November 8, 2016
In Attendance: Paul F. Astorino, Robert S. Ciskowski and, Carol A. Francesconi
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.
- 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.
- 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.
Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen’s Secretary
Paul F. Astorino, Chairman
Robert S. Ciskowski, Clerk
Carol A. Francesconi, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds