Order to approve a supplemental appropriation and transfer in the amount of $7,200 from the Energy Efficiency Reserve Fund to fund part time staffing needs that were not funded in the FY14 Budget.
A public comment period will be included with this item. (3 minutes per person)
ACTION: Council action is anticipated.
The position of Budget Analysts and Purchasing Director was eliminated in 2012 and replaced with an Accountant position. The Budget Analyst position was responsible for staffing the Recycling and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (REAC). All former duties of the Budget Analyst were reassigned to other staff and the new Accountant position with the exception of staffing REAC. Several staff from other departments have been offering minimal assistance during the past year including a USM intern.
Additional funding is necessary to properly staff REAC with a part time position (30 hours per month). The Energy Efficiency Reserve Fund has a balance of approximately $40,000. We recommend transfering $7,200 from this fund to cover costs through June 30, 2014. Future funding for this position should be a consideration while developing the next operating budget without consideration for on-going funding through a reserve fund.
We have attached a draft document that describes the functions and responsibilites of the part time position. This draft includes comments from staff and Committee members that will be considered at a future REAC meeting. This draft is subject to change at the next REAC meeting.