One item the group discussed was whether the town could find other revenue for the Highway Department.
A lot of expenses are out of our control, he said. How can we mitigate those expenses?
One example of out of the box thinking is the use of Barton Mines waste product for use on the towns dirt roads.
We can get it for little or no cost and it provides us with a material we can use at a good, substantial savings, Arsenault said.
Arsenault said the board has tried to build closer relationships with the towns safety services: the fire departments and EMS squads.
Theyre facing similar issues as the town costs are rising for fuel and equipment, Arsenault said. Were reaching an understanding and a good working relationship where we understand their situation and they understand our constraints.
The challenge in all those ares is to control the pressure on the town tax levy.
Our budget has increased, Arsenault said. Its caused us to be realistic with our expenses. We have to look at each one, one by one, and decide, do we need to deal with it right now or can we put it off until the next budget year?
Fundamental to controlling the budget, Arsenault said, is maintaining a healthy, ongoing dialogue between the board, the town supervisor and the the budget officer.
Professionally, Arsenault is a vice president for commercial lending with Citizens Bank. He and his wife Ann are the parents of four grown daughters.
Im a lifelong resident of the town, he said. Weve raised our family here and Im proud to be part of this community.