Zoning Board Meeting Minutes – 8/17/16

Walpole Zoning Board of Adjustment

Minutes: August 17, 2016

Walpole, Town Hall

7:30 pm 


Present: Board Members: Chair Myra Mansouri, Vice-Chair Jan Galloway Leclerc, Bob Anderson.. Alternate:Tom Murray. Absent: Judy Trow, Mary Therese Lester, 

Recording: Marilou Blaine. These minutes are unapproved and will be reviewed at the September 21, 2016 meeting for corrections, additions and/or omissions.

Roll Call: Ms. Mansouri called the meeting to order at 7:30 pm. There was a quorum of three board members and an alternate.


Minutes:  One typo was corrected – wood to word and Ms. Mansouri said she thought Manning and Carr was a real estate office, not a law office. Mr. Anderson made a motion to accept the minutes as corrected. Mr. Murray seconded the motion and it was passed by the Board.


New Business:

Signage No. 1: Ms. Samantha Wilheim was representing Unity Homes, a subsidary of Bensonwood. Ms. Wilheim asked if the company could display a 2-by-3-foot sign, on 4-by-4-foot posts and 5 feet high on the right side of the driveway on Wentworth Road. It would be one-sided and would not be lit.

Unity Homes has a model home on the property, which is used as a showroom for potential customers. It is not occupied. Ms. Leclerc made a motion to accept the request as presented. Mr. Anderson seconded the motion and it was approved by the entire board.

Signage No. 2: Mr. Joel Stoddard requested a 3-foot-by-10-foot sign to be placed above one of the bays at his garage on Route 12, next to Walpole Ice Cream. It will be place four feet off center of the bay because the sign is 96 feet from another sign in the front by the road. The ordinance requires that it be 100 feet or a special exception is needed.

It was approved by the board as presented with two conditions:

That Mr. Stoddard get the signature of the owner of the building.

That the sign be placed four feet off center to the right of the bay.

Mr. Stoddard will leave the sign form at the selectboard”s office to be put in a file.

Gravel Pit Inspection Assignments:

Graves and Joe Sawyer – Jan Leclerc and Judy Trow

Hodgkins – Drewsville and Industrial park – Bob Anderson and Tom Murray

Cold River and Whipple Hill – Myra Mansouri and Mary Therese Lester.

At 8:05 the board went into executive session and came out of executive session five minutes later. It was moved and seconded that the minutes of the executive session be approved and sealed.


Respectfully submitted,

Marilou Blaine


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