BOARD OF FINANCE
FEBRUARY 10, 2015
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Chairman John Grabowski, John Ford IV, Sally Huyser, Sharon Huxley, Chip Spear
Absent: Robert Brinton Jr.
Visitors: First Selectwoman Derrylyn Gorski, Bruce Loomis, Nich Poulmas, Janice Howard, John Pellicano, Barbara Haag, Pat Martin, Melissa Canham-Klein, Buff Bacheimer, Fran Doba, Pua Ford, William Brinton
Chairman Grabowski called the meeting of the Board of Finance to order at 7:05 p.m. The meeting was held in the Seletmen’s Conference Room of the Bethany Town Hall.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Chairman Grabowski called for a motion of approval for the minutes of the previous meeting of February 3, 2015. The motion was moved by Sally Huyser and seconded by John Ford IV. Sharon Huxley moved to amend the minutes by adding that the Fire Marshal had requested $750 in his budget for a Deputy Fire Marshal and $2,400 for an Assistant Fire Marshal. The vote was then called on the amended minutes. The vote taken was four (4) yes votes and one (1) abstention that of Chip Spear because of his absence from that meeting.
Chairman Grabowski did not have anything to report about the Amity Finance Committee because of meeting cancelations. The re-scheduled meeting will be held tomorrow night.
LIBRARY BUDGET PRESENTATION
Melisa Canham-Klein, Librarian for the Clark Memorial Library was present to go over the Library budget for fiscal year 2015-16. The Library is requesting funding for an Assistant Librarian and a Grant Writer. Melissa gave a progress report to the Board of Finance regarding improvements made over the past year and special programs they are having for residents of all ages. Their proposed Wish List budget is $286,668. The budget for fiscal year 2014-15 is $213,742. They prepared proposed budgets with a 0% budget, one with a 2% increase and one with a 2% decrease.
REGISTRAR OF VOTERS
Will Brinton and Pua Ford presented the budget for the Registrar of Voters. Their budget is 28.4% less than last year. There are less elections next year. The Registrars were questioned about the cost of the upcoming Republican primary. Will indicated that above the usual costs of a primary they will have to purchase a memory card for the machines for an additional cost of $750.
PARK AND RECREATION
Janice Howard and Nick Poulmas distributed copies of the budget for the Park & Recreation Commission. The budget for Park & Recreation was reduced to $197,926 from $209,989 for this fiscal year due to changes in programs. The Board discussed increases in the minimum wage and how this affects the cost of labor for all the programs and the life guards.
The operating budget for the Conservation Commission will remain the same as this fiscal year at $500. Bruce Loomis was present to ask the Board of Finance to consider putting in two line items in the Capital Expenditures, one for $50,000 for the fiscal year 2015-16 budget for Land Acquisition contribution, and one for $50,000 additional to make up for under- funding of the Land Acquisition Fund since 2010. This fund has been used in the past to purchase parcels of land on the Conservation Commission Open Space Plan list. Sharon Huxley wanted to know when the Acquisition Fund was started and was it for the purpose of buying land or just toward expenses to buy land.
FIRST SELECTWOMAN GORSKI
First Selectwoman Gorski gave the Board members copies of the Solid Waste budget, Selectmen’s budget and Veterans Memorial Park budget for them to look over for the next meeting.
Adjournment was called at 9:15 p.m. after a motion was moved by Sharon Huxley and seconded by Sally Huyser. The vote was called. The vote was unanimous.
June G. Riley
Clerk, Board of Finance