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Hooper Trustees Meeting Minutes – 10/4/17

Sara Downing thought these meetings might be more interesting than usual because of the upcoming auction. – Lil

TOWN OF WALPOLE

HOOPER TRUSTEES MEETING

OCTOBER 4, 2017

 

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this Hooper Trustees meeting to order at 8:19 PM.

 

 

HOOPER TRUSTEES MINUTES:

HOOPER TRUSTEES MEETING – September 28, 2017: Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Hooper Trustees meeting of September 28, 2017, as submitted.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

Letter to Jeff Miller.  Mr. Dalessio moved to approve and sign the letter to Mr. Jeff Miller with regards to the Hooper Golf Club.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Mrs. Pschirrer mentioned when Mr. Ron Rosko attended a meeting a few weeks the Hooper Trustees indicated they would let him know if they found anything about the Hooper Golf Club owing the Hooper Trust money.  She suggested writing a letter to advise the Hooper Golf Club owes $5,900.00 to the Trust to complete their 2015 lease obligations.  Mr. Dalessio and Ms. Mayberry agreed writing this letter would be appropriate.

 

Mansion FurnitureMrs. Pschirrer will be meeting at the Mansion with Ms. Sharon Boccelli and another antique appraiser to look at the furniture.  Mrs. Pschirrer will also contact two other people who expressed an interest in some of the furniture.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

Mr. Dalessio moved to adjourn this Hooper Trustees meeting.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:40 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

 

 

 

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 10/4/17

TOWN OF WALPOLE

MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD

OCTOBER 4, 2017

 

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this Selectboard meeting to order at 6:30 PM in the Walpole Town Hall.  She advised that this meeting is being recorded and asked anyone wishing to speak to identify themselves for the record.  There were nine members of the public in attendance.

 

PUBLIC BUSINESS:

FAIRPOINT REQUESTMs. Stephanie Hosking and Ms. Jane Miller were present.  Ms. Hosking had previously spoken with Mrs. Downing about a concrete pad site to set up their equipment cabinet.  This site is on a pull-off across from Walpole Interiors/entrance to Whitcomb Road/ Route 123 on the west side or Rt. 12.  Ms. Hosking was at the site with a NH DOT engineer who has given approval to go through their easement area to connect with the pad site.  The Town of Walpole owns the strip of land to the west of Route 12 over the old railroad bed down to the Connecticut River.  The existing pole would be replaced to allow them to get five (5) feet higher.  They have copper and fiber-optic cables.  She explained that cables run across both the Arch Bridge and Vilas Bridge to make their connections.  There are currently sites and plans being made to expand to other areas. They are working on step one of their long-range plan.  Ms. Hosking would like the Selectboard’s permission to put the pad there.  They have staked the site.  Mrs. Pschirrer noted they need permission but do they also need a legal easement.  Ms. Miller mentioned in other towns they sometimes do a license or an easement.  It would be a one-time license; the easement runs with the land.  Poles are licensed.  The Selectboard would prefer a license.  Mrs. Pschirrer will forward the license to the Town Attorney for a legal opinion.  Ms. Miller said before they put a shovel in the ground they call Dig Safe and contact the Town.  Ms. Mayberry felt they would need a building permit as the land is located in North Walpole.

Mr. Dalessio moved to approve Fairpoint’s request to put a concrete pad in the pull-off directly across from Walpole Interiors for the purpose of having an equipment cabinet placed on it.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Mrs. Pschirrer asked Mrs. Downing to send a copy of her email to the North Walpole Commissioners for their information.

 

PROPERTY LINE DISPUTEMrs. Barbara Chabot, Mr. Jeff Aldrich, Mrs. Kim Surles and Mr. Scott Surles were present.  Mrs. Kim Surles and Mr. Scott Surles own the property on 164 Wentworth Road.  In March of 2015 they put their house on the market.  Shortly thereafter Mrs. Chabot asked her if she could cut some trees on the Surles’ property.  Mrs. Surles said “no” as the trees provide privacy.  In August of 2016 Mrs. Chabot asked Mrs. Surles again if she could cut some trees.  Mrs. Surles again said “no”.  Mrs. Surles began documenting the small trees and brush cuttings.  In October 2016 she confronted Mr. Aldrich who said he was on his own property and had every right to clean up and cut brush in that area.  She told him where the stakes were; he needed to stop and get off her property.  When Mr. Aldrich continued to cut Mrs. Surles went to the Police Station and filed a report.  Chief Paquette told Mrs. Chabot not to cut any more trees and get off the Surles property.  In August 2017 their realtor asked Mrs. Surles to clearly stake the property along Wentworth Road because a potential buyer wants to know where the lines are.  Mr. and Mrs. Surles had Mr. Joe DiBernardo come, locate and stake pins.  About a week later the stakes were taken down and thrown in a pile on her property so she reported it to Sgt. Sanctuary.  On September 27th, 2017 Mr. Aldrich was there again cutting trees and weed whacking so Mrs. Surles called the Police Department again.  Chief Paquette came and told Mrs. Chabot and Mr. Aldrich to not cut anymore until they know where their stakes are and until they have this meeting with the Selectboard.  Mr. Aldrich threatened Mrs. Surles with physical harm twice; there were two witnesses.

Chief Paquette told Mrs. Surles not to confront Mr. Aldrich at all. The next day they were mowing on her property again.  The Surles are going to have the surveyors come back again next week to put the pins in again and clearly marked.  Mrs. Surles wanted this to be on the record.  What does she have to do to protect her property?

Mrs. Chabot thought this meeting was to discuss where the stakes are and where the property line goes.  She knows where the line is on the Wentworth Road and then it goes into a stake that Mr. Aldrich found and put a red tag on it.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if Mrs. Chabot has a survey of her property.  Mrs. Chabot does not.  Mr. Aldrich saw the stakes.  He said all Mrs. Surles had to do was knock on his mother’s door and tell her where they were.  Mrs. Chabot only has the deed and a map given to her by the office staff.  Mrs. Pschirrer advised they share the boundary line between the two properties.  The Selectboard has no authority to settle property line disputes.  If Mr. Aldrich crosses that property line he is trespassing.  Mr. Dalessio suggested when Mr. Joe DiBernardo comes back to re-stake the property that Mr. Aldrich and Mrs. Chabot walk the line with him so they will know where it is.  They can run twine between the stakes to be sure where the line is.  Mrs. Pschirrer summarized that Mrs. Surles will give Mrs. Chabot a copy of the survey and it will be recorded.

 

NEW CIVIC GROUP:  Ms. Meghan Hughes is making a request for a new civic group, Fall Mountain Alliance, to use the Town Hall to do public presentations.  A waiver of cost and insurance is requested.  They are a non-partisan group. They plan to host a voter education event to allow voters to get acquainted with who represents them at the state level and to find out about what issues the state legislature will address in January 2018.  Ms. Joanne Andros explained they will invite elected State officials. Mrs. Pschirrer pointed out the Town has a policy for non-profit organizations to have access to the Town Hall free of charge.  Ms. Hughes said they are a local group of people; the leadership is from Walpole.  Their request is to use of the Town Hall on December 6th, 2017.

Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the request from the Fall Mountain Alliance to use the Town Hall on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017, at no charge.  The insurance coverage is waived.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $69,416.54 for checks dated October 6, 2017.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

PAYROLL:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Register for the week ending September 30, 2017, in the amount of $24,459.56 for checks dated October 6, 2017.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes for Withholding, MEDI and FICA taxes in the amount of $5,624.28 for the week ending September 30, 2017.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – September 28, 2017:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of September 28, 2017, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved. 

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – September 28, 2017:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of September 28, 2017, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

 

COMMITTEE REPORT:

The Selectboard received and reviewed minutes of the following meeting:

  • Trustees of Trust Funds – August 22, 2017.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

Landfill Closure Monitoring:   Mrs. Pschirrer reported four bids were received to do the landfill closure monitoring.  Sample gathering and reporting plus lab fees and the total were reviewed.  The Selectboard requested a note be placed on the purchase order stating the vendor is responsible to meet all Department of Environmental Services (DES), State and Federal reporting standards.

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the McKibben Environmental LLC proposal for the Landfill Closure Monitoring.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Mr. Dalessio moved to approve and sign the McKibben Environmental LLC contract.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Complete Streets Recommendation List:  Ms. Mayberry requested the Planning Board go back and officially do the Complete Streets Recommendations in a public meeting.  The Planning Board will meet again on Tuesday, October 10th.  This will be an agenda item for next week.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

Town Hall Rental:  The Saxtons River Art Guild rents the Town Hall every year.  They want to use it on October 7th and 8th, 2017 and use both floors.

Ms. Mayberry moved to waive the insurance requirement for the Saxtons River Art Guild for using the Town Hall on October 7th and 8th, 2017.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Lien Discharges:

Sewer Lien Discharge:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant the Lien Discharge for sewer usage at 40 Center Street in North Walpole.  Seconded by Mr. Dalesssio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Thank You Letters: 

YMCA:  The Selectboard acknowledged a Thank You note from the Town’s continued support of the YMCA for Camp Takodah.  They are requesting that this appropriation be included in the 2018 budget.

Community Travel Service:  Mrs. Pschirrer reported this service has drivers in Walpole and they service Walpole therefore they are asking for the Town’s continued support.

 

SAFETY COMMITTEE and PRIME Discount from Primex:  Mrs. Downing attended a Primex meeting recently.  The Town could receive an insurance discount from Primex if they meet the requirements.  Only one Safety Committee meeting was scheduled to date in April 2017.  Mr. Dalessio explained the make-up of the Safety Committee and their responsibilities. Mr. Paul Colburn was to be the first Chairman of this committee but the Chair should be rotated every six months.  There should be four quarterly meetings each year.  A Vice-Chair can be elected. Mr. Dalessio mentioned there are two important things that need to be done: 1) a full-inspection, and 2) for each area there needs to be an inspection of fire exits.  The next meeting will be scheduled by Mr. Colburn.

 

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:

Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 81-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel.  Mr. Dalessio seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with all in favor, the motion was approved at 8:01 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:18 PM.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of October 4, 2017, be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

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.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:40 PM.

 

Audit Letter:  Mrs. Pschirrer would like to find a time when they can meet with Mr. Kreissle and Mr. Goins to discuss the audit letters.  There are some things to do that are not difficult.  Mr. Dalessio suggested meeting on Thursday, October 26, 2017, at 5:30 PM.  Mrs. Pschirrer will let Mr. Kreissle and Mr. Goins know this meeting has been scheduled.

 

Joint Meeting:  Mr. Edkins from the Town of Charlestown has not yet confirmed the meeting date and time for the Selectboards from the five towns to have a Joint Meeting to discuss the proposed Fall Mountain Region School District budget.

 

Next Selectboard Meeting:  The next Selectboard meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 11th at 8:00 am.  There will be no public discussion.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:55 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 9/26/17

TOWN OF WALPOLE

MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD

SEPTEMBER 28, 2017

 

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this Selectboard meeting to order at 6:30 PM in the Walpole Town Hall.  She advised that this meeting is being recorded and asked anyone wishing to speak to identify themselves for the record.  There was one member of the public in attendance.

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $67,326.01, for checks dated September 29, 2017.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

PAYROLL:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Register for the week ending September 23, 2017 in the amount of $23,800.16 for checks dated September 29, 2017.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes for Withholding, MEDI and FICA taxes in the amount of $5,141.28 for the week ending September 23, 2017.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – September 21, 2017:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of September 21, 2017, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION #1 – September 21, 2017:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session #1 of September 21, 2017, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION #2 – September 21, 2017:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session #2 of September 21, 2017, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

STAFF MEETING MINUTES – September 21, 2017: Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Staff Meeting of September 21, 2017, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard received and reviewed minutes of the following meetings:

  • North Walpole Village District Commissioners – September 19, 2017;
  • Walpole Planning Board Workshop Session – September 26, 2017. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio attended this Workshop.

 

BUILDING PERMITS:

WALPOLE HOMEMADE CHOCOLATES, LLC, 35 Main Street, Map and Lot #020-080-000: 

Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Building Permit No. 2017-33 for Walpole Homemade Chocolates, LLC to add an “8’ x 6’ Covered Porch Entrance” at 35 Main Street.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

ROBERT and MARILY COHEN, 223 Watkins Hill Road, Map and Lot #005-055-000:

Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Building Permit No. 2017-36 for Robert and Marilyn Cohen to add a “22’ x 36’ New Kitchen, Laundry & Sitting Room Addition” at 223 Watkins Hill Road.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

RENEWAL, AT & T, 88 Scovill Road, Map and Lot #003-082-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant a Renewal of Building Permit No. 2016-36 for the University of New Hampshire, AT & T to “Upgrade existing facility per prior permit #2016-36” at 88 Scovill Road.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

PUBLIC BUSINESS:

BRUCE LaBELLEMr. LaBelle lives on County Road and was concerned as he had not heard anything about his appeal. Mrs. Pschirrer advised the Selectboard Office was trying to reach him by phone to schedule a hearing but he was not responding.  Mr. LaBelle was having a problem with his phone messages.  Mrs. Loren Martin from Avitar Associates is required to attend.  Mrs. Pschirrer recommended trying to have Mrs. Martin attend this hearing on October 19th or October 26th.  The response to the State is due November 4th.

RECREATION REVOLVING FUND REQUEST – Volley Ball Net – North Walpole Park:  Mr. Bill Gallagher and Mr. Don Provencher came into the meeting.  Mr. Gallagher had talked with Ms. Mayberry about security with the North Walpole Park.  They had talked about lighting for the “subway” area as it is very dark there so there have been some issues.  Ms. Mayberry noted this concern is shared with Police Chief Paquette.  Mr. Dalessio mentioned when the request for a volley ball net came in he remembered that in the past nets had been cut down and poles broken.  Mr. Gallagher explained this time they were looking at sturdy galvanized poles and the net itself would be removal so it could be stored somewhere else.  As a group they felt this would work.  Mr. Provencher mentioned more adult people are visiting the park; there is a bench and picnic table.  Younger children are coming in with their parents.  Mrs. Pschirrer heard that Mrs. Nancy Shepard had ordered 50 daffodil bulbs; some to be planted in the North Walpole Park and some will be for the Town Village area.  Mr. Gallagher feels lighting in that “subway” area will be a help.  They would also like to have that area cleaned-out; they do not want the building to become deteriorated therefore they will paint it.  They would also like to set up a camera and have talked to Chief Paquette about this.  Mrs. Pschirrer suggested they talk to Mr. Mark Houghton to see if the wires to the pole are viable.  They can also talk to Mr. Mike Rau to see if the Highway Department would clean-out the area near the “subway”.  Ms. Mayberry asked about storage for the net.  Mr. Dalessio noted Chief Paquette had suggested a secured job box with a lock on it in the park.  Mr. Gallagher mentioned they are trying to recruit more help.  Moving forward they are talking about a horseshoe pit and a small sand box area for young children.

Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the purchase of the volley ball net and poles in the amount of $1,238.10 to be taken out of the Recreation Department Revolving Fund.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Mr. Gallagher stated they have to keep moving forward so people see the progress.  They thanked Ms. Mayberry for getting the bike racks for them.

 

ABATEMENT – PROPERTY TAX:

MAP and LOT #013-035-000:  The owners of Map and Lot #013-035-000 reached an agreement with Avitar Associates at an assessment meeting during the week of September 12th.  The property owner will sign off on the Board of Tax and Land Appeals form if the Selectboard agrees to the new assessment.  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant the Abatement of $302.20.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE ADMINISTRATION FORM:

MS-1:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve and sign the MS-1 form, Summary Inventory of Valuation.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

Westberg PropertyMrs. Pschirrer received a note with recommendations from Mr. J.B. Mack at Southwest Region Planning Commission; she responded to his note.

Letter to Andrew Lewis:  Mr. Dalessio moved to approve and sign the letter to Mr. Andrew Lewis regarding his assessment.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Letter to Fred Ernst:  Mr. Dalessio moved to approve and sign the letter to Mr. Fred Ernst regarding the moving of parking lines on Westminster Street.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

WRAP Appointment:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the appointment of Mr. Paul Happ to fill a vacancy on the WRAP Committee.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Cemetery Deed – Lot #D505:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the sale of Cemetery Deed D505 to Mr. William Therrien and heirs.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Cheshire County Tax Assessment:   The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the letter from the Cheshire County Treasurer advising that Walpole’s portion of the County Tax Assessment is $1,483,424.00 to be paid on or before December 18, 2017. The late penalty is 10% per annum and will be strictly enforced.

Walpole Site Based Committee Letter:  A letter was received from the Walpole School Site Based Committee regarding a “Proposed Regional Middle School”.  Ms. Mayberry reported the FMRSD Board has taken no action.

CT River Bank Erosion Issue:  Mrs. Downing received a call from Mr. Preston Young in Governor Sununu’s office today regarding the John Foster property on Marshall Street and the potential problem of increased bank erosion along the Connecticut River north of the Residential area of North Walpole due to the Route 12 project.  Mrs. Downing forwarded this information to the North Walpole Village Commissioners.  An email was received from Mr. Gregg Comstock at the Department of Environmental Services regarding Draft 401 Certification for NH DOT Route 12 Reconstruction Project. Written comments are being accepted.  Mrs. Downing was asked to forward this information to Mr. Foster, Mr. Powers and Mr. Polselli.

Complete Streets Recommendations:  An email was received from Mrs. Marilou Blaine regarding the Planning Board’s recommendations regarding the Complete Streets project.  The Selectboard agreed that the Planning Board should bring this discussion on recommendations before a Public Hearing. People should know what is being decided on in the Town.  Mrs. Pschirrer clarified that the ownership of the gas station is not changing hands.  The owner will be only changing the supplier of the gas.  Ms. Mayberry will respond to Mrs. Blaine.

Thank You Letters:  Two Thank You notes were received.  The Monadnock Conservancy thanked the Selectboard for all their support and guidance for their Annual Celebration event on Saturday, September 16th.  It was a huge success.  A Thank You letter was received from the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock for their recent gift from the Town of Walpole in memory of Elizabeth “Betty” M. Snide.

Department of Revenue Administration TrainingsMrs. Pschirrer is planning to attend the DRA Current Use training.  Mrs. Jodi Daigle will go to the Exemption and Timber Tax training in Keene.  Mrs. Downing would like to attend the Exemptions training in Bradford.  Mrs. Pschirrer mentioned each one costs $10.00.  Mr. Dalessio plans to attend the NH Municipal Association Annual Conference on November 15th and 16th in Manchester.  Mrs. Pschirrer will also attend.                       

ACH Payment:  Mrs. Pschirrer advised there is an agreement with the Savings Bank of Walpole that needs to be signed by her and Mr. Tom Goins.  It is to handle the credit card.

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the ACH Payment Agreement at the Savings Bank of Walpole to accept credit cards and to authorize Mrs. Pschirrer to sign the form.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD MEETING:  Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard meeting pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel, (b) Hiring, (c) Reputations and (e) Pending Claims or Litigation.  Mr. Dalessio seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:48 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:25 PM.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of September 28, 2017, be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

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.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 8:26 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:34 PM.

 

  

OTHER BUSINESS:

Boy Scouts Mr. Dalessio mentioned the Boy Scouts are going to be in need of service projects.  They need a specified number of service hours for programs.

Reservoir Dam:  Mr. Dalessio was at the Reservoir Dam and thought it was very well maintained.  Mrs. Pschirrer mentioned Mr. Mark Houghton is in charge of the dam and there is someone who goes there to cut brush, mow the lawn, etc.  Mr. Mark Houghton was told to go ahead and hire someone to have some additional work done as the Walpole Conservation Commission agreed to pay for it.  He just needs to organize it.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting adjourned at 8:40 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 9/21/17

TOWN OF WALPOLE

MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD

SEPTEMBER 21, 2017

 

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

 

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this Selectboard meeting to order at 6:30 PM in the Walpole Town Hall.  She advised that this meeting is being recorded and asked anyone wishing to speak to identify themselves for the record.  There were five members of the public in attendance.

 

PUBLIC BUSINESS:

PAUL McGUIRK:   Mr. McGuirk was present at this meeting with questions regarding his new assessment especially on his land on County Road. He did some research.  The valuation on his land alone went up 31%.  Is that average or high compared to the whole town?  His residence went down approximately $100.00.  He does not feel the letter from Avitar Associates is clear.  He asked for the listing of the new assessments mentioned in the letter as he does not have a computer.  He would like to compare some of his neighbor’s property values to his.  Mrs. Pschirrer replied the Town does not yet have that complete listing; she did have a copy of his new tax card.  Mr. McGuirk noted the letter does not tell the residents if they did not have any satisfaction after they made the appeal, they could make an appointment to meet with the Selectboard members.  Mrs. Pschirrer pointed out the Selectboard usually has property owners appeal directly to Avitar.  When Mr. McGuirk met with the Avitar representative he asked Mr. McGuirk if he could get the price of his appraisal if he were to sell the property.  What bothers Mr. McGuirk is the assessments on commercial land.  He checked on three properties he had looked at five years ago, in addition to looking into properties in the Tractor Supply area; residential and commercial.  He does not yet have the new assessments.  Residential property turns over faster than commercial property.  Mrs. Pschirrer noted with this assessment a lot of land value went up yet the assessment on a house either stayed the same or went down.  She heard one answer; a lot of land was sold in Town so that is how they compared values.  Mr. McGuirk stated a property owner can appeal to the Selectboard, then to the Board of Tax and Land Appeals and, if necessary, to the Superior Court but that is expensive.  Mrs. Pschirrer explained an appeal goes to Avitar. It then comes back to the Selectboard to either approve or deny their recommendation.  Mrs. Downing advised the list of the new assessments will arrive in the office next Wednesday.  Mrs. Pschirrer summarized that the Selectboard cannot answer all his questions tonight but they will do their homework and research and get back to Mr. McGuirk.

 

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:

Mr. Dalessio moved to recess this Selectboard meeting.  The Selectboard will enter into a meeting as the Hooper Trustees.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 6:44 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 6:59 PM.

 

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 and (c) Reputations.  Mr. Dalessio seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:00 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:42 PM.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session #1 of September 21, 2017, will be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $562,378.21 for checks dated September 22, 2017.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

The above amount includes a monthly payment in the amount of $535,300.00 to the Fall Mountain Region School District.

 

PAYROLL:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Register for the week ending September 16, 2017 in the amount of $21,739.45 for checks dated September 22, 2017.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes for Withholding, MEDI and FICA taxes in the amount of $4,624,53 for the week ending September 16, 2017.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – September 14, 2017:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of September 14, 2017, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – September 14, 2017:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of September 14, 2017, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meetings:

  • Planning Board – September 12, 2017;
  • Cemetery Trustees – September 9, 2017;
  • North Walpole Village District Commissioners – August 29, 2017;
  • North Walpole Village District Commissioners – September 12, 2017
  • Hooper Institute Committee – September 12, 2017.

 

BUILDING PERMITS:

Walpole Handmade Chocolates, LLC – 35 Main Street, Map and Lot #020-080-000:

Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Building Permit No. 2017-33 for Walpole Handmade Chocolates, LLC to add a “8’ x 6’ Covered Porch Entrance” at 35 Main Street.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Mr. Dalessio advised when a contractor comes in for a Building Permit the Selectboard still need a letter from the property owner. This Building Permit was made out for Burdicks however they no longer own this building; it is Walpole Homemade Chocolates, LLC.  Mr. Dalessio recommended the owner re-do this application.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved the Selectboard rescind their previous motion to approve Building Permit No. 2017-33.  This building is no longer owned by Burdicks.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Tom and Cheryl Patty, 124 Upper Walpole, Map and Lot #012-047-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Building Permit No. 2017-34 for Tom and Cheryl Patty to “add a “16’ x 18’ Bedroom Addition” at 124 Upper Valley Road, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Donna and Edward Karmen, 232 Upper Walpole Road, Map and Lot #012-031-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Building Permit #2017-35 for Donna and Edward Karmen to add a “36’ x 26’4” 1st and 2nd Floor Addition” at 232 Upper Walpole Road, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

CURRENT USE:

Map and Lot #001-016-000: Ms. Mayberry moved to approve and sign the Land Use Change Tax for Map and Lot #001-016-000 as requested.  Reclaimed land is being moved back into Current Use.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

NOTICE OF INTENT TO CUT WOOD OR TIMBER:

Gowdy Living Trust, Old Drewsville Road, Map and Lot #001-016-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Notice of Intent to Cut Wood or Timber for the Gowdy Living Trust, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Lane Construction Co., Access through Westmoreland, Map and Lot #003-002-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Notice of Intent to Cut Wood or Timber for Lane Construction Company, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

Westberg Property:  Mrs. Pschirrer reported today is the day Southwest Region Planning Commission wanted the Selectboard to give them a decision on the Westberg property as they are holding money for this Walpole project.  Mr. Mike McClosky expected the DES would begin their sampling today.  It will be October 6th before they have test results.  The next meeting of the Brownfields Committee is on November 21st.  The Selectboard have to let them know as soon as possible if they want to move forward with Phase I. Everyone agrees they will not be able to complete everything in order to apply for the November round of grants.  It would be in the Town’s best interest for the Selectboard to advise they want to proceed with Phase I and have the SWRPC hold the funds but not start Phase I until the middle of winter. In the meantime Mrs. Pschirrer communicated with the executor of the Westberg estate.  Mr. Dalessio feels they should go ahead with Phase I with the understanding that we have no obligation to take the property.  Ms. Mayberry said if they have time to get the sampling results then she is okay with moving forward.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to continue to pursue acquisition of the Westberg Central Plating property from the Westberg Estate and request funding from Southwest Region Planning Commission for funding Phase I with the understanding that the Town expects liability protection from the federal government and the State of New Hampshire.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Dalessio and Ms. Mayberry in favor, the motion was approved.

Mr. Dalessio would like to know if the Town can still hold Westberg Estate liable for this. Mrs. Pschirrer said it is a good question to ask Attorney HockensmithMrs. Pschirrer will send this motion to Mr. J.B. Mack at SWRPC.

Letter to Andrew Lewis:  Acknowledgement was made of the letter from Mr. Andrew Lewis.  His property is on Blackjack Crossing and he is concerned with the assessment on his property but does not want to enter into an appeal process.  He hopes the Selectboard will intervene with Avitar Associates.  Mrs. Downing was asked to contact Avitar Associates to ask for a letter as to why the land portions have gone up so much.  It is the Town’s common complaint.  It will be nice to have the answer in writing.

Recreation Revolving Fund Request – Volley Ball Net:  Ms. Mayberry would like to table the Recreation request for a volley ball net for North Walpole as Mr. Gallagher will come to the Selectboard meeting next week to talk about the park.  They are all concerned about the vandalism.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

Governor’s Advisory Commission on Intermodal Transportation (GACIT):  Mrs. Pschirrer attended this Public Hearing; it was an interesting hearing on the 10-year Plan starting 2019.  Mr. Dalessio mentioned there is an article in the Keene Sentinel on the Vilas Bridge.    

Water and Sewer Receipts to Date: Water and Sewer collections continue and the delinquent amount continues to be reduced each week.

Recreation Revolving Fund Request:  A request was received from Mr. Justin Cassarino and the Recreation Committee to purchase soccer uniforms for the players ages 4-11.  They will be purchasing their items through Grizzly Graphix.  The total cost is $1,260.50.

Mr. Dalessio moved to approve this request by the Recreation Committee to purchase soccer uniforms for the amount of $1,260.50 from their Revolving Fund.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

A-5 Land Use Change Tax Form:

Mr. Dalessio moved to sign the A-5 Land Use Change Tax Form which goes back to 2015 as requested by Mrs. Smith.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.  Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer signed the document.  Ms. Mayberry abstained from the vote as it was prior to her being a Selectboard member.

Health Trust HRA and FSA Option: The Selectboard received a letter from the Health Trust regarding their introduction of “HealthTrust Benefit Advantage”.  Mrs. Pschirrer would like to have the HealthTrust representative, Teresa Williams, schedule a meeting to talk with the Selectboard.

Calendar:  Mr. Dalessio suggested having a calendar posted with all the dates and deadlines for end of the year 2017 and start of 2018.  The dates are needed when various documents need to be in.  Mrs. Downing was asked to print one to share with the Selectboad and Mr. Kreissle.

Parking on Westminster Street:  An email was received from Mr. Fred Ernst who lives on Westminster Street. There is marked parking with lines on both sides of the street.  There is no parking space directly across from Mr. Ernst’s driveway because of the fire hydrant.  Mr. Ernst would like the Town to remove all the parking spaces on the opposite side of the street from his driveway.  Mrs. Pschirrer will write him a note to advise the Selectboard declined his request.

Conservation Commission Recording Secretary: The Conservation Commission will need a new Recording Secretary due to the resignation of Regina Borden.  This will be advertised and posted.

 

NON-PUBLIC SESSION #2:

Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session #2 pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 to discuss (c) Reputations.  Mr. Dalessio seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 8:35 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:48 PM.

Mr. Dalessio moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session #2 of September 21, 2017, be sealed.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Commonwealth Property in North WalpoleMs. Mayberry clarified some on-going issues with the new building on the Commonwealth property in North Walpole following the Walpole Planning Board meeting.  She encouraged the Commissioners to have either Mr. John Foster or one of the Commissioners attend these Planning Board meetings when a property in North Walpole is on the agenda.  Therefore, she asked that copies of agendas and minutes be forwarded to the North Walpole Commissioners.

Mr. Dalessio recommended that copies of agendas and minutes be forwarded to all elected officials; there should be a distribution list.

 

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:

Mr. Dalessio moved to recess this Selectboard meeting.  The Selectboard will enter into a meeting as the Hooper Trustees.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 8:54 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 9:03 PM.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 9:05 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Town of Walpole Staff Meeting – 9/21/17

TOWN OF WALPOLE

STAFF MEETING

SEPTEMBER 21, 2017

 

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

Also Present:                Sarah Downing (Manager of Administration); Rich Kreissle (Manager of Finance); Police Chief Michael Paquette (Police Department), Michael Rau (Highway Department), Paul Colburn (Recycling Center), Sandra Smith (Town Clerk / Tax Collector), Rebecca Whippie (Hooper Institute)

Call to Order:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this Staff meeting to order at 5:00 PM in the Walpole Town Hall.  She advised this meeting is being recorded.  Justine Fafara and Justin Cassarino were not present.

 

Mrs. Pschirrer thanked Mrs. Downing for organizing the picnic for employees, volunteers and their families.  It was terrific.  She thanked everybody for the desserts and thanked those who stayed to help clean-up.

Mrs. Pschirrer thanked the Department Heads for turning in their budgets.  The Selectboard will contact the Department Heads to arrange a date and time for them to meet.  The Department Heads received a reminder that no matter how small or insignificant an injury is it must be reported immediately otherwise the Town could get a fine for late reporting.  Even if the injury never goes anywhere report it to Mrs. Downing so she can give the State first notice.  If something develops later on we made the report.  It is a safety issue.

Mrs. Pschirrer mentioned any time they are filling out a time sheet; make sure the employee initials any corrections.  The Town also had a fine for that.  Mr. Dalessio said to be sure to put AM or PM on the time shifts.  This is very important.  Mrs. Pschirrer said when any of the above issues leads to fines, the Selectboard brings it to the Department Head’s attention.

 

Town Clerk/Tax CollectorMrs. Smith reported they collected $76,659.37 in property taxes.  They received lots of calls regarding the reassessment and referred some to Mrs. Downing.

Mrs. Smith attended the annual Town and City Clerks Association meeting held in North Conway.  They always learn something new and net working with the other clerks is always interesting.

The Motor Vehicle department will be closed October 6th and plan to be up and running on Wednesday, October 11th.  They will be installing a new version of their software called VISION.  During this period no one in the State will be able to register their vehicles.  The Town Clerk/Town Collector’s office will be open normal hours as they can collect taxes and process vital records and answer questions.  They will also be working on their files.

They collected $65,376.50 in town clerk receipts.  Of this amount, dogs accounted for $240.50.  Meghan is still sending letters and telephoning and bringing in results!

They will go to the One check system on October 2nd.  Customers will write one check instead of two checks.  In a few weeks they should be able to accept credit cards.  The customer will be paying the convenience fee of 2.95% if they use their credit card.  There will be no cost to the Town.  Mr. Kreissle and she have spent hours working on this project.

They collected $445.00 in Marriage license fees—of this amount the Town gets to keep $84.00.  This takes lots of time with little income.

 

Highway Department:  Mr. Rau advised that eleven (11) miles of roads were paved.  They still have some money left over so he hopes to do some shimming on the roads to help get them through the winter.  They tried to do some work on low shoulders/dips alongside the roads.  Chesterfield and Alstead helped them with paving.  It is good to work with other towns.  Mrs. Pschirrer said the cooperation is good. They just have a few more roads to do and they will have been around the entire town once doing roadside mowing.  The department has also done the following:

  • Cold patching;
  • Serviced the trucks and equipment;
  • Took care of trash cans;
  • Road sweeping
  • Picked up ash at the Recycling Center;
  • Helped with trucking for Chesterfield, paving;
  • Helped Alstead with trucking, gravel;
  • The pool cover is on the pool;
  • Trees in the roads;
  • Truck inspections;
  • Fixed Truck #4 – Hydraulic hose;
  • Fixed mower – hydraulic hose and brackets;
  • Set up and took away tables and chairs for the cookout;
  • Put up school bus signs.

Mr. Rau mentioned the department is moving along.  It was a busy summer.  They got the majority of projects done.  Mrs. Pschirrer said the fall season is arriving quickly.  Mr. Rau said they will be ready by October 15th.

 

Hooper InstituteMs. Rebecca Whippie reported they got off to a great start with the new school year.  It was a rainy summer; the gardens are growing well.

Mrs. Eloise Clark is working with:

Fifth Grade – Insects;

Sixth Grade – Botany and planting.

Ms. Rebecca Whippie is working with:

Pre-K – Getting to know the young students; they should be ready to go outside next week.

Kindergarten to the Fourth Grade – Working in the garden and doing outside observations;

Water and tasks in the garden;

First Grade – Planting seeds, saving seeds and doing apple exploration;

Second Grade – Soils;

Third Grade – Photosynthesis – Trees;

Fourth Grade – Conservation programs for protected wildflowers, squash plants and drawing                 w/labels; Kale seed saving and apples.  The students keep eating the kale.

Different classes have tasted: blueberries, mint, chives, green beans, kale, rhubarb cake, orange-cherry tomatoes. There are more things to harvest but things are still growing.

Community Gardens – produce has regularly been delivered to the local food shelf and/or Keene Community Kitchen.

 

Manager of FinanceMr. Kreissle is still working on the budget.  He will start training Mrs. Jodi Daigle on payroll work next week.  Mrs. Pschirrer talked to Mr. Kreissle about the fact that not much was spent out of Warrant Article for municipal buildings. It seems like a lot of it is for the Library.  Chief Paquette will be using about $4,000 to finish some work.  Mrs. Pschirrer hopes the Department Heads will think of future repairs so they can put together another Warrant Article for repairs to their buildings.  Mr. Dalessio mentioned the Selectboard might consider encumbering some money left over; it might be $20,000.

 

Walpole LibraryMrs. Justine Fafara was unable to attend this meeting but submitted the following report dated September 20th:

August 2016 Stats:                                           August 2017 Stats:

25 Days Open                                                  25 Days Open

1789 People                                                     1614 People

2420 Circ                                                         2248 Circ

34 Programs                                                     26 Programs

186 Kids                                                          129 Kids

2 Teens                                                                        11 Teens

159 Adults                                                       132 Adults

April 2016 Avg: 72 ppl & 97 circ per day       April 2017 Avg: 65 ppl & 90 circ per day

10 People per program                                     10 people per program

The new lighting is in and looks great!  That was the last of their warrant article projects.

Michael from Quality Computer Services in Alstead came and did some re-wiring and troubleshooting for them.  Everything is working wonderfully now and all the wires and routers are organized in a cabinet under her desk.

  • Fafara went to the Children’s Book Preview at the State Library on the 11th.
  • She is going to New England Library Association Conference on October 22nd-24th.
  • Friends are collecting books for the book sale until October 12th. The sale is the 27th-29th.
  • The Stuffed Animal Slumber Party is this weekend, the 22nd and 23rd. The children bring in their favorite stuffed animals and leave them overnight.  Pictures are taken.  The children come back the next day to pick up their animals.

North Walpole Stats:

July 2016                                                         July 2017

194 circ                                                                       273 circ

3 computer use                                                            7 computer use

62 patrons                                                        84 patrons

29 hours                                                          31 hours

 

August 2016                                                    August 2017

198 circ                                                                       250 circ

3 computer use                                                            7 computer use

64 patrons                                                        62 patrons

32 hours open                                                  32 hours open.

 

Recycling CenterMr. Paul Colburn explained the figures in his “3 Year Comparison to Recyclables” and “Daily Weight Report and 3 Year to Date Comparison” reports.  The Recycling Center is right on track with Revenues; the markets are up at this point.  There was a good showing on recyclables for August; 122-123 tons over the year than forecast.  The big items are cardboard and mixed paper.  C and D is unpredictable month-to-month.  Their budgeted figure for the year is $166,350.00 and as of September 20th the actual figure is $126,263.75. Two loads of wood were brought in.  Fall Mountain Region School District came in with four loads of paper and other miscellaneous items.  They are changing over for the season.  A new volunteer, Mr. Paul Happ, is helping out with the web-site and volunteer program.  The wood program is going well.  Last Wednesday Mr. Colburn spoke to the Walpole Seniors and they gave him a check for $25.00 that will be in next month’s receipts.  He enjoyed visiting with them.

 

Police Department:  Police Chief Michael Paquette provided the following report from August 16, 2017 through September 15, 2017.  The total number of calls for service was 354.

  • Public Safety Calls:

Emergency Calls -37                Administration – 52                 Citizen Assists – 63

  • Motor Vehicle Calls:

Accidents – 17                         MV Stops – 75                         Traffic Safety – 19

  • Criminal Investigations:

Drugs/Alcohol – 25        Crimes Against a Person – 49     Crimes Against Property -22

 

The Motor Vehicle grants will be up at the end of this month for DUI, Distracted Driver and radar enforcement.  They are working to finish these up.  They hope to get more grants.  He will know in November if the department received a 50-50 match for equipment.  Detective Bromley and Officer Gosetti went to a training class for acquiring evidence at the scene.  He has some employment ads in the Upper Valley News, Keene Sentinel and on-line.  They anticipate having a test at the end of October.  In October the Child Advocacy Center, through the State, is having a fundraiser.  Law enforcement officers will grow beards and put in $30-to-$40 to bring awareness of the Center.  Sgt. Justin Sanctuary was promoted to Lieutenant in September.  He is very qualified and well deserving of this.  The Police Department purchased 200 Halloween bags with some treats and wrist bands that glow in the dark for the children.  These bags will be given out on Drug Take Back day, October 28th at both the Police Department and Fire Department.  The bags not given out on Drug Take Back Day will be brought to the Village to be given out to the children.  Drug Take Back Day has been advertised in the Clarion and put on their Facebook page.  There were car break-ins in North Walpole; some property was recovered.  This is the time of the year the officers have to finish up their training as mandated by the State.  Chief Paquette does not yet know if a Halloween Pumpkin Fest event will occur in Keene. Most Walpole officers were trained in riot control.

 

Selectboard Office:  Mrs. Downing submitted the following report dated September 21, 2017.

Assessing Update:

  • Notice of Preliminary Assessment letters were mailed to property owners by Avitar Associates on August 28, 2017. The letters included an online address to view and download draft property cards.  The Selectboard Office printed cards for those property owners who had difficulties accessing property card information.
  • Included in the notice was a phone number and a date range for making an appointment to meet with the Avitar assessors. These meetings were held at the Town Hall on Sept. 13th and 14th.  Avitar had multiple assessors present. There was high interest from property owners to meet with or submit written letters to Avitar regarding their property assessments.  Most land values went up.
  • Department of Revenue (DRA) appraisers were present on Sept. 14th to conduct exit interviews after property owners met with an Avitar assessor. DRA appraisers have been also involved in field work involving recent property sales and random sample appraisals to compare their findings with assessments completed by Avitar.
  • The MS-1 report which sets the total valuation for the Town of Walpole will be submitted on or before Sept. 29th. The Selectboard will sign this report next week.

Water and Sewer:

  • Demand of Payment Notices for accounts that are over 90 days overdue were mailed on 8/14/17.
  • Increased collections have been occurring due to consistent and frequent communication with users. Continual follow-up is planned so that delinquent accounts will become current.
  • Prep for October meter reads is occurring. Meter reading are planned to start during the first week of October.  Billing is to follow for the middle to latter portion of October with bills being due before the end of November.
  • The October dated water and sewer invoice will cover a 4-month interval (June, July, August and September). The next billing will be for a 3-month and will be the first quarterly bill for 2018.  The hope is because the quarterly bill will be a smaller bill that people will pay quicker.

Town Hall Facilities and Technology Updates:

  • The Town Hall entrance steps continue to be cleaned, spot repaired and sealed.
  • Exterior signs are to be installed next week. This will be helpful for upcoming October weddings.  Visitors may not know where the Town Hall is located.
  • The cleaning out of basement continues with several no-longer-needed items being moved out over the past month. The first shipment of paper documents to the commercial shredding company will start next week.  More sorting and cleaning out of documents is planned for several storage areas in the basement.
  • New laptops for the Selectboard Recording Secretary and the Highway department have been purchased. A new laptop for the Recycling Department is being ordered.  A new desktop for Selectboard Office has been delivered and installed.  All new machines will be using Office365 which will maintain the most current version of the software and to reduce the risk of cyberattacks.

Save the Dates:

  • Friday, October 20th will be a Health Trust Benefits presentation from 1-2pm to all full-time Town employees. Mandatory attendance is required for this employee group.
  • Friday, November 3rd from 1-2pm is the annual Harassment Awareness Training for all Town of Walpole employees. Attendance is mandatory.  If an employee cannot attend this training a certificate of attendance for an online course or training with another group can be submitted.

 

Recreation DepartmentMr. Justin Cassarino was unable to attend this meeting but submitted the following report dated September 21, 2017.

Pool:

  • Highway Department will be putting the cover on (Thanks Mike);
  • Trash was picked up (Thank you Paul).

Soccer:

  • 115 participants;
  • Purchased all new equipment for the program;
  • Games started this week;
  • Entering four teams into the Walpole Elementary School tournament on September 30th.

Other:

  • Their Smoke Free signs still need to be put up at the pool house, Stone Church field, and North Walpole Park.
  • Informed the North Walpole Park committee that their request is on-hold and Cheryl Mayberry will meet with them.

 

 

Adjournment:  Mrs. Pschirrer closed this Staff Meeting at 6:00 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

 

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 9/14/17

TOWN OF WALPOLE

MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD

SEPTEMBER 14, 2017

 

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this Selectboard meeting to order at 6:30 PM in the Walpole Town Hall.  She advised that this meeting is being recorded and asked anyone wishing to speak to identify themselves for the record.  There were three members of the public in attendance.

 

PUBLIC BUSINESS:

TAXATION OF SOLAR PANELS and ARRAYS:  Mr. Bob Anderson and Mr. Ernie Vose were present to discuss the new Taxation of Solar Panels and Arrays assessment.  Mr. Anderson was surprised to see this new assessment on his new property tax bill.  When both he and Mr. Vose started their solar arrays in 2015 they were told there would be no charge.  Mr. Vose mentioned most towns in the State have no tax on solar systems.  Mr. Anderson talked with an Avitar representative today who explained they have now figured out to assess them.  The assessment is based on the number of panels.  Mrs. Pschirrer pointed out in 2008 there was Article 20 and Article 21 on the Warrant by Petition relative to “exemption from taxation for the full value of Solar Powered Energy System Improvements”; it was amended on the floor by Jill Robinson to $10,000.00 but both Articles were defeated by the voters.  That was almost ten years ago, so voters may have changed their minds.  Mr. Vose said solar panels can be moved by truck; they can be sold and/or moved to another property.  Avitar had said they would not assess the solar arrays but now they are.  Mr. Dalessio suggested they submit their request for the exemption by a petition.  They can pay their property tax bills and file for an abatement.  Mr. Anderson explained a solar array has a long pay-back; he described his financial investment and how long it takes to recover their costs.  He distributed copies a “Solar Panel Assessment Methodology” and explained the some real/some fictitious figures on the document.  The panels lose their efficiency over time.  Mrs. Pschirrer summarized that the Selectboard will talk to Avitar Associates about this as well as other matters that have been brought to their attention. However, Mr. Anderson and Mr. Vose should consider either submitting a petition or warrant article.

 

NICHOLAS POLSELLIMr. Polselli lives in the log home on the river side of Route 12 in North Walpole.  He provided some history on bank erosion that includes his property going back to 1996.  When he received his recent property tax bill, the assessment increased by $11,900.00 and he feels this is excessive given the bank erosion of his property and up-coming road construction project on Route 12.  Mrs. Pschirrer advised his assessment on the dwelling went down but the land value went up. She recommended he should pay his property tax bill but apply for an abatement between January and March 2018.  The Selectboard will discuss this parcel assessment with Avitar Associates.

 

PETER GRAVESMr. Graves asked about the process to change a name on a property tax bill.  Mrs. Downing will look at the Cheshire County records and then contact Mr. Graves with the existing name on the Deed.

The Selectboard and Mr. Graves, County Commissioner, talked about the next county bill.  Mr. Graves noted the Town of Walpole pays more per person than some other towns.  The County Commissioners have not yet set the budget for next year but are trying not to increase the taxation because of the bond issue for Maplewood.  The county has about 480 employees.  The Selectboard expressed concern with their taxes.  Mr. Dalessio asked if Mr. Graves had talked to the County Sheriff about having them transport juveniles back-and-forth to court.  Mr. Graves replied the Sheriff said they do it when they are available. However they do not work after hours or week-ends.  Mr. Dalessio advised the police have to meet the court time lines.  Mr. Graves mentioned that County business is running smooth.

There was discussion relative to paving the roads in Walpole.  Mr. Graves mentioned Cold River Materials is located in Walpole and pays property taxes yet the Town chose to go with a company outside the Town.  Mrs. Pschirrer pointed out the Town looks at paving product and prices every year.  A representative from Cold River Materials attended a meeting when this was discussed.  The Town tries to do ten miles each year.  They do not want to re-pave the roads too often so they look for the best product at the best price.

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $80,625.55 for checks dated September 15, 2017.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

PAYROLL:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Register for the week ending September 9, 2017 in the amount of $36,005.18 for checks dated September 15, 2017.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes for Withholding, MEDI and FICA taxes in the amount of $10.609.96 for the week ending September 9, 2017.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – September 7, 2017:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of September 7, 2017, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – September 7, 2017:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of September 7, 2017, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meeting:

  • Walpole Conservation Commission – August 7, 2017:

 

OLD BUSINESS:

State of New Hampshire Department of Labor – Inspector Report, Youth Only:  Mrs. Pschirrer reported the Town was cited by the Labor Department for record keeping for youth this summer.

Mr. Dalessio moved to pay the $250.00 penalty and not appeal the NH Department of Labor decision.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Mr. Dalessio moved that this penalty in the amount of $250.00 be taken out of the Hooper Trust.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Recreation Revolving Fund Request – Volley Ball Net:  Ms. Mayberry requested this be carried over until the next Selectboard meeting as she has not yet had an opportunity to talk to the North Walpole Commissioners.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

Cemetery Deed – Sale of Lot D453:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Cemetery Deed for Lot #D453 to Patricia Lawlor.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Laptop Computer:  Ms. Mayberry moved to sign the purchase order for the laptop from TrueNorth for the Recycling Center.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests – Map 6, Lot 24 Land Question:  Mrs. Pschirrer acknowledged receipt of a letter from the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests as they are working with the owner of this property to evaluate conservation options.

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests request that the Town does not have any knowledge of this property having solid or hazardous materials on it.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:  Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel and (e) Pending Claims or Litigation.  Mr. Dalessio seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:48 PM.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of September 14, 2017, be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:

Mr. Dalessio moved to recess this Selectboard meeting.  The Selectboard will enter into a meeting as the Hooper Trustees.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 8:06 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:09 PM

 

ADJOURNMENT:

Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:10 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 9/7/17

TOWN OF WALPOLE

MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD

SEPTEMBER 7, 2017

 

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this Selectboard meeting to order at 6:30 PM in the Walpole Town Hall.  She advised that this meeting is being recorded and asked anyone wishing to speak to identify themselves for the record.  There were four members of the public in attendance.

 

PUBLIC BUSINESS:

WESTBERG PROPERTYMr. Mike McCluskey, Process Coordinator with the Department of Environmental Services Brownfields Program, and Mr. J.B. Mack, Southwest Region Planning Commission, were present to provide a progress report on the Westberg property.  Many towns have come to similar circumstances whereby if the town does not do anything to clean-up a property no one else will do it. The Town of Walpole would like to use the Westberg property for additional parking in the Village.  Ransom Consulting has been doing a lot of testing.  Mr. McCluskey wants to be sure all the data is being communicated to the Town.   He gave a synopsis of where we are now and what information they think is needed.  A brief history of the property and its usage was provided.  He distributed copies and provided an explanation of a site plan as prepared by Ransom Consulting Engineers and Scientists (Legend and Notes).  Initially they focused on metals in connection with the plating operation but did not find elevated levels in their report.  In New Hampshire, beginning in March of 2016, testing began for PFAS (Per-Poly-Fluorinated Alkyl Substances).  They have records that show Central Plating used these chemicals so it is appropriate to sample for them.  Mr. Mack mentioned New Hampshire has PFAS standards for groundwater but not soils. Mr. McCluskey said they need to determine the extent of this contamination.  The good news is residents in the Village do not have private wells but are on the Town water system.  They feel the chemicals are pretty well confined and know where they came from.  They will be sampling for 23-or-24 compounds.   Mr. McCluskey talked to the attorney for the property owner to get permission to test for PFAS and to get permission for DES to go onto the property. There was discussion relative to extending testing beyond the property line.  There would be a need to find a funding source to test on abutting Lot #63 plus they would need to work out an agreement with the property owner.  DES works with a different consulting firm than SWRPC; DES is waiting for a scope of work from their consulting firm.  Right now Mr. McCluskey needs to execute agreements with the attorney of the property owner.  Deadlines for grant applications were mentioned.  November 17th is the deadline for getting the application in for the grants.  If the Town wanted to make application for the grants they would need to take ownership prior to November 17th.  Relative to liability, the Town would be looking at both the federal and state side.  Phase I needs to be finalized prior to the acquisition of the property.  Mr. Dalessio agrees with moving forward but does not want to rush the process.  If they miss this deadline there will be other opportunities to apply for the grants.  After Phase I is completed, the Town would have six months to purchase the property.  The Selectboard thanked Mr. McCluskey and Mr. Mack for attending this informational meeting.

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $223,585.26 for checks dated September 8, 2017.  Of this total $181,838.38 was for paving material.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

PAYROLL:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Register for the week ending September 2, 2017 in the amount of $22,822.01 for checks dated September 8, 2017.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes for Withholding, MEDI and FICA taxes in the amount of $4,913.34 for the week ending September 2, 2017.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – August 31, 2017:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of August 31, 2017, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – August 31, 2017:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of August 31, 2017, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

SPECIAL PUBLIC HEARING – August 31, 2017:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Special Public Hearing of August 31, 2017, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meeting:

  • Zoning Board of Adjustment – August 21, 2017

 

BUILDING PERMIT:

CRAIG and JENNIFER VICKERS, 85 Wentworth Road, Map and Lot #017-008-000: Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Building Permit No. 2017-29 for Craig and Jennifer Vickers to “Construct a 62’ x 27’ kitchen and master bedroom addition”” at 85 Wentworth Road.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

JOHN J. McGUIRK and CONSTANCE M. ADAMS, 202 Upper Walpole Road, Map and Lot #012-035-000:  Ms.Mayberry moved to grant Building Permit No. 2017-30 for John J. McGuirk and Constance M. Adams to “Construct an 18’ x 11’ carport” at 202 Upper Walpole Road.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

GARY and SUSAN LITTLEPAGE, 26 Old Keene Road, Map and Lot #019-002-000: Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Building Permit No. 2017-31 for Gary and Susan Littlepage to “Construct a 24’ x 24’ garage with basement” at 26 Old Keene Road.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

STEVEN and MEGAN COREY, JR., 23 Maplewood Circle, Map and Lot #024-016-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Building Permit No. 2017-32 for Steven and Megan Corey, Jr. to “Construct a 22’ by 12’ +/- deck per attached sketch” at 23 Maplewood Circle.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

PROPERTY TAX ABATEMENT WITH REFUND:

MAP and LOT #030-074-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Property Tax Abatement for Map and Lot #030-074-000 in the amount of $929.03.  This home was demolished just prior to April 1, 2017 cut-off date for building on a property. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

 

CURRENT USE LAND CHANGE:

MAP and LOT #001-016-000: Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Current Use Land Change for Map and Lot #001-016-000.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

Commonwealth Construction:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve and sign the letter to Commonwealth Construction as discussed at the last meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Corrective Deed for Map and Lot #026-010-000:  Mrs. Pschirrer explained they are dealing with a piece of property that was mistakenly taken and changed from the New England Power Company by a Tax Collector’s Deed recorded June 6, 2010.  This was an error.  The Selectboard now have a deed that is correcting that and removing the tax deed.   The land goes back to the New England Power Company.  This was already approved. Therefore, the Selectboard signed the deed.  It will be recorded.  A warrant will be issued shortly as New England Power Company will pay the property taxes back to the spring of 2017.  This decision was made quite some time ago.

Recreation Revolving Fund Request – Volley Ball Net:  Ms. Mayberry requested that this agenda item be continued.  She talked to Mr. Justin Cassarino and now will talk to Mr. Bill Gallagher and the North Walpole Village Commissioners as they all share the same concerns about vandalism.

Water & Sewer Receipts to Date:  The Selectboard reviewed the weekly report from Mrs. Jodi Daigle.  Collections are going well.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

Savings Bank of Walpole Account Forms: The Town has opened an account at the Savings Bank of Walpole for the Town Clerk’s use of credit cards.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Selectboard approve and sign the forms for the Savings Bank of Walpole for the Town Clerk for her credit card account.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Letter from Peter Powers:  The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of a copy of the letter Mr. Peter Powers sent to the Army Corp of Engineers in Concord regarding the improvements to Route 12 between North Walpole and Charlestown.  He objects as he does not feel they are going to solve bank stabilization issues along the Connecticut River.

HealthTrust Training in KeeneMrs. Sarah Downing asked to attend a HealthTrust Training Workshop in Keene on October 5th from 9:15 am to 12:30 pm.  It is free.  The Selectboard approved this request.

 

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:

Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel and (e) Pending Claims or Litigation.  Mr. Dalessio seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 8:00 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:10 PM.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of September 7, 2017, be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer the motion was approved.

 

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.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 8:12 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:24 PM.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

Mr. Dalessio moved to adjourn this meeting.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:25 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary