And the Winners are…

I am certainly glad I was not a judge. The floats were terrific. The tremendous amount of work that went into them made the parade such a great success. The fact that it started on time, didn’t hurt either. I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen that happen. – Lil

Parade Winners:

Adult Most Memorable Float: Bowman Dental  “Murrays Restaurant”

Adult Most Memorable Non Float: NH Police Association Pipes and Drums

Youth Most Memorable Float: Walpole Village School ” The Hungry Caterpillar”

Youth Most Memorable Non Float: Mechanical Madness  4-H Robotics

Grand Prize Unforgettable:  Pinnacleview 4-H “The Village Milk Man”

A huge “Thank You” to everyone who made this  such a wonderful event.  The next Old Home Days will be the last weekend of June 2025. Please consider volunteering. Many hands make light work and make more events for everyone to enjoy!

A Wonderful Weekend!

A long time ago I learned to not try thank individuals by name because you always forget someone. So instead, I just say THANK YOU to everyone who worked so hard these past few days and during the weeks of preparation. You know who you are and the part you played in making the long-awaited Old Home Days 2022 such a big success!

Even those who simply participated should be thanked because our smiles must have been noticed and appreciated by those who did the work.

Sure, it was hot and humid, but would you have preferred cold and windy like the weekend before? Not me.

Way to go Walpole and all the past and present Walpoleans!

Lil

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 6/16/22

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mr. Dalessio called this Selectboard meeting to order at 6:58 PM in the Walpole Town Hall and via Zoom.  This meeting was being recorded.

Mr. Dalessio called for a voice roll call of the Selectboard present:  Peggy Pschirrer was present; Cheryl Mayberry was present; and Steven Dalessio, Chair, was present.  Also present was Sarah Downing, Manager of Administration, and Regina Borden, Recording Secretary, via Zoom.  Prior to this meeting the Selectboard had attended a Hooper Trustees meeting.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the total amount of $586,319.57 for checks issued June 17, 2022.  This includes a monthly payment in the amount of $529,226.92 to the Fall Mountain Regional School District.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved. 

PAYROLL:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Check Register for the week ending June 11, 2022, in the amount of $32,843.35 dated June 17, 2022, and for the 941 Payroll Tax Transfer in the amount of $7,022.51.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – June 9, 2022:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of June 9, 2022, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – June 9, 2022:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of June 9, 2022, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the following Committee reports:

  • Walpole Fire District Commissioners Meeting – April 6, 2022;
  • Walpole Fire District Commissioners Meeting – May 4, 2022;
  • Conservation Commission Hybrid Meeting – June 6, 2022.

OLD BUSINESS:

Closed Landfill Methane Gas Monitoring Report:  Mr. Dalessio reported there was no methane gas found at the Recycling Center shed/garage on the closed landfill property.  The report was submitted to the NH Department of Environmental Services (DES).

Pending Further Actions:

Generators, Houghton Brook Bridge, Parking Ordinance, Three Phase Power for Industrial Park Drive and Bensonwood, Reservoir Dam

Trees On The Common:  Mrs. Downing reported that the proposal on the trees was to arrive this week. However, it has not yet been received.

Streetlights:  Mr. Dalessio received the email about Pauline Barnes’ streetlight.  He will take a look at the streetlights over the weekend and come back with a report.  There is a question on the light by the Barnes property; can it be taken down or is it a safety issue?

Speeding Vehicles:  Mr. Dalessio got an email from Mr. Tom Winmill about the speeding on the road by his property.  Could speed bumps be used?  Mr. Dalessio will ask Mr. Rau to look at the area. They may put the speed unit out there again; there was no change after it was there the first time.  Maplewood Circle and Firehouse Lane came up again.  Should it be one way?  Mr. Dalessio advised that they will collect data and then make some decisions.  During the Planning Board meeting, Mr. Dalessio suggested they separate the Site Plan Review for Home Away From Home public hearing from the speeding complaints.    

Brownfields Project:  Mrs. Pschirrer advised that they have final drawings from Ransom Consulting for the new parking lot.  Mr. Steve Rickerich, their contact, is away and had temporarily turned the project over to Mr. Dyer.  Their grant ends the 30th of September, and he wanted an EPA extension which has been approved.  They now have to ask the DES for an extension.  They continue to move ahead.              

NEW BUSINESS:

NH DOT 10-Year Plan Projects: Ms. Mayberry reported that they have to write a letter to the Southwest Regional Planning Commission (SWRPC) on the 10-Year Plan Projects which she volunteered to do.  The deadline is the end of July.          

Game Camera for BBQ Pit Area:  A game camera will be placed out of reach but pointed at the BBQ area.  The cost is $99.99.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve buying the Game Camera for the BBQ Pit Area.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

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 Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved at 7:15 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting reconvened at 7:34 PM.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of June 16, 2022, will remain sealed.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

ADJOURNMENT:  Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mr. Dalessio asked if there was any additional discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:35 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording

Two More Chances

There will be two chances to see our production of Alan Bennett’s The Wind in the Willows during Walpole’s Old Home Days:  Thursday, June 23 at 7:00 PM, and Saturday, June 25 at 8:00 PM. 



You won’t want to miss this funny and charming story of Toad and his friends Mole, Rat, and Badger, and their adventures from the Riverbank, into the Wild Wood, and finally out into the Wide World.
For adults and children alike, this adaptation has something for everyone! Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Tickets are available at Galloway Real Estate on Main Street in Walpole, the Walpole branch of Mascoma Bank, online at TheWalpolePlayers.org, and at the door.
All performances are in the Helen Miller Theater on the second floor of the Walpole Town Hall, located at 34 Elm Street.

Your Own Piece of Walpole History

The antique wooden auditorium seats that have been stored in the Town Hall basement are seeking new homes. If you would like to purchase a piece of Walpole history, consider buying by donation one or more vintage wooden seats to take home or gift to a friend or family member. These seats were used for a multitude of Town Hall events including Town Meetings, theater productions (including the 1993 Wind the Willows play), concerts, elections, parties, proms, and many other Town, church, school, civic and private functions.

The wooden seats come in three different styles: single, double and triple. There are two types of stain color for the single chairs.

Because there has been early interest in purchasing chairs, we are starting the sale as of today until they are all sold. Stop by the Selectboard Office to view and purchase before Saturday or stop by the “Rest Stop” on the Common this Saturday. For more information, call the Selectboard Office at 603-756-3672.

Planning Board Meeting Minutes – 6/14/22

Present: Board members Chair Jeff Miller, Vice-Chair Dennis Marcom, Clerk Jason Perron, Jeff Harrington, Joanna Andros, Select Board Representative Steve Dalessio. Alternates: Trevor MacLachlan and Travis Adams. Absent: Board member Bill Carmody. Mr. Miller asked Alternate Trevor MacLachlan to sit in for Mr. Carmody and he agreed.

Also about 35 members of the public, as well as the applicants and their surveyors, attended this meeting.

Minutes: Written by Marilou Blaine. This meeting was recorded. These minutes are unapproved and will be reviewed at the July 2022 meeting for corrections, and additions and/or omissions.

Call to order: Mr. Miller called the meeting to order a minute before 7 pm.

Minutes: Mr. Marcom made a motion to approve the May minutes and May workshop minutes as printed. Mr. Perron seconded the motion and the motion carried.

No. 1. Site Plan: B&B Realty LLC, Home Away From Home day care, owner Jenny Plante, Town Map 24, Lot 14-1, commercial/residential districts.

At a previous meeting Ms. Plante distributed a diagram of the property indicating new and old parking spaces as well as the previous location of the dumpster and the spot to which it is now located. The star on the diagram is where the dumpster was and the green square is where it is now. The purple lines are where parents park to drop off and pick up their children and the red lines are where staff park. There is a blue U-shaped area that is for emergency purposes but also leads to where the dumpster can be serviced and propane delivered. Ms. Plante said they are waiting for Consolidated Communication to move some wires near the dumpster.

Tammy Simpkins is a resident in Maplewood Circle. She asked if residents get a chance to look at the diagram presented and was invited up to the easel. After looking at the diagram she said nothing had changed. She said she still feels the area is very congested and not safe. Ms. Plante said there are no tires of the parked cars on the road. It is off-street parking and Mr. Justin Sanctuary, the Walpole Chief of Police, looked at the situation and approved it.

 Ms. Simpkins repeated that she did not think this was a solution to the problem. The area is super congested, super tight and dangerous, she said. She thought there should be a better solution either  to go to a one-way street or something else. Mr. Dalessio told Ms. Simpkins that these are two separate issues. One is to have Home Away From Home address the parking issue and the other is a concern of one-way traffic that would require reports from a lot of different people.  Already the Town Offices have received comments from people who would be unhappy with one-way traffic. The Select Board will be discussing this in the future. Both Ms. Plante and Ms. Simpkins agreed that there is a lot of traffic, a lot more than in previous years.

Ms. Raney, an abutter, said that a portion of the property is zoned residential and that should be addressed before the board goes any further. Mr. Marcom said the Board is aware of that situation and that that will be addressed in the future with the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Mr. Miller said that the commercial zoning is 250 feet from Main Street is commercial. All the buildings are within the commercial district and that’s about 80 percent of the property.

Ms. Raney asked when would the process be finished? Then she mentioned a recent problem when someone parked in the space across the street from her house and a Fall Mountain school bus that arrived at 12:10 pm and it was very congested. Ms. Plante said the school had a visit from an agency that comes once a year to check on the day care. She asked the people involved to move the car but they said they were almost done. 

The Board closed the public hearing at 7:20 pm. Mr. Marcom asked for discussion. Mr. Marcom said he thought speed and traffic were an issue in the neighborhood but Home Away From Only was not the only source of that problem. He also said they are make a good faith effort to make things better. Mr. MacLachlan thought there should be a time frame for getting everything on the diagram completed since there’s been so much talk about the day care center. He said he was not trying to box the day care people in but a time frame would give some people peace of mind that this was going to be done in a certain amount of time. Ben Northcott said that basically the only real change is the surface for three parking spaces from grass to crushed asphalt and it would have no impact until next March because the parking spaces would be perfectly fine until mud season. The parking area in the field and will be fine this summer and in the winter when the ground is frozen, he said. The crushed asphalt is permeable.

Ms. Andros asked if the parking spaces are delineated so there’s no argument about where people are supposed to park. There’s still some debate over it, she said. Ms. Plante said Mr. Sanctuary suggested roping it off. Someone at the meeting suggested cones.

Ms. Simpkins said she was perplexed. She applauded the effort of Ms. Plante but nothing has structurally changed, she said. Mr. Marcom said that when it come to traffic and speed that is beyond the purview of the Planning Board.

Mr. Perron made a motion to approve the site plan from Home Away From Home on the condition that the plan be completed in 120 days and that the owner of the day care facility get a variance regarding the residential portion of the property from the Zoning Board. The vote passed with six votes, no one opposed the motion and Mr. Miller abstained from voting.

Public Hearing No. 2: Two lots into five lots. Carpenter’s County Lane, LLC, 1221 County Road, Town Map 2, Lots 20 and 20-2, two lots into 5 lots, rural/agricultural district.

Surveyor Joe DiBernardo explained the project. Lots 4 and 3 on Carpenter Hill have 200 feet and 200.27 feet frontage respectively. Lot 5 has 590 feet road frontage. Lot 5 is 1.16 acres, Lot 4 is 1.12 acres, Lot 3 is1.13 acres. The lots fronting County Road are Lot 2, which is 3.82 acres with 400.07 feet road frontage, and Lot 1, which has a house and barn on the property and is 2.8 acres with 446.56 feet road frontage.

Essentially, Mr. DiBernardo said this used to be one lot and was divided about 15 to 20 years ago with this corner lot cut off. Lot No. 2 on County Road has a driveway entrance from Carpenter Hill because the lot is on an ess curve on County Road and may be considered dangerous because drivers would have to slow down on that curve and the cars approaching or behind may not see the car entering a driveway at that spot in the road.

Mr. Cliff Peters introduced himself. He lives on Country Road. He said this is not a topographical map and was concerned about the subdivision supporting five septic systems. A topographical map would show that the water comes down Carpenter Hill from where the last lot is and goes toward County Road, he said. There’s a damp area at the corner and a culvert goes under the road. Also, there are four driveways there. He said he could see if there were two but four driveways seem too many.

 Mr. Miller said that the ordinance states lots must have 200 feet of road frontage, be able to support a septic system and homeowner needs to get a driveway permit. The Planning Board oversees the road frontage, the state Department of Environmental Services must approve the septic system and the Walpole Highway Department issues the driveway permit. The driveways can be any width. They are two separate items, Mr. Perron said. The driveway doesn’t need 200 feet of road frontage.

An abutter questioned the road frontage on one of the lots on Carpenter Hill. He mistakenly thought the area for the driveway for Lot 2 was another lot and didn’t have the correct amount of frontage to be approved.

A motion was made by Mr. Marcom and seconded by Jeff Harrington to approve the subdivision on Carpenter Hill and County Road. The motion passed unanimously.

Public Hearing No. 3: Subdivision one lot into two lots: Barnett Rev Trust, 24 Barnett Hill Road, Wendy Boulanger & Neil Levesque trustees, Town Map 9, Lot 45, rural/agricultural district.

Surveyor Joe DiBernardo explained this subdivision at the corner of Barnett Hill Road and March Hill Road.  Lot 2 would be 2.57 acres with 488.71 feet of road frontage and Lot 1 would be 3. 21 acres with 954 feet road frontage.

Did the Planning Board receive a letter from the owners and abutters in the Barnett Hill area? asked Phil Kimball, a Barnett Hill abutter. Mr. Miller said yes. Mr. Kimball said he wanted it noted that the property owners on Barnett Hill Road and March Hill Road oppose the proposed subdivision for the following reasons:

            “Such action would violate the intent and spirit of the original Land-Vest protective Covenant   and its three amendments, the last of which is dated September 25, 2005.

            “Such action would diminish the value of all of their properties.

            “Such action would set an undesirable precedent for the future.”

            The letter was signed by 23 Barnett Hill property owners.

“We all value our property and so we oppose the subdivision,” Mr. Kimball said.

Mr. Kimball also said he also believed that the septic system on that property has failed and the property owner, Neil Levesque, knows that. Mr. Kimball wanted to know if there was a plan for a reserve septic system and where it would be placed. Mr. Levesque said he was aware of it.

 Ms. Hansson is also an abutter of this property and said in her opinion the septic system hasn’t been repaired and she doesn’t think there is enough property to put in a reserve septic system. Hansson also said the property was originally owned by James and Janet Wickwire, who purchased the property in the 1970s and built a house on the property. The property was then put in trust by the Wickwire couple with their daughter Jeanne and her husband Michael McBride as trustees. Both James and Janet Wickwire signed the original 1973 covenant on the property and they also signed the 2005  five-acre covenant on the property.

Mr. Miller said the septic system issue is up to the state to deal with and the Planning Board isn’t responsible for septic systems.

Mr. DiBernardo gave Mr. Miller a copy of a letter from an attorney that his clients had hired. He said the lawyer’s decision is on the last two pages. It pointed out that the five-acre covenant expired in 2003 and the amendment to the covenant, which was created in 2005, doesn’t change that status.

Mr. Miller stated that the Planning Board has to consult town counsel, Jeremy Hockensmith, on this letter before making any decisions and therefore the public hearing would be continued next month. There was no vote on the matter.

New Business:

Two public hearings requested for lot line adjustments

Wendy Pelletier Cardinal Surveying: Request for a public hearing for Amy Howard and Ron Sanchez, Colonial Drive, Lot Line Adjustment, Town Map 21, Lots 41 and 41-1, Residential B.

Ms. Pelletier of Cardinal Surveying requested a public hearing be held next month for a lot line adjustment for Amy Howard and Ron Sanchez on Colonial Drive and David Howard on Old North Main Street. A motion was made by Mr. Marcom, seconded by Mr. Perron to hold a public hearing for the lot line adjustment next month. The motion carried unanimously.

Surveyor Joe DiBernardo requested a public hearing for Dale EE. and Bonita S. Woodward on Main Street for a Lot Line Adjustment  with Daniel P. and Heather M. Ferland on Flat Street.

A motion was made by Mr. Marcom, seconded by Mr. Perron to hold a public hearing for the lot line adjustment next month. The motion carried unanimously.

Workshop: Tuesday, June 28, 7 pm:

Mr. Miller said the Board will get together on that date to finalize the updates on the Master Plan.

The Board will review the last few sessions and consider any proposals for additions or corrections of material presented at the previous meetings.

Adjournment

Mr. Marcom made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Perron seconded the motion and the motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Marilou Blaine

cc: WPB, ZBA, Town Offices, The Walpolean.

Posted: Inside the Town Offices, on the bulletin board outside the Post Office, http://www.walpolenh.us

Friends of the Walpole Library- July 2021


Plant Sale


The sale at the Reuse Center is going well. We have received many generous plant donations, which have been selling quickly. House plants have been especially popular. We are always looking for more plants for the sale. Please call 603-439-7778 to arrange drop-off, and to ask for digging help, if needed.


Book Sales


The Friends of the Library book shelves at the Reuse Center continue to have a good selection of books. We are also in the middle of planning for our big Book Sale this fall on Oct 28-30 at the Walpole School gym. If you have books that you would like to donate, it would help us if you could save them until August, when we will be having book drop-off days at the “chicken coop” behind the Hungry Diner.

The four book drop-off dates are:
Wednesday, August 17 and 24 – 10:00 am to noon
Thursday, August 18 and 25 – 4:00 to 5:00 pm
We will also be sorting books at the chicken coop, beginning on July 13.

The sorting schedule for that is:
Every Wednesday morning – 10:30 to 11:30 am
Every Thursday afternoon – 4:00 to 5:00 pm


Volunteers


In addition to book and plant donations, we are always grateful for volunteers to help with book sorting. That is a big task that is easier and more fun with lots of helpers. If you are interested, you can just show up at the chicken coop on Wednesday morning or Thursday afternoon (see times above), or call
603-313-4076, if you have any questions.

If you would like to help the Friends of the Library in any other way, please contact us.


Thank you so much for your support!

Zoning Board Meeting Minutes – 6/15/22

Present: Chair Jan Leclerc, Vice-Chair Ernie Vose, Clerk Tom Murray, Pauline Barnes, Alternates Judy Trow, Don Sellarole and Dave Edkins. Absent Tom Winmill. Also attending the meeting were Chris Carbone, Myra Mansouri, Tammy Simpkins and Amanda Raney.

Minutes: Written by Marilou Blaine. This meeting was recorded. These minutes are unapproved and will be reviewed at the July 2022 meeting for corrections, and additions and/or omissions.

Call to order: Ms. Leclerc called the meeting a couple of minutes after 7 pm.

Minutes of May 2022 minutes: On page one, the third paragraph, Mr. Murray noted that the word in the fourth line should be “voted,” not noted. On page one, sixth paragraph, second to last line, Ms. Barnes pointed out the sentence should read “the criteria are” and on page 2, No. 4 response add “al” to the word addition. Ms. Trow made a motion to approve the minutes as amended. Mr. Vose seconded the motion and the motion carried.

Old Business:

Public Hearing: Expansion of a Non-Conforming Use: Elizabeth Roos, 14 Middle Street, Article V D-2, Tax Map 20, Lot 77, Residential B. Ms. Roos would like to change and enlarge the deck at the back of the house. The door to the deck is the second egress from the house. The door is even with the deck and gets frozen shut in the winter. The plan is to drop the deck down one step and make it 6 feet longer.

This public hearing was postponed until July.

New Business:

Chris Carbone lives at 65 Elm Street and he said his property is considered non-conforming. He would like to tear down a shed behind his home and replace it. Ms. Leclerc asked Mr. Carbone if he had been to the Town Offices and Mr. Carbone replied yes. He was at the meeting to get permission to build a shed and he thought he would need a Variance or Expansion of a Non-Conforming Use.

Ms. Leclerc told Mr. Carbone he could replace the shed without either of these applications if it were the same size. Mr. Carbone said he wanted one that was narrower and a different size. Ms. Leclerc told him that he would need an Expansion for a Non-Conforming Use and he would need to fill out an application and have a public hearing next month. The secretary gave him an application and Mr. Edkins suggested he come in with a drawing of the proposed shed so he could show it to the Zoning Board and public. Instructions in the application say:

            “No. 4. Describe what you propose to do. Attach sketches, plot plans, photographs,   construction plans or anything else that may help explain the proposed use. Provide a visual drawing and/or map to display that accurately describes the proposal. It should be a minimum of 22 inches by 34 inches and should include surrounding areas.”

Mr. Murray made a motion to hold a public hearing in July for Mr. Carbone who is applying for an Expansion of a Non-Conforming Use to build a shed behind his home. The motion was seconded and the motion carried.

Variance: B&B Realty LLC, Home Away From Home day care, owner Jenny Plante, Town Map 24, Lot 14-1, commercial/residential districts, 13 Maplewood Circle.

Ms. Leclerc explained that this was being put on the Zoning Board agenda because the previous night the Planning Board held its regular meeting and had a public hearing for a site plan for the day care center. The application was approved on the condition that it receive a variance from the Zoning Board. The owner of the day care center was not at the meeting because she was at a dress rehearsal for a theatrical production of “The Wind in the Willows,” which is going to be performed several days next week during Old Home Days. The secretary will send Ms. Plante an application and as long as the application is complete and the fees paid in time for the secretary to send out certified/return receipt letters and put a legal notice in The Keene Sentinel, a public hearing for a variance would be held.

There were two members in the audience who were residents in Maplewood Circle. Ms. Leclerc gave them a copy of a Clarion article describing what a variance is. It says there are five criteria that the applicant must meet. A “variance grants permission to do something the zoning ordinance does not allow because of conditions that are unique to that property,” says the Clarion article. “New Hampshire law requires it to determine that all five of the following conditions have been met. The criteria are:

            “1. The variance will not be contrary to the public interest.

            “2. The spirit of the ordinance is observed.

            “3. Substantial justice is done.

            “4. The values of surrounding properties are not diminished.

            “5. Literal enforcement of the provisions of the ordinance would result in an unnecessary                    hardship.”

Every Zoning Board member must vote on whether or not the applicant has adequately answered each criteria.

While discussing the day care facility, Mr. Murray suggested finding out exactly how far 250 feet from the edge of Main Street is to see how much of the property is residential. Ms. Mansouri said she had a wheel that could measure that. Mr. Murray and Ms. Mansouri will get together before the next meeting to measure the 250 feet.

Ms. Trow made a motion to hold a public hearing for a variance in July for Home Away From Home day care to use a Residential B property for a commercial use pending receipt of the application and fees. Mr. Murray seconded the motion and the motion carried.

Article for Clarion

The article for The Walpole Clarion on Non-Conforming Use will be submitted next month. Mr. Edkins has been working with the Old Home Day Committee and been extremely busy.

Applications on the website

A goal of the Zoning Board is to go over all of the zoning board applications and make sure they are correct and easily understood. Ms. Barnes worked on the previous variance application and when working on it she considered what was worth keeping and what was extraneous or redundant. For example, she reduced the amount of reading suggested to applicants in all the RSA Chapters covering planning and zoning. This copy of a variance application is a combination of the variance form in the Zoning Board Handbook and the previous variance application that the Zoning Board has been using for several years, Barnes said. Ms. Trow suggested the information about how to present a drawing of the applicant’s proposal be included in the updated application. The previous application says that drawings should be a minimum of 22 inches by 34 inches and should include surrounding areas. Chair Leclerc suggested board members look over this version and make notes on any corrections or changes. They will be discussed at the July meeting.

Copies of Zoning Map from Antioch and SWRPC

Ms. Leclerc said since Peter Palmiotto is already making changes to the Antioch map, she thought it best to stay with the plan to use the Antioch zoning map. The SWRPC doesn’t show the additional 750 feet of property of Pinnacleview Equipment.

Adjourn

Ms. Trow made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Vose seconded the motion and the motion to adjourn carried. The time was 8 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Marilou Blaine

cc: ZBA, WPB, Town Offices, The Walpolean.

Posted: Inside the Town Offices, on the bulletin board outside the Post Office, www.walpolenh.us

Next meeting: July 20, 2022.

2022 Zoning Ordinance distributed to all members.

Clarion Deadline – 6/22/22

JULY 2022 CLARION — CLOSING DATE — JUNE 22

The last time I used the term “Baker’s Week” I was not sure, but I checked, and according to the Urban Dictionary, this is your “Bakers’s Week”– eight day notice prior to the closing date for the July issue of the CLARION on June 22, Wednesday next week.

I have completed some writing, and two other inputs have arrived. You are all busy getting ready and excited for Old Home Days (OHD) I hope. The full OHD schedule is the centerfold in the June CLARION, but you can also see it by CLICKING THIS LINK.

My book, DID YOU KNOW THAT… EXPLORATIONS INTO WALPOLE, NEW HAMPSHIRE HISTORY is at the bindery, and should be ready to be released on Saturday, June 25. You will get more notification and details on how to get your copy of the limited printing.

If you have any questions, or would like to place an advertisement to reach the almost 2,000 addresses the CLARION is mailed to (not to mention the world-wide reach on-line), please contact me. 

Hope to hear from you soon.

Thank you, RAY BOAS, Publisher

Library Trustees Meeting Minutes – 6/14/22

Present:  Amy Howard (Chair), Kathy Nerrie (Treasurer), Gail LaHaise, Susan Johnson, Bill Ranauro, Tim Lester, Sarah Mann, Erin Bowen, Jean Kobeski (Recording Secretary), Jane Malmberg (Library Director)

Approval of Minutes: Tim moved to accept the May 10, 2022 minutes as written.  Gail seconded, and all voted to approve.

Treasurer’s Report:  Kathy noted that money for the new AED both received and spent appear on their own lines of the report since they are not part of the original budget. Amy noticed we are light on spending.  Jane said spending would increase during the summer on programming. She also said she is ordering more books more frequently.

Amy questioned whether we should ask Jennifer Burr for an invoice at the half-year mark.  Kathy didn’t think it was necessary.  Even though the sheet does not indicate payment to her, the D. Rising account reflects what is left after paying her. 

Bills:  Jane reported that she has renewed some of the museum passes.  Bill asked for which places we have passes;  Jane listed the museums and theater groups.  Gail moved to accept the Treasurer’s Report and Bills.  Amy seconded, and all voted to approve.

Old Business

Logo/Branding Work:  Sarah reported that the committee received the first round of concepts late last week from Jan, and the committee met yesterday afternoon to discuss them.  Next step is to meet with Jan to discuss revisions.  There is nothing to show the trustees yet but the committee will probably have some email options to send to the board for feedback (optional), since there will not be another trustees meeting until September.

North Walpole Lease:  The lease is all set, as is the Certificate of Insurance.

Old Home Days:  Jane sent around a sign-up sheet for trustees to help at the table on the common on Saturday of Old Home Days. She said she was looking for a shade tent;  Amy offered her two 9’ umbrellas.  Bill asked where the set-up crew should meet, and Jane instructed them to meet at the library. She told Jean she would send her an email regarding practice for the parade.

New Business

Policy Changes:  Jane stated the new policy changes have been sent to the town attorney for review. Jane also drafted a programming policy and set of volunteer guidelines, which were also sent for review.

Book Repeatedly Being Moved:  The trustees discussed the frequent placement of an adult non-fiction book on the display table in the children’s room.  Based on the circumstances it is clearly intentional.  Both the library and the trustees want to avoid escalating this issue or involving authorities, so the trustees proposed options for engaging the patron who is doing this in a more productive manner.

Operations:  Jane said numbers in North Walpole look very good. She said the staff is getting ready for the summer reading program.  Signs for the Geocaching program have been displayed in town.  The beekeeping program is this Saturday.  The Tiny Creatures program is scheduled for the kick-off on Tuesday, and they are ready to begin “Read to a Dog” next week.

Jane and the staff are 3/4 of the way finished switching the fiction and non-fiction collections. Some patrons have already expressed pleasure at being able to easily browse the fiction collection again.

Buildings and Grounds: 

Front Door:  Tim reports they are waiting for work to begin on the door.  Mark’s subcontractor from Maine still needs to come to Walpole to look at the door and gather specs.

Chimney:  There was a discussion about the work on the chimney and whether to take down the chimney or not. A potential contractor has stated that he doesn’t think that would be necessary.  Kathy suggested that he call Barry Bellows to get the history of the work done during the renovation.  Tim said he does not think we should wait till we reconvene in September to make decisions about this, especially because repair work needs to be done on the ceiling, as well.  The trustees agreed. The chimney subcommittee, Amy, Tim, and Bill, will continue to work during the summer and contact the trustees via email about progress or to vote.

We have the $40,000 warrant money, minus the cost of the door, to complete this project. It was asked what would happen to the money if we don’t spend it all. It goes back to the town general fund.  In other words, we lose what we don’t use.

Signs:  There was a lengthy discussion about what type of sign we want for the front of the library.  Tim showed a new example online of a letter board type of sign.  Do we want a two-sided sign or two signs?  Do we want the wooden posts and a top with the logo encasing the letter board sign? Kathy reminded the group that they previously decided to contact Peter Poanessa of Signworx to explain our needs and ask what he could do for us.  Bill said that, since this is a one-time purchase, we should do it right and have something attractive outside the library.  Tim asked if anyone could draw an example of what we want to present to Poanessa or other prospective sign makers. Sarah said she could do that.

It was suggested that we have just a sign with library hours and no events listed.  Perhaps another type of sign could be put on the porch with programs.  Kathy suggested hanging a small letter board sign on the library by the front door with hours posted on it.  That way the larger sign on the grounds could announce events.  One 4’ sign would be large enough; no need for two signs.

So, it was decided to buy the small sign to hang on the on the building next to the front door to show hours and send Signworx a mock-up of the larger sign.

Technology:  Jane explained the subscription to Universal Class is due to expire.  She said it is very popular with patrons and wants to renew it for $1000.  The trustee agreed to the renewal.

Friends of the Library:  The plant sale is going well at the reuse center.

Jane said the Friends are now sorting books for the book sale by the chicken coop. They could use help. Bevin Mitchell and Jana Sellarole are heading up the effort.  The public book drop-off will be in August and the sale at the end of October.

Adjournment: Gail moved to adjourn the meeting.  Erin seconded the motion.  Amy adjourned the meeting at 5:32 p.m.

The next meeting will be September 13, 2022 at 4:30 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Jean Kobeski, Recording Secretary ** These minutes are in draft form until approved at the September 13, 2022 meeting