Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 11/16/17

TOWN OF WALPOLE

MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD

NOVEMBER 16, 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 this meeting is being recorded and asked anyone wishing to speak to identify themselves for the record.  There was one member of the public in attendance.

 

PUBLIC BUSINESS:

NORTH WALPOLE VILLAGE PARK – Bill GallagherMr. Gallagher mentioned the last time he attended a Selectboard meeting they talked about moving forward with the volley ball net. Since then, they have installed the poles.  They are now thinking about trying a skating rink this winter.  The big issue among residents is why the Town still owns the park area instead of the Village of North Walpole.  Ms. Mayberry provided an explanation she received from Mrs. O’Brien.  Several years the Town offered this area to the Village. However, the property lines are not clear so the Commissioners were not willing to accept the parcel. They did not want any entanglements with abutting neighbors.  Mr. Gallagher was told it was an insurance issue.  Mrs. Pschirrer replied the Town is insuring that parcel and trying to assist the group in keeping it open as a recreation spot.  Mr. Dalessio said we are all part of the same Town.  Why go through the expense.  Ms. Mayberry feels there is more latitude with the Town in terms of what the group is trying to do; they will have the support of the Recreation Department/Committee and their budget. Mr. Gallagher thought in March at Town Meeting they might ask for some funding for the development of that area.  They want to put in a better fence and have a gazebo. They plan to do a major fundraiser next year.  Mrs. Pschirrer cautioned them to not tread on railroad property with the fence.  Mr. Gallagher talked to Mr. Mark Houghton about having power and lights but he is waiting for an answer.  They are going to put up a Christmas tree; it would be nice to have lights.  Mr. Dalessio will contact Mr. Mark Houghton about the power and security lights.  Mrs. Pschirrer suggested Mr. Gallagher ask the children at the North Walpole School to make decorations for the tree and the Women of Walpole might donate a string of lights.  Mrs. O’Brien asked Mr. Gallagher to check on signs that state people are there “At Their Own Risk”.  They were also supposed to have a sign designated “No Smoking” but it has not yet been installed.  Mrs. Pschirrer will check on this sign.  Mr. Dalessio felt maybe this group should have a seat at the Recreation Committee meetings; this will be considered.  In the meantime the Selectboard will continue supporting this park area.

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $559,932.93 for checks dated November 17, 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 of $535,300.00 to the Fall Mountain Regional School District.

 

PAYROLL:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll voucher for the week ending November 11, 2017 in the amount of $22,400.98 for checks dated November 17, 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 $4,739.05 for the week ending November 11, 2017.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

PUBLIC HEARING, Acceptance of Complete Streets Recommendations – November 2, 2017: Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Public Hearing on the Acceptance of Complete Streets Recommendations dated November 2, 2017, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

SELECTBOARD PUBLIC HEARING – November 9, 2017:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard Public Hearing of November 9, 2017, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING – November 9, 2017:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of November 9, 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 – November 9, 2017:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of November 9, 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 meeting:

  • Walpole Planning Board meeting – November 14, 2017.

 

ABATEMENTS & REFUNDS:

Abatement: Map and Lot # 024-005-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant the Property Tax Abatement for Map and Lot # 024-005-000.  This property was taken for tax lien.  Although the Town became the owner it was not made exempt in the Avitar system.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Abatement and Refund:  Map and Lot # UTIL FAIR:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant the Property Tax Abatement and Refund for Map and Lot # UTIL FAIRPOINT.  This is part of the settlement agreement between the Town and UTIL FairPoint in the total amount of $24,752.00; it will be split over two years.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Refunds:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant the following Property Tax Refunds.  All are a result of the property revaluation process.  The values were reduced drastically which allowed for the first bill payment to be larger than entire tax bill for the year:

  • Map and Lot # 003-083-000 – $420.00;
  • Map and Lot # 005-002-004 – $1.00;
  • Map and Lot # 030-059-002 – $97.00;
  • Map and Lot # 011-049-000 – $34.00;
  • Map and Lot # 013-034-004 – $519.00;
  • Map and Lot # 030-074-000 – $120.00;
  • Map and Lot # 027-001-002 – $86.00;
  • Map and Lot # 028-075-00A – $11.00;
  • Map and Lot # 012-037-000 – $33.00;
  • Map and Lot # 026-008-0MH – $38.00
  • Map and Lot # 028-094-000 – $266.00.

Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

Water and Sewer Receipts:  Acknowledgement was made of the Water/Sewer Receipts to Date, November 16, 2017, from Mrs. Daigle.  It is a good collection report.

 

JROTCMs. Mayberry reported the JROTC has found a place to meet and continue their training.  Mr. and Mrs. Benson have agreed to let them use a vacant “barn” off Route 12.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

Request to Use Drewsville Common:  A request was received from Brenda Damaziak to use the Drewsville Common for a November 26th holiday event from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.  Santa Claus will arrive at 6:00 pm and there will be hot cocoa and cookies.  There will also be horse and wagon rides around the common.  Everyone is invited.

Mr. Dalessio moved to approve this request for the tree lighting on the Drewsville Common, horse and wagon rides and visit from Santa.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Solar Energy Petition:  The Selectboard received a Solar Energy Petition as follows:  “To see if the town will vote to adopt the provisions of RSA 72:61 through RSA 72:72 inclusively, which provide for an optional property tax exemption from the property’s assessed value, for property tax purposes, which is equipped with solar energy systems, intended for use at the immediate site.  Such property tax exemption shall be in the amount equal to 100% of the assessed value of qualifying equipment under these statutes.”  The Selectboard agreed this Petition needs to be re-written to comply with the RSAs.  Mr. Dalessio will contact Mr. Anderson to explain why this Petition needs to be more specific.

SAU 60 PaymentsMrs. Pschirrer reported the Selectboard just received from the Fall Mountain Regional School District the following new tax rates recently set by the Department of Revenue Administration (DRA).

Total tax for School Fiscal Year 2017-2018 – $6,603,246.00;

Beginning November 20th, 2017, for December 2017, the SAU 60 is requesting the first payment of $560,962.00.  However, the Selectboard will pay $535,300.00 for the December 20, 2017 payment and will begin paying the $560,964.00 as the January 2018 payment.

The June amount should be used for July and beyond until new rates are set in the fall of next year.  The Selectboard will request that Lori Mowrey, Financial Services Manager of the SAU 60 attend a meeting in December to discuss these new numbers.

Town Hall Rental Insurance WaiverMr. David Ramsey requests the Town waive the TULIP insurance coverage for their Ramsey Family annual mid-day holiday party. There will be no alcohol.

Mr. Dalessio moved to waive the TULIP insurance requirement for the Ramsey Family half-day event on December 2nd, 2017.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

2018 Proposed Budget:  The Selectboard set a tentative date of Friday, December 15th beginning at 8:00 AM to meet with each Department Head, individually, on their department’s proposed 2018 budget.

 

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:

Mr. Dalessio moved that the Selectboard enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel and (c) Reputations.  Ms. Mayberry seconded the motion, on a roll call vote with Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:25 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:58 PM.

Mr. Dalessio moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of November 16, 2017, be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

RECESS SELECTBOARD SESSION:

Mr. Dalessio moved to recess the Selectboard Session.  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 8:00 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:14 PM.

 

Next Meeting:  Due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday on Thursday, November 23, 2017, the next Selectboard meeting has been re-scheduled for Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at 6:30 PM.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

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 8:15 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

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