Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 9/15/16

TOWN OF WALPOLE

MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD

SEPTEMBER 15, 2016

 

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

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 three people in attendance.

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $570,812.55 for checks dated September 16, 2016.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

The above amount includes a monthly payment in the amount of $513,448.73 to the Fall Mountain Regional School District.

PAYROLL:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Payroll voucher for the week ending September 10, 2016, in the amount of $22,151.42 for checks dated September 16, 2016.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes for Withholding, MEDI and FICA in the amount of $4,679.04 for the week ending September 10, 2016.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – September 8, 2016:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of September 8, 2016, with the correction on page 3, under Proposed Budget, to delete the “n” on Mr. Dalessio’s name.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meeting:

  • Walpole Planning Board – September 13, 2016.

 

NOTICE OF INTENT TO CUT WOOD OR TIMBER:

ROBERT and MARY INGRAM, 16 Old Stage Road, Map & Lot #003-027-000:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Notice of Intent to Cut Wood or Timber for Robert and Mary Ingram.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.  

JASON J. WILKINSON, 1049 County Road, Map & Lot #003-011-000:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Notice of Intent to Cut Wood or Timber for Jason J. Wilkinson.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

Town Hall Facilities Policy:  The Selectboard continued to review the proposed Town Facilities Use Policy.  Following a discussion on insurance coverage, Mr. Dalessio suggested moving the second sentence in Section 3, sub-set #2 “The Selectboard reserves the right to waive insurance coverage if deemed to be in the best interest of the Town” to No. 3, sub-set #4.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to take the second sentence from Section 3, sub-set A.2 and make it sub-set #4. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

A small box will be put on the top of the rental form to indicate if insurance is required or not.  Mrs. Pschirrer recommended that a Waiver for Liability should also be signed.

Water and Sewer Liens Mrs. Edkins did not have an opportunity to work on this policy as she did payroll and other routine work this week.  Mrs. Downing noted that a few people that received notices have paid their bills.

Employee Policy Handbook Update Mrs. Pschirrer and the committee continue to work on the Employee Policy Handbook Update.  They will be meeting again on September 20th.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

Employee Health Care Coverage:  The Selectboard discussed an employee having vacation and sick time and paying medical coverage when he/she is out on Workers Compensation / Disability coverage.  Should the Town pay the employee’s portion of the medical coverage while they are out on Short-term Disability?  There is a need to be consistent; there should be a policy.  The Selectboard agreed that more research needs to be done.

Tri-Fold Brochure and Selectboard Office HoursMr. Dalessio suggested putting another page in the tri-fold brochure with the hours for the various departments.

Mr. Aldrich came into the meeting.

 

NON-PUBLIC SESSION:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel and (c) Reputations.  Mr. Aldrich seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with all in favor, the motion was approved at 7:01 PM.

The regular meeting resumed at 7:14 PM.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of September 15, 2016, be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

Highway DepartmentMrs. Pschirrer reported that since an employee has been out the Highway Department has been short-handed therefore they are running behind schedule.  Mr. Rau would like to continue with the same hours until October 17th because they feel they get more work done in 10 hour days.  The Selectboard approved this request.

 

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:

Mr. Dalessio moved to recess this Selectboard meeting.  The Selectboard will enter into a meeting as the Hooper Trustees.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved at 7:16 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:20 PM.

 

OTHER BUSINESS (Continued):

Heating Oil Contract:  The Selectboard looked at the quotes received for heating oil from several companies.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to renew the contract with Allen Bros. for heating oil for the coming season.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Mr. Dalessio suggested they ask Allen Bros. if they can give the same price to Walpole residents.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:40 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Cemetery Tour – 10/8/16

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On Saturday, October 8th, not July 24 as it says in the poster, the old Walpole Cemetery will once again be visited by spirits of years past, and the spirits are just dying for company!

The Walpole Historical Society has been producing these tours since 2002, and each one has a different cast of characters from Walpole’s past anxious to talk about their lives with the audience.

 

The tour will meet at the Walpole Middle School front lawn at 2:00 pm, when the ‘Funeral Director’ will start the procession through the beautiful cemetery with its stone markers – some of which have been standing for 300 years – stopping along the way to talk to long-departed citizens from Walpole’s past. For those who haven’t yet taken the tour, we urge you to come and see for yourself how Walpole’s history comes alive on this one day each year.

There is no admission. Refreshments will be served. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, and come prepared for all weather – the tour goes on rain or shine! We all look forward to seeing you.

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Lost and Found

Virgina found a set of keys on Maple Grove Rd between Prospect Hill Rd and North Rd.  If you think they might be yours you can email her at <starbellyv@yahoo.com>.  If your description matches the keys she found you can arrange for pick up.

Walpole Community CROP Hunger Walk – 10/8/16

Walpole Community CROP Hunger Walk to be held on Saturday, October 8, 2016. Registration starts at 9:00 am and walk begins at 9:30 am.

With the aim of “Ending hunger one step at a time,” the Walpole Community CROP Hunger Walk has set a goal of 50 Walkers and hopes to raise $5,000 to help stop hunger and poverty here in our community and around the world, through self-help initiatives.  A portion of the funds raised here in Walpole will go to the Fall Mountain Food Shelf.

2015-crop-walk-group-shotLast year, 26 Walkers raised more than $3,500 in their locally organized CROP Hunger Walk.

The goals of the interfaith CROP Hunger Walk are many: To raise funds to help hungry people; to raise awareness of hunger as an issue; to engage and train volunteers for community service; and to engage a broad cross-section of the community—persons of many ages and backgrounds—in service to the neediest of the world.

Donations to the Walpole CROP Hunger Walk are tax-deductible and can be made online. Please consider joining one of the existing Walpole CROP Hunger Walk teams, or create your own—if you can’t walk, you can still register as a team member and help us fundraise! Registration and donation information is available at http://www.crophungerwalk.org/walpolenh or by contacting Ellie Shaw at 756-4866.

Selectboard Meeting – 9/8/16

TOWN OF WALPOLE

MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD

SEPTEMBER 8, 2016

 

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

 

PUBLIC BUSINESS:

Westminster Street Parking Striping: Ms. Joan Balla has quite a few older customers coming into the bakery. The parking in front of the Walpole Tavern and her business is very limited. People do not seem to park to the end of the curb but they park in-between so quite often her customers cannot park in front or in back of other vehicles/trucks. Some handicapped customers need to have one of those front spaces otherwise they end up stopping in front of her business to drop off the handicapped person and then have to find a parking space. She spoke to the tenants that used to park there all day/night and asked them to leave those spaces free during the day and they have been doing that. Other people park there for 2-to-3 hours. She asked Mrs. Pschirrer if it would be possible to paint lines to designate the parking spaces so people will know where the parking spot starts and ends. There would be no in-between parking. People parallel park on Westminster Street all the time. There was discussion about having a handicapped parking space as well. Mr. Dalessio spoke to Police Chief Paquette about this. His concern is that there is no parking ordinance in Town therefore the Police officers could not enforce the parking violations. Mrs. Pschirrer mentioned that the Highway Department would like to stripe parking spaces on Elm Street because many times vehicles park too close to the “Stop” sign.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to stripe both sides of Westminster Street from the beginning of Main Street down to Elm Street and Elm Street on one side only from Westminster Street to Main Street. A handicapped parking space will be added on Westminster Street. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Mrs. Pschirrer summarized that they need a Parking Ordinance. People will then start parking appropriately.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $37,113.35 for checks dated September 9, 2016. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

PAYROLL:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Payroll voucher for the week ending September 3, 2016, in the amount of $22,618.70 for checks dated September 9, 2016. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes for Withholding, MEDI and FICA taxes in the amount of $4,818.98 for the week ending September 3, 2016. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – September 1, 2016: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of September 1, 2016, as presented. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – September 1, 2016: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of September 1, 2016, as presented. These Minutes will remain sealed. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the minutes were approved.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meetings:

  • North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – August 16, 2016;
  • North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – August 30, 2016.

 

BUILDING PERMITS:

RICHARD S. FRANCIS, 257 Ramsay Hill Road, Map & Lot #011-007-000: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to grant Building Permit #2016-34 for Richard S. Francis to “Construct a 15’ x 10’ screened porch”. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

 

JAMES and MARY SUOZZI, 644 County Road, Map & Lot #005-033-000: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to grant Building Permit #2016-35 for James and Mary Suozzi to “Add a 2nd story shed dormer to allow for additional bathroom and two bedrooms”. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

Town Hall Facilities Policy: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to sign the Town Hall Facilities Policy that was discussed and approved by the Selectboard last week. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

This policy will be numbered as “SB 101”.

Town Dental Coverage: Mrs. Downing reported that Ms. Melissa Hopf will be here on Friday, September 16th to visit with Mrs. Downing and Mr. Kreissle and give them a proposal to review. She will then return on Thursday, September 22nd to make a presentation to the Selectboard.

Water and Sewer Liens: The Selectboard had received a draft of the Water and Sewer Liens policy. Mrs. Linda Edkins continues to work on it. Mr. Dalessio wants to meet with Mrs. Edkins and Mr, Mark Houghton when it is ready to be finalized.

Employee Policy Handbook Update: Mrs. Pschirrer advised that the committee will be meeting on September 20th to continue their work on the handbook update.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

Police Grants: Mr. Dalessio reported that the Police Department applied for and received three separate grants from the NH Department of Safety. The first Grant is a “Distracted Driving Patrol Grant. This was designed to enforce the NH’s Hand-Free Electronic Device Law. The second Grant is the “DWI Patrols” Grant. This Grant was awarded to the Department to assist with the impaired driving problem in our community. The final Grant awarded is the “Sustained Traffic Enforcement Patrol (STEP) Grant / Operation Safe Commute”. This Grant has been awarded to the PD to combat the problem of speeding motorists on roads traversing in and through Walpole. Chief Paquette said the matching funds are within his budget. Mrs. Pschirrer’s concern is the time involved with the paperwork, etc.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to authorize the Chair of the Selectboard, Steven Dalessio, to sign these Grants and to initial each page. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Recreation Department Request: Mr. Cassarino submitted a request that through the earnings of the Recreation Programs, they would like to propose that they purchase four new soccer goals, two pairs, to replace the old ones for the 7/8 year old league. The goals have been in the league for many years and were purchased by the Beliveau’s when they were running the league. The poles/frames are starting to bend and are no longer straight. These new goals will be a huge upgrade to the program. The total cost for the four goals with shipping costs is $3,977.98.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to permit the Recreation Department to order four goals and use their Revolving Funds of $3,977.98 for the soccer program. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Bond: Mr. Dalessio reported that Mr. Kreissle and Mr. Goins are looking into the details for taking out a bond. The Town has some major expenses that are coming up; there are several red-listed bridges, culverts and possibly if they do the diversion of the waste from the Vilas Bridge to Green Street in North Walpole and then cross over the new Arch Bridge. Conceptually bonds are at their lowest interest rate so it may benefit the Town to take a bond now rather than later. Typically bonds do not have to be spent for three years. We have a number of projects in the planning stages at this time. They need to get the planning done and then make some decisions.

Highway Department: Mrs. Pschirrer advised that an employee will be out for several weeks.

 

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:

Mr. Dalessio moved to recess this Selectboard meeting. The Selectboard will enter into a meeting as the Hooper Trustees. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved at 7:05 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:17 PM.

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

Department Head Budgets: Mrs. Downing was asked to remind the Department Heads that their budgets need to be turned in as soon as possible.

Proposed Budget: Mr. Dalessio passed out the base line budget to Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Aldrich with things they are aware of.   He felt they might want to look at the aging infrastructure. Mr. Dalessio recommended that they schedule an all-day meeting toward the end of October to talk with the Department Heads about their proposed budgets (Highway, Recycling, Police and Mr. Mark Houghton). He will give out information and instructions at the next Staff Meeting. Mr. Kreissle will be asked to get prices for oil and propane from Irving Oil. Other companies were asked for the same information.

Salary Review: Mr. Dalessio is waiting for a quote. The company now has all the job descriptions.

Railing and Gazebo Repair Projects: Mrs. Downing reported that both projects have been done. She is waiting to hear from the Handyman, who was hired as a contractor, for the other projects.

Town Hall Kitchen: Mrs. Downing talked to Mr. Mark Houghton about installing the dish washer in the Town Hall kitchen. Mrs. Pschirrer noted that they need to spend the money before the end of this year or lose it.

Employee and Volunteer Appreciation Picnic – September 25: Mrs. Downing is checking with people to see if they will be attending or not. Mr. Dalessio wanted to be sure the North Walpole Village employees are also invited.

Horse Thieves: Mr. Dalessio mentioned that the annual meeting is September 27th.

Playground: Mr. Aldrich advised that they got the funding for the new playground. The committee plans to build it on September 30th and October 1st.

Boston Post Cane: The Selectboard would like to do the presentation of the Boston Post Cane on a Thursday before the regular meeting from 5:30 to 6:00 PM. Relatives and friends will be invited to attend.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to adjourn this meeting. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:34 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Meter Readings – 9/26/16-9/27/1

TOWN OF WALPOLE, NH

NOTICE

Town of Walpole and North Walpole

2016 Water and Sewer Readings

 

Water/Sewer meters in Walpole Village and North Walpole will be read from September 26, 2016 through September 27, 2016. If you have an inside meter and will not be available for reading during these dates, please contact the Selectmen’s Office (756-3672) to make an appointment to have the meter read.

PER OFFICE OF THE SELECTBOARD

 

 

 

 

Fire Hydrant Flushing – 9/28/16-9/30/16

TOWN OF WALPOLE

FIRE HYDRANT FLUSHING

 

The fire hydrants covering Walpole South of Cold River will be flushed during the hours of 3:00 PM on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 through 9:00 AM on Friday, September 30, 2016. Residents may experience discolored water when first running their water during this time. Please run the water for five minutes until clear before using. If the water does not clear after the five minutes, you may contact the Water and Sewer Department at (603) 756-3672. Thank you for your patience during this necessary work.

 

The Walpole Water Department