Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Live reporting: Finance Committee - May 3, 2017

Present: Dufour, Dowd, Conley, Huempfner, Weich, Fleming, Moses, Smith
Absent: Dewsnap 

Action Items:

  • Snow and Ice
    • $85,000 from free cash
    • motion to approve, seconded, passed 7-0
  • Athletic Turf Fields
    • bids received today, within estimated amount
    • motion to recommend, seconded, passed 8-0 (Smith arrived)  
  • Library Historical Records
    • looking to digitize the records of the prior newspapers, etc.
    • motion to recommend, seconded, passed 8-0
  • OPEB
    • allocate free cash, $360,000
    • keeping with guideline of 10%
    • motion to recommend, seconded, passed 8-0
  • Roads and Sidewalks
    • $500,000 from free cash
    • mostly to be used for chip seal, and crack seal on some streets
    • listing of streets targeted to be checked to see if it is on the DPW page
    • motion to recommend, seconded, passed 8-0
  • Inter-Department Transfers
    • FY 17 transfer
      • $65,000 total from Health Ins to cover the follow amounts
      • Rec Dept, $25,000
        • busier activity than anticipated
        • should be a wash at end of fiscal year
      • Street lights more repairs
        • costing more with lines found underground requiring repair
      • HR hiring
        • physical exams for new hires
      • postage
    • motion to recommend, seconded, passed 8-0

Health insurance staying with Tufts, increasing co-pay and premiums like others are doing, maintaining a small increase due to the coordination and cooperation of the 13 unions to approve the increases

leaves about 50K in free cash for time being
likely will come back for approvals before year end
if not spent, it does roll over to next year's free cash


  • Future Transfers
    • LED street lights possible, via State offering 30% grant
    • costs 120,000 per year for electricity
    • the LEDs would save about 70,000 of the electricity cost and reduce the maintenance contract requirements
    • possible $135,000 savings, and a pay back of 4 or 5 years
    • authorize a short term band, pay the bill and use the savings to pay down the band
    • replacing the street lights every 10-12 years instead of 3-5 years is also a savings
    • would also get an audit of the street lights and the new ones would be GPS enabled, could use technology to check the status rather than driving around to check the lights
    • grant funding reserved for us, project could be completed by Fall of 2019; everything owned by the Town could be LED (and powered 90% by the solar farm)

Metacomet Communications
Gary Premo hired as new executive director

official statement on bond sale
bond rating, very high marks, SP 1+ 
we are double AA+ for long term bonds

2 weeks from today
land of low value to be auctioned
10 properties in morning, 11 in the afternoon
most of it tiny pieces of land
have to go through the process to offer it twice before it can become town owned properties
May 17, 10 AM and 2:00 PM

motion to adjourn, passed 8-0

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