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Cheshire Receives $10,000 Senior Grant

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — The town has received a $10,000 AARP grant to support age-friendly activities and purchases.
Town Administrator Emund St. John IV said the AARP grant will allow the town to enhance the Council on Aging and senior activities.
"I was pretty happy to hear about that," he told the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday..
The grant can be used to increase mobility options for local seniors and St. John mentioned purchasing recumbent bikes and helmets. 
The grant can also support improving public spaces and increasing affordable housing among other things. 
In other business, St. John gave the Selectmen an outline of the fiscal $6,262,518 budget and the small changes that were made during town meeting earlier this month.
The small salary changes accounted for about a $112 increase in the budget and St. John said they still were left with a $46,000 levy buffer.
"I think we are in pretty decent shape," he said. "I thought overall we are very healthy." 
St. John projected residents will see an $13.57 tax rate, which is a 47 cent increase.
He did note that this is only an estimate and nothing is official until the tax rate is certified later this year.
"These are just preliminary numbers that gave us guideposts," he said. "These should not be the numbers people rely on." 
St. John also asked that any Cheshire parents with children in the Adams-Cheshire Regional District who are interested in serving on the Superintendent Search Committee contact the town.
"Anyone interested please contact the town," he said. "They want to get this up and running sooner than later."
With the imminent departure of Superintendent John Vosburgh, the School Committee agreed to immediately enter into a search process.
Selectman Mark Biagini will serve as the Cheshire selectman representative on the committee.

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Cheshire Will Try to Accommodate Hiker Camping

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
CHESHIRE, Mass. — Town officials will apply for a special permit on behalf of Appalachian Trail hikers to accommodate camping on the Cheshire School grounds.
A proposal to place a camping site on the town-owned land came to a halt last week when it was found to be in violation of the town's zoning. 
After some research, Town Administrator Edmund St. John IV told the board of Selectmen on Tuesday that he may have found a way to establish a campsite for through-hikers on a portion of the grounds of the vacant school.
"I think last week was good to get all of that information out so we know what the issues are but just because there are issues does not mean that there is not a path we can move forward on," St. John said.
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