May 15, 2018
In Attendance: Robert S. Ciskowski, Carol A. Francesconi, and Ed St. John IV
Press: iBerkshires
Carol motioned to have the minutes for May 8, 2018 approved; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.
Resident Tara Harrington of 102 Shadowland Cove voiced concern over drainage ruining her beachfront property and suggested the BOS make a sight visit in an effort to seek a remedy.
Resident, Ralph Cerretta, notified the BOS that appliances and construction types of materials are illegally being dumped on the Buskika property on Route 8.  The BOS will investigate.
Town Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane:
- Submitted Weekly Activity Log for 5/9/18-5/15/18.
- Work was completed for burials.
- Continuing to fill potholes on West Mountain Road and Outlook Avenue.
- Road grading continues on Stafford, Sand Mill Hill, Windsor and Richmond Hill.
- Continuing to mow.  Elementary school field is getting lots of use.
- Finalizing Chapter 90 paperwork.
- Applying for MASSWORKS/STRAP grant to reconstruct Rt. 116.
- Maintaining equipment.
- Asked to demolish a small shed on school grounds by the batting cases.  Carol will check with the different leagues before giving permission.
Resident, Gary Trudeau:
- Thanked the BOS for appointing him to the Greylock Advisory Council.
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:
Carol A. Francesconi, Yes; Robert S. Ciskowski, Yes; and Ed St. John IV, Yes.
At 7:10PM Carol reopened the Open Meeting.
Roll Call:
Carol A. Francesconi, Yes; Robert S. Ciskowski, Yes; and Ed St. John IV, Yes.
The meeting was held on the second floor to accommodate an audience for the NationGrid Continuation Hearing from April 24, 2018.
National Grid representative, Bonnie Brown, explained the reason for having the poles 150' span.  This is the maximum span allowed due to the wires heavy weight. Resident, Diane Hitter, questioned if the poles could be located on the same side of the houses.  It was noted that poles 44, 45, 46, and 47 by the Hitter property are actually on town right of way property.  Ms. Hitter questioned why are the poles in front of her front yard. In response, the rep said the span is stronger with the plan and it is structurally sounder.  "It was the most economical way." It is the best way to engineer it with the least amount of trimming. "It is the safest way-the best way-the most economical way.” Ms. Hitter questioned if more consideration could be put into less poles and less intrusive placements.
- There were no wetlands.  Once the Cheshire Conservation Commission received paperwork on the lots then determinations can be made.  Perhaps if the lots have wetlands issues some of lots will not be needing poles.
A letter was read by Elizabeth Kulas.  The letter was written by Major Edward J. Kulas, USAF Retired. "Further development in the Jenks Road area should not be allowed.  Since the development on Stafford Hill our water table has been depleted to the point where we and others have to ship water into our homes during the summer months.  Additional development will further deplete the already low water table that we all rely on for fresh clean drinking water for our homes and families".  The letter continues to address concerns about the condition of Jenks Road and the impact more cars will make. (Letter on file.)
- Suggested hiring a hydraulic engineer.
- Reported that the project in question was viewed.  The BOS has no authority to refuse electricity to a development before it perks etc. 
- Voiced that there is nothing to deter the owner from putting in houses. The plan was presented to the Cheshire Planning Board with a licensed surveyor who is registered.  All parcels have the required frontage.  A Form A was submitted.  The Cheshire Planning Board signed it. There is no road or cul du sac.
Resident, Dr. Goldfarb:
- Noted that the road repair costs to Cheshire will be prohibitive.
- "That is not in our vision".
- Houses will cause more traffic.  The road will continue to be maintained and no money is available to make it a super highway.  "It is what it is".
Owner, Nate Girard:
- Reported that he will be developing eight high end homes and not eleven. The property has been in land court for two and a half years.  A lot of the lots have been perked and have been deemed buildable.  The plans may change as he has been approached by individuals that want larger lots to build really beautiful homes.  He wants to work with all to have a harmonious environment.  When asked about underground electricity he said it would cost an unreasonable amount and would rip up the road.
Resident, Dr. Goldfarb:
- "What if only two homes goes in, why are all these poles needed. When will the poles go in?"  Mr. Girard did not know.
Nate Girard:
- He has spoken to engineers regarding the 150' span and what is safest.  He prefers no home be close to the front.  "The homes will be beautiful homes with views.”
Ed questioned if plowing would be an issue for Blair if it is not wide enough. Blair responded, "The plowing would be all the way through.  He can push it off to the side and he will be viewing the road once stake are put in".
- "Could the electricity from both ends?"
Mr. Girard:
1.  Wanted to give to the State 100 acres to preserve.
2.  The logging road on Jenks/Wells Road will not be developed. Mr. Girard said he would be willing to grade if that would assist the town.
"No prices for the land are available" was the response given by Mr. Girard when asked by Ms. Hitter.
Robert motioned to accept the Order For Joint or Identical Pole Locations presentation for Jenks Road-National Grid to install 18 new poles in order to extend overhead utilities for 8 new house lots.  Proposed poles will be north off existing pole #43 Jenks Road approximately 2600 feet total at 150' pole spans.  The location begins at a point approximately 4000 feet north of the centerline of the intersection of Windsor Road and continues approximately 2600 feet in a northerly direction; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.
Police Chief, Tim Garner:  Submitted weekly report.
Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  No issues or concerns.
Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Advisory Board meeting rescheduled for May 22, 2018 at 6:00PM.
- ATM warrant should be signed on May 29th. 
- Spoke with Highway Union negotiator Nadine Kennedy today.  MEMO submitted.
- Solicited and received a draft PILOT agreement for proposed and potential future private solar arrays in Town with defined terms, conditions and annual payments.  It will be approximately $7,500 per Mw with a 2.5% accelerator for a 20 year period.  The proposed site is 4.8 Mw.  The PILOT agreement takes the place of annual personal property billing which has to be revisited and re-calculated each year and can be subject to abatement requests each year.
- Discussion took place regarding the purchasing of a new highway pickup truck and the need for a plow truck.  The pickup costs could come from free cash ($40K).  Both items could cost approximately $270,000 using best practices for borrowing.  A debt exclusion vote would be needed for the $230K.
- Requested the addition of $1,500 from free cash to fund a pilot program with Adams Council on Aging to evaluate if the Town of Cheshire would utilize their vehicle for trips out of county for medical appointments. 
- iBerkshires Staff, Jack Guerino, questioned the BOS if they would be appealing the court's decision to allow the installation of a solar array on East Harbor Road.  Carol stated that, "No action by the Cheshire Board of Selectmen will be taken and the BOS would continue negotiations with the Planning Board." The judge had asked the Planning Board to review the issues and return by September with answers.
Mail and Correspondence:
- Letter received for the usage of the kitchen facilities at the Cheshire Senior Center.  A determination to not allow the facility was voted on unanimously.
Carol motioned to appoint, for a one (1) year term:  Peter LeFebvre and Julie Ciskowski to the Cemetery Commission.  Robert abstained for voting for Julie Ciskowski.  Ed seconded the motion and a unanimous vote was taken.  The appointments will be for the unexpired terms until election time next year.  Carol voiced that the Cemetery Budget remain as is.
With all business finalized, Carol motioned to adjourn at 8:50PM; 2nd by Ed with a unanimous vote taken.
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