Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 3/2/17

TOWN OF WALPOLE

MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD

MARCH 2, 2017

 

Selectboard Present:     Steven Dalessio, Peggy Pschirrer, Whitney Aldrich

CALL TO ORDER:  Mr. Dalessio called this Selectboard meeting to order at 6:35 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 four people in attendance.

 

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 in favor, the motion was approved.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:00 PM.

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $97,257.90 for checks dated March 3, 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 register for the week ending February 25, 2017, in the amount of $20,923.24 for checks dated March 3, 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 $4,216.83 for the week ending February 25, 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 23, 2017:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of February 23, 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 – February 23, 2017:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of February 23, 2017, as submitted.  These Minutes will not remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

 

TAX REFUND:

MAP and LOT # 030-007-000:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to grant this Property Tax Refund for Map and Lot # 030-007-000 in the amount of $53.20.  This is due to an overpayment of property taxes.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

NOTICE OF INTENT TO CUT WOOD OR TIMBER:

Donald H. Wood, Jr. Trust, Alstead Center Road, Map and Lot # 026-022-000:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Notice of Intent to Cut Wood or Timber for Map and Lot # 026-022-000.  This will begin on April 1st, 2017.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

Mr. Wood will donate a cord of wood to those in need.  It will be delivered to the Recycling Center for distribution.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

Preliminary 2015 Financial Statements and Auditor’s Opinion:  The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the preliminary 2015 Financial Statements and Auditor’s Opinion from Mr. Kreissle.  The Selectboard needs an opportunity to read through the documents and it will be an Agenda item for the next meeting.

 

Fairpoint Pole Petition and License:  The placement of this new pole was approved by Mr. Mark Houghton.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Fairpoint request for a new Pole Petition and License on County Road.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Aldrich and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Thank You from Richmond Town ClerkMrs. Downing reported while cleaning out the vault in the basement several old documents were discovered.  The Selectboard Office mailed the 1949 Richmond Town Report to the Town Clerk.  A Thank You card was received from the Richmond Town Clerk, Annette Tokunaga.

 

Town Hall Bulletin Board Mrs. Downing has had requests to post flyers on the Town Hall bulletin board.  The Selectboard agreed to continue the policy of this bulletin board being for Town business only.

 

Town Hall Blue Prints of 1917:  While cleaning the basement vault in the Town Hall, Town Hall Blue Prints of 1917 were discovered.  Mr. Dalessio explained that blue prints should not be exposed to light.  For now they should be put back downstairs with something on top of them to flatten them out and for protection.  They could be displayed at the Town Meeting but they should not be put out for permanent display.

 

Clarion Article re: Town Wide UpdateMrs. Downing felt it would be good to alert property owners of the next steps regarding interior visits to be scheduled in May by the assessors for the revaluation.  Mr. Dalessio agreed but felt it should appear in the Clarion and Walpolean.  Mrs. Downing will run the article by the Selectboard before it is published.

 

North Walpole LightsMr. Dalessio has been discussing the North Walpole lights with Liberty Utilities.  The two lights by Aumand’s Store on the street are a part of the 2012 agreement and the State will continue to pay for them.  The lights on the bridge were to be turned off but they never were.  After talking to both Liberty Utilities and the Department of Transportation nobody knows who owns the traffic light.  Liberty thinks they are connected to the street lights on the bridge.  Options to resolve this are being explored.  Mr. Dalessio will pursue the traffic light.  He tried to reach Representative Lucy Weber to see if she can intervene.  Mr. Dalessio does not feel the Town should have anything to do with the lights on the bridge as the State of NH owns the bridge. He explained this was all a part of a state-wide effort and they turned off a significant number of lights in 2012.  Mr. Aldrich and Police Chief Paquette had attended meetings on the lights back in 2012.

 

NON-PUBLIC SESSION:  Mr. Aldrich moved to enter into a Non-Public Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel.  Mrs. Pschirrer seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with Mr. Aldrich, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved at 7:26 PM.

The regular meeting resumed at 7:57 PM.

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

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

2017 Town Meeting:

Warrant Articles:  The Selectboard will address the Warrant Articles at Town Meeting as follows:

Article  3:  John Deere Loader – Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Rau;

Article  4:  Budget – Mr. Dalessio;

Article  5:  Repairs and Maintenance of Town Buildings – Mr. Dalessio;

Article  6:  New Holland Tractor/Side Mower – Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Rau;

Article  7:  Walpole Police Department Vehicle – Mr. Dalessio;

Article  8:  Walpole Police Department Vehicle Equipment and Installation – Mr. Dalessio;

Article  9:  Highway Capitol Reserve Fund – Mr. Rau;

Article 10: Police Vehicle Capitol Reserve Fund – Police Chief Paquette;

Article 11: Elderly Exemptions – Mrs. Downing;

Article 12: Veterans’ Tax Credits – Mrs. Downing.

 

Email Etiquette Policy:  Mr. Dalessio will draft an Email Etiquette Policy that will be reviewed by the other Selectboard members.

 

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 8:05 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

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