Selectmen's Weekly Minutes

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January 20, 2015
6:30PM

In Attendance: Carol A. Francesconi and Robert S. Ciskowski, and Paul F. Astorino
Absent: 
Press: iBerkshires and The Courier

Robert Ciskowski read the Board of Selectmen meeting minutes for Tuesday, January 13, 2015.
Paul made a motion to accept the minutes as submitted; 2nd by Rob with a unanimous vote taken.

Robert:
- Reported that he attended the Lanesboro Pipeline meeting and was surprised by the attendance of approximately 150 people.
- Robert is willing to continue researching the project to better be able to recommend a good or bad decision for the Town of Cheshire.
- Presently, Robert has several questions regarding size of the high pressure pipe, the safety to the area,
The demand/economics and the BRPC financial assistance for legal assistance.
- Robert suggested the Cheshire Selectmen meet with Windsor, Lanesboro, and Hancock Selectmen to review the project.  He also recommended a letter be mailed to all Cheshire residents to attend a meeting to inform all residents of the Kinder Morgan project.
- Robert is willing to visit other towns to give and get input.
- He noted that there would be an 80,000 horsepower compression station in Windsor. (Three turbine unit).
- At this time Robert cannot make a recommendation.  At some point he will make a stand when he has
researched and understands the project better.

Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre:
- Rivers are receding.
- Ice jamming on Notch Road
- Anticipates truck delivery on 1/21/15.
- Truck #2 has electrical problems.
- Ice and water issues on Sand Mill Road.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- January 27, 2015 Adams Ambulance meeting – cancelled.
- Stockbridge Treasurer and Town Accountant are willing to assist our team in setting up an enterprise accounting system for the Cheshire Water Department.
- Will meet Chief Francesconi and Adams representative for a cordial talk on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.
- Letter received from the Lanesborough seeking a dialogue on possible shared police services.  This will
be referred to Chief Garner.
- Proposal for contracted services from BRPC for Kinder Morgan professional review and advocate services.      - Will be meeting with the BRPC with town administrators next Wednesday at 2 to learn more about their services regarding the Kinder Morgan project.


Town Administrator, Mark Webber:  continued
- Kinder Morgan sent a note saying that representatives will be conducting survey work in the proposed pipeline route towns in the coming days along public roadways.  Towns included in MA are:  Dracut, Ashby, Lunenburg, Fitchburg, Northfield, Warwick, Hancock, Lanesborough and Cheshire.
- Reported that the Board of Health is seeking an opinion regarding the contracting with Berkshire Health assistance for a menu of services and computer reporting.  Carol will speak to the B of H.
- Continuing to check on inspection services fee schedules.  Presently, have:  Richmond, Clarksburg, Becket, Chester, Lee, Williamstown, Adams, and Great Barrington.
- SK Design looking for permitting/zoning information for a tear down/rebuild on a new footprint project on Lake Shore Road.  The question was referred to Building Inspector, Garner.
- Drafted a letter to the Berkshire Taconic Foundation thanking them for their award to the Town for playground equipment and attached proof of fund raising grant share of $4,000 to date.
- Governor Baker announced today that he inherited a $765 million budget shortfall from his predecessor but that it will be corrected before the end of the fiscal year with no cuts to local aid or tax increases.
- Bill Craig is attending McCann budgeting meetings.

Carol:
- Received a recommendation from the Cheshire Historical Commission to appoint Gus Martin to the Commission.
- After a discussion period, Carol made a motion to appoint Gus Martin to the Cheshire Historical Commission; 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:   No issues or concerns.

Police Chief Garner:   Weekly Report submitted.

Mail and Correspondence:
- Lycott Environmental - 2014 Summary Report of Hoosac Lake, Cheshire, MA.  Order of Conditions: 
DEP #130-82

With all business finalized, Carol motioned to close the meeting, 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.
Time:  7:52 PM.

Respectfully Submitted,


Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen Secretary

________________________________________________________________________
Carol A. Francesconi, Chairman
Robert S. Ciskowski, Clerk
Paul F. Astorino, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds

 

January 13, 2015
6:30PM

In Attendance: Carol A. Francesconi and Robert S. Ciskowski, and Paul F. Astorino
Absent:  
Press: The Courier

Robert Ciskowski read the Board of Selectmen meeting minutes for Tuesday, January 6, 2015.
Paul made a motion to accept the minutes as submitted; 2nd by Carol with a unanimous vote taken.

COA, Peter Traub and Karmen Mitchell-Field:
- Discussed the senior aide salary breakdown and how to submit hours for compensation with Lynn and Becky.
- The position is considered a Vendor and will receive a 1099 form.  Hours for Cheshire are fifteen (15) per week.

Paul:  Commended Peter and crew on keeping up with the difficult road conditions experienced in the last few weeks.

Carol:
- Reported that Town Clerk, Christine Emerson, has forward to the Attorney General all information required regarding Water Zone II.

Resident reported a children’s fishing derby to take place on the first lake on January 25, 2015 from sunrise to 1 pm.

Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre:
- Everything is going well.
- Snow blower down.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- The first Cheshire Monthly Manager’s meeting was held at the Cheshire Community Center.  It was well attended with representatives from fourteen (14) towns. (1-13-15)
- Spoke with Dalton Town Administrator, regarding the sharing of a Veteran’s Agent and timeliness of state reimbursements.  Mark left a message for Rosanne for an update on Cheshire’s finances.
- Received a response from Adams Ambulance.  The BOS requested Mark to schedule a meeting asap.
- The Town of Cheshire under Chapter 90 will receive an additional $101.000 for this fiscal year.  This was a promise made from Governor Baker during his campaign.
- Mailed MEMA emergency response for equipment in the amount of $4,435.
- Began compiling inspection fee schedules from neighboring towns in order to do a comparison of fees and stipends.
- Conferred with Bill Craig and he agreed to pass out the FY’16 budget request forms now with a due back date of February 24.
- Dufour monthly payments have been coming in regularly.

 

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:    continued
- Spoke with Town’s financial advisor, Clark Rowell to set up the borrowing for the new highway and fire trucks.  It will be a combined borrowing ($170K + $400K) set up initially in a series of 1-year state house notes. 
Interest rates expected to be the .75% range for the first year.  Clark will advise whether to go out for a longer term later on for the fire truck.

Carol:
- Reviewed paperwork for CCC Hearing for Peter Filkins, 108 Will Cove Road.  Carol motioned to issue an Order of Conditions, 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:   Out

Police Chief Garner:   Weekly Report submitted.

Audience: 
- Requested the Secretary to check the website for the December 16, 2014 BOS meeting minutes.

Mail and Correspondence:

With all business finalized, Carol motioned to close the meeting, 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.
Time:  7:46 PM.

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen Secretary


________________________________________________________________________
Carol A. Francesconi, Chairman
Robert S. Ciskowski, Clerk
Paul F. Astorino, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds

 

 

 

January 6, 2015
6:30PM

 

In Attendance: Carol A. Francesconi and Robert S. Ciskowski, and Paul F. Astorino
Absent: 
Press: iBerkshires and The Courier

 

Robert Ciskowski read the Board of Selectmen meeting minutes for Tuesday, December 30, 2014.
Paul made a motion to accept the minutes as submitted; 2nd by Carol with a unanimous vote taken.

 

Town Attorney, E. St. John was present to review the following topics:

 


1. Will need to follow up with further research regarding the signing of petitions on Town property.
At this time he believes it is at the discretion of the BOS to set a rule of no politicking on Town property.  He will need to research elections and polling sites.

 


2. Will research Noise Ordinance in order to make an article for the Annual Meeting.

 


3. Question, “If a police officer become full time in Cheshire can he become part time in another town?”
Answer:  The officer would have to file a disclosure with the Town Clerk.  Further research needed.

 


4. Question; “What is the jurisdiction of late charges under the Rent Control Board.”
Answer:  Research will be needed.

 


5. Ordinance or By Law.  Needs to go in front of the Town Annual Meeting.  Violation of a by law is a misdemeanor. By laws bind the town.

 


6. Saldo’s.  No codes for fencing.  Common courtesy for all property owners to maintain their property
appropriately.  St. John will do more research.
- Robert questioned St. John about what information should be on an Agenda.  BOS discussion will take place.

 

Cheshire Planning Board, Charles Howard, Chairman:
- Submitted Cheshire Re Organization of Cheshire By Laws for review.
- Invited the BOS to a Cheshire By Law committee meeting on February 9, 2015 – 7pm at the Annex.
- Informed the BOS of a Photovoltaic Project submitted by Kirt Mayland on the Bushika gravel property.
(Special Permit Hearing:  Monday, January 26, 2015, Community Center at 7pm)
- Submitted a Zone II Extension map.  Town Clerk and Water Department will resolve the issue and submit required paperwork for the Zone II Extension to the Attorney General.
Extension.

 

Carol
7:01PM  Motioned to go into Executive Session for pending litigation; 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.
Roll Call:
Carol A. Francesconi, Yes; Robert S. Ciskowski, Yes; and Paul F. Astorino, Yes.

 

7:11PM the Open Meeting resumed.
Roll Call:
Carol A. Francesconi, Yes; Robert S. Ciskowski, Yes; and Paul F. Astorino, Yes.

 

7:12PM
CCC Hearing for Peter Filkins.  Carol opened the Hearing by reading the Legal Notice.

 


-  Marc Volk presented an overview of the project as it is and how it will be. 
- Carol questioned the DEP recommendation regarding a Water Quality Certification.  Mr. Volk assured Carol that the concern was reviewed and addressed.  He will include a letter clarifying the concern and suggested
putting it in the Order of Conditions.  When issued, the Order of Conditions should be mailed to Peter Filkins.
- Carol motioned to continue the Hearing until next week, Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at which time an Order of Conditions will be issued; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.
7:22PM CCC Filkins Hearing finished for the evening.

 

Carol
- Restated for clarification.  The 2006 Zone II expansion needs hearing dates and an advertisement to be submitted the Attorney General.  Mr. Waterman will be researching the information and submit it to the Town Clerk asap.

 

Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre:
- Everything is going well.
- Road mud conditions for another week.
- Ice still on gravel roads.
- Roads slippery.

 

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Advisory Board meeting this evening.
- Budget request prepared.
- Prepared BID for Emergency Repairs for the Town of Cheshire Municipal Water System.
- Showed photo of trailer to be delivered for Town emergency equipment.
- Received $8,000 award for recreational equipment from the Berkshire Taconic Foundation.
- Received quote from MIIA for $320.00 insurance for remainder of fiscal year for Depot Street dwelling.
- Contacted town’s financial advisor, Clark Rowell, to set up a discussion for upcoming borrowings – new highway truck for $170K coming in the next few weeks and a new fire truck for $400K anticipated mid to late March 2015.
- Hosting Selectmen’s luncheon at the Community Center on January 13, 2015.
- Suggested giving Saldo’s a 30 day extension (Class III issuance) until Town Attorney submits an opinion.
- Information received regarding Kinder Morgan/pipeline project.
- One day liquor license for 1/10/15 for the Cheshire Rod and Gun Club; $50 cash.
- Will follow up on a call from Krystina Massaconi, 23 Wells Road regarding knocked down mail box.
- Submitted letter written to the Adams Ambulance requesting the scheduling of a meeting.
- Communication from DOR, Joe Barbieri, regarding the State’s reluctance to qualify Kinder Morgan’s tax revenue impact for the pipeline until more information is available.
- Will be checking on the status of payments of Veteran’s benefits.
- Will reviewing the salary of the senior aide at the Community Center.

 


Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:   No issues or concerns.

 

Police Chief Garner:   Weekly Report submitted.

 

Mail and Correspondence:

 

With all business finalized, Paul motioned to close the meeting, 2nd by Carol with a unanimous vote taken.
Time:  8:12 PM.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 


Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen Secretary

 


__________________________________________________________________________
Carol A. Francesconi, Chairman
Robert S. Ciskowski, Clerk
Paul F. Astorino, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds

 

 

December 30, 2014
6:30PM

In Attendance: Carol A. Francesconi and Robert S. Ciskowski, and Paul F. Astorino
Absent: 
Press: iBerkshires

Robert Ciskowski read the Board of Selectmen meeting minutes for Tuesday, December 23, 2014.
Paul  made a motion to accept the minutes as submitted; 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.

Carol:
- Spoke with Stacey Dakin of the DEP.  She noted the DEP has no concern regarding the property condition of the Saldo Salvage site and said it would be a local issue.  Carol asked to have this question discussed at the
January 6, 2015 scheduled meeting with Attorney St. John.
- Attorney Kelleher of Kraus and Hummel, attorney for Pine Valley Mobile Home evictions verbally requested to have all the Eviction Hearing for all involved (7) change to February 11, 2015.  Awaiting written documentation.
- After reviewing the BRPC peer review study of the traffic report submitted by Bohler Engineering, Carol
felt the report reflected the Bohler report with the addition of the concerns regarding left turns, the distance to the fire house, and the site distance on West Mountain Road.  The BOS will not be recommending a driveway on West Mountain Road.  Paul and Robert felt comfortable with the review findings and also noted the importance of the distance between the fire house and the project.  Mark will be thanking BRPC for their efforts in the review and will communicate the same to the DOT.

Building Inspector/Zoning Enforcement Inspector inquired about the appointment of a new Assistant Building Inspector.  Carol reported that the appointment will be as of January 1, 2015 when Mark Kruzel will be sworn in.

Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre:
- Steward White Road closed Christmas day.
- Jenks Road closed Christmas Eve.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Followed through on telephone inquiry of Scott Stern regarding Cheshire Police and Fire Department
Documentation regarding his son’s incident.  Evidence shows that the Adams Ambulance had arrived at Hoosac High School and had left before Cheshire arrived.  Mark attempted several times to contact Mr. Stern or to leave a message but was unable to do so.
- Researched formal documentation regarding rules and policies regarding the signing of petitions.  The ruling for most Berkshire towns is; “The signing of petitions is not allowed on town property.”  There is no Mass G.L.
- AFG approved the amendment for the cascade system at the fire house.
- 2015 license checks submitted.
- Will follow up with Lynn and Becky regarding inspection fees.  All need to be uniform in submitting and tracking fees.
- Took photographs of the Kittay property for MIIA.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Received final Time Warner Cable license contract.  Carol signed the document.
- Working on preparing a financial/budget book for 2016.

Fire Chief, Thomas Francesconi:
- Requested the BOS to schedule a meeting with the Adams Ambulance Board of Director to discuss coordination of services. 
- New fire engine has been delivered to Fl and should arrive here after inspections by the end of March.
- Applying for a grant for thermo imaging cameras.
- Requested Fire Chief to contact area Chief’s to see if they have any use for the 1976 Dodge pickup. If there is no interest; a bidding process will be enforced.

Carol:
- Questioned if an individual wants to remain on the Cheshire Advisory Board but cannot attend Tuesday meetings how that would be benefit to the Advisory Board.

Robert:
- Has researched Senior Tax Work Off Program and wanted the BOS to review its options and feasibility of using the program in Cheshire.
- Carol reminded the BOS that the option had been investigated and noted that the individual then becomes an employee of the Town and is eligible for unemployment benefits and workmen’s compensation. 
- Robert felt there might be a need for those 60 and over.
- Carol stated that if an individual meets the eligibility requirements of the State, they may be eligible for a tax abatement.

Audience:
- After looking over the peer review report, an individual questioned if the Town would be approving a driveway on West Mountain Road for the Dollar General.  Peter, “There is not enough site distance and it does not meet the requirements.”  Answer, “No.”
- Submitted a flyer for a Proposed Gas Pipeline Informational Meeting on Thursday, January 15, 2015 by the citizens of Lanesborough.  Lanesborough Community Room, Town Hall, 83 N. Main Street, Lanesborough.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:   No issues or concerns.

Police Chief Garner:   Weekly Report submitted.


Mail and Correspondence:
- Forest Cutting Plan from the DCR for Joseph Alibozek Jr., 420 Stewart White Road.
- FEMA.  EHP Clearance for the Town of Cheshire, MA. (Cascade Compressor System.)

Submitted:  A 2015 Special Use Permit Application-Winter Events for Fishing and Boating Access.  Cheshire Road and Gun Club Fishing Derby for February 15, 2015.

With all business finalized, Paul motioned to close the meeting, 2nd by Carol with a unanimous vote taken.
Time:  7:30 PM.

Respectfully Submitted,


Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen Secretary

________________________________________________________________________
Carol A. Francesconi, Chairman
Robert S. Ciskowski, Clerk
Paul F. Astorino, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds

December 23, 2014
6:30PM

In Attendance: Carol A. Francesconi and Robert S. Ciskowski, and Paul F. Astorino
Absent: 
Press:

Robert Ciskowski read the Board of Selectmen meeting minutes for Tuesday, December 16, 2014.
Robert  made a motion to accept the minutes with the change of resident to business owner on Nobody’s Road; 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.

Assistant Building Inspector, Jeremy Richardson:
- Submitted a Letter of Resignation with a two (2) week notice.  (December 31, 2014).  Carol accepted the Resignation Letter with regret and commended Jeremy on his efforts as the Assistant Building Inspector for the Town of Cheshire.  The possibility of utilizing an alternate on a as needed basis was also discussed.
Carol motioned to accept Jeremy’s resignation; 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.
- Jeremy noted a newspaper article that state negative comments regarding his position.  He stated that he would be discussing the article with the Building Inspector to clear any misgivings regarding his work ethic.

Carol read an Eviction letter from Kraus & Hummel for five (5) Evictions from the Pine Valley Mobile Home Park.  A Hearing has been scheduled for January 21, 2015, Wednesday at 7pm at the Cheshire Town Hall.

CCC Hearing for Peter Filkins has been scheduled for Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 7pm at the Cheshire Town Hall.  Project:  Stabilization and related work at 108 Willow Cove Road.

Carol read a letter to landowners from the Tennessee Gas Pipeline (Kinder Morgan Company) regarding the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C. Northeast Energy Direct Project, Docket No. PF14-22-000.
Carol read a letter from Kinder Morgan, “The NED Project is a federal undertaking that is regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) under Section (c ) of the Natural Gas Act.  On September 15, 2014, Tennessee requested authorization to use the FERC’s Pre-Filing Process (“Process”) for the NED Project and the FERC approved Tennessee’s request on October 2, 2014 in FERC Docket No. PF14-22-000.  Tennessee submitted drafts of Resource Report 1 (General Project Description) and Resource Report 10 (Alternatives) to the Commission on November 5, 2014.  Tennessee, after evaluating several route alternatives for the proposed pipeline facilities, has now determined that it will modify the proposed route of the Wright, New York to Dracut, Massachusetts Pipeline Segment of the project by adopting two of the alternatives discussed in the draft Resource Report 10.  These two alternatives (New York Power line Alternative and the New Hampshire Power line Alternative) involve co-locating the pipeline along an existing electric transmission line corridor in eastern New York, western Massachusetts, and southern New Hampshire.  On December 8, 2014, Tennessee submitted a supplemental filing to the Commission that reflects the modification to the proposed route.  Information can be found on the project website:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..”

Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre:
- Chipper returned.  The chipper may have other mechanical issues.
- New truck should be delivered by the first of the year.
- Has expended over $100K for salt and sand.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Completed the on-line State Ethics test.
- Submitted DRAFT for BOS Annual Report.
- Submitted to the BOS a BRPC Peer Review Traffic report for Rt. 8.  The BOS will review the report and report the findings on Tuesday, December 30, 2014.
- Discussed goose repellent product.  (Expensive but DEP approved.) 
- Inquiry received regarding town property on Route 8 opposite Cheshire Fire House.
- Discussed the establishment of a tax title collection revolving funds.

Paul:
- Discussed salt stain issues on the newly refurbished Town Hall stairways. Carol will address the issue.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:   No issues or concerns.

Police Chief Garner:   Weekly Report submitted.

Mail and Correspondence:
- Carol received a complaint from the DEP regarding the property conditions at Saldo’s Salvage.  (The BOS is awaiting a response from Town Counsel before going forward with a License III.

Audience:
- Questioned the areas individuals are allowed to stand and have townspeople sign petitions.  The individual wanted to know, “Where people can and can’t stand for soliciting and getting signatures for petitions.”
He requested a copy of the law.

With all business finalized, Paul motioned to close the meeting, 2nd by Carol with a unanimous vote taken.
Time:  7:27 PM.  The BOS attended the Holiday Cheshire Employee get together.

Respectfully Submitted,

Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen Secretary

________________________________________________________________________
Carol A. Francesconi, Chairman
Robert S. Ciskowski, Clerk
Paul F. Astorino, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds

 

December 16, 2014
6:30PM

In Attendance: Carol A. Francesconi and Robert S. Ciskowski, and Paul F. Astorino
Absent:  
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.

Robert:
- 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.
Time:  7:57PM.

Respectfully Submitted,

Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen Secretary

________________________________________________________________________
Carol A. Francesconi, Chairman
Robert S. Ciskowski, Clerk
Paul F. Astorino, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds