Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 3/31/16

TOWN OF WALPOLE

MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD

MARCH 31, 2016

Selectboard Present:     Steven Dalessio (Chair); Peggy Pschirrer; Joseph Aldrich

CALL TO ORDER:  Mr. Dalessio called this Selectboard meeting to order at 6:30 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 six people in attendance.

PUBLIC BUSINESS:

Residents – North Road and Colonial Drive Mr. Wayne Wallace, Mrs. Brenda Wallace, Mr. Roland Caskins and Mr. Kenneth Gunnerson were present to discuss the on-going drainage issues and property damage on North Road when there are heavy rain storms.  Mr. Dalessio pointed out that about a month ago Mr. and Mrs. Wallace were in to talk about the water problems.  Since that conversation Mr. Dalessio went to the area, walked the properties and took pictures.  He agrees there is a water problem.  The Selectboard has been in touch with the Road Agent and also have given him permission to contact Mr. Rhoades at M & W Soils, an engineer, for advice on what could be done there.  Mr. Rau has been asked to submit a schematic of where the culverts are and their sizes.  Mr. Dalessio is not sure of what can be done or what the State says the Town is allowed to do but they continue to work toward a solution.  The residents provided some history on their water problems and how the water flows down the hill.  Several options for diversion of that water were discussed.  Mr. Wallace had previously hired a consultant to look at the area and he explained what the recommendation was. Mr. Dalessio summarized that the Selectboard will keep in touch with the residents as they work toward a solution on this drainage problem.

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to recess this Selectboard meeting.  The Selectboard will enter into a meeting as the Hooper Trustees.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved at 6:59 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:58 PM.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:  Mr. Aldrich moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $43,258.27 for checks dated April 1, 2016.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

PAYROLL:  Mr. Aldrich moved to accept the Payroll voucher for the week ending March 26, 2016, in the amount of $22,799.48 for checks dated April 1, 2016.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Mr. Aldrich moved to accept the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes for Withholding, MEDI and FICA taxes in the amount of $4,647.59 for the week ending March 26, 2016.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – March 24, 2016:  Mr. Aldrich moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of March 24, 2016, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – March 24, 2016:  Mr. Aldrich moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard session of March 24, 2016, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meeting:

  • Planning Board Workshop, March 29, 2016.

Mr. Dalessio pointed out that the Planning Board decided to pass on applying for this Planning Grant as it would be too much work for a short period of time.  Ms. Lisa Murphy from the Southeast Regional Planning Commission explained that a lot of towns are passing on this Grant for the same reason.

BUILDING PERMITS:

LAWLOR, Meetinghouse Road, Map & Lot #008-047-000:  Mr. Aldrich moved to grant Building Permit No. 2016-03 for Peter and Cathy Lawlor to “Construct a 32’ x 10’ lean-to onto garage”.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

RENEWAL OF 2015-06 / 2014-24 Permit, Avanru Development, 504 Main Street, Map & Lot #012-013-0002016-05:  Renewal of 2015-08 Permit, Avanru Development, Abenaki Springs, 504 Main Street, Map & Lot #012-013-004:   The Selectboard signed these renewal Building Permits that were approved at their March 24, 2016, meeting.

NOTICE OF INTENT TO CUT WOOD OR TIMBER:

JOAN GALLOWAY, Rapids Road, Map & Lot #002-013-000:  Mr. Aldrich moved to accept the Notice of Intent to Cut Wood or Timber for Joan Galloway as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

REFUNDS:

Overpayment Refunds:  Mr. Aldrich moved to accept the Credits Report for Unassigned Credits for ten property owners for the total amount of $193.24.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

TIMBER TAX LEVY / WARRANT AND CERTIFICATION OF YIELD TAXES ASSESSED:

RYAN PAUL, High Street, Map & Lot #010-045-000:

CUMMINGS CATHERWOOD, Maple Grove Road, Map & Lot #009-008-000:

CUMMINGS CATHERWOOD, Maple Grove Road, Map & Lot #009006-000:

Mr. Aldrich moved to accept the Timber Tax Levy / Warrant and Certification of Yield Taxes Assessed for the following:

  • Ryan R. Paul & Melisa Paul, High Street, Map & Lot #010-045-000 in the amount of $661.41;
  • Cummings Catherwood, Maple Grove Road, Map & Lot #009-008-000 in the amount of $103.76;
  • Cummings Catherwood, Maple Grove Road, Map & Lot #009-006-000 in the amount of $109.98;

for a total amount of $875.15.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

AppointmentsMrs. Clough will re-check the list of Board / Committee vacancies and email the people who have not yet indicated whether or not they want to be re-appointed.

Mr. Jack Neary ResponseMrs. Clough mentioned that Mr. Neary sent an email requesting a response to his letter.  Mr. Dalessio looked at the area.  There is no sidewalk on the Neary property side of the street and, at this point in time, the Selectboard does not see a sidewalk being installed on that side.  There is no money in the budget.  They will address the deteriorating sidewalk on the other side of the street during the road re-construction.  Mrs. Pschirrer will draft a response letter.

Employee Policy Handbook Update: Mrs. Pschirrer met with the Department Heads to review and make revisions to the Employee Policy Handbook.  There was a disagreement on the period for probation.  Ultimately it is a Selectboard decision.  Mrs. Pschirrer will begin to re-write this policy.  There will be another meeting with the Department Heads on April 12th.  They will start to talk about employee reviews and job descriptions.

NEW BUSINESS:

Request from John Roberts:  A request was received from Mr. John Roberts to use a metal detector on the Town Common.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to reject Mr. John Roberts request to use a metal detector on the Town Common.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

NH DES Reservoir Dam Inspection: The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of a copy of the letter from the NH Department of Environmental Services to Mr. Mark Houghton, Assistant Fire Chief, regarding the Reservoir Dam inspection that will be coming up.

NH DES Wetland Utility Maintenance Notification:  A notice was received from the NH Department of Environmental Services Wetland Utility Maintenance that National Grid will be doing some tree cutting and vegetation management along their power lines.

Town Safety Procedure ManualMr. Dalessio pointed out that the Selectboard had already approved this Town Safety Procedure Manual; it was ready for signatures. There will be more changes from time-to-time.

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.  Mr. Aldrich seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with all in favor, the motion was approved at 8:34 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 9:05 PM.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of March 31, 2016, be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

OTHER BUSINESS:

Personnel – OfficeMr. Dalessio recognized Mrs. Clough for her contributions to the Selectboard office and wished her luck on her transfer to the Police Department.

 

ADJOURNMENT:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 9:10 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

 

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