BOARD OF FINANCE
MARCH 26, 2013
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Attendance: Chairman Janet Brunwin, Chip Spear, Sally Huyser, Aileen Magda, Robert Brinton Jr., John Grabowski
Visitors: Sharon Huxley
Chairman Brunwin called the special meeting of the Board of Finance to order at 7:05 pm. The meeting was held in the Conference Room of the Bethany Town Hall.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Chairman Brunwin called for a motion of approval for the minutes of the previous meeting of March 19, 2013. The motion was moved by Chip Spear and seconded by Sally Huyser. Aileen Magda moved to amend the minutes of March 19, 2013 under March 5, 2013 as follows:
Chairman Brunwin called for a motion of approval for the minutes of the meeting of March 5, 2013. The motion was moved by Aileen Magda and seconded by Robert Brinton Jr. Aileen moved to amend the minutes by saying that the First Selectman stated the Bethany Bulletin is public news not for opinionate articles. The minutes were 4 yes votes. Sally Huyser abstained as she had only attended a short portion of the meeting. Aileen Magda abstained as she was absent from the meeting.
The amended minutes were then approved on a unanimous vote.
5 yd Dump Truck $65,683, Back Hoe $46,678, 10 Yd Dump Truck $72,053 all committed to lease programs in previous year. Approved on a unanimous vote for referral to Town Meeting.
Refurbish Truck #3 $17,000, Mason Dump refurbishment $8,000 and Payloader $6,000 were unanimously approved for referral to Town Meeting.
Used bus for Park and Recreation $15,000 approved on 5 yes votes, Robert Brinton Jr. voted no for referral to Town Meeting.
Re-valuation $35,000 approved unanimously for referral to Town Meeting.
Selectmen’s Salary & Expenses – Discussion regarding $30,000 appropriation for Accountant line item. Following discussion Sally Huyser moved to approve this line item and as a board decide who the auditor would be. The motion was seconded by Chip Spear. The vote taken was unanimous. Unanimous approval was given to the other line items in the Selectmen’s budget.
Town Hall Computers – Discussion to take replacement of ten computers out of Capital Expenditures and put in Town Hall Computer budget. Following discussion it was determined that First Selectwoman Gorski would look at the possibility of a leasing program.
Robert Brinton suggested that the cost of printing the Bulletin be put in one line item rather than divided between budgets.
The Board then approved the following line items as submitted:
Assessor, Tax Collector, Treasurer, Town Counsel Legal, Town Counsel Retainer, Town Clerk, Land Use, ZBA, Economic Development was approved with five yes votes and one no vote that of Robert Brinton Jr., Judge of Probate, Conservation Commission, Cost, RGP was approved with five yes votes and one no vote that of Robert Brinton Jr., COG, CCM, Fire Department, CMED, Fire Marshal, Police, District Animal Control, Highway Salary, Major Road, Garage, Repairs & Supplies, Street Lights, Contracted Services, Road Signs, Snow & Ice, Road Materials, Consulting Engineer, Human Services, Vital Statistics, Summer League, Team, Regional Mental Health, QVHD, EMS Council, Youth Services, Care of Cemeteries, Park & Recreation, Debt Services, Regional High School, General Insurance, Domestic Violence.
It is estimated at this time that the increase for the 2013-14 budget could be 3.2% more than fiscal year 2012-13.
Adjournment was called at 10:00 pm after a motion was moved by Chip Spear and seconded by John Grabowski. The vote taken was unanimous.
June G. Riley
Clerk, Board of Finance