June 12, 2018
In Attendance: Robert S. Ciskowski, Carol A. Francesconi, and Ed St. John IV
Board conducts the business session of the meeting by reviewing and approving weekly payroll and vendor warrants.
Carol opens the regular portion of the meeting. Carol makes a motion to accept the Board's June 5, 2018 meeting minutes. Ed seconds the motion. Vote taken, 3-0 in favor.
Highway Supt. Blair Crane:
- Issued his weekly report for June 6, 2018 – June 12, 2018
- The repairing of pot holes continues.
- Mowing town properties.
- Repaired major asphalt section on Windsor and Sand Mill Road.
- Welded and painted Sand Mill Bridge railing.
- Sweep sweeping.
- Berkshire Gas to continue min work @ Church and Depot starting, Saturday, June 13, 2018.
- Backhoe 310 is currently being repaired.
- Robert questioned Blair regarding the need for a town cell phone. He will be tracking the usage to see if he will go on the town plan or remain on his present plan.
Paul Butler introduced Dr. John Vosburg to the BOS. Carol politely said, “Don’t forget Cheshire exists”. He will be starting his new role as Superintendent of the Adams Cheshire Schools on July 2, 2018. In the meantime he is volunteering his time to become acclimated to the district’s students, schools, personnel, and communities. Dr. Putnam will be leaving his position on June 30, 2018.
- Robert noted that the Cheshire school budget was passed last night.
- Dr. Vosburg answered basic questions by saying he wants to maintain transparency and looks forward to using his past work experiences to continue to build a strong district.
Residents of 85 Ingalls Road and 40 Devonshire Road voiced a Noise/Disturbing the Peace complaint against a neighbor’s obnoxious noise of a race car engine running sometimes for an hour or two. Several attempts have been made to contact the Cheshire Police Department to no avail. The BOS will discuss the issue with Chief of Police, Timothy Garner, about contacting the officer on duty for a fast turnaround system and a better telephone system.
- Additionally, they reported fast driving on Ingalls Road. They questioned what the speed limit is and could it be clearly posted. The speed is dangerous for young children and questioned if the electronic mile equipment could be installed. It was also noted that as in other areas of town, the speeding usually is done by town residents.
Town Administrator Mark Webber: Presented his weekly report, including the following items:
- Completed negotiating session this morning with Highway employees and their union representative, Nadine Kennedy. One change included was language regarding non-portability of accrued sick time of less than 90 days. The contract was signed and it was submitted this evening to the Cheshire BOS for signature.
- Carole will be completing multiple items on the BRTA COA van agreement.
- Received correspondence from the firm who is negotiating a Pilot agreement on our behalf with the developer (CVE) of a solar project on East Harbor Road owned by Karen Scholz. The going rate is $11,000 per megawatt AC annually for twenty years. The proposed project would be 5 megawatts and contain 17,000 panels. This would mean $55,000 annually for the town.
- Discussed pick-up truck options with Blair for the one that was approved last evening. Another discussion will take place in the near future regarding the purchase of a 6 wheeler.
- Researching rules and regulations for Marijuana Retail Stores and Cultivating sites.
- Received a letter from the Division of Ecological Resources informing us that the previously proposed Kitchen Brook Dam project is being removed from their “priority project” status.
Owners of the Cheshire Liquor Center approached the BOS with the request for a letter of non-opposition to start the State process for opening a Retail Marijuana Dispensary. Mark and the BOS explained that they should have a formal presentation of their plans and should contact the Cannabis Control Commission.
Town Clerk, Christine Emerson: No issues or concerns.
Chief of Police Timothy Garner: Submitted weekly report.
- Discussed noise complaint on Ingalls Road and the high rates of speed they are experiencing on Ingalls Road. The Chief explained how the police department phone system operates. A new message will be put on the phone with clear directions for assistance.
One day Liquor License issued to Whitney’s Farm Stand for 6/14/18. $50.00.
Mail and Correspondence:
- Berkshire Gas. Berkshire Gas petitioned the MASS Department of Public Utilities for a 4.3 percent increase in its rates, the first filed by the Company in 17 years. Residents could see an annual increase in their bill of $40.00. A public meeting will take place on July 23, 2018 at 7:00PM at Berkshire Community College, Boland Theatre Building, 1350 West Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201.
- Letter from Joyce H. Fletcher regarding the removing of stacks of stones on her property.
- Proposal received from Brazeau Masonry for the restoration of the historic thoth. The price is $2,200.00. The BOS approved the expenditure.
8:05 PM: With no additional business to come before the Board, Carol made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Ed seconds the motion. Vote taken, 3-0 in favor.
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