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Selectmen Meeting Minutes — February 18, 2009—1:00 p.m. — Memorial Hall

Call to order: The meeting was called to order by Chairman Manners. Other members present: John Payne. Joe Judd arrived at 1:20 p.m.

FY'09 Budget Cuts:
The purpose of the meeting was to review all budgetary accounts for fiscal year 2009; in order to determine what accounts had excess funds and what accounts could be reduced so to balance the budget following the Governor's $31,400 cut in local aid.

After a lengthy discussion and an extensive review of all town accounts, a motion was made by John to reduce the following budgetary accounts as follows: $15,972 from a variety of General Government accounts; $682 - Shelburne Library; $620 - Police Department; $6,100 - Highway Maintenance; $1,226 - Hazardous Waste Day; $3,400 - Health Insurance; $3,400 - Liability Insurance. Motion seconded by Joe.

Discussion: Joe pointed out that had the Board not been successful in finding sufficient funding, he was prepared to suggest "two-days off without pay" for all town employees; a potential savings of $5,172. Aside from the 2.5% reduction in the Selectmen's salaries, members of the Board were pleased that employee's salaries would not be affected this year.

After no further discussion, the motion was put to a vote and passed unanimously. The Board will present their proposed budgetary cuts to members of the Finance Committee on Thursday evening.

Other Business:
Bank of Western Mass RE: Foreclosure of Mortgage (69-73 Bridge Street) - a foreclosure sale has been scheduled for April 24, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. for property owned by Bolio Investments, LLC. Joe would like to speak with bank officials to explore the possibility of acquiring the property for future development. No further action taken.

Adjournment: a motion to adjourn the meeting was made by John at 3:30 p.m. Joe seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

Respectfully submitted,

Terry Mosher
Executive Secretary