CAPITAL FACILITIES PLANNING & BUDGETING COMMITTEE
Thursday, October 6, 2011, Tracy Hall - Multipurpose Room
Members Present: Ed Childs, Neil Fulton, Tom Gray, Evan Pierce, Barry Rotman
Members Absent: John Lawe, Tom Sterling, Bob White
Secretary: Nancy Kramer Others: Steve Flanders @ 9:08 am
Tom Gray, Chair, called the meeting to order at 8:01 am.
1. Review of Agenda. After minimal discussion the agenda was left as is.
2. Public Comments. None.
3. Discussion of Possible Agway Property Purchase and Public Forum. Rotman expressed
concerns regarding moving forward with this process without fully vetting improving current
facilities. Rotman moved (2nd Pierce) that the Committee slow down the Agway process
and do an analysis of existing facilities. Motion was later withdrawn. The Committee
discussed that schematic designs for improving existing Fire/Police facilities on Firehouse Lane
have not been done and that potential costs for that work are just estimates. Fulton has been
working on bond costs for Agway because of the need to develop information quickly if the
question of the Agway purchase were to be put before the voters at the March, 2012 Town
Meeting. The Committee agreed that a detailed comparison of the two options is important and
necessary. Affordable housing and the Committee history were briefly discussed. After some
further discussion regarding the poor economy and also resulting very low bond rates for
municipalities, Fulton agreed to “flesh out” needs analysis spreadsheets for Fire/Police and do a
sensitivity analysis. The proposed timeline for relocation of Police and Fire facilities to the Agway
property (198 Church Street) was discussed. A question was raised as to the Committee’s role
with respect to the Selectboard. It was agreed that the Committee would make a
recommendation to the Selectboard, but that it is ultimately a Selectboard decision whether to go
forward with the project. Fulton does not know whether the project is economically or functionally
feasible. Pierce indicated that the current tax rate for the schools may be going up, as Dresden
has asked for an increase.
4. Continue Review of Reserve Funds. The Committee reviewed an updated Public Works
Buildings and Grounds Equipment Replacement Schedule and briefly talked about the Fire
Department vehicle fund deficits. The Town Pool fund was then discussed. Fulton said it is
reasonable to expect a 90 percent reimbursement from FEMA. The plan now is to rebuild the
pool. Fulton will work on specific numbers for the Committee. It was also mentioned that there
will probably be an article on the March Town Meeting warning to cover the Town’s 10% share of
costs from Irene.
5. Review Tentative Meeting Schedule. 6. Discussion of Agenda for Next Meeting.
It was agreed that the Committee would meet at 8:00 am October 13th with pretty much the same
agenda. Rotman requested a copy of the PowerPoint presentation that Fire Chief Steve Leinoff
had done for the August 25th meeting to sketch out how police and fire facilities on Firehouse
Lane could be modified to meet the two departments’ needs.
7. Review Minutes. Pierce moved (2nd Fulton) to adopt the September 29, 2011 minutes.
8. Adjourn. The meeting adjourned at 9:11 am.
Approved by the Committee October 13, 2011.
Nancy Kramer, Secretary
Future Meetings: Thursday, October 13, 2011, 8:00 am