Clarion Deadline

AN EARLY REMINDER – Early by About Three Days for JULY CLARION

by Ray Boas

You know I send out a one week reminder for the closing date of the next issue of the CLARION. The July issue closes on Friday the 22nd, so my email will go out on the 15th, but since the CLARION’s designer will be taking a vacation shortly, your earlier submissions (this week if possible) would be appreciated. Much is in already for another informative 20 page issue, and with luck an official announcement for some “big news” will be provided in time for the first page.

Thank you for your help in our compressed schedule for the July issue, yours, RAY

PS – I have created a new page with reports on Walpole’s Water and Conservation. Click on this link to gain access.

Planning Board Agenda Correction

Marilou advised that the Public Hearing for the Avanru project has been postponed to the July meeting. – Lil

Reminders

In case you missed it – or forgot — Starting tomorrow the Historical Society is open every Saturday. Tuesday, 6/12 there is a Wine Tasting to support the Library Renovation project at The Barn, 28 Main Street (please contact Cynthia Reeves).

Note from the Recycling Department

Mr. Colburn is trying to get the word out. – Lil

The Recycling Center will be closed on Tuesday, July 3rd.

Since this Town Department does not work on Wednesdays, they shall be taking the prior day as their holiday.

Select Board Meeting Minutes – 5/31/18

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mr. Dalessio called this Selectboard meeting to order at 6:35 PM in the Walpole Town Hall. He advised this meeting is being recorded and asked anyone wishing to speak to identify themselves for the record.  There was one member of the public in attendance.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $46,932.13 for checks dated June 1, 2018.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

The above amount includes a payment to the HealthTrust and several abatement refund checks for a total of $31,642.14.

PAYROLL:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Register for the week ending May 26, 2018, in the amount of $25,543.28 for checks dated June 1, 2018.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio 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 $5,112.76 for the week ending May 26, 2018.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – May 24, 2018:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of May 24, 2018, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION #1 – May 17, 2018: Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session #1 of May 17, 2018, with a name correction.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessioin favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – May 24, 2018:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of May 24, 2018, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meetings:

• North Walpole Village Board of Commissioners Meeting – May 8, 2018;

• North Walpole Village Board of Commissioners Meeting – May 15, 2018.

TIMBER TAX WARRANT:

MAP and LOT #014-015-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Warrant, Yield Tax Levy, and the Certification of Yield Taxes Assessed, Operation #17-461-009-T, in the amount of $1,414.90 for Map and Lot #014-015-000, Roman Catholic Bishop of Manchester.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

ABATEMENTS – PROPERTY TAX:

MAP and LOT #012-044-010: Ms. Mayberry moved to deny this Property Tax Abatement request for Map and Lot #012-044-010. The Selectboard will support the recommendation of Avitar Associates.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.  

MAP and LOT #004-040-000: Ms. Mayberry moved to deny this Property Tax Abatement request for Map and Lot #004-040-000.  The Selectboard will support the recommendation of Avitar Associates.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

MAP and LOT #021-023-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to deny this Property Tax Abatement request for Map and Lot #021-023-000.  The Selectboard will support the recommendation of Avitar Associates.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

MAP and LOT #009-035-000: Ms. Mayberry moved to deny this Property Tax Abatement request for Map and Lot #009-035-000.  The Selectboard will support the recommendation of Avitar Associates.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

MAP and LOT #013-034-000 and Sub-lots 004 and 005:  Ms. Mayberry moved to deny this Property Tax Abatement request for Map and Lot #013-034-000 and Sub-lots #004 and #005.  The Selectboard will support the recommendation of Avitar Associates, Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

MAP and LOT #012-044-015:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant this Property Tax Abatement request for Map and Lot #012-044-015 in the amount of $497.57.  This property did not have additional road frontage which lowered value of the land.  The Selectboard support the recommendation of Avitar Associates.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

MAP and LOT #013-024-001:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant this Property Tax Abatement request for Map and Lot #013-024-001 in the amount of $438.59.  The view description was slightly adjusted which lowered the property value.  The Selectboard support the recommendation of Avitar Associates.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

MAP and LOT #003-012-004:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant this Property Tax Abatement request for Map and Lot #003-012-004 in the amount of $366.76.  The area in the basement is not finished and land condition was changed to a lower quality percentage.  The Selectboard support the recommendation of Avitar Associates.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

MAP and LOT #030-056-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant this Property Tax Abatement request for Map and Lot #030-056-000 in the amount of $6,682.05.  Overall building quality and condition was lowered.  The Selectboard support the recommendation of Avitar Associates.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

MAP and LOT #004-014-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to deny this Property Tax Abatement request for Map and Lot #004-014-000.  The Selectboard support the recommendation of Avitar Associates.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

MAP and LOT #010-004-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to deny this Property Tax Abatement request for Map and Lot #010-004-000.  This is State owned land that is leased; taxes are to be paid by the tenant.  The Selectboard support the recommendation of Avitar Associates.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

MAP and LOT #UTIL-FAIR-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to deny this Property Tax Abatement request for Map and Lot #UTIL-FAIR-000 until the court case is settled.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.  

Mr. Dalessio reported that shortly before the Selectboard meeting began Mr. Bruce LaBelle came in with concerns about the recent Abatement recommendation which was denied by Avitar Associates    He would like this to be revisited by the Selectboard.  Mr. Dalessio suggested putting this on the agenda for next week to review it in detail.  Mr. LaBelle could apply to the Bureau of Tax and Land Appeals. Ms. Mayberry feels it is important to follow the abatement appeal process.

BUILDING PERMIT:

MARK and SUSAN FILLION, 64 Bookseller Road, Map and Lot #004-035-002: Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Building Permit No. 2018-11 for Mark and Susan Fillion to “Demolish Existing Deck, Build New 12’x14’ Deck & 12’x14’Screen Porch” at 64 Bookseller Road. Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

Water and Sewer Receipts to Date: Mrs. Jodi Daigle submitted the Water/Sewer Receipts to Date as of May 30, 2018.  The total receipts for Q1 2018 Billing are $122,517.98 = 80.39%.

Consolidated Communications Invoice:  An invoice was received from Consolidated Communications in the amount of $1,419.97.

Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the payment to Consolidated Communications in the amount of $1,419.97.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

Letter to Peter Graves:  Mr. Dalessio noted this letter is to Peter Graves regarding the Class VI portion of Meetinghouse Road that runs through the Hooper property.  The Selectboard, after discussions with the Road Agent, has agreed to allow Mr. Graves to smooth out the road.  The Town may not be held liable for any damages which may occur.

Ms. Mayberry moved to approve and sign the letter to Peter Graves.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.  

NEW BUSINESS:

Savings Bank of Walpole Account Forms:  These forms from the Savings Bank of Walpole will be held until the next Selectboard meeting when Mrs. Pschirrer is present.

Fire Warden and Deputy Fire Warden Appointment Form:   Mr. Dalessio moved to reappoint the Fire Warden, William E. Houghton, and to sign the 2019 Reappointment document for Deputy Wardens as indicated.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio and Ms. Mayberry in favor, the motion was approved.

Cemetery Deed:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Cemetery Deed for Lot D537.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio and Ms. Mayberry 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 and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved at 7:14 PM.  

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:16 PM.  

ADJOURNMENT:

Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:18 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Water Reports from Ray Boas

WALPOLE WATER REPORTS – FASCINATING READING

by Ray Boas

While researching for July CLARION articles about the Connecticut River and Walpole’s water resources (as well as the Walker Road Conservation project), I was exposed to two reports and strategies about the drinking water supplies in the Town of Walpole. Both are fascinating, interesting to read and absorb, and I feel important to share.

The PDFs are linked from the top of the page (click below) entitled:

WALPOLE, NH – MASTER PLAN and ZONING ORDINANCE

or here are direct links to the two reports:

2012 – Drinking Water Strategies – Town of Walpole

and

2015 – Walpole Drinking Water Protection Plan

Thank you for reading and sharing, and being concerned – yours, Ray Boas, Publisher, The Walpole Clarion

Planning Board Agenda – 6/12/18

WALPOLE PLANNING BOARD AGENDA

TOWN HALL

Tuesday,  June 12, 2018

                7 pm

Roll Call – Appointment of alternates if needed.

Minutes – Review minutes of the May 2018 meeting.

Old Business:

Business: Avanru, Jack Franks, Building C on the original plan, Lot 1, where the Co-op was going to go: Request for a Public Hearing for a commercial building. Public Hearing postponed until July.

Public Hearing: Add two changes to the site plan.

Section 8

J. Street Access / Traffic Pattern: Access to public streets will meet the requirements of the NH Department of Transportation and/or the Town of Walpole.

Any new road constructions shall conform to the road standards as specified in the Walpole Subdivision Regulations.

The internal traffic pattern will accommodate the proposed use, as well as providing easy unimpeded access for emergency vehicles.

Add. “New road construction is consistent with the stated guidelines of Walpole’s Complete Streets Policy; that our streets be ‘safe, convenient, and accessible to a wide variety of users and modes of transportation’.”

Section 12: Remove the words “recorded subdivision plat.”

Add: “An approved site plan application may be revoked”………

Discuss recent letters from Town Offices regarding Brewery Road property, Trebor property, Boas letter.

Planning Board Web Site – what should be on it? Members names and terms, Site Plan applications and Checklist. Site Plan Review. Photo

Workshop?

Next regular meeting Tuesday, July 12, 2018