February 12, 2019

6:00PM Open Meeting

In Attendance: Carol A. Francesconi, Robert S. Ciskowski
Press: None

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 February 5, 2019 meeting minutes. Robert seconds the motion. A unanimous vote was taken.

Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane:  Due to a snow storm, Mr. Crane was unavailable.

Interim Town Administrator, Ed St. John IV:  Weekly report submitted for February 12, 2019.

The Interim Town Administrator spoke to a representative from Spectrum regarding our internet speed. As of right now, we have a download speed of 4 mbps and pay approximately $75.00 per month. For approximately $119.99, we can get 100 mbps. There is an opportunity to bundle with phones, but given the set-up, he is hesitant to pursue this right now.

He worked on finalizing a grant application to get us into the pipeline at least for funds for replacing our street lights to LED’s.
At the end of December/early January, he sent the Board some information regarding a PILOT agreement for a solar project on East Harbor Road. They are looking to move forward with an agreement, but want to have further discussions regarding the numbers. He reached out to our consultant on this project and will update soon. Approval of this agreement will require a Town Meeting vote.

One company expressed interest in the Invitation to Bid for the Water Department Emergency Repair contract. Nothing has been submitted to date.
He met with members of the Finance Committee to discuss the upcoming budget process. They plan to meet again in the future.

The board discussion the Interim Town Administrator’s current agreement and Carol made the following motion:
To create a new agreement from 2/12/19 until 6/30/19 and then a subsequent agreement from 7/1/19 to 6/30/22. No further substantive changes were made to the agreement.
Robert seconded the motion and a unanimous vote was taken

The Board also discussed amending the Highway Department Superintendent’s agreement as follows: to create a new agreement from 7/1/19 to 6/30/22. The other amendment was to change that the Highway Department Superintendent may receive three weeks of vacation after two years of continuous employment. The previous agreement stated that the three weeks would be earned after three years of continuous employment.

Carol made the motion to amend the Highway Department Superintendent’s contract as outlined above, with a second by Robert. A unanimous vote was taken.

Cheshire Police Chief, Tim Garner
- Weekly report submitted.

Mail and Correspondence:
- Read letter from Baystate Elevator informing increase in monthly inspection rate
- MMA – announced return of essay contest among 8th graders; asked for permission for MMA to contact schools to ask if schools want to participate

Carol: Motioned to approve question to be placed on the Annual Election ballot by which the Town accepts the legislation expanding the Board of Selectmen from 3 members to 5 members approved by the Legislature and signed into effect by the Governor; 2nd by Robert, a unanimous vote

With all business finalized, Carol motioned to adjourn the meeting at 7:30pm; seconded by Robert.  A unanimous vote was taken.
Respectfully Submitted,

Edmund R. St. John, IV, Town Administrator

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