Litchfield Budget Committee | Meeting Summary | March 25, 2021

Litchfield Budget Committee | Meeting Summary | March 25, 2021

The Litchfield Budget Committee held a meeting at Town Hall on March 25, 2021 at 7pm.  The current members are Andrew Cutter, Keri Douglas, WIlliam Hayes, John David Son, Derek Barka, Kate Stevens, Christina Harrison (School Board Representative), and Robert Leary (Selectmen Representative).

Returning member Derek Barka and new member Kate Stevens were welcomed to the board by Mr. Cutter. 

Mrs. Nicole Fordey formally resigned from the board due to relocating out of New Hampshire.  She thanked the board for the opportunity to serve and embracing her service.  Committee members thanked Mrs. Fordey and wished her luck in her future endeavors. 

  • Committee Elections
    • Chair – Andrew Cutter
    • Vice Chair – John David Son
  • Volunteers positions were assigned as follows:
    • Representative to School Board Facilities Improvement Committee – John David Son
    • Representative to Select Board Capital Planning Committee – Andrew Cutter
    • Social Media Archivist – Kate Stevens

The Budget Committee Meeting Minutes of January 7, 2021, and January 14, 2021 were each approved.

  • Town Business Report provided by Mr. Leary
    • Town is ramping up for the yearly cycle
    • New roof for transfer station
  • School Business Report provided by Mrs. Harrison
    • Elizabeth MacDonald was re-elected to the School Board
    • Heidi Ames was elected as a new member
    • Mrs. Harrison was elected as Chair of the School Board
    • Brian Bourque was elected as Vice Chair of the School Board
    • A district-wide five year construction plan was approved by the School Board.  Work includes ventilation repairs/updates and plans to work toward a new elementary school.
    • A Construction Manager contract for the LMS Renovation Project was approved by the School Board.  Work focuses on energy efficiency in the form of a new roof, new windows, and ventilation updates.  Funds are available for the project.

Member Input / New Business –

Town Meeting 2021 results were discussed.  It was noted that only one of two Technical Integrators for the School district were approved. The first one only passed by 13 votes. Funds for the study, planning, and cost of new construction or renovation of existing facilities were strongly approved.

Improvements to the budget review process were discussed for the upcoming year, though no decisions on any changes were made. 

Mr. Cutter commented that he extended an invitation to Mr. Taylor to fill the current vacancy and rejoin the Budget Committee.  Mr. Son commented that he is pleased Mr. Taylor is interested and he brought good thought and discussion to meetings.  Mr. Hayes and Mr. Leary agreed. 

Budget Committee member training through NHMA was discussed and more information is forthcoming.

  • Public Input –
    • Chief Ben Sargent of the LPD expressed thanks to Committee members for support of town department heads during the budget process.
    • Scott Taylor expressed interest in filling the Budget Committee vacancy.

Meeting adjourned at 7:42pm.

Next Budget Committee meeting is Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 7pm.


Residents are encouraged to attend Budget Committee meetings by webex or phone.  Remote attendance information can be found on meeting agendas posted to the Town’s webpage.  Public input is also invited via email to Andrew Cutter at acutter@litchfieldnh.gov. Emails must include the commenter’s first and last name and address. 

As a reminder, Budget Committee responses to posts on social media are not permitted.  Past meetings can be viewed on the LitchfieldTV Youtube channel.

Budget Committee | Meeting Summary | 1/7/21

Budget Committee | Meeting Summary | 1/7/21

The Litchfield Budget Committee met tonight (1/7/21) and all members were in attendance.

Mr. Cutter shared correspondence which included updated school district budgets, library correspondence, weekly town budget reports, draft minutes, draft budget hearing PowerPoint, and budget hearing planning session agenda and format.

December 10th and 17th meetings were approved by the committee.   


Reports

Mrs. Varick from the town library asked for an additional $7,905 to the town library budget, specifically for costs associated with heating oil and health benefits, bring the total library budget to $305,453.  The committee voted to add the additional funds back to the budget. 

-Request from Zoning board to restore $700 to the budget.  There was no motion to add the dollars.

-Town Bottom Line Voting – $7,203,793.  The committee voted to approve the bottom line budget as presented.

-Town Warrant Article Voting:
            -Article #3 – Police Contract – recommended 8-1-0
            -Article #4 – Town Clerk – not recommended 4-5-0
            -Article #5 – Health Services – recommended 8-1-0
            -Article #6 – Road Improvements – recommended 8-1-0
            -Article #7 – Plow Truck Purchase – recommended 7-2-0
            -Article #8 – Property Revaluation – recommended 8-1-0
            -Article #9 – Health and Dental Care – not recommended 4-5-0
            -Article #10 – Fire Station Bond – recommended 9-0-0

-School Bottom Line Voting – $23,715,016.  The committee voted to approve the bottom line budget as presented.  

-School Warrant Article Voting:
            -Article #1 – School Budget – recommended 8-1-0
            -Article #2 – Tech Integrator – not recommended 4-5-0
            -Article #3 – Tech Integrator – not recommended 4-5-0
            -Article #4 – Capital Improvement – recommended 7-2-0

-Budget Hearing Preparation – Chairman Cutter explained the process for January 14th Budget Hearing, which will be fully remote. 

Member Input / New Business:

– Mr. Taylor asked for the school to provide an update on how much of last year’s budget was returned to the town and how much was encumbered. 

-Dr. Jette spoke about warrant articles 2 and 3 and the school district and board process in having the Tech Integrator positions brought forward via warrant articles. 

The next Budget Committee meeting is the Budget Hearing scheduled for January 14th at 7pm.  This meeting will be virtual, and notices have been made available to the public via local media outlets and the town website. 

As a reminder, Budget Committee responses to posts on social media are not permitted.

Public Notice | Budget Hearing for 2021 Town & School Budgets

Public Notice | Budget Hearing for 2021 Town & School Budgets

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
LITCHFIELD BUDGET COMMITTEE 
2021 TOWN & SCHOOL BUDGETS / WARRANT ARTICLES

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Litchfield Budget Committee will hold a virtual public hearing on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. to receive public input on the proposed 2021 town and school budgets. The hearing will be broadcast live on Litchfield TV and Youtube channels. Public comments can be made via WebEx, by phone or email.

Please contact Troy Brown, Town Administrator at Tbrown@Litchfieldnh.gov, or 603.424.4046 ext 1250 for questions or more information. Litchfield Budget Committee Chairman Andrew Cutter can also be contacted at acutter@lithfieldnh.gov.

If you attempt to access the hearing and are unable to do so send an email to Tbrown@Litchfieldnh.gov or call 603.424.4046 ext 1250. 

Join by phone
(US toll) +1 650-215-5226 (access code: 1756598556)

Join by computer
https://litchfield.my.webex.com/litchfield.my/j.php?MTID=m9f11fe09f3e64b68d1416c56be82c2bf
(ID: 1756598556, password: F6gZZ3pp)

Following the close of the hearings, the Budget Committee will discuss and take action on proposed budgets and warrant articles.

Budget Committee | Meeting Summary | 12/10/20

The Litchfield Budget Committee met tonight (12/10/20) and all members were in attendance.

Mr. Cutter shared correspondence which included scope of December 17th meeting, town budget report, amended minutes, and correspondence and questions between the committee and school district officials.

November 19th minutes were approved and December 3rd meetings were deferred to the next meeting.

Prior to voting, the school district principals provided updates on their budgets and explained how they addressed proposed cuts from the last meeting.  

School Budget Review Process:

-The following accounts were reviewed by committee members and voted on by the committee members. 

-HR / Salary & Benefits
-Bottom Line Voting

-A total of $551,318.50 was reduced by the budget committee to the full school district budget over the last two weeks of voting.

-Mr. Leary shared the board of selectmen are meeting next week to review warrant articles for review.

Member Input / New Business:

The next Budget Committee meeting is scheduled for December 17th to review warrant articles from the town and school. A formal agenda will be provided as soon as it is finalized.

As a reminder, Budget Committee responses to posts on social media are not permitted.