Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 5/17/18

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 six members of the public in attendance.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:

Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session #1 pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (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.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 6:37 PM.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of May 17, 2018, be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 6:

PUBLIC BUSINESS:

RAY BOAS LETTER TO SELECTBOARD:  Mr. Ray Boas and Dr. Charles Shaw were present.  Mr. Boas had submitted a letter to the Selectboard dated May 17, 2018, regarding the property next to Dr. Shaw on Route 12.  A small group of Walpole residents researched and discussed the threat of commercial development to rural/agricultural land in Walpole, specifically at the southern entrance to the village.  They feel the next step is to “tighten-up” Walpole’s Master Plan, Zoning Ordinance and Site Plan Review.  They would like to acquire the land.  Mr. Boas, Dr. Shaw and others spoke to Mr. Saba and thanked him for withdrawing his request.  Mr. Boas and Dr. Shaw met with D&C Transportation last Thursday morning.  They agreed to sell the land for what they paid for it.  Mr. Boas and Dr. Shaw are doing research to be sure they are doing everything right.  They are looking into seeking funding for the purchase.  Donations would be tax deductible.  Mrs. Pschirrer advised they need to write to the Planning Board as they are responsible for the Master Plan.  It has not been updated in about ten years; it is time to do so.  She suggested a meeting be set-up with the Town Treasurer, Director of Finance, the Selectboard, Mr. Boas and Dr. Shaw to talk about procedures for various options.

PETER GRAVES:  Mr. Graves wanted to confirm that the Town hired Avitar Associates to do the appraisals over a five-year period.  Mrs. Pschirrer explained their inspections are random all over Town.  Mr. Dalessio noted the Selectboard is trying to avoid a 100% revaluation in one year; this will spread it out over five years.   It will be less expensive this way.  Mr. Dalessio does not feel the values will change unless something significant has been done to the property.

Mr. Graves asked if the Town has bought their asphalt for the year.  Mrs. Pschirrer said they had because they got last year’s price from the same vendor.  Mr. Graves advised that Cold River got the State contract for this year.  They do make good asphalt.  He asked if they could speak to the Road Agent about the Golf Course Road (Meetinghouse Road – Class 6 portion).  Mrs. Pschirrer said it is a Class 6 road. Therefore, the Town is not obligated to take care of it.  Mr. Graves asked if he can smooth it out.  A lot of people use it especially with farm equipment.  It is a shorter route for them.  The Town used to maintain it except for the last few years.  Mrs. Pschirrer will check on the Town’s liability for allowing someone to smooth out the road before giving Mr. Graves an answer as to whether or not he can continue to do this.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the amount of $710,774.23 for checks dated May 18, 2018.  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 to the Fall Mountain Regional School District in the amount of $586,628.00 and the first quarter payment to the Village of Bellows Falls for sewer usage and bond payment of $92,275.96.

PAYROLL:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Register for the week ending May 12, 2018, in the amount of $24,412.59 for checks dated May 18, 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 $4,915.37 for the week ending May 12, 2018.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – May 10, 2018: Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of May 10, 2018, as submitted.  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 meetings:

• North Walpole Village Board of Commissioners Meeting – May 1, 2018;

• Walpole Planning Board – May 8, 2018.

WARRANT:

SPRING TAX WARRANT:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Tax Collector’s Spring Tax Warrant in the amount of $5,648.117.  The prior Fall Tax Warrant was $5,646,594.11.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.  

CURRENT USE:

Map and Lot #005-043-001:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Application for Current Use for Map and Lot #005-043-001 off the Taggard Road.  The 8 acres is being added to 45 acres already in Current Use.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.  

BUILDING PERMIT:

Steve and Patricia Smith, 79 Main Street, Map and Lot #020-054-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Building Permit No. 2018-09 for Steve and Patricia Smith to construct a “8’ x 12’ Mudroom Addition” at 79 Main Street.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

Water and Sewer Receipts to Date:  The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the Water/Sewer Receipts to Date May 16, 2018.  Total receipts for Quarter #1 2018 Billing are at 44% collected.

SWRPC Endorsements: Ms. Mayberry explained that the Selectboard need to recommend her and Mr. Ben Daviss as the Town’s Commissioners to the SWRPC.  The form goes to Mr. Tim Murphy at Southwest Region Planning Commission and they decide who gets appointed to their Board.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked about Mr. Robert Miller as he is a Town commissioner to SWRPC.

Mr. Dalessio moved to recommend to the SWRPC that Mr. Ben Daviss and Ms. Cheryl Mayberry be appointed as the Town’s Commissioners.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.  Ms. Mayberry abstained from the vote.

Mrs. Pschirrer will write the letter to the SWRPC.

Great River Hydro Abatement Appeal:  Mrs. Pschirrer reported the Great River Hydro settlement would be slightly less than what the Town would bill them.  Mr. Dalessio recommended having Attorney Jeremy Hockensmith write a draft letter in response to the Appeal settlement.

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the settlement offer of the Great River Hydro Appeal.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Tax Deeded Property on Homestead Avenue:  Ms. Mayberry researched but could find no record of the owner.  Mrs. Pschirrer would like to be sure the property was added to the Primex policy, if not, it should be added.

NEW BUSINESS:

Letter to NH Division of Historical Resources:  Ms. Mayberry moved to sign the letter to the NH Division of Historical Resources that the Walpole Selectboard is supporting the application from the Bridge Public Library for a Moose Plate Grant.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Appointment Notice: Mr. Dalessio moved to appoint Ms. Evelyn Beliveau as a representative to the Recreation Committee.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Vehicle Registration Refund:  Acknowledgement was made of a letter from Mrs. Sandra Smith, Town Clerk-Tax Collector, requesting a vehicle registration refund.

Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the refund to Twin State Management, LLC in the amount of $405.00.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

NHRS Tax Shelter Election: Reference was made to the letter sent to Mr. Kreissle from the New Hampshire Retirement System.  The Town of Walpole can decide to report member contributions on a pre-tax basis prospectively instead of the current post tax reporting to NHRS.  If the Town elects to tax shelter member contributions the election form will include all existing and future members.  Ms. Mayberry will write a letter to go to all employees explaining the advantages and that this is an “all” or “not all” decision.

Science Olympiad Thank You Note:  A Thank You card with pictures was received from the Science Olympiad Team.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:

Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session #2 pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel, (b) Hiring and (c) Reputations.  Mr. Dalessio seconded the motion, on a roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 8:07 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:46 PM.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session #2 of May 17, 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 8:52 PM.

OTHER BUSINESS:

NON-PUBLIC SESSION:  Ms. Mayberry moved that the Selectboard authorize the Minutes of the March 29, 2018, Non-Public Session be unsealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Recreation Department:  The Selectboard recognized that Mr. Justin Cassarino was elected as the Educator of the Year by the Walpole Community Grange.

Next Selectboard Meeting:  Mrs. Pschirrer announced that the next Selectboard meeting on Thursday, May 24, 2018, will begin at 5:30 PM.  There will be a discussion on the Building Permits, Site Plan Reviews, etc.  Mrs. Pschirrer will talk about the Brownfields research she has been doing.

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 9:00 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

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