Litchfield Budget Committee | Meeting Summary | Oct 13, 2022

The Litchfield Budget Committee held a meeting at Town Hall on October 13th at 7pm.  Members in attendance were John David Son (Chair), Kate Stevens (Vice Chair; attend remotely), Keri Douglas, William Hayes, Derek Barka, Scott Taylor, Brian Bourque, Tara Herschberger (School Board Representative), and Robert Leary (Selectmen Representative). Also in attendance were Kim Kleiner, Town Administrator; Karen White, Finance Director; John Brunelle, IT Director; Donna Ferguson, Library Chair; Ruth Ellen Whitney, Library Treasurer; Jeff Blackwell, Building Inspector; Michael French, Interim Police Administrator; Captain Thomas Scotti of the Police Department

Public Input

There was no public input.

The following department budgets were reviewed at this meeting:

  • 4241.20 – Code Enforcement
  • 4411.10 – Health Department
  • 4210.10 – Police Administration
  • 4210.40 – Police Support Services
  • 4414.10 – Animal Control
  • 4550.20 – Library
  • 4220.90 – Fire Hydrants
  • 4290.10 – Emergency Management
  • 4415.10 – Health Agencies
  • 4196.90 – Insurance
  • 4155.10 – Personnel Administration
  • 4197.10 – Advertising & Regional Associations
  • Preliminary Revenue Estimates
  • Preliminary Default Budget Calculation
  • Preliminary Tax Cap Calculation

Business Discussions

The Town 2023 Budget is currently $244,193 over the tax cap, or $419,193 (5.5%) more than the 2022 Budget. The committee will begin voting on each Town department budget on October 20th.

Residents are encouraged to attend Budget Committee meetings in person at Town Hall unless otherwise stated.  Public input is also invited before meetings via email to Chair John David Son at json@litchfieldnh.gov.  Emails must include the commenter’s first and last name and address for the meeting minutes. 

As a reminder, Budget Committee responses to posts on social media are limited.  Past meeting minutes and videos can be found here.

Litchfield Budget Committee | Meeting Summary | Oct 6, 2022

The Litchfield Budget Committee held a meeting at Town Hall on October 6th at 7pm.  Members in attendance were John David Son (Chair), Kate Stevens (Vice Chair), Keri Douglas, William Hayes, Derek Barka, Scott Taylor, Brian Bourque, Tara Herschberger (School Board Representative), and Robert Leary (Selectmen Representative). Also in attendance were Kim Kleiner, Town Administrator; Karen White, Finance Director; John Brunelle, IT Director; Jayson Brennen, Conservation Commission; Diane Plansky, Conservation Commission; Steve Gannon, Rec Commission; Deputy Chief Doug Nicoll; and Chief Frank Fraitzl of the Fire Department.

Public Input

There was no public input.

The following department budgets were reviewed at this meeting:

  • 4520.10 – Parks and Recreation
  • 4220.10 – Fire Department
  • 4215.10 – Ambulance
  • 4215.10 – Planning Board
  • 4191.30 – Zoning Board
  • 4195.10 – Cemetaries
  • 4411.20 – Mosquito District
  • 4194.10 – General Government Buildings
  • 4150.20 – Information Technology
  • 4611.20 – Conservation Commission

Business Discussions

The Town 2023 Budget is currently $238,828 over the tax cap, or $413,828 more than the 2022 Budget. More detailed information regarding health insurance and benefit costs to come in the following week. The Budget Committee continues to discuss its roles and relationships with the Board of Selectmen and School Board. The committee will begin voting on each Town department budget on October 20th.

Residents are encouraged to attend Budget Committee meetings in person at Town Hall unless otherwise stated.  Public input is also invited before meetings via email to Chair John David Son at json@litchfieldnh.gov.  Emails must include the commenter’s first and last name and address for the meeting minutes. 

As a reminder, Budget Committee responses to posts on social media are limited.  Past meetings can be viewed on the LitchfieldTV Youtube channel.

Litchfield HALLOWEEN Schedule

Litchfield Halloween Schedule – Oct 31 6 pm to 8 pm

TRICK-OR-TREAT IN LITCHFIELD WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2022 FROM 6 PM TO 8 PM.

HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS

  • Walk Safely
  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right, and left again when crossing, and keep looking as you cross.
  • Put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
  • Join kids under age 12 for trick-or-treating. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, tell them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Costumes for a Safe Halloween

  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  • Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  • When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

Drive Extra Safely on Halloween

  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited about Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians, and on curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  • Get rid of any distractions – like your phone – in your car, so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right, and left again when crossing, and keep looking as you cross..

Litchfield Budget Committee | Meeting Summary | Sept 29, 2022

The Litchfield Budget Committee held a meeting at Town Hall on September 29 at 7pm.  Members in attendance were Kate Stevens (Vice Chair), Keri Douglas, William Hayes, Derek Barka, Scott Taylor, Brian Bourque, Tara Herschberger (School Board Representative), and Robert Leary (Selectmen Representative). Chair John David Son was absent. Also in attendance were Town Finance Director Karen White, Town Clerk and Tax Collector Theresa Briand, Road Agent Kevin Brown.

Public Input

There was no public input.

The following department budgets were reviewed at this meeting:

  • 4130.30 – Town Meeting
  • 4140.10 – Town Clerk
  • 4150.40 – Tax Collection
  • 4321.10 – Sanitation Administration
  • 4311.10 – Road Agent
  • 4312.10- Road Maintenance
  • 4316.30 -Street Lighting
  • 4150.10 – Accounting
  • 4152.10 – Revaluation of Property
  • 4130.10 – Board of Selectmen
  • 4153.10 – Legal Expenses
  • 4445.20 – Welfare Vendor Payments
  • 4583.10 – Patriotic Purposes
  • 4723.10 – Debt Services

Residents are encouraged to attend Budget Committee meetings in person at Town Hall unless otherwise stated.  Public input is also invited before meetings via email to Chair John David Son at json@litchfieldnh.gov.  Emails must include the commenter’s first and last name and address for the meeting minutes. 

As a reminder, Budget Committee responses to posts on social media are limited.  Past meetings can be viewed on the LitchfieldTV Youtube channel.