Selectmen's Weekly Minutes

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January 30, 2018
6:30PM
In Attendance: Robert S. Ciskowski, Carol A. Francesconi, and Ed St. John IV
Absent:       
Press:
 
Carol motioned to accept the minutes as presented for January 23, 2018; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.
Robert:  Understands that the search committee for a new district Superintendent of Schools is seeking volunteers with one (1) Selectmen and one resident to be a part of the search.  Robert agreed to do so.
ACRSD, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Putnam
- Updated the BOS on the search process, a survey for parents to complete as to their pleasure or displeasure with the schools since September 2017.  Those students who have elected other schools out of the district are also encouraged to answer the survey.  To date 127 elementary parents have completed the survey with 87 at the high school and 76 at the middle school with a total of 1209 eligible. Additionally, staff also has the option to complete the survey. He reported on the building an elementary school at Hoosac High School, Budget Schedule, and addressing the CBOS on February 27, 2018 at 6:00pm.  Chris will also invite the Advisory Board.
Cheshire Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane
- Submitted Weekly Activity Report for: 1/24/18-1/30/18.
- Continuing to repair and maintain snow removal equipment.
- 38% of time was spent filling pot holes/hot patching.
- Repaired air dryer on truck #4.
- Installed “Frost Heaves” sign on Route 116.
- Repair faulty hydraulic hoses on backhoe.
- Graded Crusher Road and Camp Roads.
- Loader update: delivery should be 10 to 14 days.
- Submitted to the BOS Employee Performance Review 2017 for highway employees.
- Robert inquired about the status of Blair’s truck that was hit.  Robert wondered if insurance would be covering it as he feels responsible for this.  Discussion will continue.  Robert, “Wants to be fair.”
Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Cheshire Lake Permit issued for the Cheshire Rod and Gun Club.
- Recommended meeting with the Building Commission regarding BRPC and before going forward with Green Community status.  BRPC is willing to facilitate a discussion without any commitment to go forward obligation from the Board. It is imperative that the BOS understand the Stretch Code. Robert assured Mr. Traub that the BOS is not negative, but many questions need to be answered.
- Met with Lodestar Energy last Thursday.  The company that we have a net metering agreement with is associated with the Bushika project.  Mark will be submitting to him a batch of Town electric bills which will include the Cheshire School.
- The required Public Hearing for the DCBG Cheshire Housing Grant was re-scheduled from February 6th to February 13th at the Cheshire Town Hall.  New Marlborough will be holding their own Public Hearing.
- Reported that North Adams and Cheshire with Lanesborough will have shared Veteran’s Agent services by the end of this week.
- Noted no increase in insurance health rates.
Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  No issues or concerns
Police Chief, Timothy Garner: 
Robert:
- Addressed the written concerns of the Cheshire Liquor Center regarding the highway department to address his need for a sweeper to clean debris in the parking lot and south of the buildings from the ice jam break.  Robert stated, “Cheshire has no liability to clear debris on private property.”
Resident, Sandy Sloane:
- In discussing elderly housing, she felt many people in completing the Master Plan survey assumed that the elderly housing was only for Cheshire residents.  It was noted that when State or Federal grants assist in projects, the eligibility is open to everyone county wide.
- In-Law Apartments:  Change of ownership might then allow for non family members to rent. This will be discussed further.
Mail and Correspondence:
- Berkshire Running Center request for their May 20, 2018 – 6th Annual Steel Rail Half Marathon/8K on the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail starting at 9am until noon.
- MassDOT District Bridge Inspection #C10006-00L-MUN-NBI.
7:40PM
Carol motioned to go into Executive Session: “To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining or litigation if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining or litigating position of the public body and the chair so declares;” 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.
Roll Call:  Robert S. Ciskowski, Yes; Carol A. Francesconi, Yes; and Ed St. John IV, Yes.
With all business finalized at 7:40PM, Carol motioned to go into Executive Session; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken. The BOS will not return to the 6:30PM open meeting.
                

Respectfully Submitted,
Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen’s Secretary
_______________________________________________________________
Robert S. Ciskowski, Chairman
Carol A. Francesconi, Clerk
Ed St. John IV, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds
 

Janaury 23, 2018
6:30PM

In Attendance: Robert S. Ciskowski, Carol A. Francesconi, and Ed St. John IV
Absent:       
Press: iBerkshires and the Berkshire Eagle


Carol motioned to accept the minutes as presented for January 16, 2018; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.

Cheshire Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane
- Submitted Weekly Activity Report for: 1/17/18-1/23/18.
- Continuing to repair and maintain snow removal equipment.
- Storm preparation and snow removal.
- In discussing the water issue on the Jeff Warner property, boulders could be placeed where the brook turns.  All agreed that the project is on private property and in other similar cases in town, town assistance was not offered.  If Mr. Warner wants to pursue the CCC for bank erosion then the DEP would become involved.  It was suggested to wait until the water flow goes down and then have Fred Balawender clear the trees in the stream.                                                                                                            

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Met with union representative and two town highway employees.  Memorandum to be discussed in tonight's Executive Session. Next meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.
- Reviewed Cheshire Solar Bylaws to another perspective installer.
- Blair completed reimbursement information for Chapter 90 money.  $250K should be deposited one week after submission.
- Amended the REFI for Cheshire School and placed legal notice with The Berkshire Eagle.
- Submitted two (2) documents for Robert to sign for the CDBG. Packets may be picked up at the Town Clerk's office and it will also be posted on the town website. Mark noted that the Town of New Marlboro has agreed to submit the CDBG grant together.
- Gave Blair the Complete Streets package.
- Advised Blair to forward me the instructions from Kathy Stevens for the required letter for remaining Chapter 90 reimbursements.
- Approved the BRTA Drug Policy package.
- Requested the BOS to approve Myron Proper as the Town of Cheshire Animal Control Officer.
Carol made the motion; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.  Paperwork will be submitted to the State.
Carol submitted an article for the change from three (3) to five (5) Selectmen.

- Mark reported notification that the town of New Marlborough will be a part of a $800K grant.  If awarded Cheshire would receive $600K and New Marlborough $200K.  The balance would be for administration.

Carol questioned Blair on the status of operation for the Cheshire School generator. Time permitting, Blair will address the generator.

7:00PM
A meeting with Thomas Matuszko of the BRPC, and Christopher Grubs, Senior Planner and the Cheshire Board of Selectmen.  Donna DeFino, Chairman of the Cheshire Planning Board, Sandra Sloane, Alternate Member, and Peter Traub, Member were also in attendance. Carol opened the meeting by reading an article in BRPC Awarded EEA Grants. "Town of Cheshire - Creation of local bylaws:  This grant will focus on developing several local bylaws in order to implement the goals of the Town's Master Plan, which was adopted in 2017.  Cheshire and BRPC will work together to determine whether bylaws should be created to address senior housing, apartment buildings, decreasing residential lot sizes and building setback, and residential cluster developments.  The overall goal is to implement the Master Plan in a way that addresses the needs of the community and in an environmentally-sustainable manner.  It's possible that some goals and not others will be implemented through new bylaws." Carol felt that a 10% survey return was not substantial.  Before there was no interest in senior housing in the past.  The grant had a 3-4 week turn around and had to be signed off. She noted that the Master Plan was a fantastic project.
Donna:  Was surprised that housing was the focus where information and the writing of a bylaw for marijuana should be where the assistance is needed.  How did it happened?  Definitely there was a lack of communication. “The town can use grant writers!”
Mark:  Questioned if the grant was restricted to housing.  Mr. Matuszko will contact the Executive Energy and Environment Affairs and get back to Mark. According to the Master Plan, housing was an emphasis.
Ed: Felt that the Master Plan was widely supported by those who responded and did not agree with Carol.  “It is an opportunity for money we don't have, Ed stated.”
Donna: People who move to Cheshire come for specific reasons and one being the tax rate.  With "housing" Cheshire will be just like a lot of towns.  The setbacks are for safety, there's a reason for them.

Ed: "Let's find a balance between homeowners and the town's interest.  Help the town to craft a bylaw to accommodate what they want."

Donna: "It is not on the top of the priority list right now.  What else could it cover?  Are there any other options?"

Mark: "Not much."

Ed: "This is what is available now."

Carol: "Obviously, better communication is needed."

Ed: "It is not a top priority but it's in the Master Plan."


Peter Traub:
Three (3) years ago, the zoning bylaws were updated according to State Code and in a year we were to go back for other possible updates.  ''

Before closing at 7:50PM, Mr. Matuszko updated the BOS on Green Communities and the need to review Stretch Code (780CMR 115.AA). Ed favored going forward to see if Cheshire is eligible for grants.  Also, Donna will be the go to person and then she will report to the BOS.
Ed:
- In regard to working with CTC for setting up a heating control system he wanted to advise the BOS that new controls would provide more accurate readings.
- Requested approval for him to work with EDM on a Scope of Services to work on the actual condition of the Cheshire School with an approximate cost of $10K.  Carol motioned to allow Ed to move forward with the project; 2nd Robert with a unanimous vote taken.
- Requested use of the school for basketball games. A decision to not allow other events in the building set precedent for future requests.  Unfortunately, at this time, the answer remains no.
- There will be a "Baby Town Meeting" on June 4th.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson: 
- Requested a warrant article for the Moderator to declare a 2/3's vote by voice.
- Submitted the Cheshire Annual Town Election for:
* One Selectmen for three year term
* One Assessor for three year term
* One Board of Health Member for three year term
* One Cemetery Commissioner for three year term
* One Water Commissioner for three year term
* One Tax Collector for tree year term
* One Town Clerk for three year term
* One Constable for one year term
* One Planning Board Member for five year term
* One Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee Member from Cheshire
* Two Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee Members from Adams

Nomination papers are available at the Town Clerk's Office.  Deadline to return nomination papers is Monday, March 19, 2018 by 5:00PM.  The Cheshire Annual Town Election is May 7, 2018 with Polls open from  9:00PM to 7:00PM.
- Shall Cheshire vote to accept the provisions of section six C of chapter forty of the General Laws, which authorize cities and towns to appropriate money for the removal of snow and ice from private ways therein open to public use.

Police Chief, Timothy Garner:  Submitted weekly report.
- Advised the BOS that he would like Cheshire to sponsor an individual to the Police Academy with no promise to hire.  There is no cost to the town.
- The Firemen's Ball is in the planning stage and he noted no meal will be served. It will take place on the Saturday after Easter or the next week.  It will be either the 7th or 14th of April at the school auditorium.  More information will be coming.


Rent Control Board Hearing:
- Wednesday, February 7, 2018 Eviction Hearing for 12 Application; Pine Valley Mobile Home Park.

Mail and Correspondence:
- Letter received from Chris and Michela Jura with their input about their experiences at C. T. Plunkett for their daughter.
- Email received from Mike Biro regarding his input as to his children's experiences and observations at C.T. Plunkett.
- Notice of Assignment of Interest in Solar Net Metering Credit Agreement dated October 13, 2015. Seller has assigned all of its right, title, and interest in and to the Agreement to its affiliate LSE Cetus LLC.

7:50PM
Carol motioned to go into Executive Session: “To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining or litigation if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining or litigating position of the public body and the chair so declares"; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.

Roll Call:  Robert S. Ciskowski, Yes; Carol A. Francesconi, Yes; and Ed St. John IV, Yes.

With all business finalized at 7:50PM, Carol motioned to go into Executive Session; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken. The BOS will not return to the 6:30PM open meeting.


Respectfully Submitted,

Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen’s Secretary

_______________________________________________________________
Robert S. Ciskowski, Chairman
Carol A. Francesconi, Clerk
Ed St. John IV, Superintendent of Buildings and Groundsv

January 16, 2018
6:30PM

In Attendance: Robert S. Ciskowski, Carol A. Francesconi, and Ed St. John IV
Absent:       
Press: iBerkshires

Carol motioned to accept the minutes as presented for January 9, 2018; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.

Cheshire Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane
- Submitted Weekly Activity Log for 1/10/18-1/16/18.
- The majority of the week consisted of snow removal, maintain snow removal equipment, and addressing emergency flash flooding needs.
- Robert commended the highway team for an excellent job of containing and cleaning an ice jam on Route 8 and washouts at other town locations.

Residents at 268 Wells Road and 270 East Harbor Road inquired about the status of the Ayotte case.  Due to the litigation, no discussion is permitted.  When public information is available, residents will be informed.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Mark reported that the Complete Streets committee has narrowed down possible projects to two (2) or three (3).  After their February 6, 2018 meeting at 4pm, Mark will be able to present the BOS with the final analysis and a recommendation on how to go forward.
- Mark attended the Monthly Town Manager’s Meeting and gathered pertinent information regarding new marijuana regulations and zoning issues.  This information was shared with the BOS for their review as well as Donna DeFino, CPB Chairman.
- Met with Kathy Stevens of the MASS Highway.  Blair is now familiar with the reimbursement process and will be working on outstanding past reimbursements.
- Mark’s RFEI was approved by the BOS with some additions.  Carol will email the committee members a final copy. This document will clarify if there are interested individuals regarding the reuse of the building.  Robert requested Mark to work with assessors on information presented on the assessor’s cards.  There appears to be a discrepancy on dates, acreage, and the concession stand. Robert suggested the school have an inspection which is similar to an advanced home inspection.  All agreed.  When the RFEI is public the return date will be Tuesday, February 27, 2018 and a walk through will take place on Tuesday February 13, 2018 at noon.

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission: Will Sikula
- After a discussion of clarification, the BOS signed a Designation of the Environmental Certifying Office.   Ed motioned to appoint Carol A. Francesconi to the Massachusetts Community Development Block Grant Program for 2018; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken. Additionally signed was a document addressed to Mark Southard, MA Department of Housing & Community Development pledging to appropriate $60K through town meeting warrant to supplement CDBG Housing Rehabilitation funds in the event that the grant is awarded.
- BRPC will advertise a Public Hearing for Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 7pm in the Cheshire Town Hall, second floor.
- Reported receiving correspondence from Superintendent Putnam regarding an article in the Berkshire Eagle about abuse cases at the high school in the 1970’s.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  No issues or concerns.
- Reported that Representative Neal’s Aide, Matt, will be holding hours Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 9:00am to 11:00am at the Cheshire Town Hall.

Police Chief, Timothy Garner:  Submitted weekly report.

Ed:
- Inquired if the BOS had any contributions, thoughts, suggestions for the Regional Agreement Committee. The committee will be meeting on Monday, January 29, 2018.  The meeting will discuss Section 4 which will explain how the towns will financially contribute to the school district. Ed stated, "Everyone needs to focus on improving the education of all of the children in the district instead of trying to reopen a school that would only take away funds from education."
- Carol: Inquired if Ed had received any input from Cheshire parents since the change has taken place.
- Ed: He had not.

Robert:
- Questioned the status of the plowing of private roads, 3-5 Selectmen, status of the Town Hall roof estimate; fire house roof; receiving information on the oil tanks at the Cheshire School. (Blair is researching the last item).

Mail and Correspondence:
- Received 12 Applications for Evictions from Pine Valley MHC LLC for residents living at Pine Valley Mobil Home Park, Cheshire, MA 01225. 

Carol:
- Motioned to have an Executive Session meeting on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at the end of the open meeting: “To conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with non-union personnel or to conduct collective bargaining sessions or contract negotiations with non-union personnel.” Seconded by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.

7:50PM
Carol motioned to go into Executive Session: “To discuss strategy with respect to collective brgaining or litigation if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining or litigating position of the public body and the chair so declares"; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.

Roll Call:  Robert S. Ciskowski, Yes; Carol A. Francesconi, Yes; and Ed St. John IV, Yes.

With all business finalized at 7:50PM, Carol motioned to go into Executive Session; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken. The BOS will not return to the 6:30PM open meeting.


Respectfully Submitted,

Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen’s Secretary

_______________________________________________________________
Robert S. Ciskowski, Chairman
Carol A. Francesconi, Clerk
Ed St. John IV, Superintendent of Buildings and Groundsv

Janaury 9, 2018
6:30PM

In Attendance: Robert S. Ciskowski, Carol A. Francesconi, and Ed St. John IV
Absent:       
Press: iBerkshires

Carol motioned to accept the minutes as presented for January 2, 2018; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.

Robert:
- Thanked iberkshires.com Reporter, Jack Guerino, for the coverage of the Hoosac Valley School heating issue and the early school dismissal notification.

Cheshire Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane: Absent

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Reported another boiler leak at the Cheshire Elementary School building.  Mark and the BOS recommended the need to hire an employee for checking the school on a daily basis.  Carol agreed with the hiring as the building has been without a designated individual for too long.  Although the highway department covered for summer maintenance, there needs to be one person responsible for the site.
Mark suggested either hiring a new person or configuring a highway employee for the position. Since the highway department is unionized he did not know how that could be worked out. Further discussion is needed.
- Mark reported that the town of New Marlborough wanted to join the Cheshire Housing Rehabilitation grant.  The concept is it would make the Cheshire grant stronger for competition.  Mark felt the state looks favorably upon regionalization applications.  The grant would increase from $800K to $1 million if fully awarded.  The Town of Cheshire would receive $800K and New Marlborough $200K. The board approved going forward.
- Mark submitted Blair’s Weekly Activity Log for 1/3/18-1/9/18 which included:
* Prepared for storm conditions.
* Clean up road from Monday storm.
* Clean and repair equipment
* Addressed the roads needs for three snow events over the past week.
- Updated the BOS on his meeting with the Advisory Board.  Items discussed included:  updating computers, website improvement, the possible hiring of a grant writer, and the future of the school.
- Mark submitted the revised RFEI to BOS members.  Discussion, after the BOS review the document, will take place on Tuesday, January 16, 2018.
- A Complete Streets meeting will take place on February 6, 2018.  The committee will report to the BOS after the February 6th meeting.
-Mark advised the BOS that Blair has placed sand at the town facility for residents to use.
- Read an Internal Revenue Service announcement that stated:  “Beginning on January 1, 2018, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickups or panel trucks will be 54.5 cents for every mile of business travel driven.  Carol motioned to approve the 54.5 cent mileage rate as of January 1, 2018; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.
- The cleaning of sidewalks will be discussed next week.

Carol:
- Motioned to have an Executive Session meeting on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at the end of the open meeting: “To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining or litigation if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining or litigating position of the public body and the chair so declares”; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.

One Day Liquor License issued to the Cheshire Rod and Gun Club; $50.00 paid.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  No issues or concerns.

Police Chief, Timothy Garner:  Submitted weekly report.
Chief Garner will be posting on the Cheshire Police website and the Town of Cheshire website a warning about the danger of residents plowing snow into the roads. 

Mail and Correspondence:

With all business finalized at 7:40PM, Carol motioned to close the meeting; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.

                 
Respectfully Submitted,

Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen’s Secretary

_______________________________________________________________
Robert S. Ciskowski, Chairman
Carol A. Francesconi, Clerk
Ed St. John IV, Superintendent of Buildings and Groundsv

January 2, 2018
6:30PM

In Attendance: Robert S. Ciskowski, Carol A. Francesconi, and Ed St. John IV
Absent:       
Press: iBerkshires

Carol motioned to accept the minutes as presented for December 26, 2017; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.

Cheshire Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane:
- Submitted Weekly Activity Log for 12/27/17-1/2/18.
- Continuing repairs and maintenance of snow removal equipment.
- Removed access snow around town; salt/sand as needed.
- Addressed snow removal 12/23/17 and 12/31/17.
- Checked roads and sanded as needed.
- Removed access snow around town and Wing backed snow banks.
- Cold temperatures and road conditions are wreaking havoc on equipments; especially the plows.
- Blair noted that the cold temperatures are saving on salt usage as salt does not work in sub zero temperatures.
- Monitoring and addressing the school furnace systems needs; 6K gallons oil delivered.
- Blair will be calling the Lenox DOR to schedule an appointment with Mark to review Cheshire’s Chapter 90 account.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Carol reviewed the RFEI; Mark will make some revisions and have the document ready for January 9, 2018.
- Discussed comments from restless resident who do not like the BIVI chip the town is using on gravel roads for snow storms.  The problem sited was that the chips stick in tires and shoes and scratch wood floors. Blair’s response sited the fact that it is the best solution at this time. This product saves money an reduces the use of salt.
- Mark reported that Free Cash was certified for $416,220.  Mark commended the staff for making this happen. Mark reminded the BOS that last year free cash was $626,000 that town will be receiving $168,000 to come from Chapter 90 projects. The money was not lost but out of cycle and will be received during 2018.
- Mark reported that the Tax Collector has a 95+% rate as the collection rate and there are no prior taxes outstanding.  “Again, the staff is doing an outstanding job.”
- Will update the BOS on the progress for securing a Veteran’s Agent on January 9, 2018.
- Distributed Budget Forms to all departments.
- Will be attending a Union meeting on January 9, 2018 with specific questions needing to be addressed.
- Will be discussing the TIPS sheet (Transportation Improvement Program) for 2022 with Blair.  It was noted that the Sand Mill Road Bridge will have allocated money to replace the recently repair bridge.

 
Town Administrator, Mark Webber: continued

- Mark said there would be $2.5 million in state and federal funds for the replacement.
- Showed photographs received from a resident on the condition of the Jenks Road; a dirt road.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  No issues or concerns.

Police Chief, Timothy Garner:  Submitted weekly report.

Mail and Correspondence:


With all business finalized at 7:40PM, Carol motioned to close the meeting; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.
                 
Respectfully Submitted,

Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen’s Secretary

_______________________________________________________________
Robert S. Ciskowski, Chairman
Carol A. Francesconi, Clerk
Ed St. John IV, Superintendent of Buildings and Groundsv

December 26, 2017
6:30PM
In Attendance: Robert S. Ciskowski, Carol A. Francesconi, and Ed St. John IV
Absent:       
Press:
Carol motioned to accept the minutes as presented for December 19, 2017; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.
Cheshire Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane:
- Submitted Weekly Activity Log for 12/20/17 – 12/26/17.
- Repair and maintain snow removal equipment.
- Truck #3 in for repairs – emissions issues.
- Truck #5 Dodge blew another hydraulic motor.
- Truck #10 International has a blown a water pump.  Working on a solution.
- Prep equipment for upcoming weekend snow.
- Blanks are in for the new loader.
- Truck #2 Ford F550 has a check engine light triggered during storm on Christmas.
- Snow removal.  Salting/sanding as needed.
- Checking on daily temperatures for schools advisories.
- Discussed the fuel usage at the school and it was decided that past school usage should be requested and going further records will be maintained for data.  Met for three (3) hours at the school to review the heating system and possible solutions for better efficiency.
Jeremiah Wojcik:
- Presented copies of documents requested to Mr. Wojcik. Mark advised Mr. Wojcik to contact the Mass Highway Department in Lenox for specifics regarding Chapter 90 expenditures.
Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Received a resident’s complaint regarding no sand at the town shed.
- Spoke with Superintendent, Dr. Putnam regarding the possibility of sharing services for a Co Superintendent between Adams-Cheshire and North Adams.  He stated that there was a grant available for the option. Further discussions will be taking place.
- ABCC Liquor Licenses have been data entered and are complete.
- Checking into options for a Veteran’s Benefit Agent for the Town of Cheshire.
- Mark advised the BOS that he and Blair are keeping updated on the Chapter 90 monies.
- Submitted invoice from BRPC.
- Becky is following up on health plan options. She noted that the figures on health cost savings under the new availability policy.  For the remainder of this fiscal year: $29,388.  If the rate does not change for the next fiscal year, the savings would be $58,776.
- Prepared Budget Sheets that will be distributed.  The due back date is February 20, 2018.
- Mark will be meeting with the Advisory Board on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
- Asked Blair to submit the invoice from BRPC for Complete Streets work to date.  Blair will then have to run this through the Chapter 90 reimbursement system with Kathy Stevens at District 1 in Lenox.  Additionally, Blair should review other outstanding project reimbursements.
- The next Highway Department/Union meeting will be January 9, 2018 at 9am.
- Requested Robert to sign the MOU for the BRPC (CDBG Housing Grant.)
- Advised Chief Garner that he is only required to provide copies of already produced documents and system generated reports for new software for public records.
Robert:  Discussed Christmas decoration issue at schools and recommendations for going forward with safety always at the forefront for children.
Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  No issues or concerns.
Police Chief, Timothy Garner:  Submitted weekly report.
Mail and Correspondence:
- Memorandum from MIIA seeking nominees for Directors of the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association, Inc. and the MIIA Property and Casualty Group.
- Letter addressed to HVES Families from Superintendent of Schools, Robert Putnam dated December 18, 2017 and a heating issue. 
With all business finalized at 8:00PM, Carol motioned to close the meeting; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.
                 
Respectfully Submitted,
Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen’s Secretary
_______________________________________________________________
Robert S. Ciskowski, Chairman
Carol A. Francesconi, Clerk
Ed St. John IV, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds