Selctboard Meeting Minutes – 8/30/18

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 two members of the public in attendance.

PUBLIC BUSINESS:

WAYNE WALLACE:  Mr. Wallace reported that at end of their driveway on the other side of North Road there is a 100-foot Pine tree that had been struck by lightning a while ago and it has proceeded to die and will fall down across the road and taking electric wires with it.  He will email a copy of the tree to the office.  They called the power company who said it was not their tree.  Mrs. Pschirrer advised the Town hires Rice Tree Company who will come in on one day and takes care of all the trees on the list.  Mr. Wallace said down the hill from them, near Dave Johnson’s property, the area was destroyed by probably snow plows and the water going down the road is eroding this area.  Mrs. Pschirrer noted this area will be checked by the Highway Department.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the amount of $55,017.18 for checks issued August 31, 2018.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

The above amount includes a payment in the amount of $30,837.00 to the Health Trust.

PAYROLL:

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Payroll Register for the week ending August 25, 2018, in the amount of $27,990.15 for checks issued August 31, 2018.  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 $5,466.15 for the week ending August 25, 2018.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – August 23, 2018:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of August 23, 2018, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio, Mrs. Pschirrer and Ms. Mayberry in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – August 23, 2018:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of August 23, 2018, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio, Mrs. Pschirrer and Ms. Mayberry 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 – August 14, 2018;

• North Walpole Village Board of Commissioners Meeting – August 21, 2018

BUILDING PERMITS:

RICHARD DIETRICH, 1385 County Road, Map and Lot #003-038-005:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Building Permit No. 2018-25 for Richard Dietrich to construct a “30’ x 28’ Detached Garage” at 1385 County Road, Map and Lot #003-038-005.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.  

PETER and KIMBERLY KING, 46 Dearborn Circle, Map and Lot #012-055-022:  Mr. Dalessio stated that Building Permit No. 2018-26 is not required as the “8’ x 8’ Deck and Step Entrance for Mudroom” at 46 Dearborn Circle, Map and Lot #012-055-022 is exempt.  The mudroom was pre-existing.  The deck is less than the 100 square foot requirement for a Building Permit.  The check will be returned to the property owners.

OLD BUSINESS:

Water and Sewer Receipts to Date:  The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the Water/Sewer Receipts to Date 8/29/2018.  The Total Receipts for Quarter 2- 2018 Billing- are $134,997.65 that equals 78.1%.  Late notices were printed today and will post tomorrow.

Quarterly Receipt Comparison for Water & Sewer:  Mrs. Daigle had provided a Quarterly Receipt Comparison for Water and Sewer.

Liberty Utilities Electric Line Extension Invoice & Service Agreement:   A letter was received from Liberty Utilities advising the estimated cost associated with the construction for the upgrade including new transformer bank is $7,525.54.  This will be covered under the 2018 Warrant Article #5 re: Baler purchase at the Recycling Center.

Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the payment in the amount of $7,525.54 to Liberty Utilities for the up-grading of the electrical service at the Recycling Center.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Ms. Mayberry moved to authorize the Chair, Peggy Pschirrer, to sign the Liberty Utilities contract.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.    

Reservoir Dam:  Mrs. Pschirrer acknowledged receipt of the proposal from Fuss & O’Neill for Engineering Services associated to Reservoir Dam Inspection and Evaluation.  Mr. John Peska is concerned because the Conservation Commission is not scheduled to meet again until Monday, September 10th.  This proposal was supposed to be signed by the end of August so the State will know the Town is going ahead with this work at the Reservoir Dam.  Mr. Peska asked that the Selectboard sign this proposal and pay for it; the Conservation Commission will reimburse the Town because this work is to be taken out of their Forestry Account.

Mr. Dalessio moved to authorize the Chair, Peggy Pschirrer, to sign the Fuss & O’Neill contract for the Reservoir Dam Inspection and Evaluation.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved. .    

Calvin Carr Request re: Map & Lot #024-005-000:  Mrs. Pschirrer advised a response was received from Mr. Carr regarding his former property that is now owned by the Town.  The Selectboard is not willing to allow someone else to act on his behalf.  They want to deal with Mr. Carr personally or his designated attorney.

NEW BUSINESS:

2018 MS-1:  This is the Town’s Summary of Inventory Valuation.  It is the first step toward setting the new tax rate by the NH Department of Revenue Administration.  Mrs. Downing works with Avitar Associates on this information.   These numbers appear in the Annual Town Report.

Ms. Mayberry moved to approve and sign the 2018 MS-1 document.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Wings of Dawn Request:  A notice was received from a Wildlife Association, Wings of Dawn, who would like the Town to participate in their “Lead Free” program.  If we agree to work with them they will provide boxes to be installed at the Recycling Center.  This is being done throughout the State.  The boxes cost $40.00; this is a donation to cover their costs.  Mrs. Pschirrer mentioned people have been concerned about loons as they are ingesting lead fishing tackle and then drowning.  There was a consensus of the Selectboard to participate in this program and to pay $40.00 for the boxes that will be placed at the Recycling Center.

Highway Accident re: Liability and Process:  Ms. Mayberry had asked for this to be an agenda item because some people have been saying the Town did not follow all the safety protocols for being in the roadway.  She felt the facts should be clarified.  Mrs. Pschirrer advised this Highway Dept. accident occurred at approximately 8:00am on last Monday.  She followed through, listened to all the reports and was advised that all safety precautions had been taken.  The employees were all wearing vests; there were two employees in the road on Main Street.  Mrs. Pschirrer provided a detailed report on the investigation and exactly what each employee was doing at the time.  A car came down Mountain View, turned left, stayed in the wrong side of the road. An employee was yelling at him and waving his flag which he then threw at the car.  The car then struck a Town employee who was thrown into the air.  After that the car hit the equipment.  An employee called 9-1-1.  Mr. Rau and Mr. Hebert ran over to Mr. Thompson.  A neighbor came out of her house with a broom and stopped all traffic.  Mr. Rau was following directions from 9-1-1.  Police Chief Paquette and another officer arrived and then Golden Cross Ambulance. Mr. Thompson was taken to the Springfield Hospital and then transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Lebanon Hospital.  The Police went right over to the person driving the car to do that investigation.  The driver was also taken to the hospital for a medical issue.  After the employees went back to the Highway Garage, they were still traumatized by what they had witnessed.  Mrs. Pschirrer recommended all employees have a session with EMTs on what to do in the event of an emergency.  She will contact Mr. Mark Houghton about making arrangements for this.

FCC Mobile Challenge:  Representative Jay Kahn is asking for organization and support for this FCC Mobile Challenge process.  Volunteers who are familiar with the Town are needed to drive around Town to check to see what service is available and how it responds in different areas of the Town.  Volunteers are also needed to cover non-road areas such as trails, etc.  It will require volunteers to walk around with a cell phone to see what kind of reception is in that area.  Mr. Dalessio mentioned this came up at the Economic Development meeting he attended in Keene.  The FCC Mobile Challenge will supply mapping to see if various areas meet reception in that grid.  They will apply for a grant after this information is available. What areas do not have good reception or no reception at all.  Mrs. Downing was asked to call the PUC representative to ask how many volunteers are needed.  A notice for volunteers will be placed in the Walpolean.  Ms. Mayberry suggested the Conservation Commission might have some volunteers as they are familiar with the non-road trails.  Mrs. Pschirrer will contact some residents who might be interested in this project.

Joanna Andros:  Ms. Andros was present and had a few questions.  At the last Planning Board meeting the issue of water rights on Rascal Mountain was brought up.  Mrs. Pschirrer replied the Selectboard took care of this by writing to the owners of Rascal Mountain to make them aware of the water rights. Ms. Andros mentioned the shooting from dawn to dusk.  Mr. Dalessio said in accordance with the RSAs shooting ranges are exempt from noise ordinances.  When people hear shooting all day on Rascal Mountain, it is usually the Town’s Police Department using it for their certification.  The owners have graciously allowed the Town’s Police Department to use their shooting range free of charge.  Ms. Andros heard the former furniture building was given to the Town of Walpole.  Mrs. Pschirrer advised the Selectboard has nothing in writing. There is a format for the Town to accept gifts/property that includes public hearings.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:

Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session 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 at 7:48 PM.

The regular meeting resumed at 8:04 PM.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of August 30, 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 8:10 PM.

OTHER BUSINESS:

Planning Board Meeting:  Mr. Dalessio will be unable to attend the Planning Board meeting on Tuesday, September 11th.  Mrs. Pschirrer will attend this meeting.  Ms. Mayberry will attend the September Hooper Institute Board meeting.

Election Day:  Mrs. Pschirrer plans to be in the Town Hall on Election Day, Tuesday, September 11th.

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 8:20 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

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