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Hydrant Flushing – 4/19/21

TOWN OF WALPOLE

FIRE HYDRANT FLUSHING

The fire hydrants covering South Walpole will be flushed Monday, April 19, 2021 thru Tuesday, April 20, 2021.  Residents may experience discolored water when first running the water during this time. Please run the water for five minutes until clear before using. If the water does not clear after the five minutes you may contact the Water and Sewer Department at (603) 756-3672.  Thank you for your patience during this necessary work.

The Walpole Water Department

Up-date from Lucy – 4/11/21

COVID by the Numbers—April 11 Edition

Statewide, the numbers have risen from a seven day average of reported cases of just over 28 per 100,000, to an average of just over 31 per 100,000.  On two days this week, there are over 500 new cases reported in NH.  Hospitalizations in the state rose from 87 to 110 just this week alone, There were 10 new deaths in the state this week.

In Cheshire County, the county average of reported cases rose from 14.6 to 17.3 per 100,000.  That is still the second best rate in the state, behind Sullivan County which is at 16.2.  Strafford County is the current hot spot, with an  average of 45.3 cases per 100,000.  There were new deaths in Cheshire County this week, and only 1 new hospitalization.  There are 99reported active cases in the county.

In Walpole, we have had only 1 new case this week, and there remain 1-4reported active cases in town.

Today, it was reported that NH has seen 3 reported cases of COVID in persons who were fully vaccinated.  Please remember that vaccination is NOT 100% against transmission of the disease.  A few vaccinated people will still contract the disease.  And the person who contracts the disease may be asymptomatic, and never know they have the disease, which increases the chance that they might pass it on to others, unknowingly.

So please continue to take good care of yourselves and each other, and keep well.  

~Representative Lucy Weber

lwmcv@comcast.net

603 499-0282

Conservation Commission Meeting Minutes – 4/5/21

Members Present: Alicia Flammia, John Peska, Lewis Shelley, , Steven Dumont, Laura Hayes, France Menk, Cheryl Mayberry (Selectboard Liason), Jean Kobeski (Secretary)

Members Absent: Jackie Kensen

Alternates Present: Myra Mansouri, Peter Palmiotto

Visitors Present: Kelianne Hamburg, Michael Nerrie, Steven Lamonde, Kara Dexter

Call to Order: Alicia called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m.

New Business

Kellianne Hamburg: Linden Nature Connection Skills (LCNS): Kellianne described a new program she has developed for children ages 4-8 that will connect kids to nature. Scheduled to take place at Distant Hill Gardens, it is early childhood education in the woods that will connect resiliency and sustainability, observation and familiarity, reciprocity, stewardship, and reflection. It will involve play-driven learning during which children will learn risk-taking and develop character, resiliency, personality, empathy, and emotional intelligence.

The program is divided into 4-week sesions, 10/year, 1-2 classes /week. The cost is $245 for 4 classes; $495/ 8 classes, with scholarships available. Sessions will run from 9:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. and include circle time, a play block, free play, learning activity lessons, lunch, story time, reverie, rest, and closing circle. It will also introduce practical skills like using hammer and nails, fire, saws, and knives.

Kellianne outlined the advantages of outdoor play for physical and emotional development. She also said that this learner-led outdoor program will help children develp a greater sense of community connection. France echoed the advantages of a program like LCNS and thanked Kellianne for her efforts. Programs like this help to raise responsible adults.

Michael Nerrie and Steven Lamonde: A Living Field Guide to Walpole, NH: Michael introduced Steven Lamonde, who explained how he and Michael are studying the biodiversity of Walpole using the app, iNaturalist. They have done a trail bio inventory at Distant Hill Gardens, studying species and plant and animal phenomena. They have submitted their observations to iNaturalist.org to create a Living Field Guide to Walpole, NH. They have completed 1,022 observations and identified 578 species using the app, as well as mapped what places have been explored.

Steven is doing this project in Chesterfield and Hancock, as well.

Michael and Steven want to welcome the public to join in this fun and informational program by submitting photos to iNaturalist and mapping their observations. They also want people to be be aware that they can simply use iNaturalist to identify species they observe. The pair hope to publicize the program in the May or June Clarion; they also said they may do some type of public presentation. Laura said she would pitch it at the Hooper board meeting, and Steven Dumont suggested putting a piece about it on the WCC website.

WCC Website: Alicia asked the Commission what they would like to include in the new WCC website. She suggested conservation maps, WCC membership, and the 2006 Conservation Plan. Laura suggested they archive articles from the Clarion; France offered to send photos. It was also decided to include Trail Subcommittee reports, Leave No Trace information, and the iNaturalist program.

Review and Approval of Minutes: Laura moved, France seconded, and all voted to accept the March 1, 2021 minutes.

Public Business

Treasury: ForestryAccount – $30,821.46

Conservation – $154,273.49

Walker Road – $3,364.01

Report from the Chair: Alicia announced that there is funding available for the Saving Special Places program, which will be a virtual event this year.

Correspondence: None this month

Old Business

Conservation Map: Edits have been made and they are ready to work with the Antioch team. Laura will coordinate this with Steven Dumont, Steven Lamonde, and Peter. Steven Dumont asked if they want to approve an estimated cost for the work up to a certain amount. Peter stated the hourly rate is $40 and it will cost $45 to print a map. John moved that the Commission approve up to $300 toward the map project. France seconded, and all approved.

Invasive Species Walk: Alicia talked to Alex and Tom of Long View about the walk. They set a date of Wednesday, April 21, at 5:30 p.m. There will be no charge from Long View. It was decided to walk the Fanny Mason Forest because of the invasives, and there is ample parking for participants. Alicia will contact Lil DeCoste of the Walpolean and Ray Boas of the Clarion to announce the event and invite public participation. Those joining the walk must wear masks and socially distance. Lew reminded people about ticks.

Walker Road Bench: Lew sent pictures of the two choices of benches to the membership. They preferred the bench attached to the kiosk. Lew said it would cost about $300 for materials (white cedar), and there would be no charge for labor. John moved that the WCC approve up to $300 for the construction of the bench. France seconded, and all approved.

Other Business

Walpole Trail Subcommittee Report: Lew showed samples of the updated map of the Mill Pond to the subcommittee. He would like to have a logo or town seal on the front of the map. Cheryle told him to check with Sarah Downing about the seal. The back of the map would have uses, elevation, etc. France asked if coordinates of the trail could be included; Lew said he could do that for the parking lots. It was recommended that signage accompany each map. Lew’s goal is to have all maps complete in May.

Trail Clean-up Day: France asked of they could have a trail clean-up day. Steven said the Trail subcommittee will schedule one through the Adopt-A-Trail group.

Reservoir Road: John said that once the F & O modeling report comes in, he will send it out for review so that at the next WCC meeting, options can be discussed. He said a public hearing will need to be held to discuss repair vs. shut down.

John also stated that a DES engineer will inspect Mill Pond Dam soon. John and Mark Houghton will participate in that inspection.

Lew reported that he cleared parts of the Hooper trail. He also said that signage for class 6 roads for off-road vehicles with a local phone number contact should be posted. Cheryl said it is tricky to find a phone number to post. Kara offered to help post signs, when they are ready.

Lew also reported that the Mason Forest cable is down.

John stated that there has been a lot of erosion of the lower part of the Ravine Trail. Peter agreed with John’s assessment of the situation and stated that it happens anytime there is drainage in the spillway. Houghton checks it regularly.

John reported that property owners between Shaw’s and Abenaki Farm have been complaining that the stream has been clogging and filling up with water. This is affecting their blueberry bushes and apple trees. Alicia stated they need to contact the wetland bureau or division that deals with small streams.

Fanny Mason Forest: Steven heard from Alex about the Fanny Mason Forest. Alex sent a proposal, which Alicia signed.

Steven would like to schedule another forest boundary marking event. He said he has enough volunteers to tackle more than one location. It should be done before there are leaves on the trees. This will be put on next month’s agenda.

Adjournment: John moved, France seconded, and all voted to adjourn the meeting

at 8:37 p.m.

The next in-person meeting will be on Monday, May 3, 2021, at 7:00 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Jean Kobeski, Recording Secretary *** These minutes are in draft form until approved by the Commission on May 3,

Community Plant Walk – 4/21/21

4/21 at 5:30pm

Fanny Mason Forest, Route 12, Walpole 

Please join the Walpole Conservation Commission and special guests for a community walk at one of Walpole’s town forests to talk about invasive species, management, and hopefully do some botanizing (identifying plants) too. The Fanny Mason Forest is approximately 286 acres with extensive trail networks including a group of established trails, trails in need of rehabilitation, and new trails laid out but not yet built.  Special guests include Alex Barrett, Forestry Division Manager (the Town Forester) and Tom Groves, Woodland Services Division Manager at Long View Forest of Westminster, VT. 

PARKING: Please park at the east side pull off from Route 12 where a network of trails emerges. 

SAFETY: Masks and distancing will be required at this outdoor event. Long sleeves and pants to protect against ticks and comfortable footwear for trail walking are recommended.  

Good News from Lucy

COVID VACCINE UPDATE:

Multitasking from House Session in the Bedford Sportsplex:

NHPR is reporting that as of Monday, April 19, EVERYONE over 16, regardless of residency, will be able to register for and receive the COVID-19 vaccines.

More details to follow.

Keep well,
Lucy



Rep. Lucy McVitty Weber
217 Old Keene Road
Walpole. NH. 03608
Cell: 603-499-0282
Lwmcv@comcast.net

Selectboard Meeting Agenda – 4/8/21

TOWN OF WALPOLE

SELECTBOARD MEETING AGENDA

April 8, 2021

Starting at 6:30 PM via Zoom and may be live-streamed on FACT-TV

SELECTBOARD MEETING

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE• Accounts Payable Check Register in the total amount of $47,088.94 for checks issued 4/09/21

PAYROLL• Payroll Register totaling $27,964.56 dated 4/09/21 and the 941 Payroll Tax Transfer of $5,326.14

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES• Selectboard Minutes – April 1, 2021• Non-Public Selectboard Session Minutes – April 1, 2021

EXCAVATION INTENTS• Map and Lot# 012-073-000

CURRENT USE• Map and Lot# 008-088-002

BUILDING and DEMOLITION PERMITS• 2021-13, Map and Lot# 018-012-002• 2021-14, Map and Lot# 011-040-000• 2021-15, Map and Lot# 010-034-000• 2021-16, Map and Lot# 008-015-007

OLD BUSINESS• Vilas Bridge Joint Meeting• Recognition of new Police Chief• Public Meeting for Elm Street Project• TrueNorth Networks Invoice for Broadband Installation• Memorial Day Parade

Pending Further Actions• Tax Deeded Property Sale, Houghton Brook Bridge, Mill Pond Dam Inspection, Reservoir Dam, Vilas Bridge Joint Meeting, Exec. Councilor Warmington Meeting Request, North Walpole Library Lease

NEW BUSINESS• Letter of Support for EPA Clean-Up Grant• Concerts on the Green• Clear Divider for TC/TC Office Windows• Donation Thank You Letter

HOOPER TRUSTEES MEETING

HOOPER BUSINESS

SELECTBOARD MEETING – continued

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

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

Plant Sale at the Library

Lucy has More!

And there is more…

Vaccine Super Site This Saturday

Update:  WMUR is reporting that the Super Site is administering ONLY the Johnson & Johnson vaccine,  so not available for 16 and 17 year olds, but if you want the “one and done” shot, this might be for you.  The site will be open both Saturday and Sunday.

I was told that as of this writing, a “Super Site” that will be running in Loudon this Saturday April 10 has many open vaccine appointments available.

For those of you who do not mind driving, and who want to move your shots up from a later date, go to the vaccination site, https://vini.nh.gov/providers/s/ log in if you have an account, or create an account if you do not have one, then type in the Loudon zip code (03307) you will see the appointment availabilities at “New Hampshire Super Site.” 

The downside is, of course, that you will have to drive to Loudon, and will have to return there for your second shot unless you can find an appointment in the system closer to home.

Fair warning—some of the Super Sites have had long waits, but then others have not.

Wear your mask, keep your distance, wash your hands, and keep well.

~Representative Lucy Weber

lwmcv@comcast.net

603 499-0282

Super Site for Vaccines

This just in…

Vaccine Super Site This Saturday 

I was told that as of this writing, a “Super Site” that will be running in Loudon this Saturday April 10 has many open vaccine appointments available.

For those of you who do not mind driving, and who want to move your shots up from a later date, go to the vaccination site, https://vini.nh.gov/providers/s/log in if you have an account, or create an account if you do not have one, then type in the Loudon zip code (03307) you will see the appointment availabilities at “New Hampshire Super Site.” 

The downside is, of course, that you will have to drive to Loudon, and will have to return there for your second shot unless you can find an appointment in the system closer to home.

Fair warning—some of the Super Sites have had long waits, but then others have not.

Wear your mask, keep your distance, wash your hands, and keep well.

~Representative Lucy Weber

lwmcv@comcast.net

603 499-0282

Up-date from Lucy – 4/4/21

COVID by the Numbers—April 4 Edition

I have a long week ahead this week.  We have had very few session days so far, and the work has piled up.  The Speaker has called us for three session days this week, 9 am to 9 pm, at the Bedford Sports Complex. Not much is happening with the numbers, so the numbers this week are going to be a summary.

Statewide, the numbers continue to hover around a seven day average of reported cases of just over 28 per thousand..  Most days, there are over 400 new cases reported in NH..

In Cheshire County, the numbers are down a bit, with the county average at 14.6, down from 20.1.  We are back down to having the 2nd lowest rate per 100,000 in the state.

Best news of all was that in Walpole, we had two days with 0 current reported cases in town, for the first time in months.  There was new case reported Sunday, so we are not done yet.

This last weekend was a major travel event, so expect the numbers to rise in the next couple of weeks, and take extra care until we get through whatever surge occurs as a result.

All NH residents 16 or older may sign up for vaccine now.  Our numbers might be better is we offered vaccine to all college students, not just the resident ones, but the Governor won’t allow that.  Access also continues to be an issue for non-residents who are here but who cannot travel to their place of residence for the vaccine.  If you are in that situation, you might try calling 211 and just asking if exceptions might be made.  With the supply of vaccine increasing weekly, my hope is that it it just might happen soon.

Wear your mask, keep your distance, wash your hands, and keep well.

~Representative Lucy Weber

lwmcv@comcast.net

603 499-0282