Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 2/2/17

TOWN OF WALPOLE

MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD

FEBRUARY 2, 2017

 

Selectboard Present:     Steven Dalessio (Chair); Peggy Pschirrer; (Absent – 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.

 

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION #1:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session #1 pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (c) Reputations.  Mr. Dalessio seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 6:50 PM.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session #1 of February 2, 2017, be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $89,589.70 for checks dated February 3, 2017.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

PAYROLL:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Payroll voucher for the week ending January 28, 2017, in the amount of $23,983.24 for checks dated February 3, 2017.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer 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 FICIA taxes in the amount of $5,294.46 for the week ending January 28, 2017.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – January 26, 2017:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of January 26, 2017, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – January 26, 2017:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of January 26, 2017, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meetings:

  • Walpole Conservation Commission – January 9, 2017;
  • North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – January 17, 2017.

Mrs. Pschirrer did a presentation, at the Conservation Commission meeting, on the proposed donation of the Westberg property to the Town.  She will be sending a few changes to the Minutes to the Secretary.

 

PROPERTY TAX REFUNDS:

MAP and LOT #028-013-000:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to grant the Property Tax Refund in the amount of $12.87 for Map and Lot #028-013-000.  This is an over-payment of the Fall property tax bill.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

MAP and LOT #003-083-000:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to grant the Property Tax Refund in the amount of $22.68 for Map and Lot #003-083-000.  This is an over-payment of the Fall property tax bill.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

MAP and LOT #012-055-002:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to grant the Property Tax Refund in the amount of $103.27 for Map & Lot #012-055-002.  This is an over-payment of the Fall property tax bill.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

MAP and LOT #019-022-000:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to grant the Property Tax Refund in the amount of $51.02 for Map and Lot #019-022-000.  This is an over-payment of the Fall property tax bill.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

Thank You Note from Kathy dePasqualeMrs. Pschirrer read the following note received from Kathy dePasquale:  “Thank you for your reassuring reply – and solution – to the “Middle St. exit issue”.  We look forward to safer days ahead.  We are fortunate in this wonderful town to have such diligent guardians of the public trust. Attention to these things means so much. Warm wishes, Kathy dePasquale.”

Personnel Policy HandbookMrs. Pschirrer went over this Handbook with the Department Managers and there were a few typo changes but no substantive changes.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Personnel Policy Handbook.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

Mrs. Pschirrer reported that every Department Manager was asked to distribute the Personnel Policy Handbook to their employees.  She will attend a department meeting if there are questions.  There was discussion relative to the Life Insurance coverage.  A list of the employees covered by the Term Life insurance was received.  Unfortunately one employee was not added when hired but it will go back to his date of employment.  After age 65 it decreases in value. Mr. Dalessio would like to have a representative of the agency come in to make a presentation to the Selectboard and full-time employees and to answer questions or, at least, have them provide brochures.

Town Budget:  The Selectboard reviewed the 2017 proposed Town Budget.  Mr. Dalessio will double check on the numbers with Mr. Kreissle. This Warrant Article will be written by Mr. Kreissle.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept $3,729,595.00 as the Operating Budget.  This includes $130,000.00 for Avitar Associates.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

Mr. Dalessio advised this represents a 3.41% increase in the budget.

Warrant Articles:  Following a review of the 2017 Warrant Articles the Selectboard made a decision to vote on whether or not to accept them next week.  The Warrant Articles will be sent to the Department of Revenue Administration for their comments.  Mrs. Pschirrer felt No. 12 needs to include all the information rather than the shortened version.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

Shane O’Keefe, Interim Municipal Manager of the Town of Rockingham/Village of Bellows FallsMr. Dalessio talked to Mr. O’Keefe.  There was some misinformation that the Vilas Bridge was being discussed with Southwest Regional Planning Commission.  Mr. J.B. Mack at SWRPC is not aware of anything new on the Vilas Bridge.

Release of Information Letter for Financial Auditors:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to authorize the Chair of the Selectboard, Mr. Steve Dalessio, to sign the Release of Information Letter for the Financial Auditors.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

NH License to Sell Pistols and Revolvers for Eric Frink:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to grant and sign the NH License to Sell Pistols and Revolvers for Eric Frink.  He has received permission from the Zoning Board of Adjustment.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

Police Revolving Fund Request for Expenditure:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Request for Expenditure from the Walpole Police Department to purchase (1) Decatur Scout, Handheld Radar Unit for the sum of $999.00 from their Revolving Fund.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Map and Lot #026-010-000 Ownership re: National Grid:  Mr. Dalessio recommended this be put on-hold until more research on the matter has been done.   Mrs. Pschirrer suggested this be sent to Attorney Hockensmith for his review.

Citizen Report #2017-6 re: Town Common Utility Poles:  A resident would like to see all telephone poles put underground on the Town Common.  Mr. Dalessio noted it is a good idea but is financially impracticable for the Town to undertake.

 

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session #2 pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel.  Mr. Dalessio seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved at 7:20 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:28 PM.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session #2 of February 2, 2017, be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.
 

ADJOURNMENT:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to adjourn this meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With all in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:29 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

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