Selectmen's Weekly Minutes

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September 30, 2014

 

6:30PM

 

 

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

 

Absent:

 

Press: iBerkshires and The Courier

 

Robert read the meeting minutes of September 23, 2014. Carol made a motion to accept the minutes as read; 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken

 

Present member of the Northern Berkshire Cultural Council nominated Maureen Riley-Moriarty to the council.  Ms. Reynolds’ will be submitting a letter of resignation.

 

Resident, Ron Lancia:

 

Updated the Board on the status of the sewer system at Pine Valley Mobile Home Park of which he resides.

 

- All proposed units to be on the system have been hooked up.

 

- Roads need repairs and paving.

 

- Lawns are ok.

 

- Mr. Lancia questioned if the system had passed and is legal.

 

 

 

One Day Liquor Licenses issued to the Cheshire Rod and Gun Club for $100.

 

 

 

Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre:

 

- Blacktopping taking place this week on Wells and Windsor Roads.

 

 

 

7:30PM  Verizon Pole Hearing – Curran Road

 

- Peter updated the representative of past pole issues of removal that have not been taken care of.

 

He stated the only time past issues receive attention is when a new Hearing takes place.  The representative requested a list of all pending concerns and he will give it to Verizon.  Paul motioned to approve the request; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.

 

- Resident, Barry Emery submitted his general issue for 395 East Harbour Road pole issue since March.

 

The representative will call the construction manager to check into the concerns and request the job get done asap.

 

 

 

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:   In Library

 

 

 

Chief Garner:   Weekly Report submitted.

 

- Halloween will take place on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2014  5:30-7:00pm.

 

 

 

Robert: Questioned if the upcoming Evictions Hearing would address park issues.  Answer:  “No.”

 

- Questioned the status of education for mower licenses.  Peter stated, “Presently, no testing sites are available.”

 

 

 

 

 

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:

 

- Call received from Tim McElroy, Springfield DEP, regarding a complaint received about an outdoor wood furnace on Richmond Street.  It was suggested that Mark call the complainant.

 

- Bat incident.  Mark will follow through with procedures according to the Department of Agricultural Resources.

 

- Call from resident, Elaine Daniels, concerned about heavy chlorine smell in the drinking water.

 

- Spoke with Frank Petrulli/USDA regarding the water meter project.  The project has been closed out.  Mark will be speaking with Rebecca and Clark Rowell, the financial advisor, to let them know regarding the long term financing of the loan.

 

- Email regarding upcoming changes to wetland regulations.   New changes should be on line in one month.

 

- Submitted approved MA DOT contract for June/July rain event additional grant funds - $40,000.

 

- Gas leak outside the annex in the street.  Berkshire Gas has it marked. Odoriferous.

 

- Grant writer for the AFG grant for air packs needs to amend the submittal to include the cascade system which was inadvertently omitted from the application which was funded.

 

- Received a second request from New England Center for Investigative Reporting requesting payroll records.

 

All municipalities in the State have been contacted.

 

- Researching process for training to become a bona fide hearings officer.

 

- Submitted amended version of Cheshire employee discipline policy.  To be discussed on 10/7/14 with the

 

BoH, Assessors, Police, Water and Highway Department heads.

 

- Submitted for approval, a letter to the MA DOT regarding Rte. 8/Nobody’s Road crossing.

 

- No communication Bill Soloman of Time Warner.

 

 

 

7:50PM  Treasurer, Becky Herzog:

 

- Discussed the implementation of Semi-annual Preliminary Tax Payment System Effective FY 2016.  This would have to be accepted at the June Annual Town Meeting.

 

 

 

Water Department, Rick Guerney:

 

- Carol requested that reverse 911 be utilized in the future should there be an issue with the water.

 

 

 

Mail and Correspondence:

 

- Berkshire Gas Company.  Application for Permit for Gas Main Repair in front of 93 Church Street.

 

- Memorandum received from the Planning Board.  Fee increase:  Residential/Business; $400 with AG; $300 for special permits. The change takes place  as of September 30, 2014.  Carol motioned to accept the increase; 2nd by Paul.  A unanimous vote was taken.

 

 

 

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

 

Time:  8:05PM.

 

 

 

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

September 23, 2014

6:30PM

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

Robert read the meeting minutes of September 16, 2014. Carol made a motion to accept the minutes as read; 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken. Correction for the September 9, 2014 Tax Classification Hearing.
Please note that the Assessor’s advised the BOS of conflicts for the date scheduled and would be available on
September 16, 2014.

Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre:
- Carol questioned if sidewalks were needed by Whitney’s/Nobody’s Road.  There appears to be
traffic generating from the rail trail to Whitney’s Farm Market.  Mark will write a letter to the MASS Highway.
- Met with Emily Stockman regarding East Harbor Road culvert.  In her opinion the project would cost approximately $100K.  The Army Corp of Engineers would have complete control of the project.  Project:  on hold.
- Will complete pipe project on Wells Road (replacement) before blacktopping/guard rail completed.
- Paul suggested installing “No Parking” signs on Richmond Street as people are parking on the street to do banking.
- Carol reminded Peter that the bushes on Richmond Street need additional trimming.

7:00PM  The BOS attended the Audit exit meeting with Scanlon Associates.  The BOS returned to the 7pm meeting at 7:41pm.

Resident, Diana Pikil.  Inquired about a noise ordinance for the Town of Cheshire.  Carol suggested speaking the Planning Board as well as calling the Cheshire Police Department to voice a complaint each time she has to endure loud music.

Robert:
- Questioned when does the BOS gets involved when there is a disciplinary action to be taken in other departments.  Mark noted that the department head would take action and then with knowledge the BOS could assist in its approval.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Town and lake area tax rate will be $11.94.  The State has approved. Mark reported that there are 351 cities/towns and Cheshire was #17 for receiving State approval.
- Presented the BOS with several examples of Job Descriptions to review.
- MIIA.  Signage could be used:  “Use at your own risk” in the area where, in the past, wood has been piled for residents to cut.  Do not supply chain saws.  Do not provide supervision. 
- Discussed the North Adams Cable TV renewal.
- Highway Department personnel injury.


Town Administrator, Mark Webber:   continued
- Amended contract of $40K to cover Highway Department expenses to repair rain damaged roads.  Due to Peter’s diligence in record keeping reports for reimbursement, he is prepared to meet the deadline of
October 30th.  It should be noted that several other towns did not submit an initial damage cost estimate to the State back in July.  Therefore, they will have no chance to complete the work by the end of this month as required and will lose out on this one-time free money.
- Checking into free computers offered by the BRPC.
- Training is required and a certificate of completion is received after successful completion for the position of Hearing’s Officer.

Robert:
- Robert was glad to hear MIIA’s response and, as a thought, suggested the town dump truck bring the wood to the resident’s home using a master list of people who are interested.  He asked the BOS and Peter to think about it as it would be a service to the community. Peter responded it would be difficult to schedule deliveries and was concerned about property damage.  Much of the wood pieces are  large chunks of wood and difficult to handle in general.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:   In Library

Chief Garner:   Weekly Report submitted.

Henry Klein of Adams inquired about the property on Route 8 “Former Country Charm Restaurant.”  He inquired about possible future plans of the structure and the amount of acreage available.

Mail and Correspondence:
- Berkshire Gas Company.  Application for Permit; Lanesboro Road, Replacing telemeter.

With all business finalized Carol motioned to close the meeting, 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.
Time:  8:15PM.

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

 

September 16, 2014
6:30PM

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

Robert read the meeting minutes of September 9, 2014. Carol made a motion to accept the minutes as read; 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.

Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre:
- Guardrails should be down by Thursday.
- Ordered pipe to use by the Bushika house/Wells Road.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Spoke with Joe Boudreau of DOR regarding the implementation of Enterprise Accounting for Water Operations.  He and Dennis Mountain agree that it would be better to postpone the change over until the next fiscal year.  He noted to remember to amend the Water Operations appropriation article to reflect enterprise accounting rules at next year’s Annual Town Meeting.  The language should include “to be offset by user receipts”.  Joe retires in 43 days.
- Spoke with Tom Scanlon, Town Auditor, regarding the scheduling of an audit exit conference for September 23, 2014 at 7pm.
- Advisory Board approved the transfer for emergency generator transport.
- Veteran’s Agent, Rosanne Frieri, will be stopping by Tuesday evening.
- Draft disciplinary policy submitted for Selectmen review.
- Met with Sheri Biasin re: water meter reader position.  She will be meeting with the Water Commissioners to review the process and work schedule.
- George Sweet requested the BOS to take advantage of a National Grid light bulb purchase program for $404.00. Paul motioned to approve the purchase program; 2nd by Carol with a unanimous vote taken.
- Reported that he will be working with Carole H. on tightening the weekly Agenda.
- Working on highway department employee job descriptions.
- Remind Lynne and Robin that on the DE1 page of the RECAP, Column F has no numbers.  Need to be plugged in.
- No response from Mick Garrold, MIIA insurance agent, re:  Town’ exposure with residents cutting firewood.
- Will check to see if there is any training requirement for being the Town’s Municipal Hearings Officer.

7:00PM Carol:
- Reread the Tax Classification Hearing notice to open the continuation hearing.  Mr. Martin and Mrs. Astorino were present.  After receiving a recommendation from Mr. Martin and an overview of past years classification
process, Carol motioned that the Town continue to be a single tax rate; 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.  Mark thanked the assessor’s for their exemplary work.  The rate will be $11.94.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:


Chief Garner:   Report submitted.
- 90 day employment probation completed for part time Police Officer, Cori Demary.  An appointment letter will be issued.  Carol motioned to appoint Officer Demary until reappointments in May 2015; 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.

Resident, Bonnie Bressette:
- Reported no change in the pipe situation on Daniels Terrace.  Peter promised that the pipe will be installed before this winter.

Paul:  On vacation October 14, 2014.

Mail and Correspondence:
- Verizon.  Verizon job #1AOGR3D – Curren Road.  Hearing will take place 9/30/14 at 7:30pm.
- ecs Environmental Compliance Services, Inc.  for O’Connell Convenience Plus Shell.  Release Abatement Measure (RAM) Plan.

With all business finalized Carol motioned to close the meeting, 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.
Time:  7:50PM.

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

September 9, 2014

6:30PM

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

Robert read the meeting minutes of September 2, 2014. Carol made a motion to accept the minutes as read; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.

Town Attorney, E. St. John addressed how the Town could possibly create a “Potato Salad” project.  Carol submitted Barry Emery’s proposal for Town Counsel to review and report back to the BOS.
Robert inquired about the general public cutting downed wood at the Cheshire Transfer Station.  St. John suggested Mark contact MIIA regarding insurance liability.

At 6:51PM Carol motioned to go into Executive Session to discuss Pending Litigation. The 6:30 meeting will resume.
Roll Call Taken:  Carol A. Francesconi, Yes; and Robert S. Ciskowski, Yes.

7:08PM Carol reopened the 6:30PM meeting.
Roll Call Taken:  Carol A. Francesconi, Yes; and Robert S. Ciskowski, Yes.

7:09PM  Carol read the Annual Tax Classification Public Hearing Notice.  No Assessor’s were available to make a recommendation on single or double tax rates.  Therefore, Carol made a motion to continue the Hearing until next Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 7pm; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.

Audience: 
- Questioned Town Counsel regarding Annual Meeting rules, and the Dollar General border issues.
Carol noted that the BOS, the attorney, or any other board had received any follow ups regarding Dollar General.  Questions regarding meeting rules will be addressed once received in writing.
- Website request:  To show number of individuals reading each page.
- Questioned when the Executive Session minutes were made public.  Carol stated when the pending litigation was a closed legal case.

Carol:  Asked Carole H. to contact Emily Stockman in regarding to the East Harbor Road culvert and the necessary filing documents for the DEP.

Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre: 
- Trimming and tree removal on Depot Street/Fales Road/Richardson Street and three (3) on Ingalls Road.
- Scheduling local education classes. (2A continuing education classes.)
- Flagman on Windsor Road guardrail project.
- Will pressure wash the two generator’s.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  At voting polls.

Chief Garner:

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- - Two surplus generators arrived and Peter will be checking them out.  Thanked George Sweet for his offer of assistance.
- Spoke with Joe Boudreau re:  Water Enterprise.  Process in place and will be working on a specific report (A-2) that is required to be filed as part of the annual Recap submitted by the Assessor’s in order to set the tax rate (October/November).  Working with the DOR to delay implementation of the Enterprise accounting until FY 2016. It may have been aggressive to expect to get all of the requirements in order in a few months following the town meeting in order to have all ready by tax rate setting time.  Will apprise the BOS as the project progresses.
- Working with Town Treasurer and Clark Rowell (Town’s financial adviser) regarding upcoming borrowing for the fire truck and highway truck.  Will consider possibly bundling them with the USDA water meter debt into one borrowing.  This could result in a lower interest rate.  Will report back to the BOS.
- Met with the Town’s insurance agent.  He clarified the situation of using a vendor/sole proprietor on a limited basis who does not have worker’s compensation insurance.  If this person was injured while performing a service for the Town, then the town would have exposure and be responsible under its police.  The audit would pick up the 1099 because MIIA’s auditor checks 1099 vendors to make sure they have WC certificates.  Those not having certificates would be added to the Town’s payroll.  The code for a meter reader falls under “waterworks” employee and the rate is #3.13 per hundred.  If the person made $3,000 annually, the increase to the Town’s policy would be $94 a year.  An employee of the Town would be the best match for insurance purposes if there was an individual who met the job description.
- MIIA requested an equipment inventory list from the Highway and Fire Departments of all items with a value over $2,500 such as air packs, jaws of life, pumps, etc.  These items go under a special equipment category and fall under a sub coverage category.
- Email received from Mark Stinson regarding the retirement of Bob McCollum.
- Reported a conversation with Tami at the Berkshire Regional Transit regarding the drug and alcohol screening testing.  Ed Gwozdz will be the individual to this testing – noting that he has already done the testing.
- Gathered information on reprimand/dismissal procedures for Town employees.  Once approved, it would be inserted into the town’s employee policies.
- Follow up note from East Main Street resident regarding the speed trailer.
- Submitted Advisory Board signed/approved Reserve Fund transfers.
- Attending a Municipal Law meeting on 9/25/14 in Holyoke.

Water Department, Francis Waterman:
- Carol motioned to hire Sheri Biasin for this round of water meter reading to get the meter read and working;
2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken. When the project is completed the position will be reviewed.  Mark will contact Ms. Biasin. - Letters regarding the hiring of the position will be sent to those who applied.
- Mr. Waterman advised the BOS that there is a work change order regarding additional expenses for Mike Lahey and that the paperwork should be signed by the BOS therefore showing no conflict of interest.


Mail and Correspondence:
- ABCC M.G.L. c.138, 15 Sunday Opening Time Allowed at 10:00am.
- Elder Affairs Grant submitted by Karmen B. Field-Mitchell.
Email:  Gregory Farmer/National Register nominator for the Cheshire Town Hall & Library update.
- Time Warner via mail and electronically.
-  Seven (7) Applications of Eviction received from Kraus & Hummel.  Hearing set for October 6, 2014, Monday at 7pm in the Cheshire Town Hall. (Pine Valley Mobile Home Park.)
- Request from Hashim & Spinola – copy of Holly Drosehn and/or Cheshire Pressure, Inc. liquor license.

With all business finalized Carol motioned to close the meeting, 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.
Time:  8:08PM.

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

September 2, 2014
6:30PM

 

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

Robert read the meeting minutes of August 26, 2014. Robert made a motion to accept the minutes as read; 2nd by Carol with a unanimous vote taken.

Carol:  Discussed employee evaluation processes possibly to be used in the future.  Mark will check further and report back to the BOS.

Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre: 
- Recommended the bid of resurfacing to DelSignore Blacktop and Paving for $72.25/ton.  The project should take 2-2 1/2 days.  Carol motioned to award the resurfacing project to DelSignore Blacktop and Paving; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.
- With the recommendation of Peter LeFebvre Carol motioned to award the 2015 International truck to the low bidder to DeLurey Sales and Service, Inc. of Hoosac Falls; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.
- Reported that a pipe on East Harbor Road (past the Ayotte property) needs to be replaced before winter.  It may require an open bottom culvert installation.
- Reported that the 12” culvert on Stafford Hill Road should be replaced.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Building Inspector has issued notice to two residents regarding our no chicken bylaw.
- Mark will be taking a wellness test on 9/12/14 to satisfy requirements of the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority.
- Heating Oil Bid locked at Port of Albany at $3.24 with an additional delivery charge of 15 to 20 cents.
- Generators arriving next week.  Mr. Sweet has volunteered to install them. The charge for transportation from Grant Trucking is $1,760.
- Discussed workmen’s compensation/liability insurance regarding the Water Department Meter Readers employment opportunity. Robert requested further clarification.
- Reported to MIIA accident at the Cheshire Transfer Station.
- Will schedule a meeting with Attorney St. John for September 9, 2014 for after 7pm.  The BOS would like to discuss:  Kittay property, “Potato Salad Donation Project,” cutting wood at the Transfer Station, and the
503(c) status of the Police Department.
- Annual Tax Classification Public Hearing Notice for September 9, 2014 at 7pm sent to The Berkshire Eagle.

Robert:  Would like to have a clear picture of the difference of liability insurance and Workmen’s Compensation benefits for a town employee vs. a Vendor.

Resident, Mr. Scholtz inquired if the BOS had entertained the possibility of the Town of Cheshire purchasing the Eileen Nuttell property of Route 8 and suggested that they do so.  This would eliminate a developer from building on the acreage.  Carol reminded the audience that building projects create revenue for the town.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  In the Library.

Chief Garner:   Submitted weekly report.

Water Department, Francis Waterman:
- Rick is out of the office this evening and Don Rueger is unavailable due to ill health.  The department will review the BOS’s recommendation for the position of Reader Meter and the need to understand better
the insurance needs for proper coverage.  Robert suggested for the first time completing this project, it might be best for a Cheshire Water Department individual to complete the job so the responsibilities are clearer to the department and the BOS.

Check received from the Cheshire Rod and Gun Club for one day liquor licenses amounting to:  $150.00.

Memorandum received from Charles M. Howard, Jr., Chairman of the Cheshire Planning Board in regard to Chapter 40A, Section of M.G.L.  Carol suggested the Memo go to Town Clerk for further research.

Mail and Correspondence:

With all business finalized Carol motioned to close the meeting, 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.
Time:  7:45PM.

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

 

August 26, 2014
6:30PM

 

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

 

Robert read the meeting minutes of August 19, 2014. Paul made a motion to accept the minutes as amended 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.

 

Paul is out of town for two weeks.

 

Carol: 
- Becky Herzog met with new Veteran’s Agent, Rosanne Frieri. A letter will be written to the state for back payments of $15,059.71.
- Signed building permit (CCC) for a lean to for Teddy Jayko.
- Had received a telephone call from Teddy Jayko regarding cattle crossing on Town Roads.  Mr. Jayko reported people blowing their horns and getting too close to the cattle to move them along.  He would like installed speed zone, line painting, and to have the no passing zone to end sooner than it does now.  Additionally, he wanted to know who sets speed limits. The BOS will discuss this matter with the Chief of Police.

 

Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre:  On vacation.

 

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Carol motioned to have a position of Special Town Employee for a Conservation Agent; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken. Mark had spoken to Emily Stockman in this regard and she would be willing to work on conservation projects in the future.
- Discussed with the Fire Chief HGAC approved status for purchasing the fire truck.  The truck will be delivered in approximately 8.5 months for $450K and will be in the color red.  The BOS signed the contract. No payment will be made until the truck is delivered.  Two individuals will be flown to Florida for the final inspection.
- Instructed Fire Chief to order air packs and accompanying equipment.
- The Federal Audit was filed and accepted.  (Water Department.)
- Housing Court date for the Kittay property will take place on September 10, 2014 at 9am.
- Working on transportation for the generators.  May take place 9/3/14 or 9/4/14 by Scotty Grant Trucking.
- Sent in advertisement for the Tax Classification hearing for 9/9/14 at 7pm.

 

CCC 7:45PM Continuation Hearing opened for:  Ron and Jayne DeAngelis, West Mountain Road:
- Further discussion with a site visit made. Carol motioned to issue an Order of Conditions Ron and Jayne DeAngelis for 6 West Mountain Road, Cheshire with the following conditions; 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.  Jeff Randall of Hill Engineering clarified all questions asked by the BOS and the DEP.
“Pads for installation of open bottom box culvert shall be installed from the road side with no stream crossing involved.  Placements of pins to designate borders of non-disturbance area shall be placed according to plan submitted.” 
- A driveway permit was issued by Peter LeFebvre.  The driveway was the only concern of the CCC.

 


Attorney Bill Solomon:  FCC requires: 
Carol motioned the following:

 

Cable TV Votes:
1. Motion:  I move to consent to the subject transfer of control of the Cable Television Renewal License held by Time Warner Northeast LLC from Time Warner Inc. to Comcast Corporation as set out in the FCC form 394 submitted by the parties. 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.
2. Motion:  I move to authorize the Board of Selectmen Chair, with the assistance of Special Cable Counsel, to write and send to the Department of Telecommunications and Cable a decision/consent document setting out the factual and legal basis and any other related matters regarding said transfer of control, including the effective date thereof. 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.

 

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  BOS signed the Warrant for the Primary Election on September 9, 2014.

 

Chief Garner:   Submitted weekly report.
- BOS discussed who sets speed limits.  The Chief responded that the State does.
- Waiting for a response from Attorney St. John III regarding 501(c)3 status with the Police Department.

 

7:00PM   Bid Opening:
2015 45,000 GVW, 2-wheel drive, all-seasons dump truck with plow and sander.  The following bids were received:
1. Patriot Freightliner, Western Star LLC, Westminster, VT 05158    $175.882
2. Delurey Sales and Service Inc., North Hoosick, NY 12133 (-$2,500 1999 trade in) $166,325
3. Ballard Mack, Worcester, MA 01604        $174,444

 

Paul motioned to table the bids until Peter’s return and a recommendation can be made; 2nd by Carol with a unanimous vote taken.

 

7:30PM Bid Opening:
Purpose:  Resurfacing approximately 4,000 ft. of Wells Road and approximately 3,900 ft. of Windsor Road.

 

1. Lane Construction, Lenoxdale, MA       $217,920
2. LB Corporation General Contractors, Lee, MA 01238     $179,280
3. DelSigore Blacktop Paving, Inc., Troy, NY 12180      $173,400

 

Carol motioned to take the bids under advisement until Peter can review and make a recommendation; 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.

 

Mail and Correspondence:
- MASS DOT:  Notch Road/South Brook; Bridge Rating and posting for Bridge No:  C-10-018.  No posting required for this bridge.
- Time Warner. Correct franchise fee check received in the amount of $4,948.24.

 


Carol motioned to waive the fee for the ZBA in regard to the bus shelter hearing; 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.

 

Carol:
- After reviewing applications received for the Water Department’s Meter Reading position, the BOS recommended the hiring of Sherry Biasin to the Water Department noting that Ms. Biasin has the $1,200 - $1,500 Liability Insurance for the coverage required.  This would be a yearly appointment and is valid until May 2015.
- Carol requested Mark to submit Job Descriptions and Responsibilities for the Cheshire Highway Department employees to review. Mark will also investigate protocol for employment evaluations.
- In the future, Contracts will be completed in person and by a certain date.  She would like this in place for next year’s negotiations.

 

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

 

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