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Five Will Vie For Two Open Cheshire Selectman Seats

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — Five candidates have lined up for the two new seats on the expanded Board of Selectmen.
 
After the town accepted final legislation to expand the board from three to five members in May, the current board agreed to hold elections sooner than later and bring on the new members in August. 
 
Nominations papers were due by June 25 to run for one three-year seat and one  staggered term of two years.
 
Seeking to join Chairman Robert S. Ciskowski and Jason Levesque and Mark Biagini, who were both elected to the board in May, are: Donna DeFino and Michelle Francesconi for the three-year seat and E. Richard Scholz, Michael Biagini and Ronald DeAngelis for the two-year seat.
 
DeFino is chairman of the Planning Board and town moderator. She ran unsuccessfully in the May election and Francesconi has a well-known last name in town but is herself a political newcomer.
 
Scholz, a former member of the Finance Committee, is mounting his fourth campaign for selectman after running in 2014, 2016 and, most recently, this past May. He is running against Biagini, a member of the Board of Health, and DeAngelis, a member of the Planning Board and  water commissioner.
 
The board will look different come the end of summer with Ciskowski being the only holdover from the 2014 board. Longtime Selectwoman Carol Francesconi who sat alongside Ciskowski stepped down in May after 30 years.
 
The special election is Tuesday, Aug. 13, from 9 to 7. The last day to register to vote for this election is Wednesday, July 24, at the town clerk's office from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.   

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Cheshire Road Projects Underway

By Jeff SnoonianiBerkshires Correspondent
CHESHIRE, Mass. — The reconstruction of Maple Drive is expected to be substantially complete by the end of the week. 
 
"It's scheduled to receive the topcoat of blacktop on Friday, weather permitting, and that will leave just the aprons and then it will be complete. It's looking great up there and it's coming along really well," Highway Superintendent Robert Navin told the Select Board  on Tuesday.
 
The road project's been a few years in the making after it was bumped from the repairs list back in 2018 because of a delay in recording it after the town voted to accept it. Maple has been considered one of highest in need of repair and had scored a 39 out of a grade of 100 in a road report commissioned in 2017.
 
The project had to go out to bid a second time after receiving no interest in an initial offering. The scope was increased and the town received five bids. The project ended up being completed for roughly $120,000.
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