Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 2/25/16

TOWN OF WALPOLE

MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD

FEBRUARY 25, 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 four people in attendance.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $43,408.41 for checks dated February 26, 2016.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

PAYROLL:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Payroll voucher for the week ending February 20, 2016, in the amount of $20,677.23 for checks dated February 26, 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 $4,714.62 for the week ending February 20, 2016.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – February 18, 2016:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of February 18, 2016, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.

SELECTBOARD STAFF MEETING – February 18, 2016:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the Selectboard Staff meeting of February 18, 2016, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – February 18, 2016: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of February 18, 2016, as submitted.  These minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard received and reviewed the Minutes of the following meetings:

  • Walpole Planning Board – February 9, 2016;
  • North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – January 26, 2016;
  • North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – February 2, 2016;
  • North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – February 9, 2016;
  • WRAP Committee – January 14, 2016.

ABATEMENTS AND REFUNDS:

Property Tax Abatements:

Maclean, 522 Valley Road, Map & Lot #011-023-000:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the request of James A. Maclean and Serena M. Maclean and the Abatement Recommendation of Avitar Associates to reduce the assessment on this property and to grant a Property Tax Abatement Refund in the amount of $1,415.10.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Sibley, 40 Westminster Street, Map & Lot #020-015-000:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the request of Franklin L. Sibley and the Abatement Recommendation of Avitar Associates to reduce the assessment on this property and to grant a Property Tax Abatement Refund in the amount of $2,537.23.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Kasser Brothers, LLC, 10 Bookseller Road, Map & Lot #004-023-000:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Abatement Recommendation of Avitar Associates to deny the request of Kasser Brothers, LLC to reduce the assessment on this property.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Wilbur, 1430 County Road, Map & Lot #003-036-001:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Abatement Recommendation of Avitar Associates to deny the request of Mr. Wilbur to reduce the assessment on this property.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

PUBLIC BUSINESS:

Wayne Wallace:  Mr. and Mrs. Wallace reside at 150 North Road.  Mr. Wallace explained the on-going problem of water run-off and presented pictures of the recent damage that occurred as a result of the extreme heavy rains.  A similar complaint was brought before the Selectboard about two years ago.  The main problem is that the run-off goes across their property and onto the Caskin’s property on Colonial Drive.  Mr. Caskin had two-feet of water in his basement.  The Town water goes across the Wallace property, it comes out of a drain on North Road, goes under the Wallace driveway and across their lawn and then it goes into the basement of the Caskin house. Mr. Wallace presented pictures to the Selectboard. Mrs. Pschirrer asked Mr. Wallace to describe the pictures he presented. One is of their driveway which as a culvert under it. The culvert empties onto a material which directs the water across their yard toward the property line.  Mr. Wallace advised that two years ago he brought in the findings of an engineer, Ralph Michaels from Ludlow, VT, who said the water that goes across their property is unnecessary.  There are options.  This was a verbal opinion but Mr. Wallace felt he could obtain something in writing from Mr. Michaels.  The problem of about two years ago has re-surfaced.  He feels it bears some action on the Town’s part to stop this drainage activity.  Mr. Dalessio pointed out that they cannot make a decision at this meeting but he will look at the area.  They have filled out a Citizen’s Report form that will now be reviewed and tracked so Mr. Wallace can see what they are doing step-by-step.  If Mr. Rau, Road Agent, has not yet looked at this area the Selectboard will have him do so as soon as possible.  The Selectboard will then discuss his opinion to rectify this.  After that the Selectboard will contact Mr. Wallace with their recommendation.  It is troubling to Mr. Dalessio that somebody’s house is being affected.  The Selectboard uses M & W Soils and they will have Mr. Rhoades take a look at the area in addition to Mr. RauMrs. Wallace pointed out that the Caskin’s foundation is damaged due to pressure from surface water; he has had to have his driveway repaired in the past.  Mr. Dalessio hopes they will have an “Action Plan” within two weeks.

WARRANTS:

Supplemental Tax Warrants:

North Walpole Village Housing, Map & Lot #028-011-000 – 26 Kiniry Street:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Selectboard proceed with a Property Tax Supplement Warrant to the North Walpole Village Housing at 26 Kiniry Street in the amount of $1,002.00.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

North Walpole Village Housing, Map & Lot #028-102-000 – 10 Merchant Street:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Selectboard proceed with a Property Tax Supplement Warrant to the North Walpole Village Housing at 10 Merchant Street in the amount of $1,002.00.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved. 

Town of Walpole, 160 Prospect Hill, Map & Lot #008-062-00A (Hooper Cottage): Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Supplemental Tax Warrant, Tax Year 2015 2nd Issue, for the Town of Walpole at 160 Prospect Hill (Hooper Cottage) in the amount of $1,800.00 with interest at twelve (12%) per annum from the due date and on all sums not paid on or before that day.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Town of Walpole, 166 Prospect Hill, Map & Lot #008-061-000 (Hooper Golf Course):  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Supplemental Tax Warrant, Tax Year 2015 2nd Issue, for the Town of Walpole at 166 Prospect Hill (Hooper Golf Course) in the amount of $4,233.00 with interest at twelve (12%) per annum from the due date and on all sums not paid on or before that date.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

Vachon Clukay Engagement Letters: Mr. Dalessio advised that the Selectboard should talk about making a decision on the auditor next week.  They will be looking at two companies.

NH Department of Labor Audit and Inspection Report:  The State Inspector will be here to do the Safety Audit and Inspection on April 5th, 2016.

New Computer EquipmentMr. Dalessio reported that the new server will be in next Wednesday.  Mrs. Smith will close the Town Clerk’s office that day so the work can be done.  They will start in the Town Clerk’s office; bring the two motor vehicle computers into the server.  Then they will come into the Selectboard office to connect one computer at a time; by the end of that day the old server will be off-line.  The Town will start paying True North as soon as the new server is on.  This equipment will be Class “A”.  Mr. Dalessio talked about this change with Competitive Computers.

Town Ordinance, Procedure and Policy Manual:  This is an on-going project for the Selectboard.

NEW BUSINESS:

2015 Annual Facility Report – Transfer Stations & Recycling Facilities: Mr. Paul Colburn completed this 2015 Annual Facility Report – Transfer Stations and Recycling Facilities document.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to authorize Mr. Paul Colburn to sign the 2015 Annual Facility Report for Transfer Stations and Recycling Facilities.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Highway Department:  Mrs. Pschirrer reported that the Highway Department took care of a large sink hole on Main Street in North Walpole following the recent rain storm.

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 (e) Pending Claims or Litigation.  Mrs. Pschirrer seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with all in favor, the motion was approved at 6:48 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:08 PM.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard meeting of February 25, 2016, will 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 Hooper Trustees meeting.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:16 PM.

ADJOURNMENT:

Mr. Aldrich moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With all in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:18 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

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