Chichester Board of Selectmen
Minutes of Meeting
Tuesday, December 7, 2016
Members Present: Jeff Jordan, Tom Jameson, Ed Millette, Jodi Pinard Town Administrator, Kristy Barnouski Administrative Assistant.
Budget Committee: Stephen MacCleery, Marlene Hammond, Don Peterman, Norm Larochelle, Doug Hall and Steve Stock.
Others Present: Chief Quimby, Alan Mayville, Donna Chagnon, Lucille Noel, Michelle Plunkett, Ann Davis, and other members of the public.
Call to Order Mr. Jordan called the meeting to order at 6:00pm
Town Hall Budget-
Mrs. Pinard stated that they under estimate revenues so the tax rate doesn’t rise later if we don’t receive the funds expected.
Mr. Hall doesn’t like underestimating the revenues and wants to change motor vehicle registrations fees and the meals and room tax distribution. Wants to put some of the revenues at reasonable number.
Mrs. Pinard stated that a lot of the numbers are very fluid and hard to predict. She would rather have it to offset the tax rate.
Mrs. Pinard stated that the state recommends 5-15% surplus and Chichester only has 3%. It’s very dangerous to go any lower.
There will also be a decrease in elections due to number of elections compared to the previous year.
There has been a 6.7% increase in health insurance as well as retirement is going up.
There has been a decrease in unemployment and workers compensation.
Historical is over in the budget due to replacing the entrance doors that were rotted.
The Highway department is putting in second egress to meet safety standards.
Cemeteries may be changing if highway takes over lawn maintenance.
Building Inspector wages will stay the same but other lines went up for training and conferences.
Welfare has been reducing every year and Ms. Stockman has done an amazing job and is a great asset to the Town.
For the first time in 16 years the BCEP amount has increased to $109,413.00.
Mr. Cole reported the recommendations from the CIP located on page 4 of the CIP report.
Mr. Cole stated that the CIP recommends impact fees with the boom in construction.
The CIP wants the Town to look at infrastructure for Town buildings, as of now nothing is planned up until 2023.
The CIP is requesting the PD to participate next year. Mr. Hall seconds the request that PD participate in CIP.
The CIP does not want to use reserve funds for the Highway truck and feels it will be better utilized in 2018 than this year.
The $300,000.00 amount will be changed to $260,000.00 for road reconstruction.
Fire and Ambulance-
Chief Quimby stated that he tried to keep the budget as even as possible.
He stated that they used a new billing service, which reduced $400.00.
Loudon requested 3% increase for $900 for responding during the day. Loudon does not respond during the night unless it’s necessary.
Payroll listed in the budget includes chief and deputies.
Capital area compact increased this year.
Inspections increased due to code books
Communications increased 1100.00 radios are failing and old and cannot be replaced. Goal is to start replacing a little at a time. The FD will request a warrant article for new radios but the current ones need repairs in meantime.
Total budget is up 1.9%
Mrs. Pinard will add in a 2% increase for employees to the budget for next week for review.
Being no further discussion, a motion was made by Mr. Jordan and seconded by Mr. Jameson to adjourn the meeting at 7:00pm. Motion passes
Not approved until signed
Kristy Barnouski, Administrative Assistant
Jeffrey Jordan Tom Jameson Ed Millette