TOWN OF WALPOLE
MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD
JUNE 2, 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 seven people in attendance.
HUGH and STEPHANIE MONTGOMERY, 153 Ramsey Hill Road, Map & Lot #010-038-001: Mrs. Montgomery was present to respond to any concerns the Selectboard might have as this was put on-hold during their last meeting. There was a question as to the location of the shed and their Current Use land.
Mr. Aldrich moved to approve and sign Building Permit #2016-23 for Hugh and Stephanie Montgomery to “Construct a 18’ x 14’ garden shed”, as submitted. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
OLD KEENE ROAD INTERNET SERVICE: Mr. Paul Looney was present to advise that where he lives he does not get any wireless service and very little internet and cable service. He distributed copies of a “Realtor Mag, Study: Speedy Internet Boosts Home Values” and provided explanations for the various sections he had tagged. It states that Broadband has become a home shopper’s must have. In fact, the speed of internet service is even having an influence on American’s biggest purchase – Their Homes. President Obama has a Federal Communications Commission to give more subsidies to the same big companies that have largely failed to invest in the networks we need. Unfortunately a lot of this funding is not going to rural areas but rather things like increasing DSL service. Affordable, reliable access to high speed broadband is critical for U.S. economic growth and competitiveness. Mr. Looney has to use a dish for TV; a lot of people are now using their internet for TV service. Some communities in this area have taken advantage of super-fast fiber-optic internet. New Hampshire Fast Roads’ mission is to extend powerful broadband to the rural communities of western New Hampshire. It is all around us but does not go through us. It is expensive; about $40,000.00/mile.
Mr. Dalessio suggested that he might want to contact the County Commissioners. Quite a while ago Mr. Jack Pratt (former Commissioner) came into a Selectboard meeting to advise that they were working to bring it through the Route 12 corridor; looping it around Walpole and going back toward Surry, etc. Mr. Peter Graves is now Walpole’s representative to the County Commissioners. The handout included a copy of a letter from Carol Miller, Director of Broadband Technology in Concord, NH, who provided Mr. Looney with a copy of a one-page Walpole Cable Franchise Agreement (Comcast) that the Town of Walpole Selectboard signed with Blodgett Appliance Co., Inc. of Alstead, NH, to bring a television signal to the inhabitants of the North Walpole Village Corporation, dated September 8, 1953. At that time the only service provided was TV. Mr. Looney asked the Selectboard to research this agreement to see if the citizens of Walpole are being serviced by this. Mr. Dalessio noted that it was the North Walpole Village Corporation. Mr. Looney feels that if Walpole is going to keep up with changes they need to study some of this. He would be willing to reach out to businesses and other people in the community to do a study to look at their options. He will reach out to Carol Miller to ask if she would come to a future meeting. Mr. Dalessio advised that the Selectboard would welcome and support his assistance to chair a committee or group to look at it as they are interested in exploring options. He suggested that Mr. Looney contact the Southwest Regional Planning Commission.
PLEASANT STREET ROAD AND SIDEWALK: Mr. and Mrs. Jack Neary were present. Mr. Neary explained that they were unable to attend the neighborhood meeting last week due to a family medical emergency. He thought he had the Selectboard ready to agree on the necessity of a sidewalk for safety reasons but it appears that has now changed. He feels there is room for a two-foot black-top sidewalk on the north side of the street. His proposal is to put it on the opposite side of the street where people rarely park. He is proposing it start where the cement sidewalk stops right now; give them a safety zone. Mrs. Pschirrer pointed out that his neighbors were quite unanimous in that they wanted the sidewalk removed; they wanted parking and they did not want or need a sidewalk. Mr. Dalessio pointed out that one of the problems with putting in the sidewalk is that they could not put in a two-foot sidewalk as they have to be done according to current DOT standards. Mr. Neary requested that this situation be re-opened. Mrs. Pschirrer reported that in addition to the workmen who answered numerous questions there were 13 residents in attendance at that meeting; only two families were not present (one of which was Mr. and Mrs. Neary). She quizzed people thoroughly about the sidewalk and they were unanimous about not wanting one. Mr. Neary noted that it is his right to have services on the street. Mrs. Pschirrer replied that majority rules; one person cannot make a decision for the neighborhood. Mr. Neary referenced the Warrant Article of 2008. Mr. Dalessio pointed out that the decision to not put the sidewalk in was made after the meeting with the neighborhood folks. Mrs. Pschirrer mentioned that there is no money in the budget for a sidewalk and she suggested that he put together a Petition for a sidewalk and have it signed by the property owners on the street. Mr. Dalessio suggested he coordinate a meeting with all his neighbors and if there is a new consensus that goes beyond the previous official meeting the Selectboard will entertain it. Mr. Neary asked for another meeting rather than the Selectboard stating this matter is closed. The Selectboard agreed that another meeting will have the same results. Mr. Dalessio said these neighbors want the sidewalk taken out to give them more space to park their vehicles. Mr. Neary pointed out that they just came in to ask for another meeting but that was denied. He will now consult with an attorney.
NORTH STREET RUN-OFF WATER PLAN: Mr. Wayne Wallace asked if the Selectboard had received any options to resolve the run-off water problems on North Street. Mrs. Pschirrer replied that they had received a report with three options from Mr. Fellows. She outlined these options. The most expensive one would probably require a Warrant Article in 2017 that would be voted on by the Town. It would require an engineer’s study, more detail and estimates to do the project. Mr. Wallace’s main concern is that the water coming off his property is damaging the property below him. The Town should handle their own water. Mr. Dalessio explained that they are looking at ways to handle the Town’s water problem on North Road. The Selectboard advised that the Town is not allowed to do work on private property. Mrs. Pschirrer mentioned they are looking at solutions and have more homework to do. Mr. Wallace was given a copy of Mr. Fellows’ report. Mr. Dalessio feels there are a few things they could look at to try to reduce the water pressure situation a little.
Mr. Aldrich moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the amount of $24,570.92 for checks dated June 3, 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 28, 2016, in the amount of $21,854.89 for checks dated June 3, 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 $4,634.15 for the week ending May 28, 2016. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:
SELECTBOARD MEETING – May 5, 2016: Mrs. Pschirrer pointed out that the Selectboard had previously approved the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of May 5, 2016, but then it was pointed out to them that there was an error pertaining to their conversation about ADUs. On page 3, the last sentence should read: “The Selectboard feels that the Zoning Board and Planning Board needs to address this as a community; they should not stay with a common foundation” instead of “they should stay with a common foundation”. The Minutes will reflect this change.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved that Mr. Dalessio post a notice in the Walpolean as follows: “The Selectboard fully endorses the concept of detached auxiliary dwelling units and encourages the implementation of Section X of Senate Bill 146 which allows a town to set their own standards for detached dwelling units by both Zoning and Planning”. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
SELECTBOARD MEETING – May 26, 2016: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of May 26, 2016, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.
NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – May 26, 2016: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of May 26, 2016. 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:
- Cold River Advisory Committee Meeting – April 28, 2016;
- Walpole Conservation Commission Meeting – May 2, 2016.
NOTICE OF INTENT TO CUT WOOD OR TIMBER:
WOOD, Rick and Beverly, 5 Woodland Road, Map & Lot #011-031-000: Mr. Aldrich moved to sign the Notice of Intent to Cut Wood or Timber for Ricky and Beryl Wood off Walpole Valley Road, as submitted. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Primex Schedule of Exposures Summary: Mrs. Downing reported that this is coming together. Mr. Dalessio recommended that they give the Department Heads until Tuesday and then they will send the summary back to Primex as is. They can make changes during the course of the year. An up-date will be done every year. On July 1st the Walpole Fire Department will no longer be covered under the Town’s insurance policy for Workers Compensation. The North Walpole Village District will no longer be covered under the Town’s policy for Property Liability and Workers Compensation insurance coverage. Primex has submitted insurance packages to both the Walpole Fire Department and the North Walpole Village District. This change is because they both have different EIN numbers; they are different entities. At the end of June 2016 Mrs. Downing will request that PLT run a report on what claims are still open for their files.
Hazard Waste and Drinking Water Informational Mailing: Mrs. Downing will contact Five (5) Maples about a cost to do the bulk mailing.
Employee Policy Handbook Update: Mrs. Pschirrer continues to work on this update.
Grant Curbing Gift: Mr. Dalessio left a message for Mr. Boas to return his call to talk about this but he has not yet done so.
Thank You Letter from The Community Kitchen, Inc.: The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the Thank You letter from The Community Kitchen, Inc. for their gift of $1,000.00. In their letter they advised that 1,007 residents from Walpole were provided meals and food boxes during the past year.
Thank You Letter from The American Red Cross of NH and VT Region: The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the Thank You letter from the American Red Cross of NH and VT Region for the Town’s gift of $2,300.00.
Complete Streets Policy Development Workshop: A notice was received from the Southwest Regional Planning Commission that there will be a Complete Streets Policy Development Workshop. Most of this will apply to City of Keene streets. The Selectboard do not plan to attend.
Native American Clean-up Debriefing Meeting: Mr. Dalessio cannot attend the clean-up debriefing meeting but Mr. Aldrich will attend.
APC Unit Quote for Tax Collector and Town Clerk’s Office: Mr. Dalessio reported that the computer battery died in the TC/TX’s office. He called True North to get it straightened out. They sent a quote for back-up batteries for all the PCs; it is about $400.00. The biggest piece is that the back-up on the server is not adequate for the new server so he is looking at options; the cost is about $480.00. By the next meeting he will have all the details worked out. The total package should be less than $1,000.00.
Non-DOT Drug Policy: Mrs. Downing explained that this was a part of the Youth check-list. Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio wanted more time to review it.
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 and (c) Reputations. Mr. Aldrich seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with all in favor, the motion was approved at 7:45 PM.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:20 PM.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of June 2, 2016, be sealed. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
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.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:38 PM.
Gazebo: Mr. Phelps will be asked if he could do the repairs to the Gazebo.
Highway Department: Mrs. Pschirrer met with the Road Agent today to discuss lights. He is calling the utility company today. She asked Mr. Rau to specifically mention the Russell Street lights. Mrs. Pschirrer also talked to him about a crosswalk by the Drewsville Store but it is on a State road. The process is that the Selectboard would have to approve it and Petition the State. Brenda Damaziak at the store would like a crosswalk from the Village Common to the store; the school bus stops on the Common side so she would like the youth to have a safe passage across the road. It is a dangerous intersection. Mr. Dalessio noted that Mrs. Damaziak is also having a problem now that the gas pumps have been removed. Vehicles coming around the corner are cutting the corner short and going across her property. She is thinking about putting whiskey barrels with flowers out to slow down the traffic. Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Rau also talked about equipment. He is going to buy a sprayer when he can; it is less than $4,000.00. They are also looking for a new mower; right now they are using a homeowner mower. It was noted that each year for two weeks we rent a roadside mower at a cost of $20,000.00/year.
Selectboard Office: Mr. Dalessio asked Mr. Kreissle to add a monthly report for Income. He will look at adding that. They will then have a good financial report each month.
Walpole Leadership Academy: Mr. Dalessio mentioned that the Walpole Leadership Academy students will be attending the Selectboard meeting next week on Wednesday, June 8th at 6:00 PM. The Selectboard will talk about their jobs and what they do.
DARE Program: Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer will be attending the DARE Program on June 7th at 11:30 AM. .
Safety Committee Meeting: Mr. Dalessio pointed out that they need to schedule a Safety Committee meeting.
Staff Meeting: The next Staff meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 16th at 5:00 PM.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to adjourn this meeting. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:50 PM.
Regina Borden, Recording Secretary