April 4, 2011 Finance Committee Meeting

April 4, 2011 Finance Committee Meeting

Postby Lisa Lannon » Tue Jun 07, 2011 8:30 pm

FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING
MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011

A meeting of the Finance Committee was held on Monday, April 4, 2011. Mr. Bari called the meeting to order at 7:03 PM at the Douglas Municipal Center.

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

1. FY12 BUDGET REVIEWS
BOARD OF HEALTH
Members of the Board of Health joined the meeting and discussed their budget in detail. In addition, to the Board of Health the following budgets were reviewed and discussed: Enterprise Fund, Transfer Station, Monitor Wells, Land Fill Maintenance, Animal Inspector, and Nursing. Some discussion held.
A request for Reserve Fund Transfer in the amount of $233.27 was discussed. This is for costs generated for coverage for time in between the old and new Animal Inspectors. Mr. Roche made a motion to transfer from the Reserve Fund to the Animal Inspector, the sum of $233.27. Mr. Kocur seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.

BLACKSTONE VALLEY VOCATIONAL REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
Dr. Fitzpatrick and Mr. John Lavine joined the meeting. Dr. Fitzpatrick distributed and reviewed a budget packet for Blackstone Valley Vocation Regional Vocational School. He also distributed and reviewed charts indicating the assessment increase being requested and how this request relates to area towns. The difference in Douglas students between last year and this year was noted. Potential grants and the lack of were noted. The process taken for addressing health insurance costs was discussed. Funding trends were noted as well as the use of stimulus money. Per pupil cost was noted. The budget represents a 1.99% increase, which was discussed. A question was raised regarding the LPN program and the revenue generated. Dr. Fitzpatrick discussed the program and indicated he could send financials to the Committee.

WATER & SEWER DEPARTMENT
Mr. Bob Sullivan, Water and Sewer Manager joined the meeting. The Water and Sewer Budgets were reviewed in detail. Discussion held. A question was raised regarding rates. Mr. Sullivan indicated that a review of the rates will be made and a three-year schedule implemented.

FIRE DEPARTMENT
Chief Kent Vinson joined the meeting. He noted at the last meeting, concerns raised regarding revenue, which triggered a rate study of surrounding areas. He noted this is a bridge year from intermediate to advanced level and the investment for that explained in part, some of the expenditures.
The results of the rate study were reviewed. Chief Vinson noted that the billing is presently being done by hand and consideration is being given to a computerized program to streamline the billing process. Discussion held. He noted the regionalization of dispatch is being reviewed now. A question was raised as to the possibility of giving residents a different rate. The Chief indicated that is something that could be reviewed. The process moving forward with ALS was discussed. The timing of increasing the BLS rates was discussed. Mr. Guzinski indicated that the rates will go before the Board of Selectmen and could be instituted July 1, 2011. Mr. Bari suggested the new BLS rates be instituted as soon as possible.

2. REVIEW DRAFT STM AND ATM WARRANTS
Ms. Lovette joined the meeting. Mr. Guzinski reviewed the Special and Annual Town Meeting Warrants in detail. He noted that they would go before the Board of Selectmen tomorrow. Discussion held.
Mr. Guzinski noted concerns regarding the FY12 budget. He noted a meeting that he and Ms. Lovette attended. They were informed of the possibility of local aide coming in less than what is anticipated. The earliest that local aide numbers would be signed into law would be June. After discussions, Mr. Guzinski feels it may be necessary to postpone the financial portion of the Town Meeting until June. Ms. Holmes notes concern about the lack of notice to the Town by legislators of this information.
It was the consensus of the Committee that they do not have a problem with postponing the financial portion of the Town Meeting. Some discussion held regarding the process moving forward. It was agreed that the language from last year’s flyer would be used for this year’s flyer to inform people of the postponed financial portion and public hearing.

3. DISCUSS STATUS OF FY12 BUDGET
Addressed above in Item 2.

4. RESERVE FUND TRANSFERS
Addressed above in Item 1, Board of Health.

5. REVIEW MINUTES OF MARCH 21, 2011
The minutes of March 21, 2011 were tabled until the next meeting.

6. OTHER BUSINESS
There was no other business

7. ADJOURMENT
Mr. Kocur made to adjourn the meeting at 10:02 PM. Ms. Holmes seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.

Respectfully submitted

Lisa Lannon
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