April 16, 2019

6:00PM Open Meeting

In Attendance: Carol A. Francesconi
Absent: Robert S. Ciskowski    
Press: iBerkshires and The Berkshire Eagle
Carol reviewed and approved weekly payroll and vendor warrants. Robert will at a later date.

6:30PM Carol opens the informal session.

Resident, Gary Trudeau:
- Updated the BOS regarding the poor road condition on Outlook Avenue.  Carol referred the question to Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane.  Blair reported that work will begin this week and is dependent on the weather.

6:35 Representatives of Youth Center, Inc. signed a lease agreement for eight (8) classrooms in the new section of Cheshire School.  The lease is for ten (10) years and a renegotiable plan is in     place. The monthly starting rent is $1,500.    
- Since Robert was absent, a formal vote needs to be taken.  

Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane: Weekly report submitted for 4/10/19-4/16/19.

- Graded trouble spots on Richmond Hill and Sand Mill Hill on Friday.
- Fabricating safety railings at the transfer station.  
- Maple Drive has been confirmed as a town road and has been added by the state to their list of accepted town roads for state aid funding.    
- Continuing to tackle potholes and Route 116 is close to being done with only a few loads left to complete.

Town Administrator, Ed St. John IV:  Weekly report submitted for April 15, 2019.

- Met with Jeremy Richardson of edm regarding the code analysis being completed at the     Cheshire School.  Ed will be researching grant opportunities for sprinkling systems.
- Worked on a grant application for the Council on Aging for AARP.  This is a $10K grant and will be put towards recumbent bicycles and equipment, raised garden beds, and materials for the game of pickleball.
- Worked on language for the Annual Town Meeting Warrants.
- Met with Jay Green, Town Administrator in Adams, and John Vosburgh, Adams Cheshire RSD Superintendent to discuss the importance of communication.
- Working on scheduling Memorial Day parade activities and participants.
- Met with Blair to view some of the road issues in Cheshire.

Cheshire Finance Committee:

- Carol A. Francesconi, BOS Chairman, and Town Administrator, Ed St. John IV reviewed each line item on the working FYI 2020 budget document.  
- Ed noted an increase of $17K for the transfer station for hauling fees.
- The BOS have recommended the addition of a 19 hour position (paid by the town) – Program Coordinator for the Cheshire Community Center and under the director of Town Administrator, Ed St. John IV. More offerings to all townspeople will be developed as well as meeting the inquiry needs of seniors.
- John Tremblay suggested having all expiration loan dates shown for each loan for truck equipment of the highway department.
- Justin Kruszyna suggested more money be put into road repairs.  Carol stated that the town will be reapplying for the Complete Streets Grant. Although it does not cover roads it could assist in sidewalks, curbing, and trees. Chapter 90 continues to be the town’s financial source for road repairs.
- Maple Drive will be resurfaced.
- John Tremblay inquired about having an assessment of all town buildings.  Carol noted that there are property cards on all structures.
- Ed reported on Technology Improvement Plans.  Researching needs and costs for upgrades.  Seeking incentive grant to improve access of electronic permitting, the purchasing of tablets, and electronic cards for payments.  Working on strengthening the infra structure.
- John Tremblay questioned if there would be a 2% salary increase.  Ed answered, “Yes.”
- There is approximately $140K in free cash; and the town is $38K under Proposition 2 ½.
- Changes may continue before the official budget is submitted.


- Reported that the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail will have signs and stop lights installed as well as dam work and the resurfacing of the whole trail.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  Absent
Cheshire Police Chief, Tim Garner:  Weekly report submitted.

Mail and Correspondence:

With all business finalized, Carol motioned to adjourn the meeting at 7:30PM.

Respectfully Submitted,

Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen’s Secretary

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