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Lamoine Budget Committee Minutes January 19, 2006 (Draft - Subject to Change)
Vice Chair Joe Young called the meeting to order at 7:07 PM. The meeting was telecast live on Lamoine Cable TV Channel 7.
Present were: Budget Committee members Joe Young, Linda Feury, Reggie McDevitt, Robin Veysey, Hubene Brodie ; Secretary Stu Marckoon and Selectman Brett Jones
Minutes of January 5, 2006 – Reggie moved to approve the minutes as written. Robin 2 nd . Vote in favor was 5-0.
A brief discussion of the proposed sale of land took place. Committee members asked if the land is useful. The committee discussed the proposal to dedicate the funds to a capital improvements fund account.
Article 10 (Land Sale ) – Reggie moved to recommend passage of the article. Linda 2 nd . Vote in favor was 5-0.
Article 11 (Dedicated Revenue) - There was a discussion on where to dedicate the revenue from article 10, including into the salt/sand shed reserve. Discussion took place regarding engineering for a shed and the plowing contract. Reggie moved to dedicate the land sale funds to the salt/sand shed reserve. There was no 2 nd . Linda moved to recommend the proceeds be placed in a Capital Reserve Fund. Robin 2 nd . Vote in favor was 4-1, McDevitt opposed.
Article 12 (School Personnel) – Stu suggested that Robin not vote as she is employed by the school department. Reggie voted to recommend $899,101.72 as requested by the School Department. Linda 2 nd . Hubene asked if there were any one time projects in the previous year budget. Stu said he was not aware of any. Vote in favor was 4-0, Robin abstained.
Article 13 (School Operations) – Reggie moved to recommend $1,223,571.75 as requested by the School Department. Linda 2 nd . Vote in favor was 4-0, Robin abstained.
Article 14 (School Capital Projects) – Reggie moved to recommend $7,600. Linda 2 nd . Vote in favor was 5-0.
Articles 15-17 (School Revenue Sources) – Stu said the language submitted by the school department is not final as no legislative action has taken place. He suggested the Budget Committee could vote to recommend the same as the School Department. Linda so moved. Reggie 2 nd . Vote in favor was 5-0.
Article 18 ( Total School Budget) – Reggie moved to recommend $2,130,273.47 as requested by the School Department. Linda 2 nd . Vote in favor was 5-0.
Article 19 (Application of unanticipated state funding to reduce taxes) – Reggie moved to recommend passage as written. Linda 2 nd . Vote in favor was 5-0.
Article 20 (Portable Classroom Maintenance) – Linda moved to recommend $1,000. Reggie 2 nd . A brief discussion on the lease/purchase arrangement and state reimbursement followed. Vote in favor was 5-0.
Article 21 (Administration) – Hubene said the Selectmen's salary ought to be restored to the level prior to the cuts approved in the summer of 2005 to meet the LD-1 limits. A discussion took place on the merits of doing so, and the fact the Selectmen had recommended the $100 salary be in the budget. Hubene moved to recommend a salary of $1,600 for the chair of the Selectmen and $1,000 to the 4 non-chairs. Robin 2 nd . Vote in favor was 5-0. Hubene moved to recommend $143,156.35 for the total administration budget. Reggie 2 nd . Vote in favor was 5-0. ***Note*** After including the increased Selectmen's salaries, the FICA/Medicare expenses rose, and the new administration figure would be $143,546.50.
Article 22 (Code Enforcement) – Linda moved to recommend $13,800. Robin 2 nd . Vote in favor was 5-0.
Article 23 (Planning and Appeals Board) – Reggie moved to recommend $1,200. Linda 2 nd . Vote in favor was 5-0.
Article 24 (Social Service Agency Contributions) - Robin noted that the draft warrant had included $600 for Downeast AIDS Network incorrectly. Linda moved to approve $5,119 as otherwise indicated on the draft warrant. Robin 2 nd . Reggie asked why the YMCA is not included on this list. Stu said by ordinance the YMCA is included in the Parks and Recreation budget and is not capped because they supply a municipal service. Hubene said she didn't believe the town should be giving any donations. Vote in favor was 3-2, Brodie & McDevitt opposed).
Article 25 (Parks & Recreation) – Reggie said the proposed kiosk sign would be an excellent addition to Lamoine Beach, but not at Bloomfield Park and Marlboro Beach, and moved to drop those from the budget. Hubene 2 nd . Without those two signs, the budget would be $7,500. Hubene moved to keep the YMCA appropriation at $2,500 instead of the $3,000 requested. Reggie 2 nd . Joe asked if the committee could enumerate what the proposed cuts are. Stu said he would inform the Parks Committee and a differing recommendation would appear in the warrant. Vote on the motion to drop 2 signs from the Parks & Recreation budget was 5-0. Vote to drop the recommendation from the YMCA to $2,500 was 5-0. Linda moved to recommend $7,000 for the Parks and Recreation Budget. Robin 2 nd . Vote in favor was 5-0.
*** NOTE – Dedicated revenue from the Parks Fund was to be used to offset a portion of the sign purchase. That amount will be reduced from $3,200 to $1,600 to reflect elimination of the 2-signs and retain that funding in the Parks Fund.
Article 26 (Ellsworth Public Library) - Reggie moved to recommend $2,500. Hubene 2 nd . Joe asked what the average funding was. Stu said it had been $3,500 a year for several years until the LD-1 cut last summer brought it to $2,500. Vote in favor was 3-2 (Young and Veysey opposed)
Article 27 (Public Safety) – Linda moved to recommend $43,537.75. Robin 2 nd . Reggie asked if this article includes the County Tax bill. Stu said it does not, as the County Commissioners are responsible for that tax and it does not come before the town meeting. Reggie asked if this includes the fire department budget. Stu said it does. Vote in favor was 5-0.
Article 28 (Debt Service – Fire Truck) – Linda moved to recommend $28,240. Reggie 2 nd . Vote in favor was 5-0.
Article 29 (Road Maintenance) – Hubene moved to recommend $123,275. Linda 2 nd . A short discussion on road maintenance issues followed. Vote in favor was 5-0.
Article 30 ( Major Road Projects) – Stu reported the gentleman who handles the paving contract measured the road yesterday and the estimate has dropped from $95,000 to $83,000. Robin moved to recommend $83,000. Hubene 2 nd . Reggie asked if the paving could be split to do only a portion of Seal Point Road and another road elsewhere. Stu asked what he had in mind. Reggie said the middle section of Shore Road is in rough shape. Stu said that would be taken care of through resetting culverts and patching, not with a paving project at this time. Vote in favor was 4-1 (McDevitt opposed).
Article 31 (Salt/Sand Shed Design) - Stu said he would recommend that the budget committee not make any recommendation on this article as the Selectmen are not yet clear on which direction they intend to head. Linda so moved. Hubene 2 nd . Vote in favor was 4-1 (McDevitt opposed). *** NOTE-the accompanying revenue from the Salt/Sand shed fund will be removed from the revenue article. ***
Article 32 (Revaluation Reserve) – Reggie moved to recommend $10,000. Linda 2 nd . There was a discussion about the need to revalue the town, recent sales ratios, and the factored revaluation completed last year. Vote in favor was 5-0.
Article 33 (Cable TV) - Linda moved to recommend $5,000. Reggie 2 nd . Brett said it should be made clear that this budget comes directly from the franchise fee charged to cable TV subscribers as outlined in the revenue article, and not from the general taxation of the town. There was a brief discussion. Vote in favor was 5-0.
Article 34 (Solid Waste) – There was a brief discussion of the budget. Stu said the Selectmen will open the transportation bids for trash and recycling next week and should have a better figure for town meeting. Linda moved to have the budget committee recommendation reflect the Selectmen's recommendation. Reggie 2 nd . Vote in favor was 5-0.
Article 35(Revenues) – Joe started to read the various lines. Hubene moved to approve the article as written in the draft warrant at $470,617. Reggie 2 nd . Vote in Favor was 5-0. ***NOTE – the following line adjustments should be made to the article and revenues reduced due to previous actions:
Salt/Sand Shed Reserve $15,000 reduced to $0.00
Parks Fund $ 3,200 reduced to $1,600.00
This would reduce the bottom line revenue budget to $454,017.
Article 36 (Continuation of Funds) - Joe read the various funds in the article. Linda moved to recommend continuing the funds as listed. Robin 2 nd . Vote in favor was 5-0.
Article 37 (Discontinue Funds) – Hubene moved to recommend to discontinue the dump closing fund (moving the money to undesignated fund balance) and the summer recreation fund (moving the money to the Parks fund). Reggie 2 nd . Vote in favor was 5-0.
Article 38 (Harbor Funds) – Linda moved to recommend approval as written. Hubene 2 nd . Vote in favor was 5-0.
Article 39 (LD-1 Override) – Linda moved to recommend approval as written with the exception of one extraneous word. Reggie 2 nd . Vote in favor was 5-0.
Brett suggested that a presentation be prepared for the land sale article and the LD-1 override article. Stu said he planned to do that.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:02 PM
Stu Marckoon, Secretary
Lamoine Budget Committee