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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 Stalls On AT Campsite At School

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
CHESHIRE, Mass. — The town paused efforts to establish a temporary Appalachian Trail hiker’s campsite on town property with concerns over zoning.
The Board of Selectmen tapped the expertise of the building commissioner, Planning Board, and Board ofHhealth Tuesday to sort out a potential hiker campsite on the Cheshire Elementary School grounds, which at this point in time does not seem feasible.
"This is going to be a tough project and we had a lot of good information shared here tonight and we will have to do a little more thinking on this," Chairman Robert Ciskowski said. "I don't think we can come up with anything tonight."
In the past campers have utilized St. Mary’s Church and its grounds however the diocese plans to stop this practice. Residents have been leading an effort to chisel out a portion of the Cheshire Elementary campus for hikers to camp on - specifically an area near the church where the old skating rink used to sit.
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