TOWN OF WALPOLE
MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD
AUGUST 24, 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 no members of the public in attendance.
Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $40,563.94 for checks dated August 25, 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 Payroll Register for the week ending August 19, 2017, in the amount of $26,439.02 for checks dated August 25, 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 $5,623.34 for the week ending August 19, 2017. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.
SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:
SELECTBOARD MEETING – August 17, 2017: Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of August 17, 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 – August 17, 2017: Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of August 17, 2017, as submitted. These Minutes will remain sealed. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.
SPECIAL MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD, PUBLIC HEARING – August 17, 2017: Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Special Meeting of the Selectboard, Public Hearing of August 17, 2017, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.
STAFF MEETING – August 17, 2017: Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Staff Meeting of August 17, 2017, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.
The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meeting:
- Walpole Recreation Committee – August 16, 2017.
AMERICAN LEGION: Mr. Whitney Aldrich advised the American Legion had a Veterans’ Relief Fund. The members recently voted to set up a Veterans’ Relief Fund through the Walpole Welfare Office. The $10,000.00 is to be used to assist veterans and their families, when needed. Mrs. Pschirrer pointed out this could be gone over a few years. The Selectboard accepted the check but it will be a separate account that will be given to Mrs. Janet Clough, Walpole Welfare Office, to administer as requested by the American Legion for veterans and/or their families when they are in need.
Mr. Dalessio and Mr. Aldrich had previously talked about cleaning the veterans’ monument but Mrs. Downing said it was cleaned recently. They discussed the historic sycamore tree that was dedicated for Guy Bemis. This tree is causing sap to fall on the monument. Mr. Aldrich recommended if, in the future, another tree is put in that it is planted further away from the monument.
There was a consensus of the Selectboard to schedule a Public Hearing at the next meeting on Thursday, August 31, 2017, at 6:15 PM to accept the $10,000.00 from the American Legion to set up a separate Veterans’ Relief Fund through the Walpole Welfare Office.
Mr. Aldrich had heard there was consideration being given to making Elm Street one way. He mentioned about 15 years ago a group of residents living around the Common asked about making Elm Street one-way. They tried it for about a month. Then those people came in and asked for it to go back to the way it was. They tried it but it did not work. There was discussion about the traffic flow on Elm Street and Washington Street. Mrs. Pschirrer had people tell her they do not want Elm Street changed but she would like to find a way to stop big trucks from using Elm Street.
North Walpole: Ms. Mayberry spoke to Mr. Dalessio about there being a crosswalk sign by the North Walpole Fire Department building on the north side of the driveway but there is no crosswalk. The sign is blocking the Police Station sign coming the other way.
Linda Labeau, 756 Valley Road, Map and Lot #011-040-000: Ms. Mayberry moved to approve Building Permit No. 2017-25 for Linda Labeau to “Construct a 30’ x 26’, 1.5 story garage” at 756 Valley Road. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.
MELTC, LLC: 529 Main Street, Map and Lot #012-015-000: Ms. Mayberry moved to approve Demolition Permit No. 2017-26 for MELTC, LLC to “Remove a 12’ x 64’ Mobile Home” from 529 Main Street. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.
Westberg Property: Mrs. Pschirrer had the documents on the Westberg property that were presented during the Southwest Region Planning Commission (SWRPC) meeting last Tuesday. A vote was taken to approve the next phase of this program. Mr. Steve Rickerich, engineer from Ransom Consulting Engineers and Scientists, presented a slide presentation of the Supplemental Phase II Investigation and Analyses of Brownfields Clean-up Alternatives / Remedial Action Plan, dated August 22, 2017. The slides included the Site Location, Site Plan, Chromium in Soil, Inferred Groundwater Flow, Chromium (and PFAS) in Groundwater, and Nickel in Groundwater. Mrs. Pschirrer provided a detailed explanation of the project to-date. More testing will be done. Mr. Rickerich talked to Mr. Mark Houghton about the old Fire Station area and the type of foam used about 30 years ago, if any. Drinking water has not been contaminated but there are chemicals in the soil. Mr. Mike McCluskey from the Department of Environmental Services (DES) was also at the last SWRPC meeting. The State has not yet set standards for how they will deal with PFAS. Mr. McCluskey would like to talk to the Selectboard. He is supportive of this project as well as the staff of SWRPC. Estimated detailed costs for the project were put together by Mr. Rickerich. There will be on-going costs because the area will have to be monitored periodically as required by the DES. The question is do they clean it up or leave it as is in the middle of Town surrounded by houses. The Selectboard have until September 21st to let the SWRPC know if they will continue to pursue this clean-up. Mrs. Pschirrer will ask Mr. McCluskey if he can come to the meeting next week or the first Thursday in September. Mr. J.B. Mack would also be available to attend a meeting. Mr. Dalessio and Ms. Mayberry approved having Mrs. Pschirrer contact Mr. Peter Adams, Executor of the Westberg estate, to provide an up-date on the project.
Landfill Monitoring: The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of a letter from Mr. Brackett who has been monitoring the Walpole Landfill for many years. He will be retiring soon therefore a new person/ company will need to be hired. They will now have to test for PFAS in addition to the usual testing. The State’s Permit will not expire until November 27, 2021. Mrs. Downing was asked to contact some NH companies and get cost estimates as the information will be needed for the budget.
Water and Sewer Receipts to Date: Mrs. Pschirrer mentioned collections are going well. As of August 24, 2017 the total Water and Sewer Receipts left to collect is $19,963.18. The total left to collect for 90+day accounts is $44,856.94.
Notice of Impending Lien – Water and Sewer: Mrs. Pschirrer and Ms. Mayberry approved the letter Mr. Dalessio had drafted. He is now waiting for the exact timing from Mrs. Smith. They want to be sure everything is accurate.
90 day+ Reports: The 90+ Reports were reviewed by the Selectboard. There is a “grey” area for North Walpole as the owners receive two bills; one bill for sewer from Walpole and a second bill for water from North Walpole. Mr. Dalessio has been talking with the NH Municipal Association.
Outstanding and Discharge Lien Reports: The Outstanding and Discharge Lien reports were reviewed by the Selectboard. There was discussion about the process. Mrs. Daigle was asked to work with Mr. Kreissle to continue the research on liens and payments. Mr. Dalessio agreed a letter should be written to the people on the list to advise there is still an active lien on their property in the amount of (dollars and cents) for water and sewer and ask them to make an immediate payment. If they feel this letter is an error contact the Selectboard office. Mrs. Pschirrer said to include a copy of the lien in the letter.
Thank You Note: Mrs. Pschirrer read a note received from Mrs. Carole Cramer thanking the Selectboard for their consideration in amending the guidelines for Town Hall rentals.
Municipal Work Zone Agreement: Ms. Mayberry moved that the Selectboard sign the Municipal Work Zone Agreement for the Route 12 project. This is State Project No. 14747 and Federal Project No. X-A000(487). Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.
Letter from Selectboard Office in Charlestown, NH: Acknowledgement was made of receipt of a letter from the Town of Charlestown Selectboard. They would like to meet with the Selectboards from the other four towns in the Fall Mountain Region School District to talk about the FMRSD next budget early in the process. Mr. Dalessio would like to meet with the other Selectboards. They are welcome to use the Walpole Town Hall for the meeting. Mrs. Pschirrer will draft the response letter for next week.
Open Container Request: A request was received from the Manager of Administration that the Selectboard allow open containers at the Town BBQ on Sunday, September 10th.
Mr. Dalessio moved to waive the Open Container Policy on September 10, 2017, from Noon to no later than 6:00 PM for the Town BBQ for employees, families and volunteers at the Town Pool. Rain location is the Town Hall. Seconded by Ms. Mayberry. With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.
Police Department: Mr. Dalessio advised the Police Department has a grant for patrolling of DUI and traffic on Route 12. Originally the State had a requirement for patrolling during specific dates but it has now been changed to strongly suggested dates. Mr. Dalessio had previously signed the agreement as Chairman. To send a prompt reply to the State, he initialed the change form.
Mr. Dalessio moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 81-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 7:44 PM.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:55 PM.
Mr. Dalessio moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of August 24, 2017, be sealed. Seconded by Ms. Mayberry. With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry 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 at 7:56 PM.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:00 PM.
Water Issues: Mrs. Pschirrer has been talking to Mr. Mark Houghton about the water issues and who is going to pay for removal of the trees and brush around the dam to get it ready so it can be properly inspected by DES. She will ask the Walpole Conservation Commission to pay for the work at the dam.
School Street: Mr. Mark Houghton and Mr. Mike Rau met to talk about School Street. They have some ideas about how they will handle those water problems. They are working on cost estimates. Mrs. Pschirrer will pursue the ARMS Fund for the Butternut Brook.
Burdick Project: Mrs. Pschirrer talked to Mr. Mark Houghton about the major Burdick Project for both electrical and sewer work. A small portion of Westminster Street will be torn up. Bazin Bros. will do the paving that will include Westminster Street. The project will begin early in September.
Road Paving: Mr. Rau reported they are basically finished paving the roads for this year. They will now move onto other projects including trees.
Legal Items: Mrs. Pschirrer has been talking with Attorney Jeremy Hockensmith relative to some pending issues. He will have them finalized soon.
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 8:10 PM.
Regina Borden, Recording Secretary