December 5, 2017
In Attendance: Robert S. Ciskowski, Carol A. Francesconi, and Ed St. John IV
Carol motioned to accept the minutes as presented for November 28, 2017; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.
Cheshire Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane:
- Submitted Weekly Activity Log for 11/29/17-12/05/17.
- Pot hole patching and roadside mowing.
- Cleaned drainage culverts and catch basins.
- Testing radio repeater system.
- Installed some of the Limited Salt Use signs.
- Truck #5 serviced.
- Truck #10 has new plates and all systems are operating normally.
- Repaired equipment in garage.
Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Cheshire residents have received an opt-out notification from Colonial Power on the town's community aggregation electric program.
- Eric Ford of DER requested a formal vote from the BOS whether to continue or not on the Kitchen Brook dam removal project so that they can move forward one way or another.
- Met with Highway Union representative and two (2) highway employees this morning. The group is scheduled to meet again next week at 8:30am. Mark submitted a Memorandum with related notes on today's discussions.
- Mark noted a link for accessing FEMA flood maps and corresponding flood insurance rate maps.
- Submitted final copy of Town Facilities Request Form.
- Received a quarterly PEG fee check from Time Warner/Charter for: $2,333.
- Request received from ISO to hold meetings with the Fire Chief or an Assistant Chief and the Water Superintendent on January 8, 2018 to review records, procedures, hydrants, etc. for the purpose of updating the Town's ISO rating. This is an important process in order to maintain, or perhaps, reduce homeowner's insurance premiums, based on the Town's scoring.
- Continuing to work on the RFEI for the Cheshire School.
- Will be meeting with Blair regarding the review of Chapter 90.
Resident, Peter Traub:
- Commented on the great turnout for the Christmas Tree Lighting event last Sunday.
Resident, Fred Jayko:
- Questioned if further action was taken regarding trash at the high school. Carol reassured Mr. Jayko that the Chief checked the trash bag and was unable to secure any identification.
Town Clerk, Christine Emerson: No issues or concerns.
Police Chief, Timothy Garner: Submitted weekly report.
- Inquired about the process for running for Selectmen.
- Mr. Wojick also submitted a written request for information concerning a town employee. The document will be submitted to legal counsel first, as many of the questions may not be public information. Town Clerk will follow through on the request according to the Open Meeting rules.
- Questioned Blair on the need for a town highway pickup truck. All BOS members feel a pickup truck would be more appropriate than Blair using his own vehicle. A one (1) ton and 3/4 ton could also plow around town as a backup. This item will be considered.
- Robert also asked Chris about record storage. Further investigation is needed.
- Regarding the school and the school account. Can money be carried forward without a specific purpose and not put back into the general fund? Mark answered, "Yes."
- Noted that the computer system at the school is antiquated and it is time to update and to consider using a smart phone for operating the heating system. One (1) room is not able to get up to temperature and that throws the system off.
- Voiced putting more money in the highway or school account to cover the needs of the crew to get school maintenance completed.
- A program needs to be devised and this is an opportunity to budget and not budget short.
- Would like a bylaw change to the Advisory Board to a Finance Board with the responsibilities staying the same.
- Motioned to have an Executive Session on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 7pm Cheshire Town Hall to: "To conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with non-union personnel or to conduct collective bargaining sessions or contract negotiations with non-union personnel." Ed 2nd the motion with a unanimous vote taken.
- Would like to review the Town Charter and bring all by laws up to date. This is an arduous project but one that is needed.
Mail and Correspondence:
With all business finalized at 7:50PM, Carol motioned to close the meeting; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.
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