February 7, 2017
In Attendance: Paul F. Astorino, Robert S. Ciskowski and, Carol A. Francesconi
Press: iBerkshires and The Courier
Robert read BOS minutes for January 31, 2017. Carol motioned to accept the minutes as presented; 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.
Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre:
- Carol requested better cleaning of sidewalks.
- Peter reported that there will be an overage on the sand/salt account.
- Two (2) plows down.
- With the upcoming storm on Thursday, Carol asked if the Water Department’s plow would be utilized. Peter answered, “It would be a possibility.”
Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Mark briefly discussed his weekly submission and Paul read Mark’s Discussion Items for February 7, 2017.
- Mark met with Foresight engineer, Peter, and the Sand Mill Bridge contractor superintendent who will be managing the job for a pre-construction session with the plan to start by the end of this month. The original NOI needs to be forwarded to Foresight so that they can record it. Presently, Mark is waiting on the revised clerk of works agreement with Foresight. Peter will then contact DOT to make sure it can be amended into the project’s Chapter 90 contract.
- Awaiting call backs from employment reference calls made.
- Reported that Paul or Carol will be attending the Collin’s Institute meeting on February 8, 2017 at the Plunkett School. This is a pre-official presentation for town officials only. There will be a tour of all District schools on February 11th beginning at 9am.
- Mark will be speaking with Christine regarding the booking of space for and aide of Senator Hinds for a meet and greet sessions.
- Mark updated the BOS on the BRPC housing grant process. A Public Notice was published in The Berkshire Eagle. Following last week’s discussion an amendment was included: “Seeking 50 applicants by the 1st of March.”
- Carol noted that she felt the proposal was not directed fully to the rehabilitation of homes as the proposal mentioned many other items. After a brief discussion Carol felt comfortable in signing the submission. Carol motioned to accept the application as amended; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.
- Mark reported that health and dental rates have been set for the next fiscal year and there are no increases.
- Distributed the FY2018 budget request forms. They are due back on February 28th.
- Discussed the possibility of sharing a Highway Superintendent with Lanesborough. This will be reviewed.
- Mark will be checking with George Sweet regarding the generator.
- Requested the BOS to review the school district’s agreement. She would then like a meeting with the three (3) school committee members and the BOS.
Chief of Police, Tim Garner: Weekly Report Submitted.
Town Clerk, Christine Emerson: Absent/Snow
- Signed a request to the Advisory Board for $10,421.30 to repair the structural integrity at the fire house from the Reserve Fund.
Mail and Correspondence:
- Paul read a flyer “It’s National Read Across America Day”!! Interested participants who would like to share the joy of reading can call the main office of Cheshire Elementary School (413) 732-2298 by February 17, 2017.
Resident, Peter Traub:
- Questioned if the minimum wage would be going up? Carol’s response was, “No idea”.
- Peter wondered if it would have been better to have an outside company complete a salary study. Carol did not feel that was necessary due the experience of BOS members and the Cheshire Town Administrator.
With all business finalized, Paul motioned to close the meeting at 7:20PM; 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