TOWN OF WALPOLE
MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD
SEPTEMBER 3, 2015
Selectboard Present: Steven Dalessio (Chair); Whitney Aldrich; Peggy Pschirrer
CALL TO ORDER: Mr. Dalessio called this Selectboard meeting to order at 6:00 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.
NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel, (b) Hiring and (c) Reputations. Mr. Aldrich seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with all in favor, the motion was approved.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 6:54 PM.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to seal the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of September 3, 2015. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Accounts Payable check register and manifest in the amount of $48,270.25 for checks dated September 4, 2015. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Payroll voucher for the week ending August 29, 2015, in the amount of $21,152.78 for checks dated September 4, 2015. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the electronic transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes for Withholding, MEDI and FICA taxes in the amount of $4,588.46 for the week ending August 29, 2015. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:
SELECTBOARD MEETING – August 27, 2015: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of August 27, 2015, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.
NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – August 27, 2015: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of August 27, 2015, as submitted. These minutes will remain sealed. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.
The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meetings:
- Cold River Local Advisory Committee – July 23, 2015; and
- North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – September 1, 2015.
BUILDING / DEMOLITION PERMITS:
TETU, 15 Prospect Hill, Map & Lot #019-050-000: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to grant Building Permit No. 2015-36 for Bradley Tetu and Hilary Tetu to “Construct a shed dormer on existing home”. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
DEMOLITION and BUILDING:
GOLEC, 151 Alstead Center Road, Map & Lot #015-019-000: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to grant Building Permit No. 2015-37 for Katherine A. Golec to “Remove a 20’ x 8’ enclosed porch and replace with a 30’ x 8’ enclosed porch”. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
LAND USE CHANGE TAX CORRECTION & A-5 LAND USE CHANGE TAX FORM: Kingsbury, 152 Kingsbury Road, Map & Lot #008-119-000:
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to rescind the motion made during the August 27, 2015 meeting, on page 4, to “send the Tax Collector’s Land Use Change Tax to Sandra J. Smith, Collector of Taxes for Walpole, NH in said county for Map #008, Lot #119-000, 152 Kingsbury Road.” This was for acreage removed from Current Use. An error was made in the amount. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve sending the Tax Collector’s Land Use Change Tax Warrant to Sandra J. Smith, Collector of Taxes for Walpole, NH in said county for Map #008, Lot #119-000, 152 Kingsbury Road for the amount of $654.00. This represents acreage removed from Current Use. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve and sign the A-5 Land Use Change Tax Form that needs to be submitted to the NH Department of Revenue Administration. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Oil / Propane Contract: The Selectboard reviewed the Heating Oil and Propane 2015-2016 contracts received from five companies. There was a consensus to continue with Allen Bros for heating oil and the Keene Gas Company for propane.
Hubbard Farms Barbeque Pit And Right Of Way: Mr. Dalessio has not heard back from Mrs. Diane Miller since his last conversation with her. He talked with the Primex Insurance Company about the barbeque pit today and was advised that the pit area would have to be clearly identified by “No Trespassing” signs all around it and by using a chain or gate. By doing this if somebody does go in without authorization they can be arrested. They should obtain a separate liability insurance policy from everybody that uses it for at least $1,000,000.00. This is consistent with Hubbard Farms as they require this policy naming them as a co-insurer. About six people use it every year. If the Town accepts this area Mrs. Pschirrer recommended that there be a policy that has to be signed by any person/group/organization that uses the pit. There was a consensus to have Mr. Dalessio contact Mrs. Miller to advise that they are interested. Hubbard Farms is still in the early stages of a sale for that property.
Town Ordinance, Procedure And Policy Manual: This will be continued on the next meeting Agenda.
Primex Insurance Company: Mr. Dalessio gave Mrs. Clough and Mr. Kreissle the new application that needs to be filled out for the Primex Insurance Company. It should go to them before mid-October when they set the new premiums. Primex will have an answer back to the Town before December so the premium can be included in the budget. They are very big on preventative programs and training.
Viewing of the Willard Home, 43 Westminster Street: Mrs. Pschirrer and Mrs. Clough did a walk-thru of the property at the request of Mr. Willard. In the front section of the home four rooms are clearly a museum with documents and the histories of the Bradley and Willard families. Mr. Willard wants to create understanding on the value of the home and of the two monuments he has built in memory of Steven Row Bradley. He is interested in opening up the property to the public. Mrs. Clough emailed Mrs. Loren Martin at Avitar Associates regarding the possibility of a tax abatement as Mrs. Pschirrer told Mr. Willard that they would look into it.
Letter from NH DOT – Re: Transportation Projects 2017-2026: The Selectboard received a letter from the Department of Transportation regarding transportation projects planned between 2017-2026 throughout the State of New Hampshire. The nearest meetings will be held on Friday, September 18th at Keene Parks and Recreation in Keene at 12:00 and at the Town Hall in Charlestown at 3:00 PM. Mrs. Pschirrer will try to attend one of the meetings. A copy will be mailed to Ms. Cheryl Mayberry as she is the Town’s representative on transportation issues.
Primex Premium Holiday: The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of a letter from Primex advising that their Board of Trustees approved a Premium Holiday distribution for the Unemployment Compensation Program, based on the financial results from 2014. The Town of Walpole is eligible to receive a check in the amount of $14,611.63. The Selectboard approved and signed the letter to Primex to accept this amount in payment of the Premium Holiday.
RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:
Mr. Aldrich moved to recess this Selectboard meeting. The Selectboard will enter into a meeting as the Hooper Trustees. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With all in favor, the motion was approved at 7:25 PM.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:40 PM.
Water Department: Mr. Houghton asked the Selectboard to sign a revised Town of Walpole Water Department Cross-Connection Control Ordinance as the State found a minor error in the previous document. The Selectboard re-signed the ordinance.
Drewsville Mansion: Mr. Dalessio had asked Mrs. Clough to look into the light that is on the auxiliary building at the Drewsville Mansion. It comes on every night. It is so bright that it can be seen at the Drewsville General Store at night. Mrs. Clough will talk to someone or write a letter.
ADJOURNMENT: Mr. Aldrich moved to adjourn this meeting. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With all in favor, the motion was approved at 7:46 PM.
Regina Borden, Recording Secretary