An Invitation from Susan Jasse

Art has been popping up all over Walpole. I am encouraging folks to drive by the orchard entrance on Wentworth Road. My son-in-law and his family who have been residing here in Walpole since early March have left some art by the side of the road. He is a graphic designer who has found relief in arranging old fallen pieces of wood and making delightfully colored sculptures. They were joined by a couple of those pink flamingoes.  I’m also grateful for the toys which were donated by local residents for his 4 year old son and 11 month old daughter.  The crops at Alyson’s are thriving….I hope we can all enjoy them later this summer.  Thanks   Susan

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 5/14/20

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this meeting of the Selectboard to order at 6:30 PM.  She advised that the Selectboard members are in three separate locations.  This ZOOM meeting is being recorded remotely by FACT-TV.  It is available for viewing on the internet.  Also attending this meeting is Mrs. Sarah Downing, Manager of Administration, in the Walpole Town Hall, and Ms. Regina Borden, Recording Secretary, by telephone at a separate location.

Mrs. Pschirrer advised there will be no public comments at this meeting.  Comments are to be emailed to Mrs. Downing at the Walpole Town Hall.  Mrs. Downing will display the agenda.  That will be followed by documents as they are being discussed.

CONSOLIDATED COMMUNICATIONS, INC. (CCI) CONTRACT: Mr. Paul Looney (Chair), Mr. Dennis Marcom(who will stay on as the Construction Representative), Mr. Bob Anderson, and Mr. Rod Boucher, members of the Broadband Committee joined this meeting from four separate locations.  Mr. Looney displayed the CCI Contract for the Selectboard and Committee members to comment on.  He has been going back-and-forth with CCI for about two months. The Committee has been diligent in reviewing the contract.  The final draft was received last Friday.  A few items were found in the signed contract from CCI that did not modify the contract but needed revisions. They asked Mrs. Daigle and Mrs. Downing to make a word version of the contract, modify and edit it so it would be cleaner and neater. After the Selectboard sign, it will send it back to CCI who will review it, look at the differences and sign it on their side.  Within the next week or so, four other towns will be signing their agreements with CCI.  Since the public hearings there has been a significant change in the payment schedule.  Mrs. Pschirrer advised the significant change is that CCI dropped the service fee from $9.00/month to $7.30/month.  Mr. Looney noted this will not change. When CCI went back to their corporate offices they talked about the contract and nature of the agreement. They felt it would look as corporate debt the way it was set up. They came back with a different proposal for making payments. The Town will accumulate funds over the next 20 years for the bond payment.  Mrs. Pschirrer mentioned what is on display now is a separate bond schedule that will not be in the contract.  Mr. Rod Boucher put this together for them.  In the contract, $11,500 is the monthly payment; $138,000 per year.  These figures are based on a 3% interest rate.  CCI is willing to put that in the contract because there was not any other way to get to $11,500.  Mr. Dalessio asked where this figure comes from every month.  Mr. Boucher said that comes from CCI and this is in the contract.  They will make the payment to the Town of Walpole. Mrs. Pschirrer explained this is because the Town will be making the payment.  Bond payments are made twice a year.  The Town will hold the difference.  After 20 years, the Town should have some extra money; maybe $150,000 to $200,000.  The first payment to the Bond Bank is $46,000.  CCI will be paying the Town $138,000 annually.  Mr. Looney noted this is a little better picture than presented at the Town’s public hearings. Mrs. Pschirrer reported our application is with the Bond Bank; it was complete. They will meet next week to decide if they will accept our application. In July, our Bond will be sold.  This is a publicprivate operation, so will be a taxable bond; it makes a difference in the market.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Selectboard approves and will sign the contract with Consolidated Communications, Inc. for the Broadband.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  For the record: Mr. Dalessio asked Mr. Looney if what he presented at the public hearings was to the best of his knowledge contained in the contract.  Mr. Looney said “yes” he had with the exception of the monthly fee change.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Mrs. Pschirrer advised the Selectboard will go into the Selectboard Office individually on Saturday to sign the CCI contract.  She knows how hard this committee has been working and they will continue to work together for a while longer.  Mr. Marcom is on the “hook” as Construction Representative.  Mr. Looney thanked the Selectboard for all their support.  Committee members extended a big thank you to Mrs. Pschirrer as she kept them focused many times.                                

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:  

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the total amount of $84,581.54 for checks dated May 15, 2020.  This includes a $38,000 payment to MHQ for a new Police vehicle as approved by Warrant Article #7 at the Annual Town Meeting.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

PAYROLL:

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Payroll Check Register for the week ending May 9, 2020, in the amount of $26,454.19 for checks dated May 15, 2020, and the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes in the amount of $5,181.47.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MINUTES – May 7, 2020:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of May 7, 2020, as submitted.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – May 7, 2020: Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of May 7, 2020, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the following Committee reports:

Walpole Fire District Meeting – April 8, 2020;
Library Trustees Meeting – May 5, 2020.

PROPERTY TAX ABATEMENTS:

MAP and LOT #008-115-000: Mr. Dalessio moved to grant the Property Tax Abatement in the amount of $3,078.00 for Map and Lot #008-115-000.  This property was sold before the tax bill was transferred.  The Deed transfer issue is in the system.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

MAP and LOT #015-006-000:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant the Property Tax Abatement in the amount of $1,457.00 for Map and Lot #015-006-000.  This property was sold before the tax bill was transferred.  The Deed transfer issue with the system has been updated.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

MAP and LOT #008-015-005:  Mr. Dalessio moved to deny this Property Tax Abatement for Map and Lot #008-015-005 as the Applicant used unequal comparisons.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

SUPPLEMENTAL TAX WARRANTS:

MAP and LOT #008-115-000:  Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Tax Collector’s Property Tax Supplement Warrant in the amount of $3,078.00 for Map and Lot #008-115-000.  A Property Tax bill will be sent to the current owner of the property.  This is tied to the above Abatement.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

MAP and LOT #015-006-000: Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Tax Collector’s Property Tax Supplement Warrant in the amount of $1,457.00 for Map and Lot #015-006-000.  A Property Tax bill will be sent to the current owner of the property.  This is tied to the above Abatement.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

TIMBER TAX WARRANTS:

Certification of Yield Taxes Assessed:

MAP and LOT #015-018-000:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant the Certification of Yield Taxes Assessed in the amount of $125.98 for Map and Lot #015-018-000.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

MAP and LOT #015-021-000:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant the Certification of Yield Taxes Assessed in the amount of $622.19 for Map and Lot #015-021-000.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

MAP and LOT #004-041-000:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant the Certification of Yield Taxes Assessed in the amount of $61.91 for Map and Lot #004-041-000.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

MAP and LOT #013-052-000:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant the Certification of Yield Taxes Assessed in the amount of $175.51 for Map and Lot #013-052-000.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

ORIGINAL WARRANT YIELD TAX LEVY:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant the Original Warrant Yield Tax Levy for the four Timber Tax Warrants as approved above for a combined total of $985.59.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

NOTICES OF INTENT TO EXCAVATE:  

MAP and LOT #001-010-000:  Mr. Dalessio moved to approve this Notice of Intent to Excavate for Map and Lot #001-010-000 located off of Industrial Drive.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

MAP and LOT #012-073-000:  Mr. Dalessio moved to approve this Notice of Intent to Excavate for Map and Lot #012-073-000 located off of Old Drewsville Road.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

BUILDING PERMIT:

Building Permit #2020-13 – Martin & Theresa Szklennik, 21 Dearborn Circle, Map and Lot #012-055-015:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant Building Permit No. 2020-13 for Martin & Theresa Szklennik to construct a “20’ x 12’ Shed” at 21 Dearborn Circle, Map and Lot #012-055-015.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

Spencer’s Place Outside Seating Request:  Spencer’s Place had submitted a map indicating the outside seating request.  Mrs. Pschirrer had talked to the owners regarding the fact that the Selectboard was reluctant to approve outside tables and chairs on the sidewalk as discussed at the meeting last week.  Theowners have now created a seating arrangement that will be along the side where their handicapped ramp is that goes into the building.  It will take up about three (3) parking spaces.  They will move the handicapped parking space over a bit. There will be six (6) tables in this area; no tables out front.  Mrs. Pschirrer will recuse herself from a vote as she is involved with the Foundation plus helped Spencer’s Place redesign this plan.  Mr. Dalessio pointed out they will need some sort of chain, a clear marker, around the area to segregate it.  Mrs. Pschirrer believes they will use bales of hay to block off this area.    

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Spencer’s Place outside seating plan as presented at this meeting and to supply them with an Open Container Waiver to serve outside.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio and Ms. Mayberry in favor, the motion was approved.  Mrs. Pschirrer recused herself from the vote.          

GOFERR Coronavirus Relief Fund Grant Agreement:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve and sign the GOFERR Coronavirus Relief Fund Grant Agreement.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  Mrs. Downing asked if Mr. Richard Kreissle should be under the Designated Signing Authority section.  Mrs. Pschirrer advised he will have to keep track of the finances.  Ms. Mayberry amended the motion to authorize Mr. Richard Kreissle to have the Designated Signing Authority.  Mr. Dalessio accepted this amendment.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any additional discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion and amendment were approved.  

CARES Act Fund Revised Acceptance – New Wording Per Rich Kreissle:  Mrs. Pschirrer pointed out that during the meeting last week the Selectboard voted to “accept the CARES Act Allocation to the Town of Walpole”. Mr. Kreissle was concerned that they had not mentioned that they have complied with RSA 31:95-b or RSA 21-P:43 (Homeland Security).  The first RSA requires the Town to have public meetings. However, when they are voting to accept emergency funds, they do not need public meetings.  

Mr. Dalessio moved to amend the previous motion made on May 7, 2020, to accept the CARES Act Fund Revised Acceptance as per RSA 31:95-b and RSA 21-P:43.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the amendment to the motion was approved.    

Front Line Responders Stipend: Mr. Kreissle sent the forms to the Police Department.  Only two part-timers are not paid by other towns.  They will have to pay payroll taxes but no retirement.  He will have that calculated for next week.  Mrs. Pschirrer noted they will be separate checks for clarity. Ms. Mayberry requested that Mr. Kreissle indicate the checks are a stipend and not a part of the retirement system.  

Pending Further Actions:  

The following Agenda items will remain on this pending list as there is no new information available at this time.  

NH DOT Letter re: Lighting on Arch Bridge;
Recreation Area Parking Lot: Lot Line Adjustment and Deed with Letter;
Westmoreland-Walpole Boundary Survey; Mrs. Downing has not heard from the surveyor.
Town Deeded Properties.

NEW BUSINESS:

Staff Meeting Via Zoom:  Mrs. Downing asked if the Selectboard is planning to schedule a Staff Meeting via Zoom on next Thursday, May 21, 2020, at 5:00 PM.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked Mrs. Downing to take a poll to find out how many Department Managers would have access to a ZOOM meeting.  She will report back to the Selectboard.  

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.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:14 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:18 PM.

FACT-TV:  Mrs. Pschirrer announced that this concludes the regular Selectboard and Hooper Trustees meetings.  The Selectboard will be entering into a Non-Public Session.  FACT-TV ceased filming and left the meeting.  

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:  

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Selectboard will enter into a Non-Public Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel, (b) Hiring and (c) Reputations.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  On a roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:20 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:51 PM.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of May 14, 2020, be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.      

ADJOURNMENT:

Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:54 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Hooper Trustees Meeting Minutes – 5/14/20

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this Hooper Trustees meeting to order at 7:14 PM.  The Hooper Trustees are in three separate locations.  This ZOOM meeting is being recorded remotely by FACT-TV.

HOOPER TRUSTEES MINUTES:

HOOPER TRUSTEES MEETING – May 7, 2020:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Hooper Trustees meeting of May 7, 2020, as submitted.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

HOOPER BUSINESS:

Hooper Institute:  Mr. Dalessio reported that they are moving forward to have the Summer Intern Program.  They already have a number of places lined up.  There was a question of COVID-19 liability to the employer.  Mrs. Dalbeck is working on how toresolve this.  She talked with Mr. Mark Houghton about the summer programs as he is the Emergency Management Director.  Dr. Chuck Shaw will be brought into the discussion.  Mrs. Dalbeck also talked to Mr. Houghton about extending the heating system.  Mrs. Pschirrer expects the Governor to make an announcement tomorrow as it is the last day of his Order that states groups of ten (10) or more cannot meet. It will be continued or released.

Hooper Scholarship Committee: Mrs. Pschirrer advised that several members of the Hooper Scholarship Committee met Tuesday evening because the high school wanted to know the names of FMRSD applicants by May 15th. Only one student applied from the High School. The committee needs to hear from the students already in college before making a decision on an amount for the new applicant. The Scholarship Fund has a total of about $61,000.

ADJOURNMENT:

Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Hooper Trustees meeting.  The Hooper Trustees will return to the Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:18 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

New Small Business Relief

Main Street Relief Fund

Good morning, everyone.  I hope you all weathered yesterday’s storms safely.

Yesterday, the Governor announced a Main Street Relief Fund, consisting of $400 million from NH’s CARES Act funds.  It is not clear yet what the criteria or conditions of the grants will be, but what is clear is that to qualify your business must have a principal place of business in New Hampshire, must have generated less than $20 million in revenue in the 2019 tax year, and you must fill out a pre-qualification application by the May 29 deadline.  What happens after that is not completely clear, but it looks like the prequalification applications will be used to determine the structure of the program.  Here’s what it says on the GOFERR web page devoted to the program:

New Hampshire small businesses desiring to obtain relief will first be required to provide information concerning their possible COVID-19-related lost revenues and receipt of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans or any other federal relief.  This information will be used to determine appropriate relief criteria and amounts to meet the needs of eligible small businesses, including whether the initial $400 million is appropriate or needs to be changed.  In order to be eligible, a business must have its principal place of business in New Hampshire and must have generated less than $20 million in revenue during the 2019 tax year.  In addition, healthcare, childcare, and agriculture businesses will not be eligible for the program, as those businesses are or will be addressed through other programs.       

Because things move around on the nh.gov web pages, I am providing a couple of links here.  This is the link to the current GOFERR web page:

https://www.goferr.nh.gov   There is currently a large Main Street Relief Fund Prequalification link on the center of the page.  The actual page devoted to the Main Street Relief Fund is currently found here:  https://www.goferr.nh.gov/covid-expenditures/main-street-relief-fund

The prequalification form is relatively simple.  Here is what will happen after May 29:

Following the mandatory prequalification period, GOFERR will review all information received and quickly determine relief criteria and amounts that effectively meet the needs of as many New Hampshire small businesses as possible.  The specifics of this funding opportunity will be announced on June 1, 2020, and any eligible businesses will need to submit a formal application within one week, by June 8, 2020.  The application must be submitted through an online portal administered by DRA.  More information about filing the application will be made available at a later date.  The DRA will begin processing relief payments shortly after the filing period closes.

You will need to be ready to move quickly during the June 1-8 formal application period, so be sure to have your financial information ready, and stay tuned.

Keep well,

~Rep. Lucy Weber

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 5/7/20

Selectboard Present:​Peggy Pschirrer; Cheryl Mayberry; Steven Dalessio 

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this meeting of the Selectboard to order at 6:30 PM.  She advised that the Selectboard members are in three separate locations.  This ZOOM meeting is being recorded remotely by FACT-TV.  It is available for viewing on the internet.  Also attending this meeting is Mrs. Sarah Downing, Manager of Administration, in the Walpole Town Hall, and Ms. Regina Borden, Recording Secretary, by telephone at a separate location.

Mrs. Pschirrer advised there will be no public comments at this meeting.  Comments are to be emailed to Mrs. Downing at the Walpole Town Hall.  Mrs. Downing will display the agenda.  That will be followed by documents as they are being discussed.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the total amount of $57,207.84 for checks dated May 8, 2020.  This includes a $27,264.05 payment to E.E. Houghton Company.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry. Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

PAYROLL:

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Payroll Check Register for the week ending May 2, 2020, in the total amount of $25,811.36 for checks dated May 8, 2020, and the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes in the amount of $5,183.31.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved. 

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MINUTES – April 30, 2020:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of April 30, 2020, as submitted.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – April 30, 2020:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of April 30, 2020, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.  

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the following Committee reports:• Broadband Committee Meeting – March 11, 2020;• Broadband Committee Meeting – March 26, 2020;• Broadband Committee Meeting – March 31, 2020.

WARRANTS:

Tax Collector’s Warrant:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Tax Collector’s Warrant in the amount of $5,786,581 for the 1sttax bill of 2020.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

PROPERTY TAX ABATEMENTS – REFUNDS:

MAP and LOT #008-061-000:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant the Property Tax Abatement Refund in the amount of $4,769.52 for Map and Lot #008-061-000.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Mr. Dalessio pointed out that this reduced value was made by Avitar Associates.  It is such a significant reduction why did Avitar wait and not do it in the 1st round.  Mrs. Pschirrer and Ms. Mayberry agreed; it should have been done during the original assessment.  Following a discussion, Mrs. Downing explained there are a lot of factors in the assessment.    

MAP and LOT #008-062-000: Mr. Dalessio moved to grant the Property Tax Abatement Refund in the amount of $6,006.48 for Map and Lot #008-062-000.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

MAP and LOT #022-013-000:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant the Property Tax Abatement Refund in the amount of $1,799.30 for Map and Lot #022-013-000.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

VETERANS’ TAX CREDIT:  

MAP and LOT #008-092-000:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept this Veterans’ Tax Credit change.  A new PA-29 was needed for a name change with a revocable trust for Map and Lot #008-092-000.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

CURRENT USE:  

MAP and LOT #013-053-001:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept this Current Use application for Map and Lot #013-053-001.  This is for an area of reclaimed land that is being re-entered into current use off Cheney Hill Road.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

BUILDING PERMIT:

Building Permit #2020-12:  Catherine Ingram, 81 Kingsbury Road, Map and Lot #008-113-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Building Permit No. 2020-12 for Catherine Ingram to construct a “64’ x 26’8” Residential Home” at 81 Kingsbury Road, Map and Lot #008-113-000.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

Letter to Conservation Commission re: Reservoir Dam Repairs:  Mrs. Pschirrer advised the Town will use Conservation Commission Forestry Funds before using any other funding sources for the Reservoir Dam repairs.  The Town has already designated funds to make up the difference between the Conservation Commission funds and the actual cost of the repair work needed at the Reservoir Dam.    

Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the letter to the Walpole Conservation Commission regarding the Reservoir Dam repairs.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

NH DOT Letter re: Lighting on Arch Bridge: The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the letter from the NH Department of Transportation (DOT) stating that the cost will be approximately $60 per month for 3 lights on the Arch Bridge that Walpole would pay and the DOT would put back all the road markings. Mr. Dalessio advised that the Selectboard had requested that the DOT pay for the lights as a part of the bridge project and that they address the faded road striping on the bridge and intersection crosswalks as soon as possible. Mrs. Pschirrer noted the State would replace the three lights on the NH side of the bridge but Walpole would pay the $60 cost per month for providing the power. Ms. Mayberry feels it is their roadway/property and their lights. Mr. Dalessio suggested they ask for clarification on the third paragraph in the letter on who is responsible for the costs. The $3,750 initial cost for the three lights should be a part of the project costs. Mr. Dalessio will write the letter to the DOT and have it ready for the Selectboard at the next meeting.

Pending Further Actions:

Broadband Update:  Mrs. Pschirrer reported that Mr. Paul Looney will appear at the next Selectboard meeting.  The Broadband Committee is expecting to receive a final CCI contract tomorrow.  Hopefully, it can be signed next week.  The Bond Bank has approved the Town’s application as complete and it is on their Bond Committee’s list for approval. 

Recreation Area Parking Lot: Lot Line Adjustment and Deed with Letter:  Mrs. Pschirrer advised this Recreation Area Parking Lot Line Adjustment will be brought before the Planning Board when they meet again.

Highway Equipment List:  Ms. Mayberry met with Mr. Mike Rau on Monday.  They had a lengthy conversation and talked about several things.  They are still working on their Equipment List.  

Town Deeded Properties: Mrs. Downing is finalizing the Town deeded properties sale packets.

NEW BUSINESS:

Mascoma Bank Loan Documents for Police Department Vehicle:  Mr. Dalessio moved to approve and sign the documents for the Mascoma Bank loan for the new Police Department cruiser in the amount of $38,000.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Mrs. Pschirrer mentioned the Selectboard will need to go into the Town Hall this weekend to sign the documents for the Mascoma Bank loan.     

Cemetery Deed in the Village Cemetery:  Mrs. Downing advised this is to allow a new family member to take over ownership.  This family lot was purchased in the 1800s.  

Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the re-issuance of a Cemetery Deed to Mrs. Jean Grendel, sole grandchild of Burt Glazier the original purchaser of Lot 117-1/2 in the Walpole Village Cemetery.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Westmoreland-Walpole Boundary Survey:  The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of a letter from Mr. James E. Franklin, Land Surveyor, dated April 29, 2020.  Mr. Franklin is surveying the Westmoreland- Walpole Town line in connection with a boundary survey for Patricia Rodrigues and John Corduff, Westmoreland assessor’s map R17 Lot 18.  He has collected a significant amount of information regarding the Town line, including the most recent 2012 perambulation by James Ranson for the town of Westmoreland.  Mrs. Pschirrer noted the Town of Westmoreland has also received this letter.  Mr. Franklin has asked to meet with the Walpole Selectboard.  Mrs. Pschirrer requested that Mrs. Downing, on behalf of the Selectboard,notify Mr. Franklin to advise that the Selectboard would like to have him submit his questions in writing.  The Selectboard will do some research and then arrangements will be made to have Mr. Franklin appear in a ZOOM meeting.

Burdick’s and Spencer’s Place Outside Seating Requests:  A diagram was submitted by Mr. Tom Goins for Burdick’s.  Mrs. Pschirrer will speak on behalf of the Foundation re: Spencer’s Place but she will recuse herself from voting due to her other involvement with the Foundation.  

Burdick’s:  Mr. Goins submitted a diagram for Burdick’s.  They are seeking authorization to place a 16’x32’ tent in their parking lot at 47 Main Street to accommodate outdoor seating.  This tent is no larger than the space currently allocated for automobile parking.  The tent will be centered in front of the restaurant taking up four parking spaces.  The flow of traffic in the parking lot will remain unchanged.  Mr. Dalessio advised that Mr. Mark Houghton of the Fire Department will need to do a Fire and Safety Inspection.  The area will need a chain around it. The Town will have to waive the Liquor Container Ordinance.

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept Burdick’s tent plan for outside seating and to waive the Open Container requirements.  Ms. Mayberry seconded the motion but had questions.  She wanted to know the distance from the parking area to the patch of grass.  Mr. Dalessio said it is parallel parking along that section.  Ms. Mayberry does not think it is 16-feet.  

Mrs. Downing said it is two car widths before you get to the tent.  Mrs. Pschirrer suggested prohibiting parallel parking along there so they can insure that there is adequate safety for traffic to get through that area.    

Mr. Dalessio amended his motion to accept Burdick’s Tent plan for outside seating and to waive the Open Container requirements.  There is a stipulation that there be no parallel parking in front of the tent to be sure there is adequate safety for traffic to get through that area.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion and amendment were approved.

Spencer’s Place: Mrs. Pschirrer explained that Spencer’s Place has made a request to put tables in front of the restaurant on the sidewalk plus along the side of the building where their handicapped ramp is for outside seating. Their measurements indicate there is adequate space to walk on the sidewalk. Mrs. Pschirrer questions this but feels there is adequate space near the ramp. To be sure it is safe they would have to block off the sidewalk and potentially block off those parking spaces with cones so pedestrians could safely walk where the parking spaces are. Mr. Dalessio said a minimum of 12-feet is needed. The waitstaff has to be 6-feet away from the table and tables need to be 6-feet apart. He is not sure about blocking off the sidewalk. Mr. Dalessio is concerned about the road and blocking off parking spaces. Mrs. Pschirrer felt it might depend on the hours they are open for blocking off the parking spaces.

Mr. Dalessio moved to table the Spencer’s Place request until more information is received about the seating arrangement.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.   There was none.  Mrs. Pschirrer recused herself from the vote. With Mr. Dalessio and Ms. Mayberry in favor, the motion was approved.

Front Line Responders Stipend: Mrs. Pschirrer advised that they heard the Order from the Governor about Front Line Responders Stipends.  Full-time responders would get $300 and part-time responders would get $150 per week.  The Town is to supply the State with all the names of Front Line Responders we have.  In the Town’s Police Department, there are people who work for us and other towns part-time.  We will have to find out in which towns they are also working part-time.  This is effective the day it was announced (May 4th) and it is good for eight (8) weeks.  No one contributes to NH Retirement out of the stipend, but other payroll taxes are deducted. Mr. Kreissle did a lot of research and there are many questions out there. Mrs. Pschirrer pointed out that we have to accept the CARES Act.  Mr. Dalessio advised that almost all of Mr. Brad Nash’s time should be put toward this as it has been for cleaning and disinfecting.

When they were discussing Emergency Management, Mrs. Pschirrer noted they discovered they need to upgrade the communication equipment.  We should do that now and charge it to this line.  Mr. Dalessio will speak to Mr. Mark Houghton about this.  They talked about the generator being a part of this.  The Town will be using Mr. Joe DiBernardo on the Vilas Bridge survey and the Town Hall survey at the same time.  The survey will satisfy the DES and DOT for the sewer lines.  A 50% match is available for the generator.  Right now they are moving forward to get all the documentation together.  

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the CARES Act Allocation to the Town of Walpole.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Cloth Masks and Recycling Center:  The Selectboard discussed the fact that masks are required at the Recycling Center. However, some people have chosen not to wear them.  All staff members are wearing them.  The staff wants masks to be worn because it is difficult to always maintain social distancing at the Recycling Center.  Ms. Mayberry noted the question becomes how would they enforce it?  There was discussion about signs stating that we “strongly recommend” wearing a mask.  They could put posters on the building.  There was a consensus that it is appropriate for Mr. Hoy not to say anything to people who are not using a mask.

Mill Pond Dam:  Mr. Dalessio mentioned the recent Mill Pond Dam flood waters.  Where would a similar bill go to be paid?  Ms. Mayberry said usually storm water is handled by the Highway Department but it should be clarified.  When would a bill go to the Conservation Commission?  Mr. Dalessio will check with Mr. Mark Houghton as it is not a sewer problem.  Mrs. Pschirrer noted the Conservation Commission does not have a steady flow of income.

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.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none. With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, motion approved at 7:36 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:48 PM.

FACT-TV:  Mrs. Pschirrer announced that this concludes the regular Selectboard and Hooper Trustees meetings.  The Selectboard will be entering into a Non-Public Session.  FACT-TV ceased filming and left the meeting. 

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.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  On a roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:49 PM.  

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:18 PM.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of May 7, 2020, be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.  

ADJOURNMENT:

Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:20 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Hooper Trustees Meeting Minutes – 5/7/20

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this Hooper Trustees meeting to order at 7:36 PM.  She advised that the Hooper Trustees are in three separate locations.  This meeting is being recorded.  Also attending this meeting is Mrs. Sarah Downing, Manager of Administration, in the Walpole Town Hall, and Ms. Regina Borden, Recording Secretary, by telephone at a separate location.

HOOPER TRUSTEES MINUTES:

HOOPER TRUSTEES MEETING – April 30, 2020:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Hooper Trustees meeting of April 30, 2020, as submitted.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC HOOPER TRUSTEES SESSION – April 30, 2020:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Hooper Trustees Session of April 30, 2020, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

HOOPER BUSINESS:

Hooper Scholarship Committee Oath of Appointment:  Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the re-appointment of Carol Malnatias a member on the Frederick H. Hooper Institute Scholarship Committee for a period of three (3) years, May 2020 through Town Meeting, March 2023.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Hooper Institute Scholarship Committee:  Mrs. Pschirrerreported an email was received from Mrs. Susan Wyckoff who has been on this committee for several years and has been a valuable member.  Mrs. Wyckoff has asked to be relieved of her contributions to this committee.  Ms. Mayberry noted this is a big loss.  Mr. Dalessio thanked Mrs. Wyckoff for all her services and contributions.      

Hooper Institute Board: Mr. Dalessio advised that the financial position in their bank account is good. Friends of the Hooper will be putting out a newsletter that will include a section for fundraising. Mrs. Becky Sethi is putting that together with help from other members. Mrs. Heather Brady had some good ideas. Members will be doing trail work. Mrs. Holly Gowdy will mark the trails. They are moving forward with the Internship Summer Program using a focus on Agricultural places first. Right now they have seven applications from students and two are pending. Rather than having the traditional summer programs, they are going to do one day events and limit the number of kids. Little kids will have family days. They are coming up with good ideas and trying to make it all work. Mrs. Dalbeck and Mr. Dalessio are working on the owl house project as a fundraiser. Mrs. Dalbeck is starting to evaluate what can be done to make the building usable year round. Mr. Dalessio will work with her.

ADJOURNMENT:

Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Hooper Trustees meeting. The Hooper Trustees will return to the Selectboard meeting. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion. There was none. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:48 PM.

Clarion Deadline – 5/21

JUNE CLARION — CLOSING DAY – 21 MAY

by Ray Boas

Too fast, and almost time again to finish up and send your next edition of THE WALPOLE CLARION to the printer. As with last month, COVID has impacted our world, and there are essentially no activities, past or upcoming, to share on our pages, BUT, there are still stories to share, and some work arounds to share.

So, this is the one week notice I always give for your submissions for the next issue. The date again (and the sooner to me the better) is Thursday, 21 May. Thank you, yours, RAY

PS – The Flamingo invasion continues, and there will be more documentation in the June issue, but you can click on the link below to see over one hundred pink birds now in Town.

FLAMINGOS
WALPOLE, NEW HAMPSHIRE STYLE