June 24, 2014
In Attendance: Carol A. Francesconi, Robert S. Ciskowski, and Paul F. Astorino
Press: Phil Demers
Bob read the meeting minutes of the June 17, 2014. Paul made a motion to accept the minutes as read; 2nd by Rob with a unanimous vote taken.
- Signed building permit for Zieminski property at 920 Sandmill Road (a site visit took place.) It was noted that the distance was sixty-four (64) feet from the high water mark.)
- Signed building permit for S. Griffin to remove and install a new pool liner.
- Noted request from the BRTA to trim a tree on School Street as a bus hit the branch and it has caused damage to the bus.
Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Working with NeoNet to solve computer issues.
- Noted that the Town Clerk’s computer files crashed.
- Requested prevailing wage rates from the State for three (3) projects; guardrail repairs on Windsor Road; paving project on Windsor and Wells Roads and; miscellaneous water main repairs for the water department.
- Reviewed and submitted forms for the annual renewal of the Town’s insurance: Officer’s Liability; police and fire accident; worker’s comp and property and casualty for Town vehicles and buildings. Rates will be unchanged from current year.
- Met with Lynne regarding Dufour/McCann transportation billing issue. Called and spoke with Superintendent James Brosnan. He stated that Dufour overbilled us and we should contact town counsel to seek a resolution. Checking with Lanesboro to see what their experience was with Dufour.
- Mike Biagini requested that the highway department employment contract be amended to include payment for required licenses, continuing education and medical tests not covered through normal insurance. He said to Mark that these items had been discussed with the Board. The amendment to the contract at the end which read under Continuing Education and Required Medical Tests”
Town Administrator, Mark Webber: continued
was submitted to the BOS for signage. The BOS discussed the amendment and did not feel it was appropriate. The amendment was tabled. After continued discussion, Carol made a motion to allow the amendment to read, “Town shall pay full cost of all continuing education, and medical tests (not covered through employee health insurance) necessary for the carrying out of normal Highway Department duties.” 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.
- Annual audit is forthcoming. Management report will be emailed by the end of this week. They will be forwarded to Becky as Standard and Poors is waiting on it in order to update the Town’s bond rating.
- No news from the AFG awards.
- Gave BRTA drug testing note to Carole H. Need to submit list of COA drivers for random testing.
- Heard from reporter, Shea Garner, regarding documentation related to the Pine Valley lawsuit.
- Reviewing the BRTA van renewal contract. Mark requested required certificates of insurance from MIIA. We have until July 31, 2014 to return the contract.
- On vacation. Three (3) hours away in case of an emergency.
- Reported that after July 1, 2014 computer backup will be in place. Mr. Scholz and Mr. Tremblay offered various options.
Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre:
- Everything is going along smoothly.
- Vacation schedule in place.
Resident, Richard E. Scholz, requested copies of all BOS minutes after April 1, 2014.
Owner, Cheshire Liquor Center, Mr. Petell:
Inquired if the Dollar General store submitted an application for a liquor license. Carol informed Mr. Petell that the BOS has received no application for a liquor license from Dollar General. Carol also stated that there is a church close to property in question and it would not be allowed due to the close proximity to a church property which is not be allowed according to the Alcoholic Beverage Commission rules.
Resident, John Tremblay, asked Mark if he had spoken to Bill Craig. Mark assured Mr. Tremblay that he is constant contact with Mr. Craig. (School budget.)
- Submitted a schedule of high school personnel salaries.
Carol read the June 24, 2014 Debt Exclusion vote outcome: “Shall the Town of Cheshire be allowed to exempt from the provisions of Proposition two and one-half, so called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to purchase a new model GVW 41,000 pounds dump truck and related equipment for use by the Cheshire Highway Department”?
Results: Yes 112 No 59 Blank 1
“Shall the Town of Cheshire be allowed to exempt from the provisions of Proposition two and one-half, so called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to purchase a new model year Pumper Vehicle for use by the Cheshire Fire Department:?
Results: Yes 102 No 69 Blank 1
Carol stated for both trucks it will cost 22 cents per thousand for taxpayers and it will be on the 2016 budget.
Mark stated that the fire truck will be paid off in five years and he is hopeful to be receiving a partial grant of possibly $50k.
Mr. William Moriarty of Notch Road:
- Wanted to discuss the possible building of a Dollar General Store in Cheshire.
Resident, Mrs. Maureen Riley-Moriarty of Notch Road:
Questioned if the meeting minutes were tape recorded and or videoed. Answer no.
Carol stated that the room is too small for video cameras and the BOS feels residents appreciate the fact that they can get all of their business done in one building and on one night. The Community Center was suggested.
Resident, Richard E. Scholz, Stafford Hill Road:
- Would like to see Old and New Business as part of the meeting minutes. He held up two years of copied BOS meeting minutes and stated, “I don’t know anything that’s going on with these.” Carol reminded Mr. Scholz, as in previous meetings, “The meeting is according Roberts Rule’s of Order, and the minutes have satisfied the Attorney General, lawsuits, and the court of law.” Any suggestions will be taken under advisement.
- Would like to see a Contact page on the website.
Mrs. Moriarty Riley-Moriarty:
Questioned the BOS on the information in the Berkshire Eagle and Mr. Pettel’s statements and why the Dollar General store was being pushed on the town. Mrs. Riley-Moriarty said she had spoken to Scott at The Berkshire Eagle and was glad to see present, a reporter, Phil Demars.
The Inn was taken for back taxes. No liquor license has been submitted, no building permit application has been received. The property has not been sold and until the property is sold nothing can be done. The DOT is doing a traffic study
Resident, John Tremblay, Church Street:
- Mr. Tremblay stated that, “ Peter Krutiak owns the property and if Gerry Garner is working with Dollar General, that information is public record and all should be able to view them – the plans.”
- “Does the Town know more than the townspeople?” Carol: “No.”
- John stated that, “We want to know what is happening.”
Resident, Business Owner, Mr. Petell:
- He said he read on iberkshires that construction was starting in September or August. Carol repeated that no application has been submitted.
Gerry Garner, Building Inspector was called to the meeting. He stated, “I have received no submittal from the Dollar General Store representatives.”
- He did speak with the representatives about the facade, a drainage detention base, and scrubs initially
with a Mr. Gage. He will not know about the plans until they are submitted to him.
- “Could they meet with the town?”
- Mr. Tremblay stated, “This is very frustrating.” He asked Gerry how the townspeople could meet with the developer.”
Gerry stated, “Contact Dollar General.”
Town Clerk, Christine Emerson: No issues or concerns.
Chief of Police, Timothy Garner: Submitted weekly report.
Mail and Correspondence:
- Time Warner.
- Carole H. will call Fred Jajko regarding the BRPC request for a designated representative for the Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership Advisory Committee.
With all business finalized, Carol made a motion to close the open meeting; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.
Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen Secretary
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Carol A. Francesconi, Chairman
Robert S. Ciskowski, Clerk
Paul F. Astorino, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds