2016-01-22 / Community

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Kennebunk budget meetings scheduled

Kennebunk selectmen have booked the first half of February for meetings with the town budget board to review the spending plan for the coming fiscal year, to start July 1.

The two groups will meet in council chambers on Tuesday, Feb. 2; Thursday, Feb. 4; Saturday, Feb. 6; and Thursday, Feb. 11.

All sessions start at 6 p.m. except for the Saturday meeting, slated to start at 8:30 a.m. Two additional dates have been reserved, if needed, on Saturday, Feb. 13, and Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Selectman Ed Karytko bemoaned the fact that the draft budget drawn up by Town Manager Barry Tibbetts is not expected to be released until the Friday afternoon immediately prior to the first Tuesday budget meeting. However, Tibbetts said the meetings will each address budgets for select departments, so the boards won’t have to digest the entire document prior to the initial session.

Town considering changing time clocks

Selectmen are considering dropping $17,911 on a new network of timeclocks to replace the town’s current system, described by Town Manager Barry Tibbetts as “antiquated and non-integrated.”

In September, four companies submitted bids for cloud-based clocks that will eliminate the need for manual data entry, while also providing supervisors with reports on time worked by person and job duty, such as whether a public works employee spends time plowing snow or on some other task.

Cincinnati Time of Maine submitted the $17,911 low bid, to track up to 250 employees for 12 months on clocks the town would own. Other bidders included Andrews Technology ($35,000), KRONOS ($35,625) and BiznusSoft ($82,800). Since September, the town received a live demonstration of two of the systems.

Of two systems tested by the town, annual maintenance after the first year would run slightly higher with Cincinnati ($5,740) vs. Andrews ($4,670).

Selectmen allocated $15,000 for installation of first-year costs of the new system as part of the current town budget. However, Tibbetts said the current timeclock system includes an annual maintenance contract, and that money can be used to cover the difference between the budget and actual cost for the new cloud-based clocks.

The town also will need to buy a new module timesheet software used by the police department, which, Tibbetts said, “cannot export data in any form.” To get that system to work with the new clocks will cost an extra $4,450, he said.

“We feel this new solution offers a lot of advantages,” Tibbetts said. “I think it’s a good investment. It’s going to save us manpower in the long term.”

“The clock at the highway department is constantly going down and the vendor is slowly withdrawing support,” Human Resources Director Carolyn Hughes said.

Selectmen will make a final decision on purchasing the new clocks at their Jan. 26 meeting.

Compiled by Staff Writer Wm. Duke Harrington. He can be reached at news@kennebunkpost.com.

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