April 17, 2018
In Attendance: Robert S. Ciskowski, Ed St. John IV
Absent: Carol A. Francesconi
Ed motioned to have the minutes for April 10, 2018 approved as well as Executive Session Minutes for by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.
Cheshire Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane:
- Weekly Activity Log submitted for4/11/18-4/17/18.
- Maintaining equipment. Cleaned #10 for summer storage.
- Collected trees/chipped wood.
- Filled potholes on Route 116 and Sand Mill Road.
- 4/14/18. Salt roads.
- Will be patching potholes on Ingalls Road and Shadowland Cove Road
- Will be welding and repairing the railing on Bridge #2 (C-10-003).
Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Spoke to a resident on the South Cheshire private drive serving three (3) homes about plowing/sanding. He was disappointed that Cheshire will no longer be offering those services; but he understood.
- Continued working on FY 2019 budget. Submitted a MEMO regarding free cash and the levy limit.
- Drafted a response letter to Mr. Clairmont regarding his damaged fence. An attachment by Blair was also attached.
- Assisted Ben Girard in scheduling the Cheshire Community Center for an informational public meeting regarding his plans for opening a Marijuana Dispensary in Cheshire. The meeting is scheduled for May 9, 2018 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at the Town of Cheshire Community Center, 119 School Street, Cheshire, MA.
- Responded to an emailed pothole damage complaint with the standard response: “If we knew about it previously and ignored it, we might be liable. Otherwise, we’re not”.
- Reported that the Cheshire School RFP legal notice was published on April 11, 2018.
- Received a note from Senator Hinds office regarding Barry Emory’s request for funds to repair the historic “Keystone Bridge” which is located off of Route 8. The Senator’s office is asking if this is an official request supported by the Board before going further with it.
- Outline completed for the Selectmen’s Annual Report.
- Spoke with another solar developer. He asked about PILOT agreements. He said the going rate is $12/k per MW with a 2.5% annual accelerator for 20 year agreements. That is for the personal property only. The real estate bill would be based on a value of $16k-$20K per acre times the current tax rate. This individual would be seeking a permit for a 6.16 MW project on approximately 25 acres. That would be approximately $72K in year one for the PILOT and $6,500 in real estate taxes, based on the current rate. He questioned if that could be negotiated. Mark suggested obtaining the Special Permit first.
Town Administrator, Mark Webber: continued
- Robert requested Mark to research the insurance savings for the past six (6) months. He questioned if the savings might be rolled into the free cash account and where it would be on the 2019 budget.
- Updated letter on Policy of Recycling.
Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:
- Submitted a list of duties for the Custodian at the Town Hall, Annex, and Community Center.
- The BOS signed the Warrant for the Monday, May 7, 2018 Cheshire Annual Election at the Cheshire Community Center from 9:00AM to 7:00PM.
- A $25.00 fee will be recommended for custodial cleaning after events at the Community Center.
Police Chief, Timothy Garner: Submitted weekly report.
Resident, Peter Traub:
- Reported that the COA received $315.00 less than expected from the $10,500 grant.
Resident, Richard Jennings:
- Questioned if the BOS would be having workshops every other week. Robert stated that the BOS is enthused about going that route. Ed felt the calendar has to schedule workshops so it is a general occurrence and not an inconvenience for residents.
- Discussed the possibilities of different positive impacts should Cheshire become a Green Community.
- Was also impressed with the meeting and he will be discussing it further when Carol is in attendance next week. He believes the town should go in that direction. To cut the utility bill at the school by 25% is impressive.
- Thanked Ed for attending the Selectmen’s Managers Dinner. He also reported that Carol and Robert attended the Shriner’s Appreciation Dinner.
Mail and Correspondence:
- Email received on April 17, 2018 regarding tenant issues. The BoH had visited the site and determined that the issues reported are personal. The only noise heard was birds in a nest in the eaves. No rodents were cited. Mike Biagini and Rick Salvi noted that the landlord was willing to hire an exterminator. Additional tenants were spoken to and there were no reported problem.
- Eversource. Annual Emergency Response Plan meeting: Wednesday, May 2 Mazzeo’s Restaurant at 4:30PM.
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