Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 2/9/17

TOWN OF WALPOLE

MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD

FEBRUARY 9, 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.

 

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:

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

The regular meeting resumed at 6:50 PM.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of February 9, 2017, be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $43,783.51 for checks dated February 10, 2017.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

PAYROLL:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Payroll Register for the week ending February 4, 2017, in the amount of $21,389.98 for checks dated February 10, 2017.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes for Withholding, MEDI and FICA taxes in the amount of $4,534.80 for the week ending February 4, 2017.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – February 2, 2017:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of February 2, 2017, 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 at this meeting.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION #1 – February 2, 2017:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session #1 of February 2, 2017, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.  Mr. Aldrich abstained as he was not present at this meeting.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION #2 – February 2, 2017:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session #2 of February 2, 2017, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.  Mr. Aldrich abstained as he was not present at this meeting.

 

PUBLIC HEARING – Westberg Property – January 26, 2017:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Minutes of the Public Hearing on the Westberg Property of January 26, 2017, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meetings:

  • North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – January 10, 2017;
  • Trustees of Trust Funds – February 1, 2017.

 

SUPPLEMENTAL TAX WARRANT:

TransCanada Hydro Northeast, Map and Lot # UTIL 00UTIL 00003A:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Selectboard sign the Tax Collector’s Property Tax Supplement Warrant, State of New Hampshire, for TransCanada Hydro Northeast in the amount of $364,269.00.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

Mr. Dalessio advised that Avitar Associates noticed a fairly large disparity in the TransCanada assessment as compared to the DRA assessment. As per Avitar’s recommendation this supplemental bill was issued. TransCanada lawyers are requesting additional information.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

MS-636:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to adopt the budget and sign form MS-636 for the year 2017.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

Warrant Articles:  The Selectboard discussed the order of Articles on the Warrant following a review by the Department of Revenue Administration and their recommendations.  Reference was made to the RSAs. Mr. Dalessio will provide a detailed explanation of Articles 3 and 4 at the Public Hearing on the proposed 2017 Budget.  Mrs. Smith will be asked to contact the Secretary of State for clarification on the placement of these Articles.

 

Article 1 – “To elect the necessary Town officers for their respective terms.”

 

Article 2 – “Zoning Ordinance on Detached Accessory Dwelling Units.”

 

Article 3 – “To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Selectboard to enter into a long term lease/purchase agreement in the amount of two hundred twenty-seven thousand four hundred forty-seven dollars and seventy-two cents ($227,447.72) payable over a term of thirty-eight months in four equal payments, for a new John Deere loader for the highway department and to raise and appropriate the sum of fifty-six thousand, eight hundred sixty-two dollars and sixty-eight cents ($56,862.68) for the first year’s payment for that purpose.”

**2/3 ballot vote required**

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept Article 3.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Article 4 – “To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of four million two hundred nineteen thousand three hundred five dollars ($4,219,305) which represents the three million seven hundred twenty nine thousand five hundred ninety five dollars ($3,729,595) Town Operating Budget of which one hundred thirty thousand dollars ($130,000) to come from the Unassigned Fund Balance and three million five hundred ninety nine thousand five hundred ninety five dollars ($3,599,595) to be raised from general taxation, one hundred eighty two thousand one hundred thirty dollars ($182,130) for the Water Fund Operating Budget and three hundred seven thousand five hundred eighty dollars ($307,580) for the Sewer Operating Budget for the general government of the Town.  Such sum does not include special or individual articles or bonds as otherwise found in the warrant.”

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept Article 4.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Article 5 – “To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of seventy thousand dollars ($70,000) for the repairs and maintenance of Town buildings.  The said funds to come from Unassigned Fund Balance.”

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept Article 5.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Article 6 – “To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of seventy-seven thousand dollars ($77,000) to purchase a (used) New Holland Tractor/Side Mower for use by the Walpole Highway Department for roadside mowing. (Funds to be raised through general taxation).

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept Article 6.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Article 7 – “To see if the Town of Walpole will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $31,950 for a vehicle for the Walpole Police Department, and to authorize the issuance of not more than $31,950 through a promissory note with the Savings Bank of Walpole in accordance with the provisions of the Municipal Finance Act (RSA 33) and to authorize the municipal officials to issue and negotiate such bonds or notes and to determine the rate of interest thereon.  Further to raise and appropriate the sum of ten thousand nine hundred seventy five ($10,975) for the first year’s payment.”

**2/3 ballot vote required**

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept Article 7.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Article 8 – “To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000) to purchase a cage, console, other necessary equipment and installation in the new police car.  This article is contingent upon the passing of warrant article 7.”

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept Article 8.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Article 9 – “To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000) to be deposited in the Town of Walpole Highway Capitol Reserve Fund Account.  The said funds to be raised through general taxation.”

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept Article 9 with the addition noted below.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

Article 9 will be written to match the wording in Article 10 – add “previously established for the purchase of Highway equipment”

 

Article 10 – “To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of seven thousand dollars ($7,000) to be deposited in the Police Vehicle – Capitol Reserve previously established for the purchase of a police vehicle.  The said funds to be raised through general taxation.”

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept Article 10.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Article 11 – “To see if the Town will vote to modify the elderly exemptions from property tax, based on assessed value, for qualified taxpayers, to be as follows: for a person 65 years of age up to 75 years, $25,000; for a person 75 years to 80 years, $40,000; for a person 80 years of age or older $50,000.  To qualify, the person must have resided in this state for at least 3 consecutive years preceding April 1 in the year in which the exemption is claimed, own real estate individually or jointly, or if the real estate owned by such person’s spouse, they must have been married for at least five years.  In addition the taxpayer must have net income of not more than $25,000, or if married a combined net income of less than $40,000; and own net assets not in excess of $75,000 excluding the value of the person’s residence.”

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept Article 11.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

The Selectboard concurred that the first sentence in Article 12 be changed from “Shall the Town vote to adopt the provisions of RSA 72:28-b, All Veterans’ Tax Credit?” to “To see if the Town will vote to adopt the provisions of RSA 72:28-b, All Veterans’ Tax Credit.”

 

Article 12 – “To see if the Town will vote to adopt the provisions of RSA 72:28-b, All Veterans’ Tax Credit.  If adopted, the credit will be available to any resident, or the spouse or surviving spouse of any resident, who (1) served not less than 90 days on active service in the armed forces of the United States and (2) was honorably discharged or an officer honorably separated from service and is not eligible for or receiving a credit under RSA 72:28 or RSA 72:35.  If adopted, the credit granted will be $500.00, the same amount as the standard or optional veterans’ tax credit voted by the Town under RSA 72:28.”

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept Article 12.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Article 13 – “To transact any other business that may legally come before the meeting.”

 

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Warrant Articles as corrected.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

Decline of Reappointment:  The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of a letter from Tom Beaudry advising that when his term expires this year he will not be seeking reappointment to the Conservation Commission.

Town Hall Rental re: Thanksgiving: Mr. Dalessio feels whoever has been renting it for years should be given the first option.  Mrs. Downing noted there has been a precedent for years that anyone using the Town Hall on Thanksgiving Day can do so at no cost.  Therefore this Walpole family who has used the Town Hall for years on Thanksgiving Day can continue to do so this year at no cost.  Another party also inquired about using the Town Hall on that day.  They will be advised that it is already reserved.

Town Meeting:  The Selectboard approved having a cake and coffee at Town Meeting.  They also authorized buying the LCD projector.  There will be a slide show beginning a half-hour before the meeting and it will run after the meeting is adjourned.  A notice of the meeting will be in the Clarion.

Town Report Update Mrs. Downing is almost done with the Town Report.  It is in the process of being proof-read.  Next week the annual Public Hearing on the 2017 Budget will be held on Thursday, February 16th, at 6:00 PM.

 

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 Mr. Dalessio, Mr. Aldrich and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:43 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:49 PM.

 

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 7:50 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

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