Town of Pittsford
The orders of November 24 and December 1, 2004 were reviewed, discussed and approved.
There were no public comments this evening.
The Board recessed from the Select Board and went into Sewer Board at 6:35 PM and reconvened at 6:40 PM.
DRAFT BUDGET FY 2006
H. Pelkey stated he found the library proposal to be very informative. B. Stewart thanked the board for inviting them to discuss role of Maclure Library. B. Stewart described the programs and services being offered to meet community needs. The interior of the building has been recently renovated. Maintenance required on the building include work on the bricks and mortar, windows and roofing. The library is requesting an additional $10,000.
M. Balch provided an overview of the adjusted Highway budget which now reflects their revised work plan. S. Erickson and M. Balch have revised the Highway Work Plan. Paving money was lowered and gravel and guardrail budgets have been increased to meet the revised work plan. Equipment rental has been reduced and adjusted to actual department line items as required. The summary shows adjusted balanced figures have been implemented to accomplish the Highway Department work as defined on the cover sheet of their FY 2006 Work Plan. The property tax line has been increased by 1%, which reflects a conservative increase of revenue that will be generated by growth in the grand list. Overall highway draft budget has revenue at $885,000 and expenses at $877,000. No salary increases are reflected in the budget at this time due to contract negations currently being conducted. Increases have been included for the insurance line items. After further research S. Erickson requested the Board consider adding shim and overlay work needed on Stevens Road rather than the 1-mile of Corn Hill currently in the Work Plan. Stevens Road has heavy truck traffic and was worked on approximately 9 years ago. The cost of the Stevens Road project over the Corn Hill project will increase the budget by $9000. The consensus of the Board is to remove the Corn Hill project and add Stevens Road project to the FY 2006 Highway Work Plan. D. Markowski stated the work plan is very aggressive with maintenance projects. The Board commended S. Erickson and the highway crew on the quality of work accomplished on brush, and shoulder cutting and the replacement of culverts. The Board commended S. Erickson for his work plan efforts.
M. Balch discussed Police Department hours and scheduling and M. Warfle. The draft budget was more aggressive than what can be accomplished in the next 18 months. M. Balch suggested changing the labor line to $42,000 and decreasing the fuel and maintenance line to $4000. The equipment replacement will remain at $7000. These changes lower the Police draft budget to $67,372.
The draft general fund summary and highway budgets are in balance with the current year. The General Government draft balance was out of balance at $108,000 and has been reduced to $95000. Other noted differences: the Listers budget has increased by $ 20000, Maclure Library is requesting an extra $10000, health insurance costs have increased by $42,000. The health insurance increase is due to new employees on more expensive plans and 15 % rate increases in 2005 and 2006. The Police budget has increased by $6000, Recreation department is up $11,000 and the transfer station budget has increased by $6000. The Recreation department is recovering $7000 of the $11,000 increase with additional program revenue. M. Balch stated all adjustments have been done that can be done without affecting our programs. Anything beyond this will affect programs and something would need to be cut out to decrease the budget. Increase without salary 3.5 cents. Residents look to board if budget is right. The draft highway
and general fund summary figures will be provided in the Newsletter. A public presentation of the draft budget is scheduled for Thursday, December 16th at 7:00 P.M.
D. Markowski requested that the Board have monetary reports of the various organizations receiving appropriations to review prior to Town Report. .
Building Maintenance Fund
The Building Maintenance Fund currently has a balance of $39,300. The maintenance projects needed are installation of new carpet, lighting work and an overall general spruce up. Next year the building will need the roof replaced. At $5,000 a year, this will have a budget of $45,000 to do that work. M. Balch will research to see if grant money is available for use on these projects. Financing options for projects will be discussed the auditors next week.
In accordance with 1VSA 312(b) where premature general public knowledge would clearly place the Municipality or person involved at a substantial disadvantage, the Board unanimously agreed to go into executive session for Personnel issues at 8:48 P.M. M. Balch and H. McKinlay were invited to stay. All others were excused. The Board came out of executive session at 9:0 P.M. The Board took no action at this time.
further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:00 P.M.
Thomas “Hank” Pelkey, Chair
Larry Pomainville, Vice-Chair
Dave Markowski, Selectman
W. Joseph Gagnon, Selectman
Allan Hitchcock, Selectman - ABSENT
Helen McKinlay, Recording Secretary