Two More New Programs at The Library

 

Winter Poetry
Need a way to survive yet another ice storm? Tired of grey skies and sleet? Well, we are in New England and winter is a chilly fact of life. The Walpole Town Library wants to help you embrace winter. Join us for an evening of winter poetry. We hope you’ll bring a favorite and read it. We have lots of suggestions; if you are shy about reading, we’ll read for you. Cookies and Hot Cider provided. Please join us Thursday evening, February 26th at 7:00 PM. Call the Library at 756-9806 if you have any questions.

Science Fiction Book Club
Many patrons have asked for a forum to discuss science fiction. If you have an interest in speculative and science fiction, please join us at the Walpole Library for the organizational meeting of our newest book club. Bring ideas and favorite authors. We’ll provide refreshments and a place to meet. Selected books will be provided by the Library with a valid Walpole Library Card. Saturday, February 28th at 1:00. Please call Mary at the Library (756-9806) if you have any questions.

Did You Know?

FROM Office of The Principal @ FMRHS

In the event of an emergency, it is important to have current contact information on file. Please be sure to update home/cell phone numbers and email addresses when a change occurs. Email addresses will also be used to send student progress reports starting in March.

It has not been since the mid 1980’s that our high school had a varsity basketball player reach 1,000 career points. Currently, the girls’ basketball team has Morgan Ferland with less than 100 points from reaching this astonishing accomplishment. I hope you can join us to cheer the entire team’s pursuit of excellence.

The second semester of the school year has begun. Please let us know if you have any questions.

 

My question is:  Can anyone tell me who the last varsity basketball player was that reached the 1,000 point mark? – Lil

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 1/15/15

TOWN OF WALPOLE
MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD
JANUARY 15, 2015

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

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 three people in attendance.
These are unapproved Minutes.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:
Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Accounts Payable check register and manifest in the amount of $555,234.51. This includes a monthly payment in the amount of $488,319.18 to the Fall Mountain Regional School District. Seconded by Mr. Street. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

PAYROLL:
Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Payroll Voucher for the week ending January 10, 2015, in the amount of $17,921.27 for checks dated January 16, 2015. Seconded by Mr. Street. 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 $6,148.41 for the week ending January 10, 2015. Seconded by Mr. Street. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:
SELECTBOARD MEETING – December 30, 2014: Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of December 30, 2014, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Street. With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meetings:
 North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – December 30, 2014 and
 North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – January 6, 2015.

BUILDING PERMITS:
73 TURNPIKE STREET, LLC, Main Street, Map & Lot #020-052-000: Mr. Dalessio moved to approve Building Permit No. 2015-01 for 73 Turnpike Street, LLC to “Renovate the interior building” at 73 Main Street, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Street. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

NOTICE OF INTENT TO CUT WOOD OR TIMBER:
Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the following Notices of Intent to Cut Wood or Timber, as submitted:
Bryon Fletcher, French Road, Map & Lot #009-030-000, Cut #14-461-16-T;
Scott & Judith Northcott, Valley Road, Map & Lot #013-054-001, Cut #14-461-17-T;
Damaziak Trust, Cheney Hill Road, Map & Lot #013-053-001, Cut #14-461-18-T;
Damaziak Trust, Valley Road, Map & Lot #013-054-000, Cut #14-461-19-T.
Seconded by Mr. Street. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

VETERAN’S CREDIT:
SWAIN, Alstead Center Road, Map & Lot #015-032-000: Mr. Dalessio moved to grant the Veteran’s Credit to Steven Swain, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Street. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

PROPERTY TAX ABATEMENT:
RASCAL BABY, LLC., Woodshed Road, Map & Lot #011-019-000: Mrs. Clough advised that this lot is still owned by the Estate of Peter Van Dyke Berg. The property transfer on this property was incorrect.
Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Notice of Property Tax Abatement in the amount of $5.00 and any interest accrued for Rascal Baby, LLC. Seconded by Mr. Street. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

SUPPLEMENTAL TAX WARRANT:
ESTATE OF PETER VAN DYKE BERG, Woodshed Road, Map & Lot #011-019-000: Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Supplemental Tax Warrant in the amount of $5.00 with interest for the Estate of Peter Van Dyke Berg. Seconded by Mr. Street. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

NEW BUSINESS:
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION DATES: A letter was received from the City of Keene advising that they are now in their 10th year of their program consisting of 24 household hazardous waste collections per year. In the Summer/Fall 2015 there will be 12 collection dates to be announced and in the Spring of 2016 there will be 12 collection dates to be announced. Walpole 2015-2016 Fixed Cost (Participation in all twenty-four (24) collections) is $3,608.00.
Mr. Dalessio moved to authorize Paul Colburn to sign the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Project Letter of Commitment with the City of Keene, on behalf of the Town, for the amount of $3,608.00. Seconded by Mr. Street. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

SAVINGS BANK OF WALPOLE ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION EVENT: The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of a letter from the Savings Bank of Walpole to advise that this year, on July 2nd, the Savings Bank of Walpole will mark its 140th anniversary. They are asking for the reservation of the Walpole Common for Friday, June 26th from noon until 2:00 PM (with additional time for set-up/take-down). The Selectboard approved this request.

INVESTMENT POLICY STATEMENT: Mrs. Peggy Pschirrer advised that every year the Trustees of Trust Funds are required to up-date this Investment Policy Statement. This year some language changes were made but they made no changes in the philosophical aspect. The Trustees of Trust Funds have not as yet received the final report for this year.

NHTI COURSE ON PLANNING & ZONING LAWS: A notice was received that a course will be offered by the law firm of Preti Flaherty Beliveau & Pachios, LLP in partnership with NHTI, Concord’s Community College. The subject matter will be the basics of planning and zoning law in New Hampshire.
Mr. Dalessio moved to approve having Mrs. Clough attend this course as per her request. Seconded by Mr. Street. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

PAYROLL AND ACCOUNTS PAYABLE: Mr. Dalessio moved to ratify that the Selectboard gave Mrs. Clough the authority, in the interim period, to approve the Payroll and Accounts Payable for checks dated January 9, 2015. Seconded by Mr. Street. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

POLE LICENSE AGREEMENT: Mrs. Clough reported that Avitar Associates asked that the Town have an up-dated Pole License Agreement. A Public Hearing will be required. There was a consensus to hold this Public Hearing on February 5th. The Selectboard reviewed the “Proposed Amendment To Pole License Language” packet of information submitted by Attorney Hockensmith. This will be on the Agenda for the next Selectboard meeting.

OLD BUSINESS:
LETTER FROM NH DESRuggiero Processing Facility: The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the letter from Mr. Gildersleeve at the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services regarding the Ruggiero Processing Facility.

WELLSTONE ASSOCIATES (Continued): There was a Selectboard consensus to close the question raised by the Zoning Board of Adjustment on Wellstone Associates at 308 Main Street, Map #024, Lot #013 and 5 Maplewood Circle, Map #024, Lot #014 as it was cleaned up to the Selectboard satisfaction.

HEAVY EQUIPMENT FUND: Mrs. Pschirrer advised that a Warrant Article will be needed if a decision is made to close out this account as it has a small balance. Mr. Dalessio felt they should check the Minutes of the last Town Meeting to be sure that their understanding of the discussion is correct. Mrs. Clough will check with Mrs. Smith, Town Clerk.

WARRANT ARTICLES: Mr. Dalessio asked Mrs. Clough to submit a list of the 2015 Warrant Articles for the meeting next week.
Mr. Dalessio would request that, in the future, when the Department Heads have equipment purchases that they submit a small paragraph to identify and explain what they their requests are for.

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. Street. With all in favor, the motion was approved at 6:48 PM.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:05 PM.

TRUSTEES OF TRUST FUNDS: Mrs. Pschirrer, as a Trustee of Trust Funds, met with the Walpole Fire District as she wanted them to be aware of the Warrant Article that will be coming up for a vote on the Capital Reserve Funds. The members raised a couple of questions. They have money in a Capital Reserve Fund that they will not use for about two years therefore it should be invested in a CD. She will recommend that they vote on this at their own meeting. Next week she will meet with the North Walpole Fire District to discuss the same issues.

NORTH WALPOLE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS: Mrs. Clough has not received copies of any Building Permits from the Village of North Walpole for two years even though she has contacted the Commissioners and the people who issue the permits a number of times. The Selectboard requested that Mrs. Clough draft a letter that they will sign as this information is needed for assessing the North Walpole properties.

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. Street seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with all in favor, the motion was approved at 7:14 PM.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:40 PM.

DEPARTMENT HEAD MEETING:
Mrs. Clough will be meeting with the Department Heads next Thursday.

ADJOURNMENT:
Mr. Dalessio moved to adjourn this meeting. Seconded by Mr. Street. With all in favor, the motion was approved at 7:50 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 12/30/14

TOWN OF WALPOLE
MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD
DECEMBER 30, 2014

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

CALL TO ORDER: Mr. Street called this Selectboard meeting 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 three people in attendance.
These are unapproved Minutes.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:
Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Accounts Payable check register and manifest in the amount of $55,991.69 for checks dated January 02, 2015. Seconded by Mr. Street. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

PAYROLL:
Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Payroll voucher for the week ending December 27, 2014, in the amount of $21,833.94 for checks dated January 02, 2015. Seconded by Mr. Street. 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 $5,487.29 for the week ending December 27, 2014. Seconded by Mr. Street. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:
SELECTBOARD MEETING – December 24, 2014: Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of December 24, 2014, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Street. With all in favor, the minutes were approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
The Selectboard received and reviewed the following committee reports:
 North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – December 23, 2014;
 Conservation Commission – December 1, 2014.
Mr. Dalessio referenced the Conservation Commission minutes. Mrs. Flammia will be working with another person to do the trail mapping. She knows they now have digital mapping that can be used.

NOTICE OF INTENT TO CUT WOOD OR TIMBER:
WALPOLE D&D, LLC, Wentworth Road, Map & Lot #008-015-009: Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Notice of Intent to Cut Wood or Timber, No. 14-461-15-T, off the Hooper Road for Walpole D and D, LLC, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Street. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

WARRANTS:
SUPPLEMENTAL TAX WARRANTS:
TOWN OF WALPOLE, Map & Lot #008-062-000, Prospect Hill Road: Mr. Dalessio pointed out that these Supplemental Tax Warrants are to bring funds in from the Hooper Cottage and Golf Course.
Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Supplemental Tax Warrant in the amount of $15,174.50 for the Town of Walpole, Map #008, Lot #062-000, Prospect Hill Road. Seconded by Mr. Street. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

TOWN OF WALPOLE, Map & Lot #008-062-00A, Prospect Hill Road: Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Supplemental Tax Warrant in the amount of $7,200.00 for the Town of Walpole, Map #0008, Lot #062-00A, Prospect Hill Road. Seconded by Mr. Street. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

NEW BUSINESS:
2014 SALES TO ASSESSMENT RATIO ANALYSIS: The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the letter from Avitar Associates of New England, Inc. regarding the “Preliminary Department of Revenue Administration (DRA) to Assessment Ratio”.

OLD BUSINESS:
SMART POWER SPORTS / TWIN BIRCH REALTY, 4 Ames Plaza Lane, Map & Lot #012-055-005: This matter was discussed at the last Selectboard meeting. Mrs. Mansouri called Mr. Dalessio to advise that because this business will have retail sales it is a change of use and has to go before both the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment. The Selectboard thanked Mrs. Mansouri for bringing this to their attention. Mrs. Clough was asked to pass on ownership information to Mr. Jeff Miller and Mrs. Myra Mansouri and to ask them to contact the owner(s) of the business.

2015 HOLIDAY SCHEDULE: Mrs. Clough met with the Department Heads about the proposed 2015 Holiday Schedule. They will keep the ten holidays they have every year but would like to trade Civil Rights Day for a floater day. If approved, the Department Heads will meet again in January and then make a recommendation to the Selectboard on their choice for the floater holiday.
Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the proposal from the Staff to change Civil Rights Day for a floating holiday to be determined by the Department Heads and approved by the Selectboard. Seconded by Mr. Street. 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. Street. With all in favor, the motion was approved at 6:21 PM.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 6:28 PM.

NEXT SELECTBOARD MEETING:
The next Selectboard meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 25, 2015, at 6:00 PM.

2015 PROPOSED BUDGET:
Mr. Rich Kreissle provided 2014 year-to-date figures but some bills are still coming in including the Health Trust and a major bill from the Highway Department. Mr. Dalessio is concerned with the bottom line figure. Mrs. Clough pointed out that the report to the State has to be accurate therefore both she and Mr. Kreissle will work on the report to be sure their figures balance out. Mr. Kreissle presented a progress report on his preparation of the 2015 proposed Budget. He met with the Department Heads and those figures have been entered. He also created a goal worksheet. Hopefully he will have the 2015 proposed budget finalized by the end of next week.

ADJOURNMENT:
Mr. Dalessio moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting. Seconded by Mr. Street. With all in favor, the motion was approved at 7:19 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Exciting News From the Library for Kids

The New Hampshire Downloadable Books service now offers a small — but growing — collection of eBooks with automated narration. These eBooks are typically storybooks for young children.The book “reads itself” to the child and automatically turns the pages. Great fun for preschoolers and beginning readers.
Just a reminder, when you access the NH Downloadable Books website you will need to put the prefix “4611” before your library card number since our numbers are too short for the system.

For more information on how narrative books work click on this link: http://help.overdrive.com/customer/portal/articles/1749249-how-narration-works-in-overdrive-read

To visit the NH Downloadable website and try these books out for yourself click on this link: http://nh.lib.overdrive.com/1BAF6B1A-D7EB-4690-A067-1287977294A3/10/50/en/Default.htm

Need more help? Call Julie at the library or email her at jrios@walpoletownlibrary.org

What’s Happening at the Walpole Library

Mon. Feb. 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd 10 a.m. Baby Lap Sit

Mon. Feb. 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd 2 p.m. Knitting Club

Tues. Feb. 3rd, – 7 p.m. Non-Fiction Book Club (Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s The Black Swan)

Wed. Feb. 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th 10:15 a.m. Story Time

Wed. Feb. 4th, 11th6 p.m., Spanish Conversation Group

Thurs. Feb. 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th 10 a.m., Homeschooler’s group

Tues. Feb. 10th, Library Trustees Meeting

Wed. Feb. 11th, 7:00 p.m. , Evening Classics Book Club (Dostoevsky’s The Idiot)

Mon. Feb. 16th, OPEN for President’s Day

Sat. Feb. 21st, Writing It Down, 10 a.m.

Thurs. Feb. 26th, 12 p.m. Library Afternoon Book Club (William Maxwell’s So Long, See You Tomorrow and Flight of the Swallow

Thurs. Feb. 26th, 2 p.m., Investment Club

Thurs. Feb. 26th, 7 p.m. An Evening of Winter Poetry

Sat. Feb. 28th, 1 p.m., Sci-Fi Book Club (organizational meeting)

Zoning Board of Adjustment Minutes – 1/21/15

Walpole Zoning Board of Adjustment

Minutes: January 21, 2015

 

Present: Board Members: Chair Myra Mansouri, Vice-Chair Peggy Pschirrer, Clerk Ernie Vose, Jan Galloway Le Clerc, Mary Therese Lester.

Alternates:, Judy Trow.

Absent: Alternates Stephanie Stoughton, Bob Anderson.

Recording: Marilou Blaine. These minutes are unapproved and will be reviewed at the February 18, 2015 meeting for corrections, additions and/or omissions.

Roll Call: Ms. Mansouri called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. All board members were present so no alternate was needed to fill in.

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

New business: Informational meeting with Mr. Doug Palmer who owns the store SMART Power Sports located at 4 Ames Plaza Lane. He opened the store in December.

Ms. Mansouri explained that the Selectboard received a letter from Jeff and Cathy White of 35 Dearborn Circle, who had concerns about the store. Dearborn Circle is right around the corner from the store. Their concern was that if motorcycles and ATVs were sold or repaired at the store, that customers might be testing out their purchases on their street. Since there were several children in the neighborhood and people like to walk, there was a concern for the safety of these people as well as for peace and quiet.

Mr. Palmer said he is strictly a mail order and Internet business that does some retail business. His business is in parts for snowmobiles, motorcycles and ATVs.  The store sells parts and equipment such as helmets and appropriate clothing. Mr. Palmer said he started his business in 2010 in North Walpole, then went to Keene and now is in Walpole. He wants to work in his hometown, Mr. Palmer said. The business has two rooms in the building, each about 12-feet-by-15 feet. One is a showroom and the other a general office.

Ms. Lester asked how many employees he had and Mr. Palmer replied “one.” Then she asked if he actually sold motorcycles. Mr. Palmer said he didn’t sell them or repair them.

How much foot traffic do you have? Ms. Lester continued. Mr. Palmer said Keene was different and that he was trying to step away from the retail business. He estimated he saw three to five people a day. Mr. Palmer said his business is 40 percent telephone, 40 percent Internet and 20 percent drop-in sales.

Ms. Lester asked when the store was open. Mr. Palmer said he was open Monday through Friday from 9 to 6; Saturday 9 to 3.

People place an order by telephone or over the Internet, Mr. Palmer said. Most of the items are Drop Shipped, meaning that they are ordered through the store but sent directly from the manufacturer with our label. The store does sometimes use the US Postal Service, Fed-Ex or UPS. We actually don’t touch about 90 percent of our sales.

Mr. Vose asked if Mr. Carmody still had his business there. Mr. Palmer said “yes.”

Regarding the letter, Mr. Palmer said that he thought that since they were not going to be doing sales or repairs, that most of the concerns in the letter did not apply to his shop.

Mr. White said that this meeting allayed a lot of his concerns. He said the meeting had been helpful.

Ms. Pschirrer said she hoped Mr. White would share this information with the neighborhood. Mr. White said he would.

The owner, Mr. Carmody, thought SMART Power Sports were within the existing zoning laws, Mr. Palmer said. That’s why he hadn’t come in before.

Regarding signs he has one six-foot-square-sign on the building letting the public know when he is open and a lighted sign that turns on when he’s open.

B&B on Alstead Center Road: The owner is Barbara Dodge, 94 Alstead Center Road. http://www.airB&B. Ms. Dodge’s residence is California.

Ms. Dodge is running what she advertises as a B&B at the Alstead Center address. She shares the driveway with a neighbor and he complained.

Ms. Dodge does not have a license to have a B&B. She is renting the entire two-bedroom ranch. She is not serving breakfast and she does not live there. Her daughter, who lives in Alstead, looks after the operation.

The matter was referred to the Planning Board. Mr. Miller said the Selectboard needs to send the owner a letter asking her to cease her operation and she needs to come in for a Site Plan Review.

Tom Graves gravel pit saga:  Mr. Vose reported that the Westmoreland Planning Board is now involved with the dispute between Mr. Graves gravel pit in Westmoreland and Ms. Patricia Rodrigues.

The Board is going to hire an expert, who can hopefully resolve the situation.

The board adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Marilou Blaine

Secretary

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