Commonwealth of Massachusetts
County of Dukes County
Advisory Board on County Expenditures
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
9 Airport Road, Edgartown, MA 02539
Advisory Board: Arthur Smadbeck (Edgartown – 35.96%), Jeff Kristal (Tisbury – 14.86%), Skipper Manter (West Tisbury – 14.20%)
County Commissioners: Melinda Loberg, Tom Hallahan, Lenny Jason, Carlene Gatting
County Staff: Russell H. Smith – County Manager, Martina Thornton – Ex. Assistant, Noreen Mavro Flanders – County Treasurer, Sarah Kuh – Director of Vineyard Health Care Access Program, T.J. Hegarty – Director of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program, Diane Powers – Register of Deeds
*Others: Tad Crawford, Deny Wortman *, Steve Myrick – MV Times
Meeting was called to order at 3:05 PM
Noreen presented the CAB with the requested transfers (see attached). Skipper questioned the transfer under Courthouse. Noreen explained it was a buy back of vacation from prior years.
Skipper/Jeff moved to approve the transfers. All in favor.
- Oak Bluffs non-approval of IPM warrant article
Russell said that since Oak Bluffs did not approve to fund their portion of the IPM program we will not provide service for the town and discounted price to individuals in Oak Bluffs. Skipper noted that Oak Bluffs paid part of the 20% county portion and benefit from portion of the revenue going to general fund. Lenny said that if they are not part of the program they don’t get the service or benefit of the revenue. Noreen explained that the IPM revenue offsets the IPM expense only. T.J. said he will pull all his equipment from all the town sites (dog pound, recycling center, school IPM program). He would continue to service the individuals and Eastville beach. He tried to contact Oak Bluffs official since December to talk about his program and funding with no response. The mosquito trapping program started today and Oak Bluffs is not part of
that program either. Russell said that as it is a non-mandated program, if the town does not want to be part of it they don’t have to (same as in Council on Governments model). Art suggested that the County Commissioners figure out how they will handle the shortfall in FY2012 budget and how to handle similar situations later. T.J. said that there will be money coming for the mosquito trapping program and he could increase the revenue by $2,500. Total Oak Bluffs shortfall is $5,700. Jeff asked if it will not be more as some individuals from Oak Bluffs might not use his service if it is not discounted anymore. Art asked if there will be a reduction in expenses since T.J. will not service Oak Bluffs. T.J. said no - the mosquito program will take up 10 hours per week for 10 weeks, which is more than the time spent on servicing Oak Bluffs customers. Skipper said that there needs to be an action before July 1, 2011 in order to not have an unbalanced budget.
Jeff/Skipper moved to balance the budget as temporary measure by increasing IPM revenue by $2,500 to $27,500 and take $3,200 from the surplus to cover the shortfall in the IPM FY2012 budget. All in favor.
Jeff asked for separate line items in the budget for mosquito and pest management. T.J. agreed.
Skipper/Jeff moved to adjourn the meeting at 3:32 p.m. All in favor.
Respectfully Submitted by:
JOSEPH E. SOLLITTO JR., Clerk of the Courts
Documents presented at the meeting and part of the official records:
- Transfer sheets
- Revenue report