TOWN OF WALPOLE
MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD
AUGUST 18, 2016
Selectboard Present: Steven Dalessio (Chair); Peggy Pschirrer; Whitney 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 four people in attendance.
PARK IN NORTH WALPOLE: Mr. Bill Gallagher and Mr. Don Provencher are residents of the Village of North Walpole and also volunteers for the Village. There is a piece of property off Main Street and Center Street that the Town owns but has authorized the Village to build a park. They put in a volley ball game many years ago but there was vandalism and nothing else happened. It was, once again, overgrown with shrubs and grass so they cleaned it out again. There are other things they want to do but need authorization from the Selectboard and maybe get a little help from the Highway Department. They would like to level off a bumpy part, put grass seed down plus fill in an old cistern. They are looking for guidance before moving ahead. They displayed pictures of the park area. Mr. Gallagher mentioned there is an old stone foundation closer to Center Street; they thought about reusing the stones by putting them around the trees; it would hold the bark mulch in place. There are two kiosks by the tunnel that the Town was supposed to maintain as per a 2003 agreement on the tunnel with the railroad. They should be able to maintain this area. There was discussion relative to asking the Road Agent about the culvert and cistern and to look over the area. See if he has any suggestions about clearing around the kiosk. The Selectboard had no objections to Mr. Gallagher and Ms. Provencher contacting Mr. Rau and moving forward but would like them to keep the communication open.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $28,411.40 for checks dated August 19, 2016. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Payroll voucher for the week ending August 13, 2016, in the amount of $24,152.31 for checks dated August 19, 2016. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes for Withholding, MEDI and FICA taxes in the amount of $4,979.33 for the week ending August 13, 2016. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:
SELECTBOARD MEETING – August 11, 2016: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of August 11, 2016, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved. Mr. Aldrich abstained as he was not present at this meeting.
The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meetings:
- Trustees of Trust Funds – February 17, 2016;
- Trustees of Trust Funds – April 22, 2016;
- North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – August 9, 2016;
- Walpole Planning Board – August 9, 2016;
- Walpole Zoning Board of Adjustment – August 17, 2016.
ROBERT and MARY JANE NARDONE, 104 Barnett Hill Road, Map & Lot #009-053-000: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve Building Permit #2016-32 for Robert and Mary Jane Nardone to “Construct a 32’ x 50’ new home and 28’ x 36’ garage” at 104 Barnett Hill Road. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
CURRENT USE LAND USE CHANGE TAX (LUCT) WARRANTS:
KENNETH L. BURNS, 388 North Road, Map & Lot #008-076-003: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Land Use Change Tax for Kenneth L. Burns for the amount of $6,500.00. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve and sign the Tax Collector’s Land Use Change Tax Warrant to Sandra J. Smith, Collector of Taxes for Walpole, NH in said county for Kenneth L. Burns. Map & Lot #008-076-003, in the amount of $6,500.00. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
CURRENT USE APPLICATIONS:
LANE CONSTRUCTION, CORP., Whipple Hill Road, Map & Lot #003-002-000: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Current Use application for Lane Construction Corp to put 121.3 acres into Current Use. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
EUGENE and GAIL CRAY, Cray Road, Map & Lots #027-010-001 and #027-010-002: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Current Use application for Eugene and Gail Cray to put 36.15 acres into Current Use. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
ELDERLY and BLIND TAX EXEMPTIONS:
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to deny the following Elderly and/or Blind Exemptions from the property tax credit:
- Map & Lot # 029-045-000;
- Map & Lot # 028-119-000;
- Map & Lot # 016-005-000;
- Map & Lot # 020-037-000;
- Map & Lot # 010-043-000;
- Map & Lot # 029-010-000;
- Map & Lot # 028-131-000;
- Map & Lot # 012-050-000;
- Map & Lot # 025-031-000;
- Map & Lot # 028-103-000.
Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to grant the following Elderly and/or Blind Tax Exemptions for the property tax credit as follows:
- Map & Lot # 028-132-000;
- Map & Lot # 008-002-000;
- Map & Lot # 025-006-000;
- Map & Lot # 028-094-000;
- Map & Lot # 013-028-000.
Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
The Selectboard will review and compare income guidelines with other comparable towns to see if the Town of Walpole limits are too low as they have not been changed in quite a few years.
Caskin Letter: Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the letter to Mr. Roland Caskin on Colonial Drive concerning the water drainage issue. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
2016 Revised Estimated Revenues – 2016 MS-434: Mr. Kreissle had left a packet of various Financial Documents for Review that included the MS-434. These are his best estimates and are based on a 5% decrease. The Selectboard will consider a 7% decrease. Mr. Kreissle checked with both Mrs. Smith and Mr. Colburn about their Revenues. The Selectboard will look at the other numbers. This will be kept on the Agenda and finalized at the next meeting.
Leases and Contracts: One contract came in recently. All the Department Heads have been asked to forward copies of any leases and/or contracts they have so there is a file in the Selectboard Office.
Boston Post Cane: This will remain on the Agenda until the cane is presented to the oldest Walpole resident.
Revised Town Hall Rental Information and Rental Agreements: Mr. Dalessio reported that some towns have created exemptions to the Primex rules. They are giving the authority to the Selectboard to make decisions on rentals. Mr. Dalessio will continue to research and have more information soon.
Town of Walpole DOT Drug Testing Policy: Mrs. Pschirrer will send a new revised version of this policy for the other Selectboard members to review.
708 Main Street: There have been no new developments on this property.
Volunteer Service Statement and Agreement: Mr. Dalessio recommended that they refer to the RSAs on Volunteer Service.
Employee and Volunteer Appreciation Picnic – September 25, 2016: Mrs. Downing reported that the Pit Stop Smoke House is doing the catering. She is looking for games they can use; a croquet set, bocci balls, corn hole game with bean bags, etc.
Building and Demolition Permit and Water and Sewer Application Forms: Mrs. Downing has been doing research on the Fire Marshall and fire codes. Mr. Dalessio will send this link to the RSAs and other information to her.
Employee Policy Handbook Update: Mrs. Pschirrer advised that the committee is meeting again in September to go over other sections in the handbook. They will have to make decisions on over-time and comp time.
Town Seal: Mrs. Downing displayed a piece of art work of the north end of the Town Hall. It appears to have been used as a part of a Town Seal at one time. They will continue to do research.
Wage Review: This item will be kept on the Agenda for the next meeting.
Sub-delegation of Deposit Authority Policy: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve and sign the Sub-delegation of Deposit Authority Policy. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Mary McMahon Abatement Appeal: The Board of Tax and Land Appeals have mandated that the Town meet with Mrs. McMahon to mediate this Appeal. The Selectboard agreed that in the past they have gone with Avitar’s property assessments.
Water and Sewer Bill Collection: Mrs. Pschirrer looked at the RSAs and found that they have three options to handle Water and Sewer Bill Collections. The Selectboard have been discussing the collections of sewer bills in the Village of North Walpole. Mr. Dalessio suggested that they obtain a list of the property owners that have liens on them now and a list of the ones who have made special arrangements. A meeting should be scheduled with Mrs. Linda Edkins and Mr. Mark Houghton for his opinion.
Sexual Harassment Training Certificate: Mr. Justin Cassarino will be excused from attending the Town’s training as he has been certified through the school system.
Town Hall Handyman Application: This was tabled until the next meeting.
Town Construction and Building Repair Contracts: Mr. Dalessio advised that a Certificate of Insurance will be required.
Drug Testing Vendor Proposal: This will remain on the Agenda for future discussion.
Dog Waste in Trash Barrels on Common: At the Safety Committee meeting an employee brought up the fact that when they are emptying the trash barrels on the Common they are now finding dog waste in them. Mr. Dalessio stated that if someone gets it on their hands they need to report it to the office. Plastic bags are not used in these barrels because they fill up with water. Mr. Dalessio told Mr. Rau that the employees should wear gloves when doing this job. The barrels will be removed soon as they are not on the Common during the winter.
RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:
Mfr. 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 motion was approved at 8:07 PM.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:17 PM.
Assessing: Mrs. Downing would like to attend the Assessing 101 Training Session on Wednesday, August 24th. She will be gone a half day. Mrs. Edkins will be on out of the office; Mr. Kreissle and Mr. Fafara will be in the office. The Selectboard urged her to attend this class.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to adjourn this meeting. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:18 PM.
Regina Borden, Recording Secretary