BRIGHTLINGSEA TOWN COUNCIL
FINANCE COMMITTEE

Minutes of the Meeting held at the Parish Hall, Victoria Place, Brightlingsea on Thursday 24th October 2012 at 7.30 pm

Present:
Councillors
I Block (Chairman)
J Chapman (Vice Chairman)
D Dixon, A Goggin, J Russell,
G Steady and K Yallop

Also in Attendance:
Tracey Pulford- Town Clerk/RFO
Councillor V Chapman
    
F.032. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE: None received.

F.033. CONFIRMATION OF THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON THE 27TH SEPTEMBER 2012 RECEIVED BY COUNCIL ON THE 18TH OCTOBER 2012:.

The Minutes were accepted as a true record of the meeting.

F.034. DECLARATION OF DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS:

Members were reminded of the requirement to disclose any interest in relation to items on the agenda, when these are discussed. 

F.035. 2012/2013 AND 2013/2014 BUDGET UPDATE:

The Chairman spoke about the current position of the MSR bids for 2012/2013, and after discussion it was agreed that the Clerk would e-mail all Councillors with the list of current MSR’s asking for an update that the budget will be spent/committed by the end of this calendar year, and to confirm details of the said projects. 

A discussion took place on the signs for the town, and it was agreed that a separate meeting would be arranged to discuss further.

Members then went through the principles of the 2013/2014 budgets, as follows:

Precept – Agreed to aim to keep the precept the same as this years.
Fees and Charges – Agreed to increase by 2%.
Grants – Agreed to keep the same as this year.

Councillor Block mentioned that he had met with the Carnival Association  and after discussion it was agreed that their insurance costs for this year would be cove red by the Council.  It was also agreed to make them a Standing Annual Grant for further years.

Salaries – Agreed to include in the budget another apprentice.  Staff salaries to be increased by 2% to allow for any increase in the NJC scales.
Renewal Budget – The Chairman said that he would take this report away and look at the implications, and bring the findings back to another finance meeting.

Recommendation:- The 1st round of grants is prepared using the above principles.

F.036. GRANTS:

A completed grant application form had been returned from the Reg White Memorial Fund, and after discussion it was agreed to offer them a grant of £275.00 towards their project, and that they acknowledge that the seat was part grant funded by Brightlingsea Town Council.

Recommendation:- The Reg White Memorial Fund  is offered a grant of £275.00 towards their project, and that they acknowledge that the seat was part grant funded by Brightlingsea Town Council.

F.037. SPECIAL EXPENSES 2013/2014:

A discussion took place and it was agreed that the Chairman and the Town Clerk would go through the special expenses form and advise TDC accordingly.

Recommendation:- The Chairman and the Town Clerk go through the special expenses form and advise TDC accordingly

F.038. GRANT FINDER UPDATE:

A copy of the e-mail from Darren Barrenger was circulated to all members.  After discussion it was agreed that the Councillor responsible for the said two projects would reply to Darren, via Tracey at the office.

Recommendation:- The Councillor responsible for the said two projects would reply to Darren, via Tracey at the office.

F.039. CLOSE OF MEETING:

There being no further business, the meeting closed at 8.55 pm.

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