September 5, 2017
In Attendance: Robert S. Ciskowski, Carol A. Francesconi and Ed St. John IV
Ed motioned to accept the minutes of August 29, 2017 as submitted; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.
Issued four (4) one day liquor licenses to the Cheshire Rod and Gun Club. Amount paid: $200.00.
Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane:
- Submitted the Weekly Activity Log. Submitted an Available Hour Accountability Chart.
- Continuing to road grade and mow town properties.
- Ditch digging on Curran Road.
- Road grading and hauling gravel to Jenks Road.
- Lights and other details are being installed in the flatbed 550 and should be competed in ten (10) days.
- Made a site visit at the Cheshire Elementary School to evaluate the landscaping and mowing issues.
Blair estimates at least three (3) days of a full maintenance crew to retain the property to what it was four (4) years ago. A decision has to be made as to what level of maintenance the BOS wants completed.
- Reported on an offer of thirty-three tons of crushed fine sand by a resident of Richmond Hill Road. Blair is aware of the offer and will contact the individual.
Audience, Timothy Mack:
- Questioned the status of medical and recreational marijuana in the Town of Cheshire.
Mark gave an update on the Planning Boards plans and process in going forward for presenting it to the town.
Resident, Fred Jayko:
- Questioned the mowing of grass on Wells Road and the danger it presents to bike riders. He noted a Letter to the Editor in The Eagle by Andrew Gold. Blair is aware of the concern and has a priority list for maintenance.
Resident, Myrtle Franceschini, Kitchen Brook Mobil Home Park:
- Advised the BOS of dangerous trees near her home and the fear she has of trees falling on her home.
- Unfortunately, the town cannot cut trees on private property. Ms. Franceschini was advised that Carol will call the owner, Michael Deep, and review the complaint. She also voiced issues with neighbors and was advised that the BOS would speak with Chief Garner.
Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Will be having the clothing bin at the elementary school removed.
- Updated the BOS on the mechanical status of the generator at the school. Batteries need charging and the motor needs priming for better start ups. Mark was told the emergency generator could not be fitted with an automatic switch. This does not appear to be the case; this will be investigated further.
- Received a $10K rent check for the rental of the Cheshire Elementary School. Will be asking vendors and Berkshire Gas for a 12 month historic billing to get a sense of cost even though the building will be used differently.
- Requested Blair to check the solar lights outside of the Town Hall.
- Received a letter from MASS DOT stating that the town’s Chapter 90 apportionment for Fiscal Year 2018 is $200,333.
- Letter received from DCR regarding Hazard Classification of Kitchen Brook Dam dated August 31, 2017.
The dam has been changed from “Significant Hazard Potential” to a lower class, “Low Hazard.” “As a low level hazard potential dam, ODS Regulations require a Dam Safety Inspection Report be submitted every ten (10) years. The next Phase 1 Inspection is due September 17, 2022. Signed by Willam C. Salomaa, Director of Office of Dam Safety.
- Received a Petition of Certification by Written Majority for truck drivers, laborers, and operators of the Highway Department. Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Labor Relations Petition for Certification by Written Majority Authorization. Petitioner: AFSCME Council 93. Signed by Patricia Glynn, Director of Strategic Planning. Typically, the State Labor Board acts as the facilitator in the process.
- Notified the Chief of Police about an internet scam and Citizen's Bank.
- Requested Mark to schedule a meeting with Dr. Putnam for October 3, 2017 6PM to review school statistics. Specifically, the number of enrollments and how many students have left the district.
- Whitney’s will be holding an October Fest event and inquired if their craft beer vendor has to get the one day liquor license or Mr. Whitney.
Cheshire Police Chief, Timothy Garner: Report submitted.
- New cruiser is being built and may be ready for delivery in December.
Town Clerk, Christine Emerson: No issues or concerns
Mail and Correspondence:
- Berkshire Gas/Flaherty and Wells Road.
Cheshire Advisory Board (All members present)
- Justin Kruszyna asked as to how the meeting should go with the newly hired school district facilitator. The Advisory Board suggested meeting with the BOS in order to take a unified approach. Robert felt glad to talk and recommended just the chairman of the Advisory Board attend as he will be representing the BOS. The AB questioned how should the district go forward and how best can the towns work together.
- Robert scheduled a meeting with the AB for Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 7:30PM. Justin offered to clean Stafford Hill Monument graffiti with proper cleaning materials. The BOS approved and thanked him.
Resident, Sandra Sloane:
- Questioned how the BOS would be going about selecting a Chairman for event planning for the Town of Cheshire’s 225th Anniversary. Carol noted that individuals could and had advised the BOS of interest in heading the event(s).
With all business finalized, Robert motioned to close the Open Meeting; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken at 8:30PM.
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