Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 10/27/16

TOWN OF WALPOLE

MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD

OCTOBER 27, 2016

 

Selectboard Present:     Steven Dalessio (Chair); Peggy Pschirrer; Whitney Aldrich

 

CALL TO ORDER:  Mr. Dalessio called this Selectboard meeting to order at 6:50 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 six people in attendance.

 

GRAVES GRAVEL PITMs. Patricia Rodrigues, a resident of Westmoreland, related background information regarding her property and issues she is experiencing with the Graves Gravel Pit.

Ms. Rodrigues’ property is in Westmoreland and abuts the Graves Gravel Pit, which is in both Westmoreland and Walpole.  Ms. Rodrigues has had ongoing issues with regards to the gravel pit’s operations and expansion.  The Walpole ZBA suggested Ms. Rodrigues come to the Selectboard to discuss the gravel pit’s hours of operation. The discussion quickly expanded to other issues that Ms. Rodrigues has with the gravel pit.  The Selectboard suggested that Ms. Rodrigues obtain a lawyer to help her address the issues of easements, property lines, and other issues that involve the NH DOT and NH DES permitting. All of these types of issues are outside the responsibilities of the Walpole Selectboard and may involve Westmoreland.

After a lengthy discussion the Selectboard recommended that Ms. Rodrigues return to the Walpole ZBA to discuss the issue of the gravel pit’s expansion in Walpole. The ZBA would need to determine if this is an expansion of a non-conforming use and if further actions are required.

The Selectboard agreed to look into the hours of operation and if an update of the tax card is required.

Ms. Pschirrer commented that when non-residents come before boards, there may be questions in regards to their standing in the matter.
ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $53,136.16 for checks dated October 28, 2016.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

PAYROLL:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Payroll voucher for the week ending October 22, 2016, in the amount of $21,138.55 for checks dated October 28, 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 $4,405.48 for the week ending October 22, 2016.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – October 20, 2016:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of October 20, 2016, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the minutes were approved.

STAFF MEETING – October 20, 2016:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Minutes of the Staff Meeting of October 20, 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.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meetings:

  • Walpole Conservation Commission – October 3, 2016;
  • North Walpole Village Board of Commissioners Meeting – October 11, 2016;
  • North Walpole Village Board of Commissioners Meeting – October 18, 2016;
  • Walpole Zoning Board of Adjustment Meeting – October 19, 2016;
  • Walpole Planning Board Workshop – October 25, 2016.

 

WARRANTS:

NORTH WALPOLE SEWER FEES:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Town of Walpole Warrant for the Collection of North Walpole Sewer Fees in the amount of $58,042.17.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

WALPOLE WATER FEES:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Town of Walpole Warrant for the Collection of Walpole Water Fees in the amount of $89,888.47.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

WALPOLE SEWER FEES:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Town of Walpole Warrant for the Collection of Walpole Sewer Fees in the amount of $74,400.40.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

 

WATER / SEWER ABATEMENTS:

HUBBARD, 311 Main Street, Map and Lot # 024-015-000:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to grant the Water Abatement in the amount of $137.64 Water and $15.93 Interest for Dale Hubbard.  A new invoice was created to correct a system error.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

R.N. JOHNSON, INC., 269 Main Street, Map and Lot # 023-003-000:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to grant the Water / Sewer Abatement in the amount of $63.00 for Water and $56.00 for Sewer as there is no meter at this location.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

ESHELMAN, 1162 Main Street, Map and Lot # 027-008-000:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to grant the Sewer Abatement in the amount of $56.00 as there is no meter at this location.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

NOTICE OF INTENT TO CUT WOOD OR TIMBER:

CLARK, 219 Valley Road, Map and Lot # 013-016-001:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve this Notice of Intent to Cut Wood or Timber for Patrick M. Clark, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

 

VETERANS’ TAX CREDITS:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to grant Veterans’ Tax Credits for property owners as follows:

PA-29s:

  • Map & Lot # 028-103-000;
  • Map & Lot # 029-026-000;
  • Map & Lot # 028-092-000
  • Map & Lot # 013-020-000;
  • Map & Lot # 012-027-000;
  • Map & Lot # 018-008-000;
  • Map & Lot # 019-064-000;
  • Map & Lot # 020-006-000;
  • Map & Lot # 024-017-000;
  • Map & Lot # 021-005-000;
  • Map & Lot # 008-034-000;

PA-35s:

  • Map & Lot # 013-003-002;
  • Map & Lot # 012-018-000;
  • Map & Lot # 008-085-000;
  • Map & Lot # 022-008-000;
  • Map & Lot # 023-013-000;
  • Map & Lot # 021-029-000;
  • Map & Lot # 030-013-000;
  • Map & Lot # 017-020-000;
  • Map & Lot # 008-047-000;
  • Map & Lot # 028-117-000;
  • Map & Lot # 008-051-000;
  • Map & Lot # 021-035-000;
  • Map & Lot # 030-015-000;
  • Map & Lot # 008-070-000;
  • Map & Lot # 019-029-000;
  • Map & Lot # 005-015-000;
  • Map & Lot # 013-029-000;
  • Map & Lot # 026-032-000;
  • Map & Lot # 008-107-000;
  • Map & Lot # 008-020-000;
  • Map & Lot # 028-074-000.

Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

Whipple Hill Road:  The Selectboard is continuing their research on Whipple Hill Road. The board requested that a representative from Cold River Materials/Lane Construction be invited to a future meeting to confirm agreements.

Personnel Manual Legal Review:  The Personnel Manual is in the process of being review by a legal firm.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

Preliminary Tax Rate Status:   Mr. Kreissle reported that the Village of North Walpole continues to work on their MS-535.  Ms. Jamie Dow of the Department of Revenue Administration is aware of this and will work with them tomorrow and early next week.  The issue with the Fall Mountain Regional School District is being reviewed and appears to be resolved.

Approval to Charge at LaValley Building Supply:  The Selectboard decided it was not appropriate to have non-town employees have this authority.

Tulip Event Insurance Waiver Request for Town Hall Rental:  A request was received from a Town Hall renter that the TULIP insurance be waived.  This is for a baby shower involving no alcohol or physical activities.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve this request to waive the TULIP insurance for this baby shower on Saturday, October 29th.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Tom Murray – ZBA Appointment Notice:  The Zoning Board of Adjustment has recommended that Mr. Thomas Murray be appointed as a member of their board to fill a vacancy.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to appoint Mr. Thomas Murray as a member of the Zoning Board of Adjustment for a period of five (5) months from November 2016 through Town Meeting, March 2017.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Kitchen Stove Gas Shut-Off:  The Selectboard did not feel a gas shut off was needed at this time.

Update Tri-Fold Directory InsertMrs. Downing reported that the office hours were added to the insert.  The tri-folds are a very popular item.

Asset Management Grant Application – re: Community Water Systems.  Mr. Mark Houghton did receive this information and felt it was not necessary to apply for the grant.

Graves Gravel Pit – re: LUCT:  While researching and photocopying materials for Patty Rodrigues, the fact that the Graves Pit area of disturbance has grown in size was recognized. If a Land Use Change Tax (LUCT) should be applied was discussed.  Mrs. Downing recommended that this be brought to the attention of Mrs. Loren Martin of Avitar Associates.

Rasonsomeware: The Selectboard requested that Mrs. Downing send a note to town employees that they should be extra cautious in regards to e-mails from unknown sources due to increased ransomeware activity.

Change of Selectboard Meeting Day: The Selectboard Meeting of Thursday, Nov. 24th will be rescheduled to Wednesday, Nov. 23rd. This will be a non-public, town business only meeting.

 

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:

Mr. Aldrich moved to recess this Selectboard meeting.  The Selectboard will enter into a meeting as the Hooper Trustees.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With all in favor, the motion was approved at 8:05 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:14 PM.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:15 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Sarah Downing, Substitute Recording Secretary

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