January 2, 2018
6:30PM

In Attendance: Robert S. Ciskowski, Carol A. Francesconi, and Ed St. John IV
Absent:       
Press: iBerkshires

Carol motioned to accept the minutes as presented for December 26, 2017; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.

Cheshire Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane:
- Submitted Weekly Activity Log for 12/27/17-1/2/18.
- Continuing repairs and maintenance of snow removal equipment.
- Removed access snow around town; salt/sand as needed.
- Addressed snow removal 12/23/17 and 12/31/17.
- Checked roads and sanded as needed.
- Removed access snow around town and Wing backed snow banks.
- Cold temperatures and road conditions are wreaking havoc on equipments; especially the plows.
- Blair noted that the cold temperatures are saving on salt usage as salt does not work in sub zero temperatures.
- Monitoring and addressing the school furnace systems needs; 6K gallons oil delivered.
- Blair will be calling the Lenox DOR to schedule an appointment with Mark to review Cheshire’s Chapter 90 account.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Carol reviewed the RFEI; Mark will make some revisions and have the document ready for January 9, 2018.
- Discussed comments from restless resident who do not like the BIVI chip the town is using on gravel roads for snow storms.  The problem sited was that the chips stick in tires and shoes and scratch wood floors. Blair’s response sited the fact that it is the best solution at this time. This product saves money an reduces the use of salt.
- Mark reported that Free Cash was certified for $416,220.  Mark commended the staff for making this happen. Mark reminded the BOS that last year free cash was $626,000 that town will be receiving $168,000 to come from Chapter 90 projects. The money was not lost but out of cycle and will be received during 2018.
- Mark reported that the Tax Collector has a 95+% rate as the collection rate and there are no prior taxes outstanding.  “Again, the staff is doing an outstanding job.”
- Will update the BOS on the progress for securing a Veteran’s Agent on January 9, 2018.
- Distributed Budget Forms to all departments.
- Will be attending a Union meeting on January 9, 2018 with specific questions needing to be addressed.
- Will be discussing the TIPS sheet (Transportation Improvement Program) for 2022 with Blair.  It was noted that the Sand Mill Road Bridge will have allocated money to replace the recently repair bridge.

 
Town Administrator, Mark Webber: continued

- Mark said there would be $2.5 million in state and federal funds for the replacement.
- Showed photographs received from a resident on the condition of the Jenks Road; a dirt road.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  No issues or concerns.

Police Chief, Timothy Garner:  Submitted weekly report.

Mail and Correspondence:


With all business finalized at 7:40PM, Carol motioned to close the meeting; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.
                 
Respectfully Submitted,

Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen’s Secretary

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