Selectmen's Weekly Minutes

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February 27, 2018
6:30PM
In Attendance: Robert S. Ciskowski, Carol A. Francesconi, and Ed St. John IV
Absent:       
Press: iBerkshires
                  
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
 

February 20, 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 13, 2018; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.

Resident’s John Tremblay and Sandra Sloane invited and updated the BOS on planned activities for the Saturday, March 10, 2018 first event to mark the 225th anniversary of the Town’s incorporation as an independent municipality in Massachusetts. For information:  see www.cheshireproud.com on Facebook.

Cheshire Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane:
- Submitted Weekly Activity Report for: 2/14/18-2/20/18.
- Working in cold, rain, snow, and 70 degrees temperatures.
- Repaired and maintained snow removal equipment.
- Truck #3 power steering hydraulic line replacement/Delureys.
- Loader delivered. Works as designed and expected.
- Prepping grader for soft roads.
- Will be adding stone to gravel roads as they soften.
- Pothole patching.
- Robert will give Blair information on a Case Construction Grant for $25K.  Blair will follow up.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Will from BRPC will meet with the BOS on 2-27-18 at 6:50PM for final signage.  (Housing Grant)
- RFEI is due on 2/27/18.
- Scheduled a meeting with Tom/BRPC; Jim Berry, DOER, Town Building Inspector and the Cheshire Planning Board for 3/13/18 @ 7pm Town Hall.
- Submitted Memorandum regarding today’s 9:00am highway union meeting.
- Attended the Berkshire County Manager’s meeting in Lenox today.  Able to network regarding lighting projects in other towns.
- Budgets are being submitted.
- BRPC revised scope of work and cost estimate for the discussed Depot and Railroad Streets proje4ct under the Complete Streets program.  As of now, it comes in under the $400K maximum available grant amount.

Robert:
- Read retirement letters from Josephine A. Lewis and Neil Baker from the Cheshire Cemetery Department effective on May 7, 2018. Carol motioned to accept the retirement letters; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.

- It was also noted that Jack Girard will not be running for a position on the Cemetery Board.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  No issues or concerns.

Police Chief, Timothy Garner: Report submitted.

Mail and Correspondence:
- Email from Ed St. John, IV/Regina A. Hill to attend the 2018 Career Day invitation to Hoosac Valley Middle/High School’s Annual event.
- National “Read Across America” Day!  Friday, March 2, 2018.

Note:  Robert and Melissa Tarjick will be the Cheshire representatives on the Superintendent Search Committee.

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

Respectfully submitted,

                 
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 13, 2018
6:30PM

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


Carol motioned to accept the minutes as presented for February 6, 2018; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.

Agenda for February 27, 2018.  6pm Superintendent/Advisory Board/BOS.  Town Hall.
           March 6, 2018 6pm; McCann Vocational-Budget Review.

Cheshire Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane:
- Submitted Weekly Activity Report for: 2/7/18-2/13/18.
- Repairing and maintaining snow removal equipment.
- Addressed snowy/icy road conditions.
- #3-blown/rotted power steering hose.
- #10- blown fan clutch replaced.
- Discussed the non-plowing of the school parking lot areas.  The BOS agreed not to plow the area at this time.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Scheduled Highway union negotiating session was cancelled and re-schedule for next Tuesday at 9am.
- Edits completed to the Highway Superintendent and Full Time Police Officer employment agreements.
- Collated Highway Superintendent Performance Review and comments.  BOS to sign original and provide to Blair for his signature.  Provide copy to Town Treasurer to place in employee’s personnel file.
- Once finalized and passed along to individuals, provide copies of all Highway employee performance reviews to Town Treasurer to be placed in employee’s personnel files.
- Held non-mandatory site visit/walk through today for interested proposers for the Cheshire School RFEI.  Missed meeting the representative from Head Start.  Another date will be scheduled.  One person interested in limited space for a dance studio.  Proposals are due February 27, 2018 at 3pm.
- Contacted Joanne DeRose at National Grid about streetlight program update and questions about Chester, MA updated street lighting. A street lighting project is also a possibility and National Grid suggested using the Green Communities Program.
- Spoke with Travis this morning and updated his employment agreement.  Asked that he review it with his commissioners for edits and get it back to me for finalization.
- Attended Complete Streets Committee meeting this afternoon.  Will meet again in three (3) weeks to finalize reports.  Submission date is April 1.  The Committee’s top choice, as of today, is the reconstruction of Depot and Railroad Streets.  The Water Department is planning to replace the water mains and laterals along Depot this spring. The thought was to come in after them and do a complete sidewalk, paving, curbing, landscaping project.  Originally, there were 16 projects. Only one (1) or a group of a few different projects can be submitted that don’t exceed the $400K potential funding.
- Department Budgets are coming in.
- Schedule on Agenda: Green Community, March 13, 2018 at 7pm.

BRPC, Pat Mullins:
- Updated the BOS on the status of the CBDG housing rehabilitation grant.
- The grant is due by March 2, 2018 and New Marlboro will be a part of the grant.  To date, Cheshire has 50-70 interested individuals with a maximum possibly of $35K each – or $40K.  Projects could consist of housing repair, energy, foundation, and plumbing.  Income eligibility is low to moderate income.  HUD sets the limits and guidelines to be followed.  One (1) person up to $44,800; two (2) persons over $50K.
- BRPC has managed fifty projects in the past and is familiar with all of the processes.
- The loan is to the homeowner.  The loan will go down 15% each year.  If there is a change of owners the loan would have to be paid.  The Town would hold the lien and it would be recorded at the Registry of Deeds.  The Town also has the capacity to forgive the loan.
- Program income could be used for CBDG eligible project(s).
- Pat (BRPC) selects the projects along with a citizen’s advisory committee.  Only the projects are discussed, not homeowner’s names.
- The Town’s $60K is keep available.  The accounting is separate. It could be used for new projects, costs of overruns over $35K or for full de leading.  Each account is documented as to how the money has been spent and the BRPC works in collaboration with the Town for verification. Robert:  Could the loan balance go to zero balance in 15 years?  There is zero interest.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  No issues or concerns

Police Chief, Timothy Garner: 
- Discussed letter received from Sgt. Steven M. Charon regarding formal retirement from the Cheshire Police Department.  Chief Garner will follow up on addressing the request.

Pine Valley Mobile Home Park Eviction forms were signed.

Mail and Correspondence:

8:00PM
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.

With all business finalized at 8:00PM, Carol motioned to go into Executive Session; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken. The BOS will not return to the 6:30PM open meeting.
                 
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 6, 2018
6:30PM

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

Carol motioned to accept the minutes as presented for January 30, 2018; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.


Cheshire Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane
- Submitted Weekly Activity Report for: 1/31/18-2/6/18.
- Continuing to repair and maintain snow removal equipment.
- 77% of the work week was spent treating roads due to storm conditions.
- Replaced rotted fuel tank on truck #10.
- Replaced blown hydraulic hose on truck #2 and #4.
- Replaced worn cutting edge on #4 plow blade.
- Replaced front spring on #3 truck.
- Ordered a second load of regular sand for residents.  Took delivery today – 15% sand.
- Reported that the Loader delivery will most likely take place on Friday, February 9, 2018.
- Prepared for storm system of 8” to 12” of snow on February 7, 2018.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Completing Employment Agreements for the Water and Highway Superintendents as well as the full-time Police Officer.
- MIAA training in Safety will take place on April 4th in North Hampton.  Mark recommends that Blair attend.
- Working on completion of the City of North Adams, Town of Adams, Town of Williamstown Intermunicipal Veterans’ Services Agreement. Once finalized, a schedule will be posted and in effect on March 1, 2018.  Nine communities will be utilizing the service and Cheshire residents may utilize the services of the Veterans Service Office in North Adams, Adams, Dalton and Williamstown during the normal hours or by appointment during normal hours as agreed upon.

Carol:
- Rick Salvi met with the BOS to discuss an anonymous complaint regarding odor at a Wells Road residence.  Rick will check into the matter.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  No issues or concerns

Police Chief, Timothy Garner: 
- Discussed road conditions during storm

Robert:  Requested Ed to do a Title Search on the Cheshire School.
- Discussed the status of the Cheshire School generator.  Right now the BOS is confident in the generator at the fire house.
- Checking into road conditions regarding a recent car accident on the Lanesborough Road.
- Peter Traub reported that the Complete Streets Committee has received advice from BRPC to submit a grant for a project to change the public lights in the town.
- Signed Board of Health Alliance paperwork.

Mail and Correspondence:
- Letter of Support from William H. Smith, Ed., regarding activities to observe Massachusetts Race Amity Day on June 10, 2018. Included was A Proclamation proclaiming June 10, 2018 Race Amity Day signed by Charles D. Baker, Governor of the Commonwealth, Karyn E. Polito, Lt. Governor of the Commonwealth, and William Francis Galvin, Secretary of the Commonwealth.
- Letter from the Mt. Greylock Advisory Council, Cosmo Catalano, Chairman. Letter for Senator Hinds and Representative Barrett for support of funding a full-time Park Supervisor, Visitor Center staff for the Mount Greylock Visitors Center.
- Forest Cutting Plan for owner:  Robert H. Parker & Jill Gerson Parker, 179 Fisher Hill Road. File Number:  058-8950-18.
- Forest Cutting Plan for owner:  Joseph Wrenn, 224 Fisher Hill Road.  File Number:  058-9016-18.
- Status Update re:  Environmental Notification Form – Northeast Renewable Link Project for the proposed Northeast Renewable Link Project in Hinsdale, Dalton, Cheshire, Lanesborough, and Hancock, MA with the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs on January 19, 2018. GridAmerica Holdings Inc. has decided to pause the ENG proceedings in order to review and potentially update and clarify portions of the ENF.
- Schedule of the Cheshire 225th Anniversary Celebrations.  First event will be on Saturday, March 10, Open Celebration at the Cheshire Elementary School from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.
- Email received from Peter Traub regarding his thoughts on a recent BOS and BRPC meeting.
- Letter from Sgt. Steven M. Charon.

7:25PM
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.

With all business finalized at 7:25PM, Carol motioned to go into Executive Session; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken. The BOS will not return to the 6:30PM open meeting.

                 
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

January 30, 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 January 23, 2018; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.
Robert:  Understands that the search committee for a new district Superintendent of Schools is seeking volunteers with one (1) Selectmen and one resident to be a part of the search.  Robert agreed to do so.
ACRSD, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Putnam
- Updated the BOS on the search process, a survey for parents to complete as to their pleasure or displeasure with the schools since September 2017.  Those students who have elected other schools out of the district are also encouraged to answer the survey.  To date 127 elementary parents have completed the survey with 87 at the high school and 76 at the middle school with a total of 1209 eligible. Additionally, staff also has the option to complete the survey. He reported on the building an elementary school at Hoosac High School, Budget Schedule, and addressing the CBOS on February 27, 2018 at 6:00pm.  Chris will also invite the Advisory Board.
Cheshire Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane
- Submitted Weekly Activity Report for: 1/24/18-1/30/18.
- Continuing to repair and maintain snow removal equipment.
- 38% of time was spent filling pot holes/hot patching.
- Repaired air dryer on truck #4.
- Installed “Frost Heaves” sign on Route 116.
- Repair faulty hydraulic hoses on backhoe.
- Graded Crusher Road and Camp Roads.
- Loader update: delivery should be 10 to 14 days.
- Submitted to the BOS Employee Performance Review 2017 for highway employees.
- Robert inquired about the status of Blair’s truck that was hit.  Robert wondered if insurance would be covering it as he feels responsible for this.  Discussion will continue.  Robert, “Wants to be fair.”
Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Cheshire Lake Permit issued for the Cheshire Rod and Gun Club.
- Recommended meeting with the Building Commission regarding BRPC and before going forward with Green Community status.  BRPC is willing to facilitate a discussion without any commitment to go forward obligation from the Board. It is imperative that the BOS understand the Stretch Code. Robert assured Mr. Traub that the BOS is not negative, but many questions need to be answered.
- Met with Lodestar Energy last Thursday.  The company that we have a net metering agreement with is associated with the Bushika project.  Mark will be submitting to him a batch of Town electric bills which will include the Cheshire School.
- The required Public Hearing for the DCBG Cheshire Housing Grant was re-scheduled from February 6th to February 13th at the Cheshire Town Hall.  New Marlborough will be holding their own Public Hearing.
- Reported that North Adams and Cheshire with Lanesborough will have shared Veteran’s Agent services by the end of this week.
- Noted no increase in insurance health rates.
Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  No issues or concerns
Police Chief, Timothy Garner: 
Robert:
- Addressed the written concerns of the Cheshire Liquor Center regarding the highway department to address his need for a sweeper to clean debris in the parking lot and south of the buildings from the ice jam break.  Robert stated, “Cheshire has no liability to clear debris on private property.”
Resident, Sandy Sloane:
- In discussing elderly housing, she felt many people in completing the Master Plan survey assumed that the elderly housing was only for Cheshire residents.  It was noted that when State or Federal grants assist in projects, the eligibility is open to everyone county wide.
- In-Law Apartments:  Change of ownership might then allow for non family members to rent. This will be discussed further.
Mail and Correspondence:
- Berkshire Running Center request for their May 20, 2018 – 6th Annual Steel Rail Half Marathon/8K on the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail starting at 9am until noon.
- MassDOT District Bridge Inspection #C10006-00L-MUN-NBI.
7:40PM
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.
With all business finalized at 7:40PM, Carol motioned to go into Executive Session; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken. The BOS will not return to the 6:30PM open meeting.
                

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
 

Janaury 23, 2018
6:30PM

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


Carol motioned to accept the minutes as presented for January 16, 2018; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.

Cheshire Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane
- Submitted Weekly Activity Report for: 1/17/18-1/23/18.
- Continuing to repair and maintain snow removal equipment.
- Storm preparation and snow removal.
- In discussing the water issue on the Jeff Warner property, boulders could be placeed where the brook turns.  All agreed that the project is on private property and in other similar cases in town, town assistance was not offered.  If Mr. Warner wants to pursue the CCC for bank erosion then the DEP would become involved.  It was suggested to wait until the water flow goes down and then have Fred Balawender clear the trees in the stream.                                                                                                            

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Met with union representative and two town highway employees.  Memorandum to be discussed in tonight's Executive Session. Next meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.
- Reviewed Cheshire Solar Bylaws to another perspective installer.
- Blair completed reimbursement information for Chapter 90 money.  $250K should be deposited one week after submission.
- Amended the REFI for Cheshire School and placed legal notice with The Berkshire Eagle.
- Submitted two (2) documents for Robert to sign for the CDBG. Packets may be picked up at the Town Clerk's office and it will also be posted on the town website. Mark noted that the Town of New Marlboro has agreed to submit the CDBG grant together.
- Gave Blair the Complete Streets package.
- Advised Blair to forward me the instructions from Kathy Stevens for the required letter for remaining Chapter 90 reimbursements.
- Approved the BRTA Drug Policy package.
- Requested the BOS to approve Myron Proper as the Town of Cheshire Animal Control Officer.
Carol made the motion; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.  Paperwork will be submitted to the State.
Carol submitted an article for the change from three (3) to five (5) Selectmen.

- Mark reported notification that the town of New Marlborough will be a part of a $800K grant.  If awarded Cheshire would receive $600K and New Marlborough $200K.  The balance would be for administration.

Carol questioned Blair on the status of operation for the Cheshire School generator. Time permitting, Blair will address the generator.

7:00PM
A meeting with Thomas Matuszko of the BRPC, and Christopher Grubs, Senior Planner and the Cheshire Board of Selectmen.  Donna DeFino, Chairman of the Cheshire Planning Board, Sandra Sloane, Alternate Member, and Peter Traub, Member were also in attendance. Carol opened the meeting by reading an article in BRPC Awarded EEA Grants. "Town of Cheshire - Creation of local bylaws:  This grant will focus on developing several local bylaws in order to implement the goals of the Town's Master Plan, which was adopted in 2017.  Cheshire and BRPC will work together to determine whether bylaws should be created to address senior housing, apartment buildings, decreasing residential lot sizes and building setback, and residential cluster developments.  The overall goal is to implement the Master Plan in a way that addresses the needs of the community and in an environmentally-sustainable manner.  It's possible that some goals and not others will be implemented through new bylaws." Carol felt that a 10% survey return was not substantial.  Before there was no interest in senior housing in the past.  The grant had a 3-4 week turn around and had to be signed off. She noted that the Master Plan was a fantastic project.
Donna:  Was surprised that housing was the focus where information and the writing of a bylaw for marijuana should be where the assistance is needed.  How did it happened?  Definitely there was a lack of communication. “The town can use grant writers!”
Mark:  Questioned if the grant was restricted to housing.  Mr. Matuszko will contact the Executive Energy and Environment Affairs and get back to Mark. According to the Master Plan, housing was an emphasis.
Ed: Felt that the Master Plan was widely supported by those who responded and did not agree with Carol.  “It is an opportunity for money we don't have, Ed stated.”
Donna: People who move to Cheshire come for specific reasons and one being the tax rate.  With "housing" Cheshire will be just like a lot of towns.  The setbacks are for safety, there's a reason for them.

Ed: "Let's find a balance between homeowners and the town's interest.  Help the town to craft a bylaw to accommodate what they want."

Donna: "It is not on the top of the priority list right now.  What else could it cover?  Are there any other options?"

Mark: "Not much."

Ed: "This is what is available now."

Carol: "Obviously, better communication is needed."

Ed: "It is not a top priority but it's in the Master Plan."


Peter Traub:
Three (3) years ago, the zoning bylaws were updated according to State Code and in a year we were to go back for other possible updates.  ''

Before closing at 7:50PM, Mr. Matuszko updated the BOS on Green Communities and the need to review Stretch Code (780CMR 115.AA). Ed favored going forward to see if Cheshire is eligible for grants.  Also, Donna will be the go to person and then she will report to the BOS.
Ed:
- In regard to working with CTC for setting up a heating control system he wanted to advise the BOS that new controls would provide more accurate readings.
- Requested approval for him to work with EDM on a Scope of Services to work on the actual condition of the Cheshire School with an approximate cost of $10K.  Carol motioned to allow Ed to move forward with the project; 2nd Robert with a unanimous vote taken.
- Requested use of the school for basketball games. A decision to not allow other events in the building set precedent for future requests.  Unfortunately, at this time, the answer remains no.
- There will be a "Baby Town Meeting" on June 4th.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson: 
- Requested a warrant article for the Moderator to declare a 2/3's vote by voice.
- Submitted the Cheshire Annual Town Election for:
* One Selectmen for three year term
* One Assessor for three year term
* One Board of Health Member for three year term
* One Cemetery Commissioner for three year term
* One Water Commissioner for three year term
* One Tax Collector for tree year term
* One Town Clerk for three year term
* One Constable for one year term
* One Planning Board Member for five year term
* One Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee Member from Cheshire
* Two Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee Members from Adams

Nomination papers are available at the Town Clerk's Office.  Deadline to return nomination papers is Monday, March 19, 2018 by 5:00PM.  The Cheshire Annual Town Election is May 7, 2018 with Polls open from  9:00PM to 7:00PM.
- Shall Cheshire vote to accept the provisions of section six C of chapter forty of the General Laws, which authorize cities and towns to appropriate money for the removal of snow and ice from private ways therein open to public use.

Police Chief, Timothy Garner:  Submitted weekly report.
- Advised the BOS that he would like Cheshire to sponsor an individual to the Police Academy with no promise to hire.  There is no cost to the town.
- The Firemen's Ball is in the planning stage and he noted no meal will be served. It will take place on the Saturday after Easter or the next week.  It will be either the 7th or 14th of April at the school auditorium.  More information will be coming.


Rent Control Board Hearing:
- Wednesday, February 7, 2018 Eviction Hearing for 12 Application; Pine Valley Mobile Home Park.

Mail and Correspondence:
- Letter received from Chris and Michela Jura with their input about their experiences at C. T. Plunkett for their daughter.
- Email received from Mike Biro regarding his input as to his children's experiences and observations at C.T. Plunkett.
- Notice of Assignment of Interest in Solar Net Metering Credit Agreement dated October 13, 2015. Seller has assigned all of its right, title, and interest in and to the Agreement to its affiliate LSE Cetus LLC.

7:50PM
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.

With all business finalized at 7:50PM, Carol motioned to go into Executive Session; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken. The BOS will not return to the 6:30PM open meeting.


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