October 22, 2012 Finance Committee Meeting

October 22, 2012 Finance Committee Meeting

Postby Mary Wright » Wed Feb 06, 2013 8:06 pm

FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING
MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2012

A meeting of the Finance Committee was held on Monday, October 22, 2012. Mr. Bari called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM at the Douglas Municipal Center.

ATTENDANCE
PRESENT: Todd Bari (Chairman), Pamela Holmes (Vice Chair), Carol Gogolinski, Ryan Hogan, Michael Hutnak, Jerome Kocur, Michael Guzinski, Jeanne Lovett
ABSENT: Kate Murphy, Scott Hackett

VOTE ON RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE SPECIAL TOWN MEETING WARRANT
Mr. Mitch Cohen, Chair of the School Building Committee, joined the meeting to discuss Article 4: Insurance proceeds reserved for appropriation. He described that there was a severe rainstorm in August during which rain leaked through the middle school roof, causing major water damage in the neighborhood of $400,000. The insurance company has chosen to let the town pay vendors and then reimburse the town. The School Building Project has a significant budget for middle school renovation, so the money is available for the short term, but the money will have to come back in to finish the project. Ms. Lovett suggested creating a fund at the November Special Town Meeting where the money would be kept, and then have another town meeting article at the May Town Meeting to transfer the money out to the School Department and the School Building Project. Ms. Lovett has arranged for the vendors for the School Department’s work to be paid directly.
Mr. Hal Davis of the Board of Selectmen joined the meeting to discuss Article 5. This article would empower the Board of Selectmen to take action with regard to the Old Grammar School. The Economic Development Commission only received one serious inquiry with regards to the Old Grammar School. They are not locked into the resultant inquiry. It needs to go through a public bidding process. They are looking for Town Meeting approval to go out for public bids.
Ms. Holmes stated that the Finance Committee was looking for broader involvement with the whole town. A discussion was held. Mr. Bari feels this is a big action to take with very few specifics as to what the purpose of the building would be. Mr. Davis stated that there are limitations as to what could go in there. The discussion continued. Mr. Bari feels that this November Town Meeting would not be adequate to get the town’s stand on this issue. Mr. Cohen feels the town should be very involved in the process, and he suggested that the School Committee have a formal role in the process as well.
Ms. Holmes thinks this article was already voted in the mid 1990’s. Mr. Guzinski has no evidence of such. The discussion continued.
Ms. Holmes made a motion (Article 1) for the Finance Committee to recommend to the town to vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $94,215 and transfer the sum of $69,000 to an Ambulance Receipts Reserved for Appropriation for a total appropriation of $163,215 to fund the following amendments to Article 2 of the Annual Town Meeting of May 7, 2012 and continued to June 11, 2012: increase Health Insurance Expenses by $20,000, increase Police Expenses by $4,000, increase Unemployment Expenses by $15,515, increase Ambulance Wages by $49,000, increase Ambulance Expenses by $20,000, increase Veterans Benefits by $45,000, increase Other Interest Expense by $9,700, and reduce the Fiscal Year 2013 Debt Expense Budget by $617,973. Seconded by Mr. Hutnak. Vote: Unanimous.
Ms. Holmes made a motion (Article 2) for the Finance Committee to recommend to the town to vote to transfer the sum of $1,577 from the Water/Sewer Reserved for Debt Account to the Water/Sewer Debt Expense Account. Seconded by Mr. Hutnak. Vote: Unanimous.
Ms. Holmes made a motion (Article 3) for the Finance Committee to recommend to the town to vote to transfer the sum of $800 from Police Expenses to pay the following prior year bill: MES Solutions, $800. Seconded by Mr. Hutnak. Vote: Unanimous.
Ms. Holmes made a motion (Article 4) for the Finance Committee to recommend to the town to vote to deposit all insurance proceeds received in connection with the damage incurred due to the rain event of August 10-12, 2012 to an Insurance Reimbursement Receipts Reserved for Appropriation Account. Seconded by Mr. Hutnak. Vote: Unanimous.
Ms. Holmes made a motion for the Finance Committee to recommend Article 5 to the town meeting as written. Seconded by Mr. Hogan. Vote: Aye: 5, No: 1.
Ms. Gogolinski made a motion for the Finance Committee to recommend Article 6 to the town meeting as written. Vote: Aye: 5, Ms. Holmes abstained.
Ms. Gogolinski made a motion for the Finance Committee to defer recommendation on Article 7 until the public hearing closes and the final recommendation and final language is received from the Planning Board.

OTHER BUSINESS
Sign: Postage voucher for mailing.
Mr. Hogan asked for copies of budget documents that were sent to the Strategic Budget Committee. Mr. Guzinski asked Mr. Hogan to contact his office for copies of last year’s budget information.
The next meeting will be November 13, 2012 at 6:30 PM.

ADJOURNMENT
Mr. Kocur made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:53 PM. Ms. Holmes seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Wright
Recording Secretary
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