Holiday Holiday and Bye-For-Now Market Dec 13

Remember, if you snooze, you lose out on the cannoli.  It’s my favorite!  Sorry to see this weekly event end but I do understand.  Preparation, set up, and take down are all a lot of work for vendors.  As customer numbers have dwindled I can imagine it gets pretty discouraging.  A big thank you to the vendors who partiicipated over the years and a big thank you to Jill Robinson who was the first coordinator.  Thanks  also to Holly Gowdy who took over when Jill “retired”. – Lil

Holiday Market
And Bye For Now!

The Walpole Farmers Market (WFM) is holding a special holiday market on Saturday, December 13, from 10 am to 1 pm in the Walpole Town Hall. This market will celebrate both the December holidays and a much needed sabbatical for the WFM.

cute alpaca facesThere will be a great line-up of vendors at the Holiday Market, including the return of our fiber vendors. Sanctuary’s Alpaca Farm offers items woven, knitted, and felted by Jamie Page from the fiber of her own alpaca; Old Kemp Farm offers needle felted animals that make great tree ornaments and felted soaps that make great gifts; and Wake Robin Ornaments has great gifts as well – birch bark & straw ornaments, preserves, and birch bark baskets.

A number of vendors will help you stock up for your holiday meals. Brookfield Farm will be there with certified organic and pacannolistured animal products; Twin Spruce Farm with all the McGill’s sweet maple treats; Orchard Hill bread with special holiday treats as well as their delicious breads; Sawyer’s Cheese with a variety of local cheeses; Penni’s Pantry with jams and relishes; Walpole Mountain View Winery with Walpole’s own local wine; Vermont Cannoli with authentic Italian treats; Schoolhouse Gardens with organic rocamblole garlic.

Iris X Herbals will offer wildcrafted herbal products to keep you healthy through the winter. Pleasant Street Soahandmade soapsp will have handmade goat milk soaps, and 221 Bath and Body will offer bath salts and other body products. Susan Leader will be retuning with her popular handcrafted pottery line of functional tableware and accent pieces.

The WFM will be taking a break after this market. We in Walpole are lucky to have more farms than any other town in New Hasmiley waving byempshire, and quite a few other outlets for the area’s great local products as well. The WFM has helped connect you shoppers directly to your farmers and other vendors. You know how to source your favorite products without having to squeeze your shopping into the WFM’s 2 hour window.

While this is really good news, the WFM will be sad to say bye-for-now to the community event aspect of the weekly market, and we invite everyone, shoppers and vendors, to come to the holiday market and wish each other bye-for-now.

The WFM website will be available during this hiatus, and contact information for vendors is available there.

For more information, see the WFM website (, look up the market on Facebook, email or or call Holly at 603-445-5104.

A Christmas Carol – 12/10-13/2014

A CHRISTMAS CAROL – This Coming Week – December 10, 11,12 and 13, 2014

Please spread the word, and share this post – A CHRISTMAS CAROL is this coming week when Charles Dickens arrives in Walpole.


You can print this poster out for your collection or to post – click on this link

This is a benefit for local area food shelves.  Please attend and donate cash to help those less fortunate at this special time of year.  In the last six years our audiences have contributed over $20,ooo to help others.  Let’s continue giving in that fine spirit

The tradition will continue when the curtain will again rise for the Walpole Players’ Seventh Annual Production of Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL on December 10, 11, 12, and 13, 2014, in the Helen Miller Theater in the Walpole, New Hampshire Town Hall.  Having raised over $20,000 in cash donations to help feed those less fortunate in the past 6 years,  100% of the cash donations at the door again will benefit Our Place Drop-In Center and The Fall Mountain Food Shelf.

But the curtain almost did not rise this year.  Co-directors, Tara Sad and Ray Boas, were shocked when the usual throngs did not appear at the two evenings of auditions in early November. “We were lacking actors for ten speaking roles, and about to scrap this year’s production, which has become an area tradition,” Tara recounted, “when I said to Ray, ‘let’s send out an additional casting call.’ ”  So, Ray drafted a plea which was emailed to the players’ list and posted on-line.  The response was gratifying. Greg Villone, who was busy in a current Springfield, (VT) Community Player’s production, typified the response stating, “I was planning on taking a little break after this one but seeing how ACC is in danger of being cancelled I will gladly play Fred again.”  And so; thankfully, for those less fortunate, the show will go on.

Tickets to the 7 PM production on December 10,, 11, 12 and 13, 2014, are required because of limited space, and hold your seat until 6:45.  “No one has ever been turned away at the door,” Ray happily relates,  “but I have had to put up additional chairs to accommodate additional guests.”  The free tickets are available in Walpole at Real to Reel; Galloway Real Estate; Costume Ladies; Murray’s and Jake’s; and, in Bellows Falls, Vermont, at Village Square Booksellers. For any questions call Ray Boas 603 756-4545 or Tara Sad 603 756-4861.   A CHRISTMAS CAROL has been read and performed since 1843 — and since 2008 in Walpole.  Please mark your calendars to attend and be included in Walpole’s tradition.

Fall Mountain School Board Meeting Minutes – 10/27/14


Fall Mountain Regional High School Library


Monday, October 27, 2014

Public Session


Board Chairperson, Mary Henry called the meeting to order at 6:32 PM in the Fall Mountain Regional High School

Library. In attendance were, Andy Collins, Lil DeCoste, Gabe St. Pierre, John Streeter and Linda Christie. Also in attendance was Lori Landry.


Motion: (Streeter/DeCoste) to approve the minutes from Monday, October 13, 2014 Public Session. Motion passed

Minutes: (St. Pierre/Streeter) to approve the minutes from Monday, October 13, 2014 Non-Public Session. Motion passed


Superintendent Landry introduced Deb Connell who provided the board with a presentation on the HS NextGen Initiative.

Deb Connell explained that Virginia Barry, Commissioner of Education, recognized the leadership team on Oct. 14th in Concord. Commissioner Barry complimented the team for all of their hard work and presented them with an Education Award. Superintendent Landry explained that the HS was recently awarded a $6,000 planning grant for their completion of Phase I of the initiative. She also reported that Mark Kostin would be returning on October 31st to meet and work further with the HS staff. Superintendent Landry shared the award from the NH DOE.

Ms. Landry also reported that Friday is a district Professional Development Day. The PreK Program will be at the ELC working on rubrics, elementary staff will be working on the ELA curriculum, middle school level will be working with Paula Southard-Stevens on the Math In Focus curriculum and the HS would be working with Mark Kostin.

Superintendent Landry shared that the district will be offering a series of 4 technology workshops that will be open to the community beginning in January, focusing on Excel, PowerPoint, Google and Social Networking. These workshops will be offered to community members free of charge. In addition, the Walpole Site Based Committee will be hosting a parent workshop on November 19th with Dr. David Pook with information regarding Common Core.

Ms. Landry also mentioned that she met with teachers last week who were interested in pursuing National Board Certification.

Superintendent Landry explained that there is a teacher interested in taking a sabbatical and asked who was willing to sit on the committee. Lil DeCoste stated that she would be happy to.


Jennie Crawford, Teacher Representative commented that she has been part of the NextGen process and that it has been a great experience, further commenting that it is great to have support of school board.

Emily Phillips, Student Representative provided the board with an update of the happenings around the school. She explained that the juice vending machines in cafeteria have been very popular so they have decided to order a food machine hopeful that it will be as successful. In addition, the water fountain in the lobby has been such a great addition that they will be installing one in the academic hallway. Ms. Phillips reported that spirit week was a huge success with an increase in participation. She also reported that November is Men’s Cancer Awareness Month and they will be accepting donations throughout the month to support the cause. She also mentioned that the assembly on October 17th helped raise awareness of the bullying and harassment that was taking place on the social networking site, YikYak. Core values were reviewed with students and a message to students to “pause before you post”. In addition, the location settings were shut down for the site so that students would no longer be able to post on school grounds. SAT scores and NECAP scores were reviewed as well, noting an increase in scores throughout the school. Ms. Phillips also reported that fall sports are wrapping up and provided the board with the seasons stats. Playoffs begin soon.

Lil DeCoste complimented the staff and students on the steps taken to combat the cyberbullying issues.

Gabe St. Pierre reported that the RVTC budget and finance committees met last week to review the numbers.

Linda Christie reported that the FMRSD Finance met last week as well.

Gabe St. Pierre mentioned negotiations met with support staff union reps last week.


Motion: (Streeter/St. Pierre) to approve conditional contracts for the following:

Nancy Bushway-Inclusionary Paraprofessional (CMS)

Carolyn Geheran-SLPA (District)

Sharon Martin-Food Service Technician (NWS)

Motion passed unanimously.

Motion: (Streeter/DeCoste) to approve a co-curricular contract for Cynthia Pomosko-Spirit Coach (CMS). Motion passed unanimously.

Motion: (St. Pierre/DeCoste) to approve a co-curricular contract for Scott Bardis-Girls Basketball Coach (Vilas).

Motion: (Streeter/Chrisite) to move the approval of a co-curricular contract for Scott Bardis-Girls Basketball Coach (Vilas) until after non-public session. Motion passed unanimously.

Motion: (Christie/DeCoste) to approve a co-curricular contract for Jon Beaman, JV Football Coach (FMRHS). Motion passed unanimously.

Motion: (Streeter/St. Pierre) to accept the following resignations:

Selina Thomas, Paraprofessional, FMRHS effective October 24, 2014

Sheryl Pierce, Paraprofessional, CPS effective November 14, 2014

Motion passed unanimously.

Motion: (St. Pierre/Streeter) to accept, with gratitude, the retirement of Kathryn Hesch, Kindergarten Teacher, Charlestown Primary School effective June 30, 2015. Motion passed unanimously.

Motion: (Streeter/Christie) to accept amended policy JICK-Pupil Safety and Violence Prevention-Bullying for second reading and adoption.

A discussion ensued regarding some additional language to the policy reflecting the FMRSD Core Values.

Motion: (St. Pierre/Christie) to table amended policy JICK-Pupil Safety and Violence Prevention-Bullying until committee has had an opportunity to look at it further. Motion passed unanimously.

Motion: (Streeter/DeCoste) to accept amended policy IFA-Instructional Needs of Each Individual Student for second reading and adoption. Motion passed unanimously.

Motion: (Streeter/St. Pierre) to accept amended policy IK-Earning of Credit for second reading and adoption. Motion passed unanimously.

Motion: (Streeter/Christie) to accept amended policy EB-Joint Loss Management Committee for second reading and adoption. Motion passed unanimously.

Motion: (Streeter/DeCoste) to approve an unbudgeted request for an Individual Aide at Walpole Primary School.

Motion passed 4:1 (Collins)

Motion: (Streeter/Christie) to approve an unbudgeted Shared Paraprofessional at Charlestown Primary School. Motion passed 3:1:1 (Collins/St. Pierre)

Motion: (Christie/DeCoste) to approve the addition of a Pre-K Program to Walpole Primary School beginning the 2014-2015 school year. Motion passed unanimously.


Motion: (St. Pierre/Streeter) to approve the Treasurer’s Report as presented for period ending:

Payroll: $1,335,819.69

Accounts Payable: $1,484,847.79

Motion passed unanimously.

Motion: (Streeter/St. Pierre) to enter into non-public session. Motion passed unanimously.

After an affirmative roll call vote, the board entered non-public session at 7:16 PM under RSA 91-A:3 (a) (c) to discuss two personnel issues and two student issues.

The board exited non-public session at 8:03 PM and resumed public session.

Motion: (St. Pierre/DeCoste) to approve a co-curricular contract for Scott Bardis-Girls Basketball Coach (Vilas). Passed

3:2 (Streeter/Christie)

Superintendent Landry commented that the Wizard’s game fundraiser had a great turn out, the high school gym was full and people seemed to really have a great time.

Lil DeCoste mentioned that the Walpole 5K fundraiser-Chickens On the Run raised over $12,000. She commented that it was a great day with a wonderful turn out.

Motion: (Streeter/DeCoste) to adjourn. Motion passed unanimously.

Hearing nothing further, the board adjourned at 8:06 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Misty Bushee

School Board Clerk

Zoning Board Meeting Minutes – 11/19/14

Walpole Zoning Board of Adjustment

Minutes: November 19, 2014


Present: Board Members: Chair Myra Mansouri, Clerk Ernie Vose, Jan Galloway Le Clerc.

Alternates: Stephanie Stoughton, Bob Anderson, Judy Trow.

Absent: Peggy Pschirrer, Mary Therese Lester.,

Recording: Marilou Blaine.

These minutes are unapproved and will be reviewed at the December 15, 2014, meeting for corrections, additions and/or omissions.

Roll Call: Ms. Mansouri called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m. All three Alternates were needed to form a five-member board.

Minutes: Mr. Vose made a motion to approve the minutes as written. Ms. Trow seconded it and the board approved the motion.

New business: B&B: Ms. Laura M. Larsen, who is looking at the property at 10 Bookseller Road in Walpole with a B&B in mind, did not attend the meeting.

Her situation, however, was discussed and Ms. Mansouri referred to Article IV L of the Walpole Zoning Ordinance. It says, “The conversion of a single-family residence or other building to a ‘bed and breakfast’ shall require Site Plan approval by the Planning Board.” Ms. Mansouri said the house under consideration has four bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Also, NH Administrative Rules require a food service license for the operation of any food service establishment or retail food store. It defines a B&B “as a transient lodging facility, that is the personal residence of its owner, is occupied by the owner at the time of rental to a patron and in which the only meal served is breakfast to in-house guests.

However, if Ms. Larsen wants to expand her business to cater large events, she needs to follow these NH Administrative Rules. ” Facilities offering other meals or serving meals to non-guests are required to be licensed as a food establishment and therefore must comply with all the requirements of NH Statues and Administrative Rules for a commercial kitchen.

The secretary will notify Ms. Larsen by email of the board’s discussion.

House rental: Jack Jordan wants to rent a home at 5 Hooper Road. The property is owned by the Jeffrey Family Trust and Clarence Jeffrey of Webster, NH is the trustee. Mr. Jordan also wants to store a trailer on the property.

Mr. Vose said that there are no regulations about having a camper on a property. Ms. Mansouri said it is not a camper, it’s a mobile home. The rental property is zoned Residential A, which does not allow mobile homes.

The Jeffrey Family Trust owns another property at 267 Old Keene Road that has a camp on it and Mr. Jordan asked if he couldn’t store the mobile home at his rental home, could he store it on the other property owned by the Jeffrey Trust.

Mr. Vose asked if he was going to live in it or just store it. Ms. Mansouri said he wants to store it until he can find a piece of property to put it on.

Then Mr. Vose asked how can we not allow him to store it. Ms. Mansouri said that the board could give him a time limit, saying no electricity, no plumbing.

“On what authority do we have to put to put these stipulations on him?” Mr. Vose asked. Mr. Anderson answered that mobile homes are only allowed in rural-agricultural district.  Walpole Zoning Ordinance Article IV F states “that mobile home may be used and maintained as permanent residences in the Rural/Agricultural District subject to the regulations contained in Article VIII.”

Ms. Stoughton said a permit for the temporary use of a trailer or mobile home may be granted if a person has a home under construction.

If anything is done to the property, Mr. Vose said the owner has to agree to it, not the renter. A motion was made, seconded and passed by the board to have the secretary write a letter to the owner and ask him to appear at a Zoning Board meeting so the questions the board has can be resolved.

U.S. Cellular sign: Mr. Philip Davis, 48 Meadow Access Lane, North Meadow Plaza, Walpole. Mr. Philip Davis, owner of Real to Reel requested permission to:

- change the red colors of a U.S. Cellular sign on the South side of his building to two colors, red and blue,

- remove the non-conforming Real to Reel sign on the West side of the building

- install a new red and blue U.S. Cellular sign (31.5 square feet) on the North side of the building.

Mr. Davis said all the signs are now conforming.

Mr. Davis‘ requests are in compliance with Article IV No. 8 and No. 9 – Multiple Use Signs and Special Exceptions. The sign does not exceed the thirty-two (32) square feet limit and the signs on his building are more than 100 feet apart and the building is 280 feet from La Valleys so it fulfills the special exception requirement of 100 feet between signs.

Ms. Stoughton made a motion that the board accept the removal of the sign from the West as well as the addition of a U.S. Cellular sign on the North and South sides of the building, along with the color changes. Mr. Vose seconded the motion and it was approved by the board.

Discussion of amendment to the water ordinance: Ms. Jennifer Palmiotto and Mr. Andrew Madison were at the meeting to discuss the Draft of Recommended Changes to Wellhead Protection Overlay District Ordinance. Ms. Palmiotto is executive director of Granite State Rural Water Association and Mr. Madison is a Source Water Protection Specialist for the same organization.

Ms. Palmiotto reviewed the minutes of the November 11, 2014, Planning Board meeting, which was also the official Public Hearing for the revised draft of the wellhead ordinance. The board made a motion to accept the water protection ordinance as amended, she said. It was seconded and approved by the board. The two changes were to fill in dates on page 4 and change the word considerably to considered on page 14, which she said she had done. The maps that are associated with that ordinance were approved on Jan. 14, 2014, by the Planning Board.

Ms. Mansouri said it was her understanding that the new wellhead ordinance would super cede anything that we have on record. However, Ms. Palmiotto said it won’t take care of the amendment by petition passed in 2013 regarding hazardous waste. Ms. Palmiotto called it the soil and groundwater protection plan. It is listed in the Zoning Ordinance booklet as Article IV M Hazardous materials.

“It was not our charge to examine the soil and groundwater protection ordinance,” Ms. Palmiotto said.

Ms. Mansouri said she had never seen that title. Ms. Palmiotto said it doesn’t have a title but it’s in the zoning ordinance Article IV M. The reason Ms. Palmiotto was calling it the soil and groundwater protection ordinance was because that is what the petitioners called it when they brought it up before the Board of Selectmen. It  could be called The Jiffy Mart Ordinance or just “M”, she said. This ordinance is based upon something generated by NH DES. It was drawn up when the Jiffy Mart was proposed. It’s helpful to know this as it gives you the reasons why people were trying to get it adopted.

A document was passed out titled “Preventing Groundwater Contamination at Gas Stations – What Municipalities and Water Suppliers Can Do.” It was printed by NH DES in 2012. Ms. Palmiotto asked the board to look at page 3 and the section titled “Groundwater Protection Plan.”  This is the fact sheet that was used to help develop the Soil and Groundwater Protection Act, she said. There are a lot of similarities between the language of the soil and groundwater ordinance and the language of this section of the pamphlet.  It applies to the commercial zone, to the industrial zone and land above a town aquifer. It is not interchangeable with the wellhead areas.

Ms. Mansouri asked if the wellhead is over an aquifer and Ms. Palmiotto said yes but it does not go over the entire aquifer. There are aquifers all over this towns, she said. There are no maps which identify them, so the source protection is just around the wellhead.

Ms. Stoughton said if the revised wellhead draft proposal would take the place of that amendment if the land in question was within the wellhead protection zone.

Ms. Palmiotto said you might have a conflict there. You may need to talk to an attorney. We have this ordinance on the books and we have this amendment which passed.

Mr. Anderson said his reading would be that they both apply, not one or the other. Ms. Palmiotto agreed that was true because the ordinances are asking for different things. The 2013 amendment is asking for something that is not in the wellhead protection draft. It’s totally different. It’s asking new businesses coming into town, which have hazardous or regulated substances, to follow this plan. The wellhead protection doesn’t address that at all. There is no mention of a soil and groundwater protection plan. It’s another requirement.

Ms. Palmiotto cautioned about putting two items on the ballot. If the board wants the Draft of Recommended  Changes to Wellhead Protection Overly District Ordinance to pass and then the public has to consider a revision of another item, they might get mixed up..

Mr. Vose said, “We’re almost too late”. Ms. Mansouri added when you get to many items on a ballot, the public just gets confused. Mr. Vose said they just vote no for everything.

Ms. Mansouri asked if Andrew could help the board work on new language on section “M”. Ms. Palmiotto said Mr. Madison‘s work on this project was funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant. He is working with Walpole, North Walpole and Hillsborough. He helps communities try to proactively protect their water supplies. He will begin working on a new assignment in April. We have a limited amount of time when we might help.

The Zoning Board will wait until next year to begin to revising Article IV M.

A New Law requires towns, when introducing new legislation such as the Revised Draft of the Wellhead Protection Ordinance, and when it is going to affect a 100 or more people, to send out copies of the material pertaining to the new legislation. If the person has electronic media, it may be sent out electronically; if not by first class mail. Mr. Vose said, You have to send the whole thing – the old ordinance and the revised draft.

Respectfully submitted,

Marilou Blaine

Fire Commissioners Meeting – 12/2/14

The regular monthly Fire Commissioners meeting for December will be held on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at the Walpole Fire Station.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 – 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


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