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Hooper Trustees Meeting Minutes – 7/23/20

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this Hooper Trustees meeting to order at 8:10 PM.  This meeting is being filmed by FACT-TV.  

HOOPER TRUSTEES MINUTES:

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

HOOPER BUSINESS:

June Reimbursement from the Hooper Education Trust to the Town of Walpole: Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the transfer for June 2020 from the Hooper Education Trust to the Town of Walpole in the amount of $8,162.85.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

June Reimbursement from the Hooper Maintenance Trust to the Town of Walpole:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the transfer for June 2020 from the Hooper Maintenance Trust to the Town of Walpole in the amount of $260 for a mowing charge.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were 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 were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 8:15 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 7/23//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 6:32 PM.  The Selectboard is happy to see so many people present at this meeting.  We have eight Boy Scouts present who are working to achieve their “Citizenship in The Community “badges.  Several parents of the Boy Scouts in addition to other members of the Legislature and Town residents were present.  State Senator Jay Kahn who represents this district had asked to come into a meeting to tell us about Legislative updates.   Representatives Michael Abbott, Cathryn Harvey and Lucy Weber were present.  Mrs. Pschirrer is the Chair of the Selectboard; she introduced Ms. Cheryl Mayberry and Mr. Steven Dalessio the other two Selectboardmembers.  Mrs. Sarah Downing, Manager of Administration, and Ms. Regina Borden, Recording Secretary, are also in attendance.  This meeting is being filmed by FACT-TV. It is available for viewing on the internet.          

PUBLIC BUSINESS:

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE WITH STATE SENATOR JAY KAHN:  Senator Kahn is appreciative of the hospitality received in the Town of Walpole.  He thanked Mrs. Sarah Downing, for setting this meeting up and thanked his colleagues from the Senate and House for attending.  This was a different exchange this year; collaboration crossed both chambers.  They collaborated on a number of bills.  March 12th and March 13thwere interesting dates for him because, at that time, both chambers suspended the legislative session.  The governor declared a State of Emergency.  We experienced a “Stay At Home” Order.  It drastically disrupted the regular schedule for the Legislature.  The House could not continue with their committee hearings; they could not exchange documents.  He gave tremendous credit to the leadership to both the House and Senate.  Thirty-three bills ended up on the Governor’s desk from about 220 different pieces of legislation.  Four hundred forty (440) pieces had passed through both the House and Senate.  They were able to look at bills that had priorities; some were left on the table.  They were able to be protective and serve their district in Cheshire County.  

Senator Kahn explained the process that resulted in not a single vote being cast against the legislation.  It covers things for educational suspension and probation laws.  There is an appeal process so students can continue to have learning plans while on suspension; it is age appropriate.  They can appeal to be assigned to another school or district.  The FMRSD is SB-2 but the Town is not.  The new bill makes them both the same at a 60% vote rather than one at a 2/3 vote.  SB-2 is already 60%. Each of the bills had hearings.

Senator Kahn worked with Representative Weber on a Tele-Medicine Bill.  He worked with Representative Bill Marsh to put together a package.  It would be for voice or video consultation.  Before the pandemic, only 1% of all health care was reimbursed by Medicaid to the State; it was under-utilized.  The importance of this is to have equal pay and cut costs.  It allows for clinics to do medically assisted treatment.  The governor signed this bill.

The governor signed the Broadband Bill.  No money is attached to it.  HB 1111 is relative to municipal broadband infrastructure bonds and establishing communications districts.  Mrs. Pschirrer mentioned that Walpole now has their bond.  This bill is a few months late for Walpole, but it is a terrific bill.  

HB 1129 will allow them to hold their Town Meeting in 2021 in a virtual manner and have alternative voting.  

Senator Kahn talked about long-term care. The cost of the Nursing Assistance Program has been resolved at Maplewood Nursing Home.  The 50% reimbursement cost is taken care of.

The Trump Prescription Drug Executive Orders are an asset to the State.  Insulin and epi-pens must now be covered by any insurer in the State of NH.    

Another benefit added to Medicaid is dental.  It is 90% reimbursed by Federal Medicaid.  Beginning April 2021, denta will be a supported benefit.   If you provide maternity services, you must provide abortion services.  There is some concern at the Federal level; same sex couples can adopt children.    

The Statute of Limitations on Sexual Assault Crimes is eliminated.  There is a bill that prohibits the use of strangle holds by law enforcement.  These should not have waited for another legislative session.  It was a productive session.  

Senator Kahn serves on the Fiscal Committee in the Senate.  The State revenues will be shy by about $150,000,000.  This figure might double or be even more because one-half of the tax year has expired.  They can tap into some of the State reserve. However, the next biennial budget will have an issue. They are trying to accommodate for business losses during this pandemic.  Our Federal delegation is doing a good job.  They have not asked the municipalities how much they lost during this pandemic.  He heard that in Cheshire County tax collections have been strong.  

Representative Lucy Weber wanted to thank Senator Kahn for the initial Broadband Bill that allowed us to vote to pass a bond issue that is going to provide an incredible service to everybody in the Town.  She referred to the $150,000,000 shortfall that Senator Kahn mentioned.  Under the CARES Act, we have had $1.25 billion in this State.  This is completely controlled by the governor. He has made every effort to be sure that the Legislature has no input or over-site in how that is spent.  We are working to get a little more of that.  This is an enormous concern of hers.  It is the Legislature that should been approved and accepted the disbursement of that money.  This is a concern of all of theirs going forward. They do hope that the next round of CARES money will have some help for the municipalities and the taxpayers.  

Representative Michael Abbott is just about finishing his third term in the legislature.  He serves on the Public Works and Highways Committee.  He noticed the Ten Year Transportation Plan on tonight’s agenda. The Vilas Bridge is at the end.  He knows that Ms. Mayberry serves on the Southwest Region Planning Commission’s Transportation Advisory Committee.  

Representative Cathryn Harvey is the mother of four Eagle Scouts.  This has benefited them many times in their lives.  She hopes the Boy Scouts present at this meeting will continue in their journey.  She feels Senator Kahn did a good job in explaining the situation on March 12th.  She wanted to remind everyone that they have to operate under the Constitution that was created in the 1700s.  They were in that situation because they are under an obligation to operate as best as they can with what they have now.

Mr. Dalessio hopes the Legislatures present at this meeting will consider a Job Relocation Bonus Program.  Vermont is offering $10,000 to relocate.  We are struggling in NH to find talent.Vermont is offering $10,000.  With reference to the Town Meeting in 2021, is that a virtual meeting or a mixed-bag?  It would be better one-way or the other.  Representative Abbott said it depends on the governor.  

Mr. Dalessio mentioned the Vilas Bridge is only 50% funded on the Ten Year Transportation Plan.  If it remains at 50%, it might not get repaired.

Mr. Dalessio said it would be helpful if more future CARES money could be used.  We would like to use some of this money to prepare the Town for another possible pandemic or other emergency.  There is a need for better emergency communication between Town departments.  The Broadband that will be installed in August will be a huge help.  A lot of things the Town submitted were turned down.  Senator Kahn noted it was the intent of the CARES Act to invest in the town’s infrastructure and emergency preparedness awareness.  Those are crucial.  Mrs. Pschirrer reported that Walpole was allocated $91,000+ but so much of what we sent in and what we had to do for this pandemic was denied.  If we only spend $10,000, where does the rest of that money go?  We could have used it to add a generator to the Town Hall so it can function as an emergency center.  Senator Kahn said given the deadline on these expenditures, he thinks the governors across the nation will ask the Federal Government to extend the deadline from December 30, 2020, to a to-be-designated date.

There was general discussion relative to the 2020 Election.  Senator Kahn believes every town has already received absentee ballots for the Primary Election.  Mrs. Pschirrer noted a complication will be that voters do not get absentee ballots for Town Meetings.  If they cannot attend the meeting they do not have a vote.  

Mr. Bill Stahl advised the Fall Mountain Regional School District Board met today and discussed the schools opening.  He cannot give them the specifics.  They will meet again next week.  There are a lot of good people coming up with a lot of great ideas.

Senator Jay Kahn thanked the Selectboard for this opportunity to meet with them.  He congratulated them on the Arch Bridge Pole Lighting Agreement with the NH Department of Transportation.  Mrs. Pschirrer confirmed that the agreement has not yet been officially accepted by the NH DOT. The Arch Bridge will have lights on the NH side.  It will no longer be as dangerous crossing the bridge as it is now.  The Selectboard is grateful that Senator Kahn and the other visitors attended this educational meeting.                        

     

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the amount of $224,096.82 for checks issued July 24,2020.  This includes a $68,762.56 payment to the Village of Bellows Falls for sewer usage and bond.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were 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 July 18, 2020, in the amount of $34,257.20 for checks dated July 24, 2020, and the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Payroll Tax Transfer in the amount of $6,569.67.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

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

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the following Committee reports:

Cemetery Trustees Meeting – July 6, 2020;
Town Library Board of Trustees Meeting – June 10, 2020;
Town Library Board of Trustees Meeting – July 14, 2020;
Planning Board Meeting – July 14, 2020;
Zoning Board of Adjustment Meeting – July 17, 2020.

BUILDING PERMIT:

Permit #2020-26; SMITH LIVING TRUST, 241 Prospect Hill Road, Map and Lot #008-107-000:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant Building Permit #2020-26 for the Smith Living Trust to build a “23’ x 22’ Family Room Addition” at 241 Prospect Hill Road, Map and Lot #008-107-000.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

NOTICE OF INTENT TO CUT WOOD OR TIMBER:

MAP and LOT #009-012-002:  Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Notice of Intent to Cut Wood or Timber for Map and Lot #009-012-002, off March Hill Road, as submitted.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

NEW BUSINESS:

Dr. Shaw:  Mrs. Pschirrer announced that Dr. Shaw just arrived at the meeting.  He is the Town’s Health Officer and is here to discuss a number of issues.  The first one is mask wearing which we are all doing.  Last week at the Selectboard meeting, they did mandate the wearing of masks in all public Town buildings.  We have had some people in Town request that they mandate wearing masks anywhere people go in Town.  There was a lawsuit recently involving the City of Nashua which mandated the wearing of masks everywhere and it was immediately challenged.  The decision was upheld.  Walpole has not gone down that route.  We have left it up to retailers and restauranteurs.  They understand our Health Officer has more power about this than the Selectboard. However, Dr. Shaw is questioning this.  Dr. Shaw began by stating this is “huge”.  There is a lot to stay informed about.  The history on masks has been irregular; it creates mixed messages.  Today at 11:00 AM,he listened to the Commissioner of Education about opening schools in NH.  There is little doubt about what a mask will do:  1) they protect everybody else from him; and 2) they protect him from everybody else; and 3) it makes a statement.  Masks are uncomfortable.  We are allowed to walk away from a person not wearing a mask.  There are a couple of reasons why he would prefer not to make wearing masks mandatory.  No. 1) Right now we are in a low risk area; 2) Much of the activity around here is outside; 3) Walmart, Target, Kroeger and other large stores have all made wearing a mask in their stores mandatory.  They are doing something they would probably rather not do.  At this point, his feeling is that all businesses have a mask policy and a distancing policy.  They will watch the numbers and revisit this issue.  We, as a Town, need to rely on our community spirit and our community strength.              

Election Days re: Food:  Mrs. Pschirrer explained that food on Election Days has become an issue.  In the past, it was tradition that the Walpole Grange sold hot dogs as a fundraiser at Town Meeting and at the end the meeting, have celebratory cake and coffee.  In March, the night before the Town’s Annual Meeting,the Town Moderator cancelled the serving of food. This issue has now come up again.  Do they feed the workers and voters?  The Walpole Town Hall has a great kitchen.  People have also donated cookies, brownies and other food items to the Grange.  Mr. Jack Wozmak, Moderator, does not have a problem with serving food.  Restaurants are open and there are food service guidelines.  There is no identifiable transmission from food to people.  He thinks the risk is low. There is a strong history of the Walpole Grange having food on election days.  Precautions will be taken; hand washing, wearing a mask and gloves, etc.  A suggested change would be to have the server handle the food.  He talked about duration and proximity.  There will be fewer booths which gives more spacing.  It does not take long for a voter to move through the line.  

 

Representative Weber is not going to challenge the discussion because she agrees with all of it.  She has one small caution on the testing.  They used to get results back in about 48 hours. Now they are waiting for a week for test results to come back.  There is a much larger time lag now.  We are now looking out to three weeks and exposure.  Statewide, the hospitalization numbers are creeping up again.  She watches the numbers.

Mr. Leroy Watkins reported the Grange discussed this.  After a lot of deliberation, they set up a committee who talked about what measures they should take to serve food safely to the poll workers and some voters.  They plan to talk to a few restaurant owners.  They would be happy to work with the Moderator and Selectboard.  This goes back about 60-70 years of tradition.  Mr. Dalessio mentioned there is no question about the quality of food. However, they must maintain safe distancing.  It will be hard to control that.  People have to take their masks off to eat.  Mrs. Pschirrer noted that decisions on the food will be made before the first Election Day.              

2023-2032 Ten Year Transportation Plan:  The Selectboardacknowledged receipt of the 2023-2032 Ten Year Transportation Plan from the Southwest Region Planning Commission (SWRPC). The Selectboard was invited to make comments on it.  Mr. Dalessio pointed out that they support the Vilas Bridge.  Ms. Mayberry is not aware of any highway projects that would qualify at this time.  The only possible one was on Route 12 at the Shaw’s Plaza. In past correspondence with the State, there was not a lot of history on crashes at this site.  Mr. Dalessio noted the Department of Transportation did not want to see traffic lights there.  Mrs. Pschirrer will send a note to SWRPC that they will support and urge the rehabilitation of the Vilas Bridge.

Gay Office Building Letter:  Len-Tex had sent a letter to the Village Commissioners, North Walpole Village District, dated July 15, 2020, and forwarded a copy to the Walpole Selectboard.  The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the copy of this letter from Len-Tex. However, Mr. Dalessio explained this is a North Walpole issue.

Drewsville Common re: Soccer Net Donation:  Mr. Dalassio reported that a resident of Drewsville would like to donate a soccer net for the Drewsville Common.  He does not have any objections but will leave the decision to the Recreation Department.  Ms. Mayberry will follow up on this with them.

OLD BUSINESS:

Huntington Realty, Karlson Realty and Chamberlain Machine Sewer Easement Agreement:  Mr. Dalessio recommended sending Mr. Mark Houghton’s comments to Attorney Jeremy Hockensmith for an opinion.  Mrs. Pschirrerpointed out that the Sewer Ordinance might not remain the same in perpetuity.  This is a lengthy Easement with several property owners.

Brownsfields EPA Grant Update:  Mrs. Pschirrer reported that Ransom Consulting is testing this property and found some PSAF. However, Ransom is not concerned.  The State of NH has not yet set clean-up guidelines in soil.  The migration is negligible, but is present.

Recreation Area Parking Lot: Lot Line Adjustment and Deed with Letter:  Mrs. Pschirrer advised the Town will be appearing at the Planning Board meeting in August.  This property is next to the Recreation Area and Walpole Elementary School.  It was approved by the district towns in March 2020.  

The Town of Walpole will buy it for $1.00 from the FMRSD. The expense of the survey and documents will be paid byWalpole.  The new survey is different than the survey done in early 1982.  They expect this will be approved by the Planning Board.  A letter to confirm that the Elementary School can park on that area will be a part of this Lot Line Adjustment.

Boy Scouts:  Mr. Dalessio announced that the Boy Scouts were excused at this time but they were welcome to stay in the meeting if they chose to do so.  They were invited to have some refreshments before leaving.  This included brownie bars made by Mrs. Pschirrer.

Pending Further Action:

The following Agenda items will remain on this pending list as there is no new information available at this time.

Houghton Brook Fish Ladder;
Mill Pond Beaver Activity;
Hitching Post Area by Walpole Grocery.

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 were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 8:10 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:15 PM.

FACT-TV:  Mrs. Pschirrer announced that this concludes the regular Selectboard and Hooper Trustees meetings.  The Selectboard will be enter into a Non-Public Session.  FACT-TV ceased filming and left the meeting.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:

Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into a Non-Public SelectboardSession pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel and (c) Reputations.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrerasked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  On a roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was made at 8:16 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 9:00 PM.

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

OTHER BUSINESS:

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

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

ADJOURNMENT:

Mr. Dalessio moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 9:05 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Special Alert from the Town Hall

Sarah Downing called and ask me to put out an alert that the Town Hall is temporarily unable to receive email.  If you need to connect them you will need to use the telephone.  Remember that method of contact?  We may not have used it very often lately but the telephone does work! – Lil

Hooper Trustees Meeting Minutes – 7/16/20

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this Hooper Trustees meeting to order at 7:12 PM.  This meeting is being recorded.

HOOPER TRUSTEES MINUTES:

HOOPER TRUSTEES MEETING – July 9, 2020:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Hooper Trustees meeting of July 9, 2020, as submitted.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

HOOPER BUSINESS:

Grants:  Ms. Mayberry received an email about one of the Foundations offering a grant that she forwarded to Mrs. Helen Dalbeck for her information.

Hooper Institute Board:  Mr. Dalessio reported that the Hooper Institute Board is looking into a bunch of fundraising ideas.  Some ideas mentioned are a 5-K Run in September or October; it might be a virtual or off-in- waves run.  There will be more discussion but suggestions keep moving along.

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 were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:16 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

________________________​​________________________________________

Peggy L. Pschirrer, Chair​​Cheryl Mayberry​​Steven Dalessio

(Note:  These are unapproved Minutes.  Corrections will be found in the Minutes of the July 23, 2020, Hooper Trustees meeting.)      

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 7/16/20

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 in the Walpole Town Hall.  This meeting is being recorded by FACT-TV and is available for viewing on the internet.  She asked anyone wishing to speak to identify themselves for the record.  There was one visitor in attendance; Ms. Celeste Aumand.  

PUBLIC BUSINESS:

CELESTE AUMAND:  Mrs. Pschirrer welcomed Ms. Celeste Aumand who is a Commissioner of the North Walpole Village District.  Ms. Aumand had several matters to discuss with the Selectboard.

Mountain View:  Ms. Aumand has asked in the past about putting up the flashing speed sign on Mountain View by the school. Her father has given permission to the Town to put it on their property.  There are kids riding their bikes and she just wants drivers to slow down for safety reasons.    

Monument by Arch Bridge:  Ms. Aumand reported they cut back small trees, bushes and weeds so everyone can now see the Monument near the Arch Bridge in North Walpole.  Ms. Mayberry advised that Mrs. Barbara O’Brien did that for many years.  The Selectboard expressed their appreciation for having this project taken care of.

Railroad Tracks:  Ms. Aumand contacted Mr. Gary McCormick about the railroad tracks by the Five Star Store and asked him to do something about the problem.  The first step is probably to notify the railroad company.  Several years ago, the railroad company had put rubber inserts in there to absorb some of the vibration/bounce as vehicles drive over the tracks.  When people come from Church Street, they usually stop before going over the tracks. Vehicles coming off the bridge do not.  There could be an accident.        

Catch Basins:  Ms. Aumand asked if the Town will be taking care of the catch basins around the Village.  Will they be putting tar down?  Ms. Mayberry will follow-up with the Highway Department. She assumes they will be taking care of the catch basins.

Village and Town:  Ms. Aumand stated the Village has no problems with helping the Town.  What can they do to help with the dumping problem across the highway by Aubuchon’s Store?  Mrs. Pschirrer replied that the Town will be posting “No Dumping” signs.  The people who were camping there had their RV and car removed.  Ms. Aumand noted there is now another camper in there.  Mrs. Pschirrer said if it is on the Connecticut River side, they will contact Fish and Game to make them aware of this.  There has to be access to the river in case Fish and Game and/or Emergency Responders (Police Departments and/or Fire Departments) are responding to an emergency.  There are 37 miles to monitor in Walpole.  With “No Dumping” signs the Police have the authority to go through bags looking for evidence of who dumped it. Thee Police can put out an arrest warrant for the individual.  Mr. Dalessio pointed out that camping is allowed on Town property but dumping is not allowed.  Mrs. Pschirrer will alert the Police Department about the new RV camper.            

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the total amount of $626,201.01 for checks issued July 17, 2020.  This amount includes a $615,232.00 monthly payment to the Fall Mountain Regional School District.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were 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 July 11, 2020, in the amount of $31,693.33 for checks issued July 17, 2020, and the electronic 941 Payroll Tax Transfer of $6,125.24.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.  

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MINUTES – July 9, 2020:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of July 9, 2020, as submitted.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – July 9, 2020: Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of July 9, 2020, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the following Committee reports:

Conservation Commission Meeting – June 1, 2020;
Conservation Commission Meeting – July 6, 2020.

BUILDING PERMITS:

Permit #2020-22 – MICHAEL and TRACY BEAM, 20 Eaton Road, Map and Lot #011-044-000:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant Building Permit No. 2020-22 for Michael and Tracy Beam to build a “24’ x 12’ Woodshed” at 20 Eaton Road, Map and Lot #011-044-000.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Permit #2020-23 – BRUCE CARRUTHERS, 28 Main Street, Map and Lot #019-042-000:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant Building Permit No. 2020-23 for Bruce Caruthers to build a “22’ x 12’ Single Bay Garage” at 28 Main Street, Map and Lot #019-042-000.  In accordance with the condition of the Site Plan there is an alarm system that the Fire Department approved and no matter what happens to this property the monitoring must remain in place.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrerasked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Permit #2020-24 – KAREN GALLOWAY, 2009 Revocable Trust, 885 County Road, Map and Lot #005-065-000:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant Building Permit No. 2020-24 for Karen Galloway to build a “36’ x 36’ Horse Barn” at 885 County Road, Map and Lot #005-065-000.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Permit #2020-25 – LaROCHE REVOCABLE TRUST, 190 Reservoir Road, Map and Lot #011-001-001:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant Building Permit No. 2020-25 for LaRoche Revocable Trust to construct a “38’ x 30’ House w/attached 38’ x 24’ Garage” at 190 Reservoir Road, Map and Lot #011-001-001.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

NH DOT Municipal Work Zone Agreement:  Ms. Mayberry moved to authorize the Chair, Mrs. Peggy L. Pschirrer, to sign the Municipal Work Zone Agreement for Walpole, NH – Rockingham, VT.  This is State Project: 42277; Federal Project: X-A004(799).  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.  

Mrs. Pschirrer advised that a copy of this signed document must be given to the Police Department because it speaks specifically to the control of traffic.        

NH DOT New Arch Bridge Municipal Lighting Agreement: Mrs. Pschirrer reported that the NH Department of Transportation invited us to make any additions or corrections to this New Arch Bridge Municipal Lighting Agreement therefore she sent it to Attorney Hockensmith for his review.  They were both concerned about liability to the Town if there should be a major accident on the bridge.  Ms. Mayberry asked what would happen if Walpole wanted to end this project.  It does not state who would take down the poles; it is left open-ended.  Mrs.Pschirrer sees this as going forward for a number of years.  She feels the State would take down the poles because they are on their bridge; they will own them.  On page 3, No. 9, Mrs. Pschirrer added at the end “by the Department”.  She will send this draft back to the NH DOT to see how they accept our changes.

Huntington Realty Sewer Easement Deed: Mr. Dalessio advised that he and Mr. Mark Houghton are concerned with protecting the other Walpole Sewer Users.  There are comments.  Mrs. Pschirrer noted that some things are highlighted.  There was a consensus to table this agenda item until the Selectboard meeting next week.

Recreation Area Parking Lot: Lot Line Adjustment and Deed with Letter:  Mrs. Pschirrer reported that the Selectboardis scheduled to be on the next Planning Board agenda in August for the Recreation Area Parking Lot; Lot Line Adjustment.  The papers were filed by Mr. Joe DiBernardo.  Mrs. Pschirrer gave Mrs. Downing maps to be kept in the office.  

OHRVs and Class VI Roads:  Mrs. Pschirrer acknowledged receipt of an email from Officer DeLisle of NH Fish and Game and a response from Lew Shelley of the Walpole Conservation Commission regarding OHRVs and Class VI roads.  The NH Fish and Game is in charge of managing all the OHRVs.  Ms. Mayberry felt they want to be sure that the Police will enforce what the rules are.  Mrs. Pschirrer said NH Fish and Game is supposed to be taking care of some of this monitoring.  We have been putting signs up.  The Walpole Police cannot be everywhere at the same time.  The Selectboard does not want to take the authority away from NH Fish and Game.  The Conservation Commission will continue to talk about this.  Mr. Shelley is interested with the Class VI roads.  Snowmobiling in Walpole is a big activity, but they control themselves.  At this time the Selectboard will leave the monitoring as is.

Town Hall and Walpole Businesses re: Masks: Mrs. Pschirrer advised they have a request from one local business owner that the Selectboard mandate wearing masks in Town businesses.  Yesterday the court upheld the right of the City of Nashua and their aldermen to mandate that everyone wear a mask.  In accordance with this decision and an opinion from the NH Municipal Association, the Selectboard can mandate that people wear masks inside Town buildings. Mr. Dalessio feels the Selectboard should mandate wearing masks in all Town owned buildings but leave it to the business owners to enforce wearing masks in their establishments.  Mrs. Pschirrer stated they can write a letter to this effect and urge them to do that.  Disposable masks will be available for those who need face coverings whilein Town buildings.  Hand sanitizer dispensers are in the hallway and in the large meeting room.  Tables and chairs continue to be disinfected after each meeting.  They could ask Dr. Shaw as Health Officer to support their efforts to wear masks as he has the authority to mandate wearing masks.  Mrs. Pschirrer will let Mr. Tom Goins know that everybody in Town buildings will be mandated to wear masks. They will support Mr. Goins efforts to have everyone wear masks while inside businesses.

Pending Further Actions:

The following agenda items will remain on this pending list as there is no new information available at this time.

Town Deeded Properties;
Houghton Brook Fish Ladder;
Mill Pond Beaver Activity;
Hitching Post Area by Walpole Grocery.

NEW BUSINESS:

Two Cards to Sign:  The Selectboard signed a Thank You note to Mrs. Jan Galloway-Leclerc who donated the milling of the wood for the Reuse Building at the Recycling Center.  They also signed a condolence card for the Paquette family.

Senator Jay Kahn:  Mrs. Pschirrer announced that next week Senator Jay Kahn will be here to provide us with a Legislative Update.  The meeting will start at 6:30 PM.  The Boy Scouts will be present as observers.  They are working on their Citizenship in The Community badges.

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.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:12 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:16 PM.

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

Farewell Parade:  Mrs. Pschirrer announced that there will be a Farewell Parade on July 27th, 2020, for Justine Fafara who will be leaving as the Director of the Walpole Library.  Everyone is invited to join in.  They will stage at the elementary school. The police will lead them past the Library at 5:00 PM.  There will be fire trucks.  Mrs. Fafara will be on the Library porch.  A Search Committee has been formed to find a new director.  Jamie Rios and Chris Burchstead will share the responsibilities until a new director has been hired.        

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:

Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into a Non-Public SelectboardSession pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  On a roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:17 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:21 PM.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of July 16, 2020, be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.  

ADJOURNMENT:

Mr. Dalessio moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:22 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Masks Required in Town Buildings

At last night’s Selectboard Meeting, the Board made a motion and passed a requirement that anyone entering a Town building is required to wear a mask. New signage has been posted with this message at the Town Hall. Visitors without face coverings will not receive service from Town employees. Additionally, those attending meetings in the Town Hall will also be required to wear a face mask. The Selectboard want all Town employees and visitors to feel as safe as possible. Disposable masks will be available for those who need face coverings. Hand sanitizer dispensers are in the hallway and in the large meeting room. Tables and chairs continue to be disinfected after each meeting.

 

For next Thursday’s Selectboard Meeting, State Senator Jay Kahn will be meeting with the Selectboard starting at 6:30 PM for a legislative update report and discussion.

 

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 7/9/20

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 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 visitors at this meeting; Mrs. Jan Galloway-Leclerc, Chair of the Zoning Board of Adjustment and Mrs. Myra Mansouri, Vice-Chair of the Zoning Board of Adjustment.  

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel and (c) Reputations.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were 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 7:16 PM.

Mr. Dalessio moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of July 9, 2020, be sealed.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the total amount of $37,000.16 for checks issued July 10, 2020.  This amount includes a $23,689.54 payment to the NH Retirement System.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were 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 July 4, 2020, in the amount of $2,034.93, for checks issued July 10, 2020, and the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes in the amount of $623.19.  This is the additional First Responder stipends under the CARES Act and will be reimbursed to the Town.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.    

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Payroll Check Register for the week ending July 4, 2020, in the amount of $32,382.36, for checks issued July 10, 2020, and the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes in the amount of $6,103.68.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MINUTES – July 2, 2020:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of July 2, 2020, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.  Ms. Mayberry abstained from this vote as she was not present at this meeting.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – July 2, 2020: Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of July 2, 2020, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.  Ms. Mayberry abstained from this vote as she was not present at this meeting.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the following Committee reports:

North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners Meeting – June 16, 2020;
North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners Meeting – June 23, 2020.

BUILDING PERMITS:

Permit #2020-18; JILL ROBINSON, 35 High Street, Map and Lot #021-023-000:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant Building Permit No. 2020-18 for Jill Robinson to construct a “86’ x 36’ Single Story Home with an Apartment over the Garage” at 35 High Street, Map and Lot #021-023-000.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Permit #2020-19; SABIN ROCK FARM, LLC, 87 Reservoir Road, Map and Lot #010-026-000:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant Building Permit No. 2020-19 for Sabin Rock Farm, LLC to construct a “21’ x 24.5’ Addition to House with 15’ x 12’ Screened Porch” at 87 Reservoir Road, Map and Lot #010-026-000.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

LAND USE CHANGE TAX:

MAP and LOT #009-004-000:  Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Land Use Change Tax for Map and Lot #009-004-000 for $520 for land no longer contiguous with parcels in the same ownership.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

MAP and LOT #013-050-000:  Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Land Use Change Tax for Map and Lot #013-050-000 for $2,500 for an increased disturbed area that includes a large garage/storage building.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

NH DOT New Arch Bridge Lighting:  Mrs. Pschirrer had sent copies of the NH Department of Transportation New Arch Bridge Lighting Agreement to Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Attorney Hockensmith to review.  She was not sure the Town was protected by just agreeing to take care of maintenance because circumstances could occur that our liability would be unreasonable.  An example:  a large truck could hit one of the light poles and knock it down.  She asked Attorney Hockensmith to insert a statement to protect the Town should something similar occur.  Attorney Hockensmith felt it was important to not let the Town be exposed as the agreement is currently written.  He thought it might be ready for this week’s meeting however it was not received.  It will be on next week’s agenda.      

Camping on Town Property:  The Selectboard had received information from Mr. Shelley and Mrs. Flammia, members of the Walpole Conservation Commission (WCC), about camping.  Mr. Shelley advised that the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (SPNHF) does not allow camping on any of their properties so that includes High Blue.  It connects with the Twombly Town Forest.  The SPNHF has some Easements in Town.  Ms. Mayberry reported that during the WCC meeting last Monday night the members were pretty much onboard with camping issues as previously discussed.  They did not want to prohibit camping as people are being encouraged to be outside but they wanted people to be cautious.  The question of permitting came up at the meeting.  Mrs. Pschirrer explained the Permits would be obtained in the Selectboard Office at no charge. Mr. Dalessio had suggested this but after giving it more thought he was not sure permitting was necessary.  To date they were just aware of one camping incident.  It was low impact; everything had been cleaned and taken care of.  Mrs. Pschirrer’s concern is that Permitting increases the workload of the office staff and suggests an enforcement issue.  Ms. Mayberry asked but what recourse do they have to preserve their land from the people who trash it.  If you permit it there is some accountability.  She suggested re-visiting this camping issue again if it becomes an issue.  Mrs. Pschirrer felt the SPNHF Easement areas should be posted as “No Camping” by them.  The Selectboard can determine if they will allow camping on Town properties.  Mr. Dalessio is in favor of “No Dumping” signs; they are appropriate.    

Senator Jay Kahn Legislative Update:  Senator Jay Kahn will attend the Selectboard meeting on July 23rd to provide a Legislative Update.  Mr. Dalessio will invite the Boy Scouts to attend this meeting as they are working on their “Citizenship” badges.  

Pending Further Actions:

The following Agenda items will remain on this pending list as there is no new information available at this time:

Town Deeded Properties;
Houghton Brook Fish Ladder;
Mill Pond Beaver Activity;
Hitching Post Area by Walpole Grocery;
Recreation Area Parking Lot: Lot Line Adjustment and Deed with Letter.

NEW BUSINESS:

PA-28 Request Form for 2021: Mr. Dalessio moved to notify the NH Department of Revenue Administration that the Town of Walpole “Will not be using the PA-28 Inventory of Taxable Property Taxes Form in 2021”.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.   The Selectboard signed the letter of confirmation.  

Staff Meeting for July 16th:  The Selectboard made a decision to not proceed with scheduling this July 16th Staff meeting.  The next Staff Meeting will be scheduled for August 20th, 2020.

Recreation Department:  Ms. Mayberry asked for an opinion on the following Recreation activity.  Mr. Kraig Harlow wants to start a six-week one-day-a-week Basketball Summer Clinic.  Social distancing would be practiced.  People would bring their own basketballs.  Mr. Harlow thought he could accommodate 15-to-20 kids.  Ms. Mayberry does not see any problems but wanted to check with Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked what age group.  Ms. Mayberry did not ask but will do so.  Mr. Dalessio would like them to have hand sanitizer available and to wear masks.  Ms. Mayberry noted they will follow CDC guidelines.  Mr. Dalessio wanted to be sure parents know that their child is participating in this Basketball Clinic.  Both he and Mrs. Pschirrer had no problems with this Basketball Summer Clinic as outlined at this meeting.        

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 were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:52 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:54 PM.

ADJOURNMENT:

Mr. Dalessio moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:55 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Selectboard Agenda – 7/16/20

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE

Accounts Payable Check Register in the total amount of $626,201.01 for checks issued 7/17/2020

PAYROLL

Payroll Register totaling $31,693.33 dated 7/17/2020 and the 941 Payroll Tax Transfer of $6,125.24

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES

Selectboard Minutes – July 9, 2020
Non-Public Selectboard Session – July 9, 2020

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Conservation Commission Meeting June 1, 2020
Conservation Commission Meeting – July 6, 2020

BUILDING PERMITS

2020-22, Michael and Tracy Beam, 20 Eaton Road, Map and Lot# 011-044-000
2020-23, Bruce Caruthers, 28 Main Street, Map and Lot# 019-042-000
2020-24, Karen Galloway 2009 Rev. Trust, 885 County Road, Map and Lot# 005-065-000
2020-25, LaRoche Revocable Trust, 190 Reservoir Road, Map and Lot# 011-001-001

OLD BUSINESS

NH DOT Municipal Work Zone Agreement
NH DOT New Arch Bridge Municipal Lighting Agreement
Huntington Realty Sewer Easement Deed
Rec Area Parking Lot: Lot Line Adjustment and Deed with Letter
Town Hall and Walpole Businesses re: Masks

Pending Further Actions

Town Deeded Properties, Houghton Brook Fish Ladder, Mill Pond Beaver Activity, Hitching Post Area by Walpole Grocery

NEW BUSINESS

Two cards to sign

HOOPER TRUSTEES MEETING

HOOPER TRUSTEES MINUTES

Hooper Trustees Meeting July 9, 2020

HOOPER BUSINESS

HOOPER NON-PUBLIC BUSINESS: RSA 91-A:3 II

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING – continued

NON-PUBLIC BUSINESS: RSA 91-A:3 II (a) (c)

**Any recording, audio or visual, and/or other devices must be declared at the beginning of the meeting**

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 6/25/20

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 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 eight visitors in attendance.

PUBLIC BUSINESS:

SALE OF BALLOT COUNTING MACHINE:  Mr. Jack Wozmak was present to ask permission to sell one of the two ballot counting machines that they no longer use.  Mrs. Pschirrerexplained the Selectboard gave approval last year but the prior sale did not occur.  Now they have another town that would like to buy the machine that is of no use to us for $600.  

Ms. Mayberry moved to sell the machine to the Town of Stratham for $600.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mr. Dalessio amended the motion to allow the Moderator to sell the second voting machine to whoever they want to for $600.  Ms. Mayberry accepted the amendment.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any other questions or comments.  There were none.  (Mr. Vose came into the meeting.)  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion and amendment were approved.

MAP AND LOT #026-014-000 AND TRASH DUMPING:  The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of letters from Mrs. Kara Dexter and Mrs. Jazmine Breslend:  Photos were previously sent by Mrs. Kara Dexter.  She explained that in late April her husband, Peter, noticed a considerable amount of trash in the woods across Route 12 from Aubuchon Hardware and brought it to her attention.  She went to the site, no one was there except there was lots of trash.  On April 26th, she and her friend backed their truck and trailer down the old railroad bed to do a clean-up.  They documented, in pictures and videos, the substantial amount of refuse that appeared to be from someone living there.  They filled their trailer to the brim with lots of trash; it took several hours.  They spent an hour at the Recycling Center unloading the trailer, weighing everything; the total weight was 897 pounds.  She was upset by the complete lack of respect. Therefore, Mrs. Dexter decided to add this location to her list of spots to check frequently.  On June 3rd, a few friends informed her that the same person, who had been camped on this site, was back in the same RV as last year.  Later that day, she walked down the path to see for herself and recognized the RV seen around town the previous year.  There is a generator plus propane tanks, etc.  She flagged down a Walpole Police officer who listened to how much litter she had cleaned out of there recently. Mrs. Dexter asked if there was anything they could do about the occupant.  She was advised that the Police Department could not do anything because that person was on private property.  Over the next couple of weeks she rode by the lot every couple of days and saw the GMC RV parked in the lot nearly every time.  She also saw a white car through the trees.  Mrs. Dexter was upset because this person is trashing the place,yet the property belongs to the Town of Walpole.  What can we do to deter this person from continually trashing what is our landor make him go away?  She would like to keep the land open for people to use, but not to trash.  Mrs. Pschirrer mentioned that Mrs. Brett Breslend also wrote a letter. Mr. Breslend’s first interaction was last year when he brought his dog to the area. Hwas met by another dog that was snarling at them and there was a guy in the RV, so he left.  About a week ago he drove down, could see the trash, parked his truck and walked down.  He knew the area had just been cleaned up.  The RV was not there, but when he went back to his truck, the RV was in back of his truck.  The guy told him rudely to get away from his stuff; Mr. Breslend called the Police so he could exit. The RV had blocked him in.  Mrs. Pschirrer explained they are on a section of land that is on the railroad line but it belongs to the Town of Walpole.  It is not private land.  She talked to the Police today.  They know who he is; he has moved around to different places.  They discussed what their options wwere.

One is posting a “No Dumping” sign.  This gives the Police the authority to at least fine people.  They cannot forbid him from parking on public land at this point.  This is an issue because they have discovered people are camping in other locations in Town and have left evidence behind.  It is an issue they have to discuss as a group.  There are people in Town who want no ordinances that forbid people from camping on public property.  Mrs. Dexter does not have a problem with this person camping on this land but does have a problem with his attitude and trashing the area.  Mr. Dalessio commended her for her efforts in cleaning-up trash all over Town. He understands the trash issue. But, there was a confrontation and that is a different issue.  It is a public way.  This person has taken over this entire area that should be open to other people.  Mrs. Pschirrer noted it is a common place for people to dump all kinds of trash.  Mrs. Dexter said it will be checked regularly.  Mr. Shelley asked if there were signs of fire.  Mrs. Pschirrer replied one was reported but it was on Reservoir Road.  Mr. Shelley said the Walpole Conservation Commission has been discussing this and have talked about no camping areas.  Mrs. Dexter is always ready to assist with a clean-up if someone contacts her.  People have asked Mrs. Pschirrer why the rubbish containers are no longer on the Common.  It is because people were disposing of their trash bags and, at times, the containers were over-flowing.  Any ordinance that would be written would have to go to Town Meeting.  Signs for “No Dumping” are helpful and it holds people accountable.  When camping, it is important to remember that what you carry in, you carry out when you leave.  Mr. Dalessio is expecting more issues with homeless people especially with this economy.  Mrs. Pschirrer summarized that the Selectboard thank Mr. and Mrs. Peter Dexter, a friend, Paul, and Mr. and Mrs. Breslend for coming in to discuss this problem.  They are grateful for all the clean-up that Mrs. Kara Dexter does.  Mrs. Dexter stated there are a lot of people in Town that are helping pick-up trash.  The Selectboard will keep them informed of what they are able to do.                

OFF HIGHWAY RECREATIONAL VEHICLES (OHRV) LAWS:  Mr. Lew Shelley has been a member of the Walpole Conservation Commission for 30 years.  He is also a concerned resident after seeing increased activity and damage to both roads and private property by Off Highway Recreational Vehicles (OHRV).  He is here to present his findings.  Class VI (6) roads have always been of interest to him.  He spoke about a new property owner who had a UTV they rode late at night.  He confronted one individual.  He learned from Fish and Game that any ATV is not allowed on any Class VI road in the State of NH unless the Town permits it.  There has been an increase with off the road ATVs over the last year.  Because of COVID-19 people want to get out.  He thinks people are not aware that this is not legal.  Mr. Shelley provided the following information.    

NH State laws (Chapter 215-A Off Highway Recreational Vehicles and Trails, Section 215-A:6) do not allow any OHRV (Off Highway Recreational Vehicle) use on any road, including Class VI roads, primarily because of safety.  This includes all ATVs, UTVs and any other non-registered off highway vehicle.  The only exception would be if the OHRV has a special commercial plate when used for agricultural or industrial purposes only and even then they have to meet certain requirements of lighting, reflectors, etc. to be on the road.  These plates do not cover recreational or casual use of any kind.  Snowmobile clubs are totally different in that they get permission from the towns to use the roads and landowners on private property. Obviously there’s no damage to roads and trails are covered under insurance policies, signed, patrolled, etc.

If a town votes to open their roads including Class VI roads to OHRVs then law enforcement falls the town’s Police Department and not NH Fish and Game.  In this area, towns are already stretched thin on officers and enforcement. Adding that additional responsibility of enforcing OHRV laws and landowner issues can be stressful especially when the Police Department must now be equipped with an OHRVequipment, beproperly trained, add extra patrols/officers, etc.  Mrs. Pschirrerreported they had complaints about Derry Hill Road; she was told from the Police that it was okay because they were registered.  Mr. Shelley feels that somehow the public needs to be educated.  Fish and Game has said it is hard to monitor this.

When the Selectboard talked about Derry Hill Road a few meetings ago, Mr. Shelley was reminded that even with registered vehicles there is a way to stop that problem.  They can change the road to a Class A Trail.  Mr. Shelley pointed out that designating Class VI roads as Class A or B trails is a way to limit certain activities and uses.  These are typically used to create trails for certain users while still allowing access for abutting landowners.  Class A trails allow such access while Class B trails do not.  In most cases Class A trails would make the most sense in Walpole.  These designations require a town vote and can always be reversed by another vote in the future.  Another option is to permanently discontinue Class VI roads which also requires a town vote.  Some sections of roads in Town are beyond repair and would likely cost tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to repair. Mrs. Pschirrer noted they get a lot of complaints about Whipple Hill Road.  She asked Mr. Shelley what roads he would suggest to discontinue.  Mr. Shelley mentioned doing some research but would consider Cochran Road to the bottom section in Christian Hollow, ScovillRoad down to the Emergency Lane, and lower end of Merriam Road.          

Travel on private property requires the permission of the landowner.

There are other laws that relate to age restrictions, driver’s licenses, speed limits, crossing streams and wetlands, etc.  All of these regulations may be seen in the Chapter 215-A NH laws related to the subject.

Any person violating the provisions shall be guilty of a violation for the first offense and shall be guilty of a misdemeanor for any subsequent offense.

Over the next many months, the Conservation Commission will work with the Selectboard to help educate and monitor OHRV use in town with an eye on potential Class VI roads that could be designated for limited uses.

Mr. Dalessio pointed out that more appropriate signage is needed throughout Town.  Mrs. Pschirrer summarized that the Selectboard will continue to work on how they will deal with several issues that have recently been brought to their attention.        

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, (b) Hiring and (c) Reputations.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  On a roll call vote with Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:25 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:16 PM.

Mr. Dalessio moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of June 25, 2020, will be sealed.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the total amount of $412,633.88 for checks issued June 26, 2020.  This amount includes three payments to Walpole Fire District Capital Reserve funds of $175,000 for heavy equipment, $75,000 for building renovations, and $75,000 for Walpole Fire District Operating Expenses.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

PAYROLL:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Check Register for the week ending June 20, 2020, in the amount of $29,021.40, for checks issued June 26, 2020, and the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes in the amount of $5,617.72.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MINUTES – June 18, 2020:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of June 18, 2020, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – June 18, 2020: Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of June 18, 2020, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the following Committee reports:

Hooper Institute Board Meeting – June 3, 2020;
Zoning Board of Adjustment Meeting – June 17, 2020.

OLD BUSINESS:

Walpole Pool Opening Proposal:  Kraig Harlow and Justin Cassarino had submitted the Walpole Pool Opening Proposal with new procedures and set-up.

Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Walpole Pool Opening Proposal.  The middle block of pool time will be available for residents of Walpole and non- residents of Walpole.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Discretionary Easement for Hooper Golf Properties LLC: This was discussed at the last Selectboard meeting.  The Selectboard signed the PA-36 form at this meeting.  It will be recorded with the Easement Deed that is to be created by the property owner.

Letter from Zoning Board of Adjustment re: Feather Flags: The Selectboard received a letter from the ZBA in reference tothe Selectboard’s letter of April 23rd.  The feather flags have been removed by the Jiffy Mart.  ZBA members are still concerned about the flags and have requested the Selectboard write a letter to every business displaying a feather flag that they are in violation of the regulations.  Mr. Dalessio requested that the Selectboard table this until the meeting next week.  Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer agreed to do so.

Hitching Post Area by Walpole Grocery:  Mrs. Pschirreradvised that the Warranty Deed to Burdicks and Burns property was found.  Mrs. Downing is continuing the research to find the survey.  This will remain on the agenda for next week.

NH DOT Pavement Markings at Church and Killeen Streets. The Selectboard discussed their observations of the NH Department of Transportation (DOT) pavement markings at Church and Killeen Streets in North Walpole.  There was a consensus to wait until the bridge project is finished before talking with the NH DOT about the markings.

Central Plating Brownfields Site Update: Mrs. Pschirrerreported that Ransom Consulting was in Town last Tuesday.  They started disposing of some items left in the red building.  The two mowers were offered to Mr. Rau and Mr. Hoy.  There are still filing cabinets and two tables with chairs, etc.

Broadband Update:  Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Paul Looney attended the Town of Langdon Select Board meeting and discussed their Broadband project.  The Select Board was appreciative of their information.      

Pending Further Actions:

The following items will remain on the pending Agenda list:

Recreation Area Parking Lot: Lot Line Adjustment and Deed with Letter;
Town Deeded Properties;
Houghton Brook Fish Ladder;
Mill Pond Beaver Activity;
NH DOT New Arch Bridge Lighting (no agreement has been received).

NEW BUSINESS:

Police Revolving Fund Request:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the purchase order from the Walpole Police Department to purchase (6) Gas Masks with Canisters for the total sum of $1,800.00 to be withdrawn from the Walpole Police Revolving Fund.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.  

Mr. Dalessio noted this is protective gear for the Police Department.

Pole Licensing Agreements:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept and sign three Consolidated Communications Pole Petition and Licensing Agreements as approved by the Road Agent.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were 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 Selectboard will enter into a meeting as the Hooper Trustees.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 8:40 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:43 PM.

ADJOURNMENT:

Mr. Dalessio moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:44 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Selectboard Meeting Agenda – 7/2/20

TOWN OF WALPOLE

SELECTBOARD and HOOPER TRUSTEES MEETING AGENDA

July 2, 2020

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE

Accounts Payable Check Register in the total amount of $50,536.67 for checks issued 7/3/2020

PAYROLL

Payroll Register totaling $31,203.62 dated 7/3/2020 and the 941 Payroll Tax Transfer of $6,059.19

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES

Selectboard Minutes – June 25, 2020
Non-Public Selectboard Session – June 25, 2020
Staff Meeting Minutes – June 25, 2020

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Town of Walpole Safety Committee MeetingJune 25, 2020

BUILDING PERMITS

2020-19, Sabin Rock Farm, LLC, 87 Reservoir Road, Map and Lot# 010-026-000
2020-20, Sabin Rock Farm, LLC, 87 Reservoir Road, Map and Lot# 010-026-000

OLD BUSINESS

Reservoir Dam Update
Off Highway Recreational Vehicles (OHRV) on Whipple Hill Road
Rec Area Parking Lot: Lot Line Adjustment and Deed with Letter
Letter from ZBA re: Feather Flags
Signage on Town Property

Pending Further Actions

Town Deeded Properties, Houghton Brook Fish Ladder, Mill Pond Beaver Activity, NH DOT New Arch Bridge Lighting, Hitching Post Area by Walpole Grocery

NEW BUSINESS

Recreation Revolving Fund Requests
Letter to NH State Library re: Moose Plate Conservation Grant
Request for Required Mask Ordinance for Businesses
Resignation Letter
State Senator Kahn Meeting with Selectboard

HOOPER TRUSTEES MEETING

HOOPER TRUSTEES MINUTES

Hooper Trustees Meeting June 25, 2020

HOOPER BUSINESS

HOOPER NON-PUBLIC BUSINESS: RSA 91-A:3 II

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING – continued

NON-PUBLIC BUSINESS: RSA 91-A:3 II (a)

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