TOWN OF WALPOLE
MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD
APRIL 27, 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.
Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into 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 Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 6:40 PM.
Mr. Dalessio moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of April 27, 2017, be sealed. Ms. Mayberry seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with all in favor, the motion was approved.
Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the amount of $112,662.50 for checks issued April 28, 2017. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.
It was noted the above amount includes the first quarterly sewer payment for this year in the amount of $39,677.00 to the Village of Bellows Falls and a payment for the health insurance in the amount of $32,016.70.
Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Register for the week ending on April 22, 2017, in the amount of $20,769.62, and checks issued April 28, 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 $4,599.94 for the week ending April 22, 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 20, 2017: Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of April 20, 2017, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.
NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – April 20, 2017: Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of April 20, 2017. These Minutes will remain sealed. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.
STAFF MEETING – April 20, 2017: Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Minutes of the Staff Meeting of April 20, 2017, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.
NH Senator Jay Kahn: The Selectboard welcomed Senator Jay Kahn. Mrs. Pschirrer pointed out the Selectboard has many things to talk about:
Infrastructure: Mrs. Pschirrer advised sometimes on this side of the State we feel neglected by the State. Prospect Hill, March Hill Road, County Road, and South Street are all State roads. They are now on the State’s agenda to be paved this summer. If the State has them paved the way they did just a portion of County Road last summer the contractor did a very poor job. These three roads are heavily traveled. South Street is the entrance to Walpole Village. People are always asking why the Town is not paving it; she tells them it is a State of NH road. Senator Kahn was not aware of the Selectboard’s concern with the quality. Mr. Dalessio said the State had received letters from them in the past. Mrs. Pschirrer was appalled with what they did last summer. Senator Kahn recommended the Selectboard talk to Mr. John Kallfetz at the NH DOT District 4. .
Red Listed Bridges: Mrs. Pschirrer noted the Town has three Red Listed Bridges. Houghton Brook –TheTown needs help expediting the permit from the Department of Environmental Services for repairs. Mill Pond – This is a major concern. March Hill Road Bridge – a portion of March Hill Road was repaired. Culverts need to be replaced. Mr. Dalessio advised the issue is the length of time it takes to get permits from the DES. They work with Mr. Randy Rhoades and Beaver Tracks. It has been about three years for Houghton Brook.
Senator Kahn is working with other towns on culverts. There is some additional funding coming through the legislature that will at least move things along. It is a supplemental from FY2017 money. It will be for paving roads. Walpole will receive their share of the annual appropriation based on the miles of roads and population. Mrs. Pschirrer pointed out that Walpole has 70 miles of roads. It will be nice to get something extra. Senator Kahn mentioned motor vehicle registration fees; does the Town have any local fees? Mr. Dalessio explained they have not put that on the ballot. It was turned down by a number of towns around Walpole. Reference was made to HB339. There will be a study committee; he expects a bill this next year to clarify this.
There was discussion pertaining to the voting in March because of bad weather. Senator Kahn said it needs to be settled.
Vilas Bridge: Mr. Dalessio said another issue is the Vilas Bridge that is closed. Walpole has their wastewater lines running under this bridge. The Selectboard would like to see it moved from underneath the Vilas bridge to make a new connection under the Arch Bridge. The wastewater will then flow under the Arch Bridge into the Village of Bellows Falls, VT and the Wastewater Facility. Many feel the State should be helping us with this as the bridge is the State’s responsibility. The Vilas Bridge in its current environmental condition has the potential of pieces of concrete falling into our wastewater line, breaking it, and causing it to go into the Connecticut River. The Town has done preliminary studies. The State should be helping the Town to move the line to a safer location. It will require up-grading the pumping station near the Arch Bridge in North Walpole where it connects and then goes into the sewer facility on the Vermont side. Mrs. Pschirrer explained the Town of Walpole had an agreement with the Village of Bellows Falls but they decided not to sign a renewal agreement until the Town of Walpole repairs the Vilas Bridge. (However this is a State bridge – Walpole has no control). In the meantime we pay our bills and do the right thing as good neighbors. Mr. Dalessio stated if the Vilas Bridge concrete takes out our wastewater pipes it will be a disaster as the cement and sewage will go into the Connecticut River.
Senator Kahn feels they need some people to come over and talk to the Selectboard. Mrs. Pschirrer noted this discussion should include Mr. Mark Houghton who manages the Town’s Water and Wastewater systems.
Arch Bridge Lights: Mr. Dalessio mentioned a current problem is in 2011-12 the State did a study to determine which street lights are unnecessary. Senator Kahn is on the Transportation Committee now. With the amount of metallic material they are putting into the paint for it to stripe, the illumination is not needed as much. If the light concerns need more attention let him know. Mr. Dalessio pointed out with the Vilas Bridge closed it has increased the traffic and there are more pedestrians crossing on the bridge; folks from Vermont use the walkway across the bridge to the Warning Shelter in North Walpole. A section of Route 12 in Walpole has developed increasing the traffic since 2012. There are a number of reasons why this should be reconsidered. It is also nice to have the bridge illuminated so the Police can see what is going on especially in terms of drug trafficking. They did send an appeal letter to the DOT. Senator Kahn asked for a copy of that letter.
Mrs. Pschirrer asked what other committees he sits on. Senator Kahn replied the Education and Publicand Municipal Affairs. She mentioned the Town has programs like “Coffee With A Cop”. Senator Kahn would be willing to come to Walpole for “Coffee With A Senator”. He could do it on a Monday through Friday but Saturday would be best. Mrs. Downing will arrange to have this program on June 10th from 9:00-to-11:00 AM with Senator Kahn’s office. It will be publicized in the Clarion, Walpolean, put on the web-site and posters will be put up.
Senator Kahn is spending time with Ms. Lori Landry to tour the FMRSD schools. She is doing an Open House on May 10th and another Open House on May 23rd. Senator Kahn does a lot of short Resolutions that are quickly turned around. He would be happy to submit one for the Town.
Senator Kahn wants to meet with the Selectboard in each NH town. Mrs. Pschirrer, on behalf of the Selectboard, thanked him for spending this time with them.
NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION #2:
Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into Non-Public Selectboard Session #2 pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a Personnel, (b) Hiring and (c) Reputations. Mr. Dalessio seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:26 PM.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:48 PM.
Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of this Non-Public Selectboard Session #2 of April 27, 2017, be sealed. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.
The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meetings:
- Zoning Board of Adjustment – April 11, 2017;
- Cemetery Trustees List and Photos of Damaged Headstones – April 24, 2017.
PROPERTY TAX ABATEMENTS AND REFUNDS:
Map and Lot #019-057-000: Ms. Mayberry moved to grant the Property Tax Abatement and Refund in the amount of $5,006.96 for Map and Lot #019-057-000. These buildings were demolished. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.
Map and Lot #011-036-000: Ms. Mayberry moved to grant the Property Tax Abatement and Refund in the amount of $1,909.16 for Map and Lot #011-036-000. This home was demolished. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.
Map and Lot #020-068-000: Ms. Mayberry moved to grant the Property Tax Abatement and Refund in the amount of $862.96 for Map and Lot #020-068-000. The condition was lowered. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.
Old Home Days: Mrs. Cindy Westover had noticed in the April 13, 2017 meeting minutes there should be a correction on page 1. Open Container Policy – delete “sponsored by the Savings Bank of Walpole” and change “on their property” to “stay between the barriers from the fountain area (Sunoco Station) to the end of Tom Murray’s building”. Chief Paquette wants signs put up to state if someone goes outside these boundaries they will be ticketed.
Avanru Commercial Building Permit: Mr. Dalessio had talked to Mr. Jeff Miller, Chair of the Planning Board. The Avanru plans for the commercial building are over five years old. It no longer meets the requirements. The plans on file are conceptual for the entire complex.
Ms. Mayberry moved to approve and sign the letter to Mr. Jack Franks, President, Avanru Development Group. to rescind Building Permit No. 2011-48. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.
Appointment Notice: Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the appointment of Elaine Heleen to the Hooper Institute Board for a term of three years. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.
Thomas Cashel Letter: Mr. Tom Cashel, a former Walpole Selectboard member, is curious to know what happened to some of the issues he worked on. Mrs. Pschirrer volunteered to write a response letter because she knows the results.
Thank You Note: A very nice Thank You note was received from a resident thanking the Selectboard for helping senior citizens continue to stay in their homes through the Elderly Property Tax Exemption. She is grateful for their help.
Note of Apology: The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of a note of apology for not finishing the clean-up of the Town Hall after an event. Mrs. Downing mentioned there were three events last week-end; in the Town Hall: the “Saving The Songbirds”, “Earth Day” and a “Horse Group”.
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 meeting was recessed at 8:10 PM.
The regular meeting resumed at 8:19 PM.
Complete Streets Policy: Ms. Mayberry had emailed copies of the Complete Streets Policy with some changes to the wording. The Planning Board addressed some concerns that were discussed. She was asked to have the Selectboard look at it, see if they have specific questions and invite them to the Complete Streets workshop in Jaffrey on May 19th. Any additional concerns will be brought back to the meeting next week and she will convey them to the SWRPC.
Water and Sewer: Mr. Dalessio reported that Mrs. Downing is working on the system and will do the up-load early next week. Mr. Mark Houghton requested the list of users be broken down by street and that was done. Mr. Dalessio would like to have the users broken down into North Walpole Sewer, Walpole Water and Walpole Water and Sewer which was also done. Mr. Goins and Mr. Kreissle are working on the special assessment charge.
Agendas: The Selectboard will request that Ms. Marilou Blaine add them to the email lists to receive copies of Agendas for the Zoning Board of Adjustment and Planning Board.
Planning Board Workshop: Ms. Mayberry mentioned a conversation at the Planning Board Workshop was about the Complete Streets Policy. There are some tentative places where they would like to do “mock” displays on how they would be implemented. They will talk to the Police Department about crosswalks and highway concerns. They want to make sure the Selectboard is aware of this. They will come back with more information.
Administrative Assistant Position: Mrs. Downing reported there will be someone coming in to work in the office on a temporary basis on Monday. She cannot do interviews until next week. Mrs. Downing is still receiving applications.
Next Selectboard Meeting: The next Selectboard meeting will be moved back from Thursday, May 4th to Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017, at 6:00 PM.
Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:40 PM.
Regina Borden, Recording Secretary