Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 2/25/21

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer, Chair of the Walpole Selectboard, called this meeting via Zoom to order at 6:30 PM.  She announced that Ms. Cheryl Mayberry and Mr. Steven Dalessio, the other two Selectboard members, are present.  The Selectboard members are in three separate locations.  Mrs. Sarah Downing, Manager of Administration, is in the Walpole Town Hall, and Mrs. Regina Borden, Recording Secretary, is by telephone at a separate location.

Public comments are to be emailed to Mrs. Downing at the Walpole Town Hall or by calling 603-756-3672.  She will display the agenda.  That will be followed by documents as they are being discussed.

Mrs. Pschirrer called for a voice roll call of the Selectboard present:  Cheryl Mayberry was present; Steven Dalessio was present and Peggy Pschirrer was present.  This meeting will be in accordance with Virtual Meetings, Emergency Order #12, which has been effective since March 2020.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION 1:

Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session 1 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 voice roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:16 PM.

Mrs. Pschirrer advised that Mr. Jody Spivey is in the audience and he responded by a voice confirmation.  

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION 1 (Continued):

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session #1 of February 25, 2021, will be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  On a voice roll call vote 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 total amount of $65,697.93 for checks issued February 26, 2021.  This includes a payment in the amount of $43,310.15 to the HealthTrust.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  On a voice roll call vote 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 February 20, 2021, in the amount of $36,792.22 for checks dated February 26, 2021, and for the 941 Payroll Tax Transfer in the amount of $7,703.58.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  On a voice roll call vote with Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MINUTES – February 18, 2021:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of February 18, 2021, as submitted.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  On a voice roll call vote with Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION MINUTES – February 18, 2021:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of February 18, 2021, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  On a voice roll call vote with Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

STAFF MEETING MINUTES – February 18, 2021: Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Staff Meeting of February 18, 2021, as submitted.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  On a voice roll call vote 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:• Zoning Board of Adjustment Meeting – February 17, 2021;• North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners Meeting – January 26, 2021;• North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners Meeting – February 2, 2021;• North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners Meeting – February 9, 2021;• North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners Meeting – February 16, 2021.

BUILDING PERMITS:

Permit #2021-07 – MAP and LOT #012-014-000:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant Building Permit No. 2021-07 for the owner(s) of Map and Lot #012-014-000 to build a “16’ x 16’ addition and 16’ x 20’ Concrete Pad”.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  On a voice roll call vote with Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Permit #2021-08 – MAP and LOT #005-004-001:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant Building Permit No. 2021-08 for the owner(s) of Map and Lot #005-004-001 to add a “24’ x 12’ Prebuilt Garage”.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  On a voice roll call vote with Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners Letter re: Library Lease: Mrs. Pschirrer acknowledged receipt of a letter from the North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners about the Library Lease. She felt theSelectboard had offered to write a lease. The Board of Commissioners had advised that they will raise the rent to $1,100 for the year. However, that is not in the Walpole Library budget that was set quite a while ago. The North Walpole Library has not been used for over a year. Therefore, no expenses were incurred. Ms. Mayberry felt the Board of Commissioners was agreeable to having the Selectboard write a lease, but their concerns are the electrical upgrade and impact to their budget. We should share a definite plan with them. Mrs. Pschirrer clarified they want to put more computers in which is the need for more electrical outlets. Mrs. Amy Howard, President of the Library Board, had previously written to them about the Library’s plans. Mr. Dalessio suggested it might be helpful to have both Boards online at the same time to talk about this. Mrs. Pschirrer will ask the Town attorney to draw up a simple lease. Ms. Mayberry mentioned the Library has their main room plus their bathroom. Mrs. Pschirrer will speak to both Mrs. Howard and Mrs. Malmberg. Ms. Mayberry is available to work on the lease with both the Commissioners and Walpole Library Board.

Nerrie Adequate Notice for DADU:  Mrs. Pschirrer stated they just need to be sure the “Memorandum of Adequate Notice” for the construction of a Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit (DADU) is filed in the Cheshire County Registry of Deeds.  

Streetlight LED Conversion re: Blue Light:  Mrs. Pschirrer acknowledged receipt of an article on Streetlight LED Conversion re: Blue Light.  It mentions the differences of blue light.  We are all on computers, cell phones, etc. and there is some thought that this disrupts sleep patterns plus there are other issues.  She is not sure how much effect the Town using blue lights on the streets will affect us.  From other articles she read it is from our other devices we use especially at night.  She forwarded this to Mr. Steve Grenier so he could read it as well.     

Q4 Water and Sewer Receipts to Date:  The Selectboard received a note from Mrs. Jodi Daigle that they are back on track for the Q4 Water and Sewer payments.  They are no longer running behind.    

Town Meeting Room Schematic and Warrant Article Assignments:  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if Mr. Jack Wozmak, Town Moderator, was planning to attend this meeting to discuss these items.  Mrs. Downing reported that Mr. Wozmak was attending another Zoom meeting; he intended to be here but must be running late. 

Mrs. Pschirrer advised that someone just came into the meeting.  

Streetlight LED Conversion re: Blue Light (Continued): Mr. William White, a lighting designer, was present. He has been interested in this since he noticed it the first time it was proposed.  It is true that blue light can affect sleep and he can offer some clarity on it.  5600 degrees is referred to as daylight.  3,000 degrees is about the average of your incandescent light bulb.  4,000 degrees is toward that spectrum but is not going to affect people too much.  He requested from Liberty Utilities the specs as it was offered.  It appears the Town requested the 3,000 degree lights which should not have any effect on the change from the sodium to this, although it may be a little yellower.  He does not believe they will have any issues.  Mr. Dalessio stated that is very nice to hear.  Mr. White advised the gentlemen doing the work for the Town should be respected for what he has done.  He has the Excel spreadsheet that he will be happy to forward to the Selectboard.  The difference will be less bright in some of those places.  It is up to the Selectboard on how they want to proceed with that.  Mrs. Pschirrer felt Mr. Steve Grenier would be happy to talk with him about this project.  They appreciate the good news.  Mr. Dalessio suggested Mr. White contact Mr. Grenier directly.      

Town Employees and Mask Requirement:  Mrs. Pschirrer wanted to remind all Town employees that they still expect people to be wearing masks when they are in close spaces and are not able to socially distance themselves.  We expect when people walk into the Town Hall that they have a mask on as do a number of other places in Town.  Every department is expected to be wearing their masks.  Mr. Dalessio feels it is very important that everybody adhere to the mask requirement for the Town.  It is critical for the safety and health of everyone.  Ms. Mayberry agreed; it is important to have compliance.  Mrs. Pschirrer mentioned that COVID-19 is still out there plus there are the variances.  We cannot be blasé about this at this.  We have an order in place and they intend to stick with it.  

Pending Further Actions:

Tax Deeded Property Sale, Reservoir Dam Repairs, Emergency Generators, Town Employees and COVID-19 Leave:  These items will remain on the agenda pending receipt of additional information.

NEW BUSINESS:

Junkyard Permits:  Mr. Dalessio advised this is the only Junkyard Permit in Town.  This is a renewal.  

Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Junkyard Permit for E.W. Salvage for the period of July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  On a voice roll call vote with Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Junkyard Permit for E.W. Salvage for the period of July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  On a voice roll call vote with Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Town Meeting Room Schematic and Warrant Article Assignments (Continued): Mr. Wozmak was unable to attend this meeting. Therefore, this agenda item was rescheduled for Thursday, March 4th.     

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION II:

Mr. Dalessio moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session II pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel and (c) Reputations.   Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  On a voice roll call vote with Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:40 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:10 PM.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session II of February 25, 2021, will be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  On a voice roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.  

ADJOURNMENT:  Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments. There were none. On a voice roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, meeting adjourned at 8:12 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

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