June 24, 2013 Finance Committee

June 24, 2013 Finance Committee

Postby Mary Wright » Thu Oct 31, 2013 7:41 pm

FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING
MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2013

A meeting of the Finance Committee was held on Monday, June 24, 2013. Ms. Holmes called the meeting to order at 7:11 PM at the Douglas High School Auditorium.

ATTENDANCE
PRESENT: Pamela Holmes (Vice Chairman), Carol Gogolinski, Ryan Hogan, Michael Hutnak, Jerome Kocur, Cynthia Shurick, Michael Guzinski (Town Administrator), Jeanne Lovett (Finance Director)
ABSENT: Todd Bari (Chairman), Kate Murphy

1. APPOINT MEMBERS TO PERSONNEL BOARD
This item was postponed to the next meeting.

2. RESERVE FUND TRANSFERS & INTERDEPARTMENTAL TRANSFERS
Fire Chief Kent Vinson joined the meeting to request a Reserve Fund Transfers for $2,500 to cover salaries and $5,000 to cover expenses. Their department has been going to more mutual aid calls than usual. Chief Vinson presented the background behind his requests, including the purchase of wildland suits, hose, helmets and other equipment. Discussions were held, including a discussion regarding the Fire Dept. budget cuts and public safety issues.
Ms. Gogolinski made a motion to approve a Reserve Fund Transfer to the Fire Salaries Account in the amount of $2,500. Mr. Hutnak seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
Ms. Lovett stated that there is currently $13,200 in the Reserve Fund. A discussion was held.
Mr. Hogan made a motion to approve a Reserve Fund Transfer to the Fire Expense Account in the amount of $5,000. Mr. Hutnak seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
Ms. Lovett gave the background behind the Accountant transfer for her clerk’s salary.
Mr. Hogan made a motion to approve a Reserve Fund Transfer to the Finance Director’s Payroll Account in the amount of $236.00. Ms. Gogolinski seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
Mr. Guzinski gave the background on the Reserve Fund Transfer Request of $3,500 to the Public Building Maintenance-Electricity. In effect, the budgeted savings from the ConEd Net Media Agreement were not seen until the spring. Street Lighting
Ms. Gogolinski made a motion to approve a Reserve Fund Transfer to the Street Lighting Electricity Account in the amount of $1,000. Mr. Hutnak seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
Ms. Gogolinski made a motion to approve a Reserve Fund Transfer to the Public Building Maintenance-Electricity Account in the amount of $3,500. Mr. Hogan seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
Ms. Lovett gave the background on the $40 shortage on the grant from November 14, 2011. Mr. Guzinski summarized the results of that full-year wind testing, which found that the winds were below optimal for an acceptable payback period.
Ms. Gogolinski made a motion to approve a Reserve Fund Transfer to the Mass. Clean Energy Account in the amount of $40. Mr. Hutnak seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
Ms. Lovett gave the background on the Reserve Fund Transfer Request for the Town Clerk for tomorrow’s election.
Mr. Hogan made a motion to approve a Reserve Fund Transfer to the Part Time Wages for the Clerk’s Office in the amount of $1,000. Mr. Hutnak seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.
Mr. Guzinski stated that the Board of Selectmen approved the following transfer at their meeting last week and he gave the background information.
Mr. Hogan made a motion to approve a transfer from the Transfer Station Expenses Account to the Transfer Station Salaries Account in the amount of $2,800. Mr. Hutnak seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

3. ANNUAL & SPECIAL & TOWN MEETING REVIEW & FY14 REVENUE UPDATE
Mr. Guzinski stated that nothing much has changed for FY14. Local Aid is slightly lower than their original estimate, but the final numbers have not come in.

4. APPROVE MINUTES OF MARCH 11, 2013, MARCH 25, 2013, APRIL 11, 2013 & MAY 6, 2013.
Mr. Hogan made a motion to approve the March 11, 2013 minutes of the Finance Committee as presented. Ms. Shurick seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous, Mr. Hutnak abstained.
Mr. Hogan made a motion to approve the March 25, 2013 minutes of the Finance Committee as presented. Mr. Hutnak seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous, Ms. Gogolinski abstained.
Mr. Hogan made a motion to approve the April 11, 2013 minutes of the Finance Committee as presented. Mr. Hutnak seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous, Ms. Shurick abstained.
Mr. Hogan made a motion to approve the May 6, 2013 minutes of the Finance Committee as amended. Ms. Shurick seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

5. OTHER BUSINESS
Mr. Kocur asked who decided on the design of the new school. Mr. Guzinski reported that the School Committee and the School Building Committee approved the design. Mr. Kocur says he has heard criticism of the design from townspeople because it is nontraditional. Mr. Guzinski stated that the design is one that was used on a school in Winthrop. By using this design, the amount of reimbursement was increased by 5%.
Ms. Holmes would like to have an original paper copy of the thirteen-member agreement from Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School (BVT). Mr. Guzinski will ask Suzanne Kane to find one. Ms. Holmes has found out that the town is paying for the post-secondary LPN program at BVT. Mr. Guzinski feels that it is part of the assessment. Ms. Holmes asked everyone to review the breakout for discussion at the next meeting. A discussion was held, including how the BVT assessment is done.

6. ADJOURNMENT
Mr. Hutnak made a motion to adjourn at 8:41 PM. Mr. Hogan seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Wright
Recording Secretary
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