Selectmen's Weekly Minutes

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December 30, 2014
6:30PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:   No issues or concerns.

Police Chief Garner:   Weekly Report submitted.


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

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

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

Respectfully Submitted,


Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen Secretary

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

December 23, 2014
6:30PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:   No issues or concerns.

Police Chief Garner:   Weekly Report submitted.

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

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

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

Respectfully Submitted,

Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen Secretary

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

 

December 16, 2014
6:30PM

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

Robert Ciskowski read the Board of Selectmen meeting minutes for Tuesday, December 9, 2014.
Robert  made a motion to accept the minutes with the retraction of finances regarding the pipe line project
2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.

Building Inspector/Zoning Enforcement Officer, Gerry Garner, introduced Mark Kruzel to the BOS as a possible candidate to replace the resigning Assistant Building Inspector, Jeremy Richardson.

Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre:
- Sand and salt may be depleted shortly.
- Out of town for a few hours on Sunday.
- Wood chipper remains unrepaired.
- Filling pot holes and continuing to patch.
- Reported that one employee may be out for at least two (2) weeks.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Met appraiser regarding zoning information for 12 South Street.  Printed out most recent entries of five (5) pages of deed activity in the name of Peter Krutiak.
- Attended a two (2) hour meeting at BRPC regarding the Kinder Morgan pipeline issue.  Represented were the towns of:  Lenox, Richmond, Hinsdale, Dalton, Pittsfield, and Hancock.  One of the topics was the formation of impacted towns “host community agreement”.  Essentially, BRPC would be the clearing house/coordinator for legal and engineering services designed for the protection of those communities.  Cheshire will be getting a proposal from BRPC (along with the other towns) seeking an amount (presently, not to exceed $20,000) to belong to the group.  There will be a follow up meeting on January 6th when more precise information and budget will be presented.  This is not a “fight the pipeline” effort.  It is more like technical and legal assistance geared towards the protection of landowners, resource and watershed areas, roadways, etc.  At this point, Mark is not sure of the benefit to the town.  Of the five (5) directly affected property owners, two (2) individuals are (Whitney and Rische).  The others are Western Mass Electric, Berkshire Natural Resources.
This will be a federally issued permit (FERC) and they are notoriously stringent on environment protection.
There will be a tax benefit of an undetermined amount to the town.  Spoke to Joe Barbieri, Bureau of Local Assessment at DOR and he is doing a background check.  Mark also asked Kinder Morgan to re-check his estimated tax revenue to the Town for accuracy.
- A draft report has been completed and is being reviewed of BRPC’s Dollar General’s traffic study peer review.
A final copy should be received by next week’s meeting.
- COA van is ready for pickup.  Ed will make the transfer today or tomorrow.
- Ed St. John asked for Ethics Commission documents on hand in relation to Waterman and Dept. before he issues his statement on appropriateness of Town funds and the USDA project.


Town Administrator, Mark Webber…continued
- Spoke with Representative, Gailanne Cariddi’s aide, regarding assistance/intervention of the MA DOT denial of a guardrail at Bass Water Grill. Mark reported that the owner was going to construct a safety barrier outside of DOT jurisdiction.
- Phil Demers, Eagle Reporter, called seeking any update on Kinder Morgan.  Mark will keep Phil informed as the project moves forward.
- Highway Garage electric bill is up 35% from previous month. (kW rate).  Submitted Colonial Power aggregation information and an article for Annual Town meeting in June 2015.
- Working on Selectmen’s Report.

Licenses for 2015 signed by BOS.  Carole H. will deliver licenses and submit checks to the Town Administrator.
For ABCC information the BOS stated that the estimated population for the Town of Cheshire is 3,156.

Robert:
- Reported in his research about the Town, he noted that the State rating of Cheshire Lake is not considered
“A great pond.”

A business owner on Nobody’s Road, voiced concern regarding junk yard rules and requirements.
Carol reported that the Town Attorney, E. St. John, will be making a determination in regard to the condition of the property and until that is received the BOS cannot move forward.  The 2015 Class III license will be held until the determination is received.  The Town Administrator has invited St. John to attend the 12/23/14 BOS meeting.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  No issues or concerns.

Chief Garner:   Weekly Report submitted.

Mail and Correspondence:
- Letter signed by Leroy Schaffrick, Vern A. Emerson, and Gregory Farmer, Historic Preservation Specialist regarding the Upton Lodge building and possible grants, tax credits, and usage.
- The Town of Cheshire was not selected for an award in the MMA’s Annual Town Report Contest.

With all business finalized, Paul motioned to close the meeting, 2nd by Carol with a unanimous vote taken.
Time:  7:57PM.

Respectfully Submitted,

Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen Secretary

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

 

December 9, 2014
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 2, 2014.
Robert  made a motion to accept the minutes as submitted, 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.

Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre: - Attending to roads/snow storm.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Met with representatives of Kinder Morgan who came to give me an overview of the new gas pipeline route.  Involved may be 1.9 miles of South Cheshire, mostly along an existing power line right of way.  A total of six (6) landowners will be impacted.  The project is in its infancy stage and it will be a few years before it is constructed – if it receives its permits.  This is a federally licensed project.  No state licenses required.  Only local approvals are ConsCom, and they could be overruled by the Federal government although Kinder Morgan would prefer to resolve issues locally.  The route does go under a portion of what appears to be the middle basin of Cheshire Lake.  Additional local and regional public informational sessions will be scheduled over the coming months.  Kinder Morgan will also be meeting with the Towns of Hancock, Lanesboro, and Dalton.
- Meeting set for Monday, December 15, 2014 at PRPC offices to review and discuss the filing.  Administrators from impacted communities are the invitees.
- Cheshire will be hosting the January monthly county manager’s meeting on January 13, 2015.
- Spoke with District 1 DOT ROA person who said that he is waiting for responses to some of their questions posed to Bohler Engineering on behalf of Dollar General’s curb cut application.  He did not indicate what the timeline for a decision would be. The BRPC will conduct a peer review of the study at no cost to the Town.  Mark also informed the DOT of the peer study.
- Dalton will be the lead agency in submitting a DLTA planning grant application for the purpose of conducting a feasibility study on forming a Veteran’s District with Cheshire.
- Completed DLTA grant application for BRPC assistance in developing a Master Plan for Cheshire.  Carol signed and Mark will hand deliver to the BRPC along with the Bohler Engineering traffic study for Route 8.
- Spoke with Tighe and Bond regarding the USDA water meter replacement project.  Sent a reminder note to Town Counsel seeking a statement from him regarding the appropriateness of Waterman Excavating conducting work under the Town’s emergency water repair contract to find and address water service shut offs as needed to install some of the meters.  This is the last item needed by USDA to close out the project and to receive final payment and permanent financing.
- Received signed agreement for the new COA van from BRTA.  Awaiting RMV 3 paperwork from MIIA to BRTA to be finalized.  Contact person is David Brown at BRTA for the scheduling of training and pickup.
- Photo needed of the Kittay property for insurance coverage.


Town Administrator, Mark Webber…continued:

- Acuity Technologies completed their study of Town computers and equipment.  Individual work stations received a  9 out of 10 because they are up to date.  Demerits received for lack of off-site back up and no central server. Barry Emory will be consulted when he returns from Florida.
- Gerry Garner will be addressing the Board to seek approval for a new Assistant Building Inspector.  Jeremy Richardson is planning to resign and leave by the first of January 2015.
- Did not attend Receivership Meeting.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  
- Requested two (2) central lights outside of the Town Hall.  Approved by the BOS.

Chief Garner:   Weekly Report submitted.
- Discussed light/time sensors for the Police Department building.

Carol:
- The December 3, 2014 Eviction Continuation Hearing was continued until February 11, 2015 at 7pm
Town Hall.  Attorney Kelleher is working with the two residents to resolve payment issues by the above date.

Robert:
- Investigated further the feeding of water fowl.  As Mark stated previously, it is not nutritionally good for the fowl.   Discussed other Towns and how they addressed the problem with little to no success.
Audience:  Suggested having more informational flyers placed in areas known to be areas where individuals feed the fowl.

Mail and Correspondence:
- Petition of Western MASS Electric Company for approval of its annual Storm Recovery Adjustment Factor filed pursuant to its Storm Recovery Reserve Cost Adjustment tariff.
- Northeast Utilities System; planned and scheduled vegetation maintenance work on the transmission right-of-way in Cheshire.
- Mail copy to Bass Water Grill from the MASS DOT regarding the denial of guard rails in front of the restaurant.

With all business finalized, Carol motioned to close the meeting, 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.
Time:  7:48PM.

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 2, 2014
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, November 25, 2014.
Robert  made a motion to accept the minutes as submitted, 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.

Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre:
- Everything is running.
- Chipper out for repairs; should be back this week.
- Salt coming in.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Will be attending an informational session at the Southampton Town Hall on Monday, December 8, 2014 to hear a presentation by the Assistant Attorney General on “Receivership.” A Receivership ship program is where the State finds a receiver who cleans up, repairs or demolishes a property at their expense.  The receiver then petitions the court to sell the property.  The receiver collects the money that he’s spent and the Town collects any outstanding liens with no cost to the Town.
- Emails sent to Tom Matuszko of BRPC and Kevin Whaler, ROA chief at MASS DOT re: curb cut for Dollar General as the possibility of the BOS requesting a peer review of the recent traffic study.
- Went to BRTA garage in Pittsfield to get paperwork to get the new COA van registered.  Sent in paper work to MIIA who will complete the task.  The COA van should be available for pick up next week.  Lettering has been completed.
- Working on liability coverage for the Kittay property.
- Acutity Technologies, a BRPC funded IT vendor, took inventory of all computers and equipment.  They will issue a report and recommendations for computer and IT needs.  There is no cost or obligation to act on their report.
- Contacted Town’ financial advisor to extend the current short term borrowing for the USDA water meter grant/loan project.  The current borrowing matures in 2 weeks and although the project is complete, the final loan closeout paperwork with USDA has not been completed. 
- Completed the amendment paperwork for the AFG grant for the Fire Department cascade system.
- Completed DLTA #1 technical assistance request to update the Town’s zoning bylaws.  Carol needs to sign and Carole H. will mail to BRPC.

Audience:
- Did not understand why all Town Departments had not submitted reports for the Annual Report.
Carol:  Will review the situation at the end of the month.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson: 
Christine continued the conversation regarding department reports noting that most departments are part timers.

Chief Garner:   Weekly Report submitted.

Mail and Correspondence:
- Time Warner Senior discount letter.  A senior must meet the income eligibility requirements to receive the discount.
- Showcase to Success at McCann Vocational Technical High School on December 9, 2014.
- COA Report

Carol:
- Reported to the BOS that she read the traffic impact study performed by Ron Muller & Associates of Hopkinton, MA 01748 for the General Dollar store site and clearly understood the outcomes. She noted that the TMCs were performed during the weekday PM peak period (4:00 to 6:00PM) and the Saturday midday peak period (11:00am to 2:00pm) to collect peak hour date during times when both the adjacent street volumes are highest and the development generates the greatest volume of traffic.

Paul:
Reviewed the study and driveway width noting left turns will be difficult.

Robert:
Reviewed the study and noted no mention of the proximity to the Town Fire House.  He questioned how objective the company could be since they were hired by Dollar General and how balanced the report was.
Robert motioned to approve the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission to do a peer review of the report; 2nd by Carol with a unanimous vote taken. It was noted that there will be no cost to the Town.

Audience:
- Thanked the BOS for moving forward with a peer review of the traffic study on Route 8.

Carol:
- Regarding water fowl.  In communication with Andrew Madden, Department of Water, Game, and Fisheries, there has to be a Town By Law to stop feeding water fowl.

Carol:
- Requested Mark to follow up with letters to Attorney St. John regarding Ordinance vs. Bylaw for fowl and Noise By laws.  She request Attorney St. John be invited to attend next week’s BOS meeting.


Audience:
- Inquired if it would be a good idea to put the traffic study on the Town’s website.
Carol:  “Not at this time.”

Meeting:  All Departments Annual Meeting, Tuesday, December 23, 2014  7pm.  Town Hall.

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

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

 

November 25, 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 November 18, 2014. Carol made a motion to accept the minutes with the correction of Robert submitting information on property auctions happening in Adams, MA rather than Mark; 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.

Resident, Peter Traub:
- Inquired if Mark will be submitting two Technical Assistance grants to the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission.  Mark will be submitting a grant on behalf of the Cheshire Planning Board for continued assistance on the Cheshire Bylaws.  Mark will inquire with the BRPC if the town would be eligible for a grant to begin work on a Master Plan.
Carol:  Noted that a Master Plan is important but reminding the BOS that the upcoming budget will determine the Town’s availability to assist financially as there may be a 15% reduction forthcoming in the budget.
Carol requested Mark to continue writing the grants and to submit two (2) applications.

James Pasquini:
- Would like to resign from his position of Vocational School Co-ordinator.  Mark will meet with Jim to review the process.

Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre:
- Cleaning ditches and filling potholes.
- Trucks ready to roll for snow.
- Kittay property cleaned and secured.
- No progress on Kittay automobile.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:

Chief Garner:   Weekly Report submitted.
- Warnings issued for parking in the Fire Lane and No Parking area at Hoosac Valley.  Fines will be issued next time.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Spoke with Andrew Madden at the DWF whereby he stated there is no federal or state regulations against feeding waterfowl.  Other than being a nuisance, it is very detrimental to the geese and cause nutritional based defects in the young. More signs will be installed near residences along the rail trail.  Drafted a response to Mr. Costi who wrote the water fowl letter last week seeking assistance.
- Spoke with Colonial Power.  This is the group that has formed the 9 town Berkshire electricity buying aggregate.  He will add Cheshire to the group and will be getting paperwork to Mark to consider the language


Town Administrator, Mark Webber:  continued
to consider for an article to pass at a town meeting to join the aggregate.  Note:  This opportunity cannot come into effect until an article is passed by the townspeople.
- Received information that Kinder Morgan is strongly considering an alternate route for the gas pipeline that appears to go through a slice of S. Cheshire.  It’s called the New York Power line right of way.  Mark will report back to the BOS once he receives additional information.
- Left a message with MIIA representative seeking guidance on the need for property and or liability coverage on the Kittay property.
- Spoke with Tom Matuszko at BRPC regarding DLTA grant and Master Plan for Cheshire.  He indicated that his agency would consider partially funding a Master Plan provided that the Town pledged an amount for its completion.  BRPC, if it approved a request from the Town, would do preliminary analysis work towards a plan and BRPC would then be the vendor for a final master plan.  Presently, Mark does not have a figure on what a town meeting amount would be to complete a master plan.
- Received notice that the AFG grant amendment for the cascade system has been approved – with a caveat.  An 8 page Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation Screen form for the Fire Stations needs to be filled out and sent back to Washington.
- Drafted a letter to MassHighway District 1 requesting that they consider safety improvements (guardrails) in the area of Bass Water Grill Restaurant.
- Following up on status of Waterman and Water Dept. emergency repairs for USDA project.
- Time Warner renewal contract; in the mail. 
- Letter to Kittay to remove car in two (2) weeks.)
- Submitted copy of Northampton, MA ordinance: Feeding of Wildlife Prohibited.

Carole:
- Submitted Cheshire Planning Board Rules and Regulations copy.  BOS approved.

Resident, E. Richard Scholz:
- Submitted letter dated November 25, 2014.  Subject: Independent Peer Review of South Street Traffic Study by BRPC.
- Believes the “Traffic Study contains much data that is arcane and difficult to understand and evaluate except by individuals trained and skilled in the Traffic Science and Art.”  Therefore he would request that a Independent Peer Review be conducted by the BRPC.
- Requested the Cheshire Board of Selectmen to make formal request the BRPC to conduct a Independent Peer Review of 12 South Street with no costs involved.
John Tremblay:  Stated that the study was completed by the engineering company of Dollar General  MassHighway did not do the traffic study.
- Both parties were concerned that the study was not done at a high traffic time and questioned what time of the year the study was conducted.

Bob Soldo and Elias Casal:
- Issues regarding Cease and Desist to Mr. Casal to stop using a woodstove.  Gerry provided steps to take in order to utilize the woodstove.  Issue should be resolved with correct follow through by Mr. Casal.


Carol: 
- Would not be able to approve an Independent Peer Review until she read the traffic study and stated that she would like to postpone making a decision until next week as she has never made a harsh, quick decision in five minutes in all of her years on the BOS.
Paul:  “Next week will be fine.”
Robert:  “Disagreed.”
- John Tremblay.  Left the meeting and returned with the copy of the study.  All BOS members will receive a copy for their review.
- Requested Mark and or Peter to contact the DOT to see if a permit had been issued.  If so, this discussion is
obsolete.

Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission licenses signed for 2015 and submitted to the ABCC.  (5)

Mail and Correspondence:
- Western Massachusetts Electric; 2015 Yearly Operational Plan Submittal.

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