Finance Committee Q & A meeting
by Bill Tobin 5/1/12
The Finance Committee met on Tuesday to respond to questions regarding the warrant for the Town Meeting on Monday May 7.
The agenda was dedicated to Q & A.
The agenda for the May 1st Finance Committee meeting was dedicated to a question and answer session to help residents prepare for the upcoming Town Meeting on Monday, May 7th. They anticipated a roomful of interested town folk.
The room was basically empty. Keith Buday was on hand to help the FinCom answer school budget related questions and there was one. Carmen Chiango asked why the gymnasium floor in the Adams Middle School was being replaced now and was not done when the building was renovated in 2000? Keith explained that the original floor installed circa 1950 was ok when the building was overhauled. The floor is a wooden parquet tile type floor that is now declared to be a safety issue. If not replaced now, the gym could no longer be used as a gymnasium. There is asbestos in the flooring that must be removed including under the bleachers, very costly.
A question was raised as to why the town can not be run like a business and make decisions on the pension and health plans. The answer is that municipalities are not like a business, and can not control these issues as they are mandated by state authorities. Town supervisors can not determine the increase or decreases of employees based on merit as a business can do.
The meeting was on HCAT, and the committee decided take a 30 minute break to give any resident watching the meeting a chance to come to the town hall to ask questions. No one came during the break so they adjourned the meeting.
You had your chance and you missed it. See you at Town Meeting on the 7th.