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Selectmen Minutes 11/23/2010
Chichester Board of Selectmen
Minutes of Meeting
November 23, 2010

Members present:  Jeff Jordan, Richard DeBold, Mike Paveglio
Others Present:  Nancy Tanner (Town Administrator), Bruce  Dyke, Norm LaRochelle, Steve MacCleery, Scott Marsden, Ed Millette, Jason Wier, Donna Chagnon, John Freeman, Steve Stock, Bob Mann

Chairman Jordan opened the meeting at 7:00PM.  

Budget Meetings
Building Department:  John Freeman presented the proposed budget.  The salary line was discussed.  Line 4240-10 was decreased from 15,600 to 14,000.

Conservation:  Line 4619-10 was reduced from 1,000 to 900.

Forestry:  Steve Stock asked for the administration line to remain the same.    There was a discussion about the increased number of wardens to increase the availability to the public.  This could cause an increase in mileage expenses as well as training and payroll items.  There was a discussion about mileage.  The current IRS rate is $.50/mile.  Steve has been getting reimbursed at .55/mile.  The State has been reimbursing us for half that amount.  There was a feeling that everyone should get the same rate for mileage.  There was a discussion about the bookkeeping of the forestry expenses.  Nancy explained that there has been a change reflecting the wording of the RSA in that we are booking half the expense and the other half is in due from State.

Park and Recreation:  Line 4520-13 was reduced from $4,250 to $4,000.  There was a discussion about the cost of portable toilets.  The Budget Committee would like the Park and Rec committee to get quotations earlier so that exact numbers can be budgeted.  Line 4520-12 was reduced from $900 to $800.
Mr. DeBold will be working on a warrant article to utilize the pending grant money as soon as he knows the amount of the grants.

Planning Board:  No one from the Planning Board was there to present the budget. There was a discussion about the Chairman stipend.  Some felt that since that stipend was established the position has changed especially with having a secretary with regular office hours.   It was decided to leave the stipend in place for now, but to ask the chairman to justify the stipend.  
Stipends of several departments will be evaluated to include Planning Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment, Emergency Management Director, Health Officer and Conservation Commission.

Fire:  Ed Millette presented the Fire Department Budget.  There was a discussion about the need for two ambulances.  Some items discussed were Office Supplies, Water Source Development, and telephone.  There were no changes made to the proposed budget.  The Fire Department may need to add a warrant article for 25K as recommended in the CIP.  Ed Millette will discuss the warrant article with Alan Quimby.

There was a general discussion about having Capital Reserve Funds for extraordinary expenses.   This may alleviate the tendency to be budgeting for the “what ifs”.  

Other Business

Accounts payable and payroll were approved.

A motion by Mr. Paveglio and seconded by Mr. DeBold to adjourn the meeting at 10:30pm.  Motion passes.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy Tanner

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      Jeffrey Jordan, Chairman Richard DeBold                                   D. Michael Paveglio

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