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Cheshire Has Started Fire Station Roof Repairs

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — The town has received permission from the state to go forward with emergency repairs to the fire station roof and work has begun.
"Roof repairs on the fire station roof has started," Selectwoman Carol Francesconi said Tuesday.
A portion of the Fire Department roof had collapsed during the summer prompting the town to seek an $85,000 reserve fund transfer to make the emergency repairs and rebuild the section of the roof. A special town meeting granted this transfer earlier this month.
Town Administrator Mark Webber said the town has been given an emergency waiver from the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to make these repairs without having to go through the public bidding process. The town needs to make these repairs before winter.
"So we are good to go with all bases covered so when inquisitive minds do ask why we didn't go out for a formal bid, the answer is we didn't have to," Webber said.
The Selectmen also met with Berkshire Regional Planning Commission Planner William Sikula to discuss the town's Housing Rehabilitation Grant.
He said although they cannot officially act on applications, people can start the application process.
"We are accepting applications already, we just can't act yet," Sikula said. "We have the applications so just refer them to us we can give them one."
In Highway Superintendent Blair Crane's report, he said he has been facing issues with the Cheshire Elementary School heating system.
He said the heat was turned down last year to a minimal level and now that there are tenants in the building, he needs to bring it back up to a comfortable temperature. However, the thermostat seems to not be communicating well with the boiler.
"The thermostats aren't calling for heat very well and the rooms that are farther away from the boiler system have the tendency to cool off first," he said. "Since the system is linked together, I have had to go over and bypass the thermostatic system and turn the boilers on."
He said he will continue to monitor it but it takes up his time.
"It has been a time-consuming effort over the past week but needless to say they are all happy," he said. "I just need to babysit it two or three times a day for a considerable amount of time."

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Cheshire Interim Town Administrator to Begin Search For Replacement

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
CHESHIRE, Mass. — Interim Town Administrator Mark Webber will collect information from the Selectmen to help in the permanent town administrator search process.
"The interim's job is to work himself out of a job," Webber said Tuesday.
Town Administrator Edmund St. John IV resigned from the position late in 2020. Webber, who served as town administrator before St. John, agreed to step into the role in an interim capacity.
Webber asked that all input be sent to him via email. He said input would help build a job description. For example, Webber asked if the selectmen wanted a full-time, part-time, or shared town administrator. He also wanted to know what kind of authority the new town administrator should have.
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