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COVID by the Numbers—November 7 Edition

Here is what has happened since my last report, at the end of October.

On November 7, there were 9 new cases confirmed in Cheshire County, more than on any other day so far.  There were no new cases on the 1st, but in the last 6 days, there have been 35 new cases confirmed in the county. The number of currently active confirmed cases in Cheshire County have increased from 31 to 50.  Currently, the active cases are in  Rindge (16) Keene(12) Jaffrey(5) and the following towns with 1-4 each—Westmoreland, Chesterfield, Hinsdale, Winchester, Swanzey, Harrisville, and Dublin.  The 7 day average of cases per 100,000, 3.2 as of October 29, was 5.6 as of November 5.

Statewide, the number of new cases per day topped 200 in each of the last 3 days.  Statewide hospitalizations, which were at 42 at the end of November, dipped to 38 on the 1st of November, but rose to 49 on Nov. 7th.  And 6 more of our citizens have died this week.

None of this is good news.  Cheshire County, which still has the lowest average rate of daily confirmed infections, went from having an average 0.6 infections a day just a month ago to 5.6 a day now.  Coos County, which had the lowest rates all through the spring, now has an average of 36.2 cases per day per 100,000. The numbers of actual cases are not that large, of course, because Coos County does not have 100,000 people in it, but if their rates can go up this shockingly, so can ours.  All signals are that there is ever more community spread, some of it from people who are asymptomatic and who have no way to know they have the disease.

One thing I have noticed recently is that people, masked and unmasked, are far less careful than they were to keep the six foot distance.  It is difficult, because most of us want to engage with other people, but measure it out, and try to observe that distance with all people not of your household.

Wear your mask, even when distancing.

Keep your distance, even when wearing your mask.

Wash your hands.

And keep well.

~Representative Lucy Weber

lwmcv@comcast.net

603 499 0282

~Lucy

Conservation Commission Meeting Minutes – 11/2/20

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:  None

Visitor:  Mike Kowalczyk, Michael Nerrie, Marsha Galloway

Call to Order:  Alicia called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. at Walpole Town Hall.

Review and Approval of Minutes: Alicia was asked by Holly Gowdy to amend the October 5 minutes to state that the field at Walker Road is not good for agriculture in its current state. With this addition, Laura moved; John seconded, and all approved acceptance of the October 5 minutes. 

Correspondence: Alicia presented an invoice for $12.99 for materials for the Gateway to be paid from the Walker Road account. John moved; Laura seconded, and all approved payment.

Treasury:  Forestry Account – $30, 818.84

                  Conservation Account – $142,745.52

​      Walker Road Account -$3,363.72

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New Business

MRRTC Presentation:  Mike Kowalczyk of the Monadnock Regional Rail Trail Collaborative (MRRTC) made a presentation about this organization, whose mission is to restore and maintain the Cheshire, Ashuelot, and Fort Hill rail trails throughout the Monadnock region. He explained the benefits of maintaining these trails are numerous: provides economic activity in the towns where they are located, increases tourism, provides bike trails, increases healthy activities, preserves ecosystems, and reduces air pollution.

Mike provided a brief history of the Rail Trail, which is administered by the NH Bureau of Trails. He outlined which are improved, unimproved, and under restoration and showed detailed maps of each trail. The Cheshire Rail Trail plan includes restoration and maintenance from the NH/MA state line near Winchendon to the state line near Bellows Falls. Trail length is 43 miles. The Ashuelot Rail Trail plan includes trail restoration from Emerald Street in Keene, NH, to Hinsdale, NH, the trail’s end. Trail length is 21.75 miles. The Fort Hill Trail is unplanned at this time.

Mike explained that restoration means the trails are being made suitable for recreational snowmobiling.

Trails need to have working drainage ditches, culverts, a 14’ wide crushed stone surface, and gates at road crossings. Maintenance includes removing trees and brush from trails, keeping culverts working, unclogging ditches, and repairing trail surfaces.

Mike outlined nine pieces of the project:  1. make plans, 2. secure funding, 3. gain municipality commitment, 4. resolve private encroachment, 5. gain federal and state commitment, 6. create maintenance plans, 7. put together working teams (volunteers), 8. create a cost estimate spreadsheet, and 9. find matching funds.

France asked if there is some way the MRRTC communicates needs.  See their website at monadnockrailtrails.org. She asked if there is a policy of hanging signs on the trails. Mike said they put signs on a 4×4 post off to the side of the trail so maintenance equipment can pass. They do not hang signs on trees. France thanked him for the work that has been done in Walpole.

Marsha Galloway explained that snowmobile clubs are taking care of railroad beds for the winter. Mike stated volunteers are needed to run maintenance equipment in the summer and snowmobile clubs will do winter maintenance. She asked Mike if there are any ideas how to cross the Cold River, making a connection with Bellows Falls. Mike answered not yet.

Steven asked when the gates will open. Mike explained the DOT follows Bureau of Trails mandates. 

ROW – Michael Nerrie:  Michael, John, Peter, and others met with National Grid  to discuss ROW. Michael stated he has a grant from NSCS to do a wildlife plan for his entire property. He believes a natural resource inventory should be done in order to decide where energies should be put in managing the wildlife. Michael said he will contact Antioch students to do a survey and they can help manage the ROW with mowing and herbicides. They all can work with National Grid and tell National Grid how they would like it managed.

Michael stated he read the WCC 2006 Plan and asked if WCC could initiate action for wildlife on the plan. Alicia asked how the WCC can take action on the plan and it was suggested that they talk first with Peter Palmiotto, who was at the National Grid meeting. It was decided at that meeting first step would be the natural resource inventory.

Bellam Farm – Christmas Trees:  Alicia received an email from Holly Gowdy, who owns property near a well site. She asked if they should keep mowing. They have a conservation easement  and she wonders if they can grow Christmas trees. Alicia wants to know how close the area is to the well field and if this requires herbicides, pesticides, and/or fertilizers.

Lew said it would be an effective ways to use the property. Though it would take at least 7 years to harvest the first trees, this would be a lucrative opportunity for them.

Alicia stated Holly would like to attend a WCC meeting to discuss this.

WCC Meeting Time:  Alicia said she heard members talking about changing the start time of the WCC monthly meetings. Laura and France suggested 7:00. John reminded the group that other town organizations start their meetings at 7:00. Steven moved; France seconded, and all voted in favor of starting WCC monthly meetings at 7:00 p.m. beginning in December.

Public Forum:  Alicia referenced her email to the group about her meeting with the professional facilitator. The facilitator suggested putting comment boxes around town with specific framed questions about camping, Walker Road, etc. Surveys could be put up at the kiosk. Then gather the comments and sift them into themes to discuss at the public forum. 

Alicia asked how the WCC could connect with the community before the forum. She asked the group to think of questions to ask and locations for comment boxes for next month’s meeting.

Alicia said she is meeting this Wednesday with a facilitator who can help frame some questions, decide where to put the boxes, collate the comments, and lead the meeting.

Alicia asked if they should hire a facilitator for the forum. Lew stated they have the funds; Alicia said this person would be objective. France said it would be good to hire a facilitator so they can do it right. Alicia said she would get more information. Lew suggested having a small group work with her, so they have a tentative plan to present at the December meeting. Alicia said she would send out an email after her meeting and set that up.

Old Business

Trail Committee:  Steven said he had seven responses to his article in the Clarion asking for community members to join the Trail Committee. 

Trail Maps:  Alicia said the SW Regional Planning Commission will take the map files and make up the maps. Just decide on the desired format and intent of the map. They will do it at a cost of $50/hour for members. Alicia said turnaround time is quick.

Laura said Antioch can do it less expensively, but since SW Regional Planning was so quick to respond, they might be a good choice.  John stated they have discussed this so often, go with SW Regional Planning and get it done quickly. There are other maps; maybe they could ask Antioch to do those later.

Alicia suggested having individual trail maps done now and larger maps showing all trails later. France suggested having an individual trail map on one side and a small version of the region on the back.

Lew volunteered to help Alicia with maps.

Dates for Blazing Trails:  Steven said all trails need to be marked. Lew said the Conservancy has maps that would be helpful and said they may have already marked some of the property. Laura, Steven, Alicia, Kara, France, and Lew volunteered to help. Steven said he would send an email with guidelines for marking. Lew suggested painting 3×5 inch rectangles.

Tree marking will take place Sunday, November 8. Meet at Town Hall at 10:00 a.m.  Steven will get the latex enamel exterior paint and brushes. 

Reservoir Dam:  Fuss and O’Neill sent a letter to the town and Houghton with concerns about the new engineer. John said they have done everything in the letter of efficiency.  The new engineer has put the dam in a higher hazard category than earlier assessed. There will be a meeting on Friday to figure out how to proceed. 

John said he would send a copy of the F & O letter to the membership.

Other Business

Trail Maintenance:  Steven is putting the Trail Committee together, including those who volunteered in response to his article. Lew has tools and will give them to Steven. Lew cautioned that they maintain existing trails before creating new ones.

Adjournment:  John moved; France seconded, and all voted to adjourn the meeting at 9:10 p.m.

The next meeting will be December 7 at 7:00 p.m.* Note new starting time.

Respectfully Submitted,

Jean Kobeski, Recording Secretary

*** These minutes are in draft form until approved by the Commission in December.

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 10/29/20

Selectboard Present:​Peggy Pschirrer (Chair); Cheryl Mayberry (late); 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 Selectboard member Mr. Steven Dalessio.  Ms. Cheryl Mayberry, the other Selectboard member, will be a little late.  Mrs. Jodi Daigle, Water & Sewer Clerk and Administrative Assistant, was in attendance. There was one resident present in the audience: Mr. John Peska.

PUBLIC HEARING –Adoption of the Town of Walpole Emergency Operations Plan–Update 2020:

Mrs. Pschirrer called this Public Hearing for the Adoption of the Town of Walpole Emergency Operations Plan – Update 2020 – to order at 6:31 PM on the First Floor Meeting Room of the Town Hall.  “The purpose of the hearing is to discuss the adoption of the Town of Walpole Emergency Operations Plan Update 2020.  Residents may read the conditionally approved plan at the Town Hall during normal business hours prior to the public hearing.”  

Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any comments to be made.  Mr. Peska noted it is a sound document.

Mr. Dalessio moved that the Selectboard accept this Town of Walpole Emergency Operations Plan – Update 2020 – and to authorize the Chair of the Selectboard, Peggy L. Pschirrer, to sign this document on October 29, 2020.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Mrs. Pschirrer announced that this document is available for viewing in the Walpole Town Hall during normal business hours.  Mrs. Pschirrer closed this Public Hearing at 6:34 PM.  

Mrs. Pschirrer opened the regular Selectboard meeting.

OLD BUSINESS:

Reservoir Dam Repairs:  Mr. Dalessio advised that the report from Fuss & O’Neill, dated October 20, 2020, was received and distributed to Mr. Mark Houghton, Mr. John Peska and the Selectboard members.  It looks like the process of getting to the repairs will be a long and expensive.  Fuss & O’Neill has this on-hold for now; they are not doing any work on it.  There are a number of options they can talk about; that is where they are at today.  Mr. Peska clarified they went from an initial estimate of $30,000-to-$40,000 to complete some repairs as listed in the Department of Environmental Services (DES) Deficiency Reports.  As a result of the recent characterization, they are now facing a DES change of status.  The work extends beyond the dam area itself; to North Road and School Street.  This work would exceed $420,000.  He had sent out an email stating that all the work they did on the dam so far was to clean up the spillway, removal of some trees the DES had requested, they brush-hog it regularly (at least once a year), etc.  The longer they proceed with this, it will become more expensive.  Mr. Dalessio agrees with those statements.  He believes they need to meet to discuss what their next steps should be going forward.  Mr. Peska advised that the Conservation Commission did discuss the possibility of removing the dam. However, it was determined that the dam held a high recreational benefit.  The sentiment was that the Town would keep and maintain it, but that was under a different set of rules and estimates.  Mrs. Pschirrer agreed it was at a different price at that point.  She feels there needs to be another meeting.  Mr. Dalessio will do an email to find out everybody’s availability.  He will contact Mr. Mark Houghton tomorrow.      

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the total amount of $166,368.82 for checks issued October 30, 2020.  This includes a payment of $88,420.68 to the Village of Bellows Falls. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

PAYROLL:

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Payroll Check Register for the week ending October 24, 2020, in the amount of $33,307.62 for checks dated October 30, 2020, and for the 941 Payroll Tax Transfer in the amount of $6,740.50.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MINUTES – October 22, 2020:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of October 22, 2020, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – October 22, 2020: Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard session of October 22, 2020, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the following Committee reports:• Library Board of Trustees Meeting – October 13, 2020;• Zoning Board of Adjustment Meeting – October 21, 2020.

WARRANTS:

Warrant for the Collection of Walpole Water Fees:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Warrant for the Collection of Walpole Water Fees in the amount of $53,506.31.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.  

Warrant for the Collection of Walpole Sewer Fees:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Warrant for the Collection of Walpole Sewer Fees in the amount of $74,699.47.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Warrant for the Collection of North Walpole Sewer Fees: Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Warrant for the Collection of North Walpole Sewer Fees in the amount of $63,702.67.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

BUILDING PERMIT:

Building Permit #2020-47, MAP and LOT #012-057-000: Mr. Dalessio moved to grant Building Permit #2020-47, for the owners of Map and Lot #012-057-000 to build an “Additional Garage, Loading Dock & Rooms in Egg Center Totaling 6,340 Sq Ft”.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS (Continued):

Town Street Lights:  Mrs. Pschirrer acknowledged receipt of an email from Mr. Steve Grenier regarding his research on Town street lights.  He is aware of the concerns of some people who had approached Mrs. Pschirrer about the new lights being too bright, etc.  Mrs. Pschirrer feels the lights can be controlled so they will not bother any people.  They could be directed down.  They are needed in some areas.  If people want to know what they would look like, they can be seen in the parking lot of the Walpole Chocolate Factory on Main Street.  If they were to approve this change, Mr. Dalessio suggested it could be paid for out of the Highway Block Grant funds.  Mrs. Pschirrer pointed out that this change will save the Town money and will be more efficient in terms of lighting patterns around Town where they need them.  

Mr. Dalessio moved to authorize Mr. Steve Grenier to act on behalf of the Town and to obtain a contract with Liberty Utilities for the Selectboard to review.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.     

Ms. Cheryl Mayberry came into the meeting.

Sewer Bond Fees:  Mr. Dalessio has been discussing the “Sewer Bond Payment Based on Units of Water” with Mrs. Jodi Daigle in the office.  What they looked at last week is no longer valid.  They are going to run a model based on the last quarter’s billing.  The goal is to pay the bond and the excess sewer bond payments would go into the PDIP account for use against future bond costs.  Mr. Dalessio explained they will come back to this in a few weeks after more research has been done and revised numbers have been calculated.

Houghton Brook Bridge Repair and Grant:  Mrs. Pschirrer reported the Selectboard has not yet received an official decision as to whether their request for a grant was accepted or rejected.  This will continue to be on-hold.

Thanksgiving Market on Town Common:  Mrs. Pschirrer advised that the Farmers’ Market had originally asked about using the Town Hall for a Thanksgiving Market. However, they have decided to have it on the Town Common on Saturday, November 21st, 2020, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  If the weather turns stormy, they might have to cancel the event.  At this point they have eight confirmed vendors.  There may be some craft vendors as all local holiday bazaars have been cancelled.  Mrs. Pschirrer noted this is an informational item. The Selectboard will ask that the vendors wear masks and maintain social distancing.

Mrs. Pschirrer will write a short article to be posted and put in the Clarion and on the Walpolean that all events to be on the Town Common should be scheduled in the Town Office.  This is just for informational purposes and to avoid a duplication of events on the same day and time.

Pending Further Actions:

Quote for Pool Roof:  Ms. Mayberry has not yet received a quote for the pool building roof.

NEW BUSINESS:

Selectboard Meetings Dates re: Holidays: Mrs. Pschirrer requested they look at the Holidays and change regular meeting dates and times.  There was a consensus to make the following changes:• Thanksgiving:  Change from Thursday, November 26 at 6:30 PM to Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 9:00 AM;• Christmas:  Change from Thursday, December 24 at 6:30 PM to Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 9:00 AM;• New Year’s:  Change from Thursday, December 31 at 6:30 PM to Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 5:30 PM.

Selectboard Budget Meeting with Department Managers:  There was a consensus to schedule this meeting for Friday, December 11th, 2020, at 8:30 AM.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:

Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session 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 7:00 PM.  

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:24 PM.  

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of October 29, 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.

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 7:25 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

(Transcribed from Recorder)

Selectboard Meeting Agenda – 11/5/20

TOWN OF WALPOLE

SELECTBOARD MEETING AGENDA

November 5, 2020

SELECTBOARD MEETING

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE• Accounts Payable Check Register in the total amount of $24,589.47 for checks issued 11/06/2020

PAYROLL• Payroll Register totaling $31,151.53 dated 11/06/2020 and the 941 Payroll Tax Transfer of $6,509.62

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES• Selectboard Minutes – October 29, 2020• Non-Public Selectboard Session – October 29, 2020

TIMBER TAX WARRANT• Certification of Yield Taxes Assessed for Map and Lot# 027-006-000• Timber Yield Tax Levy for Map and Lot# 027-006-000

BUILDING PERMITS• 2020-48, Map and Lot# 012-059-001

OLD BUSINESS• 2020 Preliminary Tax Rate• Reservoir Dam Repairs

Pending Further Actions• Quote for Pool Roof, Sewer Bond Fees, Town Street Lights, Tax Deeded Property Sale, Houghton Brook Bridge Repair and Grant

NEW BUSINESS• MRRTC Support Request• HealthTrust Annual Meeting and Board Elections• Yoga Classes in Town Hall

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**

Walpole Community Giving Tree

This is a wonderful project and an incredible amount of work without the need for the extra precautions that need to be taken this year. Thanks so much to Jeanne Cloues and Marcia Weil for taking it on. – Lil

The Walpole Community Giving Tree Project is getting underway again. 

This project helps financially stressed families provide holiday gifts for their children ages birth-18 (or older if still in high school).  Participating families must be residents of the Walpole township (Walpole, North Walpole, and


Due to the current concern for public health and safety, this project will proceed a bit differently this year.  We already received requests from families with the help of the local schools.  Now we need to get the requests out to potential “shoppers” in the community who would like to help.


From NOVEMBER 8-15 only, tags will be available at the following locations during their regular business hours:  First Congregational Church (M-F 9-12, go to back door by ramp), St. Peter’s Church (during service hours), the Walpole library, Spencer’s Place, Savings Bank of Walpole on Westminster St, and Mascoma Bank

Tags will be attached to a bulletin board so people will only touch the tags they wish to take.  You will fill out your contact information on one half of the perforated tag and leave it in the container.  Take the other half of the tag as your “shopping” list, and then attach it very securely to the gift before you return it. 

Gifts may be returned to any of the above locations until the last day of November. Gifts should NOT BE WRAPPED this year.


If you wish to help but are not comfortable with shopping this year, there are 2 other options.  You may choose a tag and leave the whole tag and a donation in an envelope in the tag container, and someone will do the shopping for you.  Or, you can just leave a donation to help purchase gifts for tags that are unclaimed.  Every little bit helps!


Once we collect all the gifts they will be “quarantined” for a week before we sort them all, and then they will be “quarantined” again before families come to pick them up.


This is a wonderful project that helps to brighten the holiday season for many of our local families, and we appreciate everyone’s help so that it can happen during this unusual year.


If you have any questions, you may contact us at weilcloues@comcast.net.
Happy holidays to you and yours!  Please stay safe and healthy!Jeanne Cloues and Marcia Weil, project organizers

Kudos to Poll Workers

I had a lovely email from my friend, Sally Reeves that she asked me to share. I also wanted to add that it should be noted that this year was new experience for everyone, but first time moderator, Jack Wozmak, certainly rose to the occasion. I’m sure it also made Sandy Smith even happier that it was her last after 40 years on the job! Quite a way to start and/or end a career! – Lil


Yesterday was a very exciting day—we got to vote.


This is by way of an attempt to convey my gratitude to all the wonderfully faithful Walpoleans who make the voting experiencein our town a very real pleasure.


I was struck again yesterday by the atmosphere in the Town Hall: well organized, cheerful, calm, safe, yet with a tangible buzz of the excitement for the reason we were in that place. You are an excellent team.


Thank you all!
Sally Reeves

Walpole Election Results

Curbside Food Drop-off – 11/14/20

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 10/22/20

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.  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 regular meeting is being filmed by FACT-TV in Bellows Falls, VT.  It is available for viewing on the internet.  

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:

Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (c) Reputations.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  On a voice rollcall vote with Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 6:34 PM.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the total amount of $66,795.36 for checks issued October 23, 2020.  This includes a payment of $22,335.69 to Granite State Minerals for Highway salt.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions.  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 17, 2020, in the amount of $29,802.60 for checks dated October 23, 2020, and for the 941 Payroll Tax Transfer in the amount of $6,017.18.  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 15, 2020:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of October 15, 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 15, 2020:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard session of October 15, 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.

STAFF MEETING – October 15, 2020:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Staff Meeting of October 15, 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.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the following Committee reports:• Planning Board Meeting – October 13, 2020;• North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners Meeting – October 13, 2020.

BUILDING PERMITS:

Building Permit #2020-43, MAP and LOT #007-020-001: Mr. Dalessio moved to grant Building Permit #2020-43 for the owners of Map and Lot #007-020-001 to build a “63’ x 48’ House with 36’ x 30’ Garage”.  The owners plan to do the electrical and plumbing work themselves but it will be reviewed by the licensed contractors.  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.

Building Permit #2020-45, MAP and LOT #008-031-000:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant Building Permit #2020-45 for the owners of Map and Lot #008-031-000 to add a “20’ x 16’ Carport Attached to an Existing Barn”.  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.

Building Permit #2020-46, MAP and LOT #004-003-003: Mr. Dalessio moved to grant Building Permit #2020-46 for the owners of Map and Lot #004-003-003 to construct a “20’ x 8’ Shed”.  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:

Walpole ESSER Funds re: Walpole Schools:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Selectboard response to Mr. James Fenn, Chief Financial Officer, Fall Mountain Regional School District, to notify them that the Town cannot fulfill their request regarding the CARES Funding.  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.   

Cannon Wheel Repair Update:  Mrs. Pschirrer reported they had been notified that the wooden wheels on the cannons on the Common were rotting.  They received one bid to repair them for $3,895 from Walpole Woodworks.  No other bidders could be sourced.

Mr. Dalessio moved to repair the cannon wheels by Walpole Woodworks for the amount of $3,895.  This price will not exceed the estimate by more than 20% without prior approval by the Selectboard.  Funding will come out of the American Legion Memorial Fund.  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.  

4-H Scarecrow Project:  Mrs. Holly Gowdy, leader of the 4-H Pinnacleview group, came into the meeting.  In October, they carved pumpkins.  They felt it would be fun to make scarecrows in November and to place them around the gazebo on the Common.  However, they would need Selectboard permission.  They would like to do this project on Sunday, October 26th about 2:30 pm and leave the scarecrows up through that week.  It would all be taken down on Sunday, November 1st.  Mrs. Pschirrer mentioned the scarecrows set up along the fence of the North Walpole Park; they are terrific.  The Selectboard members agreed that the Gazebo stairways should not be blocked. They approved this request to set up scarecrows around the gazebo on the Common. They thanked Mrs. Gowdy for coming in to ask for permission.  

Pending Further Actions:

Reservoir Dam Repairs:  Mr. Dalessio did not receive the report from Fuss & O’Neill.  Mrs. Pschirrer did receive the report that is several pages long and quite detailed.  There was a consensus to carry-over this item for the agenda next week.  Mr. John Peska will be invited to attend.

Town Street Lights:  Mrs. Pschirrer received some information on facts and figures on the Town streetlights from Mr. Steve Grenier.  This will be an agenda item for next week.

Sewer Bond Fee:  Mr. Dalessio had distributed copies of the “Sewer Bond Payment/Based on Units of Water”.  The Selectboard had talked about changing from a flat $90/quarter to units of water.  He took $262,936 of Bond Dollars Received; Averaged it out to $0.088 Sewer Bond Per Unit of Water and is suggesting going to $0.110 Proposed Sewer Bond Per Unit of Water.  This will give them a little more revenue that can be put away in the PDIP account for future bond costs.  A minimum water/sewer user’s bond payment would go from $90.00 quarter to $55.00 quarter.  The Proposed Sewer Bond Collection is $331,646.48.  Mrs. Pschirrer advised that, if approved, this would go into effect the first quarter of 2021.  It is based on units of water that people use.  Ms. Mayberry feels it looks reasonable.  Mr. Dalessio pointed out that there will be more bonds over the next 20 years or so.  He would like to give this to Mr. Mark Houghton to review before a final decision is made.  Mr. Dalessio feels they should be meeting at least once a year on utilities to review where they are and where they are going. Ms. Mayberry would like to see the document with bond information from the Village of Bellows Falls.

Houghton Brook Bridge Repair and Grant:  Mr. Dalessio reported the Grant Committee was meeting today on the Houghton Brook Bridge Repair and Grant but he did not know if any decisions were made.  

NEW BUSINESS:

Halloween Landscape Lighting:  Mrs. Downing felt that since this would be a quiet Halloween, it might be nice to have an LED outdoor projection light on Town Hall.  They would be on a timer; maybe 6:00-to-8:00 PM.  Ms. Mayberry said they are in the spirit of Halloween; they look great.  Mr. Dalessio mentioned the lights freak-out some dogs.  Local dogs might be being walked or traveling with Trick or Treaters.  The Selectboard approved this purchase.

Savings Bank of Walpole Event on The Common:  Mrs. Downing reported the Savings Bank of Walpole is considering hosting a holiday event on the Common during the month of November or December.  It would be some music, hot cocoa, snacks and maybe sleigh rides, and other ideas that brings holiday cheer.  Ms. Mayberry felt the SBW should pick a date that works for them and if no one else has reserved it, then it is theirs.

Recreation Department:  Ms. Mayberry has not yet received the estimate for repairs to the pool building roof.  Hopefully it will arrive before the next meeting.

Highway Department:  Mrs. Pschirrer has been noticing how many roads have been striped.  Wentworth Road is dark and there is no striping on that road.  Why has it been omitted?  Ms. Mayberry will check with Mr. Rau to see what the plan is.  He was asked to do all the roads as the lines make a big difference.  Those roads are safer.  County Road is a State road. They will have to make a request to the NH Department of Transportation.

FACT-TV:  Mrs. Pschirrer announced that this concludes the regular Selectboard meeting.  The Selectboard will resume their Non-Public Session.  FACT-TV discontinued filming and left this meeting.    

RESUME NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:

Ms. Mayberry moved to resume the Non-Public Selectboard Session that was recessed earlier in this meeting.  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 7:10 PM.   

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:23 PM.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of October 22, 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:

Recreation Area Parking Lot Deed and Sales Agreement: Ms. Mayberry reported that the documents for the Recreation Area Parking Lot are on the agenda for the next Fall Mountain Regional School District Board meeting on Monday, October 26th.  

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 7:25 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

October Recap from Lucy

COVID by the Numbers—October Recap.

What a month October has been!  And Halloween ended on a scary note, with 6 new cases in Cheshire County.  Here is a recap of the month.

At the beginning of the month, Cheshire County had had 152 total COVID-19 cases, with 10 cases being active on October 1.  By Halloween, the total number of cases had climbed to 206, and the number of active cases had gone up to 32; Keene(9) Jaffrey(7) Rindge(6) and 1-4in each of Hinsdale, Swanzey, Dublin and Harrisville.  The 7 day average of new cases per 100,00 went from 1.7 to 3.2 as of October 29.  That number went down as low as 0.6 on the 7th and 8th, but then came rocketing back again.

The state went from 52 new cases on the 1st to 205 new cases on the 30th —the first time that New Hampshire reported more than 200 cases in a single day.  Hospitalizations went from 15 to 42.  And the number of lives lost went from 441 to 48342 souls departed.

Transmission has been through youth hockey, restaurants/bars, and according to DHHS, mostly through small gatherings of family and friends.  It is so easy to let your guard down when visiting with family and friends.  But even there, please be sure to keep up the precautions, especially if travelling or entertaining others over the upcoming holidays.

On a positive note, there were no new cases in Cheshire County on November 1.  Let’s do all we can to keep it that way.  And another interesting idea—some are suggesting that the precautions taken to avoid COVID, along with an extra push to get the flu shot, may also lead to a lighter flu season.  Here’s hoping they are correct.

Keep on wearing the mask, even when distancing; 

Keep your distance, even when masked; 

Wash your hands, 

And keep well.

~Representative Lucy Weber

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