Planning Board Meeting Minutes – 10/10/17

Walpole Planning Board

October 10, 2017

Town Hall

7 pm


Present: Chair Jeff Miller, Co-chair Robert Miller, James Aldrich secretary, Jason Perron, Dennis Marcom, Cheryl Mayberry, Selectboard Representative. Alternates: Joanna Andros, Ed Potter, 

Recording: Marilou Blaine. These minutes are unapproved and will be reviewed at the November meeting for corrections, additions and/or omissions. 

Roll Call: Mr. J. Miller called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. There were five board members present so no one was needed to fill in.

Minutes: A motion was made to accept the minutes of the regular September 12 meeting and the September 26 workshop meeting as written. The motion was seconded and approved by the entire Board.


Old Business:

Public Hearing: Lot line adjustment for James Mort and Marilyn Dooley, 105 Brewery Road, Map 14, Lot 11, residential B and Jeddadiah and Lila Pellerin, Map 14, Lot 11-1. Annex 1.6 acres to make a total 3.2 acres. Subdivision: Lot 1 is now 8.9 acres creating a second lot, .75 acre Lot 2 with 368 feet of road frontage.

Surveyor Joe DiBernardo represented the property owners Mr. Mort and Ms. Dooley. He said this lot conforms in size to Residential B’s ordinance of square footage (minimum lot 25,000 square feet), road frontage (minimum 150 feet road frontage and side and rear yard setbacks (20 feet) and front yard setback (65 feet from center line of road).

There were no questions after his presentation. The Public Hearing was closed. 

Later in the meeting, a motion was made to approve both the lot line adjustment and subdivision as presented. The motion was seconded and passed by the entire Board.


Request for a Public Hearing: Jeff Carney, Liberty Utilities, cut trees on designated scenic road, Farnum Road. Request by letter, Statute 231-158.

Mr. Carney, Program Manager Vegetation and Inspections for Liberty Utilities, sent a letter to the Planning Board outlining what his team was going to do on Farnum Road, which is a designated scenic road. The scheduled maintenance follows PUC: 307.10 Pruning Standards and “with the landowner’s consent, utilities shall prune trees adjacent to all distribution circuits to the following minimum clearances on more than a five-year cycle.”

Other work planned work was (pruning at):

“10 feet from conductors.

“8 feet to the side of the nearest conductor and 15 feet above the conductors, at time of pruning.

“Utilities shall implement measures such as mid-cycle reviews to identify and mitigate elevated risk from tree exposure on circuits or sections of circuits that are significantly and/or continually experiencing tree-related interruptions, where it is practical to do so.

“Utilities shall not be required to prune to the clearance standards specified in (a) of this section where:

​The landowner has refused or restricted permission to prune.

​A municipality or other local governing body, by ordinance or other official means, has refused ​or restricted permission to prune; or

​Pruning to the standards specified in subpart (a) would be detrimental to the health of the tree, ​in which the utility shall adhere to the guidelines provided in ANSI a300 Part 1 – 2008 Edition, ​available as noted in Appendix B.

“Trees under the 15-inch circumference limit and brush capable of growing into the energized conducts will be cut with the landowner’s consent.​

“Tree to be removed, based on risk assessment performed by Liberty Utilities and qualified foresters from Environmental Consultant, Inc (EDI) have been marked with red of pink flagging stapled to the trees. Removals are noted in the enclosed details as “Rvm and Diameter Class” by land type Unmaintained (UM) Roadside (R) and (M) Maintained.”

Mr. Miller made a motion to hold a Public Hearing in November. The motion was seconded by Mr. Perron and the Board approved the motion.


Amended DADU (Detached Accessory Dwelling Units)– Mr. J. Miller pointed out that the DADU that had been voted on and passed in March 2017 had been amended at the advice of the town’s attorney, Jeremy Hockensmith. The document therefore needs another hearing to be put on next year’s warrant to approve the amendments. Mr. Perron made a motion to hold a Public Hearing on the amendments in November. Mr. Marcom seconded the motion and it was approved by the rest of the Board. A copy of the warrant and amendments will be at the Town Offices and posted on the bulletin board outside Walpole Grocery.


Complete Streets – At its workshop session on September 26, Board members who were present okayed several recommendations for Complete Streets as well as the policy presented after July. The recommendations were sent to the Selectboard. There will be a Public Hearing in November for the public to weigh in on these recommendations. A motion to hold a Public Hearing was made by Mr. Marcom, seconded by Mr. R. Miller and approved by the entire Board. A copy of the recommendations will be posted at the Town Offices, on the bulletin board outside Walpole Grocery. Copies will be available at the Town Offices and Bridge Memorial Library.


Legal Education Mr. J. Miller asked the Board to reread four documents on the Ruggiero litigation and DCR litigation. He asked the Board to write questions that they would like answered from the town’s attorney, Mr. Jeremy Hockensmith – not about these cases – but about procedures that the Planning Board could follow in the future. Those questions will be refined at the next workshop meeting on October 24 in the basement conference room at 7 pm.


Mr. Aldrich made a motion to adjourn. The motion was seconded and approved by the Board.


Respectfully submitted,

Marilou Blaine


Next regular meeting Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017




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