January 15, 2019

6:00PM Open Meeting

In Attendance: Carol A. Francesconi, Robert S. Ciskowski
Absent:      
Press: iBerkshires

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 January 8, 2019 meeting minutes. Robert seconds the motion. A unanimous vote was taken.

Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane:  Weekly report submitted for 1/9/19-1/15/19.
- 75% capacity of salt in the shed.
- School oil tank is at 3200.
- Sand Mill Bridge was closed, not for safety reasons, but for State testing.
- Blair voiced concerns about possible ice flows.
- Transmission in truck @ (Ford 550) failed during last week's storm. The manufacturer is totally replacing it at no cost. Researching a road grader.  Met with Caterpillar and meeting with John Deer this week. Blair will be looking at new and used machines for comparisons.
- Winter sand available to residents at the town garage.    

Stafford Green Inc.
- A Host Agreement was submitted to the BOS on 1/8/19.  The BOS asked questions regarding security, and police protection.  Once the changes have been made the document will be forwarded to Town Counsel.

Interim Town Administrator, Ed St. John IV:  Weekly report submitted for January 15, 2019
- Met with the Finance Committee to continue to work on the budget.  The Colonial Power Group     reports a total savings of $53,314, 92% of which was seen by the residents. Ed received the Cheshire's Quarterly Aggregation Report for Q3 2018.
- Continuing to work on the Town Website.
- Received notification from Governor Baker that he has approved and signed into law the proposed legislation expanding the Board of Selectmen from three (3) members to five (5.)  Town Counsel is in the process of reviewing this. We can now, as a town, vote at either an annual or special election, to accept this legislation. This will be on the 1/29/19 Agenda.
- Continuing to work on Compete Streets program and seeking funding for the police department.
- Working with a representative from MAPC gathering information regarding LED street lights.
- Met with members of the COA regarding a program offered to community members. It is offered to residents and members of the COA. It therefore makes sense to continue to offer the facility as long as it is used for this purpose. Should the audience change, it will then be readdressed.
- Ed will check into the softball usage at the school and report back to the BOS.

Cheshire Police Chief, Tim Garner
- Weekly report submitted.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  
- No issues or concerns.

Mail and Correspondence:    
- Letter of Resignation from Francis A. Waterman, Jr. as a Water Commissioner.

Carol:
- Motioned to appoint Ron DeAngelis to the Cheshire Water Department.  He will finish the term of Francis A. Waterman and then run for the position in May; 2nd by Robert.  A unanimous vote was taken.
    
Talks continued regarding the inspection fees of the Electrical Inspector.  The BOS will discuss this topic at the next Tuesday to resolve any questions.

Carol:
With all business finalized, Carol motioned to adjourn the meeting at 8:00pm; seconded by Robert.  
A unanimous vote was taken.

         
Respectfully Submitted,

Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen’s Secretary

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Carol A. Francesconi, Chairman
Robert S. Ciskowski, Clerk