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Broadband Committee Meeting Minutes – 11/25/19

Present: Paul Looney Chair; Bob Anderson Steve Grenier, Rod Bouchard, Dick Hill, Dennis Marcom, and Peggy Pschirrer

Guests: Rob Koester, Vice President, Consolidated Communications; Jeff McIver, Consumer Products, 770 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03101

Rob Koester reviewed a power point presentation which was on paper and distributed to all committee members.

Mr. Koester indicated they were close to completing a contract with Dublin which he expected would be similar to any contract with Walpole. He agreed to forward that Dublin Contract to Walpole for review. Terms and conditions have changed since their first contract agreement with Chesterfield.

Chesterfield has an agreement which has the Town owning the equipment during the terms of the Bond. Once the Bond is paid off Consolidated will own all the equipment. Consolidated has done a 180 on owning assets.

Now, each community will own the network assets during and after the life of the Bond.

Consolidated Communications Inc. serves rural communities. In New York State they completed 22,000 connections in 16 months. Fairpoint had a different business model. CCI focuses on consumers. CCI is well aware of the discontent Fairpoint Customers experienced. CCI makes appointments 90% of the time On Time.

Mr. Koester explained Consolidated Communications is a healthy company; its ration of debt to income is 4.3. They are the 9th largest in fiber optics. They are paying down debt.

Mr. Koester was asked what he meant by Town owned. Ownership will be clearly demarcated. Routers will be marked to the Town. CCI will be responsible 100% for all upgrades; CCI owns all the poles in Town. CCI will maintain all the equipment as well as operate all equipment in a contract with the Town.

The subject of whether bonds would be taxable or non-taxable was raised. Chesterfield’s bond will be taxable.

Mr. Koester explained that in the current agreement being drafted by CCI

WE (the Town) would own the network.

Principle and interest for a 20-year bond would be incorporated in the agreement.

After twenty years the Town would have alternatives: they could choose to run the system they own; rebid a new agreement with CCI; or sell the system to someone else.

Bond payments will go down every year. Every two years CCI will meet with the Selectboard and negotiate a new subscriber fee.

CCI will make bond payments.

Fiber was discussed. Fiber drop on existing poles at no charge.

ONT – Optical Network Termination.

Mr. Koester stated that 25 ÷ 3 is a standard.

He also said that there will come a time when they will want to get rid of copper.

The faster speed you have will probably cost less.

If you move from copper to fiber you are a new customer of CCI.

What makes Walpole different from Chesterfield? Walpole has fewer miles – 62; Walpole has buried fiber.

Walpole has sole and joint ownership of poles.

Pole assessment charges have long been an issue. The question was raised about what is the long-term game plan for pole assessment?

How do you prepare for build out? Mr. Koester replied: We build it, you own it. It adds value to the Town. We will serve all Towns.

Today Chesterfield is asymmetrical.

Walpole has 1 gig capability. It will contract 3 year pricing. Charge promos are run every 3-6 months.

About 60 days before plan begins, CCI will run a separate web page for Walpole.

Asked how CCI can run 4 towns at once? Mr. Koester replied, CCI uses professional contractors to build the lines. There will be a project manager.

Chesterfield areas each have a splitter cabinet.

The same will be true in Walpole.

Every two weeks CCI will give Walpole a chart of where they are. Do we do back bone fiber; do splitter cabinets one at a time.

CCI will support you in Town meetings demo boards of field operations.

The Town always owns the network.

A discussion was held about the financial health of CCI. Mr. Koester emphasized they are in good shape and the PUC would never allow them to go bankrupt.

Mr. Koester agreed to share the draft contract from Dublin. He believes Walpole’s contract will be similar.

There will be a web site for sign-up. There will be 5-7 splitter cabinets. Up to 3 mgs to splitter – optical on house.

There will be free service to City facilities and schools.

Brad from Chesterfield is invited to the next meeting, December 2.

There will be a public meeting in January.

Bond payments are made once a year. All contracts will be reviewed by Town counsel

In Bethlehem Inn – 12/14/19

ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY!
Get your tickets now to the Walpole Players production of In Bethlehem Inn, this Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Town Hall.  This fun family event supports the Fall Mountain Food Shelf and Our Place in Bellows Falls.
Travel back in time with the Walpole Players when they present John Carter’s In Bethlehem Inn. You are invited to be a guest at the Bethlehem Inn and enjoy a light supper reminiscent of the era, including soup, bread, cheese, fruit and dessert.  Guests may bring a beverage of their choice. 
We will celebrate the holiday season by reenacting the events of the night when two weary travelers arrived in Bethlehem to pay their taxes.  
Inn guests will enjoy a humorous performance by the Players while helping to support the Fall Mountain Food Shelf and Our Place in Bellows Falls, VT. 
The performance will take place at the Walpole Town Hall on Saturday, December 14.Tickets are available at Joanie Joan’s at 14 Westminster Street in Walpole, or can be reserved by phone at (603) 756-2535, and picked up at the door the night of the performance. The cost is $15 each or two for $25.  Doors open at 6:45 PM and the fun begins at 7:00

Congratulations David Westover

David Westover ’72 named University System of New Hampshire Trustee

 

Keene State College is pleased to announce that David Westover ’72 has been chosen to represent the College as a member of the USNH Board of Trustees. David’s term began in July 2019, and he will serve through June 2023.

The University System of New Hampshire is governed by a 29-member Board of Trustees, serving as advocates for public higher education and for the University System, helping to raise the profile of each institution and the System as a whole.

David Westover is a graduate of Keene State College, class of 1972, and past president of Clark-Mortenson Insurance Agency. He is a founding partner of Walpole Creamery, owner for many years of Great Brook Farm Sugar House Maple Syrup, and adjunct professor at Keene State College. Westover served on boards for the Monadnock United Way, Keene Day Care Center, and Fall Mountain Regional School District. He also served on the Keene State College Alumni Board from 2009 to 2015, and as president of the Board in 2014. He received the Sprague W. Drenan Award from the Alumni Association in 2017 recognizing his support of alumni and College activities.

Another representative from the Monadnock region and mayor-elect of Keene, George Hansel of Filtrine Manufacturing Company was also appointed to the Board of Trustees by Governor Chris Sununu. You can read more about their appointments here.

 

Hooper Trustees Meeting Minutes – 11/27/19

TOWN OF WALPOLE

HOOPER TRUSTEES MEETING

NOVEMBER 27, 2019

 

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

 

CALL TO ORDER:  Mr. Dalessio called this Hooper Trustees meeting to order at 8:50 AM.  He advised this meeting is being recorded.

 

HOOPER TRUSTEES MINUTES:

HOOPER TRUSTEES MEETING – November 21, 2019:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Hooper Trustees meeting of November 21, 2019, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

 

NON-PUBLIC HOOPER TRUSTEES SESSION:

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

 

The regular Hooper Trustees meeting resumed at 8:56 AM.

 

Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Hooper Trustees Session of November 27, 2019, be sealed.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

HOOPER BUSINESS:

There was no new Hooper business at this meeting.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to adjourn this Hooper Trustees meeting.  The Hooper Trustees will return to the Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:57 AM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 11/27/19

 

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

 

CALL TO ORDER:  Mr. Dalessio called this meeting of the Selectboard to order at 8:00 AM in the Walpole Town Hall.  He advised this meeting is being recorded and asked anyone wishing to speak to identify themselves for the record.  There were no visitors in attendance.

 

PAYROLL:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Check Register for the week ending November 23, 2019, in the amount of $25,670.58 for checks issued November 29, 2019, and the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes in the amount of $5,116.07.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MINUTES – November 21, 2019:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboardmeeting of November 21, 2019, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes was approved.

 

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION #1 – November 21, 2019:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session #1 of November 21, 2019, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

 

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION #2 – November 21, 2019:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session #2 of November 21, 2019, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

 

STAFF MEETING – November 21, 2019:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Staff Meeting of November 21, 2019, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the following Committee reports:

 Broadband Committee Meeting – October 30, 2019.
 Zoning Board of Adjustment Meeting – November 20, 2019.

 

NOTICE OF INTENT TO CUT WOOD OR TIMBER:

MAP and LOT #004-041-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Notice of Intent to Cut Wood or Timber for Map and Lot #004-041-000 for a lot located off Route 12 near Blackjack Crossing.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

Pending Further Actions:

New Reuse Center Plans:  There has been no up-dated information received from Mr. Hoy but the new Reuse Center plans continue to move forward.  

 

Tax Deeded Properties:  The Selectboard is waiting until the first of 2020 to proceed with the sale of two Tax Deeded properties.

 

Abenaki Springs Phase II:  Mr. Dalessio reported that Abenaki Springs Phase II was granted their Occupancy Permit.  He asked Mrs. Downing to notify Avitar Associates.  

 

NEW BUSINESS:

Water and Sewer Intent to Lien:  The Selectboard reviewed the list of users on the Water and Sewer Intent to Lien notice. Mrs. Daigle will send out notices to the users.  There are many repeat property owners but the list is shorter than last year.  

Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Water and Sewer Intent to Lien for Walpole Water, for Walpole Sewer and for North Walpole Sewer.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved. 

 

Map and Lot #005-002-008 for Abatement Appeal Settlement:  Mr. Dalessio advised an Abatement Appeal Settlement was reached between Joel and Nancy Thompson and the Town of Walpole for Tax Years 2018 and 2019.  The assessment will be updated for TY 2020.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to authorize the Chair, Steven Dalessio, to sign the Settlement Agreement between Joel and Nancy Thompson and the Town of Walpole on Map and Lot #005-002-008 for Tax Years 2018 and 2019.   Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Map and Lot #019-042-000, 28 Main Street – New Construction:  The Selectboard discussed the new construction at 28 Main Street.  Concerns are that the additional garage does not have a Building Permit and may not meet the set-backs to the back and south side.  This building is in the commercial district.  Mr. Dalessio recommended requesting that Mr. Bruce Carruthers, owner, attend the Selectboard meeting next week to discuss the new construction on this property.       

 

Request for Funds – Elevator Software Update:  A proposal was received from Otis Elevator Company to furnish and install new software that will allow for advance troubleshooting parameters within the controller.  The cost is $1,379.00. There was a consensus to include this in the 2020 Budget under Maintenance.   

 

Moose License Plate’s Certificate of Municipality:  The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the letter from Mrs. Christie Winmill, President of the Walpole Historical Society, advising that they were awarded a FY2019/2020 grant of $6,430 from the New Hampshire State Library through the Moose License Plate Conservation program.  The funds will be used to conserve three of historic Walpole town ledger books which have been stored in the Town Hall basement vault.  These funds are only available for the conservation of publicly owned materials.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Chair, Steven Dalessio, be authorized to sign the Moose License Plate forms required in order to transfer the awarded funds.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessioin favor, the motion was approved.        

 

Save the Date for Robertson Paper Site Redevelopment:  A “Save The Date” announcement was received from the Bellows Falls Area Development Corporation and The Town of Rockingham to join Governor Scott to remember Robbie Paper & Celebrate the Economic Development to Come on December 13, 2019 at 12:30 p.m.  An invitation will follow.

 

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to enter into a Non-Public SelectboardSession pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel.  Ms. Mayberry seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved at 8:22 AM.  

 

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:48 AM.

 

Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of November 27, 2019, be sealed.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

Quinton Fund:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the voucher request in the amount of $1,358.16 that will come back to the Town from the Quinton Fund for the Police Chiefs brunch.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.  

 

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:

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

 

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:57 AM.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this meeting.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:58 AM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Planing Board Agenda – 12/10/19

WALPOLE PLANNING BOARD AGENDA

TOWN HALL

Tuesday,  December 10, 2019

                7 pm 

Roll Call – Appointment of alternates if needed.

 

Minutes – Review minutes of the November meeting.

 

Old Business:

Public Hearing No. 1.

Greg Gay, Site Plan for Office Building. Greg Gay proposes a 30-by-70-foot-office building at 8 Len-Tex Lane, North Walpole, Map 27, Lot 8-1, Industrial district. The building will have six offices, a bathroom and room for inventory. Postponed until January 2020.

 

Subdivision: Laura Madden. Public Hearing in December. Joe DiBernardo should have application, plat and information at this meeting. I have heard nothing from Joe  on this matter.

 

Voluntary Merger: Jennifer Hanrahan owns several lots on and around Hooper Road. The lot numbers are 4, 5, 6, 7 and 10. She would like to merge the lots, but wasn’t sure how to fill out the form. She will either put some of property in current use or conservation easement. The total acreage of all the lots combined is 25-plus acres.  She may be back to complete the merger business. 

 

 

 

Next meeting: Tuesday, January 14, 2020.

Jazz guitar duo John Stowell & Draa Hobbs in Bellows Falls – 12/15/19

BELLOWS FALLS — Black Sheep Radio (WOOL-FM, the Bellows Falls community radio station) welcomes back guitar duo John Stowell & Draa Hobbs for a return engagement of world-class jazz at Stage 33 Live. There will also be a musician’s master class on improvisation preceding.

John Stowell, based on the West Coast, is influenced as much by pianists and horn players as by guitar players, and his original take on harmony, chords, and improvisation sets him apart. He tours, records, and teaches internationally, and has been a contributing columnist for Downbeat, Guitar Player, Soundcheck (Germany), Guitar Club (Italy), and other influential publications. In 1983, along with David Friesen and Paul and Robin Horn, John toured the Soviet Union in the first American jazz group invited to play public performances in Russia in forty years. The Los Angeles Timeswrote, “Guitarist John Stowell’s style with standards is a delightful departure from the road well traveled. He transcends the label of jazz guitarist.”

Draa Hobbs grew up in Chicago and has made his home in Southern Vermont. He studied with the legendary Jimmy Raney, Attila Zoller, Gene Bertoncini, and Peter Lietch, performing in NYC, Burlington, Maine, and points in-between with notable musicians including Don Friedman, Ron McClure, Eliot Zigmund, and Vic Juris. “It’s rare to find someone so passionate about music that it serves as both their spiritual nourishment and their unfettered gift to others… one of the most respected guitarists and teachers in New England.” — Eugene Uman, Director of the Vermont Jazz Center

The concert begins at 4:00 PM at 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls; only 40 chairs are available. Admission to the performance is $12 in advance, which also reserves a chair up front — or $15 at the door, when any remaining chairs are first-come first-served. Attendees are allowed to bring their own portable seating to set up behind the house chairs, or to use in place of their reserved chair if they wish.

Preceding the concert there will be an intimate master class for guitarists and other string players addressing melodic and harmonic minor modes, triads, voicings, comping, and other techniques to further develop improvisational skills. Limited to not more than ten students; advance registration is recommended. Attendees will receive a 70-page PDF with helpful articles by John Stowell, charts for some of his original tunes, and more. The master class begins at 2:00 PM and costs $30, which includes concert admission.

Get advance tickets, register for the masterclass, and find more info about this and other events at stage33live.com

Stage 33 Live is adjacent to the WOOL-FM studio — an industrial-rustic listening room in a former factory located at 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls, VT, documenting live performances and presentations on a small stage. Coffee, soda, water, and snacks by donation. Find more info about the nonprofit all-volunteer project, and this and other other upcoming events online at stage33live.com

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