Hooper Trustees Meeting Minutes – 7/25/19

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


CALL TO ORDER:  Mr. Dalessio called this Hooper Trustees meeting to order at 7:38 PM.  He advised this meeting is being recorded.



HOOPER TRUSTEES MEETING MINUTES – July 18, 2019:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Minutes of the Hooper Trustees meeting of July 18, 2019, as submitted.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.



Joint Meeting – Hooper Trustees and Hooper Institute Board:  The Trustees confirmed receipt of the e-mailed agenda for the joint meeting from the Chair. Ms. Galloway sent Mr. Dalessio a response. Ms. Mayberry commented that Ms. Karen Galloway will be arriving late to the meeting. Ms. Mayberry had a discussion with Ms. Galloway regarding the agenda item. Ms. Galloway felt Mr. Winmill would offer a better explanation. Mr. Dalessio would like established and new Hooper Board members to know how money moves in and out of the Trusts, how it gets spent, etc. Mrs. Pschirrer felt that Hooper Board members need to understand how much money is available and how it is managed so they can create a budget. Mrs. Pschirrer suggested if Karen Galloway did not wish to present, that Mr. Bob Kimball be asked to present. Ms. Mayberry will follow-up with Ms. K. Galloway regarding this topic for clarification.


Light refreshments will be served that night; no popcorn. Each trustee stated they would bring food items such as fruit, vegetables, cookies, etc.


New Hooper Director Feedback: When Ms. Mayberry was at the Walpole Elementary School, she spoke with Sam Jacobs, the principal, who feels that Helen Dalbeck is a fantastic hire. He’s very happy and thinks Mrs. Dalbeck is wonderful. The other trustees were happy to hear this comment. She also spoke with Mr. Jacobs regarding the expansion of Hooper education opportunities into the upper grades. This would allow natural science topics such as forestry and agriculture to be more top of mind for students who will transition to High School and then onto college.



Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Hooper Trustees meeting.  The Hooper Trustees will return to their regular Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:46 PM.


Respectfully submitted,

Sarah Downing, Recording Secretary Pro Tempore


Select board Meeting Minutes – 7/25/19

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 was one member of the public in attendance, Mr. Ernie Vose.



Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the amount of $235,505.41 for checks issued July 26, 2019.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

The payables included a check of $201,292.29 to Mitchell Sand and Gravel for asphalt.



Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Check Register for the week ending July 20, 2019, in the amount of $31,728.92 for checks issued July 26, 2019, and the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes in the amount of $6,218.95.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.



SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES – July 18, 2019:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of July 18, 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 – July 18, 2019: Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of July 18, 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 MINUTES – July 18, 2019:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Staff meeting of July 18, 2019, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.


PUBLIC HEARING MINUTES – July 18, 2019:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Public Hearing of July 18, 2019, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.



The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meetings:

 Zoning Board of Adjustment Workshop –July 15, 2019;
 Zoning Board of Adjustment Meeting – July 17, 2019


Ms. Myra Mansouri joined the meeting at 6:35pm


Tax Card for 455 March Hill Road: Ms. Mansouri gave a brief history of the property which at one time that had been purchased in either 1988 or 1989 and was granted a special exception to operate a pizza dough manufacturing company. The business ceased in 1999. Therefore, the special exception after that point was no longer in effect. The property is in the rural ag district. A real estate broker is currently advertising it as a commercial property. There was discussion about how long after a business ceases for a special exemption to become removed. Mr. Dalessio is to contact the NHMA for clarification.


Mr. Vose then had questions regarding the zoning map update. For example, the area around the current Pinnacle View business location had a zoning district change approved at Town Meeting. This is not reflected on the zoning map produced by Avitar. It was agreed that there are errors on the Avitar zoning map. The goal of the review is to create a list of errors that need to be corrected. The ZBA is to have a workshop in the Selectboard Office on August 1st to review Town Reports from 1968 to make sure that all the zoning ordinances are included in the zoning ordinance document.


Mr. Dalessio suggested running a report from Avitar software program that would list all the commercial properties which could help with project. Mr. Vose requested a smaller sized map so that each member had a copy of a map. Ten copies of a 17” x 24” maps are to be ordered from Terra Maps for the Zoning Board. Mr. Dalessio stated that the project needs to move along. Ms. Mansouri agreed.


Mr. Vose brought forth the idea of selling a second ballot machine to the Town of Rye. There are expenses related to keeping the second machine updated. Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer felt it was at Mr. Vose’ discretion if the machine should be sold. The Moderator stated if the voting machine should break down, a new machine could be delivered from Keene in 15 minutes.  The past two voting machines were purchased second-hand per Mr. Vose and Mrs. Pschirrer. Mr. Vose said that a new machine is being considered by the State. Given that, the Board wondered if capital reserve fund should be created for the purchase of a new voting machine. However, the cost is unknown at this point.



MICHAEL and JANE COLLIER, 9 Deer Run Lane, Map and Lot #008-015-007:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Building Permit No. 201926 to build a “47’ x 34 one story house and attached garage”.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.



ERIC MERKLEIN and TARA SAD, 82 North Road, Map and Lot#022-010-001: Ms. Mayberry moved to grant Demolition Permit No. 201927 for the demolition of a barn that is being dismantled for transport to a new location.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved. Mrs. Pschirrer had heard the barn was moving to Nantucket to be reconstructed.



Letters to Job Lots Building and Land Owners: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve and sign letters to JR Development LLC and Bobrow Walpole LLC requesting they post “No Overnight Parking – Violators will be Towed” signs or allow the Town to post this signage on their property. Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved. Mrs. Pschirrer gave a recap of the issues discussed at the prior Selectboard Meeting regarding overnight parking and camping issues around the Job Lots building and in the parking lot.


Walpole Conservation Commission:  The board signed the Notice of Appointment for the re-appointment of Jackie Kensenas a member of the Walpole Conservation Commission.  The reappointment request was approved at the prior Selectboard Meeting.


Old Drewsville Road Paving: Mr. Dalessio noted that additional correspondence was received from Jim Skofield via Tom Winmill and a meeting summary created by Mr. Winmill. Mr. Dalessio requested that there be two separate motions; one for each section. Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Town pave the portion of Old Drewsville Road from end of the pavement that currently exists on the Walpole Center end of the road to just beyond the Hubbard’s logging operation entrance. Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved. Mr. Dalessio confirmed this would be the south end of the road and paving would improve the condition of the road which sometimes becomes flooded.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Town pave the dirt portion on the north end of Old Drewsville Road from Mr. Biron’s property up the hill for 1600 feet with rumble strips to slow traffic. Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved. Mrs. Pschirrer felt the paving was needed for a number of reasons. There are an increased number of houses being built on Old Drewsville Road. Additionally, there are a number of increased EMS calls to this road. Everybody needs access for EMS calls. Responders must be able to safely travel Old Drewsville Road. Mr. Dalessio said that there is an average of 7 medical calls on the dirt section of the road per year. 


Mr. Dalessio wants an enforcement plan in place before the school year begins. He would like the police to monitor the road at the beginning and end of the school day. Additionally, basic speed signs need to be reposted. Mrs. Pschirrer asked for a cattlecrossing sign by the Gowdy Farm. Mr. Dalessio has spoken with Mr. Rau, the road agent, about ordering and installing signage.


There was a discussion regarding trucks using Old DrewsvilleRoad. Other than trucks making deliveries, no other trucks were reported to be using the dirt section of the road per Mr. Rau.


Old Stage Road Gates and Bars Letter Response: A letter was received from Atty. Rand Burnett who is representing Mr. and Mrs. McCabe. Mr. Dalessio asked Mrs. Downing to look at the wording used to discontinue Cold River Road which is subject to gates and bars. More research is needed before the Board can respond to Atty. Burnett.


Mr. Dalessio reported that a similar problem had occurred at Derry Hill Road. Someone has placed a rope across the road. Mr. Larry Britton could not access his corn field to take soil samples. The Road Agent was instructed to remove the rope and signage.  He will also try to find the person who placed both items. Mr. Dalessio also noted that Derry Hill is an emergency lane.


Tax Deeded Properties:  Mr. Dalessio did speak with Atty. Hockensmith who had been busy with more pressing Town legal requests. Town counsel will now focus on next steps for tax deeded properties.



Refund and Waiver Request for Map and Lot# 029-048-00: Ms. Mayberry moved to waive the sewer connection fee for 25 Green Road North Walpole for $750 and to refund payments for sewer usage for $1,650.62. Mrs. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

Recreation Revolving Fund Requests:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the two Recreation Revolving Fund Requests.  The first is for $789 to Village Idioz and the second is for $430 to Funky Brush Face Painting. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved. These requests are related to the Community Day event.


As a side note, Ms. Mayberry reported that the Trivia Contest date will not change from Aug. 3rd. Due to August being booked with Recreation Dept. sponsored events, a date change was not possible. The fireworks for Rockingham Old Home Days are also scheduled for the evening of Aug. 3rd.


Joint Press Release from NH House and Senate: Mr. Dalessio acknowledged the receipt of the release relating the State budget. If anyone wished to view State budget discussions, theywill be live streamed on the General Court website.


Extraordinary Women Event Ad:  Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the purchase of a quarter page, $250 ad in the Extraordinary Women publication produced by the Keene Sentinel. Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved. Mrs. Pschirrer abstained from the vote. Mr. Dalessio requested that other Town groups that may wish to place a combined sponsored, larger ad be contacted such as the Women of Walpole and the Walpole Foundation.  



Mrs. Pschirrer moved to enter into a Non-Public Selectboard Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel and (e) Litigation.  Ms. Mayberry seconded the motion and with Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved at 7:30 PM.


The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:38 PM.


Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of July 25, 2019, be sealed.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.



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 7:46 PM.



Senator Jay Kahn Visit: The Board was reminded that Sen. Kahn will be meeting with the Board next week at 6pm. A request for using the Town Hall for a meeting with constituents from Sen. Kahn was received. Mr. Dalessio would like to know how other towns are handling these types of requests



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 7:55 PM.


Respectfully submitted,

Sarah Downing, Recording Secretary Pro Tempore


Trivia Night

Justin Cassarino announced this decision this morning. – Lil

Trivia Night has been postponed until September 21. We hope to see you then!

Peaches are Ready!

Thanks Fran for sharing the good news. This is what my neighbor and I have been waiting to hear! – Lil

Alyson’s Orchard Update – Peaches are Ready this Weekend!!!!

The Farm Stand at Alyson’s Orchard opens for the season on Friday, August 2nd.  Starting Saturday, August 3rd we will be offering Pick-Your-Own Peaches!!!  The variety is ‘Bright Star’ and it is a delicious, yellow, freestone peach.  More varieties will be available in the upcoming weeks.  We will also have pre-picked peaches, apricots, plums and blueberries for sale at the stand.  We hope to see all of you fruit-lovers soon!  

News from Distant Hills Gardens

eNews: September 2019

Another Good Year for Monarchs!

A male monarch, identified by the two black dots on its inner wings, feeding on a Swamp Milkweed flower.

For the past few years, monarch butterfly populations have been on the increase in this area of New England, and I’m happy to say the trend continues again this summer. These orange and black beauties have been a common sight in our fields and gardens.

Lots of monarch caterpillars have been found on our milkweed.

And naturally, with all the monarch butterflies come lots of their caterpillars. Observant visitors to both the wildflower field on Distant Hill Nature Trail, and the milkweed meadow at Distant Hill Gardens have reported seeing dozens of them.

Stop by this Saturday or Sunday for our August Open Garden and look for some monarch caterpillars and butterflies for yourself. (A Hint: A good place to find caterpillars is in the young, tender, milkweed growing in the fire pit in the center of the Stone Circle at Distant Hill Gardens.)

You are also invited to join us for one, or both, of our two native plant identification workshops scheduled for August. First is a Fern Identification Walk with naturalist and author Lynn Levine on Sunday, August 11, followed by a Tree and Shrub Identification Walk with Steve Roberge, the Cheshire County Forester, on Sunday, August 25. Click on any Button below to learn more about an event.

And we have two great events coming up in September: Medicinal Plant Walk and Tincture Making with herbalist Brenna Morris on Sunday, September 8, 2-4:30pm. and a talk ‘Fishers: Separating fact from fiction’ with naturalist and mammal specialist for the Harris Center, Susie Spikol, on Thursday, September 19, 4:30-6pm.

Michael Nerrie

CEO (Chief Environmental Observer)

Distant Hill Gardens and Nature Trail

August Events at Distant Hill

Click on a Button below to learn more about an event…


FERN WALK WITH LYNN LEVINE, Sunday, August 11, 1-4pm


September Events at Distant Hill



The ‘Ironing-Board Flower’ at the entrance to the Nature Play Area on Distant Hill Nature Trail.

And remember you can visit Distant Hill Nature Trail anytime. It’s open seven days a week, dawn to dusk.

Library Closed 7/29 and 30

Justine reported that it is 80 degrees at 9:00 AM. Glad I picked up a couple of extra books on Saturday! – Lil
The library is closed Monday July 29th and working reduced hours Tuesday July 30th from 2-5pm due to the heat. We apologize for any inconvenience and we appreciate your understanding. 
I will be checking emails throughout the day and will get back to you as soon as possible.
Thank you.
Justine Fafara

Town of Walpole Staff Meeting – 7/18/19


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


Staff Present:Sarah Downing (Manager of Administration); Chief Michael Paquette (Police Department); Sandra Smith (Town Clerk / Tax Collector); Michael Rau (Road Agent); Justine Fafara (Library Director); Helen Dalbeck (Hooper Institute Director); Stephanie Green (Recreation Department’s Pool Manager)


Excused:Richard Kreissle (Manager of Finance); Ben Hoy (Recycling Center Supervisor); Justin Cassarino (Recreation Department Director) 


CALL TO ORDER:  Mr. Dalessio called this Staff Meeting to order at 5:00 PM in the Walpole Town Hall and welcomed everyone.  He advised this meeting is being recorded.


Hooper Institute:  Mr. Dalessio introduced Ms. Helen Dalbeck, the new Executive Director of the Hooper Institute.  He asked the other people present to introduce themselves and state a little about their positions.  


2019 Extraordinary Women:  Mr. Dalessio announced that Mrs. Pschirrer was named one of the most influential women in the Monadnock Region.  Mrs. Pschirrer was stunned but very happy.  She feels very humble about this.  The Annual Extraordinary Women recognition ceremony will be held on Thursday, August 29th, beginning at 6:00 pm at the Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College.  


2020 Budget Schedule:  Copies of the 2020 Budget Schedule were distributed.  Mr. Dalessio advised it is time to start thinking about next year’s budget!  

General Guidelines:

 Rich will handle all labor related lines, along with utilities, insurance, etc.  
 Start with a level funded expense budget and be prepared to defend increases.


 July 24th Department managers receive worksheets from Rich;
 September 3rd, department managers submit budgets to Rich;
 September 12th Selectboard received first draft of the budget from Rich;
 Shortly after they get a first look at the budget, they will schedule their first budget work session towards the end of September or early October;
 Meetings with the department managers will be held right after Thanksgiving.
 Final budget due mid-December.

Warrant Articles:

 This year all Warrant Article requests should come with the quotations.

Mr. Dalessio mentioned this process has not changed in the past six years.  If you have an increase in a line item, be sure it is factual.  We are running about 4% under budget right now.  Hopefully, they stay on target until the end of this year.  They do have some big expenses coming up.  The Highway Department needs a new truck.


Library:  Mrs. Justine Fafara advised they had two awful jays due to heat on the second floor of the Town Hall.  They struggled through one day but closed early the next day.  They will be closed Saturday so nobody has a heat stroke.  She distributed copies of information from January to June 2019.  Their numbers for the first of the year are a little off because they were moving in May and June was getting settled in.  However, right now the numbers are soaring.  Julie is averaging 30 children at Storytime.  They applied for a grant with the Keene Kiwanis Club to help fund a program in the fall.  They asked for money to cover a lap top computer and to pay somebody to help run the program.  They should hear next month.  The Governor and Executive Council have finally passed a vote for a new State-wide inter-library system.  The timeline is ASAP.  They are right on schedule with the renovations.  Mrs. Fafara reported they started framing in the back this afternoon.  Mr. Dalessio was able to see Wiggle Time one afternoon.  All the kids were running around and enjoying a bubble machine.  It looked awesome.  He thought this is how it should be in a small community.  


Police Department:  Police Chief Michael Paquette referenced the Police Department’s graph for the period of June 16, 2019 through July 15, 2019.  Almost everything is down a little over last month.  Numbers do fluctuate each month.  With officers on vacation, the vehicles are not on the roads as much, etc.  Crimes Against People is up a little over last month.  They are about to hit a stumbling block on investigations as Officer Bromley is retired but is still on the books until the end of the year in the event he does not move out of the area before then.  He handled a lot of their smaller investigations. Once-or-twice a month, he would go to the court to handle their violations, fraud, misdemeanors, etc.  They are looking into sending one officer to take the pre-requisite class.  Everything has to be in order for the court.  This is the end of the third year when they go in to do a review of the towns and the caseloads.  We should come in a lot lower.  Officer Bromley was handling a lot of cases every month. It is important they find another detective.  They are looking at about 150-200 cases a year.  Mrs. Pschirrer pointed out that Officer Bromley was a valuable addition to the department.  Chief Paquette said they are hoping to find somebody that is retired but willing to work about 20 hours a week.  Two part-time officers will start to work a few more hours.  Part-time officers are hard to find.  The Bellows Falls fireworks will be on Saturday, August 3rd.  This is one of their busiest days each year.  He spoke with the Marine Patrol who will have a few boats on the river.  They are waiting for permits from the DOT to shut down the bridge for about four hours from 7:00 to 11:00 PM.  They will pull in 8-to-10 additional officers to help with this event.  He spoken to Liberty Utilities about their pole project on Wentworth Road.  They will start in the next 2-to-3 weeks. It will go on for about four months.  He has not heard when the Route 123 project will start.  The Route 12 project might not start again until August.  There are issues with the railroad and drainage.  They continue to work on cases including drug activity.  They like to keep the speed unit in one place for about a week to get some good stats.  


Public Safety Comparison:

Emergency – 27Administration – 60Citizen Assists – 42

Motor Vehicle Calls:

Accidents – 8MV Stops – 76Traffic Safety – 17

Criminal Investigations:

Drug/Alcohol – 15   Crimes Against People – 49Crimes Against Property –12

Total Monthly Calls for Service:  June 16, 2019 through July 15, 2019 – 306 Calls.


Recreation Department:  Ms. Stephanie Green talked about the pool portion of the report.  This will be followed by the balance of the written report submitted by Mr. Cassarino.  Their staff is on top of things and everything is going good.  They have 12 lifeguards; 3 are new.  They have had a few incidents in the pool. The lifeguards were fantastic in handling everything with no complaints.  Due to a maintenance issue, the pool had to be closed for about 24 hours to be safe with the chlorine/chemicals.  Sometimes the little children go in over their heads and the lifeguards have to go in to get them.  They are having a little problem with parent supervision.  There are some rowdy middle schoolers.  They have a Warning procedure; progressive discipline.  This year one person was out for a week.  Mr. Dalessio said there should be a written procedure for the lifeguards.  Ms. Green will take care of this.  They continue to do training on Sunday nights for about an hour.  The Fire Department training is coming up this Sunday.  It has been very busy.  She has been at the pool for seven years.  The change in hours that Mr. Cassarino made has benefitted the community.  The Women of Walpole have purchased 12 family passes and 1 individual pass for Walpole families.  A huge thank you to them for doing this.


Following are added written notes submitted by Mr. Cassarino.


 Both leagues are at the halfway point;
 They have heard a lot of positive comments about their new Summer Men’s League –

People have already requested that they do a winter league as well.

They will look into seeing if this is possible for this year.

Family Fun Nights:

 Trivia Night – Saturday, August 3, 2019;
 WSBL Championship Night – Friday, August 9, 2019

Will have laser tag and other inflatable activity;

 Laser Show with Music – Date TBA;
 Murder Mystery (Adults) – Date TBA.


Mr. Dalessio mentioned when he drives by at night the park, it seems pretty full.  Ms. Green added that the swim lessons are also going very well.  They have three classes in the afternoon and break them down into three levels.  Replying to a question from Mrs. Pschirrer about the Red Cross life-saving classes, Ms. Green said there was a lady from Spofford there a week before they opened the pool and offered it to one new Walpole lifeguard.  We do not have anybody on our staff to do that.  The diving board broke last week. Some people are upset about this but there are questions about the liability insurance.  They now have an instructor for Pickle Ball.  People seem excited about this.  There have been parking problems.  Chief Paquette will take care of that.  Ms. Mayberry talked to Mr. Cassarino and suggested changing Trivia Night because the fireworks in Bellows Falls are on Saturday, August 3rd.        


Highway Department – Mr. Rau came into the meeting during the Recreation Department report.


Town Clerk-Tax Collector:  Mrs. Sandra Smith provided the following report dated July 18, 2019.

They have collected $5,241,505.46 on their Spring Warrant of $5,592,973.00 this leaves a balance of $348,513.54.  This is a very small amount.

Their 2018 Lien has a balance of $170,793.30. The deed date will be April of 2021.

The 2017 Lien balance is $105,012.09/ This deed date will be April of 2020.

The 2019 Current Use Change Tax balance is $14,000.00 with one account pending payment.

For a total uncollected of $638,318.93.

Their total collected to date is $5,954,245.73 – they have also collected interest in the amount of $55,137.92.

The Town Clerk department has collected $56,257.08 since their last staff meeting.

Vehicle registration fees were $54,136.00.

Municipal Agent fees were $1,149.00.

They collected $317.08 in boat registration fees.

$155.00 in dog license fees (this includes late fees).

Three marriage licenses = the Town portion was $21.00 and the State portion was $129.00.

Taxes are still coming slowly.  But, questions still keep coming!

They send statements if the interest is over $5.00, requesting payment. This is State law.

Property seems to be selling with new people moving in.  They tell them that they made a GREAT choice and welcome them to Walpole.


Mrs. Fafara asked if the Town has anything to welcome people like a packet with Walpole information.  When they moved to Town there were so many questions such as where is the Library, the Recycling Center open, etc.  When do the Boards and organizations meet?  Mrs. Pschirrer thought the Selectboard could ask the Women of Walpole to possibly do something like this.  Their membership has grown.  There was a consensus to have Mrs. Pschirrer look into this.  Mr. Dalessio mentioned that Walpole has a low balance of uncollected property taxes as compared to many other towns/cities.  


Selectboard Office:  Mrs. Downing submitted the following Staff Meeting report dated July 18, 2019.

Assessing Update:

 Deed transfers have been occurring at a high level for the last 60-day period.  Although some are non-contractual transfers, there has been a higher level of property sales with transfer taxes applied.

Water and Sewer:

 Water and sewer bills will be posted on 7/31/19 for second quarter usage by Mrs. Jodi Daigle.
 90-day notices were posted in the first week of July.

EPA Cleanup Grant:

 The Selectboard Chair and the Manager of Administration attended an EPA training workshop on June 25th regarding the submission of the grant award processing application.
 The award processing application was sent for prior review with a final version submitted on 7/10/19 to the grant’s EPA Program Manager.
 Peggy Pschirrer, the Town’s Project Director (TPD) for the grant, has been sourcing Request for Proposal (RFP) samples.  Additionally, she is gathering members for a community partner and stakeholder committee to assist grant activities such as reviewing the RFPs for a Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP).

Town Hall Facilities:

 Earlier in the month, the US flag on the Common’s flagpole had to be untangled and replaced.
 The Gazebo is experiencing heavy use this summer with higher damage/wear and tear issues occurring.
 The slate portion of the Town Hall roof is undergoing repairs due to several leaks that have become active within the last 6-weeks.  Work should be completed by July 19th, weather permitting.
 The south-side main entrance ramp is also undergoing repairs due to concrete decay.  Eventually, a new ramp will be required for this entrance.
 The southside door is also experiencing issues.  Countryside Lock and Alarm has been contacted and should be repairing the door as soon as possible.


Highway Department:  Mr. Michael Rau reported the Highway Department crew has been paving in this hot weather.  Blackjack Crossing is finished; Wentworth Road is being worked on.  He had previously submitted the following report for the period of May 16, 2019 to June 19, 2019:

 Serviced trucks and equipment;
 Cold patched;
 Crushed dumpster at the Recycling Center;
 Mowed town properties;
 Made preparations for paving;
 Roads Paved:  Mountain View Road, Mill Road, Halls Crossing Road, River Road, Industrial Park Drive, Seward Road.


Hooper Institute:  Ms. Dalbeck reported her first four days as Executive Director were good.  She has been in environmental education for many years.  This is a vibrant place. This week she has been meeting a lot of teams at different locations.  She will continue to meet the mentors.  There are two students at the Recycling Center.  This is so impressive.  Mr. Dalessio advised they will have their “Meet and Greet” on August 7th.  


Hooper Institute:  Mrs. Eloise Clark had submitted her July Director’s Report from the Hooper Institute.  Hooper Institute summer programs offer a continuity of outdoor experiences for children in first through 12th grades. Summer camps in the second half of June were well attended.


Hooper Morning Camp for children entering grades 1-4 had 48 participants.  Seven teen counselors were an integral part of camp planning.  They did an excellent job shepherding students through the twoweek camp.  Every day featured a different Hooper theme: agriculture, forestry, botany, soils and nature study.  They explored the forest, field, pond and stream around the Institute.  Children played games, sang songs and made crafts.  Dairy day is always a highlight when the children make butter and ice cream.  Each camper also made a Hooper Camp T-shirt.  Many campers return as counselors because they fondly remember doing just those activities as campers.


Students entering grades 5-8 had two options.  Adventure Camp had 34 students enrolled with an average of 30 students attending each day.  These energetic hikes included a visit to Kingsbury Mt. and pond; a cookout, games and building forts at the Hooper Shelter; a visit to a horse farm by way of the Mill Pond Conservation area and finally, a bike-hike along River Road South to the swimming hole on Great Brook.  The campers enjoyed friends, outdoor exercise and the beauties of Walpole’s natural settings.


Woodworking camp was filled to capacity for both the morning and afternoon sessions.  Children of all skill levels were welcomed.  They completed many projects they were very proud of including birdhouses, boxes, shelves, a wagon, a spoon, a workbench, candy dispensers, chairs, tables and stools, plus a wooden bike rack.  Again, Walpole teens did an excellent job as counselors in both camps.


Twenty-two High School teens are participating in the Summer Work Program.  Some served as counselors at the camps.  Others will work at the following locations through the summer: the Recycling Center, Walpole Veterinary Hospital, Abnaki Springs organic produce farm, Barnett Hill Vineyard, Malnati Dairy farm, Alyson’s Orchard, Meadowaire horse farm, Hooper Golf course, Distant Hill Gardens and the school and community gardens.  Each year the teens work approximately 2,000 hours in the community.  Besides learning about Walpole’s agricultural economy, they are building basic job skills.


Director Eloise Clark welcomed incoming Director Helen Dalbeck on July 15.  They anticipate working together through July to help make a smooth transition for the many Hooper Institute programs.  Eloise will officially retire August 10th.


Highway Department:  Ms. Mayberry heard that the Highway Department did a good job on Mountain View Road.  Mr. Rau said it came out great, but they had to put in some curbing and do some other work that added to the cost.  They have some drainage issues that need to be addressed.  


Recycling Center:  Mr. Ben Hoy was unable to attend this meeting but submitted the following report:

 Went to tour a compost facility; it was the Windham Solid Waste in Brattleboro;
 Hosted the Cheshire County Meeting;
 Two Hooper teenagers have joined them for the summer;
 Attended the Supervisor Academy.


The Daily Weight report for June had been distributed.

ADJOURNMENT:  Mr. Dalessio declared this meeting adjourned at 6:00 PM.


Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary