February 6, 2018

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

Carol motioned to accept the minutes as presented for January 30, 2018; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.

Cheshire Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane
- Submitted Weekly Activity Report for: 1/31/18-2/6/18.
- Continuing to repair and maintain snow removal equipment.
- 77% of the work week was spent treating roads due to storm conditions.
- Replaced rotted fuel tank on truck #10.
- Replaced blown hydraulic hose on truck #2 and #4.
- Replaced worn cutting edge on #4 plow blade.
- Replaced front spring on #3 truck.
- Ordered a second load of regular sand for residents.  Took delivery today – 15% sand.
- Reported that the Loader delivery will most likely take place on Friday, February 9, 2018.
- Prepared for storm system of 8” to 12” of snow on February 7, 2018.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Completing Employment Agreements for the Water and Highway Superintendents as well as the full-time Police Officer.
- MIAA training in Safety will take place on April 4th in North Hampton.  Mark recommends that Blair attend.
- Working on completion of the City of North Adams, Town of Adams, Town of Williamstown Intermunicipal Veterans’ Services Agreement. Once finalized, a schedule will be posted and in effect on March 1, 2018.  Nine communities will be utilizing the service and Cheshire residents may utilize the services of the Veterans Service Office in North Adams, Adams, Dalton and Williamstown during the normal hours or by appointment during normal hours as agreed upon.

- Rick Salvi met with the BOS to discuss an anonymous complaint regarding odor at a Wells Road residence.  Rick will check into the matter.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  No issues or concerns

Police Chief, Timothy Garner: 
- Discussed road conditions during storm

Robert:  Requested Ed to do a Title Search on the Cheshire School.
- Discussed the status of the Cheshire School generator.  Right now the BOS is confident in the generator at the fire house.
- Checking into road conditions regarding a recent car accident on the Lanesborough Road.
- Peter Traub reported that the Complete Streets Committee has received advice from BRPC to submit a grant for a project to change the public lights in the town.
- Signed Board of Health Alliance paperwork.

Mail and Correspondence:
- Letter of Support from William H. Smith, Ed., regarding activities to observe Massachusetts Race Amity Day on June 10, 2018. Included was A Proclamation proclaiming June 10, 2018 Race Amity Day signed by Charles D. Baker, Governor of the Commonwealth, Karyn E. Polito, Lt. Governor of the Commonwealth, and William Francis Galvin, Secretary of the Commonwealth.
- Letter from the Mt. Greylock Advisory Council, Cosmo Catalano, Chairman. Letter for Senator Hinds and Representative Barrett for support of funding a full-time Park Supervisor, Visitor Center staff for the Mount Greylock Visitors Center.
- Forest Cutting Plan for owner:  Robert H. Parker & Jill Gerson Parker, 179 Fisher Hill Road. File Number:  058-8950-18.
- Forest Cutting Plan for owner:  Joseph Wrenn, 224 Fisher Hill Road.  File Number:  058-9016-18.
- Status Update re:  Environmental Notification Form – Northeast Renewable Link Project for the proposed Northeast Renewable Link Project in Hinsdale, Dalton, Cheshire, Lanesborough, and Hancock, MA with the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs on January 19, 2018. GridAmerica Holdings Inc. has decided to pause the ENG proceedings in order to review and potentially update and clarify portions of the ENF.
- Schedule of the Cheshire 225th Anniversary Celebrations.  First event will be on Saturday, March 10, Open Celebration at the Cheshire Elementary School from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.
- Email received from Peter Traub regarding his thoughts on a recent BOS and BRPC meeting.
- Letter from Sgt. Steven M. Charon.

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 7:25PM, 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.

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 Groundsv