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June 15, 2005 Minutes


EAST WINDSOR BOARD OF FINANCE
EAST WINDSOR, CONNECTICUT

MINUTES OF JUNE 15, 2005

East Windsor Town Hall, 7:00 PM

Chairman Catino called the meeting to order at 7:07 p.m. in the Town Hall conference room.

Present:  Chairman Paul Catino, Clerk Al Floyd, Members Bill Dove, Ed Farrell,
Gil Hayes, Denise Sabotka, Alternates Jack Mannette and Dale Nelson,
First Selectman Linda Roberts and Town Treasurer Mary Szabo.


I.      APPOINTMENT OF ALTERNATES

        None


II.  PREVIOUS MINUTES

A.      Regular Meeting – May 18, 2005

Upon motion by Ms. Sabotka, seconded by Mr. Floyd, it was unanimously

VOTED:  To approve the minutes of May 18, 2005
        
B.      Special Meeting – May 31, 2005

Upon motion by Ms. Sabotka, seconded by Mr. Floyd, it was unanimously

VOTED:  To approve the minutes of May 31, 2005.


III.      COMMUNICATIONS

           None


IV.     TREASURER’S REPORT

         Ms.Szabo reported on the status of accounts.   
        

V.       REQUESTS FROM THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN

                The Board discussed the end of the year process of transferring unencumbered funds to
                the Capital and Non-recurring Account.  Ms. Roberts said there are some years when very
                little is transferred and other years there is more.  She said that this would not be counted
          against next year’s budget.


A.   Request for Transfer into Capital Non -Recurring from Road Improvements

        Lenny Norton explained to the Board that paving started late this year.  
        
        Upon motion by Ms. Sabotka, seconded by Mr. Hayes, it was unanimously

VOTED:  To approve the transfer of the June 30, 2005 unencumbered balance from the Road Improvement Line (1-01-25-3183-7-799-0600-0) to the Road Improvement Line (1-08-55-1025-7-499-0484-0) in the Capital and Non-recurring Account.
     
B.      Request for Transfer into Capital Non -Recurring from WPCA Sinking Fund

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

VOTED:  To approve the transfer of the June 30, 2005 unencumbered balance from the WPCA Sinking Fund Line OP Trans-WPCA (1-01-30-4220-9-960-000-0) to the WPCA Sinking Fund (1-08-55-1025-7-799-0723-0) in the Capital and Non-recurring Account.               

C.      Request for Transfer into Capital Non -Recurring from WPCA Lead Paint Removal

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

VOTED:  To approve the transfer of the June 30, 2005 unencumbered balance from
WPCA Lead Paint Removal Line (1-01-30-4220-3-393-000-0) to the WPCA Lead Paint Removal Line (1-08-55-1025-7-799-07223-0) in the Capital and Non-recurring Account.

        D.      Request for Transfer into Capital Non-Recurring from Capital Improvement Current
                Projects

Ms. Roberts reported that the following projects have not yet been completed:

                    1.  Highway Replacement of Trucks

                    2.  Police Cruisers--Chief DeMarco said he is still waiting for some equipment to
                        come in.

                    3.  Town Clerk – Automated Land RCD--Karen Gaudreau stated that all of the bills
                        have not yet been received.

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

VOTED:  To approve the transfer of the unexpended funds from these current projects into Capital Non -Recurring

                    4.  Assessor Software

                        Ms. Roberts reported that this work has been completed and does not have to
                        be acted upon.
                        
        E.  Request for added appropriation of $11,000 to cover part of cost of three referenda.

                Upon motion by Ms. Sabotka, seconded by Mr. Floyd, it was unanimously

VOTED:  To approve the $11,000 added appropriation from the Contingency Fund to the Registrars Referendum Line.

        F.  Request from Tax Collector for transfer from Salaries to Postage

                Ms. Roberts requested the transfer of $500 for postage.

                Upon motion by Mr. Floyd, seconded by Ms. Sabotka, it was unanimously

VOTED:  To approve the $500 transfer from the Tax Collector’s Salary account to the Tax Collector’s Postage account.


VI.    OLD BUSINESS

A.      FY 2006 General Fund Budget

The Board discussed sending out a second tax collection notice.  They discussed revenues, which exceeded their expectations.  Ms. Szabo said that there is an increase in state revenues.   Ms. Roberts said that it would be sound for the Town to maintain a double digit fund balance.  Ms. Roberts reported that she had talked with all of the department heads about ways to raise more revenue and where they could possibly cut back their FY 2006 budgets.  Together, they cut $51,630.  She applauded them for working so hard to reduce their budget requests.

Board members offered their views as to how they would want to proceed in cutting the Town’s proposed budget in order to get it passed at the next referendum.

A discussion was held concerning $902,100 in current capital improvement projects including Broad Brook School bathrooms, new equipment and asphalt replacement for Broad Brook Fire Department, and WPCA road work.  Ms. Roberts stated that as good as it is to put money in reserve, it is more important to finish current projects.

The Board, by consensus, cut $24,000 from the Fighter’s Incentive Program.

The Board, by consensus, cut $9,600 from the Warehouse Point Library.

The Board, by consensus, cut $6,986 from the Warehouse Point Fire Department.

The Board, by consensus, included $100,000 for the renovations to the Broad Brook School upper level bathrooms.

The Board, by consensus, cut $35,000 from Public Works road work.

The Board, by consensus, cut $128,255 from the Board of Education.  Mr. Hayes did not agree with the cut to the Board of Education, saying it was too high.

                       The Board, by consensus, removed all CIP projects from the Reserves except
                    $100,000 for the Assessor’s Revaluation.

                The Board, by consensus, agreed to use $400,000 from the fund balance.

                Mr. Dove moved and Ms. Sabotka seconded, a

                MOTION:   To propose a total budget of $27,387,799 for taxpayer approval, subject
                to verification of numbers. This represents a FY 2006 mill rate of $27.459 (a 1.264
                mill rate increase).

                Voting for the motion:  Floyd, Dove, Farrell, Denise Sabotka, Mannette, Nelson
                Opposing:  Hayes
                The motion passed.
                


                Mr. Catino emphasized that the budget numbers would be verified the next day and
                any corrections would be made.
                
                
VII.    ADJOURNMENT

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

        VOTED:  To adjourn at 11:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Linda Nolan
Recording Secretary