Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 4/13/17

For those who may not read the entire post, I wanted to bring your attention to the following addendum that was added:  “Those seeking to place items on the Selectboard Meeting agenda are to submit their requests/paperwork 24 hours in advance of the Selectboard Meeting.”  Apparently more and more people have been arriving Thursday afternoon to seek to be on the agenda.  They really need more lead time than just a few hours. Thanks for your help – Lil

 

TOWN OF WALPOLE

MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD

APRIL 13, 2017

 

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

CALL TO ORDER: Mrs. Pschirrer called this Selectboard meeting to order at 6:30 PM in the Walpole Town Hall. She advised that this meeting is being recorded and asked anyone wishing to speak to identify themselves for the record. There were six people in attendance.

 

PUBLIC BUSINESS:

OLD HOME DAYS: Ms. Stephanie Stoughton updated the Selectboard on the Old Home Days events, times and locations that have been scheduled as of this date. The Fire Department will cover the fireworks display on Friday, June 23rd at 9:30 PM. There will be the Street Dance on Friday with shortcake at Murray’s.  Mrs. Pschirrer noted they should let the Walpole Foundation know about their plans because it involves their land and building. They will tell them if the parking lot can be used for the Street Dance. The committee will need to be sure the bouncy house is well anchored. She will talk to Police Chief Paquette about blocking-off some roads on Friday night and for the parade. Mr. Boas noted they will have the chairs set-up on the second floor for the play. The play will be on Saturday beginning at 7:30 PM. There will also be a concert Saturday evening. Mr. Dalessio mentioned the Boy Scouts will be selling pies at the church during the concert. They will gladly accept donations. Ms. Stoughton invited the Selectboard members to be in the parade. This year, as a fundraiser, they will be selling T-shirts, water cups and small bags. The Town will provide a certificate of insurance to the Old Home Days Committee. Mrs. Downing will notify the Town’s insurance carrier of the Town sponsored events.

8th Grade Graduation: Mr. Boas was present to see if the Selectboard had addressed the Walpole School graduation. Mrs. Pschirrer had heard that people working on the 8th Grade Graduation had contacted Mr. Boas last night to let him know they would be using the Common on Thursday night, June 22nd for graduation. This is during Old Home Days and there will be a play on the night of Thursday, June 22nd in the upstairs of the Town Hall. The graduating class usually uses the first floor for a party. The Selectboard had several concerns including where the graduation will be held. Parking was also a concern. Mrs. Pschirrer advised the 8th Grade Graduation is not on the Town Hall’s rental calendar. Mrs. Tara Sad stated it is logical to have graduation here as it is a lovely place with the gazebo and the Common in general. There was discussion relative to contacting Mr. Jacobs to see if graduation could be moved back to Wednesday, June 21st. Mrs. Pschirrer will contact Mr. Jacobs and then report back to Mr. Boas.

 

Walpole Clean-Up: Mrs. Sad will be doing the Walpole Clean-Up on April 22nd from 8:00 to 11:00 AM. It will staged at the Walpole Recycling Center rather than the Common.

 

GRAVES GRAVEL PIT: Ms. Patricia Rodrigues had handed a letter, dated April 11, 2017, to the Planning Board on Tuesday night. She was concerned about being disturbed at her home between the hours of 9 pm on April 10th and 3:00 am on April 11th. Gravel trucks, not belonging to Graves Trucking, Inc. made approximately 20 passes by their home. She is also presenting a violation to the ZBA. Mrs. Pschirrer advised that last Monday night there was a wash-out under the railroad tracks in Westminster, VT. This was an emergency for them to shore-up the railroad tracks; it was a safety issue. In this case they did not have to notify anybody but simply respond. The Selectboard concurs with the ZBA and do not feel there is anything new to speak to. Ms. Rodrigues displayed a map of the Graves property and referenced RSA 155-E with reference to an expansion of the operation. The main permit for this gravel pit was in Walpole. Mrs. Pschirrer pointed out that they looked at the maps with Ms. Mary Pinkham-Langer from the State of NH; it is all legal and permitted and there is no issue for the Selectboard to discuss. Ms. Rodrigues is a resident of the Town of Westmoreland and needs to speak to a representative in her town. Mrs. Pschirrer advised the Selectboard reached a conclusion and they have nothing else to discuss on this matter. Mr. Dalessio said, as they discussed before, Ms. Rodrigues needs to hire an attorney to represent her in this process. Ms. Rodrigues stated it is all plain and she will continue to pursue this.

 

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 and (c) Reputations. 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 6:56 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:31 PM.

Mr. Dalessio moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of April 13, 2017, be sealed. Seconded by Ms. Mayberry. With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

Personnel: Mr. Dalessio moved that the Selectboard authorize having the Town pay Health Insurance for an employee who has requested FMLA. Seconded by Ms. Mayberry. With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion is approved.

 

Water and Sewer: Mr. Dalessio moved to notify all users of water and/or sewer, by individual letter, that there will be a rate increase of Water usage by 9% and Sewer usage by 20%. They will begin to bill quarterly and issue a special assessment for Bond payments. Seconded by Ms. Mayberry. With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $12,187.46 for checks dated April 14, 2017. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

PAYROLL:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Register for the week ending April 08, 2017 in the amount of $22,832.24 for checks dated April 14, 2017. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes for Withholding, MEDI and FICA taxes in the amount of $5,153.23 for the week ending April 08, 2017. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – April 6, 2017: Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of April 06, 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 present.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – April 6, 2017: Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of April 06, 2017, amended as noted. 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 present.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meeting:

• North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – April 4, 2017.

 

ALL VETERANS’ TAX CREDIT:

MAP and LOT #025-015-000: Ms. Mayberry moved to grant the All Veterans’ Tax Credit for Map and Lot #025-015-000. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

ELDERLY TAX EXEMPTIONS:

Mrs. Mayberry moved to grant the following Elderly Tax Exemptions:

• Map and Lot #012-050-000;

• Map and Lot #010-043-001;

• Map and Lot #028-103-000;

• Map and Lot #016-003-000:

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

 

PROPERTY TAX ABATEMENTS:

Map and Lot # 020-048-000: Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the recommendation of Avitar Associates to deny this Property Tax Abatement request for Map and Lot # 020-048-000. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved. Mrs. Pschirrer recused herself from the vote due to a conflict.

Map and Lot # 021-038-000: Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the recommendation of Avitar Associates to deny this Property Tax Abatement request for Map and Lot # 021-038-000. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved. Mrs. Pschirrer recused herself from the vote due to a conflict.

 

BUILDING PERMIT:

Chip Paliocha, 118 March Hill Road, Map and Lot # 009-023-000: Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Building Permit No. 2004-59 Renewal for Mr. Chip Paliocha to “Construct a 1.5 story barn and seasonal camp” on Map and Lot #009-023-000. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Avanru Development Group, Ltd: Back on March 23rd, 2017, the Selectboard renewed Building Permit No. 2011-48 Renewal 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”. This Building Permit goes back six years. Mr. Dalessio pulled the file as it has been several years since the information was reviewed. He discovered several things had expired. There was no set of plans to represent what they were going to build on this site but there was a set of plans for the entire complex. Mr. Dalessio recommended sending Mr. Franks a letter asking him to come in and, as a refresher, bring in a set of plans so all the information can be reviewed before the Planning Board. Originally the Planning Board approval was contingent upon their getting all the permits. Copies of renewal permits should also be brought in. Mr. Dalessio will draft the letter to Mr. Franks.

 

NOTICE OF INTENTS TO EXCAVATE:

Map and Lot # 014-013-000: Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Notice of Intent to Excavate for Map and Lot # 014-013-000 for Lane Construction. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Map and Lot # 015-011-000: Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Notice of Intent to Excavate for Map and Lot # 015-011-000 for Lane Construction. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Map and Lot # 003-002-000: Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Notice of Intent to Excavate for Map and Lot # 003-002-000 for Lane Construction. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

New Arch Bridge Street Lights: Mr. Dalessio advised that the Selectboard received a letter from the NH Department of Transportation (DOT) regarding the New Arch Bridge Street Lights. In November 2013, the DOT notified Liberty Utilities to shut off the lights. However, Liberty Utilities did not shut off the lights. Mr. Dalessio wrote a letter to the NH DOT to appeal their decision. He would recommend they notify Liberty Utilities to shut off the lights so the Town does not carry over the responsibility for the existing bill. If the Selectboard chooses to have them turned back on, they can do so. It costs about $40 per light per month. There are four lights on the bridge.

Mr. Dalessio moved to sign the letter to the NH Department of Transportation. Seconded by Ms. Mayberry. With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Appointment Notice: The Selectboard signed the Appointment letter to the Walpole Conservation Commission for Elaine Heleen to re-appoint her as an alternate member.

 

NEW BUSINESS (Continued):

Complete Streets Policy: Mr. Dalessio has concerns with this policy. He is in favor of the philosophy but would prefer “guidelines” rather than a “policy”. It needs to have more flexibility to operate without constraint. How do they evaluate measurements and performance? Walpole does not have a Capital Plan. Ms. Mayberry noted this is a guide. She asked him to put his concerns in writing. In summary, Mrs. Pschirrer stated the Selectboard will consider re-designing their Complete Streets Guidelines. This will be on a future Agenda.

 

Police Dept. Revolving Fund Request: Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the request from the Police Department to use $400.00 of their Revolving Fund to purchase a GPS and a security camera. Seconded by Ms. Mayberry. With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Non-elected Boards and Committee Appointments: Mrs. Downing was asked to post the list of non-elected Board and Committee vacancies and to have it put in the Walpolean and Clarion. Interested residents need to contact the Selectboard office in writing.

 

TransCanada Hydro Meeting: A notice was received of a meeting in the Westminster Institute on the TransCanada re-licensing on April 20th. There will be another meeting on the re-licensing at the Common Man Restaurant in Claremont on April 19th.

 

Town Hall Rental Event Insurance Waiver Request: The Great River Co-op scheduled a business meeting on Wednesday, April 26th in the Town Hall. They will pay the rental fee but are asking to have the requirement for insurance coverage waived.

Mr. Dalessio moved to waive the TULIP insurance coverage requirement for the Great River Co-op business meeting on April 26th provided there is no alcohol. Seconded by Ms. Mayberry. With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

CVTC Thank You Letter: The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of a Thank You letter from the Community Volunteer Transportation Company for their $2,300 that was included in the 2017 budget

 

Old Home Days: Mr. Dalessio saw an email from Mr. Kreissle regarding the Old Home Days. The Committee is saying they asked for $1,000 more than budgeted. They anticipate running low on funds.

 

Laptop Purchase: Mr. Dalessio mentioned that all the Recording Secretaries use their personal computers. Some of their computers are older with outdated equipment. There has been a proposal for several years to purchase Town-owned laptop computers for them. They may want to consider this.

 

Town Web Site: Mr. Dalessio was introduced to Ryan Harrison and his wife Keefe Harrison. Mr. Harrison offered to take over the Town’s website. They are interested in being more involved in the Town. With Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, Mr. Dalessio will email Mr. Harrison to advise the Selectboard would appreciate his offer. Mr. and Mrs. Harrison would also like to get involved in the Hooper Institute. Mr. Dalessio will try to make the connection for them.

 

Open Container Policy: Ms. Mayberry moved to waive the Open Container Policy on June 23rd, 2017, for the Old Home Days Street Dance sponsored by the Savings Bank of Walpole provided the open containers remain on their property. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Staff Meeting: The next Staff Meeting is scheduled for next Thursday, April 20th, 2017. Mrs. Pschirrer will ask Mr. Kreissle for a first quarter report on the budget.

 

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 8:27 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:39 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 8:40 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

 

Those seeking to place items on the Selectboard Meeting agenda are to submit their requests/paperwork 24 hours in advance of the Selectboard Meeting.

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