February 13, 2007
The Board of Finance held a special meeting on this date at the Wequetequock Fire department. Members present were Andrew Rines, Acting Chairman; Dudley Wheeler, Acting Secretary; John O’Brien; Bryan Bentz and Kevin Burns. Maryanna Stevens, Director of Finance was also present. Glenn Frishman, Chairman was absent.
Mr. Rines called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.
• Solid Waste – John Phetteplace, Recycling and Solid Waste Manger was present to discuss the FY 2007-2008 budget. Mr. Phetteplace stated that numbers are good news in that they have stayed the same as the current fiscal year or are reduced. Diesel fuel understandably is higher though. Mr. Rines asked about the revenue brought in by Yellow bags, Mr. Phetteplace replied that it breaks even at approximately $475,000. Mr. Burns asked how many employees take vehicles home and Mr. Phetteplace said that only one for emergency situations. They also discussed a possible change to summer hours.
• Human Services – Beth-Ann Stewart, Human Services Director provided the members with information showcasing the activity generated by the department over the past year. The increase in the number of Town residents that utilize the services offered by the Human Services department has increased dramatically. Mrs. Stewart stated that this is partly due to word of mouth and the department is now offering a wide variety of options to the community through many different programs.
• Water Pollution Control Authority – Chairman Jim Sisk, WPCA Director Harold Storrs and several members of the WPCA were present to discuss the FY 2007-2008 requests. Mr. Sisk reported that the Authority is still operating at a loss. They discussed increasing electric rates, the United Water contract as well as the new expense of $170,000 to implement phase 1 of a 3-phase program to replace and upgrade the SCADA system. Lynn Young stated that they are in dire need of an upgrade. Mr. Storrs will look into how much of a savings there would be with a diversion of waste through the facilities plan.
Pawcatuck Park – First Selectman Brown was present to inform the members of the damage done to the Park and the immediate need for repairs. Mr. O’Brien made a motion to approve the Bid Waiver for the Pawcatuck Park dock Environmental review. Mr. Bentz seconded and voting was unanimous.
Mr. Burns made a motion to approve the budget transfers for FY 2006-2007 provided by Mrs. Stevens. Mr. Wheeler seconded the motion and voting was unanimous.
Mr. Burns and Mr. Bentz met with the Stonington Free Library to discuss their needs for FY 07-08. Mr. Burns commented that the libraries salaries are low with no benefits for the employees. Also Stonington Free is the only library supported by only one town.
There being no further business to come before the Board, Mr. O’Brien made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Burns seconded the motion and the meeting was unanimously adjourned at 8:55 p.m.