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02-07-07 Minutes
February 7, 2007


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


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


Previous minutes

Mr. Wheeler made a motion to approve the minutes of the January 3 and January 22 meetings as presented.  Mr. Rines seconded the motion and voting was unanimous.


Recreation Director position

Beth-Ann Stewart, Human Services Director had provided for the members information supporting the creation of a full-time Recreation Director position through departmental restructuring with existing personnel hours.  Mr. Burns made a motion to approve a supplemental appropriation of $6435.00 to restructure the Recreation Director position to bring the current 28 hour Director vacancy to full-time status with the addition of new job responsibilities through an internal reorganization of staff.  Mr. Bentz seconded the motion and voting was unanimous.


Budget Hearings

•       Police – Chief David Erskine and Captain Jerry Desmond presented the FY 2007-2008 proposed budget.  Chief Erskine advised the members that the police negotiations were still ongoing and the budget does not reflect any pay raises for the 34 police union members.  In reply to a question from Mr. Bentz the Chief stated that he could not determine when the negotiations would be complete.  Members discussed with the Chief and Captain training for officers and the effect of increased gas prices on the budget.  Mr. Frishman thanked the gentlemen.
•       Highway – Joe Bragaw, Director of Public Works was present along with Bill Brown, First Selectman to present the Highway budget.  Mr. Bragaw presented to the members a packet stressing the importance of funding pavement treatment line items as to apply less cost effective treatments to road before the reach a state of failure.  He added that he would prefer to see roads covered under the department budget as opposed to coming under CIP.  Members discussed with Mr. Bragaw the following: increased gas prices, cemetery upkeep and training.  Mr. Bragaw also addressed the line Garage Diagnostic Equipment & tools; he stated that this would be invaluable to the Garage mechanics as it would enhance job performance and better maintain the fleet.




Captain Jerry Desmond provided at the Board request information regarding the fire radio system.  He determined that the base station is located at the Town Hall and was new in 1996.  He added that the backup is located at Police headquarters.  He also spoke with Chief Richards of Old Mystic Fire department who had met with the local Fire Chiefs and was told what the departments were looking for in a potential upgrade.  Captain Desmond provided for the members a quote totaling $19,425.  Mrs. Stevens informed the members that there is $22,000 not obligated from the E911subsidy award.  Mr. Frishman asked Mr. Wheeler to act as subcommittee liaison with the Fire departments.  Mr. Wheeler stated that he felt Mr. Burns was more knowledgeable.


Additional Appropriation-Improvements to Schools study

The Board received a letter from the Board of Selectmen requesting an appropriation of $30,000 for a study originally requested by the K-12 School Building Committee.  Mr. Paul Sartor, Chairman and Gail MacDonald were present to discuss the request.  After much discussion, Mr. Frishman informed Mr. Sartor that with the WPCA costs looming and Debt Service so high combined with the fact that it would be at least 5 to 6 years before any changes were made he felt it would be best to place the request for $30,000 in Schedule C.  All members agreed.  Mr. Wheeler made a motion to create a line in Schedule C to study and develop options for improvements to the elementary schools.  Mr. Burns seconded and voting was unanimous.


Budget Transfers

Nothing to report.


Subcommittee reports

Nothing to report.


Mr. Rines made a motion to adjourn the Public Session of the meeting.  Mr. Burns seconded and the session was unanimously adjourned at 8:57 p.m.


Executive Session

Mr. Frishman convened the Executive session with a unanimous vote at 8:59 p.m.  Andrew Rines, John O’Brien, Dudley Wheeler; Bryan Bentz 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. Wheeler made a motion to come out of Executive session at 10:25 p.m.  Mr. Burns seconded the motion and was unanimous.


Mr. Wheeler reconvened the Public session at 10:26 p.m. this was seconded by Mr. Burns and was unanimous.


Mr. Burns made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Mr. Wheeler seconded the motion and the meeting was unanimously adjourned at 10:27 p.m.


                                                                        Respectfully submitted,




                                                                        Andrew W. Rines