Hooper Trustees Meeting Minutes – 9/3/20

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this Hooper Trustees meeting to order at 7:46 PM in the Walpole Town Hall.  This meeting is being recorded.

HOOPER TRUSTEES MINUTES:

HOOPER TRUSTEES MEETING – August 27, 2020:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Hooper Trustees meeting of August 27, 2020, as submitted.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

HOOPER BUSINESS:

Hooper Institute Board:  Mr. Dalessio reported that the Hooper Institute Board met last night via Zoom.  The alarm system update is a few hundred dollars more than anticipated but Mr. Dalessio told the Board it is alright as it needs to be done.  Mrs. Dalbeck asked for permission to approve/proceed with small unplanned repairs such as toilet problems. She called E.E. Houghton.  The members set a limit of $500.  They approved having Mr. Tim Smith do the roofing on both buildings.  The chimney on the shed was going to cost another $3,000 for repairs. A decision was made to lower it to the roof line as it is not used.  They are still waiting for Rice Tree Service to take the damaged maple tree down.  They are giving a lot of food to the Food Shelf from both the Hooper and School gardens.  

There will be a “5K – Hooper 90s” run online.  Donation is $5.00.  The Hooper Institute received two Grants:  1) $500 from the Savings Bank of Walpole; and 2) $500 from the Women of Walpole.  

Their newsletter resulted in bringing in 16 new members and some donations.  They are talking about doing another one the first part of 2021.  Newsletters were mailed to all the addresses in Walpole but Mr. Dalessio will check to see if it included addresses in North Walpole.  The Board members are going to re-visit the logo again.  They want to move that forward.

Mrs. Dalbeck met with Mr. Justin Cassarino and Mr. Sam Jacobs.  It is a big commitment to keep Hooper involved in the Walpole School programs.  It is a big plus for the Hooper. 

The Hooper budget will be ready in November.  Mr. Dalessio told Mrs. Dalbeck that she will be invited to the day of budget sessions with department managers.  There are lots of good positive signs and news.

ADJOURNMENT:  Mr. Dalessio moved to adjourn this Hooper Trustees meeting.  The Hooper Trustees will return to the Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:58 PM.

Respectfully submitted, Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

The Importance of Being Earnest – 9/12/20

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Comes to the Common

The Walpole Players will be presenting a staged reading of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnestthis Saturday, September 12, at 5:00 PM, on the Walpole Town Common. 

This witty comedy about the trivialities of late Victorian society is sure to be a lot of fun!  The performance is free and open to the public, but please remember to bring your choice of seating (lawn chair, blanket, etc.).  

Since this performance is outdoors, we will be using a sound system so that the actors can be heard more easily.  Since this is a staged reading, the actors will be in costume and will move around in the designated stage area, but they will be using their scripts.

In case of inclement weather, the performance will take place the following Saturday, September 19.  If there is any question regarding the weather, a decision will be made by 2:00 PM on the day of the performance and will be posted in our website:  TheWalpolePlayers.org

Please note that all social distancing requirements and guidelines will apply at the performance.  Family/friend groups should seat themselves at least six feet from other groups; if it is not possible to maintain a six-foot separation while seated, masks must be worn.   If attendance reaches 100 people or more, per the governor’s Emergency Order #63, masks must be worn.  Audience members will be responsible for following these guidelines.

Please email WalpolePlayers@gmail.com for further information, or call (603) 756-2535.

Scouts Registration – 9/15/20

GIRL SCOUT AND CUB SCOUT REGISTRATION NIGHT 

DATE :  TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 15th, 2020
TIME : 6 to 7pm

PLACE : WALPOLE TOWN COMMON 

            We are also looking for Leaders for both. Girl Scouts is Grades
K thru 8 and Cub Scouts is Grades K thru 5.

           If you can’t come but would like to sign your daughter up for Girl Scouts and/or your son up for Cub Scouts you can reach out to me –

Debbie Pawelczyk
603-445-5475 or mdjpawel@comcast.net

MASKS ARE REQUIRED AT REGISTRATION NIGHT

COVID Up-date From Lucy

Just have to share an aside from Lucy as we sat around outside on Election Day – “Women are saving a lot by not having to wear lipstick. Why bother when your face is covered with a mask?” I hadn’t considered that but she is right! – Lil

I haven’t reported on the COVID-19 numbers for a while.  That’s because the numbers have been, well, confusing.  But there were 56 new positive tests reported in NH today, which is a lot, so I thought I would take another look at the numbers.

COVID-19 Numbers, September 10

The numbers of positive tests in the state are trending upwards.  Some of this is attributable to the intensive testing done on college students and on the testing attendant on the opening of schools.  But though numbers are on the rise, the 272 active cases in the state today are well below the 403 active cases on August 1st.  There are only 7 people hospitalized statewide, fewer than the 22 hospitalizations on August 1st.  Two Granite Staters have lost their lives to COVID-19 in the first 10 days of September, but the average in August was just over 1 death every 2 days.

And the numbers have been bouncing up and down a bit in Cheshire County, too.  We have had 11 new positive cases in the county since September 1.  Some of these cases were associated with Keene State College and Franklin Pierce University in Rindge.  KSC has reported 2 cases, with 1 having recovered and 1 still active.  Franklin Pierce has reported 10 cases overall (some of these may have been in August) with 9 having recovered and only 1 still active.  

As of today, there are only 9 active cases in Cheshire County, which is lower than at any time since August 1st.  (It is probably lower than it was for some time before that, too, but August 1st was when I started taking careful daily notes on some of these statistics.)

As of today, I am pleased to report that Walpole has no active cases.  Keene currently has 6 active cases, and Swanzey, Winchester and Rindge are all in the 1-4 range, but I am pretty sure that if there are 9 total cases in the county, and Keene has 6 of them, that the other three towns currently have 1 each.  So there is reason to be encouraged.

There is a lot more information out there than there used to be, so if you want to explore, here are the links I use.  First, the NH DHHS has its main COVID page here. 

https://www.nh.gov/covid19/

At the bottom of the page are links for maps and links to active cases and cumulative cases by county.  These maps and statictics are updated daily.  New cases are not reported by town, but if you keep your eye on the numbers for each town on the cumulative cases map, you can usually work out where the new cases are.  If you want more information than that shown on the main page, click on the News link at the top of the page, and then on Updates, for a daily report with much more information in it.  And DHHS has archived these daily reports, so you can refer back to old reports if you want to compare.

Another new NH web site is the NH Schools Dashboard.  https://www.nh.gov/covid19/dashboard/schools.htm  Here you can find the COVID numbers for every school in NH.  If you click on the Interactive Map link, you can look at all kinds of metrics by county, health care region, or town.

Finally, for a site that will allow you to compare NH with the other states and countries around the world, try the Harvard Global Health initiative site:

https://globalhealth.harvard.edu/key-metrics-for-covid-suppression-researchers-and-public-health-experts-unite-to-bring-clarity-to-key-metrics-guiding-coronavirus-response/  NH usually has the lowest numbers of any state except for Vermont, but when we have a spike like today, we jump up to third or fourth lowest.  Note that the postings on this site lag behind by two days.

Wear your masks, keep your distance, wash your hands, and keep well.

~Representative Lucy Weber

lwmcv@comcast.net

603-499-0282

Planning Board Meeting Minutes – 9/8/20

Present: Board Members: Chair Jeff Miller, Vice-Chair Dennis Marcom, Clerk Jason Perron, Jeff Harrington, Joanna Andros, Jeff Colley, Select Board Representative Steve Dalessio. 

Recording: Marilou Blaine. These minutes are unapproved and will be reviewed at the regular October 2020 meeting for corrections, additions or omissions.

Roll Call: Mr. Miller called the meeting to order a 7 pm. A full board was present.

Minutes: Approval of August minutes and August workshop minutes: Mr. Marcom made three corrections to the regular August minutes. On page two, at the end of paragraph seven, he wanted it noted that Mr. Ruggiero assented to the hours of operation at the Ruggerio Processing Facility in the Industrial Park mentioned by Myra Mansouri. At the bottom of the page two, the lot number should be 3-1 not 13-1 on one of the lots in the Laura Madden lot line adjustment application. On page three, the third last paragraph should read Mr. Marcom “moved to approve the request.” There were no corrections to the workshop minutes. Mr. Perron moved to approved the amended minutes. Mr. Harrington seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.

Public Hearing No. 1

Wellstone Associates LLC: Lot Line Adjustment: Tax Map 24, Lot 14-1, 14-2, 14-3, commercial/residential B. Rearrange three lots into two lots. Lot 14-1 will be .55 acres, with 170.25 feet road frontage; 14-3 will be .39 acres with 150 feet road frontage. Lot 14-2 will be eliminated.

Surveyor Joe DiBernardo represented Wellstone Associates. He pointed out on the map where the day care center was, the middle lot and a third lot, which had a mobile home on it close to the property line. Mr. DiBernardo said the owner is eliminating lot 14-2, the middle lot. This lot, 14-2, will be cut in half and half will be added to lot 14-1 and half will be added to lot 14-3. All the lots are non-conforming lots. In Residential B, lots require a minimum of 25,000 square feet with 150 feet of road frontage. Even if the Wellstone lot line adjustment is approved, the lots will still be non-conforming. Mr. DiBernardo said they are grandfathered from the subdivision created by Heman Chase years ago. 

Steve Corey, an abutter, asked about the middle lot. He wanted to know if it will remain vacant. The answer was that the middle lot is being eliminated. Then he wanted to know about the third lot, 14-3. Mr. Corey asked if someone were to build on lot 14-3 now, would they have to be 20 feet from the property line. Mr. Miller said they would have to abide by the current setbacks, which are 20 feet from the property lines in the rear and on the sides.  

How many acres are they now? Mr. Miller asked. Lot 14-1 is now .55 acres and 23,000 square feet and lot 14-3 is .39 acres and 16,903 square feet, Mr DiBernardo said it doesn’t change anything. The lots are still non-conforming, but the situation is better. There’s not much more you can do.

Mr. Marcom asked if these are grandfathered lots and you move them closer to meeting the ordinance, are the lots still grandfathered? The answer was yes.

Mr. DiBernardo said you not creating a new non-conforming lot. But you are getting rid of one. The lots are grandfathered.

With no further questions, Mr. Miller closed the public hearing.

Mr. Marcom made a motion to approve the lot line adjustment as presented. Mr. Perron seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

Houghton Bridge Project: Letter for support from the Planning Board.

Select Board Representative Dalessio asked Board members to read a Select Board letter and then comment on the culvert project. The Select Board letter to Road Agent Michael Rau asked the Planning Board to support the project. The culvert project is part of the “proposed expansion of wildlife habitat for eastern brook trout and other aquatic organisms, replacement of a deteriorated and undersized culverts and enhancement of habit diversity in a riparian corridor that is a headwaters tributary to the Connecticut River.”

Mr. Perron made a motion to approve and support the restoration project. Mr. Harrington seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.

Master Plan Contract for 2021: In August, at the WPB workshop meeting, Ms. Lisa Murphy, senior planner at Southwest Regional Planning Commission spoke about the 2021 contract to complete work on the Master Plan. The total cost for the work on the Master Plan for 2021 would be $10,730. Ms. Murphy said that was for her work and the work of the people at the Commission. The secretary sent a copy of the contract to each Board member.

At this meeting, Mr. Miller asked if everyone had a chance to look over the contract. Board members said yes. Mr. Miller asked if they approved the amount of the contract for 2021 and Board members said yes. The contracted amount will be put on the March 2021 warrant on which the townspeople will vote.

September Workshop: There will no workshop this month.

Gorham parcel on Main Street: Mr. Arol Charbonneau is a real estate appraiser with crafts Appraisal in Bedford. He has been retained by the Monadnock Conservancy to estimate the value of the easement or the development rights of the 7-plus acres that were subdivided off of 569 Main St. last month.

He emailed the Board asked for its opinion on the value of the property. Mr. Charbonneau pointed out in his email that the property was in a floodplain; drops off significantly from the frontage; and access comes from a right of way across the 2-acre parcel and there is no curb cut.

However, it was noted by Mr. Miller and Mr. Dalessio that the land is in the commercial district and with some time and money it could be developed. Chair Miller will call Mr. Charbonneau and talk to him about the matter.

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

Respectfully submitted,

Marilou Blaine

WPB Secretary

Sunday Services at St. John’s Episcopal Church

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Walpole, NH, is holding outdoor worship services led by our new priest-in-charge, Pastor Duncan Hilton.  We will continue to meet outside on Sundays at 10 AM while the weather is agreeable. We are fortunate to have the benefit of live music by our organist, Chris Evatt, as well as excellent acoustics provided by a sound system. Cancellation due to rain will be posted on the church’s website (www.stjohnswalpole.org).  

In addition, the website will have information about future Sunday services as it becomes available as well as links to the service leaflets and any web based (YouTube) recordings of the service.  

Bringing your own chair and mask will be helpful as our ushers seat every family group or individual six feet apart.  Our church is located at the corner of Elm St. and Westminster across from the Walpole Town Hall.  We meet in the field next to the church. We welcome all to join us. 

Election Results – 9/8/20

GREAT TURN-OUT FOR A Primary! Way to go Walpole! Remember, November 3rd will be here before you know it!

The Hooper 90 5K Run or Hike – September 2020

The Friends of Hooper Institute present The HOOPER 90 5K Run or Hike 

 All of SEPTEMBER, 2020

The Hooper 90 is a virtual 5K, celebrating 90 years of the Hooper Institute. The Institute has been offering educational opportunities for the Walpole community in agriculture, forestry, botany, soils, and environmental studies for nine decades. Help support the iconic Hooper Institute programming for the next 90 years! 

Run a 5K Loop of your choice or plan a family hike or scavenger hunt… go to www.runreg.comand enter The Hooper 90, for $5.00. Your donation will help make a difference for the future of the Hooper Institute. Invite your family and friends! 


For more information please call Holly Gowdy (603) 445-5104

Thank YOU!

Friends of Hooper Institute      PO Box 135     Walpole, NH     03608

Hooper Trustees Meeting Minutes – 8/27/20

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this Hooper Trustees meeting to order at 7:57 PM in the Walpole Town Hall.  This meeting is being recorded.

HOOPER TRUSTEES MINUTES:

HOOPER TRUSTEES MEETING – August 20, 2020:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Hooper Trustees meeting of August 20, 2020, as submitted.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

HOOPER BUSINESS:

Hooper Institute Board:  Mr. Dalessio reported there will be a Hooper Institute Board Zoom meeting next Tuesday, September 1, 2020.  Mrs. Becky Whippie and Mrs. Helen Dalbeck met with Mr. Justin Cassarino and Mr. Sam Jacobs at the Walpole Elementary School. They are excited that there will be a curriculum for them at the school this year.

ADJOURNMENT:

Mr. Dalessio moved to adjourn this Hooper Trustees meeting.  The Hooper Trustees will return to the Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:00 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 8/27/20

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this meeting of the Walpole Selectboard to order at 6:30 PM in the Walpole Town Hall.  She introduced Ms. Cheryl Mayberry and Mr. Steven Dalessio who are the other two Selectboard members.   Staff members present were Mrs. Jodi Daigle, Administrative Assistant and Water & Sewer Clerk, and Ms. Regina Borden, Recording Secretary.  This meeting is being recorded.  There were two visitors present.  We are expecting Dr. Shaw, Walpole Health Officer, and Mr. Gary Fox.  When they arrive the Selectboard will move into new business.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the total amount of $75,829.59 for checks issued August 28, 2020.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrerasked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

PAYROLL:

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Payroll Check Register for the week ending August 22, 2020, in the amount of $30,946.45 for checks dated August 28, 2020, and the 941 Payroll Tax Transfer of $5,934.55.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MINUTES – August 20, 2020:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboardmeeting of August 20, 2020, as submitted.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

STAFF MEETING MINUTES – August 20, 2020: Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Staff meeting of August 20, 2020, as submitted.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – August 20, 2020: Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of August 20, 2020, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.    

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the following Committee reports:• Trustees of Trust Funds Meeting – April 15, 2020;• Trustees of Trust Funds Meeting – August 13, 2020;• Zoning Board of Adjustments Meeting – August 19, 2020.

BUILDING PERMIT:

Permit 2020-32, FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH (PARSONAGE), 19 Washington Street, Map and Lot #020-076-000:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant Building Permit No. 2020-32 for the First Congregational Church (Parsonage), to build a “136.9 sq. ft. Wooden Ramp” at 19 Washington Street (Parsonage), Map and Lot #020-076-000.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

VETERANS TAX CREDIT:

MAP & LOT #011-026-000:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant this Veterans Tax Credit for Map and Lot #011-026-000 and to update the tax records.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

TrueNorth Quote for Managed Services:  Mr. Dalessio noted TrueNorth has provided exceptional service to the Town.  The additional cost per month is not that much.

Mr. Dalessio moved to authorize Mrs. Sarah Downing to approve and sign the TrueNorth Managed Services Contract.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.  

Audience Visitors:  Mrs. Pschirrer advised that Reverend and Mrs. Richard Malmberg from the First Congregational Church were present.  Reverend Malmberg explained they were present to listen to Dr. Shaw’s Mask Mandate Update.  

Transportation Improvement Projects 10 Year Plan: The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of a letter from the Southwest Regional Planning Commission regarding the NH Transportation Improvement Projects 10 Year Plan.  They had sent in their reply in July.  Ms. Mayberry said at a recent SWRPC meeting, Mr. J.B. Mack reported that Walpole had responded.

Brownfields Project:  Mrs. Pschirrer recently had a meeting with Southwest Regional Planning Commission on the Brownfields Project.  In the fall they will be sending out Requestfor Proposals for the clean-up on the former Westberg site.  Retesting has been done, the shed is empty, and they are ready to demolish everything.  Total cost for cleaning up less than two acres of land is approximately $700,000.   Walpole got the only Clean-up Grant in the State last year.  Everybody was supportive of this project.

NEW BUSINESS:

Town of Rockingham and Town of Walpole Partnership Grant:  Mr. Gary Fox, Development Director for the Town of Rockingham, came into the meeting.  This Northern Border Regional Commission Regional Forest Economy Partnership is basically a Federal program that the New England states can participate in because of the decline of industry, paper mills and forestry.  

The applicant is jointly The Town of Walpole NH, approximately 37 square miles and population 4,000 and the Town of Rockingham VT, approximately 42 square miles and population 5,000.  The two towns are connected economically by the Vilas Bridge, closed since March of 2009, which serves industry on the Island in Bellows Falls (BF) in Rockingham, and connects Walpole NH with Bellows Falls VT’s designated downtown’s primary retail and restaurant district, and, carries the sewage pipe from Walpole businesses to BF Sewage Treatment plant.

The work plan for this NBRC Forest Economy Partnership Grant is to address the obstacles to completing the through connection of the Cheshire Rail Trail from Keene NH to Walpole, the through connections in the SRVTI collaborative in Bellows Falls, Rockingham, Saxtons River and Westminster, and, ultimately link the trail systems between Walpole and Bellows Falls/Rockingham via the Vilas Bridge.  

Mr. Fox provided a brief project description.  This joint economic development project achieves:

1) New uses for forest products and workforce retraining for manufacturing utilizing local forest products;

2) Development and expansion of outdoor recreation industry to provide employment and economic growth opportunities in formerly forest industry-dependent communities;

3) Collaborative, multi-state project designed to address innovative solutions to structural weaknesses highlighted by the pandemic, and community efforts to recover economically—the Vilas Bridge provides an important economic development connection between Walpole and Bellows Falls supporting long term economic recovery by supporting retail and food merchants locally, to replace the limited longer distance travelling discouraged in the new normal for uncertain COVID-19 potential long term paradigm shifts.

The Letter of Intent to the Northern Border Regional Commission Regional Forest Economy Partnership (NBRC)states that “The Town of Walpole and the Town of Rockingham intend to issue a collaborative proposal for a regional forest economy partnership grant.  Please accept this Letter of Interest for consideration to invite for a full grant application. “

The NBRC would come back to the towns by September 30th.  An application would be due by October 30th.  Mr. J.B. Mack at the Southwest Regional Planning Commission has been talking with the NH Department of Transportation about this proposal.  

Mrs. Pschirrer explained there are so many purposes to this grant.  There are trails, forests, recreation, economic development and the Vilas Bridge.  Mr. Fox said the NBRC is looking for a two-page submittal.  It will have to be concise.  Mr. Dalessio’s concern is the letter.  Almost everything is dedicated to trails and the rest is dedicated to Rockingham’s economic development.  He questions if we can apply for a grant for something we do not own.  Mr. Fox noted that originally he was looking at the Vilas Bridge and the sewage line.  Mr. Dalessio advised that we are actively pursuing getting the sewage line off the bridge; they are in the second phase of engineering. Mrs. Pschirrer thinks the Vilas Bridge will continue to be No. 10 every year on the NH Transportation 10 Year Plan.  Ms. Mayberry noted the environment impact of the bridge will raise-up the priority on the list.  Mrs. Pschirrer mentioned the total cost to complete rail trail quality.  Mr. Fox said there are 20 different funding sources.  The total grant will be approximately $700,000.  For Rockingham and Walpole, it would require a 50% match.  The goal is not to have the towns commit any dollars. It can be separated; rail trails and bridge, but rail trails make it more competitive.  

Mr. Dalessio suggested they do not sign the Letter of Intent.  Ms. Mayberry noted they are just being asked if they support the effort to apply for the grant.  Mr. Fox replied NBRC would make the determination.  His indication was the NBRC thought this was a good project.  They like collaborative projects.  The signatures is to state the Town of Walpole and the Town of Rockingham are applying for this grant jointly.  Ms. Mayberry said it would indicate Walpole supports the work Mr. Fox is doing.  Mrs. Pschirrer feels the snag might be if the NH DOT does not go along with it.  This is a complicated proposal and the application needs to be done in a short period of time.  Mr. Dalessio feels it is clear that thedevelopment of the rail trails will bring more economic development to Bellows Falls.  He is in favor of opening the Vilas Bridge and the rail trails but we should not push them forward together.  Mrs. Pschirrer advised that Walpole does not have an Economic Development Committee; she is not sure how much manpower we have to put into this.  Mr. Dalessio would suggest the Letter of Intent state “The Town of Walpole supports the intent”.  Ms. Mayberry does not feel there is a down-side for us to sign the letter.  If it gets approved and the Vilas Bridge gets fixed it benefits Walpole.  It will still impact both communities.  

Ms. Mayberry moved to have Peggy L. Pschirrer, SelectboardChair, sign this Letter of Intent to issue a collaborative proposal for a regional forest economy partnership grant.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  On a roll call voice vote Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer were in favor of the motion.  Mr. Dalessio was opposed to the motion.  The motion passed by a 2-to-1 vote.   

Mrs. Pschirrer summarized that Walpole has no money and no manpower.  Mr. Dalessio pointed out that Mr. Lew Shelley is not Chair of the Walpole Conservation Commission.  Mrs. Alicia Flammia is the Chair of the Walpole Conservation Commission.                 

Mask Mandate Update:  Dr. Charles Shaw came into the meeting.  He handed in his renewal application form as Health Officer that required Selectboard signatures.  

Mr. Dalessio moved to approve and sign the application for the re-nomination of Dr. Charles Shaw as the Walpole Health Officer.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Dr. Shaw advised there are some serious concerns about COVID-19 and its behavior.  People are carrying the virus for 2-to-3 days before they get sick. Therefore, they have probably contaminated other people.  We are now having discussions about getting the children back to school.  He wrote an article for the Clarion that will be coming out this month; “What Can We Do To Get the Kids in School and Keep Them There”.  It is a challenge.  His answer is to wear a mask.  He printed several mask policies but they were from cities with colleges, hospitals, nursing homes, etc.  They have much higher risk profiles than Walpole.  He is not ready to offer a template for a mask ordinance, but would like to educate the public. In Durham, Keene and Hanover there are assigned levels for an offense of not wearing a mask.  First time is a warning, etc.  The Governor issued an order that the Health Officers are to enforce this.  Dr. Shaw does not want to be the enforcer.  He is asking the Selectboard to define the commercial district as having to wear a mask in buildings.  Signage could be put in their entry-ways.  He had seen a sign: “No Mask, No Service, No Exceptions”.  Have a uniform campaign with a logo; a bumper sticker, a T-shirt, etc.  Signage with a friendly message.  Mrs. Pschirrer noted it is mandatory to wear a mask for public buildings.  We have masks available if they do not have one.  Many businesses/restaurants are requiring masks; if you don’t have one, they will give you one.   They are all under orders for keeping distances.  We cannot pass an ordinance unless it goes before Town Meeting as Walpole has less than 10,000 people.  Dr. Shaw, as Health Officer, could mandate mask wearing.  Mrs. Pschirrer pointed that everyone working in the Town Hall on Primary Voting Day, September 8th will be wearing a mask.  People not wearing a mask will not be allowed entrance to the Town Hall to vote but will have to vote outside with an election worker.  

Pending Further Action:

Recreation Area Parking Lot Deed and Sales Agreement:Mrs. Pschirrer is waiting for the deed from Attorney Hockensmith.

Reservoir Dam Repairs:  Mr. Dalessio spoke to the Department of Environmental Services (DES).  

Houghton Brook Bridge and Fish Ladder:  Mr. Dalessio said the application for the grant is due on Monday.  Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer approved having him sign the grant application.  He feels there must be a way to appeal the Department of Environmental Services (DES) decision.  It is dry now so would be a good time to do the project.  It seems like $520,000 is a lot of money for this small area.  Fuss & O’Neill has been working there.  We cannot take the bridge out because it would land-lock a few property owners.  

March Hill Road:  Mr. Dalessio said we are all permitted to do this project.  Mr. Rau thought about holding back on unnecessary work but Mr. Dalessio told him to go ahead and put March Hill Road on the schedule.  The cost will be about $8,000.

Merv Stevens:  Ms. Mayberry told Mr. Rau to put Mr. Merv Stevens dry well in now when it is so dry.  Mrs. Pschirrer mentioned there is supposed to be a storm drain going in on that road.  

NEW BUSINESS:

2020 MS-1:  Mr. Dalessio moved to approve and sign the 2020 MS-1, Walpole Summary Inventory of Valuation.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

MS-434:  Mrs. Pschirrer pointed out that Mr. Kreissle is working on this form that assists the DRA in setting the town’s tax rate.  He submitted a draft copy to the Department of Revenue Administration (DRA).  

Hooper Golf Properties, LLC:  Mr. Dalessio moved to approve and sign the letter to the officers of the Hooper Golf Properties, LLC regarding their copy of the Deed for the Discretionary Easement.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry 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.   Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:57 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:00 PM.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION:

Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  On a roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 8:01 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:28 PM.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of August 27, 2020. Be sealed.  September by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

ADJOURNMENT:

Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there were any questions or comments.  There were none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:30 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary