March 3, 2015
In Attendance: Carol A. Francesconi, Robert S. Ciskowski and Paul F. Astorino
Press: iBerkshires, The Courier
Robert S. Ciskowski read the Board of Selectmen meeting minutes for Tuesday, February 24, 2015.
Paul made a motion to accept the minutes as presented; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.
Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre:
- One truck down.
- Pushing back snow drifts.
- Issue with rusting out backhoe.
Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Requested approval to re-sign with MIIA for another two (2) years for Town property and casualty and worker’s compensation insurance. This will allow current rates to have a cap of 2.5% for FY 2017. Changes would reflect added or deleted vehicles, property and if payroll goes up or down.
- Met with Patriot Energy. Researching electric options with the Kirt Mayland project in the forefront. Colonial Power, who with Hampshire COG is the company behind the multi-town Berkshire aggregation, is the only entity that offers town-wide/comprehensive residential buy in as well as municipal. If the decision to go with the Colonial Power aggregation at town meeting is voted on, that’s the only full residential/municipal option available; Mark recommends taking this option.
- DPS letter regarding elevator in Town Hall. Spoke with Bay State. Note: expires the last day of May 2015. Process for inspection is in place to comply.
- Spoke with Kevin Whalen, MassHighway, several times last week about Rte. 8 water main repair. Revised road cut permit application submitted.
- Attorney DelGallo of Pittsfield submitted a petition for an annual town meeting warrant to ban plastic bags for retail stores in Cheshire. Petition was addressed to the Town of Dalton.
- Informed the BOS that a member of the BOH is five (5) months behind in his insurance premium and the possibility of cancellation.
- Advertised Notice to Bid for decommissioned Fire Dept 1976 Powerwagon. Bids are due at 7:00pm on Tuesday, March 24, 2015.
- Submitted letter for Ms. Nuttall for signatures.
- Attended a Kinder Morgan meeting at the BRPC.
1) Kinder Morgan request of BRPC to issue overlay maps of the pipeline impact areas in each town. Overlays would show wetlands, sensitive areas, watersheds, and existing residential and commercial buildings. BRPC will be sending maps to the towns prior to Kinder Morgan for local review first. Town would need to identify any future or commercial residential or commercial plans, unique lands or scenic areas or sensitive roads/bridges that may be impacted. These items would not show up on BRPC’s overlays. This map becomes significant component of Kinder Morgan’s FERC environment filings.
2) Need to review Attorney Bernstein’s Sample Host Agreement outline to add anything of particular interest to Cheshire.
3) Understand that Kinder Morgan isn’t necessarily the front runner for the race to Dracut. For instance, the proposed “Access Northeast” route may have more gas supply contracts in hand than Kinder Morgan and that’s an important deciding criteria for FERC.
4) BRPC meeting scheduled for Monday, March 23, 2015 at 4pm.
5) Ten (10) entities are now committed to the BRPC project and it may have two (2) or three (3) additional towns from NY enrolling. The price may go down from the current $4,950 for 2015 to $1,300 due in 2017.
- Received a note from Len Schuzdak at USDA stating that he will be reviewing the Cheshire water meter project closeout this week and will report back any issues.
- Contacted Kirt Mayland regarding questions on electric bills.
- Contacted Melissa at BRPC on the new EPA storm water regulations. Spoke to Tom Matuszko and he stated that they were proposals at this time and not law.
- Completing AFG grant for final payment of $31,000 for the cascade system amendment.
- Awaiting budget announcement by Governor Charles Baker.
Police Chief Garner:
Town Clerk, Christine Emerson: No issues or concerns.
- Updated the BOS on his research for arranging a informational meeting with Kinder Morgan and or other
knowledgeable pipe line individuals. Robert noted that Kinder Morgan was willing to give a fifteen (15) minute presentation/PowerPoint offering. They were not interested in an open forum for the presentation of both sides. Carol recommended Robert schedule a time for Kinder Morgan and another time for others on the same night. For instance: Kinder Morgan program from 6:30-7:30 and others, possibly the Berkshire Environmental Team, from7:30-8:30. Robert will report back to the BOS.
- Suggested not contacting the Attorney General regarding Zone II as the BOS should be hearing from him by the third week in April 2015.
Mail and Correspondence:
- Carol read a letter from Adams-Cheshire Regional School District David E. Hinkell, Director of Business, regarding capital repair assessments to the Town of Cheshire. A quarterly assessment schedule was attached and on future assessments this schedule will be attached for transparency of a clean audit trail.
- Statement from Time Warner Cable with the current franchise fee due the Town of Cheshire. Mark will call Dave Fabino as there is a discrepancy between the statement and the check amount received.
With all business finalized, Carol motioned to close the meeting, 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.
Time: 7:42 PM.
Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen Secretary
Carol A. Francesconi, Chairman
Robert S. Ciskowski, Clerk
Paul F. Astorino, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds