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May 31, 2005 Minutes


Mr. Catino called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m. in the East Windsor High School media center.  Present:  Board of Finance Chairman Catino, Members Dove, Farrell, Hayes, Mannette, Nelson, Sabotka, First Selectman Roberts and Town Treasurer Szabo.    Absent:  Floyd

Ms. Roberts presented state budget information from OPM.  The Board discussed government spending and revenues and revenues from the local building department.  The town could expect from $250,000 to $300,000 from local building.  Revenue from PILOT could go up from $95,397 to $204,488.  They discussed the first referendum vote, the upcoming public hearing on June 2 and the second referendum on June 9.  

The Board discussed capitol improvements and that capitol improvement projects can’t be cut year after year without eroding the infrastructure of the town.  They reviewed the CIP projects.

Mr. Dove told the Board that he toured the Broad Brook School bathrooms and that he felt that the upper level bathrooms could wait to be renovated.  He said the kindergarten wing bathrooms were in worse condition.  

The Board discussed removing from the Broad Brook Fire Department $10,000 from equipment and furniture, $16,000 from replacement of alert pagers, $15,000 in new nozzle, $50,000 in reserve for fire truck. They also discussed $50,000 in reserve for replacement of an engine and exhaust system for the Warehouse Point Fire Department.  

The Board discussed cutting trash pick up costs by having trash picked up once every two weeks.

Ms. Szabo said that $27,491 could be cut from highway department benefits due to the elimination of a position.  

Negotiations with the Ambulance Association are not complete.  $125,000 will remain in the proposed budget, but not released until a contract is signed.

Mr. Dove and Ms. Roberts left the meeting at 9:32 p.m.

The police did not budget $4,007 for the Broad Brook substation in next year’s budget.  
The Board discussed the use of police cars while on private duty.  
The Board discussed senior center costs--what is a necessity and what is a luxury?  
The Board discussed raising fees for Park and Recreation activities.
The Board discussed $176,927 in possible cuts to the Board of Education.

The Board, by consensus, removed the following from next year’s budget:

o       $100,000 from the Board of Education budget
o       $55,000 for the upper level bathrooms in Broad Brook School (another $55,000 was put in reserve)
o       $25,000 for resurfacing cemetery roads
o       $15,000 for new cemetery fencing
o       $3,344 for police promotion to a lieutenant position
o       $1,800 for police professional exams
o       $3,877 from canine unit overtime
o       $1,733 for canine unit operating expenses
o       $4,197 for gasoline in the police budget
o       $4,007 for BB substation

Respectfully submitted,

Linda Nolan
Recording Secretary