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02-18-09 Minutes



                                                            February 18, 2009




            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; Dudley Wheeler; John O’Brien; Bryan Bentz and Kevin Burns.    Also present Maryanna Stevens, Director of Finance, First Selectman Edward Haberek and Town of Stonington staff and residents.


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


Budget Hearings

Human Services - Director Beth-Ann Stewart provided for the members a Three Year analysis to demonstrate the growth within all divisions of Human Services.  Mrs. Stewart stated that the economy has a direct impact on the services provided.  Items also discussed were energy assistance, grant awards, Recreation, unemployment as well as the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center.


General Government - First Selectman Ed Haberek read his FY 09-10 budget message.  Members discussed the following items: Solid Waste Technical & Professional expenses, Referenda/Elections Personnel salaries and Employee Travel expense.  With regard to the Fire Officers Association request, Mrs. Stevens stated that she did not see the request for this item and agreed with the members that this should be in CIP.  Mr. Haberek stated that there might be changes to the Community Development lines, particularly the Project Field Inspection support line as well as to the Assessor’s Office position lines, particularly the Field Agent and Clerical lines.  Mrs. Standish, Tax Assessor prepared for the members a Revaluation Grand List comparison; this included time sensitive statutory requirements of her office.  Mrs. Stevens stated that the Debt Service numbers would change. 


William Haase, Planning Director distributed to the members a FY 09-10 budget commentary. 


LoCip guidelines and regulations

Mrs. Stevens explained that these monies are not ‘in hand’ and are requested project by project.


Finance Director

Mrs. Stevens had provided for the members a copy of Moody’s Investor Service upgrade letter to the Town of Stonington. Members commended her on the Aa2 rating.  Mrs. Stevens informed the members that IT Manager Jason Jones was present to address the budget transfer tabled at the February 4 meeting moving $30,000 from Permit tracking to GIS Development-2008-2009. 

Mr. Jones explained that this includes ongoing maintenance and operational costs, including Reverse 911 mapping in all police vehicles. Also discussed were the orthophotography costs.  Members asked Mr. Jones to provide them with additional information as to the status of the GIS Development for the March 11 meeting.


Previous minutes

Mr. Rines and Mr. Wheeler pointed out grammatical errors and Mr. O’Brien requested a wording inclusion to the budget transfers paragraph of the Feb. 4 meeting minutes.   Mr. Rines made a motion to approve the minutes of the February 4 and 11th meetings with the changes mentioned.  Mr. Wheeler seconded the motion and voting was unanimous.



Nothing to report.


Subcommittee reports

Mrs. Stevens will contact neighboring towns that have successfully consolidated Board of Education finances with Town Finance departments to get an analysis.



There being no further business to come before the Board, Mr. Wheeler made a motion to adjourn.  Mr. O’Brien seconded the motion and the meeting was unanimously adjourned at 9:22 p.m.


                                                                        Respectfully submitted,



                                                                        Andrew W. Rines

lp                                                                     Secretary