Conservation Commission Meeting Minutes 9/9/19

 

Members Present: Laura Hayes, Lewis Shelley, Alicia Flammia (Chair), France Menk, Steven Dumont (Recording Secretary)

 

Alternates Present: Peter Palmiotto, Myra Mansouri, Elaine Heleen, 

 

Members Absent: John Peska (Vice Chair), Kelli Wilson, Gary Speed, Jackie Kensen

 

Others Present: Cheryl Mayberry (Selectboard Representative),

 

Call to Order: Alicia called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM. 

 

Seating of Alternates: none required.

 

Laura voted to approve the minutes of August 5, 2019. France seconded. All in favor.

 

Public Business:

1. Treasury: PDIP account balances as follows; Conservation – $132,201.16. Forestry – $36,328.02. Walker Road – $4,461.67. Mason Trust Expendable – $408,072.39, non-expendable – $17,057.27.
2. Correspondence:
a. Jackie and Peter appointment letters.

 

New Business: 

1. Tucker Burr Conservation Agreement: there was an email from a realtor about the Tucker Burr property. There was an easement on the property, but no information on our spreadsheet or on the NH Granite system. It is on our conservation map. Prior to the meeting, the WCC found the paper file in our records. The paperwork is from 2001. It is a conservation agreement, not an easement, between the town and the owner. It was noted the WCC needs to notify NH Granite whenever we enter into an agreement on a property for an easement where we are the main easement holder. The Monadnock Conservancy, for example, notifies the state when they enter into agreements. Sarah Downing asked us if we have a master list of properties which we are the primary easement holder, and what our responsibilities are on those easements. This is why Laura was contracted to develop the database. The WCC is supposed to monitor the Tucker Burr property annually. The property is supposed to be maintained for farm or forest uses. We do not have to submit paperwork to anyone but should write an annual report. The realtor should be able to find the agreement when they do a deed search. Alicia discussed the need to have a master list of easement properties with our responsibilities. This list would be separate from the database Laura has come up with. It could be an annual checklist for the WCC. Need to add an agenda item for next month.
2. NH DOT Church Street Bridge: the state is doing work in 2020, and is asking for any concerns relative to the project, specifically if we have any preferred or priority mitigation efforts that the DOT should use to evaluate their project if there are mitigation steps that need to be taken. Alicia noted that Nashua NH for example has guides for specific types of work. She asked if Walpole has any guidelines. The answer was no. Alicia asked if she should send them our conservation plan? The state is using their own guidelines. They are redecking the bridge. Alicia will respond and let them know we do not have any guidelines.
3. Hooper Forest Invasive Species: Alicia was in contact with Alex about the three remaining rapid assessments. Alicia received one and will forward it. Alex reminded Alicia that if we want to do invasive species removal at Hooper, now is the time to think about scheduling and a budget. Alicia looked back at her notes and saw that we wanted to get an idea of the dam work costs before we address invasive species. Steven added that we also want to look at all the forests and see if there are any priorities or other invasives before we tackle one forest. Lew noted he has sent Alex GPS files of the trails for the Mason Forest. Alex also wants to come in on a quarterly basis and keep us updated and answer any questions. Alicia will contact Alex. Cheryl reminded the WCC that any costs relative to maintenance of the Hooper Forest will come from Hooper funds, not from the WCC. If the WCC needs to cover costs of invasive removal at Hooper and get reimbursed by Hooper that can be looked at. 

 

Old Business:

1. Harold Putnam Memorial: the family is discussing language for the bench.
2. Mill Pond Trail Work Recap: the work was done. All the trail was cleared and some new trail cut. Further work will be needed. Some tread work on the upper end is needed. Maybe another morning of work. This year would be preferable. There is also a massive tree that fell after the WCC did work. Steven mentioned we may want to schedule at least one trail work day annually for every trail that the WCC maintains. 
3. Town Website: Steven mentioned that it sounds as if Ryan will be helping Kelli with the website. France has spoken with Sarah and let her know that she would be willing to do the website for a fee, if Sarah can get her some budget information. She is looking into it.
4. Reservoir Dam Work Update: Fuzzy Brothers are submitting three quotes for the culvert work, for three different options. Partial culvert replacement, slip lining the culvert and a concrete spray epoxy. Estimates should be ready for the next meeting. The permit can be submitted after the scope is decided. Cheryl suggested the estimates get sent out to members ahead of time so they can be looked at.
5. Membership: Duncan needs to write a letter and swear in.

 

Other Business:

1. NH Charitable Foundation Robert P. Hubbard Conservation Commission Conservation Fund: Peter researched the fund. Once a year we will get a report and statement. Last February there was about $225,000.00 in the account. In started in 2001 with $100,000.00. Another $100,000.00 was added in November of 2015. It is a completed gift, which cannot be changed. It is for the purpose of raising money for the WCC. Last year the disbursement was about $7,000.00. In 2019 we got $9,150.00. The disbursement is calculated by a percent averaged over 20 quarters. Any money over the average goes back into the fund. Any money under the average goes to us. Their fee is .07% of the fund value. In 2018 it was about $1,591.00. Over the life of the fund so far the WCC has gotten over $100,000.00. The funds go into the Conservation account. They are sent out in February.
2. Walker Road Property: Peter noticed that he heard the Fletchers are not interested in haying. He mentioned Larry Britton was interested in either haying or putting it back into corn, but needs to know asap. Alicia mentioned Chuck also knows someone interested in haying but is not a town resident. Pete’s Stand is also interested in commercially growing vegetables but Alicia mentioned the need to pay taxes. Alicia asked if we are still interested in keeping it organic. She also asked if we are okay with manure, pesticides and herbicides close to the river. The WCC consensus was that we would like to stay away from that, or at least follow best management practices for activities around wetlands and waterbodies. Lew had an idea for a pollinator garden. He recently worked with a company that did a large pollinator garden in Roxbury. It could include a trail through the flowers, with informational signs, or we could include information on the kiosk. Peter showed pictures. It would be a beautiful idea for the Walpole Gateway. Peter made a motion that the WCC ask Moosewood Ecological for a proposal for a pollinator garden in the upper, middle and lower fields. France seconded. All in favor. On a side note, Lew mentioned the kiosk timbers have been ordered.
3. Tools: Lew noted we need to replace a pair of loppers. Cheryl asked if we had the budget spreadsheet. We had reviewed it earlier this year. There is a line item for tools. Steven made a motion to fund a couple new pairs. France seconded.
4. Town Roads: Lew was discussing the recent issue of an old road in town. Lew installed a gate there in the 80’s because he was told the owners owned both sides of the road and therefore the road. Turns out the road is still a Class 6 road and it cannot be locked. The owners would like to see the road remain locked. However, if it is unlocked it could be classified as a class A or B trail which does have restrictions. A neighbor would like to ride a dirt bike on the road. The selectboard is still trying to determine the classification of the road.

 

Adjournment: At 8:41 Lew made a motion to adjourn the meeting. France seconded. Meeting adjourned.

Next Meeting: Monday, October 7, 2019 at 7:30 PM.

Respectfully submitted; Steven Dumont, Recording Secretary

Note: These are unapproved minutes. Corrections, if any, will be found in the minutes of October 7, 2019.

Craft Crawl 2019

Withdrawal Committee Meeting Minutes – 10/2/19

School Withdrawal Committee 

FMRHS Library

October 2, 2019 6:00 PM

 

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


Chairman Mr. St.Pierre called the meeting to order at 6:00 PM. 

 

Motion made to approve the minutes of the September 25, 2019 meeting by Mr. Emig, Second by Mrs. Vogel.  All in favor.  Mr. Levesque abstained.  Minutes are accepted as presented.  

 

Motion made by Albert St.Pierre that the Withdrawal of Charlestown from the Fall Mountain Regional School District is recommended and a plan be created to be presented to the State of NH Board of Education, according to the requirements of RSA 195.  Seconded by Mrs. Vogel.  

 

Mr. Dalessio offered a statement.  “It has become clear that Charlestown, through their Select Board, wants to withdraw from the Fall Mountain School District.  They have tried unsuccessfully for decades to have the apportionment formulas and the articles of agreement changed.  This is a long time coming.  The study process has brought to the table many issues.  Such as local control and better understanding of the cost of education.  These discussions must continue for the betterment of the school district.  Voters, I encourage you to become involved.  Go to school board meetings.  Go to budget hearings.  Go to the Deliberative Session.  That also includes going to your local selectmen asking questions.  Ask the hard questions of your school board reps as well.  Selectmen sitting here at the table, we started working together and I think we should continue that for the betterment of all of our communities.  The vote tonight, if passed, will allow the process to move forward.  Both the NH State Board of Education and the citizens of each of the five member towns must approve the plan before they can move forward.  It seems fair to Charlestown to let the process move forward.  The understanding will be an uphill battle to approve the withdrawal at the polls in March, due to the expected increase in costs for the four remaining towns.  Thank you.”

 

Mr. Levesque asked for clarification of the motion.  Mr. St.Pierre noted that if the motion passes, the committee will continue for the purpose of preparing a plan to send to the NH Board of Education.  The committee has about a month to put a plan together for the state’s review, to be in compliance with the timeline laid out in RSA 195.

 

Mr. Stahl noted another option: If we vote against the plan, we [the committee] can file for an extension.  Mrs. Vogel clarified this as the three options in the RSA.  Yes, No, or Need More Time.  Mr. St.Pierre expressed that the motion was made, but that if the motion is defeated, then someone could offer another motion to include the three options.  Or, an amendment to the current motion could be made.

 

Mr. St.Pierre called for the vote on the motion, alphabetical by town as agreed at the September 25, 2019 meeting.

 

The vote is as follows:

 

Francis C. Emig, Jr., Acworth Select Board n

Sarah Vogel, Acworth School Board n

Alan F. Dustin, Alstead Select Boardy

Joseph A. Levesque, Alstead School Board  y

Albert A. St.Pierre, Charlestown Select Board  y

Scott Bushway, Charlestown School Board  y

Lucien Joseph Beam, Langdon Select Board  y

Mary Henry, Langdon School Board  n

Steven J. Dalessio, Walpole Select Board  y

William K. Stahl, Walpole School Board  n

 

By a vote of 6 to 4, the motion passes.

 

Motion by Mary Henry to ask for an extension of the November date.  Second by Mr. Stahl.

 

Mr. Dalessio asks how long is needed for an extension?  Mrs. Henry does not know, but will not delay past deadline to get the plan before the voters in March.

 

Amendment to the motion made by Mr. Dalessio to set the date of extension to November 15, 2019, if approval of an extension is given by the State of NH BOE.  Mr. Dustin seconds the amendment.  

 

Discussion on the amendment to ask for an extension until 11/15 to present the plan.  Mrs. Vogel asks for original date.  Mrs. Henry clarifies the date as November 1, according to RSA 195.

 

Mrs. Henry requests that legal counsel for the district be allowed to speak to the process.   Mr. St.Pierre asks the committee to vote by a show of hands.  At the board’s majority but not unanimous approval, Mrs. Henry introduced Atty. Gordon Graham of Soule, Leslie, Kidder, Sayward & Lougmann.  Mrs. Henry asked what this committee is charged with reporting to the state of NH? 

 

Atty Graham clarified that RSA 195:26 lists all the elements required by the State of NH.  The Plan must include

 Name of district (or districts) that is withdrawing.  
 Number and Name of grades that are withdrawing.  
 Number, composition, and method of selection of the term of the office of the withdrawing district, as well as the districts in the remaining co-op..  
 Proposed date of operating responsibilities of the new district.  
 The method of apportioning capital expenses among members of the remaining co-op.  
 A plan for the education of all the students in the withdrawing and remaining districts.  
 Including union contracts, transportation, detailed provisions of tuition agreements.  
 Assignment of students for each district in all town’s — which grades in which schools for all schools in the district.  
 Anything else not incompatible with the plan.  

 

Mr Dalessio asked for clarity regarding the School District’s bylaw stating that adopting a change to the articles of agreement requires a ⅔ vote of the five towns,  but a withdrawal requires only 50%.  Atty Graham does not know –  though he would predict that because the change to the Articles of Agreement may be in the withdrawal plan, they would be subject to the simple majority 50% vote.  Mrs. Vogel asked whether each town must vote in the affirmative or a majority of all votes total in the five towns?  Atty Graham states that each town must vote in the affirmative for a withdrawal.  Mrs. Henry clarified that if one town does not vote in the affirmative, the withdrawal would not pass.   Mr. St.Pierre asked for the RSA stating that each town must vote yes.  Atty Graham read from RSA 195:29.   Upon reading the RSA, it was determined that the total vote of the five towns must be a simple majority of 50%.  

 

Discussion to adjust the amendment to the motion for a deadline of December 1, 2019, pending that the State of NH will grant  an extension.  Made by Mr. Dalessio and seconded by Mr. Dustin.  By a vote of 8 in favor, 2 opposed, the motion passes.

 

Original motion to request an extension from the State Board of Education, as made by Mrs. Henry and seconded by Mr. Stahl.  All in favor.  Motion passes.

 

Mr. St.Pierre continued to the next agenda item, asking if the committee is ready to work on a plan.  Mrs. Henry asks if the committee will vote on the plan when it is complete?  Mr. St. Pierre notes that that will be a majority vote.

 

Public comment:

Mr. St.Pierre opened the floor.  Tom Cobb, Charlestown, thanked the members of the board for their dedication and hard work.  He appreciates that the board is allowing the vote to go to the voters.  Mike Patton, Charlestown, questioned if Charlestown withdrawing will save money or if it is a reallocation of money to the remaining towns?  Mr. St.Pierre clarified that a plan will be put together and the committee has numbers to do so.  Mrs. Henry and Mrs. Vogel feel they have hard numbers from the CFO, showing that costs will go up.  Mr. Dalessio spelled out that the finance subcommittee presented drafts of budgets, showing that some things will go up and some will go down as a result of a Charlestown withdrawal.  Only Charlestown has offered a reduction from the proposal by Jim Fenn, CFO.  Mr. Dalessio advised Mr. Patton to have a conversation with the finance subcommittee or the Charlestown Withdrawal Advisory Committee for clarification.  Mr. Emig clarified that the State BOE has to approve the plan before it goes to the voters.  Shelly Andrus, Charlestown, asked that a majority vote of the committee has to approve the plan before it goes to the voters?  Yes, the committee will vote on the plan before the plan goes to the state.  If the State BOE approves the plan, then it will go to the voters.  Mr. Dalessio lays out that the committee will:

 Form a plan
 Vote on the plan
 If the plan is approved, submit the plan to the State of NH BOE
 If the plan is not approved, the minority can submit a plan to the BOE
 On the ballot in March for voter approval

 

Mr. St.Pierre clarified that the minority report may only be filed with the school board of the cooperative, a majority report is filed with the state.  Mrs. Henry asked Atty Graham where the minority report is to be filed.  The Attorney read the statute.  The minority report does not go to the State BOE.  Terry Spilsbury, Charlestown, contended that the statute has two provisions.  One is that if the majority votes yes, which is what occurred, then the majority prepares a plan and files it with the state by the November 1 deadline, unless an extension is obtained.  Those who voted no are entitled to file a dissent with the State BOE.  The other provision is that if the vote was negative, then the minority report would go to the School Board.  In this case, those who voted yes are obligated to prepare the plan and those who voted no are entitled to write a dissent.  Atty Graham called Terry’s interpretation only one interpretation.  Atty Graham feels that their are other interpretations that include that the motion that was approved was to create a plan, not a vote for recommendation for withdrawal.  Mr. Spilsbury requests that Mr. St. Pierre reread the motion.  “Withdrawal of Charlestown from the Fall Mountain Regional School District is recommended and a plan be created to be presented to the State of NH Board of Education, according to the requirements of RSA 195.”  Mrs. Vogel specified that this is the motion created according to the discussion in the September 25, 2019 meeting.  

 

Motion by Mr. Dalessio to reconsider the original motion. Second by Mrs Henry.  Vote is 7 in favor, 3 opposed.  The motion will be reconsidered.  

 

Mr. Bushway asks if we are supposed to be voting on withdrawal or a plan?  Mrs. Henry asks to put forward a plan.

 

Jerry Henry, Langdon, the committee should have had a plan.  Tom Cobb, Charlestown, purpose of this committee is to put together a plan for withdrawal.  Trina Dearborn, Charlestown, original conversation was to create a plan over the summer.

 

Motion made by Mr. Dalessio.  That withdrawal of Charlestown from the FMRSD is recommended.  A plan will be created to be presented to the State of NH BOE according to the requirements of RSA 195, after approval of the FM Withdrawal Committee studying the Charlestown withdrawal proposal.  Second by Mr. Stahl.

 

Mrs. Henry asks to make the motion simpler.  Mr. Dalessio speaks to the hard work that has been put in by the committee to get to this point.  He clarifies that RSA 195 allows the committee to vote on a recommendation to withdraw, and that is what we want to do.  It does not say we have to have a plan in place to recommend withdrawal.  Mr. Beam reinforced that there is elements of a pretty good plan that has already been  presented by Charlestown.  It looks at educational impact and financial impact.  The committee knows what the impact is to all the districts.  There are things Charlestown will take over.  Different proposals have already been looked at.  Mr. Beam felt these were enough to make a recommendation for withdrawal.  Mrs. Henry noted that this committee has no authority over the tuition agreement.  Mr. Beam agreed, but that the committee can go forward.  Mr. Bushway clarifies that if the committee votes for the amended motion, there is another option to defeat the plan before going to the state.  Mr. St.Pierre calls for a rereading of the motion, and then the vote.

 

Francis C. Emig, Jr., Acworth Select Board n

Sarah Vogel, Acworth School Board n

Alan F. Dustin, Alstead Select Boardy

Joseph A. Levesque, Alstead School Board  y

Albert A. St.Pierre, Charlestown Select Board  y

Scott Bushway, Charlestown School Board  y

Lucien Joseph Beam, Langdon Select Board  y

Mary Henry, Langdon School Board  n

Steven J. Dalessio, Walpole Select Board  y

William K. Stahl, Walpole School Board  y

 

 

By a vote of 7 to 3, the motion passes.

 

Mr. St.Pierre asked if the committee can continue to meet Wednesdays?  Yes.  A discussion/comparison of other towns/districts in this situation will be discussed.  Mrs. Vogel will forward the plan put forth from Middleton Farmington to Alissa Bascom to be forwarded out for viewing by the committee.  Is there any objection to the Charlestown plan that was presented earlier this summer being re-presented?  The committee would like to see it again.  A review of the subcommittees will occur.  

 

Mr. Beam would like to understand what areas the board feels they don’t have enough information on? There is already a Tuition proposal and answers to the questions specifically in the RSA.  Is anything else needed for the educational impact?  Mr. Emig noted the impact on the teachers needs to be determined.  A copy of the sick leave buyback and the specific positions and town’s needs to be requested. 

 

Mr. St.Pierre will ask for the extension from the State of NH Board of Education. 

 

Motion to adjourn made by Mr. Dalessio.  Seconded by Mr. Stahl.  All in favor.  Meeting is adjourned at 7:23 pm. 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Alissa Bascom

 

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 9/26/19

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

 

CALL TO ORDER:  Mr. Dalessio called this meeting of the Selectboard to order at 6:30 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.   There were four visitors in attendance.

 

PUBLIC BUSINESS:

BUILDING PERMIT:  Mr. Ralph Smith advised that his son, Mr. Peter Smith, is his spokesman.  Mr. P. Smith reported that his father and brother went to the Planning Board. They want to convert a garage in back of Mr. R. Smith’s dwelling into a living facility. The conversion allows Mr. P. Smith to be closer to assist his mom and dad. The Planning Board passed it onto the Zoning Board. They approved the two variances.  He now needs to apply for a building permit to allow the construction to start.  Mr. Dalessio mentioned there is a question on the sewer connection.  Mr. P. Smith replied that everybody involved has verbally agreed to the connection. The legal documents are being drawn up. He has talked with Mr. Mark Houghton.  Mr. Dalessio said as soon as that is cleared up, they can come back to apply for their building permit.      

 

DAVID EDKINS and RICHARD O’BRIEN:  Mr. Edkins stated they got the letter from the Selectboard regarding Dexpart, but he is still puzzled by it.  They thought the Selectboard was going to ask Attorney Hockensmith for a “legal opinion” but not a statement beginning with “As a practical matter”.  The solution does not seem to have any basis in State law or our regulations; it just says “don’t worry about the rules”.  This seems to be just a suggestion as a layman from Attorney Hockensmith.  Mr. Dalessio asked how they get beyond “AttorneyClient Privilege”.  There were portions of the document they were not able to share with the public.  Mr. Edkins said but there does not appear to be any legal advice in this.  Mr. Dalessio stated Attorney Hockensmith was unable to go either way.  He did send Attorney Hockensmith photos of the property. He googled earth and got some aerial photos. Mr. Dalessio also sent other information from Mr. Edkins, Mr. O’Brien, Dexpart and the Selectboard.  At the end, this was Attorney Hockensmith’s conclusion.  Mr. Edkins said to sum this up, it is the Selectboard’s determination that there is no junkyard facility included with the Dexpart operation and therefore does not require a permit.  Mr. Dalessio concurred that the Selectboard agrees.  They are enforcing the letter they sent to Dexpart and recently they were sent a reminder letter.  The Selectboard just received a letter from the Dexpart attorney late this afternoon. They have not yet had the opportunity to read it.  Mr. O’Brien said just for the record they may not see the correspondence between the Selectboard and their attorney.  Mr. Dalessio said it is considered “AttorneyClient Privilege”.  Mr. O’Brien noted so they will not tell the Town taxpayers what it says.  Mr. Dalessio noted that is what it implies.  Mr. O’Brien asked if they can see the Selectboard’s correspondence to the attorney.  Mr. Dalessio replied “not at this time”; they will check on this but he has no problem with it.  Mr. O’Brien said okay, if this is the way the Selectboard stands on this.  Their letter of May 23rd stated there are 16 cars, more or less, that are privately owned by the Dexters.  Therefore, it is the Selectboard’s opinion that anybody in Town can have 16 unregistered vehicles on their property if they own it.  Mr. Dalessio questioned “unregistered”in their letter.  Mrs. Pschirrer noted they are not saying that.  This was not addressed to every property owner in Town.  Mr. O’Brien asked what the difference would be.  Mrs. Pschirrer said it depends on the individual and what is going on.  Mr. Dalessio advised they are not going to answer that question right now.  Mr. O’Brien feels they are picking-and-choosing what they want to do.  He referenced RSA 236:112.  This RSA states they can only have two unregistered vehicles on a property.  It is the Selectboard’s opinion that Mr. Dexter can have 12, Mr. Edkins can have 75 and someone else can have 50 vehicles.  Mrs. Pschirrer replied that she

 

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will not be cornered by saying that to please Mr. O’Brien.  Mr. Dalessio summarized that all this will be in the minutes of this meeting.  Mr. Edkins asked if Dexpart has made any progress in cleaning up the property.  Mr. Dalessio replied their attorney indicates in his letter that they have already removed 19 vehicles from the property.  Mr. Dalesssio said their agreement indicated October 1st.  Mr. O’Brien said the agreement included movingvehicles to the back of the Dexpart property, which is against Mr. O’Brien’s property line. Mr. Edkins said reducing the size of a junkyard from 116 cars down to 90 cars does not address the issue.  It is still a junkyard with 90 cars.  Mr. O’Brien does not understand how E.W. Salvage – he realizes they crush cars and do different things – needs a junkyard permit. Dexpart is making a living on selling parts off cars.  He does not understand the difference.  He thinks this will go nowhere because you folks will not enforce the rules. Mr. O’Brien advised he is on a mission to clean up the Walpole Industrial Park, that has never been an industrial park.  If this was three miles north of where it is, there would be hell to pay.  It is out-of-control down there.  Mr. Dalessio pointed out that this will all be duly noted in the minutes.  It is their right and privilege to express their opinions/concerns.

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the total amount of $18,103.12 for checks issued September 27, 2019.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

There was a consensus of the Selectboard to hold the check in the amount of $10,000 to the Springfield Fence Company pending clarification of the procedure.

 

PAYROLL:  

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Check Register for the week ending September 21, 2019, in the amount of $28,548.90 for checks issued September 27, 2019, and the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes in the amount of $5,847.44.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

Two payroll tax transfers were signed.

 

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MINUTES – September 19, 2019:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of September 19, 2019, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

 

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – September 19, 2019:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard session of September 19, 2019, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

 

STAFF MEETING – September 19, 2019:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Staff Meeting of September 19, 2019, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meeting:

 Walpole Zoning Board of Adjustment – September 18, 2019.

 

 

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TIMBER TAX WARRANT:

MAP and LOT #011-014-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve and sign the Original Warrant, Yield Tax Levy, The State of New Hampshire, for Map and Lot #011-014-000 in the amount of $690.80.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

BUILDING PERMITS:

2011-48 AMENDED, MCG WALPOLE LLC, 504 Main Street, Map and Lot #012-013-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Building Permit No. 2011-48 for MCG Walpole LLC to “Construct a 1 story 130’ x 70’ commercial retail store front building as approved by the Planning Board on April 9, 2019” at 504 Main Street.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

2019-33, LORRAINE HOLDINGS LLC, 6 Ames Plaza Way & 60 Dearborn Circle, Map and Lot #012-055-021:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Building Permit No. 2019-33 for Lorraine Holdings LLC to construct a “60’ x 26’ Two Story Light Commercial/Residential Building as approved by the Planning Board on June 11, 2019”.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

2019-34, VERIZON WIRELESS, 88 Scovill Road, Map and Lot #003-082-CL3: Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Building Permit No. 2019-34 for Verizon Wireless to Replace 12 Antennas on Existing Cell Tower” at 88 Scovill Road.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

2019-35, LEO BLAIR & JUDITH TRESCHUK, 70 Whitcomb Road, Map and Lot #025-010-000:  There was a consensus of the Selectboard to hold Building Permit 2019-35 pending receipt of a survey map of the property.  

 

OLD BUSINESS:

Dexpart: The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of a letter from the Dexpart attorney.  It stated that Dexpart removed 19 cars from the property.     

 

Old Stage Road Type of Discontinuance:  This agenda item was put on-hold pending the letter from Mr. Dalessio.

 

Congratulatory Letter to Chamberlain Machine:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve and sign the congratulatory letter to Chamberlain Machine acknowledging the National 2019 Small Business Environmental Stewardship Award.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Hiring and Exit Procedures:  Ms. Mayberry moved to table approval of the Hiring and Exit Procedures until the next meeting.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

MS-1 Update:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve and sign the 2019 MS-1, Walpole Summary Inventory of Valuation.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

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Due to solar features being added and then exempted, updated MS-1 and MS-IV were requested by the Department of Revenue Administration (DRA).  Mrs. Downing signed the 2019 MS-1V, Walpole Fire Summary Inventory of Valuation.

 

PENDING FURTHER ACTIONS:

Citizen’s Complaint 2019-03:   Mr. Dalessio acknowledged receipt of Citizen’s Complaint 2019-03.  This issue was taken care of this morning.  The vines and branches were removed from the dead-end sign on Brady and Birch Streets. Bamboo brush was cut off the sides of the road.

 

Citizen’s Complaint 2019-02 Letter:  Mr. Dalessio will draft a response letter.

 

Tax Deeded Properties: Mr. Dalessio continues to work with Attorney Hockensmith about the Tax Deeded Properties.

 

Ramsay Hill Right-of-Way:  This continues to be on-hold as we are waiting for documents from the attorney.

 

New Reuse Center:  Plans are being worked on for the new Reuse Center.

 

Alstead Center Road Weight Limit:   Mr. Dalessio will be giving Mrs. Downing addresses for the letters reminding people of the road weight limit.

 

Air Conditioning for Second Floor of Town Hall:  The Players will be discussing this agenda item.  

 

NH Association of Assessing Officials 2020 Election Ballot: Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Chair of the Selectboard, Steven Dalessio, sign the NH Association of Assessing Officials 2020 Election Ballot.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.     

 

Cemetery Deeds D464 & D465 and D467 & D468:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Cemetery Deeds for Lots #D464, D465, D467 and D468.  These lots are being transferred within a family.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

2020 Planning and Land Use Regulation Manual:  New 2020 Planning and Land Use Regulation Manuals will be ordered for Mrs. Pschirrer and Ms. Mayberry.  Mr. Dalessio has a 2019 copy. He will pass on a new one for now.

 

Town Hall Door Locks:  The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of a memo and specifications from Mr. Rich Kreissle regarding new locks/security for the Town Hall.  They are waiting to hear back from Mr. Mark Houghton regarding fire code requirements.  

 

Thanksgiving and Christmas Week Selectboard Meeting Dates:  

Thanksgiving Week:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to change their regular Selectboard meeting from Thursday, November 28th, 2019, at 6:30 PM to Wednesday, November 27th, 2019, at 8:00 AM.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

 

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Christmas Week:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Selectboard not have a meeting on Thursday, December 26th, 2019, during the week of Christmas.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

Payroll:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to authorize Mrs. Sarah Downing to approve and sign the Payroll Check Register dated December 27, 2019.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

  

OTHER BUSINESS:

Broadband Committee:   Mrs. Pschirrer reported that the Broadband Committee is not meeting this week.  They would like to come in to a Selectboard meeting on October 3rd to go over their Request for Proposals (RFP).  She recommended they be here at 6:30 PM. Mrs. Pschirrer will email the RFP to Mr. Dalessio and Ms. Mayberry ahead of time.  Attorney Hockensmith has approved it.  

 

Brownfields Request for Proposals: Mrs. Pschirrer advised that the deadline for RFPs for the former Central Plating property are due on October 4th, 2019.  

 

Arch Bridge Meeting:  Ms. Mayberry pointed out that if the Broadband Committee attends a meeting on October 3rd that is the same night there will be an NH DOT Arch Bridge presentation in the Town Hall.  This meeting will start at 6:00 PM and is expected to be about a half-hour.

 

Town of Rockingham Select Board:  Ms. Mayberry mentioned the meeting Mr. J.B. Mack would like to schedule with the Town of Rockingham Select Board and the Walpole Selectboard.  They were going to meet to discuss the Vilas Bridge and the Great River Hydro Dam.  The meeting in Rockingham on October 1st was cancelled.  There was a consensus to try to schedule this meeting in Walpole on a Thursday; October 10thwould be first choice. If not agreeable, October 31st could be suggested.  The preferred start time is 5:30 PM. If not workable, try for 6:00 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 and (c) Reputations.  Mrs. Pschirrer seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved at 7:48 PM.

 

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:58 PM.

 

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of September 26, 2019, be sealed.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

 

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:

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

 

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:25 PM.  

 

 

 

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ADJOURNMENT:  Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:26 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Hooper Trustees Meeting Minutes – 9/26/19

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

 

CALL TO ORDER:  Mr. Dalessio called this Hooper Trustees meeting to order at 7:58 PM.  He advised this meeting is being recorded.

 

HOOPER TRUSTEES MINUTES:

HOOPER TRUSTEES MEETING – September 19, 2019:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Hooper Trustees meeting of September 19, 2019, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

 

HOOPER BUSINESS:

Museum Day at the Hooper Institute:  Ms. Mayberry reported it was a good day.  About twenty-five people attended.  They learned how to prepare and press apple cider.  A mixture of apples was donated by Alyson’s.  It was really popular.  There were some hand-made games.  It was a fun day.  There is an impressive Treasure Box out for donations.  Ms. Mayberry stayed, helped clean-up and they had popcorn.

 

Hooper Institute Board Meeting:  Ms. Mayberry plans to attend the next Hooper Institute Board meeting on Tuesday, October 1st.  Mrs. Holly Gowdy has sent out the meeting agenda.  

 

Friends of the Hooper:  Friends of the Hooper gave $5,000 toward the Hooper Institute summer programs.  Mrs. Pschirrer noted they keep some money as they print the new brochures.  They should start planning some fundraisers.

 

Hooper Institute:  The Trustees talked about summer intern programs and looking for sponsorships.  There are grants available. Applications/requests should be submitted.  Ms. Mayberry will talk to Ms. Helen Dalbeck and give her some suggestions.      

 

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.  Mrs. Pschirrer seconded the motion and on a roll call vote with Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved at 8:15 PM.

The regular Hooper Trustees meeting resumed at 8:24 PM.

 

Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Hooper Trustees Session of September 26, 2019, be sealed.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved. 

 

ADJOURNMENT:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to adjourn this Hooper Trustees meeting.  The Hooper Trustees will return to the Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:25 PM.

Respectfully submitted, Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

 

 

Planning Board Meeting Agenda – 10/8/19

WALPOLE PLANNING BOARD AGENDA

TOWN HALL

Tuesday,  Oct. 8, 2019

                7 pm 

Roll Call – Appointment of alternates if needed.

 

Minutes – Review minutes of the September meeting.

 

New Business:

Voluntary Merger: Ed Nachjaski, 174 Upper Walpole Rd., District rural/ag, Tax Map 12, Lots 42 and 42-1. Merge two lots to make one lot.

 

Site Plan: Greg Gay is coming to discuss a site plan in North Walpole. 

 

Discussion: Planning Board Rules of Procedure. Any further correction? Also, since this is the second session that the Board is discussing changes to the Rules, we need to vote on the new rules.

 

October conferences – Statements from Board members who attended the Concord Meeting. What did they learn.

 

 

 

Handout: 

 

Next regular meeting: Tuesday, November 12, 2019

NW Commissioners Meeting Minutes – 9/24/19

NORTH WALPOLE VILLAGE DISTRICT

Minutes of the Board of Commissioners

   Patrick Kiniry Melissa Colburn Celeste Aumand

Office Tel: 603-445-2453

 

Commissioners:   Patrick Kiniry, Melissa Colburn, Celeste Aumand

 

Attendees:  Bob McGuirk, Water; Bill Crawford, Fire

 

Bob McGuirk and Celeste Aumand were not in attendance.

 

Commissioner’s Meeting called to order at 7:04 pm, September 24, 2019. 

Minutes of September 17, 2019, Motion by Com Colburn, Seconded by Com Kiniry to approve Minutes as written. Two in favor.

 

 

FIRE:

Chief presented invoices totaling $3,849.44, approved by motion from Com Colburn, seconded by Com Kiniry.  Two voted in favor.

Chief Crawford attended a meeting of the Upper Valley Mutual Aid and North Walpole Fire District was voted in as a member department.  Members have been invited to attend upcoming training sessions.

Chief noted that the “new” Truck committee met last Monday with the Sales Representative and reviewed options and costs.  Department is looking to purchase a combined Rescue/Engine unit, thus trading two vehicles for one.  The estimated cost for this unit is $ 550,548.  The second option would be a fire truck only, a smaller unit at an estimated cost of $527,429, which would mean retaining the old rescue truck which would have to be replaced in a couple of years.

 

 

WATER:

It was noted that there are approximately 25 outstanding unpaid water invoices from the July 2019 billing.  It is anticipated that the water to residences will be shut off around October 19, if invoices remain unpaid.

 

 

MISC:

Important Meeting October 3, 2019 – 6:00 pm Walpole Town Hall.

NHDOT Representative will discuss the repairs to the Arch Bridge (or as they are calling it the Church street Bridge) between North Walpole and Bellows Falls. 

 

 

Motion by Com Kiniry, seconded by Com Colburn to adjourn the meeting at 8:00pm, alltwo in favor. 

 

 

Meeting Adjourned at 8:00PM.

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Respectfully Submitted,

William H. Moses