December 18, 2018
6:00PM Open Meeting
In Attendance: Robert S. Ciskowski, Carol A. Francesconi
Board conducts the business session of the meeting by reviewing and approving weekly payroll and vendor warrants.
6:30PM Carol opens the regular portion of the meeting.
Carol read the minutes and made a motion to accept the Board’s December 11, 2018 meeting minutes. Robert seconds the motion. A unanimous vote was taken.
Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane: Absent
- Things to do: Check trestle on Lanesborough Road.
Interim Town Administrator, Ed St. John IV
- Presented weekly report.
- In conversation with the Board of Health regarding questions about piggeries in Cheshire. Spoke with Laura Kittross from BRPC and seeking an opinion from Town Counsel.
- Spoke with Dave Waddle from Mass Wildlife regarding the trapping of beavers which can be performed with a permit issued from the Board of Health. Also spoke to Rebecca Barnes from DCR and better ways to improve the flow of water. Robert will be sharing his plan for improving the water flow in the center of Cheshire including possible dam removal.
- Met with Blair Crane, Highway Superintendent to discuss plans for future operation of the department.
- Ed is in the process of researching grant opportunities and will be reporting specifics once a plan of action is in place.
- Will be scheduling department meetings to review the best way of offer assistance.
- Attended the Berkshire Municipal Management Association (BMMA) meeting. The featured speaker was Representative Pignattelli who spoke on initiatives proposed to the re-working of the Chapter 90 formula. This formula can be changed to reflect the needs and disadvantages that smaller, rural communities face as it relates to its roads.
- Began research implementation of new Town policies such as purchasing and should have a working copy by the end of December.
- Spoke with Tom Matuszko, BRPC, regarding the District Local Technical Assistance program (“DLTA”) grant opportunity. There is a matching requirement to continue to work on zoning with the Cheshire Planning Board. The zoning focus has since changed and could examine zoning adjacent to Route 8 (applicable to Green Community), culvert assessment, and to investigate the merits to create an overlay zone to enhance agriculture use.
- Reported that the elementary school will be empty by the end of December. Blair will adjust the heat accordingly.
- Carol updated the BOS on the status of repairs at the fire house. The bay area is being sheet rocked and the storage room needs plywood replacement in the spring. Doors will be fixed next year.
Stafford Green, Inc., 80 Stafford Hill Road, Cheshire, MA. Francis Gonsalves Maguire, President and Director of Stafford Green, Inc. Tier 5 Cannabis request.
- Presented an overview of his plans to grow cannabis. There will be a non permanent building 42’ x 60’ greenhouse acting as staging/assembly area. There will be an eight (8) foot chain link fence barbed wire around four (4) acres. Secondary fence with gated access; employment opportunities for first season 8-12 employees; 2-4 fir trees planted on southeastern line to obstruct direct line of sight from abutting neighbor.
- Seeking ways to benefit the town with the tax revenue generated from his operation.
- Mr. Maguire will return to the BOS once he has a Host Agreement secured.
- Noted: Owns 34.2 acres of land, no wetlands, organic outdoor growing, a security plan is designed.
Cheshire Police Chief, Tim Garner
- Weekly report submitted.
- No issues or concerns.
Mail and Correspondence:
All employees attended a Christmas gathering and farewell to Town Administrator, Mark Webber after the BOS meeting closed.
With all business finalized, Carol motioned to adjourn the meeting at 7:09pm; seconded by Robert.
A unanimous vote was taken.
Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen’s Secretary
Carol A. Francesconi, Chairman
Robert S. Ciskowski, Clerk