Friday, December 16, 2016

OCTOBER 18, 2016

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Attendance:  Chairman John Grabowski, Sharon Huxley, Robert Brinton Jr., Sally Huyser, John Ford IV
Visitors:  First Selectwoman Derrylyn Gorski, Thomas Broesler, Robert McSherry, Melissa Spear
Chairman Grabowski called the meeting of the Board of Finance to order at 7:00 09 p.m.  The meeting was held in the Selectmen’s Conference Room of the Bethany Town Hall. 
Chairman Grabowski called for a motion to approve the minutes of the meeting of September 27, 2016.  The motion of approval was moved by Robert Brinton Jr. and seconded by Sharon Huxley.  Robert Brinton moved to amend the minutes as follows:
Accounts discussed were Contracted Services, Contingency, Solid Waste, Board of Education Gas and Diesel, Repairs and Supplies, Park and Recreation, Library, Employee’s Medical Insurance, Firemen’s Retirement, and Payroll.   The Payroll Tax account will be given credit from the Police Revenue account.  Large payroll for police duty from tree trimming caused the Payroll Tax account to be over spent.  Revenue received from tree trimming will offset this overage. 
Math errors in the sub totals for Public Safety and Health were noted, which caused the total General Fund numbers to be incorrect. 
The amended minutes were then accepted on a unanimous vote.
Chairman Grabowski attended the Amity Finance Committee meeting held this month at the Bethany Junior High School.  Figures for next year’s enrollment were given.  Bethany’s enrollment will be down 19 students from this year’s enrollment.  If Amity’s budget did not increase, Bethany’s portion would be down .71% over this present fiscal year or $328,457.   It was reported that there is approximately a $290,000 surplus so far in the 2016-17 fiscal year budget.  They intend to continue with self- insuring the medical insurance for next fiscal year. 
Robert McSherry was present to discuss with the Board of Finance the report of Paul Zito, the radio consultant for the Firemen’s Radio System.  Robert indicated that if the Town of Bethany Highway Department did some of the digging the total cost for installation and equipment would be approximately $1,500,000.  This system would give the Town approximately 95% coverage.  He did however suggest that the Town should recommend to the Town Meeting the sum of $1,750,000 to cover any unexpected issues that might occur.  All plans would have to be approved by the Siting Council.
Tom Broesler, Finance Director distributed a Revenue and Expenditure report he had prepared for the Board of Finance, for fiscal year 2015-16.  Modifications made to payroll accounts, changed from the last report given to the Board of Finance at their last meeting were questioned.    He was asked about progress on finding new financial software.    
Adjournment was called at 8:30 p.m. after a motion was moved by Sally Huyser and seconded by John Ford IV.  The vote taken was unanimous.
                                                                                                Respectfully submitted,
                                                                                                June G. Riley
                                                                                                Clerk, Board of Finance