Mah Jong at the Library

Have you played, or would you like to learn to play Mah Jong? There is a small group of novice players that meet on Tuesdays at 1:30 at the Walpole Library. If interested, please stop in and join the play or simply watch to see what you think. No need to be intimidated!

Boston Post Cane – 5/31/23

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 5/18/23

Selectboard Present:  Steve Dalessio, Cheryl Mayberry and Peggy Pschirrer, Chair 

Staff Present: Jodi Daigle, Administrative Assistant; Jordan Cannon, Recording Secretary; Ernie Vose, Zoning Coordinator, Jan Galloway-Leclerc, ZBA Chair

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this Selectboard meeting to order at 6:30 PM. She introduced the Selectboard to those in attendance. 


Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into Non-Public Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II (a) at 6:30 PM. Mr. Dalessio seconded. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

The meeting was reconvened at 7:13 PM.


Mr. Dalessio moved to approve Accounts Payable Check Register in the total amount of $821,841.88 for checks issued 5/19/2023, which includes a payment of $700,531.13 to Fall Mountain Regional School District.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry. With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry, and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved. 


Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Payroll Register totaling $29,600.32 dated 5/19/23 and the 941 Payroll Tax Transfer of $6,126.89.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry. With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved. 


SELECTBOARD MEETING – May 11, 2023:  Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of May 11, 2023. Seconded by Ms. Mayberry. With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry, andMrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved. 

SELECTBOARD NON-PUBLIC SESSION – May 11, 2023:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Minutes of the Selectboard Non-Public Session of May 11, 2023. Seconded by Ms. Mayberry. With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved. The minutes are to remain sealed.


Ms. Mayberry called attention to the minutes of: 

   • Planning Board Meeting – May 9, 2023

Mrs. Pschirrer acknowledged the above reports.


2023-17, Map and Lot# 003-084-000: Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the building permit for Map and Lot# 003-084-000 to install an attached 34’ x 32.8’ garage and mud room. Seconded by Ms. Mayberry. With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

2023-18, Map and Lot# 003-068-000: Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the building permit for Map and Lot# 003-068-000 to install a 31.5’ x 12’ roof mount solar array. Seconded by Ms. Mayberry. With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.


Town Website: Mrs. Pschirrer stated that there was a request by Vicky Gohl for an ad to be placed in the Clarion to ask residents to send pictures or anything they may want to go to on the Town website. Mr. Dalessio stated that Town pictures were in abundance. Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio commented that the Walpolean is free, and this is where the information should be placed. 

Pending Further Action: Mr. Dalessio stated that regarding Houghton Brook bridge, there has been a look at the class 6 road at the far end of Wentworth. He stated this road is impassable. Funds are being looked at to see what is available. Mrs. Pschirrer asked what the next steps are. Mr. Dalessio stated that a DES representative is looking for available funds. He commented that timelines are running together, and it is taking longer to receive quotes. He stated that the quotes received are higher than expected and that a temporary bridge will have to be built. Mrs. Pschirrer stated that Mascoma Bank is giving the Town another lease on the parking lot. Mr. Dalessio stated he is trying to schedule a meeting in June for School Street. 


FMRSD:  Mr. Dalessio motioned to allow Mrs. Pschirrer to sign a letter to FMRSD requesting that they explain an error made in the Walpole attendance area. Ms. Mayberry seconded the motion. With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

BROADBAND MAPPING LETTER: Ms. Mayberry motioned to have Mrs. Pschirrer sign a letter to the Department of Public Safety requesting E-911 data. Mr. Dalessio seconded the motion. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

WATER/SEWER ARPA GRANT FORMS: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to allow Mr. Dalessio to sign the 

Strategic Planning Water and Sewer Grant to the NH Department of Environmental Services. Ms. Mayberry seconded the motion. With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

CULVERT LETTER OLD KEENE ROAD: Mrs. Pschirrer spoke to a letter received by the Selectboard asking that the Town increase the size of the culvert on Old Keene Road because the current culvert overflows during storms. Ms. Mayberry stated she was in support of this request. Mr. Dalessio stated he would like to speak to Mr. Rau before any decisions are made. Mr. Dalessio stated that the way the Town culverts are constructed can block up residents’ private ditches and culverts. Mrs. Pschirrer advised Ms. Daigle that this matter would go under “Old Business” and will be revisited after a discussion with Mr. Rau. 


Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into Hooper Trustees Meeting at 7:33 PM. Mr. Dalessio seconded. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

The meeting reconvened at 7:36 PM.


Ms. Mayberry told Mrs. Pschirrer that the staff meeting went well. Discussion focused on the difficulty in hearing the voices of the department managers when they are speaking in the meeting.


Mrs. Pschirrer called the Selectboard meeting adjourned at 7:38 PM.  

Respectfully submitted,

Jordan Cannon, Recording Secretary

Walpole Staff Meeting Minutes – 5/18/23

Selectboard Present:  Peggy L. Pschirrer, Chair; Cheryl Mayberry and Steven Dalessio

Staff Present: Jodi Daigle (Administrative Assistant/Water and Sewer Clerk); Jordan Cannon (Recording Secretary); Richard Kreissle (Manager of Finance); Kraig Harlow (Recreation Director); Ben Hoy (Recycling Center Manager); Meghan Hansson (Town Clerk/Tax Collector), Jane Malmberg (Library Director), Justin Sanctuary (Police Chief), Helen Dalbeck (Hooper Institute Executive Director)

Excused: Mike Rau (Road Agent), Sarah Downing (Manager of Administration)

CALL TO ORDER: Mrs. Pschirrer called the staff meeting to order at 5:00 PM in Walpole Town Hall. 

MANAGERS’ DISCUSSION: Mrs. Pschirrer opened up a discussion of staff meetings. Mrs. Pschirrer reflected on the assignment she put to the department managers to evaluate staff meetings and their benefit. She asked what value and purpose these meetings serve. Mrs. Pschirrer engaged those in attendance to answer certain questions:

• What do you value about staff meetings?

• What would you change about staff meetings?

• How does the staff meeting make you a better manager?

• How do you define “manager”?

• What could help you be a better manager?

Mr. Cannon wrote down answers and feedback to the questions posed by Mrs. Pschirrer.


• Meeting/projects with other departments

• Collaborative environment

• Sitting in a square 

• Everyone getting together

• Hearing what goes on day to day

• Behind the scenes news

• Variety of departments

• Use of other departments’ information

• Data/progress trends in reports

• Knowing timelines

• Everyone’s benefit


• Quarterly instead of monthly

• Change of location

• Meet at beginning of the workday/earlier – 8 am or 4 pm

• Overview of typical day

• Bimonthly

• Unusual things in reports

• Comparison to previous year

• More Context to data

• Every other month training

• Everyone contributing to the discussion

How do these meetings make you a better manager?

• Sharing challenges

How do you define manager?

• Bring people together

• Kind/supportive/listener/collaborator

• Communication/active listener

• Generalist/specialist

• Accountable for getting job done


• Train staff

• Succession plan

• Control direction

• Sets the culture/tone

What would make you a better manager/leader?

• More training working with volunteers

• Recruiting volunteers

• Training boards – instruction in training

• Training on how to deal with difficult people

Mrs. Pschirrer asked department managers to state the one important item from their report for the month.

RECYCLING: Mr. Hoy stated that one thing he wanted to mention is this week the recycling bins were painted different colors.

SELECTBOARD OFFICE: Mr. Dalessio commented that Mrs. Daigle has taken on responsibility with grants.

FINANCE: Mr. Kreissle stated he met with Lou Beam about collaborating with the Five-Towns to get a better price on fuel. 

HOOPER INSTITUTE:  Mrs. Dalbeck stated that this has been a registration month for camps and programs. She taught the fifth graders how to tell the difference between a raven and a crow.

TOWN CLERK-TAX COLLECTOR’S OFFICE: Mrs. Hansson stated that all tax bills were printed and stuffed into envelopes today.

RECREATION: Mr. Harlow stated the pool is getting fixed. They put down pickleball lines on the courts this week.

LIBRARY: Mrs. Malmberg stated that programming for summer reading has been finalized and will be published soon.

POLICE DEPARTMENT: Chief Sanctuary stated that Sgt. Landry would be back to full duty next month. Additionally, the Police Department has been doing a lot of school safety programs.


Mrs. Pschirrer voiced her gratitude to those in attendance and called the meeting adjourned at 6:01 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Jordan Cannon, Recording Secretary

Selectboard Meeting Agenda – 5/25/we

Friends of the Walpole Library Plant Sale – June, 2023

Just a reminder that the Friends of the Walpole Library Plant Sale continues on at the Walpole Reuse Center, and runs throughout the growing season. We are still looking for plants that you would like to donate to the sale. Please label them and bring them to the Reuse Center Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, 8am to 4pm.

We can also pick up potted and labeled plants at your home, if you are unable to get them to the Reuse Center. Please call 603-439-7778 to arrange that.

House plants and hostas are popular and sell well. Other perennials are also appreciated. If you have extra annuals this spring, we would gratefully accept them. Please note, we cannot accept vegetable plants.

And finally, as you garden this summer, please remember to stop by the Reuse Center to shop for new plants. Our inventory is ever changing, so check it out often.

By the way, it is not too early to be collecting books that you would like to donate to our fall book sale. More about that later.

Your ongoing support of the library is greatly appreciated!

Zoning Board Meeting Minutes – 5/17/23

Roll Call: Present: Board members: Chair Jan Galloway-Leclerc, Vice-chair Dave Edkins, Clerk Tom Murray, Pauline Barnes. Alternates: Don Sellarole, Carolyn, Vose, Shane O’Keefe, Myra Mansouri. Absent: Board member Tom Winmill. Secretary Marilou Blaine. 

Also at the meeting were Trina Carmody, Bill Carmody, Kara Dexter and Peter Dexter.

Call to Order: Ms. Galloway-Leclerc called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm. Ms. Galloway-Leclerc asked Alternate Mr. O’Keefe to fill in for the absent board member. He agreed. 

Minutes: Ms. Barnes made two corrections on page 2. In the third paragraph change “if” to “it” and in the third paragraph from the bottom “decide” to “decided.” Mr. O’Keefe recommended that the last sentence on page 2 of the second to last paragraph be stricken from the board’s draft minutes of the meeting of April 19, 2023 and replaced with the following sentence. “Mr. Winmill left the meeting at about 7:40 pm.“ Ms. Leclerc corrected the date in the first paragraph of the section 186 Barnett Hill Road to April 17, 2023 and on page 2, fourth page it should read “Ms. Galloway-Leclerc said “it was on the agenda.” Finally, the statutory reason for going into nonpublic season was RSA 91-A:3 (c) “Matters which if discussed in public, would likely affect adversely the reputation of any person, other than a member of the body itself.”  Mr. Edkins made a motion to approve the amended minutes. Ms. Barnes seconded the motion and the motion carried.

Old Business:

Variance: William and Trina Carmody, 31 Pleasant St., Tax Map 20, Lot 25, Residential B district. Add a 6-foot-by-30-foot covered porch to the front of the house. Article V, D-2. Distance to the center of the road.

Mr. Carmody had a drawing on display that showed the porch. Board members also had a copy of the identical image. Mr. Carmody said the main reason for the porch was to help alleviate water coming into his basement. He said with the porch the snow will come off the roof six feet from his foundation. He is also putting in some drains on either side of the house to help with the situation. Mr. Murray asked what kind of roof. Mr. Carmody said he was thinking of a ribbed metal roof so instead of the snow sliding off the roof the ribbing would make it move more slowly. His house is 20 feet from the edge of the road and there’s another 18 feet to its center. He was asked to read the five criteria for a variance and his answers are in quotes.

He wrote:

1. Granting the variance would not be contrary to the public interest because:

“Adding a front porch to said property will not in any way affect or encroach upon abutters.”

2. If the variance were granted, the spirit of the ordinance would be observed because:

“The added porch will not affect road frontage or snow removal requirements of the town.”

3. Granting the variance would do substantial justice because:

“It will improve water drainage away from the home’s foundation, the most important aspect of the request.”

4. Granting the variance will not diminish the values of the surrounding properties because:

“It will enhance the curb appeal of the house, thereby improving the values of abutting properties.”

Unnecessary Hardship: 

​a. Owing to the special conditions of the property that distinguish it from the other properties in ​the area, denial of the variance would result in unnecessary hardship because:

​“This house sits so close to the road center because of changes made by the town regarding ​the road many years ago.”

​b. The proposed use is a reasonable one because:

​“The added front porch will help solve a winter water issue, it won’t affect other properties and ​will improve the appearance of the house.”

There being no questions from the Board, Mr. Edkins made a motion to approve the variance as it has satisfied the five criteria as specified in the application. Before the motion was seconded Ms. Barnes suggested that because of the August 2022 legislative changes in zoning regulations that each of the criteria be addressed. Other Board members agreed. Ms Barnes said that Mr. Carmody met the five criteria. The porch would not alter the essential character of the neighborhood and it would not affect health and safety. It would do substantial justice addressing a drainage problem, without adversely affecting neighbors. Neighbors have not objected that the porch would diminish values. The hardship is that the property is uniquely pie-shaped and four feet below the road unlike neighboring properties that do not have this problem. Ms. Barnes now seconded Mr. Edkins’ motion.

Mr. O’Keefe asked if the motion should note that changes to the porch, such as it being enclosed or a second story added would need a variance. It was the consensus of the Board that just doing either of those things would automatically mean the applicant needed a variance. The Board voted on the motion to unanimously approve Mr. and Mrs. Carmody’s application for a variance.

Nonpublic Session minutes

A motion was made and seconded to go into nonpublic session. After a few minutes when members had read the one-page minute report Mr. Edkins made a motion to come out of nonpublic session. Mr. O’Keefe seconded the motion. There was no discussion of the minutes. Mr. Edkins made a motion to approve the minutes. Ms. Barnes seconded the motion and the motion carried. There was no motion to seal the minutes.

Discussion: Variance versus Expansion of a Non-Conforming Uses

Chair Galloway-Leclerc wrote an email to the New Hampshire Municipal Association (NHMA) explaining the situation of Mr. and Mrs. Carmody. (See above.) She wrote “There was debate among board members regarding whether he needed a variance or an expansion of a non-conforming use. The use – a home with a porch – is a conforming use in the residential district where the property lies. The non-conformity lies with the size of the lot and the setback of the house from the road and the property boundaries.”

Mr. Stephen Buckley’s reply was “I am not saying, nor did my prior email at all state, that the residential use is non-conforming. Rather, my email said the use is probably non-conforming to the dimensional requirements of your zoning ordinance. Yes, indeed, that is what I said and that is what I mean. A property that came into existence prior to zoning may be non-conforming as a use, but also non-conforming as to the dimension requirements of your zoning ordinance, such as lot size and setbacks.

“The job of the ZBA is to determine whether by placing the proposed porch further into the front yard setback does this constitute a substantially different use and therefore the proposed expansion would not be protected by the provisions of RSA 674:19.

“Whether any of your hypothetical situations occur in the future is not before you at this time. At this time the ZBA needs to determine whether the proposed front porch for a house is or is not a substantially changed use such that a variance is required before the porch can be built.”

The board discussion about this topic was “Should the ZBA be making these decisions?” Mr. Edkins asked. The Zoning Board is an appeals board. The Select Board or a Zoning Coordinator should be making these decisions, he continued.. Mr. O’Keefe suggested that many towns have a part-time Zoning Coordinator and share such a person with several towns. Maybe that could happen here in Walpole. It was decided that Ms. Galloway-Leclerc and Mr Edkins would go to a Select Board meeting and this topic would be presented.  


Last year the ZBA had a colorful zoning map framed and now it is hanging in the Town Hall entry hall. Ms. Galloway-Leclerc asked Mr. Buckley “May we refer to the new map in the Ordinance by adding “amended” and the date without a vote of the town? If we may, should the date amended be the date the map was revised or the date that the town approved the changes to the zoning district?”

Mr. Buckley’s response was “This new and improved zoning map should refer to all of the dates map amendments were approved like the following: “approved by town meeting in 1966, and amended in 1972 and in (insert the years of the two additional amendments  since 1972).” Since all zoning map changes were approved by town meeting, no further town meeting approvals would be necessary for the new and improved zoning map.”

Letter from Town Attorney

The letter from the Chair to Jeremy Hockensmith concerned a decision by the Board at the April 2023 meeting regarding permission given to a couple to put a mobile home on their property while they were making repairs to their fire-damaged house. See Ordinance IV, F-3. Since the repairs require a building permit and involve construction codes and code conditions from other service people, these are permits that are determined not by the ZBA but the Town Offices, Mr. Hockensmith wrote.

After a short discussion it was thought that the Town Offices should handle the whole question of approval and not involve the ZBA. Why should someone who had incurred a disaster at their home have to wait until he/she can attend a once-a-month ZBA meeting when much of the permitting process is handled already by the Town Offices? This will be added to the list of items to be discussed with the Select Board.

Town Web Site

The town has hired a new company to build a new town web site. While some of the ZBA applications on the site need corrections, Ms. Judy Trow has offered to update all the applications after the new town website is up and running.

Expired ruling

More than a year ago the board gave permission for a person to demolish a vacant home on his property. The home still stands. The ruling was due to his request for an extension of his original request. This topic will also be brought up with the Select Board.


Ms. Galloway-Leclerc was told by a Select Board person that the ZBA could get assistance from the Southwest Regional Planning Commission to review its Walpole Ordinance document. She will inquire of the Select Board about the process for getting their help.


Mr. O’Keefe made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Edkins seconded the motion and the motion carried. The time was 8:30 pm.

These minutes are not approved but will be reviewed for corrections, omissions and additions at its regular June meeting.

Respectfully submitted,

Marilou Blaine

ZBA Secretary

cc: ZBA, WPB, Town Offices, The Walpolean.

Posted: Inside the Town Hall, on the bulletin board outside the Post Office,


Library Trustees Meeting Minutes – 5/5/23

Present:  Amy Howard (Chair), Kathy Nerrie (Treasurer), Gail LaHaise, Susan Johnson, 

Bill Ranauro, Tim Lester, Sarah Mann, Jean Kobeski (Recording Secretary), Erin Bowen, 

Jane Malmberg (Library Director), Cheryl Mayberry (Selectboard Liaison)

Amy brought the meeting to order at 4:30 p.m.  She welcomed Cheryl Mayberry, who will now serve as the Selectboard liaison to the library.  This meeting was recorded.

Approval of Minutes: Amy moved to accept the April minutes as written.  Gail seconded, and all voted to approve the April minutes.

Treasurers Report: Kathy emailed the Treasurer’s report to the trustees prior to the meeting.  She explained that next month’s debit charge may seem a little high, but it will reflect charges for the first two months we had the card. 

Bills:  Jane explained that magazine subscriptions used to come from Amazon and each one would be paid for as renewal came due.  Amazon no longer offers subscription services so Jane has gone with another company that renews all subscriptions together once a year.  So trustees will see a subscription bill for $410 but that is for all the magazines.

Jean asked about the NH State Park pass listed under library passes.  Jane said it is a new addition.  Kathy suggested listing the passes on the library website and in the Clarion as a reminder to people that they are available. Jane said they are on the website but she and Julie will post them elsewhere as summer approaches.

Gail moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report and Bills.  Susan seconded and all voted in favor.

Motion passed. 

Old Business

Chimney: Jane reported that she has not heard from Don.  She will follow up. Amy said she would also be glad to contact him and ask that he email Jane.

Front Door:  Jane reports that Adam has ordered materials for the door. He has been very attentive and keeps in touch frequently.  He stated that there is no place on the building where the automatic open button will work;  the trustees discussed alternatives. Jane said Adam  plans to start the installation on June 7 or 8.

The Cooke Bench:  The dedication of the bench will be in early June. 

Signage for the library buildings:  Sarah showed mock-ups of signs created by the logo designer.  She also contacted Keene Sign Worx and asked for examples of signs with changeable letters, which she showed the trustees.  She said this company has a team that will take our requirements and create designs.  

Kathy said the trustees need to discuss what they want to achieve with this sign;  will changeable letters be necessary?  Perhaps a sandwich board could be used to announce upcoming events.  

Amy suggested having mock-ups and prices for the June meeting.  Sarah will contact Sign Worx. Perhaps Sarah can send out examples before the June meeting. At that time, since the bench will be in place, trustees can decide on design, size, and placement.  

Kathy said that, if someone is so inclined, Maker Spaces in Brattleboro has the machinery available to make signs. She knows the manager and will get some information from him.         

New Business

Giving Tuesday:  Jane raised the idea of the Friends of the Library participating in Giving Tuesday but, after discussing this with the trustees, decided to table the idea. The library does not have a particular project planned for which donations can be targeted.

Summer Reading Incentives:  It was decided that the canvas library totes will be the incentive  gift for adults and teens who sign up for the summer reading program.  Jane said Julie suggested having a table set up outside the post office to take sign-ups. Amy suggested having one at the Recycling Center. Jane will look into getting permission to do that. 

Operations:  Jane emailed the Operations report to the trustees prior to the meeting.  

Buildings and Grounds: Tim asked what could potentially be torn up on the grounds when the chimney work is underway. Amy answered that she would notify Rich Anderson next door when the work begins and they have a better idea of what will be happening. Amy also said that, when they finally talk to Don, they will need to clarify clean-up and potential repair of the grounds upon completion of the work. 

Friends of the Library:  The Friends have cleaned out the chicken coop in preparation for late August book donations for the book sale.

Adjournment: With no further business to discuss, Gail moved to adjourn the meeting;  Erin seconded.  Amy closed the meeting at 5:33 P.M.

The next meeting will be June 12, 2022 at 4:30 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Jean Kobeski, Recording Secretary

** These minutes are in draft form until approved at the June 12,2022 meeting.

Planning Board Meeting Minutes – 5/9/23