TOWN OF WALPOLE
MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD
DECEMBER 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.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $39,756.33 for checks dated December 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 December 3, 2016, in the amount of $21,020.06 for checks dated December 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 $4,411.27 for the week ending December 3, 2016. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:
SELECTBOARD MEETING – December 1, 2016: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of December 1, 2016, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the minutes were approved.
NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – December 1, 2016: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard meeting of December 1, 2016, as submitted. 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 meeting:
- Walpole Conservation Commission – November 7, 2016.
PROPERTY TAX REFUND:
Map and Lot # 005-028-000: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to grant the Property Tax Refund in the amount of $454.25. This overpayment of property taxes was made by the escrow company. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
TIMBER YIELD TAX LEVY:
GALLOWAY REV. TRUST, Rapids Road, Map and Lot # 002-013-000: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Timber Yield Tax Levy in the amount of $2,997.63 for the Galloway Rev. Trust 2004. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
SUPPLEMENTAL TAX WARRANT:
HOOPER TRUST, 166 Prospect Hill Road, Map and Lot # 008-061-000: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Tax Collector’s Property Tax Supplement Warrant in the amount of $112.00 for the Meeting House West LLC golf course on the George I. Hooper property. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
2016 Equalization Process: Mr. Dalessio acknowledged receipt of the 2016 Equalization Municipal Assessment Data Certificate from the Department of Revenue Administration. The equalization rate came in at 104.5%.
Mr. Aldrich moved to give Avitar Associates permission to up-load the equalization data. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
- Clark Abatement Appeal Settlement: The Selectboard received a letter from Avitar Associates advising that a settlement appeal has been reached with Mr. Patrick Clark. If the Selectboard concurs, an abatement needs to be processed for 2015 on the $84,066 value difference and for 2016 on the $84,100 value difference. Mr. Clark has agreed to this settlement.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the settlement between the Town of Walpole and Mr. Patrick Clark as recommended by Avitar Associates in the amount of $84,066 for 2015 and $84,100 for 2016. This property is on Valley Road. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Cash Objective Chart: Mr. Kreissle provided the Selectboard with an update on the cash assessment to the end of the year.
Fall Mountain Food Shelf and Friendly Meals Program: Mrs. Pschirrer met with Mr. Charles Montgomery, the Town’s representative to the Advisory Committee, at his request. The Advisory Committee has been able to negotiate a lease so the Food Shelf will be able to remain in Langdon for five years. The committee members are working to try to persuade the Board to be more active and positive in terms of where they will house the Food Shelf and not wait until the fifth year. Mrs. Pschirrer asked him to put their annual request for funds in writing. The Town has been giving them $2,000 for the Fall Mountain Food Shelf and $1,000 for the Friendly Meals Program. They have numbers for the significant amount of people they see on a regular basis. Mrs. Pschirrer thanked Mr. Montgomery for serving the Town on this Advisory Committee.
Women of Walpole: Mrs. Pschirrer thanked the Women of Walpole for putting up holiday wreaths in Town.
Property Tax Payment Agreements: The Selectboard had asked Mrs. Sandy Smith to look into the payment agreements. Mrs. Smith replied that both agreements worked out fine.
Multi-date Town Hall Rental: A request was received from the Southern NH/VT Idol to use the Town Hall for five consecutive Saturdays in September into October 2017. Mr. Dalessio noted that they give back to the community. The proceeds would benefit the Walpole Historical Society, Fall Mountain Food Pantry and Our Place. There will need to be insurance coverage for the five consecutive Saturdays.
Mudders: Mr. Aldrich was approached by two residents who wanted to know about putting in a key lock box on Derry Hill Road to keep out the vehicles (pick-up trucks that are “souped” up) that destroy the road. Mr. Aldrich told Mr. Franks he could put up gates but not lock them which will not solve the problem. Derry Hill is classified as a Class VI emergency lane. Mr. Aldrich noted these emergency lanes are maintained for that purpose but if we have these vehicles going in there and destroying the road/area the road cannot be accessed for emergencies. Mr. Aldrich brought this to the attention of the Conservation Commission at their last meeting. There is a need to catch these people and have them pay for the damages. Mr. Dalessio will talk to Police Chief Paquette about this.
Tax Anticipation Note: Mr. Kreissle would like to send a letter to the Savings Bank of Walpole stating that the Town may be considering taking out a Tax Anticipation Note.
Mr. Aldrich moved to sign the letter of intent for a Tax Anticipation Note to the Savings Bank of Walpole. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
Church Street Lights: Mr. Dalessio looked at the lights on the bridge and they are on. In 2012 it looked like the lights on the bridge should have been shut off but nothing happened since then. Mr. Aldrich and Chief Paquette attended that DOT meeting in 2012. Mr. Dalessio referenced the letter in 2012; it does not mention where the five original lights were. He does not think the bridge lights were ever discussed with the State. The only two lights the Town would have to take over would be the two on the corner; they are on a State road. Mr. Dalessio felt they should notify Liberty Utilities that based on the information in the Selectboard’s possession the two lights are the responsibility of the NH Department of Transportation because they both are on State roads. He will draft a letter to Liberty Utilities.
Selectboard Meeting: The Selectboard will be meeting in a Non-Public Session on Monday, December 12th, 2016, at 10:00 AM. Mr. Kreissle will also be attending this meeting.
NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:
Mr. Aldrich moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (d) Acquisition, Sale or Lease of Real or Personal Property. Mr. Aldrich seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with all in favor, the motion was approved at 7:05 PM.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:20 PM.
Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard session of December 8, 2016, will be sealed. Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With all in favor, the motion was approved.
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.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:24 PM.
Mr. Aldrich moved to adjourn this meeting. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With all in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:25 PM.
Regina Borden, Recording Secretary