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Minutes of Town Board Meetings

Minutes of 11/20/2013

December 5th, 2013

Budget Committee Meeting
November 20, 2013


Meeting called to order at 7PM by Chair Mike Hogan.

Members present: Mike Hogan, Rena Vecchio, Joan Kaprf, and Bonnie Moroney

Member excused: Jack Catalono, Rob Gauthier and Dave Scalley

Public: Linda Dowling (recording), Paul Bussiere, Jeremy Olsen

Pledge of allegiance.

Minutes from November 13, meeting were tabled until next meeting.

Jeremy presented the 2014 budget for the Fire Dept. first.

FIRE DEPARTMENT Select Board Budget Committee
acct # General Ledger Account Name Budget 2014 Budget 2014
01-4220.10-100 FD Chief Salary $ $25220.11 $ 25220.11
01-4220.10-101 Officers' Salaries $ 4500.00 $ 4500.00
01-4220.10-102 Full Time Firefighter $.00 $ .00
01-4220.10-103 Firefighters' Salaries $ 10,000.00 $ 10,000.00
01-4220.10-104 Full Time Firefighter #2 $ 17,500.00 $ 17,500.00
01-4220.10-107 Fire Detail $ 00 $ 00
01-4220.10-201 Overtime $ 6,500.00 $ 6,500.00
01-4220.10-202 Firefighter Insurance $ 400.00 $ 400.00
01-4220.10-300 Office Supplies $ 350.00 $ 350.00
01-4220.10-301 Mobile phone/Data $ 840.00 $ 840.00
01-4220.10-304 Inoculations $ 75.00 $ 75.00
01-4220.10-305 Office Equipment $ 500.00 $ 500.00
01-4220.10-342 Software Support $ 1100.00 $ 1100.00
01-4220.10-400 Equipment Supplies $ 750.00 $ 750.00
01-4220.10-500 Dispatching Twin State $ 2,000.00 $ 2,000.00
01-4220.10-501 Mutual Aid Twin State $ 250.00 $ 250.00
01-4220.10-502 North Pact Mutual Aid $ 500.00 $ 500.00
01-4220.10-600 Equipment Purchase $ 1,500.00 $ 1,500.00
01-4220.10-601 Radio Repair $ 1000.00 $ 1000.00
01-4220.10-602 Vehicle Repairs and Maintenance $ 3,500.00 $ 3,500.00
01-4220.10-604 FD Maintenance $ 1,000.00 $ 1,000.00
01-4220.10-606 New Fire Truck $ 1.00 $ -
01-4220.10-660 Forestry Equipment $ 400.00 $ 400.00
01-4220.10-680 Extrication Equipment Maintenance $ 400.00 $ 400.00
01-4220.10-685 SCBA Equipment Maintenance $ 1,500.00 $ 1,500.00
01-4220.10-700 Gasoline/Diesel $ 3,000.00 $ 3,000.00
01-4220.10-701 Travel Reimbursement $ 250.00 $ 250.00
01-4220.10-702 Clothing $ 1500.00 $ 1500.00
01-4220.10-710 Protective Clothing $ 5000.00 $ 5,000.00
01-4220.10-800 FD Training $ 1000.00 $ 1000.00
01-4220.10-801 Fire Prevention $ 200.00 $ 200.00
01-4220.10-802 Inspections $ 250.00 $ 250.00
01-4220.10-900 Miscellaneous $ 150.00 $ 150.00
New line added for Station Phone/Internet 01-4220.10-330 for $900.00 $ 92035.11 $92035.11
Jeremy said the change on line 100 was because what used to be a full time firefighter and elected chief had been changed to a full time chief, line 103 went away. He said he had brought back the officers salaries. He said they were gone for a couple if years, but the officers are spending a lot more time and doing a lot more, so he feels that they should be getting paid. They are very important and he thinks they should be getting paid. They are elected every year by the members on the Fire Dept. and Emergency Dept.

103 is down $2,000.00 because that is what they get paid for going out and there are less people going out.
104 is for Carl Comeau our new fire fighter/EMT.
201 overtime is up because there are less people going out and Jeremy and Carl are doing more runs.
301 is new descriptions of Mobile Phone/Data, separate lines to make it easier to track. Mobile phones are on the ambulances to be able to call the Hospital.
342 Software support down $300.00, support for the computers and all the programs and also the new FD program for all the members. Phone moved off this and put on its own line.
500 dispatching, Ambulance takes more calls so there is a larger amount on that budget. 601 Radio Repair, trying to replace some each year, but they cost about $250.00 each.
604 FD maintenance the packs for air flow for the fireman need to be checked and will need to be replaced as well in the future.
700 will be called fuel, as it is both types.
701 travel reb. some of the people take their own cars, so need to be reimbursed.
702 clothing up to $1,500.00, we have 19 call members and 2 full time people and this line has been kept down for several years.
710 protective clothing up $2,000.00, trying to buy a little each year to replace. Pants and coat for a fireman are about $1,800.00, and they boots have not been replaced in quite some time, so they need to start focusing on them as well. They are about $250.00 each pair and have a 10 year live span on them.
800 FD training up $250.00, there is an increase of people trying to get out and do more training and the new location in Bethlehem is great. Also trying to do more with the public in future on second home owners living out of state.

Paul, asked about the extractor and if it was in and hooked up. Jeremy said yes and working great. He said that we are looking to try and have a fund raiser to purchase the drying as well.

Next he went over the 2014 Emergency budget.

FD Ambulance Select Board Budget Committee
acct # General Ledger Account Name Budget 2013 Budget 2013
01-4215.10-101 Officers' Salaries $ 2000.00 $ 2000.00
01-4215.10-102 Full Time Firefighter $ 1.00 $ 1.00
01-4215.10-104 Full Time Firefighter #2 $ 1.00 $ 1.00
01-4215.10-200 EMT Salaries $ 2,418.00 $ 2,418.00
01-4215.10-201 Overtime $ 8,000.00 $ 8,000.00
01-4215.10-300 Office Supplies $ 350.00 $ 350.00
01-4215.10-301 Mobile Phone/Data $ 840.00 $ 840.00
01-4215.10-302 Medical Equipment $ 1,500.00 $ 1,500.00
01-4215.10-304 Inoculations $ 125.00 $ 125.00
01-4215.10-305 Office Equipment $ 500.00 $ 500.00
01-4215.10-342 Software Support $ 1,100.00 $ 1,100.00
01-4215.10-401 Medical Supplies $ 1,500.00 $ 1,500.00
01-4215.10-402 Advanced Life Support Medical Supply $ 750.00 $ 750.00
01-4215.10-403 Oxygen $ 1,200.00 $ 1,200.00
01-4215.10-410 Defib Supplies and Maintenance $ 700.00 $ 700.00
01-4215.10-500 Dispatching Twin St $ 3,506.00 $ 3,506.00
01-4215.10-501 Mutual Aid Twin State $ 250.00 $ 250.00
01-4215.10-601 Radio Repair $ 750.00 $ 1,000.00
01-4215.10-604 Amb Maintenance $ 1,000.00 $ 1,000.00
01-4215.10-605 Ambulance Repairs and Maintenance $ 3,000.00 $ 3,000.00
01-4215.10-700 Gasoline/Diesel $ 5,000.00 $ 5,000.00
01-4215.10-701 Travel Reimbursement $ 250.00 $ 250.00
01-4215.10-702 Clothing $ 500.00 $ 500.00
01-4215.10-715 Ambulance Protective Clothing $ 1000.00 $ 1000.00
01-4215.10-725 EMS Training- $ 1500.00 $ 1500.00
01-4215.10-900 Miscellaneous $ 150.00 $ 150.00
02-4150.10-808 Comstar billing $ 7,200.00 $ 7,300.00
Total Ambulance Operating Expense $ 42,451.00 $ 42,801.00



101 up to $2,000.00 trying to find another M-1 to have for review calls from ambulance, sign offs, maintenance, etc.
301 being changed to Mobile phone/data line instead with an increase to $840.00.
New line is 330 for Station Phone/Internet for $900.00
342 is software support but the FRRS has been added to help keep in contact with personnel and send out messages about emergencies.
403 may change next year, as we are not using as much as we used to. With many changes in caring for patients the use of oxygen has gone done.
604 maintenance wants to make sure the generator and building is maintained.

The amounts on the special revenue fund have changed as well.
01-4920.00-061 Amb Full time Chief/Firefighters has gone up $3,000.00 to 24,250.00
01-4920.00-062 Amb. Full time Firefighters II had decreased $2,170.00 down to $17, 500.00
01-4920.00-063 Amb. EMT Salaries has gone down $1,080.00 to $8,000.00
01-4920.00-064 Amb. Clothing and equipment has added $250.00

Jeremy said we now have 19 Call Members
11 combo members and that is very valuable. 2 Advanced EMT, 5 strictly EMS and 5 strictly fire.

Things to think about are 2016 Ambulance 2 will be 10 years old and due to replace.
2017 one of the fire trucks will be 20 years old and due for replacement.

The Jaws of life that we have now are getting old and wearing out, so that is something else that we need to start thinking about replacing in the future.

Future thoughts for the Fire/Emergency are
Personnel – part time or career, depending on how the building etc. of the town goes in the future.
Building upgrade – left side office area and bay the age is apparent. Been trying to work with Greg in improvements, but something will need to be done. Jeremy showed pictures of a few of the accidents and fires, so that budget committee could have better idea of what these things entail.


Evan Karpf, presented the Health Officer’s Budget for 2014
He said that he had put in for a salary for the 2013 budget but has decided not to take it and is taking it out of the 2014 budget.

PUBLIC ASSISTANCE Select Board Budget Committee
acct # General Ledger Account Name Budget 2014 Budget 2014
01-4419.10-100 Health Officer Salary $ 1.00 $ 1.00
01-4419.10-300 Health Officer Travel $ 220.00 $ 220.00
01-4419.10-301 Health Officer Dues $ 50.00 $ 50.00
01-4419.10-302 Health Officer Supplies $ 50.00 $ 50.00
01-4419.10-303 Health Officer Training $ - 90.00 $ 90.00

Reviewed the schedule for what was left to go over on Dec. 4, 2013.

Paul Bussiere said he came to update one line on the ZBA. He wishes to increase the BA Office Supplies from $100.00 to $200.00 because they had to order new books and they are $16.00 each.

Joan presented several print outs that she had found on line for the budget committee to go over. She also had several questions about the water dept and the money that water users are billed for and where it goes. Bonnie tried to answer them the best that she could.


Bonnie motioned to adjourn the meeting at 9:12 PM and Rena second.

Next meeting will be Dec. 4, 2013