Friday, February 26, 2010

FEBRUARY 23, 2010
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Attendance: Chairman Janet Brunwin, Robert Brinton Jr., John Grabowski, Chip Spear, Stephen Squinto, Sally Huyser, First Selectwoman Derrylyn Gorski
Visitors: Dawn Brinton

Chairman Brunwin called the meeting of the Board of Finance to order at 7:07 p.m. The meeting was held in the Conference Room of the Bethany Town Hall.

Chairman Brunwin called for a motion of approval for the minutes of the meeting of February 9, 2010. The motion of approval was moved by Sally Huyser and seconded by Chip Spear. The vote was called. The vote taken was unanimous.

Dawn Brinton submitted the budget of the Park and Recreation Commission. Dawn explained the salary account for camp counselors. Enrollment at camp will determine how many counselors will be hired. Robert Brinton Jr. questioned whether the enterprise fund had been set up yet. He was told that it had not. More guidance is needed from the auditor to see that proper procedures are followed. Questions were asked about the signage that is requested. It is needed at Veterans Memorial Park. Rules and regulations will be posted on it. The Board will review further the requests of the Park and Recreation Commission, and if further information is needed they will contact Dawn.

The budget for Solid Waste is incomplete at this time. The awarding of the bid for curbside pickup will be made at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting of March 8, 2010. First Selectwoman Gorski is awaiting the disposal fee for fiscal year 2010-11 for recyclables.

Tax Collector
Board members discussed the tax collector’s salary increase request of $5,762. David has completed his certification to a step two tax collector. This salary is the recommended amount for his certification.

Land Use
The salary line item for Land Use has been reduced. The building officials will work less hours next fiscal year as there has been a big reduction in the number of building permits issued during this fiscal year. A brief discussion took place regarding adding expenses for operation of the GIS System to the Land Use Budget.

Operation Town Hall
The Operation Town Hall budget will have to be increased due to additional water testing for next year. The price of fuel oil per gallon will increase also.

A portion of the balance in the Capital Reserve Fund has already been allocated with previous years commitments , Chairman Brunwin indicated that only the lease purchase payments should be made from the Capital Reserve Fund during fiscal year 2010-11.

Adjournment was called at 8:35 p.m. after a motion was moved by Sally Huyser and seconded by Stephen Squinto. The vote taken was unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

June G. Riley
Clerk, Board of Finance