Revised Zoning Board Agenda – 7/18/18

The Agenda was revised because of new items received over the weekend – LilRoll Call: Appointment of alternates if needed. Minutes: Review minutes. New Business:Joe Sawyer would like to rent his land for someone who owns a trucking business. Variance: Cottage at Hooper Golf Club – Residential A – I believe it’s because it doesn’t conform to road frontage or size of lot. Fred Dill will be in. Great River Co-op: Farmers Market on Rt. 12. Bruce will attend. Gravel Pits: Assign inspection sites. Old Business: Ted Johnson – shed on School Street – decided to put the shed on wheels Solar ordinance. Model Ordinance from NH Energy. Stephen Buckley NH Municipal Assoc. Solar Ordinance from Hollis. Update: Matrix: Discussion in August  Handout: Wind turbines.Ideas for updating Master Plan, which the Planning Board is doingAdditions to site plan regulations Next meeting Wednesday,  August 15, 2018

Planning Board Meeting Minutes – 7/10/18

                                                  Presiding Members: Jeffrey Miller (Chair), Robert Miller (Vice-Chair), James Aldrich, (Secretary),  Dennis Marcom, Jason Perron, Jeff White, Steve Dalessio (Selectboard Representative). Alternates: Jeff Colley, Joanna Andros.   Recording: Marilou Blaine. These minutes are unapproved and will be reviewed at the August 2018 meeting for corrections, additions and/or omissions. Meeting Opened: Mr. J. Miller called the meeting to order at 7 pm. Roll Call: All board members were present so an alternate was not needed to fill in. Minutes: Mr. Marcom made one correction to the June minutes. On page 1 the word changed was in quotes. The quotes should have been around the word “where.” Mr. Aldrich made a motion to accept the minutes as amended. Mr. Marcom seconded the motion and the motion carried. New Alternate: Vote to approve Mr. Jeff Colley as an alternate, replacing Ed Potter. Mr. Marcom made a motion to approve the nomination of Jeff Colley as an alternate. Mr. Aldrich seconded the motion and the motion was unanimously approved by the Board. Welcome Mr. Colley. Old Business: Avanru, Jack Franks, Building C on the original plan, Lot 1, where the Co-op was going to go: Public Hearing for a commercial building. Public Hearing postponed until August. Mr. Franks will be at the meeting for an update. Mr. Franks said he would like to hold off on the plan he laid out to the Board two months ago for building C. It may still happen, he said, but it’s not ready now. Mr. Franks said he turned in two copies of the lighting plan for the original plan for Lot 1 and the secretary couldn’t find them. Mr. Franks called the lighting company and the light plan is on a program that they no longer use and there would be considerable cost to get that plan updated. He was asking for direction from the Board. “We did turn them in and it was dark-sky night,’’ Mr. Franks said. Mr. J. Miller said he should be able to get a paper copy of the lighting plan. And, he continued, he ( Mr. Franks) and his partners must have some copies of everything that was submitted to the Board. The secretary suggested that since the lighting was going to be included in this project, there must be some sort of catalog that had pictures of the lighting. Mr. Robert Miller asked if the lighting plan was on the co-op building. Mr. Franks said the plan was for all of Lot 1, which included the co-op building and the another building, Building B. Mr. R. Miller asked if he was talking about the same building. Mr. Franks said now he was talking about Building B and there would be some changes to that building. Mr. R. Miller pressed Mr. Franks if was asking for a Public Hearing in August for Building B. Mr. Franks said “yes”, then added that he’s 90 percent sure the civil engineers can make the changes in two weeks. So you want to amend the site plan to Building B next month? he asked. Mr. Franks said, “yes.”1.Ms. Andros asked if Mr. Franks had to present the plan before he had a hearing. Mr. J. Miller said he could do it all in the same night. Mr. Dalessio asked Mr. Franks to bring in the before and after plans for Building B. Mr. R. Miller made a motion to have a Public Hearing for the amended site plan for Building B in August. Mr. Aldrich seconded the motion and the motion passed. Two subdivisions. Joe DiBernardo represented both owners’ subdivisions – one for Mary McMahon and one for Rascal Baby, LLC, the former Berg property on Valley Road. Project One: Mary McMahon – 58 Adams Lane, off Whipple Hill Road. Ms. McMahon is proposing to subdivide off a lot of 14.48 acres labeled “NOT TO BE DEVELOPED” leaving a remainder of 143.09 acres with Tax Map No. 3 Lot No. 1. The parcel is located in the Timberland and Rural Agricultural Districts. Lot #2 of 14.48 acres is accessed solely by a class VI town highway. A Public Hearing was requested and approved last month for a hearing in August on this matter. Project Two: Rascal Baby, LLC is proposing a Lot Line adjustment off Valley Road across from Swain Lane. This adjustment involves 3 lots of record all owned by Rascal Baby, LLC. Tax Map No. 13 Lot No. 51 will expand from 0.55 acres to 6.45 acres. The additional land is being taken from Tax Map No. 13 Lot No. 50. Tax Map No. 13 Lot No. 50 is acquiring 2.18 acres from Tax Map No. 11 Lot No. 29 giving Lot No. 50 a total area of 21.13 acres. Tax Map No. 11 Lot No. 29 is being reduced to 18.66 acres after adjustment. Mr. R. Miller made a motion to hold a Public Hearing on the Rascal Baby subdivisions in August. Mr. Marcom seconded the motion and the motion passed. Update to Master Plan: Lisa Murphy, planner at Southwest Regional Planning Commission was invited to come to the meeting to talk about helping the Planning Board update the Master Plan. Ms. Murphy said she’d been at SWRPC for 10 years. She helped Walpole update its Master Plan 10 years ago and has been doing a lot of updating Master Plans in the region lately. The state recommends updating the Master Plan every 5 to 10 years, Ms. Murphy said, She asked Board members if they had a copy of the Master Plan and how they used it. Board members said they had copies of the Plan. Mr. J. Miller said we do use it quite a bit in certain proposals. The Board looks at it regularly to define the meaning of a proposal and uses it in clarifying certain decisions. There are certain plans and special exceptions where it’s noted that the Master Plan plays a part in the decision. The Board finds it to be a better foundation to be able to make a better decision on certain criteria, he said. Recently, it was decided that the Board should take another look at it. Ms. Murphy said she asked that question because she believed the Master Plan helps you foresee the future but also it helps in cases that go to court. If a town can say this situation doesn’t follow our Master Plan, the town has a good case.   It also helps with grant opportunities. Funding for federal and state projects are hard to come by but if the criteria is it consistent with the Master Plan, and it was recently updated, towns have a better chance of getting a grant. She explained that recently she had been working with the town of Chesterfield and they received money for a management plan for Spofford Lake. The town got it immediately, Ms. Murphy said. Part of the state’s reasoning was that the town had just updated its Master Plan, Natural Resource Inventory and hazardous mitigation plan.  Some towns work on the whole Master Plan at one time, others do it year by year and update one chapter at a time. Mr. Miller said they were taking the later approach. The Board wanted a quote for how much it would cost for help from SWRPC on the land analysis section. They would submit the quote to the Selectboard and if the Selectboard agrees, the quote would go to the townspeople next March for a vote. Ms. Murphy suggested that the Board look at how they were going to use the Master Plan, is there something missing, say such as an energy plan. Ms. Murphy said she looked at the current goals and objectives. While they are good, many of them don’t have actions. How are you making that happen? she asked. Go a little bit further she suggested. She also suggested the Planning Board get together once a year with all the different committees – the zoning board, conservation committee and look at a way to make things happen. It takes a lot of work and several meeting but if you’re serious about taking an action to protect certain areas or encourage a certain type of development, such as senior housing. Population and housing chapter. Should you update the population and housing chapter with the census coming up in two years? That depends – if your working on census information from 2000 or 2010. If it was 2000, you should probably update now. It will show a trend and be closer to the outcome of information that’s collected in 2020. Mr. Miller said the only section that was updated was land use and that was in 2006. Mr. Dalessio said the town is changing in population and the population makeup is changing. He talked about a survey of what the people wanted. He said the last time a survey was done a very small percentage of the population completed the survey. The Board would like to do a better marketing job this time and get a bigger cross section of people to participate. The Board would also like to take a forward look and how do to track work force. Ms. Murphy said that SWRPC just received a grant in July from the Tufts Foundation to do an age-friendly grant to track both the older and younger populations. The area is losing the younger population fast. The grant will take two years, but you will be able to get a lot of numbers and information on the population trends. They want to get a percentage of the population from 33 towns but also target specific groups to find how they view transportation, housing and economic situations in the area. And it won’t cost the Town anything. She suggested going to Survey Monkey to look for a survey the Town might want to use. Getting the word out is the hardest part. Ms. Murphy suggested getting electronic copies as well as paper copies. Mr. Dalessio said we have a successful blog site with The Walpolean that’s fairly well read in town and then there’s our local newspaper, The Clarion, which has a good readership. Mr. Perron suggested going to the local school to send out the survey to get the opinion of parents of school age children. Ms. Murphy said that’s exactly what you may have to do – go to that group of people you want to answer the survey, such as a church groups, Boy Scouts, youth groups. Ms. Murphy said you may also want to tie the announcement of the survey to a special event and you may even have a drawing that if someone has completed the survey, their name is entered into a drawing such as dinner at such and such a restaurant. Or get someone to donate something as a little incentive.If you have the old survey, you might use it to mirror what is happening now and it may show a trend. Only 10 percent of the population responded to the last survey. Ms. Murphy said 20 percent is great. The elder population usually answers survey. You can’t ask the question how old are they are but you can ask how long have you lived in town. Mr. Perron asked about the time it took for the Chesterfield update. Ms. Murphy said two years but they had a very active subcommittee. They completed 7 chapters including some mapping. Mr. J. Miller said, “We know what we want.” The first step is the survey and a look a land use. Then start taking a look at other chapters. It may be a two-to-four-year process. Mr. Perron said it seems as if it’s going to be a three-year project anyway. Ms. Murphy asked how was the survey going to be mailed out. Do we do it and then collect and analyze the information? She also said that right now they had grant money to do the transportation part for free. She asked why the Board wanted to start with land use. Mr. J. Miller said, it’s the section looked at most often when questions come up. If we do the survey on land use, that will be a year. The survey will drive how we look at the rest pf the sections. Why does the Master Plan have a lot of weight in court, if you have a court case? Mr. Aldrich asked. Ms. Murphy said if you can identify something in the Master Plan and are denying an application and point to the section and use it in motion of denial that the denial is not consistent with the Master Plan, the judge can say this is definitely not a planning board that is being prejudice. The other thing is you must have good definitions. When you don’t have strong definition, you’re leaving it up to interpretation of the judge. Mr. Dalessio asked if there were a hierarchy of official documents with the Master Plan at the top. Ms. Murphy said she personally thought they were all on one level – the Master Plan, Site Plan, Zoning Ordinances. She said some site plan regulations and ordinances are really old and haven’t kept up with the times. She suggested looking at them as well. Mr. Eric Merklein ask if a Zoning Ordinance allows a 10-story building but the Master Plan does not, what would happen? Ms. Murphy said she hoped that wouldn’t happen and that the Zoning Ordinances are consistent with the Master Plan and Site Plan. Mr. Merklein then asked that seeing that the revision is a three-to-five-year project, is it wise to cautiously make sure that Zoning Ordinances match the Master Plan. Ms. Murphy said she will look at what is already there and also look at current planning trends and current statutes and see if locally you’re aware of them and where you are having problems. She’ll check to see that zoning ordinances aren’t out of date. Mr. Merklein than asked if she would counsel the people involved in the updating the Master Plan while they go through the procedure. Ms. Murphy said, “yes.” Mr. J. Miller asked her for a quote that will be submitted to the Selectboard. She will get one to the Board within a week or so. Hooper Golf Course: Fred Dill has purchased the Hooper Golf Course and the buildings and wants to subdivide the cottage, the 130-acre golf course land and the 9.91 acres remaining with the land, mansion, barn and pro shop. There may be a hiccup because cottage is in Residential A and needs 200 feet road frontage and 40,000 square feet. So it may need a variance, Mr. Miller said. But maybe the argument for that is that the conservation easement lines can’t be changed. Mr. R. Miller made a motion to have a Public Hearing for the three-lot subdivision in August. The motion was seconded by Mr. Aldrich and the motion carried. Workshop: It was also decided that there will be a workshop on a solar energy ordinance on the fourth Tuesday of July. Mr. Aldrich made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Marcom seconded the motion and the motion passed.  Respectfully submitted,Marilou Blaine

Select Board Meeting Minutes – 7/5/18

Selectboard Present: Peggy Pschirrer (Chair); Steven Dalessio; (Absent: Cheryl Mayberry) CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this Selectboard meeting to order at 6:30 PM in the Walpole Town Hall.  She advised this meeting is being recorded and asked anyone wishing to speak to identify themselves for the record.  There were two members of the public in attendance. PUBLIC BUSINESS:COLD RIVER MATERIALS – Gary Patch:  Mr. Patch, Cold River Materials, is concerned that Mr. Mike Rau, Road Agent, plans to close down Brewery Road to pave.  They do a lot of paving and do not shut roads down.  There are safety issues running all kinds of traffic up through their plant.  Mrs. Pschirrer advised that Mr. Rau is concerned about that road and the traffic on it as well. The men who are doing the work on Monday; they will pave Brewery Road first.  He wants to get the road done as soon as possible. Therefore, Mr. Rau decided to close a part of that road rather than do one lane at a time. Using flaggers will take longer.  Mr. Patch was told the road will be closed about three hours on Monday; he will plan on that time period.  Mrs. Pschirrer noted that Whitcomb Construction always used to take care of that road because their trucks used it the most.  Mr. Patch and the Selectboard will talk about that idea in the future.   COREY FIELD:  Mrs. Field walks on Watkins Hill Road and is concerned about pedestrians because of the vehicles traveling so fast.  Recently Mrs. Field noticed a speeding vehicle coming toward an elderly neighbor who was walking on the road.  It was lucky that Mrs. Field saw what was happening and pulled her neighbor in a little so she was off the road.  The neighbor was really scared but the vehicle just kept going.  A white truck always goes speeding by at 7:45 am. It was coming up the hill from Prospect Street.  There. have been other incidents.  Mr. Dalessio notified the Police Department about speeding traffic in that area.                         ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the amount of $99,793.18 for checks issued July 06, 2018.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.The above amount includes $24,791.29 to the NH Retirement System and $30,837.00 to the HealthTrust.   PAYROLL:Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Payroll Register for the week ending June 30, 2018, in the amount of $32,211.79 for checks issued July 6, 2018.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.   Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes for Withholding, MEDI and FICA taxes in the amount of $6,498.31 for the week ending Jun 30, 3018.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved. SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:STAFF MEETING MINUTES – June 21, 2018:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Staff Meeting of June 21, 2018, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved. SELECTBOARD MEETING – June 28, 2018:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of June 28, 2018, with one change.  Under Walker Road change “NH DES Permit” to “NH DES Grant Program”.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes and amendment were approved. NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – June 28, 2018:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of June 28, 2018, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved. TIMBER TAX WARRANT:MAP and LOT #014-015-000:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Warrant, Yield Tax Levy, and the Certification of Yield Taxes Assessed, Operation #18-401-005-T, Map and Lot #014-015-000 for the Diocese of New Hampshire, in the amount of $90.48.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approvedBUILDING PERMITS:MARK & BROOKE HOUGHTON, 51 Blackjack Crossing Road, Map and Lot #004-044-002:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant Building Permit No. 2017-09 Renewal for Mark and Brooke Houghton to construct a “108’ x 26-40’ 2 story house & 24’ x 40’ woodshed” at 31 Blackjack Crossing.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved. RASCAL BABY, LLC, 141 Rascal Mountain Lane, Map and Lot #011-033-000:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant Demolition Permit No. 2018-15, for “Removal of Building” at 141 Rascal Mountain Lane, Map and Lot #011-033-000.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved. GOLDFINCH FARM, LLC, 459 Old Drewsville Road, Map and Lot #012-071-000: Mr. Dalessio moved to grant Building Permit No. 2018-16 to erect a “6’ x 8’ Wooden Shed” at 459 Old Drewsville Road, Map and Lot #012-071-000.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved. TERRAPIN MOSSIE, LLC, 45 Reservoir Road, Map and Lot #010-026-002:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant Building Permit No. 2018-17, to erect “130’, 120’ and 106’ Solar Panels” at 45 Reservoir Road, Map and Lot #010-026-002.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved. OLD BUSINESS:Reservoir Dam Letter of Deficiency Follow-Up Letter:  Mrs. Pschirrer reported this letter is a follow-up from the engineer, Brian Vincent at CLD Engineering.  This is the result of their visit/discussion at the Reservoir Dam.  Mr. Dalessio moved to approve and sign the deficiency letter on the Reservoir Dam to Mr. Steven Doyon, Administrator for Dam Safety and Inspection Section, NH Department of Environmental Services.   Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.   Walpole Main Holdings LLC: re: Assessment and Abatement:  Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Walpole Main Holdings LLC response to Mr. Steven Rudek’s letter.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved. Open Container Request: re: Appreciation BBQ:  A request was received from Mrs. Downing that the Selectboard waive the Open Container Ordinance for the Employee and Volunteer Appreciation BBQ on Saturday, September 8th.Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Open Container request for the Employee and Volunteer Appreciation BBQ at the Whitcomb Recreation area.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.   NEW BUSINESS:PDIP Report:  The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the PDIP Report through June 2018.  It is doing very well.   Bulletin Boards re: Posting of Minutes, Agendas and Notices: Mr. Tom Goins, co-owner of Burdick’s, asked that the Town stop using the bulletin board near the grocery store as they would like to use it.  Mrs. Pschirrer said they had talked about having a kiosk near the Town Hall. Mr. Dalessio would like to see notices displayed wide-spread throughout the Town; find a place in Drewsville and North Walpole.  The post office only serves a percentage of the Town’s residents.  There was discussion about agendas and minutes being published on the Walpolean and will be on the new Town’s website.  The Selectboard agreed to look into the cost for a kiosk and/or bulletin boards.           2018 Health Summit:  The Selectboard approved having Mrs. Downing attend the 2018 Health Summit on September 13th, 2018 in Concord. School Resource Officer:  Mr. Dalessio has talked with the Police Department personnel and reported on his findings.  At this point no one has taken the lead on it.  Mr. Dalessio received some information on a grant that would fund a good portion of the salary for the School Resource Officer.  He will pass this onto Ms. Cheryl Mayberry.  If no agreement is reached the School District will continue to use the NH State Police. High Street and School Street:  Mr. George Jeffrey mentioned to Mr. Dalessio that the corner of High Street and School Street is being washed out at the bridge.  Mr. Jeffrey is worried about the area getting worse.  Mrs. Pschirrer will look at the area.       NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:Mr. Dalessio moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel and (b) Hiring.  Mrs. Pschirrer seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:22 PM. The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:44 PM. Mr. Dalessio moved that the Minutes of this Non-Public Selectboard Session of July 5, 2018, be sealed.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approvedRECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:Mr. Dalessio moved to recess this Selectboard meeting.  The Selectboard will enter into a meeting as the Hooper Trustees.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:45 PM. The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:50 PM.  ADJOURNMENT:Mr. Dalessio moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:52 PM. Respectfully submitted,Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Hooper Trustees Meeting Minutes – 7/5/18

TOWN OF WALPOLEHOOPER TRUSTEES MEETINGJULY 5, 2018 Hooper Trustees Present:  Peggy Pschirrer (Chair); Steven Dalessio; (Absent: Cheryl Mayberry) CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this Hooper Trustees meeting to order at 7:45 PM. HOOPER TRUSTEES MINUTES:HOOPER TRUSTEES MEETING – June 28, 2018:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Hooper Trustees meeting of June 28, 2018, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved. OLD BUSINESS:Easement Donor Tribute:  Mrs. Pschirrer felt the plaque should state something similar to “Thank You to the people of Walpole who contributed”.  It will not list all the names.  They need to obtain a price and choose the location.   Hooper Property:  The Hooper property was sold on July 2, 2018.  Attorney Hockensmith will notify the Court and the NH Office of Charitable Trust.         ADJOURNMENT:Mr. Dalessio moved to adjourn this Hooper Trustees meeting.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:50 PM.   Respectfully submitted,Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Zoning Board Agenda – 7/18/18

Agenda for Zoning Board of AdjustmentWednesday,  July 18, 2018Walpole Town Hall7:30 pm  Roll Call: Appointment of alternates if needed. Minutes: Review minutes. New Business:Joe Sawyer would like to rent his land for someone who owns a trucking business. Gravel Pits: Assign inspection sites. Old Business: Ted Johnson – shed on School Street – decided to put the shed on wheels Solar ordinance. Model Ordinance from NH Energy. Stephen Buckley NH Municipal Assoc. Solar Ordinance from Hollis. Update: Matrix: Discussion in August  Handout: Wind turbines. Next meeting Wednesday,  August 15, 2018

Conservation Commission Meeting Minutes – 6/4/18

Members Present:John Peska (Vice Chair), Jackie Kensen, Lew Shelley, Laura Hayes Alternates Present:Myra Mansouri, Peter Palmiotto, Elaine Heleen Members Absent:Gary Speed, Duncan Watson, Kelli Wilson, Alicia Flammia Others Present:Peggy Pschirrer (Selectboard Representatives), Ray Boas, Marcus Lovell Smith, Sherrie Trefry (VHB), Ryan Owens, Steven Dumont (Recording Secretary) Call to Order: John Peska, Vice Chair, called the meeting to order at 7:25 PM. Seating of Alternates: Peter Palmiotto was seated as a regular member. Review and approve minutes – May 7, 2018. On page 2, under “3. Merriam Forest”, it should state that NH Fish & Game “came out and met with Rebecca and Lew”. Also on page 2, under (4.), it should state that Jeff White’s property is near the Gowdy property, it does not abut the property. On page 3, under “Other Business, 1.” it should state that Myra is a member of the Zoning Board and not the Planning Board. Lew made a motion to accept the minutes as corrected. Peter seconded. With all in favor, the minutes were accepted as corrected. Public Business:1. Treasury: The Forestry account has a balance of $2,269.00 and the Conservation account has a balance of $9,171.14. There is no info on the PDIP accounts. John passed around information on the town trust funds including the Hooper and Mason trust funds.2. Correspondence:a. Newsletter from the Monadnock Conservancy.b. Letter from the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of NH asking for donations.c. NH Charitable Foundation Spring/Summer publication.d. Letter from the Connecticut River Conservancy asking for donations. New Business:1. Sherrie Trefry, representing Kristopher Wilkes from VHB, was in attendance. They are working for National Grid and are seeking an expedited Wetlands Permit Application from the NH DES for work along National Grid’s power line right of way in North Walpole. A power line has sagged over time and there needs to be a certain distance between the ground and the power line. National Grid plans to remove ledge below the power line to create the required distance. National Grid needs to upgrade, resurface and regrade their existing access road, as well as create a new section of road to the site. VHB has contacted the National Heritage Bureau. There is a rare plant species in the area. About 40 plants will be removed. The National Heritage Bureau has given their approval due to a large population of said plant. There is a vernal pool and an intermittent stream in the area which will not be affected. The new road will affect 2,337 square feet of wetland. Below 3,000 square feet the NH DES allows an expedited 30 day review of the application with Conservation Commission approval. John noted that the study and report is very thorough. Myra noted that the North Walpole Village Commissioners have their own Zoning Board of Adjustment, and that VHB needs to contact them for notification as well. Lew asked what the plant species was. Sherrie noted that it is bulrush. Peter asked about the tools being used as “hand tools” noted in the application. Sherrie believes it will be power hand tools. Peter asked if anyone has been to the site and what the impact of the wetlands will be. Sherrie noted that there are pictures in the application. Peter made a motion for the vice chair to sign the application. Lew seconded. All in favor.2. Peter introduced Ryan Owens, a Walpole residence and executive director of the Monadnock Conservancy (MC). He was in attendance to discuss options for the conservation of the Walker Road Property. Ryan said his involvement started with the recognition that with at least one of the NH State funding sources, if the state gives a grant to buy the land, the land has to be protected. This suggests a preference for a conservation easement to be granted on the land, to another organization, along with the town’s ownership of the land. Ryan has discussed the feasibility of the MC or another organization being the holder. This would enable grant funding. Ryan noted that the MC and other organizations are being much more selective with the easements they choose to hold due to the growing financial demands of representing the easements. The MC is moving toward outright ownership of land as an alternate, but this does not always work for some properties. Ryan noted that if the town owns land, an easement may not be worth the effort or needed at all. A Declaration of Conservation Restrictions is another mechanism which may satisfy the state’s requirements for grant funding. John asked Ray Boas about the groups intent on the property. Ray stated that the group initially started coming up with reasons why the property was a bad location for a gas station. After the application was withdrawn, they realized that someone else could purchase the property and try again. Phase two of their efforts is to purchase the land and turn it over to the Conservation Commission for protection, and to update the master plan and zoning ordinance to prevent this from happening again. Ray Boas and Chuck Shaw talked with D&C Transportation and came to a handshake agreement about purchasing the property. D&C has been very busy and Ray has not heard back with further information. Ray is looking to get a deal worked out before they aggressively ask for donations or pursue state funding. Ray said negotiations might take longer than expected but they are optimistic that a deal can be worked out. Ryan asked if the property should be appraised to make sure what D&C is asking for the property is a fair price. Ray mentioned the recent appraisal was $161,000. D&C paid $269,900. Ryan mentioned that when fundraising, it is good to know what the land is going to be used for, as people donating are going to want to know. Ray mentioned the group may ask for donations from the WCC if/when the deal goes through.3. Great Brook Town Forest/Boggy Meadow: Marcus from Boggy Meadow Farms was in attendance. Most of Boggy Meadows is under easement with the MC. Boggy Meadow Farms has farmed 3-4 acres of the Great Brook property for about the last 30 years. Boggy Meadows uses “farming partners” which means they allow other farmers to use their land, including the 3-4 acres of the Great Brook property. They have partnered with Mike Barrett but are now switching to Roy Holman, who may bring cows back to the land. Marcus is looking for formal approval to use the 3-4 acres of land. John noted that the discussion last meeting was knowing whether or not the land is being leased. Marcus said there is a formal lease on his land and including the 3-4 acres. Peggy was discussing this with the selectboard and they thought it was land that the Sawyer’s gave to the town. Jackie thinks that land is a different property. Peggy is interested in whether or not the land is taxed. Peter asked about other land in the town. Specifically if town owned land gets leased to someone else, if they are to pay for it, and is this a precedent. Marcus noted that Boggy Meadow is not looking for a special deal and mentioned that if there is an appropriate fee for them to pay to continue to lease the land, they are very willing to do so. Peter noted that we don’t have information on other town owned lands and whether or not people are paying to lease them. The WCC is working to inventory town lands. Peter suggested that Boggy Meadow continue to operate as they have been until we know otherwise. Marcus reaffirmed that Boggy Meadow is willing to pay whatever is fair and appropriate.4. Gowdy Property: Jackie followed up with Holly. The trees that had been left cut high were left this way due to state requirements. Jackie mentioned that the land looks much better now that things are growing in and looking green. She said it may have been cut more than necessary but not much more. Laura noted that she knows people who have expressed alarm due to the extent of the logging. It looks more logged than pruned. Jackie does not think that the logging went over what was allowed in the language of the easement. Lew asked if the logging is completed. Jackie said it is. Steven noted that in hindsight, it may have been helpful to walk the property ahead of time and flag it to ascertain the extent. Lew noted that when the cutting happened in Moody park in Claremont, the immediate reaction was shock but people are very happy with the result now that things have grown in. Peter pointed out that the main use of the land is for farming, and the cutting back was long overdue and had not happened in a long time. Old Business:1. Reservoir Dam: John spoke with Mark Houghton. Mark would like to see some movement on this project. John emailed and called CDL Engineers in Concord and has not heard back. He also called the office in White River Junction and has not heard back either. John stressed the need to move ahead with this and hopes to have more information at the next meeting.2. Walpole Easement Database: Laura contacted Anne McBride. They do not have a good system for tracking or reporting their easements. Anne sent Laura a link to a program some smaller groups are using, called “Landscape”. It’s about $700 a year for what we would need. It looks like a good system. Laura also emailed the NH Association of Conservation Commissions about what they use or have heard of, and has not heard back. The commission verified that the goal of this is to record all the easements in the town. Peter suggests Laura come up with the master list and we fill in the gaps later. Laura has the list except anything new since the last Granite update in about 2012. She only has the new ones from the MC. Lew suggests setting up a separate meeting to go over the easements only. WCC to explore a time that would work.3. Fannie Mason Feasibility Study: Lew is dealing with a back injury but walked the west end and discovered some carriage trails. He needs to do the south side still. He has been using GPS on his phone but will go back with a Garmin later. He is hoping to finish in about a month.4. Bill Callahan Land Survey: The land has been surveyed. Maps are complete. Alicia is out and will follow up at the next meeting.5. Town Conservation Maps: Peter has done some merging of maps and progressed but they are not complete.6. WCC Appointments: John and Myra are approved. The selectboard received a letter from Steven to fill Kelli’s seat. Peter made a motion to approve Steven’s request. Jackie seconded. All in favor. Kelli to send a letter to the selectboard asking to become an alternate. Other Business:1. Barry Conservation Camp: The student who was identified for the scholarship was selected, and when registering, it was determined the camps were booked solid. The email that was sent out reminding the WCC was sent to the wrong people. John reaffirmed our intent to sponsor a Walpole student. They are hoping that the student can get into another camp with a smaller waiting list.2. Peggy received a letter from a man in Keene who rides rail trails, and thought that Walpole has the worst biking trails in the area, specifically on the rail trail. Lew would like to renew efforts to make the trail more complete and passable. Lew will respond to the gentleman.3. Agreed to switch the next meeting to July 9th in lieu of July 2.4. John will email Ray Boas to have him add the monthly WCC meeting to the calendar on the Walpole Clarion. Adjournment: At 9:20 Peter made a motion to adjourn the meeting. John seconded. Meeting adjourned.Next Meeting: Monday, July 9, 2018 at 7:30 PM.Respectfully submitted; Steven Dumont, Recording SecretaryNote: These are unapproved minutes. Corrections, if any, will be found in the minutes of July 9, 2018.

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 6/28/18

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this Selectboard meeting to order at 8:00 AM in the Walpole Town Hall.  She advised this meeting is being recorded and asked anyone wishing to speak to identify themselves for the record.  There were two members of the public in attendance.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the total amount of $12,305.20 for checks issued June 29, 2018.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.  

The above amount includes the Police Department’s ductless workstation in the amount of $5,499 as approved on Warrant Article #9 by the voters at Town Meeting.

PAYROLL:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Register for the week ending June 23, 2018, in the amount of $26,549.85 for checks issued June 29, 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 $5,282.55 for the week ending June 23, 2018.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – JUNE 21, 2018:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of June 21, 2018, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – June 21, 2018:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of June 21, 2018, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meetings:

• North Walpole Village Board of Commissioners Meeting – June 5, 2018;

• North Walpole Village Board of Commissioners Meeting – June 19, 2018;

• Cemetery Trustees Meeting – June 9, 2018;

• Zoning Board of Adjustment Meeting – June 20, 2018.

SOLAR ENERGY EXEMPTION:

MAP and LOT #004-044-002:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant the Solar Energy Exemption for Map and Lot #004-044-002 on Blackjack Crossing Road.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

Thank You Letters to Basketball Uniform Donors:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve and sign the letters to Dr. Peter Bowman (Bowman Dental), Applied Bolting and Jayson Dunbar (Jancewicz & Son) the donors of the basketball uniforms and to thank them for their support of the Recreation Department’s Summer Basketball Program.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

24 Homestead Avenue:  Mrs. Pschirrer reported Mrs. Downing is still doing research in an attempt to find the owner of 24 Homestead Avenue.

GASB Quote:  Mr. Kreissle pointed out that the Town’s rates are affected by post-retirement medical benefits that will/are being paid to retired full-time employees.  Quite a few changes on the formulas and other information are now being sent out to the towns.  By February 15th, 2019, the Town has to provide names and titles of retired full-time employees.  Between Mr. Kreissle and Mrs. Downing there needs to be a procedure for keeping track of it all.  There needs to be a plan in place.

NEW BUSINESS:

Recreation Revolving Fund Request:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the purchase of 12 bathing suits for the Recreation Department out of their Revolving Fund.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Walpole Main Holdings Association:  Mr. Steven Rudek talked to Mrs. Downing about his two buildings and how the assessment was reached.  The assessment on the Potato Barn nearly doubled.   He asked what methodology the assessors are using on his property.  Is Income based an option?  Mrs. Downing contacted Mrs. Loren Martin at Avitar Associates who confirmed that income based was not used.  Mrs. Pschirrer will draft a letter to Mr. Rudek advising that the Town does not use the income approach but he should feel free to come into the office for additional information.

NHMA Memorandum re: 2019-2020 Legislative Policy Conference:  Mrs. Pschirrer questioned how this will impact our tax base and the Town’s residents.  Ms. Mayberry noted the Selectboard is here to try to assess what is best for our Town.  It is important to give the legislators direction on what they are lobbying for.  The Selectboard has until August 10th to decide if they want to name a representative to attend this conference or pass attending.

Appreciation BBQ: Mrs. Pschirrer mentioned that for last two years they had an Appreciation BBQ for the employees, their families and Town volunteers.  Prior to that there was a Christmas Dinner/Dance.  A decision was made to have a BBQ again this year.  There was a consensus to schedule it on Saturday, September 8th at 2:00 PM.  Everybody will be asked to bring a dessert.

Reservoir Dam:  Last Friday Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. John Peska, Mr. Mark Houghton and two engineers from CLD, one is a dam specialist from Connecticut, met in the Town Hall.  They then traveled to the dam.  Everyone except Mrs. Pschirrer walked the area.  They all agreed brush needs to be cleared-out and some trees need to be removed.  Mr. Houghton was going to do this as soon as possible.  They asked for a letter or email confirming the Town wants them to work with us and they need a deposit of $500. Mrs. Pschirrer’s concern is the Walpole Conservation Commission will not meet again until Monday, July 9th but we should hire these engineers now for the dam design repairs to begin as soon as possible.  The Selectboard agreed to authorize hiring them and to issue the $500 check. The Town will then bill the Walpole Conservation Commission Forestry Fund for the $500.  It is a positive step forward.

Mrs. Pschirrer advised there always has to be more than one person working on the site at any time as it is a dangerous area.

Mr. Dalessio moved to hire CLD Engineering to do the work on the dam project and to pay a $500 deposit.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.          

Walker Road:  Mr. Dalessio reported that LCHIP accepted the application.  A site visit will be done within the next couple of weeks for the NH DES Grant Program.

Brownfields Meeting:  Mrs. Pschirrer attended a Brownfields meeting last week at Southwest Regional Planning Commission.  They had discussions between the Department of Environmental Services (DES), Ransom, J.B. Mack and Mr. Peter Adams on the Westberg property.  This week J.B. Mack, Ransom and the DES indicate there is a grant coming up and they all think we should apply for it; it would help us with a match for another grant.  Mrs. Pschirrer talked with an EPA representative and they are all supportive of the Town getting money for the clean-up so they will help us as much as they can.  The Federal guidelines will come out in the late fall. The application might not be due until December or January.  They still are uncertain about the maximum amount for each lot.

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 and (c) Reputations.  Mr. Dalessio seconded and, on a roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 8:55 AM

The regular meeting resumed at 9:16 AM

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of June 28, 2018, be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:

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

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 9:24 AM.

ADJOURNMENT:

Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 9:25 AM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary