May 23, 2017

In Attendance: Robert S. Ciskowski, Carol A. Francesconi, and Ed St. John IV
Press: iBerkshires
Ed motioned to waive the reading of the May 16, 2017 minutes. Ed motioned to accept the minutes as amended; 2nd by Carol with a unanimous vote taken.

Highway Department, Blair Crane:
- Shadowland Cove; swept, repaired and repaved.
- Fuel tank painted and placarded at the Town Garage.
- Ditch digging on Wells Road continues.
- Ditch in front of Gable residence completed.
- Mowed town properties.
- Repaired cracked mower deck on the Scag.
- Major fabrication and weld project completed on York Rake.
- Town crosswalks repainted for Memorial Day.

Carol requested an Executive Session for the May 26, 2017 6:30PM Open Meeting at the end of the 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: 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.

- Read a letter from Attorney Jeff Grandchamp regarding the fence concerns between Edwin Clairmont, Dr. Beisiegel and the Cheshire Fence Viewers.  Copies of the letter will be forwarded to Mr. Clairmont, Dr. Beisiegel and the Cheshire Fence Viewers. 

Town Administrator, Mark Webber: 
- Submitted a MEMO to the BOS recapping a meeting Mark attended with Dr. Putnam, Erica Snyder and Jeff Grandchamp.
- Met with Cemetery Commissioner to review the replacement of a Scag mower.  Mark added an article for the warrant to cover the total needs of $11,514 for a mower and wooden planks needed for funerals.  The appropriation will come from the Cemetery Perpetual Care interest account.
- Tom Matuszko from BRPC will speak tonight to ask the Board to sign on to becoming a Green Community.
- Concrete work is completed at the Sand Mill Road Bridge.  The steel has been installed and the completion date of June 9, 2017 appears feasible.
- Follow up documentation has been submitted for the current workers’ compensation claim.
- Heard from the Division of Ecological Restoration regarding the final project review of Kitchen Brook dam project. They anticipate that funding will be approved effective July 1, 2017 for the Kitchen Brook dam project.
- Updated FY 18 ATM warrant, budget and levy limit.  Changes from prior submissions are:  Cemetery article at end of warrant; increase in Veteran’s benefits, communications and town building utilities.
- Mark spoke with Peter L. to review unused vacation time accrual.

BRPC, Tom Matuszko:
- Green Community discussed.  New buildings would be stricter under the Stretch Code.  However, the costs would be recouped in the differences saved by energy saved. Basic awards are approximately $135K and it is State money from the Department of Energy Resources.  It is for installation of energy efficient systems such as energy efficient cars and trucks, boilers, windows, or possibly an energy efficient police vehicle or highway vehicle.  There is no cost or risk to the town to explore possibilities.  Ed motioned to move forward with the initiative; 2nd by Carol with a unanimous vote taken. Grant round would be early fall of 2018.
Criteria 1.
Work with BRPC to review the Town’s existing zoning bylaws meet the by-right use requirements of
Criteria 1:  If zoning amendments are needed, examine options best suited to the Town that will meet Criteria 1 and bring the most suitable option to Town Meeting for approval.

Criteria 2:  Examine permitting policies and regulations for compliance with Criteria 2; pursue amendments if needed.

Criteria 3:  Work with BRPC to develop a municipal energy use baseline and prepare a 5-year Energy Reduction Plan.

Criteria 4:  Inventory the Town’s vehicle fleet and partner with BRPC to draft and adopt a Fuel Efficient Vehicle Policy.

Criteria 5:  Work with Green Communities Western Regional Coordinator to pursue adoption of the Energy Stretch Code.

- Thanked Tom for services rendered and the Scope of Work he completed for the Cheshire Master Plan. The town looks forward to continuing to work with BRPC as the Implementation Committee is formed.  Ed
noted that he attended the Cheshire Planning Board’s monthly meeting on Monday, May 22, 2017 whereby they approved the Cheshire Master Plan.  Robert thanked Tom and Eammon for keeping the group focused with strong guidance and support.

- Reported that the Implementation Committee will consist of individuals from the Cheshire Master Plan Committee.

Chief of Police, Tim Garner:  Weekly Report Submitted.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:   No issues or concerns.

Mail and Correspondence:

Issued four (4) one day event Liquor Licenses for the Cheshire Rod and Gun Club.  Received:  $200.00

With all business finalized, Robert motioned to close the meeting at 8:02PM; 2nd by Carol with a unanimous vote taken.

Respectfully Submitted,

Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen’s Secretary

Robert S. Ciskowski, Chairman
Carol A. Francesconi, Clerk
Ed St. John IV, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds