FINANCE COMMITTEE MINUTES
April 5, 2005
Meeting opened at 7:00 p.m.
Attendees: Peter Valinski, John Fitzpatrick, Jim Fleming, John Martin, Tim Huber Absent:
; Minutes of 3/22/05 approved 5-0.
; Attended Special Town Meeting on 3/29/05.
; Met with David Silvernail regarding the overrun anticipated in the Police wages account. David
anticipates a $43,000+ shortfall ($23,000 +/- in education/rollcall expenses and $20,000 wages).
Discussed impact of laying off 2 officers which would recover $23,000 less cost for unemployment.
Finance Committee made motion to request the Select Board to arrange a Special Town Meeting to
transfer approximately $43,000 from Vocational Education to Police wages to address wage shortfall
for FY05. Approved 5-0. In the meantime, David Silvernail will meet with David Kielson to identify
breakdown of straight pay and overtime to assist in considering possibility of hiring officer to reduce
incidence of overtime and partially fund officer using that reduction.
; Reserve Fund Transfer $1,000 for Selectmen Expenses associated with mileage, postage, duplication
of VCR tapes, gift basket, CDL drug testing, and legal ad. Approved $838.63 to cover current bills.
; Reserve Fund Transfer $1,677.94 for Building Inspector Salary to cover cost associated with limited
period of time when two individuals were paid from the account while one was on disability.
; Reserve Fund Transfer $761 to pay for Audit for Worker’s Compensation Account. Approved 5-0.
; Reserve Fund Transfer $4,698.71 for Legal Services because account is depleted. Request passed
over. Finance Committee made motion to request that Select Board arrange a Special Town Meeting
to transfer monies from available Vocation Education Account to pay for unpaid and anticipated legal
expenses for FY05. Amount to be determined. Approved 5-0.
; Transfer from Account 145-701 Treasure Collector Software Support to Account 145-700 Treasurer
Collector Expenses for $1,158.00. Approved 5-0.
; Discussed Reserve Fund Balance Sheet. Set-aside for $3,464.00 was reversed and returned to the
balance sheet. Reserve Fund Balance currently at $10,152.11.
; Provided copies of April 2005 Finance Committee Fiscal Message.
; Received copy of letter from Veteran’s Service Director to Board of Selectmen requesting car
allowance of $60/month. Additional request will be considered during budget deliberations. Also, he
requested that assistance be provided to a 50% disabled veteran who requested tax abatement. Select
Board checked with Board of Assessors and concluded that deadline has passed and that it was too
late for an abatement.
; Received letter from Massachusetts DOR approving the requested $89,572.60 re-certified free cash. ; Discussed Annual Town Meeting Article regarding purchase of a new ambulance.
; Received notification that Association of Town Finance Committee dues will be $160 for FY06.
; Personnel Change Form – Posting of Principal Assessor Approved 5-0. ; Receive resignation letter from Marlene Fondakowski as Motor Vehicle Clerk. ; Adjourned 8:45 p.m. Approved 5-0.
Post next Finance Committee meeting on April 12, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. at the Edwards Library.
cc: Select Board