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A meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Board of Directors was held on Tuesday, August 31, 2004 at the Board's Central Office in Augusta, Maine (AMHI Complex, Deering Building, Rm. 170). Chair Dionne called the meeting to order at 9:52 a.m.
PRESENT: Paul Dionne, Rodney Hiltz, John Cooney, James Mingo, Joan Kirkpatrick,
Gary Koocher, and Anthony Monfiletto (participated via telephone).
Directors discussed that reassignment of resources was something that the Board should be looking at, especially considering the continued employment of four contract workers in the Advocate Program; and noted that the Budget Committee went through a sound and responsible process, without much time to deliberate, regarding the Budget and there was much planning regarding expenditures, resources, and revenues and Board Members differed in two areas regarding the proposed Budget for FY 06/07, one of which was the practice of utilizing reserves to fund the Budget, that the potential to be in the same position as two years ago exists, necessitating an increase in the cap and depleting reserves, that reserves should be for very specific needs; and the second area was the lack of willingness to reduce the staff count by the anticipated savings from EDI; two years ago the Board made a commitment to EDI, had additional funding made with the expectation that the Board would continue to reduce the staffing level;
Joan Kirkpatrick Moved to submit a Part I budget in the amount of $9,066,709 for Fiscal Year 06 and $9,376,559 for Fiscal Year 07; and to use $441,709 from reserves in Fiscal Year 06 and $751,559 from reserves in Fiscal Year 07 to assist in funding the Personal Services Account expenditures and All Other account expenditures; Gary Koocher seconded. MOTION CARRIES 4-3 (Directors Mingo, Cooney, and Koocher opposed).
John Cooney MOVED TO ADJOURN TODAY’S MEETING; Gary Koocher seconded. MOTION CARRIES 7-0.
The meeting formally adjourned at 9:58 a.m.
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