TOWN OF WALPOLE
MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD
OCTOBER 4, 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 nine members of the public in attendance.
FAIRPOINT REQUEST: Ms. Stephanie Hosking and Ms. Jane Miller were present. Ms. Hosking had previously spoken with Mrs. Downing about a concrete pad site to set up their equipment cabinet. This site is on a pull-off across from Walpole Interiors/entrance to Whitcomb Road/ Route 123 on the west side or Rt. 12. Ms. Hosking was at the site with a NH DOT engineer who has given approval to go through their easement area to connect with the pad site. The Town of Walpole owns the strip of land to the west of Route 12 over the old railroad bed down to the Connecticut River. The existing pole would be replaced to allow them to get five (5) feet higher. They have copper and fiber-optic cables. She explained that cables run across both the Arch Bridge and Vilas Bridge to make their connections. There are currently sites and plans being made to expand to other areas. They are working on step one of their long-range plan. Ms. Hosking would like the Selectboard’s permission to put the pad there. They have staked the site. Mrs. Pschirrer noted they need permission but do they also need a legal easement. Ms. Miller mentioned in other towns they sometimes do a license or an easement. It would be a one-time license; the easement runs with the land. Poles are licensed. The Selectboard would prefer a license. Mrs. Pschirrer will forward the license to the Town Attorney for a legal opinion. Ms. Miller said before they put a shovel in the ground they call Dig Safe and contact the Town. Ms. Mayberry felt they would need a building permit as the land is located in North Walpole.
Mr. Dalessio moved to approve Fairpoint’s request to put a concrete pad in the pull-off directly across from Walpole Interiors for the purpose of having an equipment cabinet placed on it. Seconded by Ms. Mayberry. With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.
Mrs. Pschirrer asked Mrs. Downing to send a copy of her email to the North Walpole Commissioners for their information.
PROPERTY LINE DISPUTE: Mrs. Barbara Chabot, Mr. Jeff Aldrich, Mrs. Kim Surles and Mr. Scott Surles were present. Mrs. Kim Surles and Mr. Scott Surles own the property on 164 Wentworth Road. In March of 2015 they put their house on the market. Shortly thereafter Mrs. Chabot asked her if she could cut some trees on the Surles’ property. Mrs. Surles said “no” as the trees provide privacy. In August of 2016 Mrs. Chabot asked Mrs. Surles again if she could cut some trees. Mrs. Surles again said “no”. Mrs. Surles began documenting the small trees and brush cuttings. In October 2016 she confronted Mr. Aldrich who said he was on his own property and had every right to clean up and cut brush in that area. She told him where the stakes were; he needed to stop and get off her property. When Mr. Aldrich continued to cut Mrs. Surles went to the Police Station and filed a report. Chief Paquette told Mrs. Chabot not to cut any more trees and get off the Surles property. In August 2017 their realtor asked Mrs. Surles to clearly stake the property along Wentworth Road because a potential buyer wants to know where the lines are. Mr. and Mrs. Surles had Mr. Joe DiBernardo come, locate and stake pins. About a week later the stakes were taken down and thrown in a pile on her property so she reported it to Sgt. Sanctuary. On September 27th, 2017 Mr. Aldrich was there again cutting trees and weed whacking so Mrs. Surles called the Police Department again. Chief Paquette came and told Mrs. Chabot and Mr. Aldrich to not cut anymore until they know where their stakes are and until they have this meeting with the Selectboard. Mr. Aldrich threatened Mrs. Surles with physical harm twice; there were two witnesses.
Chief Paquette told Mrs. Surles not to confront Mr. Aldrich at all. The next day they were mowing on her property again. The Surles are going to have the surveyors come back again next week to put the pins in again and clearly marked. Mrs. Surles wanted this to be on the record. What does she have to do to protect her property?
Mrs. Chabot thought this meeting was to discuss where the stakes are and where the property line goes. She knows where the line is on the Wentworth Road and then it goes into a stake that Mr. Aldrich found and put a red tag on it. Mrs. Pschirrer asked if Mrs. Chabot has a survey of her property. Mrs. Chabot does not. Mr. Aldrich saw the stakes. He said all Mrs. Surles had to do was knock on his mother’s door and tell her where they were. Mrs. Chabot only has the deed and a map given to her by the office staff. Mrs. Pschirrer advised they share the boundary line between the two properties. The Selectboard has no authority to settle property line disputes. If Mr. Aldrich crosses that property line he is trespassing. Mr. Dalessio suggested when Mr. Joe DiBernardo comes back to re-stake the property that Mr. Aldrich and Mrs. Chabot walk the line with him so they will know where it is. They can run twine between the stakes to be sure where the line is. Mrs. Pschirrer summarized that Mrs. Surles will give Mrs. Chabot a copy of the survey and it will be recorded.
NEW CIVIC GROUP: Ms. Meghan Hughes is making a request for a new civic group, Fall Mountain Alliance, to use the Town Hall to do public presentations. A waiver of cost and insurance is requested. They are a non-partisan group. They plan to host a voter education event to allow voters to get acquainted with who represents them at the state level and to find out about what issues the state legislature will address in January 2018. Ms. Joanne Andros explained they will invite elected State officials. Mrs. Pschirrer pointed out the Town has a policy for non-profit organizations to have access to the Town Hall free of charge. Ms. Hughes said they are a local group of people; the leadership is from Walpole. Their request is to use of the Town Hall on December 6th, 2017.
Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the request from the Fall Mountain Alliance to use the Town Hall on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017, at no charge. The insurance coverage is waived. Seconded by Ms. Mayberry. With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.
Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $69,416.54 for checks dated October 6, 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 September 30, 2017, in the amount of $24,459.56 for checks dated October 6, 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 $5,624.28 for the week ending September 30, 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 28, 2017: Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of September 28, 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 28, 2017: Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of September 28, 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.
The Selectboard received and reviewed minutes of the following meeting:
- Trustees of Trust Funds – August 22, 2017.
Landfill Closure Monitoring: Mrs. Pschirrer reported four bids were received to do the landfill closure monitoring. Sample gathering and reporting plus lab fees and the total were reviewed. The Selectboard requested a note be placed on the purchase order stating the vendor is responsible to meet all Department of Environmental Services (DES), State and Federal reporting standards.
Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the McKibben Environmental LLC proposal for the Landfill Closure Monitoring. Seconded by Ms. Mayberry. With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.
Mr. Dalessio moved to approve and sign the McKibben Environmental LLC contract. Seconded by Ms. Mayberry. With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.
Complete Streets Recommendation List: Ms. Mayberry requested the Planning Board go back and officially do the Complete Streets Recommendations in a public meeting. The Planning Board will meet again on Tuesday, October 10th. This will be an agenda item for next week.
Town Hall Rental: The Saxtons River Art Guild rents the Town Hall every year. They want to use it on October 7th and 8th, 2017 and use both floors.
Ms. Mayberry moved to waive the insurance requirement for the Saxtons River Art Guild for using the Town Hall on October 7th and 8th, 2017. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.
Sewer Lien Discharge: Ms. Mayberry moved to grant the Lien Discharge for sewer usage at 40 Center Street in North Walpole. Seconded by Mr. Dalesssio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.
Thank You Letters:
YMCA: The Selectboard acknowledged a Thank You note from the Town’s continued support of the YMCA for Camp Takodah. They are requesting that this appropriation be included in the 2018 budget.
Community Travel Service: Mrs. Pschirrer reported this service has drivers in Walpole and they service Walpole therefore they are asking for the Town’s continued support.
SAFETY COMMITTEE and PRIME Discount from Primex: Mrs. Downing attended a Primex meeting recently. The Town could receive an insurance discount from Primex if they meet the requirements. Only one Safety Committee meeting was scheduled to date in April 2017. Mr. Dalessio explained the make-up of the Safety Committee and their responsibilities. Mr. Paul Colburn was to be the first Chairman of this committee but the Chair should be rotated every six months. There should be four quarterly meetings each year. A Vice-Chair can be elected. Mr. Dalessio mentioned there are two important things that need to be done: 1) a full-inspection, and 2) for each area there needs to be an inspection of fire exits. The next meeting will be scheduled by Mr. Colburn.
NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:
Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 81-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel. Mr. Dalessio seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with all in favor, the motion was approved at 8:01 PM.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:18 PM.
Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of October 4, 2017, be sealed. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, 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.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:40 PM.
Audit Letter: Mrs. Pschirrer would like to find a time when they can meet with Mr. Kreissle and Mr. Goins to discuss the audit letters. There are some things to do that are not difficult. Mr. Dalessio suggested meeting on Thursday, October 26, 2017, at 5:30 PM. Mrs. Pschirrer will let Mr. Kreissle and Mr. Goins know this meeting has been scheduled.
Joint Meeting: Mr. Edkins from the Town of Charlestown has not yet confirmed the meeting date and time for the Selectboards from the five towns to have a Joint Meeting to discuss the proposed Fall Mountain Region School District budget.
Next Selectboard Meeting: The next Selectboard meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 11th at 8:00 am. There will be no public discussion.
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 8:55 PM.
Regina Borden, Recording Secretary