TOWN OF WALPOLE
MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD
SEPTEMBER 8, 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 five people in attendance.
Westminster Street Parking Striping: Ms. Joan Balla has quite a few older customers coming into the bakery. The parking in front of the Walpole Tavern and her business is very limited. People do not seem to park to the end of the curb but they park in-between so quite often her customers cannot park in front or in back of other vehicles/trucks. Some handicapped customers need to have one of those front spaces otherwise they end up stopping in front of her business to drop off the handicapped person and then have to find a parking space. She spoke to the tenants that used to park there all day/night and asked them to leave those spaces free during the day and they have been doing that. Other people park there for 2-to-3 hours. She asked Mrs. Pschirrer if it would be possible to paint lines to designate the parking spaces so people will know where the parking spot starts and ends. There would be no in-between parking. People parallel park on Westminster Street all the time. There was discussion about having a handicapped parking space as well. Mr. Dalessio spoke to Police Chief Paquette about this. His concern is that there is no parking ordinance in Town therefore the Police officers could not enforce the parking violations. Mrs. Pschirrer mentioned that the Highway Department would like to stripe parking spaces on Elm Street because many times vehicles park too close to the “Stop” sign.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to stripe both sides of Westminster Street from the beginning of Main Street down to Elm Street and Elm Street on one side only from Westminster Street to Main Street. A handicapped parking space will be added on Westminster Street. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Mrs. Pschirrer summarized that they need a Parking Ordinance. People will then start parking appropriately.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $37,113.35 for checks dated September 9, 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 September 3, 2016, in the amount of $22,618.70 for checks dated September 9, 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 $4,818.98 for the week ending September 3, 2016. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:
SELECTBOARD MEETING – September 1, 2016: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of September 1, 2016, as presented. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the minutes were approved.
NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – September 1, 2016: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of September 1, 2016, as presented. 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:
- North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – August 16, 2016;
- North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – August 30, 2016.
RICHARD S. FRANCIS, 257 Ramsay Hill Road, Map & Lot #011-007-000: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to grant Building Permit #2016-34 for Richard S. Francis to “Construct a 15’ x 10’ screened porch”. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
JAMES and MARY SUOZZI, 644 County Road, Map & Lot #005-033-000: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to grant Building Permit #2016-35 for James and Mary Suozzi to “Add a 2nd story shed dormer to allow for additional bathroom and two bedrooms”. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Town Hall Facilities Policy: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to sign the Town Hall Facilities Policy that was discussed and approved by the Selectboard last week. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
This policy will be numbered as “SB 101”.
Town Dental Coverage: Mrs. Downing reported that Ms. Melissa Hopf will be here on Friday, September 16th to visit with Mrs. Downing and Mr. Kreissle and give them a proposal to review. She will then return on Thursday, September 22nd to make a presentation to the Selectboard.
Water and Sewer Liens: The Selectboard had received a draft of the Water and Sewer Liens policy. Mrs. Linda Edkins continues to work on it. Mr. Dalessio wants to meet with Mrs. Edkins and Mr, Mark Houghton when it is ready to be finalized.
Employee Policy Handbook Update: Mrs. Pschirrer advised that the committee will be meeting on September 20th to continue their work on the handbook update.
Police Grants: Mr. Dalessio reported that the Police Department applied for and received three separate grants from the NH Department of Safety. The first Grant is a “Distracted Driving Patrol Grant. This was designed to enforce the NH’s Hand-Free Electronic Device Law. The second Grant is the “DWI Patrols” Grant. This Grant was awarded to the Department to assist with the impaired driving problem in our community. The final Grant awarded is the “Sustained Traffic Enforcement Patrol (STEP) Grant / Operation Safe Commute”. This Grant has been awarded to the PD to combat the problem of speeding motorists on roads traversing in and through Walpole. Chief Paquette said the matching funds are within his budget. Mrs. Pschirrer’s concern is the time involved with the paperwork, etc.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to authorize the Chair of the Selectboard, Steven Dalessio, to sign these Grants and to initial each page. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Recreation Department Request: Mr. Cassarino submitted a request that through the earnings of the Recreation Programs, they would like to propose that they purchase four new soccer goals, two pairs, to replace the old ones for the 7/8 year old league. The goals have been in the league for many years and were purchased by the Beliveau’s when they were running the league. The poles/frames are starting to bend and are no longer straight. These new goals will be a huge upgrade to the program. The total cost for the four goals with shipping costs is $3,977.98.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to permit the Recreation Department to order four goals and use their Revolving Funds of $3,977.98 for the soccer program. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Bond: Mr. Dalessio reported that Mr. Kreissle and Mr. Goins are looking into the details for taking out a bond. The Town has some major expenses that are coming up; there are several red-listed bridges, culverts and possibly if they do the diversion of the waste from the Vilas Bridge to Green Street in North Walpole and then cross over the new Arch Bridge. Conceptually bonds are at their lowest interest rate so it may benefit the Town to take a bond now rather than later. Typically bonds do not have to be spent for three years. We have a number of projects in the planning stages at this time. They need to get the planning done and then make some decisions.
Highway Department: Mrs. Pschirrer advised that an employee will be out for several weeks.
RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:
Mr. 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 7:05 PM.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:17 PM.
Department Head Budgets: Mrs. Downing was asked to remind the Department Heads that their budgets need to be turned in as soon as possible.
Proposed Budget: Mr. Dalessio passed out the base line budget to Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Aldrich with things they are aware of. He felt they might want to look at the aging infrastructure. Mr. Dalessio recommended that they schedule an all-day meeting toward the end of October to talk with the Department Heads about their proposed budgets (Highway, Recycling, Police and Mr. Mark Houghton). He will give out information and instructions at the next Staff Meeting. Mr. Kreissle will be asked to get prices for oil and propane from Irving Oil. Other companies were asked for the same information.
Salary Review: Mr. Dalessio is waiting for a quote. The company now has all the job descriptions.
Railing and Gazebo Repair Projects: Mrs. Downing reported that both projects have been done. She is waiting to hear from the Handyman, who was hired as a contractor, for the other projects.
Town Hall Kitchen: Mrs. Downing talked to Mr. Mark Houghton about installing the dish washer in the Town Hall kitchen. Mrs. Pschirrer noted that they need to spend the money before the end of this year or lose it.
Employee and Volunteer Appreciation Picnic – September 25: Mrs. Downing is checking with people to see if they will be attending or not. Mr. Dalessio wanted to be sure the North Walpole Village employees are also invited.
Horse Thieves: Mr. Dalessio mentioned that the annual meeting is September 27th.
Playground: Mr. Aldrich advised that they got the funding for the new playground. The committee plans to build it on September 30th and October 1st.
Boston Post Cane: The Selectboard would like to do the presentation of the Boston Post Cane on a Thursday before the regular meeting from 5:30 to 6:00 PM. Relatives and friends will be invited to attend.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to adjourn this meeting. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:34 PM.
Regina Borden, Recording Secretary