Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 6/29/17

TOWN OF WALPOLE

MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD

JUNE 29, 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 seven people in attendance.

 

FLASH FLOOD YARD DAMAGENorth Road:  Mr. Wayne Wallace and Mrs. Brenda Wallace of North Road and Mr. Roland Caskin of Colonial Drive were present.  Mr. Wallace advised they were present at a meeting a few years ago on a similar mission.  Now they are back with the same problems but even worse.  What the Town has done between then and now has been ineffective and even aggravated the problem.  He displayed pictures of the recent flooding damage to their properties, explained the flow of water coming down the hill and location of the culverts.  Mr. Caskin had about six inches of water in his basement plus damage to the driveway.  Mrs. Pschirrer noted it was an intense rain storm.  They have pictures of damage all over town and are collecting those pictures.  Unfortunately the Town cannot work on private property.  Mr. Wallace has contacted an engineer and talked to an attorney.  He mentioned we now have a new normal of about 20 years as opposed to the 100 year floods.  We might have another heavy rain tomorrow.  Mr. Wallace explained in both New Hampshire and Vermont many culverts are being replaced with much larger ones.  The catch basin is inadequate not only because of size but also debris that comes off the hill.  Their repairs will cost more this time than before; they need the Town’s help.  There is a way to accommodate the run-off on North Road for several properties.  What the Town has done in the ditches there is only making matters worse because the ditch is filled with loose stones that roll.  His engineer looked at the area and advised it is possible to leave the water on the north side of North Road, make the culverts big enough to take the water flow.  They would need three-foot culverts and a four-foot clear ditch on the north side of the road.  Mrs. Pschirrer pointed out the Town has an engineer coming tomorrow to meet with Mr. Mike Rau, Road Agent, to look at all the problem areas starting with Prospect Hill, Union and School Streets.  There are streams on Old Keene Road that went into Ford Avenue.  The Town cannot touch those streams without permission from the NH Department of Environmental Services (DES).  South Street is owned by the State; they came in on Monday and dropped some stone in that area.  The Town’s contracted engineer will also look at North Road.  The Selectboard had previously walked and looked at the North Road area; options were discussed.  Mr. Wallace’s legal advisor said it was illogical for the Town to dump water onto private property knowing it is going to damage private property which is what the Town knows they are doing.  Mrs. Pschirrer noted the Town is not doing it deliberately.  Mr. Wallace said now the Town knows there is a solution.  There is a place to put the water; it is in the conservation area below the Hubbard house as there is a pond there.  They would need permission from the owner.  Mrs. Pschirrer will check into which of the conservation commissions owns the property.  Mr. Dalessio felt research should be done to see if there were any building permits on these two properties.  North Walpole also has water problems.  Mrs. Pschirrer said their concern is always what is happening to the next property down the road.  The engineering will be a major expense to the Town. After the engineering is done, they have to think about other infrastructure problems in Town that includes the water and sewer systems. The Selectboard will keep them informed but need some time.  Mr. Wallace noted they would be happy to assist the Town with the engineering.

 

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, (c) Reputations and (e) Pending Claims or Litigation.  Mr. Dalessio seconded and, on a roll call vote with all in favor, the motion was approved at 7:04 PM.

The regular meeting resumed at 7:45 PM.

 

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of June 29, 2017, be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio 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 $25,264.39 for checks dated June 30, 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 June 24, 2017 in the amount of $26,973.88 for checks dated June 30, 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 $6,023.39 for the week ending June 24, 2017.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – June 22, 2017: Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of June 22, 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 – June 22, 2017: Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of June 22, 2017.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meetings:

  • North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – June 6, 2017;
  • Walpole Cemetery Trustees Meeting – June 10, 2017;
  • Walpole Planning Board Workshop – June 27, 2017.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

Non-Service Dogs in Food Establishments:  This agenda item was put on-hold until the next meeting.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

Abatements – Water and Sewer:

MAP and LOT # 024-029-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Water Abatement in the amount of $161.83 for Map and Lot #024-029-000.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Hooper Institute Youth Workers Personnel Forms:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve and sign the Hooper Institute Youth Workers Personnel Wage Forms.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Summer Recreation Youth Workers Personnel Forms:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve and sign the Summer Recreation Youth Workers Personnel Wage Forms.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Warrant Article #5 Purchase Order: Ms. Mayberry moved to authorize Mrs. Pschirrer, Chair, to sign the purchase order for repairs to the Police Station under Warrant Article #5.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Info Technology and Website Mr. Dalessio mentioned the Town’s website.  Mrs. Downing is waiting for the person who is working on the update to forward her a link.  Mrs. Pschirrer is anxious to get it up-and-running as soon as possible.  Ms. Mayberry said the school administrator asked if the Town would be willing to put a link on the Town’s website to the SAU website.  Mr. Dalessio continues to work on the website until the new person takes it over.

 

Mr. Dalessio has been talking with Mr. Mike Rau about preserving their old computers for possible use as extras, if needed. They also discussed updating to newer, state-of-the-art equipment and operating systems.

 

Water and Sewer Department Revenue Report:  The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the Water/Sewer Receipts to Date 6/29/2017 received from Mrs. Daigle.

 

Recreation Committee – Note of Interest:  A letter of interest in being appointed to the Recreation Committee was received from Mr. Andrew Buswell.

Mr. Dalessio moved to appoint Mr. Andrew Buswell as a member of the Recreation Committee for a three year term.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Conservation Commission – Note of Interest:  A letter of interest was received from Ms. Laura Hayes who is requesting an appointment to the Conservation Commission.  This letter will be forwarded to the Conservation Commission.

 

Cemetery Lot D454 Sale to Kenneth H. and Paula P. Patterson:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Cemetery Deed for the sale of Cemetery Lot D454 to Kenneth H. and Paula P. Patterson.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Unregistered Dog Listing:  A list of dogs that have been registered in the past was submitted by Meghan Hansson, Deputy Town Clerk and Tax Collector. There was some response from owners of the unlicensed dogs but not a lot. The report listed 278 unlicensed dogs, as compared to 347 dogs that are already licensed. The Town Clerk’s office is required by the RSA to submit this list to the Selectboard for their review.

 

Band Concert Use of Town Hall:  A request was received from Mrs. Terri Jo Terrell about using the Town Hall for band concerts on the Common if it rains on a Sunday night.  Are they allowed to use the second floor?  Mr. Dalessio pointed out that the band concerts are sponsored by the Savings Bank of Walpole.  This is not a Boy Scout issue. However, he has no problem with them coming in to use either floor of the Town Hall provided there are no other events.  Mrs. Pschirrer noted they just need to be told to not go behind the curtains.

 

 

Conservation Commission:  Ms. Mayberry will be unable to attend the next Conservation Commission meeting on July 10th.   Mrs. Pschirrer and/or Mr. Dalessio will try to attend.

 

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:

Ms. Mayberry moved to recess this Selectboard meeting.  The Selectboard will enter into a meeting as the Hooper Trustees.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 8:22 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:44 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 8:45 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

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