CHESHIRE -- With ten openings within town government in need of filling, nomination papers for annual town election on May 6 are available and starting to trickle out.
According to Selectwoman Carol Francesconi, whose term on the Board is up, she decided to run again before Tuesday night's meeting.
"When you feel you don't have anything else to contribute you leave," Francesconi said.
An official since 1989, Francesconi believes her time isn't up yet. She'll be running for another three-year term.
Other openings include moderator for a one-year term, Board of Assessors for a three-year term, Board of Health for a three-year term, a three-year term with the water commissioners, a three-year term with the cemetery commissioners, a five-year term on the Planning Board and three constables openings, each for three-year terms.
Charlie Howard and Barbara Astorino both indicated that they would seek to re-up with the Planning Board and Board of Assessors, respectively, at Tuesday's meeting.
Two school committee openings also exist. A three-year term on both the Adams-Cheshire Regional and the Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional committees are up for grabs. Resident Brian Astorino has been selected to run for the former.
All papers must be filed at Town Hall by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 18.
Selectmen also served in their role as the town's Conservation Commission on Tuesday to decide whether they'd allow a new parking lot on the property of Bedard Bros. Auto Sales, Inc. on South State Road. The small lot being proposed is intended to display new vehicles to Route 8 traffic.
Robert Fournier, Project Manager at SK Design Group, said the proposed construction enters the buffer zone of an intermittent stream there, Collins Brook, but precautionary measures such as a hay bales and a "stone infiltration trench" have been included in the design.
Fournier called these measures a "belt and suspenders kind of thing."
"It will help restore the permeability we're losing by building there," he said.
Selectmen opted to postpone the vote until next week in order to contact the Department of Environmental Protection regarding the matter.
In response to a request last week from resident Robert Goebel, officials contacted three salvage companies Goebel had suggested to determine if interest existed in purchasing the building. There were no takers.
"We did our due diligence," Francesconi said.
Much of the building was already stripped by scavengers over the years and little value remains. The town will proceed with a demolition as planned and has awarded the project to D. Condran Construction Inc. for $47,870.
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