2008-03-25 Select Board Meeting Minutes

Town of Bowdoinham
Minutes of Select Board Meeting
March 25, 2008


Residents in attendance: Joanne Reinhart and Rebecca Stimpson, School Board Members; Dan Billings, Chair, Finance Committee, Dotty Baker, and Kathy Durgin-Leighton, Town Manager.

Non residents: Dee Carrier, Chair of SAD 75 Finance Committee and Peter Gray, SAD 75 Finance Director.


Item 1: Call the meeting to order – Chair Dorr called the meeting to order at 5:30 pm. Chair Dorr and Selectperson Ciembroniewicz were present. Selectperson Whittlesey was absent.

Item 2: Consideration of the minutes from March 11, 2008 meeting – The Board reviewed the minutes. Selectperson Ciembroniewicz moved to accept the minutes as amended, seconded by Chair Dorr 2-0. The vote was 2-0 in favor.

Item 3: Comments from the Public – There were no comments from the public.

Item 4: New Business

A. Discussion with SAD 75 representatives regarding the FY09 School Budget and the local impact on Bowdoinham – Peter Gray, Dee Carrier, Joanne Reinhart, and Rebecca Stimpson –

Ms. Carrier and Mr. Gray presented a summary of the budget deliberations made to date. For the coming year, the District will receive a 1.1 million dollar decrease in State funding. In addition, there will be a reduction in Medicaid reimbursement amounting to $305,000. With increases in the “maintenance of effort” added (teacher salary increases, benefit costs, fuel costs, etc.) the District is facing a 2.5 million dollar budget gap. The District’s Finance Committee has proposed reductions totaling 1.7 million dollars. To help close the remaining gap, the Committee has approved using $600,000 in the District’s Fund Balance. What does this mean to Bowdoinham? The District’s proposed budget will mean a 10% increase in Bowdoinham’s assessment over the current assessment or an increase of $200, 940. This is largely due to Bowdoinham’s 22.7 % increase in property valuation as calculated by the State from FY 2006 to FY 2007. Ms. Carrier stated that this budget is as lean as it can be while still maintaining programs.
Selectperson Ciembroniewicz asked what philosophy was used in preparing the budget. Ms. Carrier explained that the philosophy was to have the least impact on the students.
When asked how much the District was over the EPS funding, Mr. Gray stated that the District is over by approximately 5.9 million dollars. This includes debt service not approved by the State, as well as adult education costs, etc. This is the local contribution to the District over and above the EPS funding.
Dan Billings asked if the student population is declining in the last ten years by approximately 300 students, does this correspond to a similar decrease in personnel. Mr. Gray stated that he did not have that information but would provide it at a later date.

B. Annual Report Dedication – The discussion was tabled until the next meeting for Selectperson Whittlesey’s consideration.

C. 2008 Warrant for Unlicensed Dog Owners – Keepers – The Board reviewed and signed the Warrant.

Item 5: Town Manager’s Report

A. Municipal Budget – The Town Manager reported that the municipal budget discussion with the Finance Advisory Committee was continuing and that the Committee’s goal was to present a flat budget from the previous year (FY08). The Select Board scheduled a budget workshop for Tuesday, April 1st at 6 pm.

B. I295 Southbound Lane Closing Update – The Town Manager reported that she had attended a meeting in Gardiner with staff of MDOT and local municipal emergency personnel to coordinate an Incident Management Plan in preparation of the increased traffic along Route 201 when the I295 Southbound Lane closes in June. Bowdoinham’s Fire Chief, Jack Tourtelotte attended the meeting as well.C. Town Clerk receives certification through Maine Town & City Clerk’s Association (MTCCA) – The Town Manager reported that Pam Ross had completed the course work and successfully passed the exam to become Bowdoinham’s first certified Maine Town & City Clerk! The Board extended its congratulations to Pam.

D. Meals on Wheels – The Town Manager participated in the Mayors for Meals event on March 19th and helped deliver meals to fourteen Bowdoinham residents. The Manager assisted Meals on Wheels volunteers Randy and Laurie Look on their regular Wednesday route.

Item 6: Selectperson’s Request for Agenda Items for next meeting (April 8, 2008) – There were no requests for the next meeting.

Item 7: Consent Items -
A. Property Tax Supplemental Assessment:

1. David R. Light & Joelle H. LaClair, Map R04, Lot 24 - $8,100 – Tree Grow Withdrawal Penalty (4.3 acres transferred from David Light) – The Board reviewed the Tax Supplemental Assessment. Selectperson Ciembroniewicz moved to approve the Supplement, seconded by Chair Dorr. The vote was 2-0 in favor.

Item 8: Consideration of Treasurer’s Warrants #37 & #38. The Board reviewed the Treasurer’s Warrants.
Selectperson Ciembroniewicz moved to approve Treasurer’s Warrant # 37, seconded by Chair Dorr. The vote was 2-0 in favor.
Selectperson Ciembroniewicz moved to approve Treasurer’s Warrant # 38, seconded by Chair Dorr. The vote was 2-0 in favor.

Item 9: Announce Future Meetings, Workshops, Events

· March 26 @ 6:30 pm – Solid Waste Study Group
· March 27 @ 6:30 pm – Finance Advisory Committee
· April 3 @ 6:30 pm – Finance Advisory Committee
· April 8 @ 5:30 pm – Select Board regular meeting

Item 10: Adjournment – Chair Dorr adjourned the meeting at 9:10 pm.