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Town Meeting Warrant Articles

It’s time to do your homework in preparation for casting your ballot.  Will get names of who has filed for the town vacancies next week. Heaven forbid, but if you have friends who don’t read The Walpolean you might want to mention to them that they can find the necessary information here! – Lil

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

TOWN OF WALPOLE

Town Meeting – March 18, 2017

 

 

To the Inhabitants of the Town of Walpole qualified to vote in Town Affairs:

 

You are hereby notified to meet at the Town Hall, 34 Elm Street, Town of Walpole, on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 8:00 A.M. to act on ARTICLES 1 –13.  Article 1 and 2 will be voted on at the polls.  Polls at the Walpole Town Hall and at North Walpole St. Peter’s Church will be open at 8:00 A.M., and will remain open until 7:00 P.M.   Following the closing of the polls and counting of the ballots, the meeting will be adjourned until Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 1:00 P.M., at the Walpole Town Hall on Elm Street, at which time the balance of the Articles will be acted upon.

 

ARTICLE 1:  To elect the necessary Town officers for their respective terms.

 

ARTICLE 2:  Are you in favor of the adoption of a Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit zoning ordinance as proposed by the Walpole Planning Board for the Town of Walpole’s Zoning Ordinance as follows:

One Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit shall be allowed in all zoning districts that permit single family dwellings. There will be no change frontage or setback requirements. Minimum lot size is dependent on the zoning district. A maximum of 900 square feet of space is allowed with no more than 3 bedrooms. The detached unit must be within 150’ of primary house. Occupancy is limited to family members or 2 unrelated individuals. The DADU must meet all state regulations and the Town of Walpole’s Zoning Ordinances.

(Note: A copy of this proposal will be posted at the polls. A copy of this proposal can be obtained at the Selectboard Office during regular business hours)

The Planning Board recommends this article. (6 Yes, 0 No)

 

ARTICLE 3:  To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Selectboard to enter into a long term lease/purchase agreement in the amount of two hundred twenty-seven thousand four hundred forty-seven dollars and seventy-two cents ($227,447.72) payable over a term of thirty-eight months in four equal payments, for a new John Deere loader for the highway department and to raise and appropriate the sum of fifty-six thousand, eight hundred sixty-two dollars and sixty-eight cents ($56,862.68) for the first year’s payment for that purpose.

**2/3 ballot vote required**

The Selectboard recommends this article. (3 Yes, 0 No)

 

ARTICLE 4: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of four million two hundred nineteen thousand three hundred five dollars ($4,219,305) which represents the three million seven hundred twenty nine thousand five hundred ninety five dollars ($3,729,595) Town Operating Budget of which one hundred thirty thousand dollars ($130,000) to come from the Unassigned Fund Balance and three million five hundred ninety nine thousand five hundred ninety five dollars ($3,599,595) to be raised from general taxation, one hundred eighty two thousand one hundred thirty dollars ($182,130) for the Water Fund Operating Budget and three hundred seven thousand five hundred eighty dollars ($307,580) for the Sewer Operating Budget for the general government of the Town. Such sum does not include special or individual articles or bonds as otherwise found in the warrant.

The Selectboard recommends this article. (3 Yes, 0 No)

 

ARTICLE 5:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of seventy thousand dollars ($70,000) for the repairs and maintenance of Town buildings. The said funds to come from Unassigned Fund Balance.

The Selectboard recommends this article. (3 Yes, 0 No)

 

ARTICLE 6:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of seventy-seven thousand dollars ($77,000) to purchase a (used) New Holland Tractor/Side Mower for use by the Walpole Highway Department for roadside mowing. (Funds to be raised through general taxation)

The Selectboard recommends this article. (3 Yes, 0 No)

 

ARTICLE 7:  To see if the Town of Walpole will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $31,950 for a vehicle for the Walpole Police Department, and to authorize the issuance of not more than $31,950 through a promissory note with the Savings Bank of Walpole in accordance with the provisions of the Municipal Finance Act (RSA 33) and to authorize the municipal officials to issue and negotiate such bonds or notes and to determine the rate of interest thereon. Further to raise and appropriate the sum of ten thousand nine hundred seventy five ($10,975) for the first year’s payment.

**2/3 ballot vote required**

The Selectboard recommends this article. (3 Yes, 0 No)

 

ARTICLE 8:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000) to purchase a cage, console, other necessary equipment and installation in the new police car. This article is contingent upon the passing of warrant article 7.

The Selectboard recommends this article (3 Yes, 0 No)

 

ARTICLE 9:   To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000) to be deposited in the Town of Walpole Highway – Capitol Reserve Fund Account previously established for the purchase of highway equipment. The said funds to be raised through general taxation

The Selectboard recommends this article. (3 Yes, 0 No)

 

ARTICLE 10:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of seven thousand dollars ($7,000) to be deposited in the Police Vehicle – Capitol Reserve Fund Account previously established for the purchase of a police vehicle.  The said funds to be raised through general taxation.

The Selectboard recommends this article. (3 Yes, 0 No)

 

ARTICLE 11:  To see if the Town will vote to modify the elderly exemptions from property tax, based on assessed value, for qualified taxpayers, to be as follows:  for a person 65 years of age up to 75 years,  $25,000; for a person 75 years to 80 years, $40,000; for a person 80 years of age or older $50,000. To qualify, the person must have resided in this state for at least 3 consecutive years preceding April 1 in the year in which the exemption is claimed, own real estate individually or jointly, or if the real estate owned by such person’s spouse, they must have been married for at least five years. In addition the taxpayer must have net income of not more than $25,000, or if married a combined net income of less than $40,000; and own net assets not in excess of $75,000 excluding the value of the person’ residence.

The Selectboard recommends this article. (3 Yes, 0 No)

 

ARTICLE 12: To see if the Town will vote to adopt the provisions of RSA 72:28-b, All Veterans’ Tax Credit. If adopted, the credit will be available to any resident, or the spouse or surviving spouse of any resident, who (1) served not less than 90 days on active service in the armed forces of the United States and (2) was honorably discharged or an officer honorably separated from service and is not eligible for or receiving a credit under RSA 72:28 or RSA 72:35. If adopted, the credit granted will be $500.00, the same amount as the standard or optional veterans’ tax credit voted by the Town under RSA 72:28.

The Selectboard recommends this article. (3 Yes, 0 No)

 

ARTICLE 13:  To transact any other business that may legally come before the meeting.

 

Given under our hand and seal this 9th day of February the year of our Lord, Two Thousand Seventeen.

 

Walpole Selectboard

 

Steven Dalessio, Chair                        Peggy L. Pschirrer                         Whitney R. Aldrich

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 2/2/17

TOWN OF WALPOLE

MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD

FEBRUARY 2, 2017

 

Selectboard Present:     Steven Dalessio (Chair); Peggy Pschirrer; (Absent – Whitney Aldrich)

CALL TO ORDER:  Mr. Dalessio called this Selectboard meeting to order at 6:30 PM in the Walpole Town Hall.  He advised that this meeting is being recorded and asked anyone wishing to speak to identify themselves for the record.  There were five people in attendance.

 

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION #1:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session #1 pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (c) Reputations.  Mr. Dalessio seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 6:50 PM.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session #1 of February 2, 2017, be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $89,589.70 for checks dated February 3, 2017.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

PAYROLL:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Payroll voucher for the week ending January 28, 2017, in the amount of $23,983.24 for checks dated February 3, 2017.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes for Withholding, MEDI and FICIA taxes in the amount of $5,294.46 for the week ending January 28, 2017.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – January 26, 2017:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of January 26, 2017, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – January 26, 2017:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of January 26, 2017, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meetings:

  • Walpole Conservation Commission – January 9, 2017;
  • North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – January 17, 2017.

Mrs. Pschirrer did a presentation, at the Conservation Commission meeting, on the proposed donation of the Westberg property to the Town.  She will be sending a few changes to the Minutes to the Secretary.

 

PROPERTY TAX REFUNDS:

MAP and LOT #028-013-000:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to grant the Property Tax Refund in the amount of $12.87 for Map and Lot #028-013-000.  This is an over-payment of the Fall property tax bill.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

MAP and LOT #003-083-000:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to grant the Property Tax Refund in the amount of $22.68 for Map and Lot #003-083-000.  This is an over-payment of the Fall property tax bill.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

MAP and LOT #012-055-002:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to grant the Property Tax Refund in the amount of $103.27 for Map & Lot #012-055-002.  This is an over-payment of the Fall property tax bill.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

MAP and LOT #019-022-000:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to grant the Property Tax Refund in the amount of $51.02 for Map and Lot #019-022-000.  This is an over-payment of the Fall property tax bill.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

Thank You Note from Kathy dePasqualeMrs. Pschirrer read the following note received from Kathy dePasquale:  “Thank you for your reassuring reply – and solution – to the “Middle St. exit issue”.  We look forward to safer days ahead.  We are fortunate in this wonderful town to have such diligent guardians of the public trust. Attention to these things means so much. Warm wishes, Kathy dePasquale.”

Personnel Policy HandbookMrs. Pschirrer went over this Handbook with the Department Managers and there were a few typo changes but no substantive changes.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Personnel Policy Handbook.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

Mrs. Pschirrer reported that every Department Manager was asked to distribute the Personnel Policy Handbook to their employees.  She will attend a department meeting if there are questions.  There was discussion relative to the Life Insurance coverage.  A list of the employees covered by the Term Life insurance was received.  Unfortunately one employee was not added when hired but it will go back to his date of employment.  After age 65 it decreases in value. Mr. Dalessio would like to have a representative of the agency come in to make a presentation to the Selectboard and full-time employees and to answer questions or, at least, have them provide brochures.

Town Budget:  The Selectboard reviewed the 2017 proposed Town Budget.  Mr. Dalessio will double check on the numbers with Mr. Kreissle. This Warrant Article will be written by Mr. Kreissle.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept $3,729,595.00 as the Operating Budget.  This includes $130,000.00 for Avitar Associates.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

Mr. Dalessio advised this represents a 3.41% increase in the budget.

Warrant Articles:  Following a review of the 2017 Warrant Articles the Selectboard made a decision to vote on whether or not to accept them next week.  The Warrant Articles will be sent to the Department of Revenue Administration for their comments.  Mrs. Pschirrer felt No. 12 needs to include all the information rather than the shortened version.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

Shane O’Keefe, Interim Municipal Manager of the Town of Rockingham/Village of Bellows FallsMr. Dalessio talked to Mr. O’Keefe.  There was some misinformation that the Vilas Bridge was being discussed with Southwest Regional Planning Commission.  Mr. J.B. Mack at SWRPC is not aware of anything new on the Vilas Bridge.

Release of Information Letter for Financial Auditors:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to authorize the Chair of the Selectboard, Mr. Steve Dalessio, to sign the Release of Information Letter for the Financial Auditors.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

NH License to Sell Pistols and Revolvers for Eric Frink:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to grant and sign the NH License to Sell Pistols and Revolvers for Eric Frink.  He has received permission from the Zoning Board of Adjustment.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

Police Revolving Fund Request for Expenditure:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Request for Expenditure from the Walpole Police Department to purchase (1) Decatur Scout, Handheld Radar Unit for the sum of $999.00 from their Revolving Fund.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Map and Lot #026-010-000 Ownership re: National Grid:  Mr. Dalessio recommended this be put on-hold until more research on the matter has been done.   Mrs. Pschirrer suggested this be sent to Attorney Hockensmith for his review.

Citizen Report #2017-6 re: Town Common Utility Poles:  A resident would like to see all telephone poles put underground on the Town Common.  Mr. Dalessio noted it is a good idea but is financially impracticable for the Town to undertake.

 

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session #2 pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel.  Mr. Dalessio seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved at 7:20 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:28 PM.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session #2 of February 2, 2017, be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.
 

ADJOURNMENT:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to adjourn this meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With all in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:29 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Westberg Property Public Hearing – 1/26/17

TOWN OF WALPOLE

PUBLIC HEARING

JANUARY 26, 2017

 

Selectboard Present:     Steven Dalessio (Chair); Peggy Pschirrer; Whitney Aldrich

Others Present:             Steven Rickerich, Cheryl Mayberry, Ray Boas, Raynie Laware, Karen Crowley; Sarah Downing, Regina Borden

 

Call To Order Mr. Dalessio called this Public Hearing to order at 6:00 PM in the Walpole Town Hall.  He announced this Public Hearing was advertised and duly posted that “The Walpole Selectboard will be holding a Public Hearing Regarding the Donation of Map 20, Lots 65 and 66 from the Estate of Nils Westberg (former site of Central Plating) to the Town of Walpole at 6:00 pm at the Walpole Town Hall”

Mr. Dalessio introduced Steven Rickerich of Ransom Environment, Consulting Engineers and Scientists, who will be doing the testing. Mr. Rickerich displayed a large map of the area and distributed smaller copies.  He explained the lay-out of the area.

Mrs. Pschirrer advised that in 2002 the Town of Walpole adopted “RSA 41:14-a” which enables the Town to accept this property provided they hold meetings with both the Conservation Commission and Planning Board to get their approval and the Selectboard has done this.  This is the first of two Public Hearings the Selectboard will hold.  This offer came to the Town from the Westberg Estate. They would be happy to give it to the Town for $1.00.  This would enable them to close the Estate.  This is a “Brownfields” property because of the past contamination.  There is a Town easement into the property (driveway beside the former Murray’s Restaurant). Leaning House LLC has an agreement for a right-of-way in another area of Town property.

On January 3rd, 2017, the Southwest Regional Planning Commission (SWRPC) held a Brownfields meeting in which they agreed to accept this project. They hired Mr. Rickerich to continue doing the research that actually was started a few years ago but then discontinued.

Mr. Rickerich is a professional geologist.  Sanborn had done Phase I and did some work on Phase II.  There concerns were identified at that time and reported to the Department of Environmental Services (DES).  They identified a chromium problem about 13-to-15 feet below grade and also discovered there was nickel on the property.  The nickel area is small about 10 feet.  There were some petroleum contaminants. There was a wastewater pre-treatment facility and from there it went to the Town’s sewer line. It appears to be migrating a little off-site.  There is a groundwater problem. The DES asked for more detailed work but that is when the project ceased.  The soils are sand and then they get into a clay soil.  The water table is above the clay.  The chromium does not appear to be sinking.  They will do borings in different locations.  The sumps are still in the ground and need to be cleaned out.  The Central Plating building is now gone.  They are going to do an investigation and prepare a Remedial Action Plan.  Different options will be considered.  In this case it is mostly dig it up, haul it off and dispose of it. After that is done the Town will have a choice as to whether they want to proceed or not.  He would not recommend the Town take the property over until the State has reviewed and approved the Ransom Environment work.  The DES will over-see it.  They will look at the cost for continued groundwater monitoring.  Approval from the DES will be by letter.

Residential Lot 63 on the plan is the Walpole Foundation property.  Ransom Environment would also need to get permission from them to do some of their work.  The types of contaminants in the groundwater will not affect their building.

Mr. Rickerich mentioned they will be looking for a suite of PFCs (hydrophobic) contaminants that became regulated over the past summer.

There is an opportunity to seek additional funding through the EPA.  There is a Clean-Up Grant and the Town can get up to $200,000 for each of the two sites.  The Town will need these grants and will apply with the assistance of the SWRPC.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if the sewer lines will be capped off.  Mr. Rickerich replied that is a good question because those lines are not being used any more.  Mrs. Pschirrer questioned after the work is done how do they get the approval of the State and Federal Government?  Mr. Rickerich said that grants are not guaranteed.  They usually fund clean-up grants; if they are not approved the first time, the Town could apply again.  Mrs. Pschirrer noted this is right in the middle of the downtown business area.  There is an economical reason why they need the parking lot.  Mr. Rickerich felt a parking lot is good but if it is a part of a development that would help toward receiving a favorable grant review.

Ms. Karen Crowley, Walpole Foundation, asked what the time line will be.  Mr. Rickerich replied at the SWRPC January 3rd meeting, they got approval to move forward.  They will now do a Site Specific Quality Improvement Plan; it lays out their Scope of Work.  This will now get run by the DES and they will respond with their comments.  After that Ransom has 30 days to review it.  They would start their work probably in March after the snow is gone and generate a report in 4-to-6 weeks.  They expect to be done in July.  That will go to the State and they have a month or two to provide comments.  It could be the end of summer or early fall.  There is another step the Town will have to do, a Phase I, an Environmental Site Assessment.  It would protect the Town from the Federal Government going after the Town.  Phase 1 has to be done within a six month period which is the shelf-life of the Phase.  Ransom Environment will do Phase 1 again before the Town acquires the property.  DES was okay with them doing Phase II now.  It is always possible they will find something Sanborn missed but he is confident of their work.  Mrs. Pschirrer said after that is done the grant period begins in October.  Mr. Rickerich noted they cannot apply for the grants unless they are the owner.  An announcement on the recipients of the grants might not happen until April 2018. In July, Rasom will start the Phase I process. The Selectboard should be conducting some out-reach to get support for the donation from community organizations.

There being no other public comments, Mr. Dalessio closed this Public Hearing at 6:38 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

 

Library Closed

I’m sure it will not be a surprise, but Justine wanted to be sure you know that the library is closed today, February 9th.  Stay warm and stay safe.  That goes as well for the road crews that do such an incredible job!  Thank you in aadvance. – Lil

Town of Walpole Public Hearings

There are a number of public hearings and meetings that are occurring starting tonight. In fact, there is an overlap of meeting times for tonight’s public hearings.. The hearings and meetings are in order of date:

Weds., Feb. 8th: Fall Mt. Regional School Dist. Warrant Article & Budget Info @ 6:30pm in FMRHS Auditorium

Weds., Feb. 8th: Walpole Fire District Budget Hearing @ 7pm at the Walpole Fire Station

Thurs., Feb. 9th: Second Public Hearing of Westberg Property re: Donation to the Town @ 6pm at Town Hall

Thurs., Feb. 9th: Selectboard Meeting to follow Westberg Hearing

Thurs., Feb. 16th: Staff Meeting at 5pm

Thurs., Feb. 16th: Town of Walpole Public Budget Hearing at 6pm

Thurs., Feb. 16th: Selectboard Meeting to follow – no public business

Tues, March 14th: Voting Day. Precinct Polls open from 8am to 7pm

Sat., March 18th: Town Meeting in Town Hall begins at 1pm.

Please mark your calendars accordingly.

Sarah

Selectboard Office

LIbrary closing today at 3:00

Justine wanted everyone to know.