Finance Committee Minutes
Bellingham Municipal Center
Monday, November 24, 2014
1. FinCom Present: Matthew J. Fernandes, John Allam, Raymond Szczepan, Judith Cibelli, Joseph Collamati.
2. FinCom Absent: Alexander J. Elliott, Sean Coyle.
3. Meeting called to order: 7:00 p.m.
4. PREPARE FINANCE COMMITTEE BUDGET - must be submitted to Town Administrator by 12/19/2014.
FY16 Policy Statement from Board of Selectmen.
The committee discussed increasing the Clerk's stipend by the same amount/percentage as the employees of the town. Toni Picariello will contact the CFO to get that figure, revise the budget and submit it to the Board of Selectmen.
Joseph Collamati/Judith Cibelli motion to submit the Finance Committee Budget as listed below. Vote: 5/0
Office Supplies 125.00
5. NEW BUSINESS:
- Letter from Superintendant Fitzpatrick (BVT) to Denis Fraine, dated 11/3/2014 re: October 1st enrollment (Bellingham has 103 students, an increase of 14 from 2013).
b. M.G.L. c.44, §53E 1/2 - Revolving Funds
Toni Picariello explained that in the past the Finance Committee had included the breakdown (revenues & expenses) and balances for each revolving fund that was listed in the Town Meeting Warrant in the Recommendations of the Finance Committee booklet for Town Meeting. She believed that it should continue. John Allam disagreed and checked with the CFO who informed him that the accounting of the revolving funds were included in the Town's Annual Report.
c. Finance Committee Statement for Annual Report - Due 12/19/2014
John Allam will prepare the Statement and email the committee for review.
d. 2014 Finance Committee Handbook - Toni Picariello passed out the CD to all members that she got from the MMA.
e. Joseph Collamati informed the committee that he visited the new police station and noticed that there was no heat in the attic to protect the sprinkler system from freezing in the winter. He wants to know how it is going to be corrected.
f. If there is not business and/or mail to be discussed, the Committee will not be meeting in December. Toni Picariello will check for mail and issues and if none, will cancel the December's meeting.
a. Toni's stipend (July - November, 2014; $1,537.50)
Joseph Collamati/Raymond Szczepan motion to pay the Clerk's stipend from July 1, 2014 to November 30, 2014 in the amount of $1,537.50. Vote: 5/0
b. Alternative Printing ($282.00)
Joseph Collamati/Raymond Szczepan motion to pay Alternative Printing for the October Town Meeting Booklet in the amount of $282.00. Vote: 5/0.
August 18, 2014 (Sean Coyle, Judith Cibelli, Matthew J. Fernandes)
Raymond Szczepan/Joseph Collamati motion to accept the August 18, 2014 Minutes. Vote: 3/0/2 abstained (Judith Cibelli & Matthew J. Fernandes abstained as they were not at the meeting.
September 8, 2014 (Sean Coyle, Alexander J. Elliott)
Raymond Szczepan/Judith Cibelli motion to accept the September 8, 2014 minutes. Vote: 5/0
September 15, 2014
Raymond Szczepan/Matthew J. Fernandes motion to accept the September 15, 2014 minutes. Vote: 5/0.
September 22, 2014 (Judith Cibelli, Matthew J. Fernandes)
Raymond Szczepan/Joseph Collamati motion to accept the September 22, 2014 minutes. Vote: 3/0/2 (Judith Cibelli and Matthew J. Fernandes abstained as they were not at the meeting)
October 8, 2014 (Joseph Collamati)
Raymond Szczepan/Judith Cibelli motion to accept the October 8, 2014 minutes. Vote: 4/0/1 (Joseph Collamati abstained as he was not at the meeting)
Adjourned: Raymond Szczepan/Joseph Collamati motion to adjourn. Vote: 5/0. 7:41 p.m.
(Accepted: February 23, 2015)