Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 12/28/17

TOWN OF WALPOLE

MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD

DECEMBER 28, 2017

Selectboard Present: Peggy Pschirrer (Chair); Steven Dalessio; (Absent: 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 Cheryl Mayberry is not present due to a previous commitment.  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.

PUBLIC BUSINESS:

COMPLETE STREETS PROJECT RECOMMENTATIONS:  Mr. Jeff Miller, Chair of the Planning Board, was present to talk about the Complete Streets Project Recommendations.  He had forwarded four ideas to the Southwest Region Planning Commission (SWRPC) to be implemented under the purview of the Selectboard.  One idea that has been talked about for years is to have a safe walking path from the Middle School to the Fire Station.  He will follow-up on this with the SWRPC.  Mr. Dalessio mentioned SWRPC received an anonymous donation of $100,000. They were looking for towns to submit ideas.  That is why it went back to the Planning Board (PB) again.  Mrs. Pschirrer noted the Selectboard had looked at all the PB recommendations that were agreed to. She also asked the Highway Department to start thinking about how they will do this.  They will re-paint the area by Jakes Market that was red because it clearly delineated a walk space.  The Selectboard also agreed to put in the markers for bike paths.  They agreed to do the crosswalks in a brighter, more fluorescent paint that will last longer and catch attention as people drive down the street.  The Selectboard approved buying signs to put up on Main Street to point out there are pedestrians. It will alert drivers that they need to slow down.  They will reinforce the arrows at the fountain. Mr. Dalessio would like to have someone from the Department of Transportation (DOT) check to be sure they are correct.  Mrs. Pschirrer advised the Selectboard will put in a warrant article to buy a moveable speed sign that will “flash” the speed of a vehicle traveling by and take a picture of speeders and their license plate. This is not a part of the Complete Streets Project but it fits into safety.  A dangerous corner is the one that comes up Main Street, off Old North Main Street.  Mrs. Pschirrer said no decision was made on sidewalk because the road is quite narrow we have some right-of-ways but do not own the land.  Mr. Dalessio feels a sidewalk from the Middle School to the Fire Station is a great idea. It needs to be looked at with the idea of how do you make it happen.  It will take a good amount of work and engineering; it is an expensive project.  Mr. Miller felt it could be looked at as improvement for safety purposes.  The $100,000 could be seed money and they would move forward from there; look at the options.  Mr. Miller with talk to Mary at SWRPC; we need a direction.  He will keep the Selectboard up-dated on the projects.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $34,811.91 for checks dated December 29, 2017.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

PAYROLL:

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Payroll Register for the week ending December 23, 2017, in the amount of $26,631.93 for checks dated December 29, 2017.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes for Withholding, MEDI and FICA taxes in the amount of $6,167.47 for the week ending December 23, 2017.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

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SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – December 21, 2017:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of December 21, 2017, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – December 21, 2017:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of December 21, 2017.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

STAFF MEETING – December 21, 2017:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Staff Meeting of December 21, 2017, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meetings:

• Trustees of Trust Funds – December 18, 2017;

• Zoning Board of Adjustment – December 19, 2017;

PROPERTY TAX REFUND:

MAP and LOT #009-012-002-2:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant this Property Tax Refund in the amount of $69.05 for Map and Lot # 009-012-002-2.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

NOTICE OF INTENT TO CUT WOOD OR TIMBER – Map and Lot #009-006-000:  Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Notice of Intent to Cut Wood or Timber off 29 Maple Grove Road, Map and Lot # 009-006-000.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

BUILDING PERMIT:

TIMOTHY and ANNA BLANC – Map and Lot # 011-043-003:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant Building Permit No. 2017-43 to add a “2x12x4 Dormer” at 760 Valley Road for Timothy and Anna Blanc.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

Thank You Letters:  Mrs. Pschirrer wrote three letters to thank people that donated time and materials for decorating the Town Hall and the gazebo over the Holiday Season:

Mr. Dalessio moved to sign the Thank You letters to the Walpole Cub Scouts, the Women of Walpole, Ray Boas and Tara Sad.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

SWRPC’s Regional Economic Development Advisory Commission:  Mr. Dalessio moved to authorize the Chair, Peggy Pschirrer, to sign this letter of nomination for him to be a member of the SWRPC’s Regional Economic Development Advisory Committee.   Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

DES Wetlands Permit Application:  Mrs. Pschirrer was authorized to sign the first copy.  This second copy is for the Highway Department’s files. Mrs. Sandra Smith, Town Clerk, will also sign this copy.

Revised Pole and Conduit License:  Mr. Dalessio moved to approve and sign the Revised Pole and Conduit License for Northern New England Telephone Operations LLC D/B/A Fairpoint Communications-NNE and Liberty Utilities (Granite State Electric) as the previously approved concrete pad across from the junction of Rt. 123 and Rt. 12 needs to be larger.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Warrant Articles: The revised draft copy of the Warrant Articles was reviewed.  Some additional changes will probably be made but for now the Warrant Articles are accepted as presented.

Town Report Covers and Dedication Page:  The Selectboard looked at several options for the Town Report covers.  Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer would like to see something more modern and cheerful around Town for the front cover.  Dedication suggestions included pictures of volunteers, veterans and groups over 100 years old (Grange and Horse Thieves; possibly there are others).

NEW BUSINESS:

Thank You Card:  A Thank You note was received from Mrs. Marylou Huffling thanking the Selectboard for their continued support of the Fall Mountain Foodbank and Friendly Meals in 2017.  It has touched many lives.

Pole and Conduit License: This license is for a new replacement pole on Kingsbury Road.  The location was reviewed by Mark Houghton who said this is in line and necessary for the Selectboard to sign.

Mr. Dalessio moved to sign the Pole and Conduit License on Kingsbury Road for Northern New England Telephone Operations LLC D/B/A FairPoint Communications-NNE and Liberty Utilities (Granite State Electric).  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Health Trust Secure Portal Authorized Users Certification:  Mrs. Pschirrer advised this is an annual form to ensure correct access by Mr. Rich Kreissle and Mrs. Sarah Downing.

Mr. Dalessio moved to authorize the Chair, Peggy Pschirrer, to sign the Health Trust Secure Portal Authorized Users Certification.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Pre-Paying Property Taxes: Mrs. Pschirrer reported they had a rush of calls today regarding the pre-payment of property taxes.  It was anticipated that property owners would attend this meeting. However, no one came to the meeting.  By RSA 80:52-a, the Town is authorized to accept pre-payment of bills if the article was approved.  During discussions with the Department of Revenue Administration and the NH Municipal Association the Selectboard discovered that status of tax prepayments is up-in-the-air with the IRS and Federal Government. If the Town took in pre-paid tax money, the Town could be required to produce tax refunds.

2018 Budget:  The 2018 proposed Budget will be an Agenda item for the meeting next Thursday, January 4th, 2018, at 6:30 PM when a full Board is present.  Mr. Dalessio will contact Mr. Mark Houghton for the final Water and Sewer budget and Mrs. Eloise Clark for the Hooper Institute budget.

Fall Mountain Region School District:  The Selectboard is meeting at 8:00 AM next Thursday, January 4th, 2018, with the Superintendent and Business Manager of the Fall Mountain Region School District.

NH Municipal Association:  Mrs. Pschirrer has been reading about the proposed 2018 legislation. The Selectboard has the opportunity to speak to Senator Kahn about HB561 which is about limiting State retirees to 20/hours a week.  It is now 32/hours week so they are going to cut that back dramatically.  It will impact this Town especially in the Police Department.  All towns hire part-time police officers.  Mrs. Pschirrer will draft a letter to Senator Kahn and urge him not to support this Bill.  Mr. Dalessio would like to contact Representative Lucy Weber to see if she supports this bill or not.

Mrs. Pschirrer reported there is also discussion about HB121 which increases the assessment on licensing of vehicles.  The towns have the right to put this on the ballot. The funding can be used for bridges, roads and other infrastructure.  The $5.00 fee can now be increased to $10.  Mr. Dalessio objects to putting this on the ballot.  It has not passed in many towns.

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:

Mr. Dalessio moved to recess this Selectboard meeting.  The Selectboard will enter into a meeting as the Hooper Trustees.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:40 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:08 PM.

ADJOURNMENT:

Mr. Dalessio moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:10 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

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