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Lamoine Budget Committee

Minutes of November 10, 2014 (Draft, subject to correction)

Chair Robin Veysey called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM

Present were:  Budget Committee members Connie Bender, Marion McDevitt, Cece Ohmart, Robin Veysey, Merle Bragdon; Secretary Stu Marckoon, Selectman Jo Cooper

Stu reported the annual town audit was received earlier in the day and distributed with tonight’s materials. 

Administration Budget Review – Marion asked if all salaries are contracted.  Stu said the full time employees are, but both contracts expire next June.  There was a discussion regarding the clerk/tax collector’s salary. 

Selectman Jo Cooper said the Selectboard has not yet seen the budget, but she would defend the proposed increases, as they are well earned.  A brief discussion followed on the contract negotiation schedule and process. 

There were discussions regarding heating fuel, appraisal costs, dues and membership costs, the audit cost, the insurance deductible fund, and furnace maintenance.

Capital Needs Budget – There was a discussion regarding a replacement rescue boat for the fire department.  There is a desire for the fire department to define the water rescue mission and the equipment needed to carry that mission out.   Stu said he would communicate that to the fire chief.

The committee discussed the need for a real foundation under the town hall, and combining that project with new front steps.  It was felt it would be better to borrow the money for such a project, as the cost of borrowing is quite low at this time.  The committee suggested getting estimates on a basement that would be dry and useful for storage, and would better protect the heating system.  Stu reported the front steps have started to deteriorate pretty badly.  He said he’s not sure when they were installed.  Marion said she was not sure either.

A brief discussion followed on Buttermilk Road paving. 

Meeting Schedule – The committee set the schedule as follows:

November 24, 2014 – Discuss Solid Waste, Roads, Revenues, Code Enforcement & Planning

December 8, 2014 – Discuss public safety, social service requests, Parks/Cemetery/YMCA, Library and Shellfish, as well as a Recreation Committee

January 12, 2015 – Discuss Education budget and tie up any loose ends. There was a brief discussion about whether the Education Budget would be ready for the annual town meeting in March with a validation vote to follow, or whether it might be later.  There is no primary election scheduled in June.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:23 PM

Respectfully submitted,

Stu Marckoon, Secretary