Selectmen's Weekly Minutes

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June 7, 2016
6:30PM

In Attendance: Robert S. Ciskowski, and Carol A. Francesconi
Absent:    Paul F. Astorino   
Press: iBerkshires and The Courier
       
Robert read the Board of Selectmen meeting minutes for Tuesday, May 31, 2016; Carol accepted as presented; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken. 

Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre: 
- Peter reported no news on the Sand Mill Road Bridge.
- Telephone message given to Peter regarding a resident, Carol Walsh, of Shadowland Cove and drainage concerns.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Mark requested Peter to attend a storm/drain meeting at the BRPC for the working group NPDES on the 16th or 22nd of June.
- Mark will be off on Tuesday, June 14, 2016.
- Checking into who was cutting trees next to or on the riverbank by the Cheshire Liquor Store.
- Bay State Elevator conducted their annual inspection.
- Per the request of the Northern Berkshire Solid Waste, Mark distributed the Town’s buy recycled goods policy for the purpose of satisfying the DEP and receiving a $1,800 grand for the Board of Health.
- Amended the Outreach Worker job description per BOS.  The advertisement has been placed in The Berkshire Eagle and the new application due date is June 28th at 7:00pm.
- Notice received that the Complete Streets policy was approved by MA DOT with a score of 98.  The next step is to submit an application for technical assistance to develop a prioritization plan.  Up to $50K is available for this assistance.  Mark has contacted Kathy Stevens at MA DOT District 1 and Tom M. at BRPC.
- Began work on the Request for Proposals for the Kitchen Brook dam removal under the Division of Ecological Restoration dam removal program.
- Met with electrical contractor for Bushika solar project.  They are finished and will be looking for a final inspection Electrical Inspector tomorrow.  The outstanding items are:  NGrid interconnection permit and approval and reconciliation of the decommission bond.
- Request received from a resident on Stafford Hill Road asking if a “SLOW children sign” could be placed in the neighborhood.  Peter will check out the request.
- Mark will research the Cheshire website and report back to the BOS as far as updating the service.

Robert:
- Acting as the BOS Chairman in Paul’s absence, Robert read a Letter of Resignation dated June 6, 2016 from Daniel L. Speth from the Cheshire Planning Board and as the Cheshire Planning Board Chairman.  Carol accepted the letter with regret and understanding of his health concerns; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote was taken.


Carol:
- Requested a Letter of Appreciation be sent to the Adams American Legion 160 for their firing squad participation at the Cheshire Memorial Day Parade.

An anonymous letter received regarding possible wetlands disturbance at 504 Lanesboro Road.  The concern was checked into and no infraction was found.

Police Chief Garner:   Submitted weekly report.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson: No issues or concerns.

Mail and Correspondence:
- Eviction paperwork received for a renter at Pine Valley Mobile Home Park by Krauss and Hummell.
- Berkshire Taconic Foundation 2015 Report.
- Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District request for a Commissioner appointment.  Rick Salvi was appointed to this post and a letter was written to confirm the action.

With all business finalized, Carol motioned to close the meeting at 8:15pm; 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

May 31, 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, May 24, 2016; Carol accepted as presented; 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken. 

Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre: 
- Site visit to 700 Outlook Avenue – on hold.
- Will be researching specs for a new truck.

Paul:
- Formal written complaint received regarding the water shut off of an elderly resident.  Paul will be checking into the policy and the notification process in place.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Reviewed each article on the Warrant for the June 13, 2016 Annual Town Meeting. The BOS signed the Warrant.
- Mark noted that the Cheshire Advisory Board will make a statement at the meeting.
- Town of Cheshire employees received a 2.5% increase in pay.
- Received an email from the Town’s engineer for the Sand Mill Road Bridge project.  Requests for additional information have been sent to the State’s bridge division.  This is the 2nd round of questions and follow up answers.  Mark has received no timeline for approval, final engineering, bidding, or construction.
- Received RFR from the Division of Ecological Restoration for Kitchen Brook Dam removal project funding application.  Applications are due by June 21st. 
- Completed the portal for the Complete Streets program and submitted the Town’s Complete Streets policy for agency review.  Mark is waiting for any associated comments and what the Town of Cheshire’s score will be.
- Adams seeking comments on their grant submission to Community Compact for ACRSD operations and review study before it is submitted.
- Will be checking to see the availability for taking credit cards for other department such as the B.O.H.

Police Chief Garner: Submitted weekly report.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:
- Warrant signed.

One Day Liquor Licenses issued for the Cheshire Road and Gun Club; $200.00.

Carol:
- Noted that in the BOS May 24th minutes there was an error on the date employment applications were due to return. The date should have been June 21, 2016.

7:00PM CCC Hearing: Ken and Sue Egnaczak, 1490 North State Road, Cheshire, MA.
Carol opened the Hearing by reading the Legal Notice in The Berkshire Eagle.  Carol read an email received from DEP, Mark Stinson in regard to the project.  The email included several concerns to be addressed.
The BOS will make a site visit by June 14, 2016.  A motion to continue the Hearing was made by Carol for June 14, 2016 at 7pm; 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.

Mail and Correspondence:
- Berkshire Gas Company, partial service replacement at 94 Richmond Street.  BOS approved.
- Forest Cutting Plan for owner, Nick Mirke.  Project site:  Windsor Road, Cheshire, MA.

With all business finalized, Paul motioned to close the meeting at 7:45pm; 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


May 24, 2016
6:30PM

In Attendance: Paul F. Astorino, Robert S. Ciskowski, and Carol A. Francesconi 
Press: iBerkshires and The Courier
       
Robert read the Board of Selectmen meeting minutes for Tuesday, May 17, 2016; Carol accepted as presented; 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken. 

Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre: 
- Ready for Memorial Day Parade.
- Discussed meeting at 700 Outlook Avenue.
- Discussed the purchase of a new 4 Wheel/Sander/Dump Truck.  Cost will be approximately $125K.  The process for purchasing is in place and the Special Debt Exclusion Vote will take place on:  Monday, July 11th from 9am to 7pm.
- Reminder:  Annual Town Meeting:  Monday June 13, 2016 at the Cheshire Elementary School @ 7pm.

Carol:
- Reported that the sign installation for Leland Park will take place on June 10th.  The time to be announced.
- Garden Club requested some bushes removed by Peter.  Peter will call as many of the bushes were just planted last year and are Rose of Sharon which are late bloomers.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Submitted final version of FY 2017 budget.  Per discussion with the Advisory Board, put in 2.5% increase for BOH elected members, 2.5% for transfer station attendant, level funded accountant and Building Inspector.  The Budget is approximately $15K under the levy limit as presented.
- Will have the BOS sign the Annual Town Meeting warrant next Tuesday, May 31, 2016.
- Need to discuss warrant article for a new highway truck.  It would be a debt authorization article with no corresponding debt appropriation until FY 18.
- In communication with Kirt Mayland regarding the approval of a standard Town Bond request form that would satisfy the Cheshire Planning Board members.
- Submitted an amended Town of Cheshire Worker’s Compensation policy to include carry forward of unable to utilize vacation time for next year only.
- Upcoming Hoisting License training sessions sponsored by MIIA given to Peter.
- Requested Peter to make a meeting date with Melissa from BRPC for NPDES review and discussion.
- Working with Complete Streets personnel regarding activating the Town of Cheshire account.

Peter Traub:
- Reviewed and edited the COA Outreach Worker Job Description.  Reply will be by:  July 21, 2016.
- Carol requested that all towns involved get together and create an agreeable hourly schedule.

Resident, E. Clairmont:
- Requested an update on his fence issue.  Reported that his cattle got out.  Carol hoped to have an answer in approximately two weeks.

Police Chief Garner: Submitted weekly report.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:
- Submitted five articles for the Warrant.
- Carol motioned to close the Warrant as it stands which includes the truck and police car; 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.

Carol:  Outlook Avenue site visit:  Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 5:30pm.

CV License: $50.00 for Timbo’s Burgers and Fries issued.

Rick Gurney and Francis Waterman: Cheshire Water Department
- Discussed the $55K not expended – it will be a line item.  Discussed the benefits and disadvantages of paying the loan off early.

Mail and Correspondence:
- Berkshire Taconic Foundation: Maeve O’Dea re: Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County outreach program.
- COA meeting minutes dated 6/18/16.
- Tennessee Gas Pipeline letter: Withdrawal of Application.
   
With all business finalized, Paul motioned to close the meeting at 8:00pm; 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

May 17, 2016
6:30PM

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

       
Robert read the Board of Selectmen meeting minutes for Tuesday, May 10, 2016; Paul accepted as presented; 2nd by Carol with a unanimous vote taken. 

Cheshire Planning Board Chairman, Daniel Speth:
- Attempting to address the Special Permit Condition for the Kirt Mayland Solar Array project on Route 8,
Dan advised the BOS that there is a condition for a surety bond required.  He felt there may be the need of a third party to resolve the need for a Surety Bond.  Dan suggested that Mayland attend the Cheshire Planning Board Meeting scheduled for Monday, May 23rd.  Lodestar Energy will be placed on the Agenda for 8pm.

Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre: 
- Requested a site visit at 700 Outlook Avenue. A site visit will be scheduled on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Requested the BOS to review the Job Description for the COA Outreach Worker as furnished by Peter Traub.  Rate of pay is $10/hr. which should be included in the advertisement.
- Attempting to update information on the AFG website regarding the Town’s 2015 grant application.
- Water meter installed today in the Annex bathroom.
- Showed a letter from Lodestar Energy (Kirt Mayland, former owner) seeking an amendment to the Special Permit based on experience at another site in Ashland.
- Becky reported that our Veteran’s Agent is doing very nicely with reporting and reimbursements coming in from the State each quarter.
- Worked on setting up email addresses for the Cheshire Police Department officers.
- Worked on FY 17 budget with Bill Craig.  Ideally, the budgets will be finalized by the end of this week for review and approved by the BOS on May 24, 2016.  Once approved the budget can be published and posted.

7:00 Paul 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 governent’s bargaining or litigating position.  Also, to conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with non-union personnel; to actually conduct collective bargaining and contract negotiations with non-union personnel.”
Paul F. Astorino, Yes; Robert S. Ciskowski, Yes; and Carol A. Francesconi, Yes.
7:05 Paul reopened the 6:30 Open Meeting.
Paul F. Astorino, Yes; Robert S. Ciskowski, Yes; and Carol A. Francesconi, Yes.


7:05pm
The BOS attended a Department Heads, Advisory, BOS meeting to discuss budgets.
The BOS returned at 8:40PM.

Carol:
- Reported that she attended the Commonwealth Compact Community Incentives Grant presentation in the City of Pittsfield City Hall. Cheshire’s grant will be for $15K.  In Carol’s speech she thanked Lt. Governor Karyn Polito for this inclusion.
- Carol requested Carole H. to write a letter to the State Highway Department in support of installing guard rails at 137 South Street.  There have been several accidents at the site and most recently a bus barely missed the home by inches.
- Carole H. will contact Attorney Jeff Grandchamp to review his availability regarding fence viewer issues.
- A Memorandum to be written to Becky Herzog advising of the mileage rate being 54 cents/per mile.

Paul:
- Scheduled a Determination of Applicability for Ken and Sue Egnaczak for May 31, 2016 at 7pm.
(1490 North State Road.)

Police Chief Garner:   Submitted weekly report.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson: No issues or concerns.

Mail and Correspondence:
- Compliance letter from the DEP 5-12-16 for Steve LaFogg property
   
With all business finalized, Paul motioned to close the meeting at 9:00pm; 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

May 10, 2016
6:30PM

In Attendance: Paul F. Astorino,  Robert S. Ciskowski, and Carol A. Francesconi   
Press: iBerkshires and The Courier
       
Paul read the Board of Selectmen meeting minutes for Tuesday, May 3, 2016; Paul accepted with amendments; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken. 

Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre: 
- Recommended a full board viewing of 700 Outlook Avenue - erosion problem. Site visit will take place on 5:45pm, Tuesday, May 17, 2016.
- Sweeping took place this week in town.
- The Cheshire Garden Club will be responsible for the flowers/plantings at the Cheshire Community Center.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Mark advised the BOS that a previously imposed fine of $2,800 for failure to have the Town Hall elevator inspected in a timely manner, has been reduced to $700.

- Met with employee this morning to discuss options for carrying forward accrued vacation time unable to  use.  Mark requested an Executive Session to discuss the issue.  Paul scheduled an Executive Session for Tuesday, May 17, 2016 @ 7:00pm. “To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining or litigation if an open meeting may be detrimental effect on the government’s bargaining or litigating position.  Also, to conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with non-union personnel; to actually conduct collective bargaining and contract negotiations with non-union personnel.”

- The new Water Department truck is now registered and is being fitted with a radio and lettering.

- Spoke with Nick Wildman regarding Kitchen Brook Dam removal project.  Wildman said the formal project application will be out in a month and it should be fairly easy to complete. Requested HOORA to be a partner participant.  Wildman also suggested that in-kind services from our Highway Department similar to previous dam removal projects would be looked upon favorably by the State.

- Met with Bill Weigle/Peter/and Carol to discuss available surplus equipment and how to access it.  Mark recommended checking availability on an ongoing basis and review anything of interest with Peter and the BOS.  Spoke with an electrician to trouble shoot surplus generator that Peter got going but is not producing appropriate voltage.

- Spoke with Adam Beal, the current operator of the Bushika solar facility. He is attempting to meet the surety bond condition on the Special Permit that required the applicant to post a bond ($22,150) to protect the town for future removal of equipment.  Beal is having difficulties in finding an insurance company to write a bond because this is an unusual request which typically is reserved for cell towers. Mr. Beal offered a letter from his engineer for a similar project with estimates of removal for a 2.8 mW site is $78K.  (Cheshire site is .5 mW). They agreed on a $10K cash surety bond to cover any unanticipated issues.  This was used in the Town of Ashland. An agreement could be presented to the Planning Board for action.  If agreeable, it would be an amendment to the Special Permit.  The construction will be completed in the next few weeks and is expected to be on line within 60 days, providing they get their Ngrid interconnection permit in a timely fashion.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:

- Spoke with Kirt Mayland about offering a $34K worth of net metering credits to the ACRSD.  Seeking results, Mark suggested contacting the head of the school committee directly.

- FY 17 Budget review.

- Reviewed with the BOS line by line items for the FY17 budget, to date.  Changes were suggested and the BOS members will review individually their recommendations and offer them on Tuesday, May 17th when The budget will be again reviewed and discussed with the heads of each department.

Carol:
- Reported that Town Counsel is the attorney regarding a fence viewing issue. The BOS is considering  Jeff Grandchamp.

- Per the DEP, Carol noted that Travis is the 40 hour primary operator and Francis Waterman is the secondary operator for the Cheshire Water Department. 

- Memorial Day Parade; Monday, May 30, 2016 at 1pm.

Police Chief Garner:   Submitted weekly report.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:

- Requested the Board of Selectmen vote to change the form of voting used by the Town.  Paul read, “I move that per MGL Chapter 54, Section 34, the Town discontinue to use the current paper ballot system, including hand operated ballot box and hand counting system, and begin using the ImageCast Precinct Optical Scan Tabulator.”  The motion was seconded by Carol with a unanimous vote taken. Town Clerk noted that the vote must take place one hundred and twenty days prior to the Sate or Presidential Primary.

Mail and Correspondence:
   
With all business finalized, Paul motioned to close the meeting at 8:12pm; 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

May 3, 2016
6:30PM

In Attendance: Paul F. Astorino,  Robert S. Ciskowski, and Carol A. Francesconi
Absent:       
Press: iberkshires and The Courier
       
Paul read the Board of Selectmen meeting minutes for Tuesday, April 19, 2016; Carol accepted as presented; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.  Paul also read the minutes of April 26, 2016; Carol accepted as presented; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.

Resident, Gayle Galli of 700 Outlook Road inquired about the condition of erosion in a ditch in the front of her property.  Peter will make a site visit and report back to the BOS. 

Resident E. Clairmont updated the BOS on fence issues that he has been dealing with for seven (7) years.
Fence Viewer, Mark Warner, joined the meeting and stated that “Grazing season is May 1 to December 1.”
Mr. Clairmont stated, “The fence viewers have overstepped their boundaries and they have no authority to set the dates for grazing.” He feels he can’t do his part of repairing/replacing 50% of the fence if his neighbor does not.  Mark Warner stated that the fence viewers will resign their position as fence viewers if Mr. Clairmont does not abide by the ruling. He noted that the individual who has animals is responsible for the fence and
Mr. Clairmont does not do his part to rectify the issue.
- Mr. Clairmont took the case to court to claim costs but did not win the case.  According to his lawyers,
Donovan & O’Connor, it is illegal for Fence Viewers to set grazing dates.  Mr. Clairmont suggested the
documentation go to Town Counsel. Regarding a change in the law, Mr. Clairmont stated, “What is the law now not what it will be in June.”
- Mark Warner, restated that three parties are responsible for the fence and the three parties are aware of the determination and were advised via letter.
- Mark will contact E. St. John to schedule a meeting to discuss the situation.

The 6:30PM Open Meeting adjourned to attend a 7:00pm meeting on the second floor to continue the
Cheshire Rent Control Hearing for Pine Valley Mobile Home Park.  The 6:30 meeting will continue once
Pine Valley Hearing is finished.


7:40PM The 6:30pm Open Meeting continued.

Carol: Reported that a Continuation meeting will take place on Monday, May 16, 2016 at 7pm at the Town Hall where a decision will be announced regarding the Pine Valley Rent Increase application.

Carol:  Motioned to appoint Paul F. Astorino as Town of Cheshire Board Chairman of Selectmen; 2nd by Robert S. Ciskowski.  Carol motioned to have Robert S. Ciskowski as the Clerk; 2nd by Paul.  Paul motioned to appoint
Carol A. Francesconi as Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds. A unanimous vote was taken.

Resident, E. Richard Scholz:
- Reported displeasure with cars parking to speak with candidates holding signs on School Street for the recent election.  He noticed cars parked for long times in the parking lot which made it inconvenient for those attempting to vote.  Town Clerk, Christine Emerson, assured Mr. Scholz that that does not occur when it is a State or Presidential election.  Mr. Scholz stated that the same rules to apply for all voting.
- Mr. Scholz questioned what happens now for the changing from three (3) to five (5) Selectmen.
Carol:  Reported that the BOS will go forward.  First there will be a meeting with Town Counsel for adhering to State rules.  This will happen after the Annual Town Meeting.  Mr. Scholz also inquired about the correct voting number outcomes.  Town Clerk assured Mr. Scholz that final numbers were correct and reported accordingly.

Carol:
- Read appointments:

Town Administrator                Mark Webber                Yearly Appointment
Administrative Assistant            Carole A. Hilderbrand                “
Town Counsel                    Edmund St. John III                “
Town Accountant                Lynne Lemanski                “
Selectmen’s Secretary                Carole A. Hilderbrand                “
Treasurer                    Rebecca Herzog                “

Superintendent of Streets
Tree Warden
Measurer of Wood and Bark
Inspector of Ditches                Peter LeFebvre                “

Building Commissioner/Inspector
Zoning Enforcement Officer            Gerald Garner                    “

Assistant Building/Local Inspector        Mark Kruzel                    “

Inspector of Plumbing/Gas Piping        Bruce LaPerle                    “

Assistant Inspector of Plumbing        John Burzimati                “

Inspector of Wiring                George Sweet                    “

Assistant Inspector of Wiring            Leslie Rhinemiller                “

Emergency Management
Co-Ordinator                    Corey Swiskak                    “           

Assistant Emergency Management
Co-Ordinator                    Fred Balawender                “

Animal Control Officer
Animal Inspector                Myron Proper                Yearly Appointed

Keeper of the Pound                Everett Martin                    “

Director of Veteran’s Services
Veteran Burial Agent                Roseanne Fieri                    “

Fight to Know Co-Ordinator            Richard Francesconi                “

Farm Commission                Kim Martin                Three Year Appointment
                        Joseph Wrenn                    “

Fence Viewers
(Member of the Farm Commission        Kenneth Egnaczak            Yearly Appointment
                        Mark Warner                    “
                        Fred Balawender                “

Greylock Advisory Board            Karmen Field-Mitchell                “

Vocational School Program            William Craig                    “

Recreation Committee            Robin Poirot                    “
                        Andrew Kachel                “
                        Heather Emerson                “
Delegate to Northern Berkshire
Solid Waste Management Program        Richard Salvi                    “

Rent Control Board
Conservation Commission            Paul Astorino                    “
Memorial Day Parade                Robert S. Ciskowski                “       
                        Carol A. Francesconi                “

Police
(Appointments made May 3rd)

Police Chief                    Timothy Garner                “

Police Staff Sergeant                Alison Warner                    “
Officer/Firearms Instructor            Joseph Charon                    “
       

Appointments continued:

Police Officers                    Michael Alibozek                “
                        Joseph Charon                    “
                        Corey Demary                    “
                        David Tarjick                    “
                        Trish Carlo                    “

Special Police Officers                Peter Mazzaco                    “
                        Paul Maloney                    “

Fire Chief                    Thomas Francesconi                “

Emergency Planning Committee        Thomas Francesconi                “
                        Paul F. Astorino                “
                        Robert S. Ciskowski                “
                        Carol A. Francesconi                “
                        Peter LeFebvre                “
                        Timothy Garner                “   
                        Francis Waterman                “
                        Corey Swistak                    “
                        Richard Salvi
Fire Committee
(On Hold)                                       

School Crossing Guard            Susan Tracy                    “

Council on Aging                Anna Farnam                Three year appointment
                        Dawn Daniels                    “
                        Robert Hitter                    “
                        Harrison King                    “
                        Margaret Gwozdz                “

Board of Registrar of Voters            Gary Herzog                Three year appointment
                        Elizabeth King

Election Official                Alison Warner                Yearly appointment

Assistant Election Official            Ronald Lancia                    “

Zoning Board of Appeals            Thomas Zappula                “
                        Dale Grimshaw                “
                        Stephen Marko                “
Alternate Zoning Member            Ronald Tenczar                “


Paul motioned to approve the appointments as read by Carol.  Carol abstained from voting for Richard Francesconi and Thomas Francesconi.  Seconded by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.


Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre: 
- No new news
- Looking at Stafford Hill with Barry Engineers.  Peter will report back to the BOS.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Will be speaking with Nick Wildman on 5/10/16 regarding the submission of an application for assistance in removing the Kitchen Brook Dam.
- Town Counsel note regarding the release of executive session meeting minutes.  In the last two years, there were a few occasions where names should be blacked out before allowing for public viewing.
- Webmaster notified the BOS that she is no longer able to donate the required time. 
- Turtle crossing guard sign will be posted in the vicinity of Route 8 and Lanesboro Road.
- Storage of SAFER grant records required for the next 5 years.
- Contacted the Town’s auditor with the question of how to move the Pipeline Working Group appropriation over to the Master Plan funding.  He reported that an article at the Town meeting would be required.  He will be drafting the article this week.  The auditors are scheduling the annual audit sometime in June.
= Submitted updated FU 2016 budget sheets and Departmental budget submits.
- USDA money has been deposited in the Town bank account as follows:  $455,000 (load) and $150,440 (grant).  This project is now officially closed.  Spoke to the Auditor about USDA police on accelerated payments on the debt schedule.  He said there is no benefit to doing so, since we would still pay the same amount of interest each year.  They will not adjust the amortization schedule.  The options are:  go with the t schedule as presented or pre-pay the loan in full by refunding through a commercial bank.
- Need to find out from the Planning Board the specifics of the surety bond that was a condition of the special permit granted to the Bushika solar project.  The owner and their insurance agent have been calling to get a bond issued.
- Physician’s note received regarding a Highway Department employee.

Police Chief Garner:   Submitted weekly report.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:
- Discussed changing the administration of the Cheshire website.

Mail and Correspondence:
   
With all business finalized, Carol motioned to close the meeting at 8:47pm; 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