Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 11/15/18

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

 

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this Selectboardmeeting to order at 6:00 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 was one person from the public in attendance.  

 

PUBLIC HEARING – Walker Road:  

Mrs. Pschirrer called this Public Hearing to order at 6:02 PM.  This Public Hearing is regarding the Donation of Map and Lot #10-02-00 located on Walker Road.  Currently it is held by a Purchase and Sale Agreement of Charles Shaw and Ray Boas to the Town of Walpole with a clause which will enable them to transfer this property at some point.  The purpose of this Public Hearing is to hear from the public as to whether or not we should accept this property for the Town. It will be monitored and stewarded by the Conservation Commission.  This is the first of two required Public Hearings. The second one will be on November 29th.  It might be scheduled a little later at 6:15 PM rather than 6:00 PM.  A decision will be made a week later.  We do have on hand, as required, a letter from the Walpole Planning Board, dated November 13, 2018, which supports this transfer of property.  After attending the Walpole Conservation Commission meeting, Mrs. Pschirrer knows they also support it but have not as yet given the Selectboard their letter in writing.  They will be reminded to submit that letter.  Their meeting minutes will include that they support this transaction.  It was mentioned that the article in the Clarion provided quite a bit of information and was well done.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked how much money they have raised.  Mr. Boas replied they are in the $60,000 range right now.  This does not include the up to $100,000 from the Walpole Conservation Commission.  They have a promise of a $5,000 and a $3,000 donation.  There could be another large donation besides what he mentioned tonight. Things are looking good. The LCHIP Grant would increase this amount substantially.   Mrs. Pschirrer said there will be legal expenses because somebody has to write the deed.  She would recommend using the Town attorney.  There being no other persons in the audience tonight, Mrs. Pschirrer declared this Public Hearing closed at 6:10 PM.  The Walker Road purchase will be heard again at the second Public Hearing on November 29th at 6:15 PM.            

 

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION #1:

Mr. Dalessio moved to enter into a Non-Public SelectboardSession #1 pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (d) Acquisition, Sale or Lease of Real or Personal Property.  Ms. Mayberry seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 6:16 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 6:35 PM.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of November 15, 2018, be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $16,762.56 for checks issued November 16, 2018.  It should be noted they are holding checks; the largest being the check in the amount of $560.064.00 to the Fall Mountain Regional High School.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved

 

PAYROLL:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Register for the week ending November 10, 2018, in the amount of $26,803.39 for checks issued November 16, 2018 and the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes in the amount of $5,213.14.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – November 8, 2018:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboardmeeting of November 8, 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 – November 8, 2018:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of November 8, 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 REPORTS:

The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meetings: 

 Safety Committee Meeting – November 8, 2018;
 Walpole Planning Board – November 13, 2018.

 

WARRANTS:

Walpole Water Fees:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Warrant for the Collection of Walpole Water Fees in the amount of $48,560.67.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Walpole Sewer Fees: Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Warrant for the Collection of Walpole Sewer Fees in the amount of $70,326.18.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

North Walpole Sewer Fees: Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Warrant for the Collection of North Walpole Sewer Fees in the amount of $59,560.73.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

392 Watkins Hill Road:  Mr. Barcome and/or Attorney Bradley have not responded to the previous correspondence. Therefore,Mrs. Pschirrer will draft a letter to be approved at the next meeting.   

Walker Road Conservation Thank You Letter:  The Selectboard approved the Walker Road Conservation Thank You letter that will be sent to all donors.

NNETC (Fairpoint) Offer to Settle: Mrs. Pschirrer asked what guarantee do they have that Fairpoint will not appeal future assessments.  There are options.  Option Three is if the Town accepts full settlement ending all appeals they will receive $5,047.00.  It was noted that Fairpoint no longer owns the company.    

Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the settlement agreement with Fairpoint Communication for Option Three which is to accept a full settlement and appeals for $5,047.00 as presented in the letter from Avitar Associates dated November 6, 2018.   Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved. 

Police Details Policy:  The Selectboard reviewed the Police Details Policy as presented by Police Chief Paquette.  Following a discussion with Mr. Dalessio, Chief Paquette agreed to re-write it.  Mr. Dalessio mentioned the Police Department has a lot of special detail work that is coming up.             

Q3 Water/Sewer Receipts to Date:  The Selectboard received the Q3 Water/Sewer Receipts to Date from Mrs. Daigle.  As of November 14, 2018  31.4% of the total billed amount has been paid.  These bills are due by the end of the month.

NEW BUSINESS:

602 Cold River Road – Land Erosion:  Ms. Jeanette Clark spoke to Mrs. Sandy Smith about this issue to ask for help.  Her house was washed away during the Alstead flooding. She re-built on the same property.  She continues to lose land through erosion.  She can apply for an abatement. The Selectboard will request that Avitar Associates check to see exactly how much land she is losing.  Ms. Mayberry feels she needs to reach out to some State agencies.   Mrs. Pschirrer recommended Ms. Clark be contacted to advise that after she receives this next tax bill, she could apply for an abatement.   

Walker Road Video re: Town Website  Conservation Commission requested that Walker Road YouTube be posted on their webpage; which does not yet exist.  This was posted to the Town News blog.  Mrs. Pschirrer advised that somebody went to Mr. Ryan Harrison who posted Mr. Boas’ video on the Town’s website.  Mrs. Downing took the video off the website.  The Conservation Commission does not have a separate webpage.  Ms. Mayberry said Mrs. Downing should contact Mrs. Phillips at the IT office of FMRSD to let her know the intern who was to assist with the Town’s website never responded Mr. Ryan Harrison.  Mr. Dalessio said it is important to have control over what is placed on the webpage.  The plan is to eventually post agendas and minutes on this website.

North Walpole Park:  Ms. Mayberry reported that Mr. Justin Cassarino was approached by the North Walpole Park Committee about some trees.  He asked her what the process was for removing trees on Town property.  Mrs. Pschirrer noted that the Highway Department usually uses Rice Tree Service and they have been giving us a good price.  We usually save up trees that need to come down so when Rice comes in, we get a full day for $900.00. They are very busy so we have only had them once in the last three months.  Mr. Cassarino could send his request to Mr. Rau at the Highway Department.    

Recycling Center:  Ms. Mayberry advised they do not have a light at the entrance any more.  Mr. Colburn is insisting there be a light at the road because they need to be able to see when they were plowing, etc. There is a need to have some visibility at the gate.  There used to be a light there before this upgrade.  Mr. Dalessio recommended Mr. Colburn talk with Mr. Mark Houghton.  There should be a light at the gate.   

 

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 at 7:12 PM.

 

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:25 PM,

OTHER BUSINESS:

NH Municipal Association:  The Selectboard discussed what sessions they had attended at the NH Municipal AssociationConference this past week.  There was discussion relative to making Walpole more attractive to the younger generation and seniors and opening up a more commercial zone downtown on Main Street. With the current structure has no place for small businesses such as a drug store, a book store and other small businesses.  There is a need to start working on development.  There are 30+ available commercial acres between Walgreens and the former Jiffy Mart.

 

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:

Mr. Dalessio moved to enter into Non-Public SelectboardSession #2 pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (d) Acquisition, Sale or Lease of Real or Personal Property.  Ms. Mayberry seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:34 PM.

The regular meeting resumed at 7:38 PM.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session #2 of November 15, 2018, be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

Mr. Dalessio moved to adjourn this meeting.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:40 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

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