Conservation Committee Meeting Minutes – 4/2/18

Members Present:

Alicia Flammia (Chair), Jackie Kensen, Lew Shelley, Laura Hayes, John Peska (Vice Chair),

Alternates Present:

Myra Mansouri, Peter Palmiotto, Elaine Heleen,

Members Absent:

Gary Speed, Kelli Wilson, Duncan Watson

Others Present:

Peggy Pschirrer, (Selectboard Representative), Steven Dumont (Recording Secretary), Holly Gowdy (Guest)

Call to Order: Alicia Flammia, Chair, called the meeting to order at 7:34 PM.

Seating of Alternates: Myra Mansouri was seated as a regular member.

Review and approve minutes – March 5, 2018. No corrections. Lew made a motion to accept the minutes as written. John seconded. With all in favor, the minutes were accepted.

Public Business:

1. Treasury: Alicia has not emailed Tom for the PDIP account balances but will for next month. The Conservation fund has $148.92 and the Forestry account has $1,502.66. The Fanny Mason Forest accounts (2) have $311,604.70 and $12,343.78.

2. Correspondence:

a. Garland Lumber sent a check to the Town of Walpole for $765.90 for the remaining timber tax invoice.

b. Peter Rhodes second and final bill was approved.

c. Request for mowing at Cranberry Meadow.

d. Monadnock Conservancy Newsletter.

New Business:

1. Holly Gowdy was in attendance. She purchased the Ballam Farm property, about 30 acres, which is under a conservation easement. This property also includes about 4 acres around the town well. It is a certified organic farm, and she has been bringing in good soil to improve the fertility. This land was previously operated by tenant farmers and has been in decline. The woodlands around the fields have been growing into the fields for many years and have not been maintained. Holly is looking for advice and approval to bring in a forester to clear the trees back to their original position and restore the fields. This also includes invasive species removal. There are dangerous trees which are rotting and have the possibility of falling down in a storm. The cleanup and removal process is more than they can handle themselves, which is why they need a professional. After the clearing, they will be able to maintain the fields themselves with small equipment. The WCC holds the easement and the county forester got in touch with Alicia. Alicia reviewed the easement documents and it allows for clearing out trees for maintenance needs. The discussion is whether logging is allowed. Jackie has walked the easement and also reviewed the easement language. It allows for maintenance and clearing but does not allow commercial logging. Holly is not looking to do commercial logging or make a profit from the proceeds. The wood that is removed would be payment to the logger (Chris Ricci) to cover his costs for the work. The work would be out of the area of the shoreline protection act boundaries. Peter pointed out that there are ostrich ferns in that area close to the river as well. Holly has taken note and will make sure to stay clear of any sensitive areas. Jackie made a motion to allow the Gowdy’s to clear the land in accordance with the easement requirements and to improve the agricultural aspects of the property. John seconded. All approved.

Old Business:

1. Reservoir Dam: John has heard back from Nobis engineering out of Concord NH. They are interested in doing a proposal. They recommend we hire them as a “town engineer” to do the interface with the NH DES. They believe the remediation work may be in the $200,000 – $300,000 range. Dubois & King previously submitted a proposal for about $18,000 for the assessment work only. Haley Aldrich, M&W Soils & VHB have all declined. Lew would like to clarify that the “town engineer” role is not a permanent role, and is for this project only. John will email the proposals out to all members. The WCC has been getting letters of deficiency from the NH DES since about 2011, and Peggy noted the dam is high on Walpole’s hazard mitigation list, so there is a need to move forward with this work.

2. Walpole Easement Database: Laura has spent time going through the files in the file cabinets and is working on the report. She will send a list of easements she does not have files for. Some agencies are going away from paper copies of records so there may be some missing information. The files are also not well marked so it is taking some time. Laura would like some folders and other office supplies. Alicia asked Laura to send her a list and she will order them for her. Laura would also like a copy of a key for the conference room so she can spread out files and work more efficiently. Alicia will get her a copy.

3. Fannie Mason Feasibility Study: Lew has done two walks and has started the mapping. He should have a draft report to review for the next meeting.

4. Long View Forest Walk: Scheduled for Thursday April 26th, 1:00 – 3:00 PM.

5. Bill Callahan Land Survey: Alicia gave approval for Eric Peabody from Greentop Survey to do the survey work.

6. Town Conservation Maps: Peter has given this to Laura to work on them.

7. WCC Appointments: John and Myra submitted letters to the selectboard. It is unknown whether Kelli has submitted.

8. Cold River Land Donation: Donald Rounds has retracted his offer of donating land to the town and is looking at selling the land to a neighbor.

9. WCC Outing Day: Meet May 5th at 9:30 AM, at the end of Scoville Road just before the tower. Should take about 1 ½ – 2 hours to walk both loops. Members and families are welcome.

10. Trail Work Day: Scheduled for Saturday April 28th, 9:00 to 11:00 AM. Meet at Mill Pond parking lot. Lew thinks the Walpole School, the Boy Scouts and potentially a local mountain bike group may be interested, along with the WCC. Lew would like approximately two people from each group to limit the attendees. It is also the same day as the Walpole Green Up Day. Lew recommends long pants and shirts, gloves and some tools. After the meeting, Lew sent out an email with more detail.

Other Business:

1. Discussion of upcoming April 10th Zoning Board meeting regarding variance requests for new gas station and coop projects, and whether at this point the WCC should take a stance on the proposals. Peter noted that based on the Natural Resource Inventory, the areas that would be affected are areas of concern. Peggy noted that the WCC has every right to make its collective opinion known and take a stance on the merits of the projects. Peggy noted that as Walpole residents we also have the right to make personal opinions known. Laura noted that the USDA has an online soil mapping tool available. Peter noted that the NRI also has that information. Peggy mentioned that if someone is to speak at the coming meeting, to identify yourself and speak clearly. Alicia thinks it would be prudent to draft a letter from the WCC stating their position, and submit it at the next meeting.

2. Steven asked again about becoming an alternate member on the WCC. Alicia suggested writing a letter of interest to the selectboard to start the formal process.

Adjournment: John made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Lew seconded. Meeting adjourned.

Next Meeting: Monday, May 7, 2018 at 7:30 PM.

Respectfully submitted; Steven Dumont, Recording Secretary

Note: These are unapproved minutes. Corrections, if any, will be found in the minutes of May 7, 2018.

Thank You

Cub Scout Pack 299 would like to Thank everyone that

came to our Annual Easter Egg Hunt and also Thank You

to Costume Ladies and the Walpole Creamery for their

generous donations.

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 4/5/18

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

PUBLIC HEARING

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this Public Hearing regarding the withdrawal of funds from the Police Vehicle – Capital Reserve Fund to order at 5:02 PM.  A Warrant was passed at Town Meeting on March 17, 2018, which allows the Selectboard to take, after a Public Hearing, funds from the Capital Reserve Fund to replace a Police vehicle.  Mr. Dalessio advised they will be withdrawing $5,810.00 from this fund which is the difference between the cost of the new vehicle and what the insurance company reimbursed the Town.  Ms. Mayberry asked when this new vehicle will be on the road.  Police Chief Paquette replied they will be able to pick the Dodge Charger up next week.  It will then be delivered to the shop for installation of the equipment and hopefully be on the road in about three weeks.  They were able to recover a lot of equipment from the damaged vehicle.  Notices of this Public Hearing were posted in the usual places.  No other comments were made. There were five members of the public in attendance.  .

Ms. Mayberry moved to close this Public Hearing.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Public Hearing was adjourned at 5:08 PM.

Mr. Dalessio moved to withdraw $5,810.00 from the Police Vehicle – Capital Reserve Fund.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.    

REGULAR SELECTBOARD MEETING

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this Selectboard meeting to order at 5:08 PM in the Walpole Town Hall.  This meeting is being recorded and she asked anyone wishing to speak to identify themselves for the record.  There were five members of the public in attendance.

PUBLIC BUSINESS:

MEET AND GREET” Officer Devin Prince:  Police Chief Michael Paquette introduced Police Officer Devin Prince.  Chief Paquette noted Officer Prince is eager to get started and ready to go to the Police Academy.  The Police Academy can only take 67; Officer Prince is #71.  He will go to the Academy for the physical fitness test on April 16th and hopefully he will get into this session of the Police Academy that starts April 30th and lasts four months.  He will be on the reserve list.  If called he will have two hours to be in Concord.  There are three Academy sessions a year.  Right now not as many people are “jumping” into these careers; it is a lot more dangerous than in the past. Officer Prince will also be required to do 300 hours of field training.  He was in the military for six years and was overseas twice.  Chief Paquette feels he will be a good fit for the department.  He has helped set up the new “Speed” machine.  The Selectboard welcomed Officer Prince to the Town and Police Department.

LETTER FROM RAY BOAS:  Mr. Boas has been doing research on the property next to Dr. Shaw and across the road from South Street.  He shared his findings with the Selectboard.  He recommended the Selectboard look into the easement that exists to see if it is sufficient for what is being proposed.  He has been looking at Map 18 and explained the subdivision of the property in September 1994.  Mr. Dalessio appreciates the information Mr. Boas is providing but the Planning Board needs to understand the history.  Conditions may have been placed on the property by the State when they gave Walker Road to the Town.  There are a lot of questions.  Mr. Boas sent a request to Mr. Jeff Miller, Mrs. Myra Mansouri and Marilou Blaine to ask if there can be public comment prior to the Public Hearing.  He submitted a copy of his April 5, 2018, letter to the Selectboard.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $43,829.98 for checks dated April 6, 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 March 31, 2018, in the amount of $24,746.67 for checks dated April 6, 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 $5,229.12 for the week ending March 31, 2018.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.  

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – March 29, 2018:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of March 29, 2018, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.  Mr. Dalessio abstained as he was not present at this meeting.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – March 29, 2018:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of March 29, 2018, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.  Mr. Dalessio abstained as he was not present at this meeting.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meetings:

• Walpole Fire District Meeting – March 14, 2018;

• Walpole Fire District Annual Meeting – March 15, 2018;

• Walpole Town Library Board of Trustees Meeting – March 20, 2018.

SOLAR ENERGY EXEMPTIONS:

Ms. Mayberry moved to grant the following nine Solar Energy Exemptions:

Map and Lot #005-011-003;

Map and Lot #006-014-000;

Map and Lot #018-002-000;

Map and Lot #008-118-000;

Map and Lot #008-033-000;

Map and Lot #008-050-001;

Map and Lot #013-035-000;

Map and Lot #013-008-000;

Map and Lot #009-048-000.

Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

BUILDING PERMIT:

DAVID & DIANA RICHARDSON, 197 Old Cheshire Turnpike Road, Map and Lot #013-036-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Building Permit #2018-04 for David and Diana Richardson to have “Solar Panels” at 197 Old Cheshire Turnpike Road, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

Police Revolving Fund Request:  The Police Department has withdrawn this request.

FairPoint-Consolidated Communications Invoice:  Mrs. Pschirrer reported FairPoint-Consolidated Communications has now sent the Town a bill in the amount of $1,419.97.  They claim it was not paid.  Mr. Kreissle feels this is an error in their records not ours but they do not accept this.  Mrs. Pschirrer will ask Mr. Kreissle to call Savings Bank of Walpole tomorrow to see if records are kept back to 2009.  Fairpoint-Consolidated has threatened to send this to a collection agency and/or lien something.  Mr. Dalessio’s big concern is if they can disconnect the service.  Mrs. Pschirrer will ask Mr. Kreissle to write a letter of explanation and attach copies of our checks and copies of their bills.  The Selectboard felt this should go back to FairPoint-Consolidated Communications.

NEW BUSINESS:

State of NH Parks & Recreation Grant Program: The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of a letter from the NH Division of Parks and Recreation dated March 27, 2018.  It is regarding the Land and Water Conservation Fund program compliance and property stewardship.  Project sites are required to be inspected every five years by their office to ensure program compliance.  Our sites were inspected in 2006.  Ms. Mayberry will follow-up on this with Mr. Justin Cassarino.

Cemetery Deed for Lot D522:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Deed for Cemetery Lot D522.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.  

Thank You Card and Letter:  A Thank You note was received from Camp Takoda YMCA for the Town’s support.  It served Walpole kids.

Community Volunteer Transportation Company:  A Thank You letter was received from the Community Volunteer Transportation Company for the Town’s contribution of $2,300.  Walpole has a great team of volunteer drivers.  Maintaining a vibrant supply of drivers is critical to keep up with demand.

Fall Mountain Region School District:  The Selectboard discussed writing a request to the FMRSD to advise that the Selectboard is interested in purchasing the parking area next to the Whitcomb Recreation Area for $1.00.  It will need to be put on their warrant as an article for the next Annual Meeting.

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 at 6:05 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 6’29.

OTHER BUSINESS:

NH Municipal Association Meeting:  Ms. Mayberry attended this meeting in the City Hall in Keene.  It was very interesting.  The NH Municipal Association discussed new bills being proposed and the towns that will be impacted the most.  She will provide copies for Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer.  They encourage towns to contact their legislators.

Library Trustees Meeting:  Mrs. Pschirrer attended the fundraising meeting.  They have applied for Historic Grants; she signed as the Chair of the Selectboard.  It enables them to apply for LCHIP Grants.

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 6:35 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Zoning Board Agenda

Please note that this week’s Meeting Agenda includes a Public Hearing for adding a handicap ramp to the new restaurant, Spencer’s Place, but does NOT have a Public Hearing for the proposed gas station. This week it is only a request for a Hearing. The hearing itself would be scheduled for next month. – Lil

Zoning Board Meeting – 4/18/18

ZBA Wednesday, April 18, 2018 – 7:30 pm Walpole Town Hall
by Ray Boas
This is a reminder for you to attend the Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting Wednesday,  April 18, 2018 , at 7:30 pm in the Walpole Town Hall.

At that time on the agenda is:

New Business:

Request for a Public Hearing for a Special Exception, rural/ag to commercial. D&C Transportation, Orleans, Vt. Map 10, Lot 2. Proposed Use: Filling Station and Convenience store with Drive Thru. James Phippard of Brickstone Land Use Consultants LLC representing D&C Transportation.

On April 10th a record crowd of from 150 to 175 concerned citizens attended the Planning Board meeting when D&C requested a public hearing for May. Wednesday’s meeting is part of the process. I encourage you and all your friends to again attend this Wednesday’s meeting (7:30 PM April 18) to show your displeasure in this request. It is not time for public comment – but one never knows.

Please widely circulate this important message.

Thank you, yours, RAY, Publisher, THE WALPOLE CLARION

Walpole Clean-up Day – 4/28/18

It’s time once again to help out at the 6th Annual Walpole Clean Up Day, Saturday, April 28th.

It starts at the Transfer & Recycling Station at 8:00 am with coffee and donuts.  You will be given blue garbage bags and your choice of road sections to tackle.  Bring gloves and maybe ‘grabbers’ if you have them.  (It’s messy work!)

Three hours later, at 11:00, bring your booty back to the Center for weighing and judging for ‘Most Original Garbage’, ‘Grossest Garbage’, ‘Most Garbage Collected’, etc.  Prizes will be awarded to the winners.

Invite your friends and family to help out.  The time flies by, and the difference those few hours make has a huge impact on the town and our roads.

If you have any questions, call Tara Sad at 756-4861.

See you on the 28th – Rain or shine!