TOWN OF WALPOLE
MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD
MAY 5, 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 eight people in attendance.
PAMELA S. HOWARD LIVING TRUST, 21 Colonial Drive, Map & Lot #021-041-001: Mr. and Mrs. David Howard were present.
Mr. Aldrich moved to accept Building Permit No. 2016-15 for Pamela S. Howard Living Trust / David and Pamela Howard to construct a “Single family residence with attached garage”, as submitted. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
CHRIS RICCI, 88 March Hill, Map & Lot #009-012-002-001: Mr. Aldrich moved to accept Building Permit No. 2016-16 for Chris Ricci to add a “24’ x 32’ Great Room Addition”, as submitted. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
BRUCE R. CARRUTHERS and GEORGE D. CHENEY, 22-26 School Street, Map & Lot #019-057-000: Mr. Carruthers and Mr. Cheney were present.
Mr. Dalessio pointed out that a concern is if there is asbestos that it be handled properly. Mr. Cheney has an appointment scheduled for May 17th with Mr. David Mack from the Southwest Region Planning Commission. It appears there is none but they have made arrangements with Catamont for removal of any asbestos and Bazin Brothers for the demolition of the building. Mrs. Pschirrer requested that if there is any asbestos or any high risk material that they submit a report to the office for the Town records.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept Demolition Permit Mo. 2016-17 for Bruce R. Carruthers and George D. Cheney to “Demolish Old School House Apartment Building and second apartment house at rear of property” , as submitted and that a final report be filed with the Town which includes if any asbestos or other high risk material was found on the site and, if so, how it was handled by Catamont Removal Company and Bazin Brothers. 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 $260,167.45 for a tax lien check issued on May 4, 2016 and $15,015.22 for checks dated May 6, 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 April 30, 2016, in the amount of $16,868.51 for checks dated May 6, 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 $4,988.35 for the week ending April 30, 2016. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:
SELECTBOARD MEETING – April 27, 2016: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of April 27, 2016, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.
NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – April 27, 2016: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of April 27, 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:
- Walpole Conservation Commission – April 4, 2016;
- Cold River Local Advisory Committee – March 31, 2016;
- North Walpole Village District, Board of Commissioners – April 19, 2016;
- Walpole Cemetery Trustees – Resumed May 2, 2016.
Walpole Conservation Commission: Mr. Dalessio advised that the WCC did receive $25,000.00 for the Current Use change from the Avanru Development Group. They questioned if they would be receiving another check but there are no additional Current Use Funds going to them at this time. It has to be paid in the year that it is charged. If the payment comes in late it does not go to the Conservation Commission but stays with the Town. Mrs. Pschirrer pointed out that the money received from the Hooper property timber cut goes to the Hooper Fund.
North Walpole Village District: The Board of Commissioners referenced the article in the Eagle-Times but no information was provided to the Eagle-Times by the Selectboard and the Selectboard has no stance on the Vilas Bridge. Mr. Dalessio contacted Commissioner O’Brien on the Commonwealth Construction alleged saw dust emission and he apologized for not informing the North Walpole Commissioners first.
Walpole Cemetery Trustees: Mrs. Pschirrer mentioned that there are several references to the Cemetery Trusts in their meeting Minutes. They get copies of the Trust every month therefore she asked that they pay close attention to the budget and how much money they have to spend.
- ROBERT MILLER: Mr. Dalessio thanked Mr. Bob Miller for coming in to make a report on the Southwest Region Planning Commission meeting he recently attended. Both Mr. Bob Miller from the Planning Board and Mr. Bob Anderson from the Zoning Board attended the SWRPC meeting. Mr. Miller distributed copies of “NHMA (New Hampshire Municipal Association) – Municipal Sign Ordinances – U.S. Supreme Court Decision – Reed v. Town of Gilbert, AZ. Because the Town of Gilbert sign code placed stricter limits on temporary events signs but more freely allowed ideological and political signs – despite the fact that all three sign types have the same effect on traffic safety and community aesthetics – the code failed the narrow tailoring requirement of strict scrutiny. Municipalities should review their sign codes carefully. The handout suggests possible Sign Code changes. The Supreme Court became involved with the signage issue. Mr. Miller does not feel that the Town’s Zoning regulations have any bias in them. Mr. Dalessio noted that the Site Plan document does not cover signs but it does cover lighting; somewhere that needs to be corrected. The Sign Ordinance wants the lights to come up and the Site Plan wants the lighting to point down; they should not contradict each other.
- Mr. Miller also distributed “2016 SB 146 – Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)”. The Legislature has passed SB 146 and the Governor signed the bill which goes into effective July 2017. It gives municipalities extra time to amend their zoning ordinances. The Obligations and Options Under SB 146 were listed. They were reviewed and discussed at this meeting. There is a need to pay attention to ways that the existing facility has the capacity to take on additional ADUs. The creation of ADUs will help people to age in place, and it will create a greater supply of housing for the young professionals we want to live here. The Selectboard feels they need to address this as a community; they should stay with a common foundation.
- MARK HOUGHTON: Mr. Houghton and the Selectboard will be attending the Special Meeting of the Village of Bellows Falls on Tuesday, May 31st, 2016, at the Rockingham Town Hall when the renewal Wastewater Agreement will be signed between the Village of Bellows Falls and the Town of Walpole. The Vilas Bridge is also an Agenda item.
- Mr. Houghton and Mr. Rau need to schedule a meeting with the residents on Pleasant Street to talk about the water main replacement project. Some residents asked about having the meeting right on the street rather than the Town Hall. Mr. Houghton would like the Selectboard to attend. A possible date will be Wednesday, May 25th at 6:00 PM. The rain date will be Friday, May 27th at 6:00 PM. They would like to begin the project a little before school starts. There will be disruption on the street.
- Mr. Houghton has had email trouble with Mr. Dalessio and the Town Hall. He wanted to talk about the gas stove in the kitchen. He feels they have been running out of gas because of the usage. Options to save on gas, having a larger gas tank, etc. were discussed. Safety is an issue. Mr. Houghton suggested that they could do a propane alarm with Countryside Alarms; it would be tied into the alarm system. The Selectboard approved having him take care of this. Mr. Dalessio summarized that we continue to leave the pilot lights on but have Mr. Houghton put in a lock out valve. There is a microwave in the kitchen.
- Mr. Houghton pointed out that the next time there is a water and/or sewer rate increase it should be published in the Clarion and put on the web-site.
ABATEMENTS AND REFUNDS – Property:
HARRY A. BERNARD, 69 High Street, Map & Lot #021-024-001: Mr. Aldrich moved to sign the Notice of Property Tax Refund in the amount of $10.04 for Harry A. Bernard. The cause of the refund is an overpayment on property tax billing. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
JAMES F. MORT, 105 Brewery Road, Map & Lot #014-011-000: Mr. Aldrich moved to sign the Notice of Property Tax Refund in the amount of $8.68 for James F. Mort. The cause of refund is overpayment on property tax billing. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
PETER and ELIZABETH ROOS, 82 Elm Street, Map & Lot #019-022-000: Mr. Aldrich moved to sign the Notice of Property Tax Refund in the amount of $65.71 for Peter and Elizabeth Roos. The cause of refund is overpayment on property tax billing. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
DELIA M. BLANCHARD, 258 Valley Road, Map & Lot #013-011-000: Mr. Aldrich moved to sign the Notice of Property Tax Refund in the amount of $10.18 for Delia M. Blanchard. The cause of refund is overpayment on property tax billing. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
ABATEMENTS and REFUNDS – Water / Sewer:
WILLIAM REED, JR., 60 Main Street, Map & Lot #020-046-000: Mr. Aldrich moved to sign the Notice of Water/Sewer Abatement in the amounts of $191.52 for Water and $159.35 for Sewer for William Reed, Jr. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
DUSSAULT PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, 47 Church St., Map & Lot #028-076-000: Mr. Aldrich moved to sign the Notice of Water/Sewer Abatement in the amounts of $6.08 for Interest and $101.30 for Sewer for Dussault Property Management. Cause of Abatement is double billing at time house was sold. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
ELDERLY TAX EXEMPTION:
JOHN LAZZARO, 376 Old Keene Road, Map & Lot #007-026-000: Mr. Aldrich moved to approve and sign the application for a Property Tax Elderly Exemption for John Lazzaro. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
APPOINTMENTS – Duncan Watson for Conservation Commission: There was a consensus of the Selectboard to put this appointment on-hold until the next meeting.
Revolving Account for Police and Recreation Departments: The Selectboard signed the bank forms that Mr. Goins brought in for the Revolving Accounts for the Police and Recreation Departments.
Application for Renewal of Groundwater Management Permit: The Selectboard signed in the area where the signature was missing from the application for Renewal of Groundwater Management Permit.
Employee Policy Handbook Update: This is a work in-progress.
Grant Curbing Gift: Mrs. Pschirrer reported that Blanc and Bailey will be giving an estimate.
Forest Fire Reports/Bills: Mr. Aldrich moved to authorize the Chair, Mr. Steven Dalessio, to sign the following Forest Fire Reports/Bills:
- May 3, 2016 – Alstead – Route 12A – $1,579.99
- April 30, 2016 – Alstead Route 12A – $1,934.80
- April 29, 2016 – Langdon – Meany Road – $256.38
- April 25, 2016 – Alstead – Alstead Center Road – $58.65
- April 21, 2016 – Stoddard – $803.23
- April 22, 2016 – Stoddard – $490.87
- April 17, 2016 – Stoddard – $935.32
- April 29, 2016 – Alstead – South Woods Road – $990.40
- April 20, 2016 – Charlestown – Old Cheshire Turnpike – $93.58
Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
WDDC Support Letter: Last week the Selectboard received a letter from the Southwest Region Planning Commission requesting that the Town of Walpole support a clean-up of the Central Plating Company at 12 Westminster Street.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve and sign the letter of support to the Southwest Region Planning Commission for the clean-up on the Central Plating Company property at 12 Westminster Street. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Renewal of ERZ Certification: A letter was received from the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development advising that they are reviewing the current status of previously designated ERZs subject to 5 year reviews and is asking the Town if the designated ERZ(s) should remain in the current ERZ tax credit program.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to renew the ERZ(s) for the following areas and to authorize Mrs. Sarah Downing to sign the document as the contact person.
- Industrial Park Road Zone (approved 12/09)
- Meadows Along Main Commercial/Industrial Zone (approved 12/09)
- Whitcomb-Lane Construction Zone (approved 12/09)
- Walpole Downtown Commercial Zone (approved (12/09)
Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
National Grid – Re: Utility Maintenance and Repair Project: A letter was received from National Grid advising that they will be doing routine maintenance and repair projects along their rights-of-ways in Walpole.
NH Department of Transportation: Red List Bridges Report and Lists: Mr. Dalessio mentioned that the Town received a letter from the NH Department of Transportation on the 2015 Red Listed Bridges. A copy will be sent to Mr. Michael Rau, Road Agent. Mrs. Pschirrer said the Town might be able to do the repairs ourselves to the bridge on March Hill Road by using a State form “Permit By Notification”. This does not need a permit from the Department of Environmental Services. Mr. Dalessio is receiving comments about the culvert on the Old Drewsville Road. The road is now posted so farmers have to go way around to get to their fields. They are asking that it be fixed soon.
Barbeque Pit Reservation Form: Mrs. Downing advised that the office is beginning to get requests to use the Barbeque Pit. Mr. Dalessio suggested that they use the same forms that Hubbard, LLC used and that Mr. Sam Jacobs, the Walpole School and the Congregational Church be notified of the fact that the Town of Walpole is now the owner. Mr. Ray Boas will be asked to put an article in the Clarion that anybody wanting to use it has to come into this office to fill out the form. This was a generous gift to the Town from Hubbard, LLC.
Walpole Solid Waste Invoice for Walpole Players: The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of a bill to the Town of Walpole from the Walpole Solid Waste for the Walpole Players. Mr. Dalessio recommended that this bill be voided and another one issued and forwarded to the Walpole Players as they are a separate incorporated group.
Selectboard Committee and Board Appointments: Mr. Dalessio had drafted a form and asked Mrs. Downing to change the format to a tri-fold form with the Selectboard Committee and Board Appointments. The Staff Meetings should be included.
Delinquent Property Taxes: The Selectboard recognized Mrs. Sandra Smith’s efforts in collecting the delinquent property taxes. At this time no properties will need to be Deeded to the Town.
RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to recess the 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 8:40 PM.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 9:00 PM.
Memorial Day Service: Mr. Whitney Aldrich asked Mrs. Pschirrer to be the speaker at the Memorial Day service.
Monthly Financial Statements: Mr. Dalessio reported that all the departments are now receiving monthly financial statements from Mr. Kreissle.
NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (c) Reputations. Mr. Aldrich seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with all in favor, the motion was approved.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 9:09 PM.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Minutes of the May 5, 2016, Non-Public Selectboard meeting be sealed. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 9:10 PM.
Regina Borden, Recording Secretary