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Lamoine Budget Committee
Minutes of November 21, 2011 (Draft, subject to correction)
Chair Hubene Brodie called the meeting to order at 6:33 PM
Present were: Budget Committee members Kathleen DeFusco, Deborah Verrill-McFarland, Hubene Brodie, Robin Veysey, Merle Bragdon; Secretary Stu Marckoon. (Budget Committee alternate member Cece Ohmart was unable to attend.)
Minutes of November 7, 2011 – Merle moved to approve the minutes as printed. Kathy 2nd . Vote in favor was 5-0.
Budget Reviews – Roads – Hubene asked who the Road Commissioner was. Stu reported he is. The committee reviewed each line of the road budget. Among the areas of brief discussion were the public salt/sand program, and the plans to pave Clamshell Alley, Cos Cob Avenue, the fire department parking lot and Lamoine Beach Parking lot.
Capital Projects – Stu explained that the vault needs to be redone with proper shelving for records preservation purposes. He said the Hodgkins Fund is being proposed as the funding source for this. He said a formal plan has not been developed, but will be if funding is approved.
Stu said the aerial photography line depends on a couple of things. He's not sure if the Board of Assessors really wants to have the aerial photos of the town redone – they were last done in 1973. He said satellite technology today is such that newer pictures are readily available on line. He said the MDI League of Towns is discussing a joint effort to defray the costs of aerial photography, but he's not sure what the cost would be. The committee suggested that if the Assessors have a need for new aerial photos, that a separate article from the capital projects budget be submitted.
Cable TV & Harbor – The Budget Committee briefly reviewed the new budget spreadsheet format listing self funding items such as Cable TV and Harbor at the end of the budget.
Shellfishing Enforcement – Stu said he's not heard anything to lead him to believe that anything other than the $3,000 spent annually for the multi-town Shellfishing enforcement effort would be needed next year. There was a very brief discussion about how the program is working.
High School Tuition – It was noted that the current fiscal year budget of $25,000 appears to be about half of what is really needed. The Budget Committee questioned how the local school advisory committee came up with that figure that was approved by town meeting in March. The committee studied spreadsheets supplied by RSU 24 and it appears more than $50,000 will be needed in the current fiscal year for excess tuition to non-RSU 24 secondary schools and the FY 2013 figure is closer to $65,000. There was a lengthy discussion about school choice. Stu said he would send the spreadsheets (which arrived earlier in the day) to the Selectmen and the Local School Advisory Committee and would plan on continuing the discussion on December 5, 2011. He suggested drafting alternative article language authorizing the superintendent to add the tuition costs to the tax commitment amount, but said that the public needs to have some transparency about the amount.
Revenues – Stu reported that at the suggestion of the Budget Committee the Selectmen, Code Enforcement Officer and Planning Board have revised the building permit fees and more revenue is starting to come in. The committee reviewed the various lines of the revenue budget.
Follow Up - Ambulance – Stu reported he met with John Partridge of County Ambulance and the new contract will keep the rate the same as the current contract for FY 2013, so the amount in the budget spreadsheet is correct.
Code Enforcement Officer Compensation – Stu reported the Selectmen will meet with the Code Enforcement Officer on Monday to discuss this and come up with a final budget amount. Merle recalled that the current fiscal year rate has been plugged into the compensation line for now.
Spreadsheet Format – The Budget Committee noted the review of the format was done under the Cable TV/Harbor heading. Stu noted that he would have to fix the summary section as the Planning Board appears to be added twice.
Next Meeting - The next meeting is scheduled for December 5, 2011 at 6:30 PM. Stu reported that no new outside agency funding requests have come in. He said there should be some follow up on tuition and code enforcement ready, but aerial photography may not be ready for a final disposition.
There being no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 7:39 PM.
Stu Marckoon, Secretary