Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 9/21/17

TOWN OF WALPOLE

MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD

SEPTEMBER 21, 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 members of the public in attendance.

 

PUBLIC BUSINESS:

PAUL McGUIRK:   Mr. McGuirk was present at this meeting with questions regarding his new assessment especially on his land on County Road. He did some research.  The valuation on his land alone went up 31%.  Is that average or high compared to the whole town?  His residence went down approximately $100.00.  He does not feel the letter from Avitar Associates is clear.  He asked for the listing of the new assessments mentioned in the letter as he does not have a computer.  He would like to compare some of his neighbor’s property values to his.  Mrs. Pschirrer replied the Town does not yet have that complete listing; she did have a copy of his new tax card.  Mr. McGuirk noted the letter does not tell the residents if they did not have any satisfaction after they made the appeal, they could make an appointment to meet with the Selectboard members.  Mrs. Pschirrer pointed out the Selectboard usually has property owners appeal directly to Avitar.  When Mr. McGuirk met with the Avitar representative he asked Mr. McGuirk if he could get the price of his appraisal if he were to sell the property.  What bothers Mr. McGuirk is the assessments on commercial land.  He checked on three properties he had looked at five years ago, in addition to looking into properties in the Tractor Supply area; residential and commercial.  He does not yet have the new assessments.  Residential property turns over faster than commercial property.  Mrs. Pschirrer noted with this assessment a lot of land value went up yet the assessment on a house either stayed the same or went down.  She heard one answer; a lot of land was sold in Town so that is how they compared values.  Mr. McGuirk stated a property owner can appeal to the Selectboard, then to the Board of Tax and Land Appeals and, if necessary, to the Superior Court but that is expensive.  Mrs. Pschirrer explained an appeal goes to Avitar. It then comes back to the Selectboard to either approve or deny their recommendation.  Mrs. Downing advised the list of the new assessments will arrive in the office next Wednesday.  Mrs. Pschirrer summarized that the Selectboard cannot answer all his questions tonight but they will do their homework and research and get back to Mr. McGuirk.

 

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 6:44 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 6:59 PM.

 

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION #1:

Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session #1 pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel 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 7:00 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:42 PM.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session #1 of September 21, 2017, will 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 $562,378.21 for checks dated September 22, 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 $535,300.00 to the Fall Mountain Region School District.

 

PAYROLL:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Register for the week ending September 16, 2017 in the amount of $21,739.45 for checks dated September 22, 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 $4,624,53 for the week ending September 16, 2017.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – September 14, 2017:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of September 14, 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 – September 14, 2017:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of September 14, 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.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meetings:

  • Planning Board – September 12, 2017;
  • Cemetery Trustees – September 9, 2017;
  • North Walpole Village District Commissioners – August 29, 2017;
  • North Walpole Village District Commissioners – September 12, 2017
  • Hooper Institute Committee – September 12, 2017.

 

BUILDING PERMITS:

Walpole Handmade Chocolates, LLC – 35 Main Street, Map and Lot #020-080-000:

Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Building Permit No. 2017-33 for Walpole Handmade Chocolates, LLC to add a “8’ x 6’ Covered Porch Entrance” at 35 Main Street.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Mr. Dalessio advised when a contractor comes in for a Building Permit the Selectboard still need a letter from the property owner. This Building Permit was made out for Burdicks however they no longer own this building; it is Walpole Homemade Chocolates, LLC.  Mr. Dalessio recommended the owner re-do this application.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved the Selectboard rescind their previous motion to approve Building Permit No. 2017-33.  This building is no longer owned by Burdicks.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Tom and Cheryl Patty, 124 Upper Walpole, Map and Lot #012-047-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Building Permit No. 2017-34 for Tom and Cheryl Patty to “add a “16’ x 18’ Bedroom Addition” at 124 Upper Valley Road, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Donna and Edward Karmen, 232 Upper Walpole Road, Map and Lot #012-031-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Building Permit #2017-35 for Donna and Edward Karmen to add a “36’ x 26’4” 1st and 2nd Floor Addition” at 232 Upper Walpole Road, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

CURRENT USE:

Map and Lot #001-016-000: Ms. Mayberry moved to approve and sign the Land Use Change Tax for Map and Lot #001-016-000 as requested.  Reclaimed land is being moved back into Current Use.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

NOTICE OF INTENT TO CUT WOOD OR TIMBER:

Gowdy Living Trust, Old Drewsville Road, Map and Lot #001-016-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Notice of Intent to Cut Wood or Timber for the Gowdy Living Trust, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Lane Construction Co., Access through Westmoreland, Map and Lot #003-002-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Notice of Intent to Cut Wood or Timber for Lane Construction Company, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

Westberg Property:  Mrs. Pschirrer reported today is the day Southwest Region Planning Commission wanted the Selectboard to give them a decision on the Westberg property as they are holding money for this Walpole project.  Mr. Mike McClosky expected the DES would begin their sampling today.  It will be October 6th before they have test results.  The next meeting of the Brownfields Committee is on November 21st.  The Selectboard have to let them know as soon as possible if they want to move forward with Phase I. Everyone agrees they will not be able to complete everything in order to apply for the November round of grants.  It would be in the Town’s best interest for the Selectboard to advise they want to proceed with Phase I and have the SWRPC hold the funds but not start Phase I until the middle of winter. In the meantime Mrs. Pschirrer communicated with the executor of the Westberg estate.  Mr. Dalessio feels they should go ahead with Phase I with the understanding that we have no obligation to take the property.  Ms. Mayberry said if they have time to get the sampling results then she is okay with moving forward.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to continue to pursue acquisition of the Westberg Central Plating property from the Westberg Estate and request funding from Southwest Region Planning Commission for funding Phase I with the understanding that the Town expects liability protection from the federal government and the State of New Hampshire.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Dalessio and Ms. Mayberry in favor, the motion was approved.

Mr. Dalessio would like to know if the Town can still hold Westberg Estate liable for this. Mrs. Pschirrer said it is a good question to ask Attorney HockensmithMrs. Pschirrer will send this motion to Mr. J.B. Mack at SWRPC.

Letter to Andrew Lewis:  Acknowledgement was made of the letter from Mr. Andrew Lewis.  His property is on Blackjack Crossing and he is concerned with the assessment on his property but does not want to enter into an appeal process.  He hopes the Selectboard will intervene with Avitar Associates.  Mrs. Downing was asked to contact Avitar Associates to ask for a letter as to why the land portions have gone up so much.  It is the Town’s common complaint.  It will be nice to have the answer in writing.

Recreation Revolving Fund Request – Volley Ball Net:  Ms. Mayberry would like to table the Recreation request for a volley ball net for North Walpole as Mr. Gallagher will come to the Selectboard meeting next week to talk about the park.  They are all concerned about the vandalism.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

Governor’s Advisory Commission on Intermodal Transportation (GACIT):  Mrs. Pschirrer attended this Public Hearing; it was an interesting hearing on the 10-year Plan starting 2019.  Mr. Dalessio mentioned there is an article in the Keene Sentinel on the Vilas Bridge.    

Water and Sewer Receipts to Date: Water and Sewer collections continue and the delinquent amount continues to be reduced each week.

Recreation Revolving Fund Request:  A request was received from Mr. Justin Cassarino and the Recreation Committee to purchase soccer uniforms for the players ages 4-11.  They will be purchasing their items through Grizzly Graphix.  The total cost is $1,260.50.

Mr. Dalessio moved to approve this request by the Recreation Committee to purchase soccer uniforms for the amount of $1,260.50 from their Revolving Fund.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

A-5 Land Use Change Tax Form:

Mr. Dalessio moved to sign the A-5 Land Use Change Tax Form which goes back to 2015 as requested by Mrs. Smith.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.  Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer signed the document.  Ms. Mayberry abstained from the vote as it was prior to her being a Selectboard member.

Health Trust HRA and FSA Option: The Selectboard received a letter from the Health Trust regarding their introduction of “HealthTrust Benefit Advantage”.  Mrs. Pschirrer would like to have the HealthTrust representative, Teresa Williams, schedule a meeting to talk with the Selectboard.

Calendar:  Mr. Dalessio suggested having a calendar posted with all the dates and deadlines for end of the year 2017 and start of 2018.  The dates are needed when various documents need to be in.  Mrs. Downing was asked to print one to share with the Selectboad and Mr. Kreissle.

Parking on Westminster Street:  An email was received from Mr. Fred Ernst who lives on Westminster Street. There is marked parking with lines on both sides of the street.  There is no parking space directly across from Mr. Ernst’s driveway because of the fire hydrant.  Mr. Ernst would like the Town to remove all the parking spaces on the opposite side of the street from his driveway.  Mrs. Pschirrer will write him a note to advise the Selectboard declined his request.

Conservation Commission Recording Secretary: The Conservation Commission will need a new Recording Secretary due to the resignation of Regina Borden.  This will be advertised and posted.

 

NON-PUBLIC SESSION #2:

Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session #2 pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 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 at 8:35 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:48 PM.

Mr. Dalessio moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session #2 of September 21, 2017, be sealed.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Commonwealth Property in North WalpoleMs. Mayberry clarified some on-going issues with the new building on the Commonwealth property in North Walpole following the Walpole Planning Board meeting.  She encouraged the Commissioners to have either Mr. John Foster or one of the Commissioners attend these Planning Board meetings when a property in North Walpole is on the agenda.  Therefore, she asked that copies of agendas and minutes be forwarded to the North Walpole Commissioners.

Mr. Dalessio recommended that copies of agendas and minutes be forwarded to all elected officials; there should be a distribution list.

 

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 8:54 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 9:03 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 9:05 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

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