June 19, 2018
In Attendance: Robert S. Ciskowski, Carol A. Francesconi
Absent: Ed St. John, IV
Board conducts the business session of the meeting by reviewing and approving weekly payroll and vendor warrants.
6:30PM: Weekly payroll and vendor warrants. Carol makes a motion to accept the Board's June 12, 2018 meeting minutes. Robert seconds the motion.
Highway Supt. Blair Crane:
- Issued his weekly report for June 13, 2018 – June 19, 2018.
- Street sweeping, pothole repair, mowing of town properties continues.
- Preparing Stewart White Road.
- Backhoe 310 is currently being repaired.
- A new highway pickup truck was discussed and a delivery date of July 9, 2018 is anticipated.
Resident, William Simmons, of Pitt Road reported asphalt being dumped by local contractors on a Right of Way area. The town has not agreed to the dumping and will check into the matter.
Town Administrator Mark Webber:
- Final approval from the MassHighway District 1 regarding Chapter 90 reimbursement was approved and will be received shortly.
- Becky Herzog hosted a regional group insurance mandatory meeting this morning for administers of health/dental/life insurance in North County towns. There will be a new group of benefits starting July 1.
- Processed next fiscal year town’s fire and police liability insurance. No premium changes for the next year.
- DEP sent new guidelines regulating Forest Cutting Plans; Carol will review.
Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- AFSCME has acknowledged receipt of the executed Highway Union contract agreement. Union cards have been issued or will be shortly.
- In contact with Jim Barry, regional coordinator of Green Communities, to schedule a return visit to assist the town in signing up in the program.
- Executed USDA/RD reporting documents that are required annually from any town that received USDA project funding.
- The Town’s insurer, MIIA, is offering a two day OSHA training seminar in Great Barrington at no cost on June 26th and June 27th. Attendance will also give us participation credits which provide the Town with premium discount credits at the end of the year.
- Documents received related to the Whitney Chapter land sale. Copies will be distributed to the Planning Board, ConsCom and the Board of Assessors.
- The BOS signed the Employment Agreement for Michael Alibozek.
- Read a letter from Kraus & Hummel LLP regarding the Notice of Tenants Rights under M.G.L. CH 140, Section 32R. The notification stated that Pine Valley MHC, LLC has received and accepted an offer to sell the Pine Valley Mobile Home Park for the sum of One Million Seven Hundred Twenty-Five Dollars, pursuant to and subject to the terms of that certain executed purchase and sales agreement attached.
- Thank you letter received from Michael Deep, Deep Associates Insurance Agency, Inc. for assistance received from the BOS/ConsCom for a quick solution of a recent problem encountered at Kitchen Brook Mobile Home Park.
- Jacob Zieminiski (Berkshire Boys) Donna Defino, Chairman of the Cheshire Planning Board Mr. Zieminiski submitted a Host Community Agreement Request for the BOS to sign for a Marijuana Cultivation License Tier 2 for 128 Fales Road, Cheshire, MA. 01225.
- Donna inquired as to what the anticipated yearly income would be. There was a discrepancy in possible income for the town between both parties for medical and recreational. Carol voiced that there would be no signing of any documentation until the BOS has carefully investigated everything and when town counsel approves the documentation. The host agreement sheet was not a Community Host Agreement but information about it. Carol said she would be reading MLG Chapter 94g section 3 before moving forward.
- Mr. Zieminski noted that the 110 page document has been now condensed to a three (3) page document for clarity. He noted that signing was no risk to the town. He will emailed additional information this week to the BOS.
- The meeting will continue on June 26th at 7pm at the Town Hall.
- Updated the BOS on the School Building Re-Use Committee history and recommendations to the Cheshire Board of Selectmen. Initially discussed was a fitness center, satellite classroom for BCC/MCLA computer classes, caterers use of the kitchen/cafeteria for independent business, small coffee shop, day care center, satellite classes for YMCA/Dalton Youth Center, shelter for Appalachian Trail hikers. A RFEI was advertised and two responses received for a dance studio and one for a pre-school program. After many discussions and research completed, the dance studio proposal was denied as the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District leases space in the “new” wing. A schematic showing the “new” area where all offices and the Library would fit was submitted. It was recommended that the town offices move to the school and the Cheshire Historical Commission utilize the first floor of the Cheshire Town Hall. Mark noted that demolition is an option; or partial demolition. The project would have to go before a town mee ing for funding. Also noted was the expenses incurred while empty. Opportunities will be further investigated.
- Peter Traub questioned if there was any interest in it becoming a residential project.
- Carol noted that another building in town, “The Inn cost the town $40k to take it down”.
- Sandra Sloane noted that selling was not an option, there was no interest.
- Many thoughts were shared in this brainstorming session. Robert thanked the committee for their time and efforts.
Resident, Barry Emery:
- Asked if any of the BOS members would be attending the Eagle Band presentation on Sunday at 3pm. The Conductor would like to introduce the BOS with historical information about the Town of Cheshire.
- Will be offering a walking around town; “What Is What Was” on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 6:30PM and Sunday afternoon, August 26, 2018 at 2pm. It will be approximately a two (2) mile walk starting and ending at the Cheshire Post Office.
- The BOS accepted on June 19, 2018 the Cheshire COA Policy dated 7/1/18.
Town Clerk, Christine Emerson: No issues or concerns.
Chief of Police Timothy Garner: Submitted weekly report.
- Submitted paperwork for a letter of support for Taylor Kline for the Police Academy.
Mail and Correspondence:
- 2017 Consumer Confidence Report for Cheshire Water Department.
- Forest Cutting Plan for: Farnams Goodlife Corporation, Lanesborough Road.
- MIIA; MIIA Property and Casualty Additional Credit: $1,967.
8:10 PM: With no additional business to come before the Board, Carol made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Robert seconds the motion. A unanimous vote was taken.
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