Minutes of the Lamoine Budget Committee

November 3, 2003

 

Chairman Henry Ashmore called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM

 

Present were:  Budget Committee members Linda Feury, Reggie McDevitt, Henry Ashmore, Hubene Brodie, Joe Young, Robin Veysey (arrived 7:25 PM); Administrative Assistant Stu Marckoon, Selectman Jo Cooper.

 

Minutes – Mr. McDevitt moved to approve the minutes as written.  Ms. Feury 2nd.  Vote in favor was 5-0.

 

Budget Reviews – Waste Disposal – Dr. Ashmore asked about the pay rate for a replacement attendant.  Stu said it’s generally a bit less than the regular person given the years of experience.  There was a discussion about the costs of sending trash to the PERC plant.  Stu said the amount of trash has been increasing steadily as the town has grown.  Mrs. Feury asked if the new sticker requirement should cut down on the amount of trash.  Stu said he doubted it.  Mr. McDevitt asked about burn barrels.  Stu said they’ve been illegal for a number of years.

 

There was a short discussion on transportation. 

 

Dr. Ashmore asked about recycling costs, and why the proposed budget is up $800 more than the highest historic cost.  Stu said he was basing it on the first quarter costs for the current year.  It was agreed to bring the recycling budget down to the current year level at $6,150.

 

A short discussion followed about monitoring wells at the old landfill, the Anderson house, and testing at the state health testing laboratory.   Mr. McDevitt suggested exploring other testing sources which might be less expensive.

 

Planning Board – Stu reported he added a Board of Appeals line to the budget in order to keep track of those growing costs.

 

Code Enforcement – Stu reported the only increase in this budget was for the CEO salary.  There was a short discussion on keeping track of CEO hours, the hourly rate, how much revenue is generated, and the mileage reimbursement.  It was suggested that the CEO should turn in mileage more often as there might be tax implications for late filings.

 

Road Maintenance – Discussion centered on the Cable TV project, the Route 184 project, and paving Mill Road.  Mr. McDevitt suggested paving the entrance to the transfer station.  Stu said he would work with Tim Gott to see what might be worked out.

 

There was discussion about the future cost of snow removal, as the contract runs out after this season.  Stu said he put in a 10-percent increase for the next year budget, and we might have a price before town meeting.  A short discussion on the need for a salt/sand shed followed.

 

Audit – The committee briefly looked at the audit.  The undesignated fund balance (surplus) is about $300,000.  Dr. Ashmore asked if we came into compliance with GASB 34.  Stu replied we had.

 

Next Meeting – The next meeting will be November 17, 2003 at 7:00 PM. The fire department will be on the agenda.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Stu Marckoon, Adm. Asst.