The council put the sale of Sullivan School to the newly organized Berkshire Advanced Manufacturing Training and Education Center, or BAMTEC, on pause last week even as it approved the sale of two other city properties.
Much — but not all — of the opposition to date has centered on the potential adverse impact to the environment and students' health.
The Fin Comm discussion did not touch on those arguments, instead sticking to reasons the field may or may not make sense from a financial standpoint.
The Finance Committee is not happy with the process, but agreed to pay the overage for the airport runway process.
And there might be even more to come.
A number of change orders caused the project to go $89,374 over budget. The Federal Aviation Administration and the state Department of Transportation are paying $80,249 of that total but the city still needs to up its contribution by $9,125.
Canales said department heads will be queried about fee structures so they can be built into the fiscal 2020 budget. He said the two separate inspection departments will probably be moved into one department.
The non-profit, which purchased renovated the existing pool on Sand Springs Road and offers memberships at a reduced rate from that charged by its for-profit predecessor, is asking the town for $19,000 to help fund its operational expenses.
A vote to approve the town administrator's personal services budget failed with a 1-9 vote because a majority of the committee felt the $95,000 salary cap for the town administrator's salary was out of line.
The committee will look through the draft budget over four meetings, the first of which was held on Wednesday night in City Council chambers. That session looked at general government, revenues, unclassified, debt and capital costs.
When those costs are adjusted for an apples-to-apples comparison, the property tax burden for Williamstown Elementary comes out to $6.5 million, up from $6.4 million this year, a change of 1.84 percent.
Former Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco had initiated the joint public hearings held at the Visitors Center during his three-year tenure and greatly condensed the budget process. Department heads presented their budgets via PowerPoint and the public was encouraged to attend and ask questions.
The hiring of eight new firefighters through a safer grant is helping curb overtime.
For years the overtime budgets for both the Police Department and the Fire Department have been underfunded, leaving a deficit that needs to be made up at the close of the fiscal year every year. This year, however, the city won a federal grant to bring on eight new firefighters and with that, overtime had dropped dramatically.