November 25, 2014
In Attendance: Carol A. Francesconi and Robert S. Ciskowski, and Paul F. Astorino
Robert read the meeting minutes of November 18, 2014. Carol made a motion to accept the minutes with the correction of Robert submitting information on property auctions happening in Adams, MA rather than Mark; 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.
Resident, Peter Traub:
- Inquired if Mark will be submitting two Technical Assistance grants to the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission. Mark will be submitting a grant on behalf of the Cheshire Planning Board for continued assistance on the Cheshire Bylaws. Mark will inquire with the BRPC if the town would be eligible for a grant to begin work on a Master Plan.
Carol: Noted that a Master Plan is important but reminding the BOS that the upcoming budget will determine the Town’s availability to assist financially as there may be a 15% reduction forthcoming in the budget.
Carol requested Mark to continue writing the grants and to submit two (2) applications.
- Would like to resign from his position of Vocational School Co-ordinator. Mark will meet with Jim to review the process.
Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre:
- Cleaning ditches and filling potholes.
- Trucks ready to roll for snow.
- Kittay property cleaned and secured.
- No progress on Kittay automobile.
Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:
Chief Garner: Weekly Report submitted.
- Warnings issued for parking in the Fire Lane and No Parking area at Hoosac Valley. Fines will be issued next time.
Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Spoke with Andrew Madden at the DWF whereby he stated there is no federal or state regulations against feeding waterfowl. Other than being a nuisance, it is very detrimental to the geese and cause nutritional based defects in the young. More signs will be installed near residences along the rail trail. Drafted a response to Mr. Costi who wrote the water fowl letter last week seeking assistance.
- Spoke with Colonial Power. This is the group that has formed the 9 town Berkshire electricity buying aggregate. He will add Cheshire to the group and will be getting paperwork to Mark to consider the language
Town Administrator, Mark Webber: continued
to consider for an article to pass at a town meeting to join the aggregate. Note: This opportunity cannot come into effect until an article is passed by the townspeople.
- Received information that Kinder Morgan is strongly considering an alternate route for the gas pipeline that appears to go through a slice of S. Cheshire. It’s called the New York Power line right of way. Mark will report back to the BOS once he receives additional information.
- Left a message with MIIA representative seeking guidance on the need for property and or liability coverage on the Kittay property.
- Spoke with Tom Matuszko at BRPC regarding DLTA grant and Master Plan for Cheshire. He indicated that his agency would consider partially funding a Master Plan provided that the Town pledged an amount for its completion. BRPC, if it approved a request from the Town, would do preliminary analysis work towards a plan and BRPC would then be the vendor for a final master plan. Presently, Mark does not have a figure on what a town meeting amount would be to complete a master plan.
- Received notice that the AFG grant amendment for the cascade system has been approved – with a caveat. An 8 page Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation Screen form for the Fire Stations needs to be filled out and sent back to Washington.
- Drafted a letter to MassHighway District 1 requesting that they consider safety improvements (guardrails) in the area of Bass Water Grill Restaurant.
- Following up on status of Waterman and Water Dept. emergency repairs for USDA project.
- Time Warner renewal contract; in the mail.
- Letter to Kittay to remove car in two (2) weeks.)
- Submitted copy of Northampton, MA ordinance: Feeding of Wildlife Prohibited.
- Submitted Cheshire Planning Board Rules and Regulations copy. BOS approved.
Resident, E. Richard Scholz:
- Submitted letter dated November 25, 2014. Subject: Independent Peer Review of South Street Traffic Study by BRPC.
- Believes the “Traffic Study contains much data that is arcane and difficult to understand and evaluate except by individuals trained and skilled in the Traffic Science and Art.” Therefore he would request that a Independent Peer Review be conducted by the BRPC.
- Requested the Cheshire Board of Selectmen to make formal request the BRPC to conduct a Independent Peer Review of 12 South Street with no costs involved.
John Tremblay: Stated that the study was completed by the engineering company of Dollar General MassHighway did not do the traffic study.
- Both parties were concerned that the study was not done at a high traffic time and questioned what time of the year the study was conducted.
Bob Soldo and Elias Casal:
- Issues regarding Cease and Desist to Mr. Casal to stop using a woodstove. Gerry provided steps to take in order to utilize the woodstove. Issue should be resolved with correct follow through by Mr. Casal.
- Would not be able to approve an Independent Peer Review until she read the traffic study and stated that she would like to postpone making a decision until next week as she has never made a harsh, quick decision in five minutes in all of her years on the BOS.
Paul: “Next week will be fine.”
- John Tremblay. Left the meeting and returned with the copy of the study. All BOS members will receive a copy for their review.
- Requested Mark and or Peter to contact the DOT to see if a permit had been issued. If so, this discussion is
Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission licenses signed for 2015 and submitted to the ABCC. (5)
Mail and Correspondence:
- Western Massachusetts Electric; 2015 Yearly Operational Plan Submittal.
With all business finalized Carol motioned to close the meeting, 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.
Time: 8:15 PM.
Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen Secretary
Carol A. Francesconi, Chairman
Robert S. Ciskowski, Clerk
Paul F. Astorino, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds