BOARD OF FINANCE
APRIL 9, 2013
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Attendance: Chairman Janet Brunwin, Chip Spear, Aileen Magda, John Grabowski, Robert Brinton Jr.
Visitors: Julie Reibold
Chairman Brunwin called the meeting of the Board of Finance to order at 7:03 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 April 2, 2013. The motion of approval was moved by Chip Spear and seconded by Aileen Magda. Aileen Magda then moved to amend the minutes. Approval was then tabled until a future meeting.
ADDITION TO AGENDA
Chairman Brunwin called for a motion to add Town and Fire Department Radios to the agenda of this meeting. The motion was moved by Aileen Magda and seconded by John Grabowski. The vote taken was unanimous.
TOWN AND FIRE DEPARTMENT RADIOS – CAPITAL EXPENDITURE REQUEST
Julie Reibold, President of Northeastern Communications, Inc. was present to explain to the Board members, the present radio setup of the Town of Bethany for both the Fire Department and Town frequencies. Julie explained that the technology presently being used is on a low band frequency. It is such old technology, radio parts are not easily obtained for repair of the radios. To upgrade the system we must move to a high band frequency. At this time there is no space available according to the FCC on the high band frequency. Until this problem is worked out and resolved a price for this upgrade and the related equipment needed is not available.
Chairman Brunwin attended the Amity Finance Committee meeting. She reports that Superintendent Brady has reworked the budget numbers for the Amity medical plan and has been able to cut the budget by $200,000 for that line item. With other small savings he has reduced the percentage of increase in the Amity budget. This will reduce the rate of increase to 1.9% over last year’s budget for the Town of Bethany.
Adjournment was called at 8:15 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