Selectboard Neeting Ninutes – 2/27/20

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 were five visitors in attendance.  

PUBLIC BUSINESS:

LOWER NORTH ROAD SNOW PLOWING AND DRAINAGE:  Mr. Eric Merklein lives at 82 North Road.  He advised this has no reflection on the road crew as they are always courteous and do a good job.  His concern is still what the winter plows are doing by the round-about.  They are scraping away vegetation.  One problem is the plow blades are humungous.  This continues year-after-year.  He distributed and explained recent pictures of the triangle area.  After the heavy rains yesterday the area was all clogged up. Mr. Rau, Road Agent, explained some of the damage is caused by the way drivers are driving.  The area around the culvert has been blocked from flowing as it should due to a property owner who has blocked the flow of water.  He went up to the area today but could not find the culvert.  He asked two Highway Department employees to dig the area out but they were confronted by Mr. Stevens.  The water does flow out but very slowly.  The problem is they keep putting up a berm to stop the flow of water into the property.  Mr. Rau talked with Mr. Stevens today who said he would talk to the Selectboard. He was unavailable to attend this meeting.  Stopping this flow of water has been an on-going problem for years.  One way to ease this problem is to slope the property.  Mr. Merklein mentioned his previous drainage problems; he had some work done on his own.  Mr. Rau pointed out that when you are in the plow truck everything happens within a few seconds.  They have to get the snow off the road.  They try to avoid narrowing of the roads.  Near Mr. Merklein’s neighbor there is an area where the Highway Department will do some work in the spring.  Mrs. Pschirrer advised it is very difficult to plow around this “configuration” the State had originally put in.  The Selectboard should request the State remove it.  Mr. Merklein is concerned the road will concave in going down Main Street due to the flooding.  The pictures distributed by Mr. Merklein were reviewed and possible options mentioned.  Mr. Rau said the edge of the road should never be higher than the road.  The more room we give people the more they will cut the corners.  They cannot do anything with this until the end of winter.  They could talk to the property owners about putting up some reflectors.  Mr. Dalessio summarized that Mr. Rau will have the plow damage fixed in the spring; he will clean out the drain and talk to the property owners.  

Ms. Mayberry mentioned that Ms. Celeste Aumand, North Walpole Commissioner, wanted Mr. Rau to tell the Highway crew that they are doing a great job with plowing.  Mr. Rau got a call from Mrs. Melissa Colburn, North Walpole Commissioner, about a sink hole on Church Street.  He will return her call to advise that is a State problem. There was discussion relative to the drain in the Northwest  Walpole Village parking lot by the Fire Station.  Ms. Mayberry confirmed it is Village property.  Mr. Dalessio suggested Mr. Rau take a look at it to see how big a project it is.  Mr. Rau said if it is a minor project they will take care of it; he will report back to the Selectboard.  Mr. Rau advised that Rice Tree Service took down the big tree and he has the $800 bill.  Mr. Dalessio mentioned the bill should go to Mr. Kreissle.          

PETER SMITH:  Mr. Smith asked about the status of the easement on Huntington Lane. Mr. Dalessio apologized.  When the attorney contacted him and said the easement documents were complete, Mr. Dalessio thought the attorney would obtain all the signatures. However, the attorney thought Mr. Dalessio would obtain them.  There are a lot of signatures; he will start the process again.  He anticipated it will take another week or two.  In the meantime, Mr. Smith will check in with Mr. Mark Houghton.

AIRBnBs – SHORT TERM RENTALS:  Mrs. Jan Galloway-Leclerc, Chair of the Zoning Board of Adjustment, and Mrs. Marilou Blaine, Secretary, did some research into what other towns are doing with AirBnBs.  Following are a few findings:  Marlboro has a section “Home Base Business”.  Laconia has “Short Term Lodging”.  In Westmoreland they can be in the Rural Residential District with a Special Exemption”.  Chesterfield is beginning their study.  Alstead has a Bed and Breakfast ordinance but it states having someone living there.  Mrs. Galloway-Leclerc distributed copies of Walpole’s Article IV General Provisions and her legal response received from the NH Municipal Association.  Mr. Buckley from NH Municipal Association felt the Walpole Zoning ordinance could cover AirBnBs.  Mrs. Galloway-Leclerc said they felt where their ordinance says “Bed and Breakfast” establishments they could put a slash and add the language that would say “and Short TermRentals” establishments.  That would make it clear, defined and would cover them.  Mrs. Jan Galloway-Leclerc said all the towns have their own definitions; some have their own wording and some do not have any language.  Ms. Mayberry’s concerned are constant turn-over of renters, number of people staying there and parking issues.  It takes away from the residential neighborhood.  The Selectboard was in favor of having Mrs. GallowayLeclerc contact Attorney Hockensmith and move forward with this AirBnB establishment ZBA issue. Mr. Dalessio mentioned they should look into having a “Violation in Zoning” Ordinance.      

MR. MERV STEVENS:  Mr. Dalessio provided a brief update in that Mr. Merklein was at the meeting earlier.  They talked about the flooding and Mr. Merklein provided some pictures.  Mr. Rau said the flooding is caused by damming on Mr. Stevens property.  Mrs. Pschirrer said a berm stops the flow.  Mr. Stevens said there always was a problem with drainage in that area.  The design of that turn-around has caused more water to go into the flow.  Many years ago Mr. Jack Pratt, Mr. Sawyer and he shook hands on a repair to the area but when he came back it was the same.  About 20 years ago the Town dug a hole (8-to-10-feet deep) and put gravel in it.  The water would come out of the culvert and go into that hole.  The sediment from up-stream keeps filling that up and it over-flows.  The real option is to connect a pipe at that culvert, go across the road and link it into the drainage.  Mr. Dalessio advised that earlier in this meeting they had asked Mr. Rau to take a look at all this and come back with some recommendations and options including having the triangle removed.  The triangle was put in by the State when those were State roads.  They will notify Mr. Stevens when the options are presented.            

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the total amount of $47,695.37 for checks issued February 28, 2020.  This amount included a $39,749.60 payment to the Health Trust.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mr. Dalessio asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

PAYROLL:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Check Register for the week ending February 22, 2020, in the amount of $27,313.22, for checks issued February 28, 2020, and the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes in the amount of $5,556.23.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mr. Dalessio asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES – February 20, 2020:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of February 20, 2020, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mr. Dalessio asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – February 20, 2020:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard session of February 20, 2020, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mr. Dalessio asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

COMMITTEE REPORT:

The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the following Committee report:

Zoning Board of Adjustment Minutes – February 19, 2020.

PROPERTY TAX ABATEMENTS and REFUNDS:

MAP and LOT #010-020-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant the Property Tax Refund in the amount of $2,257.27 for Map and Lot #010-020-000.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mr. Dalessio asked if there were any questions.  There were none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

MAP and LOT #011-043-005:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant the Property Tax Refund in the amount of $75.42 for Map and Lot #011-043-005.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mr. Dalessio asked if there were any questions.  There were none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

MAP and LOT #008-021-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to deny this Abatement request for Map and Lot #008-021-000 based on the recommendation of Avitar Associates to deny this Abatement request.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mr. Dalessio asked if there were any questions.  There were none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

MAP and LOT #015-015-000:   Ms. Mayberry moved to deny this Abatement request for Map and Lot #015-015-000 based on the recommendation of Avitar Associates to deny this Abatement request.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mr. Dalessio asked if there were any questions.  There were none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

MAP and LOT #008-068-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant the Property Tax Refund in the amount of $2,558.26 for Map and Lot #008-068-000.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mr. Dalessio asked if there were any questions.  There were none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

Q4 Water/Sewer Receipts to Date:  Mr. Dalessio reported that Total Receipts for Q4 2019 Billing is $94,892.37 or 59.29%.  Total Left to Collect for Q4 – 2019 Billing is $65,368.16. These figures are average.  The next Quarterly billing is due on Monday, March 2, 2020, at 4:00PM.

Water/Sewer Quarterly Receipt Comparison:  The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of this Water/Sewer Quarterly Receipt Comparison submitted by Mrs. Jodi Daigle.

Town Deeded Properties:  Mrs. Downing will continue to work on the Town Deeded Properties packets.  Some documents have been created and are being proof-read.

Pending Further Actions:

Lights re: Walpole, NH – Rockingham, VT 42277 Bridge Renovation Project:  Mr. Dalessio did not receive any additional communication on this project.

Joint Meeting Request from the Village of Bellows Falls Board of Trustees:  A Joint Meeting date and time has not yet been received from the Village of Bellows Falls Board of Trustees.

NEW BUSINESS:

Police Cruiser:  The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of a letter from Police Chief Paquette.  He informed them that their 2013 Ford SUV cruiser has had major engine problem,s and is currently out of service.  The estimate to repair this cruiser is between $6,000 to $8,000.  This cruiser is eight years old and has rust issues.  His recommendation is to use money from their cruiser emergency fund to replace it.  Most of their expensive equipment can be moved over to the new cruiser but there will still be a need for items to be replaced.  The Selectboard will request that Chief Paquette get a full estimate.  

Coronavirus and Town Hall Facilities:  Mrs. Pschirrer had talked with Mr. Brad Nash, Mrs. Jodi Daigle and Mr. Rich Kreissle relative to taking safety precautions in the Walpole Town Hall for the Coronavirus.  It is an active building and there will be many people attending Town Meeting.  They will talk to the election workers about wiping down the pens periodically during the Voting Day.  They talked about replacing the paper towel dispensers in the restrooms with automatic dispensers and have signage to wash hands.  Face masks will be ordered.  Mrs. Pschirrer will ask that any employees who are sick to please stay home.  The flu is still active around the country.            

HealthTrust Public Hearing Notice:  A Public Hearing Notice was received from the HealthTrust inviting the Selectboard to join them on March 5, 2020, at either 9:30 am or 3:00 pm in Concord, NH.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:

Mr. Dalessio moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel.  Ms. Mayberry seconded the motion.  Mr. Dalessio asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 8:05 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:30 PM.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of February 27, 2020, will be sealed.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mr. Dalessio asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to recess this Selectboard meeting.  The Selectboard will enter into a meeting as the Hooper Trustees.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mr. Dalessio asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:42 PM.

ADJOURNMENT:

Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mr. Dalessio asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:44 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

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