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10-05-05 Minutes

                                                        October 5, 2005

        The Board of Finance held a regular meeting on this date at the Police Department meeting room.  Members present were Glenn Frishman, Chairman; John O’Brien, Acting Secretary; Dudley Wheeler; Bryan Bentz and Kevin Burns.  Andrew Rines was absent.  Maryanna Stevens, Director of Finance and Chief David Erskine were also present.

Mr. Frishman called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

Police Department – Transfer request
Chief Erskine was present to inform the members of the recent resignation of the Domestic Violence Coordinator.  He asked that effective January 1, 2006 the funds presently in this line item be transferred to the Regular Officers salary line.  Mr. Wheeler stated that he supports this transfer, as it will basically be a wash.  Mr. Bentz added that he also supports this but this would generate questions from the taxpayers come budget time.  Mr. Frishman stated that this would be the situation where the Director of Finance would insert a footnote in the Budget indicating an amendment to the original previously approved amount.  All members agreed that the public be made aware of all salary adjustments.  Mr. Frishman asked that this item be added to the January 2006 meeting agenda for a motion.

Town Engineer - Additional Appropriation
Request from Joe Bragaw for an additional appropriation of $6,019 to the Highway Garage line item for the heating and ventilation system.  The ductwork has never been extended into the middle of the garage area where heat is needed most; this causes the furnace to get very hot and as a result caught on fire.  After a brief discussion, Mr. Wheeler made a motion to approve the appropriation of $6,019 to the Highway Garage line item to extend the ductwork for the system to the center of each maintenance bay and to install paddle fans near the diffusers   Mr. Burns seconded and the motion was unanimously approved.  

Director of Finance
Mrs. Stevens informed the members that the Landfill has an employee out sick and it could be an extensive sick leave.  She added that funds in the General Operations are covering the wages for a temporary worker.  

She also informed the members that the Bid bonds were opened and the WPCA has agreed to an audit.  

Previous minutes
Mr. Wheeler made a motion to approve the minutes of the September meeting as presented.  Mr. O’Brien seconded the motion and voting was unanimous.

Mr. Frishman informed the members that he attended a regional Board of Finance meeting where 17 Eastern CT. towns were represented.  The Connecticut Municipal Consortium for Fiscal Responsibility is looking to put pressure on legislation with emphasis on the following items:  level the playing field under binding arbitration; raising the cost thresholds on capital projects under prevailing wage laws and prohibiting new mandates placed on towns until state government meets its own existing funding commitments to the towns.  All members agreed this was a step in the right direction.  Mr. Burns made a motion endorsing the Consortium effort and pressing state lawmakers for change.  Mr. Bentz seconded the motion and voting was unanimous.

Subcommittee reports
Mr. O’Brien informed the members that the SHS Homecoming weekend is the planned completion date.  He added that the lighting issue should be addressed at the November meeting.  

Mr. Burns questioned in regard to the Town vehicles.  Mrs. Stevens reported that she is working on this.  He also asked about the Generator transfer he has read about in the paper.  Mrs. Stevens stated that there was no transfer of funds.

There being no further business to come before the Board, Mr. Burns made a motion to adjourn.  Mr. O’Brien seconded the motion and the meeting was unanimously adjourned at 8:08 p.m.

                                                        Respectfully submitted,

                                                        John O’Brien
                                                        Acting Secretary