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Minutes - November 28, 2017

 

Chair Robin Veysey called the meeting to order at 6:06 PM.

Present were:  Budget Committee members Connie Bender, Merle Bragdon, Marion McDevitt, Robin Veysey, Administrative Assistant Stu Marckoon and Fire Chief George “Skip” Smith. 

Stu reported he attempted to contact committee members Novella and Ohmart.  Mr. Novella said he was tied up and would call the next day.  He left a message on Ms. Ohmart’s phone.

Minutes – November 14, 2017 – Merle moved to approve the minutes as distributed.  Marion 2nd.  Vote in favor was 4-0.

Public Safety/Fire Department Budget Review – Merle noted the total budget is down $3,450.  Chief Smith said he developed the budget trying to work with the 5-year average.  There were discussions about:

The proposed ladder truck purchase is part of the capital improvement budget.  Stu reported the proposed purchase is about $98,200.  He said some is available thanks to the reduction in debt service form the tanker being paid for, and the rest can come from surplus instead of borrowing money.  Chief Smith said the Lamoine Volunteer Fire Department Corporation put a 10% deposit on the truck.  He said a crew flew to Vancouver to look it over.  He said it’s a 1997 truck with 13,000 miles on it.  He noted the Lamoine department is aging and he’s hard to haul big ladders and work on metal roofs. He said he believes it’s money well spent and will save work and someone from getting hurt.  A brief discussion followed about the truck’s current condition and the testing that’ll be done prior to delivery.  Stu said the plan is to dispose of tanker 404.  A brief discussion followed about training with the new truck. 

Robin said that sounded like a reasonable proposal.

Ambulance – Stu reported the contract expires at the end of June and there’s no new figure yet.

Dispatch- Stu reported he increased the dispatch line by 5% which should be enough.

Animal Control- Stu said no change is proposed in that budget.

Code Enforcement/Planning Budget – Discussion on the proposed budget included:

Solid Waste – Stu reported the transportation and recycling figures won’t be well known until early January as the contract expires in March and is out to bid.

There was a brief discussion about the landfill monitoring costs.

There was a brief discussion about cashing in the town’s portion of the MRC ownership of the PERC plant.  Stu reported the Selectmen asked to set up a transfer station configuration fund with the money received from the town’s direct ownership of PERC and future funds received.

Next Meeting – The next meeting will be December 12, 2017 at which the social services and roads budgets will be discuss.   The final meeting, if all goes well, will be on December 19, 2017

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:50 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Stu Marckoon, Secretary