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Minutes - November 24, 2014 (Draft, subject to correction)

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

Present were:  Budget Committee members Connie Bender, Merle Bragdon, Robin Veysey; Administrative Assistant Stu Marckoon, Selectman Gary McFarland. Budget Committee members Marion McDevitt and Cece Ohmart had informed the town office prior to the meeting that they were unable to attend.

Minutes of November 10, 2014 – Connie moved to approve the minutes as written.  Merle 2nd.  Vote in favor was 3-0.

Budget ReviewsCode Enforcement/Planning Board/Appeals Board – Gary mentioned a concern with the CEO not submitting for mileage reimbursement.  Stu said the Selectmen should probably discuss that with the CEO.  Merle asked about whether the proposed salary increase of 3% was just a figure plugged into the budget.  Stu said that was correct – no salary has been negotiated yet.  Connie asked about the legal expense line.  Stu said that is for attorney assistance for items specific to Code Enforcement Activity.

Solid Waste Budget – Merle asked about the expected tonnage drop.  Stu said there are several factors potentially behind that, including better residency enforcement, more recycling, and economic factors.  There was a brief discussion about well testing.

Roads – Discussion included crack sealing, sweeping, tree removal, snow removal, the Route 3/204 traffic light, paving Buttermilk Road, and paving Needles Eye Road next spring.

Revenues – Discussion included excise tax, revenue sharing, and homestead property tax exemptions, use of undesignated fund balance (surplus), code enforcement fees, and gravel permit fees.

Other – There was a brief discussion about the land across the street from the town hall being for sale, and the valuation ratio.   Stu reported the school budget will not be ready for the January meeting or for the annual town meeting in March.  He said the superintendent of schools hoped to have it ready for April.

It was noted that the health insurance line in the administration budget will increase by 7% according to the town’s insurer.

Next Meeting – Social service agency requests will be on the agenda for December 8, 2014.  The budget committee said any new request should have a representative present at the meeting, but repeat agencies do not have to attend, but may if they wish.

The January 12, 2015 meeting will be used for final recommendations. 

There was a brief discussion about having a recreation department budget.  Stu reported the committee is just forming, and the Selectmen are likely to appoint a committee next month. A brief discussion followed about the new committee submitting a budget and possibly considering that at a special town meeting with the school budget.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:07 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Stu Marckoon, Secretary