May 23, 2011 Finance Committee Meeting

May 23, 2011 Finance Committee Meeting

Postby Lisa Lannon » Tue Jun 07, 2011 8:31 pm

FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING
MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011


A meeting of the Finance Committee was held on Monday, May 23, 2011. Mr. Bari called the meeting to order at 7:03 PM at the Douglas Municipal Center.

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

NEW MEMBERS
New members Kate Murphy and Dave Hyland were introduced.

PERSONNEL BOARD RECOMMENDATION
Ms. Chesebrough joined the meeting. She distributed and discussed in detail a summary of the Personnel Board Meeting and Recommendation dated May 23, 2011.
For FY12, the Personnel Board recommends that non-union municipal employees receive a 3% COLA with no step increases. This is different from Mr. Guzinski’s recommendation, which is 1.5% COLA plus step increases. Ms. Chesebrough also noted that the Personnel Board is currently working on a longevity benefit to be incorporated in the Personnel Bylaw as well as a method of employee review to be incorporated as part of the step increase.
Mr. Guzinski discussed his reasons for recommending a 1.5% COLA plus step increase. He also noted that he fully agrees with the need to develop a longevity benefit. Much discussion held.
Mr. Guzinski noted the process moving forward for addressing the budget beginning with the Board of Selectmen’s Meeting tomorrow night.

REVIEW TOWN ADMINISTRATOR’S FY12 BUDGET
Mr. Guzinski and Ms. Lovett reviewed in detail the Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Analysis, Budget (Changes in Revenue and Fixed Cost Expenses), Projected Revenues, Budget Recommendation, Local Aid Assessments, Local Aid Estimates, General Fund Budget History FY08 – FY12, Recommended FY12 Budget Chart, and General Fund Budget Percentage Changes FY08 – FY12 (excluding School Transportation, Other Education, Debt and Employee Benefits) Chart which were all included in the packet.
Some discussion held regarding the Conservation Commission. It was noted that they made a $25,000 commitment over 5 years. The desire to meet with Conservation Commission to explore the potential for requesting a renegotiation was discussed.
Discussion held regarding Police and Fire budgets. Mr. Guzinski noted that the School Committee would be meeting Wednesday to vote upon a requested budget to forward to this Committee. It was the consensus of the Committee to schedule a joint meeting with the School Committee and the Board of Selectmen, should it be warranted, on Tuesday, May 31, 2011. June 6, 2011 will be the Public Hearing for the budget.


APPROVE MINUTES OF MARCH 28TH AND APRIL 11TH 2011
The minutes of March 28, 2011and April 11, 2011 were reviewed. Mr. Roche made a motion to approve the Finance Committee Meeting minutes of March 28, 2011 as written. Mr. Kocur seconded the motion. Vote unanimous. Mr. Roche made a motion to approve the minutes of April 11, 2011 as amended. Mr. Kocur seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.

RESERVE FUND TRANSFER
Ms. Lovett discussed the Request for Transfer from the Reserve Fund in the amount of $2,164.47 to the snow and ice account. Some discussion held. Mr. Roche made a motion to transfer the sum of $2,164.47 to the snow and ice account. Ms. Holmes seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.

INVOICE
An invoice from Staples for the Town Meeting Flyer was noted. It was noted that Mr. Cohen had indicated that the cost of the flyer would be reimbursed through the School Building Committee. It was the consensus to table this at this time.

ADJOURNMENT
Mr. Kocur made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:07 PM. Mr. Hackett seconded the motion. Vote unanimous

Respectfully submitted,

Lisa Lannon
Recording Secretary
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