November 27, 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 read the minutes and made a motion to accept the Board’s November 20, 2018 meeting minutes. Robert seconds the motion. A unanimous vote was taken.
Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane: (Home)
Town Administrator, Mark Webber:
- Created a Release Form for liability for participants in programs offered at the Cheshire Community Center.
- Received a Cheshire Lake Use Permit for the Berkshire Geobash Fire and Ice event scheduled for Saturday, February 9, 2019.
- Inquiry received regarding a marijuana business enterprise.
- Requested a meeting for the Finance Committee on December 11, 2018 at 6pm. Approved.
- Spoke with the Building Inspector regarding the payment of an on-line permitting program. Mark advised that municipalities cannot pre-pay for goods or services.
- Mark will be checking into electric company solicitations.
Cheshire Police Chief, Tim Garner
- Weekly report submitted.
- No issues or concerns.
Mail and Correspondence:
- Berkshire County Listening Session, Thursday, December 6, 2018 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Presented by the Rural Policy Advisory Commission, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, Suite 201, Pittsfield.
- Department of Housing & Community Development. Community Development Block Grant- Community Development Fund (CDF) FY 2018 Environmental Release- The Town of Cheshire
Grant #00823. Cheshire-New Marlborough Housing Rehab Program. Has cleared environment review for Program Year 2018. Mark will be calling Berkshire Regional to start the project.
- Carol read Minutes for November 2018 for the COA written by M. Gwozdz.
- Letter from Resident, Irene Bator, offering two suggestions. “For the hiring of a new Town Administrator, invite a third person from another small town to be on the committee.”2. "Once the Town files the current paperwork, the January session of Legislators could focus on it, and send to Governor Baker for signature. This would allow from the annual May Town vote, as full complement of a 5 member select board. Thus eliminate any need for anyone filling in and a costly special future vote."
- Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. State Route 116 Reclamation and Paving Project was not recommended.
- One day liquor license issued to Whitney's Farm Stand LLC for 11/29/18. $50.00
Carol and Robert continued the discussion regarding the hiring of a new Town Administrator.
- The hiring of an interim employee was not something Robert was in favor of. Robert said, "It is more important to move on and have continuity." He said he would consider hiring one of the three candidates on an interim bases and then, "We will see what they are capable of and what they are not capable of. At the end of this period, they could hire the candidate outright, wait for the May election, or open up the entire process again with a new board." Mark voiced that he did not feel the gridlock would end. Robert said, he was willing to compromise. Mark will be checking to see if any of the three candidates would consider this opportunity. Although Ed St. John IV withdrew his application, Robert felt he would want to extend the offering to him also. Robert said, "My concern is that my actions and yours we may have poisoned the candidates. I don't know what they have been following so I don't know what they think of Cheshire or whether they want the job anymore or not." Mark will report back to the board 12/4/18.
- Although Mark's plan was to retire the first of November, he would be willing to consider staying on until May.
Resident, Gary Trudeau:
- Questioned the two selectmen as to what was important to them in the candidate. Carol said, "It has to be the right fit. Experience.” Robert said, "The job entails a lot. He wanted someone that respected their opinion, had dedication and could direct the board to proceed on the right path and to have the ability to bounce things off of the BOS ."
Carol asked Robert if he had any questions or concerns. He did have 5 concerns for Blair but would wait until next week when he is present.
With all business finalized, Carol motioned to adjourn the meeting at 7:10pm; seconded by Robert.
A unanimous vote was taken.
Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen’s Secretary
Carol A. Francesconi, Chairman
Robert S. Ciskowski, Clerk