Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 6/8/16

TOWN OF WALPOLE

MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD

JUNE 8, 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 sixteen people in attendance.

Mr. Dalessio advised that the Selectboard will provide explanations of the various Agenda items, as they are presented, for the Walpole Leadership Academy students.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE: 

Mr. Aldrich moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $305,915.16 for checks dated June 10, 2016.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Mr. Aldrich advised that this includes two distributions to the Walpole Fire District in the amounts of $100,000.00 and $175,000.00.

PAYROLL:

Mr. Aldrich moved to accept the Payroll voucher for the week ending June 4, 2016, in the amount of $22,138.11 for checks dated June 10, 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 $4,932.99 for the week ending June 4, 2016.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – June 2, 2016:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of June 2, 2016, as presented.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – June 2, 2016:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of June 2, 2016, as presented.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.

BUILDING PERMITS:

JAMES and KATHLEEN WHITON, 100 March Hill Road, Map & Lot #009-012-002-3:  Mr. Aldrich moved to grant Building Permit No. 2016-24 for James and Kathleen Whiton to “Construct a 24’ x 24’ Garage”, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

ABATEMENTS and REFUNDS – Property:

SICHLING, 30 Cray Road, North Walpole, Map & Lot #028-124-001:  Mr. Aldrich moved to approve and sign the Notice of Property Tax Abatement Refund in the amount of $1,504.00 for Laura Sichling.  This was billed in error.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

SUPPLEMENTAL TAX WARRANT: 

JOANNE L. GAY, 2011 Living Trust, North Walpole, Map & Lot #028-124-001:  Mr. Aldrich moved to approve and sign the Supplemental Tax Warrant, Tax Year 2016 1st Issue, Town of Walpole, State of New Hampshire, for Gay 2011 Trustee, Joanne L. Gay, Trustee in the amount of $1,504.00.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

Hooper Institute Youth Employee Job DescriptionsMr. Dalessio noted that the State is watching towns carefully.  Last year we did not have job descriptions for all the youth.  They do a lot of different jobs and are Town employees but their salaries are reimbursed from the Hooper Trust.  Mrs. Eloise Clark provided the job descriptions; copies went to the mentors so they know what the youth can and cannot do.

Mr. Aldrich moved to accept the job descriptions for the Hooper Institute Youth. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Hazard Waste and Drinking Water – Informational MailingMrs. Downing is waiting for a quote for doing the mailing.  Mr. Dalessio advised that the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services requires that the Town send out a notice to all of the people on the water system about the Hazard Waste and Drinking Water.  It gives helpful tips on protecting the water.

Employee Policy Handbook Update: Mrs. Pschirrer mentioned that they have a meeting coming up on June 14th at 8:30 AM.  Mr. Dalessio said this is a large project as the Employee Policy Handbook had not been up-dated in a number of years.  When it was written the last time not all the Department Directors were invited to participate.

Grant Curbing GiftMr. Dalessio pointed out that they are still looking into this.  The gift was for materials to extend the granite from the church to the Boas driveway but the job itself is expensive for the installation.  The person knows we may give the gift back.  The Selectboard will take one more look at the project to see if they can find someone to do it.  Restoring the landscaping is expensive.

Town of Walpole Non-DOT Drug Testing Policy: The Selectboard has not yet looked thoroughly at this.  This policy turned up but they had not seen it before.

Gazebo Repairs: Mrs. Downing reported that Mr. Phelps will create a quote this week.  A donation for a maintenance fund had been given to the Town to make repairs.  Mr. Dalessio mentioned that the flags are getting torn up so they should be replaced.

NEW BUSINESS:

Oath of Office – Dean Wright, Full-time Police OfficerMr. Dalessio announced that it is a pleasure to let people know that we have hired Dean Wright as a full-time Police Officer.  He had been working part-time for the department for some time and is certified.  Officer Noah Sanctuary who had been with the department for about three years has resigned and is working for the State Police.  We are not increasing the staff.   It costs about $9,000.00 to get an officer certified therefore it is a benefit to the Town if the officer is certified.

Mr. Aldrich moved to sign the Oath Of Office for Dean Wright.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Garland Lumber Co. – Contract Extension:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve and sign the Timber Sale Agreement Extension between the Town of Walpole and Garland Lumber Co., Inc. pertaining to the sale of stumpage from the Walpole Watershed Town Forest; it was entered into on November 2014 and is extended to expire on March 31, 2017.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Responding to a question Mr. Aldrich advised that they started this harvest last year but could not complete it because the ground thawed sooner than anticipated.  This extends the agreement by one year.

Town of Walpole Facebook PageMr. Aldrich talked about creating a Facebook page.  He feels there are three levels:  1) Have it operate as a bulletin board; 2) Have it for private messages; and 3) Comments are allowed.  He asked for opinions on how they would like to see it.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked how it would be an advantage because we have a web-site.  Mr. Aldrich feels a Facebook page would be easier to maintain; it is a place to communicate.  He wanted to have the discussion.  A student felt it is okay to post controversial items but not offensive ones. Mrs. Pschirrer has reservations about doing it at all.  She would rather focus on our web-site.  Mr. Dalessio is the operator of the web-site but it is a great opportunity for somebody to volunteer to take it over.  It is easy to maintain.  Following the discussion Mr. Dalessio suggested that they hold-off on the Facebook page for now.  The concern is that there will be too many places where there is information and it all has to be maintained.  It might be a good place for the Leadership Academy to test it and see what they can do with it.

Citizen’s Report Form – Town Clerk/Tax Collector Hour Information: Mr. Dalessio noted that another thing the Selectboard instituted about a year ago was a Citizen’s Report Form.  If someone calls in or comes to the window and is not happy about something their report will go on one of these forms.  It allows the Selectboard to track the issue through its process.  Each month they look through the binder to see what the status is until it is resolved.

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 7:15 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:23 PM.

 

OLD BUSINSS (Continued):

JACK and NANCY NEARYMr. and Mrs. Jack Neary submitted a proposal to the Selectboard for their consideration as a safer alternative on Pleasant Street.  Mr. Dalessio explained that the Town is working on Pleasant Street to replace the old water main; it will then be re-paved.  The sidewalks on the south side of the street were in deplorable condition.  The question came up as to what to do with the sidewalks.  A meeting was held on the street with all the neighbors, unfortunately Mr. and Mrs. Neary could not be there due to a medical emergency, and a decision was made to take out the sidewalks and widen the street.  Mr. and Mrs. Neary would like to see the sidewalks restored but it is not in the picture at the moment therefore Mr. Neary is proposing that they put a “No Parking” sign on the north side so vehicles do not park on both sides of the street.  There should be some striping of lines marking a walking area adjacent to the lawn on the north side.  Mr. Dalessio feels they should discuss this proposal with Mr. Mike Rau, Road Agent, and Police Chief Paquette.  They will get back to Mr. and Mrs. Neary as it appears to be a good idea.

Mr. Dalessio advised that this concludes the Public meeting.  The time was 7:39 PM.  He looks forward to seeing the Walpole Leadership Academy students at the Planning Board meeting on June 14, 2016.

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 7:42 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:62 PM.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of June 8, 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 return to their meeting as the Hooper Trustees.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:08 PM.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD MEETING #2:

Mr. Aldrich moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session #2 pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (c) Reputations.  Mrs. Pschirrer seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with all in favor, the motion was approved.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:21 PM.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session #2 of June 8, 2016, be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

ADJOURNMENT:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to adjourn this meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:22 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

One thought on “Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 6/8/16

  1. Ryan Owens, Watkins Hill Rd. 06/20/2016 at 11:41 AM Reply

    Joe’s idea for a town Facebook page is a good one. Information posted need not be duplicative of what is found elsewhere, but rather serve as a means of public notification of the availability of new information elsewhere. Facebook posts say, in effect, “This information, now available on the town website/newspaper/state website/Clarion/etc. may be of interest to you. Click on this link to view it at the source.” Facebook is not a source of detailed information in itself, but rather it provides notification to followers when there is no other mechanism for knowing when something new is available on an existing resource.

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