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March 16, 2005 Minutes
EAST WINDSOR BOARD OF FINANCE
EAST WINDSOR, CONNECTICUT


MINUTES OF MARCH 16, 2005


Chairman Catino called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m. in the Town Hall conference room.

Present:  Finance Members Paul Catino, Ed Farrell, Al Floyd, Gil Hayes, and Jack Mannette.  Absent:  Bill Dove (family illness), Denise Sabotka (personal illness).  Also present:  First Selectman Linda Roberts and Selectman Ken Crouch, Treasurer Mary Szabo and Recording Secretary Linda Nolan.

Upon motion by Mr. Hayes, seconded by Mr. Floyd, it was unanimously

VOTED:  To appoint Jack Mannette to full voting member for this meeting, replacing Bill Dove.


I.      COMMUNICATIONS

A.      Invoice #30609 from Penny, Botticello, O’Brien & Higgins, P.C.

        Distributed

B.      Assessor’s grand list of October 1, 2004

        Mr. Catino reported a 3.95% increase in the grand list.


C.      Firefighters incentive program package

        Distributed

D.      Treasurer’s revenue and budget reports

        Distributed

E.      Minutes of Pension board meeting of February 23, 2005

        Distributed


II.     ADDED AGENDA ITEMS


III.    PREVIOUS MINUTES

A.      Minutes of BOF March 2, 2005 meeting for BOE budget presentation

        Upon motion by Mr. Hayes, seconded by Mr. Floyd, it was unanimously

        VOTED:  To approve the minutes of March 2, 2005.

B.      Minutes of BOF regular meeting of February 16, 2005

        Upon motion by Mr. Floyd, seconded by Mr. Farrell, it was unanimously
        
        VOTED:  To approve the minutes of February 16, 2005.


IV.     PUBLIC INPUT

        None


V.      TREASURER’S REPORT

Ms. Szabo told the Board that she would be on leave for five weeks.  
Questions and requests can be sent to Kim in the treasurer’s office.

Upon motion by Mr. Farrell, seconded by Mr. Mannette, it was unanimously

VOTED:  To accept the treasurer report as presented.


VI.     COMMITTEE/CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT

        None    


VII.    LAWSUITS AND POTENTIAL LIABILITY

        There was one item for EW Zoning Board of Appeals.

VIII.   RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN

A.  Recommendation for added appropriation to Selectman’s budget salary line of $900.

        Ms. Roberts explained that she miscalculated the salary for her clerk-receptionist.  

        Upon motion by Mr. Hayes, seconded by Mr. Mannette, it was unanimously

VOTED:  To appropriate $900 from the contingency fund to salary account
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B.      Recommendation for added appropriation to physical and immunization line of
        $5,000.

Ms. Roberts said that historically this item has been funded at $15,000.  It had been under-funded at $10,000 in this year’s budget.  

        Upon motion by Mr. Floyd, seconded by Mr. Farrell, it was unanimously

VOTED: To appropriate $5,000 from the contingency fund to account
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IX.     OLD BUSINESS

        A.  Fire Fighter’s Incentive Program

Al Regina, Cal Myers and _______ Madigan answered questions from the Board.  Mr. Myers said that emergency calls have increased.  Broad Brook Fire Department has had 115 calls since January 1.  The BBFD responds to medical calls if the dispatcher considers them life threatening.  The Board requested that the town public safety commission looking into who answers what calls.

Discussion re cost for volunteer call outs.  The payment document was put together by the commission with input from the fire department and approved by the Board of Selectmen.   Ms. Roberts commented that a few years ago, the volunteers were not making enough to generate 1099’s.  Payments are now made quarterly.  Mr. Mannette suggested the program be reviewed again.  

Mr. Catino stated that there is no question that the Board of Finance and Board of Selectmen recognize the value of the volunteer fire department.  He said that all departments must find ways to manage within their budget.  

Upon motion by Mr. Floyd, seconded by Mr. Mannette, it was unanimously

VOTED:  To appropriate $18,000 from the contingency fund to the incentive program.  


X.      NEW BUSINESS

        None


XI.     ADJOURNMENT

        Upon motion by Mr. Floyd, seconded by Mr. Hayes, it was unanimously

        VOTED:  To adjourn at 8:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Linda Nolan
Recording Secretary