June 16, 2015
In Attendance:Carol A. Francesconi, Paul F. Astorino, and Robert S. Ciskowski
Press:The Berkshire Eagle and The Courier
Paul F. Astorino read the Board of Selectmen meeting minutes for Tuesday, June 9, 2015. Carol made a motion to accept the minutes as read; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.
Advisory Board, William Craig:
- Discussed the override vote and the process to go forward.
- Carol noted that a Special Town Meeting may be scheduled for July, 7, 2015.
Resident’s, David and Colleen McKearney, of 775 Lanesboro Road requested a speeding sign to be posted for the safety of children on Lanesboro Road.
Carol: Left a message at Segalla’s Real Estate regarding an evaluation of the Kittay property. Awaiting a response.
- Reported to Mr. Dean Creighton her communication with Mark Stinson of the DEP stating that his property is considered: “Riverfront.”
- All town buildings have operating keys.
School Committee Member, Darlene Rodowicz, Kristen Gordon, School Superintendent:
- Discussed options for the next step in addressing the failure of the override vote.
- One possibility would be for the district to revise the budget or resubmit the existing one. In that case, the Town of Cheshire would have to hold a special town meeting and another override vote.
- If the budget does not pass, it could result in a reduction of $490,000 or the elimination of 12 teachers and 16 paraprofessionals.
- Darlene Rodowicz stated that the district has a maximum of 45 days to resubmit its budget and then Cheshire would have 45 days to hold a special town meeting and an override vote. Should that override vote fail then there would be a district wide vote n the budget and the possibility of Adams voters forcing the budget through and requiring Cheshire to cut other services.
Darlene Rodowicz suggested the option of offering more space for out-of-district student. She noted that most people would not want to be involved with a 2 ½ override.
- Another possibility would be to charge for transportation for those students living within a mile and a half of their schools.
- Ms. Gordon stated that, “We have seven administrators in the entire district.” She also stated that, “The district is required to employ a curriculum coordinator by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.” “There will be 5 or 6 individuals retiring but difficult decisions will have to be made.”
- Carol: Noted that the override vote was a 18 percent f town voters and she was surprised that more parents
did not vote.
- Darlene Rodowicz: Although disheartening, the committee with look at all options.
School Committee Member: Ed St. John IV
- Questioned how much the override would affect the tax rate?
Darlene Rodowicz: The committee will be in contact with the BOS as the process continues.
Highway Department Employees:
- Jason Hollerich voiced issues and concerns over a recent iberkshire article about the Cheshire Highway Department and the lack of initiative to become licensed for mowing. Mr. Hollerich showed emailed and reported he had been in contact with Peter LeFebvre regarding the testing and was told several times that there were no testing sites or classes available. Mr. Hollerich stated that he was insulted to read the article as it did not portray his intentions.
Robert: Offered to make copies of the required book (50 pages) and to tutor the group in preparation of taking the test(s). He noted that hand signals were important. He will check on requirements for the team.
One employee stated that he had driven the excavator under Peter’s license. This practice is no longer permissible.
Peter: Will go on line to research sites and classes and follow up on scheduling arrangements. He also stated that all of the employees know the site.
- Followed up on scheduling a site meeting at Town Hall with Myron Proper for 6/17/15 to go over the painting needs of the trim.
- All keys working for town buildings.
- Discussed the costs of DOT physicals. Carol noted there was a contract with 610 but would check into the costs. Robert noted that one agency charges $80 while another $130.
Paul: Will remind Mark to write a letter to the highway department employees for a meeting on July 7, 2015
at 7pm to review the 2015-2016 Contract.
Carol: Title 5V will be done at the Kittay property.
Paul: Questioned Peter regarding blacktop on Depot Street. Peter will be applying on line by August 2, 2015 for a Mass Work Grant or Chapter 90 for the financial cost of an engineer.
Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre:
- Drainage on Depot Street needs addressing for at least 1000 feet of water lines.
Town Administrator, Mark Webber: Absent
Police Chief Garner: Weekly report submitted.
- Kittay vehicle. Town will need to apply for an Abandonment Title at the DMV.
Town Clerk, Christine Emerson: No issues or concerns.
Water Department, Francis Waterman:
- Would like to move forward regarding the hiring of a Superintendent.
1. Requested a Job Description. (Copy received 6/16/15.) The BOS will review.
2. Would like a copy of the letter from the DEP requiring the hiring of a Water Superintendent.
- Informed the BOS that he will have be presenting at the Cheshire Community Center on June 29th at 6:30pm (Glass and Sand) and on July 13 at Bass Water Grill at noon (Historic Homes of Cheshire.)
Issued three (3) one day liquor licenses to The Cheshire Rod and Gun Club. ($150.00 paid.)
Mail and Correspondence:
NOTE: At this time no Special Town Meeting has been scheduled.
With all business finalized, Carol made a motion to close the meeting; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.
Time: 7:56 PM.
Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen Secretary
Carol A. Francesconi, Chairman
Paul F. Astorino, Clerk
Robert S. Ciskowski, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds