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03-18-08 Minutes
March 18, 2008                                 DRAFT

            The Board of Finance held a special meeting on this date at the Police Department meeting room.  Members present were Glenn Frishman, Chairman; Andrew Rines, Secretary; John O’Brien; Dudley Wheeler; Bryan Bentz and Kevin Burns.   Also present Town Hall, Board of Education and Police Department staff and residents.
Mr. Frishman called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.
Suspense List
Tax Collector Gisela Harma provided the suspense list for members review.  These are uncollectible taxes to be transferred to the suspense tax book.  Mr. Frishman signed and dated the suspense list as provided.
Letter from Director of Administrative Services George Sylvestre requesting a Capital line item appropriation for the Pawcatuck and Mystic Streetscape projects.  Mr. Rines made a motion to approve the appropriation in the amount of $1 for FY 2008-2009.  Mr. O’Brien seconded and voting was unanimous.
Budget deliberations
Mrs. Stevens provided for the members a Budget reduction scenario, updated Revenue and a Revaluation analysis.
The current value of a mil is $3,028,436.  This is a 4.97% increase.  All members agreed to cut a million +. 
Mr. Frishman and the members agreed no new positions should be added.  The following adjustments were made

Administrative Services

Telecommunications                                                                  Cut $10,000
Labor negotiations                                                                    Cut $25,000
Stonington Ambulance                                                  Cut $ 1,200
Mystic River Ambulance                                                           Cut $ 7,500
Planning & Land Use

Flood Plain Manager                                                                Cut $  3,000
Building Official

Building Inspector                                                                     Cut $26,911.

Operations (Town Share)                                                         Cut $195,000
Police Services

Equipment                                                                                Cut $ 3,000
Human Services

Human Service Director                                                            Cut $13,882.
Westerly Library                                                                       Cut $  3,872
Mystic Library                                                              Cut $ 2,992
Stonington Library                                                                    Added $33,749

Stonington Historical Society                                                     Cut  $    120.00
Outside Agencies except PNC                                     Cut  $5881.  (kept at 07-08)

Fencing                                                                                    Cut $16,000
Operating Budget                                                                     Cut $300,000

Plan of Conservation and Development updates                        Cut $25,000
Lantern Hill Bridge replacement                                                Cut $65,000
Recreation area paving                                                  Cut $29,600
Fire Alarm system-Edythe K. Richmond                                   Cut $100,000
Mr. Burns and Mr. Wheeler agreed to look into the request for trucks in the Solid Waste and Highway budgets.  Members also agreed to research the new positions within the Police Department.
There being no further business to come before the Board, Mr. Wheeler made a motion to adjourn.  Mr. Rines seconded the motion and the meeting was unanimously adjourned at 8:42 p.m.
                                                                        Respectfully submitted,
                                                                        Andrew W. Rines
lp                                                                     Secretary