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UPDATED: Finance Committee Hears Department Budget Requests

Lt. Leonard Bunnell is asking for a $133,000 bump over last year for the police department to fund a new officer, a full time clerk and a dedicated custodian.

A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the police department-requested increase as $1.3 million; the correct figure is $133,000. 

 

Three town department’s made their cases for increased funding for the 2013-2014 budget at Tuesday’s finance committee special meeting.

Two departments asked for modest increases – Senior and Social Services and Information Technology.

The IT department requested an additional $48,000 to take the department from a budget of $297,956 to a hoped-for $345,956.

Social Services is asking for a $8,682 increase primarily to cover additional hours for the assistant who is working 30 hours now. The increase in hours mean the social service office could be manned from 8 to 4:30, same as other town offices. And, Social Service director Kathleen Doherty-Peck said, the proposed increase in hours would not affect any labor contract; is already in the union and has been a longtime town employee.

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Doherty-Peck asked for a modest $1,122 increase for the Senior Center over the 2012-1013 budget of $188,165.

The Montville Police Department with Lt. Leonard Bunnell and Resident State Trooper Sgt. Martin Martinez making the request, asked for an $133,000 increase to fund a new police officer, a part time police officer and a full time clerk. They’d also like a dedicated custodian for the public safety building.

And, despite repeated prior statements to the contrary, Bunnell said the department would continue to fund the School Resource Officer position despite previous claims no officer was interested in the post. In January, police officer Karen Moorehead was removed from the SRO post.

Following that action, the school department created a new campus safety officer position and hired former Montville Resident State Trooper Sgt. Mike Collins for the job; Collins is a civilian.

During questioning by committee member Town Councilor Rosetta Jones, Bunnell said that the department “will bring back the SRO officer,” with Martinez quickly adding “an officer, not that officer,” referring to Moorehead. 

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jane February 28, 2013 at 11:23 AM
If the police are funding the SRO position then why did the Ed Dept hire someone? What am I reading incorrectly here?
Keith February 28, 2013 at 12:27 PM
Jane, because Lenny just keeps lying to everyone. He told boe he could not provide an Sro. He needs to go.
jane February 28, 2013 at 05:01 PM
'Bunnell said that the department “will bring back the SRO officer,” with Martinez quickly adding “an officer, not 'that' officer,” I had to chuckle when I read this. I once had a supervisor who's (sp?) advances I spurned - once, twice, and then three times was the charm. That's when he started to refer to me as 'that/the girl' when he couldn't make me miserable some other way. Some men are just little boys trying to be big boys - but they'll never measure up to a real man.
jane February 28, 2013 at 05:01 PM
'Bunnell said that the department “will bring back the SRO officer,” with Martinez quickly adding “an officer, not 'that' officer,” I had to chuckle when I read this. I once had a supervisor who's (sp?) advances I spurned - once, twice, and then three times was the charm. That's when he started to refer to me as 'that/the girl' when he couldn't make me miserable some other way. Some men are just little boys trying to be big boys - but they'll never measure up to a real man.
mrh February 28, 2013 at 05:27 PM
If the Senior and Social Services Department and the IT Department are looking for budget increase. Why do they cut from the main budget of personal that are already employed by the town. Not to be mentchend people who have been put on addminestative payed leave, have collected there pay, not to mention there benefits, and most likely there retirement. It is wrong and should not be overlooked.
Dave Bottigliere February 28, 2013 at 07:54 PM
Lets look at the big picture. Lets face it, we could approve the way the town is run both financially and productively, however, these above increases are not severe. The Town always seems to get excited over this small stuff and not dare talk education. Why did we have a $3 million surplus that was hastily spent at the end of last year in education. That might signify that the $3 million in expeditures offest some future spending requirements and that the $3 million was not all or partially needed to begin with. If we could save $3 million, $2million, or even $1 million off the already way too high education budget it may actually make a difference to the taxpayer and not any existing town services or even infringe on the educational product since it was overbudgeted to begin with. Not brain surgery, apparently just off limits in Montville, but why???
Linda February 28, 2013 at 09:15 PM
Dave , be thankful the boe planned ahead and got what was needed because of that they are requesting a zero increase this year. Had they turned the surplus over to the town lady year they would have spent it all probly on lawsuits and we would be screwed this year.
Dave Bottigliere March 01, 2013 at 02:10 PM
Linda, While I agree a requested zero increase looks good on the outside, is it still more than they need in light of having such a surplus last year? It would seem that unless they need to spend a lot more this year a surplus would then be generated this year given the same funding. Might the money be better saved or spent elsewhere given that it may not be actually needed for education? Just a thought...

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