Select board Meeting Minutes – 7/25/19

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

 

CALL TO ORDER: Mr. Dalessio called this meeting of the Selectboard to order at 6:30 PM in the Walpole Town Hall.  He advised this meeting is being recorded and asked anyone wishing to speak to identify themselves for the record.  There was one member of the public in attendance, Mr. Ernie Vose.

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the amount of $235,505.41 for checks issued July 26, 2019.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

The payables included a check of $201,292.29 to Mitchell Sand and Gravel for asphalt.

 

PAYROLL:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Check Register for the week ending July 20, 2019, in the amount of $31,728.92 for checks issued July 26, 2019, and the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes in the amount of $6,218.95.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES – July 18, 2019:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of July 18, 2019, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

 

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – July 18, 2019: Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of July 18, 2019, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

 

STAFF MEETING MINUTES – July 18, 2019:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Staff meeting of July 18, 2019, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

 

PUBLIC HEARING MINUTES – July 18, 2019:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Public Hearing of July 18, 2019, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meetings:

 Zoning Board of Adjustment Workshop –July 15, 2019;
 Zoning Board of Adjustment Meeting – July 17, 2019

 

Ms. Myra Mansouri joined the meeting at 6:35pm

PUBLIC BUSINESS

Tax Card for 455 March Hill Road: Ms. Mansouri gave a brief history of the property which at one time that had been purchased in either 1988 or 1989 and was granted a special exception to operate a pizza dough manufacturing company. The business ceased in 1999. Therefore, the special exception after that point was no longer in effect. The property is in the rural ag district. A real estate broker is currently advertising it as a commercial property. There was discussion about how long after a business ceases for a special exemption to become removed. Mr. Dalessio is to contact the NHMA for clarification.

 

Mr. Vose then had questions regarding the zoning map update. For example, the area around the current Pinnacle View business location had a zoning district change approved at Town Meeting. This is not reflected on the zoning map produced by Avitar. It was agreed that there are errors on the Avitar zoning map. The goal of the review is to create a list of errors that need to be corrected. The ZBA is to have a workshop in the Selectboard Office on August 1st to review Town Reports from 1968 to make sure that all the zoning ordinances are included in the zoning ordinance document.

 

Mr. Dalessio suggested running a report from Avitar software program that would list all the commercial properties which could help with project. Mr. Vose requested a smaller sized map so that each member had a copy of a map. Ten copies of a 17” x 24” maps are to be ordered from Terra Maps for the Zoning Board. Mr. Dalessio stated that the project needs to move along. Ms. Mansouri agreed.

 

Mr. Vose brought forth the idea of selling a second ballot machine to the Town of Rye. There are expenses related to keeping the second machine updated. Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer felt it was at Mr. Vose’ discretion if the machine should be sold. The Moderator stated if the voting machine should break down, a new machine could be delivered from Keene in 15 minutes.  The past two voting machines were purchased second-hand per Mr. Vose and Mrs. Pschirrer. Mr. Vose said that a new machine is being considered by the State. Given that, the Board wondered if capital reserve fund should be created for the purchase of a new voting machine. However, the cost is unknown at this point.

 

BUILDING PERMITS:

MICHAEL and JANE COLLIER, 9 Deer Run Lane, Map and Lot #008-015-007:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Building Permit No. 201926 to build a “47’ x 34 one story house and attached garage”.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

DEMOLITION PERMITS:

ERIC MERKLEIN and TARA SAD, 82 North Road, Map and Lot#022-010-001: Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Demolition Permit No. 201927 for the demolition of a barn that is being dismantled for transport to a new location.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved. Mrs. Pschirrer had heard the barn was moving to Nantucket to be reconstructed.

 

OLD BUSINESS:    

Letters to Job Lots Building and Land Owners: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve and sign letters to JR Development LLC and Bobrow Walpole LLC requesting they post “No Overnight Parking – Violators will be Towed” signs or allow the Town to post this signage on their property. Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved. Mrs. Pschirrer gave a recap of the issues discussed at the prior Selectboard Meeting regarding overnight parking and camping issues around the Job Lots building and in the parking lot.

 

Walpole Conservation Commission:  The board signed the Notice of Appointment for the re-appointment of Jackie Kensenas a member of the Walpole Conservation Commission.  The reappointment request was approved at the prior Selectboard Meeting.

 

Old Drewsville Road Paving: Mr. Dalessio noted that additional correspondence was received from Jim Skofield via Tom Winmill and a meeting summary created by Mr. Winmill. Mr. Dalessio requested that there be two separate motions; one for each section. Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Town pave the portion of Old Drewsville Road from end of the pavement that currently exists on the Walpole Center end of the road to just beyond the Hubbard’s logging operation entrance. Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved. Mr. Dalessio confirmed this would be the south end of the road and paving would improve the condition of the road which sometimes becomes flooded.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Town pave the dirt portion on the north end of Old Drewsville Road from Mr. Biron’s property up the hill for 1600 feet with rumble strips to slow traffic. Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved. Mrs. Pschirrer felt the paving was needed for a number of reasons. There are an increased number of houses being built on Old Drewsville Road. Additionally, there are a number of increased EMS calls to this road. Everybody needs access for EMS calls. Responders must be able to safely travel Old Drewsville Road. Mr. Dalessio said that there is an average of 7 medical calls on the dirt section of the road per year. 

 

Mr. Dalessio wants an enforcement plan in place before the school year begins. He would like the police to monitor the road at the beginning and end of the school day. Additionally, basic speed signs need to be reposted. Mrs. Pschirrer asked for a cattlecrossing sign by the Gowdy Farm. Mr. Dalessio has spoken with Mr. Rau, the road agent, about ordering and installing signage.

 

There was a discussion regarding trucks using Old DrewsvilleRoad. Other than trucks making deliveries, no other trucks were reported to be using the dirt section of the road per Mr. Rau.

 

Old Stage Road Gates and Bars Letter Response: A letter was received from Atty. Rand Burnett who is representing Mr. and Mrs. McCabe. Mr. Dalessio asked Mrs. Downing to look at the wording used to discontinue Cold River Road which is subject to gates and bars. More research is needed before the Board can respond to Atty. Burnett.

 

Mr. Dalessio reported that a similar problem had occurred at Derry Hill Road. Someone has placed a rope across the road. Mr. Larry Britton could not access his corn field to take soil samples. The Road Agent was instructed to remove the rope and signage.  He will also try to find the person who placed both items. Mr. Dalessio also noted that Derry Hill is an emergency lane.

 

Tax Deeded Properties:  Mr. Dalessio did speak with Atty. Hockensmith who had been busy with more pressing Town legal requests. Town counsel will now focus on next steps for tax deeded properties.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

Refund and Waiver Request for Map and Lot# 029-048-00: Ms. Mayberry moved to waive the sewer connection fee for 25 Green Road North Walpole for $750 and to refund payments for sewer usage for $1,650.62. Mrs. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

Recreation Revolving Fund Requests:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the two Recreation Revolving Fund Requests.  The first is for $789 to Village Idioz and the second is for $430 to Funky Brush Face Painting. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved. These requests are related to the Community Day event.

 

As a side note, Ms. Mayberry reported that the Trivia Contest date will not change from Aug. 3rd. Due to August being booked with Recreation Dept. sponsored events, a date change was not possible. The fireworks for Rockingham Old Home Days are also scheduled for the evening of Aug. 3rd.

 

Joint Press Release from NH House and Senate: Mr. Dalessio acknowledged the receipt of the release relating the State budget. If anyone wished to view State budget discussions, theywill be live streamed on the General Court website.

 

Extraordinary Women Event Ad:  Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the purchase of a quarter page, $250 ad in the Extraordinary Women publication produced by the Keene Sentinel. Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved. Mrs. Pschirrer abstained from the vote. Mr. Dalessio requested that other Town groups that may wish to place a combined sponsored, larger ad be contacted such as the Women of Walpole and the Walpole Foundation.  

 

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel and (e) Litigation.  Ms. Mayberry seconded the motion and with Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved at 7:30 PM.

 

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:38 PM.

 

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of July 25, 2019, be sealed.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio 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 Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:46 PM.

 

ADDITIONAL BUSINESS

Senator Jay Kahn Visit: The Board was reminded that Sen. Kahn will be meeting with the Board next week at 6pm. A request for using the Town Hall for a meeting with constituents from Sen. Kahn was received. Mr. Dalessio would like to know how other towns are handling these types of requests

 

ADJOURNMENT:

Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:55 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Sarah Downing, Recording Secretary Pro Tempore

 

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