Selectmen's Weekly Minutes

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December 6, 2016
6:30PM

In Attendance: Paul F. Astorino, Robert S. Ciskowski and, Carol A. Francesconi
Absent:       
Press: iBerkshires and The Courier
                  
Robert read the Board of Selectmen meeting minutes for Tuesday November 29, 2016; Carol accepted as presented; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken. 

Conservation Commission, Carol A. Francesconi, Chair:
- Reported a December 16, 2016 Hearing at 5pm at the Cheshire Town Hall to review the NOI Application by
the Town for the Sand Mill Bridge repair.

Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre: 
- Patching Wells Road and the corner by Swistak’s.
- Corner of the Cheshire Fire Station is dug out to approximately six (6) feet.
- Questioned the status of a generator.  Carol suggested going forward and purchasing a new one for approximately $20K.  Peter reminded the Board that a cement foundation would also be needed for the generator to sit on.  Additionally, he suggested getting a service maintenance agreement and to consider natural gas.

Robert:
- Before going forward, Robert suggested getting an evaluation from a generator company to evaluate first the generators owned by the Town to see if they are repairable.  If not, Robert would like Mark to follow through
on reaching a solution.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber: 
- Paul questioned the wording in the Highway Superintendent job posting regarding licenses required.  Peter and Robert felt it was sufficient as written.
- Reported that DEP, Representative Mark Stinson, suggested the planting of trees and shrubs by the Sand Mill Bridge area.  Mark and Peter feel there is no need to pack more plantings next to the stream.
Carol:
- As a member of the Cheshire Conservation Commission, the suggestion will be considered.  Mark will be asking Foresight for recommendations.  December 15, 2016 is the Bid due date.
- Reported that West Oil has serviced the Town Hall boilers on 12/6/16.
- Mark placed a conference call to Attorney Goldberg with Paul.  Town Counsel, unfortunately was unable to partake in the conference call which did not help in the different opinions regarding the process from changing from three (3) to five (5) Selectmen for the Town.
- Mark submitted notes and emails for clarification of Attorney’s findings.  However, Robert felt that even though Attorney Goldberg said the town must petition the Legislature and town counsel said that wasn’t needed and outlined a less involved process. He questioned why now is outside counsel the deciding factor when town counsel has always been advisor for the town.  Robert reminded the Board that the results from the recent Master Plan Survey, clearly indicated that townspeople want to go forward in increasing the Board of Selectmen. Robert stated, “I don’t really have any faith in this other law firm because it is not in the minutes that we decided to do it.  It was done six months before I found out about it so I didn’t participate in it and I don’t have any confidence in it.  I hope it is not a stalling technique.”
Carol:
- Will be contacting Town Counsel, St. John, to receive written documentation for resolution.  (12-7-16)
- Submitted a breakdown of area highway salary ranges.  Mark noted that the Town is in line with the average.
- Submitted a binder, “Guide to Abandoned and Accepted Town Roads.”

Robert:
- Attended on this date a meeting at the BRPC with MASS DOT to review Chapter 85 (Bridges.)  It was an intense meeting and Robert will report back to the Board once he has had time to digest the materials received.  He did report that their engineers are working on streamlining the process.  Robert suggested a maintenance folder should be made for each bridge with plans for dirt cleaning, rotting which would help spread out the maintenance schedule. Robert is interested in the upcoming prioritizing of bridges and for the bridges the DOT pay for.  He noted that hiring the right engineer/company that specializes in bridges is important as bridge codes are different.  He asked Mark to look into a list of bridge engineer(s) and companies for the future. Mark said, “They have to be prequalified by the State and they chose a Berkshire County business.”

Police Chief, Timothy Garner:  Submitted the Weekly Report.
- Cory Demary will be attending the Braintree, MA Police Academy starting on January 8, 2017.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  No issues or concerns.

Resident, Fred Jajko:
- Questioned why Wells Road, section one (1) was done and not section two (2).  (Blacktopping)
- Peter responded that they will be returning in spring time as the weather prevented the completion.   Mr. Jajko questioned if it wasn’t the responsibility of the company to patch.  Peter responded that the Town always does the pre work.  Peter said, “The low bidder gets the bid.”  If not awarded to the low bidder, Chapter 90 monies will not be forthcoming to pay for the project.”  Mr. Jajko stated, “The Town accepts everything that the State says.” 

Robert:
- Bids will open at 2pm on December 15, 2016.  The Bid will be awarded on the engineers recommendations. Dates were questioned and Mark and Carol clarified the process.

Mail and Correspondence:

7:30PM
Paul motioned to go into Executive Session: “To consider the discipline or dismissal of, or to hear complaints or charges brought against a public officer, employee, staff member or individual.”  The 6:30 meeting will not reconvene; 2nd by Carol with a unanimous vote taken.”

Paul F. Astorino, Yes; Robert S. Ciskowski, Yes; Carol A. Francesconi, Yes.

With all business finalized Paul motioned to close the meeting to go into Executive Session at 7:30pm; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.


Respectfully Submitted,

Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen’s Secretary

_______________________________________________________________
Paul F. Astorino, Chairman
Robert S. Ciskowski, Clerk
Carol A. Francesconi, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds

 

November 29, 2016
6:30PM

In Attendance: Paul F. Astorino, Robert S. Ciskowski and, Carol A. Francesconi
Absent:       
Press: iBerkshires and The Courier
                  
Robert read the Board of Selectmen meeting minutes for Tuesday November 22, 2016; Carol accepted as presented; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken. 

Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre: 
- Ordered sand and salt.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber: 
- Scheduled a conference call for Thursday, December 2, 2016 with Town Counsel, Attorney Goldberg, Paul and Mark to discuss the three (3) to five (five) Selectmen change.
- Continuing to work on necessary paperwork for going forward with the Sand Mill Road Bridge project.
- Met with Peter and two (2) representatives of the BRPC’s transportation department to review some items related to the Master Plan.
- Submitted Help Wanted ad for the Highway Superintendent opportunity.  Will appear in the MMA’s Beacon, The Berkshire Eagle and the Town’s website.  Applications are due at 7p December 27th with the position remaining open until filled.
- Spoke with the Water Commissioners last weeks after they reviewed the Water Superintendent’s extended employment agreements as reviewed by the Selectmen.  The BOS can now sign the agreement.
- Created a letter of appreciation to McCann for reimbursement of unused Chapter 71 funds to the Town.
- Final document sent to MEMA for last year’s MEMA equipment grant.  Payment has been processed for $2,450 for Police radios.
- Pole 8 by the Cheshire Elementary School is used once a year for Cruise Night.

Police Chief, Timothy Garner: Submitted the Weekly Report.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson: No issues or concerns.

Mail and Correspondence:

7:00PM
Berkshire County Educational Task Force Planning Study, Representative Douglas McNally:
- Presented an overview of the Berkshire Educational Task Force by stating it is not an elected board and they have no authority for any school or community.  The group would like to have a task force that is county wide with all schools working together.  They want to look at the impact of lower populations and the cost to educate each youth.
- The University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute is involved in the Phase 1 Study.
- Presently money to conduct the study has come from: B. Fairbanks ($20K); Roundtable ($40K); Berkshire Bank ($10K); Berkshire Taconic Foundation ($10).
- Public Meetings have taken place on Saturdays from 9-12 for the several months and continue.
- Mr. McNally noted that the Cape and Franklin County are experiencing similar problems as Berkshire County which is decreasing enrollment with the trend continuing. Enrollment is down 22.3% in the 17 districts studied.
- BART and McCann continue to be stable in enrollments.
- Mr. McNally reported that the population is still going down with no hope to increase the population.
- Fiscal Issues.  Expenditures continue to rise with Chapter 70 not keeping up.  McNally said, “Cheshire cannot do an override if Adams cannot afford our agreement.
- Suggestion: Move forward as a large identity.
- Phase II Options:
 * Not change anything.
 * Seek expanded shared services/shared management.
 * Have three (3) school districts
- REP – December 15, 2016.  Want responses back by January.  Results of Phase II will be early summer/early fall.
Paul:  Will it be three years before a solid plan of action is ready?
McNally:  Hopes not that long as he is envisioning bold steps for progress.  MCLA, BCC, and Dr. Eberwein are working with the group to offer dual enrollments.
The Cheshire BOS thanked Mr. McNally for the update and the group’s efforts. Phase II will cost approximately $150K and has been approved..
- The Phase One Final Report, October 2016 can be viewed on the Adams-Cheshire School website and the BCETF website.

With all business finalized Paul motioned to close the meeting at 7:30pm; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.


Respectfully Submitted,

Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen’s Secretary

_______________________________________________________________
Paul F. Astorino, Chairman
Robert S. Ciskowski, Clerk
Carol A. Francesconi, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds

 

November 22, 2016
6:30PM

In Attendance: Paul F. Astorino, Robert S. Ciskowski and, Carol A. Francesconi
Absent:       
Press: iBerkshires
                  
Robert read the Board of Selectmen meeting minutes for Tuesday November 15, 2016; Carol accepted as corrected; 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken. 

Resident, Lynn Clairmont, requested information regarding her property and the possibility of a sale.
Ms. Clairmont was referred to the Cheshire Planning Board.  She also inquired about hunters on her property even though it is all posted.

Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre: 
- Update on Windsor Road blacktopping.
- Robert reported blacktopping trucks exceeding the speed limit through town.  He requested Peter to speak with them and to remember this issue in the future.
- Plowed roads – first snow fall left many snow drifts.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber: 
- Discussion ensued regarding the residency requirement for the Highway Superintendent job description.  The final decision was twenty-five (25) miles or less.  Minimum preferred qualifications include, “and shall have a high school diploma and five (5) to seven (7) Years experience.”  Mark will go forward with the advertising.   Paul approved the Job Performance document.
- Spoke to a Wells Road resident, George Bushika, regarding particulars on the recently awarded Wells/Windsor Road paving project.
- Forwarded all legal correspondence on the three (3) to five (5) Selectmen change to resident,  Richard E. Scholz.  Mark is working on scheduling a conference call with Attorney Goldberg, Carol, Mark, and Town Counsel, E. St. John, for November 29, 2016.
- Working on the process to go forward with the Sand Mill Road Bridge project.
- Signed an NOI on behalf of the Town to go forward with scheduling a ConsCom hearing.
- Met with Melissa from BRPC regarding Cheshire’s obligation for the new NPDES/Storm Water permit.   Peter will need to submit an exact count and location of storm water structures within the area shown on the map they presented.  Mark pointed out that the Hoosic River, which is the only area in Town covered by their map, flows north to the Hudson and does not empty into the Long Island Sound. The fewer the Town has the less cost the Town will need for the permit.  Hopefully, most of these structures are within the Mass Highway  Right of Ways.
- Mark will be updating Water Superintendents employment agreement.  An update will be submitted to the BOS and the Water Department Commissioners.
- National Grid is offering a program to change out street lights to LED fixtures.  Over time, there can be a considerable savings.  Mark requested an updated survey of the number and types of streetlights in Town in order to complete a cost analysis.
- Mark registered the antique fire truck.
- Asked Peter to review the schedule of vehicles and buildings for our insurance company.
- Mark explained the electronic system for scheduling a lake activity through the State.
- Mark requested Peter Traub to meet with Becky to review COA finances.

Police Chief, Timothy Garner:  Submitted the Weekly Report.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  No issues or concerns.

Mail and Correspondence:
- December 6, 2016 meeting at the BRPC Transportation Advisory Committee to discuss municipal bridges.
- National Grid. RE: School Street/Pole & Concession usage.
- Check from Time Warner $2,619.00.
- Check from Northern Berkshire Vocational (McCann) returning $5,151.85.  (Chapter 71 rebate.)

Tree Lighting:  Sunday, December 4, 2016 5:30PM at the Cheshire Community Center.

Resident, Peter Traub:
- Clarified his discussion with Realtor, Sandy Carroll.

With all business finalized Paul motioned to close the meeting at 7:36pm; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.


Respectfully Submitted,

Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen’s Secretary

_______________________________________________________________
Paul F. Astorino, Chairman
Robert S. Ciskowski, Clerk
Carol A. Francesconi, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds

 

November 15, 2016
6:30PM

In Attendance: Paul F. Astorino, Robert S. Ciskowski and, Carol A. Francesconi
Absent:       
Press: iBerkshires and The Courier
                  
Robert read the Board of Selectmen meeting minutes for Tuesday November 8; Carol accepted as corrected; 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken. 

Resident, Richard E. Scholz:
- Inquired about the status of changing the number from three (3) Selectmen to five (5) Selectmen.  Carol read an email from Town Counsel.  Mark will be placing a conference call to Attorney Goldberg for next Tuesday to try and settle the proper process for going forward on the change. Mr. Scholz requested a copy of all correspondence regarding this situation.

Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre: 
- Planning to blacktop Windsor Road on 11/16/16 as well as Wells Road.  The plan is for 21/2 days for completion.
- Installed a new hot water heater at the Town Shed.  Peter also replaced a toilet at the Town Shed..
- Informed the BOS that the truck has been built and should be shipped to the dealer this week.  The truck should be ready the first of February.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber: 
- Reported that one of the furnaces in the Town Hall is not operating.  West Oil will be servicing both on December 19th.  It appears that the valve between the equipment is not draining at the same rate.  Mark thanked Pat Klammer for checking out the system and he advised Mark how to resolve the problem.
- Town Treasurer is concerned with spending on the two COA grants.  A system needs to be in place to review how the money in being spent and what the total grant amounts are and what the reimbursement schedule is.
- Received a call from Sandy Carol from the Berkshire Board of Realtors looking for Peter Traub from the Planning Board regarding Cheshire. To be further discussed.
- Will be meeting with Melissa from BRPC on Thursday of this week to discuss Cheshire’s NPDES obligations and what assistance BRPC will be offering.
- Updated the Highway Superintendent Job Description per last week’s comments and also drafted a highway employee job performance review.  Discussion took place regarding the time frame to advertise, interview, and start the position. Paul recommended the advertising be before the end of November.  Interview January 1st, and hire by the end of January.  Robert realized that Paul’s schedule was aggressive but felt, “The sooner the better.” Carol initially did not agree as she felt no need for job training to last more than four (4) weeks.  The process will start as soon as possible.


Police Chief, Timothy Garner:  Submitted the Weekly Report.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson: 
- BOS signed salary approval for early voting and election poles for Town Clerk.
- The Town employee Christmas Party will take place on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at the Town Hall.
- Received a Certificate for Substantial Support for Early Voting.  (1,891 voted out of 2,400.)

Robert:
- Reported that the Master Plan Committee met on November 10, 2016.  Future planning includes small working groups and Open Public Forums where there can be input from residents, discussion on an aging population, the school population, school meetings, and summaries and statistics.  Additionally goals and ideas will be written and then presented to the Cheshire Planning Board for their acceptance.  With acceptance it can then be presented at the Town Meeting, annual election or any election.

Robert:
- Anticipates some free time in December where he would like to review the workmen’s compensation case at hand.  He would like to reconstruct what happened so this does not happen again.  He would also like to talk with other employees who observed the accident.  He noted that this, “May have been truly an accident.”

Carol:
- Reported a discussion with Myron regarding the bonding of the rear door Town Hall.  To replace the door, the cost could range from $5K to $10K.
- The estimate was received for the repairs to the fire house from Chief Tom Francesconi with no labor charges.  The estimate is for the materials. Paul made a motion to accept the estimate; 2nd by Carol.  Robert abstained.

- Resident, Frederick Jajko:
- Trash issue on Wells Road.  The BOS will ask Chief Garner to be observant of pickup trucks that are not covered which allows for trash to fly out on the road.

Mail and Correspondence:
- Time Warner check for: $4,490.82.

Tree Lighting:  Sunday, December 4, 2016 5:30PM at the Cheshire Community Center.

With all business finalized Paul motioned to close the meeting at 7:30pm; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.


Respectfully Submitted,

Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen’s Secretary

_______________________________________________________________
Paul F. Astorino, Chairman
Robert S. Ciskowski, Clerk
Carol A. Francesconi, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds

 

November 8, 2016
6:30PM

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

Robert read the Board of Selectmen meeting minutes for Tuesday November 1; Carol accepted as presented; 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken. 

Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre: 
- Patching continues.
- Mowing Notch Road.
- Back topping will take place the week of November 14th.

Resident, Ronald DeAngelis:
- Questioned the scheduling of quarterly department of heads meetings. Carol responded that it has been difficult to schedule meetings due to most individuals being volunteers and have limited time.  Originally there were four meetings a year.  With a lack of attendance it was first changed to two meetings and now one meeting.  Typically, a discussion takes place before the town employee Christmas Party. 

Town Administrator, Mark Webber: 
- Commended Lynn on an excellent job regarding Free Cash certification approval.
- Mark reported that the town hall rear door is in need of repairs.  Additionally, he reported a dripping in the bathroom sink.
- Mark sent a note to Attorney Lauren Goldberg with a summary of what Mark interpreted as the process of going forward with the number change of Selectmen. It appears that we do have to go to Town Meeting (and or Town Election) and vote on an article to petition the Legislature to grant special legislation.  Following approval of the Legislature, the law becomes effective.
- Discussed mark-ups of the draft Highway Superintendent job description.
- Kirt Mayland is seeking another document to be signed for the Bushika net metering credits to the Town.  His bank is looking for confirmation that we still have a contract.  Ok to sign.
- A functional capacity test with an independent doctor will take place for a highway department employee.  The results should provide direction towards what the next step should be.
- Received and reviewed the Opinion received from Attorney Grandchamp for the Fence viewers matter.  He recommends that the Fence viewers revisit the property to determine whether or not both properties use enclosed area for pasturing.  If so, a partition fence is required.  If not, then no partition fence is required.  If only the Clairmont property is used for pasturing, then Mr. Beisiegel has no obligation to jointly maintain the partition and Clairmont has an obligation to prevent his livestock from trespassing.  However, it appears that the Fence viewers made a previous decision that calls for joint (or split) maintenance of a petition fence.  Counsel adds that the Fence viewers are lawfully able to re-visit the case and make a new determination.
- ABCC has changed their annual liquor license renewal process.  Towns are now required to report renewals electronically before the end of December.  They no longer want the towns to send in paper copies of renewals.  Cheshire must still send out the standard renewal forms to current license holders and have them signed and returned to the Board before the end of November.  The forms arrived today after Mark placed a telephone call to the ABCC board inquiring about the status of the Town’s forms.  Apparently, several Towns did not receive them. 
- Mark will be attending a two day seminar in Boston at the Office of the Inspector General to keep up his continuing education credits for his MCPPO designation.
- As of yesterday, excess bond proceeds of $50,000 or less, from a borrowing can be applied to any other existing Town debt.  For instance if there was a $10,000 left over from a highway truck borrowing bond, that balance could be applied to the fire truck long term debt.
- Also, under this municipal reform act, the Town I required to register with CommBuys, which falls under the State’s Operational Services Division.  Forms were completed on this date.  This will allow the Town to participate in statewide contracts for goods and services.

Robert:
- The BOS reviewed the possibility of paying for a continuing education course on line for a Board of Health employee.  The BOS felt that the Board of Health should pay for it.  This will be referred to the Board of Health.
- Announced a Master Plan Meeting for Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 6pm at the Cheshire Town Hall.
- Robert attended the World Cafe’ District Study meeting.  He noted that people really care about the schools and general cooperation is needed.  In consideration of that statement, Robert suggested both Boards meet in an effort to work cooperatively.  He asked the BOS to think about it as he had several people suggest it to him.

Resident, Ron DeAngelis:
- Suggested using the Cheshire Elementary School as a Charter School.

Resident, Peter Traub:
- Reported a decreasing population in general as well decreasing numbers for the schools.  He suggested creating a brochure to advertise the Town of Cheshire, MA better.  It could be given to real estate agents which could also promote the Cheshire Lake, Trails, tax rate, and general small town living. He thought an individual promoting Cheshire might also benefit the Town.

Carol:
- Requested the Parking Ban announcement be placed in The Berkshire Eagle for:  November 1, 2016 until  April 30, 2017 from 11pm to 6am.

Police Chief, Timothy Garner:  Submitted the Weekly Report.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  At Election.

Mail and Correspondence:
- Letter from Attorney Grandchamp re: Fence viewers/Clairmont. Copies of the letter will be mailed to  appropriate individuals.
- DCR letter to John and Sophie Gwozdz. Forest Cutting Plan No. 058-8385-17.  Plan disapproved.


Tree Lighting:  Sunday, December 4, 2016 5:30PM at the Cheshire Community Center.

With all business finalized Paul motioned to close the meeting at 8:10pm; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.
                  


Respectfully Submitted,

Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen’s Secretary

_______________________________________________________________
Paul F. Astorino, Chairman
Robert S. Ciskowski, Clerk
Carol A. Francesconi, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds

 

November 1, 2016
6:30PM

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

Robert read the Board of Selectmen meeting minutes for Tuesday, October 25, 2016; Carol accepted as presented; 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken. 

Resident, Barry Emery:
- Mr. Emery will be offering a presentation on Restaurants and Taverns on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at the Cheshire Community Center. 
- Mr. Emery questioned when Wells Road will be paved.  Peter answered:  “Next week; the week of November 7th.”

Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre: 
- Repairs needed at the water trough in front of the Cheshire Town Hall.  Water issues have created leaks in the cracks.  A year’s rest is in order.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber: 
- Working on contacting Attorney Goldberg regarding the process and procedure for changing the number of Selectmen from three (3) to five (5) Selectmen.
- Meeting on November 7th at the Lenox Town Hall to review a proposal from MIIA for the Berkshire Health Group to review a proposal from MIIA to provide health and dental to the Group.  Both the Group and MIIA contract with BCBS, but the hope is that MIIA will provide the group with a lower quote for the same products.  Becky is on the Board of both Groups and will be attending the meeting as the Town’s representative.
- Following up on employee on worker’s compensation.
- Developed a draft Highway Superintendent job description for the Board and Peter to review.
- Received an insurance stamp for the registration renewal for the antique fire truck.  Lynn needs to cut a check before Mark can go the DMV in Pittsfield by the end of November.
- Received and responded to a town resident request who asked for the town’s debt service schedule for the high school renovation.  A schedule was sent.
- Planning on scheduling a kick-off meeting for members of the Town’s Complete Street project.
- Met with the MEMA representative yesterday to discuss the upcoming Emergency Management Grant.  Cheshire is available for another $2,400.  Mark recommended that the MEMA rep contact the Town’s Emergency Management Coordinator directly to complete the grant application.
- Met with Lynne and finalized and sent in paperwork for this year’s MEMA grant.  This year’s grant was for two (2) Police portable radios.
- Cemetery water set for winter.  Travis recommends blasting out with air.

Police Chief, Timothy Garner:  Submitted the Weekly Report.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  Preparing for early election voting.

Mail and Correspondence:
- Paul read the COA monthly meeting minutes.
- Invitation for a celebration of Leonard Stomski’s painting gift to the Town on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at the Cheshire Community Center.
- MASS Rural Water Association.  As of October 28, 2016, 210 water services, main valves and hydrants have been located, traced, and marked.  A total of 19,178 GPS positions have been taken, corrected, exported and mapped using a Trimble GeoExplorer GeoXH received with Trimble Pathfinder and ESRI ArcMap software.
The Town of Cheshire is developing a Source Water Protection Plan and comprehensive Asset Management Plan.  Contact individual at MASS Rural Water Association is Bruce Young.
- Memorandum from the Cheshire Planning Board to appoint Peter H. Traub to the Smart Streets Committee was received.  Carol made a motion to appoint Peter H. Traub to the Smart Streets Committee; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.

Carole H. reported that the Cheshire Zoning Board of Appeals would like to appoint Rob Balawender to the ZBA as an Alternate Member.  Carol motioned to appoint Rob Balawender to the Cheshire Zoning Board of Appeals as an Alternate Member; 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.

Cheshire Planning Board Chairman, Donna M. DeFino:
- Updated the BOS on the Cheshire Planning Boards decision to have all Special Permit Applications costing $400.  In the past the cost was$300 for Agriculture and $400 for Residential and Business.  The CPB is attempting to make the process consistent as the publishing, postage, and general expenses are the same for all. Carol motioned to have all Special Permits $400; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.

Tree Lighting:  Sunday, December 4, 2016 5:30PM at the Cheshire Community Center.

With all business finalized Paul motioned to close the meeting at 7:30pm; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.
       

Respectfully Submitted,

Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen’s Secretary

_______________________________________________________________
Paul F. Astorino, Chairman
Robert S. Ciskowski, Clerk
Carol A. Francesconi, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds