Minutes

TOWN OF ACTON

 

SELECTMEN'S MEETING

 

AUGUST 26, 2008

 

  1. APROVAL OF AGENDA: Approved with the addition of 4.c..

     

  2. APROVAL OF MINUTES OF LAST MEETING: Approved as written.

     

  3. WARRANT: Approved and signed.

     

  4. OLD BUSINESS:

     

a. ASSESSING: Joe Lessard will be in the office on September 5..

 

            b. ROAD STRIPING: Tony noted that Scott Mooney had received the Manual on     Uniform Traffic Control Devices. Copies were given to Road Committee members present. Striping is not required on local roads and there is no liability for the Town if the roads are not striped.

 

            c. LAND SALE: Landowner Kenneth Harper has asked to repurchase his property. The Town foreclosed under Harper's name, but have found that he had transferred it to the Harper Family Trust,  which the Town was not notified of.  Purchaser Joyce Borkowski no longer  wants the property. On a motion by Tony it was voted to return Borkowski's deposit and to sell to original owner.

 

  1. NEW BUSINESS:

     

(A) TAX ANTICIPATION NOTE: Tony made the following motion:

 

            “1. Pursuant to Section 5771 of Title 30-A of the Maine Revised Statutes, as amended, the  Town Treasurer is hereby authorized and empowered to borrow money from time to time during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009 from the Sanford Institute for Savings (“SIS”) in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $500,000 at any one time outstanding, in   anticipation of collections or receipts from property taxes, by the issuance of tax anticipation notes, which notes shall be designated “2009 Tax Anticipation Notes.” 

2. That all such tax anticipation notes, and any extensions, renewals or replacements thereof, shall be signed by the Town Treasurer and countersigned by the Chair of the Board of Selectmen, and shall be payable on or before June 30, 2009, out of money raised by taxation during the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2009.

3. That the Treasurer is hereby authorized to award the notes to SIS in accordance with the terms set forth in a letter from Robert P. Trumpler, V.P. and Commercial Loan Officer, to Town Treasurer Vicki Ridlon, dated August 20, 2008.

4. That the notes authorized herein are designated as qualified tax exempt obligations for the purposes of Section 265(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, to the extent that such designation may be applicable or appropriate.

5. That the Treasurer be authorized to covenant with the purchasers of the notes on behalf of the Town and for the benefit of the holders of the notes, that the Town will take whatever steps, and refrain from taking any action, as may be necessary or appropriate to ensure that interest on the notes will remain free from federal income taxes, including without limitation, the filing of information returns and reports with the Internal Revenue Service and the payment of any rebate due to the United States of America.

6. That all action taken by the Town, its municipal officers, and agents in the authorization of said Notes are hereby ratified and approved. 

7. That the Treasurer and Chair of the Board of Selectmen are authorized to take any and all action necessary to carry out the provisions of this motion.”

            The motion was seconded by  Nancy and voted  2 for and  0 against.

 (B) LIQUOR LICENSE: An application for a Catered Function  Liquor License was received but no one was present to answer questions. Selectmen tabled action until next week  and will ask the applicants to meet with them on Friday at 10 am.

 Carl Hodgdon noted that on the Treasurer's records, “Rescue” is listed with Fire Department. It should be removed.

Carl also complained of discrimination in the usage of the Fitness Building. This is a town owned property but only the Fire Department and Town Employees are supposed to use it, but there are others, not employees or firemen using the building. Nancy said that the grant that was used to create the fitness center limited the use to firemen. After the grant expiration date, the Town plans to open it to others. Nancy was aware that usage had been extended to Town employees but was not aware that anyone else was using it.

Carl asked when the drug testing would be put in place and Nancy said as soon as all documents are received and signed.

    6.   Adjournment: Adjourned at 7:55pm.

    7.   Members Present: Nancy Ruma, Tony Cogliandro

8.   Others Present: Barbara Seckar, Roger Roy, Carl Hodgdon, Ann Germon, Jordan Landry, Percy Lowell, Chip Venell, Jack Kelley, Patti Dutil, Dennis Long, Bernard Yeaton, Scott Mooney, Linda Whitman, Andrew Cogliandro, Lorraine Yeaton