Selectmen's Weekly Minutes

Listing of the Board of Selectmen's Weekly Meeting Minutes.  Click HERE to view list of posted Agendas

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
        Vern Emerson

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

Farm Commission

        Mark Warner
        Michael Balawender
        Joseph Wrenn
        Kenneth Egnaczak
        Eric Whitney
        Kim Martin
        Fred Balawender

(Members of the Farm Commission)    Kenneth Egnaczak
        Joseph Wrenn
        Fred Balawender
        Mark Warner

Recreation Committee             Robin Poirot
        Heather Emerson
        Andrew Kachel

Town Administrator
BRTA Representative
Municipal Hearing Officer     Mark Webber

Town Treasurer              Rebecca Herzog

Town Accountant              Lynn Lemanski

Town Counsel       Edmund St. John III

Selectmen’s Secretary
Town Administrator’s Secretary            Carole Hilderbrand

Superintendent of Streets
Tree Warden
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

Fire Committee 

        Gary Lamb
        Raymond Kellerman
        Ralph Biagini (Advisory Board)
        Robert Belini
        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

        Anna Farnum
        Peter Traub
        Elsie Zaleski
        Helen Dargie
        Margaret Gwozdz
        Harrison King
        Karmen Field-Mitchell

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

Conservation Commission
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. 

Respectfully Submitted,
Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen Secretary
Carol A. Francesconi, Chairman
Paul F. Astorino, Clerk
Robert S. Ciskowski, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds


May 5, 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 28, 2015.
Paul made a motion to accept the minutes as submitted; 2nd by Carol.  Robert abstained from signing the minutes.

Carol:  Requested a letter be sent to Building Inspector, Gerry Garner or Wiring Inspector, George Sweet
for a list of outstanding and present permits.

Resident, E. Richard Scholz presented a question to be placed on the 2016 Annual Town Election ballot to
“Increasing Membership on the Board of Selectmen (Select Board) from Three (3) to Five (5)” A thirty (31)
Voter Signature Petition was submitted. “Whereas, issues facing the Town are increasing in numbers, complexity and difficulty, and the need for citizen involvement in local government is more critical than in any time since the founding of the Town; and believing more citizen participation in Town government will be helpful in addressing these challenges, and Whereas, expansion of Town Boards of Selectmen (Select Boards) from three (3) to five (5) members has been done in Towns across the Commonwealth, including Towns in Berkshire County;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED,   that the Registered Voters of Cheshire Massachusetts do hereby direct the Town to place a Question o the Ballot of the 2016 Annual Election to see if the Town will increase Membership on the Board of Selectmen (Select Board) from three (3) to five (5) members.  If approved, personals elected to those new positions will include one (1) Member elected for a three year term and one (1) Member elected for a two (2) year term.  Thereafter, Members elected at the expiration of a position’s term will serve a three (3) year term;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, contingent upon approval of this Warrant Article at the 2015 Annual Town Meeting, the Town is directed to identify any and all references in Bylaws, Ordinances or other Town Governing Documents that refer to the size of the Board of Selectmen (Select Board) as consisting of three (3) Members and prepare Revised Documents changing the Members to five (5) in all such Documents well enough in advance of the 2016 Annual Election so that said Revised Documents will be ready, if required by Law, to be placed on the 2016 Annual Town Meeting Warrant in the event the Ballot Question increasing the size of the Board of Selectmen (select Board) is approved at the 2016 Annual Town Election.”

Resident, Elizabeth Ariazi, Sand Mill Hill Bridge project:
- Inquired into updates regarding progress made on decisions regarding repairing or replacing of the bridge.
- Peter assured the BOS that he is working on receiving from the State, State qualified engineers for researching the solution and the costs for doing so.  Mark is working with DOT; individual is on vacation this week.

Paul motioned to appoint Carol as the Town of Cheshire Board of Selectmen Chairman; 2nd by Robert.
An approval vote was taken.
Carol motioned to appoint Paul as the Clerk; 2nd by Robert with an approval vote taken. Carol motioned to
appoint Robert as the Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds; 2nd by Paul.  An approval vote was taken.

- Requested E. St. John III to attend tonight’s BOS meeting rather than the planning date of May 12, 2015.
- Christine requested Attorney St. John III to research the procedure used by the Planning Board in advertising for the upcoming bylaw vote at the June 8, 2015 Town Meeting. (Attorney General’s approval required.)
- Appointments will be made next week. 
- Ted Jayko. Reported that the signs are up and they are not working.  He requested speed limit signs.
Carol will discuss further with Peter and  State requirements.
- Reported on Pine Valley evictions and the lack of communication on the part of Attorney Kelleher. One individual has been contacted and the other is awaiting a direct deposit form.
- Complaint against B&G DBS George Trembley of Nobody’s Road.  Carol reported that it was an illegal floor drain according to the plumber and it is now filled with cement.  Assessors will be investigating the “Tool Shed” or “Cabin” also listed in the complaint.

Water Department, Francis Waterman:
- Beaver concern at the pump house area.  Permit in place
- Bus shelter will be installed on May 6, 2015.
- Water meters being read should be prepared for next billing period.

Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre:
- Working on Sand Mill Hill bridge project.
- Filling pot holes.
- Two (2) employee out.
- Working on bus shelter.
- Looking into Richmond Street beaver issues.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Although unable to attend the Pipeline Working Group meeting he was able to speak with Tom Matuszko.  He reported that four (4) towns from NYS have formally joined the group.  The group is asking FERC to postpone their formal public comment/scoping session period until Kinder Morgan provides updated and more precise details of the route. BRPC is scheduling a workshop for directly impacted property owners along the proposed route.
- Continuing to wait on calculation of health insurance possibly due for former Town Administrator who retired from Clarksburg.
- Submitted Opposing Pipeline petition.
- MassHighway is requesting Waterman to repair Route 8 near convenience store.
- Will be meeting with Robin and Kirt Mayland on Thursday to discuss the PILOT agreement.
- Registered for Hearing’s Officer Training in Stove on May 27th.
- FY 2016 budget update.
- Spoke with ACRSD business manager to express concerns over timing of our Annual Town Meeting and current budget fluctuations associated with ongoing negotiations with Adams.  Until further notice we have to assume that we’ll be carrying the District’s certified assessment to Cheshire which will be a $187K override.
Depending on the timing, maybe that figure can be amended at the town meeting.
- Will submit to Ed St. John III a copy of a noise ordinance suggested for Cheshire.
- Working with Berkshire Aggregation and Colonial Power.
- Carol noted that Cheshire should be a part of the Adams- Cheshire School budget meetings.

- Requested Carole H. to attend the budget meeting and to take minutes.
- Bill opened by stating the role of the Advisory Board is to do the best for Cheshire.
- A Budget FY 16 was submitted to all.
- A Town of Cheshire Levy Limit Calculation was submitted and will be attached to the minutes.
- Carol and Mark thanked the Advisory Board for their good process and good dialogue.
- Bill closed the meeting by saying he had spoken to Darlene and Kristin suggesting they start working early for the future on the framework for next budget.

- Spoke to Myron Proper regarding an abandoned dog and dogs with no leases.
- Carol signed building paperwork for Toporowski (Lillie) submitted by Brent Field.
- Discussed the past appointment of the meter reader position and the departments wanting the position to be put under their department.

- Questioned the BOS on their feelings about the newspaper article and students sending out letters of solicitation to sport teams for donations for their school.  Robert felt, “Let the kids be kids.” He questioned what message it sends to children.  “Perhaps something good will come out of it, Robert stated.”

Town Clerk:  Christine Emerson: 
- June 15, 2015 will be the Override Vote.  9am to 7pm.
- Requested Mark to complete the language for the Override.

Police Chief Garner:   Weekly report submitted.

Mail and Correspondence:
- Letter from the Attorney General dated April 29, 2015.  RE:  Cheshire Annual Town Meeting of
May 19, 2008 – Case #4868 Warrant Article #6 (Zoning).  “We approve Article 6, and the map pertaining to it, from the Cheshire May 19, 2008, Annual Town Meeting.”
Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Information about the management of the Massachusetts Appalachian Trail Committee for Cheshire. (90.2 miles across Berkshire County and passes (17) communities.)

Please note that Robert did not sign the minutes for April 28, 2015 minutes as he felt there should be more written regarding the budget meeting attended by the BOS.  Carol reminded Robert that the secretary has never been invited to Budget meetings and was not in attendance.  Therefore a statement saying that the BOS attended a Budget meeting was sufficient.

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

Time:  8:10 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


April 28, 2015

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

Robert S. Ciskowski read the Board of Selectmen meeting minutes for Tuesday, April 21, 2015.
Paul made a motion to accept the minutes as submitted; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.

Resident, Peter Armstrong of Coolidge Road discussed easements and property concerns.  Carol suggested that his concerns were a legal issue and most likely would go to Land Court.  Mr. Armstrong also discussed a neighbors burning without a permit.  The Chief was called and it was explained that there was a permit for one of the two days of burning and that he had investigated the burning and deemed it safe as a legal burn.  He noted that there was a trench around the fire and that it was contained.  He reminded the group that on April 30th all burning ends.

Resident, Elizabeth Ariazi, Sand Mill Hill bridge inquired if there were any updates regarding either the repairing or replacement of the bridge from MASS DOT.  Peter said that if the town chose to repair the bridge there would still be the cost of a civil engineers which could cost between $20K-$30 and as high as $150K.
Repairing would have a one lane stop sign at each side.
- Peter will research engineering quotes.
- Mark will be in contact with MassDOT to further discuss the situation.

The BOS attended the 7pm to 8:30pm Budget Meeting with the Cheshire Advisory Board

Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre:
- Hot patching.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:

- Dan and Robin have reviewed the levy limit calculations and agree with Marks calculations.  Will be seeking an Override vote of $187K which is equal to the year to year increase in the ACRSD assessment to the Town.
- Next pipeline meeting is April 30, 2015.
- Spoke with DOR/BLA in Springfield about the Form of List process.  He referred Mark to the DOR/Legal in Boston and he spoke with Attorney Gordon.  He said there is little a town can do to those who choose not to return a form of list.  Some communities have instituted penalties and fines for those who don’t return list that that requires an Act of Special Legislation.  The only penalty at this time is that the business cannot file
for an abatement.
- Update from Pine Valley and DEP/Curt Boisjolie noting that Pine Valley is in compliance with DEP as of
April 3, 2015.  The final paving has not been completed.

Carol:  A written complaint was received against:  B&G Dba George Trembley.  The accusations are being investigated.
- Will be checking ground water/dry well that might be pumping water to the middle of a neighbor’s yard all winter.  Carol will call Mark Stinson/DEP as this may be a civil issue and not a conservation issue as it is not wetlands. (Roberts property).
- Commended the offering of an informational gas line project meeting for townspeople as it was well received and well attended.

Audience:  Discussed non binding referendums.

Town Clerk:  Christine Emerson: 
- Submitted a letter to the BOS appointing and designating Alison Warner as the overall Election Official for May 4, 2015.
- Requested Mark to have her computer repaired.

The Cheshire Advisory Board will meet on May 5, 2015 at 7pm. Ed St. John will meet with both on
May 12, 2015 at 7pm.

Police Chief Garner:   Weekly report submitted.

Mail and Correspondence:
- Attorney Joseph E. Kelleher notification letter that another tenant has paid in full back rent.
- Email from William A. Rech regarding Berkshire Eagle’s coverage of the Informational meeting.
-  With all business finalized, Paul motioned to close the meeting, 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.
Time:  9:03 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


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

Question One:
“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.

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

April 14, 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 7, 2015.
Paul made a motion to accept the minutes as submitted; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.

Town Counsel, E. St. John:
1. Discussed Kittay real estate.
2. Saldo license issue.  St. John determined that if the license is not paid for, it can then be revoked.  The court and or DEP would then be involved.  A Cease and Desist order could be determined and given to the Zoning Enforcement officer.  Attorney St. John will be notified when the decision is made.
3. George Sweet (To be allowed to do wiring in town.)  Paul motioned that it would have to be done by a Warrant at the Annual Meeting; 2nd by Carol.  A unanimous vote was taken.
4. Deerfield Board of Health voted against Kinder Morgan.  St. John said:  “Utility has eminent domain.”
5. Discussed the school budget and results if one town passes and one town does not.  St. John said, “There may have to be a District wide meeting.”  He would need to research further.
6. Carol requested St. John to review the Berkshire Health Alliance contract.
7. Discussed Consortium Article for electricity.  “Colonial” presentation on 04-21-15.

Resident, Daniel Speth of 88 Hutchinson Lane.  Reported a tree fell on a diverted stream by Superior Spring.
The BOS suggested reporting it to the owner.  Peter will observe the sight but noted that the swale was taken out.  7:00pm

Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre:
- Using cold patch.
- Will view Superior Spring stream issue.
- Carol asked Peter to please observe if dirt/manure/animals are being moved and buried by the Megaro Farm.
- Letter noting Chapter 90 apportionment for Fiscal Year 2016 for $201,991.

Talora Race group informed the BOS and Chief Garner of their September 12, 2015.  The BOS approved.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  No issues or concerns.

Police Chief Garner:   Weekly report submitted.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Reported on Verizon coming to review all telephone bills and stated they could provide the town with better rates.  No obligation.
- Submitted Kinder Morgan information to Robert S. Ciskowski.
- Briefly reviewed progress being made on the Kittay, Saldo’s, and George Sweet request.
- Will be meeting with the BOS on Thursday to review the 2016 Budget.
- Left a message with Mass Highway regarding a Bailey Bridge.  Mark has not received a call back.
- Working on a solution to purchase Chrome Books according to State requirements.
- Letter received from Richard A. Jette, Adams-Cheshire Treasurer (Adams-Cheshire Regional School District certifying that the total FY2016 for the Town of Cheshire is $2,680.449.  Quarterly payment due dates are September 2, 2015, December 1, 2015, April 1, 2016 and June 1, 2016.
- Will meet with real estate appraisals for an estate of the value of the Killay property.
- A 35 day posting period for a non binding Article.  Mark will research.  Needs to be ready by May 5, 2015.
- Updated the BOS on the progress of the April 23, 2015 Kinder Morgan project Information Hearing at the Cheshire Elementary School.  To date, there are no issues as representatives of Kinder Morgan will also be attending.  Robert said there will be a question and answer period; NBTV will be recording and a formal
Agenda is being completed.

- Will inform Jim Reynolds of Consortium rates.

Resident, George Tremblay:
Mr. Tremblay asked the BOS to go into Executive Session.  Carol said according to Mass G. L., unless it is pending litigation the Board could not.  Mr. Tremblay then stated that he would be naming names.
He reminded the BOS that he came before the BOS year ago to discuss his concerns regarding the lack of Cheshire Assessors receiving and following through on FOL’s for all businesses.  He noted that he understood that farms were exempt.  However, not every business in town does a FOL list and the Assessor’s do not
research or go after those that do not. There are small to multimillion dollar businesses that the Assessor’s do not get proper FOL (Form of List) from.  All farms that are principally engaged in agriculture come under the Farm Act.
- Relayed his experience with an Assessor and stated: A. He was taxed too high.
B. Unfairly taxed compared to others.  Six (6) landscapers in town pay 0. Mr. Tremblay was denied an abatement. The BOS advised him to appeal that decision.
- Voiced concern that a business near his location has loaders and equipment and does not pay the personal property tax.  He questioned, “Then why am I paying the taxes and stated: “I’m tired of the “ole’ boy network.”  Taxes are not handled fairly and there is corruption in the Town of Cheshire.  T’s need to be crossed and I’s dotted.” Mr. Tremblay accused inappropriate tax activities by an Assessor.  The BOS will meet with the Board of Assessor’s on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 to investigate Mr. Tremblay’s allegations.
Mr. Tremblay stated that he only wants everyone to be paying their fair share of taxes.  He will not be giving up on this concern until it is taken care of.  He said, “An Assessor handed me the law book to do research and now he feels he is familiar with the law and feels some farmers are not principally engaged in agriculture and landscaping is not farming.  He would like to offer his services to assist the Town of Cheshire in rectifying this issue.

Mail and Correspondence:
- Pierce Atwood LLP.  Joint Petition for Approval of a Change of Control of UIL Holdings Corporation, a Holding Company of The Berkshire Gas Company- D.P.U. 15-26.

- With all business finalized, Carol motioned to close the meeting, 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.
Time:  8:17 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

April 7, 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, March 31st 2015.
Carol made a motion to accept the minutes as corrected; 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.

Town Counsel, E. St. John will attend the April 14, 2015 open meeting at 6:30Pm.  To discuss:  Kittay, Saldo’s, Sweet Article, and the Deerfield Board of Health.

Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre:
- Fan belt needed for one ton.
- Repairing pot holes and will be hot patching.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Submitted to Robert Kinder Morgan information from the BRPC.  “Pipeline Emergency Training”  for Thursday, April 23rd from 9-3 or 6-9.
- Received documents from Kurt Beaujolais, DEP, re:  Pine Valley and their septic system project.  It reviews the accepted design changes and issues as April 30, 2015 is the due date for completion.
- The movement to have a District Veteran’s Agent has been dropped.
- Spoke with Mar Moore at Mass Highway to discuss the availability of a Bailey Bridge for Sand Mill Road bride and or expedited funding for the bridge replacement.  He will bring the matter to Director Peter Niles and will report back to Mark next week.
- Continuing to work on the FY2016 budget.  Suggested the posting of a Business Meeting for Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 6:30pm in the Cheshire Town Hall.  This will allow for time to review the budget and Annual Town Meeting warrant items.
- Carole H. will make a copy of the Selectmen’s Handbook.

Resident, Ron Lancia:
- Discussed and presented photographs of the poor road conditions by his home in the Pine Valley Mobile Home Park.
- Also noted plugging up of filters and the impossibility of water flowing through and meter and water issues at the main system.

Resident, Cindy Wichman:
- Voiced poor communication with Attorney Kelleher.  Carole H. will be calling on 4-10-15 to resolve concerns.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  No issues or concerns.

Police Chief Garner:   Weekly report submitted.

- Updated the BOS on his preparations for the Gas Pipe line meeting on April 23, 2015.
- The Agenda is evolving as Kinder Morgan has agreed to attend and participate.  Mark Webber will be discussing revenue potential according to the BRPC and Article 97.
- Robert requested a Town email account.

Individual requested information regarding the ABCC process for Transfer of License and or Change of Manager.  Mark informed the individual that you have to go on line and complete the paperwork.

Mail and Correspondence:
- Letter received from Eileen Nuttall declining to be Honorary Parade Marshall for 2015.
- Letter from Krauss and Hummel regarding the withdrawal of an Eviction due to payment received.

- With all business finalized, Carol motioned to close the meeting, 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.
Time:  7:53 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