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Friends of the Library – August, 2022

Preparations for our annual Book Sale are in full swing.

The Friends of the Library Book Sale will take place at the Walpole School gym on the weekend of
October 28 – 30.

We are currently looking for community help with the following:

Book Sorting at the Chicken Coop (behind the Hungry Diner)
Every Wednesday morning, 10:30 to 11:30
Every Thursday afternoon, 4:00 to 5:00


Book Donations at the Chicken Coop:
Wednesday, August 17 and 24, 10:00 am to noon
Thursday, August 18 and 25, 4:00 to 6:00 pm
Please no textbooks, encyclopedias, or travel guides older than 5 years. We can only sell books in excellent conditions, so please no dirty, damaged, moldy or mildewy books.


Also note that our plant sale at the Reuse Center in ongoing. We are currently focusing primarily on house plants.


We are very grateful for your support! Please call 603-313-4076 with any questions.

Zoning Board Meeting Minutes – 7/20/22

Present: Chair Jan Leclerc, Clerk Tom Murray, Pauline Barnes, Tom Winmill. Alternates Judy Trow, Don Sellarole and Dave Edkins. Also attending the meeting were Chris Carbone, John Pappas, Carolyn Vose, Joanna Andros and Myra Mansouri. Town Counsel Jeremy Hockensmith arrived at the meeting at about 7:30 pm.

Minutes: Written by Marilou Blaine. This meeting was recorded. These minutes are unapproved and will be reviewed at the August 2022 meeting for corrections, and additions and/or omissions.

Call to order: Ms. Leclerc called the meeting at 7 pm.

Minutes of June 2022 minutes: Ms. Trow made one correction. She said that as an alternate she was asked to fill in for absent board member Tom Winmill. Ms. Trow made a motion to approve the amended minutes of the June 15 meeting. Ms. Barnes seconded the motion and the motion carried.

Appointment of filling vacancies in membership of a new board member. Ms. Leclerc announced that Vice-Chair Ernie Vose had resigned and she was appointing Alternate Judy Trow to fill out his place on the board until the next election. According to RSA 673:12 1. “For an elected member, by appointment by the remaining board members until the next regular municipal election at which time a successor shall be elected to either fill the unexpired term or start a new term, as appropriate. Source. 1983, 447:1 eff. Jan 1, 1984.” As it happens, Mr. Vose’s term was going to be up in 2023. Mr. Winmill made a motion that Ms. Trow would serve as a board member until the next regular municipal election, which would be in March 2023. Ms. Barnes seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.

Old Business:

Public Hearings:

Expansion of a Non-Conforming Use: Elizabeth Roos, 14 Middle Street, Article V D-2, Tax Map 20, Lot 77, Residential B. Ms. Roos would like to change and enlarge her deck at the back of the house. The door to the deck is the second egress from the house. The door is even with the deck and gets frozen shut in the winter. The plan is to drop the deck down one step and make it 6 feet longer. Postponed.

Public Hearing: Expansion of a Non-Conforming Use: Chris Carbone, 65 Elm Street, Tax Map 19, Lot 31, Residential B. Article V D-2, setbacks. Mr. Carbone wants to replace a shed on his property that is a different shape and size.

Mr. Sellarole said he appreciated Mr. Carbone’s display of the property. Other board members agreed and said that the display was large enough to be seen clearly by the board and that included the writing.

 Mr. Carbone described and pointed out what was on the display – where there is a house, a garage, a garden, a fence and where the property drops off. He said the property is non-conforming.

Ms. Trow said the old shed is on the existing property line. Why not put it behind the garage? she asked. Mr. Carbone said there is a garden and a swing set behind the garage and it drops off sharply because of a retaining wall.

Ms. Barnes read aloud from Chapter 2 of “The Basics Function of the NH Zoning Board of Adjustment.” It said allowable Expansions of Nonconforming Uses must meet the court-created tests.

The Board should look at:

(1) The extent to which the proposed use reflects the nature and purpose of the prevailing nonconforming use. The proposal should be a “natural activity, closely related to the manner in which the piece of property [was] used” at the time the restriction was enacted; In other words, is it really the same use, simply “evolving” through new customs or technology?

(2) Whether the proposed use is merely a different manner of utilizing the same use or constitutes a use different in character, nature and kind;

(3) Whether the proposed change in use will have a substantially different effect on the neighborhood;

(4) In the case of dimensional non conformities, whether the proposed change or expansion renders the property proportionally less adequate, in terms of the requirement to which the property doesn’t conform.

 [This 4th test, although not mentioned in the Hurley v. Hollis case (143 N.H. 567 (1999), was set out in New London Land Use Assn. v. New London ZBA, 130 N.H. 510, 516 (1988).]

Mr. Carbone wrote in his application that he owns the property with his wife Alejandra Pallais. “The address is 65 Elm Street, Map 19, Lot 31. It is a .28-acre lot on the east side of the street, south of the Town Common and has 60 feet of road frontage. His application says that there is an existing 8-foot-by-8-foot shed on the North side of the property line that is old and has a rotting foundation and siding. He would like to build a new 6-foot-by-16-foot shed to the west of the existing shed and then demolish the existing shed once the new shed is complete. Because the new shed will be 15 feet within the property line, setbacks are unable to be maintained. The lot was grandfathered as a non-conforming lot, so requiring the setbacks to be maintained would amount to a significant hardship. Both the new and existing sheds are small structures. Once the existing shed is removed there is only a new area increase of 32 square feet. The new shed does not create a nuisance or a hazard and it will improve conditions as it will not be in disrepair.”

Mr. Winmill had a couple of questions. Board members answered his questions. Ms. Leclerc said a shed is a normal use in a residential district. Ms. Trow said it is a little bit larger. Mr. Sellarole said it is 32 square feet larger. Mr. Winmill asked if abutters were notified. The answer was “of course. It’s a public hearing.” Mr. Edkins said if abutters wanted to complain they could attend the meeting. Ms. Trow said the existing shed is in poor repair so it would actually be an improvement to the property and there would not be junk in the yard but be contained in a shed. Mr. Murray asked if it would the same distance from the boundary. Mr. Carbon said actually a couple of feet more.

Ms. Trow made a motion that the board approve the Expansion of a Non-Conforming Use, tax map  31, lot 31 in residential B article V, D-2, setbacks, to replace a shed at 65 Elm St.. Mr. Murray seconded the motion and the motion carried.

Temporary Signage: John Pappas – Temporary Signage at Store-It, five storage units are in the process of being built behind Dollar General on Route 12, across from Pete’s farm stand.

Mr. Pappas is building five storage units totaling 37,450 square feet on former Abenaki Springs property that is behind Dollar General on Route 12. He was at the meeting to ask for a temporary sign at or near that location until a permanent sign is installed after the units are built.

The sign would announce the opening of the storage units, which would be called Store-It of Walpole. The sign would say “Opening Soon!!! Store-It of Walpole, Climate & Non Climate controlled Self Storage, 1-800-352-5251 www.Storeitofwalpole.com.” It is two sided, and made of material that’s not permanent but like a banner.  It would go on the vacant lot between the pump house and Dollar General on Route 12. He has notified the owner of Dollar General what he is doing. Jack Franks owns the property and he has given permission to put up the sign. Ms. Trow asked if this is where the permanent sign would be. Mr. Pappas said “no”. The permanent sign would be on Store-It property and would be near the front portion of the storage units. The location was okay-ed at the Planning Board public hearing, he said.

He put up a drawing of the property survey and pointed to where the permanent sign will be at the corner of the property. It’s actually on Red Barn Lane. He expects his permanent sign will up in September or October and he knows he has to come back to the Zoning Board for that sign.

Ms. Leclerc said that this sign doesn’t fit our definition of a temporary sign. Last year the town approved a Temporary Sign ordinance. It says “A temporary sign is any sign not permanently attached to the ground, a wall or a building that is intended to be displayed for a short to limited amount of time. …. All temporary signs shall be removed with ten (10) days following the event or activity being promoted.”

The sign would be 32 square feet, which is the size allowed by the zoning ordinance in the commercial district. Mr. Pappas said it would a banner placed on two posts on Route 12 between the pumping station and Dollar General. Ms. Leclerc said the sign ordinance says it has to be 60 from the edge of the traveled highway and 100 feet from another sign.

Ms. Trow made a motion that the board approve the so-called temporary sign, that it be 60 feet from the edge of the highway and 100 from another sign until November 1 and that it be totally removed, including the posts, when a new permanent sign is installed. The motion was seconded and approved by the entire board.

Nonpublic session

At 7:26 pm Ms. Leclerc said she would like to go into nonpublic session to meet with town counsel Jeremy Hockensmith. Ms. Trow made a motion to go into nonpublic session. The motion was seconded and approved by the rest of the board.

At 8:48 pm Ms. Trow made a motion to come out of executive session and to seal the minutes. The motion was seconded and approved by the board.

Appointment of two alternates

Ms. Leclerc announced that because of the upcoming public hearing for an appeal in September she was suggesting that the board approve two new alternates. Three board members and one alternate are planning on recusing themselves from hearing the appeal, she said. So she introduced Myra Mansouri and Carolyn Vose as potential alternates. Mr. Winmill objected to that idea saying that the board had no advanced notice of the announcement. It wasn’t on the agenda, he said.

Mr. Winmill said that there was plenty of time before the hearing, which isn’t until September, to consider candidates as alternates and it would give board members a chance to consider the suggestion and the nominations at the regular August meeting. He also was concerned that adding two more members for the purpose of a future hearing was not a good idea.

Mr. Murray said when he came onto the board he was as green as a turnip. Mr. Murray made a motion to appoint the two candidates as alternates tonight and next month announce the nomination of a third candidate. Ms. Trow seconded the motion.

Mr. Winmill objected and thought the board should wait 30 days and develop a list of candidates instead of railroading the candidates through tonight. There would be no harm in waiting until next month, Mr. Winmill said. Ms. Barnes didn’t see any advantage to that idea, nor did Ms. Trow. Ms. Trow said that it is good to have both experienced and inexperienced people on the board. Board members without experience sometimes ask obvious questions that experienced people don’t think of. A vote was taken on the motion and there were four ayes and one nay.

Applications

Three zoning board applications were discussed at the meeting: Variance, Expansion of a Non-Conforming Use and Appeal for Administrative Decision. Ms. Trow completed the application for a variance. Ms. Barnes had a couple of minor suggestions and it was suggested that on the abutter list page the word Applicant be placed permanently at the top of the list as most applicants don’t consider themselves to be abutters. Ms. Trow will send a final draft to Ms. Leclerc and Ms. Leclerc will send it to Sarah Downing to be put on the website.

The draft made by Mr. Edkins is for The Walpole Clarion article on non-conforming uses and will be postponed until September. The Board will look at the draft and report back at the next meeting about omissions or additions. The Board was also asked to look at an application for Appeal for Administrative Decision and also report back at the next meeting in August.

Zoning Maps

Mr. Peter Palmiotto sent two versions of a colorful zoning map to be displayed in the hallway of the Town Offices. One has the entire town on the right and the village district on the left. The other is a mirror of the first map. The Board thought the map with the entire town on the left was the better of the two maps.

Fact Finding

As of August 23 the Zoning Board must fill out a Town Notice of Decision for every decision made. Following are copies of the forms for Finding of Facts, Decisions Approved and Decisions Denied.

Adjournment

There being no other business Mr. Trow made a motion to adjourn. Ms. Barnes seconded the motion and the motion carried.

Meeting concluded at 9:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Marilou Blaine

ZBA Secretary

cc: ZBA, WPB, Town Offices, The Walpolean.

Posted: Inside the Town Offices, on the bulletin board outside the Post Office.

Selectboard Meeting Agenda – 7/21/22

Starting at 6:30 PM in the Town Hall and via Zoom

SELECTBOARD MEETING

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE

  • Accounts Payable Check Register in the total amount of $648,282.80 for checks issued 7/22/2022

PAYROLL

  • Payroll Register totaling $32,035.11 dated 7/22/22 and the 941 Payroll Tax Transfer of $6,504.30

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES

  • Selectboard Meeting – July 14, 2022
  • Non-Public Session Selectboard Minutes – July 14, 2022

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Zoning Board of Adjustment Meeting – June 15, 2022

Conservation Commission Meeting – July 11, 2022

Planning Board Meeting – July 12, 2022

North Walpole Village Commissioner’s Meeting – July 12, 2022

VETERANS’ TAX CREDIT

Map and Lot# 028-132-000

ELDERLY TAX EXEMPTION

Map and Lot# 028-132-000

BUILDING PERMITS

2022-32, Map and Lot# 010-034-000

OLD BUSINESS

  • Purchase Order Policy
  • Bureau of Trails Special Use Permit
  • Knorr Rental of Sanding/Plow Truck

Pending Further Actions

Generators, Houghton Brook Bridge, Parking Ordinance, Three Phase Power for Industrial Park Drive and Bensonwood, Reservoir Dam, Letter of Understanding for 2021 Audit with Vachon Clukay and Company PC

NEW BUSINESS

  • Cemetery Deed for Lot E883
  • Recreation Dept. Revolving Fund Request
  • Congregational Church Request for Dumpster on the Common
  • Town Hall Parking Spaces
  • Elderly Tax Exemption 2023 Warrant Article

HOOPER TRUSTEES MEETING

HOOPER TRUSTEES MINUTES

  • Hooper Trustees Meeting – July 7, 2022
  • Non-Public Hooper Trustees Session – July 7, 2022

HOOPER TRUSTEES PUBLIC BUSINESS

  • June 2022 Reimbursement to the Town of Walpole from the Hooper Education Fund
  • May 2022 Reimbursement to the Town of Walpole from the Hooper Maintenance Fund
  • June 2022 Reimbursement to the Town of Walpole from the Hooper Maintenance Fund

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

SELECTBOARD MEETING – continued

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

PYO BLUEBERRIES at ALYSON’S ORCHARD

This hot weather has done a good job ripening the blueberries and raspberries at Alyson’s Orchard. Come PYO Blueberries for $3.50/pint and PYO Raspberries for $4.50/pint. You will find baskets for picking on the farm stand porch. Please bring cash or a check as the farm stand will not be open until Aug. 6th. Bring the kids or grand kids picking, visit the little goats & the children’s playground, take some pictures and make some memories!! We hope to see you soon!

www.alysonsorchard.com

Zoning Board Agenda – 7/20/22

The agenda has been revised because the Home Away From Home hearing will be held in September. – Lil

Roll Call: Appointment of alternates if needed.

Minutes: Review minutes of June 2022 meeting.

Old Business:

Public Hearings:

Expansion of a Non-Conforming Use: Elizabeth Roos, 14 Middle Street, Article V D-2, Tax Map 20, Lot 77, Residential B. Ms. Roos would like to change and enlarge her deck at the back of the house. The door to the deck is the second egress from the house. The door is even with the deck and gets frozen shut in the winter. The plan is to drop the deck down one step and make it 6 feet longer. Postponed.

Public Hearing: Expansion of a Non-Conforming Use: Chris Carbone, 65 Elm Street, Tax Map 19, Lot 31, Residential B. Article V D-2, setbacks. Mr. Carbone wants to replace a shed on his property that is a different shape and size.

Jeremy Hockensmith will be at the meeting.

Appeal for Administrative Decision

Clarion article for July. Non-conforming use. Dave Edkins.

Applications on website – Variance

Establishment of procedure for creation of Zoning Board agenda items.

Next meeting August 17, 2022.

Planning Board Meeting Minutes – 7/12/22

Roll Call: Present: Board members Chair Jeff Miller, Vice-Chair Dennis Marcom, Clerk Jason Perron, Jeff Harrington, Joanna Andros, Select Board Representative Steve Dalessio. Alternate: Trevor MacLachlan. Absent: Board member Bill Carmody; Alternate Travis Adams. Also at the meeting were about 15 to 20 surveyors, abutters, applicants and people who were interested in the agenda’s public hearings.

Minutes: Written by Marilou Blaine. This meeting was recorded. These minutes are unapproved and will be reviewed at the August 2022 meeting for corrections, and additions and/or omissions.

Call to order: Mr. Miller called the meeting to order at 7 pm.

Minutes: Mr. Marcom made one correction on page 4. Mr. Woodward has only one “E” as a middle name. Mr. Marcom made a motion to accept the minutes as amended. Mr. Perron seconded the motion and the motion carried.

Old Business:

Public Hearings:

Continued from June meeting.

No. 1. Subdivision: one lot into two lots: Barnett View Rev Trust, 24 Barnett Hill Road, Wendy Boulanger & Neil Levesque trustees, Town Map 9, Lot 46, rural/agricultural district. Lot 1 would be 2.57 acres and Lot 2 would be 3.21 acres. Awaiting letter from Town Counsel Jeremy Hockensmith in answer to the letter from the applicant’s attorney Barrett Faulkner.

Mr. Miller opened the public hearing and said Town Counsel had responded to the letter and his opinion was “that the five-acre minimum lot size covenant expired on December 31, 2002, and is no longer enforceable.”

Mr. Carl Hanssen is an abutter of the lot being subdivided. He said that Lot 1 has a failed septic system on it and both lots have a lot of slope so it would be difficult to put an adequate septic system on either lot. He purported that the property couldn’t be divided until the state approves septic systems for these two lots. Mr. Miller responded that the Planning Board doesn’t consider septic systems in its decision. That is a state function, Mr. Miller said. Mr. Hanssen insisted that before land can be subdivided it needed to have a state-approved septic system. Mr. Miller reiterated that that was not a condition of approving a subdivision. Mr. Perron said because a lot is subdivided doesn’t mean it has to be a build-able lot. He added if someone were planning on building a house, a state-approved septic system is a condition for getting a building permit.

 Regarding the failed septic system Mr. Levesque came to the front of the room and said that the septic system on Lot 1 had not failed and didn’t know where Mr. Hanssen had gotten such information.

Mr. Hanssen said he had that information from the previous owner. Mr. Levesque said that today there are many different designs of septic systems for different types of property. There’s no failed system.

Mr. MacLachlan said the issue the Planning Board is discussing is a subdivision approval and not an approval of a septic system.

 Mr. Miller asked if there were any other questions. There being none, he closed the public hearing and asked the board if it has any questions. There being none Mr. Perron made a motion to approve the subdivision. Mr. Marcom seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously. No one opposed the subdivision.

Public Hearing No. 2.

 Lot Line Adjustment: Amy Howard and Roman Sanchez, Colonial Drive and David Howard, Old North Main Street, Town Map 21, Lots 41 and 41-1, Residential B. Lot 41 would be 1.25 acres and Lot 41-1 would be 2.83 acres.

Surveyor Wendy Pelletier of Cardinal Surveying & Land Planning presented the subdivision explaining and pointing out the lots with the area between the two lots, 22.292 square feet, including a pond going with lot 41-1. Mr. Dalessio asked if lot line adjustments can happen between opposite owners. Mr. Miller answered in the affirmative saying a merger is different. There being no questions from the public, Mr. Miller closed the public hearing for the board’s discussion. Mr. Marcom made a motion to approve the lot line adjustment as presented. Mr. Perron seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.

Public Hearing No. 3.

 Lot Line Adjustment Dale E. Woodward and Bonita S. Wood and Dan and Heather Ferland, 10 Flat Street, Map 19, Lot 53 and Map 19, Lot 53-1, residential B.

 The plat was displayed on the easel. Mr. Woodward said there is a residence and a commercial building on the property.  He’s dividing off the commercial building and adjoining it to the Ferland property. He took 42 feet off the property.  He’d been to the Planning Board three times for this property, he said. The proposed acreage of Lot 53 is .64 acres and Lot 53-1 is .29 acres and they are non-conforming lots. There being no questions from the public, Mr. Miller closed the public hearing. Mr. Perron made a motion to approve the lot line adjustment. Mr. Marcom seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.

New Business

Potato Barn, 297 Main Street owner Steve Rudek, 4 apartments. Builder Barry Bellows proposed four apartment units in the southern end of the Potato Barn. That includes the Piggery, Granary, and Connector section of the building. Bellows said three apartments would be 800 square feet and one apartment would be 1200 square feet. There is already lighting around the building and the entire building is sprinkled, Bellows added. The first thing a board member asked was about parking. Mr. Bellows said there are already several areas around the property with striped parking space. The function area would remain untouched.

Mr. Dalessio suggested Mr. Bellows come backed to the Board next showing striped parking areas around the building on the plat or drawings and get a letter of approval about safety and fire concerns from Fire Chief Mark Houghton.

Mr. Marcom made a motion to hold a public hearing next month. Mr. Perron seconded the motion and the motion carried.

Cliff Peters letter – Discussion

Clifford D. Peters had questions about a Carpenter Hill subdivision at last month’s meeting. He wrote a letter to the Planning Board and said “it was an education into the workings of town government and the town’s zoning policies.” His letter was about future development and he wondered whether, with farms and farm land dwindling, if this wasn’t the time to think about residential development in the rural/agricultural district. He was thinking maybe lots of two to four acres.

Mr. Miller said about 10 or 12 years ago there was a discussion about this topic but it was turned down at Town Meeting. However, board members thought it was time for such a discussion again. Mr. Miller said he would reach out to Lisa Murphy, senior planner at Southwest Regional Planning Commission and ask her where he could get information about this topic. Expect further discussion of this topic.

Final additions, corrections of four sections of the updating of the Master Plan – Land Use Analysis, Economic Development, Community Facilities and Services, Historical and Recreational Resources.

At a workshop last month, board members considered these sections and discussed some additions and omissions. They should be getting copies of the final total updated Master Plan in a couple of months.

Senior housing

Select Board member Peggy Pschirrer attended this meeting. She mentioned that she is looking is interested in and looking into possible places for senior housing. More on this in the future.

Next Meeting is August 9, 2022.

Respectfully submitted,

Marilou Blaine

WPB Secretary

cc: WPB, ZBA, Town Offices, The Walpolean

Posted: Inside the Town Offices, on the bulletin board outside the Post Office, www.walpolenh.us

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Pool Up-date

From Kraig:

“Last week we were unable to get the floors painted and repaired to have a nonslip surface. They company will be down this week and the pool house will be off limits for until Saturday. 

The pool will be OPEN but we will be unable to access to the pool house. I recommend everyone coming down to the pool already changed and ready to swim. We have provided a portable toilet right outside the gate for use.”

Zoning Board Meeting Agenda – 7/20/22

Town Hall

7 pm

Roll Call: Appointment of alternates if needed.

Minutes: Review minutes of June 2022 meeting. 

Old Business:

Public Hearings:

Expansion of a Non-Conforming Use: Elizabeth Roos, 14 Middle Street, Article V D-2, Tax Map 20, Lot 77, Residential B. Ms. Roos would like to change and enlarge her deck at the back of the house. The door to the deck is the second egress from the house. The door is even with the deck and gets frozen shut in the winter. The plan is to drop the deck down one step and make it 6 feet longer. Postponed.

Expansion of a Non-Conforming Use: Chris Carbone, 65 Elm Street, Tax Map 19, Lot 31, Residential B. Article V D-2, setbacks. Mr. Carbone wants to replace a shed on his property that is a different shape and size. 

Variance: Home Away From Home, 11 Maplewood Circle, owner Jenny Plante, Tax Map 24, Lot 14-1, Commercial and Residential. Convert Residential District to Commercial District for day care center. Appealing Planning Board decision. 

Jeremy Hockensmith will be at the meeting.

Appeal for Administrative Decision

Clarion article for July. Non-conforming use. Dave Edkins.

Applications on website – Variance

Next meeting August 17, 2022.

Pool’s Open!

Kraig said that the motor is in and they are back in business. Just in time – as the humidity seems to be back.

Town Pool Update

Kraig Harlow, Walpole Recreation Director, sent this update.

“We received the new motor to our filter Friday night. Houghton’s will be down at the pool Saturday morning to install the part and have our filters back up and running.

Our staff will be monitoring the pool in the afternoon to make sure it’s safe and we’ll let everyone know as soon as possible if we can open today or tomorrow.”

That’s good news! – Lil