April 11, 2011 Finance Committee Meeting

April 11, 2011 Finance Committee Meeting

Postby Lisa Lannon » Tue May 24, 2011 2:59 pm

FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING
MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2011

A meeting of the Finance Committee was held on Monday, April 11, 2011. Mr. Bari called the meeting to order at 7:58 PM at the Douglas Municipal Center.

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

FY12 BUDGET DISCUSSION
Mr. Guzinski noted that the Board of Selectmen has voted to recommend to the Finance Committee that the financial portion of the Town Meeting be postponed until June. Work will move forward over the next few weeks to develop a date that will work. Mr. Guzinski noted that work progresses on the budget and he is in communication with school officials. He discussed the current budget issues including the uncertainty of grants, local aid, local receipts, free cash, and unanticipated increases.
Mr. Guzinski discussed the rational regarding the proposed COLA increase. Some discussion held.

REVIEW FINAL STM AND ATM WARRANTS
The Annual Town Meeting Warrants were reviewed, discussed and voted as follows:
Mr. Roche made a motion that the Committee defers to make a recommendation on Annual Town Meeting Articles 1 through 6 until the next Finance Committee Meeting after May 2, 2011. Mr. LaPorte seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Mr. Roche made a motion to recommend Article 7 as presented. Ms. Gogolinski seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Discussion was held regarding the Capital Improvement Committee Report and recommendation not to fund any capital projects in fiscal year 2012. Mr. Roche made a motion to accept the Capital Improvement Committee Report and agree with their recommendation not to fund any capital projects in fiscal year 2012. Ms. Gogolinski seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Mr. Roche made a motion to recommend Article 9 to authorize the School Committee to enter into a contract in excess of three years as written. Ms. Gogolinski seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Mr. Roche made a motion that the Finance Committee recommends Article 10 as written. Mr. LaPorte seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Mr. Roche made a motion to not make a recommendation on Article 11, as it is not financial in nature. Mr. LaPorte seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Mr. Roche made a motion to not make a recommendation on Article 12, the Accessory Apartment Bylaw. Mr. LaPorte seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Mr. Roche made a motion to not make a recommendation on Article 13. Mr. LaPorte seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Mr. Roche made a motion that the Finance Committee not make a recommendation on Article 14. Mr. LaPorte seconded the motion. Vote: Yes – 4, Abstained – 1. Motion carries.
Ms. Gogolinski made a motion to recommend Article 15 as written. Mr. LaPorte seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Mr. Roche made a motion that the Finance Committee not make a recommendation on Article 16. Mr. LaPorte seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Discussion held regarding Article 17. Correspondence from Town Counsel noted concern regarding this Article. Mr. Guzinski noted that additional clarification is anticipated prior to Town Meeting. It was suggested that the legal opinion be passed on the individuals that presented the Article. Mr. Guzinski will follow up with this. Mr. Roche made a motion that the Finance Committee not recommend Article 17 as written based on the opinion of Town Counsel that the proposed article includes legal action that may not be legal by the Town. Ms. Gogolinski seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Ms. Gogolinski made a motion that Finance Committee recommend Article 18 as written. Mr. Kocur seconded the motion. Vote: Yes – 4, No – 1. Motion carries.
The Special Town Meeting Warrants were reviewed, discussed and voted as follows:
Mr. Roche made a motion that the Finance Committee recommend Article 1 Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Transfers/Amendments as written. Mr. LaPorte seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Mr. Roche made a motion that the Finance Committee recommend Article 2 to transfer the sum of $192,108.52 from the School Feasibility Capital Account to Stabilization Fund. Ms. Gogolinski seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Ms. Gogolinski made a motion to recommend Article 3 as written. Mr. LaPorte seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.

OTHER BUSINESS
A question was raised as to the cost of snow and ice this year. Mr. Guzinski indicated it cost approximately $300,000.
A voucher for the mailing of the flyer was signed.
The next meeting will be May 2, 2011 at 6:30 PM. Additional meeting times were discussed. Mr. Bari will send a notice to members to get an idea of the best dates.

AJOURNMENT
Mr. Roche made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:02 PM. Ms. Gogolinski seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

Lisa Lannon
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