December 5, 2019

6:00PM Open Meeting

In Attendance: Robert S. Ciskowski, Carol A. Francesconi
Absent:        
Press:
                   
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 15, 2019 meeting minutes. Robert seconds the motion. A unanimous vote was taken.

Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane:  Weekly report submitted for 1/30/19-2/5/19.
- Salt shed is at 100% capacity.
- School heating oil tank is at 8000 gallons with a refill last week of 6000.
- Truck #2 back in service after transmission repair.  Repair was under full warrantee.
- Met with National Grid regarding Jenks Road.  They will be attempting to run the lines up the East side of the road and not the pasture side.
- Winter sand is available to residents at town garage.

Interim Town Administrator, Ed St. John IV:  Weekly report submitted for February 5, 2019.
- Ed attended the Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Official training for three (3) days. Ed passed the examination.
- Called Spectrum to discuss internet speeds. An appointment is scheduled for Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 1pm to 2pm.
- Spoke to Jim Bush, a Selectman from Adams regarding complaints regarding trailer trucks traveling on West Mount Road to Notch Road-leading over from Fred Mason Road.  Ed will     research possibilities on installing Load Limit Signs at the beginning of Fred Mason Road.
- Followed up on the topic of the Whitney’s Property.  A simple ratification vote tonight will suffice.
- Received bridge inspection report conducted by Mass DOT for East Main Street, Church Street,     West Mountain Road. One deficiency deals with potholes on Church Street.  West Mountain Roads deficiency was reported on the headwall of the culvert/retaining wall section. This will be remedied as soon as possible.
- Bid notice was sent to the Berkshire Eagle for the Water Department Emergency Repair     contract.  Return date is 7pm on 2/2/19.  Bid will be reviewed in Executive Session on 2/26/19.
- Ed attended the February meeting of the Berkshire Managers.  Discussion included the renewed     emphasis on infrastructure repair and dollars for such, not just low-interest loans.
- Ed walked the portion of the Rail Trail in the Harbor area with Selectman Ciskowski looking at that portion of the Hoosic River and associated dam.  Ed followed up by researching into the

Interim Town Administrator, Ed St. John IV:

Division of Ecological Restoration’s Dam Removal projects.  The DER, at this time, is not     accepting priority project.  Other options will be researched.
- No budgets have been returned.

Carol:
- Regarding first refusal on Whitney 61A property. Carol motioned that the town has no     intention of taking of Whitney 61A property; 2nd by Robert.  A unanimous vote was taken.

Cheshire Police Chief, Tim Garner
- Weekly report submitted.
- The Cheshire Police employment opportunity application process will close on 2/26/19 or until the position is filled. (Ed will check into if open meetings (the public) is invited to the interviews.
An Executive Session will take place on March 5, 2019.  (Screening)

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

Mail and Correspondence:    
     
Carol:
With all business finalized, Carol motioned to adjourn the meeting at 7:30pm; 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