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Budget Committee Minutes

October 18, 2010

Chair Henry Ashmore called the meeting to order at 6:31 PM

Present were: Budget Committee members Merle Bragdon, Kathleen DeFusco, Robin Veysey, Henry Ashmore, Hubene Brodie (arrived 6:43 PM); Secretary Stu Marckoon, Selectmen Richard Fennelly Jr., Cynthia Donaldson, and S. Josephine Cooper (arrived 7:08 PM)

Minutes of September 16, 2010 – Budget Committee members found two minor typographical errors. Merle moved to approve the minutes as distributed. Kathy 2 nd . Stu said he would fix the errors. Vote in favor was 4-0.

Administration Budget – The board reviewed the salary lines, discussing the benefits line and the increase in election workers line. Selectman Donaldson said a clarification on health insurance is being sought. Selectman Fennelly noted that his company has opted for a higher deductible for a lower premium and set up a fund to cover the higher deductible.

Stu said he based the election workers increase on the passage of the town meeting advisory question. Selectman Fennelly asked how much that increase was. Stu said $345, but that's based on just one referendum election.

There was a brief discussion about the flag display program and increased costs for tax mapping and appraisal. Several Budget Committee members suggested higher building permit application fees to cover the increased mapping and appraisal costs.

Budget Committee members also discussed workers compensation costs, a new computer for the town clerk's office, and the grounds maintenance line which will include pest control for the 2011/12 season.

There was a discussion about the shape of state maintained highways, with Henry noting that the “nasty bump” on Route 184 in North Lamoine had been fixed earlier in the day.

Solid Waste Budget – Richard asked about the contract for transportation and recycling. Stu said the RFP would go before Selectmen at their meeting later this week, and the hope is to have a price available in December, well before the budget is settled.

There was a lengthy discussion on several aspects of determining the hourly pay rate for the transfer station manager. The Budget Committee urged the Selectmen to discuss the goal of setting a pay rate for the manager.

Capital Needs – Henry noted that on the present list, 2014/15 has a very sharp increase in capital needs. There was a discussion about leveling out costs over the years, including financing new fire trucks, actual expansion/parking needs at the town office, and delaying paving projects. There was also a brief discussion about the football field and parking at the school.

Stu noted the kiosks at the two parks were finally installed the previous day which brought an expression of relief from the committee.

Meeting Conflict – Stu noted that his basketball referee test is the same night as the November 29, 2010 meeting and he would not be able to attend. The Board agreed that Stu could generate the minutes of the meeting from the TV recording. Stu said he would supply Kathy with a key and the burglar alarm code to get into the building.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:32 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Stu Marckoon, Secretary