June 6, 2011 Finance Committee Meeting

June 6, 2011 Finance Committee Meeting

Postby Lisa Lannon » Tue Jun 28, 2011 6:56 am

FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING
MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2011


A meeting of the Finance Committee was held on Monday, June 6, 2011. Mr. Bari called the meeting to order at 7:04 PM at the Douglas Municipal Center.

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

PUBLIC HEARING – FISCAL YEAR 2012 BUDGET
Mr. Bari opened the Public Hearing for the fiscal year 2012 budget. Mr. Guzinski discussed the projected revenues for FY2012 including Prop 2 1/2, new growth, State Aid, free cash, Wetland Protection, and Estimated Overlay. The total change in revenue is $346,889. He discussed the change in fixed cost expenses, which total an increase of $96,409. This represents a total change in available funds of $250,480.
Mr. Bari then reviewed the budget recommendations by department. Some discussion held. Ms. Gogolinski noted concerns regarding level funding the snow and ice account. It was noted that if this account is raised it cannot be decreased and it is the one account that the State allows to over spend. It is an account that is monitored very closely. Ms. Holmes noted a change in the amount of Library wages. It was noted that this was due to a reclassification of a position. Discussion held.

FINANCE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS – ARTICLES 1 THROUGH 6 ON ANNUAL TOWN MEETING WARRANT
Mr. Bari presented each department as follows and recommendations were made:

General Government
Selectmen: wages - $158,239, expenses - $18,480, awards & recognition - $40, Town Hall office supplies - $18, 255, Town reports - $3,000, Town Counsel - $70,000 for a total of $286,320. Mr. Hutnak made a motion to approve the Selectmen budget as proposed by the Finance Committee Chairman. Ms. Holmes seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Accountant: wages - $97,851, expenses - $2,000, audit - $23,000 for a total Accountant budget of $122,851. Mr. Hutnak made a motion to approve the Accountant budget as proposed. Ms. Holmes seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Assessors: wages - $85,605, expenses - $36,100 for a total Assessors budget of $121,705. Mr. Hutnak made a motion to approve the Assessors budget as proposed. Ms. Holmes seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Treasurer: wages - $98,026, expenses - $33,084, tax title - $12,000 for a total Treasurer budget of $143,110. Mr. Hutnak made a motion to approve the Treasurers budget as proposed. Ms. Holmes seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Collector: wages - $65,135, expenses - $16,392, tax taking - $6,000 for a total Collector’s budget of $87,527. Mr. Hutnak made a motion to approve the Collector’s budget as proposed. Ms. Holmes seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Finance Committee: wages - $1,500, expenses - $4,000, reserve fund - $50,000 for a total Finance Committee budget of $55,500. Mr. Hutnak made a motion to approve the Finance Committee budget as proposed. Ms. Holmes seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Technology: wages - $10,300, expenses - $38,150 for a total Technology budget of $48,450. Mr. Hutnak made a motion to approve the Technology budget as proposed. Ms. Holmes seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Town Clerk: wages - $95,679, expenses - $15,500 for a total Town Clerk budget of $111,179. Mr. Hutnak made a motion to approve the Town Clerk budget as proposed. Ms. Holmes seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Municipal Buildings: wages - $55,297, expenses - $101,000 for a total Municipal Buildings budget of $156,297. Mr. Hutnak made a motion to approve the Municipal Buildings budget as proposed. Ms. Holmes seconded.
Permanent Building Committee: wages - $750, expenses - $500 for a total Permanent Building Committee budget of $1,200. Mr. Hutnak made a motion to approve the Permanent Building Committee budget as proposed. Ms. Holmes seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Community Development: wages - $201,538, expenses - $3,500, Planning Board - $2,900, Economic Development - $2,000, Zoning Board expenses - $3,460, Open Space - $500, Conservation Commission - $2,789 for a total Community Development budget of $216,697. Mr. Hutnak made a motion to approve the Community Development budget as proposed. Mr. Hackett seconded the motion. Vote: Yes – 6, Abstained – 1. Motion carries.
Other General Government: moderator - $250, Housing Authority - $500 for a total Other General Government budget of $750. Mr. Hutnak made a motion to approve the Other General Government budget as proposed. Ms. Holmes seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.

Public Safety
Police: wages - $1,312,815, expenses - $143,161 for a total Police budget of $1,455,976. Mr. Hutnak made a motion to approve the Police budget as proposed. Ms. Holmes seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Fire: wages - $171,531, expenses - $63,350 for a total Fire budget of $234,881. Mr. Hutnak made a motion to approve the Fire budget as proposed. Ms. Holmes seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Ambulance: wages - $218,669, expenses - $60,500 for a total Ambulance budget of $279,169. Mr. Hutnak made a motion to approve the Ambulance budget as proposed. Ms. Holmes seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Building Department: wages - $117,413, expenses - $6,826 for a total Building Department budget of $124,239. Mr. Hutnak made a motion to approve the Building Department budget as proposed. Ms. Holmes seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Trees: wages - $600, expenses - $4,500 for a total Trees budget of $5,100. Mr. Hutnak made a motion to approve the Trees budget as proposed. Ms. Holmes seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Civil Defense: wages - $325, expenses - $1,200 for a total Civil Defense budget of $1,525. Mr. Hutnak made a motion to approve the Civil Defense budget as proposed. Ms. Holmes seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Sealer Weights & Measures: expenses - $750 for a total Sealer Weights & Measures budget of $750. Mr. Hutnak made a motion to approve the Sealer Weights & Measures budget as proposed. Ms. Holmes seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Animal Control: expenses - $24,900 for a total Animal Control budget of $24,900. Mr. Hutnak made a motion to approve the Animal Control budget as proposed. Ms. Holmes seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.

Public Works
Cemetery: expenses - $9,885 for a total Cemetery budget of $9,885. Mr. Hutnak made a motion to approve Cemetery budget as proposed. Ms. Holmes seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Highway: wages - $401,503, expenses - $26,012, Maintenance - $134,700, Special Sign Account - $2,900, Snow & Ice - $85,000 for a total Highway budget of $650,115. Mr. Hutnak made a motion to approve the Highway budget as proposed. Ms. Holmes seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Other Public Works: monitor landfill - $1,235, monitor wells - $10,450, street lighting - $41,550 for a total Other Public Works budget of $53,235. Mr. Hutnak made a motion to approve the Other Pubic Works budget as proposed. Ms. Holmes seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.

Health & Human Services
Board of Health: wages - $47,328, expenses - $7,000, nurse wages - $14,484, Animal Inspection wages - $2,842, Animal Inspection expenses - $350 for a total Board of Health budget of $72,004. Mr. Hutnak made a motion to approve the Board of Health budget as proposed. Ms. Holmes seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Council on Aging: wages - $76,263, expenses - $14,500 for a total Council on Aging budget of $90,763. Mr. Hutnak made a motion to approve the Council on Aging budget as proposed. Ms. Holmes seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Veterans: expenses - $10,015, benefits - $40,000 for a total Veterans budget of $50,015. Mr. Hutnak made a motion to approve the Veterans budget as proposed. Ms. Holmes seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.

Culture & Recreation
Recreation: expenses - $15,000 for a total recreation budget of $15,000. Mr. Hutnak made a motion to approve the Recreation budget as proposed. Ms. Holmes seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Library: wages - $149,314, expenses - $50,397 for a total Library budget of $199,711. Mr. Hutnak made a motion to approve the Library budget as proposed. Ms. Holmes seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Memorial Day total budget of $1,750. Mr. Hutnak made a motion to approve the Memorial Day budget as proposed. Ms. Holmes seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.

Education
Douglas Schools: personnel & expenses - $11,080,200, transportation/fixed assets - $779,023 for a total Douglas Public Schools budget of $11,859,223. Ms. Holmes made a motion to approve the Douglas Schools budget as proposed. Mr. Hackett seconded the motion. Vote: Yes – 6, Abstained – 1. Motion carries.
Blackstone Valley Regional: assessment - $442,041, debt assessment - $58,185, representative expense - $500 for a total budget of $500,726. Mr. Hutnak made a motion to approve the Blackstone Valley Regional budget as proposed. Ms. Holmes seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Medicaid Reimbursement for a total budget of $5,000 and Norfolk County Agricultural for a total budget of $163,552. Mr. Hutnak made a motion to approve the Medicaid Reimbursement budget and the Norfolk County Agricultural budget as proposed. Ms. Holmes seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.

Insurance/Employee Benefits
Insurance/Employee Benefits: Property, Liability and Workmen’s Comp - $205,000, unemployment - $50,000, health and life insurance - $2,751,556, HRA - $20,000, retirement/Medicare - $882,513 for a total Insurance/Employee Benefit budget of $3,909,069. Mr. Hutnak made a motion to approve the Insurance/Employee Benefits budget as proposed. Ms. Holmes seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.

Debt Service
Debt Service total budget of $1,669,716. Mr. Hutnak made a motion to approve the Debt Service budget as proposed. Ms. Holmes seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.

Ms. Holmes made a motion to recommend the total budget of $22,709,940 consisting of $220,000 transferred from Ambulance Receipt reserved for Appropriation, $5,000 transferred from the Wetlands Protection Account, $248,620 transferred from Free Cash and the remaining $22,236,320 to be raised and appropriated. Mr. Hutnak seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Ms. Holmes made a motion to recommend Article 3 – Salaries of Elected Officials: Board of Assessors - $2,900, Blackstone Valley Vocational School District Rep. - $500, Moderator - $250, Board of Selectmen - $1,600, Clerk - $60,503.92, Water/Sewer - $2,400. Mr. Hackett seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Ms. Holmes made a motion that the Finance Committee recommends to the Town to raise and appropriate the sum of $271,528 from Transfer Station charges and fees and $7,295 to be taken from Transfer Station retained earnings for a total budget of $278,823 for FY12 for: salaries/wages - $42,273, expenses - $236,550 for a total of $278,823. Mr. Hutnak seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Ms. Holmes made a motion to recommend the Town raise and appropriate the sum of $872,719 from Water & Sewer charges and fees, and transfer the sum of $229,168 from the reserved for debt account and transfer the sum of $10,000 from Sewer development for a total budget of $1,111,887 to operate and maintain the Water/Sewer Department with the following detail: salaries/wages - $328,298, expenses - $544,321, debt - $229,168, capital outlay - $10,000 for a total of $1,111,887. Mr. Hutnak seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Ms. Holmes made a motion to recommend the Personnel Classification and Compensation Plan as printed in the flyer. Mr. Hutnak seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.

RESERVE FUND TRANSFERS
Mr. Guzinski discussed the reserve fund transfer for street lighting. Ms. Holmes made a motion that the Finance Committee recommends a transfer from the Reserve Fund in the amount of $3,500 to the Street Lighting account. Mr. Hutnak seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.
Mr. Bari discussed the reserve fund transfer for a Staples bill for the Finance Committee flyer. Ms. Holmes made a motion that the Finance Committee recommends a Reserve Fund transfer in the amount of $1,105 to the Finance Committee Expenses. Mr. Hutnak seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.

APPROVE MINUTES OF MARCH 21ST, APRIL 4TH, AND MAY 23RD, 2011
Ms. Holmes made a motion to approve the minutes of March 21, 2011 as presented. Mr. Hackett seconded the motion. Vote: Yes – 6, Abstained – 1. Motion carries.
Ms. Holmes made a motion to approve the minutes of April 4, 2011 as presented. Mr. Hackett seconded the motion. Vote: Yes – 5, Abstained – 2. Motion carries.
Mr. Kocur made a motion to approve the minutes of May 23, 2011 as presented. Ms. Holmes seconded the motion. Vote: Yes – 6, Abstained – 1. Motion carries.

NEXT MEETING
It was agreed that the next meeting would be held prior to Town Meeting on June 13, 2011 at 6:30 PM. Discussion held.

ADJOURNMENT
Ms. Holmes made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:04 PM. Mr. Kocur seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

Lisa Lannon
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