BOS - April 4, 2000

BOS - April 4, 2000

Postby Suzanne Kane » Wed Nov 19, 2008 11:01 am

BOARD OF SELECTMEN
MEETING AGENDA
Resource Room
Tuesday, April 4, 2000 at 7:00pm


1. Call to Order
2. Appointments to the School Building Committee
• Mark Bloomfield
• Ronald Forget
• Sharon Brotherton
• Janice Foran
• William Pybas
3. MCNConnect Contract for Wide Area Network and High-Speed Internet Connection
4. FY01 Budget Recommendations
5. New Business
6. Adjournment
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Board of Selectmen Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, April 4, 2000

1. Call to Order


The meeting was called to order at 7:05 PM. In attendance, Tom Navaroli, Ron Forget, Rob Guiou, Betty Therrien, Mark Bloomfield, and Norm MacNeill. Also in attendance, Sharon Brotherton, Bill Pybas, Chief Foley, Tom Mattson, and Mitch Cohen.

2. Appointments to the School Building Committee
• Mark Bloomfield – removed from list
• Ronald Forget
• Sharon Brotherton
• Janice Foran
• William Pybas – removed from list due to job changes

Rob Guiou made a motion, seconded by Tom Navaroli, to appoint Ronald Forget, Sharon Brotherton, and Janice Foran to the School Building Committee. Vote Unanimous; Mark Bloomfield abstain.

Mark Bloomfield stated that the petition to disband the current school building committee will go through. Although the Board expressed concern over appointing new members then having the petition take them out of the running. Ron Forget stated he wanted to keep the project moving.

1. MCNConnect Contract for Wide Area Network and High-Speed Internet Connection

At the MMA trade show, Norm MacNeill and Tom Navaroli met with MCN. MCN has been appointed by the state to help with technology issues. They will help the Town put the technology plan together to link all offices in the Town. They will help put the WAN together. They will maintain the hardware and provide the Town with high speed internet access. The transfer of Douglas.org is in the works. Everyone working for the Town will have a consistent e-mail address. There is an April 1 deadline to enter into a contract. The amount is in the budget to pay for the contract.

Mark Bloomfield expressed interest in looking into other options. He feels that he didn’t have enough time to research it properly. The Board decided to add it to tomorrow’s agenda.

2. FY01 Budget Recommendations

Scheduled to go through budgets to develop recommendations. On April 10th, the Board will meet with Finance Committee to arrive at an agreement. Finance Committee was supposed to meet, but there was no quorum and they will not meet again until the 10th.

In general, Norm MacNeill reports cuts taken a little from each office. He also cut the new positions down to 11 months to account for hiring periods. He also deleted a lease for a 4 wheel drive for the Police Department as well as lowering steps for new hires.

Norm MacNeill recommends the Selectmen’s budget as proposed. Ron Forget stated that he is not sure the Town needs the extra position in the Selectmen’s office. The Board discussed the position further.

Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Rob Guiou, to approve the Selectmen’s budget as proposed at $200,480. Vote Unanimous.

Discussion occurred about the Town Accountant contract amount.
Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Tom Navaroli, to approve the Town Accountant budget as proposed at $49,735. Vote Unanimous.

Discussion about the new lister position.
Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Tom Navaroli, to approve the Assessors budget as proposed at $120,140. Vote Unanimous.

Discussion about consultant fees.
Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Rob Guiou, to approve the Tax Collector budget as amended. Vote Unanimous.

Discussion about salary for Treasurer’s Office.
Held off on Treasurer’s Budget.

Discussion about increase in Finance Committee’s budget due to voter bulletins.
Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Rob Guiou, to approve the Finance Committee budget as proposed at $32,297. Vote Unanimous.

Discussion about the technology plan.
Held off on Technology Budget.

Discussion about repair and maintenance and a step increase for personnel.
Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Rob Guiou, to approve the Town Buildings budget as proposed at $102,094. Vote Unanimous.

Discussion about moving the Clerk position into the Community Development Department from the Building Department. Also, the addition of two new staff members.
Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Rob Guiou, to move from the conservation contractual services line to the engineering expenses line the amount of $5,000. Vote Unanimous.
Mark Bloomfield made a motion to approve the Community Development budget as amended. Withdrawn.
Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Rob Guiou, to increase the EDC budget to $5,000. Vote Unanimous.
Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Rob Guiou, to approve the Community Development budget as amended. Vote Unanimous.

Rob Guiou made a motion, seconded by Tom Navaroli, to approve the Moderator’s budget as proposed. Vote Unanimous.

Discussion about Full-time Fire Chief position.
Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Tom Navaroli, to support the Fire Budget at $120,120. Vote Mark Bloomfield aye, Ron Forget aye, and Tom Navaroli aye; Rob Guiou abstain.

Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Tom Navaroli, to support the Ambulance Budget at $193,102. Vote Mark Bloomfield aye, Ron Forget aye, and Tom Navaroli aye; Rob Guiou abstain.

Discussion about The Police Department’s personnel expenses and capital expenses.
Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Rob Guiou, to adjust the budget to include everything except the lease for a total of $842,084. Vote Unanimous.

Discussion about 10% cut in transportation and training and the office supply line.
Rob Guiou made a motion, seconded by Mark Bloomfield, to approve the Building Department budget as proposed. Vote Unanimous.

Rob Guiou made a motion, seconded by Mark Bloomfield, to approve the Tree budget as proposed. Vote Unanimous.

Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Rob Guiou, to approve the Other Public Safety budget as proposed. Vote Unanimous.

Ron Forget made a motion, seconded by Mark Bloomfield, to approve the Board of Health budget as proposed. Vote Unanimous.

Rob Guiou made a motion, seconded by Mark Bloomfield, to approve the Council On Aging budget as proposed. Vote Unanimous.

Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Rob Guiou, to approve Housing Authority budget as proposed. Vote Unanimous.

Rob Guiou made a motion, seconded by Mark Bloomfield, to approve the Veterans budget as proposed. Vote Unanimous.

Rob Guiou made a motion, seconded by Mark Bloomfield, to approve the Cemetery budget as proposed. Vote Unanimous.

Discussed that Highway personnel expenses are as requested and the 2,000 decrease in expenses was shaved off of small items. The Board discussed removing the Group Leader that will be opening up and replacing it with a laborer.
Tom Navaroli made a motion, seconded by Rob Guiou, to approve the Highway Department budget as recommended. Vote Unanimous.

Rob Guiou made a motion, seconded by Mark Bloomfield, to approve the Monitoring budget as proposed. Vote Unanimous.

Rob Guiou made a motion, seconded by Mark Bloomfield, to approve the Recreation Commission budget as proposed. Vote Unanimous.

Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Rob Guiou, to approve the Library budget as proposed. Vote Unanimous.

Rob Guiou made a motion, seconded by Mark Bloomfield, to approve the Memorial Day budget as proposed. Vote Unanimous.

Passed over school department budget until Monday meeting with Finance Committee.

Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Rob Guiou, to approve the Employee Benefits budget as proposed. Vote Unanimous.

Discussion about the Debt budget. Waiting for final recommendations on capital projects.
Ron Forget made a motion, seconded by Rob Guiou, to pass over until the Board receives a recommendation from the Capital Improvements Committee. Vote Unanimous.

Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Rob Guiou, to pass over the Capital Outlay budget. Vote Unanimous.

Passed over Water/Sewer budget in order for the Board to talk to the Commissioners.

Discussion about the transfer station becoming an enterprise fund. The Board deleted the clerical assistant request.
Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Rob Guiou, to approve the Transfer Station budget as amended. Vote Unanimous.

3. New Business

Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Rob Guiou, to reopen the April 19th Special Town Meeting Warrant. Vote Unanimous.

The advertisement for the public hearing was inaccurate. It did not correctly create the state forest open space district. Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Rob Guiou, to remove Article 9 and 10 from the warrant. Vote Unanimous.

Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Rob Guiou, to add an article to the warrant for a transfer from free cash consistent with the contract with the Town Accountant. Vote Unanimous.

Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Rob Guiou, to close the warrant for the April 19th Special Town Meeting Warrant. Vote Unanimous.

A voter bulletin for the Special Town Meeting will cost $1717.99.
Mark Bloomfield made a motion, seconded by Rob Guiou, to take $1717.99 out of the Selectmen’s budget for a voter bulletin. Vote Unanimous.

The Board discussed having the School Building Committee go to Don Jacobs for information instead of Norm MacNeill.
Rob Guiou made a motion, seconded by Mark Bloomfield, to direct Norm to have the School Building Committee go to Don Jacobs for further information. Vote Unanimous.

Frank Fertal addressed the Board. He stated that it was illegal for Mark Bloomfield to collect signatures within 150’ of a polling area. He believes that Mark Bloomfield collected signatures not only outside the door, but also inside the door; he stated it was unethical for a Selectman. Mark Bloomfield rebutted that he received permission from the Town Clerk and was directed as to where to go. Norm MacNeill asked Town Counsel about it and they said it was illegal as a violation of the statute, but in their opinion no judge would invalidate an election because of it. Frank Fertal requested a vote of no confidence for Mark Bloomfield.

Tom Navaroli made a motion, seconded by Rob Guiou, to offer a vote of no confidence for Mark Bloomfield. Vote Unanimous; Mark Bloomfield abstain.

4. Adjournment

At 9:47Pm, Ron Forget made a motion, seconded by Mark Bloomfield, to adjourn. Vote Unanimous.


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