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02-22-07 Minutes
February 22, 2007

 

 

            The Board of Finance held a special meeting on this date at 7:30 p.m. at the Police Department meeting room.   Members present were Glenn Frishman, Chairman; Andrew Rines, Secretary; Dudley Wheeler; John O’Brien and Kevin Burns.  Maryanna Stevens, Director of Finance was also present.  Bryan Bentz was absent. 

 

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

 

Budget Hearings

·        General Government – First Selectman William Brown and George Sylvestre, Director of Administrative Services presented the 2007-2008 proposed budget which has a 1.12 mill increase.  Mrs. Stevens provided for the members a graph showing what makes up the 4.35% ($924,700) increase in the operating budget.  Members discussed the departments with the largest impact, i.e. Highway and the WPCA, as well as the Payment to the Borough increase.  They also discussed the date at which the Town need be fully compliant with GASB 45. 

·        Schedule C – the proposed increase is .34.  Mr. Brown asked that an adjustment be made to the Field Sprinkler renovation line increasing it by $5000. He also stated that he felt the Stonington Free Library items should not be in the requests under Outside Agencies. As one of the liaisons for the libraries, Mr. Burns stated that he and Mr. Bentz had been notified that these items would be in the CIP requests.  Mr. Burns also asked that the line for New Police Cars be separated by marked and unmarked vehicles.  Mr. Joe Bragaw, Public Works Director stated the importance of the 22,000 GVW Dump truck.  Mr. Rines asked Mr. Bragaw to look into lease prices. 

 

Additional Appropriations

1.      Mr. Rines made a motion to approve and forward to the Board of Selectman to set the call for a Town Meeting a request for an additional appropriation in the amount of $44, 100 to be applied toward the 10% Town match for the $1,000,000 Department of Economic and Community Development Grant (DECD) for the Senior Center addition to the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center.  These funds are only to be expended upon receipt of the Grant Award from DECD.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Burns and voting was unanimous.

 

2.      Mr. Wheeler made a motion to approve and forward to the Board of Selectman to set the call for a Town Meeting a request an additional appropriation in the amount of $55,900 to be applied toward the 10% Town match for the $1,000,000 DECD Grant for the Senior Center addition to the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center.  These funds will be reimbursed when the Housing Urban Development (HUD) Program revenue funds are paid back to the Town by the program recipients.  These funds are only to be expended upon receipt of the Grant Award from DECD. The motion was seconded by Mr. Burns and voting was unanimous.

 

 

3.      Mr. Burns made a motion to approve and forward to the Board of Selectman to set the call for a Town Meeting a request an additional appropriation in the amount of $200,000 to be applied toward the $600,000 electrical upgrade at the Town Dock in Stonington Borough.  These funds will be reimbursed by the Southern New England Fisherman and Lobstermen’s Association (SNEFLA) over a period of   16 years as per attached (Option 3). The motion was seconded by Mr. Rines and voting was unanimous.

 

Budget Transfer

Mr. Wheeler made a motion to approve a budget transfer in the amount of $4500.00 from the Human Services General Assistance line to the Furniture & Equipment line to replace a ten year old copier located in the Social Services Administrators office.  Mr. Burns seconded the motion and voting was unanimous.

 

Previous minutes

Mr. Burns made a motion to approve the minutes of the February 7 and 13 minutes as presented.  Mr. Wheeler seconded the motion and voting was unanimous.

 

Mr. Rines made a motion to adjourn the Public Session of the meeting.  Mr. Burns seconded and the session was unanimously adjourned at 8:34 p.m.

 

Executive Session

Mr. Frishman convened the Executive session unanimously with a motion by Mr. O’Brien, seconded by Mr. Wheeler at 8:35 p.m.  Andrew Rines, Dudley Wheeler, John O’Brien and Kevin Burns were present. 

 

To discuss (1) preliminary drafts or notes regarding the Town’s pay plan, (2) draft documents regarding the Town’s pay plan that are protected by the attorney-client privilege and/or (3) strategy and negotiations concerning collective bargaining.  Item number 3 is referenced without prejudice and the Board’s right to discuss in private strategy and/or negotiations with respect to collective bargaining pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes 1-200(2). 

 

Mr. Burns made a motion to come out of Executive session at 10:00 p.m.  Mr. O’Brien seconded the motion and voting was unanimous.

 

Mr. Wheeler reconvened the Public Session at 10:01 p.m. this was seconded by Mr. Burns and was unanimous.

 

Mr. Burns made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Mr. O’Brien seconded the motion and the meeting was unanimously adjourned at 10:02 p.m.

 

                                                                        Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

                                                                        Andrew W. Rines

                                                                        Secretary

 

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