December 20, 2016
In Attendance: Paul F. Astorino, Robert S. Ciskowski and, Carol A. Francesconi
Press: iBerkshires and The Courier
Board reviews and acts on weekly warrants.
Resident Barry Emery informs the Board that he is working on a new Cheshire history project regarding the Cheshire Cheese and seeks the Board's permission to use an image of the donated Stomsky painting in this new book. Board approves the request. Barry also gifts a copy of his History of Cheshire for the Town archives. Board thanks Mr. Emery.
Robert reads the minutes of the December 13, 2016 meeting. CF makes a motion to accept the meeting minutes as presented with minor grammatical correction. RC seconds the motion. Vote taken, 3-0 in favor. It was noted that the holiday party was extended to all department heads for a meeting.
Highway Superintendent, Peter LeFebvre:
- Peter states that everything is going fine. One of the Ford highway trucks has a computer problem and is out of commission. New highway truck has arrived at the dealer and will be shipped to the equipment outfitter shortly. Peter and crew continue to work on potholes around town. PA thanks Peter and crew for doing a great job on the last snowstorm.
Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Received opinion from Town Counsel on 3 to 5 questions and provides copies for Board (attached).
- Received bid results from Foresight Engineering from last week's bid opening for Sand Mill Road Bridge. Spoke to Steve Mack from Foresight at the end of last week and he was researching low bidder qualifications and references. Spoke with Steve this afternoon and he's still following up on past projects involving the low bidder and he's asked for another week to complete that review before giving his recommendation to award the bid.
- Finally heard from ABCC regarding our log in and password. Mark has created an account but there's nothing there for any action. Calls to ABCC have not been returned. Mark's betting they're a little overwhelmed.
- Heard from Representative Cariddi's office and her chief of staff will come and meet with Mark on a yet to be determined Tuesday in January to discuss support for the Thunder Brook dam removal project.
- Also heard again from Nick Wildman on the same subject and he and a staff member will meet with Highway Superintendent and Mark one Tuesday in January as well.
- Provides Board with notice from the Ethics Commission that all Town employees must receive a summary of the Conflict of Interest Law and complete an online training and test and provide a copy of same to the Town Clerk prior to April 7th of this year. This test has to be taken each year.
- Provides Board with a note from ACRSD Supt. Putnam. The District is using available grant funds to conduct lead and copper tests in all of the internal plumbing and fixtures at all of its schools. They are coordinating with the Water Superintendent. Mark notes that the Cheshire Water Department conducts regular DEP mandated testing of its water supply and distribution system for lead and copper.
- Berkshire Regional Planning announces a new round of District Local Technical Assistance grants. Applications are due by 5:00 PM on January 20th. It is suggested that the announcement be forwarded to the Planning Board, which has taken advantage of this program in the past.
- MMA letter stating the Cheshire Town Report did not win its annual town report contest.
Police Chief, Timothy Garner: issues his weekly report.
Resident Ed Clairmont addresses the Board regarding his and his attorney's difference of opinion with that of Attorney Grandchamp who recently issued an opinion regarding an ongoing dispute between Mr. Clairmont, the Fence Viewers and his neighbor Mr. Clairmont states that approximately 200' of common fence is the core of the dispute and that Attorney Grandchamp is mistaken by stating that the fence viewers can re-visit a prior decision. Board agrees to speak again with Attorney Grandchamp and provide him with Mr. Clairmont's and his attorney's information.
Resident John Tremblay inquires about a BRPC administered low income housing rehabilitation grant that the Town may participate in. Following a general conversation, it is suggested that John speak directly with Tom Matuszko at BRPC for program specifics. Board notes that it is interested in participating in the program.
Town Clerk Christine Emerson speaks about the added burdens resulting from changes to the Public Records Law, specifically the Town's ability to adhere to electronic provision of Town records.
Board and John Tremblay have a general discussion on Town Counsel opinion on the process to change the Board of Selectmen from 3 to 5 members.
Robert reports that the Master Plan Committee is seeking to schedule its next meeting for January 26th; time to be determined. The meeting will be in a listening session format.
Robert notes that the Board will have to consider the fate of the recently Town funded and donated computers to the Cheshire Elementary School, if the school was to close. He notes that the computers were voted specifically for the use of Cheshire Elementary students. Board agrees.
7:40 PM:There being no additional business to come before the Board, Paul makes a motion to adjourn the regular meeting and go upstairs for the Town's annual Christmas party. Carol seconds the motion. Vote taken, 3-0 in favor.
Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen’s Secretary
Paul F. Astorino, Chairman
Robert S. Ciskowski, Clerk
Carol A. Francesconi, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds