TOWN OF WALPOLE
MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD
DECEMBER 10, 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 three people in attendance.
These are unapproved Minutes.
NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:
Mr. Aldrich moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel and (c) Reputations. Mrs. Pschirrer seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with all in favor, the motion was approved at 6:02 PM.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 6:52 PM.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session #1 of December 10, 2015, be sealed. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
ERNIE VOSE: Mr. Vose requested that the Selectboard keep the Cheshire County YMCA in the budget as the funding supports Camp Dakota and the American Heritage Tour. The Selectboard pointed out that this has been funded in the past and is in the Town Report under Other Cultures. Mr. Vose will submit a letter requesting that this funding continue in 2016. Mrs. Pschirrer asked Mr. Vose to write a short report of their activities for the Town Report as it is directed for the youth.
Mr. Vose provides rides for the Red Cross several times a month; mostly for medical rides for Walpole residents. The Town of Walpole has supported this in the past. As of July 1st, 2016, the Contoocook Valley Transportation Company will be overseeing this program as the Red Cross is discontinuing this service. They would like to come in to talk to the Selectboard. The Selectboard would like them to attend a meeting but preferably not until after the budget process is finalized. Mr. Dalessio advised that the Town will need to fund the Red Cross for at least the first six months of 2016 therefore they will keep this Rural Rides Program in the budget for now.
Mr. Dalessio pointed out that agencies need to send an invoice for their funding each year after it has been approved by the voters. To-date the Fall Mountain Emergency Food Shelf, Fall Mountain Friendly Meals, Our Place Drop In Center and the Age In Motion have not requested their 2015 funds.
JACK FRANKS: Mr. Franks provided clarification on some of the documents he needs to submit. He had originally given plans to both the Town and Fire Department but since that time they had to re-work the plans to comply with the financing. The sprinkler plan is complete and the fire alarm plan is nearly complete. The Selectboard saw the email from Mr. Herb Hurlburt. Mr. Dalessio then called Mr. Franks and recommended that he call Mr. Hurlburt, electrician, to explain the delay. Mr. Franks needs to up-date Mr. Hurlburt, to work with him and establish a time frame.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Accounts Payable check register and manifest in the amount of $15,756.69 for checks dated December 11, 2015. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
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Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Payroll voucher for the week ending December 5, 2015, in the amount of $19,997.69 for checks dated December 11, 2015. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all 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 $4,244.29 for the week ending December 5, 2015. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:
SELECTBOARD MEETING – December 3, 2015: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of December 3, 2015, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the two Public Hearings for the Gift of Property and the Designating of Emergency Lanes on December 3, 2015, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.
NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION #1 – December 3, 2015: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session #1 of December 3, 2015, as submitted. These Minutes will remain sealed. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.
NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION #2 – December 3, 2015: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session #2 of December 3, 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:
North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – December 1, 2015; and
North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – December 8, 2015.
DAHER, Peter Stand Lane, Map & Lot #012-012-005: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Property Tax Abatement in the amount of $288.33 for Mr. William Daher. This property assessment was decreased in 2014 but the 2015 tax bill did not reflect this. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Police Request from the Town of Alstead: Mr. Dalessio advised that Police Chief Paquette has handled this; it will be done on a case-by-case basis therefore this Agenda item is closed.
Walpole’s Oldest Citizen Update: Mrs. Clough left a message for Mrs. Agnes Ciccalone but she has not yet returned the call.
Letter to the Cheshire County Commissioners: Mrs. Pschirrer is waiting for additional information from Police Chief Paquette to complete the letter.
Town Ordinance, Procedure and Policy Manual: This is an on-going project.
2016 Budget: Mr. Dalessio reported that they are getting closer to finalizing the 2016 proposed budget. He will have Mr. Kreissle put together a final draft for next week. Some adjustments are still being made to lower bottom lines by Department Heads. They would like to get it below 5%. Mr. Dalessio will write the first draft of the Capital. Mr. Kreissle provided the spending figures as of December 9th. The 2015 budget was too tight; it was the minimum to run the Town on. Next week the Selectboard will review the budget figures on a line-by-line basis.
Mrs. Clough advised that the kitchen work should be completed this week or next week. She submitted and explained her revised budget numbers; some items were deleted.
Citizens Reports: The Selectboard looked at the Citizens Report book. There were ten reports to-date. Mrs. Clough felt the only outstanding one was from Mr. Crouse on the painting of lines on March Hill Road. Mr. Simonds felt it would cost less than $500.00 to paint the line down the center of the road; it is a safety issue. Mr. Dalessio felt they would deal with each request on a case-by-case basis. Mrs. Pschirrer received two comments; she asked the people to come in to complete the form but their reply was that they were telling her. 1) Ms. Judy Daniels: On North Street near Reservoir Road, on the left hand side of the road, there are pine trees that have grown considerably and they are now a potential hazard as people are coming up North Road and turning onto Reservoir Road. 2) Mrs. Myra Mansouri and Mrs. Cindy Westover: Another report was that the pile of items on Mr. Lafayette’s property has grown. Mrs. Pschirrer feels it has remained about the same size. A suggestion was that he could put up a fence to shield the pile of items. 3) Mr. Jerry Galloway: Concerned about Mr. Lafayette dumping excavated material on his property. Mr. Dalessio looked at the area and felt a small amount of gravel had been moved on the property. It is not a junk yard. The Selectboard will read through the Zoning Ordinance to see if there are any violations. Mr. Dalessio felt that even if people do not want to come in to fill out a report the staff should complete a form for the record. The Selectboard will look at the Citizens Report book on the last meeting of each month starting in January 2016 unless something major comes up.
2016 Warrant Articles: The 2016 Warrant Articles will be drafted for next week.
Petitioned Warrant Articles: One Petitioned Warrant Article was received for a Zoning change. Mrs. Clough will check the signatures to be sure they are Town of Walpole voters. Mr. Dalessio emailed a copy of this to Mr. Jeff Miller and to the Town Attorney. The Selectboard cannot ask that a Public Hearing be held on this Petitioned Warrant Article. The RSA states that at the next scheduled Planning Board meeting the members will decide when the Public Hearing will be. A Special PB Meeting might have to be scheduled on January 5th, 2016, to meet the time frame. There was a consensus of the Selectboard to ask Attorney Hockensmith for a legal opinion. Mrs. Clough was asked to send a copy of the State mandated dates to comply with the law to Mr. Jeff Miller.
Tax Rate: The Selectboard received the Tax Rates for both Walpole and North Walpole from 2005 to 2015. Mrs. Meghan Hansson in the Town Clerk’s office did this research.
State Election Law Training: A notice was received on the State Election Law Training. The closest training will be held in Keene on Tuesday, January 16th, 2016, from 9:00 to 11:30 AM.
NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD BUSINESS:
Mr. Aldrich moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel and (b) Hiring. Mrs. Pschirrer seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with all in favor, the motion was approved at 8:04 PM.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:19 PM.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of December 10, 2015, be sealed. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Holiday Celebration and Appreciation Night: Mrs. Clough reminded the Selectboard that the Holiday Celebration and Appreciation Night is Saturday, December 19th, starting at 5:00 PM.
RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:
Mr. Aldrich mopved 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.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:43 PM.
Eagle Scout: Mr. Dalessio advised that Paul Beliveau is on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout. Mr. Dalessio was his district meeting when they approved his project to do some repair work on the snowmobile trails in town. Mr. Dalessio was assigned as Paul’s coach.
Gazebo: Mrs. Clough thanked Adam Terrell for decorating the Gazebo by himself. Mrs. Pschirrer will write him a Thank You note. Mr. Dalessio advised that Mr. Terrell is a Life Scout. His Eagle project will be working on the Mill Pond trail.
Mr. Aldrich moved to adjourn this meeting. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With all in favor, this meeting was adjourned at 8:48 PM.
Regina Borden, Recording Secretary