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Budget Committee Minutes - November 6, 2019 (Draft, subject to correction)

 

 

The meeting came to order at 6:33 PM

 

Present were:  Budget Committee members Tiffany McMullen, Robin Veysey, Connie Bender, Merle Bragdon; Administrative Assistant Stu Marckoon.

 

Officers – Merle moved that Robin serve as chair for the 2020/21 Budget Season.  Connie 2nd.  Vote in favor was 3-0 (Veysey abstained)

 

Connie moved that Tiffany be the vice-chairman.  Merle 2nd.  Vote in favor was 4-0.

 

Robin moved the Stu act as Secretary.  Merle 2nd.  Vote in favor was 4-0.

 

Minutes – April 24, 2019 – Merle moved to approve the minutes as presented.  Tiffany 2nd.  Vote in favor was 4-0.

 

Member Update – Connie announced that she will have to step down from the committee as she is moving to Texas early next month.   Stu said the alternate member Paul Howaniec had indicated he would be here and determine whether he would agree to serve as a full member.  (note –an e-mail was received prior to the meeting indicating Mr. Howaniec was unable to attend but would be at the next meeting).

 

The committee said they would miss Connie and thanked her for her service.   Stu said it appears couple more budget committee members are needed and encouraged members to suggest names. 

 

Budget Goals – Stu reported the Selectmen are working on a new transfer station design and a study is under way regarding a community center.  Merle said the cupola on the town hall should be fixed ASAP, and the money could come from the funds that have been set aside for the town hall foundation/stops. 

 

Stu reported some significant revenue may be forthcoming from a solar energy project on town owned land.

 

Meeting Dates – The Board set meetings on Mondays at 6:30 PM for November 25, December 9 and Decembe4 16.  Stu noted the open town meeting will be on March 18, 2020.

 

Administration Budget – The Committee reviewed a draft of the administration budget that was prepared by Stu for the Board of Selectmen who will discuss it tomorrow evening.  Among the discussion areas were town personnel salaries, health insurance, legal fees, appraisal costs, equipment purchases the previous year (a photocopier purchase was more than the budgeted amount), and software fees. 

 

Stu noted that the FICA/Medicare line is not complete as other town officials’ salaries have not yet been plugged in.

 

There was a question about whether the town is paying dues to belong to the Hancock County Planning Commission.  Stu reported the dues were budgeted but have not been paid since the Commission is not functioning at this time.

 

There was a very brief discussion about property values and whether a revaluation might be needed anytime soon.

 

Merle urged continued funding for cable TV/Broadband expansion to unserved areas be included in the capital budget.

 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:15 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Stu Marckoon, Secretary

 

(Media note:  The Cable TV system broadcast video but a malfunction resulted in no audio for the meeting).