LACONIA — Belknap County Commissioners put off until today a decision on the total amount of funds they will request be transferred within the 2015 Belknap County Nursing Home budget to cover projected shortages in different accounts.
The commissioners on Wednesday were presented with a proposed transfer of $43,750 by Belknap County Administrator Deb Shackett, which differed with numbers discussed in an e-mail Nursing Home Administrator Mathew Logue had sent to them.
''I'm totally confused about what we're looking at,'' said Commissioner Hunter Taylor (R-Alton), who sought an explanation for the differences.
Shackett said that she and Logue were working off from different documents and that hers was based on the most recent county budget report, which she said was available electronically to all department heads, while Logue's reflected an older report.
Commission Chairman Dave DeVoy (R-Sanbornton) said that he would like to see an agreed on number reached so that commissioners could act on it a meeting which will be held at 1 p.m. today.
Shackett said that was possible and said she would show Logue how to access the latest budget report so that they would be working on the same page.
Shackett said that it was important that the transfers, which must be approved by the Belknap County Convention's Executive Committee, be handled promptly. ''We've been putting transfers off and we're already over-expended.''
Taylor said ''we're in violation of a court order and need to do something'', a reference to last fall's ruling in Belknap County Superior Court as a result of a lawsuit brought by the county convention against the previous commission which prohibits transfers of more than $300 between budget lines without prior approval of the Executive Committee.
He said that he thought it very important that commissioners meet as soon as possible with the Executive Committee, noting ''if we don't get some relief, there will be a need for layoffs.''
A pressing concern for the commissioners is a projected $80,000 shortfall in funding for health insurance for employees, which DeVoy has said could be met by using some of the $200,000 in contingency money in the county budget.
Taylor points out that that transfer will require Executive Committee approval and says ''we need some direction from the Executive Committee shortly.'' He has said that the longer it takes for the county to act on the situation, the more severe ant staff reductions would have to e.
Commissioners approved a three-year physician services agreement for the Department of Corrections with American Institutional Medical Group LLC with service fees of $8,013.16 monthly in year one, $8,253.36 per month in year two and $8,501.10 a month in year three.
They also approved a request from Sheriff Craig Wiggin to hire a full-time Deputy Sheriff and awarded a contract for installing a new 3-ton air handler on the roof of the sheriff's dispatch center to the Eckhardt and Johnson firm, which had submitted the low bid of $9,892 for the project.
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