Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 9/7/17

TOWN OF WALPOLE

MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD

SEPTEMBER 7, 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 four members of the public in attendance.

 

PUBLIC BUSINESS:

WESTBERG PROPERTYMr. Mike McCluskey, Process Coordinator with the Department of Environmental Services Brownfields Program, and Mr. J.B. Mack, Southwest Region Planning Commission, were present to provide a progress report on the Westberg property.  Many towns have come to similar circumstances whereby if the town does not do anything to clean-up a property no one else will do it. The Town of Walpole would like to use the Westberg property for additional parking in the Village.  Ransom Consulting has been doing a lot of testing.  Mr. McCluskey wants to be sure all the data is being communicated to the Town.   He gave a synopsis of where we are now and what information they think is needed.  A brief history of the property and its usage was provided.  He distributed copies and provided an explanation of a site plan as prepared by Ransom Consulting Engineers and Scientists (Legend and Notes).  Initially they focused on metals in connection with the plating operation but did not find elevated levels in their report.  In New Hampshire, beginning in March of 2016, testing began for PFAS (Per-Poly-Fluorinated Alkyl Substances).  They have records that show Central Plating used these chemicals so it is appropriate to sample for them.  Mr. Mack mentioned New Hampshire has PFAS standards for groundwater but not soils. Mr. McCluskey said they need to determine the extent of this contamination.  The good news is residents in the Village do not have private wells but are on the Town water system.  They feel the chemicals are pretty well confined and know where they came from.  They will be sampling for 23-or-24 compounds.   Mr. McCluskey talked to the attorney for the property owner to get permission to test for PFAS and to get permission for DES to go onto the property. There was discussion relative to extending testing beyond the property line.  There would be a need to find a funding source to test on abutting Lot #63 plus they would need to work out an agreement with the property owner.  DES works with a different consulting firm than SWRPC; DES is waiting for a scope of work from their consulting firm.  Right now Mr. McCluskey needs to execute agreements with the attorney of the property owner.  Deadlines for grant applications were mentioned.  November 17th is the deadline for getting the application in for the grants.  If the Town wanted to make application for the grants they would need to take ownership prior to November 17th.  Relative to liability, the Town would be looking at both the federal and state side.  Phase I needs to be finalized prior to the acquisition of the property.  Mr. Dalessio agrees with moving forward but does not want to rush the process.  If they miss this deadline there will be other opportunities to apply for the grants.  After Phase I is completed, the Town would have six months to purchase the property.  The Selectboard thanked Mr. McCluskey and Mr. Mack for attending this informational meeting.

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $223,585.26 for checks dated September 8, 2017.  Of this total $181,838.38 was for paving material.  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 September 2, 2017 in the amount of $22,822.01 for checks dated September 8, 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 $4,913.34 for the week ending September 2, 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 31, 2017:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of August 31, 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 31, 2017:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of August 31, 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 PUBLIC HEARING – August 31, 2017:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Special Public Hearing of August 31, 2017, as submitted.  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 meeting:

  • Zoning Board of Adjustment – August 21, 2017

 

BUILDING PERMIT:

CRAIG and JENNIFER VICKERS, 85 Wentworth Road, Map and Lot #017-008-000: Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Building Permit No. 2017-29 for Craig and Jennifer Vickers to “Construct a 62’ x 27’ kitchen and master bedroom addition”” at 85 Wentworth Road.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

JOHN J. McGUIRK and CONSTANCE M. ADAMS, 202 Upper Walpole Road, Map and Lot #012-035-000:  Ms.Mayberry moved to grant Building Permit No. 2017-30 for John J. McGuirk and Constance M. Adams to “Construct an 18’ x 11’ carport” at 202 Upper Walpole Road.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

GARY and SUSAN LITTLEPAGE, 26 Old Keene Road, Map and Lot #019-002-000: Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Building Permit No. 2017-31 for Gary and Susan Littlepage to “Construct a 24’ x 24’ garage with basement” at 26 Old Keene Road.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

STEVEN and MEGAN COREY, JR., 23 Maplewood Circle, Map and Lot #024-016-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Building Permit No. 2017-32 for Steven and Megan Corey, Jr. to “Construct a 22’ by 12’ +/- deck per attached sketch” at 23 Maplewood Circle.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

PROPERTY TAX ABATEMENT WITH REFUND:

MAP and LOT #030-074-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Property Tax Abatement for Map and Lot #030-074-000 in the amount of $929.03.  This home was demolished just prior to April 1, 2017 cut-off date for building on a property. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

 

CURRENT USE LAND CHANGE:

MAP and LOT #001-016-000: Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Current Use Land Change for Map and Lot #001-016-000.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

Commonwealth Construction:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve and sign the letter to Commonwealth Construction as discussed at the last meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Corrective Deed for Map and Lot #026-010-000:  Mrs. Pschirrer explained they are dealing with a piece of property that was mistakenly taken and changed from the New England Power Company by a Tax Collector’s Deed recorded June 6, 2010.  This was an error.  The Selectboard now have a deed that is correcting that and removing the tax deed.   The land goes back to the New England Power Company.  This was already approved. Therefore, the Selectboard signed the deed.  It will be recorded.  A warrant will be issued shortly as New England Power Company will pay the property taxes back to the spring of 2017.  This decision was made quite some time ago.

Recreation Revolving Fund Request – Volley Ball Net:  Ms. Mayberry requested that this agenda item be continued.  She talked to Mr. Justin Cassarino and now will talk to Mr. Bill Gallagher and the North Walpole Village Commissioners as they all share the same concerns about vandalism.

Water & Sewer Receipts to Date:  The Selectboard reviewed the weekly report from Mrs. Jodi Daigle.  Collections are going well.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

Savings Bank of Walpole Account Forms: The Town has opened an account at the Savings Bank of Walpole for the Town Clerk’s use of credit cards.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Selectboard approve and sign the forms for the Savings Bank of Walpole for the Town Clerk for her credit card account.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Letter from Peter Powers:  The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of a copy of the letter Mr. Peter Powers sent to the Army Corp of Engineers in Concord regarding the improvements to Route 12 between North Walpole and Charlestown.  He objects as he does not feel they are going to solve bank stabilization issues along the Connecticut River.

HealthTrust Training in KeeneMrs. Sarah Downing asked to attend a HealthTrust Training Workshop in Keene on October 5th from 9:15 am to 12:30 pm.  It is free.  The Selectboard approved this request.

 

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 8:00 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:10 PM.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of September 7, 2017, be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer the motion was approved.

 

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 8:12 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:24 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 8:25 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

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