September 25, 2018
6:00PM Open Meeting
In Attendance: Carol A. Francesconi, Robert S. Ciskowski
Press: iBerkshires, Berkshire Eagle
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 September 18, 2018 meeting minutes. Robert seconds the motion. A unanimous vote was taken.
Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane:
* Submitted a Weekly Activity Log for 9/19/18-9/25/18.
* Repaired two fire hydrants at high school.
* Continued ditch cleaning/road grading and repairs. (Currant Road-backfill curb).
* Tree down on Dean Street today. Cut enough to open for emergency access.
* Complete Streets discussion today with MASSDOT. Will be submitting a second submission with a different project.
* Wells Road guardrail adjustment completed @ Swistaks.
* Some line striping completed. Rest to complete after paving.
* Roller is in and strobe light and safety reflectors had been installed.
* Furnace at the Community Center failed. Called and waiting for a response.
* Culvert repairs almost complete. Sidewalk on School Street is left to complete.
Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
* Received a petition from National Grid for a single utility pole on Outlook Avenue. Notifications will be mailed to abutters. Carol scheduled the Pole Hearing for: Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 7:30PM.
* Met with Blair Crane and Kathy Stevens of MA DOT, State Aid Chief, to resolve outstanding procurement/reimbursement issues on upcoming paving project and the Sand Mill Bridge project.
* Exchanged paperwork with BRPC for the amended Complete Streets Application for Wells Road sidewalk project. The submission deadline is Monday, October 1, 2018. Although the application is ready for submission, Mark and Blair asked if it could be amended to include a pedestrian bridge. BRPC responded that it was too late, but if successful, an addendum could be added. The application requested $237,000 in funding.
* Received a lease payment for Cheshire School from the District for $10, 000.
* Received a Chapter 71 (school transportation) refund check from McCann for $2,809.
* Notice of Decision from the Cheshire Planning Board was received for the Karen Scholz commercial solar array. The project was approved pending the Cheshire Conservation Commissions Order of Conditions.
* Two (2) applications have been received for the employment opportunity, Town Administrator for the Town of Cheshire.
* Mark and Peter LeFebvre are tracking down the manufacturer of the Community Center's dishwasher in an effort to secure parts.
* Received an Operational Certificate from Bay State Elevator.
* Updated progress on the repairs of the trough in front of the Cheshire Town Hall. Repairs are taking place and it was noted that no "Time Capsule" was found.
Two (2) one (1) day liquor license was issued for Whitney's Farm Stand. $100.00.
Cheshire Police Chief, Tim Garner:
* Submitted Weekly Report.
- No issues or concerns.
Mail and Correspondence:
Robert: Questioned if all fire extinguishers were checked yearly. Carol reported that they are and there are tags with the inspection dates affixed.
With no additional business to come before the Board, Carol made a motion to go into Executive Session and to not return to the 6:30PM meeting. Robert seconds the motion. A a unanimous vote was taken at 7:15PM.
Roll Call: Carol A. Francesconi, Yes; and Robert S. Ciskowski, Yes.
Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen’s Secretary
Carol A. Francesconi, Chairman
Robert S. Ciskowski, Clerk