Budget Meeting Monday, November 27th, 2023
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Present: Angela Litchfield, Jeffrey Chevalier, Katy Johnson-Aplin, Mike Fitzpatrick, and Ann Golob (Zoom).
Melissa Brown (Treasurer), and Wannetta Powling (Administrative Assistant).
CALL TO ORDER and MEETING WARNING:
The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Chair Angela Litchfield. Litchfield asked if the meeting was properly warned.
ADDITIONS/ AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA:
Town Report Design– Discussion took place on the cover.
Dedication –Discussion ensued. Litchfield mentioned she would work with Powling to draft something for the Town Report.
Capital Budget: Progress was made.
Expenditures: Brown mentioned that she had created a new “Debt Service” for the current loans on the bridge bond in South Newfane, equipment purchases, and gravel pit expenses.
Budget Review: Progress was made.
- Employee reviews will be completed by the end of December to determine pay raises for the final budget figures. Litchfield and Fitzpatrick, with Christopher Williams, will complete Highway Department reviews. Johnson-Aplin and Chevalier will complete the Administrative Assistant and the Zoning Administrator reviews.
- Powling was asked to provide the Selectboard with a wage comparison from other towns. (progress).
- Powling and Brown will work on a wage and benefit package and overtime for a potential new employee for the road crew.
- Law Enforcement
Previously tabled until after the November 15th meeting with Windham County Sheriff Mark Anderson held a Regional Policing discussion that members of the Selectboard and Powling attended. Anderson spoke of a pilot program for Windham County, saying that there is a need for faster, more reliable emergency services. He will submit a Bill to the Legislature when they start up in January 2024; a letter of support from municipalities interested in the idea but did not obligate the Town.
Golob recommended drafting an article for the Law Enforcement Budget so that the residents can express their feelings, fears, and expectations for Law Enforcement duties, responsibilities, and coverage. There is continued discussion about doing a shared patrol with another neighboring town, like Putney–Westminster and Jamaica – Windham.
Items tabled for future budget meetings.
- Capital Budget
- Open Items
- Articles including Social Appropriation Donations
Fitzpatrick made a motion to adjourn. The meeting was adjourned at 7:15 P.M.