July 3, 2018
In Attendance: Robert S. Ciskowski, Carol A. Francesconi, Ed St. John, IV
Press: iBerkshires and The Eagle
Board conducts the business session of the meeting by reviewing and approving weekly payroll and vendor warrants.
6:30 PM: Carol opens the regular portion of the meeting.
Carol makes a motion to accept the Board’s June 26, 2018 meeting minutes.
Robert seconds the motion.
A one (1) day liquor license was issued to St. Mary’s for an event on August 19, 2018.
COA, Peter Traub:
- The BOS discussed the issue of overage. Mr. Traub remembered talking with the BOS and the Advisory Board about the issue and thought he received the ok to have the employees continue to work and the funds would be found elsewhere in the town budget. That is not the case as the money has to come from a COA account. After a lengthy discussion the BOS decided to have Mark contact a neighboring town to see if they can cover the shortage since it is a COA collaboration.
Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane: On vacation
Resident and Former Selectmen, Paul Astorino:
- Wanted to talk about the reduction of 40% in hours for operating the Cheshire Transfer Station. Mr. Astorino questioned if the BOS had considered hours such as 1-5 on MWF; 9-4 on Saturdays. He has received several telephone complaint calls even though he is no longer a Selectmen. He also reported a Citizen’s Petition circulating for change. He requested the BOS to get involved. Carol said, “This is a difficult week because of a holiday on Wednesday”. A meeting will be scheduled with the Cheshire Board of Health on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 6:45PM to review their decision.
Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Carol read the Town’s response to Morgan Management:
“As you are aware, the Cheshire Board of Selectmen, in their capacity as Town of Cheshire Rent Control Board (RCB) granted a rent increase of $7.20 per month per unit (95 units) at their RCB hearing commencing on January 11, 2016. A portion of that approved rent increase, amounting to $5.12 per month per unit, was expressly allowed for the re-paving of roadways within the Pine Valley Mobile Home Park (Park) which were disturbed as a result of ordered septic system upgrades. To date, there is no evidence that that re-paving has taken place. Specifically, the 1/11/16 RCB hearing concluded that 16, 227 square feet of damaged areas be re-paved on 1st and 2nd Streets.
Town Administrator, Mark Webber: Pine Valley Letter continued
“The RCB is now aware that a required 120-day notice has been provided to Park residents informing them of the pending sale f the Park. Please be advised that the Town of Cheshire will vigorously oppose this pending sale unless either of the following conditions is met prior to August 31, 2018.
1) Appropriate re-paving is done to the Park roadways as discussed above. These repairs shall be completed prior to August 31, 2018 and shall require the approval of the Town of Cheshire Highway Superintendent for satisfactory completion and workmanship; or
2) A refund shall be made directly to the Park tenants equal to the amount approved for the Park road-repaving which was never done. That amount is calculated as follows and shall be distributed to Park tenants on or prior to August 31, 2018.
Effective date of approved rent increase: January 11, 2016
Amount of rent increase dedicated to repair of Park
Number of Park tenants: 95
32.5 (months since approved rent increase until
August 31, 2018) x $5.12 x 95 = $15,808”
- Mike Biagini has been named Union Shop Stewart for the Cheshire Highway Department.
- Town Clerk has requested a Carry-Over for 2018 to get started on the Town’s By-Laws. Amendments/changes go from 44 to 61. This is a long overdue project to complete.
- Received Chapter 90 money of $122,394 for Wells Road. (This has been outstanding for two (2) years.
- Researched abandoned housing grants. There is a grant due July 27, 2019 that Mark will be further investigating for the town.
- Received a call from Resident, Jim Boyle.
- Mark reported that, unfortunately, Cheshire did not receive the BRPC Complete Streets Grant.
- He will be working with the MASS DOT to update all Chapter 90 monies.
- Received an email from Marya LaRoche announcing a Boat Parade on Sunday, July 29, 2018 at noon. The parade will take place from 1-3pm at the Cheshire Causeway. Music and prizes will be awarded in different categories. Contact Jim Bush at 743-4249 for further information.
Cheshire Planning Board, Donna Defino, Chairman:
- Updated the BOS on the need for a signature for a Hill Engineering proposal to perform engineering/technical review for a solar project.
Town Clerk, Christine Emerson: No issues or concerns.
- Town Clerk voiced thanks to Mike Biagini from the Cheshire Highway Department for moving and disposing 30 boxes of old voting forms and old ballots. He did a great job and she was greatly appreciated.
Chief of Police, Timothy Garner: Submitted weekly report.
Resident’s Ron and Brian Tenczar:
- Carol had received an email from DEP, Representative Mark Stimpson, regarding brush hog cutting of weeds at 1343 Wells Road (Ron Tenczar’s property). Carol visited the site and issued an Enforcement Order on June 29, 2018. Carol stated that one cannot brush hog wetlands and she saw cut cattails. Brian noted that some areas are not wetlands and the property is marked. He will brush cut the areas not in wetlands and is considering bringing horses back as they have had horses on the property for over 21 years.
- Attended the celebration of the Appalachian Trail on Saturday, June 30, 2018. He appreciated the time and efforts of the group and acknowledged all the work it took to become designated.
- Also wanted to discuss what the plans and alternatives are for a truck this winter for the CHD. This discussion will continue next week when Blair returns from vacation.
Female anonymous phone call received at the desk in the Town Hall. Female complained about going to the transfer station on Monday, July 2nd with a truck full of stuff. Did not understand why it was not open as she was there at 2:30PM and 3:10PM. All residents that had purchased stickers and bags had received notification about the time changes at the transfer station. Since no name or phone number was left, the complaint could not be addressed.
Resident, T. Jayko:
- Voiced concern over Wells Road not being marked for safe driving. Additionally, he reported a speed sign on Wells has a brush overgrown on it. Carol will check into it.
Mail and Correspondence:
7:40PM 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