January 22, 2019

6:00PM Open Meeting

In Attendance: Carol A. Francesconi, Robert S. Ciskowski, Blair Crane
Press: iBerkshires, Berkshire Eagle

Warrants were signed.

Mrs. Francesconi opened the meeting at 6:30 pm.

The Community Host Agreement was discussed with Mr. Maguire.  Carol questioned page 3, 3. Term.  After a discussion as to whether Mr. Maguire intended to stop the contract after five years. His answer was no that thought according the MGL that it was understood that the contract would or could be renegotiated.  It was agreed to add the sentence, "The contract may be renegotiated after five years.".  The sentence was added to the contract and the Selectmen and Mr. Maguire signed the document.

Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane's report:
- Salt Shed at 75% capacity.
- School heating oil tank at 2800 gallons.  Water main insulation measures seem to be doing well.  Water main temp this morning was 45 degrees.
- Truck 2- Ford F550 transmission came in today.  Hope to have the truck back in service later this week.
- Meeting with John Deere scheduled for last week was postponed by them and rescheduled for late this week or next (weather permitting).
- Winter Sand available to residents at Town Garage.
Carol asked Blair if the work on the Compactor Site had begun.  Answer, the work has been postponed due to the weather.

Treasurer, Rebecca Herzog and the Board of Selectmen signed a Renewal Anticipation Serial Note.  The note issued February 1, 2019, $534,250 at 2.60% per annum from Easthampton Savings Bank.  This note is for fire truck and highway trucks voted a 2014 and 2016 Annual Town  Meetings.


- Letter from Stafford Green Inc. giving the notice for their Community Outreach Meeting, Wednesday, January 23, 6:300 at the Cheshire Community/Senior Center.  Also, enclosed was a copy of the add from the Berkshire Eagle.
- Letter from ATC Environmental stating that a Immediate Response Plan (IRA) has been submitted to Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection for Global Partners LLP, 173 North Street, Cheshire (Shell Gasoline Station).  
- Letter and Invoice from Berkshire Regional Planning Commission.  Stating that the annual town assessment for FY 2019  will increase 2.5%.  The figure is $2,577.55.

- Wire Inspector Fees:
Carol and Bob discussed the fee for solar/photovoltaic for the electrical inspector.  Conclusion that "all solar photovoltaic (PV) systems shall have a flat fee of $50 per KW".
Motion by Carol to change this fee.  Unanimous vote by Selectmen.

- Town Clerk presented the offices that shall appear on the May 6th Annual Election ballot.  One Moderator for three year term; One Selectmen for three year term; One Selectmen for one year term; One Assessor for three year term; One Board of Health Member for three year term; One Cemetery Commissioner for three year term; One Cemetery Commissioner for one year term; One Planning Board Member for five year term; One Adams Cheshire Regional School District School Committee Member from Cheshire for three year term; One Northern Berkshire Vocation School District School Committee Member from Cheshire for three year term; and three Constables for three year terms each.
Nomination papers are available beginning January 29th, papers are due back to Town Clerk/Registrars by 5:00 pm Monday, March 18th.

- Cheshire Library requested the use of the closet on Depot Street side of the Town Hall for storage.  Permission was granted.

- Police Chief Garner submitted the weekly police logs.

- Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to support Cheshire Lake District seeking Commonwealth aid for the cost of the deweeding of the lake.
Meeting adjourned at 7:15 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Christine Emerson

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


Respectfully Submitted,

Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen’s Secretary

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