Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 10/27/22


CALL TO ORDER
:  Mr. Dalessio called this meeting of the Selectboard to order at 6:30 PM PM in the Walpole Town Hall.One member of the public, Steve Varone, the Town Treasurer was present.

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 (e) Legal.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved. These minutes are to remain sealed.

The regular Selectboard meeting reconvened at 7:26 PM.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Accounts Payable Check Register in the total amount of $682,387.87 for checks issued October 28, 2022.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved. The payables included a $529,226.88 payment to Fall Mountain Regional School District (FMRSD).

PAYROLL:

Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Payroll Check Register for the week ending October 22, 2022, in the amount of $29,806.73dated October 28, 2022, and for the 941 Payroll Tax Transfer in the amount of $5,770.08.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – October 20, 2022:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Selectboard meeting of October 20, 2022, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessioin favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – October 20, 2022:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of October 20, 2022, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.The minutes are to remain sealed.

STAFF MEETING – October 20, 2022:  Ms. Mayberry moved to accept the Minutes of the Staff Meeting of October 20, 2022, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the Minutes were approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of the following Committee reports:

• North Walpole Village District Commissioners’ Meeting – October 4, 2022;

• North Walpole Village District Commissioners’ Meeting – October 11, 2022;

• Zoning Board of Adjustment Meeting – October 19, 2022

WARRANTS:

Collection of Walpole Water Fees: Ms. Mayberry moved to approve to the Collection of Walpole Water Fees in the amount of $49,834.90. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

Collection of Walpole Sewer Fees: Ms. Mayberry moved to approve the Collection of Walpole Sewer Fees in the amount of $82,159.44. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

Collection of North Walpole Sewer Fees: Ms. Mayberry moved to approve to the Collection of North Walpole Village Sewer Fees in the amount of $71,329.23. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

BUILDING PERMITS:

2022-46, Map and Lot# 005-051-000Ms. Mayberry moved to approve building permit 2022-46 for Map and Lot# 005-051-000, to install a 37’ x 13’ ground mount solar array. Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Ms. Mayberry, Mrs. Pschirrer and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

Pending Further Actions:  Generators, Parking Ordinance, Three Phase Power for Industrial Park Drive and Bensonwood,School and Old North Main Bridges/Culverts, Streetlights on Kilburn and Spruce Streets:

School and Union Streets Drainage Project: Mr. Dalessio stated the stream was determined to be a seasonal stream unless the Town can prove it was a man-made gully. A seasonal stream is a more complicated process for permitting. The engineers from Fuss and O’Neill will review before any decisions are made. The Fuss and O’Neill contract amendment will be tabled until next week.

Sewer Easement Agreement: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to sign the Sewer Easement Agreement with that will allow Pinnacle View to connect to the sewer system. Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry, and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved.

Walpole Community PowerMrs. Pschirrer explained the new rule requirements and the two new documents that are required. The first document registers the Town with the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The second document allows Walpole to demand data from Liberty Utilities. Templates were sent to create both documents. Mrs. Pschirrer would like to postpone signing the documents until next week.

Reservoir Dam: The application for 100% funding is being worked on per Mr. Dalessio.

Houghton Brook Bridge: A paper copy of the plans were left at the Selectboard Office for review and filing.

NEW BUSINESS:

Donation to Pinnacleview 4-H Club: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to donate $200 to Pinnacleview 4-H club for planting and maintaining the flowers at the Town Hall and the fountain. Ms. Mayberry seconded. With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry, and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the motion was approved. Next year, this donation will be added to donation budget line.

Calendar Items: The Selectboard Meeting for Thanksgiving will be moved to 8 AM on the Wednesday November 23rd. The Budget Meetings with department managers will be held on Friday, December 9th in the basement conference room. On Saturday, December 3rd. there is a tentative Active Shooter training event on the Common that is being organized by Walpole Fire and EMS.

MOOver Bus: The Walpole Foundation is negotiating anagreement to have the MOOver bus stop at Abenaki Springs, Shaws Plaza, the Walpole Clinic and one other location. The Walpole Foundation and Mascoma Bank are sponsoring the bus route for one year. There is also a matching grant for the service from the State of Vermont. Ridership will be tracked.

ADJOURNMENT:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to adjourn this Selectboard meeting.  Seconded by Ms. Mayberry.  Mr. Dalessio asked if there was any additional discussion.  There was none.  With Mrs. Pschirrer, Ms. Mayberry and Mr. Dalessio in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:50 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Sarah Downing, Recording Secretary Pro Tempore

Community Potluck

Community Potluck Supper

Saturday, November 5 at 5:30 p.m.

First Congregational Church of Walpole, UCC

15 Washington Street on the Walpole Common

Bring a main dish, dessert, or side. We will  provide beverages.

A freewill offering for 

WORLD CENTRAL KITCHEN’s 

efforts in Ukraine will be collected at the potluck.

Blanket Square Drive

Caregiver Support Group – 11/8/22

Selectboard Meeting Agenda – 11/3/22

Planning Board Meeting Agenda – 11/8/22

Walpole Planning Board Agenda 

November 8, 2022

7 pm

Town Hall – Second Floor

Roll Call: Appointment of alternates if needed.

Minutes: Review minutes of the October 2022 meeting.

New Business:

At the October meeting Mr. Chamberlain of Fieldstone Land Consultants said someone would present a final plan for a Dunkin next to General Dollar.

Surveyor Joe DiBernardo coming to meeting with boundary line adjustment between the Woodward and Judy Epstein. 

“Great Decisions” – 11/14/22

Biden’s Strategy & Midterms’ Fallout

“Great Decisions” will meet again at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, November 14, in the Walpole Town Library. The challenges facing President Biden may multiply, depending on the trajectory of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the results of the midterm elections. Even if the Democratic majority holds, the crises in international relations are daunting.

There is the escalating competition with China, exemplified by the new export controls on advanced chip-making technologies. Can we hope to collaborate on global warming with the world’s greatest polluter when we play offense in the semiconductor field?

Despite the crisis of climate change and global warming – the ultimate externality of industrial development – corporations (and voters) continue to focus on profits and growth. Can the United States become a global leader in clean energy and environmental protection?

The weakening of Western liberal democracies, with increasing economic inequality, political polarization, and the rise of autocratic regimes, gives further urgency to Biden’s agenda. The ambitious proposals for rebuilding infrastructure, reducing CO2 emissions, habitat restoration and clean energy investment in the Inflation Reduction Act have not gained bipartisan support nor united voters.

Looming over all is the nuclear devastation that Putin threatens as he is backed further into a corner with protracted conflict in a war he is unlikely to win. If the unthinkable happens, all bets are off.

The suggested reading is by G. John Ikenberry, “Biden’s Foreign Policy in the Age of Strategic Competition,” found in the “Great Decisions” briefing book which is available at the library or by request from Library Director Jane Malmberg: jmalmberg@walpoletownlibrary.org

Please join the discussion on Monday, November 14, either in person in the Hubbard Meeting Room at the Walpole Town Library or via Zoom. For the Zoom link, contact Jane Malmberg, Library Director, in advance of the 6:00 p.m. meeting: jmalmberg@walpoletownlibrary.org.

Planning Board Workshop Meeting Minutes – 10/25/22

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

Discussion: Lot size in rural/agricultural district.

This discussion was prompted by Cliff Peters who lives on County Road. He was an abutter at a public hearing on a subdivision and after the meeting Mr. Peters wrote the Planning Board a letter. Mr. Peters was invited to speak at the meeting but declined because he wasn’t feeling well.

Rural/agricultural district zoning in Walpole requires the following:

​Land Standards

​​1. Lot Area.  The lot area in the Rural/Agricultural District shall not be less than 40,000 square feet ​for each dwelling unit and every lot shall have a minimum frontage of 200 feet.

​​2. Yard Requirements.  No building or other structure shall be erected closer than sixty-five (65) feet ​to the center line of the abutting right-of-way nor closer than twenty feet (20) to any side or rear ​property line.

After discussing possible lot sizes, the Planning Board will have a meeting in December or January to discuss the topic with property owners in this district to get their input, ideas and opinions.

The meeting adjourned at 8 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Marilou Blaine

WPB Secretary

cc: WPB, ZBA, Town Officials, The Walpolean.

Posted: Inside the Town Hall, on the bulletin board outside the Post Office.

Free Tickets for Kids

Free Tickets for Kids!

A limited number of children’s tickets has been donated anonymously for this weekend’s performances of “Hansel and Gretel”!

Tickets are available at Galloway Real Estate and Mascoma Bank in Walpole, and will also be available at the door if not sold out.

Full price tickets are still available online at TheWalpolePlayers.com.

Please call (603) 756-2535 for more information.

Clarion On-line

Your issue of the November 2022 CLARION is at the post office for delivery, and now also on-line for reading. You may click on this link, or the image below to view and read this twenty page issue.