September 30, 2014
In Attendance: Carol A. Francesconi and Robert S. Ciskowski, and Paul F. Astorino
Press: iBerkshires and The Courier
Robert read the meeting minutes of September 23, 2014. Carol made a motion to accept the minutes as read; 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken
Present member of the Northern Berkshire Cultural Council nominated Maureen Riley-Moriarty to the council. Ms. Reynolds’ will be submitting a letter of resignation.
Resident, Ron Lancia:
Updated the Board on the status of the sewer system at Pine Valley Mobile Home Park of which he resides.
- All proposed units to be on the system have been hooked up.
- Roads need repairs and paving.
- Lawns are ok.
- Mr. Lancia questioned if the system had passed and is legal.
One Day Liquor Licenses issued to the Cheshire Rod and Gun Club for $100.
Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre:
- Blacktopping taking place this week on Wells and Windsor Roads.
7:30PM Verizon Pole Hearing – Curran Road
- Peter updated the representative of past pole issues of removal that have not been taken care of.
He stated the only time past issues receive attention is when a new Hearing takes place. The representative requested a list of all pending concerns and he will give it to Verizon. Paul motioned to approve the request; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.
- Resident, Barry Emery submitted his general issue for 395 East Harbour Road pole issue since March.
The representative will call the construction manager to check into the concerns and request the job get done asap.
Town Clerk, Christine Emerson: In Library
Chief Garner: Weekly Report submitted.
- Halloween will take place on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2014 5:30-7:00pm.
Robert: Questioned if the upcoming Evictions Hearing would address park issues. Answer: “No.”
- Questioned the status of education for mower licenses. Peter stated, “Presently, no testing sites are available.”
Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Call received from Tim McElroy, Springfield DEP, regarding a complaint received about an outdoor wood furnace on Richmond Street. It was suggested that Mark call the complainant.
- Bat incident. Mark will follow through with procedures according to the Department of Agricultural Resources.
- Call from resident, Elaine Daniels, concerned about heavy chlorine smell in the drinking water.
- Spoke with Frank Petrulli/USDA regarding the water meter project. The project has been closed out. Mark will be speaking with Rebecca and Clark Rowell, the financial advisor, to let them know regarding the long term financing of the loan.
- Email regarding upcoming changes to wetland regulations. New changes should be on line in one month.
- Submitted approved MA DOT contract for June/July rain event additional grant funds - $40,000.
- Gas leak outside the annex in the street. Berkshire Gas has it marked. Odoriferous.
- Grant writer for the AFG grant for air packs needs to amend the submittal to include the cascade system which was inadvertently omitted from the application which was funded.
- Received a second request from New England Center for Investigative Reporting requesting payroll records.
All municipalities in the State have been contacted.
- Researching process for training to become a bona fide hearings officer.
- Submitted amended version of Cheshire employee discipline policy. To be discussed on 10/7/14 with the
BoH, Assessors, Police, Water and Highway Department heads.
- Submitted for approval, a letter to the MA DOT regarding Rte. 8/Nobody’s Road crossing.
- No communication Bill Soloman of Time Warner.
7:50PM Treasurer, Becky Herzog:
- Discussed the implementation of Semi-annual Preliminary Tax Payment System Effective FY 2016. This would have to be accepted at the June Annual Town Meeting.
Water Department, Rick Guerney:
- Carol requested that reverse 911 be utilized in the future should there be an issue with the water.
Mail and Correspondence:
- Berkshire Gas Company. Application for Permit for Gas Main Repair in front of 93 Church Street.
- Memorandum received from the Planning Board. Fee increase: Residential/Business; $400 with AG; $300 for special permits. The change takes place as of September 30, 2014. Carol motioned to accept the increase; 2nd by Paul. A unanimous vote was taken.
With all business finalized Carol motioned to close the meeting, 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.
Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen Secretary
Carol A. Francesconi, Chairman
Robert S. Ciskowski, Clerk
Paul F. Astorino, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds