Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 7/16/20

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this meeting of the Selectboard to order at 6:30 PM in the Walpole Town Hall.  This meeting is being recorded by FACT-TV and is available for viewing on the internet.  She asked anyone wishing to speak to identify themselves for the record.  There was one visitor in attendance; Ms. Celeste Aumand.  

PUBLIC BUSINESS:

CELESTE AUMAND:  Mrs. Pschirrer welcomed Ms. Celeste Aumand who is a Commissioner of the North Walpole Village District.  Ms. Aumand had several matters to discuss with the Selectboard.

Mountain View:  Ms. Aumand has asked in the past about putting up the flashing speed sign on Mountain View by the school. Her father has given permission to the Town to put it on their property.  There are kids riding their bikes and she just wants drivers to slow down for safety reasons.    

Monument by Arch Bridge:  Ms. Aumand reported they cut back small trees, bushes and weeds so everyone can now see the Monument near the Arch Bridge in North Walpole.  Ms. Mayberry advised that Mrs. Barbara O’Brien did that for many years.  The Selectboard expressed their appreciation for having this project taken care of.

Railroad Tracks:  Ms. Aumand contacted Mr. Gary McCormick about the railroad tracks by the Five Star Store and asked him to do something about the problem.  The first step is probably to notify the railroad company.  Several years ago, the railroad company had put rubber inserts in there to absorb some of the vibration/bounce as vehicles drive over the tracks.  When people come from Church Street, they usually stop before going over the tracks. Vehicles coming off the bridge do not.  There could be an accident.        

Catch Basins:  Ms. Aumand asked if the Town will be taking care of the catch basins around the Village.  Will they be putting tar down?  Ms. Mayberry will follow-up with the Highway Department. She assumes they will be taking care of the catch basins.

Village and Town:  Ms. Aumand stated the Village has no problems with helping the Town.  What can they do to help with the dumping problem across the highway by Aubuchon’s Store?  Mrs. Pschirrer replied that the Town will be posting “No Dumping” signs.  The people who were camping there had their RV and car removed.  Ms. Aumand noted there is now another camper in there.  Mrs. Pschirrer said if it is on the Connecticut River side, they will contact Fish and Game to make them aware of this.  There has to be access to the river in case Fish and Game and/or Emergency Responders (Police Departments and/or Fire Departments) are responding to an emergency.  There are 37 miles to monitor in Walpole.  With “No Dumping” signs the Police have the authority to go through bags looking for evidence of who dumped it. Thee Police can put out an arrest warrant for the individual.  Mr. Dalessio pointed out that camping is allowed on Town property but dumping is not allowed.  Mrs. Pschirrer will alert the Police Department about the new RV camper.            

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the total amount of $626,201.01 for checks issued July 17, 2020.  This amount includes a $615,232.00 monthly payment to the Fall Mountain Regional School District.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.    

PAYROLL:

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Payroll Check Register for the week ending July 11, 2020, in the amount of $31,693.33 for checks issued July 17, 2020, and the electronic 941 Payroll Tax Transfer of $6,125.24.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.  

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MINUTES – July 9, 2020:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of July 9, 2020, as submitted.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – July 9, 2020: Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of July 9, 2020, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the following Committee reports:

Conservation Commission Meeting – June 1, 2020;
Conservation Commission Meeting – July 6, 2020.

BUILDING PERMITS:

Permit #2020-22 – MICHAEL and TRACY BEAM, 20 Eaton Road, Map and Lot #011-044-000:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant Building Permit No. 2020-22 for Michael and Tracy Beam to build a “24’ x 12’ Woodshed” at 20 Eaton Road, Map and Lot #011-044-000.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Permit #2020-23 – BRUCE CARRUTHERS, 28 Main Street, Map and Lot #019-042-000:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant Building Permit No. 2020-23 for Bruce Caruthers to build a “22’ x 12’ Single Bay Garage” at 28 Main Street, Map and Lot #019-042-000.  In accordance with the condition of the Site Plan there is an alarm system that the Fire Department approved and no matter what happens to this property the monitoring must remain in place.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrerasked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Permit #2020-24 – KAREN GALLOWAY, 2009 Revocable Trust, 885 County Road, Map and Lot #005-065-000:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant Building Permit No. 2020-24 for Karen Galloway to build a “36’ x 36’ Horse Barn” at 885 County Road, Map and Lot #005-065-000.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Permit #2020-25 – LaROCHE REVOCABLE TRUST, 190 Reservoir Road, Map and Lot #011-001-001:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant Building Permit No. 2020-25 for LaRoche Revocable Trust to construct a “38’ x 30’ House w/attached 38’ x 24’ Garage” at 190 Reservoir Road, Map and Lot #011-001-001.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

NH DOT Municipal Work Zone Agreement:  Ms. Mayberry moved to authorize the Chair, Mrs. Peggy L. Pschirrer, to sign the Municipal Work Zone Agreement for Walpole, NH – Rockingham, VT.  This is State Project: 42277; Federal Project: X-A004(799).  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.  

Mrs. Pschirrer advised that a copy of this signed document must be given to the Police Department because it speaks specifically to the control of traffic.        

NH DOT New Arch Bridge Municipal Lighting Agreement: Mrs. Pschirrer reported that the NH Department of Transportation invited us to make any additions or corrections to this New Arch Bridge Municipal Lighting Agreement therefore she sent it to Attorney Hockensmith for his review.  They were both concerned about liability to the Town if there should be a major accident on the bridge.  Ms. Mayberry asked what would happen if Walpole wanted to end this project.  It does not state who would take down the poles; it is left open-ended.  Mrs.Pschirrer sees this as going forward for a number of years.  She feels the State would take down the poles because they are on their bridge; they will own them.  On page 3, No. 9, Mrs. Pschirrer added at the end “by the Department”.  She will send this draft back to the NH DOT to see how they accept our changes.

Huntington Realty Sewer Easement Deed: Mr. Dalessio advised that he and Mr. Mark Houghton are concerned with protecting the other Walpole Sewer Users.  There are comments.  Mrs. Pschirrer noted that some things are highlighted.  There was a consensus to table this agenda item until the Selectboard meeting next week.

Recreation Area Parking Lot: Lot Line Adjustment and Deed with Letter:  Mrs. Pschirrer reported that the Selectboardis scheduled to be on the next Planning Board agenda in August for the Recreation Area Parking Lot; Lot Line Adjustment.  The papers were filed by Mr. Joe DiBernardo.  Mrs. Pschirrer gave Mrs. Downing maps to be kept in the office.  

OHRVs and Class VI Roads:  Mrs. Pschirrer acknowledged receipt of an email from Officer DeLisle of NH Fish and Game and a response from Lew Shelley of the Walpole Conservation Commission regarding OHRVs and Class VI roads.  The NH Fish and Game is in charge of managing all the OHRVs.  Ms. Mayberry felt they want to be sure that the Police will enforce what the rules are.  Mrs. Pschirrer said NH Fish and Game is supposed to be taking care of some of this monitoring.  We have been putting signs up.  The Walpole Police cannot be everywhere at the same time.  The Selectboard does not want to take the authority away from NH Fish and Game.  The Conservation Commission will continue to talk about this.  Mr. Shelley is interested with the Class VI roads.  Snowmobiling in Walpole is a big activity, but they control themselves.  At this time the Selectboard will leave the monitoring as is.

Town Hall and Walpole Businesses re: Masks: Mrs. Pschirrer advised they have a request from one local business owner that the Selectboard mandate wearing masks in Town businesses.  Yesterday the court upheld the right of the City of Nashua and their aldermen to mandate that everyone wear a mask.  In accordance with this decision and an opinion from the NH Municipal Association, the Selectboard can mandate that people wear masks inside Town buildings. Mr. Dalessio feels the Selectboard should mandate wearing masks in all Town owned buildings but leave it to the business owners to enforce wearing masks in their establishments.  Mrs. Pschirrer stated they can write a letter to this effect and urge them to do that.  Disposable masks will be available for those who need face coverings whilein Town buildings.  Hand sanitizer dispensers are in the hallway and in the large meeting room.  Tables and chairs continue to be disinfected after each meeting.  They could ask Dr. Shaw as Health Officer to support their efforts to wear masks as he has the authority to mandate wearing masks.  Mrs. Pschirrer will let Mr. Tom Goins know that everybody in Town buildings will be mandated to wear masks. They will support Mr. Goins efforts to have everyone wear masks while inside businesses.

Pending Further Actions:

The following agenda items will remain on this pending list as there is no new information available at this time.

Town Deeded Properties;
Houghton Brook Fish Ladder;
Mill Pond Beaver Activity;
Hitching Post Area by Walpole Grocery.

NEW BUSINESS:

Two Cards to Sign:  The Selectboard signed a Thank You note to Mrs. Jan Galloway-Leclerc who donated the milling of the wood for the Reuse Building at the Recycling Center.  They also signed a condolence card for the Paquette family.

Senator Jay Kahn:  Mrs. Pschirrer announced that next week Senator Jay Kahn will be here to provide us with a Legislative Update.  The meeting will start at 6:30 PM.  The Boy Scouts will be present as observers.  They are working on their Citizenship in The Community badges.

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.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:12 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:16 PM.

FACT-TV:  Mrs. Pschirrer announced that this concludes the regular Selectboard and Hooper Trustees meetings.  The Selectboard will be entering into a Non-Public Session.  FACT-TV ceased filming and left the meeting.  

Farewell Parade:  Mrs. Pschirrer announced that there will be a Farewell Parade on July 27th, 2020, for Justine Fafara who will be leaving as the Director of the Walpole Library.  Everyone is invited to join in.  They will stage at the elementary school. The police will lead them past the Library at 5:00 PM.  There will be fire trucks.  Mrs. Fafara will be on the Library porch.  A Search Committee has been formed to find a new director.  Jamie Rios and Chris Burchstead will share the responsibilities until a new director has been hired.        

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.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  On a roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:17 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:21 PM.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of July 16, 2020, be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.  

ADJOURNMENT:

Mr. Dalessio moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:22 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

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