Minutes

TOWN OF ACTON

SELECTMEN'S MEETING

AUGUST 5, 2008

1.   APPROVAL OF AGENDA: Approved with the addition of 5.(C) pole permit.

2.   APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF LAST MEETING: Approved with the correction in 6.c., “Tony had a conflict,” not Mike.

3.   WARRANT: Approved and signed.

4.   OLD BUSINESS:

      a.  ASSESSING: The auditor is here this week. Selectmen will meet with Assessor Joseph Lessard on Friday, August 15 at 9:30 am. Selectmen are looking, (in a tight budget) for funds to pay Linda Capristo. She is doing a good job and is pleasant and friendly. There was some objection noted from Bob Anderson and Debbie Rix relative to hiring personnel without advertising for the position.

      b.  33rd STREET LAND:  Bids were opened and were as follows:

                        Joyce Borkowski and Kristen Long              $3,500.00

                        Jan Ostrowski                                                $2,325.00

                        Barry and Debbie Wood                                $1,250.00

            On a motion by Mike, it was voted to accept the highest bid.

        c. DRUG TESTING:On a motion by Tony, it was voted to sign a contract with Choice Point.

        d.HEALTH INSURANCE: Vicki met with representatives from Aetna looking for a lower cost

            plan and presented selectmen with a packet of options. Action was tabled until next week.            

        e.  OIL BID: A contract with a price of $4.237 per gallon was presented. Selectmen decided not to sign at this time.

5.         NEW BUSINESS:

            (A) SIGN AUDITOR RON SMITH'S CONTRACT: On a motion by Tony it was voted to sign a contract with RHR Smith.

            (B)  MDOT URBAN-RURAL INITIATIVE FUNDS: On a motion by Tony, Selectmen signed certification that funds received from the URIP will be used for Capital Improvement on Town Roads. This years amount is estimated to be $68,016.

            (C)  POLE PERMIT: On a motion by Tony Selectmen signed a permit for CMP to install a pole on Miller (County ) Road.

            Selectmen went into Executive Session at 8:30 pm.

            (C) EXECUTIVE SESSION PERSONNEL MATTERS PER 1. MRSA 405(6))A)

            (D) EXECUTIVE SESSION PERSONNEL MATTERS PER 1. MRSA 405(6))A)

             Selectmen came out of Executive Session at 8:43. Relative to the first session, on a motion by Mike, it was voted to take no action. Relative to the second session, on a motion by Mike it was voted to reconvene the session on August 12 and ask Dick Neal to attend.

The following statement was read. “The Selectmen find no grounds for disciplinary action to be taken in regards to the complaint read and addressed at the June 17th Selectmen's meeting regarding the Town Treasurer, Vicki Ridlon. A record of the complaint, her response and the Selectmen's decision will be put into her personnel file. She was reminded that everyone at the Town Hall must be respectful and polite at all times. The Selectmen strongly support her as Treasurer of the Town of Acton. Signed by Nancy Ruma, Michael Conway and Tony Cogliandro.

6.   ADJOURNMENT: Adjourned at 8:55 pm.

7.   MEMBERS PRESENT: Nancy Ruma, Mike Conway, Tony Cogliandro

8    OTHERS PRESENT: Roger Roy, Barbara Seckar, Mark & Debbi Rix, Karl Hodgdon, John Moore, Pam McAlinden, Bob Anderson, Linda Capristo, Joyce Borkowski, Patti Dutil, Scorr Dunham, Dennis Long, Vicki Ridlon, Lorraine Yeaton