April 21, 2015
In Attendance: Carol A. Francesconi, Robert S. Ciskowski and Paul F. Astorino
Press: iBerkshires and The Courier
Robert S. Ciskowski read the Board of Selectmen meeting minutes for Tuesday, April 14, 2015.
Carol made a motion to accept the minutes with the correction of the spelling of Mr. Jette as submitted; 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.
Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre:
- Out of town.
Resident, Peter Traub:
- Reported that he delivers the Courier to local businesses and Town Hall.
- Carol reminded Peter about proper protocol when addressing issues with outside agencies.
Resident, Elizabeth Ariazi, Sand Mill Hill Bridge concerns:
- Reported that she contacted the state regarding the closing down of Sand Mill Bridge. She had been informed that the bridge could be repaired and utilized as a single lane bridge. The BOS noted that the State mandated the closing of the bridge and Mark and Peter have been in contact with them seeking alternatives,
the plans for construction, and general information. No return telephone calls have been received and they will continue to seek up to date information.
- Followed through on a complaint regarding manure, piles of dirt or bones by the bridge. She reported that she could not see any indication that the complaint was valid.
Colonial Power Group Presentation:
- Mark Cappadona, 34 Alan Road, Marlborough, MA 01752 spoke on the choices, pitfalls, and reported that those that pay taxes to Cheshire, MA are eligible to come into the program. In the case of renters, landlords would come under the requirements. The BOS will be checking further into the offering as there are questions as to joining and then changing to another company and the procedure for joining.
COA, Karmen Field-Mitchell:
- Bruce McDonald of Elder Services will be assisting her for twenty (20) hours per week.
- Requested the approval of researching more advertisers to pay for the overhead of printing “The Chatter”
professionally. The BOS thought it was something to investigate and noted that it would come out of the COA budget.
- Asked to have the approval to move the couch out of the lounge to install computers in its place. The BOS
suggested contacting Peter for help.
Business Owner, George Tremblay:
- Requested an update regarding the status of his concerns with personal property taxation. Beginning
May 11th, RRC, a municipal assessing service will be following up and inspecting businesses for personal property and following up on Forms of List. That cost is $5K and is independent of the revaluation process beginning next year. They are also entertaining a proposal from Dwane at Patriot Properties to conduct an annual or semi-annual intensive personal property update going forward for $4K a cycle. This fee would likely be recouped in captured personal property taxes which either aren’t being paid today or are under assessed. Comprehensive updates of personal property have not been done in several years and the Assessors recognize that there is an equity issue prompted by non-compliance and they are in the process of addressing it.
- Mr. Tremblay stated that it sounded like things, “Are moving forward and that is good.”
Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Advisory Board meeting on 4/28/15.
- Continuing to work on the FY’16 budget. Submitted amended budget from last Thursday’s meeting. With the override position, equal or approximate to the amount of the year to year increase in education ($243,496) includes both ACRSE and McCann.) Presently, applied $150K of free cash to reduce the budget which will cover increases on the town side. Last year we used $188K in free cash and another $27K in overlay reserve to stay under the levy limit.
- Resident, Raymond Fisher emailed information regarding Kinder Morgan. Submitted to Robert.
- Free Municipal Hearing’s Officer Training on May 27th in Stowe, MA. Mark will be attending.
Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:
- The BOS signed the Election Warrant. Monday, May 4th @ the Cheshire Community Center, 119 School Street from 9am to 7pm.
Moderator Edmund St. John IV
Selectmen Robert S. Ciskowski
Assessor Everett “Gus” Martin
Board of Health
Member Richard Salvi
Commissioner Jack Girard
Water Commissioner Rick Gueney
Tax Collector Rebecca Herzog
Town Clerk Christine B. Emerson
Planning Board Member
5 year term Daniel L. Speth
4 year term Peter Traub will be conducting a write-in campaign for this office.
ACRSD Member Darlene M. Rodowicz
ACRSD Member/Adams Stephen J. Vigna
“Shall the Town vote to increase the term of office for Moderator from one (1) year to three (3) years?”
Police Chief Garner: Weekly report submitted.
- Prepared for the Kinder Morgan informational meeting on April 23, 2015.
- Looking into school budget.
- Will check on power aggregate and the concept of opting in and out and what some companies may penalize for doing so.
Paul: Commended all departments for submitting sensible; level funded budgets.
Mail and Correspondence:
- Mass DOT. National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS) for:
Sand Mill Road/Dry Brook
Wells Road/South Brook
East Main Street/South Brook
Notch Road/South Brook
Windsor Road/Dry Brook
- Joseph E. Kelleher of Kraus & Hummel LLP regarding communication issue with renter.
- MIIA. Program Credit: $(3,933.00).
- With all business finalized, Carol motioned to close the meeting, 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.
Time: 8:22 PM.
Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen Secretary
Carol A. Francesconi, Chairman
Robert S. Ciskowski, Clerk
Paul F. Astorino, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds