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Distant Hill Gardens and Nature Trail

One of the many reasons to be thankful to live in Walpole. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! – Lil

Like    Distant Hill Gardens and Nature Trail eNews: Thanksgiving 2022***Happy Thanksgiving!There is Much to be Thankful for this Thanksgiving***THE CATERPILLAR LAB at Distant HillSam Jaffe and The Caterpillar Lab came to Distant Hill twice in 2022!I’m Thankful for the Return of Workshops and Group EventsAfter a two-year hiatus due to Covid, 2022 brought the return of educational workshops, talks, and group events to Distant Hill. And we had LOTS of them!Nature Based Leadership Class at Distant Hill - photo by Sean SoutheyAntioch University ‘Nature Based Leadership’ class – October 2022Open Space Habitat Workshop 2022Pollinator Habitat Workshop led by Molly Jacobson – July 2022***Puimpkin on the Story WalkI’m Thankful for the Story Walk® Books on Distant Hill Nature TrailA big THANK YOU to Julie Rios from the Walpole Town Library for keeping the Story Walk books coming, month after month!Julie has been posting a new children’s book, page-by-page, every month on Distant Hill Nature Trail since August of 2020. That’s over 2 years! The Story Walk® is a big hit with families, with many returning every month.“Teaching children about the natural world should be treated as one of the most important events in their lives.”—Thomas Berry***7A72529E-E7B3-42D3-B145-499899E55F69 1 201 aThanks to all the volunteers who helped with trail building in 2022!I’m Thankful to All Who Volunteered at Distant Hill in 2022!To all of you who volunteered at Distant Hill in 2022 – those who helped with the building of the new wheelchair and stroller-friendly Geology Trail, or helped with invasive plant control or trail maintenance, or the many presenters for the educational workshops and events at Distant Hill, and more…A BIG THANK YOU!“Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.”—Sherry Anderson***Trail Building has Ended for 2022Thanks to you, we were able to build another 2,000 feet of wheelchair and stroller-friendly trail at Distant Hill.I’m Thankful to Have Finished the Accessible Half of our Distant Hill Geology TrailInspired by David Hudgik, a frequent user of the accessible trails at Distant Hill, making Distant Hill Geology Trail wheelchair and stroller friendly was high on my list of planned projects for 2022. (See more on David below)To fund the purchase of the gravel and other materials needed to do the work, we participated in the NH Gives 2022 online fundraiser.I’m happy to say that, thanks to your generous donations, we were able to finish the project in early November. We now have almost a mile and a half of wheelchair and stroller friendly trail!And we finished with no room to spare – we installed the last tractor bucket of gravel just one day before our first snow!Geology Trail Drone Photo 1An aerial view of a section of the newly completed wheelchair and stroller-friendly trail at Distant Hill.“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.”— Henry David Thoreau***C77CD9E8-9B42-4E02-A006-49B722F3845E 1 201 aThis is from our June/July Newsletter. I thought it was appropriate to re-post it for Thanksgiving. I recently spoke to David and he can’t wait for the snow to melt so he can try out the new accessible Geology Trail!INSPIRING WORDS FROM A FREQUENT USER OF DISTANT HILL NATURE TRAIL“I am a C4-C5, wheelchair-bound quadriplegic living in Keene, NH, and I have never experienced life outdoors quite like I have at Distant Hill Nature Trail.”“Before my accident, I spent much of my free time skiing, hiking and enjoying being close to nature. After my accident, I lost most of my mobility and ability to access the outdoor world. I have struggled to find an outdoor wheelchair accessible place where I could get around independently. Distant Hill Nature Trail is just such a place, where I feel welcome and free; a place where people of all ability levels can appreciate and connect with nature, and escape the daily stresses of life. I would love more accessible trails at Distant Hill to explore!”Thank you for the freedom, David H.“I would love more accessible trails at Distant Hill to explore!”***Thank you for your continued support. It is greatly appreciated!Michael Nerrie 
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Distant Hill Gardens and Nature Trail_DONATE ***IMG 0978The ‘Ironing-Board Flower’ at the entrance to the Nature Play Area on Distant Hill Nature Trail.Distant Hill Nature Trail on ‘Trail Finder.com’ Distant Hill Nature Trail is open seven days a week, dawn to dusk, Free of Charge… and dogs are welcome on leash!***“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”― Friedrich Nietzsche***  ©2022 Distant Hill Gardens | 507 March Hill Road, Walpole, NH 03608Web Version  Preferences  Forward  Unsubscribe    
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Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 11/17/22

Selectboard Present:​Steven Dalessio, Chair; Peggy L. 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.There were no members of the public present.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the total amount of $642,860.49 for checks issued November 18, 2022.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved. The AP included a $529,226.62 payment to the Fall Mountain Regional School District (FMRSD).

PAYROLL:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Check Register for the week ending November 12, 2022, in the amount of $31,034.48 dated November 18, 2022, and for the 941 Payroll Tax Transfer in the amount of $5,773.61.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessioin favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – November 10, 2022:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of November 10, 2022, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – November 10, 2022:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of November 10, 2022, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.The minutes are to remain sealed.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the following Committee reports:

• Conservation Commission Meeting (unapproved) – November 7, 2022;

• Planning Board Meeting – November 8, 2022

TIMBER INTENTS:

Map and Lot# 012-067-000: Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Timber Intent for Map and Lot# 012-067-000 on Old Drewsville Road and Stowell Lane.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessioin favor, the motion was approved.

BUILDING PERMITS:

2022-47, Map and Lot# 012-044500: Ms. Mayberry moved to accept Building Permit# 2022-47 for Map and Lot# 012-044-500 to add a 24’ x 25’ kitchen/living room addition with a bathroom and two porches.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

Pending Further Actions:  Generators, Parking Ordinance, Three Phase Power for Industrial Park Drive and Bensonwood,School and Old North Main Bridges/Culverts, School Street Drainage Project

Ice Rink: Ms. Mayberry had a conversation with Mr. Kraig Harlow regarding expanding the rink.  Mr. Harlow sent a note to the Recreation Committee. There was some concern regarding the funding of the rink expansion. Mrs. Pschirrer would like to know the cost. There was a discussion regarding Recreation Department priorities. Mr. Rosko was proposing an ice hockey sized rink.

Penalty Warrant Article: The penalty warrant article was received from Mr. Tom Winmill. It was sent to Atty. Hockensmith for review.  The Planning Board will need to hold a public hearing for this warrant article.

NEW BUSINESS:

Veterans and All Veterans Tax CreditA new warrant is required to renew the credit due to a change in law per Mr. Dalessio. Mrs. Downing will create the warrant article text.

Walpole Attendance Area School Invitation: The Selectboard is invited to the Thanksgiving Feast on Tuesday, November 22ndfrom 12:30 to 1:30 PM in the Walpole Elementary School Gym. Selectboard members were to RSVP by November 18th.

HOOPER TRUSTEES MEETING:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to enter into a Hooper Trustees Meeting.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry. With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberryand Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved at 6:44 PM.

The Selectboard Meeting resumed at 6:58 pm.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:

Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (c) Reputations and (e) Legal.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved. These minutes are to remain sealed.

The regular Selectboard meeting reconvened at 7:06 PM.

Hooper Forest Timber Tax: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to waive the timber tax for the Hooper Forest cut.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry. With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

MOOver Bus: Mrs. Pschirrer reported that the MOOver bus will be starting a Walpole route the day after Thanksgiving or November 25, 2022. Signs will be placed around Town. Both banks are supporting the effort. Mr. Dalessio saw MOOver stop sign at Shaws. Mrs. Pschirrer said that there will be stops at Abenaki Springs and at the Walpole Clinic. It may take a bit of time for people to become aware of the service. When the new parking lot is finished, people will be able to be picked up there too. That will not be until spring, said Mrs. Pschirrer.

ADJOURNMENT:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mr. Dalessio asked if there was any additional discussion.  There was none.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:11 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Sarah Downing, Recording Secretary Pro Tempore

Selectboard Meeting Agenda – 11/22/22

Zoning Board Meeting Minutes – 11/15/22

Roll Call: Present: Chair Jan Galloway-Leclerc, Vice-Chair Judy Trow, Clerk Tom Murray, Pauline Barnes. Alternates: Don Sellarole, Carolyn Vose, Shane O’Keefe and Myra Mansouri. Absent: Board member Tom Winmill and alternate David Edkins. Alternate Ms. Vose was asked to sit in for the absent board member and she agreed.

Minutes: Written by Marilou Blaine. This meeting was recorded. These minutes are unapproved and will be reviewed at the December 2022 meeting for corrections, additions and/or omissions.

Call to order: Ms. Leclerc called the meeting to order at 7:03 pm. 

Minutes of October 2022:

Mr. O’Keefe referred to page 3 saying it did not include his last name in the third to to last paragraph.  Also, at the end of the same paragraph it should say “Ms. Galloway-Leclerc said she would bring it up.” On the same page, fifth paragraph from the bottom, add “not” at the end of the second paragraph. It should read, “He thought worrying about someone’s computer getting hacked is not a reason to not get information.” Ms. Trow made a motion to approve the minutes as amended. Ms. Barnes seconded the motion and the motion carried.

Responses from the NH Municipal Association:

At the October 2022 meeting two questions came up and Chair Ms. Galloway-Leclerc said she would check with the NH Municipal Association. 

The first question was “Is there a recommended way for board members to receive advice from the town attorney?” Our town attorney has requested that the ZBA communicate with him only through the chair, but one of the board members would like the attorney to email his concerns. However, this may make it more difficult to keep his advice confidential. Generally when the chair receives a response from the association, she brings the response to a regular meeting for discussion with the rest of the board.

Jonathan E. Cowal, Esq. emailed the chair, “In situations like this, our advice is always to defer to your town attorney. Whatever they think works best for them and the town is what should be followed.” 

Question No. 2: Our ZBA recently heard an appeal that was somewhat controversial. Because there was concern that if the board wasn’t careful, it could end up in court, “I asked the town attorney to attend a meeting prior to the hearing and discuss with the board the rules surrounding who should recuse oneself. We did it in a nonpublic consultation with counsel.

“At our next meeting we entered a nonpublic session and discussed the advice we had received. We did not discuss the appeal. We discussed what we understood the attorney to have said regarding the general procedure of recusing oneself. For example, the rule that each member must make the decision for him/herself, but that perhaps some personal relationships might be considered too close and may be grounds for an appeal in certain situations. After we came out of nonpublic session we sealed the minutes. 

“At this time the appeal before the board has been decided. When the time limit for appealing that decision has passed, will it be appropriate to unseal the minutes of the nonpublic session? One opinion is that because the matter discussed was advice given by counsel that the minutes be unsealed because they only pertain to discussion of procedure in a general manner with no reputations involved, and for purposes of transparency we should not keep them sealed. What is your advice?” 

Mr. Cowal wrote “Unfortunately, I cannot answer this question for you. I can only point you to the law and the board will need to decide what they think is right for themselves. What I can tell you is that any actual discussions with your attorney would be protected by the attorney client privilege and would never need to be disclosed unless by a court order. However, minutes from the nonpublic session where the board simply discussed the attorney’s advice and the attorney was not present should be evaluated under RSA-A:3 III which states the criteria for unsealing minutes. The board should review that criteria and vote for what they think is appropriate.”

Unsealing minutes

The Zoning Board has several sealed minutes that are held by the chair and it was decided at the previous October meeting that some of them should be unsealed. Ms. Trow made a motion to go into nonpublic session. Ms. Barnes seconded the motion and the motion carried. The time was 7:20 pm. Ms. Trow made a motion to come out of nonpublic session at 7:40 pm for consideration of whether to disclose minutes of a nonpublic session due to a change in circumstances under paragraph III. However, any vote on whether to disclose minutes shall take place in public session. Ms. Barnes seconded the motion and the motion carried.

The purpose of the nonpublic session was to review the sealed minutes of two nonpublic meetings March 18, 2020 and August 17, 2022. A motion was made, seconded and approved unanimously by the board to unseal both of these nonpublic session minutes. These nonpublic minutes will now become part of the permanent record of minutes in the appropriate binders in the locked ZBA files.

Bylaws

At the October meeting the board decided it would be a good idea to review the ZBA bylaws. They planned to do it at the November meeting. The board would also look at the Suggested Rules of Procedure for Local Boards of Adjustment. So the board spent the next hour and 20 minutes going over the current Bylaws line by line. Ms. Barnes asked what’s the difference between Bylaws and Rules of Procedure and Ms. Galloway-Leclerc said she asked the Municipal Association that same question. She said they are the same thing. Attached is what the board is working on. It is a work in progress. The process will continue at the December meeting and there will be a vote on accepting or not accepting the new Bylaws.

At 9 pm Mr. Murray made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Ms. Trow seconded the motion and the motion carried. 

Respectfully submitted,

Marilou Blaine

ZBA Secretary

cc: ZBA, WPB, Town Offices, The Walpolean

Posted: Inside the Town Offices, on the bulletin board outside the Post Office.

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TOWN OF WALPOLE

ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT

BYLAWS

ARTICLE I. AUTHORITY

Section 1.​These bylaws are adopted under the authority of New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated Chapter 676:1 and the ​Zoning Ordinance of the Town of Walpole, New Hampshire.

ARTICLE II.OFFICERS

Section 1. ​​A Chairperson shall be elected annually at the first meeting ​​​​​​following the ​town meeting by a majority vote of the board. The ​​​​​Chairperson shall serve for one year and shall be eligible for re-election. ​​​​The Chairperson shall preside over meetings and hearings, appoint such ​​​​committees as directed by the Board, and shall affix his/her signature in ​​​​the name of the Board.

Section 2.​​ A Vice-Chairperson shall be elected annually at the first meeting​​​​​ following the town meeting by majority vote of the Board. The Vice-​​​​Chairperson shall preside in the absence of the Chairperson and shall ​​​​have full powers of the Chairperson on matters which come before the ​​​​Board during the absence of the Chairperson.

Section 3. ​A Clerk shall be elected annually at the first meeting following the town meeting by a majority vote of the Board. The Clerk shall serve for one year and shall be eligible for re-election. In the absence of the Recording Secretary, the Clerk shall maintain a record of all meeting, transactions, and findings of the Board and shall perform such other duties as the Board may direct including the affixing of his/her signature in the name of the Board.

Section 4.​In the absence of the Chairperson and Vice-chairperson, the board may vote to appoint a member to serve in the position of Chairperson.

ARTICLE III.ALTERNATES

Section 1. ​Up to five alternate members shall be appointed, as provided for by the local legislative body, and should attend all meetings to familiarize themselves with the workings of the board to stand ready to serve whenever a regular member of the board is unable to fulfill his/her responsibilities. The terms of the alternates is for a period of three years each (RSA 673:6, II-a) and shall be reviewed annually at the first meeting following the town meeting.

Section 2. ​In the absence of a regular member, an alternate will be appointed to serve. If a scheduled hearing is not concluded during the meeting, the alternate will continue in all related subsequent hearing. At meetings of the ZBA, alternates who are not activated to fill the seat of an absent or recused member or who have not been appointed by the chair to temporarily fill the unexpired term of a vacancy, may participate with the board in a limited capacity. During a public hearing, alternates may sit at the table with the regular members and may view documents, listen to testimony, ask questions and interact with other board members, the applicant, abutters and the public. Alternates shall not be allowed to make or second motions. Once the board moves into deliberations, alternates shall no longer participate with the board and may remove themselves from the table and/or room. During work sessions or portions of meetings that do not include a public hearing, alternates may fully participate, exclusive of any motions or votes that may be made. At all times, the chair shall fully inform the public of the status of any alternate present and identify the member who shall be voting on the application.

Section 3. ​Members must reside in the community and are expected to attend each meeting of the board to exercise their duties and responsibilities. Any member unable to attend a meeting shall notify the chairperson as soon as possible. Members, including the Chairperson and all officers, shall participate in the decision-making process and vote to appr0ve or disapprove all motions under consideration.

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ARTICLE IV.MEETINGS

Section 1. Regular Meetings

Regular meetings shall be held at the Walpole Town Hall at 7 PM on the third Wednesday of the month. Other meetings may be held on call of the Chairperson provided public notice is given and notice to each member at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance of the meeting in accordance with RSA 91-A:2, II.

Section 2. Quorum​

A quorum for regular business shall consist of three (3) members. If a ​​member disqualifies himself/herself or cannot act in a particular case the ​​member shall notify the Chairperson to appoint an alternate who shall ​​have all the powers and duties of a regular member in regard to the ​​appeal or appeals under consideration on which the regular member is ​​unable to act (RSA 674:33 Powers of Zoning Board of Adjustment. III). ​​The concurring vote of three (3) members of the Board shall be ​​​necessary to reverse any action of the administrative official or to decide ​​in favor of the applicant on any matter on which it is required to pass.

If there are less than five members (including alternates) present, the Chairperson shall give the option to proceed or not to the applicant. Should the applicant choose to proceed with less than five members present, that decision shall not solely constitute grounds for a rehearing should the application fail.

If the applicant opts to postpone due to less than a full board present, the board shall announce the time, date and location of the continued hearing. If the board cannot determine the time, date and location of the continued hearing, the board shall provide new notice to all parties pursuant to RSA 676:7.

Section 3. Order of Business​

The order of business for regular meetings shall be as follows:

1. Roll call.

2. Minutes of the previous meeting.

3. Disposition of appeals under consideration. 

4. Hearing of new appeals.

5. New Business.

NOTE:​​The formal observance of the order may be waived by mutual and ​​​​​unanimous consent of the members of the Board to better expedite the ​​​​business of the meeting.

Section 4.​Public Hearing

​​The conduct of public hearings shall be governed by the following rules:

a. The Chairperson shall call the meeting to order and call for the Clerk’s report ​on the first case.

b. The Recording Secretary shall read the application and report on the manner in which the public notice and personal notice were given.

c. The applicant shall be called to present his/her appeal and those appearing in favor of the appeal shall be allowed to speak.

d. Those in opposition to the appeal shall be allowed to speak.

e. Those in favor shall be allowed a rebuttal.

f. Those in opposition shall be allowed a rebuttal.

g. The hearing on the appeal shall be declared closed.

h. Voting on Variances: The Board will discuss each of the five criteria separately, but have one vote on the decision for the application for a Variance.

i. At any point during the hearing, if any party to that hearing, after being cautioned by the Chairperson, continues to act in a disruptive manner, the Chairperson may accept a motion to recess the hearing and upon majority vote in favor of such motion shall declare the hearing recessed.

General Rules

j. Any member of the Board, through the Chairperson, may request any party to the case to reappear.

k. Each person who appears shall be required to state his/her name and address and indicate whether he/she is a party to the case or an agent orcounsel of a party to the case.

l. Any party to the case who desires to ask a question of another party to case must do so through the Chair.

m. Any person who desires the Board to compel the attendance of a witness shall present his/her request in writing to the Chair no later than three (3) days prior to the hearing.

n. All complaints must be submitted in writing to the Board and signed by the complainant in order for the Board to act upon the complaint.

Section 5.​Joint Hearings

​​The Zoning Board of Adjustment may hold joint meetings or hearings with other town “land use boards”, including the Planning Board, the Historic District Commission and the inspector of buildings, and that each board shall ​​​have discretion as to whether or not to hold a joint meeting with any other land ​​use board. When there is a joint meeting with the Planning Board, the Planning ​​Board will chair the hearing; if not, the Zoning Board will chair the meeting.

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ARTICLE V.APPEALS

Section 1. ​Each application for an appeal shall be made on forms provided by the Board and shall be presented to the Board. The Recording Secretary shall record the date of receipt over the Chairperson’s signature.

Section 2. ​An appeal to the Board on any administrative decision or requirement shall be taken within forty-five (45) days of the date of such decision or requirement.

Section 3. ​The Board shall reject any application not properly filled out and will decide the ​​​time of the hearing for all other applications when received.

Section 4. ​The Board shall decide all cases within thirty (30) days of hearing. Notification ​​​of the decision shall be sent to the applicant and filed in the records of the ​​​Board.

ARTICLE VI.FORMS

​​All forms and revisions thereof shall be adopted by resolution of the Board and ​​​shall become part of the bylaws.

ARTICLE VII. FEES

​​The Board may, from to time, establish a fee schedule for public hearings, ​​​permits, notices, and other such times or procedures as may be needed. The ​​​fee schedule shall be posted publicly.

ARTICLE VIII. PUBLIC NOTICE

Section 1.​Public notice of public hearings on each appeal shall be given in a local ​​​​newspaper (10) days prior to the meeting and shall be posted at the Town Hall ​​​at least five (5) days prior to the hearing. Such notice shall include the ​​​​name of the applicant, provision of the Zoning Ordinance concerned, the type of ​​appeal being made, and the time and place of the hearing.

Section 2.​Personal notice shall be made by certified mail to the applicant, property owner ​​​and all abutters. Notice shall be given to other parties deemed by the Board to ​​​have special interest. The notice shall contain the same information as the ​​​public notice and shall be made on forms provided for this purpose.

ARTICLE IX. Minutes: RSA 91 “Raw materials: Tapes and notes used to compile meeting minutes are governmental records as long as they are retained: policy to  discard/reuse after minutes are approved is acceptable.” 

ARTICLE X. AMENDMENT

​​These bylaws may be amended by majority vote of the members provided that ​​​such amendment is read at two successive meetings.

​​​​​​​           ​   Revised: November 2022

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 11/19/22

Selectboard Present:​Steven Dalessio, Chair; Peggy L. Pschirrer; Cheryl Mayberry

CALL TO ORDER:  Mr. Dalessio called this meeting of the Selectboard to order at 6:32 PM in the Walpole Town Hall.There was one member of the public present, Jan Galloway-Leclerc.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:

Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (c) Reputations and (e) Legal.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved. These minutes are to remain sealed.

The regular Selectboard meeting reconvened at 7:18 PM.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the total amount of $110,110.70 for checks issued November 11, 2022.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved. The AP included a $28,549.09 payment to the NH Retirement System (NHRS).

PAYROLL:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Check Register for the week ending November 5, 2022, in the amount of $30,537.45 dated November 11, 2022, and for the 941 Payroll Tax Transfer in the amount of $5,994.15.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessioin favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – November 3, 2022:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of November 3, 2022, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessioin favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – November 3, 2022:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of November 3, 2022, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.The minutes are to remain sealed.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the following Committee reports:

• Safety Committee Meeting – October 27, 2022

• Five-Town Selectboard Meeting – October 28, 2022

OLD BUSINESS:

Pending Further Actions:  Generators, Parking Ordinance, Three Phase Power for Industrial Park Drive and Bensonwood,School and Old North Main Bridges/Culverts

Tile Floor Quotes: Two quotes were obtained. There was a large price difference between the quotes per Mrs. Downing. Both vendors were asked to check their figures with only one minor adjustment to one quote. Ms. Mayberry moved to accept Monadnock Floorings proposal to install tile in the kitchen, two bathrooms and the main entry area for the amount of $12,884.93. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

Brownfields Update: Mrs. Pschirrer reported that the drainage project is to start next week. Mike Rau, the road agent is working with the City of Keene to reuse some old curbing that was to be discarded. The curbing will be used around the green space area. Paving and striping will occur next spring.

Ice Skating Rink: The email sent by Mr. Rosko since he was unavailable to attend the meeting. Ms. Mayberry reviewed the letter. Windsor, VT does not use anything on the ground; they pack snow and layer water applications. Mr. Rosko suggested in his email that it would be a collaborative effort between the Highway and Fire Departments along with himself. Mrs. Pschirrer felt the whole field should not be flooded; she prefers expanding the size of the form. The temperature changes have been a challenge. Mr. Dalessio would like to see the options with the expansion of the current rink. Feedback from Mr. Jeff Miller who has used the rink in the past and recently along with the Recreation Committee needs to be sought.

Streetlights on Kilburn and Spruce Streets: The Olivers did not wish to approach their neighbors regarding the light removal. Mr. Dalessio will investigate if a shade is availablefrom Liberty Utilities.

School and Union Streets Drainage Project: Mr. Dalessio has approached everyone he knows that would have any historic information about the gully/stream. The general consensus was that it is a seasonal stream. An additional $20,000 is needed for additional permitting, design and response to comments. Mrs. Pschirrer would like a meeting with the abutters once a plan is created. Mr. Dalessio moved to sign the increase in the engineering amount from $51,700 to $72,600 based on the current quote from Fuss and O’Neill. Mrs. Pschirrer seconded the motion. With Mr. Dalessio, Mrs. Pschirrer and Ms. Mayberry in favor, the motion was approved. 

NEW BUSINESS:

MS-535Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Selectboard sign the MS-535. Ms. Mayberry seconded. With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio voting in favor, the motion was approved.

Multi or Single Year Terra-Maps AgreementMrs. Pschirrer moved that the Selectboard sign the one-year limited contract for $3,205 with Terra-Maps. Ms. Mayberry seconded. With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio voting in favor, the motion was approved.

ADJOURNMENT:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mr. Dalessio asked if there was any additional discussion.  There was none.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:48 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Sarah Downing, Recording Secretary Pro Tempore

Superintendent Search Survey

Mass Casualty Drill – 12/3/22

Holiday Fair – 11/19/22

ST. JOHN’S HOLIDAY FAIR


This Saturday, Nov. 19th from 9-2 in the Parish Hallcorner of Elm and Westminster in Walpole

COOKIE WALK – assorted cookies by the pound

HARVEST HOME – baked goods, jam, vinegars

RAFFLE – gift baskets, collections, single items of all sorts (something for everybody)

HOLIDAY AND HOME DECOR – new and vintage, toys, crafts, and the unexpected

FREE COFFEE, TEA, SPICED CIDER – baked snack with donation

Library Trustees Meeting Minutes – 11/8/22

Present:  Amy Howard (Chair), Kathy Nerrie (Treasurer), Gail LaHaise, Susan Johnson, Bill Ranauro, Sarah Mann, Erin Bowen, Jean Kobeski (Recording Secretary), Jane Malmberg (Library Director), 

Absent:  Tim Lester

Amy called the meeting to order at 4:30 p.m. in the library Community Room.  This meeting was recorded.

Approval of Minutes:  Jane made two corrections to the October 11 minutes.  Under the budget, rather than stating she added $3500 to Technology, it should read:  Jane talked about the cost of adding new Chromebooks. Also under the budget, the fourth paragraph should read, Jane stated the staff development budget will be mostly spent this year. With these corrections, Gail moved to accept the October 11, 2022 minutes.  Sarah seconded;  all voted to approve the minutes.

Treasurers Report: Kathy emailed a copy of the Treasurer’s Report to the trustees prior to the meeting.  Amy noticed that roughly one-third of this year’s budget is still unspent but much of it will be spent before the end of the year. There is also more money in our accounts than there was in April, so the treasury looks good.

Bills:  Jane noted that about $1600 worth of adult books came in, as did the Donegan Systems bill (moveable shelves), which increased slightly to $401.  

Jane will be talking to the copier people because there have been a number of problems with our copier.  It is 7-years-old, and Jane wants to talk to a representative about leasing options for replacement.  

Amy moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report and bills.  Gail seconded, and all voted in favor;  motion carried.

Old Business

Staff and Volunteer Appreciation Dinner: Kathy reported that the caterer is all set.  She reviewed raffle items and the group discussed how and when to hold the raffle during the event.  Set up will be at 9:00 Thursday morning.  Amy, Susan, Kathy, and Bill volunteered to do the set-up.  Whoever can stay after the dinner will do the clean-up:  wash and dry dishes, put away tables, sweep the floors.  

Logo/Branding:  Sarah presented  a slideshow of the finalized logo. She reviewed how the design was chosen and explained the choices of font style and colors. 

A roll-out plan was discussed, beginning with a Clarion article in January to introduce the new logo.  Amy suggested presenting the slideshow to the staff and volunteers before the logo is shown to the public.

Amy presented her research of promotional items including canvas bags, stickers, tattoos, and magnets.  Jane said she would like to order magnetic full-color name tags for staff and volunteers. Erin suggested that Amy call Beeze Tees in Keene for tote bag pricing.  Sarah asked for the cost of full-color printing.  Amy said she will do the research, then email these figures to the trustees.

New Business

2023 Budget:  Jane distributed a draft of the 2023 library budget.  She noted increases in advertising for the roll-out swag, technology for four new Chromebooks, and Children’s Misc. for 2 new bookshelves.  Amy asked if some Chromebooks could be purchased this year.  Jane said they could, so she would look into that. If she buys Chromebooks this year, she won’t need to increase the 2023 Technology budget,  The library actually needs three bookshelves for the Children’s Room, so the trustees okayed an increase that would accommodate this purchase. The final budget will be approved in January.

Jane submitted her figures for the town budget. When she gets a quote for the repair to the masonry on the north side of the chimney, she can request a warrant article.

Operations:    Visits are up in North Walpole and check-outs have increased in both branches.  The Saturday Book Club has been discontinued.  The children’s concert last Saturday was well-attended. 

Jane described a virtual program/ discussion taking place on Wednesday, December 7, at 7:00 p.m. Our library is partnering with several other libraries from around the state for this program.  Interested parties can contact Jane for the link. Jane also described a few programs for January that are being planned. 

Jane reported that the conference she attended was very interesting.  She cited one session about how to talk to the press about book banning. Sarah asked if Jane could share notes from this workshop;  Jane said she can send a video of the presentation to trustees and share it with the staff, as well. 

Jane and Julie plan to do a diversity audit of books in the library.  They will start next year with children’s books.  

Buildings and Grounds:  Barry is working on the quote for the chimney and he will be in touch about wrapping the chimney.  The door is delayed because our contractor cannot reach the carpenter who is making the door.  Jane is going to ask for a weekly update.

Friends of the Library:  The book sale did quite well, bringing in more money than last year with fewer books.

Adjournment:  With no further business to discuss, Gail moved to adjourn;  Amy seconded.  The meeting was adjourned at 5:41 p.m.

The next meeting will be January 10, 2023, at 4:30 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Jean Kobeski, Recording Secretary

Hot Soup – 11/19/22