TOWN OF WALPOLE
MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD
JANUARY 14, 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 five people in attendance.
- MARK RUESSWICK – Building Permit: Mr. Dalessio explained that during the Selectboard meeting last week questions were raised as the Building Permit application was missing some information. There is nothing on it about where the solar panels will be placed and where is the drainage ditch. Mr. Ruesswick sketched this information in on the plan. When he bought the property there was an existing swale, when he put in the driveway the swale was brought all the way down the property line. He clarified where it was and where it is now. In the spring the swale is wet but in the fall it is dry. He will be extending the swale 20-feet. There was a concern that the swale drains on the Sloane property however Mr. Ruesswick clarified that there is a steep slope and any water ends up draining into the field. Mr. Ruesswick has a house and a workshop on his property known as Lot #2. If approved, eventually he will shield the panels from view either with a fence or plantings.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve Building Permit #2015-52, Map and Lot #009-048-000, 64 Barnett Hill Road, for Mark and Deborah Ruesswick to “Construct 4 sets 24’ x 8’ high Solar Panels”. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
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 (b) Hiring. Mrs. Pschirrer seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with all in favor, the motion was approved at 6:08 PM.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:11 PM.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session #1 of January 14, 2016, be sealed. 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 $563,621.38 for checks dated January 15, 2016. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
It was noted that the above amount includes a monthly payment in the amount of $533,448.73 to the Fall Mountain Regional School District.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Payroll voucher for the week ending January 9, 2016, in the amount of $20,912.85 for checks dated January 15, 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 $4,446.96 for the week ending January 9, 2016. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:
SELECTBOARD MEETING – January 7, 2016: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of January 7, 2016, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.
NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – January 7, 2016: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of January 7, 2016, 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:
- Hooper Institute Committee – January 12, 2016;
- North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – January 12, 2016;
- WRAP Committee – December 20, 2015.
Mrs. Pschirrer reported that the Hooper Institute will not be having a Winter Festival because there are not enough volunteers. Mr. Aldrich noted the lack of snow. Mr. Dalessio pointed out that they need more people on their Board.
Hubbard BBQ Pit: Mr. Dalessio advised that the Town received the Deed from Hubbard LLC regarding the BBQ Pit.
Mr. Aldrich moved to accept the Deed without Covenance from Hubbard LLC for the BBQ Pit area. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Mrs. Clough was asked to contact Hubbard, LLC to let them know that the Selectboard moved to accept the Deed as presented. Hubbard LLC also sent the Town a copy of the BBQ reservation form they used; if the Town will use this form, it will be put on the Town letterhead.
NH Department of Labor Audit and Inspection Report Response Form: Mrs. Clough typed up the response for the Labor Audit. Mr. Dalessio pointed out that now they will begin responding to each of the categories. He will work on that. Mr. Colburn will go out to look at various locations/items to see if everything was taken care of. The Police Station needs an eye wash station; it will be the same unit that the Recycling Facility has. Mr. Travis Kemp will do the maintenance work needed in this building.
Town Hall Building: Mr. Dalessio reported that on Monday night a Boy Scout slid across the floor in the Meeting Room and when he reached the wall he could not stop in time and put his hand through the wall. Repairs have been made and it will be painted as soon as the color can be matched.
Citizens Report Form – Nancy Sloan: Following the discussion with Mr. Ruesswick, Mr. Dalessio pointed out that he is only going to extend the ditch another 20-feet. Mrs. Pschirrer will draft a letter to Ms. Sloan to advise that the Selectboard reviewed this issue and that Mr. Ruesswick is not in any violation of the Town regulations.
Town Ordinance, Procedure and Policy Manual: This project will be continued next month.
2016 Warrant Articles: Mr. Dalessio advised that a quote was received in the amount of $30,000.00 for the repairs to the pump and filtration system in the pool. There will be a meeting of the Recreation Department, Mr. Mark Houghton, Mr. Justin Cassarino, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio to talk about what needs to be done to go forward. The other Warrant Articles have remained the same.
Planning Board: The Petition for a Public Hearing on the expansion of the Ruggiero Processing Facility was approved by the Planning Board. The scheduled date is January 26th, 2016.
Department Reports for the 2015 Town Report: The Selectboard will proof-read the Department Reports for the 2015 Town Report. Mr. Dalessio will write the draft for the Selectboard’s report that will be reviewed by Mr. Aldrich and Mrs. Pschirrer.
Email from Ray Boas, Welcome Sign Competition: Mr. Dalessio reported that Mr. Ray Boas advised that the competition for the Welcome Sign has been cancelled.
Southwest Regional Planning Commission Nomination: Mrs. Clough questioned the Town’s nominations to the Southwest Regional Planning Commission. They received nothing from the SWRPC about an appointment but received a letter from the Walpole Conservation Commission requesting that the Selectboard appoint Alicia Flammia to the position as Peter Palmiotto has resigned. The Conservation Commission has voted for her to fill the position. Mrs. Clough called SWRPC requesting information on SWRPC Advisory Boards and Commmittees, and who is representing Walpole on the different Boards and/or Committees. She had no record of Mr. Palmiotto serving as the Conservation Commission representative to the SWRPC. She has asked for something in writing. Mr. Dalessio felt that Mr. Ben Daviss has been one of the representatives for several years. Ms. Cheryl Mayberry is on their Transportation Committee. Mrs. Clough is waiting for a response from SWRPC.
Trustees of Trust Funds: Mrs. Pschirrer reported that Ms. Karen Galloway has agreed to replace Mr. Tom Goins as a Trustee of Trust Funds to be effective immediately and then she will run for that office.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to appoint Ms. Karen Galloway to the position as the Trustee of Trust Funds until the next Town Meeting. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Mr. Aldrich stepped off the Selectboard for the next item:
American Legion: Mr. Aldrich is the Commander of the American Legion. They meet in the downstairs meeting room and have a framed Charter they would like to hang on the wall but did not want to do it without permission from the Selectboard.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to permit the American Legion Post to hang their Charter on the wall in the downstairs meeting room in the Town Hall. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.
Mr. Aldrich resumed his seat on the Selectboard.
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 7:42 PM.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:02 PM.
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. Mrs. Pschirrer seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with all in favor, the motion was approved.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:20 PM.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session #2 of January 14, 2016, be sealed. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
ADJOURNMENT: Mr. Aldrich moved to adjourn this meeting. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With all in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:22 PM.
Regina Borden, Recording Secretary