Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 1/13/17

TOWN OF WALPOLE

MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD

JANUARY 12, 2017

 

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 three people in attendance.

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $120,164.52 for checks dated January 13, 2017.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

PAYROLL: 

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Payroll voucher for the week ending January 7, 2017, in the amount of $26,389.55 for checks dated January 13, 2017.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio 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 $5,963.77 for the week ending January 7, 2017.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – January 5, 2017:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of January 5, 2017, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION #1 – January 5, 2017:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session #1 of January 5, 2017, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

EXECUTIVE NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION #2 – January 5, 2017:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Minutes of the Executive Non-Public Selectboard Session #2 of January 5, 2017, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of Minutes of the following meetings:

  • Walpole Conservation Commission – December 5, 2016:
  • North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners Meeting – December 27, 2016.

 

BUILDING PERMIT:

HUNTINGTON REALTY OF WALPOLE, LLC, 9 Edwards Lane, Map and Lot # 012-004-003:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to renew  existing Building Permit #2012-20 for Huntington Realty of Walpole, LLC, 9 Edwards Lane, Map and Lot #012-004-003 to “Remodel existing 60’ x 40’ shop (no footprint change).  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

VETERANS TAX CREDIT:

MAP and LOT # 003-022-000:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to grant the Veterans Tax Credit for Map and Lot # 003-022-000.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

NOTICE OF YIELD TAXES ASSESSED:

ROBERT INGRAM, 26 Old Stage Coach Road, Map and Lot # 003-027-000:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Original Warrant Yield Tax Levy to Sandra J. Smith, Collector of Taxes for the Town of Walpole, and the Certification of Yield Taxes Assessed to the Department of Revenue Administration, for Robert Ingram / Mary Ingram in the amount of $91.55.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

Warrant Articles: Mrs. Downing is waiting for a response from Sandra Smith (Town Clerk) and Marilou Blaine (Secretary Planning Board and Zoning Board) on two Articles.  Mr. Dalessio requested that copies of the draft be emailed to the Selectboard as soon as it has been completed so they can proof-read and then accept it.

 

Health Officer Appointment Mrs. Downing reported that Dr. Shaw will resign after he finds a replacement.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the appointment of Dr. Charles Shaw as the Health Officer for the Town of Walpole.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

Walpole Fire Village District NotificationFire Chief Dick Hurlburt came into the meeting.  He advised the Commissioners had a meeting last night.  Mr. Dalessio explained they received a letter from the Department of Revenue Administration (DRA) about the formation of the Walpole Fire Village District.  Mrs. Downing had written a letter in response to the DRA’s inquiry.  Mr. Hurlburt just wanted to make sure somebody was taking care of this matter.  He requested a copy of the letter for the Fire Department’s Minutes Book.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve and sign the letter to the DRA on behalf of the Walpole Fire Village District.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Request to DRA for Change in Assessment ReviewMrs. Downing reported that the DRA Auditor was here and recommended the Town write a letter to Mr. Stephan Hamilton at the DRA requesting a change in year for our next assessment review.  Since Walpole had finished an assessment review in 2016, the Town’s next review would be in five years or in 2021.  However, in 2017, the Town of Walpole shall be completing a revaluation of the Town’s properties.  Given that we wish to have consistent property data we would like to request moving up the next assessment review to 2017.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve and sign the letter to Mr. Hamilton, Director of Municipal and Property Division, NH Department of Revenue Administration, to request an assessment review in 2017.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich. With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich, Mr. Dalessio in favor, motion was approved.

 

Old Keene Road Citizen Complaint #2017-01:  The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of a citizen’s complaint on the Old Keene Road that a large dead pine tree may fall into the road.  This will be forwarded to Mr. Rau, Road Agent, to look at the tree and report back to the Selectboard.

 

 

Middle Street Citizen Complaint #2017-02:  A citizen’s complaint was received to request there be a “no parking” zone on the west side of Main Street before Middle Street to increase the view of oncoming traffic.  Following a discussion the Selectboard felt this is a valid request. Mr. Rau, Road Agent, will be asked to go through the Village, evaluate all the intersections, and make a recommendation for “no parking” zones where needed for better visibility.  Mrs. Pschirrer will draft a response letter.

 

Event Insurance Waiver Request:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to grant the request to waive the insurance requirement for renting the Town Hall on March 5th, 2017, for a grandchild’s birthday party where no alcohol will be served.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Training Cancellation RequestMrs. Downing requested permission to cancel a one hour of Primex Training that would take three hours of travel time in order to attend.  This time is needed to complete editing of the Town Report.  The Selectboard approved this request.

 

Town Hall Rental:  A request was received to waive the insurance requirement to rent the Town Hall for a 20th Class Reunion on August 19, 2017.  There was a consensus of the Selectboard to deny this request per the Town’s Policy; it is not a school event.  They will need to obtain the TULIP insurance coverage.

 

Request for an Interest Waiver:  The Selectboard received a request from a property owner at 91 Church Street in North Walpole to waive interest on a sewer bill as he thinks his bill is too high.  Following a discussion the Selectboard agreed to deny this request.

 

Elm Street:  A letter was received from Mrs. Jen Palmiotto who requested the Selectboard look at the condition of Elm Street.  She is objecting to the speed and traffic on that road.  Trucks are going down the street and driving too fast.  Mrs. Pschirrer will check with Mr. Rau to see if any work is scheduled on Elm Street before Mr. Dalessio responds to Mrs. Palmiotto.

 

Notice:  Mr. Dalessio requested a notice be put out now to remind appointed members of the Boards / Commissions, with terms that are expiring, to send in a letter to the Selectboard office to request re-appointment or advise they no longer wish to be appointed.

 

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:  Mr. Aldrich moved to recess this Selectboard meeting.  The Selectboard will enter into a meeting as the Hooper Trustees.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mr. Aldrich, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer, this meeting was recessed at 7:22 PM.

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING (Continued):

Trust Funds:  Mr. Dalessio looked at the Capital Reserve Fund reports and the amount of money we are earning as interest.  He asked Mr. Goins if the funds could be moved to another company.  Mr. Goins mentioned this to Mr. Bob Kimball who called the Cambridge Trust to alert them that the funds might be pulled out and they gave him the same rate as the other company that had been contacted.

 

ADJOURNMENT:  Mr. Aldrich moved to adjourn this meeting.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Aldrich, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:42 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

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