BUDGET COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2008 - 6:00 P.M.
PRESIDING: Greg Smith
RECORDING SECRETARY: Maureen F. Scanlon
MEMBERS PRESENT: Maureen Harriman, Greg Smith, Don Olden Sr., Robert
Nicholson (Town Manager), Maureen Scanlon (Recording Secretary)
SELECTMEN PRESENT: Allen Crabtree, Jeff Harriman, Maureen Harriman
MEMBERS ABSENT: Joe McMahon, John Puopolo
SELECTMEN ABSENT: Ann Farley, Abe Parker
GUESTS PRESENT: John Likshis from Lake Region TV, Carolyn Cheney from
Southern Maine Parent Awareness, Maria Porter, Roberta Douglass, Corrie Lewis,
David Heath, Jan Wilk, Claudia Lowe, Phil Lowe, Sue Newton, and Eileen Russo all
were representing the Spaulding Library, Marte McNally from Sexual Assault
Response Services, Mike McClellan from Greater Bridgton Chamber of Commerce,
Charity Hirst from Home Health Visiting Nurses, Tina Clark from Tri-County Mental
Health Services, Jon McNulty from Regional Transportation Program (RTP)
Mr. Nicholson reviewed the final “scheduled” items for the Budget Committee and the Board of Selectmen to address. He suggested that a meeting be held before the next Board of Selectmen meeting to review and vote on these final items. This meeting was scheduled for 5:45 pm. on Tuesday, March 18th.
The following representatives from various service organizations spoke to the committee and board members regarding the services that their organizations provide to the Sebago community and the justifications for their request for funds from the town. They also answered questions from the Budget Committee members and Board of Selectmen as requested.
John Likshis – Station Manager for Lake Region TV – Requesting $200.00 or more
(Town allocated $200.00 last year.)
Carolyn Cheney – from Southern Maine Parent Awareness – Requesting $250.00
(Town allocated $250.00 last year.)
Spaulding Memorial Library Representatives – Maria Porter, Roberta Douglass, Corrie
Lewis, David Heath, Jan Wilk, Claudia Lowe, Phil Lowe, Sue Newton, Eileen Russo –
Requesting $22,000.00 – (Town allocated $21,000.00 last year.)
Marte McNally – Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine (SARSSM) –
Requesting $250.00 – (Town allocated $200.00 last year.)
Mike McClellan – Executive Director of Greater Bridgton Lakes Region Chamber of
Commerce – Requesting $300.00 – (Town allocated $300.00 last year.)
Charity Hirst – from Home Health Visiting Nurses – Requesting $1,000.00
(Town allocated $700.00 last year.)
Tina Clark – from Tri-County Mental Health Services – Requesting $1,500.00
(Town allocated $1,500.00 last year.)
Jon McNulty – Executive Director of Regional Transportation Program, Inc. –
Requesting $1,343.00 – (Town allocated $$1,300.00 last year.)
Discussion ensued on the process of determining appropriation funding levels for the requesting organizations.
There was some discussion on increasing the amount of funding for Lake Region TV in order to take advantage of more services they have offered to provide for the community as outlined by Mr. Likshis.
Some discussion ensued regarding the request for $22,000.00 from the Spaulding Memorial Library which is a $1,000.00 increase from last year’s request. Other funding and budgeting options were explored, with input from the Library’s representatives, for this very valuable service to the community. Due to the substantial dollar amount, further discussion ensued regarding the subject of the library not being treated as a non-governmental provider, but as a separate department and line item in the budget as was done in the past.
Board of Selectmen – Allen Crabtree made a motion, not to set the funding dollar amount at this time, but to move the Library funding out of non-governmental and put it back into town account #60-02-23-17 (Library/Town Appropriation) where it normally is funded. It was seconded by Maureen Harriman. Motion carried with all in favor.
Budget Committee – Don Olden Sr. made a motion, not to set the funding dollar amount at this time, but to move the Library funding out of non-governmental and put it back into town account #60-02-23-17 (Library/Town Appropriation) where it normally is funded as recommended by the Board of Selectmen. It was seconded by Greg Smith. Motion carried with all in favor.
It was noted that the final review and determination of the funding amount for the Library will be discussed at the aforementioned meeting of the Board of Selectmen and the Budget Committee on March 18th at 5:45 pm. All are welcome to attend this meeting that is being held before the Public Hearing and Board of Selectmen meeting on this same night.
Budget Committee – Don Olden Sr. made a motion to appropriate the funding for the non-governmental service providers as follows;
Tri-County Mental Health Services = $1,500.00
Lake Region TV = $1,200.00
Regional Transportation Program = $1,300.00
Greater Bridgton Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce = $300.00
Southern Maine Parent Awareness = $250.00
Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine (SARSSM) = $500.00
Home Health Visiting Nurses = $700.00
People’s Regional Opportunity Program (PROP) = $5,500.00
Family Crisis Services = $1,275.00
Woodford’s Family Services = $200.00
Southern Maine Agency on Aging = $3,000.00
The Life Flight Foundation = $750.00
It was seconded by Greg Smith. Motion carried with all in favor.
Board of Selectmen – Jeff Harriman made a motion to appropriate the funding for the non-governmental service providers as noted above and recommended by the Budget Committee. It was seconded by Maureen Harriman. Motion carried with all in favor.
As a follow up to the last meeting, Mr. Nicholson reported that he did some research on the TULIP program in regards to insurance coverage cost for the Sebago Days Committee. The cost would be $1,000.00 if the committee were to take advantage of this program. Some discussion ensued on this subject.
No further issues were brought up for discussion.
Don Olden Sr. made a motion to adjourn. It was seconded by Greg Smith. Motion carried with all in favor.
ADJOURNMENT: 9:10 pm.
NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, March 18, 2008 @ 5:45 pm.
Maureen F. Scanlon