Selectmen's Weekly Minutes

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June 24, 2014
6:30PM


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

Bob read the meeting minutes of the June 17, 2014. Paul made a motion to accept the minutes as read; 2nd by Rob with a unanimous vote taken.

- Signed building permit for Zieminski property at 920 Sandmill Road (a site visit took place.)  It was noted that the distance was sixty-four (64) feet from the high water mark.)
- Signed building permit for S. Griffin to remove and install a new pool liner.

Carol:
- Noted request from the BRTA to trim a tree on School Street as a bus hit the branch and it has caused damage to the bus.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Working with NeoNet to solve computer issues.
- Noted that the Town Clerk’s computer files crashed.
- Requested prevailing wage rates from the State for three (3) projects;  guardrail repairs on Windsor Road; paving project on Windsor and Wells Roads and; miscellaneous water main repairs for the water department.
- Reviewed and submitted forms for the annual renewal of the Town’s insurance:  Officer’s Liability; police and fire accident; worker’s comp and property and casualty for Town vehicles and buildings.  Rates will be unchanged from current year.
- Met with Lynne regarding Dufour/McCann transportation billing issue.  Called and spoke with Superintendent James Brosnan.  He stated that Dufour overbilled us and we should contact town counsel to seek a resolution.  Checking with Lanesboro to see what their experience was with Dufour.
- Mike Biagini requested that the highway department employment contract be amended to include payment for required licenses, continuing education and medical tests not covered through normal insurance.  He said to Mark that these items had been discussed with the Board.  The amendment to the contract at the end which read under Continuing Education and Required Medical Tests”

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:   continued
was submitted to the BOS for signage.  The BOS discussed the amendment and did not feel it was appropriate.  The amendment was tabled.  After continued discussion, Carol made a motion to allow the amendment to read, “Town shall pay full cost of all continuing education, and medical tests (not covered through employee health insurance) necessary for the carrying out of normal Highway Department duties.” 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.
- Annual audit is forthcoming.  Management report will be emailed by the end of this week.  They will be forwarded to Becky as Standard and Poors is waiting on it in order to update the Town’s bond rating.
- No news from the AFG awards.
- Gave BRTA drug testing note to Carole H. Need to submit list of COA drivers for random testing.
- Heard from reporter, Shea Garner, regarding documentation related to the Pine Valley lawsuit.
- Reviewing the BRTA van renewal contract.  Mark requested required certificates of insurance from MIIA.  We have until July 31, 2014 to return the contract.
- On vacation.  Three (3) hours away in case of an emergency.
- Reported that after July 1, 2014 computer backup will be in place. Mr. Scholz and Mr. Tremblay offered various options.

Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre: 
- Everything is going along smoothly.
- Vacation schedule in place.

Resident, Richard E. Scholz, requested copies of all BOS minutes after April 1, 2014.

Owner, Cheshire Liquor Center, Mr. Petell:
Inquired if the Dollar General store submitted an application for a liquor license.  Carol informed Mr. Petell that the BOS has received no application for a liquor license from Dollar General. Carol also stated that there is a church close to property in question and it would not be allowed due to the close proximity to a church property which is not be allowed according to the Alcoholic Beverage Commission rules.

Resident, John Tremblay, asked Mark if he had spoken to Bill Craig.  Mark assured Mr. Tremblay that he is constant contact with Mr. Craig. (School budget.)
- Submitted a schedule of high school personnel salaries.

Carol read the June 24, 2014 Debt Exclusion vote outcome:  “Shall the Town of Cheshire be allowed to exempt from the provisions of Proposition two and one-half, so called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to purchase a new model GVW 41,000 pounds dump truck and related equipment for use by the Cheshire Highway Department”?
Results:     Yes   112      No  59     Blank  1

Question Two:
“Shall the Town of Cheshire be allowed to exempt from the provisions of Proposition two and one-half, so called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to purchase a new model year Pumper Vehicle for use by the Cheshire Fire Department:?
Results:     Yes  102      No   69      Blank 1

Carol stated for both trucks it will cost 22 cents per thousand for taxpayers and it will be on the 2016 budget.

Mark stated that the fire truck will be paid off in five years and he is hopeful to be receiving a partial grant of possibly $50k.

Mr. William Moriarty of Notch Road:
- Wanted to discuss the possible building of a Dollar General Store in Cheshire.

Resident, Mrs. Maureen Riley-Moriarty of Notch Road:
Questioned if the meeting minutes were tape recorded and or videoed.  Answer no.
Carol stated that the room is too small for video cameras and the BOS feels residents appreciate the fact that they can get all of their business done in one building and on one night.  The Community Center was suggested.

Resident, Richard E. Scholz, Stafford Hill Road:
- Would like to see Old and New Business as part of the meeting minutes.  He held up two years of copied BOS meeting minutes and stated, “I don’t know anything that’s going on with these.”  Carol reminded Mr. Scholz, as in previous meetings, “The meeting is according Roberts Rule’s of Order, and the minutes have satisfied the Attorney General, lawsuits, and the court of law.”  Any suggestions will be taken under advisement.
- Would like to see a Contact page on the website.

Mrs. Moriarty Riley-Moriarty:
Questioned the BOS on the information in the Berkshire Eagle and Mr. Pettel’s statements and why the Dollar General store was being pushed on the town. Mrs. Riley-Moriarty said she had spoken to Scott at The Berkshire Eagle and was glad to see present, a reporter, Phil Demars.

Carol:
The Inn was taken for back taxes.  No liquor license has been submitted, no building permit application has been received.  The property has not been sold and until the property is sold nothing can be done.  The DOT is doing a traffic study

Resident, John Tremblay, Church Street:
- Mr. Tremblay stated that, “ Peter Krutiak owns the property and if Gerry Garner is working with Dollar General, that information is public record and all should be able to view them – the plans.”
- “Does the Town know more than the townspeople?”  Carol:  “No.”
- John stated that, “We want to know what is happening.”

 

Resident, Business Owner, Mr. Petell:
- He said he read on iberkshires that construction was starting in September or August.  Carol repeated that no application has been submitted.

Gerry Garner, Building Inspector was called to the meeting.  He stated, “I have received no submittal from the Dollar General Store representatives.”
- He did speak with the representatives about the facade, a drainage detention base, and scrubs initially
with a Mr. Gage. He will not know about the plans until they are submitted to him.

Mrs. Riley-Moriarty:
- “Could they meet with the town?”

John Tremblay: 
- Mr. Tremblay stated, “This is very frustrating.”  He asked Gerry how the townspeople could meet with the developer.”

Gerry stated, “Contact Dollar General.”

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:    No issues or concerns.

Chief of Police, Timothy Garner:   Submitted weekly report.

Mail and Correspondence:
- Time Warner.
- Carole H. will call Fred Jajko regarding the BRPC request for a designated representative for the Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership Advisory Committee.

8:17 PM
With all business finalized, Carol made a motion to close the open meeting; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen Secretary

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Carol A. Francesconi, Chairman

Robert S. Ciskowski, Clerk

Paul F. Astorino, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds

June 17, 2014
6:30PM


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

Bob read the meeting minutes of the June 10, 2014 meeting. Paul made a motion to accept the minutes; 2nd by Carol with a unanimous vote taken.

Cheshire Planning Board, Charles M. Howard, Jr., Chairman:
- Discussed Article 23.  The Planning Board wanted to make an amendment to Article 23 at a Special Town Meeting but was advised by Carol that it needed to go to a Annual Town Meeting according to the Cheshire By-Laws not the Cheshire Zoning By-Laws. 
- Charlie thanked Steve Marko for his presentation at the Annual Town Meeting for the three (3) solar by-laws proposed in his absence.  Additionally, he thanked the by-law committee for its work over the past couple of months.
- Paul suggested that the Planning Board continue to work on their review of the by-laws and continue to suggest changes.
Carol:
- Stated that there should be a committee that included members from the whole town. She suggested having a new committee formed.
- Charlie requested a copy of the Cheshire Town By-Laws.
- The Cheshire Planning Board will be changing its meeting night from Wednesday back to Monday evenings at 7pm in the Town Annex.

Resident, John Tremblay:
- Wants dialogue regarding the proposed business on the Route 8 corner of Cheshire.

Planning Board Member, Daniel Speth:
- Thanked Carol and Paul for their solar by-law support at the Annual Meeting.  He thanked resident, Mr. Scholz, in his support of by-laws and noted that the committee had worked with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission and that the individual in the audience who stated a template was used was totally incorrect.

 


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Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre: 
- Questioned about the traffic concerns if the proposed business is built on the corner of Rt. 8.
Peter’s opinion was that the DOT will pass the project.
- Purchasing a pressure washer (Town Roads and Bridges Account) for $5,795  and a Roller from the (Blacktop Account.) 
- Clearing brush and chipping on Furnace Hill.

COA, Karmen Field-Mitchell:
- Cleaned the Cheshire Community Center on Memorial Day. 
- Submitted the Elder Services Nutrition Program Congregate Meal Site Evaluation Form.
The form noted: “No corrections needed – Great Job-very clean, very organized, good happy atmosphere.”

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Submitted additional information for the Fire Grant for air packs.
- Met MEMA (Bruce) regarding two (2) grants July 1, 2014; $1,900 and October $2,400 for Police, Fire, and Highway.
- MMA personnel/salary survey.  If you participate you are then able to see all of the surveys.
- George Sweet, Wire Inspector submitted the following updated fees:
From $0 to $2,000    Fee:   $50.00
From @2,001 to $4,000    $75.00
From $4,001 to $8,000    $100.00
From $8,001 to $10,000    $125.00
$10,001 and above (per thousand)   $25.00
Re-inspection fee:  $15.00 per visit.
- Discussed the Solar Stop Sign for Lanesborough Road.
- Carol will be calling the Veteran’s Agent to discuss lack of communication and assistance for local Veterans.

Water Department, Francis Waterman:
- Discussed the approval from MASSDOT for a water main on 12 South Street.
Presently there is a 4 (four) inch pipe and it will be replaced with an eight (8) inch pipe going to the Cheshire Fire Department.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:    Attending a conference.

Chief of Police, Timothy Garner:   Submitted weekly report.
- Introduced Corey Demary of 299 West Mountain Road, Cheshire, MA who recently graduated from the academy to be hired as a part time officer.  There will be a ninety (90) day employment review.
Carol motioned to appoint Corey Demary as a part time officer with a ninety (90) employment review; 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.

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Mail and Correspondence:
- Letter from Lynch Scrimo Attorneys regarding Mr. and Mrs. Gary Trudeau and the findings of processed street sweeping in violation of the Massachusetts solid waste regulation and the wetland protection act at 595 Outlook Avenue, Cheshire, MA.  Lynch Scrimo Attorney’s requested copies of all documents, correspondence, notes, communications and plans that support the Commission’s Enforcement Order dated May 20, 2014. The original Cease and Desist is dated November 08, 2011.
( Gerry Garner stated the Trudeau case is going forward and that Brent Field has photographs and videos to support the issue.)
- 2014 Special Use Permit Application for Summer Events:  Western Mass Bass on July 12, 2014.
-Employment Application received from Paul Lucas.

Robert:  Motioned to publish the Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes in a timely fashion on the Town’s website; 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.  (Minutes will be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. after approved by the Board of Selectmen.
- Requested the liability be checked with Attorney St. John regarding people at the transfer station cutting wood.

Carol:
- Motioned to accept Peter’s contract for 2014-2015; 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken. (2.5% increase.)

Resident E. Richard Scholz:
- Questioned why there is a nine (9%) increase yearly in the school budget and is anyone checking on this?
- Carol assured Mr. Scholz that during the year, the Advisory Board attends all budgetary meetings, is in contact with the school committee, the Superintendent of Schools, and the Board of Selectmen in an effort to work with a bare bones budget.  He suggested more citizens get involved with the happenings in the town.

8:13 PM
With all business finalized, Carol made a motion to close the open meeting; 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.

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

 

June 10, 2014
6:30PM


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

Bob read the meeting minutes of the June 3, 2014 meeting. Paul made a motion to accept the minutes; 2nd by Carol with a unanimous vote taken.

Issued:  One Liquor Licenses:
(4) Licenses for the Cheshire Rod and Gun Club- collected $200.

Carol:
- Requested Carole H. to advise Veteran’s Agent, Rebecca Litchfield, to attend the BOS meeting on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 between 6:30pm and 8:30pm.

Water Department, Francis Waterman:
- Discussed the methods for reading the new water meters.
- Two (2) meters left to install.  Once completed Mr. Waterman will be able to closeout documents to be submitted for the grant.  Mr. Waterman will advise Mark of the submittal.

Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre: 
- Discussed the status of Highway Department employees and their Hoisting Licenses.
- Clearing waterways on Route 116.
- Discussed vacations.
- Completing research on Mack Trucks and International trucks.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Met with Peter Franz regarding the Selectmen’s budget being prepared before the Town election or Town meeting.  Mark will work on getting the report out 1-3 week prior to the Town election or Town meeting.  Mark said this is an attainable goal.
- Submitted draft report of the Water District/Water Department Report.  Additional topics might be included as well as feedback.
- Spoke with Mr. Dufour today and sent him some information regarding the problem of the $34,400 overpayment/double billing needs to be resolved by McCann.  Also, asked Bill Craig to schedule a meeting with the Superintendent.
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Town Administrator, Mark Webber:   continued
- On vacation for two (2) week beginning June 30.
- Clerk/Selectmen Secretary’s computer files are corrupted.  Barry Emery couldn’t fix it.  Will call Neonet next week when Chris returns from a conference.
- Submitted last year’s Highway Department’s contract for renewal.
- Discussed light bulb program for the Fire House.  In order to take advantage of the free LED high efficiency light bulbs from the State program the Town would have to purchase 12 fixtures at $275 with additional cost of the installation proved to be too expensive to proceed.
- Mark commended Tom Francesconi on his presentation for a new fire truck at the Annual Town Meeting.  Mark stated that the information was pertinent, to the point, and articulate.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:    No issues or concerns.

Chief of Police, Timothy Garner:   Submitted weekly report.
- Will introduce Cory Demary to the BOS on 6/17/14.  The Chief would like to have Cory on ride alongs for June and July.

Mail and Correspondence:
- COA meeting minutes.

Robert:
-  Suggested that the BOS meeting minutes be placed on the Town’s website and updated weekly.  Carol noted that the website license for the year is $100 and the IT person is Lynn Melchiori who is volunteering her time.  Mark also mentioned that Gerry Garner wants to have building permits and all applications on line.

Paul:
- Requested a letter be sent to the Cheshire Planning Board updating them on the moving of the Lion’s “Welcome to Cheshire” sign from Whitney’s to the Town’s property on Rt. 8 opposite the Fire House.  Paul wanted to inquire if there was any paperwork the Lion’s would have to complete due to the location change.

7:55PM
With all business finalized, Carol made a motion to close the open meeting; 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken

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

 

June 3, 2014
6:30PM

In Attendance:  Carol A. Francesconi, Robert S. Ciskowski, and Paul F. Astorino
Absent:  
Press:   The Courier and iBerkshires (6:45pm)

 

Bob read the meeting minutes of the May 27, 2014 meeting. Paul made a motion to accept the amended minutes; 2nd by Carol noting the change of the BOS to the CCC (Beavers) with a unanimous vote taken.

 

Carol:
- Spoke to Anna Farnum regarding the COA Budget.
- Attended the ComCast Cable meeting in North Adams.  She noted channels 15, 16, and 17, the Public Access Channels, were favored.  There will be, “No price adjustment at this time and no ala carte channel prices.”

 

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Ed St. John IV discussed the procedures for the upcoming Annual Town Meeting.
- Hoosac High School advised Mark that there was no candidate for “The Cheshire Grange” scholarship.
- MEMO regarding the Enterprise Fund Accounting.
- Will put the warrant and budget on the Town Website.
- Northern Berkshire Local Access Cable will be setting up to film the ATM at 6pm for the Annual Town Meeting.
- Time Warner security called stating a worldwide virus was occurring.  Mark worked on the problem.
- MassHighway sent crash data on Route 8/Lanesboro Road intersection.  Request: a solar lighted STOP sign.
- Submitted email from Town Counsel:  Pine Valley case.
- Inquiry; Dates for town wide tag sale.  No sale has been scheduled.
- Inquiry received for a summer job as the zebra mussel inspector for the boat ramp.  Mark will advise who to contact at the DCR.

 

Paul:
- Motioned to appoint the Board of Health as Special Municipal Employees; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.

 

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Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre: 
- Mowing.
- Repairing pot holes on Route 116; almost complete.
- Employees have scheduled their vacation time.

 

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:    No issues or concerns.
- Submitted the 2014 Town of Cheshire Street List book.

Chief of Police, Timothy Garner:   Submitted weekly report.

 

Mail and Correspondence:
- From Diane Hitter a completed National Register of Historic Places Registration Form:  Cheshire Town Hall complex. 
- DOT response letter to Charles M. Howard, Planning Board Chairman.  RE:  Dollar General
proposed project.
- DOT approved Project Request forms for WRRRP 2014 funds.  (WRRRP) $30, 292.00
Town funds: ($13,708.)

 

Town Accountant, Lynn Lemanski:
- Tracking status of the McCann transportation issue.

 

Robert: 
- Impressed with West Stockbridge meeting minutes, he requested Mark to bring 2 weeks’ worth so the BOS can compare styles.

 

7:54PM
With all business finalized, Carol made a motion to close the open meeting; 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken

 

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