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Broadband Committee Meeting Minutes – 1/8/20

Present: Paul Looney, Chair; Dick Hill, Rod Bouchard, Bob Anderson, Steve Grenier, Peggy Pschirrer.  Absent: Dennis Marcom

 

Paul Looney called the meeting to order at 4:00 pm in Walpole Town Hall.

 

Dick Hill moved the minutes of December 18, 2019 and January 6, 2020 be approved as presented. The motion was seconded and so voted.

 

The purpose of this meeting was to talk with Renelle LHuillier, Bond Counsel.

 

The details and the wording of the Bond Warrant Article were discussed: Renelle made it clear that we must include the cost of the whole project, which is three million, two hundred eighteen thousand, five hundred sixty-two dollars ($ 3,218,562.00). The amount of the bond will be one million, eight hundred fifty-six thousand, one hundred dollars ($1,856,100.00).  Peggy asked that the sum of the total applicable to Consolidated Communications also be included in the bond warrant. That sum is one million, three hundred sixty-three thousand, four hundred sixty-two dollars ($1,363,462.00). Renelle agreed it could be included. She will send a draft of the corrected warrant article.

 

The Committee reviewed the items we must gather to send to the Bond Counsel for our application to the Bonding Authority.

 

1. A Town Charter – which we have been unable to find in Town Hall Records or at the Historical Society.  Renelle will have her office check the State Archives /State Library.  

 

2. Public Hearings for the purpose of discussing Public Benefits. One public hearing has already been held; a second is scheduled for January 11, called by the Selectboard; another is scheduled by the Selectboard for February 12. The Bond hearing will be held February 13 at 4:00 pm in Town Hall.

 

3. The forms from the School, the Treasurer, the Finance Director etc. are not needed untilafter the Town vote.

 

4. The Contract with CCI was reviewed. Renelle indicated she is meeting with the Bond Bank attorney, Rick Manley, January 13 to discuss IRS regulations or concerns about payments on the bond. Is service issue on bond an issue?  What rules are there under management contracts?  Are these taxable or non-taxable. Rob Koester is interested in getting what the Town wants.

 

5. There were questions about the fact that only one vendor responded to our requests for RFI.  We know other vendors are in town.  Do we have to take Comcast into account when we consider who is served? We are happy to just use CCI. We do not want to make up numbers for Comcast or any other vendor.

 

6. We would like the amortization schedule from Tami at the Bond Bank.  
7. February 13 will be our Bond Bank hearing just prior to the Town Budget meeting.    Town Meeting is March 14, 2020 at 1 pm.

 

There is still concern as to whether the bonds will be taxable or non-taxable.

 

The Backbone of the fiber optic network will be owned by the Town; the fees from the user will be used to pay for the bond.

 

After the call was concluded with Renelle, the committee reviewed and adjusted the power point presentation for Saturday’s meeting at 10 am in Town Hall.  Mr. Koester is bringing is own slides and equipment.  We will have the room set up and our sound system will be available.

 

 

Peggy Pschirrer

Walpole Principal Search

Rebecca Sethi, FMRSD Representative, asked me to share this here. So many of us have no students in the school but yet are very interested in what happens there. This is our chance to have input in the very important decision that will be made soon. – Lil

 
 WALPOLE PRINCIPAL SEARCH SURVEY FORM


Dear Community and Family Members of Walpole Attendance Area Schools,

This is Lori Landry, Superintendent of the Fall Mountain Regional School District.
Principal Sam Jacobs has announced that he will be retiring at the end of the school
year after many years of dedicated service to our students.

We are searching for his replacement in the upcoming weeks. It is important that we
hear from parents and community members on the qualities, characteristics and skills
we should look for in a new principal. We will be collecting this data through a survey
and all results will be confidential and only reviewed by the Superintendent and
Principal Search Committee. The survey will close on January 30, 2020.

If you would like a hard copy of our survey, please call the Walpole School office

at 756-4728, or access it by clicking on the link above. It can also be found in the

School district website at https://sau60walpole.ss19.sharpschool.com/

This is a very important decision. We encourage you to help us spread the word to
your neighbors that may not have a student in the district. We look forward to hearing
from you.

Thank you for participating today.
Lori Landry

Zoning Board Meeting Minutes – 1/15/20

 

Present: Board Members: Chair Jan Galloway Leclerc, Vice-Chair Myra Mansouri, Clerk Judy Trow, Tom Murray, Pauline Barnes. Alternates: Don Sellarole, Ernie Vose. Absent: Bob Anderson. 

 

Recording: Marilou Blaine. These minutes are unapproved and will be reviewed at the regular February 2020 meeting for corrections, additions and/or omissions.

 

Roll Call: Ms. Leclerc called the meeting to order at 7 pm. There was a full board present so an alternate was not needed to fill in.

 

Minutes:  The December minutes had two corrections. Mr. Trow was changed to Ms. Trow and mult-family was changed to multi-family. Ms. Trow made a motion to approve the minutes as amended, Ms. Mansouri seconded the motion and the motion carried.

 

Old Business:

Public Hearing:

Variance: Marcus Lovell Smith, Boggy Meadow Farms, 13 Boggy Meadow Lane, Tax Map 7, Lot 1, rural/ag district wants to put a mobile home in the barnyard area of the farm. He is hoping to start milking cows again (he has 250 new heifers) and the mobile home is for two employees to be near the cows 24 hours a day. Postponed until February meeting. Article VIII, Section B.

 

New Business:

Hope Prentiss, in-home business, hair salon, 162 Cheshire Turnpike, rural/ag. Ms. Prentiss needs a letter of approval from the ZBA to open a salon in her home. Article VIII, Section B. 

 

John Frost was at the meeting to represent Hope Prentiss. He said Ms. Prentiss would be working on Tuesdays and Thursdays. He needed a letter of approval from the ZBA to show a representative from the state licensing board when their representative comes to inspect the salon. He brought with him four letters written by abutters to show that they did not object to Hope Prentiss opening up a hair salon and photographs of – the salon, adjoining bathroom, separate entry to the salon and parking. The parking photographs show more than enough room for several cars. 

 

Article VIII, B in the Walpole Ordinance Uses Permitted in the rural/ag district states “Residences may be used to house such customary uses by the owner or tenant as offices for doctors, lawyers, real estate or insurance, or other recognized professions or such home occupations as hair dressing or dress-making, except that the number of persons employed at any one location shall not number more than two persons in addition to the owner or tenant. Adequate off-street parking shall be provided on the premises.”

 

Since the request was a permitted use in the district, it was approved without any further action from the Board and Mr. Frost received a letter of approval for Ms. Prentiss to operate a hair salon at 162 Cheshire Turnpike.

 

Three-apartment home on River Road:

At the December 2019 meeting, The Board received an email from the Town’s Manager of Administration, Sarah Downing, alerting ZBA Chair Jan Leclerc to the fact that a house at 47 North River Road, Lot #018-012-001, is now a three-apartment building. The Walpole Zoning Ordinances state in Section V that the permitted uses for property in Residential A and B Districts include “one single or one two-family dwelling per lot with private garages and accessory buildings.” So this property is in violation of that zoning ordinance. After some discussion it was decided that the secretary should write a letter to the Select Board pointing out the violation and recommending that the violation could be remedied by having the owners of the property come before the Zoning Board to request a Special Exception. The Board decided on a Special Exception because it also requires Site Plan Approval from the Planning Board.  

 

The Select Board addressed the letter at a January meeting, but took no enforcement action. After a short discussion with Select Board member Peggy Pschirrer, she agreed to write a letter to the owners of the property explaining the violation and requesting that they get in touch with the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

 

Airbnbs: The Secretary received a telephone call asking her if there was an ordinance on airbnbs. The question was in regard to a property at 2 Main Street that was for sale and had been “an airbnb for years,’’ the caller stated. Walpole has an ordinance for b&bs, but she did not know if that also meant airbnbs. The ordinance under General Provisions, Section L states:

Bed and Breakfast Establishments

So called “Bed and Breakfast” establishments for the accommodation of paying, overnight guests, may be maintained as home occupations in all zoning districts provided that the number of rooms for rent in any one establishment shall not number more than four and further provided that breakfast shall be the only meal provided and that only to bona fide overnight guests. The conversion of a single-family residence or other building to a “bed and breakfast” shall require Site Plan approval by the Planning Board. Off-street parking for one car per rented room plus space for owner parking shall be provided.

 

With approval from the Chair Ms. Leclerc, the Secretary called the New Hampshire Municipal Association and spoke with Natch Greyes. The question to Mr. Greyes was “If a town has a Bed and Breakfast Establishment ordinance, does the town need a special ordinance for airbnbs. Mr. Greyes said it would depend on what is in the ordinance. The Secretary read the Walpole ordinance to Mr. Greyes and he said it seems to cover airbnbs.

 

After some discussion about how many Airbnbs there are in the town and how they are “under the radar,”  the Board may have to make a slight change to the title of the ordinance to make airbnbs owners aware that they need to come to go to the Planning Board to get Site Plan approval and be in compliance with the ordinance. It was suggested that Ms. Leclerc get in touch with Town Counsel, Jeremy Hockensmith, as how to proceed.

 

Fencing: There was a query about fencing: how high, how close to the abutter’s property and does the owner need to make a request from the Zoning board?

 

The answer was there is no ordinance but the fence should not be on the property line because if the owner has to paint, stain or repair their neighbor’s side of the fence, the owner has to stay on his/her own property. There is no restriction on height and a visit to the ZBA is not required.

 

Log from May 1988 to August 2004: Clerk Judy Trow passed out a log of decisions on various Public Hearing requests for variances, special exceptions etc. that covered the years from May 1988 to August of 2004. This is a useful document when having to respond to questions from the Town Offices or caller when there is the question “Do you remember when so-and-so received a variance for such-and-such. Thank you Judy for all the work.

 

Handout: The Board received a handout prepared by the Walpole Conservation Commission titled “Farms, Forests, Streams and Wetlands: Walpole’s Conservation Plan.” There was a lot of oohing and aahing over the colored maps in the document. At a previous meeting, the Board had a question about building near a wetlands and how close a building had to be from the wetlands. The answer, given by Alicia Flammia, Chair of the Walpole Conservation Commission, and found in this booklet is 100 feet.

 

Ms. Leclerc also began searching for an answer to this question and called the Southwest Regional Planning Commission. She really didn’t get much of an answer there. Then she went online to see where the state stood on the matter. That too was unsuccessful. Mr. Vose suggested she go to the Natural Resources Conservation Service that’s located in the Industrial Park. 

 

Ms. Mansouri, who is an alternate on the commission, mentioned that the commission would like a joint meeting with the Planning and Zoning Board over specific items in the booklet and how to make them part of Walpole’s zoning ordinances. Members of the Zoning Board welcomed that joint meeting. 

At the same time it was suggested that since the Planning Board was having an upcoming workshop on updating the land features section of the Master Plan that someone from the Commission might be interested in attending that meeting. Ms. Flammia will receive an email notifying her of the meeting and asking if a WCC member would like to attend. The workshop is open to the public.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Marilou Blaine

Secretary

Hooper Trustees Meeting Minutes – 1/9/20

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

 

CALL TO ORDER:  Mr. Dalessio called this Hooper Trustees meeting to order at 7:45 PM.  He advised this meeting is being recorded.

 

HOOPER TRUSTEES MINUTES:

HOOPER TRUSTEES MEETING – January 2, 2020:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Hooper Trustees meeting of January 2, 2020, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessioin favor, the Minutes were approved.

 

NON-PUBLIC HOOPER TRUSTEES SESSION – January 2, 2020:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Hooper Trustees Session of January 2, 2020, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

 

HOOPER BUSINESS:

Hooper Institute Board Meeting:  Ms. Mayberry reported that the last meeting went very well.  Almost all the members were present.  Agendas are coming out ahead of time.  Ms. Dalbeckand Mrs. Whippie submitted a report on what they did educationally in the schools from August to December.  Ms. Dalbeck is working to reach her goal of a fundraiser every month.  There were delays along the way but they hope to finalize opening the checking account by the end of this week. Friends of the Hooper are also working on fundraising.

 

Ms. Mayberry and Ms. Landry had a conversation today on the Hooper personnel.  She gave Ms. Landry contact information on both Ms. Dalbeck and Mrs. Whippie.  

 

ADJOURNMENT:

Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Hooper Trustees meeting.  The Hooper Trustees will return to the Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:50 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

 

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 1/9/20

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

 

 

CALL TO ORDER:  Mr. Dalessio called this meeting of the Selectboard 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 two visitors in attendance.

 

PUBLIC BUSINESS:

LETTER TO FERC re: GREAT RIVER DAM RELICENSING AND TOWN MEETING RESOLUTION REQUEST:  Mr. Tom Beaudry was present to request that the Selectboard support the letter he was presenting at this meeting to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regarding the Great River Hydro relicensing.  It can then go to Town Meeting.  He travels up-and-down the Connecticut River and tells people the differences between above the dam and below the dam.  He displayed a sign that Great River Dam gave to the Town of Charlestown that is posted near their Wastewater plant. The water constantly fluctuates up and down.  There are places where the bank has gone in 40-to-50 feet and usually it is prime agriculture land.  

 

A resolution was put together by Kathy Urffer, River Stewart of the Connecticut River Conservancy, formerly Connecticut River Watershed Council.  They have done a few studies. However, Great River Hydro studies came out saying there are no erosion problems, but there definitely are problems.  

 

Mrs. Pschirrer will research how to introduce a resolution at Town Meeting as it has not been done in many years.  Mr. Beaudry stated if FERC issues this relicensing, it will be another 40 years before the Town will have another opportunity to resolve some issues.  He has been involved with this for about three years.  Mrs. Pschirrer noted if the Town voters approve this resolution it will be sent to FERC with their letter.              

 

“Whereas, the peaking operations of Wilder, Bellows Falls and Vernon dams have been causing daily fluctuations of, on average, 2-3 feet every day in the impoundments behind the dams for 70 years resulting in loss of land for landowners in VT and NH and degradation of water quality and habitat of the river for decades;

 

Whereas, in the late 1970s, during the last relicensing process, the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) conducted an erosion study on the project area; and FERC issued the last licenses in early 1979 just months before the ACOE completed their study in November of that year; and the ACOE study clearly states that pool level fluctuations are the second most important causative factor for erosion in the project areas.

 

Whereas, the erosion study completed for the current relicensing by Great River Hydro, the current owner of these three projects did not look at the effect of pool level changes on erosion, instead, focusing only on potential erosion due to velocity along the bank edge that would be typical for a natural river system; and the Connecticut River in the project area does not function as a natural river, instead functioning as a hybrid river with a series of impoundments controlled by the dams

 

Whereas, many towns and landowners up and down the river have used billions of dollars in public and private money to attempt to stabilize and restore their streambanks to protect property and infrastructure over the past 70 years;

 

Therefore, be it resolved that the Town of Walpole, formally requests that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission require, via license article, the current and any subsequent owners of the Wilder, Bellows Falls and Vernon Dams to modify current dam operations to minimize peaking; provide for ongoing monitoring develop a shoreline adaptive management plan; and commit funding for riverbank restoration and/or property owner compensation to reimburse towns and landowners for any and all damages resulting from the deterioration of the riverbank.”

 

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to adopt the Resolution for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and ask the Town voters to adopt it as well at Town Meeting on March 14, 2020. This will be accompanied with a letter from the Selectboard to confirm adoption of the Resolution that came from the Connecticut River Conservancy to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Charlestown Withdrawal Study:  There was a general discussion about the Withdrawal of Charlestown from the Fall Mountain Regional School District.  

 

HODGKINS and SONS re: OLD DREWSVILLE ROAD: Mr. John Hodgkins had attended a Selectboard meeting on December 12, 2019, to ask for clarification on an Old Drewsville Road restriction placed on their equipment in 2002. Mr. Dalessio advised that the research was done and no written road restrictions on the Old Drewsville Road were discovered for the business. When they were applying for a building permit,the only restriction was for trees and bushes for screening on the south side.  He will talk to Mr. Rau, Road Agent, about posting a weight limit on the Old Drewsville Road.  What is good for one is good for all.  Mr. Hodgkins said that would make it fair for everyone.    

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the total amount of $187,123.61 for checks issued January 10, 2020.  This amount includes E.E. Houghton invoices to review and sign.  It also includes a payment of $85,643.25 to Primex.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

PAYROLL:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Check Register for the week ending January 4, 2020, in the amount of $29,062.30 for checks issued January 10, 2020, and the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes in the amount of $6,065.85.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MINUTES – January 2, 2020:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboardmeeting of January 2, 2020, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessioin favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – January 2, 2020:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of January 2, 2020, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the following Committee reports:

 Broadband Committee Meeting – December 18, 2019;
 Conservation Commission Meeting – January 6, 2020;

(These are unapproved minutes).

 

OLD BUSINESS:

Draft Warrant Article Listing Review:  The Selectboard reviewed the Warrant Articles as follows:

 

Article 2:  “Bond for the Broadband”:  Mrs. Pschirrer reported that the Bond Bank attorney had approved this Article.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept Article 2.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessioin favor, Article 2 was approved.  (3 Yes, 0 No, 0 Abstain)  

 

Article 3:  “Budget”:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept Article 3.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, Article 3 was approved.  (3 Yes, 0 No, 0 Abstain)

 

Article 4: “Town Buildings – $200,000):  Mr. Dalessiosuggested changing the Reuse Center at the Recycling Center from $60,000 to $75,000 with $29,000+ coming from insurance coverage.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept Article 4 as re-written.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, Article 4 as re-written was approved.  (3 Yes, 0 No, 0 Abstain)   

 

Article 5:  “Truck for Highway Department”:  Mrs. Pschirrermoved to accept Article 5.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, Article 5 was approved.  (3 Yes, 0 No, 0 Abstain)       

 

Article 6:  “Highway Capitol Reserve Fund”:  Mrs. Pschirrermoved to accept Article 6.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, Article 6 was approved.  (3 Yes, 0 No, 0 Abstain)

 

Article 7:  “Vehicle for Police Department”:  Mrs. Pschirrermoved to accept Article 7.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, Article 7 was approved.

(3 Yes, 0 No, 0 Abstain)

 

Article 8: “Equipment for New Police Vehicle”:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept Article 8 to outfit the new vehicle if Article 7 passes.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, Article 8 was approved.    (3 Yes, 0 No, 0 Abstain)

 

Article 9:  “Six Motorola Dual Band Portable Radios”:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept Article 9.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessioin favor, Article 9 was approved.   (3 Yes, 0 No, 0 Abstain)

 

Article 10:  “Police Capitol Reserve Fund”:  Mrs. Pschirrermoved to accept Article 10.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, Article 10 was approved.

(3 Yes, 0 No, 0 Abstain)

 

Article 11:  “Police Station Study”:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept Article 11.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, Article 11 was approved.  

(3 Yes, 0 No, 0 Abstain)

 

Article 12:  “Single Use Plastic Bags”:  By Petition.  (0 Yes, 0 No, 3 Abstain)

 

Article 13:  “Resolution” – Great River Hydro Relicensing – Federal Energy Regulatory Commission – Connecticut River and Erosion.

 

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Budget as presented to the Selectboard.   By combining Water and Sewer, the total budget is $4,679,804.  $4,015,544 represents the Town Operating Budget, $188,498 represents the Water Operating Budget, $475,762 represents the Sewer Operating Budget and $230,000 is the Bond assessment.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved. 

 

Lights re: Walpole, NH – Rockingham, VT 42277 Bridge Renovation Project:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve and sign the letter to Jason Tremblay, PE, NHDOT Bureau of Bridge Design, regarding the plan for the Arch Bridge Renovation Project which includes removing the existing light poles.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Joint Letter from Selectboards re: Vilas Bridge:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve signing the letter to the Governors of New Hampshire and Vermont regarding the rehabilitation of the Vilas Bridge.  It will be sent to the Town of Rockingham Selectboard.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

CCCD Tree/Plant Sale:  The Selectboard reviewed new information received for the CCCD 2020 Plant Sale.  Mrs. Downing noted that 2-to-4 foot high trees can be ordered to replace trees by the Library, on the Common and by the Town Hall at reasonable prices.  Mr. Dalessio would prefer larger trees.  No decisions were made.       

 

Primex Coverage Question:  Mr. Dalessio had inquired about road debris, windshield damage and late reporting of incidents.  Primex explained their policy and that each situation is investigated.  

 

Pending Further Actions:

New Reuse Center Plans: This will remain an agenda item.   

 

Town Deeded Properties:  This will remain an agenda item.   

 

NEW BUSINESS:

Joint Meeting Request with Bellows Falls Village Trustees: The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of a request from the Bellows Falls Village Board of Trustees to attend their meeting next Tuesday, January 14th at 6pm.  Two Selectboard members had other commitments.  Mr. Dalessio suggested meeting with the BFVC Trustees on the last Tuesday of the month. 

 

Police Revolving Fund Request:  A request was received from the Police Department to purchase (4) Ice Rescue Suits (Mustang IC9002v2) for the total cost of $3,600 ($900/suit) out of the Walpole Police Revolving Fund. These are the same suits the Fire Department uses.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the request of the Police Department to purchase (4) Ice Rescue Suits in the amount of $3,600 out of the Walpole Police Revolving Fund.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved. 

 

Old Home Days Donation Thank You Letter:   Mrs. Pschirrermoved to approve and sign the Thank You note to Dr. Victor Lawrence for his donation of $300 to the Old Home Days celebration.   Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

PO for Recycling Desktop Computer:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Purchase Order from the Recycling Center for a new computer for an amount not to exceed $2,000 from True North.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.    

 

PO for Server Support:  Ms. Mayberry moved to have Mrs. Downing sign the Purchase Order for the Server Support with TrueNorth for two years.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:  

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to enter into a Non-Public SelectboardSession pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel and (c) Reputations.  Ms. Mayberry seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.at 7:35 PM.

 

The regular meeting resumed at 7:44 PM.

 

Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of January 9, 2020, be sealed.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, 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 Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved at 7:45 PM.

 

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:50 PM.

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

FACT-TV:  Mrs. Pschirrer was approached by Jan Kobeski who would like to attend a Selectboard meeting to talk about recording and televising the meetings on FACT-TV.  Following a brief discussion, the Selectboard agreed that their preference is not to be recorded.  Meetings are open to the public in Walpole and people are encouraged to attend.  

 

BROADBAND:  Mrs. Pschirrer reminded everyone there will be a Broadband meeting on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at 10:00 am in the Town Hall.  This public hearing is a requirement of the Bond Bank.

 

FORMER WESTBURG PROPERTY:  Mrs. Pschirrer will be meeting with Ransom Consulting and DES on Tuesday, January 14th, 2020, at 9:00am.  They are working on the Communication Plan.  Some meeting dates will be scheduled.    

 

ADJOURNMENT:

Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:00 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Planning Board Meeting Minutes – 1/14/20

                        

 

Presiding Members: Chair Jeffrey Miller, Clerk James Aldrich, Jason Perron, Jeff Harrington, Jeff White, Steve Dalessio (Selectboard Representative). Alternates: Joanna Andros, Jeff Colley. Absent: Vice-chair, Dennis Marcom.

 

Recording: Marilou Blaine. These minutes are unapproved and will be reviewed at the February 2020 meeting for corrections, additions and/or omissions. 

 

Meeting Opened: Mr. Miller called the meeting to order at 7 pm. 

 

Roll Call: In Mr. Marcom’s absence, Mr. Colley was asked and agreed to fill in.

 

Minutes: A motion was made to approve the December minutes as written. The motion was seconded by Mr. Aldrich and the motion carried.

 

Public Hearing No. 1

Site Plan: Greg Gay office building. Mr. Gay proposes a 30-by-70-foot office building at 8 Len-Tex Lane, North Walpole, Map 27, Lot 8-1, Industrial District. The building will have six offices, a bathroom and a room for inventory.

 

Mr. Gay explained that he planned to build a one-story, 30-by-70-foot office building. The building will have six offices, a bathroom and a parts room. The building would have a cellar. Mr. Miller asked if there were any questions.

 

Mr. Perron said that Don Lennon, president of neighbor Len-Tex Corporation, was concerned that Mr. Gay was going to build a residence there, Mr. Perron asked, “Are you going to build a residence?”

 

In regard to this question, readers should know that before the meeting, Board members received a letter from Mr. Donald K. Lennon who expressed a concern that Mr. Gay’ s proposed new building is actually intended to be a residence for Mr. Gay as he originally planned when he applied for approval of a building to build race car chassis several years ago. Mr. Lennon says in his letter, “We believe that the value to Walpole/No. Walpole of the current zoning of the Industrial District is jobs and tax revenue.

 

We believe that compromising the zoning by allowing a residence to be built will compromise the value of the existing industrial real estate and likely the tax assessment.

 

We believe that placement of a residence in the area zoned Industrial will result in potential conflict over industrial noise, truck traffic, employee commuting and more.

 

We request, as a major tax payer and a major provider of good paying jobs in Walpole/No. Walpole, that this project be denied by the Walpole Planning Board and that no variance be issued by North Walpole Commissioners.”

 

In response to Mr. Perron’s question, Mr. Gay said, “It’s sorta like saying, ‘Are you going to beat your wife.’ ” I can say no, but I’m not going to say I’m never going to have a residence there.” Mr. Perron asked about the building in question for a site plan. Mr. Gay said at this time this is not going to be a residence. 

 

Mr. Miller pointed out that the Board had received letters from both the North Walpole Commissioners and the North Walpole Fire Chief permitting the use of the property for an office building. He continued that the Planning Board was considering the site plan for an office building and any change of use of the building had to be determined by the North Walpole Commissioners.

 

Ms. Andros asked about the district the building is in. Mr. Miller said it is zoned Industrial and this a commercial enterprise that would fit in an Industrial District. It’s part of North Walpole’s precinct zoning and has been permitted by the Commissioners and the Fire Chief. The Walpole Planning Board’s task is to look at the site plan of the building for approval.

 

Is it a permitted use to build houses in an Industrial District? Ms. Andros asked. Mr. Gay said the argument about zoning is really not to protect industrial projects from residents, it to protect residents from industrial projects. Residential zoning is the least intrusive zoning and industrial is the most intrusive. 

 

Mr. Colley asked if in the future Mr. Gay wants the building to be a residence, what authority does the Walpole Planning Board have over that? Mr. Miller said it is up to the North Walpole Commissioners to decide. So the Walpole Board would have no way to weigh in on their decision? Mr. Colley asked. Mr. Miller said it would be tough to override their decision.

 

Mr. Dalessio said there is a lot of material missing from the site plan – lighting plan, landscaping plan, setbacks, all the has to be on the plans for a site plan review. So at this point it’s an incomplete application. Mr. Gay said the plan had the holding pond on the map and the checklist might have some of the other information. Lighting he said would be by the door and the big door by the parts door.

 

What about parking? Mr. Dalessio asked? It should be clearly on the plans. Three parking with one of them handicap accessible should be on the plans with a handicap symbol. Where is it? Mr. Dalessio asked. Architect, Mr. Michael Marquise, said it shows five-foot access. Mr. Dalessio said who knows what that means? Mr. White said all this should be printed on the plan. The Board has had to this is with gas stations and other site plans. It show all the grids for lighting. The Board has to do this thing right or it could be in trouble. It’s a procedural thing and this piece of paper, pointing to the paper Mr. Gay distributed to the Board, is all we have. What if the Board went to court? he asked.

 

Mr. Miller said we have to have a list of what the applicant has to come in with. Mr. Dalessio said check the lighting plan. What kind of lights are you going to have?  Are the lights certified for dark sky? What about a Knox box? Landscaping and setback dimensions should be on the plan. Elevations. What does the building looks like – it’s doors, windows, siding, roof line? 

 

Plat submission is in VII B in the site plan spells out physical features, Mr. Perron said. All items under section VIII of the site plan need to be completed, Mr. Dalessio said. Anything that pertains to landscaping should be on a separate sheet as to what’s going on for landscaping, such as the rain garden. It was on the original and has to be submitted attached to this plan. “What I hear are the words ‘I assume,’ ‘probably’ and ‘might be.’ You are treating this very lightly. This is not a private building, Mr. Dalessio said. It is a commercial building and needs to follow all the guidelines for a commercial building. 

 

Mr. Dalessio said you have to define parking, lighting, dimensions, setbacks, landscaping, rain garden, elevations. What’s does a rain garden look like? 

 

Mr. Perron asked Mr. Gay to show him what were the new features on the plan. Mr. Gay said the building, driveway and parking and the rain garden. 

 

Mr. Dalessio made a motion to move the hearing until next month. Mr. Perron seconded the motion and the Board approved it. 

 

Public Hearing No. 2

Site Plan: Garage. Bruce R. Catheters plans to build a garage for a third apartment at 28 Main Street, Tax Map 19, Lot 42, Commercial District.

 

Mr. Brendan Honey represented Mr. Carruthers. He explained his plans were to build a new garage on the site near the third apartment. He cannot get a building permit for the garage until the site plans are approved and he can’t complete the site plans until he has an alarm system installed for the apartment and an Occupancy Letter from the Fire Department is sent to the Town Offices. Mr. Honey has been trying to get the alarm system sent to him but the has had a difficult time getting the approved company to provide him with alarm.

 

He had a couple of drawings of the garage. The garage is a one-car garage, 13 feet wide, 22 feet long, and 12 feet high. Th setbacks are 21 feet on the Union Street side, 21 feet to the Carruthers’ property to the west and 70 feet to the Historical Society building to the north. 

 

A motion was made to approve the site plan on the condition that Mr. Honey install the alarm system to the satisfaction of the Walpole Fire Department and the Town Offices receives an Occupancy Letter from the Department. The motion was seconded and approved by the Board.

 

Workshop Reminder: There is a workshop on the fourth Tuesday of the month in the basement conference room to continue working with Lisa Murphy on the Master Plan. The Board will continue working on Population and Housing and Land Features.

 

Mr. Aldrich made a motion of adjourn the meeting. Mr. Perron seconded the motion and the motion carried.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Marilou Blaine

WPB Secretary

Re: Deliberative Session – 2/5/20

I received a copy of this letter to Supervisors of the Checklist from Cindy Westover. – Lil

Checklist Supervisors

FROM: Misty Bushee, School Board Clerk

DATE: January 13, 2020

RE: ANNUAL DISTRICT MEETING, FEBRUARY 5, 2020

ELECTION DAY, MARCH 10, 2020

Our annual district meeting will be held Wednesday, February 5, 2020, at 6:30 PM in

the Fall Mountain Regional High School Auditorium.

We will be conducting our balloting in the same way as last year. Checklist Supervisors will check people into the Deliberative Session and hand them a colored index card (supplied by the District Moderator, Leroy Watson). Ballots will not be distributed at the beginning of the session, but will be held until there is a motion from the floor that would require a ballot vote.

Ballots will be available and distributed to you at the beginning of the sessio. Following a ballot vote checklist supervisors will count the ballots. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the session.

The balloting on March 10, 2020 will be from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM in the individual towns unless your town decides to open the polls prior to 10:00 AM.

Please submit your bill for you time directly to your town. The town will be reimbursed by the school district.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Misty Bushee at 835-0006 ext. 600.

cc: Leroy Watson, Moderator

James Fenn, FMRSD Business Administrator