December 16, 2014
In Attendance: Carol A. Francesconi and Robert S. Ciskowski, and Paul F. Astorino
Press: The Courier
Robert Ciskowski read the Board of Selectmen meeting minutes for Tuesday, December 9, 2014.
Robert made a motion to accept the minutes with the retraction of finances regarding the pipe line project
2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.
Building Inspector/Zoning Enforcement Officer, Gerry Garner, introduced Mark Kruzel to the BOS as a possible candidate to replace the resigning Assistant Building Inspector, Jeremy Richardson.
Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre:
- Sand and salt may be depleted shortly.
- Out of town for a few hours on Sunday.
- Wood chipper remains unrepaired.
- Filling pot holes and continuing to patch.
- Reported that one employee may be out for at least two (2) weeks.
Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Met appraiser regarding zoning information for 12 South Street. Printed out most recent entries of five (5) pages of deed activity in the name of Peter Krutiak.
- Attended a two (2) hour meeting at BRPC regarding the Kinder Morgan pipeline issue. Represented were the towns of: Lenox, Richmond, Hinsdale, Dalton, Pittsfield, and Hancock. One of the topics was the formation of impacted towns “host community agreement”. Essentially, BRPC would be the clearing house/coordinator for legal and engineering services designed for the protection of those communities. Cheshire will be getting a proposal from BRPC (along with the other towns) seeking an amount (presently, not to exceed $20,000) to belong to the group. There will be a follow up meeting on January 6th when more precise information and budget will be presented. This is not a “fight the pipeline” effort. It is more like technical and legal assistance geared towards the protection of landowners, resource and watershed areas, roadways, etc. At this point, Mark is not sure of the benefit to the town. Of the five (5) directly affected property owners, two (2) individuals are (Whitney and Rische). The others are Western Mass Electric, Berkshire Natural Resources.
This will be a federally issued permit (FERC) and they are notoriously stringent on environment protection.
There will be a tax benefit of an undetermined amount to the town. Spoke to Joe Barbieri, Bureau of Local Assessment at DOR and he is doing a background check. Mark also asked Kinder Morgan to re-check his estimated tax revenue to the Town for accuracy.
- A draft report has been completed and is being reviewed of BRPC’s Dollar General’s traffic study peer review.
A final copy should be received by next week’s meeting.
- COA van is ready for pickup. Ed will make the transfer today or tomorrow.
- Ed St. John asked for Ethics Commission documents on hand in relation to Waterman and Dept. before he issues his statement on appropriateness of Town funds and the USDA project.
Town Administrator, Mark Webber…continued
- Spoke with Representative, Gailanne Cariddi’s aide, regarding assistance/intervention of the MA DOT denial of a guardrail at Bass Water Grill. Mark reported that the owner was going to construct a safety barrier outside of DOT jurisdiction.
- Phil Demers, Eagle Reporter, called seeking any update on Kinder Morgan. Mark will keep Phil informed as the project moves forward.
- Highway Garage electric bill is up 35% from previous month. (kW rate). Submitted Colonial Power aggregation information and an article for Annual Town meeting in June 2015.
- Working on Selectmen’s Report.
Licenses for 2015 signed by BOS. Carole H. will deliver licenses and submit checks to the Town Administrator.
For ABCC information the BOS stated that the estimated population for the Town of Cheshire is 3,156.
- Reported in his research about the Town, he noted that the State rating of Cheshire Lake is not considered
“A great pond.”
A business owner on Nobody’s Road, voiced concern regarding junk yard rules and requirements.
Carol reported that the Town Attorney, E. St. John, will be making a determination in regard to the condition of the property and until that is received the BOS cannot move forward. The 2015 Class III license will be held until the determination is received. The Town Administrator has invited St. John to attend the 12/23/14 BOS meeting.
Town Clerk, Christine Emerson: No issues or concerns.
Chief Garner: Weekly Report submitted.
Mail and Correspondence:
- Letter signed by Leroy Schaffrick, Vern A. Emerson, and Gregory Farmer, Historic Preservation Specialist regarding the Upton Lodge building and possible grants, tax credits, and usage.
- The Town of Cheshire was not selected for an award in the MMA’s Annual Town Report Contest.
With all business finalized, Paul motioned to close the meeting, 2nd by Carol with a unanimous vote taken.
Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen Secretary
Carol A. Francesconi, Chairman
Robert S. Ciskowski, Clerk
Paul F. Astorino, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds