January 30, 2018
In Attendance: Robert S. Ciskowski, Carol A. Francesconi, and Ed St. John IV
Carol motioned to accept the minutes as presented for January 23, 2018; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.
Robert: Understands that the search committee for a new district Superintendent of Schools is seeking volunteers with one (1) Selectmen and one resident to be a part of the search. Robert agreed to do so.
ACRSD, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Putnam
- Updated the BOS on the search process, a survey for parents to complete as to their pleasure or displeasure with the schools since September 2017. Those students who have elected other schools out of the district are also encouraged to answer the survey. To date 127 elementary parents have completed the survey with 87 at the high school and 76 at the middle school with a total of 1209 eligible. Additionally, staff also has the option to complete the survey. He reported on the building an elementary school at Hoosac High School, Budget Schedule, and addressing the CBOS on February 27, 2018 at 6:00pm. Chris will also invite the Advisory Board.
Cheshire Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane
- Submitted Weekly Activity Report for: 1/24/18-1/30/18.
- Continuing to repair and maintain snow removal equipment.
- 38% of time was spent filling pot holes/hot patching.
- Repaired air dryer on truck #4.
- Installed “Frost Heaves” sign on Route 116.
- Repair faulty hydraulic hoses on backhoe.
- Graded Crusher Road and Camp Roads.
- Loader update: delivery should be 10 to 14 days.
- Submitted to the BOS Employee Performance Review 2017 for highway employees.
- Robert inquired about the status of Blair’s truck that was hit. Robert wondered if insurance would be covering it as he feels responsible for this. Discussion will continue. Robert, “Wants to be fair.”
Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Cheshire Lake Permit issued for the Cheshire Rod and Gun Club.
- Recommended meeting with the Building Commission regarding BRPC and before going forward with Green Community status. BRPC is willing to facilitate a discussion without any commitment to go forward obligation from the Board. It is imperative that the BOS understand the Stretch Code. Robert assured Mr. Traub that the BOS is not negative, but many questions need to be answered.
- Met with Lodestar Energy last Thursday. The company that we have a net metering agreement with is associated with the Bushika project. Mark will be submitting to him a batch of Town electric bills which will include the Cheshire School.
- The required Public Hearing for the DCBG Cheshire Housing Grant was re-scheduled from February 6th to February 13th at the Cheshire Town Hall. New Marlborough will be holding their own Public Hearing.
- Reported that North Adams and Cheshire with Lanesborough will have shared Veteran’s Agent services by the end of this week.
- Noted no increase in insurance health rates.
Town Clerk, Christine Emerson: No issues or concerns
Police Chief, Timothy Garner:
- Addressed the written concerns of the Cheshire Liquor Center regarding the highway department to address his need for a sweeper to clean debris in the parking lot and south of the buildings from the ice jam break. Robert stated, “Cheshire has no liability to clear debris on private property.”
Resident, Sandy Sloane:
- In discussing elderly housing, she felt many people in completing the Master Plan survey assumed that the elderly housing was only for Cheshire residents. It was noted that when State or Federal grants assist in projects, the eligibility is open to everyone county wide.
- In-Law Apartments: Change of ownership might then allow for non family members to rent. This will be discussed further.
Mail and Correspondence:
- Berkshire Running Center request for their May 20, 2018 – 6th Annual Steel Rail Half Marathon/8K on the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail starting at 9am until noon.
- MassDOT District Bridge Inspection #C10006-00L-MUN-NBI.
Carol motioned to go into Executive Session: “To discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining or litigation if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining or litigating position of the public body and the chair so declares;” 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.
Roll Call: Robert S. Ciskowski, Yes; Carol A. Francesconi, Yes; and Ed St. John IV, Yes.
With all business finalized at 7:40PM, Carol motioned to go into Executive Session; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken. The BOS will not return to the 6:30PM open meeting.
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