SELECTBOARD BUDGET MEETING
JANUARY 11, 2010
Attending the meeting; Jon Trefry, Andrea Morgante, Ken Brown, Randy Volk, Howard Russell, Jeanne Wilson, Sally and Lali Guttler, Karla Munson.
Meeting called to order at 7:00 p.m.
The Board made the following changes to department budget requests:
Selectboard - reduced postage expense by $3000. There was also discussion about changing the format of the annual report to save on printing/mailing costs. No budget change proposed at this time, but will research.
Legal Services - reduced proposed budget by $300 there may not be a need for attorney involvement in union contract negotiations.
Town Clerk / Treasurer - reduced postage by $150
Planning/Zoning - reduced postage by $200; eliminated $18,000 for special projects (stormwater planning, growth center designation and recreation impact fee)
Buildings & Facilities - eliminated $6,300 for new phone system for town hall; eliminated $5,000 for LaPlatte Headwaters Town Forest; eliminated $42,000 for construction of sidewalk to connect Lyman Meadows Road to sidewalk network in front of H&M Auto; reduced appropriation for Trails Committee from $1,000 to $500.
Police - delayed replacement of Dodge Durango until FY 11 - 12 by eliminating $17,500 appropriation and moving it to FY 11 - 12. As a result, increased vehicle maintenance budget for FY 10 - 11 by $2,000.
Fire & First Response - the budget proposed for this department showed a significant increase ($21,000) over the FY 09 - 10 budget. The Board was unwilling to specify where cuts should be made, but asked the department to reduce it by $4,500 (new total expense of $134,245).
Computer/Copier/Fax/Web Site - reduced requested appropriation for web site from $5,000 to $4,000.
Recreation - Reduced requested appropriation for capital budget item for new field space from $10,000 to $5,000. In addition, the Board asked the commission to increase user fees for a $5,000 increase in revenue.
Conservation Commission - reduced requested appropriation for natural resource planning from $3,600 to $3,000.
Highway Department - reduced request for signs from $4,000 to $2,500; increased professional services from $5,250 to $8,250 to allow for a study of gravel roads and design for turn-arounds; eliminated $2,000 from part-time salaries for administrative help; delayed replacement of the mower deck for the Case tractor by moving $17,500 from FY 10 - 11 to FY 11 – 12; reduced pavement striping to $2,500.
Carpenter Carse Library - sent a message to the library that this is a tight budget year and asks that they take another look at the library budget to see if there is any room for savings.
Agencies - accepted the recommendation of the Agency Request Review Committee for funding (a reduction from FY 09 - 10 of $400) and denies a late request for funding of $300 from Vermont Adult Learning.
Hinesburg Historical Society - denied a new request to appropriate $300 for the Society.
Hinesburg Land Trust - reduced budget appropriation from $5,000 to $2,000.
Land Preservation Fund - level fund appropriation at $7,500 (denied request by HCC to increase to $10,000).
CCTA - the Board included up to $12,796 for a partial year of funding for local match to bring bus service to Hinesburg. The vote to join CCTA and for the appropriation will be presented as two separate articles on the warning for Town Meeting.
Employee wage adjustment - the union contract specifies that union employees will receive a wage adjustment equal to the average monthly change in the CPI from December 08 - November 09 plus 1%. For the 12 month period, the CPI actually dropped (down .14%). Therefore the employee wage adjustment for FY 10 - 11 is .86% (1% plus -.14%).
Howard moved the Board vote to sign a letter of support for the Vermont Sustainable Heating Initiative grant application for a regional grant to fund a feasibility study of biomass energy production. Second by Andrea and approved with Randy opposed.
Ken moved the Board go into executive session include Jeanne Wilson for discussion of personnel and legal issues, second by Andrea and approved.
Ken moved the Board come out of executive session and adjourn, second by Andrea and approved.
Valerie Spadaccini, secretary