TOWN OF WALPOLE
MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD
NOVEMBER 22, 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 were two members of the public in attendance.
Myra Mansouri: Mrs. Mansouri pointed out that a few years ago the Zoning Board of Adjustment started going through the Zoning Ordinance as far as streets, etc. They found that Watkins Hill where Maple Grove comes in is actually Prospect Hill. They changed this in the Ordinance. Going through the Ordinance again there is Hitchcock Mountain. In looking at the Ordinance, Alstead Center Road is called Hitchcock Road. They need to change it back to Alstead Center Road. This is updating the Ordinance; just changing the names in the Ordinance to make it correct. She called the NH Municipal Association and received a written legal opinion that was distributed. Mr. Dalessio recommended putting it on a Warrant Article to make it clear the Selectboard is not changing the name of any road. It will make the Ordinance conform with E-9-1-1. Mrs. Pschirrer will write the warrant article but it will have to go through the Planning Board. Mrs. Mansouri will contact Mr. Jeff Miller, Chair of the Planning Board, to have a public hearing scheduled for the Planning Board’s next meeting on December 12th.
Deputy Town Treasurer, Margaret Palmer: Mrs. Margaret Palmer had been invited to come to a Selectboard meeting as a newly appointed official, Deputy Town Treasurer. She provided a back-ground of where she had lived and her work experience. She and her family have lived in Walpole since 2000. Mrs. Palmer expects to be up-to-date on the 2017 accounting by February 2018. This will be in time for the next audit. Mrs. Pschirrer advised the Town is self-insured for dental insurance. Mr. Steve Varone who administered the plan has retired. Mr. Dalessio explained this coverage was piggy-backed on the Fall Mountain Region School District dental plan but they have changed over to an outside plan. Rather than go out into the market to buy this coverage, which would cost the employees plus the Town a great deal of money, the Town would like to continue being self-insured. However, the Town needs someone who will administer the plan and pay the dental bills. Every employee is allocated a certain amount of money each year. Ms. Mayberry explained the process that Mr. Varone used; he will continue until the end of the year and will work with the person taking over the plan. Mrs. Palmer is interested in taking over this position. Ms. Mayberry will contact Mr. Varone to let him know Walpole will continue with the self-insured plan.
Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $57,478.87 for checks dated November 24, 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 voucher for the week ending November 18, 2017 in the amount of $24,116.56 for checks dated November 24, 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 $5,085.04 for the week ending November 18. 2017. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.
SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:
SELECTBOARD MEETING – November 16, 2017: Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of November 16, 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 16, 2017: Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of November 16, 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 meetings:
- Walpole Library Board of Trustees – November 14, 2017;
- North Walpole Village Board of Commissioners – November 7, 2017;
- North Walpole Village Board of Commissioners – November 14, 2017.
ABATEMENTS – WATER & SEWER:
Abatement: Map and Lot # 030-074-000: Ms. Mayberry moved to grant the Sewer Abatement for Map and Lot # 030-074-000 in the amount of $118.56. This house was demolished just before April 1, 2017. The change was missed on AccuFund. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.
Water and Sewer Receipts: It is anticipated collections will be heavy next week as Water/Sewer bills are due Thursday, November 30th. The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the Water/Sewer Receipts to Date as of November 22, 2017 from Mrs. Daigle.
School District Draft Warrant Article: Mrs. Pschirrer drafted and distributed copies of the following School District Warrant Article. The next budget meeting for the Fall Mountain Region School District is next Monday, November 27th. Mr. Dalessio and Ms. Mayberry were in favor of having Mrs. Pschirrer deliver this Warrant Article to the FMRSD, and to mail it to Attorney Hockensmith and to the Town of Charlestown as it has been discussed with their Selectboard.
“To see if the voters of Acworth, Alstead, Charlestown, Langdon and Walpole which comprise the Fall Mountain School Board will vote at town meetings to amend the Articles of Agreement between the Towns to amend Item 2 of the Articles as follows:
The Fall Mountain Regional School District School Board shall consist of seven (7) members:
One (1) member domiciled in Acworth;
One (1) member domiciled in Alstead;
One (1) member domiciled in Charlestown;
One (1) member domiciled in Langdon;
One (1) member domiciled in Walpole;
Two (2) members domiciled in any of the five towns.
Each school board member shall be voted on at the Town meeting in which the school board member is domiciled by only residents registered to vote in the school board member’s domicile. The two members domiciled in any of the five towns shall be voted on “at large” in accordance with RSA 671:22, with eligible voters of the school district voting on the two “at large” board members.
Said members to be elected for a term of three years or until their successors are duly elected. This amendment will be in effective Town Meeting 2019.”
Mrs. Pschirrer will also send this draft Warrant Article to all the other towns in the FMRSD and the School Board members. Mr. Dalessio suggested asking the Selectboards in the towns of Acworth, Alstead and Langdon to let Walpole know if they will support this Warrant Article.
Dental Plan: This agenda item was previously discussed when Mrs. Palmer was present.
Highway Capital Reserve Fund Warrant Article: Mrs. Pschirrer reported that Mrs. Downing has started making a list of warrant articles to be voted on at Town Meeting. In addition to the Highway Department, there will be warrant articles for the Recycling Center, Police Department and for building repairs. They also need to think about the sprinkler system in the Town Hall.
Town Hall Rentals: Mr. Dalessio mentioned cleaning is one issue involved with the rentals but they can add on a cleaning fee. Ms. Mayberry said during the Fall Mountain Education Endowment Association event they were aware there is an elevator problem if the door is locked open too long. The office staff has been spending a lot of time dealing with problems during regular office hours and week-end calls about no paper towels in the bathroom, the lights, plumbing problems or where renters can find certain items, etc. It also takes a certain amount of Mr. Gerry Brady’s time on a Monday to re-organize chairs, tables and other items. Mr. Rich Kreissle tracks deposits and issues checks for refunds. They should re-think how they want to rent the Town Hall, limit the number of people and whether or not to restrict renting the first and/or second floor. Consider possibly not renting it back-to-back on a Saturday/Sunday. Ms. Mayberry felt they need to consider if the income is a benefit to them; it is our Town Hall / our community space. Mrs. Pschirrer noted people just have to pay for their usage. Mrs. Downing and Mrs. Daigle were asked to make recommendations on Town Hall rentals and how should charges be adjusted.
NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:
Mr. Dalessio moved to 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 and, on a roll call vote with Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:45 PM.
The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:20 PM.
Mr. Dalessio moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of November 22, 2017, be sealed. Seconded by Ms. Mayberry. With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry 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 8:32 PM.
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 8:33 PM.
Regina Borden, Recording Secretary