March 21, 2017
In Attendance: Paul F. Astorino, Robert S. Ciskowski and, Carol A. Francesconi
Press: iBerkshires (Tammy Daniels) and The Courier (Cory Willey)
McCann Technical School, Superintendent, James J. Brosnan:
- Paul thanked Superintendent Brosnan for presenting the Operating Budget for 7/1/17-6/30/18.
Lanesborough Town Manager, Paul Sieloff:
- Presented a draft proposal to discuss the possibility of the Town of Cheshire and the Town of Lanesborough research the adoptability of both towns working together to offset the costs for a shared position for the role of a Highway Superintendent. The BOS will review and discuss the proposal and contact Mr. Sieloff.
- Robert: Questioned if the department would be set up in as an Enterprise accounting system. Mr. Sieloff remarked, “No.”
- Peter: Inquired if there would be an in-house engineer to draw plans and not a worker. That would have to be checked into.
Robert read BOS minutes for March 7, 2017. Carol motioned to accept the minutes as presented; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken. Note: The Cheshire BOS meeting for Tuesday, March 14, 2017 was cancelled due to a blizzard.
Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre:
- Cold patching.
- Continued machine failures – down to two (2) trucks.
- Working on paperwork for the Sand Mill Bridge.
- Dealing with weather issues.
Resident, Gayle Galli, Outlook Avenue:
- Reported continued issues with a ditch and the need for taking care of it. The BOS will get back to Ms. Galli within two (2) weeks once Peter checks out the situation.
Resident, Larry Levesque.
- Questioned conservation issues on property owned by Mark Fortier. Carol suggested hiring a soil engineer.
Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Met with Dr. Putnam for a general discussion on Cheshire School options going forward.
- Received preliminary FY ’18 ACRSD assessment figures for the Town. School Committee is voting this coming Monday on the budget and it looks like Cheshire’s increase will be $86K (capital and operations), or a 3.5%. Adams’ assessment will go up 3%.
- Received executed Cooperative Agreement for Kitchen Brook Dam removal from the State.
- Received a proposal from BRPC for the development of Complete Streets Program. Their fee will be $24,882. This is fully reimbursable through the Complete Streets program. Their work will be completed by November 31st. Mark will submit the proposal to the State for their approval to get started. The BOS approved.
- Peter requested that a notice be sent to neighbors of the Sand Mill Bridge notifying them of parking and pedestrian bridge crossing prohibitions during the construction.
- Received response from town counsel regarding providing health insurance to elected officials. The town is required under Chapter 32B, Section 23 which the Town has adopted to health insurance to any employee – elected or otherwise – if they work twenty (20) or more hours per week. There is no obligation to provide insurance to anyone-elected or otherwise – if they work regularly under twenty (20) hours per week. There is no further town meeting action to not offer health insurance to newly elected officials going forward. This can become problematic if there are elected officials who claim to work twenty (20) or more hours per week regularly.
- Researched Medicare question for those on Cheshire health insurance who are over 65 and whether they can be moved over to Medicare. If they are actively employed by the Town – either elected or appointed – you cannot move them to Medicare, they have to remain on Town insurance. If they are retired and over 65 we are required to shift them to Medicare. See Chapter 32B, Section 18A.
- BRPC submitted the Town’s housing assistance grant to the State last week.
- Contacted Representative, Gail Anne Cariddi regarding a question about elected officials recall process in conjunction to the proposed 3-5 Selectmen. Mark was referred to the State’s municipal law unit. Mark contacted town counsel instead and he responded that there are only three (3) other communities in the Commonwealth who have recall authority but that it can be done and the process is the same as the move from 3-5 Selectmen and, if the Board wished to proceed, they can both be done at the same time.
- Continuing with FY’18 budget compilation. Copies submitted to the Advisory Board. Mark met with Denise Gregoire to review the process going forward.
- Scheduling an interview for the position of Highway Superintendent.
- Submitted Nomination of Inspector of Animals papers dated 3/17/17. Paul motioned to have Myron Proper as the Town Animal Control Officer; 2nd by Carol with a unanimous vote taken.
Resident, Michelle Whitney presented a list of pertinent questions regarding the status of the Cheshire Elementary School. Attending was Eileen Quinn, John Tremblay, Jeremy McLain, and Justin Kruszyna.
Carol advised the group to attend the upcoming meeting at the school where ideas and options will be discussed.
Resident, Peter Traub: (COA)
- Discussed the COA van being a part of a new system regarding emergency needs for the COA. Carol suggested waiting until the BRTA offers concise information before further discussing possibilities.
DCR Cease and Desist Order:
Name: John Gwozdz, 308 Fales Road. Harvester: Gerry Lashway, P O Box 768, Williamsburg, MA 01096.
Goecaching Event. Tuesday, July 18, 2017 from 11am to 1pm. The Berkshire Geobash group will hold a picnic at the Monument on Stafford Hill. Trash will be picked up. The BOS had no issues or concerns and approved the event.
Chief of Police, Tim Garner: Weekly Report Submitted.
Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:
Presented candidates for the Cheshire Annual Election:
Selectmen Edmund St. John IV, 37 Main Street
E. Richard Scholz, 790 Stafford Hill Road
3 year term Laurie Charon, 98 Meadowview Drive, Incumbent
Board of Health Member
3 year term Jeffrey Warner, 13 Wells Road, Incumbent
Cemetery Commissioner Neil Baker, 408 Outlook Avenue, Incumbent
3 year term
Water Commissioner Donald Rueger, 89 Dean Street, Incumbent
3 year trm
Planning Board Member
5 year term Francis Griswold, 1350 Wells Road, Incumbent
Planning Board Member
3 year term Donna Defino, 184 Mountain Road
Adams Cheshire Regional
School District School Committee
3 year term Adam Emerson, 34 Richardson Street
Adams District School Committee
Member from Adams
3 year term Regina Hill, Incumbent
Michael Mucci, Jr.
Last day to register to vote: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 9:00am to 8:00pm in Town Clerk’s Office for the
Monday, May 1st Annual Town Election.
Cheshire Application for Driveway Permit dated March 20, 2017. Paul and Carol signed the permit for Dixon S. Daniels, 295 Richmond Hill Road.
Mail and Correspondence:
- Eversource Energy’s annual Emergency Response Plan meeting. Tuesday, March 28, 2017.
With all business finalized, Paul motioned to close the meeting at 8:24PM; 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