Updated: Senior Center Construction, Scranton Memorial Library Budget On BOF Agenda

Special appropriation request relating to payout of sick and vacation time also on agenda, along with donations from Madison Foundation Neighbor 2 Neighbor. Meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18th in Room A, Town Campus.


Update: The Board of Finance agenda for Wednesday July 18th has been updated to include the following item:

  • Discuss and take action on a Special Appropriation from Facilities for $39,875.00 for construction services at the Senior Center.

"There is a need for building changes at the Senior Center," said Board of Finance Chairman Jennifer Tung. "We would love some public input on this matter."

Original story:

Scranton Memorial Library is on the agenda at the next Board of Finance meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, July 18th, at 7 p.m. in Room A at Town Campus.

"Discussion with Scranton Memorial Library regarding the changes implemented with the Town Funding increase, a facility issues update, plans for fundraising and the Town relationship agreement," the agenda says.

Scranton Memorial Library received a 2.85 percent increase in its funding for 2012-2013. The increase was the subject of intense debate during the Board of Finance budget hearings, and following the final passage of the budget at town meeting.

Also on the agenda at the upcoming meeting is a special appropriation request for $49,502 for the payout of sick and vacation time for police and town retirees. [Editor's note: This is for police and town employees, not for library employees.]

The Board of Finance also will discuss and take action on a donation of $2,000 from the Madison Foundation Neighbor 2 Neighbor program for camp scholarships, and a donation from the Madison Foundation Neighbor 2 Neighbor program for the local relief fund.

The full agenda is posted with this article as a PDF.

Charles July 16, 2012 at 09:21 AM
special appropriation request for payout of sick and cacation time for town retirees? huh? Really tired of paying for this library. shut it down if no one wants to fund it privately. maybe turn it into a high price dress shop, or a coffee shop or maybe a realtor?
Beth Crowley July 16, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Charles, the payout for sick and vacation time for town retirees are for Town of Madison employees NOT the employees of the Scranton Library. The Library has not asked the Town for a special appropriation, we were called by the BOF to appear at their meeting to give them an update on the administration of our 2012-13 budget.
Pem McNerney (Editor) July 16, 2012 at 04:46 PM
That is correct, the agenda item for sick and vacation payout is an item separate from the item about the library.
Charles July 16, 2012 at 06:51 PM
No what is "special appropriation request for payout of sick and cacation time for town retirees?" Does anyone know why retirees would need payouts for sick and vacation time????
Beth Crowley July 16, 2012 at 07:24 PM
These are the recent retirements from the Town not people who have been retired. When an employee retires they are often entitled to receive their unused personal time as a cash payout. This is time they earned during their service but didn't use prior to retirement. I am assumming the number of retirees was unexpected and therefore the payout was higher than anticipated, thus the need for a special appropriation.
Charles July 17, 2012 at 10:43 PM
There is a need for building changes at the Senior Center," said Board of Finance Chairman Jennifer Tung. What the heck is this?
Pem McNerney (Editor) July 17, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Good question, Charles, since the facility is brand new. Thanks for asking. Looking forward to hearing more myself. Will report on it as soon as I do.
Anita Bath July 18, 2012 at 11:58 AM
$39,000 more for the senior center? What's next from this place???
Diane Stadterman July 18, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Part 1 The BOF agenda that is posted on the Town web site does not say anything about the Senior Center so this response may or may not address the actual appropriation that is being considered. I believe the appropriation is to address the high noise levels in the Cafe at the new Senior Center. These funds are needed to correct an unforeseen problem that arose after construction was complete and the building was in use.
Diane Stadterman July 18, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Part 2 The explaination- 1/2 way through the project when the bids were opened and we knew that cuts or "value engineering" had to be made, we took out the wood ceiling detail in the Cafe. It turns out that this detail was not only cosmetic but acoustical as well. It is unfortunate that we this issue could not have been foreseen. As a member of the Building Committee I HATE that we have to ask for these funds. It has been a great source of pride for all of us on the Committee that we built the building under budget. It is important, however that we make this centerpiece a really useable room, not only for the Town use but as a revenue generator via rentals. Ms Tung is correct is saying that public input is welcome. I believe that when Bill McMinn outlines what is needed the public will better understand the need to make this correction in the building. As the BOS liasion to the Senior Services Commission I take great pride each month hearing about the ever increasing numbers of our Town population that are using the building and who have expressed interest in future programs at the Center. As predicted this building is becoming a "hotbed" of activity and I am proud to be a part of it. Diane Stadterman, Selectman and Co-Chair of the Senior Center-Ambulance Center Building Committee
Pem McNerney (Editor) July 18, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Thanks Diane. Appreciate the information on that and look forward to hearing more from Bill McMinn.


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