TOWN OF WALPOLE
MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD
MAY 18, 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 five in attendance.
LOLA’S PIZZERIA LIQUOR LICENSE ENDORSEMENT: Mr. Alan Chipora who is buying Lola’s Pizzeria in North Walpole on June 4th and Mrs. Barbara O’Brien, Chair of the North Walpole Village Commissioners, were present. Mr. Chipora advised the State requires a letter of approval from the Selectboard for a Liquor License. The business has a beer and wine license but as a new permittee he has to apply for a new license. He would like to have a full Liquor License. He is not looking to open a bar but would like to be able to offer a drink to someone having a meal. They will not serve just a drink. Mrs. O’Brien talked to the other two Village Commissioners who would like to leave the license as is. A part of their concern is traffic, it can be heavy and the road is narrow. There are tenants upstairs in that building and it is a populated area. Mr. Dalessio asked how not having a full Liquor License would change the business. Mr. Chipora is not looking to have parties and/or music. The capacity is 60 people by law. He does not expect much change to the business even with a full license. He may decide not to sell any under the full license but would like to have the option. It was noted a Liquor License does not go with the business in NH. A new owner must re-apply. He wants to be a good neighbor in the community. Following the conversation Mrs. Pschirrer advised they will take a full liquor license under advisement. Mrs. O’Brien said before they move forward with a full liquor license they should talk to the Police Chief.
Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Beer and Wine License application for Lola’s, Inc. d/b/a Lola’s Pizzeria. Seconded by Ms. Mayberry. With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.
Ms. Mayberry suggested Mr. Chipora meet with the three Commissioners in North Walpole to see if they will reconsider.
OLD HOME DAYS:
Cow Paddy Bingo: Mrs. Holly Gowdy mentioned that tomorrow night in Walpole they will establish a Booster Club for the Fall Mountain Nordic Ski Team Program. They need to do some fundraising; they saw Old Home Days as a way to start that. There will be a 5K run and the youth will be selling root beer floats. She proposed doing a Cow Paddy Bingo and the Old Home Days Committee felt a good place would be at the south end of the Common. She first thought the space was a little small but after doing some measurements with Mr. Dave Westover, she feels it will work. There will be a grand prize and they might sell raffle tickets. Tickets will be pre-sold before Old Home Days. They will clean the street and the Common after the cows plus take responsibility for any damage. Chalk lines will be used to define the squares but as the grass grows and is mowed the chalk will disappear. It will promote agriculture and the Nordic Ski Team.
Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Cow Paddy Bingo during Old Home Days as presented by Mrs. Holly Gowdy. Seconded by Ms. Mayberry. With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.
No Parking Signs: Ms. Stephanie Stoughton talked to Mrs. Pschirrer about being sure the Police Department will put up “No Parking” signs before the parade. The Selectboard agreed the Police Department will put up whatever is required.
Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $594,409.86 for checks dated May 19, 2017. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.
The above amount includes a monthly payment in the amount of $557,148.64 to the Fall Mountain Regional School District.
Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Register for the week ending May 13, 2017, in the amount of $22,745.32 for checks dated May 19, 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 $5,079.98 for the week ending May 13, 2017. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.
SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:
SELECTBOARD MEETING – May 11, 2017: Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of May 11, 2017, as submitted. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved. Mr. Dalessio abstained as he was not present at this meeting.
NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION #1 – May 11, 2017: Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session #1 of May 11, 2017, as submitted. These Minutes will remain sealed. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved. Mr. Dalessio abstained as he was not present at this meeting.
NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION #2 – May 11, 2017: Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session #2 of May 11, 2017, as submitted. These Minutes will remain sealed. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved. Mr. Dalessio abstained as he was not present at this meeting.
The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meetings:
- Trustees of the Trust Funds – May 8, 2017;
- Planning Board – May 9, 2017;
- Hooper Institute Committee – May 9, 2017;
- North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – May 9, 2017.
Mark and Brooke Houghton, 31 Blackjack Crossing, Map and Lot # 004-044-002: Ms. Mayberry moved to approve Building Permit No. 2017-09 for Mark and Brooke Houghton to build a “108’ x 26-40’ 2-story house and a 24’ x 40’ woodshed”, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.
Cold River Materials Letter: Ms. Mayberry moved to approve and send the letter to Mr. Gary Patch regarding why the Town is not using Cold River Materials on our roads. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.
Complete Streets Demonstration Project: The Southwest Region Planning Commission and Healthy Monadnock had submitted a “Complete Streets Demonstration Project” for a demonstration to take place over Old Home Day weekend and will involve making temporary changes to the streetscape. The goal of the event is to engage residents in future planning efforts and initiate conversations about how to make Walpole’s streets safer and more pedestrian and bicycle friendly. Mrs. Pschirrer is concerned about the site requirements after talking to both Police Chief Paquette and Mr. Mike Rau. Mr. Dalessio mentioned the crosswalk on Main Street north of Westminster Street to cross to the east side of Main Street was rejected several times already. Ms. Mayberry said the goal of the demonstration is not to support putting in a crosswalk. SWRPC had suggested four things to make the area better. Mr. Dalessio feels the proposed eight back in angled parking spaces is potentially dangerous. Ms. Mayberry explained the reasoning for this recommendation. Mr. Dalessio feels increasing safety for bicyclists will be good. Mrs. Pschirrer asked what other plans/options SWRPC presented to Ms. Mayberry. She will check on them but the crosswalk and bike path are already on this document. This is the way SWRPC feels the policy could be implemented. Another concern is this will be on a busy day. Mrs. Pschirrer agreed the timing is wrong. Ms. Mayberry noted this is where the Planning Board members felt it was viable so people would see it. Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer said “no” to the crosswalk and backing into the parking spaces. Ms. Mayberry summarized these are demonstrations; she will do a follow-up with SWRPC.
NHPDIP: Mr. Tom Goins and Mr. Rich Kreissle have been working on this; New Hampshire Public Deposit Investment Program (NHPDIP). They would like to take advantage of investing some of the Town’s money to earn interest. An informational packet was distributed. Mr. Dalessio would like sub-accounts included. The Selectboard will approve this plan for the NHPDIP and encourage Mr. Goins and Mr. Kreissle to explore other accounts.
Alteration of Terrain Time Extension – Avanru Development: The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of a letter from Mr. Jack Franks to waive the Town’s right to the forty (40) day review period regarding the Alteration of Terrain permit. There was a consensus of the Selectboard to hold this until next week to make a decision. They have until June 6th to respond.
Eaton Road Improvement Request: Mrs. Pschirrer reported that Mr. Rau has been talking to the Forester for the Daniel Webster Council of the Boy Scouts about removing problem trees from the camp. Mrs. Pschirrer will draft a letter stating that based on the advice of the Road Agent the Selectboard approve this request for improvements to Eaton Road.
DOT Informational Meeting re: Route 12 Improvement Project: A notice was received from the Department of Transportation that they scheduled an informational meeting on the Route 12 Improvement Project on Wednesday, June 28th at 7:00 PM at the North Walpole School.
Letter of Interest re: Recreation Commission: A request was received from Mr. Bradley Tetu to continue as a member of the Walpole Recreation Committee.
Mr. Dalessio moved to re-appoint Mr. Bradley Tetu as a member of the Walpole Recreation Committee. Seconded by Ms. Mayberry. With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.
Congregational Church: Mrs. Downing advised that Dr. Shaw was wondering if it would be acceptable for the Congregational Church to host a reception after the Memorial Day service on the Common. The Selectboard approved this thoughtful offer but wanted Dr. Shaw to know there is a rush to go back to the Middle School to pick-up BBQ chickens.
Solar Array: Mr. Dalessio met with Mr. Ben Daviss today. A group of residents is thinking about putting in a solar array on the old abandoned dump site in Town. It is close to the Transfer Station so they could connect to that. There is money available for this type of project; it will not cost the Town anything. Mr. Daviss wanted to know if the Selectboard will support this before they move forward. They have someone coming to look at the site to see if it is even feasible. Mr. Daviss will be on the Agenda for the next meeting.
Park in North Walpole: Ms. Mayberry mentioned the Town has entrusted the care of the park to North Walpole but it is still Town property. The Commissioners are concerned about liability. Mrs. O’Brien suggested Mr. Bill Gallagher attend a Selectboard meeting to clarify who is covering the volunteers who have been making improvements to the park. Mrs. Pschirrer noted Primex should be aware that this is a part of the Town’s responsibility. Mr. Dalessio said volunteers could sign the same Waiver form as volunteers for Old Home Days to absolve the Town of liability. Mrs. O’Brien talked to Mrs. Pschirrer about the group’s thoughts to raise money for other improvements. Ms. Mayberry said their goal is to make it a viable park. Mr. Dalessio suggested they could set up a “Friends of the North Walpole Park”. Ms. Mayberry will ask Mr. Gallagher to attend a Selectboard meeting.
NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:
Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel and (e) Pending Claims or Litigation. 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 7:45 PM.
The regular meeting resumed at 8:00 PM.
Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of May 18, 2017, be sealed. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.
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.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:21 PM.
ADJOURNMENT: Mr. Dalessio moved to adjourn this meeting. Seconded by Ms. Mayberry. With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:22 PM.
Regina Borden, Recording Secretary