The Town of Plattsburgh is one step closer to their goal of recruiting members of the community to sit on a newly formed Finance Committee.. At their Regular Meeting on Monday night, the board approved the appointment of Carol Rugar..who works with the Vice President for Student Affairs at SUNY Plattsburgh and she and her husband own a local business in the community… Councilman Michael Cashman told the board between the combination of seeing budgets built and designed at different levels, including local business and also at a more complex state agency like a college or university Rugar will bring some unique expertise. “The Supervisor, the Finance Manager and myself have been working to find local members of the community that will enable the board to tap their expertise to round out the means of looking at different levels of the financial portfolio of the town,” He said, “As we go into budget season and look at different characteristics of the town’s overall portfolio, we’re looking to diversify the types of individuals that are sitting on this type of Board.”
Plattsburgh Councilman Marty Mannix says their new finance committee will become a tool which will compliment the needs of the finance department, meet regularly and ask tough questions.. which will generate stronger budgets.. “We’ve got very good professionals at work here in the town,” He tells WNBZ, “What we’re doing with the finance committee is we’re bringing people in that are actively involved in business operations, they’ve got the practical business knowlege.”
One of the financial issues the town dealt with at Monday’s Meeting included phase two of the Base sewer lining capital project.. The second of five phases is estimated to cost just under $225,000 including the development and implementation of the bidding process..
Councilman Cashman added that he feels it’s important for the Town of Plattsburgh to be as open as possible in their deliberations and building the new finance committee is one more way they’re able to accomplish that goal..
The Board hopes to recommend two additional members for membership on the committee at their work-session next Monday.. There will be a total of five people on the committee, one of who would be the Finance Manager along with four community residents plus a member of the Town Board in an ex officio capacity who will act as a liason between the board and the committee.. Several names were mentioned Monday Night as interested parties and If all goes well at the work-session, the board would then bring the two additional appointments for approval to the next regular public meeting in two weeks and the committee, then at full strength, would begin it’s work..