Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 10/18/18

Selectboard Present:  Peggy Pschirrer (Chair); Steven Dalessio; Cheryl Mayberry

 

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this Selectboardmeeting 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 no members of the public in attendance.

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $622,768.25 for checks issued October 19, 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 Fall Mountain Regional School District of $560,964.00 and to Granite State Minerals in the amount of $31,725.58.

 

PAYROLL:  

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Register for the week ending October 13, 2018 in the amount of $23,285.76 for checks issued October 19, 2018, and the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes in the amount of $4,666.50.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – October 11, 2018:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of October 11, 2018, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – October 11, 2018:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of October 11, 2018, 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.

 

COMMITTEE REPORT:

The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meeting:

 Walpole Planning Board Meeting – October 9, 2018.

 

LAND USE CHANGE TAX:

Map and Lot #005-043-002:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve this Land Use Change Tax for Map and Lot #005-043-002.  There is no fee due.  The form confirms that .5 acres are no longer in current use.  This property is located off Stevens Lane.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion is approved.  

Map and Lot #010-034-000: Ms. Mayberry moved to approve and sign this Land Use Change Tax for Map and Lot #010-034-000.  This land is off Reservoir Road and owned by Mr. Craven.  It was disturbed with 2 driveways, canvas garages, stock piles, etc.  The LUCT is $1,700.00.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Map and Lot #004-044-002:   Ms. Mayberry moved to approve and sign this Land Use Change Tax for Map and Lot #004-044-002.  This land is at 31 Blackjack Crossing and owned by Mark and Brooke Houghton.  The LUCT is $10,000.00 and is for a new home, driveway and curtilage.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.  

 

TIMBER TAX WARRANT And CERTIFICATION OF YIELD TAXES ASSESSED:

Map and Lot #017-011-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve and sign the Timber Tax Warrant and Certification of Yield Taxes Assessed for Map and Lot #017-011-000 off Wentworth Road in the amount of $1,138.17. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

BUILDING PERMIT:

Latasha Heape, 47 Whipple Hill Road, Map and Lot #003-012-009:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve Building Permit #2018-27 for Latasha Heape for a “458”x 150-3/4” Roof Mount Solar Array” at 47 Whipple Hill Road, Map and Lot #003-012-009.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.  

 

OLD BUSINESS:

FCC Mobile Challenge Update:  Mrs. Pschirrer reported the three volunteers, Beth and Jeff Colley and Bob Anderson plan to start the project on November 1st.  They will be working with a State representative to find out where the Town has service and where it does not.

Brownfields Covenant Program, Prospective Purchaser Eligibility Determination Application:  Mrs. Pschirrer advised the Town has to notify all abutters of the Westberg property that they are applying for this New Hampshire Department of Environment Services Prospective Purchaser Eligibility Determination in the Brownfields Program.  The one thing missing is that the Selectboard vote to allow someone to sign this; presumably Mrs. Pschirrer as Chair. They also have to sign all the abutters’ letters. 

Mr. Dalessio moved to allow the Chair, Peggy L. Pschirrer, to sign the Brownfields Covenant Program Application to determine the Eligibility Determination.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved. 

Mr. Dalessio moved to approve and sign the abutters’ letters in support of the NH Department of Environment Services for a Prospective Purchaser Eligibility Determination in the Brownfields Program.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Mr. Dalessio moved that the Selectboard approve and sign the Certificate of Authority giving Peggy L. Pschirrer, Chair, permission to sign the Brownfields Covenant Program Prospective Purchaser Eligibility Determination Application.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.   

Mrs. Pschirrer would like a receipt from the post office to confirm this mailing. It does not have to be posted by certified mail.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

Cemetery Deed for Lot D534:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the sale and to sign the Cemetery Deed for Lot D534 for Chris Ricci.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.    

County Tax Bill for 2018:  Mrs. Pschirrer mentioned the County Tax bill is in the folder for information purposes.  The payment date is before the 17th day of December 2018 in the amount of $1,721,171.00.  

HealthTrust Medical Rate Exhibit and Election of Services: The Selectboard acknowledged the new 2019 rates from the HealthTrust.  Mrs. Pschirrer mentioned they could go with an alternative option plan but it raises the deductible for the employees and would not save the Town very much money.

Mr. Dalessio moved to sign the HealthTrust medical rate service at the same policy they currently have.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.    

NNETC 2016-2017 Assessment Appeals:  Mr. Gary Roberge of Avitar Associates would like the Selectboard to accept the appeal instead of continuing the court case with NNETC.  Mr. Dalessio noted this has been going on for years. Therefore, it might be best to accept the Class Action suit   If not, they will end up paying more in legal fees.  Mrs. Pschirrer suggested they contact Mr. Roberge, the utility assessor, to tell him the Selectboard is willing to reach a settlement and that he can negotiate on the Town’s behalf.  Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio agreed.

Cheshire County Conservation District Annual Meeting Invitation:  Mrs. Pschirrer announced that the Cheshire County Conservation District is having an Annual Meeting on October 24th at the Keene Country Club. The Selectboard members are unable to attend due to previous commitments.  

Walker Road Conservation Project.  Dr. Chuck Shaw and Mr. Tom Goins, Town Treasurer, came into the meeting to talk about the Walker Road Conservation Project.  Dr. Shaw advised that a Purchase and Sales Agreement was signed.  The ad hoc group is meeting Sunday night to start implementing fundraising.  Mr. Boas will be unable to attend.  The Clarion will come out on November 1st; the deadline is Monday.  A resident, Alejandra Pallais who has done fundraising, will be assisting the group.  Dr. Shaw had a draft copy of her plan.  She feels this is a good time of the year to do fundraising.  Dr. Shaw has a goal of raising 70% of the money by December 1st.  The question came up about online donations.  There was also discussion about marketing and public relations.  With the Clarion and their solicitations, he feels good about the fundraising.  Mr. Goins handed out a worksheet on where they stand on the Walker Road account.  They still have an LCHIP Grant application out and will have feedback the first week in November.  They have not yet been to a Conservation Commission meeting. Dr. Shaw said they would need a letter of support from the Planning Board and the Conservation Commission.  Mrs. Pschirrer explained the time line for Public Hearings. They could have Public Heatings on November 15th, November 29th and then an vote to accept on December 6th.  By December 6th they will have a good idea of how much money they have.  Mrs. Pschirrer has been asked what will happen if a future Selectboard decides to sell this property.  They will be able to sell it but the restrictions will remain with the property; there will be no development.  The deed can be written so there can recreational activities; trails, snowmobiles, access to the river, etc.  Mrs. Pschirrer would not be in favor of having a website set up to collect money.  She believes fundraising should be done the old fashioned way.  Mr. Dalessio agreed.  Mr. Goins explained how he set up their donations as agreed to by the Selectboard.  After meeting with the Selectboard Office Staff, Mr. Goins said they want to be sure the money collected is clean and trackable.  The auditors look at everything.  Mr. Goins is not in favor of online deposits because there is not as much control.  Donors can write a check or bring cash in to the Selectboard office or mail it to the Town’s post office box.  Checks should be made out to the Walker Road Conservation Project.  Mr. Dalessio asked how people will be able to use their donation as a tax deduction when the check is not made out to the Town of Walpole.  Mr. Goins explained because the check is going through the Town that should be acceptable.  People can get the Town’s tax number.  Dr. Shaw feels there is a lot of enthusiasm for getting this done.  

Highway Trailer – Sale Process:   There was a consensus to put a For Sale” ad in the Walpolean and post notices. Sealed bids will be accepted until the end of the day next Friday. Mrs. Downing will take care of this.

 

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:

Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into a Non-Public SelectboardSession pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel.  Mr. Dalessio seconded and, on a roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:44 PM.

The regular meeting resumed at 7:55 PM.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of October 18, 2018, be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio 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 at 7:57 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:05 PM.

 

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 8:05 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

One thought on “Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 10/18/18

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