Selectmen's Weekly Minutes

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April 21, 2015
6:30PM

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

Robert S. Ciskowski read the Board of Selectmen meeting minutes for Tuesday, April 14, 2015.
Carol made a motion to accept the minutes with the correction of the spelling of Mr. Jette as submitted; 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.

Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre:
- Out of town.

Resident, Peter Traub:
- Reported that he delivers the Courier to local businesses and Town Hall.
- Carol reminded Peter about proper protocol when addressing issues with outside agencies.

Resident, Elizabeth Ariazi, Sand Mill Hill Bridge concerns:
- Reported that she contacted the state regarding the closing down of Sand Mill Bridge.  She had been informed that the bridge could be repaired and utilized as a single lane bridge.  The BOS noted that the State mandated the closing of the bridge and Mark and Peter have been in contact with them seeking alternatives,
the plans for construction, and general information.  No return telephone calls have been received and they will continue to seek up to date information.

Carol:
- Followed through on a complaint regarding manure, piles of dirt or bones by the bridge.  She reported that she could not see any indication that the complaint was valid.

Colonial Power Group Presentation:
- Mark Cappadona, 34 Alan Road, Marlborough, MA 01752 spoke on the choices, pitfalls, and reported that those that pay taxes to Cheshire, MA are eligible to come into the program.  In the case of renters, landlords would come under the requirements.  The BOS will be checking further into the offering as there are questions as to joining and then changing to another company and the procedure for joining.

COA, Karmen Field-Mitchell:
- Bruce McDonald of Elder Services will be assisting her for twenty (20) hours per week.
- Requested the approval of researching more advertisers to pay for the overhead of printing “The Chatter”
professionally.  The BOS thought it was something to investigate and noted that it would come out of the COA budget. 
- Asked to have the approval to move the couch out of the lounge to install computers in its place.  The BOS
suggested contacting Peter for help.

Business Owner, George Tremblay:
- Requested an update regarding the status of his concerns with personal property taxation.  Beginning
May 11th, RRC, a municipal assessing service will be following up and inspecting businesses for personal property and following up on Forms of List.  That cost is $5K and is independent of the revaluation process beginning next year.  They are also entertaining a proposal from Dwane at Patriot Properties to conduct an annual or semi-annual intensive personal property update going forward for $4K a cycle.  This fee would likely be recouped in captured personal property taxes which either aren’t being paid today or are under assessed.  Comprehensive updates of personal property have not been done in several years and the Assessors recognize that there is an equity issue prompted by non-compliance and they are in the process of addressing it.
- Mr. Tremblay stated that it sounded like things, “Are moving forward and that is good.”

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Advisory Board meeting on 4/28/15.
- Continuing to work on the FY’16 budget.  Submitted amended budget from last Thursday’s meeting.  With the override position, equal or approximate to the amount of the year to year increase in education ($243,496) includes both ACRSE and McCann.)  Presently, applied $150K of free cash to reduce the budget which will cover increases on the town side.  Last year we used $188K in free cash and another $27K in overlay reserve to stay under the levy limit.
- Resident, Raymond Fisher emailed information regarding Kinder Morgan.  Submitted to Robert.
- Free Municipal Hearing’s Officer Training on May 27th in Stowe, MA.  Mark will be attending.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson: 
- The BOS signed the Election Warrant.  Monday, May 4th @ the Cheshire Community Center, 119 School Street from 9am to 7pm.

Moderator   Edmund St. John IV
Selectmen   Robert S. Ciskowski
Assessor   Everett “Gus” Martin
Board of Health
Member   Richard Salvi
Cemetery
Commissioner  Jack Girard
Water Commissioner  Rick Gueney
Tax Collector   Rebecca Herzog
Town Clerk   Christine B. Emerson
Planning Board Member
5 year term   Daniel L. Speth
4 year term   Peter Traub will be conducting a write-in campaign for this office.
ACRSD Member          Darlene M. Rodowicz
ACRSD Member/Adams         Stephen J. Vigna

Question One:
“Shall the Town vote to increase the term of office for Moderator from one (1) year to three (3) years?”


Police Chief Garner:   Weekly report submitted.

Robert:
- Prepared for the Kinder Morgan informational meeting on April 23, 2015.
- Looking into school budget.
- Will check on power aggregate and the concept of opting in and out and what some companies may penalize for doing so.

Paul:  Commended all departments for submitting sensible; level funded budgets.

Mail and Correspondence:
- Mass DOT.  National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS) for:
Sand Mill Road/Dry Brook
Wells Road/South Brook
East Main Street/South Brook
Notch Road/South Brook
Windsor Road/Dry Brook
- Joseph E. Kelleher of Kraus & Hummel LLP regarding communication issue with renter.
- MIIA.  Program Credit: $(3,933.00).

-  With all business finalized, Carol motioned to close the meeting, 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.
Time:  8:22 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

April 14, 2015
6:30PM

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

Robert S. Ciskowski read the Board of Selectmen meeting minutes for Tuesday, April 7, 2015.
Paul made a motion to accept the minutes as submitted; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.

Town Counsel, E. St. John:
1. Discussed Kittay real estate.
2. Saldo license issue.  St. John determined that if the license is not paid for, it can then be revoked.  The court and or DEP would then be involved.  A Cease and Desist order could be determined and given to the Zoning Enforcement officer.  Attorney St. John will be notified when the decision is made.
3. George Sweet (To be allowed to do wiring in town.)  Paul motioned that it would have to be done by a Warrant at the Annual Meeting; 2nd by Carol.  A unanimous vote was taken.
4. Deerfield Board of Health voted against Kinder Morgan.  St. John said:  “Utility has eminent domain.”
5. Discussed the school budget and results if one town passes and one town does not.  St. John said, “There may have to be a District wide meeting.”  He would need to research further.
6. Carol requested St. John to review the Berkshire Health Alliance contract.
7. Discussed Consortium Article for electricity.  “Colonial” presentation on 04-21-15.

Resident, Daniel Speth of 88 Hutchinson Lane.  Reported a tree fell on a diverted stream by Superior Spring.
The BOS suggested reporting it to the owner.  Peter will observe the sight but noted that the swale was taken out.  7:00pm

Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre:
- Using cold patch.
- Will view Superior Spring stream issue.
- Carol asked Peter to please observe if dirt/manure/animals are being moved and buried by the Megaro Farm.
- Letter noting Chapter 90 apportionment for Fiscal Year 2016 for $201,991.

Talora Race group informed the BOS and Chief Garner of their September 12, 2015.  The BOS approved.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  No issues or concerns.

Police Chief Garner:   Weekly report submitted.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Reported on Verizon coming to review all telephone bills and stated they could provide the town with better rates.  No obligation.
- Submitted Kinder Morgan information to Robert S. Ciskowski.
- Briefly reviewed progress being made on the Kittay, Saldo’s, and George Sweet request.
- Will be meeting with the BOS on Thursday to review the 2016 Budget.
- Left a message with Mass Highway regarding a Bailey Bridge.  Mark has not received a call back.
- Working on a solution to purchase Chrome Books according to State requirements.
- Letter received from Richard A. Jette, Adams-Cheshire Treasurer (Adams-Cheshire Regional School District certifying that the total FY2016 for the Town of Cheshire is $2,680.449.  Quarterly payment due dates are September 2, 2015, December 1, 2015, April 1, 2016 and June 1, 2016.
- Will meet with real estate appraisals for an estate of the value of the Killay property.
- A 35 day posting period for a non binding Article.  Mark will research.  Needs to be ready by May 5, 2015.
Robert:
- Updated the BOS on the progress of the April 23, 2015 Kinder Morgan project Information Hearing at the Cheshire Elementary School.  To date, there are no issues as representatives of Kinder Morgan will also be attending.  Robert said there will be a question and answer period; NBTV will be recording and a formal
Agenda is being completed.

Carol:
- Will inform Jim Reynolds of Consortium rates.

Resident, George Tremblay:
Mr. Tremblay asked the BOS to go into Executive Session.  Carol said according to Mass G. L., unless it is pending litigation the Board could not.  Mr. Tremblay then stated that he would be naming names.
He reminded the BOS that he came before the BOS year ago to discuss his concerns regarding the lack of Cheshire Assessors receiving and following through on FOL’s for all businesses.  He noted that he understood that farms were exempt.  However, not every business in town does a FOL list and the Assessor’s do not
research or go after those that do not. There are small to multimillion dollar businesses that the Assessor’s do not get proper FOL (Form of List) from.  All farms that are principally engaged in agriculture come under the Farm Act.
- Relayed his experience with an Assessor and stated: A. He was taxed too high.
B. Unfairly taxed compared to others.  Six (6) landscapers in town pay 0. Mr. Tremblay was denied an abatement. The BOS advised him to appeal that decision.
- Voiced concern that a business near his location has loaders and equipment and does not pay the personal property tax.  He questioned, “Then why am I paying the taxes and stated: “I’m tired of the “ole’ boy network.”  Taxes are not handled fairly and there is corruption in the Town of Cheshire.  T’s need to be crossed and I’s dotted.” Mr. Tremblay accused inappropriate tax activities by an Assessor.  The BOS will meet with the Board of Assessor’s on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 to investigate Mr. Tremblay’s allegations.
Mr. Tremblay stated that he only wants everyone to be paying their fair share of taxes.  He will not be giving up on this concern until it is taken care of.  He said, “An Assessor handed me the law book to do research and now he feels he is familiar with the law and feels some farmers are not principally engaged in agriculture and landscaping is not farming.  He would like to offer his services to assist the Town of Cheshire in rectifying this issue.

Mail and Correspondence:
- Pierce Atwood LLP.  Joint Petition for Approval of a Change of Control of UIL Holdings Corporation, a Holding Company of The Berkshire Gas Company- D.P.U. 15-26.

- With all business finalized, Carol motioned to close the meeting, 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.
Time:  8:17 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

April 7, 2015
6:30PM

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

Robert S. Ciskowski read the Board of Selectmen meeting minutes for Tuesday, March 31st 2015.
Carol made a motion to accept the minutes as corrected; 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.

Town Counsel, E. St. John will attend the April 14, 2015 open meeting at 6:30Pm.  To discuss:  Kittay, Saldo’s, Sweet Article, and the Deerfield Board of Health.

Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre:
- Fan belt needed for one ton.
- Repairing pot holes and will be hot patching.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Submitted to Robert Kinder Morgan information from the BRPC.  “Pipeline Emergency Training”  for Thursday, April 23rd from 9-3 or 6-9.
- Received documents from Kurt Beaujolais, DEP, re:  Pine Valley and their septic system project.  It reviews the accepted design changes and issues as April 30, 2015 is the due date for completion.
- The movement to have a District Veteran’s Agent has been dropped.
- Spoke with Mar Moore at Mass Highway to discuss the availability of a Bailey Bridge for Sand Mill Road bride and or expedited funding for the bridge replacement.  He will bring the matter to Director Peter Niles and will report back to Mark next week.
- Continuing to work on the FY2016 budget.  Suggested the posting of a Business Meeting for Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 6:30pm in the Cheshire Town Hall.  This will allow for time to review the budget and Annual Town Meeting warrant items.
- Carole H. will make a copy of the Selectmen’s Handbook.

Resident, Ron Lancia:
- Discussed and presented photographs of the poor road conditions by his home in the Pine Valley Mobile Home Park.
- Also noted plugging up of filters and the impossibility of water flowing through and meter and water issues at the main system.

Resident, Cindy Wichman:
- Voiced poor communication with Attorney Kelleher.  Carole H. will be calling on 4-10-15 to resolve concerns.


Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  No issues or concerns.

Police Chief Garner:   Weekly report submitted.

Robert:
- Updated the BOS on his preparations for the Gas Pipe line meeting on April 23, 2015.
- The Agenda is evolving as Kinder Morgan has agreed to attend and participate.  Mark Webber will be discussing revenue potential according to the BRPC and Article 97.
- Robert requested a Town email account.

Individual requested information regarding the ABCC process for Transfer of License and or Change of Manager.  Mark informed the individual that you have to go on line and complete the paperwork.

Mail and Correspondence:
- Letter received from Eileen Nuttall declining to be Honorary Parade Marshall for 2015.
- Letter from Krauss and Hummel regarding the withdrawal of an Eviction due to payment received.

- With all business finalized, Carol motioned to close the meeting, 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.
Time:  7:53 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

 

 

March 31, 2015
6:30PM

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

Robert S. Ciskowski read the Board of Selectmen meeting minutes for Tuesday, March 24rd 2015.
Paul made a motion to accept the minutes as presented; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.

Majority of the Cheshire Board of Selectmen voted to close the transfer station gates when there is no attendant present.  Also requested was a posted sign indicating the time the attendant would be back on duty.

Carol:
- Read the Resignation letter from Christopher Walsh from the Cheshire Planning Board due employment obligations.  Carol accepted the resignation with regret; 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.

Cheshire Planning Board Chairman, requested the appointment of Peter Traub.  Carol motioned to appoint Peter Traub; 2nd by Paul for the remainder of Chris’ term.  A unanimous vote was taken.

Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre:
- Salted on 3/31/15.  More salt ordered.
- One ton truck is at Johnson’s for work on the computer.
- Notified all that the Sand Mill Road is closed.

Board of Health, Mike Biagini:
- Presented the Inter-municipal Agreement/Berkshire Public Health Alliance.  The Cheshire BOS signed the agreement.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Reported that Dave Cummings updated the telephone system.  The Building Inspector’s telephone number is 743-1690 Extension 19.
- Set up email account Officer Garipey.
- Spoke with Village Truck sales.  It is necessary to re-bid because it turns out that the fire truck was a 1977 and not a 1976.
- Spoke to Cindy at the Division of Ecological Restoration.  They are conducting a study on restoring the river out of the flood chutes in Adams and needed the procedure for operating the flood gates at Cheshire Lake.  I suggested she contact Ray Fisher.
- Met with the Pipeline Working Group on Monday, March 30th.  Mark noted:  Towns should expand, if they already haven’t, Ch 44:53g rules to all town boards that may have to review or act on permits or application from Tennessee Gas. This statue provides for applicants to pay the town for professional review of permits and applications.  He feels that the Planning Board and Board of Health, and Building Inspector to be included.
Attorney Jeff Bernstein will conduct a primer for public officials to go over the scope of Host Community Agreements.  The meeting is scheduled for June 6, 2015 at 7:00pm at BCC.  The next meeting is for April 30th.
The Town of Deerfield Board of Health issued an order to Kinder Morgan banning their pipeline from going through their town.  This question will be given to Attorney Bernstein to explain.
- Letter of support for BRPC top DEP for the grant that they’re applying for to assist us and other towns in getting our NPDES permits.
- Received an executed contract back from Bay State Elevator.  They will schedule a time for the State inspection.  They will advise when the inspection will take place.
- Reviewing the budget with Bill Craig.  We will meet next Thursday and or Friday to finalize the FY’16 budget, levy limit, override, etc.
- Received confirmation that final AFG check in the amount of $25,960 has been deposited in the Town account.
- More ACRSD support letter have been received.
- Letter received from Attorney Bill Soloman regarding signage issues with the Time Warner new contract agreement.
- See MGL language for non-binding petition rules.

Resident, Peter Traub:
- Thanked the highway department for their fine work on Lake Shore Drive.
- Reported that he had spoken to individuals at the BRPC regarding the cost of a Master Plan for Cheshire.  They said, ”The minimal cost starts at $25K”. He would like to go further with this project and write an article for the Cheshire Town Meeting to see how townspeople feel about pursuing the project.
- He also reported that the COA is writing a grant for an assistant to the COA coordinator.  There will be no cost to the town.

Carol:
- Motioned to go into Executive Session to discuss Pending Litigation  7:22PM and to return to the 7pm meeting.
Roll Call:
Carol A. Francesconi, Yes; Robert S. Ciskowski, Yes; and Paul F. Astorino, Yes.

Carol reopened the 7pm meeting at 8pm.
Roll Call:
Carol A. Francesconi, Yes; Robert S. Ciskowski, Yes; and Paul F. Astorino, Yes.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:
- Reported that Peter Traub cannot be appointed to the full term for Chris Walsh due to his resignation from the Cheshire Planning Board.  The best resolution is to have write in votes on the May ballot.

Robert:
- Reported that he has heard back from Kinder Morgan.  The BOS would like to stay with the April 23rd date and hope the date and time will be convenient for them to attend and participate.  Robert has booked the school auditorium and will submit to the BOS an Agenda for the meeting.  Robert also mentioned that he attended the budget meeting at the Adams Selectmen’s meeting last Thursday.


Carol:
- In discussing educational needs for the children she noted that Chrome books would not be a capital expense on the school budget and not a separate line item.
- Read meeting minutes of March 18, 2015 from the Cheshire COA.
- Carol signed approved and disapproved Eviction notices for individuals at Pine Valley Mobile Home Park.
- The Cheshire BOS will be attending a meeting on April 2, 2015 at 7pm at the Cheshire Fire Department meeting room.  The meeting will go into executive session per MGL Chapter 39:23B to discuss strategy with respect to pending litigation and not to return to open session upon its conclusion.

Police Chief Garner:   Weekly report submitted.

Mail and Correspondence:
- Letter of support from Benjamin B. Downing, for line items 7000-9501 and 7000-9506 which provide public library funding.
- Check received for $8,000 for recreation equipment from Berkshire Taconic Foundation/The Barrett Fund.

- With all business finalized, Carol motioned to close the meeting, 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.
Time:  8:46 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

March 24, 2015
6:30PM


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

Robert S. Ciskowski read the Board of Selectmen meeting minutes for Tuesday, March 17rd 2015.
Paul made a motion to accept the minutes as presented; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.

Pat Klammer:

- Discuss installation of gas stove at the fire house. (Free labor)

Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre:

- Repairing pot holes.  Mud season will be starting soon.
- Truck 4-four wheel drive broke down and had to be towed.
- $30,292 grant money to be received for pot hole repairs.

7:00  Carol read the Legal Notice in The Berkshire Eagle for the Bids for the 1976 Power Wagon.

Gas Motors                                $2,976.32
Mike Biagini                               $2,025.00
Great Eastern Marine Services     $1,666.66
Village Trucks                            $3,890.00
M. Roach of Lee, MA                  $2,759.18
Wendling Farm                          $1,000.00
McBride of Becket, MA                $2,651.00
Ray Ponds of Agawam, MA          $1,077.00
Corkery                                     $  787.00

Paul motioned to accept the bid of Village Trucks for $3,890.00; 2nd by Carol with a unanimous vote taken.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:

- Town of Adams requested a copy of the Cheshire 2016 budget.
- Legal Notice for Zone 2 will cost $718.23 in The Berkshire Eagle.
- Safety trailer has arrived.
- Carol requested Mark to contact Dave Cummings to update the telephone system.
- Will provide the BOS with weekly budget updates.
- Mark reported that the Attorney General approved the Zone 2 paperwork.
- Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional School District Total Assessment:  $407,546.00.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:

- Requested the BOS to sign disclosure paperwork for George Sweet.

Cheshire Planning Board, Charles Howard:

- Showed the BOS the annotated copy and the draft copy of the Bylaws to be presented to townspeople in preparation for the June 8th, 2015 Annual Town Meeting.
- Charlie also visited the various departments to apprise them of the different informational meetings and the importance of attending the June 8, 2015 meeting.

Carol:

- Reported receiving 10 email letters regarding the school budget and the present educational needs for the children.
All Selectmen are receiving the email letters as they are received.

Robert:

- Reported on his scheduling of an informational meeting regarding the Kinder Morgan pipeline project.  The meeting will take place on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 7pm at the Cheshire Elementary School Auditorium.  A flyer for notification of townspeople will be available Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

Police Chief Garner:   Weekly report submitted.

Mail and Correspondence:

- MassDOT.  Sand Mill Road/Dry Brook Bridge No.  C-10-002. Notification of bridge closing to vehicular traffic.  Peter will notify all individuals will be affected by this closing and Mark will write a letter to the Mass DOT.

- With all business finalized, Carol motioned to close the meeting, 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.
Time:  8:00 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

 

 

March 17, 2015
6:30PM


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

The Cheshire Board of Selectmen attended an Adams-Cheshire Regional School District budget meeting on this evening in the Cheshire Town Hall – second floor from 6pm to 7:20PM.

Robert S. Ciskowski read the Board of Selectmen meeting minutes for Tuesday, March 3rd and March 10th, 2015. Carol made a motion to accept the minutes as presented; 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.

Resident, Chris Magero of Sand Mill Road voiced concerns over the closing of the bridge on Sand Mill Road.
She requested updates regarding the dates and length of closure.

Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre:
- Updated the BOS on the closing of the Sand Mill Road Bridge. Information should be received in one (1) week.
- Over budget $47K in the salt and sand account.
- Repairing pot holes.
- Continue to work on trucks.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:
- Requested EIN numbers for all Cheshire licenses and permits.
- On vacation next week.
- BOS signed for Library State funding for Library technology upgrades and membership in CWMARS network.

Truck Bid opening will take place on March 24, 2015 at 7pm – Cheshire Town Hall.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
.  March 30, 2015 Kinder Morgan meeting
- Clarified Town inspector fees.  No inspector receives a portion of their fees.  All fees are treated as revenue receipts and are not turned back to the inspector.  Inspectors all receive salary and expenses which are tied to receipts turned in.  All are treated in the same manner.
- Wire Inspector requests that the BOS accept MGL Ch 166 Section 32A which by vote of the BOS at a regular meeting, this allows the electrical inspector to perform work in his own town but requires inspection of that work to be done by others.  Referred to Town Counsel. 
- Will schedule alarm inspection with Alarms of Berkshire County.
- MIIA credit of $614.00.  This amount will applied towards the next bill.
- BOS suggested continuing with the elevator company used in the past for the cost of $2,200.


Town Administrator, Mark Webber  continued:
- Insurance company will inspect the fire house boiler on 3/18/15.  Peter will meet with the individual.
- Cobra Insurance memo regarding monthly premiums and July 1, 2015 rate changes for individual insurance coverage while out of work.
- Moderator has requested a town meeting article to amend the Town bylaws to move his term from one year to three years.  Paul motioned to appoint the Moderator for three years; 2nd by Carol with a unanimous vote taken.
- Will draft a letter to State Representatives regarding school budget.

Water Department, Francis Waterman:
- Discussed the employee needs of the Cheshire Water Department and the possibility of writing an employment description whereby an individual could be full time and possibly be coordinated under the services of the Cheshire Highway. Options were discussed and Paul recommended Waterman write up a job description for the BOS to review.  The description should include licenses needed, specific job responsibilities, and physical requirements.

Police Chief Garner:   Weekly report submitted.

Carol:
Read two articles for the June Annual Town Meeting from the Cheshire Planning Board:
To see if the Town will vote to amend Section 3.9 (A) (23) of the Town of Cheshire’s Protective and Planning Zoning Bylaw to require a special permit from the Planning Board for “Office, bank, retail business or consumer service establishment unless otherwise specifically regulated in this By-law” in the A-R and B districts or to take any other action relating thereto.”

“To see if the Town will vote to delete the existing Town of Cheshire’s Protective Planning Zoning Bylaw adopted at a special town meeting on May 10, 1978 in its entirety and replace it with the Town of Cheshire’s Protective and Planning Zoning Bylaw dated June 2015, as proposed by the Planning Board, all as set forth in a document with the same name on file in the Office of the Town Clerk or to take any other action thereto.”

Carol:
- Voiced dissatisfaction over the lack of technology for our school district, the 25 positions that may be lost, and the immediate educational needs of our children. Carol would like to have grants and business foundations researched to see if computers might be available for the children.  The BOS and the Cheshire Advisory Board are working closely with the school committee to resolve the budget constraint needs.

Mail and Correspondence:
- Nomination of Inspector of Animals received.  Carole H. will contact Myron Proper for signage.

With all business finalized, Carol motioned to close the meeting, 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.
Time:  8:40 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