November 6, 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 October 30, 2018 meeting minutes. Robert seconds the motion. A unanimous vote was taken.
Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane:
- Submitted a Weekly Activity Log for 10/31/18-11/6/18.
- All weather sensitive equipment has been moved inside under cover for the winter.
- Oil tank at school has been filled with 8800 gallons of oil.
- Inoperative fire exit signs have been repaired and new batteries installed to make them operational.
- Safety violation of missing railing on mezzanine in garage has been fixed by adding a section of railing.
- Fire alarm heat sensors are back up and operational.
- Road repairs - drainage, shoulders, ditching continue.
- Will continue with repairs and bucket patching this week and next as weather allows to finish out the blacktopping season.
Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Copier in the Annex repaired.
- Sent information on the Whitney Solar project to Town's PILOT specialist for the purpose of working with the solar operation to develop a PILOT Agreement.
- Follow up note sent to the AG's office regarding the extra tenant’s language in the Pine Valley Lease.
- Carol and Robert will be meeting individuals interested in leasing the Cheshire school on Wednesday, November 7, 2018.
Carol reported that the Cheshire Community Center's new furnace has been installed. Additionally she spoke with Town Counsel, Ed St. John III, regarding the leasing of the Center. All individuals must sign a release form. If an activity is a public service and sponsored by a Town Board, they may charge for their services. If it is a business, not offering a public service, then a fee would be charged. No fee to be charged if a public service offering. A fee may be charges at the discretion if not during regular hours. A fee schedule has been a long standing policy. However, Carol will speak to Anna Farnum, the Chairman of the Cheshire Council on Aging, to clarify fees. It was noted that it would be appreciated if the Town Administrator was first notified of changes/programs at the Center. This information would then be passed on to the Board of Selectmen. COA, member Gene Gebrowski, reported the importance to growing the group and offering new workshops and activities for Cheshire residents.
- Carol updated the BOS on the structural progress being made at the Fire House and the timeframe for the ceiling tile to be completed by Wooliver & Sons, Inc.
- The student enrollment numbers, as of October 2018 are as follows:
Adams elementary school 291
Cheshire elementary school 75
Adams middle school 300
Cheshire middle school 92
Adams high school 251
Cheshire high school 101
Total for Adams: 842
Total for Cheshire: 268
Town Administrator suggested asking the total number of elementary school students and to what schools are they enrolled.
Cheshire Police Chief, Tim Garner
- Submitted Weekly Report.
- Cheshire Police Department award grant for $12,026 for tasers, training, and equipment.
- (Managing Voting) at Cheshire Community Center.
Mail and Correspondence:
- Email received from Representative, John Barrett, regarding Cheshire Board of Selectmen Home Rule Petition changing the number of selectmen from three (3) to five (5). Comments and edits are required by the BOS and then to be returned to Representative Barrett for filing with the House Counsel.
With all business finalized, Carol motioned to adjourn the meeting at 8:00pm; seconded by Robert. A unanimous vote was taken.
Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen’s Secretary
Carol A. Francesconi, Chairman
Robert S. Ciskowski, Clerk