TOWN OF WALPOLE
MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD
MAY 12, 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 three people in attendance.
NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD MEETING:
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.
The regular meeting resumed at 6:50 PM.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard session of May 12, 2016, will be sealed. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Mr. Aldrich moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $45,538.74 for checks dated May 13, 2016. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Mr. Aldrich moved to accept the Payroll voucher for the week ending May 07, 2016, in the amount of $24,317.91 for checks dated May 13, 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 $5,330.23 for the week ending May 07, 2016. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:
SELECTBOARD MEETING – May 5, 2016: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of May 5, 2016, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.
NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – May 5, 2016: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of May 5, 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:
- North Walpole Village District, Board of Commissioners – May 3, 2016;
- Walpole Planning Board – April 12, 2016;
- Walpole Planning Board Workshop – April 26, 2016;
- Walpole Planning Board – May 10, 2016;
- Walpole Zoning Board of Adjustment – March 16, 2016;
- Walpole Zoning Board of Adjustment – April 20, 2016.
ABATEMENTS and REFUNDS – Property:
GLEN and LAURA MADDEN, 74 Hayes Road, Map & Lot #013-003-000: Mr. Aldrich moved to accept the Notice of Property Tax Refund for the Tax Year 2015 in the amount of $169.39 for Glenn and Laura Madden. The cause for the Refund is an overpayment on property tax billing. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Appointments – Conservation Commission:
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to appoint Duncan Watson to the Conservation Commission for a three year term. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to appoint Jackie Kensen to the Conservation Commission for a three year term. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Town Hall Rental Income Reports: Mr. Dalessio had asked to take a look at the Town Hall rental reports. Mr. Kreissle created the rental figures; it was a great effort on everyone’s part to provide this information. In 2015 the Town generated $8,635.00 from rentals. The question is how much time Mr. Jerry Brady spent cleaning-up. Mrs. Pschirrer recommended that when they re-consider the rental agreement it will include the new tables and chairs. They will also start to use the new chairs for regular meetings.
Safety Inspection of December 11, 2016 – Closure Letter: Mr. Dalessio reported that after the first visit by the Safety Inspector they worked to correct the violations. The staff did a great job. On his second visit the inspector found a few additional issues. They have all been taken care of. The inspector will be so notified of this; he is welcome back at any time to check on them.
Forest Fire Reports/Bills: Mr. Dalessio talked to Mr. Mark Houghton about the Forest Fire Reports/Bills. In the past the Town used to pay the Fire District but now they wait until the Town gets reimbursed by the State before it goes to the Fire District. The new State forms will be obtained and used.
Barbeque Pit Reservation Form: A copy of the new BBQ Reservation form that was drafted by Mrs. Edkins was reviewed. It follows the same format as the one used by Hubbard, LLC. A decision needs to be made for fees.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the BBQ form with rules and regulations and the following fees:
- $25.00 for a lost key or lock;
- $100.00 for a rack that needs to be replaced;
- $75.00 for a clean-up.
Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Mr. Dalessio mentioned that they had talked about roping off the BBQ area from the Hubbard property. The Highway Department will be asked to do this when they have time in their schedule. Mr. Dalessio pointed out that even though we have a legal right-of-way to the pool Hubbard, LLC would still be using the building therefore they would like the same agreement for a shared driveway as it was for many years.
Employee Policy Handbook Update: Mrs. Pschirrer will continue to work on this update.
Grant Curbing Gift: Mrs. Pschirrer advised that they expected a quote today but it did not come in.
Thank You Letter from YMCA Camp Takodah: The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of a Thank You letter from the Meeting Waters YMCA for the appropriation of $700.00 for Camp Takodah.
Southwest Region Planning Commission Highlights: A letter was received from the SWRPC on their Commission Highlights.
Southwest Region Planning Commission – Annual Meeting Invitation – June 14, 2016: An invitation was received from the SWRPC to attend their annual meeting on June 14, 2016. If interested contact Mrs. Downing who will make the reservations.
Complete Streets Event – May 20, 2016: The Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation, the Bike-Walk Alliance of New Hampshire and Transport NH sent an invitation to attend a Complete Streets Information Session and tour to learn about how Complete Streets can benefit New Hampshire communities. It focuses on the streets in Keene. If interested in attending contact Mrs. Downing who will make the reservations.
Whitewater Boating Flow Assessment for the Bellows Falls Hydroelectric Dam: Information was received on comments made to FERC by the American Whitewater, Appalachian Mountain Club and New England FLOW in response to the Relicensing Study 31: Whitewater Boating Flow Assessment – Bellows Falls and Sumner Falls. No response is needed from the Town.
Disability Tax Exemption: Mrs. Downing reported that the Town does not have a Disability Tax Exemption. There is a Tax Exemption for Blindness in the amount of $15,000.00 as voted in 1986.
Maintenance Person: Mr. Dalessio advised that the Maintenance employee is resigning due to personal reasons. The Selectboard is interested in hiring another individual who will come in on an as-needed basis to do projects.
Zoning Board of Adjustment: Mr. Ernie Vose has resigned from the ZBA. The Selectboard wishes him the best for his future activities and thanks him for many years as a member of the ZBA. Mr. Vose will continue as the Town’s Moderator.
Mrs. Mansouri, Chair of the ZBA, advised that Mrs. Judy Trow who had been ZBA Secretary back in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, then took a break for family reasons, is now back as a ZBA Alternate member. Mrs. Mansouri talked to her and she is interested in being appointed as a regular ZBA member. Mrs. Trow will see Mrs. Sandra Smith to get sworn-in. She will fill the balance of Mr. Vose’s term. Mrs. Mansouri is working on two alternate members.
RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:
Mr. Dalessio 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 meeting was recessed at 7:25 PM.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:36 PM.
Revolving Funds: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to sign the Savings Bank of Walpole Government / Municipal / Public Funds Bonding Resolution for the two Revolving Funds for the Police Department and Recreation Department. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:38 PM.
Regina Borden, Recording Secretary