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Finance Committee Minutes 03/13/2012
TOWN OF HARWICH
FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES
Community Center
Regular Meeting 6:00 PM
Wednesday March 13, 2012

Present:, Rich Larios (Acting Chair), Noreen Donahue, Jon Idman, Bill Greenwood, Pam Groswald
Not present: Skip Patterson, Chairman, Pete Watson, Dana Decosta
Also present: James Merriam, David Ryan, Linda Cebula
Representatives from Water Dept, Water Commissioners, DPW Highway Dept., Chase and HarwichPort Libraries


  • Call to Order
Rich Larios called the meeting to order at 6:00PM


  • Approval of Minutes
  • February 6, 2012
  • February 15, 2012
  • February 22, 2012
A motion was made and seconded to accept the minutes of February 6, 15, and 22nd, 2012.

Vote: Yes-5 No-0


  • Water Department Presentation
Operating Expense Increases amounted to $ 137,000 made up mostly of:
Electricity – 37K – due to volume increase from new plant on line
Water Mains – 50K – mostly for increased repairs
Pump Station Rehab – 35K

For FY13, a budget surplus of 35K is projected.


  • DPW Presentation
No Capital Expenses are scheduled for FY2013.  Highway Dept. has cut back vehicle replacements among other items to accommodate budget shortfalls.

Currently the largest ongoing project is the Route 137 Project.


  • CHASE & HARWICHPORT LIBRARIES
$20,000 is requested from the Town to complete these Public Libraries FY13 budgets.
Their total combined budgets, (including the 20K), is $44,500.00.

David Ryan stated that the Town may be able to find funding for these libraries (along with the Chamber of Commerce) within the Tax Levy.

Rich Larios suggested that they add WIFI to services provided if possible.


  • Reserve Fund Transfers
Noreen Donahue made a motion to reconsider the Reserve Fund transfer for the Community Center Space Study in the amount of $ 7,500 which was denied at the FinCom Meeting of Feb. 28, 2012.  Motion was seconded by Pam Groswald.

Discussion resulted in conclusion that it may be more appropriate to find funding for this project elsewhere.

Donahue and Groswald withdrew the motion and second.

  • Vote Articles
# 1     Town Officers                    Accept & Adopt                 5 – 0
# 2     Reports of Town Officers                 Accept & Adopt                 5 – 0
# 3     Elected Officials Salaries               Accept & Adopt                 5 – 0
# 6     Water Dept. Budget                       Accept & Adopt                 5 – 0
# 7     Chase/HarwichPort Libraries      NRPFI                          5 – 0
# 8     Promote Town of Harwich          NRPFI                          5 – 0
# 13    DesignRehab Lothrop Water Tank   Accept & Adopt                 5 – 0
# 15    Emergency Mgmt Generators       Accept & Adopt                  5 – 0
# 20    Town Capital Stabilization              Accept & Adopt – (Failed)               1 – 4   


  • Executive Session
None


  • Updates from Town Administrator/Finance Director
STM Warrant will be signed on March 26, 2012.
Ballot will be signed on April 9, 2012.
Dates have been moved out to allow for the most possible amount of time to get “final” figures from the MRSD before everything is completed for Town Meeting.

BOS has requested that FinCom join them at their scheduled meeting of March 19, 2012.  Monomoy Regional will be presenting their most recent budget status at that time.


  • Old business
None


  • New business
None


  • Adjourn
8:50PM


Submitted by Noreen Donahue


 
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