Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 2/22/18

TOWN OF WALPOLE

MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD

FEBRUARY 22, 2018

 

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.

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $17,854.42 for checks dated February 23, 2018.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

PAYROLL:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Register for the week ending February 17, 2018 in the amount of $24,384.02 for checks dated February 23, 2018.  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 $4,950.64 for the week ending February 17, 2018.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

PUBLIC BUSINESS:

Great Falls Regional Chamber of CommerceMs. Doreen Stoodley of the Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce came into the meeting.  She became the Executive Director last May and is reaching out to towns and businesses to meet them.  She had previously sent information on the 2017 Year in Review; Annual Events, Community Involvement, Monthly Mixers, Chowder and Chili cook-off, etc.

They are located in Bellows Falls at the Waypoint Center.  As of December 2017 they had 1990 visitors; over 1184 events for a total figure of over 2374.

They have members from the Town of Walpole.  There are 130 members.  Most members are from Bellows Falls and Rockingham, but they support nine towns.

She is trying to change the perception that the Chamber is Bellows Falls and Rockingham because they are New Hampshire and Vermont.  Rockingham Old Home Days is a Chamber event.  It is a great family event.  All the towns work together and their emergency services donate a lot of time and work.

They would be more than happy to participate in the next Walpole Old Home Days event and support other events.  If a new business came to town, the Chamber would do a ribbon cutting.

A copy of their new guidebook will be sent to the Selectboard Office as soon as it is printed.  They are also an informational center.

Ms. Mayberry suggested she meet with the North Walpole Village Board of Commissioners.  They meet Tuesday evenings in the back side of the Fire Station.

When the new Walpole Civic Directory is republished, a copy will be forwarded to the Chamber.  Walpole has quite a few businesses.  The Selectboard thanked Ms. Stoodley for attending the meeting.

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – February 15, 2018:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of February 15, 2018, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.  Mrs. Pschirrer abstained as she was not present.

 

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – February 15, 2018:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of February 15, 2018, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.  Mrs. Pschirrer abstained as she was not present.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The following Committee reports were received and reviewed:

  • Conservation Commission – February 5, 2018;
  • North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – February 13, 2018;
  • Walpole Planning Board – February 13, 2018.

 

VETERANS’ TAX CREDIT:

MAP and LOT #030-010-001Ms. Mayberry moved to grant the All Veterans’ Tax Credit for the current owner of Map and Lot #030-010-001.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

PROPERTY TAX REFUNDS:

Ms. Mayberry moved to grant the following five Property Tax Refunds that were all overpayments:

  • Map and Lot #021-024-001 – $14.52
  • Map and Lot #005-002-008 –    $12.37
  • Map and Lot #008-105-001 – $40.31
  • Map and Lot #020-001-000 –   $7.17
  • Map and Lot #028-060-000 – $341.50

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

 

OLD BUSINESS:

Joint Treatment of Wastewater AgreementMr. Dalessio moved to approve and sign the Joint Treatment of Wastewater Agreement between the Town of Walpole, New Hampshire and the Bellows Falls Village Corporation.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

This Agreement will now be forwarded to the Town’s Attorney Jeremy Hockensmith for his signature.

Water & Sewer Receipts to Date:  The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the Water and Sewer Receipts to-date from Mrs. Jodi Daigle.  41.7% has been paid to date.  She will be sending out 30-day notices, with interest, within two weeks.

Benefit Hours Program ReportMr. Rich Kreissle has been working to reconcile vacation and sick days with the department heads.  He is creating a summary of their discussions.  Mrs. Pschirrer will re-write the section on vacation time in the Personnel Manual as it is not always being interpreted accurately.  Mr. Dalessio wants to see a complete report before reconciled hours are included in next week’s paychecks.  Mrs. Pschirrer will talk to Mr. Kreissle about this tomorrow. It will be addressed during the next Staff Meeting.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

CLD/Fuss & O’Neill Contract:  The Town had been working with CLD Engineering who has now merged with Fuss & O’Neill.  They submitted a proposal with estimates for engineering after looking at the three red-listed bridges in Walpole.  Mr. Rau said this company has worked well with him on the Alstead Center Road and moving the fish ladder over to Houghton Brook.  There is $25,000 in the Bridge budget.  This proposal is $11,000 over that but there will be enough money in his bottom line to cover it.

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the CLD/Fuss & O’Neill contract for the scope of work on the three red-listed bridges in Town.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.    

NH DOT Resurfacing Projects:  A notice was received from the NH Department of Transportation that there will be a little more paving this summer.  It is for a small section of road in Walpole.

Fire Extinguisher Training:  The Safety Committee has asked for permission to hold training sessions on how to use fire extinguishers.  The first one will be held on March 30th.  There will be several more sessions after that.  Mrs. Downing explained some employees have never used one.  The Selectboard felt this is appropriate.

 

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:

Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel and (c) Reputations.  Mr. Dalessio seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:15 PM. 

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:39 PM. 

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of February 22, 2018, be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:

Mr. Dalessio moved to recess this Selectboard meeting.  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.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:16 PM.

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

Town Meeting:  Mrs. Pschirrer would like to look at the budget and Warrant Articles in preparation of Town Meeting.  They expect the Department Heads to attend.  Mrs. Justine Fafara and Mr. Fred Ernst will be asked to attend to answer questions about the Library.

 

Annual ReportMrs. Downing will have the first print of the Annual Report tomorrow.  She will review it prior to the final printing.

 

 

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 8:28 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

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