Selectmen's Weekly Minutes

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December 19, 2017
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 5th and December 12, 2017; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.
Resident, Barry Emery:
- Updated the BOS regarding events for the Town of Cheshire’s 225th Anniversary.  Alcohol will not be included on the March 10th first event; an Anniversary booklet will be offered one (1) per family either free or at a low cost.  The group is addressing businesses via letter for fundraising.  The Citizens Action Group is now a nonprofit and fundraising will be going into their account. A banner is being solicited from a soda company and the location will be later determined.  The next meeting will be on December 27th.
Robert:
- In reviewing recent electric bills, Robert suggested closer investigation into the school and shed statements.
7:00PM
BRPC‘s Community and Economic Development Program Manager, Patricia Mullins, updated the BOS on the status of reapplying for a housing rehabilitation block grant through the State Department of Housing and Community Development for the upgrades to twenty homes.  Ms. Mullins felt last year’s grant received strong comments in the final evaluation and believed since there were no longer funds toward construction, the submission would be stronger. She noted that the grant would also help handicapped or the elderly residents.
Robert:  Noted that many residents were disappointed in not being award last year and most likely there would be no issue with signing up residents for the grant.
Carol:
- The town approved $60k toward the program and that remains available.  Ms. Mullins stated that the pledge was no longer a part of the application process.  An administrative charge will be charged if the grant is awarded.  The BOS will study the proposal over the week and they understand approval will be needed by January 2, 2018.
Ms. Mullins:
- BRPC will start with the original list and will also attend local events such as ice fishing events to communicate with more residents.
- The BOS will act officially next week for signage- 12/26/17.
- Will Sikula, Planner, was also in attendance.
Cheshire Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane:
- Submitted Weekly Activity Log for 12/12/17-12/19/17.
- Repaired and maintaining snow removal equipment.
- Salt usage over the past two (2) weeks = 353 tons of salt.  BIVI Chip has also been used.
- BIVI Chip supply at Lane in Westfield is exhausted.  Blair is also checking at the West Stockbridge site.
- A new door and combination lock has been installed at garage.
- Truck #9 – 2003 international is running and the plow is repaired. It has 74K miles and 6K hours.
- Diesel fuel usage since May ’17 to date is 4,574 gallons.  A tracking system in place.
- Thinking of spring and the school grounds, Blair offered the option of installing a new engine for the cemetery Scag Mower at a cost of $1,650.  To be discussed in the future.
- Will review the Budget on 12/26/17.
- An Employee Performance Review – 2017 was reviewed and approved for usage.
Water Department, Francis Waterman:
- Suggested the town investigate an insurance plan he signed up for which was similar to the town’s he was on but much lower in cost. Mark will be checking in to alternatives.
Resident Peter Bator:
- Reported non-snow removal on Old Church Street.  Carol will speak with Blair to clarify that the section does get plowed by the town.
7:15PM  Attorney Breen:
- Attorney Breen had requested to be on the Agenda to discuss an issue for her client.  Building Inspector, Gerry Garner, was called and Ms. Breen and her client went to meet Mr. Garner in the Annex.
Follow up is needed.
Resident, Eileen Quinn:
- Thanked the BOS for their support regarding the Appalachian Trail group.  Rob noted the many positive comments on the internet.
Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Mark has scheduled a meeting with BRPC, the BOS, and the Cheshire Planning Board for 7:00pm
on January 23, 2018.
- Robert would like to see paperwork for the Highway Department employees vote for a union.
Additionally, he questioned why two (2) highway employees attend the union meetings.
- Will be coordinating with CTC of Adams to address the furnace heating controls at the Cheshire Elementary School as the existing controls they installed need to be modified.
- Received a call from SWCA, an environmental consulting company, inquiring about the permitting application process for a large scale solar facility just south of Adams line off of East Harbor Road.  Mark referred the inquiry to the Cheshire Planning Board.
- Continuing to work on the Request for Interest for the Cheshire School.
- A new website is available to retrieve all legal notices appearing in the past 12 months: https://www.masspublicnotices.org/.

Robert:
- Discussed a letter sent to parents of Hoosac Valley Elementary School families recently explaining broken pipes in the gymnasium and physical education classes.  The situation was repaired in a fast manner.
COA, Peter Traub:
- Reported that the COA’s would like to combine their Cheshire Chatter with the Adams newsletter.  This would require advertising, an agreement between the towns and a publishing house.  This agreement has to be signed by the BOS.
Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  No issues or concerns.
Police Chief, Timothy Garner:  Submitted weekly report.
Mail and Correspondence:

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
 

December 12, 2017
6:30PM
 
In Attendance: Robert S. Ciskowski (RC), Carol A. Francesconi (CF), and Ed St. John IV (ESJ)
Town Administrator Mark Webber (MW)
Absent:       
Press:

RC calls the regular meeting to order and notes that the December 5, 2017 meeting minutes will not be available until next week due to the Selectmen's    secretary being unable to attend tonight's meeting because of the bad weather. Accordingly, MW will be recording tonight's meeting minutes.
Other Business/Discussion/Action items:
- RC notes that the Town's cemeteries are closed to burials for the winter season.
- Board discusses request from Attorney Breen to attend next week's meeting to discuss potential litigation regarding another Town Board. Hesitant to get involved in a discussion that could involve pending litigation, Board agrees that ESJ will contact Attorney Breen to inform of the Board's position.
- Board discusses resident Eileen Quinn's efforts to promote the Town an Appalachian Trail friendly community and approves a letter in support of the Town's nomination. Board thanks Eileen for her efforts.
- Town Clerk Christine Emerson informs the Board that she has contacted General Code and will be receiving a quote from the company to compile and codify the Town's bylaws.
- Board has a general discussion regarding Federal flood zone maps and few the updates which impact Cheshire. It is noted that the maps are largely unchanged from the 1972 version.
- Highway Superintendent Blair Crane is working the snow event and will not be attending tonight's meeting until, perhaps, later in the evening.
- MW gives his weekly report as follows:
                 
Note received from ACRSD Superintendent Robert Putnam. He has announced his resignation as school superintendant, effective the end of June 2018.
Note from Michelle Whitney seeking answers to a number of questions regarding the Cheshire School and the District. ESJ will respond.
This morning's Highway Union negotiations were cancelled by the union representative due to personal conflicts. We will meet next again after the new year on a date yet to be determined.
Discussed latest round of DLTA grant application from BRPC. Typically, this is referred to the Planning Board for technical assistance. But, I spoke to Tom Matuszko at BRPC and the Town was just awarded a significant planning assistance grant under another program to assist the Planning Board in addressing zoning bylaws.  A suggested use for this DLTA round would be to get assistance in charting out re-use or shared use of the  Cheshire School. BRPC will be drafting a comprehensive recreational marijuana zoning  bylaw for all the area towns to use, so that is being addressed on its own. Although I'm continuing to plug away on a RFEI for the Cheshire School, some technical assistance on that would be welcome.
The town was approved for a $14,000 Planning Assistance state grant.
I've been speaking with the Lanesborough town administrator and he hopes to have an update on a shared Veteran's Agent by the end of this week. Spoke again with Dalton TM. It seems that we are now waiting for a proposal from N. Adams to join in with them. So, it would cover us, Dalton and Lanesborough.
Received a note from Erika at Cheshire Elementary and the boiler in the old section shut down. The temps went down to 48. The custodian re-fired it but she's concerned that it might go out again. Not sure if Blair has had a chance to discuss new or adjusted controls with CTC of Adams to better regulate the heat.
Lynne is close to submitting free cash calculations to DOR for approval. 
Spoke with Mr. Clairmont today and we discussed his on-going issues with the Fence Viewers and their reluctance to engage him in further meetings. I reiterated the Board's position that there's nothing more that the Board is able to do for him. He may seek legal advice on what steps to take next, specifically with the Fence Viewers.
 
BRPC would like to be placed on the December 19th agenda to get final signatures for the CDBG housing grant application. They will be attending the training session next week which will advise whether or not a local share or match will be required.
See Cheshire Lake Use permit for Berkshire Geobash scheduled for February 10th from 6-9PM.
CF voices her concern with the announcement of the State planning assistance grant. The grant provides technical assistance from Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) to help the Town's Planning Board amend existing zoning bylaws to advance sustainable development and implement goals laid out in the recently adopted Master Plan, including: address senior housing; increase number of multi-family housing units; increase housing density via smaller lot size requirements and; preserve open space. Board has a general discussion about the unintended and unanticipated consequences of these types of zoning changes and would like to hear more from BRPC and the Town's Planning Board before committing to going forward. A joint meeting will be set up among the Selectmen, Planning Board and BRPC soon after the holidays.
7:35 PM
CF makes a motion to enter into executive session per MGL Ch. 30A, Section 21(a) (3) "to discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining" and not to return to open meeting session upon completion of the executive session. RC seconds the motion. Voice vote taken: ESJ, aye; RC, aye; CF, aye.

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

December 5, 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 November 28, 2017; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.
Cheshire Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane:
- Submitted Weekly Activity Log for 11/29/17-12/05/17.
- Pot hole patching and roadside mowing.
- Cleaned drainage culverts and catch basins. 
- Testing radio repeater system.
- Installed some of the Limited Salt Use signs.
- Truck #5 serviced.
- Truck #10 has new plates and all systems are operating normally. 
- Repaired equipment in garage.
Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Cheshire residents have received an opt-out notification from Colonial Power on the town's community aggregation electric program.
- Mark created an email for the Cheshire Advisory Board.  The CAB would like the availability of posting their minutes and agendas on the website.  This information can be submitted to the Town Clerk who will in turn submit the announcement to IT. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
- Eric Ford of DER requested a formal vote from the BOS whether to continue or not on the Kitchen Brook dam removal project so that they can move forward one way or another.
- Met with Highway Union representative and two (2) highway employees this morning.  The group is scheduled to meet again next week at 8:30am.  Mark submitted a Memorandum with related notes on today's discussions.
- Mark noted a link for accessing FEMA flood maps and corresponding flood insurance rate maps.
- Submitted final copy of Town Facilities Request Form.
- Received a quarterly PEG fee check from Time Warner/Charter for: $2,333.
- Request received from ISO to hold meetings with the Fire Chief or an Assistant Chief and the Water Superintendent on January 8, 2018 to review records, procedures, hydrants, etc. for the purpose of updating the Town's ISO rating.  This is an important process in order to maintain, or perhaps, reduce homeowner's insurance premiums, based on the Town's scoring.
- Continuing to work on the RFEI for the Cheshire School.
- Will be meeting with Blair regarding the review of Chapter 90.
Resident, Peter Traub:
- Commented on the great turnout for the Christmas Tree Lighting event last Sunday.
Resident, Fred Jayko:
- Questioned if further action was taken regarding trash at the high school.  Carol reassured Mr. Jayko that the Chief checked the trash bag and was unable to secure any identification.
Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  No issues or concerns.
Police Chief, Timothy Garner:  Submitted weekly report.
Jeremiah Wojcik:
- Inquired about the process for running for Selectmen.
- Mr. Wojick also submitted a written request for information concerning a town employee.  The document will be submitted to legal counsel first, as many of the questions may not be public information.  Town Clerk will follow through on the request according to the Open Meeting rules.
Workshop:
Robert:
- Questioned Blair on the need for a town highway pickup truck.  All BOS members feel a pickup truck would be  more appropriate than Blair using his own vehicle.  A one (1) ton and 3/4 ton could also plow around town as a backup.  This item will be considered.
- Robert also asked Chris about record storage.  Further investigation is needed.
- Regarding the school and the school account.  Can money be carried forward without a specific purpose and not put back into the general fund?  Mark answered, "Yes."
Ed:
- Noted that the computer system at the school is antiquated and it is time to update and to consider using a smart phone for operating the heating system.  One (1) room is not able to get up to temperature and that throws the system off. 
Robert:
- Voiced putting more money in the highway or school account to cover the needs of the crew to get school maintenance completed.
Ed:
- A program needs to be devised and this is an opportunity to budget and not budget short.
Carol:
- Would like a bylaw change to the Advisory Board to a Finance Board with the responsibilities staying the same.
- Motioned to have an Executive Session on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 7pm Cheshire Town Hall to: "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." Ed 2nd the motion with a unanimous vote taken.
Ed: 
- Would like to review the Town Charter and bring all by laws up to date.  This is an arduous project but one that is needed.
 
Mail and Correspondence:
With all business finalized at 7:50PM, 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
 

November 28, 2017
6:30PM
In Attendance: Carol A. Francesconi, and Ed St. John IV
Absent: Robert S. Ciskowski  
Press: iBerkshires
                  
Carol motioned to accept the minutes as presented for November 21, 2017; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.
Cheshire Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane:
- Submitted Weekly Activity Log for 11/22/17-11/28/17.
- Picked up two (2) tons of cold patch asphalt.
- Gables and Lemanski culverts have been inspected and are functional.
- Competed roadside mowing – Harbor Road
- Submitted Bridge Inventory Spreadsheet.
Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Highway Union negotiations postponed; negotiator called and reported that she hit a deer on the way.  Next meeting is schedules for Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 9am.
- Spoke with Dalton Town Manager regarding the resignation of our Veteran’s Agent replacement.  Mark is investigating other possible options for utilizing mutual town services.
- National Grid covered wires and installed a new pole in town today.
- Received a telephone call from MEMA regarding unclaimed funds in the amount of $1,000 owed from a 2008 ice storm.  Paperwork has been submitted.
- Generated a facilities use form and policies for use of Cheshire School and the Community Center.  This packet will be merged with the application form Ed St. John IV had submitted.
- Working on a RFEI draft for Cheshire School.
- Received a statement from BayState Elevator for the previously discussed de-commissioning of the Cheshire School chair life for $2,087.  Mark will be discussing this issue with the ACRSD business manager and the Superintendent.
- Called and left a telephone message for Ed Clairmont regarding last week’s fence discussion.
- Working on boiler and heat issues at the school with Erika.
- Will be meeting with Blair to review Chapter 90 monies
BRPC Representative submitted initial paperwork to go forward with a grant for Community Development Strategy. Ed moved to sign the document and go forward with the grant process; 2nd by Carol with a unanimous vote taken.
Resident, Fred Jayko:
- Voiced concern over trash not being picked up at the high school.  Carol said they would discuss the concern and have the Cheshire Police Department check it out to see if there were any names or addresses to follow up on.
Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  No issues or concerns.
Police Chief, Timothy Garner:  Submitted weekly report.
ABCC Liquor Licenses and Common Victualler’s Licenses were signed on 11/21/17.
Mail and Correspondence:

With all business finalized at 7:50PM, 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
 

November 14, 2017
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 November 7, 2017; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.
- Robert reported on his and E. R. Scholz's (Advisory Board Member) attendance at the first "Community Paradigm Working Group" with Adams representatives under guidance mediator, Bernie Lynch of Community Paradigm Inc.
- Robert felt it was a productive meeting and a forum for both towns to voice their opinions on the past years events that include the process for closing of the Cheshire Elementary School and the general lack of communication.  Robert recommended that all Cheshire Selectmen attend the next meeting on December 5, 2017 at 5pm at the Conference Room at Hoosac High School.  Coming away from the meeting Robert was enthusiastic about working together to eliminate any animosity and to work towards common goals for the betterment of both towns.  He also said the sharing of services between the towns might be an option in the future. 
Cheshire Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane:
- Submitted Weekly Activity Log for 11/8/17 - 11/14/17.
- Updated the BOS on the status of repairs to the Windsor Road wash out.  He discussed the steps taken to place boulders, the pumping of floatable fill in between the rocks to create a massive slab which should change the pitch of the road to prevent similar washouts in the future.  Blair said it was 18 to 19 days from start to finish. 
- Working with NationalGrid regarding LED street lights.
- The BOS recommended one of the highway employees be partially responsible for the school at least through the first winter.  A rhythmic schedule will be designed.  Blair will delegate the assignment.
- Roadside mowing, pot hole patching, removed town docks, tree down on Greylock Road.
- Extended and cleaned out Windsor Road culvert above landslide area.
- Attended StreetScan tutorial session last week.
- Attended Mass Highway Association meeting today, November 14, 2017.
- Pothole repairs on Lanesborough Road, Shadowland Cove, Outlook, and Railroad Street.
Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Complete Streets committee will meet at 1pm on November 21, 2017.
- Mark visited Windsor Road and reported the damage to MEMA.
- Cheshire School oil tank was topped off at 5600 gallons.  The 10 thousand gallon tank will be topped of by the end of the week.  Normal classroom temperatures had used in the past, 28 thousand gallons.
- Blair will schedule a meeting with school personnel to review the general maintenance of the building.
Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Mark called West Oil and was notified that there was no lock in price.  Normally, it is the daily price plus delivery.  As of today, it was $2.14 plus delivery. This amount is subject to weekly change.
- Checking with school personnel regarding Cheshire having an individual perform light duty work at the school.
- IT person cleaned up email accounts in an effort to stop receiving account overage messages and billings.
- Prepared a Town Budget spreadsheet for Fiscal Year 2018.  The BOS have scheduled a Budget Workshop for December 5, 2017. 
- Continuing to work on a basic RFP for the Re-use of Cheshire School Committee.  The draft should be completed by Tuesday, November 21, 2017.
Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  No issues or concerns.
Police Chief, Timothy Garner:  Submitted weekly report.
- Introduced a possibly new candidate for the Cheshire Police Department. 
Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, Will Sikula:
- Reviewed the process Cheshire followed in last year's grant for a DHCD grant and the changes for the Community Development Strategy (CDS) for FY18.  Will has edited the past grant and Mark will review and submit it to the BOS for approval and re-submittal of the application.  A Public Hearing will take place on February 1st with the deadline for submission being March 2nd. Will asked the BOS to reactivate the original CDS committee for input.  A Memorandum of Understanding will be discussed in December. 
7:15PM
School Re-Use Committee:
Carol reported that the committee is waiting for an RFP from Mark to seek possible options for use that have not been considered to date.  At some point, if a change of use may happen, it is possible that a variance may be needed for a sprinkler system or handicapped accessibility.  She reported that the lift may be repaired as there is a company still operating and they still make them.  This could save several  thousands of dollars for the town.  This project is on hold until a plan is in place.
Mail and Correspondence:
- Email sent to Ed from Eileen Quinn requesting a letter be sent to The Appalachian Trail Conservancy indicating Cheshire wants to partner with the Appalachian Trail Community Advisory Committee for designation as an Appalachian Trail Community.  A letter was created and mailed.
- Letter from Joyce Fletcher seeking assistance in a land dispute.
- Berkshire Regional Planning Commission; "What's Happening in Berkshire Communities" dinner at Mazzeo's, 1015 South Street, Pittsfield on Thursday, November 30, 2017.  Cost is $30.00 and and they will have a Social Hour from 5:30pm-6:30pm with dinner and the presentation from 6:30pm - 8:30pm.Registration required at:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fifth-thursday-dinner-tickets-39525261120.
Nelson Aubin of 240 Wells Road and Cindy DiCenzo of 220 Wells Road voiced concerns with a neighbor's  digging of a trench/pit and the placement of a pipe which has caused diversion of land which causes silt to be on the Aubin property.  Carol and Blair will visit the site.  The BOS suggested hiring a lawyer to resolve the issue or to notify the Department of Environmental Protection.
 
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
 

November 7, 2017
6:30PM

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

Carol motioned to accept the minutes as presented for October 31, 2017; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.

Cheshire Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane:
- Discussion continued regarding the repairs of Windsor Road and the timeframe for completion.  Fallen trees will be cleaned out of the water and the catch basin above the site will be cleaned.  Blair will be researching the permit for a nearby driveway.
- F550 in service.
- The storage container has arrived and is in use.
- Patching.  The asphalt company will be open until December 1, 2017.
- Discussed overtime policy.
- Miscellaneous equipment maintenance.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Submitted a Average Single Family Home tax bill spreadsheet for the thirty two towns in Berkshire County.  He noted that Cheshire was the eight (8) lowest on the list and had an average home value of $205,610.
- Next meeting with the Highway Union and representative has been scheduled for Tuesday, November 28th.
- Pat Mullin from BRPC asked to be placed on the November 17, 2017 BOS Agenda to discuss the next round of CDBG funding and to re-submit our Housing Assistance grant that we did not receive last year.
- Submitted ABCC license renewals to Carole H.
- J & J Lock will be here next Wednesday to inspect locks at town facilities.
- Attended a FEMA/MEMA workshop for a new format for MEMA/FEMA declared emergency reporting and reimbursement program.
- Mark will be completing a preliminary damage assessment for MEMA.  Funding will be dependent on State wide damage cost totals but the Berkshire County threshold is relatively low.
- Completed minor edits to the Highway Employee Job Description. Carol motioned to accept the Cheshire Highway Department Employee Job Description; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.
- Researched RFP's from three different communities seeking proposals on town owned school building  re-use. Carol felt this was a good direction to go in an effort to seek more opportunities.

Robert:
- Requested Blair to sit in on this evening’s Executive Session.


Carol:
- After reviewing the estimate received for roof repairs to the Cheshire Fire House, she motioned to approve the sum of $7,500; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.
- A Memorandum will be written to the Cheshire Advisory Board requesting the sum for unanticipated need; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken. Ed will contact DJ Wooliver & Sons, Inc.

Town Resident, Scott Clish:
- While observing the meeting, Mr. Clish voiced his opinion on the need for a safe place for the fire house.  He noted that, "Cheshire is a great place to live and he appreciates all of the volunteers and how they give selflessly of their time for us."

Ed:
- Suggested the tightening up of the Agenda in upcoming weeks.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  No issues or concerns.

Police Chief, Timothy Garner:  Submitted weekly report.

Mail and Correspondence:
- COA meeting minutes for October 18, 2017 by Mal Gwozdz.

Cheshire Advisory Board:  John Tremblay, E. R. Scholz, and Jeremy McClain
- Met with the BOS to review the Memorandum for $7,500 to repair a section of the fire house roof.
- After careful consideration, the area being repaired and the area needed to be repaired for $14,800, the Advisory Board recommended the BOS complete the repairs for the $14,800 amount. 
- Carol rescinded her original motion for the $7,500 and changed it to a motion for unanticipated repairs of the roof of the fire house for $14,800.
- Jeremy said, “Typically there is a five (5) year guarantee on the work and fifteen years on the materials.” Thus the reason for being prudent in their decision.

With all business finalized, Carol motioned to go into Executive Session to:  "To discuss the reputation, character, physical condition or mental health, rather than professional competence, of an individual, or discuss the discipline or dismissal of, or complaints or charges against, a public officer, employee, staff member or individual"; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken. 7:30pm. The BOS will not return to the 6:30PM Open Meeting. Roll Call:  Robert S. Ciskowski, Yes; Carol A. Francesconi, Yes; Ed St. John, IV, Yes.


 
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