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Cheshire to Receive MEMA Money For Windsor Road Repairs

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — The town will receive $1,000 from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency to put toward the Windsor Road washout.
 
Town Administrator Mark Webber told the Selectmen on Tuesday that although the $1,000 will barely the touch the $145,250 used to repair the road, it is better than nothing.
 
"It looks like we have some unclaimed funds coming our way however it won't put us into the black," he said. 
 
Windsor Road was closed for nearly a month before reopening last week after extensive repairs. A rainstorm washed out nearly 100 feet of the road's embankment earlier this fall and the town used Chapter 90 road funds to repair and improve the road.  
 
The funds were owed to the town from a 2008 ice storm. Webber said no one ever claimed the money.
 
In other business, Webber said the town may be able to share a veterans agent with Dalton or Lanesborough and Hinsdale.
 
"We might get out of this alright," he said. 
 
Former agent Roseanne Fieri resigned earlier this month.
 
Highway Superintendent Blair Crane said his department is still doing roadside mowing and for the first time in three years, crews will have mowed the entire town.
 
Crane said he did have concerns about the mower that the town bought in 2001 that has nearly 7,000 hours on it.
 
"It has a ton of hours on it and the only reason it is really viable at this point is because we take good care of it," he said. "But for the past three months, I have been expecting it to break any day because it is old and tired."
 
• Resident Fred Jayko told the Selectmen he was upset about trash being left at the high school.
 
"There was a big bag there Monday and I went up tonight and it was still there. It is in the back of my truck now," he said. "It wasn't even off the road it was right on the damn tar. Doesn't anyone have any brains up there?"
 
Selectwoman Carol Francesconi said the police will look through the bag for any paperwork that could identify the culprit and she will contact the school district.
 

Tags: MEMA,   road damage,   

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