Present: Alvarez (Chairman), Clark, DeSalvo, Dolan, Mazzucco, Yonkers
Also present: Finance Director Gniadek, First Selectman Pemberton, Selectmen Karvelis, Treasurer O’Donnell, Tax Collector Moisio, seven members of the public, a group of Boy Scouts and their leaders, and the videographer
Chairman Alvarez called the meeting on September 28, 2015 to order at 7:30 pm in the Redding Town Hall.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Motion: move that the Redding Board of Finance approve the minutes of the August 24, 2015 meeting as submitted. DeSalvo, Mazzucco. Approved. Unanimous.
REPORT FROM TAX COLLECTOR
Ms. Moisio reported that 52.9% of the budget had been collected. Delinquent notices are being sent out.
The new software program to link with the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) has been installed. Three new computers were purchased to facilitate the new software. The system is working well, and eventually the registration of vehicles will be handled by the office.
REPORT FROM FINANCE DIRECTOR
Mr. Gniadek reported that the Governor’s announced reduction in Pilot Program (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) which reduces municipal aid by $74,749 for Redding. The budget allocation for $168,081 has been reduced to $93,332.
Mr. Gniadek has completed and submitted the grant application for the cemetery grant discussed at last month’s meeting. He has not received a response as yet.
The Long Range Financial Planning Committee met on September 10 to review projects. When the projects are fully vetted, Mr. Gniadek will prepare a consolidated schedule for presentation at the next Board of Finance meeting.
The WPCC requested a transfer of $60,000, leaving an available balance of $189,850 for the remainder of the year. James Miller, a member of the WPCC Commission, commented that the opening of the Georgetown Saloon is expected to increase the flow to the treatment plant as well as additional revenue. The WPCC is also planning to replace a non-functioning screener at the plant, and the cost for the replacement would put it in the capital funding category. When the cost estimates are firm, that information will be provided to Mr. Gniadek for the Long Range Financial Planning Committee.
The Tax Collector’s office received three new computers, with their existing computers being repositioned within the town based on the most in need of an upgrade. The remaining ten computers still using Windows XP, which is no longer supported, are being replaced with Windows 7.
REPORT FROM TREASURER
Treasurer O’Donnell provided a report on the status of funds. She noted that Finance Director Peggy Sullivan stated that most of the capital improvement work at the schools has been completed and paid for. The design work for the HVAC work, about $150,000, has not been done as yet.
REPORTS FROM INDIVIDUAL BOARD MEMBERS
CORRESPONDENCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS
Motion: move to recess to the conference room for an executive session for a discussion of the audit contract. DeSalvo, Mazzucco. Approved. Unanimous.
Mrs. Pemberton and Mr. Gniadek were invited to be present.
The meeting recessed at 7:49 pm
The Chair reconvened the meeting in public session at 8:21 pm
Motion: move that the Board of Finance authorize payment of $1,750 to McGladrey LLP for what was considered out of scope work. However, nothing would be paid for the CAFR reports, now and for the duration of the contract, as the CAFR falls within the scope of work. Dolan, Mazzucco. Approved 5-1. Dr. Yonkers voted against the motion.
Motion: move that the Redding Board of Finance meeting be adjourned. Yonkers, Mazzucco. Approved. Unanimous.
The meeting adjourned at 8:24 pm
Submitted by Mary Maday, Recording Secretary