The Budget Committee met this evening and the following was reviewed:
Acceptance of 4/18 meeting minutes. Pass 5-2-0
Fire Station IT & overall project expense summaries were provided
School District Business Administrator reports for April and May were received
64% of operating budget has been expended YTD
Town audit is near completion with final/formal results expected in September
All planned highway paving projects are now complete
Tax bills will be sent out this week (SORRY FOR THE BAD NEWS!)
The Fire Chief applied and received a 40k grant for equipment and furniture for our new emergency response center in the new fire station
The Budget Committee confirmed a five year First Student contract is now in place. New buses will be rolling throughout town for the next school year. The new buses will all be equipped with internal and external cameras, which will hopefully deter and catch any stop sign runners.
School enrollment currently stands at 1,321 students.
A new LEA negotiated contract is complete with the School Board. The contract is under review currently with the LEA.
End of year fund projection is currently at 487k. The school board is planning ~197k in encumbrances. The list has not been voted on or finalized at this stage.
Member Input/New Business
Next Budget Committee meeting will be on 6/27. This meeting will largely be focused on NHMA training – This is an open session and all are welcome to attend. At the conclusion of the training, an abbreviated Budget Committee meeting will be held.
Mr. Cutter’s analysis of the school budget was also reviewed. Mr. Cutter commented that he felt the school budget for next year was 1MM higher than needed and the town budget is 300-500k higher than needed – based upon actual spend and historical account based trending. Refer to information shared with the community under the 4/18 Meeting Summary.
The School Board desires to establish a Capital Planning Committee to specifically put together a 3 to 5year building plan. The Budget Committee discussed if one member would be involved, as per the School Board request. This will be decided at the 6/27 meeting.
Note: Any public comments or questions can be addressed to the Budget Committee during the 6/27 public meeting. Budget Committee responses to questions are not permitted via social media.
As shared by Andrew Cutter via Facebook on 5/23/2019.
Town of Litchfield PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE Adoption of Town Flag
The Litchfield Board of Selectmen will conduct a public hearing on Monday, April 22, 2019 at 6:00pm at the Town Office Meeting Room, 2 Liberty Way, Litchfield, NH to discuss adopting the official Town Flag. Residents wishing to speak on this matter are invited to attend or send comments to: Tbrown@Litchfieldnh.gov or Town of Litchfield, Troy Brown, Town Administrator, 2 Liberty Way, Litchfield, NH 03052.
New Hampshire the Beautiful awarded the Town of Litchfield $5,000 towards the purchase of a skid steer. After trade-in and grant reduction the $35,389 skid steer cost $18,389.00. 100% of funding appropriated from the Recycling Revolving Fund.
Due to increased disposal cost of certain items at the Transfer / Recycling Facility and some general Town Clerk updates; The Town Administrator recommended amending the Town Fee Schedule. A Public Hearing will be held Monday, April 8, 2019 at 6pm for citizen input.
NH Department of Health and Human Services is hosting Southern NH PFAS Community Health Fair Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 5pm to 8pm at Merrimack High School Cafetorium. The purpose is for the general public to meet with health officials and community partners to discuss concerns about the potential health effects of PFAS.
Stonyfield 5k / Millennium Running will be hosting a 5k road race on Sunday, April 20th at 10am. Race will start and end at the West Road Soccer Fields in Londonderry. Runners will travel down Hillcrest Road, Rookery and Tanager. Residents will be notified by the event organizers and Litchfield and Londonderry Police Officers will assist with traffic details.
Notes and Upcoming Meetings
PFAS Community Health Fair – April 3rd at Merrimack High School 5 to 8pm
The BC met last night @ 7PM and the following actions were taken and points discussed:
Welcome to members. Mrs. Douglas was nominated as chair in a 6-1-2 vote. Mr. Cutter was nominated as vice chair in a 7-0-2 vote
During Public Input, an inquiry was made on the failed teacher contract and better understanding why previous no vote BC members made that decision and what would help sway their votes to yes
Town Update as presented by Selectman Leary and Selectman Lemire
Unanticipated water and fuel costs at new FD for the first part of this year
Temporary heating in place at Talent Hall. New heating system being planned for summer installation
New Police Officer was hired
The BOS has not had discussion regarding the future state of the current FD
School Update as presented by Representative Meyers
ALICE Training has been completed
Homeland Security review and plans underway for new entrance at LMS
Election Results were reviewed by the BC
The budget calendar was presented by the Chair. The Committee to finalize the anticipated review/voting dates at next meeting
The BC bylaws were reviewed by the committee. Annual acceptance of the bylaws is scheduled for the next meeting
The BC discussed social media posts and process. Mr. Cutter was selected to post BC updates through the LitchfieldNH FB page and then share it with the What’s Up FB page. Commentary is welcome on all posts, however, specific questions to the BC will be addressed at our next scheduled meeting. Anyone is also welcome to send inquires to the BC at BudComm@litchfieldnh.gov. (As the process to post on the LitchfieldNH page needs to be ironed out, this post will be directly made to the Whats Up page)
Mr. Cutter presented an overview of town related budget vs actual expenses from 2004 through present. The committee will review and Mr. Cutter will share a school overview at the next scheduled meeting
The next BC meeting will be on April 18, 2019
As shared by Andrew Cutter via Facebook on 3/29/2019.