Water Superintendent Travis Delratez says Cheshire will move on to the national water competition.
CHESHIRE, Mass. — Cheshire water took home the gold in the 12th annual Rural Water Association Water Taste Test.
Water Department Superintendent Travis Delratez presented the Selectmen on Tuesday with an award the Water Department won in a statewide water tasting competition Sept. 13.
"They have a big competition throughout the state," he said. "I am not sure exactly how many people were involved but we won best tasting water in the whole state."
Delratez said Cheshire water was narrowed down from 40 different samples from different communities and seven judges tasted the water and gave a rating.
He said because of its outstanding water, the town will compete at the National Rural Water Association's Rural Water Rally this February in Washington, D.C.
According to the association, the water is tested on clarity, bouquet and taste; a preliminary round selects five finalists to compete in the Great American Water Taste Test. Last year's winner was Aspen Pines, Wyo., and Easthampton won two years ago.
"I will physically bring the water down, all expenses paid," Delratez said. "It is a big to-do thing so if anyone says anything bad about Cheshire water, we have this to show them ... this is a big thing for us."
The Selectmen were surprised by the award and Chairman Robert Ciskowski said it shows how hard the Water Department works to ensure clean water for the water users.
"I think this is fantastic," he said. "Job well done."
Police Chief Tim Garner added that this is the second time Cheshire will make its mark in Washington.
"First the cheese to Washington now the water is going," he said, referring to the Mammoth Cheese sent 200 years ago to President Jefferson.
Delratez said many of the communities that win these competitions are eyed by brewers as potential homes for breweries.
"The couple people that won this in the past wound up with a brewery in their town because their water tasted so good. This could open up a lot of doors for Cheshire," he joked.
In other business, Highway Superintendent Blair Crane said the department will continue to crack seal the roads throughout the week.
"We have been sealing since Friday morning and are three days in," he said. "We are going to start again tomorrow morning and head towards the center of town…for the most part it is going well."
Crane said residents should be aware that over the next three days there will be congestion downtown with sealing being done on Church Street and Main Street.
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Cheshire Selectmen Trying to Set Consistent Hiring Process
By Jeff SnoonianiBerkshires Correspondent
CHESHIRE, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen started to nail down the town's municipal hiring process at Tuesday's meeting.
There had been a slight delay in the process as Chairman Robert Ciskowski had missed the previous two meetings and the board wanted to wait for his input.
The town was hit with an Open Meeting Law complaint in its hiring process of new Highway Department Superintendent Bob Navin and was threatened with another in the recent hiring of another Highway Department employee. The second complaint was never made as the interview process was deemed acceptable legally but the board felt the process lacked clarity and communication between themselves and Town Administrator Edmund St. John IV.
Ciskowski was clear about what he felt was within St. John's purview.
When the Cheshire Elementary School was closed two years ago, the only silver lining to be found was the potential revenue source it might provide to the town through leasing the space privately.
The Board of Selectmen are still working hard to figure out a formula that works. click for more