April 30, 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 read the minutes and made a motion to accept the Board’s April 23, 2019 meeting minutes. seconded by Robert with a unanimous vote taken. April 16, 2019 minutes were amended and approved.
Resident of Kitchen Brook Mobile Home Park, Barb Whitman, reported a tree that was supposed to be
cut last spring continues to be a hazard/danger.  Recently her car was hit with branches.  Carol will
contact the owner.

Mount Greylock Advisory Council Member, Gary Trudeau:
- Submitted the minutes of April 25, 2019.  
- The Visitors Center will be opened seven days a week starting on April 15, 2019.

Representative John Barrett:
- Graciously thanked Carol A. Francesconi for her thirty years of dedication as the Town of Cheshire Selectmen.  Representative Barrett read a special resolution from the House of     Representatives and noted that the record will be at the State House for grandchildren and great grandchildren to view. Carol was first elected in 1989 and she is also on the Cheshire Conservation Commission, Rent Control Board, Emergency Management, and is the     911 Coordinator.  Carol’s volunteering goes back to County Commission days.   Representative Barrett said, “The town is going to miss you.”  Family and friends attended the ceremony.

Highway Superintendent, Blair Crane: Weekly report submitted for 4/24/19-4/30/19.
- Installing crossing signs.
- Continue to patch potholes.
- Wood cleanup to continue on rainy days.
- Tires swapped out for summer on all vehicles including the COA Van.
- Hydraulic piston leaking on the wrist of the backhoe.  Removed to find worn out brass bushings     and scorn sleeves due to wear.
- Excavated area on Outlook Avenue sank over the weekend due to rain.  Added material Monday morning and will pave over once it dries out and is compacted.
- Fabrication on transfer station safety railings continues.
- Letter to Smith property on Richmond Hill Road addressing a continued denial of a curb cut.

Town Administrator, Ed St. John IV:  Weekly report submitted for April 30, 2019.

- Reported an adjustment for our assessment for FY 2020 reduced by $117,000.00.  For the year 2019 we are owed approximately $107,000.00. Payment is being discussed.
- Spoke to edm.  The drawings and pricing for the fire doors for the Youth Center’s section of the building should be in hand next week.
- Met with the Lanesborough Council on Aging Director regarding their proposed consortium.  It     appears that the original usage plan has changed and the funding will be used to hire a communications coordinator.  Should the Town of Cheshire join the consortium there would be a cost for mailing periodical newsletters as the only additional cost.
- Representatives from the Adams Cheshire Softball league is working on a proposal to use space on our fields adjacent to the Little League field. This initiative requires further BOS discussion.
- Much of Ed’s time was consumed by a personnel issue.

BRPC Representative Pat Mullins:
Ms. Mullins noted that the Town of New Marlboro is going forward and should be ready in a month.   Ms. Mullins questioned if the Town of Cheshire agreed to giving permission to Ms. Mullins to sign agreements with homeowners.  However, town counsel preferred the town sign off on agreements. Ms. Mullins noted that it is of the utmost importance that homeowners have privacy.  She said there would be a monthly report and detailed invoices.  Homeowners are identified by a code. Should a Lien be an issue, she can sign and notarize the documents.
Since this had never been an issue in the past, Ms. Mullins said she would have to confirm that the town could sign and would check if there would be any repercussions.

Ed: Will be forward the contract to town counsel and will be in contact with Ms. Mullins Tuesday.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:  Absent
Mail and Correspondence:    
- Letter of Resignation received from Harrison King.  Carol regretfully motioned to accept the     resignation; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.
- Letter from the Department of Agricultural Resources regarding an Industrial Hemp Grower/Processor License Issued in Cheshire to Jacob Zieminski of 128 Fales Road.
- Wooliver Roofing –fire house kitchen roof replacement.  $18,500.

Cheshire Police Chief, Tim Garner:      

Carol:    Reported minimal use of the COA on Wednesdays for the luncheon and meetings.

7:30PM    Carol motioned to go into Executive Session; seconded by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.
“To discuss the reputation, character, physical condition or mental health, rather than professional competence, of an individual, or discuss the discipline or dismissal of, or complaints or charges against, a public officer, employee, staff member or individual.”

Roll Call:
Carol A. Francesconi, Yes and Robert S. Ciskowski, Yes.
Return back to 6:00PM meeting.
7:50PM     Roll Call: Carol A. Francesconi, Yes and Robert S. Ciskowski, Yes.

With all business finalized, Carol motioned to adjourn the meeting at 8:00PM; 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