Zoning Board Meeting Minutes – 8/17/16

Walpole Zoning Board of Adjustment

Minutes: August 17, 2016

Walpole, Town Hall

7:30 pm 


Present: Board Members: Chair Myra Mansouri, Vice-Chair Jan Galloway Leclerc, Bob Anderson.. Alternate:Tom Murray. Absent: Judy Trow, Mary Therese Lester, 

Recording: Marilou Blaine. These minutes are unapproved and will be reviewed at the September 21, 2016 meeting for corrections, additions and/or omissions.

Roll Call: Ms. Mansouri called the meeting to order at 7:30 pm. There was a quorum of three board members and an alternate.


Minutes:  One typo was corrected – wood to word and Ms. Mansouri said she thought Manning and Carr was a real estate office, not a law office. Mr. Anderson made a motion to accept the minutes as corrected. Mr. Murray seconded the motion and it was passed by the Board.


New Business:

Signage No. 1: Ms. Samantha Wilheim was representing Unity Homes, a subsidary of Bensonwood. Ms. Wilheim asked if the company could display a 2-by-3-foot sign, on 4-by-4-foot posts and 5 feet high on the right side of the driveway on Wentworth Road. It would be one-sided and would not be lit.

Unity Homes has a model home on the property, which is used as a showroom for potential customers. It is not occupied. Ms. Leclerc made a motion to accept the request as presented. Mr. Anderson seconded the motion and it was approved by the entire board.

Signage No. 2: Mr. Joel Stoddard requested a 3-foot-by-10-foot sign to be placed above one of the bays at his garage on Route 12, next to Walpole Ice Cream. It will be place four feet off center of the bay because the sign is 96 feet from another sign in the front by the road. The ordinance requires that it be 100 feet or a special exception is needed.

It was approved by the board as presented with two conditions:

That Mr. Stoddard get the signature of the owner of the building.

That the sign be placed four feet off center to the right of the bay.

Mr. Stoddard will leave the sign form at the selectboard”s office to be put in a file.

Gravel Pit Inspection Assignments:

Graves and Joe Sawyer – Jan Leclerc and Judy Trow

Hodgkins – Drewsville and Industrial park – Bob Anderson and Tom Murray

Cold River and Whipple Hill – Myra Mansouri and Mary Therese Lester.

At 8:05 the board went into executive session and came out of executive session five minutes later. It was moved and seconded that the minutes of the executive session be approved and sealed.


Respectfully submitted,

Marilou Blaine


Conservation Commission Meeting Minutes – 6/6/16

Minutes for the Regular Meeting of the

Walpole Conservation Commission

June 6, 2016


Present:  Tom Beaudry (Chair); John Peska, Lew Shelley, Joseph Aldrich (Selectboard Representative)

Alternates:  Elaine Heleen, Myra Mansouri

Not Present:  Regular Members:  Duncan Watson, Kelli Wilson, Alicia Flammia

Alternate Members:  Peter Palmiotto, Gary Speed


Call To Order:  Mr. Beaudry, Chair, called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.

Seating of Alternates:  Mr. Beaudry requested that alternate members Elaine Heleen and Myra Mansouri sit on the Board for this meeting.

Review and Approve Minutes:  Mr. Shelley moved to accept the Minutes of the May 2, 2016, meeting as presented.  Mrs. Heleen seconded the motion.  With all in favor, the minutes were approved.

Mr. Peter Rhoades – Water Company Timber Harvest and Town Forests:  Mr. Rhoades did not attend this meeting.  Hopefully he will be able to attend the July meeting.



Report From Chair:

Treasury / Budget:  Mr. Beaudry reported that as of May 31, 2016, the balance of the Walpole Conservation Commission Savings Account is $88,421.90 and the Forestry Conservation Account is $12,354.07.


Mr. Beaudry received the following correspondence:

  • Monitor – Conservation Easement Stewardship Newsletter – Spring 2016;
  • NH Town and City – May/June 2016;
  • Society for the Protection of NH Forests publication.



NH DES Route 12 Repairs:  A letter was received from the NH Department of Environmental Services (DES) advising that there will be a Public Hearing on the re-design of the Route 12 Project on Wednesday, June 8th at the Elementary School in North Walpole.  Doors will open at 6:30 PM for folks to look at the revised design and the Public Hearing is at 7:00 PM.  Now the State is not moving the railroad tracks.  Mr. Peska plans to attend and will report next month.

Fanny Mason Forest:  Mr. Beaudry received a letter from Mr. Palmiotto.  There is a graduate student at Antioch College who is working on her Environmental Studies Master’s Degree.  Her thesis will focus on the effects of road salts on terrestrial and stream salamanders.  In order to conduct her study, she will be searching for salamanders under cover objects, such as logs and rocks, in forested areas near roads.  She asked if the Conservation Commission would allow her to use a portion of the Fanny Mason Forest to conduct a portion of her research.  Mr. Beaudry had given her verbal permission to do so.

Mr. Peska moved to allow the Antioch College student to use a portion of the Fanny Mason Forest for her study.  Seconded by Mrs. Mansouri.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.  

Garland Lumber CompanyMr. Beaudry advised that they now have an extended Timber Sale Agreement between the Town of Walpole and Garland Lumber Company.  The Selectboard made and approved a motion to sign the extended agreement for twelve (12) months; it will expire on March 31, 2017.

Mr. Peska moved to recommend to the Selectboard that the Garland Lumber Company extend the Timber Agreement for twelve months.  Seconded by Mrs. Mansouri.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.



Terms of OfficeMr. Beaudry reported that they now have a full Board as Mrs. Jackie Kensen of Drewsville has expressed an interest in being a WCC member.  A lot of her interest is in agriculture.  She was on the Hooper Commission for many years but this was another opportunity to serve the Town.

Mr. Duncan Watson was also re-appointed by the Selectboard as a regular WCC member.

Current Use Change Payment:  There was no new information on this.  Mr. Aldrich will check into it.

TransCanada Dam RelicensingMr. Beaudry attended a meeting with the head of the re-licensing for TransCanada.  The meeting was at Wilder Dam. Mr. Beaudry’s concern is erosion along the river bank.  TransCanada is looking at environmental issues.  They are required to have a minimum flow in the river at all times.  Everything is set in parameters.  The meeting was very interesting.  TransCanada is trying to balance the flow all the way through.  They did the dredge project in the North Walpole harbor last summer.  One study was done on the erosion and a second one is due in July.  They are complicated and costly. This is a 40-year re-licensing by FERC. There is a lot of information on the TransCanada web-site.

Mr. Shelley reported that there are camp sites all along the River.  Now there is a new camp site in Westminster a little below Allen Bros.  TransCanada has something to do with it.

Mason Forest – Clean-Up: Mr. Shelley proposed two dates for the Mason Forest clean-up; June 18th or June 25th.  He would like to work toward June 18th.  They could meet at 10:00 AM; it will probably take about two hours.  Mr. Beaudry suggested getting the Boy Scouts involved.



Boy ScoutsMr. Shelley advised that two Boy Scouts will be doing projects in Town.  Adam Terrell is asking for a letter of support from the WCC to allow him to ask for donations of material for his work at Mill Pond.   Mr. Beaudry asked Mr. Shelley to follow-up on this by writing the letter and then emailing it to him.  Benjamin Haefner will also be doing work in Mill Pond but on a different project than Adam Terrell.

Mr. Peska moved to approve and sign the letter of support for Adam Terrell.  Seconded by Mrs. Heleen.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Mr. Gary Speed came into the meeting.

SludgeMr. Beaudry acknowledged receipt of a letter from the DES to Charlie Hansen, Resource Management.  The DES did an inspection and found that the property owner did comply with the concern of sludge in Langdon and Walpole.  Mr. Speed noted that nothing was going into the Cold River. The DES also did an inspection on the bio-solids for the odor.  

Vilas BridgeMrs. Mansouri heard on the news that Bellows Falls was bringing a court case against the State over the Vilas Bridge.  Mr. Beaudry pointed out that the bridge was supposed to be done about ten years ago but the State kept moving it down their Ten-Year Plan and now it is off that list.  Mr. Aldrich reported that the Selectboard members attending a recent joint meeting with the Town of Rockingham and Village of Bellows Falls on the Wastewater Agreement and the issue of the Vilas Bridge was brought up.  It is a State issue between New Hampshire and Vermont.

ATVs:  Mr. Shelley advised that the Governor signed the bill that private land owners can now file claims for damages caused by ATVs.  Mr. Beaudry noted that 4-wheelers also cause property damage.  This might make people think twice because now they are financially responsible for property damage.

Private Driveway Culvert: At the last meeting the question came up about a driveway culvert.  Mr. Shelley called Mrs. Marsha Galloway about that and she said all the work that was done by the Snowmobile Club was run through the Monadnock Conservancy.  He also asked her if they pursued any Grant money.  They felt the State should take care of it.  Mr. Shelley offered to write a letter to the State and bring it back to the next WCC meeting when they can vote on it.

Alyson’s Orchard:  At the last meeting there was a question about Alyson’s Orchard and a subdivision.  Mrs. Mansouri feels that was a Boundary Line Adjustment.  She will check with Marilou Blaine the Planning Board Secretary.

Gravel:  At the last meeting Mr. Shelley mentioned there was a pile of gravel in Christian Hollow.  He discovered that it was for re-doing the roads.

Next Meeting:  Because of the Monday, July 4th holiday, the next meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 11, 2016, at 7:30 PM.


ADJOURNMENT: Mrs. Mansouri moved to adjourn this meeting.  Mr. Peska seconded.  With all members in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:16 PM.


Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary


(Note:  These are unapproved Minutes.  Any corrections will be found in the July 11, 2016, Conservation Commission meeting.)

Conservation Commission Meeting Minutes – 7/11/16

Minutes for the Regular Meeting of the

Walpole Conservation Commission

July 11, 2016


Present:  Tom Beaudry (Chair); John Peska, Lew Shelley, Kelli Wilson, Alicia Flammia, Jackie Kensen,

Joseph Aldrich (Selectboard Representative)

Alternates:     Elaine Heleen, Myra Mansouri, Gary Speed

Call To Order:  Mr. Beaudry, Chair, called this meeting to order at 7:30 PM in the Walpole Town Hall.

Seating of Alternates:  Since a full Board was present there was no need to seat alternate members.


Review and Approve Minutes:  Mr. Peska moved to accept the Minutes of the June 6, 2016, meeting with the following correction:  Mr. Palmiotto had requested that on page 1, under Fanny Mason Forest, “Antioch College” be changed to “Antioch University New England”.  Seconded by Mrs. Flammia.  With all in favor, the motion and amendment were approved.

  1. PETER RHOADES – Water Company Timber Harvest and Town Forests: Mr. Rhoades was unable to attend this meeting.

PUBLIC SESSION – Report From Chair:

Treasury / Budget:  Mr. Beaudry did not have the bank statements for the end of June.


Mr. Beaudry received the following correspondence:

  • Town and City magazine – July/August issue.


NH Route 12 RepairsMr. Peska attended this NH Department of Transportation meeting and reported that the time line is they are looking at soliciting bids in October and awarding a contract this November.  The start date will be in the spring of 2018.  There was lots of discussion relative to the revised plan.  They went with the low option as it is about half what the cost would be for the plan to move the railroad.  They opted for an armored retaining wall and steel enforced embankment with natural vegetation.  The Hydrologic Study has not been done so they do not know what the impact will be further downstream.  They looked at how the flow of the River will be impacted.  Almost 7,000 vehicles travel in both directions on that road daily.  The last major flooding was in 1996.  Some folks who live along the River clearly had concerns about the quality of their wells and erosion along those banks.  Mrs. Lucy Weber, State Representative, was there.  The DOT will have another Public Hearing prior to awarding the contract.  At that time Mr. Peska hopes they will have an opportunity to look at the Hydrologic Study.

Fanny Mason Forest:  There was nothing new on the Fanny Mason Forest.

Garland Lumber CompanyMr. Beaudry reported that the contract has been signed with Garland Lumber Company and the Town of Walpole.  He asked Mr. Aldrich if one of the signed contracts was returned to Garland.  He will check on it.  Mr. Beaudry has a signed copy.  Mr. Shelley had a question from the Monadnock Conservancy on where the Management Plan was; it is needed for the Easement.  Mr. Beaudry said Mr. Rhoades did a Management Plan.  Mr. Shelley told the Conservancy that nothing is happening now.  They would like to have a copy when the cut begins.




Current Use Change PaymentMr. Aldrich did not have an answer but he contacted the Department of Revenue Administration to verify if the transaction was done in the right manner.  As soon as he has a response from the DRA he will report to the Conservation Commission.

Up-date – TransCanada Dam Relicensing: Mr. Peska noted that on the sign-in roster at the DOT meeting on the Route 12 project that two TransCanada representatives were there.  He asked how far down the Hydrologic Study would go but they did not have an answer.  They did admit to doing the dredging in North Walpole last year.  Mr. Beaudry mentioned that TransCanada is coming out with their second survey on erosion on Friday.  TransCanada has a re-licensing web-site where they release information; it is involved.

Mason Forest – Clean-Up: Mr. Shelley suggested Saturday, July 30th.  They will meet at 10:00 AM and do the clean-up until about Noon.  He will send out two reminders to the members.  (Mr. Watson came into the meeting but he has not yet taken the Oath of Office). 



NH Association of Conservation Commissions:  Mr. Beaudry received a booklet from the NH Association of Conservation Commissions that he passed around.  There is an article on invasive plant species.  It looks at projects done in all sections of the State.  We do pay dues to them.

Antioch University New England:  Mr. Beaudry has not heard from the student who did the study in the Fanny Mason Forest.

Natural Resources Advisory CommitteeMrs. Flammia attended the most recent meeting as she took over Mr. Palmiotto’s seat.  There was a presentation from a member of the US Fish and Game out of Amherst, Mass.  They have a program called “Connect the Connecticut”; she passed around the booklet entitled “Connect The Connecticut – A Roadmap for Conserving the Connecticut River Watershed for Future Generations”.  This is a landscape co-op group with a shared vision.  Twenty organizations are a part of this group.  They want to restore aquatic productivity and look at areas that are right for conservation and stewardship. Their first report came out in June; “connecttheconnecticut.org” has all the documents and information. Mr. Beaudry expressed his concern with the Wildlife Refuge; the land will no longer be used for agriculture as they take out that use.



Reservoir DamMr. Peska and Mr. Mark Houghton have not heard from the Department of Environmental Services (DES).  Mr. Peska will be happy to attend the inspection with Mr. Houghton when they receive notification of the date from the DES.

Merriam Farm PropertyMr. Shelley had a visit with the new owner of the Merriam Farm property.  They discussed putting an Easement on some of the property.

Hooper Golf CourseMr. Speed discussed the CC pond by the Hooper Golf Course as it appears the golf course side of the pond is not going down as fast as the CC part.  In the past members of the golf course asked for permission to use some of that CC pond water but recently they have not done so.  Mr. Peska does not want the Fire Department to run low as they use the CC pond to pump water.  The Community Garden is no longer taking water from the pond.  Mr. Beaudry explained that Cranberry Meadow is on the other side of the CC pond.  The new folks running the golf course might just be turning on the water and not realize where it is coming from.  The lower water level will have an impact on the pond vegetation.  Mr. Beaudry will talk to Mr. Joe Goodhue about this.


Next Meeting:  The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 1st, 2016, at 7:30 PM.



Mr. Peska moved to adjourn this meeting.  Seconded by Mrs. Flammia.  With all in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:16 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

(Note:  These are unapproved Minutes.  Any corrections will be found in the Minutes of the August 01, 2016, Conservation Commission meeting.)

CLARION SEPTEMBER 2016 Issue — DEADLINE – Wednesday, August 24

I know, I know, and I have been reminded, where has the month gone. But as you get ready for school, or back from vacation, life returns to “normal” and deadlines “loom up.”

And, the deadline for the September CLARION is a week from tomorrow, August 24th. So, please do not forget. I have been working on some articles, and others I know are in the works, but for the nice reading and news mix we offer, I would like to have your “routine announcements” to include, and any other items of interest.

Thank you, RAY

Zoning Board Agenda – 8/17/16

Agenda for Zoning Board of Adjustment

Wednesday,  August 17, 2016

Walpole Town Hall – 7:30 pm.


Roll Call: Appointment of alternates if needed

Minutes: Review minutes of June, Executive Session.


New Business: Signage

Samantha Wilheim – signage Unity

JC Automotive, Joel Stoddard, Route 12 Sign on building. 2-feet-by-10 1/2-feet.


Continued work on matrix or Flow Chart..

Junkyard digital copy.


Gravel Inspections



Next meeting Wednesday,  September 21, 2016

Yoga to Start Again – 9/8/16



Please join me September 8 for our first class of the “new” yoga year. If you have a friend who would like to try our class, please bring them and on September 8 their class is free.
*$350 whole year
$16/one class

*best deal-this comes out to $8.75/class

Results from Hooper Open

Janet Wilson writes:

Hooper Open Tournament on Saturday was a very successful fund raiser for Meeting House West LLC!  Thanks to all who participated.

The results were:

1st place team: Randy Hicks, Joe Goodhue, Mitchell Zehr, Chris Judkins, score of 55 (16 under par)

2nd place team: Phil Hicks, Chris McLaughlin, Joe Dirusso, Mike Snide, score of 57 (14 under par)

3rd place team: Noel Cassidy, Ed Johnson, Kirk Quinn, Myles Quinn, score of 59 (12 under par)


Closest to the pin on hole 4/13: Tie– Mitchell Zehr and Cassidy Neal

Closest to the pin on hole 6/15: Jeff Miller


Longest drive contest:  Matt Tommila

Longest Whiffle Ball drive contest: Matt Tommila


The Hooper Club championship is on Saturday/Sunday,
September 24/25;
sign up deadline is September 17th.

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