Stash, that doesn't sound right. The tax bill I just got was for the second (final) payment for FY2020. The first one came last fall, and was due Oct. 1. This one is due April 1. I don't know what they told your wife down at town hall, but unless you didn't pay the first bill (in which case, it's really overdue), all you can pay now is the second part of FY2020.
Wife just went to pay our taxes. All that can be paid is the first half??????????? Nice that the town doesn't want/need the money. We have paid the full year for ever. Never heard of any one not letting you pay a bill. Seeing they have so much now that the mill paid them for past bills, how about giving the folks that bailed the town out a refund????. Ya right.
Mik - maybe you know: Is there some standard for domain names for local governments? I thought I heard some time ago that they were supposed to use ".gov", but I notice that they seem to be all over the map -- .gov, .com, .us, and Montague currently is .net. I suppose it doesn't really matter, but is there an accepted best practice, or not?
2. Review Special Articles for fall Special Town Meeting.
The Police Department is requesting an additional $22,000 for the FY2015 Dispatch Overtime budget due to additional costs incurred filling a vacant position, to be funded from Free Cash.
• The vacancy created by a retirement last fiscal year has just been filled for the 3rd time.
• Both previous replacements quit before completion of training
• If newest employee seems to be working out by time of town meeting, requested amount will be reduced to as little as $15,000 on town meeting floor
Appropriate $12,000 to replacing or repairing the roof of the house located at 321 Miller Falls Road, to be funded from Airport Retained Earnings.
From Airport Manager Mickey Longo:
• The roof is estimated at 15-20 years old.
• The leaks are causing damage to the kitchen ceiling, back hall entrance ceiling, two bedroom ceilings sharing a common wall, and the ceiling of the hallway connecting the kitchen to a bedroom.
• I had just finished painting the entire interior of the house last fall and the leaks are staining my work.
• The roof already has two courses of shingles on it and we can't put a third one over it. It must be stripped, covered with felt paper and waterproofed at the ends of the roof. The roof is "wavey", but we are not rebuilding it. It is an old farmhouse and we just want to make it leak-proof. The roof will still have waves in it after re-shingling.
• I've discussed the job with contractors and I do not believe there is a cheaper way to fix it properly.
• The airport intends to keep the house for rental purposes until the house needs to come down due to an airport expansion, if ever (10 -15 years?) or until there is a catastrophic failure of the structure or it needs some level of work or repair which makes it unprofitable to invest in those repairs.
The DPW is requesting $10,000 to make the following repairs to the Millers Falls Library and the Carnegie Library, to be funded from Free Cash:
Work to be done:
Millers Falls Library Roof -
• power wash existing shingles
• install new shingles rear slope
• install new plumbing vent boot
• repair header over book return to fix sag
• install new 6x6 presser treated post to replace broken post and
• associated work.
Carnegie Repairs –
• to bump out on right hand side of building,
• cover over existing roof edge with flashing with new brown aluminum flashing
• seal to rubber membrane roof
• scrape prime and paint all wood trim from top of windows to new roof flashing and
• any other associated work
WPCF Lab Software
The WPCF is requesting $20,000 for lab software, to be funded from Sewer Retained Earnings.
• What makes this different in character from the S/W updates that are part of operating budget requests? The lab data program (1982) updates ceased some 10 years ago, the company went out of business, there have been no payments for support or upgrades since then for this program. Is this a NEW suite or an UPGRADE? The request is for a new program.
• Was this forecastable during the FY2015 budget cycle? We have been aware of this for a number of years, so it was forecastable during the FY 2015 budget cycle but decided to keep it going as long as possible.
• Will annual budgeting cover periodic updates to this software? Yes.
WPCF FY2015 Budget - Engineering
The WPCF is requesting $20,000 be added to the FY2015 Budget for Engineering Services, to be funded from Sewer Retained Earnings.
The WPCF is requesting $13,700 be added to the FY2015 Budget to fund the temporary employee for an additional period of time to total 1 year. The employee is not expected to take health insurance, but there is sufficient budget to cover this cost if needed. The total amount would be funded from Sewer Retained Earnings.
• The FY2015 budget appears to include — in addition to the Sup’t and Lab Tech — four Grade 5 operators, two Grade 2 laborers and a secretary @ 25 hrs/wk. Except for the secretary all were budgeted as full-time. What is this temporary employee doing that will be extended in time? We will be increasing the number of thickened sludge loads received at the WWTP, this will also increase revenue. The laborer will pick up lower level work, i.e. painting, cleaning, snow shoveling, trash etc. from other personnel to allow them more time to handle the increased number of loads.
• Is this extension of a temp position driven by a longer-term operating need or a desire to convert an "agency service" into a benefited, formal employee position? This is a possibility. Should we continue to be successful in our efforts to expand revenue generation thus covering the increase personnel wages and benefits then I will seek to convert this position to full time benefited. Should we not be successful then we would return to seasonal employment.
• If an operating need, is it likely to be permanent (and has the Selectboard endorsed the addition)? See above and no I have not discussed with the Selectboard but have with Mr. Abbondanzio.
Sewer Retained Earnings to Sewer Capital Stabilization Fund
Appropriate $100,000 to the WPCF Capital Improvement Stabilization Fund, to be funded from Sewer Retained Earnings.
Sewer Retained Earning to Reduce Sewer Rates
The WPCF is requesting to use $294,000 of Sewer Retained Earnings to reduce the FY 2015 sewer rates. This is the amount needed to level fund sewer rates for the 5th consecutive year as voted by the Board of Selectmen
TFFD Reimbursement of Medicare Revenues
Appropriate $16,084 to reimburse the Turners Falls Fire District for the portion of Medicare reimbursements received by the town that were related to the Turners Falls Fire District Retirees, to be funded from Free Cash.
3. Respond to letter from Jeanne Golrick
4. 10/29/14 Special Town Meeting - Selectmen to approve and execute draft warrant, attached hereto
5. Set next meeting date
October 22nd or 27th for items relating to the STM
November 5 for items resulting from STM
November 12th to discuss FY2016 budget cycle
6. Topics not anticipated within in the 48 hour posting requirements
If that's is a real consideration - dropping the price to $1 - that's bullshit. The developer is going to likely spend $1M or more on this project, and the cash flow will be TREMENDOUS when it comes on line. If he's putting the screws to the town over something so insignificant, that should be a deal breaker. Especially if another concession is all these oil tank shenanigans mentioned below. Time to consider tearing that building down.
the advantage to selling it for $1 is that it gets back on the tax rolls quicker. But I have no idea how long it would take to recoup the $50,000 and the costs for the oil tanks. Spending money before the developer has the variances seems foolish to me.
Yes, and it's now on the table to sell the building for $1 even though the RFP submitted was originally for $50,000. We now have to remove the oil tank and install two smaller ones at the town's expense which will go with the building. Seriously? How many more buildings are we going to sell for $1? The developer was suppose to submit that sprinkler variance a year ago and did not do so. So we basically held the building for him, paid all the expenses and are now pretty much giving it to him. This was the "upside" of closing the school.
Yes and it was also stated that the developer would like to renegotiate the price of the original RFP, which was $50,000. Buying the building for $1 is now on the table along with us removing the oil tank and replacing it with a couple smaller ones to go along with the building at our expense. $1 are you serious? How many more buildings are we going to sell for one dollar? That's two properties in a month that have been considered for $1.
I don't know but the radio reported that a tentative deal was made with the town agreeing to remove the oil tank in the Montague Center School by December 1st. The deal is dependent on financing and also about getting a variance for a smaller sprinkler system which could be a deal breaker. If the town removes the tank and the deal falls through the town will be on the tab for finding a way to heat the building this winter to keep from bursting pipes. (This is what I understood from the radio's newscast)