Crafternoon at the Library – 2/10/23

Hooper Update

Alex Barrett sent the following update to France Menk who asked that I share it with you. Don’t forget that you can see it for yourself on Monday, 2/6/23. – Lil

For our walk Monday- let’s park at the first landing area you encounter driving in Reservoir Road. There is a loader parked there- looks like a small log truck with a big crane on it- and some red pine telephone poles. I will get there early to direct traffic. My outback made it there no problem today in terms of height clearance. If people have lower-clearance vehicles, they can park out by the barn, but please stay to the side so log trucks can get by.

Also- people do NOT need snowshoes. We will be walking in skidder roads and even off them, the snow isn’t too bad. I would recommend yak trax or microspikes as a good option, however. But, it should be warm with softer ground than today!

Looking forward to Monday.

Alex

10 year growth increments on a red pine log. You can see the increased growth in the early 1980s when it was thinned- then, it slowed down again. Imagine how big the tree would be if we thinned it again in the 1990’s and 2000’s! And, look how fast it was growing early in its life- so amazing!

They have done a nice job retaining wildlife structures like this snag in one of the larger patch cuts.

Chris is using bridge mats to armor a smushy area along the haul road. These will be removed after the harvest.

The partially cut shelterwood in the red pine- looking down toward Walpole and the River. The snowmobile trail is to the left.

Trivia Night Cancelled

At least for tonight. Mr. Cassarino wanted to let everyone know that it has been cancelled because of the weather. It will be rescheduled and we will let you know as soon as possible. Gives you more time to “study up”! – Lil

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 1/26/23

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mr. Dalessio called this meeting of the Selectboard to order at 6:35 PM in Walpole Town Hall. There was one member of the public present, Mrs. Janet Clough.

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 at 6:35 PM.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved. These minutes are to remain sealed.

The regular Selectboard meeting reconvened at 8:09 PM.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE: ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the total amount of $153,284.56 for checks issued January 27, 2023.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved. This includes a check for $58,362.50 to Green Site Services for site work at the former Central Plating Brownfields site. The Town will receive a grant reimbursement for this expense.

PAYROLL:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Check Register for the week ending January 21, 2023, in the amount of $32,843.37dated January 27, 2023, and for the 941 Payroll Tax Transfer in the amount of $6,516.59.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – January 19, 2023:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of January 19, 2023, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

SELECTBOARD NON-PUBLIC SESSION – January 19, 2023:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard Non-Public Session of January 19, 2023, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved. The minutes are to remain sealed.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Ms. Mayberry moved to acknowledge the following board/committee/board meeting minutes:

• Zoning Board of Adjustment Meeting – January 18, 2023

The chair so recognized.

WARRANTS:

Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Walpole Water Fee Warrant for $43,830.25. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Walpole Sewer FeeWarrant for $79,430.10. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the North Walpole Sewer Fee Warrant for $61,451.17. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

ABATEMENTS:

Ms. Mayberry moved to approve deny an abatement request formap and lot# 008-066-000. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

Ms. Mayberry moved to approve deny an abatement request for map and lot# 030-012-000. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved. 

Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the abatement request for map and lot # 012-043-000. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved. 

SOLAR ENERGY EXEMPTION:

Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the solar exemption for map and lot # 010-026-000. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

CURRENT USE:

Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the current use application for map and lot# 012-067-000. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

The owner is adding 3 acres to the 55 acres already in current use on a vacant property.

OLD BUSINESS:

Pending Further Actions:  Generators, School and Old North Main Bridges/Culverts, School Street Drainage Project, Phase 3 Power for Industrial Drive and Bensonwood, Houghton Brook Bridge

2023 Draft Warrant Articles: Mr. Dalessio noted that the Selectboard had no say for Articles 1- 3. Mr. Dalessio read Articles 4-14. The Selectboard voted in favor of recommending each article. There was no vote for Article 15. Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Selectboard sign the Town Meeting Warrants. Ms. Mayberry seconded. With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

Streetlights at Kilburn and Spruce Streets and North Road: Mr. Dalessio is following up with a contact at Liberty Utilities to find a shade to force the light downward for each of these locations.

Procurement Policy: Mr. Dalessio has found 3 or 4 sample policies to review. Ms. Mayberry has a sample from the school district. Mr. Dalessio stated that the Reservoir Dam grant requires a procurement policy. Ms. Mayberry clarified that the change would be adding a section regarding federal funds to the current purchasing policy.

NEW BUSINESS:

Recreation Revolving Fund: Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the recreation revolving fund to purchase two pairs of soccer goals for $3,280. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved. The purchase was discussed at the Recreation Committee Meeting and approved per Ms. Mayberry.

Town Report Covers: The Selectboard reviewed front cover samples and approved the suggestion for the dedication page.  A draft of the back cover design was presented.

E.C. Warmington Letter: The Selectboard acknowledgedreceipt of Executive Councilor Warmington’s letter with the promise that she will visit Walpole.

Avitar Utility Rates for 2023: The Selectboard noted the rate for utility assessment will be $185 per hour paid for Avitar services.

Hazard Mitigation Plan: The Selectboard confirmed that SWRPC will be the contractor for assisting with the update. The HSEM form will be completed online on Friday by Mrs. Downing.

ADJOURNMENT:

Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mr. Dalessio asked if there was any additional discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:36 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Sarah Downing, Recording Secretary Pro Tempore

Rabid Animals

Peggy Pschirrer sent the following information. Those on Facebook have probably heard but, for those of us who are not, she wanted to share this good advice. – Lil

The Walpole Police Department has reported an increasing number of calls about potentially rabid animals. Within the past month they have put down a skunk and two fox.   In one case a citizen was bitten by a fox.   All three animals were behaving erratically and attacking people or other animals.  Raccoons and skunks are the most common wild animals to contract rabies but obviously foxes, coyotes and domestic dogs and cats can all contract rabies.  Walpole does not have an animal control officer so the Police and/or Fish and Game officers should be called.  Frequently the two departments work together.  Keep your own animals vaccinated and, on a leash, when outside and do not go near a wild animal acting strangely.  Most healthy wild animals will run away from you; if it doesn’t – beware and get away.  If you or a child or a pet is bitten, go immediately for medical assistance  or take the pet to your veterinarian.

DATE CHANGE! Hooper Forest Timber Harvest Event

Because recent warmth has softened the soil, the logging machines will NOT be working in Hooper Forest today.  The public timber harvest viewing event will NOT take place this afternoon, January 30.

The Walpole Conservation Commission has rescheduled the event for Monday, February 6,  at 3 pm, to take advantage of the coming freeze-hardened ground.

As previously planned, participants should meet at the end of the maintained portion of Reservoir Road.

We hope to see you then!

France Menk

WCC/WTC

No Work in Hooper Forest

DATE CHANGE!

Because recent warmth has softened the soil, machines will not be working in Hooper Forest on the 30th.

Our event has been rescheduled for Monday, February 6, to take advantage of the coming freeze-hardened ground.

France Menk

WCC/WTC

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 1/19/23

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mr. Dalessio called this meeting of the Selectboard to order at 6:30 PM in the Walpole Town Hall.There was one member of the public present, Mr. Ray Boas.

PUBLIC HEARING: Pursuant to RSA 31:95-b, the Selectboard will hold a public hearing to receive public comment regarding the acceptance and expenditure of unanticipated revenues from the special one-time bridge payment from the NH Department of Transportation (DOT) in the amount of $100,849.86. Ms. Mayberry asked what is the requirement for the expenditure of these monies? Mr. Dalessio confirmed that the monies would be used for the Houghton Brook Bridge Project. Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Selectboard accept the one time bridge payment from the NH Department of Transportation in the amount of $100,849.86. Ms. Mayberry seconded. With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry, and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved. Mr. Dalessio closed the public hearing for the one time bridge payment at 6:32 PM. The regular Selectboard Meeting followed, beginning with new business.

PROCUREMENT POLICY: When the Selectboard reviewed the draft warrant articles last week, Mr. Boas had some concerns with some of the monetary articles and how the figures were developed. Mr. Boas confirmed that the Purchase Order Policy of 2022 and Purchasing Directive, updated in 2012 were emailed to him as requested. Mr. Boas recounted his work history with the Navy in procurement which is why he is interested in how tax dollars are spent. Regarding the Recycling warrant article, Mr. Boas thought this would be a perfect project for a Request for Proposal (RFP) since it appears the type of storage area has not been decided upon. The Selectboard confirmed that the Police Department vehicle and associated equipment numbers were based on a State contract. Mr. Boas was comfortable with this situation since tax payers are getting the right price and service. For the Middle Street paving project, Mr. Boas thought this should involve a competitive bid process. Mr. Boas asked if the 6-wheel truck purchase was a State contract? Mr. Boas wondered if we are buying equipment that is larger than needed. Mr. Boas requested to view the purchasing file for the trailer used to move the sidewalk snowmachine. He thought that an RFP should have been used. Mr. Boas has reviewed what was involved with a competitive purchasing process. He visited the NHMA website for information regarding the guidelines for a purchasing policy and reported his findings. Mr. Boas was worried that the Town was not saving taxpayers’ dollars by not using an RFP process. Mr. Boas was willing to work with the Finance Manager to create a sample procedure. Mr. Dalessio stated that the Selectboard would take some of Mr. Boas’ ideas under advisement. The Selectboard currently requests 2-3 bids for warrant article purchases from department managers. It is not a formal bid process. For Warrant Article #8 for storage at the Recycling Center, quotes were obtained. The Town may need to wait another year for the article to be included in the warrant. Mr. Boas was not against the creation of storage at the Recycling Center. The Middle Street project had quotes provided but not through a formal process per Mr. Dalessio. The Houghton Brook Bridge rebuilding project will include an RFP. Mr. Dalessio said it would be at the Finance Manager’s discretion if assistance was needed with creating the policy.

WALPOLE 2022 LANDFILL CLOSURE REPORT: Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any recommendations regarding the closure report. Mr. Dalessio said there were none. Ms. Mayberry moved for the Chair to sign the 2022 Landfill Closure Report. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE: ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the total amount of $1,016,607.03 for checks issued January 20, 2023.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved. This includes a $700,531.13 monthly payment to the Fall Mountain Regional School District and a $223,610 payment to the North Walpole Village District for their portion of tax monies collected.

Mr. Boas departed the meeting at 6:50 PM.

PAYROLL:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Check Register for the week ending January 14, 2023, in the amount of $30,549.76dated January 20, 2023, and for the 941 Payroll Tax Transfer in the amount of $5,765.88.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – January 11, 2023:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of January 11, 2023, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

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

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Ms. Mayberry moved to acknowledge the following board/committee/commission meeting minutes:

• Conservation Commission Meeting – January 9, 2023;

• Library Trustees Meeting – January 10, 2023;

• Planning Board Meeting – January 10, 2023

The chair so recognized.

PROPERTY TAX REFUND:

Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the property tax refund for map and lot# 008-087-000 for $4,408.00 due to a double payment. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

TIMBER INTENTS:

Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the timber intents for map and lot# 012-068-000 for a property off of Old Drewsville Road and map and lot# 008-062-000 for a section of the Hooper Golf Property. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

BUILDING PERMITS:

The application for map and lot# 007-021-000 was tabled. Additional information was required regarding the building’s dimensions in relation to square footage. An additional sketch with an elevation view of the garage is needed.

OLD BUSINESS:

Pending Further Actions:  Generators, School and Old North Main Bridges/Culverts, School Street Drainage Project, Phase 3 Power for Industrial Drive and Bensonwood, Houghton Brook Bridge

Streetlights on KilburnSpruce and Old North Main Streets: Mr. Dalessio said that he is working with Liberty Utilities in regard to installing light shields. He is trying to find the right contact person.

2023 Draft Warrant Articles: There were no changes to articles 1-2. For article three, the Planning Board did not recommend the article. The numbers are to be changed with 1 yes and 6 no to match the text in the warrant.  Article 4 for the 2023 Town budget, it needs the updated numbers from Mr. Kreissle per Ms. Mayberry. For article 12, the $150,000 will be reduced to $115,000 per Mr. Dalessio. The text was discussed and finalized by the Selectboard for article 12 regarding the Middle Street project.

Walpole Community Power: Paul Looney has volunteered to be the contact for media and public relations for Walpole Community Power per Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer.

HOOPER TRUSTEES MEETING:

Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into a Hooper Trustees Meeting.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved at 7:05 PM.

The Selectboard Meeting resumed at 7:13 PM.

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 at 7:13 PM.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved. These minutes are to remain sealed.

The regular Selectboard meeting reconvened at 7:45 PM.

The Selectboard discussed the need for a purchasing procedurefor grant applications. Separate procedures for federal and town funds may be required.

ADJOURNMENT:

Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mr. Dalessio asked if there was any additional discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:47 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Sarah Downing, Recording Secretary Pro Tempore

February Clarion Now Online

Ray Boas

Jan 26

And, at the post offices tomorrow for delivery to Walpole, North Walpole, and Drewsville hopefully on Saturday. Back up to 20 pages with past events, news, and some “fun reads.” Please note on page 3, AGE IN MOTION. Submitted incorrectly, and not caught, it starts THURSDAY, February 2. Please remember that it is our advertisers that make it possible to get your hardcopy CLARION into your hands, so please thank them with your words or business.

Catch you next month – it comes too quickly – click on this link, or the cover below to see the February issue. Yours, RAY BOAS, Publisher

Selectboard Meeting Agenda – 1/26/23