July 8, 2014


In Attendance: Carol A. Francesconi, Robert S. Ciskowski, and Paul F. Astorino
Press: iBerkshire

Robert read the meeting minutes of the July 1, 2014. Carol made a motion to accept the minutes as read; 2nd by Paul with a unanimous vote taken.

Resident, Steven LaFogg:
- Reported water damage to road below the reservoir and beaver dams breaking.  Trees are in the brook and if the trees get caught there may possibly be land washouts.  He has notified the Cheshire Water Department.
Additionally, he wanted it reported that he cleaned the trees down and property damage to his land.

Resident, John Tremblay:
- Reported that he was recording the meeting.

- Town of Savoy, “Thank you for the quick response” for the recent washouts.
- Attorney St. John is scheduled to meet with the BOS on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 to discuss the Dufour billing issue, and the Kattay property.
- Request received from Fred Balawender regarding stream clearing on Notch Road.  Peter recommended letting him go forward with the cleanup.
- Request to investigate received from DEP, Karen Hirschberger regarding 13 Wells Road.  An anonymous telephone call to the DEP stated that Mr. Warner was hauling in fill.  Carol made a site viewing and noted he hauled in a tractor which flattened down some of the ruts on his land.  Carol reported no issues.
- Checking into the status of Veteran’s Agents filing of claims.  In talking to other local reps they advised Carol that in some cases it can take up to one year before payments are made.  Carol is checking further into the status of Cheshire Veteran’s.
- Carol checked into the Dunstable website and noted that they used Virtual Town Hall website developers.
The BOS had checked into this a year ago and due to the costs decided against going further with their services.
- Read DOT letter regarding the solar stop sign requested at Lanesboro Road. The DOT will be installing “Stop Ahead” signs several hundred feet before Route 8 begins.  “Intersection Ahead” warning signs will be installed on Route 8 approaching Lanesboro.  Both changes will give motorist advance notice.  The crash history at the intersection did not justify installing a crash countermeasure like a solar powered flashing sign.
- With regret, the BOS accepted the resignation of Eileen W. Nutting from the Historical Commission.  A certificate will be designed to commemorate her 35 years of service.
- Noted that building permits will be going on the town website.

Resident, John Tremblay:
- Thanked Carol for looking into the option of using Virtual Town Hall.

Town Administrator, Mark Webber:  On Vacation

Resident, Peter Filkins:
- Information needed to complete a NOI for using machinery near water.  Carole H. will give a copy of a similar project to Mr. Filkins on Friday, July 11, 2014 at the Annex.

Town Clerk, Christine Emerson:   
- Submitted carryovers.  When Christine spoke to the Advisory Board regarding her salary, she wanted it noted that she receives no insurance and she has accumulated 312 hour of compensation time for election management and that she doesn’t charge the full pay rate.  Paul stated that her information will be considered next year.

Resident, John Tremblay:
- Discussed the space in the vault, the reorganization of files, and the possibility of having shelving installed.  Christine
will be showing  Mr. Tremblay a view of how records are stored and the need for space in general.

Highway Department, Peter LeFebvre: 
- Continuing to work on washouts.
- Working on Sandmill Road
- Will be patching pot holes – dependent on the weather.
- Pipe not in on Daniels Terrace.
- Reported two more days of storms coming.
- Working on truck specs.  Truck would be in possibly in March or April.

- Two (2) applications received for the position of part time water meter reader. (Mr. Lucas and Mr. Witherell.)
Schedule an appointment for Mr. Witherelle for 7:15 on July 15, 2014 with the BOS.

- Will be asking Mark for an update on the Kattay house on Depot that was taken for tax title.  Steve LaFogg is interested in bidding on the property.

- Requested the notice of the Town website placed on the Fire House sign.
- Glad to see state “No Parking” signs at the Whitney Farm Market for traffic safety.

Resident, Mrs. Maureen J. Riley- Moriarty:
- Suggested the Cheshire Police Department post a Police Blotter to advise residents of criminal activity happening in their neighborhoods.  Carol reminded those present that the town presently does not have a full time officer.  It was suggested that a call to the Police Department was appropriate if a resident was feeling uncomfortable or unsafe.

Chief of Police, Timothy Garner:   Submitted weekly report.
- Addressed the question regarding a Police Blotter.  The Cheshire Police Department has a Facebook site for residents to check .
- Request submitted for a new Police Department garage door.  BOS Approved.
- Engine blown on the 2013 Explorer; under warranty.

Resident, John Tremblay:
- Suggested the town develop a long range master plan for the Town of Cheshire.  Carol noted that the Cheshire Planning Board is working on that project.

Mail and Correspondence:
- Time Warner.

With all business finalized, Carol made a motion to close the meeting; 2nd by Robert with a unanimous vote taken.

Respectfully Submitted,

Carole A. Hilderbrand, Board of Selectmen Secretary


Carol A. Francesconi, Chairman

Robert S. Ciskowski, Clerk

Paul F. Astorino, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds