December 19, 2017
In Attendance: Robert S. Ciskowski, Carol A. Francesconi, and Ed St. John IV
Press: iBerkshires
Carol motioned to accept the minutes as presented for December 5th and December 12, 2017; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.
Resident, Barry Emery:
- Updated the BOS regarding events for the Town of Cheshire’s 225th Anniversary.  Alcohol will not be included on the March 10th first event; an Anniversary booklet will be offered one (1) per family either free or at a low cost.  The group is addressing businesses via letter for fundraising.  The Citizens Action Group is now a nonprofit and fundraising will be going into their account. A banner is being solicited from a soda company and the location will be later determined.  The next meeting will be on December 27th.
- In reviewing recent electric bills, Robert suggested closer investigation into the school and shed statements.
BRPC‘s Community and Economic Development Program Manager, Patricia Mullins, updated the BOS on the status of reapplying for a housing rehabilitation block grant through the State Department of Housing and Community Development for the upgrades to twenty homes.  Ms. Mullins felt last year’s grant received strong comments in the final evaluation and believed since there were no longer funds toward construction, the submission would be stronger. She noted that the grant would also help handicapped or the elderly residents.
Robert:  Noted that many residents were disappointed in not being award last year and most likely there would be no issue with signing up residents for the grant.
- The town approved $60k toward the program and that remains available.  Ms. Mullins stated that the pledge was no longer a part of the application process.  An administrative charge will be charged if the grant is awarded.  The BOS will study the proposal over the week and they understand approval will be needed by January 2, 2018.
Ms. Mullins:
- BRPC will start with the original list and will also attend local events such as ice fishing events to communicate with more residents.
- The BOS will act officially next week for signage- 12/26/17.
- Will Sikula, Planner, was also in attendance.
Cheshire Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane:
- Submitted Weekly Activity Log for 12/12/17-12/19/17.
- Repaired and maintaining snow removal equipment.
- Salt usage over the past two (2) weeks = 353 tons of salt.  BIVI Chip has also been used.
- BIVI Chip supply at Lane in Westfield is exhausted.  Blair is also checking at the West Stockbridge site.
- A new door and combination lock has been installed at garage.
- Truck #9 – 2003 international is running and the plow is repaired. It has 74K miles and 6K hours.
- Diesel fuel usage since May ’17 to date is 4,574 gallons.  A tracking system in place.
- Thinking of spring and the school grounds, Blair offered the option of installing a new engine for the cemetery Scag Mower at a cost of $1,650.  To be discussed in the future.
- Will review the Budget on 12/26/17.
- An Employee Performance Review – 2017 was reviewed and approved for usage.
Water Department, Francis Waterman:
- Suggested the town investigate an insurance plan he signed up for which was similar to the town’s he was on but much lower in cost. Mark will be checking in to alternatives.
Resident Peter Bator:
- Reported non-snow removal on Old Church Street.  Carol will speak with Blair to clarify that the section does get plowed by the town.
7:15PM  Attorney Breen:
- Attorney Breen had requested to be on the Agenda to discuss an issue for her client.  Building Inspector, Gerry Garner, was called and Ms. Breen and her client went to meet Mr. Garner in the Annex.
Follow up is needed.
Resident, Eileen Quinn:
- Thanked the BOS for their support regarding the Appalachian Trail group.  Rob noted the many positive comments on the internet.
Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Mark has scheduled a meeting with BRPC, the BOS, and the Cheshire Planning Board for 7:00pm
on January 23, 2018.
- Robert would like to see paperwork for the Highway Department employees vote for a union.
Additionally, he questioned why two (2) highway employees attend the union meetings.
- Will be coordinating with CTC of Adams to address the furnace heating controls at the Cheshire Elementary School as the existing controls they installed need to be modified.
- Received a call from SWCA, an environmental consulting company, inquiring about the permitting application process for a large scale solar facility just south of Adams line off of East Harbor Road.  Mark referred the inquiry to the Cheshire Planning Board.
- Continuing to work on the Request for Interest for the Cheshire School.
- A new website is available to retrieve all legal notices appearing in the past 12 months:

- Discussed a letter sent to parents of Hoosac Valley Elementary School families recently explaining broken pipes in the gymnasium and physical education classes.  The situation was repaired in a fast manner.
COA, Peter Traub:
- Reported that the COA’s would like to combine their Cheshire Chatter with the Adams newsletter.  This would require advertising, an agreement between the towns and a publishing house.  This agreement has to be signed by the BOS.
Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  No issues or concerns.
Police Chief, Timothy Garner:  Submitted weekly report.
Mail and Correspondence:

With all business finalized at 8:00PM, Carol motioned to close the meeting; 2nd by Ed 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