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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 Highway Foreman Advocates for New Grader

By Jeff SnoonianiBerkshires Correspondent
CHESHIRE, Mass. — New Highway Superintendent Bob Navin wants the town to take better care of its dirt roads. 
 
He has asked the board to propose at town meeting buying a grader as opposed to continuing to rent one as they currently do. He has other ideas as well.
 
"The procedures here weren't to do them how I would do a dirt road," Navin said. "They don't rake them all the time because they didn't have a rake that worked all that great. After grading it needs to be raked out well ... compacted by a roller ... putting a dust control agent on it. That's the direction I want to head in with our gravel roads. A road done right will last a lot longer."
 
As for the grader purchase, that will be taken up by the town at next Tuesday's special town meeting. Town Administrator Edmund St. John IV prepared numbers for the board that weren't shared publicly but most members agreed that buying might be the best option.
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