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Cheshire Selectmen Hears Department Reports

By Gregory FournieriBerkshires Correspondent
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — The Selectmen had a light agenda on Tuesday, prompting Chairwoman Michelle Francesconi to once again propose having biweekly meetings.

Since the past two weeks' meetings have lasted less than an hour each, having the meetings every other week would make more sense, she said.

During the meeting itself, the board reviewed a few departmental reports. The first was the Board of Health's report, which was delivered in paper form and apparently included COVID-19 case numbers for the town.

Selectman Mark Biagini liked this information, and suggested that the Board of Health report those numbers to the board at least once per month to keep them updated. This will likely be important as case numbers continue to rise in the country and the state due to the more contagious Delta variant.

Carol Hilderbrand, director of the Council on Aging, reflected this heightened awareness of COVID-19 cases, reporting that masks are now required at the senior center. While "there's a lot of activity" now compared to how much there was at the peak of the pandemic, she said, "I don't know what the future holds right now."

Hilderbrand reported that the senior center hosted its first hot meals in a long time during July, while still offering grab-and-go lunches five days per week. Moreover, seniors participated in shuffleboard, wreath-making, computer lessons, and pickleball, among other things, last month.

The Selectmen also reviewed various job descriptions and made two alternate appointments to the Zoning Board of Appeals. Town Administrator Jennifer Morse told the Selectmen that someone applied to the harbormaster position. The board will appoint this applicant to the position at the meeting next week.

Francesconi reiterated her praise of Morse at this meeting.

"I truly appreciate everything that you're doing," she said. "There's just so many positive changes" to the town since Morse began her full-time position.

The Selectmen will meet again next Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

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