business in the former reconverted offices of Dr. Dennis Pellegrino. She may need a Special Exception because of the 100-foot rule. .

Public Hearing Request Signage: Variance for a sign for a cafe at the former Dr. Pellegrino building. Sign will be larger than six-square feet. Another sign on the building. Jesse Carr. Commercial District.

Chris Ballou Variance of Article 5, Part C – Land Standards, No. 2 Yard Requirements, of the Walpole Zoning ordinance. The current Yard Requirements are: No building may be erected closer than twenty feet (20) to any side or rear property line.  Mr. Ballou wants to put a 12-by-20-foot shed on his lot. Residential B.

Jim Neal. Signage for Ball Park. 

Review of  new copies of By-Laws

Review of Updated copies of Zoning Ordinances

Next meeting Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Walpole Conservation Commission Meeting Minutes – 5/4/15

Minutes

For the regular meeting of the

Walpole Conservation Commission

Monday, May 4, 2015

 

 

Present:  Tom Beaudry, John Peska, Myra Mansouri (alt.), Gary Speed, Duncan Watson, Alicia Flammia, Lewis Shelley, Peter Palmiotto (alt.), Whit Aldrich (SelectBoard representative), Steve Delessio (SelectBoard member)

Not Present:  Seth Andrews (alt.), Elaine Heleen (Secretary)

Mr. Beaudry, chair, called the meeting to order at 7:33 PM.

Non-Public session: 

No alternates were seated.

Minutes

No minutes of the April 6, 2015 meeting were present to approve, as the usual Secretary, Ms. Elaine Heleen was absent.  These minutes were prepared by Ms. Flammia.

Presentation

Mr. Jonathan Loos, a master’s student in Policy and Environmental Science at Plymouth State University, presented his senior thesis on Community Decision Making as It Relates to Flooding. The regional study took place in the Upper Connecticut River valley and looked at three questions.

  1. Would communities use built or ecosystem based ways to deal with flooding?
  2. What attribute of the alternatives drive preference in decision making?
  3. What testing method would best suit structured multi-stake holder decision making?

Jloos@plymouth.edu

17 High Street

MSC63 CFE

Plymouth, NH 03264

Treasury/Budget Report

Mr. Beaudry has available the January through March 2015 account statements only.  The total amount in the Forestry account as of March 31, 2015 was $13,828.62.  The total amount in the Conservation account as of March 31, 2015 was $53,148.42.

Correspondence

  1. Monadnock Conservancy annual report.
  2. The Monitor from Society for the Protection of NH Forests (SPNHF)

Old Business

  1. Barry Conservation Camp – Mauve Perron is the camper.
  2. Fanny Mason Annex – Mike Reyns and Mr. Shelley will go through the property and determine what should be cut.
  3. Shelley provided an update on the Keene State College trail mapping project. Mill Pond, Fanny Mason and High Blue have all been mapped.  The students’ will complete single trifold maps for each property for now but GIS data layers can be transferred to the Commission to overlay onto the master conservation at a later time.
  4. There is no report from the Class 6 Subcommittee. Peska will update next month.

New Business

  1. Speed spoke about a call that was received from a homeowner regarding a tree with overhanging branches at Maplewood Circle. Mr. Speed inspected the tree for Mr. Jim Terrill.  Branches were several inches in diameter. The precedent is for the affected landowner to deal with the issue.
  2. Robie Speed will perform cleaning at the Fanny Mason rest area. Speed’s work is funded through the Fanny Mason Forestry account.  Mr. Tom Goins is the Trustee of the Trust Funds.
  3. Benjamin Hefner would like an Eagle Scout project and he will attend the June 1 meeting. Shelley will follow up with Adam Terrill regarding the status of his Eagle Scout project.
  4. There is an open seat on the Conservation Commission. Send any ideas for potential candidates to Mr. Beaudry.
  5. The Commission discussed whether to provide the presenter with a small travel grant. A $50 mileage stipend was approved and will be sent to Mr. Jonathan Loos.

Mr. Speed moved that the meeting be adjourned at 8:40pm.  Mr. Shelley seconded, and the motion passed with all in favor.

The next meeting will be Monday, June 1, 2015.

Respectfully submitted,

Alicia Flammia, Conservation Committee Member

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