Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 7/28/22

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mr. Dalessio called this Selectboard meeting to order at 6:31 PM in the Walpole Town Hall and via Zoom.  This meeting was being recorded.

Mr. Dalessio called for a voice roll call of the Selectboard present:  Peggy Pschirrer was present; Cheryl Mayberry was at her home via Zoom as she was not feeling well; and Steven Dalessio, Chair, was present.  Also present was Sarah Downing, Manager of Administration, and Regina Borden, Recording Secretary, via Zoom.  There was one member of the public in attendance:  Ben Daviss. 

NEW BUSINESS:

Tai Chi Classes in Town Hall:    Mr. Ben Daviss advised that the Tai Chi class is appreciative for being able to use the Town Hall.  They would like to expand to a second class if that is permissible.  Currently there is no cost for the Town Hall to be used.  Mr. Dalessio explained that for about one-and-a-half hours it costs about $38.00 for Mr. Nash to do the cleaning at the end of the class.  Mr. Daviss noted they usually use the Town Hall for about two hours.  They do not use any equipment, mats or bring food/drink into the building.  They want to contribute so hope they can agree on an amount.  Ms. Mayberry mentioned they are not using anything but the floor should be cleaned; she feels it is fine. 

Ms. Mayberry moved to allow the Tai Chi classes to use the Town Hall one day a week for two hours unless there is a change in restrictions.  Mr. Dalessio does not have a problem as long as the impact is minimal.  This will have to be done on a class-by-class basis.  He would agree to no fee but the Town would accept donations.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved. 

PAYROLL:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Payroll Check Register for the week ending July 23, 2022, in the amount of $33,498.95 dated July 29, 2022, and for the 941 Payroll Tax Transfer in the amount of $7,076.14.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry. With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Mrs. Pschirrer reported there is no Accounts Payable Check Register this week because the finance manager is on vacation.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – July 21, 2022:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of July 21, 2022, as submitted.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION #1 – July 21, 2022:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session #1 of July 21, 2022, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION #2 – July 21, 2022:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session #2 of July 21, 2022, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the following Committee reports:

  • Trustees of Trust Funds – July 19, 2022;
  • North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners Meeting – July 19, 2022;
  • Zoning Board of Adjustment Meeting – July 20, 2022.

WARRANTS:

Walpole Water Fees:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Warrant For The Collection of Walpole Water Fees in the amount of $48,510.35.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

Walpole Sewer Fees:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Warrant For The Collection of Walpole Sewer Fees in the amount of $83,066.04.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

North Walpole Sewer Fees:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Warrant For The Collection of North Walpole Sewer Fees in the amount of $64,936.56.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

Mr. Dalessio pointed out that sometime in August they will have to have a Utilities Meeting to go over the rates, etc.

REFUNDS:

MAP and LOT #009-008-000:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Property Tax Refund in the amount of $12.59 for the owner(s) of Map and Lot #009-008-000.  This is due to an overpayment of property taxes.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved. 

ELDERLY TAX EXEMPTION:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the following two Elderly Tax Exemptions.  This review is part of the 2022 revaluation process:

  • Map and Lot #020-044-000;
  • Map and Lot #010-043-001. 

Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

Purchase Order Policy:  The Selectboard approved this Purchase Order Policy with one revision last week.  The Selectboard signed the policy at this meeting.   

H & H Study on Mad Brook Revised Proposal:  Mr. Dalessio reported that they have a purchase order to Fuss & O’Neill to do the hydrological study on the Mad Brook Bridge project.  FEMA was here yesterday and looked at the two bridges (High Street and Old North Main Street).  The Town will apply for FEMA and mitigation funding for the repair or replacement of the bridges. 

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the purchase order for the engineering study on Mad Brook for $23,300.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

H &H Study on Mountain Brook Revised Proposal:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the purchase order for the hydrologic and hydraulic modeling for the Cold River Road culvert engineering study on Mountain Brook of $13,900.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

NHDOT 10-Year Plan Letter:  Ms. Mayberry had written the NH Department of Transportation 10-Year Plan letter to the Southwest Regional Planning Commission regarding the NH 2025-2034 Ten Year Plan, Transportation Improvement Projects.  She thanked them for their support.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the letter to the Southwest Regional Planning Commission regarding the 2025-2034 Ten Year Plan.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.       

Liberty Utilities Tree Trimming of Common Trees:  Mr. Dalessio reported that Liberty Utilities is ready to start trimming trees on the west side of the Common.  They checked with Mr. Hartmann who suggested they move forward with the pruning.  If Asplundh Tree Service significantly reduces his scope of work, it would mean a lower final invoice to the Town from him.

Carpeting Quotes for Selectboard Office.  Mrs. Pschirrer advised that they are waiting for another quote from Monadock Flooring without a pad. 

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the LaValley Building Supply contract in the amount of $4,854.39 for new carpeting for the Selectboard Offices.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

Cupola Painting Quote:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Cupola painting quote for it to be scraped, sanded, primed, caulking as required and painted for the amount of $17,670.00 and they will authorize a payment of 50% of the total amount as a deposit to start the work.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

Ms. Mayberry was still questioning 1 coat of primer and 1 coat of paint; how long will it last?  Mrs. Pschirrer felt they could ask how much it would cost to put two coats on.  She does not want to have it done again next year.

Congregational Church Request for Dumpster on the Common:  Blanc and Bailey Construction advised the dumpster holds 15 yards which is 8’ x 15’.  Mrs. Pschirrer felt church members were urged by quite a few people to again request putting a dumpster on the Common.  Why can’t they put it in the street?  Ms. Mayberry saw that their lawn is a back-up plan.  Mr. Dalessio mentioned the Concerts on the Green are all summer long.  Mrs. Pschirrer would suggest they put the dumpster on the street but not covering the handicapped parking spaces.  Mr. Hartmann cautioned against compacting soil near the healthy tree that is across from the church.   

Knorr Rental of Sanding/Dump Truck:  Since the last meeting there have been concerns with how long the Town truck will be out of service for weather clean-up duties for the filming (wrapping/unwrapping) process.  The Selectboard talked about options such as a big truck from a private company.  Mr. Rau could recommend that Knorr contact local contractors.

Pending Further Actions:

Generators, Houghton Brook Bridge, Parking Ordinance, Three Phase Power for Industrial Park Drive and Bensonwood, Reservoir Dam, Letter of Understanding for 2021 Audit with Vachon Clukay and Company PC.  Mr. Dalessio reported there are no new updates at this meeting.

NEW BUSINESS:

Cemetery Deed for Lot D405:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Cemetery Deed for Lot D405.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.              

License to Sell Pistols & Revolvers:  Mr. Dalessio advised that they are in receipt of a NH License to Sell Pistols and Revolvers for the owner of Map and Lot #003-054-000.  This is a three year renewal license.  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve this NH License to Sell Pistols and Revolvers for the owner of Map and Lot #003-054-000 for three years.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved. 

Failure to Complete Audit Notice:  A letter was received from the Department of Revenue Administration (DRA) advising that if the SB 239 is not completed by its due date, the Town would be subject to a fine of up to $250 per day for each day of noncompliance.  Mrs. Pschirrer advised that the documents were received from the auditor and are in the office.  This will be discussed with Mr. Kreissle next week. 

Multi-Town Group Purchase of Oil and Propane:  At the last 5-Town Meeting, Charlestown expressed an interest in the option to seek a multi-town group purchase of fuel and propane.  Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer were not in favor of a group buying but they wanted to show some respect for the process.  He would not object if each town could place their own requirements in one company.  Ms. Mayberry would be okay with independent purchasing but a collaborative arrangement.  The next 5-Town Meeting is scheduled for Friday, August 5th, 2022, in Alstead.   

Employee Appreciation Meal:  Mrs. Downing would like to begin the process for an Employee Appreciation Meal.  Two ideas were: 1) A sandwich/soup/salad meal; and 2) Pizza and salad meal.  There was a consensus to have it on a Tuesday after Labor Day weekend.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (b) Hiring, (c) Reputations, and (d) Acquisition, Sale or Lease of Real or Personal Property.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved at 7:10 PM. 

The regular meeting reconvened at 7:31 PM.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of July 28, 2022, will be sealed.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

ADJOURNMENT:  Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mr. Dalessio asked if there was any additional discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:32 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

EXPLORE WALPOLE’S RAIL TRAIL

Now is a great time to visit the Rail Trail that runs along the west side of Walpole.

Under a State-issued permit, the Cheshire Rail Trail in Walpole has been brush hogged from approximately behind the CITGO/JiffyMart in the north to the Westmoreland border in the south.  The Conservation Commission funded the work. Trail Committee volunteers have cleared fallen trees and branches from the trail.

The State-owned Rail Trail is now passable for over 7 miles in Walpole. The Cheshire Rail Trail continues southward through Westmoreland and Surry to Keene and beyond.

The Rail Trail is open to walkers, runners, bicyclists and equestrians. No motorized vehicles are allowed (except for snowmobiles in snow season.)

The trail surface in Walpole is mostly grass/weeds and dirt. There are some wet and muddy spots on the trail, despite our dry weather.  Use caution: The trail surface is uneven in many places.

The Rail Trail is accessible from Blackjack Crossing Rd, Halls Crossing Rd, River Rd, the Walpole Gateway, Route 123, and the Boat Launch WMA. There is limited parking at many of these locations.

Please be respectful of the private landowners who abut the trail.

Please follow trail signs, especially through Homestead Farm.

Please follow “leave no trace” practices. Do not litter.

Maps of the Rail Trail are available in Town Hall. They were produced by the Trail Committee.  

Many thanks to the Walpole Trail Committee, the Walpole Conservation Commission and the Walpole Selectboard for supporting this project.

Enjoy the Rail Trail!

Wendy and Will Grossman

Walpole Trail Committee

Community Cook-out – 8/14/22

Savings Bank of Walpole is hosting a Community Cookout as a way to say thank you to both customers and the community. The event will be held on Sunday, August 14 beginning at 5:30 PM on the Green in Walpole.

In addition to free hot dogs, chips and drinks, the August 14 cookout will be followed by a night of music featuring The Residential Band. This show marks the final performance in the Concerts on the Green Concert Series sponsored by the Bank. The show will begin at 6:30 p.m. and run until 8:00 p.m. 

“Our Community Cookout is the Bank’s way of thanking our customers, friends, and neighbors in the Walpole community,” said Mark Bodin, President of Savings Bank of Walpole. “It’s always a terrific family-friendly event. And, in addition to the cookout, folks will also be able to enjoy some great music as our Concerts on the Green Concert Series concludes the same evening.”

With assets totaling $675 million, the Bank offers a wide range of financial products, including services to individuals, businesses and organizations. The Bank is affiliated with NH Mutual Bancorp, further enhancing the quality products and services it provides to customers. The Bank is a partner of the NHTrust1 brand to better serve customers by providing localized trust and wealth management products and services. Savings Bank of Walpole is an equal housing lender, and member of the FDIC. For more information visitwww.walpolebank.com or call (603) 352-1822.
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1Products and services made available through NHTrust are not insured by the FDIC or any other agency of the United States and are not deposits or obligations or guaranteed by the Bank and may lose value.

Planning Board Agenda – 8/9/22

7 pm

Town Hall

Roll Call: Appointment of alternates if needed.

Minutes: Review minutes of the July 2022 meeting.

Old Business:

Public Hearing:

Site Plan:  Potato Barn addition of three apartments to Granary, Piggery and Connector – 820 square feet, 2,000 square feet and 1,100 square feet. Owner Steve Rudek of Sacramento, CA.  Tax Map 24, Lot 6, commercial district. Barry Bellows is in charge of construction.

New Business:

Site Plan: 532 Main Street LLC, Walpole Creamery, 20-feet-by 40-foot addition, Tax Map 12, Lot 14. Request for a Public Hearing. Robert Kasper.

Discussion: Changes to Planning & Zoning Laws in 2022: A Guide for Municipalities. Work on forms for the Board to fill out at the meeting. 

Next Meeting is September 13, 2022

Modified Pool Hours

Kraig Harlow asked me to alert you to changes in pools hours is weekend. Like many other places they are dealing with staff shortages. – Lil

The hours this weekend is Saturday (7/30) from 10:15-6pm with normal lap swim. Sunday (7/31) from 11am to 4pm and 11am to 12pm is lap swim and and 12pm to 4pm is open swim.

School Board Vacancy

In case you didn’t know I wanted to share this letter from the Fall Mountain School District. Walpole needs a representative to serve on the school board from now until March. – Lil


To: Town of Walpole
From: The FMRSD School Board
RE: Walpole School Board Member-Seat Vacancy Date: July 22, 2022


The Fall Mountain Regional School District School Board has received the resignation of our Walpole school board representative effective immediately. Vacancies on the cooperative school board will be filled in accordance with the provisions of RSA 671:33. Appointees will serve until the next school district election per RSA 197:26.


The school board will be accepting letters of interest for the vacant seat through Monday, August 1, 2022. Selected candidates will be interviewed by the school board during a school board meeting on Monday, August 8, 2022.


Letters of interest should be submitted to Misty Bushee, School Board Clerk (mbushee@sau60.org).

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 7/21/22

Selectboard Present:​Peggy L. Pschirrer (Vice-Chair); Cheryl Mayberry; (Absent: Steven Dalessio)

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this Selectboard meeting to order at 6:30 PM in the Walpole Town Hall and via Zoom.  This meeting was being recorded.

Mrs. Pschirrer called for a voice roll call of the Selectboard present:  Cheryl Mayberry and Peggy Pschirrer were present.  Peggy Pschirrer agreed to lead the meeting. Mr. Dalessio may attend later via Zoom. He was not present at this time. Also present was Sarah Downing, Manager of Administration, and Regina Borden, Recording Secretary.  There was one member of the public in attendance:  Jan Galloway-Leclerc, Chair of the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION #1:

Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into Non-Public Selectboard Session #1 pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel, (b) Hiring and (c) Reputations.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

The regular Selectboard meeting reconvened at 7:32 PM.  Mr. Dalessio came into this meeting via Zoom.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session #1 of July 21, 2022, will be sealed.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.  

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the total amount of $648,282.80 for checks issued July 22, 2022.  This includes a monthly payment in the amount of $529,226.92 to the Fall Mountain Regional School District.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

PAYROLL:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Check Register for the week ending July 16, 2022,  in the amount of $32,035.11 dated July 22, 2022, and for the 941 Payroll Tax Transfer in the amount of $6,504.30.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – July 14, 2022   Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of July 14, 2022, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – July 14, 2022: Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of July 14, 2022, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the following Committee reports:

• Zoning Board of Adjustment Meeting – June 15, 2022;

• Conservation Commission Meeting – July 11, 2022;

• Planning Board Meeting – July 12, 2022;

• North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners Meeting – July 12, 2022.

VETERANS’ TAX CREDIT:

MAP and LOT #028-132-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Veterans’ Tax Credit for the owner(s) of Map and Lot #028-132-000.  A new form was required due to the property owner name change.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

ELDERLY TAX EXEMPTION:

MAP and LOT #028-132-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve this Elderly Tax Exemption for the owner(s) of Map and Lot #028-132-000.  A new form was required due to the property owner name change.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

BUILDING PERMIT:

Permit #2022-32, MAP and LOT #010-034-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Building Permit No. 2022-32 for the owner(s) of Map and Lot #010-034-000 to construct a “20’ x 36’ Equipment Shed”.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

Purchase Order Policy:  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio had a chance to review the Purchase Order Policy.  Ms. Mayberry did not like the following section:  “Any invoice that cannot be matched up with a purchase order will not be paid and subject to any late charges imposed by the vendor.  These charges will be posted against individual department budgets”.  Ms. Mayberry feels it is up to Mr. Kreissle to do a follow-through.  She understands there might be rare instances where they got a billing that was wrong.  This takes the burden off him. It is pretty much understood that you have to pay things on time and if you pay a late charge, it will come out of your budget.  She objects to the way it is put in there.  They can call the company to talk about the late charge.  He needs to work with them to get it resolved as quickly as possible.  This does not need to be in there.  Mr. Dalessio felt it should say: “It is the Finance Manager’s responsibility to ensure that all invoices are paid in a timely manner to avoid late charges”.  Ms. Mayberry feels there should be no hold-up as long as the bill is legitimate.  

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Purchase Order Policy as amended.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.     

Bureau of Trails Special Use Permit: Mrs. Pschirrer reported this Special Use Permit Package for the Rail Trail requires a signature by the Selectboard chair.

Ms. Mayberry moved to approve and sign the Brush Hog Special Use Permit Package.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Knorr Rental of Sanding/Plow Truck: Mrs. Pschirrer advised that Knorr Soups would like to use one of our trucks. Mr. Dalessio has questioned if we should allow the use of a vehicle.  Their proposal is to wrap one of the trucks for filming.  Mr. Mike Rau has suggested they be charged $1,000/day for their use.  

They would like it for two days.  There was discussion relative to the rental fee based on the salt and for the period of time the truck is out of service for the Town.  They want to do it in the winter.  Mrs. Pschirrer felt they need to go back to Mr. Rau and ask him to re-check what the costs are; gas, use of the truck, salt, etc.  Mr. Dalessio pointed out that they will need a contract.  Mrs. Pschirrer added “liability insurance”. They will talk to Mr. Rau about this tomorrow.        

Selectboard Office Rug:  Mrs. Downing advised that the office rug they originally wanted is no longer available.  Some samples were obtained from another vendor.  One is similar to what they had chosen before; blue graphite.  She is waiting for a new quote.      

Pending Further Actions:

Generators, Houghton Brook Bridge, Parking Ordinance, Three Phase Power for Industrial Park Drive and Bensonwood, Reservoir Dam, Letter of Understanding for 2021 Audit with Vachon Clukay and Company PC:

Infrastructure:  Mrs. Pschirrer did start to do the research on infrastructure.  She went through their easement binder that is kept in the Selectboard Office.  It did not include any information about the Reservoir Dam.

School Street:  Mr. Dalessio reported they had a meeting with Fuss & O’Neill and the Department of Environmental Services (DES) in order to come up with a true understanding to the problem.  They will have a technical meeting to discuss all the details.     

NEW BUSINESS:

Cemetery Deed for Lot E883:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Cemetery Deed for Lot E883.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Recreation Department Revolving Fund Request:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Walpole Recreation Revolving Fund Request to purchase Summer League basketball jerseys for their players in the amount of $1,796.65.  The money for these jerseys will be put back into the Revolving Fund by their local company sponsors: Chroma Technology, Bowman Dental, and Cold River Materials.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Congregational Church Request for Dumpster on the Common:  Mrs. Pschirrer reported that the Congregational Church is going to be repairing the church steeple.  They asked that the Selectboard allow them to put the dumpster on the edge of the Common, opposite the church.  Mrs. Downing mentioned the trees by the Church are coming down tomorrow.  Various options were discussed.  The dumpster could go on the street as long as it does not block handicapped parking spaces.  Mrs. Pschirrer felt they should ask Mr. Dale Woodward how long the dumpster would be there, how long is it, etc.  The Selectboard has concerns about having it on the Common. They would like more information prior to making a decision.   

Town Hall Parking Spaces: Several employees have requested that the parking spaces in front of the Town Hall be widened.  Mr. Rau explained that one space would need to be removed and the additional spaces split among the parking slots.  It is something the Highway Department could fix.  Some staff are having difficulties getting in and out of their vehicles due to the lack of buffer space plus there is the worry of dents and dings from doors hitting their vehicles.  The Selectboard did not have a problem with removing one parking space.   

Elderly Tax Exemption 2023 Warrant Article:  A request was received from Mrs. Downing to put forth an increase to the Elderly Property Tax Exemption for the 2023 Town Warrant.  With cost-of-living increases that are offset by Medicare Part B payments, actual gross income is not increasing for elderly applicants.  She is proposing the following increases:

• For income, single at $30,000 and married at $45,000 (This is a $5,000 increase from the current rates)

• For asset income limit to increase to $85,000 for both a single and married person.  Currently both levels are at $75,000.

Mr. Dalessio recommended Mrs. Downing hold this until they are ready to do the Warrant Articles for the next Annual Town Meeting. 

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:

Ms. Mayberry moved to recess this Selectboard meeting.  The Selectboard will enter into a meeting as the Hooper Trustees.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 8:10 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting reconvened at 8:21 PM. 

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION #2:

Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into Non-Public Selectboard Session #2 pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (c) Reputations.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

The regular Selectboard meeting reconvened at 8:58 PM.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session #2 of July 21, 2022, will be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved. 

ADJOURNMENT:

Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this meeting of the Selectboard.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any additional discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:59 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Selectboard Meeting Agenda – 7/28/22

Starting at 6:30 PM in the Town Hall and via Zoom

SELECTBOARD MEETING

PAYROLL

  • Payroll Register totaling $33,498.95 dated 7/29/22 and the 941 Payroll Tax Transfer of $7,076.14

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES

  • Selectboard Meeting – July 21, 2022
  • Non-Public Session Selectboard Minutes – July 21, 2022

COMMITTEE REPORTS

  • Trustees of the Trust Funds – July 19, 2022
  • North Walpole Village Commissioner’s Meeting – July 19, 2022
  • Zoning Board of Adjustment Meeting – July 20, 2020

WARRANTS

  • Walpole Water Fees
  • Walpole Sewer Fees
  • North Walpole Sewer Fees

REFUNDS

  • Map and Lot# 009-008-000

ELDERLY TAX EXEMPTION

  • Map and Lot# 020-044-000
  • Map and Lot# 010-043-001

OLD BUSINESS

  • Purchase Order Policy
  • H & H Study on Mad Brook Revised Proposal
  • H & H Study on Mountain Book Revised Proposal
  • NH DOT 10-Year Plan Letter
  • Liberty Utilities Tree Trimming of Common Trees
  • Carpeting Quotes for Selectboard Office
  • Cupola Painting Quote
  • Congregational Church Request for Dumpster on the Common
  • Knorr Rental of Sanding/Dump Truck

Pending Further Actions

  • Generators, Houghton Brook Bridge, Parking Ordinance, Three Phase Power for Industrial Park Drive and Bensonwood, Reservoir Dam, Letter of Understanding for 2021 Audit with Vachon Clukay and Company PC

NEW BUSINES

  • Cemetery Deed for Lot D405
  • License to Sell Pistols & Revolvers
  • Failure to Complete Audit Notice
  • Multi-Town Group Purchase of Oil and Propane
  • Employee Appreciation Meal
  • Tai Chi Classes in Town Hall

NON-PUBLIC BUSINESS: RSA 91-A:3 II (c) (d) (e)

Clarion Now On-line

Ray BoasJul 27

Yes a tad early with the printer’s vacation schedules, but now at the post office for delivery, and available on line – CLICK THIS LINK (or image below) to see this issue. A slow summer so far. Organizational activities still not “back up” as in the past. COVID has certainly redefined our lives to some extent.

https://walpoleclarion.files.wordpress.com/2022/07/clarion-august22-topress-2.pdf

Enjoy the coming month of summer, stay safe and well, and as always I welcome your submissions and advertising for the next issue — RAY BOAS, Publisher

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 7/14/22

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mr. Dalessio called this Selectboard meeting and via Zoom to order at 6:30 PM in the Walpole Town Hall. This meeting was being recorded.

Mr. Dalessio called for a voice roll call of the Selectboard present:  Peggy Pschirrer was present; Cheryl Mayberry was present; and Steven Dalessio, Chair, was present.  Also present was Sarah Downing, Manager of Administration, and Regina Borden, Recording Secretary.  There were two members of the public in attendance:  Ann Shaughnessy and Hank Shedd. 

NEW BUSINESS:

Police Drone Policy & Procedures Inquiry:  Ms. Shaughnessy wanted to propose a policy and procedures for the new drone that is operated by the Police Department.  She came in contact with it when she was sitting in her neighbor’s fenced-in back yard.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if she was sure it was the police drone.  Ms. Shaughnessy replied “yes” as it had “Police” on it.  Mrs. Pschirrer advised the drone is brand new.  Two members of the Police Department just got certified to fly it.  We do have to follow FAA guidelines.  They have not even had time to write the policies and procedures but the Police will develop them in accordance with the FAA and State Police.  They have to follow all rules that pilots do.  Mrs. Pschirrer’s concern is that the private drones around Town are growing rapidly, even here in the Village, and the Town has no control over this.  Many of them look alike.  Ms. Shaughnessy agrees with her but feels it is in the best interest to get the policy and procedures in place and used as examples. It has been very noticeable around North Walpole.  She understands people have seen it coming from the Police Station.  Mr. Dalessio felt if they are going to practice with it, they should go to an appropriate area.  Ms. Shaughnessy and her neighbors are not against the police having a drone because of its use especially in emergencies.  Mr. Dalessio noted it might prevent a police officer from having to go into the river to look for somebody or prevent them from having to climb Fall Mountain.  It will keep first responders out of jeopardy.  Ms. Mayberry pointed out that the Selectboard will do their due diligence to ask questions and to be sure the policy and procedures are in accordance with FAA plus State rules and regulations. Ms. Shaughnessy mentioned that North Walpole is a dense area and well populated. They will be flying over private property.  She wanted to be sure this was discussed with the governing body that OKd their usage:  “It is the recommendation of the ACLU that the matter of policy and procedures for law enforcement drone use, NOT be left up to the PD but rather to their governing body with assistance of the municipal lawyers, as it is a civil liberties issue”.  She and her neighbors just want to be sure this gets done.               

Recreation Department – Pool: Mr. Hank Shedd came to check on the pool closure.  Mr. Dalessio was aware of the pool closure but not that the pump on the pool went out.  Ms. Mayberry advised it is a specialized motor.  They spoke with Mr. Mark Houghton about rebuilding the existing one as it would give them time to look for a replacement.  There had been some concern about the ability to get parts because of the age of the unit.  She did not receive a new update today.  They were exploring both options; try to find a replacement part or determine if they could rebuild the existing motor.  Mr. Shedd was aware of Mr. Harlow’s plans to close the pool to do some floor resurfacing work.  Ms. Mayberry said that was not planned for the summer pool season.  Mr. Shedd mentioned the pool has been closed for three-or-four days now.  He mentioned the crack.  Ms. Mayberry explained that now they think the crack is by the upper edge near the filtration.  After the pool season is over they talked about draining the pool and try to identify the leak without digging up the ground.  There are several different thoughts on this.  

Ms. Mayberry advised they are trying to get the pool open again as quickly as possible.  It first happened on Friday night but they thought it was a simple part; on Monday they got E.E. Houghton involved to look at the motor.  The pool was open Saturday.  They did not find out until Monday that it was not an easy fix.  Ms. Mayberry will try to find out a time-line tomorrow and have Mr. Harlow post it on the Walpolean and Clarion.  Mr. Shedd thanked them for the explanation.              

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Mr. Dalessio announced that the Accounts Payable was held over to next week due to SQL database migration issues for AccuFund.

PAYROLL:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Check Register for the week ending July 9, 2022, in the amount of $33,938.72 dated July 14, 2022, and for the 941 Payroll Tax Transfer of $6,882.75.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETINGMINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – July 7, 2022:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of July 7, 2022, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – July 7, 2022:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of July 7, 2022, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the following Committee reports:

  • North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners Meeting – June 28, 2022;
  • North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners Meeting – July 5, 2022.

ELDERLY TAX EXEMPTIONS:

Ms. Mayberry moved to grant the following Elderly Tax Exemptions for approvals:

  • MAP and LOT #029-001-000;
  • MAP and LOT #008-059-000;
  • MAP and LOT #028-119-000;
  • MAP and LOT #005-063-000;
  • MAP and LOT #016-005-MH05.

Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor. The motion was approved.

Ms. Mayberry moved to deny MAP and LOT #026-031-000 because the assets were over the $75,000 limit.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

BUILDING PERMITS:

Permit 2022-28, MAP and LOT #022-014-000: Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Building Permit No. 2022-28 for the owner(s) of Map and Lot #022-014-000 to add a “570 sq ft Roof Mount Solar on Garage and House”.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

Permit 2022-29, MAP and LOT #019-002-000: Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Building Permit No. 2022-29 for the owner(s) of Map and Lot #019-002-000 to construct a “10’ x 10’ deck”.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

Permit 2022-30, MAP and LOT #005-044-003:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Building Permit No. 2022-30 for the owner(s) of Map and Lot #005-044-003 to add a “48’ x 11.5’ Roof Mount Solar”.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

Permit 2022-31, MAP and LOT #024-014-001:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Building Permit No. 2022-31 for the owner(s) of Map and Lot #024-014-001 to construct a “20’ x 10’ Breezeway Rebuild & Addition”.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

Citizen’s Comment 2022-10: Mr. Dalessio reported that the Liberty Utilities tree crew will now meet with the homeowner to review the area and discuss the best way to remove the dead limb/tree branches over a power line.  

Pending Further Actions:

Generators, Houghton Brook Bridge, Parking Ordinance, Three Phase Power for Industrial Park Drive and Bensonwood, Reservoir Dam, Letter of Understanding for 2021 Audit and Vachon Clukay and Company PC:

2021 Audit and Vachon Clukay and Company PC:  Mrs. Pschirrer reported that Mr. Rich Kreissle did talk with our representative at Vachon Clukay and Company PC who assured him that we would have the document in time for filing it with the State.  They will be scheduling their work here in the near future.

NEW BUSINESS:

Recreation Department – Pool (Continued):  Annie Ewaskio came into the meeting to inquire about the pool closure.  Mr. Dalessio explained that the problem is an old pump that went down and it is taking us time to find a new one or a replacement; whatever needs to be done.  The goal is to get the pool up and running again as fast as possible.  Ms. Mayberry did not receive an update today but she knew the part was not available because the unit is so old. Therefore, they will try to re-build it.  They have asked E.E. Houghton to do whatever needs to be done to get the pool open again as soon as possible.  The filtration is the only problem at this time.  Ms. Mayberry will try to get an update tomorrow and it will be posted on the Walpolean, Clarion and Recreation Department Facebook page.  Ms. Ewaskio asked about the fees they paid to use the pool.  Mr. Dalessio noted it will be discussed but right now they are not sure of the time it will be closed.  Ms. Mayberry replied that the pool will not be closed when the floors are being done or for any other reasons at this time.            

Pool Closure and Lifeguard Payroll:  Mr. Dalessio stated that they all agreed to continue to pay the lifeguards. 

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to pay the lifeguards for their normally scheduled time because they had no control over this pool closure.  There was some discussion but there were no seconds to the motion. 

Ms. Mayberry moved to pay the lifeguards for their normally scheduled hours while the pool is down.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.   

Recreation Revolving Fund Request:   Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Walpole Recreation Committee’s request to use $337.00 from the revolving fund to purchase their lifeguards new suits for the summer season.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.   

Cemetery Deed D501:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Cemetery Deed for Lot D501.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

Ecostar Gold Star Labor & Material Warranty for Town Hall Roof:  The Selectboard looked at the sample Ecostar Gold Star Labor & Material Warranty for the Town Hall Roof.  There is an additional $2,000 charge for this coverage. Melanson Roofing will guarantee their workmanship for one year.  The Ecostar Warranty covers more materials. There was a consensus of the Selectboard to not purchase the Ecostar Gold Star Labor & Material Warranty.

NH DOT Inspection Meeting of the Former Arch Bridge:  Mr. Dalessio advised that a notice was received from the NH Department of Transportation that there will be an Inspection Meeting of the former Arch Bridge on July 20th, 2022, at 10:00AM on-site.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:

Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel and (c) Reputations.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved at 7:15 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting reconvened at 8:25 PM.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of July 14, 2022, will be sealed.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

ADJOURNMENT:  Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mr. Dalessio asked if there was any additional discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:26 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary