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Clarion Deadline – 7/22/19

Time again — yes, I need your input (articles – photos – advertisements) Monday, 22 Julyto put the August CLARION together. August is usually a light month for news, but even if you have something coming up early in September, I may be able to devote some space.

Always interested in human interest “filler” that is not time sensitive that can be used if space permits. So, remember 22 July, and if you have any questions please do email me. Thank you, yours, RAY

Withdrawal Committee Meeting Minutes – 7/10/19

These are unapproved meeting minutes. Corrections may be found in the minutes from 7/24/19.

 

Present:  Albert St.Pierre;  Lucien Beam;  Steven Dalessio;  Joseph Levesque;  Mary Henry;  Frank Emig;  William Stahl;  Sarah Vogel

Absent:  Scott Bushway;  Alan Dustin

 

Chairman Mr. St.Pierre called the meeting to order at 5:36 PM.  He noted that the meetings are recorded.  Patrick Adrian from the Eagle Times is present.  

 

Motion to approve the minutes of June 26, 2019 meeting made by Mr. Beam, second by Mr. Emig with the following change.  

[Mr. Levesque clarifies that in Method 4, on page 2, it should be corrected to 4 bus routes in Charlestown, not five.]

All members vote in the affirmative.

 

Report of Subcommittees

 

Finance:  Mr. Beam presented handouts on an updated budget.  

-Preliminary estimate of adequacy aid proposed by the state for all towns.  The amount Charlestown is due to receive from the State of NH  for Adequacy Aid in 2019 is $5,254,417.  In 2020 the amount is $5,204,087. and in 2021, $5,103,287.  Under the amended amounts approved by the State of NH, in 2020, $5,675,996.  And amended 2021 $6,680,075.00. The 2020 FY amended amount is an increase of $471,909.  In FY 2021 an increase of $1,576,788. is the amended amount.  

 

Mr. Beam handed out a packet with new revised budget, with a bottom line total for Charlestown of $15,508,715.48.  This is down $76,000 from budget 1 proposal of 6/26/19.  The current SAU 60 budget has many line items included though they are  proposals for future curriculum, IE 3 & 4 year old PreK in all towns.   Currently this program is in Alstead only.  The future budget contains this new preschool program at CPS.  Many of the increases are a result of projected pay and insurance increases.  Mr. Dalessio asked how a budget line could go from $7,000 to $140,000?  This is for 2  LEAP students at the ELC.  Ms. Vogel explained that this is a new line item for Charlestown, as the current ELC is not Special Ed and Charlestown would need to provide SpEd for 3 and 4 yr. old children needing special services.   Mr. Dalessio asked for further clarification, as this number increases in all towns.  Scott Wade, of Charlestown, asked what the remaining district looks like without Charlestown.  According to Mr. Beam, the committee will be looking at a budget for the remaining four towns and highschool.  There will be increases in certain areas, as well as decreases in certain areas.  These specifics will be looked at next.  Committee asked that a Charlestown Withdrawal Committee provide a budget comparison in the same format.

 

The Finance Committee has discussed finding funding for a third party set of eyes to have an unbiased look at all the information.  They would offer agreement or disagreement, as a neutral party.  Mrs. Henry has reached out to a contact.  Other mentioned options are:  Tom Connors from Winchester,  John Aubin from Claremont, and George Caccavaro of Newport.  The challenge is that this committee has no funding.

 

The final handout included the revenue portion of the budget.  Based on the proposed budget, the Charlestown apportioned amount is $8,516,302.  With additional revenues, of building aid, CAT aid, Education Tax, Kindergarten Aid, etc. the total is the budget of $15,508,715.00 .

 

 

Education:  Ms. Vogel presented a spreadsheet gathering information from student numbers of each of the different schools.  All of the numbers are not yet present.  The committee is looking for the number of students sent to the high school from each town and for the Alstead Attendance Area regarding how many students from Langdon and Acworth attend the Vilas middle school.  Ms Vogel noted that teachers per grade at the HS is not an applicable number as teachers teach a subject, not a specific grade.  This committee is not able to get a per school SpEd number due to FERPA Laws.  In addition, if there are fewer than 10 students in a building, they cannot be reported as it begins to identify the child.  Ms. Vogel was able to get percentages of students from each town who participate in the LEAP program — 25% of kids are from Charlestown,  41% are from Walpole, and there is  less than 20% each from three remaining towns.  

 

Vilas middle school is not broken down by grade, as all teachers teach all three grades.  Alstead Primary is co-taught Math vs ELA (English Language Arts).  

 

Ms. Vogel noted that the subcommittee met with the Principals at their A-team meeting — all together, as requested by the principals.  Ms. Vogel explained to the principal that the goal of the committee is to make the best, educated decision.  The numbers are needed to show future high schoolers.  It is important to see how all three schools work, as all three schools do things slightly different.  

 

Mr. Stahl asked the three attendance area  principals for their feelings on the potential withdrawal.  He read from a handout:

 

“The following statements represent opinions of Fall Mountain Regional School District administrators expressed on July 2, 2019.  Some are direct quotes.  Others are summations.

 

It’s not just a one town leaving perspective we need to take.  We need to look at this in two ways.  On one hand, principals in one town might have an easier time without others holding us back.

We’ve also had a long time working together as residents and professionals, preparing students for high school.

 

This idea is not wise.

 

Charlestown, one time after another, has brought this up going back for decades.

 

Overall, we’re better off together.

 

In smaller schools, teachers might feel isolated.  Currently, they can call on teachers in Charlestown for resources and advice.

 

Charlestown has challenges that might be overwhelming to take on if it’s on it’s own, like three years of pre schools.

 

Breaking apart would be detrimental to Charlestown and the whole district in general.

 

I worry about Charlestown if this does happen — and the rest of the district.  Kids will bear the brunt of the decision.

 

This is a long, slow distraction from our district’s core mission.  Teachers distracted filters down to the kids.

All the town’s will suffer.

 

No matter what, we’re better off together.

 

Charlestown is stretched right now, even with the resources from the district.  A lot of situations arise and need expertise available now from within the district.

 

This is actually hurtful to a lot of people.  They don’t get why we’re doing this.  Once the final decision is made, go forward.  This can’t be a thing that’s ongoing.  It’s hurtful to everyone.

 

I’m not convinced that needs are being met to establish feasibility.  We’re supposed to be supporting all of the kids in the region.  Whether or not the committee determines Charlestown would be better off apart, I don’t see how the needs of the students will be met.

 

There are teachers in Charlestown with thirty – plus years of experience.  That equals committed.

 

Even with the status quo resources the needs of the district are not being met.

 

There is currently educational consistency within the district.  Transfers within the district work well because of that consistency.

 

High school programs will be affected if there is a lack of consistency.

 

Property values will be affected by educational status, which is currently good.

 

It will be harder to attract young families.

 

What if Charlestown can’t make it’s 90% quota.  What if it’s only 70%”

 

Mr. Dalessio appreciates the work, but this does not answer in a quantifiable way what will happen to the quality of education in the high school if Charlestown withdraws.  Ms. Vogel notes that it is difficult to quantify a feeling about the education.  Ms. Vogel talked about the impact on the union contract.   There are two contracts in the SAU, one is the teachers, one is the support staff.  By law, the contract must stay in force until the contract is up for negotiation.  The Teachers contract end coincides with the July 2021 formation of the new district.  A new negotiating unit would need to be formed for Charlestown, thereby creating a new contract for the 2021/22 school year.  The same would go for the Support Staff, after their contract is up for renewal.  Some services cannot be contracted out by the withdrawing town until the Support Staff contract is up.  As long as workload etc is within the contract, it can be done.  Because the Charlestown District would be a new negotiating unit, the teachers in Charlestown would start at level one in terms of longevity.   A 30 year teacher would start at level one, causing them to want to stay in the FM negotiating unit.  They could effectively take an opening, or take the position (bump) from someone else in the other four towns due to their longevity within the FM district.  Mr. St.Pierre wonders why they would be a first step?  He notes that in his previous experience at the negotiating table, a teacher being hired in the district comes into the district at the level they were at in their previous district.  He notes that for this committee’s purpose, Charlestown can continue the contract as they need to.  Charlestown is not looking to change the contract.  Mr. St.Pierre notes that Charlestown may be able to do better for teachers. Longevity would be the issue according to Ms. Vogel.   It is longevity in the district that Ms. Vogel feels will be lost in the move to a new negotiating unit in Charlestown.  Mr Dalessio feels this is irrelevant to this committee.   Mrs. Henry states that longevity is non negotiable, it is a rule from the State.  Mr. St.Pierre responded that this was done all the time in negotiations.  Mrs. Henry states that this cannot be done now.  Ms. Vogel explains that this discussion is relevant as the teachers and support are key to the educational experience of the students and the impact of the union on the split.

Mr. Beam asked about “bump”, teacher/support with seniority, what are their options?  Another teacher/support staff member with less seniority  could lose their position.  This could increase costs in the remaining district.  Mrs. Henry noted that this could be a domino effect and Ms. Vogel called it an administrator’s nightmare.

 

The Support staff contract was passed in March 2019, on the same day that Charlestown voters voted to invoke RSA 195.  The Support Staff contract will go into effect in the  fall of 2019.  Mr. St.Pierre notes for the committee that when a town votes for withdrawal by invoking RSA 195, no new contracts can be entered in to. 

 

Mr. Beam notes that once the withdrawal proposal is seen, then the team can determine impact on education.  

 

Buildings:  Mr. Beam handed out some information put together by Mr. Jim Fenn.  Mr. Fenn put together some information regarding each building.   The  handout has square footage of each building in the district.    Mr. Dalessio notes that the negotiation will be all about the energy project.  95% is the energy project.  Mr. St.Pierre wonders how much oil could be purchased for the $39,000 in interest?   Mr Dalessio interprets the statement as, “is the Energy Project making a return on investment”?  Ms. Henry says yes, the energy project is making money. 

 

Charlestown Withdrawal Committee

 

Mr. St.Pierre introduced Mr. Terry Spilsbury regarding the findings of Charlestown.  Charlestown’s local committee appreciated the invite to present.  Mr. Spilsbury clarified that Charlestown and the remaining towns  are taking the journey together.  We are all learning as we go.  Mr. Spilsbury presented two handouts to the committee.  The first is the Goshen Lempster Withdrawal study presentation to the State.  In it, there is a page of background, three pages of specific requirements for meeting RSA 195.  Each is addressed one at at time in simple declarative prose.  The report is conclusory, not reason or rational.  This withdrawal report was approved by the state in a 5-2 vote.   Their numbers are illustrations of an approach and format.  In the four pages, they gave a whole plan.  Charlestown has reviewed this, and appreciate the simple approach.  We would propose that this template be used as the withdrawal plan for Charlestown to be presented at the 7/24 meeting.

 

The second document is a draft contract specifically to serve the purposes of the Charlestown district arrangement with FM.  This draft contract was written by Atty Jim O’Shaughnessy.  The Charlestown Committee has not reviewed this draft with the attorney, and as such, it is subject to negotiation.  We would require changes as it is currently presented.  For example, the draft contract mentions tuitioning of students k-8, and we are not intending to do so.  The intent of Charlestown is to tuition only high school students.  The contract discussed numbers of students, with an annual targeted enrollment — including a 90% bottom floor commitment.  There would be a 110% ceiling of the projected number of students, noting that we can send additional as FM deems fit.  The discretion to decline additional students would be left with the school board of FM.  This estimated number of tuitioned students would be negotiated yearly.  Charlestown will determine how many students would use school choice and go elsewhere.  The 90% and 110% benchmarks are relative to the projected number estimated by Charlestown.  Mr. Beam wonders if Charlestown would be required to notify taxpayers if they could send students elsewhere?  Yes, according to Mr. Spilsbury.  RSA 193:3 allows parents to elect where they send their student.  We see the student going elsewhere as the exception.  The intention of Charlestown is to send the students to FM.  Mrs. Henry comments that the board would have to approve and accept the students.  Mrs. Vogel notes that Charlestown in good faith will be sending their students.  Mr Spilsbury notes that if you look at the Goshen Lempster agreement, they received bids from other school districts and they indicate to the State what it is that they want to do.  The plan is not a contract.  It is a negotiation.  Mr. Dalessio would like to know the impact of the difference between 90% and 110%.  In the original budget, the number 205 is used.  

 

The third topic is in regards to draft budget.  Mr. Spilsbury noted a few concerns that the cost could rise as dramatically as it does.  The draft budget takes Charlestown from $12.7 to $15.5 million.  Why?  Is the high school attendance from Charlestown truly at 205 students, or is Charlestown 20% under that already?  The tuition assumption in the draft budget is at $15,500, is this the right/final outcome?  Special needs out of district expense is $1.9 million.  This number will have to be looked at closer.   We do question the three new administrative positions at the SAU.   They are conflicting the info from Mr. Fenn, as he advised there is not a lot of additional cost accounting.  These are open questions.  The Charlestown committee does not intend to go through this line by line and will not be second guessing the numbers.  It is understood that there is a transition.

 

Fourth — The Middle School and NCCS are non controversial and will come back at $0.00 net cost to Charlestown.  Charlestown is forfeiting its interest in the high school.  We will take on outstanding indebtedness.  The energy project will have 7 remaining payments after 7/2021 date of separation.  There is a separate Charlestown Capital Reserve fund that will be turned over.  The Charlestown Primary was analyzed briefly at the last meeting.  Scott Bushway though that it would be roughly $500,000 value.  It is a building built in 1968.  It is fully amortized.  Secondly, regarding the major improvements from 1998/99.  $769,000 was spent on three schools.  Charlestown paid 35%, after 55% was received in state building aid.  $750,000 came from Capital Reserve funds.  When looking at the age of improvements and what Charlestown contributed, that this building should also be given to Charlestown.  Unavoidably giving up rights to the high school, our hope is that this will be looked upon kindly.  We would like to know what share of the High School Capital Reserve and Health Insurance Reserve Funds would come to Charlestown.  Mr. Beam wonders how the committee can be of assistance?  Mr. Spilsbury will come back in two weeks with specific questions for Mr. Beam to take to Mr. Fenn.  

 

 

Public Comment

 

Mr. St.Pierre asks if the committee will take public comment?  Consensus is yes.  Seeing none, moving on. 

 

 

Other Business

 

Mr. Beam asked about assessed values and the NH Board of Education — do we have a response?  Not as of yet.  Mrs. Henry offered to contact an acquaintance.  

 

Charlestown Committee will be meeting in the Community Room in Charlestown on July 15, at 6 pm.

 

A consensus of the present members is reached that the new meeting time for the School Withdrawal Committee will be 6 pm.  Mr. Beam notes that he is interested in attending the Charlestown Withdrawal meeting, but it is a conflict with Langdon Selectboard meeting.  

 

Motion made to adjourn made by Mr. Emig, seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  All vote in the affirmative.

 

Adjourn 7:11.  

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Alissa Bascom

Art Workshop – 8/3/19

Registration is available for a full day pastel workshop with award winning artist Robert Carsten on August 3rd, from 9:30 to 3:30.  Robert will focus instruction on a variety of tips and techniques designed to enhance and dramatize color in pastel landscapes. The workshop will be held at the United Church in Bellows Falls, Vermont, and is organized by the Saxtons River Art Guild, which is celebrating its 42nd year of promoting fine arts with local art exhibits, open studio sessions, and workshops and classes with award winning artists. Cost is $65 for members and $85 for non-members.  Contact Carolyn Berglund at 603-352-7398 for additional information, or to register for the class.

Zoning Board Meeting Agenda – 7/17/19

 

Roll Call: Appointment of alternates if needed.

 

Minutes: Review minutes of June meeting.

 

Signage: Dollar General – Dollar General has decided to comply with our regulations. I sent info last week. 

 

Variance: Peter King 46 Dearborn Circle, Map 12, Lot 55-22 Proposed garage setback  less than 20 feet from property line.

 

Conference: Report from Judy Trow

 

Old Business: Map and Ordinance. Set a date for meeting.

 

 

Handouts: NHMA Sign Dos and Don’t s

 

 

Next meeting Wednesday,  August 21, 2019

 

 

Planning Board Meeting Minutes – 7/9/19

                        

 

Presiding Members: Chair Jeffrey Miller, Jason Perron, Jeff Harrington, Jeff White, Selectboard Representative Steve Dalessio. Alternate: Jeff Colley. Absent: Vice-chair Dennis Marcom, Secretary James Aldrich, Alternate Joanna Andros.

 

Recording: Marilou Blaine. These minutes are unapproved and will be reviewed at the August 2019 meeting for corrections, additions and/or omissions. 

 

Meeting Opened: Mr. Miller called the meeting to order at 7 pm. 

 

Roll Call: Mr. Miller asked Alternate Jeff Colley to fill in for Board member Mr. Marcom so there would be a quorum.

 

Minutes: June meeting minutes: Mr. Colley made one correction. On page 2 under Public Hearing No. 2, NH Municipal Association was corrected to NH Sustainable Standard Association. Mr. Perron made a motion to approve the corrected minutes. The motion was seconded by Mr. Harrington and approved by the  Board. 

 

New Business:

Thomas Galloway: Demerger of lots in Christian Hollow, Carpenter Hill area.

Mr. Galloway said he wanted to unmerge some lots that were previously merged so that tax bills on several adjacent properties were lumped together. There are 18 lots that were put together into two large parcels. He wanted to demerge the lots back to the same way as they were before. 

 

Mr. Galloway has been a resident of Walpole his entire life. The 18 parcels are owned by him, his father and a brother. He wants the two large lots changed back to the original lots so each parcel gets it own tax bill. He said it was done in the 1960s to make preparing tax bills easier because it was all done by hand. Today, Mr. Galloway said, it is a lot easier to create a tax bill with the push of a button. Mr. Galloway was at the meeting to return the lots to their original size. 

 

Mr. Miller said that you are creating new lots. Mr. Galloway said no –  these lots already exist and are recorded at the Cheshire County Registry of Deeds but were lumped together for tax purposes. If all the lots already exist, Mr. Dalessio said, and are recorded individually at the Cheshire County Registry of Deeds, then all that needs to be done is to update the lots into our tax program. The county records and our tax maps have to be the same. Mr.  Perron referenced the RSA about restoring involuntarily demerged lots. There’s nothing to demerge, Mr. Dalessio said.

 

Mr. Dalessio suggested Mr. Galloway meet with Sarah Downing, the Manager of Administration for the Town, and straighten it out with her. Mr. Dalessio said in this case the lots were never actually demerged. Mr. Perron asked Mr. Galloway if there was ever a time when he was approached by the county or state about merging the lots. Mr. Galloway said no. So it was decided that Mr. Galloway would get together with Ms. Downing and they would place each lot in the town’s system for taxing the individual properties.

Trading properties: Mr. Galloway said he has a neighbor that purchased a lot on my side of the road. Just a few feet up on the other side of the road is some property Mr. Galloway owns that if added to his neighbor’s property would give him enough land to put it into current use. In return, his neighbor would give Mr. Galloway a piece of property to make one of his lots a better configuration. How does he go about doing this? Mr. Galloway asked. 

 

Mr. Miller said Mr. Galloway needed a minor subdivision. He suggested Mr. Galloway go to surveyor Joe DiBernardo in Bellows Falls and he would create the map and figure it all out for Mr. Galloway.

 

Dollar General

Jack Franks, Avanru Development, 504 Main Street.

Mr. Franks said he sold the one-plus-acre lot at the corner of Red Barn Lane and Main Street to Mr. Gary Eucalitto who plans to build a Dollar General store. The site plan for the property was approved last year. Mr. Miller said it was verbally agreed last year when the site plan was approved that Mr. Franks would come to the Planning Board with the new owner and the Board would be assured that there weren’t any changes to the site plan. Mr. Dalessio said the Board also talked about having a peak put on the building so it looked more like other buildings in the area. Mr. Franks said he doesn’t own the land any more but he was sure the Board could approach the new owner about the peak and any other matters. 

 

Mr. Dalessio said his concern was about not knowing who the new owner was and the building was already under construction. If something goes wrong and there’s a change in plans, Mr. Dalessio said he wanted to know who to go to. Mr. Dalessio said the way he found out who was going to build there was when the sign company for Dollar General requested a sign application from the Zoning Board of Adjustment and it was in the Zoning Board’s minutes.

 

Mr. Miller said he was disappointed in the way Mr. Franks handled the situation. He said that Mr. Franks made a verbal agreement. Mr. Miller chastised him for already starting building before the Planning Board or Town officials even knew what was going to be built in that location. “That’s not the way we do business in this Town,” Mr. Miller said. Mr. Franks said the new owner couldn’t make it to the meeting that night. He continued that he had a nondisclosure agreement with Dollar General and the land just sold within the last 30 days. This was the first meeting since it’s been sold, Mr. Franks said.

 

Mr. Ray Boas said he agreed with the Board. It’s the public perception of how this was handled, Mr. Boas said. He suggested that there should be a new Public Hearing for the site plan. Mr. Miller responded that the Board couldn’t do that as the site plan has already been approved.

 

Mr. Eric Merklein said that things the town would like the new owner to do, such as the peak, the new owner is not required to do those things. Mr. Dalessio agreed. Mr. Merklein asked about landscaping and Mr. Miller said it’s in the approved site plan.

 

Mr. Dalessio made a motion that a letter be sent to Mr. Eucalitto and request that he come to the next Planning Board meeting so they can talk about the project and make sure the building will be the same as the one that the Board approved, without any changes.

Avanru Development LLC: New office building at Abenaki Springs: Architect Timothy Sampson was at the meeting with Mr. Franks. He presented plans to build a 26-foot-by-44-foot square-foot building that would be half garage and storage and half office space. The office space would include three offices, a lobby and an ADA bathroom. It would eliminate six or seven current parking spaces. The remaining parking spaces would be reconfigured from 10 feet wide to 9 feet wide. The building would be a wood frame building with clapboard siding and painted white or tan.  

 

There will be a couple of signs on the building and a sign added at the entrance to Abenaki Springs. It will be heated by propane gas and may or may not have its own tank. There may be a couple of lights on the building similar to the ones already on the property.

 

Mr. Miller said Mr. Franks has to amend the original site plan. Mr. Perron made a motion to hold a Public Hearing next month for the amendment to the original site plan. The motion was seconded and the Board approved the motion.

 

Mr. Dalessio then asked if Mr. Franks had talked to Liberty Utilities about a street light at the corner of Red Barn Lane. Mr. Franks said he would do it this week.

 

Master Plan: Lisa Murphy, senior planner at Southwest Regional Planning Commission, was at the meeting to begin work on updating the Master Plan.

 

At the end of last year, the Board decided it was time to update the Master Plan because it had been almost 10 years since the last update. At Town Meeting, a sum of $7,500 was approved to get help from SWRPC. Ms. Murphy was asked to help update the Master Plan as she did several years ago. She brought some changes to the Population and Housing sections of the Master Plan. She used information from the 2010 census and projections were calculated by the NH Office of Strategic Initiatives.  

 

The numbers compare Walpole to previous years and also other towns in the region. They include information on population trends, births, deaths and natural increases for Walpole, population density, the town’s age structure, income levels, age of homes, types of homes, costs of housing, ownership of homes, home values, annual income of residents and projected housing needs.

 

There are still some section of the Population and Housing section that still need to be updated and charts with current numbers to fill. Meanwhile, the Board will read the changes made, compare it to the previous Master Plan and make suggestions in September for changes or other updates. Although this is not the final approved copy of the Population and Housing section of the Master Plan, a copy of this document is available for public viewing at the Town Offices. 

 

Respectfully submitted,

Marilou Blaine

WPB Secretary

 

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 7/3/19

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

 

CALL TO ORDER: Mr. Dalessio called this meeting of the Selectboard to order at 8:00 AM 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:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the amount of $59,461.99 for checks issued July 5, 2019.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

The above amount includes a $35,231.28 payment to the HealthTrust.  

 

PAYROLL:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Payroll Check Register for the week ending June 29, 2019, in the amount of $35,983.24, for checks dated July 5, 2019, and the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes in the amount of $7,346.92.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES – June 27, 2019:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of June 27, 2019, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.l

 

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – June 27, 2019: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of June 27, 2019, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

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COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard acknowledged receipt and reviewed the following Minutes of meetings:

 Walpole Fire District – May 8, 2019;
 Conservation Commission – June 3, 2019;
 Zoning Board of Adjustment – June 19, 2019;
 School Withdrawal Committee – June 26, 2019.

 

BUILDING PERMIT:

JAMES and KATHLEEN WHITON, 596 County Road, Map and Lot #005-031-002:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to grant Building Permit No. 2019-23 for James and Kathleen Whiton to add a “20’ x 20’ Addition” and erect a “10‘ x 14’ Shed at 596 County Road.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

NOTICE OF INTENT TO EXCAVATE: 

MAP and LOT #001-016-002:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve this Notice of Intent to Excavate for Map and Lot #001-016-002 off Old Route 12 North.  This new Notice of Intent to Excavate is due to a change in ownership name for this parcel.   Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

 

OLD BUSINESS:

Letter of Support to the NH Department of Environmental Services on Behalf of J. Clark:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to sign the letter of support to the NH Department of Environmental Services on behalf of Janette Clark.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

NH Emergency Notification System:  Mr. Dalessio continues to work on this NH Emergency Notification System document.

 

Tax Deeded Properties:  Mr. Dalessio is waiting for Attorney Hockensmith to reply on the Tax Deeded properties.

 

Locked Gate on Old Stage Road: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the letter to Daniel and Amy McCabe regarding the locked gate on the Class VI portion of Old Stage Road that abuts their property.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Senator Kahn:  Mrs. Downing contacted Senator Kahn.  He will be changing his visit to give a legislative update to the Selectboard from July 18th to August 1st.

 

Old Drewsville Road:  Mrs. Downing will be sending letters to the abutters on Old Drewsville Road to confirm that the paving matter will be an agenda item on July 18, 2019.  Mr. Rau, Police Chief Paquette and members of the Fire Department EMS will attend. 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

Constellation Electricity Supply Agreement:  Mr. Kreissle checked and the new rate they are proposing is a good rate.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Constellation NewEnergy, Inc. Electricity Supply Agreement and to authorize Mr. StevenDalessio, Chair of the Selectboard, to sign this agreement.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Pitney Bowes Mailstation Meter Rental Agreement:   The current contract with Pitney Bowes will be expiring.  Mrs. Daigle did the research and there will be a reduction in charges.  

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the new Pitney Bowes Mailstation Meter Rental Agreement and that Mr. Steven Dalessio, Chair of the Selectboard, be authorized to sign this agreement.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

E.E. Houghton Invoices:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve and sign the E.E. Houghton invoices for the Water and Sewer Department.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.  

 

Recreation Revolving Fund Request:  A request was received from the Walpole Recreation Department to purchase swim suits for the lifeguards. The total cost to be taken out of their Revolving Fund will be $416.75 

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the request from the Walpole Recreation Department to purchase swim suits for the lifeguards.  The total cost of $416.75 will be taken out of their Revolving Fund.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

CRJC – Wantastiquet Subcommittee Nomination Form:  The Connecticut River Joint Commission, Local River Subcommittees, is requesting nominations.  Mrs. Alicia Flammia of the Walpole Conservation Commission is recommending Samantha Loch.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to appoint Samantha Loch to the Local River Subcommittees of the Connecticut River Joint Commission.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Chickens on the Loose 5K – Elm Street Closure Request: The Chickens on the Loose 5K is scheduled for October 12th this year. They are requesting that Elm Street be closed for the duration of the race.  

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to grant the request to close Elm Street for the duration of the Chickens on the Loose 5K race on October 12, 2019.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Mrs. Downing mentioned the Chili/Pulled Pork Cookoff will happen at the same date of October 12th.  

 

Dam and Levee Safety Workshop: The NH Department of Environmental Services is offering a Dam and Levee Safety Workshop at Cabela’s Training Facility in Maine on August 21-22, 2019.  A copy of this notice has been sent to Mr. Mark Houghton.

 

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel.  Mr. Dalessio seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved at 8:17 AM.

 

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:25 AM.

 

Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of July 3, 2019, be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:

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

 

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:36 AM.

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

EPA Brownfields Grant:  Mrs. Pschirrer and Mrs. Downing worked on the forms for the EPA Grant yesterday.  They are waiting for additional budget numbers from Mr. Steve Rickerich of Ransom.  They have to total $500,000, to equal the EPA grant funding.  These documents have to be in the EPA hands before next Wednesday, July 10th.  Mr. Dalessio felt they should be sent to the Project Manager on this Friday so he will have them on Monday to review and make comments.

 

Road Paving: The milling on Mountain View Road in North Walpole has started.  The highway crew is busy prepping on different roads for the milling and/or paving.       

 

       

ADJOURNMENT:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 9:02 AM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary