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Four Will Vie For Cheshire Selectmen Seats

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — Four candidates will vie for the two open positions on the Board of Selectmen.
There will be at least two new faces will be on the board come May as Donna DeFino, Mark Biagini, Jason Levesque, and E. Richard Scholz will run for the soon to be vacated seats.
Longtime Selectwoman Carol Francesconi will not run for re-election and a second spot is open because current Town Administrator Edmund St. John IV had vacated his seat to apply for the position last summer.
DeFino is the current chairman of the Planning Board.
Biagini ran against Selectman Robert Ciskowski last year but lost by 106 votes.
Scholz has also run in the past: The first time was in 2014 when he was defeated by former Selectman Paul Astorino and two years later he was defeated by Francesconi by 25 votes.
He also ran in 2017 but was defeated by St. John by 268 votes.
Also on the ballot this May will be the question to increase the board from three to five members. 
This process goes back to a citizens' petition in 2015 and, after a series of town meetings and ballot votes, the town must now vote to accept special legislation.
There will be a race for the Board of Health as Michael "Mickey" Biagini Jr. will defend his seat against Christopher "CJ" Garner.
There will also be a race for Cemetery Commission with Julie Ciskowski, Richard Francesconi, and Stephen LaFogg running for two open seats.
The only other race will be for the three town constables between incumbents Christopher "CJ" Garner, Alison Warner and Robert Copeland and newcomer Jason Hoellerich.
There is an open seat on the Adams-Cheshire Regional School committee for a Cheshire representative but no one has returned papers including current seat holder Peter Tatro.
William Craig will run unopposed as Cheshire representative on the McCann School Committee (Northern Berkshire Vocational School District). He is the incumbent. 
DeFino will also run for the moderator position unopposed as that post was also vacated by St. John.
Nancy Delorey will run unopposed for assessor. Delorey was appointed last year to finish out a term. 
Ronald DeAngelis will run unopposed for the Water Commission and Peter Traub, the incumbent, will run unopposed for Planning Board. 
The election is Monday, May 6.
Wednesday, April 3, is the last day to withdraw nomination papers and April 17 is the last day to register to vote. 

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Cheshire Still Seeking Right Fiscal Equation For Elementary School

By Jeff SnoonianiBerkshires Correspondent

The Selectmen have hoped to use the former school as a revenue generator. 
CHESHIRE, Mass. — 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.
Tuesday night's meeting was a good example as the board weighed the cost of temporary heating upgrades for the cafeteria versus rent the town receives from tenants. The upgrades would essentially serve one tenant that holds fitness classes in the west wing of the building. The school currently has three lessees: Youth Center Inc., the school district administration, and Berkshire Body.
"Electric heaters look to be the safest and most cost effective means to provide heating for the space," said Town Administrator Edmund St. John III. "We estimate the cost of the installation will be somewhere around $3,500." 
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