Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 6/2/22

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mr. Dalessio called this Selectboard meeting to order at 6:30 PM in the Walpole Town Hall and via Zoom.  This meeting was being recorded.

Mr. Dalessio called for a voice roll call of the Selectboard present:  Peggy Pschirrer was present; Cheryl Mayberry was present; and Steven Dalessio, Chair, was present.  Also present was Sarah Downing, Manager of Administration, and Regina Borden, Recording Secretary. There were two members of the public in attendance:  Wendy Grossman and Will Grossman.

OLD BUSINESS:

Recreation Trails Program Project Administration Authorization Form:  Wendy Grossman presented the Recreational Trails Program Project Administrator’s Authorization form to the Selectboard.  This person is authorized to enter into Recreational Trails Programs contracts and agreements with the State of New Hampshire, Bureau of Trails and accept monies granted and received in compliance with the application, contract or agreement.    

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the appointment of Wendy Grossman as the Recreational Trails Program Project Administrator to act on behalf of the Town of Walpole and to authorize the Chair of the Selectboard, Steven Dalessio, to sign this document.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.  

Mr. Dalessio advised the 2022 Special Use Permit Application will go to the Walpole Conservation Commission first and then it will come back to the Selectboard to finalize the other requirements.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the total amount of $33,782.17 for checks issued June 3, 2022.  This includes a payment in the amount of $16,615.26 to Weston & Sampson regarding the wastewater planning.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, 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 May 28, 2022, in the amount of $29,728.56, dated June 3, 2022, and for the 941 Payroll Tax Transfer in the amount of $5,970.50.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – May 26, 2022:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of May 26, 2022, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.  Mrs. Pschirrer abstained from the vote as she was not present at this meeting.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – May 26, 2022:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of May 26, 2022, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.  Mrs. Pschirrer abstained from the vote as she was not present at this meeting.

BUILDING PERMIT:

Permit No. 2022-22, MAP and LOT #008-012-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Building Permit No. 2022-22 for the owner(s) of Map and Lot #008-012-000 to add a “34’ x 14’ Cow Shelter and a 21.5’ x 29.5’ Picnic Pavilion”.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

Temporary and Prohibited Signage Letter to Commercial Property Owners:  Only commercial property owners south of the Cold River are to receive the letter.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the signage letter to only commercial property owners south of the Cold River.  This letter is telling them about the Ordinance recently passed last March at Town Meeting and their feather flags are prohibited.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

Ms. Mayberry advised the Village of North Walpole would have to pass a similar ordinance if Aubuchon’s Store was to be included.

Wage and Salary Survey:  There was a consensus of the Selectboard to schedule this Wage and Salary Survey meeting on Monday, June 20th at 6:00 PM. 

Fuss and O’Neill Proposal for Engineering Services:  Mr. Dalessio reported they prepared Purchase Order #294718 to Fuss & O’Neill for Engineering Services in the amount of $35,900.00.  It is for the hydraulic study at High and Old North Main Streets.  There are two bridges. They would be looking closer to $800,000 for the projects.  Mr. Dalessio will talk with Mr. Kreissle about where the funding will come from.  This will be an agenda item for the next regular meeting. 

Reservoir Dam Update:  Mr. Dalessio has an update with grant work by Fuss & O’Neill.  They will send a letter of intent for a grant and the agency will respond back to the Town.  The agency is Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM).  The Department of Environmental Services (DES) feels there are two options: “take it down or re-support the entire back-side of the dam”.  That could run into another one-million-dollar project.  Nobody has seen any terms and/or conditions yet for the project.            

Trees on the Common:  Mr. Dalessio reported that Mr. Hartmann did a very nice job explaining the condition of the trees on the Common during their 5:00 pm meeting today.  Mrs. Pschirrer advised that they want the job done.  They would remove the three trees now and then in a year or so they will need to take a few more down.  Mr. Dalessio suggested they generate a purchase order to Mr. Hartmann. 

Pending Further Actions:

Generators, Parking Ordinance, Three Phase Power for Industrial Park Drive and Bensonwood.  

Houghton Brook Bridge:  Mr. Dalessio advised there is just one stumbling block. It is getting permission from Mr. Graves, so they do not have to build a temporary bridge.  They continue to work on this one remaining issue.   

NEW BUSINESS:

Cemetery Deed: For Lots E741 and E742:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Cemetery Deed for Lots E741 and E742.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

Request for Public Assistance (RPA) for the COVID-19 Disaster:   The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of an email from Tayla Jacques who is with the Recovery Section at NH Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM).  They keep the option open to submit for reimbursement of eligible costs and participate in the Request for Public Assistance (RPA).  They are encouraging all communities to submit an RPA.  The COVID-19 disaster has a minimum threshold of $3,300 for expenses.  The deadline to complete the RPA is 6/30/2022; all RPAs will be submitted to FEMA by 7/1/2022.  There was discussion relative to possibly joining in with the Fire Department.  Mr. Dalessio suggested they try to apply for a better sound (audio) system for the Town Hall.   

Great Decisions Study Group:  Mrs. Pschirrer is aware of how this study group got started.  She would be willing to be the liaison for the Selectboard. 

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.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved at 7:09 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting reconvened at 7:22 PM. 

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 (c) Reputations.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

The regular Selectboard meeting reconvened at 8:23 PM

Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of June 2, 2022, will be sealed.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved at 8:27 PM.    

REGULAR SELECTBOARD MEETING (Continued):

Property Tax Sale: Mrs. Downing advised that there are new locks on the house at 27 Center Street in North Walpole.  Attorney Hockensmith will give the former owner 90 days to buy it back from the Town. If that does not happen, the Town can sell it.  The Selectboard would like to continue moving forward with the property tax sale.   

ADJOURNMENT:

Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mr. Dalessio asked if there was any additional discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:28 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

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