February 16, 2016
In Attendance: Carol A. Francesconi, Paul F. Astorino, and Robert S. Ciskowski
Press: The Courier
Paul read the Board of Selectmen meeting minutes for Tuesday, February 9, 2016; Carol accepted as presented; 2nd by Paul. A unanimous vote was taken.
Resident, Gary F. Schneider, 110-120 Stafford Hill Road:
- Mr. Schneider requested his statement regarding property at approximately 10 Stafford Hill Road that is owned by Mark and Jean Fortier, Parcel #2, Book 01382 and Page 1097 be reviewed for future sales or division. Mr. Schneider referred to a letter to the BOS dated July 19, 2013 and read into minutes his concerns. A letter from the BOS dated July 26, 2013 was sent to Mr. Schneider in response to his letter.
“According to the DEP there are resource areas there protected under Mass Wetlands Protection Act. I would like to take this opportunity to make aware to the Planning Board and refresh the BOS of this property. The reason being it is for sale and I suspect will be cut into building lots. I respectfully request that this property be looked into by the Planning Board & BOS before plot plans if and when submitted to deal with the wetlands issues which will change the entire area in regards to drainage etc. This particular property is delicate in nature with all of its issues again per DEP along with GIC (GIS) maps of the area in question. With proper engineering & oversight would minimize the impact to Stafford Hill & Waterways if deemed buildable which I suspect will be challenging @ best. Carole A. Hilderbrand sent me a letter dated July 26, 2013 answering my concerns. The letter is attached to this e-mail. Long and short the powers to be need to informed & proper action taken if deemed necessary to pr vent any damage. In short the rules, in this instance need to be complied with. Look forward to your response.
Respectfully, Gary F. Schneider.”
Carol: Will be contacting Mark Stinson of the DEP for a definition of a stream vs. perennial brook.
Mr. Schneider: Questioned if a buyer purchased the land what recourse would they have it the property was deemed unbuildable. The BOS felt the owner or representative of the owner would be obligated to disclose all information. If that does not happen, Carol stated, “A Cease and Desist can be issued.”
Mr. Schneider questioned Peter about the process of putting in a driveway. Mr. Schneider stated, “There are certain times of the year that the water is flowing.
Carol: Notified Mr. Schneider that all abutters receive Certified Return Receipt Hearing notices for all NOI’s and Determination of Applicability applications.
Mr. Schneider closed his presentation by stating, “I do not want to deny anyone from building, I just want it done correctly.”
Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre:
- Updated the BOS on the health status of one employee.
- Noted that the generator was not producing enough electricity. Working on a resolution.
- Scheduled a repair for the Community Center dishwasher. Replacement: over $11K. Repair: $650. Repair includes a copy of the manual.
Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Updated the BOS on the status of a full time police officer candidate. Explained the Board’s decision on a hire. After reviewing the decision, the candidate withdrew his application.
- Received a response from Town Counsel regarding items that are needed from him in order to close out the water loan project. Mark will speak to the Water Department this evening to receive some information so that he can fill in some blanks and finish his forms.
- Analyzed the FY 2017 BCIG health and dental rates. Family health plan went up 14%. Individual health plan went up 14.5%. Direct cost to full time employee with family health and dental is $.35 an hour increase.
- Informed the Water Department that a water main shutoff at the corner of Railroad and Church is damaged and needs to be repaired.
- Will be attending the annual meeting of MEGA Worker’s Compensation Group in Framingham. Will be back in Town in time for the Special Town Meeting at 7pm.
- Received a check from Time Warner for $2,540, which represents the 4th quarter payment to the town per their contract.
- Spoke with Mark Cappadona regarding setting a price for the 18 month term. He said that he will have a contract, based on the indicative pricing that the Board looked at last week. He said the market is still and prices haven’t moved. Mr. Cappadona said that he is working with Adams and suggested a joint aggregation at this time. The BOS prefers to be treated as an individual.
- Received correspondence from resident, Gary F. Schneider.
- Drafted a Town retiree Health/Dental Insurance Police. The draft will be forwarded to Town Counsel for legal approval. The BOS suggested including life insurance. Life insurance is typically offered to county system retirees. The policy provides $4,000 for retirees.
- Continued working on FY 2017 Cheshire budget. Mark is concerned about having very little to go on from the school district regarding their FY’17 budget.
- Received a letter from the BRPC notifying the Cheshire Planning Board that they will not be able to fund the Town’s DLTA application to study accessory apartment zoning regulations.
- Spoke to Bill Craig regarding a consensus from the Advisory Board about the upcoming vote for the Water Department truck. No decision was agreed upon to date.
Carol: Town Hall elevator has been repaired by Bay State Elevators.
- Hoosac Hose Firemen’s Ball will take place on April 9, 2016.
- Prepare NOI extension for Ray Fisher/Cheshire Lake.
- Reported that the Master Plan Committee under the lead of Tom Matuszko of the BRPC met on Monday, February 15, 2016 from 6:30pm to 10:05pm. The committee is in the process of combining survey questions that are customized and representative of Cheshire. The group will meet in two weeks. Robert is hopeful that he will be able to present to the BOS a copy of survey questions to be used. Additionally, it is hoped that most responses will be completed electronically for ease of tabulation. Paper copies will be available. The survey most likely will have a link from the Cheshire website to the Monkey Survey, a user friendly computerized survey system.
Police Chief Garner: Report submitted.
Town Clerk, Christine Emerson: Reported ice concerns from the roof.
- Letters will be written to the approved full time police officer and other candidates.
- Transfer of funds request to the Advisory Board for Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP for $2,610.00 for unexpected legal advice. (Retiree Insurance).
Mail and Correspondence:
With all business finalized, Carol motioned to close the meeting at 7:45pm; 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.
Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen’s Secretary
Carol A. Francesconi, Chairman
Paul F. Astorino, Clerk
Robert S. Ciskowski, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds and Grounds