Clarion Deadline – 10/21/18

The deadline for the November issue of THE WALPOLE CLARION is fast approaching, and a little tricky since it is on a Sunday – the 21st of October. That means it would be best for you to get your submissions and advertisements to us during the week before your weekend activities sidetrack you.

It is election time, preparations for holiday events, and the official start of fundraising for the conservation of the 10 acres at the Gateway to Walpole. I hope the issue fills up fast, and it will with your inputs. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me. Thank you, yours, RAY BOAS, Publisher THE WALPOLE CLARION

Goods News!

AGREEMENT SIGNED — ZONING APPLICATION PULLED
NO GAS STATION
FUNDRAISING MAY NOW AGGRESSIVELY BEGIN 

Following the Planning Board Public Hearing Tuesday, October 9, discussions continued with D&C Transportation’s attorney to complete an agreement to purchase from D&C the 10 acre parcel at the Gateway to Walpole, with 1,000 feet of frontage on the Connecticut River. That agreement was signed by all parties, October 12, and the Special Exception Request Public Hearing before the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA), Wednesday, October 17, has been pulled. 

You do not need to attend the ZBA meeting. Everyone’s help, and words at the Planning Board Hearing were wonderful, and helpful in bringing this threat to a positive conclusion. But, your help is now needed to raise the funds to complete the purchase. Your check to assist may be made payable to “Walker Road Conservation” and dropped off at the Selectboard office at the Town Hall, or mailed to the Town of Walpole, PO Box 729, Walpole, NH 03608-0729. These funds are being kept separate from other Town funds. The Town of Walpole under New Hampshire RSA 31:19 I is authorized to accept donations “given for a public purpose,” and those donations are fully tax deductible in accordance with IRS Code, 26 U.S.C. paragraph 170(c)(1).

Additional information will be provided in the November issue of THE WALPOLE CLARION.

A big thank you to everyone in Town, your positive efforts made this outcome possible. And, thank you in advance for your tax-deductible contributions. Yours, Ray Boas, Publisher, THE WALPOLE CLARION

Public Notice from the Selectboard

Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Review

A copy of the Draft Hazard Mitigation Plan Update is available for public review and comment from October 10, 2018 at the Walpole Town Hall at the Selectboard Office during regular business hours.

Written comments may be addressed to Dick Hurlburt, Emergency Management Director, and mailed to: Walpole Town Office, PO Box 729, Walpole, NH, 03608 or by email to Lisa Murphy lmurphy@swrpc.org.

Planning Board’s Unanimous Decision

Just got home from the meeting. The Planning Board voted unanimously to NOT recommend D & C’s proposal for a filling station/convenience store on Rte. 12.

The next step is a Public Hearing at the Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting next Wednesday night – 10/17/18.

Planning Board Meeting Reminder

THIRTY-FIVE HOUR WARNING – BE PART OF HISTORY – 9 OCTOBER 2018

by Ray Boas

Tomorrow – Tuesday night – 7 PM WALPOLE TOWN HALL – be part of the largest audience at a Public Hearing in Walpole (until the applicant appears before the Zoning Board). Attend to voice your concerns, and remind the Planning Board of their responsibility to adhere to the Town’s Master Plan for appropriate land use.

WALPOLE PLANNING BOARD AGENDA
TOWN HALL
Tuesday,  October 9, 2018 – 7 PM  

Public Hearing for D&C Transportation, Orleans, Vt. Map 10, Lot 2, Rural/ag district.Proposed use: Filling station and convenience store with a drive-thru off of Route 12. 

This is the first step to end this threat of commercial development on Rural / Agricultural land once and for all. The Planning Board must pass it’s (non-binding) recommendation of NO to the Zoning Board.

Spread the word, and attend – thank you, yours, RAY – Publisher THE WALPOLE CLARION


THIRTY-FIVE HOUR WARNING – BE PART OF HISTORY – 9 OCTOBER 2018

by Ray Boas

Tomorrow – Tuesday night – 7 PM WALPOLE TOWN HALL – be part of the largest audience at a Public Hearing in Walpole (until the applicant appears before the Zoning Board). Attend to voice your concerns, and remind the Planning Board of their responsibility to adhere to the Town’s Master Plan for appropriate land use.

WALPOLE PLANNING BOARD AGENDA
TOWN HALL
Tuesday,  October 9, 2018 – 7 PM

Public Hearing for D&C Transportation, Orleans, Vt. Map 10, Lot 2, Rural/ag district. Proposed use: Filling station and convenience store with a drive-thru off of Route 12.

This is the first step to end this threat of commercial development on Rural / Agricultural land once and for all. The Planning Board must pass it’s (non-binding) recommendation of NO to the Zoning Board.

Spread the word, and attend – thank you, yours, RAY – Publisher THE WALPOLE CLARION

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 9/27/18

 

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 this meeting is being recorded and asked anyone wishing to speak to identify themselves for the record.  There were no people from the public in attendance.

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $108,248.22 for checks issued September 28, 2018.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

The above amount includes a payment of $51,956.75 to Mitchell Sand & Gravel for highway asphalt and a monthly medical insurance payment to HealthTrust of $34,057.58.

 

PAYROLL:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Register for the week ending September 22, 2018, in the amount of $24,284.00 for checks issued September 28, 2018, and the electronic fund transfer for the Employer Taxes in the amount of $4,934.46 for the week ending September 22, 2018.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – September 20, 2018: Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of September 20, 2018, 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 20, 2018:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard session #1of September 20, 2018, 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 20, 2018:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard session #2 of September 20, 2018, 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 – September 20, 2018:  Ms. Mayberry moved to table the Minutes of the Staff meeting of September 20, 2018, until the next regular meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard received and reviewed minutes of the following meetings:

 North Walpole Village Board of Commissioners Meeting – September 18, 2018;
 Zoning Board of Adjustment Meeting – September

 

NOTICE OF INTENT TO CUT WOOD OR TIMBER:  

Supreme Industries, Map 26, Lots 10, 13, 16, 17, 19 and 22:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Notice of Intent to Cut Wood or Timber for Supreme Industries on Map 26, Lots 10, 13, 16, 17, 19 and 22.  National Grid is cutting back trees to allow access of equipment to their property on the top of Fall Mountain.  As with the Rt. 12 Project, the contractor must file an Intent to Cut if the lumber is to be removed from the area.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

Q2 2018 Water & Sewer Receipts through 9/26/18:  This report had previously been sent to the Selectboard with 89.3% of billing paid.   Mrs. Downing reported that 60-day over-due notices were mailed today.

 

Quarterly Receipt Comparison:  The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of this Quarterly Receipt Comparison for Water and Sewer from Mrs. Daigle.  

 

NH Lottery Letter re: Keno 603:  There was a consensus of the Selectboard to keep this NH Lottery letter regarding Keno 603 on file.  

 

Pecor Letter:  Mr. Dalessio moved to approve and sign this letter to a North Walpole resident regarding their sewer bill.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Walpole is a municipal water system and therefore not subject to public utility rules as per the NH Public Utility Commission(PUC).  They suggested following the rules for consistency.  Mr. Dalessio did some research regarding the Town’s ability to collect for sewer from North Walpole property owners.  If an agreement is signed with North Walpole, they can shut off the water for lack of payment for Walpole sewer bills.  This would go a long way in prompting residents to pay their sewer bills.  Ms. Mayberry questioned what will happen when a North Walpole resident states they paid their water bill and want water service.  Mr. Dalessio will do more background research.  Ms. Mayberry mentioned the impact as Walpole still has to pay the Village of Bellows Falls for sewer usage whether residents pay their sewer bills or not.

  

Westberg Brownfields Property: Mrs. Pschirrer had sent copies of the Purchase and Sale agreement on the Westberg property.  A copy of Phase I arrived today; it is very lengthy.  Mrs. Pschirrer would like to finalize these at next week’s meeting.  This will be an agenda item.  The Walpole Foundation would like to have the right-of-way that is beside the Griswold house, off Westminster Street back to the Westberg property, closed.  They have some apartments with elderly residents and few parking spaces.  It would be used as a driveway rather than a short-cut for some people; it would be a safer area.  At one time the Westberg family owned the Griswold house.           

 

Map and Lot #009-023002: Mrs. Pschirrer explained this is apiece of property the Town has owned for many years; Avitar Associates has it assessed at $3,600.  The Tysons would like to buy this parcel as it abuts their property.  Mrs. Pschirrer advised the Town can sell it, after some Public Hearings, to the Tysons.  There is a tax card, but we do not have an accurate survey. It would come off the Town’s non-taxable list and become taxable.  It is 2.8 acres and is land-locked. It is in the Timberland Zone.  The Town could request that the Tysons pay for the survey and the piece of land.  Mrs. Pschirrer will ask Mr. Tyson for a written request

 

NEW BUSINESS:

Cemetery Deed for Lots D507, D508, D567 and D568:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve and sign the Cemetery Deed for the sale of Lots D507, D508, D567 and D568.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

TrueNorth Quote and PO:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the quote from TrueNorth to purchase a new Dell computer for Mr. Kreissle.  The cost is $1,377.44 and funds are in the budget.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.   

 

2018 Tax Rate:  Mrs. Smith has been asked by property owners when the tax rate and tax bills will be posted.  Mrs. Pschirrer advised the Town has sent in all their documents to the Department of Revenue Administration (DRA).  Ms. Mayberry is pretty sure the Fall Mountain Region School District sent in their MS-25 but suggested Mr. Kreissle check with them tomorrow.  North Walpole will also be contacted.   The Selectboard would like to receive the tax rate from the Department of Revenue Administration so tax bills can be mailed with a due date of December 1, 2018. 

 

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:

Mr. Dalessio moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel and (c) Reputations.  Ms. Mayberry seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:15

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:50 PM.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of September 27, 2018, be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

 

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:

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

 

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:15 PM.

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

Conservation Commission:  Mrs. Pschirrer will attend the Conservation Commission on Monday, October 1st as Ms. Mayberry will be unable to attend.  There was discussion relative to the two Conservation Commission accounts and what the funds are used for.  These accounts are now in

 

ADJOURNMENT:

Mr. Dalessio moved to adjourn this meeting.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:30 PM.  

 

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Hooper Trustees Meeting Minutes – 9/27/18

 

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

 

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this Hooper Trustees meeting to order at 7:52 PM.

 

HOOPER TRUSTEES MINUTES:

HOOPER TRUSTEES MEETING – September 20, 2018:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Hooper Trustees meeting of September 20, 2018, as submitted.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

Hooper Trusts:  Mrs. Pschirrer reported that the Office of Charitable Trust has determined that the interest which was accrued on the Scholarship Trust Fund may not be merged with the interest on the Education Trust.  It has to be kept separate.  There was a lengthy discussion on merging the two Trusts.  The Scholarship Committee will have access to this interest. Therefore, it can be spent and eventually it will disappear.  Mr. Dalessio noted, at this time, there is $40,000 for Scholarships.

 

The next meeting of the Institute Board is Tuesday, October 9thand their budget is due on Wednesday, October 10th.  The Hooper Trustees will review it on Thursday, October 11th.    

 

Cambridge will not be paying much interest for Capital Reserve Funds.  Mrs. Pschirrer suggested they ask Mr. Kimball, Ms. Galloway and Mr. Winmill to attend a meeting to have a discussion on moving Capital Reserve Funds to PDIP. Ms. Mayberry agreed as need clarity on this.

 

Ms. Mayberry spoke to two people who expressed an interest in being on the Scholarship Committee.  

 

ADJOURNMENT:

Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Hooper Trustees meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:14PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary