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August 15, 2007 Meeting Minutes
EAST WINDSOR BOARD OF FINANCE
EAST WINDSOR, CONNECTICUT



MINUTES OF AUGUST 15, 2007


Present:  Board of Finance Members Paul Catino, Marie DeSousa, Noreen Farmer, Dale Nelson, Jack Mannette, Alternate Rob Little, First Selectman Ed Filipone and Treasurer Mary Szabo.  Absent:  William Dove and Leo Szymanski

The meeting began at 7:37 p.m.

I.      APPOINTMENT OF ALTERNATES

        Upon motion by Mr. Mannette, seconded by Ms. Nelson, it was unanimously

        VOTED:  To appoint Rob Little as a voting member for tonight’s meeting.

II.     PREVIOUS MINUTES

        A.      Regular Meeting - June 20, 2007

                Ms. DeSousa moved, and Ms. Nelson seconded, a

                MOTION:  To approve the minutes of June 20, 2007

                Voting for the motion:  Members DeSousa, Nelson, Mannette
                Abstaining:  Farmer and Little
                The motion passed.

B.      Special Meeting - June 27, 2007

        Upon motion by Ms. Nelson, seconded by Mr. Mannette, it was unanimously

        VOTED:  To approve the minutes of June 27, 2007.

III.    EXECUTIVE SESSION

Mr. Catino recommended going into executive session for the purpose of discussing contract negotiations and litigation.  The following people were invited to stay for executive session:  Board of Education Chair John Pica-Sneeden, Board Member Bill Raber, Superintendent of Schools Timothy Howes, Payroll Manager Laurie Slate and Attorney Chris Chinni.

Upon motion by Ms. Farmer, seconded by Ms. DeSousa, it was unanimously

VOTED:  To go into executive session at 7:41 p.m.

Ms. Szabo and Ms. Nolan left the meeting.

        Upon motion by Ms. Farmer, seconded by Ms. DeSousa, it was unanimously

        VOTED:  To leave executive session at 9:15 p.m.                 


RETURN TO AGENDA

IV.     COMMUNICATIONS

        A.      CCM - State Budget Analysis, ECS/MBR Requirements

        B.      OPM - Budget Format

        C.      Legal Bills

        D.      First Selectman - CIP Memo, Budget Process
        
                There was no discussion regarding items IV.A. through D.


V.      TREASURER’S REPORT

Ms. Szabo reported a current cash balance of $14,279,011.  The tax collector has reported a good collection month. Ms. Szabo complained about last minute bills piling up and the mishandling of year-end activities.  $2,594.03 of the contingency account was released to the Broad Brook Fire Department.  She informed the Board that she might need special assistance to create the proper infrastructure asset base and depreciation.  


VI.     NEW BUSINESS

        A.      Code of Ethics

New Town employees must receive a copy of the code of ethics and sign off that they have received it.

        B.      Broad Brook School Bathroom Renovations

The East Windsor Board of Education completed the Broad Brook School bathroom renovation project with a surplus of $5,175.23.  The Board of Education requested that the surplus, along with the state reimbursement that has been received, be used to renovate an additional bathroom at Broad Brook School.

Upon motion by Ms. Farmer, seconded by Mr. Catino, it was unanimously

VOTED:  To authorize the use of the funds, not to exceed $9,000.23, to be used as requested by the Board of Education.  The funds will come from Account 1-08-55-102-57-799-0126-0.

        C.      Review of School Resource Officer Contract

A discussion followed concerning Police Commission minutes that reflected motion to suspend the SRO program until monies become available.  

$20,000 of the grant has not been spent.  Mr. Catino had a concern about a possible liability to the Town for not adhering to the grant.  He would like to see something in writing that specifies that there would be no penalty if the program was suspended.  Mr. Filipone said he would check with the police chief.  




                
VII.    REQUESTS FROM BOARD OF SELECTMEN

        A.      Request for Funds Transfer - Treasurer - $5,640 - Bullet Proof Vest Grant Fund

Ms. Szabo requested a transfer of $5,650 from the General Fund Balance to the Grants Fund #66.  

Upon motion by Ms. Farmer, seconded by Ms. Nelson, it was unanimously

VOTED:  To transfer funds as requested.

        B.      Added Appropriation - Board of Selectmen - $11,635.83

There was no discussion or action on the request to increase the stipend given to the First, Deputy and Board of Selectmen.

                
VIII.   ADJOURNMENT

        Upon motion by Ms. Farmer, seconded by Ms. Nelson, it was unanimously

        VOTED:  To adjourn at 10:13 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Linda Nolan
                                        Recording Secretary