Selectmen's Weekly Minutes

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April 10, 2018
6:30PM

In Attendance: Robert S. Ciskowski, Carol A. Francesconi, and Ed St. John IV
Absent:       
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Carol motioned to have the minutes for March 27th and April 3, 2018 approved as well as Executive Session Minutes for April 3, 2018; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.

Cheshire Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane:
- Weekly Activity Log submitted for 4/4/18-4/10/18.
- The culvert by the Gable property was inspected and the overflow ditch will be serviced once it has dried out. 
- Installed concrete divider in the salt building for sand/salt under cover.
- Will be welding and repairing the railing on Bridge #2 (C-10-003).
- Looked at a Village Sales Grader/1991 Caterpillar 120G.  Discussion needed.
- Will be filling potholes for the month.
- Collected wood and logs/chipped the wood.
- In the process of repairing potholes on Route 116.
- 4/7/18 snow plowed the upper elevations/salted elsewhere.
- Submitted a Massachusetts Interactive Property Map for the BOS to review an issue with fencing.  Blair noted that the fence in question is located on a "Right of Way" and concluded that the fence is on the Town of Cheshire property.  Mark will be advising the owner of the Town's decision.
- Robert asked Blair to prepare a presentation on the Street Scan software in the near future.

Benjamin Girard:
- Presented the BOS with a draft Host Agreement for possibly going forward with a Marijuana Dispensary to be located at the former Country Charm Restaurant building on Route 8 in Cheshire, MA.
- Mr. Girard questioned if the Cheshire Community Center could be used to facilitate an informational meeting.  He will be scheduling a time for the center with the Town Clerk.

Resident, Bruce Richardson, Main Street:
- Presented the BOS photographs of buildings in the area where he lives that are infested with rodents, skunks, and raccoons.  He asked for advice as to what he could do as it is a safety issue.  The BOS advised Mr. Richardson to go directly to the BoH and then to the Building Inspector.  Terri Miller and Patricia Bondini were in support of Mr. Richardson's inquiry.  Ms. Miller said, "The conditions are pretty bad and questioned if the State could help."

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Submitted a formal Requests for Proposal for the reuse and or redevelopment of the former Cheshire Elementary School.  Proposals are due no later than 3:00pm on May 1, 2018.  It will be published in The Berkshire Eagle and on the Town website.

- Met with the Advisory Board.  They proposed a flat 2% increase for all town employees, elected and appointed.  Proposed $60K appropriation for Cheshire School maintenance next year.  To date, $42,500 has been spent and we are approximately 75% in to the fiscal year.
- Received a letter from Mr. Clairmont's attorney requesting a follow up visit from the Fence Viewers.
- Postponed today's Highway Union negotiation session. Mark will reschedule.
- The Complete Streets application was successfully submitted on March 29, 2018.
- Resident of South State Road stopped in today to discuss the plowing and sanding on a driveway connected to the Route 8 rest area. To be discussed with Blair.

The BOS met with James Barry, Green Communities Coordinator for Western Massachusetts and Lauren Gaherty of Berkshire Regional Planning Commission to better understand the state program for a Green Community and the benefits for becoming more energy efficient. 
Most importantly, Mr. Barry stressed that you do not have to agree to wind, solar, and nuclear.  An area can be selected it has to be good for the town.
- Mr. Barry reviewed his handout, "The Green Communities Division Partnering with Massachusetts Cities and Towns.  He reviewed: 
Criteria 1:
 As-Of-Right Sitting:
Criteria 2:
 Expedited Permitting
Criteria 3:
 Energy Baseline
Criteria 4:
 Fuel Efficient Vehicles
Criteria 5:
 Minimize Life Cycle Costs.

- The Town would receive a minimum of up to $125K to implement a plan.  The Town could ask for more money in the future and could receive more if the State approves of the projects.
- The Stretch Code.  Although in the past there was some negative responses to the concept, due to the time passing the Standard Codes have increased to meet the Stretch Code criteria.  Building Inspector, Gerry Garner, voiced no opposition to the Stretch Code and said it was already being used in other communities.
- Mr. Barry stressed the importance of being creative.  He said it is important to prioritize projects and to see what would save more money by being more energy efficient and the Town is entitled to a free energy audit. Cheshire Planning Board Chairman, Donna Defino expressed concerns regarding the allowance of solar or wind by right could cause issues.  Carol voiced similar sentiments as the town recently passed bylaws for solar and wind power.  Mr. Barry said there would be an amendment and it would not interfere with the bylaws in place. Ms. Defino reminded all that the planning board is working on areas to be zoned for manufacturing or research related to green energy presently.
- If the BOS decides to go forward, Mr. Barry would be pleased to come back for a continued discussion.
- Mr. Barry explained the third criteria regarding the ages of town buildings and their energy efficiency.  He felt there could be a reduction of 20% after the buildings were evaluated. Criteria 4 involved the possibility of buying fuel energy efficient vehicles.  The discussion closed at 7:45PM. 


Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  No issues or concerns.

Police Chief, Timothy Garner:

Mail and Correspondence:

Three One Day Liquor Licenses:
- Issued three one day liquor licenses for $150 to The Cheshire Rod and Gun Club.

Reminder:  April 21, 2018.  Earth Day Town Cleanup.  See website for further information.

Carol:
- Motioned to go into Executive Session: “To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining or litigation if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining or litigating position of the public body and the chair so declares.”  Also, “To discuss the deployment of or strategy regarding security personnel or devices, e.g. a sting operation.” Seconded by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.
8:05PM. The 6:30PM meeting will not reconvene. Roll Call:  Robert S. Ciskowski, Yes; Carol A. Francesconi, Yes; and Ed. St. John IV, Yes.

               
Respectfully Submitted,

Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen’s Secretary

_______________________________________________________________
Robert S. Ciskowski, Chairman
Carol A. Francesconi, Clerk
Ed St. John IV, Superintendent of Buildings and Groundsv

March 27, 2018
6:30PM

In Attendance: Carol A. Francesconi, and Ed St. John IV
Absent: Robert S. Ciskowski (Superintendent Search Committee)  
Press:

Carol motioned to accept the minutes as presented for March 20, 2018; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.

Cheshire Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane:
- Weekly Activity Log submitted for 3/21/18-3/27/18.
-Assessed winter damage to infrastructure.  Notable issues; guardrail on Sand Mill Bridge
 #2 Route 116 blacktopping. 
- The asphalt company in Lee will be opening Monday and blacktopping will be addressed.  This is dependent on weather conditions.
- Removing hydraulic pump from boom mower to be tested and possibly repaired.
- The last implement for the loader has been welded together.  Project complete.
- Continue to repair and maintain snow removal equipment.

Cheshire Planning Board, Donna DeFino, Chairman
- Updated the BOS on the progress of the Marijuana Bylaw.  It has been submitted to Town Counsel,  St. John III, for approval. Donna will be writing the narrative for the ballot and it will be done by the end of May.
  
Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Highway Union meeting on 3/27/18.  Mark offered a Summary and Responses to the BOS.
- Working with Town Clerk on writing the warrant articles for the election ballot items for the annual town meeting.  Specifically need a narrative for the Three (3) to five (5) Select Board change needed and for Chapter 40 private roads questions. If the Selectboard question passes by a majority vote, it will go on to the Legislature.
- National Grid published their Spring rate, effective May 1st through October 31, 2018.  Their new rate is 10.8cent per kW and the Town's fixed rate through November 2020 is 10.4cents per kW.
- Provided BRPC with the Town's Complete Streets portal log in information.  The application will be submitted by Friday of this week.
- Meeting with the Advisory Board this evening regarding budget information and data for revenue and expenses.
- Received a request from BRPC seeking Town's support in pursuing grant opportunities through a Federal Department of Commerce called Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). Mark suggested further discussion with Tom Matuszko.
- Will be researching for a car counter to use for a short period of time.
- Submitted to Town Clerk the name of a resident interested in being placed on the housing rehabilitation grant list. 


Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  No issues or concerns.

Police Chief, Timothy Garner:

Mail and Correspondence:
- Letter received from Mr. Matthew S. Hutchinson regarding a proposal to the Town of Cheshire to take ownership of the Hutchinson Water LLC. The proposal was taken under advisement and a copy presented  to the Cheshire Water Department.

Reminder:  April 21, 2018.  Earth Day Town Cleanup.  See website for further information.

Carole motioned to schedule an Executive Session to:  "To conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with non-union personnel or to conduct collective bargaining sessions or contract negotiations with non-union personnel." 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.

Carol motioned to go into Executive Session to: “To discuss the deployment of or strategy regarding security personnel or devises, e.g., a sting operation.” 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken. 7:20PM
Roll Call:   Carol A. Francesconi, Yes; and Ed St. John IV, Yes.

Carol:
With all business finalized at 7:20PM, Carol motioned to adjourn; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken. The Open Meeting will not reopen.

                 
Respectfully Submitted,

Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen’s Secretary

_______________________________________________________________
Robert S. Ciskowski, Chairman
Carol A. Francesconi, Clerk
Ed St. John IV, Superintendent of Buildings and Groundsv

March 20, 2018
6:30PM

In Attendance: Robert S. Ciskowski, Carol A. Francesconi, and Ed St. John IV
Absent:       
Press:

Carol motioned to accept the minutes as presented for March 13, 2018; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.

Cheshire Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane:
- Weekly Activity Log submitted for March 14, 2018-March 20, 2018.
- 63" of snow was reported as of March 1, 2018. Blair explained how the scheduling of plowing operates during major snow storms and the importance of keeping main thoroughfares open at all times and the constraints of 5 employees; five vehicles; and five areas.  Major routes are cleaned first; then secondary, then dirt and the peripheral areas. The last storm produced 7" of snow an hour which meant every inch and a half, trucks would go back to the main roads.  Blair hoped all residents understood the scheduling and most individuals were patient. There were three storms in a row and one employee was out sick and was is on restricted duty.
Carol: In the past, the Town did hire private contractors.
Ed: There needs to be a contingency plan.
Blair: He felt once he explained how the system worked, people were understanding.
Robert: Voiced the need to develop a formal call-in list.  Robert suggested working on this during the summertime with advertising being an option.
- Will have a continuing discussion on the options for a new/used/rented grader.

7:10PM
Jacob Zeminiski, Presenter.
- Mr. Zeminiski had attended the Cheshire Planning Board Hearing on Monday, March 19, 2018 and he wanted to introduce himself and his group, Berkshire Boys Inc. as a possible candidate for opening a Marijuana Dispensary in the Town of Cheshire. His presentation included a packet regarding his intention of being "In alignment with Cannabis Control Commission's regulations. The Berkshire Boys will apply for Recreational Retail and Cultivation licenses. Mr. Zeminiski questioned the CPB determination of only allowing one retail store and one cultivation license and explained his feelings on the benefit of competition.  He also questioned why the CPB was not interested in the 3% tax charge on cultivation products. It was suggested that Mr. Zeminiski contact the CPB directly.
- Mr. Zeminiski also stated that should he have the opportunity in Cheshire it would mean 25-50 jobs coming to the area.  He felt he has one chance and he wants to be transparent and he wants to do it right.
Carol: Noted that the next discussion would take place at the Annual Town Meeting on June 10, 2018.


Resident of Cheshire:
- Presented a verbal and written complaint against a town employee.  The BOS will be checking into the complaint.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Mark thanked Chris for the preparations for the Round Table meeting with town officials and Lieutenant Governor Karyn E. Polito.
- Mark will be meeting with the Advisory Board next Tuesday evening.
-  Worked on levy limit and related items based on the draft budget as of today.  Based on today's draft, we are approximately $80K under the levy limit.  This assumes that we apply $170K of free cash to reduce the tax rate. 
- Today's certified free cash-prior to any use, including reducing the tax rate - is $416,220.  Retained earnings for Water Enterprise is $245,177.
- Submitted to the BOS alternate FY 2019 budget which utilizes consistent salary increases and makes adjustments to a number of other line items that are not fixed items.  Suggested the BOS review and discuss at the March 27th meeting.
- Highway Union negotiations scheduled for next Tuesday.
- Received the Street Light inventory from National Grid along with pricing scenarios for changing out to LED from the sodiums.  Joanne DeRose said that most towns are going with the 20 watt LED and using the 30 watt LED's at intersections or special situations only.  Requested Robert and analyze and Carol to check inventory against her list of street lights.
- Will have the RFP for Cheshire School for next week's meeting.
- Will be creating an Article to change the Advisory Board to Finance Committee.

Resident's Eileen Quinn and Karen Daigle reported on the official announcement of the Town of Cheshire becoming an Appalachian Trail Community™. "This designation will allow for National designation, networking and communication. There will be recognition and visibility through signage, press releases and the ATC's website and publications. It will enhance partnerships with public land agencies and volunteers.  The short term benefits will allow teacher eligibility for an ATC place-based education and service learning program. The long term benefits will be an increase in community environmental stewardship. Towns act as good friends and neighbors of the trail."
Note: The trail runs from Georgia to Maine and is 2,100 miles.  Quinn and Daigle attended a recent seminar in New Hampshire and enthusiastically reporting on educational components and field trips being arranged with Hoosac Valley Elementary School students.  It is important to start young and to learn how to maintain the trails and appreciate wildlife.
- Graffiti cleaning of the Cobble will take place on June 15th. Robert thanked Ms. Quinn and Ms. Daigle for their diligence in following through to attain this designation.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  No issues or concerns.

Police Chief, Timothy Garner: Report submitted.

Mail and Correspondence:
- Lieutenant Governor Karyn E. Polito sent a letter of congratulations for completing Community Compact signed on May 17, 2016.
- Northern Berkshire Cultural Council/Maureen Riley Moriarty, Treasurer, reported:
Awards:
Cheshire Community Action Team (Cheshire CAT) Cheshire's 225th Anniversary Celebration $1,500.
Cheshire Community Association (CCA) Art on the Trail.  Eileen Quinn $500.
Cheshire Library Association Community Programs, Christine B. Emerson $1,100.
Cheshire Community Association (CCA) Cheshire Block Parties, Eileen Quinn $1,500. Seniors to the Theater 2018, Peter Traub $750.

Carol:
Motioned to schedule an Executive Session for Tuesday, March 30, 2018 at the end of the Open Meeting for:  “To discuss the deployment of or strategy regarding security personnel or devices, e.g., a sting operation;” 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.

With all business finalized at 8:30PM, Carol motioned to adjourn; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.

                 
Respectfully Submitted,

Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen’s Secretary

_______________________________________________________________
Robert S. Ciskowski, Chairman
Carol A. Francesconi, Clerk
Ed St. John IV, Superintendent of Buildings and Groundsv

March 13, 2018
6:30PM

In Attendance: Carol A. Francesconi, and Ed St. John IV
Absent: Robert S. Ciskowski     
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Carol motioned to accept the minutes as presented for March 6, 2018; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.

6:15PM Carol motioned to go into Executive Session to discuss pending litigation; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken. The 6:30 Open Meeting will reconvene.
Roll Call:  Carol A. Francesconi, Yes; Ed St. John IV, Yes. 
6:40PM
Roll Call:  Carol A. Francesconi, Yes; Ed St. John IV, Yes.

Cheshire Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane/Plowing

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Due to weather conditions, the BRPC Green Communities meeting was rescheduled to April 10th at 7PM.
- The Water Commissioners have reviewed and approved a new employment agreement for Travis which goes into effect July 1, 2018.
- Spoke with Dr. Putnam and he will be attending Thursday’s meeting in Cheshire Town Hall on Thursday, March 15, 2018 with Lt. Governor and will explain the education grant that was mentioned by her office.
- Internet issue with Spectrum.  Resolved internet with IT person and all computers are operating.
- Budget sheets FY 19 have been updated.  Mark asked Robin and Lynn to do separate calculations and checks against levy limit.  This will be prepared for next week’s meeting.  Mark will send a copy to the Advisory Board.
- Rescheduled Jacob Zieminski for Marijuana presentation to March 20, 2018. Mark will be in contact with Town Counsel, Ed St. John III regarding his opinion on requested “Letter of Non-Opposition” for potential marijuana retail facility.

Resident, Peter Traub:
- Noted that the Cheshire 225th Anniversary opening event celebration was very nice.
- Discussed the possibility of the COA receiving a donated automobile that could be used for residents needing transportation to Albany or Boston hospitals.  It could also be used as a taxi to airports. There are many issues that would need to be studied before an acceptance could be made.

Carol:- Requested Mark to prepare the Request for Proposals for the Cheshire Elementary School use be for Lease Occupancy and not For Sale. The two submissions were Dance Capade and Head Start from Pittsfield.


Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  No issues or concerns.

Police Chief, Timothy Garner: Report submitted.

Mail and Correspondence:
- Check from Charter for $2,576.26.
- Town Facilities Request Form from Michael Mucci, NB Youth Lacrosse.  (To be discussed.)
- Certified Return Receipt from New Ashford Planning Board for the Cheshire Planning Board.
- Cheshire Council on Aging reply to Adams Senior Center’s Hoosac Valley Senior Services Proposal. Carol questioned Mr. Traub on “A motion was proposed and passed to request the Town appropriate $5000 for general expenses and $3400 for FY 19.”  Mr. Traub said that was incorrect.
- Minutes for January 31, 2018 for the Cheshire Council on Aging Meeting.

With all business finalized at 7:30PM, Carol motioned to adjourn; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.

                 
Respectfully Submitted,

Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen’s Secretary

_______________________________________________________________
Robert S. Ciskowski, Chairman
Carol A. Francesconi, Clerk
Ed St. John IV, Superintendent of Buildings and Groundsv

March 6, 2018
6:30PM

In Attendance: Robert S. Ciskowski, Carol A. Francesconi, and Ed St.

John IV
Absent:       
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Carol motioned to accept the minutes as presented for February 27, 2018; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.

The resident of 38 Prospect Street and two teens approached the BOS with an inquiry regarding the possibility of building a skate board/scooter park in Cheshire.  Mr. LaChance will look into the costs and availability of grants.

Cheshire Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane:
- Reported that the septic system at the highway garage has been fixed.
- Repaired transfer station stairs.
- Stewart White Road: filled in caved in section with gravel.  This is not permanent but should satisfy for a month or until springtime.
- Discussion regarding town mailboxes.  If a Town truck hits a mailbox and damage occurs, then the town will fix it.  Damage due to snow would not be the town’s responsibility
- Preparing for 18-24” of heavy snow conditions starting on 3-7-18.  The BOS or Blair will speak with Chief Garner regarding the Parking Ban for Wednesday night.
- Presently, Blair has a four (4) man crew.
- Repairing and maintenance of winter equipment continues.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Presented the BOS a letter regarding pending litigation.  The original was sent to Donna DeFino, Chairman of the Cheshire Planning Board.  A copy was sent to Town Counsel, Ed St. John III.
Carol motioned to have an Executive Session regarding the litigation on Tuesday, March 13, 2018; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.
- Mark is working on the 2019 Budget.  He restated his suggestion to offer an across the board increase such as 2 or 3%. 
- The Complete Streets grants will be submitted for repairs on Depot and Railroad Streets.  The due date for submission is April 1, 2018. The amount requested is slightly less than $400K.
- The next Highway Union meeting will take place on March 20, 2018.
- Inquiry from an individual seeking a Letter of Non Opposition. (RE: Retail Marijuana.) To be placed on Agenda for March 13, 2018 at 7:30PM.

Robert:
- Will be attending training out of town on March 13, 2018.
- Robert will be attending Superintendent Search Committee meetings on Tuesdays March 20th and March 27th.


Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  No issues or concerns.

Police Chief, Timothy Garner: Report submitted.

Resident, Mark Biagini:
- Reported chunks of blacktop on family driveway and lawn property due to snowplowing.  The BOS will speak with the Highway Superintendent.

Mail and Correspondence:

7:35PM Executive Session:
Carol motioned to go into Executive Session to:  “Discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining or litigation if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining or litigating position of the public body and the chair so declares.”2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.
Roll Call:
Robert S. Ciskowski, Yes; Carol A. Francesconi, Yes; and Ed St. John IV, Yes.

The BOS will not return to the 6:30PM Open Meeting.

With all business finalized at 7:25PM, Carol motioned to adjourn; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.

                 
Respectfully Submitted,

Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen’s Secretary

_______________________________________________________________
Robert S. Ciskowski, Chairman
Carol A. Francesconi, Clerk
Ed St. John IV, Superintendent of Buildings and Groundsv

February 27, 2018
6:30PM
In Attendance: Robert S. Ciskowski, Carol A. Francesconi, and Ed St. John IV
Absent:       
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Carol motioned to accept the minutes as presented for February 20, 2018; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.
Cheshire Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane:
- Submitted Weekly Activity Report for: 2/21/18-2/27/18.
- Patching potholes and grading roads. (Richmond Hill, Sand Mill Hill, Jenks Road.)
- Snow/ice conditions 2/21/18.
- Repaired major hole on Outlook Avenue.
- Repair and maintain snow removal equipment.
- Repaired "E" on Cheshire Elementary School.
- Salt delivered to Town Hall.
- Possible grader rental in March.
One Day liquor licenses issued (2) to the Cheshire Rod and Gun Club for 3/16/18 and 3/24/18.
Robert read Legal Notice:  Request for Expressions of Interest (REFI)-Cheshire Elementary School.
"The Town of Cheshire Board of Selectmen seeks formal expressions of interest for the reuse and or redevelopment of the former Cheshire Elementary School, 191 School Street, Cheshire, MA 01225.  Proposals are due no later than 3:00PM on February 27, 2018 and shall be addressed to the Cheshire Board of Selectmen, 80 Church Street, Cheshire, MA 01225.  REFI proposal document is available at the Cheshire Town Clerk's office, 80 Church Street, Cheshire, MA during normal business hours and at the Town of Cheshire website:   www.cheshire-ma.gov Signed: Robert Ciskowski, Chair"
Carol closed the proposals on 2/27/18 at 7pm; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.
Two proposals were received and Carol motioned to have the proposals under advisement until after March 8, 2018 when the Reuse Committee meets; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.
Cheshire Planning Board, Donna DeFino:
- Updated the BOS on the Marijuana Establishment Law noting that "it mirrors what Mass General Law already has in place" and which Christopher Gruber of BRPC has assisted with in meeting the needs of Cheshire.  The Bylaw is available at the Town Clerk's office and on the Cheshire website.  A Hearing will take place on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 7pm at the Cheshire Town Hall-Second Floor. The bylaw allows for one (1) retail operation and one other use.  Cultivation of the product can be in an agricultural specifically with a minimum of five acres.  The retail operation would be only on Route 8 where existing businesses exist.  Robert motioned to accept the bylaw; 2nd by Carol with a unanimous vote taken. 
Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- April 3, 2018 at 6pm there will be an Advisory Board Budget meeting.
- An aerial life was dropped off today for Wooliver to inspect the roof.
- Worked on the FY 2019 budget items, and would like to review with the BOS on 3/6/18.
- Salaries.  Different departments are submitting their budgets and Mark noticed that the rate of increases went from 2% to 5%.  Mark recommended the BOS adopt a percentage increase and apply it across the board.
- In talks with Gerry Garner regarding software - E Permitting.  The initial cost could be $5K and yearly maintenance is approximately $1,200.
- A full draft proposal was received today from the Highway Union representative.  Mark submitted copies for the BOS to review during the week and suggested an Executive Session on 3/6/18. Carol motioned to schedule an Executive Session for March 6, 2018 at the end of the regular 6:30 PM meeting; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken. Robert S. Ciskowski, Yes; Carol A. Francesconi, and Ed St. John IV, Yes. "To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining or litigation if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining or litigating position of the public body and the chair so declares." Robert:  Requested Mark to research and prepare a spreadsheet indicating the financial savings due to reducing insurance on two members of the cemetery committee.
- A Letter of Interest was received for the position of Cemetery Chairman.
- Robert signed the Block Grant 2018 CDBG Grant Total Request:  $998,000.
Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  No issues or concerns.
Police Chief, Timothy Garner: Report submitted.
Town Facilities Request Form received for the Adams-Cheshire Little League, TBall and Minor League use of the Cheshire School Field, Little League Field, School Street, and field by church parking lot. Ed motioned to allow the teams the use of school fields; 2nd by Carol with a unanimous vote taken.
- Carol noted that Darlene Rodowicz will not be running for reelection on the Adams Cheshire Regional School District School Committee.
Robert:  Will be attending a Superintendent Search Committee meeting on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 5:00PM to 6:30PM at the Cheshire Elementary School.
Mail and Correspondence:
With all business finalized at 8:00PM, Carol motioned to adjourn; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.

Respectfully Submitted,
Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen’s Secretary
_______________________________________________________________
Robert S. Ciskowski, Chairman
Carol A. Francesconi, Clerk
Ed St. John IV, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds