February 13, 2008
The Board of Finance held a special meeting on this date at the Wequetequock Fire Department meeting room. 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; First Selectman Ed Haberek, Town Hall and Police Department staff and residents.
Mr. Frishman called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.
Mr. Wheeler made a motion to accept the minutes of the February meeting as presented. Mr. Rines seconded the motion and voting was unanimous.
Budget Hearings FY 2008-2009
• Solid Waste – John Phetteplace, Recycling & Solid Waste Manger was present. He highlighted the following: renewal of Operating permit; new office trailer; SCRRRA Disposal fees. Mr. Rines asked about the reference to “single stream” of recycling. Mr. Phetteplace replied that all debris would be picked up as one and delivered to one location. Mr. Wheeler commented that he would like to see the Commercial hauler go out to bid; Mr. Phetteplace confirmed that there are 3 years remaining on contract with Willimantic Waste.
• Water Pollution Control Authority – Harold Storrs, WPCA Director and James Sisk, Chairman were present. Mr. Storrs indicated there was a change to the Operations (Town share) line. Members had not been notified of this change prior to the meeting. Mr. Sisk gave the new figure as $380,000. Mr. Sisk stated that cuts to the budget would increase consumer rates; the plants have excellent regulatory compliance and are running very efficiently. Mr. Haberek stated that he met with Senator Andrew Maynard who is working on moving forward with the facilities upgrade.
• Schedule C – Members discussed the GIS Development with Jason Jones, IT Manager. Mr. Jones stated that the last Arial photography was taken in 1998 and there has been considerable development since then. Chief Stewart confirmed that they are requesting one unmarked and four marked vehicles. A brief discussion ensued regarding the maintenance of the Fire radio system. Mr. Haberek requested a change to the line Contaminated Soil in Donahue Park under Public Works: General/Town Facilities to read Donahue Park Restoration. He also requested that the priority be changed from a B to a C. Also discussed was the great need for Mystic Middle School Field Drainage.
Mrs. Stevens provided for the members a Debt Service summary for informational purposes.
Boe Budget transfers
Mr. O’Brien reported that the High School is complete.
Mr. Rines stated that he had been contacted regarding funding for the libraries. He asked if the members would be interested in allowing the libraries to come before the Board. A brief discussion enused with regard to funding for each library.
There being no further business to come before the Board, Mr. Burns made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Wheeler seconded the motion and the meeting was unanimously adjourned at 9:20 p.m.
Andrew W. Rines