What Can We Do Now?

Saturday, April 27th at 3 p.m.

Walpole Town Hall

Video Presentation ~ a global snapshot

Speakers & Panelists:

Paul Colburn: former Walpole Recycling Coordinator Ben Hoy: current Walpole Recycling Coordinator Keefe Harrison: CEO Recycling Partnership

Erin Richardson: Recycling Partnership

Marge Shepardson: Plastics Pollution

Panel Discussion with Q & A Packaging Alternatives on Display Walpole Student Posters on Display

“Planet A” Organizational Team: Diane & Ernie Nichols, Ben Daviss, Sue Nadeau, Sara Kagle, Megan Hughes, Fritze Till

For more information contact:

Walpole Players – three more shows

Marilyn Wilking sent a recommendation. – Lil
Just wanted to recommend that anyone needing some good laughs (especially after the April snow), be sure to see the Walpole Players production of Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers.  The cast was wonderful.  Their timing was great.  The audience loved it.
Only three more performances:  Saturday April 6 and Saturday April 13 at 7PM 
                                        plus  Sunday April 14 at 2 PM
I suggest that you see it.

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 3/28/19

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


CALL TO ORDER:  Mr. Dalessio called this Selectboardmeeting to order on March 28, 2019, 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.



Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable check register in the amount of $54,194.89 for checks issued March 29, 2019.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

The above amount including a payment in the amount of $38,790.00 to the HealthTrust.



Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Check Register for the week ending March 23, 2019 in the amount of $25,348.68 for checks issued March 29, 2019 and the electronic fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes in the amount of $4,999.43.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.



SELECTBOARD MINUTES – March 21, 2019:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboardmeeting of March 21, 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 – March 21, 2019:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of March 21, 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 – March 21, 2019:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Staff Meeting of March 21, 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:

 North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – March 5, 2019;
 North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – March 19, 2019;
 Zoning Board of Adjustment – March 20, 2019.

Ms. Mayberry advised there was no meeting of the North Walpole Village District on March 12, 2019.


FALL MOUNTAIN REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT: re:  Withdrawal and Articles of Agreement Study Committee: The Selectboard  acknowledged receipt of the letter from Mrs. Rebecca Sethi, School Board Secretary, dated March 25, 2019, regarding RSA 195:25 Withdrawal Study Committee.  She sent a letter to all Selectboards in the various towns letting everyone know that on March 12, 2019, by the vote of 617 “yes” to 248 “no” the voters of the Town of Charlestown voted to direct the Fall Mountain Regional School District to initiate a review of the feasibility and suitability study of the withdrawal of the Town of Charlestown from the FMRSD.  In accordance with RSA 195:25e committee must include one member of the board of selectmen from each town, one member of the School Board from each town within the cooperative school district and potentially some community members as needed.  The make-up of the Board is 

 Mary Henry from Langdon
 Sarah Vogel from Acworth
 Joseph Levesque from Alstead 
 Scott Bushway from Charlestown 
 William Stahl – Walpole Representative 

She asked the Town of Walpole to appoint their representative as soon as possible and to respond to Misty Bushee at SAU 60 with their appointee’s contact information. They had 60 days to form the committee; this will be met. The first meeting of the Withdrawal Study Committee is Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 at 5:30 PM.  Mr. Dalessio will represent Walpole.  


The Fall Mt. School Board had a meeting last Monday night and elected their officers.

 Michael Herrington – Chair
 Mary Henry  Vice-Chair
 Scott Bushway – Treasurer
 Rebecca Sethi – Secretary

With referenced to experience, Mary is coming into her 9th year; everyone else is two years and under.    


Mr. Michael Herrington and Mrs. Rebecca Sethi will sit on the committee to look at the Articles of Agreement.  Their first planning meeting is Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019.  Mrs. Pschirrer will represent Walpole on this committee.  Mrs. Sethi would like this to be an opportunity for everyone to work well together.  One topic of discussion at this meeting will be who will be on the Articles of Agreement Committee.  Mrs. Pschirrer advised they need to look at the entire Articles of Agreement rather than a section or two.  Mrs. Sethi mentioned it would be nice to have all options on the table.  Research is being done on the history.  


Mrs. Sethi has put together a file on various Articles of Agreement from various school districts.  Ms. Mayberry feels a determination needs to be made as to whether or not they are a “cooperative”; that will feed into how the apportionments will be done.  Should fixed costs to the high school be equally divided?   Mrs. Sethi noted they will need community input.  Mr. Dalessio mentioned a lot of people are worried about what all this will mean for Walpole and their property taxes.  That needs to be determined.  



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 at 6:55 PM.


The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:05 PM.



MAP and LOT #003-013-003:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant the Property Tax Refund in the amount of $23.50 for Map and Lot #003-013-003.  This is due to an overpayment of property taxes.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.



MAP and LOT #008-105-001:  Ms. Mayberry moved to deny this Property Tax Abatement request for Map and Lot #008-105-001 as recommended by Avitar Associates    Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.



MAP and LOT #009-042-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve this Application for Current Use request for Map and Lot #009-042-000.  An additional area is being added to the lot that is already in Current Use off March Hill Road.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.



MAP and LOT #011-007-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Original Warrant, Yield Tax Levy, and the Certification of Yield Taxes Assessed / Intent Filed During Tax Year: April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019 in the amount of $714.02 for Map and Lot #011-007-000.  The Operation Number is 18-461-011-T.    Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.



MAP and LOT #008-081-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to grant the All Veterans’ Tax Credit for the current owner of Map and Lot #008-081-000.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.


MAP and LOT #003-067-002:   Ms. Mayberry moved to grant the Veterans’ Tax Credit for the current owner of Map and Lot #003-067-002.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.



MAP and LOT #011-050-000:  Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Notice of Intent to Cut Wood or Timber for Map and Lot #011-050-000.  There was no cut last year.  The applicant is applying for the new Intent to Cut for this year for an area off March Hill Road.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.



PILOT Agreement – re: North Walpole:  The Selectboard discussed various ways to address the PILOT Agreement with the Village of North Walpole on the Great River Hydro Dam. The Selectboard will meet with the Village of North Walpole Board of Commissioners during their meeting on April 23rd, 2019.  The division of the Payment in Lieu of Taxes needs to be finalized prior to the next time tax bills go out in mid-May.      


Request to NHDES Mill Pond Dam Deficiency Letter: Mr. Dalessio will rewrite the response to the deficiency letter to the NH DES regarding the Mill Pond Dam.  It is due April 8, 2019.


NHDES Dam Bureau OMR – re: Mill Pond Dam:  Mr. Dalessio and Mr. Mark Houghton went through the Letter of Deficiency for the Mill Pond Dam. The Town may not have the money to do the project this year.  Fuss and O’Neill’s estimate is $9,000 to do the study; it will come out of the Highway Dept. budget.  This is only on the dam and not the bridge.  The Town brought the flash board failure to the attention of the NHDES – Dam Bureau.  There are three issues at the Mill Pond: 1) the dam; 2) the bridge and 3) the emergency is the flash boards.

Mr. Dalessio moved to approve the OMR (Operations, Maintenance and Response) for the Mill Pond Dam.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mr. Dalessio, Ms. Mayberry and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.


Chip Wood – re:  Weight Limits on Alstead Center Road: Fuss and O’Neill advised the culvert is built to a 75 year-life.  Mr. Rau is worried about the road rather than the culvert.  Mr. Dalessio advised they agreed to settle on a 20-ton weight limit.   He suggested putting the speed/vehicle counter meter there in the summer for an accurate traffic count. 



Next Selectboard Meeting:  The next Selectboard meeting on Thursday, April 4, 2019, will begin at 4:00 PM rather than 6:30 PM.  This will allow the Selectboard the opportunity to attend the Annual Meeting of the Village of North Walpole.


Selectboard Department Liaisons:

Mr. Steven Dalessio – Highway Department, Planning Board, Selectboard Office, Water & Sewer Dept.;


Mrs. Peggy Pschirrer –Police Department, Library, Town Clerk/Tax Collector;


Ms. Cheryl Mayberry – Hooper Institute, Recreation Dept., Recycling Center;


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


Emergency Performance Grant Agreement:  Ms. Mayberry moved that we “The Select Board in a majority vote, accepted the terms of the Emergency Management Performance Grant as presented in the amount of $4,000.00 for an LEOP Update.  Furthermore, the Board acknowledges that the total cost of this project will be $8,000.00, in which the town will be responsible for a 50% match ($4,000.00)”.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was unanimously approved.  


MS-232: Mrs. Pschirrer moved that the Selectboard approve and sign the MS-232 (Report of Appropriation Actually Voted).  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.


Residential Solar Building Permit Requirements:  Mr. Dalessio had sent out the draft of the Residential Solar Building Permit Requirements as approved by the Planning Board.  He would like to have an ordinance in the future.  Mrs. Pschirrer said the requirements should be distributed.   


Deed List:  Mrs. Smith, Town Clerk/Tax Collector, had submitted a Deed List for the Selectboard to review.  


April 16th – Double Booking at Town Hall:  The Selectboarddid not feel there was a problem with the double booking for the Town Hall on April 16th.  The Selectboard will hold their Special Public Hearing in the Selectboard Office.  The Community Grange will have an Open House that same evening.  The second floor will be set up for the Players as their last performance is that weekend.


GKCC Newsletter Profile:  An email was received from the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce.  The Selectboard asked Mrs. Downing to submit a profile of the town that will be included in an upcoming GKCC newsletter.  


Selectboard Office:  Mrs. Pschirrer will make plans for Mr. Anthony Poole of Trivantus, a comprehensive payroll company, to make a presentation in mid-April on the Town’s payroll and record keeping.



Ms. Mayberry moved that the Selectboard enter into a Non-Public Selectboard 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 8:12 PM.


The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:25 PM.


Ms. Mayberry moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of March 28, 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 adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:25 PM.


Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Hooper Trustees and Board Joint Meeting – 3/27/19

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


Hooper Institute Board: Eloise Clark (Director); Becky Whippie (Educator); Karen Galloway, Marcia Galloway, Holly Gowdy, Elaine Heleen, Rebecca Sethi 


CALL TO ORDER:  Mr. Dalessio called this Joint Meeting of the Hooper Trustees with the Hooper Institute Board to order at 7:00 PM in the Walpole Town Hall.


CELEBRATION:  Mr. Dalessio suggested doing this a little later in the meeting to be sure all the Hooper Institute Board members are present.



Job Descriptions:  Executive Director and Educator:  Mr. Dalessio passed out the job descriptions for both the Executive Director and Educator of the Frederick H. Hooper Institute that Mrs. Pschirrer drafted.  The feeling of the Hooper Trustees is the job scope is getting bigger. They would like to see the Hooper Institute grow.  



Under Job Summary:  Mrs. Clark advised that they call the “Walpole Middle and Elementary Schools” the “Walpole Elementary School”.  There are gardens at the North Walpole School, the Walpole Primary School, and Walpole Elementary School.


Mr. Dalessio said where it states “Cooperates and collaborates with the other teachers on the staff of the Hooper Institute” it should include “and other teachers in the Walpole area as well”.  Mrs. Sethi asked if the Educator position will be similar to Mrs. Clark’s position.  Mr. Dalessio said it is up for discussion but it is primarily the same.  It would include adults and other things outside the school setting.  Examples include summer camps, woodworking, etc.  Mrs. Pschirrer mentioned they may not want these job descriptions to get so detailed that it frightens everybody.  Mr. Dalessio said if they go down to Tasks, it says “Teach elementary or middle school classes, adult and young people programs outside of the normal school setting”.  Mrs. Clark mentioned if it will include adults it should state “Pre-K through high school”.  Mrs. Pschirrer advised the court decrees over the years have expanded the will, particularly in 1995 which added environmental studies and other things. It also split up the Trust.  Mrs. Gowdy noted they could change the language to say it educates school children and the Walpole community.  That would be a lot more inclusive. This broader wording would cover adults and teenagers.  


Ms. Karen Galloway had a question related to “Teach elementary or middle school classes”. We have a principal at the Walpole School who welcomes Mrs. Clark and Mrs. Whippie visits into the schools and teaching classes. However, he will retire in a few years.  We certainly hope these classes will continue but who knows what a new principal will want.  Things will change in the next few years.  At some point there will be a new Superintendent of Schools.  Mrs. Pschirrer questioned if a decision to keep the Hooper educators from coming into the schools would be up to the principal alone. The governing body of the school district may be the decision maker.  Instruction is being provided at no cost to the schools.  It would be up to the Hooper Board to redirect itself if that were to happen.  We could have classes back at the Hooper Institute.  Mrs. Gowdy suggested we have Mr. Jacobs and the new science teacher participate in the search.  Mr. Dalessio replied that they will be asked to participate in the search committee.  Mr. Dalessio suggested drafting a Letter of Understanding, with the help of this Board, that could be sent to the School Board in anticipation of changes that might occur in the Walpole schools. The Hooper Institute would like to continue their programs in the schools. Mrs. Gowdy feels it is better to have the children in the schools for after school activities. Mrs. Clark went through four principal transitions and never had a problem.  It is important for the Educator to cultivate good classroom relationships with the teachers.  Mrs. Whippie said they communicate by email with the teachers. She asks the teachers if they approve of certain programs.  She looks for what the teachers are looking for from her.  She does sugaring at the different levels and works on trips to visit sugaring houses with the teachers. Mrs. Pschirrer summarized that we will do a Letter of Understanding and include the history of the Hooper Institute with the letter.  The Hooper Institute started in the Walpole schools before FMRSD was created. Mr. Dalessio agreed with creating the letter. It will be good to get the conversation started.  Ms. Mayberry mentioned adding that a background check is required in the job description.  Mrs. Pschirrer said it is not required for the job description, but it is required for employment.  


Mrs. Clark asked who will handle the maintenance work in the building such as unplug a toilet, shovel, etc. Mrs. Pschirrer felt the Executive Director should oversee the building and grounds.  Mrs. Sethi asked where the fundraising line is for this position.  We are taking a part-time job and turning it into two part-time jobs.  Mr. Dalessio replied they are working on that.  This started out as an overall concept and now they are defining it.  All of us have the same desire to see the Hooper grow, not just in the schools but also in the community.  The WRAP Committee at the Recycling Center is gone.  They oversee the programs, help with volunteers, do outreach, etc.  It was started by George Watkins.  Fritze Till was active at some point with WRAP.  The Hooper Institute could start playing a part in all of that; picking up some of those roles.  The WRAP Committee is important to re-build again.  It was a Town committee.  Mr. Dalessio would like to see the Hooper help redevelop it.  Mrs. Gowdy noted it is hard to get young families involved in some of these activities; they have no time.  Mr. Dalessio said the ideal candidate is someone who is just sending a child off to college.  Mrs. Clark mentioned a weight limit as they are lifting heavy gardening bags.  Mrs. Gowdy added can they hike up Fall Mountain to Table Rock or canoe down the Connecticut River?  It is important that these people are skilled in all of the things they are teaching our youngsters and community folks.  Mr. Dalessio said it is a well-taken point but they have to figure how to word it.  Mr. Dalessio summarized that they have a number of changes and additions.



Mr. Dalessio advised that he/she oversee all programs of the Hooper Institute.  “Elementary and Middle School” will be changed to “Walpole Attendance Area”.  Ms. Karen Galloway mentioned that the Director will not be going into the schools.  Mr. Dalessio said that is correct.  There will be three employees.   Mrs. Clark questioned who the Director would report to.  Mrs. Pschirrer replied if the Board of Directors is functioning completely, he-or-she would report to the Board of Directors. The buck stops with the Hooper Trustees.  Mrs. Sethi asked who would be responsible for an evaluation.  Ideally it would be the Board of Directors.  Mr. Dalessio pointed out that the last thing the Hooper Trustees want to do is micro-manage.  Mrs. Clark asked if the Director will be a fundraiser.  Mr. Dalessio replied raising money is a part of the position.  Mrs. Sethi asked if the Director would be asked to fill in for one of the Educators.  Mr. Dalessio said it will depend on the person. The job description includes that teaching experience would be helpful.  Under Tasks – Mrs. Sethi said under “Cooperate with the Walpole Conservation Commission and Recycling Center” add “and other groups in Town”.   Under “Oversee Hooper Institute buildings and grounds” add “and community gardens”.  Replying to a question from Mrs. Clark about funding, Mrs. Pschirrer noted they have to start thinking about money. Mr. Dalessio said none of this is new; it is in meeting minutes going back many years.  He asked for comments


Mrs. Gowdy has been involved with the Hooper since they moved here about 30 years ago.  She believes in what it can do for our young people.  Walpole has put a lot of land under conservation, which she thinks is a great thing.  Her concern is looking at the dairy industry and working farms. She wonders what about their future.  It is important that we have a vision of looking at the land we have.  Hopefully the younger people will remain in our community and make their living working on that land.  If the cows go the corn will not get planted.  We need to see if we can develop a farming interest in students.  When they go off to school, students should learn something about the farming industry so that when they come back to Walpole, they will want to settle here.  The Hooper will be a huge value for our young adults. The younger kids know about farming and there is an interest there.  As she looks at younger people enrolled in agricultural programs, she does not see them coming back to Walpole because they do not see a future here. Mrs. Pschirrer said the Master Plan mentioned open space – can it become more recreational with hiking trails/mountain biking.  Mr. Dalessio said it is valuable for the Hooper Institute to take on some of these roles of broader vision.  Mrs. Marcia Galloway said it needs to go beyond the Hooper.  Mr. Dalessio noted there are lots of different type farms in Walpole other than dairy farming. There are poultry farms.  Forestry is another occupation.  Mrs. Pschirrer advised the Conservation Commission has been looking at the forests.  A timber cut at the Hooper Forest means money for the Institute.  Ms. Karen Galloway mentioned if the dairy farms go, we will be in trouble.


Mr. Dalessio advised the Hooper Trustees would like to see the Institute building used year-round.  Mrs. Sethi would like to see a place for the youth to go such as a youth center.  Mrs. Clark talked about building a new zero energy building in back of the Institute.  There was discussion relative to starting the process for having the Hooper Institute building put on the State Register of Historic Buildings.  Mrs. Pschirrer feels the outside of the building can be preserved but they could renovate the first floor.  Make it more user friendly.  There was discussion about the downstairs being good for students to do projects.  Mr. Dalessio summarized that they will re-draft these job descriptions and reconvene again.         


Chair: of Search Committee:  Mr. Dalessio advised the Chair of the Search Committee will be Susan Wycoff.  She has been on the Scholarship Committee for a number of years and is an educator at the university level. She has the experience to be the Chair.  The Search Committee will look at people and make recommendations.  


Committee:  Hooper Institute Board and Hooper Trustees: The Hooper Trustees and Hooper Institute Board will be a part of the committee.  There was a consensus to start the process of recruiting now.     


Additional Members:  Sam Jacobs and Joe Coneeney:  Mr. Sam Jacobs and the science teacher will be asked to be members of the Search Committee.


Next Hooper Institute Board Meeting:  The next meeting of the Hooper Institute Board is Tuesday, April 9th, 2019.  Several members said they would be unable to attend. Therefore, the meeting will be re-scheduled.  Tentatively the date was set as Monday, April 15th at 7:00 PM.  Mrs. Pschirrer will have Susan Wycoff attend their next meeting.    


CELEBRATION:  Mrs. Pschirrer advised the Hooper Trustees and Hooper Institute Board are celebrating Mrs. Eloise Clark’s many years of service.  There was a consensus to have an Open House for the community at the Hooper Institute on Sunday, June 23rd, 2019 with a reception from 1:00-to-4:00 PM.  Mrs. Clark’s last day will tentatively be sometime in August.  Summer programs will start as soon as school ends.


What Is A Board:  There was a consensus to postpone this discussion until the next meeting.


Grants:  Mrs. Pschirrer reported that the NH Charitable Trust Foundation has Express Grants. The next deadline is May 11,2019.  They are $5,000 grants.  It is worth looking into.   They fund Not-for-Profit groups.  Mrs. Gowdy advised they did receive one grant for the High School Program.     


ADJOURNMENT:  Mr. Dalessio declared this meeting adjourned at 8:25 PM.


Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary



Hooper Trustees Meeting Minutes – 3/28/19

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


CALL TO ORDER:  Mr. Dalessio called this Hooper Trustees meeting to order at 6:55 PM.



Hooper Executive Director and Educator Job Descriptions:  Mrs. Rebecca Sethi tends to look at job descriptions as evaluations.  Mrs. Sethi’s term has expired but she would like to see a structure in place that ensures a cohesive accountable Hooper Institute moving forward.



HOOPER TRUSTEES MEETING – March 21, 2019:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to accept the Minutes of the Hooper Trustees meeting of March 21, 2019, as submitted.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.


Hooper Institute Board:  Ms. Mayberry had mentioned to a Hooper Institute Board member that Selectboard liaisons are the facilitators who will get people in the community involved and bring them in to help do things.

New Board Members:  The Hooper Trustees will be appointing new members to the Hooper Institute Board as soon as the new executive director has been hired.    



Ms. Mayberry moved to adjourn this Hooper Trustees meeting.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer. With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:05 PM.


Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary


Conservation Commission Agenda – 4/1/19


Location and Time:  Walpole Town Hall, Downstairs Office at 7:30 PM.






3. REVIEW and APPROVE MINUTES – March 4, 2019



Report from Chair:

A. Treasury Report.
B. Correspondence.
A. Walker Road Property – Town attorney.


A. Walker Road Property – May 11 Open House.
B. Fanny Mason Trail Work Day – April 13.
C. Town Easement Report & Maps.
D. WCC Facebook page review.
E. Reservoir Dam Work – Update.
F. Long View Forest Rapid Assessments – Update.
G. Community Farming Initiative.
H. Expiring Terms: Duncan & Gary.
I. Commercial Solar Project.





Conservation Commission Meeting Minutes – 3/4/19

Members Present: Alicia Flammia (Chair), John Peska (Vice Chair), Steven Dumont, Laura Hayes, Lewis Shelley, Jackie Kensen


Alternates Present: Elaine Heleen, Kelli Wilson, Peter Palmiotto


Members Absent: Myra Mansouri, Duncan Watson, Gary Speed


Others Present: Michael Nerrie, Cheryl Mayberry (Selectboard Representative), 


Call to Order: Alicia called the meeting to order at 7:31 PM. 


Seating of Alternates: No seating of alternates required.


Review and approve minutes – February 4, 2019. Clarify that the public meeting for the Walker Road Property will be held at a date after the date of the town meeting, to be set in Spring. Alicia would like to clarify that the funds for the Walker Road Property would be kept in a savings account until it has accrued a certain amount of money. There is no $10,000 set amount. Also, Michael Nerrie’s name was spelled incorrectly. John made a motion to approve as amended. Lew seconded. All in favor. Minutes approved as amended.


Public Business:

1. Treasury: Conservation fund savings balance is $34,186.09, PDIP is $92,653.23. Forestry savings account balance is $2,271.51, PDIP is $52,526.90. The Mason expendable fund balance is $381,803.17.
2. Correspondence:
a. Annual Robert Hubbard Charitable Contribution check came in, in the amount of $9,150.64. From the net investment return. Needs to be deposited into the Forest fund. Peter was asking what the agreement was that we receive these funds. Michael Nerrie mentioned that the Conservation District has the same type of setup. Funds are donated to them and they put the funds into the NH Charitable Fund, who then owns they money. They then give you the proceeds from the investment. You can choose which type of investment strategy you would like. Alicia read the purpose of the fund, which is to fund the conservation commission for general purposes. Lew mentioned it sounds like the funds should go to the general fund. Peter asked how long we have gotten the fund, if there are any stipulations, and what the original agreement was in terms of Mr. Hubbard’s vision for the funds. Alicia asked for volunteers to do research. Peter will research and get back to the commission.
b. Letter from the selectboard, clarifying the management of the Hooper Forest. It includes; “When the town forester recommends the Hooper Forest be cut, the cost of that harvest should be paid from the proceeds with the remainder of the proceeds deposited in the Hooper Education Trust. The cost of harvest should not come from Conservation funds. If there are any doubts or questions, they should be addressed to the Trustees of the Hooper Trust”.
c. Letter from Cold River Materials, with their list of the hazardous materials that are on site. Includes fuel oil and liquid asphalt.
d. Monadnock Conservancy sent 9 easement landowner surveys, which are all town forests. Jackie will fill out the survey’s.


New Business: 

1. Michael Neerie: Michael came back to further discuss the landowner collaborative he is working on. He had a map showing the properties in the area they are focusing on, as well as a watershed map of the areas. He also has a list of stakeholders in the area that they would like help from. The local Conservation Commissions are at the top of the list. Help would include workshops, trail work, spreading the word, etc. They have set up a dinner on May 29th from 5:30 – 8:00 at the Walpole Town Hall to discuss the collaborative. He is looking to have a speaker come to the event. Michael would like the collaborative to work with the Conservation Commission to spread the word about their efforts, develop trails and get a network of people to help maintain them. Peter noted that a lot of the things that Michael has been talking about doing is included as priorities in the Walpole Conservation Plan. Michael asked for the plan. Alicia has it digitally and will send it around to everyone. Michael asked if the WCC has any online presence or email besides the monthly minutes distribution. After discussion of a Facebook page, Steven volunteered to start and administer a Facebook page for the Walpole Conservation Commission. Steven made a motion to start the page. Jackie seconded. This would be used to spread the word about events and the mission of the WCC. Steven will add Alicia and Lew as administrators.
2. Expiring Terms: Alicia, Jackie, Duncan, Peter & Gary’s terms are all up for reappointment. Alicia will stay on as chair for the next three year term, but she would like to retire as chair after this term and is looking for someone whom she could mentor to take over the position. Jackie and Peter will also stay on. Alicia will email Duncan to ask. Laura will mention to Gary if she sees him before the next meeting.
3. Hooper Forest Management Memo: already discussed.


Old Business:

1. Walker Road Property Update: Balance of about $3,600.00 in the new savings account. Alicia emailed the town attorney. He is happy to assist the commission with any questions we may have. Funds for paying the attorney for his advice can come out of the savings account funds. Cheryl recommends that if we have questions ahead of time, we send them to the attorney prior to the meeting. Alicia will try to book him for the April meeting. Jackie mentioned that she was at the Fletcher Farm and they were asking if they are okay to hay the field this year. There was discussion on whether we need a formal lease agreement or an informal maintenance agreement. It was agreed that a short maintenance agreement would be appropriate. Laura has some experience with this from a previous job and can ask how their agreements were setup. Alicia is thinking it would be good for the attorney to weigh in on this as well. Since we have a lease agreement template it would be beneficial to have a template for this type of situation. On another subject, John has a phone call into the NH Fish and Game to discuss any potential regulations on the property. Steven asked if anyone has any ideas for the open house on the property. Alicia mentioned we need someone to coordinate the announcement/details for the Open House and the Trail Work Day. Lew will be responsible for the Trail Work Day and Steven will contact Ray Boas to get ahold of their group for ideas. 
2. Reservoir Dam: John discussed the Preliminary Technical Memorandum from Fuss & O’Neill engineers which discussed the deficiencies at the dam. The deficiencies include; the underground culvert needs a new lining, the spillway needs to be regraded, and the slope of the dam is too steep and needs fill to be added. Mark Houghton found the original 1909 blueprints. The next step is to meet with Fuss & O’Neill to find some companies who can do the slip lining work on the culvert, and get estimates from those companies. The culvert is the biggest priority. 
3. Town Easement Report & Maps: Alicia asked if we decided where the funds to pay Laura for the work she has done were coming from. The payment has been previously approved. It was agreed it would come out of the general conservation savings account. Alicia also asked if there is contact information for landowners on the spreadsheet that Laura put together. It could be useful for the commission. The list of conservation land could be put on the WCC’s section of the town website but the contact information or other technical details could be left out. Steven asked where we were on the progress of the spreadsheet and the maps, if we should release a current version, and what the map would look like. Lew mentioned it would be nice to have trails on the maps. Laura mentioned that properties keep getting added. Discussion of maps, what to include and when to release tabled until next meeting.
4. Fannie Mason Feasibility Study/Trail Work: April 13th is the date set for the trail work. It will focus on clearing the trails. There are lots of large trees. There is no rain cancellation unless it is pouring rain. It will be announced in the Walpolean, Clarion and the Facebook page. If there are younger people they should be accompanied by an adult. 
5. Long View Forest Management: Steven mentioned that we told Alex we would be in touch with him about which forests we would like him to proceed with rapid assessments on. We discussed the Reservoir, the Fanny Mason and the March Nelson forests. Alicia will reach out to him.
6. Community Farming Initiative: Alicia asked if anyone who knows any farmers could reach out to see if they are interested in being a member of the commission. Also if we could think about ideas for a town meeting or something similar to discuss the WCC working with farmers.


Other Business:

1. Commercial Solar Project: Kelli brought up the solar project that is being proposed for the agricultural property near her house. She discussed similar solar projects she has researched, some that benefit the local communities and some where the energy is sold out of state. There will be a Zoning Board meeting in March.


Adjournment: At 9:30 Steven made a motion to adjourn the meeting. John seconded. Meeting adjourned.

Next Meeting: Monday, April 1, 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 April 1, 2019.