April 23, 2019

6:00PM Open Meeting

In Attendance: Carol A. Francesconi, Robert S. Ciskowski
Press: iBerkshires

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 motioned to approve the minutes of April 16, 2019; seconded by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.    

Owners of Cycle Xpress requested an updated Class II license with the inclusion of the owners name on the license.

Carol reported that the Cheshire Rent Control Hearing held on Monday, April 22, 2019 was continued to Monday, April 29, 2019 at 6PM in the Cheshire Town Hall-Second Floor for the Kitchen Brook Mobile Home Park application for a rent increase.

Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane: Weekly report submitted for 4/17/19-4/23/19.
- Pothole repairs continue on Route 116 and Sand Mill.
- Excavated trouble spots on Outlook Avenue.  It will take a few weeks to settle before paving     over it where excavated.  The drainage on Outlook Avenue needs to be addressed.
- Computer at school shut down over the weekend.  Boilers have been manually shut down     pending computer evaluation.
- Transfer station project continues.  Gate #1 has been installed.  Gate #2 has been fabricated.  Blair will weld into place later this week if the weather cooperates.
- Attending, with Jason, the Berkshire County Highway Superintendents meeting on April 25, 2019 from 8AM-12PM in Lanesborough.
- Attending Chainsaw Safety Class on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 and Wednesday, May 1, 2019.
- Cleaned tree and limb cleanup throughout the town.
- Completing paperwork for Maple Drive.  (Chapter 90.)
- The rented grader was used for fourteen hours and has completed grading in South Cheshire.
- Carol reported that four (4) lights are out at the school cafeteria.
- Blair purchased helmets, and chaps for the chainsaw training.  It was noted that helmets have a shelf life of five (5) years.
- Discussed options regarding the purchase of a used grader.  Blair said, “What matters are the used hours and not the year of the machine.” Blair will continue researching the best option and report back to the BOS.
- Blair will check on drainage issue reported by Joan Bator of 480 Savoy Road.

- Seeking a field for girls’ softball practice.
- Carol was informed that the town owns a 30x100 lot taken for Tax Title in 2014.  Blair will be checking for survey markers.  Should the property be put up for sale, the transfer would have to be voted on at a Cheshire Annual Town meeting.
- Carol reminded Robert to purchase a wreath for the monument for the Memorial Day Parade.

Town Administrator, Ed St. John IV:  Weekly report submitted for April 23, 2019.

- Attended the Council on Aging meeting on Wednesday, April 17, 2019.  The COA of Lanesborough became the lead community on the Service Incentive Grant which historically provided Cheshire for outreach services.  The proposal is to utilize the money to create a consortium.  Since many questions were not answered, Ed is meeting with the Lanesborough COA director on April 29th.
- Completed the AARP grant for items for the COA.
- Spoke with Elder Services regarding the Cheshire meal site.  Follow up is needed.
- Attended the Rent Control Board Hearing for Kitchen Brook Mobile Home Park.
- Ed also attended the 7PM- 4-22-19 the Cheshire Planning Board meeting for the new by-laws for Light Industrial and Accessory Agricultural.
- Met with Superintendent John Vosburgh and Adams Town Administrator, Jay Green, regarding a potential budgetary change.  After the school committee meeting on Thursday, April 25th, Ed will have a better idea if it is a positive or a negative change.
- Working with edm regarding fire safety.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  Absent
Mail and Correspondence:    

Issued six (6) one day liquor licenses for The Cheshire Rod and Gun Club.  Collected $300.

Memorandum received from Assessor, Robin Wadsworth addressed to the Cheshire Planning Board and the Cheshire Highway Department. The Assessors are requesting written detailed documentation from the Highway Superintendent as to what is required for a curb cut (driveway placement) on the existing lot (Map 235 and Lot 020.3.)  Owners:  Sandra Griest, William Smith and Julie Hutchinson.
Cheshire Police Chief, Tim Garner:  Weekly report submitted.    

Carol and Robert officially signed the lease agreement with Youth Center, Inc. for the Cheshire Elementary School.  An amendment was included to allow the group to access the school before their lease begins in August.

Robert agreed to appointing Carol A. Francesconi as the 911 Coordinator.  This will take place in the appropriate time frame according to Mass General Law.

- Carol motioned to approve a Memorandum of Understanding/Amendment to the Town Administrator’s contract regarding office hours; seconded by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.

7:20PM    Carol motioned to go into Executive Session; seconded by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.
    Roll Call: Carol A. Francesconi, Yes and Robert S. Ciskowski, Yes. “To conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with non-union personnel or to conduct collective bargaining sessions or contract negotiations with non-union personnel.

With all business finalized, Carol motioned to adjourn the meeting at 7:20PM; seconded by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.

Respectfully Submitted,

Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen’s Secretary

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