Wonderful Walpole

Of course, we know it to be true but NH Magazine put it in print!  Check out this link. – Lil

Clarion Deadline – 8/21/17

 I cannot believe that August, and the summer, is almost at a close. You probably feel the same way and are cramming as much in as possible before Labor Day. But prior to that another issue of THE WALPOLE CLARION will be mailed, and to fill out the issue you have one week from today to submit your article, pictures and ads.
Deadline is Monday, August 21, and I hope to hear from you. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you, yours, RAY

Planning Board Meeting Minutes – 8/8/17

Town of Walpole

Planning Board Minutes

August 8, 2017

7 pm



Presiding: Jeff Miller, Chair, Robert Miller, Vice-Chair, James Aldrich, Secretary, Jeff White. Alternates: Ed Potter and Joanna Andros. Cheryl Mayberry, Selectboard Representative. Absent: Board members Jeff Miller, Chair, Dennis Marcom, Jason Perron.

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

Meeting Opened: Mr. R. Miller called the meeting to order at 7 pm.

Roll Call: Because a couple of Board members were absent, alternates Mr. Potter and Ms. Andros were needed to fill in.

Minutes: Mr. Aldrich made a motion to approve the minutes of the regular Planning Board’s July meeting, as well as the July workshop meeting, as written. The motion was seconded  and approved by the Board.


New Business:

Yohbel Brosseau, manager Commonwealth Construction in North Walpole.

Mr. R. Miller said that the Board asked him to appear because some Board members had noticed changes at the North Walpole site that were not originally proposed in 2015 when the Planning Board approved his site plan. There is a second new building going up in back, and a new building has replaced the one that was going to be used as a warehouse. There is no record nor did Mr. R. Miller recall Mr. Brosseau ever coming back to the Planning Board to modify his original proposal. Mr. R. Miller asked if he would like to explain what has happened on the site.

Mr. Brosseau said that when they investigated the original structure for the warehouse, he realized they couldn’t proceed with the construction and that that building couldn’t really serve its original purpose. So, he said, the decision was made to take that down and putting up a building that has a similar footprint for the same exact purpose for which it was proposed.

Mr. R. Miller said what should have happened is that he should have come back to the Board and told them of his new plans to modify the proposed plans. He read from the Walpole Site Plan regulations, Section VI Procedures, Part C.

“If at any time before or during the construction of the Site Plan, unforeseen conditions make it necessary or desirable for the applicant to modify the location or design of any of the required work or previously submitted plans, the Planning Board may, after a duly noticed Public Hearing with notice to abuttters and general public, authorize such modifications providing such modifications comply with all regulations and requirements of the Site Plan Review Regulation.”

Technically, Mr. R. Miller said, that should have happened on your end. You should have come back to the Board.

Ms. Mayberry asked what Mr. Brosseau should do now. Is the Board requesting a revised site plan to show the changes that have been made?  She asked.

Mr. Miller said that would be appropriate.

Ms. Mayberry said that means any changes that vary or deviate from the original request should be noted in the revised site plan application. Mr. Aldrich noted that It would require a Public Hearing. Mr. Aldrich made a motion to set up a public hearing for next month. It was seconded and approved.


Doug Palmer – storage facility project on commercial land behind Ocean State Job Lot in Ames Plaza requested information on how to proceed.

Mr. Palmer said he was interested in purchasing property next to his current business to put in storage units. He didn’t own the property but before he purchased the property he wanted to know if the plan was possible. The land is owned by William Carmody.

Mr. R. Miller said his thoughts were that the project wasn’t listed under permitted uses for a commercial zone, it would need a special exception from the Zoning Board.

Mr. R. Miller read from the Uses Permitted in a Commercial Zone from the Walpole Zoning Ordinances, Article VI, B.

  1. Any use permitted in Residential District Type B under the same provisions as apply to residences in said district.
  2. Lodging houses, hotels, motels, inn and tourist cabins including such retail businesses within these building as is conducted for the convenience of the guest herein.
  3. Shops, restaurants and other retail buildings not exceeding 40,000 square feet in gross floor area.
  4. Theaters, halls, clubs and amusement centers.
  5. Greenhouse and florist shops.
  6. Undertaking establishments.
  7. Business and professional offices and banks.
  8. Multi-family dwellings subject to the following conditions.

Mr. Palmer asked what was the proper procedure. Mr. R. Miller said to meet with the Zoning Board.

Some one asked where the land was. Mr. Palmer next to his shop on Upper Walpole Road – an email business that sells sports equipment – that located at the rear entrance to Ames Plaza. The property in question adjoins his land.

Mr.  Miller said once you purchase property, not less 30 percent of the total parcel must be in green space. The Board would also like to see some prints of your proposal, in color if possible. Mr. Palmer asked if two-scale drawings with pictures of the storage unit in color would be admissible. Mr. Miller said yes.

Mr. Aldrich asked how many storage units he intended to have. Mr. Palmer said between 35 and 40 units.

Mr. Miller wanted to know the size of the parcel of land. Mr. Carmody said .6 acres. Mr. Miller said when he came back he should also have plans for lights, a landscape plan, and any control of water roll off, considering it is on a hill.

Ms. Myra Mansouri, chair of the Zoning Board, said since he doesn’t own the property, the property owner has to come to the Zoning Board to get a Special Exception. Mr. Palmer asked if the Special Exception would transfer to the owner. Ms. Mansouri said yes. Mr. Palmer asked to be put on the ZBA agenda.


Mr. Jed West, representing Bernardo Associates, requested a Public Hearing next month for a lot line adjustment for Glenn Madden to sell 10 acres to Trebor properties in the rural/agricultural zone.

Mr. Aldrich made a motion to hold the hearing in September. The motion was seconded by Mr. Potter and the Board approved the motion.


Complete Streets Workshop. Some suggestions to be sent to the Selectboard for review and comment. Which suggestions do you want to keep? Would you like to meet with the Selectboard or have them comment on each suggestion?

Mr. Miller suggested this topic be postponed until next month because not all of the notes were present.

The notes were a combination of suggestions at the July Workshop and ones that Ms. Mari Brunner of Southwest Community Planning Commission put together from the various workshop held since January. Ms. Mayberry was also waiting for another document about streets in rural areas from Ms. Brunner.

Mr. Ray Boas asked if there will be a chance for the public to have input. Mr. Miller said yes. He added that there have been many, many workshops on the subject.


Mr. Aldrich made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Potter seconded the motion and it was approved by the Board.


Respectfully submitted,

Marilou Blaine

Planning Board Agenda – 8/8/17



Tuesday, August 8, 2017

                        7 pm                           


Roll Call – Appointment of alternates if needed.

Minutes – Review minutes of the July meeting and workshop.



New Business:


Yohbel Brosseau, Commonwealth Construction in North Walpole. Commonwealth received a demolition permit from NW commissioners. Mr. Johm Foster said he saw the blueprints signed by the Planning Board for new construction.

Request for a Public hearing. Doug Palmer – storage facility project on commercial land behind Shaw’s.

Complete Streets Workshop. Some suggestions to be sent to the Selectboard for review and comment. Which suggestions do you want to keep? Would you like to meet with the Selectboard or have them comment on each suggestion?



Next meeting Tuesday, Sept. 12,  2017

No workshop this month.

Good News from Alyson’s Orchard


Are you craving fresh, beautiful Peaches?  We finally have a great crop this year!

Alyson’s Orchard will even have Pick-Your-Own PEACHES starting Saturday, August 5th.  Prices for PYO are: $13 per ½ peck, $25 per peck and $45 per ½ bushel.  We also have pre-picked peaches available at the farm stand, along with peach, blueberry and apple pies.  There are plenty of chicken and turkey pot pies in our freezer too, so take one home for an easy dinner.

Don’t forget about our $2.00/ lb. PYO Blueberry special !   The bushes are loaded and it’s easy picking, so bring the family for a fun & healthy experience.  Kids of all ages can visit the animals and play in the playground, too.

Farm stand hours are 9am-6pm – 7 days a week.

Conservation Commission Meeting Minutes – 7/10/17

Minutes for the regular meeting of the

Walpole Conservation Commission

Monday, July 10, 2017


Present:  Alicia Flammia, John Peska, Myra Mansouri (alt.), Peter Palmiotto (alt.), Jackie Kensen, Kelli Wilson, Peggy Pschirrer (SelectBoard representative), Elaine Heleen, acting secretary

Not Present:  Lewis Shelley, Gary Speed, Duncan Watson

Ms. Flammia, chair, called the meeting to order at 7:35 PM.

Non-Public session: 

Mr. Palmiotto was seated to achieve quorum.


Treasury/Budget Report

As of 5/31/17, the Conservation Commission Fund had a balance of $97,709.77.  This includes a withdrawal of $22,880.70 which was supposed to be in the Forestry account.  The Forestry fund (with that deposit) is $64,570.75.  The Mason Expendable Trust Fund had $307,897.82 as of 4/30/17. The Non Expendable Mason Trust Fund had $12,234.23 at the end of April 2017.


  1. NH Timberland Owners Association; still choose not to be members
  2. Drinking Water & Groundwater Bureau DES newsletter
  3. Reservoir Dam response letter by Mark Houghton; approved by DES
  4. BSA (Tax Map/Lot: 11/47; 48) cutting approved
  5. A deed was recorded in 1998 shows that the Town owns the Conservation Easement of the Hubbard property off of North Road. However, there are questions of who owns which Easements. Peska moved to allocate up to $2,000 for an internship for a grad student to create a template for an annual report of the list of the Town Conservation Easements for the Selectboard. Ms. Wilson seconded, and the motion passed with all in favor.



Corrections to the minutes:

  1. 1st paragraph: “hills to the river; create a corridor” add Conservation before corridor
  2. 2nd paragraph: Antioch is a University, not a College
  3. 2nd paragraph, 2nd page: “capability to expand the town’s boundaries” should be “capability to expand the Conservation maps to go beyond the town’s boundaries”
  4. New Bike Trail: change “illegal bike patch” to “unauthorized bike path” as it may not have been illegal

Mr. Peska moved to accept the minutes for the June 5, 2017 meeting as corrected. Ms. Kensen seconded, and the motion passed with all in favor.


New Business

  1. Anne McBride from the Monadnock Conservancy is present to report on the efforts to create a Conservation Easement on the lands owned by Michael & Kathy Nerrie (owners of Distant Hill Gardens). Approximately 48 acres are in both Walpole and Alstead.  The home, outbuildings, gardens and pond will be excluded from the easement area.  The easement would include a reserved right to build a pavilion for potential school groups.  Monadnock Conservancy estimates the costs to be $18,510 and is asking for $9,000 from the WCC.      After Ms. McBride left, it was decided to table the decision until next month so that some research can be done on whether a payment to the Conservancy’s Easement Stewardship Fund is within the purview of the Walpole Conservation Commission as several members remember that it was not done in the past.
  2. There have been inquiries about the vacant position on the WCC. Laura Hayes has submitted a letter of interest, Cliff Peters has not yet sent in a letter, and Steve Dumont (formerly on the Charlestown Conservation Commission) will be moving to Walpole and expressed interest.  After discussion, Peska moved to recommend to the Selectboard to appoint Laura Hayes to fill the WCC vacancy.  Mr. Palmiotto seconded, and the motion passed with all in favor. Alternate slots are available should the other two finish the requirements for consideration.
  3. Repairs to the Bellows Falls Dam near Aumand Furniture have started.
  4. Kensen has volunteered to monitor the Lazaro Easement as it has not yet been done.



Old Business

  1. Reservoir Dam; as noted earlier, Mr. Houghton submitted the form to DES with expected improvements and maintenance.
  2. Public Meeting on Route 12 expansion; expected to happen Spring/Summer 2018
  3. Fanny Mason trail loop. Palmiotto moved to request proposals for finishing the trail loop pending information from Mr. Shelley.  Ms. Kensen seconded, and the motion passed with all in favor.




Sharlene Beaudry passed on June 7, 2017.  Mr. Peska moved to allocate up to $50 for Ms. Flammia to purchase a card and gift to be delivered to the Beaudrys.  Ms. Kensen seconded, and the motion passed with all in favor.


The next meeting will be Monday, August 7, 2017.


Mr. Palmiotto moved that the meeting be adjourned at 9:05pm.  Mr. Peska seconded, and the motion passed with all in favor.


Respectfully submitted,

Elaine Heleen, Acting Recording Secretary

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

Harlem Wizards Basketball Game – 9/26/17

Peggy Jellie, class advisor for Fall Mountain’s class of 2020, asked me to alert you to their fund raiser.  This early notice gives you time to purchase tickets at a reduced rate. – Lil

Fall Mountain Class of 2020 will be hosting the Harlem Wizards basketball game on September 26th, 2017. The game starts at 7 and doors open at 6pm at Fall Mountain Regional High School.

Ticket prices are students $10 in advance and $12 at the door, adults $12 in advance and $14 at the door.
Starting on August 21st tickets can be found at Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls, VT, Walpole Grocery in Walpole, NH and Charlestown House of Pizza in Charlestown, NH.

Tickets can now be purchased online at https://harlemwizards.thundertix.com/orders/new .