OF THE SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING
HELD 9th JANUARY 2018
Cllrs. Mr Frank Hemmings (FH), Mrs Jackie Allen (JA), Mrs Barbara
Humphreys (BH), Mr Terry Evans (TE),
Mr Mark Holmes (MH), Mrs Sarah Williams (SW) Miss Lynne Painter
(LP), Mrs Dot Griffiths (DG),
Mr Brian Colley (BC), Mrs Eleanor Burnham (EB) & Mr Newman James (NJ).
Mr Shaun Jones (SJ), Clerk to the Council.
Cllrs. Mr Gareth Baines & Ms. Kirsty
Apologies for absence: Cllrs. Mr Michael Maxfield & Mr Mark Roberts.
Declarations of Interest
TO RECORD NOTICE OF THE SPECIAL RESOLUTION THAT HAS REQUESTED
RESCISSION OF THE PRECEPT RESOLUTION TAKEN AT THE COUNCIL MEETING ON
13TH DECEMBER 2017.
The Special Resolution was signed by 6 members, LP, MH, SW, BC, TE &
JA. JA made a statement as to why she put her name to this motion.
TO CONSIDER BUDGET FOR 2018/19.
The Clerk presented an updated summary of income and expenditure for
3 financial periods, 2016/17 Actual, 2017/18 Probable and 2018/19
Estimated. Between the meeting on December 13th and
today further information has allowed for amounts to be more
accurately reflected. The updated figures are coloured
Using a data projector SJ was able to highlight some additional
comments attached to a specific figure. Taking the repairs estimate
of £3,000 out of the business as usual Parish Hall expenses and now
deducted from the earmarked reserve for renovations is seen to
better reflect the real position. BC raised the point over normal
business practice to separate Capital expenditure out. Additionally
it is suggested that it would be helpful if allocations to earmarked
reserves are made when the full year account statements are
available. So instead of adding to the Parish Hall Renovations at
the start of 2018/19 it should take place in June 2019 when it is
expected there will be a surplus as historically the finances of the
Council have provisions built in that are often not drawn down –
e.g. Election expenses. The resulting review sees the following
Parish Hall estimated net expenditure lowered by £4,500.00 (removal
of repairs line and misc. exps reduced by half and income from the
Hall revised up by £1,000.00).
Recreation estimated net expenditure lowered by £2,500.00 (members
lowered the budget for replacement and new play equipment).
TO AGREE THE PRECEPT FOR CHIRK TOWN COUNCIL FOR 2018/19.
On the tabled financial information it is estimated that £92,654
will be required to meet the financial commitments of the Council.
In 2017/18 the Precept raised £92,574, 3% higher on the previous
year and for a Band D property this was £55.50. It was proposed by
MH and seconded by BC that a Band D property in 2018/19 see an
increase of £2.22 to £57.72 which is effectively as close to current
level of price inflation. The rise in the precept requested by
Chirk Town Council has been curbed and will see even closer scrutiny
on expenditure to ensure the risk of overspend is contained.
The motion was put to the Council and carried, 8 votes with 2
abstentions. The Chair took the opportunity to thank the Clerk for
all the work undertaken in bringing this up to date financial
information before the Council.
Meeting closed 9.10pm.