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Not sure about others, but when I hear the word Christmas and it is only August, I do admit to a big shudder! Read on though. It is not as bad as it might be! – Lil
Walpole Historical Museum Gift Shop celebrates Christmas in September! Come visit us from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday September 17th and get a head start on your holiday shopping. Weather permitting we will be on the lawn by our roadside sign with new and sale items to tempt you for your Holiday decorating or gift giving. We have new Christmas cards and napkins from Caspari. Locally crafted note cards , ornaments & framed pictures — candles and votive candles too.
Ray Boas’ book about Walpole, Louisa May Alcott booklets written by Ray Boas – We also have books written by Louisa May Alcott for your reading pleasure- Walpole mugs and wine glasses –Walpole note cards, local honey and little bags of sweet tiny candies! Great stocking stuffers. This year we have Dellamano painted glassware– and you must see our beautiful new scarves and beaded necklaces from Country on the Common that will give just the perfect touch to any outfit.
Come and browse our Louisa May Alcott exhibit and check out the many “Louisa” items in our gift shop as well. You are sure to find something you will want to bring home or wrap up for the perfect gift! Come to the Museum on Saturday the 17th—10am to 4pm and enjoy a Christmas cookie or two with us!!
TOWN OF WALPOLE
AUGUST 18, 2016
Selectboard Present: Steven Dalessio (Chair); Peggy Pschirrer, Whitney Aldrich
Staff Present: Sarah Downing (Executive –Manager of Administration); Rich Kreissle (Executive –Manager of Finance); Michael Rau (Road Agent); Police Chief Michael Paquette (Police Department); Sergeant Justin Sanctuary (Police Department); Paul Colburn (Recycling Center); Justine Rogers (Librarian); Sandra Smith (Town Clerk/Tax Collector)
Call To Order: Mr. Dalessio called this Staff meeting to order at 5:00 PM in the Walpole Town Hall. He advised that this meeting is being recorded.
Police Department: Police Chief Michael Paquette and Sergeant Justin Sanctuary were present. Chief Paquette recognized that both Sgt. Sanctuary and Mrs. Clough put together their new monthly stat report. This report is from July 16, 2016 to August 15, 2016. There were 414 calls for service. They are broken down as follows:
- Public Safety Calls:
Emergency Calls – 48 Administrative – 59 Citizen Assists – 93
- Motor Vehicle Calls:
Accidents – 13 MV Stops – 112 Traffic Safety – 33
- Criminal Investigations:
Drugs/Alcohol – 15 Crimes Against a Person -13 Crimes Against Property – 28
Having 414 calls in one month is quite a lot. Mrs. Pschirrer pointed out that this is a very nice graph but it does not show all the time they actually spend on different calls / investigations; certain offenses require more time than others. Chief Paquette said Mr. Dalessio has been discussing time; it is difficult to put a figure on everything they do but they can work on that. For example: they may spend ten minutes with one person on a certain incident yet spend a half-hour with another person. Mr. Dalessio noted that the only time that is logged in is at the scene; the other time they spend on this same incident is not logged. They have to figure out how they get that number without people actually sitting at their log books. Another responsibility adds up more time. Time is the next element. Chief Paquette agreed in that it does not log the time they spend after they go back to the station and process the paperwork, etc. They might be working on that when the phone rings and they have to leave to respond to another call; they are quite often in-and-out. When they come back in they have to finalize everything from the first call. It is difficult to keep track of all the time. Mr. Dalessio felt there are techniques they can try. It could take 10-or-12 man hours to process a DWI arrest. Sgt. Sanctuary said it sometimes takes longer as they have to keep coming back to it for little pieces. Chief Paquette and Sgt. Sanctuary can get data from the Dispatch Center. Mr. Dalessio said the new graph looks very good.
Chief Paquette thanked Mr. Rau and the Highway Department crew for doing the fencing at the Police Station and for removing some trees. It was a lot of work. Mr. Dalessio noted the new fencing looks good.
Town Clerk / Tax Collector: Mrs. Smith reported that they have been busy with election issues. Voter registrations, absentee ballot requests, UOCAVA ballots for voters that are overseas. This has been time consuming. They received the absentee ballots on Thursday. They also had the HAVA State Law Election Training here at our Town Hall. Everyone seemed very impressed with our beautiful Town Hall and what a lovely village we have.
They mailed out bills for the Land Use Change Taxes, Gravel Taxes and Yield Taxes. Money has been coming in slowly. They send reminders of small balances that are due because tax payers paid after the due date, they have collected $819.63 in interest and a total collected for the past month of $72,780.15. Interest is always paid first so any balance due can go to lien.
They collected $48,737.00 in vehicle registrations, 342 vehicles were registered, and this is average for this time of year.
Vital Records brought in $68.00; this is for certified copies of Births, Deaths or Marriages. They had three Marriage Licenses the Town receives $7.00 for each license, and this procedure can take from one half to an hour to complete. The State received $43.00 per license.
Dog licenses brought in $107.00 and Meghan is still sending out delinquent notices. A new person in town came in to register her vehicle and brought in the Rabies Certificates for her two dogs, so they registered her vehicle and her dogs! New comers are usually very good about wanting a Dog License.
They registered eight boats in the last month, this brought in $122.28. The larger boats pay more but they tend to have the smaller boats in Walpole. Next year we should do better, we do not make very much money but the customers appreciate the convenience.
They have spent hours trying to register a vehicle for a new resident. They were still working with the lien holder but it finally came in today.
The foot traffic always keeps them busy as do all the phone calls. The property taxes are almost all in. Vehicle registrations might not be as good this year; it runs in cycles.
Primary election is September 13th. Don’t forget to vote! People can register on Election Day.
Highway Department: Mr. Michael Rau, Road Agent, submitted the following report for July 22, 2016 to August 18, 2016. They started their roadside mowing; that will be taken care of in the next two weeks. They need to recertify some of the crew for culvert replacements.
- A section of the new roof at the Highway Garage is done; it came out good.
- Replaced culverts under Cold River (this took two days), Merriam and Scovill Roads;
- Graded the Drewsville Road (it has heavy traffic – 500 vehicles might go over it on a Saturday)
- Asked by the Commissioners to cut brush on Center Street in North Walpole;
- Cleaned a pipe and catch basin in North Walpole;
- There was a wash-out on March Hill Road by Alice Smith Road that required ditching and grading – the guardrail is back;
- Work was done on Pleasant Street; it should be paved next week;
- Cold patching was done;
- Trucks and equipment were serviced;
- Cleaned catch basins;
- Crushed dumpsters for Recycling Center;
- Did Mowing;
- Cleared brush and trees in the Police Station Yard and did the fencing;
- Cleaned the ditch at the Cemetery;
- Moved books from the Town Hall to North Walpole;
- There will be flashing electronic signs and signs out on Main Street as they will be replacing the culvert that goes across the road and three catch basins near Hicks Machine (Mill Pond). Vehicles will be detoured to go through Houghton’s parking lot. They hope to start August 30th. Mr. Dalessio asked Mr. Rau to get a notice in the Clarion and Walpolean. It will also be on-line.
Mr. Rau contacted Mr. Randy Rhoades to talk about the bridge by Black Jack Crossing. Mr. Rhoades will send his report to Beaver Tracks who will look at it. He has been working on the Permit by Notification for the March Hill Road and called the DES but they have not responded. Mr. Dalessio thought the Selectboard should make some inquiries to DES.
Library: Ms. Justine Rogers submitted the following report. Things have been going good and they have been very busy.
Summer Reading: 65 kids participated in the reading program. So far 8 have “finished” by reading 20+ hours. This is the last week we’ll be counting hours.
New Library Cards: The new cards have arrived today and they are beautiful. They are working on a services and programs brochure to hand out with new cards to all of their new and existing patrons so they have a better idea of what they offer. They have to coordinate everything with the State Library.
Bookworms Book Club: A few of the 4th grade boys who come into the library weekly have requested a book club. Their first meeting is next Thursday! So far they have 4 kids interested and the boys who are “in charge” have been hanging flyers up around town.
The roofing company had told her they would begin work at the end of August or early September; she will check with them to confirm their start date.
July 2015: 26 days open, 1403 people, 2149 circ, 25 programs, 341 people for programs.
July 2016: 23 days open, 1663 people, 2385 circ, 39 programs, 400 people for programs.
Jan-July 2015 Average: 84 circs per day and 48 people per day.
Jan-July 2016 Average: 89 circs per day and 62 people per day.
Recycling Center: Mr. Paul Colburn submitted reports for the month of July. He referenced the “Daily Weight Report and Year to Date Comparison”. There was an increase in steel cans over the other five years. Some lines are a little off due to various reasons. For example: they now did glass once a week instead of daily which has increased productivity. They no longer take in tubes; in 2012 they had about 2-1/2 tons but they haven’t taken them in for about two years because of the market. OCC/Chip is down a fair amount. Our biggest supplier is commercial but they found other ways to deal with it which is a better deal for them. A good thing is that the markets are up for cardboard; they are now getting the best price in 1-1/2 years. The Annual Forecast is down quite a bit. Mr. Colburn explained the “Five Year Comparison on Recyclables”. The biggest increase is commercial. They have taken in a lot of fluorescent bulbs from TransCanada as they are making a change but this will go down drastically next month. There are a lot of electronics these last two months. July has usually been a good month. Mr. Dalessio noticed an increase in the sale of bags.
Mr. Colburn had two Hooper helpers who are done this week. He did the exit interviews. It was great to have them. They still have compost that is screened and ready to go. He will be meeting with the Walpole Grange Leadership Academy students on Monday, August 29th at 6:00 PM. They will do a review of what gets done at the Recycling Center. Mrs. Pschirrer noted that they will be at the Highway Department the following week at 6:00 PM. Mr. Dalessio pointed out that they want to do a session with the Library and the Police Department.
Mr. Colburn attended the Cheshire County meeting on August 3rd. This is a monthly meeting but he does not usually attend all of them. He might go to half of the NRRA meetings. A bus trip is coming up that will go around to the various facilities. If anyone is interested let Mr. Colburn know. They signed the MSW and C+D contract for the next three years and a copy was given to the Selectboard office. He discovered a dead tree between the re-use trailer, the fence and Route 123; he will talk to Mr. Rau about addressing that. He sent in forms to get re-certified. The scales were re-certified today; it needs to be done annually. The WRAP Committee will be putting an ad in the Walpolean and Clarion for new members. They picked up the wood from the Mill Pond area that the Boy Scouts had cleared from the trails.
Chief Anashownee of the Raven & Wolf inter-tribal group, a Native American Group, is looking to set up another clean-up in September at the same place as last time. They want this clean-up to be open to everyone. Mr. Joe Aldrich had looked into who owned that area and found out that it is the Town of Walpole. Chief Paquette said at one time they talked about closing off a part of that area so vehicles could not drive there. Any parking would have to be in the designated lot. Chief Paquette would like to attend the planning meeting with the other parties involved including the Connecticut River Watershed Council and TransCanada. Mr. Colburn pointed out that it costs the Town about $75.00/ton for all the trash that is picked up and then needs to be disposed of. Mr. Dalessio suggested that they move forward with the meeting with Chief Anashownee.
Selectboard Offfice: Mrs. Sarah Downing made the following report:
Meeting with a NH Dept. of Revenue Administration (DRA) – Municipal & Property Division auditors last Friday, 8/12, for several hours. A review of Elderly Tax and non-profit property tax exemption audit work and files was conducted. Training regarding the upcoming MS-1 Report was also conducted.
5 Year Requalification of Veterans’ Tax Credits and Elderly and/or Disabled Exemption:
- Next steps were decided upon for the Elderly Tax Exemption audit. The Selectboard will finalize paperwork at the 8/18/16 Selectboard meeting. This will close out the Elderly Exemption section of the audit.
- For the Veterans’ Tax Credit, the state requires that veterans who have their properties held in trusts or life estates complete a PA-33 form. There are 43 veterans who will be receiving a notice of this change and the form. All veterans who have handed in their forms to date will be receiving their 2016 tax credit; the new form will be required for the 2017 tax year.
- Three non-profit property owners were to be reminded to send in A-9 and one also owed an A-12 financial form and report per the DRA auditors. Calls and e-mails were sent. Only one non-profit educational group owes information as of 8/17/16. Forms must be submitted by 8/24/16 or the exemption shall be removed.
- The DRA auditors will return in late September to review the Veteran’s Tax Credit audit and to start work on updating Current Use files.
MS-1: Follow-up work is underway to finalize any valuations that have changed from the audits being conducted along with property lot line changes and properties being granted a current use before the April 15th deadline. The MS-1 is due to the state on or before Sept. 1st. Current Use rates are being updated in Avitar with a software update pending. This form starts the process to set the tax rate by the DRA.
Timber and Excavation Tax Warrants: Reporting for 2015-2016 has been closed out. The tax collector has been sending out billings. One Timber Tax Warrant for 2016-2017 has been posted.
Town Hall Facilities: The ramp and gazebo repair should occur in less than 4 weeks. The ramp should be repaired before the Sept 13th Primary Election Day. One application has been received for a Town Hall handyman. Several jobs including adding a hand rail and hanging a new projection screen are on the list of things to be installed.
Notices of Pending Sewer Lien: Notices were created by Linda Edkins and signed by the Selectboard. The notices were sent to property owners with outstanding balances. The Selectboard is researching next steps to recover monies owed to the Town.
Tri-fold Flyer: Was finalized and then recently updated. New copies of the flyer are being distributed.
Health Trust Benefits Overview Presentation: Friday, Oct 21st from 1 – 2 pm in the Town Hall. “All full-time employees are expected to attend”
Sexual and Other Forms of Harassment Training: Scheduled for Friday, Nov. 4th from 1-2:30 pm for all regular full and part-time employees in the Town Hall. “Attendance is expected. There will be a sign-in-sheet”
Town of Walpole – Employee and Volunteer Appreciation BBQ: The date has been set for Sunday, Sept. 25th with the event starting at noon in Whitcomb Park. Pit Stop Smokehouse will begin serving lunch at 1pm. An electronic invitation is forthcoming. The rain location will be the main location of the Town Hall. The Planning Committee is seeking the loan a croquet set, bocci balls, and corn hole game with bean bags.
Manager of Finance: Attended a NHMA sponsored webinar entitled, “Federal Overtime Rule and Municipal Governments” with a Selectboard member on Weds., 6/17/16.
Walpole Recreation: Mr. Justin Cassarino was unable to attend this meeting but submitted the following report dated August 18, 2016.
- State Inspector came and said everything was great. Chlorine level was high, but explained that we dumped in three 5 gal. tubs of shock the night before because of all of the rain that we had for four days straight. The rain brings the chlorine down, so we needed to get it back up quickly. She said that it wasn’t a problem. Gave a few recommendations, but overall was very happy.
- Head lifeguards have been holding a training every Sunday to practice injury situations. Kids enjoy volunteering to be the “victims”, so they can be strapped to the backboard.
- Community Day was rained out, but for the first hour and a half we had 75 patrons come to the pool. We are rescheduling for Friday, August 19th. We still have Athens Pizza coming down with their truck to sell food and we are collecting non-perishable food items for the Fall Mountain Food Shelf. Patrons have free access to the pool when they bring in an item. We will also be playing games with prizes and showing a movie at night.
- Pool cover was shipped out on August 18th, so they can get the proper measurements and create a new one for us.
- Tennis courts will be done at the beginning of September (hopefully), as long as the weather cooperates.
- Season ended last Friday.
- Had a great turn-out for the championship game.
- Players received a free piece of pizza, played a game at halftime, and watched a great championship game.
- Awards were given to the players, parents and coaches were thanked for their commitment to the league, and companies that sponsored a team received a plaque with a team photo to thank them again.
- Will start lining the fields next week.
- Sign-ups will begin the week of Labor Day at the school.
- Had a league meeting with all of the towns that participate in the league to discuss rules and other topics/concerns from last year.
Manager of Finance: Mr. Rich Kreissle handed out a Consolidated Statement of Activity – MTD and YTD as of August 17, 2016 and a Consolidated Statement of Activity – MTD and YTD for 12/31/16.
Proposed 2017 Budget: Mr. Dalessio advised that the Selectboard would like to have proposed budgets (at least the first round) submitted by the next Staff Meeting on September 15, 2016. In the beginning of October the Selectboard will meet on one day to work on all the budgets. In November they will work on capital spending. The goal is to finish by the middle of November. Mr. Kreissle will give the Department Heads worksheets.
Guests: Two guests from the Walpole Grange Leadership Academy attended this meeting.
Adjournment: Mr. Dalessio adjourned this Staff Meeting at 6:12 PM.
Regina Borden, Recording Secretary
TOWN OF WALPOLE
MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD
AUGUST 18, 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 four people in attendance.
PARK IN NORTH WALPOLE: Mr. Bill Gallagher and Mr. Don Provencher are residents of the Village of North Walpole and also volunteers for the Village. There is a piece of property off Main Street and Center Street that the Town owns but has authorized the Village to build a park. They put in a volley ball game many years ago but there was vandalism and nothing else happened. It was, once again, overgrown with shrubs and grass so they cleaned it out again. There are other things they want to do but need authorization from the Selectboard and maybe get a little help from the Highway Department. They would like to level off a bumpy part, put grass seed down plus fill in an old cistern. They are looking for guidance before moving ahead. They displayed pictures of the park area. Mr. Gallagher mentioned there is an old stone foundation closer to Center Street; they thought about reusing the stones by putting them around the trees; it would hold the bark mulch in place. There are two kiosks by the tunnel that the Town was supposed to maintain as per a 2003 agreement on the tunnel with the railroad. They should be able to maintain this area. There was discussion relative to asking the Road Agent about the culvert and cistern and to look over the area. See if he has any suggestions about clearing around the kiosk. The Selectboard had no objections to Mr. Gallagher and Ms. Provencher contacting Mr. Rau and moving forward but would like them to keep the communication open.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $28,411.40 for checks dated August 19, 2016. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Payroll voucher for the week ending August 13, 2016, in the amount of $24,152.31 for checks dated August 19, 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 $4,979.33 for the week ending August 13, 2016. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:
SELECTBOARD MEETING – August 11, 2016: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of August 11, 2016, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved. Mr. Aldrich abstained as he was not present at this meeting.
The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meetings:
- Trustees of Trust Funds – February 17, 2016;
- Trustees of Trust Funds – April 22, 2016;
- North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – August 9, 2016;
- Walpole Planning Board – August 9, 2016;
- Walpole Zoning Board of Adjustment – August 17, 2016.
ROBERT and MARY JANE NARDONE, 104 Barnett Hill Road, Map & Lot #009-053-000: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve Building Permit #2016-32 for Robert and Mary Jane Nardone to “Construct a 32’ x 50’ new home and 28’ x 36’ garage” at 104 Barnett Hill Road. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
CURRENT USE LAND USE CHANGE TAX (LUCT) WARRANTS:
KENNETH L. BURNS, 388 North Road, Map & Lot #008-076-003: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Land Use Change Tax for Kenneth L. Burns for the amount of $6,500.00. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve and sign the Tax Collector’s Land Use Change Tax Warrant to Sandra J. Smith, Collector of Taxes for Walpole, NH in said county for Kenneth L. Burns. Map & Lot #008-076-003, in the amount of $6,500.00. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
CURRENT USE APPLICATIONS:
LANE CONSTRUCTION, CORP., Whipple Hill Road, Map & Lot #003-002-000: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Current Use application for Lane Construction Corp to put 121.3 acres into Current Use. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
EUGENE and GAIL CRAY, Cray Road, Map & Lots #027-010-001 and #027-010-002: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Current Use application for Eugene and Gail Cray to put 36.15 acres into Current Use. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
ELDERLY and BLIND TAX EXEMPTIONS:
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to deny the following Elderly and/or Blind Exemptions from the property tax credit:
- Map & Lot # 029-045-000;
- Map & Lot # 028-119-000;
- Map & Lot # 016-005-000;
- Map & Lot # 020-037-000;
- Map & Lot # 010-043-000;
- Map & Lot # 029-010-000;
- Map & Lot # 028-131-000;
- Map & Lot # 012-050-000;
- Map & Lot # 025-031-000;
- Map & Lot # 028-103-000.
Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to grant the following Elderly and/or Blind Tax Exemptions for the property tax credit as follows:
- Map & Lot # 028-132-000;
- Map & Lot # 008-002-000;
- Map & Lot # 025-006-000;
- Map & Lot # 028-094-000;
- Map & Lot # 013-028-000.
Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
The Selectboard will review and compare income guidelines with other comparable towns to see if the Town of Walpole limits are too low as they have not been changed in quite a few years.
Caskin Letter: Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the letter to Mr. Roland Caskin on Colonial Drive concerning the water drainage issue. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
2016 Revised Estimated Revenues – 2016 MS-434: Mr. Kreissle had left a packet of various Financial Documents for Review that included the MS-434. These are his best estimates and are based on a 5% decrease. The Selectboard will consider a 7% decrease. Mr. Kreissle checked with both Mrs. Smith and Mr. Colburn about their Revenues. The Selectboard will look at the other numbers. This will be kept on the Agenda and finalized at the next meeting.
Leases and Contracts: One contract came in recently. All the Department Heads have been asked to forward copies of any leases and/or contracts they have so there is a file in the Selectboard Office.
Boston Post Cane: This will remain on the Agenda until the cane is presented to the oldest Walpole resident.
Revised Town Hall Rental Information and Rental Agreements: Mr. Dalessio reported that some towns have created exemptions to the Primex rules. They are giving the authority to the Selectboard to make decisions on rentals. Mr. Dalessio will continue to research and have more information soon.
Town of Walpole DOT Drug Testing Policy: Mrs. Pschirrer will send a new revised version of this policy for the other Selectboard members to review.
708 Main Street: There have been no new developments on this property.
Volunteer Service Statement and Agreement: Mr. Dalessio recommended that they refer to the RSAs on Volunteer Service.
Employee and Volunteer Appreciation Picnic – September 25, 2016: Mrs. Downing reported that the Pit Stop Smoke House is doing the catering. She is looking for games they can use; a croquet set, bocci balls, corn hole game with bean bags, etc.
Building and Demolition Permit and Water and Sewer Application Forms: Mrs. Downing has been doing research on the Fire Marshall and fire codes. Mr. Dalessio will send this link to the RSAs and other information to her.
Employee Policy Handbook Update: Mrs. Pschirrer advised that the committee is meeting again in September to go over other sections in the handbook. They will have to make decisions on over-time and comp time.
Town Seal: Mrs. Downing displayed a piece of art work of the north end of the Town Hall. It appears to have been used as a part of a Town Seal at one time. They will continue to do research.
Wage Review: This item will be kept on the Agenda for the next meeting.
Sub-delegation of Deposit Authority Policy: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve and sign the Sub-delegation of Deposit Authority Policy. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Mary McMahon Abatement Appeal: The Board of Tax and Land Appeals have mandated that the Town meet with Mrs. McMahon to mediate this Appeal. The Selectboard agreed that in the past they have gone with Avitar’s property assessments.
Water and Sewer Bill Collection: Mrs. Pschirrer looked at the RSAs and found that they have three options to handle Water and Sewer Bill Collections. The Selectboard have been discussing the collections of sewer bills in the Village of North Walpole. Mr. Dalessio suggested that they obtain a list of the property owners that have liens on them now and a list of the ones who have made special arrangements. A meeting should be scheduled with Mrs. Linda Edkins and Mr. Mark Houghton for his opinion.
Sexual Harassment Training Certificate: Mr. Justin Cassarino will be excused from attending the Town’s training as he has been certified through the school system.
Town Hall Handyman Application: This was tabled until the next meeting.
Town Construction and Building Repair Contracts: Mr. Dalessio advised that a Certificate of Insurance will be required.
Drug Testing Vendor Proposal: This will remain on the Agenda for future discussion.
Dog Waste in Trash Barrels on Common: At the Safety Committee meeting an employee brought up the fact that when they are emptying the trash barrels on the Common they are now finding dog waste in them. Mr. Dalessio stated that if someone gets it on their hands they need to report it to the office. Plastic bags are not used in these barrels because they fill up with water. Mr. Dalessio told Mr. Rau that the employees should wear gloves when doing this job. The barrels will be removed soon as they are not on the Common during the winter.
RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:
Mfr. 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 8:07 PM.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:17 PM.
Assessing: Mrs. Downing would like to attend the Assessing 101 Training Session on Wednesday, August 24th. She will be gone a half day. Mrs. Edkins will be on out of the office; Mr. Kreissle and Mr. Fafara will be in the office. The Selectboard urged her to attend this class.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to adjourn this meeting. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:18 PM.
Regina Borden, Recording Secretary
On Sunday, August 28, the 4th annual Amateur BBQ Pulled Pork Competition will be held at Alyson’s Orchard from 11AM – 3 PM. This fun summer event, sponsored by Alyson’s Orchard and The Pit Stop Smokehouse, is a benefit for the Fall Mtn. Food Shelf.
The public is welcome to sample the pulled pork and vote for the People’s Choice Award between 12 noon and 2PM. There is no admission charge for this event, but anyone who wants to sample must bring either one non-perishable food item to donate, or make a small, cash contribution to benefit the Fall Mountain Food Shelf. There will also be BBQ food for sale to the public from the Pit Stop Smokehouse, a Beer & Soft Drink Tent to compliment the BBQ, and unique ice cream, mixed and frozen on the spot using liquid nitrogen, from Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt!
Alyson’s farm stand store will be open with new, local products as well as fresh seasonal fruits and berries. You can also Pick-Your-Own Paula Red and Ginger Gold apples. Other activities that day will include: face painting; free wagon rides through the orchard; children’s playground, and lawn games for kids of all ages! Be sure to visit their new baby goats and ‘Buddy’ the big bunny! This is perfect summer event for the whole family! The BBQ event will run from 11AM-3PM (tasting from 12-2PM) and their farm store is open from 9AM – 5PM Mon.-Thurs and 9-6 Fri-Sun. for the season. Don’t forget to bring home one of their delicious fruit pies or chicken pot pies for dinner!
Girl Scout and Cubscout Sign Ups are happening on September 6th and 7th at the Walpole Elementary School from 6:00- 7:30. If for some reason you want to sign your child up for either one of these and and can’t come one these nights. You can contact Deb Pawelczyk at 445-5475 or email@example.com.
Walpole Planning Board Workshop Meeting
August 23, 2016 Minutes
Present: Chair Jeff Miller, Vice-Chair Robert Miller, Jason Perron, Dennis Marcom, Jeff White. Alternates: Ed Potter, Joanna Andros. Absent: James Aldrich, Steve Dalessio. Zoning Board: Myra Mansouri, Jan Leclerc and Bob Anderson.
In September 2015, the NH General Court amended a subdivision regulation dealing with Accessory Dwelling Units. Walpole’s zoning ordinance already complies with the new regulations, but the issue has stirred a large concern among some residents. Maybe it’s due to a recent decision from the Zoning Board regarding a detached dwelling unit. Maybe there’s more of an interest in older people wishing to stay in their homes for a longer period of time. Maybe the people of Walpole want something different.
In anticipation of the meeting, Selectman Steve Dalessio prepared a draft of what a new ordinance might look like. The draft was simply a jumping off place to start the discussion.
The discussion at the workshop covered everything from density to definitions of a dwelling and building. Nothing was decided and it should be remembered that this a work in progress and the wording of every part of the ordinance is extremely important.
Here are some things that were discussed:
Density: An example of this problem was brought up when one person spoke about one residence in the village that started out as a single-family residence and over a period of time now has three apartments with a potential for a barn being converted into two more apartments. What was once a home to one family is now a home to several families or individuals, each with their own cars. Besides all the people, there are lots of cars and not enough parking. So now there are cars spilling over onto the street. That’s a density problem.
The density in the village also impacts water and sewer compared to the country where certain size septic systems are required by law depending on the number of bedrooms.
So, should there be a minimum amount of acreage where detached accessory buildings are allowed? The draft said 3 acres, but some argued it should be five or more. But would it be unfair to limit these building in a particular district, asked another?
What’s the difference between a building that’s attached or detached? What’s to prevent a detached accessory unit that was intended for a caregiver or visitation space for extended family from becoming rental income?
What should the regulations be for a detached accessory unit? Should a detached accessory unit limit it to a bedroom and bath and not a kitchen? Can the accessory unit be rented? Suppose I just want a place for my extended family and friends to visit once in a while? What do I call that space? What can be allowed in that space? What about a caregiver? Who controls who lives there? How do you enforce it?
If someone has 5 acres or more, should the person subdivide rather than keeping two buildings on one lot? How many accessory units could you put one five-acre lot?
What is a dwelling? Is it a place where a person or people live? If there were two buildings on one lot what kind of relationship should there be between the people sleeping in both places?
Should there be a family tie or can it be, or does it have to be a commercial relationship?
Suppose there were no kitchen facilities – no refrigerator etc. – just a bedroom and bathroom. Is this a dwelling? But who is going to check to see that it doesn’t have a microwave or a college-size refrigerator. Would that now make it a dwelling?
Another person thought the solution to density would be limiting it to two unrelated people living in a detached accessory building.
But, some warned, the town has to be careful and figure out the reason for a detached accessory building. Is it to create more space to be rented?
And when it comes to apartment dwellers, do they have a stake in the community? Do they have an interest on what affects the town, how it grows? Just filling property with people isn’t the answer, another said.
Some people want to age in place, want space for friends and family to visit. Some things you can do right now. Some you can’t. That person thought there was a need for detached accessory units.
There is “in town” and “out of town.” In town there is no space to build except maybe over a garage.
Someone else said that a dwelling is not a guest house or another bedroom in another building. It’s a place that is supportive of the family in the main house. It supports the main dwelling.
Another had a concern that there is no way to control who is living there. It may start out as a place for grandparents or grown children but it may change down the road.
It depends on size of lot and what you can put on it, another said. In town it is much more obvious when it is getting crowded, for example, too many cars in a yard. Out in the country, you may not even see the accessory building because of the size of the lot. No one’s going to see that. It won’t even be noticed.
It may be how you define it. It could be part of the family function. A space to have family for an extended period of time. It’s family support.
How large should ADUs be. You can require an ADU to be have one bedroom., but, by law, it cannot be less than 759 square feet.
You can’t limit it to family only but you can limit it by putting a number of how many people can live there.
A lot of the regulations are already in place, such as septic and building requirements that take into consideration terrain, said one board member. We don’t need to over regulate this.
You can see this is a complicated issue. This is only the beginning. Part of the charm of Walpole is its size. Over the last 60 years the population has increased by only 800 to 900.
There will be further discussion on this topic. The draft was a starting place. Here it is.
One Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) shall be allowed in all zoning districts that permit single-family dwellings and on any parcel where only one existing, legally conforming single family dwelling already exists. The following requirements apply:
- The minimum lot size shall be 3.0 Acres and no change in frontage, or setbacks shall be required beyond what would be required for a single-family dwelling without ADU.
- The minimum area for an Accessory Dwelling Unit may not be less than 400 square feet nor more than the greater of 750 square feet or 30% of the gross living area of the principal unit, not including unfinished spaces such as but not limited to unfinished attics or unfinished basements.
- No more than Three (3) bedrooms may be permitted in an Accessory Dwelling Unit.
- Properties that are grandfathered to current zoning requirements and are considered non- conforming shall be exempt from the lot requirements set forth (A) and minimum building size shall be 200 square feet.
- The Accessory Dwelling Unit may be within or attached to the principal dwelling unit or may be within separate detached building on the property (such as a garage or barn).
- Unless otherwise provided for herein, all existing regulations applicable to single-family dwellings shall also apply to the combination of a principal dwelling unit and an accessory dwelling unit, including standards for maximum occupancy per bedroom consistent with policy adopted by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.
- For an ADU that is located in the same building as the primary dwelling unit, an interior door shall be provided between the principal dwelling unit and the accessory dwelling unit, but there is no requirement that the interior door shall remain unlocked.
- Adequate provisions for water supply and sewage disposal for the accessory dwelling unit in accordance with RSA 485-A:38 shall be demonstrated by the applicant, but separate systems, including but not limited to plumbing, heating, electrical and sanitary disposal systems, are not required for the principal and accessory dwelling units provided that occupants of both units have access to the electrical panel and circuit breakers serving their respective units.
- When converting an existing structure or a portion of an existing structure to an ADU or constructing a new addition or detached structure to create an ADU, compliance with applicable sections of the state fire code and state building code shall be required.
- All applications to create an accessory dwelling unit shall demonstrate to the Zoning Board of Adjustment that the property has ample parking for both the principal unit and ADU.
- When the creation of an ADU requires an addition to or modification of the exterior of the existing single family home or existing detached structure, or the creation of a new detached structure, the architectural design and details to be used shall be aesthetically compatible with and maintain an aesthetic continuity with the principal dwelling unit as a single-family dwelling.
- An addition to or exterior modification of an existing single family home or detached structure shall be designed to match the architectural style, detail, and materials of the existing structure.
- When constructing a new detached structure to accommodate an ADU, the exterior design may either reflect the architectural style, detail, and materials of the existing single family structure, or it may reflect the architectural style, details and materials that are commonly found in detached accessory structures associated with a single family dwelling, such as a barn, or a garage with apartment over.
- The Planning Board under Minor Site Plan review shall be responsible for reviewing and evaluating architectural designs for compatibility prior to issuance of a building permit by the Select Board.
- The owner of the property shall occupy either the principal dwelling unit or the accessory dwelling unit as their “Principal Place of Residence.” Whichever dwelling unit is not the property owner’s principal place of residence may be rented to a person(s) unrelated to the property owner .
- The owner shall demonstrate to the Select Board that one of the units is his or her “Principal Place of Residence” prior to issuance of a Building Permit by the Select Board for the accessory dwelling unit.
- The term “Principal Place of Residence” for purposes of determining owner occupancy shall mean the location where the property owner is domiciled and has a place of abode, and the location where the property owner has, through all of his or her actions, demonstrated a current intent to designate said residence as his or her principal place of physical presence. Such an intent on the part of the property owner is evidenced by, among other things, his or her voter’s registration, vehicle registration, driver’s license, or the placement of his or her children in local public schools. Any temporary lapse of owner occupancy in the primary residence caused by the death of a property owner shall be permitted for a reasonable period of administration.
- The property owner shall submit to the Select Board a signed and notarized “memorandum of adequate notice”, to be recorded at the registry of deeds at the applicant’s expense. The notice shall identify the property on which the accessory dwelling unit is located by source deed, and serve as a notice to successor owners that the accessory dwelling unit is subject to the provisions of this section of the zoning ordinance, and that owner occupancy of one of the two units is required by this subsection. This notice shall be recorded upon issuance of a Building Permit. If the owner of the property is a trust, the term “property owner” shall mean the creator or beneficiary of the trust. If the owner of the property is a corporation, the term “property owner” shall mean the principal stockholder.
To be continued….