Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 3/23/17

TOWN OF WALPOLE

MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD

MARCH 23, 2017

 

Selectboard Present:     Steven Dalessio (Chair); Peggy Pschirrer; Cheryl Mayberry

CALL TO ORDER:  Ms. Borden, Recording Secretary called this reorganizational meeting of the Selectboard to order at 6:30 PM.

 

ELECTION OF CHAIR:

Mr. Dalessio moved to nominate Mrs. Pschirrer as the Chair for 2017-18.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  There were no other nominations.  Mrs. Pschirrer accepted the nomination.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mr. Mayberry in favor, the motion was approved.

 

PUBLIC BUSINESS:

Neil CoughlinMr. Coughlin has concerns about the way water and sewer is being billed.  Back in 2014 they started to roll everything together into one number.  Prior to that they were separating out both the water and sewer and then deducted it from the amount the Town was going to raise.  Mr. Dalessio replied the users pay in accordance with their bills.  North Walpole has their own Water Department but they are connected to the Walpole Sewer.  It has been billed separately. There is no budget money in the Walpole budget for water and sewer.  It will benefit the users to have more development/users added to it.  Mrs. Pschirrer said the new bills for water and sewer will be going out soon.  They are going to work on how to be more effective and think to the future.  They are exploring moving the sewer line off the Vilas Bridge to the connection in North Walpole and putting the sewer line under the new bridge.

 

Planning Board:  Mrs. Pschirrer administered the Oath of Office to Mr. Jeffrey White as a member of the Planning Board.

 

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:

Mr. Dalessio moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel, (c) Reputations (e) Pending Claims or Litigation.  Ms. Mayberry seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 6:37 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:29 PM.

Mr. Dalessio moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of March 23, 2017, will be sealed.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $109,912.94 for checks dated March 24, 2017.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer, the motion was approved.

The above amount includes a check in the amount of $77,000 for the Highway Department tractor with side mower as approved at Town Meeting.

 

PAYROLL:

Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Payroll register for the week ending March 18, 2017, in the amount of $25,671.31 for checks dated March 24, 2017.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes for Withholding, MEDI and FICA taxes in the amount of $5,563.37 for the week ending March 18, 2017.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – March 16, 2017:  Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of March 16, 2017, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.  Ms. Mayberry abstained  as she was not a Selectboard member at this meeting.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – March 16, 2017:  Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of March 16, 2017, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.  Ms. Mayberry abstained as she was not a Selectboard member at this meeting.

STAFF MEETING – March 16, 2017:  Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Minutes of the Staff Meeting of March 16, 2017, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.  Ms. Mayberry abstained as she was not a Selectboard member at this meeting.

WESTBERG PUBLIC HEARING – March 16, 2017:  Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Minutes of the Westberg Public Hearing of March 16, 2017, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.  Ms. Mayberry abstained as she was not a Selectboard member at this meeting.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meeting:

  • North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – March 7, 2017.

 

CERTIFICATION OF YIELD TAXES ASSESSED and TIMBER TAX LEVY:

219 Valley Road, Map and Lot #013-016-001: Ms. Mayberry moved to approve both the Certification of Yield Taxes Assessed and the Original Warrant/Timber Tax Levy in the amount of $423.46 for Map and Lot # 013-016-001.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

ELDERLY TAX EXEMPTIONS:

Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Elderly Tax Exemptions for residents who own the following properties:

  • Map and Lot #028-119-000:
  • Map and Lot #-16-005-MH05:

Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

ALL VETERANS’ TAX CREDIT:

MAP and LOT # 005-026-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant an All Veterans’ Tax Credit for the resident who resides at Map and Lot # 005-026-000.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

BUILDING PERMITS:

Avanru Development Group, Ltd., 504 Main St., Map and Lot #012-013-000:  Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the renewal for Building Permit #2011-48 for Avanru Development Group Ltd to “Construct a 2 story 104’ by 63’2” commercial building as approved by the Planning Board on October 5, 2011”.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer, the motion was approved.

 

Abenaki Springs Phase I LP, 17 Avery Lane, Map and Lot #012-013-004:  Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the renewal for Building Permit #2014-10 for Abenaki Springs Phase I Limited Partners to “Construct multi-family housing as approved by the Planning Board on 11/13/12 and then modified on 10/15/15 for up to 67 multi-family units. “  (Twenty-one units of the 67 allowed have been constructed as Unit 1).  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Abenaki Springs Phase I LP, 17 Avery Lane, Map and Lot # 012-013-004:  Mr. Dalessio recommended that Abenaki Springs be asked to attend a meeting to discuss the renewal of Building Permit #2012-43 to “Construct a multi-family housing building per the approval of the Planning Board on August 10, 2010”.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

Sidewalk Poetry: Mrs. Pschirrer received an email from Alice Fogel.  The Selectboard had previously denied her request to paint poems on sidewalks in Town in April which is National Poetry Month.  Alice Fogel is the NH Poet Laureate.  She was going to use a biodegradable, colorless paint called hydrophobic paint, used to protect concrete and other surfaces from water.  After applying it, it dries invisible-no sheen or anything to show it is there.  But when it rains, everything else except where it has been painted will darken.  If they stencil poems on the sidewalks, they will not show at all until it rains.  Then, it is raining poems.  Ms. Fogel would like to paint the poems on the sidewalk near the Library and by Town Hall.  Keene gave her permission to do this, however, she lives in Walpole so would like this to be her first site and has asked the Selectboard to reconsider their previous decision.  Copies of the two poems, written by two NH poets, were attached to her letter.  Following a discussion Mr. Dalessio proposed a compromise; that the poems be allowed on the walkway and steps going into the Library, as it is a haven for free speech.  Mrs. Pschirrer mentioned the Library is observing National Poetry Month by having readings of poems.  Ms. Mayberry noted that poetry is considered an art.  She is in favor of the compromise but would not have a problem with having them at other locations.

Ms. Mayberry moved to compromise by having Alice Fogel do her biodegradable, colorless paint poems in front of the Library.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Mrs. Pschirrer will contact Ms. Fogel to let her know the Selectboard approved the painted poems by the Library but not the Town Hall.

 

New Arch Bridge Street LightsMr. Dalessio reported that the testing process discovered the traffic light and the bridge lights are on two separate meters.  In 2012 the Town decided to turn the lights off. The State DOT notified Liberty Utilities to turn the lights off but that never happened.  In 2016 Liberty Utilities discovered the lights were not turned off and nobody was paying the bill.  With the help of Representative Lucy Weber we can either send a letter to NH DOT requesting they pick up the tab again or the Town decide if they will pay the bill. Estimated cost to keep the lights on is about $1,300/year.  Ms. Mayberry pointed out it is a NH bridge and there is a safety issue if they are turned off.  Mr. Dalessio offered to write that letter.  Mrs. Pschirrer felt the letter needs to state that since 2012 we have seen increased drug problems on that bridge and there is a Warming Shelter on the NH side of the bridge that people walk to; it is dark.  It is our obligation to keep people safe.  Ms. Mayberry mentioned it is hard to see the “Yield” sign during the day let alone at night.  The Selectboard will sign this letter.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

Purchase Order for Highway Tractor:  The Selectboard signed the purchase order for the new Holland tractor for the Highway Department as approved by the voters at Town Meeting.

 

Purchase Order for Highway Loader:  The Selectboard signed the purchase order for the John Deere loader for the Highway Department as approved by 2/3rds of the voters at Town Meeting.

 

MS-636 – Budget of the Town of Walpole:  Mr. Dalessio moved to approve and sign the MS-636, Budget of the Town of Walpole.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

MS-232 – Report of Appropriations Actually Voted: Walpole:  Mr. Dalessio moved to approve and sign the MS-232, Report of Appropriations Actually Voted: Walpole.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Fall Mountain Regional School District School Board Letter:  This Agenda item was put on-hold until the next Selectboard meeting.

 

2017 Employee Wage Forms:  Mr. Dalessio moved to approve and sign 38 payroll forms for pay increases that were authorized by acceptance of the budget at Town Meeting.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Cemetery Deed – John Davey:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant the sale of Cemetery Deed, Lot # D524, for John Davey and heirs.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Police Cruiser RepairMr. Dalessio reported that one of the Police Department cruisers blew an engine and the transmission. The repair bill will be $12,292.27 with a re-manufactured engine with a warranty.   A new engine is not available due to long lead-times.  This vehicle is a 2011 model with approximately 150,000 miles on it.  It was the next one to be replaced next March.  This will deplete their entire maintenance budget for the year but we do not have a choice.  If they request a Special Meeting the department will be without two cruisers for a long time.  They hope to get the new leased vehicle by June but it depends on availability of cars as it is through the State bid process.  It will take 2-to-3 weeks to repair this car.

Mr. Dalessio moved to approve this repair of the police cruiser for a total of $12,292.27; a 2011 Dodge Charger.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Water and Sewer Meeting: The Selectboard will be meeting on April 6th at 1:00 pm as the Water and Sewer Commissioners.  This meeting will be posted as a Non-Public meeting.  Mr. Kreissle is doing some preliminary work. The focus of this meeting is the next billing and how to set it up in the future.   One goal is how to separate water and sewer by the end of the year.

 

Deputy Fire Warden Appointment Forms:  Mr. Dalessio moved to sign the Deputy Fire Warden Appointment Forms for Thomas Aiken and Duane Fairbank.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

2017 Town Meeting Minutes:  The Selectboard had a copy of the Minutes from the 2017 Annual Town Meeting on March 18, 2017.  Mr. Ernie Vose, Moderator, has approved them.  Mrs. Pschirrer noted errors in titles for both Mrs. Sarah Downing and Mr. Rich KreissleMrs. Downing was called “Administrator’s Assistant” instead of “Manager of Administration” and Mr. Kreissle was called “Finance Clerk” instead of “Manager of Finance”.  Mrs. Smith mentions that Mrs. Pschirrer spoke on the Highway Department budget but Mr. Mike Rau also spoke on this Article.

Mr. Dalessio moved to sign the 2017 Town Meeting Minutes of March 18, 2017.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.  Ms. Mayberry abstained from the vote.

 

Conservation Commission Appointment:  A letter had been received from Mr. Lewis Shelley requesting re-appointment to the Walpole Conservation Commission.

Mr. Dalessio moved to re-appoint Mr. Lewis Shelley to the Walpole Conservation Commission for another three (3) year term.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

State Senator Jay Kahn:  The Selectboard approved having State Senator Jay Kahn visit during the April 20th meeting.

 

Old Home Days Flower Pot:  Mrs. Downing asked if the Selectboard would buy and sponsor a Flower Pot during the Old Home Days celebration.  The Selectboard approved paying for one out of office funds.

 

COMMITTEE LIAISON ASSIGNMENTS:

The Selectboard members will be Liaisons to the following departments:

Mr. Dalessio – Police Department, Hooper Institute and Water and Sewer Department;

Ms. Mayberry – Recycling Facility, Conservation Commission and Planning Board;

Mrs. Pschirrer – Library, Sale of Hooper, Highway Department and Westberg Property;

Mr. Dalessio and/or Mrs. Pschirrer – Recreation Department.

On occasion one member might attend the ZBA meeting.  They might also substitute at meetings when the regular Selectboard liaison member is unable to attend.

 

Letter:  Mrs. Pschirrer noted that Mr. Jeffrey White had given her a letter earlier in this meeting.  This will be an agenda item for next week’s meeting.

 

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:

Mr. Dalessio moved to recess this Selectboard meeting.  The Selectboard will enter into a meeting as the Hooper Trustees.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 8:40 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:53 PM.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:55 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

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