December 26, 2018
6:00PM Open Meeting
In Attendance: Robert S. Ciskowski, Carol A. Francesconi
Press: The Berkshire Eagle
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 18, 2018 meeting minutes. Robert seconds the motion. A unanimous vote was taken.
Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane:
- Presented the Weekly Activity Log for 12/19/18-12/25/18.
- 50% of labor was for vacation time, sick time, or other time off.
- Salt is at ¾ capacity.
- Truck #4 transmission issue has reemerged. Truck at Delurey’s.
- Welder broke beyond repair. Purchased new Miller welder.
- Rain issues on Friday- 4”. Roads were kept passable over the weekend and repaired the frozen dirt surfaces on Monday. Muddy conditions on Stewart White Road.
- Winter sand available to residents at the town garage.
- Flag pole broken at the Cheshire Community Center.
- Received state notice that they will be taking core samples from existing abutments at Sand Mill Bridge. The bridge was built in 1930.
- Will be reviewing CCC application for 1031 Sand Mill Hill.
Interim Town Administrator, Ed St. John IV
- Presented December 26, 2018 Administrator’s Report.
- Reported to the BOS the following: “Section 3.3(b) of the Cheshire Zoning By law prohibits “commercial piggeries” from all districts within Cheshire. In Building Inspector of Mansfield v. Curvin, 22 Mass. App. Ct. 401 (1986), the Appeals Court held that a blanket prohibition against piggeries violated the provisions of Mass. Gen. Laws, ch. 40A, sec. 3 (No zoning ordinance or by- law shall…prohibit, unreasonably regulate, or require a special permit for the use of land for the primary purpose of commercial agriculture. Therefore as long as the primary use of the land is for agriculture, the town’s zoning bylaw cannot be used to prevent the operation of a piggery.”
- Met with Blair Crane to discuss the highway budget. A meeting is scheduled also for Ed to meet with the Finance Committee on Thursday, January 3, 2019.
- PILOT agreement sent to Town Counsel for review. Ed will be researching other comparisons from different communities.
- Submitted to the BOS documents from ACRSD re: Amended District Agreement.
- Researching grant programs for the Police Department to provide a School Resource Officer for the high school.
- Clarified billing addresses with Berkshire Gas for the highway and community center.
- Robert requested Ed to work on diode lights for Cheshire and the potential savings.
- Received a request from ACRSD to Legislators to file special legislation to allow towns to elect school committee members in May. The BOS noted that the request was not discussed with the Cheshire BOS before requesting legislative action.
- Scheduled National Grid/Verizon Pole Hearing for January 8, 2019 at 7pm at the BOS meeting.
Cheshire Police Chief, Tim Garner
- Weekly report submitted.
- Agreed on thirty day continued employment (end of January) for Nicholas Sorrell.
- Agreed upon employment for Amalia M. Jusino III until May 2019 appointments.
- Grant received for $13,841 for the purchase of police tasers.
Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:
- No issues or concerns.
Mail and Correspondence:
With all business finalized, Carol motioned to adjourn the meeting at 7:05pm; seconded by Robert.
A unanimous vote was taken.
Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen’s Secretary
Carol A. Francesconi, Chairman
Robert S. Ciskowski, Clerk