BOS - March 11, 2008 Budget Workshop

BOS - March 11, 2008 Budget Workshop

Postby Suzanne Kane » Tue Mar 11, 2008 7:31 am

Board of Selectmen
Budget Workshop Agenda
March 11, 2008

6:00 pm


- Discuss Overall Budget Picture for Fiscal Year 09

6:30 pm

- Meeting with School Officials

7:00 pm

- Meeting with the Fire Chief

7:30 pm

- Meeting with the Police Chief

- Appoint a Member of the Board to represent the Town at a Central Mass Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting on March 20th in Northbridge.

- Other Business


- Adjournment
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Board of Selectmen
Budget Workshop Minutes
March 11, 2008
Approved October 7, 2008

• Call to Order:

Chairman Michael Hughes called the meeting to order at 6:10 pm. In attendance: John Bombara, Paula Brouillette, Mitch Cohen, Scott Medeiros, Executive Administrator Michael Guzinski, and Administrative Assistant Suzanne Kane.
Other staff and citizens: School Superintendent Nancy Lane, School Business Manager Dean Iacobucci, School Committee Chair Shirley Downs, School Committee members Mike Belleville, Tom Devlin, and Leslie Breault, Fire Chief Gonynor, Police Chief Foley, Sgt. Nick Miglionico, Pauline Gavlak, and Telegram reporter Steve Foskett.

• Discuss Overall Budget Picture for Fiscal Year 09:
Michael Guzinski went over State Aid and the “FY09 Exec Admin Budget Proposal”. (attached to minutes). Discussion ensued.

• Meeting with School Officials:
Nancy Lane and Dean Iacobucci joined the meeting. Dean Iacobucci went over the school budget with reductions and changes. He then went over the proposed new positions and proposed operating budget. Discussion ensued on the Schools spending freeze for the remainder of the year freezing all spending of non-contractual items and items not funded by grants. Nancy Lane went over the process laid out by the MSBA (Massachusetts School Building Authority) and the initial step towards a Feasibility Study. Discussion ensued on the formation of a School Building Committee and the involvement of the Building and Facility Construction Committee. Discussion on possible grants.

• Meeting with the Fire Chief:
Chief Don Gonynor joined the meeting to go over the reasons he is requesting an increase in personnel and options to achieve and fund the request. Michael Guzinski went over the financial impact of an increase. Discussion ensued. Consensus to get feedback from consultants as to what the associated costs would be for a study of the Fire Department and what kind of information a study will produce.
Discussion on regionalization.

• Meeting with the Police Chief:
Chief Foley and Sgt. Nick Miglionico joined the meeting. Chief Foley went over his handouts entitled “Douglas Police Department FY2009 Operating Budget” and the reasons for his request for an increase. (attached to minutes) Chief Foley went over the departments accomplishments, issues facing the department, and different grants the department has received. Discussion ensued on fuel options including the possibility of a fuel depot in town.

The next Budget Workshop has been scheduled for March 25th at 6:00 pm. In addition the Board will go over the warrant articles for the Annual and Special Town Meeting.

• Letter from CMRPC (Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission) :
Michael Guzinski read a letter from the CMRPC (attached to minutes) asking for a representative for a CMMPO (Central Massachusetts Metropolitan Planning Organization) meeting March 20th at 6:30 pm. Noting that Paula Brouillette has been the Board’s representative for CMRPC Mitch Cohen made a motion to appoint Paula Brouillette as the Douglas Representative to the CMMPO meeting on March 20, 2008. John Bombara seconded the motion. All – aye.
In answer to the Boards question as to what the projected revenue would be from the adoption of the Telecom Legislation; Michael Guzinski received a letter from the Senators office listing Douglas as receiving $32,681.
Mitch Cohen reported the Annual Report is finished and off to the printer. An electronic version will be available on the Website within the next couple of days.

• Adjournment:
Scott Medeiros made a motion at 8:50 pm to adjourn. Mitch Cohen seconded the motion. All – aye.

Respectfully submitted;

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