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Blair Crane, Cheshire's highway superintendent, submitted his letter of resignation giving the town three weeks notice.

Cheshire Highway Superintendent Resigning

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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Chairman Robert Ciskowski reads Blair Crane's resignation letter into the record. 
CHESHIRE, Mass. — The town is losing its highway superintendent after only two years. 
Blair Crane informed the Board of Selectmen by letter that he plans to resign effective Aug. 2.
"After extensive consideration I find myself with a heavy heart as I make a decision that I truly believed I would never have to make. I hereby submit my formal notice of resignation," Crane wrote in the resignation letter read by Chairman Robert Ciskowski. "The association, friends, and lessons learned during my employment here will be truly memorable for the rest of my life."
Crane was hired in the summer of 2017 to replace longtime Superintendent Peter LeFebvre. He came to Cheshire from Atlanta after selling his landscaping business. He is originally from New Hampshire.
Town officials had struggled to hire LeFebvre's replacement. So few qualified applicants were available that talks were broached with Lanesborough about the possibility of sharing a Department of Public Works head.
In general, the Selectmen were pleased with Crane's efforts during his tenure. Enough to renew his contract earlier this year.
Crane added in his letter that he plans to continue living in Cheshire and hopes to be an asset in the transitional period.
"I hope that the nearly three weeks notice is sufficient as I move in a different direction going from civil servant to Cheshire resident," he wrote. "I will make myself available to assist the interim superintendent."
Crane did not attend the meeting and the Selectmen did not elaborate or speculate on why Crane decided to leave the position
"Beyond the letter I really don't know anything at this point. Something may develop as we get closer but right now I know as much as everyone here," Ciskowski said. 
Town Administrator Edmund St. John IV said they have time to figure out their next steps and can decide either to begin a full search for a permanent superintendent or appoint an interim.
"The board will have to make a decision when they want to post this and whether or not you want to hire an interim," he said. "Right now, the plan is to transition out and make sure someone is in place."
In other business, the Selectmen read another letter alerting residents that Cheshire Reservoir will be treated for weeds July 17.

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Cheshire Town Meeting Approves $6.6M Budget, Rejects Pot Bylaws

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff

Carol Francesconi takes the gavel as moderator for the meeting. 
CHESHIRE, Mass. — Town meeting on Tuesday night rejected four citizens' petitions that would have greatly limited marijiuna facilities.
Voters did approve amended versions of the 16 other articles on the annual town meeting warrant during a nearly three-hour session held in the Hoosac Valley High School gym. 
That included a revised fiscal 2021 budget of $6,640,131.64, authorizations for purchasing a number of vehicles and the redirection of $60,000 approved last year but unused toward a design work for turning Cheshire School into a municipal complex.  
The marijuana bylaws would have required any growing facility to file a water usage report annually to the town; allowed only one non-retail cannabis facility in town; broadened the definition of "facility" to include accessories such as fences, plants and related items; set up a 24-hour odor control; and asked the Planning Board to revisit its approved bylaw. 
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