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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Winter 😊

No need to look here for information. Peek outside you window! – Lil

Soon-to-be Vacancy on the Planning Board

Thank you to Robert Miller for his years of service and thank you in advance for those willing to seek the position. – Lil

After 24 years and 8 terms with the Walpole Planning Board, Vice-Chair Robert Miller will not seek re-election.

Mr. Miller said it had been a pleasure and honor to serve. Anyone interested in being a member of the Planning Board should see Town Clerk Sandy Smith during the filing period from January 23 to February 1.

Zoning Board Meeting Minutes – 1/16/19

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

 

Recording: Marilou Blaine. These minutes are unapproved and will be reviewed at the regular February 2019 meeting for corrections, additions and/or omissions.

 

Roll Call: Ms. Mansouri called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm. Since a full Board was present, an alternate was not needed to fill in.

 

Minutes: Ms. Trow made a motion to act the minutes as presented. Ms. Leclerc seconded the motion and the motion passed.

 

Old Business: Review of the two forms regarding Special Exceptions in a rural/agricultural area:

 

The Board spent most of the meeting on two new forms for a Special Exception in a Rural/Agricultural zone. One form, the Application For A Special Exception in the Rural/Agricultural Zone that an applicant must fill out for the Zoning Board of Adjustment, was taken from a previous form. The other form, the Application for a Public Hearing to Receive a Recommendation for Special Exception in the Rural/Agricultural zone, is a new form and is an appeal to the Planning Board for a recommendation to the ZBA.

 

The Board worked on clarifying the verbiage in both forms. The Board added:
The criteria an applicant is required to fill out for granting a Special Exception. This is different on each form.

What is expected of an applicant when applying for a Special Exception.

Definition of abutter.

Article number and Section of the Special Exception criteria Zoning Ordinance.

Clarifications on the actual application. Example: Width at building line now says Width of lot at Building Line. Area is now Lot Size.

 

Please download the attachments for the new forms and make any corrections you think necessary. They will be discussed at the February meeting.

 

Master Plan Update: The Board received an update of the proposed sections of the Master Plan that will be worked on if the Town agrees on the budget to work on the Master Plan at Town Meeting. The budgeted amount for the Master Plan will go to Southwest Regional Planning Commission for the work that Planner Lisa Murphy does with the Board or the group working on updating the Master Plan. Ms. Murphy chose three sections to work on.

 

Population and Housing: Ms. Murphy will provide statistics of demographic information that is critical to know for many applications such as grants, and other opportunities. Where possible, Ms. Murphy will show historical trends with the data that is available.  She believes this is an important component of planning that should be kept current. She does not recommend waiting until the 2020 census because the results typically take a few years to be released.

 

Implementation Chapter: This is a look at the goals, objectives and strategies of each chapter.

Transportation Chapter: This chapter would be done at no cost to the Town if the Board does the updating of the other two chapters. This will include traffic counts and turning movement counts at locations selected by the Town at no charge.

Ms. Barnes was curious to know why the Population Chapter was going to be done before the census thinking it would be better to work with current information. 

Also, she thought the Planning Board originally said it wanted to work on the Land Use Analysis section.

New Business:

Joanna Andros, an alternate on the Planning Board, was at the meeting to encourage Zoning Board members to attend the workshop on January 22, at 7 pm to discuss a solar ordinance. She said that the state is encouraging more towns to have solar ordinances. She believes there has been an increase in solar installations in the town.  She is in favor of solar installations because they lessen the reliance on fossil fuels.

 

Andros said that what is important from a residential perspective is that an abutter’s view should be considered. There should also be Planning Board consideration of large solar installations for a commercial enterprises.

 

The secretary mentioned two recent inquiries for solar farms. Ms. Leclerc said the state does not permit solar farms, at least at his time.  When she wanted to install panels at her farm, the state required proof of how much electricity every building on the farm used. “We were only allowed to install the number of panels that would produce that amount, no more,” she said. “It was intended for our residential use. I don’t know if Liberty Utilities allows any commercial solar farms.”

       
Ms. Leclerc made a motion to adjourn. Ms. Barnes seconded the motion and the motion carried.

 

Handouts:

New larger zoning maps

Master Plan Update

Warrant articles pertaining to Zoning Ordinances.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Marilou Blaine, Recording Secretary

 

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 1/10/19

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. Mr. Ernie Vose was present.

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $181,772.83  for checks issued January 11, 2019.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved. The above amount includes a payment in the amount of $65,195.50 to Primex and $22,509.01 to Granite State Minerals. 

 

PAYROLL:

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Payroll Check Register for the week ending January 11, 2019, in the amount of $28,835.81 for checks issued January 11, 2019, and the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes in the amount of $5,952.81. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

North Walpole Election Moderators and Ballot Clerks: Town of Walpole Election Moderator, Ernie Vose, advised the Selectboard of the retirement of North Walpole’s Assistant Election Moderator, Herbert Werden. Mr. Vose recommended that two people be appointed Assistant Moderators in North Walpole in order to divide the 7 AM – 7 PM polling time. This would divide the time into two shifts as is done in Walpole. Mr. Werden and Mr. Vose are in the process of identifying people in North Walpole who might be interested in filling the positions. The Selectboard encouraged Mr. Vose to fill these positions by March, 2019. Currently, enough voters live in North Walpole to warrant a separate polling site.

 

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION I:

Mr. Dalessio moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II (c) to discuss reputations. Ms. Mayberry seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved at 6:45 PM.

 

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 6:55 PM.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

Walpole Town Meeting Warrant Articles Moderator: Mr. Vose advised the Selectboard that the Warrant Articles Moderator for the annual Town Meeting, Mr. William Houghton, is retiring. Mr. Houghton has also retired as the Town’s Fire Warden. Mr. Vose has asked Mrs. Lucy Weber to fill in as the Warrant Articles Moderator for the March, 2019 Town Meeting. She has agreed to do so. Ms. Mayberry suggested that perhaps the role could be rotated between people on different years which would relieve pressure on those who may have scheduling conflicts on the day of the annual Town Meeting.

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

STAFF MINUTES – December 20, 2018: Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Staff Meeting of December 20, 2018 as submitted. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES – January 3, 2019: Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of January 3, 2019 as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved. Mr. Delessio abstained due to his absence due to illness at this meeting.

 

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD MINUTES – January 3, 2019:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Non-Public Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of January 3, 2019 as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved. The minutes remain sealed. Mr. Delessio abstained.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meetings:       

 Walpole Fire District – November 14, 2018;
 Walpole Fire District – December 12, 2018;
 Walpole Conservation Commission – December 3, 2018; 
 North Walpole Village District Commissioners’ Public Hearing for Application – December 18, 2018;
 North Walpole Village District Commissioners’ Meeting – December 27, 2018;
 Walpole Planning Board – January 8, 2019.

 

PROPERTY TAX REFUNDS:

MAP and LOT #027-003-000: Ms. Mayberry moved to grant a Property Tax Refund for Map and Lot #027-003-000 for the amount of $40.63. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessioand Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved. The refund is due to an overpayment of taxes. 

 

OLD BUSINESS: 

Letter to Jeanette Clark: Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the letter Mrs. Pschirrer drafted to Mrs. Clark suggesting Mrs. Clark fill out the Property Tax Abatement form that was sent to her so the Selectboard can consider her abatement request. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

12 Westminster St. – Former Westberg Estate Properties Update: Mrs. Pschirrer will finish writing the grant to the DES for the Brownsfield remediation project next week. The Public Hearing will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2019. Notices of the hearing have been posted. Walpole has received two letters from the DES approving Walpole’s application for the Covenant Grant. In one letter, the DES stated that, if Walpole receives the $500,000 Covenant Grant, the DES will give Walpole $100,000. Steve Rickerich of Ransom Consulting has been writing the scientific portion of the grant application which describes the nature of the contamination and the three potential ways to correct the problem. Walpole has selected the option that removes all the soils. The other two options would not address the contamination sufficiently. 

Walpole Planning Board 2019 Warrant Articles: Ms. Mayberry requested clarification on the change made to Article 3. Mr. Dalessio explained that the prior warrant, which prevented the building of another recycling center unless the center was licensed by the Town, was deemed unenforceable under the Ruggiero court decision. This new Article 3 therefore reverses that unenforceable zoning regulation and clarifies zoning regulations that will apply to future recycling center applications.

 

2019 Town of Walpole Proposed Budget: Mr. Dalessio expressed some concern regarding the Workers’ Compensation rate in the proposed budget. He suggested that it remain as it is in order to avoid a spike in next year’s budget. A letter from the Town’s insurance company indicated that this year’s rate reflected a healthy pool of participants. Next year’s rate might not remain the same. Both Mrs. Pschirrer and Ms. Mayberry agreed with Mr. Dalessio to leave the Workers’ Compensation at the original $40,000 level.

 

NEW BUSINESS: 

Savings Bank of Walpole Request re: Concerts on the Green: Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Saving Bank of Walpole’s annual request to allow the continuation of the Summer Concerts on the Green as the Bank has done in the past. Seconded by Ms. Mayberry. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Street Lights: Mrs. Pschirrer reported that several people had called the Town Hall expressing concern regarding the town’s non-functioning street lights. Mrs. Downing stated that Mr. Mike Rau, the Road Agent, advises citizens to go to the Liberty Utility website and fill out an online form that initiates service calls by Liberty. The form asks for the pole number of the non-functioning street light; that number is posted on each light pole. Mr. Rau has found that submission of this online form by citizens receives a quicker response from Liberty Utility than his requests for service calls. Mr. Dalessio and Ms. Mayberry suggested these instructions be published in The Clarion. In the meantime, the Selectboard strongly encourages citizens to wear bright, lightly-colored clothes when walking on roads without shoulders or to put reflective tape on their coats and on their dogs’ collars or leashes when walking at sunset or later. 

 

Correspondence: Mrs. Pschirrer acknowledged receipt of a card from Ms. Kathy DePasquale of Middle Street thanking the Selectboard Office for its help in their application for a Veterans’ Tax Credit.

 

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION II:

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. Mrs. Pschirrer seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:26 PM.

 

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of January 3, 2019 be sealed. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:40 PM.

 

OTHER NEW BUSINESS:

Fall Mountain Regional School Budget Meeting: Ms. Mayberry attended the Fall Mountain Regional School Budget meeting held earlier in the evening. She reported that the tax increase for Walpole will be $.74, if the first Warrant Article is passed and an additional $.12, if the second Warrant Article is passed, leading to a total increase of $.86 per $1,000 for Walpole. Mr. Dalessio asked what Charlestown’s increase totaled. Ms. Mayberry reported that Charlestown’s increase would be $.51, if the first Warrant Article passes, plus another $.29, if the second article passes, giving Charlestown a total increase of $.80 per thousand. The reason for these increases is due to the Teachers’ Agreement that was passed last year and the Union’s Support Staff Agreement which was passed this year in Article 2. Ms. Mayberry noted that the default budget was $31,048,858 and that the proposed budget was $31,224,800 representing a total increase of $175,942. Mr. Dalessio said the increase seemed high. Ms. Mayberry said there had been no push-back on the increase because all the contractual agreements that caused the increase in budget had been covered by other line items. Ms. Mayberry did ask the School Board about the $150,000 increase to the Vocational Educational line item which seemed high. She learned that it too was attributable to the Teachers’ Contractual Agreements that were pre-approved from last year’s Warrant Article.

 

Warrant Article #8 for School District: Ms. Mayberry reviewed the Warrant Article #8 which asks voters to “…authorize, indefinitely, until rescinded and retained in a year’s unassigned general funds, an amount not to exceed in any fiscal year 2.5% of the current fiscal year’s net assessment.” Ms. Mayberry noted this ended up being 0 last year. She said many questions were then asked about the Capital Reserves, the apportionment formula and how the money is spent. People were particularly interested in learning when appropriations for improving the schools’ security measures would be made. They were told that additional work needed to be completed before schools would be eligible to apply for grant funding. Ms. Mayberry also noted that the deliberative hearing for the School Board’s Warrant Articles is scheduled for February 6, 2019. All the materials for the School District Articles and their appropriations will be available online. 

 

Petition Warrant: Ms. Mayberry read the Petition Article which asks the District to “…raise and appropriate the sum of $30,000 for the purpose of hiring a qualified, non-partisan, third-party firm to conduct a study of the feasibility and sustainability of the withdrawal of one or more pre-existing districts from the cooperative school district.” When asked which district encompassed the “or more” clause, Ms. Mayberry was informed that this wording was left intentionally vague in order to allow districts to withdraw should they decide to do so. Mr. Dalessio thought the Petition Article was particularly timely because it would require Walpole to decide, once and for all, whether it is better for the Town to have its own school or to belong to the School District. Such a decision would need to be made by a future Warrant Article. Several people at the Budget Meeting questioned the sufficiency of $30,000 to make an adequate assessment of this issue. Mrs. Pschirrer asked if a timeframe had been put on the completion of the study. No time frame had been discussed. The Article only stated that the study would be completed under the provisions of RSA 195:25. Furthermore, the primary intent of the Article was to see if the Charlestown voters would approve the formation of a Withdrawal Committee. If they did, only then would the Fall Mountain District contribute $30,000 towards the total cost of hiring a facilitator. Mrs. Pschirrer then asked if the School Board indicated interest in proceeding with the study if Charlestown voted against it. Ms. Mayberry replied that the wording of the Warrant implied the District probably would not proceed if Charlestown voted against it. The School Board would probably make a final decision in a non-public Executive Session.

 

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:

Ms. Mayberry moved to recess this Selectboard meeting.  The Selectboard will enter into a meeting as the Hooper Trustees.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:52 PM.

 

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:22 PM.

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

Town of Walpole Annual Report Preparation: Mrs. Sarah Downing noted that the Town of Walpole Annual Report is due on March 5, 2019. Departments need to get their reports in by January 18, 2019.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

Ms. Pschirrer moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:30 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Beth Colley, Recording Secretary Pro Tempore          

Hooper Trustees Meeting Minutes – 1/10/19

So sad to hear that Eloise Clark is retiring but s long and healthy retirement is certainly her due! – Lil

 

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

 

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this Hooper Trustees meeting to order at 7:52 PM.

 

HOOPER TRUSTEES MINUTES:

HOOPER TRUSTEES MEETING – January 3, 2019:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Hooper Trustees meeting of January 3, 2019, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved. Mr. Dalessio recused himself since he was not present due to illness.

 

HOOPER BUSINESS:

Replacement of Hooper Institute Director: Ms. Mayberry attended the recent Hooper Institute meeting and reported that Mrs. Eloise Clark, Director of Hooper Institute, announced her intention to retire at the end of this school year. Mrs. Pschirrer stated that the process of finding a replacement was the responsibility of the Hooper Trustees. The Trustees need a formal notice of resignation from Mrs. Clark as well as a job description of the director’s position in order to proceed with a job search. Mr. Dalessio suggested this might be a good opportunity to explore a restructuring of the Hooper Institute and Hooper Education program. Separating the two entities would allow the Institute to focus on a more global vision for raising larger amounts of money including outreach to corporate sponsors while allowing the Education Committee to focus its efforts on hiring educators and developing programs. Mrs. Pschirrer read aloud the Hooper Institute’s Bylaws regarding the process to be followed in finding a director. In 2015, the Hooper Institute and the Hooper Trustees agreed that the Hooper Institute Committee would act as Hooper’s Board of Directors. As such, the search for a new Director will include the Hooper Trustees, the Hooper Institute/Board of Directors and a representative from the school. Mrs. Pschirrer then suggested that the first task of the next director should be the development of a strategic plan that looks at the future direction of the Institute as well as the current funding mechanisms. Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio provided a brief history of the complex relationship between the Town, the Institute and its various committees and the scholarship funds. The meeting then concluded with the recommendation that a Search Committee for a new director be formed. 

ADJOURNMENT:

Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Hooper Trustees meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio and, with all in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:22 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Beth Colley, Recording Secretary Pro Tempore

 

Clarion Deadline – 1/22/19

Months go fast, and I am now working on your February issue of THE WALPOLE CLARION. The deadline for your inputs is now just a week away – Tuesday, January 22. I continue to receive comments that people anxiously look forward to their CLARION the beginning of each month, so if you have something you wish to share with the community – an upcoming event, past accomplishment, human interest story, advertisement, etc. – please get it to me.

And, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for your continued submissions and support, yours, RAY, Publisher

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 1/3/19

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

 

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this Selectboard meeting to order at 6:30 PM in the Walpole Town Hall.  Mrs. Pschirrer welcomed Mrs. Beth Colley as Recording Secretary Pro Tempore who is standing in, temporarily, for Ms. Regina Borden. No members of the public were in attendance.

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $76,639.80 for checks issued January 4, 2019.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved. The above amount includes a payment in the amount of $40,484.82 to the Health Trust. 

 

PAYROLL:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Check Register for the week ending January 4, 2019, in the amount of $24,754.78 for checks issued January 4, 2019, and the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes in the amount of $4,988.41. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING  December 27, 2018: Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of December 27, 2018, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

 

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION  December 27, 2018:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Non-Public Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of December 27, 2018, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved. The minutes remain sealed.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meetings:       

 Walpole Planning Board Meeting – December 11, 2018 

Mrs. Pschirrer noted the wording of the Planning Board Warrant is different from the wording normally used in warrant articles. The Planning Board will need to change the wording of its Warrant to read “To see if the Town will vote…” in order to conform to the wording of the other Warrants that will be voted on at the Town Annual Meeting in March, 2019;

 North Walpole Village District Commissioners’ Meeting – December 11, 2018;
 North Walpole Village District Commissioners’ Meeting – December 18, 2018

Ms. Mayberry noted the appointment of a new commissioner, Mrs. Colburn, to the North Walpole Village District.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

Westberg Estate Properties Closing Update: Mrs. Pschirrer reported that a Quit Claim Deed for the properties formerly owned by the Estate of Nils Westberg and now owned by the Town of Walpole, NH was recorded at 10:21 AM on January 3, 2019 in the Cheshire County Registry of Deeds. The final closing documents have been received and saved in the Town records. The Quit Claim Deed transfers ownership of two tracts of land to the Town of Walpole and a Right-of-Way that eventually will be transferred to the Walpole Foundation. Originally, the Right-of-Way was used to access the Westberg Property at the back of the lot which is land-locked; but now the Right-of-Way runs alongside a number of apartments and businesses. As part of the deliberations regarding the acquisition of this property, the owners and residents of the apartments and businesses repeatedly asked that the Town change the legal designation of the Right-of-Way to a driveway so the property can be closed to through-traffic. Once the legal designation of the property is changed and made part of the deed for the Griswold House, it will be posted as “Not a Thru-Way”.

 

Westberg Estate Properties re: Brownfields Project: Mrs. Pschirrer reported that the Notice of Public Hearing regarding the Proposed Brownfields Cleanup Grant for Map 20 Lots 65 and 66, the former Central Plating site formerly owned by the Nils Westberg Estate, has been prepared. The public hearing will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 6:00 pm in the Selectboard Office at the Walpole Town Hall, 34 Elm Street, Walpole, NH. The Notice of Public Hearing has been posted in The Walpolean, The Keene Sentinel, and on the Walpole Town website. Copies of these notices will be submitted with the grant at the end of January.

 

2019 Town of Walpole Proposed Budget: Mr. Rich Kreissle printed out 2019 Town Budgets and sent e-copies to the Selectboard. Mrs. Pschirrer noted that no changes had been made to the Budget since their last review on December 10, 2018. Ms. Mayberry noted that Mr. Dalessio had recommended a few more cuts be made to the budget because he felt the total percent increase needed to be further reduced. Mrs. Pschirrer noted that all items proposed in the Warrant Articles that will be added to the budget, aside from the $400,000 proposed for items covered by the Unassigned Fund Balance, totaled $191,177.67. The total proposed budget comes to $4,086,328.67. Per Ms. Mayberry, this reflected a 4.7% increase from last year. Following this review and several other prior reviews, Mrs. Pschirrer and Ms. Mayberry concluded that few additional cuts could be found in this year’s budget that would significantly reduce the total percent increase.

 

Warrant Article for Walpole Police Vehicle: Mrs. Pschirrer reviewed the Warrant Article proposing the raising and appropriation of $32,000 to purchase a vehicle for the Walpole Police Department. Mr. Tom Goins is currently working with Mascoma Bank to draw up a promissory note for $32,000 at a fixed interest rate of 2.95% for 3 years with fixed payments of $10,666.67 per year. As part of this agreement, the bank requires a letter of qualification from the town’s attorney indicating the Town’s status as a non-for-profit, tax-exempt municipality in accordance with the Municipal Finance Act (RSA:33). Mr. Hockensmith will prepare this letter upon his return on January 4, 2019. 

 

Warrant Article for Walpole Police Department Capitol Reserve Fund Account: Ms. Mayberry requested confirmation that the Warrant Article proposing the raising and appropriation of $15,000 for the Walpole Police Department Capitol Reserve Fund Account is to bring that account back up to $45,000 for the acquisition of cruisers and equipment. Mrs. Pschirrer confirmed that was the intent of the Warrant Article. 

 

Walpole Highway Department Fleet: Ms. Mayberry asked if the purchase of a truck for the Highway Department would be included in next year’s budget. Mrs. Pschirrer indicated that the Town is in the process of purchasing a truck this year and would need to do so again next year because the fleet is wearing out. Next year’s truck will be purchased through a loan because 2020 will also be the last year for paying for the loader, the fees for which total $56,000 per year. 

 

Budget Line Items Payable to the County: In reviewing other items listed in the budget, Ms. Mayberry noted the increasing financial pressure placed on New Hampshire towns in subsidizing state and county budgets. Mrs. Pschirrer noted that Walpole sent a check in December to Cheshire County for over $1.7 million. Walpole’s share of the County budget had an increase of $300,000 from last year. Much of that increase was due to the construction of the Maplewood Nursing Center that has commenced.

Posting and Public Hearing of 2019 Town of Walpole Budget: Mrs. Pschirrer said the Public Hearing for the Budget will be February 7, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. All directors of Walpole Town Departments should plan on attending. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the public hearing.  An overview of the budget will be given by Mrs. Pschirrer and the Warrant Articles are explained. The public will have opportunity to comment on the budget and the articles.

 

Houghton Brook Bridge: Mrs. Pschirrer noted that the NH Department of Environmental Services has red-listed several old bridges in the Town, one of which is the Houghton Brook Bridge that is located on a dead-end road. The Town has been trying to get a permit from the DES to repair the bridge. Since a wetland exists on one side of the bridge, the DES has suggested the installation of a fish-ladder along-side the bridge. Recently the DES also decided that the Town needs to submit a new plan that demolishes the old bridge and replaces it with a new one. Doing so would triple the cost of the project. Because the bridge has almost no traffic and is not a through-way, local engineers who have been working with the Town have said that replacing the culverts and various other items would repair the bridge sufficiently. Brian Vincent, an engineer working with the Town, and Mike Rau, the Road Agent, will be attending an upcoming meeting with NH DES to convince the DES of the sufficiency of the less-costly repairs to the bridge which the DES had approved earlier. 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

Citizen’s Report from Cheshire Turnpike: Mrs. Pschirrer stated that citizens’ comments and complaints are welcomed by the Selectboard. However, people should identify themselves when making requests of the Selectboard so that issues can be resolved as satisfactorily as possible for all parties involved. An anonymous Citizen’s Report was recently submitted to the Selectboard complaining of the noise made by heavily-loaded trucks that are part of a business located on Old Cheshire Turnpike. Mrs. Pschirrer noted that it is a long-standing, permissible business in Walpole and operating heavy trucks is the source of the business’s livelihood. Weight limits for roads are posted in the Town in the Spring when there are frost-heaves. Alstead Center Road is currently posted because it is in danger of a collapsing culvert. Repairs on that road will begin this month.

 

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:

Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II (a). Mrs. Pschirrer seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:05 PM.

 

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:07 p.m.

 

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:

Ms. Mayberry moved to recess this Selectboard meeting.  The Selectboard will enter into a meeting as the Hooper Trustees.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:07 PM.

 

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:25 PM.

ADJOURNMENT:

Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:25 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Beth Colley, Recording Secretary Pro Tempore