Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 3/6/14

TOWN OF WALPOLE
MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD
MARCH 6, 2014

Selectboard Present: Whitney Aldrich, Chas Street; (Absent: Jamie Teague, Chair)
CALL TO ORDER: Mr. Aldrich called this meeting to order at 6:00 PM in the Walpole Town Hall with six people in the audience.

PUBLIC BUSINESS:
MR. JACK PRATT – Expression of Interest Request: Mr. Joel McCarty, a Selectman in Alstead, and Mr. Pratt were present to ask the Town of Walpole Selectboard to support an Expression of Interest as a prelude to a grant application to use federal money to extend broadband optical high speed fiber into Alstead, Langdon, Marlow, Walpole and Surry, five of the most rural towns in Cheshire County. Mr. McCarty stressed that it is extremely important that more residents and businesses have the opportunity to connect directly to a network that will enable them to work at home easily, find online medical care, and continue their education anywhere in the world as well as video. This will change the way residents in these towns work, play and live their daily lives. Investing in broadband will help existing businesses to grow by bringing innovation, new companies and new jobs. It will encourage local enterprise and give more people the flexibility to work from, thereby saving transportation costs. This program will foster competition in the open-access networks, which will be connected by the proposed 46 Community Anchor Institutions. Currently this does not exist in these five rural towns and will result in increased choices with possible cost reductions. Mr. Pratt advised that the letter has to be submitted tomorrow as the deadline is March 7th.
Mr. Street moved that the Walpole Selectboard endorse the expansion of broadband optical fiber through the Connect America Fund and to support the County Commissioners in their efforts to bring it through the five country towns. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
The Selectboard approved and signed the letter to the Rural Broadband Council, Federal Communications Commission Staff.

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:
Mr. Street 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, motion was approved at 6:19 PM.
The regular meeting resumed at 6:39 PM.

NON-PUBLIC SESSION:
Mr. Street moved to enter into a Non-Public Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (c) Reputations. Mr. Aldrich seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with all in favor, the motion was approved at 6:40 PM.
The regular meeting resumed at 6:51 PM. No announcements were made.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:
Mr. Street moved to approve the Accounts Payable check register and manifest for checks dated March 7, 2014, in the amount of $72,799.29. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

PAYROLL:
Mr. Street moved to approve the payroll voucher for the week ending March 1, 2014, for checks dated March 7, 2014, in the amount of $19,767.38. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Mr. Street moved to approve the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes for Withholding, MEDI and FICA taxes in the amount of $4,521.47. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:
SELECTBOARD MEETING – February 27, 2014: Mr. Street moved to approve the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of February 27, 2014, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.
NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – February 27, 2014: Mr. Street moved to approve the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of February 27, 2014, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meetings:
 Conservation Commission – March 3, 2014;
 Planning Board Workshop – February 25, 2014; and
 North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – March 4, 2014.

NOTICE OF INTENT TO CUT WOOD OR TIMBER:
GRAVES, Graves Road, Map & Lot #005-009-000: Mr. Street moved to approve the Notice of Intent to Cut Wood or Timber for Peter Graves, No. 13-461-12-T, on Map #005, Lot #009-000 off Graves Road. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NEW BUSINESS:
SEWER MAIN BREAK: The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the letter, dated February 24, 2014, from M & W Soils Engineering, Inc. regarding the Sewer Main break, off Route 12 at Mad Brook Culvert Crossing. A sketch and pictures were enclosed showing the location of the temporary line and culvert.
Mr. Street moved to send a letter and the bills to the Department of Transportation for reimbursement on the break of the sewer line off Route 12 when the Town has all the bills. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

WALPOLE MOUNTAIN VIEW WINERY – Request Letter: A letter was received from Virginia L. Carter of the Walpole Mountain View Winery requesting that the Selectboard grant permission for her to sell wine produced from her grapes at Barnett Hill Vineyard and also to sell wine at bone fide Farmers Markets, of which Walpole Farmers Market is one.
Mr. Street moved to grant permission for the Walpole Mountain View Winery, proprietor is Virginia L. Carter, to sell wine at Barnett Hill Vineyard and also at Farmers Markets, of which Walpole Farmers Market is one. A letter to confirm this motion will be sent to the State Liquor Commission, Bureau of Enforcement, in Concord, NH. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

PERSONNEL FORMS:
HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT: The Highway Department has hired both a full-time employee and a part-time employee as follows:
Mr. Street moved to approve the hiring of Leland Gray, Jr. as a full-time employee in the Highway Department as recommended by the Department Head. His starting date will be March 10th, 2014. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Mr. Street moved to approve the hiring of Kenneth J. Silva as a part-time employee in the Highway Department as recommended by the Department Head. His starting date will be March 31st, 2014. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.

ADJOURNMENT:
Mr. Street moved to adjourn this meeting. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved at 7:19 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

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