January 2, 2019
6:00PM Open Meeting
In Attendance: Carol A. Francesconi, Robert S. Ciskowski
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 December 26, 2019 meeting minutes. Robert seconds the motion. A unanimous vote was taken.
Resident, Chris DelMolino, 110 Main Street, Cheshire, MA and Aaron from Sun Bug Solar:
- Both parties had met with electrical Inspector, George Sweet, to review the electrical fees charged for solar installations.
- Aaron noted that the fees were not listed on the Cheshire website and he felt the fees were abnormally high considering the amount of time spent on the inspection. He questioned if the town had surveyed other surrounding towns. Carol will be checking surrounding towns for their fee rates.
- As of July 1, 2015 the fees are:
From $0 to $2,000 $50.00
From $2001 to $4,000 $75.00
From $4001 to $8,000 $100.00
From $8001 to $10,000 $125.00
From $10,001 and above (per thousand) $25.00
Additional inspections beyond the initial inspection. (Included in the fee.)
* All Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems shall have a flat fee of $100.00 per kW.
The discussion will continue on January 8, 2019 with George Sweet present.
Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane:
- Presented the Weekly Activity Log for 12/26/18-1/1/2019.
- Salt shed at full capacity.
- Call from MSP Tuesday, January 1, 2019 regarding pothole on Fred Mason Road resulting in two blown tires. Hole repaired January 2, 2019 with cold patch.
- Met with Mass DOT last week to finalize Chapter 90 paperwork. All paperwork has been turned in and we are awaiting reimbursement from the State.
- Reported school heating oil tank at 4200 gallons as of 12/31/18.
- Various dead, dying or unsafe trees taken down around town. Residents are encouraged to take the wood on a first come/first serve basis.
- Winter sand continues to be available to residents at the town garage.
Interim Town Administrator, Ed St. John IV
- Reached out to NationalGrid to secure a street lighting inventory. Awaiting a response.
- Met with Sherman from NeoNet regarding networking in an effort to be more efficient and secure.
- Carol signed the DLTA grant for submission to BRPC. Continuing to work on grants for the Police and Highway Department.
- Investigating cameras for roads (equipment grant) road security.
Carol: Asked Ed to seek historical grants for the Town Hall - specifically repairs.
- Ed will be attending Procurement Training on January 22, 23, and 24, 2019.
- Questioned Blair regarding the working status of the generator at the school. Blair responded that the generator could be parked - up and running. It is old - 60's or 70's when originally installed.
Cheshire Police Chief, Tim Garner
- Weekly report submitted.
Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:
- No issues or concerns.
Mail and Correspondence:
- Received MDAR Vegetation Management Plan Schedule and mailed it to Laurie Field.
- Berkshire Medical Center, Inc. Berkshire occupational Health will be merging with Berkshire Health Urgent Care, 505 East Street, St. Luke's Square, Pittsfield, MA 01201.
With all business finalized, Carol motioned to adjourn the meeting at 7:25pm; seconded by Robert.
A unanimous vote was taken.
Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen’s Secretary
Carol A. Francesconi, Chairman
Robert S. Ciskowski, Clerk