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Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 3/15/18

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 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:
AVANRU DEVELOPMENT GROUP LTD and ABENAKI SPRINGS PHASE I LTD PARTNERS: Mr. Jack Franks was present to discuss the two building permits the Selectboard put on-hold at their last meeting. With reference to the Abenaki Springs Phase I project, Building Permit #2014-10, he had submitted the required paperwork to the State; the project has been vested. He will have the engineer check with the State on the Alteration of Terrain Permit as it had been issued. Mrs. Pschirrer mentioned Building Permit #2011-48, Avanru Development Group. The Selectboard received information from the NH Municipal Association. They suggested that because five years has passed since the Site Plan was issued, Mr. Franks needs to return to the Planning Board (PB) to ask them to review the original plans. The PB would need to declare they remain approved before the Selectboard issues a new building permit. A brief history of these projects was presented by Mr. Franks; he read a portion of a previous document from Attorney Hannah with reference to the five year period. What is considered a substantial completion/ development of the property? There were never any stipulations put on his time-frame by the PB. The five-year exemption stands. In the Fall of 2015, fourth year of this cycle, the soil came off. In addition other substantial improvements were made including high voltage underground lines, telecommunication lines, sewer, manholes, etc. They primed the front lot for the building foundation. He has all the receipts. Mrs. Pschirrer noted that last week the Selectboard was not aware of these changes to the property. Mr. Franks mentioned the PB did not state what substantial completion was; this was all thoroughly gone over last year with counsel. Ms. Mayberry explained that to go back to the PB is to be sure he is still in compliance in that five year period. Mr. Franks said nothing has changed on his original Site Plan. With reference to building codes, he said they have to build a building that was designed and approved for the State standards. Mr. Franks mentioned if the five years comes into play, they had substantial completion so the project becomes vested. Mrs. Pschirrer read a portion of the legal opinion from Attorney Buckley who is saying because it has been more than five years since the plan was approved any vesting has expired. Mr. Dalessio stated the question is whether or not the vesting rights have expired. They have to challenge Attorney Buckley on his opinion as it has to be clear. Reference was made to RSA 674:39. Mrs. Pschirrer agrees with Mr. Franks’ assessment but it is the interpretation of vesting. Mr. Franks has done more work than any of them were aware of. Mrs. Pschirrer requested that Mr. Franks give them another week to do more research before making their decision.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:
Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $577,643.12 for checks dated March 16, 2018. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved. This amount includes a monthly payment of $560,964.00 to the Fall Mountain Regional School District.

PAYROLL:
Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Register for the week ending March 10, 2018, in the amount of $26,655.42 for checks dated March 16, 2018. 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 $5,600.02 for the week ending March 10, 2018. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:
SELECTBOARD MEETING – March 8, 2018: Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of March 8, 2018, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes was approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – March 8, 2018: Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of March 8, 2018, 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.

TIMBER CERTIFICATION OF YIELD TAXES AND WARRANT:
MAP and LOT #026-022-000: Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Certification of Yield Taxes Assessed and the Warrant, Yield Tax Levy, in the amount of $221.44 for Map and Lot #026-022-000 north of Whitney Road. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

MAP and LOT #003-002-000: Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Certification of Yield Taxes Assessed and the Warrant, Yield Tax Levy, in the amount of $1,477.47 for Map and Lot #003-002-000 off Rapids Road. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

ABATEMENT – SEWER:
MAP and LOT #020-025-000: There was a consensus to put this agenda item on-hold until the next meeting pending receipt of numbers on the average usage.

ALL VETERANS TAX CREDIT:
MAP and LOT #015-034-000: Ms. Mayberry moved to grant the All Veterans Tax Credit for the owners of Map and Lot #015-034-000. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

BUILDING PERMITS:
Renewal, Avanru Development Group Ltd., 504 Main Street, Map and Lot #012-013-000: There was a consensus of the Selectboard to put the renewal of Permit #2011-48 on-hold pending receipt of additional information.

Renewal, Abenaki Springs Phase I Ltd. Partners – 17 Avery Lane, Map and Lot #012-013-004: There was a consensus of the Selectboard to put the renewal of Permit #2014-10 on-hold pending receipt of additional information.

OLD BUSINESS:

Water and Sewer Receipts To-Date: The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the Water and Sewer Receipts To-Date from Mrs. Jodi Daigle. Total Receipts for the Fourth Quarter 2017 Billing was $135,058.95 or 81%. Total Left to Collect for the Fourth Quarter 2017 Billing is $31,597.06.

NEW BUSINESS:

Police Department Revolving Fund Expenditure Request: Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Police Department’s Revolving Fund Expenditure Request to purchase (1) Tire deflation device (Stop Stick) for the amount of $1,972.00. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Town Hall Soda Machine: The Selectboard recommended Mrs. Downing post the Soda Machine as a free item on Free Cycle and online Garage Sales. It must be removed by the interested party. If there is no interest it will be taken to the Recycling Center.

Thank You: A Thank You note was received from the family of Marion E. Plante for the donation. This is Mrs. Daigle’s grandmother.

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, (b) Hiring and (c) Reputations. Mr. Dalessio seconded the motion, on a roll call vote with Ms. Mayberrry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:25 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:52 PM.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of March 15, 2018, 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 7:53 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:58 PM.

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 8:00 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Town Reports are Ready

Hello Team Walpole: For those looking for a printed copy of the 2017 Town Report, they are now available at the Town Hall. I will be getting them distributed around town at the usual spots as soon as possible. Drop off areas include:

  • Galloway Real Estate
  • Library
  • Jakes Market & Deli
  • Drewsville General Store
  • 5 Star Beverage – North Walpole
  • Food Distributor Warehouse (DFW) – North Walpole

Any questions, just let me know. Since the Tax Collector and Town Clerk’s Office is open until 7pm, there is plenty of opportunity to pick up one today.

Sarah

Selectboard Office

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 2/22/18

TOWN OF WALPOLE

MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD

FEBRUARY 22, 2018

 

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 this meeting is being recorded and asked anyone wishing to speak to identify themselves for the record.  There were two members of the public in attendance.

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $17,854.42 for checks dated February 23, 2018.  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 February 17, 2018 in the amount of $24,384.02 for checks dated February 23, 2018.  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 $4,950.64 for the week ending February 17, 2018.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

PUBLIC BUSINESS:

Great Falls Regional Chamber of CommerceMs. Doreen Stoodley of the Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce came into the meeting.  She became the Executive Director last May and is reaching out to towns and businesses to meet them.  She had previously sent information on the 2017 Year in Review; Annual Events, Community Involvement, Monthly Mixers, Chowder and Chili cook-off, etc.

They are located in Bellows Falls at the Waypoint Center.  As of December 2017 they had 1990 visitors; over 1184 events for a total figure of over 2374.

They have members from the Town of Walpole.  There are 130 members.  Most members are from Bellows Falls and Rockingham, but they support nine towns.

She is trying to change the perception that the Chamber is Bellows Falls and Rockingham because they are New Hampshire and Vermont.  Rockingham Old Home Days is a Chamber event.  It is a great family event.  All the towns work together and their emergency services donate a lot of time and work.

They would be more than happy to participate in the next Walpole Old Home Days event and support other events.  If a new business came to town, the Chamber would do a ribbon cutting.

A copy of their new guidebook will be sent to the Selectboard Office as soon as it is printed.  They are also an informational center.

Ms. Mayberry suggested she meet with the North Walpole Village Board of Commissioners.  They meet Tuesday evenings in the back side of the Fire Station.

When the new Walpole Civic Directory is republished, a copy will be forwarded to the Chamber.  Walpole has quite a few businesses.  The Selectboard thanked Ms. Stoodley for attending the meeting.

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – February 15, 2018:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of February 15, 2018, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.  Mrs. Pschirrer abstained as she was not present.

 

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – February 15, 2018:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of February 15, 2018, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.  Mrs. Pschirrer abstained as she was not present.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The following Committee reports were received and reviewed:

  • Conservation Commission – February 5, 2018;
  • North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – February 13, 2018;
  • Walpole Planning Board – February 13, 2018.

 

VETERANS’ TAX CREDIT:

MAP and LOT #030-010-001Ms. Mayberry moved to grant the All Veterans’ Tax Credit for the current owner of Map and Lot #030-010-001.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

PROPERTY TAX REFUNDS:

Ms. Mayberry moved to grant the following five Property Tax Refunds that were all overpayments:

  • Map and Lot #021-024-001 – $14.52
  • Map and Lot #005-002-008 –    $12.37
  • Map and Lot #008-105-001 – $40.31
  • Map and Lot #020-001-000 –   $7.17
  • Map and Lot #028-060-000 – $341.50

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

 

OLD BUSINESS:

Joint Treatment of Wastewater AgreementMr. Dalessio moved to approve and sign the Joint Treatment of Wastewater Agreement between the Town of Walpole, New Hampshire and the Bellows Falls Village Corporation.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

This Agreement will now be forwarded to the Town’s Attorney Jeremy Hockensmith for his signature.

Water & Sewer Receipts to Date:  The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the Water and Sewer Receipts to-date from Mrs. Jodi Daigle.  41.7% has been paid to date.  She will be sending out 30-day notices, with interest, within two weeks.

Benefit Hours Program ReportMr. Rich Kreissle has been working to reconcile vacation and sick days with the department heads.  He is creating a summary of their discussions.  Mrs. Pschirrer will re-write the section on vacation time in the Personnel Manual as it is not always being interpreted accurately.  Mr. Dalessio wants to see a complete report before reconciled hours are included in next week’s paychecks.  Mrs. Pschirrer will talk to Mr. Kreissle about this tomorrow. It will be addressed during the next Staff Meeting.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

CLD/Fuss & O’Neill Contract:  The Town had been working with CLD Engineering who has now merged with Fuss & O’Neill.  They submitted a proposal with estimates for engineering after looking at the three red-listed bridges in Walpole.  Mr. Rau said this company has worked well with him on the Alstead Center Road and moving the fish ladder over to Houghton Brook.  There is $25,000 in the Bridge budget.  This proposal is $11,000 over that but there will be enough money in his bottom line to cover it.

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the CLD/Fuss & O’Neill contract for the scope of work on the three red-listed bridges in Town.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.    

NH DOT Resurfacing Projects:  A notice was received from the NH Department of Transportation that there will be a little more paving this summer.  It is for a small section of road in Walpole.

Fire Extinguisher Training:  The Safety Committee has asked for permission to hold training sessions on how to use fire extinguishers.  The first one will be held on March 30th.  There will be several more sessions after that.  Mrs. Downing explained some employees have never used one.  The Selectboard felt this is appropriate.

 

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 (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 7:15 PM. 

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:39 PM. 

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of February 22, 2018, 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.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:16 PM.

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

Town Meeting:  Mrs. Pschirrer would like to look at the budget and Warrant Articles in preparation of Town Meeting.  They expect the Department Heads to attend.  Mrs. Justine Fafara and Mr. Fred Ernst will be asked to attend to answer questions about the Library.

 

Annual ReportMrs. Downing will have the first print of the Annual Report tomorrow.  She will review it prior to the final printing.

 

 

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 8:28 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 2/15/18

 

 

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

 

CALL TO ORDER:  Mr. Dalessio called this Selectboard meeting to order at 6:30 PM 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 were three members of the public in attendance.

Mr. Dalessio took a moment to note that the Selectboard sends their deepest sympathy and warm thoughts to Peggy, Jodi and Harry Clark and their families for loss of a loved family member.  Peggy Pschirrer lost her husband, Jodi Daigle lost her grandmother and Harry Clark lost his father.

 

PUBLIC BUSINESS:

MAP and LOT #012-055-021Mr. Bill Carmody, Mr. Jeff Miller and Mr. Bob Miller were present.  Following a discussion on the zoning for Map and Lot #012-055-021, Mr. Dalessio summarized that research will be done for clarification on the Dearborn Circle lots.  Mr. Jeff Miller will get more detailed information on the 2007 Warrant Article.

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $587,047.21 for checks dated February 16, 2018.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

The above amount includes a monthly payment in the amount of $560,964.00 to the Fall Mountain Region School District.

 

PAYROLL:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Register for the week ending February 10, 2018, in the amount of $25,208.75 for checks dated February 16, 2017.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio 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 $5,196.36 for the week ending December 10, 2018.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

2018 ANNUAL WARRANT AND BUDGET PUBLIC HEARING – February 8, 2018:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the 2018 Annual Warrant and Budget Public Hearing of February 8, 2018, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING – February 8, 2018Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of February 8, 2018, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

 

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – February 8, 2018:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of February 8, 2018, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meetings:

  • North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – January 30, 2018;
  • North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – February 6, 2018.

 

VETERANS’ TAX CREDITS:

MAP and LOT #007-010-001:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant the Veterans’ Tax Credit for the current owner of Map and Lot #007-010-001.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

PROPERTY TAX ABATEMENT:

MAP and LOT #020-054-000Ms. Mayberry moved to deny the Property Tax Abatement for Map and Lot #020-054-000 based on the recommendation of Avitar Associates.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

Water & Sewer Receipts to Date: The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the Water and Sewer Receipts to date from Mrs. Daigle.  Invoices were sent out on January 31, 2018 and are due by March 2, 2018.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

Liquor and Entertainment Endorsement:  A request was received from Steven J. Rudek for a restaurant beverage/wine/liquor license with entertainment at the Potato Barn for Walpole Main Holdings LLC, DBA The Bellows Walpole Inn, located at 297 Main Street, Walpole, NH.

Ms. Mayberry moved to approve and sign the letter to the NH Liquor Commission advising that the Selectboard had no objections to Walpole Main Holdings LLC to selling liquor, beer and wine at the Potato Barn building or to provide entertainment at this additional location that adjourns The Bellows Walpole Inn. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.  

Benefit Hours Progress ReportMr. Kreissle provided an up-dated report on the Benefit Hours Progress.  He will be meeting with Police Chief Paquette, Mr. Rau of the Highway Department and Mr. Colburn of the Recycling Center starting tomorrow.

NHPDIP Summary:  Mr. Kreissle submitted a NHPDIP Summary as of February 15, 2018.  It is working very well.

 

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.  Mr. Dalessio seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved at 7:15 PM. 

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:25 PM. 

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of February 15, 2018, be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio 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 and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved at 7:26 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:32 PM. 

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

Village of Bellows Falls and Town of Walpole Waste Water Treatment Agreement:  Mr. Dalessio reported the Village of Bellows Falls Board of Trustees signed the Waste Water Treatment Agreement.  This will be an agenda item for the next meeting.  It will be sent to the Town Attorney, Mr. Hockensmith, as the agreement requires his signature.  The Village of Bellows Falls will provide bond information in the next couple of weeks.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:40 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Hooper Trustees Meeting Minutes- 2/15/18

 

 

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

 

CALL TO ORDER:  Mr. Dalessio called this Hooper Trustees meeting to order at 7:26 PM.

 

HOOPER TRUSTEES MINUTES:

HOOPER TRUSTEES MEETING – February 8, 2018Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Hooper Trustees meeting of February 8, 2018, as submitted.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio and Ms. Mayberry in favor, the Minutes were approved.

 

NON-PUBLIC HOOPER TRUSTEES SESSION – February 8, 2018Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Hooper Trustees Session of February 8, 2018, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio and Ms. Mayberry in favor, the Minutes were approved.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

Follow-Up – Hooper Mansion Furniture:  Mr. Dalessio reported at the Hooper Trustees meeting of February 8, 2018, the Hooper Trustees discussed that an area auction house was advertising several pieces of Hooper furniture for auction.  The Trustees questioned where the pieces came from since no one remembered seeing them at the Mansion sale.  Mr. Dalessio contacted the auction house and it was determined the pieces were purchased at the recent sale.

 

HOOPER BUSINESS:

Reimbursement of ExpensesMr. Dalessio moved to accept the transfer of $4,732.11 from the Hooper 1 Trust to the Town of Walpole.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio and Ms. Mayberry in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Dormant AccountMr. Dalessio moved to close the Hooper Cottage Escrow Account in the amount of $702.10 and deposit it into the Hooper 1 Trust.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio and Ms. Mayberry in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Account Detail Sample: Mr. Kreissle had submitted an account detail on the Hooper buildings.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Hooper Trustees meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:32 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

 

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 2/8/18

TOWN OF WALPOLE

MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD

FEBRUARY 8, 2018

 

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this Selectboard meeting to order at 6:50 PM in the Walpole Town Hall.  She advised this meeting is being recorded and asked anyone wishing to speak to identify themselves for the record.  There were no members of the public in attendance.

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $21,692.81 for checks dated February 9, 2018.  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 February 3, 2018, in the amount of $23,326.79 for checks dated February 9, 2018.  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 $4,547.91, for the week ending February 3, 2018.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – February 1, 2018:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of February 1, 2018, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

 

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – February 1, 2018:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of February 1, 2018, 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:

  • North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – January 23, 2018.

 

VETERANS’ TAX CREDIT:

MAP and LOT #008-097-000:  Ms. Mayberry advised this Veterans’ Tax Credit had previously been approved but the PA-29 form only had initials of one Selectboard member.  The Department of Revenue Administration (DRA) requested a PA-35 form be completed.  The Selectboard signed this form.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

2018 Warrant – Article #3Mrs. Pschirrer suggested this be clarified with an article in the Clarion and notice posted on the bulletin boards.  Mr. Dalessio said it should state that based on the advice of the Town Attorney the Selectboard does not recommend this Article.  The Town Attorney has questioned the legality of how this Article was written.  Mrs. Pschirrer will write the notice.

 

 

Water & Sewer Receipts to Date:  The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the Water/Sewer Receipts to Date as of February 8, 2018, from Mrs. Daigle.  The total owed for Winter 2018 is $166,656.01; Total Receipts for Winter 2018 Billed is $11,720.97 or 7%; Total Left to Collect for Winter 2018 Billing is $154,935.04.

 

Correction DeedMs. Mayberry moved to sign the Corrective Deed for the former Murtha property which is now owned by the Tysons.  This land was erroneously taken by tax lien.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved. 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

Pole and Conduit Licensing Petitions:  Mr. Rau approved and initialed these Pole and Conduit Licensing Petitions.  The Petitions are for moving poles.

Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Pole and Conduit Licensing Petitions for the Northern New England Telephone Operations LLC D/B/A FairPoint Communications-NNE and Liberty Utilities (Granite State Electric) for the following roads:

  • Cold River Road;
  • Wentworth Road;
  • Cold River Road.

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

 

Clarion Water and Sewer Article:  The first draft of the Water and Sewer Article written by Mr. Dalessio was reviewed.  Updates will be made prior to being sent to Mr. Boas for the Clarion.

 

Cold River Road Riverbank Erosion: Mr. Dalessio had been contacted by Ms. Janet Clark regarding the Cold River Road Riverbank Erosion and how it is affecting her land.  He has been doing research to obtain information in an effort to try to assist her.  This all started back in the 2005 flood when Ms. Clark lost her home.  At that time there was some Federal Assistance money available so a small log cabin was built to replace the home.  Mr. Dalessio provided an update from that time to now.  The Town does not own the riverbank. Therefore Ms. Clark would need to deal with the Department of Environmental Services (DES).  The Selectboard would consider writing a letter of support for Ms. Clark when she finds a solution.

 

Walpole Conservation Commission Ms. Mayberry, liaison to the Walpole Conservation Commission (WCC), advised that at the last meeting they discussed new members.  Mrs. Flammia will ask the interested parties to submit letters of interest to the Selectboard.  Mrs. Pschirrer noted that vacancies will be put on a list and posted after Town Meeting.  It gives new interested people an opportunity to apply for any vacancies.  Following a discussion the Selectboard agreed that being a Recording Secretary and an alternate member is not a conflict of interest.  It has occurred on other boards.  Ms. Mayberry would like to be included on WCC emails so she is aware of issues and prepared to assist the WCC.

 

Personnel Policy Manual – Snow Closures:  This was postponed until the next meeting.

 

  

OLD BUSINESS:

Houghton Brook and Alstead Center RoadMrs. Pschirrer reported that Mr. Rau just received a letter from the Department of Environmental Services (DES) approving the fish pool at Houghton Brook.  Mr. Rau will sign the paperwork and the DES will provide permits to take care of both the Houghton Brook and Alstead Center Road projects.

 

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 (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 7:37 PM.

 

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:45 P.M.

 

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of February 8, 2018, 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 7:46 P.M.

 

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:04 PM.

 

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 8:05 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Public Hearing for 2018 Annual Warrant and Budget – 2/8/18

TOWN OF WALPOLE

2018 ANNUAL WARRANT AND BUDGET

PUBLIC HEARING

February 8, 2018

 

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

 

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this 2018 Annual Warrant and Budget Public Hearing to order at 6:00 PM in the Walpole Town Hall.  She advised this Public Hearing is being recorded and asked anyone wishing to speak to identify themselves for the record.  Most Department Managers were present.  Mrs. Pschirrer thanked the public for attending.  After the Selectboard have made their presentation the Public Hearing will be opened up to the public.

The following documents were available:  1) General Fund Expenditure Detail Budget for Year Ending December 31, 2017; 2) 2017 Water Expenditures and 2018 Proposed Budget for Year Ending December 31, 2017; and 3) A Word About Financing the Budget/ Budget Perspectives / 2018 Budget Breakdown Labor, Required, Discretionary.

Mrs. Pschirrer began this Public Hearing by explaining how they reach a budget.  The Selectboard starts early in September and spends a full day working on the budget.  They need to know what has not been taken care of in 2017, in addition to projecting and thinking ahead to 2018.  The department directors are asked to draft budgets.  In December they meet with each department director and review their budgets.  At this time, they begin to get health care costs; in 2018 the rates went down 6.2%.  This is based on usage.  The life insurance and disability claims were down so those rates dropped about 32%.

They had a dramatic increase in legal fees in 2017.  This was doubled in the 2018 budget.  The Town was involved in some lawsuits which are now settled.  Last year they made two decisions that affect this budget; 1) to buy a new loader through a lease-purchase plan; the second-year installment out of a four- year plan is $56,863.00; 2) They also had a loan to buy a new police vehicle. The Police Department budget includes the second payment of $10,650.00.  The other lines were almost level funded.  There is an increase in the asphalt/tar line.  The Highway Department paved 10 miles of road this year and hope to do at least 10-to-11 miles in 2018.

A few years ago Revolving Funds were approved for the Recreation Department and Police Department.  These funds have saved us money.  This is money both departments bring in through their daily work.  In the summer the Recreation Department sells food at the pool.  Those funds go into their Revolving Fund.  It buys equipment that is not budgeted for.  At the end of 2017, this department had $23,000 left out of almost $70,000 taken in during the summer.  At the end of the year the Police Department had $27,000 left.  The Revolving Funds have been very helpful.

Another helpful thing is the PDIP Program that Mr. Tom Goins (Town Treasurer) and Mr. Rich Kreissle (Manager of Finance) put together.  The Town made about $27,000 interest in 2017.  This program enables them to make better money decisions.

At the end of the year the Town had an Unassigned Fund Balance of $1,700,000.  They have been trying to build this up because it is for the future.  It could be used to offset property taxes and in past years had been used for this purpose.  If it is spent, the Town could be in a bind when capital monies are needed for emergency projects.  The Selectboard is going to spend $200,000 of this fund to make repairs to the municipal buildings such as, to finish the Highway Department roof and to buy a much needed, new baler for the Recycling Center.  There are lots of changes in the budget but these are the highlights.  The Town employees will receive a 2% wage increase; it is not a big increase but gives the employees a little more income.

Mr. Dalessio advised that on the last page of the proposed budget there is a 6.72% decrease.  This does not include Warrant Articles.  The real decrease is 4.7%.

Mrs. Pschirrer mentioned that last year they had an unfunded mandate of $130,000 that was taken out of the Fund Balance.  It was for the Town-wide assessment.  The Selectboard have now taken a contract with Avitar Associates to do assessing work over the next five years. At the end of the five years, they will not have another huge bill for a complete Town-wide assessment.

The Warrant Articles and costs are listed on the back page of the proposed budget.

  • MUN Maintenance Town Facilities $200,000; this will be paid from the Unassigned Fund Balance;
  • POL Police Vehicle; the first lease-purchase payment is $10,975;
  • POL Police Vehicle – Equipment $15,000; this is contingent on the passing of the Police Vehicle Article;
  • POL Ductless Fume Hood $5,500 – the Police Department needs a good exhaust system because of the many things they deal with;
  • POL Speed Monitoring Trailer $16,000; this can be moved, it will flash and take a picture of the speeding vehicle. In time we might be able to begin a Revolving Fund;
  • HWY Capital Reserve Fund $15,000.

Last year Mrs. Pschirrer told the taxpayers the Town would not buy a new truck this year and we are not.  However, the Town’s trucks are aging rapidly and we must buy one next year.  A new truck costs much more than $15,000 but we will begin to build this fund so something is set aside.

There are two other Warrant Articles that do not involve money.  They are looking to change these Articles for the Police and Highway that were written back in the 1900s.  They do not take into account the contingency of what happens when someone totals a police car, as happened in 2017.  The Selectboard was not able to touch those Capital Reserve Funds.  They now have permission from the Department of Revenue Administration (DRA) to reword those Capital Reserve Funds so they not only speak to the issue of buying something, but should there be an emergency with either a police vehicle or highway truck, these funds can be used when needed.  The Selectboard will now be the Agents of the Capital Reserve Funds but would have to hold two Public Hearings before the funds are used.  Mr. Dalessio reported the total of Warrant Articles to be raised by taxes is $62,000.

Mr. Mark Houghton asked what amount is recommended for the Unassigned Fund Balance.  Ms. Mayberry replied the DRA recommendation is 8%-to-15% of the total budget.  The Town is building up this amount.  Mrs. Pschirrer mentioned the Town has an aging water system, sewer lines that need to be moved, etc.  They all cost a lot of money.

Mrs. Lynette Johnson realizes the Town has a lot of things in need of repairs/replacements but is concerned about the Town’s senior citizens.  Every year the Town has given a small donation to the Bellows Falls Area Senior Center that covers Bellows Falls, Rockingham, Walpole, North Walpole, Westminster, and other area towns.  She submitted a letter from the Bellows Falls Area Senior Center stating they have provided Meals-on-Wheels to Walpole and North Walpole for over 15 years.  Due to the lowering of the federal subsidy toward the cost of meals, the projected cost of the Walpole route alone is $14,650.00 for 2017-2018.  It is important to invest in the Town’s senior citizens now; it is a growing population.  Mrs. Pschirrer can appreciate her statement and is happy Mrs. Johnson is a volunteer.  The Selectboard received a letter from the BF Area Senior Center asking for a contribution; they assigned $2,500 in this budget.  They also support other agencies such as Monadnock Mental Health, Home Health Care, Southwestern Community Services, Fall Mountain Food Shelf, Friendly Meals, etc.  They also fund the Senior Citizens in Town.  This is all taxpayer money.  The Town’s 2018 budget has been determined.  Mrs. Pschirrer suggested she put up a display of the Senior Center’s needs at the Town Meeting.  Mrs. Johnson will do that.

Ms. Mayberry pointed out that the real purpose of the Unassigned Fund Balance is to lessen the impact of a catastrophic event or an urgent unanticipated need for funds.  It is not like putting money into a savings account because the State recommends that towns have some money set aside so if anything should happen in the Town and there is a need for funding, it will not directly impact the tax rate the following year.  They could use some of the Fund Balance to lessen the impact of the tax rate the following year but it is not to cushion the tax base.  Mrs. Johnson mentioned a need to take care of our senior citizens as they had built our Town.  Mrs. Pschirrer said they have seen an increase in the number of taxpayers who have applied for Elderly Exemptions, Veterans’ Credits, etc.  At last year’s Town Meeting, they increased the amount of money to make people more eligible for these discounts.  Mrs. Johnson just asked the Selectboard to look at her information.  Mr. Paul Colburn, Recycling Center, added the Center takes in about $2,500/year through the Re-use Center and it all goes to the food shelf.

Mr. Ernie Vose heard about extending the sewer line that currently goes across the Vilas Bridge to Bellows Falls by connecting it in North Walpole to go underneath the Arch Bridge.  What are the plans?  Mr. Mark Houghton advised that last year the engineering and survey work was started.  They need Plan “B” in the event of a catastrophic event.  The NH DES and State of VT are telling us the Vilas Bridge will probably not go anywhere.  Concrete is loose and swinging over the Town’s sewer line. Therefore it could damage the Walpole line so it is on the Town’s radar.  The Sewer Department has had their budget woes.  The funding has not been there to go beyond the planning phase but at some point it will have to be addressed.  It will be paid for by user fees.  Mr. Dalessio advised if this gets to the point where it has to be done, there will be a whole set of other conversations that will happen with several agencies.  We will continue to do preliminary work.  We cannot forget we are crossing under the railroad tracks, there is an embankment, etc.; it is complicated.  Mrs. Pschirrer said the State of NH has now put the Vilas Bridge back on their Ten-Year List.  The Selectboard has been to numerous meetings. Ms. Mayberry mentioned should it become necessary to move the sewer line, she feels there will be opportunities for grants.

 

Mrs. Pschirrer asked everyone to attend the Town Meeting on Saturday, March 17th at 1:00 PM in the Walpole Town Hall.  There were 8 members of the public and 9 Town employees in attendance.

 

ADJOURNMENT:  Mrs. Pschirrer adjourned this Special Public Hearing at 6:35 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary