BOARD OF SELECTMEN
SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES
MONDAY FEB. 13, 2017
Filed Pending Approval
Pemberton, Thompson, O’Donnell, Chief of Police Douglas Fuchs. Public: Suzanne Nolan, Chris Nolan, Dave Pattee, Jim Miller
The First Selectman called the meeting to order at 7:04 pm.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
MOTION to approve the minutes of the meeting of January 23, 2017. O’Donnell, Thompson. Approved Unanimous.
DISCUSSION & POSSIBLE ACTION ON FY 17-18 BUDGET PROPOSAL
The Selectmen reviewed proposed budget reductions from the starting point of the January 6th, 2017 budget workshop.
A driving factor in the discussion was the negative impact to Redding taxpayers of the State’s budget woes and the Governor’s proposed budget for the State, which would change the municipal aid formulas and shift a portion of the annual teachers retirement benefit (TRB) contribution to the Town. The additional $1,740,644 burden of the TRB payment, combined with the planned for increase in debt service payments, presents a difficult budget environment without precedent. Also discussed was the unpredictability of the State’s budget proposal and the likelihood that the municipal aid and TRB contribution numbers would be a moving target beyond the Town’s own municipal referendum. Additional changes to the Town’s proposed operating budget were acknowledged as likely, following the Board of Finance public hearing. The impact of each proposed reduction in the Town budget was discussed. Following discussion, and public comment, reductions totaling -$423,748 were taken and a budget proposal of $14,787,597 was adopted for purposes of the Board of Finance public hearing set for March 2, 2017. The budget proposal adopted by the Selectmen represents a total proposed expenditure increase of 3.5%, or $500,465, with the new debt service (+$538,741) being responsible for the expenditure increase. Net of the increase in debt service the proposed Town operating budget is reduced by $38, 276 or (- .27%).
Chris Nolan expressed dismay at the reduction of funding for Concerts on the Green and volunteered his efforts to help secure private funds, if necessary, to restore the 3 concerts in question.
Jim Miller asked about the status of the proposed forced regionalization of Health Districts and the likelihood that the proposal would impact the Town in the next year.
Move that the Board of Selectmen approve and send to the Board of Finance a proposed Town operating budget for FY 2017-18 of $14,787,597. O’Donnell, Thompson. Approved. Unanimous.
The Selectmen discussed recommendations for new candidates to fill vacancies on the Planning Commission and the re-appointment of existing members of the Water Pollution Control Commission.
Move that the Board of Selectmen appoint Steve Gagnon to the Planning Commission as a full member and Clairann Matzke to the Planning Commission as an Alternate. Thompson, O’Donnell. Approved. Unanimous.
Move that the Board of Selectmen appoint Dave Pattee and Amy Atamian to new terms on the Water Pollution Control Commission. Thompson, O’Donnell. Approved. Unanimous.
Move to adjourn. O’Donnell, Thompson. Approved. Unanimous.
The meeting adjourned at 8:58 pm.
Julia Pemberton, First Selectman