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Halloween

A number of people have asked me about Halloween. The Selectboard Meeting Minutes said:

Halloween:  When Mrs. Pschirrer talks with the Keene Sentinel reporter tomorrow about Halloween in the Town of Walpole, the Selectboard agreed to have her state that they will encourage families to stay together; will recommend the hours to be 4:00-to-7:00 PM; wear a mask, stay in your neighborhood; keep the recommended distancing, distribute only wrapped candy.  Please stay safe!“

For what it’s worth, at my house I am putting out a bowl of candy and will have the light on until it isn’t gone. Our neighborhood may not have Trick or Treator’s in residence, but I don’t want to disappoint those who come here because they live in an area without a neighborhood! At the same time, it is hard to pass out candy while maintaining a social distance. Again – stay safe!

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 10/8/20

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer, Chair of the Walpole Selectboard, called this meeting to order at 5:30 PM in the Walpole Town Hall.  She introduced Ms. Cheryl Mayberry and Mr. Steven Dalessio, the other two Selectboard members.  Mrs. Sarah Downing, Manager of Administration, and Mrs. Regina Borden, Recording Secretary, are also in attendance.  This meeting is being recorded.  There were no members of the public in attendance.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the total amount of $91,533.46 for checks issued October 9, 2020.  This includes a payment of $36,000 to Ambrose Equipment for the Highway Department.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

PAYROLL:

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Payroll Check Register for the week ending October 3, 2020, in the amount of $31,821.11 for checks dated October 9, 2020, and for the 941 Payroll Tax Transfer in the amount of $6,376.61.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved. 

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MINUTES – October 1, 2020:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboardmeeting of October 1, 2020, as submitted.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – October 1, 2020:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of October 1, 2020, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the following Committee reports:• Hooper Institute Board Meeting – September 3, 2020;• Walpole Cemetery Trustees Meeting – September 16, 2020;• North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners Meeting – September 8, 2020;• North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners Meeting – September 15, 2020;• North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners Meeting – September 22, 2020

BUILDING PERMITS:

Permit No. 2020-40, 35 High Street, Map and Lot #021-023-000:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant Building Permit No. 2020-40 to install a “30’ x 8’ Ground Mount Solar Array” at 35 High Street, Map and Lot #021-023-000. Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Permit #2020-41, 1405 County Road, Map and Lot #003-038-003: Mr. Dalessio moved to grant Building Permit No. 2020-41 to add a “37’ x 17’6” Roof Mount Solar Array” at 1405 County Road, Map and Lot #003-038-003.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.  

Permit #2020-42, 224 Wentworth Road, Map and Lot #008-009-007:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant Building Permit No. 2020-42 to build a “20’ x 26’ Detached Garage” at 224 Wentworth Road, Map and Lot #008-009-007.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

Notice to Dog Owners:  Mr. Dalessio moved to adopt the Notice to Dog Owners, dated October 8, 2020, with the intention of bringing it to Town Meeting with a Warrant Article.  This replaces the existing Dog Owners Notice.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Recreation Area Parking Lot Deed and Sales Agreement: Ms. Mayberry moved to sign the Recreation Area Parking Lot Deed and Sales Agreement, as the purchaser of the property, with the Fall Mountain Regional School District.  This is for 1.46 acres of vacant land located on Main Street in Walpole, Map and Lot #022-005-001. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved. 

Mrs. Pschirrer noted they will sign the letter to the FMRSD after the Deed is recorded.      

Recommendation Relative to Face Coverings:  Ms. Mayberry moved to sign the Recommendation Relative to Face Coverings and to have it distributed and posted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

ARM Grant Site Visit:  Mr. Dalessio reported the site visit went very well.  The engineering estimate is $520,000 to replace the bridge.  We applied for an ARM Grant of $250,000.  There is about a 75% chance we will receive it.  There were about a dozen people present from various agencies at the site.  They spent most of their time down in the river bed.  It is all about the protection of aquatic species.  

Response Letter from DOJ, Department of Charitable Trusts:  Mrs. Pschirrer acknowledged receipt of the response letter from Thomas J. Donovan, Director of Charitable Trusts. He reported there is now relief available for the Hooper Trusts.  Mrs. Pschirrer pointed out the preparation it will take to petition the court to adopt the provisions will be significant.

War Memorial Repair Update:  Mr. Brad Nash is researching what firm might be able to rebuild or re-store the wooden cannon wheels.  Mr. Whit Aldrich, on behalf of the American Legion, is going to send the Town an additional $5,000 toward upkeep of the Memorial site.  In the meantime, we may need to store the cannons while the wheels are shipped out to be rebuilt.

AFLAC Enrollment Meetings:  Mrs. Downing has had follow-up discussions with Mr. William Hill of AFLAC.  He would like to have in-person meetings with interested employees.  Meetings can be held outside with a canopy/tent, plexiglass separators, masks and with other precautions.  The Selectboard suggested bringing employees in to the Town Hall main meeting room by departments.  Groups will be kept as small as possible.  Mrs. Downing noted they have free services that need to be chosen.  Two are Telemedicine and Wellness benefits the Town receives through the HealthTrust.  The Selectboard chose Financial Fitness.      

Reservoir Dam Repairs:  Mr. Dalessio reported the amount of engineering work is going up.  There are still a lot of options.  The Department of Environmental Services (DES) came and looked at the work.  They keep opening up more and more questions.

Pending Further Actions:• Town Street Lights;• Sewer Bond Comment Letter.

NEW BUSINESS:

November 3, 2020 Voting Warrant:  Ms. Mayberry moved to sign the November 3, 2020 Voting Warrant.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none. With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, motion was approved.   

EMPG Reimbursement Request Letter:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the NH Department of Safety, Homeland Security, and Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) in the amount of $4,000.00 for the Walpole LEOP Update Project.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Exercise Class Request for Use of Town Hall:  Mrs. Pschirrer advised that Tai Chi classes have been going on Wednesday mornings on the Town Common.  Now that the weather is changing, they have requested coming into the Town Hall on the second floor every Wednesday morning.  Mr. Daviss stated masks are difficult for some of the older students when they are moving. They definitely will mask coming and going but some may not be able to breathe well enough if they are masked during the class.  Ms. Mayberry noted in specific cases and during voting, some people are excused from wearing a mask for medical conditions.  Mr. Dalessio is not opposed but feels they have to follow Town Hall rules.  The Selectboard was willing to allow them to use the second floor on Wednesday mornings provided they come in and leave with masks on and socially distance on the second floor.

Pinnacleview 4-H Reimbursement/Donation Request:  A request was received from the Pinnacleview 4-H to be reimbursed for plantings around the Fountain in the amount of $81.55.  Mrs. Pschirrer mentioned the 4-H drops off a lot of miscellaneous items to elderly and disabled people in Town.  

Mr. Dalessio moved to donate $200 to the Pinnacleview 4-H for their work doing plantings around the Fountain and Town Hall.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

2021 Planning and Land Use Regulation Manual Order: There are new 2021 Planning and Land Use Regulation manuals.  Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer would like to have a new copy. 

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:

Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into a Non-Public SelectboardSession pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 6:22 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 6:30 PM.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of October 8, 2020, will be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.    

OTHER BUSINESS:

HealthTrust:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the refund in the form of a check from the Health Trust in the amount of $21,330.26.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Halloween:  When Mrs. Pschirrer talks with the Keene Sentinel reporter tomorrow about Halloween in the Town of Walpole, the Selectboard agreed to have her state that they will encourage families to stay together; will recommend the hours to be 4:00-to-7:00 PM; wear a mask, stay in your neighborhood; keep the recommended distancing, distribute only wrapped candy.  Please stay safe!  

Farmer’s Market:  Mrs. Downing mentioned there has been discussion relative to having a Farmer’s Market in the Town Hall on the weekend before Thanksgiving Day. There have been no official requests.  

ADJOURNMENT:

Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 6:35 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Selectboard Agenda – 10/15/20

SELECTBOARD MEETING

NON-PUBLIC BUSINESS: RSA 91-A:3 II (a)

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE• Accounts Payable Check Register in the total amount of $794,929.32 for checks issued 10/16/2020

PAYROLL• Payroll Register totaling $30,423.99 dated 10/16/2020 and the 941 Payroll Tax Transfer of $6,173.53

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES• Selectboard Minutes – October 8, 2020• Non-Public Selectboard Session – October 8, 2020

COMMITTEE REPORTS• Walpole Fire District Meeting – September 9, 2020• North Walpole Village Commissioners Meeting – September 29, 2020• North Walpole Village Commissioners Meeting – October 6, 2020• Conservation Commission Meeting – October 5, 2020• Hooper Institute Board Meeting – October 7, 2020

TIMBER TAX WARRANT• Map and Lot# 009-012-002 with Certification of Yield Taxes Assessed and Timber Warrant

BUILDING PERMITS• 2020-43, Map and Lot# 007-020-001• 2020-44, Map and Lot# 020-014-000

OLD BUSINESS• Walpole ESSR Funds re: Walpole Schools

Pending Further Actions

Reservoir Dam Repairs, Town Street Lights, Sewer Bond Fee, Houghton Brook Bridge Repair and Grant

NEW BUSINESS• MS-535: Financial Report of Budget• HealthTrust 2021 Transmittal• Walpole Library Board of Trustees Appointment Notice• Cemetery Deed for Lot D496• Cemetery Deed for Lots D594 & D595

HOOPER TRUSTEES MEETING

HOOPER TRUSTEES MINUTES• Hooper Trustees Meeting – September 17, 2020

HOOPER BUSINESS• September 2020 Reimbursement from Hooper Education Trust Fund to the Town of Walpole

HOOPER NON-PUBLIC BUSINESS: RSA 91-A:3 II

SELECTBOARD MEETING – continued

NON-PUBLIC BUSINESS: RSA 91-A:3 II (a)

**Any recording, audio or visual, and/or other devices must be declared at the beginning of the meeting**

The Latest From Lucy – 10/15/20

Here’s the latest…

COVID-19 Update

I don’t usually post this often, but the situation seems to be changing rapidly.  Last night there were 4 more COVID cases reported in Cheshire County.  This means that we have had 12 new reported cases in the last 7 days, October 8-14, as compared to 4 new cases reported from October 1-7.

More importantly, a look at the map of active cases shows that Walpole, Surry and Marlow have joined Westmoreland, Keene, Swanzey, Jaffrey and Rindge as municipalities with active cases.  And of course, these are only the cases where there has been a positive test.  As we know, many persons infected by the virus are without symptoms, but they are still able to transmit the disease to others.  Undoubtedly some of those cases are local.

For any of us who have started to feel secure in our own local bubble, know that we must go back to taking care, all the time, and with all our encounters.  And of course, the precautions from 100 years ago are still the best protection.

Wear your mask-even when keeping your distance*; keep your distance-even when wearing a mask; wash your hands; and keep well.

Lucy

*Okay, okay, if you are out getting exercise, take the mask off.  But be even more careful than before to maintain a well more than 6 foot distance from those you are excercising with, unless they are from your household.

~Representative Lucy Weber

lwmcv@comcast.net

603-499-0282

Clarion Deadline – 10/22/20

NOVEMBER CLARION — DEADLINE 22 OCTOBE
Rby Ray Boas

Here I am again, reminding you another deadline approaches – just a “baker’s week” away – Thursday, 22 October. I have started my work on this issue pouring through and organizing the over 100 “Did You Know That…” articles I have written since 2012. With this review I am making notes of what to write about in the next 100 articles.

But, your inputs are also desired. Eloise has already sent along another interesting “Nature of Walpole,” and a few other inputs have also been placed in the November layout. So, be next, and send in your articles; notices; and, your ads are always welcomed. If you have any questions, I have article submission, and advertising information on the CLARION website. Just click on those menu items at the top of the page. And, you can always email or call me with any questions.

Thank you, yours, RAY BOAS, Publisher

Update from Lucy – 10/12/20


COVID by the Numbers, October 12, 2020 Edition

The numbers since my last report have gone up alarmingly. The NH statewide 7 day average of new cases per 100,000, as of October 10, is 5.3, up from 2.8 on September 28.  That is nearly double, in less than two weeks. We are still the 3rd lowest state, behind Vermont and Maine. The US as a whole has gone from an average of 13 cases per 100,000 to 15 per 100,000.  13 states are now in the bright red “over 25 per 100,000” category on the Harvard Global Health Initiative map.  They range from Wyoming, at 26.9, to North Dakota at a whopping 65.5 per 100,000. 

On September 28, there were 339 active cases in the state;  16 of those were in hospital. As of today, there are 738 active cases.  That’s the “Yikes!” number for this week—nearly double.    The hospitalization number is not so bad; it has gone from 16 to 17 today, with a high of 23 in between.

In Cheshire County, we had 9 active cases on September 28, and we are still at 9 active cases.  They are spread out between Westmoreland, Keene, Swanzey, Jaffrey and Rindge, with today’s 2 new cases being in Keene and Jaffrey.  It looks like only 1 case this month was associated with Keene State, and 0 new cases with Franklin Pierce.  Only Cheshire and Coos Counties are colored green on the Harvard, with Cheshire at 0.9 cases per 100,000, but we fluctuate over and under the 1 case per 100,000 level, so we toggle between green and yellow.  When the HGHI map catches up with our two latest cases, we will be in the yellow zone again. Hillsborough County, home to Manchester and Nashua, is up to 8.6 cases per 100,000.  

Think about staying close to home again.  We’re all tired of this, but there really is only one way to control the virus.  Sing the chorus with me:

Wear your mask, keep your distance, wash your hands, and keep well.

~Representative Lucy Weber

603-499-0282

lwmcv@comcast.net

Women of Walpole (WOW) Meeting – 10/14/20

WOW (Women of Walpole) are planning their 2nd meeting  this Wednesday (10/14/2020)  at 2:00 on the Walpole Common. Plan to bring a lawn chair, mask and possibly a blanket for your comfort. 
There is a need at Fall Mt Food shelf for donations so please bring a pantry item(s). Cash donations will be accepted as well. 

New members are always welcome, dues are only $35. 

Looking forward to great weather and a lovely time seeing each other. 

Walpole Conservation Commission Meeting Minutes 10/1/20

Minutes for the Regular Meeting of the Walpole Conservation Commission October 5, 2020
Members Present: Alicia Flammia, John Peska, Laura Hayes, Lew Shelley, France Menk, Steven Dumont, Cheryl Mayberry, Selectboard Representative, Peggy Pschirrer, Selectboard member, Jean Kobeski, Recording Secretary
Members Absent: Jackie Kensen
Alternates Present: Myra Mansouri
Visitor: Kara Dexter, Ray Boas, Tom Murray, Eva Beauregard


Call to Order: Alicia called the meeting to order at 7:29 p.m. at Walpole Town Hall.


Review and Approval of Minutes: Lew asked that the minutes of September 14 reflect that the Monadnock Conservancy awarded grant money to the town of Fitzwilliam for the rail trail. With that correction, John moved, France seconded, and all voted to accept the September minutes.


Correspondence: Alicia shared the DES newsletter and a letter from the Monadnock Conservancy on Going for a Walk and Paddle.


Treasury: Forestry Account – $31,079.80 Conservation Account – $142,738.53
! Walker Road Account -$3,363.55


! Fanny Mason – unavailable at meeting (posted in an email from Alicia)
Old Business (Walker Road)


Walker Road Access: Alicia shared an email from Chuck about the lower field. He said many are passionate about using it, and many are willing to volunteer to improve it.
Ray Boas reviewed the reasons for purchasing the land with the idea of the town taking it over and the WCC managing it. He expressed regret for not reviewing the vision/mission with the WCC before the group took over management. There have been complaints about the property and access to the river, and Ray stated that some citizens have expressed a willingness to take care of the property and road. Laura stated that many comments and suggestions are not feasible, per state order.
Public Forum: Ray suggested that the WCC, town representatives, and concerned citizens sit down and discuss this situation during the winter in order to come up with ideas for the spring. France reiterated John’s idea of having an open, broad-based discussion to determine policies for all town properties used for recreation. She stated the WCC does not want to become dictators; the land belongs to the people and that should be acknowledged. She said the WCC should not be judge, jury, and deciders of how things should be.
Alicia said an open forum would be important. She said a date for the forum should be set this evening before the end of the meeting. She asked who the target audience should be. Ray suggested donors and stated that Chuck and the town office have a list of donors. John said the WCC was the largest donor toward the purchase. John then suggested getting the recreation department involved. Ray also stated that an article could be prepared for the Clarion; October 22 is the deadline for the next issue.

Laura stated there is a lot of work for the Commission to do; Ray stated there are people who have volunteered to help. Tom Murray stated that the Highway Department has to take care of town roads yearly.
Concerns About the Walker Road Access: Alicia stated that the field at Walker Road is not good for agriculture so there is no need to gate it for agricultural use. How should the land be used? Tom Murray believes trails need to be maintained. Lew said some events in the recent past had been planned by the WCC but were cancelled due to Covid-19.
Steven referred to a draft letter to the public he wrote concerning the Walker Road property and river access, which he shared with WCC members via email. He stated they all want beautiful land but there needs to be a balance between recreation and conservation. He stated that when you have a wooded area hidden from the road, it is often destroyed by a few. He agreed to the idea of the public forum but stressed that they don’t want what happened to the land across from Aubuchon to happen at Walker Road.
Steven stated that the road is in bad condition. Putting a boat in the river there is difficult, and there is better access elsewhere. France said people will find out for themselves that this area is not a good boat landing. Alicia said there would be significant cost to improving the access road and caution must be taken to preserve the topography of the land. Alicia stated that before any decisions can be made, a natural resource inventory of the property needs to be taken. Laura stated a soil study would probably show that the land is highly erodable.
Steven said a boat landing would not be possible per the DES. He said they could build a landing but the DES would take it over like they did in Bellows Falls. They had to close it because of problems.
Peggy stated that there have been complaints from people who want to drive down the road with kayaks and canoes to access the water. Tom and Mark Houghton said they could put down gravel. Alicia answered by saying they could not get a permit to extend the road any further due to the Shoreline Protection Act , and the act would bar them from making improvements and building a parking lot.
John stated that no land they have can be all things to all people. Laura stated that the public is invited to attend WCC meetings to discuss any topic of their choosing. The WCC has been grappling with these issues for months and would welcome visitors to hear and participate in their discussions.
Plan for the Public Forum : Alicia said the group will need a facilitator and structure for the forum. To do this well, they will need time to plan. The group decided on a date of January 13, 2021, for the public forum at Town Hall. Information can go into the Clarion November, December, and January issues. Steven will write an article for the November issue and will email a draft to the Commission.
Alicia will talk to her co-workers about different formats of public forums and the role of the facilitator. She said there should be an opening discussion and, given what they know about the property, decide what is possible and what is not.
France said she might be interested in facilitating once she knows what the role of facilitator entails.
Peggy suggested dividing the participants into breakout groups in which Commission members will have prepared questions to steer discussion.

It was decided that the issue of camping and trail maintenance could be included in the forum. Myra cautioned that if more than two topics were discussed at the forum, nothing would get done. Alicia stated they would focus on the Walker Road property and camping.
Natural Resource Assessment: Alicia suggested having this inventory done for planning purposes. It would give information about soils, vegetation, fauna, and habitats of the Walker Road property. Laura suggested talking to Peter about this because he always has students in the spring looking for projects.
In the Meantime: With support from the WCC Tom Murray will weed whack and clear brush around the kiosk. Kara said if volunteers know what needs to be done, they are ready to work. Alicia said she will get folks to help with trail maintenance. Steven will get a contact list of volunteers and put out a call on the WCC Facebook page.
Haying Agreement: Alicia moved, John seconded voiding the haying agreement with Christian Gowdy (hay unusable). All voted in favor.
New Business
Spending Down Conservation Funds: Alicia asked how the Commission would like to use funds before the end of the year. Lew asked for trail maps – Mason Forest and Mill Pond. Steven asked for maps of conservation lands. Laura suggested checking with the Conservancy and Forest Society for accuracy before printing.
Trail Maintenance: Tom asked if the Ravine Trail is part of a work plan. Lew gave a brief history of the trail and why it was let go. Tom and Eva have done some trail maintenance there. Alicia stated there should be a subcommittee on trail maintenance. France and Steven volunteered as did Kara and Tom. Lew will give Steven tools.
Old Business
Cranberry Meadow Preserve: John reported that the pipe between the Cranberry and Hooper Ponds was cleaned out. Alicia will invite Josh Beer and Mark Houghton to another meeting to discuss sharing the water.
Long View: Alicia was in contact with Alex to get the estimated revenues from timber harvesting and invasive control. He stated the timber harvest should take place in 2022. He estimates $8,000 revenue and $3,500 for the plan and species eradication.
Alicia presented an invoice from Long View for $262.50. Alicia moved, Laura seconded, and all voted in favor of paying the invoice from the Forestry account.
Blazing Properties: At the November meeting, dates will be set for blazing.
Reservoir Dam: John, Fuss and O’Neill, Mark Houghton, and Steve Delessio went to the site to update data. Cost estimate to harden the downside of North Road is $22,000. The work on the spillway is complete. The DES permit process should begin soon. It has been held up because there is a new dam engineer at DES and he considers this a high risk project. He wanted to see data again.
Other Business

Lew said the rail trail discussion continues and he will present more information to the WCC in November.
Kara reported that the Savings Bank of Walpole and the Ct. River Conservancy did a clean-up at Hall’s Crossing.
Adjournment: John moved; Laura seconded, and all voted to adjourn the meeting at 9:13 p.m. The next meeting will be November 2, 2020, upstairs in Town Hall.
Respectfully Submitted,
Jean Kobeski, Recording Secretary
*** These minutes are in draft form until approved by the Commission in November.

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 10/1/20

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer, Chair of the Walpole Selectboard, called this meeting to order at 6:30 PM in the Walpole Town Hall.  She introduced Ms. Cheryl Mayberry and Mr. Steven Dalessio, the other two Selectboard members.  Mrs. Sarah Downing, Manager of Administration, and Mrs. Regina Borden, Recording Secretary, are also in attendance.  This meeting is being recorded.  

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:

Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into a Non-Public SelectboardSession pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  On a voice roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 6:31 PM.

The Selectboard had recessed the Non-Public SelectboardSession until the end of the regular Selectboard meeting.  The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 6:55 PM.

POLICE DETAILS POLICY:

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Police Details Policy dated October 1, 2020 and attached to this policy will be the Detail Schedule Guidelines from Police Chief Michael Paquette dated October 1, 2020.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrerasked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

POLICE DEPARTMENT INVOICES:  Police Chief Paquette advised they will now be submitting all invoices to Mr. Richard Kreissle for processing.  The job number and other pertinent information will be put on all invoices.  

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the total amount of $9,767.80 for checks issued October 2, 2020.  This includes a monthly payment in the amount of $2,135.83 to Avitar Associates.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

PAYROLL:

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Payroll Check Register for the week ending September 26, 2020, in the amount of $33,994.48 for checks dated October 2, 2020, and for the 941 Payroll Tax Transfer in the amount of $6,913.89.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MINUTES – September 24, 2020:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboardmeeting of September 24, 2020, as submitted.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – September 24, 2020:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of September 24, 2020, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

BUILDING PERMIT:

Permit No. 2020-39:  KIM SURLES, 132 Hooper Road, Map and Lot #008-015-002:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant Building Permit No. 2020-39 for Kim Surles to construct a “80’ x 54’ Single Story Home w/Attached Garage” at 132 Hooper Road, Map and Lot #008-015-002.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

Notice to Dog Owners: Mrs. Pschirrer wrote a new “Notice to Dog Owners” at the request of the Police Department.  There are many RSAs that deal with dogs.  She took the most important issues that dealt with licenses and vaccinations; restraining dogs; dogs, a menace, a nuisance or vicious; and penalties.  Penalties were vague in the last Notice to Dog Owners.  She got specific as to what it will cost someone if they violate any of these issues.  Chief Paquette reported that they were having an increased number of calls and the Town does not have an Animal Control Officer.  Mrs. Pschirrer mentioned this notice does not have to be approved at this meeting. They can read the document and check the RSAs.  Mr. Dalessio looked at RSA 466 and feels they should add a definition for an at-large dog.  Mrs. Pschirrer will research expanding this in No. 3.  This will be an agenda item for next week.  It will also give Chief Paquette the opportunity to comment on the notice as well.  

Walker Road Conservation Property:  Mr. Ray Boas and Dr. Charles Shaw had come into the meeting.  Mr. Boas advised that he and Dr. Shaw had talked about the Walker Road property.  A request had been sent in and Mrs. Alicia Flammia, Chair of the Walpole Conservation Commission (WCC) responded.  They feel they have come up with an approach that might be able to take care of the discontentment.  They were to preserve that property and protect the river; that was accomplished.  They feel the townspeople should have access to the river and utilize the area for recreation; that was why people donated to purchase the property.  The final solution was going to be to conserve the land.  It seems the WCC should have the oversite for the property.  What was not addressed was the recreational use.  Ms. Mayberry had an email from Mrs. Flammia who apologized for not being able to attend this meeting.  Mr. Boas does not believe the WCC’s Charter gives them the opportunity to address recreational use.  People have been upset about access for canoeing/kayaking.  They have hiking.  There have been questions about camping on Town property.  Two sort-of-uses that go hand-in-hand can be conservation management and recreation use.  Moving through fall and winter, they would like to propose working on recreation. People might like to come forward, join the discussion and get involved with the Recreation Committee.  Ms. Mayberry disagrees.  WCC has not had enough time since the Walker Road area has been under their stewardship to be able to develop it for recreational use.  She agrees there should be some partnering but it should not be divided out.  Mr. Boas was not looking at dividing responsibilities. However, there needs to be an involvement of people with recreational interests.  Ms. Mayberry said it needs to be worked out with the WCC.  This conversation is better with them, keeping in mind the conservation goals. She thinks they will have a favorable conversation. They fully support recreation. There is someone willing to work on the road and she feels that the gate can be left unlocked for access. There should not be any resistance to it, but they should go the route of talking to Conservation first and then if they need support from the Selectboard, ask for it. There is just confusion on how to leave it open and accessible.

Ms. Mayberry feels there is support from the townspeople.  Mrs. Pschirrer agrees in that she would not get the Recreation Committee involved at this time.  The WCC handles all the trail work.  Maybe they need a huge “nudge”.  When Ms. Mayberry was at the last WCC meeting, she did not feel any resistance (Mrs. Flammia could not attend).  She heard how they could keep it manageable, safe, etc.  Mrs. Pschirrer said Mr. Tom Murray’s article in the Clarion started that “nudge”.  Mr. Mark Houghton offered to take care of the road.  Mr. Murray spent over 20 hours cleaning up that area.  Mr. Dalessio had calls from young parents wanting to take their children down to the riverby driving rather than walking that distance.  Mr. Boas stated it sounds like they are all on the same path but need to get it going.  Ms. Mayberry advised the next WCC meeting is the first Monday in October.         

Ordinance Relative to Face Coverings:  Mrs. Pschirrer noted we should continue to wear a mask, wash our hands and keep a 6-foot distance.  The Governor’s Emergency Order was extended forward for three weeks from September 20th.  She is not sure about putting out a policy for the entire Town when most of the local business and public buildings are all requiring masks.  Dr. Shaw would be in favor of having a policy for the benefit of some business owners who would like to have something in writing.  A good reason to have a policy is for communication with the community and the schools.  Mr. Dalessio liked the idea of education.  There could be posters, hand-outs and meetings.  Dr. Shaw said a policy makes a good public statement.  Ms. Mayberry said there has been a lot of push-back from parents because the school has a mask requirement.  Ms. Landry, Superintendent of Fall Mountain Regional School District, feels a Town policy will help them with their mask requirement.   Mrs. Pschirrer pointed out that the Selectboard can adopt this policy with the changes that have been made, publish it but there is no way to enforce it if it is accepted.  Mr. Dalessio feels they should hold-off and take educational steps to get some signs made and get the message out there without enforcement.  Dr. Shaw likes having something in place because it gives people a base line to operate from.  Mrs. Pschirrer suggested that instead of “Ordinance” we could say adopt the following “Recommendations”.  Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Dr. Shaw were in favor of this change.  Mrs. Pschirrer will go through the document to be sure “Ordinance” is replaced with “Recommendation” and get it distributed.

Halloween:  Dr. Shaw had listened to the meeting by the Attorney General and NH Health Officers.  This year Halloween is on a Saturday.  Many towns discussed what they were thinking of doing; such as, a time from 4:00-to-7:00pm, etc.  They are trying to do something in a safe way considering the COVID-19 virus but yet not lose the event.  They encouraged one-way traffic on specific roads.  A Halloween mask is not a virus mask. Therefore, they should also wear protection for their mouth and nose.  Families should stay in pods.  Encourage people who are giving the wrapped treats to do it in a 6-foot distance.  This is considered medium-risk; low-risk is to stay home.  Some parents could get together and come up with a safe plan.  It can be a fun time.  Ms. Mayberry mentioned some towns do “Trunk-or-Treat”.     

Health Insurance of Surplus Update:  Mrs. Pschirrer advised the Health Trust will be meeting on October 6th, 2020.  The notice of approved amount to be sent to the Town will be after that date.

Pending Further Actions:

Recreation Area Parking Lot Deed and Sales Agreement: A note was received from Attorney Hockensmith that he is working on the Sales Agreement.

NEW BUSINESS:

NH School Funding Fairness Project:  The NH School Funding Fairness Project Forum for Cheshire and Sullivan Counties will be held on Thursday, October 8, 2020, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.  This forum will be held via Zoom Webinar.  Ms. Mayberry suggested they change the Selectboard meeting time to enable them to participate in this forum at their homes.  

Change Time for Next Selectboard Meeting – Thursday, October 8, 2020:  There was a consensus to change the meeting start time from 6:30 PM to 5:30 PM on Thursday, October 8, 2020.  There will be a limited agenda because the Selectboardwill be participating in the NH School Funding Fairness Project.

Warrant Article:  Ms. Mayberry mentioned they were holding off on committing the balance of the funds that were set aside for general maintenance under the warrant Article.  She asked if $12,000 is still available for the pool building roof and if $1,400 is available for the North Walpole Park shed roof.  A quote was received for both projects.  Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrerwould like additional quotes.  Ms. Mayberry was asked to contact Mr. Mike Rau for the name of a contractor.

Boy Scouts:  Mr. Dalessio advised that the Boy Scouts will be having their Food Drive on November 7th and 14th.  Last year they requested to be at the Recycling Center.  This year they are requesting that they be allowed to do it again.  On November 7ththey give out door hanger tags and on November 14th they collect the food.  This is their third year of doing a food drive.  On November 14th they park trucks at the Post Office, Recycling Center, Mr. G’s and Shaw’s Store to collect the food.  Mrs. Pschirrer and Ms. Mayberry approved this request.         

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION (Continued):

Mrs. Pschirrer had previously recessed the Non-Public Selectboard Session.  At this time she re-opened this meeting at 8:02 PM.    

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:14 PM.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of October 1, 2020, be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.   

ADJOURNMENT:  Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrerasked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:15 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Selectboard Agenda – 10/8/20

Note the early start time of 5:30. While the public is welcome to attend, it should be noted that no new items for discussion will be addressed because of time constraints. – Lil

TOWN OF WALPOLE

SELECTBOARD MEETING AGENDA

October 8, 2020

SELECTBOARD MEETING

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE• Accounts Payable Check Register in the total amount of $91,533.46 for checks issued 10/09/2020

PAYROLL• Payroll Register totaling $31,821.11 dated 10/09/2020 and the 941 Payroll Tax Transfer of $6,376.61

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES• Selectboard Minutes – October 1, 2020• Non-Public Selectboard Session – October 1, 2020

COMMITTEE REPORTS• Hooper Institute Board Meeting – September 3, 2020• Cemetery Trustees Meeting – September 16, 2020• North Walpole Village Commissioners Meeting – September 8, 2020• North Walpole Village Commissioners Meeting – September 15, 2020• North Walpole Village Commissioners Meeting – September 22, 2020

BUILDING PERMITS• 2020-40, Jill Robinson, 35 High Street, Map and Lot# 021-023-000• 2020-41, William & Kristen Whiton, 1405 County Road, Map and Lot# 003-038-003• 2020-42, Richard & Pamela Sponholz, 244 Wentworth Road, Map and Lot# 008-009-007• 2020-43, Douglas Thurber & Kirstin Anderson, 126 Old Keene Road, Map and Lot# 007-020-001

OLD BUSINESS• Notice to Dog Owners• Rec Area Parking Lot Deed and Sales Agreement• Recommendation Relative to Face Coverings• ARM Grant Site Visit• Response Letter from DOJ, Dept. of Charitable Trusts• War Memorial Repair Update• AFLAC Enrollment Meetings

Pending Further Actions

Reservoir Dam Repairs, Town Street Lights, Sewer Bond Comment Letter

NEW BUSINESS• November 3, 2020 Voting Warrant• EMPG Reimbursement Request Letter• Exercise Class Request for Use of Town Hall• Pinnacleview 4-H Reimbursement/Donation Request• 2021 Planning and Land Use Regulation Manual Order

NON-PUBLIC BUSINESS: RSA 91-A:3 II (a)

**Any recording, audio or visual, and/or other devices must be declared at the beginning of the meeting**