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Live Video – Town Council Meeting 1/11/2016

The January 11, 2016 regular meeting of the Stratford Town Council will (hopefully) be streamed here beginning at 8:00 pm. It is possible that the stream will not go live due to technical difficulties streaming from Council chambers. Apologies in advance if that’s the case.

Live Video – Town Council Public Forum 1/11/2016

The January 11, 2016 public forum before the Stratford Town Council will (hopefully) be streamed here beginning at 6:45 pm. It is possible that the stream will not go live due to technical difficulties streaming from Council chambers. Apologies in advance if that’s the case.

The Salary Survey Behind the FY2015 Non-Union Pay Raises

When several town administrators were given raises as part of the FY2015 budget (which had a year-end operating deficit of $2.2 million), the Harkins administration cited a comprehensive salary study as the basis for those raises. I requested a copy of that study and any supporting documentation. This is what I was provided. Notably absent from this data is the study for the Registrar of Voters and Economic Development office.

Comprehensive Annual Financial Report – 2015

The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for FY 2015 (the budget year that ran from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015) has been posted on the Town website here and is available on Open Stratford here. The report was completed on December 30, 2015 and provided to members of the Town Council on January 6, 2016.

Here is one of the key quotes from the report that appears on page vii.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015, on a budgetary basis, General Fund revenues total $203.3 million while expenditures totaled $205.5 million. The result was a year-end operating deficit of $2.2 million.

The main driver of the estimated revenue deficit was a negative variance of $4.5 million in gain on sale due to the WPCA sale that did not occur. The Town had a negative revenue variance of approximately $733 thousand in intergovernmental revenues. Property taxes had a positive revenue variance of $1.7 million which was the result of an increase in arrears collections. There was a positive variance in transfer in of $2.5 million due to the transfer from the debt service fund.

The estimated $1.3 million negative expenditure variance includes Human resources and Town Attorney negative expenditure variances of $193 thousand and $200 thousand due to bargaining contracts and WPCA legal matters. Overall employee benefits had a negative variance of $2.171 million, which was largely offset by the revenue transfer in of $2.5 million from the debt service fund.

List of Town Employees with Take Home Vehicles

Courtesy of Town Council Chair Beth Daponte and Acting CAO Larry Cicacareli: the Town Employees with take home cars list.

From: Catherine Hausmann <chausmann@townofstratford.com>
Date: Tue, Jan 5, 2016 at 3:21 PM
Subject: Take Home Vehicle List
To: B Daponte <bdaponte@gmail.com>, lciccarelli@townofstratford.com

Beth,

Larry has asked that I send over the list of the take home vehicles – please let me know if there is anything else you need.

Name Department Position
Mayor Harkins Mayor Mayor
CAO Chief Administrative Officer
Karen Kaiser Econ. Devel. Director of Economic Development
Brian Donovan Building Building Official
Mike Loiz EMS EMS/Dispatch Director
Chief McGrath Fire Dept. Fire Chief
Deputy Chief Gottfried Fire Dept. Deputy Fire Chief
Deputy Chief Lampart Fire Dept. Deputy Fire Chief
Deputy Fire Marshal Daniel Fire Dept. Deputy Fire Marshal
Deputy Fire Marshal Minton Fire Dept. Deputy Fire Marshal
Capt. Atkinson Fire Dept. Training Captain
Chief Ridenhour Police Dept. Police Chief
Deputy Chief McNeil Police Dept. Deputy Police Chief
Capt. DosSantos Police Dept. Police Captain
Officer T. Clements Police Dept. Police Officer
Officer C. Goode Police Dept. Police Officer
Officer R. Crosby Police Dept. Police Officer
Maurice McCarthy Public Works Director of Public Works
Daniel Wakeling Public Works Superintendent of Building Maintenance
Tina Batoh Public Works Environmental Conservation Administrator
Thomas Albert Public Works Highway Superintendent
Chad Esposito Public Works Parks Superintendent
Raynae Serra Public Works Operations Coordinator
Gary Catalano Public Works Superintendent of Refuse & Town Garage
Peter Stallings Public Works Superintendent of WPCA
Caroline Hamilla Public Works Process Control Supervisor
John Casey Public Works Town Engineer

Thank you,

Catherine Hausmann

Administrative Assistant to

Chief Administrative Officer

Town of Stratford

2725 Main Street

Stratford, CT 06615

P: 203-381-6941

C: 475-422-1325

Live Video – Town Council Budget Workshop 1/7/2016

Tuesday’s live stream of the budget workshop worked well enough. My apologies for my less than stellar skills as a videographer and the imperfect audio, but it’s better than nothing. The video of the 1/5/2016 budget workshop is available here. The 1/5/2016 public forum is available here. If everything works again, you should be able to watch tonight’s meeting live as well. Just click below to watch the Thursday, January 7th, 2016 special meeting of the Stratford Town Council.

Live Video – Town Council Public Forum 1/7/2016

Click below to watch the Thursday, January 7th, 2016 public forum before the special meeting of the Stratford Town Council. Please note that I may be a few minutes late as I will be coming from work.

Agenda for Jan. 11, 2016 Meeting of Town Council

The agenda for the January 11, 2016 regular meeting of the Town Council is available here.

Live Video – Town Council Budget Workshop 1/5/2016

There may be a few technical difficulties to work out, but Open Stratford will attempt to live stream the January 5, 2015 special meeting of the Stratford Town Council. The live stream can be watched by clicking below after 5:30 pm (I hope).

Updated Revenue and Expenditures

Below are the Town’s updated revenue and expenditures by line item for the general fund and enterprise funds through December 2015, courtesy of 7th District Councilor Mitzi Antezzo and Finance Director Susan Collier.

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