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COVID by the Numbers—January 24 Edition
As of today, there are some grounds for cautious optimism. Very cautious, as I am aware I have used that phrase a number of times during my reporting to you. First off, Cheshire County is no longer #1 in the state for infection rates. We are actually back down to #8. Partially, this is because the statewide average of number of reported cases per 100,000 population rose a bit, from 53.3 on January 17 to 59.2 today. That number has fluctuated between 53.3and 59.4 ever since the beginning of the year.
The better news is that the Cheshire County rate of reported cases per 100,000 has come down from a high of 64.0 on January 17, and is now at 44.7, well below the state average. Countywide, we had a high of 425 active cases on January 17. As of today, there are 284 active cases in the County. The cumulative total of cases in the county has gone from 1,910 on the 17th to 2,123 today.
3 more lives were lost to COVID in Cheshire County this week. We have lost 12 in all in the course of the pandemic; 5 of those 12, nearly half, were in the past two weeks.
In Walpole, the cumulative number of reported cases to date in Walpole is 91, up from 84 on the 17th. The number of currently active cases has come down from a high of 30 active cases on January 12, to 21 on January 17, and now to 15 on January 24.
Statewide, the cumulative number of cases went from 56,864 on January 17 to 62,337 today. The number of active cases came down from 6,387 to 6,122. Hospitalizations are down from 243 to 239. Another 54 Granite Staters lost their lives to COVID this week, bringing the cumulative total to 987.
Vaccine Update: If you are over 65, you may register to get the vaccine by going to www.vaccines.nh.gov . Currently, you register at that site, and then you will receive an email with a link to set up your appointment. Many people who signed up on Friday got their emails withing 24 hours, though the site says it will be 3-5 days. DHHS reported yesterday that 170,000 people have signed up; 160,000 have received emails to select a location and time slot. The folks at DHHS are hoping to combine these two steps into one step soon, so the procedure may change. If you are waiting for your sign-u email be aware it may come from VAMS (Vaccine Administration Management System) or CDC (Centers for Disease Control.) Be sure to open emails with those headers. When you sign up for a location and time, at the end of the process, you will be asked if you want to bring another eligible person with you. Check that box and give that person’s name if you want to do this. For most people, this process has gone relatively smoothly. If you do not have a computer, call 211 for assistance, and be prepared to stay on hold for a considerable time.
If you are under 65 and have 2 qualifying conditions, or if you are the parent of a child under 16 with 2 qualifying conditions, the process is murkier. DHHS says that you must have your health care provider authorize your vaccine, and then the registry will send you the signup email. Some health care providers, when contacted, have said they have no idea how they are supposed to do this. Other health care providers have spontaneously notified the registry of their patients’ qualification; I have heard of a few people who got the signup email before they ever contacted their provider. Let’s hope everyone gets on the same page soon.
So please keep on taking good care of yourselves. Redouble your efforts. Wear your masks. Keep your distance. Wash your hands. Avoid large groups. Avoid close contact in small groups of those not in your household. Be careful out there, now more than ever.
~Representative Lucy Weber
Meeting via Zoom
Roll Call: Zoom meetings require that every vote be taken by an individual board member voice response. Ms. Jan Leclerc introduced herself as chair of the Zoning Board of Adjustment in Walpole and Marilou Blaine as recording secretary. She said each person was in a separate location. Then she called the names of each Board member and he/she responded “here.” Board members saying “here” were Clerk Tom Murray, Vice-Chair Myra Mansouri and Pauline Barnes and alternates Don Sellarole and David Edkins. Ms. Leclerc recused Ms. Barnes from voting because she was hosting the Zoom meeting and then asked Mr. Sellarole and Mr. Edkins to fill in for absent board member Ernie Vose and recused board member Pauline Barnes. Also absent was Alternate Judy Trow. The meeting was being recorded.
Meeting Opened: Ms. Leclerc called the meeting to order at 7 pm.
Minutes: Ms. Leclerc made one modification to the November 2020 minutes. On page 2, top line should read “Ms. Barnes and Ms. Mansouri met twice to modify two ordinances.” Mr. Edkins made a motion that the minutes be approved as corrected. Mr. Sellarole seconded the motion and the motion passed when Ms. Leclerc asked each individual ZBA member his/her vote. Myra Mansouri, Tom Murray, Dave Edkins, Don Sellarole and Jan Leclerc all replied “aye.
Extension of time to demolish a building: In September 2020, Mark Stevens of 363 Watkins Hill Road asked for and received a three-month extension of time to demolish his parents’ home while he was building a home for himself on the same lot. A Walpole zoning ordinance states that there may be only one main house on a lot.
In September, Mr. Stevens said construction on his house was taking longer than expected. His contractor contracted Covid, which delayed construction for a couple of weeks while he was recuperating. It has also been difficult corralling his five siblings to come to Walpole and divide up personal items. Now Mr. Stevens said that he needed an extension of time because he has had difficulty finding a salvage company to deconstruct the building. He recently found one in Dummerston, VT, which he hoped would do the salvage work in February or early March and also expected a local contractor, Ben Northcott, to take the building down to the ground in the spring. He asked for a three-month extension.
After some consideration, Ms. Leclerc suggested six months. Her experience, she said, has been that this type of thing takes longer than expected. Mr. Stevens said he would love to have the six months. Mr. Sellarole asked if there was a downside to waiting to take the building down. Are there any neighbors involved? Mr. Sellarole asked. Mr. Stevens said nobody is objecting and he doesn’t have neighbors that are very close. It’s in a rural area. Nobody cares? Mr. Sellarole asked. Mr. Steven confirmed that nobody cares. Ms. Mansouri asked if the house was the building being demolished on Prospect Hill. Mr. Stevens replied no and said Prospect Hill turns into Watkins Hill. The building is actually a couple of miles from that site and it doesn’t look like it should be demolished even though it really should be. Ms. Barnes agreed with Ms. Leclerc saying why not take the extra time. Everything takes longer with the Covid pandemic and getting your siblings together may take longer than you expect. Ms. Leclerc asked if there were any reasons that you might be keeping this house to use or to rent. Mr. Stevens said absolutely not. It’s been vacant for 10 years.
Mr. Edkins said six months seems reasonable. Ms. Mansouri agreed and she made a motion to give Mr. Stevens a six-month extension. Mr. Edkins seconded the six-month extension regarding removal of the house. In a voice vote Ms. Mansouri, Mr. Edkins, Mr. Sellarole, Mr. Murray and Ms. Leclerc said “aye”. The motion carried.
Signage for Shaws in North Meadow Plaza: The supermarket chain plans to add signs for grocery pick-up. The signage would include: a sign on the building advertising the pick-up service; reserved parking space signs; and a couple of directional signs in the parking lot. A representative, Diane Howe, from Bailey Signs in Westbrook, ME contacted the recording secretary and sent five samples of proposed signs. All were difficult to read because the printed words were not only fuzzy but so small the reader sometimes needed a magnifying glass. The sign on the building comes in three sizes and Ms. Howe did not indicate which size would be on the Walpole sign. Also, none of the samples indicated exactly where the reserved parking spaces or directional signs would be placed in the parking lot. The recording secretary sent Ms. Howe the Walpole zoning ordinance for signage in a commercial district and requested more legible copies. A new contact, Ms. Diane Leavitt, said in an email earlier in the week that “the work will occur within the next few months. As soon as I have size confirmation for this location, I will reach out regarding your next available Zoom meeting.”
Short-term rental ordinance discussion.
Ms. Leclerc said we have a whole year to work on this ordinance. At the in-person November meeting, Board members had quite a different range of opinions regarding the definition of short-term rentals and what the ordinance should say. Now the Zoning Board has a year to discuss and tinker with the ordinance and present it to the Planning Board.
Ms. Mansouri said short-term rentals are not the same as a B&Bs and they should not be included in the same ordinance. Ms. Barnes said now that we have the time it would be very useful to explore all the ramifications. For example, Barnes said, the Board didn’t discuss the distinctions that some other towns are making between owner-occupied vs. investor-backed short-term rentals. Ms. Barnes suggested having a workshop to discuss just this one topic.
Ms. Mansouri said she thought a more stringent definition was needed for a short-term rental operation that is not a B&B, but is a commercial rental. Ms. Barnes said those are the kinds of things we need to explore, Ms. Barnes said. A B&B is owner-occupied where rooms are rented and there is breakfast, Ms. Mansouri said. Ms. Barnes said that could also describe someone who is living at home but also renting out a room.
Ms. Leclerc asked other members what they thought about a workshop. Mr. Murray thought it would be a good, as did Mr. Sellarole and eventually everyone else was on board and decided to have a workshop meeting one week before the Board’s next regular February meeting. It would also be a Zoom meeting. So the date for the short-term rental workshop is Wednesday, February 10, 2021, at 7pm.
Mr. Murray said he was assuming that this meeting would be to solely to discuss verbiage for short-term rentals. “We’re not going to touch the current B&B ordinance,” he said. “And if you remove home-occupation from the ordinance, it’s a completely different animal.”
Ms. Leclerc said, “So there is no confusion we are going back to square one and decide on an ordinance for short-term rentals.” Short-term rentals is the terminology that is going to be used, not Airbnb because that is a brand name.
Other matters: Two scheduled public hearings on two separate ZBA ordinances were postponed at the December Planning Board meeting until in-person meeting could be held. Ms. Leclerc said she thought that the Planning Board would hold a hearing for the sign ordinance that had been modified to include feather flags. Ms. Leclerc agreed with a request from Selectman Mr. Dalessio when he requested she wait until in-person meetings could be held. She thought it was only for the short-term rental ordinance but it was suggested that maybe it was misinterpreted to mean both ordinance hearings. Anyway, once there are in-person meetings, the ZBA will approach the Planning Board for a public hearing on the modified sign ordinance. And the ZBA Board will begin anew to work on the short-term rental ordinance at a workshop in early February.
Flags: Mr. Sellarole asked about if the ordinance that dealt with feather flags also pertained to flags like the American flag. Ms. Leclerc said that the ordinance dealt with flags that were used for commercial reasons.
Trac phone: The Town purchased a Trac phone to share among all Walpole boards having Zoom meetings so no board member has to give out a personal telephone number. Mr. Sellarole agreed to be in charge of the phone at the next ZBA meeting, which would mean that since the meeting was the day after the regular February Planning Board meeting, Mr. Sellarole would get the phone from Mr. Jeff Harrington and return it to the Town Offices.
There being no further business, Mr. Sellarole made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Mr. Edkins seconded the motion and by individual voice vote, Mr. Murray, Mr. Sellarole, Mr. Edkins, Ms. Mansouri and Ms. Leclerc agreed.
These minutes are unapproved and will be reviewed at the February 2021 meeting for corrections, additions and/or omissions.
Sorry for the late notice. Not Sarah’s fault. I take full responsibility for not checking my email earlier! – Lil
TOWN OF WALPOLE
SELECTBOARD MEETING AGENDA
January 21, 2021
Starting at 6:30 PM via Zoom and may be live-streamed on FACT-TV
ACCOUNTS PAYABLE• Accounts Payable Check Register in the total amount of $521,638.92 for checks issued 1/22/21
PAYROLL• Payroll Register totaling $28,096.81 dated 1/22/21 and the 941 Payroll Tax Transfer of $5,487.41
SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES• Selectboard Minutes – January 14, 2021• Non-Public Selectboard Session Minutes January 14, 2021
COMMITTEE REPORTS• Planning Board Meeting – January 12, 2021• Library Trustees Meeting – January 12, 2021
LAND USE CHANGE TAX• Map 21 Lots 25 & 26
TIMBER INTENT TO CUT• Map and Lot# 013-060-001
OLD BUSINESS• 2021 General Fund Expenditure Detail Budget• 2021 Draft Warrant Articles• Brownfields Project Update
Pending Further Actions
Town Street Lights, Tax Deeded Property Sale, Houghton Brook Bridge Repair, Reservoir Dam Repairs, Emergency Generators
NEW BUSINESS• Appointment Notice• Walpole Sewer Users Notice• Walpole Landfill Post Closure Report
HOOPER TRUSTEES MEETING
HOOPER TRUSTEES MINUTES• Hooper Trustees Meeting – December 17, 2020
HOOPER BUSINESS• Letter of Interest for HI Institute Board
HOOPER NON-PUBLIC BUSINESS: RSA 91-A:3 II
SELECTBOARD MEETING – continued
NON-PUBLIC BUSINESS: RSA 91-A:3 II (a) (c)
**Any recording, audio or visual, and/or other devices must be declared at the beginning of the meeting**
COVID by the Numbers—January 17 Edition
Unfortunately, being #1 is not always a Good Thing. Until very recently, Cheshire County had a very low rate of COVID infection as expressed as a rate of cases per 100,000 population. As of January 1, the rate per 100,000 in Cheshire County was 22.5, third lowest in the state. As of today, just 17 days later, it is 64.0, the highest in the state. Currently, the state average is 53.3.
Here in Walpole, we started 2021 with 6 active cases in town, and a cumulative total of 37 cases in Walpole since the start of the pandemic. On January 17, there are 21 currently active cases in town, and the cumulative total has rocketed up to 84. The total number of cases in Walpole has more than doubled in 17 days, with 47 new cases in town since the beginning of the year. Nearly 56% of the total cases in Walpole have been reported in the last 17 days. So what happened? Well, presumably, Christmas happened, and family gatherings. The good news? There is some—the 21 currently active cases is actually down from a high of 30 cases on January 12.
Countywide, we went from 142 active cases on January 1 to 425 active cases on January 17. The cumulative total of Cheshire County cases was 1,263 at the beginning of the year; now the cumulative total is 1,910. Nearly 34% of the total cases in Cheshire County have been reported since the beginning of he year.
Statewide, the numbers are not going up as fast as they are in Walpole or in Cheshire County. The active cases rose from 5.919 to 6,387. The total number of cases statewide went from 44,028 to 56,864. Just over 22% of the statewide cases have been reported since the beginning of the year. The statewide hospitalization numbers are actually coming down. There were 317in hospital on January 1, and after reaching an all-time high of 335 on January 2, we are back down to 243 as January 17.
The number of lives lost to COVID in New Hampshire went from 759 to 933, so over 18% of the total deaths statewide have come in the last 17 days. 2souls have just left us from Cheshire County.
There is hope on the horizon, with vaccines scheduled to become available to new groups of people. However, as we await the start of phase 1-b, remember that realistically, there will still be a long wait for some of those newly eligible. The NH Department of Health and Human Services estimates that there are 300,000 people in phase 1-b. As of the Thursday press conference, we were told that NH was receiving an average of 17,500 doses of vaccine each week. With each person needing two doses, at this rate it is going to take a long time to vaccinate all those eligible who want to receive the vaccine. My post of January 14 outlines what we know as of now about the rollout of phase 1-b.
So please keep on taking good care of yourselves. Redouble your efforts. Wear your masks. Keep your distance. Wash your hands. Avoid large groups. Avoid close contact in small groups of those not in your household. Be careful out there, now more than ever.
~Representative Lucy Weber
I received this news from Kraig Harlow today. Another thing our community is missing out on until we get this COVID-19 under control. – Lil
We are saddened to announce that Winter Basketball has been cancelled due to COVID-19. With recent spikes in our community and surrounding areas the past couple weeks, we feel that the health and safety of our residents come first.
We are hoping this spring to possibly offer our youth clinics if COVID-19 cases decrease. We thank you for understanding this matter.
Not sure exactly what I did with the previous post but I assume you realize that there are not 21 openings for Planning Board. It should read:
2 Planning Board Members Three Year Term
1 Planning Board Member. Two Year Term
3 Library Trustees. Three Year Term
1 Library Trustee. One Year Term
My apologies for any confusion. – Lil
NOTICE to WALPOLE RESIDENTS
(Walpole, North Walpole, Drewsville)
The following officers will be elected at the Town Meeting to be held Tuesday, March 9th, 2021:
|1||Selectman||Three Year Term|
|1||Town Clerk/Tax Collector||Three Year Term|
|1||Trustee of Trust Funds||Three Year Term|
|2||Zoning Board of Adjustment Members||Three Year Term|
|21||Planning Board MembersPlanning Board Member||Three Year TermTwo Year Term|
|1||Cemetery Trustee||Three Year Term|
|31||Library TrusteesLibrary Trustee||Three Year TermOne Year Term|
The filing period for these offices is January 20 through January 29, 2021. Those interested may file at the Town Clerk’s office during the following office hours: Monday 7 am – 4 pm, Tuesday 7 am – 7 pm, Wednesday and Thursday 7 am – 4 pm.
Roll Call: All Planning Board members and invitees are in separate locations. This meeting is being recorded. WPB Chair Jeff Miller called a voice roll call of the Planning Board members who were present. Those responding as present were Vice-Chair Dennis Miller, Clerk Jason Perron, Zoom Host Jeff Harrington, Jeff Colley, Joanna Andros and Select Board Representative Steve Dalessio.
Recording: Secretary Marilou Blaine. These minutes are unapproved and will be reviewed at the February 2021 meeting for corrections, additions and/or omissions.
Meeting coming to order: Mr. Miller called the meeting to order at at 7 pm.
Minutes: Mr Marcom made a motion to approve the November and December minutes as presented. Mr. Colley seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously by a voice vote of each Board member.
Public Hearing No. 1.
Invitees and people present at the meeting for the Landry subdivision meeting: Abutters: Cynthia Reeves and Ray Ruseckas, Todd Neilsen, Bronia and Mark Jenson. Wentworth Road homeowners: Tesse Gohl and Hope Higbie.
Subdivision: Jay Landry of Tilton, NH two lots into four lots, Map 17, Lots 5 and 5-1, land between Old Keene Rd. and Wentworth Rd. Land surveyor Joe DiBernardo represented Mr. Landry. Mr. DiBernardo said the total acreage of the parcel is 11.2 acres.
The size of the of the new lots would be:
Lot 5.1 – 2.19 acres with 200 feet road frontage on Wentworth Road;
Lot 5-2 – 1.67 acres with 200 feet road frontage on Wentworth Road;
Lot 5-3 – 1.15 acres with 200 feet road frontage on Wentworth Road;
Lot 5-4 – 6.22 acres with 203.61 feet road frontage on Old Keene Road and Wentworth Road. 48.5 feet road frontage on Wentworth Road.
The property is located in the Residential A zoning district with the minimum lot size of 40,00 thousand square feet, just shy of 1 acre, minimum 200 feet road frontage and minimum setback of 65 feet from the center of the road. Side and rear setbacks are 20 feet. All these lots meet the zoning dimensional requirements.
The largest lot (5-4) has at least 200 feet of frontage on Old Keene Road but also has frontage of 48.5 feet on Wentworth Road and that is the proposed access to that lot. In addition, Mr. DiBernardo said, Sharon Monaghan delineated the wetlands and Forest Designs is taking care of state permitting of the three lots that are less than five acres in size.
Has state given you approval or not? Mr. Miller asked. Mr. DiBernardo said no that they were waiting for approval.
Abutter Todd Neilsen asked Mr. DiBernardo to explain the circles and boxes on each of the surveyor’s map. Mr. DiBernardo said the 75-foot circles represent the well area and the boxes represent the septic area. This is all for state permitting, which requires that there be 75 feet from the well to the septic area and the area for the leach field.
Mr. Neilsen asked Mr. DiBernardo if he was aware of previous incidents where residents have not been getting enough water. Have you done on work on that? Neilsen asked. Mr. DiBernardo said he hasn’t done any work on that. Are you aware that people on Wentworth Road are having problems getting enough water from their wells? Mr. Neilsen asked. Mr. DiBernardo said he was made aware of that tonight and that tonight he is not proposing to develop the property only to divide the property. Mr. Neilsen added and “therefore to sell these lots.” Mr. DiBernardo said yes.
Mr. Neilsen said his property is next to lot 5-1, which is wooded. He asked if there were any regulations about the amount of trees that could be cut. Mr. Miller said no and Mr. DiBernardo said that he was not aware of any. Mr. Neilsen asked why his driveway was not shown on the plat because his neighbor’s driveways were. Mr. DiBernardo said Mr. Neilsen’s driveway was at the northeast corner of Lot 5-1.
Cynthia Reeves said her concerns were about water usage as well as water runoff. She sent a PDF to Host Jeff Harrison outlining some of her questions. Four areas on her property have to do with water, she said. All around this area on the hillside there are an extraordinary amount of spring activity, a lot of surface water and then there’s pitch to the hillside that means water collects in sheets down the hillside. They personally have done a lot to mitigate the problem, she said.
She mentioned four water features on their property including both a stream on the northern and on the southern boundaries; a spring box that intersected the northern boundary; and a dug well at the top on the southern boundary.
There are marshy areas that abut the Landry property and there is a concern about usage if the Landry lots are developed, Ms. Reeves said. There have been see-saw weather conditions this year. This winter there was a lot of water around Christmas and this summer we had four or five months of drought. Ms. Reeves presented several photos that illustrated her points. One shows a spring box at top of the property. That water comes down through pipes and collects in a cistern in their basement. The water in the cistern is about 4 or 5 feet deep and runs year-round except during the drought when, for the first time in 18 years, it went down to almost nothing. It is pure water, which they use for drinking.
Of primary concern for Ms. Reeves is preserving the water quality in the natural springs located at the top of their property on the eastern boundary. The Spring House is marked on the plan and this water feeds the cistern in the main house. How close can any new structure/leach field come to an active spring? she asked. Another photo showed the cistern in the basement.
How close are property lines next to the spring? Ms. Reeves asked. What will be the impact on aquifers? In severe weather, what happens when the land abutting our property has pavement, dug foundations, etc? It will compound the intensity and volume of water coming off the hillside, she said.
On both the northern and southern borders there are streams that are active year-round, Ms. Reeves said. The southern stream isn’t marked on the plat that was presented. One photo is of a dug well at the top of the property’s southeast border, which originally fed the main house with water.
Other photos showed what happens when there is runoff in severe weather and during the more usual winter runoff. Water runoff mitigation issues have been: the driveway has been regraded several time due to water runoff in severe weather, which is to some degree mitigated by the streams on the southern and northern boundaries. Given the strength of some storms, the entire hillside is overwhelmed with water, and effects are shown in several photos. One shows a trench dug by the Town of Walpole road crew along the western boundary along Old Keene Road in an effort to redirect water coming off the hill, including a new culvert under Old Keene Road, which was put in this summer.
Ms. Reeves said water should be considered as part of this subdivision. It’s so bad sometimes it runs down Hillside Acres. Its impact directly bears consideration. It underscores what Mr. Neilsen said before about management of storm water that is to going to affect all the abutting properties.
The drought this summer was serious. A neighbor had to dig a new well. Friends up on Wentworth Road ran out of water. Ms. Reeves said she is wondering if is it viable to reasonably think we can continue to build more houses without looking at some of these issues. Also, perhaps the town water can be continued to some of these newly constructed homes.
My concerns are such, Ms. Reeve said, that she thinks an environmental impact study should be done.
Mr. Teese Gohl, whose home at 31 Wentworth Road, is the last one on that road to have town water. Mr. Gohl said that after talking to the head of the water department that he believes that town water is already stretched to the limit. He’s also like something done about the traffic on that Wentworth Road, although he said because of Covid, there are more people and families walking.
Hope Higbie at 105 Wentworth Road expressed the same concerns about water and fears having to lose access to her water in the future.
Mr. Neilsen said he was new to this process of public hearings. What powers do we, as abutters, have? Mr. Miller said basically you have the power to object, appeal the decision in superior court. The Planning Board basically has to make sure all the boundaries, size of lot, setbacks and zoning requirements are followed.
Mr. Miller said that when a subdivision of about 8 to 10 homes was planned on land in the Wentworth and Hooper Road several years ago, there were the same concerns about water. Mr. Miller suggested the Board take a second look at that independent study of the impact on water supply on that area.
Ms. Andros said there are already two or three more driveways off of Wentworth Road and more building.
Mark Jenson agreed with Ms. Reeves about runoff. He said that water comes down the road, down through a neighbor’s property and sheets of water go through his property and settles. He said that right now you could skate on a pond at the bottom of the field. He added that he too has had water issues in the past.
Ms. Reeves said you have all these homeowners who have had periods of problems with water. She asked about building homes when potential homeowners may have the a potential problem with water. It is not in the spirit of Walpole of shared good will among neighbors. All the legal requirements may be met but are potential buyers going to be told about the existing problems with water.
There should be an environmental impact study with a focus on water and if this moves forward, what happens if new homeowner runs out of water their first year?
Mr. Miller said regarding this subdivision the Board needs to do more homework on this and look at the conditions discussed.
Ms. Andros said that the Town of Walpole has had to do a lot of remediation on Old Keene and Wentworth Road. It is very costly.
Mr. Miller said the Board does not have to make a decision tonight and he proposed that the Board find the study of the area of Wentworth and Hooper Roads about runoff and look at that. He asked the secretary to look in the files for the study and the minutes.
Mr. Marcom agreed that we have to learn more about the situation and runoff and he said he’d like to meet with Mike Rau, Walpole’s road agent, and discuss these issues as well as discuss storm water.
Mr. Miller said this has been going on a long time, it’s nothing new. This public hearing will continue to be on the agenda in February.
Public Hearing No. 2:
Site Plan: Bed and Breakfast at Watkins Tavern, owner Fred Dill (Walpole D and D LLC), 116 Prospect Hill Road, Map 8, Lot 61-1, Residential A. Cindy Westover represented Fred Dill. Prospective owners are Eric Brandolini and CJ Letterman. They, as well as Doreen Brandolini were on the audio portion of Zoom.
Ms. Westover stated the Tavern property is a little over 8 acres and subdivided from the golf course. A hand-drawn map showed the Tavern in yellow and parking area in pink as well as a barn and pro shop that are part of the golf club operation. The new owners have applied for a LLC and the place will be called Watkins Hill Tavern and Inn.
The second and first floor layouts are the same as now. On the second floor a half bath in room No. 2 will become a three-quarter bathroom. The pink area is where they are going to live. The first floor will remain as is with the exception of installing a bar in the room next to the kitchen that will also serve the adjoining porch. The owners need to get a liquor license from the state. There is already a handicap bathroom on the first floor and an ADA approved ramp. The porch will remain as is.
Ms. Westover said there is no change in use. As of last week all of the rooms were rented and have been over the last couple of years.
Mr. Dalessio said three things:
Mr. Dill had a fire and safety engineer install certain features, which should remain:
When the kitchen opens there must be grease separation traps in all of the three sinks and dishwasher.
The new owners should retain all the ADA items including the ramp.
The new owners, who are on their way to New Hampshire from Utah, were in a hotel in Iowa. One of the owner said that he was excited that they would be stewards of a historic property and grateful to have the opportunity to make it a community space. The kitchen wouldn’t be open right away for cooked food, but sufficient grub will be available for food and drink for golfers. First they are planning on renting out four room to guests.
When there were no more questions from the public or Board, Mr. Miller closed the hearing. Mr. Marcom made a motion to approve the bed and breakfast proposal on the condition that the Board gets all the information from Mark Houghton regarding fire and safety. Mr. Perron seconded the motion and with a roll call of the Board, each Board member approved the motion.
Request for a Public Hearing for a site plan.
Walpole Creamery, 532 Main Street LLC, owner Robert Kasper, Map 12, Lot 14, commercial district.
Mr. Kasper said that Scully Architects are doing the drawings, a Boston company is doing the technical work, Mark Houghton plumbing and heating and Bergeron Construction.
Three 40-foot trailers that are behind the building will be removed. One of the trailers is a freezer. The wash and dry is no longer there. The interior will be remodeled. The freezer storage area will be in that space on the west wall. There is also storage in the rest of the building and additional storage space will be on the north side of the building.
The production area will be in the middle of the building. A loading dock will be added off the back of the building. That will mean that pallets of ice cream can be loaded directly onto a truck. It requires that a door be removed and a garage-size door added.
There will be an addition to the north side as well as installing a holding tank for milk on the east side connected to a storage area in front of the holding tank. The ice cream parlor remains where it is now.
The new plant will produce two to three times as much as it does now. Sales have gone through the roof with this pandemic, Mr. Kasper said. Everyone is eating pizza and ice cream.
Mr. Marcom made a motion to have a public hearing for the Creamery next month. Mr. Perron seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously by individual roll call vote.
Finishing up the meeting: Mr. Miller said the water study of the Hooper Road property should help us. It includes road drainage and runoff. Driveways have to be permitted.
Mr Dalessio said that it appears now that the subdivision is legal.
Mr. Miller read from Site Plan Regulations G. Storm Water management and erosion control. That sections says: G. Storm Water Management and Erosion Control:
The applicant shall submit a storm water management and erosion control plan when one or more of the following conditions are proposed: – A cumulative disturbed area exceeding 20,000 square feet. Construction of a street or road. – The disturbance of critical areas- such as steep slopes, wetlands, floodplains. – Standard agricultural and silvicultural practices are exempt from these provisions – All storm water management and erosion control measures in the plan shall adhere to the “Erosion and Sediment Control Design Handbook for Developing Areas of New Hampshire”, published by the Rockingham County Conservation District, and the“Model Storm Water Management and Erosion Control Regulation”, published by the NH Association of Conservation Districts, Water Quality Committee.
- The applicant shall bear final responsibility for the installation, construction, and disposition of all storm water and erosion control measures required by the Planning Board. Site development shall not begin before the plan is approved.
Mr. Miller said we owe it to the abutters to see what can be done. He planned to make a few phone calls.
Mr. Marcom said the Planning Board handbook on page subdivisions, page 71, says that in making a decision on subdivisions , the Planning Board had to look at the full development of the parcel.
Ms. Andros made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Perron seconded the motion and roll call of the board showed that they unanimously agreed.
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*A copy of Ms. Reeves photos will be attached to the minutes that are filed in the WPB files and the minutes kept in the Select Board’s office.
Update—January 15, 2021
I just heard from a Walpole resident who followed the procedure set out below and contacted a local primary care provider. The resident reports that the primary care provider had not been given any guidance or instruction about how they should interact with the registration process. The resident was concerned that care providers may be overwhelmed with calls that they cannot yet process.
As stated below, phase 1-b will not begin until January 26, and the registration process for phase 1-b will not begin until January 22, so the providers will not be able to interact with it until at least that date, and then only if all goes according to plan. As of right now, the link only allows access by persons listed in phase 1-a: first responders, high-risk health care providers, and residential facility residents.
I have no way of knowing when care providers will get this information, and would never tell anyone how or when to contact their providers in any case. But be aware, that, as of right now, the providers have not been given the specifics of how the plan outlined below is to be implemented.
More news when I hear it.
NH COVID-19 Vaccination Plan for Those Aged 65 and Older, and Others
Governor’s Press Conference January 14, 2021
At his press conference today, Governor Sununu described the rollout of the next phase of COVID-19 vaccines. Please be aware that this is my best effort at notetaking—I have not had materials for review, so there may be inaccuracies. It is also clear that there will be more information coming out as time goes on.
- All persons 65 or older (This is a change from the earlier 75 or older.)
- Persons who are medically vulnerable, including parents of children under 16 who are medically vulnerable. (Chilldren under 16 currently cannot get vaccine.)
- Persons living in institutions for those with developmental disabilities
- Corrections officers
How it will work. There will be a web site to register for vaccination. The site is www.vaccines.nh.gov .
Here is what you do:
- If you are over 65, you visit the web site and register as being 65 or older, and wanting to be vaccinated.
- When your turn comes, you will receive an email from the web site with a link for you to select a vaccination location and tie that works for you.
- Visit that link and pick your location and time
- Turn up for your vaccination with proof of your birth date showing that you are 65 or over.
- If you are under 65 and medically fragile, or are the parent of a medically fragile child under 16, contact your primary care provider and if you have 2 of the medical conditions that are identified , your primary care provider will notify the registration site. The site will send you and email to register for a locations and time, and you can proceed as above.
- If you do not have internet access, contact 211 to get help registering.
- If you have had COVID-19, if you are past the infectious stage, you may get the vaccine if you are in a qualified group, unless you received monoclonal antibody therapy, in which case you must wait 90 days before being vaccinated.
There are still a lot of unanswered questions.
First of all, NH is currently getting about 17,000 doses of vaccine per week. It is going to take a lot of time to get to everyone.
Second, the Governor did not say, and no one at the press conference asked, how they are going to manage appointments for the second dose of vaccine. I have heard that some people who have received a first shot are currently having difficulty getting an appointment for a second shot. I will try to find out how that is being managed, but I have no more information about how that will take place.
More information when I find it out. In the meantime, and even after you have been vaccinated, wear your mask, keep your distance, wash your hands, and keep well.
~Representative Lucy Weber