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Minutes of November 26, 2012

Chair Robin Veysey called the meeting to order at 6:32 PM

Present were: Budget Committee members Robin Veysey, Kathleen DeFusco, Marion McDevitt, Merle Bragdon; Secretary Stu Marckoon, Fire Chief George “Skip” Smith. Budget Committee member Cece Ohmart had called prior to the meeting to say she was unable to attend. Budget Committee member Deborah Verrill-McFarland was not present.

Schedule – The committee agreed to hold one additional meeting to make its final recommendations on January 7, 2013 at 6:30 PM. The December 17, 2012 meeting will be held as scheduled, but chair Veysey said she was unable to attend.

Minutes of November 12, 2012 – Merle moved to approve the minutes as distributed. Marion 2nd . Vote in favor was 3-0 (Defusco abstained).

Public safety – Fire – Fire Chief George “Skip” Smith briefly reviewed the proposed fire department budget. He noted that overall budget was up 8.27%, and the major increases are due to the projected cost for heating fuel, diesel, and pump maintenance. Robin noted that the fire department retired 800-feet of hose line after testing. Chief Smith said the hope is to replace that in the current fiscal year, and the new budget would replace 400-feet more. Marion noted that station supplies seemed to take a big jump. Stu reported the supply line for the current fiscal year is already much higher than the $200 budgeted due mainly to purchasing toner for the printer. Merle asked if the new boiler would be more efficient. Chief Smith said he hoped so. A discussion followed on heating fuel use.

Merle said the fire budget seemed reasonable, as the increase was for heating fuel and pump maintenance. Chief Smith noted the ladder and hose testing is now being contracted out as there is not enough time for volunteer firefighters to be able to do it. A discussion followed on recruiting volunteer firefighters and the training required for firefighters.

Capital Improvements – Fire Truck/Loan – Chief Smith handed out the specifications for a proposed new tanker/pumper truck. Merle asked if the plan was for the fire department to donate $32,000 toward the truck. Chief Smith said the idea was to have the fire department pay the remainder of the loan for the 2010 brush truck and contribute $25,000 toward the new truck. A discussion followed regarding the length of the loan and the age of the fire truck fleet.

Public Safety – Stu explained the remainder of the public safety budget. There was a brief discussion about the fee to the Hancock County Regional Communications Center and whether the county would continue to charge that or roll that revenue into the county tax.

Code Enforcement Budget – Merle noted there was a proposed decrease of $4,200. Stu said it was because there is a new Code Enforcement Officer on board and the Selectmen have restructured the salary. There was a brief discussion about mileage and whether the Comprehensive Plan needed to be updated, and if so, would it appear in the budget. Stu said while the Comprehensive Plan is pretty old, there are no plans in the immediate future to embark on an update. He said if that did happen, it would have its own budget line.

Capital Improvements – Stu explained the need to replace the Code Enforcement Officer's laptop computer. There was a brief discussion about the uses for the Anderson Garage which needs a new roof and paint job. Merle asked whether any more additions were really needed to the Revaluation Fund. Stu said the proposed $10,000 addition would be the last until the reval actually happened. Stu noted the Conservation Commission had requested that $1,000 be set aside to add to the Land Conservation Fund. He mentioned there might be a piece of land donated to the town, but it was very premature at this time.

Other – The committee looked at a graph of budgets prepared by Stu showing the gross budgets for municipal, education, and county budgets over the last 10-years and briefly discussed it.

Next Meeting – The Budget Committee meets next on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 6:30 PM.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:17 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Stu Marckoon, Adm. Asst. to the Selectmen