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    Selectmen Meeting Minutes — April 1, 2008—3:30 p.m. — Memorial Hall

    The meeting was called to order by Chairman, Joseph Judd. Other members present: John Payne. Bob Manners was unable to attend due to a conflict in his work schedule.

    Review of Fiscal Year 2009 Budget:
    Joe began the discussion by stating that he feels that the Board has taken some huge steps in bringing both the Highway Department budget and the Police Department budget to a level that is more realistic in terms of actual operating costs. He is concerned that next year may not be so favorable financially for the Town. He noted the State's 1.5 billion dollar deficit, the uncertainty of the school's budget and the increasing number of taxpayers who are having difficulty paying their taxes. Although Shelburne is fortunate this year, he wants to proceed with caution and begin planning for a "rainy day" future.

    Omnibus Budget
    The following changes were made to the omnibus budget:

    Account #      
    122 012 Executive Secretary Salary $3,097 increase reflects an increase of hours from 37.5 per week to 40 hours per week. Consistent with all department heads.
    171 021 Historic Commission increase from $200 to $500 Newly appointed Commission would like to plan for celebration of 100 year anniversary of stone tower.
    175 020 Planning Board added $5,000 for part-time clerical (360 hours annually @ $14.00)
    176 013 Zoning Board added $4,032 for part-time clerical (288 hours annually @ $14.00)
    210 012 Police Salaries reduced by $20,371 (removed third full-time officer; added part-time officer)
    300 060 Mohawk Budget   added to omnibus; removed from warrant format
    300 062 Franklin Tech   added to omnibus budget; removed from warrant format
    422 070 Highway Maintenance increased by $21,086 reflects actual costs

    Review of Warrant Articles

    The Board decided to move two articles from the warrant back to the omnibus budget as in year's past. Those accounts are as follows: Mohawk Trail Regional School District and the Franklin County Technical Schools operating budgets.

    Still waiting for an estimate for the replacement of the Highway Garage roof; George Dole is scheduled to make a site visit tomorrow. The existing shingles are 30 years old and have recently failed on the west side of the roof causing interior damage to insulation and sheetrock.

    The Board will meet with members of the Finance Committee on Thursday evening to review the proposed budget and town meeting articles.

    Adjournment: a motion was made by John to adjourn the meeting at 5:10 p.m. Joe seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Terry Mosher
    Executive Secretary