April 10, 2018
In Attendance: Robert S. Ciskowski, Carol A. Francesconi, and Ed St. John IV
Carol motioned to have the minutes for March 27th and April 3, 2018 approved as well as Executive Session Minutes for April 3, 2018; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.
Cheshire Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane:
- Weekly Activity Log submitted for 4/4/18-4/10/18.
- The culvert by the Gable property was inspected and the overflow ditch will be serviced once it has dried out.
- Installed concrete divider in the salt building for sand/salt under cover.
- Will be welding and repairing the railing on Bridge #2 (C-10-003).
- Looked at a Village Sales Grader/1991 Caterpillar 120G. Discussion needed.
- Will be filling potholes for the month.
- Collected wood and logs/chipped the wood.
- In the process of repairing potholes on Route 116.
- 4/7/18 snow plowed the upper elevations/salted elsewhere.
- Submitted a Massachusetts Interactive Property Map for the BOS to review an issue with fencing. Blair noted that the fence in question is located on a "Right of Way" and concluded that the fence is on the Town of Cheshire property. Mark will be advising the owner of the Town's decision.
- Robert asked Blair to prepare a presentation on the Street Scan software in the near future.
- Presented the BOS with a draft Host Agreement for possibly going forward with a Marijuana Dispensary to be located at the former Country Charm Restaurant building on Route 8 in Cheshire, MA.
- Mr. Girard questioned if the Cheshire Community Center could be used to facilitate an informational meeting. He will be scheduling a time for the center with the Town Clerk.
Resident, Bruce Richardson, Main Street:
- Presented the BOS photographs of buildings in the area where he lives that are infested with rodents, skunks, and raccoons. He asked for advice as to what he could do as it is a safety issue. The BOS advised Mr. Richardson to go directly to the BoH and then to the Building Inspector. Terri Miller and Patricia Bondini were in support of Mr. Richardson's inquiry. Ms. Miller said, "The conditions are pretty bad and questioned if the State could help."
Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Submitted a formal Requests for Proposal for the reuse and or redevelopment of the former Cheshire Elementary School. Proposals are due no later than 3:00pm on May 1, 2018. It will be published in The Berkshire Eagle and on the Town website.
- Met with the Advisory Board. They proposed a flat 2% increase for all town employees, elected and appointed. Proposed $60K appropriation for Cheshire School maintenance next year. To date, $42,500 has been spent and we are approximately 75% in to the fiscal year.
- Received a letter from Mr. Clairmont's attorney requesting a follow up visit from the Fence Viewers.
- Postponed today's Highway Union negotiation session. Mark will reschedule.
- The Complete Streets application was successfully submitted on March 29, 2018.
- Resident of South State Road stopped in today to discuss the plowing and sanding on a driveway connected to the Route 8 rest area. To be discussed with Blair.
The BOS met with James Barry, Green Communities Coordinator for Western Massachusetts and Lauren Gaherty of Berkshire Regional Planning Commission to better understand the state program for a Green Community and the benefits for becoming more energy efficient.
Most importantly, Mr. Barry stressed that you do not have to agree to wind, solar, and nuclear. An area can be selected it has to be good for the town.
- Mr. Barry reviewed his handout, "The Green Communities Division Partnering with Massachusetts Cities and Towns. He reviewed:
Fuel Efficient Vehicles
Minimize Life Cycle Costs.
- The Town would receive a minimum of up to $125K to implement a plan. The Town could ask for more money in the future and could receive more if the State approves of the projects.
- The Stretch Code. Although in the past there was some negative responses to the concept, due to the time passing the Standard Codes have increased to meet the Stretch Code criteria. Building Inspector, Gerry Garner, voiced no opposition to the Stretch Code and said it was already being used in other communities.
- Mr. Barry stressed the importance of being creative. He said it is important to prioritize projects and to see what would save more money by being more energy efficient and the Town is entitled to a free energy audit. Cheshire Planning Board Chairman, Donna Defino expressed concerns regarding the allowance of solar or wind by right could cause issues. Carol voiced similar sentiments as the town recently passed bylaws for solar and wind power. Mr. Barry said there would be an amendment and it would not interfere with the bylaws in place. Ms. Defino reminded all that the planning board is working on areas to be zoned for manufacturing or research related to green energy presently.
- If the BOS decides to go forward, Mr. Barry would be pleased to come back for a continued discussion.
- Mr. Barry explained the third criteria regarding the ages of town buildings and their energy efficiency. He felt there could be a reduction of 20% after the buildings were evaluated. Criteria 4 involved the possibility of buying fuel energy efficient vehicles. The discussion closed at 7:45PM.
Town Clerk, Christine Emerson: No issues or concerns.
Police Chief, Timothy Garner:
Mail and Correspondence:
Three One Day Liquor Licenses:
- Issued three one day liquor licenses for $150 to The Cheshire Rod and Gun Club.
Reminder: April 21, 2018. Earth Day Town Cleanup. See website for further information.
- 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.” Also, “To discuss the deployment of or strategy regarding security personnel or devices, e.g. a sting operation.” Seconded by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.
8:05PM. The 6:30PM meeting will not reconvene. Roll Call: Robert S. Ciskowski, Yes; Carol A. Francesconi, Yes; and Ed. St. John IV, Yes.
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