February 26, 2019
6:00PM Open Meeting
In Attendance: Robert S. Ciskowski, Carol A. Francesconi
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 February 19, 2019 meeting minutes. Robert seconds the motion. A unanimous vote was taken.
Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane: (Absent – Preparing for storm.)
- Weekly report submitted for 2/20/19-2/26/19.
- Salt shed at 40% capacity.
- Prepping for another round of weather.
- Winter sand available to residents at town garage.
Town Administrator, Ed St. John IV: Weekly report submitted for February 26, 2019.
- Working with Spectrum regarding upgrades for the internet speed.
- Met with Macfarlane’s regarding copiers. Ed’s proposal is to have a new copier in the Town Clerk’s office; replace the copier in the Annex with the old copier from the Clerk’s Office. Install a laser printer that is more cost-effective for the assessor’s office. Place an all access machine on the second floor. All departments would also have access to the copier in the Clerk’s Office. The approximate cost will be $11,000.00. The BOS approve moving forward with the project.
- Received five (5) Highway Department laborer completed employment applications. Ed and Blair will meet with the candidates and will submit their recommendation to the BOS. Robert requested that he attend the meeting as he has extensive experience in this area.
- Met with insurance representative from MIIA.
- Spoke with a representative from Representative Barrett’s office as well as Representative Barrett himself regarding issues with Rt. 116 and the Complete Street programs.
- Ed attended the Cheshire Planning Board’s February meeting. Ed noted that there was a representative from BRPC to discuss “light industrial” designation. Should the Town Meeting accept Zoning by-Law changes, this will put Cheshire one step closer to receiving a Green Communities designation.
- In contact with other individuals from BRPC regarding the compiling a list of our inventory and account numbers. Once they receive the accounts that our assets are linked to they will move forward with an energy audit. Once completed and we adopt the stretch building code, we will be in a very good position to receive this designation.
- Discussed certain dams with a representative from the Division of Ecological Resources as well as the Office of Dam Safety. The time for becoming a priority project lapsed last summer and it may not open for another year or two.
- Working with BRPC on completing the NOI that the EPA/DEP requires for their MS4/storm water Drain permit.
- Continuing to work on the Budget.
- Spoke to DER about applying for the Culvert Replacement Municipal Assistant Grant Program. Ed is researching if this best benefits the town.
The Cheshire Board of Selectmen, acting on behalf of the Cheshire Water Department hereby requests bid proposals from qualified firms for the following items related to unanticipated as-needed repairs to its municipal water lines and related structures. This bid proposal shall cover the 12-monthy period from March 1, 2019, through February 29, 2020.
- One bid was received from D. Condron Construction. Carol motioned to accept the D. Condron Construction bid; seconded by Robert. A unanimous vote was taken.
Carol met with Ray Fisher and Representative Barrett to discuss the possibility of the State contributing to the weeding issue at Cheshire Lake as technically the State does own the lake. Most desired would be the State pay half as well as the lake residents. Presently, the Town of Cheshire pays half. It was noted that individuals from the county and state use the lake and it is especially busy in the winter time for winter activities. Discussions will continue.
- Met with COA members regarding the overall management of the COA and its offerings. Carol reported that a Program Director could be added to the budget cover nineteen hours per week. The COA would like to open the present programs and new activities to all residents of Cheshire. Also discussed were the present employees, their duties, and responsibilities. Carol also asked Ed to contact Ed Gwozdz regarding a six (6) month trial period for picking residents up for meals and meetings on Wednesdays. The hours would be 11am to 2pm.
Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:
- Reported that Kathy Gwozdz requested the use of the Cheshire Community Center on a Sunday in April for the Geo Cache group. Christine will contact Kathy.
Cheshire Police Chief, Tim Garner: Weekly report submitted.
RABIES CLINIC: Monday, April 1, 2019 5-6pm @ The Cheshire Police Station. Sponsored by the Cheshire COA.
Mail and Correspondence:
- Letter from Lanny M. Zuckerman. RE: Hutchinson Water, LLC’s application with the Department of Public Utilities for a general rate increase. Thursday, March 28, 2019 7pm Cheshire Senior Center.
- ATC Permanent Solution without Conditions Statement from ATC Group on behalf of Gobal Partners LLP (Gobal.)
- Operating Budget FY 20 (7/1/19-6/30/20.) Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional School District – McCann Technical School.
- Mount Greylock Advisory Council quarterly meeting report on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at the Mt. Greylock Visitors Center. Report reviewed by the BOS.
Resident, Peter Traub:
- Wanted to thank Blair for waiting hours, for the safety of residents, while a tree company removed a downed tree in a recent storm.
With all business finalized, Carol motioned to adjourn the meeting at 7:40PM; seconded by Robert. A unanimous vote was taken.
Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen’s Secretary
Carol A. Francesconi, Chairman
Robert S. Ciskowski, Clerk