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Lamoine Budget Committee
Minutes of January 7, 2013 (Draft, subject to correction)
Chair Robin Veysey called the meeting to order at 6:37 PM
Present were: Budget Committee Members Merle Bragdon, Cece Ohmart, Robin Veysey, Kathleen Defusco, Marion McDevitt; Secretary Stu Marckoon
Minutes December 17, 2012 Cece noted one minor spelling error. Merle moved to approve the minutes as corrected. Cece 2nd . Vote in favor was 4-0 (Veysey abstained)
Budget Recommendations Robin noted a couple of errors in the draft town meeting warrant that needed correction.
Shellfishing (Article 12) Merle moved to recommend $3,000. Kathy 2nd . Vote in favor was 5-0.
Administration (Article 13) Merle moved to recommend $189,403.70. Kathy 2nd . Marion asked whether the votes had already been taken. Robin explained this was the opportunity to make any changes to the budget. Vote in favor was 5-0.
Hodgkins Fund Use (Article 14) Marion asked what the balance was in the account. Stu said there was plenty of money, and he would include the balance in the town report. Marion moved to recommend a yes vote on the article as worded. Merle 2nd . Vote in favor was 5-0.
Fire Truck Funding (Article 15) Merle moved to recommend support for the article as written. Cece 2nd . Vote in favor was 5-0.
Fire Department Donation Acceptance (Article 16) Kathy moved to recommend support for the article as written. Cece 2nd . Vote in favor was 5-0.
Capital Projects (Article 17) Merle moved to recommend $62,860.00. Kathy 2nd . Marion asked whether the addition to the land conservation fund should be a separate article. Stu said it's been included in this article for the past few years. Vote in favor was 5-0.
Code Enforcement, Planning Board, Appeals Board (Article 18) Merle moved to recommend $16,460. Marion 2nd . Vote in favor was 5-0.
Social Services (Article 19) Stu reported that Eastern Area Agency on Aging sent their request in earlier in the day which is well after the ordinance deadline. He said he wrote to the agency last fall with the rest of the requesters and has written to them again to explain why they will not appear on the warrant. Merle noted they are welcome to show up at town meeting. Merle moved to recommend $7,279. Kathy 2nd . Vote in favor was 5-0.
Parks, Recreation and Cemetery Maintenance (Article 20) Merle noted that the amount on the warrant had changed from a previous spreadsheet budget. After some exploration, Stu discovered a formula in the spreadsheet had incorrectly been pasted in the bottom line for the budget. Merle initially moved to recommend $5,976. Cece 2nd . After the discovery of the error, Merle moved to amend his motion to $8,421.00. Cece 2nd . The vote to amend passed 5-0. Vote in favor of the recommendation as amended to $8,421.00 was 4-1 (Defusco opposed).
Library Support (Article 21) Merle moved to recommend $7,128. Cece 2nd . Vote in favor was 3-2 (Defusco, McDevitt opposed).
Public Safety (Article 22) Merle moved to recommend $60,315.50. Kathy 2nd . Vote in favor was 5-0.
Road Maintenance (Article 23) Marion asked about the snow plowing contract. Stu explained that the contract expires after this season and would be put out to bid in the spring. He said the budget includes more money in anticipation that the bid price might increase. Kathy moved to recommend $157,650.00 for road maintenance. Cece 2nd . Vote in favor was 5-0.
Paving (Article 24) Marion moved to recommend $88,320 for road paving projects on Walker Road and the Transfer Station. Kathy 2nd . Vote in favor was 5-0.
Waste Disposal (Article 25) Kathy moved to recommend $99,005.00. Cece 2nd . Vote in favor was 5-0.
Excess High School Tuition (Article 26) Kathy moved to recommend $70,018.65. Marion 2nd . Vote in favor was 5-0.
Revenues (Article 27) Merle moved to recommend $477,700 in revenues be used to offset property taxes for the municipal portion of the budget. Kathy 2nd . Vote in favor was 5-0.
Fund Continuation (Article 28) Stu noted the Hodgkins Fund was not included in the draft list. Marion asked about the Hospital and YMCA. Stu explained the hospital funding was included in the Social Services article (19) and the YMCA is part of the Parks and Recreation Budget (Article 20). Marion remarked that that those budget lines should be more transparent. Stu said they are included on the budget spreadsheet which is printed with the town report. Kathy moved to continue the funds as listed in the draft town meeting warrant, as well as listing the Hodgkins Memorial Fund. Marion 2nd. Vote in favor was 5-0.
Other Matters Merle said he did some calculating on the tax rate and the school budget accounts for 8.14 mills of the town's 9.3 mill tax rate. He said the matters recommended by the budget committee are fairly miniscule.
Stu thanked the committee for its efficient service. There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:15 PM
Stu Marckoon, Secretary