Board of Selectmen / Finance Committee
March 12, 2012
Community Hall Annex
Present: Michael Pantos, Vice-Chairman; Sheila H. Dibb, Leroy C. Clark, Peter Letsky, Clerk and Nancy M. Macaruso, Secretary. Joseph R. Becker, Chairman was absent.
Also present: Lyndon Nichols and Deb Kristoff from the Finance Committee.
6:30 – Library
Kerry Remington and Ted Purcell came before the Board to present the Library budget. Mrs. Remington stated that she needs more help in the library. Each year additional funds are spent from state aid and gift funds. Mr. Pantos explained that the Selectmen would try to grant requests to the best of its ability – no guarantees. She would like to add four additional hours of opening. As long as the requirements are met, they will remain certified. They have upwards of 7,000 of registered patrons and a great group of volunteers. Water & sewer numbers are stable. No questions from Finance Committee.
7:00 – Building Inspectors
Rick Travers, Building Commissioner came before the Board with his budget. He stated that he will not need code books this year and may use some money from the capital outlay line item to purchase a file cabinet. He recommended that the 2007 article regarding the work station can be closed out. He only increased the budget slightly due to the Ipad necessities and the cost of gas. He indicated that he may not meet the deadline to take the Commissioner’s test. Some discussion on the GeoTMS upgrades. No comments from Finance Committee.
7:05 – Lester Grace, Electrical Inspector recommended the Board transfer $200 from his supply account to his fuel line item; otherwise he is level funded. No comments from Finance Committee.
7:10 – Jim Smith, Plumbing/Gas Inspector is requesting to increase supplies by $75 and gas by $200. Salaries, including alternates, to remain the same. The hours are working well for the time being. Nothing from the Finance Committee.
Mr. Clark moved to recess for 15 minutes. Mr. Letsky seconded. Vote unanimous.
7:30 – Gary Kellaher, DPW Superintendent came before the board and stated that he level funded other than contractual obligations/salaries and 3% in petroleum, outside services, etc. He added two full-time positions. Short discussion on consortium for electrical services, oil and such. Question was asked on the maintenance of cruisers & fire trucks to which Mr. Kellaher responded that the police & fire pay for parts and DPW doesn’t charge for labor. Sewer enterprise is up approx. $20,000 and water enterprise is up approx. $8,000. Some discussion on stormwater management. Mrs. Kristoff questioned water & sewer collections – the Superintendent explained that information would come from the Treasurer/Collector’s office. Discussion on the primary building.
Mr. Pantos read a letter from the officers in the Fire Department recommending Captain Seth Knipe as Interim Fire Chief. Mr. Knipe will step out of the union if appointed interim chief and stated that he will not be applying for the full-time chief’s position. Dispatch Center would be overseen by the police chief. After some discussion, it was decided to table until the Thursday, March 15th meeting. Mr. Pantos will not be present at the March 15th meeting but wanted to make it known that he is in favor of the action. Some discussion on Captain Knipe’s present working hours. Chief Haapakoski added that the present set up is working well. Mr. Pantos and Mr. Clark will meet with Captain Knipe regarding the Ambulance.
Chief Haapakoski brought forth a list of civilian dispatchers and lock up monitors for appointment: Ms. Dibb moved to appoint the following as full time dispatchers: Nathan Kenney, Sara Latino, Cindy Tamkus, Phyllis Chartier, Michelle Jones, Michael Moriarty and the following as part-time dispatchers: Michael Tarckini, Lisa Chaffee, Meghan Kellaher, Sean Cooney, Katie McKeon. Mr. Clark seconded. Vote unanimous. Ms. Dibb moved to appoint the following as full time lock up monitors: Nathan Kenney, Sara Latino, Cindy Tamkus, Phyllis Chartier, Michelle Jones, Michael Moriarty and the following as part-time lock up monitors: Michael Tarckini, Lisa Chaffee, Meghan Kellaher, Sean Cooney, Katie McKeon. Mr. Clark seconded. Vote unanimous
Mr. Clark moved to adjourn. Mr. Letsky seconded. Vote unanimous. Meeting adjourned at 8:20 pm.
Nancy M. Macaruso, Secretary
Board of Selectmen