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Select Board Meeting Minutes – 6/7/18

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this Selectboard meeting to order at 6:30 PM in the Walpole Town Hall.  She advised this meeting is being recorded and asked anyone wishing to speak to identify themselves for the record.  There were four members of the public in attendance:

PUBLIC BUSINESS:

Mike Rau, Road Agent:  Request Regarding Paving Material Purchase and Associated Costs, etc.:  Mr. Rau distributed information regarding buying paving material from Mitchells vs Cold River.  He explained the figures for round trips to both Mitchells and Cold River including gallons and price of diesel.

• The cost to use Mitchells for 4 weeks is $7,066

• The cost to use Cold River for 4 weeks at 30 miles is $3,925

• Price difference of $3,141

• The cost to use Cold River for 4 weeks at 20 miles is $2,617

• Price difference of $4,449.

• The price of virgin mix from Mitchells last year was $47 per ton

• The price of rap mix from Cold River last year was $47.50 per ton

• The Town used roughly 7,000 tons of mix last year

• A price difference of $3,500.

The trucks will run the same miles, employees’ salaries will be the same; the only difference is in the fuel mileage.  Westmoreland, Chesterfield and Alstead help Walpole and Walpole, in turn, helps them.  They average about 7 miles per gallon in every truck; 192.8 gallons per day.  Paving usually averages four weeks.  Cold River Materials is in Town; 30 miles round trip.  Mitchells is 54 miles round trip. Town trucks run on hours not miles.  Virgin mix at Cold River would have cost approximately $10/more per ton.  Mr. Dalessio suggested that next year Mr. Rau prepare a Request for Proposals (RFP) package requesting bids for the same product; provide a guaranteed price for the paving season.  Asphalt should be about 280-to-300 degrees when it arrives on site; Mr. Rau always checks it.  Ms. Mayberry believes that there is a certain value that needs to be assigned to the employees “work time”.  Time spent picking up materials versus working on the project itself needs to also be considered. They had mentioned the discussion on availability when Mr. Patch from Cold River Materials came into a meeting. The Town buys shurpac from the Northcott “Fuzzy” Brothers.  Mrs. Pschirrer would like to know what the cost would be to do one mile of road properly; taking the base up, etc.  It is costly. Mr. Rau will choose a section of road and have a contractor provide an estimate.  Mr. Rau distributed copies of the 13 miles of roads they hope to pave in 2018.

Meetinghouse Road – Class VI Section:  Mrs. Pschirrer advised that both Mr. Mark Houghton and Mr. Dalessio would like to make Meetinghouse Road an emergency lane.  Mr. Houghton thought it was because they respond to medical calls on the golf course.  Mr. Rau reported they keep an emergency lane maintained to the point that emergency vehicles can get in there.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Selectboard make Meetinghouse Road, as it runs through the golf course, an emergency lane.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

The Public Hearing will be posted for Thursday, June 14,

Walker Road Conservation Project: Mr. Ray Boas reported they are meeting with D & C Transportation Monday morning at 10:00 AM.  Additionally, there is a meeting with Mr. Goins on Sunday morning to prepare for Monday.  Mrs. Pschirrer mentioned the Conservation Commission is interested in their plans.  Mrs. Alicia Flammia, Chair of the Conservation Commission, would like to walk the land.  The group met again to talk about fundraising.  Plans are being made to apply for a DES Trust Fund Grant.  Mr. Boas will keep the Selectboard up-to-date on the progress.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the amount of $63,416.10 for checks dated June 8, 2018.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

The above amount includes payments to the NH Retirement System in the amount of $20,138.64 and EE Houghton in the amount of $24,999.95 plus smaller payments.

PAYROLL:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Register for the week ending June 2, 2018, in the amount of $25,345.90 for checks dated June 8, 2018.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes for Withholding, MEDI and FICA taxes in the amount of $5,065.23 for the week ending June 2, 2018.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – May 31, 2018:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of May 31, 2018, as submitted. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.  Mrs. Pschirrer abstained as she was not present at this meeting.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meetings:

• Walpole Conservation Commission – May 7, 2018;

• Town of Walpole Safety Committee – May 17, 2018;

• North Walpole Village Board of Commissioners – May 22, 2018;

• North Walpole Village Board of Commissioners – May 29, 2018.

CURRENT USE CHANGE TAX AND WARRANT:

MAP and LOT #005-002-012:  A driveway and new home site work has begun at 549 Wentworth Road. Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Current Use Land Use Change Tax Collector’s Warrant and the NH Land Use Change Tax in the amount of $13,000 which is 10% of the land property value of $130,000 for Map and Lot #005-002-012.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

NOTICE OF INTENT TO CUT WOOD OR TIMBER:

MAP and LOT #014-015-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Notice of Intent to Cut Wood or Timber for Map and Lot #014-015-000, off Whitcomb Road (St. Peter’s Cemetery), for the Roman Catholic Bishop of Manchester.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

BUILDING PERMITS:

LEWIS SHELLEY and KRISTEN SNOWMAN-SHELLEY – Map and Lot #003-077-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Building Permit No. 2018-12 for Lewis Shelley and Kristen Snowman-Shelley to build a “15’ x 24’ Wood/Equipment Shed Added to Existing Shed” at 25 Scovill Road.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

MICHAEL and KATHERINE NERRIE – Map and Lot #011-059-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Building Permit No. 2018-13 for Michael and Katherine Nerrie to build a “12’ x 8’ Wooden Framed Utility Shed” at 507 March Hill Road.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

LaBelle Property Assessment Abatement:  Mr. LaBelle is objecting to his letter of denial for an abatement.  The Selectboard were in favor of sending Mr. LaBelle a letter advising he has to go through the regular appeal process.

Savings Bank of Walpole Account Forms: Ms. Mayberry moved to sign the Savings Bank of Walpole Account forms to deposit Walker Road Conservation Project donations.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Great River Hydro Abatement Settlement:  Mrs. Pschirrer reported the Great River Hydro was upset when they got their first tax bill.  They have proposed a settlement with the Town.  Attorney Hockensmith wants to know how it is going to be handled.  The Town does not yet have an agreement to sign.  Mrs. Pschirrer feels the Great River Hydro should pay the bill they have now.  The agreement will remain in place for five years.

NEW BUSINESS:

Appointment Notice for Conservation Commission: A note was received from Steven Dumont advising that Kelli Wilson, a current member of the Conservation Commission, has informed them that she would like to give up her membership seat in favor of becoming an alternate member.  Mr. Dumont is interested in filling this vacant membership seat.

Mr. Dalessio moved to appoint Kelli Wilson as an alternate member of the Conservation Commission.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.  

Mrs. Pschirrer advised the Conservation Commission approved having Mr. Dumont be a regular member during their meeting on June 4, 2018.

Mr. Dalessio moved to appoint Steven Dumont as a regular member of the Conservation Commission.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Recreation Revolving Fund Expenditure Request:  A request was received from Justin Cassarino and the Recreation Committee to order eight new basketballs for the upcoming summer basketball season.  The total cost is $169.92.

Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the request of the Recreation Committee to order eight new basketballs for the total amount of $169.92.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.  

Mascoma Bank Open House Invitation:  An invitation was received from the Mascoma Bank to attend an Open House on June 21, 2018, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.

Recreation Committee:  Mr. Dalessio reported the North Walpole Park group spoke to Mr. Mark Houghton about the lighting.  Mr. Houghton will generate some proposals.  Mr. Dalessio mentioned these proposals should go to the Recreation Committee first.  There was $1,000 in the budget that they can spend.  Mrs. Pschirrer felt this would be appropriate for using the Revolving Fund.  The next Recreation Committee meeting is Sunday at 5:00 PM.

Rail to Trail:  The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of a letter from Sean Pliska.  Mrs. Pschirrer showed this letter to the Conservation Commission as she felt it appropriate to do so.  Mr. Pliska rides his bike a lot and mentioned “from the entire trip, my ride through Walpole was the least safe-therefore least favorite section of my ride”.  Mr. Shelley of the Conservation Commission was going to respond to this letter and copy the Selectboard. Ms. Mayberry said there is money available for the Rail to Trail network. It might fit into the Complete Street program.

Reservoir Dam: Mr. Dalessio mentioned we have not gotten far in a year on this project.  We are getting DES pressure.  He suggested giving the Conservation Commission another month and then it should be turned over the Selectboard to resolve.  Mr. Mark Houghton is willing to meet with the CDL engineer.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:

Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel and (c) Reputations.  Mr. Dalessio seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:55 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:04 PM.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of June 7, 2018, be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:

Ms. Mayberry moved to recess this Selectboard meeting.  The Selectboard will enter into a meeting as the Hooper Trustees.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 8:05 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:10 PM.

OTHER BUSINESS:

Westberg Property:  Mrs. Pschirrer had a conference call today with Mr. Peter Adams, representing the Westberg Estate, Mr. J.B. Mack, SWRPC, Attorney Jeremy Hockensmith and other interested parties to discuss the progress on the Westberg property to-date   They do not yet know what the guidelines will be this year for grants. Work will begin with the two attorneys and Mr. Adams regarding finances.  Ransom Engineering will send them some information on the grants; they think the Town has a fundable project.  They will begin the slow steps to look at what needs to be done as they move forward with this project.  It was a very productive phone call.

Master Plan:  After the last Planning Board meeting, Ms. Mayberry talked to Mr. Jeff Miller, Chair, about looking to up-date the Master Plan.  Ms. Mayberry talked to Mrs. Lisa Murphy at the Southwest Region Planning Commission (SWRPC) about this and asked for quotes on the updates. Some grants are available.  Mr. Miller will contact Mrs. Murphy in writing.  Mrs. Pschirrer would like a study committee to look at where Walpole should be in ten years and what do we want it to look like.  What facts will impact that?

ADJOURNMENT:

Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:20 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Hooper Trustees Meeting – 6/7/18

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this Hooper Trustees meeting to order at 8:05 PM.

HOOPER TRUSTEES MINUTES:

HOOPER TRUSTEES MEETING – May 31, 2018:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Hooper Trustees meeting of May 31, 2018, as submitted.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio and Ms. Mayberry in favor, the Minutes were approved.  Mrs. Pschirrer abstained as she was not present at this meeting.

HOOPER ESTATE:  Mrs. Pschirrer will begin to work on the closing of the Hooper Estate scheduled for July 2nd, 2018. Mr. Dill met with Mr. Ryan Owens about the terms of the Conservation Easement.

HOOPER INSTITUTE:  Mrs. Pschirrer will attend their next regular meeting.

ADJOURNMENT:

Mr. Dalessio moved to adjourn this Hooper Trustees meeting.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry   With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:10 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Zoning Board Agenda – 6/20/18

Roll Call: Appointment of alternates if needed.

Minutes: Review minutes.

New Business:

Ted Johnson – shed on School Street – cannot meet setback ordinance

Walpole Co-op – Farmers Market on Route 12

Old Business:

Update on two possible warrant articles – Dearborn Circle and rescinding last year’s warrant article and writing an ordinance to make street name corrections because of 911.

Solar ordinance. Model Ordinance from NH Energy. Stephen Buckley NH Municipal Assoc.

He obviously isn’t aware of any ordinance for wind turbines because when I asked him to send me a model ordinance on solar and wind, he just sent the solar.

Update: Matrix Where are we on this?

Phil Carroll property on Taggard Rd. Accessory dwelling. Definition of a dwelling. State definition is a dwelling has sleeping, cooking, eating and sanitation facilities.

Photo for WebPage

Handouts: Two Sentinel stories about local ZBAs.

Next meeting Wednesday,  July 28, 2018

Planning Board Meeting Minutes – 6/12/18

Presiding Members: Jeffrey Miller (Chair), Robert Miller (Vice-Chair), James Aldrich, (Secretary),  Dennis Marcom, Jason Perron, JeffPresiding Members: Jeffrey Miller (Chair), Robert Miller (Vice-Chair), James Aldrich, (Secretary),  Dennis Marcom, Jason Perron, Jeff White, Steve Dalessio (Selectboard Representative). Absent: Alternates: Edward Potter, Joanna Andros.

Recording: Marilou Blaine. These minutes are unapproved and will be reviewed at the July 2018 meeting for corrections, additions and/or omissions.

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

Roll Call: All board members were present so an alternate was not needed to fill in.

Minutes: Mr. Marcom made two corrections to the May minutes. On page 4 “emphasize” was changed to “emphasis” and on page 5 “were” was “changed” to where. Mr. Aldrich made a motion to accept the minutes as amended. Mr. R. Miller seconded the motion and it was approved by the Board.

Old Business:

Business: Avanru, Jack Franks, Building C on the original plan, Lot 1, 504 Main St., Route 12, where the Co-op was going to go: Request for a Public Hearing for a commercial building for four store fronts. Public Hearing maybe be either in July or if a new use for the building is found, July will be an informational meeting and August will be the Public Hearing..

Mr. Franks was at the meeting. He wanted to make sure he had the complete package for the Board. He said the Alteration of Terrain was originally given in 2012 and renewed in 2017 and is good for five year. He asked if he needed to hire an engineer to come in and explain what was on the plans – landscape, parking, lighting, etc. or could he do it himself. All that’s in the plans that SVE did. “It’s all current,” he said.

Mr. Marcom said it was his understanding that an applicant didn’t need to bring in an expert unless there might be questions Mr. Franks couldn’t answer. Mr. J. Miller said he didn’t think he needed to bring in his engineer.

Mr. Franks said he wanted to be transparent and inform the Board that he has had a proposal on the table from a Boston firm that may mean he has to forego the store front plans and work with the Boston firm. If so, he’ll talk to the engineers to see whether that would constitute an amendment of the site plan and if the Alteration of Terrain has to be redone. If so, I’ll be back in July for an informational meeting.

If the proposal with the Boston firm doesn’t work out, he’s going ahead with the store front. He should know everything in 10 days.

So it was left that if the new proposal worked out, there would be a Public Hearing in August. If Mr. Franks stays with the store front project the Public Hearing will be in July.

Just to be safe, Mr. R. Miller made a motion to hold a Public Hearing in August. Mr. Marcom seconded the motion and the Board approved the motion.

Public Hearing: Add two changes to the site plan.

Section 8

J. Street Access / Traffic Pattern: Access to public streets will meet the requirements of the NH Department of Transportation and/or the Town of Walpole.

Any new road constructions shall conform to the road standards as specified in the Walpole

Subdivision Regulations.

The internal traffic pattern will accommodate the proposed use, as well as providing easy unimpeded access for emergency vehicles.

Add. “New road construction is consistent with the stated guidelines of Walpole’s Complete Streets Policy; that our streets be ‘safe, convenient, and accessible to a wide variety of users and modes of transportation’.”

Mr. Marcom explained that the Planning Board had several workshop meetings devoted to the Complete Streets program in Walpole in 2017 and the town adopted the Complete Streets policy. Complete Streets looked at the safety and diversification of traffic and transportation for drivers and pedestrians. This addition to the site plan was to address the guidelines and recommendations of Complete Streets. Section 8 seemed the most logical place to put the addition, Mr. Marcom said.

Mr. J. Miller asked if there were any questions. There being none he closed the Public Hearing.

The second change to the site plan is:

Section 12: Remove the words “recorded subdivision plat.”

Add: “An approved site plan application may be revoked”………

Mr. J. Miller said this was changed to clarify this section. He asked if there were any questions. There being no questions he asked for a motion. The motion was moved and seconded and approved by the entire Board.

New Business: Possible subdivision. Joe DiBernardo, surveyor.

Mr. DiBernardo was at the meeting for information about a possible subdivision. Mary McMahon lives on Whipple Hill Road. At a certain portion of Whipple Road as you head south, the road turns from a Class V road to a Class VI road.

Ms. McMahon wants to take 14.44 acres at the southern boundary of her property and classify it as a “NOT TO BE DEVELOPED” piece of property, leaving 143.13 acres. This will be called Lot No. 2. The property does not have frontage on the road. Usually to create a new building lot it needs 200 feet of road frontage.

Mr. J. Miller asked why she wanted to do that. Mr. DiBernardo said she wants to give it to her caretaker. He would use it solely for hunting and recreational purposes and the lot will be labeled “not to be developed.”

Mr. DiBernardo said the statute is murky. The state statute says you cannot build off a Class VI road without permission from the Selectboard and recording a notice of waiver.

There are two precedents in Walpole for this type of situation. One is the Spivey property, also on Whipple Hill, and the other one is Lot No. 3 at the Alyson property off of Wentworth Road in 2004.

2.

A motion was made, seconded and approved to have a Public Hearing on the McMahon request in August.

Mr. Dalessio said that “not to be developed” should be registered and noted on the deed. Mr. J. Miller said it will be stated on the plat.

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Voluntary Merger

Mr. DiBernardo said he was filing for a voluntary merger for Ray Aumand, 3 Mountain View Rd., North Walpole. It would merge two plots, No. 143 and No. 144 into one. Mr. DiBernardo said on one lot is Mr. Aumand’s home and on the other lot is his garage. Mr. Aumand wants to merge the two. The total acreage of the property would add up to 1.08 acres in a Residential B district.

Mr. J. Miller said that there was a Voluntary Merger form. Mr. DiBernardo paid the application fee but didn’t know the cost of recording it at Cheshire County Registry of Deeds. The secretary will find out the cost and Mr. DiBernardo will get her a check and record the merger. The cost to register a Voluntary Merger is $12 for the first page and $4 for each additional page.

Mr. Dalessio said a copy of the form has to go to Avitar.

A motion was moved, seconded and approved to permit the voluntary merger for Ray Aumand, 3 Mountain View Rd., North Walpole.

Work on Solar Ordinance and Master Plan: Mr. J. Miller gave out a copy of the solar ordinance from the town of Hollis. It addresses solar on roof tops. This topic will be discussed at the July meeting.

Also, Mr. J. Miller said there is interest in updating the Master Plan. He has talked with Ms. Lisa Murphy, a planner at Southwest Regional Planning Commission, to assist the Board in this matter. She was instrumental in working on an update to the Master Plan in 2006.  Mr. J. Miller also discussed the update of the Master Plan with the Selectboard.

The process is to get a quote from the SWRPC,  who would assist the Board in updating the Master Plan.  He will ask the Commission for two quotes for their assistance. One would be to look solely at the Land Use Analysis section and the other would be to work on the Land Use Analysis Section plus the other sections. The former would cost $3,000 to $5,000 and the latter $5,000 to $10,000.

The Board would then submit the quotes to the Selectboard and they would hopefully incorporate it into the budget. Once it is approved in 2019, the Board can move forward with the update.

Ms. Murphy also volunteered to meet with the Planning Board to go over the process and discuss the update. It was decided that Mr. J. Miller would invite Ms. Murphy to attend the July meeting. Ms. Murphy also suggested that the Board should review the Master Plan annually.

Regarding the update, Mr. Dalessio mentioned looking at the document with an eye to looking at what the town should look like in 10 years. Doing a survey was mentioned to get other people’s input and Mr. J. Miller said that would be part of the process. The purpose was to get an idea of what the townspeople feel is wrong with the town’s Master Plan and ordinances and what the townspeople

3.

want. Mr. J. Miller said the zoning ordinances were well written in the ‘60s and have served the town well.

Mr. Jeff Colley and Mr. Eric Merklein were in the audience and they asked if other people could be involved in the update of the Master Plan. Mr. J. Miller said the Planning Board would be doing the work but all hearings will be open to the public and people will be encouraged to come and participate.  He said they will have equal standing with the Board.

Handout: One of the handouts the Board received was titled Transportation Alternative Program Funding Announcement. One eligible activity that Walpole might be of interest is the Safe Route to School infrastructure activity, which requires a 20 percent match from the town. Mr. J. Miller said he would discuss this grant with Ms. Murphy and see if it’s appropriate for the Complete Streets recommendation of some king of walkway from the school to the former RN Johnson property. This was one of the Complete Streets recommendations.

WebPage – What should go on the site? It was decided that the Planning Board WebPage should include the site plan, master plan, site plan application and checklist.

Alternate position:  Mr. J. Miller said that Alternate Ed Potter would like to resign from the Board but wouldn’t do so until someone else is found to replace him. Mr. Colley was asked and he agreed to take Mr. Potter’s place. Mr. Colley is new to Walpole having been here for a year but said he was interested in what the town does. He will start as a Planning Board alternate in July.

Mr. Aldrich made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Marcom seconded the motion and the motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Marilou Blaine

Next regular meeting Tuesday, July 12, 2018 Presiding Members: Jeffrey Miller (Chair), Robert Miller (Vice-Chair), James Aldrich, (Secretary),  Dennis Marcom, Jason Perron, Jeff White, Steve Dalessio (Selectboard Representative). Absent: Alternates: Edward Potter, Joanna Andros.

Recording: Marilou Blaine. These minutes are unapproved and will be reviewed at the July 2018 meeting for corrections, additions and/or omissions.

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

Roll Call: All board members were present so an alternate was not needed to fill in.

Minutes: Mr. Marcom made two corrections to the May minutes. On page 4 “emphasize” was changed to “emphasis” and on page 5 “were” was “changed” to where. Mr. Aldrich made a motion to accept the minutes as amended. Mr. R. Miller seconded the motion and it was approved by the Board.

Old Business:

Business: Avanru, Jack Franks, Building C on the original plan, Lot 1, 504 Main St., Route 12, where the Co-op was going to go: Request for a Public Hearing for a commercial building for four store fronts. Public Hearing maybe be either in July or if a new use for the building is found, July will be an informational meeting and August will be the Public Hearing..

Mr. Franks was at the meeting. He wanted to make sure he had the complete package for the Board. He said the Alteration of Terrain was originally given in 2012 and renewed in 2017 and is good for five year. He asked if he needed to hire an engineer to come in and explain what was on the plans – landscape, parking, lighting, etc. or could he do it himself. All that’s in the plans that SVE did. “It’s all current,” he said.

Mr. Marcom said it was his understanding that an applicant didn’t need to bring in an expert unless there might be questions Mr. Franks couldn’t answer. Mr. J. Miller said he didn’t think he needed to bring in his engineer.

Mr. Franks said he wanted to be transparent and inform the Board that he has had a proposal on the table from a Boston firm that may mean he has to forego the store front plans and work with the Boston firm. If so, he’ll talk to the engineers to see whether that would constitute an amendment of the site plan and if the Alteration of Terrain has to be redone. If so, I’ll be back in July for an informational meeting.

If the proposal with the Boston firm doesn’t work out, he’s going ahead with the store front. He should know everything in 10 days.

So it was left that if the new proposal worked out, there would be a Public Hearing in August. If Mr. Franks stays with the store front project the Public Hearing will be in July.

Just to be safe, Mr. R. Miller made a motion to hold a Public Hearing in August. Mr. Marcom seconded the motion and the Board approved the motion.

1.

Public Hearing: Add two changes to the site plan.

Section 8

J. Street Access / Traffic Pattern: Access to public streets will meet the requirements of the NH Department of Transportation and/or the Town of Walpole.

Any new road constructions shall conform to the road standards as specified in the Walpole

Subdivision Regulations.

The internal traffic pattern will accommodate the proposed use, as well as providing easy unimpeded access for emergency vehicles.

Add. “New road construction is consistent with the stated guidelines of Walpole’s Complete Streets Policy; that our streets be ‘safe, convenient, and accessible to a wide variety of users and modes of transportation’.”

Mr. Marcom explained that the Planning Board had several workshop meetings devoted to the Complete Streets program in Walpole in 2017 and the town adopted the Complete Streets policy. Complete Streets looked at the safety and diversification of traffic and transportation for drivers and pedestrians. This addition to the site plan was to address the guidelines and recommendations of Complete Streets. Section 8 seemed the most logical place to put the addition, Mr. Marcom said.

Mr. J. Miller asked if there were any questions. There being none he closed the Public Hearing.

The second change to the site plan is:

Section 12: Remove the words “recorded subdivision plat.”

Add: “An approved site plan application may be revoked”………

Mr. J. Miller said this was changed to clarify this section. He asked if there were any questions. There being no questions he asked for a motion. The motion was moved and seconded and approved by the entire Board.

New Business: Possible subdivision. Joe DiBernardo, surveyor.

Mr. DiBernardo was at the meeting for information about a possible subdivision. Mary McMahon lives on Whipple Hill Road. At a certain portion of Whipple Road as you head south, the road turns from a Class V road to a Class VI road.

Ms. McMahon wants to take 14.44 acres at the southern boundary of her property and classify it as a “NOT TO BE DEVELOPED” piece of property, leaving 143.13 acres. This will be called Lot No. 2. The property does not have frontage on the road. Usually to create a new building lot it needs 200 feet of road frontage.

Mr. J. Miller asked why she wanted to do that. Mr. DiBernardo said she wants to give it to her caretaker. He would use it solely for hunting and recreational purposes and the lot will be labeled “not to be developed.”

Mr. DiBernardo said the statute is murky. The state statute says you cannot build off a Class VI road without permission from the Selectboard and recording a notice of waiver.

There are two precedents in Walpole for this type of situation. One is the Spivey property, also on Whipple Hill, and the other one is Lot No. 3 at the Alyson property off of Wentworth Road in 2004.

2.

A motion was made, seconded and approved to have a Public Hearing on the McMahon request in August.

Mr. Dalessio said that “not to be developed” should be registered and noted on the deed. Mr. J. Miller said it will be stated on the plat.

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Voluntary Merger

Mr. DiBernardo said he was filing for a voluntary merger for Ray Aumand, 3 Mountain View Rd., North Walpole. It would merge two plots, No. 143 and No. 144 into one. Mr. DiBernardo said on one lot is Mr. Aumand’s home and on the other lot is his garage. Mr. Aumand wants to merge the two. The total acreage of the property would add up to 1.08 acres in a Residential B district.

Mr. J. Miller said that there was a Voluntary Merger form. Mr. DiBernardo paid the application fee but didn’t know the cost of recording it at Cheshire County Registry of Deeds. The secretary will find out the cost and Mr. DiBernardo will get her a check and record the merger. The cost to register a Voluntary Merger is $12 for the first page and $4 for each additional page.

Mr. Dalessio said a copy of the form has to go to Avitar.

A motion was moved, seconded and approved to permit the voluntary merger for Ray Aumand, 3 Mountain View Rd., North Walpole.

Work on Solar Ordinance and Master Plan: Mr. J. Miller gave out a copy of the solar ordinance from the town of Hollis. It addresses solar on roof tops. This topic will be discussed at the July meeting.

Also, Mr. J. Miller said there is interest in updating the Master Plan. He has talked with Ms. Lisa Murphy, a planner at Southwest Regional Planning Commission, to assist the Board in this matter. She was instrumental in working on an update to the Master Plan in 2006.  Mr. J. Miller also discussed the update of the Master Plan with the Selectboard.

The process is to get a quote from the SWRPC,  who would assist the Board in updating the Master Plan.  He will ask the Commission for two quotes for their assistance. One would be to look solely at the Land Use Analysis section and the other would be to work on the Land Use Analysis Section plus the other sections. The former would cost $3,000 to $5,000 and the latter $5,000 to $10,000.

The Board would then submit the quotes to the Selectboard and they would hopefully incorporate it into the budget. Once it is approved in 2019, the Board can move forward with the update.

Ms. Murphy also volunteered to meet with the Planning Board to go over the process and discuss the update. It was decided that Mr. J. Miller would invite Ms. Murphy to attend the July meeting. Ms. Murphy also suggested that the Board should review the Master Plan annually.

Regarding the update, Mr. Dalessio mentioned looking at the document with an eye to looking at what the town should look like in 10 years. Doing a survey was mentioned to get other people’s input and Mr. J. Miller said that would be part of the process. The purpose was to get an idea of what the townspeople feel is wrong with the town’s Master Plan and ordinances and what the townspeople

3.

want. Mr. J. Miller said the zoning ordinances were well written in the ‘60s and have served the town well.

Mr. Jeff Colley and Mr. Eric Merklein were in the audience and they asked if other people could be involved in the update of the Master Plan. Mr. J. Miller said the Planning Board would be doing the work but all hearings will be open to the public and people will be encouraged to come and participate.  He said they will have equal standing with the Board.

Handout: One of the handouts the Board received was titled Transportation Alternative Program Funding Announcement. One eligible activity that Walpole might be of interest is the Safe Route to School infrastructure activity, which requires a 20 percent match from the town. Mr. J. Miller said he would discuss this grant with Ms. Murphy and see if it’s appropriate for the Complete Streets recommendation of some king of walkway from the school to the former RN Johnson property. This was one of the Complete Streets recommendations.

WebPage – What should go on the site? It was decided that the Planning Board WebPage should include the site plan, master plan, site plan application and checklist.

Alternate position:  Mr. J. Miller said that Alternate Ed Potter would like to resign from the Board but wouldn’t do so until someone else is found to replace him. Mr. Colley was asked and he agreed to take Mr. Potter’s place. Mr. Colley is new to Walpole having been here for a year but said he was interested in what the town does. He will start as a Planning Board alternate in July.

Mr. Aldrich made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Marcom seconded the motion and the motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Marilou Blaine

Next regular meeting Tuesday, July 12, 2018White, Steve Dalessio (Selectboard Representative). Absent: Alternates: Edward Potter, Joanna Andros.

Recording: Marilou Blaine. These minutes are unapproved and will be reviewed at the July 2018 meeting for corrections, additions and/or omissions.

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

Roll Call: All board members were present so an alternate was not needed to fill in.

Minutes: Mr. Marcom made two corrections to the May minutes. On page 4 “emphasize” was changed to “emphasis” and on page 5 “were” was “changed” to where. Mr. Aldrich made a motion to accept the minutes as amended. Mr. R. Miller seconded the motion and it was approved by the Board.

Old Business:

Business: Avanru, Jack Franks, Building C on the original plan, Lot 1, 504 Main St., Route 12, where the Co-op was going to go: Request for a Public Hearing for a commercial building for four store fronts. Public Hearing maybe be either in July or if a new use for the building is found, July will be an informational meeting and August will be the Public Hearing..

Mr. Franks was at the meeting. He wanted to make sure he had the complete package for the Board. He said the Alteration of Terrain was originally given in 2012 and renewed in 2017 and is good for five year. He asked if he needed to hire an engineer to come in and explain what was on the plans – landscape, parking, lighting, etc. or could he do it himself. All that’s in the plans that SVE did. “It’s all current,” he said.

Mr. Marcom said it was his understanding that an applicant didn’t need to bring in an expert unless there might be questions Mr. Franks couldn’t answer. Mr. J. Miller said he didn’t think he needed to bring in his engineer.

Mr. Franks said he wanted to be transparent and inform the Board that he has had a proposal on the table from a Boston firm that may mean he has to forego the store front plans and work with the Boston firm. If so, he’ll talk to the engineers to see whether that would constitute an amendment of the site plan and if the Alteration of Terrain has to be redone. If so, I’ll be back in July for an informational meeting.

If the proposal with the Boston firm doesn’t work out, he’s going ahead with the store front. He should know everything in 10 days.

So it was left that if the new proposal worked out, there would be a Public Hearing in August. If Mr. Franks stays with the store front project the Public Hearing will be in July.

Just to be safe, Mr. R. Miller made a motion to hold a Public Hearing in August. Mr. Marcom seconded the motion and the Board approved the motion.

1.

Public Hearing: Add two changes to the site plan.

Section 8

J. Street Access / Traffic Pattern: Access to public streets will meet the requirements of the NH Department of Transportation and/or the Town of Walpole.

Any new road constructions shall conform to the road standards as specified in the Walpole

Subdivision Regulations.

The internal traffic pattern will accommodate the proposed use, as well as providing easy unimpeded access for emergency vehicles.

Add. “New road construction is consistent with the stated guidelines of Walpole’s Complete Streets Policy; that our streets be ‘safe, convenient, and accessible to a wide variety of users and modes of transportation’.”

Mr. Marcom explained that the Planning Board had several workshop meetings devoted to the Complete Streets program in Walpole in 2017 and the town adopted the Complete Streets policy. Complete Streets looked at the safety and diversification of traffic and transportation for drivers and pedestrians. This addition to the site plan was to address the guidelines and recommendations of Complete Streets. Section 8 seemed the most logical place to put the addition, Mr. Marcom said.

Mr. J. Miller asked if there were any questions. There being none he closed the Public Hearing.

The second change to the site plan is:

Section 12: Remove the words “recorded subdivision plat.”

Add: “An approved site plan application may be revoked”………

Mr. J. Miller said this was changed to clarify this section. He asked if there were any questions. There being no questions he asked for a motion. The motion was moved and seconded and approved by the entire Board.

New Business: Possible subdivision. Joe DiBernardo, surveyor.

Mr. DiBernardo was at the meeting for information about a possible subdivision. Mary McMahon lives on Whipple Hill Road. At a certain portion of Whipple Road as you head south, the road turns from a Class V road to a Class VI road.

Ms. McMahon wants to take 14.44 acres at the southern boundary of her property and classify it as a “NOT TO BE DEVELOPED” piece of property, leaving 143.13 acres. This will be called Lot No. 2. The property does not have frontage on the road. Usually to create a new building lot it needs 200 feet of road frontage.

Mr. J. Miller asked why she wanted to do that. Mr. DiBernardo said she wants to give it to her caretaker. He would use it solely for hunting and recreational purposes and the lot will be labeled “not to be developed.”

Mr. DiBernardo said the statute is murky. The state statute says you cannot build off a Class VI road without permission from the Selectboard and recording a notice of waiver.

There are two precedents in Walpole for this type of situation. One is the Spivey property, also on Whipple Hill, and the other one is Lot No. 3 at the Alyson property off of Wentworth Road in 2004.

2.

A motion was made, seconded and approved to have a Public Hearing on the McMahon request in August.

Mr. Dalessio said that “not to be developed” should be registered and noted on the deed. Mr. J. Miller said it will be stated on the plat.

.

Voluntary Merger

Mr. DiBernardo said he was filing for a voluntary merger for Ray Aumand, 3 Mountain View Rd., North Walpole. It would merge two plots, No. 143 and No. 144 into one. Mr. DiBernardo said on one lot is Mr. Aumand’s home and on the other lot is his garage. Mr. Aumand wants to merge the two. The total acreage of the property would add up to 1.08 acres in a Residential B district.

Mr. J. Miller said that there was a Voluntary Merger form. Mr. DiBernardo paid the application fee but didn’t know the cost of recording it at Cheshire County Registry of Deeds. The secretary will find out the cost and Mr. DiBernardo will get her a check and record the merger. The cost to register a Voluntary Merger is $12 for the first page and $4 for each additional page.

Mr. Dalessio said a copy of the form has to go to Avitar.

A motion was moved, seconded and approved to permit the voluntary merger for Ray Aumand, 3 Mountain View Rd., North Walpole.

Work on Solar Ordinance and Master Plan: Mr. J. Miller gave out a copy of the solar ordinance from the town of Hollis. It addresses solar on roof tops. This topic will be discussed at the July meeting.

Also, Mr. J. Miller said there is interest in updating the Master Plan. He has talked with Ms. Lisa Murphy, a planner at Southwest Regional Planning Commission, to assist the Board in this matter. She was instrumental in working on an update to the Master Plan in 2006.  Mr. J. Miller also discussed the update of the Master Plan with the Selectboard.

The process is to get a quote from the SWRPC,  who would assist the Board in updating the Master Plan.  He will ask the Commission for two quotes for their assistance. One would be to look solely at the Land Use Analysis section and the other would be to work on the Land Use Analysis Section plus the other sections. The former would cost $3,000 to $5,000 and the latter $5,000 to $10,000.

The Board would then submit the quotes to the Selectboard and they would hopefully incorporate it into the budget. Once it is approved in 2019, the Board can move forward with the update.

Ms. Murphy also volunteered to meet with the Planning Board to go over the process and discuss the update. It was decided that Mr. J. Miller would invite Ms. Murphy to attend the July meeting. Ms. Murphy also suggested that the Board should review the Master Plan annually.

Regarding the update, Mr. Dalessio mentioned looking at the document with an eye to looking at what the town should look like in 10 years. Doing a survey was mentioned to get other people’s input and Mr. J. Miller said that would be part of the process. The purpose was to get an idea of what the townspeople feel is wrong with the town’s Master Plan and ordinances and what the townspeople

3.

want. Mr. J. Miller said the zoning ordinances were well written in the ‘60s and have served the town well.

Mr. Jeff Colley and Mr. Eric Merklein were in the audience and they asked if other people could be involved in the update of the Master Plan. Mr. J. Miller said the Planning Board would be doing the work but all hearings will be open to the public and people will be encouraged to come and participate.  He said they will have equal standing with the Board.

Handout: One of the handouts the Board received was titled Transportation Alternative Program Funding Announcement. One eligible activity that Walpole might be of interest is the Safe Route to School infrastructure activity, which requires a 20 percent match from the town. Mr. J. Miller said he would discuss this grant with Ms. Murphy and see if it’s appropriate for the Complete Streets recommendation of some king of walkway from the school to the former RN Johnson property. This was one of the Complete Streets recommendations.

WebPage – What should go on the site? It was decided that the Planning Board WebPage should include the site plan, master plan, site plan application and checklist.

Alternate position:  Mr. J. Miller said that Alternate Ed Potter would like to resign from the Board but wouldn’t do so until someone else is found to replace him. Mr. Colley was asked and he agreed to take Mr. Potter’s place. Mr. Colley is new to Walpole having been here for a year but said he was interested in what the town does. He will start as a Planning Board alternate in July.

Mr. Aldrich made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Marcom seconded the motion and the motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Marilou Blaine

Next regular meeting Tuesday, July 12, 20188 meeting for corrections, additions and/or omissions.

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

Roll Call: All board members were present so an alternate was not needed to fill in.

Minutes: Mr. Marcom made two corrections to the May minutes. On page 4 “emphasize” was changed to “emphasis” and on page 5 “were” was “changed” to where. Mr. Aldrich made a motion to accept the minutes as amended. Mr. R. Miller seconded the motion and it was approved by the Board.

Old Business:

Business: Avanru, Jack Franks, Building C on the original plan, Lot 1, 504 Main St., Route 12, where the Co-op was going to go: Request for a Public Hearing for a commercial building for four store fronts. Public Hearing maybe be either in July or if a new use for the building is found, July will be an informational meeting and August will be the Public Hearing..

Mr. Franks was at the meeting. He wanted to make sure he had the complete package for the Board. He said the Alteration of Terrain was originally given in 2012 and renewed in 2017 and is good for five year. He asked if he needed to hire an engineer to come in and explain what was on the plans – landscape, parking, lighting, etc. or could he do it himself. All that’s in the plans that SVE did. “It’s all current,” he said.

Mr. Marcom said it was his understanding that an applicant didn’t need to bring in an expert unless there might be questions Mr. Franks couldn’t answer. Mr. J. Miller said he didn’t think he needed to bring in his engineer.

Mr. Franks said he wanted to be transparent and inform the Board that he has had a proposal on the table from a Boston firm that may mean he has to forego the store front plans and work with the Boston firm. If so, he’ll talk to the engineers to see whether that would constitute an amendment of the site plan and if the Alteration of Terrain has to be redone. If so, I’ll be back in July for an informational meeting.

If the proposal with the Boston firm doesn’t work out, he’s going ahead with the store front. He should know everything in 10 days.

So it was left that if the new proposal worked out, there would be a Public Hearing in August. If Mr. Franks stays with the store front project the Public Hearing will be in July.

Just to be safe, Mr. R. Miller made a motion to hold a Public Hearing in August. Mr. Marcom seconded the motion and the Board approved the motion.

1.

Public Hearing: Add two changes to the site plan.

Section 8

J. Street Access / Traffic Pattern: Access to public streets will meet the requirements of the NH Department of Transportation and/or the Town of Walpole.

Any new road constructions shall conform to the road standards as specified in the Walpole

Subdivision Regulations.

The internal traffic pattern will accommodate the proposed use, as well as providing easy unimpeded access for emergency vehicles.

Add. “New road construction is consistent with the stated guidelines of Walpole’s Complete Streets Policy; that our streets be ‘safe, convenient, and accessible to a wide variety of users and modes of transportation’.”

Mr. Marcom explained that the Planning Board had several workshop meetings devoted to the Complete Streets program in Walpole in 2017 and the town adopted the Complete Streets policy. Complete Streets looked at the safety and diversification of traffic and transportation for drivers and pedestrians. This addition to the site plan was to address the guidelines and recommendations of Complete Streets. Section 8 seemed the most logical place to put the addition, Mr. Marcom said.

Mr. J. Miller asked if there were any questions. There being none he closed the Public Hearing.

The second change to the site plan is:

Section 12: Remove the words “recorded subdivision plat.”

Add: “An approved site plan application may be revoked”………

Mr. J. Miller said this was changed to clarify this section. He asked if there were any questions. There being no questions he asked for a motion. The motion was moved and seconded and approved by the entire Board.

New Business: Possible subdivision. Joe DiBernardo, surveyor.

Mr. DiBernardo was at the meeting for information about a possible subdivision. Mary McMahon lives on Whipple Hill Road. At a certain portion of Whipple Road as you head south, the road turns from a Class V road to a Class VI road.

Ms. McMahon wants to take 14.44 acres at the southern boundary of her property and classify it as a “NOT TO BE DEVELOPED” piece of property, leaving 143.13 acres. This will be called Lot No. 2. The property does not have frontage on the road. Usually to create a new building lot it needs 200 feet of road frontage.

Mr. J. Miller asked why she wanted to do that. Mr. DiBernardo said she wants to give it to her caretaker. He would use it solely for hunting and recreational purposes and the lot will be labeled “not to be developed.”

Mr. DiBernardo said the statute is murky. The state statute says you cannot build off a Class VI road without permission from the Selectboard and recording a notice of waiver.

There are two precedents in Walpole for this type of situation. One is the Spivey property, also on Whipple Hill, and the other one is Lot No. 3 at the Alyson property off of Wentworth Road in 2004.

2.

A motion was made, seconded and approved to have a Public Hearing on the McMahon request in August.

Mr. Dalessio said that “not to be developed” should be registered and noted on the deed. Mr. J. Miller said it will be stated on the plat.

.

Voluntary Merger

Mr. DiBernardo said he was filing for a voluntary merger for Ray Aumand, 3 Mountain View Rd., North Walpole. It would merge two plots, No. 143 and No. 144 into one. Mr. DiBernardo said on one lot is Mr. Aumand’s home and on the other lot is his garage. Mr. Aumand wants to merge the two. The total acreage of the property would add up to 1.08 acres in a Residential B district.

Mr. J. Miller said that there was a Voluntary Merger form. Mr. DiBernardo paid the application fee but didn’t know the cost of recording it at Cheshire County Registry of Deeds. The secretary will find out the cost and Mr. DiBernardo will get her a check and record the merger. The cost to register a Voluntary Merger is $12 for the first page and $4 for each additional page.

Mr. Dalessio said a copy of the form has to go to Avitar.

A motion was moved, seconded and approved to permit the voluntary merger for Ray Aumand, 3 Mountain View Rd., North Walpole.

Work on Solar Ordinance and Master Plan: Mr. J. Miller gave out a copy of the solar ordinance from the town of Hollis. It addresses solar on roof tops. This topic will be discussed at the July meeting.

Also, Mr. J. Miller said there is interest in updating the Master Plan. He has talked with Ms. Lisa Murphy, a planner at Southwest Regional Planning Commission, to assist the Board in this matter. She was instrumental in working on an update to the Master Plan in 2006.  Mr. J. Miller also discussed the update of the Master Plan with the Selectboard.

The process is to get a quote from the SWRPC,  who would assist the Board in updating the Master Plan.  He will ask the Commission for two quotes for their assistance. One would be to look solely at the Land Use Analysis section and the other would be to work on the Land Use Analysis Section plus the other sections. The former would cost $3,000 to $5,000 and the latter $5,000 to $10,000.

The Board would then submit the quotes to the Selectboard and they would hopefully incorporate it into the budget. Once it is approved in 2019, the Board can move forward with the update.

Ms. Murphy also volunteered to meet with the Planning Board to go over the process and discuss the update. It was decided that Mr. J. Miller would invite Ms. Murphy to attend the July meeting. Ms. Murphy also suggested that the Board should review the Master Plan annually.

Regarding the update, Mr. Dalessio mentioned looking at the document with an eye to looking at what the town should look like in 10 years. Doing a survey was mentioned to get other people’s input and Mr. J. Miller said that would be part of the process. The purpose was to get an idea of what the townspeople feel is wrong with the town’s Master Plan and ordinances and what the townspeople

3.

want. Mr. J. Miller said the zoning ordinances were well written in the ‘60s and have served the town well.

Mr. Jeff Colley and Mr. Eric Merklein were in the audience and they asked if other people could be involved in the update of the Master Plan. Mr. J. Miller said the Planning Board would be doing the work but all hearings will be open to the public and people will be encouraged to come and participate.  He said they will have equal standing with the Board.

Handout: One of the handouts the Board received was titled Transportation Alternative Program Funding Announcement. One eligible activity that Walpole might be of interest is the Safe Route to School infrastructure activity, which requires a 20 percent match from the town. Mr. J. Miller said he would discuss this grant with Ms. Murphy and see if it’s appropriate for the Complete Streets recommendation of some king of walkway from the school to the former RN Johnson property. This was one of the Complete Streets recommendations.

WebPage – What should go on the site? It was decided that the Planning Board WebPage should include the site plan, master plan, site plan application and checklist.

Alternate position:  Mr. J. Miller said that Alternate Ed Potter would like to resign from the Board but wouldn’t do so until someone else is found to replace him. Mr. Colley was asked and he agreed to take Mr. Potter’s place. Mr. Colley is new to Walpole having been here for a year but said he was interested in what the town does. He will start as a Planning Board alternate in July.

Mr. Aldrich made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Marcom seconded the motion and the motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Marilou Blaine

Next regular meeting Tuesday, July 12, 2018

Distant Hill Gardens Tour This Weekend

The Ultimate Open Garden Weekend

More Gardens Than You Can Visit in Two Days!

This coming Saturday, from 10am to 4pm, is a typical ‘Open Garden’ day at Distant Hill Gardens. Sunday, however, is special. We are one of five local gardens you can visit as part of The Garden Conservancy’s Monadnock Region Open Garden Sunday.

Attracting Pollinators To Your Garden

A Sunday Afternoon Workshop at Distant Hill Gardens: 2-4pm

To end the weekend, join us at Distant Hill Gardens, on Sunday from 2-4pm for a workshop ‘Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden’. The event will begin with a short indoor presentation followed by a tour of the gardens, and a walk through the new pollinator meadow on Distant Hill Nature Trail.

Learn some of the best pollinator friendly trees, shrubs, and perennials to add to your gardens, and how you can plant a wildflower meadow of your own.

Click here to learn more about Sunday’s workshop ’ATTRACTING POLLINATORS TO YOUR GARDEN’

Five More Local Gardens You Can Visit on Saturday!

The beautiful hummingbird moths are back and visiting the gardens.

And if you would like to really fill your need for garden viewing, or if you can’t make it on Sunday, there are five additional local gardens open on Saturday: The Garden Conservancy’s Monadnock Region Open Garden Saturday.

All proceeds from both Saturday and Sunday Garden Conservancy events will go toward their efforts to save and share outstanding American gardens.

This is your chance to visit some of the best gardens in the Monadnock region. We hope to see you this weekend,

Michael and Kathy Nerrie

And remember you can visit Distant Hill Nature Trail anytime. It’s open seven days a week, dawn to dusk.

Public Hearing

**NOTICE**

On Thurs., June 14, 2018

The Walpole Selectboard will be holding a

Public Hearing Regarding the Acceptance of Meetinghouse Road – Class VI Portion

to Become an Emergency Access Lane

at 6:30 pm

at the Walpole Town Hall

Band Concert – 6/17/18

Great sign of summer begins this week! – Lil

The Boy and Cub Scouts of Walpole are sponsoring a Father’s Day concert on Sunday June 17 with the Walt Sayre Orchestra performing from 6:30 to 8:00 on the common.  A collection will be taken during intermission to support scouting activities in the coming year.  Refreshments including hot dogs and pies will be on sale by the Town Hall.