Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 3/26/20

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this meeting of the Selectboard to order at 6:30 PM.  She explained the procedure of this meeting.  The Selectboard are in three separate locations.  This meeting is being recorded remotely by Mr. Alex Stradling of FACT-TV.  It is available for viewing on the Internet.  Also attending this meeting is Mrs. Sarah Downing, Manager of Administration, at the Walpole Town Hall and Ms. Regina Borden, Recording Secretary, at a separate location.  

Mrs. Pschirrer advised there will be no public comments taken at this meeting.  Comments are to be emailed to Mrs. Downing at the Walpole Town Hall.  Mrs. Downing displayed the agenda for this meeting.  That will be followed by documents as they were being discussed.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the amount of $48,654.75 for checks issued March 27, 2020.  This amount includes a $25,000 payment to the Trustee of Trust Funds for the 2020 Capital Reserve Appropriation.   Mrs. Downing is authorized to sign this document.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was 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 March 21, 2020, in the amount of $24,736.51 for checks issued March 27, 2020, and the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes in the amount of $4,860.74.  Mrs. Downing is authorized to sign this document.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Zoning Board of Adjustment – March 18, 2020.

Mrs. Pschirrer tabled this ZBA report as she was not sure it had previously been distributed.

PROPERTY TAX ABATEMENTS:

MAP and LOT #005-002-008:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant this Property Tax Abatement in the amount of $556.00 for Map and Lot #005-002-008.  This is a follow-up to an Abatement Appeal Mediated Settlement.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

CURRENT USE:

MAP and LOT #011-051-000:  Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Application for Current Use Assessment for Map and Lot #011-051-000.  This is to add 2.98 acres within a property that already has land in Current Use off March Hill Road.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

DEMOLITION PERMITS:

Mrs. Pschirrer recused herself from voting on the following Demolition Permit.

Permit 2020-07:  REMLAP PROPERTIES LLC, 2 Pleasant Street, Map and Lot #020-032-000:  Mr. Dalessio moved to grant Demolition Permit No. 2020-07 for Remlap Properties, LLC to “Remove attached & adjacent barns” at 2 Pleasant Street, Map and Lot #020-032-000.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio and Ms. Mayberry in favor, the motion was approved.

Permit 2020-08:  JAMES and BRENDA ALDRICH, 275 Valley Road, Map and Lot #013-019-000: Mr. Dalessio moved to grant Demolition Permit No. 2020-08 for James and Brenda Aldrich to “”Remove shed” at 275 Valley Road, Map and Lot #013-019-000.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

Welfare, Hooper Scholarship and Recreation Department Selectboard Liaisons:  As a follow-up to the Selectboard meeting last week, it was pointed out that the liaison to the Recreation Department was not appointed.  Ms. Mayberry will continue as liaison to the Recreation Department.  Mrs. Pschirrer would like to continue as liaison for Welfare until some policies are finalized. She will then may hand it over to Ms. Mayberry.  She will also remain as liaison to the Hooper Scholarship Committee.

Pending Further Actions:

Lights re: Walpole, NH – Rockingham VT 42277 Bridge Renovation Project:  Mr. Dalessio reported that this pending item will remain on the Agenda.

Joint Meeting Request from the Village of Bellows Falls Board of Trustees:  Mr. Dalessio reported that this pending item will remain on the Agenda.

Town Deeded Properties: Mr. Dalessio reported that this pending item will remain on the Agenda.

NEW BUSINESS:

MS-232:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve and sign the MS-232 document – Report of Appropriations Actually Voted – For the period beginning January 1, 2020 and ending December 31, 2020.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Highway Capital Reserve Fund Voucher:  Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Highway Capital Reserve Fund Voucher for the amount of $25,000 payable to the Trustees of Trust Funds as per Warrant Article #6.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

Police Capital Reserve Fund Voucher:   Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the Police Capital Reserve Fund Voucher in the amount of $15,000 payable to the Trustees of Trust Funds as per Warrant Article #10.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

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Edson Grout Purchase Order:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve Purchase Order #909646 in the amount of $153.58 payable weekly to the Welfare Director.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.  

Manager of Administration:  Mr. Dalessio moved that Mrs. Downing is authorized to use their electronic signatures on all the documents and the letter the Selectboard approved at this meeting tonight.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

2020 Town Meeting – Warrant Article #13:  Mrs. Pschirrer reported that at the 2020 Town Meeting the voters approved a resolution to have the Selectboard write a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regarding their concerns about ongoing erosion issues with the Wilder, Bellows Falls and Vernon dams along the riverbanks in our area and to include this in the docket for these projects.    

Mr. Dalessio moved to approve and sign the letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as presented at this meeting.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:

Mrs. Pschirrer announced that the regular Selectboard meeting was being recessed.  The Selectboard will enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session.  FACT-TV discontinued their filming and left the meeting at 6:45 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 6:48 PM.

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.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  On a roll call vote with Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Dalessio and Ms. Mayberry in favor, the motion was approved at 6:48 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:22 PM.

Mr. Dalessio moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard session of March 26, 2020, be sealed.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:

Ms. Mayberry moved to recess the Selectboard meeting.  The Selectboard will enter into a meeting as the Hooper Trustees.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:30 PM.  

OTHER BUSINESS:

Town Hall Building:  Mrs. Downing reported that the staff has expressed concern with people coming into the Town Hall from other states and countries.  Some are coming in by appointment with the Town Clerk’s office.  Ms. Mayberry noted they have to mandate the safe spacing distance.  The Selectboard reviewed the safety, sanitized precautions now being taken in the building.  

ADJOURNMENT:

Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:32 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Hooper Meeting Minutes-3/26/20

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this Hooper Trustees meeting to order at 7:24 PM.  She advised that the Hooper Trustees are in three separate locations.  The meeting is being recorded.

HOOPER TRUSTEES MINUTES:

HOOPER TRUSTEES MEETING – March 19, 2020:  Mrs. Pschirrer announced that the Hooper Trustees meeting Minutes will be tabled until the next meeting.

HOOPER BUSINESS:

Hooper Institute Board:  Ms. Mayberry will contact Mrs. Helen Dalbeck to advise that Mr. Steven Dalessio will be the new Liaison to the Hooper Institute Board.  Ms. Mayberry would still like to be involved with the Board.

Tree Removal:  Mr. Dalessio reported there is a tree on the Hooper property that needs to come down.  He will look at it tomorrow.

NON-PUBLIC HOOPER TRUSTEES SESSION:

Ms. Mayberry moved to enter into a Non-Public Hooper Trustees Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  On a roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:26 PM.

The regular Hooper Trustees meeting resumed at 7:29 PM.

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Hooper Trustees Session of March 26, 2020, be sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

ADJOURNMENT:

Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Hooper Trustees meeting.  The Hooper Trustees will return to the Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:30 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Hooper Trustees Meeting Minutes – 3/19/20

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

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this Hooper Trustees meeting to order at 7:48 PM.  The meeting is being recorded.

HOOPER TRUSTEES MINUTES:

HOOPER TRUSTEES MEETING – March 12, 2020:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Hooper Trustees meeting of March 12, 2020, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

HOOPER BUSINESS:

Hooper Institute Education Trust February Reimbursement of Expenses to the Town of Walpole:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the reimbursement of expenses from the Hooper Institute Education Trust to the Town of Walpole in the amount of $8,866.41for February 2020.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer, the motion was approved.

Hooper Institute Maintenance Trust FebruaryReimbursement of Expenses to the Town of Walpole:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the reimbursement of expenses from the Hooper Institute Maintenance Trust to the Town of Walpole in the amount of $220 for February 2020.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer, the motion was approved.

Hooper Staff:  Ms. Mayberry reported that Executive Director, Helen Dalbeck, has been maintaining gardens and projects around the school that the Hooper Institute manages while the Walpole School is closed. Ms. Mayberry will connect with Mrs. Dalbeck regarding the status of Rebecca Whippie.

Hooper Events:  The group discussed upcoming events such as Hooper Looper race in May and Hooper Camps in June. The question of how much effort and planning should occur. There was a consensus that planning for events should go forward, but to be careful not to invest too much in promotional efforts. The owl event has been rescheduled to October on Halloween which is a Saturday.

ADJOURNMENT:

Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Hooper Trustees meeting.  The Hooper Trustees will return to the Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:06PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Sarah Downing, Recording Secretary Pro Tempore

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 3/19/20

TOWN OF WALPOLE

MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD

MARCH 19, 2020

Selectboard Present:Steven Dalessio; Peggy Pschirrer;Cheryl Mayberry

CALL TO ORDER:  Sarah Downing, Recording Secretary Pro Tempore, called this meeting of the Selectboard to order at 6:30 PM in the Walpole Town Hall on March 19, 2020.  The first order of business is to elect a Chair for the year 2020-2021.      

ELECTION OF CHAIR:

Ms. Mayberry moved to nominate Mrs. Peggy Pschirrer as the Chair of the Selectboard for the year 2020-2021.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  There were no other nominations.  With Mr. Dalessio and Ms. Mayberry in favor, the motion was approved.  Mrs. Pschirrer accepted this nomination.

SELECTBOARD BUSINESS MEETING: Mrs. Pschirrer called this meeting of the Selectboard to order at 6:32 PM in the Walpole Town Hall on March 19, 2020.  This meeting is being recorded. There were no members of the public in attendance.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the amount of $669,899.41 for checks issued March 20, 2020.  This amount includes a $615,232 payment to the Fall Mountain Regional School District.   Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry Mr. Dalessio, and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

PAYROLL:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Check Register for the week ending March 14, 2020, in the amount of $27,513.15for checks issued March 20, 2020, and the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes in the amount of $5,029.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio, and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING – March 12, 2020:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboardmeeting of March 12, 2020, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – March 12, 2020:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of March 12, 2020, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio, and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

CURRENT USE:

MAP and LOT #080-060-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Application for Current Use Assessment for Map and Lot #080-060-000.  This is a .23-acre parcel that is part of the Hooper Conservation Easement.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio, and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

TIMBER INTENTS:

MAP and LOT #027-006-000: Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Notice of Intent to Cut Wood or Timber on property located off of Main Street in North Walpole.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrerin favor, the motion was approved.

MAP and LOT #008-062-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Notice of Intent to Cut Wood or Timber on the Hooper Golf Course which has a conservation easement.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

BUILDING PERMITS:

Permit 200459 Renewal:  CHIP PALIOCHA, 118 March Hill Road, Map and Lot #009-023-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant the renewal of Building Permit No. 2004-59 for Chip Paliocha to “construct  a 1.5 story barn and seasonal camp” at 118 March Hill Road, Map and Lot #009-023-000.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Ms. Mayberry in favor, the motion was approved.

Permit 2020-06:  ERIC MERKLEIN & TARA SAD, 82 North Road, Map and Lot #022-010-001: Ms. Mayberrymoved to grant Building Permit No. 2020-06 for Eric Merklein and Tara Sad to “construct a 36 x 26 garage” at 82 North Road, Map and Lot #022-010-001.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio, and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

Pending Further Actions:

Lights re: Walpole, NH – Rockingham VT 42277 Bridge Renovation Project, Joint Meeting Request from the Village of Bellows Falls Board of Trustees, and Town Deeded Properties: Mr. Dalessio reported that these pending items will remain on the agenda. No action occurred this week.

NEW BUSINESS:

Town Hall Visits by Staff Members and Non-Essential Items: Mr. Dalessio recounted that the process has already been established. Ms. Mayberry asked if there was a sign on the door, which was confirmed. Mr. Dalessio met with the Road Dept and explained that a call should be made to the Selectboard Office before picking up checks. Mr. Dalessio thought they could consider extending the deadline for dog licensing. Ms. Pschirrer stated the deadline is in April. She will research the option of extending the due date. Those seeking marriage licenses, death certificates and other vital records should call the Town Clerk’s Office to set up an appointment.

2020 Town Meeting Minutes:  Ms. Mayberry moved that the Selectboard approve and sign the Minutes of the 2020 Town Meeting, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio, and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

Flashing Sign Request:  Ms. Mayberry stated there was concern in North Walpole about drivers that are coming up the hill by the North Walpole School at an excessive speed while children are present. Celeste Aumand requested that a flashing sign be placed. Ms. Aumand would allow the sign to be placed on her lawn. Ms. Pschirrer noted there is a sign by the Walpole Elementary School to prompt drivers to slow down. Mrs. Pschirrer will ask the Road Agent, Mike Rau, and the Police Dept. where to purchase these signs. There was a consensus that both schools should have flashing signs.

North Road Plow Damage: The Selectboard discussed communications received from North Road residents regarding plow damage. Prior work to the area by the State was reviewed.

Highway Projects: There was a review of projects pending completion by the Highway Dept. such as the striping March Hill Road, etc. The Selectboard would like to see the log of when roads were paved. Ms. Mayberry had addressed two questions from the North Walpole Commissioners’ Office. It was confirmed that a sewer issue was on Village property and a drainage located on Church Street (Rt. 12) would need to beaddressed by NH DOT. Ms. Mayberry would like to see an updated list of Highway Dept. equipment.

DOT Letter re: Stone Arch Culvert under the Rail Trail:Access to this culvert is off of Halls Crossing Road. A payment would be placed in the ARM Fund related to this work. Mr. Dalessio explained in order to keep funds local, the Town would provide a list of 10 areas that related to flood prevention, preventing erosion and habitat improvement. Those areas that were proposed, in order of priority were Butternut Brook, the Reservoir Dam, Houghton Brook fish ladder and Connecticut River erosion next to Rt. 12 and Cold River erosion in Drewsville related to Mrs. Clark’s property.

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 was any discussion.  There was none.  On a roll call vote with Mrs. Pschirrer, Mr. Dalessio and Ms. Mayberry in favor, the motion was approved at 7:07 PM.

Mr. Dalessio moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard session of March 19, 2020, be sealed.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:25 PM.

Motorola Dual Band Portable Radios: Mr. Dalessio moved to allow the Police Department any amount of radios as long as the sum of $39,000 is not exceeded. Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

OTHER BUSINESS:

Selectboard Department Liaisons and Points of Contact:

Mrs. Peggy Pschirrer –Police Department, Library, Broadband Committee, Brownfields Grant, Renovation of Town Clerk/Tax Collector’s Office;

Mr. Steven DalessioHooper Institute, Water & Sewer Dept., Fuss & O’Neil infrastructure & planning for dams and bridges, Emergency Operations Center (EOC) web support, Reuse Building project, Police Building per the warrant article;

Ms. Cheryl MayberryRecycling Center, Recreation Dept., Highway Dept., Town Clerk/Tax Collector’s Office, North Walpole;

Mrs. Pschirrer and Ms. Mayberry will share – Conservation Commission

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:

Ms. Mayberry moved to recess the Selectboard meeting.  The Selectboard will enter into a meeting as the Hooper Trustees.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:06 PM.

ADJOURNMENT:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Dalessio.  Mrs. Pschirrer asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:08 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Sarah Downing, Recording Secretary Pro Tempore

Emergency Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 3/17/20

Please note the date of this meeting.  A lot has changed since then and we don’t want people to be confused. – Lil

 

TOWN OF WALPOLE

EMERGENCY MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD

MARCH 17, 2020

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

Also Present: Mark Houghton, Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director (EMD) and Jan Galloway-Leclerc, Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) Chair

CALL TO ORDER:  Mr. Dalessio called this emergency meeting of the Selectboard to order at 7:00 PM in the Walpole Town Hall.  He advised this meeting is being recorded and asked anyone wishing to speak to identify themselves for the record.

NOTICE OF TOWN OFFICES CLOSED TO PUBLIC:

The following notice was reviewed.

Town Offices Closed to Public Due to COVID-19

In response to COVID-19 Federal and State declarations of emergency and to protect Town of Walpole citizens and personnel, the Selectboard has enacted the following interim measures:

• Walpole Town Offices will be closed to the public through April 4, 2020.

• Town personnel will be available by phone and/or email to answer questions or to set-up any necessary appointments.

• All Town meetings, excluding the Selectboard, are suspended through April 4, 2020.

• The Selectboard recommends and encourages all people to use the online options for registrations with the Town Clerk/Tax Collector’s Office.

• The Selectboard Office and Town Clerk/Tax Collectors offices will be staffed for regularly scheduled hours. Phone first to determine if an in-person meeting is required.

• There will be no functions held at Town Hall until after April 4, 2020. Any fees already paid will be refunded.

• The Recycling Center-Transfer Station will be open as regularly scheduled and the Highway Department will continue normal operations.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Mark Houghton (EMD) likes the draft noticed since it covered all the key points. It was confirmed that the Selectboard planned to hold public meetings on Thursdays. The meeting would be held in the larger meeting room with social distancing. Per the Governor’s order, there are to be no gatherings over 50 people.

Mr. Houghton asked what was happening with the Police Department. Peggy Pschirrer, Selectboard Liaison to the Police Dept., informed the group that the lobby of the Police Department building will be closed to the public. The police have to be able to respond to emergencies.

At 7:05 PM, Dr. Chuck Shaw, the Town Health Officer joins the meeting.

Mrs. Pschirrer requested adding that the library would be closing at noon tomorrow (Weds.) to the list.

Jan Galloway-Leclerc, the ZBA Chair, gave her set-up plans for meeting to be held the next night, 3/18/2020. The same rules that applied for the Selectboard Meeting with social distancing would need to be used for this meeting per Mr. Houghton.

Mark Houghton stated that a decision was made today to move the Walpole Fire District (WFD) Meeting. The WFD has been moved to Weds., April 29th at 7 PM. It was not an easy decision to make.

Mr. Houghton asked Mrs. Galloway-Leclerc if it would be detrimental to the ZBA not to hold its March meeting. It was noted that several applicants were seeking approvals so that they could move forward with their projects and business plans. Given that, the ZBA wished to hold the meeting.

The Selectboard, EMD, the ZBA Chair and the Health Officer discussed measures needed in order to hold the 3/18/2020 ZBA meeting. The meeting can be held if precautions are taken. There must be 2 chairs widths between all chairs. There must be defined buffer space between the ZBA members and the audience. Tables and chairs are to be sanitized and hand sanitizer is available.

Best practices for cleaning and sanitizing the Town Hall were discussed such as wiping doorknobs.

Steve Dalessio ran down the list of items on the notice. Town Hall employees would continue to come to work. The group discussed how car registrations are $2.50 cheaper is processed at the Town Clerk’s Office and not online through E-Reg. Dr. Shaw recommended that the Town Clerk/Tax Collector’s Office be open by appointment only. Mr. Dalessio noted that the list included, “call first to make an appointment.” Visitors could be staged without an outside waiting line.

It was agreed that the Town Hall would reopen on April 5th. That is when schools are planning to reopen. However, as Mr. Dalessio commented, everything is subject to change which can happen by the hour. The Town is only responding to directives from the State or from the Emergency Management Director.

Mark Houghton asked if the Selectboard was receiving information from the NH Dept. of Safety, NH Homeland Security& Emergency (HSEM) and the Governor’s Office. The Selectboard is not receiving this information. Mr. Houghton is getting flooded with information. He is picking and choosing the most important information to forward to his people. The Selectboard asked to be copied on these e-mails of updates, online meeting notices and directives so that they can stay informed.

Mark Houghton was to reach out to Lt. Sanctuary to discuss Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to ensure that police officers have eye protection, gloves, N95 masks, etc.

Dr. Shaw was to send information to the group about a CDC webinar that was to happen tomorrow.

The Selectboard agreed to cancel the 3/19/2020 Staff Meeting. The Selectboard also requested that the Hooper Board of Directors cancel their upcoming meeting.

The Highway Department could keep working with social distancing. The Town Hall reservations were reviewed. Events through the end of March into April were cancelled. The Players Board meeting will need to be cancelled. They will be contacted.

It was agreed by all parties that the Recycling Center could stay open with social distancing applied. This group, like the Highway Department, works outside much of the time. There cannot be any volunteers present. Ms. Mayberry will call Mr. Hoy, the manager of the Recycling Dept. to discuss.

There was discussion about recommending that residents cancel travel plans. People need to stay home.  Mr. Houghton noted that this is just the beginning of the COVID-19 situation.

Dr. Shaw gave a time-line recap of what happened with the virus in China. This is a novel virus that no human has experienced before.

There was a general discussion of local changes with businesses and that churches were closed.

COVID-19 testing and how this virus is different than the Flu A or B was presented by Dr. Shaw. Mr. Houghton said that if a pandemic happens, they will need to re-evaluate. There may be the need for an emergency management meeting if the situation changes.

The Local Emergency Management Plan Update Meeting scheduled for Monday, March 30th will need to be cancelled and rescheduled.

An updated notice will be sent to the group to review before posting.

ADJOURNMENT:

Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  Mr. Dalessio asked if there was any discussion.  There was none.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:54 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Sarah Downing, Recording Secretary Pro Tempore

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Town Offices Closures – as of 4/2/20

TOWN OF WALPOLE

New Hampshire

OFFICE OF THE SELECTBOARD

 

Town Offices Closed to Public Due to COVID-19

In response to COVID-19 Federal and State declarations of emergency and to protect Town of Walpole citizens and personnel, the Selectboard has enacted the following interim measures:

Walpole Town Offices will be closed to the public effective March 18, 2020 at 1 PM and will continue be closed until further notice.

Town personnel will be available by phone and/or email to answer questions or to setup any necessary appointments.

All Town board/committee/commission meetings and sponsored events, excluding the Selectboard are suspended until further notice. There will be no public business discussed at Selectboard meetings; only Town business will be on the agenda.

The Selectboard recommends and encourages all people to use the online options for registrations with the Town Clerk/Tax Collector’s Office. If citizens cannot register online, contact the Town Clerk’s Office for assistance.

The Selectboard Office and Town Clerk/Tax Collectors offices will be staffed for regularly scheduled hours. Phone first to determine if an in-person meeting is required.

There will be no functions held at Town Hall until further notice. The Selectboard will review and update this directive as new NH State mandates are received.

Town libraries are closed as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 12 PM – Noon.

The Police Department’s lobby area will be closed for non-emergency business effective immediately on March 18, 2020. The Police Department will continue to answer phone calls.

The Recycling Center-Transfer Station will be open as regularly scheduled and the Highway Department will continue normal operations.

Town parks and recreation areas are closed to the public until further notice.

Thank you for your cooperation.

4/2/2020 Update

Some Cool News

We’re all tired of the bad news. Andrea Sawyer sent this along for a change of pace. Thank you Andrea and special thanks to the 4-H Ckub and their leaders, the Paul and Evelyn Beliveau. – Lil

The Mechanical Madness 4-H Club in Walpole is under the leadership of Paul and Evelyn Beliveau. This year they were lucky enough to have a 3D printer donated to our team. They are paying it forward by using it to print pieces that medical professionals and others on the front line can use to help keep their ears from developing sores from their face masks. They are donating them to the Keene, NH and Brattleboro, VT hospitals.

This is it.

And how it works.