Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Tuesday night’s Town Council workshop was more entertaining than usual.  There were six councilors, five members of the School Department and the Superintendent of School and five members of the Finance Committee.

The first item on the agenda was the Treasurer’s Salary discussion.  The Town Manager recommended at the last Town Council meeting the salary should be $7,800.00.  There were a few members of the council that night that did not understand why this salary was so high so they moved it to a workshop.  During the discussion, there was no more information provided because the Town Manager repeated what she had said at the meeting.  At the end of the discussion the salary remained the same.  However, no vote can be taken in a workshop so at the next council meeting, the council will vote on the Treasurer’s Salary of $7,800.00.

The next item was what the direction should be for the Finance Committee.  There were several comments about splitting the Finance Committee into a sub-committee of three members with one sub-committee taking the School Budget and the other taking the Municipal Budget.  There was a small discussion as to why the minutes of the Finance Committee are not posted to the town website.  At the end of this discussion, all past and future minutes of the Finance Committee will be posted to the town website.  After about one hour the Chairwoman came up with some goals for the Finance Committee.  They are as follows:

1. Review policies for the Town Manager for both the School and Municipal.
2. Review monthly Financial Statements for both the School and Municipal.
3. Establish both a schedule and deadlines for the School and Municipal.
4. Present finding on both the School and Municipal to the Town Council.

Larry Fillmore


  1. When the Finance Committee was established 4/5 years ago the Powers and Duties were clearly defined.
    Here it is 4/5 years later and the Finance Committee is still in the dark as to what their Powers and Duties
    You have to remember that the Finance Committee was the brain child of former Town Manager Steve Eldridge. It is made up of mostly former town council members hand by the past and present town council, and not by the voters.

  2. This is what you call slimy politics.