May 2, 2006
The Board of Finance held a special meeting on this date at 8:00 p.m. at the Wequetequock Fire Department. Members present were Glenn Frishman, Chairman; Andrew Rines, Secretary; John O’Brien; Dudley Wheeler; Bryan Bentz and Kevin Burns. Also present Maryanna Stevens, Director of Finance; William Brown, First Selectman; Town and BOE employees and Town residents.
Mr. Frishman called the meeting to order at 8:00 p.m.
Appointment of Auditor
Mr. O’Brien made a motion to approve reappointment of McGladrey & Pullen as the auditors for the Town. Mr. Rines seconded and voting was unanimous.
Mr. Rines made a motion to approve the minutes of the April 10, 2006 meetings as presented. Mr. Burns seconded the motion and voting was unanimous.
Letter from William Stewart, Superintendent of Highways regarding Catch Basin cleaning. He has not been contacted by Pye, Inc. who has performed the work in the past. Mr. Stewart is requesting permission from the Board to hire Capital Sweeping as the second bidder on the Capital Region Purchasing Council list. Capital Sweeping has recently been hired for street sweeping. Mr. Wheeler made a motion to approve the hiring of Capital Sweeping as the seconded bidder on the Capital Region Purchasing Council list. Mr. O’Brien seconded the motion and voting was unanimous.
Director of Finance
Nothing to report.
At 8:06 p.m. Mr. Frishman recessed the meeting to await the Referendum count.
Mr. Frishman reconvened the meeting at 8:45 p.m.
Mr. Frishman stated that the proposed FY 2006-2007 budget failed at referendum. He added that in light of this he does not feel it would be wise to add positions, i.e. a Highway employee and increase the Recreation Director to Full time. He asked the members for their input. Mr. Rines stated that he would prefer to make cuts from Schedule C before reducing staff increases.
First Selectman Brown offered the following reductions: Lantern Hill Bridge Replacement, Landfill Pickup truck, and replacement of Town Hall carpeting, these items totaled $62,000. Members also agreed to cut the added Highway employee position at $41,150. Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Rines, Mr. Bentz and Mr. Burns were not in favor of reducing the Recreation Director back to Part time. Members agreed to cut $95,000 from the Board of Education with cuts totaling $198,150.
Mr. Rines moved that the Board recommend to the Board of Selectmen a budget for Fiscal year 2006-2007 totaling $51,280,700. Mr. Bentz seconded the motion and voting was unanimous. This budget would carry a mil rate of 21.09.
There being no further business to come before the Board, Mr. Wheeler made a motion to adjourn. Mr. O’Brien seconded the motion and the meeting was unanimously adjourned at 9:07 p.m.
Andrew W. Rines