TOWN OF WALPOLE
MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD
JANUARY 7, 2016
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 two people in attendance.
Town Treasurer – Mr. Ray Boas: Mr. Dalessio received and read a letter, dated January 6, 2016, from Mr. Ray Boas. Mr. Boas submitted his resignation as Town Treasurer to be effective at the close of business on January 6, 2016. He explained that he has taken on many additional responsibilities impinging upon his time and, as a result, has not been able to accomplish what he set out to do in assuming the position. Mr. Boas will look forward to continuing to work with the Selectboard and Selectboard office in his mission of keeping the Town well informed via the Clarion, and making it a quality publication. (A copy of his letter is attached to the Minutes.)
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the resignation of Mr. Ray Boas and to express appreciation for the time Mr. Boas served as the Town Treasurer. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Mr. Aldrich moved to appoint Mr. Tom Goins as the Town Treasurer until the next Town election in March 2016. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Accounts Payable Check Register in the amount of $95,934.04 for checks dated January 08, 2016. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Payroll voucher for the week ending January 02, 2016, in the amount of $19,609.74 for checks dated January 08, 2016. 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 $4,347.00 for the week ending January 02, 2016. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:
SELECTBOARD MEETING – December 30, 2015: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of December 30, 2015, as submitted. Mr. Aldrich seconded the motion with the following correction: Page 2, under Recess Selectboard meeting, change “Mr. Whitney moved” to “Mr. Aldrich moved”. With all in favor, the minutes with correction were approved.
NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – December 30, 2015: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of December 30, 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 29, 2015; and
- North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – January 05, 2016.
Mr. Dalessio noted that in the minutes of the January 05, 2016, North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners meeting, the Commissioners got a copy of the Department of Labor Inspection Report and they are looking at it. The Department of Labor is asking for responses by January 21st, 2016.
RUESSWICK, Barnett Hill Road, Map & Lot #009-048-000: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to table Building Permit #2015-52 for Mark and Deborah Ruesswick to “Construct 4 sets 24’ x 8’ high Solar Panels” at 64 Barnett Hill Road until complete details are submitted on the drainage ditch. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
NOTICE OF INTENT TO CUT WOOD OR TIMBER:
CUMMINS CATHERWOOD, Maple Grove Road, Map & Lot #009-008-000: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Notice of Intent to Cut Wood or Timber, Operation #15-461-13-T, for Cummins Catherwood, Jr., off Maple Grove Road. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
CUMMINS CATHERWOOD, Maple Grove Road, Map & Lot #009-006-000: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Notice of Intent to Cut Wood or Timber, Operation #15-461-14-T, for Cummins Catherwood, Jr., off Maple Grove Road. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
HOUGHTON, Blackjack Crossing, Map & Lot #004-044-002: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Notice of Intent to Cut Wood or Timber, Operation #15-461-15-T, for Mark E. Houghton and Brooke W. Houghton, off Blackjack Crossing. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Walpole Library Building: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to authorize Mr. Steven Dalessio, Chair of the Selectboard, to sign the contract with the ABS Company for asbestos remediation in the Walpole Library. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
NH Department of Labor Audit and Inspection Report: Mr. Dalessio asked Mrs. Clough to start formulating a response to address the administrative part of the report. The re-establishment of the Joint Loss Safety Committee is one of the biggest issues. A meeting needs to be scheduled. He sent a letter to Ms. Cheryl Mayberry in North Walpole as the response is required by January 21st. The Audit and Inspection Report need to be submitted by February 5th. Mr. Dalessio will check on some equipment; we should be in good shape. It is possible that we might hear from an Enforcement Officer. Mr. Dalessio will talk to Mr. Mark Houghton as the Fire Department has quite a few things that need to be fixed. The response does not need to show completion but they need to start moving on all the issues.
Walpole’s Oldest Citizen Update: Mrs. Edkins spoke to Mrs. Ciccalone. She does not want to accept the Boston Cane. The Selectboard agreed to keep the cane in the office in a suitable case. The plaque will have her name on it; it will also be kept in the office.
Town Ordinance, Procedure and Policy Manual: The Selectboard will continue working on this project next month.
2016 Warrant Articles: The draft copy of the 2016 Warrant Articles was reviewed by the Selectboard. Mr. Dalessio is concerned with the Article for the pool repairs as they are still waiting for information from Mr. Justin Cassarino on the Pump and Filtration System. Mr. Dalessio suggested that the Recreation Committee, Mr. Mark Houghton and Mr. Cassarino meet with the Selectboard to talk about this in detail as soon as possible. New State regulations need to be taken into consideration. Mrs. Clough advised that Mr. Kreissle is preparing the Warrant to be sent to the State right after the Public Hearing on February 4th. Mrs. Pschirrer talked with Mr. Rau, Highway Superintendent, about the Warrant Article to start a Highway Capital Reserve account and asked that he put together an inventory of all their vehicle-type equipment. Right now the weakest expensive piece of equipment they have is the loader. There was discussion relative to purchasing the Police Department cruiser; at one time there had been a plan for replacement of vehicles. The Selectboard will vote on the 2016 Warrant Articles during their meeting next week.
Comcast: Mr. Ray Boas had sent out some emails regarding Comcast and the local FACT-TV channel 8. Mr. Stradling of FACT-TV in Bellows Falls thought that Comcast was giving the Town money that was supposed to be used for the expansion of this broadcasting. They talked to Mrs. Sandy Smith who confirmed that the Town did receive revenue from Comcast however it was tax money on their equipment, poles, etc. There has been discussion relative to FACT-TV Channel 8 expanding into Walpole; it is broadcast in North Walpole. A question is if the users in Walpole are willing to pay more for this channel. There was a consensus to let Comcast users decide what they want. If a group wants to research this matter the Selectboard had no objections.
Citizens Report Form – Nancy Sloan: The Selectboard looked at the Citizens Report form from Nancy Sloan and the pictures she submitted of the Ruesswick ditch to redirect their water.
Town of Walpole Election Vacancies Notice: Mrs. Sandra Smith, Town Clerk-Tax Collector, has published and posted the Town of Walpole Election Vacancies and it is on the web-site. The following officers will be elected at the Town Election to be held Tuesday, March 8, 2016:
1 Selectman Three Year Term
1 Moderator Two Year Term
1 Trustee of Trust Funds Three Year Term
1 Supervisor of Checklists Two Year Term
1 Supervisor of Checklist Six Year Term
2 Planning Board Members Three Year Term
2 Zoning Board Members Three Year Term
3 Library Trustees Three Year Term
1 Cemetery Trustee Three Year Term
The filing period for these offices is January 20 through January 29, 2016. Those interested may file at the Town Clerk’s office during the following office hours: Monday 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Wednesday 7 a.m. – 8 a.m. (one hour) Thursday 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Per State Law the Town Clerk’s office will be open Friday, January 29th, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for filing only.
City of Keene, Household Hazardous Waste Collection Letter of Commitment: A letter was received from the City of Keene advising that they are in their 9th year of their program consisting of 24 Household Hazardous Waste Collections per year. This year’s letter of commitment is due back to them by January 15, 2016. The Walpole 2016-2017 Fixed Cost (Participation in all twenty-four (24) collections) is $4,494.00.
Mr. Aldrich moved to authorize, Mr. Paul Colburn, to sign the Letter of Commitment for Household Hazardous Waste Collection Project, 2016-2017 Series. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Department Reports for the 2015 Town Report: Mrs. Clough has collected some Department Reports for the 2015 Town Report as well as many nice pictures. The Selectboard will proof-read the reports. Mr. Dalessio will work on the Selectboard’s report and have the draft ready for the next regular meeting.
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 7:10 PM.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:35 PM.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of January 07, 2016, be sealed. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
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.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:54 PM.
2016 Budget: Mr. Dalessio will continue to work with Mr. Kreissle to close out the 2015 Budget and to finalize the 2016 proposed Budget and Warrant Articles.
Walpole Library: Mrs. Pschirrer will attend the Library meeting on Tuesday. She will introduce the idea of a three year long-range plan. Miss Rogers has been putting together some statistics that Mrs. Pschirrer would like the Board members to look at and think about where they want to be in three years from now.
ADJOURNMENT: Mr. Aldrich moved to adjourn this meeting. Mrs. Pschirrer seconded the motion. With all in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:58 PM.
Regina Borden, Recording Secretary