Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 3/11/21

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mr. Steven Dalessio called this Walpole Selectboard meeting via Zoom to order at 6:30 PM.  He advised that Mrs. Peggy Pschirrer, Chair, was unable to attend this meeting.  Ms. Cheryl Mayberry, the other Selectboard member, is present.  The Selectboard members are in two separate locations.  Also attending this meeting is Mrs. Sarah Downing, Manager of Administration, in the Walpole Town Hall and Mrs. Regina Borden, Recording Secretary, by telephone at a separate location.  This meeting was being recorded by the Town.

Public comments are to be emailed to Mrs. Downing at the Walpole Town Hall or by calling 703-756-3672.  She will display the agenda.  That will be followed by documents as they are being discussed.

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

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the total amount of $17,956.64 for checks issued March 12, 2021.  This includes a payment in the amount of $3,476 to the Town of Chesterfield for Outside Agency Details.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mr. Dalessio asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  On a voice roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

PAYROLL:  

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Check Register for the week ending March 6, 2021, in the amount of $30,025.98 for checks dated March 12, 2021, and for the 941 Payroll Tax Transfer in the amount of $5,843.28.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mr. Dalessio asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  On a voice roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.  

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MINUTES – March 4, 2021: Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of March 4, 2021, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. Mr. Dalessio asked if there were any questions or comments. There were none. On a voice roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION MINUTES – March 4, 2021:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of March 4, 2021, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.   Mr. Dalessio asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  On a voice roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the following Committee report:• Conservation Commission Meeting – March 1, 2021.

BUILDING PERMITS:

Permit #2004-59 RENEWAL, MAP and LOT #009-023-000: Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Building Permit No. 2004-59 RENEWAL, for the owner(s) of Map and Lot #009-023-000 toconstruct a “1.5 Story Barn and Seasonal Camp”. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. Mr. Dalessio asked if there were any questions or comments. There were none. On a voice roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

Permit #2021-09, MAP and LOT #008-095-004:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Building Permit No. 2021-09, for the owner(s) of Map and Lot #008-095-004 to build a “32’ x 24’ Garage/Storage Building”.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mr. Dalessio asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  On a voice roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio, the motion was approved.

Permit #2021-10, MAP and LOT #021-036-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Building Permit No. 2021-10, for the owner(s) of Map and Lot #021-036-000 to add “23’ x 16.5’ Roof Mount Solar Panels to Garage”.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mr. Dalessio asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  On a voice roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio, motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

Property Survey for 34 Elm Street – Town Hall:  Mr. Dalessio reported that they want to get this project started for the Water and Sewer Departments. Therefore. they need to identify where the property lines are before the Elm Street project begins.

Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Purchase Order in the amount of $2,000 for DiBernardo Associates to have the property survey at 34 Elm Street / Town Hall.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mr. Dalessio asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  On a voice roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

North Walpole Library Lease:  Mr. Dalessio advised the North Walpole Library Lease will be ready for review at the next meeting.  Ms. Mayberry met with the North Walpole Village Commissioners again and explained that the Selectboard was asking them to pay for the installation of electrical outlets. They had agreed to do this.  They were looking for clarification as to what the impact would be for extended hours such as for heat, electricity, etc.  That was the primary reason for requesting a one year lease.  They want to assess what their costs would be and then do another lease for the following year.  Mr. Dalessio felt they could have a multi-year lease where the Commissioners could look at the costs at the end of every year.  Ms. Mayberry explained they do not want to have the Library move out at the end of a year but do have these concerns including maintenance costs.  Ms. Mayberry will send a note to Mrs. Amy Howard.  

Public Hearings for Summer Projects: Mr. Dalessio feels Public Hearings for Summer Projects is a good idea. The downtown will be dug-up between the Brownfields Project and Elm Street Project. Ms. Mayberry likes the suggestion that they might delay the Brownfields Project for a short period of time. Mr. Dalessio mentioned the Memorial Day Celebration is cancelled. There will probably be a wreath ceremony. In 2022, the Boy Scouts might take this over. The American Legion will probably be shutting down soon. Mr. Dalessio relayed this information to Mr. Mark Houghton as he would like to start the Elm Street Project in May. There will be a Public Meeting so everybody will know what is going to happen. There will be digging in the Common. They would like to use the south end of the Common for their staging area and keep the equipment there. He requested this be an agenda item for the next meeting so a vote can be taken. Another agenda item will be discussion on the granite curbing as they need to come to some conclusion. Ms. Mayberry noted Mr. Boas and the other neighbors need to decide if they are willing to pay for both the granite curbing and installation.

Pending Further Actions: Tax Deeded Property Sale

Reservoir Dam Repairs:  Mr. Dalessio advised they should have a report next week from Fuss & O’Neill.  The Department of Environmental Services (DES) has all the information they need to make a determination.  

Houghton Brook Bridge: Mr. Dalessio reported there will be a Pre-Permit Meeting in two weeks.  They will be getting that ready to go. It is moving along but still looks like a 2022 year project.    

NEW BUSINESS:

Spencer’s Place Expanded Outside Seating:   Mr. Dalessio believes the outside seating will not be expanded but rather located in the same space as last year.  They want to get rid of the hay bales and replace them with a temporary split rail fence.  They do not need an Open Container Permit because the Selectboard had said it would remain in effect until the Emergency Orders changed.  He would like to know that the property owner has agreed to the outdoor dining area.  Mr. Dalessio pointed out the Selectboard needs to talk about if this will become permanent seasonal arrangement after the Emergency Order is lifted.  They need to address outside dining in the Town of Walpole because it might be continued after the COVID-19 Pandemic has ended.  Guidelines will need to be met.     

Staff Meeting for March 18, 2021:  Mr. Dalessio would prefer to move the Staff Meeting out a week until March 25, 2021.   Next week they can establish the new Selectboard Chair and all the Liaison positions.  Ms. Mayberry agreed to postpone the Staff Meeting for one week.       

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.  On a voice roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio, the motion was approved at 6:51 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:38 PM.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of March 11, 2021, will be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mr. Dalessio asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  On a voice roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, motion was approved.

ADJOURNMENT:

Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  On a voice roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:42 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

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