Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 9/13/18

Selectboard Present: Peggy Pschirrer (Chair); Steven Dalessio; Cheryl Mayberry

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this Selectboard meeting to order at 6:30 PM in the Walpole Town Hall.  She advised this meeting is being recorded and asked anyone wishing to speak to identify themselves for the record.  There were eight people in attendance from the public.

PUBLIC BUSINESS:

NEIL COUGHLIN – Re: Ramsay Hill Road Easement:  Mr. Coughlin requested that the Selectboard establish the east side of a Class 6 portion of Ramsay Hill Road that was deeded to the Town in 1999, and return that portion of land that the new road does not occupy to the abutting land owners, Neil P. and Judith A. Coughlin.  He submitted and explained documents that give an accurate account of the train of events from 1987, the year Neil P. and Judith A. Coughlin purchased property from Pam Potter on Ramsay Hill Road, to the present.  There were covenants on the Quitclaim Deeds.  The survey map showing the re-layout of Ramsay Hill Road, dated September 8, 2018, was done by DiBernardo Associates, LLC.  Mrs. Pschirrer pointed out that the Town will have to research to find out if the Town has a deed for that land.  She did not see any objections as to why the Town should not give this portion back to Mr. and Mrs. Coughlin as the two small pieces are of no value to the Town.  Mr. Dalessio had no objections but the Selectboard need to be sure it is done right.  Mr. Coughlin replied there is a Quitclaim Deed.  Mrs. Pschirrer summarized that the Selectboard will speak with Mr. DiBernardo, surveyor, and work out the details for the process.

Mr. Dalessio moved that the Selectboard sub-divide the Quiitclaim Deed land to give the two corners back to Mr. and Mrs. Coughlin.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.  

DARLENE PECOR:   Mrs. Darlene Pecor, North Walpole, had several issues to discuss.

Sewer Debt:  Mrs. Pecor advised they own a property on East Street that they receive one tax bill.  After they turned the garage into an apartment, the property became two family units and they receive two sewer bills with debt fees on both.  When E9-1-1 was established this property, it was given two addresses: 7 and 5 East Street.  There are two meters.  Mr. Dalessio said they would go back to check on this property to see how the sewer lines are connected and will get back to her.

Sewer Back-Up:  Mrs. Pecor reported they had a sewer back-up at the end of June at 5 East Street where they have a basement apartment.  Clean-up costs were over $1,000, just for plumbers.  They were the only residents affected at this time.  She was told the sewer blockage was close to the school hill.  The tenants did not cause the issue; it was a Town issue. Therefore their insurance company would not cover the claim.  Mr. Dalessio advised they would review their records on that location.

Storm Drainage:  Mrs. Pecor stated for over two years they asked about the storm drain as it is dreadful.  They keep getting told they are on the list but never make it to the top.  She called at least six weeks ago about the dam the beavers built at Hennessey’s Pond.  Mrs. Pschirrer explained they have to have someone other than the Highway employees trap the beavers.  The Town is also not able to touch any dams without permission from the Department of Environmental Services (DES).  The Selectboard can start the process but it takes a long time.  They can talk to Mr. Gary Speed about trapping the beavers and she will talk to the Highway Department about the drainage.  Mrs. Pecor said the stones keep sinking in the ground more and more.

North Walpole Sidewalks:  The sidewalks need to be taken care of; every year she gets the same answer.

Mrs. Pschirrer suggested Mrs. Pecor also discuss these issues with the North Walpole Village Commissioners.  The storm drain is a Town matter.

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:

Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel and (c) Reputations.  Mr. Dalessio seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:04 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:52 PM.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of September 13, 2018, be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $14,448.10 for checks issued September 14, 2018.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

PAYROLL:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Register for the week ending September 8, 2018, in the amount of $23,838.17 for checks issued September 14, 2018.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes for Withholding, MEDI and FICA taxes in the amount of $4,795.92 for the week ending September 8, 2018.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – September 6, 2018:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of September 6, 2018, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – September 6, 2018:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of September 6, 2018, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meeting:

• Walpole Conservation Commission Meeting – August 6, 2018.

TIMBER TAX WARRANT:

NH DOT Right of Way for Route 12, Sargent Corp, Certification of Yield Taxes Assessed and Timber Tax Warrant: Ms. Mayberry moved to approve and sign the Warrant, Yield Tax Levy, and Certification of Yield Taxes Assessed for the Sargent Corporation in the amount of $255.83 for trees removed as part of the Route 12 Reconstruction Project in North Walpole.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Notice of Intent to Cut Wood or Timber – Map and Lot #011-050-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve and sign the Notice of Intent to Cut Wood or Timber for Lakeville Shores, Inc. Map and Lot #011-050-000.  This property is accessed from March Hill Road and borders the southeast side of the Boy Scout property.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

Water and Sewer Receipts to Date:  The Selectboard received the Water and Sewer Receipts to Date 9/12/2018.  The Total Receipts for Q2 – 2018 Billing is $150,808.85 = 87.3%.  Total Left to Collect for Q2 – 2018 Billing is $21,909.72.

Quarterly Receipt Comparison for Water & Sewer:  The Quarterly Receipt Comparison for Water & Sewer was received.

Water and Sewer Charts:  Mr. Dalessio explained the first set of new charts indicating the following: $ By Due Date (30+/- Days); $ Collected At 90+/- Day; and Total Percentage Collected in Q4 – 2017, Q1 – 2018; and Q2 – 2018 (not yet fully collected).  The Selectboard agreed the Town is doing very well with water and sewer collections.

Letter to NH DES Water Supply Land Protection Grant Program Coordinator.  Following a lengthy discussion there was a consensus to not send this letter of support as the group of Town residents who applied for these Grants does not own the land.      

Pooled Sick Leave Policy:  Mr. Dalessio mentioned that according to the current policy unless an employee has donated he/she is not eligible to receive pooled sick leave.  Mrs. Pschirrer said the Selectboard has the right to revise or discontinue the policy as they choose.  People may contribute time to this pool and it will be converted to dollars.  Ms. Mayberry recommended making employees aware of the Sick Leave Policy and Vacation Time Policy by putting a note in the employee’s envelope with their pay check in early December.  In order for an employee to be eligible for donated Sick Leave it is suggested they contribute at least one day each year if they have it.  Mrs. Downing will work on the revisions.

NEW BUSINESS:

NH Housing Finance Authority – Re: Abenaki Springs Phase II:  There was a consensus of the Selectboard to send a letter to the NH Housing Finance Authority regarding Abenaki Springs Phase II.  Due date is next Thursday, September 20th.

Maplewood Nursing Home Ground Breaking Ceremony:  An announcement was received that there will be a Ground Breaking Ceremony at the Maplewood Nursing Home on Thursday, September 20, 2018, at 1:00 PM.   Let Mrs. Downing know if interested in attending.

Health Trust Public Hearing Notice and Annual Meeting with Board Elections:  There will be a Health Trust Public Hearing and Annual Meeting with Board Elections on September 27th, 2018.  They have an open seat if anyone is interested in being on their Board.

North Road – Re: Tree Damage:  The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of an email from Mr. Eric Merklein regarding tree damage.  Mrs. Pschirrer forwarded a copy to Mr. Rau at the Highway Department.  One dead tree will be cut down.

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:

Mr. Dalessio moved to recess this Selectboard meeting.  The Selectboard will enter into a meeting as the Hooper Trustees.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 8:50 PM.  

The regular meeting resumed at 9:14 PM.

ADJOURNMENT:

Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 9:15 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Hooper Trustees Meeting Minutes – 9/13/18

Hooper Trustees Present:  Peggy Pschirrer (Chair); Steven Dalessio; Cheryl Mayberry

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this Hooper Trustees meeting to order at 8:50 PM.

HOOPER TRUSTEES MINUTES:

HOOPER TRUSTEES MEETING – September 6, 2018:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Hooper Trustees meeting of September 6, 2018, as submitted.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NEW BUSINESS:

Hooper Institute:  Ms. Mayberry attended the Hooper Institute Board meeting last Tuesday.  The members reviewed the proposed budget and plan to approve it at their next meeting.  It will be submitted to the Hooper Trustees on time.  There was discussion about the Maintenance Fund and future improvements that could be made to the building. Ms. Mayberry explained how the sewer billings and sewer debt are calculated.  Mr. Dalessio suggested consideration be given to changing the make-up of the Hooper Board.  The Hooper Board could oversee three sub-committees:  Hooper Education, Community Gardens and Hooper Scholarship. Mrs. Pschirrer felt the By-laws should be reviewed.  Ms. Mayberry mentioned talking with Mr. Tom Goins about updating his merger plan with explanations.   She summarized that it was a productive meeting.

ADJOURNMENT:

Mr. Dalessio moved to adjourn this Hooper Trustees meeting.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 9:14 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Freiends of the Library Book Sale

It will be here before you know it! It’s nearly the deadline for book donations after all! – Lil

Library Book Sale

October 26-28, 2018

(Please see our poster for further details)

Here are a few other bits of information that we would like to share with you.

• Book drop off will end on Thursday, October 4th

• If you would like to help to offset the cost of renting tables for the sale, you can sponsor a table or several tables for $10 each.  Your help with this would be very appreciated!

• Individuals and organizations can also rent tag sale tables at the book sale for $25 each.

If you would like more information, please contact Cheryl at 756-4066.

Planning Board Meeting Minutes – 9/11/18

Present: Chair Jeff Miller, Co-chair Robert Miller, Secretary James Aldrich, Jason Perron, Peggy Pschirrer, Selectboard Representative. Alternates: Joanna Andros, Jeff Colley. Absent: Dennis Marcom, Jeff White.

Recording: Marilou Blaine. These minutes are unapproved and will be reviewed at the regular October 2018 meeting for corrections, additions and/or omissions.

Roll Call: Mr. J. Miller called the meeting to order at 7 pm. Since two Board members were absent, Mr. J. Miller asked Ms. Andros to fill in so the Board would have a five-person quorum.

Minutes: Mrs. Barbara Spivey, an abutter of Mrs. Mary McMahon, made these corrections via email: page 3, paragraph 3 change “developed” to “subdivided,” page 3, paragraph 12 add the word “one” before “using the land.” At the meeting, Mr. R. Miller made a motion to approve the minutes as written. Mr. Perron seconded the motion and the motion passed.

Old Business: Two-Lot Subdivision  Mary McMahon – 58 Adams Lane of Whipple Hill Road. Ms. McMahon has withdrawn her application.

Public Hearing for Subdivision for Hooper Golf Course, Map  8, Lots 61 and 62A. Walpole D and D LLC is the owner of 140.22 acres of land known as Hooper Golf Course. Exclusion Area 1 and Exclusion Area 2 are to be subdivided. Lot 61 is 8.82 acres with 601.3 feet of road frontage on Prospect Hill Rd. Lot 62 A received a variance from the ZBA in August. It is .34 acres with 89.2 feet of road frontage.

Mr. Fred Dill, the owner, represented the Golf Course and talked about the subdivision. Mr. Dill proposed subdividing off the cottage and the eight acres that includes the tavern, the pro shop and the barn. That leaves the golf course and a restricted area around the golf course. The cottage property received a variance last month from the Zoning Board to be an approved lot even though it is non-conforming.

The cottage is on a small lot, said Mr. Dill. Nothing can be built on the lot and a restricted area surrounds it. The golf course is also restricted in that it may be used only for a golf course or for farming purposes. The restrictions are very strict, Ms. Dill said.

Mr. J. Miller reiterated that the Zoning Board granted a variance to the cottage property and the Monadnock Conservancy outlined all the property around the buildings as well at the golf course and restricted areas in perpetuity. This is a formal meeting for subdivision approval, he said.

Mr. J. MilleI r asked if the public had any questions. There being none, he closed the Public Hearing.

Public Hearing for a Recommendation to the Planning Board for a Special Exception in a rural/ag district for a commercial business, Map 4 Lot 3-6 on Route 12. This lot was previously a gravel pit but no gravel has been taken out of it for several years. The lot closer to the road, also owned by Mr. Sawyer, was where a flea market was previously held several years ago. Mr. Sawyer would like to lease his land to Mr. Andrew MacIntyre of Westminster, VT to store three (3) tractor trailer trucks and a couple of pickup trucks for his trucking business.

Mr. MacIntyre introduced himself. He said he is the owner of a small trucking company and wants to store three trucks and a couple of pickups on Mr. Sawyer’s property on the back lot where Mr. Sawyer’s gravel pit is. Mr. MacIntyre has three 68-foot tractor trailers. He has stored his trucks in Westminster but that space will no longer be available.

He said the trucks on Mr. Sawyer’s land would primarily be there on the weekends but could sometimes be there during the week. There would be no loads on the trucks when parked.

Mr. Sawyer owns two parcels of land off of Route 12 and the trucks would be stored on the land in the back, out of sight. There is a line of trees there.

Access to that lot is already an approved right-of-way. Trucks would turn in from Route 12, across from Benson Woodworking, and go across the lot where the flea market booths were. Mr. MacIntyre said it would be less impact on that back lot having trucks parked there than operating equipment digging holes and having multiple trucks going in and out hauling gravel.  “We’re looking at having trucks go in and out three or four times a week,” he said.

The field that the trucks will cross will still be remain agricultural, Mr. MacIntyre said. The field is hayed once or twice a year. The back lot has all the proper setbacks and the parking area would be 120 feet by 120 feet.

Mr. MacIntyre said it would be double the amount of space of the room the hearing was being held. It’s  not a lot of space and won’t’ be all the time. For example, he said, he has one truck in Pennsylvania now and the driver won’t be back until early Saturday morning, when “you guys are sleeping” and when maybe three or four cars are on the road. There is a locked gate at the entrance to the front lot.

Mr. J. Miller asked if there were any questions.

Ms. Andros said she had walked the property and she noticed the gate. Mr. MacIntyre said, there’s enough room there for the trucks to pull in and be off the road and then open the gate, drive the truck in, park it and leave in another vehicle and re-lock the gate.

Ms. Andros wanted to know exactly where on the map the trucks will be parked. Mr. MacIntrye said there’s about a 15-foot wide access to the back lot and then there are some trees and the trucks will be behind the trees. It will be on the left side. Ms. Andros asked if she could come up and look at the map closer. Mr. MacIntrye said, “Absolutely.”

Mr. J. Miller asked Mr. MacIntrye if he would object to coming back to the Zoning Board if he wanted to have 5 trucks. Mr. MacIntrye said every business wants to grow. If we grow to seven or eight or nine trucks – at which point Mr. J. Miller said you wouldn’t want to be there anyway. Mr. MacIntyre agreed. Mr. Miller asked if a limit of five trucks was a good number. Mr. MacIntyre agreed.

Ms. Pschirrer asked if the trucks would be empty. Mr. MacIntyre said if they have a load on them I’m not going to put them in there. It’s very rare that the trucks bring a load home, he said. If it isn’t delivered, I don’t get paid, so if a truck comes in on a Friday or Saturday I want it delivered. If it is loaded, it will go to the customer.

Mr. Eric Merklein asked if the lot would switch from agriculture to commercial. Mr. J. Miller interjected, “It’s just a Special Exception.” The land still stays in rural/ ag. Then Mr. Merklein asked that given the request that’s coming from D& C Transportation, is that setting a precedent?

Mr. J. Miller said, “Not at all. Every situation is unique unto itself.” There’s no correlation to another project.

Mr. John Sise said he wouldn’t put a truck there because it would be vandalized. Mr. MacIntyre said, “No one’s going to vandalize a truck.” Mr. Sawyer says there’s video surveillance there. Mr. MacIntye said there’s also surveillance on the trucks – that’s how sophisticated trucks are today.

Mr. Sise continued that he didn’t know why Mr. MacIntyre would want to be in a rural area when across the street in the Industrial Park there would be room. Mr. MacIntyre said he didn’t want to go there.

Then Mr. Sise said there isn’t even room to turn around. Mr. MacIntrye said he could turn one of those trucks around from where he was standing to the middle of the street (Elm Street) and not have any trouble. Second, he said, he’d rather have his trucks on Mr. Sawyer’s property because he feels it’s safer than at the Industrial Park.

Mr. Sise said he still didn’t understand because Mr. MacIntyre would have to plow the access area and pave it. Both Mr. Sawyer and Mr. MacIntyre said they were not going to pave it. Mr. MacIntyre said he didn’t think Mr. Sise understood how much traffic going is in there. “There are a limited amount of trucks coming out of there once or maybe twice a week.” It was previously an access that hauled gravel, loaders. The land is already compacted.

Mr. Jerod Walters, who lives on South Street, said he was concerned about where the trucks were going to be parked. Mr. MacIntyre said that they were going to be far enough back so the trucks wouldn’t be seen from the road. Mr. Walters said that there are a lot of cars coming out of Blackjack Crossing and having 68-foot trucks coming out there – he thought it would be better if he would be in a commercial spot. There have been a lot of accidents right there, Mr. Walters said.

Mr. MacIntyre said you can’t control where accidents are going to happen. They can happen anywhere. That truck is big enough that you should be able to see 300 feet away.

Mr. J. Miller asked if he was going to do maintenance of the trucks there. Mr. MacIntyre said he wasn’t.

Mr. Sawyer said he had a driveway permit there for commercial vehicles for 33 years and it was just renewed.

Peter Palmiotto asked about the drivers. Mr. MacIntrye said the drivers would leave there personal vehicles there while they were out driving the trucks. So there will actually be more than 3 trucks there. Mr. Palmiotto said. Each truck will have a driver and each driver would leave their vehicle there while they were driving a truck somewhere, Mr. MacIntyre explained. Then Mr. Palmiotto asked if the trucks would be idling during the night. Mr. MacIntyre said “no” that when the drivers come back, they are not going to want to stay there overnight. They all live within a short distance. They’re not going to want to stay overnight. They’re going to go home.

Mr. Tom Goins asked what was the number one reason he wanted to move there.  Mr. MacIntyre said he looked at multiple places in Walpole, there’s no place in Westminster. He’s looked at Bellows Falls and Rockingham and I feel it’s going to be safer there, at Mr. Sawyer’s place. Mr. Goins asked if the other places were more expensive. Mr. MacIntrye said the prices were all over the place. This place was safer for his “rigs.” So it’s not based on economics? Mr. Goins continued. Mr. MacIntyre said no.

Ms. Andros asked Mr. MacIntyre if he had looked at other places in the commercial zone. It’s not a question of availability, Mr. MacIntyre said, it’s a question of safety for his trucks. He continued that he had looked at RN Johnson’s place and he would have had to build a fence around the trucks to keep them safe because it’s very easy to have someome come up and steal something off the trucks.

Ms. Andros said then you’re saying there are other lots available. Mr. MacIntyre said they are available but not acceptable for my needs.

Mr. J. Miller asked if there were any more questions. There being none he closed the hearing.

Two-lot subdivision: Neil P. and Judith A. Coughlin, Ramsay Hill Rd., Map 11, Lot 11 in the rural/ag district. The Coughlins want to take land from one lot and added it to another lot so that the second lot will have 200 feet of road frontage.

Surveyor Joe DiBernardo represented the Coughlins. His son Vaughn was there to help him. Mr. DiBernardo explained that the Coughlin lot was the last one on Ramsay Hill Road on a Class V road. Next to that is a lot they own that is mostly on a Class VI road. After the subdivision one lot will be 12.28 acres with 285 feet of road frontage and the other will be 5.1 acres with 200 feet of road frontage. Both lots will be on a Class V road.

To gain the footage, he took a sliver from the adjacent lot that is on a Class V road and added to the larger lot. So the lot angles and juts into the adjacent lot. The property is in the rural/ag zone so it must be 40,000 square feet minimum.

He had a note from the road agent that the property goes back to pole 45 and meets all the criteria. Also, he said if the subdivision is approved he would issue a driveway permit.

There are a couple of restrictions on the property. There is a scenic easement heading to the northwest and a no-build restriction. This is a relocation of the road in 1999.

Mrs. Mary Lou Montgomery, who owns an adjacent lot, asked about the status of that road that was changed in 1999. The deed restriction that was done is 1999 is Class VI road, Mr. DiBernardo said. Mrs. Montgomery was still unsure whether there was 200 feet frontage on a Class V.

Mr. DiBernardo showed where the corner of the lot was on the map and then went along the front of the lot saying it was all Class V. So that’s 200 feet. Mrs. Montgomery was unclear where the land that was taken was. Mr. DiBernardo said it takes off at an angle and goes back to the stone wall.

Someone from the audience asked about the depth of the sliver.

Mr. DiBernardo said he’s about 30 feet. Does 30 feet of frontage, the man started to ask when Mr. J. Miller clarified his question saying that it was not frontage, it’s depth.

There being no further questions. Mr. J. Miller closed the Public Hearing,

Public Hearing for a Recommendation to the Planning Board for a Special Exception to allow a commercial business for an auto repair shop to move to another lot within the Industrial Park. Tax Map 1 Lot 3-7. Industrial District.

Peter Dexter, owner of DBA Dexpart, requested a Special Exception to move his auto repair business into another building in the Industrial Park. The building was previously used for production of modular home components by Bensonwood Homes and originally was where platform tennis courts were made.

Mr. Peter Dexter introduced himself. He owns Dexpart in the Industrial Park and he repair cars made by Audi and Volkswagen. He has been in his current shop for 10 years. He’s hoping to purchase a building, 200 feet away from his current address. The building is at the end of the Industrial Park, which was originally a platform tennis business. Benson Woodworking now owns the building and we are working together to make sure that sale happens.

He explained that ten years ago he had to get a variance, which was what the rules were then. And that was approved by the Zoning Board. He will continue to do what he is doing now in that new building, which has much more space. It’s more than double the size of his current building.

So he was at the Planning Board meeting to get approved to more forward to get approval from the Zoning Board. He said he meets parking and loading requirements. Parking is plentiful. It’s at the end of a cul-de-sac. There’s zero traffic unless you’re lost or coming to do business with us.

The permit shows all the setbacks and the building and lot are all approved, Mr. Dexter said.

Mr. Eric Merklein said it’s a great map. Others agreed.

There being no questions, Mr. J. Miller closed the Public Hearing.

Discussion of the Public Hearings.

Subdivision at Hooper Golf Course: Mr. Perron moved that the Board accept the subdivision as presented. Mr. Aldrich seconded the motion and the motion carried.

Recommendation for a Special Exception for Mr. Sawyer and the parking of trucks: Ms. Andros thought they should continue the hearing rather than making a decision.

Mr. Perron said he didn’t have any questions but asked if the decision was not approving the project but purely a recommendation. We are making a decision on the request. Mr. J. Miller said the recommendation is non-binding.

Mr. Perron wanted to know if they could make requirements on the special exception.

Mr. J. Miller said his main concern was if the number of trucks increased.

Mr. R. Miller asked how much of agricultural land be used. Mr. Sawyers said only only 120 feet by 120 feet of the back four acres of the gravel pit will be used. Mr. Perron asked Mr. MacIntyre if the number of five trucks is acceptable. The answer was “five is reasonable.”

Mr. Perron made a motion to recommend the Special Exception with the condition of a maximum number of five trucks and no storage buildings at the site. Ms. Pschirrer seconded the motion. And the motion carried 4 to 1, with Ms. Andros voting no.

Recommendation for a Special Exception for Peter Dexter to move his auto repair business to another building in the Industrial Park: 

Mr. R. Miller made a motion to accept the request as presented. Mr. Perron seconded the motion and the motion unanimously carried.

Subdivision of two lots of the Coughlin property on Ramsay Hill Road:

Mr. R. Miller made a motion to accept the subdivision as presented. Mr. Aldrich seconded the motion and the motion unanimously passed.

New Business:

Voluntary Merger – Ray Aumand, Mountain View Road, North Walpole. Define the area that is the driveway and merge it to 028-143. Mr. DiBernardo has to come back with a notarized voluntary merger form from Mr. Aumand.

D&C Transportation – Special Exception in rural/ag for a gas station/convenience store on Route 12, next to the veterinary clinic. This is a refiling of the application. It was originally withdrawn at the May 2018 meeting.

Mr. Michael Bentley, a Keene lawyer, made the presentation for Mr. James Phippard who was on vacation. He requested a Public Hearing for D & C Transportation for a Recommendation from the Planning for a Special Exception to have a convenience store/gas station in a rural/ag zone in October.

He mentioned that the company had been before the Planning Board earlier this year. The application will be exactly the same as it was before. The only difference is that Mr. Paul Saba is not involved with the application. The application is from D&C Transportation.

Mr. Perron made a motion to hold a Public Hearing in October. Mr. Aldrich seconded the motion and the motion carried. Mr. Colley recused himself from voting on a decision as he spoke against the proposal in May.

Workshop: Tuesday, September 25, 7 pm. Mr. J. Miller said that some people from Rockingham, VT will be at the meeting to discuss mutual problems. The Board will also be a look at the beginning draft of the solar ordinance prepared by Mr. Colley and Ms. Andros.

Mr. Merklein said that the workshop meeting already had a lot to discuss, Ms. Carol Ogleby will be at the October workshop.

Mr. Aldrich made a motion to adjourn the meeting. The motion was seconded and the motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Marilou Blaine

Coming Soon to Walpole

Friday, October 5th at the Museum—Antique appraisal night!  4- 6:30 pm – outside and inside at the Museum.  An opportunity to bring your favorite heirloom or antique and learn about it’s history and value!

Friday, October 19th, at the Walpole Town Hall—7pm  We begin a new speaker series.  Keith Stavely and Kathleen Fitzgerald will present US Tastes- the First American Cookbook

Watch for more information coming soon!!  Hope to see everyone there.

Select board Meeting Minutes – 9/6/18

Selectboard Present: Peggy Pschirrer (Chair); Steven Dalessio; Cheryl Mayberry

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this Selectboard meeting to order at 6:30 PM in the Walpole Town Hall.  She advised this meeting is being recorded and asked anyone wishing to speak to identify themselves for the record.  There were no people from the public in attendance.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $32,136.43 for checks issued September 7, 2018.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

PAYROLL:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Register for the week ending September 01, 2018, in the amount of $25,838.46 for checks issued September 7, 2018.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes for Withholding, MEDI and FICA taxes in the amount of $5,219.46 for the week ending September 01, 2018.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – August 30, 2018:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of August 30, 2018, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – August 30, 2018:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of August 30, 2018, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

Water and Sewer Receipts to Date:  The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the Water/Sewer Receipts to Date 9/5/2018 from Mrs. Daigle.  Total Receipts for Q2 – 2018 Billing are $141,259.72 = 81.8%.  They are doing very well with collections.

Quarterly Receipt Comparison for Water & Sewer:  The Selectboard reviewed the Quarterly Receipt Comparison for Water & Sewer.

Letter to Peter Dexter:  Mr. O’Brien wrote to the Selectboard to inquire as to why the Selectboard gave Mr. Dexter a Junk Yard Permit.  Upon reading all the RSAs the Selectboard has determined that a Junk Yard Permit is not necessary because Mr. Dexter is not running a junk yard.

Mrs. Pschirrer advised that during the Selectboard meeting on August 23, 2018, they voted to “give Mr. Peter Dexter conditional approval for a Junk Yard Permit based on his buying property and moving across the street to the Industrial Park”.  Mrs. Pschirrer pointed out that RSA 259:60-a allows a business to run an auto repair shop.  She is hearing that people assume Mr. Dexter will be running a recycling junk yard but that is not his primary business.  He is registered with the State for his business. Therefore, the Selectboard does not need to issue a permit.  Mr. Dexter does recycle parts, but his business is an auto repair/service shop.

Mr. Dalessio moved to rescind the motion previously made during the Selectboard meeting of August 23, 2018, on the issuance of the Junk Yard Permit.  Mr. Dexter has a State Permit under RSA 259:60.a.  He does not require any Town permits.  Mr. Dexter is not operating a Junk Yard per RSA 259:47.  His primary business is to repair vehicles.  Upon reading all of the RSAs, the Selectboard has determined that a Junk Yard Permit is not necessary because Mr. Dexter is not running a junk yard.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.      

NEW BUSINESS:

North Walpole Volunteer Committee Invite:  The North Walpole Volunteer Committee invited the Selectboard to attend an Open House/Pot Luck gathering at the North Walpole Village Park on Saturday, September 15th from noon to 3:00 pm.  They will share the committee’s vision for the park, get to know each other, and have some friendly competition in volleyball, bocce, and corn-hole.  They will provide hot dogs but ask everyone to bring seating and preferred drink.  RSVP.  Unfortunately Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio have other prior commitments but are appreciative of the invitation.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:

Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel.  Mr. Dalessio seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:00 PM.  

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:20 PM.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of September 6, 2018, be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

Calvin Carr – Map and Lot #024-005-000:  Ms. Mayberry recommended they do a follow-up with an email. Also to send a copy of the email and another letter to Mr. Carr.  Mrs. Downing has not yet received the certified mail receipt from the first letter.

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:

Mr. Dalessio moved to recess this Selectboard meeting.  The Selectboard will enter into a meeting as the Hooper Trustees.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:30 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed.

ADJOURNMENT:

Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:52 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Hooper Trustees Meeting Minutes – 9/6/18

Hooper Trustees Present:   Peggy Pschirrer (Chair); Steven Dalessio; Cheryl Mayberry

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this Hooper Trustees meeting to order at 7:30 PM.

HOOPER TRUSTEES MINUTES:

HOOPER TRUSTEES MEETING – August 30, 2018:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Hooper Trustees meeting of August 30, 2018, as submitted.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

HOOPER INSTITUTE:  Ms. Mayberry mentioned the Hooper Institute meeting is Tuesday, September 11th at 7:00 PM.  She understands the paperwork for the merger had been completed and sent in. However the information will not be available at this meeting.  There will be discussions about how these funds will be handled.  Mr. Dalessio explained there is a separate line in the budget for scholarships.  Funds in the separate Hooper Trust funds were reviewed.  The Hooper Trustees mentioned several improvements that will be considered for the Hooper Institute building to enable them to expand their programs.  The Hooper Trustees will request that the 2019 Hooper budget be submitted by October 10th.  Ms. Mayberry plans to attend the Hooper Institute meeting next Tuesday.

ADJOURNMENT:

Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Hooper Trustees meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:50 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary