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Selectmen Meeting Minutes — April 8, 2008—3:30 p.m. — Memorial Hall

The meeting was called to order at 3:30 p.m. by Chairman, Joe Judd. Other members present: Bob Manners.

Highway Garage Roof - the town received three quotes from George Dole regarding the repair of the Highway Garage roof. They were as follows:

  • Strip and replace roof on town garage with 30 year shingles $30,000
  • Strip and replace roof on town garage with 50 year shingles $34,000
  • Strip and replace roof on town garage with standing seam metal roof $48,000*

* price on metal roof subject to change

Given the three options, members of the Board felt that option #2 (50 year shingles) made the most sense however, rather than include an additional $34,000 in the FY'09 budget, a decision was made to utilize funds from the highway maintenance account (if in fact a full replacement is necessary) and replenish those funds after the town has received its free cash certification in the fall. This decision allows the town more time to assess the overall condition of the roof and prepare bid documents if a full replacement is necessary. A motion was made by Bob affirming this decision. Motion seconded by Joe. Motion carried unanimously.

Review of FY'09 Budget and Draft Warrant Articles: Scott Sawyer reviewed the proposed budget and stated that if funded in its' present state; the net result would be a $.66 increase on the tax rate (from $12.11 to $12.77). In an effort to minimize the tax rate, the Board began to review each budget line item for areas of potential reductions. As a result of that review, the following changes were made:

Account Recommended Final Amount
APR Local Match $5,000 $2,500

Land Preservation
$5,000 $2,500
Planning Board $5,754 $3,626

Zoning Board of Appeals
$4,357 $3,237
Veterans Services $8,000 $6,000
4th Payment on Leased Truck $9,520 from Taxation $9,520 from Stabilization

By reducing the above mentioned accounts by approximately $10,248 and funding the final buy-out payment on the Toyota Truck out of Stabilization rather than taxation, the Board was able to produce a budget reflecting an overall 4.7% increase over last year and the net result would equate to a $.53 increase on the tax rate (from $12.11 to $12.64). A motion was made by Bob to accept the reductions as proposed. Joe seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

Adjournment: a motion was made by Bob to adjourn the meeting at 3:57 p.m. Motion seconded by Joe. Motion carried unanimously.

Respectfully submitted,

Terry Mosher
Executive Secretary