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Lamoine Budget Committee Minutes

January 8, 2007 (Draft, subject to revision)

Chairman Henry Ashmore called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM at the Lamoine School .

Present were: Budget Committee members Henry Ashmore, Robin Veysey, Joseph Young Jr., Linda Feury , Reggie McDevitt, Hubene Brodie ; School Committee members Faith Perkins, Robert Pulver, Cathi Goebel, Julie Tilden, Tammy Dickey, Principal Val Perkins, Business Manager David Bridgham, Acting Superintendent Omar Norton, Incoming Superintendent James Boothby, Selectmen Jo Cooper, Cynthia Donaldson, Brett Jones; Administrative Assistant Stu Marckoon, Asst. Town Clerk Kathleen DeFusco.

The meeting was recorded by Lamoine CTV

Minutes – Reggie moved to approve the minutes of December 11, 2006 as presented. Hubene 2 nd . Vote in favor was unanimous.

School Budget – The Budget Committee and school committee conducted an extensive review of the school budget. School Committee chair Faith Perkins noted the format for the budget is very different and that business manager David Bridgham had provided a summary of the changes.

Henry asked if there was an anticipated state subsidy amount. Mr. Bridgham said he's not seen it broken out town by town. He said he anticipates approximately the same amount of state subsidy as the current fiscal year. He said the tuition rates are predicated on operating costs from the past year.

Other Budget Matters – Henry asked if the committee wished to take a position on the school project. Joe noted the public hearing is set for Wednesday night and suggested the committee attend. Hubene said she is concerned that the project would cost a lot more than projected, including operating expenses which will increase the school budget. Mrs. Perkins says they're looking at heating and maintenance and they hope to do some detailed analysis. Bob Pulver of the school committee said there would be efficiencies with new heating and lighting. A short discussion of the school plant followed. Mr. Bridgham said the costs would be similar to Hancock's facility. He said there should be no need to increase maintenance staff. Mr. Perkins said the plan will provide a much safer environment for the students.

Reggie asked what will happen when someone says in 5 to 8 years that Lamoine needs a completely new school. He said that has happened twice before in town. Hubene asked what happens if the state forces the town to build a salt/sand shed. Brett Jones said one could ask “what if” about anything, but it should not paralyze the town. Hubene said she couldn't find out what the difference was between the “needs” and the “wants”. A short discussion followed. Hubene said she felt this is being pushed on the public too quickly. Mrs. Perkins said things did move quickly because there is a tight deadline for the renovation fund. She said the plans are not totally finished. Henry noted the referendum allows two votes – the renovation and the locally funded addition. Reggie asked what happens if one question passes and one doesn't. Mr. Bridgham said you do what passes. A brief discussion followed on the merits of the projects.

Next Meeting – Henry said if the referendum passes, it will have an impact on the total budget for the town. He said the committee should meet on January 29th , and adjustments are needed in the town budget.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at approximately 9:40 PM

Respectfully submitted,

Stu Marckoon, Secretary