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Zoning Board of Adjustment
Town of Walpole
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Present: Board Members: Chair Myra Mansouri, Vice-Chair Jan Galloway Leclerc, Mary Therese Lester, Judy Trow, Tom Murray. Alternates: Pauline Barnes. Ernie Vose.
Recording: Marilou Blaine. These minutes are unapproved and will be reviewed at the November October meeting for corrections, additions and/or omissions.
Roll Call: Ms. Mansouri called the meeting to order at 7:30 pm. There were five board members present so an alternate was not needed to fill in.
Minutes: Corrections to the minutes are as follows: page 2 paragraph 2, third line – built should be build; page 1, last paragraph, last sentence – was should be changed to were. Ms. Trow made a motion to accept the minutes as amended. Ms. Lester seconded the motion and the Board vote to approve.
Paula Burdick: new driveway Elm Street
Ms. Paula Burdick said she was not coming to the meeting tonight because she had resolved the design of her driveway on Elm Street.
Signage: Bruce Bergeron, representing Irving Oil, new sign at Jakes Market
Raynie Laware and Karen Tyler were representing Jakes Market and Deli, 51 Main Street. The land is owned by the Walpole Foundation and Ms. Tyler and Ms. Laware were representing the Foundation. The applicant is Rob Hunt.
The Board had a picture of the sign. Ms. Laware explained that the sign was two-square feet smaller than the previous sign. The sign is free-standing. The existing pole will remain, the existing coroplast sign at the bottom will be removed as will the existing price sign. A digital LED sign will replace the price sign and become part of the Irving sign. Ms. Laware said it will not be as bright as the one now.
There were questions whether the lighted portion of the sign will be dimmed or go off. Ms. Laware said the price sign will go on when the store opens at 6 am and go off when it closes at 8 pm. The pumps will not operate when the store is closed.
A couple of Board members wanted to know how bright the price sign will be. Ms. Laware did not know but said she would let the secretary know and the secretary would let the Board know.
Mr. Vose said it is a better situation. Ms. Lester liked the sign also. Mr. Murray said this sign is cleaner, more clearer and less cluttered.
Mr. Murray made a motion to accept the sign as presented and on the condition the Board approves the wattage. Ms. Trow seconded the motion and it was approved by the rest of the Board.
Bob Mandich, 33 Prospect Hill – home business
Mr. Bob Mandich came before the Board to discuss a home business. The business is called “From the Heart” and it is to provided home care for people who need it. The services that are supplied will be mostly paid for by the state, he said. It include transportation to medical appointments and someone to come in and help. Everyone who gives a service will be bonded, trained and vetted.
The home office is in Residential B. Mr. Mandich who will be the only employee. His brother and sister own businesses of the same name in three cities in Pennsylvania. He said the state needs a letter from the Zoning Board stating a home office is permitted in this district. Zoning Ordinance Article V, Part B 3 says, “Residences may be used to house such customary uses by the owner or tenant as offices for doctors, lawyers, real estate and insurance, or other recognized professions or such home occupations a hair dressing or dress-making, except that the number of person employed at any one location shall not number more that two persons in addition to the owner or tenant. Adequate off-street parking shall be provided on the premises.” Since Mandich is the sole employee, parking was not an issue.
The Board acknowledged that his business fit this description and the secretary will write a letter to the state.
Executive session – minutes
The Board got a copy of the Executive Session minutes for August 16, 2017. Mr. Vose made a motion to accept the minutes and seal them. The motion was seconded by Ms. Leclerc and approved by the Board.
Gravel Pit Inspections
Everyone turned in their gravel pit inspection forms. Ms. Mansouri and Ms. Trow inspected the two Hodgkins pits and Ms. Trow said everything was in order.
Ms. Leclerc and Mr. Murray inspected the Tim Graves Gravel pit on Wentworth Road and the Sawyer Gravel pit, which is grandfathered. Ms. Lester and Mr. Vose inspected Cold River and Whipple Hill. Ms. Lester that Cold River had enough base that they would be taking stuff out of there for the next 20 years.
The reports will be copied and sent to each owner with a letter saying that the gravel pit has had its yearly inspection.
Corrections to last month’s minutes about Carmody property, 6 Ames Lane
There are still questions about whether the Carmody property is Residential B or commercial. The Town map indicates it is residential and included in the property in the Dearborn Circle neighborhood. The tax map says it is commercial. The secretary will look up the Walpole Report of 2008 to see whether the Carmody property was part of the land voted Residential B at the March 2007 vote.
2018 Planning and Land use Regulation Manual
It was decided that the secretary will order two manuals – one for the new alternate Pauline Barnes and one for the Zoning Board office.
Obsolete Ordinances: Ms. Barnes brought up the fact that one of the ordinances about signs is obsolete. It is the one about neon signs, which no longer were being made. What does the ZBA do about “horse and buggy” type ordinances.
She also brought up the question about wattage of LED signs. What’s the norm? What makes a LED sign too bright that it might interfere with a neighbor?
The secretary will contact the Southwestern Regional Planning Commission and see if the organization had information on LED lighting.
The Kempter Family will be performing for the community at the Walpole own Hall at 6:00 PM on Sunday the 22nd. The Alstead Congregational Church and the Walpole Congregational Church have combined their efforts to bring us this event.
Friday, October 20, 2017
Walpole Elementary School Cafeteria
5:30 – 7:00 pm
PREREGISTERED? Save time on Race day by picking up your bib early.
NOT YET REGISTERED? This is the last day to take advantage of the $20 registration. $20 if you sign up before the race; $25 if you sign up on race day.
For those that might be interested, Dan Mitchell of WKBK will be doing a series of interviews regarding the Town of Walpole on Tuesday, October 17th between 6 and 10am. The list of interviewees and their focus of discussion are:
- Peggy Pschirrer, Chair of the Selectboard – Municipal
- Sam Jacobs, Principal of the Walpole Schools – Education
- Ray Boas, Publisher of the Clarion and Bookseller – History
- Tom and Andrea Goins – Business and Civic Groups
Mark your calendars to listen to the segment. Dan mentioned this once a month program has been very popular with listeners.
Sara Downing thought these meetings might be more interesting than usual because of the upcoming auction. – Lil
TOWN OF WALPOLE
HOOPER TRUSTEES MEETING
OCTOBER 4, 2017
Hooper Trustees Present: Peggy Pschirrer (Chair); Steven Dalessio; Cheryl Mayberry
CALL TO ORDER: Mrs. Pschirrer called this Hooper Trustees meeting to order at 8:19 PM.
HOOPER TRUSTEES MINUTES:
HOOPER TRUSTEES MEETING – September 28, 2017: Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Hooper Trustees meeting of September 28, 2017, as submitted. Seconded by Ms. Mayberry. With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.
Letter to Jeff Miller. Mr. Dalessio moved to approve and sign the letter to Mr. Jeff Miller with regards to the Hooper Golf Club. Seconded by Ms. Mayberry. With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.
Mrs. Pschirrer mentioned when Mr. Ron Rosko attended a meeting a few weeks the Hooper Trustees indicated they would let him know if they found anything about the Hooper Golf Club owing the Hooper Trust money. She suggested writing a letter to advise the Hooper Golf Club owes $5,900.00 to the Trust to complete their 2015 lease obligations. Mr. Dalessio and Ms. Mayberry agreed writing this letter would be appropriate.
Mansion Furniture: Mrs. Pschirrer will be meeting at the Mansion with Ms. Sharon Boccelli and another antique appraiser to look at the furniture. Mrs. Pschirrer will also contact two other people who expressed an interest in some of the furniture.
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 8:40 PM.
Regina Borden, Recording Secretary
TOWN OF WALPOLE
MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD
OCTOBER 4, 2017
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 that this meeting is being recorded and asked anyone wishing to speak to identify themselves for the record. There were nine members of the public in attendance.
FAIRPOINT REQUEST: Ms. Stephanie Hosking and Ms. Jane Miller were present. Ms. Hosking had previously spoken with Mrs. Downing about a concrete pad site to set up their equipment cabinet. This site is on a pull-off across from Walpole Interiors/entrance to Whitcomb Road/ Route 123 on the west side or Rt. 12. Ms. Hosking was at the site with a NH DOT engineer who has given approval to go through their easement area to connect with the pad site. The Town of Walpole owns the strip of land to the west of Route 12 over the old railroad bed down to the Connecticut River. The existing pole would be replaced to allow them to get five (5) feet higher. They have copper and fiber-optic cables. She explained that cables run across both the Arch Bridge and Vilas Bridge to make their connections. There are currently sites and plans being made to expand to other areas. They are working on step one of their long-range plan. Ms. Hosking would like the Selectboard’s permission to put the pad there. They have staked the site. Mrs. Pschirrer noted they need permission but do they also need a legal easement. Ms. Miller mentioned in other towns they sometimes do a license or an easement. It would be a one-time license; the easement runs with the land. Poles are licensed. The Selectboard would prefer a license. Mrs. Pschirrer will forward the license to the Town Attorney for a legal opinion. Ms. Miller said before they put a shovel in the ground they call Dig Safe and contact the Town. Ms. Mayberry felt they would need a building permit as the land is located in North Walpole.
Mr. Dalessio moved to approve Fairpoint’s request to put a concrete pad in the pull-off directly across from Walpole Interiors for the purpose of having an equipment cabinet placed on it. Seconded by Ms. Mayberry. With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.
Mrs. Pschirrer asked Mrs. Downing to send a copy of her email to the North Walpole Commissioners for their information.
PROPERTY LINE DISPUTE: Mrs. Barbara Chabot, Mr. Jeff Aldrich, Mrs. Kim Surles and Mr. Scott Surles were present. Mrs. Kim Surles and Mr. Scott Surles own the property on 164 Wentworth Road. In March of 2015 they put their house on the market. Shortly thereafter Mrs. Chabot asked her if she could cut some trees on the Surles’ property. Mrs. Surles said “no” as the trees provide privacy. In August of 2016 Mrs. Chabot asked Mrs. Surles again if she could cut some trees. Mrs. Surles again said “no”. Mrs. Surles began documenting the small trees and brush cuttings. In October 2016 she confronted Mr. Aldrich who said he was on his own property and had every right to clean up and cut brush in that area. She told him where the stakes were; he needed to stop and get off her property. When Mr. Aldrich continued to cut Mrs. Surles went to the Police Station and filed a report. Chief Paquette told Mrs. Chabot not to cut any more trees and get off the Surles property. In August 2017 their realtor asked Mrs. Surles to clearly stake the property along Wentworth Road because a potential buyer wants to know where the lines are. Mr. and Mrs. Surles had Mr. Joe DiBernardo come, locate and stake pins. About a week later the stakes were taken down and thrown in a pile on her property so she reported it to Sgt. Sanctuary. On September 27th, 2017 Mr. Aldrich was there again cutting trees and weed whacking so Mrs. Surles called the Police Department again. Chief Paquette came and told Mrs. Chabot and Mr. Aldrich to not cut anymore until they know where their stakes are and until they have this meeting with the Selectboard. Mr. Aldrich threatened Mrs. Surles with physical harm twice; there were two witnesses.
Chief Paquette told Mrs. Surles not to confront Mr. Aldrich at all. The next day they were mowing on her property again. The Surles are going to have the surveyors come back again next week to put the pins in again and clearly marked. Mrs. Surles wanted this to be on the record. What does she have to do to protect her property?
Mrs. Chabot thought this meeting was to discuss where the stakes are and where the property line goes. She knows where the line is on the Wentworth Road and then it goes into a stake that Mr. Aldrich found and put a red tag on it. Mrs. Pschirrer asked if Mrs. Chabot has a survey of her property. Mrs. Chabot does not. Mr. Aldrich saw the stakes. He said all Mrs. Surles had to do was knock on his mother’s door and tell her where they were. Mrs. Chabot only has the deed and a map given to her by the office staff. Mrs. Pschirrer advised they share the boundary line between the two properties. The Selectboard has no authority to settle property line disputes. If Mr. Aldrich crosses that property line he is trespassing. Mr. Dalessio suggested when Mr. Joe DiBernardo comes back to re-stake the property that Mr. Aldrich and Mrs. Chabot walk the line with him so they will know where it is. They can run twine between the stakes to be sure where the line is. Mrs. Pschirrer summarized that Mrs. Surles will give Mrs. Chabot a copy of the survey and it will be recorded.
NEW CIVIC GROUP: Ms. Meghan Hughes is making a request for a new civic group, Fall Mountain Alliance, to use the Town Hall to do public presentations. A waiver of cost and insurance is requested. They are a non-partisan group. They plan to host a voter education event to allow voters to get acquainted with who represents them at the state level and to find out about what issues the state legislature will address in January 2018. Ms. Joanne Andros explained they will invite elected State officials. Mrs. Pschirrer pointed out the Town has a policy for non-profit organizations to have access to the Town Hall free of charge. Ms. Hughes said they are a local group of people; the leadership is from Walpole. Their request is to use of the Town Hall on December 6th, 2017.
Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the request from the Fall Mountain Alliance to use the Town Hall on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017, at no charge. The insurance coverage is waived. Seconded by Ms. Mayberry. With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.
Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $69,416.54 for checks dated October 6, 2017. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.
Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Register for the week ending September 30, 2017, in the amount of $24,459.56 for checks dated October 6, 2017. 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 $5,624.28 for the week ending September 30, 2017. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.
SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:
SELECTBOARD MEETING – September 28, 2017: Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of September 28, 2017, 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 28, 2017: Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of September 28, 2017, 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.
The Selectboard received and reviewed minutes of the following meeting:
- Trustees of Trust Funds – August 22, 2017.
Landfill Closure Monitoring: Mrs. Pschirrer reported four bids were received to do the landfill closure monitoring. Sample gathering and reporting plus lab fees and the total were reviewed. The Selectboard requested a note be placed on the purchase order stating the vendor is responsible to meet all Department of Environmental Services (DES), State and Federal reporting standards.
Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the McKibben Environmental LLC proposal for the Landfill Closure Monitoring. Seconded by Ms. Mayberry. With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.
Mr. Dalessio moved to approve and sign the McKibben Environmental LLC contract. Seconded by Ms. Mayberry. With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.
Complete Streets Recommendation List: Ms. Mayberry requested the Planning Board go back and officially do the Complete Streets Recommendations in a public meeting. The Planning Board will meet again on Tuesday, October 10th. This will be an agenda item for next week.
Town Hall Rental: The Saxtons River Art Guild rents the Town Hall every year. They want to use it on October 7th and 8th, 2017 and use both floors.
Ms. Mayberry moved to waive the insurance requirement for the Saxtons River Art Guild for using the Town Hall on October 7th and 8th, 2017. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.
Sewer Lien Discharge: Ms. Mayberry moved to grant the Lien Discharge for sewer usage at 40 Center Street in North Walpole. Seconded by Mr. Dalesssio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.
Thank You Letters:
YMCA: The Selectboard acknowledged a Thank You note from the Town’s continued support of the YMCA for Camp Takodah. They are requesting that this appropriation be included in the 2018 budget.
Community Travel Service: Mrs. Pschirrer reported this service has drivers in Walpole and they service Walpole therefore they are asking for the Town’s continued support.
SAFETY COMMITTEE and PRIME Discount from Primex: Mrs. Downing attended a Primex meeting recently. The Town could receive an insurance discount from Primex if they meet the requirements. Only one Safety Committee meeting was scheduled to date in April 2017. Mr. Dalessio explained the make-up of the Safety Committee and their responsibilities. Mr. Paul Colburn was to be the first Chairman of this committee but the Chair should be rotated every six months. There should be four quarterly meetings each year. A Vice-Chair can be elected. Mr. Dalessio mentioned there are two important things that need to be done: 1) a full-inspection, and 2) for each area there needs to be an inspection of fire exits. The next meeting will be scheduled by Mr. Colburn.
NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:
Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 81-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel. Mr. Dalessio seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with all in favor, the motion was approved at 8:01 PM.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:18 PM.
Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of October 4, 2017, be sealed. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.
RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:
Ms. Mayberry moved to recess this Selectboard meeting. The Selectboard will enter into a meeting as the Hooper Trustees. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:40 PM.
Audit Letter: Mrs. Pschirrer would like to find a time when they can meet with Mr. Kreissle and Mr. Goins to discuss the audit letters. There are some things to do that are not difficult. Mr. Dalessio suggested meeting on Thursday, October 26, 2017, at 5:30 PM. Mrs. Pschirrer will let Mr. Kreissle and Mr. Goins know this meeting has been scheduled.
Joint Meeting: Mr. Edkins from the Town of Charlestown has not yet confirmed the meeting date and time for the Selectboards from the five towns to have a Joint Meeting to discuss the proposed Fall Mountain Region School District budget.
Next Selectboard Meeting: The next Selectboard meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 11th at 8:00 am. There will be no public discussion.
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 8:55 PM.
Regina Borden, Recording Secretary