March 27, 2018

In Attendance: Carol A. Francesconi, and Ed St. John IV
Absent: Robert S. Ciskowski (Superintendent Search Committee)  

Carol motioned to accept the minutes as presented for March 20, 2018; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.

Cheshire Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane:
- Weekly Activity Log submitted for 3/21/18-3/27/18.
-Assessed winter damage to infrastructure.  Notable issues; guardrail on Sand Mill Bridge
 #2 Route 116 blacktopping. 
- The asphalt company in Lee will be opening Monday and blacktopping will be addressed.  This is dependent on weather conditions.
- Removing hydraulic pump from boom mower to be tested and possibly repaired.
- The last implement for the loader has been welded together.  Project complete.
- Continue to repair and maintain snow removal equipment.

Cheshire Planning Board, Donna DeFino, Chairman
- Updated the BOS on the progress of the Marijuana Bylaw.  It has been submitted to Town Counsel,  St. John III, for approval. Donna will be writing the narrative for the ballot and it will be done by the end of May.
Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Highway Union meeting on 3/27/18.  Mark offered a Summary and Responses to the BOS.
- Working with Town Clerk on writing the warrant articles for the election ballot items for the annual town meeting.  Specifically need a narrative for the Three (3) to five (5) Select Board change needed and for Chapter 40 private roads questions. If the Selectboard question passes by a majority vote, it will go on to the Legislature.
- National Grid published their Spring rate, effective May 1st through October 31, 2018.  Their new rate is 10.8cent per kW and the Town's fixed rate through November 2020 is 10.4cents per kW.
- Provided BRPC with the Town's Complete Streets portal log in information.  The application will be submitted by Friday of this week.
- Meeting with the Advisory Board this evening regarding budget information and data for revenue and expenses.
- Received a request from BRPC seeking Town's support in pursuing grant opportunities through a Federal Department of Commerce called Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). Mark suggested further discussion with Tom Matuszko.
- Will be researching for a car counter to use for a short period of time.
- Submitted to Town Clerk the name of a resident interested in being placed on the housing rehabilitation grant list. 

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  No issues or concerns.

Police Chief, Timothy Garner:

Mail and Correspondence:
- Letter received from Mr. Matthew S. Hutchinson regarding a proposal to the Town of Cheshire to take ownership of the Hutchinson Water LLC. The proposal was taken under advisement and a copy presented  to the Cheshire Water Department.

Reminder:  April 21, 2018.  Earth Day Town Cleanup.  See website for further information.

Carole motioned to schedule an Executive Session 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." 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.

Carol motioned to go into Executive Session to: “To discuss the deployment of or strategy regarding security personnel or devises, e.g., a sting operation.” 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken. 7:20PM
Roll Call:   Carol A. Francesconi, Yes; and Ed St. John IV, Yes.

With all business finalized at 7:20PM, Carol motioned to adjourn; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken. The Open Meeting will not reopen.

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