Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Live reporting - Finance Committee

Present: Fleming, Dowd, Conley, Smith, Dewsnap, Heumpher 
Absent: Dufour, Aparo, Quinn

Gagner, Nutting, Dacey

Bill Dowd covering to take notes for the meeting

Draft Capital plan presentation

Adjusted package from last week that was viewed by the FinCom

Saving 300,000 in free cash for snow and ice and 100,000 for whatever

take 10% of free cash and put it into OPEB, so that would be 200,000

fire truck would cost about 550-600,000

fund renovations to second floor of Senior Center to get architect work underway

field stabilization account to replace fields, will need 900,000 - 1M to replace, targeted for 2016 or 2017 at the latest

Rec Dept looking to do a 'spray park' at Fletcher Field, a fancy way to run under a sprinkler

can mitigate our share of expenses, the State will reimburse but we need to front the money
if we apply we can get the grant, all the water is recycled and treated before being reused

police looking for vehicles, radios and computers

finish parking lots with LED lighting

fire suppression system in the computer room here at the Municipal Building

$7.5M bond authorization for sewer work

multiple sources of misc revenue to the tune of about $880,000

including the Board of Assessors who released 3 years of overlay surplus in the amount of $550,000


Chief Gary McCarragher
vehicle for shift supervisors is what is being looked for to be replaced
2006 Expedition has about 60,000 miles, would be moved to fire prevention
new vehicle would be used for fire response

portable radios, some purchased last year, this will replaced the remainder

like a computer it either works or it doesn't, on a good rotation cycle
this would purchase 20, this would keep 2-3 as spares with a 7 year life cycle
not a lot of down time associated with these

EMS jackets

we replacing fire fighter clothing and if anything was left would be used on these jackets
since they received the grant for the fire fighters, they need funds for the EMS folks 

replace the more of the old remaining breathing apparatus

it is mission critical, you need to replace all at the same time
buy them train them and then used them without having to worry about them
looking to seek grants to help support the purchase
looking 350-400,000 total for all the units needed

had been a request for body armor that was cut from this version of the capital budget

can also purchase through a state bid (for the truck) and ensure how close we'll be for the bid and the stabilization amount as we go


Chief Stephen Semerjian

I think the fire chief did a credible job on the vehicle and on the radios so I thank him for that, it will save me some jabbering

three of the older and high mileage vehicles are targeted for replacement

it is a matter of safety for the guys, the mechanics will tell us when it is time to go

the dog is not in the capital budget

the dog probably trains harder than we do
currently 8 yrs old, purchase of a replacement is coming from the operating budget
rather than wait for the capital budget

30 portable radios would bring a new one for the full department with 5 spares

6-8 years life expectancy

20K for computers some desktops and two for the new cars coming in

includes 3 desktop, 2 mobile units, and 9K for the software

discussion on the recycling of the cruisers, cost of extending the older vehicles is more than using a newer car with better mileage

new cars are all 6-cylinders, so there is cost savings operationally

we'll accumulate some to auction off and do them at batch


Deacon Perrotta, Deputy of Operations

looking at purchase of a replacement for one of the sidewalk vehicles

pick up truck used by the on-call person

refurbish the truck body used by the catch basin truck cleaner

the body rots out cleaning the catch basins, replacing the body extends the life of the vehicle at a good savings

$225,000 for the Senior Center to add 30 spaces to the existing 88 parking spaces

trees cleared, doing the plans ready for when the asphalt season opens
grading and earthwork required, drainage is also required
parking needed in advance of the second floor renovation

Park road getting flooded, drainage needed to avoid flooding

55K for drainage, 30 for paving, remaining

looking to add 6 vehicle parking spots at the Police Station

land across the street at the ice rink is State owned


Beaver St interceptor turns 100 years old this year
it runs from Beaver by the train tracks up behind the Franklin Village Plaza and then to Pond St to the old sewer beds, to replace the whole thing would be multiple millions

'muffin monsters' will grind up anything, including the swifters that shouldn't be going down the drain

dual wheel utility truck, originally priced at 130K and worked with the manufacturer we can come down to



generator for the Washington St booster station
behind the old museum on Washington, provides pressure boost for the water lines from there to the end of town

meter replacement program

looking to replace 20 year old meters, loosing revenue
looking to replace 600 per year, MIU = meter interface unit, read via radio signal
meters will now do leak detection, most waste through toilet leaks
looking to replace the residential meters

commercial meters are already 

approx 3,000 calculated to be replace, would be contracted to do the replacement
phone cal or website, work with the residents, at least four contacts to schedule the visit to replace
may ultimately be a $50 fine for non-replacement

need to do 2 miles of water main replaced every year

authorization for $7.5M but design would be spent and then the pipe work would be done next spring
probably would also need a rate increase to do this

sheets to be added with proposed water main replacements for the next several years

Public Facilities

Mike D'Angelo

looking to replace generator at the police station

three major school facilities were already done, this amount would be covering the remaining public facilities exterior lighting, payback less than three years, lighting to last 7-8 years

no parts in the light to change, a solid state fixture to run 50-70,000 hours

Halon suppression system for the computer room, good coverage for the equipment being used in the room


replace 4 servers
replace the Windows XP with Windows 7 systems as XP is no longer supported

Capital budget
voting to approve capital for general operations   approved by 6-0
water   approved by 6-0
sewer   approved by 6-0
water main replacement bond for 7.5M    approved by 6-0

FY 2015 operating budget
total recommended 110,275,241
general government  9004727
public safety 9758704
education  57818453
DPW highway  4144423
human services  566930
culture recreation  1164434
debt service  7591160
benefits  9285386
liability insurance  460000

solid waste 215281 ??
sewer (fill in later)
water 4852511

all votes were 6-0 approval

looking for the library to make a presentation on Apr 16th
would come before the FinCom eventually no matter what is decided

funds remaining from the house on Beaver St, would look to transfer to take down the house on Wachusetts St (next to Fletcher field)

Thursday's meeting (Apr 3rd) would be canceled
will look to see when the Council will schedule their budget hearings

will look to balance out the money to pay the snow and ice budget

next meeting looks to be May 6th

motion to adjourn

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