Selectmen's Weekly Minutes

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January 27, 2015
6:00 PM:

 

Board reviews and acts on vendor and payroll warrants.

 

6:30 PM:

 

Open Meeting.
Quorum present: Francesconi (CF), Chair; Paul Astorino (PA) and: Robert Ciskowski (RC).

 

CF a calls the regular meeting to order.

 

Board waives the reading of the January 20, 2015 meeting minutes and will address them at their February 3, 2015 meeting.

 

6:35 PM:

 

Town Counsel Ed St John (ESJ) addresses the Board and discusses several items that the Board had previously sought an opinion.
1) Regarding the gathering of signatures for petitions, either for election or referendum, ESJ states that doing so on Town property is allowed and protected under the 1st Amendment although reasonable restrictions to protect public welfare and safety would be reasonable. ESJ adds that if a local bylaw were enacted to limit petition gathering, it would run afoul of free speech rights.
2) Regarding the Local Licensing Authority's (Selectmen) power to mandate fencing as a condition of issuing a Class III Auto (junk car) license, ESJ states that MGL Chapter 140, Section 58A clearly provides the Board with the authority to order fencing or screening around a junkyard to screen from public view when such a license is issued. Prior special permit or license language does not impact this authority. Board asks Town Administrator to contact Mr Saldo and inform him that the Board will issue him a conditional license until June 1, 2015 provided that a satisfactory fence screening all vehicles and parts thereof from public view be constructed. Failure to do so will result in revocation.
3) Regarding the question of whether a full time Cheshire police officer is allowed to work part time in another jurisdiction, ESJ states that doing so would be allowable provided that the officer didn't perform Cheshire duties while working in another town and vice versa.
4) Regarding the question of whether the Cheshire Rent Control Board has any authority to order a park owner not to wait an inordinate amount of time to file eviction petitions, ESJ answers that neither the Town's RCB bylaws nor the Attorney General Guidelines address that subject. Both ESJ and the Board agree that it seems unreasonable for a park owner to wait until a tenant is two or more years in rent arrears before filing for eviction. ESJ notes that the RCB may have the discretion to waive late fees on overdue rents.

 


PA asks Town Counsel whether the Board could ask for a non-binding referendum to gauge public opinion on the proposed Kinder Morgan gas pipeline at a future Town Meeting. ESJ suggests that it would be allowed but doing so in the form of an election ballot question might be more appropriate.

 

CF asks ESJ to draft a Town Meeting article for the disposition of the town owned “Kittay property”.

 

RC asks Town Counsel if the Town should advertise for open positions. RC notes that Cheshire  is an Equal Opportunity Employer and suggests that if available positions are not widely known to the public then that equal opportunity is compromised. CF notes that the Town has  historically advertised open positions. ESJ will research the question and get back to the Board.

 

Highway Superintendent Peter LeFebvre gives his weekly report: new dump truck has arrived and is in duty; waiting of sand and salt deliveries which are falling behind – 330 tons of salt are back-ordered; Peter expects to be going over his Snow & Ice budget shortly and; the Department will be using liquid calcium soon, which works better against ice in colder conditions.

 

7:05 PM:

 

CF reads the legal notice for Emergency Water System Repairs and makes a motion that   bids be postponed for one-weeks' time because the Post Office was closed today. PA  seconds the motion. Vote taken, 3-0 in favor.

 

RC notes that an open house, hosted by Kinder Morgan, will be held on February 10th at BCC from 6-8 PM. RC would like to attend the meeting to gather more information in order to better form an opinion on the impact and value of the proposed gas pipeline affecting Cheshire. RC informs the Board of his research on ISO New England.

 

In response to an audience question, CF states the Board is still considering placing a noise ordinance bylaw on the Annual Town Meeting warrant.

 

Resident Dick Scholtz suggests that a list of open discussion items before the Board be kept track of so that the public could better understand their resolution or status. CF notes that she has always kept an updated list of open and actionable items before the Board. RC adds that he thinks the Board has made great progress towards conducting its meetings to meet the public  need for information.

 

Town Administrator Mark Webber provides his weekly update to the Board as follows:

 

Informs the Board that Bill Craig and Advisory Board are requesting a kick-off meeting with Selectmen on February 24 to begin FY '16 budget discussion and format.

 

Informs the Board of a note to MEMA re: declaration of State of Emergency in the event that MEMA snowstorm reimbursement funds will become available. Peter will need to keep records of recent snow event related costs.

 

Provides the Board with a BRPC preview of items for tomorrow's meeting at 2:00 PM which he will be attending.

 

Provides the Board with an approved ice fishing permit for February 21 at Cheshire Lake.

 

Continued work on FY '16 budget and town meeting warrant including the drafting of a Town Meeting warrant article to consider joining an electric power aggregation with several other Berkshire communities for the purpose of providing cost saving alternatives to National Grid.

 

7:45 PM:

 

There being no additional business to come before the Board, CF makes a motion to  adjourn the meeting. PA seconds the motion. Vote taken, 3-0 in favor.

____________________________________________________________________________

Carol Francesconi, Chair
Paul Astorino 
Robert Ciskowski

 

 

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