Minutes of Meeting Held at St Michael’s Church, Shirley
12th December 2016
|Councillors:||Alvin Baker (vice chair), Ian Crabtree (chair), Tony Taylor, Hugh Tyler and Sue Walker.|
|County council:||Steve Bull|
|16/53||Apologies for Absence|
|16/55||Declarations of Members’ Interests|
|16/56||Approve the minutes of the previous meeting|
|The minutes of the meeting held 5th September 2016 were approved.|
|16/57||Approve grant of £250 to Shirley Sports and Social Association toward capital equipment for FY 2017|
|The meeting agreed that the grant would be for general maintenance and was approved.|
|16/58||Approve grant of £3,500 to the Parochial Church Council for continued free use of the community space by parishioners for FY 2017|
The increase this year is to cover a shortfall last year. The request was approved. The meeting also agreed grants of £3,000 for FYs 2018 and 2019.
|16/59||Set the precept for financial year 2017|
|The clerk went through the proposed precept.
There was some discussion about burial ground reserves. Several parishioners have complained about the new mowing regime and it was agreed to discuss this at the next meeting.Item (e) in the clerk's report recommends acquiring IT kit for the council. If this is agreed, it would be under guarantee for the first year. It was agreed to drop the £140 for IT kit for this year. A precept of £5,701 was approved.
|The clerk reported:
|16/61||Transfer £120 from the general fund to reserves for election expenses|
|This should have been done at the May meeting but was overlooked because the clerk was absent. Approved.|
|16/63||Burial ground walls. Status and next steps|
|In November the building department of Derby College met with members and agreed to re-point the walls free of charge with the council providing materials. A parishioner has kindly offered to meet the cost of the materials. This work is due to be done in the spring. Also, the horticultural division is looking for projects (again free of charge) and it was suggested an annual tidy-up could be arranged.|
|16/64||Salt spreader. Status and next steps|
|At the last meeting there was an informal discussion about procuring a salt spreader
for inclement weather. The clerk reported that it would not be covered by the council's current
insurance and the premium would more than double for such cover. The unanswered questions about liability,
especially in the case of an incident, caused the idea to be shelved.
This started a general discussion about gritting and the idea of buying one or two more grit bins was suggested.
|16/65||Date of next meeting|
|The next meeting will be held at 7.30 pm in the community space of St. Michael’s church on Monday, 13th March 2017.|