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Budget Committee Minutes 01/07/2008
BUDGET COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2008 - 6:00 P.M.


PRESIDING: Greg Smith

RECORDING SECRETARY: Maureen F. Scanlon

MEMBERS PRESENT: Maureen Harriman, Joe McMahon, Don Olden Sr., Greg
    Smith, Robert Nicholson (Town Manager), Maureen Scanlon (Recording Secretary)

SELECTMEN PRESENT: Allen Crabtree, Ann Farley, Maureen Harriman, Abe Parker

GUESTS PRESENT: Lauris Champagne, David Hague, Ken Littlefield

MEMBERS ABSENT: John Puopolo

SELECTMEN ABSENT: Jeff Harriman


NEW BUSINESS:

Mr. Nicholson welcomed everyone to the first meeting of the 2008-2009 Budget Committee season.  He stated that the first order of business needed was to select a Chairman for the committee.    

Don Olden Sr. made a motion to nominate Greg Smith as Chairman of the Budget Committee.  It was seconded by Joe McMahon.  Motion carried with all in favor.  

For the benefit of everyone present, Mr. Nicholson reviewed the different sections of the Budget Workbook for this year.  
 
Mr. Smith proceeded to review the proposed Budget Line Items with the Budget Committee and the Board of Selectmen.  The following changes were made to the proposed budget.


FIRE (#20-12)

Town Manager recommends a proposed total for Department #20-12 (Fire) of $80,550.00.

Ø       Line Item #05-13 (Telephone) - Changed to $2,030.00 from $1,600.00 to allow for an additional phone line to be install for a temperature alarm in this building.  
Budget Committee – Don Olden Sr. made a motion to change line item #05-13 (Telephone) to $2,030.00.  It was seconded by Joe McMahon.  Motion carried with 3 in favor and Greg Smith opposed.

Board of Selectmen – Allen Crabtree made a motion to change line item #05-13 (Telephone) to $2,030.00 as recommended by the Budget Committee.  It was seconded by Maureen Harriman.  Motion carried with 3 in favor and Abe Parker opposed.

Ø       Line Item #01-05 (Stipends) – There was quite a bit of discussion on this line item in reference to the Town Manager’s suggestion that the dollar amount of the stipends for the Fire Chief and Deputy Fire Chief be increased this year for a total line item amount of $6,500.00.  
 
      Different options were discussed for increasing the budget for Dept. #20-12 (Fire)    
      for additional clerical staff that could pick up some of the burden in paperwork
      that is currently being done by the Fire Chief and volunteers.  

      Budget Committee – Greg Smith made a motion to change line item #01-05
      (Stipends) to $6,000.00 which would breakdown to $4,000.00 for the Fire Chief
      and $2,000.00 for the Deputy Fire Chief.  It was seconded by Don Olden Sr.   
      Motion carried with 3 in favor and Maureen Harriman opposed.
       
      Board of Selectmen – Ann Farley made a motion to change line item #01-05
      (Stipends) to $6,000.00 as recommended by the Budget Committee.  It was
      seconded by Abe Parker.  Motion failed with 2 in favor and Abe Parker and
      Maureen Harriman opposed.

     Board of Selectmen – Maureen Harriman made a motion to change line item
      #01-05 (Stipends) to $6,500.00 as per the Town Manager’s recommendation.  It
      was seconded by Abe Parker.  Motion failed with 2 in favor and Abe Parker    
      and Ann Farley opposed.

     Board of Selectmen – Line item #01-05 (Stipends) is a “Tabled” item for further
      review and discussion.
  
      Discussion ensued on several line items in this category with Fire Chief Ken
      Littlefield answering questions as requested.    

      Budget Committee – Greg Smith made a motion to approve all line items for
      Department #20-12 (Fire) as per the Town Manager’s recommendation, with the
      exception of line item #01-05 (Stipends) and line item #05-13 (Telephones) which
      were previously voted on, for a department total of $80,480.00.  It was seconded
      by Don Olden Sr.  Motion carried with all in favor.


     Board of Selectmen – Allen Crabtree made a motion to approve all line items for
      Department #20-12 (Fire) as per the Budget Committee’s recommendation, with
      the exception of line item #01-05 (Stipends) which has been “tabled” and line
      item #05-13 (Telephones) which was previously voted on, for a department total
      of $74,480.00.  It was seconded by Ann Farley.  Motion carried with 3 in favor
      and Abe Parker opposed.

BUDGET COMMITTEE APPROVED DEPARTMENT TOTAL = $80,480.00

BOARD OF SELECTMEN APPROVED DEPARTMENT TOTAL = $74,480.00  
    with one line item “Tabled” at this time.


DISPATCH (#20-14)

Town Manager recommends a proposed total for Department #20-14 (Dispatch) of $14,250.00.

Ø       Line Item #27-03 (Equipment) - Changed to $4,000.00 from $1,000.00 to cover our share of the replacement cost for the Voice Recorder System that Naples Dispatch has to replace since the existing system has recently failed.  

      Budget Committee – Greg Smith made a motion to approve all line items for
      Department #20-14 (Dispatch) as recommended by the Town Manager, with the
      exception of line item #27-03 (Equipment) which will be changed to $4,000.00 as   
      discussed, for a department total of $17,250.00.  It was seconded by Maureen
      Harriman.  Motion carried with all in favor.

     Board of Selectmen – Ann Farley made a motion to approve all line items for
      Department #20-14 (Dispatch) as recommended by the Town Manager, with the
      exception of line item #27-03 (Equipment) which will be changed to $4,000.00 as
      discussed, for a department total of $17,250.00.  It was seconded by Abe Parker.  
      Motion carried with all in favor.
   
BUDGET COMMITTEE APPROVED DEPARTMENT TOTAL = $17,250.00

BOARD OF SELECTMEN APPROVED DEPARTMENT TOTAL = $17,250.00  


DAYTIME RESCUE (#20-08)

Town Manager recommends a proposed total for Department #20-08 (Daytime Rescue) of $6,500.00.

The Town Manager explained the reasoning behind his recommendation for zero funding of line item #01-07 (Wages) which is actually funded by returns on insurance billings.  Some discussion ensued on this subject.

Discussion ensued on the issue of the need for Rescue Vehicle Drivers with Rescue Chief Lauris Champagne answering questions as requested.

     Budget Committee – Joe McMahon made a motion to approve all line items for
      Department #20-08 (Daytime Rescue) as recommended by the Town Manager,   
      for a department total of $6,500.00.  It was seconded by Greg Smith.  Motion
      carried with all in favor.

     Board of Selectmen – Allen Crabtree made a motion to approve all line items for
      Department #20-08 (Daytime Rescue) as recommended by the Town Manager,
      for a department total of $6,500.00.  It was seconded by Ann Farley.  Motion
      carried with 3 in favor and Abe Parker opposed.
   
BUDGET COMMITTEE APPROVED DEPARTMENT TOTAL = $6,500.00

BOARD OF SELECTMEN APPROVED DEPARTMENT TOTAL = $6,500.00


RESCUE (#20-06)

Town Manager recommends a proposed total for Department #20-06 (Rescue) of $46,516.00.

Ø       Line Item #01-05 (Stipends) – Discussion ensued regarding the need to increase the dollar amount of this line item in order to be consistent with the suggested increase in stipends for the Fire Chief and Deputy Fire Chief.  This increase would affect the Rescue Chief and the Assistant Rescue Chief.  

      Budget Committee – Greg Smith made a motion to change line item #01-05
      (Stipends) to $6,000.00 which would breakdown to $4,000.00 for the Rescue
      Chief and $2,000.00 for the Assistant Rescue Chief.  It was seconded by Don
      Olden Sr.  Motion carried with all in favor.
       
      Board of Selectmen – Ann Farley made a motion to change line item #01-05
      (Stipends) to $6,000.00 as recommended by the Budget Committee.  It was not
      seconded.  Motion failed.

     Board of Selectmen – Maureen Harriman made a motion to “Table” line item
      #01-05 (Stipends) for further review and discussion.  It was seconded by Ann
      Farley.  Motion carried with all in favor.

      Discussion ensued on several line items in this category with Rescue Chief Lauris
      Champagne answering questions as requested.       

Ø       Line Item #27-11 (Vehicle) - Changed to $2,000.00 from $1,000.00 due to the fact that the extended warranty on the ambulance will be expiring soon.  
      Board of Selectmen – Allen Crabtree made a motion to change line item #27-11
      (Vehicle) to $2,000.00 as discussed.  It was seconded by Ann Farley.  Motion  
      carried with all in favor.

      Budget Committee – Joe McMahon made a motion to change line item #27-11
     (Vehicle) to $2,000.00 as recommended by the Board of Selectmen.  It was
      seconded by Greg Smith.  Motion carried with all in favor.
    
Ø       Line Item #27-03 (Equipment/Maintenance) – Discussion ensued on this line item in regards to the significant proposed increase which is mainly for the purchase of Turnout Gear for Rescue staff.  (Turnout Gear is considered a piece of equipment used by the Rescue staff as opposed to be considered a uniform.)  This item is being “Tabled” for clarification on how many sets of Turnout Gear need to be purchased at this time.    

Ø       Line Item #15-03 (Equipment) – Discussion ensued on this line item in regards to whether or not Turnout Gear should be purchased under this line item for Daytime Rescue and/or Volunteers.  This item is being “Tabled” for clarification on this matter.  

            Budget Committee – Don Olden Sr. made a motion to approve all line items for
      Department #20-06 (Rescue) as recommended by the Town Manager, with the   
      exception of line item #01-05 (Stipends) and line item #27-11 (Vehicle) which
      were previously voted on, and line item #15-03 (Equipment) and line item #27-03
      (Equipment/Maintenance) which have been “Tabled” for a department total of
      $38,016.00.  It was seconded by Maureen Harriman.  Motion carried with all in
     favor.

     Board of Selectmen – Maureen Harriman made a motion to approve all line items for
      Department #20-06 (Rescue) as recommended by the Town Manager, with the   
      exception of line item #27-11 (Vehicle) which was previously voted on, and line
      item #01-05 (Stipends), line item #15-03 (Equipment), and line item #27-03
      (Equipment/Maintenance) which have been “Tabled” for a department total of
      $32,016.00.  It was seconded by Abe Parker.  Motion carried with all in
     favor.

BUDGET COMMITTEE APPROVED DEPARTMENT TOTAL = $38,016.00 with  
    two line items “Tabled” at this time.

BOARD OF SELECTMEN APPROVED DEPARTMENT TOTAL = $32,016.00  
    with three line items “Tabled” at this time.
      



Don Olden Sr. made a motion to adjourn.  It was seconded by Greg Smith.  Motion carried with all in favor.  


ADJOURNMENT: 8:25 pm.

NEXT MEETING: Monday, January 14, 2008 @ 6:00 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,




Maureen F. Scanlon
Recording Secretary