Planning Board Meeting Minutes
February 22, 2016 - 7PM Cheshire Annex

Present:Daniel L. Speth, Bernard F. Bator, Francis M. Griswold, and Peter H. Traub,
Attending:Donna Garner and Ronald DeAngelis
Absent:    Shannon C. Plumb, Esq.

Dan opened the meeting at 7pm with Peter assigned to take minutes.

Dan welcomed Donna Defino to the meeting and hoped she had considered the position of Alternate Member on the Cheshire Planning Board.  Donna agreed. Dan made a motion to recommend to the Selectmen Donna as the Alternate Member; 2nd by Bernie with all members voting unanimously.
(Donna DeFino, 184 West Mountain Road (413-743-7881) (Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Ron DeAngelis attended the meeting and stated he was going forward with taking out nomination papers to be the 5 year Cheshire Planning Board member.  All members welcomed Ron and wished him well in the election. Shannon will be reminded to secure her papers for the 2 year term.

Meeting minutes for the January 2016 meeting were approved.  Bernie made a motion to approve the meeting minutes as submitted; 2nd by Francis with a unanimous vote taken.

Resident, Gary Schneider of Stafford Hill Road presented the CPB with information about an adjoining property because of wetlands, streams, and septic system concerns.
- Mr. Schneider read, “Property @ approx 10 Stafford Hill Road Cheshire, MA. Owned by Mark & Jean Fortier, Parcel #2, Book 01382, Page 1097.  As stated in a letter to the BOS July 19, 2013 an read into minutes my concerns of a aforementioned property is, according to the DEP there are resources areas there protected under Mass Wetlands Protection Act.  I would like to take this opportunity to make aware to the Planning Board & refresh the BOSD of this property.  The reason being it is for sale & I suspect will be cut into building lots.  I respectfully request that this property be looked into by the Planning Board & the BOS before plot plans if & when submitted to deal with the wetlands issues which will change the entire area in regards to drainage etc.  This particular property is delicate in nature with all of its issues again per DEP along with (CIS) maps of the area in question.  With proper engineering & oversight would minimize the impact to Stafford Hill & waterways if deemed buildable which I suspect will be challenging & best.  Carole A. Hilderbrand sent me a letter dated July 26, 2013 answering my concerns.  The letter is attached to this e-mail.  Long & short the powers to be need to informed & proper action taken if deemed necessary to prevent any damage.  In short, the rules, in this instance need to be complied with.  Look forward to your response.  Concerned abutter.  Respectfully, Gary F. Schneider.’

Resident, Gene Pierce discussed his property at Lot #23 Number 20 Daniels Terrace and Lot #20 owned by J. Ferro at 92 Daniels Terrace.  The Board recommended having the property surveyed.  The survey as well as a completed Form A should be submitted to the Cheshire Planning Board for review and approval according to Zoning By laws.

Program Manager from Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, Celeste Harp, reviewed a program she is heading for keeping the elderly in their homes and housing. She plans on attending the next Cheshire Master Plan Committee meeting to inform the group.  Ed. St. John IV, as a member of the committee, said he felt the upcoming electronic and paper survey they have designed, in general, addresses questions regarding elderly housing and housing in general.  She requested Peter Traub to
update her on happenings in Cheshire.

Resident, Ed. St. John IV, presented the CPB with a plan for a Special Permit Application.  An additional $100 check was submitted.  The schedule for the Hearing will take place on Monday, March 28, 2016 at 7:30pm in the Cheshire Annex.
- The CPB requested measurements from the front porch to the road.  Markers should be placed at points of where it will go.  Photographs are requested.  Ed St. John IV noted that the footprint will remain the same except for the porch. He said the six (6) foot porch will not go beyond the cement steps.  It was recommended to have the stairs placed on the side and not the front. The porch will not be enclosed as that might create a blind spot.

Next Meeting:  Monday, March 28, 2016  7pm  -  Cheshire Annex.

The CPB approved the cost of the Cheshire Zoning and Protection book to be $10.00 per copy.
With all business finalized, Bernard motioned to close the meeting at 9:00pm; 2nd by Dan with a unanimous vote taken.

Respectfully Submitted,

Carole A. Hilderbrand, Recording Secretary
Minutes from 8pm on taken by Carole A. Hilderbrand

Daniel L. Speth, Chairman       
Bernard F. Bator          
Francis M. Griswold       
Peter H. Traub
Shannon C. Plumb, Esq.