Library Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – 9/20/22

Present: Amy Howard (Chair), Kathy Nerrie (Treasurer), Susan Johnson, Bill Ranauro, Tim Lester, Sarah Mann, Erin Bowen, Jean Kobeski (Recording Secretary), Jane Malmberg (Library Director), Peggy Pschirrer (Selectboard Liaison)

Absent:  Gail LaHaise

Amy called the meeting to order at 4:32 p.m. in the Community Room.  The meeting was recorded.

Approval of Minutes: Peggy asked to amend the June 14 minutes re money held in a warrant.  On page two, paragraph five, the answer to the question about warrant money not used should state that, money not used by 12/31/22 may be encumbered for use in 2023.  If not used in 2023, it will be lost. With that amendment Tim moved to accept the June 14, 2022 minutes.  Susan seconded, and all voted in favor of the motion.

Treasurers Report:  Kathy sent the Treasurer’s report to the Board via email.  

Bills:  Kathy stated the $1,000 technology bill was for Overdrive.  She said that next month’s report will reflect another bill from Jennifer Burr.  The cost of the trees put us over budget, so Kathy asked Jennifer not to do any more planting, just maintenance.

Susan asked Jane to explain membership in the Nubanusit Co-op. Jane explained that New Hampshire libraries belong to regional co-ops, organizations of library directors that provide monthly opportunities to share ideas, discuss issues, network.  She described it as staff development for directors. The cost is $15.  

Budget:  Jane reported that we are doing fine with our expenses. There is money in our current budget to handle expenses for the rest of the year.  Amy said the 2023 budget will be discussed at the October meeting.

Approval of Treasurers Report and Bills:  Amy moved to accept the Treasurer’s Report and Bills. Kathy seconded, and all voted in favor.  Motion carried.

New Business

Programming Policy:  Jane sent a copy of the new Programming Policy to the Board via email. She said the reconsideration page is similar to that of the book policy;  she tweaked it for programming.  

Susan asked if there is a form for outsiders who wish to have a program in the library. Jane said there is not, though there is a form to reserve the meeting room. She said she would create one for programming. It would be similar to the meeting room form but would have a few more questions.  

Amy asked for clarification of the statement saying the library could not be used solely for solicitation or partisan purposes.  Amy said she understood that to mean, for example, political candidates speaking at the library.  Jane replied that the library cannot sponsor a partisan group.  Any such group may use the library but must not state in publicity materials it is a library-sponsored program. Amy suggested amending the sentence to the library-sponsored programs can not be used… Jane also said non-library-sponsored programs must be open to anyone who wishes to attend.

Amy moved to approve the new Programming Policy.  Sarah seconded the motion; all voted in favor.  Motion carried.

Holiday Schedule: Jane said the staff now gets Christmas Eve and New Years Eve off, but they don’t feel they need it. If the holidays fall on a weekday, perhaps the library can close at 5:00.  Jane feels that we should observe Juneteenth;  many libraries are taking that day because it is a federal holiday.  Then the second day off for staff could be a floating holiday. Jane said the schedule would be the same this year but the new one would start in January. The Board agreed to the new holiday schedule.

Volunteer Dinner: The Board will once again host the Volunteer Dinner for volunteers and staff. Jane will check with Town Hall for a weeknight in early November. Kathy will contact the caterer who has provided meals in the past.  Trustees will bring appetizers and desserts.  The dinner subcommittee consists of Kathy, Jane, Bill, and Sarah. 


1. Library visits are increasing in N. Walpole.  

2. A group of homeschooling mothers are meeting at the library after Wiggle Time. This group has been promoted in the Clarion and library newsletter, and via email. 

3. A few people attended a caregiver support group this month, led by Judy Epstein.  There will be another in October.

4. On the first Friday in October there will be a Tween and Teen program (11 yrs.+) featuring a collage artist from New York. Jane is sending information to schools and art teachers.

5. Later in October there will be a program by NH Funeral Resources.

6. The library will have a table of information at the River Valley Seniors at Home Welcome to Walpole Reception on October 1 and the Historical Society’s Christmas in September.     

Buildings and Grounds

Door:  Tim received a text from Mark.  The door should be ready in 2-3 weeks.  He will go to Maine to pick it up then install it.  He said it will probably be the second to third week of October.  There was a question about the hardware. Jane said she would email Mark to ask what hardware will be used.

Chimney:  Amy heard from Barry, who said that he has been very busy and will get a quote to us as soon as he can.  Because we don’t have a quote yet, it’s unlikely the job can be done before winter.  Amy said we should have the chimney rewrapped with plastic as best we can to prevent more leaks.  Jane will contact Barry to do that.

Sign:   Kathy and Jane presented an idea for a temporary fix for the sign in front of the library so it can be used to promote events.  Kathy suggested painting it, after which laminated signs could be hung without having a glass enclosure.

Other Business

Technology:  Jane would like to purchase three new Chromebooks.  She thinks she can buy them for around $1200.  Amy moved that we approve up to $1500 for the purchase of three new Chromebooks.  Susan seconded.  All voted in favor. Motion carried.

Friends:  Jane said plans for the October 27, 28, 29 book sale are underway.  Book sorting has gone very well and the last sorting will take place in mid-October.  Help is needed to set up and break down the sale.

Old Business

Logo/Branding:  Sarah explained what the committee was looking for in a logo design. She showed slides of an unsolicited design sent to her recently, which the committee felt would represent our library well.  Though the designer did not ask for compensation, the Trustees felt they could not accept and use the design without payment.  They agreed to pay their original designer for the time he spent on the project.

Kathy moved to approve the subcommittee’s recommendation and pay the new designer up to $2000. Susan seconded the motion. There was a call for a hand vote and the results were:  4 to accept the new design, 2 abstentions, 1 absent.  Sarah and Jean recused themselves from the voting.  The motion carried.

Adjournment:  Amy moved to adjourn the meeting.  Tim seconded, and all voted in favor.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:32 p.m.

The next meeting will be October 11, 2022 at 4:30 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Jean Kobeski, Recording Secretary

** These minutes are in draft form until approved at the October 11, 2022 meeting.

Selectboard Meeting Agenda – 9/22/22

Conservation Meeting Minutes – 9/12/22

Members Present:  Alicia Flammia, John Peska, Peter Palmiotto, Lewis Shelley, Laura Hayes, Steven Dumont  

Members Absent:  France Menk

Alternates Present:  Kara Dexter

Visitors Present:  Cheryl Mayberry, Selectboard Liaison, Alex Barrett, Long View Forest Management , Jean Kobeski, Recording Secretary

Call to Order:  Alicia called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. This meeting was recorded.

Review and Approval of Minutes: Peter made two amendments to the August minutes. On the first page, his last name should be spelled Palmiotto.  He also asked to strike the last sentence on the first page under New Business, She let it go. With those amendments John made a motion to accept the August 1, 2022 minutes.  Lew seconded the motion, and all voted in favor. Motion carried.

Public Business

Treasury:     Conservation  $190,719.03

                              Forestry   $23,294.36

                       Walker Road     $2,144.98

Cheryl advised Alicia to contact Rich for totals until a new Treasurer is in place.


In February the Town gave permission for DES to take soil samples in the northern undeveloped area of Fanny Mason to determine PFAS concentrations occurring naturally, without release. The results showed below the extremely low level. John asked if any other area of the town was tested, and Alicia said no.  Peter asked if the testing would be expanded.  Alicia said, at this time, it will be limited to drinking water and background soils. Alicia passed around the report for the membership to read. After further discussion, Laura asked if this report is good news for the town.  Alicia responded it is very good news.

The New Hampshire Association of Conservation Commissions and Cheshire County Conservation District are hosting the 6th Annual Conservation Commission Potluck on Wednesday, September 14, from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Stonewall Farm.  Alicia has tickets if anyone is interested in attending.

Old Business

Walpole Gateway Update:  Alicia stated the parking area looks great. John and Lew staked out a 24’ x 24’ area.  Lew recommends using ledgepack with an 8-10” minimum depth.  The excavated material can be put further down the hill to the left to block people from going into the brook.

John stated he talked to Mark Houghton about what the commission plans to do and to get an estimate from him on the work.  Lew said it is possible the fire department may want a larger area for rescue vehicles.  Alicia said she would like to talk about that further before they make final decisions. Peter said he would wait before ordering split rail fence.

Lew stated that, if a few trees were cut, the parking area could be seen from the kiosk. 

Steven asked if the gate will be left open.  Alicia said as soon as there is signage, Surepack, and a split rail fence, the gate will be opened.

Hooper Forest Update:  Alex Barrett of Long View Forest reported that the invasives have been treated in the Hooper Forest.  He then distributed copies of the Hooper Forest Timber Harvest Prospectus and a harvest map.  First Alex discussed the map and where and how harvest would take place. He described the types of trees they found in the various areas. They buffered around the lean-to, and he said they would have to clean up the bike trails when finished.  He asked to whom he should speak about the bike trails and was directed to Rob Westover. He then discussed more of the timber harvest plan as outlined in the prospectus.

The town has given the green light for single source procurement, so Alex contacted a local logger and showed him the scope of the work.  He is waiting to hear whether or not this individual can take the job.  If not, Alex will have a showing and put the work out to bid. John asked about the time frame.  Alex said if this logger accepts the job, he could possibly do it in November – December. If Alex has to do a showing, it would most likely be next summer.

Wood pricing was discussed and Alex explained how payment is made. He estimates this timber harvest could bring in roughly $20,000 – $30,000, depending on the type and condition of the wood.  Alex also explained how the wood is measured (in board feet).

Alex stated that he should be able to present pricing and a contract at the next WCC meeting.

Peter asked a question about a statement in the prospectus regarding stone put on Reservoir Road for access.  Alex explained that loggers may want to have stone put down to accept the weight of the log trucks.  The Commission will need to discuss whether they prefer to work out some type of payment plan with the town or have the cost of the stone automatically added to the cost of the job. 

Peter also asked if the project should be discussed with the homeowner at the end of Reservoir Road.  Alex said he has already spoken to that individual, who did have the request that the grassy area between the town road and class 6 be restored.  Alex has reseeding that area in the plan.

Alex suggested having a walk-about to make the public aware of what is happening during the timber harvest.  Alicia said the Hooper Institute Board should be involved, and it was also suggested to contact the bike riders who use those trails.

Alicia asked Alex about treatment of the invasives on the Gateway property.  He said that should probably be done next week.

There was a brief discussion of what to do about the pile of old pine logs at the top of the hill. Ideas were presented.  Lew reminded the group that these are on Rail Trail property.  No decisions were made at this time.

Easement Monitoring:  Alicia has drafted an email to send to the easement subcommittee about meeting in October.  She said she attended a training given by the NHACC on how to use Gaia GPS. She stated the advantage to using it would be that boundary information from the town could be pulled up and records could be kept. With the pay-for version these reports could be printed out. At the first meeting of the subcommittee she wants to discuss what tools should be used so that, in the future, the group wouldn’t need to start all over from scratch when doing the monitoring. Steven pointed out that this information is on Google Drive, but Alicia said that not everyone has access to those files. She feels it would be important to also have copies made to be put into the Commission files. Lew stated Gaia isn’t expensive and it is upgraded frequently.  All the trail information is on Gaia.

Commission Website:  The group agreed that it looks very good, but there is concern about upkeep. Who will be responsible for providing current information? Steven asked if Kelli will train commissioners to upload information.  Peter asked that Kelli attend a meeting to present the website.  Alicia will invite her to next month’s meeting.

Other Business

Walpole Trails Subcommittee:  Steven reported that last month the Mill Pond Clean-up was completed.

Rail Trail Update:  The trail has been brush hogged.  Alicia received two invoices from Wendy.  The first was for $175 for the extra work done on the Gateway property, which will be paid from the Walker Road account.  The second was $400 from Mike Hubbard, to be paid from the Conservation Savings Account. Wendy requested a line item of $1500 on the budget for annual Rail Trail maintenance. 

Lew asked about money that was discussed at a previous meeting for a brush cutter.  He stated that the steel brush cutter, face mask, and helmet would cost roughly $650.  John made a motion to approve up to $650 for the purchase of the brush cutter and safety accessories.  Laura seconded the motion and all voted in favor.  Motion carried.

Reservoir Dam:  John reported that DES was in town to look at  the two well sites and Reservoir Dam area. There is nothing else to report at this time.


Walpole Veterinary Clinic Announcement:  Beccah Kenyon from the Walpole Veterinary Hospital sent Alicia a notice about their October 29 farmers’ market/open house.  She said they would be using the field beside the hospital for a sheep herding demonstration. The Commission has no issue with the clinic using the field.

Laura announced the Cheshire County Conservation Commission District Annual Meeting on September 28 at the Keene Country Club. There will be a silent auction, food, and music. Tickets are $35.

Laura also asked if a Conservation Commission email list serve could be created. Often members are left off of emails and trail subcommittee members are included in Commission – only emails. Cheryl said this could be done to share information but not for decision-making purposes.  Decisions are restricted to meetings only.

John reported that he recently saw a landscape truck that does hydro seeding being filled at the Mill Pond. He asked if there are any regulations restricting such activity.  Lew will contact a relative who is in the business for an answer to this question.

Cheryl announced the Hooper Fall Festival on September 24 from 11:00 – 3:00. There will be activities, bake sale and a raffle.

With no further business Peter motioned to adjourn;  John seconded, and Alicia closed the meeting at 8:33 p.m.

The next meeting will be on Monday, October 3 , 2022.

Respectfully Submitted,

Jean Kobeski, Recording Secretary

** These minutes are in draft form until approved at the October 3, 2022 meeting.

New Concert Series

Ashuelot Concerts Launches New Concert Series at Alyson’s Orchard

Beginning on October 10, 2022, Ashuelot Concerts will bring classical musicians from the world’s leading stages to perform in a new concert series at Alyson’s Orchard in Walpole NH. This young nonprofit formed in 2020 aims to bring artists who are typically heard at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, London’s Wigmore Hall and many other leading International concert halls to the Monadnock Region. The music will include programs of Violin Sonatas in October, Solo Piano Favorites in December and Piano Trios in May 2023.

Ahead of all their performances this season, Ashuelot Concerts has partnered with 32 schools to bring live performances into the classrooms for thousands of local children. For many of them, this will be their first experience of hearing live chamber music. The program connects children with musicians at the very top of their field from different backgrounds and nationalities.

‘We are delighted to be bringing our music to the glorious setting of Alyson’s Orchard in Walpole.’ says Nicholas Burns, Artistic and Executive Director. ‘Live music has such an important role to play as we all heal after such a challenging few years. We have chosen pieces that will inspire, transfix, mesmerize and captivate. We are confident that everyone who attends our concerts will leave uplifted by what we truly believe is the greatest music ever written.’

To learn more about Ashuelot Concerts, Book tickets and find out about all their events in venues across the Monadnock Region go to:

Monday October 10, 2022 @ 4pm
Debussy, Fauré & Saint-Saens Violin Sonatas Louisa Stonehill – Violin & Nicholas Burns – Piano

Friday December 9, 2022 @ 7:30pm
Solo Piano Favorites by Mendelssohn, Schubert, Beethoven & Chopin Nicholas Burns – Piano

Friday May 12, 2023 @ 7:30pm

Mozart, Schumann & Dvorak Piano Trios
Louisa Stonehill – Violin, Nicholas Canellakis – Cello & Nicholas Burns – Piano

$30 (Adults), $10 (Young Adults – 18-30), Youth Under 18 – FREE

Planning Board Meeting Minutes – 9/13/22

7 pm

Present: Board members Chair Jeff Miller, Vice-Chair Dennis Marcom, Clerk Jason Perron,  Jeff Harrington, Bill Carmody. Alternate: Travis Adams. Absent: Board members Joanna Andros and Select  Board Representative Steve Dalessio and alternate Trevor MacLachlan. Also at the meeting were Robert Kasper, who was presenting his plan for an addition to the Creamery on Main Street and John Penney, a consultant on the project. 

Recording: Secretary Marilou Blaine. This meeting is being recorded. These minutes are unapproved and will be reviewed at the October 2022 meeting for corrections, additions and/or omissions.

Call to order: Mr. Miller called the meeting to order a couple of minutes after 7 pm. Mr. Adams was asked to sit in for Ms. Andros and he agreed. The meeting was held in the basement conference room of the Town Hall because there was NH primary voting in the main meeting room.

Minutes:  A motion was made by Mr. Harrington to approve the minutes of the August 2022 meeting as written and seconded by Mr. Perron. The motion carried unanimously.

Old Business:

Site Plan: 532 Main Street LLC, Walpole Creamery, proposes to replace two 9-feet-by-40 feet storage containers and add an 18-foot-by-44-foot extension to the rear of the building. Tax Map 12, Lot 14, commercial district.

Mr. Kasper distributed three diagrams that show the existing front of the building and the new addition, colored in blue, which will be at the back of the building. The addition shows an 18-foot-by-9-foot receiving room that goes into an 18-foot-by-44-foot processing room with a boiler room attached. There is a hallway along the south end of the Creamery that leads into a storage area next to the ice cream shop. Three freezer containers are placed next to the south side of that hallway. Instead of three containers Mr. Kasper said there will probably now be two, but at least the board sees the maximum amount of space that could be used. The extension replaces three 9-feet-by-40 foot trailers and one 9-foot-by-20-foot trailer that was located where the receiving area now is. With the removal of the trailers and the line of the existing building to the north being removed, the building is now in compliance with the ordinance regarding setbacks. This is a major improvement. 

The three trailers that will be removed were 1080 square feet and the production area now is 750 square feet. The receiving area is about 200 square feet and the hallway is about 210 square feet. The existing receiving is 16 feet by 16 feet so that’s a reduction in that area, Mr. Kasper said. So with all the changes Mr. Kasper was pretty much trading the existing area for the new addition. The biggest change will be eliminating the current boundary so all the setbacks will be in line with the ordinance and are no longer nonconforming.

There being no questions from the board, Mr. Miller closed the public hearing. A motion was made to approve the site plan as presented. Mr. Harrington seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.


Discussion of Expansion of Walpole Fire Department: 278 Main Street, Tax Map 24, Lot 38-1, Commercial District, SVE Land Plan, Mike Petrovich, architect. Setback to Firehouse Lane a problem. 

This discussion was postponed until next month. Mr. Miller said this is going to be an expansion thatincludes more ladders, emergency things, places where people can sleep, elevators. Walpole has two distinct fire department districts, Walpole and North Walpole, with the Cold River being the boundary between the two. This expansion will affect the Walpole district. 

Forms for Public Hearing decisions: Also discussed were forms that document what happens at public hearings. In July 2022 the Governor’s Housing Task Force published a set of recommended legislative changes to the housing shortage including additional training and tool for communities. These changes went into affect in requirements on August 23rd. They include training for new and current members of town and city boards, publication of fees, incentives for more housing, written findings that support or disapprove of decisions, changes in timeline and extensions to timelines, fee shifting and bonds, acquiring property for workforce housing and designations to allow municipalities to designate an economic development and revitalization district for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, reconstructing, improving, altering, extending, operating, maintaining or promotion of residential development aimed at increasing the available housing stock in municipalities. 

Mr. Miller said we are already doing this. Minutes are taken and after a public hearing an approval or denial letter is written to the applicant. 

A webinar given by the NH Municipal Association was given to educate zoning and planning board members on the new regulations being required by the state. Two people at tonight’s meeting had attended the webinar, however it is still available online for anyone who couldn’t watch it on the assigned Wednesday. The secretary said that one of the presenters said that minutes are no longer all you need if you have to defend the board in court. The board needs to have more documentation. That was the reason that three forms were distributed. One form was for listing the facts of the proposed project. That included location not only by address but also tax map number, lot number, zoning district and a detailed explanation of the project. A second form was for approval of the project and the third denial of the project. The forms are simple – one page, with information about the project, what it entailed and what took place at the public hearing.

Board members were asked to take them home, look them over and then come back to next month’s meeting and decide whether to use the form, improve the forms, or not use them at all.

Mr. Harrington made a motion to adjourn and Mr. Perron seconded the motion. The motion carried.

Respectively submitted,

Marilou Blaine

WPB Secretary

Christmas in September – 9/24/22

At the Historical Society

Open 12:00-4:00

The day will start with an Architectural Walking Tour with Bill Ranauro at 10:15 am. Pack #299 will have a hotdog lunch on the lawn. Also on the lawn will be a variety of tables of interesting items, including:

The Walpole Library, Jouvay chocolates, Far Hills Farm, Embroidered Decorations, Gift baskets, Christmas Ornaments, BB Baking – delicious baked goods, WHS Gift Shop Table.

While you are here, don’t forget to visit inside to see the refreshing new exhibits. You’ll find items in the gift shop as well. The building will be open from 12:00 to 4:00.

Our Place Food Drive – 9/22/22

On Thursday, September 22nd, Our Place is holding its Fill the Opera House Food Drive.  From 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. you can drive through the square in BF, stop in front of the Opera House and an OP volunteer will come to your car to collect your donations.

Our Place always collects monetary donations, as well.  If you decide to send a check instead of dropping off items, you might want to put Fill the Opera House on the memo line.

Our Place
P.O. Box 8524

Island St.

Bellows Falls, VT  05101

Please spread the word.

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 9/8/22

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mr. Dalessio called this Selectboard meeting to order at 6:31 PM in the Walpole Town Hall.  This meeting was being recorded.

Mr. Dalessio called for a voice roll call of the Selectboard present:  Peggy Pschirrer was present; Cheryl Mayberry was present; and Steven Dalessio, Chair, was present.  Also present was Sarah Downing, Manager of Administration.  There was one member of the public in attendance: Mrs. Jan Galloway-Leclerc.


Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel and (c) Reputations.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

The regular Selectboard meeting reconvened at 6:39 PM.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of September 8, 2022, will be sealed.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.


Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the total amount of $96,593.69 for checks issued September 9, 2022.  This includes a payment in the amount of $50,000 to the Walpole Fire Department to be transferred from the NH GOFERR Fund.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.


Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Check Register for the week ending September 3, 2022, in the amount of $27,996.87 dated September 9, 2022, and for the 941 Payroll Tax Transfer in the amount of      $5,284.81.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.


SELECTBOARD MEETING – September 1, 2022:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of September 1, 2022, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – September 1, 2022:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of September 1, 2022, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.


The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the following Committee reports:

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  • North Walpole Commissioners’ Meeting – August 23, 2022


MAP and LOT #012-061-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to sign the A-5 Municipal Land Use Change Tax Bill for the owner(s) of Map and Lot #012-061-000.  This is for a small, disturbed area within a wooded parcel. The change was noted during the reval field review.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.


Permit #2022-40, MAP and LOT #008-008-001:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Demolition Permit No. 2022-40 for the owner(s) of Map and Lot #008-008-001 to demolish a small home”.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved. Mrs. Pschirrer said that a building permit will be required when the home is rebuilt.


Pending Further ActionsGenerators, Parking Ordinance, Three Phase Power for Industrial Park Drive and Bensonwood, Reservoir Dam, School and Union Streets Drainage Project:

Zoning Coordinator:  Ms. Mayberry moved to confirm the appointment of Ernie Vose as the Zoning Coordinator.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

Response Letter to Jon MacClaren: Mr. Dalessio will work on the letter now that he understands the drainage pipes in the area.


JP Pest Services Purchase Order and Agreement:  Ms. Mayberry moved to sign the purchase order and agreement for JP Pest Services in order to remove a vermin infestation in the Town Hall and the amount not to exceed $2,600.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

Bill Hatt Carpentry Invoice and Purchase Order:  Mr. Dalessio moved to sign the purchase order #294771 for the addition on the Highway Department building for $21,000.  It was approved under warrant article #8, passed on March 13, 2021. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With Mr. Dalessio, Mrs. Pschirrer and Ms. Mayberry in favor, the motion was approved.

Eric Franklin Roofing Invoice and Purchase Order:  Ms. Mayberry moved to sign purchase order #294789 for half the payment of $11,125 to Eric Franklin Roofing for a roof for the Highway Department building.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

STEAM Event on Old Drewsville Common: Mr. Dalessio explained the science, technology, engineering, the arts and math event is to happen on Sunday, Oct. 2 from 10 AM to 4 PM on the Drewsville Common. The attendees will be students and their families. The road in front of the Seventh Day Adventist Church will be closed for a short period for an air model car race. The Selectboard had no issues using the Old Drewsville Common for educational activities.

River Valley Seniors Event: Mrs. Pschirrer asked the members of the Selectboard for permission to use the Walpole Common for a “Walpole Welcomes Newcomers” event on Saturday, October 1st from 2 to 4 PM. The River Valley Seniors at Home are sponsoring the event. Walpole Fire and Police Departments will be attending. There was a consensus that permission was not needed. Noting the event in the minutes will help promote the event to potential attendees.


Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mr. Dalessio asked if there was any additional discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 6:52 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Sarah Downing, Recording Secretary Pro Tempore

Zoning Board Agenda – 9/21/22

Roll Call: Appointment of alternates if needed.

Minutes: Review minutes of August 2022 meeting. 

New Business:

Public Hearing: Appeal from Administrative Decision:

BnB Realty LLC, 11 Maplewood Circle, owner Jennifer Plante is appealing the Planning Board’s June 14, 2022 decision regarding permitted uses in Residential B. Tax Map 24, Lot 14-1, commercial and residential B districts.

Review abutter fees for certified letters.

Old Business:

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

Review minutes of nonpublic session minutes of August 2022.

Next meeting October 19, 2022.

Clarion Closing Date – 9/22/22

Again a “baker’s week” away with my “warning” notice that it is time to start getting your inputs submitted for the October issue of the CLARION. Your inputs will be needed on, or before, Thursday, September 22. The school “newspaper club” is about to start up and the kids may have some of their first articles ready. Hopefully other events or meetings will be picking up again, so let me know so I can let the entire community of Walpole, North Walpole, and Drewsville know what is happening (or happened).

And, I will remind you again, but as posted on page one of the September CLARION, on Tuesday, September 20th, the Select Board will hold an informational meeting at the town hall at 7 PM to inform the community of the status of several significant projects impacting our town’s infrastructure. The agenda of this INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS PROJECTS meeting will include updates on projects affecting road repair, bridge replacement, Reservoir dam, Vilas Bridge Waste Water Bypass, and Police Station Study. Also on the agenda will be a brief update from the Walpole Community Power Committee. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions. Please plan to attend.

Stay safe and well, and I look forward to hearing from you, yours, RAY