May 9, 2012 Capital Improvement Committee

May 9, 2012 Capital Improvement Committee

Postby Mary Wright » Wed Nov 21, 2012 4:24 pm

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE
MEETING MINUTES
May 9, 2012

A meeting of the Capital Improvement Committee (CIC) was held on May 9, 2012 in the Municipal Center Resource Room. Mr. Gonynor called the meeting to order at 2:05 PM.

ATTENDANCE
PRESENT: Don Gonynor (Chairman), Mark Dunleavy (Vice-Chairman), Ellie Chesebrough, Shirley Mosczynski, Mike Guzinski (Town Administrator), Kent Vinson.
ABSENT: Nancy Lane, Paula Brouillette

Discuss Capital Improvement Committee Article on Annual Town Meeting Warrant
Mr. Guzinski stated that at the Town Meeting, all the financial articles were continued to June 11, 2012 due to the difficulty in the Town’s operational finances. Mr. Guzinski stated that the Town is $220,000 in the red and still trying to close the budget. He received a letter from the Police Chief, Fire Chief and Highway Dept. Superintendent and they indicated that they would recommend postponing the Public Safety Complex study, and they recommend utilizing those funds toward the operational budget.
Mr. Guzinski stated that the decisions before the CIC are to how to proceed on the article for the continued meeting: Article 8: $75,000 for the primary school bathroom upgrade (funded from remaining funds in the old high school project account), $33,000 for a Highway Dept. truck, $25,000 for a Building Maintenance pick-up truck, and $90,420 for financial software. All but the funds for the bathroom upgrade would have to come from the Stabilization Account. Mr. Gonynor opened the meeting for discussion.
A discussion ensued regarding the money available in the Stabilization Account and the funds that were voted to be transferred out of that account at Town Meeting.
The water loop extension project was discussed.
Ms. Chesebrough asked if it were wise to put the Public Safety Complex study money into the operational budget. Mr. Guzinski said that generally, it would not be a recommended thing to do. This is one of the items that Mr. Guzinski will be adding to a packet for the Board of Selectmen and the Finance Committee to review.
A discussion ensued regarding the funds for the upgrade of the primary school bathroom and the possible transfer of the remaining funds in that account for a wireless infrastructure upgrade for the high school. Mr. Guzinski stated that the Town is refinancing the high school bond and saving the taxpayers $900,000 over 10 years.
A discussion ensued regarding the use of existing Town trucks to plow snow.
It was the consensus of the Committee to move ahead with the primary school bathroom upgrade and hold off on the remaining requests.
Ms. Mosczynski made a motion that the Town vote to approve the Town of Douglas Capital Improvement plan as submitted by the Capital Improvement Committee and transfer the sum of $75,000 to fund primary school bathroom upgrade and to hold off on the purchase of a Highway Dept. truck, a Building Maintenance pick-up truck and financial software. Mr. Dunleavy seconded the motion. Vote: Unanimous.

Other Business
Mr. Guzinski said that the Strategic Budget Committee has been created, but its membership has not yet been established.
The next meeting will be May 23, 2012, 2:00 PM.

Adjournment
Ms. Mosczynski made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 2:36 PM. Mr. Dunleavy seconded the motion. Vote-Unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,


Mary Wright
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