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Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 4/30/20

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this meeting of the Selectboard to order at 6:30 PM.  She advised that the Selectboard members are in three separate locations.  This meeting is being recorded remotely by FACT-TV.  It is available for viewing on the internet.  Also attending this meeting is Mrs. Sarah Downing, Manager of Administration, in the Walpole Town Hall, and Ms. Regina Borden, Recording Secretary, by telephone at a separate location.

Mrs. Pschirrer advised there will be no public comments at this meeting.  Comments are to be emailed to Mrs. Downing at the Walpole Town Hall.  Mrs. Downing will display the agenda.  That will be followed by documents as they are being discussed.  

Fall Mountain Region School District:  Mrs. Pschirrerannounced that Ms. Lori Landry, Superintendent of SAU 60 Fall Mountain Regional School District, is present to discuss the district and CARES funding.  Ms. Landry thanked the Selectboard for giving her the opportunity to provide an update on the FMRSD for the community.  She met recently with the FMRSD Board and, after a lengthy discussion, the Board made the decision that their last school day will be Friday, June 5th, 2020.  Notices were sent home to parents yesterday.  Teachers will continue to work until Wednesday, June 17th.  During this time they will hold different types of professional development and have closure for the year.  Remote learning is different.  With this closure, they can put an end to this year and look forward to the next year.  They are planning for the fall and what school will look like.  All the teachers have done a wonderful job.  They worked together and made remote learning successful.  There are a lot of unanswered questions but they are having those conversations now.  

Mrs. Pschirrer pointed out that the Selectboard is pleased to have Mr. Justin Cassarino as the new Assistant Principal of the Walpole School.  Ms. Landry advised that Mr. Sam Jacobs will be back with us to mentor and provide guidance for next year.  It will be a good working relationship for everyone.  Mrs. Pschirrer noted that colleges are thinking about remote learning next year.  Is that something the FMRSD is considering?  Ms. Landry said they do not know what will happen in the fall but they need to be prepared.  They are looking at what needs to be done between now and June.  What do they need to accomplishsuch as graduation, the Senior Prom and how do they celebrate the successes.  Every year they offer a Summer Program.  They do not know what will happen but are planning on remote learning as well.  For the fall they are hoping for the best.  The first thing is the safety of their students and they are concentrating on that.  The Commissioner of Education has put together a task force.  As she learns more she is more than happy to visit with the Selectboard and the community again.  The school district continues to hear from the Governor and the Commissioner of Education.  Mrs. Pschirrer pointed out that we are all waiting to hear from the Governor tomorrow as we expect he will tell us how we will function through the next month or so.  Mr. Dalessio is hopeful that the school district is getting federal aid to help them through all this.   Ms. Landry said they were told that the CARES Act would provide additional assistance. They do not know what the dollar amount will be.  They hope to know more on Friday but are trying to be conservative.  It is a hard time for everyone.  Mrs. Pschirrersummarized that we are very grateful for her information.  She can come back at any time.  Ms. Landry left the meeting.                 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the total amount of $59,345.26 for checks dated May 1, 2020.  This includes a $42,345.26 payment for the Police vehicle and equipment to MHQ.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

PAYROLL:

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Payroll Check Register for the week ending April 25, 2020, in the amount of $26,280.59 for checks dated May 1, 2020, and the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes in the amount of $5,279.26.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MINUTES – April 23, 2020:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of April 23, 2020, as submitted.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – April 23, 2020: Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of April 23, 2020, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.   Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none. With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

WARRANTS:

WALPOLE WATER FEES:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Warrant for the Collection of Walpole Water Fees in the amount of $40,319.04.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrerasked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

WALPOLE SEWER FEES:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Warrant for the Collection of Walpole Sewer Fees in the amount of $65,393.18.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.   Mrs. Pschirrerasked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

NORTH WALPOLE SEWER FEES:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Warrant for the Collection of North Walpole Sewer Fees in the amount of $56,048.24.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

BUILDING PERMIT:

Permit No. 2020-11:  Sharon Doward, 53 North River Road, Map and Lot #018-012-002:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant Building Permit No. 2020-11 for Sharon Doward to build a “40’ x 10’ Front Deck” at 53 North River Road, Map and Lot #018-012-002.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

Police Vehicle and Equipment Purchase Orders:  These purchase orders were covered under warrants that were approved by the voters at the Annual Town Meeting on March 14, 2020.

Purchase Order No. 331079:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept Purchase Order No. 331079 in the amount of $38,569.20 for the Police replacement cruiser that was damaged and unable to be used.  These funds will be taken from the Police Capital Reserve Fund.  He crossed off “Cost not to exceed $42,000”.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry, and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Purchase Order No. 331080:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept Purchase Order No. 331080 in the amount of $1,703.00 for Police equipment in the replacement cruiser.  These funds will be taken from the Police Capital Reserve Fund.  He crossed off “Cost not to exceed $3,000”.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Purchase Order No. 331081:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept Purchase Order No. 331081 in the amount of $2,272.20 for equipment for the new Police cruiser.  These funds will be taken from the Town’s General Fund – Warrant Article #8.  He crossed off “Cost not to exceed $15,000”.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Letter to Trustees of Trust Funds:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the letter to the Trustees of Trust Funds requesting that they withdraw $40,272.20 from the Police Cruiser Capital Reserve Fund for the replacement of the damaged Police cruiser and attendant equipment.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Dexpart Letter:  The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the letter from Dexpart.  Ms. Mayberry mentioned the letter does not indicate how many lilac trees they plan to plant; the letter says “multiple”.  Mr. Dalessio reported they did a lot of work cleaning out cars.  He sees Mrs. Kara Dexter out on the roadsides collecting trash all the time.  She is doing a good job all over Town.  It is helping the community.  She deserves to be recognized for keeping Walpole clean.  Ms. Mayberry is impressed with the tonnage.  They removed 72 bags and 701 lbs. of litter on their first clean-up day that was April 20th.  They are sponsoring a two-mile section of highway on Route 12 in Walpole.  Mrs. Pschirrer advised that the Selectboard is very impressed with what they are doing to keep Walpole clean.    

Water and Sewer Receipts to Date 04/28/2020:  Mrs. Daigle mailed invoices for Q4 2019 on January 31, 2020; payments were due by March 1, 2020.  Total receipts for Q4 2019 Billed: $147,519.78 = 92%.  Total left to collect for Q4 2019 Billing: $12,740.75.

Broadband Update:  Mrs. Pschirrer reported that the Broadband Committee met again this week and worked out differences with Consolidated Communications Inc.  They do not have a final contract yet.  By email today they filed their application with the Bond Bank and a copy went to our bond attorney.  They are now in the system.  It required a lot of work from Mr. Jim Fenn, Mr. Rich Kreissle, Mrs. Sandra Smith, Mrs. Sarah Downing and Mrs. Jodi Daigle.

Pending Further Action:

Recreation Area Parking Lot: Lot Line Adjustment and Deed with Letter:  Mr. Dalessio recommended that Mrs. Pschirrer wait to draft the letter until after she goes to the Planning Board meeting.  The letter with the book and page number will then be attached to the deed and recorded.

Highway Equipment List:  Mr. Rau is in the process of creating the Highway Equipment List. It is not yet finalized.

Town Deeded Properties:  Mr. Dalessio would like to have Mrs. Downing finish the packets for the two Town Deeded properties and distribute them to the Selectboard for their review.  Mrs. Downing had this on-hold because of the situation with the economy and State restrictions.  They are almost finished.  

Lights re: Walpole, NH – Rockingham VT 42277 Bridge Renovation Project: Mr. Dalessio asked if there was an update on the lights on the Arch Bridge.  Mr. Trembley from the DOT wants to respond to us but is missing some email addresses.  This information will be forwarded to him.  Ms. Mayberry stated it would be great if the Department of Transportation (DOT) would support the lighting plus re-painting the lines.      

NEW BUSINESS:

Funding for Reservoir Dam – Request from the Conservation Commission:  Mrs. Pschirrer advised they have received an official request from the Walpole Conservation Commission regarding funding for the Reservoir Dam repairs.  She will draft a letter from the Selectboard and have it ready for the meeting next week.  This had already been voted on.

Mill Pond and Beaver Activity:  The water from the Mill Pond is rising and moving closer to the John Davey home which abuts the pond.  When the beavers build their own dam, it floods his property.  Mr. Davey had been told to contact the Conservation Commission. However, Mrs. Pschirrer told him she would bring this up at this meeting.  There have been several emails between everyone involved.  Mrs. Flammia suggested looking at a website “Beaver Diverters”.  Mrs. Pschirrer feels it is our responsibility to call the company to see if this is a reasonable solution.  Mr. Rau will be asked to look into this.  Mrs. Pschirrerwill follow-up with Mr. Davey to let him know he should expect to hear from Mr. Rau.

2019 Total Equalized Valuations from the Department of Revenue Administration:  Mrs. Downing advised that the Department of Revenue Administration (DRA) is using $436,733,601 as the basis for the State Education Property Tax.

Thank You Letters:  The Selectboard acknowledged thank you letters from Big Brothers Big Sisters of NH and Our Place Drop-in Center for the Town’s donations.  

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.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:10 PM.  

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:14 PM.

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

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:

Mr. Dalessio moved that the Selectboard will enter into a Non-Public Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel and (c) Reputations.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  On a roll call vote with Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:15 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:07 PM.

Mr. Dalessio moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of April 30, 2020, be sealed.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.  

 

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:

Mr. Dalessio moved to recess this Selectboard meeting.  The Hooper Trustees will enter into a Non-Public Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel and (c) Reputations.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  On a roll call vote with Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 8:08 PM.

The meeting resumed at 8:20 PM.  

Mr. Dalessio moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Hooper Trustees Session of April 30, 2020, will remain sealed.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.  

OTHER SELECTBOARD BUSINESS:

Recycling Center:  Ms. Mayberry reported that they are pouring concrete for the foundation of the new Reuse Center.  Mr. Dalessio talked to Mr. Hoy. He may be able to start the framing in June.  It is dependent on the collection of property taxes.  Mr. Dalessio advised they should not spend any money they do not have until we see how property taxes are being paid due to the economy.

ADJOURNMENT:  Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrerasked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:25 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Hooper Trustees Meeting Minutes – 4/23/20

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this Hooper Trustees meeting to order at 7:05 PM.  She announced that the Hooper Trustees are in three separate locations.  This meeting is being recorded remotely by FACT-TV.

HOOPER TRUSTEES MINUTES:

HOOPER TRUSTEES MEETING – April 16, 2020:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Hooper Trustees meeting of April 23, 2020, as submitted.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

FACT-TV:  Mrs. Pschirrer announced that the regular Selectboard and Hooper Trustees meetings are being recessed.  The Hooper Trustees will enter into a Non-Public Session.  FACT-TV discontinued their filming and left the meeting.  

NON-PUBLIC HOOPER TRUSTEES SESSION:

Mr. Dalessio moved to enter into a Non-Public Hooper Trustees Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel and (c) Reputations.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  On a roll call vote with Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

The regular Hooper Trustees meeting resumed at 7:22 PM.

Mr. Dalessio moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Hooper Trustees Session of April 23, 2020, be sealed.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

ADJOURNMENT:  Mr. Dalessio moved to adjourn this Hooper Trustees meeting.  The Hooper Trustees will return to the Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:23 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 4/23/20

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this meeting of the Selectboard to order at 6:30 PM.  She advised that the Selectboard members are in three separate locations.  This meeting is being recorded remotely by FACT-TV.  It is available for viewing on the internet and their Facebook page.  Also attending this meeting is Mrs. Sarah Downing, Manager of Administration, in the Walpole Town Hall, and Ms. Regina Borden, Recording Secretary, by telephone at a separate location.

Mrs. Pschirrer advised there will be no public comments at this meeting.  Comments are to be emailed to Mrs. Downing at the Walpole Town Hall.  Mrs. Downing will display the agenda.  That will be followed by documents as they are being discussed.

Mrs. Pschirrer listened to the Governor today for his daily report and he indicated that maybe sometime next week he will give us some information on potential openings or a relaxation of orders. Governor Sununu made it very clear that we should not expect a great deal. He reminded us all that we should be keeping our distance, wearing face masks while we are out in public and we should, in fact, stay home unless we need to be out.      

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:  

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the total amount of $117,778.92 for checks issued April 24, 2020.  This includes a $56,861.68 payment to John Deere Credit Inc. for the Highway Department loader.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

PAYROLL:

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Payroll Check Register for the week ending April 18, 2020, in the amount of $24,900.88 for checks dated April 24, 2020, and the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes in the amount of $5,046.93.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Mr. Dalessio moved to amend both motions for the Accounts Payable and Payroll to give Sarah Downing the authority to sign both the Accounts Payable and Payroll documents.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.    

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MINUTES – April 16, 2020:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of April 16, 2020, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – April 16, 2020: Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of April 16, 2020, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the following Committee reports:

Library Trustees Meeting – November 12, 2019;
Library Trustees Meeting – December 10, 2019;
Library Trustees Meeting – January 14, 2020;
Library Trustees Meeting – February 11, 2020;
Library Trustees Meeting – April 15, 2020;
Planning Board Meeting – March 10, 2020.

PROPERTY TAX REFUNDS:

MAP and LOT #012-055-023:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant the Property Tax Refund in the amount of $20.38 for the overpayment of a 2019 Water Tax Lien for Map and Lot #012-055-023.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

MAP and LOT #003-013-003:   Mr. Dalessio moved to grant the Property Tax Refund in the amount of $20.80 for the overpayment of 2019 property taxes for Map and Lot #003-013-003.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

MAP and LOT #003-012-008:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant the Property Tax Refund in the amount of $7.88 for the overpayment of 2019 property taxes for Map and Lot #003-012-008.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

MAP and LOT #008-105-000:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant the Property Tax Refund in the amount of $10.59 for the overpayment of 2019 property taxes for Map and Lot #008-105-000.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

MAP and LOT #019-063-000:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant the Property Tax Refund in the amount of $44.10 for the overpayment of 2018 property tax lien for Map and Lot #019-063-000.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

MAP and LOT #019-063-000:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant the Property Tax Refund in the amount of $34.73 for the overpayment of 2019 property tax lien for Map and Lot #019-063-000.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

TIMBER TAX WARRANT:

MAP and LOT #013-027-001:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Warrant for the Timber Tax Certification of Yield Taxes Assessed in the amount of $556.08 for Map and Lot #013-027-001.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

MAP and LOT #013-120-000:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Warrant for the Timber Tax Certification of Yield Taxes Assessed in the amount of $794.52 for Map and Lot #013-120-000.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

MAP and LOT #008-062-000:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Warrant for the Timber Tax Certification of Yield Taxes Assessed in the amount of $153.99 for Map and Lot #008-062-000.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

ORIGINAL WARRANT YIELD TAX LEVY:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Original Warrant Yield Tax Levy for a combined total of $1,504.59 for the Warrant document.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

Broadband Update:  Mrs. Pschirrer reported that the Broadband Committee met last night via a ZOOM meeting with Mr. Rob Koester, CEO of Consolidated Communications, Inc.  They agreed to a final contract after some adjustments had been made.  The subscriber’s monthly fee will be $7.30 for the life of that contract.  This is a significant change.  Mr. Rich Kreissle, Mrs. Pschirrer and a number of other people, have finished the Bond Bank application which has been sent out to the Broadband Committee members to review.  The Selectboardwill have that the first part of next week.  We will be getting a taxable bond because they are working with a private company who will benefit from this project.

Brownfields Project:   Mrs. Pschirrer advised they are almost ready to make another quarterly report to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  This week they received another document from Ransom Consulting with whom they are working with on this project; it is a SiteSpecific Quality Assurance Plan (SSQAP) which is 453 pages long.  After Mrs. Pschirrer finishes reading it, she will send it to Ransom and to EPA Area One for their review. We are still working on the project even though it is not obvious to townspeople at this time.

Note:  Ms. Cheryl Mayberry entered the meeting.  She apologized for being late but had to resolve a computer problem before having access to this meeting.

ZBA Letter re: Jiffy Mart Signage:  Mrs. Pschirrer wanted the word “being” removed in the second paragraph of the letter to the ZBA.  

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the letter, with corrections noted, to the Zoning Board of Adjustment.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Mrs. Pschirrer advised that the corrected version of the letter to the ZBA will be signed this week-end.

Recreation Area Parking Lot: Lot Line Adjustment and Deed:  Mr. Dalessio questioned if they want to include the fact that the school can continue to use this parking lot as they do now.  Mrs. Pschirrer could ask Attorney Hockensmith to do that but would prefer writing a letter to be registered with the deed.  They are waiting to hear from Attorney Hockensmith to see if he found the survey.  Mrs. Pschirrer will draft a letter that will indicate that the school has authority to use that area for parking.  It will go with the deed.  The letter will be ready for next week’s meeting.    

North Street Drainage Plans:  Mrs. Pschirrer advised that after they spoke with the landowner on North Street about putting in the dry well, the property owner forwarded the easement document to his attorney.  This drainage plan is now on hold as they are waiting for feedback from Mr. Stevens’ attorney.

Pending Further Actions:

North Walpole School Flashing Sign:  Mrs. Pschirrer, the Police Department and the Highway Department have decided to check that area for speeders when school resumes in the fall.  They would move the Town’s speed unit up there to record speeds if that is acceptable.  Ms. Mayberry said the complaint was about speeding when kids are outside of school times.  It should be left there on week-ends.  Mrs. Pschirrer felt they could leave it there for a full seven days.      

Highway Road Paving List and Equipment List:  Ms. Mayberry has the Highway Road Paving List but is waiting for the Equipment List from Mr. Rau.

NEW BUSINESS:

Budget Reduction Info by Department:  Mrs. Pschirrer pointed out that they have received this information from the Hooper Institute, Library, Police Department, Highway Department and Selectboard Office.  They all had reasonable suggestions for how they might reduce their budget.  

Library:  Mrs. Fafara feels because they had not been in the Library building for some time, their savings would come from the utility line and maintenance line.  Their people have continued to work on projects so they are being paid.

Police Department: This department had salary savings.  An officer had surgery and will not be back to work until the end of May.  Mrs. Pschirrer said Lt. Sanctuary has been looking at other suppliers who might give them better prices for radios.  Mr. Dalessio noted that radios are a matter of safety. They should go ahead and order them.  Currently they are responding to emergency calls and dealing with other calls and therefore are not patrolling on the roads as much.

Highway Department: They feel they are under budget about $50,000.  The bids they are receiving for the paving they anticipate doing this summer are lower than expected.  The money for their new truck will probably have to be encumbered because it will probably not arrive until 2021.

Municipal Office:  They feel they could eliminate some training, seminars and mileage.  We may not be spending money for a staff dinner in the fall if we are still under restrictions.  

Mr. Dalessio advised they are only looking at this in the event the Town’s property taxes being paid are less than usual.  Mrs. Pschirrer said we will have enough money to run the Town and do what needs to be done.  She appreciates the department managers submitting these suggestions.    

Great River Hydro Letter:  Mrs. Downing reported there had been a couple of emergency incidents recently.  Emergency responders are not calling the Connecticut River Control Center first.  It could become very dangerous.  This letter was a reminder to all emergency responders to do this first.  She distributed that letter to them.  Mr. Dalessio said we were copied on the letter but it was addressed to Fire Chief Crawford at the Town of Walpole when it should have gone to the Village of North Walpole.  Mrs. Pschirrer pointed out that the Selectboardshould communicate with Great River Hydro to give them the correct address for North Walpole.  Mrs. Downing will take care of this.      

Audit Governance Form:  Mrs. Pschirrer advised that Mr. Kreissle filled the Audit Governance form out but the Selectboard will have to go into the office this weekend to sign it.  This is done annually.

Women of Walpole Donation to Town Hall:   The Women of Walpole (WOW) made a donation of a new food cart for the Town Hall.  It will be used by all people who use the Town Hall kitchen.  Mrs. Downing was asked to draft a thank you letter of appreciation.  The Selectboard is very grateful for their great contribution.

NH Tax Kiosk:  Mrs. Downing explained the existing Tax Kiosk lists the property location but not the owner’s actual mailing address.  It was suggested by Avitar Associates that if we wanted to allow that people could just find it and not have to call in.  Mr. Dalessio is opposed as he would not want his address on it.  Mrs. Pschirrer felt it is a privacy issue. Therefore,the Selectboard should not be making this decision.  They should not provide all that information.  Ms. Mayberry agrees with the privacy issue.  Mrs. Downing confirmed it is all public information.

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.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, motion was approved 7:05 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:23 PM.  

During the Hooper Trustees meeting Mrs. Pschirrer announced that the regular Selectboard and Hooper Trustees meetings were being recessed.  The Hooper Trustees were entering into a Non-Public Session.  FACT-TV ceased filming and left the meeting.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:

Mr. Dalessio moved to enter into a Non-Public SelectboardSession pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  On a roll call vote with Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:48 PM.

Mr. Dalessio moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of April 23, 2020, be sealed.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.    

ADJOURNMENT:

Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting adjourned at 7:49 PM.

Respectfully submitted, Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 4/9/20

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this meeting of the Walpole Selectboard to order at 6:30 PM.   She explained the procedure of this meeting.  This meeting is being recorded remotely by Mr. Alex Stradling of FACT-TV.  It is available for viewing on the internet.  Also attending this meeting is Mrs. Sarah Downing, Manager of Administration, in the Walpole Town Hall and Ms. Regina Borden, Recording Secretary, by telephone at a separate location.

Mrs. Pschirrer advised there will be no public comments at this meeting.  Comments are to be emailed to Mrs. Downing at the Walpole Town Hall.  Mrs. Downing displayed the agenda.  That will be followed by documents as they are being discussed.  

Mrs. Pschirrer mentioned that today Governor Sununu and Dr. Chan spoke at 3:00 PM at their public informational meeting.  They were positive about the trend that mitigation is working due to people staying at home, keeping our distances, not congregating in large groups and washing our hands, etc.  But there are no signs that we should stop doing all these things.  They expect there will still be a spike in the COVID-19 virus in the next two weeks or so.    

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the amount of $51,610.57 for checks issued April 10, 2020.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Mrs. Pschirrer reviewed all the invoices that totaled $22,227.62 from the E.E. Houghton Company for water and sewer work.    

PAYROLL:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Check Register for the week ending April 4, 2020, in the amount of $25,150.95 for checks issued April 10, 2020, and the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes in the amount of $4,708.18.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.  

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD and SAU 60 INFORMATIONAL MEETING – April 1, 2020:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard and SAU 60 Informational Meeting of April 1, 2020, as submitted.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.  

SELECTBOARD MEETING – April 2, 2020:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of April 2, 2020, as submitted.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – April 2, 2020: Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of April 2, 2020, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

CURRENT USE APPLICATIONS:

MAP and LOT #003-012-003:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Current Use Application for Map and Lot #003-012-003 off Whipple Hill Road.  Prior applications were never registered; this will finalize each application.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

MAP and LOT #003-012-006:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Current Use Application for Map and Lot #003-012-006 off Whipple Hill Road.  This lot is across the street from Map and Lot #003-012-003; together they qualify for Current Use.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

ALL VETERANS’ TAX CREDIT:

MAP and LOT #020-058-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve this All Veterans’ Property Tax Credit for Map and Lot #020-058-000.  This applicant moved within Walpole.  The credit is associated with the applicant and not the property.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.  

NOTICE OF INTENT TO CUT WOOD OR TIMBER:

MAP and LOT #005-011-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Notice of Intent to Cut Wood or Timber for Map and Lot #005-011-000.  This property is off of County Road.  Last year’s Notice of Intent had no cut.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

BUILDING PERMITS:

Permit #2020-09:  532 Main Street LLC, 532 Main Street, Map and Lot #012-014-000:  This is based on Conditional Site Plan Approval of the Planning Board on April 7, 2020.  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant Building Permit #2020-09 for 532 Main Street LLC based on Conditional Site Plan approval of the Planning Board on April 7, 2020, for 532 Main Street, Map and Lot #012-014-000.  This is for a “6’ x 100’ Porch Roof over the existing building”.  This applicant will go back before the Planning Board for formal Site Plan Approval as soon as the Planning Board meetings resume.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.          

Permit #2020-10:  Griffin and Andrea Sivret, 56 Old Keene Road, Map and Lot #018-018-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Building Permit #2020-10 for Griffin and Andrea Sivret to “Build a 12’ x 15’ Breezeway” at 56 Old Keene Road, Map and Lot #018-018-000.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

Reuse Center Plans and Purchase Orders:  Mr. Dalessio reported that the Reuse Center construction is moving along.  He had some pictures but will leave them off this meeting.  The foundation is dug and the walls will be poured on Monday.  There are two purchase orders that need to be signed.  One is for the construction and the second one is for the building itself.  This was approved by the Voters at Town Meeting under Warrant Article #4.  Ms. Mayberry saw pictures that Mr. Hoy sent her; the building is coming along and looking good.  Mr. Dalessio said the target date for completion is the end of May.

Mr. Dalessio moved to authorize Mrs. Downing to sign the two purchase orders for the construction and the Reuse building at the Recycling Center.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.      

Extension of Dog Licensing Deadline:  Mrs. Sandy Smith reported that the State is not allowing an extension of the deadline for dog licensing.  Mrs. Pschirrer advised it is important that dog owners make an appointment with the Town Clerk to license their dogs.  Mrs. Smith, Town Clerk/Tax Collector, is happy that people are making appointments and keeping them.  They are not crowding into the lobby.  There is plexiglass at this office.  Rules are being observed.        

Pending Further Actions:

Lights re: Walpole, NH – Rockingham, VT 42277 Bridge Renovation Project:  There is nothing new to report on the lights on the Arch Bridge.

Town Deeded Properties:  Mrs. Pschirrer advised the Town may not tax deed properties at this time.  They can send out tax liens.

North Walpole School Flashing Sign:  Ms. Mayberry asked for clarification.  This original request was about using the flashing speed limit sign as a reminder to drivers who are speeding coming up the hill and going around the corner.  Mrs. Pschirrer will bring this request up again.    

Highway Road Paving List and Equipment List:  Ms. Mayberry talked to Mr. Mike Rau, Road Agent, about these lists.  He will have them ready for the meeting next week.

ARM Funding List of Mitigation Areas:  Mrs. Pschirrer has not yet worked on this project but will do so soon.  Right now she is spending time working on the documents for the Broadband Bond.    

Old North Main/North Road/Old Drewsville Road:  Mrs. Pschirrer reported that the water problem came back again today on the Old North Main/North Road area as the result of the heavy rain.  Emails were received late this afternoon.  On Monday, the Highway Department dug at the Stevens property that is at the corner of Old North Main and North Road looking for a dry well but did not find one.  She spoke with Mr. Stevens who advised the Highway Department was to alert him when they were going to do work. However, they did not.  Mr. Rau indicated there needs to be a dry well. But to put in a dry well,the Town would need an easement from Mr. and Mrs. Stevens. Mrs. Pschirrer proposed following-up with Mr. Stevens to get the easement for the dry well to avoid future flooding.  She will follow-up with Mr. Stevens.  Ms. Mayberry agrees; she will follow-up with Mr. Rau.  Mr. Dalessio felt the Selectboard should write a generic letter to the neighbors so they are all aware of what is being done.  Mrs. Pschirrer will draft this letterthat will be reviewed by Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio prior to being mailed.     

Fall Mountain Region School District:  Mrs. Pschirrer has been communicating with Attorney Hockensmith about the piece of property the Town will be receiving from the FMRSDas approved by the voters.  Attorney Hockensmith is preparing the deed. The Selectboard has to go to the Planning Board for a Lot Line Adjustment.  We do not have the survey but know thatHeman Chase did one.  Attorney Hockensmith will check in Keene to see if he can find a copy of that survey.

NEW BUSINESS:

Cemetery Deed D579:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Cemetery Deed for Lot D579.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

ZBA Letter re: Jiffy Mart Signage:  Mrs. Pschirrer acknowledged receipt of a letter from the ZBA asking the Selectboard to write a letter to the Jiffy Mart about their signs; in particular the flags.  Ms. Mayberry has seen the signs in the yard but would like to see some photos. Mr. Dalessio feels they should notify all the businesses in that area about the flag violations.  At times, the other businesses put out flags especially if they are having a sale but then bring them in.  Mrs. Pschirrer noted at this time the ZBA is only asking them to write to the Jiffy Mart. She will draft the letter.  Ms. Mayberry pointed out that sometimes businesses struggle so they want people to know they are open by putting out their flags.  Mr. Dalessio suggested they check the language in the ZBA ordinance first before they send a letter stating there is a violation.            

Recreation Area and Town Common:  Mrs. Pschirrer confirmed that the Selectboard had already indicated that the Recreation Area should be closed.  No groups should be in there playing sports.  There should be less than ten people at any time.  She has had complaints about games being played there.  The Police are concerned about enforcement.  There is also a park in North Walpole that the Selectboard felt should be closed.  It raises a question as to whether or not the Town Common and the Drewsville Common should also be closed.  Mrs. Pschirrer spoke with Lt. Sanctuary today who is concerned that when the weather is nicer, people will want to be outdoors.  It may be only to sit on a bench.  The problem is that allowing people to gather does not meet the Governor’s orders which were discussed at great length today.  We have to be clear with spacing and congregating.  People will be looking for things to do.  Ms. Mayberry felt we cannot monitor all the areas but need to comply with the Governor’s orders.  Sometimes a few people will turn into a group of people.  She has no problem with people sitting on the North Walpole benches as long as they are six feet apart.  Hopefully, people will use good judgment.  Mrs. Pschirrer feels the Recreation Area need to be closed and other areas posted with no congregating signs.  Mr. Dalessio pointed out that the small park the Hubbards donated to the Town should be included and posted.  Mrs. Downing advised that Mr. Nash has already put up laminated, sturdy closure signs at the Recreation Area.  The signs at the Commons/North Walpole Park should state “Please Maintain Distance – Do Not Congregate.”

DRA 2018 Cyclical Inspection Monitoring Report:  Mrs. Downing explained that the Department of Revenue Administration (DRA) is monitoring Avitar Associates.  They want to be sure that Avitar caught all the changes on the tax cards.  There were two items that needed to be corrected.

Thank You Cards and Letters:  The Selectboard acknowledged thank you cards and letters from the CVTC, Southwestern Community Services, YMCA – Camp Takodah, Monadnock Family Services, and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children, for the money allocated to them through the 2020 Town Budget.

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.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:16 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:19 PM.

ADJOURNMENT:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to adjourn this meeting.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:20 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Town Office Closures

TOWN OF WALPOLE

New Hampshire

OFFICE OF THE SELECTBOARD

Town Offices Closed to Public Due to COVID-19

In response to COVID-19 Federal and State declarations of emergency and to protect Town of Walpole citizens and personnel, the Selectboard has enacted the following interim measures:

Walpole Town Offices will be closed to the public effective March 18, 2020 at   Q PM and will reopen on April 6, 2020.

Town personnel will be available by phone and/or email to answer questions or to setup any necessary appointments.

All Town board/committee/commission meetings and sponsored events, excluding the Selectboard, are suspended through April 4, 2020 with the exception of the March 18th ZBA Meeting. There will be no public business discussed at Selectboard meetings; only Town business will be on the agenda.

The Selectboard recommends and encourages all people to use the online options for registrations with the Town Clerk/Tax Collector’s Office. If citizens cannot register online, contact the Town Clerk’s Office for assistance.

The Selectboard Office and Town Clerk/Tax Collectors offices will be staffed for regularly scheduled hours. Phone first to determine if an in-person meeting is required.

There will be no functions held at Town Hall until after April 5, 2020. The Selectboard will review and update this directive as new NH State mandates are received.

Town libraries are closed as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 12 PM – Noon.

The Police Department’s lobby area will be closed for non-emergency businesseffective immediately on March 18, 2020. The Police Department will continue to answer phone calls.

The Recycling Center-Transfer Station will be open as regularly scheduled and the Highway Department will continue normal operations.

Thank you for your cooperation.

COVID-19 and Town Meeting

Sarah Downing asked me to post this on behalf of the Selectboad. The meeting must go on because it actually started on Tuesday with the voting and was then recessed until Saturday the 10th. – Lil

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and

Walpole Town Meeting

Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 1 PM

 

To prepare for Town Meeting:

Tables and chairs, floors, bathrooms and other frequently touched surfaces have been cleaned and disinfected
Touchless soap and paper towel dispensers have been installed in the bathrooms and a touchless soap dispenser in the kitchen
Attendees are encouraged to use hand sanitizer from dispensers in the hallway and in the meeting room

NH State Health Officials are recommending the following per NPR for NH citizens:

Stay home and avoid public places when sick.
Cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
Wash hands frequently
Avoid being within 6 feet (close contact) of a person who is sick
Avoid sharing drinks, smoking/vaping devices or other utensils or objects that may transmit saliva
Disinfect frequently touched surfaces

Use your personal discretion whether you should attend Town Meeting. Those with health concerns may not wish to attend.

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 3/5/20

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mr. Dalessio called this meeting of the Selectboard to order at 8:00 AM

in the Walpole Town Hall.  He advised this meeting is being recorded and asked anyone wishing to speak to identify themselves for the record.  There was one visitor in attendance.

PUBLIC BUSINESS:

ABATEMENT PROCESS COMMENTS:  Mr. John McDonald was present to discuss his abatement application on his property at 95 North Road.  He distributed copies of the Complaints and Comments documents he was going to address at this meeting.  He is concerned over the damage done by the plowing at the intersection of North Road and specifically the destruction of almost the full front corner of their yard this winter.  Mr. Dalessio advised that the Road Agent has been asked to come back with recommendations on what could be done.  This is following their meeting with neighbors at the last Selectboard meeting.  Mr. McDonald noted his displeasure with the Avitar Associates Guidebook.  He mentioned several of the categories.  In particular, the tax cards should be straight forward and easily understandable.  He provided highlights of his concern.  Tax cards are important.  Their tax card was filled with gross errors and unexplained rulings.  Mr. McDonald suggested that at some point Avitar Associates be told that as part of their contract they should be able to match up simple definitions that are in their guidebook.  Avitar should be forthcoming in explaining to taxpayers what their process is.  If the Avitar representative had gotten out of his car the day he looked at the McDonald property, he would have seen the condition of the roof and windows, etc.  There are a number of things that are not visible from the road.  Mr. Dalessio would encourage people to look at their tax cards.  Sometimes things are removed from the property but the office was not made aware of it.  As a citizen, he agreed that the tax cards are difficult to understand.  Mrs. Pschirrer agreed.  Ms. Mayberry suggested having a note on the tax cards that says “Additional information is available at the Selectboard office”.  Mr. Dalessio explained that the abatement process works.  Avitar will look at the abatement application and visit the property again to do an inspection.  They will make adjustments and report back to the Selectboard.  Mr. McDonald would like the information to be more “Resident Friendly”.  Mr. Dalessio thanked Mr. McDonald for bringing these concerns to their attention.                      

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the total amount of $44,306.33 for checks issued March 6, 2020.  This amount includes a $20,347.52 payment to the NH Retirement System.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mr. Dalessio asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

PAYROLL:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Check Register for the week ending February 29, 2020, in the amount of $26,766.77, for checks issued March 6, 2020, and the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes in the amount of $5,636.07.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mr. Dalessio asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.  

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MINUTES – February 27, 2020:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboardmeeting of February 27, 2020, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mr. Dalessio asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.  

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – February 27, 2020:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard session of February 27, 2020, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mr. Dalessio asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the following Committee reports:

North Walpole Village Board of Commissioners Minutes – February 11, 2020;
North Walpole Village Board of Commissioners Minutes – February 18, 2020;
Planning Board Workshop Minutes – February 25, 2020;
Safety Committee Meeting Minutes – February 27, 2020.

WATER & SEWER AND PROPERTY TAX REFUNDS:

MAP and LOT #030-072-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant the Property Tax Refund in the amount of $900.34 to the owners of Map and Lot #030-072-000.  The cause of this refund is an overpayment of Fall 2019 taxes.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mr. Dalessio asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.    

MAP and LOT #019-045-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant the Sewer Abatement in the amount of $404.34 to the owner of Map and Lot #019-045-000.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mr. Dalessio asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

ELDERLY PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION:

MAP and LOT #008-059-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant the Elderly Property Tax Exemption for the current owners of Map and Lot #008-059-000.  Mrs. Loren Martin reviewed and approved this exemption.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mr. Dalessio asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.  

 

OLD BUSINESS:

EPA Conference Presentation Update:  Mrs. Pschirrer reported there is an EPA conference in early October and they expect to put in their application.  She is working with Mr. Steve Rickerich, Mr. J.B. Mack and Mr. Mike McCluskey.  They will be submitting a session application for a 75-minute presentation.  Mr. McCluskey has agreed to be their moderator.  Mr. Rickerich, Mr. Mack and Mrs. Pschirrer will be panelists.  It will begin with Mr. Mack who will talk about how they got involved.  Earlier studies were picked up from Mr. Robert Kimball.  Mrs. Pschirrer will talk about the Town’s obtaining the property, etc.  She feels we have a good chance at being chosen.  In the past the majority of projects were with larger towns/cities; Walpole is considerably smaller.      

Police Department:  Last week Mrs. Pschirrer advised that the 2013 Ford SUV cruiser has had major engine problems.  There is a Capital Reserve Fund and this is a good reason to use it.  Cruisers are regularly serviced and those records are available for review.  The cost of the new cruiser is $37,356.00; it is the NH State’s quote.  Chief Paquette provided a Quotation for Emergency Equipment in the amount of $11,010.00. Not everything can be transferred from the 2013 to the 2020 cruiser because of the difference in the structures.  Mrs. Pschirrer suggested they approve this but hold it until after Town Meeting.  There is currently $49,000+ in the Capital Reserve Fund.  

Ms. Mayberry moved to approve this purchase of the new cruiser and equipment but to place the order after Town Meeting.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mr. Dalessio asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.    

 

Pending Further Actions:

Town Hall Locks:  Mr. Dalessio recommended they do not rekey the Town Hall tomorrow.  People with cards are convinced they do not work and have lost confidence.  They need to know system changes were made.  It has been frustrating.  Mr. Brad Nash came into the meeting.  Mrs. Daigle explained how the system would be working now.  Mr. Dalessio feels they have to start all over again for people to regain their confidence.  Send out notices to the users asking them to continue for about a one month trial period   He suggested the following schedule be programmed for Monday through Friday:  Open the Town Hall at 7:45 AM every morning and lock it at 9:00 PM every night.  Do not change the locks until they have a month for validation and then set a date for the change.  Tentative date will be Monday, April 6th, 2020.          

Lights re: Walpole, NH – Rockingham, VT 42277 Bridge Renovation Project:  Mr. Dalessio reported there has been no new communication on the bridge lights.

Joint Meeting Request from Village of Bellows Falls Board of Trustees:  The Village of Bellows Falls Board of Trustees have not yet set a date and time for their Joint Meeting with the Selectboard.

Town Deeded Properties:  Mrs. Downing is finalizing the Town Deeded Properties “For Sale” packets.

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:

Ms. Mayberry moved to recess this Selectboard meeting.  The Selectboard will enter into a meeting as the Hooper Trustees.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mr. Dalessio asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved at 9:18 AM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 9:24 AM.

ADJOURNMENT:  Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mr. Dalessioasked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 9:25 AM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary