Perhaps the best way to discover if anyone reads The Walpolean, is to mess up. On the post regarding the French Class Cynthia Reeves is hosting at The Barn I unintentionally left out the dates and times. Thanks to Lynne Reed, it was brought to my attentions so I could make the correction. In the process of fixing my mistake, the original email was deleted. Lynne, please help again by forwarding those details! (Love technology when it does what I want it to.) – Lil
Sarah forwarded this copy of a letter from the DOT. Janet Clough also commented that the Police chief has been working closely with them as well. Sounds like we will be in good hands, just a little inconvenienced. – Lil
On Tuesday April 4th the Bridge over the Connecticut River between Walpole and Westminster, Rte 123 will be reduced to one way alternating traffic While Cold River Bridges removes and replaces expansion joints, strips pavement and repairs any deficiencies found . On this date the signals will be operational, new pavement markings will delineate the new pattern through the work zone, and Cold River Bridges will be placing barriers across the bridge defining the work zone and travel way.
This work is scheduled to be completed prior to the date of August 11, 2017
Today New England Signals Systems is hanging signals heads in the intersection. These will be covered until April 4th.t
The Walpole Players was founded thirty years ago, and had its first production staged for Old Home Days 1987. That first play, ‘George Washington Slept Here’, by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, will again be presented to the community by the 2017 Walpole Players the last two weekends in June during Walpole’s Old Home Days celebrations.
To fill the cast of 9 males (including one teenager) and 8 females, auditions will be held in the Helen Miller Theater in Walpole on Thursday, March 30, and Friday, March 31 at 6:30 pm. Rehearsals will begin after Easter.
The story follows Newton Fuller, who, in the 1940s, moves his family from the city to rural Pennsylvania and an old farm. The problems that ensue involve endless repairs, disagreeable neighbors, troublesome guests, a supposedly rich uncle, and many more side-tickling adventures.
No preparation is required to audition. For additional information contact co-directors Tara Sad 603 756-4861 or Ray Boas 603 756-4545.
TOWN OF WALPOLE
MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD
MARCH 9, 2017
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 this meeting is being recorded and asked anyone wishing to speak to identify themselves for the record. There were three people in attendance.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $53,135.13 for checks dated March 10, 2017. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Payroll register for the week ending March 4, 2017, in the amount of $21,000.90 for checks dated March 10, 2017. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes for Withholding, MEDI and FICA taxes in the amount of $4,403.65 for the week ending March 4, 2017. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.
SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:
SELECTBOARD MEETING – March 2, 2017: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of March 2, 2017, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.
NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD MEETING – March 2, 2017: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard meeting of March 2, 2017, as submitted. These Minutes will remain sealed. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.
PUBLIC HEARING FOR WESTBERG PROPERTY DONATION – March 2, 2017: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the Public Hearing for the Westberg Property Donation of March 2, 2017, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.
The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meetings:
- North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – February 28, 2017;
- North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – March 2, 2017.
In the February 28, 2017, Minutes, Mr. Dalessio noticed that Commissioner Kiniry mentioned there is concern from some residents that a shooting range is being operated on the Fall Mountain area in the power line area. Concerns are; is it on private property, who is using it and is it a licensed facility? Mr. Dalessio advised the Police Department had checked on this; it is on private property. The date for the North Walpole Village Budget Hearing is Thursday, March 02, 2017, in the Commissioner’s Office. The Village Meeting date is Thursday, April 6, 2017, at St. Peter’s Church.
CERTIFICATION OF YIELD TAXES ASSESSED and TIMBER TAX LEVY:
Donald H. Wood, Jr. Trust, Alstead Center Road, Map and Lot #015-018-000: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Certification of Yield Taxes Assessed in the amount of $118.12 for Map and Lot #015-018-000. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Timber Tax Levy in the amount of $118.12 for Map and Lot #015-018-000. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.
Peter Stolley and Christine Holtz, 36 Colonial Drive, Map and Lot #021-036-000: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to grant Building Permit No. 2017-02, for Peter Stolley and Christine Hultz to “add a woodshed to the rear of the garage”. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.
Preliminary 2015 Financial Statements and Auditor’s Opinion: The Selectboard had received and read the Preliminary 2015 Financial Statements and Auditor’s Opinion. Mr. Dalessio talked to Mr. Tom Goins and Mr. Rich Kreissle about them. There was discussion pertaining to the Significant Audit Findings. Some issues were boiler plate and others were already implemented. The Selectboard will continue to work on resolving the remaining recommendations.
Cemetery Deeds for Lots D387, D388, D444, D445, D446 and D449: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the sale of Cemetery Deeds for six lots: D387, D388, D444, D445, D446 and D449. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.
Conservation Commission Appointment Letter from Lewis Shelley: The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the Appointment Letter from the Conservation Commission regarding Lewis Shelley for a three year term. This letter will be held until after Town Meeting as that is when the Selectboard customarily makes appointments to the various Boards/Commissions.
Town Hall Rentals: Mrs. Downing asked for clarification for three Town Hall rental requests:
- Employees Renting the Town Hall for business event: The Selectboard agreed that an employee can use the Town Hall for family use, at no charge, but not to run a business.
- School District employees or spouse of SAU employee renting Town Hall for a retirement party. The Selectboard approved rental of the Town Hall for this retirement party. This is for a Walpole resident.
- Earth Day Group’s request for non-profit use of the Town Hall to show a free film presentation on April 22nd. Members of this group are Walpole residents and they usually do a clean-up on this day. There will be no charge for use of the Town Hall.
Mr. Aldrich moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (c) Reputations. Mrs. Pschirrer seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with Mr. Aldrich, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved at 6:52 PM.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 6:59 PM.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of March 9, 2017, be sealed. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.
RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:
Mr. Aldrich moved to recess this Selectboard meeting. The Selectboard will enter into a meeting as the Hooper Trustees. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Mr. Aldrich, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:06 PM.
Wood: Mr. Paul Colburn asked the Selectboard to recognize Mr. Ben Daviss as he originally made the suggestion and donated wood that can be picked-up by people in need. This is now in the second year at the Recycling Center and it is working out well.
Walpole Town Library: Mrs. Pschirrer reported the Library wants to expand. Someone who works at the Library found a copy of a design by expanding on the property they currently own. Mrs. Downing also found a set of drawings. This is the direction they will plan on going as they have land to expand. Mrs. Pschirrer noted they have a lot of programs. They need another bathroom, meeting room and office space. Mr. Dalessio pointed out when they are ready to move forward they should consider going to the Planning Board with their plans as a courtesy but as a Town building they do not have to do so. A Building Permit will be required.
Adjournment: Mr. Aldrich moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With Mr. Aldrich, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:18 PM.
Regina Borden, Recording Secretary
The published goal of The Walpolean is “Keeping the community up to date on community topics”. In view of that, it has come to my attention that a number of people thought that School Board members were elected as representatives of their town to the regional school board. As someone who (while not born here) has been around for many years, I would like to take the opportunity to clarify “the topic”.
When the School District was conceived this was, indeed the case. Langdon and Acworth each had one representative, Alstead had two, Charlestown and Walpole had three. Each was elected by the people in their respective town.
In 1987, the following amendment was made to the Articles of Agreement:
The main reason for the change was to create a more manageable number of Board members. (Considering the difficulty we experience in getting people to run for office, I would say the change was a good thing!) The reason for “at large voting” was to assure that each town had a resident at the table and that the change met the principle of “one man, one vote”.
I hope that helps. – Lil