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Lamoine Budget Committee
Minutes of Sepember 12, 2011
Hubene Brodie called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM
Present were: Budget Committee members Kathleen DeFusco, Hubene Brodie, Robin Veysey, Alternate Debbie Verrill-McFarland; Administrative Assistant Stu Marckoon.
The minutes from December 2010 were printed, but were not on the agenda. No action was taken.
Selection of Officers – Kathy moved that Hubene Brodie be the Chair. Robin 2nd . Vote in favor was 3-0 (Brodie abstained)
Robin nominated Merle Bragdon as Vice-Chair. Kathy 2nd . Vote in favor was 4-0 .
Kathy nominated Stu Marckoon to serve as secretary. Robin 2nd . Vote in favor was 4-0.
Special Town Meeting Recommendations – Stu reported that the park kiosks were completed in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2011, and the project, which took several years, was more than had been originally budgeted, pushing the park budget over the limit. He said the town meeting recommendation is to fund the override from the Parks Fund. He reported there was $5,935 in the parks fund. Robin moved to recommend passage of Town Meeting Article 4 in the amount of $1,036.14, Kathy 2nd . Vote in favor was 4-0.
Hubene said she assumed that when the administration budget was formulated a year ago, not enough was estimated for health insurance. Stu said that was correct. He said the recommendation is to fund the difference from fund balance, which has about $421,000. Robin moved to recommend passage on Town Meeting Article 5 in the amount suggested. Debbie 2nd . Vote in favor was 4-0.
Commercial Waste Hauler Policy – Stu explained the proposed policy change which would allow the two commercial waste haulers utilizing the transfer station to bring in out of town trash, provide they make application to do so, identify how many households out of Lamoine they service, and pay for the disposal costs. He said the Selectmen looked at the policy change as a way to enhance revenue collections. Budget Committee members questioned how it would be enforced. No vote was taken, as no recommendation was sought.
Budget Schedule – The committee will meet at 6:30 PM on the following dates:
Stu asked if the committee would like to continue the policy regarding social service requests that do not require presence unless new funding is sought. The committee had no objection.
Committee Membership – Alternate members Cece Ohmart and Debbie Verrill-McFarland will be asked if they wish to become a full voting member following the departure of Henry Ashmore. The Selectmen will have the final choice.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:24 PM
Stu Marckoon, Secretary