Draft of the Budget Minutes Thursday, January 11th, 2024

Draft of the Minutes for the
Budget Meeting Thursday, January 11th, 2024

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BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:
Angela Litchfield, Katy Johnson-Aplin, Ann Golob (Zoom), and Jeffrey Chevalier.
Absent Mike Fitzpatrick

OTHER PRESENT:
Jay Wilson (Road Foreman), Melissa Brown (Treasurer- Zoom), Carol Ross, Chris Triebert and Wannetta Powling (Administrative Assistant).

CALL TO ORDER:
The meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m. by Chair Angela Litchfield.

MEETING WARNING:
Powling confirmed that the meeting was properly warned.

ADDITIONS/ AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA:
ARPA funds were requested from the Windham Historical Society.

Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) contract and town-split with landowner.

REPORTS:
None

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC:
None

OLD BUSINESS:
Town Report Design
It was agreed that the changes made to the photo would be used for the Town Report cover.

Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS)

Discussion ensued,

Golob discussed the construction sponsor’s share of $26,539 to be split between the property owner and the Town. Wilson confirmed that he had spoken with one of the owners and that the split was fair, that if the Town were to do the work to protect the Bridge abutments, they would not go beyond seventy-five feet.
Addendum: Before the meeting adjourned, Carol Ross and Chris Triebert confirmed that they would agree to the work to protect their property, providing that it did not exceed $13,500. The town attorney will be contacted to draw up a contract.

ARPA:  A vote-backed petition was submitted requesting ARPA funds for the continued renovation work at the Windham Historical Society.

Discussion ensued.

Golob made a motion to move forward with an Article for Windham Historical Society and let the voters decide the fund’s request, which Chevalier seconded.

Motion passed 4/0.

NEW BUSINESS:

Expenditures:
Brown told the Selectboard that she had called and had spoken with Ryan Silvestri from New England Municipal Consultants. She learned that the current Assessor contract had expired at the end of December.
The new contract was emailed to Brown for the Board to review. It was mentioned that Listers be included in making recommendations regarding the new contract. Brown will invite both Listers and Ryan from NEMC to the Tuesday Selectboard meeting to help finalize the department budget for the Listers office.

 

Administrative Assistant:

It was confirmed that Powling would be given an additional one dollar (backpay) to be added to the current .45 cents raise to meet the 2024 cost-of-living increase.

 

Treasure and Town Clerk:

Brown mentioned that she had made a comparison with other towns and that Newfane paid less than the $25 per hour average.

Discussion:

It was agreed to put a two-dollar increase in the FY 2025 budget for the Treasurer and Town Clerk to bring their salary to $24.98 per hour.

 

Listers:

The budget and contracts will be discussed at the Tuesday Selectboard meeting.

Zoning Administrator:

With limited information regarding budget requests and a pending Executive Session scheduled, the Selectboard will table further discussion pending the Executive Session.

 

Social Appropriations:
A member from the Newfane Village Trustees will be able to present at the Selectboard meeting on Tuesday night.

Articles:
Discussion:

Updates will be made and available for the January 16th meeting for the Selectboard to review.

ADJOURN:
Johnson-Aplin made a motion to adjourn. The meeting was adjourned at 6:26 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Wannetta Powling,
Administrative Assistant