Zoning Board Meeting Agenda – 10/18/17

Agenda for Zoning Board of Adjustment

Wednesday,  October 18, 2017

Walpole Town Hall

 7:30 pm

 

Roll Call: Appointment of alternates if needed.

 

Minutes: Review minutes.

 

New Business:

Paula Burdick: new driveway Elm Street

 

Signage: Bruce Bergeron, representing Irving Oil, new sign at Jakes Market

 

Bob Mandich, 33 Prospect Hill – home business

 

Old Business:

Gravel Pit Inspections

 

Corrections to last month’s minutes about Carmody property, 6 Ames Lane

 

Executive session – minutes

 

Next meeting Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Planning Board Meeting Minutes – 10/10/17

Walpole Planning Board

October 10, 2017

Town Hall

7 pm

 

Present: Chair Jeff Miller, Co-chair Robert Miller, James Aldrich secretary, Jason Perron, Dennis Marcom, Cheryl Mayberry, Selectboard Representative. Alternates: Joanna Andros, Ed Potter, 

Recording: Marilou Blaine. These minutes are unapproved and will be reviewed at the November meeting for corrections, additions and/or omissions. 

Roll Call: Mr. J. Miller called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. There were five board members present so no one was needed to fill in.

Minutes: A motion was made to accept the minutes of the regular September 12 meeting and the September 26 workshop meeting as written. The motion was seconded and approved by the entire Board.

 

Old Business:

Public Hearing: Lot line adjustment for James Mort and Marilyn Dooley, 105 Brewery Road, Map 14, Lot 11, residential B and Jeddadiah and Lila Pellerin, Map 14, Lot 11-1. Annex 1.6 acres to make a total 3.2 acres. Subdivision: Lot 1 is now 8.9 acres creating a second lot, .75 acre Lot 2 with 368 feet of road frontage.

Surveyor Joe DiBernardo represented the property owners Mr. Mort and Ms. Dooley. He said this lot conforms in size to Residential B’s ordinance of square footage (minimum lot 25,000 square feet), road frontage (minimum 150 feet road frontage and side and rear yard setbacks (20 feet) and front yard setback (65 feet from center line of road).

There were no questions after his presentation. The Public Hearing was closed. 

Later in the meeting, a motion was made to approve both the lot line adjustment and subdivision as presented. The motion was seconded and passed by the entire Board.

 

Request for a Public Hearing: Jeff Carney, Liberty Utilities, cut trees on designated scenic road, Farnum Road. Request by letter, Statute 231-158.

Mr. Carney, Program Manager Vegetation and Inspections for Liberty Utilities, sent a letter to the Planning Board outlining what his team was going to do on Farnum Road, which is a designated scenic road. The scheduled maintenance follows PUC: 307.10 Pruning Standards and “with the landowner’s consent, utilities shall prune trees adjacent to all distribution circuits to the following minimum clearances on more than a five-year cycle.”

Other work planned work was (pruning at):

“10 feet from conductors.

“8 feet to the side of the nearest conductor and 15 feet above the conductors, at time of pruning.

“Utilities shall implement measures such as mid-cycle reviews to identify and mitigate elevated risk from tree exposure on circuits or sections of circuits that are significantly and/or continually experiencing tree-related interruptions, where it is practical to do so.

“Utilities shall not be required to prune to the clearance standards specified in (a) of this section where:

​The landowner has refused or restricted permission to prune.

​A municipality or other local governing body, by ordinance or other official means, has refused ​or restricted permission to prune; or

​Pruning to the standards specified in subpart (a) would be detrimental to the health of the tree, ​in which the utility shall adhere to the guidelines provided in ANSI a300 Part 1 – 2008 Edition, ​available as noted in Appendix B.

“Trees under the 15-inch circumference limit and brush capable of growing into the energized conducts will be cut with the landowner’s consent.​

“Tree to be removed, based on risk assessment performed by Liberty Utilities and qualified foresters from Environmental Consultant, Inc (EDI) have been marked with red of pink flagging stapled to the trees. Removals are noted in the enclosed details as “Rvm and Diameter Class” by land type Unmaintained (UM) Roadside (R) and (M) Maintained.”

Mr. Miller made a motion to hold a Public Hearing in November. The motion was seconded by Mr. Perron and the Board approved the motion.

 

Amended DADU (Detached Accessory Dwelling Units)– Mr. J. Miller pointed out that the DADU that had been voted on and passed in March 2017 had been amended at the advice of the town’s attorney, Jeremy Hockensmith. The document therefore needs another hearing to be put on next year’s warrant to approve the amendments. Mr. Perron made a motion to hold a Public Hearing on the amendments in November. Mr. Marcom seconded the motion and it was approved by the rest of the Board. A copy of the warrant and amendments will be at the Town Offices and posted on the bulletin board outside Walpole Grocery.

 

Complete Streets – At its workshop session on September 26, Board members who were present okayed several recommendations for Complete Streets as well as the policy presented after July. The recommendations were sent to the Selectboard. There will be a Public Hearing in November for the public to weigh in on these recommendations. A motion to hold a Public Hearing was made by Mr. Marcom, seconded by Mr. R. Miller and approved by the entire Board. A copy of the recommendations will be posted at the Town Offices, on the bulletin board outside Walpole Grocery. Copies will be available at the Town Offices and Bridge Memorial Library.

 

Legal Education Mr. J. Miller asked the Board to reread four documents on the Ruggiero litigation and DCR litigation. He asked the Board to write questions that they would like answered from the town’s attorney, Mr. Jeremy Hockensmith – not about these cases – but about procedures that the Planning Board could follow in the future. Those questions will be refined at the next workshop meeting on October 24 in the basement conference room at 7 pm.

 

Mr. Aldrich made a motion to adjourn. The motion was seconded and approved by the Board.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Marilou Blaine

 

Next regular meeting Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017
 

 

 

 

Second Annual Harvest Dinner – 10/15/17

A special invitation from Judy Trow. – Lil

How about joining us at the Bellows Walpole Inn on Sunday night for dinner?It is a fundraiser for the Great River Co-op (which will be opening on Route 12 in Walpole- the sign will be installed in the next month. If you are not already, I hope you will consider becoming a member.)

The price of a ticket may seem like a lot of money (well, okay- it is) but when you consider that it includes a drink ticket for the bar, a three-course meal (if you’ve eaten at the Inn- you know the food quality will not disappoint- see the attachment to whet your appetite), gratuity AND you will be supporting the opening of our own local food co-op (priceless.)
Here is the link to buy tickets:

http://bit.ly/2017GRCHarvestDinnerandEventbrite 

Please forgive me if you’ve already received this information- and please feel free to share this information with your friends, family, neighbors, book group, etc. 

We hope to be enjoying your company during the cocktail hour and beyond!
Regards,

Judy & Rick

Special Unitarian Church Service – 10/15/17

“What I Love about Islam” Sermon
The tension and misunderstandings between the Islamic World and the West are costly and severe. This sermon is an effort to bridge that gap of misunderstanding. What may be intriguing about Islam for religious liberals? Join us for an opportunity to open our hearts and minds to what valuable life lessons we can gain from this powerful and inspiring religious tradition. 

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy is a UU minister and also a Sufi minister. She serves as minister for the UU Church in Springfield, Vermont. Seven years ago she founded “Peace and Unity Bridge,” (PUB), an organization dedicated to cultivating friendship and understanding among Muslims and non-Muslims. Rev. Mellen is part of the national grassroots effort to counter Islamophobia. PUB is funded in part by a grant from the Unitarian Universalist Fund for Social Responsibility. (www.peaceandunitybridge.org). Rev. Mellen is also co-founder of the UU Small Group Ministry Network. She serves on the Board of the Sufi Inayati Order.

Caravan of Thieves – 10/21/17

Caravan of Thieves will perform at The Bellows Falls Opera House on Saturday, October 21st. Doors open at 7:00 and the music will begin at 7:30.

Gypsy Swinging Serenading Firebreathing Circus Freaks!

Driving gypsy jazz rhythms, acoustic guitars, upright bass and violin lay the foundation for mesmerizing vocal harmonies and fantastic stories. It’s theatrical and humorous. It’s musical and intense. It entertains, dazzles and defies classification while welcoming the spectator to join the band throughout the performance in momentary fits of claps, snaps and sing-alongs. If Django Reinhardt, the cast of Stomp and the Beatles all had a party at Tim Burton’s house, Caravan of Thieves would be the band they hired.

Opening will be special guests, The Meadows Brothers.

Tickets and information: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2974749

Partial proceeds from this concert will go to the Transportation Assistance Program at The Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Specifically to pay for gas cards which are given to cancer patients who need help covering transportation costs.

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 9/26/17

TOWN OF WALPOLE

MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD

SEPTEMBER 28, 2017

 

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this Selectboard meeting to order at 6:30 PM in the Walpole Town Hall.  She advised that this meeting is being recorded and asked anyone wishing to speak to identify themselves for the record.  There was one member of the public in attendance.

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $67,326.01, for checks dated September 29, 2017.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

PAYROLL:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Register for the week ending September 23, 2017 in the amount of $23,800.16 for checks dated September 29, 2017.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes for Withholding, MEDI and FICA taxes in the amount of $5,141.28 for the week ending September 23, 2017.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – September 21, 2017:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of September 21, 2017, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION #1 – September 21, 2017:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session #1 of September 21, 2017, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION #2 – September 21, 2017:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session #2 of September 21, 2017, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

STAFF MEETING MINUTES – September 21, 2017: Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Staff Meeting of September 21, 2017, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard received and reviewed minutes of the following meetings:

  • North Walpole Village District Commissioners – September 19, 2017;
  • Walpole Planning Board Workshop Session – September 26, 2017. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio attended this Workshop.

 

BUILDING PERMITS:

WALPOLE HOMEMADE CHOCOLATES, LLC, 35 Main Street, Map and Lot #020-080-000: 

Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Building Permit No. 2017-33 for Walpole Homemade Chocolates, LLC to add an “8’ x 6’ Covered Porch Entrance” at 35 Main Street.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

ROBERT and MARILY COHEN, 223 Watkins Hill Road, Map and Lot #005-055-000:

Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Building Permit No. 2017-36 for Robert and Marilyn Cohen to add a “22’ x 36’ New Kitchen, Laundry & Sitting Room Addition” at 223 Watkins Hill Road.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

RENEWAL, AT & T, 88 Scovill Road, Map and Lot #003-082-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant a Renewal of Building Permit No. 2016-36 for the University of New Hampshire, AT & T to “Upgrade existing facility per prior permit #2016-36” at 88 Scovill Road.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

PUBLIC BUSINESS:

BRUCE LaBELLEMr. LaBelle lives on County Road and was concerned as he had not heard anything about his appeal. Mrs. Pschirrer advised the Selectboard Office was trying to reach him by phone to schedule a hearing but he was not responding.  Mr. LaBelle was having a problem with his phone messages.  Mrs. Loren Martin from Avitar Associates is required to attend.  Mrs. Pschirrer recommended trying to have Mrs. Martin attend this hearing on October 19th or October 26th.  The response to the State is due November 4th.

RECREATION REVOLVING FUND REQUEST – Volley Ball Net – North Walpole Park:  Mr. Bill Gallagher and Mr. Don Provencher came into the meeting.  Mr. Gallagher had talked with Ms. Mayberry about security with the North Walpole Park.  They had talked about lighting for the “subway” area as it is very dark there so there have been some issues.  Ms. Mayberry noted this concern is shared with Police Chief Paquette.  Mr. Dalessio mentioned when the request for a volley ball net came in he remembered that in the past nets had been cut down and poles broken.  Mr. Gallagher explained this time they were looking at sturdy galvanized poles and the net itself would be removal so it could be stored somewhere else.  As a group they felt this would work.  Mr. Provencher mentioned more adult people are visiting the park; there is a bench and picnic table.  Younger children are coming in with their parents.  Mrs. Pschirrer heard that Mrs. Nancy Shepard had ordered 50 daffodil bulbs; some to be planted in the North Walpole Park and some will be for the Town Village area.  Mr. Gallagher feels lighting in that “subway” area will be a help.  They would also like to have that area cleaned-out; they do not want the building to become deteriorated therefore they will paint it.  They would also like to set up a camera and have talked to Chief Paquette about this.  Mrs. Pschirrer suggested they talk to Mr. Mark Houghton to see if the wires to the pole are viable.  They can also talk to Mr. Mike Rau to see if the Highway Department would clean-out the area near the “subway”.  Ms. Mayberry asked about storage for the net.  Mr. Dalessio noted Chief Paquette had suggested a secured job box with a lock on it in the park.  Mr. Gallagher mentioned they are trying to recruit more help.  Moving forward they are talking about a horseshoe pit and a small sand box area for young children.

Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the purchase of the volley ball net and poles in the amount of $1,238.10 to be taken out of the Recreation Department Revolving Fund.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Mr. Gallagher stated they have to keep moving forward so people see the progress.  They thanked Ms. Mayberry for getting the bike racks for them.

 

ABATEMENT – PROPERTY TAX:

MAP and LOT #013-035-000:  The owners of Map and Lot #013-035-000 reached an agreement with Avitar Associates at an assessment meeting during the week of September 12th.  The property owner will sign off on the Board of Tax and Land Appeals form if the Selectboard agrees to the new assessment.  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant the Abatement of $302.20.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE ADMINISTRATION FORM:

MS-1:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve and sign the MS-1 form, Summary Inventory of Valuation.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

Westberg PropertyMrs. Pschirrer received a note with recommendations from Mr. J.B. Mack at Southwest Region Planning Commission; she responded to his note.

Letter to Andrew Lewis:  Mr. Dalessio moved to approve and sign the letter to Mr. Andrew Lewis regarding his assessment.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Letter to Fred Ernst:  Mr. Dalessio moved to approve and sign the letter to Mr. Fred Ernst regarding the moving of parking lines on Westminster Street.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

WRAP Appointment:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the appointment of Mr. Paul Happ to fill a vacancy on the WRAP Committee.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Cemetery Deed – Lot #D505:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the sale of Cemetery Deed D505 to Mr. William Therrien and heirs.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Cheshire County Tax Assessment:   The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the letter from the Cheshire County Treasurer advising that Walpole’s portion of the County Tax Assessment is $1,483,424.00 to be paid on or before December 18, 2017. The late penalty is 10% per annum and will be strictly enforced.

Walpole Site Based Committee Letter:  A letter was received from the Walpole School Site Based Committee regarding a “Proposed Regional Middle School”.  Ms. Mayberry reported the FMRSD Board has taken no action.

CT River Bank Erosion Issue:  Mrs. Downing received a call from Mr. Preston Young in Governor Sununu’s office today regarding the John Foster property on Marshall Street and the potential problem of increased bank erosion along the Connecticut River north of the Residential area of North Walpole due to the Route 12 project.  Mrs. Downing forwarded this information to the North Walpole Village Commissioners.  An email was received from Mr. Gregg Comstock at the Department of Environmental Services regarding Draft 401 Certification for NH DOT Route 12 Reconstruction Project. Written comments are being accepted.  Mrs. Downing was asked to forward this information to Mr. Foster, Mr. Powers and Mr. Polselli.

Complete Streets Recommendations:  An email was received from Mrs. Marilou Blaine regarding the Planning Board’s recommendations regarding the Complete Streets project.  The Selectboard agreed that the Planning Board should bring this discussion on recommendations before a Public Hearing. People should know what is being decided on in the Town.  Mrs. Pschirrer clarified that the ownership of the gas station is not changing hands.  The owner will be only changing the supplier of the gas.  Ms. Mayberry will respond to Mrs. Blaine.

Thank You Letters:  Two Thank You notes were received.  The Monadnock Conservancy thanked the Selectboard for all their support and guidance for their Annual Celebration event on Saturday, September 16th.  It was a huge success.  A Thank You letter was received from the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock for their recent gift from the Town of Walpole in memory of Elizabeth “Betty” M. Snide.

Department of Revenue Administration TrainingsMrs. Pschirrer is planning to attend the DRA Current Use training.  Mrs. Jodi Daigle will go to the Exemption and Timber Tax training in Keene.  Mrs. Downing would like to attend the Exemptions training in Bradford.  Mrs. Pschirrer mentioned each one costs $10.00.  Mr. Dalessio plans to attend the NH Municipal Association Annual Conference on November 15th and 16th in Manchester.  Mrs. Pschirrer will also attend.                       

ACH Payment:  Mrs. Pschirrer advised there is an agreement with the Savings Bank of Walpole that needs to be signed by her and Mr. Tom Goins.  It is to handle the credit card.

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the ACH Payment Agreement at the Savings Bank of Walpole to accept credit cards and to authorize Mrs. Pschirrer to sign the form.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD MEETING:  Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard meeting pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel, (b) Hiring, (c) Reputations and (e) Pending Claims or Litigation.  Mr. Dalessio seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:48 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:25 PM.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of September 28, 2017, be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:

Ms. Mayberry moved to recess this Selectboard meeting.  The Selectboard will enter into a meeting as the Hooper Trustees.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 8:26 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:34 PM.

 

  

OTHER BUSINESS:

Boy Scouts Mr. Dalessio mentioned the Boy Scouts are going to be in need of service projects.  They need a specified number of service hours for programs.

Reservoir Dam:  Mr. Dalessio was at the Reservoir Dam and thought it was very well maintained.  Mrs. Pschirrer mentioned Mr. Mark Houghton is in charge of the dam and there is someone who goes there to cut brush, mow the lawn, etc.  Mr. Mark Houghton was told to go ahead and hire someone to have some additional work done as the Walpole Conservation Commission agreed to pay for it.  He just needs to organize it.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting adjourned at 8:40 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Need Some Help?

Science Olympian for Rent Fundraiser 

Do you have wood to stack, leaves to rake, or yard work to be done?

The Science Olympiad program at Walpole School has some able-bodied middle school students to help you. In exchange for the students’ labor, we only ask for a donation to the Science Olympiad fund, which will be used to offset the cost of travel to science competitions this year. It was only with support from the wonderful Walpole community that our students were able to travel to and win the New Hampshire State Science Olympiad competition last year, qualifying them to compete in the National Science Olympiad competition in Ohio. Both competitions were scientifically enriching experiences for our Walpole students.

If you have a need that our Science Olympians can help you with, please call the Walpole School at 756-4728. We are currently taking requests for Saturday October 14th, and Saturday November 4th. Students will work in teams of two or more and be supervised by a parent.