May 12, 2015
In Attendance: Carol A. Francesconi, Robert S. Ciskowski and Paul F. Astorino
Press: iBerkshires and The Courier
Paul F. Astorino read the Board of Selectmen meeting minutes for Tuesday, May 5, 2015.
Carol made a motion to accept the minutes as submitted; 2nd by Robert.
- Expressed concern regarding the lack of communication regarding the school committee and the Town of Adams and stated, “As far as I knew, it was a Cheshire and Adams school district. I didn’t like at all the way the budget went this year.” She felt there were behind the scene negotiations that went on with Adams and stated that, “We pay one-third and they pay two-thirds, but that one- third is as important to us as the two-thirds is to Adams.” Note: The district budget has decreased from $19.4 million budget to $19,106.529. This is a $93K increase from the original Adams budget. Cheshire’s assessment is $2,586,477 and a $90K override vote will be required.
- Felt the budget was poorly done. Stated that, “Over the years we have run a tight ship, and we are not out of control like some towns that have more than they need.”
Advisory Board Member, E. Richard Scholz voiced concern with being left out of negotiations with the school and Adams considering all the time members put into the budget. On behalf of himself, he suggested forming a committee focused on dissolving the district so Cheshire can join with another town that has similar educational concerns.
Carol closed the discussion by saying the town should focus on this year’s budget before officials start thinking about the future.
Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre:
- No response from engineers or the State. (Sand Mill Hill Bridge.)
- Installed shelter. Carol commended Peter’s team and Waterman Excavation for doing an excellent job.
- One man short.
- Beavers have moved from Richmond Street.
- Preparing for Memorial Day Parade.
- Letter from MASS DOT stating a payment voucher for $104,474.95.
Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Spoke with Kirt Mayland and Robin regarding the PILOT agreement for the solar project. Mayland will be sending a 20 year schedule of payments to the Town averaging $10K per year. We will also be getting a 20% discount on the Town of Cheshire electric bills (not residential). Two articles will be on the Warrant.
- Continuing to research calculations with the Berkshire County Retirement Board regarding the town’s possible responsibility for a former administrator.
- Latest Cherry Sheets number is out today from the House Ways and Means. Cheshire is up $68 from previously published and ACRSD is up $3,287. There will be another version out.
- MassHighway looking for an update on Route 8 water line and what the repair will be and, depending on that, whether a permit will be needed from the State.
- Questioned Mark regarding the Board of Health MAVEN contract that E. St. John was reviewing.
- Discussed with Francis Waterman of the Cheshire Water Department his budget plans for funding for a full time Water Superintendent position. Mark will research other towns for salary comparisons and benefits.
A job descriptions will be needed.
- Signed a permit for 58 Fales Road to install a shed. The shed will require no digging and will be placed on blocks. Carol reminded the individual that site visits do occur.
- Paul motioned to vote to accept the budget as presented including a $90K override to the Adams-Cheshire School District; 2nd by Carol with a unanimous vote taken.
- Signed permit for Sharon Toporowski Lillie of 333 Sandmill.
- Reported on complaints regarding 108 Church Street and the size of the camp fire. Chief Garner will be advised (music noise level) as well as Chief Francesconi for fire danger.
- Robert also reported that he feels the BOS Agenda must be accurate. Carol noted that the meeting with Town Counsel had been changed without it reflecting on an Agenda.
- Thanked the Adams Community Savings Bank, The Town Highway, and Waterman Excavation for excavation and pouring the slab. It is a good project and he has received nothing but rave reviews. A letter will be sent to the Adams Community Savings Bank.
Police Chief Garner: Weekly report submitted.
- Reported that he has addressed 108 Church Street on Friday night regarding an open fire pit and playing music. He noted that he can’t prevent them from having fires and playing music. He will speak to Chief Francesconi.
Resident, Eileen Quinn:
- Presented petition with 65 approved registered voters to stop the gas pipeline.
Resident, Peter Traub:
- Presented to the BOS a petition for $25K for a Master Plan. His purpose is to get before the concept in front of the Town of Cheshire instead of waiting another year and to see what the public thinks. Carol reminded Mr. Traub that UMASS completed a Master Plan for re organizing the structure of the government approximately twelve (12) years ago. Also, BRPC has an overview Master Plan. Mark reminded Peter that at this late date it may not be possible to address this concern.
Carol: Motioned to appoint the following 2015-2016 Appointments:
Historical Commission Elaine Daniels
Board of Registrar of Voters Diane Hitter
Zoning Board of Appeals Thomas Zappula
Election Officer Alison Warner
Alternate Election Officer Ronald Lancia
Alternate Zoning Board Member Ronald Tenczar
(Members of the Farm Commission) Kenneth Egnaczak
Recreation Committee Robin Poirot
Municipal Hearing Officer Mark Webber
Town Treasurer Rebecca Herzog
Town Accountant Lynn Lemanski
Town Counsel Edmund St. John III
Town Administrator’s Secretary Carole Hilderbrand
Superintendent of Streets
Measurer of Wood and Bark
Inspector of Ditches
Weighers of Coal and Commodities
Emergency Management Peter LeFebvre
Building Commissioner/Inspector Gerald Garner
Assistant Building/Local Inspector Mark Kruzel
Inspector of Plumbing/Gas Piping ` Bruce LaPerle
Assistant Plumbing Inspector John Burzimati
Inspector of Electrical Wiring George Sweet
Assistant Electrical Inspector Leslie Rhinemiller
Emergency Co-ordinator Corey Swistak
Assistant Emergency Co-ordinator Fred Balawender
Animal Control Officer Myron Proper
Keeper of the Pound Everett Martin
Director of Veterans’ Services
Veteran Burial Agent Roseanne Fieri
Right to Know Co-ordinator Richard Francesconi
Fire Chief Thomas Francesconi
Ralph Biagini (Advisory Board)
Paul Astorino (Selectmen)
Police Chief Timothy Garner
Police Staff Sergeant Alison Warner
Police Sergeant Steven Charon
Officer and Firearms Instructor Joseph Charon
Full time Police Officer Shaun Gariepy
Officer David Tarjick
Officer Corey Demary
Officer Michel Alibozek
Special Police Officer Peter Mazzacco
Harbor Master and Special Police Paul Maloney - Lifetime Appointment
Emergency Planning Committee
Carol Francesconi (Selectmen)
Paul Astorino (Selectmen)
Robert Ciskowski (Selectmen)
Peter LeFebvre (Superintendent of Streets)
Richard Salvi (Board of Health)
Corey Swistak (Co-ordinator)
Fred Balawender (Asst. Co-ordinator)
Francis Waterman (Water Department)
Timothy Garner (Chief of Police)
Thomas Francesconi (Fire Chief)
Council on Aging
Representative to Northern Berkshire Television
Delegate to Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management Richard Salvi
Representatives Arts Lottery
Committee Northern Berkshire Arts Council Jill Reynolds (Need to check if Ms. Maureen Morriarity is interested).
Greylock Advisory Board Karmen Field-Mitchell
Vocational School Program Co-ordinator William Craig
School Crossing Guard Susan Tracy
Rent Control Board
Emergency Planning Committee
Memorial Day Parade Board of Selectmen
Paul seconded the motion and a unanimous vote was taken.
(Carol abstained for voting for Richard Francesconi and Thomas Francesconi).
Mail and Correspondence:
- Email from Shannon Boomsma-White Engineering. RE: 333 Sandmill Road.
- Letter from Sharon Toporowski Lillie. RE: Copy of Shannon Boomsma Email.
With all business finalized, Carol made a motion to close the meeting; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.
Time: 8:27 PM.
Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen Secretary
Carol A. Francesconi, Chairman
Paul F. Astorino, Clerk
Robert S. Ciskowski, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds