March 14, 2011 Finance Committee

March 14, 2011 Finance Committee

Postby Lisa Lannon » Tue Mar 22, 2011 4:54 pm

MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2011

A meeting of the Finance Committee was held on Monday, March 14, 2011. Mr. Bari called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM at the Douglas Municipal Center.

PRESENT: Todd Bari (Chairman), James Roche (Vice Chairman), Michael Hutnak, Jerome Kocur, Scott Hackett, Jeffrey LaPorte, Pamela Holmes, Carol Gogolinski, Mike Guzinski (Town Administrator).

GUESTS: Mitch Cohen, Keith Menard, Shirley Mosczynski, Paula Brouillette, Leslie Breault, Sarah McConnell, Dona DiNisco (DiNisco Design), Dean Iacobucci, Scott Yacino, Tim Bonin and other members of the School Committee and School Staff.

Article 1 – New Elementary School Construction and Middle School Repair Project was discussed. Mr. Cohen, Chairman of the School Building Committee joined the meeting. He gave a brief update of the progress of the School Building Project to date and discussed the process moving forward. He indicated that he was here to answer any questions the Committee may have. He noted that a Project Budget and Scope Meeting would be held with the MSBA on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 10:00 AM. A question and answer period followed. Areas discussed include the percentage of reimbursement, the determination of eligible costs, determination of site work costs, debt schedule, School population, and portables. Ms. Holmes asked if she could get a list of the number of School Choice students and their grade levels. Mr. Iacobucci will get that information to her. Mr. Iacobucci discussed the increase of operational costs and the process of funding. He also noted areas of savings.
Ms. Holmes made a motion that the Finance Committee recommends Article 1 as presented in the Special Town Meeting (Monday, March 28, 2011) Motions and Presenters distributed this evening. Ms. Hackett seconded the motion. Vote: Yes - 7, No – 1. Motion carries.
Article 2 – Expansion of Statutory Exemptions under MGL Chapter 59, Section 5, Clause 41C was discussed. The process of determining eligibility was questioned. Mr. Guzinski indicated that the Assessors do have a system for this that would be unchanged. This Article would only change the thresholds. He indicated that the Assessors could be asked to come to a meeting and discuss what the system is. Some discussion held. It was suggested, and members concurred, that prior to implementation the Assessors would review the present requirements and documentation of eligibility with the Committee and any flaws would be addressed. Mr. LaPorte made a motion to recommend Article 2. Ms. Gogolinski seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.

Some discussion held regarding the voucher. Mr. Bari questioned if this would be split with the School Building Committee. It was the consensus to approve the voucher and Mr. Guzinski will looking into the accounting of it.

Mr. Bari noted the request for $20,000 for snow and ice. He indicated that there was $6,500 remaining from the last $200,000 granted in deficit spending with approximately $23,000 in unpaid bills. Ms. Holmes made a motion that the Finance Committee recommends an additional $20,000 in deficit spending for the Snow and Ice Account. Mr. Roche seconded. Vote unanimous.

Mr. Guzinski discussed the plan to move up the deadline for ATM articles from the last Friday in March to the first Friday in March. This would allow for more time to review the articles. This will involve a Bylaw change. He will present this recommendation to the Board of Selectmen. Some discussion held.

Mr. Hackett made a motion to accept the minutes from the February 28, 2011 Meeting as written. Mr. LaPorte seconded the motion. Vote: Yes – 6, Abstained – 2. Motion carries.

Mr. Bari read a letter from the Fire Chief indicating that he is currently reviewing the Ambulance Receipts Account in order to address concerns raised by this Committee and would meet with the Committee to discuss in detail in March.
Mr. Bari indicated he has asked Mr. Cohen for some information for the flyer. It was agreed that the Committee would leave it to the Chairman to make sure that information provided gives the community a good understanding of the project.
Mr. Guzinski reminded that the School Department would be in to discuss their budget next week. He will contact Dr. Fitzpatrick to see when he can come in.

Ms. Holmes made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:10 PM. Mr. Roche seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

Lisa Lannon
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